Throughout the 20th century, US corporations have staked out Central America for fruit and coffee growing, metal mining and logging, and water for beverage processing – all at the expense of indigenous land and environmental rights.
The danger of the buy Greenland scheme is obscured by Trump’s role, and it’s disappointing how reporters and pundits fell into the rhythm of analyzing Trump’s folly through the same lens that led to the devastation of this land’s Native nations.
Pundits have said the Native Hawaiian resistance to the Thirty Meter Telescope project is a conflict between science and culture. But the protectors are not against science; they just believe the telescope does not belong on Maunakea’s sacred lands.
The right of foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals is one of the most extreme examples of excessive power granted to corporations through free trade agreements and investment treaties.