Entire UK government breaks ministerial code by failing to declare interests

Rishi Sunak’s failure to appoint ethics adviser means ministers are unable to comply with twice-yearly requirement

Abducted and tortured by the Russians, Kherson’s survivors tell their stories

Three torture survivors from Kherson, Nova Kakhovka and Kakhovka told openDemocracy what happened to them Source: OpenDemocracy: Abducted and tortured by the Russians, Kherson’s survivors tell their stories

Israel/OPT: Deporting Salah Hammouri would constitute a war crime  

On Sunday 4 December, the Israeli authorities plan to deport French-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri, who has also had his Jerusalem residency status revoked.  Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Heba Morayef, said:  “Salah Hammouri has already spent nine months in administrative detention without charge or trial this year, in retaliation for his tireless campaigning for an end to Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians. These latest plans are not only a shameless attempt to hinder Salah’s human rights work, they are also an expression of the Israeli authorities’ chilling long-term policy aim of reducing the…

Onshore wind rebellion reveals fractious climate politics within the Conservative party

Onshore wind rebellion reveals fractious climate politics within the Conservative party Dave Head / shutterstock Campaigners have sought to overturn planning restrictions banning onshore windfarms ever since then UK prime minister David Cameron introduced them in 2015. This year, however, there have been signs of movement. Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson reportedly wanted to allow more onshore wind farms via the April 2022 energy security strategy, but was forced to water down his plans in the face of last-minute backbench and cabinet opposition. Under another former prime minister, Liz Truss, the short-lived growth plan included a relaxation of onshore…

NDN Collective Announces 2022 Community Self-Determination Grantees

Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announced recipients of the Community Self-Determination Grant, an unprecedented grant opportunity which will support and invest in the long-term visions, priorities, and power building of Indigenous Nations, communities, and Peoples. The 65 recipients, who will receive grants of up to $100,000 annually for up to two years, are Indigenous-led organizations… Source Source: Full Article: NDN Collective Announces 2022 Community Self-Determination Grantees

EU: New business sustainability law risks being undermined by glaring human rights loopholes 

The exclusion of banks and financial institutions, as well as waivers for companies that sell high-risk security equipment and surveillance technologies, undermine a proposed new European Union law governing human rights and businesses, Amnesty International said. The legislation, the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, for which Member States agreed a Council position today, seeks to compel EU businesses to respect human rights and the environment but looks set to fall far short of meeting this objective. “Member States want to exclude the use of companies’ products from their obligations to tackle human rights and environmental harm which means that…

Ukrainians on the front line face a winter without warmth or light

Zaporizhzhia, a once 700,000-strong city 40km from Russia’s front lines, remain defiant – but life is hard Source: OpenDemocracy: Ukrainians on the front line face a winter without warmth or light

Revealed: Key UN climate campaign being advised by a Big Oil PR firm

Brunswick, an adviser to UN ‘climate champions’, has been accused of ‘enabling the fossil fuel industry’s deception’ Source: OpenDemocracy: Revealed: Key UN climate campaign being advised by a Big Oil PR firm

Revealed: Key UN climate campaign being advised by a Big Oil PR firm

Brunswick, an adviser to UN ‘climate champions’, has been accused of ‘enabling the fossil fuel industry’s deception’

Entire UK government breaks ministerial code by failing to declare interests

Rishi Sunak’s failure to appoint ethics adviser means ministers are unable to comply with twice-yearly requirement Source: OpenDemocracy: Entire UK government breaks ministerial code by failing to declare interests

Let Them Know: San Francisco Shouldn’t Arm Robots

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Nov. 29 voted 8 to 3 to approve on first reading a policy that would formally authorize the San Francisco Police Department to deploy deadly force via remote-controlled robots. The majority fell down the rabbit hole of security theater: doing anything to appear to be fighting crime, regardless of whether or not it has any tangible effect on public safety. These San Francisco supervisors seem not only willing to approve dangerously broad language about when police may deploy robots equipped with explosives as deadly force, but they are also willing to smear those…

San Francisco City Board Approves Use of Police Robots to Kill Suspects

"I’m really just stunned that we’re here talking about this," an opposing member of the city board of supervisors said.

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