For more than a hundred and twenty years, the United States has “stood with the Cuban people” — or, perhaps more correctly, has stood over the Cuban people. Cuba seems always to be at the receiving end of American history. To stand with the Cuban people has meant armed intervention, military occupation, regime change, and political meddling — all normal events in US-Cuba relations in the sixty years before the triumph of the Cuban revolution. In the sixty years after the revolution, standing with the Cuban people has meant diplomatic isolation, armed invasion, covert operations, and economic sanctions.
Posts tagged ‘USA’
This month, Italian courts jailed fourteen men for their roles in Operation Condor, the US-backed Latin American terror campaign. But many more torturers are living out a peaceful retirement — denying justice to the leftists they brutalized and murdered.
Gives a good historical backgrounder as to what Condor was and the US’s involvement in it, too.
Link: “Six Months After the Capitol Riots, We Still Won’t Admit Why So Many People Believe the Big Lie”
About how authority figures under capitalism (even though it doesn’t specifically call out capitalism) lie to us all the time, and when you are raised immersed in lies you tend to believe further lies that accord with the lies you were raised with. Enjoyed this article.
Earlier today I read a Reddit thread about book localisations for the US market, and while it’s not like it was all new information for me, I did come away somewhat annoyed. I just don’t think it’s necessary to change terminology all over the place, not even in children’s books.
There were people in the discussion arguing that “torch” had to be changed to …
“The Associated Press has received an enormous amount of criticism, including from its own staffers, for firing Emily Wilder, 22, after hiring her as a news associate just 17 days before. According to AP, Wilder was let go for “violations of AP’s social media policy.” AP’s action was clearly in response to a right-wing pressure campaign targeting Wilder for her activism in college supporting Palestinian rights.
Though appalling, however, none of this should be a surprise. AP has been notably conservative since its founding in 1846, with a long history of bowing to the demands of the powerful — with its many talented journalists often forced to fight its management to get the news out. While other wire services such as United Press International and Reuters have not always covered themselves in glory, AP’s history demonstrates significantly more bias.”
Maybe due to my age, I hadn’t heard of this incident until recently. People complain about the Yarra being polluted (which it is) but maybe it’s a sign of how expectations have changed over time that I take it for granted that rivers don’t catch fire.
Interesting interview about regional variation in African-American speech.
Interesting article on the American Jewish Left’s opposition to Zionism in the immediate post-WW2 era (favouring instead a single, secular state), and the about-turn they did after the Soviet Union changed its position.
A pretty compelling argument for why the US should release 30 million AstraZeneca doses that THEY ARE NOT EVEN PLANNING TO USE, immediately, to India.