Listening to Chris Hedges in Edmonton was .. well beyond inspiring, it was deeply moving. People around me openly wept at times. I asked him how he keeps going in the face of such inhumanity as he witnesses day after day. He replied, I owe it to them, all those children, all those faces, they are always with me. I who have such privilege can do no less.

Dandelion Salad

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
February 25, 2013

I was in the Swiss village of Begnins outside Geneva shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. I spent three days there with Axel von dem Bussche, a former Wehrmacht major, holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for extreme battlefield bravery, three times wounded in World War II, and the last surviving member of the inner circle of German army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

I was reminded of my visit with von dem Bussche, whom I was interviewing for The Dallas Morning News, by the 70th anniversary of the execution of five Munich University students and their philosophy professor who were members of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany.

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UN-REDD Programme launches FPIC guidelines, report on REDD+ safeguards | Traditional Knowledge Bulletin

This week in review … UN-REDD Programme launches FPIC guidelines, report on REDD+ safeguards | Traditional Knowledge Bulletin.

It is noted that international law has now recognized that FPIC is a legal norm imposing clearing affirmative duties and obligations on States. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) includes seven provisions expressly recognizing the duty of States to secure FPIC from indigenous peoples in circumstances ranging from population relocations, the taking of cultural, intellectual, religious and spiritual property, any damages, occupation and uses of their lands, territories and resources, before “adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures,” and prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources. The UNDRIP elaborates on the application to indigenous peoples of human rights already affirmed extensively in treaties ratified by the majority of States. As such, to the extent that the duties and obligations as expressed in UNDRIP as already binding on States, they merely need to look to the Declaration to assist them in understanding how such rights might be protected for indigenous peoples as collectives, as well as their individual members. In addition, international courts and human rights bodies in Africa and the Americas have made it clear that regional human rights instruments recognize States’ duties and obligations to secure FPIC….

The Happiness Initiative: The Serious Business of Well-Being | Solutions

The Happiness Initiative: The Serious Business of Well-Being | Solutions.

Another good article from Solutions, an online journal well worth adding to your reading list.

Bhutan figures prominently here, of course, as it did in a recent series of high-level meetings attended by Edmonton economist and advisor to governments, Mark Anielski, author of ‘The Economics of Happiness.Discovering Genuine Wealth’. More to come.

Green versus Gray: Nature’s Solutions to Infrastructure Demands | Solutions

Green versus Gray: Nature’s Solutions to Infrastructure Demands | Solutions.

As someone who is still having trouble with many of the current articulations of the ‘green economy’, and ‘nature capital’ (a term that I confess makes me cringe) I found this to be particularly useful as an example of cost benefit analysis of using ‘green infrastructure.