The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • Accoding to the Dominican newspaper, El Nacional, the company, Coquera Real, will pay ten million pesos ($239,000.00 [US]) for the services rendered by the employees and 30 million pesos ($714,300[US]) in penalities for “non-payment of benefits over a period of 10 years,” according to the verdic of the court of appeals in San Cristobal, which also ordered that the company stop its activities on that same day.
    Judge Juan Perez orderd the immediate seizure of property of the company which had declared bankruptcy recently, but Perez had already set a bond to guarantee the compensation due to the Haitian workers would be mad to them.
    The court’s decision was applauded by several Haitian-Dominican organizations, including the Foundation Zile who accompanied the Haitian migrants at the beginning of the case.

    tags: Haiti HaitianWorkers DomicanRepublic WorkersRights

  • The current global rush for agricultural land grew partly in response to increased global food prices since 2007. Global capital is finding its way to agricultural investments on the basis of expectations of high returns, either through increased production or through speculation on further rising land prices.

    Optimistic promises that such investment would also reinvigorate depressed rural economies, by virtue of employment creation and improved livelihoods, have proven to be vastly overstated, if not unfounded in many cases. But one of the untold stories of the global land grab is the quest to capture one of the most vital resources: water.

    tags: LandGrab WaterGrab Africa

  • Ray begins The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by explaining how we lost our seeds. Feeding ourselves has always been a burden for humans, she explains. “So when somebody came along and said, ‘I’ll do that cultivating for you. I’ll save the seeds. You do something else,’ most of us jumped at the chance to be free.”

    tags: seeds Food_Justice

  • LAST week, scientists sequenced the genome of cells taken without consent from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. She was a black tobacco farmer and mother of five, and though she died in 1951, her cells, code-named HeLa, live on. They were used to help develop our most important vaccines and cancer medications, in vitro fertilization, gene mapping, cloning. Now they may finally help create laws to protect her family’s privacy – and yours.

    tags: Henrietta_Lacks HeLa

  • An Amazonian community has threatened to “go to war” with the Brazilian government after what they say is a military incursion into their land by dam builders.

    The Munduruku indigenous group in Para state say they have been betrayed by the authorities, who are pushing ahead with plans to build a cascade of hydropower plants on the Tapajós river without their permission.

    tags: amazon brazilian dam

  • Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and underlining the global environmental toll of China’s insatiable thirst for energy.

    tags: Ecuador oil Amazon China

  • Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie spoke at the UO Ford Alumni Center on Monday, April 1 as part of the University’s Center on Diversity and Community‘s Lecture Series. Adichie wrote award-winning novels Purple Hibiscus (2003) and Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), which are set in Nigeria, and raise political, family and identity issues. In 2009, Adichie gave a TED Talk on the danger of a single story and how she found her authentic voice.

    tags: Nigeria NigerianLiterature

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