In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the extraction of rubber latex and itscommercialization to produce tires for bicycles and automobiles led to a widespread expansionof European colonization in the Amazon rainforest, that caused cultural and social transformations,especially dramatic for the indigenous populations. According to the calculations of the anthropologistWade Davis, for each ton of rubber produced, ten Indians were killed and hundreds were marked forlife by lashes, wounds and amputations.
Matagi are traditional hunters living in small villages and settlements in the highlands of northern Honshu, the main island of Japan. From its origins, back in the middle of the XVI century, they have made a living by selling meat, skins and other products derived from the hunting. Its main prey is the Japanese black bear, a subspecies classified as vulnerable and threatened according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The problem of land tenure in Colombia is the country’s oldest conflict. The struggle for control of the land’s wealth, and the right to exploit its resources, is an ongoing dispute in which the weakest struggles for its survival.DISCOVER
In Benin, there is an active network of illegal trafficking of petrol from Nigeria since 1970. Benin does not have enough gas stations to supply the population and the existing ones cannot compete with the lower prices set by the illegal trafficking of petrol by smugglers.DISCOVER
The firts chapter of our long-term project NORDEN is focussed on loneliness, emotional isolation, and sentimental repression in Finnish society. These problems go further when the people start drinking to fight against them. The excessive consumption of alcohol is present in more than half cases of suicide, homicide and gender violence.
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