Tagged: indigenous peoples

VIDEO: How Bolivia Became The First Latin American Country With No McDonalds

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“Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene standards and proper cook time.” –El Polvorin blog

After 14 years in Bolivia and many campaigns and promos to generate sales fast food juggernaut McDonalds was forced to pack up and leave the Latin American nation. They served Bolivians their last burgers Continue reading

Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier On Thanksgiving

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You can celebrate whatever you want. An excuse to get together with friends and family is a good thing, I guess depending on your friends and family. If you chose not to celebrate or fast in protest that’s also fine. If you think everyone else is having a great time with lost of food today except you you’re wrong about that. I just wanted to share this today. You can have food for your belly but food for thought is also great. Continue reading

A Green Reality Check


Manifest Destiny: An Allegorical Painting by John Gast 1872

It’s one thing to need a reality check and another to want one.

Ideas of sustainability, of what can make human life last on this planet, at times, will readily fall on deaf ears in a country whose creation myth is completely at odds with those concepts. On stolen land, with genocidal dreams, the work of building a country was as much on the backs of a stolen people as on the so called continent of North America. Continue reading

A New Contract With The Planet


A Bolivian Guarani native woman at the Cochabamba Conference

On April 22, the 40th Earth Day, in Cochabamba, Bolivia the nation’s president Evo Morales organized an alternative to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Accord. People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was forged. There were 25,000 Bolivian climate activists, politicians, intellectuals, scientists and celebrities, more than 15,000 indigenous people and thousands of grass roots groups from over 100 countries in attendance. Read more about it HERE

Topics discussed included local agriculture, the rights of indigenous people, halting climate change and social reconstruction.

They site imperialism and specifically capitalism as the major cause of our warming planet. On May 7th Morales took this new contract with the planet to the United Nations. This is some of what those in attendance put forward as a better approach to the issue of climate change. Do you think you could agree to some of this? Continue reading

The Alaska Purchase: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Photo Credit: Travel Alaska, Native girl with puppies

Years ago Alaska “belonged” to Russia then the United States “bought” it from Russia for $7.2 million on this day, March 30, in 1867. Initially the purchase wasn’t received well. Critics of President Andrew Johnson’s Secretary of State William H. Seward called the largely unexplored territory “Seward’s folly,” “Seward’s icebox,” and Andrew Johnson’s “polar bear garden”. My favorite is the polar bear garden one!

I guess the joke was on them because there was gold in them thar hills and oil and plenty of pipelineable land! Those are all good things, way better than nature and indigenous peoples. Continue reading