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On today´s show we talked to Jose Elosegui, our correspondent in Madrid, about the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal carried out by civil society organizations against European corporations. We also interviewed Marcie Keever, Clean Vessels Campaign Director of Friends of the Earth US, about BP´s oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Finally, we reported on different cases filed to the Tribunal in Madrid, such as Pluspetrol, Syngenta and Goldcorp.
Member of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile and the Political Coordination of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Camepesina), Francisca Rodriguez is a leader in the global campaign to save native seeds that includes exposing several transnational corporations for their biodiversity privatizing policies.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated that some NGOs have acted as "Super-national Bodies" that are undermining the sovereignty of the State. Several NGOs, particularly those that work in Land Rights and natural resources, feel that these statements are a politically opportune attack that may make the relationship between government and civil society more tenuous and even hostile.
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