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Natives protesting against the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam are digging in their heels and ready to confront forestry officials out to dismantle their blockade. – Pic courtesy of internationalrivers.org

Baram dam blockade dismantled by police, immediately rebuilt in time for one year anniversary

October 24, 2014 by Amanda Stephenson

One day before the one-year anniversary of two blockades against the Baram dam, fifty police officers and ten forest authorities arrived at one of the blockade sites, dismantling it. Hours later, the protestors had erected a new blockade and negotiated a three-day grace period. The indigenous protestors told the officers that the removal of the blockade was…

 
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Coal mines negatively impact villagers, ecosystems in Indonesian Borneo

October 16, 2014 by Amanda Stephenson

The village of Makroman was a thriving agrarian district until 2007, when coal companies began mining in the village, polluting the air and water with toxins. These coal companies have been negligent in many ways, including refusing to fill unreclaimed mining pits, a danger to passers-by. Despite the negative environmental and health impacts of the…

 
The Penan people of Sarawak state have been pushed out of their forests by dam projects [AP]

Broken promises at Sungai Asap resettlement

October 4, 2014 by Amanda Stephenson

Sixteen years after the creation of the Sungai Asap dam resettlement, reporter Hanna Hindstrom interviewed a Penan woman living in this community. Layo revealed the ways in which her life drastically changed as she and her family were forced to move from their homes to make way for the Bakun dam. Read on to learn about how her life changed, and what the…