Arizona’s Republican Representatives Try to Silence Dissent

Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature is advancing a bill to silence future protesters and financially punish the organizers. The bill is justified by state Representatives’ claims that ‘paid protesters’ are intentionally starting riots (these claims have been debunked) and their apparently genuine indignation over having to deal with irate constituents at town halls, whom they also claim…

Big Oil, Standing Rock and Local Politics

I wasn’t surprised when I heard of the mistrust between water protectors and tribal leaders. The U.S. government has always created inequality within the tribe because they know the privileged members will be more likely to do the government’s bidding. But this is not only true of Native Americans.  Look at the 2016 election. Our…

Standing Rock: U.S. Government Genocide

Update: This is the kind of thing that drives people apart and makes them give up. Can anyone back up these claims? February 19, 2017: I published these videos after they showed up in my YouTube feed. Sorry to say, I wasn’t suspicious about them until after I published them. As you probably know by…

The Noose Tightens on Standing Rock

The police have moved the barricade closer to the camps and the water protectors are asking us to keep vigil with them.  Three hours ago there was no media presence at the camp.  However I heard more recently that The Young Turks has a reporter there–I assume it’s Jordan Chariton.  I’m getting this information from…

America, Where the Money Changers Rule

The problem with the analyses of this election is not their tendency to attribute the outcome to a conspiracy. The problem is that they all focus on just one conspiracy. In reality there are several, or maybe I should say several conspirators.  Any one of them alone could explain the outcome. Greg Palast’s documentary, “The…

A Third Party With a Difference

There is lasting value in Bernie’s campaign–his progressive support.   For Abraham Lincoln  this kind of support was the basis for a new party.   Judging from the continuing bad behavior of establishment Democrats it looks like it’s time for Bernie to go the way of Lincoln.  If nothing else it will keep his supporters from getting lost…

Water Protectors Call for Mass Mobilization

This was published today by Democracy Now. It is encouraging that the former Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, has stepped in to this fight.  Jewell said Wednesday that the Army Corp of Engineers is violating its legal obligations as well as its promises to indigenous leaders to complete the environmental impact study.  The Army Corp is…

What We Have Here is a Bad Case of Overreach

Everything about the new administration seems calculated to provoke outrage. However for me amusement predominates, followed by pity. The current reenactment of the fascist drama reveals the decay of a movement that never was legitimate. Now seven decades later its innate decrepitude can’t be ignored. The actors have gone to seed, the costumes and props…

Help the Water Protectors: Write a Letter

Although the Army Corp of Engineers was instructed to proceed with the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline that does not mean the project has been approved. You can still make a difference. The period for public comment remains open until February 20. ICMN Staff • January 25, 2017 With President Donald Trump’s signing of…

How Can We Protect the Environment?

The water protectors are confused over the tribe’s messages about closing the camp.  If you’re thinking about going there yourself, you’re probably even more confused.   Here’s Jordan Chariton’s latest post for an update. Also read Representative Raúl Grijalva’s suggestions in the Huffington Post regarding how we can protect the environment going forward.  In summary: keep the policies…

Are We Up To The Challenge of Standing Rock?

I propose that protecting the water should be our first priority.  I’m increasingly convinced that the pipelines are not just a case of greed on the part of oil companies.  I believe they want to pollute the water, because if they take the water they enslave the people.  But there is a spiritual reality here…