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Philippine palm oil plan ‘equals corruption and land-grabbing,’ critics say

31st Aug 2017
With its renewed promotion of what it calls the “Sunshine Industry,” the Philippine government is looking to cultivate another one million hectares of oil palm, 98 percent of which would be on the island of Mindanao. Critics worry expansion of the country’s palm oil industry will benefit large companies at the expense of small farmers, forests, and water quality. (Miller / Mongabay)


Peru tribal leaders vow to halt oil output unless indigenous rights respected

25th Aug 2017
Amazon leaders accuse government of blocking consultation on 30-year contract with Canadian oil firm and give ministers 20 days to apply law (Collyns / The Guardian)


International investment blamed for violence and oppression in Sarawak

16th Aug 2017
Representatives of a palm oil plantation company were charged with the murder of land rights activist Bill Kayong, in Miri, Sarawak last year, but were later acquitted. Their acquittal was denounced by many observers, who see it as yet another blow against indigenous communities in the fight for their land. (Denton / Mongabay)


Brazil’s Indians on the march in last ditch effort to stop land theft

14th Aug 2017
Brazilian Supreme Court rulings that will help determine the legality of the marco temporal are expected this Wednesday, 16 August. (Branford / Mongabay)


Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

13th Aug 2017
The Nawat speaking community in El Salvador lamented the passing of Genaro Ramírez, the Salvadorean who dreamed that the Nawat would still live and dedicated his life to revitalise his ancestral language. (Global Voices)


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