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Monday, 14 March

21:47

Survival reports Italian corporation to OECD over dam disaster News from Survival International

Up to half a million people face starvation as a result of the dam Salini has constructed on the Omo river.
Up to half a million people face starvation as a result of the dam Salini has constructed on the Omo river.
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Survival International has reported Italian engineering giant Salini to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) over its construction of a controversial dam which is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia and Kenya.

The dam has cut off the Omo river’s regular flooding, which 100,000 people rely on to water their crops and livestock and a further 100,000 depend on indirectly. According to experts, this could also spell the end for Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake – and disaster for the 300,000 tribespeople living along its shores.

Salini did not seek the consent of local people before building the dam, but claimed that an “artificial flood release” would compensate them for their losses. However, t...

15:12

Recognise Rejected: Historic Meeting Of 500 Black Leaders Unanimously Opposes Constitutional Recognition - New Matilda Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Recognise Rejected: Historic Meeting Of 500 Black Leaders Unanimously Opposes Constitutional Recognition - New Matilda: The Victorian Andrews Government got a little more than it bargained for this week, when it hosted an historic consultation with hundreds of Aboriginal people from around the state on the highly contentious issue of ‘constitutional recognition’.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins hosted the meeting on February 3 – the first major Victorian Government consultation with Aboriginal people in two decades – to seek views on self determination and constitutional recognition.

Up to 500 of the mob showed up, but before Hutchins had even arrived at the Federation Square venue, one of the key questions she was posing – What does the Victorian approach to constitutional recognition look like? – was settled.

A motion proposed early in the meeting – We as Sovereign People reject Constitutional Recognition’ – was passed, with unanimous support.

12:53

Inquest into WA death in custody to resume - Yahoo7 Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Inquest into WA death in custody to resume - Yahoo7: Ms Dhu, whose first name is not used for cultural reasons, died two days after being locked up at Western Australia's South Hedland Police Station in August 2014 for unpaid fines totalling $3622, stemming from offences including assaulting an officer.

She died during her third visit in as many days to the Hedland Health Campus from staphylococcal septicaemia and pneumonia, following an infection in her fractured ribs that spread to her lungs.

A two-week inquest began late last year but fell behind schedule and will now resume on Monday.

Medical staff and experts have given evidence but there has only been minimal testimony from police, who will be under the spotlight when the inquest recommences.

11:55

09:36

Native People Respond to Rowling American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Screen cap added 3/10/16
As fans of Harry Potter know, there are (at least) two distinct responses to J.K. Rowling's "History of Magic in North America" stories.

The first story, "Fourteenth Century - Seventeenth Century," was released on Monday, March 8, 2016. Fans were delighted to have more of her writing to read.

Native people--those who are fans of her books, and those of us who study or write about representations of Native peoples in popular culture and children's literature--had a different response.



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When I read the first story in Rowling's series, I'd been deeply immersed in a study of a handful of best selling children's books. I was appalled to read "also called redskins for their custom of smearing red earth over their entire bodies" in the popular Geronimo Stilton's The Wild, Wild West:

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