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Thursday, June 30, 2016

107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators


107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Apologies for the short interval but we could not resist writing up this short story.

Published today (July 1st 2016) on Independent Science News:

107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators
by Jonathan Latham, PhD

Synopsis: When 107 Nobel Laureates demanded that Greenpeace cease its opposition to GMOs and "golden rice", no one in the press seems to have asked if the event was organised by the biotech industry. They should have.

Best wishes


Jonathan Latham, PhD
Executive Director
The Bioscience Resource Project
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."—Edward Bernays, Propaganda


Peace and Dignity Runners at Hungry Valley

Photos by Buck Sampson, Northern Paiute
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Peace and Dignity Runners arrive at Hungry Valley

Article by Brenda Norrell
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The Peace and Dignity Runners arrived at Hungry Valley Indian Community near Reno, Nevada. Runners are on their way to Pyramid Lake Paiute. The northern journey ultimately meets runners coming up from South America. The ceremonial run has runners beginning in Alaska and Argentina, then joining together in Panama.

Northern Paiute Buck Sampson, among those welcoming the runners, said, "The Peace and Dignity run is an ancient Maya prophecy in which an Eagle and Condor are facing each other with their necks intertwined, both Birds joined together as equals in unity. The elders said Condor represents the Indigenous people of the south and Eagle represents the Indigenous people of the north. The elders said there needs to be a way to connect Indigenous people of north and south. After talking it was decided a Spiritual Run would be a way of connecting the two. Every four years runners begin their journey at opposite ends of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres."

Read more of Peace and Dignity Journey:

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Mohawk Nation News 'Electrified Genocide'

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Western Shoshone: 'No' to Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain

Resilience Run: Tribute to Pueblo Revolt of 1680


Roberto Rodriguez: 'Mexican as a slur and epithet'

Loving and Hating "The Mexicans"

by  Roberto Dr. Cintli  Rodriguez
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Photo: Professor Roberto Rodriguez being searched at Tucson Unified School District meeting

For many people in the United States, the very name "Mexican," is considered a slur or a racial epithet. No expletive is required. It is not to be used in public or uttered in polite company. And yet today, more than ever, it has become part of the national discourse, compliments of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Funny thing is, if a Mexican wanted to insult someone, usually it would include an expletive in front of the name or after it. But in this case, Mexican is its own expletive.

Natives oppose Eagle Pass, Texas coal mine permit


Eagle Pass, Texas is home to the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe
on the border of west Texas and Mexico.
Photo: Protest of coal mine in April 2016.

Contact: Vanessa Ramos
                       Matt Johnson
Austin: July 6, 2016: Demonstration at TCEQ Headquarters in Opposition to Dos Republicas Coal Mine

Austin, Tex. -- Several Native groups, elected officials, environmental and social justice advocates will hold a demonstration and press conference at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to call on the agency to deny the wastewater discharge permit renewal and expansion for the Dos Republicas coal mine near Eagle Pass, Texas. The Dos Republicas coal mine is contaminating Elm Creek and the Rio Grande River with toxic chemicals and heavy metals that make the water unsafe for drinking and recreation, and damages the local economy. Rather than addressing this problem, the TCEQ is poised to rubber stamp a new water permit for the coal mine, but the voices of Eagle Pass residents will be heard.

A press conference featuring native and local voices opposing the Dos Republicas wastewater discharge permit will be held following the hearing at 10:30 a.m. outside the building. Speakers will be available for public comment and interviews.

What: TCEQ wastewater discharge permit renewal and expansion hearing on the Dos Republicas coal mine

When: Wednesday, July 6th; Hearing at 9:30am, Press conference at 10:30am (pending TCEQ vote)

Where: TCEQ Headquarters: 12100 Park 35 Circle, Room 201S, Bldg. E Austin, TX

Who: Speakers include: Tane Ward, Senior Organizing Manager for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, Mayor of Eagle Pass Ramsey English Cantu, State Senator Carlos Uresti, State Judge David Saucedo, Tribal Chairman of Carrizo Tribe Juan Mancias, and Martha Baxter, Representative of Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association.

Visuals for Media: People will be wearing white shirts, holding banners and signs.  


Vanessa Ramos
Associate Press Secretary, Beyond Coal 

Award Winning Playwright to Sail to Break the Siege of Gaza

Acclaimed Playwright to Sail on Women's Boat to Gaza
Photo of Naomi Wallace 
by Gregory Costanzo

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Naomi Wallace has been selected by the International Women's Boat to Gaza to represent the United States on the Women's Boat to Gaza, scheduled to launch in fall 2016.

Wallace has written over 17 plays, including The Fever Chart: Three Short Visions of the Middle East. She is co-editor of Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award and an Obie Award. She is also the recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Wallace has taught at a number of universities including Yale and UCLA.
In explaining why she wanted to be a passenger on the boat, Wallace said:

"The collective venture of the Women's Boat to Gaza is an act of defiance against the criminal incarceration of and frequent acts of war against an entire population, the majority of whom are children. I am a playwright. It's both my duty and inspiration to engage with and attempt to expose systems that diminish us, like occupation, racism and brutality."
The Women's Boat to Gaza seeks to challenge the Israeli military occupation and naval blockade of Gaza, which has been deemed a form of collective punishment and a violation of international law by the United Nations and human rights groups.
It is also intended to show solidarity and bring a message of hope to the Palestinian people, particularly the women. Wallace will be joined by nearly a dozen women from other countries. The Women's Boat to Gaza was launched at the invitation of civil society within Gaza.
Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright who has traveled on previous flotillas notes:

"We are thrilled to have Naomi accept the invitation. The United States is a major provider of the weaponry that Israel has used on civilians, including those in prior flotillas. It is critically important for us as Americans to support Naomi and the other women as well as to encourage our elected officials to do the same." 

In her acceptance, Wallace highlighted the historical "clouds of witness" that influenced her:

"In the spirit of revolutionaries like Angela Davis, Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, Anne Braden, and, more recently, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as in opposition to the tax dollars given by the United States to the state of Israel, our small boat stands for our commitment to solidarity with Gaza and Palestinians everywhere."

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