Rich in Culture: Akha

UPDATE:

Subsequent to this highly publicized international call below, Matthew McDaniel got arrested by the Thai authorities and - while the USAmerican Ambassador did nothing except playing on the golf course in the capital, Matthew was only freed by international pressure mounted by a civil society organization. However, he was then later deported and continues the struggle for the Akha from outside Thailand. His wife and children could be rescued too and live now in what is exile for them, but together as a family to fight the fight for the sovreignty of the Akah people. (see: www.akha.org and https://akha.blogspot.com ). Thailand still remains to be a vassal of the USA and daily human rights abuses against the Indigenous Peoples are reported.

Matthew McDaniel can now be reached via e-mail and phone: +1-971-388-7185

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The Battle for Hooh Yoh Akha

From Matthew McDaniel

Urgent Action Required

Hooh Yoh Akha Village Forced Relocation
Ampur Mae Faluang
Chiangrai Province
Thailand
Jan 2, 2004

Last exit from the Kalahari: the slow genocide of the Bushmen/San

Gana Bushmen home in the CKGR

This year the annual World Environmental Summit on Sustainable Development is to be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4. It would seem to be an appropriate venue. Unlike many other parts of the continent, or indeed the Third World, Southern Africa has long been a leader in environmental innovation. There have been many success stories. Perhaps the best is the CAMPFIRE project, started in Zimbabwe in the late 1980s, which – despite many teething problems – pioneered a way for rural Africans to make money from wildlife by leasing out hunting and eco-safari concessions, thus drawing income from, rather than competing with, wildlife and wild habitat. Neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have adopted similar policies. At the coming summit, these projects will no doubt be held up as models for the rest of the globe to follow.

Contributors to openDemocracy’s City&Country strand have already drawn attention to the intimate connection between hunting and landscape, an issue currently being brought into sharp focus in the UK by the attempts to ban fox-hunting there.

By Ahmad Fani - Fall 2011

Ahmad Fani

In 1994 I went to Canada, and 1997 they accepted me as a refugee. Not knowing what was awaiting me, I thought that all my problems were over, and I was going to live a happy life. Somehow for six to seven years my life went on as I was expecting, studying, working, and so on. In March 2001 the perps which I believe are CIA and the CISS of Canada agents targeted me for the first time when I was living in Toronto, Ontario and that was the beginning of most horrible era of my life.

First I was not sure what was going on, but it started with horrendous nightmares every night; then I realized some people that were following me around, residing beside my apartment and coming to my work place before that happened were CISS and CIA agents. After that I moved around, and every 5 to 6 months I changed my apartment, but they always targeted me, and I only was able to run from them whenever I was not sleeping in my car or in my apartment. But from 2005 they never lost me for one minute, and that was when the horrible tortures started.

They were directing sharp microwaves at my head that I had to remain still and could do nothing. I wrote a letter to Paul Martin Prime Minister of Canada at the time and sent copies to my doctor and UNHCR but it reached nowhere. Later they increased the torture by directing sharp microwaves at my eyes and ears. It was absolutely unbearable; my eyes were turning red full of blood and I lost almost 1.5 visual acuity of my sight causing my eyesight to reduce to 20/12 approximately, necessitating my having to get glasses. At that time I was working for a pizza store as a supervisor and I found it impossible for me to continue my work there or live in Canada.

EARTH JURISPRUDENCE

An Essay (Draft July 2001)

By

Mike Bell
Inukshuk Management Consultants
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, X1A 1G3
Phone: (867) 873-5042
   Fax: (867) 873-9169
Email:

 

PROLOGUE

 

Many people around the world today are deeply concerned about the decline of the planet, its eco-systems and its species-- and on a smaller scale, the deterioration of their local environments and bio-regions. Frustrated at the slow pace of public education and consciousness raising efforts, they see their respective legal systems as "courts of last resort." "We can write stronger laws," they think, "and we can force those who are destroying our planet and damaging our environments to change their ways."

WEST's HANDS DIRTY IN EAST TIMOR

East Timor - between a rock and a hard place and between all chairs.

By Matthew Jardine (*) - IPS - 01. February 2000

VENICE, CALIFORNIA, JAN (IPS) - ''You cannot deal with the future unless you also come to terms with the past.'' US Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke intended these words for his Indonesian hosts before his visit last November to East Timor. But they could as easily pertain to the obligations of the US and other Western countries toward the soon-to-be independent East Timor.

Without a doubt Holbrooke's call for accountability was appropriately levelled at Jakarta. The Indonesian military and its paramilitary allies devastated East Timor in September in the aftermath of the United Nations-run vote on the territory's political future, destroying the vast majority of the country's buildings and infrastructure, and killing untold numbers.

And although the United Nations has assumed political and military control of the territory, many problems remain. As Human Rights Watch reported in mid-December, for example, upwards of 110,000 East Timorese remain virtual prisoners in paramilitary- controlled camps in Indonesian West Timor. The recent discovery of two more mass graves in East Timor only serves to reinforce the importance of Holbrooke's message.

By Moses and Rikha Havini - 1995

This article was first presented by Moses and Rikha Havini to the UN International Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Environment and Development, Zurich, 1995. It has been sub-edited and slightly abridged with the approval of the authors.

photo - freedom fighter on guard over closed copper mine.
Young freedom fighter from the Bougainville Revolutionary Army
with home made shotgun stands guard over the Panguna copper mine.
photo: Francis O'Neill, April 1994

UPDATE:

ECOTERRA Intl. spoke with a source, who stated: "Klaus confided to me in March 1994 that he had observed large movements of weapons and ammunitions and Tutsi looking soldiers crossing from Uganda through Mga Hinga National Park into Rwanda. Klaus knew that 'they' didn't want him there and feared for his life, but he had dedicated his work to the protection of the gorillas and their habitat and said he wouldn't give up. He had reached out to other international protection ecologists, because his German sponsors were suddenly pulling the plug, and one of them was subjected to three assassination attempts in Uganda in the months before Klaus was hit. Luckily that other nature defender could escape - injured but alive. Klaus was not fighting against the indigenous Twa people, whose biggest oppressor are cruel racist circles in the government of Uganda, where a minister publicly stated that the Twa are of less value than any wildlife - Klaus resisted against the USAmerican agents and their machinations, who worked with these Ugandans under President Museveni, himself a Tutsi, who allowed the Americans to train and equip Tutsi commandoes inside Uganda and to deploy them across the border prior to the genocide."

On 6 April 1994, an aeroplane carrying Rwanda's President Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, both Hutu, was shot down on its descent into Kigali. Genocidal killings began the following day. Soldiers, police, and militia quickly executed key Tutsi and moderate Hutu military and political leaders who could have assumed control. From 7 April to mid-July 1994 up to around 1,000,000 Rwandans, including 10,000 of the persisting population of 30,000 Twa forest people, were killed and since then the Tutsi are in power.

And in Uganda the Gorillas left Magahinga in 2011.

For a Fist Full of Dollars ... the Mysterious Death of the Gorilla Conservationist Klaus-Jürgen Sucker

By Ulrich Karlowski

   Klaus-Juergen Sucker at Magahinga -
   Picture: Dr. Ursula Karlowski

"Although this final report should be viewed with consideration to the fact that my involvement in the MGNP (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) was prematurely terminated, the goals of the project, i.e. to establish a functioning national park and to improve the protection of the local flora and fauna, were successfully met. To install another person to continue the project is unrealistic and of high risk, particularly in view of the possible motives for my transfer. Unfortunately, the remaining time available to me before my transfer on August 1, 1994, does not permit me to travel to Germany right now to personally inform you of the current situation. I will undertake everything in my power to personally get in touch with you as soon as possible."

These are Klaus-Jürgen Sucker's concluding lines in his final letter to the Deutscher Tierschutzbund dated June 15. The letter arrived after his death.

[Ed.: KJS was assassinated on † 20. Juni 1994 in his place at Kisoro, Uganda]

Never-ending Investigations?

Gorilla Journal 2/1994

Klaus- Jürgen Sucker and his team of Magahinga Scouts

In the 1/94 issue of the Gorilla Journal, we already relayed the sad news of the death of Klaus- Jürgen Sucker, the leader of the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Project and long-standing member of Bergorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe (BRD). The following report gives an overview of Klaus-Jürgen Sucker's life and work, which he devoted to the mountain gorillas and their environment, and examines the facts so far known to us concerning his as yet unexplained death.

On 20 June 1994 Klaus-Jürgen Sucker was found strangled in his house in Kisoro by his housekeeper. The 37-year-old leader of the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Project in Uganda, which was created by the BRD and the Deutscher Tierschutzbund (German Animal Protection Society), was dead. The authorities gave suicide as the cause of death. However, there are many indications that Klaus-Jürgen Sucker was the victim of a crime. As a dedicated conservationist, he had many enemies, ranging from poachers and smugglers to the leaders of a developmental aid project who wanted to establish sustainable use projects in this small national park. With Klaus-Jürgen, they were dealing with someone whose first priority was the protection and conservation of fauna and flora and who acted accordingly.

 

 

Everyone can carry this AquaCard and if raised, it signals to the aggressor:

"Halt, Stop right now with anything you do to me, because you are violating my universally guaranteed rights!"

Elder planting his birthday trees.

CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE BY PLANTING TREES!

Commemorate birthdays, work anniversaries and other social anniversaries by PLANTING TREES.

Use these occasions as opportunities, whereby you can do something very important, for you and for Earth.

No matter if you celebrate your 70th birthday, 50 years work anniversary or 30 years of marriage - use that event to plant trees.

Get together with other people to enhance your effort.

How many trees will that be?

That is easy to calculate: