28 September 2009

More deletions of News Service groups

More deletions of Indigenous News Service groups by google and yahoo

Today we discovered there have been more group deletions, not only at yahoo but at google as well.

The A'nowara'ko:wa News from Great Turtle Island group was an old one that had no new posts since April 2008, which was when the group and service was moved to yahoo groups. It's been deleted, apparently by google, although cached post blurbs from the group still appear in a google search and probably will for awhile.

Also deleted was the group at yahoo set up to archive posts and make announcements about the old Six Nations Reclamation Information message board, which was taken over by a spammer April 2009. That's pretty much all that was on that group, information that reclamationinfo dot com had been taken over by a spammer who has stolen the writings of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy and has inserted spam links throughout the text. And yet yahoo apparently deleted the group that alerts people to not visit that domain because it is now a spam site, what are we to make of this?

About google groups, please note that when it comes to categorising a group by region, while they list other continents, according to google North America does not exist. Nor is there any category for Indigenous on their groups service.

To whomever or whatever is engaging themselves in attempting to erase all groups dealing with news and announcements about Indigenous peoples of North America you're really wasting your time, because you will not win! Indigenous peoples are not going to be silenced, censored, coerced into assimilating, and they are not going away.

Even though the Harper government of British Canada ("Canada, Inc.") was one of only four (now three and soon to be two) governments who refused to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples -- and note, they refused to sign while at the same time saying the document had no real effect, if that were true they would have signed it -- they are still bound to it internationally. There was no veto power given to British Canada ("Canada, Inc."), they were overwhelmingly outvoted by the 147 countries who did vote for it.

By the way, deletion of these groups is a minor annoyance at best; we have the archives backed-up in several places. The lesson we've learned having to deal with oppressive, tyrannical censors is always make two or more copies of everything and make sure at least one copy is secure. Just in case it's needed some rainy day.

The whole reason for starting these Indigenous News Service groups to begin with was because of censorship by the mainstream media. Mainstream media news sources in British "Canada" were allowing hateful, racist comments to mainstream media news articles by "white" supremacists, Neo-Nazis and other haters and hate groups to stand, while not allowing or deleting any comment by a "Native" (Indigenous) person or even a "non-Native" supporter of the rights of Indigenous peoples. Our News Service groups allowed comments by anyone who cared to comment!

We might be down for awhile, but we're definitely not out! Indigenous voices will not be silenced!

A'nowara'ko:wa News Service

The Syndicated News Service has been suspended after deletion of the yahoogroups it was hosted at by yahoo.

We received no warning about this, but since it was at yahoogroups, this really is no surprise.

Nor have any of the archives really been "lost" as everything usually is backed up in several places.

At best this is a temporary inconvenience. Further announcements will follow.

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Update 3 Oct 2009: Group has been restored ...