Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: Burma’s ethnic cleansing continues

Much has been made of late of the ‘concessions’ by the Burmese regime to dialogue and possible political liberalization that began with the release from house arrest of opposition figure, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. Indeed while such moves should be applauded and welcomed one cannot help but wonder if they [...]

Land-Rights, Tenure, Neo-Liberalism and Economic Development

The issue of land rights and ownership of the Indigenous and Maroons in South America is controversial, epic and without any apparent victors. The fact that the majority of Indigenous and Maroons lack political leverage to put the issue of land tenure and land rights on the political agenda is a great cause of concern. [...]

Reflections on the TIPNIS conflict

The most recent BIF Bulletin traced the causes and development of the TIPNIS dispute, a conflict between indigenous peoples of the Territorio Indígena y Parque Nacional Isiboro Sécure and the government, over the course of a planned road through this protected region. The march, supported by the national indigenous lowland confederation (Confederación de Pueblos Indígenas [...]

Why Blacks don’t make it … and other anecdotal imageries of generational and structural poverty in the Caribbean

Introduction A heated and one-sided debate on ‘Why Blacks in Suriname are lagging’ has captured my attention in recent weeks. Astounding was the fact that some individuals voiced their opinions by capturing key-issues and deep-seated problems in anecdotal imageries and parlance of Blacks as an unsuccessful ethnic category in Surinamese society. These pronouncers who positioned [...]

Bangladesh indigenous people demands constitutional recognition

Amidst angry debate, the indigenous communities in Bangladesh demands constitutional recognition of the 45 different ethnic communities living in the land for centuries. The ethnic leaders burst into protest, after government recently said Bangladesh does not have any indigenous people. Instead the officials argued that the Bangla-speaking majoritarian, mostly Sunni Muslims are indigenous people. Blog [...]

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