DRC 2013 © Stefan Dold/MSF The airstrip in Bili.
As rapid industrialization and development in India snatches up land and livelihoods and the government grapples with a legal framework to deal with the displaced, activist groups such as Ekta Parishad have loudly campaigned on behalf of the landless and homeless. The group, whose name means “forum of unity” in Hindi, met with Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on 15 April, 2013 to affirm an earlier agreement the two parties had made in October 2012 after Ekta Parishad staged a massive protest march. That agreement promised to create a task force to shape reform that would ensure the agricultural land and homestead rights of the landless and the homeless and provide legal aid for the most vulnerable.
by Climate Science Watch , May 17, 2013 Indian Country Today Media Network reports: Elders and chiefs of at least 10 sovereign nations walked out of a Keystone XL pipeline tribal consultation meeting with U.S. State Department officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 16, calling the meeting ‘invalid.’ The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association Statement Against the Keystone XL Pipeline concludes: “If the Keystone XL pipeline is allowed to be built, TransCanada, a Canadian corporation, would be occupying sacred treaty lands as reserved in the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties. It will be stopped by unified resistance.” Full text of the statement below.
Qadir Sheikh, a landmine victim from Warsun, laments that his handicap will mean no education for his two daughters. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPS Aadil Khan and his two siblings had been playing as usual behind their house in the village of Diver, 110 kilometres north of Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, when they came across what they thought was a “plaything” laying on the ground. But no sooner had they picked the object up than it literally shattered their innocent lives into pieces.
(Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Horton) Navy News Service Story Number: NNS130514-11 5/14/2013 From Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) — The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W
Susanne Posel Occupy Corporatism October 16, 2012 The UN warns that global food stores like grains are depleting at an expediential rate and when combined with failing harvests, there will be a food crisis in 2013. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) explain that “we’ve not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down
“You’re not welcome here… We’ve said no from day one.” And with these firm words the TransCanada representatives where kicked out of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation last week. The seemingly aloof TransCanada officials showed up at the Tribal Office in Eagle Butte, South Dakota in an attempt to win the tribe over to the pipeline, but where met with a … Continue reading »