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PREMIUMMaluku indigenous people oppose mining activities on their customary land

first_imgLinkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Dozens of Taniwel indigenous people in West Seram regency, Maluku, took to the streets on Monday to demand the authorities revoke the mining operation permit (IUP) granted to marble mining company PT Gunung Makmur Indah. The permit will reportedly allow the company to “explore” around 2,400 hectares of land in Taniwel district, which is considered by the indigenous group as their ulayat (collectively owned) land.The group — which held two separate protests in front of the Maluku Regional Legislative Council building and the Maluku administration’s office on Monday — said they never granted permission for any parties to conduct what they called environmentally harmful activities on their ulayat land, and thus regarded the permit issuance as “legally flawed”.“We demand the Maluku administration respect the rights and sovereignty of Taniwel i… Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google mining customary-land indigenous-people Malukulast_img read more

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Panel Approves New Indiana School Standards

first_imgNew guidelines could soon be part of the curriculum for Indiana schoolchildren as part of the effort to replace Common Core.Members of the Indiana Education Roundtable, including Governor Mike Pence and State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz, voted to approve new math and English standards on Monday.Members voted 21-3 in favor of math standards and 21-2 in favor of English standards.The proposed guidelines will go to the Indiana Board of Education for a final vote on Monday, Apr. 28.New state standards could have an impact on local taxes, Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) said.“The taxpayers need be aware of that fact that the legislative services agency estimated a pretty substantial cost to these new standards,” Leising said. “Their estimating ten and a half million for next school year and in 2015-2016 school year somewhere between 23 and 32 million.”The proposal comes amid controversy from some opponents that argue the standards are not as rigorous as Indiana has previously had.Education officials have until July to find a replacement for the federal Common Core standards.last_img read more

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Authors urge participatory society
first_imgPASADENA – Authors David C. Korten and Frances Moore Lapp , advocates for a new kind of society led by the masses, shared their world-altering visions with more than 250 people in a five-day seminar that ends today at All Saints Church. The two were brought by a group called Sustainable World Ministry, an economic justice program at the church started by three veteran activists – Marty Coleman, Dorothy Christ and Mae Gautier, all women in their 70s. “Don’t be fooled by the white hair – it’s really a solar panel for activism,” Coleman joked Saturday. The three were so inspired by Korten’s 1995 book, “When Corporations Rule the World,” they formed the ministry and put together a three-day conference in 2002 with Korten as the featured speaker. More than 375 people attended. Lapp said she advocates “emergent living democracy,” in which all people take part in the democratic process. One example of this in her new book is about a public high school in a poor county in Ohio. She said previously, 20percent of those graduating the high school went on to college. However, a new principal allowed students to have a say in everything that happened in their school, even what teachers were hired. Now, Lapp said, 70 percent of the school’s graduates go on the college, and Reader’s Digest named the school among the top 100 schools in the country. “It’s mutual accountability, saying, `I’m a part of the solution, too,’ not just pointing a finger at a CEO or the president,” she added. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFor this most recent conference, Korten insisted on bringing Lapp , a woman Coleman says “set the world on fire writing about the causes of hunger.” Lapp , known by her friends as Frankie, achieved fame as an author early in life with her revolutionary “Diet for a Small Planet” in 1971 when she was in her mid-20s. Korten said the message of his new book, “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community,” which he launched at the seminar, is that the United States can no longer rule by military force or dominating relationships as it has in the past. He said this is most apparent in Iraq, where access to small arms and open communication has handicapped the ability of the United States to occupy the country. With the growing affordability of telephone communication and Internet access around the world, Korten said, now is the time to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, rather than letting the wealthy rule. Lapp , who recently published “Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life,” said her book explains the “thin democracy” – where people elect others do “do for us or to us” – under which the United States currently operates has “utterly failed.” “My book argues that the Bush administration is a symptom, not the problem,” she said. “It’s our diminished sense of self.” last_img
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