[NOTE: I have fielded a few inquiries as to why a Native publication such as this is 
carrying news about the WTO..what does this have to do with Native News?  The answer 
is sovereignty and the exploitation of tribal resources by transnational corporations 
such as Peabody Coal, Exxon, Daishowa, Rio Amalgam, Gold Stake Mining, Monsanto and 
the list goes on to read like Wall Street and the NASDAQ.

Occidental Petroleum was granted rights through the territory of the U'wa in the 
Amazon Basin..with no recourse.  Pharmaceutical companies are being granted plant 
patents for indigenous medicinal plants that place village medical practitioners in 
the position of paying foreign corporations for their traditional plant usage.

A recent ruling (AUG 99) granted the Cheyenne River/Yankton Sioux tribe 400 acres of 
unsullied land in the Black Hills and WATER RIGHTS TO THE STATE OF SD in exchange for 
the land which had been contaminated by mining tailings from decades of Gold Stake 
WTO seeks to grant sovereign type immunity to transnational corporations, force 
resource extraction on indigenous lands, place factories without accountability to any 
local environmental standards in third world lands (including tribal in North America).

The Tuscarora learned their roads had been paved with radioactive materials, ShipRock 
suffers from uranium tailing leaching into the water and recently a Texas company was 
held accountable for selling insecticide as a toothbrush sanitizer to the Head Start 
program on Rosebud.  Under WTO they would be held blameless...perhaps sales to other 
third world countries have been with impunity and on Rosebud they just got caught.

We as First Nations have first hand experience with the exploitation of colonizers; 
under WTO the rest of the world's peoples face the 21st century as the "Indians" of 
the future.

Make no mistake...sovereignty IS the issue......Ish]

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The WTO, ICANN, and the End of the Republic 
by Jay Fenello 3:51pm Wed Dec 1 '99 

Methods of media bias, and how they are being used to 
hide *why* people are rioting in Seattle and London, 
and why workers have gone on strike throughout the world. 

[NOTE: Due to the continuing media blackout surrounding 
the reasons for the protests of the WTO meeting in Seattle, 
permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this 
entire article on a not-for-profit basis. TO CIRCUMVENT 

The WTO, ICANN, and the End of the Republic 
Copyright (c) 1999 Jay Fenello -- All rights reserved 

Yesterday, I wrote about the media blackout surrounding 
the protests of the WTO meeting in Seattle. In response, 
I got several email stating that I was *crazy*, that the 
story *is* being covered, and that it was my imagination. 

What these critics are missing, however, is the methods 
of media bias, and how they are being used to hide *why* 
people are rioting in Seattle and London, and why workers 
have gone on strike throughout the world. 

\"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit
the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow 
very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the 
more critical and dissident views. That gives people the 
sense that there\'s free thinking going on, while all the 
time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced 
by the limits put on the range of the debate.\" 
-- Noam Chomsky, American linguist 

Compare for a minute the coverage of the current riots, 
versus the shootings at Columbine High, or the crash of 
Kennedy\'s plane. While the latter received immediate 
and continuous media coverage, the riots have only 
received a few minutes of coverage at the top of the 
newscasts. And this coverage has been limited to the 
riots themselves, the damage that has been done, the 
reactions of the WTO delegates, and the actions of 
the police to prevent a recurrence today. 

So while the riots have been the lead story in the news, 
the reasons for the riots are conspicuously absent. And 
the coverage has been minuscule compared to other less 
important topics that have recently been covered. 

And yet, most in America still find it hard to believe 
that the corporate media can possibly be coordinating a 
cover up of the WTO debate. Most still believe that a 
free press is some kind of guarantee of a *fair* press. 

\"There is no such thing, at this date of the world\'s 
history, in America, as an independent press. The business 
of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, 
to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to 
sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are 
the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are 
the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our 
talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the 
property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.\" 
-- John Swinton, Chief of Staff New York Times 

\"There\'s a whole journalistic-industrial complex dedicated 
to keeping newsprint, TV screens and radio waves clean of 
destabilizing scoops damaging to corporations or the state.\" 
-- Alexander Cockburn, journalist 

So, why are the protestors rioting? 

If we are to believe the Television media, the protests 
are over jobs. They have even rolled out some \"experts\" 
(like the president of the Economic Strategy Institute, 
and a spokesperson for the Clinton Administration) who 
have said that the protests are \"bizarre\" and based upon 
the fact that \"people are afraid of change.\" 

But actually, much, much more is at stake. Surprisingly, 
the essence of the protests were revealed on Monday when 
some of the first broadcasts from Seattle featured a huge 
banner that read: Democracy =====> 
And in many ways, this simple banner summarizes the fight, 
for the very foundations of the Republic are threatened by 
the WTO. 

In the history of human civilization, the U.S. Constitution 
represents a departure from most other forms of government. 
It places people at the top of an inverted pyramid, with 
the government\'s role to serve the people. But things 
are a changing. 

Instead of a government for the people, by the people, 
the WTO is a government for multinational corporations, 
by multinational corporations. The WTO\'s \"Mandatory 
Dispute Resolution Process\" is one example of how this 
body can make decisions that supersede national laws and 
national sovereignty. It is exactly the same model that 
ICANN has fraudulently instituted in its \"Uniform Dispute 
Resolution Policy.\" 

\"[The] media, our top elected official, and our two dominant 
political parties rarely criticize the growing power of 
large corporations because they are bankrolled by them.\" 
-- Nancy Snow, author 

So what can be done? First, we must openly acknowledge 
that the media is biased, as it is owned by an increasingly 
smaller base of corporate entities world-wide. Just to be 
clear, I fully support the private ownership of the press, 
and the biased reporting that results. What I object to 
is the continued denial of big media in admitting to this 
control, a denial that I consider to be the ultimate form 
of false advertising. 

\"As long as people are marginalized and distracted [they] 
have no way to organize or articulate their sentiments, or 
even know that others have these sentiments. People assume 
that they are the only people with a crazy idea in their 
heads. They never hear it from anywhere else. Nobody\'s 
supposed to think that. ... Since there\'s no way to get 
together with other people who share or reinforce that view 
and help you articulate it, you feel like an oddity, an 
oddball. So you just stay on the side and you don\'t pay any 
attention to what\'s going on. You look at something else, 
like the Superbowl.\" 
-- Noam Chomsky, American linguist 

\"One of the intentions of corporate-controlled media is to 
instill in people a sense of disempowerment, of 
immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome is to turn you 
into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated, to feel 
that there is no possibility for social change.\" 
-- David Barsamian, journalist and publisher 

Second, we must take full advantage of the Internet while 
we still can. ICANN has an agenda to institute some serious 
controls over content, so we must work quickly. Help spread 
the word, and hold the media accountable for their coverage, 
or lack thereof. 

\"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate 
executives, and owners of press and television - can 
dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. 
They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will 
control ourselves.\" 
-- Howard Zinn, historian and author 

\"The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world 
and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of 
the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant 
political mythology.\" 
-- Michael Parenti, political scientist and author 

Finally, we must hold our elected officials accountable to 
us, the people, and not the corporate entities who fund 
their reelection campaigns. 

\"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of 
this period of social transition was not the strident clamor 
of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good 
-- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Be silent no more -- help spread the word. 

Until next time . . . 


Jay Fenello, 
New Media Relations 
------------------------------------ 770-392-9480 

\"We are creating the most significant new jurisdiction 
we\'ve known since the Louisiana purchase, yet we are 
building it just outside the constitution\'s review.\" 
-- Larry Lessig, Harvard Law School, on ICANN 

At 03:35 AM 12/1/99 , Jay Fenello wrote: 
 >Well, it\'s 3:30 a.m. EST, and I have seen very 
 >little coverage of the riots. It\'s seems that 
 >the Pete Rose story is a much higher priority 
 >topic tonight! 
 >In other words, I\'d say were in the midsts of 
 >another media blackout. For those who missed 
 >the last one, there is a good summary at: 
 >Consider the situation. We have a World Trade 
 >Organization meeting in Seattle, one that has 
 >delegates arriving from over 130 countries of 
 >the world, one that has been disrupted by riots 
 >in Seattle. 
 >The riots are so bad that police have reportedly 
 >fired rubber bullets, and used tear gas and pepper 
 >spray to disperse the thousands of protesters who 
 >took to the streets on Tuesday. Riots that were 
 >so bad that the opening WTO meeting was canceled. 
 >Riots that were so bad that the mayor of Seattle 
 >imposed a 7 p.m.-to-dawn curfew, and has called 
 >out the national guard. 
 >We practically have marshal law in Seattle, and 
 >yet, the Network news has done very little to 
 >cover the fiasco. 
 >On my cable system, I get all four networks, 
 >and I get CNN, CNNFN, CNN Headline News, CNBC, 
 >MSNBC, and Fox News. After hours of channel 
 >surfing, I have very little to report. Other 
 >than the three minute leader that is run at 
 >the top of the newscasts, I have seen little 
 >in depth coverage. 
 >[Compare this to the recent coverage given to 
 >the Kennedy search and rescue. We had non-stop 
 >coverage on every network for hours and hours, 
 >with live pictures of the empty ocean, and 
 >little else to report.] 
 >The media is obviously hiding this story! 
 >One blatant example is the current story running 
 >on MSNBC: 
 >It\'s one of the longest I\'ve seen, yet it doesn\'t 
 >even mention why so many people are protesting. 
 >It\'s like the question WHY doesn\'t even exist! 
 >Not only are they hiding it, but they are even 
 >taking sides. The one in-depth news report that 
 >I did see was on MSNBC and featured a spokesperson 
 >for the White House. Unfortunately, she 
 >characterized the protestors as a confused bunch 
 >of disparate parties who were all protesting a 
 >disjunctive and contradictory slate of issues. 
 >Why the bias? -- you ask. 
 >The truth of the matter is that the riots in 
 >Seattle, the fight over ICANN, and the media 
 >blackout given to both topics, are all related. 
 >The riots in Seattle are about the loss of U.S. [any national/tribal/state]
 >sovereignty to multinational corporations, just 
 >like the Domain Name Wars were about the loss of 
 >the Internet to the same multinational corporations. 
 >Not possible! -- you say. 
 >Consider that the media is owned by these same 
 >multinational corporations: 
 >\"The notion that journalism can regularly produce a product 
 >that violates the fundamental interests of media owners and 
 >advertisers ... is absurd.\" 
 > -- Robert McChesney, journalist and author 
 >Consider that while knowledgeable people recognize 
 >the bias of the media in the U.S., the vast majority 
 >of Americans doubt that it is possible: 
 >\"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one 
 >of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country 
 >has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media 
 >all objectivity - much less dissent. \" 
 > -- Gore Vidal, novelist and critic 
 >Consider the implications of this email: 
 >\"Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption 
 >in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor 
 >to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the 
 >people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... 
 >and the Republic is destroyed.\" 
 > -- Abraham Lincoln 
 >Until next time . . . 

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