Published: Friday 31 December 2004

High school students in rural Argentina are hitting the airwaves. Alejandra Cisneros, Claudio Romero and William Peralta are student radio pioneers who have launched 'Brushstrokes' on Radio del Cole, the FM radio station in their school in Sebastian Elcano, in central rural Argentina. The student broadcasts cover an eclectic mix of topical and cultural issues, from the art forms of ancient Olmec culture, to modern attitudes to sexuality. Radio del Cole transmits for an impressive sixteen hours everyday from a radio constructed by the students.

All those in Argentina: tune in to 90.7 FM to hear the student DJs.

Greenpeace has launched a signature campaign to rescue the Olive Ridley Turtles along the Orissa coast and ensure the proposed Dhamra port project, which threatens the turtles and their ecosystems, is abandoned."It will destroy the natural wealth of the region as well as one of the last world's turtle mass nesting sites," states a Greenpeace spokesman.

Police violently attacked and arrested a group of rural farmers occupying land in the state of San Pedro, Paraguay, on November 4, 2004. 55 year-old Aurelio Espinoza was brutally killed; 30 others were detained. In just three years, the Paraguayan government has expelled 100,000 farmers from their lands, to make way for GM crops.

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