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Indigenous Rights

The U.S. Role In The Honduras Coup And Subsequent Violence

Stephen Zunes | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This past March, Berta Cáceres, a brave and outspoken indigenous Honduran environmental activist and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was g...

World Ocean Council and the Future of the Arctic

Peter Neill | Posted 06.14.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The sea connects all things, and thus it can be viewed through the prism of almost any time, place, or subject. These latter come in "waves," usually ...

Chevron CEO To His Board: Our Ecuador Problem Just Won't Go Away

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.25.2016 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

[Of course, we don't have access to Chevron's internal communications. But if we did, this "memo" is what we imagine we might see. It's hard to peek i...

In Guatemala, Victims Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Verdict

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.

An Open Letter To Captain Paul Watson on the Misguided Ire at the WWF, Greenpeace International and the Inuit

Sebastian Copeland | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green
Sebastian Copeland

Climate change, and not hunting, is the real threat to the polar bear populations. And that is what the WWF and Greenpeace International are advocating while respecting the rights of the indigenous communities of the high North.

Daniel Pascual: Leader in the Guatemala Indigenous Rights Movement

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Daniel Pascual is a 42-year-old indigenous rights defender from Guatemala's K'iche' community. An activist from an early age, Daniel is the current coordinator of the Comite de Unidad Campesina (CUC), an ActionAid partner organization.

Indigenous People Lead Effort to Keep 'Water Heart' Beating Strong in Northern Canada

Jennifer Lamson | Posted 03.28.2016 | Green
Jennifer Lamson

For generations, the Sahtúgot'ine Dene people in northern Canada have told a story about the "water heart," a power that connects all living things throughout their traditional territory. This heart beats deep within Great Bear Lake, a place as magnificent and untamed as its name suggests.

President Obama: A Letter of Recommendation for Diane Humetewa for the Supreme Court

Gyasi Ross | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

we don't need any more of the current worldview, Republican or Democrat, to determine where our nation is going. We have a lot of that. We need some good ol' Indigenous wisdom, some Hopi wisdom, and most importantly, some Indigenous Hopi Woman Wisdom.

Sins of the Father: Conservation and Human Rights Then and Now

David Wilkie | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
David Wilkie

Across the globe, we partner with indigenous and local peoples to help them to achieve their vision for a more secure future in which wildlife remain a visible and culturally valued part of the wild places where they live.

The Real Climate Change Hoax

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Such radical gyrations in the climate are already causing unseen suffering and hardship for countless of the earth's inhabitants. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of one degree of warming.

Norway: The Debbie Downer of the Paris Climate Talks

Sébastien Duyck | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Sébastien Duyck

In an unprecedented move for a country for whom human rights is a key foreign policy priority, the country is now standing with Saudi Arabia in opposing the effective protection of human rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples, gender equality and just transition of the workforce.

Climate Guardians

Beckie Alexander | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Beckie Alexander

For whom or what are you a guardian? I am striving to be a guardian for my children and students by working for a secure climate future.

Bernie Sanders, Tammy Baldwin Join Fight To Prevent Mining Of Sacred Native American Lands

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would repeal a controversial measure giving s...

Cannabis, Medical Science, and Fundamental Human Rights, With Dr. Ethan Russo

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

Where cannabis has been made medicinally available in a limited fashion via local regulatory frameworks, which often in themselves conflict with higher-level jurisdictional laws, it is most certainly under-utilized.

This Columbus Day, Seeking the Real History of Native Americans

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 10.11.2015 | Books
The GroundTruth Project

This year, Dunbar-Ortiz has toured the U.S. in support of An Indigenous Peoples' History and her stops have intertwined with developments tied to Indigenous rights in America.

John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then He Sold Sacred Oak Flat

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in orc...

UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous Rights, Cultures in World Heritage Rules

Steven Kallick | Posted 08.21.2015 | Green
Steven Kallick

By adopting new rules on the rights of Indigenous peoples within the World Heritage process--and by working to integrate the review of natural and cultural values in its evaluations--UNESCO has taken important steps in the right direction, which the people of Pimachiowin Aki hope will improve the ability of Indigenous peoples.

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us By Our Future Generations

Amazon Watch | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Amazon Watch

As human beings we have a right to freedom of choice. Under this government, we have lost even the right to express our opinions without running the risk of being put in jail. We are living under a regime that terrorizes the population so it can maintain power.

The Firsthand Racism I Experienced in Australia

Violeta Ayala | Posted 08.13.2015 | Travel
Violeta Ayala

Ironically, the most disadvantaged Australians aren't from somewhere else at all. We talk proudly about the fact that Australia is a multicultural country, as long as the multi-cultural society remains subordinate to the dominating white culture.

Reclaiming Jewish Identity: An Aboriginal People of the Middle East

Binyamin Arazi | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Binyamin Arazi

Much of the confusion surrounding Jewish identity is the result of our unique historical circumstances, and our status as a nation that had been displaced by colonizers centuries ago and remained in exile until relatively recently.

Pope Francis Speaks Up for the Earth and Indigenous Peoples So How Can He Canonize Serra?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.25.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

I read Pope Francis' eco-encyclical with profound hope that it will effect a turning point in the global understanding of the impact of climate change on our Mother Earth.

Exposing Food Chain to Human Rights, via Music's Diplomats

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Hunger engulfs almost a billion of the globe's citizens but inadequate nutrition is an even broader epidemic that consumes millions of healthy lives, from the richest nations to the poorest subsistence farmers.

A Patron Saint for Colonizers and Racists?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

It is sad that a reforming pope who has actively sought the perspectives of the faithful would be so blind to the history of indigenous peoples on two continents, and deaf to the protests of indigenous and non-indigenous Christians alike.

Same Chevron Shareholder Circus? Look Closer!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

The circus of lies, denial and propaganda videos that has become the Chevron annual shareholder meeting took place at Chevron's San Ramon, California headquarters once again yesterday.

Peru's Accidental President Speaks

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo told me, half-jokingly, that he exists in the error margin of the world of probabilities. Indeed, his rise shouldn't have been. Toledo doesn't just come from poverty. He was born of a poverty so dire, his siblings were dying of it.