Archive for 2010

KAIROS Briefing Paper #27: Can Quantitative Easing Fund Green Jobs?

December 22, 2010

In our August 2010 Policy Briefing Paper, “G20 Surrenders to the Money Traders,” we discussed how central banks have the option of creating money out of nothing through what is known as“quantitative easing” or QE for short. In that paper, we note that…

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Sudan, Canada, and the struggle for self-determination

December 16, 2010

“Respect the outcome of the referendum, embrace peace and resist any call to return to war.” Women’s groups of Sudan, Khartoum, December 2010. 6 years is a long time to wait. But after six years of interim peace, the people…

Post filed in: Africa, Women of Courage

Le temps de KAIROS : décembre 2010

December 15, 2010

Lire le numéro de décembre 2010.

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KAIROS Times: December 2010

December 15, 2010

Read the December 2010 issue.

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Drawing a Line in the Sand

December 15, 2010

Why Canada needs to limit tar sands expansion and invest in a green economy

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KAIROS Statement in Support of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake/Mitchikanibikok Inik Opposition to Federal Government Imposition of Section 74 of the Indian Act

December 13, 2010

ndigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs. – Article 4: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   KAIROS fully supports the…

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Cancún Accord Mirrors Copenhagen Accord While Keeping Kyoto Protocol Alive

December 12, 2010

After only a few hours sleep I am risking a preliminary analysis of the “Cancún Accord” announced in the wee hours of Saturday morning over Bolivia’s objections. 1. Inadequate Reduction Target The agreement repeats the Copenhagen Accord’s target of keeping temperature…

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Urgent Plea from the WCC to Cancun Leaders

December 10, 2010

The World Council of Churches has issued the following statement to the leaders gathered in Cancun “No more delays: life on earth is in peril” Statement from the World Council of Churches To the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 16th…

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World Bank Out of Climate Rally

December 9, 2010

Today was marked by an intense debate concerning the role of the World Bank in climate change. World Bank President Robert Zoellick arrived in Cancún to launch a new multi-million dollar fund designed to help developing countries establish their own…

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Partner Profile: Constantine Dabbagh

December 7, 2010

From time to time, the Canadian mainstream media turns its attention to the Gaza Strip, and very little of its reporting carries good news. The western-most part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Gaza is surrounded by an Israeli military blockade…

Post filed in: Middle East

A KAIROS Partner’s Views on the Climate Talks

December 7, 2010

Today I sat down with Javier Balderas, a KAIROS partner from the Tepeyac Human Rights Centre in Oaxaca, Mexico to learn about how climate change is being experienced in one of Mexico’s poorest states. Javier described how the campesinos and…

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Idealism or Political Pragmatism: What should youth bring to the UN climate change negotiations?

December 4, 2010

This post is a guest reflection from Maggie Knight, Canadian Youth Delegate in Cancun. I came to the UN climate change negotiations with mixed ideas about what I as a young person can offer to the process. Yesterday was Young…

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On the Way to Cancun

December 1, 2010

Friday I depart for the UN climate talks in Cancún, Mexico. I hope to meet many of KAIROS’ southern partners from networks such as Oilwatch and Acción Ecológica as well as human rights campaigners from the Centro Tepeyac in Oaxacas to…

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Drumming for Indigenous Rights

November 29, 2010

On November 12 the Government of Canada finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, just over 3 years after it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2007. While the government’s decisions to…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Women of Courage—then and now

November 25, 2010

A reflection on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by Jennifer Henry Their names are Yolanda, Vernie, Chantal, Fahima, Lilia, Zaynab, Wafa, Theresa, and Jill–women whose contexts are diverse, but whose stories similarly resonate with courage…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Gender Justice, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS Briefing Paper #26: Decisive Action Vital at Cancún Climate Talks

November 25, 2010

One year after the failure of UN climate talks in Copenhagen, KAIROS has released a Briefing Paper calling for decisive action as negotiations resume in Cancún, Mexico. The paper contrasts the Canadian public’s desire for urgent action with a lack…

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KAIROS se réjouit de la décision du gouvernement canadien d’endosser la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones

November 23, 2010

KAIROS se joint aux peuples autochtones du Canada et à leurs sympathisants pour saluer l’endossement par le Canada de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones, annoncé hier par un communiqué de presse. Les Nations Unies…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Poll suggests Harper Government out of step with Canadians

November 18, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Thursday, November 18, 2010 (Ottawa/Toronto) – With just over a week before the next major round of UN climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, results of an Environics Research poll suggest that the Canadian public has…

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Selon un sondage, le gouvernement Harper va à l’encontre de l’opinion de la population canadienne

November 18, 2010

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Pour publication immédiate Jeudi 18 novembre 2010 (Ottawa/Toronto) – Un peu plus d’une semaine à peine avant la prochaine ronde de négociations sur les changements climatiques des Nations Unies à Cancún, au Mexique, les résultats d’un sondage…

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December 5th “Beat the Drum” Action Update

November 17, 2010

A victory! On November 12 the federal government announced that Canada will endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This reverses its previous position, and means that Canada is no longer one of only two countries…

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Joint Statement in Response to Canada’s Endorsement of the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’

November 17, 2010

November 16, 2010 On November 12th the Canadian government endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We urge the government to move ahead with the implementation of its provisions in a principled manner that fully respects their spirit…

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Le temps de KAIROS : novembre 2010

November 15, 2010

Lire le numéro de novembre 2010.

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KAIROS Welcomes the Government of Canada’s Endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

November 12, 2010

KAIROS joins with Indigenous peoples in Canada and their supporters in welcoming Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, announced in a press release today. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations on 13 September 2007…

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G-20: Take Action on Financial Transaction Taxes

November 11, 2010

International Civil Society Statement to the G-20 Leaders Summit in Seoul “We, the undersigned civil society organizations from 32 countries, urge G-20 leaders to make concrete progress towards the introduction of an internationally coordinated financial transactions tax (FTT) at the…

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The Business News Network interviews KAIROS’ Ecological Justice and Corporate Accountability Program Coordinator Ian Thomson on Bill C-300

November 11, 2010

The Business News Network interviews KAIROS’ Ecological Justice and Corporate Accountability Program Coordinator Ian Thomson on Bill C-300 and the value of a voluntary arbitration system for Canadian mining companies abroad. Some useful, clear and articulate answers by Ian to…

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UNDRIP Factsheet on Canada’s commitment to endorse the Declaration

November 3, 2010

Download the Factsheet (PDF) “The time is now for Canada to join the overwhelming majority of states that have endorsed the UN Declaration and who are establishing a practice of implementing this Declaration as an important international legal instrument.” This factsheet on Canada and…

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Appel au G-20: pour des mesures concernant une taxe sur les transactions financières

November 3, 2010

Déclaration de la société civile internationale pour le Sommet des dirigeants du G20 à Séoul “Nous soussignées, organisations de la société civile des pays 23, exhortons les dirigeants du G20 à accomplir des progrès concrets en vue de l’introduction d’une…

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