SEED OF AMERICAN IMPERIALISM
(mass murder and grave, Wounded Knee 1891)
What is it that possess' a people to genocide another people? It is a deeply ingrained belief of superiority, with supposed supernatural support, that does not do anything but reinforce the greed and murderous tendencies of the human race. Today we talk about the seed of Imperialism, and it's ugly support - manifest destiny.
"He has incited domestic insurrections amongst us,
and has endeavored to bring the inhabitants of our
frontiers THE MERCILESS INDIAN SAVAGES, WHOSE
KNOWN RULE OF WARFARE, IS AN UNDISTINGUISHED
DESTRUCTION OF ALL AGES, SEXES AND CONDITIONS
(emphasis is mine)."
So much for "every man created equal," the official document of the Declaration of Independence (above quoted) carries this same disdain for people of other culture to this day. America was but the seed of Western Europe planted in the "new world." The very atrocity they accuse the indigenous population of, they did - it is the same today, lies.
With a foundation like this what do you expect to be spread all over the world, with America as the so-called leader? In previous posts I have showed what the world thinks of America and it's unilateral movements throughout the world today (The Empire Has No Clothes), if the foundation is faulty the superstructure will be the same.
WHERE IS YOUR HEART?
John Trudell, many years later after an endless genocide of our indigenous
population, in 1979 burns an American flag on the steps of the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. Approximately 12 hours later, his home on a Nevada reservation (under constant FBI surveillance) is burned to the ground by criminal arson, killing his mother in law, his two children and his pregnant wife! The question is why should we not believe it was set by the FBI?
Indeed, why should we believe anything this government tells us? I am asking people this question all over the world, it is a serious question that cannot be waved off easily. I have walked among brothers in Wapato, White Swan, and Yakima - have seen the intense poverty and isolation and the exploitation, why should anyone believe this same entity will bring anything different in other parts of the world? Why should there not be, in the face of this reality, a Pan-Indigenous movement?
History is not on the side of this murderous, capitalistic, seed of Imperialism called America! A nation which had scalping bounties (yes, the settlers introduced it, not the indigenous population) - full pay for a male scalp, HALF FOR A WOMAN, AND A QUARTER PAY FOR AN INFANT.
A place where indigenous children were torn from their parents arms and sent to isolated boarding schools. Whereupon, they were stripped of their tribal clothing, and washed with lye because they were considered dirty because of their skin color. Where children were put to hard labor to support their own oppression.
(1994, Crucifixion - Dorothy Grandbois, Turtle Mountain Chippew)
In these re-education camps, children were forbidden to speak their language, and were told that they worshiped demons! The whole process was under the control of a penologist named Pratt - the one who tortured and broke indigenous tribal leaders, yes this is who headed it up, you heard me right. Oh yes, the church was there, as a willing accomplice!
Consequently, the children who resisted were tortured. They were chained to walls and posts for 30 days or more, some were forced to eat their own vomit, and some for speaking out had needles pierced through their tongues! Many died in the wilderness trying to escape.
Now you are probably thinking to yourself "he must be talking about the very beginning of their treatment," and you would be wrong - because this type of re-education in varying degrees took place right up through the 1980's! This is why you find so much dysfunctional upon the indigenous population - so stop asking what's wrong!
(1989, Inheritance Obscured By Neglect - Joe Feddersen, Colville Conferderated Tribes)
So I ask you again, did the FBI burn down the home of John Trudell, killing his pregnant wife, mother in law, and two children? With a history of perpetual genocide, and a trail of broken treaties I would not put it past them.
This is the seed of Imperialism, the beginning of this country called America. It is also the key to what has and is being done through this rogue government since the beginning. With the thrust of an evil entity this has been spread all over the world. It has been exported over and over again, both covertly and overtly - we perpetuate the same horrific results. My plea is not obscured by what historians call "presentism," this is present reality.
What is done domestically, is done to other lands - suck them dry of what is considered valuable resources, move the indigenous population again, again, again, again, and make the land unfit to live on - both at home and abroad. It does not matter what destruction it brings and how many lives are sacrificed - this imperialistic curse.
Guess what? John is back, not that he ever left - he went from his activist life in one form (head of AIM, etc.) to that of an artist. John is back in a big way:
Below you see John Trudall in the take over of Alcatraz, he was part of a Indigenous movement even before AIM (American Indian Movement) came on the scene.
I remember this old story, it is said to be told by an Indian Chief, but I cannot remember who - it is about the first dinner Indians helped to prepare with the settlers: "We sat down to this meal with the white man, but he said that before we ate that we should pray with them in thanks for the meal. So we all bowed our heads and prayed fervently, and when we lifted our heads we had their bibles in our hands and they had our land." WHO IS HANGING ON THE CROSS?
John is back with a killer documentary that has just opened. It is an outstanding movie, sporting filming artists like Robert Redford, and Val Kilmer in the mix. After you watch the trailer, my suggestion is that you go to the multimedia section, catch the clips, and the incredible music. I want to warn you, below you will find the link to this site, but if you are afraid of great light think twice, because here there is NO darkness!
You will find excerpts of the movie, and outstanding music, art, almost impossible to find anywhere else. I give you John Trudell, the Truthkeeper:
TRUDELL THE MOVIE FIGHT THIS CAPITALISTIC/CORPORATE/EMPIRE/IMPERIALISM, THE PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL! LET ME LEAVE YOU WITH A SEMINAL TRUTH, IF YOU ASK JOHN TRUDELL IF WE HAVE TO OVERTHROW THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HE WILL SAY IT IS NOT NECESSARY "BECAUSE THE CORPORATE STATE HAS ALREADY OVERTHROWN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT." LET THAT SINK IN, AND THAN THINK ABOUT WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS OR SO.
THIS PRESENT GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA, NOR FOR THE OTHER OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD THAT IT SAYS IT IS SPREADING "DEMOCRACY." THE SOONER EVERYONE WAKES UP TO THIS FACT AND DOES SOMETHING ABOUT IT, THE BETTER. MANY HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT IS DOING, AS IT SETS THE WORLD ON FIRE!
PROTECTED KNOWLEDGE - PART 1PROTECTED KNOWLEDGE - PART 2
(Just by taking a glimpse into the indigenous community, you can see what we are sadly missing in the present world)THE RED ROADDANCEWOUNDED KNEETRAIL OF TEARS
See her silver clad body as she walks
goes to meet her lover -
Her temple pierced and bedecked with jewels,
so her lover can worship her -
Smile of a child and heart of a woman,
begotten by her needs-
Her love bleeds like perfume atop this dune of need,
as stallions dance, and princes bow upon bended knee -
The trees shiver as the sunlight delivers her delight,
all of nature adorns her, she is born of the wild oak,
and the owl has spoke of her tender wisdom -
Animals scurry to her feet, and the cloven hoof,
of the unicorn adorns her form -
The wolf howls in her moonlit company,
because she feeds his hunger-
Feathered birds fly above her head,
to shadow the dread of the noonday sun -
The serpents circle her as she sleeps,
protecting her till nights complete.
THE MYTH OF THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - PART 1THE MYTH OF THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - PART 2THE MYTH OF THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - PART 3THE MYTH OF THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - PART 4THE MYTH OF THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - PART 5
The question is simple, are we mature enough to listen and grasp this now, or are we going to be the willing dupes of elites today as yesterday?SWEET HOME
Posted at 10:46 am by deadringer
GLOBALISMS DESIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Globalism is merely capitalism dressed in new clothing. What it's designs are is the enrichment of an elite, the multiplication of a franchise for the select few, to the detriment of the people throughout the world. Essentially, it is the rape and ruination of of the people globally. GLOBALISM IS THE NEW COLONIALISM.
So, we will look at only one part of the world today, and the "partnership" of globalization that is taking place - as true to the title, in the Middle East. We will focus on "the" subject of contention in the Middle East, the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. In looking at this we will see all of the parts of globalism coming together, and the consequent result.
Some may ask, what does this conflict, sixty years running, the wall (above) and the designs of the globalism have in common? That is a valid question, and hopefully we will answer this obvious question. Globalism has many parts, after all it is global, it is a confluence of interests and benefits certain players only in different parts of the world.
However, we must dig deeper still, and ask what does PNAC - Project For The New American Century, the Middle East, and Globalism have in common? I submit that all of them are interwoven into the process of globalization, because there are only certain winners in this process, there is an elite design taking place - and the people lose every time.
Some have seen PNAC as a departure from the plan of globalism, as if the United States has gone wild to the dismay of the rest of the European counterparts, but nothing is further from the truth. America, with it's militaristic penchant has been groomed to be the heavy in the global arena, and all of the cries that you hear coming from Europe are merely a smoke screen, a good cop bad cop scam on a global scale.
PNAC was merely the formulation of the role which America plays in the plan of globalism, like the "world cop." In fact, the violent subjugation of the Middle East, as seen in Iraq, is merely the extension of the overall design - as well as the extension of the other militaristic activity on other continents.
PNAC is merely the conglomeration of think tanks, which I think I amply pointed out in my post SEPTIC THINK (STINK) TANKS . They have a certain flavor to them, these think tanks, they are chock full of Zionists and the religious right Christian fundamentalists. So, while they serve the general designs of globalism, they have their own prejudices and allegiances.
Take for instance, Paul Wolfowitz was a member of PNAC, and when he left the service of the White House he became the president of the World Bank. During his tenure he has fueled the Middle Eastern domination, and particularly, has financed the building of the apartheid wall which for all intents and purposes is a "final phase" in sealing off the righteous Palestinian cause from realization.
However, Mr. Wolfowitz did not formulate this plan to finance the Apartheid wall out of thin air, he married it to the plans embodied in MEFTA. MEFTA = Middle East Free Trade Area, there are designs for free trade everywhere as part of globalization (see front page of PNAC). so called "Free Trade Agreements" have been woven into the fabric of the peoples exploitation all over the world.
On top of this the debt for the wall has been made the responsibility of the Palestinians. Why you ask? Why, because it is part of the plan to further "enhance the Palestinians economic viability." The plan is to turn the Palestinian ghetto into a profitable ghetto, where they will find "gainful employment," at less than the quarter of the wage that they already make in comparison to the Israelis, because the current wages they receive are not conducive to market "competition!" See UNISPAL - Stagnation or Revival? Israeli Disengagement and Palestinian Economic Prospects
The goods at slave labor wages will be produced in their name, because of the "good will" that can be enlisted from the Palestinians name (which Israel cannot claim, that is, good will in their product name). The World Bank has already committed to "handling" the money of the Palestinians, to supposedly wash clean the filthy and dishonest handling of their money by the Israelis. Everything is woven together globalism, PNAC, think tanks, the US role as world cop, free trade agreements, and individual national interest like that of Israel's completing the wall so they can go into the final phase of the "border" to finally deprive the Palestinian people of their rights.
So here you have a template of what is happening in the rest of the Middle East, or the plan which is supposed to be completed by 2013. It has all of the earmarks of what is happening with "free trade" in the rest of the world! Where the people are subjugated to the will of an elite, the elite in this part of the world are the Israelis. Their commons, water and fertile land have been confiscated by the Zionists, the people are to languish at pauper wages.
The contrast is supposed to have been built in by how Israel treats the Palestinians right now, that is a supposed relative peace - which is merely being entombed by a wall of global design. Paupers wages in place of near starvation, freedom to be slaves traded for the unrelenting occupational force that is now a daily affair - wow, what a trade off! NOT!!
However, this is not the end of the story, a similar fate awaits the entire Middle East, as it does the rest of the world. Wherever this globalism and it's ugly twin "free trade" has gone the people have been marginalized and disenfranchised. There may not be visible walls supported by the world bank, but there are invisible walls of economic pauperism. Where loans are made to the benefit of the elite, so that multinational corporations could step in and hand out their paupers wages.
Where the commons are "privatized" and cut off from the people for a price, so that the ever rising need for almighty profit forces the people to pay more and more of their meager paychecks to barely survive. WHAT YOU HAVE TO REALIZE IS THAT THOSE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BOWED TO THIS GLOBAL DESIGN, IS THAT THEIR "LEADERS" HAVE ALREADY SOLD THEM OUT.
THAT THE ELITE FEW WILL BECOME RICHER AND RICHER, AS THE PEOPLE BECOME POORER AND POORER. WHEN THEY HAVE SOLD THE RESOURCES OFF FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR, AND NEGOTIATED THE PEOPLES WAGES TO A MERE PITTANCE! IT IS WAY PAST TIME FOR THE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RISE UP, AND TEAR DOWN THIS DELIBERATE SYSTEMIC PLAGUE ON THE PEOPLE CALLED GLOBALIZATION.
DEMOCRACY AT THE G8 CONVENTION IN GENOA
WALL OF HATE
THIS DID NOT JUST START YESTERDAY
TRYING TO CUT OFF ALL ASSISTANCE
MECCA TO MEDINA
PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, TEAR DOWN
"Now, this is the road that the White Men tread
When they go to clean a land---
Iron underfoot and the vine overhead
And the deep on either hand.
We have trod that road--and a wet and windy road---
Our chosen star for guide.
Oh, well for the world when the White Men tread
Their highway side by side!"
"Cleaning a land" is best done by White Men in delicate concert with each other, an allusion to the present dangers of European rivalry in the colonies; for failing in the attempt to coordinate policy [found in today's globalism, this policy], Kipling's White Men are quite prepared to go to war: "Freedom for ourselves and freedom for our sons/And, failing freedom, War." Behind the White Man's mask of amiable leadership there is always the express willingness to use force, to kill and be killed [hence the United States as the "global cop," all part of the plan]."
Edward W. Said, Orientalism, p.226 (the insertions mine).
Posted at 09:07 pm by deadringer
WHAT WESTERN HEGEMONY AND GLOBALISM WILL BRING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
When you want to know what Western Hegemony, and globalism will bring to your neighborhood, it is always good to do a domestic study of the primary party. So, by looking at what the United States does to it's helpless and homeless, what it says about it's poor, will give you an idea of what is in store for the rest of the world.
Some people will tell you that all homeless people are nothing but bum's (or, this is the common line in the United States), that they are morally deficient, or only drug addicts and alcoholics - and whereas there may be some in the company of the homeless, they are no less worthy of assistance and a shot at life. By far, many are one paycheck away from the street, and many have experienced the very harsh realities of life and have been traumatized, some are rebels without hope or direction.
(all photos are from www.pbase.com)
I claim to know something about this condition, because I helped to run a food kitchen for the homeless for a couple of years. During this time I saw many things - like a couple who had nothing but a broken down small mobile home to their name. They once where healthy business people that ran a boating sale and repair service, until they were robbed one day and the husband who had all the mechanical knowledge was shot in the spine which crippled him. After they were drained by medical bills he tried to work, but he could not stay in crouched positions, have his arms raised for a long period of time - and his medical condition kept haunting him in CA where the places he worked were eventually informed by Workman's Comp. of his medical condition, and he was shortly dismissed from work over and over again. He constantly had to give himself a needle in the back for painkiller, just to survive. There was a young man, not much older than me, in his late twenties that was a veteran who was still wearing some of his service garb. I don't know what had happened to him, all I know is that he always worked to clean up after we ate.
One day I accidentally knocked over a pouch from the table that he used to carry - when it fell every medal of commendation, the greatest array I had ever seen fell out of the bag. He was so embarrassed (what a reaction), he gathered them quickly in his bag while his face turned bright red, and than he left. Something, some experience, or perhaps number of experiences had scarred this man.
There was a woman who pushed around a cart, some of the objects in the cart were fine crystal. He husband was a business man who had died suddenly, and after his death he had such debts (which he had hid) that it ate up the worth of the only thing she loved, her home. She was damaged (it is different with all of us), all she could do was wander around and point to a hill area where she once lived. There were young girls who had been sexually and physically abused, with mothers on the run. There were boys who had suffered the death or abandonment of their parents, who were shuffled from foster home to foster home.
There was the mentally ill who did not belong wandering in the streets. There were single parents with a number of young children - I could go on and on.
Needless to say, they are all scum in the eyes of capitalism! They are considered an eyesore in their pristine cities and suburbs, they are disdained and belittled by a public which thinks they are much better than them.
This country is without a heart, if someone cannot be commoditized they are considered so much trash! So these people with political clout devise inhumane laws to punish these homeless people.
In fact, the City of Los Angeles (not the only city by any means) was just censured by the 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals for their trying to enact cruel laws against the homeless - trying to make homelessness a crime:
It prohibited sitting or sleeping on the sidewalks...
You see, downtown Los Angeles is supposed to be in the middle of a heavily subsidized boom. The last thing they want there is homeless people damaging their image. So the cops harass them, as if they are supposed to be in perpetual motion! This is nothing new, I remember one time City Hall purposefully putting on their sprinklers one day because some homeless were laying on their grass. So they have been arresting the people to keep them off the streets. They made the law specifically vague, so they could apply it in any way they chose.
They had violated their constitutional rights, the 8th amendment to be exact - "cruel and unusual punishment." Judge Kim McLane ruled - "Because there is undisputed evidence that the number of homeless persons in Los Angeles far exceeds the number of available shelter beds at all times....Los Angeles has encroached upon the plaintiffs 8th amendments rights..."
In my view, this points to a much greater problem, the moral bankruptcy of this country, because there are dozens of other cities that have these same practices. Rather than try to bring a remedy, they would rather punish the people who have found themselves homeless.
This problem is endemic to our condition as a nation, which for the most part, makes a habit of running over the poor and needy. You see it increase as the democratic landscape, once acknowledged by the government on all levels, begins to dry up. The value in this capitalistic culture of people has been myopic, the poor, the lame, the halt, and the blind will be prosecuted! Heaven help you if you fall down!
Now you can imagine, that when this is done in a country of great wealth, in their own backyard, what will happen in your country? We see the outline of it already, massive disenfranchisement of people all over the world. Massive poverty next to extravagant wealth in the same cities, destruction of the commons. Anyone who invites this beast in, and I am now speaking about the "leaders" of countries, does not have the condition of the people at heart, THIS IS A DESIGN OF NO FUTURE FOR ANY COUNTRY.
Posted at 08:47 pm by deadringer
THE THINKING PERSON'S BLOG
I was tagged by the Puppeteer who lives in the "Axis of Evil" vicinity, Damascus, Syria from the JOURNAL...OF AN AXIS OF EVIL CITIZEN. Somehow this is supposed to mean that my blog is thought provoking, this is a real honor for me that individuals think my ideas and writing has worth. In response I will post blogs that make me think, and the original rules from the THINKING BLOG.
Should you choose to participate,
please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are
tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the
meme.The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).
HERE ARE MY NOMINEES:
ANNOTATED LIFE, AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST PERSPECTIVE.The individual I met from here is Edie, on the I Cite blog. Indeed, here you will get a broad perspective of the alternatives available to us from a broad socialist perspective. Edie, and her co-writers have much to offer, and as you begin to read, you think of a world that just might work!
ELECTRIC POLITICS, REWIRING THE AMERICAN REGIME. This site takes an eclectic approach, bringing you thoughts and discussions from a variety of different authors. You may not agree with every post, but the choices certainly do not leave you mentally disengaged, but will cause you to consider many scenarios - some you might have a difficulty with, but will let you see the extent and variety available from many people of thought.FROM GAZA, WITH LOVE. Written by Dr. Mona El-Farra, in the belly of the beast - Gaza. A physician in Gaza, a human and woman's right activist by practice, in the occupied Gaza Strip. When I read this blog I can feel the harshness but taste the hope of the people, the frustration and the dream - it is well worth the read.
RADICAL LEFT I enjoy the sheer weight of this blog, and the subject matter it tackles - and when it sayd radical left, it means it. It blows the lid off of what is taking place to delude and suppress the American public and beyond, and poses a challenge rarely seen to the status quo.
SABBAHS BLOG This blog is a cross of historical narrative in the Occupied Territories, to a funnel for photography coming out of the Territories in current atrocities not available elsewhere. It is both informative and gives you a feel of what must take place in order to see Palestine free.
Posted at 08:03 pm by deadringer
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - THE PLAY
Who was Rachel Corrie? She was a young woman who learned the truth of the Occupation of the Palestinian People, and her government which supported it (United States) by indiscriminate "foreign aid." From a young girl who at an early age noted "if you do not feed the hungry, the lights will go out," to a young woman who stood between life and death, destruction and her yearning for a persecuted peoples deliverance, who gave her life in a mixture of love and agony, so that a people might inch closer to their rights and dreams.
This is a play which not only encompasses Rachel, but all who have given their lives, and sacrificed themselves in love for both truth and justice:
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 1MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 2MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 3MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 4MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 5MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 6MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 7MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 8MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - PART 9
(APROX. 90 MINUTES)
Published in defiance of those who use their power to suppress the truth. Where this play has been banned FOR NO REASON EXCEPT THAT THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, DO NOT WANT THEIR DEEDS TO COME TO LIGHT. ZIONISM IN ISRAEL REPRESENTED IN THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS A SCOURGE ON HUMANITY, WORSE THAN SOUTH AFRICAN APARTTHEID, IT DESERVES TO BE CUT OFF IF THEY WILL NOT RELENT IN THEIR MURDEROUS OCCUPATION OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE. ------------------------------------------------------- I agonized for a long time debating whether I should write this or not, considered all the scenarios of how it might be seen or received. I am sure Rachel's parents have thought many times of how their childs life might have been, had she come back from Palestine. It is not right for me to speculate their inner feelings, I only want them to know how much I feel and appreciate their daughter Rachel.
I am not given to morbidity, and chose to celebrate the things that Rachel accomplished in her short life. It is almost beyond my comprehension the love and sacrifice she felt for the Palestinians. She gave everything, and I believe she deserved so much more in her life, which she selflessly gave to a cause greater than any one person can bear. If you mock what you read, attribute the scorn to me - for my weak and lisping words, and my presumption - it is to be understood in the third person sense . This is not meant in any way to detract from the meaning of her life and death - these are mysteries, why things should happen like they do, but her life and death will be instrumental far beyond what we know.
If Rachel had met a man that she wanted to share her whole life with, he should and would have loved her even if he would have sought her in a hundred lives, which would only be an expression of his love for her in every life, every instance. Words so many times are unworthy of what could have been, so in my stammering tongue of writ I pose, I write in faltering words what that love might have been - which in some dim fashion reflects the love Rachel felt for the Palestinians a hundred times over. I apologize for what I am writing in advance:
IT IS WRITTEN
In eternity before time ancient scribes divined what would be,
feathered pens did descend and never retreat,
writing of how we would meet - forever;
They wrote of a love so bold, which could never grow old,
this passionate odyssey, their pens bled with ink infallible,
upon the parchment of time, that you would be mine - constantly;
Thru the corridors of time I have sought to find, and have found you,
within my words is the infinite spark of their pens,
to set ablaze this fire, this burning desire - always;
I have found you in regions deep and dark, where you commanded
darkness to depart, and the light of your love which came from above,
has lightened our path - again;
This love grows each time, we follow the scribes design,
with tears of joy we do weep, so that foundations from old support,
if we experience pain we are further sustained - forward;
From olden time you have been mine, I have spied you in galleons,
and riding upon stallions, within the forest thick with trees,
I have bowed my knee to vow, that our love somehow would meet - complete;
I hear the sound of horns, whose musical tune adorns,
this feast of love, the clash of swords ring as I have fought to bring us together, to deliver this precious treasure - relentlessly;
I have forged raging rivers in order to deliver, my love for you,
wrestled beasts so we could be made complete, marched across
deserts till I almost died, so I could find you - every time;
Sitting in the early morning I have scorned time to find the words of love,
till the sun sets the next day I have despaired that I have not said enough, and yet words pour from above - timelessly;
The scent of your love on the wind, I see your eyes in the sky,
feel your closeness in the trees, even the flower speaks, yearning to be complete, the world turns on the axis of your grace - endlessly;
My desire, my life which drives away strife, you know how much I love
you, longing for you alone always, I know we will rest in each others arms
in time, which is nothing in your loving eternity - for it is written!
For Rachel, and unending love for the Palestinians.
Posted at 01:16 pm by deadringer
AS'AD ABUKHALIL - WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE PALESTINIANS AND THEIR STRUGGLE
What As'ad Abukhalil says in a few short moments, regarding the Palestinians, their culture and struggle, can be a transformation for anyone left in the dark of Western media. Facts roll off his tongue like water, most important, facts that have virtually been hidden from the view of the Western public by design, and his insight uncovers what is really taking place in the current conflict at the very heart of the Middle East. Known for his site The ANGRY ARAB NEWS SERVICE
, and as an academic to contend with, having written several books, spoke at the Annual Chicago Palestinian Film Festival HERE
.Maureen Clare Murphy and Ali Abunimah of EI HERE speak to As'ad in an interview with him regarding film, how Palestinian culture has influenced the Arab world, and current events in the Middle East as well as Lebanon his home country. My recommendation is that you get something to drink, pull up a chair, and listen carefully to what he has to say:
(Chicago Palestinian Film Festival)VOICES SILENCEDPALESTINIAN CHILDREN USED AS HUMAN SHIELDS
BY IOFLOOK INTO MY EYESI ONLY ASK GODI only ask of God
He won't let me be indifferent to the suffering
That the very dried up death doesn't find me
Empty and without having given my everything
I only ask of God
He won't let me be indifferent to the wars
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people
I only ask of God
He won't let me be indifferent to the injustice
That they do not slap my other cheek
After a claw has scratched my whole body
I only ask of God
He won't let me be indifferent to the wars
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people
Solo le pido a Dios
Que la guerra no me sea indiferente
Es un monstro grande y pisa fuerte
Toda la pobre inocencia de la gente
Es un monstro grande y pisa fuerte
Toda la pobre inocencia de la gente
A WORLD APART WITNIN 15 MINUTESFLEE
Posted at 06:46 pm by deadringer
GHETTOIZATION OF THE WORLD
(Warsaw, Poland Jewish Ghetto 1940 from Yad Veshem)
Just in case you were not aware of it, America is famous for creating ghettos all throughout it's states. Now, this same process is being replicated all over the world. Granted, this is a picture of a Ghetto created by Nazi design in 1940 - but the same processes that created this one creates the present epidemic all over the world.
Ghettos can be created in many ways, they can be mandated through a direct act of war, as found in the Nazi Ghettos of the 20th century. They can be created by a so-called liberation, which is just another war, reducing people to animalism through forced pauperism. They can be created through economic down swings through capitalistic design.
Ghettos can come in the name of "progress" in any given nation. Where there were once factories that created little boom communities, these factories can disappear, so that the design of the corporation can be realized in a foreign country for cheaper labor - all blessed by those in the government through legislation, and exploitation stalks nations. Ghettos can suddenly appear through the application of international trade agreements. Where there were once farms run by families agri-corps rise up in their place. Where there were fishing villages refineries suddenly appear, or coastal homes for the rich and famous. The people are introduced to a new means of survival - drugs, and prostitution. Ghettos suddenly appear when a supposed government, set up by outsiders, opens it's resources to other more "financially viable" countries. An aristocracy is created in a day, and an entire population is displaced, while the rulers become rich beyond their imaginations (and their chosen circle) while others are disenfranchised. Ghettos expand when their is racial prejudice, and a system of apartheid rears it's ugly head without seeming remedy. When one people see themselves as better and more deserving of life and liberty than another. It comes through racial hatred, or when countries are based merely upon an ethnic preference. Ghettos proliferate when it is the design of a global elite to exploit a country or region for it's resources, whether they be material or human. They are the result of selfishness and greed, when humanity is seen as nothing more than chattel - a mere number, or when people are commodified by what they can contribute to an elite few. Ghettos appear when institutions which are supposed to be to the benefit of all become the sole province of the privileged few. When governments no longer chose to listen to their people, but to corporations which feed upon the poor. Ghettos thrive when there is merely equal opportunity in word but not in deed - when the educational tools for success are out of the reach of the needy.
INDEED, GHETTOS BEGIN TO APPEAR ALL OVER THE WORLD WHEN A GLOBAL ELITE ARE LED BY A NATION, LIKE THE UNITED STATES WHICH EXCELS IN GHETTO CREATION IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. WHEN THE WESTERN WORLD WHICH IS KNOWN FOR IT'S OWN APARTHEID PRACTICES SAYS IT IS GOING TO BRING THE REST OF THE WORLD PEACE AND PROSPERITY. STOP GHETTOS FROM SPREADING THROUGH THE DESIGN OF IMPERIALISM, WHOSE ENGINE IS CAPITALISM, THE COMBINATION OF WHICH IS FASCISM, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!
Posted at 08:58 pm by deadringer
PEOPLES WAR ON GLOBAL CLASS APARTHEID
In a global sense, almost no matter where you go you find those who have almost everything regarding the comforts of life, and those who barely survive. I think it is time for people to wake up and understand that there is a systemic - worldwide movement. It does not need a formal "conspiratorial" cabal at the top directing all the activity, like the mythical Illuminati, it is merely small group of people unchecked enriching themselves to the detriment of the majority.
It is a system of such spread throughout the world, the setting up of "governments," by Western Hegemonic design, and a reproduction of an elite in any country which participates. This is all that capitalism can produce at it's apex, a world scourge.
(From the beginning till now)
This is not necessarily new, but it is growing in momentum and severity. You can see it descend on the world with world wide "trade agreements," and the movement of multinational corporations to the best area of bang for their buck.
Inevitably it is always the majority that are left out in the cold. You could call this the upswing of "class apartheid," and we need to deal with it just like South African apartheid and segregation were originally dealt with.
(Katrina, and the lack of response - is this what you want in your country?)
is not so very far from ours:
- who has not joyed in the arbitrary
exercise of power
or grasped for himself what might have been
and who has not used superior force in the
moment when he could,
(and who of us has not been tempted to take
their things?) -
so, in their guilt,
the bare ferocity of teeth,
chest thumping challenge and defiance,
the deafening clamor of their prayers
to a diety made in the image of their prejudice
which drowns the voice of conscience,
is mirrored our predicament
but on a social, massive, organized scale
which magnifies enormously
as the private dehabille of love
becomes obscene in orgies."
by Dennis Brutus
In South Africa they have a holiday ON March 21st, it is called Human Rights Day. It is a commemoration of the 1960 protest against pass books in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg where 69 people were killed by apartheid police men - shot in the back as they ran away.
This is the day when the African national Congress declared guerrilla war on apartheid. As time has passed South Africa has gone from no racial apartheid to "class apartheid," and has been set upon by these global vultures so that the people languish as if they had never freed themselves from racial apartheid.
What they chanted needs to be the cry of people around the world - "Izwe Lethu" - OUR LAND!! Those bastards fired into the crowd of men, women, and children - 69 dead and more than 300 wounded. Many died as the police put the breaks on medical assistance, and those taken to hospitals were watched like criminals, and were thrown into prison for a long period of time before they were formally charged. The words of the police commander, D.H. Pienaar showed they had no thought or twinge of conscience for what they did - "If they do these things, they must learn the lessons the hard way."
It was tossed off you say? Yes, yet the core of the financial wealth still was left in the hands of the white ruling and corporate elite, and they ran off with it. So they hand the husk of the means of production to the black population, and than hold them ransom to their poverty. Than, they shut the doors of trade in their elite club - and just like the Mafia they say - "oh, you want to play, we will lend you the money, but you must play by our rules.
"We will make you rich beyond imagination, you and whoever you chose to be the fat around you, but in order to get this prize you must sell the people out. You must commit all of your resources to our development, and before we lend you any money you must privatize your commons and open the doors to our corporations, along with a number of other laws which disenfranchise the people - than you are in the club!"
It is no different today anywhere, it is worldwide, and we all face class apartheid. They will continue to do these things, all over the world, until the people declare war upon them! A consciousness movement must arise, in order to rid the world of class apartheid, and it does not matter, even if violence erupts! TALKIN ABOUT A REVOLUTION"Don't you know, they're talkin' about revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don't you know, they're talkin' about revolution
It sounds like a whisper
While their standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion
Poor people gonna rise up and get their share
Poor people are gonna rise up and take what's their's
Don't you know, you better run, run, run
Oh I said you better run, run run
Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin' bout revolution"
Now we face hundreds, thousands of instances of class apartheid all over the world - it is time for the people to shine a light on these situations. People are being killed all over the world as they stand against this systemic class apartheid.
Hard hitting economic sanctions need to take place against countries involved in aggressions like the United States and the UK, the strangulation of the people by this Euro-American alliance. Those who hold financial investments in these countries, and others, need to start to cash out - the people are not going to take this any longer! THE WAR NEEDS TO BE DECLARED ON GLOBAL CLASS APARTHEID, AND THE PEOPLE NEED TO RISE UP EVERYWHERE AGAINST THIS INSIDIOUS ALMOST SILENT INCURSION THAT IMPOVERISHES THE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!
Posted at 09:36 pm by deadringer
(The Tormentors - Philip Guston)
This is work in three parts that shows how individuals and groups bring art to the fore in the form of resistance. From this film I hope you get ideas of you own to show your resistance to the present course of this world, as represented in the current powers that be -
Posted at 08:19 pm by deadringer
ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THE ASSAULT ON TENURE
Today we are going to talk about academic freedom and the threat on an already endangered species - tenure. I chose to look at this battle today, between two professors, the freedom of academics from undo pressure because of political ideology. We are going to go from how the "empire" comports itself in the world at large (previous article), to how it tries to restrain and silence dissent within it's academic ranks - so the truth of what is taking place in the world is not exposed.
Strangely enough, tht manner in which Dershowitz proceeds against an excellent scholar Norman Finkelstein, are the very points which Alan Dershowitz makes against him. That is, for political ideology which he (Dershowitz) espouses, apparently at any cost (aka. The Cause, along with other personal issues which Noam Chomsky called a personal Jihad), and when this happens the first casualty is truth. This brings new meaning to the adage that there is no blindness so complete as that which is caused by ideology.
(Depicting the CCNY struggle 1930's which ended with the dismissal of 50 faculty and staff)
However, before we get to this specific case I would like us to survey the current situation in let's say - a post 9/11 world, not that 9/11 needs to change the entire course of the world, but BECAUSE it has been used to change the course. Not that there have not been restrictions on academic freedom all along, but because it has been exponentially accelerated.
There has been a gradual pressure building in academia to hold the line on the dissent of the current course of the "empire," that has developed from skirmishes on campus to a concerted and organized effort to quash academic dissent. This should not be surprising, because the first line of defense in any country, whether it displays itself as the bastion of freedom (let freedom ring!) or not, is the ability to keep it's first line of educators under the thumb, so to speak, in order to carry out whatever mission it has both foreign and domestic.
THIS IS WHAT THEY FEAR
(here you can see some Zionist hecklers)
DR. NORMAN FINKELSTEIN AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
(You have to scroll down a little and prompt 3 video links)
There is nothing that is is not as sensitive to the empire than it's Middle East policy, which it has chosen to make the centerpiece of this current debacle. Central to this policy is the relationship of Israel to the United States, and the unflagging support for it's central player in this arena. Along with this paramount interest of which Israel is central, is the issue of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.
I submit, that it is here, in the midst of this conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people that you have the key, or should I say, on a small scale what is the entire condition of the region in subservience to Western Hegemony. This conflict represents what is taking place in the entire region, so that, if the Palestinian people can be freed from their prison of despair than it is not untenable that the whole region can be freed from the dominance of the West!
Now, interject if you will, this current conflict within the circles of academia in the United States. Within the very bosom of our institutions of higher education, in the Middle East studies there has been a raging battle (actually, there are battles in many disciplines, but we will concentrate on this one for now) which center around the illegal occupation of the Palestinians, where there have been plenty of rulings from the international community (via the UN, and the World Court) which say that this occupation must stop. Yet it continues with the full monetary and political support of the United States and it's allies.
Within the crucible there is an academic battle between those who want to maintain the current course, with the full support of Israel, and those who dissent siding almost virtually with the entire world (if you look at the rhetorical vote on the floor of the UN). It started with a grass roots campaign which started such questionable practices as students "monitoring" teachers in the classroom to see if they placed emphasis on the wrong being done to the Palestinian people, you see this with the Washington supported "Campus Watch" HERE. Which has developed into a full blown use of government service institutions that confound, or try to confound criticism of the State of Israel with antisemitism HERE., the main site being HERE.
PEACE, PROPAGANDA AND THE PROMISED LAND Now we come full circle back to academic freedom and tenure as it relates to the case of Norman Finkelstein and his assailant Dershowitz. Along with all of the other labor issues which militate against tenure, that is a group of scholars that have no protection for speaking their mind (without tenure), you have a perfect example of why tenure is being eliminated from the major campus' of higher education - it is an element of control. I believe that this high profile case regarding Norman Finkelsteins tenure is meant to have a further chilling effect of professors voicing dissent according to the dictates of their conscience guided by truth.
Dr Finkelstein has been accosted throughout his career, although he has impeccable credentials, and produces sound scholarly works, as attested to by the distinguished academic community. He has full support of the tenure committee, and numerous testimonies of transformative experience as a result of his teaching, yet it has been blocked by the dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences department HERE.. The reason for blockage? "Non-Vincentian values," but everyone knows the real reason is the outcry of the defenders of Israel's human rights record (which is quite abysmal).
So, you have this defense and censorship of the empire taking place in it's own academic community. Specifically, if a professor decides to expose the facts (to a fact starved community in the US) regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict his/her future hangs in the balance, and will be found wanting (or, there will be a fierce battle to make this a reality).
If a professor wishes to unearth that in 1948 according to incontrovertible facts that there was a brutal ethnic cleansing committed against the Palestinian people, he is told to proverbially be silent. If he/she wants to expose the indiscriminate support of billions of dollars to Israel, which practices apartheid against the Palestinian people, beware. If he/she chooses to expose that there is an illegal, murderous, occupation going on in the Occupied Territories, better think twice. If he/she chooses to bifurcate a rapacious Zionism from all of the Jewish population, there is still the accusation of antisemitism "officially" sanctioned.
WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS ACADEMIC CENSORSHIP OF THE WORST SORT. WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IS THE IMPRISONING OF THE MIND, AND THE BURYING OF THE TRUTH BY A NATION THAT EVEN HAS PROBLEMS FACING UP TO IT'S QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES FROM THE BEGINNING. MOST OF ALL THERE IS THE FEAR THAT IF PALESTINE IS FREED IT WILL SEND A SIGNAL, AND THAT SIGNAL IS THAT THIS REGIONS PEOPLE MAY REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM WESTERN DOMINANCE. ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IF THERE IS ANY JUSTICE THE PLIGHT OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE MUST BE EXPOSED, THE OCCUPATION MUST STOP, AND THEY MUST BE ABLE TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT OF RETURN, OTHERWISE THERE IS NO HOPE THAT ANY NATION MAY LIVE AND EXERCISE FREEDOM.
Posted at 11:17 pm by deadringer