This issue of Education for Development Magazine (EDM) features the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC9) in Bali this coming December, giving sharp focus on the impacts and challenges of unfair trade practices within the WTO, the consistent failure of the Doha rounds and a new multilateral trade
In Indonesia, widespread and intensive exploitation of resources is directly proportional to increased landgrabbing. Since the 1980s, the PT PP London Sumatra (PT Lonsum) supported by the government and the Indonesian National Army and National Police (ABRI) has seized and destroyed hundreds of homes and farms owned by indigenous people in several villages in Bulukumba. The area occupied by PT Lonsum covering 5,748.46 hectares is used as a rubber plantation with leasehold status under the Right to Cultivate or Hak Guna Usaha (HGU).
Sharing with you the full report of the International Fact Finding Mission organized by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) on 23rd February to 1st March 2013 on landgrabbing for Tourism Zone in Panama village, Ampara District, Southeast Sri Lanka.
Mr. Rafael Mariano, national chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas or Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP) delivered the first Keynote Address during the 3rd Congress of the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) on 2nd September 2013 in Penang, Malaysia.
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), and Anakpawis Partylist organized the “National Peasants’ Conference on Land, Mining, and Militarization” on October 9-10, 2012, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The event has funding support from the Action Solidarite Tiers Monde (ASTM).
More than 150 peasant and fisherfolk leaders, organizations, environmental advocates, religious groups and from the academe such as Prof. Gerry Lanuza, OIC on Student Housing and Dr. Marion Tan, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs from the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines.
A paper presented by Sr.M. Francis Añover,RSM, to the “National Conference on Land, Mining and Militarization” on October 9-10, 2012 at University of the Philippines, Quezon City.
The mining issue, seems to be in the limelight daily occupying the headlines (TV, radio, print). This timely conference reaffirms RMP’s desire to strengthen its mission as an organization who had been journeying for 43 years with the rural poor in our country. As a social justice issue we cannot discuss mining except in the context of our country's dismal performance in addressing the massive poverty, the gross inequalities of wealth distribution in our country and the power struggle that exists among ploliticians now that election fever is on. Mining activities are usually located in rural and mountainous areas and truly affect farmlands, rivers and shorelines, where the poor resides namely: the farmers, indigenous peoples and fisher folks.