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According to UN Special  Rapporteur on Business and Human Rights John Ruggie, when extractive companies have problems with local communities surrounding their development, about 80% of time can be devoted to conflict resolution: not an effective time strategy. Companies can lose up to $20 million a week due to shut down costs as a result of social conflict.

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Traditional Mayan authorities from Huehuetenango, Guatemala traveled to Spain in early July on a tour to raise awareness about the systematic human rights abuses experienced by their peoples at the hands of Spanish companies including Hydro Santa Cruz, a hydroelectric company operating in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala. The Plurinational Government of the Q’anjob’al, Chuj, Akateka, and Popti’ and Mestizo peoples of Huehuetenango, including a representative of the community of Santa Cruz Barillas, and Santa Eulalia, visited Madrid and Barcelona on their tour.

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"If the dam is to be built, our homeland, our longhouses, our burial ground, our places of interest, all will be under the water. This will definitely put an end to our livelihood, our cultures. We want the government to respect our boundaries, to respect our rights upon our land."

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The United Nations General Assembly has put forth a zero draft resolution to be adopted on September 22nd, 2014. The draft outlines the goals and strategies that the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples hopes to achieve and implement.

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Indigenous protesters are under threat by the Peruvian government after a law was passed that effectively gives the police the “license to kill” according to the Lima-based Instituto Libertad y Democracia.  The law grants: “members of the armed forces and the national police exemption from criminal responsibility if they cause injury or death, including through the use of guns or other weapons, while on duty.

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Cultural Survival congratulates Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein in his appointment as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. His term will begin starting September of 2014. Prince Zeid has been an Ambassador for Jordan to the United Nations for the last 10 years and he is proud to be the first High Commissioner to come from the Asian continent to represent the Arab and Muslim worlds. Prince Zeid has had a successful career contributing to the drafting of the elements for individual offenses such as genocide and war crimes.

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In 1979, Maybury-Lewis and James Howe submitted a report The Indian Peoples of Paraguay: Their Plight and their Prospects to USAID based on an investigation of the condition of the Aché and Guaraní people and the reports of genocide in eastern Paraguay. In 1980, Cultural Survival published the report. According to Maybury-Lewis and Howe, “The greatest proven faults of the Paraguayan government relative to the Aché were sins of omission rather that commission – its failure to protect the Aché from their persecutors, on and off the reservation, its failure to prosecute Pereira and known Ache̕-hunters, and its failure to liberate those Aché being held in servitude…. It can be argued that failure to protect a people against repeated murderous attacks, whether or not they are genocidal in intent, constitutes complicity in de facto genocide (see Smith and Meli̕a’s discussion, 1978). Under any name, tolerance of such attacks is inexcusable. The charge that the Paraguayan government has had an official policy of genocide against the Indians seems to us unlikely as well as unproven.”

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In comparison to other sources of energy like coal and oil, geothermal energy is generally considered environmentally friendly. Even though there are a few polluting aspects of harnessing geothermal energy[1]. Perhaps this is the reason the Kenya Government has embarked on a major explatory process in the Rift Valley to harness the potential of massive deposits. The prospects from south to north are Lake Magadi, Suswa, Longonot, Olkaria, Eburru, Badlands, Menengai, Arus Bogoria, Lake Baringo,Korosi, Paka, Silali, Emuruangogolak, Namarunu and Barrier[2].

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By Sophia MitrokostasIn 2008, Eyak became the first Native language declared extinct in Alaska. Now, with the help of the internet and a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, Eyak is also on its way to becoming the first language in the state to be brought back to life.

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A.J. Perry’s second novel, The Old People, is not a page-turner. And it doesn’t seek to be. Situated in an indeterminate time and locale, Perry’s novel details the ways of the eponymous Old People. This community has simple needs: rope, fire, hewn stone and, perhaps most importantly, knots.

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Ben Koissaba’s “E-Learning Principles and Practices in the Context of Indigenous Peoples: A Comparative Study” focuses on how access to e-technology has bolstered the agency and global presence of Indigenous People. He draws his assertions from case studies in Australia, the United States, and Kenya.

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