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First nation myths remain woven into the Canadian fabric – Globe and Mail

Jan. 15 2013 I started to work for the National Indian Brotherhood, the predecessor of the Assembly of First Nations, in 1972. One of our big ambitions at that time was to convince some members of the Ottawa press gallery to stop quoting activist Kahnitenata Horn in every story and referring to her as “a […]

by aanationtalk on January 16, 2013549 Views

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Research shows ancient Indian migration to Australia – Radio Australia

15 January 2013 A new study of Indigenous Australian DNA suggests there was some form of migration from India to Australia about 4,000 years ago. A new study of Indigenous Australian DNA suggests there was some form of migration from India to Australia about 4,000 years ago. Aboriginal people first inhabited Australia about 40,000 years […]

by aanationtalk on January 16, 2013472 Views

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New beginning for The Block – Sydney City News

17 January 2013 A long-term project to rebuild The Block in Redfern could begin as early as July this year if financing for the project can be secured. The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has announced its approval of a development application (DA) forwarded by the Aboriginal Housing Company – the company that owns […]

by aanationtalk on January 16, 2013408 Views

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Banned Malian songs to play in Sydney – NEWS.com.au

16 JAN 2013 Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré will perform at the Sydney Festival tunes that, if played in the north of her homeland, could lead to fierce corporal punishment, or worse. “Not just [for] musicians. Life is impossible in the north of Mali since April,” she says. Since the secular Bamako government fell in a coup d’état […]

by aanationtalk on January 16, 2013453 Views

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Kinship care system for Aboriginal children is failing, Carmody inquiry hears – Courier Mail

January 16, 2013 WHITE people are fostering out Aboriginal children under a “kinship care system” designed to ensure indigenous children maintain their cultural identity. The Carmody Inquiry into child protection has been told the over-representation of indigenous children in state care has become a “scandal.” The inquiry, this week concentrating solely on indigenous children in […]

by aanationtalk on January 16, 2013608 Views

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Police, First Nations meet to fix ‘broken’ relationship – CBC.ca

Thunder Bay Police, OPP and Nishnawbe Aski Nation aim to help ease residents’ worries Jan 15, 2013 In an effort to build trust and bolster communications between First Nations communities and police, a forum on community safety will take place Tuesday night in Thunder Bay. Nishnawbe Aski Nation has arranged the event in partnership with […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013542 Views

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Native treaties will always intimidate governments – Globe and Mail

Jan. 15 2013 One of the great achievements of the 1992 settlement of long-standing treaty land entitlements in Saskatchewan has been the amity, indeed enthusiasm, it has created among all segments of public opinion. First nations’ economic development has been greatly accelerated, retiring farmers have a real market for land, and all political parties celebrate […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013511 Views

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Robert Wood: The Indian Act is a lifeline for First Nations people – National Post

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2013 In a recent column, Jonathan Kay argued that instead of worrying about Attawapiskat’s troubled finances, “what we need instead is a candid discussion about whether communities such as this should remain in existence as subsidized entities.” This jumped out at me, but before I elaborate, let me introduce myself. My family is […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013497 Views

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Idle No More blockade of Highway 63 could affect oilsands area economy – Global Edmonton

January 15, 2013 EDMONTON – As northern Alberta organizers of the Idle No More movement warn of plans to blockade Highway 63 near Fort McMurray, people in the region are bracing for the impact the disruption could bring. “If it’s a full closure, it has a dramatic impact, not just on the oilsands but the […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013594 Views

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Native agenda rises – Winnipeg Free Press

By: Staff Writer Canada’s aboriginal people scored a major victory Friday when Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed to make treaty rights and other grievances a top-level priority that would receive what the prime minister called “enhanced oversight” by his office. It doesn’t mean that any of the numerous outstanding grievances will be resolved immediately, and […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013489 Views

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First nations appointments to Pacific Salmon Commission not renewed – Globe and Mail

Jan. 14 2013, 10:06 PM The federal government has allowed the only two first nations appointments to a Canada-U.S. commission that manages Pacific salmon to lapse, prompting aboriginal fishermen to accuse Ottawa of shutting them out. The Pacific Salmon Commission was set up as part of the 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty, which governs how salmon […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013532 Views

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AFN Chief Shawn Atleo taking ‘brief’ doctor-ordered rest amid internal splits – Yahoo! News

By Steve Mertl Canada’s top aboriginal leader says he’s taking a “brief” spell of doctor-ordered time off as First Nations and the federal government prepare for the next phase of fragile negotiations to address longstanding native grievances. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued a statement Monday congratulating fellow leaders and the aboriginal grassroots […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013454 Views

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Disconnect growing between First Nations, non-aboriginals – Vancouver Sun

JANUARY 15, 2013 In the ongoing conflict between Canada’s First Nations and Ottawa, there is a silent partner – the non-aboriginal community. And many in that community are losing patience, both with aboriginal threats of civil disobedience and Stephen Harper’s handling of the file. An Angus Reid poll late last week revealed 54 per cent […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013569 Views

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Protests spark righteous anger – Queen’s Journal

Nation wide protests arrive on campus to draw attention to numerous First Nations’ issues 15th January 2013 Last Friday, members of the First Nations, activists, environmentalists and many others held peaceful demonstrations across Canada. The Idle No More movement has swept up the nation, causing an awakening over important issues that can’t be ignored. This […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013559 Views

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First Nations issues – The Chronicle Journal

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Re Audit Results Do Not Support Conclusions Drawn By Writer — letter, Jan. 12: It seems that nothing will ever change for the better for First Nations Peoples in this country. Instead of people addressing the real problem on reserves, too many writers like Tony Carfagnini want to dismiss the issues. […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013530 Views

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Idle No More compilation album unites Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists – CBC.ca

January 15, 2013 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists have come together to release a compilation album of songs to show their support for the Idle No More movement.  Métis singer-songwriter Holly McNarland is one of the co-creators of the compilation, and said the idea behind Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1is to spread the word […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013609 Views

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First Nations leaders, Idle No More activists warn peaceful protests could turn into months-long blockades this spring – National Post

Jan 14, 2013 First Nations leaders and Idle No More activists have promised only peaceful protests on their national day of action Wednesday, but once the snow melts and warmer weather sets in, key highways — including the main road to Alberta’s Fort McMurray, a major oil production hub — could be blocked for days, […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013556 Views

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Aboriginal population and identity by province – CTV

Jan. 11, 2013 Aboriginal people are a fast growing population in Canada. While Census data conducted in 2011 won’t be available for several months, 2006 data shows a total of 1,172,785 people identified themselves as Aboriginal.  Out of that population: 698,025 said they were North American Indian 389,780 said they were Metis; and 50,480 said they were […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013521 Views

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Cooper: Why so surprised at First Nation divides? – Montreal Gazette

JANUARY 14, 2013 MONTREAL — For pundits and the public who have become accustomed to cleanly packaged sound bites, one of the most disorienting things about the indigenous-led Idle No More appears to be that it is an amorphous social movement with no clear leader and no set, linear agenda outlining the demands of First […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013577 Views

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Education group asks for mandatory aboriginal studies course in B.C. schools – Vancouver Sun

JANUARY 14, 2013 Key education stakeholders are asking the B.C. government to require all students to take a course in aboriginal studies before graduation. While they already learn about aboriginal issues during Social Studies classes, this proposal would require students to also take a separate course, such as B.C. First Nations Studies 12 or the […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013571 Views

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Research shows ancient Indian migration to Australia – ABC Message Stick

January 15, 2013 A new study of Indigenous Australian DNA suggests there was some form of migration from India to Australia about 4,000 years ago. Aboriginal people first inhabited Australia about 40,000 years ago and researchers had previously thought them to be isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. A German […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013407 Views

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Property key to ending Indigenous welfare cycle: Newman – ABC Online

Jan 15, 2013 Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says allowing Aboriginal people to buy property is the key to ending welfare dependency. Mr Newman will tour new housing in Hope Vale on Cape York today and will meet the first person to get a home loan in an Aboriginal community. Most land in communities is owned […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013372 Views

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Three arrests made in Logan race dispute – NEWS.com.au

January 15, 2013 THREE people have been arrested as a fierce racial clash continues between two families in a street at Logan, south of Brisbane. Police have maintained a presence in Douglas Street in suburban Woodridge since the feud began between the Aboriginal and Pacific Island groups on Saturday night. On Tuesday night, an Aboriginal […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013595 Views

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Woodside allowed to disrupt Aboriginal heritage sites – ABC Online

Jan 15, 2013 The Western Australian Government’s decision to allow Woodside to disrupt archaeological sites north of Broome has provided more ammunition for gas hub opponents who say the system is geared against Aboriginal people. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has granted Woodside approval to disrupt Aboriginal heritage sites as it plans a $40 billion […]

by aanationtalk on January 15, 2013422 Views

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Feds’ failure to consult with First Nations underlying theme of Idle No More, says lawyer Morning Bull – Hill Times

First Nations also want a new mechanism through PMO or PCO to oversee application of treaties. 01/14/2013 The Idle No More movement has established itself as a powerful new force on the federal political scene in Ottawa. But while the aboriginal grassroots movement’s opposition to the government’s budget bill, C-45, has garnered the majority of […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013773 Views

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Ottawa should embrace the Métis decision – Globe and Mail

Jan. 14 2013 Canadians have responded to news of the Federal Court’s decision to grant sweeping recognition of Métis rights with both surprise and deep concern about its potential financial implications. There have been countless reports on what the Federal Court’s decision may mean in terms of rights to land and government resources for Métis […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013456 Views

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Did Métis do better without First Nations benefits? – CBC.ca

Jan 14, 2013 Many Métis and non-status Indians are hailing a federal court ruling, saying it could help correct a historic wrong that denied them benefits and land — but others are not so sure. The two groups were officially deemed Indians by a federal court judge last week. Some Métis people — aboriginal people […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013432 Views

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First Nations protests take aim at oil sands – Globe and Mail

Jan. 14 2013 Plans will likely proceed for more first nations protests this week, with possible blockades of railways and highways. Politicians can also expect to be greeted by more protesters when they return to their official House of Commons duties at the end of the month. But as word grows of more protests, two […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013708 Views

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Today’s letters: Ideas for solving the ‘native issue’ – National Post

Jan 14, 2013 Last week, letters editor Paul Russell asked readers to solve Canada’s native issue — in 75 words or less.Here are the some of the concise but brilliant ideas offered. Stop calling it an ‘issue’ We will have to stop using inane, simplified, and misleading phrases like “the native issue.”Grace Lore, Vancouver. Start […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013931 Views

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Government’s Achilles heel shows in court – Winnipeg Free Press

By: Trevor Greyeyes Recent court rulings that include the Kapyong decision and a ruling that found the government is responsible for the Métis and non-status Indians underline the fact that the federal government has a losing record on the aboriginal front that is only matched by the team that continually loses to the Harlem Globetrotters. […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013462 Views

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AFN leader prepares for follow-up meeting with PM – CBC.ca

Atleo concedes the way the AFN is structured does not reflect all First Nations voices CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2013 The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) — who persisted in meeting with the prime minister despite opposition from hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, other prominent aboriginal chiefs, and Idle No […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013581 Views

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BC First Nations advisor calls for calm – News Talk 650

Discourages blockades, economic disruptions Jan 14, 2013 As the Idle No More movement gainsmomentum and some First Nations chiefs warn of blockades and disruptions to the Canadian economy, one First Nations advisor is speaking out against extreme actions. Ernie Crey, an advisor to the Sto:lo Tribal Council in B.C. says drastic actions will not lead […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013422 Views

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Growing demand for First Nations art, dance costumes fuels black market eagle feathers trend – National Post

Jan 14, 2013 Antlers and bear gallbladders are among some of the items most commonly sought out by poachers keen to turn a quick buck on illegally harvested animals. But compliance officers in B.C. and Alberta have noted another trend in recent years; a desire for eagle parts and feathers. Certain species seem to be […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013509 Views

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Idle No More, the Effective Voice of Indigenous Peoples – The Media Co-op

January 14, 2013 Current AFN negotiations with Prime Minister a Go-Nowhere approach At the meeting with Prime Minister Harper on Friday, it is clear that the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) again consolidated around the weakest. Needless to say the stronger elements of the AFN who did not want to meet did not attend the […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013699 Views

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Thomas Mulcair endorses Conservative efforts with First Nations – Toronto Star

January 13, 2013 OTTAWA—An agreement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to throw his weight behind renewed efforts to deal with First Nations concerns received the cautious endorsement of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “There is progress because they’re talking very openly now about an enhanced process and an accelerated process for treaty rights, that’s a good […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013376 Views

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First nations aim to capitalize on carbon in Great Bear Rainforest – Globe and Mail

Jan. 13 2013 A first nations group is gearing up to promote and sell carbon offsets from the Great Bear Rainforest, hoping to capitalize on the global cachet of the region while fuelling local economic development. “It is part of a plan that we have been putting together over the last dozen years,” Art Sterritt, […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013410 Views

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Elsipogtog First Nation considers day of action – CBC.ca

Jan 13, 2013 The Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick is contemplating whether it will join other communities for a national day of action this Wednesday as part of the Idle No More movement. Community members of the Elsipogtog First Nation were called to a special meeting on Sunday. Band councillor Everett Sanipass said they […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013515 Views

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Edmonton Idle No More protests draws thousands – CBC.ca

Jan 13, 2013 Thousands of protesters packed into West Edmonton Mall Sunday afternoon, filling the halls with the sounds of chanting and drumbeats, to signal that the Idle No More protests will continue even after Friday’s meeting with the Prime Minister. “It’s beautiful. It’s a way for us to showcase our traditions, and our spirituality […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013596 Views

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Police call for calm as racial tensions spill over – ABC Message Stick

January 14, 2013 A feud between Aboriginal and Pacific Islander families has flared again at Woodridge, south of Brisbane. The riot squad was brought in to separate the sides when a clash broke out around 5:00pm (AEST) on Monday. They say no arrests have been made. Racial tensions flared at the weekend when a fight […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013461 Views

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Law council welcomes commissioners – Bendigo Advertiser

Jan. 15, 2013 The Law Council of Australia welcomes the appointment of commissioners and the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The council is pleased the chair of the commission, Justice Peter McClellan AM, is an experienced judge and Queens Counsel. The Law Council is pleased multiple […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013413 Views

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New service a stand against ‘Aboriginal inequalities’ – WA today

January 14, 2013 A new legal service for indigenous victims of domestic abuse is a firm-stand against “generations of Aboriginal inequalities”, according to victim advocates. Premier Colin Barnett announced on Sunday that the WA government would commit $600,000 a year to establish the metropolitan legal service, to assist victims of family violence and sexual abuse. […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013445 Views

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Indigenous parents wary of children being removed from ‘overcrowded’ homes – Courier Mail

January 15, 2013 MANY indigenous parents are deeply suspicious of officials who might remove Aboriginal children because a home is “crowded”, the Carmody child protection inquiry has been told. The $9 million inquiry into child protection, due to report to the State Government in April, yesterday highlighted the over-representation of indigenous children in the foster […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013485 Views

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First home milestone for Queensland Aboriginal townships – Sydney Morning Herald

January 15, 2013 An indigenous person is set to buy their own home and land in a Queensland Aboriginal township for the first time.  Buying land or a home in a Queensland Aboriginal township was previously impossible, but has become available through Hope Vale’s “model home ownership” scheme, arranged by the Australian Government and Indigenous […]

by aanationtalk on January 14, 2013473 Views

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Canada’s future: Let’s be divided no more – Globe and Mail

 Jan. 11 2013 One halcyon day at the University of Winnipeg last October, we stood across from each other in a bond of fellowship: one presenting the other with a sacred Anishinaabe pipe. Elders had requested this ceremony as a way to build bridges between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities. To answer the obvious first […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013655 Views

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UPDATED – #MeetingNoMore? Status of PM/First Nations summit uncertain – CBC.ca

January 11, 2013 10:02 AM MID-MORNING UPDATE: We’re told Attawaspiskat Chief Theresa Spence will hold a press conference on Victoria Island at 10:30 am, which would be shortly after the #IdleNoMore protest is set to begin its march to the Hill. As a result, Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae has postponed his scheduled presser until […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013521 Views

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Aboriginal policy needs a fresh start – Regina Leader-Post

JANUARY 11, 2013 As awareness has been raised over First Nations issues, from public protests to the dubious hunger strike/restricted diet of an Ontario Indian chief, maybe, amidst hope and great idealism three things can be learned. First, it’s overdue to acknowledge that generally Canadian Indian policy has been a failure. From the antiquated and […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013568 Views

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5 things to know about today’s First Nations meetings – CBC.ca

Crucial meetings on future of Canada’s aboriginal peoples hang in balance as last-minute talks continue Jan 11, 2013 A group of First Nations leaders has chosen not to attend today’s meeting with the prime minister, saying the Governor General, who is slated to hold a “ceremonial” meeting later in the day, should be at the […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013566 Views

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First Nations leaders want in on natural resources boom – Toronto Star

January 11, 2013 OTTAWA—Over the next decade, a huge boom in Canadian natural resource projects — possibly worth $600 billion — is foreseen on or near First Nations lands. And this time, aboriginals are demanding their share of the economic pie. Behind the complex issues of treaties and historic rights being raised by native leaders […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013588 Views

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First Nations students given personal safety alarms – CBC.ca

Jan 11, 2013 Students at First Nation high school in Thunder Bay told about Idle No More, cautioned about safety Personal safety alarms were given out to students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations high school in Thunder Bay during a special assembly welcoming them back to a city that one student says suddenly feels […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013504 Views

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Chiefs demand fundamental change but can’t guarantee they’ll meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper – Toronto Star

January 10, 2013 OTTAWA—First Nations leaders are demanding Prime Minister Stephen Harper commit to fundamentally changing the relationship between Canada and its indigenous peoples, but they could not guarantee their planned Friday meeting would actually take place. “It is time we broke through the paralysis and endless broken promises and it is time to act,” […]

by aanationtalk on January 11, 2013433 Views

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