Monday, 15 August 2011

Malaysia: In nod to Bersih, PM announces vote system relook

Filed under: Nonviolence,Southeast Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:52 PDT

KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said a parliamentary select committee will be formed “as soon as possible” to examine the current electoral system, the key demand of the Bersih July 9 rally.

Najib’s announcement is a major concession that acknowledges the political fallout from his administration’s harsh clampdown on the rally.

His administration was roundly criticised in the international media, with his reformist image taking a major hit after the authorities took extreme measures including firing tear gas and water cannons at largely peaceful demonstrators.


She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for

Filed under: Art of Peacework,Business, Human Rights, Environment,Environment,Film, video, audio,Human Rights — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:36 PDT


The Dodd-Frank Act – recent developments and the case for urgent action

Filed under: Africa files,Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:04 PDT

For the past decade and a half, the trade in metals that power our laptops and make our cell phones vibrate has helped to fuel the devastating war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Dodd Frank Act, passed in July with cross-party support, is a groundbreaking measure that aims to cut off a major source of cash for armed groups in the region, including the Congolese army.


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