Because I love South America so much, I am always interested in what is going on south of the border. Came across the Fourth Eye-a daily ezine published by the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS)
These are just a few excepts that I thought were interesting.
Humanity Extinguished -as US oil corporations (with the eager assistance of criminalized governments) murder indigenous peoples in the Canadian Prairies, the Niger Delta, and the Amazon Basin, American consumers face a moral dilemma: Is driving for recreation a value-free activity, or is it creating demand for innocent bloodshed? As much of the First World driving habits are by choice rather than necessity, the answer seems clear. If tribal peoples are expendable in that consumer choice, then humanity has been extinguished from our relations.
Corporate Violence Continues- In Ecuador native peoples are battling oil companies and government police to prevent distruction of their jungle territories and the health of thousands. In Peru’s Amazonia President Garcia’s government is joining with corporations to literally kill native people (begining on 5 June as many as 40 Indians have been killed) as they protested oil extraction companies operating in their territories as a result of an agreement between Peru and the United States. In the south eastern part of Papua New Guinea a massive mineral extraction mine is dumping tailings and other poisons into streams and on the land while native peoples’ lives are at stake.
Corporate violence continues with the help of states’ governments killing Fourth World peoples and one out-of-court settlement will not prevent continued killing. Corporate officers and Chief Exectuive Officers must be held liable personally for the killing, environmental damage and the broad distruction of life .. in the same manner as any other criminal operation. Money is not the solution. Prosecution and personal punishment is.
Deadly Conflicts in Peru-indigenous groups do not want to accept plans that could completely change the way they hunt for food and raise crops. Development of the Amazon is a matter of life and death to the indigenous groups who have land titles to most of the areas coveted by companies for oil exploration. The cultural survival of about 30 thousand Indians in six Amazon provinces is at stake.