A people long for independence, to join the community of nations. Oil-rich, they hang their hopes on black gold, liquid money itself, to finance their freedom. The party of the local populace is increasingly growing in power, and the polls are showing a move towards total independence…
Nope, it’s somewhere even colder and more inhospitable. Greenland…
The 57,000 thousand people of Greenland may soon see themselves as a sovereign nation.
Greenland, the world’s largest island, is a home-ruling, autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark. Denmark controls Greenland’s foreign affairs, security and finances – including subsiding Greenland with 3.4 Billion Danish Krone (£327 million) per year, or £7,000 per person annually.
However Kuppik Kleist, the socialist Prime Minister of the ruling Inuit Ataqatigiit party, believes that this is the opportunity for Greenland to gain its independence.
We claim our right to economic development, and we claim our right to be independent from former colonial powers
Especially given the normal usage of diplomatic language, such a blatant secessionist attitude is incredible.
The Inuit Ataqatigiit party is a leftist and separatist movement in Greenland. It currently holds 14 out of the 31 seats in Greenland’s Parliament or Landsting. The main liberal and centre-right parties which are sceptical of independence – the Democrats and the Feeling of Community parties – lost three seats each in the last election, while Inuit Ataqatigiit gained 7. It’s a clear shift towards separatism.
I, for one, welcome this new country. The oddity about Greenland is that it is 88% Inuit or Inuit-Danish, and only 12% ethnically European (mostly Danish). A predominately Indigenous state would be a rarity in this world, particularly if controlled by an indigenous population. The only other example I can think of is Bolivia – 55% Amerindian (Quechua, Aymara and 34 other ethnic groups), 30% Mestizo and 15% Caucasian, and under President Evo Morales.
Indigenous nations, sovereign states and Presidents are surely one of the best ways to combat racism, especially the type that is inherent in a Eurocentric, Caucasian dominated, world system. Only when indigenous leaders stand in the UN General Assembly does the world pay attention to the vast disparities in wealth and living standards between Indigenous and colonialist populations. For that reason, I’d welcome an Inuit state. Hopefully, fully cogent of the need for environmentalism.
Good luck Greenland. You’ll need it.
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