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Chris Hedges: Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

By Chris Hedges / TruthOut The war in Afghanistan—where the enemy is elusive and rarely seen, where the cultural and linguistic disconnect makes every trip outside the wire a visit to hostile territory, where it is clear that you are losing despite the vast industrial killing machine at your disposal—feeds the culture of atrocity. The … Continue reading Chris Hedges: Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

Peru considers building road through protected area, threatening thousands of indigenous people

By Survival International Peru’s largest protected area is on the verge of being invaded by a road, which threatens to destroy the lives of thousands of indigenous people. The proposed project would cut through two indigenous reserves and a national park, exposing thousands of Indians to the risks of drug trafficking, illegal logging and unwanted … Continue reading Peru considers building road through protected area, threatening thousands of indigenous people

Cultural appropriation of Navajo culture currently “in” with the fashion industry

By Guy Trebal / New York Times LESBIAN chic, Goth chic, rocker chic, Masai chic, androgynous chic, biker chic, punk chic, minimalist chic: fashion is culture’s Godzilla, devouring everything in its path. Half the time, the monster doesn’t know what it ate. Most recently it gobbled up the complex Navajo tribal culture, which then, semidigested, … Continue reading Cultural appropriation of Navajo culture currently “in” with the fashion industry

Ethiopia planning to remove resistant indigenous peoples to resettlement camps

By Survival International Ethiopian authorities have inadvertently revealed the existence of highly ambitious plans to resettle Lower Omo Valley tribes who stand in the way of a massive plantations scheme. The map was included in an internal report by the country’s Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), into the environmental impact of planned sugarcane plantations in the … Continue reading Ethiopia planning to remove resistant indigenous peoples to resettlement camps

Australian government votes to unload nuclear waste on remote Aboriginal community

By Oliver Milman / The Guardian The Australian government has passed legislation that will create the country’s first nuclear waste dump, despite fierce opposition from environmental and Aboriginal groups. The passage of the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 through the Senate paves the way for a highly controversial plan to store nuclear waste in … Continue reading Australian government votes to unload nuclear waste on remote Aboriginal community

Quebec police dismantle Innu barricade against dam project

By Ahni / Intercontinental Cry Quebec provincial police went on the march last Friday to dismantle a blockade that a group of Innu citizens erected to protest the construction of hydro transmission lines through their traditional territory. According to available reports, no one was arrested during the court-backed offensive, which the Innu passively tried to … Continue reading Quebec police dismantle Innu barricade against dam project

U.S. military shows off new electromagnetic crowd dispersal weapon

By Agence France-Presse A sensation of unbearable, sudden heat seems to come out of nowhere — this wave, a strong electromagnetic beam, is the latest non-lethal weapon unveiled by the US military this week. “You’re not gonna see it, you’re not gonna hear it, you’re not gonna smell it: you’re gonna feel it,” explained US … Continue reading U.S. military shows off new electromagnetic crowd dispersal weapon

Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

By Edward Helmore / The Guardian Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar solar power projects under construction across broad swaths of desert on the California-Arizona border. But at least two developments, including the $1bn, 250-megawatt Genesis Solar … Continue reading Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry It’s no mere coincidence that Sarawak is one of the most impoverished states in Malaysia. For more than 30 years the governments of Malaysia and Sarawak have been far too busy ransacking the region’s precious rainforest to secure and strengthen what has been there for thousands of years. That’s because development … Continue reading Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

Indigenous in Ecuador march against copper mining in Amazon

By Environment News Service Several hundred members of the largest Ecuadorian indigenous organization today began marching to the capital, Quito, to protest new mining in their territory. They expect to arrive in Quito on March 22. The indigenous march started from Yantzaza in Zamora Chinchipe province southern Ecuador, where a Canadian company has been authorized … Continue reading Indigenous in Ecuador march against copper mining in Amazon