Fairtrade Labeling in Oz and Nz

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.”


Broadband + WiFi

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.


Abstract Dynamics:

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.”

UN ‘should’ act on Congo plunder

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.”

More on Baghdad Blasts

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.”

More on UK Asylum Seeker Proposals

BBC: Asylum law plans attacked.

Some highlights:

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.”