Places Archives: Asia

Officials Quash Plan, For Now, To Develop Philippines’ Biggest Copper Mine

In this excerpt from the original article, written by Bong S. Sarmiento  and published in Mongabay on 30 August 2020, Gong describes how ‘authorities’ have yet to approve plans for a copper mine in the Tampakan are of the Philippines. The mines would affect ancestoral land and the lives of the mountain people.  By Bong … Continue reading Officials Quash Plan, For Now, To Develop Philippines’ Biggest Copper Mine

Peril In The Hills: Extreme Weather A Danger For Nilgiri Ecosystem

Godwin Vasanth Bosco reports on extreme precipitation that has fallen on the Nilgiri plateau of southern India the last few years. These extreme and unprecedented rain events have led to massive landslides and other ecological damage. Little has been done to address the crisis. Featured image: A massive landslide in one of the largest sholas … Continue reading Peril In The Hills: Extreme Weather A Danger For Nilgiri Ecosystem

Deadliest Year For Environmental Activists

This piece consists of excerpts from two articles. In the first one, Ashoka Mukpo discusses the report by Global Witness on the killings of environmental defenders in 2019. In the second article, Leilani Chavez describes the threats posed on environmental defenders by the current Rodrigo government. By Ashoka Mukpo/Mongabay In a new report, the watchdog … Continue reading Deadliest Year For Environmental Activists

Philippine’s Autocrat Passes Draconian “Anti-Terrorism” Law

In this article, Salonika and Max expose how the Covid-19 pandemic has enforced suppression of political dissent in the Philippines due to a bill known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which places resistance movements in a pinch. You can also read this piece on the increased surveillance during the CoVid crisis. Deep Green Resistance … Continue reading Philippine’s Autocrat Passes Draconian “Anti-Terrorism” Law

Is Casteism Dead in Nepal?

Caste-based discrimination and violence has been prevalent in Nepalese society for a long time. Although both have been made illegal, Salonika explains why incidents occur, highlighting the harmful system that maintains the violence.  Is Casteism dead in Nepal? By Salonika May 23, 2020 marks the nine-year anniversary of the day when the parliament passed a … Continue reading Is Casteism Dead in Nepal?

Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak: Who Do We Hold Accountable?

In this piece, Salonika explains how this culture prioritizes economic gains over human and natural welfare. She describes how series of toxic accidents in India (of which the Vishakhapatnam gas leak is one example) lays testimony to this fact. In such a culture, is it possible to hold the responsible actors accountable for their actions? … Continue reading Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak: Who Do We Hold Accountable?

Are Indigenous People Backwards?

Are indigenous people backwards? Do they really need to be ‘rescued’ from their primitive way of life and introduced to this wonder of human civilization? Or is this a racist simplification? In this piece Chris challenges the notion that civilization is the ultimate way of life — a notion that has been used to justify … Continue reading Are Indigenous People Backwards?

The Impact of ‘Civilization’ on Endemic Communities.

In this piece, Suresh discusses the impact of civilization on endemic communities and their right to live in isolation. Suresh tells us how these indigenous people have had their land, rights and identities stripped by encroaching industrial civilization. The Impact of Civilization on Endemic Communities By Suresh Balraj In a world characterised by information, there … Continue reading The Impact of ‘Civilization’ on Endemic Communities.

Survival of the Fittest in the Time of Pandemic

Does “survival of the fittest” truly define evolution? Or does mutual cooperation? This piece, originally published by Safehouse Infoshop, explores survival and mutual aid in a time of pandemic. By Taks Barbin / Safehouse Infoshop People often equate Charles Darwin’s notion of “survival of the fittest” with competition. People think that the natural way of … Continue reading Survival of the Fittest in the Time of Pandemic

Lockdown Leviathan, Liberate Nature: A Report from Bangalore

How is the coronavirus crisis affecting Bangalore? In this piece, Suprabha Seshan considers the fragrances of lockdown, the clearing of beautiful skies in the heart of one of India’s biggest cities, and the brief halt to the concrete machinations of industrial living. Locking Down Leviathan By Suprabha Seshan / Counter Currents The streets of Jayanagar, … Continue reading Lockdown Leviathan, Liberate Nature: A Report from Bangalore