Sunday, August 26, 2012

 

GOP and the Klan

Bigotry justified by ignorance isn't limited to the Republican Party, but for American Indian women, biblical based racism foundational to the GOP is lethal. As Ryan Dreveskracht explains, the apartheid mindset that plagues American politics via the Republican Party exposes Indian women on reservations to preventable violence by whites. By forbidding tribal police from arresting white perpetrators of murder and rape on reservations, the GOP is encouraging vigilante vengeance, ironically something the Republican forebears in organizations like the Klan had a lot of experience at.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

 

Buffalo Soldier

As noted in this post at Mohawk Nation News, buffalo soldiers today -- as they did during the period after the American Civil War -- are tools of white power over indigenous peoples. From the 10th Cavalry that murdered plains Indians, to Pentagon patsies like Colin Powell, they sold their soul to the white master for a piece of the genocidal action. Even Barack Obama, although not a military figure, might be considered a buffalo soldier in spirit as he betrays indigenous peoples foreign and domestic.

Friday, August 24, 2012

 

Occupy South Africa

Nicholas Mirzoeff at Occupy 2012 examines the issues involved in the re-conquest of Africa: extraction of minerals, subjugation of autonomy, implementation of debt, and expansion of climate change. Reporting on the memorial for South African miners murdered by police, he notes a new wave of resistance is imminent, this time in support of nationalizing wealth in order for the black citizens to enjoy the fruits of their labor, rather than giving it all over to the white mine owners. Bringing the message back to American shores, the same might be said for resource extractors from the Arctic to Patagonia.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 

A Colossal Fraud

As documented by Jerry Sanders in his book Peddlers of Crisis, Cold War hawks in Washington made their bones by producing and disseminating misperceptions about the Russian threat, that in turn justified the inordinate military buildup by the US and NATO. In essence, says Sanders, the national security military industrial complex, while perhaps warranted at some level, was nevertheless a colossal fraud concocted by Washington insiders at Langley and the Pentagon.

Deliberately falsified information and wildly exaggerated threats were, in fact, used to enable not only the looting of the US Treasury to meet these false threats, but also to promote some notorious characters into the halls of power. People like Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney and Richard Armitage.

Today, through agencies like National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and USAID, lessons in psychological warfare learned by Cold War hawks and private sector friends like George Soros are still being applied in the interest of US hegemony, albeit in more creative ways. As noted in this article about NED-funded political opposition groups in Russia, the exaggerations, while containing an element of truth, are leveraged to perpetuate popular myths that can be capitalized on by US interests.

With a perfunctory nod to prior creative operators at the National Security Agency (NSA), I have to admit that the Pussy Riot affair must rank right up there. While Cartalucci acknowledges a lack of direct connection, the witness list of the pussy defense is loaded with NED funding.

As illustrated by this article at Wrong Kind of Green, arguing against Russian gangster capitalism, while important, is best left to authentic journalists and human rights activists, not US State Department proteges, Ford or Soros funded puppets. Monitoring Russian elections for fraud is one thing, disturbing the peace and distorting reports in order to destabilize Russian society is best left to the CIA. As seen in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, innocent people get hurt.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

 

The Continuum of Violence

In her Religion Dispatches essay Masculinity and Mass Violence, Elizabeth Drescher explores the topic of "religiously informed, institutionalized, and naturalized versions of masculinity [that] play no small part in the continuum of violence."

Monday, August 20, 2012

 

Freedom of Expression

On the day Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Government of Ecuador, Democracy Now discussed the implications of abandoning international legal protections of journalists and publishers like Wikileaks. The day after UK police attempted to invade the Ecuadoran embassy, Julian Assange addressed the citizens of London from the balcony of the Ecuadoran embassy on the topic of shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful, in particular the US war on whistleblowers. In the same week that three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot were imprisoned in Russia for singing about government corruption, Assange's claim that rogue state unity in oppression must be met by civil society determination in response required no further elaboration.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

 

Insanity of Inhumanity

The changes in the world that have left outmoded inventions like the national security state and globalization behind, while palpable to anyone liberated from the doctrine of domination, pose a tremendous psychic threat to the orthodox sects that still have a monopoly of force. As such, the symbols of that threat -- who expose the colossal fraud of national security or defy the monopoly of force by the consolidated wealth behind globalization -- are in constant danger of retaliatory projects running on automatic pilot in the agencies of domination.

While the orthodox sects in the US and the UK ponder projects like the kidnapping or assassination of Julian Assange and the overthrow of Evo Morales, the cat is already out of the bag: the national security game is up. Everybody now knows the benign superpower myth was a hoax.

So where do we go from here? What do we do to bring the insanity of inhumanity to an ignominious end?

Friday, August 17, 2012

 

Security Feminism

Security feminism is not a familiar phrase, but using feminism as justification for foreign aggression has been an important element of the psychological warfare waged by the State Department against peace activism. No matter the neoliberal agenda is to globalize poverty on behalf of Wall Street; if peace is an impediment to profits, then showcasing liberated third world women -- free to dress and talk like Hillary Clinton, while their countries are wasted by pollution, poverty and war -- is a tool Madison Avenue will exploit.

Like the green weenies who support militarized ethnic cleansing of the world's forests in order to preserve REDD credits for the carbon cartel, the feminists who support NATO and the Pentagon are consuming a fantasy that only domesticated activists could fall for. In the world of power politics, the compliant are rewarded, while the independent are attacked.

Pretending the utter destruction of a society will lead to freedom and prosperity for anyone, let alone third world women, is not only presposterous--it defies historical awareness of the countless betrayals by the US Government in pursuit of power at any cost. But of course, pro-war feminists don't have to live in the world of their making; they can still reside in the separate reality of propaganda as advertising.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

 

Fighting Obama

Chris Hedges discusses the federal lawsuit he and Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg filed against the Obama Administration for violating our Constitutional rights under the guise of national defense. Since December, when Obama authorized silencing whistleblowers and criminalizing dissent using military courts to deprive US citizens of due process, the federal judge hearing their suit issued an injunction against the President's totalitarian plan. And what else could you call using the military to arrest, detain, and murder US citizens without access to a lawyer or trial, simply because they express themselves in opposition to presidential policy? It's why we have separation of powers, so would be dictators -- like Bush and Obama -- don't have free hand to lock away peace activists in gulags like Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

 

Mobilizing Resentment

In the early 1990s, national Anti-Indian organizations joined the Washington Association of Realtors and the Building Industry Association in Washington state to create property rights groups with sufficient funding and organizational support to defeat implementation of Growth Management environmental protection by altering the political climate. Key to that Wise Use Movement task was the recruitment of paramilitary white supremacists willing to threaten tribal and environmental activists, thus generating widespread fear among communities in fourteen counties statewide.

Four years into their campaign to mobilize resentment, eight white supremacist Christian-Patriot militia members were sentenced to federal prison for violations of explosives and firearms statutes, in which they planned to murder their political opponents. I later wrote an eyewitness account of this turmoil.

Today, in the Klamath River Basin of Northern California and Southern Oregon, tribes and environmentalists are threatened from a mobilization of resentment by the agricultural industry, with assistance from national Anti-Indian organizations. As Charles Tanner Jr. reports at the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, the nascent hate campaign is receiving active support from the Tea Parties.

Whether this confluence of white nationalism with industrial power will be able to derail restoration of the Klamath River is hard to tell at this point in time. What is certain, though, is that the reshaping of the political landscape there -- as in Washington state twenty years ago -- by white supremacists with industry backing, is unlikely to be one conducive to either conservation or cooperation.

*Additional information about the Wise Use Movement and its Anti-Indian component is available on the Public Good Project website, most notably Wise Use in Northern Puget Sound, as well as in the Center for World Indigenous Studies DayKeeper Press.

Wikipedia pages on the Militia Movement and the Christian Patriot Movement contain a number of helpful references. News articles about the connection between industry-financed property rights field agents and the militias ran in the Portland Oregonian in 1996, and in the Anacortes American in 1997. Neither are available online.

Steal this State by Paul de Armond and Jim Halpin, an article about Wise Use and county secession, ran in the August 17, 1994 issue of Eastsideweek; Merchant of Fear, an expose by de Armond and Halpin of Wise Use fundraiser Alan Gottlieb, ran in the October 26, 1994 issue of Eastsideweek, a defunct Seattle area publication. Angry White Guys with Guns: the Rise of the Citizen Militias, by Daniel Junas, ran in the Spring 1995 issue of Covert Action Quarterly. All three articles are transcribed on the Public Good site.The July 1996 FBI arrest of Washington State Militia/Freemen and the subsequent trial was covered in the Seattle Times, as well as in the Bellingham Herald by crime reporter Cathy Logg. The Herald stories are not archived online, but the transcript of the federal indictment of the Christian Patriots is available at Public Good.

Coalition for Human Dignity compiled a thorough documentation of the Christian-Patriot militias, but their online archive disappeared after they disbanded as an organization. Western States Center also compiled reports on Wise Use violence, but these apparently have not been digitally maintained. Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment played a key role in education and organizing in the Pacific Northwest, but disbanded at the end of the 1990s. For scholars, Political Research Associates has compiled a useful bibliography for Studying the US Political Right.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

 

IRS Sues Sioux

The Government of the United States has a long history of trying to destroy the Sioux Indians, and the Sioux have a long history of resistance. As Oglala Sioux Tribe president John Steele reports, the latest attack on the Sioux by the US comes in the form of the IRS, which, contrary to domestic and international law, is attempting to tax tribal benefits like housing, health and education.

While those of us outside Indian country gird ourselves for US Government attacks on our benefits like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, we can take a lesson from the Sioux on resilience and determination in fighting the corruption of the American republic. The time may not be far off when seniors and the disabled will have to join Native Americans in defending democracy in this country.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

 

Collective Quebecois

Quebec professors support students right to strike, refuse to become state informants as part of state repression of students freedom of speech and assembly, reject state violence against collective political power.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

 

Mining the Moon

Writing at Le Monde diplomatique, Philippe Riviere looks at privatising space, where venture capital from Internet moguls and other entrepreneurs is seeking to exploit commercial opportunities from mining the moon to blowing up asteroids. As these captains of industry seek to further enrich themselves from space stations and yuppies in orbit, the chaos of capitalized space traffic poses another problem fairly familiar to us here on earth: how to clean up the mess.

While space debris and accidents outside our atmosphere might not be our most pressing concern, consequent disruptions of satellite communications could become one. Then again, why worry? They've done such a good job managing things here on this planet, what could possibly go wrong?

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