‘Green’ colonialism is ruining Indigenous lives in Norway

‘Green’ colonialism is ruining Indigenous lives in Norway

SOURCE: Al Jazeera DATE: August 1, 2020 SNIP: In April this year, wind energy company Eolus Vind broke ground for the Oyfjellet wind plant, a new wind power project in Saepmie, the ancestral lands of the Indigenous Saami people, which stretch across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This led to a conflict between the Norwegian authorities, project developers and the Saami reindeer herding community Jillen Njaarke, which reveals the numerous reckless practices behind Europe’s “green” energy transition. The German owners of the Oyfjellet wind project, Aquila Capital, have already made a lucrative deal to supply the power produced by the wind plant to the nearby aluminium smelter by Alcoa. On the project’s website, the developers claim to “promote growth, green industry and green employment through long-term investment in renewable energy”. Considering the effect of their actions on the Jillen Njaarke, their mission statement is not only misleading, but is also covering up the fact that the project is disrupting the sustainable way of living of the Saami community, which protects their land. Research demonstrates that the Saami’s semi-domesticated reindeer avoid grazing in areas where they can see or hear wind turbines. A project such as Oyfjellet would disrupt the migration of reindeer, especially in the winter, when they are often weakened and at risk, particularly pregnant mothers and newborn calves. It is yet another source of distress for the Sami herders and their reindeer, adding to the uncertainties of a rapidly changing climate, increasing pressures on ecosystems and land grabbing. On paper, the Norwegian reindeer herding act should provide legal protection against the blocking of reindeer migration routes, like...
Tibetan Herders Forced into Life of Dependency and Misery in Southern Tibet

Tibetan Herders Forced into Life of Dependency and Misery in Southern Tibet

SOURCE: TibetTruth DATE: December 26, 2019 SNIP: [On December 23, 2019] The Chinese regime forcibly removed nearly three thousand Tibetan herders from their traditional lands in Nagchu region of U Tsang, occupied Tibet. Tibetans were rounded up and forced onto a number of convoys which headed off to Gongkar in the South of Tibet.The traditional Tibetan nomadic culture has been targeted for eradication, Tibetans who enjoyed the independence of living across Tibet’s grasslands and mountain valleys are promised a dream life of prosperity in ‘socialist paradise villages’. What they get is a miserable existence in a concrete concentration camp, where they are entirely dependent upon their Chinese oppressors for fuel, food and power supplies. Despondency, depression, alcoholism and other psychological illnesses become the new norm. This is precisely the broken and servile condition that China’s tyranny calculated, as part of its campaign to eliminate Tibetan cultural and national...
‘This is mass rape’: China slammed over programme that ‘appoints’ men to sleep with Uighur women

‘This is mass rape’: China slammed over programme that ‘appoints’ men to sleep with Uighur women

SOURCE: New Zealand Herald DATE: December 21, 2019 SNIP: Western coverage of one of China’s worst human rights abuses – the mass detainment of over a million Muslim Uighurs – has increased over the past year. Satellite images revealed the Government destroying scores of traditional burial grounds belonging to Uighurs in northwest Xinjiang; drone footage revealed hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men being transferred to detention camps; and just last month, secret Chinese Government documents revealed how the regime was instructed to deal with the ethnic minority. But lesser reported on is a disturbing policy implemented in the northwest region – a forced-living arrangement between Han Chinese men and Uighur women that’s been likened to “mass rape”. The Government claims it’s designed to promote harmony between the different cultural groups. But activists tell a different story. In November, various Western media outlets reported that Han Chinese men had been assigned to monitor the homes of Uighur women whose husbands had been detained in prison camps. The reports came out after an anonymous Chinese official gave an interview with Radio Free Asia, confirming the program but denying there was anything sinister about it. As part of the “Pair Up and Become Family” programme, Han Chinese men stay with and sleep in the same beds as Uighur women. According to the Chinese Government, the programme is designed to “promote ethnic unity”. But to Rushan Abbas, a Uighur activist whose family members have been detained in the Xinjiang camps for more than a year, it’s nothing more than systemised rape – part of the Government’s brutal ongoing crackdown against the country’s ethnic...