Suspend military aid to Israel, Amnesty urges Obama after detailing US weapons used in Gaza

23 02 2009

Detailed evidence has emerged of Israel’s extensive use of US-made weaponry during its war in Gaza last month, including white phosphorus artillery shells, 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles. In a report released today, Amnesty International detailed the weapons used and called for an immediate arms embargo on Israel and all Palestinian armed groups. It called […]

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Procter & Gamble Argentina + Fundacià³n Mediapila: oportunidad laboral para mujeres

21 02 2009

Con el objetivo de favorecer la insercià³n social y laboral de mujeres de bajos recursos, Procter & Gamble Argentina se unià³ a la Fundacià³n Mediapila para hacer realidad un nuevo micro-emprendimiento textil que comenzarà¡ a funcionar en la ciudad de José C. Paz, provincia de Buenos Aires. “Mediapila ofrece una oportunidad laboral ayuda a madres […]

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Novartis et Mmv lancent un médicament contre le paludisme

21 02 2009

Novartis et Medecines for malaria venture (Mmv) ont procédé hier au lancement de Coartem Dispersible, un médicament destiné à  éradiquer le paludisme chez les enfants. Lors de cette cérémonie, les représentants de ces deux structures ont appelé les gouvernements africains à  s’impliquer davantage dans la lutte contre le paludisme qui fait de plus en plus […]

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HP et Microsoft s’investissent pour l’environnement en Afrique

19 02 2009

En aoà»t 2008, Greenpeace avait montré du doigt l’exploitation de l’Afrique comme un dépotoir pour les déchets électroniques du reste du monde. Aujourd’hui, HP et Microsoft se penchent sur un continent oublié par le « green IT ». L’Afrique reste encore et surtout la poubelle électronique du reste du monde, comme l’a montré Greenpeace dans […]

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Canon launches green calculators

18 02 2009

Now this is the kind of business model we love and want to see a whole lot more of – companies taking back their junked products and using the materials to make their new products. Canon is doing just that, turning their old recycled copiers into new calculators. While it of course isn’t a 100% […]

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New Patents Stance by UK Drugs Company Must Be Turned into Action

16 02 2009

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes Mr. Witty’s recognition that patents act as a barrier to research and development and that patent pools offer new ways to stimulate research into neglected diseases. Promises now need to be turned into action. The terms of any licenses attached to the patent pool will be critical and […]

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Metals in mobile phones help finance Congo atrocities

16 02 2009

As the Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona on 16 February, Global Witness is calling on mobile phone manufacturers to audit their supply chains in order to exclude minerals financing the armed conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There is a direct causal link between the metals trade in eastern DRC and atrocities […]

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Worker rights violations in Asia by giants retailers + Unilever’s disposable jobs in Pakistan

16 02 2009

Giant global discount retailers like Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Carrefour, and Walmart try to lure consumers into their shops with low, low prices. A man’s suit for £25 at Tesco, a woman’s dress for $9 at Walmart, or jeans for €8 at Carrefour. How do they do it? … … If you’re a worker in the […]

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Evian and Volvic prove their green credentials

11 02 2009

Danone, the producer of Evian and Volvic, is tackling critics from environmental groups, as well as falling sales, with a plan to recycle as many plastic water bottles as it uses in the UK, The Times has learnt. The French company, whose bottles are made with 25 per cent recycled plastic from France and Germany, […]

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Halliburton, KBR Plead Guilty to Cheney-Era Bribery Charges

11 02 2009

Halliburton and its former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), pleaded guilty Wednesday to five-counts of violating federal bribery laws and will pay the federal government $579 million to settle a half decade-long criminal investigation into claims the company paid off intermediaries of the notoriously corrupt Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and some of his subordinates […]

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