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The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

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[Why has this story gotten so little press attention? *RON*]
Samuel Oakford, Foreign Policy, 14 February 2017

Officials have confirmed that the U.S. military, despite vowing not to use depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, fired thousands of rounds of the munitions during two high-profile raids on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled Syria in late 2015. The air assaults mark the first confirmed use of this armament since the 2003 Iraq invasion, when it was used hundreds of thousands of times, setting off outrage among local communities, which alleged that its toxic material caused cancer and birth defects.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing 30 mm rounds containing depleted uranium (DU) were shot from Air Force A-10 fixed-wing aircraft on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, 2015, destroying about 350 vehicles in the country’s eastern desert.

Response to Tom Perez Election

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["The Democratic Party is unwilling and unable to reform itself... demonstrates an arrogant refusal to even acknowledge the problems that sent the party's base streaming toward the exits... has learned no lessons from its catastrophic defeat." See also: Democrats choose Tom Perez as party chairman. *RON*]

Jill Stein, Jill Stein 2016 Web Site, 26 February 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jill Stein Responds to Election of Tom Perez to DNC Chair

Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party Presidential candidate, made the following statement after Tom Perez won the election for chair of the Democratic National Committee:

“The election of establishment insider Tom Perez as DNC chair confirms yet again what so many have been thinking: the Democratic Party is unwilling and unable to reform itself.

After the blatant corruption of the 2016 election where the DNC sabotaged the Bernie Sanders campaign to clear the way for Hillary Clinton, for party elites to select a…

Here Comes the Police State: New Laws Aim for Brutal Crackdown on Protest

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[Many nasty people will spend the next four years tearing down as much as they possibly can. Draconian bills are advancing at state level under cover of Trump's "law and order" platform. See also: Arizona bill would bring stricter penalties for rioters ("rioters," aka protesters). *RON*]
Sarah LazareAlterNet, 24 February 2017

The rise of right-wing populism in the United States—from the White House to state legislatures—has been met with public resistance on a stunning scale. Millions have taken to the streets, staged direct actions and flooded airports to resist a flurry of presidential decrees targeting undocumented, black, refugee, LGBTQ and poor communities. And long before Trump took the White House, the Black Lives Matter movement and indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock were leading the way with sustained mobilizations in the face of staggering repression.

35 Native American Tribes File Lawsuit Against Energy Transfer Partners

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[The protesters have been removed from the DAPL site, but now they are heading for the courts. The Navajo Nation will continue to stand alongside other Native American tribes who face environmental injustice and threats of encroachment on sacred lands. *RON*]

White Wolf Pack via Native News Online, 25 February 2017

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Navajo Nation filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia with 34 Federally Recognized Indian Tribes against the Lake Oahe Easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“The federal government must be held accountable for its treaty obligation and in good faith must upholds nation-to-nation relationship with all tribes, including the Navajo Nation,” commented Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. “We expect nothing less.”

In granting of the Lake Oahe Easement, the U.S. Army Corps violated fundamental trust duties.…

Many paddles, one canoe: Climate leaders gather in Vancouver to resist Kinder Morgan

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[It's a fund-raiser for their court case: I bought a ticket (see link to tickets below). Bill McKibben is coming to Vancouver March 4th, where he’ll be speaking alongside Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and other community leaders. If you need a sense of urgency, see also: Kinder Morgan serves notice to landowners on pipeline route. *RON*]
Andrea Palframan, Vancouver Observer, 24 February 2017

There’s a legend, told by Tsleil-Waututh hereditary Chief George Sla-holt, about a time when the world was slowly being flooded. To escape, Sla-holt told ethnographer Pauline Johnson, the people of Burnaby Inlet built a huge canoe: “the most stupendous canoe the world has ever known.”

For months, the men carved a giant cedar while the women worked to braid cedar bark into a rope large enough to hold the canoe against rising tides. As the waters rose, the canoe was piled with provisions.