35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists [x] (via imsomadattheworld)
This map should be included in every history book.
This is why I don’t like the term Native American or even like Indigenous People. It cancels the numerous different groups of people that lived here
Don’t forget this.
The reason that pre-colonized American history is taught in a short breath, in a way that is totally unlike how European history is taught (“yah there were these tribes who lived off the land and were so noble and primitive until Christopher Columbus came and things got interesting” vs. “There were complex cultures and different people in different areas who traded and fought exactly like what was going on across the Atlantic at the time, so for example there were extensive trade routes between A and B in this territory while X and Y made an alliance to unite against Z, and then this important ruler, inventor, artist lived… etc etc etc”) is racism, pure and simple. Anyone who says otherwise (PARTICULARLY if they claim that nothing interesting was going on or try to state that the Americas were purely “primitive” or lesser in some fashion” they are either lying or terribly misinformed.
This is why “Native American” is not a one-size-fits-all banner. This is why you sound just as stupid saying someone was or is “Cherokee or Sioux, or Mohawk or whatever” as you sound saying “They were English, or German, or Irish or whatever”. They are distinct cultures who lived in distinct areas and had disparate histories. And, due to horrendous colonialism and blatant white washing, these are repressed histories.
So do your homework, especially if you live in the Americas and are from a background that at any point contained immigrants (and don’t you look at me and say you’re “Just American” because you can claim somebody on the Mayflower because I will explain you many things). They don’t teach this how they should, so you must educate yourself.
Mar. 1 2014
One of the two lead contractors for Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank, Elbit Systems, has won a $145 million contract from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide similar systems on the Mexico-US border.
This is the second time Elbit, which tests its technology on Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation, has won a major US border surveillance contract.
SBInet was to provide surveillance and communications technology to increase the US presence on the Mexico-US border. Elbit was subcontracted by Boeing through Kollsman, one of Elbit’s US-based subsidiaries, to provide the project’s camera and radar systems.
Work on the contract halted in 2008 and DHS officially canceled SBInet in January, 2011.
Dividing indigenous land
The new DHS contract calls for “Integrated Fixed Tower systems” that will “assist [Border Patrol] agents in detecting, tracking, identifying and classifying items of interest” along the border. This contract largely reprises Elbit’s role in the Boeing contract. Initial installations will be in Arizona.
Both the US and Israeli projects affirm settler-state partitions of indigenous land: Palestinian land in the Israeli case and Tohono O’odham land in Arizona.
The Tohono O’odham Nation is just one of several indigenous nations facing further partition because of US and Mexican border policies.
And both projects intend to stop the movement of persons under the guise of “security.”
Tested on Palestinians
Elbit tests its technology in Palestine so deployment in an analogous circumstance for the US is unsurprising.
The Elbit Systems of America 2012 promotional video above, for instance, boasts of “Proven Technology, Proven Security” and “10+ years securing the world’s most challenging borders.” Israel began building its apartheid wall in the early 2000s and the structure was declared to be illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.
The video also says Elbit’s technology has been “operationally tested on the US Southwest Border.”
The video shows maps of Arizona and images of human walking through landscape, on military-style displays.
The Arizona border was also the site of a 2004 contract where Elbit provided Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — commonly known as drones — to the Border Patrol in the first significant deployment of UAVs for US border surveillance.
In addition to the US settler state furthering the partition of indigenous land, the DHS contract also affirms anti-Latin@ racism in the relations between the US and Mexico, and is just one example where Elbit and other Israeli firms play roles in “securing” wealthier European borders against migrants from poorer Black and Brown nations.
For those of you who didn’t see it, the USA tried to use the Organization of American States (traditionally a US-puppet organization) to promote intervention in Venezuela. Instead, an OAS resolution passed supporting President Maduro’s peace initiative by a 29-3 margin; Panamá was the only Latin…
NEW DOCUMENTARY: Open Sesame…The Story of Seeds.
If people think the topic of seeds isn’t sexy or trendy enough to care about, ask them to consider this:
If Monsanto controls the seeds, that means Monsanto controls your food—and you.
As a crucial part of the Open Source Movement please help carry the seeds of this important film out into the world…
Open Sesame…The Story of Seeds
"Open sesame" were the two magic words that unlocked the door to the robber’s cave in Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves (sesame seeds burst when mature). On the one hand, we live in a period when the door to common seed access may slam shut forever. On the other, we are in the midst of a massive transition toward a broad awareness that seed control means food control. The ongoing “Occupy Food” actions that followed on the heels of Occupy Wall Street are just one example of the movement afoot.
Over the past one hundred years, seeds have steadily shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property. In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that living things could be patented and the pace quickened. Hundreds of indigenous and heirloom seed varieties are being lost, multinational seed companies enforce new contracts and GMO seed contamination present grave challenges…
Open Sesame! takes an energizing and entertaining look at the threat to seed sovereignty and the plundering of our genetic commons while drawing parallels between the broader open source movement. In the process we meet a fascinating range of subjects ranging from farmers, to artists to activists whose lives and/or livelihoods revolve around seed. We also hear from a diverse range of thinkers and renegade philosophers who offer seldom-heard solutions and ways forward for the future.
Big Bill Haywood, Wobbly and socialist.
Qazi Nasir Mudassir said he had expected that if armed men climbed over the walls of his radio station’s compound, they would probably be Taliban insurgents coming to make good on death threats because of his broadcasts.
Instead, by his account and that of the local Afghan police, the armed men were American Special Forces troops, who scaled his walls with ladders on Thursday, arresting Mr. Mudassir and two other employees of Radio Paighame Milli.
The station, which Mr. Mudassir owns, broadcasts in the Mohammad Agha district of Logar Province, an area troubled by insurgent activity, just 30 miles south of Kabul.
After all three were released without charges the next day, Mr. Mudassir at first refused to discuss what happened, but on Saturday he accused American soldiers of beating him and threatening to kill him to extract information during his detention. They were apparently unaware, he said, that his radio station is supported in large part by pro-government, pro-coalition propaganda advertisements paid for by the American military.
From Rebellion to Revolution: Afro-American Slave Revolts in the Making of the Modern World (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History) by Eugene Genovese
China announced a 12.2 percent increase in military spending to $132 billion.
China’s government responded to public demands for bold leadership with vows Wednesday to press long-sought market reforms, defend against terrorism after a horrific slashing attack, and heavily boost military spending amid rising tensions with Japan.
The promises delivered by Premier Li Keqiang in his first annual policy speech also included cutting official waste, combating persistent smog and pushing ahead with President Xi Jinping’s signature campaign to fight the rampant graft that has undermined public faith in the ruling Communist Party.
China announced a 12.2 percent increase in military spending to $132 billion. That followed last year’s 10.7 percent increase to $114 billion, making China’s defense budget the second-highest in the world, behind the United States, which spent $600.4 billion on its military last year.
Increases in China’s military budget have regularly exceeded both total increases in government spending and the nation’s rate of economic growth. That has allowed lavish spending on new hardware and better conditions for soldiers, raising concerns about how China intends to use its new-found power amid a rise in tensions with Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
China’s Foreign Ministry said it was reasonable for the People’s Liberation Army to modernize. “Nothing to get fussy about. China’s PLA aren’t like scouts carrying spears,” spokesman Qin Gang said.
While becoming increasingly assertive in its own territorial claims, Beijing has at the same time accused Japan of renewed militarism and dwelled on Tokyo’s history as an aggressor during World War II.
"We will safeguard the victory of World War II and the postwar international order, and will not allow anyone to reverse the course of history," Li said, in an obvious dig at Tokyo.
Li announced an official growth target of 7.5 percent this year, signaling that the government would not let growth dip too low — or unemployment surge — while it carries out ambitious economic reforms. Li warned that reforms are at a critical stage as he pledged to open state-dominated industries to private investment.
(Despite an increase in China’s defense budget, U.S. military spending — $600 billion in 2013 alone — far supersedes that of every country. Source: IISS.org)
A Health Ministry inspector poured bleach over pots full of food in a Sudanese restaurant in Tel Aviv Sunday night.
The inspector, from the ministry’s district office for Tel Aviv, was participating in a raid by police and municipal inspectors on illegal businesses owned by African migrants. Altogether, the raid shut down 10 businesses in the city’s Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood, confiscating their equipment and welding the doors shut. The equipment was then loaded onto vans by other African migrants who had been hired as contract workers.
Many diners saw the inspector pouring bleach on the food, and one, asylum-seeker Aladin Abaker from Sudan’s Darfur region, posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page. He also described his feelings of humiliation.
“Everyone − except the destroyers − was in tears from the humiliation,” he wrote. “The waitress told us, ‘I’ve seen very harsh things in my life, like torture in Sinai, but this humiliated me more than what happened to me in Sinai.”
Abaker accused the inspector of “insensitivity to people and their culture, which sees food as a sacred thing that must be respected,” and said the raid was aimed at “embittering our lives so we’ll return to Africa ‘voluntarily.’”
Altogether, he said, more than 200 kilograms of meat, chicken and fish and over 500 prepared meals were destroyed.
The inspectors said they didn’t know where the meat came from and therefore feared for the diners’ health, Abaker wrote. “We told them: But this is the only place we’ve eaten all our meals for four years now, and none of us ever had stomach problems. Even whites eat here.”
The Health Ministry responded that inspectors had discovered “deplorable sanitary conditions, food stored under unsuitable conditions and temperatures, and food from unknown sources. In order to preserve the public’s health and that of the diners themselves, it was decided to destroy the food immediately. As part of the process of destroying the food, chemicals suitable to this purpose are used. It should be noted that this was a routine process of food destruction that is no different from other destructions of food/meat.”
Tel Aviv’s deputy city manager, Ruby Zelof, said the raids were carried out “to eradicate the undesirable phenomenon of businesses operating illegally, with sanitation and safety problems and illegal connections to electricity and water, and sales of alcoholic beverages without permits.”
Haaretz | Photo credit: Aladin Abaker
Knesset Member Miri Regev — a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party — called the refugees “a cancer in our body” and Danny Danon — also a Likud Knesset Member — wrote on his Facebook page referring to the Africans as “infiltrators”. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the African asylum seekers threaten “the Zionist dream,” adding, “Jobs will root them here.”
- Why is the birth rate in Israel’s Ethiopian community declining? Ethiopian women who immigrated to Israel were coaxed into agreeing to injections of long-acting birth control drugs, or told they would not be allowed into the country
- Israeli woman has her photo taken with Africans, titles the Facebook album: “Late night tour of the Tel Aviv Safari”, captions the photo: “There are no signs forbidding taking pictures with the animals. There were no signs that forbid feeding, but we passed on that.”
Iraqi orphans singing.
UNICEF claims that there are approximately 800,000 orphans in Iraq today.
In Iraqi state orphanages, 1 in 3 children face abuse.
Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians
Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is a story about the Wixárika People and their ongoing struggle against the Mexican government and multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and home of the peyote cactus.
Since 2010, Canadian mining projects received the concessions to prospect the whole area, rich in silver and other valuable minerals. The company promises to create thousand of jobs for the needy villagers of the region, without contamination. Read more here.
A Palestinian woman throws stones towards Israeli forces during clashes that erupted following a rally marking International Woman’s Day at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, Palestine, March 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters)