World Bank Ombudsman scrutinizes investment project in Aguán Valley, Honduras because of human rights abuses
International organizations welcome the World Bank Ombudsman´s initiative to scrutinize an investment project of the International Finance Corporation due to allegations of human rights violations of peasant communities in the Lower Aguán valley, Honduras, and demand immediate halt to the project. The statement (attached in Spanish and English) has been sent today to the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group and was signed by the following 17 organizations and networks:
Food First's executive director, Eric Holt-Giménez speaking on land sovereignty at the Land Grabbing II conference
Land has become a refuge for surplus capital. Many of these land grabs are not for production, but rather for short-term financial speculation and much of this speculation is happening at the hands of local global elites.
José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the FAO, joined the conference by video on October 19, 2012 to discuss the FAO’s stance on global land acquisitions
This video conference with the head of the FAO was part of the Global Land Grabbing II, An International Conference on Large-Scale Land Deals held at Cornell University on October 19, 2012. You can view this presentation and additional videos from the conference at www.cornell-landproject.org/2012/10/19/graziano/. You can also read the complete text of the director general's remarks.
Microcredit has often been presented as an archetypal tool for addressing rural poverty. By placing small loans directly into the hands of women, proponents have argued that microcredit is able to achieve two feats simultaneously. First, it tackles poverty by unleashing the entrepreneurial abilities of the rural poor. Second, it breaks down patriarchal barriers by empowering women. Portrayed as a simple, progressive and effective development intervention, there seemed little to dislike about microcredit.
By Kelly Limes-Taylor
I have always been what my father would call “oversensitive,” “gullible,” “too caring.” The world is a hard, hard place, I was often told.
Bad things happen to people. Get over it. Toughen up.
Published by Friends of the Earth Paraguay, June 25, 2012
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By Idilio Méndez Grimaldi*, June 24, 2012
On Friday June 15, 2012, police officers were sent to Curuguaty in the department of Canindeyú, Paraguay near the Brazilian border, to evict a group of peasants peacefully occupying a parcel of land. Upon arrival, another group of police snipers ambushed the officers and peasants, killing seventeen people: 6 police officers and 11 peasants, with dozens of people seriously injured.
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, The Huffington Post, June 21. 2012