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Greens of the Americas meet in Chile

Greens of the Americas meet in Chile

by Michael Canney, member, International Committee of the Green Party of the United States and GPUS delegate to the Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas The annual assembly of the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas was held this year in Santiago, Chile, on October 27-28. Known as the FPVA for its Spanish name FederaciÛn de Partidos Verdes de las Americas, the meeting brought together Greens from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico,…

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A Sad Day for Democracy – Government interferes with establishment of Green Party in Rwanda

A Sad Day for Democracy – Government interferes with establishment of Green Party in Rwanda

by Mike Feinstein, member, International Committee of the Green Party of the United States In a day marked by chaos and, possibly, sabotage, the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) was prevented for the fourth time in as many attempts from holding a legally organized meeting to become an officially recognized political party. In Rwanda, a new party must collect at least 200 notarized nomination signatures nationwide to register as an official party, including at least five from each of…

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Greens win highest percentage ever in a German state election

Greens win highest percentage ever in a German state election

† The partyís record success came in part from its emphasis on education, helping it to broaden its appeal beyond Green voters. by Mike Feinstein, International Committee of the Green Party of the United States and Phil Hill, B¸ndnis ë90/Die Gr¸nen (Germany)† On January 18th, the Greens in the German state of Hesse received 13.7 percent of the vote, the highest percentage ever for Greens in any German state (Land) parliamentary election (other than city-states). In the process they almost…

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In memory of Arne Naess, founder of Deep Ecology

In memory of Arne Naess, founder of Deep Ecology

† As the father of ecosophy and a real pioneer of holistic ecological thinking, Naess has created the basis on which much green thinking rests. by Jan Bojer Vindheim, Milj¯partiet de Gr¯nne, Norway † The philosopher Arne Naess, who died recently at the age of 96, left a rich body of work behind. Internationally he was known as the originator of deep ecology, but environmentalism was just one facet of his philosophical work. In addition to his fame as a…

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Green Party of Canada reaches new heights in 2008 Federal Election

Green Party of Canada reaches new heights in 2008 Federal Election

“The Green Campaign functioned on two levels, promoting Green issues and demonstrating the credibility/capability of the Green Party, specifically its ability to manage the economy better than the Conservative government.” ñ†Elizabeth May by Mike Feinstein, International Committee of the Green Party of the United States In the October 14th federal election campaign, the Green Party of Canada (GPC) appeared in the party Leaders Debate for the first time and then won almost one million votes on Election day, seeing its…

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Presentations on U.S. elections to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Presentations on U.S. elections to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

† by Brent McMillan, Political Director, Green Party of the United States For many years, Greens and others within the U.S. have raised serious concerns about the credibility of U.S. elections and have hoped to gain international support to pursue these issues. This past fall, I had an opportunity to attempt to do just that. On August 22, 2008 I received an invitation from Congressman Alcee Hastings from Florida, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE,…

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