Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stealing the Amazon?

Through e-mail, I received the following image of an American geography text-book. I was shocked and disturbed. I knew that the idea of Internationalizing the Amazons existed (for a Brazilian rebuttle to this idea by Cristóvão Buarque, then the Workers Party governor of the Federal District of Brasilia and currently Brazil’s minister of education, read this). However, it is something else to see a text book that says that:

"Since the middle 80's the most important rain forest of the world was passed to the responsability of the United States and the United Nations" and that the reserve was "surrounded by irresponsable, cruel and authoritary countries. It was part of eight different and strange countries, which are in the majority of cases, kingdoms of violence, drug trade, illiteracy and a unintelligent and primitive people."

However, I decided to search for it in Internet and found that the US State Department had a page on the supposed Text and pointed out that it is a forgery. Here is a little of what it says:

Since 2000, a forgery has circulated falsely claiming that the United States and the United Nations have assumed control of the Amazon rainforest in order to safeguard its treasures for all mankind.

The forgery, pictured below, purports to be page 76 of a U.S. sixth grade textbook titled An Introduction to Geography by David Norman. There is no indication that such a book exists. The U.S. Library of Congress, with more than 29 million books and other printed materials, has no record of it. The Online Computer Learning Center's WorldCat database, the world's largest database of bibliographic information with more than 47 million books, has no record of the book. Nor can such a book be found in Internet searches on amazon.com or Google.

In addition, the text uses an inappropriate tone and contains many other grammatical and word usage errors.

Text of Forgery

An Introduction to Geography South America

in the northern section of South America, forming a land of more than 3.000 square miles.

3.5-5 -- THE FORMER INT'L RESERVE OF AMAZON FOREST

Since the middle 80's the most important rain forest of the world was passed to the responsability of the United States and the United Nations. It is named as FINRAF (Former International Reserve of the Amazon Forest) and its foundation was due to the fact that the Amazon is located in South America, one of the poorest regions on earth and surrounded by irresponsable, cruel and authoritary countries. It was part of eight different and strange countries, which are in the majority of cases, kingdoms of violence, drug trade, illiteracy and a unintelligent and primitive people.

The creation of FINRAF were supported by all nations of G-23 and was really a special mission of our country and a gift of all the world, since the possession of these valuable lands to such primitive countries and people should condemn the lungs of the world to disappearance and full destroying in few years.

We can consider that this area has the most biodiversity in the planet, with a vast number of species of all types of animals and vegetals. The value of this area is unable to calcule, but the planet can be cert that The United States won't let these Latin American countries explorate and destroy this real ownership of all humanity.

FINRAF is like an international park, with very severe rules of exploration.

[Map Caption] Map 3.5-5.1 -- We can see the location of the International Reserve. It took area of eight South America's countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and F. Guyana. Some of the poorest and miserable countries of the world.

7 comments:

Renegade Eye said...

The good news is that it's a forgery.

I enjoyed your first post on this subject.

Have you been to Brazil?

I don't know if I told you, but Graeme visited Minnesota, and we had lunch together.

Renegade Eye said...

At my blog, at the Maryam Namazie post, is talk about Nicaragua, I believe you can add something to.

Sontín said...

Renegade. I have not been to Brazil, although I do have several Brazilian friends. I think that acts of imperialism and eurocentrism (or northamericacentrism) need to be challenged wherever they occur. It is supposed to be beautiful country though.


What was it like meeting for lunch after having communicated in blogspace for so long?

Sontín said...

Thanks Renegade for letting me know about the comments on Nicaragua on your blog. I hope I could add something to the debate, although I find it frustrating to argue with agressive right wingers.

Foxessa said...

Thank you for this blog. It's the kind of place I look for.

Love, C.

Sontín said...

Thank you foxessa. I enjoyed reading your blog too.

Eduarda said...

This is a good new!
I'm Brazilian and I'm very sad to see how some people want to take the Amazon of Brazil.
I know that is 'good'reasons, but it's known that the Americans have their interests behind it.

The blog is very nice!
Congratulations!