15/01/2014   Pakistani human rights group in UK spying claim

APC member Bytes for All has filed a claim that its human rights have been violated by GCHQ. The claim, similar to Privacy International’s action in the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal last July, highlights how the UK’s mass surveillance programme has a disproportionate impact on those outside the UK.

09/12/2013   Amnesty claims illegal spying by GCHQ

Amnesty International believes GCHQ is illegally accessing its communications and has made a claim to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal that the UK authorities are in breach of Article 8 (right to privacy) and Article 10 (right to freedom of expression) of the Human Rights Act 1998.

14/11/2013   Handicap International sends emergency kits to the Philippines

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response TeamNASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team750 emergency packs, pre-prepared and designed for different sizes of family, will benefit at least 4,400 people. “The basic six-person pack contains a tent, cooking pack, blankets, water can, mosquito nets, soap, a plastic sheet and rope. It meets people’s basic needs in the immediate aftermath of disasters like this one” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency response.

05/11/2013   Co-op Bank: business as usual?

Co-op Bank’s ethics are “enshrined” in its new constitution, but it’s now 70% in private ownership of which 20% are “vulture funds” Silver Point and Aurelius, which is one of the funds threatening Argentina with debt default for a 1,400% profit.

29/10/2013   Energy and economic policies a "fantasy"

The UK’s economic “growth” is an unsustainable fantasy founded on a credit and consumption bubble. Long before the completion of Hinkley C, economic failure and fossil fuel depletion will bankrupt the Government’s energy policy, based on 6%-10% annual rises in energy prices. Degrowth is the only viable policy.

18/09/2013   Defiant Guarani Kaiowá reoccupy their land

The Guarani Kaiowá have returned to their ancestral Apy Ka’y land in Dourados, Brazil, despite the deaths of their leaders and children and further death threats by sugar cane ranchers. Act now to help them.

04/09/2013   UK funded land grab causes hunger

alphabetics.infoalphabetics.infoActionAid accuses Addax Bioenergy’s sugarcane-to-ethanol project in Sierra Leone of reducing food production, using £95m in funding from the UK, despite claims of sustainablity. The European Parliament is about to vote on agrofuels – email your MEPs now.

29/08/2013   Germans switch to national email providers after US scandal

Germany’s justice minister has said German people are flocking to national email providers and demanding encryption services normally reserved for corporate security in the wake of the US spying scandal. Read Valentina Pop’s article in EUobserver.com

19/08/2013   Arms to Egypt: whose side are we on?

Since 2011 the UK has licensed £65m in arms exports to Egypt, now again run by the army and its rape squads and street-corner torturers. But despite being “on the side of the Egyptian people” according to the Foreign Office, the UK is still inviting Egypt to London’s DSEi Arms Fair. Act now for an embargo on arms to Egypt.