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London, Tuesday, 4th February 2003: Greenpeace took peaceful direct
action in Australia, France and the UK today to as part of an ongoing
campaign against an impending war in Iraq. At 7.45 am this morning,
fourteen Greenpeace volunteers entered...

February 4, 2011

Mt. Shasta, a small northern California town of 3,500 residents nestled in the foothills of magnificent Mount Shasta, is taking on corporate power through an unusual process—democracy.

The citizens of Mt. Shasta have developed an extraordinary ordinance, set to be...

February 4, 2011

KABUL, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) - US-led international forces say they do not have stockpiles of cluster munitions in Afghanistan and have not used them in the war against Taliban insurgents since March 2002.

“ISAF [the International Security Assistance Force] conducts operations in...

February 2, 2011

JOHANNESBURG, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) - With nearly one in three South Africans expected to receive state assistance in the form of welfare benefits during the 2011/12 financial year, commentators are wondering how the country can afford to keep providing an ever expanding...

February 2, 2011

If the Supreme Court had never granted “personhood” rights to corporations, would they still be trammeling the rights of citizens and riding roughshod over communities and nature?  Would we have democracy?

By deciding 5-4 in the Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court...

Shannon Biggs
February 2, 2011

HANOI, 1 February 2011 (IRIN) - Last year an ostensibly friendly woman asked Nguyen Thi Ha* if the 23-year-old felt like leaving Vietnam to work in China.

Nguyen Thi Ha was intrigued by promises she could earn 6-7 times more selling clothes there than the US$50 per...

February 1, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon are expressing concern over Chevron's plans to restart a pipeline that burst twice last year, spilling hundreds of barrels of oil.

Both mayors say Chevron should have talked...

January 30, 2011

Chevron Corp. (CVX 94.95, +1.58, +1.69%) will be getting out of the coal industry and is seeking a buyer for its open-pit mine in western Wyoming, the Associated Press reported Friday, citing a spokeswoman for the second-biggest U.S. oil company by market value.

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January 29, 2011

While they already know parts of the beach are contaminated from the ongoing oil seep, Chevron is conducting a detailed site investigation to figure out just how deep and wide that contamination has spread.

A mix of oil, gas and diesel has been leaching offsite...

Jennifer Moreau
January 29, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Ecuadoreans seeking a $27 billion judgment against Chevron Corp (CVX.N) have put a new face on their 18-year old case: high-powered corporate attorney James Tyrrell, Jr., who defended Monsanto Co (MON.N) against Agent Orange claims from...

Dan Levine
January 28, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Coroon appeared caught offguard Friday by news that Chevron plans to restart the pipeline that burst twice near Red Butte Garden last year.

Both mayors are saying the oil company should have...

Steve Fidel
January 28, 2011

NEW YORK (AP)

— The oil industry says it recognizes why the U.S. would push to increase safety regulations for offshore oil drilling following the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But more than three months after the government lifted its moratorium on...

January 28, 2011

KATHMANDU, 27 January 2011 (IRIN) - One million fewer children are working in Nepal than a decade ago, though more girls are toiling in dangerous conditions than boys, according to a soon-to-be-published report documenting the country’s sizeable population of child...

January 27, 2011

RAMALLAH, 27 January 2011 (IRIN) - Gender-based violence in the occupied Palestinian territory remains at epidemic levels, according to UN agencies, local NGOs and women, while victims lack legal recourse and often face a family backlash for reporting crimes. The number...

January 27, 2011

Fifteen journalists were turned away from covering the National Resistance Movement Party, [NRM] a political party that brought President Yoweri Kagutta Museveni into power in 1986. The Journalists had gone to cover the 25th Anniversary liberation day celebrations in...

Omona Emma Claude, AfricaNews reporter in Gulu, Northern Uganda
January 27, 2011

When Yoweri Museveni captured power in 1986, after a five-year guerrilla war, he was seen as the best thing to happen to the country which Britain had christened the "Pearl of Africa". One of Museveni's defining early pronouncements was his diagnosis of Africa's problem....

Richard M Kavuma
January 26, 2011

Chevron aims to restart its Colorado-to-Salt Lake City oil pipeline as soon as next week — two months after the second of two large leaks — but regulators have yet to sign off. The company is finalizing its papers for the federal pipeline safety office and intends to...

Judy Fahys
January 25, 2011

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Chevron Corp. said Tuesday that it has hit oil in two wells in the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles off the coast of the Republic of Congo. The wells, in 2,600 feet of water, were drilled to about 6,000 feet, and each was tested and oil flowed, the...

January 25, 2011

Travel restrictions to Cuba are easing soon, but legally chugging mojitos, puffing Cohibas and lounging by a Havana hotel pool is still a ways off.

Pres. Obama’s changing of U.S. policies towards Cuba are expected to become official this week. But unless you’re a scholar, student or...

By Robert Dominguez
January 25, 2011

Chevron detailed to federal regulators Tuesday the company’s plans to restart as soon as next week its oil pipeline between eastern Utah’s Hanna and its Salt Lake City refinery.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) must approve the...

Judy Fahys
January 25, 2011