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Give it love, not Coke - defaced Coca-Cola poster in Rishikesh, India. Photo: Axel Drainville via Flickr.

Coca-Cola forced out of $25 million factory in India

The Ecologist

27th August 2014

After a 15-year battle, local campaigners infuriated by pollution, over-pumping of groundwater and land-grabbing have finally forced the closure of Coca-Cola's $25 million factory near Varanasi. more...
Could his loss be Israel's gain? A destroyed house in Gaza and its distraught owner, 22nd July 2014. Photo: Mohammed Al Baba / Oxfam International via Flickr.

Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'?

Oliver Tickell

31st July 2014

As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, and with 25% of Gaza's people forced from their homes, what's the final objective? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and annex some of the Med's hottest real estate. Isn't it? more...
Children in Rafah collect water from one of the working public taps, 13th July 2014. But with the bombing of water infrastructure and Gaza's only power station, it's unlikely to be working today. Photo: Oxfam International via Flickr.

Gaza: water crisis grows as Israel targets essential infrastructure

Luisa Gandolfo

31st July 2014

Israel's war on Gaza has seen the systematic and widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure essential for human survival, writes Luisa Gandolfo. This represents an apparently deliberate 'cutting off of life support' to those that survive the bombardment now under way. more...
Chong boys playing up a tree by the Areng river. Photo: Rod Harbinson.

Cambodia: indigenous protests repel dam builders - so far

Rod Harbinson

28th July 2014

Since the 1980s Cambodia has lost 84% of its primary forests, and the remote Cardamom mountains are the country's last great natural treasure, writes Rod Harbinson. Just the place for grandiose dam projects? 'No way!" say indigenous people and young eco-activists. more...
Deyeatee and Comfort, JogBahn Clan women leaders, reading the petition. Photo: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth, 2014.

Liberia - communities join to fight the palm oil land grab

Jacinta Fay & Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor

18th July 2014

Liberia's Jogbahn Clan is at the forefront of efforts to resist the grab of Indigenous Peoples' land and forests for palm oil plantations. But according to the country's President, they are only 'harrassing and extorting' international investors. more...
A Palestinian woman hugs an olive tree to protect it from destruction by the Israeli army. Photo: via Frank M. Rafik / Flickr.

Bethlehem: 'No matter how many olive trees they destroy, will will plant more!'

Megan Perry / Sustainable Food Trust

18th July 2014

Since 1967, Israeli soldiers and 'settlers' in occupied Palestine have destroyed 800,000 olive trees in an attempt to force Palestinian farmers from their land, writes Megan Perry. 'Our response to this injustice will never be with violence, and we will never give up and leave.' more...
Just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales (pictured), on common land high above Ebbw Vale, developers want to build a 3.5 mile motor racing complex. Photo: Ross Merritt via Flickr.

The upland commons of South Wales are no place for a motor sports complex

Kate Ashbrook

14th June 2014

Developers are determined to build a massive motor sports complex on common land above the South Wales valleys, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, writes Kate Ashbrook. But although they have planning permission, they can still be defeated ... more...
Small farmers - like Ndomi Magareth, planting beans here on her land in Cameroon - 'are losing land at a tremendous rate. It’s a land reform movement in reverse', says GRAIN’s Henk Hobbelink. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPS

'Land reform in reverse' - land grabs are increasing world hunger

Stephen Leahy

3rd June 2014

Small farmers are losing out as the world's farmland is becoming concentrated in ever fewer hands - and food security is suffering as a consequence. If we do nothing to reverse this trend, writes Stephen Leahy, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. more...
Israeli and international volunteers rebuilding Al Araqib. Photo: Silvia Boarini / silviaboarini.com.

Israel's Bedouin citizens - unrecognized in the Negev

Silvia Boarini

12th May 2014

Since July 2010 the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Negev desert has been demolished 68 times, writes Silvia Boarini. Many have fled but those that remain are determined to stand their ground: 'They can demolish us 100 times, but we're not going anywhere.' more...
Celebrating. Photo: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth 2014.

When our land is free, we're all free

Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor & Jacinta Fay

7th May 2014

Across Africa, corporations are grabbing community land and water - and nowhere more than in Liberia, where half the country has already been lost. But one community has shown it's possible to overcome intimidation, organize and resist. more...
Threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Photo: Roy C. Averill-Murray / USFWS Endangered Species via Flickr.com.

USA: Government gives in to illegal rancher's armed militia

The Ecologist

16th April 2014

Federal Agencies have capitulated to an armed militia protecting a Nevada rancher running his cattle on 100s of 1,000s of acres of public land reserved for 'threatened' Desert tortoises - despite multiple court orders and over $1 million in unpaid fines. more...
The teff harvest in the highlands of northern Ethiopia. Photo: Alan Davey via Flickr.com.

Ethiopia's seed banks - under threat from G8 plan to 'develop' Africa

Claire Provost in Addis Ababa

25th April 2014

Ethiopia leads the way in preserving crop seeds by engaging farming communities in the effort, and making the exchange of seeds part of village life and culture, reports Claire Provost. But now it's all at risk from a G8 plan to open Africa to corporate agriculture. more...

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Women from the Dassanech Tribe fetching water from the Omo River, 2011. Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com.

20 years after Rwanda - Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley

Human Rights Watch

7th April 2014

A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred. With Chinese and World Bank finance, massive dams and plantations are robbing the Omo Valley's 500,000 indigenous people of their land and water. The UK 'sees no evil'. more...
A protest in Susya, 22nd June 2012. Photo: Yossi Gurvitz via Flickr.com.

No child should be afraid to drink a glass of water ...

Nasser Nawajah

2nd March 2014

... in case there is none tomorrow. Nasser Nawajah wrote this open letter to Israel's economics minister Naftali Bennett - leader of The Jewish Home - about the water starvation suffered by Palestinians. more...
A boy from the Lower Omo stands on the riverbank. Photo: © Survival

Congress over-rules USAID to protect abused Ethiopian tribes

The Ecologist

12th February 2014

The US Congress has outlawed the use of aid to Ethiopia to evict tribal peoples in the SW of the country - where violent expulsions are under way to clear land for cash-crop farming. more...
Military observation post, Jordan Valley. Photo: michael loadenthal via Flickr.com.

The Jordan Valley: stolen land, stolen childhood

Victoria Brittain

21st January 2014

The Jordan Valley in the Palestinian West Bank is under active annexation to Israel - in breach of the 4th Geneva Convention. Victoria Brittain went there to explore what this means for the people of the Valley, and the implications for John Kerry's 'peace negotiations'. more...
Participants of a protest against nickel production were brutally beaten by security guards of the LLC Mednogorsky Copper and Sulphur Plant in 2013.

Mining Russia - thousands join the protests

Konstantin Rubakhin

2nd January 2014

Protests at the proposed mining of nickel and copper in the heart of Russia's Black Earth belt have been escalating - as has the smear campaign against the protesters. Konstantin Rubakhin sees this as a positive sign ... more...

Israel scraps Prawer Plan to evict 40,000 Bedouins

The Ecologist

13th December 2013

Israel's Knesset has withdrawn a controversial Bill that would have expelled over 40,000 Bedouion citizens of Israel from their homes in the Negev desert. more...
A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
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PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and other Pacific leaders met President Obama. Photo: East-West Center / flikr.com.

Corporate land grabs in PNG - independence betrayed?

Frederic Mousseau & Serah Aupong

23rd November 2013

Papua New Guinea is among the most culturally and biologically diverse nations on earth, and its laws enshrine the customary land ownership of indigenous tribes. Yet a massive land grab is under way with 12% of the country's land leased out to foreign corporations ... more...
One of many protests against a greenfield airport at Aranmula. Photo: Aranmula Paithruka Grama Karmasamithy

India - people resist airport land grabs

Rose Bridger

21st November 2013

Rural communities all over India are battling against a land grab of epic proportions. And one of the biggest causes of land grabs is for airports to support India's domestic aviation boom. Rose Bridger reports from Kerala, where four new 'green field' airports are meeting stiff local resistance. more...

Landscape Photography: a communion with the elements

Charlie Waite

25th October 2013

As the winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2013 are unveiled, award founder Charlie Waite takes the opportunity to tell the Ecologist why he believes landscape photography and environmental passion go hand in hand..... more...

Frontline Online: Plastic not-so-fantastic

February 18th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

Why Pakistan’s recent announcement of a ban of non-biodegradable plastics may not be beneficial for the environment. Lorna Howarth reports.....
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tomato slaves

Migrant workers face 'severe exploitation' in Italy's farm sector

Andrew Wasley, investigations editor

4th January, 2013

Amnesty International report calls for urgent action to tackle 'widespread' abuse of migrants in the food sector. This follows two Ecologist investigations into 'slave labour' connected to the Italian tomato and orange harvests. Andrew Wasley reports
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