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Why L.A. is right to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

October 10, 2017

On, Thursday, November 18, Grand Canyon National Park celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a day of special events.
In this photo, the Dishchii’ Bikoh’ Apache Group from Cibecue, Arizona, demonstrates the Apache Crown Dance.
Native American Heritage Month is a time to pay tribute to the many accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of the indigenous peoples of North America.
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the First Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
This is the second year that Grand Canyon National Park has celebrated Native American Heritage Month. Our celebration will continue to grow and evolve as we strengthen the relationships with our associated tribes.
NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker.

Native American Heritage Month

Children listen as L.A. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who is a member of the Wyandotte Native American Tribe, makes an appeal concerning Native American Heritage Month at City Hall on Nov. 4, 2016. (Los Angeles Times)
Steven W. Hackel

After much debate, both the Los Angeles City Council and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently voted to replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, beginning no later than 2019. Although to many this change will seem long overdue, others wonder why our elected officials have ventured into this political thicket.

This week marks 525 years since Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. Nobody questions the historical significance of that feat, but how we understand Columbus and his place in world history has changed dramatically over the centuries.

Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, civic leaders hailed Columbus as the man who brought culture and civilization to the Americas and in so doing planted the seeds that grew into the democratic republic of the United States. They honored this proto-Founding Father in innumerable proclamations, statues, monuments, street names and public plazas. All this adoration culminated in 1937, when, following massive Italian immigration to the U.S., the federal government proclaimed a national holiday in his honor. The city of Los Angeles followed suit that year.

Today, however, those who know most about the life of Columbus see him as more than a skilled mariner, expert promoter and courageous explorer. Increasingly they point to the other aspects of his character and life: his arrogance, his poor administration of his colonial ventures and his blinkered conscience, which was untroubled by the enslavement of Native Peoples, even when doing so went against the wishes of his royal backers.

Even though California was among the last regions to be colonized by Spain, the shadow cast by Columbus reached all the way to our shores.
Moreover, Columbus’ landfall ushered in one of the greatest injustices in human history: the wholesale transfer of wealth and lands from native peoples to Europeans; the unprecedented depopulation of vast swaths of the Americas as European diseases reduced native populations by 90%; and the violent oppression of indigenous culture and beliefs, as Spanish conquistadors and missionaries sought to convert indigenous peoples into servile laborers and observant Catholics.

That the colonization of the Americas made possible by Columbus was both cruel and tragic is not a matter of debate. The history is settled.

This is why, since 1992, municipalities large and small across the country have been stepping back from their public commemorations of Columbus. It’s why, in July 2015, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on behalf of the Catholic Church “for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.” And it’s why the City Council and Board of Supervisors voted to change the holiday in his honor.

Even though California was among the last regions to be colonized by Spain, the shadow cast by Columbus reached all the way to our shores, and his namesake holiday is a particular affront to Californians whose ancestors suffered as a result.

Before Spanish colonization, the regions that make up modern California were home to the largest and most densely settled population of indigenous people north of the Valley of Mexico. Some 350,000 people lived here before Spanish missionaries and soldiers arrived in 1769. By the 1830s, the Franciscans had baptized more than 80,000 Natives, but 60,000 of them had died in the missions, and nearly 25,000 of the dead were children under 10.

It’s fitting to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day because Natives from California, and indigenous people who immigrated here from other regions, played a crucial role in the early history of Los Angeles.

The first indigenous settlers to arrive in the L.A. Basin, in the 1780s, had been displaced from Baja California and from the regions that are now the Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa. Once here, these newcomers hired Gabrielino-Tongva villagers to work as farmhands.

These indigenous newcomers built the pueblo that would become Los Angeles, establishing farms, ranches and commercial networks. Hundreds of Gabrielino-Tongva, who had weathered the storm of colonization, found work in the community. A newer indigenous L.A. grew up alongside the survival of an older one.

But after the U.S. acquired California from Mexico in 1848, the Gold Rush drew a tidal wave of Anglo Americans from the U.S., who brought with them a murderous racism that worked to oppress indigenous people and render them all but invisible.

Nevertheless, indigenous people — those native to California and those who had settled here — persisted in Southern California, and many more continued to move here from all corners of the Americas. In fact, according to recent census information, no county in the country has a higher percentage of indigenous people than L.A. County.

Some trace their California ancestry back hundreds of generations, others are more recent arrivals, but all have played a crucial role in the history of this city. Indigenous Peoples Day correctly celebrates and honors their place in L.A.’s past, present and future.

Steven W. Hackel is a professor of history at UC Riverside and the author of three books, including “Junipero Serra: California’s Founding Father.”


Hidden Fukushima nuclear waste being released into ocean — ‘Surprisingly’ high levels of radiation

October 6, 2017

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Hidden Fukushima nuclear waste being released into ocean — ‘Surprisingly’ high levels of radiation now detected along Pacific coast and in groundwater far from reactors — Expert: No one expected this — “Alarming example of how radiation has spread”
Posted: 05 Oct 2017 12:25 PM PDT

Nobel Peace Prize goes to ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

October 6, 2017


Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Nerijus Adomaitis, Tom Miles

OSLO/GENEVA (Reuters) – The Norwegian Nobel Committee, warning of a rising risk of nuclear war and the spread of weapons to North Korea, awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a little-known campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms.

The award for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between international powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.

Still, supporters saw it as a potential breakthrough for a global movement that has fought to ban nuclear arms from the day the first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945.

ICAN’s Executive Director Beatrice Fihn told Reuters the group was elated.

Asked if she had a message for North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, who has tested nuclear arms in defiance of global pressure, and President Donald Trump, who has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea to protect the United States and its allies, she said both leaders need to know that the weapons are illegal. (Graphics of ‘Nobel Laureates’ – here)

“Nuclear weapons are illegal. Threatening to use nuclear weapons is illegal. Having nuclear weapons, possessing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear weapons, is illegal, and they need to stop.”

Two days before her group won the prize, Fihn tweeted that Trump was “a moron”. She told Reuters she had written this in the context of news reports at the time that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had used the same word to describe his boss. But she said Trump’s impulsive character illustrated the importance of banning nuclear arms for all countries.

“A man you can bait with a tweet seems to be taking irrational decisions very quickly and not listening to expertise, it just puts a spotlight on what do nuclear weapons really mean. There are no right hands for the wrong weapons,” she said.

ICAN describes itself as a coalition of grassroots non-government groups in more than 100 nations. It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007.

ICAN elated at Nobel Peace Prize, pays tribute to atom bomb survivors

Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN says Nobel Peace Prize a ‘great honor’

ICAN chief’s message to Trump and Kim: nuclear weapons are illegal

“We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

“Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea.”

The award was hailed by anti-nuclear campaigners around the world. Mikiso Iwasa, an 88-year-old Hiroshima survivor, told Reuters the prize would help push the movement forward.

“It is wonderful we have this Nobel Peace-Prize winning movement. All of us need to join forces, think hard and walk forward together to turn this momentum into something even bigger,” he said.


Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) receives a bottle of champagne from her husband Will Fihm Ramsay (R) next to Daniel Hogsta, coordinator, while they celebrate after ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
The prize seeks to bolster the case of disarmament amid nuclear tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, as well as uncertainty over the fate of the 2015 deal between Iran and major powers to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, although the committee made no mention of Iran in its award citation.

The committee raised eyebrows with its decision to award the prize to an international campaign group with a relatively low profile, rather than recognizing the Iran deal, a complex agreement hammered out over years of high-stakes diplomacy.

“Norwegian Nobel Committee has its own ways, but the nuclear agreement with Iran achieved something real and would have deserved a prize,” tweeted Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister who has held top posts as an international diplomat.

The Iran accord, which Trump has repeatedly called “the worst deal ever negotiated”, is seen as under particular threat this week. A senior administration official said on Thursday Trump is expected to decertify Iran’s compliance, a step toward potentially unwinding the pact.

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The committee may have been reluctant to reward the Iranian government for its role in the nuclear deal because the only Iranian winner so far, 2003 laureate Shrin Ebadi, a lawyer and human rights campaigner, is forced to live in exile.

“I think the committee has thought about the human rights situation in Iran. It would have been difficult to explain the prize even though it has a favorable view of the Iran deal,” Asle Sveen, a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize, told Reuters.

The Norwegian Nobel committee denied that giving the prize to an anti-nuclear group was intended either as a rebuke to Trump, or as a snub to the architects of the Iran nuclear deal.

“The Iran treaty is a positive development, a disarmament development that is positive, but the reason we mentioned North Korea (in our statement) is a reference to the threat that people actually feel,” Reiss-Andersen told Reuters.

“Iran has not voiced recent threats to use nuclear weapons, on the contrary,” she said in an interview.

ICAN has campaigned for a U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 nations in July this year.

That agreement is not signed by — and would not apply to — any of the states that already have nuclear arms, which include the five U.N. Security Council permanent members, the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, as well as India, Pakistan and North Korea. Israel is also widely assumed to have nuclear weapons, although it neither confirms nor denies it.

Major allies of the declared nuclear powers also oppose the new treaty. Nevertheless, campaigners see it as a framework that would make it easier for countries that have nuclear arms to work toward eliminating them.

The United Nations said the award would help bolster efforts to get enough of the countries that signed the new treat to ratify it so that it can come into force. Fifty ratifications are needed.

“I hope this prize will be conducive for the entry into force of this treaty,” U.N. Chief Spokeswoman in Geneva Alessandra Vellucci told a news briefing.

Additional reporting by Joachim Dagenborg, Terje Solsvik, Henrik Stolen, Gwladys Fouche and Alister Doyle in Oslo, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo, writing by Gwladys Fouche and Alister Doyle, editing by Peter Graff
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TME Epilogue

October 4, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the massage from Mr. Vinod Saighal, author of “Third Millennium Equipoise”.

General Vinod Saighal retired from the Indian Army in 1995.

The attached “TME EPILOGUE” is moving and impressive.

I fully understand and support his thinking.

With highest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador to Switzerland

—–Original Message—–
From: vsaighal []


As ominous war clouds gather the item attached needs to be circulated extensively.

Read and decide for yourself.



Subject: Fw: Fw: TME Epilogue

Hon’ble Prime Minister,

The Epilogue for Third Millennium Equipoise was written full twenty years

before the book came out when the Doomsday Clock of the Scientists in New

York was reading three minutes to midnight. It is again nearing that point

due to the threatening events in North- East Asia. Anyone interested in the

book can download it on KINDLE (site

I believe the time may have come to cirulate the Epilogue extensively.

I might mention here that Lloyd Axworthy was the first Canadian Minister to

read TME. It resulted in my being invited for the Millennium Symposium on

‘Science, Society and Human Rights’ at Regina in August 2000.

Kind regards

vinod saighal


Attachments area


Planetary Ethics

September 18, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the reaction of Dr. Andreas Nidecker, Co-Founder of IPPNW-Switzerland
to Dr. Martin Vosseler’s talk at the Basel Conference. It is for me so encouraging to receive
such a powerful support for my plea for the holding of a UN Global Ethics Summit.

On 13 September 2017,the Guardian wrote “On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics”.

The immorality of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 will not remain unquestioned.
It is the law of history not to allow immorality to last long.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

(Message from Dr. Andreas Nidecker , September 18, 2017)

Yes Mitsuhei, after Martins Talk today I am more than ever encouraged to fight for the goal of “applying ethics on a planetary level” and if ever needed You surely can count on our support.

Cordial regards Andi
On 17 Sep 2017, at 16:52, Mitsuhei Murata wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am sending you an encouraging reaction to my last message about the Fukushima crisis from Dr. Martin Vosseler, Co-Founder of IPPNW-Switzerland.
His closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference in Base is indeed admirable. It is an ode to global ethics and maternal culture that could save the world heading toward fatal abyss.
I am convinced that the Basel conference “Human rights, Future generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age” could open a new page.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

From: Martin Vosseler []
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:09 PM

Thank you, dear Mitsuhei, to make these horrendous facts public!

Tomorrow I will give the closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference here in Basel. I will mention you and your important contribution to Planetary Ethics (see the att. lecture).

With warmest greetings,


90 Companies Responsible for Climate Change

September 15, 2017

Gov’t: Radiation Storm Warning

September 14, 2017

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Gov’t: Radiation Storm Warning — Newsweek: “Massive solar flares… Extremely intense… Very significant event… Scientists bewildered” — CBS: Monster flare causes radio blackouts — Concern for nuclear plants (VIDEO)
Posted: 14 Sep 2017 01:07 AM PDT

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September 13, 2017







I hope to see you at these upcoming awesome events: Ending War

September 7, 2017

I hope to see yall at these upcoming awesome events

September 9: Washington, D.C.

That’s this Saturday in DC on a 1 p.m. panel on ending permanent war, with Medea Benjamin and Lee Camp.

September 13: George Mason University

That’s next Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., on ending racism and war!

September 17: (boating not speaking) Flotilla to the Pentagon

Grab your kayak! Or don’t — we’ve got plenty. Just sign up to use one!

September 21: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn.

My favorite kind of event: a debate on war — but in a spirit of brotherly love.

September 22-24: No War 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C.

This is the big conference on bringing peace and environmental movements together. Sign up now! Don’t miss it!

October 28: Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference

I’ll be speaking at this big conference in Birmingham.

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September 5, 2017

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つなぐ会通信 2017/9/3(転送歓迎、重複済みません)



2017/9/2 民進党代表選の翌日。