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Death Wish

December 16, 2011

Watching the cinematic essay Silhouette City last night, I recalled encounters with American religious fanatics seeking political power and influence in the 1990s. Some of them succeeded, others martyred themselves…

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Masire Minority

December 15, 2011

As the Society for Threatened Peoples reports, the indigenous Masire (Berbers) of Libya have as much to fear from the Arab majority as they did under the Gaddafi regime. After…

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Axis of Evil

December 13, 2011

Readers might recall that a year ago, responding to Obama’s July 2010 decision to lift the US funding ban for Indonesian death squads, Indonesia’s elite forces began assassinating indigenous Papuan…

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Mexico Profundo

December 13, 2011

In his seminal book Mexico Profundo, Guillermo Bonfil Batalla describes the collective body of indigenous resistance within Mexico as the Profound Mexico—“an entity that has resisted invading forces for centuries…

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Who Needs Enemies?

December 12, 2011

As an alliance of indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities observing COP 17 remarked, the UN carbon market program known as REDD was devised by and for transnational corporations and…

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Durban Passes, Climates Change

December 9, 2011

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 17th session completed its two week run today with Canada and Japan rethinking whether they want to pay attention to…

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Climate & Food Security: Re-thinking Vulnerability

December 8, 2011

Landing at Puerto Vallarta International Airport in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco felt risky and appropriate: it was October 11th, the same day that hurricane Jova was expected to make…

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Reconquering Africa

December 7, 2011

Backing brutal dictators and religious fanatics in order to control access to strategic resources is nothing new for the imperial powers of Britain, France and the United States, but coordinating…

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Climate Change Ghost Dance–Duck and Cover

December 7, 2011

Even as delegates of states’ governments, businesses, labor, non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples meet in Durban, South Africa for the last week of a two week negotiation, many observer have…

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Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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