Masai Evicted for Dubai “Royals” Playground

Around 40,000 Masai people living in part of Tanzania bordering the Serengeti national park are to be evicted to make way for a playground for a foreign “royal” family. Dubai, a city built by slaves and ruled by a bunch of decadent despots, has a lot of poverty, but also some of the richest people in the world live or operate from there. They want a place to play at being hunters, and the Masai land is ideal for them.

See more in this RT article.

It may be difficult to believe that anyone would have the sheer arrogance to evict 40,000 people from their homeland just for entertainment, but if you look into the Dubai Royals, and how their pleasure dome has been built, you’ll start to understand.

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Charisma Inhibits Higher Brain Function In Believers.

Unfortunately this study only covered religious subjects, but its lessons can be applied pretty much anywhere. “Experts” are trotted out every night on news programs, to justify the most heinous of activities, or just to instill fear in the population. Politicians and other rulers practice being charismatic because it saves them having to be truthful. The voluntary and NGO sector is full of “conference dragons”, and so on.

The study found that a religious person, anticipating a person who has a reputation as a charismatic literally shuts down his highest brain functions in the charismatic’s presence. That doesn’t happen in the brains of non-believers.

An article on OpEdNews.com does some interesting speculation about this (archived as pdf: Power_of_Charisma) but again is limited by only looking at religious matters. The full study is available at intl-scan.oxfordjournals.org and pdf is archived here:
Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci-2011-Schjoedt-119-27

See also:  The science of charismatic voices on phys.org for some studies using politicians’ speeches.
(archived as pdf: phys.org-The_science_of_charismatic_voices )

Edit, 22 Nov 2014: Found a similar study that focuses on experts rather than religion:

Expert Financial Advice Neurobiologically Offloads Financial Decision-Making under Risk

Power Can Corrupt Even The Honest

When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust them to exercise it in a prosocial manner?

To investigate this the authors used experimental methods to distinguish between the situational and individual component; and determine if power corrupts or if corrupt individuals are drawn to power. The findings showed that those who measured as less honest exhibited more corrupt behaviour, at least initially; however, over time, even those who initially scored high on honesty were not shielded from the corruptive effects of power.

“Organisations should limit how much leaders can drink from the seductive chalice of power.”

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The article abstract etc is at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1048984314000800 but it costs $20 to download.

Message to the African Wildlife Foundation

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/52192689]Nakuru Lemiruni sends a message to those responsible for evicting the Samburu tribe from their land..

The Samburu of Kisargei, in Kenya’s Laikipia district, were brutally evicted from the lands they call home in 2010 after the land was sold to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). AWF, using funds from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), says it bought the land on the understanding that no-one lived there. When the Samburu protested and took the matter to the courts the land was hurriedly ‘gifted’ to the government.

Police chose a Friday “market day” for their attack, when the men were away and only women, elders, and children were in their homes. Fanning out across the 17,000- acre Eland Downs Ranch, police burned the Samburu families’ homes to the ground, along with all their possessions.

Identified in the Kenyan press as “squatters,” the evicted Samburu families petitioned a regional court to recognize their ancestral claims to the land where they lived and grazed their cattle The suit has been filed by the Samburu against the African Wildlife Foundation and the former President.They need money and public support to win.

Great Success for First Nations in Kenya

African Union Comes Out in Support of Ogiek Land Rights

The Ogiek, the meanwhile world-famous honey-hunters of the Mau forest in Kenya, booked another success in their struggle for survival and the rights to their forest homeland.

The African Court of Human and People’s Rights of the African Union (AU), following the line of arguments presented by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, ordered the Government of the Republic of Kenya to immediately halt any eviction of Ogiek from their ancestral forests, which the Ogiek had protected since times immemorial. It were the Ogiek who preserved the old growth forest of indigenous trees, resisted against the colonial plantations of non-indigenous species and thereby maintained the capacity of the Mau Forest Range as one of the five major water towers of Kenya until today.

In their struggle for recognition, natural forest- and watershed-protection and the rights to their territory ECOTERRA Intl. stood since 1992 besides the Ogiek, one of the five aboriginal peoples of Kenya (see http://www.ogiek.org).

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Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People

by GRAHAM PEEBLES

In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by their brutal, repressive ally in the region; and a deaf ear to the pain and suffering of the Ogaden Somali people. Around five million traditionally nomadic pastoralists – live in what is one of the least developed corners of the world besieged by military oppression, drought and famine.

More at counterpunch.org

Archived as pdf Ethiopian_Annihilation_of_the_Ogaden_People

Success: Gas giant backtracks on exploration in UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol has publicly backtracked on plans to expand the notorious Camisea gas project in southeast Peru into one of the most biodiverse places on earth, following a shock exposure (http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8961) this week by The Guardian newspaper and Survival International.

This is a resounding success for the indigenous people of Manu National Park and their supporters around the world. A company that was clearly planning to explore for gas in the park has, as a result of being exposed, categorically stated that it will not be carrying out further exploration activities.
More at → http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8983

Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater – ponds and swales restricted – jail time for violators

Theres nothing more refreshing than standing in a cool, summertime rain shower. Or bathing in the warm sunlight on a crisp spring day. Or inhaling the cool autumn air, fresh with the scent of turning leaves and pine needles. These things — rainwater, sunlight, air — have long been assumed to be not only free, but un-claimable. You cant claim to own the sunlight that falls on my front yard, for example. A corporation cant claim intellectual property ownership over the air that you breathe and demand you pay a royalty for inhaling.

via naturalnews.com