Places Archives: Asia

Greenwash, spin and bad science reporting

By Papillon https://www.papillon.earth Thanks for the right to republish! Today on Facebook I came across an article celebrating the fact that NASA has found that the earth has greened up over the past 20 years thanks to massive tree planting in China and India. Surely not, I thought. So I googled the phrase “NASA says world … Continue reading Greenwash, spin and bad science reporting

Prostituted Women Crucial to Economic Growth

The following is an excerpt from The Industrial Vagina chapter 1, Feminists and the global sex industry: cheerleaders or critics, by Sheila Jeffreys.   There is no question that the prostitution of women has played a significant role in the development of many national economies and continues to do so. What is in question is whether … Continue reading Prostituted Women Crucial to Economic Growth

India: With Just Sickles And Sticks, Adivasi Women Save A Forest

Featured image by Souparno Chatterjee     by Chandan Sarma / Youth Ki Awaaz Hakim Sinan village, Ranibandh Block, Bankura District, West Bengal: It was getting dark in the forest. At a distance, light was gleaming from oil lamps in the village. “Did you breastfeed these Saal trees? Why are you stopping us from cutting them down?” growled the … Continue reading India: With Just Sickles And Sticks, Adivasi Women Save A Forest

Dignified Resistance in Malaysia

Featured image: Blockade in Gua Musang Photo: SAM – Friends of the Earth Malaysia      by Real World Radio via Intercontinental Cry For the past two months, approximately 800 Orang Asli Indigenous Peoples have maintained blockades at several sites in Gua Musang district, Kelantan State, Malaysia in defense of the environment and their customary rights … Continue reading Dignified Resistance in Malaysia

India: Tribes threatened by Conservation, Plan Historic Protest

Featured image: Baiga women threatened with illegal eviction, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. The villagers are determined to stay and say they don’t want to leave their forest home. © Survival International      by Survival International Hundreds of Baiga people from the area that inspired Kipling’s The Jungle Book are rallying to oppose the authorities’ attempts to evict … Continue reading India: Tribes threatened by Conservation, Plan Historic Protest

UN, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines For Placing Special Rapporteur on “Terrorist Hit List”

     by Terri Hansen / Cultural Survival What do you do when a country places a United Nations Special Rapporteur on a terrorist hit list? If you’re the UN, you hit back. A petition filed February 21 in a Manila court by apparently unstable President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines labels Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN … Continue reading UN, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines For Placing Special Rapporteur on “Terrorist Hit List”

Resistance Radio: Alfred McCoy on Empire, Part Two

Featured image: Demonstration against TTIP. Sebastian Heidelberger, creative commons licence Editor’s note: This is the second part an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s December 10, 2017 Resistance Radio interview with Alfred McCoy. Read Part One here. McCoy’s first book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (New York, 1972), sparked controversy when the CIA tried … Continue reading Resistance Radio: Alfred McCoy on Empire, Part Two

Resistance Radio: Alfred McCoy on Empire, Part One

Featured image: Gwadar, Pakistan, site of a $200 billion Chinese infrastructure investment. Editor’s note: This is the first part of an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s December 10, 2017 Resistance Radio interview with Alfred McCoy. Read the Part Two here. McCoy’s first book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (New York, 1972), sparked controversy when … Continue reading Resistance Radio: Alfred McCoy on Empire, Part One

Soldiers Rape and Assault Marma Girls in Chittagong Hill Tracts

Featured image: The Marma, like other tribes of the CHT, have faced years of violence, land-grabbing and intimidation. © Mark McEvoy/Survival International      by Survival International Two sisters from the Marma indigenous tribe of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh are being held against their will after being raped and sexually assaulted at gun point, allegedly by … Continue reading Soldiers Rape and Assault Marma Girls in Chittagong Hill Tracts

India: Tiger Authority Denounced by Government Experts for Violating Tribal Rights

Featured image: This Baiga woman was evicted from Kanha tiger reserve. © Survival International      by Survival International India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is coming under increasing pressure over its illegal order banning the recognition of tribal forest rights in tiger reserves. The order prompted Survival International to launch a global tourism boycott in November. … Continue reading India: Tiger Authority Denounced by Government Experts for Violating Tribal Rights