Daily Archives: 10/01/2011

( Reporters Without Borders condemns the six-month jail sentence and fine of 1 million riels (250 dollars) that a Phnom Penh court imposed on World Food Programme employee Seng Kunnaka on a charge of criminal incitement for printing an article critical of the government and showing it to workmates.

Judge Keo Vandy convicted Seng under article 495 of the new criminal code in a summary trial on 19 December for sharing an article from the popular news blog KI-Media referring to Prime Minister Hun Sen and several other senior politicians as “traitors.” KI-Media recently also posted articles criticizing Cambodia’s territorial disputes with Vietnam, a very sensitive topic. Seng’s lawyer, Chou Sokheng, said he would appeal. Read more…

(dandelionsalad) by Chris Hedges
Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us from predators. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice. Read more…

(AFP) BRUSSELS — The European Union led international condemnation on Monday of Tunisia’s weekend crackdown on a wave of food protests which killed 14 people, and urged Tunis to restrain its security forces.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was “concerned about events that have been taking place in Tunisia in the past days” and called for the release of detained protesters. Read more…

( Here an overview of the ecologically and socially destructive operations of mining companies in the Philippines. (…) Our Struggle is as Trans-National as Capital! –

The Matrix of the Philippine Mining Industry

The mining industry is one of the biggest industries in the world to date.

In every part of the world where there are minerals, mining companies from such as Canada, United States, Australia, Asia, Japan and Norway and many parts of Europe compete to exploit the resources which they can gain profit from. Consequently, this has lead to the horrendous destruction of the Earth’s biosphere. Life support system such as water-sources, forests and wildlife are destroyed everyday to serve the mining companies profit motive.

In addition, local people’s livelihood system are eradicated in the process.

Farmers, fisher folks, and indigenous/tribal people’s end up being harassed, bribed with money and other tactical incentives, displaced and inevitably, some people get killed if they militantly oppose a mining operation in their region.

Mining is a vital industry of the techno-industrial society. Through centuries, people from different corners of the globe mined for different kind of minerals which they can use in daily lives. However, the advent of neo-liberalism or capitalism has made the industry more powerful and tyrannical. In just a few hundred years, the mining industry has put tragedy to various corners of the globe. They have destroyed the planet’s biosphere including wildlife, farmers, fishermen, indigenous people and had made the last remaining forests, rivers and oceans of the world, which have existed for millions of years, disappear. Read more…