January 2016

22
Jan
2016
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Cancun's mangrove swamp destroyed for building complex

An update on Almudena Serpis' previous article on the importance of Cancun's mangrove swamps, and the fight to defend them. The swamps have just been destroyed, in just one day, in order to clear the way to building a tourist complex, as people protest to attempt to save the wildlife.

Crocodiles were buried alive, along with numerous others animal species which inhabit Cancun's mangrove swamp, after excavators destroyed it last Saturday. Grassroots organisation Save The Mangrove, which had set up camp inside in other to protect the flora and fauna of the area, explained that 200 riot police guarded this operation.


21
Jan
2016
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Women on the frontlines of Kurdish struggles: An interview with JİNHA women's news agency

In 2015, Corporate Watch visited Bakur (meaning 'North' in Kurmanji), the Kurdish region within Turkey's borders. We interviewed two journalists from JİNHA (Jin Haber Ajansı), an all-women news agency made up of mostly Kurdish women, based in Amed (Diyarbakır in Turkish).

Our meeting with JİNHA took place just after the Turkish election in June 2015. Since our interviews, the Turkish state has begun a new war on its Kurdish population. Cities have been attacked by the police and military with mortars, tanks and helicopters and every day Kurdish citizens are being murdered. People in cities across Bakur have erected barricades in their neighbourhoods to defend themselves against the violence and are trying to organise autonomously from the state.


15
Jan
2016
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What to make of COP21?

A couple of grassroots activists who are members of the Corporate Watch co-op travelled to Paris for the counter-mobilisation to the UN COP21 climate summit. Here are some of their reflections on the agreement, the mobilisation and the 'climate movement' (originally published on Open Democracy 14/01/16)

The Agreement
 
We won't spend too much time discussing the agreement itself as plenty of others have done that already (see this excellent summary from ROAR magazine https://roarmag.org/essays/three-reasons-paris-climate-deal-fraud/ and this from climate scientist, Kevin Anderson http://kevinanderson.info/blog/category/quick-comment/). But suffice to say: the agreement is, to a large extent, a pile of crap.