An unexpected High Court ruling in the German state of North Rhein Westphalia (NRW) has blocked energy giant RWE from further destruction of the Hambacher Forest for the next couple of years. The decision has been hailed as a major victory by the newly-revitalised German environmental and climate justice movement.
The battle in the Kerio Valley illustrates global struggles to balance economic development with the land rights of local people, who lack formal titles
KERIO VALLEY, Kenya - Nathaniel Tumo was astounded when an excavator arrived at his farm in western Kenya four years ago and started digging for minerals, almost bringing down his house.
"They started blasting a few metres away and the stones fell on my house," said Tumo, 62, his breath laboured from living alongside the open pit, with its dust, noise and falling rocks.
Johannesburg – Namibian President Hage Geingob earlier this week indicated his government’s plans to undertake land redistribution in order to address racial injustices in the country.
Namibia joins other countries in the SADC region which have and or are planning to undertake the process, among them Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Geingob called for a change to the country's constitution to allow the government to expropriate land and redistribute it to the majority black population.