Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Catch, the Story of The Tokyo Two

The video below retraces the story of the two Greenpeace anti-whaling activists Toru Suzuki and Junichi Sato, surnamed the "Tokyo Two".

As part of an undercover investigation where they successfully revealed evidence of commercial whale meat, they were accused of stealing and arrested.

They have been facing trial for nearly two years in Japan before receiving a one-year jail sentence earlier this year.

In 2008, Junichi and Toru exposed a scandal involving government corruption entrenched within the tax-payer funded Japanese whaling industry. They are on trial for theft and trespass, and the prosecutor has asked they be jailed for one year and six months.

It is not just Junichi and Toru's liberty that is at stake here - it is the fundamental right to peacefully investigate and expose corruption, to challenge authority and to do so without fear of persecution.

Watch The Catch

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Action Aid launching a Cycle-against-poverty challenge!

ActionAid Australia, a global anti-poverty agency, has been working in Cambodia to help farmers and their families create and build sustainable farming livelihoods. Since 2006, ActionAid has worked with these communities affected by landmines. The focus of ActionAid’s community development projects is now on increasing incomes through better farming techniques, training farmers in important business skills, such as selling and negotiating prices for their produce, and the benefits of rain tanks, water storage and management knowledge so that the productivity of farmers continues to rise. These skills together will help these communities start to build their own small businesses and farming co-operatives – initiatives that mean more food for themselves and their children as well as additional income.

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