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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

American Indian Movement's stance on Libya: Moments in history

Think outside the box today, moments in history
Vernon Bellecourt, AIM

In the media's censored files in the United States are the facts that the American Indian Movement, and other Native Americans, maintained a relationship with Libya. For the history books, here are quotes by American Indians and Gaddafi. In the future, history books will be written to include the real agenda of the United States around the world, the role of American Indians, and the American Indian Movement as it took action and expose truth.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

American Indian delegations visited Libya and Venezuela

An American Indian delegation was among the first to arrive in Libya to secure goodwill trade negotiations with the country following the lifting of U.S. travel restrictions and trade sanctions in 2005.
The delegation initiated efforts to establish an arts and cultural exchange and open dialogue for international AIDS awareness and treatment.
An American Indian delegation also traveled to Venezuela and urged support from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Vernon Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement became ill in Venezuela and soon after passed to the Spirit World.
Vernon Bellecourt was honored for his efforts.

WATCH VIDEO: Listen to the words of Vernon Bellecourt.
"Participants in the Seminar and Award Ceremony upon the occasion of the Country of Libya bestowing upon the American Indian Communities the Gaddafi Prize in Human Rights in the Spring of 1991. Individuals included in the program were: Kwame Toure (A.K.A. Stokely Carmichael) - RIP - the veteran Civil Rights leader in the United States, and a Pan African Revolutionary; Vernon Bellecourt - RIP - of the American Indian Movement and The United Indian Movement: Hans Kochler Ph.D Professor at the University of Austria and Member of the Organization of Progress
and Professor Silas Cerqueira of the University of Portugal and Member of the Board of the Gaddafi Prize Committee."
"... While Clyde focused on the home front, Vernon became a leader of AIM's work abroad, meeting with controversial leaders such as Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. As recently as four weeks ago, he was in Venezuela to talk with President Hugo Chavez about his program for providing heating assistance to American Indian tribes."

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War in Libya

March 30, 2011
The American Indian Movement supports the statement A-APRP Statement from the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (GC) in regard to Libya, and the foundation that leaders, Kwame Ture of the A-APRP, and Vernon Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement solidified in regard to supporting actions against Africa, which includes Libya.
Delegates of the American Indian Movement, and the International Indian Treaty Council visited Libya on several occasions taking part in sypmposiums organized by Libyan revolutionary committees. In 1986 we participated along with the A-APRP (All African Peoples Revolutionary Party) in traveling to Libya in opposition to President Reagan's travel ban. We are opposed to the military aggression by the United States against a sovereign country. Bombs are indiscriminate, and we have yet to hear the atrocities that these bombs have caused on the civilian population in Libya.
The United States along with partner countries, France, Italy, Germany, and Great Britain do not possess the moral high ground to act as defenders of human rights. This isn’t so much about defending human rights as it is defending economic interests, and strategic interests. President Obama said in his speech on March 28th that the bombing of Libya “prevented a potential massacre.” As victims of violence, U.S. aggression on our lands, chemical warfare, theft of our natural resources at the hands of the colonial U.S. government, we don’t know if the U.S. has really prevented anything in Libya.
The bombing of Libya must stop. Libya and its leader Moammar Ghaddafi or "the Leader" as many people in Libya call him, is a sovereign nation in which the U.S. has no business interfering in, or using its bogus excuse of saving civilians, when the real reason for bombing Libya and trying to kill its leader is to obtain its rich oil rights and revenues, and continue the operations of U.S. and European oil companies in Libya. If we continue on this blind need for high octane energy, we will see more destruction of the earth, and its inhabitants.
Ghaddafi's crime is not of being a ruthless dictator, as the U.S. has successfully convinced the world of, but of openly denouncing imperialism by Europe and the U.S. when he successfully took back his country from a ruthless monarchy in 1969, and kicked out all of the European and U.S. military, and took over his country’s oil resources and revenues. He has never backed down from his hatred of imperialism.

The excuse for starting a war in Iraq was based on lies and media manipulation. Ghaddafi is no more a dictator than George W. Bush. Millions of civilians were killed and murdered during the Iraq invasion, where was the outcry? What about Abu-Graib, water boarding, Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, these acts surly are not acts of a caring democracy who wants to see peace in this world. What we have in the United States is not a democracy but a corporatocracy, the U.S. is not led by the people, but by rich corporations in which its leaders manipulate, pay and buy votes in Congress in order for their companies to pay no taxes and their CEO's to get richer while the middle class is becoming extinct. Why do Americans continue to allow this country to start wars which cost trillions of dollars while domestic jobs are going overseas and our ability to work, stay in our homes and pay for medical insurance becomes impossible, and has made millions of once working middle class people become helpless, homeless and poor?

Russell Means relationship with Libya in US intelligence files. Operation Chaos targeted American Indian Movement:

The last speech of Mu'ummar Qaddafi

" ... I did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people's committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed 'democracy' and "freedom" never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup ..."

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