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Arizona's White Supremacy: A New Look for Old Racism

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON- Arizona's new push for racist laws by the governor and legislators exposes a truth that many want concealed. Not only have white racists taken over control of Arizona lawmaking, but they are now battling to disguise their intentions, and the fact that racism toward people of color thrives in Arizona.

For Indigenous Peoples living in their homelands on the US/Mexico border, the racial profiling is already constant. People of color are already constantly stopped, detained and questioned for no reason by the US Border Patrol and police along the border.

Both the US Border Patrol and police officers along the border act with impunity. They stop, detain and question people without reason. (This even happens to me, a news reporter, when I travel with Tohono O'odham. I am stopped, detained and questioned for no reason.)

Searching for Bodies and Justice on the Border

By Brenda Norrell

Guatemalan Sebastian Quinac organizes search parties to find the bodies of his fellow Maya Kaqchikel who die while walking in search of a better life in the Sonoran Desert. These search parties can put even the searchers lives at risk as they walk all day in temperatures reaching 115 to 120 degrees in southern Arizona along the US/Mexico border.

Mohawk Photographer Arrested at G20; Inhumane Imprisonment in Toronto

By Brenda Norrell.

Photos by Mohawk photographer Ben Powless in TorontoBen Powless/Toronto

Mohawk photographer Ben Powless, 23, was among 900 arrested in mass by police in Toronto during the G20 demonstrations. Police attacked journalists, punching one reporter in the mouth and beating another, during peaceful demonstrations.

Popcorn and beans, depleted uranium and Raytheon

By Brenda Norrell

In Tucson, peace vigils expose the most censored issues in the world, including the United States use of drones for random assassinations, drones which are killing civilians in mass. The United States use of depleted uranium and radioactive weapons ranks among the top most censored issues in the world.

Indigenous Peoples at US Social Forum: Halting the Legacy of Genocide

By Brenda Norrell

Photos: Brita Brookes/US Social Forum Detroit

Ben Powless, Mohawk, Indigenous Day of Action Toronto

Disturbing Obama's Universe: From Afghanistan to Detroit

By Brenda Norrell

Photo by Brita Brookes/US Social Forum Detroit

On the Border: News reporters are now enemies of truth

By Brenda Norrell

People who live along the border have a new online patrol. We are all now scouts on the lookout for the news reporters, television crews and filmmakers who come to the US/Mexico border to promote themselves and tell the same old worn out story about drug running along the border.

The underlying theme of their stories is always the same: White people are good and brown people are bad.

U.S. Military has Special Ops "Boots on the Ground" in Mexico

Task Force is Embedded with Mexican Troops, CIA Operative Claims

A special operations task force under the command of the Pentagon is currently in place south of the border providing advice and training to the Mexican Army in gathering intelligence, infiltrating and, as needed, taking direct action against narco-trafficking organizations, claims a former CIA asset who has a long history in the covert operations theater.

Censored: Indigenous Rattle News and Corporate Cages in Bolivia

The news from the Bolivia Climate Summit is too hot for most newspapers, including those in and around Indian country in the US and Canada

By Brenda Norrell

Photo by Michelle Cook, Navajo

The bottom line of real climate change is that it is being censored and distorted in the news.

I've been busy trying to give away articles on the Native American delegations to the Bolivia Climate Conference. As far as I can tell, none of the newspapers in and around Indian country published the articles. This is unusual. Normally newspapers are anxious to publish articles on local people involved in newsworthy events, especially when they have been working diligently with Bolivian President Evo Morales.

El futuro del Movimiento 5 de Junio


Foto: Claudia Díaz

El sábado se cumplió el primer aniversario de la tragedia en la guardería ABC, en Hermosillo. La marcha convocada para la conmemorar la ocasión rebasó las expectativas de los organizadores y hasta de los detractores. De acuerdo a la Dirección de Seguridad Pública Municipal participaron 20 mil personas. Las cifras son similares a las registradas en la protesta más concurrida, el 5 de julio del año pasado, un día previo a las elecciones estatales. El emotivo acto político-ecuménico replicó el dolor, la desesperación y la indignación vivida por los hermosillenses durante los primeros días de acaecido el incendio que privó de la vida 49 niños e hirió a muchos más. Transcurrido un año, las emociones siguen a flor de piel. "5 de junio: No se olvida", exclamaron al aire los asistentes.

Phoenix, ABC, Colombia


Foto: @WillColey

Phoenix en pie de lucha

Los sectores progresistas provenientes de todos los rincones de Estados Unidos y América Latina se dieron cita el sábado pasado en las calles de la capital de Arizona, bajo los fulminantes rayos solares y el clima árido, para poner un alto al racismo y a la intolerancia. Más de 100 mil manifestantes demandaron la abrogación de la ley SB1070 y la aprobación de una reforma migratoria integral. Los contingentes conformaron una enorme, colorida y festiva masa de distintas razas, culturas, acentos, e historias personales. La solidaridad y la hermandad materializaron una nueva y diversa sociedad estadounidense.

Un grupo de neonazis, con sus armas de fuego al hombro, se juntó en un parque para protestar contra los manifestantes. Denunciaron ante los medios la presencia de los invasores cafés cuya agenda oculta es cometer un genocidio contra los pobres e indefensos hombres blancos. En el estadio de los Diablos de Tempe, los partidarios de la ley SB1070 llevaron a cabo el mitin Stand with Arizona, con miembros del nefasto Tea Party, celebridades radiofónicas de la derecha y el comisario antiinmigrante Joe Arpaio. Ambas movilizaciones se llevaron a cabo de forma totalmente pacífica.

Real threat to U.S. national security may be along northern border

Whistleblower lawsuit raises troubling questions about cross-border commerce

 

As the Obama administration prepares to send some 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest to secure the border, it may well be the nation’s northern border with Canada that has already been breached.

A document detailing that potential threat to U.S. national security surfaced in a lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada. That document, an internal Federal Express Canada Ltd. report dubbed the “GTS Update,” reveals that a significant percentage of shipments involving high-value merchandise and/or controlled goods exported using FedEx Canada as the carrier appear to be leaving Canada without the proper Customs paperwork.

Under Canadian Customs law, goods exported to foreign countries, other than those destined for the U.S., that are valued at [Canadian] $2,000 or more, or that are deemed "controlled goods," must be reported to the Canadian Border Service Agency via an “export declaration,” otherwise known as a B13A form. Proof that the declaration has been filed also must be presented to CBSA at the time the goods are shipped.

Thanks to the Zapatistas

by Hermann Bellinghausen, originally published in Spanish in La Jornada, May 2010

The indigenous peoples of Mexico became visible at last on New Year’s Day 1994, and forced the entire country to listen, thanks to the legendary cry of ‘enough’ from the Zapatistas, when they opened a crack in history, rose up in arms and said ‘here we are’. Never before had the country's indigenous peoples, their demands and protests, taken centre stage in the national debate. The national civil society now knew that they had much to learn from the indigenous peoples, whether those of Mayan descent or all the others.

Thanks to the Zapatistas, new hope was reborn in the left, demoralised following the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Mexico and other countries gave birth to a new generation of activists and social thinkers born out of new ideas of liberation and democracy, and new ways of expressing the old good ideas.

Los racistas contraatacan

¿Boicot contra Sonora? Joe Arpaio, el comisario antiinmigrante del condado de Maricopa, Arizona, se puso el chaleco de activista social y llamó a los ciudadanos de su estado a boicotear al estado de Sonora por dos anuncios que fueron publicados para promover el turismo en México. El primero, publicado el viernes en el Arizona Republic, consistía en un soldado viendo a través de unos binoculares con la frase, “En Sonora estamos buscando gente de Arizona”. Una segunda versión fue publicada al día siguiente con la misma imagen, con la diferencia de que en los binoculares aparecen personas festejando en la playa y la frase adicional, “Que deseen pasársela bien”.

El comisario, acusado de violar los derechos humanos, no entendió el humor del anuncio y denunció que era “fue más allá de lo irresponsable. Parece que amenaza a los arizonenses… cualquier anuncio que amenace o asuste a los arizonenses que están considerando vacacionar en Sonora es de muy mal gusto. Hasta que el gobierno de ese país se disculpe, sinceramente espero que los arizonenses busquen otro lugar para vacacionar”.

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