The BBC also has a series of seven pictures taken from the Brazilian helicopter that came across the tribe.
This is believed to be one of about 100 uncontacted tribes in the world, although half of them are believed to be in the Amazon. According to officials in Brazil, there are no plans to make further contact with the group, although that does not mean they will be left alone. Historically, uncontacted groups in the Amazon have not fared well after being contacted. Contacting groups tends to introduce illnesses that typically wreak havoc on the groups that have no previous exposure - even to simple things like the common cold. Post-contact, many groups are pressured off of their land, and what amounts to a forced move to assimilation with the national culture. This does not tend to work out so well either. According to Sydney Possuelo, a former official with Brazil's Indian protection agency who founded its isolated tribes department, "In 508 years of history, out of the thousands of tribes that exist none have adapted well to society in Brazil." Certainly, the ethics involved in making the decision of whether to proceed with further contact or leave the group alone are not so clear cut. Leaving them alone now leaves them vulnerable to less than noble corporate interests that actively search the area for oil and logging sites. Making physical contact may introduce illnesses that could decimate the small group, and introduce changes that may erode customs and traditions.
An article by Pedro Fonseca and Terry Wade explains many of the issues that make contact with such groups so complex.
Also check out the Discovery Channel coverage for a little more info.
We also found some video footage with commentary posted on youtube:
Two very important factors in the crisis are crop diversity and the reliance on imported food. Less crop diversity makes countries vulnerable to problems of supply and demand, which is playing out now in Latin and
Many compartmentalize the food crisis into these neat categories: the conversion of land from food production to fuel production, the effect of global warming on small farmers, and the dangers of a concentrated food market. The world has witnessed the collapse of
In a Working Paper for the Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Laurie Garrett uses the cyclone in Myanmar as a springboard to address the mistakes in humanitarian food polices, and offers insights for a better way forward. Read the full article here.
Also see the petition circulating by One: The Campaign to Make Poverty History, “Stop the Hunger Crisis.”
Here's a video from the Real News Network that offers a slightly less biased analysis of the Great Laptop Fiasco:
I have to say, it seems only fair that things come around that way not only in the U.S., but in all of the imperialist, profit-driven capitalist countries out there. And while laughing is a healthy and necessary part of life, the reality that this clip mocks is all too real for far too many people. And these people are not fighting each other for high-paying jobs - we're talking about less than minimum wage for physically demanding, high-risk jobs. It's the quasi-legal manipulation of the illegal immigrant labor force that keeps the U.S. and other nations running.
I came across this video on LINKS: the International Journal of Socialist Renewal - an interesting site worth perusing.
Want some evidence of how complete the corporate takeover of yet another one of the great American holidays is? Check out these figures from an article by Sandy Haksi and Katherine Dodds:
Estimated Mother’s Day Spending 2008:
Dinner/Brunch – $3 B
Jewelry – $2.7 B
Electronics – $1.2 B
Flowers – $2 B
Clothing & Accessories – $1.4 B
Spa, Salon & Personal Services – $1.1 B
Gift Cards/Certificates – $1.6 B
Home & Garden – $696 M
Greeting Cards – $672 M
Surprised? Read the entire article on GNN about the history of this important day.
Source: National Retail Federation
AND DON'T FORGET TO CALL YOUR MOM!!
- Sales for the 400 largest US-based fast food chains were $277.2 billion last year, up 6.8% from the year before
- 300 lbs. of packaging waste is generated each year for each person in the U.S. (with 300 million people, that's 90,000,000,000 lbs. per year)
- U.S. consumers use 15 billion disposable hot cups per year
- 32% of the domestic waste stream is packaging and containers
- Fast food packaging makes up 20% of litter, while another 20% consists of other snack waste (soda bottles, candy bar wrappers, etc.)
- In the south, 43 million acres of forests have been converted into paper and pulp plantations to nourish these habits
And to put the U.S.'s habits in perspective, check out this article about recent food riots in Somalia.