The issues surrounding phone hacking and the Murdoch Empire wont be cleared up overnight and will undoubtedly feed the appetites of world media organisations for years to come. I wonder though if hacking in media hasn’t happened before? Can you believe that the Murdoch clan is the only organisation to have done this? And it’s more intricate than that – politicians are involved, the police are involved and the establishment is right in the limelight as the power and control of a massive media empire is now being realised; the impact of its control is frightening the living daylights out of many citizens around the world. The big question may well be “Just who is squeaky clean?”
Dr Vandana Shiva The biggest companies buying the land were Korean Steel giant Posco Steel, French nuclear energy company, AREVA, and Indian land developer, Jaypee Infratech Ltd. TEAR Fund executive Steve Tollestrup said fertile land was being taken from poor tribal farmers across several regions of India, including rural areas where TEAR Fund partners were working, to ‘satisfy the corporate greed of big business’. “Using a mixture of the historical colonial Land Acquisition Act of 1894, and the deregulation of investments and commerce, the Indian Government is forcibly buying the land at a fraction of the cost that it is being on-sold to developers. “In some cases, land has been forcibly taken from farmers against their will, according to physicist, philosopher and activist, Dr Vandana Shiva. An example of some of the enforced deals is in Jagatsinghpur, Orissa, where 20 battalions have been deployed to assist in the Òanti-constitutional land acquisition”. In this district the land was being bought from peasant farmers for Rs 300 (NZ $8) per square metre by the government – using the Land Acquisition Act – and sold by developers at Rs 600,000 (NZ $ 16,450) per square metre – a 200,000 per cent increase. Last month four protesters died and many were injured in clashes with police over the land acquisition issue. The biggest companies buying the land were Korean Steel giant Posco Steel, French nuclear energy company, AREVA, and Indian land developer, Jaypee Infratech Ltd. Mr Tollestrup said, “The Land Acquisition Act was used by colonial powers against Indians, now it is the Indian Government that is using it against its own people to allow foreign business to ‘re-colonise’ large tracts of India,” Mr Tollestrup said. “This unjust land dispossession will only compound the poverty and misery being faced by rural people in India, […]
Book Review By Bengtsson, Jesper Aung Sun Suu Kyi was confined to house arrest in 1989 by the junta in Burma and since then she has been cut off from the world outside. Few people have seen or spoken to her during this time, yet despite her isolation and forced reticence, Suu Kyi – leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize – remans an enduring symbol for hope and freedom to her supporters within Burma and abroad, and one of the most powerful symbols of human rights of our era. While her struggle has fascinated the whole world, it has also meant that she has been kept apart from her family. Her husband Michael Aris died in 1999 without their having been able to meet to say farewell to each other. Their sons Alexander and Kim have had to live most of their lives without any contact with their mother. Who is she? And what drives her to make such huge personal sacrifices for her country? In Struggle for Freedom journalist and author Jesper Bengtsson draws a portrait of one of the most talked about political personalities of our times. He demonstrates that Aung Sun Suu Kyi’s magnetism is a matter of charisma and courage, but also that she personifies one of the major questions of our era: what conditions are necessary for the emergence of democracy out of profoundly authoritarian systems? Jesper Bengtsson is a Swedish journalist and author. He has followed developments in Burma for more than ten years. Jesper is the chairman of the Swedish section of Reporters sans frontires [Reporters Without Borders].