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Monday, 29 February

14:26

Are Rojava Kurds collaborating with Assad? | World War 4 Report Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Are Rojava Kurds collaborating with Assad? | World War 4 Report: The regime UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari said: "So the victory, achieved by the Syrian Kurds and the Syrian army in northern parts of Syria is a joint victory for all Syrians." These comments were of course avidly reported in the Turkish press. (Anadolu Agency, Yeni Safak, Feb. 17)

What has not been so widely reported is that the Kurds have denied these claims! Nesrin Abdullah of the YPG's Public Relations Office repudiated the regime's support: "Officials from the Syrian regime have begun claiming that YPG and YPJ [Women's Protection Units] have links with the Syrian army. They are attempting to distort the reality of our forces... [F]or their political interests, they intend to exploit our achievements... Through this statement I answer the claims Shaaban made. Up until now, the Syrian regime has not acknowledged the YPG. How are they now saying the YPG is part of the [Syrian army]?" (Rudaw, YPG Public Relations Office Facebook page, Feb. 21)

08:42

Debbie--have you seen.... Danna Smith's ARCTIC WHITE American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

In January, a major publisher (Holt, an imprint of Macmillan), released Arctic White, a picture book by Danna Smith. Here's the synopsis:

When you live in the Arctic in winter, everything is a shade of white. 
A young girl looks around her home in the Arctic and sees only white, white, white...but one day her grandfather takes her on a journey through the tundra.  And at the end of their cold walk across the ice, they find something special that brings color into their world.

The reviewer at Kirkus writes that the setting and culture aren't clear. Here's part of that review:
A modern paint box, a bound book, and a flashlight, together with the second-person, present-tense address (placing readers inside the story), imply a contemporary setting, but this girl lives a nonindustrialized life in an iglu, even though most contemporary indigenous Arctic people live in houses. The lack of any specific indigenous nation and some faux Native...

06:33

Yemeni photographers fight despair and trauma of war | Middle East Eye Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Yemeni photographers fight despair and trauma of war | Middle East Eye: For Yemeni photographers who had to leave their homeland, they are not only turning to their photographic craft to cope with the pain of longing and separation from their families and loved ones, but they are also creating alternative narratives about the reality of what it now means to be Yemeni. A narrative that goes beyond the headlines and one which tells the stories of the people on the ground and those forced into the diaspora.

This relationship between the war and displaced Yemeni photographers was the topic explored at a two-day workshop in Jordan last month run by the Yemeni Salon Organisation. Founded in 2012 by myself and my colleague Hana al-Khamri, the Yemeni Salon organisation is a diaspora group focusing on cultural and media empowerment projects about Yemen.

06:26

Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; 3 are stabbed and 13 arrested - LA Times Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; 3 are stabbed and 13 arrested - LA Times: Witnesses said the Klansmen used the point of a flagpole as a weapon while fighting with protesters.

Two other protesters were stabbed during the melee — one with a knife and the other with an unidentified weapon, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department.

Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said he was standing near the KKK members when several protesters attacked them with two-by-fours and other weapons.

Several of the Klan members jumped in the SUV and sped off, leaving three others to “fend for themselves,” Levin said.

Levin had been trying to interview the KKK ringleader, whom he identified as William Quigg, an Anaheim resident.

06:21

The Archaeology News Network: Genetics reveal 50,000 years of independent history of aboriginal Australian people Aboriginal News Group Newswire

The Archaeology News Network: Genetics reveal 50,000 years of independent history of aboriginal Australian people: The study by researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and collaborators at La Trobe University in Melbourne and several other Australian institutes, challenges a previous theory that suggested an influx of people from India into Australia around 4-5,000 years ago. This new DNA sequencing study focused on the Y chromosome, which is transmitted only from father to son, and found no support for such a prehistoric migration. The results instead show a long and independent genetic history in Australia.

Modern humans arrived in Australia about 50,000 years ago, forming the ancestors of present-day Aboriginal Australians. They were amongst the earliest settlers outside Africa. They arrived in an ancient continent made up of today's Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, called Sahul, probably thousands of years before modern humans arrived in Europe.

06:10

Haiti Action Committee�:�STEALING DEMOCRACY - HAITI FIGHTS BACK FEB 28th 3-5PM at EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE, OAKLAND Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Haiti Action Committee�:�STEALING DEMOCRACY - HAITI FIGHTS BACK FEB 28th 3-5PM at EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE, OAKLAND: Join Haiti Action Committee to mark the 12th anniversary of the February 29, 2004 U.S.-backed coup d'�tat that overthrew the progressive, democratically-elected Lavalas government headed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and to stand with Haiti's popular movement at a critical moment in its longstanding struggle for democracy.

Eastside Arts Alliance Sunday, Feb 28th, 3-5PM

2277 International Avenue, Oakland

See the statement issued by 68 grassroots organizations in Haiti calling for solidarity with their struggle for free and fair elections, dignity and justice.
The statement was written as tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets – braving assassination, tear gas, beatings, and police torture – demanding the annulment of the fraudulent elections that gave the lead positions in the legislative and presidential races to the hand-picked candidates of President Michel Martelly, the corrupt "Haiti is Open for Business" government head imposed on Haiti. by Hilary Clinton.

06:07

Nazis: You’ll Always Walk Alone | Anti-Fascist Network Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Nazis: You’ll Always Walk Alone | Anti-Fascist Network: With around 24 hours to organise, antifascists across the north and around the AFN managed to rally in Liverpool, with the overwhelming and incredible turnout of the legendary Liverpool locals.
First spotted trying to leave the Crown Hotel, hundreds of antifascists and locals ran from Lime Street station to blockade the Infidels in. Other Nazis and Polish fascists tried unsuccessfully to somehow navigate through the throngs of anti-racists to get to the pub meet point-bad luck lads. Police tried desperately to get the Infidels to safety, whilst a defiant crowd pushed back against the police. Coppers used dogs, horses, riot police and full force to just about squeeze them to safety, ie outside of Liverpool.

05:07

The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, February 28, 2016 Indian Country Headline News

High-profile appointments, solar energy for an entire rez, and the debunking of a long-held myth about Natives and alcoholism dominated a positive-news-filled week for Indian co...

Sunday, 28 February

22:22

Debbie--have you seen... TRU & NELLE by G. Neri? American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A reader asked me about G. Neri's Tru & Nelle. Here's the synopsis:

Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives even more. It’s their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble. Humor and heartache intermingle in this lively look at two budding writers in the 1930s South.
With Harper Lee's death and the publication last year of Go Set A Watchman, this book is timely and could do quite well. My quick look inside in the "look inside" feature at Amazon tells me there's a character in it named Indian Joe.

If I get it, and read it, I'll be back. If you got it, and read it, let me know!

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