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, by Himal Southasian

Casteing about

Over the centuries, the poison of caste has been variously sung about, lamented, protested, outlawed and adjudicated in this region. During that time, the economic and cultural foundations of – and, most of all, the religious sanction for – this abhorrent practice have all been sculpted to (...)

, by India together

Women’s reservation Bill – the 2010 story

On 9th March 2010, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, passed the bill on the reservation of 33 percent seats in the Lok Sabha, for India’s women representatives. Opposition to reservations for women in Parliament have centred on at least four points. Step by step (...)

, by IPS

Peru: Oil pipeline and uncontacted tribes

By Milagros Salazar

A 200-km oil pipeline that Franco-British oil group Perenco aims to build in the heart of Peru’s Amazon jungle region is at the centre of a controversy because of the reported existence of uncontacted native groups in the area.
In early 2008, Perenco acquired the exploration and production (...)

, by IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Native Peoples Reject Market Mechanisms

By Daniel Zueras

Solutions to global warming based on the logic of the market are a threat to the rights and way of life of indigenous peoples, the Latin American Indigenous Forum on Climate Change concluded this week in Costa Rica.
Solutions to global warming based on the logic of the market are a threat to (...)

, by signandsight.com

The scramble for Timbuktu

In Timbuktu, Islamic Africa is rediscovering its written culture. Charlotte Widemann travelled to the site of the oldest library south of the Sahara to report on the race for influence over this ancient heritage, played out on a small stage of sand and parchment. Read (...)

, by Pambazuka

Race, liberation and authentic citizenship in South Africa

A discussion with the Afrikaner Resistance Movement’s Andrie Visagie on live national television has ‘brought into sharp focus a whole host of tensions, contradictions and implications of what it means to be a South African in 2010’, writes Liepollo Lebohang Pheko. Visagie’s outburst is a reminder, (...)

South Africa: Progressive constitution, conservative country

As much as those who identify themselves as social progressives would like to believe otherwise, writes Dale McKinley, ‘the reality is that South Africa is a bastion of social conservatism’. One of the most glaring contradictions of South Africa’s post-apartheid ‘transition’, says McKinley, ‘is (...)

, by IPS

Young Western Muslims Fight Misperceptions

Islamophobia is rising in the West, and sectarian clashes have undermined unity in the Muslim world, but there is hope from "within", says a group of young Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLTs) working to address these problems. Read (...)

, by Himal Southasian

A casualty of nationalism

Sri Lanka’s formerly effective school system has been damaged by over-politicisation. In Lanka, there has been a loss in terms of offering a values-based education, which in decades gone by promoted tolerance, free debate and rational discussion, a sine qua non for a healthy society. A first (...)

, by Himal Southasian

Good on paper

With the government incapable of designing Nepal’s school education, bilateral and multilateral donors are forced to step in. As a result, Nepali education has for decades lurched from one internationally assisted mega-project to another. Read (...)

, by Infochange

Chhattisgarh: Lost battle

The people of Chhattisgarh (India) appear to have lost the battle against industrialisation without rules. Even those who held out longest against the acquisition of their lands, forests and rivers are giving up the fight. Dilnaz Boga travels through the villages of Raigarh district, where (...)

, by Panos London

Climate change policy needs indigenous knowledge

Researchers have published a compendium of more than 400 case studies which reveal how indigenous people have been affected by and are adapting to climate change. The report recommends that Western scientists draw on the knowledge and experience of indigenous people when creating climate change (...)