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Friday, April 12, 2013

Sacred Hopi masks sold in Paris auction, court gives go ahead

Auction sells Hopi masks in Paris for nearly $1 million
(Reuters) - An auction of ancient masks revered as sacred by a Native American tribe fetched more than 750,000 euros on Friday, disappointing prominent opponents of the sale after a French court ruled it should go ahead.
Hopi said earlier that the items were under investigation and likely stolen.

Mohawk Nation News 'Boycotts'



Mohawk Nation News

MNN. Apr. 11, 2013.  Nothing happens without a reason. Our situation today is the result of policies which serve  interests of someone else.
There are ways to prevent corporations from getting away with the theft of Indigenous resources? A boycott is not using a product, refusing to buy or deal with a person, organization or country as a protest against social and political oppression. The strategy depends on the kind of company we’re dealing with and the resources we have.  

Media Hustlers and Global Delusions: New journalism depends on whistleblowers

When it comes to hustlers, no one does it better than CNN, convincing people globally that the US wars and drone assassinations are justified.
As for plagiarizers, there's Indian Country Today.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

It has been a busy week at Censored News, but the mainstream media continued its collapse with dishonesty and counter spin to prevent the truth from being widely known. Censored News featured news from Lakotas and Dakotas fighting the Keystone pipeline and tarsands, Lakota Grandmothers refused at the United Nations and Mohawk Nation News exposing Canada's crimes against humanity. A Red Lake tribal member locked herself to the Enbridge office to protest the pipeline. There's a message from Buffy Sainte Marie, a video from sacred land in Hawaii, photos from the American Indian Genocide Museum, and much more this week.

However, much of the world spent this week deluded by the media.

Amber Lyon, the former CNN reporter turned media whistleblower, is among those inspiring a new generation of journalists, and providing building blocks for a new media.

This week, there was a protest on the US Mexico border at Nogales, in Arizona and Sonora. The protest is outrage following a US Border Patrol agent murdering a teen, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriquez, 16, through the fence, in Mexico. The US agent continued firing bullets into the Mexican teen's body after he was on the ground. A new witness says the teen was just walking by at the time, and not throwing rocks as the border agent claimed.

Many news outlets this week fell for the counter spin to distract from the truth and featured more hysteria about migrants coming through the US Mexico border. This hysteria from Congressmen and Arizona politicians is designed for pork dollars for corporations, like GEO and CCA to profiteer from private prisons, and companies like Boeing and Israel's Elbit Systems, the Apartheid wall contractor, to get fat contracts on the US Mexico border to build pieces of a border wall, and security spy towers that don't work.

The pro-US Border Patrol articles and news broadcasts usually fail to include the hundreds of US Border Patrol agents who have been arrested for drug smuggling, and conspiracy (serving as spotters to aid the cartels bringing drug shipments across the border.) Those 'lets-get-more-prisons-and-fund-more-border-wall-pieces-and-spy-towers-that-don't-work' media also failed to expose the large number of US soldiers, and military high school recruiters in Tucson, caught in a sting operation, smuggling cocaine from Nogales at the border.

With the collapse of journalism as we knew it, a new form will emerge, an honest one, which will not find it so easy to spin wars for politicians, perform tricks for the US government, regurgitate press releases as news, or deceive with plagiarizers who profiteer from others hard work. The exposures by Wikileaks serve as a foundation for what has been kept secret, and as a role model for courage by the whistleblowers who made the sacrifices.

The new journalism must be more honest than the present one.

Readers must demand that errors be corrected and the truth be told.

Reporters, broadcasters and publishers are usually reluctant to correct their errors, or admit to censorship. Some of this is the fault of reporters, and other times it is the due to the editors and publishers. When Louise Benally, Dine' of Big Mountain, was among the first to speak out against the US war on Iraq, the newspaper where I was a staff writer, Indian Country Today, censored the most important parts of her comments. Louise compared the US attack on Iraq with the Longest Walk, when Navajos were forced into exile, with many dying on that walk, and into the prison camp at Fort Sumner. ICT refused to make the correction. This was just one of the many censored issues. Censored News maintains a boycott of ICT. Louise's comments are here:

Today the armchair reporters at ICT primarily rely on plagiarism, the theft of others hard work, and are not present on news stories. Their pattern is to stay home in their easy chairs, steal the research and work of others, who spend their own money to be present, and then the armchair reporters receive a paycheck for their plagiarism. They often make a brief phone call interview to deceive readers.

As for AP articles in Arizona, readers have to be on guard for the promotion of mining and its corporations. There is also the criminalizing of Native Americans and the priority given to non-Indian and urban water needs, over Native American water rights. There is also the promotion of coal fired power plants, such as Navajo Generating Station and its operator, the Salt River Project, which continues to poison Navajos, Hopis and others who live in the region. 

The Arizona media, and national media, glorify the human rights abuses of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pander to Senators like John McCain, and fail to expose the white supremacy within the roots of the Arizona Legislature. The media also serves as cheerleaders for war profiteers like Raytheon Missiles and refuses to expose the increasing militarization of universities, including the University of Arizona in Tucson, and its secret agendas, including cyber spying, drone design, border stalking, and the targeting of Indigenous Peoples.

It is interesting that some of the best international news comes from the media in England, including the London Guardian. However, the media there has been challenged to expose the amount of wealth that the Queen and Pope have, and how much of it came from the genocide of Indigenous Peoples globally, and theft of Indigenous Peoples' land and resources. In the case of the Queen, no reporter seems up to the task.

Rather than analyze the blood money, the media sensationalizes the wealth and pomp of England's so-called Royal Family, turning their crimes against humanity into glitzy show biz, serving as hustlers for royal fans.

When it comes to hustlers, no one does it better than CNN, convincing people globally that US wars and drone assassinations are justified. There is always a new country for the US to make war against to aid the corporate war profiteers, and the money and glory trickles back to the US politicians. The media walks in a stupor, regurgitates the lies, and sends young soldiers to their deaths.

Hopefully, there will be more media whistleblowers like Amber Lyon, and truth tellers like Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, to usher in a new media, an honest one. As the court systems, and even the United Nations, fail in their mandates for truth and justice, real journalists are more important than ever.

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 31 years, beginning with Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She was a stringer for AP and USA Today, covering Navajoland and the federal courts. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she was censored and terminated in 2006. She then created Censored News, now in its 7th year, published from the borderzone.

United Nations Fails to Accommodate Lakota Genocide Complaint

Lakota Truth Tour

By Lakota Truth Tour
Censored News
April 12, 2013

U.N. Sends Security Chief Instead of Diplomat to Meet Lakota Delegation
New York City -  A delegation of Lakota Elders has been refused the opportunity to personally deliver an official Complaint of Genocide against the United States to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon,  his staff, or any other high ranking United Nations officials.  Instead, following a march through New York City with over 100 supporters, they were barricaded in a park outside U.N. Headquarters in New York and met by security personnel.
“Its not surprising because we have been going there for thirty years, and they have yet to stop the genocide, contrary to their own mission statement to protect nations large and small,” explained Lakota Grandmother Charmaine White Face.  The Preamble of the United Nations states:
“…reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained…”
The Lakota Truth Tour Delegation had secured up-front promises by international organizations and others to be received within the United Nations to deliver the complaint and discuss the ongoing conditions of life that are destroying Lakota Elders and people.  But at the last moment, these promises evaporated.  A backdoor offer to meet with U.N. officials on Thursday, was also diverted to the bureaucratic process of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues preventing direct nation to nation representation by Lakota Oyate (Nation) delegates with the United Nations.
Entitled Official Lakota Oyate Complaint of Genocide Based on the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,  the eight page notice begins:
This letter serves notice as complaint, that the crime of genocide is being committed, in an ongoing manner, against the matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate of the Oceti Sakowin, an Indigenous First Nation people whose ancestral lands comprise a large area of the Northern Great Plains of Turtle Island, the continent known as North America.
The complaint further names the United States Government, U.S. state governments, and others as the perpetrators of historic and ongoing genocide against the Lakoya Oyate based on articles set forth in the 1948 Convention on Genocide.   The full complaint is being prepared for delivery following final review by international attorneys.
The Lakota Truth Tour is in Day 11 of an educational tour across North America that is building broad awareness and support to end the genocide against the Lakota. In addition to talks by Lakota delegates, the tour also debuts the incendiary documentary “Red Cry” that meticulously outlines the genocide of the Lakota people as described through their stories and lives.  The  Lakota Delegation is working to  meet with U.S. officials next week in Washington DC.
“We are going to challenge all of the world nations to look at the unhealthy way the United Nations responds to First Nations people, “ said Lakota delegate and warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani. “Any other ethnic group out there can take their case and plead it to the U.N. because they coat the truth in sophisticated language. We are looking for other nations that will support the Indigenous people who still speak their language within their own country.”
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Pohakuloa: Protect sacred land in Hawaii

By Pua
Censored News
This is where I live:
For my relations and my friends here and beyond. This is the island that I live on, this is the land base that we consider to be sacred, that our kupuna our ancient ones knew was sacred and itʻs the heart of our island everyone, the geographic heart and itʻs being bombed everyday... Pohakuloa, I wish we could just chant it all away! Kalani, my husband is standing strong with the other warriors for us all, warriors rising! Those from Hawaiʻi Island, I hope youʻre watching this because this is where you live!!!! --Pua

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