Bulletin N° 758
Subject : LANDING WITH BOTH FEET ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY : Lucrative profits from failed ‘slave’ revolts & corporate ‘false flag’ operations.
P.S. We invite CEIMSA readers view these two late-20th-century masterpieces, both are astute artistic depictions of stages of class consciousness only a few decades ago.
(French, with English subtitles)
This 1995 French black-and-white film was written, co-edited, and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. It is about three young friends and their struggle to live in the banlieues of Paris. The title derives from a line spoken by one of them, Hubert, "La haine attire la haine!", "hatred breeds hatred." The film depicts approximately 19 consecutive hours in the lives of three friends in their early twenties from immigrant families living in an impoverished multi-ethnic French housing project (a ZUP – zone d'urbanisation prioritaire) in the suburbs of Paris, in the aftermath of a riot. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), who is Jewish, is filled with rage. He sees himself as a gangster ready to win respect by killing a cop, manically practicing secretlyin front of a mirror the role of Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver. His attitude towards police, for instance, is a simplified, stylized blanket condemnation, even to individual policemen who make an effort to steer the trio clear of troublesome situations. Hubert (Hubert Koundé) is an Afro-French boxer and small-time drug dealer, the most mature of the three, whose gymnasium was burned in the riots. The quietest, most thoughtful and wisest of the three, he sadly contemplates the ghetto and the hate around him. He expresses the wish to simply leave this world of violence and hate behind him, but does not know how since he lacks the means to do so. Saïd (played by Saïd Taghmaoui) is an Arab Maghrebi who inhabits the middle ground between his two friends' responses to their place in life.
This 1969 Italian-French film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and starring Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez and Renato Salvatori is the fictional story of the creation of a banana republic in the Caribbean, and the events that follow it. Brando plays a British secret government agent, named after the American filibuster William Walker, who manipulates a slave revolt to serve the interests of the sugar trade. In 1844, the British Admiralty sends Sir William Walker (Brando), an agent provocateur, to the fictional island of Queimada, a Portuguese possession in the Lesser Antilles. Britain seeks to open the island to exploitation by the fictional Antilles Royal Sugar Company. Walker's task is to organize an uprising of African slaves against the Portuguese regime, which the British intend to replace with a government dominated by pliable white planters. When he arrives in Queimada, Walker befriends José Dolores (Márquez), whom he entices to lead the slave revolt, and induces leading landowners to reject Portuguese rule. Dolores's rebellion is successful, and Walker arranges the assassination of the Portuguese governor in a nighttime coup. Walker establishes a puppet regime beholden to British sugar interests, headed by the idealistic but weak revolutionary Teddy Sanchez (Salvatori). Walker convinces Dolores to recognize the new regime and to surrender his arms, in exchange for the abolition of slavery. Having succeeded in his mission, he returns to Britain. He returns years later to undo ‘his creation’ and to stabilize the ‘wage slave’ system which is threatened by a slave rebellion of a different nature.
June 23, 2017
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Several decades ago, teaching history in a very different social context,
many of us younger teachers appealed to “freedom in the marketplace of ideas” : Choose the logic of your analysis, and develop your ideas accordingly to where
they lead you; then decide if that is where you really want to go –whether your
premises are conservative royalist assumptions, or qualify as liberal
capitalist individualism; whether they are democratic socialist or
authoritarian corporatist - just follow the logic until you can see what
appears. What appears now to be no more than a quaint faith in the existence of
a kind of universal reason which is reaching out toward some immutable condition of progress
had, at the time, inspired many of us progressive teachers to experiment in this
fashion. We had no doubt that the results of these exercises in tolerance would
ultimately justify the process.
Today, the “marketplace of ideas” is paraded out before us as another failed concept – “There is no left or right; there is only right or wrong!” (as the cliché insists). Popular imaginations dissipate into thin air like white clouds on a hot summer afternoon, and we are faced with the stale odor of a slash-and-burn landscape under the scorching sun.
The misery inflicted on the increasingly visible members of society around the world today focuses our attention, as never before, upon the injustices that have usually been deemed as meerly temporary side effects of our political economy. This new focus prompts many of us either to retreat into narrow enclosures with familiar designs and routines to console ourselves, or to explore the wide world of diversity, with its mixture of sweet and bitter life forms, but freed of all received ideas.
The contradictions between the technically feasible and the politically expedient are daily experiences that contain challenges which will nurture and strengthen the next generation in their search for new modes of relationships and authentic democracy without capitalism.
The 17 items below expose the old treachery of capitalist relationships that
trys to pass as the New Normal, and the habitual cynicism that lubricates the
wheels turning within wheels - those repetitions that have brought us to the brink
of disaster. Eventually, a theoretical grasp of historical materialism could
offer us escape from the repeated mistakes of the past, the disastrous
consequences of entering into the hammerlock of capitalist control over our
much devalued lives.
The class-conscious struggle of the many against the few remains our only hope to bring to an end this historic system of human sacrifice which we call capitalism . . . .
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
MEET YOUR ALL-WHITE, ALL-MALE SENATE DEATH PANEL
by Joan McCarter
Islamic Terrorism: Our Ally For 38 Years
by Chris Kanthan
June 14, 2017
Dear Diary, I can’t show this letter to the innocent people of America and the world, so it’s just between you and me. Imagine the shock and the outrage if I say that we have to embrace Islamic terrorism! The average person doesn’t understand what’s at stake and how sometimes the elites need to rely on “controlled chaos” for the greater good.
Afghanistan: Fifteen Years of Invasion and Occupation
October 8, 2016
Al Qaeda: The Data Base
Septembre 11, 2016
US Uranium Weapons Have Been Used in Syria
October 28, 2016
This month, the Pentagon admitted it has used uranium weapons in attacks inside Syria — violating its public promise last year that it would not use DU there, and contradicting the claim that US bombing is done in defense of the Syrian people, according to the Int’l Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons.
Trump Frees Mattis to Escalate Endless Afghan War
June 15, 2017
As Defense Secretary James Mattis is authorized to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, Stephen Miles of Win Without War says the U.S. and other foreign powers should focus on a political solution
Open Secret: US Created and Supports ISIS
by Stephen Lendman
June 14, 2017
It’s one of the dirtiest of dirty open secrets. US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) documents prove it – obtained by Judicial Watch through an FOIA lawsuit. They show ISIS, al-Qaeda and like-minded terrorist groups are the “major forces” used as US foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. The myth of so-called “moderate rebels” was long ago discredited. Yet claiming they exist persists. The DIA documents show America, NATO, Saudi Arabia and other regional rogue states support an Islamic caliphate to challenge, topple and replace Bashar al-Assad with an imperial puppet. Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for redrawing the Middle East map by color revolutions and wars, replacing independent governments with pro-Western puppet regimes, balkanizing Iraq, Syria, Iran and other regional countries for easier control, looting their resources, and exploiting their people. In a January 2016 Iran Review article, James Fetzer discussed evidence of ISIS’ creation by America.
US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria
US-backed forces are using tactics that cause a 'staggering' number of civilian deaths, but military action won't defeat ISIS, says Phyllis Bennis, director the New Internationalism Project at IPS
More Evidence of US Support for ISIS
by Stephen Lendman
Israel Secretly Aids Anti-Assad Forces in Syria Proxy War
June 20, 2017
Beirut-based journalist Nour Samaha has uncovered extensive Israeli government support of anti-Assad forces in southern Syria
Saudi Arabia, Israel to Establish Economic Relations for First Time: The Times
by Geo Politics
Riyadh (YE) – Saudi Arabia and the Israeli regime are in clandestine talks to establish official economic relations for the first time since the entity was created on the Palestinian territories some 69 years ago, a report says.
Sent: Sunday, 18 June, 2017
Subject: Tell the Forward to Publish Response to "Left Anti-Semitism" Accusation
"USS Liberty: Dead In The Water"
(BBC Documentary, 2002)
On June 8th, 1965, during the Six-Day War,
Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally,
the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed and over 170 wounded in
the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats.
Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 30 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been unable to rebut it convincingly.
Now, "Dead in the Water" uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack. The film combines dramatic reconstruction of the events, with new access to former officers in the US and Israeli armed forces and intelligence services who have decided to give their own version of events. Interviews include President Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy, Admiral Shlomo Errell, and members of the USS Liberty crew.
The Reichstag Fire
("Der Reichstagsbrand und seine politischen Folgen")
February 27, 1933
The day after the German parliament (Reichstag) building burned down due to arson, President Hindenburg issues the Decree for the Protection of People and the Reich. Though the origins of the fire are still unclear, in a propaganda maneuver, the coalition government (made up of Nazis and the Nationalists) blamed the Communists. They exploited the Reichstag fire to secure President Hindenburg’s approval for an emergency decree, popularly known as the Reichstag Fire Decree, that suspended individual rights and due process of law. The Reichstag Fire Decree permitted the regime to arrest and incarcerate political opponents without specific charge, dissolve political organizations, and to suppress publications. It also gave the central government the authority to overrule state and local laws and overthrow state and local governments. The decree was a key step in the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship. Germany became a police state in which citizens enjoyed no guaranteed basic rights and the SS, the elite guard of the Nazi state, wielded increasing authority through its control over the police.
Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them
From: Jim O'Brien
Sent: Friday, 16 June, 2017
Subject: HAW Notes 6/16/17: Links to recent articles of interest
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
Edited by Malcolm Byrne, National Security Archive, posted June 15
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted June 15.
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Danny Sjursen, LobeLog, posted June 12
The author is a U.S. military strategist who formerly taught history at West Point.
By Lawrence S. Wittner, Huffington Post, posted June 11
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.
By Peter Kuznick, History News Network, posted June 11
The author teaches history at American University and collaborated with Oliver Stone on the TV series and book The Untold History of the United States.
By Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News, posted June 10
The author teaches history at West Chester University.
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, posted June 8
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.
By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted June 6
The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.
By Nicolas J. S. Davies, Consortium News, posted June 5
By Rashid Khalidi, The Nation, posted June 5
The author teaches history and Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.
Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only in U.S. Can You Destroy Another State's Plane In Their Own Country And Call It "Self-defense"
The world is now perhaps closer to World War Three than it has been in five decades.
An American pilot shot down a Syrian fighter that was attacking ISIS, thus confirming that Washington is not fighting ISIS, as Washington claims, but is protecting ISIS, its agent sent to Syria by Obama and Hillary to overthrow the Syrian government. General Michael Flynn revealed on a TV interview that Obama and Hillary had, over his objection as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the “willful decision” to send ISIS to Syria.
The US Seems Keener To Strike At Assad
It Does To Destroy Isis
by Robert Fisk
It is instructive that the West now expresses more outrage at the use of gas – it blames the Assad regime for this, of course – than at the continued cruelty of Isis
the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the “willful decision” to send ISIS to Syria.
Another Step Toward Devastating War
by Paul Craig Roberts
An idiot American pilot shot down a Syrian fighter that was attacking ISIS, thus confirming that Washington is not fighting ISIS, as Washington claims, but is protecting ISIS, its agent sent to Syria by Obama and Hillary to overthrow the Syrian government. General Michael Flynn revealed on a TV interview that Obama and Hillary had, over his objection as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the “willful decision” to send ISIS to Syria.
The Single Party French State …
as the Majority of Voters Abstain