Our Executive Director, Shalmali Guttal, was in Australia earlier this month and gave a talk at the Addison Road Community Centre in Sydney about neoliberalism, how it manifests in Asia, and how people are mobilising to challenge it. You can read her talk below, or listen to parts of it on 3CR Community Radio.
By Alina Carrillo and Shalmali Guttal
It was Sunday morning on the 10th of July in the Caltex coffee shop in Phnom Penh, a place where many locals went to start their day. In a few moments a crowd would rush in with utter disbelief and heavy hearts. What they would find has shocked both Cambodians and the international community. Mr. Kem Ley, a well-known social and political analyst, had been shot at point blank range, and his body lay beside the coffee he had just been drinking.
We have just learned that Mr. Gustavo Castro Soto from Otros Mundos/Friend of the Earth Mexico, who is the sole witness to the assassination of COPINH leader Berta Caceres has been taken into custody by the Honduran Government. In that he is the sole witness to Ms. Caceres’ murder and was himself shot during the attack, we fear for his life and safety.
This new edition of Nyeleni focuses on why and how "Forests, elds, hill/mountain slopes, wetlands and water bodies — which include rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and seas--are integral to the lives, cultures and economies of rural communities all over the world. They are crucial repositories of biodiversity and literally sustain life...and as spaces for knowledge and education..."-- from Shalmali Guttal's editorial. Ms Guttal, Executive Director of Focus, is the issue editor.
On December 8 2015, the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers, Focus on the Global South, Afrika Kontakt, FIAN International, and Transnational Institute organized a public meeting in Paris, at the Zone of Action, to hear the critical perspectives of fishing communities on Blue Carbon.