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Dignified Resistance in Malaysia

Featured image: Blockade in Gua Musang Photo: SAM – Friends of the Earth Malaysia      by Real World Radio via Intercontinental Cry For the past two months, approximately 800 Orang Asli Indigenous Peoples have maintained blockades at several sites in Gua Musang district, Kelantan State, Malaysia in defense of the environment and their customary rights … Continue reading Dignified Resistance in Malaysia

Success for Sarawak tribes as dam shelved

By Survival International The Baram dam, which would would have flooded 20,000 tribal people from their homes in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, has been shelved following years of protest. Sarawak’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced recently that the decision to put the dam on hold was out of respect for the views … Continue reading Success for Sarawak tribes as dam shelved

International Indigenous anti-dam activists join two year anniversary celebration of blockades in Malaysia

By SAVE Rivers, JOAS, The Borneo Project, BMF and BRIMAS / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous resistance against the proposed Baram Dam receives international support for the celebration of the second year anniversary of the Baram Dam blockades: indigenous anti-dam activists from many parts of the world adopt declaration at the banks of the Baram River in Sarawak, … Continue reading International Indigenous anti-dam activists join two year anniversary celebration of blockades in Malaysia

Indigenous resistance forces Malaysia to scale back twelve dam megaproject

By Agence France-Presse A Malaysian state minister Friday said the government would not push ahead with building a dozen new dams on Borneo island, acknowledging they have caused outrage from local tribes and environmentalists. The proposals sparked fears that the dams would destroy pristine rainforests, endanger wildlife, and displace natives in Sarawak, a Malaysian state … Continue reading Indigenous resistance forces Malaysia to scale back twelve dam megaproject

New report shows “green” biofuels made from palm oil accelerating climate change

By Bangor University Growing oil palm to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists. Researchers from Bangor University found the creation of oil palm plantations are releasing prehistoric sources of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. The findings throw into doubt hopes that biofuels grown in … Continue reading New report shows “green” biofuels made from palm oil accelerating climate change

200 indigenous people in Sarawak blockade construction shipment for dam

By Mongabay 200 indigenous men and women are blockading shipments of construction materials to a dam site in Malaysian Borneo to protest the impact of the hydroelectric project on their traditional forest home, reports the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), a Switzerland-based group that campaigns on behalf of forest people of Sarawak. According to the NGO, … Continue reading 200 indigenous people in Sarawak blockade construction shipment for dam

War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia convicts Bush and Cheney of crimes against humanity

By Malaysia Sun George W. Bush and several other members of his administration have been found guilty of war crimes by the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War. In a unanimous vote on Saturday the symbolic Malaysian war crimes tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad, found the former US President … Continue reading War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia convicts Bush and Cheney of crimes against humanity

Lobbyists for palm oil industry try to reverse EPA decision against carbon-intensive biodiesel

By Mongabay Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil processor and trader, has hired a major lobbying firm to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that palm oil-based biodiesel will not meet greenhouse gas emissions standards under America’s Renewable Fuels Standard, reports The Hill. Wilmar Oleo North America hired lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman to … Continue reading Lobbyists for palm oil industry try to reverse EPA decision against carbon-intensive biodiesel

Cancellation of aluminum smelter calls into question twelve megadam project in Malaysia

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay The world’s third largest mining company, Rio Tinto, and a local financial and construction firm, Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), have cancelled plans for a $2 billion aluminum smelter to be constructed in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The cancellation calls into question Sarawak’s plan to build a dozen massive dams—known … Continue reading Cancellation of aluminum smelter calls into question twelve megadam project in Malaysia

Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry It’s no mere coincidence that Sarawak is one of the most impoverished states in Malaysia. For more than 30 years the governments of Malaysia and Sarawak have been far too busy ransacking the region’s precious rainforest to secure and strengthen what has been there for thousands of years. That’s because development … Continue reading Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams