Daily Archives: December 10, 2021

A Short History of the Blockade: Giant Beavers, Diplomacy, and Regeneration in Nishnaabewin (CLC Kreisel Lecture): Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Jordan Abel

In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik. Moving through genres, shifting through time, amikwag stories become a lens for the life-giving possibilities of dams and the world-building possibilities of blockades, deepening our understanding of Indigenous resistance as both a negation and an affirmation. Widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation, Simpson’s work breaks open the intersections between politics, story, and song, bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. A Short History of the Blockade reveals how the practice of telling stories is also a culture of listening, “a thinking through together,” and ultimately, like the dam or the blockade, an affirmation of life.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation in Ontario. She is the author of six previous books. Her newest novel is Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies and her latest album is Theory of Ice. Simpson is on the faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer who lives and works in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton).

  • Publisher: ‎ Univ Ff Alberta Pr (February 8, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 63 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1772125385
  • ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1772125382
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.2 ounces

Should the British Museum Return Looted Objects?

VICE News – Dec 8, 2021

Some say the British Museum is the world’s largest receiver of stolen goods. Given that there’s at least 8 million objects in its collection, that’s a lot of potentially looted pieces. Designed to be experienced in or outside the museum, The Unfiltered History Tour tells the stories of ten objects from the perspectives of the communities that they were removed from. Take a tour at the Museum, using Instagram filters. Or listen to immersive audio episodes, wherever you are.

Carl Sagan testifying before Congress in 1985 on climate change

carlsagandotcom– Aug 19, 2021

Original source: https://www.c-span.org/video/?125856-…

DECEMBER 10, 1985 “Witnesses testified on how the greenhouse effect will change the global climate system and possible solutions.”
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Seeking Freedom in the Sahel (1805-1836) | Madina Thiam

Boston University African Studies Center – Dec 8, 2021

UCLA History Ph.D. Candidate Madina Thiam presented a Walter Rodney Seminar on November 15, 2021.

2021 Teacher Workshop Details | ASA Outreach Council

The ASA Outreach Council organizes a teachers’ workshop that provides educators with resources, lesson plans, and professional development on topics tailored to specific grade levels, subject areas, and curriculum frameworks. The 2021 workshop was held virtually on Saturday, November 13th, 2021. All current US K-14 educators were eligible to register. View the 2021 virtual workshop schedule below and click “more details” on the individual sessions to learn more. Recordings from the workshop will be available in December. Check back then for recordings and more resources from the presentations.

2021 Workshop Schedule:

Further information:

….. further information about presenters.

Until We Meet Again. Brian Williams Signs Off

10 Dec 2021
That is our broadcast for this Thursday night, thank you for being here with us. Brian Williams signs off.

David Cay Johnston: The Big Cheat

9 Dec 2021
Commonwealth Club of California3,622 viewsStreamed live 6 hours ago
The Trump family is one of the most talked about families in the United States. Donald Trump’s presidency elevated that and helped put them on an international stage that brought the family to the forefront of the world. Over the last half decade, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston has provided the American people with fascinating insight into the financial world of one of America’s most influential families.

Johnston talks about the financial life of the Trump Family in his new piece of work, The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family. This new book details the aspects of the Trump family’s finances during the four years Donald Trump spent in office, leaving no details out, to give you the complete picture.

Join us as David Cay Johnston offers an inside look into the financial world of the Trump family.


David Cay Johnston photo by Bonk Johnston.

DECEMBER 9, 2021


David Cay Johnston Co-Founder, DCReport.org; Author, The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family; Twitter @DavidCayJ

In Conversation with Mitch Jeserich Host, “Letters and Politics,” KPFA Radio

Shell withdraws from North Sea Cambo project | ELAW

12/9/21 ELAW Bulletin

We have fantastic news to share!

Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of the controversial Cambo Oil Field project, off the Shetland Islands. Shell owns 30% of Cambo and its withdrawal could lead to the end of the project.

ELAW Staff Scientist Dr. Heidi Weiskel reviewed the environmental impact assessment for the short-sighted project and BBC News reported her findings in November.

Her report concluded:

“Should there be any accident in the 25 years the field is proposed to be in operation, it could prove devastating for many of the invertebrate, fish, marine mammal, and seabird species that have been found in the project area. It could further harm pelagic and coastal food webs in the surrounding waters, not just of the UK, but of neighboring countries that have not agreed to accept this level of risk to their biological resources and whose citizens and governments are not benefiting from the project.”

Tessa Khan, director of Uplift says:

“This is the end for Cambo. Shell has seen the writing on the wall. Their statement makes it clear that the economics are against new oil and gas developments. But the widespread public and political pressure is what made Cambo untenable. There is now broad understanding that there can be no new oil and gas projects anywhere if we’re going to maintain a safe climate.”

Plans for the oil field development included building a pipeline to export gas from the UK that would cut through the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt, a UK Marine Protected Area. ELAW worked with Uplift to review plans for the proposed project.

Thanks to Uplift and the many organizations in the UK and around the world that made this victory possible!

Find more information in the following:

The Guardian, 12/2/21
Shell pulls out of Cambo oilfield project

ELAW Bulletin, 11/23/21
Protecting Ocean Habitat

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Cambo oil field project ‘could jeopardise deep sea life’ – BBC News

The proposed Cambo oil field project could jeopardise hundreds of species and contribute to the climate crisis, environmental groups have warned.

Environmentalists said pipelines would cut through the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt, a UK Marine Protected Area.

The warning comes amid controversy over whether the project, thought to contain hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, should get the go-ahead.

The UK government said an environmental impact assessment would be carried out.

The Cambo oil field is situated approximately 125km (75 miles) to the west of the Shetland Islands in water depths of between 1,050m (3,445ft) and 1,100m (3,609ft).

Five different water masses meet in the area, bringing nutrients that help deep-living cold water species to thrive, including sponges known as “cheese-bottoms”, worms, and long-lived molluscs called ocean quahog.

A review from the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide warned that the project “could jeopardise hundreds of species over several decades, as well as livelihoods”.

Sixteen marine protection and climate groups – including Greenpeace UK, WWF UK, the Marine Conservation Society and Friends of the Earth Scotland – have written to the offshore oil and gas environmental regulator, Opred, asking it to include marine impacts when assessing the Cambo drilling application.

They raised concerns about the likely impacts the pipelines would have on the seabed, on hundreds of marine species and on the local fishing industry, and underline the devastation that an oil spill in the area would cause.

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