Issues

The Impasse on Progressive Action to Address Climate Change: A Southern Perspective from People’s Movements

24 February 2015 

Last week in New Delhi, we participated in an interactive session to discuss recent international climate negotiations and talks, as well as to gather perspectives from activists on their analysis and approach towards overcome challenges in grounding the climate crisis and its alternatives within issues confronting common people. 

You can stream the discussion on Soundcloud through the following links:

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Letter protesting murder of land rights activist in Southern Thailand

16th February 2015 

 

Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office

Government House, 1 Pissanulok Road

Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand

 

Subject: Murder of Mr. Chai Bunthonglek in Klong Sai Pattana, Suranthhani Province, Thailand

His Excellency General Prayuth Cha-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand

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Philippines TV to air Focus on the Global South's short films to commemorate EDSA People Power Anniversary

6th February 2015

This month, the Philippines is commemorating the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, which led to the peaceful overthrow of the Marcos regime in 1986.

The Knowledge Channel in the Philippines will once again be airing the collection of videos that Focus on the Global South produced on EDSA to tell the stories of people who were part of or had been associated with EDSA's historic events.

The Knowledge Channel programme schedule is as follows:

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The Real Threat in Europe

Marine Le Pen, France's right-wing National Front political party leader | Photo: Reuters

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket shootings, security forces in Belgium launched a massive manhunt for what they described as jihadist sleeper cells that were about to mount new terrorist attacks.  To many observers, however, the operation seemed to stem less from hard intelligence than from the police hitting the panic button.

Fanning the Flames

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Is the Philippines Squandering Its Moral Authority on Climate Change?

With its exposure to extremely violent typhoons that have taken thousands of lives, the Philippines has become the poster child for the malevolent effects of climate change. This has conferred a kind of moral authority on the Philippine delegations to the climate talks over the last few years.

Thus it’s not surprising that a drastic sudden shift in the country’s climate policy has drawn much international attention and comment. In many ways, these changes are illustrative of the dilemmas and issues that many developing countries grapple with as they cope with the climate crisis.

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International NGOs Call for Transparency in Murder Investigation of Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader

On January 12, Amazon Watch and 13 other environmental and human rights organizations -- including Focus on the Global South -- urged the Ecuadorian government to ensure a just, transparent, and expeditious investigation into the murder of indigenous leader and anti-mining activist José Tendetza. We also condemned the SWAT team raid on José Tendetza’s house and urge the investigators to refrain from intimidation tactics.

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Challenging Financial Sector Backing to Land Enclosures

Bachieng, Laos - photo by Shalmali Guttal

In 2011, Olivier de Schutter, then UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food cautioned, “The commodification of land, which the global phenomenon of land-grabbing is accelerating, entails risks that go far beyond what the current proposals for regulating it seem willing to recognize.” The risks he alluded to stem from treating land, labour and money as mere tradable commodities and allowing market mechanisms to be the sole arbiter of society, culture and nature.

How the US-China Deal Subverted the Lima Climate Talks

Hopes that the so-called COP 20 (Conference of Parties 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would deliver an outcome that would reverse the momentum towards climate catastrophe were dashed by an event that was announced three weeks before the delegates assembled in Lima, Peru: the so-called US-China climate deal.

Breakthrough?

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Access Delayed = Access Denied: Trade and Struggles for Access to Medicines

Access Delayed = Access Denied: Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and Peoples' Struggle for Access to Medicines in Southeast Asia

A report from Focus on the Global South and EU-ASEAN FTA Network - click to download PDF (3 MB)

 

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