SOS Amazon

Latin American Press

José Pedro Martins
Indigenous activists demand their rights at World Social Forum.

More than 1,000 indigenous people used their bodies to spell out a message drawing attention to the fragile Amazon. (Photo: Lou Dematteis/Spectral Q./ via Pacific Free Press)
More than 1,000 indigenous people used their bodies to spell out a message drawing attention to the fragile Amazon. (Photo: Lou Dematteis/Spectral Q./ via Pacific Free Press)

One of the most lasting images of the World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil was the human banner made by indigenous leaders, who used their bodies to spell out a bird´s eye message of “SOS Amazon” in Portuguese, to draw attention to the fragile region.

The human banner was organized by the Coordinating Group of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, one of the major groups that participated in the forum, campaigning for indigenous rights, particularly in the South American jungle, where various economically-driven projects are having grave reverberations on native peoples.
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Katanga Business

Avuncular American

Claudine Dumbi, SND recommends Katanga Business which takes place in the Congo and is about globalisation and economic warfare. To see the trailer and short clips visit http://www.katanga-lefilm.com/trailer_fr.html

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To lead the mineral-rich Congolese province of Katanga, you don’t have to be named Moïse.  But Moïse Katumbi, the current governor and “star” of Katanga Business, and Moïse Tshombe, the leader who tried to break away from newly-independent Congo in 1960, have the French version of the name “Moses” in common.  And this: the ground they rule(d) is the source of international competition, a contemporary Scramble for Africa over precious cobalt, coltan, tungsten, and plain old copper.
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G20: Welcome to the multi-polar world

The Guardian

As much as Barack Obama may be loved abroad, he can’t reverse the decline of Washington’s influence

Mark Weisbrot
The run-up to the G20 meeting has been interesting and colourful. President Lula da Silva of Brazil declared that “this crisis was caused by the irrational behaviour of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing”. His full remarks made it clear that he was not promoting biological race theories, but calling attention to the injustice that the vast majority of the world – people who happen to be both poor and non-white – should suffer for the greed and stupidity of a few.
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MORE THAN 1,200 ALLEGED INCIDENTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORTED IN THE U.S.

U.S. Department of Justice

WASHINGTON – In the first 21 months of operation, the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) recorded information on more than 1,200 alleged incidents of human trafficking, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The HTRS contains data collected by 38 federally funded human trafficking task forces on alleged incidents of human trafficking that occurred between January 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008.
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