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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Subcomandante Marcos: Letter to the Citizens Movement of Justice


Marcos in Sonora by Brenda Norrell
Subcomandante Marcos: June 5 Letter to the Citizens Movement for Justice .
June 2011
ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY ZAPATISTA MEXICO. MEXICO.

“Pain reminds us "Reminds us Pain
That we can be good, That We Can Be Good,
That someone better inhabits us, Better That someone inhabits us,
That the river of tears runs a noble current. That the river of tears runs a noble current.
Pain we call the underside of the leaf of laughter, Pain we call the underside of the leaf of laughter,
The darkness on the other side of the star The darkness on the Other Side of the star
That on your forehead has its placid name That on your forehead Has Its placid name
And orients our steps from day to day. And Orients Our steps from day to day.
Pain is the fuel with which burns Pain is the fuel burns with Which
The flame of remembrance that illuminates The flame of remembrance That illuminates
A night of forgetting is defeated A night of Forgetting is Defeated
By the ray of your laughter falling away By the ray of your laughter falling away
Pain is the name of the grief Pain is the name of the grief
Of living for your memory.” Of living for your memory. "
Fragment of “49 Balloons”. Fragment of "49 Balloons".
Juan Carlos Mijangos Noh. Juan Carlos Mijangos Noh.

To: The June 5 Citizens Movement for Justice, to the relatives of the boys and girls killed and injured in the ABC Daycare on June 5, 2009, to all those in solidarity with their movement. To: The June 5 Citizens Movement for Justice, to the Relatives of the boys and girls Killed and Injured in the ABC Daycare on June 5, 2009, to All Those in Solidarity with Their Movement.

Hermosillo, Sonora, México. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

From: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. From: Subcomandante Marcos.
Chiapas, México. Chiapas, Mexico.

I write you in the name of all of the women, men, elders, and children of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation, to send you greetings and voice our respect and admiration for your dignified struggle. I write you in the name of all of the Women, men, Elders, and children of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation, to send you greetings and voice Our ​​Respect and admiration for your dignified Struggle.

It is not easy to put pain into words, this we know. It is Not Easy to put Into words pain, this we know.

And rage? And rage?

And the knowledge that the bad governments purposely ignore demands for justice? And The Knowledge That purposely ignore the bad governments Demands for justice?

And seeing how [the bad government] manipulates the calendar to simulate justice, calculating how forgetting will bury death? And seeing how [the bad Government] manipulate the calendar to simulate justice, Forgetting how will bury Calculating death? That absurd death of 49 little ones and the dozens of injured, children without more fault than having been born in a country where the government has united nepotism with corruption and impunity. That absurd death of 49 little ones and the Dozens of Injured, children HAVING Without more fault Than Been born in a country Where the Government has united Corruption and nepotism with Impunity.

Little or nothing can we add to the dignified words already said about what happened: the tragedy brought to those who neither expected nor deserved it; the irresponsibility with which it was treated; the complicity of governments, legislators, and judges; the continued postponement of a real investigation. Little or Nothing Can we add to the dignified words Already Said about What Happened: The Tragedy Brought to Those Who Deserve It Neither Expected standards, the irresponsibility with Which It Was Treated; the Complicity of Governments, Legislators, and Judges, the postponement of Continued a real investigation. And the names and images of the little girls and boys, the activities and mobilizations to honor them—that is, by punishing those responsible, justice for the victims, and the adoption of measures that prevent such a tragedy from being repeated. And the names and images of the little girls and boys, the Activities and mobilizations to honor them-That Is, by punishing Those responsible, justice for the Victims, and the adoption of Measures That Prevent from Being Such a tragedy repeated.

All of this and more we have learned from your webpage www.movimiento5dejunio.org , and the book “We are the guilty” by Diego Enrique Osorno, that puts together the jigsaw puzzle of the tragedy. All of this and more We Have Learned from your webpage www.movimiento5dejunio.org , and the book "We are the guilty" by Diego Enrique Osorno, That puts together the jigsaw puzzle of the tragedy.

The death of a child is always disproportionate. The death of a child is always Disproportionate. It knocks over everything in its path and destroys everything around it. Everything in it knocks over STI path and Destroys Everything around it. But when that death is seeded and cultivated through the negligence and irresponsibility of governments that have converted ineptitude into a business, something very profound shakes the collective heart that from below drives the heavy wheel of history. But when to death That is seeded and Cultivated Through the negligence and irresponsibility of Governments That Have Converted Into a business ineptitude, Something Very Profound That Shakes the collective heart From Below drives the heavy wheel of history.

Thus the questions grow and expand: why? Thus the questions grow and expand: why? who is responsible? Who is responsible? what is being done so that such a tragedy never again occurs? What is being done so That Such a tragedy never again Occurs?

It is your effort and endeavor that has given us the answers. It is your effort "and Endeavor That Has Given us the answers. Because from above we have only seen disdain, mockery, simulations, and lies. From above Because We Have only seen disdain, mockery, simulations, and lies.

Lies are always an insult, but when they are woven by Power to protect its relatives and friends, this is villainy. Lies Are always an insult, But When They Are woven by STI Power to Protect Relatives and friends, this is villainy.

There above they have not repented. They Have Not Above There repented. They will not. They will not. Instead of honoring the dead children in the only way possible, that is, with justice, they continue in their war games where they win and everyone loses. Instead of Honoring the Dead Children in the only way possible, That is, with justice, They continue in Their war games Where They win and everyone Loses.

Because what is preached from above is not resignation in the face of death. Because Preached from above What is not is resignation in the face of death. What they want rather is conformity with the irresponsibility that burned and injured those lives. What they want is Rather Conformity with the irresponsibility That Injured Those burned and lives.

Far away as we are, in calendar and geography, we do not send words of conformity or of resignation. Far away as We Are, in calendar and geography, we do Not send words of conformity or of resignation. Not only because neither of these can confront the consequences of this crime that happened two years ago, but because, and above all, your struggle elicits our respect and admiration for your cause, your path, and your effort. Not Only Because Of These dog Neither Confront The Consequences of this crime That Happened two years ago, pero Because, and Above all, your elicits Struggle Our ​​Respect and admiration for your cause, your path, and your effort.

There above they should know that it is not only pain that unites, but also the example of stubborn struggle animated by that pain. Above There They Should Know That It is Not Only Pain That UNITeS, But Also the example of stubborn Struggle That animated by pain.

Because you, men and women brought by tragedy into this struggle, are extraordinary beings that awake hope in many corners of our country and our planet. Because you, Men and Women Brought Into this tragedy by Struggle, extraordinary Beings That Are awake hope in Many corners of Our country and our planet.

Extraordinary are those men and women who have begun to walk again, in the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, to remind the bad government, the criminals, and the entire country that it is shameful to do nothing when war is taking over everything. Extraordinary Men and Women Are Those Who Have Begun to walk again, in the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, to remind the Government bad, the criminals, and the Entire Country That it is shameful to do nothing when to war is Taking Over everything.

From one of these corners, from the indigenous lands of Chiapas, we the Zapatistas watch you from below, knowing that pain also expands one's steps if these steps are dignified. From One of These corners, from the Indigenous lands of Chiapas, the Zapatistas we watch you from Below, Knowing That Also Expands pain if one's steps These Steps Are dignified.

These lines that we write you now are animated by the desire to say just one thing: These lines That Are we write you now animated by the desire to say just one thing:

Good is the blood that gave life to those little girls and boys, and cursed be that which has taken them. Good is the blood That Gave Life to Those little girls and boys, and cursed Be That Which has taken Them.
And to say to you that you can count on us, that, although we are small and far away, we recognize the greatness of those who know that justice is only achieved with memory and never with resignation. And to say to you That You Can Count on us, That, although We Are small and far away, we Recognize the greatness of Those Who Know That justice is only Achieved with memory and never with resignation.

We hope that some day you can come to our lands. We Hope That Some Day You Can Come To Our lands. Here you will find a brown heart that will embrace you, attentive ears to listen to you, and a history willing to learn from you. Here you will find a brown heart That will embrace you, attentive ears to listen to you, and a history willing to learn from you.

Because great lessons, those that change the path of history, come precisely from people who, like you and those who now walk with you, make of memory a path on which to grow. Because great lessons, Those That change the path of history, come from People Who Precisely, like you and Those Who now walk with you, make a path of memory on Which to grow.

With you, and those who now march, we can together—you, they, us—speak words that hold pain as a scar that reminds us and commits us to never allow such a tragedy to be repeated, and that finally end the bloody carnival with which above they celebrate impunity and shamelessness. With you, and Those Who now march, we can together-you, They, us-speak words That hold pain as a scar That Reminds us and commits us to never allow Such a tragedy to Be REPEATED, And That finally end the bloody carnival Above Which They celebrate with Impunity and shamelessness.

While this occurs, from here we will continue listening to and learning from you. While this Occurs, from here we will continue listening to and learning from you.

Alright then. Alright then. Health to you and may justice finally walk below. Health to you and May justice finally walk below.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast. From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Subcomandante Marcos.

Mexico, June 2011. Mexico, June 2011.

Frontera NorteSur: Love, Struggle and Memory in Ciudad Juarez

June 14, 2011
Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles on Mexico’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity that was in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso from June 9-11.

Caravan for Peace supports Indigenous rights and Zapatistas
"The caravan participants demanded that Mexico live up to its national and international obligations to indigenous people under the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People and the 1995 San Andres Accords between the Mexican government and Zapatista National Liberation Army. The Ciudad Juarez meeting protested the criminal burnings of seven indigenous communities in Durango and Chihuahua; backed the struggle of the Purepecha community of Cheran, Michoacan, against illegal logging; supported the right of autonomy for the Nahuatl community of Santa Maria Ostula, Michoacan; and endorsed the opposition of indigenous communities in San Luis Potosi and Guerrero to new mining concessions." --Frontera NorteSur
Ciudad Juarez NewsLove, Struggle and Memory in Ciudad Juarez
By Frontera NorteSur

Completing an epic journey across Mexico, the Caravan for Peace with
Justice and Dignity arrived late last week to a tumultuous welcome in
Ciudad Juarez, the beleaguered border city poet and caravan organizer
Javier Sicilia calls Mexico’s “epicenter of pain.”

Over the course of two hectic and memorable days, perhaps thousands of
Juarenses turned out to different events to remember the dead of the
so-called narco-war and other forms of violence, to demand justice for
victims and, in a sweeping response to social, economic and political
decay, to begin drafting the blueprint of a new nation.

Leobardo Alvarado, organizer for the Juarez Assembly for Peace with
Justice and Dignity, told Frontera NorteSur that more than 100 local
groups coalesced to support the caravan and its message. “I think the most
important thing is that we are together,” Alvarado said. “We have never
seen this before.”

The caravan rolled into Ciudad Juarez at a time when not only violence
continued unabated, but when the earth itself was seemingly withering in
anguish. As a blistering heat pounded the city, dust rose from a land
sucked dry by months of unrelenting drought.

Instead of life-giving water, clumps of trash littered the bed of the Rio
Grande; to the northwest a mammoth wildfire drove thousands of people from
their homes in Arizona and sent dense smoke over New Mexico, coloring the
normally blue skies more like the dull gray of the worst years of smoggy
Los Angeles or Mexico City.

On Friday, June 10, hundreds of people from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and the
US gathered at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) to hack
out a national citizens’ pact for peace, justice and social reform. Going
into the meeting, six points- guided by a commitment to peace and
non-violence- provided the framework for a more detailed national pact
among civil society organizations.

Activists with Chihuahua City’s new Citizen Movement for Peace and
Dignified Life, sisters Alejandra and Ari Rico participated in the
meeting.

A day earlier, on Thursday, June 9, thousands of people staged a march in
the Chihuahua state capital in support of the caravan. According to
Alejandra, the march and rally in front of state government offices was a
“marvelous event” that signaled the stirring of grassroots response to
years of spiraling violence.

In 2009 and 2010, the Rico sisters returned to their hometown after years
away in the US and other parts of Mexico. Alejandra worked as an educator
in the Other Mexico, living in the “New Chihuahua” of the Colorado
mountains where Mexican immigrants toiled away in affluent tourist
communities enjoying a then-thriving leisure economy

But the city the Rico sisters came back to was a far different one they
left a decade before. Soon the returning siblings heard first-hand
accounts of shoot-outs, robberies, auto thefts and kidnappings. A cousin
was injured by shattered glass from a stray bullet fired during a
shoot-out he had nothing to do with. Alejandra’s parents warned her
against walking at night.

“This did not go on at all in my Chihuahua of my childhood, of my
adolescence, of my youth,” Alejandra reflected.

Conversely, last week’s pro-caravan mobilization indicated that the public
is wearying of the violence and demanding genuine solutions, added Ari.
“It is the hour that Mexico unites,” she said. “It’s time that we leave
behind the north, the south and the center. We are one country.”

Meeting in nine thematically-assigned workshops, different groups at the
UACJ discussed tactics and strategies of the six-point citizen pact.
Reconvened for a popular assembly, they reviewed the proposals for later
possible incorporation into the pact and agreed to them by consensus.

A few of the proposals included holding an international conference
against money laundering and arms trafficking; symbolic occupations of
banks; expropriating illicitly-obtained businesses for the social good;
naming a white-collar prosecutor; establishing a youth television network;
and ensuring that the minimum wage, ground up by inflation, be sufficient
to cover basic expenses as guaranteed by the Mexican constitution.

Going beyond violence and justice issues per se, activists voiced strong
support for labor and indigenous rights. The caravan participants demanded
that Mexico live up to its national and international obligations to
indigenous people under the International Labor Organization, the United
Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People and the 1995 San
Andres Accords between the Mexican government and Zapatista National
Liberation Army.

The Ciudad Juarez meeting protested the criminal burnings of seven
indigenous communities in Durango and Chihuahua; backed the struggle of
the Purepecha community of Cheran, Michoacan, against illegal logging;
supported the right of autonomy for the Nahuatl community of Santa Maria
Ostula, Michoacan; and endorsed the opposition of indigenous communities
in San Luis Potosi and Guerrero to new mining concessions.

After the university assembly, the caravan rambled over to the Benito
Juarez Monument in the city’s downtown for a mass rally and pact signing.
Erected in honor of one of Mexico’s most revered historic leaders, the
monument was decked out with pictures of the murdered and disappeared,
poems, messages and slogans.

A remarkable cross section of Mexican society filed into the monument
grounds-former braceros, small farmers, workers, professionals, students
and housewives. A contingent from Justice without Borders marched across
one of the international bridges from neighboring El Paso and into the
unfolding demonstration.

Holding banners and chanting “Miss Ana, Miss Ana,” one vocal and
well-organized group called for the freedom of respected El Paso
elementary school teacher Ana Isela Martinez, who was jailed May 27 in
Ciudad Juarez for allegedly possessing marijuana. Supporters contend she
was set-up to transport a load of dope across the border without her
knowledge.

“We are going to continue with the public pressure, because any resident
of Ciudad Juarez can be Miss Ana,” said Carlos Barragan, Martinez’s
nephew.

Standing out in their pink t-shirts, members of Mothers in Search of
Justice milled around the quilt they are patching together that shows the
pictures of murdered loved ones and features written remembrances. They
call it the Blanket of Love.

Vicky Caraveo, group coordinator, said the quilt is a work-in-progress
that will be taken around the community so people can add photos and
stories to the blanket.

“We can display what is happening, but with love and respect,” Caraveo
said. “So the world can understand that our kids are not a number.”
According to the long-time women’s activist, who along with the late
Esther Chavez Cano began protesting gender violence nearly two decades
ago, the quilt will even be available for exhibition in the US.

Guadalupe Ivonne Estrada is one of the people on the Blanket of Love.
Found murdered in Chamizal Park in 1993, the 16-year-old was one of the
first publicized victims of the Ciudad Juarez femicides. Estrada left
behind an infant daughter who is now turning 19. The young woman stood at
the edge of the quilt but declined to talk about a mother she never really
knew.

“All this is very difficult for her,” said Victoria Salas, the grandmother
of the young woman and Estrada’s mother. According to the Ciudad Juarez
resident, her teenage daughter disappeared from the Phillips plant where
she worked. A company professional was implicated in the slaying but
managed to wiggle his way out of punishment, Salas said.

“We don’t have justice in Ciudad Juarez. There is none, and no explanation
why (Guadalupe) disappeared,” Salas said. “We are in a lawless land.” In
2011 young girls keep disappearing, including three from her own
neighborhood, she added.

As the event kicked into high gear, spokespeople for the movement gathered
on the stage-Javier Sicilia; Olga Reyes, member of the exiled Juarez
Valley family devastated by homicides and violence; Julian Lebaron,
brother of slain anti-kidnapping activist and Chihuahua Mormon community
leader Benjamin Lebaron; and Luz Maria Davila, mother of two young men
shot down in the infamous Villas de Salvarcar house party massacre last
year.

They were joined by other victims’ relatives from across Mexico. A speaker
reminded the crowd that this day, June 10, was chosen for the signing of
the citizen pact to honor the students who were massacred by government
paramilitary squads on the same date in Mexico City in 1971.

Magdalena Garcia, widow of architect Ricardo Gatica, told how her husband
disappeared and was then found murdered in 2009. Garcia recounted how she
conducted her own investigation, tracing the car in which Garcia vanished.
Despite informing the authorities of the lead, no justice has been
achieved in the case, she said.

“I want justice!” Garcia shouted. “It’s not fair that they left my
children without their father. I will continue until the end.!”

“You are not alone!” the crowd roared back.

Buckets of tears, pent-up emotions and oodles of anger burst and flowed
from the stage and from the large crowd-almost as a cancerous bubble of
violence, corruption and impunity that had been building up for 20 years
suddenly popped just like Wall Street did in 2008.

“We are fed up!” shouted the crowd. More chants followed: “Up with
Juarez!” “Long Live Mexico!” “Long Live Spain!” “Long Live Egypt!” “The
People United Will Never be Defeated!” Beaming from the stage, the
portraits of Mexican army officer Orlando Munoz Guzman, disappeared in
Ciudad Juarez in 1993, and a more recent group of men from Guerrero
rounded out the scene.

Looking visibly exhausted, Javier Sicilia stood on the stage with a
Mexican flag. The poet, whose trademark floppy hat has some comparing him
to Indiana Jones and who could easily pass for a botanist or a fly
fisherman, is the anti-thesis of the traditional macho leader. Arguably,
however, he is Mexico’s man of the moment.

Sicilia’s uncompromising stance in protesting the murder of his son Juan
Francisco in Morelos state earlier this year, inspired tens of thousands
of Mexicans to join a still young but growing movement against violence
and for deep-seated change.

In a subdued but firm voice, Sicilia said the caravan’s laying of a plaque
in memory of Marisela Escobedo, the Ciudad Juarez activist mother brazenly
murdered in Chihuahua City last December, is an example of how Mexicans
need to recover the memories of violence victims.

“We have to fill the country with the names of the dead, so that the
authorities remember the obligation they have,” Sicilia declared. He then
read Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy’s “Ithaca.”

“In the history of tragedy and pain that this country is going through,
the Mexican government did not count on the strength and the consistency
of a poet,” observed Ciudad Juarez writer and activist Juan Carlos
Martinez.

On one side of the stage, a man with sad, protruding eyes held up a large
poster of a young girl with big and happy eyes. The man was Jose Rayas,
father of Marcela Viviana “Bibis” Rayas, a 16-year-old girl murdered in
Chihuahua City in 2003.

In comments to Frontera Sur, Rayas told how Chihuahua state law
enforcement authorities tried to get him to go along with pushing “an
absurd story” that pinned the murder on two former Chihuahua City
residents, US citizen Cynthia Kiecker and her Mexican husband Ulises
Perzabal.

Tortured into making a false confession, Kiecker and Perzabal were later
acquitted by a judge after an international campaign for their freedom
made the case a diplomatic issue between Mexico and the US in 2004.

More than eight years after his daughter’s slaying, Rayas said there has
been no movement in the halls of justice. Different justice officials
come and go, he said, promising to reopen the murder investigation but
always producing the same null results.

Rayas added that he’s lost faith in the justice system, but found
inspiration with Javier Sicilia’s movement. The caravan, he said, gave
birth to a nationwide “union of victims.”

On his poster, Rayas introduces the public to his slain daughter.
Biographical tid-bits reveal a Chihuahua City teen who liked the color
green and dreamed of becoming a psychologist. A lover of rock and trova
music, she also liked to eat spareribs.

As the caravan wound through Mexico, Rayas said he added a few more words
to the poster of the girl he calls “his little swallow,” the beautiful who
abruptly left the world “without even a kiss”:

Bibis:

Although you are not with us now,
You will always be in our hearts
We miss that look, that smile you gave us
We miss all of you
We miss you a lot
Remember that we love you a lot
Don’t forget it.

In Ciudad Juarez and Mexico, even as violence continues rage away, many
question what impact-if any-the caravan and the citizen pact will have on
the course of history. While future developments are increasingly
difficult to predict in an age of social, environmental and economic
upheaval, it’s probably a safe bet to conclude that Javier Sicilia and the
Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity have added a new, unforeseen
force in the political and social landscape of the country.

“We are going to continue with this,” Jose Rayas vowed. “I think it is
time to stop this violence.”

-Kent Paterson


Frontera NorteSur: on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
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New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Al Jazeera: The World's Dirtiest Oil? Canada's Tar Sands



The World's Dirtiest Oil? - Canada's Tar Sands
Controversial mining operations threaten the lives and livelihood of Canada's indigenous people, who have organised a global response to take on oil companies and the Canadian government itself.

Activists are flocking to the web to organize a multi-location protest against oil sands extraction operations currently underway in Alberta, Canada. The protest is scheduled to happen June 18 across Canada and in front of Canadian embassies around the world.

Get the story at Al Jazeera:
http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/canadas-tar-sands

Mohawk raid condemned by International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) says Canadian police involved in felony drug trafficking
International media release
June 14, 2011
ITCCS Condemns RCMP raids on sovereign Mohawk territory, Claims RCMP involvement in criminal drug trade across Canada

LONDON -- Today’s para-military assault by 500 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers on sovereign Mohawk territory around Montreal was condemned by the international body investigating crimes against humanity in Canada.
The nine-nation International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), based in London and Brussels, called for the immediate withdrawal of “foreign occupation forces” from Mohawk territory and for “an end to the phony war on drugs that is concealing the Canadian government’s own apparent complicity in these crimes.”
At least forty Mohawk citizens have been arrested by the RCMP today on sovereign native land, without warrant or warning, merely for suspected marijuana possession.
Speaking from London, England, an ITCCS spokesman said, “In our archives are sworn eyewitness statements from aboriginal people in Canada describing the regular involvement of RCMP officers in the transport and protection of offshore shipments of cocaine and heroin at Port Renfrew and Waglisla, British Columbia, and at Cornwall, Ontario."
“We believe that the ongoing murder of aboriginal people across Canada is connected to this involvement of an element of the RCMP in the drug trade, which operates through government-funded native chiefs on Indian reserves. Today’s assault on the sovereign Mohawks for simple marijuana possession is therefore not only questionable but highly suspect, considering the history of the Mohawks in defending their land and rights against the same forces now attacking them.”
The ITCCS is convening its investigation into Crimes against Humanity in Canada and other countries on September 15, 2011 in London, Brussels, and at least five Canadian cities.
The ITCCS has issued a Public Summons to Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper to appear before its inquiry to answer charges of complicity in genocide and obstructing justice. Harper has not replied to the Summons nor contested the charges made against him.
For more information see: http://www.itccs.org/
Issued by ITCCS London
14 June, 2011
Read the truth of genocide in Canada and globally at:
http://www.itccs.org/
http://www.hiddennolonger.com/
http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org/

BLACKFIRE VIDEO 'It ain't over!'



Blackfire and Aztlan Underground will be performing in East L.A. this coming Saturday June 18th, 2011, at The Blvd. 2631 Whittier Blvd. Doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 9 pm and admission is $10.00

Supreme Court aids Interior to hide crimes in Jicarilla Apache case

Bloomfield, NM
US Supreme Court and media aid Interior Department to cover its crimes

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot/.

WASHINGTON -- A Supreme Court ruling states that the Interior does not have to reveal trust documents to the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Jicarilla Apache Nation cannot force the Interior Department to disclose certain trust-related documents. Ina ruling of 7 to 1, the court said the federal government, as a trustee, can assert attorney-client privilege to protect the documents.
"The trust obligations of the United States to the Indian tribes are established and governed by statute rather than the common law, and in fulfilling its statutory duties, the Government acts not as a private trustee but pursuant to its sovereign interest in the execution of federal law," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.

Holland & Knight, representing the Jicarilla Apache said the outcome will have major repercussions for Indian tribes who believe that the U.S. Government has mismanaged their assets. There are about 90 other similar cases within the court system that could be affected by the final ruling.

Earlier in the case, the Jicarilla Apache Nation revealed it has not received a fair market value for its natural gas. The Jicarilla Apache sought at least $6 million due to undervalued royalties on natural gas.

Meanwhile, the US is also now attempting to silence Native Americans in the Cobell lawsuit by allowing attorneys to walk away with millions, while paying Indian land owners peanuts for their stolen oil and gas. But the theft of billions of dollars will not go away.

Whistleblowers revealed that the Interior was giving sweetheart deals to oil, gas and coal companies by allowing them to lease Indian lands for resource extraction at only a fraction of the market value.

Besides the money that went for kickbacks and theft, large sums of revenues from oil and gas drilling on Indian lands, and coal mining, disappeared inside the US government's accounts. One whistleblower questioned if a slush fund had been set up using these revenues for another purpose within the US government.
 
At the same time, equipment was tampered with to improperly show that less oil, gas and coal was being taken on Indian lands, than was being reported. A whistleblower who worked for the BLM in Farmington reported that measuring devices were tampered with on oil and gas wells on Navajo land in Utah in order to under-report the amount being taken. The director of Arizona Weights and Measures, before his death, exposed the fact that the scales for measuring coal near Farmington were under-reporting the amount of coal being taken from Navajos' land.

Still, the whole story has not been revealed.

Now, the US Supreme Court has entered the arena of hiding the crimes of the Interior: The backdoor, secret deals between the US Interior Department staff and the oil, gas and coal companies is yet to be revealed in full.

Jicarilla Apache near Navajos' Dinetah, sacred place of origin, desecrated with oil and gas wells

The gas and oil wells on Jicarilla Apache are not far from the Navajos sacred place of origin, Dinetah, in northern New Mexico.

Bahe Katenay, Navajo from Big Mountain, described the desecration of Dinetah by oil and gas wells. The article was censored by Indian Country Today in 2004. Katenay described the polllution and desecration from widespread oil and gas wells here. The region's air is also polluted by the coal fired power plants on the Navajo Nation in the Farmington area.

Katenay responded to the fact that the Bush administration developed a task force to facilitate industry requests and fast track requests for drilling. The Bureau of Land Management increased oil and gas drilling permits by 70 percent since the previous administration.

“Gas reserves are drilled in places where White Shell Woman was found by Talking God and places where she did her Kinalda (puberty ceremony). Places where the Twin Warrior Gods made their divine deeds are also desecrated with drilling, piping, wells and recreation activities.

"The Dine’ have lost these lands and their ‘puppet’ tribal government have refused to fight for a claim to this area,” Katenay said, referring to the Navajo Nation Council and Navajo president.

Katenay point out that sacred land is being violated while many Navajos haul propane tanks in the backs of their trucks for fuel to cook with. “What would the Christians do if their Holy Lands were dotted with natural gas pumping stations and strands of pipelines crisscrossed everywhere?” Katenay asked.

“Then to make things worst, what if these gas reserves were illegally tapped with permission from a puppet government that is made up of their own people. Finally, how would they feel if these natural resources were being bought off cheap from their nation, exported away to another country and none made available for their use?

“To the Dine', this has happened when our Holy Lands were made available to gas companies in northwestern New Mexico in a region known to us as Dinetah.

“Today, several major gas pipelines are routed out towards southern California. Many Dine’ of course have to pay for the natural gas or propane from companies that desecrate their Holy Lands. Many Dine' household do not receive piping so they haul their propane bottles to the local markets to get them filled.”

Katenay said the place of Dine’ origin, Dinetah in northwestern New Mexico, still holds ancient archaeological sites and a large portion of the creation stories related to all geographical features of that area.

Energy development threatens the Navajos’ Four Sacred Mountains, located in the region from Flagstaff, Ariz., southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, he said.

“I travel from Black Mesa to these areas when I can. I am disturbed every time I come back to my Holy Land. I see new drilling and new roads that scar the wooded mesas and buttes. I always wonder if the Spirits of our Creators are still alive there. Despite this, I still get a sense of healing when I look upon Gobernador Knob or Huerfano Mesa and its surrounding canyonlands.

“But I am also saddened when I think that, because these lands were given away for profit, the rest of our sacred lands everywhere are being desecrated, today: Mount Taylor, San Francisco Mountains, and Big Mountain.”

Jicarilla Apache Supreme Court ruling and documents:
http://64.38.12.138/News/2011/001957.asp

Related news: NATO strikes in Libya based on Qaddafi's plan to privatize oil reserves:
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The interview with Bahe Katenay by Brenda Norrell, censored by Indian Country Today, was one of many articles censored before Norrell was terminated in 2006. Censored News, now in its fifth year, was created to publicize the issues censored by the media.
George Bush: In 2004, a report by the Environmental Working Group’s showed the federal government has offered 27.9 million acres of public and private land in New Mexico for oil and gas drilling. New Mexico ranked second among 12 western states for lands currently leased and second for the amount of land currently producing oil and gas. San Juan County, the place of origin of Dine’, was among the top three counties targeted, along with Eddy and Lea counties, according to the 2004 report.