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Changing Times is about making a difference. It’s about being informed and taking positive action. It’s a platform for long-form journalism that gives voice to those who are not heard elsewhere. It aims to go to the heart of issues, no matter how challenging.

The environment, human rights, and well-being are the main focuses.

The LATEST NEWS section is the hub of Changing Times; it’s where you’ll find my most recent posts.

Unscrupulous governments and corporations are wreaking untold havoc, destroying the flora and fauna without which our planet will become a wasteland. Free of the strictures and bias of the mainstream, Changing Times aims to help halt this devastation, and contribute to turning things around.

One of the most recent articles on Changing Times is a comprehensive round-up about this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, which brought together an extraordinary mix of authors, journalists, poets, activists, and musicians from 25 different countries, gathered around the theme “I am you, you are me”.

Changing Times puts a human face on issues that can sometimes seem too devastating even to contemplate. It talks about the people engaged in the struggle to make our world a better place. It is these people who are driving change, and the priority of Changing Times is to convey their message, and shed light on the reality of their daily lives.

On this one website, you can read about the plight of koalas in Australia and orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra, the campaign against fracking, urban over-development in Kuala Lumpur, and the threats to the Great Barrier Reef. You can also find out about reiki, ayurveda, homeopathy, and other healing practices, and read thought-provoking travel articles.

Journalism can be holistic!

The nightmare experienced by Australians who have huge coal seam gas fields on their doorstep remains high on the Changing Times reporting agenda. My latest article portrays the strength and determination of those whose lives have been devastated by CSG exploitation.

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Changing Times is one of the main sources of information about the work being done to protect the precious Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. One of the founders of the NGO HAkA, Farwiza Farhan, recently won a prestigious Whitley award for “defending local livelihoods and Sumatra’s iconic species in the Leuser Ecosystem”. There is a full report on Changing Times.

While there are positive developments, like the recognition of the work of HAkA, much still needs to be done to halt the spatial plan for Aceh, which, Farwiza says, would “legalise destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem”.

Activists in danger

In several countries, such as Honduras, Guatemala, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia. environmental campaigners literally fear for their lives.

Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres Flores was murdered because of her opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. Changing Times has five reports about her assassination, including this article. More updates about Cáceres’ murder, and the assassination of other environmentalists in Honduras, Brazil, and Cambodia will be online shortly.

According to the NGO Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. New statistics show that, between 2010 and 2015, at least 109 people were killed there for taking a stand against destructive dam, mining, logging, and agriculture projects.

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Changing Times is a trusted source of in-depth reporting about the devastating forest fires in Indonesia. Last year’s blazes were described as “probably the biggest global environmental disaster of the 21st century”.

The destruction of peatlands for oil palm plantations is heavily to blame for the scale and ferocity of last year’s forest fires. There is a full report here.

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Changing Times keeps you up to date about the plight of the koala. An important development was the launch of the National Koala Alliance.

My article “Koala extinctions already a reality” paints a disturbing picture of inaction on the part of many local authorities and the national government in the face of the threats to koala survival.

Orangutans are becoming increasingly endangered in face of the continued destruction of their habitat and those working to protect and rescue them face massive challenges.

You can find another article about a rescue by the Orangutan Information Centre team in Sumatra here.

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Changing Times is a reputed source of information about palm oil and the devastation being caused by irresponsible company practices.

You can also read in-depth reports about Malaysia. Read my latest article about the new National Security Council Act here. My article about the recent Bersih 5 protest rally in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, can be found here. My latest article about the detention and release –  of human rights activist Maria Chin Abdullah is here.

KAMPONG BHARU

You can also read in-depth reports about Kampong Bharu – the last remaining urban village in Kuala Lumpur – which is being targeted for high-rise development. See Master plan for Malay enclave outrages local landowners, Bulldozers raze historic area of Kuala Lumpur, and Landowners in Malay enclave resist high-rise development for full coverage.

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I am also continuing my reporting about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370  with 239 people on board.

In Video stories, you can hear about Indonesian fishermen who are risking life and limb diving for sea cucumbers.

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In the Changing Times photo gallery, you’ll find snapshots of life in Malaysia, Australia, and Indonesia.

Changing Times is on the Byline news and crowdfunding platform. My first exclusive was about mega-dams and the destruction they are causing to the environment and the lives and livelihoods of indigenous communities. I have also written about the ways in which the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be disastrous for the environment.

POSITIVE THINKING

Changing Times aims to inspire. For information on how to stay in good form, click on Health and well-being.

A quote to remember:No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein.

Einstein also said the following:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Chinese proverb:Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.


Some positive links:

Becoming minimalist
The Optimist
Spiritual Cinema Circle
Gaiam TV
The Shift Network
The Grandmothers Speak
Playing For Change
Humanity’s Team

I’ve been asked to mention this organisation: Cancer Support France. The local Languedoc branch, CSF-Languedoc, particularly needs support.

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