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  • Land Reform in Vanuatu

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    In Vanuatu, in the South Pacific’s Melanesia, land ownership is based on a traditional land tenure system. 80% of the land is held by extended families, but land laws and corrupt politics have favored international interests, making Vanuatu a tax haven and investment opportunity for the tourist industry. The result has been that 56% of [&hellip... more →

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  • WCIP Outcome Summarized

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    After four years planning and much commotion surrounding the process, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples is now a page in history. It has been hailed as everything from insulting to a significant milestone for indigenous peoples. Opinions on the outcome of the conference will no doubt vary as time goes on, as it does [&hellip... more →

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  • Rockefellers Divest from Fossil Fuels

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    On the heels of yesterday’s historic climate march (which according to some estimates drew nearly 400,000 people), today the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced its new fossil fuel divestment campaign. Divestment is gaining serious momentum as a strategy to combat major social problems, most notably in apartheid Israel/Palestine. The Rockefeller Fund has joined other organizations (who [&hellip... more →

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  • Scottish Independence more than Economics

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    The New York Times published this article today, in which the author Neil Erwin characterizes Scotland’s bid for independence as a problem created by Britain’s elites. Britain’s current conservative government, he seems to be saying, doesn’t comport well with Scotland’s tendency toward more of a social welfare state. He blames the near collapse of England’s [&hellip... more →

  • Scottish Independence On Democracy Now!

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    Amy Goodman from the popular news program Democracy Now! today covered the topic of Scotland’s impending independence, slated for tomorrow. In the segment she interviews British historian Sam Wetherell and musician Billy Bragg, who has been writing on the topic of Scottish independence for several years. Many things are at stake, including Scotland’s oil production. [&hellip... more →

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