Saturday, May 31, 2008
Voting and Democracy
Maybe it's having more than one political party to bribe for kickbacks that makes them a democracy. That would make the definition universal.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Free Trade in Peru
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Marines as Missionaries
(For more on Blackwater and Christian fascists in the Department of Defense, see The Second Civil War and The Enemy Within.)
Travel by Train
What impresses me, though, is that the stations and routes are continually improving, with 200 mph service to all corners of France every day. Imagine what that would be like!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Second Civil War
Real News TV features Jeremy Scahill's report on Blackwater, The Shadow Army.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Promoters of superficial education like to pride themselves on the practicality of career-oriented institutions of higher learning, but one look at the world they have created should make one pause to think.
As aboriginal cultures understand, knowledge cannot be fast-tracked. The path to wisdom is a slow, arduous undertaking; as more of us are beginning to realize, short cuts in learning are literally dead ends.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Trail of Tears 170 Years
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We, too, avoided the expense of petrol by riding trains and buses and walking, which incidentally provided us the opportunity to meet interesting people and learn about local history, as well as find places to enjoy local cuisine at non-touristic prices.
Watching my American neighbors drive by in their SUVs to the market or to their health club for a workout, passing me and my dog on our way to the park, always amuses me; they could get so much more for so much less by just walking out their door.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The New Slavery
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A Day to Remember
Monday, May 19, 2008
The Enemy Within
The UN figure of displaced Iraqis is 4.9 million, and nearly half of those have fled the country. A UNHCR/IPSOS survey of Iraqi refugees in Syria in March found that only 4% were planning to return to Iraq. Oxfam International claims another 4 million are in serious need of emergency aid without which they will probably die. On 12 April the Iraqi parliament urged the government to reallocate $5bn earmarked for investment in infrastructure and services to social welfare programmes and a functional food rationing system for nearly 2.8 million internally displaced persons.
A study in The Lancet in October 2006 estimated the number of Iraqis who died as a direct result of invasion and occupation to be 655,000 or 2.5% of the population. This figure (now very out of date), plus the number of displaced Iraqis and those in need of emergency aid, means nearly 10 million of 27 million citizens are dead or displaced or living in the worst conditions.
--Dahr Jamail Le Monde Diplomatique
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Spirit of Reconciliation
But the tragic undermining of California's indigenous cultures that might have given rise to such things as colleges precedes the American settlers and governments in the form of the Spanish missions, in which a recent article revealed Catholic church records that documented atrocities rivaling Nazi forced-labor death camps. The inter-generational community trauma of this system of conquest by the Dominican and Franciscan orders must have had lasting impacts on California's indigenous society.
Returning to the present, it would seem that the beneficiaries of the indigenous wealth usurped by the Catholic Church, the State of California, and the United States of America might want to see some degree of restitution begun in a spirit of reconciliation. Perhaps a joint effort to establish a tribally owned, designed, and managed institution of higher education would be a good initial step in that process.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Injustice at Justice
John Dossett, general counsel for the National Congress of American Indians, said, ''We've never really been given a reason why so many people who were so strong on Indian legal issues were let go.''
In September, the United States was one of four countries in the world to oppose the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Maybe these events are in some way related.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Quakers v Torture
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
With the advent of widespread economic and environmental crises brought on by policies and practices of modern states and transnational corporations working in tandem, the effectiveness (let alone morality) of the modern state is now called into question.
At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Nations this week, indigenous delegates discussed methods for implementing the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, at all levels of governance and society. Part of that strategy includes building a record of grievances -- something long neglected by modern states, corporations, and mass media -- in order to make this human rights agenda part of everyday discussions worldwide. In this way, people of conscience -- indigenous or otherwise -- can take a stand in solidarity with aboriginal peoples, and help them to finally disperse the power they warned us about long ago.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I appreciate the trouble you went to in finding me. As I said
before I stumbled on the "Spartacus O'Neal" site and didn't
understand that "Jay Taber" was who I was looking for. I apologize.
Anyway, greetings to you. I'm always pleased to meet relatives and
meeting one from the "O'Neal" lineage is a first.
As for my research, I'm currently involved in the quite painful
process of finding my grandmothers. As you most likely know
women weren't stated on census' (or much of anything) before 1850
so I'm plugging along the "digging process". By the way, I didn't
have the ship list. Thanks! My O'Neal research has been stagnant
due to lack of info on my Grandmother Thana Dickey who married James
Benton O'Neal, brother to William, your ancestor. They married
sisters, Thana and Suzanna Dickey. I've a digital picture of
Suzanna's tombstone taken last Sept. in Ms. if you'd like me to send
it to you. I've family there still and enjoy a visit now and then.
Again, I appreciate you searching me out and I enjoyed your lineage
articles especially "Living with Ghosts". It's how I feel also. If
you've any info that you'd like to share it would be greatly
appreciated. Nice to meet you!
Through googling the name "Shane O'Neal," I found your "Tir Eoghan" comments of March 10, 2006. It was a nice surprise to read about another descendant of the O'Neals.My family believes John and Margaret O'Neal arrived in Charleston in February 1768 with five children, including a baby of less than a year, not listed in the passenger records. Her name was "Amy," and she married my g-g-g-g-grandfather. By 1790, they had moved to Georgia and eventually settled in Bulloch County with their four children. In the next three generations, we have several instances of the names John, Margaret, Jane, and Alice.Recently, I found Vivian Davis Bornemann's "Hy-Niall Encyclopedia" and learned that a branch of the O'Neal family migrated to Mississippi. I'm guessing this branch is yours.It was interesting, also, to read that your mother and her sister have black hair and dark eyes. My son, one of my first cousins, and I all share these characteristics.Victoria
Privileged and Proud
Somehow I missed this comment last summer, but since it comprises the first contact from kin in Ireland, I'm reprinting it
verbatim. FYI, Art and Hugh were notable Gaelic leaders 400 hundred years ago, and Dungannon was their political headquarters.
(In 1768, my family arrived in the colony of South Carolina on the brig Dungannon.)Hi Spartacus O'Neill,
Time, energies and finance were against me, but I tried searching a few years ago, inspired by the fact that the late
John "Dean" Quinn of Dungannon told my late father, that we were desecended from Turlough MacAirt og O'Neill. The
name MacAirt being anglicised into "Arthur's son" and then Arthurs.
John "Dean" Quinn, was Dean of Dungannon in the late 60's early 70's. An Irish Scholar, and as Vicar Capitular and
Vicar General of the Arc-Diocese of Dungannon, was the right hand man of the Cardinal.
Coincidence not, we have direct official tracing of our family tree back to early 1800's, always in Donaghmore
Parish area's of Drumbearn and Dernaseer (outside Dungannon). This is a few miles from Carnteel, as the crow flies.
I still live in Dungannon. Dean Quinn said, our surname in Irish i.e "MacAirt", was the source of and determining
factor for his interest and his results.
If any of you wish to close a few gaps, on this for me, please do. Or similarly, if you would like to dispell this,
pls feel free.
Many Thanks !!!
p.s. the Castle Hill in Dungannon was re-openned to the public, as of last weekend, Friday the 7th Sept 2007.
You literally can see ALL of Ulster laid out in front of you for 60 miles 360 degrees. e.g. as far as the Cooley
Mountains in Louth.
The town partied all weekend, and Irish Music was once again heard from the top of the hill, at Hugh's birth-place.
We all feel very privileged and proud.
Caomhghin Mac Airt | 09.16.07 - 10:05 am
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We hope it works out better there than it has in the US.
Generous souls like Seesaw in Sarajevo and Carlos in Lisbon actually went out of their way to post memorable photos of my personal requests, and I even located four distant cousins -- three in the US and one in Ireland -- who shared family history and photos I'd never known. I've also made several new acquaintances who've contributed much-appreciated comments on my writing and ideas. Occasionally, I stumble across mutual participants or keen observers from events deep in my past who offer the opportunity for me to put them into new, more meaningful perspective.
To all, I am eternally grateful, and look forward to preserving and developing these and other relationships made possible by the unceasing desire to communicate. Who knows what tomorrow might bring?
Friday, May 09, 2008
Increasing Moral Community
Nation-states have a vested interest in educating their citizens to develop loyalties and commitments to the central government. Of all of the methods used to accomplish this, formal education is the most critical. Leaders like to believe their citizens are in agreement with the cultural and political rules of the nation, and therefore most citizens will not resist education that interprets history and supports the culture of that nation. However, since indigenous peoples do not share the fundamental cultural philosophies of the history and culture of the nation-state, they are often unwilling participants in the nation-building processes of formal education.
The concept of freedom dominates Western intellectual thought and is inherent in modernization theory, as well as post-modern and post-colonial theories, that continue to focus on political marginalization of groups (like indigenous peoples) and give little attention to their own cultural interpretations, understandings or goals. The Western interpretations assume that freedom is also the goal of indigenous individuals and nations.
Freedom, however, is not a central core theme in the teachings of indigenous peoples. There are sometimes evolutionary themes, but those themes, such as among the creation teachings of the Navajo or Pueblos, focus on lessons of gaining increasing moral community and knowledge about how to sustain spiritual balance among tribal members, other peoples, and the powers or spirits of the cosmic order. Spiritual balance, the golden rule, moderation, working within ritual and life constraints, fulfilling ceremonial duties, maintaining individual and community moral commitments, and accepting individual and community responsibility for proper moral and ceremonial relations are core values for indigenous communities.
--Indian Country Today