First they came for the tribes’ land,
said it was empty and stole it,
but we did not speak up because we were not tribesmen,
and our laws encouraged it.

Then they came for what was under the tribes’ land,
said it was rich and dug it up,
but we did not speak up because we were not tribesmen,
and our economy needed it.

Then they came for the tribes’ culture,
said it was primitive and destroyed it,
but we did not speak up because we were not tribesmen,
and our own culture confirmed it.

Finally, they came for the tribes themselves,
said they weren’t real people and killed them,
but still we did not speak up because we were not tribesmen,
and our science proved it.

There was no need to come for us
because we were on their side.

No longer!
Now we will speak up!

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To The Editor

It’s about the devastation and destruction of indigenous peoples’ lands and cultures around the world. I’d like to release it as a commemoration of the very recent, tragic events in northern Peru - in which policemen and an unknown number of indigenous people were killed. Many are still missing.

It particularly criticises the failure of people to speak out against this devastation and destruction. I offer it as a part acknowledgment of what has happened, and as a rallying-cry for doing all we can to stop it continuing.

It’s called ‘They came’ and is a re-working of a poem with the same title about the Jewish Holocaust, attributed to Martin Niemoller.

James Pliny

 

Now, the time has come …we all should give it a thought and seriously work on it. The problem is growing and growing.
 
I am talking about the traffic management and parking problem of our very own Port Blair city. I am an islander and am happy for the positive tourism change in our native place. But at the same time, quite worried about its declining beauty. We have no one to blame as it is we who are together responsible for the declining charm of our islands’ especially Port Blair city.
 
The problem starts with traffic, which is incredibly increasing day by day. The never ending increase in the number of vehicles in our islands has given birth to other major problems related to pollution and most important of all, the burning issue of ‘parking vehicles’. Our city is overloaded with vehicles and the burden is never ending. 
 
A good example in this regard is the main Aberdeen bazaar during peak hours. Everyone is in a hurry to reach their destination, which unlike any metro would hardly take a maximum of 5-10 minutes drive, be it any corner of the city. 
 
But all it takes to create a commotion is one vehicle which is wrongly parked. One can notice people yelling, talking filthy and blowing horns to the best of their capacity to clear the congestion. And the result is pollution in all its forms. May Lord have mercy on the pedestrians who are caught in between this commotion?  
 
Can’t we do some thing to solve the problem which we ourselves have created? Yes, we can if at all we as islanders try to change our attitude. First of all we should try to avoid using vehicles for smaller distance. Secondly we should learn to share one vehicle with others traveling in the same route. Also the most important of all is to improve our parking habits.  
 
We have only two parking spaces for the vehicles visiting Aberdeen Bazaar; one near CCS and other at the medical cross road. But the two can hardly accommodate half the number of vehicles visiting plying in the area. In such a situation, there is a need to create more parking spaces, which with easy access to the market. 
 
One such place which remains underutilized throughout the year except during the Durga Puja is the Netaji Club ground. Why can’t we make use of it for parking during the remaining time of the year? This will not only ease the parking problem to some extent but will be financially profitable to the club authorities and generate employment too, if a ticket system is introduced. Moreover, the residents of the adjacent area can also make use of the space by paying a minimum amount, instead of encroaching the main roads for parking their vehicles. It would also give a facelift to the area which remains in a dilapidated condition. 
 
Now it’s up to us and the concerned authorities of the club to decide on it. Either let the ground get ruined like the way it is or generate some income out of it thereby giving a facelift to the area. Beauty of our island is in our hands. Let’s try and keep our islands beautiful!
With the Obama administration now showing a complete “do nothing” approach to the oversight crisis in US banking, it appears Goldman Sachs (also known to many as “Le’violette main d’Israe’l”) not only has succeeded in gaining a set of personal keys to the US Treasury Department, but has its tentacles in a complete squeeze of the entire government itself. This feat has been blessed by the Federal Reserve Bank; who together have created an even larger bubble in bank stocks, since before the crash! In any other country in the world today, this would be known as “a conspiracy”.
 
Their current practices are now creating an extremely dangerous “triple bubble effect”. Bubble #1 is each time the Treasury’s money machine turns to secretly purchase large US bank stocks, it in turn is making $1 stocks trade up to $3.50, $8 stocks to trade at $25 and Goldman Sachs stock of $60 to trade at $140. Bubble #2 comes when that same printing press of paper money is currently being used to, get this “purchase it’s own government debt securities”! Imagine what the true worth of that actually is. The 3rd bubble comes in the very action of the present US Treasury’s money machine printing any money at all. Each time it now does the true value of its currency decreases times 3, leading the US dollar to peso-like levels if an honest audit could be held today! All in all, putting your funds into “anything” in US markets makes a mine field seem inviting at the present time. If there ever was a time to “dump American”, today would not be a bad one.
 
This all comes against a backdrop of some pretty startling statistics which are causing the United States to slowly cease being as it ever was intended, while unintentionally decoupling itself to an even greater degree from any stable international economy. Industrial production in the US is still in free falling double digits, while for the first time in 50 years; its GDP rate has decreased for two back to back quarters. Defaults in corporate debt haven’t slowed, with some 40 issuers in April alone having fallen prey. By March 2010 Moody’s expects this rate to be a whopping 14.3% and no one seems to be paying attention to that ever growing “higher taxes cloud”, looming still over potential consumers.
 
The seasoned professionals who have some of the highest percentages of accuracy in their forecasting outlook, are now leaning heavily toward the consensus that the US will likely experience a double-recession. If you go back to the years 1980 and 1982 the characteristics have very growing similarities with the current rhythms setting the stage for a rise in commodity prices over an environment of monetary easing and a falling dollar.