Saturday, July 14, 2018

 

N30 to J20

Much has changed since N30, when the Chiapas Insurrection came to America. The Battle in Seattle set the tone for nearly two decades of civil protest in the war between markets and networks. With the institutionalization of fascism during the intervening years, however, the tone has changed. J20 was not the black flag over Seattle; it was the rejection of the administration of hate.


Monday, June 25, 2018

 

New Economy Year 24

With the public outcry about immigrant children abuse by the Border Patrol, it is an opportunity to examine Neoliberal fascism--by the current administration, as well as the previous. Pretending it is something new won't help. Neither will whining as a strategy.

The immigrant refugees fleeing Central America and Mexico looking for work and asylum are the consequence of NAFTA, signed into law by Clinton, and brutally enforced by Bush and Obama. Many of these refugees are Indigenous or 'Fourth World' peoples.

In an investigative podcast about military atrocities against Fourth World peoples in the way of mega-plantations, ProPublica reported on the criminal conduct of the World Bank. Focused on palm oil plantations in Honduras, where in 2009 President Obama supported the military coup enabling ‘sweatshop state’ development, the 2017 investigation was a revelation about the 'New Economy' lauded by the UN in conjunction with uber-capitalists like Bill Gates.

With Obama’s July 2010 decision to lift the US funding ban for Indonesian death squads, Indonesia’s elite forces began assassinating Indigenous Papuan spiritual leaders. Survival International ran a story on that, and Intercontinental Cry reported on the Indonesian military offensive (supported by Australia) against the West Papuan independence movement. If one is looking for an example of the unity of modern states and transnational corporations in opposition to the world Indigenous peoples’ movement for self-determination, West Papua would certainly stand out. The fact that two of the four states in the world that opposed the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are funding the current atrocities in West Papua should come as no surprise.

The ‘New Economy’ unveiled by the global financial elite at COP 21 was revealed by Canadian researcher Cory Morningstar to be responsible for major deforestation, toxic pollution of fresh water, and ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples. In this incarnation of netwar, Wall Street entities hijacked the environmental movement, which was bought off with funding from fossil fuel magnates, i.e., Warren Buffett and the Rockefeller brothers.

In terms of relevance to the Indigenous nations often referred to as the Fourth World, the rollouts from the COP21 gathering of UN member states, Wall Street-funded NGOs, and the global financial elite resemble colonial initiatives undertaken as a result of similar 19th Century gatherings to carve up the world for capitalism. Then, as now, Indigenous territories and resources were targeted for expropriation through coercion.




Sunday, May 13, 2018

 

Wartime Wounds

As former Attorney General of Mississippi, and current Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions continues his crusade against medical marijuana as a safe alternative to prescription opioids for chronic pain management, bipartisan efforts in Congress are pressuring the Department of Justice to expand research into the many therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Ironically, only one provider of cannabis has been approved to supply research labs--the University of Mississippi. Meanwhile, veterans suffering from PTSD and other wartime wounds have to risk VA benefits to get relief.

Monday, April 23, 2018

 

Puritans vs Indians

President Trump’s Anti-Indian agenda reflects Vice President Pence’s Christian Dominion holy war against socialism and Indigenous peoples. Denying American Indians health care, guaranteed by treaties and the U.S. Constitution, is just the first step. Ron Allen — former president of the National Congress of American Indians — says the Republican attack on Medicaid will devastate the Indian Health Service.

Monday, April 16, 2018

 

We Can Do Better

As opined by historian Ted Widmer, Robert Kennedy's trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation--during the primaries of his 1968 presidential campaign--was an act of leaving the known political universe, almost like leaving the United States.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 

Stormy Weather

We regret to inform you that the President of the United States has been caught with his pants down. In the latest twist of the Stormy Daniels affair, the FBI raided Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's office--confiscating records related to the President's illegal $130,000 payment to the 39-year-old  porn star in exchange for her silence about having sex with him. As reported in the Tribune News Service
 Experts noted that the raid bodes badly for Cohen — and, perhaps for Trump as well.

Monday, April 02, 2018

 

Cowboys vs Indians

The American West--home to the Cowboys vs Indians psychodrama--is mustering for a final confrontation, this time over the looming extinction of the iconic Pacific salmon. While the original conflict featured action-packed, blood and gore slaughter of millions of bison and massacres of the Indigenous peoples whose lives depended on them, this time around it is a slow-motion train-wreck.

As major salmon stream polluters such as the Farm Bureau and Cattlemen's Association--along with state attorney generals and white newspaper owners--line up to attack the treaty rights of Northwest Treaty Tribes like the Swinomish, the apathetic citizenry is being asked to take sides.

Will so-called progressive moral authorities speak out, or maintain silence out of fear?

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?