Copenhagen diary (10/12/09)
Thursday 10 December 2009
* Relations between the Danish police and climate protesters at Copenhagen have remained cordial, but things threatened to boil over at 3am yesterday when 100 officers raided a house being used by the campaign group Climate Justice Action, on Ragnhild Street in the north of the city. Apparently the police thought they were about to uncover a cache of dangerous weapons. Instead, a spokesman admitted later, they discovered "58 fluorescent tubes containing a mixture of paint and oil, closed in both ends with candle wax, 193 riot shields, nine metal cages measuring 4mx2m..." The drowsy campaigners said they also nabbed a power drill, an angle grinder, some wooden props and bicycle tools. Would love to know what they were planning.
* We turn now to the frustrations of journalists and bloggers seeking to record the wit and wisdom of Canadian writer Naomi Klein, only to be curtly informed that she is reserving all her interviews for the Al Jazeera television network. When one curious event organiser asked her to explain the reason behind this wall of silence, she replied: "I like them. Oh, and my husband works there." Klein's unflinching loyalty to the environmental cause is commendable.
* An emailed press release from Craig Rucker, executive director of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and (not so) notable climate-change sceptic, arrived in our inboxes yesterday. In a speech in the Danish capital on Tuesday, he argued that the summit delegates "represent the greatest threat to the health, safety, and standard of living for all mankind since the fall of 20th-century totalitarianism". In his tireless pursuit of the facts, he has travelled to "a dozen UN conferences in such places as Cairo, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Bali, Cancun, and Kyoto".
* Readers of Tuesday's Copenhagen diary will remember the tale of the Angry Mermaid, a Friends of the Earth representative clad in suitably scaly garb, who was seen flapping around outside the climate talks encouraging people to draw attention to "the corporate lobby groups undermining effective climate action". But yesterday, the irate mermaid was consigned to a watery grave after being sensationally banned by summit organisers. "We were told we could not upset the corporate lobbyists," said one bitterly disappointed FOE campaigner, Asad Rehman. To which the only sensible response must be: isn't that the point?
As Iraq runs dry, a plague of snakes is unleashed
Vital invertebrates decline by 45 per cent, study finds
The top 10 weirdest animal mating rituals
Plan to reintroduce genetically pure bison could put the wild back into America's Wild West
Stop taking 'tiger selfies' that fund animal abuse, charity says
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >
£80000 - £90000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: I am current...
£65000 per annum + 15% Pension, Health, Travel & Bonus: Progressive Recruitmen...
£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: SAP BW/BO CONSU...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: I recruit for contract mechanical design...