As the under 40s, under 20s and the youth streams of all global peoples surge, it has to be asked, is the current capitalist technological volcano a plague or play for them?
In very real terms, younger adults and youth define themselves and the world through use of the units that some of us are only now able to comprehend. I wondered recently, alongside another person born when transistor radios were a phenomenon, as she held a phone in front of a speaker to identify the song and singer. She then explained that it can be used to identify plants similarly, providing the official names, birds and their species through their sonic expressions etc. How much this limits the desire to pursue information for oneself is a concern.
Elite Planning Not Looking Good
What does all of this have to do with youth, who might scoff at two 'geezers' born when air conditioners were installed by hand in automobiles?
Whether the young know it or not, care or not, 21st century humans are going to be 'kept well' by iDoc and other smartphone 'health monitoring systems'. This is supposed to aid especially those distant from medical centers and professionals, for instance during a national disaster of natural or political dimensions. In Africa, where phone banking is in ways far more advanced than elsewhere, Glaxo Smith Kline wants to implant chips in those who are ill. These are plans by the elite for the ordinary people. For their own good, of course. In the 'developed West' and 'emerging nationstates' diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and other ailments linked to industrialized meal choices, chemical and genetically modified food, to say nothing of stress of the 'best democracy money can buy', implants will also be used with signals being sent to centralized medical bases that can 'help when needed'. Who dictates what signals are sent? Are cryptically direct predictions of life expectancy too much for people to handle? How can humans respond to signals that can have powerful impact like this? What if the signals are incorrect but cause panic or even the loss of life?
When the future is considered, there are both the good regarding youth (social media civil disobedience and defiance of the status quo) the questionable as described above in relation to human health and the downright frightening. Why forces like big business are concerned with making people non persons - and the slickness with which they feed extreme individualism - is both amazing and sure to haunt the coming days.
Uh huh, this old muckraker doesn't trust what I have seen of Pokemon Go style zombification.
28 August 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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Mixed Blessings (Exile 2014)
"...* Limit Chemicals In Your Living Space
The generations (industrialized nations) have had excuses, you don't. Cancer and any number of neurological risks, especially to young mothers-to-be and their infants is wiping out the population like that 'apple flavored cleaning product' which eliminates germs..."
The Human Rights violation occurred when tail fins on American cars were receding. The monstrous sized automobiles, like the '63 Galaxie 500, a Ford of gargantuan width and length that I worked on in high school in the Auto Mechanics class are today dinosaurs of another epoch. One round rear taillight was the size of a pie plate.
'63 Ford Galaxie taillight
People saw America's car industry shrink under the globalizing attack of the imports (a strange but new to the USA, an exotic Datsun 240Z also sat in the school garage to have work on it's body.) and eventually Detroit became the ghostlike former home of famed production. In 2005, after the European and Japanese and Korean car making giants had invaded the USA and nearly all cars were made from parts sourced from all over the world, the Human Rights violation was partially addressed. Edgar Ray Killen, a Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi was convicted in the deaths of James Earl Chaney of Meridian, Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and MichaelSchwerner of New York City and northern New Jersey after they had begun voting rights organizing in Philadelphia, Mississippi. In a land steeped in the captivity and slaughter of African people, these young men would often speed through the countryside at night without headlights to avoid the corrupt police. ER Killen was 80 years old and had been a known terrorist in Mississippi for at least 45 years. He was sentenced by a Mississippi judge to 60 years in prison for a hand (along with a gang of other Whites including 'lawmen') in the murders of the voting rights activists.
It is important to note that infamous Mississippi state power had stood aside and Washington DC legal charges had seen ER Killen step aside and receive a mistrial in 1967. The town cops in Philadelphia, Neshoba county were implicated in the disappearance for several months until the 4 August 1964 discovery of the three bodies. The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, created in 1956 was the state's own version of the FBI and did use informants to destroy the 'integration agitators' that the elites feared. Enrolling in a university with Whites made one an enemy of the state, as did drinking from a 'White Only' water fountain. Briefly, in 2005 ER Killen was out of prison on appeal after saying he was confined to a wheelchair. He was spotted walking around and sent back to prison, where he remains, age 91.
High profile and something of a morbid feature vehicle, the rumble from a so called democracy engine has had a shaky ignition lately.
Fear Of The Night
Fifty three summers ago, Martin Luther King took to the podium to deliver a storied speech about dreams, democracy as it's called. The following August, it once again stalled out in the case of Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman.
Today, my hair is grey and automobiles are something I defensively coexist with on Europe's roads when bicycle lanes won't do.
The smoke I can see on the water, from over here, tells me the air is bad.
24 August 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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A Rare Peek (Exile 2013)
"...In the parlance of the corporate media, this is a 'boost to the economy', adds to the numbers 'as the recovery continues'.Shoes, computers are made. Hotel reservations, airline reservations once done by taxpaying citizens now unemployed, homeless, losing their pensions, etc are now done by Prison Nation laborers and servicepersons. Corporations get back 40% or more for their participation. The loyal taxpayer is, like the prison laborer/customer service agent controlled by the cost and profit maximizing corporation..."
"...Southern and middle California was becoming known for its mixture of peoples and the people most visible may have been the African so called Americans, from the 1940s refugees from the US South and it’s states of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. During 1940-1946 Los Angeles’ population of African people in America tripled, from 46,000 to 133,000 and a majority found work in the economic burst from wartime industries. White terrorist attacks and racial discrimination and retaliation for the civil rights and voting rights campaigns or simply resisting the racists had driven thousands and thousands to Los Angeles and it’s crowded Watts section. Food markets were overwhelmingly owned by Whites and Jewish people and what factories existed were unlikely to hire many African people. Options were shoe shine men, grown men and boys cleaning the shoes of White men downtown, waiters in restaurants and universities and washerwomen duties cleaning the homes of Whites. Restricted by racism in housing by White real estate firms, lawyers and banks, there was pressure growing, especially among youth who had seen American injustice in the US South and US West..."
'A minimum of US$ 17 Million in the bank' earned by a famous hip hop star who performs and glorifies drug dealing and using, killer cops, abusing women, and killing 'other n*ggers' all over the world.
Yet who buys the most of the tickets, guns and can be exonerated from real world trouble without losing their lives? And who profits?
A declared angel. Who qualifies? Generally speaking the public should decide who is a hero, who has spoken truth and done deeds worth commenting on. A life spent doing not so good, however, seems to be the definition of an angel these days. Do angels avenge?
The outfit that the now executed young men seen by a rich man's media as evil incarnate, the Pentagon (once called the War Department in more crude terms) in Washington DC, had been able to label Gavin E Long, age 29 and a veteran US military man of the Iraq theater of war, 'angel' prior to his daytime stalking and shooting several police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in mid July 2016. He is seen in a video as unafraid. Methodically he eliminates his adversaries. The former USA marine seargent, honorably demobilized six years earlier, was shot and died, too, on his decision day, his birthday, 17 July. One shot, fired by a sniper from a distance ended Gavin E Long's life, possibly by another ex soldier for empire. Was he insane? The sniper trained to kill another trained ex soldier?
“When an African fights back its wrong. But every time a European fights back against his oppressor he’s right.”Gavin E Long
The Dallas Texas killings of five police by Micah X Johnson, an Afghanistan veteran (private, honorable formal release 2014) of the US army reserve had earlier shocked the world a week before Gavin Long's attacks. At 25 years old in July 2016, he had been expertly trained by Washington DC to perform an an ambush in an urban environment. He is seen in a video as unafraid. Methodically he eliminates his adversaries. Like Gavin Long, he was active in cyberspace, voicing opinions on the state of African people's situation in the USA, especially concerning police killings of African people. The ambush took place during a protest against police killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in recent weeks. These point blank killings were circulated worldwide on the internet, Philando's death was livestreamed. Micah X Johnson was killed by a bomb laden robot under mysterious circumstances, some analysts claiming he had been beaten before an explosion. The others who had supposedly assisted (video) Micah X Johnson in Dallas, Micah X Johnson's hometown, have been whitelisted from corporate media reports.
Where these images were once mainly imaginary or recounted situations in the past, actual killings, physical humiliation of each other and that by police can be accessed by personal phones and computer devices. The image of African people being systematically attacked is commonplace and has inspired resistance.
Two formerly declared angels, avengers and/or victims themselves, will never speak again. What is sure is that they were troubled. They had been taught, in one case from puberty, by the government of the USA to kill. They had killed in lands far from 'home' nonEuropean peoples. This much, just a heartbeat after the attacks took place, are facts.
There is much to be learned, if at all possible.
When accurate information is needed most, gadgets limit what actually is fact and what is fiction. Who will avenge some facts, some context?
17 August 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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Greed Light For War (Exile 2008)
"...High technology of the wars imperialists chose to wage faster than one can say "sovereignty" once meant planes with folding wings that flew from aircraft carriers. Or submarines powered by "eternal" nuclear fuel. Names such as Flying Fortress, Huey, Panzer, Spitfire and Hercules are the residue still floating around courtesy of Hollywood..."
"...Yet nearly always silent even in the presence of it's chemical mate, fire, candle wax occasionally sizzles as if it has been irritated. Should you touch it while it resembles water, lessons will be learned-about the high temperature it needs to survive..."
Checkpoint Pt4: Enter Queen Mother Moore (1) (Exile 2016)
"...It has been documented that nearly every rail line east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon Line was built by captive Africans, run by captive Africans. Syncopated rhythm, from music played by Africans for more than a century (Place du Congo) in New Orleans and from the hard work such as sledge hammer strikes or washer woman melodies/rhythms all helped to inspire the freedom fight. Yet Africans were not welcome on these train lines as passengers or as decently paid workers. Whites wanted the new luxury of train travel for themselves. They were continuing to desecrate and steal Chippewa land through treaties, and deal an inhuman hand to Africans who had been in servitude for centuries. Africans did not warrant any land or property in their minds. At the same time, the technological giant was awakening not only in USA foundries where the Gatling gun was remodified for the new war epoch and a young USA airman Henry 'Hap' Arnold was laying plans for the deadliest airforce of the 20th century. One day planes would be emerging with an atomic payload over Japan..."
Sitting in a room looking at almanacs. Yes, it was an escape.
At the age when (I was told by almost everyone) I should have been throwing my stringbean body across basketball courts or a running track, I was engrossed with statistics and far off places. Also nearby ones, like the megacity up the road, New York City. One of the boroughs, the book said, Brooklyn, was a city in itself, certainly by the population listed. One day I would learn that it ranked, if seen as a city and not part of the massive conglomeration of buildings, bridges, tunnels, the fifth most populous in the USA. Radio signals, after the sun set in the Philadelphia suburbs, from small and huge 'clear channel' stations brought me music (WWRL) and the chattering telex sound of establishment news (WCBS).
But what did I know about Brooklyn? Ralph, Trixie and Ed of the Honeymooners tv program? The fabled Dodgers before they departed for Los Angeles baseball diamonds had a constellation of former negro leaguers like Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella were some of the racist baseball league's first admitted superstars. In '47, with anticolonial movements threatening to rush through the geopolitical doors, Western Civilization decided to relent a little. Baseball, America's game, had been racially segregated for a good 75 years. Besides the Dodgers being the team appearing to be open minded beyond what the racist Philadelphia Phillies and the once equally socially sick Philadelphia A's, I knew little about a place I wouldn't visit for another decade.
Not In The Book Weeksville is in Brooklyn where southern Bed Stuy and northern Crown Heights intersect. Mohawk and other Indigenous nations once lived throughout the region, long before the Dutch called it New Amsterdam and the English, ousting the Dutch, New York. This is south of Atlantic avenue. Small farms and meadows were where Africans were able to buy plots of land, something forbidden in all but a few US states at the time. James Weeks who had gotten himself out of Virginia and after working as a stevedore in Brooklyn, was a land owner (1838). Although he could not read or write English initially, he became a respected member of his community. By 1911, when Brooklyn had lost its city status, the New York Age newspaper counted forty families in Weeksville. For all of the hundreds of pages of my almanacs, torn cover rejects from the magazine warehouse my 'play aunt' worked at, there was no mention of Weeksville in the late 60s, early 1970s.
Those Other Late '80s In 1883, after granite stanchions and supports were built and the Brooklyn suspension bridge (close to 2 km in length) was completed, African people in the area also had to contend with masses of European immigrants, particularly Irish and Germans fleeing 1800s war, famine and religious and class oppression. Soon, the Southern and Eastern Europeans flooded in. New York City's Castle Garden and later Ellis Island were the giant immigration centers, often the first sight on land for desperate Europeans on creaking, illness filled ships ten weeks from Dublin, Liverpool, Antwerp or Brest. Thousands died en route. Notably, their bosses were dividing up the mineral-wealthy riches of Africa, stealing once more the peoples' cultures and artifacts for the Paris and London museums.
These Europeans, the first sizeable numbers of non Anglo geneaology in USA history, on arrival, resumed fights among themselves, were manipulated by the ruling White Americans and learned too, to torture and terrorize Africans and Indigenous peoples and further build up the 'White first' 20th century governmental superstructure and society that would rise in the wake of a possible successful Black Reconstruction, to paraphrase WEB Du Bois. Weeksville lies beneath, literally and figuratively, Brooklyn.
To this day, most of the world does not know of the Weeksville story. While the few buildings that remained have been restored and certified as historical, the wider story of a people striving for stability and prosperity against odds that can't be counted, is still buried.
12 August 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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What's Really Goin' On Pt2 (Exile 2005)
"...ExiledOne Commentary Archives presents the second part of African People In America: What's Really Goin' On from 2005 which was a radio broadcast I delivered in Europe..."
"...New York City, like Chicago and Detroit had high school walkouts by 'negro' students now demanding better teachers, new books and facilities and community control. Black studies, which delineated the relevant treatment of cultures and history was a '64-'65 hot issue. Esther Cooper Jackson, by 1965 was a veteran writer and manager of Freedomways magazine founded in New York City in 1961 and internationally distributed. The goal was to present the arts, analysis and political stance of a progressive people..."
Argentina is ruled by European descended people. It has been, the corporate media tells us, rescued in 2016. Elite rich European descended people at the IMFs, Wall Streets, Canary Wharfs, Frankfurts and Cayman Islands of the financial hegemony are clapping themselves on the back.
Some figures: Early 1970's Argentina debt: $7.6 Billion dollars 2001 Argentina debt: $132 Billion dollars
Argentina is today 'clear to participate in the world's markets' after hedge fund giants 'brokered' it's return...
In August 2016, Argentina is being mainstreamed, capitalistically speaking, and still the people are facing 10 to 15 percent raises in water, gas and electricity bills. Meantime, Cristina Kirchner, the former top Buenos Aires politico is rumored to be on her way to prison one day. The spectacle of government official José Lopez, caught on film trying to hide US$9 Million dollars cash in a convent outside Buenos Aires was flashed across global screens in June 2016.
Kirchner, the former leader's initiative, the Asignación Universal por Hijo (enacted in 2009) provided the popular (close to the 5 percent of the country population) child benefit payment of 230 pesos (or US$54) for every child who qualifies. At one point, China like growth rates (9 percent growth, 2010) had been reached.
Will this ground level help to people continue?
Is this truly a welcome back party?
An Original Resident Offers A Deal
9 August 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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Titles & Elites (Exile 2011)
"...Movies and television in America, to say nothing of printed matter, let us know that Prince Valiant was a square jawed White dude, King Arthur had his round table and the king on a playing card was White too. Queens were White women with lots of jewelry and long straight hair according to nearly anything drawn, painted or photographed that we touched as children. Custom and law in the West supported and defined all ideas about who was high, mighty, who had integrity and could create and restore 'civilization'..."
"...As in all so called democracies, there will be times of revolt and possibly revolution against the status quo. How people define class and race, gender and other ideas will help the process along. Politicans have ranged from fascist to left wing and all must grapple with the police state, drug cartels and the people that are largely poor and caught in the net. Perception is everything. Whose side are they on?
Urban areas of density and poverty were created by corrupt governments. A say by the people-not another 'magic policy crusade' by politicians-will demolish longterm social problems. A part of real growth is erasing this epidemic of state power. Restitution, to aging survivors of a regime prior to the 1970s and for today's police kidnap victims and their families must begin..."
Hers is a plight not unknown, just shoved into the shadows.
National Minority In The Raw
We were never friends, didn't hang out after the meetings of foreigners in this land. But English was our common language and besides that the Europe of the 21st century essentially branded us with the same labels. It was our biology, notably our skin but also we seemed to know in tandem the history of the place and it's aggression on world peoples. It's raw but without grasping the international scene we would otherwise accept being n*ggers and sand n*ggers. In time, respect for countering racism in Europe was mutual.
That was not to say other forces and national and religious domination didn't shape our realities. His case: an Arab name and he is nominally muslim. But he isn't an Arab. In fact, his people, he explained, similar to an Afghan I met, are a national minority, caught in the crossfire of other peoples' conflicts. The influence of political, military and religious confusion of an oppressor and his folks' resistance has long shaped matters. Today he is in Europe, too often associated with a neocolonial state, Pakistan. European structural forces, specifically English post colonial power, remain fluid.
The term national minority was something I first read about in the 1980s. Extending back into the 1915 era when Europeans had to cope with their deadly divisions, the term defined situations of peoples such as the Roma, European jewish and other populations. The persecution did not cease as war wracked the continent for a good four decades. Constantly internally displaced (forced to remote areas or made to flee whenever Europeans in power decided) the definition of national minority began to gain traction in public and academic discourse in 1980s North America. Dr. Yussuf Naim Kly (1935-2011) aka Dr YN Kly, of IHRAAM, International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, an NGO, was a former associate of Malcolm X who ended up in Canada following the statesman's 1965 assassination. The book, read when it 'dropped' while I was in Philadelphia, that provided me with legal and contextual basis for many future challenges was Dr Y N Kly's seminal book,INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE BLACK MINORITY IN THE U.S. (1990)
Among other books by the author the position is taken (contradictory in solid international law and common sense) that Indigenous people and Africans are in fact national minorities due Human Rights consideration under United Nations laws and conventions. This premise of course flies counter to and above the Eurpoean myths of a promised land, a land of plenty to be developed, an American Dream. The idea that some of the most despised people (African so called Americans) could be notable for having reparations due, compensation both legal and asset wise was dealt with as obscure, fictitious and even seditious in the eyes of Washington DC. In time in the relative shelter of Canada, the theory met reality in the legal case of my own wife and I as United Nations Convention Political Refugee claimants in the late 1990s, seeking sanctuary in Canada. DR YN Kly communicated with us and wrote statements on our behalf to various international law bodies. We were certified as IHRAAM Human Rights Defenders while in Toronto. The long illegal arm of the fascists operated as they do. The Canadian appeals court was silent. Early in 2001, we were in Europe with our suitcases, exiled. We continued, under great duress, to do what we must.
Even today, there are many in the world, not excluding Africans in America for the generations who disavow being 'minority' and that's a choice. Yet in the international arena, especially international law, where all peoples must declare their humanity (and threats to it), and a clear, distinctive grounding in their rights, national minority status is valuable. It is one of several ways in which we could speak from a position of strength in many situations. We're no n*ggers out here. We're head up, shoulders back and chest out citizens of our world, speaking the language we trust all will one day; we want and advise that for everyone willing to build a better world.
It can bring nourishing solidarity to your door in a time of geopolitical famine.
3 August, 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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Talk The Walk (Exile 2009)
"...Sure, you could say I’m jealous. Because who wouldn’t want to be in the room with ‘African diaspora royalty’? If you don’t have several hundred £/€/$ you can’t get in. In truth, it made little difference to me and I was not envious of those who could hear this or that legend. After my earliest twenties, I’ve been outside of meetings and conventions a lot. Usually I was working, trying to get some money for basic needs-not for tickets to go to conferences and such..."
"..Encouraged by us to assert their own identity, see beyond the grimaces passing as smiles, this young one's eyes had been opened to discrimination she and others-all of us- were slated to receive. She was one of a few who also had no choice but to observe how my wife and I handle matters. Her consciousness began to take in social situations in which bureacracy shows no mercy to delicate flora of the wellspring of civilization. Emotionally, her petals wilted some as a craggy mannered Russian woman tried to insult her..."
But... you know these began appearing on human beings. Not literally, but in the 20th century these took the form of 'nourishment' in the form of radio broadcasts. Radio, in the 1920s reshaped public opinion as if by lightning strike. It's peak was later, when the multimillionaire president used the 'mike' to 'talk to his people' about war on a global scale. That's right. A multimillionaire was on USA airwaves talking about fear and a day in infamy.
Before events there is a supply progressively stockpiled
But first, other politicians elected by the population devised ways to weave their visions into brains. Another one was on his rant about a pure race. Still another White man (for these were the only humans who had a self congratulatory right to speak on their opinions widely), used the 'clear channel' broadcasters of a vast continent to spread a message of danger and places to hide. Red serpents and yellow and black devils were all around, it was said again and again. This particular voice of reason became influential and advised the 'day in infamy guy' who would flick the Pentagon switch. In Europe rounding up undesirables was seen as necessary in numerous countries, not just one. In North America, lynchings, castrations, rapes and mutilation continued as they had for centuries. Now trains were chartered and popcorn sold to White crowds. Terror stilled most of the oppressed from acting to defend themselves. Minds, of oppressors and the oppressed alike were convinced that they were free range and certain of their destiny.
Sniff And Taste The Feedbag Before Consuming
When the 1930s had ended, the ones who owned the radio studios and controlled the militaries and governments were satisfied. Heads were turned by the millions, solid in their feedbag knowledge that when masters said be quiet, not a muscle was to move.
Not a word was to be spoken.
1 August 2016 From Exile, Bankole
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Scotland: Time & Stone (Exile 2012)
"...For all of the current talk of economic downfall, England's queen still commands a lion's share of money, land and political sway globally. Yes, the pound sterling rules Scotland. The servant to her and others like her used the wealth from African and Indigenous and even my White forebearers to make Edinburgh, Scotland's capital a top five financial center in Europe..."
Checkpoint Pt2: Breakthrough of Harriet (Exile 2016)
"...Europeans of all had nations arrived, protected by government troops: Swedes, Norwegians, Italians, Germans, Scots, Poles, Irish and French arrived on disease ridden ships six and ten weeks out from Europe. They too wanted to be 'White' and 'free'. Thousands and thousands of survivors of cholera then lost their lives to yellow fever on the Great Plains determined to reach the famed gold fields in California. Their greatest fear was people who they had never contemplated before, who resembled most of the world's population; these people were dark and foreign to them. One White man took another to court (suit for $40,000) for alleging that he had African blood. Europe had taught them to despise 'heathens and nonchristians'. To their minds holiness meant white skin. Wasn't Jesus the Christ just like them? The internecine killings of one another was to be mythologized in 'cowboy' and 'settler' books, radio, movies, television and other programming in the 20th century..."
From The ExiledOne Commentary Archives….kind of! Back in 2004, a lot of what this web blog deals with, the issues, were not very widely broadcast. It was popular to mention the US president and how (fill in the blank) he was. I stayed away from that, still do avoid concentrating on personality. Policy, statecraft both announced and unannounced and the way people have to handle it is far more important. When an old news article turned up, I decided to return to another era...
Lithuania Did You See It Coming?
Gemma warned you.
A old, printed preview of what Westerners were going to face was in the newspaper article I found. It's bad smelling now, having survived countless journeys packed away in suitcases. The odor which has me wanting to clench my nostrils shut isn't from the folded up Saturday 2 October 2004 edition of the Irish Independent. It's the haunting scent of the US Political Exiles' fears -- only today acknowledged --of secret prisons and 'extraordinary rendition', kidnapping by any other name, which wafts from these now yellowed pages.
Were Irish people caught up in those days? That question was touched on by Gemma O'Doherty in her Destinations column (Review, P. 11 bottom of page). Indeed, and we met a few, some Irish were openly protesting and 'becoming a wee obstruction' to the Pentagon using Irish airports for so called black flights, people of various nationalities undergoing 'extraordinary rendition', in other words state and 'contractor' kidnapping. But what did this happen to have to do with Derek Connolly, the Irish man briefly profiled in the article, 'Fortress America puts up its barriers'?
Derek, according to the written piece, was detained after landing at Boston. Famously, Irish descendants run Boston, the Atlantic cape city by car four hours drive northeast from New York City. But he was taken out of the border interview at Logan International. Derek was handcuffed and shackled. He was in Suffolk County jail for 48 hours wearing an orange bodysuit. Then he was deported, on 11 September, thoughts of a two week vacation with Boston area friends a sour nightmare.
Westerners in 2004 were getting a rude awakening. Harmful body scanners, USA air marshals (cops in the sky) on every flight to and from a USA airport, and as Derek Connolly experienced, shadow agency scrutiny, all were coming into the picture.
It was an ugly picture, still is. It stunk then as it does today.
Twelve years ago, Gemma O'Doherty, ourselves and a limited number of others in the West dared to write and speak out in public about the effects that people in the West, dissidents or not, were going to face. In time, we were called upon to assist, offer advice and do what we were able to do.
Today the children watch movies and television series with their parents, relaxed and 'amusing' about the loss of civil liberties. The whistle's been blown, long ago, but it's a silent one.
25 July 2016
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Freedom Smile: Assata Shakur In Cuba Pt2 (Exile 2002)
"...The US is gaining in absolute disregard for any political border anywhere and its leaders are calling for unprecedented control of the internal affairs of sovereign nations. US Political Prisoners are a population of men and women, Africans born in America, by the United Nations Geneva Convention, combatants and or Political Prisoners of War who have waged a lawful battle against a state, in fact a rogue state, the United States of America, for internationally acceptable goals. The US, has since the United Nations inception in 1948, acted arbitrarily, domestically and internationally in the matter of African people, one of it’s largest national minorities..."
"...As was usual-and quite the topic at the time-he had been wanting to ask about the America being revealed to him through all of the September 11, 2001 smoke machines the corporate media operated. He had been drawn to the fundraising party in Hökarängen to meet us, two African so called Americans, exiled from where we were born. He had himself had a little trouble back in Poland and had managed to get past the stringent Swedish customs..."
"...Combustion has indeed been in the air in recent years across this the smallest of the world's continents. Where it flares up and how is predictable. Holding a mythical flag of unity in the world is a tiring affair..."
He's often courteous and doesn't fail to accord each and every person their due respect. Age and experience has taught him quite a bit. Yet one day he 'got to stokin'.
Stokin' is a term that popped into my mind when I thought of Europeans, frustrated in the storm of changing realities among humans, attempting to put other Europeans under an accusatory spotlight. Turning on another European, whether individual, another European group or nationality has been a deadly historical pattern.
To stoke a wood fire, one needs to prod the coals, the burning branches and this produces more flames and heat. My acquaintance, disturbed more than the rest of us by a woman no less White and privileged, was judged by him 'a bigot'. I don't know her as well as I do him. From what I can tell, she is, for better or worse, an outspoken social result of her (like his) social, cultural and economic elitism in this world.
I'm not an expert on the motivations of why Europeans do/did what they seem intent on doing/have done, though I can testify to some fiery damage to the global environment and the world's people.
I've met a few Europeans, living in ten countries, where an attitude continues, without a lot of logic, to persistently try and demonstrate that the world, if not the universe will be better off with it's destiny in their hands. It's a heated, reckless sense of supremacy.
All the same, recently I tried to advise a livid European about Secondhand Stoke.
23 July 2016 From Exile, Bankole
Look Into My Eyes (Exile 2014
"...Am I to accept this? My nature, from birth, rejects the notion. Look Into My Eyes. It's my world. There's no room for dreamers..."
"...This is no fringe organization, having financial fraud allegations laid by the European Parliament, something all large political parties in the 'democratic' West also can dismiss from time to time. Like the Democratic Party in the USA, specifically the US South, ironed out it's racist face and added brown politicians step by step. Front National has these too, in it's public relations arsenal. It's a reason why, as in Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Greece and other 'democracies' the powerful players, xenophobic political parties, are now at the center of the action, garnering more votes and reaching across the public for sympathy..."
People, the captives had been swinging fists of retribution at the oppressor.Centuries of the capital gains on the backs of Indigenous, Africans and Asians - the foundation of Western monetary and military, indeed technological and titular supremacy currently- didn't cease on any calendar date.
The Lost Man (You are not Black, you are blue) TORONTO 21st Century
Reeling from the Fightback tactics of the super rich -namely England's, France's, Spain's and (US of) America's national leaders were ordered by financial powers to change.
One or the other claimed moral high ground to undermine another (and score economic points); this was played to perfection by the English who lost most of the North American continent to the colonial Americans. They were a violent bunch of fellows and this relatively ragtag opposition to London had Polish, French, Dutch, Welsh and other Europeans eager to take the land from Indigenous people and work Africans to death for profit. Malcolm X, paraphrased, reminded the world in the 1960s that wasn't nothing nonviolent about 'ol Pat, meaning Patrick Henry.
Slavery never ended. It's death has been greatly and expertly exaggerated. From Bama to Bangladesh, Bucharest to Bamako, it thrives. The concept and justification and reason for having been and today for being, is twisted into ideologies of dominance 'normalized' as needed. One such is that only Africans were, are slaves. Africa being the central 'slave factory' in history.
2nd to Women Being Sold, Prisoners In the USA count high as modern day slaves
A Written, unchanged (Since the 1780s) document, the USA Constitution indicates:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”
23 cents an hour, sometimes 2 dollars USA PRISONERS MAKE THE MILITARY UNIFORMS
Calm acceptance of fascism and persecution was established through conditioning minds and souls long ago. If anything was terminated at all in the 1800s it was the idea that a captive was ever going to stop resisting.
"...Wall Street in New York City, for instance was full of auction blocks with Africans 'on sale' from 1711 until the 1760s at Pearl and Wall streets. This was to consolidate what had been going on since the town was New Amsterdam in the 1620s. It has been acknowledged that JP Morgan and numerous other big businesses enriched themselves gigantically from these days until the present..."
"...Private businesses in the 'prison sector' traded on Wall street stock indexes are only growing larger and the financially weak federal government has contracted these PDPPC,profit driven private prison corporations, to detain as many people in the prisons as possible..."