Archive | September 23, 2015

Indigenous Americans against the Canonization of Junípero Serra*

Indigenous Americans against the Canonization of Junípero Serra*

He may charmed the world, but those are the characteristics of what’s to come. This only underscores Pope Francis’ NWO agenda…

By Suzan Shown Harjo

The following is a statement directed to Pope Francis by Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), president of the Native American advocacy organization the Morning Star Institute, about the impending canonization of Junípero Serra, scheduled for Wednesday September 23, 2015, during the pontiff’s visit to Washington D.C.

The Morning Star Institute is proud to join the Native Nations, as well as the many Christian churches and religious organizations, which are calling on His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic Church to rescind the anti-Indian Papal Bulls and Doctrine of Discovery, and to reverse the canonization of Father Junípero Serra.

These Papal Bulls and the Doctrine of Discovery have sanctioned land thefts and dehumanization of Native Peoples from the 15th Century to the present time. Father Serra embodied the Catholic Church’s institutional disrespect for Native Peoples’ religions, sovereignty, families, languages, laws, treaties, boundaries, ways and lives, and should not be elevated to sainthood for his actions.

The “pagan,” “heathen” and “savage” epithets of Doctrine of Discovery and the Papal Bulls made their way into the American lexicon about Native Peoples in history, education, literature and journalism, and were included in the Declaration of Independence, in the federal “Civilization Regulations” that subjugated Native Peoples for more than a half-century from the 1880s to the 1930s, and in recent Supreme Court decisions upholding misappropriations of land, gold and other Native property by non-Native persons, corporations and governments.

Father Serra carried out injustices and atrocities against Native Peoples in California, but all Native Peoples feel his cruelties, just as Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer did not murder and maim people of every Native Nation, but all Native Peoples recognize his war crimes. Their brutalities are so symbolic as to be substantive.

Father Serra’s canonization is a symbol that reverberates through time as anti-Indian. Pope Francis recently asked Native Peoples in Bolivia for forgiveness, “not only for the offenses of the Church herself, but also for the crimes committed against the Native Peoples during the so-called conquest of America.” It is incomprehensible that the Pope could apologize for such crimes, yet confer sainthood on a leading perpetrator of those very crimes.

Likewise, it defies understanding that Pope Francis would apologize for past destruction of Native Peoples caused by the Catholic Church, yet leave in place the very documents that justify and make it possible for criminal assaults to continue against Native Peoples today.

We entreat Pope Francis to rescind the anti-Indian Papal Bulls and Doctrine of Discovery, and to reverse the canonization of Father Junipero Serra.


Serra-gate: The Fabrication of a Saint

By Christine Grabowski, Ph.D.

There is a scurrilous fabrication being disseminated by the Catholic Church regarding Junípero Serra, the missionary whom Pope Francis intends to canonize on September 23, 2015. Monsignor Francis J. Weber—whose article appears on several Catholic websites—calls Serra a “defender of the Indians’ human rights in 1773 when he journeyed from California to Mexico City to personally present to the viceroy a Representación …which is sometimes termed a ‘Bill of Rights’ for Indians.”

Note that the phrase—“sometimes termed”—implies that Serra did indeed create a “Bill of Rights” for Indians. By using the passive voice, Weber deftly avoids the issue of the claim’s accuracy. He implies what unnamed others have implied, a curious position for an archivist emeritus and author of several publications about the California missions.

Archbishop José H. Gomez makes a more audacious claim: The “Representación” “is probably the first ‘bill of rights’ published in North America,” he wrote in Angelus: The Tidings Online last January. The lower-case “bill of rights” does not indicate that there is a document labelled that way but similarly implies that there is one that can be described in those terms.

The National Catholic Review went further when it reported on May 2 that Archbishop Gomez “offered strong evidence that Serra had in fact been ‘a protector and defender of the Indians,’ and had gained a ‘Bill of Rights’ for them [from the Spanish Viceroy in Mexico City] in 1773.” The words “in fact” now assert that the Viceroy issued a document that was identified as a “Bill of Rights.”

American makes an even wilder claim when it states that the “outcome” of Serra’s trip to Mexico City in 1773 was “the famous ‘Regulation’ protecting the Indians and the missions. It was the basis for the first significant legislation in California, a “Bill of Rights” for Native Americans.”

These specious claims are not supported by the historical record. Let’s look at what the documents state regarding why Serra went to see the Viceroy in 1773 and what the missionary actually submitted.

Serra’s last letter before leaving San Diego was written on October 13, 1772. It was addressed to the commanding officer of the presidio at Monterey, Pedro Fages. Serra had had a difficult relationship with the officer ever since Fages had been appointed to his post two years earlier. The backstory of that letter is critical to understanding what Serra wrote and why.

In 1770, Fages replaced Gaspar de Portolá, the military commander whom Serra had accompanied in 1769 on the expedition to Alta California. In 1768, Jesuit missionaries were expelled from Baja California for having enriched themselves at the expense of the Spanish Crown. As a result, the Dominican and Franciscan replacements were accorded limited religious authority so that they could not do the same. Serra began his tenure as Padre Presidente with circumscribed powers and none over military commanders. This quickly proved a source of friction between Fages and Serra, both of whom established their headquarters in Monterey, the officer at the Presidio and Serra at Mission San Carlos Boromeo de Carmelo.

The two men had divergent views regarding establishing new missions versus civil pueblos, how the soldiers should be deployed, and what the soldiers did when off duty. Despite these differences, the two leaders established three additional missions from 1771–72. Fages refused to provide supplies and soldiers for a fourth in 1772 that had been approved at San Buenaventura. Unbeknownst to Serra, Fages had an ace in the hole.

Almost a year earlier, in November 1771, the newly appointed Viceroy, Antonio Maria de Bucareli y Ursúa, had written a letter to Fages, instructing him to direct Serra and his missionaries to “obey and comply” with Fages’s orders. Bucareli wrote the letter in response to Fages’s accounts of an earlier incident that involved the desertion of soldiers and a mule driver from the San Diego mission. Fages did not mention the helpful role that Serra and Father Paterna (from San Diego) had played in bringing about the return of the deserters. Fages only apprised Serra of Bucareli’s instructions in a letter dated October 11, 1772.

The delay in conveying Bucareli’s order to Serra alerted the latter that Fages had undoubtedly had further communication with the Viceroy during the intervening months. Serra was in a difficult position. On October 13, 1772, he wrote back to Fages:

“…[I]n always [having] persuaded and tried to have your inferiors obey your orders, I have testimony of my conscience…. I am ready to put into effect whatever his Excellency [Viceroy Bucareli] commands…. I only beg of you that … you will permit me to see the original letter of his Excellency from which you extracted the clause, not because I have the least doubt of the exactness of the copy, but to see whether from the context I can arrive at some knowledge of what or about what had been the information which may have given his Excellency occasion to send use such an exhortation.”

In Appendix I of Antonine Tibesar’s Writings of Junipero Serra (1955), there is a letter from Rafael Verger, Guardian, to Serra dated March 9, 1773. It commands the latter to prepare a “juridical and exact report of all that will serve and is necessary to the stability and prosperity of those faraway new conquests [at the missions]…(pp. 401–2). Serra’s response was dated four days later. It is captioned on page 295, “[Document] 28. To Antonio Maria de Bucareli y Ursúa[:] Report [the English translation of Representación] on the general condition and needs of the missions of Upper California; thirty-two suggestions for improvement in the government of the missions. Written at Mexico City, March 13, 1773. Accompanying memorandum lists the church furnishings needed in some of the missions.”

The description is accurate. There is no mention of Indian rights or privileges in the title and none included in any of the 32 “suggestions.”

The report is the first document that Serra wrote that year and the only one thus entitled. It contains 32 items that fall into one or several of four categories:

(A) changes concerning the commanding officer; (B) changes in the authority of the missionary fathers/Serra;

(C) changes in the number and abilities of personnel at the missions other than the officer and missionary fathers; and

(D) requests for goods and administrative practices to improve the missionary enterprise.

I have classified the items for the sake of summarizing them. (Readers can access the full text of the “Representación” at the website of the Amah Mutstun Tribal Band.) Since the items are suggestions for “improvement,” it is easy to infer what the original complaint or problem was. Fages’s abuse of power is a persistent theme.

  1. Changes concerning the commanding officer

Serra did not mince words when he stated in Item (6), “A measure that seems to be me of special importance is the removal, or recall, of the Officer Don Pedro Fages from the command of the Presidio at Monterey, and the appointment of another in his place” (p. 299). Serra supplied reasons: “every one [sic]” of the soldiers was “wrought up” not merely because of the long hours and lack of food, but because of the harsh treatment they received from Fages (p. 301). Those who did not leave only did so because they could not.

Item (7) recommended that Sergeant Don Jose Francisco Ortega replace Fages, and provided a detailed account of the sergeant’s accomplishments and abilities (pp. 301–305).

  1. Changes in the authority of mission Fathers

Item (9) deals with Serra’s own authority and is similarly straightforward: “Your Excellency should notify the said Officer and the soldiers that the training, governance, punishment and education of baptized Indians, or of those who are being prepared for Baptism, belong exclusively to the Missionary Fathers, the only exception being for capital offences” (p. 307).

Item 8 recommended that the viceroy give “strict orders” that, as soon as the missionary father of any mission request it, the newly appointed officer should remove any soldier who “gives bad example, especially in the matter of incontinence” (p. 305). Serra did not identify specific transgressions or their severity that were grounds for a soldier’s removal.

Serra further recommended (item 14) that each missionary father appoint a soldier foreman of his choosing to oversee farm and other work because under Fages, whenever a father praised a good soldier, the individual would immediately be dismissed or reassigned elsewhere.

  1. Changes in the number and abilities of Spanish personnel at the missions other than the commanding officer

Serra made numerous recommendations regarding military and civil personnel involved in the missionary enterprise. He suggested the number of soldiers needed at each mission and why (item 10); soldiers’ pay should be increased to attract better men and their families (item 11); labourers should be brought in from Mexico to perform certain jobs (item 12); Christian Indian families from Baja California should be encouraged to immigrate to Alta California to provide a good example (item13); a forge and blacksmith should be provided at Monterey (items 16, 17, 18); a carpenter should be sent to the missions (item 19); and a doctor was needed at the missions (item 28).

  1. Requests for specific goods and administrative practices to facilitate the missionary effort

Serra requested that a frigate loaded with provisions be sent “with upmost speed” to Monterey in order to save those at the presidio and missions from “the pangs of famine and starvation” (items 1–2) (pp. 295–297). However, he did not mention that Fages had taken his soldiers on a hunting expedition that killed 30 bears some 50 leagues from Monterey. The meat was critical in addressing the severe food shortages that resulted from the missions’ inept farming practices that had been exacerbated when a scheduled packet boat of supplies had failed to arrive. Like Fages, Serra was not above selectively presenting facts to suit his agenda.

Item 3 called the viceroy’s attention to the fact that while provisions were allocated for the 12 missionary fathers, none were specifically reserved for Serra, and it did not “seem the right thing that my brethren should have to maintain me with what they need for themselves” (p. 297).

Item four recommended that whatever was sent him as alms from Mexico be plainly marked for the missions and “are not to be inspected by the Officer of the presidio” (p. 299). Similarly, item 15 recommended that “an invoice of everything that is sent by boat to the missions for their upkeep …be separate from what is sent to the Commanding Officer at the presidio and the [soldier] escorts” (p. 313).

Serra recommended that expeditions be launched to establish overland routes between San Diego and Monterey and the Tubac Presidio (in present day Arizona) and Santa Fe (New Mexico) for better communication and to hasten the conquest of these regions (item 5).

Serra requested several specific items for the missions: bells (item 20), the mission furnishings and garb of the Jesuits who had been expelled from Baja California (item 21); mules (item 26); and that livestock be sent to the missions where they will receive better care than at the presidios (item 27).

Serra suggested that there be a severe penalty for opening letters addressed to others or sending them astray (item 22); that scales be accurately calibrated (item 23); that official stamps of specific weights be placed on all goods sent from Mexico to eliminate fraud (item 24); and that care be taken when packing foodstuffs for shipment from Mexico to assure they were edible when received at the missions (item 25).

He also recommended that leaves of absence be granted for 10 soldiers to return home (item 29); that soldiers who married converted Indian girls be given animals and land at their wife’s mission (item 30); and that a general amnesty be decreed for soldiers who had deserted and fled to live among the gentiles (item 31).

Lastly, Serra requested that he and the other mission fathers be given an exact duplicate of the viceroy’s final decisions for their own “guidance,” including any inventories of items sent the missionaries and/or the presidios. In the same vein, Serra asked to be informed of any order or instruction given to the commanding officer of the presidio at Monterey so that neither Serra nor any of the other fathers would interfere in that command (item 32). Given his disputes with Fages, Serra wanted no confusion about what his own powers were and what those of any future commanding officer were not.

The 32 items further substantiate that Serra went to Mexico City to defend his position vis-à-vis the commanding officer. In his report to the viceroy, Serra shrewdly re-framed what in essence was a power struggle between Fages and himself into a comprehensive plan to reform the administration of the missionary enterprise. All of the “suggestions” remained top-down from the Spanish administrators’ perspective. None discussed Indian complaints or desires. Apparently Natives were not considered or consulted.

Serra did not ask for teachers and books to help the Indians learn to speak, read and write Spanish so that they could function on their own in Spanish society and understand Spanish law. He did not request stock animals for each Indian family, although he did request that livestock be given to soldiers who married Indian girls and given as well to immigrants from Baja California to encourage them to settle at the northern missions. Serra did not suggest any change that would accord the Indians greater independence or control over their lives. He neither suggested nor was granted “rights” for Indians.

Indeed, what Serra requested—and what he was granted—was exclusive control over the baptized Indians except with respect to capital offenses. He himself did not in turn grant Indians any rights or privileges. His exclusive authority over them did not result in improvements in their lives. The abuses of Indian men and women by the soldiers did not stop after he obtained exclusive authority over the baptized Indians. Nor did the Indians themselves think their lives had improved as evidenced by ongoing native resistance such as running away from the missions despite harsh punishments for doing so and launching attacks on the missions at San Diego in 1775 and San Luis Obispo in 1776.

Serra’s authority (right) over baptized Indians included what he deemed a transgression and an appropriate punishment. On July 31, 1775, Serra wrote to Fernando de Rivera y Moncada (who replaced Fages but was not whom Serra had recommended), regarding several Indians who had run away from the mission but had been recaptured. Serra was sending the Indians to Rivera for a month-long period of exile and whipping as punishment that would also serve as a warning to others. Serra added, “If Your Lordship does not have shackles, with your permission they may be sent from here” (as quoted by Elias Castillo in A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions A Cross of Thorns (Craven Street Books, 2015).

It is a gross distortion to claim that Serra’s increased authority over every aspect of the Indians’ lives at the missions gave Natives “rights.” It is not true that Viceroy Bucareli issued a document that was called a “bill of rights” or accurately could be described as one. It is incorrect to refer to Serra’s “Representation” as a “Regulation” or to describe it as one. There is no foundation whatsoever for stating that Serra’s 32 “suggestions” were the “basis for the first significant legislation in California, a ‘Bill of Rights’ for Native Americans.”

Why do Catholic websites, publications and spokespersons fail to identify the “Representación” accurately and explain its provisions in detail? Perhaps it is so their audience will not notice that the 32 points are not “rights” for Indians. Serra did not travel to Mexico City to defend Indian rights or submit a document that anyone identified as an “Indian Bill of Rights” or a document that could legitimately be “termed” one. Catholic sources have shamelessly created a fabrication in an effort to make it seem as if Serra deserves canonization.


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One Holistic Doctor the Feds Tried to Prevent Practising and Failed*

One Holistic Doctor the Feds Tried to Prevent Practising and Failed*

Dr. Sebi (Alfredo Bowman) is a pathologist, herbalist, biochemist, and naturalist who has a lot of experience healing people using herbs, organic foods, and alternative medicine. In some of his lectures, he claimed that he cured AIDS and cancer, and reversed other “incurable diseases”.

Dr. Sebi has a very large follower and has been known to cure some celebrities from chronic diseases and health conditions. Two of them were Michael Jackson and Lisa Lopes (aka Left Eye) of the female artist group called TLC.

Here is an excerpt from an article published on about the health claims of Dr. Sebi:

“In 1985 Dr. Sebi placed an ad in The Amsterdam News, The New York Post, and The Village, the ad read…

“Aids has been cured by the Usha Research Institute, and we specialize in cures for Sickle Cell, Lupus, Blindness, Herpes, Cancer and others.”

The ad ran for 2 years before he was attacked by the Attorney General of New York. Dr. Sebi was told to remove the ad, when he refused within days he was served with a arrest warrant. According to Dr. Sebi the Attorney General bragged that he was going to “put Dr. Sebi under the jail!” The charges read to the jury was as follows..

Mr. Alfred Bowman aka Dr. Sebi, you are hereby charged with practicing medicine without a license, selling products not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and claiming to cure Aids, and other diseases which is a fraudulent claim.”

Dr Sebi was told to bring 1 person for each of the diseases he claimed to court with proof from a reputable doctor that the individual had the disease, then proof from another reputable doctor that the person was cured. Instead of bringing 1 for each disease, approx 70 people filled the court all with proof! The judge shook his head according to Dr. Sebi and said I did not ask for all of this. To make a long story short, the judge after seeing the proof and speaking with Dr. Sebi turned to the states attorney and asked, “Did you investigate the man?” She said, “No” The judge then said, “well, the answer he just gave me, he cures AIDS. You all are in trouble.” Dr. Sebi was then found NOT GUILTY on all charges by the state of New York and the supreme court because he was indeed curing people of the various diseases, including AIDS.”

Here is a screenshot of an article published by the New York Amsterdam News about this court case:

Dr. Sebi believes that the cause of many diseases is mucus, and therefore diseases will manifest in the body where there is a lot of mucus build-up. By using herbs and natural vegetation cell food compounds to extract mucus from the body and cleanse it as a whole, it can reverse many diseases and health conditions.

Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide for Reversing Disease and Restoring Health

The foods listed below are recommended by Dr. Sebi for reversing disease and restoring health. By eating these healthy foods, your health will improve and therefore you will have more energy. According to, “If your favorite food is missing from the list, our research and results have proven that it has no nutritional value and may be detrimental to your health.”

If you are wondering why wheat is not on the list, it is because wheat is not a natural grain. Instead, it is a hybrid grain created by science. According to some researchers, this unnatural grain is acid-based. On the other hand, natural grains are alkaline-based.


  • Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chayote (Mexican Squash)
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion greens
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Green banana
  • Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf – grows naturally in California
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (all, except Iceberg)
  • Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
  • Nopales – Mexican Cactus
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Poke salad – greens
  • Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/nori)
  • Squash
  • Tomato – cherry and plum only
  • Tomatillo
  • Turnip greens
  • Zucchini
  • Watercress
  • Purslane (Verdolaga)


Dr. Sebi says, “No canned or seedless fruits.”

  • Apples
  • Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana)
  • Berries – all varieties- Elderberries in any form – no cranberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes- seeded
  • Limes (key limes preferred with seeds)
  • Mango
  • Melons- seeded
  • Orange (Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find)
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit)
  • Prunes
  • Raisins –seeded
  • Soft Jelly Coconuts
  • Soursops – (Latin or West Indian markets)
  • Tamarind

Herbal Teas

  • Allspice
  • Anise
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Elderberry
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Raspberry
  • Tila

Spices and Seasonings

Mild Flavors

  • Basil
  • Bay leaf
  • Cloves
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Savory
  • Sweet Basil

Pungent and Spicy Flavors

  • Achiote
  • Cayenne/ African Bird Pepper
  • Coriander (Cilantro)
  • Onion Powder
  • Habanero
  • Sage

Salty Flavors

  • Pure Sea Salt
  • Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)

Sweet Flavors

  • 100% Pure Agave Syrup – (from cactus)
  • Date Sugar


  • Amaranth
  • Fonio
  • Kamut
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Tef
  • Wild Rice

Nuts and Seeds – (includes Nut and Seed Butters)

  • Hemp Seed
  • Raw Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Sesame Tahini Butter
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pine Nuts


  • Olive Oil (Do not cook)
  • Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Additional Resources

Dr. Sebi says, “Avoid using a microwave. It will kill your food.”

When eating the foods listed above, if possible eat them raw because cooking them will destroy some of their essential nutrients. These nutrients are important for reversing diseases and health conditions and increasing energy. As always, choose organic food over conventional food, because conventional food is often contaminated with agrichemicals and other toxins.


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U.S. Out to get Morales with Cooked up Drug Charges*

U.S. Out to get Morales with Cooked up Drug Charges*

Pinning drug offences on leaders that the U.S. does not like is a common preoccupation…

Hillary Clinton once accused Evo Morales of paranoia and “fear-mongering,” but, as The Huffington Post pointed out, “The DEA was, in fact, out to get him.”

By Kit O’Connell

Pope Francis and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales pray upon arrival to El Alto International airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The pouch Francis is wearing around his neck was given to him by Morales. It’s woven of alpaca with indigenous trimmings and traditionally used by people in the Andes to hold coca leaves, which they chew to ward off the ill effects of extreme altitude.

A Drug Enforcement Agency informant-turned whistleblower revealed the agency’s plot to undermine the Bolivian government through secret indictments for cocaine trafficking.

The sealed indictments were revealed as part of a lawsuit filed this month by Carlos Toro against the U.S. federal government, demanding back pay for his decades of work as an undercover informant. The Huffington Post broke the story on Sept. 15, explaining that evidence in the trial exposed the existence of Operation Naked King, the DEA’s plan to undermine the Bolivian government for its alleged support of international cocaine trafficking.

According to The Huffington Post, targets of secret indictments include:

““Walter Álvarez, a top Bolivian air force official; the late Raul García, father of Vice President Álvaro García Linera; Faustino Giménez, an Argentine citizen and Bolivian resident who is said to be close to the vice president; and Katy Alcoreza, described as an intelligence agent for Morales.”

In 2009, Hillary Clinton accused Evo Morales and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of paranoia and “fear-mongering.” Yet, as The Huffington Post pointed out, “The DEA was, in fact, out to get” Morales by using informants like Toro to attempt to connect members of his government to the international drug trade.

Toro spent decades working for the DEA, helping the agency build cases against a lieutenant in the Colombia-based Medellin drug cartel and testifying against Panamanian President Manuel Noriega after the U.S. government turned against its former asset.

The DEA kept Toro, now 65, from retiring from this dangerous work by only allowing him a temporary U.S. visa that would immediately see him deported to his home country, Colombia, if he stopped working for the agency. By sharing his story with The Huffington Post in April and filing the lawsuit this month, Toro escaped the agency’s control.

According to The Huffington Post report on Operation Naked King:

““Toro said in the court document that he played an integral role in securing the indictments as part of the DEA’s undercover investigation into the alleged Bolivian cocaine trafficking ring, which the agency ran out of its office in Asuncion, Paraguay.”

While the DEA and the media have accused the Morales government of participating in cocaine trafficking, and two of his anti-drug officials were arrested on trafficking charges, many see the charges and secret indictments as politically motivated by Morales’ refusal to participate in the American war on drugs.

Instead, Morales, who once served as the head of Bolivia’s coca growers’ union, has undertaken unique efforts to reduce cocaine production while respecting the traditional role of its source, the coca leaf, in Bolivian life. The plant, which many residents consider sacred, is an important subsistence crop, and coca tea is a key part of the Bolivian diet. Coca tea is also used as a cure for altitude sickness, with even Pope Francis partaking during a visit in July.

Last week, the White House accused Bolivia of “[failing] demonstrably during the previous 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements.”

But cocaine production in Bolivia has fallen to record low levels under Morales’ unique counternarcotics measures, while production rose 44 percent last year in neighboring Colombia, a country that supports the American war on drugs.


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Putin Opens Moscow Grand Mosque*

Putin Opens Moscow Grand Mosque*

Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated one of the biggest European mosques in the capital, Moscow.

“This mosque will become an extremely important spiritual centre for Muslims in Moscow and the whole Russia,” Putin said in a televised speech during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.

The unveiling ceremony of the 20,000-square-meter mosque, known as the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, in the Russian capital was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and a host of other guests.

From left to right: Russian tycoon Suleiman Kerimov, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, chairman of Russia’s Council of Muftis Ravil Gainutdin and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas attend the opening ceremony of the Moscow Grand Mosque on September 23, 2015. ©AFP

“It will be a source for education, spreading humanist ideas and the true values of Islam,” Putin underscored.

He went on to say that the mosque is a central part of Moscow’s efforts to counter recruitment by extremists.

The Russian president further stated that terrorist groups such as Daesh Takfiri group have distorted the image of Islam.

Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev estimated last week that some 1,800 Russian citizens are fighting for the Daesh terrorist group.

“Terrorists from the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) actually cast a shadow on the great global religion of Islam,” he said, adding,

“Their ideology is built on hate.”

Putin said the Takfiri group “attempts to cynically exploit religious feeling for political ends. We see what is happening in the Middle East where terrorists from the so-called Islamic State group are compromising a great world religion, compromising Islam, in order to sow hate.”

The USD170-million (EUR150-million) project, which took a decade to complete, can host over 10,000 worshipers.

The mosque has been built on the site of a smaller mosque in the city which was constructed in 1904.

“Finally, Moscow, which lays claim to the title of the biggest Muslim city in Europe, has a big mosque,” said Aleksei Malashenko, an expert on Islam at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, adding,

“It shows that the centre of Islamic life in the Russian Federation is in Moscow.”

An estimated 20 million Muslims live in Russia.

There are three other official mosques in Moscow where Muslims make up about 16% of the population. As many as 12.5 million people live in the city.

“It is strange that in such a big city like Moscow there are only four mosques, and even this one does not solve the problems in terms of space,” said Maksim Shevchenko, a member of the Kremlin’s human rights council who concentrates on religious issues.


Almost 150,000 Muslims celebrate ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ in Moscow

Muslims celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque. © Vladimir Astapkovich / RIA Novosti

Around 140 thousand Muslims have gathered at mosques in Moscow to celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice, an Islamic holiday dedicated to the Prophet Ibrahim. The main celebrations took place at the newly-opened Moscow Cathedral Mosque, one of the biggest in Europe.

The celebration of Eid al-Adha – known as Kurban Bayram in Russia – began at 06:30 local time (03:30 GMT). The service at Moscow Cathedral Mosque was carried out by Russian Grand Mufti Rawil Gaynetdin who opened the mosque on Wednesday, along with President Vladimir Putin.

The Muslims are praying for peace in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries “where the blood is being shed,” said Gaynetdin.

Our religion…calls for peace and respect for other peoples. We will never take such ideological directions, which make our youth ‘zombies’ so that they would take the route of those who will kill their brothers in faith and destroy cities and cultural heritage sites,” he added.

The celebrations also took place in two other mosques in Moscow – The Old Mosque and Memorial mosque.

There are roughly two million Muslims currently living in Moscow, according to Gaynetdin, however, only around 10% of them gathered in the capital’s mosques for prayers.

This year, Eid al-Adha falls on September 24. The celebrations usually begin with a prayer followed by a sermon. The celebrations mark the end of the hajj for Muslims making their pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Every Muslim is expected to undertake the trip at least once in their life. The hajj is a multi-day ceremony that finishes on the day of Eid al-Adha.

Animal sacrifice is a part of the Eid al-Adha celebrations. In recent years, the Moscow authorities banned the practice being carried out on the streets. Thirty-nine places have been designated for worshipers to undertake this ritual in the capital. The meat from the sacrificed animal should be divided into three parts. The first is retained for the family, the second is given to relatives, and the third is meant for the poor.

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TiSA: Uruguay Does Unthinkable, Rejects Global Corporatocracy*

TiSA: Uruguay Does Unthinkable, Rejects Global Corporatocracy*

By Don Quijones

The historic decision is met by a wall of media silence.

Often referred to as the Switzerland of South America, Uruguay is long accustomed to doing things its own way. It was the first nation in Latin America to establish a welfare state. It also has an unusually large middle class for the region and unlike its giant neighbours to the north and west, Brazil and Argentina, is largely free of serious income inequality.

Two years ago, during José Mujica’s presidency, Uruguay became the first nation to legalize marijuana in Latin America, a continent that is being ripped apart by drug trafficking and its associated violence and corruption of state institutions.

Now Uruguay has done something that no other semi-aligned nation on this planet has dared to do: it has rejected the advances of the global corporatocracy.

The Treaty That Must Not Be Named

Earlier this month Uruguay’s government decided to end its participation in the secret negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). After months of intense pressure led by unions and other grassroots movements that culminated in a national general strike on the issue – the first of its kind around the globe – the Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez bowed to public opinion and left the US-led trade agreement.

Despite – or more likely because of – its symbolic importance, Uruguay’s historic decision has been met by a wall of silence. Beyond the country’s borders, mainstream media has refused to cover the story.

This is hardly a surprise given that the global public is not supposed to even know about TiSA’s existence, despite – or again because of – the fact that it’s arguably the most important of the new generation of global trade agreements. According to WikiLeaks, it “is the largest component of the United States’ strategic ‘trade’ treaty triumvirate,” which also includes the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP).

TiSA involves more countries than TTIP and TPP combined: The United States and all 28 members of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.

Together, these 52 nations form the charmingly named “Really Good Friends of Services” group, which represents almost 70% of all trade in services worldwide. Until its government’s recent u-turn Uruguay was supposed to be the 53rd Good Friend of Services.

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TiSA has spent the last two years taking shape behind the hermetically sealed doors of highly secure locations around the world. According to the agreement’s provisional text, the document is supposed to remain confidential and concealed from public view for at least five years after being signed. Even the World Trade Organization has been sidelined from negotiations.

But thanks to whistle blowing sites like WikiLeaks, the Associated Whistleblowing Press and Filtrala, crucial details have seeped to the surface. Here’s a brief outline of what is known to date (for more specifics click herehere and here):

1.TiSA would “lock in” the privatization of services – even in cases where private service delivery has failed – meaning governments can never return water, energy, health, education or other services to public hands.

2.TiSA would restrict signatory governments’ right to regulate stronger standards in the public’s interest. For example, it will affect environmental regulations, licensing of health facilities and laboratories, waste disposal centres, power plants, school and university accreditation and broadcast licenses.

3.TiSA would limit the ability of governments to regulate the financial services industry, at a time when the global economy is still struggling to recover from a crisis caused primarily by financial deregulation. More specifically, if signed the trade agreement would:

  • Restrict the ability of governments to place limits on the trading of derivative contracts — the largely unregulated weapons of mass financial destruction that helped trigger the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis.
  • Bar new financial regulations that do not conform to deregulatory rules. Signatory governments will essentially agree not to apply new financial policy measures which in any way contradict the agreement’s emphasis on deregulatory measures.
  • Prohibit national governments from using capital controls to prevent or mitigate financial crises. The leaked texts prohibit restrictions on financial inflows – used to prevent rapid currency appreciation, asset bubbles and other macroeconomic problems – and financial outflows, used to prevent sudden capital flight in times of crisis.
  • Require acceptance of financial products not yet invented. Despite the pivotal role that new, complex financial products played in the Financial Crisis, TISA would require governments to allow all new financial products and services, including ones not yet invented, to be sold within their territories.

4. TiSA would ban any restrictions on cross-border information flows and localization requirements for ICT service providers. A provision proposed by U.S. negotiators would rule out any conditions for the transfer of personal data to third countries that are currently in place in EU data protection law. In other words, multinational corporations will have carte blanche to pry into just about every facet of the working and personal lives of the inhabitants of roughly a quarter of the world’s 200-or-so nations.

As I wrote in LEAKED: Secret Negotiations to Let Big Brother Go Global, if TiSA is signed in its current form – and we will not know exactly what that form is until at least five years down the line – our personal data will be freely bought and sold on the open market place without our knowledge; companies and governments will be able to store it for as long as they desire and use it for just about any purpose.

5) Finally, TiSA, together with its sister treaties TPP and TTIP, would establish a new global enclosure system, one that seeks to impose on all 52 signatory governments a rigid framework of international corporate law designed to exclusively protect the interests of corporations, relieving them of financial risk and social and environmental responsibility. In short, it would hammer the final nail in the already bedraggled coffin of national sovereignty.

A Dangerous Precedent

Given its small size (population: 3.4 million) and limited geopolitical or geo-economic clout, Uruguay’s withdrawal from TiSA is unlikely to upset the treaty’s advancement. The governments of the major trading nations will continue their talks behind closed doors and away from the prying eyes of the people they are supposed to represent. The U.S. Congress has already agreed to grant the Obama administration fast-track approval on trade agreements like TiSA while the European Commission can be expected to do whatever the corporatocracy demands.

However, as the technology writer Glyn Moody notes, Uruguay’s defection – like the people of Iceland’s refusal to assume all the debts of its rogue banks – possesses a tremendous symbolic importance:

It says that, yes, it is possible to withdraw from global negotiations, and that the apparently irreversible trade deal ratchet can actually be turned back. It sets an important precedent that other nations with growing doubts about TISA – or perhaps TPP – can look to and maybe even follow.

Naturally, the representatives of Uruguay’s largest corporations would agree to disagree. The government’s move was one of its biggest mistakes of recent years, according to Gabriel Oddone, an analyst with the financial consultancy firm CPA Ferrere. It was based on a “superficial discussion of the treaty’s implications.”

What Oddone conveniently fails to mention is that Uruguay is the only nation on the planet that has had any kind of public discussion, superficial or not, about TiSA and its potentially game-changing implications. Perhaps it’s time that changed.

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Religious Fanaticism is a Western Tradition*

Religious Fanaticism is a Western Tradition*

Only those who don’t want to know their history say otherwise, including how the West and Israel manufactures fanaticism in the countries they ‘target’ to fulfil their agenda…

By T.P. Wilkinson

Amidst all the handwringing across the political spectrum, commentators of every type decry the deplorable conditions that prevail in the parts of the world that have been under attack by the U.S., NATO, and the historic colonial powers of Europe: Britain and France. That is to say jointly and severally the wealthiest countries on Earth concentrated in the North Atlantic region of the world. However, the vast majority of the text generated on this subject is truly tiresome.

While nearly everyone is willing to say that the nature of the violence prevailing in the Middle East and various parts of the “Dark Continent” (the ignorance displayed with respect to Africa only verifies that whites still consider Blacks next to worthless), it is conspicuous that no one is willing to face a fundamental fact. Religious fanaticism is essentially a European and Anglo-American tradition.

The French colonised Algeria and deliberately gave the arch-conservative Islamic clerics the job of policing Algeria’s native population. That was an essential part of their control over the country. The British colonisers historically sought out the peoples in Africa who were most susceptible to their puritan form of Christianity and educated them to dominate the rest of the ethnic groups in their colonies. This was, in fact, the main function of missionaries throughout the Euro-American colonial enterprise. Europe itself was created by the process of imposing Christianity with the sword and the Inquisition. The Roman pontiff extorted money and manpower for over three centuries to subdue the Eastern Christian (Orthodox) church and dominate the Middle East. A militarised bureaucracy emerged from a Greco-Roman sect and declared itself the universal church. Based upon all manner of forged documents and brute force, the Roman Catholic Church undertook to drive adherents of Islam from the Iberian peninsula, southern France and the Levant. The more honest historians of those periods admit that Islam was more tolerant of other religions than Roman Catholicism ever was. The institution of anti-semitism became part of the Spanish and Portuguese monarchies’ enrichment strategy after the Islamic rulers were expelled.

166ee-iuThis is by no means ancient history. Thus U.S. regime, in particular, sponsored missionaries to destroy the culture of Native Americans while the US Army was annihilating any that dared to resist. The US oil dynasties; e.g., Rockefeller, Pew, Mellon, have spent billions funding reactionary Protestant missionaries throughout the world whose job it has been to depopulate areas for Christ (help the indigenous get closer to the Christian god by dying early) so as to seize land and mineral rights. Various Pentacostalists were notorious supporters of military dictatorships in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and elsewhere — not only preaching but collaborating with the secret police. South African apartheid could not have been so enduring without the Christian missions who helped soften resistance and even helped expropriate land from Blacks throughout the country. As one wag said, the Christian missionaries brought us the Bible and took everything else.

951fb-1433421092839In the great wave of national liberation that started in Ghana and Egypt and Mesopotamia after World War II, movements were born that comprised all the religious groups in those countries. Their models were the “enlightened” secular states anticipated by their leaders– many of whom had been educated in Europe and North America. Without exception secular states were formed throughout Africa and the Middle East — with the exception of the European settler-colonial regime in what is now called Israel. Of course, whites in South Africa imitated this move by Black Africans but instead created states whose official religion was white supremacy.

From the very beginning the West — mainly Britain, the U.S. and France — did everything in their power to destroy these newly independent states or to burden them with ethnic dictatorships. The latter were simply a result of re-creating the indirect rule regime of colonial days and installing a quasi-remote control mechanism: arms supplies for the old favourite clique so that it could suppress the rest of the population. Where ethnic division was not so easy, religion was used.

Only ethnic or religious fanaticism — an essential trait of the imperial elite — could endow a minority in any of these countries with the capacity to rule other ethnic or religious groups as ruthlessly as the colonisers had done.

427ea-iuThere is a guiding principle for the use of extremists to enforce imperialism today. It is based on a division of labour. A small group of religious fanatics, take the Saudis and their like, can be cheaply bought. Then by arming them to the teeth and granting them every conceivable immunity it is possible to continue the exhaustive exploitation of the country and its population. Truly pious fanatics are only interested in enough money to satisfy their immediate passions. Therefore they have no interest in “economic affairs”. This was especially true when the British and U.S. oil cartel installed the house of Saud to rule the populations wandering about the massive oil fields. In return for fanatical religious tyranny (and loads of cash for a tiny family), the entire Arabian peninsula was surrendered to Aramco. In the case of Iran, Britain got control over all the oil by arming a dictator who pretended to be a monarch. The US continued this legacy by usurping Iran’s democratic aspirations. Carter and Reagan secretly supported the reactionary Islamic clerics in 1979 as a means of preventing– or so they thought — a resurgent nationalist movement with the fall of the Shah. (Sometimes plans do not work perfectly.)

At the same time Carter — at least the people who actually ran his administration — started the wave of fanatical reactionary Islam in Afghanistan — to crush a secular regime there and indirectly attack the Soviet Union. This campaign continues unabated. The Anglo-American elite, together with their vassals and the settler-colonial regime in Palestine, have been using the tried and true tradition of religious fanaticism to promote their own religion: fanatical capitalism. One cannot function without the other because they are in essence two sides of the same historical coin.

a7b50-mandelapalestineSince threat manufacture is the main function of the mass media — even on the so-called Left — even those who write for the progressive (no one can say the “c” or “s” words) has to maintain the illusion that these Islamic fundamentalists or Islamicists or Al Qaeda or ISIS or whatever name happens to be fashionable, are anything but the force they are: mercenaries and missionaries for capitalist fanaticism, the global extremism that everyone has been forced to accept as universal since 1989. The media gives us pseudonyms to disguise the lies and to help us lie to ourselves.

It would take too long to cite all the supposedly well-meaning articles that try to tell us that the threat to Syria is a somehow uncontrollable “Frankenstein” or even an independent force which we must all oppose. Of course, people who work in the well-paid or otherwise privileged elements of the digital and analogue propaganda machines would at least suffer professionally if they called things by their right names. Others avoid stating the obvious because they are simply too ignorant or uninformed to write or say more than what everyone else is writing and saying. Truth be told, if you read the “liberal press” every day it does soften your brain– if only because to speak differently would make you very odd at most parties.

Many years ago I watched a film that was considered at the time slightly pornographic, Last Tango in Paris (1972). In this film an older man and a young woman meet regularly in an empty flat for sex. In fact, the sex is often quite rough– which was probably why it had an adult rating at the time. In Bertolucci’s film the man, Paul, is played by Marlon Brando. Maria Schneider plays Jeanne. The two meet regularly and anything is allowed except to ask the names. That is to say they meet anonymously. One day the rule is broken and the names said. The next time they meet Jeanne comes with her father’s revolver and kills Paul.

What is the moral of the story? Paul and Jeanne lived those hours in that Paris flat and anything was possible, except identification. When Jeanne learned that the man with whom she had had sex so often, often even painfully, had a name and she could name this man, everything else that she had experienced became nameable. The choice became clear: continue to suffer or destroy that which was causing the suffering. It was no longer possible to simply walk away.

29c4d-frantz-fanon-the-idealist-cognitive-dissonanceThis is the situation in which we find ourselves when we follow the continuous circular complaints of our current condition. (Alliteration intended.) As long as those we allow to describe our world and the supposed reality in which we live to anonymise the facts, to suppress the identities at the root of the violence being done in the name of this universal fanatical religion — capitalism — with its current fanatical manifestations in the imperial mercenary armies of Africa and the Middle East– we will be held in awe, held unable to contemplate action. By action I do not presume to know what the best course is. I do not know if there is enough protest to stop things — but we haven’t protested enough. I do not know if things are so difficult that we have to cower before the almighty military and economic war machine, euphemistically called the 1%.

However, I am sure that as long as names are not named, we will not get to the root of the problem that threatens us more than CO2 or greenhouse gas. Given the gravity of the real threat — the threat of this fanatical “economic religion” and its masked mercenaries — it seems clear to me that the refusal to name names is not accidental.


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