Tag: Fourth World


Research and education on indigenous issues in the Salish Sea region is supported by the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington–a non-profit established by leaders of the Assembly of First Nations and the National Congress of American Indians.  CWIS, an indigenous academic institution that has served Coast Salish Nation since 1979, is the premier indigenous think tank in the world.

In addition to research and education, CWIS publishes Fourth World Journal and Intercontinental Cry magazine. In April 2013, IC magazine was the first in world media to expose a nationwide campaign by CERA – “the Ku Klux Klan of Indian country” — to terminate American tribes.

In the Fall of 2013, IC, Public Good and Wrong Kind of Green collaborated on publishing Communications in Conflict, a primer on netwar–shorthand for networked psychological warfare. In April 2016, WKOG published Netwar at Cherry Point, what Noisy Waters Northwest described as “a detailed and important accounting of three years of research on matters related to the Anti-Indian movement in Whatcom County, Washington.”

Documenting the Dark Side, a vastly underappreciated aspect of research and education, allows tribal leaders and moral authorities to more effectively confront promoters of interracial discord, such as SSA Marine and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. It also helps to expose misleading campaigns by fossil fuel export developers like BP.

Fourth World Geopolitics is poorly understood by both mainstream media and academia. Enlightening them to the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations is the purpose of CWIS.


A Voice at the UN

As noted by Dr. Rudolph C. Ryser of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, 1.3 billion human beings have no representation at the United Nations. Collectively, these Indigenous peoples are known as the Fourth World, representing more than 5,000 Indigenous nations worldwide.

As a result of UN General Assembly commitments made between 2007 and 2014, these Fourth World nations now have the right under international law to have a voice at the UN. How that will be implemented is the topic Dr. Ryser presents in his briefing on CWIS recommendations calling for the creation of mechanisms to form an Observer Indigenous Nations Council and an Observer Indigenous Nations Assembly in the UN.

Given that many conflicts in the world today are between UN member states and Fourth World nations, implementing these mechanisms to democratize the UN and to provide the diplomatic infrastructure for conflict resolution is a step in the right direction. Overcoming the objections of market-oriented states is, as always, the challenge.

Domination Globalisation Intervention

Presenting an alternative to state domination, Rudolph C. Ryser of the Center for World Indigenous Studies proposes instead honoring Fourth World nations. Kurds, Nagas, Papuans, Mayans and Tuaregs — once liberated from state control — could resume governing themselves without state and UN interference. Self-governance in the Fourth World, however, would require states relinquishing some of their legal, economic and military power–something they will not do without significant pressure.

While accommodating Fourth World political engagement with UN member states is preferable to violent engagement, the architecture of the UN is oriented toward state domination of indigenous nations through economic sanction and military force. Indeed, as the World Bank, NATO, and UN member states exercise this domination, Fourth World nations like Basque, Tibet, Palestine, Biafra, West Papua and Kurdistan have been forced to defend themselves.

Only a handful of Fourth World nations are member states of the UN–Samoa, Estonia and Armenia to name a few. The rest of the them, like Scotland and Catalonia, remain frustrated in their desire for self-governance. As they slowly establish their political equality with UN member states, there is a chance to reduce armed violence between states and nations.

An impediment to peace under the UN system of international law, however, is the development of NATO as an arm of state aggression against Fourth World nations under the guise of humanitarian interventions, in countries like the former Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria. Thus destabilized, these states become arenas of international violence involving tribes, institutions, markets and networks–some of whom employ economic and military terrorism.

Acting in tandem with UN-sanctioned aggresion are journalists at the Associated Press, BBC and CNN, as well as state-sponsored NGOs like USAID and National Endowment for Democracy.  With aggression characterized as “humanitarian” by these embedded journalists, who often spy on behalf of NATO, critics like Centre for the Study of Interventionism provide a sobering contrast to the reflexive enthusiasm expressed by mindless consumers of military spectacle.

As Michel Chossudovsky documented in The Globalisation of Poverty, monetary attacks by UN agencies that lead to civil war illustrate that globalization is not just an economic model, but a plan of war. That war, which is by definition global, is quite simply the exercise of power by the financial sector in undermining the powers of the state (or nation) to the benefit of the free market.

The fact consumers of social media are so easily manipulated into supporting NATO aggression by fabricated myths of humanitarian intent, is testimony to the power of psywar. As reported at Wrong Kind of Green, even Amnesty International USA has been co-opted by NATO interventionists. As noted in The Politics of Naming, the pornography of violence by Western human rights organizations — that require a simple moral world of evil perpetrators and innocent victims — justifies military interventions by dismissing diplomacy and undermining power-sharing, thus escalating conflict and bloodshed.

Russia vs Fourth World

As the UN prepares to host its member states for a World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September, Russia has preempted indigenous human rights by declaring indigenous peoples do not exist in the Russian Federation. Reverting to a Stalinist stance on the dozens of indigenous nations in Russia’s empire, Putin has set the stage for a revival of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide. Rudolph C. Ryser reports on Russia’s scheme to swallow Fourth World nations.

Fourth World

Center for World Indigenous Studies, the premier think tank serving the Fourth World, publishes papers and archives documents for scholars and activists worldwide: Forum for Global Exchange (articles, news and essays), Fourth World Documentation (collected treatises and occasional papers), Fourth World Eye (a daily ezine), and Fourth World Journal (an annual peer-reviewed academic publication). Look to see more from CWIS in 2014 during the lead up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in New York City, September 23-4.

In his op-ed on the vocabulary of indigenous autonomy, CWIS Chair Rudolph C. Ryser explains the difference between the rights of peoples and the exercise of governmental power.