This Week's Program: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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Aaron Huey www.aaronhuey.com is a photographer for the National Geographic magazines, the Smithsonian Magazine, Harpers, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many more in the foreign press. Huey has photographed Taliban ambushes and drug eradication in Afghanistan, antiquities smuggling in Mali, lost temples in Burma, and circling sharks in French Polynesia. Recently Huey has been recognized for his efforts to shine a light on the oppression of Native Americans through his photography. Huey recently spoke at a TED conference, a prestigious forum for the most important issues and Ideas of our time. His talk about Native American Prisoners of War has focused a great deal of energy and attention on the brutal history the United States government in its quest for Manifest Destiny.
Kent Lebsock Director of Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) www.oweakuinternational.org tells us of the caveats of U.S., delaying any progress in agreeing to sign the 2008 UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples. It is the only country in the world that has not signed.
Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network www.ienearth.org . The United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Cancun, Mexico will be the final opportunity for 194 countries to negotiate the terms of climate change policies that have been set forth by Western countries since the Kyoto Protocol. These nations are also most responsible for the economic policies that have led to increased global temperatures and environmental disasters impoverishing many and claiming the lives of millions of disenfranchised people throughout the Americas, East Asia and Africa. Community groups from around the world will converge in Cancun to demand their terms and conditions be considered and incorporated.