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Restructuring India

Blog entry by Colin Todhunter | November 7, 2013

Back in 2008, Indian finance minister P. Chidambaram claimed that his government’s policies were pro growth and pro equity (1). He blamed an inept system of administering benefits to the poor for the low rate of ‘inclusive growth’. He...

Hanging in the Mist: Mercury Contamination in South India

Blog entry by Colin Todhunter | October 30, 2013

Mercury Rising in Kodaikanal. © Ignatius Joseph/Greenpeace Mountains rise. Fog rolls. The plains below bake. On a plateau at 2,133 metres in the Palani Hills, South India, Kodaikanal nestles in the mist. It's a place where...

Don’t believe the hype – hooliganism is hardly better than piracy

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | October 24, 2013

Earlier this evening Russian authorities offered the Arctic 30 — currently being held in a freezing jail in Murmansk — what looked like a legal olive branch by dropping piracy charges and replacing them with ones of "hooliganism."...

30 things you can do for the Arctic 30

Blog entry by JulietteH | October 22, 2013

We continue to be overwhelmed by the amount of support, messages, letters, posters, sent to us for the Arctic 30. Many of you have written to us asking what more you can do to help them, especially when you are far away from cities...

Cyclone Phailin; a disaster uncalled for

Blog entry by Abhishek Pratap | October 17, 2013

In an earlier protest Greenpeace activists project a message to stop climate change on a cooling tower of the National Thermal Coal Plant. The morning after Cyclone Phailin struck the east coast with all its fury, the newspapers had...

Cyclone Phailin: The strongest in more than a decade

Blog entry by Samit Aich | October 12, 2013

As I write, I am fearfully watching the news from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Cyclone Phailin, the strongest in more than a decade, looks set to reach landfall in the next hour. Already early strong winds have been lashing the...

Let the sun rise over the Arctic

Blog entry by Shiwang Singh | October 9, 2013

Its day 21 and the Arctic Sunrise Crew are still in detention in Murmansk. The appeal to release crew member Ekaterina Zaspa, activist  Andrey Allakhverdov and freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov on bail was refused by the Regional...

In dark days, black nights we found our light of solidarity

Blog entry by Ruhie Kumar | October 8, 2013

Candlelight vigil at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to free the Arctic 30. © Sudhanshu Malhotra/Greenpeace October 5, 2013 marked the Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30. Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai observed...

An assault on the very principle of peaceful protest

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | October 4, 2013

It is bitterly ironic that as the world celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as International Non-Violence Day, 30 non-violent, peaceful protestors sat locked up in jail cells in Russia. Yesterday, 13 activists and one freelance...

A vigil for the Arctic 30 in Mumbai

Blog entry by Pankaj Kumar | October 1, 2013

It was a Saturday morning on September 28, 2013. When I was getting ready, my four year old daughter asked me where I was going and if she can join me. What I told her is that I am going to stand up for those who save the homes of...

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