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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Munduruku: Law - Betrayal - War

"Under Brazilian law, major infrastructure projects require prior consultation with indigenous communities. Federal prosecutors say this has not happened and urge the courts to block the scheme which, they fear, could lead to bloodshed."
Read the rest of the story here.
The Munduruku people are threatening to go to war, if necessary, to stop a proposed hydroelectric dam project on their homeland. From reading about their culture, I do not think it is an idle threat. My favorite quote from their Wikipedia page?
"They are also notable for their linguistic separation of "us" (their tribe) from "them" (everyone else), the pariwat. Whereas they refer to themselves as the wuujuyû, or "our people", everyone else is spoken of as the equivalent of "prey"."
Imagine that concept.
I hope you caught the caption below the picture of Brazil's president.
"Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, has decreed that military personnel can be used for dam survey operations."
Hold that thought.
In case you haven't been following the ongoing Exxon pipeline spill saga in Arkansas, you might find the latest headline from that incident to be of interest. I find the parallels more than coincidental. 
FAA puts no-fly zone over Arkansas oil spill with Exxon employee in charge
Read more about this issue here.
This is all getting way too disheartening to watch.

To finish on a (personal) positive note, I have officially retired my leg braces, forearm crutches, wheelchair and hospital bed. The last two items will be picked up in the next few days. I am now able to, albeit slowly and sideways at times, make it up and down the stairs in our home with minimal problems or concerns. My P/T is going well, and although it will be a few weeks before I even try to begin driving a car again, I am confident I will get there sooner vs. later.

Thanks, again, for all the well-wishes I continue to receive.


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