I find sad and tragic the way politics takes over resistance groups who are set to fight ‘the system’ in a first place but keep reproducing it.
One of the most tragic consequences is the mobilisation of bias - some issues get prioritised over others which is many cases are push and shut down and this is done to the benefit of very few and the detriment of many especially those with less power in those circles. This is unfair and damageable because on issues of identity, people go at a pace they see fit for the, it is beyond simply a matter of right of wrong, i.e. the creation of a new kind of moral which inevitably leads to the shaming of what is deemed unacceptable. Shame is one of the most powerful tools of repression.
An illustration of this is how alienation is treated and discussed within spaces supposedly safe. It is still considered shameful, something that must be hidden and/or used as a pretext to lambaste/silence/police others which is crazy because first of all, NONE of us can totally escape a reality shaped by our oppressors, hence the alienation that comes with it and secondly, alienation is as important as, if not more important than the mechanisms and structure of oppression in the experience of the oppressed. Alienation is basically the internal side of oppression, what is beneath the iceberg. I personally live oppression as a form of institutionalised abuse, which is why I am convinced that the trauma it causes to people and the different coping mechanisms they develop are worth understanding, analysing in depth and neutralising. Sweeping them under the rug, can only cause damages, things would get repressed deeper and their influence morphs in a way more difficult to defuse. From my experience, there is no moving on from abuse as long as the trauma has not been dealt with; the settings and circumstances may change externally, but if they remain the same in one’s mind, one is still captive. For instance, in most of Africa, the apparent decolonisation - which in fact was not one - didn’t prompt a decolonisation of minds, to the contrary. As oppressed people, we gleefully embraced the poisonous system of our oppressors ( administration, laws, languages, borders …) and called it independence. To the point where, nowadays, we, the most westernised, are oppressing those who have chosen to preserve their indigenous identity.
Light is hidden in the darkest side. All the ugly, shameful unbearable, hidden and repressed stuff must be confronted head on. Victims of abuse should never be shamed or silence for expressing or going through trauma; the same can be applied to the oppressed. And things such as politics or putting up front for our oppressors can only lead to such a thing happening, key issues sidelined and dismissed as ‘petty in-fighting’ when it is through this that is built solidarity.
Who could have thought that something like this would happen?? MWAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHA
Some are obliviously regretting their votes, that would teach them for voting for the wrong people. BWAHAHAHAHA Osborne looks so pathetic there
France would back an African military intervention in northern Mali, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday.
But even if he believed such an operation was inevitable — and desirable — it was not for France to take the lead, he added.
“It is not for France to take the military initiative in Mali,” he told journalists during a visit to Lorient in northwest France.
He said France “wants it to be the African forces, in particular those of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) and possibly the African Union, that take the initiative,” he said.
An African military intervention in northern Mali was “desirable and inevitable,” he added.
“France will support it and, I hope, the European Union also.”
At stake was political stability in the south of Mali which was not yet guaranteed, even if interim president Dioncounda Traore had returned to the country from Paris earlier this week, he added.
The situation in the north of the country was “very worrying”, said Le Drian.
He added that he would be discussing Mali with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Morenes later this month, taking time out from a holiday in Spain.
Terrorists freed two Spanish aid workers together with an Italian colleague in northern Mali last month: they had abducted them from a Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf in western Algeria last October.
Their captors, the previously unknown Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), says it is an offshoot of AQIM.
In a speech on July 14, Bastille Day in France, French President Francois Hollande also said that it was for Africans to decide when and how to intervene in northern Mali, though at the same time he promised unspecified support.
ECOWAS wants to send a 3,000-strong military force to Mali, but is waiting for United Nations approval and a formal request from Bamako.
On Wednesday, ECOWAS pledged support for Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore, after mediators extended a deadline for the country to form a unity government.
Diarra’s interim government was set up in April to take over from the junta which seized power on March 22.
The five-month-old conflict has forced 260,000 Malians to flee to neighbouring countries, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told reporters Friday after a visit to the region.
OMG NOOOOOO NOO
Didn’t I tell you?? Didn’t I??
This is ALWAYS how they start, ALWAYS!!
That is what all the talks about ‘Al Qaeda au Maghreb islamique’ were about! They have to get the sheepish western minds ready, just like they did with Libya because this independent country is threatening their reserves of Uranium in Niger and Oil in Algeria.
And no one cares obviously about African lives!! All that for western fuckers to enjoy cheap oil and atomic bombs.
So … I went there
Can the fact that most serial killers are white western men only be a coincidence??
I have been thinking and writing about this (not on this blog) for weeks and I had to stop several times because simply asking this question in these terms was giving me the repulsive feeling of being a Satoshi Kanazawa and slipping into that nauseating and racialist dehumanization of a group, just like us black people have been throughout history in the name of science. So I must make some things clear: First of all, I am perfectly aware that the white-construct system of race is totally bogus scientifically speaking. Secondly, as someone who stands against white supremacy, I not only reject the hierarchy at its heart, but also its racial system as the basis for an identity - which is why as an African, I have been distancing myself from the notion of blackness as reclaimable.
My point is that, patriarchal capitalist white supremacy is based on the dehumanisation of certain groups to the benefit of others who are unempathetic to the oppression and suffering they cause and sustain and unable to recognize the humanity of those they oppress. At the top of this hierarchy are white men. White men’s violence is not only never pathologized and addressed as something linked to their whiteness and masculinity - unlike brown people who systematically get collectively blamed and demonised for the actions of only few - but also white men’s violence has ALWAYS been encouraged because it has been the engine of patriarchal capitalist white supremacy from slavery to wall street finance, where psychopaths are over-represented and most do not hesitate to drive the whole world economy to the brink of collapse and ruin the lives of hundreds of millions for their own personal gain. This kind of behaviour has always be positively rewarded.
White supremacy makes those who benefit from it sociopaths, so it is in this regard that I ask: Is it really surprising that so many white men develop full-blown psychopathy?
For instance, just like rape which is not in essence linked to any gender, under rape culture, it gets linked to masculinity resulting in most rapists to be men while most victims are women.
Just a thought!
No, you are completely right in what you are saying.
I know Camille Paglia is a reactionary but I always liked her quote ‘There can be no female Mozart until there is a female Jack the Ripper’. I don’t take from it what she meant but its a precise way to think about how white men are endowed with the full privileges and powers of experiencing a very dangerous worldview. The quote mentions women and not race but just as women are not full civil subjects, people of color are completely confined into certain realms of being and existing, and our ‘crimes’ are usually motivated by poor social conditions, economic factors, and a mental decay that can be attributed to systemic racism and other factors.
White violence is naturalized hence people rushing to defend this dude from being a ‘terrorist’ because we cannot see white people as having vested political interests or access to certain forms of violence, regardless of whether the dude in question ‘was just crazy’ or had a deeper statement to make based on what he was doing. I don’t know why he went and did that shit, I just know that most public crime shootings are committed by white men (yes some people of color too but relatively few) and no one takes a hot minute to try to deconstruct whiteness and masculinity in light of it. Only a few months after Trayvon, we saw a white guy kill 13 people and then get handcuffed without a scratch on him.
That says something about our society, white men are socialized as sociopaths in many many ways.
There’s a lot of truth to that last statement. So much of how masculinity and “toughness” are constructed in white American society is dependent on the ability to be cruel without feeling, or at the very least to ignore how one’s actions affect others. Kindness and sympathy are all too often denigrated as qualities for “losers,” and are typically regarded as signs of weakness, effeminacy and even (heaven forfend!) homosexuality.
[…] No minimally decent human being would choose to have anything whatsoever to do with a government which systematically engages in acts of this kind. This is true of anyone who is part of the national governing apparatus, or wishes to be. It is most especially true of anyone who wishes to become president. Even if a person declares his or her absolute commitment to ending all of this, it is impossible for one person to do it. The massive bureaucracy of death which carries out these acts was erected over decades; all such bureaucratic monstrosities take on lives of their own. It will not be dismantled by a single individual overnight, or even in a matter of months or probably years. That means the murders will go on.
It may be that at some point this machinery of death will be brought down comparatively quickly. If that happens, it will not be the result of one person’s actions, but of calamitous events on a momentous scale: widening war, catastrophic natural disasters, widespread financial collapse, and/or massive social unrest and violence. In the meantime, a reverence for life demands that we see the Death State exactly for what it is — and walk away to the fullest extent we can.
That is not the course Barack Obama chose. He wanted to be, he now is the Murderer-in-Chief. He is proud of his achievement.
This will be up on the #politics tag in minutes.
Obama is not a hero and definitively not a man of change! He got elected on that and got a Nobel Peace Prize for it!!
Yet he would rather phone a white woman who got call a slut than phone Troy Davis’s family. He brought no change to race relations, and yes I know that his margin of action in this respect is quite limited but there are VERY VERY BASIC things he could have done that he didn’t. He is more a politician - and this is not a compliment - than a man of value, more concerned about power than anything else!
I am more than fucking repulsed with the story-telling his campaign crew is trying to fucking shove down our throats. This man approves of drones and just for that I will put him up there in term of horror with George Bush!!
Drones are to today what concentration camps were to the last century: A step further into mass and inhumane destruction brought by science i.e. the ultimate sophistication of cruelty. This is what he will be remembered for. What will the next generation say and think about the total inertia of the plebe more concerned about how Michelle and him are cute and how well he can sing Al Green than about the horrific crimes against humanity committed on their behalf he has approved??
I am disappointed and disgusted!!
Each generation inherits the world from the previous one. It is now under our responsibility but we have a legacy from our forefathers and we have to ensure better future prospects for the next generation. How do we juggle all of this?
I am wondering about this as I am thinking about the situation in my own country. My generation has inherited a corrupted dictatorship, borders, administration, language, educational system, political, economical, social and judicial structures from colons. How do we move on from that and ensure a a better future for the generations to come while maintaining peace and stability?
Can we ever have agency with this system and within these borders drawn by our oppressors? On what basis should we build a communal identity?
Ramblings from a girl who has never voted and dream of democracy.
The Republican Party, Dead at 158
One of the two principal political factions of the modern United States, the Republican Party died Monday afternoon. The cause was apparent suicide following a long decline in cognition, memory, and grasp of reality.
Born in 1854 among slavery abolitionists, the Republican Party became known for espousing self-reliance, efficient government, and emancipation. With an impressive ability to evolve, it overcame the Teapot Dome scandal, the Iran-contra hearings, and Senator Larry Craig’s visits to airport bathrooms. But the party had become increasingly unstable in recent years as a latent religio-nativist-moronism, apparently contracted in the Arizona desert decades ago, began to spread to vital organs.
The end came in a final spasm of self-loathing following a bout of super-PAC advertising before the Texas primary. There are no survivors. ~ A.J. Jacobs (Esquire)
I wish this was true :-(
Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle. The legislation, essentially bipartisan, drives new fiscal policies and tax changes, as well as the rules of corporate governance and deregulation. Alongside this began a sharp rise in the costs of elections, which drove the political parties even deeper into the pockets of the corporate sector.
A black firefighter has said he was assaulted, shot with a stun gun and arrested as he tried to help police while he was off-duty, in the latest racism allegation against Scotland Yard.
Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 28, made a formal complaint after the incident in the early hours of September 4, in which he says he approached police who were dealing with a disturbance to give them a description of a youth he had seen throw a rock at a police van.
The group of six officers, who were dispersing partygoers — some of whom had turned violent — in Harrow, north London, assaulted and insulted Kennedy-Macfoy, according to his account, before deploying the electric shock weapon and detaining him without good cause.
Kennedy-Macfoy was charged with obstructing police, but found not guilty at Brent Magistrates’ Court in February.
The Guardian, which is campaigning on the issue of police racism, quoted Inspector David Bergum as saying in court: “I couldn’t say he was anything to do with the party. The party was all black. He was black. He had driven through the cordon. I had to do a quick risk assessment.”
The Metropolitan Police said that its Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) were both investigating. Kennedy-Macfoy’s lawyer sent a further complaint letter to the force this week.