Injuns worth more than weeds? When?

2016-09-25

One would think that to construct a pipeline that would transport petroleum across many states of the US would require extensive consultation with local, state and federal authorities – as well as those would be affected by such a venture. Then, again, considering those who would be affected, the conclusion would be straightforward – they were called pests, among other names then, so no difference now even though political correctness in the US would demand not publicly using such a word. (It is still ‘entertaining’ to read those reports from the NYT on the merciless US campaign of dispossession and slaughter of the Indigenous, even late into the early 20th century.) Read the rest of this entry »

Chess, no messi affair?

2016-09-18

A long read. A nice, long read, especially for those who have long since abandoned hope in that mission.

The sound of silence rules the hall, even moreso than in a library – as thoughts of moves and counter-moves clash before joining forces. It is into such a den would step someone with a mid-life crisis, and in a bold quest for some elusive glory. Read the rest of this entry »

the indigenous, living in the past

2016-09-11

Those who have survived extirpation, in a few instance thrive. Otherwise for the majority of Native Americans, even of the US, it remains a struggle for survival – with the US government a not-insignificant contributor to that struggle. A recent example is the constructing of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Read the rest of this entry »

Tourism – the joys and sorrows

2016-09-04

A brief sketch. Imagine an idyllic island of some 30 thousand people. Beautiful and accessible, sandy beaches and calm, turqoise seas. Infrastructure and services, adequate to good. Read the rest of this entry »

Britain and its colonies

2016-09-02

The Guardian continues with its series, The Long Read – here, Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire The story has its roots in thwarted attempts to discredit the research of a US scholar, and a feisty female one at that. Read the rest of this entry »

13August, and a Happy 90th

2016-08-14

Cuba and the world celebrate the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro. As TeleSUR reports, Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

An excerpt, Read the rest of this entry »

Dying for a better life, and suddenly a violent death

2016-08-14

What a maligned lot those Central American immigrants to the US. As the saying would go: But for luck there go I? For many, at great personal sacrifice many of their dreams fulfilled; for most, dreams frustrated, and wretched lives do often ensue. Which brings us to those on the streets whose existence we barely notice, despite their increasing prevalence: the homeless, the vagrant.

And that brings us to the brief life, and sudden, brutal death of a Central American immigrant to the US, in the city of San Francisco. The Guardian, which has focused attention on a problem ignored by most US media, that of deaths of US citizens occasioned by its police, now turns its attention to ‘the invisible’ on the streets of the US. Its story, The life and death of Luis Góngora: the police killing nobody noticed,  is compelling and recommends re-telling. A sample, its dramatic start, to the brief life and violent death of a young Mayan from the village of Teabo in the Yucatán, Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

4July in the US, another day in history

2016-07-04

The myth, the ‘narrative’, repetition to inculcate the myth, and an ever compliant corporate media. The advent of alternative media, its increasing reliability and credibility, would offer another perspective, providing background to issues. The 04July, US Independence Day (first Brexit?), would be no exception.

For those who still cling to some romantic notion, RT gives us, 5 myths debunked by Howard Zinn (and others) about America’s ‘Independence Day’.

In TeleSUR, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz views the day through the eyes of the indigenous peoples,  July 4th: No Time for Celebration for Indigenous Peoples in US. A snippet, Read the rest of this entry »

Honduras and Guatemala, two days in June

2016-06-28

The murders of indigenous in Honduras, and of Berta Cáceres in particular bring to mind that date, 28 June 2009, first year of the US presidency of Barack Obama and his Secretary of State. On that date, the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown in a military coup with the full knowledge and acquiescence of the US. TeleSUR has a post on that event, Honduran Democracy Still in Crisis 7 Years After Coup, with an introduction that invites further reading, Read the rest of this entry »

Comes a noteworthy birthday, Che

2016-06-14

Today marks the birthday of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, enduring hero of not just oppressed peoples world over.

TeleSUR provides us a brief photo history of a remarkable man, Remembering Ernesto “Che” Guevara   A brief description, Read the rest of this entry »