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Rio +20 – A failed Summit
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Rio +20 – A failed Summit

[by Giuseppe De Marzo for Il Manifesto of 22 June] Elusive, with no ambition, no concrete commitments and no funding. This is the future that we don’t want, but that they would like to impose. Rio minus 20, and nothing like Rio +20. The International Earth Summit gave birth to a final document that gave satisfaction only to big corporations that are responsible for environmental destruction. A victory for liberal governance and...

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Rio, Brazil: Killing of human rights defenders
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Rio, Brazil: Killing of human rights defenders

On 24 and 25 June 2012 the bodies of human rights defenders Mr Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Mr João Luiz Telles Penetra were found following their disappearance on 23 June 2012. Almir Nogueira de Amorim and João Luiz Telles Penetra, or “Pituca” as he was known, were both leaders of the Associação Homens do Mar – AHOMAR (Association of Sea Men) which was set up in 2009 to defend the rights of the fisher-folk working in Rio...

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Launch of CDCA’s new pubblication “Capitale Immobile”
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Launch of CDCA’s new pubblication “Capitale Immobile”

Launch of the publication “Capitale Immobile. Speculazioni e resistenze sociali a Roma. 5 casi di conflitto ambientale” PRESS CONFERENCE _ {Launch of the publication} CAPITALE IMMOBILE {Speculazioni e resistenze sociali a Roma 5 casi di conflitto ambientale} ROME tuesday, 3rd of July / 11.30 am Carroccio room, City Hall, Campidoglio The publication describes and documents 5 socio-environmental conflicts in the Roman urban...

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RIO+20, climate summit but not very ambitious
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RIO+20, climate summit but not very ambitious

[By Giuseppe De Marzo for l’Unità of 14 June] The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, has started yesterday in Rio de Janeiro. _ It has been twenty years since the first Earth Summit that marked an important step forward in understanding the relationship between economic and social development, and the protection of the environment. Three principles were adopted by 108 heads of state and 172 government...

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Rio minus 20. The agreement brings us back twenty years ago
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Rio minus 20. The agreement brings us back twenty years ago

[By Marica Di Pierri, for Il Manifesto of 17 June] Twenty years ago, Rio de Janeiro was illuminated by the spotlights of the world and crowded with the presence of government delegations, the press and social movements from all over the world. The interest kindled by the historic Earth Summit was higher than ever, and the event seemed for the first time to account for the urgency to address an environmental crisis which was to become...

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The ecologist alternative
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The ecologist alternative

[from Rio de Janeiro, Marica Di Pierri for Il Manifesto of 22 June] After days of useless negotiations, the final document has arrived. It is a storm in a teacup.  The grey predictions of the previous day have given way to the black confirmation of a failure which was as expected as it is complete. To be approved, the document has given up all the points on which no consensus could be found, to end up with a text defined as “without...

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