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Ecuador Oil Drilling Referendum | Greece Wildfires | Tempelhofer Feld Development

By Staff

Our weekly roundup of stories you may have missed.

Ecuador votes top stop oil drilling in national park

Ecuadorians have voted overwhelmingly to stop oil drilling in the Yasuní national park in the Amazon rainforest. Yasuní is considered one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, and is home to the “uncontacted” Tagaeri and Taromenane indigenous communities.

A historic victory in the fight against the political dominance of the global fossil fuel industry, the result means up to 726 million barrels of oil will be kept underground.

Greece: Vigilantes attack refugees after blaming them for wildfires

Refugees and migrants have become scapegoats in Greece as the country battles an unprecedented number of deadly wildfires. One ultra-nationalist MP took to Facebook last week to claim that recent arrivals to Greece were to blame for starting fires, triggering a spike in racist vigilante violence against migrants in the Evros region close to the Turkish border, which has seen some of the worst destruction due to fires. 

Urban planning competition for Berlin's Tempelhofer Feld

The debate around building on Tempelhofer Feld goes on. Berlin’s CDU/SPD coalition has initiated a new urban planning competition, calling for new ideas regarding the development of some parts of the former airstrip.

In 2014 a legally-binding referendum ruled out any building on Tempelhof – questions remain around the legality of any new development unless that decision is overturned.

Sea Eye 4 and 2 other rescue vessels detained in Italian ports

Italian authorities have detained two German sea rescue vessels operated by Sea Eye and Sea-Watch in the Mediterranean for violating a new Italian law prohibiting multiple consecutive rescues. Giorgia Meloni’s far-right government has been cracking down on sea rescue organisations this year, passing a decree in February to limit their activities. Sea-Eye report saving 114 lives last week. 

Saudi death sentence over tweets

Retired teacher Mohammed al-Ghamdi has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for a series of tweets criticizing the Saudi government and calling for the release of political prisoners. The ruling, made in response to tweets sent from an anonymous account with only 9 followers, is the first death sentence by a Saudi court in a case of online activism. It follows a trend of increasingly extreme measures used in the last year by the Saudi government to silence its critics.

EU Tour & DJ workshops

We’re back on the road this Autumn for a 16-date European tour. Inviting 58 artists, in collaboration with Carhartt WIP, you can catch us at parties and workshops from Lisbon to Istanbul. Click here to find out more and apply for workshops.

FBM Workshop

We’re teaming up with Femme Bass Mafia to host the workshop ‘Know Your Tech!’ hosted by DJ, producer and sound engineer Monibi. The workshop aims to teach participants everything they need to know about setting up DJ equipment and troubleshooting, tracing the signal flow of DJ setup from sound source to destination. Apply here.

This week on Weserstraße:

Tuesday: Éclat Crew, Jank Inc., Marta Mer

Wednesday: Nomansland, Privacy, Kilopatrah Jones

Thursday: Vio PRG, SWISHA, Cosmic Circuit

Friday: ABIBA, Madame Shazzzam, Rix In The Mix

Saturday: Lily Haz, Red Bananna, krstn

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