Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

World / Social Issues May 28, 2019

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

Pope Francis on Monday met Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni, who is on a European tour to highlight increasingly acute threats to the Amazon since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took power. The elderly Kayapo chief, internationally recognizable through his traditional lip plate and feather headdress, ...

Arctic's indigenous Sami fete national day, centenary of first congress

World Feb 6, 2017

Arctic's indigenous Sami fete national day, centenary of first congress

The indigenous people of Europe's Arctic north are celebrating their national day this week with hundreds of events across Nordic lands. Monday's start to weeklong festivities marks the centenary of the Sami people's first congress in Trondheim, Norway, in 1917. Seventy-five years later, the Sami ...

Indonesia seeing a new corporate colonialism

Environment Jun 1, 2013

Indonesia seeing a new corporate colonialism

by John Vidal

Land conflicts between farmers and plantation owners, mining companies and developers have raged across Indonesia as local and multinational firms have been encouraged to seize and then deforest customary land — land owned by indigenous people and administered in accordance with their customs. More than ...