Places Archives: Africa

Skills for Resistance “Special Forces” Units

Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa. In the Niger River Delta, offshore oil platforms, drilling rigs, and processing facilities dot the landscape. As a formal colonial vassal state to the British Empire, oil extraction is headed by Shell Oil, which has extracted billions in value from the country. Nigeria has been called “the … Continue reading Skills for Resistance “Special Forces” Units

Resistance Profile: Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta (MEND)

Editors note: this material is excerpted from a Deep Green Resistance  database called “Resistance Profiles,” which explores various movements, their strategies and tactics, and their effectiveness. Image credit: public domain. Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta (MEND) Active: 2005 – 2013 Location: Nigeria Type: Underground Resistance Movement Success: Medium Goal Majority or total … Continue reading Resistance Profile: Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta (MEND)

Practical Sustainability: Lessons from African Indigenous Cultures

In this episode of Resistance Radio, Derrick Jensen speaks with  Helga Vierich. Helga Vierich did her doctorate at University of Toronto, after three years of living with Bushmen in the Kalahari. Then she was hired as principal anthropological research scientist at a green revolution institute in West Africa. Subsequently she has been teaching at the … Continue reading Practical Sustainability: Lessons from African Indigenous Cultures

The Baka Peoples Don’t Want To Be Sacrificed for Conservation

Featured image: A man from a village near the proposed Messok Dja national park shows scars from a beating he received at the hands of ecoguards supported and funded by World Wildlife Fund. © Fiore Longo/Survival International      by Gabriella Rutherford, Survival International / Intercontinental Cry The dense Messok Dja rainforest has been home to … Continue reading The Baka Peoples Don’t Want To Be Sacrificed for Conservation

Ogiek Want Their Mau Forest Back

By Kennedy Gachuhi – originally published 07. Feb 2019 on https://ecoterra.info Ogiek stake claim for the Mau forest after victory at African court The Ogiek have demanded the return of the Mau forest land to the community. The community is laying claim to more than 21 forest blocs and the Maasai Mau Trust Land that … Continue reading Ogiek Want Their Mau Forest Back

Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Lead Global “Red January” Protests

     by Survival International Protests against the anti-indigenous policies of Brazil’s President Bolsonaro are occurring in Brazil and around the world to mark his first month in power. Demonstrators held placards declaring “Stop Brazil’s genocide now!” and “Bolsonaro: protect indigenous land.” The protests have been led by APIB, the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, as … Continue reading Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Lead Global “Red January” Protests

Maasai Villagers Win a Major Victory in the East African Court of Justice in Case Against Tanzanian Government

Featured image: an eviction of Maasai in Loliondo. Photo: tourismobserver.com      by Oakland Institute Oakland, CA—On September 25, 2018, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages fighting for their rights to their land in northern Tanzania. The case revolves around violent government-led evictions of Maasai villagers in Loliondo – … Continue reading Maasai Villagers Win a Major Victory in the East African Court of Justice in Case Against Tanzanian Government

Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

Featured image: Lake Turkana and the River Omo, a lifeline to many tribal peoples, are drying up due to mega dam. © Nicola Bailey/ Survival International, 2015      by Survival International UNESCO added Kenya’s Lake Turkana to its World Heritage Site Endangered List in June, a sign it believes the iconic lake’s survival is at … Continue reading Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

How Women in Zimbabwe Overcame A Culture of Fear to Build A Culture of Resistance

Featured image by Getty Images       by Jenni Williams / Waging Nonviolence This text is adapted from “The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements,” edited by Lester R. Kurtz and Lee A. Smithey for Syracuse University Press. Suffering under the brutal dictatorship of the Robert Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, a group of women rose up … Continue reading How Women in Zimbabwe Overcame A Culture of Fear to Build A Culture of Resistance

Tanzania’s Maasai Losing Ground to Tourism

Featured image: Maasai from the village of Naiyobi courtesy of the Oakland Institute     by John C. Cannon / Mongabay An investigation by the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank, has turned up allegations that the government of Tanzania is sidelining the country’s Maasai population in favor of tourism. The government and some foreign investors worry … Continue reading Tanzania’s Maasai Losing Ground to Tourism