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Palestine Without Smears: Why Israel and Natives Aren’t Natural Allies

Palestine Native comparisonRobert Warrior, Indian Country Today, Jan 29, 2014

Ryan Bellerose’s unfortunate recent op-ed essay in Indian Country Today Media Network, “Don’t Mix Indigenous Fight with Palestinian Rights,” would be laughable and easy to dismiss given how heavy on bluster and light on accuracy it is. The essay, however, employs ugly characterizations and simplistic historical analysis in discussing deadly important and serious issues regarding American Indians, Israel and Palestine. Seeing what connects the Native world to the Middle East is challenging to many ICTMN readers, but a clear dividing line is emerging between American Indian defenders of Israel and the growing number of us who support the Palestinian boycott divestment, and sanctions movement. Read the rest of this entry

Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government

Zapatistas march on Dec 21, 2012, in Chiapas.

Zapatistas march on Dec 21, 2012, in Chiapas.

by Laura Carlsen, Yes Magazine, Jan 17, 2014

There are two tests of social change movements: endurance and regeneration. After two decades, Mexico’s Zapatista movement can now say it passed both.

Thousands of Zapatistas turned out this month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). At the New Year festivities in the five caracoles, or regional centers of Zapatista autonomous government, veterans and adolescents not yet born at the time of the insurrection danced, flirted, shot off rockets, and celebrated “autonomy”—the ideal of self-government that lies at the heart of the Zapatista experience. Read the rest of this entry

Crises in First Nations communities leave legacy of pain, fear

Canadian soldier and warrior face off during 1990 Oka Crisis.

Canadian soldier and warrior face off during 1990 Oka Crisis.

Post-traumatic stress and its effects linger years after conflict

By Martha Troian, CBC News, Jan 20, 2014

Oka, Gustafsen Lake, Burnt Church, Ipperwash and Elsipogtog are just a few of the communities where often violent conflicts have taken place between Indigenous people, law enforcement agencies and government. Read the rest of this entry

Statement of Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq Warriors

Mi'kmaq Warrior solidarityby Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 2, 2013

Since the spring of 2013, the Mi’kmaq, along with Native and non-Native allies, have been resisting exploratory testing by SWN Resources Canada in New Brunswick. SWN, a Houston, Texas-based company, is searching for deposits of natural gas in shale rock formations. If they are successful and find significant deposits, they will then attempt to extract this gas using the process of fracking. Read the rest of this entry

We Belong to Each Other: Resurgent Indigenous Nations

By Jeff Corntassel, posted in – Voices Rising on November 27th, 2013

Train blockade in Portage le Prairie, Manitboa, on Jan 16, 2013.

Train blockade in Portage le Prairie, Manitboa, on Jan 16, 2013.

What happens when the salmon people can no longer catch salmon in their rivers? Or when the medicines, waters, and traditional foods that Indigenous people have relied on for millennia to sustain their communities become contaminated with toxins? And how will future generations view our efforts to protect and respect the places and relationships we value?  It’s no accident that in places where Indigenous nations thrive on their homelands and exercise their self-determining authority, those natural environments are biologically diverse and healthy. State-run environments, on the other hand, are often sites of unlimited extraction, freshwater depletion, desertification, deforestation, and the overall destruction of genetic and biological diversity. The fact that over eighty percent of the world’s biodiversity thrives on Indigenous lands is not a coincidence. Read the rest of this entry

The Mapuche’s Struggle for the Land

Another Kind of Revolution

Militant Mapuches at a funeral of one of their comrades.

Militant Mapuches march at a funeral of one of their comrades.


In the aftermath of the inspiring popular uprising in Argentina at the end of 2001 and the battles that blocked neoliberalism in Bolivia from 2003-2005, the Left came to power in governments across South America—most notably in Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, and Bolivia—in a series of electoral upsets that were quickly hailed as revolutions. In hindsight, these victories prove to be less than convincing. The new revolutionary governments institutionalized social movements, turning them into mere appendages, they continued cutting down the rainforests and displacing indigenous peoples in the name of progress, they supported free trade agreements, used paramilitary or police forces against student demonstrators, expanded the exploitation of gas, oil, and coal, and imprisoned dissidents. Business as usual. Read the rest of this entry

Honour Our Veterans: Warriors Defend Land & People, Not Empire

Warrior honor our veterans

PDF: Low Intensity Operations by Frank Kitson

Kitson low intensity operations bookcoverThe classic counter-insurgency manual written by former British Army officer General Frank Kitson.  With experience in countering anti-colonial resistance in Kenya, Malaysia, and Northern Ireland, Kitson was one of the first to articulate the theory and practise of modern counter-insurgency operations, including how to co-opt resistance movements by allying the state with the pacifist reformist elements within the movement.

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In Focus: Analysis of Indigenous resistance and counter-insurgency strategy

by Sakej Ward, Nov 1, 2013

RCMP in riot gear during raid on anti-fracking blockade, Mi'qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP in riot gear during raid on anti-fracking blockade, Mi’qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

Due to some unavoidable technical glitches we lost some interview time on the APTN InFocus show on Indigenous Resistance.  This means I wasn’t able to address all the key points I wanted to, so now I would like to get some out on here.
In reference to the Mi’kmaq warrior society being targeted and raided I spoke in the interview about the similarities it had to the raid made by INSET (Integrated National Security Enforcement Team – Canada’s counter terrorism law enforcement department) against Dave Dennis and I. Read the rest of this entry

Colonial Oppression at Elsipogtog: Right to Self-determination

First Nation struggle for decolonization versus working within the colonial system to benefit a few peopleNew Brunswick Oct 17 6 defendants

By Arthur Manuel, October 30, 2013

It is important to understand the dynamics of Colonialism and how it manifests itself inside Canada. Colonialism has basically three parts, dispossession, dependency and oppression. Read the rest of this entry