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Jim

so there’s a new tom hanks film about those darned ‘somalian pirates’

they’re not ‘pirates’… it’s their fucking country

they’re the ones trying to defend against pirates

— 8 months ago
#captain phillips  #hollywood propaganda bullshit  #colonialism  #imperialism  #corporatism 
""Black History" - By Gil Scott-Heron"

I was wondering about our yesterdays,
and starting digging through the rubble
and to say, at least somebody went
through a hell of a lot of trouble
to make sure that when we looked things up
we wouldn’t fair too well
and that we would come up with totally unreliable portraits of ourselves.
But I compiled what few facts I could,
I mean, such as they are
to see if we could shed a little bit of light
and this is what I got so far:

First, white folks discovered Africa
and they claimed it fair and square.
Cecil Rhodes couldn’t have been robbing nobody
‘cause he said there was nobody there.
White folks brought all the civilization,
since there wasn’t none around.
They said ‘how could these folks be civilized
when you never see nobody writing nothing down?’
And just to prove all their suspicions,
it didn’t take too long.
They found out there were whole groups of people
in plain sight
running around with no clothes on. That’s right!
The women, the men, the young and old,
righteous white folks covered their eyes.
So no time was spent considering the environment.
Hell no! This here, this just wasn’t civilized!
And another way they knew the folks was backwards,
or at least this how we were taught
is that ‘unlike the very civilized people of Europe’
these Black groups actually fought!
And yes, there was some ‘rather crude implements’
and yes, there was ‘primitive art’
and yes they were masters of hunting and fishing
and courtesy came from the heart.
And yes there was medicine, love and religion,
inter-tribal communication by drum.
But no paper and pencils and other utensils
and hell, these folks never even heard of a gun.
So this is why the colonies came
to stabilize the land.
Because The Dark Continent had copper and gold
and the discovers had themselves a plan.
They would ‘discover’ all the places with promise.
You didn’t need no titles or deeds.
You could just appoint people to make everything legal,
to sanction the trickery and greed.
And out in the bushes if the natives got restless
You could call that ‘guerilla attack!’
and never have to describe that somebody finally got wise
and decided they wanted their things back.
But still we are victims of word games,
semantics is always a bitch:
places once called under-developed and ‘backwards’
are now called ‘mineral rich.’
And still it seems the game goes on
with unity always just out of reach
Because Libya and Egypt used to be in Africa,
but they’ve been moved to the ‘middle east’.
There are examples galore I assure you,
but if interpreting was left up to me
I’d be sure every time folks knew this version wasn’t mine
which is why it is called ‘His story’.

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— 9 months ago with 201 notes
#gil scott-heron  #colonialism  #imperialism  #cecil rhodes  #racism 
reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide
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Robert Parry on a newly-released document that spells out how President Ronald Reagan promoted genocide in Central America:
Soon after taking office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s national security team agreed to supply military aid to the brutal right-wing regime in Guatemala to pursue the goal of exterminating not only “Marxist guerrillas” but their “civilian support mechanisms,” according to a newly disclosed document from the National Archives.
Over the next several years, the military assistance from the Reagan administration helped the Guatemalan army do just that, engaging in the slaughter of some 100,000 people, including what a truth commission deemed genocide against the Mayan Indians in the northern highlands.
Recently discovered documents at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, also reveal that Reagan’s White House was reaching out to Israel in a scheme to circumvent congressional restrictions on military equipment for the Guatemalan military.
…..

policy

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide

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Robert Parry on a newly-released document that spells out how President Ronald Reagan promoted genocide in Central America:

Soon after taking office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s national security team agreed to supply military aid to the brutal right-wing regime in Guatemala to pursue the goal of exterminating not only “Marxist guerrillas” but their “civilian support mechanisms,” according to a newly disclosed document from the National Archives.

Over the next several years, the military assistance from the Reagan administration helped the Guatemalan army do just that, engaging in the slaughter of some 100,000 people, including what a truth commission deemed genocide against the Mayan Indians in the northern highlands.

Recently discovered documents at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, also reveal that Reagan’s White House was reaching out to Israel in a scheme to circumvent congressional restrictions on military equipment for the Guatemalan military.

…..

policy

(Source: livealifethatscompletelyfree, via disciplesofmalcolm)

— 9 months ago with 337 notes
#genocide  #imperialism  #CIA  #drug war  #ronald reagan  #oliver north  #guatemala  #usa 
When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’ →

canadian-communist:

Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is?

Most people haven’t heard of him.

But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.

His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.

He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his “business transactions” as philanthropic and scientific efforts under the banner of the “International African Society”. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.

Most of us – I don’t yet know an approximate percentage but I fear its extremely high – aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum. Its bad to “say racist things” (sometimes), but quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs.

Mark Twain wrote a satire about Leopold called “King Leopold’s soliloquy; a defense of his Congo rule“, where he mocked the King’s defense of his reign of terror, largely through Leopold’s own words. Its 49 pages long. Mark Twain is a popular author for American public schools. But like most political authors, we will often read some of their least political writings or read them without learning why the author wrote them (Orwell’s Animal Farm for example serves to re-inforce American anti-Socialist propaganda, but Orwell was an anti-capitalist revolutionary of a different kind – this is never pointed out). We can read about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but King Leopold’s Soliloquy isn’t on the reading list. This isn’t by accident. Reading lists are created by boards of education in order to prepare students to follow orders and endure boredom well. From the point of view of the Education Department, Africans have no history.

When we learn about Africa, we learn about a caricaturized Egypt, about the HIV epidemic (but never its causes), about the surface level effects of the slave trade, and maybe about South African Apartheid (which of course now is long, long over). We also see lots of pictures of starving children on Christian Ministry commercials, we see safaris on animal shows, and we see pictures of deserts in films and movies. But we don’t learn about the Great African War or Leopold’s Reign of Terror during the Congolese Genocide. Nor do we learn about what the United States has done in Iraq and Afghanistan, potentially killing in upwards of 5-7 million people from bombs, sanctions, disease and starvation. Body counts are important. And we don’t count Afghans, Iraqis, or Congolese.

There’s a Wikipedia page called “Genocides in History”. The Congolese Genocide isn’t included. The Congo is mentioned though. What’s now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo is listed in reference to the Second Congo War (also called Africa’s World War and the Great War of Africa), where both sides of the multinational conflict hunted down Bambenga and ate them. Cannibalism and slavery are horrendous evils which must be entered into history and talked about for sure, but I couldn’t help thinking who’s interests were served when the only mention of the Congo on the page was in reference to multi-national incidents where a tiny minority of people were  eating each other (completely devoid of the conditions which created the conflict no less). Stories which support the white supremacist narrative about the subhumanness of people in Africa are allowed to be entered into the records of history. The white guy who turned the Congo into his own personal part-plantation, part-concentration camp, part-Christian ministry and killed 10 to 15 million Conglese people in the process doesn’t make the cut.

You see, when you kill ten million Africans, you aren’t called ‘Hitler’. That is, your name doesn’t come to symbolize the living incarnation of evil. Your name and your picture doesn’t produce fear, hatred, and sorrow. Your victims aren’t talked about and your name isn’t remembered.

Leopold was just one part of thousands of things that helped construct white supremacy as both an ideological narrative and material reality. Of course I don’t want to pretend that in the Congo he was the source of all evil. He had generals, and foot soldiers, and managers who did his bidding and enforced his laws. It was a system. But this doesn’t negate the need to talk about the individuals who are symbolic of the system. But we don’t even get that. And since it isn’t talked about, what capitalism did to Africa, all the privileges that rich white people gained from the Congolese genocide are hidden. The victims of imperialism are made, like they usually are, invisible.

a couple of PDF ebooks on the subject courtesy of readabookson:

Adam Hochschild - King Leopold’s Ghost

Edmund D. Morel - King Leopold’s Rule in Africa

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— 9 months ago with 9038 notes
#king leopold  #colonialism  #imperialism  #genocide  #history  #belgium  #congo  #dcr  #white supremacy 
On the Fourth of July

armaniwithoutthei:

"On July 4, 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt declared that the US had defeated the Philippines & took it as its colony. Over 2 million Filipinos were slaughtered in the process. Yes, the US celebrated its freedom by taking away another nation’s. We still haven’t gotten it back."

-Jollene Levid, National Chairperson of AF3IRM

#knowhystoryknowself #philippineamericanwar #fuckhistoricalamnesia #fuckthisphilippineamericanfriendshipdaybullshit

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— 9 months ago with 313 notes
#philippine-american war  #4th july  #1902  #colonialism  #imperialism  #happy independence day  #usa 
opinionatedarab:

List of Children Known to Have Been Killed by U.S. Govt Drone Strikes in Pakistan and Yemen
PAKISTANName | Age | GenderNoor Aziz | 8 | maleAbdul Wasit | 17 | maleNoor Syed | 8 | maleWajid Noor | 9 | maleSyed Wali Shah | 7 | maleAyeesha | 3 | femaleQari Alamzeb | 14| maleShoaib | 8 | maleHayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | maleTariq Aziz | 16 | maleSanaullah Jan | 17 | maleMaezol Khan | 8 | femaleNasir Khan | maleNaeem Khan | maleNaeemullah | maleMohammad Tahir | 16 | maleAzizul Wahab | 15 | maleFazal Wahab | 16 | maleZiauddin | 16 | maleMohammad Yunus | 16 | maleFazal Hakim | 19 | maleIlyas | 13 | maleSohail | 7 | maleAsadullah | 9 | malekhalilullah | 9 | maleNoor Mohammad | 8 | maleKhalid | 12 | maleSaifullah | 9 | maleMashooq Jan | 15 | maleNawab | 17 | maleSultanat Khan | 16 | maleZiaur Rahman | 13 | maleNoor Mohammad | 15 | maleMohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | maleQari Alamzeb | 14 | maleZiaur Rahman | 17 | maleAbdullah | 18 | maleIkramullah Zada | 17 | maleInayatur Rehman | 16 | maleShahbuddin | 15 | maleYahya Khan | 16 |maleRahatullah |17 | maleMohammad Salim | 11 | maleShahjehan | 15 | maleGul Sher Khan | 15 | maleBakht Muneer | 14 | maleNumair | 14 | maleMashooq Khan | 16 | maleIhsanullah | 16 | maleLuqman | 12 | maleJannatullah | 13 | maleIsmail | 12 | maleTaseel Khan | 18 | maleZaheeruddin | 16 | maleQari Ishaq | 19 | maleJamshed Khan | 14 | maleAlam Nabi | 11 | maleQari Abdul Karim | 19 | maleRahmatullah | 14 | maleAbdus Samad | 17 | maleSiraj | 16 | maleSaeedullah | 17 | maleAbdul Waris | 16 | maleDarvesh | 13 | maleAmeer Said | 15 | maleShaukat | 14 | maleInayatur Rahman | 17 | maleSalman | 12 | maleFazal Wahab | 18 | maleBaacha Rahman | 13 | maleWali-ur-Rahman | 17 | maleIftikhar | 17 | maleInayatullah | 15 | maleMashooq Khan | 16 | maleIhsanullah | 16 | maleLuqman | 12 | maleJannatullah | 13 | maleIsmail | 12 | maleAbdul Waris | 16 | maleDarvesh | 13 | maleAmeer Said | 15 | maleShaukat | 14 | maleInayatur Rahman | 17 | maleAdnan | 16 | maleNajibullah | 13 | maleNaeemullah | 17 | maleHizbullah | 10 | maleKitab Gul | 12 | maleWilayat Khan | 11 | maleZabihullah | 16 | maleShehzad Gul | 11 | maleShabir | 15 | maleQari Sharifullah | 17 | maleShafiullah | 16 | maleNimatullah | 14 | maleShakirullah | 16 | maleTalha | 8 | male
YEMENAfrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | femaleZayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | femaleHoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | femaleSheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | femaleIbrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | maleAsmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | maleSalma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | femaleFatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | femaleKhadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | femaleHanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | femaleMohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | maleJawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | femaleMaryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | femaleShafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | femaleSheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | femaleMaha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | maleSoumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | femaleShafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | femaleShafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | maleMabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | maleDaolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | femaleAbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | maleAbdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | maleAbdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | maleNasser Salim | 19 Male
If this doesn’t bother you, it fucking should

opinionatedarab:

List of Children Known to Have Been Killed by U.S. Govt Drone Strikes in Pakistan and Yemen

PAKISTAN
Name | Age | Gender
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male

YEMEN
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19 Male

If this doesn’t bother you, it fucking should

(Source: mikekrentzlooksat, via cultureofresistance)

— 10 months ago with 13295 notes
#military-industrial complex  #imperialism 
"The sheer prejudice and outright Saidian orientalism that Maddow exhibited in this 4-minute segment is eerily reminiscent of the Jim Crow days of American broadcasting when “respectable” journalists and entertainers could get away with insulting an entire race of people, their traditions and their beliefs, without batting an eye. In this case, Maddow has not only insulted Iranians but every Muslim in the world, too. Just imagine the uproar if she took such liberties with any other of the world’s major religions. To top it off, Maddow claims to be a different and more open-minded alternative to the George W. Bush America, but her repeated references to “us” and “them” in this brief segment proved that, like the ancient Persian religion of Manichaeism, she only sees things in black and white — not unlike her idols in Washington. That’s right Maddow, “us” does not include the millions of Muslim Americans who celebrate some of these holidays and the millions of Iranian Americans who celebrate Nowruz — that’s all “them,” those beardie weirdies across the way who don’t look human and certainly don’t act it."

Racial Maddow vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran - Shirin Sadeghi.

Love Shirin for writing this. I’m relieved to know not everyone’s foolishly in love with Rachel Maddow.

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I just watched the video, ugh. Orientalist, imperialist propaganda from Maddow. Another excuse to portray Bush’s axis of evil in convenient ‘us and them’ terms, painting all Iranians as extremist zealots, and yet more footage of North Korean people all doing the same thing in a large crowd, as if that’s the only footage of them in existence. i.e. both countries are clearly nothing more than brainwashed collective masses who don’t know what’s good for them and so of course need the enlightened west, where everyone’s a free individual (and definitely not Muslim or anything like that) to come spread democracy and rationality. 

The whole patronising ‘dictatorship’ spiel - ffs it was your CIA who overthrew the democratic government of Iran and replaced it with a US-friendly monarchical dictatorship in the 50s. And hmm I wonder if America had anything to do with Korea in the past… let’s not mention that though.

Ugh and the way she sneers at ‘dictatorships’ for celebrating their leaders birthdays, less than a minute after having shown the US list with Lincoln’s birthday right there ffs. Funnily enough no comment on how the land of the free celebrates mass colonial genocide on Columbus day either…

The highest military spending in the world, a bloody global empire, the highest prison population in the world, institutional racism, entirely unscientific drug laws, 90% of media controlled by 6 companies with interlocking share ownerships, 3 times fewer women in ministerial government positions than Iran.

But yeah keep pointing that finger.

'Progressive'

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— 1 year ago with 109 notes
#ugh liberals  #usa  #orientalism  #imperialism  #military-industrial-media complex  #edward said  #politics  #media  #war  #propaganda  #korea  #dprk  #iran  #rachel maddow  #islam  #history  #misinformation 
so important
the US military-industrial-media complex relies on dehumanising and othering the civilian populations of its target nations
the people in these pictures are not an unindividuated mass/horde of brainwashed commie robot zombie drones who spend their days at axis of evil hq plotting to blow up the white house
they are actual human individuals, 100% real people, with varied lives and loves and interests, they cook meals and fuck and listen to music, and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and don’t deserve to be murdered by flying death robots or whatever the fuck
all of which is so basic it should never need to be said, but every time I hear about the latest ‘surgical strike’ to ‘neutralise’ ‘insurgent’ ‘forces’ w/ ‘collateral damage’ I’m reminded that apparently it does

so important

the US military-industrial-media complex relies on dehumanising and othering the civilian populations of its target nations

the people in these pictures are not an unindividuated mass/horde of brainwashed commie robot zombie drones who spend their days at axis of evil hq plotting to blow up the white house

they are actual human individuals, 100% real people, with varied lives and loves and interests, they cook meals and fuck and listen to music, and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and don’t deserve to be murdered by flying death robots or whatever the fuck

all of which is so basic it should never need to be said, but every time I hear about the latest ‘surgical strike’ to ‘neutralise’ ‘insurgent’ ‘forces’ w/ ‘collateral damage’ I’m reminded that apparently it does

(Source: canadian-communist, via baronessvonbullshit)

— 1 year ago with 57875 notes
#dprk  #north korea  #war  #media  #orientalism  #propaganda  #imperialism  #military-industrial complex  #USA 
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

British Intelligence Said to Have Had Role in Lumumba Assassination
The British intelligence services may have just had one of their best-kept secrets blown: their role in the abduction and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister whose Pan-African nationalism and pro-Moscow leanings alarmed the West.
For more than 50 years, rumours have swirled over allegations of British involvement in Lumumba’s brutal murder in 1961, but nothing has ever been proved — leaving the CIA and its Belgian peers alone to take the rap for what a Belgian writer has described as “the most important assassination of the 20th century.” Now, in a dramatic revelation, a senior British politician has claimed that he got it from the horse’s mouth that it was MI6 that “did” it.In a little noticed letter to the editor in the latest issue of the London Review of Books (LRB), Lord David Edward Lea responded to the claim in a new book on British intelligence, Empire of Secrets: British intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton, that the jury is still out on Britain’s role in Lumumba’s death.“The question remains whether British plots to assassinate Lumumba … ever amounted to anything. At present, we do not know,” writes Walton. Lord Lea retorted: “Actually, in this particular case, I can report that we do.“It so happens that I was having a cup of tea with Daphne Park … She had been consul and first secretary in Leopoldville, now Kinshasa, from 1959 to 1961, which in practice (this was subsequently acknowledged) meant head of MI6 there.“I mentioned the uproar surrounding Lumumba’s abduction and murder, and recalled the theory that MI6 might have had something to do with it. ‘We did,’ she replied, ‘I organised it.’”

Same old story, US/UK (and in this case Belgian as well) backed coup to depose popular anti-imperialist leader and install corrupt, capitalist-friendly, kleptocratic military dictatorship (i.e. Mobuto). And the country is robbed blind.
MI6 for you.
In reality, James Bond is the villain.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

British Intelligence Said to Have Had Role in Lumumba Assassination

The British intelligence services may have just had one of their best-kept secrets blown: their role in the abduction and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister whose Pan-African nationalism and pro-Moscow leanings alarmed the West.

For more than 50 years, rumours have swirled over allegations of British involvement in Lumumba’s brutal murder in 1961, but nothing has ever been proved — leaving the CIA and its Belgian peers alone to take the rap for what a Belgian writer has described as “the most important assassination of the 20th century.” Now, in a dramatic revelation, a senior British politician has claimed that he got it from the horse’s mouth that it was MI6 that “did” it.

In a little noticed letter to the editor in the latest issue of the London Review of Books (LRB), Lord David Edward Lea responded to the claim in a new book on British intelligence, Empire of Secrets: British intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton, that the jury is still out on Britain’s role in Lumumba’s death.

“The question remains whether British plots to assassinate Lumumba … ever amounted to anything. At present, we do not know,” writes Walton. 

Lord Lea retorted: “Actually, in this particular case, I can report that we do.

“It so happens that I was having a cup of tea with Daphne Park … She had been consul and first secretary in Leopoldville, now Kinshasa, from 1959 to 1961, which in practice (this was subsequently acknowledged) meant head of MI6 there.

“I mentioned the uproar surrounding Lumumba’s abduction and murder, and recalled the theory that MI6 might have had something to do with it. ‘We did,’ she replied, ‘I organised it.’”

Same old story, US/UK (and in this case Belgian as well) backed coup to depose popular anti-imperialist leader and install corrupt, capitalist-friendly, kleptocratic military dictatorship (i.e. Mobuto). And the country is robbed blind.

MI6 for you.

In reality, James Bond is the villain.

— 1 year ago with 52 notes
#imperialism  #colonialism  #congo  #lumumba  #history  #conspiracy  #politics  #zaire  #dcr  #mobuto  #capitalism  #mi6  #james bond 
John Pilger: The new propaganda is 'liberal' →

amodernmanifesto:

What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state.

In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. Using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques, she produced a documentary form that mesmerised Germans; her Triumph of the Will cast Hitler’s spell.

She told me that the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above”, but on the “submissive void” of the German public.

Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? “Everyone,” she said.

Today, we prefer to believe that there is no submissive void. “Choice” is ubiquitous. Phones are “platforms” that launch every half-thought. There is Google from outer space if you need it.

Caressed like rosary beads, the precious devices are borne heads-down, relentlessly monitored and prioritised. Their dominant theme is the self. Me. My needs. Riefenstahl’s submissive void is today’s digital slavery.

Edward Said described this wired state in Culture and Imperialism as taking imperialism where navies could never reach. It is the ultimate means of social control because it is voluntary, addictive and shrouded in illusions of personal freedom.

Today’s “message” of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. By any measure of human behavior, this is extremism.

Article goes into the CIA’s propagandising via Hollywood, which really shouldn’t be a taboo subject when:

  • Argo is misleading anti-Iranian propaganda
  • Zero Dark Thirty tries to justify torture and uncritically follows the US military’s version of events regarding bin Laden’s death
  • Olympus Has Fallen comes out at just the right time with its ‘omg North Korea is going to attack America’ bullshit, and
  • Homeland is winning awards on TV for promulgating the view that America needs to be even more vigilant against all these ‘Al Qaeda terrorists’
  • etc etc

As Pilger mentions the CIA has an ‘entertainment industry liaison office’ and it’s a matter of public record that they’ve been engaged in manipulating the media for decades (going back to Operation Mockingbird in the 50s).

Is it any wonder that all the media listed above feature sympathetic portrayals of CIA operatives? Or that they serve to reinforce US imperialism?

Just look at the timing of the anti-Iran and anti-DPRK movies, I mean really now, come on.

 

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#propaganda  #CIA  #hollywood  #imperialism  #usa  #war  #iran  #dprk  #military-industrial complex  #media 

so openly fascist Paolo di Canio has got a high profile football management position

not sure which is more ridiculous, that or the fact that David Miliband is resigning from his club directorship in protest

Dave you were foreign secretary for three years, where was your principled resignation then?

 

— 1 year ago
#ugh  #fascists  #warmongerers  #hypocrisy  #faux 'outrage'  #imperialism  #david miliband  #sunderland  #football  #nu labour 
The Sykes-Picot Agreement

all the cool kids know about the Sykes-Picot agreement

…do YOU?

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#conspiracy FACT  #imperialism  #WW1  #zionism  #britain  #france  #uk  #war  #history 

Here’s some imperialist fuck from pro-Israel lobby group/think tank The Washington Institute for Near East Policy talking about the need for ‘crisis initiation’, i.e. how America can start a war with Iran. 

'We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier.'

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#imperialism  #zionism  #war  #iran  #israel  #usa  #america  #military-industrial complex  #false flag terrorism