Amazon indigenous warriors beat down illegal loggers and torch their equipment, in battle for jungle’s future

(via Earth First Journal)

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A group of warriors from Brazil’s indigenous Ka’apor tribe tracked down illegal loggers in the Amazon, tied them up, stripped them and beat them with sticks.

Photographer Lunae Parracho followed the Ka’apor warriors during their jungle expedition to search for and expel illegal loggers from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory in the Amazon basin.

Tired of what they say is a lack of sufficient government assistance in keeping loggers off their land, the Ka’apor people, who along with four other tribes are the legal inhabitants and caretakers of the territory, have sent their warriors out to expel all loggers they find and set up monitoring camps.

Last year, the Brazilian government said that annual destruction of its Amazon rain forest jumped by 28 percent after four straight years of decline. Based on satellite images, it estimated that 5,843 square kilometres of rain forest were felled in the one-year period ending July 2013.

The Amazon rain forest is considered one of the world’s most important natural defences against global warming because of its capacity to absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Rain forest clearing is responsible for about 75 percent of Brazil’s emissions, as vegetation is burned and felled trees rot. Such activity releases an estimated 400 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, making Brazil at least the sixth-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide gas.

(Photo Credit: Lunae Parracho/Reuters)
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“Land of the free”: Ferguson, Missouri

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The people of Ferguson, Missouri are sick of watching racist cops gun down innocent kids in their community. During protests over the recent murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old, the police decided to fire tear gas into the crowd to force them to disperse. But the people of Ferguson decided not to disperse — they decided to fight back.

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Police force protesters from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri

The killers at the Ferguson and St. Louis Police Departments are the ones who are carrying rifles and shooting into unarmed crowds, attacking people with police dogs and gas grenades and clubs. The corporate media, as usual, is mostly focusing on petty vandalism and looting by the crowds, to distract from the much more serious problems of police violence, mass incarceration, economic inequality, and racism.

Let’s be clear — the reason that there is a violent conflict right now in Ferguson is because these pigs shot an unarmed kid, and are now attacking the people of Ferguson with military crowd control hardware. Fuck these racist killer cops, and love to all the people who are standing up to them.

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“Prison is a totality–something that one cannot escape from, but only shift positions within.”

“Prison is not a discrete place; its force and logic are distributed across the metropolis. Put another way, there is a place that is prison, and then there is a tendency, a way of managing life, that is prison. The place and the tendency are not two, but one. Macrocosm, microcosm. To speak of prisons as if they were separate from the rest of society is to equivocate. What we call prisons are a node in the prison-metropolis that are indicative of how the metropolis functions as a whole, and without which the rest could not function. Prison is a totality–something that one cannot escape from, but only shift positions within.”

— from “3 Positions Against Prisons” (August O’Clairre)

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“Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?”Michel Foucault

“Israel has discovered that it’s no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media”

Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave
Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel’s border with the coastal Palestinian enclave
Palestinian child screams in pain at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip after she was hit by shrapnel during an Israeli military strike near her family house
A Palestinian child screams in pain at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip after she was hit by shrapnel during an Israeli military strike near her family house
relative of Shahed Qishtah, a nine-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in an Israeli strike while playing, left the Kamal Adwan hospital where he brought her in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip
A relative of Shahed Qishtah, a nine-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in an Israeli strike while playing, left the Kamal Adwan hospital where he brought her in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip

Source: Hillel, M. “Israel has discovered that it’s no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media“. The Independent. 22 July 2014.