Saturday, 27 August 2016

YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE NATIVE OPPOSITION TO THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IS A LITMUS TEST FOR WHETHER YOU ARE PRO OR ANTI-NATIVE IN YOUR HEART


Stand strong stand tall. The Dakota Access Pipeline is proposed to run along the Missouri River and will eventually break leaving a contaminated River which is the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and many states in the US. The pipeline will affect our climate and the future generations in a negative way. If you drink water and breathe air then you should be concerned and standing in solidarity! Water is LIFE. Remember "you can not drink oil, leave it in the soil" #NODALP ....Nicole Yanes (Opata Tribal Nation)

Art by Jesus Barraza
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EVERY truly INTELLIGENT American KNOWS that the USA was founded on GENOCIDE, any American who honestly thinks with a straight face that 'God bless America' is anything more than a desperate request by people trying to distance themselves from the responsibility and KARMIC DEBT for evils committed (in many cases by their own biological ancestors) in order to create the USA ...is a moron, one of those mental lightweights who know little to nothing of the history of their own country, and virtually nothing about any other part of the entire Earth either.
The only 'God' that would bless a nation founded on the murderous bloodshed and merciless extermination of entire tribes of peoples - men, women, children, elderly & even the unborn, and the continuous (because the descendants and imported heirs of the original thieves still own the stolen lands) of an entire continent (an entire HEMISPHERE in fact!)...is the 'God of this world' that your Jesus warned you about.....and this is the entity you call Satan - the 'God' of evil.
You Americans should more correctly be saying 'God please FORGIVE America" - that at least would be a HONEST assessment for ONCE in your lives!
How in the holy name of HONESTY, INTELLIGENCE and RESPONSIBILITY- can any of you even begin to think that 'God is pleased with America and has blessed it abundantly' just because your political nation-state is wealthy? (that is like Pablo Escobar thinking God had blessed him because he was untouchable and filthy rich for many years and nothing could go wrong for him - he had it ALL for a time...but his 'abundance' was the product of his EVIL DEEDS...just like yours...and your time is coming to an end just like Pablo's) Not the one true God of Heaven I assure you...but the other guy down here in the red suit in your imagination - yes he surely HAS blessed you, because not a single decade has passed since your creation that you have not engaged in killing some people somewhere on the Earth.....truly you are doing your real 'father's work, and rendering unto him the blood sacrifices of innocents that he requires of thee - as his faithful servants.
You love to claim that 'you did not do these things to native Americans so it is not your fault'....yet you do NOTHING to undo what was done to them, and instead happily live your superficial spiritually dis-connected lives as non-paying illegal tenants and squatters the expense of the true spiritual legal landlords of this entire Hemisphere forcing your illegal 'Invader & armed occupier' authority upon & over them...and by ignoring the opportunity to RIGHT THE WRONGS YOUR ANCESTORS DID IN THEIR LIFETIMES - TO THE DESCENDANTS OF THEIR VICTIMIZATION IN YOUR LIFETIME - you have become JUST AS GUILTY AS THE ORIGINAL PERPETRATORS OF GENOCIDE BY DEFAULT...BECAUSE YOUR ACTIONS/INACTION'S ARE ALLOWING THE GENOCIDE TO CONTINUE TO WREAK IT'S HAVOC VIA A LINGERING DEATH !
Think about this, native peoples who's lands were stolen from them - get arrested FOR 'TRESPASSING on their own lands (some even shot and killed) - by the heirs and beneficiaries of the thieves who stole it from them - EVERY GODDAMN DAY ALL OVER THE WORLD ...if that isn't the height of HYPOCRISY I don't know what is !....Damon Gerard Corrie (Lokono-Arawak Tribal Nation, South America & Caribbean)

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What is going on today on treatied sovereign land is blatantly in violation of treaties made between the US government and Indigenous American tribes. NO ONE, NO corporation, No government entity nor any military or police force is allowed on Sovereign treaty land without being invited to come on the land by the tribe. Dealing with Indigenous peoples on their Sovereign treaty land is the same as dealing with any other country in the world. NOTHING comes on tribal land without permission of the people. All of this oil drilling, fracking, destruction of of our clean water sources is against federal law. The United States government has broken every treaty ever made with any and all of our Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (AKA USA), and it still continues. The United Nations accepted and ratified the Declaration of Indigenous Rights, which have been accepted by all countries all over the world, of which the United States was one of the LAST to sign. The UN is at the DAPL camps and monitoring the current situation, but we need more of a UN presence there to stand with our Indigenous people and help back up the Declaration of Indigenous Rights that Indigenous peoples from all over the world worked on for 14 years through Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The governments of the world are controlled by six major corporations and therefore DO NOT have the best interest of this country, nor it's people, at heart. This is not just a protest of Indigenous people for Indigenous rights. We are Indigenous people protesting and protecting our resources for all of humanity for generations to come. Corporations and government are only concerned about what sort of a profit they can make and not the well-being of our future generations. It very simple, people. Without clean, usable water, we ALL die. Mashu White-Feather (Cherokee Tribal Nation, North America)

EVEN MAINSTREAM MEDIA SPEAKS TRUTH ON THIS ISSUE FOR ONCE!

OIL PIPELINES DO LEAK AND DO BREAK CAUSING SPILLS - NEED PROOF?
http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/map-displays-five-years-oil-pipeline-spills

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

THE CONTINUING PRESENCE AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF TAINOS IN CUBA (ALSO IN 'PUERTO-RICO', 'HAITI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND JAMAICA TOO!)




Statue of the Great Taino War Chief Hatuey - who escaped from what we now call Haiti/Dominican Republic  to Cuba, to warn his Taino cousins there about the Spanish invaders who were destroying the Taino world, and he rallied a formidable Guerrilla Army with local Chief Guama and delivered many military defeats on the Spaniards in Cuba..... until the merciless hand of fate (and European diseases) allowed the Spaniards to eventually conquer Cuba.


A Cuban Taina beauty from the Sierra Maestra mountains who served in the Rebel Army of liberation under the command of Fidel and Che during the Cuban Revolution.

A 26 year-old Taina beauty in Baracoa Cuba, one of her uncles is in the Presidential bodyguard of Fidel and Raul Castro

Medals my Taino cousin Aurelio (aka 'Yiyo') won fighting in the Cuban Revolution as a guerrilla in the Rebel Army of Fidel Castro (under Commandante Zapata in the Guantanamo province).

From the MANY Taino who volunteered to fight (including my own cousins) in the historic Cuban Revolution in the Guerrilla Army with Fidel and Che in the Sierra Maestra mountains of southern Cuba, to Fidel Castro officially recognizing the Great Taino Chief Hatuey as Cubas First National Hero, to the many Taino who fought and served with honor,  bravery and distinction in the Cuban military in wars abroad such as Angola, to the very fact that even today - there are Tainos in Cuba who serve in the private Presidential bodyguard force that protects Presidents Fidel and Raul Castro....the Tainos of Cuba prove that they are not 'extinct' - but are very much alive and still contributing to the fabric of Cuban and world society!
I don't know about 'all over Cuba'. but in Baracoa where our Lokono-Taino mixed cousins are, a common expression is: "its your life not mine'..unlike most small countries (like BARBADOS lol) - everyone is NOT engaged in minding other people's business and gossiping endlessly about OTHERS...wish this life lesson would rub-off on the rest of the Caribbean....and the rest of the 'small-minded' world.


In Baracoa all races live together in genuine love, respect, peace and harmony


I have also never seen such a LACK of RACISM as I do in this part of Cuba, people really don't go though life with any historical chips (or boulders) on their shoulders (black, white or Indio) endlessly blaming some other race for all their problems......any more than English people do not go through life blaming the Italians for enslaving them for 400 years under the Roman Empire, or the Egyptians do not blame the Greeks for enslaving them for centuries....lets face it...EVERYONE GOT SCREWED BY SOMEONE ELSE at some point in human history...this is not a unique tragedy that fell upon one people or race only....we should not use it as a crutch to lean on for the rest of our lives.

Cousin Greta Chandler (Lokono) with our Cuban cousin Roberto (Lokono & Taino)

Cousin Greta is very pre-in tune with this Cuban philosophy of 'I am not responsible for what my ancestors did or even what my parents did....I am ONLY responsible for what I DO - so base your opinion on me upon THAT fact alone and no-other'.

Two of the Taino staff at the Matachin Museum posing with the flag I designed for my own Lokono-Arawak Tribal Nation, and which has been adopted by the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO), the Indigenous Democracy Defence Organization (IDDO) and even one underground Native Guerrilla movement (APLF). It is one of the most Internationally recognized native flags of the Caribbean on the world scene today.

I was invited to a place tourists never see (by Taino staff at the Matachin Museum) in the mountains about 15km outside of Baracoa (beyond Jamal) where a large community of Taino descendants proudly live, still mostly in Bohios as well, but I did not want to be snapping pics incessantly like a disrespectful tourist, so I just laid the groundwork for a return visit for more than just the one day I spent with them. They invited me to a Taina Abuela's 66th birthday (she also prays for the sick with Tobacco smoke as I do) party on the beach, fed me well with roasted goat, rice & beans, and plantain chips, this particular family has a member who is one of Fidel & Raul Castro's personal bodyguards, so I may yet get the chance to meet one of these Revolutionary Icons one day soon.
They told me many Tainos fought with Fidel & Che in the Sierra Maestra mountains in this eastern part of Cuba (including some of our own cousins)...just about every family shared participation in the Guerrilla war to liberate Cuba from Fulgencio Batista - the butcher of the poor - grand national pimp of Cuban women - and great friend of American organised crime families....he emptied the treasury and fled to Puerto Rico with all of Cuba's money.


BARBADOS HAS LONG BEEN A FRIEND OF CUBA
Everywhere among Tainos in Cuba I am somewhat of a minor celebrity for my heritage, my almost 'book of the month historical romance/drama' connection to Cuba (with a Lokono-Arawak descendant from Guyana great uncle - who's mother was the daughter of our last Hereditary Shaman Chief of the Eagle Clan of the Lokono-Arawak Tribe in Guyana - who went to Baracoa in 1926 and fell-in-love with a local Taina girl - and never left making a whole new life in Cuba thus becoming lost to the rest of the family till I re-discovered them in 2013....87 years later)...as well as my somewhat radical human rights work for indigenous peoples and the fact that my eldest son is named Hatuey (one of Cuba's most famous Taino War Chiefs and whom Castro declared the First National Hero of Cuba)....I remind my Cuban audiences that Fidel made it possible for MANY Indigenous People's freedom fighters around the world to obtain weapons - with which they could defend their lives and fight for their own freedom.

THE CUBANA AIRLINES TERRORIST ATTACK OFF BARBADOS PAID FOR BY THE CIA
They found it additionally interesting when I began to talk about the infamous Cubana flight 455 that two mercenaries (Luis Posada Carilles STILL lives free and protected from this crime in the USA) working for the CIA blew up off Barbados on October 6th 1976 - killing 73 innocent people (68 passengers and 5 crew)....well to make a long sad story short, my cousin Murray Chandler (brother of Greta, Theresa, Jeffrey, John, Brenda, Janice, Patricia & William aka' Sammy') in Barbados saw in a dream/vision that this incident was going to occur because he told his mother & father JUST BEFORE THIS FATEFUL DAY that "A plane is going to crash off Brighton (In Barbados)" ...and Cubana flight 455 did indeed crash off the west coast ....the official line is off Payne's Bay...but cousin Theresa Chandler watched it crash and said it went down more directly due West from Brighton beach just as her brother Murray had predicted, .....but not only that, Murray's father (Grandfather Keith/Great uncle Keith to the rest of us in the family) went out in a boat to the crash site as Willie Hassell had the gruesome task of retrieving the body parts of all those victims from the sea and bring them to shore.

BARBADOS HELPED MAKE THE WAR IN ANGOLA POSSIBLE
I also let them know that Grandfather/Great Uncle Keith Chandler was the closest of friends of the famous Barbadian Prime Minister Errol Walton Barrow - and it was this leader of our island nation (PM Barrow), who gave Fidel Castro permission to refuel the planes from Havana taking Cuban combat troops across the Atlantic to Angola (without this vital re-fueling stop in Barbados the Cuban planes would not have been able to reach Angola) ...where I am PROUD to say - they inflicted the worst military humiliation and battlefield defeat that the racist Apartheid Government of South Africa EVER received...better yet for me - some of my own Cuba Taino & Lokono-Arawak cousins were among those heroic men fighting against racism on the grandest LITERAL scale imaginable!

GRENADA INVASION AMERICAN DECEPTION
Even my father who was monitoring telephone traffic out of Grenada in his Telecommunications  Supervisory job at the time in Barbados (as ALL calls from Grenada to the USA in those days had to come through Barbados) - realized the American excuse for the invasion of Cuba was a LIE (the American government had claimed the lives of it's students was in peril so that was the reason for their invasion of Grenada)....but my father (a man with a renowned and unblemished reputation for honesty) said 'Every single call from an American student in Grenada to their family in the USA was to tell them that they were NOT in any danger".


 Above, our Cuban Taino & Lokono-Arawak cousin Roberto (center) holds a photo of the Great Aunts he never knew in life, the 3 granddaughters of our last Hereditary Chief, the sisters of Roberto's grandfather Vidi - who was the one that went to Cuba in 1926 and became lost to the rest of the family; to his right is Barbados Lokono-Arawak cousin Greta Chandler (granddaughter of the Princess like my mother and many other cousins of that generation in Barbados, UK, Cuba, Canada & USA).
Below is the only photo we have of the daughter of our Last chief (who was also the first person in our Clan to be Christianised and receive a western education - though she proudly maintained her ancestral religion in secret - passing down the knowledge of the power of sacred Tobacco in prayer ceremonies). Many ill-informed people question why we refer to her as a 'Princess' as no word for 'Prince' or 'Princess' exists in the Arawak languages.....however we refer to her this way because it was how Colonial English society in Georgetown Guyana referred to her - the then Governor of 'British Guiana' (as it was called) HIMSELF introduced her at a ball (to which her 'Argosy Newspaper' owning husband and her had been invited) being held in the Assembly rooms to honor the then visiting Prince of Wales of England - as 'an Arawak Princess'...so the title has remained with her ever since. Furthermore, your questioning of her being accorded this title only belies a degree of RACISM from YOU, for don't you know a King is literally only a very glorified Hereditary Chief? Or does the fact that a non-white member of hereditary nobility should be accorded the same degree of respect as a white member of a hereditary nobility  - bother you?  




Most touching of all to me about my time with the Tainos of Cuba - is that they consider Lokono and Taino to be one and the same people, no 'me' and 'them'....only WE.....and it never fails to shake the foundations of my heart to FEEL this with them.
Just as I feel among my Boriken ('Puerto-Rico) Taino sisters & brothers.

 My son Hatuey with his Taina aunt Tai Pelli from Puerto Rico (above) - Tai at the United Nations (UN) below in May 2016 when she delivered the MOST powerful Caribbean Indigenous intervention/statement to assert the continuing Taino presence and false 'academic extinction' EVER.
Ban-Ki-Moon - the Secretary General of the United Nations has no problem recognizing Puerto Rico Taino Chief Roberto Mukaro Borrero next to him - so why should you?



Some idiots may want to say that we should not refer to them as 'Tainos' - merely 'Taino descendants'...because in these idiots minds since they no longer have a fully culturally intact traditional lifestyle or 'officially recognised' tribal territories (how could they be - they are all still owned by the descendants of the damned thieves who stole them in the first place!) with traditional villages and chiefs - that somehow makes them 'less authentic' DESPITE IRREFUTABLE DNA PROOF AND MANY CONTINUING TAINO TRADITIONAL CULTURAL PRACTICES.....this is just as ignorant as saying that Scotsmen today - who ALSO do not still have a 'fully culturally intact traditional lifestyle' are no longer 'real' Scotsmen because they no longer wear blue face paint when they go to war, or wear kilts daily, or follow Clan Chiefs.....but you never hear these people making THAT identical comparison when they try to use semantics to deny the very REAL and CONTINUING existence of non-white peoples such as the Tainos in the Caribbean.
Why do you think the rest of the world can adapt to the ever changing times and circumstances in which they live - but non-white native peoples must somehow remain frozen in time to be considered 'authentic'? Do you really how ignorant you must be to think this way!

They are in FACT Taino still among us TODAY (as DNA evidence is proving in addition to other obvious remaining cultural traits that have been self-evident for centuries of Eurocentric MIS-education, bias, and racist 'convenient blindness') - in Cuba, 'Puerto Rico', Haiti, Dominican Republic and to a lesser numerical extent - but no less valid - even in Jamaica as well - as these two Jamaican Taino ladies below exemplify: