William O. Douglas
“World Federalism is an idea that will not die. More and more people are coming to realize that peace must be more than an interlude if we are to survive; that peace is a product of law and order; that law is essential if the force of arms is not to rule the world.” - William O. Douglas

The Origins of Inequality

The Origins of Inequality

On November 16th 2014, The Guardian, a British newspaper, published a story about the Tanzanian government’s eviction of 40,000 Masai from their homeland bordering the Serengeti. Salon, an American news site published a story on this a day later. This eviction is meant to create a “private hunting reserve” for the Dubai Royal Family, and will threaten the livelihoods of 80,000 people.

So far the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has yet to find this story worthy of their time. I would remind them that the deadline for this eviction is slated for the end of December, 2014.

It is troubling to even imagine that the CBC could be bought off, or warned off of this story for internal or government reasons. What is known is that very high profile broadcast personalities at the CBC have been reported to shill for the oil industry for monetary gain.

Just curious, what would those gains actually buy? Could they have purchased the silence which rendered this story invisible to Canadians, or would they merely get hunting privileges? I would remind them that the last time this eviction came up in Tanzania; Tanzanian newspapers that covered the story were reportedly closed. It was the Masai whose homes were burned. It was the Masai who became the hunted.

How can the CBC be indifferent to this, can they not grasp the idea that they have done a tremendous disservice to the Masai, and to the world we share.

Carl Joudrie: December15, 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/16/tanzania-government-accused-serengeti-sale-maasai-lands

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/tanzania_will_sell_masai_homeland_to_dubai_royal_family/

 

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