Land Grabbers: The Growing Assault on Brazil’s Indigenous Areas – Yale E360

One afternoon last month, several vehicles descended on a village in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, where Avelin Buniacá Kambiwá and other members of some 20 Indigenous families were building their homes. Emerging from one of the cars, a man known only by his nickname, Piauí, shouted to his companions and anyone else within earshot, “Feathers are going to fly!”

He was referring to the feathered headdresses of the local Indigenous people. He was outraged, and he wanted them gone.

Piauí is what Brazilians call a grileiro, a land-grabber — someone who invades Indigenous or public land, or land that simply does not belong to them, before claiming it as their own. They frequently use fake documentation to carry out activities such as illegal logging, mining and real estate speculation.

Two years earlier, some members of the Pataxó and Pataxó Hã-Hã-Hãe peoples had lost their homes along the Paraopeba River after a tailings dam at a major iron ore mine collapsed. The Brumadinho dam disaster killed 270 people, spewed millions of tons of toxic waste into the river and surrounding communities, and left hundreds of Indigenous people homeless.

Source: Land Grabbers: The Growing Assault on Brazil’s Indigenous Areas – Yale E360

Top Indian newspaper raided by tax authorities after months of critical coverage – The Washington Post (Me: Repression over compassion again by Modi mob)

Indian tax authorities on Thursday raided one of the country’s most prominent newspapers in what journalists and the political opposition denounced as retaliation for the outlet’s hard-nosed coverage of the government’s pandemic response.

The Dainik Bhaskar Group, whose Hindi-language broadsheet boasts a combined circulation of more than 4 million, was raided simultaneously in at least four locations, including at its headquarters in Madhya Pradesh state.

Source: Top Indian newspaper raided by tax authorities after months of critical coverage – The Washington Post

Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka – Akela Lacy July 22 2021, 6:15 a.m. — Just Sayin’

Families of the five teenage victims from a Halloween shooting incident console each other following a press conference at Santa Fe Park in Topeka, Kan., on April 12, 2021. Photo: Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal/Imagn Two white men in Kansas shot into a car of Latino teenagers and went home. Almost a year later, neither shooter is in […]

Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka – Akela Lacy July 22 2021, 6:15 a.m. — Just Sayin’

Cuba – what will trigger Positive Change for Everyone?

The blockade or boycott of Cuba by the United States for 60 years has done what for freedom and prosperity of people in Cuba? Has the government fallen? No. Are Cubans in Cuba freer now than when their revolution succeeded? No.

Ummm… Is tightening the blockade now going to change things anymore than in the past 60 years? Not likely.

If former Cubans here in the US could send money to and visit relatives in Cuba, could that encourage change? Could be.

If Cubans could import US health related products at lower costs than from elsewhere, could that encourage change? Could be.

If American citizens were allowed to visit Cuba for research or vacations, could that encourage change? Possibly.

Time for changes in US approach to Cuba to improve life for Cubans? Could be.

Snarky Snippets Are Baaaaack!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a snarky snippets post, though in truth almost all of my posts contain an element of snark!  Anyway … I have just a couple of short ones for you this afternoon …


Killing us softly with …

The big news yesterday was that the U.S. has seen a significant drop in life expectancy … the biggest decrease since WWII.  My first thought was … “Well duh.  625,000+ people dead in the U.S. from the pandemic – what do you expect?”  And certainly, the pandemic has played a role in the decline in life expectancy, but it isn’t the only culprit.  Turns out that the ever-expanding income disparity is one of the biggest culprits, and it has been bringing down life expectancy rates for a few years now, even before the pandemic.

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Italy imposes ‘green pass’ restrictions on unvaccinated people | Italy | The Guardian

From 5 August, entry to stadiums, museums, theatres, cinemas, exhibition centres, swimming pools and gyms will only be allowed upon presentation of a “green pass”.

The pass, which is an extension of the EU’s digital Covid certificate, will also be required in order to be served indoors at restaurants.

Source: Italy imposes ‘green pass’ restrictions on unvaccinated people | Italy | The Guardian

Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver | Global development | The Guardian

Argentina’s gamble on Sputnik V vaccine has left it in a “very critical situation” because of Russia’s failure to fulfill delivery commitments, according to an official letter to Moscow leaked on Thursday.

Russia owes Argentina 18.5m doses of its Sputnik V jab, over two-thirds of them vital second-component doses.

Only 12% of Argentinians are fully vaccinated so far, partly due to failed Sputnik deliveries of its second component. Another 37% have received only a single dose.

This compares disastrously with double-dose vaccination rates of over 60% in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay, countries that did not bet so heavily on the Russian vaccine.

Its low two-dose vaccination rate leaves Argentina particularly exposed to the arrival of the Delta variant. Neighbouring Uruguay, meanwhile, has already approved moving to a three-dose regimen.

Source: Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver | Global development | The Guardian

Some B.C. restaurants remove wild salmon from menu in response to declining stocks | CBC News

Director of fisheries and seafood at Ocean Wise, Sophika Kostyniuk, explained there are a number of complex factors that contribute to the current decrease in salmon populations. This includes, but is not limited to, warming waters from climate change, industrial pollution, agricultural runoff, barriers to salmon migration such as dams, predator-prey interactions and potential overfishing.

Ocean Wise currently rates only two Pacific salmon species from very specific locations as sustainable: coho and chinook caught with gillnets in the Stikine and Taku rivers.

However, there currently is not an Ocean Wise recommendation for the other three species: pink, sockeye and chum.

Kostyniuk explained that this is due to a lack of data from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Ocean Wise is currently waiting on this data to make a recommendation.

Source: Some B.C. restaurants remove wild salmon from menu in response to declining stocks | CBC News

As a teenage girl with Asperger’s syndrome, I’m tired of trying to be someone I’m not | CBC News

More recently, I realized that my problem was never with my diagnosis — it was with the impossible-to-achieve norms I had set for myself, trying so hard to be normal in a social setting and just ending up even more lost than I was before. If you try to be normal when you’re not, it will simply not work. It’s like a fish trying to walk on dry land. It’s literally impossible.

But I have been obsessed, my entire life, with being normal. I didn’t want to stand out and get any unwanted trouble or attention that I would not know how to deal with.

But how is that any way to live my life?

I’m learning now that restricting and defining myself based on the actions of others around me just leaves me unsatisfied and unhappy. The space in myself I used to fill with others’ personalities and quirks is now empty. I yearn to fill that gaping hole, but I do not know how.

But I am sure of some things.

I have values that have stuck with me because of my upbringing: honesty, compassion for others, empathy (sometimes too much), growth, love, creativity, equality and justice.

And I don’t think I could go a day without acquiring knowledge, it is too crucial for me. What I want is a space in which I have complete control to pursue whatever I desire.

I’m not sure what’s next, but I know I will keep learning.

Source: As a teenage girl with Asperger’s syndrome, I’m tired of trying to be someone I’m not | CBC News