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Corporate soy production in Paraguay killing land, dispossessing indigenous

By Ignacio Cirio / Translated by Jim Rudolf Eight million hectares, half the surface area of Uruguay: That is the combined area that the government of Fernando Lugo is hoping to investigate, to determine if the lands are “ill-gotten,” whose title deeds could be forged or faked or simply seized from the times of the … Continue reading Corporate soy production in Paraguay killing land, dispossessing indigenous

As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

By Gáldu The Phulbari open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and lead to the violation of fundamental human rights of entire villages of Santal, Munda, Mahili and Pahan indigenous peoples, a group of United Nations independent experts warned today. “The Government of Bangladesh must ensure that any policy concerning … Continue reading As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue protest against imposed council

By Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was holding his first Crown-First Nations summit with indigenous leaders at the Old Ottawa City Hall last month, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake gathered outside to rally against what members say is an unwanted and illegitimate council imposed on their community … Continue reading Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue protest against imposed council

Indigenous delegation, scorned by WIPO, withdraws from genetic resources committee

By Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch The International Indigenous Forum, in an unprecedented collective move, decided yesterday to withdraw from the discussions of the WIPO Committee on Genetic Resources taking place from 14-22 February. The move calls into question the legitimacy of the negotiations. As delegates were working on a compilation text at the twentieth … Continue reading Indigenous delegation, scorned by WIPO, withdraws from genetic resources committee

Mexican court suspends mining in sacred territory of the Wixarika

By Wirikuta Defense Front The federal courts have definitively granted the suspension of the violations claimed by the Wixarika (Huichol) People in order that no exploitation permit be granted for the La Luz mining project, in the Municipality of Catorce in San Luis Potosí, so long as the core issue remains unresolved. Given the failure … Continue reading Mexican court suspends mining in sacred territory of the Wixarika

Activists against mountaintop removal and fracking joining forces in West Virginia

By Dave Cooper / Huffington Post While combating dirty fossil-fuel energy sources like coal and shale gas, activists can sometimes find themselves so intensely focused on one issue that they lose track of important developments in other related fossil fuel campaigns. Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB), March 21-28 in northern West Virginia, seeks to build … Continue reading Activists against mountaintop removal and fracking joining forces in West Virginia

Mining corporations greedily eyeing sacred mountains of Huichol Indians

By William Booth, The Washington Post REAL DE CATORCE, Mexico — For the Huichol Indians, the desert mountains here are sacred, a cosmic portal with major mojo, where shamans collect the peyote that fuels the waking dreams that hold the universe together. For a Canadian mining company, these same hills look like a billion dollars … Continue reading Mining corporations greedily eyeing sacred mountains of Huichol Indians

Nyoongar people of Australia reject billion dollar offer for land title

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry A Nyoongar Tent Embassy was established on Perth’s Heirisson Island this month in response to a Billion dollar proposal by the Western Australia government that would force the Nyoongar to surrender their land title, permanently. For elders like Uncle Richard Wilkes, surrendering his custodianship of land is unthinkable, as the proposed … Continue reading Nyoongar people of Australia reject billion dollar offer for land title