Wednesday, January 27, 2010

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Randall Robinson on Why the Empire Hates Haiti, Part 1

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On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the Republic of Haiti.

The immediate result was hundreds of thousands dead and many more than that wounded and homeless.

Across the world, from Gambia to Gaza, people have opened their hearts and their wallets to the beleaguered people of Haiti. Here, Canadians have donated millions of dollars, and the federal government has pledged to match those donations, while sending human assistance and pledging to expedite adoptions nearly finalised.

But why is such intervention necessary in the first place? Why is Haiti seemingly incapable of stability, security and prosperity?

Why is Haiti, sharing the island of Hispanola with the much wealthier Dominican Republic, home to the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere... even while it’s possessed of magnificent natural beauty, even while sitting next to important waterways, and sitting upon oil?

Are the Haitians simply unlucky, sitting in the path of hurricanes and earthquakes? Or is their pain due to their laziness? Corruption? Stupidity? Cultural deficits? Or genetic inferiority?

If you got your sole understanding of history from corporate media including the CBC, you might be left to conclude that any or all of the above could account for Haitian misery. But you’d be wrong.

Amid the genuine
generosity and compassion of citizens, the Canadian government and CBC have engaged in nearly endless backpatting for Canadian intervention.

What each of those parties acknowledges far less is how in recent years Canada has taken part in centuries of misery that France, the United States and England have savaged upon Haiti.

And it all goes back to the second republican revolution in this hemisphere, and why the Euro-American Empire had to crush a shining beacon of freedom from a country that could have been named Spartacus.

After 9-11, Americans asked, “Why do they hate us?” Tonight on the show, we ask that same question, but from the Haitian perspective. Answering it is Randall Robinson, a Harvard-trained lawyer and the founder of TransAfrica, a think tank and activist organisation which starting in 1977 attempted to add justice to U.S. policy toward Africa and the Caribbean.

Robinson worked for years inside the international anti-apartheid and pro-democracy movements of South Africa and Haiti.

A friend of the
US-deposed Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, Robinson is the author of five books, including The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks, Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America, and Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from his Native Land, on why he renounced his American citizenship for a life in St. Kitts.

On September 13, 2007, Randall Robinson visited one of Harlem’s best bookstores, Hue-Man Books, to speak on the subject of his then-new book An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President.

Monday, January 25, 2010

How Canada collaborated with overthrowing Haitian democracy

Thanks to Marguerite Laurent for these links.

Plus, directly from one of her links, these links:

Lies without Borders:
How CIDA-funded 'NGOs' waged a propaganda war to justify Haiti’s 2004 coup

Press for Conversion! magazine, Issue #63 (November 2008)
Published by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

Front Cover (pdf)

Table of Contents & Acknowledgments

Background (pdf)

Demonizing Democracy:
Christianity vs. Vodoun and the Politics of Religion in Haiti
(htm)

What is Vodoun?

CIDA’S Affinity with Elite and Blindspot for Vodoun (htm)

NCHR-Haiti: A Prime Source of Canadian-funded Lies (htm)

Epithets without Borders // What does Chimère Really Mean? (htm)

“2000 Elections” (pdf)

An Excuse to Destabilize Haiti’s Democracy (htm)

Canadian “NGOs” Aid antiAristide Election Rhetoric (htm)

“Black Friday” (pdf)

Creating the Necessary Pretext Incident (htm)

Video Evidence Reveals True Culprits (htm)

CIDA-funded Propaganda about “Black Friday” (htm)

“Operation Baghdad” (pdf)

Exposing the Big Lie of “Operation Baghdad" (htm)

A Fabrication by the Group of 184 (htm)

Two Human Rights Investigations (htm)

Not the Usual Suspects: Making and Breaking Illusions in Haiti (htm)

Alternatives, to the Truth // Alternatives, to Democracy (htm)

“Aristide’s Departure” (pdf)

Did he Jump or was he Pushed? (htm)

Aristide's so-called Resignation letter // Taken for a Ride (htm)

CIDA-funded “NGOs” Herald Aristide’s “Departure" (htm)

“No Political Prisoners” (pdf)

Mysterious Case of Haiti’s Disappeared Political Prisoners (htm)

Prime Minister Yvon Neptune: CIDA’s Top Political Prisoner (htm)

Why was Sò Anne Imprisoned for 27 Months? (htm)

Back Cover (pdf)
Remembering Marion Dewar (htm)
Stop Ottawa’s Arms Shows! Origins of COAT: 20 Years and Counting! (htm)


The three previous issues of Press for Conversion! also focus on Canada's nefarious role in Haiti:


Issue 62 (May 2008) "Putting the Aid in Aiding and Abetting:
CIDA's Agents of Regime Change in Haiti's 2004 Coup"


Issue 61 (September 2007) "CIDA's Key Role in Haiti's 2004 Coup:
Funding Regime Change, Dictatorship and Human Rights Atrocities, one Haitian 'NGO' at a Time"


Issue 60 (March 2007) "A Very Canadian Coup in Haiti:
The Top 10 Ways that Canada?s Government helped the 2004 Coup and its Reign of Terror"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Martin Bernal on African Egypt



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For almost two hundred years, imperial Europe and America has systematically preached to the world that the Egyptians were pink-skinned Europeans, a depiction no ancient Egyptian painter or sculptor ever created.

To re-establish Ancient Egypt as an African civilisation is a complex task due to the awesome weight of two centuries of European racial brainwashing. That task requires a multidisciplinary approach engaging archeo-linguistics, philosophy, comparative religion, physical and cultural anthropology, and blood-type analysis.

Few scholars are better suited to such a daunting task than Dr. Martin Bernal, author of the monumental series Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilisation.

A maverick academic and historical investigator, Dr. Bernal has employed thousands of modern and ancient documents, and addressed innumerable cultural, philosophical, scholarly and scientific issues, in order to set the historical record straight, to revise what he called the Ancient Model of Egypt held by the Greeks and other ancient Europeans: that the Egyptians were Africans whose vast genius formed the basis of much of Greek religion, philosophy, art, architecture, mathematics, science and civilisation, with the West Asian Phoenicians supplying a great deal as well.

As Bernal points out elsewhere while discussing what he calls the “Semitic hypothesis,” linguists consider Phoenician and Hebrew as dialects of the same Canaanite language.
That’s relevant because a century ago, European bigots were even more upset about the reality that Semitic peoples influenced Ancient Greeks than they were about African influence.
Today, the antagonism has switched, with a far greater rejectionism of Egypt’s Africanity and influence on the Greeks.

We touched on many topics in our conversation, including:

• an alternate title for the series, African Athena
• the fate of Bernal’s relationship with his foes such as Mary Lefkowitz, author of Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History, and Tony Martin, author of The Progress of the African Race Since Emancipation and Prospects for the Future
• how National Geographic routinely attempts to discredit the reality of African Egypt,
• whether writing began first in Africa, or in West Asia, and
• whether the linguistic evidence proves that Egypt’s original name, Kemet, means “the Black Land,” or “Land of the Blacks.”

We also discussed the African-American scholar Molefi Kete Asante, one of the most influential academics on African issues in the world, and WEB DuBois, the pioneering African-American scholar from a century ago.

Dr. Bernal spoke with me by telephone from his home in Ithaca, New York, on April 20, 2008.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today's Moment of Perfect Beauty: Duke Ellington's "Arabesque Cookie"

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I don't give a damn about Harry Reid, and saying "Negro dialect" is just plain weird, but....

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I'd say that the American "Republicans" attempting to make hay out of this issue are too funny, and not in a good way.

Br. Davey D. has some excellent thoughts on the subject:


"The party of Ronald Reagan who supported South African Apartheid, the party of John McCain who said ‘No to a Martin Luther King holiday are suddenly getting all Jesse Jackson-like and riding hard for all those who have been on the receiving end of racial insults and oppression....

"I was more offended seeing a Professor Tricia Rose, Professor Marc Lamont Hill, BET’s Jeff Johnson and the dozen of other Black faces invited to discuss an old white man using the word ‘Negro’ versus seeing them invited on a regular basis to discuss a variety of other topics that have arguably more impact.

"I would’ve like to have seen some of those Black voices on the Sunday morning talk shows earlier this year dragging Harry Reid’s ass through the coals around the Healthcare debate when single payer and later public option got snatched off the table.

"To me the insult was seeing Black intelligence limited to just this topic, whereas I might see a
dimwit like Ann Coulter invited to weigh in on everything from the War in Afghanistan to what Chris Brown did to Rihanna."

Terrordome guest and sociologist supreme Br. Algernon Austin also threw down:


"Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV) simply told the truth, in my view. I don't see what he has to apologize for.

"According to the Washington Post, the book Game Change states that when assessing the strengths of then candidate Barack Obama in 2008, Reid said that he 'believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama--a 'light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one".'

"There is nothing offensive or even controversial here.

"It seems that some people are upset because they have deluded themselves into thinking that America is a post-racial society. Reid's remarks show an awareness that blackness poses challenges for success with the broad American electorate."

Righteous.

Course, the bwoi is still weird. "Negro"? What is this, 1970? Has dude been watching Good Times or something?

Keith Boykin: How Tiger Woods became "Black"

Br. Keith Boykin writes, "We've seen the Tiger Woods story before, most notably with O.J. Simpson, but also, of course, with Michael Jackson.

"It's the story of the beloved crossover superstar who falls from grace in mainstream society and quickly morphs into the image of the stereotypically dangerous black male figure."

Nobody said Australia was "post-racial"



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Journalist Allan Nairn on Obama: "Murderer and terrorist" who's killed more in first year than Bush did in first or last year



Allan Nairn on Obama:

"“I think Obama should be remembered as a great man because of the blow he struck against white racism .... But once he became president ... Obama became a murderer and a terrorist, because the US has a machine that spans the globe, that has the capacity to kill, and Obama has kept it set on kill. He could have flipped the switch and turned it off…but he chose not to do so.”

Yet another act of depravity coming out of Saudi Arabia

"A Kenyan woman is accusing her Saudi employer of throwing her out of a third floor window, breaking her legs and hands.

"Another maid, just rescued by relatives, said she had to live on dog food because her employers neither fed her nor allowed her out of the house."

That's
Fatuma Athuman in the photograph.

Thanks to Black Electorate.com for the link.



Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Nigerian-American SF novelist Nnedi Okorafor asks, "Is Africa Ready for Science Fiction?"


Quoting from Okorafor's article:

Naunihal Singh, a professor of comparative politics specializing in conflict, civil-military relations, and the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa at Notre Dame University (and a fan of speculative fiction), had some similar comments about science fiction in Africa.

“Science-fiction will have to adapt itself to the local market,” Singh said. “I don’t think there’s the sensibility for it right now. I remember seeing the Matrix in a mixed crowd of Ghanaians and Americans, this was in Ghana. Even though the room was dark, and there were some 40 plus people there, I could tell who was from where by their reactions to the movie.


“The Ghanaians just weren’t connecting to it. Bring The Terminator to West Africa, and he’d stop running in a day. He’d sit there and glitch. It’ll be hard to make people afraid of a future where computers take over the world when they can’t manage to keep the computers on their desk running.

"These are very western stories. On the other hand, classic science fiction, like space exploration stories, would probably work better… assuming it was adapted for the audience. Africans would love to see stories about Africans on a space ship. The idea that Africans might be dominant in the future would resonate so well with nationalism.”

Today's moment of perfect beauty: Senegal's Orchestre Baobab with "Dee Moo Woor"

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Cee-lo is just pretty terrific.

And this video is bizarre and fun.

Neurochemically, singing can be as good as sex

"Does singing promote well-being?: An empirical study of professional and amateur singers during a singing lesson."

And there's a bit more on that on CBC's The Current. Scroll down to "Work and Music."

Ironically, the documentary producer who's focusing on music has chosen a highly conventional set of songs... but perhaps her intent is to illustrate the effects of music via familiarity rather than via novelty.

It's a good doc, though.

A bunch of scientific reasons why you should love the person you bone

Including stuff about oxytocin.

Glenn Beck is a race-hustling sleazebag

Check out Media Matters.org on the following:

"The content of my posting, which Beck chose to ignore entirely, consisted of a list of recent statements from the host that led me to conclude that, as I wrote, 'Beck is obsessed with race and seems deeply uncomfortable with minority Americans in general, especially those in positions of power.'"

Glenn Beck is a liar, or he's delusional, or both--and dangerous



Here are some examples from Media Matters.org of Glenn Beck's consistent policy of public deceit and defamation--or perhaps his delusional egomania--at work.


Beck falsely claimed “[o]nly 3 percent” of stimulus plan would be “spent in the next 12 months.”

Beck aired false claim that a union needs only 30 percent support from employees to be “established.”

Beck falsely claimed average UAW worker makes $154 per hour.

Beck falsely asserted that U.S. does not fingerprint foreign visitors or collect rapists’ DNA.

Beck falsely claimed Iowa marriage ruling “is actually about going into churches.”

Beck echoed falsehood that ACORN received stimulus funds.

Beck falsely claimed $1.4 million in stimulus spent on doors, which actually cost $246,100 to repair.

Beck falsely claimed Obama said he doesn’t want health reform protesters to “do a lot of talking.”

Beck reported fake murder story from ACORN video as fact.

Beck falsely claimed IPCC’s Latif has “pulled the rug out” from under climate change consensus.

Beck falsely claimed Anita Dunn “worships” “her hero” Mao Zedong.

Beck falsely accused Reid of lying about support for public option.

Beck falsely claimed that under the Senate health care bill, “You don’t get a single benefit until 2014.”

Reviving “born alive” falsehood, Beck claimed Obama suggested it’s OK to “put a spike in the baby’s head.”

Beck falsely claimed that no jobs are being “saved or created” by recovery legislation.

Beck falsely claimed Robert Creamer “stole” $2 million from banks.

Beck led charge advancing “Lie of the Year” contender that Holdren supported forced abortions and sterilizations.

Beck’s defense rests on misrepresentations and falsehoods

Beck claim: Death panels “discovered by The New York Times.”

Beck: “I didn’t want [Van Jones] to be fired.”

For the reality, check Media Matters.

It's disgusting that this serial liar--or nutcase--has grown rich from his wilful or pathological deception of millions of Americans, and that his master hired him for exactly that task.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Winner of the 2007 Carl Brandon Kindred Award: From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain

I'm proud to announce that my 2007 political satire From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain has been awarded the Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award.

My congratulations go out also to Ss. Nnedi Okorafor who won the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award for her novel The Shadow Speaker.

THE AUTHORS SAY:

ROBERT SAWYER,
Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids

“Minister Faust does it again: an outlandish, outrageous tour de force by the most innovative prose stylist in the field, bar none.”

COREY REDEKOP, author of Shelf Monkey
“Faust’s novel stands equal to such classics [as Watchmen and Dark Knight].”

CHARLES SAUNDERS, author of Imaro
“Pure satire... laugh-out-loud comedy. Superhero parodies have been done before. So have dysfunctional super-beings, ranging from Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four to the Watchmen. But nobody has done it as well as the Minister. If Richard Pryor had ever written science fiction, he might have come up with something like Doctor Brain.... Minister Faust is shaping up to become a one-man New Wave in the SF genre.”

EDEN ROBINSON,
Giller Award-nominated author of Monkey Beach

“Gleefully surreal approach to storylines, wonderful wordplay and offbeat, faster-than-speeding-bullet wit… a marvellous read.”

THE CRITICS SAY:

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)
“Sharp satire of caped crusaders hides a deeper critique of individual treatment versus social injustice.... uncomfortable parallels to real-world urban tragedies in the novel’s ‘July 16 Attacks.’”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Entertaining... saavy.”

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
“…brilliantly complex … dead-on satire of our times.”

BOOKLIST
“[An] excellent superhero comedy as well as an unsettling satire.”

BOOKPAGE
“…one of the most entertaining books to cross your path this year....”

SFSITE.COM
“A whirlwind of jokes, satire, obscure pop references, devastating cultural analysis and prose poetry that never lets up from beginning to end.... This is political and cultural satire of the highest sort, and Faust is earning a place among the masters of the craft.”

BLOG T.O. SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
“….a major accomplishment that is laugh out loud funny... This is the most revolutionary work of SF since William Gibson’s Neuromancer…. I’m confident in saying that this is the best SF book of the 2007 - maybe the best book of the year.”

SUNQIST BLOG
“The best book of the year... incredibly important....”

STRANGE HORIZONS
“Hilarious and pointed.... Like all the best satirists (Swift comes to mind).... Cutting commentary... true art.”

SF READER.COM
“A well-paced suspense novel packed with twists and bluffs, together with an intelligent satire on post-9/11 Western society.... Wonderfully written... a multi-layered and satisfying read.”

SCIFI.COM
“[Minister Faust’s] insane fecundity and jazzy verbal dexterity, his sheer brio and exuberance... reminds me of Ishmael Reed or Steve Aylett... plenty of moments in this novel where I laughed out loud.”

RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
“A hilarious new voice.... One of the most compelling reads I’ve experienced.... One of the most layered, complicated narratives I’ve come across, and the ending is particularly chilling.”

STATIC MULTIMEDIA.COM
“… a hilarious, sure-fire page turner.”

THEOCENTRIC
“Hilarious…. Faust’s writing style is absolutely a blast.”

THE PINOCCHIO THEORY
“Had me laughing from the first page to the last. But the book is also a mind-boggling, multi-levelled allegory of racism and corporate fascism in America today.... Faust is brilliant.”

CHERYL MORGAN’S BEST OF 2007
“A modern-day Watchmen written by a Canadian Lenny Henry with a passion for race politics.”

THE EDMONTON SUN
“Wildly imaginative.”

THE GATEWAY
“…scathing social commentary and political satire [on] the nature of modern journalism and politics, to drugs, racism and vapid, shallow celebrities.... Excellent.”

THE EDMONTON JOURNAL
“Tough political message underlies comedy about a Doctor Phil for the superhuman... highly entertaining and sneakily politically provocative.”