Posts Tagged ‘empire’

Back in the 1970s:

Afghanistan won its freedom, which the United States, Britain and their “allies” destroyed.

John Pilger: Afghanistan, The Great Game of Smashing Countries

In 1978, a liberation movement led by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) overthrew the dictatorship of Mohammad Dawd, the cousin of King Zahir Shar. It was an immensely popular revolution that took the British and Americans by surprise.

Foreign journalists in Kabul, reported the New York Times, were surprised to find that “nearly every Afghan they interviewed said [they were] delighted with the coup”. The Wall Street Journal reported that “150,000 persons … marched to honour the new flag …the participants appeared genuinely enthusiastic.”

The Washington Post reported that “Afghan loyalty to the government can scarcely be questioned”. Secular, modernist and, to a considerable degree, socialist, the government declared a programme of visionary reforms that included equal rights for women and minorities. Political prisoners were freed and police files publicly burned.

Dune & the Empire

Posted: August 23, 2021 in -
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Or that the imperial bad guys in the film, complete with their noble houses, obscene material wealth and military might, are symbolic of their own governments, corporate powers and armed forces?

The Myth of Empire and the Real Message of Dune

When Westerners (see: Americans, Canadians, Europeans, Brits, Australians) see Dune this fall, I wonder if any of them will have any idea that Arrakis is a perfect symbol for Afghanistan (or even Iraq, or Bolivia, etc.). Or that the much coveted and fought over “spice” is code for opium (or oil, or lithium, or whatever the Empire and its imperial houses demand or wish to control).

Tens of Thousands of Cubans Took to the Streets in Support of Cuba’s Socialist Project

The #1 pick (spoiler alert) is the US war machine.

Of course, it’s exactly what you expect it is.

ps

The censored pro-Cuba rallies that are ten times or more as large…

Oliver Stone On Mainstream Docs Being Made As “Propaganda”

An empire in fear of decline is going to become more defensive and sensitive to everything.

How media manipulates you. A tale of two protests, one of them much, much larger than the other…

Biden went out of his way today to attack Cuba because of a small number of regime change protesters no-doubt bankrolled by the USA.

Liberal delusion of the day:

Donald Rumsfeld was uniquely evil, despite Obama and Co. doing the same things to Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and installing dictators in a bunch more places–imperial business as usual.

When you go to sleep for 8-year stretches, who really cares what you “think?”

This, in sum, is our problem: the truest conspiracies meet with the least opposition.

Toward a Taxonomy of Conspiracies