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…)
Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed groups who destroyed Nigerian towns, according to a new report (more…)
While millions of Kenyans go hungry, giant plantations use valuable farmland and declining water supplies to grow flowers for European markets (more…)
The growing wave of privatization of land in Africa has made its precarious agricultural and food system even more vulnerable (more…)
“The land reform has failed us. The municipality has failed us. We will not fail ourselves. We are occupying this land. We will not be removed. Ever!” (more…)
Oil spills have effectively destroyed my community. Local farmers and fishers were forced to abandon their traditional ways of life. Bodo Creek is, ecologically speaking, dead. (more…)
Presentation by Patrick Bond for a panel discussion on Climate Change and Just Transition, at the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa Climate Change Conference in Johannesburg, July 18, 2011. (more…)
The Ogoni haven’t lost hope. They’ve been fighting against Shell for their land and rights since day one and they continue to do so – and they need our solidarity. (more…)
For Africa and its peoples in particular, governments meeting at this year’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban must end years of unacceptable vacillation, and meet their moral, historical and legal obligations and commitments for action on climate change, in accordance with the requirements of science and the principles of equity. (more…)
Trevor Manuel’s long history of collaboration with Washington and London raises prospects for “default” by the industrialized North on payment of climate debt to the impoverished South (more…)
Excerpts from a briefing by the African Biodiversity Network, Biofuelwatch, Carbon Trade Watch, the Gaia Foundation and the Timberwatch Coalition. (more…)
A new study from Kenya shows that jatropha, which has been promoted as a “wonder fuel,” is a disaster for the environment and for the people the plantations displace (more…)
This multiple set of interlinked climate-energy-economic travesties can only be reversed by grassroots and labor activism (more…)