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Indigenous Israelis and Palestinians

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Locked in a seemingly endless embrace of self-destruction we find the cousin-nations of Palestine and Israel “driven by memory, trauma, and political identity and existential issues” observed Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center. While each of these nations challenges the cultural and political legitimacy of the other serious scholarship informs us that both [&hellip... more →

UN Adopts WCIP Outcome

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With the Holy See and Canada opting out of Article 13 and Article 3 (respectively) the UN High Level Plenary Session of the General Assembly today adopted the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document (Resolution A/69.L.1).                           With about 200 indigenous peoples’ [&hellip... more →

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 →

Sovereign Scotland and More

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Scotland’s draft constitution begins with the words: “In Scotland, the people are sovereign.” The most basic decision a people can make is to exercise that sovereignty to govern themselves. On 18 September Scotland will decide its political future–to become free and accept the risks of a mature society or remain encumbered by a stodgy British [&hellip... more →

WB Double Edged Sword?

The World Bank is currently reviewing a draft policy statement updating its “safeguard policies” for a proposed environmental and social framework. in 1982 the World Bank released its policy concerning indigenous peoples asserting that states’ governments seeking development loans that may have an affect on the interests and rights of indigenous peoples must demonstrate that [&hellip... more →

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