Tag: indigenous peoples

Givers and Takers

My piece de resistance — Netwar at Cherry Point — turns one on April 1st.

This case study about the dark side of white power on the Salish Sea focuses on fossil fuel export versus indigenous peoples, or perhaps better stated — Wall Street versus human rights.

For some, the beloved San Juan Islands beckon as paradise in a world of total chaos. For Warren Buffett, BP and other major energy investors, they are collateral damage in the pursuit of oil portfolio profits.


New Situation

The religious networks that are crucial to indigenous peoples in the US need to appreciate the new situation. As of January 20, all three branches of the U.S. Government align with Wall Street and corporate media against them.

Religious leaders’ blind spots, i.e. vigilante groups, will respond to prompts from the new administration and media to intimidate tribal governments opposing the fossil fuel industry. In this new situation, most present allies of these tribes will run and hide.

The important thing is that religious leaders respect the value of opposition research, and seek out researchers to help them. Their networks have education programs, that would benefit from the Public Good Archives.
Three essential documents from the Public Good Archives Netwar Reader that they need to study in order to understand modern social conflict: 
  1. Communications in Conflict
  2. Communication, Power and Counter-power in the Network Society
  3. Netwar at Cherry Point

Inherently Human

In 1975, the Tse-shaht tribe (part of the Nuu-chah-nulth first nation and the Wakashan language group on Vancouver Island) hosted the inaugural meeting of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. That conference led to the establishment of the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington in 1979, and to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. As the ‘catalyst for the contemporary global indigenous rights movement’, the 1975 gathering–led by Chief George Manuel (founder of the Center for World Indigenous Studies)–was a historic event in the reemergence of indigenous governance, and in the development of the international regime first established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948.

Highest Hypocrite

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, has been corrupted by her affiliation with the Ford Foundation. She consequently supports Wall Street carbon market schemes like REDD, that displace Indigenous peoples worldwide.

44 murders of Indigenous activists in Honduras since 2010 prompted her to issue a warning about state-sponsored ethnic cleansing to facilitate free market (sweatshop state) development, but she failed to mention the US role in these atrocities.

Her partnership with the most powerful corporations on the planet creates a serious conflict of interest. Her embrace of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that promote nuclear power and privatization of Indigenous resources, makes Corpuz a hypocrite of the highest order.

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.