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Artby - Rudolph Ryser

  • Sovereign Scotland and More


    Scotland’s draft constitution begins with the words: “In Scotland, the people are sovereign.” The most basic decision a people can make is to exercise that sovereignty to govern themselves. On 18 September Scotland will decide its political future–to become free and accept the risks of a mature society or remain encumbered by a stodgy British… more

    Posted in Human Rights by
  • Politics? Self-Government


    CWIS drafted the Joint Statement of Constitutional and Customary Indigenous Governments that received the endorsement of eleven Fourth World governments in Africa, South and North America and Southeast Asia. The purpose of the Joint Statement was to respond to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues agenda in May of 2014. The topic was “indigenous… more

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  • WB Double Edged Sword?


    The World Bank is currently reviewing a draft policy statement updating its “safeguard policies” for a proposed environmental and social framework. in 1982 the World Bank released its policy concerning indigenous peoples asserting that states’ governments seeking development loans that may have an affect on the interests and rights of indigenous peoples must demonstrate that… more

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  • FW Political Identity & Equality


    In two articles I wrote for Indian Country Today (read HERE and HERE) I argue for the formal recognition of new political identities for the world’s indigenous nations–a political status that places these nations at a level of political equality with states, kingdoms and other internationally recognized polities. I argue for a mutually determined intergovernmental… more

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  • ISIL Targets FW Nations – Syria/Iraq


    Mass media reporting the massacre of unknown numbers of Yazidi men, women and children by the military forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant organization (ISIL) broke through the haze of war in Syria and Iraq. As if nudged by a bar room bully in a local tavern the United States and her… more