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Thursday, 28 January

15:23

Australia's day for secrets, flags and cowards Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Australia's day for secrets, flags and cowards: [johnpilger.com] The original Australians are the oldest human presence. To the European invaders, they did not exist because their continent had been declared terra nullius: empty land. To justify this fiction, mass murder was ordained. In 1838, the Sydney Monitor reported: "It was resolved to exterminate the whole race of blacks in that quarter." This referred to the Darug people who lived along the great Hawkesbury River not far from Sydney. With remarkable ingenuity and without guns, they fought an epic resistance that remains almost a national secret. In a land littered with cenotaphs honouring Australia's settler dead in mostly imperial wars, not one stands for those warriors who fought and fell defending Australia.

This truth has no place in the Australian consciousness. Among settler nations with indigenous populations, apart from a facile "apology" in 2008, only Australia has refused to come to terms with the shame of its colonial past. A Hollywood film, Soldier Blue, in 1970 famously inverted racial stereotypes and gave Americans a glimpse of the genocide in their own mythical "settlement". Almost half a century later, it is fair to say an equivalent film would never be made in Australia.

In 2014, when my own film, Utopia, which told the story of the Australian genocide, sought a local distributor, I was advised by a luminary in the business: "No way I could distribute this. The audiences wouldn't accept it."

15:14

How will you support Indigenous Peoples in 2016? Aboriginal News Group Newswire

How will you support Indigenous Peoples in 2016?: [intercontinentalcry.org] Where ever you are in the world, odds are you live next door to an indigenous nation. You might even be sitting in their front yard. Unfortunately, the odds are just as good that you don't know it, let alone the history of dispossession that paved the way for your home, your corner store, your workplace.

By learning your local history you can start to reconcile with it. And with your newfound knowledge, you can start to make informed decisions that can improve your quality of life and that of your indigenous neighbors.

11:07

Hungary top court jails serial killers of Roma for life Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Hungary top court jails serial killers of Roma for life - Channel NewsAsia - The killings came at a time when Hungary, a landlocked central European nation of 10 million, underwent economic and political crisis. Its gross domestic output plummeted, its government collapsed and the far-right Jobbik party rose to prominence.

The three perpetrators were Zsolt Peto and the brothers Istvan Kiss and Arpad Kiss, militants with skinhead pasts from eastern Hungary.

The country's top court passed the harshest possible sentence for a crime that a judge at a lower court said was a showcase to demonstrate that racist murders would incur the toughest penalties.

A fourth accomplice, Istvan Csontos, who drove the murderers on their criminal outings, got a 13-year sentence last year.

The string of murders played out gradually, with the country slowly realising that the perpetrators were the same people following a racist ideology. Several people, including Roma, were erroneously detained at early stages for the first attacks.

After several non-lethal attacks they committed their first murder in November 2008, killing two people.

10:09

Oregon Shoot-Out Fall-Out: Community Wants Remaining Militants Gone Indian Country Headline News

Last night, after nearly four weeks after taking control and illegally occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Burns,...

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