Evo Morales: Brexit is Sign of Capitalist Breakdown | News | teleSUR English: The president’s warning echoes similar concerns from linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky.
Back in May, Chomsky told The Guardian, “the worse choice would be Brexit. My sense is that it would probably turn Britain—or maybe England, if Scotland pulls out—into even more of a dependency on the U.S."
The outcome of the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom on whether to stay in or leave the European resulted in a win for the "leave" campaign, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron to announce Friday morning plans to resign.
ANCA: Pope’s condemnation of Armenian Genocide strengthens Christian solidarity: “Pope Francis - through words and actions - continues to openly challenge Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide. By speaking directly and fearlessly about the Armenian Genocide, this time upon Armenian soil - and then making a pilgrimage to pray at the sacred Tsitsernakaberd memorial - the Pope is both strengthening Christian solidarity with Armenia and taking a courageous stand for truth and justice.”
Britain Stuns World by Voting to Leave the European Union | Democracy Now!: Britain has stunned the world by voting to leave the European Union, becoming the first major country to leave the bloc in EU history. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation after leading the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. He’ll step down in October. The Guardian calls the decision a "turning point in British history to rank alongside the two world wars of the 20th century." Financial markets plunged after the news, with the value of the British pound dropping to the lowest level against the dollar since 1985. We’ll have more on this historic vote after headlines.
Report: Demand for Abortion in Latin America Soars Amid Zika Virus | Democracy Now!: A new report shows demand for abortions has soared in Latin American countries hit by the Zika virus. The study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows demand for abortions has more than doubled in Ecuador and Brazil, and has nearly doubled in Venezuela. In all three countries, abortion is illegal except in rare instances, such as when the life of the mother is at risk. The study tracked the number of requests for abortions through the group Women on Web, a nonprofit that provides online access to abortion medications. In one request, a woman from Venezuela wrote: "We are going through a really serious situation for the economic and humanitarian crisis unleashed by Zika. There are no treatments, contraceptives nor pills to abort. I want to terminate my pregnancy but I cannot."
White House LIVE Stream Cuts Off When Chris Eyre Mentions Leonard Peltier - Native News Online: WASHINGTON – The White House livestream that was providing video of a live panel discussion after the screening of the “The Seventh Fire” — a film about the drug use on the White Earth Reservation in a remote area of Minnesot — abruptly cut its broadcast when Native filmmaker admonished the crowd not to “forget about Leonard Peltier,” shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016.
Squaws and Scalping: Washington Adults Need Cultural Awareness Training - ICTMN.com: Some of the benefits of that law: Future leaders receive a more accurate, complete teaching of state history; they become more culturally aware and informed; and they understand sovereignty and the authority of the Native nations with which they will engage.
As McCoy would likely say, the law was way past due (he tried unsuccessfully to get a similar law approved 10 years earlier). If the curriculum—titled Since Time Immemorial—is ever offered for adults, here are some individuals that should receive an invitation to join the class.
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): A Response to John Smelcer's Statements about Debbie Reese
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): A Response to John Smelcer's Statements about Debbie Reese: Recently, John Smelcer wrote about me at his website,
saying several things that are not true. The document at his site is 23
pages in length. The first 21 pages are his account, going back to
1994, when his identity was first questioned at the University of
Alaska. As you'll see, Smelcer offers a great many letters and documents
that suggest he is Native by birth. Some of this is new. In the past he
has said he is adopted, as Diane Chen of School Library Journal found in 2009. In her review of The Great Death, she wrote:
When I read the author’s website, I learned he listened to the stories of this time and place as told by his adopted grandmother and her sister.When I first encountered John
Smelcer's work in 2008, the man who adopted him (Charlie Smelcer) told
me that Smelcer is not Native by birth. All in all, it is very
confusing. Here's the link to the page where he writes about his
identity: John Smelcer's Ethnicity & the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Note: I have saved a pdf of the page I saw on June 9th, 2016.)
Here are screen shots of the last
two pages of the 23 page document, followed by direct quotes from the
screen shots, and my response to them.
CONDEMN BRUTAL ATTACK ON MANIPUR TRIBAL FORUM!-DSU | Signalfire: During the attack, six protesters have been severely injured and almost sixty were severely wounded. Protesters, even those with injuries were detained in Chanakyapuri police station and mercilessly beaten up, while others were hospitalized with injuries in head and chest.
Attacking Students and protesters in general have been ritualized by Delhi police. Recently the protesters were fiercely attacked during the Occupy UGC movement and Delhi Police along with RSS goons brutally beaten up protesters who were marching for justice for Rohith Vemula. In the recent times, there has been a surge of Racist attacks on the students and people from Manipur, Nagaland, Africa and other places in Delhi. Delhi Police has completely failed to book the perpetrators of these Racist attacks but the barbaric police came down heavily on the peaceful protesters.
Pfeiffer to receive Honorary Degree from The University of New Mexico :: The University of New Mexico
Pfeiffer to receive Honorary Degree from The University of New Mexico :: The University of New Mexico: Associate Professor Emerita Anita Bradley Pfeiffer is the recipient of one of three 2016 honorary degrees presented by The University of New Mexico. Other recipients include V.B. Price and Polly Schaafsma. Pfeiffer will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. The recipients will be recognized during UNM’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at WisePies Arena aka The Pit. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
A member of the Navajo Nation, Pfeiffer was born in the northern Arizona town of Kayenta, long considered to have “the most remote post office in the continental U.S.” Her early education consisted of both Western education and Traditional Navajo education, which she learned from her parents. It likely was this very early nurturing in both Western English and Traditional Navajo language, knowledge, and cultural practices that sparked in Pfeiffer the unquenched commitment and passion for true community-based, bilingual and bicultural Navajo education.
Camel economy: remote Aboriginal communities capitalise on feral export - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Camel economy: remote Aboriginal communities capitalise on feral export - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The Ngaanyatjarra Lands is a group of remote Aboriginal communities in the central-east of Western Australia, and in 2012 the council representing the region signed a joint venture with the Central Livestock Management and formed The Ngaanyatjarra Camel company.
The idea was to muster mobs of wild camels into holding yards, and truck them to an abattoir in South Australia.
Alex Knight is the manager of land and culture at the Ngaanyatjarra Council and said that managing the pests in a way that had economic outcome, instead of shooting them and leaving them to rot, simply made sense to his members.
He recalled the meeting of the Aboriginal council when the camel company was formed.
"The members actually cheered, and I'm standing next to my boss, the CEO, and he said 'Alex, that doesn't happen a lot'.
"People were very pleased to do it because they'd always wanted to use camels and sell them."
Philippines: Samar Outbreak Declared, 33 Deaths Reported - RiskMap: In a follow-up to a previous report on the diarrhea outbreak that has sickened hundreds in the Eastern Visayas region, particularly the province of Samar, health officials have now officially declared the situation an outbreak in three Samar provinces: Calbiga, Sta.
Molona notes that the source of the outbreak is linked to poor source of drinking water and intake of contaminated foods.
Tel Aviv shootings: PSC response - Palestine Solidarity Campaign: More than 100,000 Palestinians are being directly punished for the events that took place in Tel Aviv on Wednesday 8 June – 83,000 who have had their permits to enter Palestinian East Jerusalem and Israel removed during Ramadan and 65,000 who live in the West Bank town of Yatta, which has been completely closed down. The families of those arrested have also been threatened with home demolition and possible deportation by the Israeli Government.
Sara Apps, interim Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said:
“Every life lost is one life too many. Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost a loved one. So far this year we have seen at least 71 Palestinians killed, and at least eight Israelis. But imposing an unlawful collective punishment on Palestinians in the West Bank in response to yesterday’s shooting in Tel Aviv is not the way to move towards understanding and peace. It only increases the injustice and decreases the opportunities to reach a just peace.
“Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are living under occupation and we call on the Israel Government, as the occupying power, to follow international law and end the occupation. This is the only way to achieve a lasting peace and end the dreadful loss of life on both sides.”
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly “Property and Freedom Society” Conference in September | Southern Poverty Law Center
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly “Property and Freedom Society” Conference in September | Southern Poverty Law Center: Founded in 2006 by libertarian academic Hans-Hermann Hoppe, the Property and Freedom Society is dedicated to what it calls “uncompromising intellectual radicalism: for justly acquired private property, freedom of contract, freedom of association—which logically implies the right to not associate with, or to discriminate against—anyone in one’s personal and business relations—and unconditional free trade,” according to its website.
But beyond the libertarian academics, economists, and business leaders from across Europe and the U.S. who attend and speak at its conferences, the Property and Freedom Society has welcomed white nationalists, including several of the most prominent white nationalists in America.
The Society’s inaugural meeting featured Paul Gottfried, the American white nationalist who founded the H.L. Mencken Club, along with Tom Sunic, another white nationalist and an ex-Croatian diplomat who spends his time speaking at racist gatherings on both sides of the Atlantic. Sunic also serves as a director with the American Freedom Party, the most visible American white nationalist political party.
I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 7/6/2016- Julia Ioffe, a Jewish journalist, becomes the target of anti-Semitic attacks, and even death threats, from Donald Trump supporters on social media after she publishes a profile of his wife Melania.
Jonathan Weisman, a Jewish editor at The New York Times, finds himself inundated with anti-Semitic epithets from self-identified supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate after the editor tweets an essay on fascist trends in the United States.
Erin Schrode, a young Jewish Democrat running for Congress in California, receives a torrent of Jew-hating messages on Facebook (“Fire up the ovens” was just one of the gems) in what appears to be an orchestrated attack launched by American neo-Nazis.
A Google Chrome extension (removed a day after it was discovered) marks members of the Jewish faith online by placing three sets of parentheses around their names.
Mere coincidence, or is this the dawn of a new and dangerous era in online anti-Semitism? The honest answer, say those in the business of tracking attacks on Jews, is that it’s hard to tell. In the old offline world, life was far less complicated. You counted acts of vandalism, physical assaults and whatever else was quantifiable, compared the total with the previous year, and then determined whether things were getting better or worse for the Jews. With the advent of social media, however, those sorts of calculations have become virtually impossible. Not only is it difficult to know what to count (Tweets? Retweets? Likes? Posts? Shares? Follows? Reports of abuse?), but also, with billions of people posting online, how do you begin searching?
Papua New Guinea: four students reported dead after police open fire on march | World news | The Guardian
Papua New Guinea: four students reported dead after police open fire on march | World news | The Guardian: The students had attempted to leave the university campus and head towards parliament house in Port Moresby, but were prevented by police.
Students have accused police of firing into the crowd, and photographs purported to be from the rally show a number of injured people.
“I’ve never been in this type of fear before,” one student, Janet Morley, posted on Facebook.
Canada's First Nations face systemic water crisis - News from Al Jazeera: Water in First Nations communities "is contaminated, hard to access, or at risk due to faulty treatment systems," the human rights group said in a 92-page report released on Tuesday.
"Make it Safe: Canada's Obligation to End the First Nations Water Crisis" reported that drinking water advisories were in effect in 134 water systems in 85 First Nations reserves across the country - a majority in the province of Ontario - as of January 2016.
Drinking water advisories are put in place by First Nations communities under advice from Health Canada when household water is unfit to drink. Thirty-six percent of the advisories in Ontario last year had been in place for more than a decade.
Papua New Guinea's students have a point. Peter O'Neill should talk to them, not send police | Jonathan Pyke | Opinion | The Guardian
Papua New Guinea's students have a point. Peter O'Neill should talk to them, not send police | Jonathan Pyke | Opinion | The Guardian: The students say the prime minister is no longer fit for office, citing multiple criminal investigations against him, attempts to shut down the police force’s corruption unit, and poor fiscal management. To date O’Neill has refused to meet student representatives, arguing that they should leave these matters to the courts and return to their studies. Even before Wednesday’s events it was difficult to see how this approach would de-escalate the situation.
The students’ claims are not without merit. The most prominent investigation against O’Neill, as well as the finance minister, James Marape, concerns the authorisation of allegedly fraudulent payments of millions of dollars to a legal firm. Efforts to delay this investigation have led to the disbanding of an independent corruption taskforce which O’Neill himself established, the sacking of the police commissioner and attorney general and, most recently, the attempted closure of the police force’s anti-corruption unit.
Study shows women face challenges on road to exoneration Innocence Project: More than 30 percent of exonerated women have had false or misleading evidence play a role in their wrongful convictions while two-thirds were wrongfully convicted for crimes that never even occurred. These are the sobering statistics revealed by journalist Alison Flowers in a Time magazine article that tackles head-on some of the challenges faced by women accused and convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.
What is especially astounding about Flowers’ investigation, which is based on a new analysis by the Women’s Project at the Center on Wrongful Convictions, is that it sheds special light on the particularities that differentiate the wrongful convictions of women from those of men, including the rates in which DNA evidence has been used to achieve exoneration.