Friday, October 30, 2009
RPT-Peru tribes pressure Hunt Oil to leave Amazon, Reuters Terry Wade
Amarakaeri natives begin a massive sit-down demanding Hunt Oil Co. to leave their territory, Living in Peru
Crisis averted for now, Peruvian natives will meet with Hunt Oil, mongabay.com
The Harakmbut: Defending The Amarakaeri Reserve, Amazon Watch
Indigenous Peoples Of Amarakaeri Communal Reserve And Hunt Oil Company: Background Information, Indigenous Peoples
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Among the conventional wisdom that we hear every day in the business press is that developing countries should bend over backwards to create a friendly climate for foreign corporations, follow orthodox (neoliberal) macroeconomic policy advice and strive to achieve an investment-grade sovereign credit rating so as to attract more foreign capital.
Guess which country is expected to have the fastest economic growth in the Americas this year? Bolivia. The country's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was elected in 2005 and took office in January 2006. Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, had been operating under IMF agreements for 20 consecutive years, and its per-capita income was lower than it had been 27 years earlier.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Hunt's director of environmental health and safety for Lot 76, Silvana Lay, disagrees. He told the Indian Country Today that “we weren’t going to come in until the Master Plan was approved. We waited two years, and during that period we met with the communities and gave information. We have the signatories of everybody saying the work can go ahead – within the rules, of course. And then we received a call saying the work cannot go ahead.”
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The president of the native communities from ACE Amarakaeri Communal Reserve-RCA, Adan Corisepa Neri, issued an ultimatum to the U.S. company Hunt Oil Company, through which notes the decision of the people Harakmbut, Yine and Machiguenga going to "leave" should the oil company continue its seismic prospecting work within the indigenous ancestral territory.
As is known, the native communities "amarakaeris" decided to reject two meetings, on 20 August and 13 September last, the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons within Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.
However, "the decision taken by the beneficiary communities Amarakaeri Communal Reserve not accept the entry of the oil company Hunt Oil and Repsol to RCA, is respected by both the company and the state and manifest abuse of power, ignoring our rights and disrespect for the indigenous people continue to perform their seismic work, which is a challenge that can not afford. "
The statement released today is signed on October 12, 2009 by President of ACE-RCA Corisepa Adan, President of the Native Federation of Madre de Dios River, FENAMAD, Antonio Iviche, and Council Vice Harakmbut, Yine and Machiguenga , COHARYIMA Clement Irey.
This document is resolved to "deal with this reality, the indigenous peoples of Madre de Dios we get up in arms and take action to evict the seismic work within Amarakaeri Communal Reserve and fight to be the case with life, to evict those who do not respect our rights. "
Also, the indigenous people of Madre de Dios invoke the "solidarity" national and international population of the rest of the Amazon of Peru, public authorities and private institutions and international cooperation, so that with this fight "to prevent support once again violate the fundamental rights of the indigenous people of our region."
Pass this letter along so that Hunt Oil cannot play ignorant.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tired of watching stupid white people make jackasses of themselves talking about those "poor Indians" living in the Amazon and who they ought to just grown up and learn to be white?
Well, a new Peruvian film floating around the internet, titled "El Perro del Hortelano", takes on the the drive to exploit the Amazon's oil reserves (the film was made where there is the current standoff with Hunt Oil) and the racist discourse of "development" promoted by Alan Garcia and outsiders, instead showing what an indigenous protagonist has to say and think. (What an idea, actually listening to those savages!)
To watch the rest go to the film website here.
If you thought the government of Alan Garcia and his petrol buddies had learned their lesson after the Bagau massacre you will be sadly mistaken.
Despite Amazon indigenous groups proven willingness to die in order to protect their ancestral territories from corporate destruction, Hunt Oil is ignoring demands by FENAMAD (regional indigenous organization) to halt exploration of the biodiversity 'hot spot', and legally protected, Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri (Amarakaeri Comunal Reserve).
Monday, October 19, 2009
Below is an excellent interview on the political economy of the dollar with Leo Panitch.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Gael Garcia (otherwise known in film as the hot Che or Mexico's bisexual) is gracing his stardom upon Cochabamba this week for the production of a new film, also staring Cochabamba.
Another Hat tip to La Mala Palabra
Thursday, October 15, 2009
For some real thoughts to chew on IKN spotlights Emir Sader.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Mark Weisbrot explains the following: Get the IMF out of policy making.
If you do not enjoy this Gore Vidal interview on some level consider yourself with a lifetime ban from this blog. Ingrate.
Also read this Noam Chomsky speech to understand why he is not simply the most respected US intellectual in Latin America but possibly the most respected intellectual in Latin America, period. You will also understand why his works are banned at US military prison camps.
And finally realize that I stole most of these links from the Latin American News Review which you should already be reading.
Monday, October 12, 2009
My English translation:
America is a long road of the Indians.
They are these summits and that valley
And those lost quiet mounts in the cloud
And that golden field of maize.
And the hollow between stones, and the desert stone.
From all places are contemplating us the Indians,
From all the high peaks they watch us.
The land has been fattened with the flesh of the Indian.
His shadow is the sentry of the night of America.
The condors know the silence of the Indian.
And his broken cry sleeps there in the depths.
Wherever we go is present the Indian.
We breathe him. We sense him walking his regions.
Quechua, Aymara, Tehuelche, Guarán or Mocoví.
Chiriguano or Charrúa, Chibcha, Mataco or Pampa.
Ranquel, Arauco, Patagón, Diaguita or Calchaquí.
Omahuaca, Atacama, Tonocotés or Toba.
From every place are contemplating us the Indians.
Because America is this: a long road
Of sacred Indianness
Between the great plain, the jungle, and the high rock.
And below the eternity of the constellations.
Yes. America is the long road of the Indians.
And from all places they are contemplating us.
América es un largo camino de los indios.
Ellos son estas cumbres y aquel valle
y esos montes callados perdidos en la niebla
y aquel maizal dorado.
Y el hueco entre las piedras, y la piedra desierta.
Desde todos los sitios nos están contemplando los indios.
Desde todas las altas cumbres nos vigilan.
Ha engordado la tierra con la carne del indio.
Su sombra es centinela de la noche de América.
Los cóndores conocen el silencio del indio.
Y su grito quebrado duerme allá en los abismos.
Dondequiera que vamos está presente el indio.
Lo respiramos. Lo presentimos andando sus comarcas.
Quechua, aymara, tehuelche, guarán o mocoví.
Chiriguano o charrúa, chibcha, mataco o pampa.
Ranquel, arauco, patagón, diaguita o calchaquí.
Omahuaca, atacama, tonocotés o toba.
Desde todos los sitios nos están contemplando los indios.
Porque América es eso : un largo camino
de indianidad sagrada.
Entre la gran llanura, la selva y la piedra alta.
Y bajo la eternidad de las constelaciones.
Sí. América es el largo camino de los indios.
Y desde todos los sitios nos están contemplando.
Happy Indigenous Restistence Day!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The rightwing opposition are still racists, one Senator recently refering to Morales as "the monkey". Fortunately they are now hopelessly disorganized.
Those predicting problems for Bolivia's gas sector due to declining Brazilian demand have been forced to shut up after Petrobras announced it will not lower purchases until 2019.
US opinionating on Bolivia's lithium reserves is utter nonsense, both right and left.
Tupac Katari is getting his revenge, this time encircling the entire EARTH!
And who would have thunk, even the evangelicals like Evo and Co. Probably has something to do with Evo's subversive communist idea of "religous freedom".
Friday, October 09, 2009
Aside from expanding the wars of his predecessors, why did Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize? He deserves the prize as much as King `Abdullah deserves the Nobel Prize for Feminism, or as much as Jacquie Collins deserves the Nobel Prize in Literature and as much as Prince Sultan deserves the Nobel Prize for Medicine, or as much as Mini-Hariri deserves the Nobel Prize in Physics. But then again, who really takes the Nobel for peace and literature seriously.
I guess Morales should start massacring Pakistani villagers if he really wants to get noticed for promoting "Peace".
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
The wiphala waved for the first time in almost two centuries during Holy Week of 1970, in the oath-taking of the 147 students of the first school in the province of Pacajes, 150 kilometers from La Paz. Two months later, it waved again in an assembly of campesino leaders in Coro Coro. On that occasion, the sub-prefect of La Paz was present. He told the authorities that "the Indians of Pacajes had flown a foreign flag." That same year the wiphala returned to fly before 30,000 Indians on the 15th of November, at the inauguration of the monument to Tupac Katari in Ayo Ayo. This is one of the national symbols of Bolivia as it is laid out in Article 6 of the constitution of 2009 which the state rewrote.
Read full interview with Constantino Lima here
Why didn't I notice this Reuters piece earlier? Because not a single open access web news service published the story so poor people like myself never saw it, unless you happen to have well connected friends like Otto at IKN. Apparently news of successful economic policies by socialists is only for the rich. Good thing or us paupers might get some unruly ideas.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
"Ritmo de la Noche"
Hat Tip to the excellent La Mala Palabra
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Andean Information Network
On September 26, coca growers attempting to settle illegally in the Isiboro-Securé Park and indigenous Yuracaré inhabitants clashed in a violent conflict, leading to the gunshot death of at least one person and the injury of several others. The clash highlights the complex situation surrounding national parks in the Chapare coca-growing region. In many cases the Bolivian press has misrepresented or misunderstood the complex dynamics in these protected areas.
Obama really needs to start taking his brother's advice.