The Damming of the Xingu

Chief Raoni weeps after hearing that the Belo Monte dam, the world’s third largest, will be built. (Photo courtesy of the Support Chief Raoni Facepook page) After decades of debate, the Brazilian government has chosen development and electric power over the Xingu River’s eco-system and the culture and history of the Kayapo people. (If you watch…

Orderly and oppressive

As Americans, we tend to assume that democracy is the best option. Human rights groups are jumping on the Rwandan government for achieving order through oppression. Rwanda offers ample evidence that democracy requires ripeness in the form of at least a baseline of education, common values, and economic stability. Perhaps it’s too early in Rwanda’s…