24 November | Interviews
‘Keepers’ is the name of a project realized by Luca Tomac, from Friends of the Earth Croatia together with Friends of the Earth Europe, portraying twenty-two Europeans’ environmental struggle and dedication. The project aims at highlighting the work of these individuals on a European level. The project has resulted in a book and exhibition, the latter currently being showcased in Brussels and is planed to travel around Europe the following year.
“At this time (7:20 a.m.), November 20th, 2014, the ESMAD appears at (the municipality of) La Jagua, Garzón, (department of) Huila to disarticulate the pacific protest of 20 days as of today, demanding the strict enforcement of the decision of the Constitutional Court T-135. The presence of the municipality spokesperson and the mayor of Garzón was demanded, who up to this point and since the protest started have not been on the site.”
The territorial problems derived from the transnational mining exploitation are central in the agenda of conflicts and fights of Latin America, and in this regard the campesino movement develops its own experiences, making alliances and coordinating with the affected communities “in the first person”.
21 November | Interviews
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States – with the intention to lower trade barriers and boost economic growth. The negotiations have received massive critique for being conducted in secret, favoring multinational corporations’ interests and compromising European health and environmental regulations. In response to the negotiations Friends of the Earth Europe has arranged a “Trojan Horse Treaty tour” around Europe to put light on the hidden agenda of the negotiations.
20 November | Interviews
For the last eight years the Norwegian company Nordic Mining have had plans to open a rutile mine in Norway and discharge the mine waste – the tailing from the mine into the Norwegian Førde fjord. Norway is one of the few countries in the world that allows submarine tailing. There have been strong objections from environmental groups, agencies and researcher, claiming that the tailing is a threat to the biodiversity and the ecosystem – and that there is a large uncertainty on the environmental risks.
12 November | Special reports
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the name of the trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. The claimed objective of the trade agreement is to remove trade barriers that exist between the EU and the US and make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the regions. The negotiations are criticized for being conducted in secret and undermining European social, health and environmental protection - working in favor of multinational corporations.
For the second consecutive year, a delegation of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-VC) appeared before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) to denounce regional human rights violation processes against peasants, which also affect the basic rights of urban communities and countries as a whole.
In Fall of last year, the relationship between China Union and the community dwellers who live where it operates deteriorated drastically. After a series of public demonstrations which featured community members pleading for the company to live up to its MDA, there was a large strike in the area in October. The ERU was called out to quell the demonstration, which they did by firing live rounds in the air.
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