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“Blood diamond” regulation system broken – but where to look for blame?

By Khadija Sharife and Nick Meynen.  Ever since the international approval of Zimbabwean diamonds for export, the international regulatory system to prevent ‘blood diamonds’ from entering the market is broken. By …

Champions of De-Growth Offer Alternatives to Destructive ‘Extractivism’

EJOLTs’ coordinator – Joan Martinez Alier – was a keynote speaker in the recently held third international degrowth conference, in Venice. He spoke about the links between degrowth and environmental …

The Toxic Truth about Trafigura and the total lack of environmental justice

By Nick Meynen. The story of Trafigura in Abidjan is well on its way to the darker side of the history books, somewhere alongside Union Carbide in Bhopal, Shell in Nigeria …

Unilever and how to greenwash tropical devastations

By Peter Gerhardt. Baby food scandals in Africa, tropical forest destruction for candy bars: There are companies like Nestle that attract scandals like light the flies. On the other hand …

Narmada valley (INDIA): After two weeks standing in the water the government reduces water level

By Nick Meynen Hundreds of villagers from 60 affected villages in central India standing for weeks in the rising waters of a reservoir – to protest their displacement – had some …

The Economic and Environmental Costs of Sable Chemicals

By Farai Maguwu With the biggest consumer of electricity in Zimbabwe entering the carbon market – a fertilizer manufacturing plant – questions are raised about the implications for the climate, for …

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Global frackdown on fracking companies: 22 September (www.globalfrackdown.org)

By Maxime Combes In January 2011, the Board of Attac France decided that mobilization against shale gas, shale oil and fracking, and more broadly against the logic of extractivism, would be …

Destroying Africa’s oldest and best known slum: Makoko

By Godwin Ojo and Nick Meynen. In Nigeria, the Lagos State Government ordered to demolish a 200-year old settlement at the Makoko waterfront. The first works started in July and displaced …

Conga project: the end of the line?

By Joan Martinez-Alier. On 24th August 2012 it was announced in Lima by the CEO of the Newmont Mining company that the US$ 4.8 billion Conga mine project in the …

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Sarayaku wins case in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights but the struggle for prior consent continues

By Leah Temper On 25 July 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) – in the case Sarayaku v. Ecuador – ruled in favor of a Kichwa community’s right to consultation …

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