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Cementing conflict in Guatemala

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On the night starting on the 19th of September 2014, at least 15 armed employees of the company Cementos Progreso fired on people from the El Pajoques community in San …

European Citizen Summit: a different vision for Europe

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The European Union (EU) should leave behind its economic growth obsession and focus instead on more transparent and sustainable policies, according to hundreds of people gathered at the flagship European …

A powerful call from Naomi Klein for a global movement for climate justice

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By Joan Martinez Alier. Naomi Klein’s new book, This changes everything. Capitalism vs the Climate  (Allen Lane, London, 2014), puts climate change at the centre of politics. She makes the connection …

Business & human rights in Africa: lots of talk, but little action

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Only 9% of companies active in Africa say they will change behavior after being confronted with environmental and human rights violations. That’s one conclusion from the report on business and …

EU plans to cancel environmental policies

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By Nick Meynen Translated from the Dutch version. The announcement of the team of president-elect of the European commission Jean-Claude Juncker’s is like a corporate coup and destruction of 25 years of …

Behind the veil of the Islamic State is a war for water

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By Nick Meynen and Leah Temper. A little known fact of the war in Syria is that it started at the end of the worst drought in Syrian history, a biblical …

The growing debate on degrowth

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By Nick Meynen. Why are a record 3000 thinkers gathering from 2 to 6 September in the German city Leipzig to discuss how we can get our economy to degrow? One …

Ecosystem services as if humans mattered

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Power, labour and environmental justice conflicts in the ecosystem service provision. By Joachim Spangenberg. The concept of ecosystem services (ESS) has become almost mainstream in academic and political statements (although …

Analyzing environmental conflicts in Colombia

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An analysis of 72 cases of environmental conflict in Colombia in the EJOLT database has been published by Prof. Mario A. Pérez Rincón of CINARA and Universidad del Valle, Cali. …