Endgame Premises Archives: 3: Civilization is based on violence

Our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on,
requires, and would collapse very quickly without persistent and widespread
violence.

Industrial Civilization is Incompatible with Life

By Rachel / Deep Green Resistance Florida Industrial civilization is systematically destroying everything on the planet that life requires in order to exist.  Since civilization demands infinitely increasing resources on a finite planet, its eventual end is unavoidable.  It follows that the faster it can be brought down, the more likely it is that any … Continue reading Industrial Civilization is Incompatible with Life

Chris Hedges: Welcome to the Asylum

By Chris Hedges / TruthDig When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied of life. Let one useless war after another be waged. Let the masses … Continue reading Chris Hedges: Welcome to the Asylum

Awá people of Brazil under threat of annihilation by illegal logging and massacres

By Gethin Chamberlain / The Observer Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’. Trundling along the dirt … Continue reading Awá people of Brazil under threat of annihilation by illegal logging and massacres

US prison corporations exploiting nearly a million incarcerated people with sweatshop labor

By Steven Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman / TomsDispatch Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world.  Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work.  The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers … Continue reading US prison corporations exploiting nearly a million incarcerated people with sweatshop labor

Logging company in PNG hires police to lock indigenous landowners in shipping containers

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Locals protesting the destruction of their forest in Papua New Guinea for two palm oil plantations say police have been sent in for a second time to crack-down on their activities, even as a Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigates the legality of the concession. Traditional landowners in Pomio District on … Continue reading Logging company in PNG hires police to lock indigenous landowners in shipping containers

Nahua community in Mexico seeing its land defenders killed off one by one

By Maria Sanchez  / Upside Down World Tucked between sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean, perched on a small hill, is Xayakalan, home to members of the indigenous community, Santa Maria Ostula. Here, the sound of waves hitting the shore mixes with the cries of children playing among the wooden huts. Against this beautiful backdrop, … Continue reading Nahua community in Mexico seeing its land defenders killed off one by one

Wounaan people of Panama attacked, two killed, while defending endangered Cocobolo trees

By Ahni / Intercontinental Cry Two people have died and three others are injured following a confrontation between indigenous peoples and loggers of an endangered tree in Panama. The conflict began began on March 30, when a group of Wounaan attempted to burn logging equipment that was being used by a group of loggers working … Continue reading Wounaan people of Panama attacked, two killed, while defending endangered Cocobolo trees

Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

By Tania Branigan / The Guardian Rural residents protesting against land grabs have clashed with police in north and south-west China, according to accounts posted online, in the latest cases to be sparked by one of the country’s most potent sources of unrest. Villagers in south-western Yunnan province were arrested and injured when police broke … Continue reading Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

Displaced Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala demand return of land, moratorium on mining

By Danilo Valladares “We want land where we can live and grow food to feed ourselves,” said Pedro Ichich, one of several thousand indigenous farmers who marched to the Guatemalan capital to demand solutions to the ageold conflict over land. The government of right-wing President Otto Pérez Molina met with representatives of the demonstrators this … Continue reading Displaced Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala demand return of land, moratorium on mining

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya targeted for sexual violence, torture, and murder

By Shadrack Kavilu / Gáldu Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, says a report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG). The report launched recently during the International Women’s Day says that minority and Indigenous women are most vulnerable … Continue reading Minority and indigenous women in Kenya targeted for sexual violence, torture, and murder