Condemnation of the murder of Suleiman Hammad, Palestinian farmer

961821595217-02-09_02-06-57.pngLa Vía Campesina strongly condemns the brutal and intentional murder of our comrade Suleiman Hammad, an 85-year-old Palestinian farmer who on February 8th, 2017 was run over by an Israeli settler, while walking to work on his land near Al-Khader Village, south of Bethlehem. 

We send our condolences and solidarity to his family and our sister organization, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) of Palestine. 

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Urgent Appeal: By Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestine

7th February, 2017

6de9232e1786d6a55e06da4d3e697976.jpgDear Brothers and Sisters in La Via Campasina, 

Israel’s parliament passed a law to legalize West Bank settlement spots[1] built unlawfully on Palestinian land classified as area "C" according to Oslo agreement in 1993, which constitutes 62% from the West Bank's lands and under the Israeli full control.  

This law would allow the Israeli occupation to authorize thousands of Israeli settlements units, and 53 Israeli spots, as well as, to confiscate 8,000 dunums from privately owned Palestinian lands. Moreover, this law will open the space for further confiscations of the private Palestinian lands without any restrictions as long as the aim from these confiscations is more settlement expansion.

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Kathy Ozer: A Fighter for Family Farmers

2017-02-01 Kathy.jpgAlmost everyone in the country involved with family farmer issues knew Kathy Ozer. We also knew that she had been sick for a while and thought she was getting better. On January 22, the cancer – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – finally took her from us. She was 58 years old.

Reflecting upon this loss, however, we state emphatically that her legacy and contributions are immense. Her commitment to establish a better and healthy life in America’s rural communities, both socially and economically, will continue to resonate throughout the country and the world.

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Demonetisation in India: Farmers' Groups write an open letter to the Prime Minister

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___media.indiatimes.in_media_content_2016_Dec_cf267b4a-826e-45f9-bfcc-d2d371e28bef_1480574426.jpgSeveral farmers' groups in India have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister of India, highlighting the severe distress that exists in the countryside after the Indian Government withdrew nearly 86% of the currency in circulation overnight, in a supposed crackdown on corruption and 'black economy'.

Three months since the decision to partially demonetise all bills worth 1000 INR and replace all bills worth 500 INR, the move  has been widely criticised by economists of all leanings as chaotic and unwarranted. India is a predominantly cash-based economy. The government's drive to turn India into a cashless society,one where digital banking and plastic transactions would become the norm, has taken much of the rural society by surprise where digital infrastructure necessary to facilitate such a transition is barely existent.

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