FROM Mark Trahant
The Dakota Access Pipeline is back in business The Army Corps of Engineers has done a 180 on the Dakota Access Pipeline, turning victory into another battle for Native Americans. Just two months ago, tribal leaders and many supporters were celebrating a victory when the Army Corps of Engineers ordered an environmental impact report on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now, the Corps has reversed itself, and construction is under way again for a tunnel under the Missouri River just upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Mark Trahant is a professor at the University of North Dakota and an independent journalist. He updates us on what's happened over the past month and what's likely to happen next.
American-Indian wars, 21st century style The Thanksgiving holiday celebrates the supposedly peaceful partnership between early European settlers and the natives who lived in America first. But while much of the country sits down to dinner, a very different historical pattern is playing out again near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. A Native American protest against an oil pipeline has been met with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. It's aroused attention all over the world. As Jane Fonda plans to serve the protesters thanksgiving dinner, can President Obama make a lasting difference? We get an update.
Native American Reaction to the Oregon Land Protest So the major talking point for the Oregon protesters is about taking back the land from the federal government. The local Native American tribe there – the Burns-Paiute tribe – says the land belongs to them under an agreement they signed with federal officials more than a century ago. What’s more concerning is that the armed occupiers may have rifled through and tampered with traditional Native American artifacts stored in the refuge. The leader of the Burns-Paiute tribe is also concerned for her tribe members’ safety after some said they were harassed by protest supporters.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.