Initially, the Indigenous peoples were the only Ecuadoreans affected by the drilling. And though the oil lay under their native land, they weren’t entitled to any of the profits, because the government retained all “subsurface rights.” (“The meek shall inherit the earth,” the oilman J. Paul Getty once observed. “But not its mineral rights.”) The Indigenous people cut down trees to block Texaco’s trucks, and launched attacks on oil workers.
The resistance by indigenous Ecuadoreans against the oil industry was the subject of two New Yorker articles by Joe Kane. The first, “With Spears from All Sides,” was published in the issue of September 27, 1993. It gave the history of oil exploration and extraction in the region and described the actions of Waorani (sometimes written as Huaorani) men who left their isolated and insular community to draw attention to their cause. Texaco, as Kane writes, was far from the first oil company to contemplate drilling in this part of Ecuador:
Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas
Russian research team astonished after finding 'fountains' of methane bubbling to surface (see also updates below)
By projectearth - 12. December 2011
Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.
The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the head of the Russian research team who has been surveying the seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent (see below), Igor Semiletov, of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that he has never before witnessed the scale and force of the methane being released from beneath the Arctic seabed.
A Few Companies Have Power Over Most of the Real Economy
The idea that the few dominate the many will not come as news to those gathered either to occupy wall street or to occupy everywhere. But up until now it has been just an intuition that a few corporations control the world.
Not any more. A team of Swiss mathematicians just proved that out of over 43,000 transnational corporations (TNCs), relatively few control almost 80% of the global economy. Find out who has the power below.
FARAGO: Was CIA behind Operation Fast and Furious?
New and troubling motive for Team Obama's illegal gunrunning scheme
By Robert Farago and Ralph Dixon - TWT - 11. August 2011
Why did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) let criminals buy firearms, smuggle them across the Mexican border and deliver them into the hands of vicious drug cartels? The ATF claims it launched its now-disgraced Operation Fast and Furious in 2009 to catch the “big fish.” Fast and Furious was designed to stem the “Iron River” flowing from American gun stores into the cartels’ arsenals. The bureau says it allowed gun smuggling so it could track the firearms and arrest the cartel members downstream. Not true.
Ally Bill of Responsibilities
- Do not act out of guilt, but rather out of a genuine interest in challenging the larger oppressive power structures;
- Understand that they are secondary to the Indigenous people that they are working with and that they seek to serve. They and their needs must take a back seat;
- Are fully grounded in their own ancestral history and culture. Effective allies must sit in this knowledge with confidence and pride; otherwise the “wannabe syndrome” could merely undermine the Indigenous people’s efforts;
- Are aware of their privileges and openly discuss them. This action will also serve to challenge larger oppressive power structures;
- Reflect on and embrace their ignorance of the group’s oppression and always hold this ignorance in the forefront of their minds. Otherwise, a lack of awareness of their ignorance could merely perpetuate the Indigenous people’s oppression;
- Are aware of and understand the larger oppressive power structures that serve to hold certain groups and people down. One way to do this is to draw parallels through critically reflecting on their own experiences with oppressive power structures. Reflecting on their subjectivity in this way, they ensure critical thought or what others call objectivity. In taking this approach, these parallels will serve to ensure that non-Indigenous allies are not perpetuating the oppression;
West Papuan freedom fighters struggle
Defying Indonesia's foreign media ban on West Papua, English filmmaker Dominic Brown risked his life to spend two months undercover with West Papuan rebels and returned with the story the Indonesian government has tried so hard to suppress.
By Sean O'Hare - TT - 11. Nov 2010
Confirming suspicion that the foreign media ban was an attempt to conceal human rights abuses from the world, Brown's footage captures the brutal struggle for freedom being fought by the West Papuans living under Indonesian security force rule.
Coinciding with President Obama's visit to Indonesia, the release of Forgotten Bird of Paradise on a new Best of Raindance Film Festival DVD compounds pressure on the president to re-examine his country's policy of support for the Indonesian security forces.
Global warming & overfishing: SEA THE TRUTH – the big danger for ocean life
06. October 2010
The film Sea the Truth is based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of seas and oceans. Below follows an overview of the themes addressed in the film and a brief explanation.
DEEP TROUBLE: WHALE MORTALITY CAUSED BY OVERFISHING According to a report of the New Zealand news channel 3News sea mammals, among which whales, are dying of malnutrition. The reporters claim that this is caused by overfishing.
FISHING POLICY AND QUOTA: Fishing policy around the world is destructive. Recommendations from scientists on quotas are ignored by policy makers, wealthy countries plunder the fishing territories of poor countries and bottom trawlers sow destruction all over the seafloor with their dragnets. In Europe, 88% of fish stocks have been overharvested, such as the blue fin tuna which sadly is threatened with extinction.
The N2 Dilemma
New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health
By Tom Philpott - 24. February 2010
“Fertilizer is good for the father and bad for the sons.”
For all of its ecological baggage, synthetic nitrogen does one good deed for the environment: it helps build carbon in soil. At least, that’s what scientists have assumed for decades.
If that were true, it would count as a major environmental benefit of synthetic N use. At a time of climate chaos and ever-growing global greenhouse gas emissions, anything that helps vast swaths of farmland sponge up carbon would be a stabilizing force. Moreover, carbon-rich soils store nutrients and have the potential to remain fertile over time–a boon for future generations.
Politics and Corruption at the World Health Organization (WHO)
By Dr. Pascal Sacré - 12. January 2010
Would the world be getting along any better without this outfit, which is in theory such a good idea? Would we be in better health?
The question is as serious as it is relevant.
Though even one death is one too many, compared with the alarmist forecasts from this professional organisation that were foisted on all the ministries of health the world over, one could say that the H1N1 viral pandemic, version 2009, has so far produced not much more than a mouse.
But what a fabulous show for the media!
What a brilliantly organized panic!
How many millions of euros spent, and best of all, what worrying rumours, about the health risks linked this time to the vaccination, which might not even work!
By Dr. Sarah Stone, Pharm-D, Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist, Russ Clarke, Editor, August 10, 2009
I met the story about the swine flu with great skepticism; it played like a story line in a B movie - Students go abroad for spring break. Students get the virus. Students bring it home. Worldwide pandemic starts. The story line was unbelievable, and I knew from day one that there was either no virus at all, and that it was just a "wag the dog", or that a manufactured outbreak was intentionally released and underway.
Unfortunately the latter was true, and now we have an entirely new bug on our hands. It has never been seen before, and virologists have been quoted saying "where the hell it got all these genes from we don't know." Extensive analysis of the virus has revealed genes from the original 1918 flu, the avian flu, and two new H3N2 viruses from Eurasia. All evidence points to the fact that the swine flu is indeed a genetically engineered virus.
This article is the result of a team effort intended to explore what the motive for releasing it may be, to warn you in advance of things to come.
By James Craven (*) / Blackfoot Name: Omahkohkiaayo i’poyi
The Past [is] Alive in the Present [and] Shaping the Future
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” (George Orwell).
When we speak of the survival and sustainability of Blackfoot “Culture”, we are speaking of more than the survival and sustainability of the Blackfoot Nation and people who are the primary creators, definers, carriers, learners, transmitters and expanded reproducers of that nation and culture. We are also speaking about the survival and sustainability of the potential energy and influences—even on other cultures—embodied in and transmitted by that culture. And since all culture is dynamic and never static, we are also speaking of the survival and sustainability of all that it takes for Blackfoot culture to grow, adapt to new challenges and new conditions, and, to continually challenge itself and its own traditions and sacred practices and assumptions, some of which are functional and worth keeping, and some dysfunctional and not worth keeping.
That means that the survival and sustainability of what is left of the Blackfoot nation and culture, as with other Indigenous nations, nationalities and cultures also on the brink of total extinction, means dealing not only with conditions, practices, forces and interests nominally “endogenous” or internal to the Blackfoot nation and culture that may threaten it, but also it means dealing with those forces and interests, historical and present-day, that are nominally “exogenous” or external to the Blackfoot nation and culture, that have threatened, and still threaten to this day, its survival and sustainability.
By Robert Frank - 26.
Last week’s meeting of the Great and the Good (or the Richest and Richer) was bound to draw criticism.
The New York meeting of billionaires Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller, Eli Broad, George Soros, Ted Turner, Oprah, Michael Bloomberg and others was described by the Chronicle of Philanthropy (deleted page, but see below) as an informal gathering aimed at encouraging philanthropy. Just a few billionaires getting together for drinks and dinner and a friendly chat about how to promote charitable giving.
There was no agenda, we were told. And no plan for a follow-up meeting.
The San People Are The Oldest Living Population Of Humans On Earth
San people, hunter-gatherers lived in this area for thousands of years and researchers believe San people are the oldest human population on Earth.
The San are also known as ‘Bushmen’, a term used by the European Colonists that is now considered derogatory, but actually preferred by many San themselves to distinguish them from the Khoe-Khoe and other speakers in the khoisan-language group. The San populated South Africa long before the arrival of the Bantu-speaking nations, and thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans.
by Dan Eden
from ViewZone Website
They have always been there. People noticed them before. But no one could remember who made them - or why? Until just recently, no one even knew how many there were. Now they are everywhere - thousands - no, hundreds of thousands of them!
And the story they tell is the most important story of humanity. But it's one we might not be prepared to hear.
Something amazing has been discovered in an area of South Africa, about 150 miles inland, west of the port of Maputo. It is the remains of a huge metropolis that measures, in conservative estimates, about 1500 square miles.
It's part of an even larger community that is about 10,000 square miles and appears to have been constructed - are you ready - from 160,000 to 200,000 BCE!
The Annual Cycles of the indigenous peoples of the Rio Tiquié
By Instituto SocioAmbiental - 2008
For the indigenous peoples of the Tiquié river in the northwest Amazon region the year is divided into several seasons. These are identified according to the passages of astronomical constellations associated with ecosystem and climate processes.
The year begins with the Flood of the Jararaca (pit viper) at the beginning of November. This region is characterized by heavy rainfall throughout the year interspersed by short dry spells.
The infographics bring together river level and rainfall measurements and the seasons of the year as informed by indigenous researchers of the region, together with the names of the astronomical constellations as identified by Tukano elders.
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