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Indigenous Empowerment: Activism of Lehman Brightman

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United Native Americans Inc. Presents: Cultural Empowerment of Indigenous Activism Featuring the Activism of Lehman L. Brightman Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:00pm – 9:30pm Berkeley City College Auditorium 2050 Center St. Berkeley, CA 94704 To Inspire the Indigenous Community and Benefit the \’Please Help Save Dr. Lehman L. Brightman\’s Home from Foreclosure Fund.\’ The presentation will include, but not be limited to, historic videos and footage, power point presentations, guest speakers, a historic view of U.N.A, including our current activism for all Native Americans and our plans for the future. Contact Quanah Brightman (510)672-7187 http://www.facebook.com/groups/unitednativeamericansinc/?ref=ts&fref=ts http://www.gofundme.com/ForMrBrightman Posted at Censored News www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Green Party presidential candidate arrested at Tarsands Blockade in Texas

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Green Party presidential candidate arrested at Tarsands Blockade in Texas www.tarsandsblockade.org ***UPDATE 10:30AM In Winnsboro, Dr. Jill Stein has been arrested, taken to Wood County Jail, and is awaiting processing. The freelance reporter has been released from detainment without arrest or charge. A statement from Dr. Jill Stein: I m here to connect the dots between super storm Sandy and the record heat, drought, and fire we ve seen this year and this Tar Sands pipeline, which will make all of these problems much worse. And I m here to connect the dots between climate devastation and pipeline politicians both Obama and Romney who are competing, as we saw in the debates, for the role of Puppet In Chief for the fossil fuel industry. Both deserve that title. Obama s record of drill baby drill has gone beyond the harm done by George Bush. Mitt Romney promises more of the same. BREAKING: Green Party Presidential Candidate and Massachusetts resident Dr. Jill Stein has been ARRE

VIDEO Guarijio traditional song and dance Sonora, Mexico

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. Video by Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Guarijio music and dance at the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2012 Se escucha alegre la m sica guarij o en el Segundo Encuentro de Gu as Espirituales. la gente habl , la gente escuch , se hizo presente la memoria hist rica, la persistencia tnica, el nimo humano de sobrevivir pese a todo. at Casa Hoeffer. Censored News coverage of the Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora and Comca ac (Seri) reclaiming land Video interview: O odham Ofelia Rivas on Comca ac land, at the sea http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/video-oodham-ofelia-rivas-on-comcaac.html Video Espanol/Spanish/ Guarjios battle dam and relocation http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/video-interview-guarijios-battle-dam.html Sonora s Indigenous unite to protect Mother Earth http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/sonoras-indigenous-unite-to-protect.html Photo Comca ac (Seri) reclaim ancestral lan

\’Franken storms\’ Climate change feeds superstorm triple whammy

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Climate Change Feeds Superstorm Triple Whammy Global Warming Raises Sea Levels, Alters Jet Stream, Makes Storms Stronger By Center for Biological Diversity Censored News SAN FRANCISCO As America copes with the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act to take emergency action against climate change. Global warming creates a “superstorm triple whammy” that helps turn nasty weather into a nightmare of killer winds and devastating storm surges. “The terrifying truth is that America faces a future full of Frankenstorms,” said Shaye Wolf, Ph.D., the Center\’s climate science director. “Climate change raises sea levels and supersizes storms. The threat of killer winds and crushing storm surges will grow by the year unless we get serious about tackling greenhouse gas pollution.” Here s how scientists say climate change feeds the

VIDEO O\’odham Ofelia Rivas on Comca\’ac (Seri) land

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. O\’odham Ofelia Rivas at the Comca\’ac (Seri) sea Video interview by Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Sonora, Mexico Parts I and II Please DONATE to O\’odham Solidarity Project, to help with expenses! http://tiamatpublications.com/ “The sea gives us our strength to be who we are, Indigenous Peoples living on the land,” said O\’odham Ofelia Rivas, speaking on Comca\’ac (Seri) land during the Indigenous gathering of spiritual guides in Sonora, Mexico. It was the same day that Comca\’ac reclaimed their ancestral land nearby at Kino Bay, south of the Arizona border at the Comca\’ac\’s sea, known as the Gulf of California. Below: Video interview by Brenda Norrell, Censored News. Censored News coverage of the Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora and Comca ac (Seri) reclaiming land Video interview: O odham Ofelia Rivas on Comca ac land, at the sea http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/video-oodham-ofelia-rivas-on-comcaac.html Video

Sonora\’s Indigenous unite to protect Mother Earth

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By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com French translation, thank you Christine Prat http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=1110 HERMOSILLO, Mexico — Indigenous Peoples of Sonora, Mexico, supported the Guarijios who oppose the construction of the Los Pilares dam that could lead to the loss of their land and relocation. During the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides, Indigenous leaders also united in support of the Yaqui who are battling the theft of their water from their river, the Rio Yaqui. Sonoran Indigenous united against the drug trafficking that is impacting Los Pimas in southern Sonora and the gold mining and mega agriculture project targeting the O odham ceremonial community of Quitovac in northern Sonora near the Arizona border. The battle to protect the water and land from mining, and the destruction of development and tourism on Indigenous lands, were the focus of the discussion during the gathering Oct. 26–27. Indigenous Peoples also consulted on wa

Photo Comca\’ac (Seri) reclaim ancestral land in Sonora, Mexico

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Comca\’ac (Seri) reclaimed ancestral land today, near Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico. Comca\’ac asserted their right to their traditional territory today, Oct. 28, 2012. Photo Brenda Norrell/Censored News. Censored News coverage of the Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora and Comca ac (Seri) reclaiming land Video interview: O odham Ofelia Rivas on Comca ac land, at the sea http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/video-oodham-ofelia-rivas-on-comcaac.html Video Espanol/Spanish/ Guarjios battle dam and relocation http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/video-interview-guarijios-battle-dam.html Sonora s Indigenous unite to protect Mother Earth http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/sonoras-indigenous-unite-to-protect.html Photo Comca ac (Seri) reclaim ancestral land near Kino Bay, Sonora http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/photo-comcaac-seri-reclaim-ancestral.html SPANISH Video interview Guarijios battle dam and relocation in Sonora, Mexico http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/video-interview-guar

Video interview Guarijios battle dam and relocation in Sonora, Mexico

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By Brenda Norrell, Censored News www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com PART II Guarijio describe threat of Los Pilares dam and relocation, with professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny Interviews by Brenda Norrell/Censored News with Guarijio at the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora, Mexico. Guarijio are battling a proposed dam that could force them to relocate. Statement of the Traditional O odham Leaders of the O odham Communities of Sonora, Mexico in Support of the Guarijio against the flooding of traditional lands by the Los Pilares / Bicentenario dam project on the upper River Mayo in southeast Sonora State http://chiltepines.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/declaracion-de-los-lideres-tradicionales-oodham-en-apoyo-al-pueblo-guarijio/ Los O odham y los grupos ind genas de la regi n noroeste. Fuente: (Felger y Broyles, 2007, p. 134). Cu:Wi I-Gersk, Sonora, Mexico — The Traditional O odham Leaders of Sonora, Mexico are again astounded that the Mexican Government at th

Photos Sonoran Indigenous Spiritual Guides Reunion

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Photos Brenda Norrell Censored News Brenda Norrell brendanorrell@gmail.com Censored News copyright http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Oct 27, 2012 Indigenous Peoples of Sonora, Mexico, gathered during the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides to consult on defending and protecting Mother Earth, water and other natural resources. Yaqui face the theft of Yaqui water from the Rio Yaqui by Hermosillo. Further, a dam could lead to forced relocation of Guarijios. The destruction of the forests for carbon has devastated the old growth pines in the land of Los Pimas. O\’odham are battling gold mining and mega agricultural projects in the ceremonial community of Quitovac. Comca\’ac (Seri) are defending their lands from increasing tourism. Top photo Ofelia Rivas, O\’odham, speaking at the gathering in O\’odham. Photos two and three, Guarijios share traditional song and dance on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, 2012. Censored News coverage of the Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora and Comca

Yaqui battle corporate greed to defend Rio Yaqui water

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Mexico and corporations are targeting the Rio Yaqui as a water source, after wasting and depleting other water sources in Sonora By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Live coverage Saturday Oct. 27, 2012 French translation by Christine Prat http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=1102 Indigenous Peoples of Sonora are now gathered at the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides to discuss the protection of the earth, wind, water and other natural resources, from mining, dams, drug trafficking, theft and development. Non-Indigenous who have wasted and depleted their water sources in Sonora, are now targeting the Rio Yaqui. The water diversion of the Aquaduct Independence would deplete water from the Yaqui villages in Sonora. Yaquis have agreed to defend their water from the government, and corporations, who want “to strip the riches from the earth, wind, water and fire. These are elements of our source life, not to be sold. We defend life.” The following

Mohawk Nation News: Revolution Back to Rule of Law

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MNN: REVOLUTION BACK TO RULE OF LAW REVOLUTION BACK TO RULE OF LAW KANEKOTA UPDATE. Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com MNN. Oct. 25, 2012. Canada has a duty to abide by the rule of law, that is, to follow their own laws. Above all, their constitution. Their following their constitution and agreements with Indigenous peoples is their visa to live here. Ordinary statutes like the Indian Act that breach the constitutional guarantee of protection of us are not law . This breach makes it void. The Royal Proclamation 1763 is the first general constitution for all of North America, giving the newcomers a right to live here. It is the foundation of Canada. It defines its relationship with the Indigenous People and our land, based on the Guswentha/Two Row Wampum. We are to remain separate in all ways, unless we make a treaty agreeing to some variation. We did not. The newcomers proclaim a duty to protect us from encroachment. Sections 91[24] and 109 of the Consti

Traditional O\’odham leaders support Guarijios battle against Los Pilares dam

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Statement of the Traditional O odham Leaders of the O odham Communities of Sonora, Mexico in Support of the Guarijio against the flooding of traditional lands by the Los Pilares / Bicentenario dam project on the upper River Mayo in southeast Sonora State French Translation Cu:Wi I-Gersk, Sonora, Mexico — The Traditional O odham Leaders of Sonora, Mexico are again astounded that the Mexican Government at this time of technological advancement has not acquired the basic principles of honesty and civilized decency in existence with the natural world. As within our region time and time again development is being permitted without respect or proper consultation to the local population. Development moves forward without transparent compliance to the cultural, environmental and biological statutes enacted by the government of Mexico. The Traditional O odham Leaders of Sonora, Mexico represent the O odham communities of northern Sonora, Mexico, and are recognized as the official represen

Comcaac (Seri) honored as \’Pillars of the World\’

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Article, photo and video by Brenda Norrell Censored News copyright http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com BE\’ CHUK\’ (HERMOSILLO, Sonora, Mexico ) — Today, Amalia Astorga and Adolfo Burgos, Comca\’ac (Seri) were honored as Pillars of the World during the Second Reunion of the Spiritual Guides of the Region. Indigenous People in Sonora are struggling to maintain their language and culture. The discussions center on the spiritual well being of Sonora, including water, land, medicines, and all that is part of the culture, said Sonoran Studies Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny. The issues include water diversion of Rio Yaqui; the dam project that will relocate the Guarijios, drug trafficking impacting the Los Pimas; gold mining and mega agricultural development in the O\’odham ceremonial community of Quitovac; and tourism development along the sea coast of the Comcaac (Seri.) Indigenous Peoples of Sonora, located south of Arizona, are Yoeme (Yaqui,) Yoerme (Mayo,) Los Pimas, Gu
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Peltier attacked at Canaan and returns to Lewisburg as a hero

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Peltier writes from prison, with message from Ben Carnes By Ben Carnes To my friends, families and allies: The following is a recently released statement from Leonard Peltier that I hope you will circulate widely. Also please subscribe to the listserve to get immediate updates and encourage your friends. I also want to ask you if you would consider helping me with doing research on the Internet in regards to Peltier. There is a lot of information that we need to collect: Leonard\’s past statements, media and celebrity contacts, county/state/federal officials who have expressed support for Peltier and how to contact them. If you are willing to help me with this, please reply and I ll place you in a group so that everyone can get more done quickly and I ll wade through the information. We are approaching a critical point in Leonard\’s campaign, and we will need massive support from around the world. So any volunteer help is going to appreciated. We have a website under construction, and

Tohono O\’odham in poverty ask, \’Where are the casino millions going?\’

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Tohono O\’odham living in the most desperate poverty ask: \’Where are the casino millions going?\’ Tohono O\’odham youths, pushed to the breaking point by the US military and Tohono O\’odham police, too often have to choose between jail, hunger and leaving their homeland By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Every week, Tohono O\’odham friends call and say they have no money, no money for food, no money to heat their homes at night and no money for their elderly parents. Every week, Tohono O\’odham friends ask where are the millions going from the Tohono O\’odham casinos. The crowds overflow at the Tohono O\’odham\’s Desert Diamond Casino on the edge of Tucson, while the Tohono O\’odham people continue to live in the most desperate poverty. It only takes a drive across Tohono O\’odham land to see what is happening and what is not happening, in regards to poverty. Now, a new $550 million casino is in the plans: http://www.azstar

MNN: Akwesasne Mohawks Shoo Away Land Grabbers

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AKWESASNE MOHAWKS SHOO AWAY LAND GRABBERS MOHAWK NATION NEWS http://www.mohawknationnews.com Jan. 28, 2009. The repossession of Haudenosaunee land is an on-going process. In the 1920s we repossessed Tiokwaroton , a six mile square area in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal. In 1957 we settled in the Mohawk Valley near Fonda New York where Kahnawake had existed long ago. We left when NYS started objecting to our presence because we knew our land issue did not belong in the colonial court system. In 1974 the Mohawks of Kahnawake near Montreal were being squeezed on our land by the influx of many non-Ongwehonwe. They were coming in to illegally live in cheap housing which some of our people were renting to them. The people became alarmed at the high numbers that were arriving. They were beginning to crowd us out and trying to control us. The traditional Longhouse people were asked to help evict these people. Eviction notices were handed out to the illegal tenants. The colonial ba

Jim Main, Sr., takes flight to Spirit World

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By Tia Oros Peters Photo of Jim Main, Sr, at home by Brenda Norrell Dear Seventh Generation Fund Relatives and Friends, With a heavy heart I share with you the news of Jim Main Sr., (Gros Ventre) passing to the Spirit World. As many of you may remember Jim Main, he was a steadfast and unrelenting warrior for Indigenous Peoples and especially for our homelands and sacred sites. In fact, his words and guidance helped inform our Sacred Sites Protection Campaign including our memorable person Sacred Earth Summit in 2001 in Seattle, WA, and again, in 2002 in San Diego, CA. A member of the White Clay Society, Jim was a treasured leader to Seventh Generation Fund for many years. He will be sorely missed by our organization. We trusted Jim. We were honored when he attended our convenings and shared his great wisdom, wit, and generous spirit. He taught us through his conduct and his dedication. We looked to him often to help us. And, he was always generous. Jim was a true and consistent warrior,

MNN: Wimpy Montreal cops\’ anti-insult laws for tender egos

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Wimpy Montreal cops seek god-like status anti-insult laws to protect their tender egos MOHAWK NATION NEWS Jan. 29, 2009. Montreal police want the city to give the cops the right to crack down on insult-hurling citizens with a blow to their pocketbooks or cooling our heels in a jail cell. They don t want to be called “pigs” and “doughnut-eaters” anymore! They want us to salute them and lick their boots. We re worried that some insulters could get jail time in the Swearor s Prison in Old Montreal. British Police are already enforcing this law even though it s not on the books. Photos of police harassing the public is going to be a crime there. Mayor Tremblay and Chief-Insp. Paul Chablo of the Montreal Police force are seriously thinking about it. It s probably a go since you can t fight city hall. They haven t mentioned what hapless people can do about the insults and disrespect we have to endure at the hands of their bureaucrats and agents. What about the name

Benefit for Food Not Bombs and Copwatch Flagstaff

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FLAGSTAFF: An all ages benef it show for Food Not Bombs & Flags taff Copwa tch! Black fire, Moksh ya, membe rs of Summi t Dub Squad , The Spoke n Word of Broth er Levy, Matt Mille r, Jacob o, Steph anie & Marcu s, Cruci al Taint & More! Frida y, Janua ry 30th, 6: 30PM, $3-6 admis sion ( slidi ng scale ) At the Murdo ck Cente r S. Agass iz and Butle r, Flags taff, AZ About Food Not Bombs Food Not Bombs is a loose – knit group of indep enden t colle ctive s, servi ng free vegan and vegetarian food to other s. Food Not Bombs \’ ideol ogy is that myria d corpo rate and gover nment prior ities are skewe d to allow hunge r to persi st in the midst of abund ance. FNB Flags taff serve s every Sunda y from 12 pm — 2 pm at the Murdo ck Cente r. Conta ct: naupe acean djust ice@ gmail . com About Copwa tch Copwa tch is forme d to comba t abuse by the polic e in our commu nity. We use a varie ty of means to fight polic e abuse , inclu ding commu nity patro ls,

Obama: End raids, halt immigrant abuse

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 Catherine Tactaquin, (510) 465-1984 ext. 302 Laura Rivas, (510) 465-1984 ext. 304 Immigrant Rights Supporters Urge Obama To End Raids, Restore Rights By National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Thousands sign letter to President Obama calling for changes in immigration enforcement in the first 100 days of new Administration (OAKLAND, CA) Immigrant rights supporters are calling on President Barack Obama and his Administration to protect the rights of immigrant workers, families and communities. An “Open Letter” to President Obama, signed by over 3,500 individuals and organizations from nearly all 50 states in the union, urges Obama and his Administration to end immigration raids and suspend all detentions and deportations in the first 100 days of his Administration. The letter, which is also being shared with key policy-makers, also calls on President Obama to restore immigrants\’ due process rights and hold field hearings with immigrant commu

Great moments on the Longest Walk

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Where are you now my friends. Longest Walk northern route photos: Yukio in Lake Tahoe; Ruben Aguirre, Tongva Indian Nation, Calif., with Long Walker Marie, Lenny Foster and Kenny Frost at International Indian Treaty human rights forum in Illinois on Longest Walk; Edmund, Sharon, Willow and Michael at the Vigil for Leonard Peliter in Lewisburg, Penn., on the Longest Walk; Long Walkers northern route at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Penn. Watch video from this day at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g9zLRucJeQ Double click on photos to enlarge . Photos by Brenda Norrell brendanorrell@gmail.com

Cynthia McKinney to Obama: Let Leonard Peltier live!

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Following the beating of Leonard Peltier by a prison gang, former Congresswoman McKinney urges Obama: \’Let Peltier live!\’ Cynthia Ann McKinney (born March 17, 1955) is a former United States Representative and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. McKinney served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 2003 and 2005 2007, first representing Georgia\’s 11th Congressional District and then Georgia\’s 4th Congressional District. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House. In the 1992 election, McKinney was elected in the newly re-created 11th District, and was re-elected in 1994. When her district was redrawn and renumbered due to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Miller v. Johnson, McKinney was easily elected from the new 4th District in the 1996 election, and was re-elected twice without substantive opposition. McKinney was defeated by Denise Majette in the 2002 Democratic

MNN: New York and courts retreat: No authority to interfere with Seneca trade

NYS GOVERNOR AND COURTS RETREAT NO AUTHORITY TO INTERFERE WITH SENECA TRADE MOHAWK NATION NEWS http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ Jan. 28, 2009. The colony of New York can only tax its subjects. The Seneca Nation and other Ongwehonwe are not part of this colony. The courts agree that the governor s decree is illegal and non-enforceable. The Senecas say any attempt to interfere with our trade is an affront to our sovereignty. On January 25, 2009, the Seneca, our brothers, sisters, friends, allies and supporters gathered at Cattaraugus to affirm that NYS must obey valid laws and agreements. At this time NYS Governor David A. Paterson began back pedaling because of the resistance and in anticipation of this New York State court ruling made on January 27th 2009. The court confirmed that NYS has no right to interfere in Ongwehonwe sovereignty. Their face saving excuse is that NYS hasn\’t created a system to exempt Indians from taxation !!! In other words, they remembered a bit of history. O

Early AIM Photos

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Photos by Cornelia Vandenberg: Phil Crazy Bull, Bill Soza, Vernon Bellecourt and Lenny Foster in Albuquerque; Lenny Foster, Navajo; Anti sludge dumping demonstration at Torrez Martinez Indian Nation in California against sludge dumping by San Diego in the late 90\’s; Bob Robideau with a young brother from Costa Rica; Chili Yazzie with XIT during an Indigenous Sovereignty Conference in Albuquerque. Thanks to Cornelia Vandenberg for sharing these photos with Censored News.

Migrant abuse in Virginia jail led to death

Detainees Expose Medical Neglect in 11/08 Death at Piedmont Regional Jail Advocacy Groups Warn Against Plans for New Detention Center English Jeff Winder (434) 906-0421 jeff@thepeopleunited.org Spanish Sue Frankel-Streit (540) 717-1051 littleflowercw@wildmail.com FARMVILLE, Virginia As reported in today\’s New York Times, immigrant detainees in Farmville\’s Piedmont Regional Jail have come forward to expose conditions of medical neglect that contributed to death of Guido Newborough in November of last year. Eyewitnesses report that Newborough was in intense pain for two weeks, frequently asking for medical attention. They maintain that he never received that attention, but was instead knocked to the floor by guards and dragged on his back to the isolation unit where he remained until he suffered the massive heart attack and stroke that led to his death. Jeff Winder of regional advocacy group The People United was contacted by several detainees for help in getting the truth out. “The

Scheme underway involving Peltier pardon

Contact: Kari Ann Cowan, Office Corodinator Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee PO Box 7488 Fargo, ND 58106 Phone: 701-235-2206 www.whoisleonardpeltier.info January 27th, 2009, Fargo ND Native Americans and supporters outraged at FBI and George W. Bush By Kari Ann Cowan FARGO, N.D. — The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) recently influenced the federal prison system to transfer elder Native American, Leonard Peltier, to a facility for young gang members where upon his arrival he was immediately attacked and severely beaten. He was thrown into solitary confinement and denied proper medical care and food. The FBI has put out a letter encouraging others to indulge in whatever activities they can to block a possible pardon by President Obama for Leonard Peltier. The latest ploy of that faction of government has been to enlist the help of George W. Bush by getting him to sign a clemency denial that could possibly stave off Peltier s release. This action is an extreme outrage to all the

Cornelia Vandenberg, Native Photos

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Special thanks to Cornelia Vandenberg for sharing her photos with Censored News . The top photo is Fern Mathias and Floyd Westerman, both now in the Spirit World; John Trudell and \’Save Puvungna.\’ Cornelia said, “Puvungna was what is now Long Beach. They desecrated it to build a parking lot, cutting Indian skeletons in half as they ran their diggers over the grounds, and this is the university! I don\’t trust any of them. Puvungna is the last remnant of the sacred land of the Indians that lived on the bit of land that is now Los Angeles. “Floyd and Fern are at a conference at California State University in Fullerton. It was an anti-mascot conference. Charlene Teters also presented.” Photos Cornelia Vandenberg

Alaskan Natives file suit against Jesuits for rape

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43 Alaskan Native Americans File Suit Against Jesuits for Rape, Sexual Assault; Alaska Was Catholic Church\’s Dumping Grounds for Rapist Priests Jan 26th, 2009 Warning to victims: Graphic information follows By Women\’s Space Photo: Rena Abouchuk said a priest abused her, her brother and six of her cousins, all of whom later committed suicide. Photo Courtney Blethen/Seattle Times Forty-three Alaskan Native Americans have filed suit against the \’Society of Jesus\’ (the Jesuits) for turning areas where Native Americans lived in Alaska into a virtual dumping ground for child-raping priests over decades and decades, beginning in the 1950s. The suit alleges that the Roman Catholic Church knew the priests it was sending to Alaska were child rapists and child molesters and didn\’t care. According to the complaint, as many as 15 rapist priests were working amongst the Athabascan and Yu\’pik Natives; so far 300 of their victims have stepped forward to tell their stories. Little g

Federal court rules for mining to move forward in Western Shoshone Mount Tenabo case

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BREAKING NEWS: DECISION ON SHOSHONE BARRICK GOLD BLM MT. TENABO CASE: Mining Going Forward Article and photo by Lisa J. Wolf, Correspondent Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ January 26, 2009 RENO, Nev. — Monday, January 26, 2009 at 3:00 p.m., Judge Larry Hicks denied the Plaintiffs motion for a Preliminary Injunction in its entirety on the grounds that the Plaintiffs had not demonstrated likely success on the merits to warrant the extraordinary remedy of a Preliminary Injunction, according to Chris Worthington, Planning & Environmental Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management s Battle Mountain Mt. Lewis Field Office. Said Worthington, That means basically they [Barrick Cortez] can go ahead and start up. Worthington expects Hick s written rule on Tuesday, January 27, 2008. Worthington said, On the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA Claim), the Court found that, based on the Navajo Nation Case, a substantial burden was not demonstrated in this case; and then
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Congressman says DAPL permit is imminent

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By Brenda Norrell Censored News A North Dakota Congressman says the final easement for Dakota Access Pipeline is imminent, but the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said it has received no notice. Further, the tribe said it will challenge the decision legally, since an environmental impact statement is in progress. Dakota, Lakota and Nakota Warriors have issued an urgent call for water protectors to return to camp. LaDonna Allard, owner of the land where Sacred Stones Camp is located, urged people to come now and stand with them in prayer, and powerful direct action, for the sake of the next Seven Generations. “This is the final hour,” Allard said, urging all to share this message with the world. “We will be standing because we are not afraid. Let the world know.”

Montreal Rally — TD Bank Divest in DAPL, Feb. 1, 2017

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Media Advisory MONTREAL, QUEBEC, February 1, Norman Bethune Square : In the wake of Trump\’s executive memorandum to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to continue, community members will come together in Tio\’tia:ke (Montreal) to support an Indigenous-led global coalition of over 500,000 people committed to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by shutting down funding from the 17 banks on the project loan. TD Bank is the leading Canadian financier of that pipeline project. What: Together, people will deliver a petition of over 140,000 signatures to two Montreal TD bank locations asking for divestment from DAPL. This is part of a global week of action demanding that 17 banks discontinue DAPL loan disbursements until outstanding issues with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation – Oceti Sakowin are resolved, and that Free, Prior and Informed Consent from Indigenous peoples is upheld. The global week of act

Indigenous Women to Bank of North Dakota: Stop Loan to Militarize Police at Standing Rock

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Press statement Censored News STANDING ROCK, North Dakota — On Tuesday, January 31, a delegation of women who have been camping in Standing Rock, in peaceful protest against a water threatening pipeline, will deliver a letter to the president of the Bank of North Dakota asking him to stop a loan that would unjustifiably militarize police against peaceful and lawful protesters at Standing Rock. This letter is a response to North Dakota legislation that enables the state of North Dakota to borrow 8 million dollars to fight unarmed protesters and a peaceful prayer camp. “We are not here to fight the police. We are here to protect the Missouri River from a harmful pipeline.” “As Indigenous women it is our duty to advocate for the Mother Earth, the elderly, infant, disabled, and those who can not speak for themselves.” “We ask Bank of North Dakota to Please stop funding police violence against First Nations people and Peaceful Americans exercising their first amendment

STANDING ROCK: New papers filed in case of excessive force at Backwater Bridge

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New Papers Filed in Dundon v. Kirchmeier Document Excessive Force at Backwater BridgePosted on January 23, 2017 By Water Protector Legal Cooperative Censored News WPLC cooperating attorneys filed new papers in our excessive force lawsuit today. Dundon v. Kirchmeier was filed on November 28 in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against peaceful Water Protectors on the night of November 20, 2016. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction against further use of dangerous devices including SIM, explosive teargas grenades and canisters, water cannons and hoses, as a means of crowd dispersal. The government opposed this request, and today s papers are our response. Among the new documents filed is a Declaration by Thomas C. Frazier, a former Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department who has also conducted independent investigations into law enforcement response to demonstrations in

Standing Rock Water Protectors Rally at Sundance Film Festival — Video by Earl Tulley, Dine\’

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Click arrow below to watch video. Video by Earl Tulley, Dine\’, at Sundance Film Festival 2017 Listen to this dramatic video, words and songs, of Standing Rock Water Protectors at Sundance Film Festival. Youth talk about being shot with bean bags, rubber bullets, by Morton County. Water Protectors protested Chase Bank, a sponsor of the festival. A Censored News original video by Earl Tulley, Dine\’. Thank you! Thank you for sharing with Censored News!

MONTREAL \’Open the Borders\’ Protest Trump and Far-Right

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Emergency Demonstration against Donald Trump and the Far-Right Open the Borders! Support Indigenous Sovereignty! No One Is Illegal! SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 12PM Bethune Square, Guy De Maisonneuve West (m tro Guy-Concordia) Media Contact (including interviews): Solidarity Across Borders courriel: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com The following callout has been shared with the Montreal-area community by the migrant justice group, Solidarity Across Borders: Donald Trump has announced, or is imminently planning, various executive measures that will attack refugees and migrants, increase violent and racist immigration enforcement, target sanctuary cities, and fund the extension of the Clinton-era wall at the US-Mexico border. His measures are racist, Islamophobic and violent. Earlier, Trump announced approval for the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), despite sustained resistance from Indigenous communities, particularly at Standing Rock, North Dakota. This a moment to take to the str

Tori Cress \’Don\’t You Mean, Why I Still Have to March\’

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Don t You Mean, Why I Still Have to March By Tori Cress/Negonzit Kwe Anishinaabe Nation Censored News Dutch translation by Alice Holemans at: http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/tori-cress-bedoelt-u-waarom-ik-nog-steeds-moet-betogen Last Saturday during my participation in the Women s March on Washington: Toronto I was asked many times Why do you march? My answer was the same every time, First Nations women in so-called Canada do not have the same representation, rights, liberties and freedoms that Canadian women are entitled to, in abundance. I went there to tell my fellow marchers about the racist and patriarchal Indian Act policies forced upon Indigenous communities; policies that are currently used to govern the First Peoples of Canada. I was there to share my story of injustice and inequality with everyone. I was there to share this information on fliers I wrote up and printed, which tell of my experience with corrupt politics that will possibly dispossess me from the traditional ter

Message Alert Standing Rock Camp — From Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Jan. 26, 2017

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Lakota, Dakota and Nakota at Standing Rock Camp call for mass civil disobedience where you are, and welcome people who are mobile and self-sufficient to the camp From Lakota, Dakota and Nakota at Standing Rock Camp Censored News French translation by Christine Prat: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3937 Dutch translation by Alice Holemans http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/alerta-standing-rock-kamp-van-lakota-dakota-en-nakota Today, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 We are putting a call out immediately for allies and people to stand up where they are, mass civil disobedience as a showing of solidarity for Standing Rock, the fire exists within them and now is the time to let them reignite. The heart of standing rock beats everywhere, the fire has been taken by 10,000 potential organizers nationwide and we need you to hit the ground immediately. Demand people Divest from big banks and help us Defund DAPL! We are the revolution and the resistance continues.” -Oceti Sakowin Camp Leadership Received

SEATTLE — Rapid Response to Trump\’s DAPL and Keystone — Photos by Matt Remle

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Photos copyright Matt Remle Article and Photos by Matt Remle Censored News Last night, we held a rapid response to Trump\’s executive actions to complete the Dakota Access pipeline and bring back the Keystone XL pipeline. Not only was it amazing to witness such quick last minute organizing, but there was a phenomenal turnout of people. It is a blessing to be around such loving and committed people willing to come together for our mother, Ina Maka, and the welfare of all creation. Wopila tanka to all the organizers, singers, speakers, volunteers, MCs, attendees, medics, amd more. This is what love looks like. #NoDAPL #NoKXL Thank you Matt for sharing with Censored News!

Border Wall, Pipelines — Trump Reign of Terror Endangers Indigenous Peoples

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Trump reign of terror endangers U.S. and world White Supremacist President Takes Control of United States Article and photo by Brenda Norrell Photo O\’odham land Censored News President Trump intensified his reign of terror on Wednesday, as Trump ordered a border wall, which will separate Indigenous communities in the borderzone — from California to Texas — including the Kumeyaay, Cocopah, Tohono O\’odham, Yaqui, Apache, Kickapoo and others whose communities are dissected by the international border. Further, the wall would place Indigenous at risk, including O\’odham, who must reach hospitals in the United States to survive. Today\’s order follows Trump\’s orders on Tuesday of expediting the Dakota Access Pipeline — which endangers the water source of millions who depend on the Missouri River — and reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, which threatens the water source of those who depend on the Oglalla Aquifer. Hundreds of Native American water protectors and their allies

Mohawk Nation News \’USA Pirate Ship Sinking\’

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U.S.A. PIRATE SHIP SINKINGPosted on January 25, 2017 by Please post & distribute. MNN. Jan. 24, 2017. onkwe hon:weh does not mean sovereignty. It means we are the natural people who follow the original way and are placed on this land by creation. Everyone else is an invader. Donald Trump is the president/CEO of a bankrupt private corporation, the United States of America [US incorporated ISO #3166-2:US [Feb. 21, 1871]. U.S.A. is like a pirate ship. When the pirates raid another vessel, they take all the stolen loot and stash it on one of their secret islands. Maps are secreted for future pirates to find the booty. If any holders of the US debt demand payment, the corporation called the United States of America will be forced to file for bankruptcy. Trump is experienced with bankruptcies, which makes him an ideal president for the shareholders of the corporation. Those private shareholders will be absolutely liable for the debt of the corporation. They have names and addre

Trump Executive Orders Expedite Keystone and DAPL Pipelines

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. Native Americans vow immediately to resist as Trump signs executive orders advancing Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines By Brenda Norrell Censored News President Donald Trump issued executive orders removing obstacles to the construction of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on Tuesday morning. “The construction will be \’subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us,\’ Trump said, citing as an example the need for pipe components to be built in the US. More at RT: https://www.rt.com/usa/374942-trump-dakota-keystone-approval/ Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin Camp Calls for Mass Civil Disobedience: The Medic Healer Council at Standing Rock Camp responded immediately to Trump signing the executive orders to push through DAPL and KXL, issuing a call for more volunteers for the Medic Healer Council at the camp of water protectors. Hundreds of water protectors remain at the camp, and continue to resist the Dakota Access pipeline from a crude oil pipeline under
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MNN: \’Operative Journalists trying to set up Indigenous People for Attack?\’

For the latest from Mohawk Nation News, go to: http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ OPERATIVE JOURNALISTS TRYING TO SET UP INDIGENOUS PEOPLE FOR ATTACK? Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ MNN. April 1, 2009. The colonies of U.S. and Canada know we, the Rotinoshonnionwe, have a birthright to conduct trade and commerce on our homeland, Onowaregeh, Great Turtle Island. State and Federal authorities cannot legally stop us except by coercion, breaking laws, criminalizing and threatening us. We are peaceful, law abiding and take care of our families and communities. The misnomer Center for Public Integrity out of Washington DC has been putting out propaganda to produce racial hatred against us. Serial warfare uses the media to set up the target for the attack. Investigative journalists seek the truth. Operative journalists use deceit, misinformation, destruction, psychological attacks and exaggeration on their mark . They create suspicion and biases against us by falsely con
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Cheam Band of Pilalt, BC, create new grassroots radio

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Thanks for the wonderful weekend broadcast, Sept. 1 –2, 2012 of the new Pilalt FM in BC. The Cheam Band borrowed radio equipment for their weekend broadcast, which was a fundraiser so they can buy their own broadcast equipment. It was a great show, with wonderful local Native hosts, children\’s stories, conversations and a variety of music and live songs. It was inspiring to hear people bringing in food, stopping by to talk, and passing by and blowing their horns in support. Thanks also to Govinda at Earthcycles for providing the technical support. Pilalt FM will be back on the air when they raise enough funds to buy their own radio equipment. Support grassroots First Nation radio! Read more, volunteer and offer support: www.PilaltFM.blogspot.com Also check Out http://www.facebook.com/pilaltfm http://www.pilaltfm.blogspot.com http://www.twitter.com/pilaltfm the Cheam Band , Sto:lo Village of the Pilalt Tribe http://www.pilaltfm.blogspot.com

UPDATE: U.S. ARMY SET TO RAZE INDIAN SCHOOL LANDMARK OVER DESCENDANTS OBJECTIONS

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U.S. ARMY SET TO RAZE INDIAN SCHOOL LANDMARK OVER DESCENDANTS OBJECTIONS By Louellyn White Spokesperson for the Coalition of CIS Descendants, Relatives, and Friends louellyn@gmail.com AUGUST 29, 2012 (Carlisle, PA): CARLISLE, Penn. — Despite an outpouring of pleas from descendants and relatives of students who attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, including a petition with over 600 supporters, the U.S. Army Garrison Carlisle Barracks, home of the prestigious U.S. Army War College, has reaffirmed its plans to raze one of the last standing and culturally significant structures remaining from the legendary boarding school in September or October of this year. Preparation for demolition has already begun with the drilling of holes inside the building. Joanne Shenandoah (Wolf Clan), Grammy Award-winning Oneida singer, composer and actress gave the following statement: Many Iroquois young people were brought toCarlisle and the influence of this era is still felt today. Of course,

Alaska Natives ban and oppose chemical dispersants in oil spills

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Alaska Tribal and Indigenous Groups Ban and Oppose Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spills By Alaska s Big Village Network Center for Water Advocacy Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ANCHORAGE — “Alaska Inter-Tribal Council is calling out to all local, public authorities, Tribal governments, and indigenous nations to ban and oppose the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill contingency planning and response to toxic oil spills in all waters of Alaska, says Delice Calcote, Executive Director of Alaska Inter-Tribal Council (AITC). “Food security and customary and traditional subsistence values are central to the Tribes of Alaska. The mission of Alaska Inter-Tribal Council is to protect, promote and enhance customary and traditional subsistence resources for the future generations. “Cook Inlet Marine Mammal Council is opposed to adding any additional toxins ( chemical dispersant substances) on top of already toxic oil

Earth First! Blockades Florida s Dirtiest Power Plant on the Heels of Romney\’s RNC Acceptance Speech

Earth First! Blockades Florida s Dirtiest Power Plant on the Heels of Romney\’s RNC Acceptance Speech APOLLO BEACH, Florida — In the climax of the 2012 Republican National Convention, protestors with Earth First! have blocked access roads to TECO s Big Bend coal plant on the eastern shore of Tampa Bay. The environmental action group is citing corporate influence in politics and ecological impacts of fossil fuel dependency as reasons for the disruption. This year s RNC was funded by an estimated $55 million in corporate pay-offs, with corporations including the Tampa based-TECO Energy, along with Chevron, Duke Energy and Exxon Mobil. According to a report by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) last year, Florida is among the dirtiest states in power plant pollution. NRDC found TECO s Big Bend plant to be in the state\’s, top three most polluting smoke stacks. Earth First! activists chose this day for their protest in order to highlight Mitt Romney\’s plan to expand wha

Debra White Plume: Solidarity, Horse Trailers, Lakota Women\’s Day of Peace

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Solidarity Gathering, Horse Trailers, and the Lakota Women s Day of Peace by Debra White Plume, writing from the banks of Wounded Knee Creek, 08-29-2012 Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Christine Prat Traduction fran aise: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=942 Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way, a grassroots Lakota nongovernmental organization) hosted a five day Solidarity Gathering at Kiza Park, near Manderson, SD.Deep Green Resistance, Native Youth Movement, Un-Occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, Occupy Wall Street, Radical Resistance, Owe Aku, and Women of the Oglala Lakota Nation co-organized the gathering. The organizations sent representatives to attend the SG to strengthen relationships and form new alliances among the diverse groups that work on social justice issues, environmental justice, and preserving traditional cultures of Native Nations people.Training topics included White Allies Working with Red Nations, Nonviole

White Clay: Real reporters work on Sunday

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Coverage of the White Clay protest tells its own story about the state of the news and the times we live in By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Photo 1: Joey Feaster 3: Deep Green Resistance. On Sunday, Lakotas and Deep Green Resistance protested the White Clay, Neb., liquor stores, on the border of Pine Ridge, S.D. These liquor stores profiteer decade after decade, causing misery, suffering and death. The news coverage of this important protest reveals the state of the news industry and the times we live in. Debra White Plume, Lakota, describes the puppet masters of White Clay and the day\’s events in her article, “Solidarity Gathering, Horse Trailers, and the Lakota Women\’s Day of Peace.” White Plume describes the arrest of five who locked down on the street. “By this time, it was getting dark out. The five individuals on the blockade were carried en masse into the horse trailer, placed into piles of animal dung and driven thirty mile

UNA Celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of the Crazy Horse Mountain Movement

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UNA Celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of the Crazy Horse Mountain Movement By United Native Americans Inc. Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The Battle to Re-Claim the Entire Black hills was started by United Native Americans, On August 29th, 1970, a small group of dedicated young Indians Invaded Mount Rushmore, the so called “National Shrine of Democracy,” located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Indian people who took part in this out standing feat, did so at the Invitation of the Local Indian people from Rapid City, South Dakota and the Surrounding Reservations. Most of these young Indians were from Different Tribes and Reservations who Volunteered to Help the Sioux in their efforts to force the Federal Government to pay for the illegal taking of their land 94 years ago in 1877. The Invasion started at 8:00PM. Sat. Evening, the 29th of August 1970, when 23 young Indians, most of whom were college students, braved arrest and fines to help the Sio

\’She Speaks\’ Indigenous Women Speak out against Tar Sands

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She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands When: Friday September 21 Doors at 5:30 pm. Program ends at 8:30 pm Where: Aboriginal Friendship Center 1607 East Hastings St (corner Commercial) Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories Dinner will be served and childcare on-site. Feast is sponsored and provided by International Woman s Caucus on Climate This is a free event. Indigenous communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial project, the Tar Sands Gigaproject. Northern Alberta is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage, land, ecosystems and human health of Indigenous communities including the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation, Fort McKay Cree Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, and the Metis, are being sacrificed for oil money in what has been termed a slow i

White Clay Protest: Pepper spray and arrests

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August 26, 2012 | By Jessica Garraway / Deep Green Resistance Great Plains Photos by Deep Green Resistance More photos: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/08/photos-white-clay-womens-march-against.html Women of the Oglala Lakota nation along with activists from Deep Green Resistance, AIM Grassroots, Un-Occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln, and Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center took part in a march from Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge into White Clay to protest against the predatory liquor industry present there. White Clay has a population of 14, yet 4 liquor stores in the town sell 12,500 cans of beer each day. The stores have been documented repeatedly selling to bootleggers, intoxicated people, minors, and trading beer for sexual favors. For over 100 years the women of the Oglala Lakota nation have been dealing with an attack on the mind body and spirit of their relatives , says Olowan Martinez who is a main organizer of the event and resident of Pine Ridge. The Og

Native people want transparency from non-profits

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Non-profits are deceiving Indigenous grassroots people, while secretly profiteering By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Censored News has received a great deal of information on non-profits who claim to serve Indigenous Peoples, including fraud, theft and deception of grassroots people. Are non-profit financial statements public? Yes, including the salaries of staff. Secretly, some non-profits are putting large amounts of funds into salaries and travel for their own benefit, including the grant writers and staff — while deceiving grassroots people and keeping these grants secret. Native people are calling for transparency by these non-profits. (Investigate the financial records for yourselves: http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/incorporation-and-legal-structures/nonprofit-financial-statements.html ) The key issues for both Native and non-Native operated non-profits are secrecy about staff salaries, the amount of money being pocketed from donations, the placin

Mohawk Nation News: Obama, Buffalo Soldier Chief

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MNN: OBAMA, BUFFALO SOLDIER CHIEF OBAMA, BUFFALO SOLDIER CHIEF Mohawk Nation News http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/ MNN. Aug. 23, 2012. US President Obama obeys his masters just like the Buffalo Soldiers. So grand is the illusion of freedom that they don t even know they re still slaves. According to the myth, the Buffalo Soldiers were freedom fighters. In 1865 the Civil War was over. US President, Abraham Lincoln, freed the slaves. [Emancipation Proclamation]. White soldiers were deserting because they were terrified of fighting Indians. In 1866 the 10th Cavalry Regiment of Black soldiers was set up at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Lincoln promised the Blacks their freedom, 40 acres of our land and a mule, which they never got. Over 150,000 joined, to prove they were just as blood-thirsty as their white masters in stealing from us and murdering us without mercy. As former victims of racism, the Buffalo Soldiers became the champions of rape, genocide, brut

United Native Americans protest at the Hearst building

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By United Native Americans Posted by Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com SAN FRANCISCO, CA (8/23)- Native American leaders held a protest outside the Hearst Building on 3rd Street & Market Street at 11:00 AM, in an effort to bring attention to what many are calling a “threat to the heart of the Sioux nation.” Quanah Brightman, United Native Americans Inc. stated,”The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has designated $50,000 for the purpose of purchasing Pe\’Sla land. By contributing to the efforts of all Sioux Tribes, we aim to purchase at least some of the tracts, if not all. Many of the Sioux Tribes continue to exsist in poverty and do not have a thriving casino-based economy as the media may have portrayed. Yet, we continue to fight for what is sacred, because it matters… This land was taken from the Sioux Tribes ILLEGALLY in violation of the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868 .Although we believe our sacred places were taken illegally by the United States go

Auction of Pe\’Sla cancelled by owners

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PE SLA AUCTION CANCELLED ON DIRECTION OF OWNERS REPRESENTATIVE By Last Real Indians http://www.lastrealindians.com/ The auction scheduled for August 25, 2012, for the acreage called Reynold s Prairie, also known as Pe Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners representative, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc: http://www.brockauction.com/upcoming.htm The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled. At this time, Lastrealindians, Inc. is consulting with Oceti Sakowin Tribes and attempting to find out more information. UPDATE: TRIBES OF THE GREAT SIOUX NATION AND LASTREALINDIANS, INC. WILL CONTINUE EFFORT TO SECURE PE SLA Pe Sla has been taken off the auction block. However, the property is publicly listed. The Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are moving forward on their own behalf with Lastrealindians, Inc. in continuing to raise money to ensure Pe Sla will be protected as a sacred site, forever. Upda

White Clay: Lakota and Deep Green Resistance Women\’s March Aug 26, 2012

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The Life Givers of the Nations say no more alcohol in White Clay Women s March and Day of Peace UPDATE: White Clay protest pepper spray and arrests, with video from Sunday\’s march http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/08/white-clay-protest-pepper-spray-and.html Contacts: Olowan Martinez, Lakota activist , trulyn8tiv@yahoo.com Jessica Garraway of Deep Green Resistance garrawaj@riseup.net Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com On August 26th women of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, along with allies including Deep Green Resistance, will hold an event called the Women s Day of Peace in response to the peddling of alcohol in White Clay. For over 100 years the women of the Oglala Lakota nation have been dealing with an attack on the mind body and spirit of their relatives,” says Olowan Martinez who is a main organizer of the event and resident of Pine Ridge. The Oglala have been silenced through chemical warfare waged by the corporations who are out to exploi

Peaks Tree Sitter makes emergency descent due to lightning

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TREE-SITTER MAKES EMERGENCY DESCENT DUE TO EXTREME LIGHTNING STORM Thursday, August 23, 2012 Contact: Ariana Sauer (602) 388-3726 Xander Vautrin@ (847) 334-7212 protectpeaks@gmail.com www.protectthepeaks.org Posted at Censored News Protect The Peaks 8/23/12 PM Update: Early this morning authorities with the Flagstaff Police Department, the Fire Department and an unknown federal agency with an unmarked white van and agents in camouflage began to climb the tree where the tree-sit platform and supplies were to disassemble to platform and confiscate supplies. As of 3:45pm today, no arrests related to the tree-sit have been made. James Kennedy is safe but will not be able to continue the tree-sit. We urge everyone to take direct action in creative and safe ways for the protection of our water, the peaks and our community. FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. At approximately 1:30am on Thursday, August 23, 2012, James Kennedy, had to perform an emergency descent on his back-up rappel line to avoid being struck b
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Nuclear Ruling is Victory for Lakota Mine Opponents

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM CLEAN WATER ALLIANCE, OWE AKU/BRING BACK THE WAY, IT\’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER, AND DAKOTA RURAL ACTION NRC RULING GIVES VICTORY TO MINE OPPONENTS By Jeffrey Parsons, Attorney Lilias Jarding, Ph.D. (Clean Water Alliance) Debra White Plume lakotaone@gmail.com (Owe Aku) Censored News: English with French translation by Christine Prat Note: Facebook blocked Censored News from posting this on the day it was released! April 30, 2015 Opponents of a proposed uranium mine claimed victory today, as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission\’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) ruled that proper procedures have not been followed to protect Native American cultural resources and that further action must be taken to protect water resources before the proposed mining project can go forward. The Dewey-Burdock mine is proposed for Fall River and Custer Counties in southwestern South Dakota. The ASLB required that Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff go back and do proper c

Secwepemc Women Warriors Halt TransCanada at Sacred Place

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. By Secwepemc Women Warrors Society Censored News English with French translation by Christine Prat, Dutch translation by Alice Holemans BREAKING WARRIOR NEWS April 27, 2015: Secwepemc Women Warriors Society halt the Trans Canada highway expansion at their Sacred Site. This area holds ancient ties between Secwepemc, that hold an inherent responsibility to protect this area, that is home to a Sacred Being and CANNOT be disturbed. This area known as “Hoffman\’s Bluffs” to the white Peoples is not for sale and not to be messed with! Secwepemc Territory is unceded, unsurrendered, No treaty, No purchase, therefore Canada or BC have no jurisdiction. This is not the first time Trans Canada Hwy has desecrated our Secwepemc Sacred places and burial sites, they destroyed whole village sites. This must stop! Published on Apr 26, 2015 Secwepemc monitors bring you to GROUND ZERO MOUNT POLLEY: first-hand unreleased raw footage and photos of the TRUTH about the AFTERMATH of the disaster. Im

Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign

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Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign by Dan Bacher Censored News The recent admission by the Brown administration that it could use money from Proposition 1, the water bond, to pay for “habitat mitigation” linked to the construction and operation of the massive Delta tunnels is no surprise, especially when you consider the Big Money interests that dumped $21,820,691 into the campaign. The contributors are a who s who of Big Money interests in California, including corporate agribusiness groups, billionaires, timber barons, Big Oil, the tobacco industry and the California Chamber of Commerce. There is no doubt that these wealthy corporate interests are expecting a big return for their “investment” in the corrupt “play to pay” politics that rules California today, including the construction of the twin tunnels and new dams.

US Rallies: Stop Forced Closure Aboriginal Communities in Australia May 1, 2015

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US Media Failing Indigenous Peoples, as The Guardian Succeeds Thank you to The Guardian in the UK for this coverage below — since the New York Times and other media in the US seem to have trouble making it out the front door to cover Indigenous Issues, at the UN in New York, and elsewhere across the Americas. The Guardian has succeeded while the US media has failed. — Brenda Norrell, Censored News . Read the article at The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/23/un-forum-backs-fight-against-closure-of-remote-aboriginal-communities-in-wa Read the statement to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues April 2015 at Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/04/aboriginals-to-un-halt-closure-of.html Thank you also to Global Research for this coverage: . Australia: The Secret Country Again Wages War on its Own People By John Pilger, Global Research \’ Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought univers

Mohawk Nation News ANATOMY OF A FALSE FLAG

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ANATOMY OF A FALSE FLAG Posted on April 27, 2015 By Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Apr. 27. 2015. All this is gleaned from the evidence file of this case, Andrew Jones vs. NY State, 98-CV-374. The protest issues were banishment by the Onondaga Chiefs of those they don t like, burning down their businesses and homes, sovereignty and the chiefs illegal deals with New York State. The May 18, 1997 response to our peaceful protest was pre-planned to do away with Ongwe hon:weh troublemakers . Indian Detail is part of the NYS Police Response Plan. Coincidentally two prior incidents occurred near Onondaga, a tanker fire and tire fire, which were not investigated. Suspicion was thrown at the Onondaga. The ceremonial fire was reported and investigated. We were called a warrior or non-warrior . Ronnie Jones was assassinated a year later. We never stopped the traffic on Interstate 81. Their warning to leave the roadside was done in a very low voice so that w

Owe Aku: Lakota Country Hearing for Keystone XL Permit Delayed

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Owe Aku International Justice Project: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Grants Motion to Delay Keystone XL Hearing By Mark Hefflinger Censored News April 27, 2015 The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) said on Monday, April 27 that it has granted intervenors motion for a continuance, which will effectively delay the scheduled May 4-8 Keystone XL permit application evidentiary hearing and public comment session. Bold Nebraska and a number of Nebraska landowners who live on the proposed pipeline route are among the parties granted official intervenor status in TransCanada s PUC permit application process. The evidentiary hearing is now expected to be rescheduled for late July or early August, with the exact dates to be set at the PUC hearing on Thursday, April 30. Statement from Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska: Citizens and allied Tribal Nations worked to ensure more time was given to address the serious risks to water on the current route in South Dakota as well as the lack

Sihasin joins Hamac Caziim on Comcaac (Seri) land!

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Dineh\’s Sihasin, Clayson and Jeneda Benally, perform on Saturday, May 2, 2015! Esplendido Festival que No nos podemos perder! En la foto, el grupo Hamac Caziim que festeja 2 d cadas llevando el rock seri al mundo. Nos vemos en Punta Chueca del 1-3 Mayo Splendid festival! In the photo, the group Hamac Caziim to celebrate two decades of bringing the rock of Seri to the world. See you in Punta Chueca, Sonora, Mexico, May 1 — 3, 2015

Mohawk Nation News: \’Indian Detail\’ at Onondaga

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INDIAN DETAIL AT ONONDAGAPosted on April 26, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Apr. 26, 2015. On May 15th a trial date is being set for the case, Jones v. Parmley. Eighteen years ago hundreds of New York State Troopers brutally attacked the Haudenosaunee at Onondaga Nation near Syracuse during a peaceful tobacco burning ceremony. The public was invited to learn about our opposition to the illegal trade and commerce agreement between NYS and the Onondaga chiefs. NYS Judge George Lowe had advised NYS to avoid a trial because we would win. He urged NYS to offer us a pay-off. 13 of us refused the money and were dropped by the lawyers. Now the trial must proceed. We have to represent ourselves. Doug George now helps out NYST & Onondaga chiefs. A big box of files and disks arrived. The interrogations and disks reveal criminal activity. The Onondaga chiefs and NYS Troopers worked together to plan Operation Indian Detail . They set up the arrests with pre-signed blank arr
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\’Run for Your Life\’ Runners Defending Sacred Water

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Jasilyn Charger Photo by Demaris Mexican 19 Runners, including Ihanktonwan from Marty Indian School Photo courtesy Faith Spotted Eagle Today! April 28, 2016: Yankton runners running to Santee, Nebraska! Sponsored by Brave Heart Society Run For Your Life: NO DAPL A Relay Run In Opposition of Dakota Access Pipeline By Run for Your Life Censored News Update: \’Run for Your Life\’ runners departed from Marty, South Dakota, after lunch, after a great meal and a warm sendoff! (Thursday, April 28, 2016) OMAHA, Nebraska — In solidarity with the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a group of Native and Non-native youth have organized a 500-mile spiritual relay run from Cannonball, ND to the district office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Omaha, NE. The run is titled Run For Your Life: No DAPL. It departed the Cannonball community on April 24th, 2016 and plans to arrive in Omaha on May 3rd, 2016. The intention of the run is to deliver a unified statement t

Mohawk Nation News \’Tear the House Down\’

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Post navigation TEAR THE HOUSE DOWNPosted on April 28, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. April 27, 2016. The house of torture , Indian Affairs, is a criminal organization. Back in 1969 the Liberal government of Canada decided to do away with Indian Affairs by removing their obligations, budget, protections and liability. Rather than freeing us and returning all our possessions, we going were to be pushed out onto the streets to die out, like the disastrous 1950s US Termination Policy. Our Indian Trust Fund is the club used to try to kill us off. Nobody s home at Indian Affairs. Before the house goes down, a total forensic audit of Indian Affairs and its entire gangsta apparatus must be done. The Don of this Mafia is the prime minister . His henchmen are called provinces , ministers , judges and armed forces . They divide up our territories where the enforce their rules and collect protection money. Blood oaths are made to their Queenie . The corporate

Frontera NorteSur: Canada told to clean up its mining act abroad

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Latin American NGOs Ask Canada to Clean Up its Mining Act Abroad By Frontera NorteSur Republished with permission at Censored News A network of environmental and human rights activists from the Americas and Europe is appealing on Canada\’s new prime minister to promote legislative and administrative reforms aimed at Canadian mining companies operating across the globe. In an April 25 letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, more than 190 non-governmental organizations, including Mexico\’s Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Mountain, Bios Iguana, the Mexican Network of Persons Affected by Mining and other civil society groups, urged the Canadian leader to push reforms that will ensure mining firms from his country abide by international treaties, respect human rights standards and conform to transparent, good government practices in the public and private financing of mining investments. The activists further called on Trudeau to not support influence peddling around

Mohawk Nation News \’The Agenda\’

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THE AGENDAPosted on April 27, 2016 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. April 27. 2016. When bar lawyer Aaron Detler was physically removed from Six Nations by the men as per the kaia nere:kowa, it signaled the beginning of the end of colonialism. The ball will roll from Six Nations to every onkwe hon:weh community on ono ware:keh. Nobody can stop it! Colonialism is a corporate dictatorship backed by the military to privatize all land and resources for a select few. Is this the local or the express? Society must be based on families in the communities to deal with all issues, based on equality and everyone having a voice. All will live by the principles of the original instructions or leave great turtle island. Our Indian Trust Funds their weapon to club us to death will be taken from the corporatists. Our tie to our mother will be nurtured. Our goal is a safe and healthy environment. US, Canada and other colonial companies will be irrelevant. Corporations based on

\’Run For Your Life\’ Against Dakota Access Pipeline

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April 26, 2016 On Tuesday, runners ran through Chamberlain and headed to Lake Andes, South Dakota, for buffalo soup and to rest for the night. Photo Waniya Locke Update Thursday from Marty, South Dakota, on the road to Santee, Nebraska, at: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/run-for-your-life-runners-defending.html (Photo above) Runners near Fort Thompson. Photo by Demaris Mexican. Tonight\’s photo by Waniya Locke Running out of Eagle Butte on Monday morning, running toward Lower Brul , South Dakota. Runners made it to Eagle Butte, South Dakota and received a warm welcome on Sunday, after running across Standing Rock. Photo today by Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota. Eagle Butte runners on Monday, April 25, 2016 By Joye Braun . Near Eagle Butte Photo by Joye Braun Photo 3: Three runners Shayla Gayton, Tariq BrownOtter, Bobbi Jean Three Legs are the three committed runners from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe! Photo by Waniya Locke. . . Run for Your Life! Protect Sacred Water! By Waniya L

Exploiters of Gold King Mine Spill: McCain and University of Arizona

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By Brenda Norrell Censored News Dutch translation by Alice Holemans at NAIS http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/uitbuiters-van-het-lek-van-gold-king-mijn-mccain-en-de-universiteit-van-arizona Arizona Senator John McCain is exploiting the Gold King Mine spill and the media is lapping it up like mindless robots. It comes as no surprise that researchers at the University of Arizona in Tucson will be making big money, $600,000 to study the spill. This is what the University of Arizona, and McCain, do best: They profiteer from misery. While McCain is gearing up to turn Apaches sacred Oak Flat into a massive copper mine in Arizona, McCain weeps to the press about the gold mine spill, pretending to morn the loss of water and crops for Navajo farmers. The media collects McCain\’s tears, publishing his false words with solace. After all, McCain would not still be on the US Senate Committee for Indian Affairs if the media was not bolstering him, with corporate criminals paving the way. During a Congres

Mohawk Nation News \’Low Intensity Warfare\’

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LOW INTENSITY WARFAREPosted on April 26, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. 26, 2016. Today the men went to the HDI office at Six Nations, took bar lawyer Aaron Detler to the edge of the community. He was turned over to the OPP and told to never return. His activities are known as low intensity warfare . Never mind Syracuse. We have to head over to Six Nations. Counter Intelligence Program COINTELPRO of the 1960s and 1970s was to sabotage our reputations, rights and activities. It was designed to neutralize our potential. Agents are set up to expose, disrupt, misdirect and discredit us.It is coordinated with local police, prosecutors, media, business, foundation executives, universities, churches and patriotic organizations. All directed by the military industrial complex from the Indian Affairs war room on the 14th floor. Crooked lawyers graveyard. Political repression is necessary to control the disadvantaged. The government has to look democratic . Business and industry r
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October 31, 2006

Dead Lines

The United States agreed yesterday to bend the deadline for Iraq to disarm.
U.S. agrees to bend U.N. deadline for Iraq to disarm fully, Baltimore Sun,  March 12, 2003

Until now, the US attitude has been that the UN’s help is welcome as long as it does not interfere with its plans and deadlines.
Face the Facts on the Iraq Deadline, FT,  April 21, 2004

Bush’s deadline democracy managed to propel the process forward and appears on the verge of creating a new government with legitimacy earned at the ballot box.
In Iraq, Bush Pushed For Deadline Democracy, WaPo, December 11, 2005

Growing numbers of American military officers have begun to privately question a key tenet of U.S. strategy in Iraq — that setting a hard deadline for troop reductions would strengthen the insurgency and undermine efforts to create a stable state.
RESISTANCE TO DEADLINES FOR IRAQ IS WEAKENING, LAT, October 31, 2006

U.S. forces ended a five-day-old military blockade of Baghdad’s impoverished Sadr City section Tuesday, meeting a deadline set by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid tensions between U.S. and Iraqi officials and pressure from the anti-American cleric whose militia controls the sprawling Shiite slum.

Precisely at 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EST), the deadline set by Maliki, U.S. armored personnel carriers pulled away from the roadblocks. Young men in pickup trucks drove through the streets waving banners of the Mahdi Army, and drivers of other vehicles honked their horns in celebration.
Maliki Orders Lifting of Checkpoints Around Sadr City, WaPo, October 31, 2006

Posted by b on October 31, 2006 at 03:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (15)

WB: I Didn’t Do It +

Billmon:

II. A Secondary Issue

I. I Didn’t Do It

Posted by b on October 31, 2006 at 12:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

Fresh Open Thread

News & views …

Posted by b on October 31, 2006 at 04:02 AM | Permalink | Comments (107)

WB: Mission Accomplished

Billmon:

Mission Accomplished

Posted by b on October 31, 2006 at 12:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

WB: Politically Incorrect ++

Billmon:

III. How I’m Feeling at the Moment

II. Out of the Closet

But I have to ask: Which is the greater failing — ignoring the racism that goes on every second of every minute of every hour in this country, or telling a minstrel joke? And if it’s the former, how many of my critics are really in a position to pass judgment on me?

I. Politically Incorrect

Posted by b on October 31, 2006 at 12:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (52)

October 30, 2006

WB: The 51% Solution

Billmon:

[T]he important lesson (one the Ronald Brownsteins of the world will never, ever mention in print) is what Rove’s 51% strategy says about the America’s future. Because if Turd Blossom is right (and he may well be) then this isn’t really one country any more. It’s a battlefield divided between two bitterly hostile partisan armies, with an indeterminate number of undecided or uncommitted voters — “the civilians” — left stranded out in no man’s land.
[…]
But while Karl may be OK with this, and the pod people of the authoritarian right may be OK with this, and I may be OK with it, I don’t think the indeterminate number of uncommitted voters who are stranded out there between the partisan lines are OK with it. They seem to want something more than a 51% solution, and they don’t seem to understand why they can’t have it.

The 51% Solution

Posted by b on October 30, 2006 at 03:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

WB: Traditional Family Values

Billmon:

Weldon Influence Peddling Inc. appears to have grown too fast for its own good.

Traditional Family Values

Posted by b on October 30, 2006 at 12:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

WB: The Computer Ate It

Billmon:

After all, if the computer is going to eat all the data, why bother collecting any?

The Computer Ate It

Posted by b on October 30, 2006 at 03:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

WB: Miller’s Crossing

Billmon:

Miller’s Crossing

Posted by b on October 30, 2006 at 03:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

WB: Crying Uncle

Billmon:

Crying Uncle

Posted by b on October 30, 2006 at 12:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (50)

October 29, 2006

WB: Infectious Disease ++

Billmon:

III. Kiss and Make Up

II. Science Experiment

I. Infectious Disease

Posted by b on October 29, 2006 at 04:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

WB: Tell Me Lies

Billmon:

If it was as easy to win wars as it is to hoodwink the voters, our troubles in Iraq would have been over long ago.

Tell Me Lies

Posted by b on October 29, 2006 at 01:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (13)

WB: Crime and Punishment

Billmon:

Crime and Punishment

Posted by b on October 29, 2006 at 01:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 28, 2006

Redneck Heaven

Jerome, who had posted here for a while, is holding up the mirror to the Daily Kos crowd.

Is DailyKos a rightwing website? he asks. I recommend to read it – he is pointing out what’s wrong with them.

And of course Dkos is right wing when you hold a European center-left position like Jerome does.

Having an even more leftwing (European-scale) position, a lot of DKos’ feels like redneck heaven to me.

Posted by b on October 28, 2006 at 03:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (130)

Jana Nitsch – Updated

Jana2s

(update below)

Jana is one of my favorite local street artists. She sings balads/chanson in four languages, with an impressive voice and seemingly in trance.

Today she had selfmade CDs for sale.

Drachenblut (mp3) is sung in bard style and a mixture of modern and medievial German

Living A Sunday (mp3)

my favorite: Gold (“why aren’t you here with me …”) (mp3)

(I didn’t compress much, so filesizes are about 4Mb)

bigger pic, another pic

(sorry, only cellphone cam pics)

How do you like her music? I’ll let her know your opinion.

Update:

Today I met Jana for a coffee/tea and did get the CDs for those of you who asked. (And yes Rowan, she is really pretty …)

Here are four more songs by her, though only as teasers – i.e. incomplete. Still, very enjoyable music – give it a try.

Toute En Ronde, Mis Sueños, Is It Okay? and something special.

If you want to have a CD by this coming star, let me know.

Posted by b on October 28, 2006 at 11:52 AM | Permalink | Comments (59)

WB: The Enemies of Truth

Billmon:

You could say: To hell with old media, they’re just a bunch of senile dinosaurs anyway, who cares who they pander to? But old media, for better or worse, still set the news agenda, and still dominate the political process. And they’re doing an energetic, if not yet totally successful, job of sucking up new media and sticking them in the same corporate straight jacket. If they decide, as matter of cold capitalist calculation, that one-party Republican rule is the smart way to bet, that could also be come a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Maybe I’m wrong — I hope I am. But if I’m right, then there may come a time when progressives look back and sigh for the good old days when journalistic “objectivity” still encouraged the corporate media to give the truth and conservative propaganda equal weight, instead of simply repeating the latter.

The Enemies of Truth

Posted by b on October 28, 2006 at 12:36 AM | Permalink | Comments (58)

October 27, 2006

WB: Men of Dishonor

Billmon:

Men of Dishonor

Posted by b on October 27, 2006 at 12:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (18)

Misleading AP Headlines

The above screenshoot, clipped from the current Yahoo news site, is a typical part of the low level propaganda effort against Iran. But it seems to be also part of trend with Associated Press stories where the headline belies the article.

The full headline here is “Report: Iran Has Expanded Nuke Program” and it is also used by ABC News and several other sites who carry Associate Press feeds.

Websters defines a nuke as:

1 : a nuclear weapon
2 : a nuclear-powered electric generating station

All Iranian officials claim to have no nuclear weapon program. The IAEA head, Mohamed ElBaradei says there is no proof that Iran has such a program.

As for Iran, […,] El Baradei says it is not yet clear if the Iranian government has embarked on that same path [as North Korea].

“I say that the jury is still out. …”

Iran has announced through its “unofficial” student news agency, that it has fed Uranium gas into its second lab size row of centrifuges to test enrichment to civilian use level – this under official IAEA observation.

Indeed the body of the AP report above does not claim anything about an “expanded nuke program”, but is a relative neutral round up of the issue.

So why does the headline editor at AP thinks he needs to stir the fire under the cauldron? How does s/he arrive at an “expanding nuke program”?

And no, this is not just an issue of the war on Iran or even U.S. foreign policy.

Josh Marshall pointed to a similar case of a completely misleading AP headline two days ago.

An AP piece carried by several news outlet, claimed in the headline: “Michael J. Fox ads for Democrats spark backlash.”

As Josh says:

The article, which is from the AP, completely belies the message of the headline.

I do smell a trend here and wonder who really pays the AP headline writer.

Please let me know of other cases like these. I’m sure they are out there.

Posted by b on October 27, 2006 at 11:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

OT 06-101

OT 101 – How to post on an open thread – starting now

Posted by b on October 27, 2006 at 02:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (74)

WB: Table Talk with Bush

Billmon:

On the other hand, having to spend several hours listening to Shrub’s annoying verbal mannerisms -[…]-  would be pretty excruciating, too.

Table Talk with Bush

Posted by b on October 27, 2006 at 12:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

WB: Road Kill

Billmon:

I think I hear that same sound coming from the Rovian machine right now — a doomed, crazed animal in its final death throes.

Road Kill

Posted by b on October 27, 2006 at 12:39 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

WB: Paranoia Watch

Billmon:

We’ll know soon enough which explanation is correct.

Paranoia Watch

Posted by b on October 27, 2006 at 12:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

October 26, 2006

WB: Declare Victory and Go Home

Billmon:

Why “declare victory” in Iraq just so you can “declare victory” a little bit later in Afghanistan?

Well, I guess it is a British tradition of sorts.

Declare Victory and Go Home

Posted by b on October 26, 2006 at 01:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (37)

Videos

via Healing Iraq:

– a video filmed by a doctor showing the daily life in an Iraqi hospital (klick on “Latest Programme” on the right)

A Shia women in an ambulance (33:00):

Where is Saddam Hussein? Bring back Saddam! It wasn’t like this under him. Let him starve us and kill us! We just don’t want it to be like this!

– a happy Eid bonus by Iraqi Konfused Kid: a “tribute for the four friends who were killed in a roadside explosion week before their graduation”

Thought you might care …

Posted by b on October 26, 2006 at 12:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

WB: Jersey Barrier

Billmon:

[N]o jolt to the old conservative limbic system.

That is, not unless Rove pays some gay hookers — or better yet, racially mixed gay hookers — to go French kiss in front of the Supreme Court building in Trenton.

Jersey Barrier

Posted by b on October 26, 2006 at 01:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

WB: Amnesia: The All American Disease

Billmon:

300 million people, and about 300 million working brain cells among them.

Amnesia: The All American Disease

Posted by b on October 26, 2006 at 01:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

October 25, 2006

A Dunk In Water

Q Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the Vice President “for torture.” We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in. We live up to our obligations in international treaties that we’re party to and so forth.
Interview of the Vice President by Scott Hennen, WDAY at Radio Day at the White House, October 24, 2006

Defendant: Asano, Yukio
Docket Date: 53/ May 1 – 28, 1947, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: Violation of the Laws and Customs of War: 1. Did willfully and unlawfully mistreat and torture PWs. 2. Did unlawfully take and convert to his own use Red Cross packages and supplies intended for PWs.
Specifications:beating using hands, fists, club; kicking; water torture; burning using cigarettes; strapping on a stretcher head downward
Verdict: 15 years CHL
Yokohama Class B and C War Crimes Trials (emphasis added)

Posted by b on October 25, 2006 at 02:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

WB: The Commissars ++++

Billmon:

V. Forked Tongue

IV. Jungle Boogie

III. The Lunatic Fringe

II. A Fresh Diagnosis

Commissars? To quote Homer Simpson: Did we lose a war or something?

I. The Commissars

Posted by b on October 25, 2006 at 01:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

WB: Some Like It Hot

Billmon:

Now it’s the Rovians who potentially are standing in the oppressor man’s shoes. Would they really have the stones to try to steal an entire congressional majority, wholesale instead of retail? I guess that would depend on how narrow the Democratic margin was on November 8, and how many close races there were — close enough to make a challenge seem at least halfway plausible.

Some Like It Hot

Posted by b on October 25, 2006 at 08:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (29)

WB: Expert Testimony

Billmon:

Considering how razor-close the Missouri race appears to be, Rush may have just single-handedly booted away a Republican Senate seat.

Go Rush! Go!

Expert Testimony

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WB: The Boxer ++

Billmon:

III: Birds of a Feather

II: RSVP

I. The Boxer

Posted by b on October 25, 2006 at 01:33 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

October 24, 2006

WB: The Mr. Magoo of Journalism

Billmon:

[M]aybe Howie just needs to get his eyes checked.

The Mr. Magoo of Journalism

Posted by b on October 24, 2006 at 02:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

WB: Campaign Promises

Billmon:

[A]fter banging his head on his podium several times in frustration, Snow also gave full credit for “Iraq’s miraculous turnaround” to House Republican leaders, calling it “proof positive” that “Denny Hastert really knows how to bring home the bacon.”

Campaign Promises

Posted by b on October 24, 2006 at 12:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Depressing State of Affairs

Something must have hit me – I agree with National Review. At the Corner Kathryn Lopez posts the transcript of an interview the Philadelphia Inquirer had with Democratic Senate candidate Casey.

She says:

All that’s pretty clear here is that it’s a deeply depressing state of affairs when this man could be elected to the United States Senate …

I agree. Here is part of the interview:

Interviewer:  Well, it might have been misreported this morning, but it certainly seemed to me as if you were endorsing the NSA program which is warrant less wiretapping without court oversight.

Casey:  Well, I think, look, my position all along has been you’ve got to have the ability to wiretap known or suspected terrorists, and I am going to make sure that everything I do in this area is focused on anti terrorism and making sure that we are being as tough as possible to ferret out any kind of plot or and kind of terrorist activity.

Interviewer:  Bob, it’s real simple, and it seems to me you are dancing around it.  Either you believe that the President or his designees need to go to the FISA court and provide some probable cause for the wiretapping, or you don’t.  They say they don’t.  They say they can do it on their own say so and there’s no oversight of whether the person they’re wiretapping is actually credibly a terrorist suspect or not.  That’s the issue.  Do they have to go through the FISA court or not?  Nobody’s debating that we need to wiretap suspected terrorists.

Casey:  You know very well that Senator Specter has worked very hard on this to try to get this right and I think with bi-partisan cooperation, working with people like Senator Specter, as I know I can, that we can get this right. I don’t, I don’t, I don’t see what the…

Interviewer:  It’s a real simple question. Do they need to go through the FISA Court as the FISA law has said since 1973 or don’t they? They say they don’t. We say they do. What do you say?

Casey:  I think it’s worked well.

Interviewer:  What has worked well?

Casey:  I think it’s worked well when you use that system and you use it in the context of making sure that we are doing everything possible to, to…

Interviewer:  So, are you saying that the president has been breaking the law since 2002, or whenever the NSA program started?

Casey:  I’m saying that people like Senator Specter have a lot of questions about whether or not the law was broken.  I don’t think anyone has made a determination about that.  I think that’s pretty clear.

Yukk

Posted by b on October 24, 2006 at 12:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (24)

OT 06-100

news & views …

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WB: The New Dick

Billmon:

The irony (or sadness) of it is that Lieberman got his start in politics as an anti-Vietnam War liberal …

The New Dick

Posted by b on October 24, 2006 at 12:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

WB: Everything He Knows He Learned in Kindergarten

Billmon:

[A] warm glass of milk and a few choruses of Hail to the Chief ought to make Mr. Grumpy feel better.

Everything He Knows He Learned in Kindergarten

Posted by b on October 24, 2006 at 12:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

October 23, 2006

WB: It’s All Clinton’s Fault

Billmon:

I realize that made absolutely no sense whatsoever, but I was just trying to think like a Republican.

It’s All Clinton’s Fault

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WB: Course Work

Billmon:

Bernhard over at Moon of Alabama took a stroll through the White House web site and found no less than eighteen of them (all of which no doubt will be scrubbed from the site by morning.)

Course Work

I disagree a bit with Billmon over this one. First, not me, but the whitehouse.gov search-engine did find 153 occurrences of “stay the course” – all in official documents and all caught with one simple search. About a third to half of those are direct utterings of Scrub, his wife or Cheney. I only copiedy 18 of those. There are many more of these. But just how long can you bear to walk through such crap?

Unlike Billmon I don’t think they will scrub the site. They’ll just further try to redefine the meaning of “stay the course”. Dan Froomkin documented today how that effort is proceeding:

And on Friday, in what I suspect is the first time in briefing-room history, Snow banged his head against the podium in exasperation with a reporter who was trying to get him to confront some of his own contradictions.

Nobody said it’s easy, but banging his head will not deminish Snow’s abilities for a real debate like the above with the usual press room trash – so why shouldn’t he continue to so so?

As long as the media keeps reporting the official talk without taking a position in favor of reality, no facts will matter. If “stay the course” now suddenly means to dissolve the US Army, who would dare to report otherwise?


BTW:

Where is that Repub victory party on Nov. 8 taking place? I could use a free drink by then …

Posted by b on October 23, 2006 at 05:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (17)

WB: The Price of Failure

Billmon:

Another way to put it would be that Shrub has finally, at long last, completed the process of failing upwards.

The Price of Failure

Posted by b on October 23, 2006 at 04:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

WB: The Temp

Billmon:

The Temp

Posted by b on October 23, 2006 at 03:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

“153 results found” +

Billmon:

How I’m Feeling at the Moment

Bernhard adds:

Search whitehouse.gov by keyword

Results for: “stay the course”

153 results found, top 100 sorted by date

A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it’s very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course.
President Discusses AIDS Initiative, Iraq in Botswana, July 10, 2003

It’s in the national interest of the United States that a peaceful Iraq emerge. And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective.
President Bush, Ambassador Bremer Discuss Progress in Iraq , October 27, 2003

… they want us to leave, because they know that a free and peaceful Iraq in their midst will damage their cause. And we will stay the course, we will do our job.
President Bush Visits California — Talks to Victims of Fires, November 4, 2003

We will stay the course, and as more and more Iraqis realize freedom is precious and freedom is a beautiful way of life, …
President Bush, Italian President Ciampi Discuss Iraq , November 14, 2003

I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done, …
President Discusses Trip to Iraq with Reporters, November 27, 2003

And as in the aftermath of the terrible attack on Pearl Harbor, our Nation will stay the course, and we will prevail.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2003 , December 5, 2003

We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. And it’s very important for the Iraqi people to know that.
President Bush Holds Press Conference, December 15, 2003

I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice — he was killed in Iraq — and assured him that we would stay the course,
President Bush Discusses Iraq, 911 Commission with Reporters , April 5, 2004

We will stay the course. The Iraqi people don’t have to fear taking the risk toward freedom and democracy because America won’t turn and run.
Global Message, April 6, 2004

Look, this is hard work. It’s hard to advance freedom in a country that has been strangled by tyranny. And, yet, we must stay the course, because the end result is in our nation’s interest.
President Addresses the Nation in Prime Time Press Conference, April 13, 2004

And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq.
Bush, Blair Discuss Sharon Plan; Future of Iraq in Press Conference , April 16, 2004

If we don’t lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace.
President’s Remarks at Mike Sodrel for Congress and Indiana Victory 2006 Reception, March 24, 2006

And I’d just like to reiterate what the other governors have said, that it is very important that we stay the course, that we provide support for these incredible people that are doing such a service for liberty around the world and protecting our freedoms here.
President Meets with Governors Who Traveled to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan, April 19, 2006

And I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed.
Remarks by the President at the 2006 President’s Dinner, June 19, 2006

As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course.
Remarks by the President at “Green for Wisconsin” Reception, July 11, 2006

But there’s no alternative but to stay the course with it. And we will.
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom Participate in Press Availability, July 28, 2006

We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed,
President Bush’s Remarks Upon Arrival in Utah, August 30, 2006

Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done. And that’s — we’re going to get the job done in Iraq. And it’s important that we do get the job done in Iraq.
Press Conference by the President , October 11, 2006

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WB: Rectification of Errors +

Billmon:

II. Hard to Keep Up

I. Rectification of Errors

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WB: Babbling Idiots

Billmon:

Small wonder then, that the policy “debate” has now crossed the line into complete fantasy — like a long piece of dialogue from Waiting for Godot. The realists have turned into surrealists. Baker now sounds almost as naive and deluded as Bush.

Babbling Idiots

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South Korean Protests? – Not Really …

Shortly after North Koreas first nuke test, there were reports on CNN and elsewhere about South Korean protests against NoKo. The most replayed TV clip included the burning of a North Korean flag.

These protests looked as genuine as the tearing down of Saddams statue in Baghdad. Was the main stream media telling a straight story here or was the reporting biased?

Monolycus, who lives and teaches in South Korea, gives us his impression.

by Monolycus

My position then (as it is now) is that there is no peninsula-wide hysteria as you see reported on CNN.

I did not think it would be any problem to write up an authoritative article to that effect, complete with sources and pictures. But I discovered very quickly that what I am trying to do here is to prove a negative. Few people write about things that haven’t happened to them.

I’ve tried to interview many, many people about this non-issue. They are aware of how they are being portrayed on CNN and elsewhere, they just don’t think it’s important enough to make a fuss about.

A standard South Korean response to a Westerner who tries to make them see something as important is “Don’t worry about that”, and that was the bulk of the responses I received when I asked about North Korea, Kim Jong-il, nuclear weapons or the United Nations.

It’s just not something they feel is worth worrying over for a few reasons.

To begin with, as I mentioned once in a comment shortly after the Monday of NoKo’s test, I was told “If we die, they die”. If North Korea possessed tactical nuclear weapons with a low blast radius and had a delivery system with the means to send them anywhere with the slightest degree of accuracy (there is no indication that either of these conditions are close to being fulfilled), the winds on the peninsula blow roughly northwards for six months out of the year.

This would send any fallout or contamination almost directly back onto Pyongyang. If South Korea is going to be truly worried about an attack from NoKo (and there is no indication that they are), it would not be until the winter-spring months when the prevailing winds blow more north to south.

I don’t suspect that even this is a tremendous consideration given that Israel recently used depleted uranium munitions on its own doorstep (Lebanon), but Koreans are not Israelis, and the quality of the food they eat and the air they breathe is something that is generally on their minds.

More importantly, though, it is not in South Korea’s interest to become too belligerent with North Korea, because they simply do not have the inclination to escalate a conflict.

The United States has been decreasing its troop strength in South Korea and NOBODY here wants to see a larger US presence. During one of my interviews, I was told in no uncertain terms that “Yes, we hate North Korea. But we hate Mi-guk (the USA) even more. And we hate Il-bon (Japan) even more than that.”

The Korean hatred of Japan is entirely understandable given the events between 1910 and 1945 in which Korean women were forced into sex-slavery, medical experiments were performed upon captured Koreans, an attempt was made to stamp out the Korean language, and even to this day, Japan has tried to expand its territories to include traditionally Korean geography. South Koreans are hearing the rhetoric from Japan and they are extremely suspicious about what this might entail.

I would sooner expect to see an Israeli-Palestinian alliance than the South Koreans lending their support to a Japanese military venture.

So why do the South Koreans, who were ostensibly liberated from the Japanese by US forces, also hold on to such profound anti-US sentiment? It is primarily because the US established “permanent bases” within South Korea (sound familar?) and the behaviour of US servicemen to host populations, while never stellar, has become decreasingly tolerable over the years.

USGI’s are often drunken and combative with the locals (in stark contrast to Asian sensibilities), and fewer and fewer South Koreans are alive to remember any pre-1953 US nobility. These days, all they see are newspaper reports about once per week involving a drunken members of the US Army assaulting cab drivers. USGI’s are still tolerated by most, but only just.

Now, when I heard about South Korean demonstrators burning North Korean flags in the MSM, I was immediately suspicious. To begin with, I have seen a total of zero anti-North Korean demonstrations and after making a few inquiries, would not know where one could obtain a North Korean flag in the first place (the unofficial consensus is that it is illegal to sell one here). Flag burning is not a typical Korean form of protest, anyway… it is illegal to do so, and that is an official consensus.

In addition, the kinds of groups who stage protests, do so against US interests and in support of reunification with North Korea (groups such as the unpopular “Hanjungnyon“, for example). Incidentally, there is some question as to how “independently” violent protesters like these are operating. They are certainly a minority and nobody takes them very seriously.

A genuine South Korean protest generally involves a speaker with a bullhorn, some traditional drum music, oversized posters, and occasional go-go dancers (It’s just something they do here, don’t ask me to explain it).

The only thing I have seen reflecting a genuine South Korean sentiment in the media is a small side-comment by Michael Levi speaking on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations:

“Opinion will be mixed there. This is one place where the United States really needs to engage a whole variety of forces. We’re going to see in the news photos of South Koreans burning North Korean flags, etc. But we shouldn’t conclude that reflects the preponderance of public opinion. There is a widespread belief in South Korea that this is as much America’s fault as North Korea’s. Seeing how public opinion plays out in South Korea will be very interesting.”

South Korea does not need to take Michael Hirsch’s advice to “calm down” about things they never really got worked up in the first place.

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WB: The Belly of the Whale

Billmon:

The Belly of the Whale

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WB: Tickling the Limbic System

Billmon:

[L]imbic politics is definitely here to stay, and if the winners in such a system have an almost congenital tendency towards utter incompetence when it comes to actually governing (an advanced cerebral function if ever there was one) nobody ever said the American system of government — or America itself — has to last forever.

Tickling the Limbic System

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October 22, 2006

Hold the Gun to His Head

“Let’s hold a gun to Maliki’s head and make him sign our wishlist.” That is what, according to the New York Times, the Bush administration is planing for the Iraqi government:

The Bush administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and assume a larger role in securing the country, senior American officials said.

The timetable is not about U.S. troops leaving the country. Bush will never “change strategy”, i.e. withdraw troops from Iraq. The timetable is for conditions the administration is setting for the survival of Maliki and his government.

[F]or the first time Iraq was likely to be asked to agree to a schedule of specific milestones, like disarming sectarian militias, and to a broad set of other political, economic and military benchmarks intended to stabilize the country.

(How many PSA‘s might the economic benchmarks include?)

The Maliki government would be invited to accept the U.S.-written to-do list. Though the article says a threat the U.S. administration may use to get this acceptance is the reduction of troops in Iraq, it does not source that assumption in any way. Why would the Iraqis NOT be happy to see the U.S. leave?

I guess Maliki knows very well what the real threat is. Either he proves to be a 100% puppet or he will not be puppet anymore at all. If there is any doubt on who will run the show, this should clear things up:

American officials are discussing if they should specify whether Iraqi officials deemed incompetent or corrupt should be replaced, one official said.

“We’ll select your ministers, or …”

The above plan is not included in the eight options the Guardian lists for Iraq, but it could accompany two of those: The “Iraqi strongman approach”, i.e. replacing Maliki with a kind of puppet dictatorship, and the “one last push” escalation option John McCain prefers.

Juan Cole thinks the last option is the stupidest and worst possible alternative. That is one reason why I assume it will be selected – probably in a combination with the strongman option.

The whole Baker – Iraq study group will turn out what to be what it was supposed to be – a Nixonian “secret plan” election ploy.

Like usual, the neocons are open about this:

Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative, said the influence of the Baker group on the administration was overstated: “I don’t believe Bush will agree to the proposals they are rumoured to be mulling over. He has two years left as president and he is not going to hand in the towel and pass responsibility to a commission.”

So what is left without the Baker plans is only to try more of the same: another new government and another military push until – until what?

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October 21, 2006

WB: Prelude to an Indictment

Billmon:

At this point, I’d personally put Curt’s chances of avoiding indictment at only 1 in 4, and maybe much lower.

Prelude to an Indictment

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WB: Good Night and Good Luck

Billmon:

Who would have thought that a hack ex-sportscaster cable news guy would turn out to be the Edward R. Murrow of our times?

Good Night and Good Luck

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O odham Return from Gathering with Mexico s Indigenous and Subcomandante Marcos I Felt a Sense That This Is an Awakening of the People By Brenda Norrell Special to The Narco News Bulletin October 18, 2007 http://www.narconews.com/ TUCSON — When more than 500 Indian delegates gathered in Vicam Pueblo in Rio Yaqui, Mexico, at the Gathering of Indigenous Peoples of Am rica, the power of a global spiritual force was present and released, said Ofelia Rivas, an O odham woman living on the border of the United States and Mexico. It is not a local movement, it is not just the Zapatistas. It is the Indigenous People of the world creating this movement, Rivas said during an interview. I felt a sense that this is an awakening of the people. There was a sense of unity, of continuing the struggle, although people still have problems. We were in unity talking about them together. I really felt it was a grassroots effort. Rivas said among the powerful cultural presentations was that of the Indigenous
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