World Rainforest Movement

Cherishing community wisdom to strengthen the struggle for land and forest

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

When a forest area is replaced by a eucalyptus monoculture, a dam or a mining project, the destruction is evident and in plain sight....

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Racism: A Legacy of Colonial Power

Posted on May 6, 2016

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi warns us of the risks of listening to the same version of a story over and over again. That story we...

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Destructive companies “creating more biodiversity”?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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Territories and food sovereignty: Where the struggles of peasants and forest communities converge

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

This issue of the WRM Bulletin is co-produced with GRAIN. GRAIN works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for...

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Industrial oil palm plantations: A model that violates forest-dependent peoples and their territories

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

To mark the International Day of the Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21, WRM, together with organizations and...

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Why the forest concession model does not solve the structural problems of logging and wood extraction?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

Historically, illegal forest exploitation to obtain economically valuable timber has been one of the activities with the highest impact on...

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What do the criticism of the Pope’s encyclical by carbon market and REDD proponents reveal?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The new Pope Francis’ “Laudato Sí” encyclical addressing the ecological crisis, particularly the climate crisis, has been...

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The role of “artisanal” mining for transnational mining companies

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

  To dedicate another monthly bulletin to the issue of mining is justified by the fact that our allies in the forest regions of Latin...

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Untold stories of water theft and pollution

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Behind many appealing products in the supermarkets of major urban centers in the world, there are countless silenced stories. Behind the...

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Intensification of land grabbing and more concentration of land ownership in the era of “green capitalism”: News from Indonesia

Posted on May 6, 2015

  On April 17, farmers around the world celebrated the Day of Peasant Struggle, in tribute to the 19 peasants of the Landless Workers...

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While FAO celebrates the International Day of Forests, artificial trees advance: genetically engineered “forests”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

For several years now the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has celebrated the International Day of Forests on...

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Learning from India’s Chipko movement: fighting for feminism and for the environment

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

March 8 is not just a day to celebrate and give visibility to women’s struggles, it is also a day to remember and appreciate the...

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The multiple challenges for popular resistance and mobilization in defence of forests  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

When a new year begins, it is quite common for people to express their wishes and hopes for a better world. Here at WRM, we are wishing...

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The complex debate about alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

This last World Rainforest Movement bulletin of the year 2014 focuses on an issue that is somehow present in all of the local struggles...

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What is the biggest REDD+ contradiction?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost ten years, a group of banks, corporations, governments and NGOs have been attempting to show the world that REDD+ is a...

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‘Sustainable Forest Management’: the ‘change’ that keeps destroying

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  This year, 2014, seems to have reached a new ‘record’ of international declarations in which the signatories commit to...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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Insisting on REDD is playing a game already lost for the climate and peoples

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

FIFA is a for-profit organization which, through its leaders and a small group of corporations, merchandises the world’s most popular...

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Large-scale infrastructure projects in forests: Constructing a base without a foundation

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

If you asked someone to list some of the main causes of rainforest deforestation, they would probably mention, for example, logging,...

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A summit on forests with “experts” and without communities

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

This past May 5 and 6, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized a summit on forests in Jakarta, Indonesia, called...

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The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations in Africa: A call for greater solidarity and action 

Posted on May 7, 2014

In late 2013, a group of representatives of African, Indonesian and international NGOs met with members of La Via Campesina and the...

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Women and growing mercantilization

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Today, many big companies have programmes aimed at emphasizing the equality of opportunities offered to women. These are companies that are...

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The struggle for rights and the importance of mobilizing and social struggles

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Significant advances have been made in recent decades in the struggle for rights at the international level. Numerous countries now...

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“Sustainable Forest Landscapes”: A new frontier for the commodification of nature

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In this first issue of 2014, we once again address the subject of “environmental services”. In a previous WRM bulletin on the same...

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Corporations respecting human rights: An impossible combination

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

A small group of transnational corporations dominate, to an increasingly greater degree, almost every sector of the economy. These...

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Forests, oil and energy: time to re-capture our governments!

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

On 10 November 1995, it should be remembered by all who struggle for social and environmental justice that the Nigerian military junta...

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Food sovereignty and struggles for territories and forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

October 16 is World Food Sovereignty Day. At its last international conference in Indonesia, this past June, La Via Campesina placed heavy...

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Isolated indigenous peoples: Growing threats and hope for the future

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Several years ago, a photograph made headlines around the world. In it, an indigenous man in a small village in the middle of the...

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The International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

What is the sense of another International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, which will take place this coming...

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The struggle of the people who depend on mangroves: A struggle for visibility, for rights, and against destructive consumption

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

(Photo: Greenpeace International) Mangroves, which are a type of forest, could be considered the most forgotten or invisible tropical...

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The financing of industrial tree plantations in the global South in times of crisis: What crisis?

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

The news reports out of Europe and the United States describe situations of severe financial-economic crises, with little or no economic...

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The “green economy”, biodiversity and “forest intelligence”

Posted on May 30, 2013

The new “sustainable development” is called the “green economy”, which will function on the basis of “green growth”....

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Land grabbing and the importance of words

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Among many indigenous peoples, words are considered sacred, and must be used with care. But in today’s digitalized, high-speed,...

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Does an International Day of Forests make sense?

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The UN, under whose auspices many initiatives to halt deforestation have been launched, is adding another to the list: 21 March from 2013...

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March 8: Women in defence of forests

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

International Women’s Day on March 8 is a day to celebrate the achievements made by women in the defence of their rights. It is also a...

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Happy New Year – in spite of everything

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

A new year has begun. But a change in the calendar does not necessary imply a change in the intensification of the processes of domination...

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In confronting the climate crisis, what rights should hold precedence?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

At the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Doha, Qatar,...

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REDD, Deforestation and its Causes

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

It is becoming increasingly evident that efforts by governments, NGOs, institutions and corporations to make REDD their principal strategy...

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Food sovereignty, forests and biodiversity

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

This month, while another meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was taking place in India, we also...

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September 21st – International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

This September we pay tribute once again to the men and women around the world who have taken up different struggles against monoculture...

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A year without Ricardo

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

It was on August 16 last year that we lost Ricardo Carrere, the international coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) for 15...

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Rio+20 shows that corporate power is limitless

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

During the Rio+20 summit, incidents related to the event itself, such as the expulsion of a Mozambican activist, and the daily reality...

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What is at stake at Rio+20

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

This edition of the WRM bulletin is being released as the Rio+20 People’s Summit is beginning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In May, during a...

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The green economy and labour: Will “green jobs” protect workers’ health and safety?

Posted on May 30, 2012

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, 270 million...

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Land grabbing: Towards the unification of struggles

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

On April 17, 1996, 19 landless rural workers were brutally murdered by the police during a peaceful demonstration for agrarian reform in...

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The invisible resistance of women against the commodification of life

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

All around the world there are women struggling every day of the year. Since the 20th century, however, International Women’s Day has...

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Introduction

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

In view of the upcoming Rio+20 conference,(*) taking place this June, WRM would like to offer some background information on issues that...

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From Durban back to Rio+20: What about our agenda?

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

As expected, the climate conference in Durban has not taken any significant decision in terms of combating the climate crisis. Maybe in...

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At the end of the International Year of Forests, is there anything to celebrate?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

The United Nations (UN) declared this year, 2011, the International Year of Forests. Now that 2011 is coming to an end, it would be...

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COP 17 in Durban: From pessimism to optimistic signs

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

What can we expect from the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban? Could it be that at...

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Food sovereignty and the new “discovery” of biodiversity

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

For thousands of years, different peoples in the most disparate parts of the world – especially women, but also men – have guaranteed...

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September 21: A tribute to Ricardo Carrere and to all those who struggle against monoculture tree plantations and in defense of life!

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

This past August 16, as many of you know, we lost our dear friend and colleague Ricardo Carrere. While Ricardo’s passing has signified a...

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REDD+: Can it be “fixed”?

Posted on Aug 30, 2011

Over the last five or six years, forests have once again earned a prominent place on the international agenda. But this renewed emphasis...

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For the real protection of mangroves

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

Mangroves around the world are suffering from alarming levels of destruction, often as a result of industrial shrimp farming, but also due...

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“Sustainable” mining: a contradiction in terms

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

One of the natural resource extraction activities that generates the most negative impacts, while also generating the most profits, is...

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Biodiversity is much more than carbon

Posted on May 5, 2011

As well as celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity this month, on May 22, we are also on the eve of another...

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Every day should be Earth Day

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

This month, on April 22, Earth Day was celebrated around the world. Earth Day was founded in the 1970s by environmental activists concerned...

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The devastating effects of tsunamis, big hydroelectric dams and other “clean” energies

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

Over the last decade, as the effects of climate change have become increasingly visible, there has been a lot of talk from big companies,...

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Certification is definitely not the right path to follow

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

For many years now, WRM has stressed that it is unacceptable to certify large-scale industrial monoculture tree plantations. The main...

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The necessary changes to genuinely celebrate the International Year of Forestsnter title here

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests, and WRM has decided to devote its first bulletin...

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Good-bye Ricardo, welcome Winnie

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

Many years have passed since I had the great honour of being elected as the WRM International Coordinator. There are no words that could...

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Open letter to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Climate Change

Posted on Nov 30, 2010

In view of the upcoming meeting in Cancún of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,...

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Nagoya: Opportunity for a biodiversity-based forest definition

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

The Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be taking place in Nagoya, Japan,...

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International Day Against Tree Monocultures

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

As in previous years, this September 21 will be observed around the world as the International Day Against Tree Monocultures. The day is...

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The human right to water

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

On 28 July, the United Nations General Assembly declared “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that...

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Shopping carbon in forests: the wrong road to Cancun

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

For many years now the world expansion of the pulp and paper business has been increasingly covering millions of  hectares of land with...

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Africa: The World Cup and reality

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Every four years millions of people throughout the world suddenly become football fans. Many of us know that the organizer –FIFA- is a...

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Community rights should be at the centre of resource use in Africa

Posted on May 30, 2010

Africa is fast becoming the Promised Land for emerging powers –as in the cases of Brazil, China and India- trying to outcompete the old...

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FAO and WWF: birds of a feather promote “planted forests” together

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

According to the FAO, halting deforestation is neither a political nor a social nor an environmental issue: it is just a matter of...

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Empowered women: Social struggles and gender consciousness

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

There can be no doubt that we are immersed in a long and sometimes resisted process of gender awareness regarding social relationships that...

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Empowered women: Social struggles and gender consciousness

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

There can be no doubt that we are immersed in a long and sometimes resisted process of gender awareness regarding social relationships that...

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International Year of Biodiversity: And what about peoples?

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. According to the official web site, “It is a celebration...

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Our support to the Haitian people

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

In tragic circumstances such as those being suffered by the Haitian people, it becomes very difficult to think and talk about anything...

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The changes necessary to change the climate change negotiations

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

When a house is burning down, the important thing is to put out the fire. Although the neighbours might be able to help, the fire brigade...

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Forests again high on the agenda – really forests?

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Forests again high on the agenda – really forests? As a result of the growing concern about climate change, forests appear to be once...

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The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations is a good opportunity to expose the myths being spread around about the so-called...

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Plantations as sinks: the carbon fraud at its worst

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

While for the majority of humanity climate change spells disaster, a few corporate-minded people perceive it as a good business...

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G8 and the climate crisis: Will deeds match words?

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The governments of some of the world’s most powerful countries (1) recently met in Italy and produced a document titled “Responsible...

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The clash of two worlds in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The Peruvian government chose the symbolic date of World Environment Day to launch a bloody attack on the peoples of the Amazon. The reason...

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Field trial of genetically modified trees: Belgian government’s contribution to International Day for Biological Diversity

Posted on May 30, 2009

On May 6th, Minister of Science and Innovation of Flanders (Belgium) Patricia Ceyssens planted a tree. Nothing strange in that of course....

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The FAO has no time to be “distracted” from its mission of promoting plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The FAO has recently released the 2009 edition of its “State of the World’s Forests” which, as usual, includes tree plantations as...

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Invisible women are becoming increasingly visible

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

In his novel “The Invisible Man”, H.G. Wells tells the story of a scientist who succeeds in making himself invisible, and the problems...

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Doublespeak: The language of climate negotiations

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

One of the consequences of climate change is the increase and aggravation of natural phenomena such as droughts, floods and storms. To make...

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The many invisible “Gaza Strips” in the forests

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

During the last weeks, the world became an impotent witness to the horror of the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. Although the images...

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