Archive | December 7, 2016

Serious Clinton Voter Fraud Discovered in Michigan*

Serious Clinton Voter Fraud Discovered in Michigan*

Officials in Michigan claim that serious voter fraud has been uncovered that proves Hillary Clinton was fraudulently awarded six times more votes than was actually counted.

According to Detroit officials working on the recount, numerous instances of the same ballot being counted multiple times in favor of Hillary were recorded during Jill Stein’s recent recount effort. reports:

Once they started the Michigan recount in earnest, and knowing he would be exposed, the Detroit City Clerk Daniel Baxter all of a sudden started claiming that the optical scanners which read the paper ballots did not work the day of the election. Baxter blamed the discrepancies on decade-old voting machines. That is his cover story. Nothing like this was mentioned until he realized their voting fraud scheme would be detected.

Baxter’s claim is that, when trying to push the ballots through the readers, the ballots would be stuck and they’d have to push them through again thus ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ resulting in a double count. He says the poll workers sometimes ‘FORGET’ to adjust the machine count and instead let the ballot count twice.

Of course, that’s COMPLETELY BULLSH*T.

And, it’s much worse than that.

In one Detroit Precinct, a recount team was given a box of ballots with an unbroken seal where everything appeared proper and in place. The tag on the box said there were 306 ballots. The book said 306, and the ticket said 306, so that means there should be 306 paper ballots on the box. When they pulled out the ballots, there were exactly FIFTY paper ballots in a locked sealed box that again was supposed to have 306. The official canvasser approved count for this precinct was 306. For FIFTY ballots.

It looks like Detroit counts each vote more than SIX TIMES! No wonder they get such high turnout rates!

Ken Crider, who helped with the recount in Cobo Hall in Detroit, posted this on Facebook last night. Ken said a ballot box in Detroit had been tampered with — and that each vote was counted SIX TIMES!


Related Topics:

Killary Clinton Loses 18,422 Votes in Day 3 of Wisconsin Recount*

Trump Allies Move to Stop U.S. Election Recount*

Vote All You Want, the Secret Government Won’t Change*

Donations to Clinton Foundation Dry-up as Killary no Longer has a ‘product to sell’*

Thousands of Fake Ballot Slips Found Marked for Hillary Clinton*

Clintons Threatened Attorney General with Her Life*

Rothschilds, Trump, Killary and the Rigged U.S. Presidential Election*

George W. Bush on Trial for “Crimes of Aggression” Against Iraq*

George W. Bush on Trial for “Crimes of Aggression” Against Iraq*

By Witness Iraq


San Francisco, Calif. — Today the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit confirmed that Circuit Judges Susan Graber and Andrew Hurwitz, as well as District Court Judge Richard Boulware (sitting by designation) will hear oral argument on December 12, 2016, in Saleh v. Bush.

Saleh v. Bush involves claims by an Iraqi woman, Sundus Shaker Saleh, that former President George W. Bush and other high ranking Bush-era officials broke the law when they planned and waged the Iraq War.

Saleh alleges that former Bush Administration leaders committed the crime of aggression when they planned and executed the Iraq War, a war crime that was called the “supreme international crime” at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

The lead plaintiff, Ms. Sundus Saleh, with her children in Jordan

The lead plaintiff, Ms. Sundus Saleh, with her children in Jordan

Saleh is appealing the immunity provided to the Defendants by the district court in December 2014.

“We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit will hear argument. To my knowledge, this is the first time a court will entertain arguments that the Iraq War was illegal under domestic and international law,” Saleh’s attorney D. Inder Comar, legal director at Comar LLP, said.

“This is also the first time since World War II that a court is being asked to scrutinize whether the war itself was an illegal act of aggression — a special war crime that was defined at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.” Comar is handling Saleh’s case pro bono.

Assuming the oral argument takes place, the argument will be live streamed and recorded on the  Ninth Circuit’s YouTube channel, permitting members of the public to watch the argument. The Court’s calendar commences at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 12th; the case will likely be heard later in the morning, as it is last on the Court’s calendar.

In addition to former President Bush, Saleh has named former Administration officials Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz as defendants in the case.

In December 2014, the district court dismissed Saleh’s lawsuit, holding that the defendants were immune from further proceedings because of the federal Westfall Act of 1988 (28 U.S.C. § 2679). The Westfall Act immunizes former federal officials in civil lawsuits if a court determines that the official was acting pursuant to the legitimate scope of his or her employment.

Saleh disputes the immunity, arguing that the planning and waging of a war of aggression against Iraq fell outside the legitimate scope of employment of former President Bush and the other defendants.


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German Group Files War Crimes Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Other CIA Officials*

Bush (43) Administration Convicted of War Crimes

Bush and Blair to Be Tried For War Crimes

U.S. Rewarded Blackwater with $200+mn Contracts after Contract to Assassinate Iraqi Official*

U.S. Tries to Assassinate Iraqi Prime Minister in Missile Attack*

Iraq Will Likely Sue U.S. Govt For 2003 Invasion Following Passage of 9/11 Bill*

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Russia and China Veto Phony Aleppo Ceasefire U.N. Security Council Resolution*

Russia and China Veto Phony Aleppo Ceasefire U.N. Security Council Resolution*

By Stephen Lendman

U.S., U.K. and French dirty hands were behind a Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo – on the phony pretext of providing humanitarian aid they’re supplying only to terrorists. 

Egypt, New Zealand and Spain were used to introduce what they should have rejected outright.

Russia, China and Venezuela responsibly opposed another scheme to give U.S.-backed terrorists time to regroup, replenish their ranks, rearm and continue committing atrocities in Aleppo, largely against defenseless civilians.

A deceptive Security Council statement claimed

“(t)he proposed cessation of hostilities would have lasted at least one week and would have demanded immediate safe access to all areas for humanitarian assistance” – without explaining the absence of a way of enforcing what’s agreed to. America and its rogue allies consistently violate terms accepted.

Most of eastern Aleppo already has access to humanitarian aid, thanks to Syrian, Russian, and allied forces. They alone are combating terrorism and providing it – U.S., Britain, France and their allies denying it to civilians in need, sending it only to ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. So-called “moderate rebels” don’t exist.

Syrian U.N. envoy Bashar al-Jaafari denounced America, Britain and France as the “three musketeers” for terrorism – supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, other Gulf States, Jordan and Israel.

Where were they when so-called “moderate rebels” launched lethal mortar fire on a Russian mobile field hospital in Aleppo, killing two doctors and injuring other medical staff?

Pro-Western Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the ICRC failed to condemn the attack. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov expressed outrage over the ICRC’s

“cynical comments, not worthy of (its alleged) high status…(showing) indifference to the murder of Russian doctors in Aleppo.”

The attack was “pre-planned, cold-blooded murder…” America, Britain, France and their rogue allies failed to condemn it. Who provided terrorists with coordinates of Russia’s facility? Were U.S. dirty hands responsible?

Clearly Washington spurns peace, wants endless war, Syrian suffering to continue, Assad ousted and pro-Western puppet governance replacing sovereign Syrian independence.

Addressing SC members before the vote, Russia’s U.N. envoy Vitaly Churkin said it violated the 24-hour rule – the draft resolution submitted only hours earlier in the day.

It was proposed while Russia and America agreed to meet on December 7 to discuss withdrawal of all militants from eastern Aleppo as a pre-condition for ceasefire.

The draft resolution included nothing about withdrawal. Previous ceasefires always turned out the same way. Terrorists used them to their advantage, cessation of hostilities never achieved for a single day.

Efforts by what Churkin called the Western “P3 troika” always make matters worse in Aleppo, not better.

He denounced efforts to prevent ceasefire in Aleppo, saying “someone (always) topples it.” Russia/U.S. talks while Obama remains in power are virtually worthless, ending in failure every time.

It remains to be seen if Trump wants responsible conflict resolution or intends being a warrior president like his predecessors.


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Syria Raps U.N.’s Security Council for Meeting in Support of Terrorists*

Russia Vetoed a U.N. backed French-drafted Resolution that Would End Air Strikes against ISIS*

French Draft Resolution on Syria Reflects its Longing for its Colonial History in Africa*

As Expected U.S. Failing to Fulfill Obligations of Syria Ceasefire Deal*

U.S., Britain and France Step-Up War Plans

French and U.S. Airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’ in Syria*

U.S.-Sponsored Genocide in Syria*

U.S. Still cannot Determine Who are the Terrorists in Syria*

Indian Economy Crashes As Modi’s ‘Black Money’ Theory Collapses*

Indian Economy Crashes As Modi’s ‘Black Money’ Theory Collapses*

By Tyler Durden

Amid social unrest and loss of faith in the nation’s currency, India’s economy has ground to a halt with its Composite PMI crashing by a record in the last month as demonetization strikes.

However, even more problematic is that Indians have validated 82% of bank notes rendered worthless by PM Modi, dramatically undermining the government’s estimate of unaccounted wealth in the economy. As Bloomberg reports,

About 12.6 trillion rupees ($185 billion) had been deposited into bank accounts as of Dec. 3, the people said, asking not to be identified citing rules for speaking with the media. The government had estimated that about 5 trillion rupees of the 15.3 trillion rupees sucked out by Modi’s move would stay undeclared, implying that this was cash stashed away to evade taxes, known locally as black money.

Lack of a meaningful cancellation could be a double blow for Modi as the measure was being used as a political and economic gauge of the success of his Nov. 8 move. One of Modi’s biggest campaign pledges was to expose black money in Asia’s No. 3 economy, and economists were viewing the cash as a potential windfall for the government.

“Some of the windfall that the government was hoping for from the cancellation of notes will be dented,” said Anjali Verma, chief economist at PhillipCapital Ltd.

“That means the fiscal stimulus that was being expected might also take some hit. That is not good news at a time when direct consumption, private investment is not expected to pick up.”

“Markets are not too worried at the moment,” said Chakri Lokapriya, Mumbai-based managing director at TCG Advisory Services, which manages about $3 billion. “But if 12-13 trillion rupees comes back into the system it defeats the whole theory of black money.”

In such a situation where the gains of demonetization aren’t apparent, individuals will more closely analyze the pain. A slump in demand due to the cash shortages will hurt company revenues and government tax collections, widening the budget deficit and ultimately weakening the rupee, Lokapriya said.

So was the whole effort merely, as Modi admitted, a move towards a cashless society after all? And not in any way related to corruption? Either way, it is too late now as faith in the fiat currency has collapsed.

Finally, while most shrug and say “how does that affect us?”, the tumult in India is weighing heavily on the rest of the world via the oil market. India has been the world’s fastest-growing crude market and that may weaken as the government’s cash crackdown slows the economy. As Bloomberg reports,

Diesel and gasoline use, which account for more than half of India’s oil demand, will slow or contract this month and possibly early next year, according to Ivy Global Energy Pte., FGE and Centrum Broking Ltd.

“As the Indian economy largely depends on various cash-intensive sectors, the demonetization saga will no doubt slow down economic growth in the near term,” said Sri Paravaikkarasu, head of East of Suez oil at FGE in Singapore.

“Moving into the first quarter, an expected slowdown in the economic growth should marginally drag down oil consumption, particularly that of transport fuels.”

Diesel consumption could fall as much as 12% and gasoline demand as much as 7% this month, according to Tushar Tarun Bansal, director at Ivy Global Energy.

“I expect to see a much smaller growth in diesel demand of about 2% in the first quarter,” Bansal said.

The possible slow-down this month and into next year is a reversal of the demand spike seen in November as people rushed to fill their tanks to take advantage of a rule allowing fuel retailers to accept the banned 500 and 1,000 rupee ($15) bills until Dec. 2.

So an Indian PM ‘flaps his wings’ and the rest of the world may have a hiccup.


Related Topics:

India: Millions Rise Up Against New World Order Ban on Cash*

India’s PM Admits NWO Plan towards becoming “Cashless Society”*

The Rich are Begging the Poor for Help in India’s War on Cash*

Learning from the Rothschild’s: India Aim to Confiscate the People’s Gold *

DAPL’s Energy Transfer Partners Restructures to Avoid Junk Rating*

DAPL’s Energy Transfer Partners Restructures to Avoid Junk Rating*

By Steve Russell

Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL) has agreed to acquire Energy Transfer Partners (ETP, builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline) in an exchange of units, 1.5 units of SXL for each unit of ETP. The announced deal is supposed to close before the end of the first quarter of 2017. The combined entity will keep the ETP name but SXL executives will run it.

This was a shotgun wedding blessed by the general partner of both SXL and ETP, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), to avoid a downgrade of ETP’s debt. In a report published on the investment blog, Seeking Alpha, Bruder Capital explained:

From ETE’s perspective, the ETP and SXL partnerships are its main vehicles for raising funds to pay for expansion of the group’s business (geographically and operationally). Should either entity drop into junk status, its debt funding costs increases.

ETP has not been generating enough cash to pay the distributions unit-holders expect, and the general partner has foregone Incentive Distributions Rights (IDRs) to the tune of $35 million and it has agreed to give away another $720 million. “Unit-holders” are shareholders in master limited partnerships and “distributions” are like dividends on regular stock.

The MLP “units” trade on stock markets and the unit-holders are usually more interested in reliable income than capital gains. Failure to pay the distributions would cause ETP units to tank, and plummeting value of ETP on the market would not impress the rating firms.

Already, Moody’s put ETP’s investment grade rating on “Watch Negative” back in June. Standard & Poor’s did the same after the restructuring was announced. ETP and SXL, about to merge, are two of four master limited partnerships owned by parent company Energy Transfer.

Energy Transfer’s website displays a map of pipelines owned by all four of their MLPs. The Black Snake shows on the map in purple.

Matthew DiLallo, who writes about ETP for another investment site, The Motley Fool, considers Standing Rock’s objections to the Black Snake to be frivolous and has said as much. Those objections are still dangerous to ETP because of ETP’s money issues. Upon hearing of the Army’s decision to halt the project and do a real environmental impact statement, DiLallo wrote:

That is the last thing Energy Transfer and Sunoco need right now. Not only are the companies in the process of merging, but they are working to close the sale of a minority stake in the project for some much-needed cash to bolster their financial situation, which has been under pressure from the oil market downturn and these delays. That’s why they hope the courts or the new administration will step in and save them from having to invest additional time and money in this project.

ETP’s money problems are on a level far removed from the kinds of actions ordinary people can take against corporations. Ordinary people can’t boycott ETP but Phillips 66 is also involved in the DAPL project and Sunoco also sells gasoline on the retail level. ETP also owns Stripes gas stations and convenience stores. So far, the Water Protectors have not organized consumer boycotts at the retail end.

Even with no action against gas stations associated with the Black Snake, ETP is having cash flow problems. Time is money for Energy Transfer Partners and they are strapped for cash. The Water Protectors have cost ETP both time and money.


Who owns Energy Transfer Partners?

Related Topics:

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Oil Company States They Will Defy Army Corps Order in Standing Rock*

The Secret Oil War Has Begun*

Dutch Reject Calls to Cease Funding Palestinian Groups*

Dutch Reject Calls to Cease Funding Palestinian Groups*

By Adri Nieuwhof

Bert Koenders, the Dutch foreign minister, pictured visiting Gaza in 2015, has defended the right of campaigners to boycott Israel. Ashraf Amra APA images


The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.

In June this year, NGO Monitor – a lobby group with close ties to the Israeli political and military establishments claimed it had scored a significant victory in the Netherlands.

NGO Monitor was referring to a decision made by the Dutch parliament that a review should be undertaken of the country’s aid to organizations supporting the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. According to NGO Monitor, the parliament’s vote was the result of briefings that the lobby group had provided on how “radical” activists were engaged in the “demonization” of Israel.

The government in The Hague has now made it clear, however, that it will not bar BDS advocates from receiving aid.

Doing so would not be conducive towards ensuring “healthy relationships between the government and civil society,” Bert Koenders and Lilian Ploumen, the ministers for foreign affairs and development aid, have jointly stated.

Their comments were made in response to queries by a committee in the Dutch parliament that has been studying what action should be taken following the June vote. That vote was not legally binding.


The two ministers also rejected calls for BDS activities to be punished on the grounds that they involved “discrimination” against Israel.

According to the two ministers, “human rights, including the prohibition of discrimination, aim to explicitly protect individuals [and] groups of individuals.” Such protection does not apply to states, they added.

“On the basis of freedom of speech it is allowed to call on a government to take sanctions against another country,” they added.

The Netherlands has long been perceived by Israel as an ally and the statement by the two ministers is unlikely to alter that perception. Despite the ministers’ willingness to defend the right to advocate boycotts, the Netherlands shares the objective of all E.U. governments of wishing to boost trade with Israel.

Nonetheless, the response from Koenders and Ploumen appears to mark a departure from that taken by previous Dutch governments.

Uri Rosenthal, the Dutch foreign minister from 2010 to 2012, spoke out against the granting of public funds to organizations that defended the rights of Palestinians. Rosenthal promised CIDI, an Israel lobby group that “intervention will occur in cases of organizations acting against Dutch policy.”

Despite that pledge, the Netherlands has continued to receive complaints from the Israel lobby. NGO Monitor has focused particularly on Dutch financial support for the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat. Based in the West Bank town of al-Bireh, the secretariat provides grants to Palestinian human rights groups, some of which have endorsed the BDS call.

The Netherlands has a long tradition of aiding groups that campaign against oppression and poverty. It is one of only six governments in the world to exceed an international target of devoting more than 0.7% of gross national income to development aid.

The latest assurances indicate that Palestinian rights groups will keep on receiving aid from the Dutch government.


Related Topics:

Netherlands Rejects Calls by Israel to Ban ‘Boycott of Israel’*

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French Court Overturns “illegal” Ban on BDS Event*

Ireland Latest E.U. State to Defend BDS*

California Bill Seeks to ban State Contracts with pro-BDS Companies*

Israel’s Lobby Lawsuits Aim to Slow Boycott in Spain*

Protests over Secret Jordan-Israel Gas Deal*

Lakota Sioux “water protectors” Inspire the Nation*

Lakota Sioux “water protectors” Inspire the Nation*

San Luis Obiso County photographer Brittany App captured the bullet-holed sign upon entering Standing Rock. A controversial oil pipeline is being built on private property near the reservation


Dozens of celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Shailene Woodley, Lenny Kravitz, Neil Young, Ben Affleck and Mark Ruffalo have come out on behalf of protestors at Standing Rock. Likewise, dozens of local residents of San Luis Obispo County have traveled to North Dakota to join thousands who are opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline or “black snake” because, they say, it threatens the ecological stability of the region.

The protestors for months have withstood continuous pressure from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department under the leadership of Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and the National Guard.

“I’m exhausted…This is not about a pipeline or technology, it’s about people coming together from all backgrounds for a life we can all be part of,” says Atascadero resident Erin Inglish, who has just returned from Standing Rock.

“Traveling to Standing Rock was the most inspiring experience of my 30 years on the planet.”

Inglish, who is a mechanical engineer and a singer-songwriter, loaded up her RV with donated supplies and drove 1,600 miles with her friend Brittany App to join an estimated 12,000 people now camped out in the pipeline conflict zone. They handed over propane, solar panels, winter clothing, head lamps, batteries, food and warm socks to the Standing Rock campers, all donated by dozens of San Luis Obispo residents who either attended a November fundraiser in Atascadero or were friends, or friends of friends.

“I’ve worked in resource management, building and designing structures for energy efficiency,” Inglish says.

“That was the skill set I took with me to Standing Rock, to help with the winterization of the campers’ quarters.”

Native Americans and their supporters are living in teepees, wigwams, trailers, RVs, barns and tents, Inglish said. “My major focus was to help them prepare for a really harsh winter.”

Photo: Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016


Brittany Anzel App, a local photographer and filmmaker who went to Morro Bay High School, is making a documentary film titled “Where There Once Was Water.” Speaking by phone on the road traveling back from Standing Rock, she said,

“I really wanted to go and lend my skills to the movement and find out what was happening on the ground with my own eyes. Primarily I had been hearing about Standing Rock on Facebook. There wasn’t for the longest time any mention in the corporate news, and when they did it seemed like a one-sided story, on the side of law enforcement. I would like to stand up for clean water. How do we create a future in which there is clean water for all life?”

Photo: by Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016

App says she photographed and interviewed a number of protestors for her documentary. She was also inspired by a man named John Wathen, a photographer and Vietnam veteran from Alabama, who told her,

“North Dakota is the most lawless state I have ever seen,” comparing the situation to the ‘60s and saw how Alabama state troopers treated civil rights activists known as the Freedom Riders.

Brittany App with Alabama photographer John Wathen at Standing Rock.


Protestors say if the pipeline leaked oil, it could potentially bleed into the Missouri River, poisoning the water supply for 18 million people. The American Civil Liberties Union is supporting protestors, who, according to the ACLU, “are defending the land and water using little more than the right to assemble and speak freely – a protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution.”

Photo: Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016


The ACLU has reported as many as 76 law enforcement agencies gathered near Standing Rock to stifle the protestors.

The pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, and would cross both government and private land. Protesters say that the construction would disrupt sacred sites.

On Nov. 30, North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven spoke out against the Obama Administration and the protestors, insisting that “the pipeline is already 98% complete in North Dakota, and 86% finished overall,” according to a Huffington Post report.

Photo: Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016

“It’s past time to get this issue resolved,” Hoeven said.

On Mon., Nov. 28, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered mandatory eviction of the Standing Rock protestors. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had previously announced plans to remove protestors from the pipeline conflict zone by Mon., Dec. 5. While no forcible evictions are expected, on Nov. 30, the Morton County Sheriff’s Dept. announced it would impose a $1,000 fine on those bringing food and supplies to Standing Rock.

Photo: Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016

“What’s most prevalent is psychological warfare, intimidations, threats,” says Erin Inglish.

But what the mainstream media is missing, she reports, is the overwhelming atmosphere of peace and prayer among the protestors.

“Every morning there is a prayer. It’s so peaceful. Any media that’s portraying the violence isn’t seeing that. The Morton County sheriffs are standing on the mountains and they have huge football-stadium lights pointed at the camp, they have helicopters and planes flying over the camp day and night. Most of it is just psychological intimidation.”

Photos by Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016


Those interviewed for this story predict that law enforcement won’t come in shooting protestors with live ammunition, nor can they arrest 12,000 people.

“The Lakota are not going to back down,” Ingish says.

“They have been victims of persecution and genocide for 500 years and they are not backing down. Don’t think that a letter from the Army Corps and 400 pipeline flunkeys are going to stop this.”

Another local resident who has just returned from Standing Rock is Roberto Monge, a software engineer and community activist with the alternative school Outside Now in San Luis Obispo.

“A lot of Outside Now teachings,” he says, “are based on indigenous teachings, especially of the Lakota Sioux, so for me to go to Standing Rock felt like a reciprocity thing. We’ve learned a lot from them and they were calling for help.”

Photo:Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016

Monge went with his 12-year-old daughter, Liliana.

“One of the reasons I went,” he says, “was to show her something real…The youth started the whole thing [at Standing Rock]; it began with a group of 10 of them and grew to more than 10,000 this weekend. Whenever there was a decision to be made, the elders said ‘let’s talk to the youth council.’ So youth are highly esteemed in indigenous culture.”

Monge said that since October he has been aware of at least six caravans that have left the county headed for Standing Rock.

It is unclear what will happen next in the confrontation between government and corporate forces, and those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The State of North Dakoka and especially the governor is such a wild card,” Monge says.

“Racism abounds—some people call it the South of the North. The military crackdown is something you don’t expect in 2016…This feels like the 1960s.”

Photo:Brittany App taken at Standing Rock the last week of November 2016

Inglish, App and Monge seem of a mind that the epic struggle between the “water protectors” and the police and government officials is universal. Monge says it makes sense that San Luis Obispo County locals would relate to Standing Rock.

“Look at the leak that just happened in Goleta…We have off-shore drilling, fracking in Price Canyon. Water is sacred and it’s at the core of this.”

Says Inglish, “This is not about a pipeline. To me, this is about the civil and environmental [rights] movement, it’s about indigenous rights and the reconciliation movement. This is the movement of our century.”

A video by Digital Smoke Signals, courtesy Myron Dewey:



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