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Q&A: “Bolivia Marked the Start of a Major Indigenous Awakening”

Marianela Jarroud interviews Álvaro García Linera, vice president of Bolivia for IPS SANTIAGO, Mar 31 2014 (IPS) - He describes himself as someone who was drawn to Marxism as a result of his commiseration with the plight of indigenous people in his country, and he is considered one of the most influential Latin American thinkers of the 21st century. Álvaro García Linera, 51, is seen as the “right hand man” ...

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Mexico showing the importance of including human security in the post-2015 development agenda

By Mauricio Salazar* and Marte Hellema** On February 6, 2013, as part of the debate on the Post-2015 Development Agenda process, the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals will take place. Issues for discussion will include, among others, conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. The government official ...

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Canada: Inuit genocide, mining and human rights

One thing environmentalists or historians rarely talk about is that mankind's road to the destruction of cultures and the world began several thousand years ago and not in the Twentieth Century - with the introduction of agriculture. By Lionel Mok* Urban folks look down on people from the country, calling them many colourful names all synonymous with stupidity, notwithstanding that the invention of agricult ...

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New Delhi unsafe for Burmese refugees

The Indian national capital city of New Delhi, which gives shelter to over 8,000 registered Burmese refugees, half of them women and children, remains unsafe for the asylum seekers. A recent report titled ‘Doke Kha Bon’ from the Burma Centre Delhi has reiterated this fact adding that the women refugees, primarily from Chin Province of Burma (also known as Myanmar) continue to lead a vulnerable life in the c ...

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Indigenous Groups Win Right to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets over $18 Billion in Amazon Pollution

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez for Democracy Now! A court in Canada has ruled Ecuadorean farmers and fishermen can try to seize the assets of oil giant Chevron based on a 2011 decision in an Ecuadorean court found it liable for nearly three decades of soil and water pollution near oil wells, and said it had ruined the health and livelihoods of people living in nearby areas of the Amazon rainforest. Since the ...

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In Mexico, a victory for indigenous liberation

By Marta Molina for Waging Nonviolence After 13 years of unjust imprisonment, Mexican political prisoner Alberto Patishtan Gomez walked free on October 31. Over the course of his incarceration, the 42-year-old indigenous Tzotzil professor became one of Mexico’s leading voices protesting the unjust imprisonment of indigenous peoples, a widespread problem in a country where racism and violence against the ind ...

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Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council Statement on Fukushima

President Obama meets with Native American tribal leaders November 13, 2013, in advance of his speech Wednesday at the fifth annual Tribal Nations Conference. At the conference a national public safety panel assessing issues on American Indian reservations will release a document calling for tribes to be given more control over crime and justice on their land - including expanding their authority to prosecu ...

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Indigenous Vision of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela Highlighted

Caracas, October 12 ( Prensa Latina) The recognition and social visibility of Venezuelan indigenous people was highlighted by the late President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, said President of the Indigenous Parliament of America, Venezuelan Parliamentary Group (PIA-GPV), Cesar Sanguinetti. In the celebration this Saturday of the Day of the Indigenous Resistance, Sanguinetti expressed that than ...

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Philippines – bombs and bullets for mountain dwellers

Then the bombs were dropped, the bullets were sprayed from the helicopters towards the forests. What is happening? Is this happening? Report by Dom-an Macagne 11.30am, August 30, 2013. Two military helicopters hovering over Northern Sagada [in the Cordilleras, Philippines] dropping bombs and spraying bullets into the watersheds close to the villages. At 8.00 this morning, for 30 minutes, they did the same. ...

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Civil Society Calls for Vote on Drilling in Ecuador’s Yasuní Park

QUITO, Aug 24 2013 (IPS) - The Ecuadorean government’s decision to allow oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, has caused alarm among environmentalists and indigenous people, who are calling for a referendum on the issue. President Rafael Correa ordered the shelving of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, a plan to leave oil reserves underground in the Amazon rainfo ...

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