|Photo today: Blocking Shell oil rig bound for the Arctic in Seattle|
English, with Dutch translation below by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette
How many networks pointed out that on the same day the Obama Administration approved Shell's drilling in the Arctic -- May 11, 2015 -- the US delegation was seated before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva attempting to cover up its abuses of Native Americans and the environment.
Among those in the spin delegation before the UN was Keith Harper, Cherokee. The US cover-up testimony included spying, torture, rape in the US military, and homelessness. And there was no mention of COINTELPRO, sterilization of Native American women, targeting of Native American lands for dirty coal and uranium mining, political prisoners, or systematic torture and murder of Native American children in US government boarding schools. There was no mention of the ongoing theft of American Indian water rights by the US and Congressmen throughout the west, or Sen. John McCain's theft of sacred Apache land at Oak Flat for copper mining.
And of course there was no mention that while the US was spinning fabrications and cover-ups before the United Nations, during the US Universal Periodic Review, on that same day, the Obama administration was approving drilling in the Arctic.
Today, there is a blockade in the waters off Seattle as Shell's oil rig is bound for drilling in the Arctic.
Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic are calling for help to halt Shell's drilling, and protect the waters, the wildlife and their way of life.
“We are grateful and stand with the protesters in Seattle who are determined to stop Arctic Drilling before it starts. Shell’s Arctic venture is seriously reckless. This company has no capability to address an oil spill in unpredictable ice conditions and has proven in previous attempts that they are not equipped for the harsh and volatile conditions of the Chukchi Sea,” said Faith Gemmill, Executive Director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands.
“The future of the Inupiat way of life is on the table, how can this company be so callous with their decisions? Not only is Shell’s plans risky, but also detrimental to all Alaska Natives that share the burden of current climate chaos,” Gemmill said. “We stand with those that want to protect their Inupiat ancestral way of life, and we will continue to support them facing down this giant, we call on all those of conscience to raise their voice in opposition to this insane venture now."
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