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Increase in army patrols and paramilitary activity in La Garrucha

JBG La Garrucha reports:

- increase in army patrols and helicopter overflights
- government-backed paramilitary activity in the communities

- attempts to take back land recuperated by the Zapatistas in 1994

- government attempts to buy loyalty with building materials

- government intention to divide communities
- government intention to provoke Zapatista supporters to retaliate and thus provide a justification for military intervention

- evictions of communities in Montes Azules to make way for luxury tourism and biopiracy - plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Jatate River

"Hiding behind environmental pretexts, they clear the way for the entry into the jungle of the big investors, the exploitation of the area for luxury tourism, and the appropriation of biological resources for patenting".

Showdown: Will Obama recognize Indian Nation sovereignty and Haudenosaunee passports

UPDATE: Britain refused to honor the Haudenosaunee passports of the Iroquois Lacrosse team. In the end, after running up enormous hotel bills staying in New York and waiting, the team was denied visas by Britain to the Lacrosse world championships and then returned home as heroes.

Mohawk artist Tracy Thomas said, "To the Nationals, who are coming home, this is not a defeat. You have gained respect, honor and instilled pride to our children, to be who we are. We all have a piece of the Creator's heart in all of us, you have shown the world, what Lacrosse means to us, its more than a trophy, its our spiritual connection to the Creator's Game and you will play again another time."

The Mohawk Nation News said in an editorial that the refusal to honor the passport was part of the continual genocide and theft of land and resources of Indigenous peoples. Britain's demand for the Iroqouis team members to obtain US or Canadian passports was not an option.

"We are not immigrants. Being forced to carry the passports of illegal foreign corporations is blackmail," said Mohawk Nation News. Read column: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/07/lacrosse-passport-standoff-is-about.html

Read more about the team at:
http://iroquoisnationals.org/

Earlier, the US State Department issued a last minute, one-time waiver for the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team to travel on their Haudenosaunee passports, but the UK rejected it. The team was unable to board their rescheduled flight that would have placed them in England just in time for the game.

US Rep. Dan Maffei, D-NY, brought the issue to Congress twice Wednesday. Rep. Maffei demanded that Britian issue the visas, stating that it will be an international embarrassment if the team is not allowed to compete.

On Saturday, July 17, the team said in a statement that the passports reamin under review by the UK.

Mitzitón: God’s Army Must Leave Now

“They are guilty of the crimes of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape, illegal felling of trees, and trafficking in migrants. We demand the government relocates the criminal delinquent paramilitaries”

Mitzitón is a small Tzotzil community, located in woodland near to San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The majority of the inhabitants are adherents to the Other Campaign, and grow and care for the local trees. There have been problems in this community for the past thirteen years, since members of an evangelical group, Alas de Aguila, Eagle Wings, part of a larger paramilitary organisation, Ejército de Dios, the Army of God, or God’s Army, came to live in Mitzitón. They have, since 1997, the year of the Acteal massacre, refused to take part in any of the collective work of the community or to contribute to its costs. To the great concern of the majority, members of the organisation have been indiscriminately cutting down the trees which are loved and nurtured by the rest of the inhabitants.

The community say that the aggressive actions of the Eagle Wings have been getting worse and more frequent. As well as squandering the scarce timber and water resources, they operate with complete impunity within the community, issuing threats, kidnapping, beating, raping, using high velocity firearms, and wearing military uniforms. They are basically living off the profits they make from trafficking illegally in timber and in migrant people from Central America.

Day of Death July 16: Remembering Church Rock spill and atomic bomb detonation in New Mexico

Navajos and other New Mexicans remember secrecy and legacy of death from atomic bomb detonation and nuclear spill on July 16

By Brenda Norrell

Photo: Atomic bomb detonation at Trinity, NM, 1945

CHURCH ROCK and TULAROSA, N.M. - As the Obama Administration plans more nuclear power plants, and corporations target Navajo communities with new uranium mining, Navajos and other New Mexicans will gather to remember the nuclear industry's legacy of death at Church Rock and Tularosa, N.M., on July 16.

It was on this day, July 16, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was detonated 35 miles southeast of Socorro, N.M., at the Trinity Site. In Tularosa on Friday, a candlelight vigil will remember those who died of cancer. Survivors will offer testimony on Saturday.

Arizona’s SB 1070 threatens to collapse U.S. immigration system

Law enforcers also argue anti-immigrant law is threat to public safety and national security

A legal center affiliated with New York University has filed a proposed friend-of-the-court brief in federal court supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit seeking suspension of Arizona’s recently adopted illegal immigration law, which is slated to become effective July 29.

Congressional committee investigating alleged State Department corruption

Probe prompted by charges raised in former DEA agent’s lawsuit

 

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs has launched an investigation into alleged corruption within the State Department and its Office of Inspector General that was exposed in a lawsuit filed by former DEA agent Richard Horn, Narco News has confirmed.

In addition, according to a well-placed Congressional source, the House and Senate Intelligence committees as well as the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs all have been put on notice about the alleged corruption, which, in Horn’s case, also involves CIA attorneys as well as CIA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The source says those committees may well be pursuing separate lines of investigation related to the issues raised in the Horn case.

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.

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