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Tax Avoidance by Logging Companies Costing PNG More than $100 Million a Year, Report Says

Jemima Garrett

Tax avoidance by foreign logging companies is costing Papua New Guinea hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new report by the Californian-based Oakland Institute.

Anuradha Mittal and Lewis Gordon on Land Grabbing and Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law

Anuradha Mittal and Lewis Gordon on land grabbing and Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law (starts at 6:25) on KPFA's Africa Today program hosted by Walter Turner.

Sierra Leone : les déboires judiciaires des militants anti-Socfin

Ouestafnews – La vive dénonciation des attributions de terres en 2011 à Socfin a été le début d’un combat qui a porté devant les feux de l’actualité les militants anti-accaparement du Malen Affected Land Owners and Users Association (Maloa). Une détermination qu’ils payent aujourd’hui par un « harcèlement » de la justice sierra-léonaise qu’ils disent manipulée par Socfin, une filiale du groupe Bolloré, spécialisée dans la production de l’huile de palme et de l’hévéa.

Tax Cheating Rife as Papua New Guinea Becomes Top Timber Exporter, Report Says

Douglas Gillison

Papua New Guinea, now the world’s largest producer of tropical timber, is losing more than $100 million annually to widespread tax evasion in its logging industry, depriving the impoverished country of needed state revenues as its forests are progressively cleared and degraded, according to a report to be released today.

The Great Timber Heist: The Logging Industry in Papua New Guinea

The Great Timber Heist: The Logging Industry in Papua New Guinea, exposes massive tax evasion and financial misreporting by foreign logging companies, allegedly resulting in nonpayment of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law stifles dissent

The 26th African Union Summit came to a close over the weekend. It was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite the fact that human rights were a major focus of the gathering, Ethiopia’s government is under heavy international scrutiny, accused of continued human rights and civil liberty abuses.

A think tank says Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law is used to stifle dissent

The government of Ethiopia routinely uses its vague and overly broad anti-terrorism law to stifle freedom of expression and political opposition, the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank said in a report today.

“The flawed anti-terrorism law must be revised and its misuse by the government stopped,” the Institute recommended.

Ethiopia’s highly controversial anti-terrorism law, Proclamation No. 652/2009, 1 was enacted in 2009.

Ethiopia Must Stop Use of Anti-terror Law to Curtail Legitimate Political Debate and Dissent

Ethiopia must revise its controversial and flawed anti-terrorism proclamation and stop its routine application to stifle free expression and political dissent, the Oakland Institute and the Environmental Defender Law Center said in a new legal brief.

The refugee who took on the British government

Ben Rawlence

One day in late 2010, a farmer – I will call him Opik – woke up in his village in the remote Ethiopian province of Gambella. In this lush lowland area of savanna bordering South Sudan, the semi-nomadic Anuak people have lived for centuries, cultivating sorghum and maize, swimming in the river and gathering nuts, berries and fruits from the trees and wild honey from the forest. “It was paradise,” Opik recalled.