Global Development – True Animated Story



What global development does in our world.

Native peoples are being robbed of their land, self-sufficiency, and pride — hear more about how that is happening below.

This is causing serious harm in places like Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, even Arizona.


Brazil Protests in all Major Cities. Rio – 100 thousands, Sao Paulo – 65 thousands. Brasilia, Capital: Congress was invaded




Brazil Protests – “Do not come for the World Cup!”

Brazil is under Siege: Protests in all Major Cities.





Brazil experienced one of its biggest nights of protest in decades on Monday as more than 100,000 people took to the streets nationwide to express their frustration at heavyhanded policing, poor public services and high costs for the World Cup.

The major demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia, Belem, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and elsewhere started peacefully but several led to clashes with police and arson attacks on cars and buses.

The large turnout and geographic spread marked a rapid escalation after smaller protests last week against bus price increases led to complaints that police responded disproportionately with rubber bullets, tear gas and violent beatings.

Coinciding with the start of the Confederations Cup – a World Cup test event – the rallies brought together a wide coalition of people frustrated with the escalating costs and persistently poor quality of public services, lavish investment on international sporting events, low standards of healthcare and wider unease about inequality and corruption.


Read more at BBC News


Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Building Boom Widens Wealth Disparity



Glance at the parking lot outside parliament, at the fleet of Lexus SUVs kitted out with chrome, and you might think Bishkek is the capital of a wealthy country. A block down Chui Avenue, a shiny new Range Rover is parked on the sidewalk. Police drive their own BMWs.

Look a little closer, though, and the real Kyrgyzstan comes into focus.

In the shadow of the hulking White House – as the parliament building is known – Enjegul Kydyralieva, 50, sells lollipops and nuts from a blanket spread on the ground. On a good day, she clears about 250 soms ($5.20). “One hundred percent” of that – after she subtracts 50 cents for daily transportation to and from her village 45 minutes away – goes to feeding three children and three grandchildren, including the four-year-old she’s babysitting on the curb.

“If anyone gets sick we try to save money to buy medicine,” Kydyralieva says as the steel gate opens and another shiny new SUV glides past. “It’s not fair. They drive around with these cars that cost thousands of dollars and we are here working all day to earn a few hundred soms. Plus, they try to chase us away.”

Bishkek today is a city of striking contrasts. The luxury cars – and their tendency to run red lights with impunity – are just one expression of the disparity. “Elite” apartment blocks, where units cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, are mushrooming in central districts. Billboards announce the latest new nightclubs. At a new Turkish-built shopping mall, a pair of Italian loafers costs the equivalent of Kyrgyzstan’s average monthly income.

This is one of the poorest countries in Asia. But it’s not only underemployed grandmothers who struggle.

An engineering lecturer with a doctorate, single mother Elmira Ismailova, 46, earns about 7,000 soms a month ($145). She spends 70 percent of her salary on food, but considers herself lucky, because her parents help with 3,000 to 4,000 soms per month. “If I didn’t have their support, I wouldn’t call myself middle class. My salary is never enough. If I want to go out somewhere, like a restaurant, I have to save money in advance,” she says.

Many Kyrgyz struggle to put food on the table. An April study by the World Food Program, a UN agency, found the average price of wheat flour 42 percent higher than a year ago. The same report estimated that 24 percent of Kyrgyz households were not meeting basic nutrition and calorie requirements. This is partially due to a poor harvest in 2012, high prices for fuel, inflation, and Kyrgyzstan’s overall isolation.

“Kyrgyzstan does not have a middle class. There are poor people and there’s a rich elite, which is maybe 5 to 10 percent of society,” explained Pavel Dyatlenko of Polis-Asia, a think-tank in Bishkek.

Across from parliament, on the opposite side of Ala-Too Square, Anar Subankulova, who looks 75 but is 54, sells gum, single cigarettes, and kurut—dried yogurt balls that taste a bit like Parmesan cheese. Subankulova spends 4,200 soms ($87) per month on rent and utilities for the small apartment she shares with her grandchildren. She earns about 300 soms a day. “It’s torture because this is never enough.”

Asked if the 2010 “April Revolution” changed anything, she breaks into tears and says she doesn’t want to talk about it.




Seeds of Freedom



The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt.
It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.
It’s time to change the story.

Seeds of Freedom from The ABN and The Gaia Foundation on Vimeo.

A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more at

Produced by The Gaia Foundation and The African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN.

Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip


A short animated film about the feedback loops likely to lead to catastrophic climate change, by Leo Murray.


Time Acceleration – Terence McKenna



Terence McKenna talks about the perceived acceleration of time, during the Eros & The Eschaton lecture in Seattle, 1994.

Jalpak Tash

Jalpak Tash – A Kyrgyzstan Epic


Kyrgyzstan is a place many have no idea about, and before The North Face athletes Leah Evans, Izzy Lynch and Mike Hopkins arrived to ski in the Tien Shan mountains, neither did they. In a country that is 80% mountains, skiing is offering glimmers of hope for the future. The crew embark on a trip that is part of a project to help generate employment opportunities for local Kyrgyz people after the collapse of the Soviet Union crippled the economy in the early 90’s.

Visit 40 Tribes Backcountry Adventures for more info.


Awa Hunter

Awá – Earth’s Most Threatened Tribe



Uncontacted Awá are fleeing for their lives as loggers, ranchers and settlers invade their land.

Read “The Silent Years” – Karapiru’s story of life on the run.


You Are Here – Pale Blue Dot

This excerpt from A Pale Blue Dot was inspired by an image taken, at Carl Sagan’s suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990.

As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet.

Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometres (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world.