Issues

Announcing our new Executive Director, Shalmali Guttal

Below is a letter from our Chairman, Surichai Wun'Gaeo:

1 June 2015

Dear all,

As many of you will have heard by now, we are sadly bidding farewell to Pablo Solon, who has been the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South since April 2012.  We at Chula, CUSRI and the region have benefited greatly from his presence.  Pablo will be returning to Bolivia at the end of May, but will continue to work on the same issues, so our paths will no doubt continue to cross.

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The Struggle of Farmers in Hacienda Dolores

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The Struggle of Farmers in Hacienda Dolores: Our Homes, Our Families, Our Lives

Focus on the Global South, with Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA), aims to document land reform, land rights struggles, and post-land distribution accounts that have yet to find successful endings but can already show better beginnings for farmer-beneficiaries.

The first of this series of accounts/stories was about the farmers at Hacienda Luisita, which can be viewed at  http://youtu.be/mvwe019V0hc  and http://bit.ly/1cufPda.  

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Veolia in Asia-Pacific: five reasons why you should challenge Veolia

As the 7th World Water Forum kicks off in Daegu, South Korea, civil society organizations and international allies have gathered in the city for an Alternative Forum-Water for All in Korea on April 13-14.

The French multinational water giant,Veolia Environnement is seeking to grow its business in the country through a potential contract in Daegu. Focus on the Global South has put together a primer- Veolia in Asia-Pacific: five reasons why you should challenge Veolia

Latest issue of Mausam, the magazine from India Climate Justice

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This latest issue of Mausam includes fresh reports from how communities on the ground are battling the harsh realities of a climate-changed world—the aftermath of the 2013 Uttarakhand disaster, the testimonies of climate oustees from the Sunderbans—as well as more analytical pieces on India’s environmental and climate policies, the latest analysis of international climate negotiations, and an assortment of science and hard news.

Life at Hacienda Luisita for New Farmer-Beneficiaries

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While it is true that CARP/ER has loopholes that have been creating problems for the law’s implementation and allowed landowners to escape its provisions, the social justice program has also paved the way for reversing the impoverished plight and powerlessness of farmers and their communities. Though stories of farmer-beneficiaries still await successful endings, those that have been given entitlements to the lands they have long worked on have gotten a new lease on life and a better future to look forward to.

Behind the climate negotiating text for COP21

The future lies in the past. What has happened will determine what will come. The idea that we can change everything and save the world at the last minute is exciting in movies but it does not work in real life. It particularly applies when we speak about issues like climate change where the consequences of what we did in the past century are just beginning to manifest.

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