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Indonesia's Forest Communities Victims of 'Legal Land Grabs'

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Indonesia's rainforests are facing "legal land grabs", allege NGOs. Its ancient communities are finding that their ancestral lands are slipping into the hands of foreign companies for oil palm cultivation, as demand for the product grows in Europe, India

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Past Member (0)
Friday November 15, 2013, 6:57 pm
Very sadly noted. :-((

Thanks Cal.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday November 15, 2013, 8:31 pm
This is heartbreaking news. We have to stop this! Thank you for the news, Cal! (n, p, t)

Ben B (20)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 12:57 am
Noted, another case of central governments taking no notice of indigenous people's rights and their traditional land management practices to make a quid. Sickening..., thanks for posting though, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 1:34 am
Sadly noted.

Frances Darcy (133)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 2:15 am
More legal thieving ....

Victoria Oakey (124)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 4:22 am
Noted. Thank you for the information.

Ben O (171)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 5:03 am
I'm not allowed to say what I think about the corrupted Indonesian government, sorry.
However, I can say this much; -They are a bunch of worthless, greedy bastards!!!

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 5:32 am

. (0)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 6:34 am
That's terrible! That sort of activity needs to be stopped. Thanks for sharing. Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 7:56 am
Not a shocker...but very disheartening. Overpopulation is killing us all. Thx Cal

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 10:57 am
TY. What Ben said!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 12:48 pm
This is just horrific.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 1:28 pm
Thx Cal. yes, sadly true." “Our report shows that even companies that are members of the RSPO and are certified still have problems in the way they deal with the communities,” he said. “And that’s what is so shocking.”
BUT there's also some good news as far as PNG is concerned.(Papua& New Guinea)
check this news from RAN: (exerpt:) ".. the RSPO General Assembly just voted in favor of the two resolutions we [RAN]were supporting – one about reforming the complaints resolution process and one about increasing transparency! Word on the street was that there was not much chance these would pass so this is a nice surprise. (from RAN email )

Ondine J (134)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 1:29 pm
Thanks Cal,noted with extreme sadness.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 1:39 pm
some background here>

Glenville J Owen (0)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 1:57 pm
Thank you for the info Cal. My thoughts are similar to Natasha Salgado's, overpopulation and lack of care for the planet and all that depend on it for life.

Roger G (154)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 2:51 pm
noted, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 3:05 pm
Not surprised, but am disappointed. Of course something similar is happening in the US with Big Oil & Gas and the goverment, local, state, and federal, taking land away when people won't allow fracking, drilling, or mining on their land...not as much press on that.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 3:23 pm
...GGma - not to forget public domain claims for KXL... you're absolutely right.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 3:26 pm
oops * eminent* domain of course

S J (130)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 4:13 pm
Terrible, but unfortunately unavoidable for us in poor countries. Thanks Cal for open up the other side of classic economic development. Well, overpopulation may be one problem, but the big crucial problem is economic strategy a country chose. It is the one we chose some 50 years ago, where it consists of production industry which mean you will have to keep minimum wage very low and severely ignore environment so as to keep the price low. Then, you will have to export your product and your economy depends on that alone, at the same time your own people are poor(with very low wage) and natural resources and environment are destroyed. People have low education since we rarely invest in that we want uneducated people for good excuse of low pay and they will never be clever to know what happen to them. All of this leads to political turmoils in many recent years. I hope there may be some people learn from our example and not follow our stupid pace.

Thanks again Cal

Jessica K (103)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 4:38 pm
Eminent domain is a flagrant abuse of human rights. It allows for legal thievery through loopholes so big Godzilla can jump through them. Noted and thanks.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 4:49 pm
Legal? If the law supposes that, the law is a ass- a idiot.
Not quite a similar situation but at least outspoken.

Valerie H (133)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 5:46 pm
.......sadly noted....

Sharon Davidson (371)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 5:51 pm
the goverment seems to ignore the important causes and spend time on issues that have no relevance to anybody its sad for us all

Kira Leeon (13)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 9:07 pm
Biodiversity and protecting our life support must take precedence over short term profits...otherwise the destruction of the world's green lungs will lead to further global warming and climate change.... an absolute catastrophe for all life on Earth.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday November 16, 2013, 11:47 pm
So sad. Thanks Cal

Rehana VN (0)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 7:16 am
Will anything ever change for the better for these helpless people, they will become "unfortunate statistics" of greedy, ruthless uncompromising & uncompassionate species called "human". WHY HAVE PEOPLE BECOME SO DAMNED OBSCENELY GREEDY THE MORE THEY GET THE MORE THEY WANT.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 8:06 am
Noted & posted

Marija M (31)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 10:25 am
noted, tks Cal /better not to comment/

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 12:03 pm
Sadly noted. TY Cal

Sheri Schongold (7)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 12:19 pm
Man's greed at it best and utmost. Not only are the companies no good, the government is just as bad. They are certainly being paid and paid well to turn a blind eye to what is going on,

. (0)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 12:23 pm
Noted & posted. Where does it end?

Angelene B (148)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 10:31 pm
very uncool!

Jane H (139)
Monday November 18, 2013, 2:18 pm

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 3:54 am
Noted, thanks.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 7:55 am
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