By Noelle Iati Modern Peyotism, a religious tradition incorporated in the United States mainly under the name of the Native American Church (and also the smaller and slightly different Peyote Way Church of God), emerged in the mid-19th century in Oklahoma Territory. It involves an overnight, community-based ceremony in which the peyote cactus, considered a gift from God or a sacrament, is eaten by believers. … Continue reading Attacks on the Native American Church and the Settler-Colonial Nature of the War on Drugs
By Noelle Iati Noelle is an undergraduate student at Sarah Lawrence College. In my last post, I explained the reasons for the Turkish-Kurdish conflict and the Turkish interest in destroying the Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria, commonly known as Rojava. In this post, I explore the gross human rights violations committed by Turkish forces and their jihadist allies pursuing a cultural genocide in … Continue reading Rojava and the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict: Cultural Genocide in Afrin and International Silence
By Noelle Iati Noelle is an undergraduate student at Sarah Lawrence College. In all likelihood, the person reading this could not point to Rojava on a map, and has probably never even heard that name. You would be shocked to learn that the people of Rojava, this place of which you have never heard, were among America’s most important allies in the struggle against the … Continue reading Rojava and the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict: What is behind Operation Olive Branch?