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Preventing Crimes Against Humanity in the US

Nadia Rubaii and Max Pensky The Conversation
When warehousing children in cages and tent cities is justified as deterrence, the question of crimes against humanity is more than academic. It is a deliberate effort to dehumanize and polarize, and an intimation of what may come next.

More Americans Died From Hurricane Maria Than 9/11. Does Anyone Care?

Jodi Jacobson Rewire
More people were killed by Maria than by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This time, we can't blame anyone but ourselves. The Trump administration and majority-GOP Congress treated post-Maria Puerto Rico with malignant neglect. As the 2018 hurricane season fast approaches, Puerto Rico remains in dire

The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide

Mark Karlin Truthout
History professor Benjamin Madley has written the first comprehensive investigation of the catastrophe that befell California's Indigenous population from 1846 to 1873: a catastrophe that was entirely man-made. An American Genocide catalogs the killing of tens of thousands of Native people during those years, and proves just how complicit the Californian and United States government were in the slaughter. Order this important book by donating to Truthout today!

Remembering U.S. Soldiers Who Refused to Kill Native Americans at Sand Creek

Billy J. Stratton The Conversation
A scholar shares the true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated today. Native American tribal members pay their respects at the headstone of Union Officer, Capt. Silas Soule, at the Riverside Cemetery Dec. 03, 2014 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.

The Never-Ending Indian Wars: Spotlight Returns to Standing Rock

Stephanie Woodard Yes Magazine
The world has been shocked by North Dakota’s violent reaction to the anti-oil pipeline resistance at Standing Rock. For the better part of a year, people have watched via social media, then increasingly on conventional media outlets, as heavily armed law enforcement officers and private contractors attacked unarmed civilians with rubber bullets, mace, tear gas, batons, and water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures.

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The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame

Annette Gordon-Reed New York Review of Books
The author argues that a key factor in unifying the fractious 13 colonies in opposition to British rule during the Revolution was the patriots' effort to link British oppression to extant colonial fears about insurrectionary slaves and homicidal Indians. America's founders were chief among those spreading tales of British agents inciting blacks and Indians to take up arms against the American rebellion, making racial prejudice a foundation stone of the new republic.

Native Rights, Water, Dogs and Pipeline - Attack on Original Nations and Larger Threat to Earth's Water Supply; Sept. 13 Nationwide Solidarity Actions

Jim Gray; Steven Newcomb Indian Country
In North Dakota the largest gathering of Native people in opposition to the construction of a massive pipeline project is now going on near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The project threatens the only water supply for the impoverished reservation and adversely affects the quality of life for Indian and non-Indian people in the area. Private security with vicious dogs have been used against protesters. Join the Sept. 13 national day of action against the pipeline

Tidbits - September 8, 2016 - Reader Comments (lots): Solidarity with Standing Rock; Genocide; Colin Kaepernick; National Anthem(s); Woody Guthrie; Trumpism; Yemen; and more...

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Reader Comments (Lots): Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline - And Then the Dogs Came; America's Own Genocide; Slavery and the National Anthem; Sit with Colin Kaepernick; Woody Guthrie's Assault on 'Old Man Trump'; Donald Trump and White Voters; How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom - Deep in the Swamps; Black Lives Matter; Fred Hellerman; Gene Wilder; Solidarity with Yemen; Announcements; and more...
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