Saturday, July 31, 2010

Free Sale Reza Political Prisoner

Free Sal Reza Political Prisoner

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Republicans Vote Against Strengthening Enforcement For Sexual Assault on Native American Women

Republicans Vote Against Strengthening Enforcement For Sexual Assault on Native American Women
By Robin Marty - July 28, 2010

When it comes to protecting people, the Republican Party has built its reputation on the idea that it is strong on defense and prosecution. That makes it even more puzzling to learn the Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and 91 other Republicans voted against a bill that would make it easier to investigate crimes on tribal lands, especially those that involve sexual assault.
From the Minnesota Independent:
A bill aimed at helping Native American law enforcement investigate rape and other crimes by non-Indians on tribal lands passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week with overwhelming bipartisan support. Only one Minnesotan — Republican Michele Bachmann — voted against it.
The Tribal Law and Order Act passed last Wednesday as an amendment to HR 725 on a 326-92 vote, with votes from Minnesota Republicans Erik Paulsen and John Kline and Democrats Keith Ellison, James Oberstar, Betty McCollum, Collin Peterson and Tim Walz. It gives tribal police more authority in seeking prosecution of non-Natives who commit crimes on American Indian lands.
So why did Rep. Bachmann vote against a bill that would help protect women and other victims of crime? No one seems to be able to get an answer.
Bachmann’s communications director, Dave Dziock, didn’t return the Minnesota Independent’s request for comment on the Sixth District Republican’s no-vote.
Republicans elsewhere, however, have questioned the bill’s price tag, which some have estimated at $1.1 billion.
That’s a “myth,” Deer says. “There’s been some misunderstanding that it was going to be a high-dollar bill,” she told the Independent, noting that “there’s no mandatory spending” in the bill.
Deer wouldn’t speculate on why Bachmann opposes this important boost for Indian women, which President Obama is expected to sign into law soon, but she expressed some surprise.
“I’m not sure why she didn’t. It’s very much about prosecution. It’s a very law-and-order bill.”
According to Amnesty International, Native American women suffer sexual attacks at an alarmingly high rate.
Amnesty International USA addressed the issue in its 2007 report, Maze of Injustice: the Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA.
The report exposed the disproportionately high levels of rape and sexual violence that Native American and Alaska Native women suffer - 2.5 times higher than for non-native women in the United States.
78 Republicans and all Democrats voted for the bill, which will be signed into law on Thursday, July 29th.

---- NAYS 92 ---

Barrett (SC)
Barton (TX)
Bishop (UT)
Broun (GA)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Coffman (CO)
Davis (KY)
Franks (AZ)
Garrett (NJ)
Gingrey (GA)
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Hall (TX)
Hastings (WA)
Johnson, Sam
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
Lee (NY)
McMorris Rodgers
Miller, Gary
Poe (TX)
Price (GA)
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Ryan (WI)
Smith (NE)
Smith (TX)
Thompson (PA)

---- NOT VOTING 14 ---

Johnson (GA)
King (NY)
Markey (CO)
Meek (FL)
Moran (KS)

Teresa Anahuy

Obama signs Tribal Law and Order act

Obama signs Tribal Law and Order act
The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: A Step Forward for Native Women
By Lynn Rosenthal - July 29, 2010

The President just signed the Tribal Law and Order Act -- an important step to help the Federal Government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities.
According to a Department of Justice report, Native American women suffer from violent crime at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average. Astoundingly, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in November 2009, President Obama stated that this shocking figure "is an assault on our national conscience that we can no longer ignore."
Last week, Congress took another important step to improve the lives of Native American women by passing the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The Act includes a strong emphasis on decreasing violence against women in Native communities, and is one of many steps this Administration strongly supports to address the challenges faced by Native women.
The stipulations in the Act that will benefit Native women reflect several Administration priorities. The Act will strengthen tribal law enforcement and the ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act will require that a standardized set of practices be put in place for victims of sexual assault in health facilities. Now, more women will get the care they need, both for healing and to aid in the prosecution of their perpetrators.
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will now more often encounter authorities who have been trained to handle such cases. The Act expands training of tribal enforcement officers on the best ways to interview victims of domestic and sexual violence and the importance of collecting evidence to improve rates of conviction. The Director of Indian Health Services will coordinate with the Department of Justice, Tribes, Tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations to develop standardized sexual assault policies and protocols.
Special Assistant US Attorneys will be deputized under the Act to prosecute reservation crimes in Federal courts, and tribes will be given greater authority to hold perpetrators accountable. These provisions help to increase communication between tribal law enforcement, Federal authorities and the court system. As numbers of convictions grow, more women may be willing to report the abuses against them so that their abusers may be prosecuted.
However, the Act focuses not only on prosecution but also on prevention. It reauthorizes and improves programs to prevent and treat alcohol and substance abuse, as well as programs that improve opportunities for at-risk Indian youth. Getting men and boys involved in stopping the violence against women and girls is an important step to ending it everywhere, giving youth a chance to change their own futures.
This Act, combined with the great work that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are doing to combat violence in American Indian/Alaska Native communities, is an important step towards our Administration’s priority of ending violence against women and girls, and making Native communities safer and more secure. One in three is a statistic that is intolerable, and the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 will help to change that.
Lynn Rosenthal is the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

Obama Signs Tribal Law & Order Act, Empowers Native American Rape Victims - By Ajijaakwe


Teresa Anahuy

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stop New Offshore Drilling

Stop New Offshore Drilling

Dear Dave,
Just this morning, a tug boat hit a wellhead in the Gulf near a Louisiana marsh, and oil is gushing 20 feet into the air. How much more oil can Gulf wildlife take?
We need to change. We need a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill that creates jobs, increases our energy independence, and protects the planet. We don't need more drilling.
Tell Congress to Stop the Drill and start moving towards a clean energy future:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

Dear Activist,
The Gulf Coast economy is suffering, and endangered sea turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals are turning up dead on beaches.

In response to the disaster, the President announced that he is suspending Arctic offshore drilling, canceling lease sales in the western Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia, and extending the moratorium on deepwater drilling for six months. This is an important step in preventing the next offshore oil disaster, but it's not enough.
Tell Congress to Stop the Drill and start moving towards a clean energy future:
The only way to prevent this from happening again is by ending all offshore drilling. A clean energy future is possible.

The Deepwater Horizon accident should serve as a wakeup call – offshore drilling is a dangerous and dirty way to get energy. This disaster is an unfortunate but perfect example of the hazards of offshore drilling.

We need to make sure the future of our oceans is not threatened by the pursuit of dirty energy. Please support a climate bill that advances a clean energy future.
Tell Congress to Stop the Drill and start moving towards a clean energy future:

First nations band together — to say no to Enbridge pipeline (BP Again)

First nations band together — to say no to Enbridge pipeline

By Fiona Anderson, Vancouver Sun March 23, 2010

(Another fine BP project as you will see at the end. Dave)

Read more:

B.C. First Nations announced their opposition to a proposed crude oil pipeline that would run across British Columbia - in Vancouver, March 23, 2010. Art Sterritt, exeuctive director of the Coastal First Nations, shows the pipeline from Alberta through B.C. (in orange line)
Photograph by: Bill Keay , PNG

First nations from British Columbia and Alberta and environmentalists came out in force Tuesday to voice their opposition to Enbridge’s proposed 1,170-kilometre pipeline, which would carry crude from the oilsands in Alberta to a port in Kitimat, where it would be transferred to tankers.

The day chosen was significant, the 21st anniversary of the Exxon Valdez running aground in Alaska, spilling 40 million litres of crude oil into Prince William Sound and causing widespread damage.

The risk of an oil tanker running aground as it travels “through the pristine waters within our traditional territories,” is too great, said Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, an alliance of native bands along British Columbia’s north and central coast, including the Haida.

“If we had a tanker accident on the coast of British Columbia it would literally wipe [out] all of our cultures, all of our salmon, all of our groundfish,” Sterritt said. “We cannot let that happen.”

A five-year study released earlier this week by Raincoast Conservation Foundation concluded that whales, wolves, bears and birds would be devastated by an oil spill in the area.

The Coastal First Nations met with Enbridge almost a year ago to tell them they were opposed to the project.

“At that time they told us — and they said this at their [annual general meeting] as well — that if all of the communities within this geographic region didn’t support the pipeline they would stop the project,” Sterritt said.

So the group met with the communities in the area to determine who supported the project and who didn’t. What they found was that all of the communities were opposed to the pipeline.

From Vancouver Island up to Haida Gwaii, through the Interior to the territories of the Gitanyow and the Carrier Sekani and down again to Lillooet, “all those nations and first nations have expressed their opposition to the Enbridge project,” Sterritt said.

“We all believe the Enbridge gateway pipeline project is a threat to the very existence of our culture and our way of life,” he said.

The announcement accompanied a full-page advertisement in a national newspaper listing those opposed to the pipeline, including first nations, environmental organizations, businesses and individuals including David Suzuki and Margaret Atwood.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which represents about 40 per cent of aboriginals throughout the province, passed its own resolution on Tuesday unanimously opposing the project. A representative from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta spoke out against the project, and other Alberta natives attended to show their support. So too did environmentalist Vicky Husband, who has received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.

Husband called the coming together of so many groups a historic moment for Canada.

“Canada’s conservation community is unanimous in its opposition to the pipeline and to any tanker traffic on our coast,” Husband said.

“And why are we here to shift dirty tarsands oil to China or to India?” she asked. “So we can expand more tarsands, so we can export more climate change and destroy more of our Earth? We have to change our course now.”

The group is hoping by banding together they will persuade the provincial government to stop the project.

But while Premier Gordon Campbell told reporters in Victoria that the project would be reviewed, he noted the number of jobs that would be created if the project went ahead. According to its website, Enbridge estimates that 4,000 people would be needed to build the pipeline.

“There’s literally hundreds and hundreds of jobs that will be available to first nations people across the northern part of our province,” Campbell said. “I think our job is to try and find ways we can to get first nations people engaged with paycheques, building the kind of economic future that they need in a way that meets all of our environmental standards, which are the most rigorous anywhere in the world.”

Enbridge has not yet submitted an application for environmental approval of the pipeline, though it said it expected to do so in the coming weeks. It then hopes to start construction in 2012 and have the project complete by 2015 or 2016.

Enbridge refused an interview “this close to the filing” of its application. But it did say in an e-mail that it “welcomes and encourages public input” on the project.

with files from Jonathan Fowlie


UPDATE 2-Pipe break hits U.S., Canada refineries
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:19pm EDT
* Line serves Michigan, Ohio, Ontario refineries

* Enbridge hopes to restart by Wednesday.

* Spill cleanup underway

(Adds refineries potentially affected; Enbridge hopes to restart by Wednesday)

HOUSTON, July 26 (Reuters) - An oil pipeline break in Michigan on Monday shut part of a system carrying Canadian crude oil to the U.S. Midwest and southern Canada, Enbridge Energy Partners (EEP.N) said.

No one was hurt, but about 19,500 barrels of oil was released into a creek that then carried the oil into the Kalamazoo River, an Enbridge news release said. Crews with skimming equipment were responding.

Enbridge hoped to have the line repaired and restarted by Wednesday, a spokesman said.

The break was east of Chicago and did not affect the big refineries in that area, but plants in Detroit, Michigan; Toledo, Lima and Canton, Ohio; and Sarnia and Nanticoke, Ontario were downstream from the break, industry sources said.

On the U.S. side, Marathon (MRO.N), Sunoco (SUN.N), BP (BP.L) and Husky (HSE.TO) did not respond to inquiries about their refineries. Marathon has refineries in Detroit and Canton, Ohio; Sunoco and BP have refineries in Toledo, and Husky has one in Lima.

On the Canadian side, officials of Imperial (IMO.TO), Shell (RDSa.L) and Suncor (SU.TO) could not say how their refineries in Ontario would be affected. The area is served by another Enbridge pipeline.

Enbridge said the break is near Marshall, Michigan, in the Lakehead System's Line 6B, a 30-inch, 190,000 barrel per day line carrying light synthetic, heavy and medium crude oil from Griffith, Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario.

The cause of the release was under investigation. (Reporting by Bruce Nichols, additional reporting by Erwin Seba in Houston and Jeff Jones in Calgary; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)


Enbridge, BP plan pipes to get Canada oil to US Gulf Coast
31 Aug 2008, 0450 hrs IST,REUTERS
CALGARY: Enbridge Inc and BP Plc plan to spend up to $2 bn expanding their pipeline systems to ship growing volumes of Canadian crude oil to the US Gulf Coast, they said on Friday.

Enbridge, best known as operator of the main artery for Canadian oil exports, and BP, the British oil major, said they aim to develop a system to ship 250,000 barrels of oil a day to Texas City, Texas, from Flanagan, Illinois, by 2012.

The project, which could cost $1-2 billion, would entail building new pipelines as well as using some already in service. It is the latest in a long list of proposals aimed at getting more crude derived from Canada’s oil sands to the largest concentration of refineries in the US. The plants, in Texas and Louisiana, have been hit with declining volumes of oil from Mexico and Venezuela.

For Enbridge, the new initiative would coincide with plans to get Western Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast by reversing the flow of two lines, allowing access to the Atlantic Seaboard. From there, it could be shipped to the Gulf by tanker. That 200,000 barrel a day plan, called Trailbreaker, would cost C$350 mn ($330 mn) and be in service in 2010. The two projects do not negate a bigger proposal Enbridge has floated called Texas Access, but they do bridge the gap before that 400,000 barrel a day line can be in service, Enbridge vice-president Steve Wuori said.

Earlier this year, Enbridge pushed back by a year or two the startup of Texas Access, which would run from Patoka, Illinois, after several oil sands producers delayed projects, blaming increased regulatory scrutiny and surging costs. “This is part of the phased approach that we’ve really been working hard with to get the barrels to the Gulf Coast according to the needs that are coming out of the oil sands,” Wuori said.

First Peoples News

Subject: Osseo-Fairchild Decision of DPI
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:33:02 -0500

From Sister Barbara E. Munson

Race-based Nickname and Logo Decision Osseo-Fairchild‏
Osseo-Fairchild Decision of DPI‏

Here is the decision (pdf file attached)

Wisconsin Indian Education Association 'Indian'Mascot and Logo Taskforce

7-27-10 Press Release: Osseo-Fairchild Race-based ‘Indian’ Nickname and Logo Decision Announcement by the DPI

Contact: Barbara E. Munson (Oneida) , (715) 693-6238

Here are the comments of The Taskforce Chairperson, Barbara E. Munson(Oneida):

This is a wonderful decision. The DPI got it exactly right. Thank you to all who have advocated for the elimination of race-based stereotypes from Wisconsin Public Schools throughout the years.

It is time to take this issue seriously. American Indian people have been aware of stereotype harm caused by the use of race-based ‘Indian’ nicknames, logos and mascots for many years before the development of a research base that proves its existence. The first case in Wisconsin was raised in 1991 by Dr. Carol Hand against the Milton School District. The Wisconsin Indian Education Association “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce has been trying to educate school districts with harmful race-based logos, nicknames and mascots since its inception in 1997. Thirty Wisconsin school districts have changed these symbols over the years. All of the remaining 35 school districts have received repeated contact from our organization and other statewide advocacy groups and have been encouraged by four state superintendents to move toward eradicating this form of stereotyping from their school environment. This is serious business, depression is the third largest killer of teens and the teen suicide rate among Native populations is four times higher than the national average. The issue has been raised, a lengthy dialogue has occurred, and a law has been passed to prevent further harm to all our state’s children. There is no excuse for school districts to continue to be willfully ignorant about this issue.

Two pieces of research say it all. Dr. Stephanie Fryberg’s 2002 dissertation that proves discrimination and the paper published in the Spring issue of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology by Dr. Kim- Prieto titled “ Effect of Exposure to an American Indian Mascot on the Tendency to Stereotype a Different Minority Group.” Not only is this practice discrimination, it teaches students to generalize discrimination toward other groups of people.

It is time for the 35 school districts that are promulgating race-based stereotyping to change these symbols and educate themselves, their student bodies and their community members. Anything less is a disservice to their community and to the State of Wisconsin which is taking a national position of leadership on this important educational policy issue.


Teresa Anahuy
Tiospaye Winyan Maka Eco Dome Home project - Caravan leaving 3rd week in August & supply wish list‏
From Sister Shannon
Hi, all,
Please post, forward and share with all! There will be a caravan leaving the third week of August to help build five eco dome homes near Wounded Knee. If you are interested in going to learn a new skill, contribute to community, and giving back to the earth, please email me. We will be going camping style, roughing it, connecting with the land. We will be also collecting building supplies and transporting those supplies to Mouse Creek.

We need your support. Come volunteer your time and energy to help five families! :)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christinia
Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM
Subject: Wish List

Ms. Shannon Francis...thank you so much for your caring. Here is the list that is on the website. Hmmm..I am curious about "Jennifer". What is her last name?? Well, this is it for now. Be glad to see you the third week of August. Until than stay strong on your journey for the People and Wicosani. Christinia
windows 4'x4' or smaller (can be assorted variety of shapes)
light fixtures - junction boxes, electrical wiring and conduit
doors - 1 entry way, 5 room size or smaller
wheel barrels 4 or 5
asphalt emulsion - 1 - 25 gal or 5 - 5 gal buckets
roof coating (weather proofing) or elastomeric - 50 gal bucket (preferable)
water supply lines/ copper or pvc and fittings
visqueen - 6 - 10 or 12 millimeter or larger plastic
Shovels - round points -5; square points-3; sharp shooter - 2
heavy gloves for handling barbed wire - 3 pairs
metal mesh for screens for sifting earth
extension cords
assorted power tools (circular saw, large drill, assorted nails and screws 1/2" - 4")
old refrigerator for out-door kitchen
grease gun and grease
If you, and/or anyone you know can help to gather this wish list and than, somehow...miraculously drive it to Wounded Knee (and after all this) spend time and work along side us, I promise that your life will be enriched 100 fold in the years to come. Please e-mail or call Christinia at (970) 980-1629
(970) 980-1629 if you can be of service to this project. Pilamaye.

aka Shannon Francis

THE RED EARTH Said a tree to a man, "My roots are in the deep red earth, and I shall give you of my fruit." And the man said to the tree, "How alike we are. My roots are also deep in the red earth. And the red earth gives you power to bestow upon me of your fruit, and the red earth teaches me to receive from you with thanksgiving." by Kahlil Gibran from The Wanderer (1932

Teresa Anahuy
Oakland's American Indian child center might close at the end of the month
By Katy Murphy - July 26, 2010

.....Almost 40 years ago, a group of Native American mothers founded Hintil Kuu Ca, which means "The Indian children's place," to help their young children succeed in a strange, new urban environment. Many of them had recently moved to Oakland with their families from reservations and were caught between worlds. Some children were dropping out of elementary school, said Agnes Tso, who has taught at Hintil since 1981......

Hintil Kuu Ca
11850 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA

(501) 531-8400
(510) 879-0840
Principal John

Find out how You can help thru Oakland Unified School District, watch the video for contact info towards the end at:

Teresa Anahuy
2010 Indian Health Service National Behavioral Health Conference
July 27 - 29th in Sacaramento, California
A Shared Vision: Past, Present, and Future

The Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs join together this year to present the first joint 2010 IHS/BIA National Behavioral Health Conference. This event demonstrates the commitment and renewed energy of both agencies to work in partnership to actively address behavioral health disparities in Indian Country. This year's conference theme, A Shared Vision: Past, Present, and Future emphasizes the importance of leadership and collaboration toward improving the behavioral health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people. This focus on collaboration marks only the beginning of a much larger long-term vision, which will aim to bring the full weight of Tribal leadership, programs, and resources together for the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral health.

This free event is the nation's premiere opportunity to assemble and hear from nationally recognized speakers, behavioral health and healthcare providers, Tribal Leaders, and healthcare officials committed to addressing emergent behavioral health topics in Indian Country.
The conference objectives are as follows:
Create an opportunity to collaborate, network, and share effective strategies on behavioral health issues prevalent in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Provide the most up-to-date information regarding best and promising practices on a variety of behavioral health topics.
Increase awareness and understanding of current and emerging behavioral health programs and initiatives.
Pursue professional development opportunities.

Who Should Attend
The event is targeted toward social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, traditional service providers, physicians, nurses, Tribal Leaders, behavioral health and health program administrators, community health representatives, and all other interested community members.

Certificate of Participation
Immediately following the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to go online and download a customized certificate of participation.

Special Needs
If you need to request ADA accommodations for the conference, please contact us or 509-789-2675.

Grievance Policy
Grievances may be addressed by calling 509-789-2675 or emailing

Teresa Anahuy
ANOTHER Oil Spill: 800,000 gallons in Kalamazoo River "Its Getting Hot In Here" Dispatches From The Youth Climate Movement - Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future
By Juliana Williams - July 27, 2010
That’s right, another oil spill. Monday, July 26th, over 800,000 gallons(25,000+ barrels) of oil from an Enbridge pipeline spilled into a creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River.
It appears that the spill was detected and shut off much faster than the Salt Lake City Oil Spill in June, but spewed nearly twice as much greasy scum as the Chinese Oil Spill just over a week ago. It pales in comparison to the disaster in the Gulf, but is more than enough contamination for Michigan.
Enbridge, I should mention, is proposing a new tar sands pipeline to bring Canadian tar to Asian refineries. Because we need more pipelines and tankers… Thankfully the Enbridge pipeline is facing massive opposition.
So that makes 4 major oil spills in 4 months. Let’s hope that we learn to break this pattern.
[Correction: I initially said the Enbridge tar sands pipeline would bring crude to American refineries. The pipeline is primarily intended to transport the crude oil to British Columbia, where it will be shipped to Asian markets.]
Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)
Tar Sands Threaten Canada’s Rainforests
Emergildo’s Story
Clinton’s Big Decision on Tar Sands
Geography of the World’s Largest Oil Spills

Revelations 11:18

Teresa Anahuy
Brazil Tribes Release Hostages (Dardanelos Hydroelectric Dam_
July 27, 2010

.....The protesting tribesmen are demanding compensation for what they describe as an attack on their sacred site and have threatened to set the construction site on fire if Brazilian officials failed to start negotiating with then in two days. Besides compensation, they are demanding more government finances for their health and education......

Indigenous people free Brazilian workers held hostage
July 27, 2010

....."They don't want money in their hands," Aquino said. "What they want is a sustainable program in the area that will recover the loss they have suffered in this archaeological site."
Aquino said the Indians, who took over the land early Sunday afternoon, had not provoked any violence......

Brazilian Hostages Freed After Dam Stand-Off with Tribes
By Rob Quinn - July 27, 2010

....."This construction has caused a great impact on the lives of our people. We are suffering because of this work." - Tribal leader Aldeci Arara.....


Teresa Anahuy
Protesters shut down BP stations in London
July 27, 2010

Environmental campaigners shut down between 30 and 50 BP petrol stations in London on Tuesday in a protest against deep-sea drilling, as the oil giant appointed a new chief executive, both sides said.

The Greenpeace demonstration in central London was timed to coincide with the announcement that Bob Dudley would replace Tony Hayward at the helm of BP, as the group posted record losses caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill......
Greenpeace activists shut down BP gas stations all over London - Greenpeace USA Blog
By Lisa Vickers - July 27, 2010


Teresa Anahuy
Bianca Jagger takes message from Kondh tribal people to British mining giant Vedanta
27 Jul 2010
Source: ActionAid
Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone.

Human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger will on Wednesday take a message from India’s threatened Kondh people direct to shareholders of British mining company Vedanta at their AGM.

Ms Jagger recently visited the endangered tribal community in the eastern India state of Orissa and will speak on their behalf against a proposal to open one of the world’s largest bauxite mines.
Bianca Jagger said: “Last year I stood side by side with Sitaram Kulisika from the Kondh people as he addressed Vedanta directors who had promised not to mine without consent. This year he cannot be here so I am delivering his message to all shareholders to honour this promise and save the Kondh’s livelihood and god.”

The Kondh’s future and a pristine eco-system are threatened with extinction by Vedanta’s plans for the massive open-pit mine. It will destroy a large part of Niyamgiri Mountain the Kondh’s ancestral homeland.

The 8,000-strong Kondh tribe regard Niyamgiri Mountain and its surrounding forest as sacred and home to their god, Niyam Raja. They are also totally dependent on the mountain for their crops, water and livelihoods, so are strongly opposed to the mine fearing it will destroy their way of life forever.

Bianca Jagger continued: “The Kondh people have been living in harmony with their mountain, forests and animals for generations. Vedanta has been there for less than 10 years. Who are they to decide what is best for the future of this ancient tribe? It is not too late to stop the extinction of this peoples’ way of life.”

Meredith Alexander, Head of Trade and Corporates at ActionAid said: “The threatened destruction of the Kondh’s homeland is a daily and terrifying reality. Today, shareholders have another chance to refuse to allow their money to be used in this way.

“Earlier this year prominent investors likeThe Church of England and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust divested because of serious concerns about the company. Other shareholders, including several UK county councils, should know they are investing in a mine that will destroy a community’s way of life forever.”


Teresa Anahuy
Dear Friends,

Did you see that report on ABC News: Nightline, World News Tonight, and Good Morning America about the more than 300 chimpanzees living terrible lives at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana? Watch here on ABC's site:

Especially heartbreaking were the 26 elder chimps who were taken from the wild. Some of these chimps are more than 50 years old, and have lived their entire lives behind bars.

I just took action online to support H.R. 1326, a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to end the use of chimpanzees, our closest living animal relatives, in invasive research.

The Great Ape Protection Act, which was recently reintroduced, would phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and retire the approximately 500 government owned chimpanzees to suitable, permanent sanctuary.

I hope you will join me in urging your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the Great Ape Protection Act. It only takes a minute, and will make an enormous difference for these animals. Thank you for all you do!

Teresa Anahuy

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State media: Indigenous people free Brazilian workers held hostage

State media: Indigenous people free Brazilian workers held hostage
By the CNN Wire Staff
July 26, 2010 5:12 p.m. EDT
(CNN) -- About 300 indigenous people from eight ethnic groups have released about 100 workers who had been held hostage on the banks of the Aripuana River to protest construction of a hydroelectric dam over what they consider a holy site, Brazilian state media reported Monday.
Government officials were to meet Monday with representatives from the dam and the National Foundation for Indigenous Affairs in the state of Mato Grosso, the state-run Agencia Brasil news service said.
The indigenous people -- who painted their bodies as a declaration of war -- encircled a large area where the Dardanelos hydroelectric dam is under construction in Mato Grosso, Agencia Brasil said.
The Brazilian Indians are asking for reparations for what they claim has been an attack on their sacred land, said Antonio Carlos Ferreira Aquino, local coordinator of the National Foundation for Indigenous Affairs, in an interview with the agency.
"They don't want money in their hands," Aquino said. "What they want is a sustainable program in the area that will recover the loss they have suffered in this archaeological site."
Aquino said the Indians, who took over the land early Sunday afternoon, had not provoked any violence.
Paulo Rogerio Novaes, who is overseeing the construction project of the Dardanelos dam, said he feared for the well-being of the local workers.
"They [the Indians] said that if in two days, no officials appear, they will set fire to all the areas of construction," Novaes claimed.
He told Agencia Brasil that the hydroelectric dam -- which is being built approximately 26 miles from the nearest tribe -- will not affect indigenous lands.
According to estimates from the foundation, there are 33 distinct ethnic tribes and about 25,000 Indians in the state.
Dardanelos dam is expected to supply electricity to 600,000 people daily.
Journalist Helena de Moura contributed to this report.
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Every Animal Lover , Great and Small Must See This....Fantastic Breaking News!!!!

This is absolutely FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!

Scotlund Haisely was a an amazing director of the Washingon Animal Rescue League here in DC, then HSUS hired him after he was one of the first to go down to New Orleans to rescue Katrina animals and bring them back to the shelter. He was so good at what he did, HSUS hired him as the Director of Disaster Relief.......and now, In Defense of Animals in San Francisco has hired him as their new director although I don't know if he has moved there.

Nontheless, he is one man who NEVER stops to do what he can to alleiviate the pain and suffering of animals...any animal.

Great Great news everyone and please share this.

thank you


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"

From our animal lover friend Hannah.

Urge Musicians To Boycott Az

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An Urgent National Call to Action to Support progressive Arizona LGBTQ–led Campaign “From AZ to Lady Gaga – Honor the Boycott!”

SIGN the mass online petition calling for Lady Gaga to honor the boycott of Arizona at:
LGBTQ organizations, Immigrant Rights groups & progressive allied organizations are being asked to please circulate the following email widely to their internet networks as soon as possible. They ask that your constituents and members sign on to the online petition in support of the boycott and circulate it widely as part of Week of Solidarity against the anti-immigrant attacks in Arizona & Call to Action for Human Rights July 23-30, 2010 along with your scheduled activities

For more information on the “From AZ to Lady Gaga: Honor the Boycott!” please contact: Victor Medina

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Sign the online petition against Arizona-type Racist Anti-immigrant Laws in all states where they're pending


Despite a national boycott of the state Arizona because the racist anti-immigrant law SB1070, one of the biggest acts in pop music, Lady Gaga is planning on performing in Phoenix, AZ on July 31st.

Lady Gaga is not only an international pop music icon but has become a champion in the struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) rights.

LGBTQ activists, especially those working within the migrant worker communities within Arizona are asking groups & individuals to support 2 very important campaigns to get Lady Gaga to honor the boycott over the next week.

First, here is the link to a mass online petition calling for Lady Gaga to honor the boycott of Arizona that organizations, groups and individuals can sign onto and circulate widely among their networks.

And second here is the link to two personal letters to Lady Gaga from LGBTQ migrant workers& activists living in Arizona. These very powerful letters demonstrate the impact of SB1070 on their communities and ask for a meeting with Lady Gaga on July 31st.

“From AZ to Lady Gaga: Honor the Boycott” Campaigns are part of the Week of Solidarity against the anti-immigrant attacks in Arizona & Call to Action for Human Rights July 23-30, 2010 Please do all that you can to spread the word and support these efforts along with your scheduled activities

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Shirley Sherrod and Just Peace

Shirley Sherrod and Just Peace

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Mondays, 6pm - 7pm EST ----- WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FM

Dear all – Yesterday I sent out a note that we would talk with Shirley and Charles Sherrod.

Finally during the hour we were able to talk with Shirley Sherrod and I apologize that this took so long. We spoke with her into Sobukwe Shakura’s show RAP that follows Just Peace. She was delayed due to her schedule in ending the lease for her apartment in Athens where she has been living while working at USDA.

As Shirley herself said, she will come back on the show soon and we intend to do precisely that. We will have her on and provide the opportunity for questions from those of you who would like to join in and make comments or ask questions. We will hopefully announce that soon. Below please find an article I wrote about Shirley and the USDA that was posted on Counterpunch on July 22

We thank you again for your support which is needed and appreciated. Please call in to our studio at 404 523 3471 to donate during our summer fund drive or donate line at


Heather Gray, Producer
WRFG- Atlanta

July 22, 2010

The Racist History of the USDA: The Saga of Shirley Sherrod


It would almost be a nice story if what recently happened to Shirley Sherrod and its resolution, with apologies from the government and offers of another job, was an isolated incident. It is not! Sherrod, a Black woman, and a USDA employee, was treated shamefully by the US Department of Agriculture. Sherrod’s treatment was not unique. The USDA has a long history of abuse even though the current Secretary of Agriculture has pledged there would be a change. Unfortunately, lawsuits filed in recent years against the USDA are a testament to this long history of discrimination and there is much yet to be resolved.

Sherrod was forcefully fired from her USDA government post this week by the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack because of a distorted and edited video of a speech Sherrod gave in March 2010. It attempted to make her look as it she were a racist – the video clip was deliberately edited by a right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart and aired on the Fox News Channel.

The heat was on the Obama administration. It fired Sherrod without review or recourse.

As a result there has rightfully been an on-going media frenzy this week about Sherrod and her background and about her treatment by the USDA.

Then the truth and context with the entire tape was revealed. The government in turn, both the President’s office and the Secretary of Agriculture, reversed it’s decision, apologized and offered Sherrod another job at USDA. She is not yet sure if she will accept.

This, unfortunately, is not the end of the story. Sherrod’s experience was not an isolated one and does not explain the totality of the USDA. Today there are lawsuits against the USDA by African American, Native American, Latino American and women farmers to name a few. The treatment of Shirley Sherrod is but another chapter in USDA’s shameful behavior.

In the totality of Sherrod’s 2010 speech before the NAACP in Douglas, Georgia, that was edited out by Breitbart, she shared her decades long history of service in the community and with Black farmers in particular. She shared about her personal traumatic experience of losing her father in the 1960’s, who was killed by a white neighbor. She was a teen then and, while she had wanted to leave the South, the night of her father’s murder she made the decision to stay and work to change the unjust and racist South and to work for justice.

In the 1980’s Sherrod ultimately devoted her attention to assisting Black farmers. And in her work at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives she tried to help farmers as they faced the now well-known discrimination from the USDA offices throughout the South. This discrimination usually resulted in the USDA offering no or limited service and credit to these farmers because they were Black.

In fact, in 1982, the US Commission on Civil Rights found in its research that the primary reason that Black farmers had lost land is because of the USDA itself. Historically and presently, because of lack of services from the USDA, for decades thousands of Blacks have lost land, homes, untold assets, income and have essentially been forced off the land into urban areas or left trying desperately to make ends meet in rural communities. This is a parallel story with other groups who have also filed suit against the USDA.

This lack of service ultimately led to Black farmers successfully filing, in 1997, the largest class action lawsuit against the U.S. government.

Shirley Sherrod has a long, substantial and respected history of service and a well-earned stature throughout the southeast region and the country. If she can be treated so abysmally by the USDA, it makes it clear how those at USDA have so easily given disparate treatment to thousands of less fortunate black and brown farmers over the past many years.

Regarding this unjust treatment, in a July 21, 2010 letter to Secretary Vilsack from Ralph Paige, Executive Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, said, “We find it ironic that in the one hundred years of USDA’s history of discrimination, not a single white person has been dismissed for discrimination, however, a Black woman who is doing her job well is falsely accused of discrimination in an altered video and you decide that she can no longer do a credible and nondiscriminatory job of dispensing USDA rural development programs and must resign.”

Sherrod also describes in her speech how in the 1980’s a white farmer, who was about to lose his farm, asked her for assistance. She was appalled at how this farmer had been abused by the USDA.

Her speech, then, was a parable of her transformation in understanding, ultimately, that the issue was not always “race” in terms of the discrimination that farmers experienced from the USDA. She realized that discrimination was also matter of “who has and who does not”. It was, as Shirley goes on to explain, a matter of the rich against the poor.

Secretary Vilsack has said in the past and recently in response to his dreadful treatment of Shirley Sherrod, that the USDA needs to get beyond it’s abysmal racist past and present behavior.

If the Secretary is earnest about moving beyond the USDA racist history, he, the White House and Congress will finally put to rest the Native American and Black farmer lawsuits that are settled and now before Congress for funding. Thousands, close to 65,000 in fact, of Black farmers have waited for close to a decade for the case to be settled and to finally receive some compensation for the injustice they experienced from their government. Justice delayed is justice denied.

If the Secretary, Congress and the White House were serious about making amends they will make sure that all of these lawsuit now filed against USDA are resolved!

Further, Secretary Vilsack needs to have remedies put in place to prevent such disparate treatment from ever happening again to farmers be they black, brown, white or poor. It is a time of reckoning.

Heather Gray is the producer of "Just Peace" on WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FM covering local, regional, national and international news. She has been involved in agriculture advocacy and communications for 20 years in the United States and internationally. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia and can be reached at
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The Wingnut Attack Machine Is In The On Position

The Wingnut Attack Machine Is In The On Position
So here we go again. Anytime Save The Sacred Sites Alliance's news arm posts something that might be not so favorable to the left, we get nasty letters from the left. So here ya go we posted the info about the Shirley Sherrod situation and one of the major right wing cable news proganda machines sends this out to all the major networks.
{{{Fox Haters Week in Review! THE LIARS:'s Rick Holmes Washington Post's Richard Cohen Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok's Margot Fernandez The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur The MetroWest Daily McClatchy Newspapers NBC KARE 11 MSNBC's Ed Schultz's John Dean's Eric Boehlert A Little Of This-N-That ( Charles Kaiser (Newsweek, New York Times) Washington Post's Greg Sargent D >>>---> @ "Sorry, about your damn luck!" - "Cowboy" James Storm}}}

Man we big stuff now. LoL Not. I am laughing so hard right now that I can barely type. So you know that I'm not serious about us being that important. What it goes tell me is that somebody got caught with their bloomers down and they intend to "get" anyone who dares to speak out against this injustice. You see we have known the Federation of Southern CoOperatives, where Mrs' Sherrod came from to the USDA and where the supposed incident happened, for a long time. These folks are GOOD folks. We may not agree with them all the time. But heck they never did an attack blog against us either. To be honest the left never did this type of junk even when they sent us upset emails.
Hey but we're honored to be in the same company with some of the major news organizations, and organizations that fight racism like The Southern Law and Poverty Center.
I guess we owe it to you guys, our friends who pass this stuff on. All we try to do is put stuff out that we don't see any where else or something that has more detail or a new angle.
By the way, the guy said that Fox News did not put out the story until Mr's Sherrod was fired and that we are all liars. If you go to the Rachel Maddow Show website, or Countdown on MSNBC they show the attack on Mrs. Sherrod being put out on Fox before the firing. (And yeah we don't always agree with these folks either. But they never sent their attack dogs after us.) Now do I hate Fox News? Not any more than one of those tabloids that you see at the supermarket checkout, because that is the quality. And Sharon, our founder, found places on the internet that show that Fox News was on this before Mrs. Sherrod's firing. But you know what, I could care less because all we did was post other friends stuff including Mr. Potok's article (who we know and respect for his work in fighting to protect Native Peoples and all peoples from racism). And these folks can aptly defend themselves. So, I leave that up to them. I just thought that it was funny that these folks are filled with so much fear that they have to attack little guys like us. But hey thanks everyone for forwarding all our stuff. You and we must be putting the squeeze on the bad guys. Way to go friends and family.
I guess old "Cowboy" (or is it Cowless Boy, because most of these "Cowboys" have never seen a live cow on a farm like my grandpa and dad grew up on and I visited during the summer when I was a kid. Mom's family was from farms also.) James Storm and Johnny Dollar (Is he any relation to Creflo A. Dollar that televangelist? Never did give that guy any money to take away my sins and buy my way to health and heaven. LoL) or Thomas Charles Stewart III or whoever you are that sent us the anonymous hate email, I guess your wingnut attack machine is in the on position. Okay we'll just repost and refute everyting you say. How's that? Ain't this fun. Wow maybe we'll get more readers and more people will listen to Indigenous Issues. That would be nice. Puleeeeze, make a big deal of this so we can get Indigenous Issues out to more people. LoL Alright, seriously Countdown and Rachel Maddow are alright shows. That have spoken about some Native American issues, more than most mainstream media that rejects us completely. So I'm sending them a copy of this since I am talking about them. Please, guys don';t send your attack dogs after me. Oh I forgot you don't need attack dogs. You use facts. LoL Gee, guys I used to think I was an Independent. But I guess since I agree with some things on MSNBC the tooth fairy turned me into a Liberal. Do Native People like labels? I know I don't. :-)
Later everyone and much luv,


U.S. Hunts For Leaker of Afghan War Documents 26 Jul 2010 Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government 26 Jul 2010

U.S. Hunts For Leaker of Afghan War Documents 26 Jul 2010

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26 Jul 2010
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'We will do what is necessary to try to determine who is responsible for the leaking of this information.' U.S. Hunts For Leaker of Afghan War Documents 26 Jul 2010 The Pentagon said on Monday it was launching a manhunt to find whoever leaked tens of thousands of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, one of the largest security breaches in U.S. military history. U.S. defense officials said the person behind the release of some 91,000 classified documents appeared to have "secret" clearance and access to sensitive documents on the Afghan war. More leaks were possible, officials acknowledged.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 'annoyed' by 9/11 truth By SnowCrash 22 Jul 2010 In this interview ['Wanted by the CIA: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange' 19 Jul 2010], Belfast Telegraph reporter Matthew Bell asks Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about "conspiracy theories". Assange subsequently explains his position. His obsession with secrecy, both in others and maintaining his own, lends him the air of a conspiracy theorist. Is he one? "I believe in facts about conspiracies," he says, choosing his words slowly. "Any time people with power plan in secret, they are conducting a conspiracy. So there are conspiracies everywhere. There are also crazed conspiracy theories. It's important not to confuse these two. Generally, when there's enough facts about a conspiracy we simply call this news." What about 9/11? "I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud." [Hmm. Maybe that explains why the CIA hasn't 'found' him. Can you say 'limited hangout?']

War leaks show Obama following Bush policies 26 Jul 2010 The US has condemned the leak of documents on the Afghan war. Leaked US military documents detail how American-led NATO forces in Afghanistan have killed or wounded hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents. The documents leaked by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks say some of the casualties are caused by airstrikes, but a large number is the result of troops shooting unarmed drivers or motorcyclists allegedly to protect themselves.

Afghanistan war logs: How US marines sanitised record of bloodbath --War logs show how marines gave cleaned up accounts of incident in which they killed 19 civilians 26 Jul 2010 Brevity is the hallmark of military reporting, but even by those standards the description of one especially disastrous event is remarkably short: "The patrol return to base." It started with a suicide bomb. On 4 March 2007 a convoy of US marines, who had arrived in Afghanistan three weeks earlier, were hit by an explosives-rigged minivan outside the southeastern city of Jalalabad. The marines made a frenzied escape, opening fire with automatic weapons as they tore down a six-mile stretch of highway, hitting almost anyone in their way -- teenage girls in the fields, motorists in their cars, old men as they walked along the road. Nineteen unarmed civilians were killed and 50 wounded. None of this, however, was captured in the initial military account, written by the marines themselves. It simply says that, simultaneous with the suicide explosion, "the patrol received small arms fire from three directions".

Secret files: US drones hunt and kill Taliban targets by remote control from Nevada base --Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation --Covert unit hunts leaders for 'kill or capture' --Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops --Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato 25 Jul 2010 A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency. The disclosures come from more than 90,000 records of incidents and intelligence reports about the conflict obtained by the whistleblowers' website Wikileaks in one of the biggest leaks in US military history. The war logs also detail --How a secret "black" unit of special forces hunts down Taliban leaders for "kill or capture" without trial. --How the US covered up evidence that the Taliban have acquired deadly surface-to-air missiles. How the coalition is increasingly using deadly Reaper drones to hunt and kill Taliban targets by remote control from a base in Nevada.

Kabul: US-led forces kill 52 civilians 26 Jul 2010 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed that a recent US-led NATO air strike killed at least 52 civilians including several women and children. Karzai said on Monday that NATO troops fired a rocket that killed "52 innocent civilians" in southern Afghanistan. The government sources say that the attack happened on Friday when civilians crammed into a house to flee the exchange of fire between NATO troops and alleged militants.

Nato probes reports raid killed 45 Afghan civilians 25 Jul 2010 International forces in Afghanistan say they are urgently investigating reports as many as 45 civilians died in an air strike in Helmand province on Friday. Nato's initial investigation found no evidence, [?!?] but a BBC journalist visiting Regey village spoke to several people who said they had seen the incident. At the time, dozens were sheltering in the village from nearby fighting.

No plans to quit Afghanistan, says US 25 Jul 2010 The United States has assured its allies in South Asia that it has no plans to quit the region and will stay engaged with Afghanistan as well. The assurance followed reports in the US media that President Barack Obama’s intention to start withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan from July next year had unsettled [thrilled] the entire region, causing South Asian nations to prepare themselves for a post-withdrawal scenario. "The fact is, we’re not leaving Afghanistan or the region at the end of next year," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.

Top U.S. officer warns Afghan war will get worse 25 Jul 2010 More NATO troops will die in Afghanistan as violence mounts over the summer, but Washington's goal of turning the tide against the insurgency by year's end is within reach, the top U.S. military officer said on Sunday. The remarks by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, on a visit to the country, came as the Taliban said they were holding captive one of two U.S. servicemen who strayed into insurgent territory, and that the other had been killed.

Taliban take over Barg-i-Matal district 25 Jul 2010 Taliban militants have taken over the Barg-i-Matal district in Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan. According to a Press TV correspondent in Afghanistan, the Taliban militants seized the Barg-i-Matal district -- the largest town in Nuristan province -- on Saturday night.

Taliban 'kill captured US soldier' 25 Jul 2010 The Taliban say one of the two missing American soldiers has been killed and the other, captured alive, is currently held by the militants. A Taliban spokesman said Sunday the group is holding both the body of the dead soldier and the captured one. "One of the two was killed in the exchange of fire and we arrested the second alive," said Zabihullah Mujahid.

US drone strikes kill 8 in Pakistan 25 Jul 2010 Two US drone attacks have left at least eight people dead in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region amid growing discontent over the issue. Officials say at least four people were killed and two others wounded in the latest attack on Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan. In an earlier attack, US drones fired two missiles at a compound in South Waziristan, killing four.

25 killed as Iraq car bombings target shrine city, media 26 Jul 2010 Twin car bombs killed 21 people in the Shiite holy city of Karbala in southern Iraq on Monday, while four people died in a suicide attack on a Saudi-funded television channel in Baghdad. The suicide blasts in Karbala, where religious commemoration ceremonies are due to begin on Wednesday, occurred at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) and also wounded at least 47 people, a provincial health official said.

Blast hits al-Arabiya's Baghdad office 26 Jul 2010 Four people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in a bomb attack on the office of the Arabic-language satellite news channel al-Arabiya in Baghdad. The incident occurred on Monday morning when a bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle in front of the Dubai-based channel's office, the Washington Post reported.

'US psywar plan includes 2 hot wars' 26 Jul 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the United States and Israel plan to attack two countries in the Middle East as part of a conspiracy to apply pressure on Iran. "We have precise information that the Americans have devised a plot, according to which they seek to launch a psychological war on Iran," Ahmadinejad stated in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Monday. "They plan to attack at least two countries in the region within the next three months," he added.

US to fund Israel's Arrow 3 missiles 26 Jul 2010 The United States has agreed to fund Israel's new anti-missile system while discussion is underway on Israeli plans to purchase US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets. The Israeli defense ministry and the US Missile Defense Agency signed an agreement on Sunday under which Tel Aviv will receive full funding for the development and production of Arrow 3 ballistic missile system, Haaretz reported.

Ex-CIA chief says clash with Iran more likely --Bush aide points to nuclear push [while ignoring Israel's nuclear weapons] 26 Jul 2010 Former CIA director Michael Hayden says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the United States does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program. Hayden, a CIA chief under President [sic] George W. Bush, said that during his tenure a strike was "way down the list" of options. But he said on CNN’s "State of the Union" that such action now "seems inexorable."

EU approves tougher sanctions against Iran 27 Jul 2010 European Union (EU) foreign ministers on Monday endorsed tougher sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, including measures to block oil and gas investment and curtail its refining and natural gas capability. Foreign ministers from the 27 EU member states adopted a decision implementing the measures contained in UN Security Council Resolution 1929 as well as extra measures identified by EU heads of state and government at their June summit. EU's restrictive measures, which went beyond UN sanctions imposed on June 10, followed a similar U.S. move.

'The US uses human rights to pressure Iran while this country does not observe even the most basic articles of the human rights law.' Iran to sue US for rights violations 25 Jul 2010 An Iranian lawmaker says Tehran plans to file a lawsuit against the US over the inhumane policies adopted by Washington towards the people of Iran. "It has been agreed that the issue of US violation of human rights as well as its double standard policies be raised in the international community and a lawsuit be filed to seek compensation for some of the damages inflicted on Iran because of it," member of the Majlis Human Rights Committee Zohreh Elahian said on Sunday.

Venezuela head threatens US oil cut over Colombia row 25 Jul 2010 President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has threatened to halt oil exports to the US if his country is attacked by Colombia - a close US ally. The threat comes amid an escalating dispute over allegations that Venezuela is harbouring Colombian rebels [aka freedom fighters resisting US-backed death squads]. Mr Chavez broke diplomatic ties with Colombia last week and put his army on high alert. Mr Chavez said he had received intelligence that "the possibility of armed aggression against Venezuela from Colombia was higher than it had ever been". [Right, USociopaths are constantly on the prowl for new countries to invade/occupy at the behest of corporaterrorists.]

NORAD plans Washington, D.C. exercise --Exercise flights conducted throughout U.S. and Canada since start of 'Operation Noble Eagle' 26 Jul 2010 The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct early morning exercises over the Washington area. The exercises will take place between midnight and 2 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Civil Air Patrol aircraft and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters will take part in the exercise.

DHS Secretary announces two general aviation security enhancements 26 Jul 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole on Monday launched two major enhancements to general aviation security. "If You See Something, Say Something" national campaign was launched by the general aviation component of the DHS on Monday, as well as a streamlined system for vetting passengers and crew on general aviation aircraft entering and exiting the United States through a single, Department-wide process.

Radical police shake-up plans 'a return to 1950s' --A return to 1950s-style policing was signalled by the Government yesterday as ministers unveiled plans to recruit tens of thousands of special police constables. 26 Jul 2010 The number of the voluntary officers would increase more than fourfold -- from the current 15,000 to the peak levels of 67,000 last seen more than 50 years ago, said Theresa May, the Home Secretary. She also outlined plans for a volunteer "police reserve force" to bolster the country’s 141,000 front-line police officers, whose numbers are said to be under threat because of public sector spending cuts.

BP boss Hayward to get immediate £600,000 pension 26 Jul 2010 BP chief executive Tony Hayward will get an immediate annual pension worth about £600,000 ($930,000) when he leaves in October, the BBC has learned. Mr Hayward is to stand down after sustained criticism of his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. However, a BP source said he would be nominated for a non-executive position at the firm's Russian joint venture.

Big Payoff for axed boss 26 Jul 2010 BP was last night poised to boot out boss Tony Hayward - with a near £15million pay-off. The under-fire chief executive could go as early as today after being locked in talks over the weekend. He will carry the can for the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which has badly damaged BP's reputation in the US... Mr Hayward - slammed for his handling of the crisis - would be due a £1million salary pay-off, share options worth £2.7million and a £10.8million pension pot.

BP set to begin oil drilling off Libya 24 Jul 2010 Oil giant BP has confirmed it will begin drilling off the Libyan coast in the next few weeks. The deepwater drilling will take place in the Gulf of Sirte following a deal signed in 2007 with Libya on oil and gas development. The news comes amid major concerns over BP's environmental and safety record following the Gulf of Mexico spill.

On landmark law's 20th anniversary, House passes bill to make Internet more accessible for disabled 26 Jul 2010 The House late Monday passed a bill that aimed at making the Internet and mobile phones more accessible to the disabled through video captions for the hearing impaired and better descriptions of smartphone screens for the blind. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), cleared the House on a vote of 348 to 23. Its approval came on the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and as a similar bill works its way through the Senate.

Obama marks 20th anniversary of Disabilities Act 26 Jul 2010 President Barack Obama marked Monday's 20th anniversary of a landmark anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities by promising to boost government efforts at recruiting, hiring and retaining people with physical and mental limitations. In a sun-splashed ceremony on the White House South Lawn, Obama signed an executive order requiring the federal personnel agency to develop model guidelines for hiring people with disabilities, and announced a series of other measures.

Over 160,000 Michigan utility shutoffs from January to May 2010 By Lawrence Porter 21 Jul 2010 Recent figures, obtained by the World Socialist Web Site from the Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC), confirm the unrelenting and inhuman policy of utility shutoffs in the State of Michigan, despite the well-publicized series of deaths last winter as a direct result... Altogether 84,769 DTE [Energy] customers saw their utilities turned off during the first five months of the year compared to 77,598 homes by Consumers [Energy], a whopping total of 162,367 households.

It's no Lam-bear-ghini 26 Jul 2010 A greedy bear took a car for a joyride when he dived into the vehicle in search of a peanut butter sandwich. The clever creature managed to open the door of the car, close it behind him, put it in gear and send it careering 100ft (30m) down a hill. The owner of the car, 17-year-old Ben Story, had left a peanut butter sandwich on the back seat and the smell attracted the hungry black bear. When cops arrived they found the panicked animal thrashing around inside the Toyota Corolla.

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Pentagon workers tied to child porn --Security agencies were left at risk, investigators say 23 Jul 2010 Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography, including an undisclosed number who used their government computers to obtain the illegal material, according to investigative reports. The investigations have included employees of the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- which deal with some of the most sensitive work in intelligence and defense -- among other organizations within the Defense Department.
Uncovered: Britain's secret rendition programme --Until now, this country has been guilty only by association in the illegal transfer of prisoners. But the covert rendition of a Moroccan man by MI5 agents suggests that the practice was central to Britain's 'war on terror' 21 Jul 2010 MI5 was directly involved in the rendition of a Moroccan national, illegally taken from a Belgian prison to work for Britain's Security Services in London, an investigation by The Independent has discovered. The man, now aged 29 and who cannot be named for his own safety, was secretly transferred from a Brussels jail in April 2004 and then further held and interrogated by senior MI5 officers at a secret base near London.

'Eye-popping' Bonuses Awarded as Financial System Was on Verge of Collapse 23 Jul 2010 With the financial system on the verge of collapse in late 2008, a group of troubled banks doled out more than $2 billion in bonuses and other payments to their highest earners. Now, the federal authority on banker pay says that nearly 80 percent of that sum was unmerited. In a report to be released on Friday, Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Obama administration’s special master for executive compensation, is expected to name 17 financial companies that made questionable payouts totaling $1.58 billion immediately after accepting billions of dollars of taxpayer aid, according to two government officials with knowledge of his findings who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the report.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Issues & News From STSSA Friends

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Update from Cloud's Mountaintop & Action Alert‏
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_Dear Friends of Cloud and the wild horses;_
Makendra and I just returned from a great five days in the Pryors with the
wild horses. We sighted band after band in the broad, flower-covered meadows
near Tony Island and the Dryhead Overlook in the Custer National Forest. As

is their pattern, the wild horses had migrated to this higher elevation area
where show still dotted the slopes above a snow crater surrounded by
boulders. The meadows have exploded with purple lupine in football sized

flower beds. Due to cool temperatures and moisture the flowers were delayed
and the height of the bloom coincided with our visit.

_Bolder's yearling daughter, Jewel_

One of the first bands we saw was led by the grullo stallion, Lakota and, to

our surprise, we discovered, he was a new father. The little dun colt, still
unsteady on his legs, had clearly been born that morning to Mariah, Cloud’s
palomino sister. Last month, I thought Mariah was just fat. Even after the

birth she still looks alike a beach ball.

They were traveling toward snow in scenic circle of boulders in the middle
of the meadow. When we hiked closer we got a better look at the handsome
colt sticking closer to his attentive and experienced mother. Later in the

day we watched his brother who had been born the month before walk slowly
toward the young colt. As the darling grullo colt we named Koda Wakan
(sacred friend in the Lakota Sioux language) approached, Mariah laid her

ears back. “No”, she was clearly saying to Koda. I know in time the two will
become playmates, but Mariah was clear that this was not to happen for a
while. We named her son Kokopelli.

At least a dozen other bands were enjoying the rich grass in this highest of

the meadows, including Cloud’s family. As we hiked closer to them, we
quickly realized how very pregnant Aztec was. She is the grulla mother of
Shadow, the mother-daughter duo you met in [2]“Cloud: Challenge of the

Stallions”. Aztec looked huge and her udder was tight—a sure sign of an
imminent birth.

The next morning we got up extra early and began searching for Aztec before
dawn. We found them in the area around the Dryhead Overlook close to where

we left them the night before. We spotted Cloud, his family and Aztec, just
as a tiny dark lump flopped down at her feet. The newborn didn’t stay down
for long, struggling to its feet to suckle.

We could see that it was a baby girl. When she looked around with bleary

eyes, still light in color like most newborn foals, we could see her big
star and the tiny little spot of pinkish-white on the tip of her nose.

Over the next few days we saw her grow stronger and stronger.

Bolder and his family came to the congregation of wild horses that day and I
was awestruck at his son, Cloud’s white grandson. I finally settled on a
name for him—Echo… _Echo of the Arrowheads_. Echo was near his mother,

Cascade, and the other mares and his two siblings, Kicks Alot, the dun
filly, and Absaroka (what the Crow call themselves, meaning children of the
Raven), the dark colt with a narrow blaze.

_Echo & Absorka_

_Kicks Alot resting in the lupine_
Although we watched Echo play with his siblings, we also watched as he
walked boldly to other bands to play with the yearlings! Sometimes he tried
to play with horses even older and walked to his grandfather who looked at

the upstart then lifted a foot to send him away. The pale colt knows no fear
and, if he lives, he has band stallion written all over.

During our stay we had a taste of all the weather changes possible in
July—heat, intense sunshine, rain, cold wind, and dense fog. To come around

a bend in dense fog and spot horses just adds to the sense of wonder and
adventure in this wild horse wilderness.

_Bolder and Red Raven spar_
_Kicks Alot, mother Autumn and grandmother Texas _

To our dismay, we noticed small orange flags marking the line where the

Custer National Forest plans to build a two-mile-long fence that would
prevent the wild horses from accessing the very area they were enjoying on
our visit. This is a horrifying thought on many levels. It would compromise

the health of the herd, if they were not able to graze on these wide,
sub-alpine pastures in mid-summer through the fall. The fence would cut off
historic horse trails they have used for centuries and would prevent the

public from viewing the wild horses on these high scenic meadows that are
more easily accessed by regular vehicles. We are not sure why Forest Service
is so determined to keep the wild horses out of their historic range. Is it

to increase cattle grazing? The ‘why’ of this is very hard to understand.
_Almost all of the photos you see above were taken in the Forest Service
lands, outside of the horses' 'designated range.'_

_Part of the planned route for 2-mile-long fence_

The Cloud Foundation has just filed an expanded lawsuit, which we hope will
prevent this tragedy ([3]read our new press release here). If you want to
help Cloud, his family and his herd we are asking you to _[4]take action

now_. Please contact Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Montana Senators,
Max Baucus and Jon Tester and Custer National Forest Supervisor, Mary
Erickson to stop the wasteful and destructive building of this fence

([5]click here to find out how). And please consider a contribution to
_[6]Cloud's Legal Fund _today.
Thanks so much,




Happy Trails!

_Prince & Cloud spar_
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Fwd: Mile High Youth Corps is hosting a hiring event at DHS next Fri
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Let me know if you don't receive the attached flyer and would like me to forward it to you individually.

From: Alexandra Lee[]
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 20102:29 PM
To: Rider, Nancy - OED
Subject: Mile High Youth Corps ishosting a hiring event at DHS next Friday!

Hi Nancy,

I wanted to share the attached information about an upcominghiring event hosted in partnership with the OED’s Employment Firstprogram at DHS. Please feel free to refer anyone who qualifies for ourYouthBuild program to this event. YouthBuild is a work and education programfor 18- to 24 year old young adults.

I have attached the flyer for this event. Thank you inadvance for your time and support.



Alexandra Lee

Outreach Coordinator

Mile High Youth Corps

P: 303.433.1206, opt. 1, ext. 333

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FYI: Public Talk in Toronto August 3rd: Anti-Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”: Countering the Right Wi ng Backlash
from the Eagle Watch
July 26, 2010

We don't know anything about the named individuals involved in this event. So far, we haven't heard anything bad about them so we'll take a chance and send this to you as an FYI. IF anyone has more details, let us know. The issue is certainly clearly defined in this message and the situation at 6Nations hasn't improved yet either so it is important. Maybe we'll see you there too.

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----- Original Message -----
From: tom keefer
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 11:13 AM
Subject: Public Talk in Toronto August 3rd: Anti-Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”: Countering the Right Wing Backlash

*please forward widely*

Anti-Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”: Countering the Right Wing Backlash

August 3, 7 PM, Rm 5-170 OISE (252 Bloor St. W.)

After the Six Nations people of the Grand River territory began the reclamation of the “Douglas Creek Estates” housing development in Caledonia in February of 2006, a grass-roots anti-Native campaign has been building in nearby white communities. Led by full-time organizers backed by local developers these anti-native activists have organized a “militia” to oppose “native lawlessness,” held regular protests against native smoke shops, and have consistently supported the actions of local governments to criminalize Six Nations land defenders for the past four years. The protests they have organized against Six Nations have been attended by neo-Nazis from elsewhere in Southern Ontario, and more recently – in the wake of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Flotilla – anti-native organizers have sought to tie struggles for indigenous self-determination on Turtle Island to “Muslim Hatemongers” and so-called “terrorist formations” such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Tamil Tigers while at the same time solidifying the links between “democratic” settler states such as Canada and Israel.

On August 3rd, join us for a panel discussion examining the nature of the right wing backlash to the “Caledonia Crisis” in the context of a growing right-wing populist resurgence taking place in the United States and Canada.

This event is being organized as part of the July 31 2010 “Call to Action Against Racism and Fascism” issued by Portland anti-fascists after ARA member Luke Querner was shot by suspected fascists on the evening of March 27th 2009.

This event is co-organized by Common Cause and the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group (FNSWG) and sponsored by the Pan-African Solidarity Network. For more information please

About the presenters:

Mark Corbiere is a member of the Ojibway nation and is a long time member of Anti Racist Action. He is based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Tom Keefer is a member of the FNSWG, an editorial committee member of Upping the Anti and the author of several articles on Six Nations land struggles.

Kate Milley is a member of the FNSWG and the author of _“Where is John Wayne when you need him?” Anti-Native Organizing & the “Caledonia Crisis”_ In Upping the Anti #9.

Shaista Patel is a graduate student at OISE. She identifies as a Muslim feminist and is a member of the FNSWG.


Radioactive shipment raises alarm
from the Eagle Watch

Here are 2 letters to the editors which are helping to spread the word about this ridiculous idea of sending radioactive steam generators half way around the world from Bruce Power on the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence to Sweden. These letters include a few more details than the other message sent today. You can compose your own letter to local and relevant media based on the info from Edwards.

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Radioactive material should not be moved around. It should be stored at the site where it was produced.

Radioactive shipment raises alarm

July 26, 2010

The Whig Standard Editorial

A number of questions have arisen about Bruce Power's plan to ship 16 radioactive waste steam generators from the Bruce A refurbishment through Owen Sound to Sweden.

It appears this plan contravenes previous undertakings and commitments made by Bruce Power and accepted by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as part of the environmental assessment for the refurbishment.

In the December 2005 environment assessment, Bruce Power promises to transfer all radioactive waste from the refurbishment project to Ontario Power Generation's Western Waste Management Facility on the Bruce site, without using any public roads.

The report says, "As noted, refurbishment activities are expected to generate (low-level wastes) and (intermediate-level wastes), including pressure tubes and calandria tubes, >the old steam generators, and miscellaneous components. All radioactive wastes will be transferred to OPG's WWMF following assurance that they meet OPG's acceptance criteria. Transfer to the WWMF will occur entirely within the Bruce Power site and not require the use of public roads."

When was the decision taken by Bruce Power to transport radioactive wastes in the form of the old steam generators on public roads to Owen Sound and then ship them through Georgian Bay, lakes Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario, the St.

Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden? How was that decision arrived at and who was involved in the process? When was the CNSC notified that Bruce Power was going to deviate from the environmental assessment? When did CNSC or the federal Department of the Environment authorize Bruce Power to deviate from that procedure?

Further, Bruce Power's written presentation to the joint council of the Saugeen Ojibway nations in April 2005, says, "Bruce Power is committed to reducing, reusing and recycling wastes produced at the Bruce Power site to the extent possible. For example, scrap metals that are proven not to be radioactive are recycled. However, much of the waste, and particularly low-and intermediate-level waste containing radioactivity, cannot be recycled for safety and environmental reasons. This waste is transferred to OPG's Western Waste Management Facility where it is processed to reduce its volume prior to being placed in storage."

Yet now Bruce Power wants to ship these corroded and radioactively contaminated steam generators to Sweden, where Studsvik will partially decontaminate and recycle up to 90% of the radioactive metal, selling it as scrap metal for unrestricted use, even if it still contains measurable levels of plutonium-239, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and other man-made radioactive contaminants.

Which leads to a second set of questions.

Where and when did Bruce Power decide to abandon the principle that low-and intermediate- level waste containing radioactivity cannot be recycled for safety and environmental reasons? Where and when did OPG, the CNSC and the Department of the Environment give their assents? Where and when was the joint council of the Saugeen Ojibway nation informed?

As recently as September 2007, in the Proposed Work Plan/Bruce A Refurbishment/ Follow-Up Monitoring Program, there is no mention of the steam generators being sent to Sweden. Instead we read:

"Does the EA (environmental assessment) consider long-term storage of the wastes?

"The EA for the project considers the production of the wastes and transfer of the wastes to the WWMF until 2043. OPG is currently undertaking a separate EA to expand the WWMF for interim storage of low-and intermediate- level wastes ... The long-term management of these wastes is an aspect of the Deep Geological Repository Proposal that is under study by OPG and the Municipality of Kincardine."

The same document reads:

"Is there room at the WWMF for the refurbishment wastes now, or will Bruce Power need to wait for the expansion? The WWMF is a licensed facility for the storage of nuclear wastes from Ontario nuclear generating stations. The WWMF is planning to build additional storage structures within its licensed boundary to accommodate the waste from the project, along with the wastes from other nuclear-generating station refurbishment projects in the future."

When did OPG authorize Bruce Power to ship the old steam generators to Sweden instead of to the Western Waste Management Facility? Who at OPG was responsible for that decision? When was CNSC notified of OPG's change of position and accept this change?

Gordon Edwards is president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.


Bruce Power breaking promises;

The Owen Sound Sun Times
Mon Jul 26 2010
Page: A5
Section: Editorial/Opinion
Byline: ;
Column: Letters to the Editor


Bruce Power wants to send 32 old radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes, along the St. Lawrence River and across the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden.

Up to 90% of the 3,500 tons of radiation-laced steel will be sold as scrap metal for unrestricted use, which means that small amounts of man-made radioactive materials created in the Bruce reactors (e. g. plutonium, strontium-90, cesium-137, and cobalt-60) will end up in such everyday items as pots and pans, forks and spoons, zippers and safety pins.

Yet during the Environmental Assessment Document of December 2005, Bruce Power promised that "the old steam generators . . . will be transferred to the Western Waste Management Facility. Transfer to the WWMF will occur entirely within the Bruce Power site and not require the use of public roads." (Volume 1, page 3-31)

Moreover, in its presentation to the joint council of the Saugeen Ojibway Nations, in April 2005 (which is part of the Environmental Assessment package of documents) Bruce Power stated: "scrap metals which are proven not to be radioactive are recycled. However much of the waste, and particularly low and intermediate level waste containing radioactivity, cannot be recycled for safety and environmental reasons. This waste is transferred to OPG's Western Waste Management Facility where it is processed to reduce its volume prior to being placed in storage." (page 4)

The Governments of Ontario and Canada ought to prohibit these shipments because the transport of radioactive debris through our precious waterways should not be condoned, and the dissemination of radioactive waste into consumer goods should not be countenanced. Bruce Power should be held to the promises it made during the Environmental Assessment -- its steam generators should be stored on site as radioactive waste and its radioactive waste should not be disseminated into consumer goods.

Gordon Edwards President Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Shipment of radioactive steam generators?
from the Eagle Watch
July 26, 2010

This is a forwarded message FYI and for your action. Gordon Edwards is a longtime activist against nuclear madness. His web site ccnr calls for "nuclear responsibility" and has loads of valuable information.


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Shipment of radioactive steam generators?
From: "Gordon Edwards"
Date: Mon, July 26, 2010 5:34 am

Re: Bruce Power's plans to ship radioactive steam generators
through the Great Lakes and across the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden.

To whom it may concern:

Bruce Power spokesmen are obscuring the fact that in all of the
Environmental Assessment documents cited on their own web site,
the old steam generators (which have become corroded and
radioactively contaminated through use) are clearly described as
radioactive waste which will not be shipped off-site, but will be
transported along on-site roads to the Western Waste
Management Facility for perpetual storage as radwaste.

I have taken the trouble to document these facts through specific
references to the Environmental Assessment documents in question
-- please see the attached 4-page pdf file.

Bruce Power spokesmen are also obscuring the fact that the exact
inventory of radioactive material inside the old steam generators is
unknown, and that some of this material can be easily released into
the environment in the form of radioactive gases or fine radioactive
dusts, and that some of these releasable materials have half-lives
measured in centuries or millennia.

Bruce Power should not be allowed to go against the plans which
were examined and approved during the environmental assessment
process. If there is to be a new environmental assessment process
to examine these new plans for the old steam generators, namely to
ship them through the Great Lakes and across the ocean to Sweden,
where up to 90 percent of the metal will be released as scrap metal
for unrestricted use, then it is imperative that the environmental
assessment include ALL of the environmental impacts, including
the entire transportation route and the Studsvik operation in Sweden
which has been contributing radioactive pollution to the Baltic Sea
through its "laundering" operations on behalf of the nuclear industry.

Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., President,
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.

This is the text from the four page pdf sent by Edwards to his list. If you want to get on his list , just send him an email requesting said.
Verbatim Quotations from Official Environmental Assessment Documents
About Old Steam Generators from Bruce A Nuclear Reactors
The initials CNSC and BPEA will refer to the following documents respectively.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Screening Report on
Environmental Assessment of the Bruce A Refurbishment
March 2006
Available at
Bruce Power Environmental Assessment Study Report,
Bruce A Refurbishment – Volume 1: Main Report
December 2005
Available at
Point #1: Old steam generators are a form of radioactive waste.
CNSC Page 24
Both phases of the Project will produce radioactive waste. For the purposes of
the assessment, “low level waste (LLW)“ consists of industrial items that have
become slightly contaminated with radioactivity and are of no further use, but also
include the steam generators, feeder pipes and insulation wastes.
BPEA Page 3-31
As noted, refurbishment activities are expected to generate LLW [low level waste]
and ILW [intermediate level waste] including pressure tubes and calandria tubes,
the old steam generators and miscellaneous components.
BPEA Page 3-29
The steam generator replacement will generate LLW[low level waste] and ILW
[intermediate level waste], including the steam generators themselves….
CNSC Page 101
Issue: At what point during the refurbishment will the steam generators be removed?
Response: The steam generators will be removed about halfway through the
refurbishment activities. These are considered low level waste.
Verbatim Quotations from Official Environmental Assessment Documents
About Old Steam Generators from Bruce A Nuclear Reactors
Point #2: Old steam generators are to be stored on-site at WWMF.
NOTE: The exact same wording appears in both of the documents cited above….
BPEA Page 3-17 CNSC Page 25
[box 2 in middle column] [box 2 in right column]
The steam generators will be processed and preparedto meet OPG’s requirements
for acceptance at the WWMF.
BPEA Page 3-17 CNSC Page 25
[box 4 in middle column] [box 4 in right column]
The steam generators will be sealed and transferred to the WWMF….
BPEA Pages 3-28 & 3-29
Following removal, the steam generators will be temporarily stored on-site,
prepared to ensure that they meet OPG’s requirements for acceptance at the WWMF,
lifted onto transporters with a temporary gantry systemand then transferred to the
BPEA page 3-30
Waste Handling: This includes preparation of removed steam generators for
transportation . . . loading of old steam generators onto multi-wheeled
transporters; and transportation of steam generators to OPG’s WWMF. There will
be 16 old steam generators in total from Units 1 and 2 refurbishment and another
16 from Units 3 and 4 refurbishment. These will be transported and stored at the
WWMF following removal….
Point #3: Old steam generators are potential sources of exposure.
From CNSC Page 31
Radiological Malfunctions and Accidents, which areevents that involve radioactive
components (i.e. processing, handling and storing nuclear wastes; removal and
preparation of steam generators for transportation)and the potential for release
of radioactivity.
Verbatim Quotations from Official Environmental Assessment Documents
About Old Steam Generators from Bruce A Nuclear Reactors
BPEA Page 3-37
Accident Scenario: A transportation-related accident during the transfer of . . .
the old steam generators between Bruce A and the WWMF may occur leading to a
radiological contamination that could reach on-site workers and members of the
public…. Materials present as a gas or as very fine powders are more likely to
BPEA Page 3-38
Screening of Postulated Radiological Malfunctions and Accidents
Steam generators will not be moved over sensitive buildings/equipment. Activities
will not be carried out during inclement weather (i.e. gusty wind conditions)….
Although the steam generator is a potential source for release of some
radioactivity due to a seal rupture, several factors limit the amount of radioactivity that
would be released. Since there will be no volume reduction step, the majority of
radioactivity will remain in a tightly sealed adherent film, which is spread out
over the internal surfaces. Therefore, the size of the steam generator will limit the
amount of radioactivity that would be released if a seal fails.
CNSC Page 101
Issue: How will you minimize the amount ofcontamination released to the
environment when the steam generators are removed?
Response: … the removal of steam generators will becompletely segregated from
the ongoing operations…..
BPEA Page 3-18 CNSC Page 25
[box 3 in middle column] [box 6 in right column]
Based on the screening of possible conventional malfunction and accident scenarios, it
was determined that two events are credible, namely asteam generator drop and a
refurbishment waste container drop, both during loading/uploading operations…. Other
postulated potential accidents are found to have very limited potential to result in
radiological consequences….
[from CNSC page 32 : containers “are designed to survive a 4 metre drop with
minimal loss of contents”]
[from CNSC page 65 : these are the ONLY two malfunctions or accident scenarios
“involving nuclear materials” that are credible during the refurbishment phase}
Verbatim Quotations from Official Environmental Assessment Documents
About Old Steam Generators from Bruce A Nuclear Reactors
Point #4: Old steam generators cannot be recycled.
BPEA Page 3-17
Non-radioactive wastes will be re-used or recycled to the degree possible…. The
steam generators will be sealed and transferred to the WWMF.
BPEA Page 4-55
Radioactive wastes from Bruce A are transferred to WWMF….. All nonradioactive,
non-hazardous solid waste is transported to the on-site conventional
waste landfill for disposal or off-site for recycling, processing and/or disposal at
facilities licensed to handle such materials.
CNSC Page 75
Some of the waste is directly recyclable; however, the largest waste quantities are
associated with the pressure-tube/calandria-tube replacement and steam generator
replacement, since the replaced components cannot be recycled and must be
disposed of at the WWMF….
Statement: July 25 2010
I have examined the above-cited documents by searching for each and
every occurrence of the phrase “steam generator.
Nowhere in these documents is there the slightest indication that the old
steam generators will ever be transported off-site. On the contrary, both
Bruce Power and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission repeatedly
state that the old steam generators are a form of radioactive waste, which
will be transported to the Western Waste Management Facility, on-site.
Nowhere in these documents is there the slightest indication that the
contaminated metal of the old steam generators will be considered suitable
for recycling as scrap metal intended for unrestricted use.
Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., President,
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.