How Kabila and the mining giants went from best friends to adversaries

Why has the DRC’s president had a complete change of heart?   For much of this year, two of the most powerful forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been engaged in a tense standoff. President Joseph Kabila, the country’s powerful political leader since 2001, is in one corner. A group of multi-billion-dollar…

A Record 207 Environmental Activists Were Killed Last Year. More than 200 environmental activists were killed in 2017, according to the latest report from global rights watchdog Global Witness. By Lorraine Chow

More than 200 environmental activists were killed in 2017, according to the latest report from global rights watchdog Global Witness. The troubling report revealed that 207 men and women across 22 countries were murdered last year defending their land and resources, making it the worst year on record. Agribusiness was the industry most associated with…

CHINESE AND TURKISH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES DESTROY NATIONAL PARKS AND THE LIVELIHOODS OF PEOPLE IN THE HORN AND EAST AFRICA

Indebted for many generations to come, Kenyans slowly realize that the Chinese-built, single-line Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) – dubbed the Mad(araka) Express in short MadEx – using outdated diesel technology to pull refurbished wagons and mostly Chinese goods from Mombasa to Nairobi over and through very dangerous constructs is a con. Every day the Chinese…

Bio-piracy: the sale of Uganda’s lakes to investors

Mary Serumaga Appeared on the net on Apr 06, 2018 The fishermen of Kabarole District appear to have blown the whistle on an audacious act of bio-piracy. They brought to the attention of the authorities that they were being barred from access to the 53 crater lakes that they have fished in from time immemorial….

We Will Not Forget: THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF LAVALAS IN HAITI

On February 29, 2004, the constitutional government of Haiti was overthrown, bringing Haiti’s ten-year experience with democracy to a brutal end. Orchestrated by the United States, France and Canada, the coup forced President Jean-Ber- trand Aristide into exile and removed thousands of elected officials from office. A year after the coup, the Haitian people continue…