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Aboriginal culture faces perils in the land down under

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Aboriginal culture faces perils in the land down under

Worldfocus concludes this week's Indigenous Cultures series with a look at the Aboriginal culture of Australia. As we have seen elsewhere, the remnants of an ancient civilization are being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. In Australia, as Deutsche Welle reports, a history written in the land is in danger of being erased.

Posted: February 26, 2010 15:33   Comments: 9
Providing hope for troubled youth in Israel

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Providing hope for troubled youth in Israel

Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim traveled to Israel last December. He filmed at the Hadassah Neurim Youth Village, where he found a diverse group of at-risk young people reinventing themselves through their studies.

Posted: February 26, 2010 14:27   Comments: 7
Indigenous communities struggle for global recognition

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Indigenous communities struggle for global recognition

During the Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures, we have shown the severe threats facing native communities across the world. Worldfocus interviewed Renee Davis and Tiffany Waters, research associates at the Center for World Indigenous Studies about the movement for self-determination among indigenous people across the globe.

Posted: February 26, 2010 14:21   Comments: 5
Siberian indigenous group threatened in northern Russia

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Siberian indigenous group threatened in northern Russia

Our Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures continues with a look at the Khanty people, who live inside the Arctic Circle in Russian Siberia. We chose this story because it illustrates how the drive toward what is often called "progress" can threaten a traditional culture. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the Khanty people of northern Siberia.

Posted: February 25, 2010 17:01   Comments: 7
Canadian Inuit realize self-government

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Canadian Inuit realize self-government

The creation of Canada's Inuit-majority Nunavut territory in 1999 marked a leap forward for indigenous self-rule. Worldfocus spoke with Stephen Hendrie of Canada's Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for more on the issue, including the differences between Inuit in Canada and the U.S.

Posted: February 24, 2010 17:09   Comments: 6
Shopping for Syrian merchandise in Damascene bazaars

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Shopping for Syrian merchandise in Damascene bazaars

Cari Machet is a multimedia producer who has traveled extensively in the Middle East. Look at a slideshow of what she found on a recent trip to bazaars in Syria's capital city, including political merchandise that makes U.S. politicians look restrained.

Posted: February 24, 2010 16:52   Comments: 1
Relocated Nukak Indians face extinction in Colombia

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Relocated Nukak Indians face extinction in Colombia

The Nukak, an indigenous Colombian people living on the edge of the Amazon basin, only had their first official contact with the outside world in 1988. Since making contact, the Nukak have seen their numbers drop significantly and face the possible extinction of their culture.

Posted: February 24, 2010 16:39   Comments: 5
Brazil’s ruling party picks successor to Lula

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Brazil’s ruling party picks successor to Lula

Brazil's ruling Workers' Party (PT) nominated Dilma Roussef on Saturday, February 20, as its presidential candidate for the upcoming October 3 general election. Bloggers debate the implications for Lula's handpicked successor.

Posted: February 24, 2010 11:50   Comments: 0
In Canada’s Arctic, finding hope with the help of a circus

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In Canada’s Arctic, finding hope with the help of a circus

In the tiny Canadian Arctic town of Igloolik, where there are barely 1,500 inhabitants, around 5 young adults commit suicide every year. Filmmaker Linda Matchan, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is documenting the efforts of a circus troupe there called Artcirq, formed to offer young people hope.

Posted: February 23, 2010 17:10   Comments: 4
Japan’s indigenous Ainu people struggle to keep way of life

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Japan’s indigenous Ainu people struggle to keep way of life

The Japanese government is moving ahead with plans to improve relations with the Ainu people, the country's indigenous inhabitants. Mostly living in the northern island of Hokkaido, Ainu are believed to descend from people who lived in Japan as early as 13,000 years ago. Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera English has more, and bloggers offer their perspectives.

Posted: February 22, 2010 17:03   Comments: 7
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