Month: January 2008

The Struggle of the Mapuche and the near-permanent state of exception

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This is a video in Spanish about the struggle of the Mapuche:

Here is a bit of information in English:

Today all Mapuche are terrorists, unless we can argue the converse. This is the new justice”, says the farmer Victor Ancalaf Llaupe bitterly. On January 2nd, 2004, the Mapuche Indian was sentenced to 10 years in prison for ‘terrorist activity’. As he filed an appeal, the sentence was reduced to 5 years and one day. The 37-year-old father of five children had founded a Mapuche civil rights movement in Chile in 1997. Back then he was arrested on several occasions and accused of timber theft. In addition to that, he was accused of having abducted a minister and setting fire to three agricultural vehicles after he had been involved in a brief sit-in of a courthouse. In the revision of Llaupe’s case, he was charged with “terrorist arson”. All other charges were dropped. However, the sentence that he received for a crime he may not even have committed is as high as if he were a dangerous criminal.”

More can be found here and here.

World Bank true to form in Amazon

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This article from The Independent deserves to be reproduced in full. Notwithstanding the lack of an analysis of the World Bank’s agenda with regard to its “green” projects, the article sheds an important (if nauseating!) light on the state of the Amazon and its tragic future.

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World Bank pledges to save trees… then helps cut down Amazon forest. A month ago it vowed to fight deforestation. Now research reveals it funds the rainforest’s biggest threat.

By Daniel Howden
Published: 13 January 2008

The World Bank has emerged as one of the key backers behind an explosion of cattle ranching in the Amazon, which new research has identified as the greatest threat to the survival of the rainforest.

Ranching has grown by half in the last three years, driven by new industrial slaughterhouses which are being constructed in the Amazon basin with the help of the World Bank. The revelation flies in the face of claims from the bank that it is funding efforts to halt deforestation and reduce the massive greenhouse gas emissions it causes.
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