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15650Re: [gaiapc] Demographic-Environmental Stress and Mass Atrocities

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  • Helmut L
    29 Nov, 2017

      About tribal societies gathered in post-colonial states. Recent Kenya elections were an example of strict tribal voting, not because of an agricultural society. Tribal wars were not so long ago bread and butter in industrialised Europe.

      The author wants money for more research in that area.

      The author, Hendrix, might also consider that this will possibly also happen in our rich, overdeveloped parts of the world: "“demographic-environmental stress” is most likely to contribute to mass atrocities (genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity..."


      Le 29 nov. 2017 22:31, "Steve Kurtz kurtzs@... [gaiapc]" <gaiapc@...> a écrit :

      from last March

      https://www.newsecuritybeat. org/2017/03/demographic- environmental-stress- contribute-mass-atrocities- future-arctic-cooperation-2/

      Can Demographic-Environmental Stress Contribute to Mass Atrocities? 

      March 30, 2017 By Sara Merken

      In a brief published by the Stanley Foundation, Cullen Hendrix explores how “the degradation and overexploitation of renewable sources…and unequal access to these resources” can make societies more or less susceptible to experiencing mass atrocities. Hendrix proposes that “demographic-environmental stress” is most likely to contribute to mass atrocities (genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity) in agricultural societies that have a high level of group identity-driven politics and economics, exclusionary political institutions, political actors that deprive certain groups, or when governments have low legitimacy. Rwanda and Darfur are prominent examples of places where resource conflict resulted in large-scale killings. Hendrix recommends investing in early warning capabilities, building a research agenda focused on mass atrocities, maintaining an open space for civil society and the media, and addressing land pressures and land tenure reforms to reduce dangers in vulnerable societies...


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      Voltaire (1770)

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