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Non-Conformity & Creativity Now Listed As A Mental Illness By Psychiatrists

“The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.” – Japanese Proverb

Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it looks that way. The manual identifies a mental illness labelled as “oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD. It’s defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior.” (0) It’s also included in the category of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The manual is used by psychiatrists to diagnose mental illnesses, and it seems that with each new issue a new, made up mental illness is added to the list. This isn’t something new, in the Soviet Union, a systematic political abuse of psychiatry took place and was based on the interpretation of political dissent as a psychiatric problem.  Mental illness has been used for political repression, those who were/are non-conformant and do/did not accept the beliefs of authority figures (like government agencies) face labels that do not represent them at all, and have no scientific backing what so ever. (1)

On the first glance, political abuse of psychiatry appears to represent a straightforward and uncomplicated story: the deployment of medicine as an instrument of repression. Psychiatric incarceration of mentally healthy people is uniformly understood to be a particularly pernicious form of repression, because it uses the powerful modalities of medicine as tools of punishment, and it compounds a deep affront to human rights with deception and fraud. Doctors who allow themselves to be used in this way betray the trust of society and breach their most basic ethical obligations as professionals.” (1)

The entire psychiatric disease model today is based on the theory that a brain-based, chemical imbalance causes mental illness.  Dr. Mark Graff, Chair of Public Affairs of the American Psychiatric Association said that this theory was “probably drug industry derived.” (source)

“There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, I have a biological imbalance, I say, ‘show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?” –  Dr. Ron Leifer, New York psychiatrist (source)

“If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist’s reaction. The number of people who believe that scientists have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the power of marketing.”  - Jonathan Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences.  (source)

reposted from Arjun Walia, Collective-Evolution

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International call for sabotage and direct action against the World Cup in Brazil

On June 12, 2014 begins the world football cup in Brazil, a sporting event which businesspeople, politicians, journalists and sympathizers eagerly await, some because of greed, others because of nationalist exacerbation, a World Cup that has the highest budget ever invested in history (over 600,000 million dollars, and the account is not even closed yet…).

worldCupDumpHowever, beyond the colourful atmosphere, the dances, the carnival, the “cheerfulness”, the reality is different:

In carioca (Rio de Janeiro), the repressive forces that are commanded by the evil born Dilma Rousseff and trained by US counter-terrorist brigades, namely the army, the police or the ironically named Pacifying Police Unit (UPP), led by the militiamen Alexandre Braga and Ezequiel Oliveira de Mendonça, are implementing a policy of extermination against the marginal population, concentrating their attacks in the favelas and the poorest zones of this region. An extermination that is far from diminishing, since the deployment of military police, orchestrated by the chief of police Tarcísio Andreas Jansen and the colonel Marcelo Rocha, has further increased as the inauguration ceremony approaches.

In cities like São Paulo alone, nearly 70,000 families have been displaced during the constructions for the World Cup preparations, while in Rio de Janeiro approximately 40,000 homes have faced the same fate.

The Brazilian State, showing off its progressive and assistentialist reputation, has offered an amount of money to some of the evicted (obviously none of them was from the bourgeois neighbourhoods, since the latter were not affected one bit) which is far from enough to recover their original dwelling, thus spitting on the residents’ dignity, and thinking that money can cover for all the bloodshed.

And when we talk of bloodshed, there have been hundreds of wounded and dozens of dead in Brazil over the past few months.

We cannot fail to mention the repugnant activity of the State, which is assassinating in the most cowardly way children who survive on the streets, in order to receive an estimated 600,000 tourists that will arrive in the country, offering them in turn the hundreds of bodies of women and girls subjected to prostitution.

Military Police hold demonstrators and tourists  in a hotel on Augusta street after they attacked a peaceful protest against the World Cup, the first mass action against FIFA.
Military Police hold demonstrators and tourists in a hotel on Augusta street after they attacked a peaceful protest against the World Cup, the first mass action against FIFA.

These postcards, perhaps unknown to many, are the currency in South America; hence our rage is born of the most sincere hatred, the limited covering of basic needs, the daily submissions and the constant humiliations; hence our rage is not out of boredom or revolutionary pose but is necessary and urgent, and clearly, beautifully violent…

Message posted on Twitter by @caranovanocongr: “NOTICE TO FOREIGN TOURISTS – THERE WILL BE VIOLENT PROTESTS DURING THE WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL. #NAOVAITERCOPA

As anarchists, we cannot remain indifferent to so much misery, so much pain, so much torture and so much death.

Those responsible for these atrocities do not go hiding; they are the sponsors, the multinationals, the society itself that tolerates and encourages this tournament with its passivity and servility.

Of the former, we are able to find offices and representatives in various parts of the globe…; next, all we have to do is adjust the sights and shoot.

From the latter, we do not expect or ask anything, so we call ourselves to act, the anarchist combatants in various regions, the refractories of this filthy order, and the subversives who understand that the only way is direct and real confrontation.

see also;

Brazil: Cops Attack Protestors and Tourists During World Cup Demo

Blackwater Trains Killer Police For FIFA’s War On Brazilians

State Repression in Rio Leaves 2 Dead, 1 in a Coma, Govt & Media Target Black Bloc

For consequence and coherence, in rebellion and action.

For this reason, this statement is not intended to be a mere repudiation, but a clear incitement to conspiracy, sabotage and attack against all the instruments of the system of domination that aims to domesticate us, and specifically in this case, this shitty Word Cup.

So for our part, at the kickoff, we made an anonymous call to the JJ8011 flight of the TAM Airlines from Buenos Aires destined for São Paulo, warning of an explosive device with the aim of sabotaging the normal flow of tourists who arrive in the region dominated by the Brazilian government, either unaware of what is taking place over there or complicit through their apathy.

IF NOT YOU, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

Active solidarity with comrades in revolt across Brazil!

Vengeance for those injured, imprisoned and killed by the State!

There will not be a World Cup!

International Solidarity Cell
To Win or Die For Anarchy.

- text reposted from contraInfo, International call for sabotage and direct action against the World Cup in Brazil

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Indigenous Peoples: Language Revitalization & Gender Identity

At the core of European legal thought is sustaining binaries such as the colonizer v. the colonized, the conqueror v. the conquered, the civilized v. the savage, or the male v. the female. During her lecture on systemic violence at Concordia University, Andrea Smith explains how colonialism legitimized gender violence through the installation of patriarchy, a male system of domination over females (Smith, 2011). Smith (2011) states:

Of course, patriarchy is built on a gender binary system. You can’t have patriarchy unless you have two genders, one that dominates another gender. So consequently, in many Native communities that were not built on a gender binary system, those who did not fit that system were often targeted for destruction as well (at approximately 2:05).

Watch Andrea Smith’s talk on Systemic Violence Against Native Women and Struggles for Land

Lecture at Concordia University: September 30th, 2011 – video by Concordia’s TV station, CUTV.

When settlers first arrived to the Americas, their relations with Indigenous populations were vital to their survival (Mawani, 2001). However, once more settlers began to arrive, the relations with Indigenous populations became more of an inconvenience (Mawani, 2001). By 1867, Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald enacted the Indian Act, 1867 and this act was (and continues to be) a useful tool to police Indigenous populations (Comack, 2012). Brock Pitawanakwat (2009), in his research on Indigenous language revitalization, argues, “Canadian Indian Policy sought to undermine Indigenous independence and eradicate Indigenous languages” (p. 2). The eradication of Indigenous languages is then essential to colonialism since it promotes policy objectives, like those objectives associated with the enactment of the Indian Act. The primary objective behind the Indian Act was “to get rid of the Indian Problem” (Leslie, 1978). To accomplish this goal, colonizers forcibly removed Indigenous children from their homes to attend residential schools, where they were forbidden to practice their culture or speak their language (McGeough, 2008). Further, Pitawanakwat (2009) states, “the efforts to spread European languages in the Americas were fuelled by the colonists’ desires for administrative efficiency” (p. 2). While these are historical accounts of undermining Indigenous languages, the loss of language as an effect of colonialism still exists today. For example, within Canada, the loss of Indigenous languages occurs “at an even faster rate than the global average” (Pitawanakwat, 2009, p. 1). It has been shown that the main reason for loss of Indigenous language is European colonization and by 2100, it is predicted that only four of the original sixty Indigenous languages will be retained (Pitawanakwat, 2009, p. 1). For Indigenous peoples, the language is directly connected to their culture and from the perspective of the colonizer, it is a sensible policy and practice to prevent Indigenous peoples from both speaking their language and practicing their culture.

Though there are many efforts to restore Indigenous languages and culture, this colonial objective, to get rid of the Indian problem, still manifests itself in other ways in a contemporary context. From a legal perspective, within the Canadian court system, the value of Indigenous languages and cultures are diminished. This undermining of Indigenous languages and cultures is illustrated within the lower court decision in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia (hereinafter referred to as Delgamuukw) (Borrows, 1999). John Borrows, an Anishnaabeg legal scholar, examines how the value of Indigenous languages and culture were belittled in Delgamuukw. In the case of Delgamuukw, McEachern C.J. diminished the importance of Indigenous languages in Canadian law when he did not accept evidence in the form of song or oral history from the plaintiffs, House of Delgamuukw, as proof of Aboriginal title. Specifically, McEachern C.J. (1991) viewed these songs and oral histories as songs, folklore, or mythology (p. 93). Borrows, however, outlines the importance of language for Aboriginal people’s political, economical, and legal systems. He writes, “Indigenous languages and cultures shaped their legal, economic, and political structures, and the socio-cultural relationships upon which they were built. Many of these narratives were considered private property” (p. 9). Indigenous language has formed the basis for Indigenous law, and in relation to colonialism, the loss of Indigenous language indicates a loss of Indigenous political, legal, social and economical systems. The Supreme Court of Canada also established that McEachern C.J.’s decision discovered, “a trend imbricated in the very bedrock of western European legal thought” (Burrows, 1999, footnote 22, p. 29). As noted earlier, central to European legal thought is sustaining binaries such as the colonizer and the colonized, or more specifically, the male and the female.

from: KWE TODAY: fierce indigenous feminism

 

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Taiwan Protesters Siege Parliament to Stop 4th Nuclear Plant

The Taiwan Parliament has been laid siege again by the public. On Earth Day to protest the construction of the 4th Nuclear Plant of the Ma Administration and to support the hunger strike of former chairman of DPP, Mr. Lin, I-Hsiung. Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility.
“It’s very meaningful to be doing something good for Taiwan — I feel very calm,” Lin told a crowd of reporters and supporters before he began the hunger strike.
He added he had been forced into the situation because the authorities had ignored public opinion on nuclear power. He said the majority of people in Taiwan were against a fourth nuclear power plant.

“If anything unfortunate should happen to me, I want my family and friends to know that (those in power) murdered me,” the 72-year-old said before entering a church in Taipei to begin his indefinite fasting.

The confrontation at the Legislative Yuan(Parliament) is getting bigger and bigger now. Some have been injured in this confrontation between the police and the protesters. Even now around mid-night, the public are gathering from all directions to force the legislators to have a righteous policy to terminate the nuclear power forever.

all screenshots are from koat7, albuquerque

nuclear catastrophe in new mexico: Crews retreat after nuclear material found, Robots brought in, radiation too high for humans

i don’t want to sound alarmist, but because the authorities are dragging their feet, people affected by the leaking radioactive particles from the WIPP nuclear waste storage facility may not be able to be evacuated – they are radioactive biohazards by now. this shit accumulates in our bodies and never goes away. we’ll see if the robot they send in can approach the stuff, but i doubt it will be able to operate very close to the material that’s leaking.

facility meant for longterm storage of nuclear waste caught fire and leaked hot particle radioactive materials in february, injuring at least 13 workers. workers returned to search for the cause, but had to evacuate.

Albuquerque Journal, Mar. 8, 2014: WIPP radiation leak was never supposed to happen — No one knows yet how or why a waste drum leaked [...] setting off a cascade of events that could cripple the nation’s radioactive waste disposal system. [...] before WIPP opened, the [DOE] put the risk of such an accident at one chance in 10,000 to one in 1 million during any given year of WIPP operations [...] only two possible scenarios [...] an exploding waste drum or a waste disposal room roof collapse. [...] “You could have crapped up a whole lot of real estate down there,” [Bob Neill, a radiation safety expert] said. The underground drum fire scenario [...] hypothesized the “spontaneous combustion” of a drum’s contents, rupturing and spreading the radioactive waste inside [a] one chance in 10,000 in any given year of WIPP operations. The “roof fall” scenario [...] was calculated at one chance in a million during a given year [and] could leave a large number of waste drums crushed and leaking. [...] Cleaning up contamination [would] risk of further spreading the contamination. [...] In a formal legal notice, the New Mexico Environment Department said, “It is believed … that the WIPP will be unable to resume normal activities for a protracted period of time.”

Department of Energy, WIPP Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (pdf): WIPP Disposal Accidents– Eight potential accidents at WIPP during disposal operations were evaluated; they are shown in Table 5-18. [...] Potential radiological consequences to the public and maximally exposed noninvolved worker are substantially higher than hazardous chemical consequences, which are very small for most accident cases. Estimated results for members of the public, the maximally exposed noninvolved worker, and the maximally exposed involved worker are presented below and in Table 5-19. Public Population consequences from WIPP disposal accidents were estimated for the 22.5 degree sector west of the site, which includes the City of Carlsbad. The population in this sector is 25,629 and would be affected greater than any other section in the surrounding 80-kilometer (50-mile) region.

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AP: Crews retreat after nuclear material found at WIPP — Officials: Correct to turn back, contamination was increasing — Robots brought to site for radiation levels too high for humans — ‘Significant amount of information’ will be revealed to public in next few days

AP, Apr. 17, 2014: Crews on their fourth trip into the mine on Wednesday made it into the only active waste storage area and found contamination, [Tammy Reynolds, U.S. Dept. of Energy’s deputy recovery manager] said. The deeper they went into the area, the more widespread the contamination, she said. But the crews had to retreat before identifying the possible source because they had been underground for five hours in protective gear that retains heat and the batteries on their respiratory equipment were running low. [...] The next step is for crews, and possibly robots, to go back down to see if they can identify what caused the leak.

Tammy Reynolds, deputy WIPP recovery manager: “The more they went into panel seven, the more (the contamination) became more widespread [...] They made the correct decision to turn back [...] Everyone was safely returned to the surface.”

John Heaton, former state representative and chairman of the Carlsbad Mayor’s Nuclear Taskforce, WIPP Town Hall, Apr. 17, 2014 (at 7:00 in): I think that next week might a very busy week in that I think that there will be progress to report in terms as to what might have been the cause and also Phase 1 of the accident investigation report. […] I believe — I hate to speculate on this — but there will be a significant amount of information that will come out next week. So I think it will be a very important meeting and I think we need to have adequate time for people to be able to ask questions.

Reynolds, WIPP Town Hall, Apr. 17, 2014 (at 23:00 in): One of the other things we’ve been working on is the contingency plan […] They’ve been working to have robots prepared that in the event that the conditions in the underground don’t allow us to be able to get to the waste space or other parts of the mine later on in recovery activities because of the level of contamination, as a contingency we’re looking at the use of robots. And so there’s a couple of robot operators, they’ve already been to the WIPP site,  today they brought the robots out to the site and they did a demonstration for us […] so that if we can’t go and visibly put our eyes on certain pieces of the mine, the robot can do that for us and feed us back that information.

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WIPP released plutonium and americium, which are long-lived alpha emitters, which can stay in the body for a lifetime. They thus bioaccumulate upon inhalation and ingestion, and even absorption. That is the hidden, dirty, secret. [...] The BEIR VII report is well-known for its Linear No-Threshold Model (LNT), i.e. no safe dose: “the risk of cancer proceeds in a linear fashion at lower doses without a threshold and that the smallest dose has the potential to cause a small increase in risk to humans.” However, BEIR only “focuses on the health effects of low levels of low linear energy transfer (low-LET) ionizing radiation such as x-rays and gamma rays.” And, as pointed out “Most radiation sources have a mixture of high- and low-LET radiation. Compared to high-LET radiation [Alpha radiation is high LET; beta and gamma radiation are low LET], low-LET radiation deposits less energy in the cell along the radiation path and is considered less destructive per radiation track.”

Watch the Senate hearing here

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, published Apr. 9, 2014 (at 3:00 in):

  • Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico: I appreciate that many in your agency have made it clear that the radioactive releases from WIPP have been at levels that are a public health danger and I’m hopeful that you’re monitoring and verification will continue to support their unfortunately the facts are the two accidents have happened to WIPP that were not supposed to happen — a fire in a mine and a radiological release. DOE oversight has already been found to be lacking and that’s why it’s important to the community that an independent public health agency like EPA be on the ground overseeing the recovery phase to ensure public health is protected. [...]

 – from enenews

all screenshots are from koat7, albuquerque
all screenshots are from koat7, albuquerque
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canadian mining company has community defense activists assaulted, murdered in guatemala

Late on Sunday night, Alex Reynoso and Merilyn Topacio Reynoso, father and daughter activists involved in the resistance against Canadian company Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine in Guatemala, were attacked by unknown suspects. Alex and Merilyn were on their way home to Matequescuintla after attending an activity in a nearby community. Merilyn, who was sixteen years old, was shot and killed; Alex was severely wounded and remains in intensive care.

When I spent time in communities around this mining project in February and March I heard countless stories of activists who had received death threats, who had been attacked, and who have been forced to live in a constant state of fear in their own homes and communities (I’ll be sharing these as videos and articles in the coming weeks). While details of the attack against Alex and Merilyn remain unclear, this incident clearly forms part of this larger pattern of recent violent acts and intimidation.

The acts of violence that took place on Sunday are the worst and most heartbreaking types of reminders of what the impacts of these mining projects truly look like, and of why solidarity work with communities who are resisting Canadian mining companies, and with all those who defend their right to life and territory is vital.

Rest in power, Merilyn.

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 – from Under-Mining Guate

… Neither think yesterday you felt very happy, because we were going to do what you love, music.

I still remember these, your words “our generation should lead the people in power.”

Still, I remember the tone of your voice is heard so shy, but with the enthusiasm of joy that fills we who hear.

Topaz Reynoso – life is unfair, some people deserve to die, but there are those who deserve to live; and you were one of those that deserve to live. And being an engine of life and hope.

Miss you!

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evil, filthy canadian murdering ratnastards are the new face of genocide in central america. o, canada…

Enough! Out! We can not keep killing, imprisoning, slandering, chasing, only to defend RIGHTS. War never ended, these dinosaurs are still there … but both milestone, in the end it breaks, very soon, our martyrs will be vindicated, because we will not keep silent … stupid!

Here is a statement shared via NISGUA from a number of Guatemalan Communities in Resistance.

- from latribunadel patojo,

TOPACIO

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The open wounds of the Amazon. Credit:Rolly Valdivia/IPS

indigenous elders and forest defense activists face increasing violence from corportations and police

By Michelle Tullo Inter Press (IPS)

Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.

Indigenous representatives and environmental activists from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas met over the weekend here to commemorate those leading community fights against extractive industries. The conference, called Chico Vive, honoured Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber-tapper killed in 1988 for fighting to save the Amazon.

The gathering also recognised leaders who are continuing that legacy today.

“His struggle, to which he gave his life, did not end with his death – on the contrary,” John Knox, the United Nations independent expert on human rights and the environment, said at the conference. “But it continues to claim the lives of others who fight for human rights and environmental protection.”

A 2012 report by Global Witness, a watchdog and activist group, estimates that over 711 people – activists, journalists and community members – had been killed defending their land-based rights over the previous decade.

Those gathered at this weekend’s conference discussed not only those have been killed, injured or jailed. They also shared some success stories.

“In 2002, there was an Argentinean oil company trying to drill in our area. Some of our people opposed this, and they were thrown in jail,” Franco Viteri, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon, told IPS.

“However, we fought their imprisonment and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in our favour. Thus, our town was able to reclaim the land and keep the oil company out.”

Motivated by oil exploration-related devastation in the north, Ecuadorian communities in the south are continuing to fight to defend their territory. Viteri says some communities have now been successful in doing so for a quarter-century.

But he cautions that this fight is not over, particularly as the Ecuadorian government flip-flops on its own policy stance.

“The discourse of [President Rafael] Correa is very environmentalist, but in a practical way it is totally false,” he says. “The government is taking the oil because they receive money from China, which needs oil.”

China has significantly increased its focus on Latin America in recent years. According to a briefing paper by Amazon Watch, a nonprofit that works to protect the rainforest and rights of its indigenous inhabitants, “in 2013 China bought nearly 90% of Ecuador’s oil and provided an estimated 61% of its external financing.”

- there’s much more, from revolution news,

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

The open wounds of the Amazon. Credit:Rolly Valdivia/IPS
The open wounds of the Amazon. Credit:Rolly Valdivia/IPS
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the physicists are wrong – again! the electric universe is remaking our view of reality!

yet again, physicists who apply electric universe principles to cosmic phenomena and objects show that currently held precepts about reality are completely wrong.

here’s an introduction to the electric universe:

David Talbott: Exposing the Myths of “Settled Science”

this is so important! we’ve known for ages that the education system was flawed, and what does a flawed system produce? flawed thinking!

if mainstream physicists have the very nature of reality wrong, that means that when they look at the world, they do not understand what they are seeing!

Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: On the Validity of Kirchhoff’s Law

THIS ONE WILL BE OF GREATEST INTEREST TO THEORETICAL PHYSICISTS. Please help out by directing the attention of physicists to this video.

Kirchhoff’s law of thermal emission (formulated in 1860) is presented and demonstrated to be invalid. This law is crucial to our understanding of radiation within arbitrary cavities.

Kirchhoff’s law rests at the heart of condensed matter physics and astrophysics. Its collapse can be directly associated with 1) the loss of universality in Planck’s law (Planck’s constant and Boltzmann’s constant are no longer universal in nature), 2) the collapse of the gaseous Sun as described in Standard Solar Models, and 3) the inability of the Big Bang to act as the source of the microwave background.

Pierre-Marie Robitaille, PhD is a Professor of Radiology at The Ohio State University, with a joint appointment in Chemical Physics. He initially trained as a spectroscopist and has wide ranging knowledge of instrumentation in the radio and microwave bands. A recognized expert in image acquisition and analysis, Professor Robitaille was responsible for doubling the world record in Magnetic Resonance Imaging in 1998. In 2000, he turned his attention to thermodynamics and astrophysics, demonstrating that the universality advanced in Kirchhoff’s Law of Thermal Emission is invalid. He has published extensively on the microwave background, highlighting that this signal arises from water on the Earth and has no relationship to cosmology and has recently published a paper on the Liquid Metallic Hydrogen Solar Model (LMHSM).

see more about the electric universe:

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lakota people ask for support to block keystone xl pipeline

Lakota and allies asking for gear to supply frontline fight against the Keystone XL. The Lakota have sworn to not let the pipeline through their lands, but need your help.

visit this website for more info: owe aku international

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“The open veins of Latin America are still bleeding”

In Bolivia, indigenous movements are organizing against the environmental devastation that accompanies mining and other extractive industries.

“The open veins of Latin America are still bleeding,” Mama Nilda Rojas, a leader of the dissident indigenous organization  CONAMAQ, told me in a recent interview in La Paz, Bolivia.

Mining of copper, lead, and zinc in Peru, for example, has been booming, and alongside this boom, indigenous and agrarian communities have fought against the destruction of their land, water, and homes. In Ecuador, protesters against extractive industries have been criminalized as the government moves forward with oil and mining projects. A recent lawsuit by Ecuadorean villagers against Chevron made it clear who pays and who profits when a community is devastated to extract natural wealth: Despite allegedly spilling 18 million gallons of toxic wastewater in rural Ecuador, an international court said Chevron did not have to pay to clean up the damage. “We will fight [the lawsuit] until Hell freezes over,” said a Chevron representative. “And then we’ll fight it out on the ice.”

Rojas believes that President Morales and the MAS party are paving the way for further extractive industries, led either by the government or by foreign corporations operating with the government’s blessing—and they’ve already done so by ignoring the rights of local communities.

Nilda’s father, CONAMAQ leader Cancio Rojas, was jailed in 2012 (and later released) for protesting against the Canadian South American Silver Corporation’s operations in his community in Potosi.

While the new and controversial mining law limits the rights of miners to sell their resources, it also gives the mining industry rights to use public water for its water-intensive and toxic operation, while disregarding the rights of rural and farming communities to that same water. Furthermore, the law criminalizes protest against mining operations, leaving those communities that would bear the brunt of the industry’s pollution and displacement without any legal recourse to defend their homes.

Another problem with the law, and the mining industry in general, says Bolivian independent journalist Marielle Cauthin, is that it is based on the premise that the only way Bolivia can develop is through the extraction and sale of raw materials, rather than by overcoming its dependence on such an economy. “The Bolivian state believes that [mining and related industries] is our destiny, but this will only bring us closer toward the death of our environment and indigenous communities.”

In the wake of the violence in Bolivia, the government announced on Tuesday that it will suspend the approval of the mining law (it was on its way to the Senate) in an effort to de-escalate the conflict and open a dialogue with miners. At the time of this writing, private miners are still blocking roads across Bolivia to keep pressure on the government. In a country where politics takes place in both the streets and the Senate, blockades, protests, and even miners taking the police hostage are a part of politics as usual.

- from Vice, Miners Just Took 43 Police Officers Hostage in Bolivia

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India’s President says assimilation of tribes has failed and leads to their complete disappearance.

‘Unless we affirm our culture and right and language, we won’t live. We have to say, by ourselves at least, ours is good: our colour is good, our language is good, our art is good, our way of living is good. If we can respect your religion and your practices, why can’t you respect ours?’

G. Thenadikulam, Wayanad District, India

In a strongly worded speech the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said this week at the inauguration of the ‘Andaman & Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Institute’ (ANTRI) that attempts to assimilate tribes into the mainstream had failed and were wrong.

Boa Sr was the last member of the Bo tribe.© Alok Das/Survival
Boa Sr was the last member of the Bo tribe.© Alok Das/Survival

The President told the gathering in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that ‘the overwhelming view today is that assimilation has failed’ as it has led to the complete disappearance of whole peoples. This is felt particularly in the Andamans where Boa Sr, the last of the Bo tribe, died four years ago. The knowledge and language of her people died with her.

Mukherjee called for the Jarawa tribe in the Andaman Islands to be protected ‘in their own ways, in their own environment and in their own circumstances’, adding that he was against disturbing them in any way for ‘so-called development’.

He emphasized the importance of tribal peoples themselves having ‘total involvement’ in the policies that affect them, stating that thrusting our own views on them would be ‘disastrous’.

You take us to be poor, but we’re not. We produce many kinds of grains with our own efforts, and we don’t need money. – Baba Mahariya, Bhil

The President also challenged the derogatory notion that tribal peoples, such as the Jarawa, are living in the past – a view that often leads to them being called backward or primitive. He said ‘they are not living as they did a few centuries ago, they have also changed in their own way’.

It’s crazy when these outsiders come and teach us development. Is development possible by destroying the environment that provides us food, water and dignity? You have to pay to take a bath, for food, and even to drink water. In our land, we don’t have to buy water like you, and we can eat anywhere for free.

LODU SIKAKA, DONGRIA KONDH

These statements echo the message of the Proud not Primitive campaign which calls for mainstreaming policies and language to be abandoned in India and for tribes such as the Jarawa to be able to make their own choices about how they live on their own land.

The Jarawa of the Andaman Islands enjoy a time of opulence. Their forests give them more than they need.

- ANVITA ABBI, PROFESSOR OF LINGUISTICS, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY -

The Jarawa: http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/jarawa

Attempts to manipulate Jarawa backfire with arrests: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9654

Jarawa face year-round threat from ‘human safaris’ under new government plans: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9598

Thousands join travel boycott of India’s Andaman Islands: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9239

Progress can kill: http://www.survivalinternational.org/progresscankill

Proud Not Primitive Campaign: http://www.notprimitive.in

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Uncontacted Indians ‘Abandoned to Their Fate’ as Loggers and Drug Smugglers Invade

from Survival International

Survival International warned today that the uncontacted Amazon Indians recently photographed from the air have been abandoned to their fate after drug smugglers and illegal loggers overran a government post that had been monitoring the Indians’ territory.

The Indians, near the Xinane river in Brazil’s Acre State, are just over the border from Peru, where activists have long denounced the scale of illegal logging in isolated Indians’ territories.

The recently-photographed group also faces a serious threat from a road reportedly built into the area by the Acre state government – regional indigenous organizations have said this could devastate the uncontacted Indians on the Xinane River. Previous road-building projects in the Amazon have wiped out countless tribes.

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Uncontacted Mashco-Piro Indians in Peru are emerging from isolation, prompting speculation loggers are invading their territory. © D. Cortijo/www.uncontactedtribes.org

In recent months several groups of uncontacted Mashco-Piro Indians have been spotted along river banks on the Peruvian side of the border, prompting further speculation that illegal logging is pushing them out of their previous isolation.

The Brazilian and Peruvian authorities last week signed an agreement to improve cross-border coordination, in an attempt to safeguard the welfare of the many uncontacted Indians living in the border region.

Survival has previously released extraordinary aerial footage of some of these uncontacted Indians: Watch the video here.

Nixiwaka Yawanawá is an Amazon Indian working with Survival to speak out for indigenous rights. He is from the same region as the tribe recently photographed. He said today, ‘They are my brothers. It is exciting to see that they are living in the way they want. The government must protect their territory; otherwise, they could be destroyed and the government would be responsible.’

Survival Director Stephen Corry said, ‘The only thing that will ensure the survival of modern-day uncontacted tribes is for their land to be protected. They have the right to decide whether to make contact with outside society, rather than be destroyed at the hands of an invading society. It’s vital that Brazil and Peru work together to protect the land of uncontacted tribes. History shows that when these rights aren’t upheld, disease, death and destruction follow.’

see also:

The dark side of Brazil: Oil giant Petrobras moves into ‘deepest Amazon’

Protestors call for the release of Papuan political prisoners in Indonesia

big thanks to the EarthFirst! newswire for the heads-up!

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