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Terra preta de índio, Global Climate Change

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Shortly before Spanish, Dutch and English sponsored ships arrived on the western hemisphere’s shores more than five hundred years ago, infectious disease rubbed out between 50% and 95% of the human inhabitants. Jerad Diamond’s sweeping effort to explain (in his book Guns, Germs and Steel) how it was possible for a few conquistadors to subdue [&hellip... more →

What the UN Declaration Means

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It is our observation at the Center that there are from 6,000 to 7,000 nations that speak original languages and generally occupy territories in virtually every continent in the world. The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) claims that indigenous peoples come from some 70 countries and have a combined population of some 370 [&hellip... more →

Tribes Nations States

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Media and think tanks on the payroll of the US government or military understandably have a state-centric bias when it comes to describing or analyzing conflict between tribes, nations, and states. In fact, it is not at all unusual to hear indigenous peoples’ resistance to colonial states described as “savage tribalism.” Sadly, while such inflammatory [&hellip... more →

Ungoverned or Ungovernable

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In the 2007 RAND publication Ungoverned Territories: A Unique Front in the War on Terrorism, RAND scholars note, “Since the end of the Cold War, failed or failing states and ungoverned territories within otherwise viable states have become a more common phenomenon. These territories generate all manner of security problems, such as civil conflict and [&hellip... more →

Tribal Self-Government & Taiwan’s UN Bid

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The government of Taiwan seeks to reenter as a full member of the United Nations giving the People’s Republic of China heartburn. Meanwhile, thirteen tribes as the original occupants of the contentious island seek to exercise self-government in accord with their recognized rights under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN [&hellip... more →

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