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Category: FW Geo-Politics

Cancun Climate: Hopeful Signs

December 6, 2010

China and India are easing their opposition to US demands for climate compliance monitoring, reporting and verification for developing countries (a long time demand of the US government) and environmental…

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World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference – 2014

December 1, 2010

During the last forty years since the UN Commission on Human Rights designated José Martinez Cobo as the Special Rapporteur responsible for conducting the “Study of the Problem of Discrimination…

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Cancun, Climate and the Alternative

November 27, 2010

For years now I have been writing in this column that while the idea of negotiating a global agreement on climate change is essential to the world’s wealth and health…

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Access & Benefit: Genes

November 3, 2010

Nagoya, Japan – The 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity produced a truly wilted plan for governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and indigenous peoples to meet the…

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State Department Cancels Cancun for Forestry Panel

October 27, 2010

The US Department of State canceled a “side-event” planned for the UN Conference of Parties 16 meeting in Cancun.  The session was to include tribal participants, but the UN would…

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Global CBD and Climate Agreements…Impossible

October 23, 2010

The United Nations has been the venue for terribly important negotiations concerning biological diversity, climate change, intellectual property, and matters as disturbing as human trafficking. Despite the prodigious efforts of…

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Canada Obstructing Indigenous Peoples – CBD

October 22, 2010

During the long years when indigenous peoples spent their very limited resources to travel to Geneva, Switzerland to help formulate language for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous…

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Climate Failure Postscript – loop holes

July 23, 2010

The Guardian just reported that an effort is underway at the UN to change the climate change negotiating rules contained in the Kyoto protocol.  Attempts will be made in Bonn,…

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The US Fails on Climate Change – Indigenous Peoples Threatened

July 23, 2010

As I suggested about a year ago, shortly after the US House of Representatives passed its version of climate change legislation, the Senate will fail to move on a Bill,…

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Dumping Waste & Pollutants

June 20, 2010

New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote,  “If Americans abhor poorly regulated deep-water oil drilling, wait until they get a load of nuclear waste on land with no regulatory agency…

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Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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