We live in a world where one third of all food is wasted, where industrial agriculture accounts for the lion’s share of carbon emissions, and where the genetic diversity of the whole food chain is in free-fall, all presided over by an international regime of biopiracy headed by multinational corporations like Monsanto. But not everyone is taking it sitting down.
The Guardians of the Seeds are the alternative, and in their struggles and celebrations they prefigure a different way of life. As over a thousand people streamed into the small town of Monte Carmelo on the morning of October 29, this vision comes to life. People from around the country bring their seeds to trade, to discuss, to learn and compare. Small children run through the crowds, as eager to trade for a new kind of seed as children in the cities to buy a new plastic toy.
[ed: Clive’s community on Bougainville will soon be a Direct Sponsor project, and our priority is to sort out their internet problems so that they can communicate with the world better]
‘Inside Bougainville’ is a new film by local filmmaker Clive Porabou founder of Eel films. It follows on from his previous films bringing voices and culture from Bougainville to the world intertwined with the ongoing issues of mining and independence with reconciliation and custom. The objective of this funding campaign is to support Eel films toward finishing and touring the film.
[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.
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).
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.
There’s no doubt some truth in all the CO2 propaganda we’re being subjected to. Of course our over-consuming industrial civilization is having a devastating impact on our home, no-one could seriously dispute that, but what our leaders are foisting on us as a solution is just more of the same. The same increase in their power, and in their control over us. The same destruction of the lives of poor people everywhere, and particularly in the ‘third world’. Here’s a story that illustrates many of the aspects of the new colonialism opportunity that our predicament is being used for by the globalists to further establish their dominance over us.
Those of us working to make the world a better place need to reevaluate our work and withdraw support from everything that they have their dirty fingers in. We can develop our own solutions, without having to support their propaganda. CO2 suits them fine, but it isn’t the only symptom of our problems, and we don’t need to use it in our campaigns. We don’t need to compromise to get their grants, because we don’t need their stinkin’ grants. Without our support, they will not be able to set up the scams like this one.
The mechanisms he is using to enrich himself are the exact ones lobbied for and approved by all the mainstream organizations. This is what you get for ‘cooperating’ with a bunch of psychopath bankers (UN, World Bank et al). Please get a backbone and stand up to these people, or at least stop supporting them!
Soldiers carry an indigenous man who was shot by armed guards protecting rice fields at the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation in Roraima state, Brazil, in May 2008. The reservation has seen decades of conflicts between indigenous residents and settlers, most of whom are large-scale rice farmers. Continue reading “Setting an Important Precedent for Indigenous Lands”→