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International Green Party news: Germany, England, New Zealand, Malta, Canada

Earth Times is reporting that the German Green Party is applying pressure on the Angela Merkel government to persuade the US government to abandon cluster bombs.

Children are often victims of the weapons, which can remain lodged in the ground for years after being fired, since they sometimes mistake the so-called bomblets for toys.

According to the Laotian government, more than 300 children a year die because of “bomblets” left over from the war in Vietnam and the surrounding nations.


Green Party members in Canada appear to be ready for the next election. Simcoe Reformer reports that

Anne Faulkner was acclaimed as the Green Party entry in a meeting held at someone’s house earlier this month.

It would appear that this approach may be unusual in Canadian politics.

The Green Party in England and Wales says that new reports from the wind power industry show that the market lead approach is not accomplishing important goals.

A Green Party spokesperson commented today: “It’s appalling that the UK government would allow the situation to be so shockingly bad. According to the UN, climate change is already killing 300,000 people a year and rising (3). The wind industry is one of the main tools for tackling climate change, and Britain is supposedly a major player.”

The piece is worth a full read in large part because it does more than just point to problems, but offers Green Party solutions, a hallmark of the Green Party movement since we were the Values Party in New Zealand all those years ago.

Speaking of New Zealand, the Green Party there is in the news because the Parliament adopted a Green Party resolution calling for sustainability.

A bill drafted by Jeanette Fitzsimons would make sure biofuels sold in New Zealand are environmentally sound…It would rule out fuels made from food crops, made by destroying biodiversity, or which did not significantly reduce carbon emissions.

A second bill, drafted by Catherine Delahunty, promotes sustainable forestry and encourages the production of certified timber products in the developing world.

It would restrict timber imports to sustainably produced wood, banning imports from illegal logging operations.

Radio New Zealand News

Malta Today is reporting that today’s Green Party was born of a coming together of environmental activists and civil rights activists into the Alternattiva Demokratika back in the 1980s. These activists were forged in the fire of imprisonment and beatings by both government forces and party thugs. This article, which covers AD (The Maltese Greens) from the early 1980s to today, is a case study of what can happen, and did happen, in Malta.

Meanwhile, back in New Zealand, we find that the Kiwis have something in common with the state of Connecticut. Both apparently have a habit of spying on The Green Party. Otago Daily Times reports that one Green Party member of Parliament was the subject of state surveillance from the ripe old age of eleven because of family ties. Another was targeted beginning in 1968 because she was a member of various socialist and communist groups and was involved in unemployment rights campaigns. A third goes back to her high school days, but authorities seemed to dismiss that as unimportant, saying

says she was never regarded as a security concern and that the file was created in the context of an entirely different period than today.

Election irregularities also seem to be a problem for Greens across the planet…in this case, in London. Oxfordshire County elections are in question, with the Green Party nominee calling for fresh elections. Sushila Dhall , the Green Party candidate, is calling for a re-run of county council elections claiming that

hundreds of polling cards were not delivered to voters in the West Central Oxford division and believe that may have influenced the result on June 4.

In other New Zealand Green Party news, a proposal to label single-ingredient food, like meats, fish, vegetables and fruits, with a label of origin faces the prospect of being toothless even before it is born. Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says that “This scheme won’t guarantee consumers the right to know where their food comes from, as any voluntary system will be just that – voluntary,”

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