Two links sent to me by the Unrepresented Peoples and Nations Organisation (UNPO) that I'd like to reproduce here.
The 2009 UNPO campaign "Earth, Exploitation and Survival" aims to raise awareness of the myriad of problems related to the environmental exploitation and degradation that many of our Members face on a daily basis. Click here to read more: LINK
This week's Article of the Week by Mr. Michael Gibb, describes the complex relationship between transnational corporations and indigenous inhabitants of the regions in which they work. To read Mr. Gibbs interesting outlook on more stringent side of globalization, please visit our website at: LINK
A different time and a different system but perhaps the story of the relationship between Tin, the Duchy and the Cornish needs to be reexamined.
Gibb poses the following question:
Imagine you are the (democratic and accountable) leader of an indigenous people or minority deprived either of a state of your own or international recognition of your state. In other words, imagine you are a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). Given the primary objective of ensuring your culture, language, customs, (etc.) survive under some degree of autonomy, would it be better to live in an area rich with natural resources or one entirely without?
What condition would our little nation be in today if we hadn't been blessed with rich seams of Tin and Copper?