Archive for the ‘Political developments’ Category reports of a poster campaign that has been up and running in New York subways for the last month. ‘This operation is promoted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a pro-Israel organization that attempts by various means to stoke fear of Islam’. On her blog, the AFDI’s executive director insists this is ‘FANTASTIC!’ […]

Sherene H. Razack, ‘Memorializing Colonial Power: The Death of Frank Paul’, Law & Social Inquiry 37, 4 (2012). Through an analysis of an inquiry into the death of an Aboriginal man in custody, I argue that the contemporary colonial relationship between white settlers and those whom they have dispossessed is spatially and racially organized as […]

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Three Kenyans who were tortured by British colonial authorities can proceed with their legal claims against the UK government, a court has ruled. London’s High Court ruled the case, relating to the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, could proceed despite the time elapsed. The ruling means the case will now go to a full trial. Lawyers […]

Adam J. Barker, ‘Already Occupied: Indigenous Peoples, Settler Colonialism and the Occupy Movements in North America’, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Advance, 2012) Indigenous struggles in Canada and the USA—the northern bloc of settler colonialism—have long been characterized by tactical occupations. It is often assumed that Indigenous peoples’ concerns are […]

We are interested in papers that address the following broad topics and themes:  • The political economy of land grabbing • The discourse and contested meaning of “empty lands”, “unoccupied lands” or “underused lands”  • The role of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds (notably from Europe and the Gulf States), private equity funds as well […]

Havatzelet Yahel, Ruth Kark, and Seth J. Frantzman, ‘Are the Negev Bedouin an Indigenous People? Fabricating Palestinian History’, Middle East Quarterly 19, 3 (2012). In the last two decades, there has been widespread application of the term “indigenous” in relation to various groups worldwide. However, the meaning of this term and its uses tend to […]

Sasha Williams and Ian Law, ‘Legitimising Racism: An Exploration of the Challenges Posed by the Use of Indigeneity Discourses by the Far Right’, Sociological Research Online 17, 2 (2012) The disintegration of the British National Party (BNP) has removed the threat of the party securing a place in the political mainstream in the UK. But, […]

International Journal on Human Rights 16, 1 (2012). Special Issue: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: New Perspectives. TOC: Mauro Barelli: ‘Free, prior and informed consent in the aftermath of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: developments and challenges ahead’. Marco Odello: ‘Indigenous peoples’ rights and cultural identity in the inter-American context’. Kristin Hausler: ‘Indigenous […]

International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 18, 4 (2011). Special Issue: Contrasted Perspectives on Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights. Ndahinda, Felix. ‘Contrasted Perspectives on Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights’. Swepston, Lee. ‘Discrimination, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, and Social Indicators’ Courtis, Christian. ‘Notes on the Implementation by Latin American Courts of the ILO […]

Ruth Hall provides a sound critical appraisal of this report in Another Countryside: The new Green Paper on Land Reform offers little policy direction for the important but controversial work of land reform. It was the culmination of a long, hotly debated policy process which started with government’s acknowledgement at the National Land Summit in […]