Brutal Monocultures: Palm Oil and Land Theft in Indonesia

Global Witness reports that ten environmental activists were killed between the years of 2010 and 2015 in Indonesia. Sassen (2014) recounts the 2004 deaths of two men from the village of Rokan Hulu, Riau Province, at the hands of PT Suraya palm oil company security guards. She also describes police opening fire and wounding demonstrators attempting … More Brutal Monocultures: Palm Oil and Land Theft in Indonesia

Where Nationalism Abets Globalized Development: Mass Displacement in the Narmada Valley

  The Indian government sought to conduct a massive dam project in the Narmada valley since soon after it’s independence, and since that point, the state and its international backers have faced resistance from the hundreds of thousands who face displacement under such a project.  The Narmada valley project is not portrayed by its proponents as … More Where Nationalism Abets Globalized Development: Mass Displacement in the Narmada Valley

Settler-Colonialism and Resource Theft: Land and Labor in the West Bank

Globalization tends not to be the first factor springing to mind when it comes to struggles over land in Palestine: state-driven political disputes and a battle against settler-colonialism are more familiar narratives. Yet the struggles of Palestinians crucially occur within the context of global economies and their agricultural and development paradigms, finding settlements in the … More Settler-Colonialism and Resource Theft: Land and Labor in the West Bank