Places Archives: Asia

Indian government stripping forest protection in order to fast-track industrial projects

By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay In a bid to fast-track industrial projects, India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is opening up 25 percent of forests that were previously listed as “no-go” areas, reports the Hindustan Times. The designation will allow between 30 and 50 new industrial projects to go ahead rapidly, including road construction and coal mining. … Continue reading Indian government stripping forest protection in order to fast-track industrial projects

As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

By Gáldu The Phulbari open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and lead to the violation of fundamental human rights of entire villages of Santal, Munda, Mahili and Pahan indigenous peoples, a group of United Nations independent experts warned today. “The Government of Bangladesh must ensure that any policy concerning … Continue reading As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

More than 5,000 rally against rare earth refinery in Malaysia

By Agence France Presse China currently supplies about 95 percent of world demand for rare earths, which are used in high-tech equipment from iPods to missiles and have seen prices soar in recent years. Lynas hopes to begin operations within months, producing an initial 11,000 tonnes of rare earths a year and effectively breaking the … Continue reading More than 5,000 rally against rare earth refinery in Malaysia

Indian police trying to prevent Dongria Kondh ceremony on sacred mountain

By Survival International Security forces are cracking down on the Dongria Kondh tribe as they prepare for a religious festival this weekend at the top of India’s most contentious mountain. Hundreds are determined to attend the Niyamraja ritual in the sacred Niyamgiri Hills, which are at the center of a controversial mining project involving UK … Continue reading Indian police trying to prevent Dongria Kondh ceremony on sacred mountain

Protestors in India vow to stop dam project by any means necessary

By The Times of India NHPC’s 2000-MW Lower Subansiri hydro-electric project is likely to face more resistance in the coming days, with hundreds of anti-dam activists resolving on Thursday to launch a total blockade of all construction materials for the project. The agitators took the pledge in the presence of Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha … Continue reading Protestors in India vow to stop dam project by any means necessary

Strangely like war: Dayak people in Malaysia fighting palm oil companies for survival

The fate of a Dayak community deep in the interior of East Kalimantan demonstrates how Indonesia must safeguard the rights of indigenous people who practise a sustainable lifestyle if it is to meet ambitious targets to reduce emissions from deforestation, alleges an organisation that specialises in investigating environmental crimes. ... Continue reading →

Activists form alliance to stop dam-building on Borneo

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Last October indigenous groups, local people, and domestic NGOs formed the Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network to fight the planned construction of a dozen dams in the Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. The coalition opposes the dam-building plans, known as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative, due … Continue reading Activists form alliance to stop dam-building on Borneo

United States occupation of Afghanistan includes 450 military bases

By Nick Turse / TomDispatch.com In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence.  The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for … Continue reading United States occupation of Afghanistan includes 450 military bases

Thousands demonstrate against nuclear power in Tokyo

By Agence France-Presse Thousands demonstrated in Tokyo on Saturday against nuclear power generation, 11 months after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Kenzaburo Oe, the 1994 Nobel prize winner for literature, told a central rally at Yoyogi Park, “Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants will be borne … Continue reading Thousands demonstrate against nuclear power in Tokyo

Cargo ship spills carbolic acid in Yangtze River

By AFP It is the nation’s second water pollution scare in a month, after factories in the southern region of Guangxi contaminated water supplies for millions with toxic cadmium and other waste in January. The ship, reportedly South Korean, was docked in Zhenjiang city on the Yangtze river last Thursday when it leaked phenol — … Continue reading Cargo ship spills carbolic acid in Yangtze River