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Land Claims: An Indigenous People's History of the United States
With a large part of Indigenous nations’ territories and resources in what is now the United States taken through aggressive war, outright theft, and legislative appropriations, Native peoples have vast claims to reparations and restitution. Indigenous nations negotiated numerous treaties with the United States that included land transfers and monetary compensation, but the remaining Indigenous territories have steadily shrunk due to direct federal appropriation by various means as well as through government failure to meet its obligation to protect Indigenous landholdings as required under treaties.

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Tuesday 6 Oct 2015, 2:00am

 In The News Today 

Stephen Cohen Speaks Out to Top German News Site, Rips Media Demonization of Putin
President Bush invited me twice in the 1980s to Washington and Camp David to talk about Russia. And concerning the Council on Foreign Relations? I am afraid you may have gotten the impression I would be in close touch with the U.S. elites which is definitely not the case. It is just the inner circle of the CFR who is representing the American elite and who has the power. Myself, I am just an ordinary member. In former times the objective of this organization was to get a balanced view of Russia but this has changed dramatically.
russia-insider.com | 6 Oct 2015, 6:00pm

A barbaric cultural practice: using racism to earn votes
There comes a moment when every country has to go through a “dark night of the soul.” That moment when the country loses its moral moorings and drifts off into a miasma of racism and bigotry and hatred of the Other.
www.factsandopinions.com | 6 Oct 2015, 5:00pm

Anti-austerity protesters march in Manchester
Tens of thousands of people have joined an anti-austerity protest in Manchester on the opening day of the Conservative party conference, voicing opposition to policies including spending and benefit cuts, NHS reforms and restrictions on trade unions.
www.theguardian.com | 6 Oct 2015, 4:00pm

Afghanistan: MSF Demands Explanations After Deadly Airstrikes Hit Hospital in Kunduz
The international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific aerial bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Twelve staff members and at least seven patients, including three children, were killed; 37 people were injured including 19 staff members.
www.doctorswithoutborders.org | 6 Oct 2015, 3:00pm

One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan
Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power marched to Twitter to proclaim: “we call on Russia to immediately cease attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians.” Along with that decree, she posted a statement from the U.S. and several of its closest authoritarian allies – including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UK – warning Russia that civilian casualties “will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”
theintercept.com | 6 Oct 2015, 2:00pm

Three Reasons to Hope for an NDP Victory (in spite of what the party has become)
If you're not horrified by the 2015 federal election, you're not paying attention. As the long campaign rolls on, many people are turned off politics by the shallow rhetoric and tightly-controlled discussion orchestrated by the major parties and the mainstream media. Just as bad, the range of political options being offered to people by the leaders of the parties is shrinking.
www.newsocialist.org | 6 Oct 2015, 1:30pm

NDP team launches ambitious plan for building a better Toronto
NDP candidates in Toronto and the GTA today launched an ambitious, progressive platform, Building a Better Toronto, aimed at supporting the largest urban centre in Canada to become greener, fairer and more prosperous for all residents.
peggynash.ndp.ca | 6 Oct 2015, 1:00pm

Air France workers rip shirts from executives after airline cuts 2,900 jobs
Angry workers at Air France have attacked and ripped the shirts from the backs of two company executives after the airline announced 2,900 job losses on Monday morning.
www.theguardian.com | 6 Oct 2015, 12:30pm

UAW, FCA officials miscalculated young worker angst
UAW negotiators failed to understand the deep hostility of entry-level workers who, instead of taking a substantial raise, chose to join forces with higher-paid veterans to resoundingly defeat a proposed, four-year deal with Fiat Chrysler. Entry-level workers, referred to as Tier 2, have been stuck in a separate, lower pay range since 2007.
www.freep.com | 6 Oct 2015, 12:00pm

Canada quietly pulls out of UN anti-droughts convention
The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, which would make Canada the only country in the world outside the agreement.
www.cbc.ca | 6 Oct 2015, 11:00am

Below the surface at the Labour conference, all sides armed themselves for future battles
At the 1981 Labour conference in Brighton, Neil Kinnock found himself assailed by a young Tony Benn supporter in the lavatory of the Grand Hotel. The future leader was targeted for his refusal to endorse Benn’s failed deputy leadership bid. “I beat the shit out of him,” Kinnock later recounted. Those who surveyed the scene described seeing “blood and vomit all over the floor”.
www.newstatesman.com | 6 Oct 2015, 4:00am


Roundtable discussion: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

The Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery: The U.S. as a Colonial Settler-State

Featuring author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (California State University). Chaired by Lee Maracle (University of Toronto). With discussants: Boyd Cothran (History, York), Bonita Lawrence (Equity Studies, York) and Victoria Freeman (History, York)

"Roxanne-Dunbar-Ortiz has defined the term engaged intellectual through a life spent on the frontlines of the past four decades of social struggles. She has never abandoned her roots through the process of becoming one of the most respected Left academics in the United States." - James Tracy.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a feminist, historian and revolutionary activist who has been involved in Indigenous rights movements and social struggles for many years. This panel discussion, lead by acclaimed writer and scholar Lee Maracle, will enable leading York scholars who study Indigenous peoples to dialogue with Roxanne and draw out comparisons between the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the USA.

This event is made possible with generous support from: Department of History (York), Department of Political Science (York), Department of Social Science (York), Indigenous History Network, Socialist Project, Dean’s Office Faculty of Graduate Studies (York), Faculty of Environmental Studies (York) and the Centre for Social Justice | Facebook event | PDF poster

1:30pm, Tuesday October 6, 2015
Moot Court Rm 1005, Osgoode Hall, York Univ 4700 Keele Street, Toronto.

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