Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hundreds of Environmental Activists Murdered in Recent Years

This is worldwide; not in the United States.  (Not yet anyway.)  According to Global Witness, more than seven hundred environmentalists have been murdered in the past ten years.  These killings have occurred in 34 countries.

Most of the murder victims were indigenous people — or environmental activists working on their behalf — who were trying to protect their land from loggers, mining companies, developers and poachers.  Three quarters of these murders took place in Peru, Brazil and Colombia.  Another fifty killings took place in the Philippines; twenty in Thailand.

A spokesperson for Global Witness said:

“It is a well-known paradox that many of the world's poorest countries are home to the resources that drive the global economy. Now, as the race to secure access to these resources intensifies, it is poor people and activists who increasingly find themselves in the firing line.”

A Human Rights Watch spokesman said:

“It's so easy to get someone killed in some of these countries. Decapitate the leader of the movement and then buy off everyone else — that's standard operating procedure.”

I guess we should be grateful that environmentalists aren’t being murdered in this country.  So far, it’s been easier and less messy for a few energy conglomerates to just purchase a few congressmen, and to keep orchestrating those phony “demonstrations” for their useful idiots to take part in.

If these sleazy tactics start becoming less effective, what new improved method will Exxon and the Koch Brothers come up with instead?

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Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Get with the program, Tom. Why should indigenous people trying to protect their land get gentler treatment than union leaders and activists in Colombia? After all, the enhanced profitability and freedom from interference of powerful, big-money interests are at stake.

June 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Indeed, this violent assault on profits is not to be tolerated. Money above ALL things. It's the way of the "culture of life."

June 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Oh I'm sure the Koch heads will think of a way to rile up the wingnuts. You of course heard the wingnut theory behind the "fast and furious" waste of time. Get this. They think that Obama deliberately is shipping guns around so that when gun violence goes up he can pass laws to restrict guns.

These guys need psychiatric help.

June 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

OF course we can't have another Waco or Ruby Ridge.

June 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Thanks for the link about Colombia. Thank God Colombia is part of the Free World. They're one of our valuable allies against that evil Communist Hugo Chavez.

JR: The two most sacred life forms are fetuses and profits.

Demeur: I hadn't heard that particular wingtard theory, but it fits right in with their twisted mindset. I don't think any psychiatrist could help them at this point.

June 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM  

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