It's possible that without realizing it, we're playing a power game, especially in the context of multi-ethnic countries. As any recent immigrant knows, the question "Where are you from?" or "Where are you really from?" is often code for "Why are you here?"
A narcissistic history – one obsessed with western ideals, achievements, failures and challenges – can only retard a useful understanding of the world today...the central event of the modern era, for a majority of the world's population, is the intellectual and political awakening of Asia and its emergence, still incomplete, from the ruins of both Asian and European empires.
By Pankaj Mishra - The Guardian
When professor Caroline Elkins came across a stray document left by the British colonial government in Nairobi, Kenya, she opened the door to a new reckoning with the history of one of Britain's colonial crown jewels, and the fearsome group of rebels known as the Mau Mau.
Africa has 53 nations, we have civil wars only in 6 countries…which means that the media are covering only 6 countries.
Africa has immense opportunities that never get through the web of despair and helplessness that the western media largely presents to its audience.
Poor-country development usually works like this: Outsiders come into a community where there is a problem. They bring in “best practice” ideas that have worked elsewhere, and design ways to teach the community to change its culture and adopt these new ideas. And then they leave.
Here’s how the positive deviance approach is different
By Tina Rosenberg - New York Times Blog
While some measure wealth in financial assets, many indigenous people consider themselves rich because they have a connection to nature and have managed to protect their culture. "It's certainly true that when you look at the different measures of wealth and poverty, indigenous peoples end up falling to the bottom of the ranking. However, they often are offended by having their wealth judged only by those measures that were established by Western standards."
By Stephanie Ott - Al Jazeera
The Ally defeat of the Nazis discredited the whole idea of empire, so the English, French, and Americans couldn’t very well say to the colonial troops who’d fought alongside them, “Thank you so much for helping us to thwart Germany’s imperialistic ambitions. As a reward, please hand in your rifle and return to your state of subjugation.”
Front-line communities, at least, were at the head of the big 2014 climate march, and they were the ones who called for the next day’s sit-in at Wall Street. The climate movement is learning. The crisis it faces is not singular, but plural—not a single story everyone should be paying attention to, but a collection of stories that we all can be gathering, hearing, honoring and living out. Until then, the movement will remain small and boutique because it won’t realize how large it really is.
By Nathan Schneider - P2P Foundation
Indabas were first introduced in climate negotiation talks in Durban in 2011. In the last minutes of the meeting, negotiators reached a deadlock. To prevent talks from collapsing, the South African presidency asked representatives from the main countries to form a standing circle and speak directly to each other.
By Akshat Rathi - Quartz
“We cannot negotiate a climate agreement at this critical time without the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, who are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change and the innovators of solutions we need to stabilize our climate,” said Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
By Martin Lukacs - The Guardian
Since joining Indonesia officially in 1969, there were only seven oil palm companies in Papua until 2005. But in 2014 the number jumped to 21 companies, with another 20 companies is gearing up to start their operation.
According to Hunt, "Laws in several countries in Southeast Asia do not recognize the rights of indigenous forest dwellers on the grounds that they are nomads who leave no permanent mark on the landscape." The long history of forest management traced by this study, he says, offers these groups "a new argument in their case against eviction."
By Josie Garthwaite - Smithsonian Magazine
Richard Bell's Aboriginal Embassy
With so many problems of its own, why does the First World think it can solve Third World's problems? A new competition asks if it shouldn't be the other way around.
By Allison Arieff - Good Magazine