A Statue of Hatuey

3 July 2020 — The New Dark Age

By Don Fitz

Hatuey

A monument to Hatuey is in Baracoa, Cuba. The plate at the base reads “To the memory of Chief Hatuey, unforgettable native, precursor of the Cuban liberty, who offered his life, and glorified his rebellion in the martyrdom of the flames on 2/2/1512. Monuments Delegation of Yara, 1999”.

If you look at a US $20 bill, you might notice Andrew Jackson nervously watching statues of Columbus and Robert E. Lee coming down and wondering if his face is going to disappear from currency. As Democrats ponder which militarist they wish to glorify in the next round of monuments, it is critical to realize that statues which go up are at least as important as the ones that come down. Perhaps the best nominee for a new statue is Hatuey.

A few years ago, while visiting my daughter and grandson in Havana, I learned that his favorite playmate was Hatuey. “I recognize a lot of Spanish names,” I told my daughter. “But I’ve never heard that one.”

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Protest, Riot, Loot, and Burn for Black Freedom in America?

21 June 2020 — American Herald Tribune

Our Current Dilemmas Go Much Deeper Than Racism

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In Russia Today, Helen Buyniski reflects on corporate responses to the depiction of Black people in brand labeling. Buyniski highlights the comments of B and G Foods as it jumped onto the bandwagon of corporate virtue signalling. The company signalled its intentions to “proactively take steps to ensure that we and our brands do not inadvertently contribute to systemic racism.” The company informs consumers that B and G Foods “unequivocally stand against prejudice and injustice of any kind.”

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Expert: US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela during pandemic could be genocidal

23 March 2020 — Grayzone

Intensified US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela during the COVID-19 pandemic could amount to genocide, a former UN expert warns.

Iran has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, and new US sanctions are making it worse. Alfred de Zayas, a former UN Special Rapporteur, says that intensified US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela during the crisis are “insane”, and possibly genocidal.

Guest: Alfred de Zayas, former UN Special Rapporteur and law professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy.
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Trump “peace” deal is Israel’s apartheid blueprint

1 February 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Maureen Clare Murphy

Trump’s Middle East “peace” plan is a nonstarter, but should be understood as an advanced agreement between Israel and the US on unilateral measures. – Chris Kleponis Polaris

US media have treated Trump’s launch of his Middle East “peace” plan as a sideshow to impeachment hearings in Washington.

But the plan, if imposed on the Palestinians by Israel, which worked with the Trump administration to develop it, would violate the rights of millions of people.

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Ending Palestinian Statehood as ‘Path’ to Palestinian Statehood

31 January 2020 — FAIR

by Joshua Cho

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Detail of Trump’s “conceptual map” for Israel/Palestine.

Media coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict over the years has typically portrayed Palestinians as obstinate and imperious negotiating partners who insist on unreasonable preconditions before reaching an agreement (e.g., US News, 6/20/12; Wall Street Journal, 4/28/13; Jerusalem Post, 7/18/17). When Israel’s preconditions are reported, the precondition that the peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians should be mediated by the US is often omitted.

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Senior Israeli Lawmaker Calls for Killing All Palestinians, “Because they are just Nazis Anyhow”

11 December 2018 — Days of Palestine – Global Research

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said that “the number [of peaceful Palestinian protesters] killed does not mean anything because they are just Nazis anyhow.”

Chair of the Defence Committee at the Israeli Parliament Avi Dichter has called for killing all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

As he was commenting on the peaceful protests of the Great March of Return taking place along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, he said:

“The Israeli army has enough bullets for every Palestinian.”

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From 1945 until today – 20 to 30 million people killed by the USA By Manlio Dinucci

20 November 2018 — Voltaire Net

It’s a fact, not an analysis, not even an opinion – the « free and open international order» promoted since 1945 by the United States has cost the lives of 20 to 30 million people throughout the world. No President, whoever he may be, has managed to slow the rhythm of this killing machine.

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As Israel marks 70 years, what have been the true costs? By Jonathan Cook

18 April 2018 — Jonathan Cook

The National – 18 April 2018

Independence Day celebrations tomorrow should be a moment for Israelis – and the many Jews who identify with Israel – to reflect on what kind of state it has become after seven decades.

The vast majority of Israelis, however, are too busy flying blue-and-white flags from their cars, venerating their army as the “most moral in the world” and poring over the latest official statistics in the hope that more Israeli Jews than Palestinians were born over the past year.

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The Genocide Conspiracy Against North Korea: An Open Letter to the International Criminal Court By Christopher Black and Prof. Graeme McQueen

26 January 2018 — Global Research

The American threats against North Korea continue to mount and with them the threat of the genocide of the people of North Korea by the United States of America and its allies. The meeting of the USA, Canada and other nations that attacked North Korea in 1950 held in Vancouver, Canada, on January 16, which some hoped would lead to a political solution, instead took on the character of a meeting of criminals who by their presence, agreement and actions made them parties to a conspiracy to commit genocide, a crime under the statute of the International Criminal Court and the Genocide Convention of 1948.

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No, US Didn't 'Stand By' Indonesian Genocide—It Actively Participated

18 October 2017 — FAIR

NYT: U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

US government documents actually show the US playing a much more active role in the Indonesian genocide than this New York Times headline (10/18/17) suggests.

There’s a story in the New York Times today (1/18/17) headlined:

US Stood By as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

“Standing by,” however, is not what the United States did during the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66; rather, it actively supported the massacres, which were applauded at the time by the New York Times.

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No, US Didn’t ‘Stand By’ Indonesian Genocide—It Actively Participated

18 October 2017 — FAIR

NYT: U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

US government documents actually show the US playing a much more active role in the Indonesian genocide than this New York Times headline (10/18/17) suggests.

There’s a story in the New York Times today (1/18/17) headlined:

US Stood By as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

“Standing by,” however, is not what the United States did during the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66; rather, it actively supported the massacres, which were applauded at the time by the New York Times.

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