The Anglo-Australian multinational company Rio Tinto – the largest iron ore mining company in the world – demolished two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters in May. What is particularly disturbing about this event is that Rio Tinto was apparently acting entirely within the law, which is to say that this kind of tragic and wanton destruction will continue to happen unless stricter regulations are enacted. The sites were located on the ancestral lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura, or PKKP, people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Raising the Warragamba Dam wall will inundate thousands of Indigenous sites, including ancient rock art, creating an impact on heritage akin to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge, traditional owners say.
“The Trump administration’s so-called review process for their shameless sell-off of the Arctic Refuge has been a sham from the start. We’ll see them in court,” said a statement from Lena Moffitt, The Sierra Club’s senior director of its Our Wild America campaign.
In West Papua, Indonesia, we investigate allegations of fraud and human rights abuses in billion-dollar land deals.
Protests in Washington, D.C., have remained peaceful for the past couple of weeks, and Monday night marked the first significant clashes between protesters and police since authorities used pepper spray to clear demonstrators from Lafayette Square earlier this month.
Two compensation claims filed on behalf of the Tjiwarl people address actions by miners, farmers, and others like the building of fences and roads that had restricted their access to sacred heritage sites and hunting and fishing grounds, impeding their ability to pass down cultural knowledge to young people.
Company announces report on destruction of the Juukan Gorge cave in the Pilbara region of Western Australia will be made public in October
What prevails is an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty which enables powerful financial interests to manipulate the stock market and consolidate their financial positions. This crisis has led to an unprecedented concentration of money wealth.
The Tohono O’odham Nation penned a powerful letter to the U.S. Border Patrol calling for a halt to the destruction, stressing the many tragedies occurring on their sacred lands: bulldozers ripping up their ancestors’ burial sites, their water resources being stolen, and the agency consistently ignoring their pleas for consultation.
So Trump meets Alaska’s governor in his airplane and agrees to push through a goldmine that had been stopped b/c it will devastate salmon habitat. This at a time that orcas are already starving death. Salmon carry entire ecosystems on their backs. Gold over life, literally. — Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) August 9, 2019
All that capitalism has left to loot in America are the national monuments and forests and protected ecological areas.
The offshoring of US jobs was an act of suicide by the United States.
According to a district court decision from three weeks ago and a Supreme Court decision earlier this week, the municipality was granted the right to demolish all the houses in the neighborhood – amounting to some 60 buildings, home to 500 families.
Supreme Court Justice Yosef Elron rejected the residents‘ appeal of the demolition order at the beginning of this week.
While many are mourning the partial destruction of this monument, this article highlights times during the last decade when multiple other equally important historical and cultural sites have also been lost or damaged due to wars, negligence or mere foolishness by human actions.
It was only a matter of hours before Trump canceled the summit that North Korea demolished its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri… in a gesture apparently to demonstrate good will. And reporters who were there, after a trip of around 17 hours back to the North Korean city of Wonsan, have been uploading footage of the demolition from their press center. Our Foreign Ministry correspondent Lee Ji-won, who is part of South Korea’s Joint Press Corps for Punggye-ri, has more.
In preparation for her hearing, the CIA declassified a 2011 internal disciplinary review, written by then-deputy CIA director Michael Morell, that Haspel and her allies have said exonerated her.
“I have found no fault with the performance of Ms. Haspel,” Morell wrote. He essentially said she was a “good soldier” who followed orders, including an order to draft the cable to destroy the tapes.