Neoliberal Ebola: palm oil, logging, land grabs, ecological havoc and disease

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa had everything to do with logging, deforestation and the disruption of traditional agro-forestry by large scale industrial agriculture, writes Rob Wallace. The only long term solution to this terrible disease may lie in forest conservation, the restoration of agroecological farming systems, and the exclusion of agribusiness investment.

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Two men in Mozambique can face trial for a facebook post

Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and Fernando Mbanze have been charged with crimes against the security of the state in relation to a Facebook post on poor governance in Mozambique. Help us guarantee that their right to freedom of speech is protected!

Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco is also the co-founder of Social and Economic Studies Institute (IESE), one of Mozambique’s leading research institutions. He is accused of defaming the former Head of State of Mozambique and was charged under article 22 of the State Security Law (Law 19/91) on 11 June in relation to a Facebook post he made in November 2013. In the Facebook post, he questioned the manner in which former President Armando Guebuza had governed Mozambique. The charge against Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco is termed as a crime against the security of the state and carries a penalty of up to 2 years in prison and a corresponding fine. His trial has been set for 31st August.

Fernando Mbanze is the editor of the Mozambican newspaper MediaFax. He is charged with abusing freedom of the press under article 42 of Press Law (Law 18/91) in conjunction with the State Security Law. He published Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco’s Facebook post as an open letter in MediaFax. 

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Muslims in Quebec, Belonging to an Intercultural Society: An Interview with Charles Taylor

Hicham Tiflati (HT): In my research on identity formation and the sense of belonging of young Muslims in Quebec, I have been finding that most of my participants deny their Quebecness and insist on being only Canadians. However, some of them cannot …

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