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Fourth World Eye

  • Cheap Sensationalism

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    This is not their story. Nor is it good news to the people the media reports concern. The coverage of a recent fly-over of a remote part of the Amazon rainforest during which members of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes were spotted is all about chasing ratings by European media. What about the… more

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  • A Reckless Luxury

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    In the early years of post-communist totalitarianism in Central and Eastern Europe, brutal violence against ethnic minorities like the Roma (Gypsies) was almost commonplace. In Romania, for instance, police assisted murderous mobs — numbering in the hundreds — while they committed calculated attacks and arsons all over the country. The desire for ethnic cleansing was… more

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  • World of Denial

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    What is it about Spring that makes one ponder nuclear waste? Perhaps the warming weather and thoughts of sunny beaches on the Oregon Coast or the Irish Sea. Since 2005, when Juli Kearns published her exquisite essay Growing Up in the Shadow of Mt. Fuji, the illustrious editor of Idyll Opus Press and I have… more

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  • Stopping Progress

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    I once read about an Amazon tribe that first encountered men in orange vests tying ribbons on trees and pounding stakes in the ground. The next thing they knew, bulldozers came and destroyed their village and forest-based livelihood. A few years later, after retreating further into the forest, the tribe saw men in orange vests… more

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  • Trail of Tears 170 Years

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    The ethnic cleansing of the Cherokee by the US government, made use of the orderly practice established by its parent empire England in its first colony of Northern Ireland. Ironically, this custom of legalizing state-sponsored atrocity with the appearance of fair, albeit asymmetrical exchange, is what now gives the indigenous of former English colonies legal… more

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