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Surprise! Inequality began with civilization.

From Science Magazine, one of the most prestigious academic journals in the world: Seek the richest family in a traditional camp of the Ju/’hoansi/!Kung people of the Kalahari Desert in Africa, and you will almost surely fail. There is no such thing. These hunter-gatherers traditionally moved periodically and had few possessions. What they had, they … Continue reading Surprise! Inequality began with civilization.

Adon Apamea: Dubai and the Fantasies of Civilization

By Adon Apamea / Deep Green Resistance Middle East & North Africa Dubai is an interesting city. A thriving futuristic metropolis in the heart of the desert considered to be the crown jewel of modernity with indoor ski resorts, gulf courses, fully computerized metros, giant air-conditioned shopping malls, and the tallest skyscrapers in the world. … Continue reading Adon Apamea: Dubai and the Fantasies of Civilization

Samsung admits that it profits from the exploitation of children in tin mining

By Mongabay Mobile device giant Samsung has admitted to using tin sourced from a controversial mining operation on the Indonesian island of Bangka, where unregulated mining kills 150 miners a year and causes substantial environmental damage, reports The Guardian and Mongabay-Indonesia. Samsung’s admission came after a campaign by Friends of the Earth, which led to … Continue reading Samsung admits that it profits from the exploitation of children in tin mining

Oppression

It is likely that oppression has existed since the start of civilisation about 10,000 years ago when agriculture took hold. Once humans were settled in one place tending crops instead of hunter gathering, they would store any excess for low harvest years. As groups got larger these stores would need to be guarded resulting in … Continue reading Oppression

Sweatshop fire in Bangladesh kills more than 100 workers

By Agence France-Presse At least 109 people died when fire swept through a factory in the worst-ever blaze to hit Bangladesh’s garment industry, officials said Sunday, as witnesses told of desperate workers jumping from upper floors. Firefighters battled for several hours to contain the blaze, which broke out on the ground floor of the nine-storey … Continue reading Sweatshop fire in Bangladesh kills more than 100 workers

Belo Monte construction halts after protestors torch buildings at three construction sites

By Agence France-Presse Work on Brazil’s controversial $13 billion Belo Monte mega-dam ground to a halt Monday after protesters torched buildings at three dam construction sites over the weekend, the developer said. Saturday, “a group of 30 people set fire to prefab structures at the Pimental site. They went into the cafeteria, destroyed everything and … Continue reading Belo Monte construction halts after protestors torch buildings at three construction sites

Farmers in Mexico shut down exploitative and ecocidal silver mine

By Paul Bocking / Waging Nonviolence Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon … Continue reading Farmers in Mexico shut down exploitative and ecocidal silver mine

RAMPS action in West Virginia shuts down largest mountaintop removal mine

By Charles Suggs, RAMPS organizer More than 50 protesters affiliated with the R.A.M.P.S. Campaign have walked onto Patriot Coal’s Hobet mine and shut it down.  Ten people locked to a rock truck, boarded it and dropped banners: ”Coal Leaves, Cancer Stays.”  At least three have been arrested, with another in a tree being threatened by miners … Continue reading RAMPS action in West Virginia shuts down largest mountaintop removal mine

The Corporate Rot Eats Away at Wisconsin

from The Progressive The corporate coup d’etat in Wisconsin is harder to ignore since June 5 when Scott Walker was deemed winner of the recall election. The veil is being lifted on the identities of the people who have their hands on the levers of power in the state and the economic interests they represent. Gogebic … Continue reading The Corporate Rot Eats Away at Wisconsin

Global super rich securing up to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens

By Heather Stewart / The Observer The world’s super-rich have taken advantage of lax tax rules to siphon off at least $21 trillion, and possibly as much as $32tn, from their home countries and hide it abroad – a sum larger than the entire American economy. James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and … Continue reading Global super rich securing up to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens