The Philippines: stop the palm oil rush in Palawan

Rainforest Rescue

The proposal to convert further 8 million hectares of Philippine soil into oil palm plantations made headlines across the country and shed a harsh light on how Philippine authorities imagine their country’s development. Call on the Governor of Palawan to save the Palawan Man & Biosphere Reserve!

Deforested area in the Philippine island of PalawanNowhere to live: converting land into oil palm plantations
Deforested area in the Philippine island of PalawanNowhere to live: converting land into oil palm plantations

Palawan, also known as the ‘Philippines’ Last Frontier’, is witnessing one of the largest-ever conversions of land into oil palm estates. Existing industrial-scale plantations have already inflicted irreparable damage to precious environments and to the livelihoods of hundreds of communities. Continue reading The Philippines: stop the palm oil rush in Palawan

Viewpoint from South Africa: Crime and family life

Independent Catholic News
By: Frances Correia
The murder of Senzo Meyiwa is front page news, and dominating social media. His shocking death has stunned us as a nation. Here is a young man who was a symbol of hope and an inspiration for many other young South Africans. His tragic death reminds us all of the reality we live with, that ours is an incredibly violent society.

South Africa is not the poorest country in the world. But we are one of the most violent. I believe that this is because Apartheid has left us with deep psychological wounds. Continue reading Viewpoint from South Africa: Crime and family life