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Syngenta convicted in Brazil

December 1, 2015

Justice finds company responsible for armed attack on encamped rural workers

Posted from La Via Campesina

Originally shared on November 19, 2015

The court sentence, given by Judge Pedro Ivo Moreiro, of the 1st Civil Court of Cascavel, was published in the Paraná State Official Gazette this Tuesday (17). The sentence rules that the company shall pay compensation to Keno’s family and to Isabel for the moral and material damage it caused. The case was taken to court in 2010, as an attempt to get a response from the State regarding Syngenta being responsible for the attack perpetrated by private armed militia.

Western Corporations Carve up Africa: the New Scramble for Africa

December 1, 2015

Reposted from This is Africa

Orignially shared on November 22, 2015

By Grace Kiwanga

Huge tracts of land in African countries with access to the sea and high economic growth are being targeted by corporations such as Monsanto and Unilever with help from the British and American governments –including millions of dollars that are intended for helping the poor, says a report published today by UK campaigning group World Development Movement.

The document, titled Carving up a continent: How the UK government is facilitating the corporate takeover of African food systems, explains that a G8 initiative called the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is using money intended for poverty reduction to instead ease access to key African locations for some of the world’s biggest companies, which already control much of the global food market.



December 1, 2015

An update from COPINH


¡HOY nos movilizamos frente a la Alcaldía de San Francisco de Ojuera y al segundo  Plantel del Proyecto Hidroeléctrico  Agua Zarza  que amenaza el Río Gualcarque!

Global Coalition of NGOs Calls for Investigation Into Murder of Activist Involved in Palm Oil Case in Guatemala

November 30, 2015

(Leer en español aquí)

November 30, 2015 — A coalition of international NGOs delivered an open letter today to Guatemala’s Attorney General, Thelma Aldana, and Interior Minister Eunice Mendizábal, calling on the Guatemalan government to conduct an immediate investigation into the murder of environmental activist Rigoberto Lima Choc. The petition— a joint action by Friends of the Earth, ActionAid USA and GHRC— was signed by 49,314 individuals from several different countries. 

The petition was presented alongside the Network of Communities Affected by Palm Oil and accompanying organizations, who have publicly denounced the attack and the negative impact of oil palm in communities in Guatemala. 

Action Alert: Please Help Support Ethiopian Food & Land Rights Activists

November 30, 2015

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Three Ethiopian food security and indigenous rights activists are facing trial after trying to attend a workshop on food security in Kenya. The move is part of the Ethiopian government's effort to silence critical voices using a draconian counterterrorism law.

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November 30, 2015

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Stop Veolia Seattle Zine

November 23, 2015

Reosted from Stop Veolia Seattle

Originally released on November 14, 2015

At the heart of this Zine is the defining and redefining of solidarity. We understand Veolia as a microcosm for tracing the intersections of our struggles locally and globally, for the potential and the need for solidarity and for what that community of joint-struggle might look like. 

International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy

November 19, 2015

Reposted from Initiative for Equality

Socioeconomic inequality is an integral part of the climate crisis, and must be addressed.

Climate change disproportionately impacts poor and marginalized people and communities, who suffer climate impacts more severely, do not have the resources to respond or adapt, and lack the resources and influence to demand necessary changes. Climate change particularly impacts women and girls. Climate change is also a factor in the migration crisis. Climate change hurts the poor or marginalized more than the rich, compounding existing inequalities.

Dangers of the Gates Foundation: Displacing Seeds and Farmers

November 18, 2015
From a presentation by Mariam Mayet

Edited by Simone Adler


Photo courtesy of Mariam Mayet. 

Mariam is the founder and director of the African Centre for Biodiversity in South Africa.

This is the first in a two-part article with Mariam Mayet. Please check back later in this series for further discussion on how the African Centre for Biodiversity is fighting back effectively to keep seeds in the hands of farmers and out of the multinational corporations’.


Our farmer-managed seed systems in Africa are being criminalized and displaced by a very aggressive green revolution project of corporate occupation by big multinational companies. This violent agrarian transformation is facing profound objection. African farmer organizations are outraged because decisions have been made and imposed on us in a very patronizing, patriarchal way, as if the agrarian vision and solution has been designed for us.


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