Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization » Colonialism & Conquest

Brazilian Politicians Push for Shutdown of Indian Affairs Department

Featured image: Indigenous protests in Brasilia, April 2017. © VOA      by Survival International An inquiry established by Brazilian parliamentarians who represent the powerful agribusiness lobby has just published a report calling for the closure of the Indian Affairs Department, FUNAI. Its findings have been met with outrage and incredulity in Brazil and beyond. Francisco … Continue reading Brazilian Politicians Push for Shutdown of Indian Affairs Department

Brazil: Ranchers Attack and Mutilate Indians Who Demanded Their Land Back

Thirteen Brazilian Indians have been hospitalized after a brutally violent attack by men armed with machetes in the Amazon. One man appears to have had his arms severed in disturbing photos released to Survival International. ... Continue reading →

Conservation Betrayals in Central India

Throughout India today there are a total of 645 Adivasi communities recognized by the government. With a combined population of about 70 million, these communities maintain an impressive array of cultural identities, languages, customs and economies that go back millennia. But despite their resilience and their relative isolation from the perils of extreme extraction, Adivasis—the Hindi term for Indigenous Peoples—have not been able to escape any of the hardships that other Indigenous Peoples so often face around the world. ... Continue reading →

Revealed: Genocidal Plot to Open Up Territory of Uncontacted Amazon tribe

Featured image: The last of the Kawahiva are forced to live on the run. Still image from unique footage taken by government agents during a chance encounter. © FUNAI      by Survival International Survival International has learned that politicians from a notoriously violent town in Brazil are lobbying behind the scenes to open up … Continue reading Revealed: Genocidal Plot to Open Up Territory of Uncontacted Amazon tribe

Survival International Calls on UN to Condemn Shoot on Sight Conservation

Survival International has called on the UN expert on extrajudicial executions to condemn shoot on sight conservation policies. In a letter to the Special Rapporteur charged with the issue, Survival stated that “shoot on sight policies directly affect tribal people who live in or adjacent to ‘protected areas’… particularly when park guards so often fail to distinguish subsistence hunters from commercial poachers.” ... Continue reading →

India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Featured image: Kaziranga park guards are heavily armed and instructed to shoot intruders on sight.  © Survival International      by Survival International A BBC investigation has revealed that tribal peoples living around a national park in India are facing arrest and beatings, torture and death under the Park’s notorious “shoot-on-sight” policy. The report for television, … Continue reading India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

Featured image: Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia. © El Heraldo      by Survival International Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights. The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de … Continue reading Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

Struggles Against Colonization in the USA: Mohicans in Massachusetts

     by Henry Geddes and Martin Valdiviezo /  translated by Angélica Almazán / Intercontinental Cry Long before it was used by early European settlers to establish the Massachusetts Bay Company–and later, the Massachusetts Bay Colony–the term “Massachusetts” referred to an Algonquian-speaking nation known as the Massachuset. One of dozens of smaller nations that made … Continue reading Struggles Against Colonization in the USA: Mohicans in Massachusetts