Bush’s border fence destroys wilderness

The Independent
Completion of the 670-mile fence on the US-Mexican border would harm endangered species and ‘pristine wildlife habitats’, say environmentalists The Bush administration is pushing ahead with what critics say is a final act of environmental vandalism in casting aside more than 30 laws and regulations to complete a 670-mile stretch of fence along the US-Mexico border by the end of this year. More

The Food Crisis: Global Markets and Deregulation Strike Again

Food First
Food protests and riots from Italy to Yemen have begun capturing worldwide attention, and policymakers are scrambling to point fingers at a litany of culprits—everything from climate change, high oil prices, a weak dollar and the biofuels boom, to meat eaters in China. All of these factors have played a part in the current crisis, but the blame game is also allowing one culprit—the principle protagonist in this story—to get away with not even a mention. It’s a character you might have heard of recently for its role in that little unfortunate sub-prime mortgage mess. That’s right, deregulation. More

Stuffed and Starved: As Food Riots Break Out Across the Globe, Raj Patel Details “The Hidden Battle for the World Food System”

Democracy Now
Global food prices have risen dramatically, adding a new level of danger to the crisis of world hunger. In Africa, food riots have swept across the continent, with recent protests in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Senegal. In most of West Africa, the price of food has risen by 50 percent—in Sierra Leone, 300 percent. In the United States there has been a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months. We speak with Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. More

The Big Question: Why are food prices rising so fast, and who are the beneficiaries?

The Independent
This article addresses the following questions about the increasing cost of food:

    Why are we asking this now? So where is affected by rising food prices? Who is suffering the most? What is causing the price increases? So who’s gaining from higher prices? Are British consumers being cheated? Can governments do anything to help? Any prospects of things changing? Should we be worried about rising food prices? More

Bishop Erwin Krautler’s homily delivered at the Eucharist celebration on the occasion of the third anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang’s assassination.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Our Lord Jesus Christ,

We celebrate the third anniversary of the death of our Sister Dorothy.  On February 12, 2005 she was brutally executed.  During these three years I have been asked many times why a Sister who consecrated her life to the poor and accompanied their struggle for more dignity, for justice and for the most elementary rights to have a piece of ground where they could plant and reap, why this sister of the poor suffered such a cruel death.  The answer is simple and we all know what it is.  To place herself decidedly on the side of the people not favored by and excluded from a savage capitalist system that reigns in our region, she went against the interests and ambitions of an oligarchy that wants assume ownership of Amazonia to take advantage its riches without a single care for the consequences for future generations.  The motto is “Use it while you can” and who sketches a plan against this attack, places ones life at risk because the representatives of this system that is so aggressive to Amazonia react and conspire immediately against anyone who does not sign on with the plan.  Dorothy was a victim of her love for Amazonia.  Because of this love she lost her life. More

World Social Forum

Another Africa is not just possible, it has already begun – InterPress News Service
“Another Africa is not just possible, it has already begun. Africans have begun to articulate their issues in their own way, and to seek their own solutions to their own problems.”

Photos of the World day of Action – January 26th from various parts of our world.

For a complete report of the 2008 World Day of Action, download Terra Viva The Contents include:
  • More Thoughts than Action on Action Day
  • Diversity, a Birthright Waiting to be Recognized
  • Media Dyxlesia and the WSF
  • Post-Socialist Europe: Too Early for Global Worries
  • The World Cannot Stand Back from Colombia’s Tragedy
  • Crisis in Lebabon Costs Pall on WSF
  • Justice Street Performers in Santiago
  • India: From Reflection to Action
  • Burning Snow in Montreal
  • Eviction High on Atlanta Agenda
  • We Now Need Accomplishments
  • Davos Has Lost Its Arrogance
  • Taking Stands Is Vital for the WSF
  • Labour Has Still to Catch Up with the WSF
  • Native People and the World Social Forum
  • Everybody Leaves the Forum Happier, Wiser and Stronger