Chief Seattle’s Letter To Washington DC

Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish Indians wrote to the American Government in the 1800’s – In this letter he gave the most profound understanding of God in all Things. Here is his letter, which should be instilled in the hearts and minds of every parent and child in all the Nations of the World:


“The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know – there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all.”

CIA BUSINESS: The Man Who Knew Too Much



The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack

In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News initiated an extended series of articles linking the CIA’s “contra” army to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.

Based on a year-long investigation, reporter Gary Webb wrote that during the 1980s the CIA helped finance its covert war against Nicaragua’s leftist government through sales of cut-rate cocaine to South Central L.A. drug dealer, Ricky Ross. The series unleashed a storm of protest, spearheaded by black radio stations and the congressional Black Caucus, with demands for official inquiries. The Mercury News’ Web page, with supporting documents and updates, received hundreds of thousands of “hits” a day.


Kenya: File Destruction 101 – How to Whitewash the Colonial Legacy of ‘Cool Britannia

Compared to the Belgians in the Congo, the British were relatively benign imperialists in Africa, right? Wrong. They were just better at destroying the evidence. A story that went spectacularly unreported in the British press last week reveals how…


America’s Dangerous Game: The US is creating more enemies than it can capture or kill.

Last year, the Obama administration celebrated the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as the latest military victory in its new counter-terrorism strategy focused on covert kill/capture operations…


George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali – Oct. 30, 1974 – Entire fight – Rounds 1 – 8 & Interview

George Foreman defends the Heavyweight Championship of the World for the third time against former Champion, Muhammad Ali. Ali at 32, had been given little change against the fearsome puncher who had knocked out both Frazier and Norton, whom both had beaten ali in the past, in 2 rounds. The fight took place in Kinshasa, Zaïre (todays Congo), and was put together by promotor Don King.

This is considered by many as the most significent fight of Muhammad Alis career. The fight was called Fight of the Year for 1974.

Trayvon Martin: Before the world heard the cries

Tracy Martin had been looking for his son Trayvon since the night before. He went to bed figuring the teen must have gone to the movies and turned off his phone. When Trayvon still wasn’t home in the morning, Martin called the police…


The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities Conference – Chicago, April 20 – 21

Letter from: Mrs. Diana Collier Kly / Acting Chair, IHRAAM Directorate

Dear Leaders:

The victorious Civil Rights struggle has witnessed the ultimate achievement of nondiscrimination in the election of the first Black President of the United States. But even now, as the crises related to US financial and military policies deepen, we see that the advances hoped for, and some of which were gained through affirmative action, have begun to erode.Affirmative action is now under sustained attack and might not survive the next round in the US Supreme Court.

This message, sent during an election year, may find many wondering just what concrete advances the African American community as a whole can count on from this momentous achievement, if the issues and needs specific to the African American national minority cannot be put on the national political agenda of any party, let alone that of the first US president of African descent. Even in the face of a lack of benefit accruing to the African American people as a whole through the polls, there is a determined effort to reduce African Americans’ voting impact through redistricting and excessive incarceration.

Policies of civil rights and equality before the law have failed to take the African American community as a whole as far forward as it needs and has the human and international legal right to go. How can this be addressed, if the existing political system can only produce leadership that is mandated and purports to address the needs of all the population, to the disproportionate neglect of the African American people? Does customary and black letter international law hold some norms and state best practices that would be useful to addressing the situation of African Americans in the United States?

The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations. IHRAAM envisages our forthcoming Chicago conference as a major mechanism for exposing leading African-American opinion makers to the potential that international legal paradigms of internal self-determination might hold for African American collective development within the United States.

Prominent and authoritative speakers from within the African American, American and international communities have come on board to address the issues.Our invitational outreach is targeting you, the educators, professionals, businesspeople, religious and community leaders of the African American people, seeking your input and wealth of experience, to put forward questions and help bring out understandings which can take the African American struggle on to the next step.
Francis A. Boyle, leading US expert on international law, will be a featured banquet speaker, addressing”AFRICAN AMERICANS’ RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION.

We hope that you will see fit to join us, and explore the possibilities. REGISTER NOW!
If you should have any questions, kindly contact Dr. Farid I. Muhammad (312-939-0111X2315) or Atty. Aneesa Mitchell (

With kindest regards,

Mrs. Diana Collier Kly

Acting Chair, IHRAAM Directorate

Ghana: Rated 2nd in fastest GDP growth in the world

West African nation Ghana has been rated second in the 10 fastest growing GDP across the world, according to a 2011 forecast by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Eritrea and Ethiopia came fourth and fifth respectively.

The new oil producing country is set to grow by 14% in 2011 while Eritrea is pegged at 10% with Ethiopia at 9%.

The Unit said after avoiding recession in 2008 and 2009, and enjoying the global recovery in 2010, Qatar – which topped the list – is set to grow by 15.8% this year. Strong growth is largely due to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and an expansionary fiscal policy focused on infrastructure.