Sierra Leone has experienced a mass influx of foreign investors acquiring large tracts of arable and forest land for agriculture and mining
The UN and World Bank are supporting the forced expulsion of the Sengwer people from their ancestral lands. The land-grabbing REDD scheme must be stopped.
Patrick Bond says the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) economies are increasingly polluted and deadly. Much more damage will be done, and multifaceted resistance must likewise strengthen.
African small farmers denounce genetically modified seeds, agro-chemicals, resource grabs and laws that prevent them from freely using, sharing or selling their seed.
Under the guise of women’s rights, billionaires are promoting population control in sub-Saharan Africa
Ian Angus and Simon Butler reply to a critic who says their opposition to population control puts them in the anti-environment, pro-corporate camp.
Ethiopia has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people from their lands to make way for giant plantations
La Via Campesina: South African commercial farming is the most powerful on the continent; it flourishes at the expense of the oppression and exploitation of agricultural workers.
National Peasants Union: “We vehemently condemn any initiative which aims to resettle communities and expropriate the land of peasants to give way to mega farming projects for monocrop production”
South African Metalworkers Union: “Reducing global warming requires fundamental restructuring of the capitalist system. At the centre of such restructuring is the question of who owns the means of energy production, transmission, distribution and consumption.”
To enable corporate land grabs, indigenous peoples in Ethiopia are being driven off their fertile ancestral lands and forced into new villages where there is little access to food or arable land.
Leaked documents show that soldiers, militants and mercenaries receive millions from Shell, while impoverished local residents are routinely killed, tortured or expelled.
The southward expansion of the Sahara has devastating socio-economic impacts for those living in its path. As desertification intensifies conflicts are likely to increase across West Africa.
Walter Rodney’s classic study led to a veritable revolution in the teaching of African history. It remains one of the most compelling and persuasive books to emerge from the bowels of critical resistance to the exploitation of small countries.
The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, launched at the G8 summit, is just cover for more land grabbing by Northern corporations. The business-driven initiative won’t tackle hunger or support food producers in Africa.
Shell admits spilling 260,000 litres of oil in Bodo, Nigeria, in 2008, but independent experts say it was at least 7.8 million litres, and possibly over 49 million. After three years, Shell has not cleaned up the oil or paid compensation.
Tens of thousands will die in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa unless action is taken to counter the impact of climate change. Peasant farmers have the knowledge and skills needed to combat drought: empowering them to act is the key to stopping famine.
A new study shows that carbon trading and the so-called ‘Clean Development Mechanism’ not only won’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are damaging the communities, workers and local environments that are most affected by climate change. Across Africa, grassroots movements are fighting the CDM assault.
The north’s climate debt to Africa should be paid not through such gambling but in genuine income transfers that reach ordinary people, who are taking the brunt of worsening climate chaos (more…)
As former Bolivian Ambassadar to the UN, Pablo Solon said at last week’s Wolpe Memorial Lecture, “The COP17 will be remembered as a place of premeditated genocide and ecocide.” (more…)