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We all hear discouraging news about threats and damage to the environment, human rights, etc., and we only rarely hear about people and organizations worldwide who are responding and often finding solutions to these issues. Many of these stories can be found in this databse. The issues that this database seeks to address include peace, social justice, environmental concerns, ethnic conflict, corporate abuse, preservation of biological and cultural heritage, among others.

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  79: Exposing Animal Abuse at Huntingdon Labs


In 1996 Zoe Broughton worked as a laboratory technician inside U.K.'s Huntingdon Life Sciences while secretly filming and assembling harsh evidence of animal cruelty and incompetence at the hands of HLS technicians. On a camera hidden strapped to her body, Broughton captured footage of technicians hitting and shaking laboratory dogs during experiments involving chemicals and pesticides. Follow... 

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  933: Two Very Different Coups in South America

"The big business-led coup in Venezuela failed, where international finance's coup in Argentina has succeeded. Greg Palast presents the inside track on two very different power-grabs. Mr. Palast gives a brief political background for each country and then describes what happened in each "coup."

Concluding comments about the coup contrast: "Certainly the Keystone Kops-style plot against C... 

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  451: Reclaiming the Future for Ladakhis

"Localized effort in Ladakh, or ?Little Tibet?, in the western Himalayas combats the costly effects of globalisation on the South by supporting diversity through stronger local and regional economies.
Efforts by ISEC and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project, show that ethnic tensions can diminish when people are able to maintain respect for their own culture and economy. These efforts have aimed ... 

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  159: Student movement uses systematic non-violent techniques to help overthrow dictatorship

"Otpor, which means 'Resistance' in Serb, made its debut in December 1998 with a graffiti-spraying campaign across Belgrade. Then they were a minuscule self-styled non-ideological 'movement' calling for, among other things, the removal of Milosevic, true democratisation and constitutional guarantees for human and civil rights for all. Yet in the space of eighteen months the ranks of Otpor swelled ex... 

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  235: Opposing a Nylon Plant in India

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A letter-writing campaign helps convince DuPont Corporation to relocate a proposed nylon plant. Global Response - an international network of letter-writing activists - supported community environmental activists (The Goa Foundation) in opposing DuPont's proposed nylon 6,6 plant in Goa. Three months later, DuPont withdrew the Goa proposal.... 

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