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One of the members of the board of Antenna, Patrice Riemens, has followed
the developments around Wikileaks closely and wrote for this site:
The Wikileaks Saga.
Width co-author Geert Lovink he wrote in august 2010 ten theses opgesteld, also published in the
Rundschau (german) and NRC
(dutch). Finally they became twelf.
The articles of Bruce Sterling
and Felix Stalder
provide also valuable context about the importance and impact of Wikileaks.
Internet = Wikileaks = Internet
The goal of this portal is to improve waste management practices globally to
ensure a cleaner environment, healthier and fairer jobs in waste management,
higher recycling rates, and improved waste system performance.
Although this is a tall order, they believe that for improving waste
management practices, people are the starting point. Not only the general
'usual suspects' in waste management, like the municipality, and ministries
of environment and health, but also households as clients of waste
management services, the informal waste sector earning a livelihood with
resource management, producers of consumables. All these actors have a stake
in well-functioning, clean waste management services.
They are convinced that people around the world that work with waste can
learn a lot from each other. This Portal provides general, but also specific
contextual information on waste management. With this site we hope not only
to offer usefull information on waste management, but also stimulate
discussion, by offering a platform to people working in urban waste
Publication: Why peace worked: Mozambicans look back
Lucia van den Bergh wrote a book based on her work for 6 years as representative of AWEPA in Mozambique.
This book is a particularly interesting book because it is based on
information provided by people who played key roles in the transition period
in Mozambique, from war to peace. Mozambique is unique in its combination of
smooth transition from a guerrilla movement to an opposition party,
effective demobilisation and the absence of a truth and reconciliation
commission like in South Africa not to mention the absence of war crimes
In the preface Jan Nico Scholten writes: "People say that South Africa is a miracle. The policy of apartheid with
all its intimidation, oppression and aggression came to an end not through a
bloodbath but by peaceful means. This non-violent resolution came about thanks to the wisdom
of both sides, the oppressed and the oppressor.
But there are many reasons why Mozambique can be considered a miracle as
well, although it went through another process than South Africa; Mozambique is
viewed worldwide as a successful peace process, but not much attention has been
paid to the factors that make Mozambique unique. This book does!
This book tells a story which has not been told before and will be an influential work for anyone researching or
analysing civil wars."
On 2 February at the International Press Centre
Nieuwspoort in The Hague,
the first copy was handed over to the Dutch Minister for Development
Cooperation Bert Koenders, who has special experience and interest in
Mozambique. Click here for a free PDF
or click here for a hardcopy
from the Antenna
The Limping Messenger: And the Walls came tumbling down
For quite some time Tjebbe van Tijen,
media-artist, blogs on his own erudite way, with great sense of
humor, context and current matters. His latest blog is about the Berlin
And while you visit his site, read also his blog entry on our
crown prince. Read more.
Antenna is using green energy since 1997
Since 1997 Antenna is buying for our offices and servers Natural energy. 100% C02
free: solely based on sun, water and wind. Energy from biomass is not green enough for us!
Now we more and more host servers also for third parties we are happy with
our new partner Hetzner.
All their energy is also generated 100% emission- and radiation free by
For CIDIN of the Radboud University on request of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs of the
Netherlands, we have built the NGO database site where visitors can monitor
the expenses per sector and country by dutch development NGOs.
Antenna is now also working with Drupal
For clients like KNNV, Waste
and others Antenna is now using Drupal as CMS. Drupal is one of the most
extended CMS systems also in use by organisations like TNI, Amnesty
International, Human Rights Watch and various UN agencies.
Wordpress support by Antenna
Next to Moodle, Joomla, CMSimple, Magento and Drupal Antenna is also hosting sites
built with Wordpress. Antenna is also
maintaining the Wordpress sites that we have installed. Meaning the security
and general updates of the CMS software to avoid abuse by others.
A new CMS based on Wordpress under a domain name, an available theme, logo
and images can be installed for Euro incl. VAT. Annual hosting costs
including updates and support is 59,95 incl. VAT.
On-line payment and donation options via Antenna
Antenna offers since many years on-line payment with credit cards. Now it
is also possible to use iDEAL en Paypal.
The webshop is built with Magento, one of the most
popular Open Source Webshops.
Antenna SpirulinaSpirulina is a 100% natural food component rich in
vitamins, minerals, omega-6. It is a pure vegetable product without any
additives. It is being produced locally around the world by many Antenna
member organisations and partners as contribution against malnutrition. See
the sites of Antenna Geneve
and Antenna Paris.
Women at the Antenna Trust
in India are producing it 100% healthy, pure, sustainable, natural and fair!
For Progress! Not for Profit: . www.spirulina.org.
21st Globalisation Lecture April 8 2008 Felix Meritis in Amsterdam
Is the internet developing itself as a means of knowledge for the poor or
into a new form of cultural imperialism? In fields that used to be the domain of professionals, are now amateurs at
work who give their opinion in blogs. Professional journalism is making way for amateur press coverage.
The British-American internet entrepreneur and journalist Andrew Keen fears
the worst for the continued existence of shades of meaning in reporting. But do people in other parts of the world
feel the same? After all, uncensored reports from war areas or countries who are weighed down by state censorship
reach us only thanks to the internet.
Andrew Keen recently published: The Cult of the Amateur; how todays Internet
is Killing our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy. After the Globalisation Lecture by Andrew Keen
journalist Karin Spaink and internet entrepreneur and idealist Michael Polman
(director of Antenna)
debated guided by José van Dijck,
professor Media and Culture University of Amsterdam.
Read more. You can read the reply to Mr. Keens lecture by Michael Polman.
Illustration by Sebe Emmelot
Indian jeans and freedom on the web:
At the beginning of 2008, FFI/JKPL have resolved their differences as to
labour conditions at
the Indian clothing production facilities of FFI/JKPL. In consultation with
and unions in Bangalore, a mediator/conciliator in Bangalore has been
requested to act
as ombudsperson in connection with labour conditions at FFI/JKPL. Should
organisations or SKK/LIW have any complaints concerning labour conditions,
they can submit
these to the ombudsperson, who will attempt to resolve them. Employees will
be free to
organise themselves in a union of their choice. On the basis of this
agreement, SKK and LIW
are confident that any violations of labour rights will be reported in a
timely fashion and
will be resolved in a correct manner. Parties therefore no longer require
the courts to
provide judgement on the difference of opinion as to the allegations put
forward by local
Indian organisations, and disputed by FFI/JKPL, as to events lying in the
Therefore, the Indian company withdraws all legal proceedings and SKK and
LIW bring to an end
all campaigns against FFI/JKPL and the Dutch jeans brand G-Star. SKK and LIW
applaud the fact
that G-Star, as the most important former client of FFI/JKPL, as well as
other (former) clients,
restore their commercial relationship with FFI/JKPL.
See also in the media:
Antenna India: malnutrition and microcreditsAntenna Trust in
Madurai India has opened a new site. On this site you can find information
on the core activities of Antenna in India:
Combatting malnutrition - with production and distribution of spirulina -
and its Micro Credits Programme for selfhelp
groups of women in Madurai. One of our dutch collegues is currently in India
to enhance the cooperation with Antenna in Madurai.
Antenna Trust has the same selfsupporting formula as the Antenna Foundation.
With the income from producing medicinal plants,
ornamental plants and spirulina many children who suffer from malnutrition
in India are supported on a daily basis.
A project is underway to expand this selfsupporting project to combat
malnutrition in 80 locations in India. A similar project has
been launched by Antenna in East-Congo Africa. Antenna Foundation will start
selling Antenna spirulina soon in Europe
as Fair Trade product produced by the women of Antenna Trust. With the extra
income we hope to financially
support the work of Antenna in India.
Antenna Geneva: Research for Progress, Not for Profit!
The Declaration of Human Rights assures each human being the right to
nourishment, health and lodging. Today, more than one third of worldwide
population is still deprived of the basic right to nourishment.
More than starvation, the real challenge today is malnutrition: the
deficiency in micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals and essential amino-acids)
that no longer allows the body to ensure growth and maintain its vital
functions (WHO 1996).
develops and implements appropriate technologies
allowing local development of agricultural production, food supply and
related sanitation covering basic essential needs of deprived populations
and young children.