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Ten Years on the Front Lines of Indigenous Struggles: Interview With Intercontinental Cry Founder/Editor John "Ahni" Schertow

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

Ten years ago, when John "Ahni" Schertow launched the award-winning magazine Intercontinental Cry, about 50 Indigenous Nations led their own fro...

False Testimony Forced Chevron To 'Prep' Its Million-Dollar Witness For 50 Days In Ecuador Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Just when you thought the long-running and bitter Chevron/Ecuador legal battle could not get any more bizarre, it does.

Interview With the Last Peyote Guardians: Marakame José Luis "Katira" Ramírez and Son

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.17.2014 | Arts
Tracy L. Barnett

José Luis "Katira" Ramírez was serving as the governor of his community of San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco, when he met Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vilchez. He was not like any governor Vilchez had ever met.

An Interview With Directors of Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment
Tracy L. Barnett

When Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vílchez made his way up into the remote Wixarika community of San Andrés Cohamiata Tateikie high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn't know was how deeply it would change his own life.

When Chevron Subpoenas an Amnesty International Activist

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

In an unprecedented legal move, 17 U.S.-based civil society organizations - among them Amnesty International, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, and Friends of the Earth - have just filed an amicus brief in federal appeals court defending their First Amendment rights from attack by Chevron.

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa's Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

The fight over indigenous peoples' rights in Africa is much larger than the World Bank, where its Indigenous Peoples Policy is applied infrequently. The greatest danger comes instead from the World Bank's image, for good or ill, as a global standard-setter.

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Dig Deeper

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 06.26.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

To the "wilderness" concept or idea -- the point is not that humans have no place in part of the biosphere. We are agents of creation and destruction in the biological hurly burly no less than other species. We are not specially more than other species, nor are we specially less.

Indigenous Knowledge Leads a Worldwide Voyage

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 06.05.2014 | Hawaii
Adrian Kamalii

Reconnecting ourselves to our mother tongue, our chants and song, a conscientiousness of our socioeconomic and political standings have provided a cumulative movement of the strengthening of our indigeneity.

How Brazilian Indigenes Are Tapping Global Finance To Save Endangered Forests And Slow Climate Change

Forest Trends | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Chief Tojtxi never forgot his first, furtive contact with the invaders. "We saw traces of the whites, and fled into the forest," he told Survival Int...

Mission Indians

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have always liked people who suffered at the hands of those yielding power, including religions and states. Brought up in the Greek tradition helps ...

O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

Canada must acknowledge that gender inequality, race, incest and histories of oppression are the pillars of the sex trade, including prostitution.

Almir Surui: Perseverance Under Pressure

Forest Trends | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

Almir Surui was ten years old when the first logging truck came to his tiny village deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It came to chop down a single stand...

This Earth Day, Let's Focus on Results Instead of Rhetoric

Forest Trends | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

He was not hard to spot. In the shadow of Oxford Castle, under the dome of the Bodleian Library, or from the tower of St. Mary's Church, the vivid fea...

For Native Peoples, Earth Day Is a Silly Concept

Mary Annette Pember | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Mary Annette Pember

"They treat Mother Earth like they treat women ... They think they can own us, buy us, sell us, trade us, rent us, poison us, rape us, destroy us, use us as entertainment and kill us."

Standing in Solidarity: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Here are the extraordinary people and projects that the Pollination Project's daily givers supported this week.

Magazine Faces Lawsuit For Racist Article

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.18.2014 | Media

Surfing Life, an Australian surf publication, is facing a $200,000 lawsuit for a story that described Indigenous Australian surfer Otis Carey as being...

In Partnership With Mother Earth

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Robert Koehler

If in one of the most defining religious-political texts of the human species we'd been charged with stewardship of the natural world, not some sort of adolescent, consequence-free control over it, what sort of spiritual understanding would have evolved over the millennia?

Where Literacy Founders in Cambodia, Young Teachers Are Turning Things Around

Michaela Haas | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Michaela Haas

What if only one in 100 women where you lived knew how to read? That is the situation among Phnong-speaking people in the remote area of Mondulkiri, Cambodia. But an innovative program is making education spread like wildfire!

Finally, a Cultural Melting Pot Too Hot for Religious Fundamentalism

Jessica Joseph | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

What protects American freedom is exactly the same thing that protects our freedom in sweet T&T-- a brilliantly worded secular constitution, keeping the cultural black hole that is absolutist, supremacist religious/political fundamentalism from swallowing up the rainbow.

Don't Buy Chevron's Big Lie!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron can spend untold millions touting this verdict but do not buy it -- and don't let anyone else buy it either.

Re-Thinking Intelligence

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

We love intelligence, we respect intelligence and we laud it. We also have a bevy of assumptions around this intangible, ineffable but very powerful...

Send a Picture, Save the World: Why International Solidarity Matters

Atif Choudhury | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Atif Choudhury

International solidarity is most valuable not in the individual act of solidarity itself, but what those acts collectively allow others to do. International solidarity helps to bring the attention of the world on crises which otherwise would remain "local issues."

Ethiopia Pushes River Basin Toward Hydrological Disaster

Lori Pottinger | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Lori Pottinger

Most significantly, the changes in river flow caused by the dam and the irrigation schemes could cause a huge drop in the water levels of Kenya's Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wine Names as Windows Onto Ancient Cultures

Daniel Altman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste
Daniel Altman

Before Europeans made their way across the Atlantic, indigenous cultures flourished in what is now the wine country at the foothills of the Andes and...