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Justice for Galeano Rally at Mexican Consulate

Thank you for posting this! I hope this will inspire similar actions at other Mexican consulates and embassies. Paramilitary forces murdering people is full no more creeping it’s arrived Fascism.
When our governments become so corrupt they allow individuals or groups to literally murder citizens-what use are they to us then?

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The Gorgeous Flowers of Europe

Thank you Cindy. Your eye for exquisite beauty is a perfect relief from and counterpoint to the many heavy stories in the news. It’s so good to be reminded that no matter what insanity the humans in charge are up to, beauty is everywhere around us-healing nature, beautiful flowers, soaring birds.

Cindy Knoke





Flowers shot from a taxicab through the shop window in Barcelona.

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 21 May 2014

California’s Fracking Boom Just Got Busted

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Dealing a serious blow to the fracking industry, federal officials are cutting their estimate of how much oil can be drawn out of California’s Monterey Shale formation by a whopping 96 percent. Environmentalists are cheering as momentum builds behind a legislative effort to place a statewide moratorium on fracking.

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The War on Drugs: Reaching Past the US Prison System to Latin America

Victoria Law, Truthout: In the decades that followed its declaration of the war on drugs, the United States has influenced, if not directly pressured, Latin American countries to adopt policies similar to its domestic war on drugs. With promises of trade benefits and economic assistance, the US government pushed Latin American countries to target minor dealers with mandatory minimum sentences.

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US Continues to Surreptitiously Supply Arms to Unelected Regime in Egypt

Paul Gottinger and Ken Klippenstein, Truthout: Newly obtained documents reveal that the US government has continued to provide substantial weapons support for the unelected Egyptian military regime.

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“Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” A Step Too Far for the Ultra-Right in the Netherlands?

Marjolein Van Der Veen, Dollars & Sense: Racism in the Netherlands is being fueled by right-wing politicians like Geert Wilders. On the evening of nationwide municipal elections in March, Wilders asked supporters whether they would like more Moroccans in the city, or fewer. His audience chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” To which Wilders responded, “We’ll take care of that.”

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Justice Stevens and a Bold Vision to Reclaim Our Democracy

John Bonifaz and Ryan O’Donnell, Truthout: John Paul Stevens, retired justice of the US Supreme Court, appeared recently before the US Senate to argue for a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics. In fact, Justice Stevens is calling for a great deal of change.

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California Bans “Dark Money” in Elections After Undisclosed Koch Brothers Spending in 2012

Brad Friedman, Brad Blog: California is making it slightly more difficult for millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers to secretly and fraudulently influence elections in the state.

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What Is Idaho Agribusiness Trying to Hide?

Rachel Meeropol, Truthout: Idaho became the latest state to pass an “ag-gag” law, punishing whistleblowing in animal agriculture, just this past February. In March, it became the latest state to get sued for doing so.

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The GOP Death Panel

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Ironically, people like Sarah Palin and Chuck Grassley, who warned us about death panels, were actually kind of right. All across the country right now, people are dying because conservative politicians are denying them the health care they need to survive.

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Collective Punishment: The New Law of the United Kingdom?

Aviva Stahl, Truthout: The United Kingdom Terrorism Act of 2000 gave courts the power to seize assets used to commit or promote terrorist activities, but was never intended to include the family home… until now. A Manchester case threatens the right to respect for private and family life.

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How Campus Chiefs Ace Executive Excess 101

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: Despite massive student debt levels and paltry faculty pay, a new report details that many of the country’s most prestigious state universities have been paying their executives generously, with alarmingly miserable results.

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People Are Not Mice: The Failing Animal Research Paradigm for Human Disease

John J. Pippin, Independent Science News: More than 40 years after the launch of the war on cancer by President Richard Nixon, that war is still being lost in laboratories pursuing mouse experiments. Choose almost any area of medical research using mice, and you will see a failed paradigm often spanning several decades.

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How the International Monetary Conference Helped Fuel the 1980s Debt Crisis

Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com: At the 1980 International Monetary Conference meeting, two years before the debt crisis erupted, leading bankers warned that since the world’s major banks were big lenders to each other, there was “a danger that if one large institution were to fail, a chain reaction could be started that would topple other banks around the world.”

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Join Truthout in New York City: A panel of Truthout editors and authors at Left Forum will discuss
Why Are Women In Prison?: The Politics of Risk

Saturday, May 31, 2014: 12 PM – 1:50 PM in Room 1.76 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 524 West 59th St., New York, NY 10019


Bernanke, Former Fed Chair, Makes Out Like a Bandit in Speaking Fees to Banks

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Ben Bernanke’s multimillion-dollar speech marathon has the distinct scent of both buying access and running a victory lap to the applause of the economic masters of the universe.

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The NSA Reform Bill Now Shuts Down a Secret Database. Will That Fix Anything?

Read the Article at The Guardian

Santa Cruz Triumphs as First County in California to Ban Fracking

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US to Reveal Justification for Drone Strikes Against American Citizens

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Jamie Dimon’s Sinister PR Ploy: What’s Really Behind JPMorgan’s Detroit Investment

Read the Article at Salon

Tepco Begins Dumping Fukushima Groundwater Into the Pacific Ocean

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Bill McKibben | A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change

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Dinesh D’Souza, Insufferable Right-Wing Smarty Pants, Admits Guilt and Cops Plea in Illegal Campaign Donations Case

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Special Issue on Indigenous Art, Aesthetics and Decolonial Struggle

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Our newest issue has been published! It’s a special issue, guest co-edited by Jarrett Martineau, and featuring great work, art, interviews, and scholarship from intellectuals, artists, activists, and swagged out decolonial crime fighters from around the globe.

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Pow Wows.com newsletter Wednesday 21 May 2014

DNA Below are excerpts of articles that have been published on Powwows.comover the last couple of weeks that you may have missed!

Be sure to check our site often for new articles!

Congratulations Diane Humetewa! Newest Member of the Federal Bench

You might remember we mentioned Diane Humetewa was nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the district of Arizona as a federal judge. It was announced May 14, 2014, that the United States Senate confirmed her to serve on the federal bench! Humetewa is the first American Indian woman to serve in the federal judiciary.

The National Congress of American Indians released a statement.
The Honorable Humetewa is impeccably qualified for her new role. She has practiced law in federal courts for over a decade – as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, as Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona – and is experienced in a wide array of complex proceedings, hearings, and cases.

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – May 15, 2014

Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Plan your Pow Wow trips!
Upcoming Pow Wow

40th Annual DE-UN-DA-GA Memorial Day Pow Wow
May 23 – May 26
7 Boy Scout Lane, Carlton , PA – 16311

Memorial Dayz Pow Wow has been postponed
May 24 – May 24
The Mall, Washington D.C., D.C. – 20024

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Congratulations to all the New Native Graduates!

Lots of folks were busy attending graduation ceremonies this past weekend, for both high school and college. Good job everyone!

I saw this great photo by Jack Ahasteen, the man behind Navajo Times’ editorial cartoons, and thought it would be an appropriate sentiment to share.

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Chickasaw Nation Showcases Thriving Culture Online

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is proud of its heritage and hopes to increase awareness of their culture and legacy by producing high-quality videos for the public to view. Chickasaw.tv is where the Chickasaw Nation’s past and present come together. Take a look below at some of the talented members of this nation.

Jeremy Wallace is a Chickasaw drummer, singer and stomp dancer. During his performances, Jeremy’s connection to his ancestors and the Creator become palpable, as he honors his Chickasaw heritage through song and dance.

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Videos from the 43rd Annual Stanford Pow Wow

Our friend Charlie Ballard hit the pow wow trail again and attended the 43rd Annual Stanford Pow Wow this past weekend. The Stanford Pow Wow is one of the largest student-run pow wows in the United States.

It looks like he had a lot of fun taking in the sights, the sounds and the frybread! Check out some of his videos below:
Interview with Southern Emcee Tom Phillips. He has the perfect emcee voice!

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Gathering of Nations Midnight Special – Smoke Dance Competition

Were you lucky enough to watch the Smoke Dance Competition at Gathering of Nations this year? If not we’ve got you covered. Check out some highlights from the Friday Midnight Special with singer Sheldon Sundown.
Men and Women together:

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Waskewitch Family, Gathering of Nations Hand Drum Singing – Pow Wow Video of the Week

Waskewitch Family, GON 2014 hand drum singing

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Third Native American Issue from Sooner Spectator Released

I met some really great people during my years at the University of Oklahoma. It was wonderful to have such a strong Native American community there as well. That’s why it makes me happy to see that OU is recognizing those strong contributions our fellow Native students made to the campus.NDNSports has a great write up of the latest release of the Sooner Spectator which features a 16-page section on key student-athletes who have helped enhance the tradition and history that Natives have established there over the last 108 years.

“Native Americans have played such a significant role in so many aspects of campus life at the University of Oklahoma. They are an essential part of the fabric that is OU and OU athletics,” said Jay C. Upchurch, editor of Sooner Spectator. “Looking back at the history of OU football, Natives have been there basically every step of the way — helping build a tradition that many believe is the greatest in college athletics.”

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Overcrowding An Issue at Pow Wows?

There’s no doubt about, Gathering of Nations is one of the most anticipated Pow Wows each year with representatives from over 500 nations attending the event. According to tourism statistics in New Mexico it’s the 2nd largest event in the state, right behind the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

In its 31st year, the pow wow was examined for safety issues with reports of at least 2,000 dancers on the floor during grand entry. Local TV reporters from KRQE TV took a closer look at the concern.

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Natives Fight Back: Siouxper SOBER

In case you missed it last week, University of North Dakota (UND) students came under fire for creating some ignorant party t-shirts that proclaimed they were“Siouxper Drunk”. The t-shirts show a version of the old UND mascot (Fighting Sioux) with a beer bong in his mouth. This led to outrage, protests and heated arguments on social media.

If you want to order a t-shirt follow the link for Pow Wow Jamz. And if you want to, there’s also a new group you can join on Facebook called#SiouxperSOBER Natives.

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Have You Seen the Lakota Bears?

Back in 2011, 20 episodes of The Berenstain Bears series were dubbed with the Lakota language and began airing on public television in North and South Dakota under the title Mat?ó Waú?šila Thiwáhe (“The Compassionate Bear Family”). The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project is a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to television sets across Indian Country

My little guy watched a whole episode, not even caring that it was a language he didn’t understand. Too bad they don’t have a Comanche version! What other languages would you like to see the series dubbed with?

The first episode is “Trouble At School: Owáyawa-ta Wóiyotiyekiye” Watch the full episode below:

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Life of a Pow Wow Singer

This upcoming Summer, many pow wow singers will be hitting the road. Our friend Charlie Ballard recently sat down with Manuel Lieras to get an inside peek at life on the pow wow trail with one of the many singers everyone will be seeing this 2014 season.

CB: Please introduce yourself – name, tribe, where you from, schooling/education, age, horoscope sign, dating status, family members.
ML: Manuel “Manny” Lieras. I’m Diné and Comanche, born and raised in San Diego, CA. I have a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from San Diego State University, turning 36 on May 29th, Gemini, Indian, married. I have a daughter named Joni who is 16 months and expecting a second child with my wife Yvonne Marshall in December.

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Help Send the Sewam American Indian Dance group to France!

Eddie Madril, Anecita Hernandez, Michael Bercier and Sara Moncada are honored to be the first Native American Indigenous group to be invited to present at the Cultures of the World International Dance Festival in France. The festival has over a 40-year history of presenting cultures from around the world and has been awarded a non-governmental organization partnership with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, for the safeguard, development and promotion of traditional cultures around the world. Other groups in the 2014 program include Pampa y Huella from Argentina, Wadaiko Group Saidi from Japan, Baku Group of Azerbaijan and the Massai from Kenya to name a few.

While the festival provides housing and meals while there, the dancers are responsible for all travel and extras in getting their people there and back home.

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and David Krieger | We Must End the Madness of Nuclear Weapons

Desmond Tutu and David Krieger, Truthout: The Republic of the Marshall Islands has courageously taken the nine nuclear weapons-wielding countries to the International Court of Justice. The country aims to enforce compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law – and to rally support for life on earth.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: All eyes were on the Federal Communications Commission last week as the agency proposed rules marking its third attempt at establishing net neutrality regulations. This is our chance to tell the government how to guarantee a free and open internet. Here’s a rundown of key issues so you can make your voice heard.

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The Corporate Security State Is Shredding Our Constitution

Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: No foreign terrorist shredded the Constitution, nor did we, as citizens, bankrupt the nation. However, powerful forces inside this country are doing that shredding – and intend to keep doing it. The real reason to be afraid is the unchecked rise of the Corporate Security State.

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The Greatest Modern Presidential Speech Turns 50

John de Graaf, Truthout: Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson chose not to believe Americans were condemned to “soulless wealth.” He elucidated a new ideal, “The Great Society,” valuing quality of life above quantity of stuff.

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How The War on Workers Is Changing

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: While the war on workers has been eating away at the income of working-class Americans, its ultimate goal is to turn the nation’s activist, working middle class into a disempowered, working poor class. To do that, the forces behind the War on Workers have to shift their focus to the state level.

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Under the Surface: Fracking Wastewater Proves Devastating to Mayflies

Roger Drouin, Truthout: Even highly diluted levels of fracking wastewater could have a deadly effect on mayflies, the fragile and beautiful insects long-considered a key indicator of stream health, according to a study by Pennsylvania-based Stroud Water Research Center.

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Oligarchy: As American as Poisoned Apple Pie

Rivera Sun, Truthout: The current struggle between democracy and oligarchy in the United States traces its roots back to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention where the wealthy elite pulled off a counter-revolutionary coup to stifle democracy.

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How a “New Secessionist” Movement Is Threatening to Worsen School Segregation and Widen Inequalities

Susan Eaton, The Nation: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, new breakaway districts of whiter, wealthier students threaten to exacerbate resource disparities between wealthy and poor communities and sweep away any remnants of desegregation.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Net Neutrality Is Hanging by the Thinnest of Threads, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Net neutrality may be hanging on by the thinnest of threads; the Fight for 15 wave hits another major city; the US ranks number one in how badly we treat our nation’s new mothers; and more.

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Don’t Set Back the Clock on Juvenile Parole

Jean Trounstine, Jean Trounstine’s Blog: Massachusetts is in for some difficult years of litigation if it follows the path of Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who filed a bill setting a minimum sentence of 35 years before any juvenile convicted of first-degree murder would be eligible for parole.

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Paul Krugman | When Government Intervention Works

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Government intervention has been a big success. Many fisheries have rebounded, to the benefit of both fishers and consumers. Fighting climate change isn’t really all that different from saving fisheries; if we ever get around to doing the obvious, it will be easier and more successful than anyone now expects.

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Rebecca Solnit | Feminism Has Just Started (and It’s Not Stopping Now)

Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: Feminism is an endeavor to change something very old, widespread and deeply rooted in many, perhaps most, cultures around the world. It aims to change innumerable institutions and most households on earth. And it aims to change our minds, where it all begins and ends.

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The Pyramid Scheme of the 1% Should Be Illegal

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is the takeaway from a 1911 International Workers of the World poster illustrating the pyramid-wedding cake structure of workers generating wealth, but not partaking in it.

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Eugene Robinson | Disgrace: Heads Need to Roll at the VA

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A Rare Loss for the NRA

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Police Abuse Black Political Activist as He Moves Into His Own House

Read the Article at Raw Story

Glenn Beck Supporters Turn on Him After “Operation American Spring” Failure

Read the Article at BradBlog

Did Scientists Just Solve the Bee Collapse Mystery?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Arizona Candidate Apologizes for “Most Mass Shooters Are Democrats” Remarks

Read the Article at Salon

The Politics of Climate Change This Summer Will Be Worse Than Obamacare’s

Read the Article at New York Magazine