Tuesday, January 15, 2019

 

UN v Canada

While the UN has no enforcement authority over Canada, it does have authority to investigate racial discrimination by its member states. As reported at The Narwhal,

Canada has until April 8 to report back to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination outlining steps it has taken to halt construction of the hydro project, which would flood 128 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries in the heart of Treaty 8 traditional territory.

As committee chair Noureddine Amir wrote in a December 14 letter to Canada's UN ambassador,

The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples’ control and use of their lands and natural resources...The Committee is further concerned that the realization of the Site C dam without free, prior and informed consent, would permanently affects the land rights of affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia. Accordingly, it would infringe indigenous peoples’ rights protected under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Hydropower on the Peace River--a tributary of the Athabasca in the Mackenzie River system--is essential to Alberta Tar Sands refinery development, a project which daily uses enough natural gas to heat six million homes and has turned independent and sustainable indigenous communities into islands of sickness and death.

As I asked in Corporate Crimes, First Nations & Environmental Organizations, "Would our society accept this if the victims were white?"

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

 

White Power Princess

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been busy transforming public education in her own Christian Right image. To wit, her pet project to arm grade school teachers, hoping they can take out terrorists. What could possibly go wrong with that, you might ask. Well, Betsy--sister of notorious Blackwater mercenary company CEO Erik Prince--has now scuttled 1,200 civil rights investigations, begun under Obama, that examined complaints of systemic racial discrimination.

Way to go Betsy! Jeff Sessions can't hold a candle to you when it comes to bigotry!

Sadly for Betsy, fucking bureaucrats in her own department--responding to a request from a tribal executive board--decided to investigate a school district in Montana for systemically discriminating against Native American students. As Roxanne Gourneau, a former member of the Fort Peck tribal executive board stated,
The school district has done more to fuel Native students' trauma than to support their education. Change is long overdue.


Monday, December 17, 2018

 

Apocalypse Now

States’ Rights in the United States —the hallmark of American apartheid society championed by descendants of the Confederacy — includes both the right to enslave other human beings, as well as the right to legislate discriminatory codes that violate their human rights. In Texas, these heirs of the Deep South code of bigotry have joined 25 other US states in enacting Zionist laws that forbid public employees from boycotting the apartheid State of Israel. This constitutional showdown over free speech and the right to assemble — building pressure since the Reagan administration — is about to explode over these states requiring teachers to sign a Pro-Israel oath.
To learn more about American Zionism, see Bringing on the Apocalypse.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

 

Red Renaissance

Words From A Bear--the film documentary about Pulitzer Prize-winning Kiowa author and poet Navarro Scott Momaday--debuts at Sundance 2019.

Monday, December 03, 2018

 

Jeunesse v Trudeau

Environnement Jeunesse--an environmental youth group based in Montreal--has filed suit against the Government of Canada on behalf of all citizens of Quebec under the age of 35 for its failure on climate change. Accusing Prime Minister Trudeau of selling out to protect the oil industry, spokesperson Catherine Gauthier observes, "People under 35 will suffer the severe consequences."

Monday, November 26, 2018

 

Fuel to the Fire

The world's forests are our last barrier against lethal climate change. Cutting them down for palm oil plantations--created in response to the American biofuels fad--is apocalyptic behavior. Consumerism is the problem, not the solution.

Monday, October 29, 2018

 

Values Ethics & Morality

It isn't the I-pad that makes things happen, it's the idea. While the invention of the blog platform made it possible for 'bloggers of resistance' to communicate with a mass audience, it was the 2003 'Green Zone' war-profiteering that inspired them to write. Likewise in the wake of the 2008-2009 Wall Street bailout--leading to the 2010 mass foreclosures and evictions--citizen journalists attacked the corporate establishment online. The 2012 #Occupy campaign exposed the culprits.

With the 2016 socialist revolution--ignited by the Bernie Sanders campaign--the launch of The Intercept by Glenn Greenwald and a new wave of independent reporters are prompting the discussion of values, ethics and morality, especially as applied to the central conflict between indigenous nations and modern states.

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