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Angola 3 | Amnesty International USA: For nearly 40 years,
Albert Woodfox has been held in solitary confinement, mostly in the
Louisiana State Penitentiary (known as Angola prison). Woodfox,
originally convicted of an unrelated case of armed robbery, was
convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972. Robert King and
Herman Wallace, two other prisoners that make up the so-called
"Angola 3," were also convicted of this murder. King's conviction
was overturned in 2001, and he was released after 29 years of
isolation. Wallace was released in 2013, shortly before his
Throughout his prolonged incarceration in Closed Cell Restriction (CCR) Woodfox has endured very restrictive conditions, including periods of 23 hour cell confinement. Louisiana prison authorities have failed to meaningfully review hsi continued isolation, simply rubberstamping the original decision to confine the men in CCR. Decades of solitary confinement have had a clear psychological effect on Woodfox, and he suffers from serious health problems caused or made worse by his years of close confinement.
These Aren't the First Armed Whites to Take Over That Oregon Land: Just Ask the Native Paiute People | Democracy Now!: The armed militia members occupying a federally owned wildlife outpost in eastern Oregon have demanded that the land be "returned" to them. But who really has claim to this forest? We speak with Jacqueline Keeler, a writer and activist of Dineh and Yankton Dakota heritage who wrote about the 2014 Bundy ranch standoff for The Nation and is now working on a new piece which in part examines the history of the Paiute tribe’s treaty rights to the forest currently occupied by the nearly all-white militia.
If Bundy's Gang Were Black, They'd Be Bombed Like MOVE:
If Bundy’s Gang Were Black, They’d Be Bombed Like MOVE
Zach Cartwright | January 4, 2016
What the ongoing Oregon standoff has taught us is that it’s never been more apparent that the U.S. government values white lives above all others. The most stark example is comparing the kid-gloves treatment the white gunmen in Oregon are getting with the 1985 bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia.
A row of bombed houses in the wake of the MOVE bombing, 1985.
Currently, the FBI is cooperating with local law enforcement and negotiating for the return of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge southeast of Burns, Oregon. The negotiations are peaceful, despite the fact that the group occupying the facility is heavily-armed and has publicly announced they are willing to die for their cause and won’t rule out the use of violence to continue occupying the building. The group, led by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon, is predominantly white.
As US Uncut previously reported, the Bundy gang and its “patriot” supporters come from the “white power” movements of the 1970s, believe in an ideology held up by conspiracy theories, and hold the radical philosophy that the highest legitimate governmental authority is the county sheriff. Even the county sheriff in Burns has called for the gunmen to stand down and turn themselves in. As of this writing, the Bundy militia is still barricaded inside the Malheur Wildlife Refuge headquarters and refuses to give up peacefully.
However, if Ammon Bundy’s armed gang was black, they likely would have been bombed into oblivion by now. Law enforcement showed no restraint in doing so 30 years ago in West Philadelphia, as the MOVE bombing proves.
Article: The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria |
OpEdNews: And what of Assad? He's a ruthless dictator, to be
sure. And the civil war he helped set in motion has claimed the
lives of more than 200,000 of his own countrymen -- and forced
nearly 12 million more to flee their homes as refugees or
internally displaced people within Syria.
But he's also the only one protecting religious minorities like Alawites, Druze, and Christians in Syria -- the latter of whom make up about 10 percent of the population, including notable minorities in both the Syrian parliament and cabinet. Unlike many people elsewhere in the region, Syrians of all traditions were generally free to practice their faith before the war began.
This also used to be the case in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, despite his own ruthlessness. By now most Iraqi Christians have fled the country. Church leaders have been kidnapped and murdered. And you're more likely to meet an Iraqi Christian in Detroit than in Baghdad.
And those "moderate" rebels? Maybe a few are freedom-loving secularists. But many more are hardcore Islamists like the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. They aren't any more interested in democracy than Assad or the Islamic State itself.
There is, however, a solution. And it doesn't involve killing more people, stumbling into other countries' civil wars, or "carpet bombing" the Middle East, as Ted Cruz proposed. It's called diplomacy.
Bundy Sons Lead Antigovernment Extremists, Militia in Takeover of
Federal Wildlife Headquarters in Oregon | Southern Poverty Law
Center: After learning the Hammonds didn’t want to be the new
poster boys for the latest antigovernment theater and, instead,
would be surrendering to the federal Bureau of Prisons, some of the
demonstrators, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy decided without prior
public announcement to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
headquarters. They reportedly found a ring of keys to gain entry to
the federal facility 30 miles southeast of Burns that wasn’t
staffed over the New Year’s holiday, various media outlets
The startling development in Oregon seems to be further evidence that because there were no arrests following 2014 Nevada “Bunkerville” standoff, the Bundys and some of their militia supporters feel emboldened, and ready to take the next step toward possible violence.
Juez español envía orden de captura en contra de 17 militares por
caso jesuitas - [laprensagrafica.com] Velasco dio hoy traslado
a Interpol de las diecisiete órdenes de detención y mandó copia al
jefe de la Oficina Central de Interpol en El Salvador y a la
policía salvadoreña para que procedan a las detenciones, en cuyo
caso España solicitaría la extradición.
Entre los militares a los que el juez pide detener por delitos de asesinato terrorista y lesa humanidad destaca el excoronel salvadoreño Inocente Orlando Montano, cuya extradición fue solicitada por España a Estados Unidos, donde cumplía una condena de 21 meses de cárcel por fraude migratorio.
El resto son: el exministro de Defensa Rafael Humberto Larios, Juan Rafael Bustillo, Juan Orlando Zepeda, José Ricardo Espinoza, Gonzalo Guevara, Francisco Elena Fuentes, Óscar Mariano Amaya, Antonio Ramiro Ávalos, Ángel Pérez Vásquez, Tomás Zarpate Castillo, José Alberto Sierra, Guillermo Alfredo Benavides, Joaquín Arnoldo Cerna, Carlos Mauricio Guzmán, Héctor Ulises Cuenca y Óscar Alberto León Linares.
Involved | National Museum of African American History and
Culture: The National Museum of African American History and
Culture would like to engage individuals from African Diaspora
backgrounds who live in the metro DC area for a project that will
help the museum tell stories of contemporary African descent
populations in the U.S.—stories that include a wide range of
communities and experiences.
The main purpose of the project is to discover the perceptions toward the museum from diverse African diasporic audiences and to highlight their expressed preferences for the museum. Research findings will assist in the planning of post-inaugural exhibitions, programs and collaborations for the museum, and other Smithsonian Institution initiatives.
Volunteers accepted through January 15, 2016.
Man bags over 1yr jail term over Holocaust denial on Facebook -
Vanguard News: During a three-sentence expletive-rich tirade he
used anti-Semitic insults and a term which questioned the veracity
of the Holocaust. According to the court ruling seen by AFP on
Wednesday, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine of around
800,000 forints ($2,700/2,500 euros) or spend 400 days in jail.
Details of his sentence, handed down on November 27, only emerged after it was published by TEV, which had sent a written request to the court in Esztergom, north of Budapest. TEV’s Tibor Pasztor told AFP Wednesday that the punishment was the toughest yet under the 2010 law that renders denial of “genocides committed by national socialist or communist systems” punishable with prison terms of up to three years.
'Children of the Broken Treaty' exposes Canada's shameful treatment
of Indigenous people | rabble.ca: In 1976, the J.R. Nakogee
Primary School opened to great hope for change in the Treaty 9
territory. Families were excited about the primary school because
it meant they could be involved in their children's
From the beginning, the J.R. Nakogee school was bare bones compared to other schools being constructed in the rest of Ontario. However, to the parents in Attawapiskat -- who had suffered through the notorious St. Anne's Residential School -- it was everything they could wish for because it meant that their children could stay in their community and not be taken away like they had been during the residential school era.
During the early 1980s students and teachers began to complain about headaches, nausea and other ailments. It was found that while digging to make an extension to the school that leaked fuel was discovered.
In 1984, the Department of Indian Affairs sent in a team to assess the situation. Band-aid solutions were made but 12 years later in 1996, the damage was done -- diesel fuel heavily saturated the grounds in which J.R. Nakogee School sat.
Article: Celebrating 22 Years of Zapatismo | OpEdNews: Jan. 1
marks the 22nd anniversary of the Zapatista uprising and more than
30 years since the formation of the Ejercito Zapatista de
Liberación Nacional (Zapatista Army of National Liberation,
On January 1, 1994, the EZLN captured the world's imagination when it rose up to demand justice and democracy for the indigenous peasants of southern Mexico. Since that brief armed insurrection, the EZLN has become known more for its peaceful mobilizations, dialogue with civil society, and structures of political, economic, and cultural autonomy. Over the past three decades, the Zapatista movement has won significant changes in its own territory and has inspired other social movements in Mexico and around the world, offering a number of key lessons that are still relevant today.
The date of the Zapatista uprising was chosen for its symbolic importance -- as it was the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect. The EZLN was one of the first popular movements to recognize neoliberalism as a menacing new stage of global capitalism and called NAFTA a death sentence for the indigenous peasants of Mexico.
After Referring Gamal Sultan to Criminal Court, ANHRI Condemns the Prosecution of Journalists over Publication Cases: It’s worth mentioning that Almasry Alyoum published, on the 9th of September, 2014, a report entitled “Al-Zend Sells Port Said Judges’ Club’s Land to his Wife’s Relative with 18 thousand pounds per meter instead of 50”. The report was a follow-up article of a press report published by al-Ahram Newspapers, which claimed that the land was sold by the Judges’ Club to Al-Zend’s wife’s cousin (named Lotif Mostafa Mostafa Amasha) and his partners, at a price of 18 thousand pounds per meter, a total of 9,000,153 thousand pounds for a piece of land of area of 508.5 square meters.
PressTV-'Comfort women' stage rally in Seoul: On Wednesday,
hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Japanese Embassy in
Seoul to denounce the deal with Japan over the so-called "comfort
women" of South Korea used as sex slaves during World War II.
Among the demonstrators were some of the former comfort women who called the accord “humiliating."
The latest rally come two days after Japan and South Korea finally inked a landmark deal over the controversial issue of women sex slaves during World War II, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offering an apology and promising one-billion-yen ($8.3-million) payment for the Korean victims.
Japan said the payment was aimed at "restoring the women's dignity" but was not official compensation.
Here are a few of the headlines to watch for in Northwest Native America over the next few months....
WITHOUT IRRIGATION : PRODUCES ITS OWN FERTILIZERS
OF GROWING FOOD SOIL IS IMPROVED
The Swiss Ernst Götsch is a farmer and researcher who has migrated to Brazil in the early 80’s and has settled on a farm in the cocoa zone of southern Bahia. Since then, he’s developed soil recovery techniques through p...
A new report published by Survival International reveals that the appalling suicide rate among the indigenous Guarani Kaiowá people of southern Brazil is the highest in the world.
The rate of self-inflicted deaths within the tribe is 34 times the Brazilian national average, and statistically the highest among any society anywhere on earth. Suicide rates among many other indigenous peoples such as Aboriginal Australians and Native Americans in Alaska also remain exceptionally high. This can be viewed as the inevitable result of the historical and continuing theft of their land and of "development” being forced upon them.
The report, “Progress can Kill”, exposes the devastating consequences of loss of land and autonomy on tribal peoples. As well as the shockingly high suicide rates among tribes, it also reveals high rates of alcoholism, obesity, depression and other health problems.
Particularly striking statistics include the sky-rocketing rates of HIV infection in...
Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the World: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses
I want to present to you a suite of six mycological solutions, using fungi, and these solutions are based on mycelium. The mycelium infuses all landscapes, it holds soils together, it’s extremely tenacious. This holds up to 30,000 times its mass. They’re the grand molecular disassemblers of nature — the soil magicians. They generate the humus soils across the landmasses of Earth. We have now discovered that there is a multi-directional transfer of nutrients between plants, mitigated by the mcyelium — so the mycelium is the mother that is giving nutrients from alder and birch trees to hemlocks, cedars and Douglas firs.
Mushrooms produce strong antibiotics....
Biorock technology was originally developed by marine scientists Thomas Goreau and Wolf Hilbertz. A low-voltage direct current is run through the steel. This electricity interacts with the minerals in the seawater and causes solid limestone to grow on the structure. It draws on the principles of electrolysis, where the electric current causes a chemical reaction to occur which wouldn’t have otherwise.
Eventually, the limestone solidifies.
It’s the same thing that makes up [marine] skeletons. And it’s a perfect breeding ground for aquatic life.
It’s speeding up the normal reaction of coral growth. Corals on the biorocks...
Hundreds Ride to Wounded Knee for 125th Anniversary of 1890 Massacre
On December 29, 1890, the U.S. Army killed as
many as 300 Oglala Lakota Indians, including many women and
children. The commemorative Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride began
more than a week ago when riders set out from Bridger, South
Dakota. They traveled more than 150 miles on horseback until
reaching Wounded Knee. The site is remembered not only for the 1890
massacre, but also for the historic 1973 occupation, in which
members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee to
demand their treaty rights.
When a corporation wants to oppose environmental regulations, or support an environmentally damaging development, it may do so openly and in its own name. But it is far more effective to have a group of citizens or experts — and preferably a coalition of such groups — which can publicly promote the outcomes desired by the corporation while claiming to represent the public interest. When such groups do not already exist, the modern corporation can pay a public relations firm to create them.
The use of such ‘front groups’ enables corporations to take part in public debates and government hearings behind a cover of community concern. These front groups lobby governments to legislate in the corporate interest, to oppose environmental regulations, and to introduce policies that enhance corporate profitability. Front groups also campaign to change public opinion, so that the markets for corporate goods are not threatened and the efforts of environmental groups are defused.
Good news. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a cancelled hydro dam that spares 20,000 people from the burden of displacement. Other times, it takes the shape of a simple court admission that Indigenous Peoples do actually make the best conservationists.
In this day in age such stories are incredibly rare. They are even more difficult to find amidst the constant deluge of media that doesn’t matter. That makes them all the more valuable.
Indigenous rights victories give us all pause to celebrate, to reflect and to rejuvenate our own quests for justice.
May we encounter 10,000 more victories just like these in 2016!
One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.
Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.
Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?
You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.
You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.
But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister.
“You are five years old. You are literally taken from your home. There was no choice. You have somebody coming to your door to take you away to these boarding schools.
You as a parent have no choice; your children must go.
Some of my family don’t want to talk about their experiences, but one of the ones I did hear repeatedly was that they had this message verbally beaten into them: “You’re here because your parents don’t love you. That’s why you’re here. And that’s why they’re not coming to get you.”
Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa can’t come get you; they’re forbidden from coming to get you, forbidden to come see you.
So now you get out when you’re 18. You haven’t had a home, your mom and dad, a loving, nurturing environment to raise you. And you have this idea in your head, “You’r...
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