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  • Greenfield: Islam is Colonialism, Palestine is Colonialism

    04/13/2016 10:35:02 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 10 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, April 10, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, April 10, 2016 Islam is Colonialism, Palestine is Colonialism Posted by Daniel Greenfield At Israeli Apartheid Week, campus haters claim to be fighting ďcolonialismĒ by fighting Jews. Columbia Universityís Center for Palestine Studies, dedicated to a country that doesnít exist and which has produced nothing worth studying except terrorism, features diatribes such as Palestine Re-Covered: Reading a Settler Colonial LandscapeĒ. This word salad is a toxic stew of historical revisionism being used to justify the Muslim settler colonization of the indigenous Jewish population. You canít colonize Palestine because you can't colonize colonizers. The Muslim population in Israel is a...
  • Why a White Lady Is Championing Reparations in Seattle (Grab your galoshes)

    04/03/2016 12:31:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Seattle Weekly News ^ | March 15, 2016 | Daniel Person, news editor
    Earlier this year, Bernie Sanders was asked whether he would support reparations for slavery in America. His answer, more or less, was no. And yet the fact that a serious presidential candidate addressed reparations speaks to the ideaís recent resurgence. In Seattle, reparations have found a champion in Anne Hirsch, a certified midwife and member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of white people who work under the leadership of the African Peopleís Socialist Party. We spoke with Hirsch about the growing momentum behind reparations. SW: Why do you feel it is important for white Americans to engage in...
  • Colonialism inspired ISIS extremists, says Welby: Archbishop of Canterbury use lecture [tr]

    02/11/2016 10:06:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Februray 11, 2016 | Steve Doughty
    The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that Britain must confront its historic responsibility for conflict in the Middle East. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said ‚Äėour own responsibilities must be faced and acknowledged‚Äô and singled out Britain‚Äôs behaviour during the First World War and its aftermath. The Archbishop also pointed to the British Empire, the global trading system, American culture and even Western championing of women‚Äôs and gay rights as factors which cause ‚Äėhumiliation‚Äô and disaffection among some Muslims.
  • UN accused of 'shocking' lack of action over murder and rape in South Sudan

    12/15/2015 7:13:57 AM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 15 December 2015 | Sam Jones
    The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has been accused of a ‚Äúcomplete and utter failure‚ÄĚ to protect civilians in one of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the war-ravaged country. ..‚ÄúThere has not been any protection to speak of until now while the violence has been ongoing and there have been thousands of people coming into the [Protection of Civilians] sites in Bentiu from southern Unity ‚Äď those who manage to flee ‚Äď and they have been telling their stories.‚ÄĚ He added: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not like this is a secret. They talk about the most horrendous incidents of sexual...

    10/16/2015 3:35:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Many of our policy debates and conflicts both domestic and foreign call on history to validate their positions. At home, crimes from the past like slavery and legal segregation are used to justify present policies ranging from racial set asides to housing regulations long after those institutions have been dismantled. Abroad, our jihadist enemies continually evoke the Crusades, ďcolonialism,Ē and ďimperialismĒ as justifications for their violence. Yet the ďhistoryĒ used in such fashion is usually one-sided, simplistic, or downright false. Nor is the reason hard to find: as we read in 1984, ďWho controls the past . . . controls...

    10/12/2015 9:43:52 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 28 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 10/12/2015 | Jon Schwartz
    Today, October 12, is Columbus Day. Every year itís officially the second Monday in October; this year it falls on the exact anniversary of the NiŮa, Pinta and Santa MarŪaís arrival in the Bahamas 523 years ago. So to mark today, Iíve made a list. Iím sure to almost all Americans it would seem like a meaningless jumble of things with no connection to each other. But in fact it tells one story, the story of why October 12, 1492, is the most important date in human history ó and demonstrates that you have to understand that in order for...
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT WESTERN 'COLONIALISM': How the misuse of a term legitimizes the jihadist myth

    07/27/2015 8:12:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/27/2015 | Bruce Thronton
    Language is the first casualty of wars over foreign policy. To paraphrase Thucydides, during ideological conflict, words have to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which is now given them. One word that has been central to our foreign policy for over a century is ďcolonialism.Ē Rather than describing a historical phenomenonĖĖwith all the complexity, mixture of good and evil, and conflicting motives found on every page of historyĖĖďcolonialismĒ is now an ideological artifact that functions as a crude epithet. As a result, our foreign policy decisions are deformed by self-loathing and guilt eagerly exploited by our adversaries....
  • The Truth About Western ďColonialismĒ

    07/24/2015 2:32:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | 21 July 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Language is the first casualty of wars over foreign policy. To paraphrase Thucydides, during ideological conflict, words have to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which is now given them. One word that has been central to our foreign policy for over a century is ďcolonialism.Ē Rather than describing a historical phenomenonĖĖwith all the complexity, mixture of good and evil, and conflicting motives found on every page of historyĖĖďcolonialismĒ is now an ideological artifact that functions as a crude epithet. As a result, our foreign policy decisions are deformed by self-loathing and guilt eagerly exploited by our adversaries....
  • European Colonialism is the Only Thing That Modernized Islam (Greenfield)

    02/19/2015 11:45:28 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 24 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 European Colonialism is the Only Thing That Modernized Islam Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Like math and the Midwest, ISIS confuses progressives. Itís not hard to confuse a group of people who never figured out that if you borrow 18 trillion dollars, youíre going to have to pay it back. But ISIS is especially confusing to a demographic whose entire ideology is being on the right side of history. Raised to believe that history inevitably trended toward diversity in catalog models, fusion restaurants and gay marriage, the Arab Spring led them...
  • Alleged spy seen in video calling Saddam 'our inspired leader'

    01/07/2004 8:18:21 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 2 replies · 229+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 1-7-2004 | MIKE ROBINSON
    Alleged spy seen in video calling Saddam 'our inspired leader' ILLINOIS -- Prosecutors say he spied on dissidents, reported to U.N. mission honeycombed with secret agents. By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) -- Jurors watched a video Tuesday in which a man accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service described the dictator as "our inspired leader" and spoke scornfully of "American colonial imperialism." "A light has illuminated our path and our procession toward the struggle and the liberation," Khaled Dumeisi said in describing Hussein at an April 2001 birthday party for the dictator at...
  • Polygamy freedom in our life time

    11/07/2014 12:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    News24 for South Africa ^ | November 4, 2014 | Justice Ngoma
    1994 ought to have brought freedom entirely, but that never happened. We never got Polygamy freedom. President Zuma has indeed proven that Polygamy can be practised in South Africa. President Zuma has been married at least five times. We now have to ask why South Africans opted to have selective freedom? Marriage can be by capture, by purchase or by choice. Obviously the majority would agree with me that marriage by choice is the favorable, however some broke men would definitely opt for Marriage by capture. Why would the majority opt for Marriage by choice, obviously they can easily hide...
  • Dinesh D'Souza and My Guatemalan Jarhead Coworker

    07/17/2014 3:35:27 PM PDT · by IChing · 17 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | DonaldJoy
    In 2008, I was working at a job in the Virginia suburbs of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areaĖan international community if there ever was one. For the job, employees at my work site were all required to be U.S. citizens in order to be hired. †Nonetheless, we had a work unit comprised of many foreign-born and second-generation ďhyphenatedĒ Americans; many Pakistanis, a few Puerto Ricans, several fairly recent arrivals from Africa, a couple of Asians, even some whites mixed in there, you name it. Being a federal contract situation, the company I was working for at the time, of course,...
  • Was Colonialism a Positive Force?

    12/18/2013 7:30:18 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 55 replies
    The New American ^ | 17 December 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Itís hard to forget meeting a man who hated Mahatma Gandhi. I once did, though. No, he wasnít some erstwhile viceroy lamenting lost glory days, but an Indian born and raised in the land of sati and saris. The reason for his ire? He said that when Gandhi drove the British out, India lost everything: technicians, engineers, expertise, bureaucratic integrity, etc. In the same vein, I have a Zambian friend who has argued that colonialism had a positive impact, in that it brought civilization to the lands ó such as his ó it touched. And, in fact, even that Kenyan...
  • Slavery, Colonialism and Christianity

    11/17/2013 7:28:50 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 18 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    My analysis of my reader Tony's attacks on Christianity, after Support for Christianity Should Not Alienate People and How Christian Charity Developed Western Ethics, Hospitals, Schools, continues. On the subject of slavery he writes: The Bible actually condones slavery Enza. I can send you verse after verse from the Old Testament where God tells his people how to treat slaves, how they should be sold etc. Never once does the OT teach that slavery is wrong. In the New Testament neither Jesus nor Paul call for slavery to be abolished. On the contrary they provide teaching on how to...
  • Remorseless Japan

    05/11/2013 4:17:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | May 10, 2013 | Lee Hyon-soo
    From time to time Japanís political leaders visit the Yasukuni Shrine where Class A war criminals are included on the list of remembrance, then make controversial remarks that deny or gloss over the acts of aggression that Japan committed in the first half of the 20th century. By so doing, they give legitimacy to a self-centered and distorted interpretation of Japanís ignoble history that many Japanese harbor, as illustrated below. After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Japan embarked on an ambitious modernization program, modeling itself on advanced European countries such as Britain, France and Germany. To emulate those countries which...
  • British Woman Calls Indian Surrogate She Hired a ďReceptacleĒ

    09/06/2012 6:09:57 PM PDT · by jobim · 9 replies ^ | 9/6/12 | Rebecca Taylor
    Biological colonialism is on the rise. Rich couples from western nations hiring poor Indian women to be surrogates. It seems like a win-win. The infertile couple gets the child they so desperately want on the cheap and the surrogates make more money than they can hope to make in such a short time. But look closer and you find a disturbing western attitude that the poor, dark, and different women are not people, but vessels in which to grow the next generation; natural resources to be exploited to continue on the western blood line.
  • 2016: Obamaís America

    08/29/2012 1:40:21 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 17 replies
    MSMB ^ | August 29, 2012 | Rob W. Case
    ďLove Him/ Hate Him. You Donít Know Him.Ē This powerful caption on the promotional standee for this film makes a very captivating and thought provoking point. Those who love him love their own preconceived idea about him. Those who do not, for the most part, are individuals who depend on their self reliance to shape their future and the future of their children. These individuals not only see the ďhandwriting on the wallĒ in regards to the effect Presidentís policies has had on their self reliance on the American domestic front, as well as on a national scale in the...
  • Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Surges to No. 2 on Monday

    08/28/2012 10:00:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8-28-2012 | Pamela McClintock
    August 28, 2012 Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Surges to No. 2 on Monday by Pamela McClintock The film grossed $1.2 million for the day, according to preliminary estimates, bested only by "The Expendables 2." As Republicans gathered in Tampa, Fla., for the GOP convention, conservative documentary 2016: Obama's America rocketed to No. 2 at the domestic box office Monday. Obama's America grossed an estimated $1.2 million for the day from 1,091 theaters, dropping a narrow 37 percent from Sunday. Most films dropped 60 percent or more. The film, based on Dinesh DíSouza book, now has grossed $10.5 million to...
  • 2016: Obama's America Movie Review - The Focus on One Hyphenated Word

    08/25/2012 5:48:54 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 43 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-24-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    I slipped off to the third showing of 2016 on Friday in Tulsa at 2:15 pm (Friday). The theater is a large multi-plex that includes an IMAX. I'm picky about my theater seats so usually get there early, but today had a previous appointment, so arrived with about 7 minutes to spare. The parking lot was jammed, and the first clue was, every handicapped parking place was taken (I didn't need one:-) I found a good single seat high up in the middle of a row. The two seats to my right were empty but taken. The two to my...
  • Islamic Terror Attacks: What is to Blame?

    05/01/2012 5:39:04 PM PDT · by forty_years · 16 replies ^ | May 1, 2012 | DR. LAINA FARHAT-HOLZMAN
    There are two ways to analyze the violent eruption of global terrorist attacks that have marked the past three decades: analyze the nature of the threat and the culture supporting it, or blame it all on the evils of Western colonialism and American militarism. The latter analysis is the choice of the "politically correct," who say that terrorism is as rampant in the West as it is in the Muslim world. A truth check, however, will tell us that for every Western terrorist (such as Timothy McVeigh), there are hundreds almost exclusively from the Muslim world. If colonialism is the...
  • Argentine Government Takes Control Of Newsprint

    12/22/2011 6:12:10 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/22/11 | By SHANE ROMIG
    BUENOS AIRESĖArgentina's senate passed a controversial bill Thursday that gives the government control over newsprint, boosting the power of President Cristina Kirchner's administration in its battle against the opposition media. The legislation gives the state control over Papel Prensa SA, the country's leading producer of paper used to produce newspapers.
  • ĎLet them cut off aid:í African countries revolt against UK threat to cut aid over homosexuality

    11/08/2011 5:16:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-8-11 | Peter Baklinski
    The president of Ghana is leading the charge as several African countries are making their stand against Britainís threat that they either legalize homosexual acts or be excluded from financial aid. ďI, as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempts to legalize homosexuality in Ghana,Ē said President John Evans Atta Mills in an official statement to the UK government under Prime Minister David Cameron last Wednesday. Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia at the end of October, which Prime Minister Cameron attended, the issue of homosexuality...
  • Clinton warns Africa of 'new colonialism'

    06/11/2011 5:59:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 11, 2011 | MATTHEW LEE
    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania Ė U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday warned of a creeping "new colonialism" in Africa from foreign investors and governments interested only in extracting natural resources to enrich themselves. African leaders must ensure that foreign projects are sustainable and benefit all their citizens, not only elites, she said.
  • Governance, force, and climate change: Eco-colonialism at an impasse

    04/28/2011 9:06:13 AM PDT · by libertycause13 · 4 replies
    Freedom Politics ^ | 4/27/2011 | Lee Lane
    The U.S., British, and French plunge into the Libyan civil war is another sign of the rise of a new, humanitarian, version of an old concept, colonialism. The conceptís new rationale rests on claims that the world as a whole will gain from limiting the poverty and violence rampant in the most benighted and backward states. President Obamaís UN Ambassador, Susan E. Rice, has written a book on this subject, and she is reportedly a strong supporter of the Libyan venture. In the past, Ambassador Rice has also advocated stretching this new global paternalism to cover climate change. She argues...
  • Obama: The African colonial

    04/02/2011 5:41:37 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2009 | L.E. Ikenga
    Had Americans been able to stop obsessing over the color of Barack Obama's skin and instead paid more attention to his cultural identity, maybe he would not be in the White House today. The key to understanding him lies with his identification with his father, and his adoption of a cultural and political mindset rooted in postcolonial Africa. Like many educated intellectuals in postcolonial Africa, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was enraged at the transformation of his native land by its colonial conqueror. But instead of embracing the traditional values of his own tribal cultural past, he embraced an imported Western...
  • Anthropology a Science? Statement Deepens a Rift

    12/10/2010 2:44:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 9, 2010 | Nicholas Wade
    Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word ďscienceĒ from a statement of its long-range plan. The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines ó including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists ó and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights. [snip] Dr. Peregrine, who is at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, said in an interview that the...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    ó Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • The Climate Cash Cow

    11/30/2010 11:44:28 AM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    National Center For Policy Analysis ^ | November 30, 2010 | NCPA/IBD
    high-ranking member of the U.N.'s Panel on Climate Change admitted the group's primary goal is the redistribution of wealth and not environmental protection or saving Earth, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD). Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and cochair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change, told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung last week: "The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War." In his IPCC post, Edenhofer was a lead author of...
  • Obama's Grudge Against the British

    06/21/2010 3:35:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 20, 2010 | Phil Boehmke
    One of Barack Obama's first actions upon taking office was the unceremonious rejection of the Winston Churchill bust which had been loaned to our nation as a symbol of friendship and trust after the 9/11 terrorist attack on America. Subsequent actions by Mr. Obama have revealed a deep seated hostility towards our old and valued ally culminating in his un-presidential response to the BP oil spill. In an exclusive interview with the UK Daily Mail Sarah Onyango, the woman Barack Obama calls ĎGranny Sarah' gave some insight into her grandson's anti-British bias. "...Sitting under a mango tree in the garden...
  • Africa at risk of wave of colonization by liberalism, archbishop warns

    10/08/2009 4:07:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 572+ views
    cna ^ | October 8, 2009
    Archbishop Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg, South Africa Vatican City, Oct 8, 2009 / 11:41 am (CNA).- Archbishop Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg, South Africa said this morning at the Synod for Africa that the continent faces a "second wave of colonization" from "liberalism, secularism and from lobbyists who squat at the United Nations."The South African archbishop began his five-minute intervention by noting that moral values are "embedded in the diverse African cultures," and that, "alongside the Gospel values, are threatened by the new global ethic." This ethic, he said, "aggressively seeks to persuade African governments and communities to accept new...
  • The US takes to the Shadows in Iraq

    07/12/2009 9:51:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 437+ views
    Asia Times ^ | July 11, 2009 | Michael Schwartz
    Here's how reporters Steven Lee Myers and Marc Santora of the New York Times described the highly touted American withdrawal from Iraq's cities last week: Much of the complicated work of dismantling and removing millions of dollars of equipment from the combat outposts in the city has been done during the dark of night. General Ray Odierno, the overall American commander in Iraq, has ordered that an increasing number of basic operations - transport and re-supply convoys, for example - take place at night, when fewer Iraqis are likely to see that the American withdrawal is not total. Acting in...
  • Obama, the African Colonial

    06/25/2009 6:40:57 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 6 replies · 638+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/25/2009 | L.E. Ikenga
    Had Americans been able to stop obsessing over the color of Barack Obama's skin and instead paid more attention to his cultural identity, maybe he would not be in the White House today. The key to understanding him lies with his identification with his father, and his adoption of a cultural and political mindset rooted in postcolonial Africa. Like many educated intellectuals in postcolonial Africa, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was enraged at the transformation of his native land by its colonial conqueror. But instead of embracing the traditional values of his own tribal cultural past, he embraced an imported Western...
  • In France, a War of Memories Over Memories of War

    03/05/2009 6:16:21 PM PST · by Cincinna · 11 replies · 545+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 5, 2009 | MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
    Here, in the courtyard of an ancient convent, the Wall of the Disappeared lists the names of some 2,700 ďpieds noirsĒ ó black feet, as the white French former colonists in Algeria were called. Pieds noirs (the termís origins are obscure, but perhaps had something to do with black boots) mostly emigrated originally from Spain, Italy, Germany, Malta and other European countries, often as laborers and farmers. They became French citizens during the 130-odd years Algeria was under Franceís thumb. Then during the chaotic weeks and months after France, under Charles de Gaulle, ended its colonial war with Algerian nationalists...
  • 21st Century Colonialism in Madagascar

    11/21/2008 11:37:21 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 644+ views
    JAWA Report ^ | November 21, 2008 | Mike Pechar
    This report is astonishing. The South Korean firm Daewoo is negotiating with the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar to use half the arable land for farming of crops to be sent to Korea. The deal encompasses over 3.2 million acres of farmland,
  • Europe has a long wait for its Obama (Few minority pols in Europe)

    11/01/2008 5:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 562+ views
    The Washington Times/The Associated Press ^ | November 1, 2008 | Elaine Ganley
    MONTFERMEIL, France--Where is Europe's Barack Obama? Not only are droves of Europeans hoping for a victory by the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, many are asking when France, Germany or Britain will get a chance to cast a ballot for a leader from their own burgeoning minorities. The answer: not any time soon. "Obama is rather far away. It's a bit of a fiction here, a bit of a dream," said Kadar Mkalache, tending a stand at the weekly market in Les Bosquets, a tough housing project in Montfermeil northeast of Paris. Born in France 48 years ago of Algerian descent,...
  • Africa: Socialists Call for [Slavery] Reparations

    10/29/2008 11:23:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 874+ views
    All Africa/Inter Press Service ^ | October 24, 2008 | Lansana Fofana
    The first West African conference of the African Socialist International has ended in Freetown, with delegates calling for reparations to be paid to Africans for 400 years of slavery. A presentation by Ismail Rashid, a Sierra Leonean professor of African History at New York's Vassar College, captured the mood when he insisted that it is long overdue for the West to pay for the "heinous crimes committed against Africans for our enslavement and dehumanisation." "Asking for reparations is no favour demanded from the west," the radical pan-Africanist exploded. "It is our right because through slavery, the West stole our labour,...
  • Laos fears China's footprint [China to build Chinese city in Laotian capital]

    04/06/2008 12:46:05 PM PDT · by charles m · 18 replies · 287+ views
    AP ^ | 4/6/2008 | DENNIS D. GRAY
    VIENTIANE, Laos - A high-rise Chinatown that is to go up by Laos' laid-back capital has ignited fears that this nation's giant northern neighbor is moving to engulf this nation. So alarmed are Laotians that the communist government, which rarely explains its actions to the population, is being forced to do just that, with what passes for an unprecedented public relations campaign. The "Chinese City" is a hot topic of talk and wild rumor, much of it laced with anxiety as well as anger that the regime sealed such a momentous deal in virtual secrecy. The rumblings are being heard...
  • China: The new colonialists (cost of natural resource binge)

    03/17/2008 3:16:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 505+ views
    Economist ^ | 03/13/08
    China The new colonialists Mar 13th 2008 From The Economist print edition China's hunger for natural resources is causing more problems at home than abroad THERE is no exaggerating China's hunger for commodities. The country accounts for about a fifth of the world's population, yet it gobbles up more than half of the world's pork, half of its cement, a third of its steel and over a quarter of its aluminium. It is spending 35 times as much on imports of soya beans and crude oil as it did in 1999, and 23 times as much importing copperóindeed, China has...
  • Patriotism lessons would glorify Britain's morally dubious past, say teachers

    02/01/2008 4:32:34 AM PST · by Stoat · 42 replies · 163+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 31, 2008 | LAURA CLARK
    Patriotism lessons would glorify Britain's morally dubious past, say teachersBy LAURA CLARK - More by this author Ľ Last updated at 20:17pm on 31st January 2008†New study: Patriotism lessons could be introduced to foster nation pride but teachers think it could exclude non-British pupils "Moral failings" in Britain's past mean pupils should not be taught patriotism, teachers said in a survey. †Nearly 90 per cent opposed plans for history and citizenship lessons aimed at fostering national identity and pride. One of the 47 London teachers questioned said the lessons might encourage "BNP-"type thinking". Another said the idea "reeked of...
  • Rights and wrongs

    01/14/2008 7:35:17 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 155+ views ^ | Jan. 5, 2008 | Brian Whitaker
    The view that support for human rights around the world is tantamount to imperialism is based on a series of misconceptions What - if anything - should we do about human rights abuses in other countries? This may prove to be one of the key moral and political questions of the 21st century, not just because of the abuses themselves, but because whatever answer we give hinges on our attitude to several of the most crucial issues in international relations today: national sovereignty, cultural differences, the rule of law, globalisation and "liberal intervention" (the new term for what many would...
  • China keen to strengthen ties in Africa-foreign min

    01/08/2008 6:01:05 PM PST · by Flavius · 49+ views
    reutuers ^ | 1/8/2008 | By Paul Simao
    PRETORIA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Resource-rich Africa should increase trade and strengthen ties with China to secure its development and stake in the global economy, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Monday. On the first stop of a four-nation swing through Africa, Yang told reporters in Pretoria, South Africa, that China and its partners in Africa would benefit from closer cooperation in a number of areas, including trade and investment. "If you view development against the backdrop of globalisation, I think there is all the more reason for China and African countries to work better to support each other,"...
  • Sarkozy speechwriter 'racist' (suggested Africa may have caused some of it's own problems)

    10/09/2007 8:58:51 AM PDT · by Stoat · 31 replies · 1,074+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | October 9, 2007
    Sarkozy speechwriter 'racist'09/10/2007 17:26††-†(SA)†† †Paris - A star French philosopher attacked President Nicolas Sarkozy's speechwriter as a "racist" on Tuesday over an address suggesting Africans were to blame for their continent's problems. Speaking on France Inter radio, Bernard-Henri Levy attacked presidential advisor Henri Guiano over the contents of a speech delivered by Sarkozy in the Senegalese capital Dakar in July, which sparked an uproar on the continent. "Guaino, he's a racist.... He's the one who wrote this vile speech... saying that if Africa wasn't developed it was because Africans were not part of history," Henri-Levy charged. The writer stressed...
  • China's influence spreads around world

    09/01/2007 11:10:16 AM PDT · by GeorgeKant · 4 replies · 379+ views
    AP (Yahoo!) ^ | September 1, 2007 | WILLIAM FOREMAN
    KARRATHA, Australia - For nearly three decades, Chinese peasants have left their villages for crowded dormitories and sweaty assembly lines, churning out goods for world markets. Now, China is turning the tables. Here in the Australian Outback, Shane Padley toils in the scorching heat, 2,000 miles from his home, to build an extension to a liquefied natural gas plant that feeds China's ravenous hunger for energy. At night, the 34-year-old carpenter sleeps in a tin dwelling known as a "donga," the size of a shipping container and divided into four rooms, each barely big enough for a bed. There are...
  • "We Live in Hope"

    05/07/2007 10:39:46 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 6 replies · 351+ views ^ | 2007.05.05 | Andrew Cusak
    Ian Smith, the Grand Old Man of Africa, Speaks "What we believed in was responsible majority rule, as opposed to irresponsible majority rule and I stand by that," Mr. Smith tells the interviewer. "I think it is important that before you give a person the vote you ensure that his roots go down, that he's part of the whole structure of the country." "Smith is an African," Ernest Mtunzi says. "He understands the African mentality. [...] Smith was being realistic. If you give people something before they're ready, they're going to mess it up. And that has happened." Why did...
  • Liberal Myths about Radical Islam [Interesting Read]

    03/27/2007 7:18:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies · 1,348+ views ^ | March 26, 2007 | Dinesh D'Souza
    As the Pelosi Democrats attempt to steer the debate on Iraq and the war on terror away from President Bush's approach, it is useful to examine the premises behind the liberal Democratic understanding of the war on terror. So far the Democrats have been successful in faulting the president's admittedly-flawed approach. But there is no advantage in trading one bad model for another. Here, then, is my critique of some of the major elements of the liberal explanation for "why they hate us." They're very upset at us for the Crusades: James Carrollís recent book Crusade, portrays the Crusades as...
  • Thanks China, now go home: buy-up of Zambia revives old colonial fears

    02/08/2007 6:23:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 671+ views
    Phayul ^ | 02/06/07 | Chris McGreal
    Thanks China, now go home: buy-up of Zambia revives old colonial fears The Guardian, UK[Tuesday, February 06, 2007 23:56] Backlash as cheap Chinese labour and products follow investment from Beijing By Chris McGreal in Lusaka Members of Zambia's Chinese community wait to greet their countryís president, Hu Jintao, at Lusaka international airport. Photograph: Reuters When the foundation stone was laid for the Mulungushi textile factory three decades ago, the project was hailed as another demonstration of communist China doing for Zambia what the capitalist west would not. Beijing put up the money to build Zambia China Mulungushi Textiles and provided...
  • Why Beijing is winning in Africa

    02/02/2007 10:26:17 AM PST · by jonassen · 3 replies · 403+ views
    Business Day (South Africa) ^ | 1/2/2007 | Paul Moorcraft
    THE Chinese are rapidly developing a successful capitalist economy ó it would be a shame if the commies took over... New visitors to Beijing might be tempted to utter this paradox, especially at Christmas when the shops and tourist hotels are decked out in western festive paraphernalia. The most upmarket shops boast Eu-ropean mannequins, predominantly English signs and western fashions. Senior communist party officials seem rather embarrassed when westerners ask about the great revolutionary leaders of the past: Mao is as long dead as Marx. I attended a conference in Beijing in late December on Sino-Africa relations. The senior party...
  • Master of the Island

    10/25/2006 1:11:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 597+ views
    Slate ^ | Oct. 19, 2006 | Joel Waldfogel
    A generation ago, Christopher Columbus was a hero. No longer. Even my preteen kids can tell you that Columbus' followers brought disease and death to many New World natives. But as the forerunner of European colonization, can Columbus also claim to have ushered in an era of higher standards of living? One of the deep questions in economics is why some countries are rich and others are poor. It is widely believed that institutions such as clear and enforceable property rights are important to economic growth. Still, debates rage: Do culture, history, government, education, temperature, natural resources, cosmic rays make...
  • (Vanity) The New Colonialism, or, Out of One, Many

    06/03/2006 10:01:34 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 837+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    One of the staples of progressive thought, especially as taught at the University level, is the historical record of colonialism and exploitation of less-developed countries at the hand of Western Europe and the United States. According to this model, much of what is currently the Third World is only in that condition because it has been plundered, and its goods and natural resources expropriated for the benefit and profit of others. Examples include sub-Saharan Africa, many Central American and South American countries, and Southeast Asia. There are a couple of comments to make about this. First of all, is it...
  • Ancient Tombs Sheds New Light On Egyptian Colonialism

    05/17/2006 12:04:50 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 5-17-2006
    Ancient tomb sheds new light on Egyptian colonialismSkeletal remains suggest conquered Nubians participated in governance of colonized state New evidence from ancient grave site reveals that Egyptian colonialists shared administrative responsibilities with conquered Nubians. In approximately 1550 B.C., Egypt conquered its southern neighbor, ancient Nubia, and secured control of valuable trade routes. But rather than excluding the colonized people from management of the region, new evidence from an archaeological site on the Nile reveals that Egyptian immigrants shared administrative responsibilities for ruling this large province with native Nubians. "The study of culture contact in the past has conventionally used ideas...