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What I Learned From The Greatest: Personal Reflections On Muhammad Ali

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

It was the mid-1970s and Muhammad Ali was my new hero. To me, a grade-schooler, he was larger than life and yet so down-to-earth. My parents were in his inner circle, which gave me magical memories and personal insights on greatness.

A Quiet Victory for the Rule of Law: Supreme Court Makes it Easier for Property Owners to Challenge Federal Regulatory Power

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It may have seemed like a quiet decision day at the Supreme Court, with the Court issuing only one opinion in an argued case. But for those who value property rights and the rule of law, Tuesday's decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes is cause for celebration.

This Earth Day We Must Start Talking About Desertification

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Reforestation is one of the primary weapons we have against climate change and -- crucially -- against ever-expanding desertification, a scourge that affects two thirds of the world's countries and about one billion people.

Who owns the Earth: Why the world needs women on Earth Day and beyond

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Representing a scientific environmental organization focused on valuing and conserving nature, we are often asked why the International Union for Cons...

Dona Dijé: Afro-Brazilian Leader in the Fight for Women's Land Rights

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Known to her community as Dona Dijé, at 68 years old, Afro-Brazilian Maria de Jesus Bringelo is one of the most important national leaders of the women babassu nut breakers movement in Brazil.

Why the Fight for Land Rights Matters to Everyone

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Around 2.5 billion people live, work, and depend on indigenous and community lands. They protect about half of the world's land, but have full ownership rights to just one-fifth of that. Why this massive gap?

Behind the "Banana Man" - Haiti's Only Presidential Candidate

Mark Schuller | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
Mark Schuller

by Jennifer Vansteenkiste and Mark Schuller If nothing changes, Haiti is scheduled to have a run-off election this coming Sunday, January 24. Only o...

When Women's Rights Are Not Enough

Jennifer L. Windsor | Posted 10.20.2016 | Impact
Jennifer L. Windsor

Around the world, women in 155 countries face legal restrictions on the economic opportunities available to them, according to the recent World Bank Group's report Women, Business and the Law 2016, which highlights the challenges women face in the global economy and underscores the need for legal reform.

Not in My Name in Guatemala

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.04.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."

Not All Renewable Energy Is Created Equal

Kelly Stone | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
Kelly Stone

Energy sources must be closely examined and their impacts on both the environment and communities accurately assessed. The world, and its most vulnerable people, cannot afford anything less.

The Time Is Now To Incorporate Gender Considerations Into Environmental Policy

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Instead of ignoring the differences between how men and women utilize natural resources, women should be viewed as equals and agents of change.

Land Rights for Women Mean Progress for Communities

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Tim Hanstad, President and CEO, Landesa If we want to empower rural women in the developing world, there is no better first step than provid...

Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Beverly Bell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Since ancestral times women have cultivated the seeds, reproduced the seeds and hybridized them. However, when food passes from the private sphere to the public one, in the areas of marketing and distribution, men appear in the process.

Useful Land Use

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

The nation needs every tool at its disposal to combat the unrelenting increase in human generated greenhouse gas emissions, the primary catalyst for global warming. That is why the time for reconsidering the institution of national land use planning is at hand.

On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Home
Beverly Bell

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Organizations.

On National Day of Maize in Mexico, Protecting the Sacred Plant

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.30.2014 | Home
Beverly Bell

Adelita San Vicente Tello speaking at local celebration of Mexico's first National Holiday of Native and Creole Seeds. Photo courtesy of Adelita San V...

Israeli Supreme Court Made Unjust Decision in Upholding 'Segregation Law'

Amjad Iraqi | Posted 11.30.2014 | Home
Amjad Iraqi

It is up to citizens, civil society and international actors to take a principled stance against the Admissions Committees Law and Israel's discrimination against its Palestinian minority. Segregation, especially when engineered and sanctioned by a state, must elicit the same condemnation as other cases have before.

Deaths in Peru Show the Need to Protect Land Rights of Local Communities

Marie Clarke | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Marie Clarke

Unfortunately, this problem is by no means limited to Peru. Poor communities in many countries around the world are being kicked off their land, often to be replaced by large agri-business projects that cause environmental damage and bring little or no benefits to the local area.

An Experiment 'Goes Wild' in Kenya: Locally-Run Conservancies Are Meeting the Needs of Wildlife, Livestock, and People

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among the more unexpected items being conserved along with the wildlife here is peace.

Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Adam Cernea Clark

Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Silencing Native Voices: 200 Years After First Foreign Contact, Efforts to Control Native Lands Reignite

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

In a small island community like Hawai'i, where Native communities have protected valued ecosystems across the islands for countless generations, such lingering ignorance and arrogance is unforgivable.

Africa, Innovation and Access To Law

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

How do we ensure sustainable economic growth and an ecosystem that promotes innovation without the legal frameworks in place to guarantee transparency, accountability and good governance?

A Dark Day for Kenyan Women: Why Kenya Must Not Pass Its Revised Marriage Property Bill

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Part of the problem is that it defines matrimonial property as only property that is jointly owned by the spouses. Given the predominant customs in Kenya, very little, if any, property will be considered matrimonial in nature under this narrow definition.

Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Home
Yuliya Neyman

In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.

Monoculture Soy and the Future of the Paraguayan Campesino

Mario Machado | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Mario Machado

Paraguay, like many developing countries across the world, has a national wealth and cultural identity that is tied directly to the production from its land. But it is this very land-wealth that continues to be effected by strong forces beyond its borders, most notably globalization and neoliberal orthodoxy.