Sunday, August 31, 2008
Unity and Independence
Unity means everyone gets what they need to live a decent life, not just a privileged few who operate the levers of power through a corrupt, two-party state. Independence means withdrawing support for this corrupt system by refusing to be bribed or threatened with economic or social sanctions.
Taking a principled stand for unity and independence requires commitment and determination rarely found in self-centered societies. Unfortunately, we cannot have social unity without political independence; severing ties with politicians and corporations is the only way to stand on our own.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Two-Party System
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Only a Sin
Stealing stories is also an act of violence, especially those upon which cultures depend. Theft of sacred stories diminishes their usefulness and demeans ceremonies and rituals in which they are performed. Stealing names for commercial exploitation likewise. Yakima, Cherokee, Apache--what right have manufacturers to these names?
Knowledge, too, is stolen and misused. Knowledge systems are fractured for marketing, disintegrated and distorted for power. More harm is done, more sins committed. If this theft is not a crime, then it is only a sin, and what is a sin in a sacrilegious society?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Surviving US Corruption
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Mining India's Corruption
Monday, August 25, 2008
A Worthy Project
Escaping the Corporate Narrative
Sunday, August 24, 2008
In the United States of America, we have equal rights as citizens, but we have unique rights as nations. As one country composed of many nations, our constitution recognizes these differences.
The Anti-Indian message of racist organizations like One Nation United is an attack on Native American sovereignty. The melting-pot theory of homogeneity unwittingly aids and abets that message.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Targeting American Citizens
The privatized black ops against unions, antiwar groups, and organizations like Greenpeace and Amnesty International, will now be aided by local police and communications companies.
Has anyone heard a peep about this from Congress? I didn't think so.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Deliberate and Effective
Monday, August 18, 2008
Developing Independent Models
The UN Human Rights Council stands as one of the significant obstacles to dynamic political development in the Fourth World. Many individuals and the peoples they represent in the Fourth World have come to believe that the UN Human Rights Council will relieve their pain from the violence of colonialism. It cannot, and it will not.
Fourth World nations have in many parts of the world where colonization has been most intensive suffered from static political development. Political institutions that could have been developed to ensure the emergence of nations have remained non-existent or in infant stages for centuries. The new human rights council does not alleviate this fundamental problem.
Where a people lacks the ability to develop politically, they remain unable to advance their own social, economic and human rights. The age of colonialism has prevented the emergence of politically strong Fourth World nations…the Human Rights Council promises to permanently lock these nations into a cage of political subjugation.
Fourth World nations must look to developing independent models for political and human development such as those represented by Catalunya and Kurdistan. Each has its unique cultural framework, but the notion of nations emerging politically to define systems of law and social relations is obviously potentially universal.
—Rudolph Ryser, Center for World Indigenous Studies
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Working Outside the System
Theft of tribal intellectual property by others for state and market purposes diminishes the protective values of this property for the rightful owners, making collective societies more vulnerable to heightened exploitation.
When intellectual property laws are constructed by state-centric, market-oriented institutions like the World Intellectual Property Rights Organization, the interests and indeed survival of tribal societies is dependent upon protocols and laws constructed outside the dominant system. In other words, working within the system when the system doesn't work is not an option for those who value collective ownership.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Human Effects Research
Tactical pharmacology is a promising field of research (and contracts) for such ethical giants as General Dynamics and other military contractors looking to cash in on chemical warfare for crowd control. Remote control aerial sprays by unmanned drones are just one of the many allegedly non-lethal applications, but as we saw in Fallujah, Iraq and the Moscow Opera House, sometimes things don't go as planned, or at least as asserted.
Drugs as weapons for social control looks like an exciting new foray for an ethically-challenged Pentagon, not to mention their corporate and academic collaborators. What could be more fun than attacking the central nervous systems of innocent civilians for a good cause?
License to Steal
So without admitting the embezzling of Indian trust funds, the government attorneys were willing to bribe Indian plaintiffs for the right to embezzle. Does this sound like good faith negotiation?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Mediating Markets and Missionaries
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
One Way or Another
While this may seem patently unfair to a reasonable person, stealing 99% of indigenous assets not previously taken by armed robbery is at least historically consistent with US policy and programs. We expect lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell to fight on, one way or another.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Overthrowing governments in Latin America is old hat to US agencies, but with the emergence of indigenous leadership like Morales, the undermining of democracy opposed to US dominance has taken on added importance. In the aftermath of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, destabilizing Bolivia, for the United States, has become a mission in preventing the establishment of an inspiring model of non-violent social change for the Fourth World. It is only a matter of time before the US succeeds in creating another civil war in order to guarantee the larcenous privileges of transnational corporations.
While indigenous leaders and supporters worldwide watch with horror the ongoing prevention of authentic self-governance foisted by a morally decrepit superpower, the reality of the Fourth World War has some preparing for self-defense.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
A Moral Choice
Lying and Spying
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Writing Out of Despair
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Rice Remains at Large
Friday, August 01, 2008
Myopic Mainstream Media
As a columnist for Fourth World Eye, I regularly seek credible news sources outside the myopic confines of mainstream media. One source I've come to rely on is Real News.
Real News does well at presenting sober analysis and alternative points of view within a largely state-centric framework. What would be truly novel is to include an indigenous point of view on world events as articulated by representatives of the Fourth World (stateless nations).
One of the reasons mainstream media is incoherent is that this point of view is excluded. Real News could break new ground by including them.
Fourth World nations (e.g. Basque, Hopi, Igbo, Pashtun) have a full array of societal structures for maintaining self-governance (i.e. health and education, economics, politics, culture), and indeed are continually negotiating various degrees of autonomy within state-centric structures and alongside their institutions. When negotiations fail, we have conflict.
These ancient bedrock nations are not arcane anomalies, but are rather integral to human survival, now and in the future. Their full participation in world affairs is growing and becoming more organized if not visible. Independent World Television can help.