The Internet Indians - The Fight for Amazonia. Amazonia is much more than just the earth's lungs: it is home to 20 per cent of the world's fauna, 20 per cent of its fresh water reserves and countless animal species.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Brazil started the conquest of the massive ancient forest in order to increase the country's prosperity - a people without land moved to a land without people, built roads, dams and cities. Since then, two million hectares of tropical rainforest have been burned down and cleared in the Amazon every year. An area approximately the same size as France, 65 million hectares, has now disappeared. Today, the earth's largest forest is home to 20 million people: All of them have their own, usually conflicting, ideas about the future development of the Amazon region.
The Internet IndiansA film by Ilka Franzmann. Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012. Kampala, Uganda - From Kampala, the Kony 2012 hysteria was easy to miss.
I'm not on Facebook or Twitter. I don't watch YouTube and the Ugandan papers didn't pick up the story for several days. NYT Discovers 'New' Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance. New York Times reporter Ethan Bronner has a piece today (4/7/10) headlined "Palestinians Try a Less Violent Path to Resistance," which attempts to show that there is a new move away from armed resistance to Israeli occupation. You get that message pretty clearly from Bronner's language: He calls it a "new approach" and argues, "Nonviolence has never caught on here. " Peter Hart: Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan.
United Arab Emirates: Extent of honour crimes; state protection and services available for victims of domestic violence. Honour crimes The United States (US) Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008 indicates that there were no official reports of honour crimes in 2008, but that there were rumours within the Muslim expatriate population that honour crimes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) occurred (US 25 Feb. 2009, Sec. 5).
Two UAE media sources, Gulf News and Emirates Business, report cases where women were beaten or murdered by family members (Gulf News 19 Feb. 2008; ibid. 14 June 2007; ibid. 17 Oct. 2006; Emirates Business 1 Feb. 2010). In 2006, Gulf News reported on a case in which a 50-year-old UAE man stabbed his third wife, a 28-year-old Egyptian woman, in an attempted honour killing because he suspected that she was having an affair (17 Oct. 2006). In 2007, Gulf News reported on a case where two brothers battered and locked up their 35-year-old sister (14 June 2007). Domestic violence. UPDATE 1-Returned Libyan Jew says driven from Tripoli synagogue. THEY WILL BE HEARD. Children of Agent Orange - People & Power. Fifty years ago this month, in the early stages of the Vietnam War, the US military began spraying rural areas of the country with the herbicide, Agent Orange.
The programme's goal was to defoliate forested land, depriving the enemy Viet Cong of cover and driving peasants to the cities, thus destroying the Viet Cong's support base and food supply. Over the next 10 years more than 80 million litres were deployed across 7.4 million hectares of Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia. Occupy Wall Street: The Game of Colonialism and Further Nationalism to be Decolonized From the “Left” FAQ. Thinking Ahead. Joseph Reagle on Wikipedia's Gender Gap. Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation? A text on culture, respect, allyship, and racism.
The Informants. Which One Is The Real Entitlement? Words are not fists: some thoughts on how men work to defuse feminist anger at Hugo Schwyzer. This is, I think, an important post.
I’ve been thinking about men in women’s studies classes, and jokes about "male-bashing. " This semester’s women’s studies class is like most: overwhelmingly female. I’ve got 32 women and 6 men in the class. I met individually last Thursday with the women for "all-female day"; I met with my guys on Tuesday for "all-male day. " Three Myths About World Hunger.
Myth one: OVERPOPULATION Actually there is plenty of food in the world.
Production of cereals (wheat, rice, millet etc) last year reached 1799.2 million tons, enough to offer everyone in the world well over the recommended minimum of 2.500 calories per adult per day. And that is before you’ve even begun to count the calories in vegetables, nuts, pulses, root crops and grass-fed (as opposed to grain-fed) meat. So what’s the problem? The problem is the distribution of that food, both within countries and between rich and poor worlds.
Americans represent only six per cent of the world’s population, yet they consume 35 per cent of the world’s resources - the same as the entire developing world. But Western countries have enough land to support their populations - Third World countries don’t. Western countries have enough money to support their populations. But doesn’t Africa have the world’s fastest population growth? Legal fight over Plumpy'nut, the hunger wonder-product. Should a revolutionary humanitarian food product be protected by commercial patent, when lifting restrictions might save millions of starving children?