Paulinho Paiakan: Amazon indigenous chief dies with coronavirus’

Paulinho Paiakan: Amazon indigenous chief dies with coronavirus’

“One of the best-known indigenous defenders of the Amazon rainforest has died with coronavirus in Brazil, where the disease continues its rapid spread (...) Paulinho Paiakan, chief of the Kayapó people, came to international attention in the 1980s in the fight against Belo Monte, one of the world's largest dams.He was around 65. Paiakan was one of the most important indigenous voices during Brazil's return to democracy in the 1980s, and helped lead the campaign for the creation of large indigenous reserves in the Amazon.He also fought to expel illegal miners and loggers from indigenous areas. But his image was stained in 1992, after a student accused him of rape, a case that had worldwide repercussions. His allies argued the claim was fabricated to tarnish Paiakan's reputation and to silence him. Reacting to his death on Wednesday at a hospital in Pará, the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples' Association (Apib) described Paiakan as a "father, leader and warrior" for indigenous peoples and the environment. Gert-Peter Bruch, founder of environmental group Planet Amazon, told AFP news agency: "He worked all his life to build worldwide alliances around indigenous peoples to save the Amazon. He was far ahead of his time. We've lost an extremely valuable guide.” ( / 2020-08)

Security Prison 21

Security Prison 21 (or S-21) – A former secondary school in Phnom Penh which was used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge regime, among 150 to 200 torture and execution centers. It was placed under the criminal authority of Kang Kek Iew កាំង ហ្គេកអ៊ាវ alias Comrade Duch (1942-2020). It became the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Etym. Tuol Sleng ទួលស្លែង means "Hill of the Poisonous Trees".

Fair trade is not charity

The journalist asked Father Francisco Vanderhoff if fair trade was not charity; the Father got angry and replied that fair trade was not a charitable trade but a fair trade - he could have added solidarity - in which farmers are paid so as to make a decent living from their work. Fair trade is the perfect example of an action which integrates well-understood charity and solidarity, respects human dignity and provides economic responses for more fairness in trade relations.

Le journaliste demande au Père Francisco Vanderhoff si le commerce équitable n'était pas de la charité ; le Père s'est mis en colère et a répondu que le commerce équitable n'était pas un commerce de charité mais un commerce juste – il aurait pu ajouter solidaire - dans lequel les agriculteurs sont payés de manière à vivre décemment de leur travail. Le commerce équitable est l'exemple parfait d'une action qui intègre charité bien comprise et solidarité, respecte la dignité de l'homme et apporte des réponses sur le plan économique pour plus d'équité dans les relations commerciales.


Kanji: 民. Radical: 氏. Number of strokes: 5. Meaning: “ people”. Pronunciation: ミン、たみmin, tami.



Sentinelese (or Sentineli or North Sentinel Islanders) - An indigenous people inhabiting North Sentinel Island - Bay of Bengal, India - belonging to the Andamanese people with the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese - Said to be one of the world's last uncontacted peoples. Since 1956 declared by Indian government as a tribal reserve and prohibited travel.

Sentinelles - Un peuple indigène habitant l’île de North Sentinel - Baie du Bengale, Inde - Appartiennent au peuple andamanais – Réputés être l'un des derniers peuples isolés du monde. Depuis 1956, le gouvernement indien l'a déclaré réserve tribale, interdisant tout contact avec elle.


Hereros are a Bantu population in Namibia and Botswana. They speak Herero, a Bantu language. Like the Nama, the Hereros were victims of massacres and deportations from 1904, the time of German colonization, following the partition of Africa at the Berlin Conference (1884-1885).


Radio Nauru has collected numerous recordings of local people's music. (Nauruan lg)

Radio Nauru a recueilli de nombreux enregistrements de la musique des populations locales.

What is ordering things? How to define it? From stacking to putting things in rows, from disordered accumulation to the decision to put them in order, how can we consider this relationship to objects, to beings, to their interrelationships, to the place they occupy? How have cultures approached this idea of order or disorder? Has digital technology changed things?... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que ranger ? Comment le définir ? De l’empilement à la mise en rangs, de l’accumulation désordonnée à la décision d’y mettre de l’ordre, comment considérer cette relation aux objets, aux êtres, à leurs interrelations, à la place qu’ils, qu’elles occupent ? Comment les cultures ont-elles approché cette idée de l’ordre ou du désordre ? Le numérique a-t-il changé la chose ?... (à compléter)


Ensemble des personnes qui résident dans un pays ou plus largement dans le monde. Ensemble des membres d’une espèce donnée, vivant dans un ou plusieurs espaces déterminés pouvant se ramener à un pays, une région, une ville, ou plus largement à la planète.

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SORRY: Prince Ea

Dear Future Generations,
I think I speak for the rest of us when I say
Sorry, sorry we left you with our mess of a planet
Sorry that we were too caught up in our own doings to do something
Sorry we listened to people who made excuses
To do nothing
I hope you forgive us
We just didn't realize how special the earth was
Like a marriage going wrong
We didn't know what we had until it was gone...


(or endonym) – An internal name for a place, people, person, language, used as a self-designation (vs exonym). Ex. Deutschland for Germany. (Greek αὐτός, autos: “oneself”, and ὄνυμα, ónuma: “name”)

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Exprimer ce que l’on sait ou croit savoir d’une situation, expérience, réalité qu’on a vécue ou observée, en supposant son exposé sincère et loyal bien qu’il puisse en certains cas ne pas l’être – Peut prendre une certaine importance dans un cadre de droit ou de jugement.

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In Yunnan, the Dongba are the scholar priests of the Nakhi people. (Nashi lg, Dongba wr)

Dans le Yunnan, les Dongba sont les prêtres savants du peuple Naxi.

What is knowledge? How to define it? How does knowledge fit in throughout life? How important has knowledge been throughout human history? In what forms and in what contexts has knowledge been acquired and transmitted? How has ignorance been considered/combatted? What do we know about the present world? How does digital technology accompany the sharing of knowledge? What new relationships to knowledge (collaborative - updated...) are developing in the digital age? (to be completed)

Qu’est–ce que le savoir ? Comment le définir ? Comment le savoir s’inscrit–il tout au long de l’existence ? Quelle fut l’importance du savoir tout au long de l’histoire humaine ? Sous quelles formes et dans quels contextes a–t–on acquis et transmis le savoir ? Comment a–t–on considéré/combattu l’ignorance ? Que savons–nous du monde présent ? Comment le numérique accompagne–t–il le partage les savoirs ? Quelles nouvelles relations au savoir (collaboratif – actualisé…) se développent–elles à l’heure numérique ?... (à compléter)


Etat démographique caractérisé par le fait que le nombre d'individus d'une espèce vivante est estimé excéder la capacité de charge de son habitat mettant ainsi en péril ses équilibres présents et/ou futurs - Ceci renvoie donc clairement aux moyens de cette estimation, aux formes scientifiques ou idéologiques qu’elle revêt, à sa détermination objective ou subjective – Concernant l’espèce humaine, on relèvera le climat anxiogène et souvent conflictuel qui peut résulter de cette estimation et des positions contradictoires qui l’accompagnent, au regard des relations entre les groupes humains et des tensions que cet état présent ou anticipé fait ou ferait peser sur l’évolution de l’espèce.

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International Day for the Remembrance of Holocaust Victims

"Every year around 27 January, UNESCO pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence. The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945. It was officially proclaimed, in november 2005, International Day (link is external)of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly.

The Holocaust profoundly affected countries in which Nazi crimes were perpetrated, but also had universal implications and consequences in many other parts of the world. Member States share a collective responsibility for addressing the residual trauma, maintaining effective remembrance policies, caring for historic sites, and promoting education, documentation and research, seven decades after the genocide. This responsibility entails educating about the causes, consequences and dynamics of such crimes so as to strengthen the resilience of young people against ideologies of hatred. As genocide and atrocity crimes keep occurring across several regions, and as we are witnessing a global rise of anti-Semitism and hateful discourses, this has never been so relevant." -

"Chaque année le 27 janvier, l’UNESCO rend hommage à la mémoire des victimes de l’Holocauste et réaffirme son engagement indéfectible à lutter contre l’antisémitisme, le racisme et les autres formes d’intolérance qui peuvent conduire à la violence ciblée sur un groupe. La date marque l’anniversaire de la libération du camp de concentration et d’extermination nazi d’Auschwitz-Birkenau par les troupes soviétiques le 27 janvier 1945, et a été le 1er novembre 2005, officiellement proclamée Journée internationale(link is external), dédiée à la mémoire des victimes de l’Holocauste par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies.

L’Holocauste a non seulement profondément meurtri les pays dans lesquels les crimes nazis ont été perpétrés, mais il a également eu des implications et des conséquences d’ordre universel en de nombreux autres endroits du monde. Les États membres partagent la responsabilité collective de remédier aux traumatismes résiduels, en maintenant des politiques de mémoire efficaces, en préservant les sites historiques et en encourageant l’enseignement, la documentation et la recherche, soixante-dix ans après le génocide. Cette responsabilité suppose d’enseigner les causes, les conséquences et la dynamique de ces crimes afin de renforcer la résilience des jeunes face aux idéologies de haine. Alors que des génocides et des atrocités continuent de se produire dans plusieurs régions cet enseignement n’a jamais été aussi pertinent qu’aujourd’hui." -


Art of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays and the product itself, sharing the attention of those who patiently take car of their growth.


Art de faire pousser des arbres ou des arbustes nains de forme ornementale dans de petits pots ou plateaux peu profonds et le produit lui-même, en partageant l'attention de ceux qui prennent patiemment soin de leur croissance.

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In Brazil, coronavirus crisis fuels new favela

"When Priscila Tomas da Silva's husband lost his job loading trucks because of coronavirus shutdown measures in Sao Paulo, they faced a stark choice: pay the rent, or feed their six children. So they built a shack in a new favela emerging on the city's northern outskirts, a symbol of the devastation the pandemic is causing in Brazil.The favela, in the Jardim Julieta neighborhood, has sprouted at an informal parking lot for semi-trucks.
(…) In fact, epidemics and plagues have been forcing Brazil's poor into favelas and other informal settlements throughout history, said Lino Teixeira, coordinator for urban policy at the Favela Observatory, a research and advocacy group. “The creation of favelas, going back to some of the very first ones, is linked to a series of urban epidemics, from yellow fever to the Spanish flu to smallpox to measles” he said.” (AFP - 31/07/2020)

Raoni Metuktire – Cacique of the Kayapo people

Raoni Metuktire – Cacique of the Kayapo people

Chief Raoni or Raoni Metuktire (ca. 1930-) - A chief (cacique) of the Kayapo people, famous for his fight for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous cultures. Although he was formerly engaged in this struggle, he gained a considerable attention when Sting and a few others created around him and his projects the Rainforest Foundation (which later extended its help to three zones: Africa / Central and South America / Southeast Asia).


Means "man" in Hindi and Romani - Refers to a set of known populations under various names: Gypsies, Gypsies, Manouches, Romanichels, Kalés, etc. The term was proposed by the International Romani Union in 1974. Their most distant origin would be Indian, although settlement and often sedentary situations became very complex throughout the centuries. The itinerant way of life of a certain part of them is one of the elements put forward to explain the myth, the folklore, the realities or even the denunciation. Victims of genocide during the Second World War, Roma have been the subject of many attempts to constrain, assimilate, integrate, at the option of time and society.