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The global pandemic of environmental racism and corporate impunity 

By Chizom Ekeh Friday 3 March 2012The indigenous Uwa peoples of northern Colombia have threatened to commit collective suicide if multinational corporations get government permission to extract oil from their ancestral homelands.In resistance to government’s attempts to displace them from their territories, the Uwa have said they will continue to fight for a future that is not dependent on oil and gas.In a Youtube...

Australia: Aborigines halt Rio Tinto mining project  

The Jabiluka uranium deposit in the Northern Territory of Australia lies beneath the ancestral lands of the Mirarr Aboriginal people. The site is surrounded by, but not included in the Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The uranium deposit was discovered in the 1960s. In 1998 the Australian government granted Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), majority-owned by Rio Tinto, permission to begin...

DRC/Australia: 'Still a Pygmy' 

The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. – BaTembo Pygmy proverb How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia? Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up...

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