Good analysis of #IdleNoMore cutting through the hype…

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by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 30, 2012

During a Dec 30 press conference on her 20th day of hunger striking, Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence called on other Indian Act chiefs to take control of the grassroots movement, stating in a written text (read out by one of her aides):  “First Nations leadership needs to take charge and control of the situation on behalf of the grassroots movement.”

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Zapatistas: “to be heard, we march in silence”

by Leonidas Oikonomakis on December 21, 2012

The Zapatistas are back! Flowing like the water of the river that beats the sword. And while some were anticipating the Christmas holidays, some others the end of the Maya calendar, and others still the new Communiqué from the Comandancia General of the EZLN that was announced back in November, the main cities of Chiapas woke up today with memories of 1994.

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Burroughs and Boots

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Intro – Resident Anti-hero – The Weapons of Sound

Ah Fuck That – Quirky Can Do

It’s the End of the World as We Know it and I Feel Fine – The Stimulator

Malcolm Garvey HueyDead Prez

Exxon Hates your Children

Combat Wombat – Qwest

Boots Riley from The Coup Interview feat The Guillotine.

The Coup – Your Parents Cocaine

William S Burroughs – A Junky”s Christmas

The End of the Road – John Sheehy

[audio http://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/download/65133/72365/85532/?url=http://www.radio4all.net/files/linda@4zzzfm.org.au/1972-1-AAradio_2_4ZZZ.mp3]

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Unsettling America

By Waziyatawin, Unsettling Ourselves

“Colonial relations do not stem from individual good will or actions; they exist before his arrival or his birth, and whether he accepts or rejects them matters little.” -Albert Memmi

Colonization v. Oppression

Many oppressed people around the world identify with the oppression experienced by colonized people. Often, if they live in a colonized society, the poor, oppressed, disenfranchised, and marginalized individuals or classes have difficulty identifying with the colonizers and thus seek to identify with the colonized. Because they live in a society in which colonization is ongoing, they begin to see themselves as colonized.

This discussion is designed to help differentiate between oppression and colonization, and to clearly demarcate colonization as a distinct historical, political, social, and economic relationship between the colonizer and the colonized. In our volume For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook (Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press, 2005), Michael…

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Aboriginal Nations Should Form Nations within Australia

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Dr Jean-Paul Gagnon is a social and political philosopher currently working at the University of Queensland where he is affiliated with the School of Political Science and International Studies as well as the school of Maths and Physics.

He founded and edits the Journal for Democratic Theory and has been involved with The Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis and Centre for Greater China Studies housed by the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

As well as this he is a descendent of indigenous people in what is now called Canada.

In late November he gave a public lecture at the University of Queensland which was sponsored by the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

The lecture was based on a paper which he had published in the Australian Journal of Indigenous Issues regarding Indigenous Peoples ownership of subsurface minerals.

His argument is that IP who have inalienable ownership of subsurface minerals enshrined in one or more bodies of public law are placed in a much better position to control their own development.

He says this would empower IP and give them a greater than equal foot hold when working within colonial legal structures in pursuit of land rights.

He found that the United States has the most advanced legal code and cites a decision last year made by the US high court to compensate indigenous people that had been part of a class action.

While some money was paid directly to IP, some went to buying back land so Indigenous nations could reconstitute their tribe lands and continue to practice their management of sovereign territory.

He says in Australian law there are no provisions anywhere near similar to those in the USA and that legal ownership of subsurface minerals for Indigenous Australian Nations is something that must be fought hard for.

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In remote areas nations such as the Haida Gwaii people in Canada have had their land returned into their control by law; and in New Mexico the Jicarilla (pronounced hek-a-reya) Apache Tribe are a officially recognised Tribal Government.

In areas which are populated by descendants of white settlers the way towards a just future for all peoples is more difficult.

“This is beyond 50 shades of grey,” says Jean-Paul, “this is a hundred this is five hundred shades of grey.”

“It’s both an opportunity to use what we can now within the current system, but also a benchmark, a target that IP in this continent can look at and say … a discussion has to happen.”

Jean-Paul stresses that indigenous nations must come together.

“Once nations come together then we can start to have a good hard look, a collective democratic indigenous look at Native Title or any other Act associated with indigenous people on this continent.”

While some might suggest that Native Title legislation gives IP sufficient control over their land this is not the case.

The formulation of the Native Title legislation happened in a very paternalistic, colonial manner.

“Under Native Title indigenous people do not have sufficient control over their lands to say no to resource extraction nor are they able to negotiate which companies should be involved or how the profit is shared.”

Working Together Towards Sovereignty

Aboriginal People Could Form Nations within Australia

Dr Jean-Paul Gagnon is a social and political philosopher currently working at the University of Queensland where he is affiliated with the School of Political Science and International Studies as well as the school of Maths and Physics.

He founded and edits the Journal for Democratic Theory and has been involved with The Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis and Centre for Greater China Studies housed by the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

As well as this he is a descendent of indigenous people in what is now called Canada.

In late November he gave a public lecture at the University of Queensland which was sponsored by the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

The lecture was based on a paper which he had published in the Australian Journal of Indigenous Issues regarding Indigenous Peoples ownership of subsurface minerals.

His argument is that IP who have inalienable ownership of subsurface minerals enshrined in one or more bodies of public law are placed in a much better position to control their own development.

He says this would empower IP and give them a greater than equal foot hold when working within colonial legal structures in pursuit of land rights.

He found that the United States has the most advanced legal code and cites a decision last year made by the US high court to compensate indigenous people that had been part of a class action.

While some money was paid directly to IP, some went to buying back land so Indigenous nations could reconstitute their tribe lands and continue to practice their management of sovereign territory.

He says in Australian law there are no provisions anywhere near similar to those in the USA and that legal ownership of subsurface minerals for Indigenous Australian Nations is something that must be fought hard for.

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In remote areas nations such as the Haida Gwaii people in Canada have had their land returned into their control by law; and in New Mexico the Jicarilla (pronounced hek-a-reya) Apache Tribe are a officially recognised Tribal Government.

In areas which are populated by descendants of white settlers the way towards a just future for all peoples is more difficult.

“This is beyond 50 shades of grey,” says Jean-Paul, “this is a hundred this is five hundred shades of grey.”

“It’s both an opportunity to use what we can now within the current system, but also a benchmark, a target that IP in this continent can look at and say … a discussion has to happen.”

Jean-Paul stresses that indigenous nations must come together.

“Once nations come together then we can start to have a good hard look, a collective democratic indigenous look at Native Title or any other Act associated with indigenous people on this continent.”

While some might suggest that Native Title legislation gives IP sufficient control over their land this is not the case.

The formulation of the Native Title legislation happened in a very paternalistic, colonial manner.

“Under Native Title indigenous people do not have sufficient control over their lands to say no to resource extraction nor are they able to negotiate which companies should be involved or how the profit is shared.”

Related article by Dr Gagnon Musgrave Park and ‘Embassy in my own land’

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The site of the Brisbane Embassy at Musgrave Park had become an eyesore and an embarrassment for the Aboriginal community over the last few months.

So a number of elders and traditional owners from the area banded together to ensure the inevitable Brisbane City Council clean up was done in consultation with them with respect to culture.

That they could work with the Lord Mayor to clean up the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy shows that the Aboriginal people of this area and the Brisbane City Council can unite and work together.

This could prove to be the beginning of a new era for relations between the original nations of this area and the colonial governments that now govern [occupation would have been truer 200 or so years ago…it has now moved into a post-colonial type of mixed stewardship] their lands.

Disenfranchisement is a major hurdle for First Nations people around the post-colonial world.

The way forward and to having sovereignty recognised by the international community is to stand together and strong in your law/lore as the original clan groups from the area.

A strong clear message of sovereignty with the reforming of the Nations within the area now called Brisbane would empower Aboriginals and lead them along a path of self-determination and self-governance.

The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy was established in March as the first step in the long path towards regaining, at least originally, local indigenous sovereignty.

And while there are many hurdles to overcome, the hurdle presented by the unsatisfactory condition of the Embassy site near Musgrave Park could prove to be an opportunity to move forward.

Since the Council has shown a willingness to work with the original inhabitants of Brisbane to solve problems in the community there lies the opportunity for this alliance to solve further problems.

Graham Quirk surely now will be willing to work with the Yuggera and Turrbul nations to solve the problems of homelessness, poverty, substance abuse and all the others which have been caused by colonisation. [if he really cared he would instead of just using it for political point scoring]

It is hoped that this will help to bring the Aboriginal nations of Brisbane together.

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Autonomous Action Radio Podcast 1

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Autonomous Action Radio is now available for download from the internet. The shows uploaded to the internet won’t be always the exact program that airs on 4ZZZ but it’ll be broadcast on Zed Digital 4ZZZ’s venture into the exciting new world of digital radio.

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I think only old people have digital radios at the moment and those that have won them in some competition but I’m sure there’s lots of raging grannies out there who’ll love to tune in.

And raging grannies and grandpas are a formidable lot so letting them in on a bit of radical anarchist news and views can only be a good thing… because they may well save the world.

For the rest of us with plain old analog radios and access to the internet the show is available to download from Radio4all and Internet Archive.

Autonomous Action Radio is uploaded on a creative commons license (CC BY-NC 3.0) but the music played during the show may follow a different license, there will be links to all the music played so you can check it out there.

Here is what’s on this weeks show –

Resident Anti-hero – The Weapons of Sound

Zack De La Rouda – Rewild or Die

Ben and Jerry’s branding deception

Chumbawamba – UniLever

A segment from What the Economic Crisis Really Means – and what we can do about it

Remember Me – Hip-Hop from the cell block – United Struggle Project

Interview with Arabunna man Peter Watts re uranium mining from bombs to reactors

Nuclear Kop Super Raelene Bros

Garma is My Motherland – From Elf Tranzporter’s workshops with aboriginal communities.

The Weapons Of Sound – Resident AntiHero

The End of the Road – John Sheehy

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