In Iran, Terrance Nelson on Indigenous and Women’s Rights
Here in Tehran, it is very good weather. The Iranians are treating Dennis Pashe and myself very well. We are meeting with senior authorities and receiving information that we never had before. The life expectancy of the average Iranian has increased significantly since the 1979 Revolution. It is now comparable to the west. The common theme of western media is the violations of human rights against Iranian women. I met with the health people in Iran and the fact is that 70% of the students in university in the health area are women. Seven out of every ten students are women. Imagine that. The Iranians are actively making women into doctors and leaders.
Their women are not only allowed in University, the women are everywhere in government.The world is jumping on the case of the Taliban shooting a young 14 year old girl because the girl led the way to demanding that females be allowed in schools. The west jumps on this, this young girl is a hero, but the west creating a hero for the cause of women in the world is questionable. We should be asking, who created the monster. Who supplied the Taliban with weapons and installed them into power. Was is it not the west that supplied the Taliban with weapons in its war against the Soviets? Was it not the west that gave them power to suppress the women. Is Iran a perfect place for women? Is Canada?
We can go into a bar room in Winnipeg and see naked women and men dancing. Is that freedom? Respect for women? Is it not government that licenses and profits from the sale of alcohol? How much does government receive for licensing nude dancing and how much is the profit for government on selling alcohol? No alcohol is allowed in Iran, drug dealers are dealt with immediately and severely. So, who is creating the monsters?The Russians are incensed at the Turkish government for using fighter jets to intercept a passenger jet and forcing an inspection of its cargo. The charge? Supplying the government of Syria with weapons! So, if Russia does it, not that the Turks supplied the evidence, but say the Russians are supplying the Syrian government with weapons, who is supplying the weapons for the people opposing the Syrian government.
The question is, why is Russia not allowed to supply weapons into the Syrian conflict if the west is supplying weapons into that conflict. Saddam Hussein was given the same role. He was encouraged into war against Iran. He was promised good things. What is the Turkish government being promised by the west. A war between Syria and Turkey is another proxy war, the same type of war as the bloody eight year war between Iraq and Iran. Good move, we can watch on our televisions at home while the Turks and Syrians kill each other off. After they are both weak, we go in and get their oil. Smart, real smart.Apparently, it is legal and right to supply people with weapons because they oppose what they consider an oppressive government. Does that mean that the indigenous people of Canada can be supplied with weapons?
Of course not, Canada doesn’t support the supplying of weapons to every group that opposes oppression governments and certainly, that has never our path as indigenous people in Canada. We never bombed anyone and we will always oppose such actions. Besides, we in the west want to watch people killing each other on television from the safety of our homes, we don’t want that in our homelands, we want that in other countries.In Iran, I see police officers with no guns. I would see more weaponry on police in France than I do here. In fact, I would see more weapons on police in Winnipeg than I do here. Is is perfect?
No, no country is perfect but consider this, if in Winnipeg, we can’t control the violence and gangs, how would we fare with a city of twenty million like Tehran. The charge made by Steven Harper and his government that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism is based on Iran supplying people with weapons, encouraging other people to violently oppose oppressive governments. United States supplied the weapons to the Taliban that shot down the Russian aircraft, at least that is what the movie says. So, are we state sponsors of terrorism? Are Russians not people, are Vietnamese not people? To ask these questions is a basic human right, the right to free speech.
It is not only a right, it is a responsibility of a democratic society, that an individual can question.  The United States receiving 2.5 million barrels of oil a day from Canada but ignoring the human rights of the indigenous people of Canada. The devastation of the environment in the Tarsands. The charge I made that the United States government ignored the Chiefs who travelled to Washington when Obama was Inaugurated. The Obama administration did nothing to respect the fundamental human right to property, that they never once questioned the government of Canada on the human rights violations in Canada. So, Romney will approve the Transcanada pipeline in his first day on the job as president. Another President saying, the hell with human rights as long as we get their oil.Six hundred murdered and missing women in Canada.
Sixty to ninety-five percent unemployment for First Nations in Canada. Women not allowed to attend post-secondary school in Canada because of cuts to education funding. This would be acceptable if those indigenous women in Canada were treated the same as any other women in Canada. The thing is that while Steven Harper is not pulling the trigger to kill a14 year old girl because she wants to go to school, the reality is that many indigenous children in Canada are denied the same level of education financing as their non native counterparts. If a female student is denied an equal education in Canada, does that not limit their options. If the females are in communities with 60 to 95% unemployment and the Indian Act denies them the right to banks and mortgages, the chances are that the 14 year old female will become a murdered and missing statistic.
In Canada it is done much more quietly than the Taliban do it but the result is the same, six hundred murdered and missing indigenous women.What is our statistic in Canada? Are seven of ten University students female?
Why does the Jewish media put Terrance Nelson on the front page of the Winnipeg Sun? Miles Morrisseau doesn’t know. What a lot of First Nations people don’t study is economics. The government, the media and the business people know economics and that is why they fear the indigenous people. As long as the immigrants can continue to keep First Nations people uneducated and uninformed, the more that First Nations people will be stuck chasing processes that don’t deliver results. The first step to freeing ourselves is to break through the lies told in media.I am in Tehran, a city of 20 million people. Iran is a cultured nation.
Surprise, it is like a white women going to the reservation, she is told, don’t go, are you crazy, you will be raped, killed and never be heard from again. Of course, the truth is that not every indigenous man is a mad rapist and surprise, there are many of us who do not even drink alcohol. Imagine that. The stereotypes aren’t always true.I grew up in an era of war. The Vietnam war was Americans believing in a lie. President Kennedy said, Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. Young Americans believed in the lie that if Vietnam fell to the communists, it would create a domino effect and the world would become communist.
How many Americans have been killed by Vietnamese since the end of the war? When America finally left Vietnam, when American soldiers quit killing Vietnamese in their homeland, did the Vietnamese cross the ocean to come and kill Americans in their homeland? The sad part of the Vietnam experience is that so many young Americans had to die before Americans became war weary enough to abandon killing people in their homeland.If you listened to the Vice Presidential debate, you would have heard more lies. Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan lied so blatantly that he will convince the American voters that he is telling the truth. He said that it is possible to cut taxes 20% and still deliver all the Republican promises on the economy.
That will be believed and Mitt Romney will become President because like the Greeks, Americans don’t want to hear the truth. No one wants to face up to the fact that in the last 11 years, the U.S. federal deficit came up 10 trillion dollars. No one wants to pay for the last 11 years of mistakes. If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeds in dragging the United States into a war against Iran, the United States economy will collapse. If he succeeds, Netanyahu will do more damage to the United States than any terrorist has ever done. The collapse of the United States economy will cause widespread panic.
In Europe the seeds of war are being felt. Spain is near junk bond status as it’s bonds have been downgraded to bbb- and Greece and Portugal are desperately trying to get Germany to bail them out. What is the problem? Part of the problem is countries buying oil at $100 a barrel. Two point seven trillion dollars a year being paid to oil producing nations by oil consuming nations. The fierce fighting occurring in many parts of the Arab world is just people feeling pressure from the economy. When the United States goes to war against the 74 million Iranians and the American economy collapses, martial law will be declared within three years in the United States as the people start acting like the people who they now look down upon.
This is why I am getting front page coverage, I know economics.We the indigenous people in the three prairie provinces are currently the most powerful people in the world. We sit on the pipelines that deliver 2.5 million barrels of oil a day to the United States. If you heard the Presidential debate, you may have heard Romney state that the day he becomes President, he will approve the Transcanada pipeline. Strange isn’t it? Romney doesn’t even have a clue about the indigenous people in Canada. Romney thinks that it is automatic for Canada to go to 4 million barrels of oil a day from the current 2.5 million barrels of oil per day that is flowing to the United States.
I am in Tehran to ask Iran to open the doors to OPEC for the indigenous people of Canada.I am not against the United States, but I was there when a strong delegation of the Chiefs were in Washington 12 days before the Inauguration of President Obama asking the Americans for help in dealing with the Human Rights violations in Canada. Nothing happened, Obama did nothing. Romney won’t be any different, as long as Harper can tell the Americans that all is well in Canada, a confrontation in Canada between First Nations and the Government of Canada is inevitable.
I am against the new war being waged against Iran. If you love your country, what you can do for your country is to stop believing in the lie that a war against Iran will be like the war in Iraq. My loyalty is clear, I love our homeland and if you do too, study some economics, look at the cost of the new war. Don’t believe in the lie that you don’t have to pay for the mistakes that have been made in the last 11 years.

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