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“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

December 22, 2015

An interview with Nixon Boumba, Democratic Popular Movement (MODEP) and American Jewish World Service

Edited by Natalie Miller 

Members of a peasant organization heading to community meeting to discuss their rights. Photo: Roberto (Bear) Guerra.

Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target of extraction and private business development by Haitian and foreign investors. Income and trade - if the wages are livable and the trade is fair - would, of course, be helpful for the poverty statistics-topping nation. This would be especially important for the majority of the population who survive on agriculture. However, much of the new business is being planned or executed on lands those farmers’ families have lived on since they were enslaved, leaving them landless and without livelihood.

This article debuts a new series, “Land Rights and Food Sovereignty in Haiti,” to run every other week. The series will feature interviews with those directly impacted, investigation by scholars and other experts, and analysis from Haitian activists. The pieces will examine the problems; the role of the US and UN; and solutions, spotlighting food sovereignty.


December 16, 2015

By Gathuru Mburu

Photo courtesy of Gathuru Mburu.

This article was drawn from a presentation with Gathuru Mburu, and edited and condensed by Simone Adler and Beverly Bell. 

Gathuru Mburu is an ecologist and activist from Kenya. He is Co-Founder of the Institute for Culture and Ecology and part of the African Biodiversity Network, which is a member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa.


Recolonization is happening. There is a second scramble, not just in Africa, but across the global South. Corporations started it. We need to name and shame these corporations – Monsanto, Syngenta, Cargill, and the program promoting them, AGRA [A Green Revolution for Africa] – to take this battle to the next level.

The wars [of conquest of Africa] have not actually ended – the artillery has just transformed into a different type against us farmers today. All of us are fighting.

Will Washington Greenlight Another Coup in Haiti?

December 15, 2015

After December's elections, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

By Natalie Miller 

Originally posted on Foreign Policy in Focus on December 8, 2015

Photo courtesy of Haiti Innovation / Flickr

In October, Haitians went to the polls in a critical election for nearly 5,000 political positions, including the presidency. The preliminary results named Jovenèl Moïse, a member of outgoing President Michel Martelly’s party, as the frontrunner — though by a small enough margin that a runoff vote is planned for December 27th.

Unfortunately, evidence of overwhelming fraud discredits these results. If the putsch is successful, Haiti could have yet another U.S.-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

The United States has a long legacy of destructive intervention in Haiti — whether through direct military occupation, support for heinous dictators, facilitation of coups d’état, or manipulation of the electoral process.

Other Worlds' Insights and Impact Report 2015

December 9, 2015

Beloved Friends, 

We end the year as we started it: with gratitude for you, our community and our co-conspirators, our friends and our funders. We appreciate you for your contributions to our enormous collective task, and for your standing with us at Other Worlds.

Believing that another world is possible, and laboring to create it, might take tremendous courage and chutzpah – unless you believe that everything is at stake and that we have no other choice. The tyranny, war, rejection of safe haven for refuge-seekers, and climate chaos we are witnessing convince us of this: The world needs radically different political, economic, and social systems, based on a radically different division of power and wealth, and based on compassion. 

To reach this goal, we have to hold a clear vision of what can be, what should be. That vision can’t fit into any realpolitik view of the world as it currently is. It has to be big, bold, bodacious.  

Inspiring new visions, and inciting others to turn them into reality, is why Other Worlds was founded almost a decade ago. We bring to you words, ideas, experiences, and models of those who, united into social movements, have moved us closer to that global community we seek - either by preserving or rescuing beautiful knowledge and traditions, or by creating new systems. We compile and publish alternatives flourishing throughout the world, ones opening space for economic, political, social, and environmental justice, and meaningful democracy.

Other Worlds also exists to support those social movements who are keeping open the doors and windows of hope, advancing through the open spaces when they can, and keeping a finger or toe jammed in the cracks when they can’t. This year, we have done this in some vital ways, which are discussed below. 

We are grateful for all you do to refuse to be silenced, refuse to be intimidated, refuse to accept the unacceptable, refuse to acquiesce. We love knowing that we are united with you in imagining what we are told is unimaginable, and of changing what we are told can’t be changed.

With thanks, love, and hope, 

Beverly Bell, Coordinator

Click read more to read the full report or download the .PDF version.

Advancing Food Sovereignty to Transform Economies

December 2, 2015

By Mamadou Goïta 

Photo Courtesy of Mamadou Goïta

This article was drawn from an interview with Mamadou Goïta, and conducted, edited, and condensed by Simone Adler. Beverly Bell helped with editing.

Mamadou Goïta is a development socio-economist from Mali and Executive Director of Institute for Research and Promotion of Alternatives in Development (IRPAD), a member of the regional coordinating group of the Coalition to Protect African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), and a local advisor for the New Field Foundation.

Food sovereignty can transform local, national, and regional markets to support countries’ domestic economies and allow us to create wealth, both in production and knowledge.

Assassination Attempt In Honduras Linked to Canadian Tourism Businesses: Indigenous Garifuna leader shot three times

December 2, 2015

Garifuna Land Rights Defender Attacked in Trujillo

Reposted from OFRNAEH (Honduran Black People's Fraternal Organization)

Originally shared on November 30, 2015

Vidal Leiva, at OFRANEH meeting in October 2015 with visiting UN human rights Rapporteur. Photo: OFRANEH

On Friday, November 27, in the city of Trujillo, our friend Vidal Leiva, President of the Land Defense Committee in the Garifuna communities of Cristales and Río Negro, Trujillo, was attacked by gunmen. Leiva was shot three times - receiving a bullet in one of his lungs and another in his liver. Despite the seriousness of his wounds, the community leader is in stable condition.

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. 


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