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saleh monami



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    For roughly five hundred years, Indigenous peoples have been struggling against the dominant institutions of society, against imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, impoverishment, segregation, racism, and genocide. The struggle continues today under the present world social order and against the dominant institutions of ‘neoliberalism’ and globalization: the state, corporations, financial institutions and international organizations. Indigenous communities continue to struggle to preserve their cultural identities, languages, histories, and the continuing theft and exploitation of their land. Indigenous resistance against environmental degradation and resource extraction represents the most direct source of resistance against a global environmental crisis which threatens to lead the species to extinction. It is here that many in the scientific community have also taken up the cause of resistance against the destruction of the global environment. While Indigenous and scientific activism share similar objectives in relation to environmental issues, there is a serious lack of convergence between the two groups in terms of sharing knowledge, organizing, and activism.

    Indigenous groups are often on the front lines of the global environmental crisis – at the point of interaction (or extraction) – they resist against the immediate process of resource extraction and the environmental devastation is causes to their communities and society as a whole. The continued repression, e...

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    Protesters congregated in Istanbul's Taksim Square. (Photo by Anna Beth Keim)

    Ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey began as a way to protect a rare green patch in the nation's largest city. Though they later swelled to object to the government's treatment of their demonstrations, the movement's environmental roots could lead to greater awareness of increasing endangerment of the country's natural resources. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to turn Gezi city park, one of the few patches of green in the heart of Istanbul, into a commercial development has provoked ongoing anti-government protests from the Turkish people, as well as a debate about the country's identity. The government’s plans for redeveloping the area included building a shopping mall on the park, which would mean destroying a few hundred Sycamore trees. Choosing economic gains over environmental concerns is indicative of the direction Erdogan's government has taken, says Sulmaan Khan, a freelance journalist based in Turkey. The government has environmentally dubious projects in development in many arenas, Khan said, including coastal development in the Mediterranean, a massive increase in fishing, and a bridge project that will wipe out a large section of forest. "For this government, development clearly does trump environmental concerns," Khan said. "And that has been one of its keys to success." Erdogan has been relatively popular among the Turkish people, who have cheer...