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TODAY: Conditions “harsh and disproportionate” for red-carpet activists and Sea Shepherd bat-mobile sunk by whalers by Chuck Baclagon

Coverage in Spain and European free dailies continued yesterday on the campaign to release the four red-carpet activists in Copenhagen. Spanish news documented the condition of Juan Lopez de Uralde in prison as “thinner than usual”, with a quote from Kumi Naidoo referring to conditions as “harsh and disproportionate”. Reports described a cell with only a mattress and security camera.

GP’s Mario Rodriguez is quoted saying “surprisingly our colleagues are being treated as common criminals. We see disproportionate measures being carried out with them and believe they are a punishment to the civil society striving for a better world. We know that the government is acting, but we ask for higher intensity. And we are asking citizens to continue to mobilize for all the activists to be released immediately.”

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Copenhagen Diary 10 |Leadership Crisis : neither “Seal the Deal” nor “Bend the Trend” by Chuck Baclagon
December 22, 2009, 2:34 am
Filed under: Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: , , ,

It was super cold on Friday late evening. After the “climate shame” photo shoot I left Oksnehallen Hall in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district – the alternative venue given to NGOs, civil society and observers by the Danish Foreign Minister in response to the restricted access at the Bella Center. It’s equipped with television links to the Bella Center until the end of COP15.
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Drowned rats by Chuck Baclagon
December 18, 2009, 11:21 pm
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

World leaders are scurrying to the Copenhagen airport like rats fleeing a sinking ship. You’d think they were all in the Maldives right now or something, and they could see the water closing in over their heads (if you’ll permit me to mix a couple metaphors).

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World leader cop-out leads to failure by Chuck Baclagon
December 18, 2009, 8:45 pm
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Gordon Brown and Barack Obama exactly where they should beIt’s a gut-busting, heart-breaking cop-out and I’m so very, very angry although sadly not very surprised. The exhaustion we’re all feeling in the Greenpeace team only adds to the appalling sense of frustration – our leaders swanned in and let us all down. The deal isn’t fair or ambitious and it certainly isn’t legally binding. Even though the agreement, such as it is, has yet to be sealed, they have failed.

I hoped it would be different but the skewed nature of international diplomacy has led the Copenhagen summit through two turbulent weeks into an exercise in arm-twisting and back-room deals. The bullying tactics of the developed countries have ensured they have got what they want, despite the attempts of some developing countries to stand their ground.

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The world is waiting… by Chuck Baclagon
December 18, 2009, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

Greenpeace US executive director Phil Radford commented on Obama’s speech earlier:

“The world was waiting for the spirit of yes we can, but all we got was my way or the highway.President Obama can still save Copenhagen by doing what he called on other leaders to do and give some ground by increasing his commitment to cut global warming pollution. But as it is he crossed an ocean to tell the world he has nothing new to offer, then he said take it or leave it.

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Copenhagen: Blow by blow by Chuck Baclagon
December 18, 2009, 4:25 pm
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

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Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

While we’re waiting to hear the announcements from Copenhagen – here’s a blow by blow account of what’s happened at the Summit so far – written by Martin Lloyd, our climate communications manager:

With thousands of negotiators and hundreds of points to agree it may be impossible to come up with a comprehensive account of what happened. But I’ll try and list some of the highlights.

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Copenhagen Diary 9 | Between the Debate and Speeches by Chuck Baclagon
December 18, 2009, 12:45 am
Filed under: 1, Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

There has been snowing since Wednesday night. All Copenhagen landscape turned white. I was on the bus no 250S to Gladsaxe Stadium outside Copenhagen’ city center with Khun Amarit(Mum) – news reporter from Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) who came over here last Saturday to document and report back home.

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