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  • Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what's wrong in India

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - August 1, 2014 at 14:43

    It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified.

    The arrests are the latest example of intimidation tactics used in India to quell unrest over the plans by Indian conglomerate Essar to turn the Mahan forest into a climate-wrecking coal mine.

    The timing of the arrests is far from coincidental. The local community was due to hold a Gram Sabha, or village council, sometime between 16-22 August to vote on the proposed coal mine development by partners Essar and Hindalco.

    The police also seized a mobile signal booster and solar panels that Greenpeace India had set up in Amelia village to help spread the news from the communi... Read more >

  • The Governments oil salesman Simon Bridges just can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s having to admit that he’d never even heard of NZ’s largest forest park (Victoria FP) which he’d just opened up to drillers or getting stick for allowing oil exploration in the home of the last 55 Maui’s dolphins on earth, it seems like everyone’s on his back.

    Now it’s all happening again for poor Simon as he has to defend the Government spending the very “modest” sum of $240,000 of taxpayers' money on wining and dining 11 oil executives for four days in 2011 - on top of the nearly $50 million a year in subsidies and tax breaks for the oil industry.