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Iroquois nationals return to world field lacrosse championships

Ron Cogan and Marty Ward join other members of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team | Frank Franklin II/AP

Ron Cogan and Marty Ward join other members of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team
| Frank Franklin II/AP

The team will don the distinctive purple uniforms of the Iroquois nationals at the world field lacrosse championships for the first time in eight years after they were unable to compete in 2010. The Iroquois team missed out on the last competition in Manchester when the British government barred their entry to the United Kingdom.

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Indigenous boy protests on pitch during World Cup opening ceremony

An indigenous Guarani boy held up a banner reading 'Demarcation Now!' at the World Cup's opening ceremony.

An indigenous Guarani boy held up a banner reading ‘Demarcation Now!’ at the World Cup’s opening ceremony | Luiz Pires/CGY

2014 FIFA World Cup(June 16) – One of the three Brazilian children who released white doves during the World Cup opening ceremony used the occasion to demand recognition of Indian land rights – but his protest was censored byFIFA.

Immediately after releasing a white dove, Jeguaká Mirim, an indigenous Guarani boy, held up a red banner reading ‘Demarcation Now!’ But his courageous protest was not broadcast, as the TV cameras swiftly cut away.

Jeguaká’s father, Guarani author Olívio Jekupe, said that the act “showed the world that we are not standing still… My son showed the world what we need the most: the demarcation of our lands.” Continue reading

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Listen to the sound of the bow and arrow

Indigenous Brazil
Brazilian indigenous tribes WILL protest during the World Cup – alongside the Landless Peasant Movement and the Homeless Workers Movement.

Sonia Guajajara, the executive director of the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association, says racism against them, until recently, was veiled, but now it’s out in the open.

The key issue nowadays is the suspension of land demarcation by the federal government, fearful of antagonizing dodgy politicians paid by the powerful agribusiness lobby.

Guajajara is implacable: for her President Dilma totally ignores their aspirations; “She thinks that we need to consume and have hot showers…But our way of life is different. Quality of life for us means the freedom to keep our territories free from the threat of invasion, so we can keep producing without destroying, as we’ve been doing for millennia.”


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Canadian journalist sues former Vancouver Games CEO for defamation

Laura Robinson (photo) has filed a defamation suit against John Furlong. Photo by Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Laura Robinson (photo) has filed a defamation suit against John Furlong. Photo by Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Play the Game (Jan. 20): – Investigative journalist Laura Robinson has launched a defamation suit against John Furlong, former CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Games as the latest step in a 14-month long legal battle initiated by Furlong.

In a press statement, the Canadian journalist Laura Robinson explains the civil action launched against John Furlong: Continue reading

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The Vancouver Olympics and John Furlong’s sins of omission

Author, journalist and Olympian LAURA ROBINSON* takes us further into the discussions of the legacy of the Vancouver Games with a look behind the biography of John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and into what information on the 2010 Winter Games and his personal background made it to the book and what did not. Continue reading

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A review of the 2010 Torch trajectory: Torch sparks action nationwide

Montreal, December 10, 2009

By SHAILAGH KEANEY*, The Dominion, February 3, 2010

MONTREAL (December 10, 2009) – On October 30, 2009, the Olympic Torch was ignited in Canada and set out on its 106-day relay. A “unique moment in Canadian history” when people can “feel the Olympic Spirit and reach for gold,” according to major Olympic-backer Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the cross-country tour has aimed to build hype for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Continue reading

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Australia is the only developed country whose government has been condemned as racist by the United Nations

Olympic hype will not give Australia glorious self-confidence. Justice for its indigenous people might | JOHN PILGER, New Statesman

SYDNEY (October 13, 2000) – According to the folksy writer Matthew Engel, the glories of the Olympic Games have a cathartic effect on nations. The 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles ‘helped the US regain the confidence it lost in Vietnam.’

He omitted to explain the benefits of this renewed confidence for the millions of bereaved, maimed and poisoned Vietnamese. As for the Sydney Olympics, he described a ‘glorious self-confidence’ that will ‘sustain Australia for years.’ Continue reading

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Cathy Freeman’s broad Olympic smile is being used to conceal a multitude of Australia’s original sins

By JOHN PILGER, New Statesman

SYNDEY (July 10, 2000) – MY FLIGHT TO SYDNEY was in a Qantas aircraft painted entirely in Aboriginal motifs. The airline calls it the “Wunala Dreaming” and offers a scale model in its duty-free catalogue. An in-flight video features the Aboriginal runner Cathy Freeman, said to be Australia’s one hope for an athletics gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. Along with her corporate sponsor, Qantas, she is described as “the spirit of Australia.” There is no hint of the true state of her people. Continue reading

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Australia’s enduring disgrace

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Australia is gearing up to host the 2000 Olympics, yet its own sporting history is far removed from the spirit of the Games. Some of its greatest sportspeople were denied the chance to make their mark. Why? Because of the colour of their skin. And even today, to be aborigine, is to be a second-class citizen.

(August 21, 1999) – PHYSCICALLY, there is no place like Sydney: the deep-water harbour, the tiara of Pacific beaches, the estuaries and secret bays where white eucalyptus rise up from the water’s edge. At the city’s centre is a stage-set like a small New York, its props the great bridge, the other-worldly opera house and the sparkling art-deco Olympic pool, built in the 30s, with an honour roll of 86 world swimming records, itself a world record. Beside it is Luna Park, a fun-fair announced by a huge face with a slightly demented smile.

This is Australia’s facade – or showcase, as the promoters of the Olympic Games prefer. Opening in one year’s time, the Games, sing the video choirs, are to herald “a new golden age”, with Australians “the chosen ones to take the dream to the new millennium: a dream we all share.” Continue reading

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