Mohawk Declare Weapons Free Border Law - March Against Militarized Crossings

by MNN May 30, 2009
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed resolution #318 on February 28, 2008 forbidding firearms to be carried by Canada Border Services Agents CBSA on the territory of Akwesasne.  That's the law.  No guns.  They also demanded a commission of inquiry and an emergency meeting with the Minister of Public Safety and other ministers and senior officials no later than April 1, 2008. 
Canada refuses to discuss this.        

On Friday May 29 2009 the council and the people walked over to the border and served these documents on the agents.  Inside the building were four young Indigenous guys from Oklahoma who were in Akwesasne for a boxing tournament.  They said, "They pulled us over and we don't know why".  They could have been thrown in jail and held for 30 days for no reason.  The building became full of Mohawks who freed our Oklahoma brothers.    

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must have been planning to wait us out and put guns in the hands of his agents on Monday, June 1.  By the time we got our act together, it would be too late to do anything.  Instead on May 28th we served a complaint to the UN Security Council and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 8th Session.  They promised to send delegates to Akwesasne to observe and report on Canada's plot to violate our human rights and commit ethnic cleansing.

March Sat. May 30 2009.  Contact Chief Nona Benedict 613-551-5421 613-938-8145, go to  Chief Wesley Benedict 613-551-2573; Larry King 613-551-1930; Chief Joe Lazore 613-551-5292.  Meet at 10:30 am the tent, Canada Customs cross roads on Cornwall Island.  March from U.S. into Canada starts at noon.  
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Sri Lanka: UN Estimates Over 20,000 Dead Civilians

Sri Lanka: '20,000' civilians killed


Twenty thousand civilians were killed in Sri Lanka's final push against Tamil Tigers, claims UN report
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Bush's Second Coming in Canada: Out of the Law's Reach

Law group asks for legal action against G. W. Bush
by LAW
A lawyers' group has again demanded the Canadian government to bar former U.S. president George W. Bush from Canada, citing the well documented involvement of Bush and other members of the Bush administration in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  Mr. Bush is scheduled to speak in Toronto May 29.
In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top ministers, copied to other MPs, Lawyers Against the War - LAW advises that G. W. Bush is inadmissible to Canada, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - IRPA, due to the fact that evidence of Bush' involvement in torture and other crimes meets (surpasses) the "reasonable grounds to believe" test.

LAW says if Bush is allowed into Canada, Canadian law and the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment of Treatment- CAT require Canada to either investigate and prosecute him for torture or extradite him to a country that is willing to do so.
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Amnesty International Annual 2009 Report on Israel/Occupied Territories

Amnesty International Annual Report on Israel and the Occupied Territories 2009
by AI
Israeli forces launched a military offensive on an unprecedented scale – code-named “Operation Cast Lead” – on 27 December in the Gaza Strip, killing many civilians and destroying homes and other civilian property. Earlier in the year there had been a marked upsurge in killings of civilians and others by both Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) before a ceasefire was agreed in June (see Palestinian Authority entry).
Image: Screen capture, Al Jazeera - January 1, 2009
Some 70 children were among the 425 Palestinians killed in the first half of the year. In addition to the large-scale destruction of homes and property in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces also destroyed scores of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and in Bedouin villages in the south of Israel. Throughout the year, the Israeli army maintained stringent restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the OPT, including a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which caused an unprecedented level of humanitarian hardship and virtually imprisoned the entire population of 1.5 million. This was further exacerbated by the Israeli offensive launched on 27 December.
Hundreds of patients with serious medical conditions requiring treatment not available in local hospitals were refused passage out of Gaza; several died.
Hundreds of students could not travel to their universities abroad because they could not leave Gaza, where many fields of study are not available. Most of Gaza’s inhabitants depended on international aid, but the Israeli blockade hampered the ability of UN agencies to provide assistance and services.
In the West Bank the movement of Palestinians was severely curtailed by some 600 Israeli checkpoints and barriers, and by the 700km fence/wall which the Israeli army continued to build mostly inside the West Bank. The expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on seized Palestinian land increased to a level not seen since 2001.
Israeli soldiers and settlers who committed serious abuses against Palestinians, including unlawful killings, assaults and attacks against property, enjoyed impunity in most cases.
Hundreds of Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces; reports of torture and other ill-treatment were frequent, but investigations were rare. Some 8,000 Palestinians remained in Israeli prisons, many after unfair military trials.

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Iran Charges Israeli/American Influence Behind Mosque Bombing

Convergence and Continuity:
The American-Backed Terror Campaign in Iran
by Chris Floyd   
On Thursday, a suicide bomber walked into a mosque, detonated his explosives and killed and wounded almost 140 people. In the wreckage and confusion afterward, a final death count has not yet been established, but the latest available information puts it at 23.

It is unlikely that you heard about this terrorist attack -- because it took place in Iran. For years, Iran has endured a series of terrorist actions -- suicide bombings, kidnappings, beheadings, open assaults by fanatical gunmen, sabotage, and "targeted assassinations" of government officials, scientists and others. Multitudes have been slaughtered in these operations, whose ferocity and frequency are surpassed only by the atrocities that have been unleashed in the four countries that have been on the forefront of America's Terror War: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia. One shudders to think what Washington's response would be to such a sustained campaign on American soil.

Of course, it is no mystery why the attack on the mosque in Zahedan -- a city situated at the strategic point where the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan converge -- attracted so little attention in the Western press. Every day, we are schooled relentlessly by our political and media classes to regard the Iranians -- heirs to one of the world's oldest and most sophisticated civilizations -- as demons and subhumans, whose lives are of little account. This can be seen in the long-running debate over an attack on Iran, which focuses almost entirely on the advantages or disadvantages such an assault would pose for American and Israeli interests -- and not at all on the thousands of human beings living in Iran who would be killed in the operation.

But There is another reason why the terrorist attack in Zahedan has not been greeted with commiserations from the White House or excited coverage from our government-spoonfed media: because it is highly likely that the United States played a role in fomenting the attack, either by direct or by collateral hand.
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Peace Ploy: Netanyahu’s New Quest

Netanyahu’s New Quest: The Game is On
by Ramzy Baroud
We've accomplished quite a few things, and I think the most important one is to cement the principle that the path to peace is through negotiations and not through violence.”  These were the ‘encouraging’ words modestly uttered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a joint press conference with the US president. The President was then Bill Clinton, and the date was October 2, 1996.

In the occupied Palestinian territories, the situation then seemed incredibly grim. But there was no Israeli wall. The settlements were smaller in size and in population. Gaza was besieged, but not to the point of total suffocation.  Recently, Prime Minister Netanyahu paid a highly anticipated visit to the White House, on May 18, 2009, this time meeting with Barack Obama.

“I share with you very much the desire to move the peace process forward. And I want to start peace negotiations with the Palestinians. I would like to broaden the circle of peace to include others in the Arab world,” said Netanyahu.
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Human Rights Campaign Stalls Harper Bill on Colombia Free Trade

Canada-Colombia FTA removed from legislative agenda: Canada steps towards dignity
by the La Chiva Collective, Pueblos en Camino, and Mingas-FTA
Public pressure has forced a victory in the fight to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). Sources from Canada’s three opposition parties have confirmed that the ruling Conservative Party has removed Bill C-23, implementing legislation for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, from the government’s current legislative agenda.

The CCFTA has not been defeated: at this time, it appears to lack the political support needed to be rushed through the Canadian parliament as proponents had intended. With the high level of controversy and public doubt surrounding the motives and consequences of the CCFTA, it may not re-enter parliamentary debate until the Fall of 2009.

What this means is not that the struggle against the CCFTA is over but that Canadians are having their say and getting in the way of Prime Minister Harper’s reckless trade agenda.

As a result of a negative public reaction to the deal, the Liberal Party of Canada, which had made statements in favour of the controversial agreement, has become internally divided on the issue, with many members now insisting on an Independent Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) before Bill C-23 were to be ratified in the Canadian parliament.
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Got Chemtrails?

by NufffRespect
It is important to distinguish between contrails and chemtrails. Contrails are streaks of condensed water vapor created in the air by jet airplanes at high altitudes. Contrails can exist in two forms: water droplet and ice crystal. Contrails typically become visible about a wingspans distance behind an aircraft flying at high altitude. The trail dissipates quite quickly, usually within a minute or so. Chemtrails, on the other hand, are visible directly behind an aircraft, with little or no gap between the aircraft and the start of the trail. Chemtrails are said to vary from contrails in their length of persistence. Chemtrails do not dissipate quickly; they tend to form into mushy clouds which can block sunlight.

Some people are reporting what they describe to be unusual activity in the sky, including jets leaving trails at low altitudes, spray lines creating X's, S's and parallel lines, lines that slowly spread to create a canopy of haze, and reports of unusual smells, tastes, and even illness related to the trails.

Also, a reddish-brown gel, dropped from low-flying aircraft, has been observed by people in the past and was even documented on Unsolved Mysteries. Samples of this substance have been alledgedly analyzed by Margareta-Erminia Cassani and found to be teaming with biological organisms. Other tests have shown that chemtrails contain more than 3 times the legal level of the toxic substance, barium.
Chemtrails may also be one of the primary contributory factors in the collapse of honey bee colonies worldwide. Albert Einstein clearly knew the importance of the honey bee when he said: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth,
man would have no more than four years to live."
This video provides a surreal but factual summary of the chemtrail phenomenon
and the effect that chemtrails are having on the environment.

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Cultivated Colonialism

Colonizing Culture
by Dahr Jamail | t r u t h o u t
The geo-strategic expansion of the American empire is an accepted fact of contemporary history.
I have been writing in these columns about the impact of the US occupation on the people of Iraq in the wake of the "hard" colonization via F-16s, tanks, 2,000-pound bombs, white phosphorous and cluster bombs.

Here I offer a brief glimpse into the less obvious but far more insidious phenomenon of "soft" colonization.
That scholars and political thinkers have talked at length of such processes only establishes the uncomfortable reality that history is bound to repeat itself in all its ugliness, unless the human civilization makes a concerted effort to eliminate the use of brute force from human affairs.
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Our Children's Future: Worth 1,000 Words

Worth 1,000 Words After Memorial Day
by Mike Ferner
On Memorial Day this year, many veterans marched in local parades and remembered what it was like to be in the military.  A number of Veterans For Peace members saw this picture in the May 24 edition of the Juneau Empire and made the comments that follow it.

Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Michael Manson helps kids climb on a HumVee and handle a M249 Saw gun mounted to the roof during the Southeast Alaska Outdoor Safety Expo sponsored by Juneau Rotary in the Centennial Hall on Saturday.  Juneau Empire May 24, 2009

Dear Editor: On Sunday morning (May 24, the day before Memorial Day), the Empire did a great service to our community by publishing a photograph of a National Guardsman, a Humvee, an M249 machine gun, and a group of children, converging at the so-called "Outdoor Safety Expo" sponsored by the Juneau Rotary on Saturday, May 23.

A cynical attempt to manipulate and militarize children is the only conceivable purpose for the National Guard to show up to display fancy killing machines, and to encourage little kids to play with them.  The M249 is a "light" machine gun; its only purpose is to maim and kill human beings.  What in God's name did that display have to do with outdoor safety?

Shame on the National Guard, and shame on the Juneau Rotary for sponsoring this dishonorable atrocity.

Phil Smith, President
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 100
Juneau, Alaska
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Gordon Campbell's Meagre Mandate

Mess in the West
By Tim Pheotist
What a dog of an election! The result seemed almost a forgone conclusion, but ‘Hope springs eternal in the human beast’ to misquote Alexander Pope. So it was with the frustration of dashed faint hope that I compared the pathetic Provincial election result to my best friend of so many years. I apologized immediately, of course, and, as penance, mopped the damp spot on the carpet with saved copies of Paul Krugman’s newspaper columns. Maybe this is the best use for today’s economists – to be the blotters for the mess left from countless idiotic choices by voters.

Back to Alexander Pope, however, since more animal metaphors are likely to come back to bite me. Pope, with simple logic, noted that people always hope for the best. It’s hope that keeps us going.

Our successful politicos know this only too well. Clearly Mr. Campbell knows his supporters better than they know themselves. His trick is to speak what his voters are hoping for. Now we can be told what Liberals voted for. Liberals hoped and voted that each and every one of them become independently wealthy, pay no taxes, are unaffected by annoying neighbours, sick people and communities, are left alone by governments and bureaucrats to do whatever they choose – living in the moment, and in perfect health. Is it really too much to ask!!
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Whose Shadow Flew Too Near the Sea

Against the Tortured Logic of Obama's Placebo Presidency:
A Call for the Audacity of Hopelessness
by Phil Rockstroh
From time to time, events unfold that are so large in scope, so all-encompassing in their implications that one's initial response is muted by an inability to categorize it all within the realm of experience. Previous reference points prove of little service. One's image of oneself and one's place in the world is under siege, perhaps even in danger of being torn away.
One stares into the abyss, until the abyss removes its dark shades and makes direct eye contact. The mind buzzes; one's thoughts scuttle in circles like stunned insects.

On a collective basis, we as a nation are living through such a time. At present, we are witnessing the descending spiral of Icarusian Capitalism; our sacred delusion of the perpetual ascendancy of a god-like market place lies broken in the dust. Malls and Mcmansions stand abandoned, desolate as the edifices of forgotten gods, as the come-ons of the salesmen of deregulated capitalism are churned to spittle amid a cacophony of collapsing market platitudes.

And not an uptick in public optimism, nor a surge of euphoria on Wall Street, nor the "invisible hand of the marketplace" sprinkling pixie dust will bring back the Olympian days of 2005, when the wise men of Washington and Wall Street knew the force of gravity was just a myth believed in by those embittered prophets of doom whose only joy in life is fantasizing the fall of their wealthy betters. It does not matter a damn how many dollars our present day believers of neoliberal tall tales, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner, pour into the hole in the ground where the crash occurred, a bean stalk, twining skyward towards a golden, debt-negating goose, will not flower forth.
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