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Native Hawaiian Recognition


http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/clip/12750451/federal-government-set-to-announce-native-hawaiians-can-form-sovereign-government



Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 11:29 AM (0 replies)

Feds finalize rule to re-establish government-to-government relations with Native Hawaiians

Source: Hawai'i News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday morning that Native Hawaiians are eligible for form a sovereign government that would have the same rights as Native American tribes.

The proposed rule would make Native Hawaiians eligible for federal recognition. Officials say it’s not “automatic” federal recognition, but lays out the path to receive direct relations if they so choose. The so-called rule -- known as “Part 50” – leaves it up to the Native Hawaiian community to determine what a government, if any, would look like and what its agenda would be.

“This final rule provides the Native Hawaiian community with the opportunity to exercise self-determination by re-establishing a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in the announcement.

Opponents, however, wasted no time in blasting the rule. "It's not self-determination, and it undermines our right to self-determination, and it undermines the Hawaiian community voices that have loudly said 'no,'" said Healani Sonoda-Pale, one of the founding members of the group Protest Na'i Aupuni. Based on previous draft rules, Native Hawaiians would be able to form a sovereign government with rights similar to those given to Native American tributes. At least 50,000 Native Hawaiians would have to support such a government before it could negotiate with the federal and state governments for land and other benefits.

"That's a joke, because basically the only form of government is a federally recognized tribe that is managed by the Department of the Interior," said Sonoda-Pale, adding that she doesn't trust the department.

Read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33164612/feds-finalize-rule-to-re-establish-government-to-government-relations-with-native-hawaiians



Watch the video... Native Hawaiians are not a "Tribe"
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 11:14 AM (14 replies)

Capsized Migrant Boat: Egypt Arrests Crew Members

Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of a boat carrying almost 600 migrants which capsized off Egypt's coast, killing at least 43, judicial sources said on Thursday.

The boat sank on Wednesday in the Mediterranean off Burg Rashid, a village in Egypt's northern Beheira province where the sea and the Nile meet. Rescue workers have so far saved 169 people, which means the death toll could hit several hundred.

Prosecutors ordered the crew members jailed for four days while an investigation takes place. The rescued migrants have been released.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail pledged the government's full support for the continuing rescue mission and said those responsible must be brought to justice. The military said in a statement it was conducting the rescue operation.

The boat had been carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants, officials said. It was not immediately clear where the boat had been heading, though officials said they believed it was going to Italy.

http://www.marinelink.com/news/capsized-migrant-arrests415801.aspx?utm_source=MR-ENews-Weekdays-2016-09-23&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MR-ENews
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 10:44 AM (0 replies)

US astronaut will vote from orbit if homecoming is delayed

Source: AP & Phys.Org

The lone American in orbit will end up voting for president from the International Space Station, if her homecoming is delayed.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins said Thursday that she doesn't know yet whether she'll return to Earth in late October as planned. The Russians have delayed the next crew launch for technical reasons. It was supposed to take place Friday, but it's off for at least a month.
Rubins and her two crewmates—a Russian and Japanese—can't come home until the next three-person crew arrives. NASA likes to have an overlap of several days, if not more.

Rubins told The Associated Press she got an absentee ballot before she rocketed away in July, just in case. When she's not in space, home is Houston, Texas, but in this case, the absentee ballot lists her address as "low-Earth orbit."

"It's very incredible that we're able to vote from up here," she said, "and I think it's incredibly important for us to vote in all of the elections."


Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-astronaut-vote-orbit-homecoming.html



Hopefully she does not reside in a state with restrictive voting laws!
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Thu Sep 22, 2016, 03:41 PM (17 replies)

Feds side with Anaheim Police over secret stingray cell phone tracking

Source: Orange County Register

The U.S. Justice Department has sided squarely with the Anaheim Police Department in an ongoing civil liberties legal battle over clandestine cellphone-tracking technology that is increasingly being deployed by law enforcement agencies.

Federal prosecutors argue in a recent court filing that police in Orange County’s largest city properly withheld key details about the equipment from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The group has sought public release of records on the devices in an 18-month-long case pending in Superior Court.

At issue are extensive redactions made last year to a batch of documents provided to the ACLU. Those records involve devices, initially developed for intelligence agencies, that imitate cellphone towers and can trick mobile phones into connecting to them instead of to the towers.

Read more: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/anaheim-729315-aclu-law.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sat Sep 17, 2016, 07:42 PM (4 replies)

Waianae man charged with threatening to kill Hawaii members of Congress

Source: Hawai'i News Now

Federal agents say a former Waianae man was threatening to kill Honolulu Congresswomen, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono, and shoot at people at the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole federal building.

Keahiokahonua Stewart, 36, is from Waianae, but now lives in Tennessee. He was arrested in that state Friday morning by the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police. Within hours of his arrest, Honolulu federal agents were at the home of Stewart's parents on Leihoku Street. According to Matthew McDonald of the Honolulu FBI office, they were executing a search warrant, assisting the mainland authorities.

Federal court documents say Stewart was sending emails and posting threatening messages on social media. The complaint says Stewart started contacting various government officials years ago, because he thought his social security number was being used by someone else, another soldier, and that was making it difficult for him to get his veteran's benefits.

Only Hawaii News Now was there as the FBI and ATF searched the family home where Stewart reportedly posted that gun silencers were being stored. The court documents also say, a Walther PPX pistol, was sent to the address. And in a separate post, the complaint says Stewart posts, "My other baby going to Waianae!" referring to a disassembled A-R 15 rifle.

Read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33114885/waianae-man-charged-with-threatening-to-kill-hawaii-members-of-congress
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Fri Sep 16, 2016, 11:07 PM (2 replies)

Riot Police Begin Mass-Arrests at Dakota Access Pipeline, FB Censors Video

Source: theantimedia.org / Unicorn Riot

(ANTIMEDIA) North Dakota — It didn’t take long after the National Guard was activated in North Dakota for militarized law enforcement to descend upon the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, mass arrests began as riot gear-clad police attempted to break up Native American opposition to the construction of the pipeline, which has been halted at one location but continues elsewhere.

According to independent news outlet Unicorn Riot, at least 20 protesters, or “water protectors,” have been arrested at gunpoint along with medics and two journalists. Police issued a one-time warning to “water protectors” that any trespassers would be arrested. The warning came after several people locked themselves to construction equipment in acts of civil disobedience on Tuesday.

Unicorn Riot, which has been broadcasting live video of the tense standoff in North Dakota, says Facebook has been censoring their link from livestream.com.

Read more: http://www.anonews.co/dakota-access/
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Tue Sep 13, 2016, 11:09 PM (7 replies)

NSA chief 'perplexed' that Twitter won't share key data

Source: Phys.org

The National Security Agency chief said Tuesday he was "perplexed" over Twitter's move to block US intelligence from accessing data which may help thwart violent attack plots.

NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers made the comments at a congressional hearing in response to Senator John McCain's criticism of Twitter for refusing access to a real-time analytics service called Dataminr. McCain queried Rogers about a Wall Street Journal report in May that Twitter had blocked intelligence agencies from using Dataminr, which uses algorithms and location tools to reveal patterns among tweets.


Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-nsa-chief-perplexed-twitter-wont.html#jCp

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-nsa-chief-perplexed-twitter-wont.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Tue Sep 13, 2016, 06:39 PM (3 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Emerges as Hillary Clinton’s Progressive Nemesis

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/elizabeth-warren-hillary-clinton-administration

Since the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton has maintained a lead in most polls over her rival Donald Trump, prompting pundits to predict a Democratic win. Unworried by Trump, Clinton loyalists aren’t waiting for November to jockey for positions in the nominee’s hypothetical cabinet. But for many, a more serious specter looms over a potential Clinton administration: Elizabeth Warren, a progressive power player who is already flexing her muscles over crucial hiring decisions.

The popular Massachusetts senator has made herself invaluable to the Democratic Party, even as she has publicly undermined Clinton to advance her own agenda. Warren, who has endorsed Clinton, has been instrumental in closing the rift in the Democratic Party left by an acrimonious primary campaign against Bernie Sanders, stemming the flow of his supporters to Trump and bringing unity to the left. But now, as Clinton begins the final two-month sprint to Election Day, Warren appears to be seeking a return on her investment. A coalition associated with the senator is reportedly putting pressure on the Democratic nominee’s transition team to hire individuals who will help promote a progressive policy agenda from inside the Clinton administration, Politico reports—a requirement that could potentially exclude plenty of longtime Clinton allies.
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Tue Sep 6, 2016, 12:12 PM (3 replies)

Niihau owners looking to preserve 21,000 acres of ag lands on Kauai

http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2016/09/02/niihau-owners-looking-to-preserve-21-000-acres-of.html

The Hawaii Land Use Commission could make a decision next week to change the designation for nearly 21,000 acres of agriculture-zoned lands on the island of Kauai owned by Robertson Family Partners to one that protects the land from development and instead promotes agricultural use.

The Robinson family, which owns the island of Niihau just east of Kauai, is also a major landowner on the Garden Isle, mainly on the island’s west side.
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Mon Sep 5, 2016, 12:47 PM (0 replies)
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