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La Rage (The Rage) by French female rap artist Keny Arkana, released in 2006.

Keny Arkana is part of La Rage Du Peuple (The Rage of the People), a music collective formed in 2004 in Marseille, activists in the alter-globalization

Chief Blue Star Eagle Speaks about the Children and Food

(as we gather together)

 

November 4, 2011 | by Christian Poirier

Photo Credit: Ivan Canabrava / Amazon WatchPhoto Credit: Ivan Canabrava / Amazon Watch

“Our resistance against this destructive project called Belo Monte remains unshakable. The occupation has sent a clear message to President Dilma Rousseff’s administration that the fight for the Xingu is more alive than ever. If the Brazilian government continues to insist on violating our rights, other resistance actions shall come.”

As I landed in the tumultuous city of Altamira last Thursday I was greeted with breaking news from my colleagues at the Xingu Alive Forever Movement: The massive Belo Monte work camp and Trans-Amazon highway had been closed in a daring early morning occupation led by a diverse coalition of indigenous peoples, local farmers, fisherfolk, and members of social movements from across Brazil. In a direct action that was unprecedented in its scale and impact, the occupiers paralyzed works on a portion of the monstrous Belo Monte Dam complex, sending a strong signal of resistance to a belligerent federal government determined to bulldoze their river and their rights.

In a collective statement protesters stressed, “In the face of the Brazilian government’s intransigence to dialogue and continuing disrespect, we occupied the Belo Monte construction site and blocked the Trans-Amazon highway. We demand a definitive cancellation of the Belo Monte Dam.”

Meanwhile, construction of another set of the project’s work camps continued at breakneck speed, using a fleet of heavy machinery to carve wide roads through felled and burnt out forests, forcing people from their homes to make way for Belo Monte’s strategic installations. Quite the opposite of heeding the call of protesters to immediately halt construction, the project consortium NESA continued its destruction unabated, confident that overwhelming and seemingly impervious political support for Belo Monte – backed by a ruthless security apparatus – would protect their objectives. But the protest occupation laid bare a basic fact: resistance to the dam is growing as fast as its popularity among local communities and the Brazilian public is falling.

Read the entire article on Amazon Watch

A video montage featuring a parade of various military aircraft, accompanied by a live reading of Work for Peace, by the late, great, poet-bluesologist  Gil Scott-Heron.

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning the social and political issues of the time.  His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”

An excerpt from the article “An Evening with Gil Scott-Heron: There is Joy

in the Struggle” by Kevin Gosztola
http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/An-Evening-with-Gil-Scott-by-Kevin-Gosztola-100221-171.html

“You can’t teach the value of creative expression in school. You can’t tell someone they have to use their art or media for the greater good. But, you can envelope someone in events with people like Gil Scott-Heron who believe in what they do and show them an alternative to the art and media we consume on a regular basis that seems to be far removed from the
issues we experience and the lives we live every single day.

What Gil Scott-Heron shows is that people can find a voice in art (especially music). Movements need people like Gil Scott-Heron to open people’s minds so that people who are not creative, not humorous, or not artistic can then present people with some truths that might compel them to act.

Yes, we’ve got to work for peace. There ain’t gonna be no peace unless we go to work. But, peace isn’t just taking down the military or breaking up the monetary and the military. It isn’t just finding confidence in fighting for what some deem a lost cause, something unrealistic.

Peace is having soul. Peace is unleashing that soul in the company of others. And, peace is having the fortitude to push on and do what you believe needs to be done so that the next day you can have high spirits and maintain high hopes for a brighter day.”

Work for Peace!

Lebensgarten – (Garden of Life) Steyerberg is a settlement community, where the goal is a common desire for a harmonious coexistence with people and nature.

A non-profit association founded in 1986, starting with 27 row houses built in 1938 for workers in the Nazi armaments industry; it now has 62 houses. It’s located in the town of Steyerberg, in Lower Saxony, Germany.

There is no guru or chief here., no common faith, religion or church affiliation. All spiritual paths are respected. Website – lebensgarten.de

Declan and Margrit Kennedy were among the founders. Declan is a world renowned architect, permaculture designer and healer. Born in Ireland in 1934, he loves dance and rock ‘n’ roll. His website – declan.de

Video tape by Dimitri Devyatkin — website devyatkin.org

 

DEFEND WIRIKUTA

 The Huicholes, heirs of Mesoamerican societies, make up one of the native groups that have survived with great vitality in America thanks to the rough topography of their territories, to its decentralized political organization and to their ability to adapt to the historical surroundings reflected by their active participation in the history of the West of Mexico.

SALVEMOS WIRIKUTA - TAMATSIMA WAHAA

Nevertheless, the main strength of their cultural reproduction is the collective resolve to keep their ancestral traditions. An essential part of their cosmogony and identity is the pilgrimage through dozens of natural sacred sites, spread along a corridor of more than 800 kilometers that runs from the coast of the State of Nayarit to Huiricuta. These pilgrimage routes are what remain of the pre-Hispanic trade routes that joined the Pacific coast with the Gulf of Mexico.

Among them the route to Huiricuta, to the west, stands out because of the role it has played in the cultural survival of the Huicholes, the frequency with which it is used and the number of users it has. Along the route, deities and the spirits of their ancestors (for example the cacallari) inhabit, certain species of wild fauna (wolves and reindeer) or natural phenomena like the wind or clouds (the tateima) are found.

The Huicholes also identify some of these elements as “older brothers” or “teachers” (the tamatsi), who anoint the pilgrims providing them with wisdom and spiritual guidance, or with penalties and punishments. Deities and spirits dwell precisely in the sacred places, where according to the Huicholes they “utter their voices”.

In certain areas there are concentrations of sacred sites that make up scenes like Huiricuta and the Huichol territory itself. Natural sacred sites are found on islets, moist soil, rivers, lagoons, springs, forests, mountains or rock formations. These show engravings, and have spiritual, bio-geographic, social or historical meanings. Pilgrimage routes run along a variety of ecosystems whose cultural attributes are linked to agricultural periods, crop gathering or hunting as part of a ritual cycle.

The constellation of sanctuaries and traditional routes constitute the Huichol scenery as the cultural resonance of a community that, together with the ritual cycle, manifests itself as a continuous, dynamic and complex system.

The fundamental purpose of their pilgrimage is to follow their ancestor’s steps to ask for rain and well-being. Along the route, the shamans recreate and transmit the tribal legacy to the young by means of chants, story-telling and complicated rituals.

Huichol Route through the sacred sites to Huiricuta (Tatehuari Huajuye)

This legacy, in addition to shamanic, religious, or medical knowledge, includes the diversified use of ecosystems or the conservation of the genetic variety of the species they cultivate. This is why and considering that the Huichol language has no written form, pilgrimages perform a very particular function identified as an “itinerant Mesoamerican university”, main axis of a knowledge system based on nature, that gives the Huixáritari (Huicholes) their identity.

This pilgrimage is the only way in which the Mesoamerican legacy of this ancestral culture can be kept. During the last five centuries, the pilgrimage has had the double purpose of establishing contact and trade with the mestizo and European cultures that have radically transformed the natural and cultural resources of the Huichol territory. Consequently, the ritual indigenous time that looks for a deep identification of the human being with the natural processes has been able to survive within a utilitarian environment of rapid changes and depredation.

The route runs through two regions that are important to the world because of their contribution to biodiversity: the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Chihuahua Desert. The complex topography and the spectacular altitude ranges of the south of the Sierra Madre Occidental, allow the existence of a wide range of habitats that include tropical forests of deciduous and subdeciduous trees, spiny forests, thickets and grasslands, gallery forests, and pine forests –oak trees.

The Chihuahua Desert is one of the three semi-desert areas biologically richer in the world. The habitats included in the southeast of this region such as xerophillus vegetation, thickets, grasslands and pine forests, lodge a notable wealth as far as diversity and endemicity.

Unesco (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) along with the State of San Luis Potosi´s Natural Protection act has recognized the area of this pilgrimage land of 450 by 173 kilometers as being a cultural route, with important flora and fauna and animal species which live exclusively in the area. It became protected land under Unesco on October 27th, 2000 and on June 9, 2001 was declared a National Sacred Site.

Although this land is under legal protection, a Canadian Mining Company called “First Majestic Silver Corp” has claimed to have purchased a concession of old mines, on November 13th, 2009 with 80% of their interest laying in protected land. Part of their land claim includes half of the Huichol Holy Mountain it`s self as well the town of Real de Catorce and La Luz as well as 11 other small villages. These towns are historic mining towns of Mexico that were abandoned in the early 1900`s and have now become recognized as historical monumental sites of the country. The ancient buildings, roads, churches as well as mine sites have been preserved and cared for by the local population for over 100 years and has provided the only industries in the area, tourism and film sets. Over the years Real de Catorce has become famous around the globe and has recently be given the title of “Magic Town of Mexico” for it`s preservation of historical infrastructures and it`s attraction to spiritual seekers as well artists, catholic pilgrims, geologists and tourists in general.

First Majestic Silver Corp. Lays claim to this land by purchasing “Normabec”, another Canadian Company who purchased the land prior to the protection laws being put in place. They have managed to get a permit for exploratory mining, and state they are planning to launch a program of aggressive exploration and excavation in the 2nd half of 2010”. The company uses a method of open pit mining and lixiviation through the flotation in cyanide. This chemical is highly polluting and deadly requiring only 0.2 of a gram to kill a person (this is what the Nazi`s used in the 2 World War genocide in the deadly showers in concentration camps). Mines such as that which First Majestic Silver Corp plan to open require tones of Cyanide each day to operate. The waste is either released into rivers or lakes or put into pits where it is allowed to dissolve through the soil.
In the case of this “Real de Catorce Project” (as it is called by First Majestic) the intention is to use the local water supply, which is the only source for the region, for it`s lixiviation process.
This will require the same quantity of water each hour which a family will use in 20 years. Additionally the waste toxins will be sent either down the river vein to the lower communities or through the soil taking directly to the Huichol Holy Mountain and seriously compromising the protected plant and animal species. It will dislodge contaminants into the soil and water systems, alter ecosystems, will interrupt, refill, dry, and divert hydraulic streams; will substantially alter the landscape and geologic cuts, and will provoke serious consequences for the local inhabitants.

While the Huichol people, inhabitants of Real de Catorce and surrounding communities as well as concerned people around the world are working to have the Mexican Government enforce the already existing laws which protect this land, it is also important as citizens of the world that we take a stand against this kind of blatant dis-respect not only for United Nations Protection Laws but also for that of Native Sacred Lands and Human Rights around the world. There are very few places left in this world with the rich and continuing history of Aboriginal traditions and we must do all within our power to protect and keep these areas for this and future generations. Thousands of years of history and tradition are on the brink of being stripped from the Huichol people in the name of a small foreign company who has never lived on or with this land, who wish to exploit and abuse it for the financial gain of a few.

Real de Catorce can be seen online at:
http://www.realdecatorce.net/ (also on google earth).
The President of First Majestic Silver Corporation is Keith Neumeyer and the Cheif Operating Officer is Ramon Davilla.
First Majestic Silver
925 West Georgia St.
Suite 1805
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6C 3L2
Phone: 604.688.3033
Toll Free: 1.866.529.2807

More information about the Real de Catorce project can be found at: http://www.firstmajestic.com/s/RealDeCatorce.asp

Further information about the impacts of cyanide:
http://www.serconline.org/mining/faq.html

You know I have to wonder if Americans know anything about Libya at all. There are many from other countries that don’t seem to know much about it either I am afraid.

Comments on different news sites tell me  how mislead many are. One of the most predominant comments is now Libya will come out of the Dark Ages.

Well I am not sure what dark ages they are talking about as Libya was quite advanced.

NATO has blown them back to the dark ages,

So take a tour of Libya with me and see how things were before US/NATO intervention and tell me if they lived in the Dark Ages.

Videos of how Libya was before the invasion are below. Definitely they did not live in the dark ages.

Before we start the tour there are a few things you need to know however…

Read more:  http://rainbowwarrior2005.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/the-libya-americans-never-saw-on-television/

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Funded by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo


Native American families in Western New York continue to feel the impact of the Thomas Indian School and the Mohawk Institute. Survivors speak of traumatic separation from their families, abuse, and a systematic assault on their language and culture. Western New York Native American communities are presently attempting to heal the wounds and break the cycle inter-generational trauma resulting from the boarding school experience. Unseen Tears documents testimonies of boarding school survivors, their families, and social service providers.