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New Indian Party fights for social and environmental justice … and wins

By Daniela Del Bene A new force is shaking things up in Indian politics. In December, the new Aam Aadmi Party (the ”Common Man Party”) contested the Delhi legislative assembly election …

A change of image in Uruguay: president Mujica as the iron man

By Joan Martinez-Alier President Pepe Mujica has certainly deserved sympathy for his historical path as a former imprisoned tupamaro (a left-wing liberation movement), his sense of humor and the modesty in …

Hidden water flows and the perversities of gold mining

By Diana Vela Almeida Large scale gold mining, more than any other economic activity; provokes the greatest number of negative impacts relative to its scale of operation. Gold mining damages local …

Mountains of Faith? The Church Takes on Large-Scale Mining

By Luis Manuel Claps  Faith and large-scale mining have something in common: they both move mountains. On many occasions, the Church has been an obstacle to industry’s efforts to expand into Latin …

Electrify -and Scorch- Africa

By Amanda Blank Africa is a significant exporter of cheap energy, namely dirty fuels like gas, oil, coal, and uranium for nuclear energy. While energy is cheaply exported, the local consequences …

Patrick Bond on Climate Justice and the Ecological Debt, after the Warsaw Fiasco

By Jaisal Noor from The real news. Interview (audio) with Patrick Bond, director of the Center for Civil Society and a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He’s …

Innovation vs. Precaution: Competing principles?

By Amanda Blank Twelve of the largest corporations in Europe submitted a letter to the European Commission (EC), urging them to adopt an “Innovation Principle” to be taken into full consideration …

Full Belly Environmentalism…of lead

By Joan Martínez AlierThe following statements are from a range of Latin American presidents, ranging from Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua) on the far left up to Juan Manuel Santos …

Academics and authors write to President Rafael Correa from Ecuador

Dear Mr. President: As concerned academics and authors from many countries, we are writing in support of Ecuador’s
initiative to refrain from exploitation of the heavy crude oil of Yasuní-ITT. Along with thousands …

Historic call from Ecuador and numerous Nation States for the United Nations to implement binding regulations on Transnational Corporations

On Monday, the government of Ecuador – with the support of 8 nations and over 100 social and environmental organisations – made an historic call to the UN to implement …

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