If you have been reading the news online, viewing on the television or listening on the radio you may notice that Fourth World nations are at the center of major events around the world. These events involve the stability, continuity or integrity of international states and the state system. Russia’s expansionist initiatives feature Fourth World nations as a strategic wedge to gain control over neighboring independent states. I wrote about this here. In an effort to hide its strategic use of Fourth World nations as part of its expansionist foreign policy, the Russian Duma enacted a new Nationalities Policy that essentially says there are only Russians in the Russian Federation–no “indigenous” people.
The United States has returned militarily to the thicket of Iraq’s nervous breakdown reacting to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) explosive moves to carve out a Sunni Caliphate from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The Kurds have become strategic partners with the US military putting their fighting force (Peshmerga is the name of their military meaning “those who confront death”) up against the ISIL forces. The Peshmerga played the main role in rescue efforts to prevent the mass murder of another Fourth World people–the Tzatziki (they had been stranded on the top of a mountain range as the ISIL approached with the intent to murder all 40,000 people to eliminate the “Satan Worshipers.”) Meanwhile, in Iraq as well the 5 million Fourth World Duliam in what Iraq calls the Anbar province (western Iraq) demand that Iraq, the United States and other interests recognize greater Duliam political autonomy (ala Kurdistan style), money, weapons and withdrawal of Iraqi forces in exchange for their willingness to war against the Islamic State and Levant. The Duliam were willing to receive money, weapons and political recognition to help the United States in the latter years of its violent episode as occupiers of Iraq.
As all of this has been going on the government of Bolivia tweaked the United Nations system by introducing a 2010 resolution to have the UN host a World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014. (I wrote about this here.) All of a sudden (not really that sudden) countries like the United States, South Africa, Russia, China, Australia, Mexico, Namibia, Libya, Mali, France, the United Kingdom and others either discovered that they have Fourth World peoples inside their claimed boundaries, or they blandly assert that they have no “indigenous people.” Despite these discoveries and assertions states governments are coming to notice that Fourth World people are strategically located in territories affecting their economic, strategic and political interests. States leaders are having to notice that Fourth World nations are more stable and actually more reliable that many international states.
That Fourth World nations have emerged as center stage players in the international arena does not surprise Jay Taber contributor to the International Cry. He points to events from the Fourth World and the United Nations “Rewriting International Relations.” An acute observer Mr. Taber.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here