By Antoaneta Bezlova
BEIJING, Sep 24 (IPS) - The beloved national tradition of nibbling sweet pastry mooncakes
Lynette Lee Corporal
BANGKOK, Aug 11 (IPS/Asia Media Forum) — Say goodbye to the usual slogan-shouting and banner-carrying protest actions, because one does not even have to be anywhere near China to push a mix of causes -- from Tibet and Burma to Darfur. Online creativity is the name of the game.
While the spectacular 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies got underway, many groups are finding and using innovative ways online in which to express their displeasure about China's socio-political and economic policies.
BEIJING, Feb 5 (IPS) - Following the release of an authoritative United Nations report that unequivocally links human activities with climate change, the rulers of the world's most populous country are in a quandary over how to balance prosperity with pollution. China's economy has been growing at a double-digit rate for the last 20 years and is now the second largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide after the United States.
The increased atmospheric concentration of carbon emissions that trap heat and contribute to global warming has now been confirmed with near certainty to be caused by human activity and the use of fossil fuels.
By Qian Xiao Feng*
VIENTIANE - In the centre of Laos' leafy capital, just two blocks from where the Mekong River marks the border with Thailand, stands the Lao National Cultural Hall, a gleaming, modern structure trimmed with gold paint.
"It's a lot of pressure but I've enjoyed doing all this," Elizabeth Tang of the Hong Kong People's Alliance on the World Trade Organisation says of the "very hectic" year of organising civil society actions ahead of the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference.
Meantime, she says awareness of trade issues, normally confined to boardrooms and government meetings, has been spreading among activists and trade unions in Hong Kong.
There will be three major protest marches and some 50 events, seminars, exhibitions and concerts during the WTO meet, and Tang says Hong Kong people pride themselves on "being able to express their opinions but in a very orderly way".