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Wednesday, 17 February

03:47

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts, Choctaw, On ‘Rapidly Changing Community’ Indian Country Headline News

Chris Roberts, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, was elected mayor of Shoreline, Washington, in January by his colle...

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Tuesday, 16 February

13:27

ADDICTION IS NOT WHAT WE THINK IT IS: CHASING THE SCREAM – INTERVIEW WITH JOHANN HARI ULTRA KULTURE

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It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

In this video, Journalist Johann Hari joins Studio 10 in Australia to talk about his 3 year investigation into the war on drugs and his new book about his findings “Chasing The Scream”.

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12:56

Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion | Democracy Now!: The investigative series sparked protests in African-American and congressional probes. It also provoked a fierce reaction from the media establishment, which denounced the series. The Los Angeles Times alone assigned 17 reporters to probe Webb’s report and his personal life. Recently declassified CIA files show the agency used a "a ground base of already productive relations with journalists [at other newspapers]" to counter what it called "a genuine public relations crisis."

Following the controversy, the San Jose Mercury News demoted Webb. He then resigned and pushed his investigation even further in his book, "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion."

The CIA’s inspector general later corroborated Webb’s key findings, but, by then, his career was wrecked. The newspapers that denounced Webb largely ignored the CIA’s own report — it was released in 1998 amid the scandal over President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Webb appeared on Democracy Now! several times to discuss his reporting and the media backlash.

12:31

Burundi refugees fearful after Rwanda expulsion threat | GulfNews.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Burundi refugees fearful after Rwanda expulsion threat | GulfNews.com: Burundi has been in turmoil since Nkurunziza announced plans in April 2015 to run for a third term, which he went on to win.

In less than a year, hundreds of people have been killed and around 230,000 Burundians have fled the country. According to the UNHCR, some 75,000 of those have taken refuge in Rwanda.

Like many of her compatriots, Audrey has been put up by a Rwandan family since fleeing three months ago and she remains too frightened to be photographed or clearly identified.

“We talk about it a lot among ourselves, especially on social media, we wonder where we are going to be able to go,” she said.

Rwanda’s plan to relocate the refugees comes amid accusations that Kigali is meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbour.

12:22

‘We Want the Truth,’ Says Grandmother of Native Woman Killed by Cop Indian Country Headline News

UPDATED, 1:20 p.m.: Added information to the tenth paragraph in regards to Wright being apprehended....

06:26

Refugee crisis: Dozens of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans buried in makeshift Lesbos cemetery Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Refugee crisis: Dozens of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans buried in makeshift Lesbos cemetery: [ibtimes.co.uk] In one, out of the 64 new graves dug, 37 are unnamed. That includes children as young as one, and whole families buried together. Mustafa Dawa, a local man who came to Greece from Egypt a number of years ago, has taken it upon himself to shroud, wash, and bury the dead with their faces pointed towards Mecca.

"There are many unknown, and because there are so many, there are whole families that have been lost. Entire families perished in the Aegean and we couldn't do anything. At least, the very least we can and must do, is to bury them according to their faith," said Dawa.

05:43

Western Sahara: Norwegian organization calls on UN to accelerate holding of self-determination referendum Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Western Sahara: Norwegian organization calls on UN to accelerate holding of self-determination referendum: [aps.dz] During a meeting with the representative of Polisario Front, Limam Khalil, Poulsen dubbed the continuing illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco "unacceptable" and urged the international community to take action to accelerate the decolonization of the last colony in Africa by allowing the Sahrawi people to exercise their legitimate right to self-determination and independence.

04:06

Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem News from Survival International

Many tribes in Venezuela have suffered the terrible effects of illegal mining on their land (Hoti tribesperson)
Many tribes in Venezuela have suffered the terrible effects of illegal mining on their land (Hoti tribesperson)
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Yabarana Indians in the Amazon region of Venezuela were violently attacked at the end of January by armed miners working illegally on their land.

Yabarana leader Benjamin Perez, who heads the Yabarana organization OIYAPAM, was badly beaten and his house was burned down. He has received death threats and is now in hiding.

In a statement the Coordinating body of Indigenous Organizations of Amazonas state – COIAM – said that illegal mining has “polluted the rivers with mercury and other toxic substances” and caused “serious harm to indigenous peoples, such as … the trafficking of people and petrol”.

Other indigenous peoples such as the Hoti, Panare, Yekuana and Piaroa have for years suffered from the invasion of their lands by miners, who frequently threaten them and have contaminated the rivers and fish their livelihoods rely on.

Forty organizations in Venezuela also issued a statement in support of the Yabarana, Hoti, Panare and Piaroa tribes demanding that...

03:45

‘Are You Going to Honor the Treaties?’ Clyde Bellecourt Asks Bernie Sanders Indian Country Headline News

On Thursday, Clyde Bellecourt, founder of the American Indian Movement and elder statesman in the Twin Cities civil rig...

Thursday, 11 February

22:20

Paraguay: Government ordered to protect uncontacted tribe News from Survival International

Contact with the outside world has been a very traumatic experience for many Ayoreo, exposing them to life-threatening diseases
Contact with the outside world has been a very traumatic experience for many Ayoreo, exposing them to life-threatening diseases
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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ordered Paraguay’s government to protect an uncontacted tribe from being wiped out.

In a highly unusual decision, the Commission, part of the OAS, has demanded that the authorities intervene to stop cattle ranchers illegally destroying the Paraguayan Chaco, a uniquely biodiverse area that is home to the last uncontacted Indians outside the Amazon.

The area suffers the highest rate of deforestation in the world. It is estimated that over 14 million trees are being cut down there every month.

The tribe, known as the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode are under severe threat from ranchers, who have rapidly destroyed their land and forced many of them out of their forest, where they are dying from a mysterious TB-like illness.

One Ayoreo told Survival: “Our relatives came out of the forest i...

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