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Yatama Condemns Military, Police in Urban Destruction

     by Brett Spencer / Intercontinental Cry On Saturday, Nov. 11, members and supporters of the Miskitu indigenous party, Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Aslatakanka (YATAMA) crowded into their burnt down compound to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary. Over one thousand people were present, including many from surrounding villages that came to listen to the party’s political leader … Continue reading Yatama Condemns Military, Police in Urban Destruction

Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Protesters in Bonn, “Let’s Put You in the Ground”

     by Dan Bacher / Intercontinental Cry  Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t always deal with critics of his controversial environmental policies well — and that was the case again on Saturday, November 11, when he spoke at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. Californians, including indigenous water protectors and those on the frontlines of climate … Continue reading Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Protesters in Bonn, “Let’s Put You in the Ground”

Informe de la cabecera de cuenca del río Colorado

Para comprender a plenitud a alguien, debes comenzar por su nacimiento. Por lo tanto, Michelle y yo pasamos los últimos dos días buscando la cabecera de cuenca del río Colorado entre el frío y la nieve que se encuentran arriba de la zona de La Poudre Pass, al norte del Parque Nacional de las Montañas … Continue reading Informe de la cabecera de cuenca del río Colorado

Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements

Featured image: A pair of macaws in flight. The Amazon basin is under extreme threat, as the Brazilian government passes measure after measure to gut environmental, indigenous and social movement protections. Photo by Rhett A. Butler      by Sue Branford and Maurício Torres / Mongabay “The first five months of 2017 have been the most violent … Continue reading Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements

Coos County: take decisive action, vote yes on 6-162

A massive proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) pipeline and export terminal has been proposed in Coos County, on the southern Oregon coast. These projects, which are expected to cost $7.6 billion (twice as much as the Dakota Access Pipeline), are known as the “Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline” and the “Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.” The … Continue reading Coos County: take decisive action, vote yes on 6-162

Vincent Emanuele: The Indiana Democratic Party is Dead

     by Vincent Emanuele /  Z Communications  Tonight, I attended a town hall meeting featuring John Zody, the utterly uninspiring and banal Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. The meeting was as informative and inspiring as it was frustrating and sad. Without doubt, the Indiana Democratic Party is in serious trouble. In a county that’s 48% … Continue reading Vincent Emanuele: The Indiana Democratic Party is Dead

Trump’s Populist Deceit

     by Alex Jensen / Local Futures While misogyny, racism, and ethnic taunts were conspicuous signposts on Donald Trump’s path to the White House, much of that road was paved with “populist”, “anti-establishment” and “anti-globalization” rhetoric. Trump’s inaugural address featured numerous populist lines (e.g. “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but … Continue reading Trump’s Populist Deceit

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

     by Derrick Jensen When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize. There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow seem to be continually surprised when easily predictable negative consequences of this … Continue reading One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law

Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken to the courts, through the development of innovative legal ways of protecting nature. In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon—the idea that nature itself can have rights. ... Continue reading →

Terra Nullius and the History of Broken Treaties at Standing Rock

If treaties are the supreme law of the land, as the U.S. Constitution states, then how is it that treaties can be so easily broken by a government that claims to uphold a respect for the law? An even more unsettling question: how is it that the trail of broken treaties has been able to span generations under an outdated, imperial logic unknown to the majority of the U.S. citizens? The founding of the United States is predicated on this painful contradiction between principles of equality and rule of law on one side, and the colonial appropriation of land from native peoples who have inhabited them for millennia, on the other. ... Continue reading →