Madrid, 14th - 18th May 2010
As it happens in most of the countries, the consolidation of the agribusiness model in the Mexican rural areas has led to an increasing migration to the big urban centers. Read more
Free trade, US military bases in South America, regional integration, climate change and migration were some of the issues addressed in the different workshops at the Peoples´ Summit Enlazando Alternativas 4 in Madrid. Read more
The “complicity” of institutions, policies and actors of the European Union in the strengthening of European transnational corporations in Latin America was one of the issues analyzed at the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) held in Madrid. Sebastián Valdomir, coordinator of the Economic Justice-Resisting Neoliberalism Program from Friends of the Earth International, was in charge of giving a presentation on the subject. Read more
Dow Chemical and Dole Fruit companies have never taken responsibility for the deaths caused in Nicaragua during the years when Nemagon agrotoxic was applied. Read more
The Jury of the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal of Madrid issued on Monday morning their ruling over the 27 cases submitted against European corporations for their operations in Latin America. The companies had been accused by social organizations and movements of violating human rights, regulations, laws and of damaging the environment and food sovereignty, among other things. Read more
Transnational corporation Carbones de Cerrejon and its implementation by force in Colombia, with the complicity of the European Union, was accused of human rights violations before the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal in Madrid. The Tribunal issued 27 rulings on Monday, which is the total amount of cases filed. Read more
Over 15,000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Madrid against the neoliberal policies of the European Union (EU) in Latin America, especially against the action of its corporations in that region. Hundreds of social groups participated in the march from the Cibeles square to Puerta del Sol. Read more
The energy corporation Endesa Chile, a subsidiary of Endesa Spain, and the company Colbun, are planning on building five big dams in the Chilean Patagonia, which will imply flooding 6,000 hectares of land, including agricluture, cattle and forest lands. The energy generated would be aimed to supply the industry of Santiago de Chile, 2,300 kilometers away, and the mining industry in the North of the country. Read more
The Summit Linking Alternatives 4 began on Friday in Madrid with an event at the Universidad Complutense. Several representatives from European and Latin American social movements spoke at the event. One of the highlights was the words in homage to Mexican activist Betty Cariño, who was murdered two weeks ago in the state of Oaxaca. The hundreds of people gathered in the opening event stood up and broke out into applause. Read more
On today´s show we talked to Jose Elosegui, our correspondent in Madrid, about the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal carried out by civil society organizations against European corporations. We also interviewed Marcie Keever, Clean Vessels Campaign Director of Friends of the Earth US, about BP´s oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Finally, we reported on different cases filed to the Tribunal in Madrid, such as Pluspetrol, Syngenta and Goldcorp. Read more
“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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