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    Posted: 22-May-2009 at 17:01
Jared Diamond has been sued for libal:
 
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and eminent scientist is being sued by tribesmen from Papua New Guinea for US$10 million.

The lawsuit was filed in New York by Papuan men Daniel Wemp and Henep Isum Mandingo against Jared Diamond, author of an article about the tribesmen published in The New Yorker magazine in April 2008.

The article, titled ‘Vengeance is ours: What can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even?’, claims that Wemp’s uncle was killed in a battle with another tribe and that Wemp held Mandingo responsible, leading to Mandingo being shot with an arrow in revenge, paralysed, and forced into a wheelchair.

According to the two Papuans, Diamond’s article falsely accused them of ‘serious criminal activity and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, including murder.’ They are suing the scientist for defamation in a court in Manhattan.

Diamond is author of the critically acclaimed book ‘Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies’. The lawsuit against him comes not long after former BBC newsreader Michael Buerk said that New Guinea tribes are ‘primitive’ and kill strangers ‘whenever they come across (them).’"
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Maciej Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2009 at 01:21
This is quite interesting. As far as I know he has spent most of his professional life studying these tribes as well as defending them against those who would call them "savages or primitive." Seems to me like someone is trying to get rich. 
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One way or another; this belongs in Current Affairs. Moved. 

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Typical... A western guy trying to make money out of distorting the facts of indigenous peoples? Never!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pinguin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2009 at 12:48
Poor Jared! He is going to be cannibalized now (sorry for the bad joke).
Come on, no westerner has put New Guineans so high as Jared Diamond. He has made an amazing joke and put the island as one of the earliest sources of Agriculture, too (Taro). He made for New Guinea what Joseph Needham did for China: taking out of the closet.
 
And now this. I wonder if behind is not "survival" international rising funds campain.
 
 
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