Category: Indigenous

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Site Administrator: World Sustainability Conference

In August, UN delegates from governments around the world will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa to review the successes and failures of the “sustainable development” agenda launched at the then celebrated Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.  The official Summit agenda embraces four main issues: poverty eradication, eliminating unsustainable patterns of consumption and Read more…

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David Barsamian: An Interview With Miriam Ching Louie and Cathi Tactaquin

Barsamian Cathi Tactaquin is a founder and director of the Oakland-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an alliance of grassroots, community, labor, and faith organizations. Miriam Ching Louie, of the Berkeley-based Women of Color Resource Center, is the author of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory, published by South Read more…

Al Gedicks: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations

Gedicks South End Press, 2001, 241 pages. Review by Janet Lloyd Resource Rebels is a detailed and informative account of modern day genocide that reveals the dark side of the global economic system. By exposing the continuing genocide of indigenous peoples throughout the world, Gedicks reveals the hidden cost of western “progress.” Uncovering the connections Read more…

Matt Guardino: Akwesasne Border Action

Matt Guardino The April 19 “Day of Rage Against Globalization” near the Akwesasne Mohawk territory began in an abandoned, weed- choked parking lot shadowed by a GM plant. Organizer Shawn Brant, a Mohawk activist from the Tyendinaga reserve near Belle- ville, Ontario, was frying some of the 2,400 pounds of pickerel speared from his home Read more…

Cecilia Zarate-laun: Introduction To Putumayo

Cecilia Zarate-Laun Last year the United States Congress and the Clinton administration made Colombia the third largest recipient of U.S. military assistance, approving a $1.3 billion package largely for a bilateral project called Plan Colombia. The focus of this assistance, about 70 percent of which is for military equipment and training, is the department of Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Fighting the Lebanese War

On February 8, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a series of air strikes against Lebanon as revenge against recent Hizbullah attacks in South Lebanon. Three power switching stations, the most vital electricity facilities in the country, were bombed—one in the Jamhour district of Beirut, one in Baalbek, and one in Tripoli—effectively cutting off all electrical Read more…

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Site Administrator: Zapatista Report

Mercedes Osun, translated by Irlandesa The causes that led to the Zapatista uprising—poverty, hunger, diseases, a lack of services, injustice and racism against the indigenous communities—have not, in any way, been resolved. The economic, political, and social conditions have been made worse by the government’s failure to carry out the accords signed between the EZLN Read more…

Edward s. herman and david Peterson: How The New York Times Protects Indonesian Terror In East Timor

The rapid decline of the Indonesian economy in 1997 and 1998–by some estimates a one-third fall in GDP–coupled with the resignation of Suharto in May 1998, loosened Indonesia’s grip on East Timor, the former Portuguese colony that Indonesia had invaded in December 1975 and annexed the following year. The aftershocks of these two closely related Read more…

Rick Mercier: Asia Pacific People’s Assembly

As the leaders of APEC nations prepared to converge on Kuala Lumpur for their annual summit last fall, representatives of non-governmental organizations met in Malaysia’s capital for the fourth annual Asia Pacific People’s Assembly. Assembly delegates had harsh criticisms of the neoliberal development model, which they say promotes a form of globalization that favors transnational Read more…

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Ward Churchill: Smoke Signals in Context

  —Rennard Strickland, Tonto’s Revenge 1998   Meanwhile, Edwin Carewe, a Chickasaw, had completed The Trail of the Shadow in 1917. The film was distinguished enough to land him the director’s berth in a whole string of movies over the next decade, culminating in the sensitive and critically-acclaimed 1928 screen version of Helen Hunt Jackson’s Read more…

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