Indigenous peoples

A roadblock becomes a gateway to resistance in Guatemala

by Kelsey Alford-Jones. The original article on Waging Nonviolence can ge found here. Residents of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, about an hour north of Guatemala City, have been steadfast in their rejection of a gold mine…

Idle No More on Turtle Island

Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth and women respond to the gentle wake-up call sounded by some courageous women. A movement came to light, a historical slumber shook off its sleepy head, a peaceful grassroots wave irradiated! That tiny wave began on…

Background to the conflict in Mali: France, US, Uranium and the war in Libya

The situation in Mali is confused and complex. People in the south of the country fear for their future under attack as they are by Islamic fighters from the North, the nomadic Touareg in the North seek independence, French uranium…

Quebec should support Cree moratorium on uranium mining

“Our challenge is to maintain our culture and live globally. We need the means and the ways to allow skilled workers to work and communicate from our remote area and also to work locally,” said Cree Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come when…

Newly adopted law discriminates against indigenous community media

Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the newly-adopted General Telecommunications Law (LGT), which will penalize small radio stations, especially indigenous community radio stations, that are waiting to be officially assigned broadcast frequencies. Approved on third reading by the…

Kenya – deadly clashes between nomads and settlers

Tribesmen continue to attack villages in Kenya’s southeast, torching homes and sparking clashes that have to date killed many people in tit-for-tat ethnic violent fights. These are vendettas between the Pokomo farming community and their Orma pastoralist neighbours, which left…

They, The Peoples

They are more than 370 million, that’s 120 per cent of U.S. population; they speak 4.000 of 7,000 languages spoken today all over the world; they contribute extensibly to Humanity’s cultural diversity, and they know more than any body else on Earth how to preserve water, land, biodiversity, and the whole cycle of life.

The charms of the Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

Werner Herzog allows us to learn about one of the major archaeological discoveries in humankind. The Chauvet-Pont d’Arc grotto contained in its depths hundreds of prehistoric animals’ skeletons that permit to reveal the constitution of the European wildlife 35 thousand years ago. Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel-Deschamps and Christian Hikkaire found it in 1994.

Community radio stations still denied access to air-waves

Did Honduras’ readmission to the Organization of American States mark the end of the sinister interlude that began with the coup d’état exactly two years ago, on 28 June 2009, and its disastrous impact on civil liberties and human rights?
That was the question that the Latin America and Caribbean division of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-ALC)

Calm debate on environment needed after charges withdrawn against photographer

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the withdrawal of charges against photographer Marcela Rodríguez, a contributor to the Mapuexpress website (http://www.mapuexpress.net/), when she appeared before a court in the southern city of Temuco on 22 June. The public prosecutor decided it was not in the public interest to prosecute her.

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