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  • 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
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 7/17/14 | DonaldJoy
    In 2008, I was working at a job in the Virginia suburbs of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area–an 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 “hyphenated” 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
    It’s hard to forget meeting a man who hated Mahatma Gandhi. I once did, though. No, he wasn’t 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 — such as his — 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 Japan’s 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 Japan’s 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 “Receptacle”

    09/06/2012 6:09:57 PM PDT · by jobim · 9 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 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: Obama’s America

    08/29/2012 1:40:21 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 17 replies
    MSMB ^ | August 29, 2012 | Rob W. Case
    “Love Him/ Hate Him. You Don’t Know Him.” 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 “handwriting on the wall” in regards to the effect President’s 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 D’Souza 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
    FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | 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 AIRES–Argentina'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.
  • ‘Let them cut off aid:’ 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 Britain’s threat that they either legalize homosexual acts or be excluded from financial aid. “I, as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempts to legalize homosexuality in Ghana,” 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 – 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 concept’s 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 Obama’s 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 “science” from a statement of its long-range plan. The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — 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,
    — 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 ‘Granny 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 “pieds noirs” — black feet, as the white French former colonists in Algeria were called. Pieds noirs (the term’s 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 France’s 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 copper—indeed, 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 » 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
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 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
    andrewcusack.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 Carroll’s 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 country’s 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 — 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...
  • South Korean Prez Pledges to Defend Disputed Islands from Japan

    04/24/2006 10:53:34 PM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 11 replies · 527+ views
    FOX ^ | April 25, 2006 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president vowed Tuesday to defend a string of islets against Japanese claims in Seoul's strongest criticism yet of Tokyo in the long-running territorial dispute.
  • Will Chavez embroil Venezuela in a war in the Caribbean?

    03/11/2006 12:45:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 968+ views
    VCrisis ^ | 11.03.06 | Kenneth Rijock
    Last week’s saber rattling by Hugo Chavez, a blunt threat to remove the Dutch from the Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, clearly demonstrates the existence of a misguided national policy that can only result in an armed conflict in the Caribbean. The fabricated territorial and maritime claims against the Netherlands by the current Venezuelan government are certainly a recipe for disaster. But by also seeking to expel what he refers to as the other “colonial powers” of France, the United Kingdom and the United States from their possessions in the Western Hemisphere, he risks armed confrontation with...
  • Return Falklands to Argentina - Chavez

    02/10/2006 9:00:31 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 115 replies · 2,217+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 2/11/06 | JEREMY MCDERMOTT
    VENEZUELA'S president has called on Tony Blair to return the Falkland Islands to Argentina, accusing the Prime Minister of being a "pawn" of Washington. "We have to remember the Malvinas [the Argentine name for the islands]; how they were taken away from the Argentines. Mr Blair, return the Malvinas to Argentina," said president Hugo Chavez. The socialist leader has long been the most vocal critic of US president George Bush, but Mr Blair was added to his list of "imperialists" after the Prime Minister said in parliament on Wednesday that if Mr Chavez wanted to be respected, he "should abide...
  • Liberté, Egalité, Colonialisme - A new French law stokes interesting fires

    12/17/2005 12:03:23 PM PST · by UnklGene · 1 replies · 388+ views
    The National Review ^ | December 31, 2005 | Anthony Daniels aka Theodore Dalrymple
    Liberté, Egalité, Colonialisme - A new French law stokes interesting fires ANTHONY DANIELS There is nothing quite like a stupid and unnecessary law to raise the ideological temperature. On February 23 of this year, the French National Assembly passed such a law, requiring school teachers of history to emphasize the positive role of French colonialism overseas, particularly in North Africa. There were immediate anti-French demonstrations in Algeria and the Antilles. The French minister of the interior, Nicolas Sarkozy, felt obliged to cancel an official visit to the French West Indies, legally part of France rather than a colonial possession, at...
  • WESTERN TERRORISTS HAVE ROOTS IN EARLIER COLONIALISM

    07/21/2005 3:27:46 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 8 replies · 672+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu Jul 21 | By Georgie Anne Geyer
    WASHINGTON -- There is plenty of blame going around these days for the horrific London bombings. A small minority criticizes London authorities for not expecting the attacks. Even many tolerant Brits are saying that the British Muslim community should have been more watchful. The vast majority, of course, rightly blames the perpetrators themselves, the young Muslim radicals who refer to London as "Londonistan." But there is one group that is almost escaping censure -- and it was this group that deliberately and self-righteously set the stage for what happened nearly two weeks ago: the sweet, well-meaning, all-knowing liberal multiculturalists who...
  • White mischief at play on a dark continent

    07/06/2005 12:15:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies · 1,259+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 7, 2005 | Madeleine Bunting
    CALL me naive, but I thought it was possible 2005 could achieve even more than a historic breakthrough deal on debt relief and aid for Africa. The conjunction of this key political moment with a huge cultural festival, Africa 05, seemed to hold the promise of achieving one of those lasting shifts in public understanding of Africa. What seemed within grasp was the start of a new relationship, finally drawing a line under the colonial themes of "saving" and "civilising" the continent. The wealth of African creativity evident everywhere - art, music, sculpture, film - would reinject into the public...
  • Chile 'helped UK over Falklands'

    06/26/2005 2:02:06 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 659+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 26, 2005
    British troops raise the flag on the Falklands during the conflict A forthcoming book has revealed Chile's military intelligence helped Britain during the 1982 Falklands conflict.The book has threatened a possible diplomatic row between Chile and Argentina over the revelations of a secret alliance with the UK. Chilean president Ricardo Lagos has forwarded parts of the book to the Argentine foreign ministry. The book alleges Chile provided intelligence in return for half-price military aircraft. 'Cut-price deal'The book, The Official History of the Falklands War, details the deal between the governments of Margaret Thatcher and General Augusto Pinochet, said the...
  • India's Hindu Nationalist Leader Resigns After Praising Pakistan's Founder

    06/07/2005 9:59:37 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 07 June 2005 | VoA
    In India, the leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, Lal Krishna Advani, has resigned as the party's president after Hindu hard-liners expressed outrage at his praise of Pakistan's founder. Mr. Advani made the remarks during a recent weeklong visit to Pakistan. The controversy over Mr. Advani's remarks was triggered during his six-day visit to Pakistan, where he described the nation's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, as a secular man who wanted Hindu and Muslims to live in friendship. The remark led to an uproar among Hindu hard-line groups that are closely allied to Mr. Advani's Bharatiya Janata Party. Hindu hard-liners...
  • All joking aside, Cuba is a mess - (good, from a Canadian, if she didn't blame U.S. blockade!)

    05/30/2005 7:04:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 26 replies · 927+ views
    EDMONTON SUN.COM ^ | MAY 30, 2005 | Patrycja Romanowska
    After a couple of lighthearted columns about my trip to Havana - the latest about Canadians participating in a political march and trying to dance - I came under some criticism from readers who felt that my perspective on the island "was unusually low-key and even somewhat clueless." I was trivializing the massive problems faced by Cuba and making a mockery of serious political processes. My column was "more of a postcard sent from a half-drunk co-ed to her sorority sisters." For the record, I was fully drunk. While I cannot entirely disagree with those assessments, I am unapologetic for...
  • City Names Mark Changing Times

    05/29/2005 12:26:47 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 647+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 29, 2005
      White South Africans say the name Pretoria is part of a proud history A long-running row over a move to rename the South African capital, Pretoria, is a reminder of the popular significance attached to city names - and the sensitivities that can be stirred by trying to change them.Pretoria was named after a settler and folk hero from the Afrikaner group, which went on to create the apartheid system. It is now expected to take the name Tshwane, after a black tribal leader who ruled long before white colonisation. The name also means "we are the same" in...