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Despite Risks, Climate Activists Lead Fight Against Oil Giant’s Drilling Projects in Uganda

Editor’s note: The company has already sold a handful of its onshore oil blocks over the past 10 years, citing the need to cut risk due to community unrest and continued sabotage attacks on its oil installations. These blocks had been snapped up by Nigerian indigenous operators including Seplat Petroleum, Aiteo E&P, First Hydrocarbons and … Continue reading Despite Risks, Climate Activists Lead Fight Against Oil Giant’s Drilling Projects in Uganda

Armed miners launch violent attacks on Yanomami in Brazil

Originally published in Survival International Featured image: Gold miners work illegally on the Yanomami’s land, Brazil, 2003. © Colin Jones/Survival Heavily armed goldminers have launched a series of attacks on the Yanomami community of Palimiú in the northern Amazon. Hutukara Yanomami Association reports that on May 16, 15 boats full of miners opened fire on … Continue reading Armed miners launch violent attacks on Yanomami in Brazil

Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Corporations, not wildlife, stand to benefit from the emptied lands. Featured image: Protests in Cali against Duque’s and Carrasquilla’s tax reforms Photo by Remux under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence By Justin Podur Colombia witnessed a series of mass protests at the end of April following a call for a national strike. Still ongoing, the protests have … Continue reading Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Revealed: Bolsonaro’s plan to wipe out “the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes”

The Brazilian government is planning to open up the land of uncontacted tribes to deadly exploitation, by scrapping the emergency orders that currently protect their territories. This article originally appeared on Survival International’s website. Featured image: Tamandua and Baita, two Piripkura men who are among the last survivors of their people. Their territory is shielded … Continue reading Revealed: Bolsonaro’s plan to wipe out “the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes”

Intensive Fishing and the Birth of Capitalism, Part 4

This is part 4 of a series that originally appeared on ClimateandCapitalism. You can read part 1, part 2 and part 3. Featured image: Processing cod in a 16th Century Newfoundland ‘Fishing Room’ THE FISHING REVOLUTION Centuries before the industrial revolution, the first factories transformed seafood production By Ian Angus Marxist historians have been debating the origin … Continue reading Intensive Fishing and the Birth of Capitalism, Part 4

Intensive Fishing and the Birth of Capitalism, Part 3

This is part 3 of a series that originally appeared on Climate and Capitalism. You can read part 1 and part 2. Featured image: The Spanish Armada off the English Coast, by Cornelis Claesz. van Wieringen, ca. 1620 THE FIRST COD WAR How England’s government-licensed pirates stole the Newfoundland fishery from Europe’s largest feudal empire By … Continue reading Intensive Fishing and the Birth of Capitalism, Part 3

Many questions, few answers, as conflict deepens between Israelis and Palestinians

Editor’s note: Politicians in the US and Europe, like German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, keep repeating that “Israel has the right of self-defense”. Indeed we see that the horrible violence currently happening in Israel and Gaza tend to be framed by western mainstream as “Israel defending itself from terrorism” at worst, or “clashes … Continue reading Many questions, few answers, as conflict deepens between Israelis and Palestinians

People of Red Mountain Statement of Opposition to Lithium Nevada Corp.’s Proposed Thacker Pass Open Pit Lithium Mine

In this statement, Atsa koodakuh wyh Nuwu (the People of Red Mountain), oppose the proposed Lithium open pit mines in Thacker Pass. They describe the cultural and historical significance of Thacker Pass, and also the environmental and social problems the project will bring. We, Atsa koodakuh wyh Nuwu (the People of Red Mountain) and our … Continue reading People of Red Mountain Statement of Opposition to Lithium Nevada Corp.’s Proposed Thacker Pass Open Pit Lithium Mine

Brazil: European colonial history exposed in landmark court case

Editor’s note: The American Holocaust (a term coined by David Stannard) is the largest genocide in human history. The atrocities are ongoing and being reinforced by fascists like Jair Bolsonaro, providing another example that capitalism and fascism are two sides of the same coin. Featured image: Indigenous protest, Brazil April 2018. ‘By painting the streets … Continue reading Brazil: European colonial history exposed in landmark court case

The Forest People: Life and Death under the Green Revolution

This article, originally published on Resilience.org, describes the dangers of the modern, western conception of “untouched wilderness” and its drastic consequences for the last human cultures still inhabiting dense forests. Calling the forests their home for millenia, they are not only threatened by mining and logging companies, but by modern “environmental” NGO’s and their policies … Continue reading The Forest People: Life and Death under the Green Revolution