"In 1987, a sensational "discovery" was made by a Sydney University team, led by Australia's most celebrated pre-historian, Professor D J Mulvaney. They reported that the Australian population in 1788 was 750,000, or three times the previous estimate. They concluded that more than 600,000 people had died as result of white settlement."John Pilger, July 10, 2000.
I am extremely pissed and riled about Prime Minister John Howard's plan to re-re-colonize the Aboriginals of the Northern Territory. He is calling this racist
land-grab a "national emergency".
Damn, the "national-emergency" is contained in the
John Pilger quote above.
For those of you who need to catch-up or need a concise restatement of what Howard is doing, see this article Eugene found in the: International Herald Tribune.
Where is the outcry hey? Is this not a gross violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights?
What about the UN Aboriginal Rights Declaration?
Oh yeah ... when it was timidly passed last year in Geneva, the governments of Australia, New Zealand, and the US opposed it. This they boldly did even though they were not members of the UN Human Rights Council. Now are you really surprised?
Canada, that 'great' democracy above, refused to sign the Declaration! And so did Russia. Huh?
So, I also looked at the Human Rights Watch website and came away with nothing, nada, niks. Do they even know about this? I'm being sarcastic of course ... no really.
OK, so holla back with information you have.
In the meantime read this other excellent John Pilger article: :"Days of Mourning in a Secret Australia: The shameful treatment of Australian aboriginals". February 19, 2007.
**Update** 8:53pm PT
Several news reports say that Aboriginal elders have responded to Howard's plan by threatening a tourist access ban to Uluṟu.
Uluṟu, above, is a World Heritage Site owned by the Anangu Aborigines of the Northern Territory.
How about a movement that calls for an international tourist boycott of Australia if Howard does not stop his racist plan?