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Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
10:49 pm
More earthquakes will happen at Lake Baikal
An article on the Inform-Polis website describes the 1862 earthquake at Lake Baikal:
http://www.infpol.ru/news/679/66366.php 

A 200 sq km area of land, which included several villages, became submerged as the result of the 1862 earthquake at Lake Baikal. It was a 9.0 earthquake. Only 3 people died, because the water rose slowly. Lake Baikal is part of a very active seismic zone. 2,000 earthquakes are registered at Lake Baikal every year. But having so many earthquakes is a really good thing, because if there were fewer, the pressure would build up and the earthquakes would be be much stronger.
However, the Big One will inevitably hit Baikal again, and it's just a matter of time. 
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
2:08 pm
Japan and 100th Aniiversary of The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
I wish to write in regards to Japan.
I lived there for a year, and have very strong feelings about the place. First of all, of course, I am very sad that they built more than 50 nuclear power plants there. It is a bunch of rocks in the middle of the Pacific, on a bunch of faults, with volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis! Everybody knows that! This is an example of the short-sightedness of human beings. I heard that there were some people indigenous to California who observed the aftermath of the great earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco, and they were discussing how now the non-indigenous people would understand that that is not a good place to build houses, much less a whole city. They were very surprised when they learned that the non-indigenous people started to rebuild San Francisco after the earthquake!

Somebody made the decisions to build those power plants in Japan. Maybe it was based on providing comfortable living conditions which electricity provides. And maybe it was about generating electricity for industrial purposes (making stuff). But it should have been clear to the decision-makers that sooner or later a volcano/earthquake/tsunami would hit, and thousands if not millions of people would be in danger if not killed. Somebody must have decided that that was an ACCEPTABLE RISK. (Did you ever hear that song? I will sing it for you if you want).

Um, people here in Europe are seriously talking about getting exposed to radiation from the Fukushima power plant. People here are starting to seriously think about the hundreds of power plants in Europe. The biggest one is called Cattenom, and it is a couple miles from the border of Luxembourg. If that one blows, the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is toast. I am very very sad about the suffering in Japan. However, many people are treating it like a wake-up call. I hear that they are starting to shut down nuclear power plants in Germany! Like 10 of them I think! If the horrible tragedy in Japan leads to the prevention of hundreds of similar tragedies, maybe those people are not suffering in vain.

I hope nuclear bombs will never be used on human beings ever again. But the USA did drop two of them on innocent civilians, also in Japan. That horrible tragedy must remain as a lesson to all people in the future.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire". Did you hear about that? It was exactly 100 years ago today, in New York City. They were producing clothing (again, making stuff), and a fire broke out, but there was no way for the workers (mostly or all women) to get out of the buildings, and 146 died, including two 14 year old girls. Actually the details are too horrible to consider, but the fact is that after that fire, a lot of new laws and regulations were made to protect workers, and it was like a turning point in the history of workers' rights. I hope the recent disaster in Japan is a similar turning point in the history of nuclear power and weapons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire

I hope that you are healthy and happy.
Love
Dharm
Sunday, December 12th, 2010
11:54 am
More racist violence in Moscow
It says in the article below that a crowd in Moscow stormed a train because they thought one of the passengers was of Caucasus origin. So what does that mean, anyway? Darker hair, darker skin, darker eyes, maybe curly hair, a big nose? Anyone matching those descriptions is automatically a target in Moscow?

And the phrase "Russia for Russians" is interesting. How about "Asia for Asians"? That would cut Russia off right at the Ural Mountains. What is Russia, and what is a Russian, anyway?

Moscow police, mourners clash; 3 reported injured
AP - Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:29:47 PM By MISHA JAPARIDZE
Police clashed with thousands of soccer fans and nationalists who gathered near the Kremlin on Saturday to protest the fatal shooting of a man on the streets of Moscow. At least three people were reported injured and 65 detained.
The crowd of more than 2,000 was distraught over the death on Monday of Yegor Svidorov, a member of the Spartak team's fan organization, who was shot with rubber bullets Monday in a fight at a bus stop. A suspect arrested in the shooting is from Kabardino-Balkaria in the Caucasus. That fanned the persistent resentment that many Slavic Russians hold for the dark-complexioned Caucasus ethnic groups. A Moscow court on Saturday also authorized the arrest of two other suspects, both from the Caucasus region of Dagestan.
The demonstrators on Manezh Square next to the Kremlin shouted nationalist invective such as "Russia for Russians" and shouted abuse at police in riot gear who were trying to control the crowd. Demonstrators threw flares at the police and some stripped large ornaments off a Christmas tree in the square to fling at the officers. When the crowd tried to break through the police line, police waded in, swinging batons and trying to disperse the demonstrators. The state news agency RIA Novosti said at least three people were seriously injured. Police spokesman Viktor Biryukov was quoted by Russian media as saying 65 people had been detained.
Moscow police chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev met with leaders of the demonstrators and promised Svidorov's death would be thoroughly investigated. Most of the crowd dispersed about an hour after the violence began. However, Interfax reported that some demonstrators later clashed with police at a subway station below the square after trying to storm a train on which they'd spotted a passenger who appeared to be of Caucasus origin. Earlier Saturday, several thousand mourners gathered at the bus stop in northern Moscow where Sviridov was killed to lay flowers.

(end of article)
The article does not give details as to the fight during which Sviridov was killed. All it said was that a suspect arrested "in the shooting" was from the Caucasus, and that a Moscow court authorized the arrest of two more suspects from the Caucasus. We are left to wonder whether the police are not involved or connected with nationalist groups. There seems to be a pattern of publishing names of arrestees which are clearly not ethnic Russian in reports regarding violence in Moscow.
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
11:05 am
Olympic Games: Stark Contrast to Poverty and Violence
Olympic Games: Stark Contrast to Poverty and Violence

Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper and Premier Campbell

February 16, 2010

The Honourable Minister Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa K1A 0A2

The Honourable Gordon Campbell

Premier of British Columbia

P.O. Box 9041

STN PROV GOVT

Victoria, B.C. V8W 9E1

Dear Sirs,

400,000 visitors will come to British Columbia from around the world for
the 2010 Olympics. We can show them beautiful mountains, new sports
venues, and a new subway line. We can show them the extraordinary
talents of Canadian athletes and artists.

Tragically, the splendour and expense of the Olympic Games stand in
stark contrast to the poverty and violence experienced by the most
marginalized women in this rich country.

Therefore, we cannot show our International visitors that you, as
leaders of the Government of Canada and the Government of British
Columbia, take seriously the human rights of the poorest and most
vulnerable women.

In fact, the poverty of women and the devastating violence experienced
by Aboriginal women and girls were identified as human rights failures
in need of urgent correction, when Canada's human rights performance was
scrutinized by countries around the world in 2009 at the United Nations
Human Rights Council. In 2008 the UN Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) urged Canada to deal with these
issues immediately.

But neither of your governments has taken effective action.

Poverty

Across the country, women and men living in poverty rely on welfare
incomes so low that the National Council of Welfare has called them
"cruel". The United Nations has repeatedly called on the Government of
Canada to establish minimum standards for social assistance, applicable
at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. British Columbia has
the highest poverty rate in the country, and social assistance rates -
for those who can qualify - are so low that recipients cannot both pay
rent and buy healthy food.

We know that for women, inadequate social assistance rates have severe
consequences. Women turn to survival sex and prostitution to get by;
they stay in or return to abusive relationships because they have no
other option; they live on the streets where they are vulnerable to rape
and sexual harassment.

Clearly, Canada's poorest women have been abandoned. It is obvious now
that you will spend endless amounts of money on the glitz and glamour of
the Olympic Games, but will not spend enough money to ensure that the
most vulnerable women and children have adequate food and housing.

Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls

Aboriginal women and girls make easy prey for violent men, because of
their poverty and their race, and because of the indifferent and
dismissive attitude of legal authorities. 520 cases of missing and
murdered Aboriginal women and girls have been documented. More than half
have been murdered or gone missing since 2000 and British Columbia has
the highest number. Many, if not most, of these disappearances and
murders were not promptly and thoroughly investigated by Canadian police
forces

We believe, along with many others, that the actual number of missing
and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is much higher, and Aboriginal
women and girls continue to go missing and be murdered in British
Columbia. We have asked repeatedly for a public inquiry and an action
plan.

But neither Canada nor British Columbia has responded to these urgent
requests.

As leaders, you have failed to act on the human rights of women in the
same way that you have failed to act on the rights of Aboriginal peoples
- by refusing to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous People, canceling the Kelowna Accord, and deliberately
delaying for decades a just resolution of Indigenous land rights.

Without question, this is one of Canada's most serious human rights
failures. We condemn the policies of your governments that result in the
deaths of Aboriginal women and girls and the abandonment of women living
in poverty.

We call on you to immediately:

* Establish a strategy for eliminating poverty that will ensure that
women receive social assistance adequate to meet their needs;

* Establish a co-ordinated federal/provincial/ territorial action plan to
address violence against Aboriginal women and girls, that includes:

* thorough investigations of the cases of Aboriginal women and girls who
have gone missing or been murdered in recent decades;

* a full public inquiry or investigation into the systemic failures of
law enforcement agencies in order to remedy deficiencies and ensure that
Aboriginal women and girls will be protected equally by law enforcement
authorities;

* a specific and integrated plan for addressing the social and economic
conditions of Aboriginal women and girls, both on and off reserves,
including: poverty, poor health, inadequate housing, low
school-completion rates, high rates of child apprehension, low
employment rates, and low incomes.

On February 2, 2010, the BC CEDAW Group, with the endorsement of the
Union of BC Indian Chiefs and many other organizations, filed a report
with the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women on these issues. That report is attached.

Sincerely,

The B.C. CEDAW Group Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Aboriginal Women's Action Network

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, B.C. and Yukon Region
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.

Hospital Employees' Union

Justice for Girls

North Shore Women's Centre

The Poverty and Human Rights Centre

Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter

Vancouver Women's Health Collective

West Coast Women's Legal Education and Action Fund

Women's Housing Equality Network



For further information:

Laura Holland, AWAN/B.C. CEDAW Group 778-385-3899

Shelagh Day, Poverty and Human Rights Centre/B.C. CEDAW Group
604-872-0750

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
250-490-5314

An electronic copy of Nothing to Report available at:
http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/files/PDF/BCCEDAW_GroupShadowReport2010.pdf

Canada's report can be found at:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/CEDAW.C.CAN.CO.7.Add.1.pdf
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
4:52 pm
THE SECWEPEMC RETURN TO THE ADAMS LAKE
From: Billie Sasakamoose [mailto:communications@ shuswapnation. org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:20 PM
Subject: Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adams Lake Indian Band June 18th, 2009

THE SECWEPEMC RETURN TO THE ADAMS LAKE

The Adams Lake Indian Band (ALIB) proudly announces the return of the
Secwepemc people to the Adams Lake with a celebration of the reclamation
of their land on Sunday, June 21st, 2009 from 11 am to 4 pm.

After hundreds of years of failed negotiation with the federal
government the ALIB has opted to reclaim parts of their traditional
territory on the Adams Lake which will be transformed into a community
camp.

"For Aboriginal Day, the people of Adams Lake Indian Band are returning
to the land," states Chief Nelson Leon. "We are seizing this
opportunity to exercise our Aboriginal title and jurisdiction. "

The last family from the Adams Lake Indian Band was removed from the
area in the 1950s; over fifty years have passed since the land was
taken.

"It is time for us to take back our land," emphasizes Chief Leon. "This
community camp is meant to bring our community together in an effort to
strengthen our ties to each other, the land and our culture."

The community camp will be open to all Secwepemc people and will operate
as an important cultural and recreational area for the Adams Lake Indian
Band. The camp will not be open to the public.

-30-

For more information:

Chief Nelson Leon

Adams Lake Indian Band

250-679-8841

Billie Sasakamoose

Communications Coordinator

Shuswap Nation Tribal Council

304-355 Yellowhead Highway

Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1

T: 250-828-9732

F: 250-374-6331
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
5:27 pm
MNN Akwesasne Mohawks held hostage - bridges blocked - guards walk off
From: Mohawk Nation News [mailto:ioriwase@mail.mohawknationnews.com]

AKWESASNE MOHAWKS: BOTH BRIDGES BLOCKED - CUSTOMS AGENTS WALK OFF AT
MIDNIGHT MAY 31SR. Mohawks being held hostage.
IS CANADA BECOMING AN ENEMY OF THE U.S.?

The Canada Border Services Agency union created trouble to get guns in
the hands of the border guards. Their strategy was to make trouble for
the Mohawks. The aftermath is that it's illegal and we don't forget how
brutally we've been treated.

MNN. June 1, 2009. At 10:00 pm last night, May 31, the chief was
coming through Cornwall Island Canada Customs. He was served with a
letter from Peter Van Loan, Canada's Public Safety Minister informing us
that "There will be guns" on June 1st 2009.

The Canada Border Services Agents CBSA were to be armed at midnight last
night. Instead they walked off. The two bridges to Cornwall Island
have been closed. The north span by Cornwall police and the south span
by New York State Police. There are native guards in the customs
buildings. There has been an RCMP buildup in the area over the last few
days.

The people met all day yesterday to get a peaceful resolution to all
aspects of the issue. They selected four men to be peace keepers.
Canada says they want to meet with the leaders. They were told the
people are the leaders and will decide what to do. So far no action is
being taken. The Men will protect the people. They are at points on
each bridge and adjacent to the customs.

Canada is escalating the issue by blocking us in. We are now closed in
and being held hostage.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed resolution #318 on February 28,
2008 forbidding firearms to be carried by Canada Customs Border Service
Agents in the Mohawk community. According to their own legislation,
that is the law on the territory. According to the will of the people
based on the Great Law of Peace, our constitution, our position is
against guns.

International law supports the Mohawks. It forbids unilateral
impositions without full consultation and consent of the majority of the
people concerned. Canada must abide by our decisions according to the
international conventions they've signed.

ISSUE: In a democracy government doesn't tell police what to do.
Otherwise it's a dictatorship. The agents have made a demand they will
not work unless they have guns. The CBSA management says it's out of
their hands. The guards dispute is with management. Management and
government have no control over them. The guards think they can do what
they want because they are protected by their union, acting like a law
onto themselves.

What ideological group has taken over the union? Obviously they are
anti- Mohawk, anti-democracy and anti-American.

514-269-1400. Contact Chief Nona Benedict 613-551-5421 613-938-8145
nbenedict@akwesasne .ca, go to www.akwesasne. ca. Chief Wesley Benedict
613-551-2573; Larry King 613-551-1930; Chief Joe Lazore 613-551-5292.

Kahentinetha MNN Mohawk Nation News, www.mohawknationnew s.com
kahentinetha2@ yahoo.com Go to MNN "BORDER" category for more stories;

Supporters may send comments to: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
Buckingham Palace, London, SQ1A UK; President Barack Obama, The White
House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500,
http://www.whitehou se.gov/contact/ Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard:
202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461; The Governor General of Canada, M.
Michaelle Jean, 1 Rideau Drive, Ottawa info@gg.ca; Alain Jolicoeur,
President, CBSA, Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8, 613-952-3200, 613-957-0612; General
inquiries CBSA-ASFC@canada. gc.ca; Lance Markell, District Director,
Northern Office - Customs, St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa Ont. K1G 4K3, CBSA
613-930-3234, 613-991-1214, General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@canada. gc.ca;
Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security, U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, Operator Number:
202-282-8000, Comment Line: 202-282-8495, Jayson P. Ahern,
A/Commissioner, U.S. Customs, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20229 Chief Counsel (202) 344-2990; Marco A. Lopez,
Jr., Chief of Staff, U.S. Customs, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20229; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; House of Commons,
Ottawa, harper.s@parl. gc.ca; Hon. Stockwell Day, Minister of Public
Safety, House of Commons, Ottawa; Hon. Robert Douglas Nicholson,
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, 284 Wellington St.,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8; Attorney General of Ontario, 720 Bay St., 4th Floor,
Toronto, ON M5G 2K1; Hon. Yvon Marcoux, Minister of Justice and A.G.O.,
Louis-Phillipe- Pigeon Bldg., 1200 Rue d l'Eglise, 9th Floor, St. Foy G1V
4M1; Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs, 10 Wellington St.,
Hull, Que. K1A 0H4 Strahl.c@parl. gc.ca; Premier Dalton McGuinty,
Province of Ontario, Queens Park, Toronto ON; Premier Charest, Province
of Quebec, Legislature, Quebec City; British High Commission, 80 Elgin
St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5K7; Canadian Human Rights Commission, 344 Slater
St., 8th Floor Ottawa, ON K1A 1E1; United Nations, 405 E 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10017; The Hague, Anna Paulownastraat, 103, 251 BBC, The
Netherlands; Coalition for the International Criminal Court, c/o WFM,
708 3rd Ave., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Supporters of Mohawks: MPs Jean Crowder, Indian Affairs critic
crowdj@parl. gc.ca ; Anita Neville nevila@parl. gc.ca ; Marc Lemay
lemaym@parl. gc.ca ; Sen. Nancy Green; Sen. Gerry St. Germain;
Friday, March 27th, 2009
10:39 am
Trains full of people stuck in snow on Sakhalin Island
1200 people on 5 trains are stuck in 4 meters (12 feet) of snow, they're running out of supplies and getting hungry. I hope they all get home safely and soon will be warm and fed and with their families! I should note that Sakhalin is a long island off the coast of the Russian Far East. Please send a happy thought to those people and their families!

This is my first try at pasting a link:
Новости@Mail.Ru27.03.2009

Пассажиры попали в голодный снежный плен

Снегоходы с продуктами отправились к поездам, застрявшим в снегу на Сахалинской железной дороге. Читать дальше
Friday, March 20th, 2009
9:58 am
Earth Hour 8:30-9:30 pm on March 28th
Hey everybody in the world (at least a billion people) will turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday night March 28th from 20.30 to 21.30! I want to see if it will be easier to see the stars (even though Luxembourg is usually overcast or rainy)!
Check out http://liveearth.org/2009/03/earth-hour-2009/
and tell your friends!
I will see you in the dark!
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
11:28 am
Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama ditch ethics and kiss up to China
That's the title of an article by by Gerald Warner in the Telegraph. You can find it here:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2009/02/27/hilary_clinton_and_barack_obama_ditch_ethics_and_kiss_up_to_china

Here is my additional commentary:

Tibetans all over the world are refusing to celebrate New Year, which fell on 25 February this year. In Tibet, people have been arrested by the thousands over the last month, and interrogated. The two questions are as follows:
1. Do you like the Dalai Lama?
2. Are you going to celebrate New Year?

People who answered yes to 1 and no to 2 were beaten and charged with being unpatriotic (resulting in prsion sentences, criminal records, fines, etc). Those who answered no to 1 and yes to 2 were given 600 Chinese yuan.

I will mention 2 causes of the refusal to celebrate:
1. 50 years ago, China occupied Tibet. Since then, millions have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled to other countries.
2. One year ago, in the city of Lhasa alone, hundreds of people were killed and thousands were "disappeared." I think the number is about 7000 people, who are just missing. The number of people still being held after being arrested last March is 1362, according to the Chinese government itself.

Tatiana and I stood in front of the Chinese Embassy in Luxembourg for about an hour on 25 February, saying nothing, holding candles. Twice the police came and asked us what we were doing. They told us that the Chinese Embassy wanted to know if we were holding a demonstration. There were two of us. All we held was candles. We said nothing. Is that a demonstration?
Participants: 2
Cops: 4
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
4:07 pm
10 days in February 2008
I just found this blog called "Moscow Through Brown Eyes" and here is a link to one of his postings:

http://moscowthroughbrowneyes.blogspot.com/2008/02/russia-racial-democracy-and-dark.html

In that posting, he lists acts of violence that happened in a ten-day period in Moscow in February 2008. I just wonder whether there aren't a lot more incidents which are not reported, including in other cities and towns all over Russia.

20 February: A 43-year-old Uzbek man was severely beaten by two teenage skinheads in the North of Moscow.

19 February: In Severnoe Izmailovo, a Tajik citizen was stabbed multiple times but survived.

19 February: A 27-year-old Tajik citizen was found murdered with multiple stab wounds in Moscow’s South.

19 February: A 38-year-old Azeri man was fatally stabbed twenty-five times near Metro Station Shchelkovskaia.

18 February: A 25-year-old Uzbek was murdered on Ulitsa Miklukho-Maklaia in Moscow’s South. He died on the scene from multiple knife injuries.

18 February: The body of a 30-year-old Tajik native was found with multiple stab wounds on Dmitrovskoe Shosse in Moscow’s North.

17 February: In the northwestern neighborhood of Tushino, the body of a 34-year-old migrant was found. He had been stabbed in the back and head.

15-16 February: Late in the night, two Kyrgyz citizens were attacked near Metro Station Tekstil’shchiki in Moscow’s Southeast. One died from multiple stab wounds and the other has been hospitalized.

15 February: A group of drunk teenagers set upon a 22-year-old Tajik citizen in Moscow’s Southwest, beating him and stabbing him more than ten times. He managed to make it back to his apartment and as of 18 February was alive in intensive care.

14 February: On Ulitsa Pokrovka in Moscow’s Center, five teenagers attacked two Tadzhik natives, killing one.

12 February: The body of a 20-year-old native of Kabardino-Balkariia was found in the eastern neighborhood of Novogireevo.

12 February: A series of attacks occurred in Moscow’s South. In the neighborhood of Severnoe Chertanovo, a 21-year-old migrant was attacked, suffering knife wounds to his back and neck. An hour later, a Chechen migrant was beaten and stabbed near Metro Station Tsaritsyno. Some time later, again in Severnoe Chertanovo, another migrant was attacked.
4:06 pm
Racial violence in Moscow
A friend of mine just went to Moscow to pick up her son, who went there to study and was beaten by skinheads. This is not the first time. Here is an article from last September. I think that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Over 70 killed in racial violence in Russia this year

23/09/2008 15:38 MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) - More than 70 people have been killed and some 300 injured in ethnically motivated violence in Russia so far this year, the deputy head of a think-tank dealing with the problem said Tuesday.

"The latest statistics for this year say 72 have been killed and about 300 injured," SOVA deputy director Galina Kozhevnikova said.

Kozhevnikova said residents of ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, who come to Russia in search of jobs, have suffered skinhead attacks most often, and account for more than a third of the casualties.

Official statistics suggest a wave of ethnic violence has subsided in Moscow, but the expert said attacks on people with non-Slavic looks have been disguised as everyday violence.

"Racists have learnt to disguise their attacks as forced ones, for example, by the need to protect a girlfriend," Kozhevnikova said.

Earlier Tuesday, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance pointed to a rise in racist sentiments in Russia.

It said even politicians indulge in racist remarks, often blaming ethnic minorities for social difficulties facing the country.

The commission, which monitors racist and other xenophobic offences in Europe, said Russia lacked a strategy to tackle the problem and offered to help.

from http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080923/117046588.html
4:01 pm
A friend of mine just went to Moscow to pick up her son, who went there to study and was beaten by skinheads. This is not the first time. Here is an article from last September. I think that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Over 70 killed in racial violence in Russia this year

23/09/2008 15:38 MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) - More than 70 people have been killed and some 300 injured in ethnically motivated violence in Russia so far this year, the deputy head of a think-tank dealing with the problem said Tuesday.

"The latest statistics for this year say 72 have been killed and about 300 injured," SOVA deputy director Galina Kozhevnikova said.

Kozhevnikova said residents of ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, who come to Russia in search of jobs, have suffered skinhead attacks most often, and account for more than a third of the casualties.

Official statistics suggest a wave of ethnic violence has subsided in Moscow, but the expert said attacks on people with non-Slavic looks have been disguised as everyday violence.

"Racists have learnt to disguise their attacks as forced ones, for example, by the need to protect a girlfriend," Kozhevnikova said.

Earlier Tuesday, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance pointed to a rise in racist sentiments in Russia.

It said even politicians indulge in racist remarks, often blaming ethnic minorities for social difficulties facing the country.

The commission, which monitors racist and other xenophobic offences in Europe, said Russia lacked a strategy to tackle the problem and offered to help.

from http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080923/117046588.html
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
11:34 am
10 point plan
I think relating through song and idealism is a lot more human than crunching numbers and worrying about one’s bank account. The song I have been playing over and over since Election Day is “African Reggae” by Nina Hagen.

Here is a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM6QRjzE5gw

Like most timeless great art, this particular piece can be perceived from many angles.

I like the fact that it was shot in 1979, which was a very important year for me (among other things, detasseling corn in Iowa – a milestone indeed).

But she seems to be going off on tangents until she hits upon so-called “female circumcision” which is a misnomer for sure. Nina calls it female castration which I think is more accurate. Then she calls upon us to support a revolution in Africa against female castration, which, if you think about it, would require a rebuilding not only of the social structures in many parts of Africa, but the mental structures, too. Kind of along the lines of what Yogi Bhajan was trying to tell us all those years, for example that Woman is noble.

OBAMA:
In one day, I see a good start. In his first day of office, he addressed lobbyists. I think lobbyists wield way too much power and influence, and that he had found the correct place to start. Capping white house salaries – a message that everyone is going to have to tighten their belts, “and let it begin with me.” Setting a great example, and acknowledging that there are tough times ahead. Calling together the Joint Chiefs of Staff to start the pullout from Iraq: yes. Closing Guantanamo: yes. He’s got a really long list, but he is making the correct first steps. I hear today is the day he plans to launch his foreign program, now that Hillary has been sworn in as Secretary of State.

In a way, these people are us. They are our generation, our equals. We feel like we are in there with them, and that we could be calling the shots or carrying out these tasks.

AND WHO ARE WE?
the Love Generation. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The 20 million, remember? Now I may a little bit rusty, but this concept forms one of the foundation stones of my universe. In order to usher in the new age, 20 million souls incarnated on this planet. I believe that Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) are among the 20 million. The remainder may have suffered or even died due to the War in Vietnam, or drugs, or getting “caught in Maya’s haze.” But I think there are a lot more of the 20 million still alive today. I think some of them may be in prison. I think a major chunk of them (us) just got clobbered by the recent stock market and bank and mortgage plunge. It’s a wake-up call. But someone has to make the call. And someone has to set up systems, tools, plans and major strategies to organize these millions of Love Children who have lost their way.

Here’s my list:

1. Prison alone is a huge problem, but from another angle prisons could be our greatest resource. Prisoners could be offered education, jobs and a chance to redeem themselves and save the country, the environment, the planet, and their own souls.

2. I see attention being taken away from schools. And as schools go down, prison populations go up. They are already overfilled, and some private prison management companies are more criminal than the convicts they are supposed to be imprisoning. By filling the schools, we empty the prisons.

3. I see the banks failing and falling. People will lose their faith in banks, and something has to replace that object of faith. I say let it be the spirit of people working together

4. Alcohol and tobacco: I would remove all subsidies on them, and outlaw all advertising of them. I would create a major tax on alcohol and tobacco, and set up extensive programs to help people get off those two substances.

5. At the same time, I would set up a massive program to convert the illegal sale of cannabis to a strictly controlled, legal distribution. Like liquor licenses, there would be cannabis licenses. Subsidies would be given to farmers to plant hemp. Anyone with spare land would be rewarded for planting flowers, vegetables, herbs and other plants. This is the War on Drugs – break the backs of criminal organizations who profit from importing cannabis into the US, by growing it here! And total conversion to organic farming. No more pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Raise the price of meat, and slowly phase out the meat industry, freeing up more land to grow food for people. And totally outlaw the use of food to fuel combustion engines. Stop all corn-powered or palm-powered or any crop which has a primary purpose of producing fuel.

6. Zero tolerance on DWI. One tenth of a promille of any mind altering substance, and you lose your license. Breath checks everywhere.

7. With so many people without licenses, there has to be a total overhaul of the transportation system. Trains (like Richardson has built), non-polluting buses and other forms of transport must become the rule, not the exception. We are addicted to owning and driving personal cars. That age must end. Collective transport, running on eco-friendly or eco-healing energy sources. The technology is there, the resources are there, the manpower is there. Oh and space industry, like Richardson’s spaceport. And by the way, Richardson for Secretary of Space Travel and Exploration. Go Bill!

8. Total conversion of the defense industry. Dismantle it from top to bottom. From the revolving door of generals-congressmen-board of directors at the top, to the grease monkeys and security guards at the bottom, and all the engineers, designers and middle management in between. Every level of the defense industry must be converted to peace. Whether it be retooling the factories to build all the buses and trains and rails and space ships and other systems we need (like energy supply), or negotiating big deals involving big government contracts, foreign governments, multinational corporations, international organizations, all the way to the top, there has to be a total rethinking and redoing in terms of what we do and why we do it. The weapons industry is a vicious circle that is almost impossible to break. People are afraid of losing their jobs working for defense contractors, so they think more wars are necessary. That has to be replaced by a completely different way of thinking.

9. Innovations in health care and the justice system. These two systems are linked for many people, and I think the Native Americans have a lot of clues for us, and maybe even entire systems already in place. Consultation with elders, and the larger community – health and justice as a social responsibility, rather than a secret you keep until it kills you. That’s what must replace the banks. Village by village, block by block, neighbors have to be responsible for neighbors, creating a network of health and justice by consultation rather than crisis management and accusation. Doctors and judges as partners in responsibility rather than someone who cleans up your mess and orders you to do this or don’t do that.

10. getting back to number 3: how many hundreds of billions of dollars have been poured into the banks? Stop it! Let them become like the church with its pedophile priests who abused their power. Rather than pouring money into the banks, take it out and use it to train the millions of people out of work who need to roll up their sleeves or sharpen their pencils and fix all the stuff we broke! Even up the distribution of wealth by rewarding hard work and innovation in projects which benefit society collectively. Make it very attractive to be a teacher, an organic farmer, a bus driver. Retool the financial industry just like the defense industry. Put those brains to work planning for what the planet will look like in 100 years and where all those billions of people are gonna go, what’ll they eat, drink, breathe, what’ll they do? Will there be any resources? Will the warmer planet be more tropical or like a desert? Why? How?

I think it's the responsibility of the Baby Boomers to fix it, because in my opinion, we knowingly broke it. I clearly remember back in the 1960's that pollution and overpopulation were problems, but most of us did not make an effort to fix those problems - rather we made them worse.
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
4:02 pm
Zorikto coming to Luxembourg and Brussels
Zorikto DORZHIEV was born in 1976 into an artists' family, in Ulan Ude (Siberia)
From 1991 to 1996 he studied at the Buryat Republican College of Arts, Ulan-Ude
In 2002 he graduated from the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts painting department, with distinction (Prof. A. M. Znak's studio)
Between 2003 and 2005, he completed his studies at the Russian Academy of Arts (the Urals, Siberia and the Far East branch), in A. P. Leviti's studio.

Zorikto’ s artworks are kept in private collections in Russia, the USA, Germany and Australia

Exhibitions

October 2007 – Council of Europe, Strasburg
2007 - Art Miami, USA
December 2006 -personal exhibition at the Mongolian Embassy's in Moscow
2006 – Central House of Artists, Khankhalaev Gallery, Moscow
2006 - Beverly Hills Classic: Antiques & Fine Art & Jewelry Show, Los Angeles.
2006 – Art Taipei, Taiwan
2006 – Art Expo, NY
2006 – Art Miami, USA
2006-2005 Art Manege, Moscow
2004 – Personal exhibition at the Museum of the Buryat History, Ulan-Ude
2003 – Exhibition of students’ graduate works, Krasnoyarsk
City and Regional exhibitions in Krasnoyarsk




Zorikto Dorzhiev, a young Buryat artist, derives his spiritual inspiration from his ancestors' nomadic culture. Siberian nomads took the great world of the steppes to be their home. For them, each element of nature was correlated to another and embodied the entire creation. Things are not separated from their image. The material and the spiritual merge. Every manmade thing is a part of nature: clothing, implements, weapons, horse harnesses.
The beauty of things arises from their usefulness, but is not limited by it. Beauty is practical and, therefore, perfect.
People's faces in Zorikto’s paintings are often hidden from the viewer.
He explains:
" For me, the nomad is a contemplator. Not a tourist looking for a new thrill or a seeker of a better life. Rather, he is an artist, a philosopher. As a rule, he's alone. In solitude, it's easier to reflect. Whom to share one's thoughts and discoveries with? Sooner or later on the steppe he runs across other nomads. "So, [let’s drink] to the crossing of our paths!"
For me, it would be interesting to know what the face of the heroes looks like. They didn't want to appear completely on the canvas.
Maybe they are shy.
Or maybe they are not allowed to do so. And you can't do anything about it, and I can't force them.
Even so, sometimes it’s possible to "catch" somebody's profile.
Purely bright colours are emotional. Tone is too logical. I want to speak if not in a whisper then not in loud voice. It's more audible".

Nomadic civilization and culture come from constant moving.
Life is a journey, from birth to death, blessed with the ability to understand the ever -changing language of the universe, to connect with the earthly, the heavenly and the hidden realms, according to the laws of wonder and transformation, rebirth and reincarnation.
Zorikto's artwork is a fairy tale about harmony, refinement and uniqueness.


"Siberian Nomads"

Opening

The 11th of November 2008
At 18:00
European Commission
Conference Centre
Jean Monnet Building
Rue Alcide de Gasperi
L2920-Luxembourg


Zorikto Dorzhiev
Paintings & Graphics


Badma-Khanda
Traditional Buryat Songs
Friday, September 19th, 2008
3:51 pm
I lived in Alaska for 8 years, so I should speak up about Palin
Here's my response to a question about (Republican vice-presidential candidate) Palin and her compassionate policy which includes banning abortion:

After elected mayor of Wasilla in 1996, one of Palin's first victims was Irl Stambaugh, the longtime police chief who opposed her NRA-backed plan to allow concealed guns. Then, too, he wanted to close the bars at 2 am, instead of 5 am, due to the high number of alcohol-related road accidents. But as the bar owners and NRA were among her base, Palin axed him. She then installed her own chief, who, besides following her line on bars and guns, slapped a charge of $300 to $1,200 on rape victims for medical tests for injuries and sexually transmitted diseases--fees previously covered by the city. Since medical staff at the same time also offered morning-after pills to rape victims, this was anathema to Palin's anti-abortion agenda. Outraged, then-Democratic Governor Tony Knowles pushed through a bill banning her tactics, and the tests were once again free.

Other victims are now well known, like Mary Ellen Baker, the librarian who wouldn't ban the books that offended Palin. Originally fired along with other city department heads who backed Palin's mayoral opponent, Baker (also president of Alaska's Library Association), was reinstated because several hundred residents protested the sacking. But, according to a librarian who knows Baker, Palin met with her several times, pressuring her to remove books from the shelves--among which was Pastor, I Am Gay by Howard Bess, an American Baptist minister in Wasilla. Baker finally resigned in 1999 and moved away. The librarian friend says Baker is keeping silent: "Why wouldn't she? The period was so painful that after she left her job, she had a breakdown."

Then there's Dr. Susan Lamagie, an obstetrician who practices in Wasilla and delivered Palin's first two children. She also performed abortions at what was then called Valley Hospital. While Palin was on Wasilla's City Council, members of her church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, and its minister, picketed Lamagie's office. Because the doctor held her ground, the group ousted the hospital board and installed a new one, whose first act was to ban abortions. Lamagie and Howard Bess organized a group that sued the hospital in a case that went to Alaska's Supreme Court, which ruled the hospital had to allow abortions, as before.

Palin's claims that she's a cost-cutter and corruption cop are equally crazy, since she hiked the state budget by 20 percent in the less than two years since becoming governor.

But it's not all smoke and mirrors: Palin did slash some funds. She vetoed $150,000 for the Fairbanks Catholic Community Counseling and Adoption Services, $3.5 million to build a daycare facility and student housing for unemployed Alaska Natives, $500,000 for the Safe Harbor Muldoon Housing for Homeless Families and People with Disabilities, and eliminated funds for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.

And in a state with one of the highest drug and alcohol rates in the United States, she killed funds for a substance abuse facility and an education and prevention program for youths in a northwest Alaska village, as well as for addiction rehabilitation services.

Then there's her record on health, another alleged Palin priority. State Senator Bill Wielechowski says, "We sponsored a bill to improve children's health care, since we're forty-seventh in the US in terms of the services we offer. Had Palin supported it, the Republican-controlled House would have approved it. But she refused and the bill died."

-Quoted from "Sarah's Way--or the Highway", By Barbara Koeppel, September 17, 2008 - link: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080929/koeppel

Is this lefty raving? Or cold, hard facts? The state with no sales tax because it is just floating on oil did what?
- axed Adoption Services? (does that answer your abortion question?)
- stopped a daycare facility? (does that answer your abortion question?)
- starved a Food Bank?
- made Homeless Families and People with Disabilities sleep out in the Alaska cold? (does that answer your abortion question?)
... and the drug problem is really, really bad there. To kill education, prevention and addiction rehabilitation services is a direct attack on the people. The people she should serve. She doesn't want abortion, but she doesn't want adoption, daycare or food and shelter for the homeless. So, let me see - bring them to term, and let the infants starve in the snow? Good policy!

She has abused her power. She chose an ice rink over a sewage plant. Hired her friends and family, and fired people who wanted safe roads and freedom of speech. Slapped a charge of $300 to $1,200 on rape victims for medical tests for injuries and sexually transmitted diseases. Tell me that this is not SICK.

Yours for the Truth
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
4:00 pm
Skinheads are taking over the city
During the first days of August, in the city of Ulyanovsk, there was a whole series of attacks against local residents. People were beaten and kicked, and received multiple knife wounds. Authorities are not hiding that these crimes were committed by local skinheads, including the August 10 murder of 34-year old Cameroonian Etizok Idobeh Ernest, a DJ at a local club. The group of six who were arrested, members of "Simbirsk White Power", also attacked three other local residents that same evening. Nazi literature was found at their homes. One of the other victims had 8 knife wounds, the other, 12. One of them has already identified the attackers as the ones who killed the Cameroonian.

Some doubt is being expressed as to whether the rise of skinheads is not linked to the inaction of the police.

Скинхеды города берут
13:15 «Новые Известия»

Ульяновск может стать центром бритоголовых

Как выяснили «НИ», в первой декаде августа в Ульяновске произошла целая серия нападений на местных жителей. Людей жестоко избивали руками и ногами, им наносили множественные ножевые ранения. В правоохранительных органах не скрывают, что эти преступления – дело рук местных скинхедов, которых подозревают также в убийстве 34-летнего жителя Камеруна Этизока Идобэ Эрнеста, совершенном 10 августа этого года. Правозащитники встревожены тем, что Ульяновск может стать еще одним серьезным очагом национализма в стране. Эксперты считают, что он уже претендует на сомнительные лавры Москвы, Санкт-Петербурга и Воронежа, до сих пор считавшихся основными рассадниками «коричневой чумы».

В номере от 18 августа 2008 года «НИ» рассказывали о том, что в Ульяновске по подозрению в убийстве уроженца Камеруна Этизока Идобэ Эрнеста была арестована группа местных бритоголовых. 34-летний иностранец работал диджеем в одном из ночных клубов города. Неизвестные напали на него в тот момент, когда он возвращался домой с работы. О задержании подозреваемых в этом хладнокровном убийстве – шестерых членов националистической группировки «Simbirsk white power» – правоохранительные органы отрапортовали уже через несколько дней. Вчера же «НИ» стало известно о том, что взятые под стражу бритоголовые могут быть причастны и к нескольким другим преступлениям. «В тот самый вечер, когда был убит камерунец, произошли нападения еще на трех местных жителей, – поделился с “НИ” старший помощник прокурора Ульяновской области Василий Зима . – К счастью, пострадавшие остались живы. Сейчас правоохранительные органы устанавливают, были ли эти преступления совершены на почве расовой ненависти».

Как бы то ни было, но сами задержанные уже признались, что являются скинхедами. «При обысках у них в домах обнаружили множество видеороликов и книг нацистского характера, а на допросе они были в майках с символикой своей экстремистской организации», – подчеркнул Василий Зима.

В правоохранительных органах заявляют, что произошедшие преступления были лишь первой «вылазкой» этой банды бритоголовых, после чего ее членов задержали. Ульяновская общественность не сомневается, что нападения на жителей города совершили именно националисты.

Уже известно, что в числе пострадавших – сотрудник одной из ульяновских общественных организаций Андрей Мязин. «На него и его приятеля напали в тот же злополучный вечер, что и на уроженца Камеруна, – подтвердил “НИ” правозащитник Игорь Корнилов. – Ребята чудом остались живы – одному из них нанесли восемь ножевых ранений, а другому – 12. Налет был совершен из чувства мести представителю именно той общественной организации, которая занималась проблемой ксенофобии». Собеседник «НИ» пояснил нам, что один из пострадавших уже опознал в своих обидчиках тех людей, которые расправились с камерунцем.

«Ульяновск, который всегда считался тем городом, где толерантно относятся к представителям разных национальностей, стремительно превращается в один из наиболее агрессивных националистических центров в стране, – считает Игорь Корнилов. – Несколько лет назад у нас уже были тревожные сигналы – в городе напали на вьетнамца и еврейского мальчика. Сегодняшние бритоголовые – это члены молодежных преступных группировок». Впрочем, эксперты склонны считать, что на родине вождя мирового пролетариата и ранее возникали предпосылки к тому, чтобы превратиться в серьезный очаг национализма.

«Не так давно в Ульяновске маршами по улице проходили члены РНЕ, а местное милицейское начальство отмахивалось и говорило, что никакой это не национализм, – рассказала “НИ” заместитель директора информационно-аналитического центра “Сова” Галина Кожевникова . – Беда в том, что вокруг скинхедов часто создается героический ареол, и у них появляется множество подражателей. Я не удивлюсь, если сейчас ульяновским неонацистам наймут хороших адвокатов, а в городе начнется кампания по сбору денег, чтобы поддержать их». То, что новым рассадником «коричневой чумы» сегодня становится именно Ульяновск, наша собеседница объясняет тем, что у местных бритоголовых мог появиться новый сильный лидер, вокруг которого и создаются новые банды.

«На что еще можно рассчитывать, если ульяновские правоохранители и чиновники несколько лет фактически бездействовали? – разводит руками в интервью “НИ” директор Московского бюро по правам человека Александр Брод . – Представители еврейской общины в городе регулярно подвергаются нападкам». По общему мнению опрошенных «НИ» экспертов, националистические настроения в Ульяновске, скорее всего, будут лишь увеличиваться. «Этот регион сегодня не может похвастаться высоким уровнем жизни, – констатирует Александр Брод. – А эта “зараза”, как известно, всегда садится на неблагоприятную почву».
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
2:56 pm
Request for legal assistance for Ngarrindjeri indigenous people of 'Australia'
The Ngarrindjeri intend to undertake civil proceedings against the Crown in the High Court in London, including for such equitable relief by way of orders in the nature of a declaration of title to land, and compensation for moneys had and received on the sale of Ngarrindjeri land from one (1) shilling per acre from 1837, as is actionable.
Being a subjugated nation within the overlordship of the Crown, and kept without the full occupation and enjoyment of their vested rights, the Ngarrindjeri have no pecuniary means to maintain these proceedings without pro bono legal assistance, for which they appeal.
In the first instance, advice and opinion is sought on the prospects of success of maintaining action for equitable relief.
The merits, relevant facts and applicable law are summarised as follows:
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By the Proclamation of South Australia on 28 December 1836 within the prerogative of Governor Hindmarsh for the Crown and pursuant to Letters Patent issued on 19 February 1836, the British Crown incurred a still incumbent lawful duty to account for the incapacity of the native inhabitants of South Australia (including their Ngarrindjeri descendants today), equally to exercise and enjoy their vested equitable rights as are comprised within the dominium of the lands they and their descendants have occupied and enjoyed, and as arising in the Crown's grant to them of British subjectivity, prior to legally depriving them and their descendants of that dominium over their traditional lands, and prior to alienating their traditional lands for sale into fee simple.
Of equal import is the statutory acquisition by the Crown in 1836 of fifty-five thousand (55,000) pounds paid to the Exchequer from the South Australia Company as an initial first instalment for the Crown's authorisation for the sale of the lands of the native inhabitants to English freeholders, which capital sum and the interest thereon remains identifiable in equity as part proceeds of the inequitable sale of the lands of the native inhabitants, which the Ngarrindjeri intend to trace for compensation for such of their lands sold into fee simple, and for reparations for any of their lands now inequitably alienated to the Crown in the right of South Australia were the Crown in the right of South Australia to have subrogated for the rights of the British Crown and the equity of the Ngarrindjeri in their traditional lands otherwise extant from 28 December 1836, be now held by the Crown in the right of South Australia.
Dominium
is the highest form of English land holding recognised by a sovereign.
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It is NOT equal with dominion
DOMINION is an international Sovereign power over a territory. A sovereign may have dominion without any land holding, and therefore without having any dominium in a territory. The United States war against Iraq gave it dominion in Iraq without dominium.
Dominium is the highest legal level of a sovereign's interest in land as a landholder. Dominion is the exercise of a sovereign power over a territory not depending on a prior or concurrent sovereign dominium to validate its exercise. Dominion is the exercise of an international sovereign power over a territory without requiring any prior or concurrent legal act of LAND HOLDING in the territory.
It is simply sufficient to successfully invade or to conquer another territory to gain dominion. Dominium requires legal land holding.
The exercise of DOMINIUM under English law is the legal act of holding land at the highest level capable of being maintained by the sovereign, and occurs where there is land legally available to be held within the legal authority of the sovereign. When English law provides for the exercise of the highest land holding by the English sovereign, the Crown holds the resulting dominium.
It equals the level of land holding held by the Ngarrindjeri Tendi in the land occupied by the Ngarrindjeri and that was constituted in English law on 19 February 1836, and which was capable of being recognised as such by the British Crown on 28 December 1836.
The Ngarrindjeri have NEVER surrendered this DOMINIUM. On 19 February 1836, in an EXERCISE of the PREROGATIVE (a form of LEGAL power the CROWN exercises by EXECUTIVE act not otherwise authorised by LEGISLATION of the Parliament or the exercise of JUDICIAL power by a judge of a Court), Letters Patent were issued establishing the legal power of the Crown to hold land in South Australia, but which declared the traditional owners could legally continue to occupy and enjoy the lands they inhabited and that their descendants were equally entitled to continue to occupy and enjoy these lands their ancestors inhabited.
The 1836 Letters Patent constitute, in part, legal notice from the Crown to the native inhabitants and the world that, in the Crown attaining English sovereign dominion over the territory of all the inhabited lands of a future South Australia (including all the lands occupied by the Ngarrindjeri in their own territory), or asserting English sovereign dominion over this territory by a future act, the Crown could not be taken thereby to have obtained any land holding in the lands, because it abided the dominium of the land so occupied by traditional owners in their territory, which dominium was in the traditional owners and extended to their descendants.
This occupancy of the native inhabitants and their descendants until today, included the dominium of the Ngarrindjeri as traditional owners because in as far as the Letters Patent preserved the occupancy of inhabited lands, the lands inhabited by the Ngarrindjeri constituted the dominium of the Ngarrindjeri owners under the applicable English law constraining the exercise of the prerogative to the extent that the English common law and equity were applicable in all acts of the Crown of Great Britain over South Australia.
The sovereign of Ngarrindjeri lands on 19 February 1836 was the Ngarrindjeri through their Tendi, even if the actual sovereign was factually unknown then to the British Crown. The recognition of the legal sovereignty of the traditional owners was implied in the 1836 Letters Patent, because on their face they undertook a legal guarantee for the continued occupancy and enjoyment of their lands by the traditional owners and their descendants (including until today). This guarantee comprised the legal dominium of the traditional owners, which it expressly recognised - a dominium which English law constituted in the sovereign as its legal holder.
The recognition of a Ngarrindjeri dominion over Ngarrindjeri territory is an integral part of the implicit recognition of the dominion of the native inhabitants over their own lands, which the Letters Patent intended be dealt with without displacing its native occupants.
Accordingly, the dominium of native occupancy and enjoyment of inhabited lands recognised by the Letters Patent extended to the dominium of the Ngarrindjeri sovereign - the Ngarrindjeri Tendi, which maintains the Ngarrindjeri rights of occupancy and enjoyment.
The Ngarrindjeri land holding has remained within the dominium of the Aboriginal lands remaining with the traditional owners here.
In the absence of a further prerogative, legislative or judicial act, effective in canceling dominium, the Crown could NOT assert any dominium against the traditional owners in all that it did in South Australia, at least until 28 December 1836, when it failed to do so.
Instead, on 28 December 1836 Governor Hindmarsh, in the first exercise of the British Crown's prerogative in South Australia that established the Province of South Australia, recognised all Aboriginal people and their descendants as British subjects with all the privileges of subjects including the right to sue in equity to protect their property as the Traditional Owners, including whatever real property that had accrued to the traditional owners in the lands they inhabited,
including their dominium in the lands they occupied.
Once having attained the rights of British subjects to sue and maintain property in the lands comprised by their dominium, the Crown had an equitable obligation to protect these subjects from any injustice in the future treatment of their property by the Crown.
The Crown could not by further act deprive the traditional owners of their dominium, except by an exercise of power directed to that end which was just. The Crown granted the native inhabitants interests that extended to their descendants today and in the future.
In respect of this duty to treat the traditional owners justly over their property, the Crown remained subject to the authority of the English court of equity to displace any executive act of the Crown or exercise of the prerogative, which was unjust, or which was a denial of the incidents of dominium that was not in accordance with justice. This power of equity remains to be invoked for justice.
The British Crown was in 1836, and remains from 28 December 1836, subject to an incumbent lawful duty to have regard to the capacity of the traditional owners, as equal British subjects under the Crown, to exercise their equitable rights contained within their dominium prior to legally depriving the traditional owners and their descendants of their dominium over their traditional lands.
The Crown has neither met this obligation nor complied with this duty. The Ngarrindjeri have not been deprived of their dominium in any of these Ngarrindjeri 'dominium' lands that remain within the control of the Crown today despite the alienation of fee simple land.
In respect of all the lands in South Australia that have been alienated by the Crown and granted in fee simple to non-descendants of the traditional owners in South Australia, there is an equal equitable obligation incumbent on the British Crown to provide justice to the descendants today. The legal alienation of lands vested within the dominium of the native inhabitants in 1836 needs redress.
This obligation is within the purport of the Letters Patent of 1836, and the Proclamation of South Australia on 28 December 1836.
The duty incumbent on the British Crown to provide justice to the descendants of the traditional owners for any unjust disturbance to their dominium was established within the prerogative by, and continues to arise with, the Proclamation of South Australia by Governor Hindmarsh for the British Crown on 28 December 1836, by which the present descendants of the traditional owners have been assured of all the privileges of British subjects to sue the British Crown for injustice they may have suffered over their property.

Contact:
nlpa@bigpond.com
Monday, December 24th, 2007
10:39 pm
How do I get a passport?
Lakota withdraw from treaties, declare independence from U.S.

The Lakota Sioux Indians, whose ancestors include Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from all treaties their forefathers signed with the U.S. government and have declared their independence. A delegation delivered the news to the State Department earlier this week.

Portions of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming comprise Lakota country, and the tribe says that if the federal government doesn't begin diplomatic discussions promptly, liens will be filed on property in the five-state region. Here's the news release.

"We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us," said Russell Means, a longtime Indian rights activist. "This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically Article 6 of the Constitution," which states that treaties are the supreme law of the land.

"It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the U.S. and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent," he added during a press conference yesterday in Washington.

The new country would issue its own passports and driver licenses, and living there would be tax-free, provided residents renounce their U.S. citizenship, he said, according to a report from Agence France-Presse.

The Lakota say the United States has never honored the pacts, signed with the Great Sioux Nation in 1851 and 1868 at Fort Laramie, Wyo.

"We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children," said Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977.

Means said the "annexation" of native American land had turned the Lakota into "facsimiles of white people."

In 1974, the Lakota drafted a declaration of continuing independence. Their cause got a boost in September, when the United Nations adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. The Bush administration opposed the measure.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
12:03 pm
Kalmyks, Tuvans, Buryats and Mongolians visit Dharamsala
Here's a link to an article in Russian about a recent festival of Mongolian culture in India. If you can't read Russian, you can look at the pictures, and ask me for a translation.

http://savetibet.ru/2007/11/06/russian_pilgrims_in_dharamsala.html

This next link provides audio and video in Tibetan, English, Chinese and Russian of teachings given by the Dalai Lama on 9 November 2007;

http://www.dalailama.com/page.199.htm

My wife was there. If you're interested, ask me to post her report or pictures (when she gets back!)
11:49 am
One-two punch
One-two punch

First, the Oil spill in San Francisco Bay

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-spill13nov13,1,5989374.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage

map showing SF spill

Now, the Oil Spill in Kerch Strait, between Sea of Azov and Black Sea

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/world/europe/13russia.html?ref=europe

Map showing Kerch straits location

Both spills have caught the former superpowers with their pants down: in the USA, the Coast Guard has switched from post-Valdez cleanup drills to post-9/11 war on terror, while in Russia, total greed and disregard for the environment seem to be what has caused there to be no real infrastructure in place to clean up the 560,000 gallons of heavy, viscous oil.

Both countries are run by madmen, delirious with war on one hand, and profit on the other. The Valdez spill should have been a turning point in world history – I wonder if Alaska will ever recover from that one. The SF bay spill is affecting coastline stretching up through Point Reyes National Park, and around the entire north tip of the peninsula.

But who’s to blame? I belong to the class of total petro-junkies, and have not made any move to cut down my consumption of fuel, or anything else for that matter. I say a portion of the blame is upon us the consumers. Meanwhile, entire ecosystems in SF Bay and Sea of Azov are being suffocated with poisonous, thick, sticky goo.
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