Shame on the NY Times: Pimping for gold

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Shame on the NY Times: Pimping for gold

By Brenda Norrell
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The New York Times gutted its credibility with the advertisement for Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, disguised as a news article today, “A Nevada town escapes the slump, thanks to gold.”
This article reads like a paid commercial for Barrick and Newmont, considering there have been protests underway by the Western Shoshone since Thanksgiving, who are now in court to halt the gold mining on their sacred Mount Tenabo.
The Times article appears one day after I wrote that Barrick and Newmont are among the Worst Companies in the World, according to a Censored News readers’ poll of primarily Indigenous readers.
The New York Times article reeks of either a duped reporter or one that has been paid off by Barrick or Newmont to write a spin article to counter the ongoing protests and media exposure.
Perhaps the Times reporter should visit Barrick and Newmont gold mines in Africa, New Guinea or South America, where Indigenous Peoples are being pushed off their lands, raped and killed because of these gold mining corporations and poisoned by cyanide leaching.
Then, the Times can investigate the role of President Bush Sr. with Barrick’s boomtown success in Nevada. Bush opened the door for Barrrick’s gold mining leases in Nevada while in office, then went to work for Barrick as a senior consultant once he was out of office. Then, the Times could investigate how Barrick hired lawyers to silence reporters in England and book publishers in Canada to prevent the truth from being exposed about miners buried alive in Tanzania.
Journalism can at times rise to the highest good of society and other times, like this, it can plunge readers into the abyss of ignorance, profiteering and sacrilege.
Shame on the New York Times.


Native American film premieres at Sundance

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Native American film premieres at Sundance

Celebrating its 25th year, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah

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Wounded Knee

Producer Stanley Nelson

On the night of February 27, 1973, a caravan of cars carrying 200 armed Oglala Lakota—led by American Indian Movement (AIM) activists—entered Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and quickly occupied buildings, cut off access, and took up defensive positions. When federal agents arrived, they declared, “The Indians are in charge of the town,” and a 71-day standoff ensued. Compiling an astonishing amount of archival film footage (notable for the key moments it captures) and firsthand accounts from participants, Stanley Nelson creates an immersive, comprehensive account of the occupation and its fascinating complexity. The Sioux sought redress of old grievances and broken treaties (just miles from the massacre of 1890) but also demanded the ouster of Pine Ridge tribal leader Dick Wilson, who governed through corruption and intimidation as he pursued deeply divisive policies of assimilation. Nelson also explores the climate of racism in border towns; the broad political context that shaped the AIM—its tactics, organization and ability to exploit the national media; and ultimately the role armed protest played in Native American self-conception. With its iconic images of Indians holding the government at bay, Wounded Knee not only brought national attention to an invisible community and its desperate conditions but contributed to the tribe’s awakened sense of dignity and connection with their proud heritage.
Stanley Nelson – Stanley Nelson, recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, is executive producer of Firelight Media. Nelson’s work includes Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple; A Place of Our Own, which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival; The Murder of Emmett Till, honored with a 2003 Sundance Special Jury Prize, Peabody Award, Primetime Emmy, and IDA Award; and Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind, which screened at Sundance in 2001. He also directed Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, which won a DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton and the Sundance Film Festival’s Freedom of Expression Award in 1999.
Screenings: Fri. Jan 16 2:30 p.m. – WOUND 163A Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City; Sat. Jan 17 6:00 p.m. – WOUND 17BE Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, SLC; Mon. Jan 19 9:00 a.m. – WOUND 19TM Temple Theatre, Park City; Thu. Jan 22 8:30 p.m. – WOUND 223N Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City –Spectrum

Barking Water
Producer Sterlin Harjo
Before Oklahoma was a red state, it was known as the Land of the Red People, described by the Choctaw phrase Okla Humma. In his sophomore film, Sterlin Harjo takes viewers on a road trip through his own personal Oklahoma, which includes an eclectic mix of humanity.Irene and Frankie have a difficult past, but Frankie needs Irene to help him with one task. He needs to get out of the hospital and go home to his daughter and new grandbaby to make amends. Irene had been his one, true, on-again, off-again love until they parted ways for good. But to make up for the past, Irene agrees to help him in this trying time.With steady and graceful performances by Richard Ray Whitman as Frankie and Casey Camp-Horinek as Irene, this story takes viewers for a ride in the backseat of Frankie and Irene’s Indian car, listening to their past and the rhythmic soundtrack that sets the beat for a redemptive road journey. Harjo wraps us in the charm and love of Oklahoma through the people and places Irene and Frankie visit along the way. In this sparingly sentimental and achingly poignant film, Harjo claims his place as one of the most truthful and honest voices working in American cinema today. Barking Water is an expression of gratitude for the ability to have lived and loved.
Sterlin Harjo – Director Sterlin Harjo was selected in 2006 as one of the inaugural recipients (and the first Native American one) of the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship. Harjo’s first feature film, Four Sheets to the Wind, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and has been widely screened nationally and internationally at film festivals and art cinemas. To enable him to concentrate on this production, Harjo was selected in 2004 as one of the Sundance Institute’s first five Annenberg Foundation film fellows.
Screenings: Sat. Jan 17 2:15 p.m. – BARKI17 RA Racquet Club, Park City; Sun. Jan 18 noon – BARKI 18SD Screening Room, Sundance Resort; Wed. Jan 21 6:15 p.m. – BARKI 214 E Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City; Thu. Jan 22 2:30 p.m. – BARKI 22LA Library Center Theatre, Park City; Sat. Jan 24 6:00 p.m. – BARKI 24 WE Tower Theatre, SLC –Spectrum

The Only Good Indian
Producer Kevin Willmott
With this outstanding revisionist western, Kevin Willmott stakes out new territory in a genre that seemed completely settled. Fancifully configuring the symbols of the genre, he creates a fascinating parable of American history. At the outset, young Nachwihiata lives a peaceful existence with his agrarian family until a band of white marauders attacks their homestead. They forcibly remove him and take him to a white Christian boarding school, where Native children are assimilated into the dominant culture. Renamed Charlie, he chafes under the lie of his new identity and, before long, runs away. He’s soon captured by bounty hunter Sam Franklin, an assimilated Indian who now only aspires to round up other Indians for reward money. The plot thickens when Sam and Charlie are pursued by a cruel, grizzled sheriff, who also wants the bounty on the missing boy. Like a true warrior, Charlie faces repeated tests of his courage and self-awareness, discovering the painful contortions of identity and despair to which many of his race are consigned, and the conflicts that remain even after the Indian Wars have supposedly ended. Willmott constructs a fascinating plot, laced with intriguing twists and ever-higher plateaus of suspense, infused with gothic devices that underline the horrors involved. The Only Good Indian is a worthy fictional account of an essential American story.
Kevin Willmott – Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film C.S.A: Confederate States of America, which speculated on what our lives would be like if the South had won the Civil War. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His new film is The Only Good Indian, featured in this year’s Festival. Willmott recently completed Bunker Hill, which he produced, directed, and cowrote. He has also written, produced, and directed for television and the stage. Willmott is currently an associate professor in the film-studies department at Kansas University.
Screenings: Fri. Jan 16 5:30 p.m. – ONLYG 163E Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City; Sat. Jan 17 3:00 p.m. – ONLY G17 BA Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, SLC; Sun. Jan 18 9:00 a.m. – ONLYG 18TM Temple Theatre, Park City; Sat. Jan 24 9:00 p.m. – ONLY G244 N Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City; Sun. Jan 25 11:30 a.m. – ONLY G254D Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City –SpectrumNATIVE AMERICAN ACTOR PATRICK D. SHINING ELK IN “LA MISSION” WITH BENJAMIN BRATT AND “THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN” WITH WES STUDI Two Independent Films World Premiering in the Spectrum Programat the Sundance Film Festival 2009
Patrick Shining Elk in two world premieres at Sundance
By Standing Elk Entertainment
Native American veteran actor Patrick D. Shining Elk will make two world premiere film appearances at the Sundance Film Festival, January 15-25, 2009 in Park City Utah. Sundance 2009 appearances for Shining Elk include his character as “Gary” one of the “Mission Boyz” in Peter Bratt’s film “La Mission” starring Benjamin Bratt, and as “Martin Two Spirit” in Kevin Willmott’s “The Only Good Indian” starring Wes Studi.
La Mission is a haunting story of healing and transformation: the healing of a broken man, of a father’s relationship with his son, and of a neighborhood struggling to break the chains of violence. As a recovering alcoholic and ex-con that gets by on intimidation, Che (Benjamin Bratt) is also a devoted father to teenage son Jesse who he violently rejects after discovering that Jesse is gay. Prompted in part by his headstrong neighbor Lena, Che must confront his long held prejudices to repair his parental relationship. A bus driver by day, Che lives for his son, lifelong friends, and his passion for lowrider cars. Che and the “Mission Boyz” salvage junked cars, transforming them into classics.
Sundance veteran Peter Bratt (Follow Me Home) returns with a powerful second feature. Propelled by commanding performances from Jeremy Ray Valdez as Jesse and Erika Alexander as Lena—and featuring an exceptional turn by Benjamin Bratt.
LA MISSION at Sundance: Monday, January 19, 8:30 pm — Prospector Square Theatre, Park City; Wednesday, January 21, 2:30 pm — Library Center Theatre, Park City; Friday, January 23, noon — Egyptian Theatre, Park City; Saturday, January 24, 9:45 pm — Broadway Centre Cinemas V,
CONTACT: Michelle R. Shining Elk; SHINING ELK ENTERTAINMENT GROUP; Telephone: 818.813.3701; Email:


Washington Tribe Seeks Higher Land

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HOH INDIAN RESERVATION, Wash. (AP) — Flooding used to be a problem every five or 10 years for the tiny Hoh Indian Reservation. These days it’s an annual event.

Sandbags permanently surround the tribal center and many homes because the nearby Hoh River has meandered dangerously closer over time. Meanwhile, most of the 443-acre reservation is less than 40 feet above sea level, and could be devastated by a major tsunami.

So the Hoh Indians are trying to move to higher ground.

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Cynthia McKinney: Lebanon Rescued Us

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Cynthia McKinney: Lebanon Rescued Us

Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman, sends this dispatch from Lebanon after being onboard the Free Gaza ship rammed by Israel

We Lived to Tell the Story: Lebanon Rescued Us
by Cynthia McKinney
January 1, 2009
Yesterday, we met with the President of Lebanon, the Chief of the Military, and the Interior Minister who all thanked us for responding and risking our lives on a mission of mercy; we profusely thanked them for rescuing us.
What would we have done, stranded out at sea, prohibited from reaching our destination, low on fuel, with a badly damaged boat if Lebanon had not accepted us? Lebanon sent their ships to find us. Lebanon rescued us. Lebanon welcomed us. And we are truly thankful.
It’s official now. We’ve been told that the sturdy, wood construction of our boat, Dignity, is the reason we are still alive. Fiberglass would probably not have withstood the impact of the Israeli attack and under different circumstances, we might not be here to tell the story. Even at that, the report that came to us yesterday after the Captain and First Mate went back to Sour (Tyre) to inspect the boat was that it was sinking, the damage is extensive, and the boat will take, in their estimation, at least one month to repair. Tomorrow, we will bring the Dignity from Sour to Beirut. And now, we must decide what to do and from where we will do it and how we are to get back to wherever that might be.
My personal, and I know the group’s, thanks must go to Al Jazeera, that allowed three of their reporters to be onboard with us on our voyage. As a result, Al Jazeera carried the story of the Dignity live, from castoff in Cyprus when our spirits were high, right up through the manacing maneuvers of the huge, super fast Israeli ships before they rammed us, the Israeli calls on the ship phone after the ramming calling us terrorists and subversives and telling us to return to Cyprus (even though the Israelis later claimed that they didn’t know who we were, they knew enough about us to tell us where we had come from), and the fact that we didn’t have enough fuel to follow their instructions, right up to their threat to fire at us if we didn’t turn around, ending with our beaten-up boat limping into Sour harbor in Lebanon. Al Jazeera carried our story as “breaking news” and performed a real service to its audience and to us. Al Jazeera called the Israelis to inquire about the incident right as it was happening and I am sure the Israelis were prepared to leave none to tell the story. Al Jazeera told the story and documented it as it was happening.
One of those Al Jazeera reporters with us was Sami El-Haj, who was detained in Guantanamo by the United States for six incredibly long years. What an honor to even exchange glances with such a humble man who had endured so much pain at the hands of the U.S. government. I apologized to him that my tax dollars were being used in such a despicable way. And Sami’s crime according to the U.S.? Born in Sudan, and reporting for Al Jazeera in Afghanistan, Sami was the wrong color, the wrong nationality, the wrong religion, reporting for the wrong news outfit, telling us the truth about a wrong war. And for that he survived incarceration for six long years. Sami El-Haj, Guantanamo prisoner number 345.
Another incredibly committed journalist who was with us was CNN’s Karl Penhaul. Karl reported the truth even when his own station was repeating Israeli disinformation. The fact that we were traveling with these alert journalists added to the flat-footedness and obvious crudeness of the Israeli response. Sadly, Israel has changed its story too many times to count, and that’s because they are not telling the truth.
We lived to tell the story. Karl’s incredible reporting, just a portion of our story, can be seen on CNN at:
where there’s also video and a photo of our damaged boat. A little more of the story and film of the extensive damage can be seen at:
This video and the photos of Karl’s report is particularly interesting given that Israel claims that our boat was only scratched and that, in actuality, our captain, while trying to outmaneuver them, damaged their warship.
I’m told that CNN only played my full statement once–and that’s the time that it aired live. Of course, they cut the reference to the U.S.S. Liberty. What are they afraid of?
Last night I was on, along with others who were on the Dignity, and we debated a representative from WINEP, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. I reminded the audience that the Palestinians don’t have nuclear weapons, depleted uranium munitions, white phosphorous, or F-16s, but the Israelis do. The facts, however, tend to get garbled after being processed by the “Grand Wurlitzer” organ of state-sponsored disinformation utilizing the world’s press.
With the truth clearly on our side, Israel has been reduced to releasing the ridiculous bombast below, given to me by a reporter who came to our hotel in Beirut for a visit. With their multiple, conflicting stories, it is clear that the Israelis did not expect us to live to tell the truth.
On the drive from Sour through Saida to Beirut, we were welcomed like heroes because our ordeal had been seen by everyone on Al Jazeera. The mayor of Sour came to welcome us. The mayor of Saida insisted that we stop there, on our way to Beirut, for a special ceremony. But there was something else that was visible along our drive, and that is the devastation that Lebanon, itself, has received as a result of the Israeli war machine. The scars of the war are still evident everywhere. I will write more on that tomorrow.
And one final note, President-elect Obama roared like a mighty lion onto the political scene, but now he is as silent as a lamb in the face of the death and destruction that is happening in Gaza. As we approach the birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. let us remember what Dr. King said:
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
And after five days of aerial bombardment by Israel, the carnage in Gaza continues.
Here is the palaver that the Israelis put out for public consumption. It is pitiful that a powerful and mighty country like Israel would be reduced to publishing something so petty and weak as the following press release dated December 30, 2008:
Press Release Office of Media Affairs
Israel continues to take its humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza seriously. Border crossings into Gaza remain open, and every effort is being made to deliver aid to the Palestinian people. Nearly 100 trucks carrying relief supplies entered Gaza on the 28th & 29th of December and additional shipments are arriving. Israel is working closely with UNSCO, UNRWA, the Red Cross, and WHO to ensure the entry of the required aid, especially food and medical equipment.Unfortunately, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has taken it upon herself to commit an act of provocation, leading a small boat of supposed assistants into the conflict zone. She endangered herself, her assistants, and the vessel’s crew. The Israeli navy hailed Ms. McKinney but the former Congresswoman failed to respond, thereby leading to the incident. We regret that during this time of crisis, while Israel is battling with the terrorist organization of Hamas and defending its citizens, that we are forced to deal with Ms. McKinney’s irresponsible behavior.
Consulate General of Israel
to the Southeast 1100 Spring St NW, Ste 440 Atlanta, GA 30309-2823
Michael Printy ArthurDirector of Media Affairs 404.487.6511

Oppose the transfer of weapons to Israel.
Cynthia Ann McKinney (born March 17, 1955) is a former United States Representative and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. McKinney served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993–2003 and 2005–2007, first representing Georgia’s 11th Congressional District and then Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House.[1] In the 1992 election, McKinney was elected in the newly re-created 11th District,[2] and was re-elected in 1994. When her district was redrawn and renumbered due to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Miller v. Johnson,[3][1][4] McKinney was easily elected from the new 4th District in the 1996 election, and was re-elected twice without substantive opposition. McKinney was defeated by Denise Majette in the 2002 Democratic primary, in part due to Republican crossover voting in Georgia’s open primary election, which permits anyone from any party to vote in any party primary,[5] and in part due to her “controversial profile, which included a suggestion that [George W.] Bush knew in advance of the September 11 attacks.” (from wikipedia)


Pakistan, India swap nuclear site lists amid tensions

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Pakistan and India exchanged lists Thursday of their nuclear installations under an accord aimed at protecting the sites in case of war, officials said, amid simmering tensions over the Mumbai attacks.The South Asian rivals, whose relations have been rocky since the deadly November attacks on India’s financial centre Mumbai, have exchanged the lists annually since 1992, under an agreement that came into force the previous year.

“The lists have been exchanged at the foreign ministries in New Delhi and Islamabad,” a spokesman for the foreign office in Islamabad, Mohammad Sadiq, told AFP.

Baby tooth study resumes, seeking links between fallout radiation and cancer

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Questionnaires will soon be sent to thousands of men who donated their baby teeth half a century ago to scientists seeking to learn whether radioactive fallout in milk the donors drank as children affected their health later in life.

It’s the latest step in a study that began in the 1950s and 1960s at Washington University, but then stalled for decades.

Fifty years ago, concern about atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons spurred a group of local scientists and other area residents to begin the project, then called the St. Louis Baby Tooth Survey.

Public can shape study on uranium

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Residents near what is believed to be the nation’s largest uranium deposit will be asked their views on what issues should be addressed in a study of the impact of mining the ore in Virginia.

A large turnout is expected for a hearing Tuesday by a subcommittee of the Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy in Chatham, the historic Southside town that is Pittsylvania County’s seat.

“I would anticipate there would be hundreds of people,” said Nancy Pool, president of the chamber of commerce in neighboring Halifax County.