Tree Plantations Are Not Forests, Women Activists Say

By Marcela Valente

Brazilian women rally against deforestation. Credit:Courtesy of WRM Uruguay

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 1 (IPS) – Touted as “harvested forests,” single-crop tree plantations are fast encroaching on the native forests and grasslands of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, affecting the environment and the lives of local communities, rural women say. Continue reading Tree Plantations Are Not Forests, Women Activists Say

Witness in Stang land case released from hospital

WKYC.com
SAO PAULO — Authorities in Brazil say a hospital has released a witness who was shot after being summoned to testify in a case related to the 2005 death of American Amazon defender Dorothy Stang.

A spokesman for the Para state public safety department says Roniery Lopes will be able to testify in a case involving accusations his former employer tried to use falsified documents to obtain the plot of land Stang died trying to defend.

Lopes’ employer Regivaldo Galvao and rancher Vitalmiro Moura are accused of hiring gunmen to kill the nun from Dayton, Ohio.

Galvao was arrested but freed on bail in 2006.

Police spokesman Emanuel Vilaca said Monday that Lopes believes he was attacked because of a business deal that went wrong.
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Annan to meet Kenya leaders over reforms

Daily Nation
In Summary
–  He will be joined by Mrs Graca Machel in discussions with President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
– Mr Annan will also chair a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
By ANTHONY KARIUKI

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. He is expected in the country on December 2, 2009 on a schedule that includes assessing progress made in implementation of reforms. Photo/ FILE

Kenya peace talks mediator Kofi Annan is expected in the country Wednesday on a busy schedule that includes reviewing progress of the reform agenda.

He will be joined by Mrs Graca Machel, a member of the Africa Union Panel of Eminent African Personalities, in discussions with President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

“From 6 to 8 December 2009, Mr Annan, Chairman of the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities, will be joined by Panel Member Mrs Graça Machel to review progress in the implementation of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) process. Continue reading Annan to meet Kenya leaders over reforms

Church challenged to broaden its moral scope

By: Ellen Teague

Baroness Shirley Williams

The Catholic Church has been urged “to get away from being a church primarily involved in sexual morality” by Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby. Speaking to an audience of around 1,000 supporters at CAFOD’s annual Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture in London on 27 November, she called for church leaders nationally and regionally to engage with politicians on a broad spectrum of social justice issues. Her talk, entitled ‘Capitalism, Catholicism and Community: Harmony or Dissonance?’ touched on some of them. Continue reading Church challenged to broaden its moral scope