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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:28 PM

“To get the gold, they will have to kill every one of us”

The most-storied warrior tribe in Ecuador prepares to fight as the government sells gold-laden land to China
BY ALEXANDER ZAITCHIK


Of the thousands of “Avatar” screenings held during the film’s record global release wave, none tethered the animated allegory to reality like a rainy day matinee in Quito, Ecuador.

It was late January 2010 when a non-governmental organization bused Indian chiefs from the Ecuadorean Amazon to a multiplex in the capital. The surprise decampment of the tribal congress triggered a smattering of cheers, but mostly drew stares of apprehension from urban Ecuadoreans who attribute a legendary savagery to their indigenous compatriots, whose violent land disputes in the jungle are as alien as events on “Avatar’s” Pandora.

The chiefs — who watched the film through plastic 3-D glasses perched beneath feathered headdress — saw something else in the film: a reflection. The only fantastical touches they noticed in the sci-fi struggle were the blue beanstalk bodies and the Hollywood gringo savior. “As in the film, the government here has closed the dialogue,” a Shuar chief told a reporter after the screening. “Does this mean that we do something similar to the film? We are ready.”

Three years after “Avatar’s” Quito premiere, declarations of martial readiness are multiplying and gaining volume throughout the tribal territories of Ecuador’s mountainous southeast. The warnings bare sharpest teeth in the Shuar country of the Cordillera del Condor, the rain forest mountain range targeted by President Rafael Correa for the introduction of mega-mining.

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n2doc Feb 2013 OP
Smilo Feb 2013 #1
Initech Feb 2013 #2
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freshwest Feb 2013 #3
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felix_numinous Feb 2013 #7
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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:38 PM

1. Greed is destroying this world

I believe, because of this greed, that within a century it is going to be difficult to recognize that the earth was once beautiful and lush.

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Response to Smilo (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:42 PM

2. To quote Futurama: "jungles on earth? Ha ha!"

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Response to Smilo (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:31 PM

4. one reason I don't want to live forever -- too damn depressing to see what we

do to this beautiful planet and all of its creatures.

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:27 PM

3. Not just the wealthy push this. People demanding jobs and killing the Earth.

The article is right, the system will kill them sooner or later. It's not working.


© Universal Press Syndicate

"We prefer your extinction to the loss of our job."


What is life really about?



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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:34 PM

5. China is buying precious metals world-wide, and the West will suffer.

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:59 PM

6. kicking again

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:45 PM

7. kick

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:50 PM

8. K&R!

 

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