From an Oxfam email-out (waiting on a corrected url to point to):
“A Fairtrade Accreditation and labelling system has just been established in Australia and New Zealand. This could see sales of Fairtrade coffee and other products take off ñ but this will only happen if shops and businesses stock Fairtrade goods and if we buy them.
A Fairtrade Accreditation system means consumers will now be able to identify genuinely fairly traded goods by the Fairtrade logo. The Fairtrade label offers significant opportunities to make fairly trade goods more widely available and to increase awareness about fair trade.”
Make me 🙂
Just got ADSL at home again, now hooked up to a wireless router. Awesome!
And I took delivery of a new PC at work today too (after spending the last 2 years on a PIII 700 I’m now experiencing the delights of an AMD2600+).
In other words my inner-geek is having a wonderful day.
We are pretty used to Bush sticking his foot in his mouth. And we are pretty used to him talking out his ass. But this might be the first time he’s managed to stick his foot so far in his mouth its come out his ass…
“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the-the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.”
BBC: “The allegations, in a report by an independent panel for the United Nations on the plunder of DR Congo’s natural resources, were left out of a version of the report to be published later this week.”
BBC: Baghdad terror blasts kill dozens.
“The attack marks the first time a suicide bomber has struck the famously neutral international aid agency in its 140-year history. … The ICRC says it is now reviewing its activities in Iraq.”
BBC: Asylum law plans attacked.
Refugee Affairs Director Jan Shaw:
“Rather than ‘cracking down’ on asylum seekers, the government should be working to make the decision-making process more reliable and the safeguards against hasty return more robust.”
Immigration law expert Alison Stanley:
… said the move to punish people for destroying their travel documents was illegal under article 31 of the 1951 convention on refugees.
Rachel Watson, spokeswoman for Refugee Action:
“We must not forget that asylum law is about offering protection to people who could have imprisoned, tortured or even killed.
“The reason why judges are allowing asylum applicants to proceed to higher courts is because they are aware of the gravity of decisions involved.
“These are literally matters of life and death.”
The purpose? No one really knows, but the best guess is they want to prevent Google from caching the pages. Why? To rewrite history of course. They got caught once before, changing all references to the end of combat in Iraq, to read the end of major combat.
Telegraph: ‘Send me back. It’s worse here’. [via Abstract Dynamics]
I don’t really know how to interpret this. So probably best to read it yourself…
BBC: Bombs rock central Baghdad.
The Red Cross has already scaled back operations in Baghdad citing concerns about security, will this see the ICRC move out of Iraq? I hope not… Seems that the terrorists are missing the distinction between military targets and aid workers in the capital.
BBC: Iraq ‘shelved nuclear plans’.
That’s a bold statement, made by the Washington Post and reported by the BBC. Are we seeing the house of cards tumble?