I'd call this "Top Three Stories of the Day"
But that’s all a matter of perspective, since there might’ve been important things I’ve missed. And I’m just a blogger, so…
But at any rate, here’s a few stories that I highly recommend everyone keep their eyes glued to.
- Kenya’s Samburu Tribe was evicted from their land. Many of the people within the tribe were also beaten and even raped as a result of this. The kicker? They were evicted because The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)-Two American Charities - Bought out all the land for a nature preservation. Because apparently people who were capable of taking care of the land they’d lived on, and the indigenous animals they’d lived with for years deserved to be evicted from their homes so two American charities could take control of it? I’m sorry but this is all kinds of wrong, and all kinds of sad and terrible.
- There is a revolt going on in Wukan, China
The conflict in Wukan, a coastal settlement of 20,000 people near the country’s industrial heartland in Guangdong Province, escalated Monday after residents learned that one of the representatives they had selected to negotiate with the local Communist Party had died in police custody. The authorities say a heart attack killed the 42-year-old man, but relatives say his body bore signs of torture.
Residents set up blockades to keep out the police and prevent more arrests. Some residents said armed riot police officers were blocking shipments of food and water into the village in an attempt to suppress the uprising. (Click to read more)
- If you’re an American, you might want to look into what’s happening with This Act. Basically, the NDAA is not only likely to be passing (along with SOPA), but a good chunk of the country probably doesn’t even know it’s happening. This is thanks to what appears to be a comprehensive Media Blackout regarding the passing of this legislation. Despite groups like the ACLU screaming till they were hoarse about it, it still appears that a lot of America isn’t even aware it’s happening. An interesting side note, it’s easier to find coverage of the uprising in China than it is on the NDAA. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be coverage of this (there should), but I just find it interesting that American media seems fine with focusing on that, but not problems at home…
Do what you will with these - as always I welcome any and all contributions to developing stories or bits of info you think should be shared. Both submissions and asks are open.