A time for eagles: Code Pink, Muntadar and Ackerman

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A time for eagles: Code Pink, Muntadar and Ackerman

Today is Code Pink, Muntadar al-Zaidi and Judy Ackerman Day at Censored News

A call for whistleblowers: Cyclops in the Closet
By Brenda Norrell
Photo AP/Washington Post
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In Washington outside the White House, the Code Pink ladies were throwing shoes at a Bush effigy on Wednesday, while a lone woman, Judy Ackerman, 55, was getting arrested in El Paso for defending the Rio Bosque Wetlands from the destruction of the US Border Wall construction.
It was a day for eagles.
We can only hope that more eagles in the form of whistleblowers will step forward before another dirty coal mine, Desert Rock, becomes a reality on the Navajo Nation, and Peabody Coal is allowed to expand its genocidal tentacles into the heartland of Black Mesa.
Like a morbid octopus, Peabody wants to usurp everything that does not belong to the coal-chewing monster. Like a thirsty cyclops, Peabody wants to drain the pristine waters of the Navajo and Hopi aquifer, with its one eye focused on more dirty millions.
If the highly-paid spin doctors have their way, there will be more Navajo relocation to make way for the Peabody Coal dragon. There will be more lies in the media and more Navajo elderly will die from broken hearts.
Through the years there have been many whistleblowers on the Navajo Nation, exposing the dirty backdoor deals of Navajo politicians and corrupt corporate spiders.
Today, the Censored News blog calls on all those whistleblowers who are home biting their nails to come out and tell the world about the sleazy deals behind the Desert Rock scheme and Peabody Coal’s latest parasitic coal mining plan.
Already, the sex and cocaine of the US Mineral Management Service in Denver with the Big Oil daddies has been exposed.
We would like to hear from the whistleblowers of the Office of Surface Mining in Denver. We would like to hear about the cash that is flowing to keep people silent in corporate offices and what is going on in the US Interior closets.
We would like to hear about the lush meals and lavish hotels aimed at keeping American Indian politicians voting for dirty power plants in tribal council sessions. We would like to hear about the advocates who receive scholarship dollars to speak out in favor of digging into the Earth Mother.
We would also like to hear from whistleblowers at the BLM and elsewhere within the Bush Family. We would like to hear more about how President Bush Sr., before leaving office, cleared the way for Barrick Gold mining to lease lands in Nevada. Once he was out of office, Bush Sr. then went to work as a senior consultant for Barrick. Barrick tore out the trees and bulldozed the area of the Western Shoshone’s sacred Mount Tenabo in the past two weeks, as it prepares to core out the mountain for gold mining and poison the water with cyanide leaching.
We would also like to hear from the whistleblowers in the Cheney ring of private prison thieves, who profiteered from imprisoning migrants and all people of color. Surely there are whistleblowers in the US military torture schools and the private mercenaries for profit empire.
Meanwhile, there are the shoes to consider.
With more than 8,300 online articles now in Google Breaking News, Muntadar al-Zaidi — the shoe-throwing journalist who called Bush a “dog” and remembered the dead, orphans and widows — has become one of the most famous people in the world.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said of al-Zaidi, “What courage.”
Today’s AP article on the Code Pink shoe throwers outside the White House says, “The U.S. Secret Service stood by during the protests; however there were no conflicts with authorities and no arrests were made.”
How could anyone have a conflict with what the reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi did in Iraq. There is no way to bring back the dead women, children and elderly of Iraq. The mass murders in Iraq can only be considered an act of US genocide. The US kidnappings and tortures were violations of the Geneva Conventions.
Today is Code Pink, Muntadar al-Zaidi and Judy Ackerman Day at Censored News.
Video: ‘Shoe-in at the White House:’

VIDEO: Shoe-icide at the White House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju0VpP4oUyM



El Paso woman arrested protecting Wetlands from border wall construction

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El Paso woman arrested protecting Wetlands from border wall construction

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Judith Ackerman arrested while protecting Rio Bosque Wetlands from the destruction of border wall construction

By Carlos Marentes
Photo by Bill Addington
EL PASO, TEXAS – Today, at about 2 p.m., Judith Ackerman, a member of a growing number of border residents against the border wall, was arrested by officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety (“The Texas Rangers”) at the construction site inside the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. She was attempting to stop heavy machinery and equipment from entering into the park which is the only remaining spot of real wildlife in El Paso’ border.

A small group of border residents were in the area to show their support for Judy’s action and to protest against the wall. The border wall contractor called for help to remove Judy. An impressive number of officers from the State, Federal, County and City law enforcement agencies arrived quickly to detain Judy and harass the rest of the demonstrators. Even Border Patrol officers moved to the area to stop American citizens from moving close to the border area. The officers approached many of the protesters to intimidate them but the protesters refused to leave the area. A woman was detained for almost three hours for interrogation. Many more received threats of more arrests if the group continue protesting against the construction of the border wall.

The construction of the border wall represents a serious threat to the already fragile ecosystem of the Rio Bosque. Plants and animals who had survived the predatory maquiladora model of economic development still live on this place. Some of these plants and animals are in the endangered species list. But thanks to concerned border residents, environmentalists, conservationists as well as faculty from UTEP and city employees have worked for many years to restore the ecosystem of the park. The construction of the wall will cause irreparable damage to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park of El Paso.

Once completed, the wall will cover almost 70 miles from Sunland Park, New Mexico, to McNary, Texas. The wall will separate the border communities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Both cities used to be part of one community, the El Paso del Norte. The war against México created the current border and divided the El Paso del Norte, but both communities retained their common language and culture and developed deep family, social and economic relationships. The border wall is more than 18 ft. high and the estimated cost is more than 7.5 million dollars per mile. The cost of the wall is considered an offense by the people of El Paso, the Fourth Poorest City in the Nation.

Judy was released from jail and she expects to be charged by the arresting authorities. More arrests may occur since the demonstrators have expressed the commitment to continue the struggle to stop the construction of the border wall.


Sheep Dog Nation Rocks: On being a true human being

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Sheep Dog Nation Rocks: On being a true human being

By Bahe Kateney, Navajo from Big Mountain
Sheep Dog Nation Rocks shares the words of Pauline Whitesinger, Navajo on Big Mountain, on the way to be a true human being:
“In the old days, a day would start when you leave your dwelling place and as you make your first step outside your doorway, your day begins. What lies ahead is not clearly predictable because you may ‘tripped.’ You need a family or community to be part of your day and within that, there is a culture. Others would be there to share with you or support you in case you ‘stumble and fall.’ It was taught to me when I was young that we should limit the use of the word, ‘no!’ We were to always be there for someone in need and have empathy because ‘you’ may need that help someday.
Today, you may ask for help like borrowing tools to mend your clothes or repair something. The method of borrowing is a test of the human ability to be considerate, and it is an expression of attitude. How you achieve in that test will ultimately determine your mental balance, if you have empathy and humbleness, and it basically determines where your ‘heart’ is at: love and kinship. Certainly, these things were expected of every new born back in the old days. For instance, the new born will give to the community or if he is a boy, he will cultivate the fields or become builder of dwellings. This is probably how my father was raised because he was always there to help build a lodge or help maintain the values of the community.
I don’t think I can define Life. It has to be how much the human mind can take. Utilizing faith is key so, that you can pray when it is difficult and never give up on that faith no matter how painful. The modern-day, human mind seem less durable and it resorts to degrading others, or alcoholism. Modern way of life has separated our children from us and they have become ‘uncivilized.’ The family units of the Indian are gone. The reliance on horses and sheep herding is the past and the automobile is now the future.
My childhood times required us to haul water by hand and I remember making the climb out of this canyon, Sweet Water. I helped with carry bundles of firewood and sometimes when we moved, I helped carry the grinding stones. A day’s job did not involve going to the grocery store to get soda pop, a dangerous form of drink which we didn’t realized, and other unknown American products. Read more …

How to Speak Tohono O’odham

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TUCSON, Ariz.—Janice Ramon teaches Tohono O’odham language at the Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School, a charter school here for grades 9-12.

Most of the students at Ha:san are Tohono O’odham tribal members. About 2 percent of the students are from tribes such as Apache and Pascua Yaqui.

Ramon, 57, teaches mostly freshmen and sophomores. She said part of the satisfaction of teaching is that “every day I am still learning new things” about Tohono O’odham culture.

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Hopi monies give new life to village water source

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HOTEVILLA, Ariz. – In one of the most practically applied use of tribal monies for a utilitarian project that honors water, the most essential natural resource for everyone, the Village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa has just completed the first phase of a natural village spring restoration project.

Utilizing the ancient art form of Hopi quarried masonry along with mentoring younger Hopi men in sculptural stone art, the 3 1/2 month village project has yielded a renovated, working spring that looks like a prize winning, architectural water spa.

Some of the artwork incorporated incised and three-dimensional clan markings as a part of the overall structure, so a true Hopi aesthetic is evident in the final product.


Land deal returns slice of Klamath tribal homeland

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A landmark agreement to be announced Thursday will return to the Klamath Tribes about 90,000 acres of their one-time southern Oregon reservation that the federal government sliced up and sold off more than 50 years ago.

The government’s strategy at the time was to integrate the tribes into mainstream society. But the opposite happened: The once-prosperous tribes descended into poverty, with many members giving up school and dying alcohol-related deaths.

The land deal scheduled for unveiling Thursday restores only a small slice of the tribes’ former 2.5-million-acre reservation. But it’s one of the largest pieces of land to be returned to Northwest tribes that once controlled it. And it gives tribal members renewed control over some of their historic resources — and their destiny.


Obama pledges to uphold treaty rights

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President-elect Obama introduces new Interior Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar of Colorado.

Obama remembered Native people: “Ken will bear as our next secretary of the Interior is helping ensure that we finally live up to the treaty obligations that are owed to the first Americans. We need more than just a government-to-government relationship; we need a nation-to-nation relationship. And Ken and I will work together to make sure the tribal nations have a voice in this administration.”

Check out the Obama treaty rights video.