Re: GUYANA Cyanide Spill Update (fwd)

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Wed, 30 Aug 1995 13:10:05 -0400

something relates to humanbeings, it is within the purview of
anthropology," first, thanks for this statement, which also expresses
my own view, and that, I hope, of the majority of anthropologists. I had
an unfortunate experience with a "distinguished anthropolgist" who was
also my friend until she insisted that a paper I had written for
presentation at an AAA annual meeting was not anthropology. It was about
two women scientists during the 30s, 40s and 50s and the obstacles they
encountered not only because they were women but also because they were
Jewish. This "distinguished anthropologist" was chair of the Association
for Feminist Anthropology at the time, which had rejected my paper,
ostensibly because they were working on conditions of Third World
Women. I know that neither she nor the AFA would have rejected a paper
on the obstacles encountered by black or hispanic women scientists.
Incidentally, the Committee on the Anthropology of Jews and Judaism was
formed in the AAA about two decades ago to deal with such issues at the
AAA. There are two issues here: one, your sentence about anthropology
including ev erything relating to human beings, and the other about
political correctness. I would to get not only your response but hear from
others on the list. Ruby Rohrlich

On Tue, 29 Aug 1995, Kathi Kitner-Salazar wrote:

> Hello all,
> Because of all the messages I received requesting that I continue to
> post info on the Guyana problem, I will do just that. To those of
> you who have no interest, excuse the clutter. And to Nick, well, I
> always have been and will continue to believe that as long as
> something relates to human beings, it is within the purview of
> anthropology. As for annotating these "reports" I feel that the
> reader is competent in doing his or her own interpretation.
> Thanks,
> Kathi
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> Is there any concerted effort going on not on the net, to publicize the
> cyanide spill, OMAI, and Cambior (the parent company based in Canada)? I'm
> a writer and activist. My contact in Guyana is the Bretton Woods Reform
> Organization (BWRO) which is initiating an alternative to IMF/WB
> structural adjustment in Guyana. One of BWRO's major concerns is foreign
> investment, the lack of government control over such foreign investors,
> and the negative impact these investments have on the people and the
> environment of the country. They propose much stricter government control
> over foreign operations, promoting production for local needs first (over
> production for exports), etc. While this seems very idealistic given the
> current reality, reality (and OMAI's actions in Guyana) also prove that
> the current policy, which exists to service foreign debt, is also
> unrealistic if one considers the future of the country in human and
> environmental terms. Patrick Budhoo with BWRO told me OMAI actually said
> the reason they came to Guyana was because of lax regulations. Cambior
> also has operations in Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. including
> Alaska. Does anyone know anything about their track record at any of their
> other sites? I just spoke with the Ministry of the Environment in Canada
> who told me that in general Cambior has a "good environmental record". But
> then he also told me that Cambior has denied any environmental damage,
> including dead fish, in Guyana. He seemed very aware that this was most
> likely not the truth, but it is the "official" line. I would like some
> ideas regarding what we can do from the states or Canada, how we can get
> info about the spill in Guyana and the company in general out to a network
> of activists who are liable to act in some way yet who may not log onto
> the net. I don't have a lot of funds for phone calls and faxes either, and
> I don't know how much of the information posted on this forum are
> available to folks in Guyana. I know BWRO does not have internet access at
> this time. This may be true for other organizations in Guyana, I don't
> know. (Do you?) There are activist networks in the states that should know
> about this incident including the Rainforest Action Network, Global
> Response, Earth Island, etc. Any way, I'll keep checking this forum for
> more info. Susan
> treefriend
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