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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 →

Indigenous reality behind climate change

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Experts agree, climate change may be the greatest threat facing our planet. No doubt, for all of human kind climate change is a threat to biodiversity, and involves a number of potential challenges for public health. To indigenous peoples climate change is equivalent to environmental and cultural genocide. Environmental issues are not just about the [&hellip... more →

English Quartet Oppose UN Declaration

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The year was 1986. The United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations settled into its fifth year of operation meeting in Geneva; and its Chairman announced that it would draft a declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. It was supposed at the time that just as the UN had created the climate for the [&hellip... more →

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