Cambodia blog: The call of the Gecko

At eight a.m. I walked out of the apartment where I am staying into a sudden blast of hot air, smoke and the strong smell of frying pork. It is rush hour. I manage to hail a local tuk tuk driver and ask him to take me to the children’s hospital. He looks at me [...]

BIF News Briefing, July 2012

1. TIPNIS consultation begins 2. Mallku Qhota: government nationalises mining concession 3. Indian steel company Jindal abandons Mutún project 4. Santa Cruz governor faces suspension 5. Cristina Fernández visits Bolivia to negotiate gas deal 6. The Bolivian economy grew 5.17% in 2011 1. TIPNIS consultation begins Consultation with communities that live in the TIPNIS national [...]

A Weak African Union for 53 Member States

2011 was a tumultuous year for the African continent with revolutions, attempted coups and violent political crises. Unfortunately the union of 53 African states that has as its mission to help strengthen regional peace and development has proved its own shortcomings in dealing with these situations. The African Union, created in 1999 after the dissolution [...]

Kalpana and the Jumma women’s movement today

Feminist researcher Bina D’Costa and I were recently discussing a range of obstacles faced by the Jumma [1] women’s movement as well as all indigenous women’s movement today. D’Costa observed that one of the challenges that confront women’s political activism and rights based movements is to forge meaningful alliances and re-build linkages with indigenous human [...]

Mexico Ranks at Bottom of Global Peace index

Mexico came out at the bottom of the pack on the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), released yesterday, garnering slot 135 out of a group of 158 countries. The GPI ranks nations on a scale of 1-5 based on 23 indicators associated with the absence of violence, with 5 being the least peaceful. Mexico garnered [...]

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