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Indigenous Leader: “We’re fighting NOT to have roads or electricity.”

This article is very telling. Many people—even leftists—still assume that so-called “development” is a positive thing. We at Deep Green Resistance, and many indigenous people and critics of modern life around the planet, disagree. Civilization and development are destroying the planet and impoverishing human culture. The costs of “development” far outweigh the benefits. — “UNITED … Continue reading Indigenous Leader: “We’re fighting NOT to have roads or electricity.”

War, Petroleum, and Profit: With Their Backs Against a Cliff, the U’wa Mobilize Against Oil Extraction

By Jake Ling / Intercontinental Cry Featured image: Inside the United U’wa Resguardo on the cloud forests along the Colombia-Venezuela border. Photo: Jake Ling This is the final installment of “The Guardians of Mother Earth,” Intercontinental Cry’s four-part series examining the Indigenous U’wa struggle for peace in Colombia. The vast wetland savanna called Los Llanos stretches … Continue reading War, Petroleum, and Profit: With Their Backs Against a Cliff, the U’wa Mobilize Against Oil Extraction

Cultural Genocide, Language Revitalization, and the International Campaign Against Occidental Petroleum

By Jake Ling / Intercontinental Cry This is the third installment of “The Guardians of Mother Earth,” an exclusive four-part series by Intercontinental Cry examining the Indigenous U’wa struggle for peace in Colombia. Featured image: U’wa children are now taught their native language in the resguardo’s bilingual schools, as well as lessons in Natural Law: how … Continue reading Cultural Genocide, Language Revitalization, and the International Campaign Against Occidental Petroleum

They Say the Land is Dead, but it Lives Yet

U’wa struggle against tuberculosis, parasitic worms, climate change and the threats of violent paramilitary repression Featured image: “The U’wa were sent a photo of a sheep in military gear and carrying a rifle, implying that they are associated with the guerrillas. These are very serious accusations, providing a political rationale for violent paramilitary repression against the … Continue reading They Say the Land is Dead, but it Lives Yet

Indigenous U’wa Struggle for Peace in Colombia

By Jake Ling / Intercontinental Cry This is the first installment of “The Guardians of Mother Earth,” a four-part series examining the Indigenous U’wa struggle for peace in Colombia. On September 23, 2015, in the Palace of Conventions in Havana, Cuba, his excellency Juan Manuel Santos, the President of the Republic of Colombia, and Commander Timoleon Jimenez, … Continue reading Indigenous U’wa Struggle for Peace in Colombia

Notes from the Field: Innovative Strategies of Indigenous Resistance amongst the Wounaan Tribe of Colombia

By Mary Cappelli Featured image: Wounaan Banner, reading:  Humanitarian and biodiverse territory Community of Union Aguas Claras Reservation of Wounaan Burujon, La Union San Bernardo An exclusive area of civilians and peacebuilding and justice The Wounaan Tribe of Northwestern Colombia’s San Juan River is the latest casualty of a violent 25 year reign of terror … Continue reading Notes from the Field: Innovative Strategies of Indigenous Resistance amongst the Wounaan Tribe of Colombia

Victory for U’wa Nation

CASE ON INDIGENOUS LAND RIGHTS AND EXTRACTIVE PROJECTS MOVES FORWARD AT INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS by EarthRights International / Intercontinental Cry  Washington, DC – The U’wa Nation has received an admissibility report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights allowing its case against Colombia to move forward, recognizing that the indigenous group can seek the … Continue reading Victory for U’wa Nation

Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis Victorious as Court Ousts Canadian Mining Company

By Hannibal Rhoades / Intercontinental Cry After five years of legal contests and uncertainty, the Colombian Constitutional Court has confirmed that Yaigojé Apaporis, an indigenous resguardo (a legally recognized, collectively owned territory), also has legitimate status as a national park. The decision is cause for celebration for Indigenous Peoples who call the region home. But it … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis Victorious as Court Ousts Canadian Mining Company

Territories of Life: A Free Video Toolkit for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

By Intercontinental Cry Territories of Life is a video toolkit with a purpose. It’s aim: to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to indigenous communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. Produced by our friends at LifeMosaic, a non-profit based in Scotland, the Territories of Life toolkit consists of ten stories that … Continue reading Territories of Life: A Free Video Toolkit for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

Interviews with displaced members of Colombia’s Wounaan Peoples

By Robin Llewellyn / Intercontinental Cry Children of the Wounaan People easily find diversion in the abandoned basketball stadium of Buenaventura, the largest city on Colombia’s Pacific coast. Some chase pigeons that try to settle around the highest rows of seats, casually resting to look out over the surrounding rooftops to the islands of mangrove and forest … Continue reading Interviews with displaced members of Colombia’s Wounaan Peoples