Category Archives: Action
And when the Word is fulfilled against them (the unjust), we shall produce from the earth a beast to (face) them: He will speak to them, for that mankind did not believe with assurance in Our Signs. —Quran 27:82
Standing Rock was a hard-earned victory and while the support of veterans was brief, it was effective and proves to the US government that people will no longer stand for the abuse of our Native population.
Tim King Global News Centre
(CANNON BALL, ND) The only word to describe the government of North Dakota and the police and soldiers associated with harming Native people who stand in objection to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), is disgusting. Foul has a place as well. These cretins, including John Stewart “Jack” Dalrymple, are the remaining vestiges of a while world of treaty violating terror that is bound to be strongly reinforced with the presidency of Donald Trump.
But they are going to learn that the people of this nation are done with it. The veterans I met while attending the “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” movement are the best people I have ever met in my life, on a level only with the Native tribal populations fighting to save the earth for all of us. The average American, loaded with credit card debt and mortgage obligations are of little help, they are in the trap like a hamster on a wheel running hard to keep up and keep what they have.
But throughout the United States and beyond, are countless people who are willing to resist and fight back and we scared the hell out of Dalrymple and company when thousands and thousands of us descended on Standing Rock, showing our deep and sincere support and respect for people who have been fighting for months and months in the face of Nazi-like abuse to make DAPL die, and it is dead.
The latest development, unsurprisingly, is a tribal request for the Red Warrior Society to leave Standing Rock.
They ARE Standing Rock.
No group has held the line more or taken more abuse than the Red Warriors, and its eviction has a lot to do with the rumor mill. The rumor was that Red Warriors were arming themselves, this was absolutely untrue and a detailed search of their camp yielded nothing close to a weapon. Still, they were asked to leave. Many Standing Rock participants were angered that Red Warriors asked them to get up early and participate in direct actions. Many say they were roused before they had a chance to eat breakfast. Red Warriors were demanding of time but their intentions were always true.
Native people have long dealt with division dissent.
From the earliest days when Native people were coerced into working with the US Cavalry which was in the direct process of conducting a Genocide of indigenous population, to today’s more mellow Native leaders who still believe treaties and laws will help Native people, the more edgy groups like Red Warrior Society are scary. But what is more scary than black blood being pumped beneath the Missouri River? The catastrophic damage the pipeline represents is untenable, and just outright stupid. What good is anything if our water is polluted beyond repair?
Another tragic consideration is the naivety and abject ignorance of Americans who have not a clue how badly their water supplies have already been contaminated. The book I co-authored with Robert O’Dowd, “Betrayal”, details how the Marine Corps has horribly contaminated all of its military reservations, most of which were constructed during WWII. In only a few decades, underground water supplies were ruined.
Fracking is another major issue that plagues our country today.
Red Warriors and caring veterans are all parts to the puzzle of resolution and I hope that any means necessary are used to end the vast mistreatment of our planet.
Mni Wiconi – “Water is Life”
Tim King: Salem Insider Editor and Writer
With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he’s covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980′s.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a ‘Good Neighbor Award’ for his reporting, by The Red Cross.
Tim’s years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label ‘terrorist’ is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel’s destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
Global News Centre
Submitted by Ace Knight
“We must alert the medical community to the psychological hazards of early pain and call for the removal of all man-made pain surrounding birth.”
—Dr. David B. Chamberlain, psychologist and co-founder of the Association of Pre-and Perinatal Psychology and Health
Activist Angela Davis Demands Justice With A Call to Action to Exonerate Ex Black Panther & Cuban Exile Assata Shakur
Global News Centre
Submitted by Ace Knight
Assata Shakur is an activist who rose to prominence with Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army.
By Staci Wilson via FanBread provides Democracy Now broadcast interview translation
This post has been edited by Kai EL’ Zabar
The brouhaha following the killing of Cecil the Lion by Dr. Walter Palmer, an American dentist, has put a much needed spotlight on so-called trophy hunting, the stalking and killing of wild animals for sport.
Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre
(SAN FRANCISCO) My wife and I were privileged to go on a number of African safaris in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, and even Zimbabwe. We watched animals; we did not shoot them except with a camera. We went on each safari in an open land rover. The animals in the game reserve are so used to land rovers, we could drive within a few feet of animals with little or no notice. Viewing wild animals up close in their natural habitat is fascinating and very entertaining. We watched female elephants with their young. The babies were cute trying to learn how to maneuver their trunks to put food in their mouths. We watched a group of lionesses stalking a herd of cape buffalo waiting for one to stray from the herd; a female cheetah stalking and then killing an impala; huge crocodiles sunning themselves; silver-backed gorillas with their families; chimpanzees and all sorts of monkeys and baboons; a wide variety of birds; thousand upon thousands of wildebeests gathering for their annual migration north; giraffes; hyenas; zebras; deer and antelope; hippos; lemurs; and white black rhinos; and much more.
One Marine who didn’t make it was our Senior Drill Instructor. In 1967, Jettie Rivers, Jr., was the first sergeant of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marlines (D/1/9). Delta, 1/9 was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam with mission of stopping the infiltration of North Vietnamese troops (NVA) across the demilitarized zone (DMZ) into South Vietnam.
Robert O’Dowd Global News Centre
(SALEM) In May 1965, Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12) deployed to Chu Lai, Vietnam, to support Marine infantry and other allied forces against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army units. MAG-12 participated in the recapture of Hue City and the relief of besieged units at Khe Sanh.
In 1965, Dave Klauder, my Paris Island boot camp buddy, and I were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. We were in the same former Japanese WW II barracks but in different squadrons. I was quartered in the upper deck; Dave was on the lower deck.
In recent years, Vietnam Veterans have been wearing hats with the words “I served in Vietnam” inscribed on them. I make it a point to shake the hands of these vets who served in “America’s Unpopular War.”
Marianne Skolek Global News Centre
(MYRTLE BEACH) Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, I made friends with some people whose memories remain with me today. One vivid memory was a boy named Martin and the years of a friendship we shared. We weren’t bad kids, but we sure did have great imaginations when we put our heads together. One Halloween we were out after dark with some of our friends and Martin had this wonderful idea to take down a white picket fence in front of a house and lay it flat on the ground. We succeeded in pulling the fence up just as a police car rounded the street corner. Following Martin’s lead, we all just fell to the ground along side the fence and we weren’t caught. It was never boring hanging out with Martin.
Twelve-year-old Jamal Belica, founder of Aldin Entertainment, is attracting even more attention with the release of one of his most ambitious videos thus far, “Welcome to My Gallery.” Featured in it are his father “Ace” and Boston poet and hip-hop artist Weegil. It is an entertaining romp where the members get together and showboat a bit. Jamal has put together a fun project for all, both for the performers and for the viewing public. Another home run, Jamal!
Jay R. Crook, Ph.D. Global News Centre
Submitted by Jamal Belica Global News Centre Special
Ken O’Keefe Is My Hero —JB of Aldin Entertainment Music Group
This was Ken O’Keefe’s short introduction & speech at the 2nd International Conference of Independent Thinkers held in Tehran, Iran from September 28-October 1, 2014. Isn’t it amazing that Iran can host such a meeting while the “freedom loving West” could never muster such a conference. Very predictably the so-called ‘Anti-defamation League’, an organisation set up to defame people, labelled the conference a “hate fest” with Ken O’Keefe and others smeared with the “anti-semite” and “conspiracy theorist” titles. O’Keefe promptly thanked the ADL on Twitter for such esteemed “honour”.
New Tamil Diaspora Org Called ‘Non Resident Tamils Of Sri Lanka’ Formed
Global News Centre
(COLOMBO) The Tamils started off with one Umbrella Group after the Mullivaaikkal Genocide, called Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in 2009. We came from all nooks and corners of the world to inaugurate it in Paris, but now it is an organisation without an umbrella. That group is now splintered into so many groups, dividing the Tamil community into many factions. Each of them have their own idea on how the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka is to be solved.