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New Musical Tribute: Idle No MoreTim King Salem-News.com
An amazing tribute to Native American activists.
(BOSTON IPressPro) - Many of us who write about human rights abuse spend our lives with our minds in places like Palestine and Sri Lanka. We're vested in these stories that are so overlooked by mainstream reporters, yet we ourselves are often the last to look in our own backyards.
Idle No More, is an ongoing protest movement that originated among the Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprising the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Flanked by larger numbers of non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, as well as internationally, their voice is growing louder as is the intensity of their message.
It was humbling to discover that protests for Idle No More have been organized by Palestinians, one of the most oppressed groups of people in the world, who have suffered greatly under the cold actions of governments failing to observe moral and international law.
Governments that break treaties and whose word is the same as the dirt on the ground, are destroyers of entire cultures. It isn't too late to make a difference.
This effort has been the subject of a number of political actions worldwide. It is inspired in part by the Liquid diet hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, and further coordinated via social media.
Reacting to legislative abuses of indigenous treaty rights by the current federal government, the movement takes particular issue with the recent omnibus bill Bill C-45.
Both Canada and the United States have a long tradition of abusing indigenous people and this new song by Ace grabs you by the soul and makes you pay attention, the time is here for all of us to make this a daily subject.
Produced by Agron Belica and Tim King
Published on Feb 4, 2013
Idle No More feat. Ace
Salem-News.com Writer/Author/Musician Agron Belica, faced many challenges growing up as a rootless street youth, situations so intense that they threatened to destroy him- that is until he rediscovered his Muslim roots a few years ago and turned his life around.
In 2008, Agron Belica published his research article The Revival of the Prophet Yahya, and has caused quite a stir in scholarly circles. In 2009, a new theory was born, The Crucifixion: Mistaken Identity? John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ.
With no formal advanced education, he offers new interpretations of certain key words in the Quran along with his challenging theories about the role of John the Baptist in the Crucifixion and has attracted the attention of well-known scholars in the field of comparative religion, such as Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, the first American woman to translate the Quran into English, the noted university professor, Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub, and the author and translator, Dr. Jay R. Crook.
When it comes to comparative religion, Agron has the ability to go up against the most studied religious scholars and few come calling. They fear his logical interpretations based on historical record, and they should.
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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