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So called green projects that are harming indigenous peoples:
- The Tehuantepec wind farms in Oaxaca, Mexico that are in the process of displacing thousands of Mayans from their ancestral lands.
- The Malaysian hydroelectric Murum dam which is destroying the ancestral homelands of several indigenous groups.
- The Ethiopian hydroelectric Gibe III dam which will lead to forced evictions of tens of thousands of indigenous communities.
- The Guaraqueçaba Climate Action Project in Brazil that is using armed soldiers to force indigenous communities out of their homelands to ‘protect nature’.
- The implementation of a REDD scheme in Papua New Guinea, that in reality translated as the land and power of attorney of 45,000 indigenous in East Pangia being handed over to a carbon trader.
- The implementation of a REDD scheme in the Kenyan Mau forest is currently stripping the indigenous Ogiek of their human rights and forcing them to leave their ancestral homelands.
- In Uganda another REDD scheme saw to that 22,000 people ended up being violently evicted from the Mubende and Kiboga districts in Uganda in order to make way for the UK-based New Forests Company to earn carbon credits.
“In order to impose itself, neocolonialism needs to convince the people of a dependent country of their own inferiority. Sooner or later, the inferior man recognises Man with a capital M; this recognition means the destruction of his defences. If you want to be a man, says the oppressor, you have to be like me, speak my language, deny your own being, transform yourself into me. As early as the 17th century the Jesuit missionaries proclaimed the aptitude of the [South American] native for copying European works of art. Copyist, translator, interpreter, at best a spectator, the neocolonialised intellectual will always be encouraged to refuse to assume his creative possibilities. Inhibitions, uprootedness, escapism, cultural cosmopolitanism, artistic imitation, metaphysical exhaustion, betrayal of country - all find fertile soil in which to grow.”—La hora de los hornos, The Hour of the Furnaces: ‘Neocolonialism and Violence’
“It is said, of course, that we have no capital, no industrial skill, no communications, and no internal markets, and that we cannot even agree among ourselves how best to utilise our resources for our own social needs. Yet all stock exchanges in the world are preoccupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ore. Our capital flows out in streams to irrigate the whole system of Western economy. Fifty-two per cent of the gold in Fort Knox at this moment, where the USA stores its bullion, is believed to have originated from our shores. Africa provides more than 60% of the world’s gold. A great deal of the uranium for nuclear power, of copper for electronics, of titanium for supersonic projectiles, of iron and steel for heavy industries, of other minerals and raw materials for lighter industries – the basic economic might of the foreign powers – come from our continent. Experts have estimated that the Congo Basin alone can produce enough food crops to satisfy the requirements of nearly half the population of the whole world, and here we sit talking about gradualism, talking about step by step. Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn? For centuries, Africa has been the milch cow of the Western world. Was it not our continent that helped the Western world to build up its accumulated wealth?”—African Union (24 May 1963) - Kwame Nkrumah
As someone who follows Ukrainian politics and has been watching FEMEN on the regular I thought I would bring attention to what is really going on here, and give some people in the West a little perspective on what it is they’re supporting/shaming. To understand FEMEN’s ideology, you have to know where their money is coming from, and who exactly are they.
Their leader is Anna Gutsol, an economist and ex-PR manager. For a while, FEMEN got money for the recruitment of their “activists” from an American multimillionaire expat named Jed Sunden, the owner of the Kiev Post, and one of the richest expats in Ukraine. His support dwindled, however, when Gutsol started to get into political activism, and move away from feminism in any sense of the word. FEMEN’s logo was bought by Sunden in Russia’s premier design agency, the Lebedev Studio.
When Gutsol enacted several nude protests outside of foreign embassies in Kiev, Sunden cut off all contact with them (his involvement led to him being declared persona-non-grata in Ukraine, and he had to go through a court process to stay in the country).
Gutsol had to find financing elsewhere, and her father (a member of the Ukranian parliament, no less) was just the solution. Mikhail Gutsol is also a criminal, for the record. In 2009 he actually killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence. He never saw jail because Ukraine has one of the most corrupt political systems in the world and because Gutsol is good friends with Vadim Rabinovich. Now this man essentially owns FEMEN. Ukrainians have taken to calling FEMEN “Rabinovich’s boobs”.
Rabinovich, an Israeli expat in Ukraine (he forbid Gutsol to picket the Israeli embassy in 2011), also has a sketchy record with the Ukrainian penal system: excluded from the KOMSOMOL for “amoral behaviour” in 1974, arrested for the first time in 1980 for large-scale theft of governmental funds, then found a cushy job as the owner of several large crystal factories in the USSR, and sold a large quantity of Soviet weapons abroad, he was arrested again in 1982 for more theft. He did well, however, seeing as he owns a number of Ukrainian tv channels, papers, and publishers.
He always had an eye on Ukraine’s politics (having supported several political parties at the same time during the The Orange Revolution) and world politics (having sold the Taliban two hundred T-55 and T-62 tanks with his friend - you might’ve heard of him - Viktor Bout, transporting them to Kabul by plane via Sharjah). He’s a real class act.
Rabinovich is also well known for his philanthropic activities: but many Jewish leaders believe he is trying to buy positive publicity to make up for the negative publicity that his financial and political activities have drawn.
But FEMEN isn’t some hottie-women, feminist, counter-cultural rebel group in Ukraine. Most of them are students recruited from Kiev’s colleges. Some of them are even high school students. None of them are unpaid in their capacity as “activists”. They’re poor young woman who are being paid to play activist by multimillionaires. All their members are strictly forbidden to disclose payments they receive, but according to Ukrainian papers, each student gets around $600-1000 a month, which is a tidy sum for a Ukrainian student. There is a lot of poverty in Ukraine, and I’m not sure whether I feel worse for these women or the idiots in the Western world who have no idea what they’re supporting: poor Eastern European women being paid by a white Israeli man to have Western viewpoints to do neocolonial protests naked…. that’s a whole mess of crazy.
Either way, please know that FEMEN’s purpose was always to be a political tool in the hands of the highest bidding media magnate. They were used to discredit ex-president Kuchma in 2011, ex-PM Tomoshenko (attacking her in front of the prosecutor’s office and showering her with fake dollars “to buy her freedom”), and many, many others. They are nothing but a puppet organization (even their numbers are uncertain, with Gutsol claiming to have 15,000, 300 and 40 members at different points), and any support for them from the west should be an object of ridicule.