Markets can only think instant profit.
Speculation is going to kill the economy.
Capitalism is going to kill the planet.
Politicians like Clegg, Cameron and Miliband race to see who can do the most for bond traders.
We must resist or face oblivion.
AIDESEP, September 23, 2011.
An attack against indigenous peoples was committed today, as Juan Carlos Medina Edmund, of the Cantash community, in the province of Padre Abad, Ucayaliregion, died as a result of the continued fighting and disputes with a group of settlers who are attempting to expel Awajún people from the their ancestral land locally.
The community leader, Leonidas Yuan, said that this situation is already intolerable because indigenous people are titling their ancestral lands with the Ministry of Agriculture, however, this process is slow moving and that the dispute has claimed, once again, the life of an Indian brother.
The indigenous population were dismayed to find Juan Carlos Medina Edmund and are demanding that the killers are found and justice is done.
Therefore, they urged the Peruvian justice, the Ombudsman to visit the area, intervene and deal with this conflict created by a group of armed settlers living in the area.
Armed settlers also invaded part of the Territorial Reserve Cacataibo, displacing 120 indigenous people (?).
A man with a deeply lined face comments: ‘We are the true conservationists. We don’t do big deforestation. We conserve our territories, our trees. Each person does their work.’
Some communities have gone along with a government conservation scheme called the Forests Programme, but he doesn’t believe in it. This is Peru’s contribution to an international initiative to save a million hectares of Amazonian forest. Peru is losing 150,000 hectares of tropical forest a year. The scheme is intended to save 300,000 hectares. The indigenous communities engaged in the programme are paid 10 soles (about $4) for each hectare conserved. The idea is to provide the communities with an alternative to selling the wood in their forests to logging interests.
The scheme is voluntary but many Asháninka communities are wary of it. Leonel explains why: ‘They fear that the government will turn round later and say “we gave you this money, now we will take the land we have paid for”.’
Many Western environmentalists, too, are suspicious of such market mechanisms for mitigating climate change. They see them as moneyspinners for those who can exploit the system, but failing in their core environmental objectives.
Araldo concludes the meeting: ‘We are not poor, we are rich. We want to work and to save our culture. We want to live like our grandparents lived. Take that message to your people. This is not an empty space. We live here. We don’t want Pakitzapango or Tambo 40.’
But what if the community is offered money or other enticements? It is common practice to divide indigenous communities in this way. I ask two of the younger men this question. They are adamant. ‘We won’t accept anything,’ says one. ‘We will prevent them from entering,’ adds the other.
How?’ I ask.
We will meet them in the traditional way.’
They both look a bit sheepish and then reply.
With arrows… we don’t want to… but this is our land, the land of our grandparents and great-grandparents. We have to defend it.’
I am reminded that two years ago, when police tried to dislodge indigenous protesters near the northern jungle town of Bagua, 33 lost their lives, 23 of them police.
#occupywallstreet, is an ongoing nonviolent demonstration opposing what participants view as negative corporate influence over U.S. politics. It was inspired by the Arab Spring movement, particularly the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square which resulted in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. The aim of the demonstration is to begin a sustained occupation of Wall Street, the financial district of New York City. Organizers intend for the occupation to last "a few months.
My argument is that the Green Party needs to position itself as the most obvious electoral ally and ultimately, servant to the varied ‘bloc’ of social forces fighting the realities of neoliberalism in the UK. This would go far beyond what parties such as Respect have aimed for and achieved, which involved focusing on a fairly narrow community. This indeed allowed short term electoral success in limited areas of the country, but did not involve the inclusion of a wider bloc of social groups/forces (although the successes it did achieve should not be denigrated or downplayed, and offers some lessons for The Green Party). Aligning and becoming a part of the energy, commitment and passion of the various social forces at work contesting the current political economy, while offering political coherence via an organised, yet democratic party could make the Green Party central to a nation-wide class struggle against the current status quo. In the process, the party will likely draw closer to and attract individuals from a diversity of gender, ethnic and social backgrounds.
In direct response to Sean Thompson, I believe the Green Party is already addressing many of the concerns of working class communities, namely cuts to their local services and livelihoods. These cannot be addressed in any serious way by Labour, which itself supports cuts, leaving the party to contest the pace and depth of said cuts, rather than the ideological rationale behind such policies. After 13 years in power, working class communities are both wary and distrustful of Labour regarding economic policies, offering the Greens a huge opportunity. If Greens become closer associated with unions and non-union movements against the cuts, they will be further identified with a defence of most people’s living standards.
The argument that Green’s should concentrate more on the ‘concrete issues’ that affect people’s everyday lives is fair, up to a point. However, I think this kind of narrow approach would do a disservice to workers, the unemployed and ethnic minority groups the party aims to mobilise and organise.
The mainstream parties no longer offer an alternative vision of society, which I believe goes a long way in explaining voter apathy and their lack of electoral appeal. If the Green Party doesn’t offer a vivid and attractive image of where we aim to take the country, then it will be lumped in with the Tories, Lab and Lib Dem position of making subtle changes to the status quo. Without such a vision, it is unlikely the party will be able to mobilise people to join our campaigns and vote for us on a mass bases.
'Labour Party activist since 1988 - firmly on the moderate wing of the party. Elected to Labour’s NEC as a CLP Representative in 2010. National Secretary of Labour Students 1995-6. Parliamentary candidate for Aldershot (2001) and Castle Point (2005). Hackney Councillor (Chatham Ward) since 2002, Labour Group Chief Whip 2002-09, Chair of Health Scrutiny. Supporter of Europe, NATO/nuclear deterrence, Israel, electoral reform. Guardian reader. Dad. Stoke Newington resident. Unite union member. Employment history as a Labour Party Organiser, Local Government Political Assistant, Director at a Public Affairs company. '
Herzog’s newest colleague at the center is Luke Akehurst, until recently a “defense” specialist with the public relations giant Weber Shandwick.
Enticing Akehurst to work for her is quite a coup for Lorna Fitzsimons, ’s chief executive. He was named “ consultant of the year” at the 2008 Public Affairs News Awards. The prize was in recognition for his invaluable services for several companies that arm dictators.
Finmeccanica, one of his clients, cultivated strong links with Muammar Gaddafi lately. While it has predicted that its revenues for 2011 will exceed €18 billion, the civil war in Libya will inevitably have repercussions. The Italian firm has a backlog of orders worth €800 million from the Gaddafi regime.
Akehurst also represented water cannons to Indonesia in the 1990s, unperturbed about how its then military ruler Suharto was overseeing the brutal occupation of East Timor, where out one of the twentieth century’s worst cases of genocide occurred. Serco, another client of his, manages Britain’s Atomic Weapons Establishment ( ) as part of a consortium that bands it together with the world’s number one weapons maker Lockheed Martin., which supplied
There is a protest on Monday from 3pm outside Birmingham Magistrates Court in support of Edd Bauer who used to be involved in Birmingham University Young Greens and is now a sabbatical officer of the Student Union. Edd is in prison for the crime of hanging a banner that could be seen by motorists on Broad St just before the start of the Lib Dem Conference. The crime is said to be a "road traffic offence" but the prosecution said his act was not dangerous. He was denied bail as he has a previous offence of sitting down on the floor in Fortnum and Mason. Being denied bail is thought to be unprecedented. The 2 others with Edd at the time were granted bail but banned from Birmingham city centre for over a month.
At 3pm on Monday he will see his next bail hearing at Bham Magistrates Court. Anyway wishing to protest in solidarity, meet in front of the magistrates Court on Corporation St at 3pm.
Caroline makes good points; it's important that the party recognises that it's make-up is too white and too middle class.
However, the key point to recognise is that this has not been discussed to any degree by the party at any level and that there are no measures at all, in place or under discussion, to counter this. And it is absolutely not a matter of simply having 'policies which will attract BAMER members' and even less of selecting candidates for winnable seats.
Our formal policies are anti war, anti racist, redistributive and civil libertarian, all of which should make them/us attractive to ethnic minority communities. Indeed, our policies are, for the most part, indistinguishable from those of Respect, which had (and residually has) a small but significant base within Bengali communities in Birmingham and the East End.The difference between the two organisations is that Respect set out from the start to build alliances with the more progressive elements and institutions within those communities (in a rather opportunistic way in some cases, perhaps) and become, not attractive to those communities, but a part of them. We, on the other hand, have by and large followed the pattern of activity set by the three big bourgeoise parties, adding our own particular flavour of mildly sanctimonious abstract preaching. In other words, Respect's aim (obviously not achieved) was to become a party OF the oppressed rather than a party FOR the oppressed. The Green Party's aim has been simply to get the oppressed to vote for us rather than the big three because we are nicer than they are.
The fact is that both the internal culture and organisation of our Party is, in practice, unattractive to most working people regardless of their ethnic origins. In practice, we operate as a middle class sect - not as shouty, exploitative and exclusive as most of the sects of the far left perhaps, but a sect none the less. While Caroline's sentiments were wholly admirable we should not hold our collective breath for any strategy for the Party to break out of its current niche from our national leadership. We all have to find practical ways in our own branches of making them more welcoming for ordinary people, such as considering whether the one minute attunement ritual might be off-putting for all but visiting Quakers and whether we meet in the right places at the right times (Karen pointed out at her fringe that her local party meets in a middle class area that would cost people from the local housing estate £5 on the bus to get to and from). Most importantly we must start aiming the focus of our activity at the concrete issues that working people perceive as effecting their day to day lives, rather than those more general (and distant/abstract) issues that we and the rest of the left find easier to go on about.
90 Indigenous Organizations Say YES To Action Plan For Survival And
Protection Of Life
In recent weeks, Indigenous representatives from 90 organizations in
the Amazon region unanimously approved a new action plan that calls
for an Amazon-wide "consolidation" for the survival of ancestral
knowledge and the protection of forests, water, biodiversity and the
Photo from the First Regional Amazonian Summit, August 15-18, 2011. Credit COICA
The action plan, titled, "The Manaus Mandate: Indigenous Action for
Life" is the end result of the First Regional Amazonian Summit, which
took place in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas,
from August 15-18, 201l.
The four-day Summit, organized by The Coordinator of Indigenous
Organizations in the Amazon Basin (COICA), brought together
representatives of Indigenous Peoples from all nine Amazonian
countries, as well as government representatives, international
organizations and members of civil society in the Amazon.
A wide range of issues were explored at the Summit including: the COP
17 meeting, to be held in December 2011 in Durban, South Africa and
the Rio Conference 20 +, to be held in June 2012; The adequacy of the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the
implementation of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Convention No. 169; and the joint prioritization of the protection of
biodiversity, genetic resources and ancestral knowledge.
Courtesy of COICA, The Manaus Mandate is now available in four
different languages: Español - Português - English - Français (LAB
also put together an unofficial English version, which you can access
1st. Amazon Regional Summit Ancestral Knowledge, Peoples and
fulfilling life in harmony with forests
(15 – 18 agosto 2011)
"We are people without Owner, Like Life"
Mandate Manaus: Indigenous Action for Life
Meeting in Manaus 15 to August 18, 2011, in 1. Regional Amazon summit,
the Amazonian indigenous peoples and national organizations from nine
countries: Bolivia (CIDOB), Brazil (COIAB), Ecuador (CONFENIAE),
Colombia (OPIAC), Guyana (APA), French Guyana (FOAG), Peru (AIDESEP ),
Venezuela (ORPIA) and Suriname (OIS) and in dialogue with various
social partners, state and environmental observe that the climatic and
environmental crisis is very serious, very soon irreversible, while
global and national powers, they can not want to stop, and worse,
trying to "seize" more "green business" but threaten all forms of
We warn the world that we have passed the limits of danger of
polluting gases in the atmosphere and global warming, but that's just
one of the most serious effects of deeper causes. We are in dark times
of profound global climate crisis and aggression that is part of the
wider crisis of a civilization and a pattern of power, based on
racism, patriarchy, individualism and unbridled consumerism,
commodification and privatization of everything, and the reckless
arrogance of "domination" of nature are forgetting that only a small
part of it.
We denounce the hypocrisy and contradiction in the global and national
policies on forests, where the side of declarations, plans, small
projects "sustainable" deepens predation, deforestation, degradation
by mining business, oil, hydroelectric mega, ranching , soy,
agribusiness, "agro-fuels" super highways of colonization, GM,
pesticides, overlay of protected areas in indigenous territories,
biopiracy and theft of traditional knowledge. Continuing need to
improve forestry practices, it covers the best of these is profoundly
change the macro policies of neoliberal globalization.
We propose the following objectives, approaches, alternatives and actions:
1. Territories whole life for planetary cooling.
There is evidence that refuges of life, are the forests and Amazonian
peoples' territories as effective barriers to predation. It is
therefore essential to change laws and public policies to ensure the
demarcation of the territories of the indigenous Amazonian people and
collective ownership as peoples, and also to support and not attack or
marginalized, our strategies of "whole life" separate from the
commodification of nature. This is an effective and efficient strategy
to reduce global warming and restore harmony with Mother Earth, we had
thousands of years. To not change the weather, change the system. It's
the system must "adapt" to the cries of Mother Nature and our children
of color of the earth. The "cost" financing to solve this historic
debt originated in ethnocide of colonization, it is far less than that
devoted to discussions and experiments ineffective.
2. Strengthen "Redd + Indian" ecological debtors and their pollution
To those who decide on the process, "Redd +": the United FCPF
(WB-IDB), FIP, UN-REDD, UNFCCC COP17-, Rio +20 and others demand
immediate assurances and conditions for the Peoples before further
progress in these REDD + processes to be properly addressed:
• Respect and strengthen the proposed REDD + Indian or adequacy of the
Redd + to the worldviews and collective rights of peoples, including
the "Guidelines COICA on climate change and Redd +" and the proposals
of the national organizations, and among other things the following:
No Territories or collective rights is unworkable Redd + * No contract
community to run international rules, or the long term, giving land
management or intellectual property, with more hardships than
benefits, or in languages and foreign laws * Respect and support
conservation holistic forest, not just where deforestation or reducing
tons of carbon * Respect our proposed national regulations for Redd +
and consultation and free, prior and binding * Respect reports COICA
on REDD + parallel to the States * Mechanisms for resolving conflicts
with guarantees of neutrality and efficiency * not support the market
for carbon credits to cover the global polluters.
• Priority policies and funds for consolidation and land titling of
indigenous peoples as a condition prior to move unimpeded on Redd +
• National legislative changes to strengthen collective rights in the
laws of environmental services, forestry, "Redd + leakage" (mining,
hydrocarbons, biofuels, etc) and consultation and consent,
• States and Banks assume their responsibility to curb the spread of
scammers Redd + ("carbon cowboys," "bubble Redd +") by: * Registration
and accreditation of international public operators Redd + * Rejection
of companies and NGOs scam reported by * Recommend indigenous
communities are not committing to contracts "to Redd +" or "carbon
business" until the international and national regulations are
specified and implemented.
• Priority of reducing pollution by greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions
by industrialized ecological debtors the power of rich minorities in
the North and South
3. Unity between ancestral and Survival of Biodiversity
Our ancient knowledge are intimately linked in the "productive
conservation" of nature, and in that way, compared to the COP 11 of
the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Congress of the
International Union of Nature (IUCN) called for will support the
• Prioritize the demarcation and legalization and legal security of
indigenous lands as collateral for the conservation of biodiversity
and genetic resources and ancestral knowledge.
• Consolidate the Law Prior Consultation and Consent, Binding, prior
and informed consent for access to genetic resources in indigenous
territories and associated traditional knowledge.
• The genetic resources of indigenous territories and ancestral
knowledge constitute the collective intellectual heritage and
indigenous natural, preserved for millennia and passed down from
generation to generation.
• Access to the ancestral knowledge and genetic resources should
provide for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits, including the
products of both genetic resources and associated traditional
• The ancient knowledge are not in the public domain, but in the
cultural field of indigenous peoples and states and international
organizations (such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD),
adopted sui generis legal standards of legal protection of this
• No marketing of ancestral knowledge and misuse and unauthorized for
biotech patent claims.
4. Rio +20: Solutions for Life not for Markets
The UN conference in June 2012 Rio de Janeiro is one of the last
chances to save all life forms on the planet. Amazonian peoples to
make call-Political Cultural Events in the vicinity of the official
summit, leaders of people and movements, artists, scientists,
intellectuals, who win public opinion and global politics. Likewise,
policy intervention strategies within and outside Rio +20 Summit of
peoples and building a plural and democratic, with broad public
visibility. All to gain broader political support for the UN will not
submit to the interests of irresponsible game of power, and advance
approaches, objectives and proposals such as:
• Do not accept that the "Green Economy" is the combination of
neoliberalism developed with "green projects" but a profound change in
reducing consumption, waste and predation and the changing pattern of
production, consumption, distribution and energy (oil, biofuels)
alternatives harmony among societies, cultures and nature.
• Renovation of the Kyoto protocol, where there are firm commitments
and requirements, reduction of greenhouse emissions and opportunities
for participation by indigenous peoples. Do not let the world drift
with powers to impose terms, how and when they reduce their emissions.
• Consolidation of the Indigenous Peoples' land and Visions of Life
Full of holistic management of nature for the "cooling" of the planet
by increasing the quality of public funds to implement such global and
• Establishment of an International Environmental Court, the pressing
operation, independent of the global powers, with spaces for
indigenous participation, the most affected by environmental crime.
• Reorganize the current UN environmental agencies not to bow to the
powers pollutants, to overcome the bureaucracy and expanding
opportunities for participation and advocacy for indigenous Amazonian
people and the world.
Finally, the Summit raised position the media as a line of political
action, not just instrumental.
To influence public policies on access to media and use of information
and communication technologies and implement the proposed network of
Amazon communities COICA
Indigenous peoples and the nature we're alone, and therefore we are
obliged to keep the forests standing, reduce deforestation and to be
guardians of their services such as water, biodiversity, climate for
the survival of life. We only ask that they let us work in peace in
No more "Belomonstruos" in Brazil, Guyana, Peru (Marañón,
Pakitzapango), Bolivia and the world!
Not just above the Rio +20 Death and Life of Peoples of the Xingu!
Not on the road in Indian Isiboro Secure in Bolivia. Evo Brother
defends the people and not the business of the BNDES!
Stop the destruction of oil in Ecuador (Yasuni), Peru (DATEM) and
No impositions IIRSA, as the Manta-Manaus multimodal hub that will
destroy the Napo River!
Action and Solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples of
Amazonia and the world!
Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana to ratify Convention 169!
Amazonian indigenous peoples, walking on the trail of our ancestors,
we ask the world to open their hearts and dreams and join in the
sessions for Life for All
AIDESEP, September 16, 2011. Shuar Indigenous peoples of Morona, Datem province Marañón, Loreto region, announced the blockade of the river traffic of the river Marañón as a protest against the incursion of the Canadian oil companyTalisman, which started exploration and production activities in Block 64, without conducting a consultation process and agreements within the framework of respect for the people.
Through a public statement, the Organization of Morona Shuar -OSHDEM, which represents 20 communities in the area, proposed to the regional government, and district levels to assist in generating a process of indigenous development that respects local culture, territory, autonomy and worldview.
Remember that this oil has a bad record. On October 2, 2009, the Achuar of the Pastaza indigenous brothers complained to theProsecutor's Office to the same company for "attempted genocide", because the main objective of the protest isl eaving the territory of the Shuar of Morona company Canada, to protect the rivers, the Amazon jungle and the family free of environmental, social, cultural and indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources. "We raise our own indigenous development -Amazon with a responsible and sustainable management of our natural wealth," concludes the document.
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