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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, November 4, 2013

ANONYMOUS: Private Security, RCMP and military executed attack on Mi'kmaq

  1. .#OpFrackOff Anonymous Source, Leaked Metadata
    #OpFrackOff Anonymous Source, Leaked Metadata Suggest Consortium of Private Security, RCMP, and Canadian Military Plotted and Executed Attack on Elsipogtog Mi'maq
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  10. Ohai spies, with our little eyes, something's lulzy.
  11. Now, it is your ships that have sprung a metadata leak.
  12. Anonymous knows why the RCMP will neither confirm or deny that the Canadian military had forces on the ground in Elsipogtog on October 17.
  13. We have connected with a tremendous high-level, inside source.
  14. Other sources, leaky metadata, and our best researchers findings support our insider's information: the RCMP,  Irving private security hired to protect SWN, and the Canadian military were working together for many weeks before October 17 to plot the attack on Mi'maq Keepers of the Land.
  15. Irving Oil tries to keep information about ISL, Industrial Security Limited, off the web.
  16. But our anonymous source has told us that ISL guards, as planned, intentionally began confrontations with warriors - then passed false information on supposed assaults and confinements to the RCMP in order to justify the raid.
  17. Unfortunately, someone didn't know that even protected Flickr accounts leak metadata for everyone to see.  
  18. According to Flickr metadata, Gerald Norman, a high level Integrated Security employee, is also working closely with the Canadian Forces Liaison Centre right at the footsteps of Canada's Joint Terrorism Task Force's headquarters.
  19. The Canadian Forces Liaison Centre, quote, “helps develop and support relations between civilian employer and the Reserves.” And, "reservists continue to rely on the support of employers and educators to deploy on domestic and international operations or to undergo military training,"
  20. What's more, a slide presentation from Ross Johnson, Chair of Petrochemical, Chemical, and Extractive Industry Security in Alberta, provides a fine example of what Canada's joint military, police, and corporate world thinks of resource extraction protesters:
  21. [TERRORISTS!!!!]
  22. Ross has worked for the Canadian and US militaries and has run security for an oil and gas company located in Texas - the same state where SWN is headquartered.
  23. CBC reported last week that Warriors are still jailed without a first court appearance, are being kept in solitary confinement, have been denied access to lawyers, and are beaten while cuffed.
  24. Anonymous is watching these developments with deepening resolve and fury. Canada's involvement with detainee abuse abroad has come home to roost.
  25. Canadian politicians have long talked about environmental and First Nations activists as terrorists.  Now Canada is using private security, courts, prisons, police, and paramilitary forces to treat it's own people just like it treats its enemies abroad.
  26. #OpFrackOff will continue until the the warriors are freed, the lawsuit is dropped, and a democratic referendum on fracking is held.
  27. We are anonymous.
  28. The corrupt, Fear Us.
  29. The honest, Support Us.
  30. The Heroic, Join Us.
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    Letter: Industrial Security for J.D. Irving, click to enlarge or see link:
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    Photos attack on Mi'kmaq Oct. 17, 2013








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Navajo Pueblo Nuclear Holocaust Focus of International Uranium Film Festival Southwest

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By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The International Uranium Film Festival will feature two films focused on the Navajo and Pueblo areas where both Navajos and Pueblos were -- and are -- victims of Cold War uranium mining and radioactive tailings left behind. 


Navajos and Pueblos were sent to their deaths without protective clothing, even though the US government and mining companies knew of the dangers of radiation.

The poisoning of the people did not end there. The dust from the uranium mines blew across their food drying in the sun. The women washed clothes filled with radioactive soot. The runoff poisoned both the wildlife, including the deer that was food, the waterways, and the people.

The legacy of death continues today, as radioactive tailings remain scattered across this region of Pueblos and the Navajo Nation, between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona.

In the Navajo communities of Cove and Red Valley, near Shiprock, N.M. every family had members stricken with respiratory diseases, cancer and other rare diseases. One elderly Navajo woman in her 80s was living in a radioactive hogan, built with radioactive stones.

The film, Dii'go To Baahaane Four Stories about Water, in Dine' (Navajo) with English subtitles, and the film Tailings, will be shown at the Uranium Film Festival in Albuquerque. Schedules are still being prepared for the festivals in Santa Fe, and in Window Rock on the Navajo Nation.

Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is a longtime activist exposing Cold War uranium mining and the existing radioactive contamination on Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. Pino is a professor at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

During testimony before the Indigenous Peoples Tribunal for Leonard Peltier in October in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Pino explained that sacred Mount Taylor is near the Jackpile Mine, which operated for 30 years, and became the largest open pit uranium mine in the world.

Pino pointed out that the Four Corners area was declared a "National Sacrifice Area." It was Treaty land. Pino showed a map revealing that uranium mining is concentrated on Indian lands in the west.

Pino described how he became active in this struggle because of his own family. "My father, uncles, cousins, numerous relatives, worked in the mine from Acoma and Laguna Pueblos where I'm from."

Many waterways, rivers and watersheds of Indigenous Peoples, utilized for drinking water, are in this region where uranium mining has been concentrated. The result was the water has been contaminated and cancer began appearing in the Pueblos and elsewhere.

There are over 180 uranium mines in the Black Hills that have not been cleaned up. About 1,200 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation have not been cleaned up.

The Grants Mineral Belt in the area of Acoma and Laguna Pueblo in northwestern New Mexico is another area of contaminated uranium mining sites. Paguate, a village of 3,000 people in Acoma Pueblo, was heavily contaminated. Pueblo families were drying their food, drying their meat, as the dust of uranium blew over their food. They also grew their food on contaminated soil.

"They continued to graze their sheep and cattle." Analysis show radioactive contamination in the livestock, just as with the food.

Pino said the Rio Grande River is the lifeblood of New Mexico. It is the main drinking water source. However, the people of New Mexico are now drinking uranium contaminated water.

Further, he said there has been no successful reclamation of the Jackpile mine. The contamination continues and has been confirmed. Eight miles north of the Jackpile mine there is currently contamination. Pino said he has witnessed elk and deer drinking from the contaminated water. So, when Pueblos hunt elk and deer, and eat this, they too are contaminated.

Navajo uranium miners were mining without any protective clothing. The result is cancer clusters. Now the Pueblos and Navajos have some of the highest rates of cancer because of this Cold War uranium mining. 

Further, Lakotas in Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River in South Dakota are suffering from high rates of cancer because of uranium mining and contamination.

Navajos in the Four Corners area died in large numbers. It happened also on Spokane River, on Indian lands in South Dakota and areas of Canada. Native people died of cancer and respiratory diseases from the mining.

Navajos used radioactive rocks from uranium mining to construct their hogans. Further, the Church Rock Spill in New Mexico widely poisoned eastern Navajos.

"The majority of ore in the Southwest went to the US Department of Defense to make weapons of mass destruction," he said.

Pino said his people have been victims of the nuclear holocaust. "The workers brought the waste home on their clothing." Grassroots people were not educated as to the dangers.

Today, uranium mining is targeting the land of the Havasupai and the Grand Canyon, mining which will poison the Colorado River, the mother river of the Southwest.

During the nation's largest radioactive spill, the Church Rock uranium mill spill in New Mexico on July 16, 1979 poisoned Navajos' land and water. United Nuclear Corporation's Church Rock mill tailings disposal pond breached its dam and over 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste, and 93 million gallons of radioactive solution, flowed into the Puerco River and flowed downstream and to the west, through Navajo communities in Arizona.

More at Uranium Film Festival, Traveling Festival:
www.uraniumfilmfestival.org


Unwanted Neighbors: Nuclear and Chemical Warfare Testing and Operations on Indian Lands
by Brenda Norrell
December 20, 2004
   
DUCKWATER, Nev—Beyond genocide, the poisoning of ancestral lands of the Shoshone, Paiute and Goshute in Nevada and Utah constitutes ecocide, the death of all life forms, and punctuates the pivotal point in state-sanctioned environmental violence toward American Indians.
''The Western Shoshone are the most bombed nation in the world,'' said Ian Zabarte, secretary of state for the Western Shoshone Nation Council. Pointing out that the nuclear test site is on Western Shoshone ancestral land, Zabarte said nuclear testing and radiation has taken its toll on his people, but their land rights remain in tact, secured by the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863.
''The United States has violated the very essence of this treaty by testing its nuclear weapons on our lands and people.''
Nuclear testing above ground and underground has been centered in the heart of Shoshone and Paiute lands in Nevada. Goshute in Utah and Nevada straddle the Dugway chemical warfare testing site. Nowhere in America has the damage to the environment and potential for human disease surpassed this U.S. warfare corridor.
The publication of new research in the American Sociological Review and a related review of Department of Defense data exposes the silent nuclear ecocide on Aboriginal lands and the systematic leasing and seizure of tribal lands for nuclear and explosives operations of the U.S. military.
''The Treadmill of Destruction: National Sacrifice Areas and Native Americans'', by Gregory Hooks and Chad L. Smith, reviews the legacy of the military operations on Indian nations and borderlands to Indian country. A review of DOD public data reveals a concealed and misleading history of environmental impacts in Indian country.
Nellis Range, the single largest gunnery range in the world, encompassing 3.5 million acres, was absorbed after World War II into the nuclear weapons complex in Nevada. Nellis and the nuclear test site, the largest militarized zone on earth, are the unwanted neighbors of Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute.
''The impact of these facilities upon Native Americans is not inconsequential because the Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute claim these lands both as a traditional homeland and as religious grounds,'' wrote Hooks and Smith in the article.
Although the U.S. military said this region of Nevada desert could be bombed into oblivion and no one would notice, Shoshone and Paiute did notice and continue to protest the ravaging of their homeland and poisoning of their land, water and air.
Writing of the legacy of war and racism, Hooks and Smith said World War II brought the maturation of chemical warfare and the birth of nuclear weapons. The result was a lasting environmental scar on Indian tribes.
When military sites in New Jersey and Maryland proved too small and the areas too populated to access large-scale toxicity, the military chose Dugway Proving Grounds in northwest Utah, located dead center between the Skull Valley Goshute in Utah and the Goshute Reservation in Nevada.
Dugway became the major installation for field-testing chemical agents. Airplanes sprayed mustard gas and carried out large scale bombing of phosgene, cyanogens chloride and hydrogen cyanide bombs to determine the lethal concentration of gas.
Nationwide, unexploded ordnances - mines, nerve gases, toxics and explosive shells - contaminate as much as 50 million acres and have claimed at least 65 lives.
Most of Hooks and Smith's research refers to closed military bases. However, they point out the staggering potential for health and environmental dangers for American Indians in the present age of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare. For Indian country and the remainder of the nation, the present dangers are concealed for reasons of national security.
During the 20th century, the expansion of military bases on and adjacent to Indian lands was part of a ''deliberate and systematic assault on Indian peoples,'' and part of the intellectual warfare of boarding schools, relocation and assimilation designed to turn Indians into ''Americans,'' Hooks and Smith said.
Describing it as the ''callous expansion of the Pentagon,'' noxious military contaminants were placed in close proximity to American Indians, primarily in remote areas of the arid West.
The Department of Defense's own data, public at the DOD Native American Environmental Tracking Service online, is outdated and shows a mere fragment of the impacts on Indian tribes in Nevada and Utah.
For instance, the report for Death Valley Timbasha Shoshone shows possible contaminated soil and groundwater and destruction of cultural artifacts from the China Lake Weapons Center, an active site, and the Army's Fort Irwin National Training Center.
However, there is no DOD report for a large number of Indian tribes in Nevada and Utah. The DOD states there are no environmental impact reports for: Ely Shoshone; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute; Moapa Band of Paiute; Yerington Paiute; Washoe Tribe; Te-Moak Bands of Western Shoshone: Battle Mountain, Elko, South Fork and Wells, all in Nevada, or the Northwestern Band of Shoshoni (Washakie) Indian Colony in Utah.
Even though the Moapa Band of Paiute were close enough for school children to watch the mushroom cloud of atomic bombs with unprotected eyes, the DOD has no report of impacts on Moapa Paiute in the NAETS report.
As a child, Phil Swain, Moapa Paiute, watched atomic bombs explode in the desert, 40 to 50 miles from homes of Moapa Paiute.
''They would tell us in school when there was going to be a blast, we would go outside and watch it. It looked like a big mushroom cloud,'' Swain said. There were also underground nuclear blasts.
''The ground would settle like a big saucer. They said it never leaked out, but it did. A lot of our people died from cancer.''
On the DOD NAETS site, the environmental hazards include Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone with possible soil and groundwater contamination from the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Fort McDermitt, established in 1865 along the Quinn River, is the longest active Army fort in Nevada.
In this region of atomic bombs and chemical and biological warfare testing, the DOD's reports of undetonated bombs and plane debris presents a mere fragment of the holocaust for Shoshone, Paiute and Goshute.
Still, there is more to come. A nuclear waste storage site is under construction on Yucca Mountain, which was secured by the Western Shoshone in the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863. The nuclear waste would be transported though the backyards of America, including Indian country, with the potential of deadly truck or rail accidents for 30 years. 

Mohawk John Kane 'I am ready this year!'

John Kane
By John Kane, Mohawk
I Am Ready This Year!
Okay, I admit it. Last year when our special month of November rolled around, National Native American Heritage Month, I purposely kept quiet about it until December. I sat silently all month long and sure enough — nothing. So on December 2 I wrote, “November was what? Our month? Really? Who knew?” for my blog (http://letstalknativepride.blogspot.com/2012/12/november-was-what-our-month-really-who.html). I won’t use this column to restate my thoughts from last year but by all means, check it out.
But I am not sitting back this year. No sir! As soon as Mr. Obama offered his Presidential Proclamation (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/10/31/presidential-proclamation-national-native-american-heritage-month-2013), I copied the press release from the White House website, pasted it to emails and sent it to everyone. I even posted it on Facebook. Now no one will be able to say, “I didn’t know.”
So let the “honoring” begin!
One of the big days for the Haudenosaunee in this special month is November 11.
That can’t be. That’s Veterans Day.
How can a U.S. military holiday be scheduled on our Canandaigua Treaty Day? This is our big chance to march through the village of Canandaigua arm-in-arm with state and federal dignitaries to mark the most famous treaty of the Six Nations. What self-respecting U.S. politician will pass up Veterans Day to keep this charade going?
This is where we pretend it is an actual “Six Nations” treaty even though no Kanienkehaka (Mohawks) signed or participated in it. We pretend that it isn’t violated everyday by the very ones we are holding hands with. We also pretend that the basis of the treaty, which was the United States recognition of our lands and the promise by them to “never claim the same” somehow can be ignored as long as $4500 worth of “treaty cloth” shows up once a year.
How can we fake the significance of this crappy document if all the white guys are going to be tied up war mongering?
Well, let’s just move on. Oh no, the American Thanksgiving is in our month. At least we don’t have to see all those cutesy “pilgrim” and “Indian” cardboard cut outs any more. But we still have to hear all the lies about the “First Thanksgiving” as though they invented the concept. And, of course, watch football. Couldn’t they at least have scheduled the Washington football team for a bye week in November so we could have simply one less day of hearing about the “Redskins” in our month?
So, let me get this straight — we get a month proclaimed for us and they get two holidays out of it? Oh, wait, we do get a day. I just found it at the bottom of the White House press release. The President calls upon all Americans to celebrate November 29 as Native American Heritage Day.
Hold on a second. That’s Black Friday. How can our day be Black Friday? You call on all Americans to celebrate our day on Black Friday? How? By trampling each other at Walmart? Well, unless someone is picking me up a 65-inch flat screen TV at some unheard of low price, what is there to celebrate?
All right, so no real holiday, nothing really special about the month as far as we are concerned. Can we at least get a moratorium on attacking our people for the month? Can you stop harassing our hunters? Can you stop cutting our trees? Can you stop using your anti-mob laws and anti-terrorism laws against our businesses? Can you stop your tax agents from trying to force your laws and regs on us? Can you stop trying to steal or destroy our land? Can you stop trying us in your courts? And can you stop trying to claim us as your citizens? Just for the month?
Instead of “honoring” our heritage, what about respecting us? Just for the month.
Maybe I’m not ready for National Native American Heritage Month this year but I really would be honored to receive that 65-inch flat screen television.

– John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk, a national expert commentator on Native American issues, hosts “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane,” ESPN-AM 1520 in Buffalo, Sundays, 9-11 p.m. Eastern Time. He is a frequent guest on WGRZ-TV’s (NBC/Buffalo) “2 Sides” and “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter” in Albany. John’s “Native Pride” blog can be found at www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com. He also has a very active "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook.

Published with permission. First published in Two Row Times http://tworowtimes.com/

Marcos 'Malas y No Tan Malas Noticias' (Bad and Not so Bad News)

Photo Brenda Norrell

THE BAD AND NOT-SO-BAD NEWS.

 
THE BAD AND NOT-SO-BAD NEWS.
November 2013.
To the students who took or want to take the first grade course of the Zapatista Little School:
To whom it may concern:
Compañeros, compañeras and compañeroas
As is now custom, I have been designated to give you the bad news. So here goes.
FIRST – The accounts (and here I advise you to double check the additions, subtractions, and divisions because math isn’t one of my strengths. That is, it also isn’t one of my strengths):
A) Expenses from the first grade course in August of 2013 for 1281 students:
- Support materials (4 textbooks and 2 DVDs) for 1281 students: $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos).
- Food and transport for 1281 students to go from CIDECI to the communities where their course was held and back: $339,778.27 (three hundred thirty-nine thousand seven hundred and eight pesos and 27 cents), which breaks down as the following:
Expenses for each zone to take students in vehicles from CIDECI to their host communities and back to CIDECI, in addition to food for the children of the students.
Realidad ————-  $    64,126.00
Oventik—————- $   46,794.00
Garrucha————–  $ 122,184.77
Morelia—————-  $   36,227.50
Roberto Barrios—-     $   70,446.00
Total overall —–        $ 339,778.27
Note: Yeah that “77 cents” also caught my eye, but that’s how it appeared in the report. Meaning, we don’t do any rounding up around here.  
-Transportation for 200 guardians to CIDECI, where they gave a course, and home again: $40,000.00 (forty thousand pesos). Their food was covered by the compañer@s of CIDECI-Unitierra. Thank you to Dr. Raymundo and all of the compas of CIDECI, especially those in the kitchen (note: you still owe me some tamales).
Total expenses for the Zapatista communities for the first grade course in August of 2013 for 1281 students:$479,778.27 (four hundred seventy-nine thousand seven hundred and eight pesos and 26 cents). Average expense per student: $374.53 (three hundred seventy-four Mexican pesos and 53 cents).
B) Income for the Zapatista Little School: Registration payments (from the donation container that was in CIDECI): $409,955.00 (four hundred nine thousand nine hundred and fifty-five Mexican pesos).
National pesos: $391,721.00
Dollars: $1,160.00
Euros: $175.00
Average per student payment at registration: $320.02 (three hundred twenty pesos and 20 cents).
SECOND— Summary and consequences:
On average, the remaining $54.51 (fifty-four Mexican pesos and 51 cents) per student was covered through solidarity donations. That is, some students covered others. But that means that the numbers don’t work out,compas. It was thanks to some students who gave more than the 100 required pesos (and some didn’t give anything), as well as to generous donations from others that we could more or less break even.
For those who gave more and those who made extra large donations, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And we should also thank those who didn’t pay the full 100 pesos or didn’t give anything at all.
But we know very well that we can’t expect this to work out again this way, where some students pay the course for others, which leaves us with the following options:
a) – We close the Little School.
b) – We reduce the number of students to what we Zapatistas can pay for ourselves. Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés tells me this would be about 100 per caracol, or 500 total.
c) – We raise the cost and make it obligatory.
We think that we shouldn’t close the Little School because it has permitted us to meet more people and for other people to meet us, people who we didn’t know before and who didn’t know us.
We think that if we reduce the number who can come, many people will be sad or mad because they already have everything ready to attend and it could be that they wouldn’t make the list. And above all, as you now know, the essence of the course is found in the communities and the guardians and guardianas, and if we reduced the number of students I would have to give them the bad news, and I would get the backlash.
So the only solution is to ask that you pay for your own transport and food. We know that this, in addition to bothering some people, might leave others out. That is why we are letting you know ahead of time so that you can find a way to pay your fee and/or the fee for other compas who want to come but can’t pay.
The cost now will be $380.00 (three hundred eighty Mexican pesos) per student, and should be paid at registration in CIDECI on the designated registration days. If on top of that you want to bring a pound of rice and a pound of beans, we would appreciate that too.
And please, we beg you, we plead with you, we implore you to clarify who is coming with you, how many of you there are, and each person’s age. The thing is that we get emails that say “I’m coming with my kids” and then they arrive and well, it’s like the cast for the “The Walking Dead.” All those who are going to attend must register ahead of time, this includes kids, adults, elders, and the walking dead.
Also please clarify the dates on which you will come. There are two dates now, one at the end of December and another at the beginning of January. It is important for us to know which one you are signing up for because, as you know, there is an indigenous family that is preparing to host and attend to you, a guardian or guardiana that is preparing to orient you, a driver who is getting his or her vehicle ready to transport you, and a whole village preparing to receive you. And clarify if you want to take the course in a community or in CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.
Oh also, come to listen and learn, because there are some who came to give seminars on feminism, vegetarianism, Marxism, and other “isms.” And now they’re upset because we Zapatistas don’t obey them, these people who came to tell us that we should change the revolutionary law for women to their liking and not as determined by the Zapatista women, that we don’t understand the advantages of marijuana, that we shouldn’t make our houses out of cement because it’s better to make them out of adobe and palm, or that we shouldn’t wear shoes because by going barefoot we would be better in touch with mother earth. In sum, that we should obey those who come to give us orders… that is, that we should not be Zapatistas.
SPECIAL CASES: the Anarchists
Given the anti-anarchist campaign launched by those of “good conscience” and the well-behaved left united in a holy crusade with the old right to accuse the anarchists, young and old, of challenging the system (as if anarchism had another option), including the dismantling of their shows (this thing about turning the lights off, was that so we wouldn’t see the anarchists?), and the repetition ad nauseum of epithets such as “anarcho-hardliners,” “anarcho-provocateur,” “anarcho-thugs,” “anarcho-etcetera” (somewhere I read the epithet “anarcho-anarchist,” isn’t that sublime?), the Zapatista men and women cannot ignore the climate of hysteria that so firmly demands respect for windowpanes (which don’t reveal but rather hide what happens just behind the counter: slave-like work conditions, a total lack of hygiene, poor quality, low nutritional value, money laundering, tax evasion, and capital flight).
Because now, apparently, the robbery poorly disguised as “structural reform,” the assault on the teachers union, the national patrimony “outlet” sale, the theft imposed by the government on the governed through taxation, and the fiscal asphyxiation – which only favors the large monopolies – is the anarchists’ fault.
This includes blame for the fact that now “decent people” don’t go out into the street to protest anymore (“hey but what about the marches, sit-ins, roadblocks, graffiti, flyers…” “Yes, but those are teachers-bus drivers-vendors-students, that is, country bumpkins, and I’m talking people really-truly-from-the Federal District.” “Ah, the mythical middle class, so courted and yet so despised and cheated by the entire political spectrum and all of the media…”), the fact that the institutional left also evicts the protest rallies, the fact that the “only opposition to the regime”[i] has been overshadowed by the nameless again and again, the fact that the arbitrary imposition is now called “dialogue and negotiation,”[ii] the fact that the murder of migrants, women, youth, workers, children – all of this is the anarchists’ fault.
For those who fight as and claim the “A,” a flag without a nation or frontiers, and who are part of the SIXTH—but who really are in the struggle, not just as a fashion or a fad—we have, in addition to an embrace of solidarity, a special request.
Anarchist Compas: We Zapatista men and women aren’t going to blame you for our shortcomings (or lack of imagination), nor are we going to hold you responsible for our mistakes, much less persecute you for being who you are. Actually, I should tell you that various invitees to the August course cancelled because, they said, they couldn’t share the classroom with “young people who are anarchist, ragged, punk, pierced, and tattoo-covered,” and that they (those who are not young, nor anarchist, nor ragged, nor punk, nor pierced, nor tattoo-covered) expected an apology and a purging of the registry. They continue to wait in vain.
What we would like to request is that when you register, you submit a text, maximum one-page in length, where you respond to the criticism and accusations that they have leveled against you in the for-profit media. That text will be published in a special section of our website (enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx) and in a magazine-fanzine-or-whatever-it’s-called soon to appear in the globally global world, written and run by indigenous Zapatistas. It will be an honor for us to have your word together with ours in our first issue.
Huh?
Yes, even a page with a single word taking up the whole space counts: something like “LIARS!!” Or something longer, such as “We would explain to you what Anarchism is if we thought you would understand;” or, “Anarchism is incomprehensible to those with little brains;” or, “Real change first appears in the police blotter;” or, “I shit on the thought police;” or the following citation from the book “Golpe y contragolpe” by Miguel Amorós: “Everyone should know that the Black Bloc is not an organization but a tactic of street struggle similar to “Street Fighting [Kale Baroka] that a constellation of libertarian, “autonomous” or alternative groups have been using since the struggles for the squats (“okupations”) in the 1980s in various German cities,” and add something like, “if you are going to criticize something, first do your research. Well-written ignorance is like well-pronounced idiocy: equally useless.”
In any case, I’m sure that you won’t be lacking in ideas.
THIRD – Some not-so-bad-news: a reminder of the dates and how to request your invitation and registration code.
Dates for the second round of the Little School:
Registration: December 23rd and 24th, 2013.
Classes: from December 25th until December 29th of this year. Return on the 30th.
For those who want to stay for the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising, to celebrate and commemorate the dawn of January 1st, 1994, the party will be on December 31st and January 1st.
Dates for the third round of the Little School:
Registration: January 1st and 2nd, 2014.
Classes: from January 3rd through 7th, 2014. Return on January 8th, 2013, everybody back to their corners of the world.
To request your invitation and registration, send an email to: escuelitazapDicEne13_14@ezln.org.mx
FOURTH – More not-so-bad-news is that I was going to begin this phase with a very different text, saluting our dead, SubPedro, Tata Juan Chávez, Chapis, the children of the ABC daycare, the teachers in resistance, and also with a story by Durito and the Cat-dog. But they told me that this business about the accounts and the finalization of the dates was urgent, so it will have to wait for another time. As you can see, the urgent leaves no time for the important. And so you have escaped reading about things that are not “significant-for-the-present-conjuncture”…for now.
Vale.  Cheers and, believe it or not, the world is bigger than the most scandalous media conglomerate. It is a question of broadening the step, the gaze, the sound…and the embrace.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
SupMarcos
Little School Concierge, in charge of giving bad news.
Mexico, November 2013
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Listen to and watch the videos that accompany this text.

Keny Arkana with this rap titled “V pour Verités.” In one part he says, “Blessed are those who stand up for something, those who construct something else.”
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A clip from the movie “V for Vendetta” about the relationship between the media and obedience, and another way of understanding the words “justice” and “liberty.”
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Pedro Infante with the song “I am who I am” by Manuel Esperón and Felibe Bermejo, in the movie “The Third Word” with Marga López, Sara García, and Prudencia Grifell, 1955, directed by Julián Soler. I’m including this one just to piss off those who want to make us do things their way.



[i] Translators’ note: The reference here is to Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, ex PRD politician (former Mexico City mayor and PRD presidential candidate) and now leader of MORENA, the “National Regeneration Movement.”
[ii] Translators’ note: The “arbitrary imposition” refers to the installation of PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto as president in 2012 in what was widely denounced as a fraudulent election. The “dialogue and negotiation” refers to Peña Nieto’s initiative for an agreement or “pact” between the three major political parties in Mexico, the PRI, PAN, and PRD, regarding how best to roll out the latest round of privatizations.Noviembre del 2013.

MALAS Y NO TAN MALAS NOTICIAS.

A l@s estudiant@s que tomaron o quieren tomar el primer nivel de la Escuelita Zapatista:Noviembre del 2013.
A quien corresponda:
Compañeros, compañeras y compañeroas
Pues como ya es costumbre, me han designado a mí para darles las malas noticias.  Así que ahí les van.
PRIMERO.- Las cuentas (ahí les encargo que chequen bien las sumas, restas y divisiones porque las matemáticas no son mi fuerte, quiero decir, tampoco son mi fuerte):
A).- Gastos del primer nivel en Agosto de 2013 para 1281 alumnos:
.- Material de apoyo (4 libros de texto y 2 Dvd´s) para 1281 alumnos: $100,000.00 (cien mil pesos m/n).
.- Transporte y alimentación para 1281 alumnos del CIDECI a la comunidad en que tomaron el curso y de regreso: $ 339,778.27 (trescientos treinta y nueve mil setecientos setenta y ocho pesos con veintisiete centavos), repartidos de la siguiente forma: