Power Can Corrupt Even The Honest

When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust them to exercise it in a prosocial manner? To investigate this the authors used experimental methods to distinguish between the situational […]

Great Success for First Nations in Kenya

African Union Comes Out in Support of Ogiek Land Rights The Ogiek, the meanwhile world-famous honey-hunters of the Mau forest in Kenya, booked another success in their struggle for survival and the rights to their forest homeland. The African Court of Human and People’s Rights of the African Union (AU), following the line of arguments […]

Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People

by GRAHAM PEEBLES In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and crimes against humanity being […]

Success: Gas giant backtracks on exploration in UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol has publicly backtracked on plans to expand the notorious Camisea gas project in southeast Peru into one of the most biodiverse places on earth, following a shock exposure (http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8961) this week by The Guardian newspaper and Survival International. This is a resounding success for the indigenous people of Manu National […]

Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater – ponds and swales restricted – jail time for violators

Theres nothing more refreshing than standing in a cool, summertime rain shower. Or bathing in the warm sunlight on a crisp spring day. Or inhaling the cool autumn air, fresh with the scent of turning leaves and pine needles. These things — rainwater, sunlight, air — have long been assumed to be not only free, […]

‘Authorities’ Steal Monsanto Resistant Bees

Beekeepers are ‘going underground’ after the Illinois Ag Dept. stole bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram. Rather than wait three weeks for a court case in which he would have a chance to prove that they were not sick, two obediant servants of the department entered his property when he was not there, and deliberately destroyed […]