Indonesia Police Destroy Indigenous Village

Indonesia Police Destroy Indigenous Village

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On December 18 Indonesian police forces violently evicted 400 indigenous people from their land in the province of Riau on the eastern coast of Sumatra.

According to Amnesty International, approximately 700 local security forces entered the village of Suluk Bongka, firing bullets and tear gas.

“As the villagers fled into the forest, two helicopters then dropped what was thought to be a fire accelerant on the village of Suluk Bongkal, Bengkalis, burning to the ground around 300 homes. Bulldozers then went in and flattened the area completely,” says Amnesty.

Receiving assistance from Satpol PP (Municipal Administrative Police Unit), Pamswakarsa (civilian security groups) and civilians to carry out the eviction, the police also arrested 200 people from the village, 142 of which have since been released.

Local sources also reported that a two-year-old died after falling down a well during the aggression, and a two-month-old baby died from burn injuries. Two other people suffered gunshot wounds.

“The villagers have been engaged in a land dispute with the pulpwood supply company PT Arara Abadi since 1996, when the Indonesian forestry ministry gave the company management rights for industrial farming,” explains Amnesty. “Since then, the company has tried to evict the villagers but official letters from the Ministry of Forestry and the Riau Governor in 2007 stated clearly that the company could not start operations until the dispute had been settled.”

It would seem that the government decided to take matters into their own hands.

Amnesty says the police are also preventing human rights groups from entering the area, nonetheless, Komnas HAM, the national human rights commission, says it will try to send an investigation team in to the area and provide protection for the villagers.

Amnesty International urgently calls on:

  • the police to release those currently detained, or charge them with recognizably criminal offences;
  • the police to allow access to the area to Komnas HAM and human rights groups;
  • the Indonesian government to ensure the safety of villagers still in the forest, and provide essential shelter, water and food for those villagers made homeless;
  • the Indonesian government to order an immediate investigation into the use of excessive lethal force by the police and into the deaths of the two children, with those found responsible brought to justice;
  • the Indonesian government to provide reparation for those who have lost their homes.



When the woolly mammoth ran out, early man turned to roasted vegetables

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Long before early humans in North America grew corn and beans, they were harvesting and cooking the bulbs of lilies, wild onions and other plants, roasting them for days over hot rocks, according to a Texas archaeologist.

The evidence for this practice has long been known of in fire-cracked rock piles found throughout the continent, but archaeologists have tended to ignore it “because a new pyramid or a Clovis arrow point is much sexier,” said archaeologist Alston V. Thoms of Texas A&M University.In two reports published online this week in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and the Journal of Archaeological Science, Thoms reported that cooking on hot rocks first became a substitute for cooking on hot coals about 9,000 to 10,500 years ago, then had a sudden jump in popularity about 4,000 years ago.,0,6385869.story

NKorea may stage nuke test to tame Obama team: study

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North Korea might stage a second atomic test to raise the stakes in nuclear disarmament negotiations next year but the new US administration is unlikely to yield, a South Korean think-tank said Monday.It warned it could not rule out the possibility the North may threaten to suspend denuclearisation, boycott six-party disarmament talks and fire missiles or even a nuclear weapon “to tame the new Obama administration or increase its leverage in the nuclear negotiations.”

“North Korea may become less reasonable in the face of growing challenges from instability of its regime and rumours of leader Kim Jong-Il’s ill health,” said the report from the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, which is under the foreign ministry.

A Call to Young Warriors, to All Young People

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Young American Indians today suffer from many problems of the modern world.  Alcohol and drug abuse, early pregnancies, gangs, and psychological disorders are everywhere on the Reservations.  However, a lot of the development of these issues can be historically traced back to World War II or shortly before.

The 1924 Indian Citizenship Act created a special kind of dual citizenship which made American Indians into citizens of the United States (for the first time) as well as citizens of their own sovereign nations.  Finally, Indians could vote.  But also, for the first time, they could be drafted into the military.

The young Lakota Warriors looked at the military as a way to prove themselves as warriors.  They believed it was an honorable extension of the traditional warrior ways.

Dugway’s secret tests: Vets link health problems to chemical exposure

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Dwight Bunn easily becomes breathless and says he has lung scarring from exposure during chemical tests conducted in secrecy on troops while he was stationed at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Tooele County from 1962 to 1963.

David W. Davidson tried to hold his breath while being gassed at Dugway back in 1961. But he now has a laundry list of health maladies, any one of which may be connected to that day 47 years ago.

A doctor told Samuel Waller Anderson Jr. that the peripheral neuropathy in his feet and numbness in his hands was caused by some kind of exposure to chemicals. Anderson was stationed at Dugway from 1952 to 1956 and also was a guinea pig during tests at the isolated 1,300-square-mile Army base.,5620,705273187,00.html?printView=true

Nuclear ‘Peace Boat’ docks in Sydney

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For more than 25 years a ship known as the peace boat has sailed around the world, promoting the cause of nuclear disarmament. Today it docked in Sydney, with some special passengers on board – survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the closing days of the Second World War.

Current Missouri law thwarts nuclear expansion

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The 2009 legislative session will address the need for more base-load electricity generation in Missouri. Ameren Corp. serves 1.2 million Missouri electric customers representing nearly 50% of Missouri’s total consumption. They expect demand to increase 30% by 2020. Ameren is seeking the necessary licenses and funding to construct a second nuclear unit at their existing Callaway nuclear facility near Fulton, MO. Some changes to Missouri laws regulating electric utilities may be needed in order for Ameren or any utility to finance new base-load plants.

Some important facts about nuclear generation include:

  • Nuclear power provides 20% of U.S. electricity, uses no fossil fuel, and represents 71% of our emission-free generation. Another 25.4% comes from hydro-electric and 3.7% from other renewables.
  • The amount of “greenhouse gas” emissions prevented at the nation’s 104 nuclear power plants nearly equals that of all the passenger cars on American highways.