Posts tagged: american empire
There’s a double standard for how the government treats right-wing militia members as opposed to nonviolent student protesters.
That’s because the roots in policing have the same roots as white supremacist right wing groups. These cops join belong to abs are friends with these groups and these groups were the original cops (slave patrols and militias and the klan).
okay real talk, the cia dude just said ‘eye-ran’ and archer - //sterling motherfucking archer// - said iran.
that is a just a lovely bit of critique
1. Betting on Food Prices to Rise
Chris Hedges noted that Goldman Sachs’ commodities index “is the most heavily traded in the world. The company hoards rice, wheat, corn, sugar and livestock and jacks up commodity prices around the globe so that poor families can no longer afford basic staples and literally starve.” Numerous sources agree that speculation drives up commodity prices. Wheat, for example, rose in price from $105 to $481 in just eight years.
Two sisters have been fighting the feds for the rights to the land ceded to the Western Shoshone 150 years ago.
But Nevada is home to another epic battle between ranchers and the feds. As in Bundy’s case, it involves ranchers Mary and Carrie Dann, whose ancestors lived on the land long before the federal government staked a claim to it.
Unlike Bundy, who claims his ancestors were homesteaders on his ranch in 1877 and never ceded it to the federal government, the Danns, two Western Shoshone sisters, were not trampling over land set aside for sensitive plants and animals. Nor were they getting rich off the land while, in essence, robbing the taxpayers of grazing fees.
The Danns have lived without running water or electricity their entire lives. Their tribe, the Western Shoshone, have lived in Nevada and parts west since time immemorial. The land was Shoshone land, and the U.S. formally agreed that was the case when it signed the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, which explicitly stated that the Shoshone would never have to give up their land. That is, until the U.S. began encroaching on the land, claiming it for its own without the tribe’s consent or knowledge.
The Danns’ battle goes back to the early 1970s, when the federal government first sued them to stop grazing horses and cattle on land the U.S. claimed as its own. The Danns said the land was Western Shoshone land that the U.S. had taken illegally, and refused to pay grazing fees. Mary waged this battle until her death in 2005 at age 82, in an accident while she was repairing a fence. Carrie, 82 years old, is still fighting.
Unlike Bundy, the Danns endured five roundups of their herds starting in 1998. These were operations more suited for what the feds confronted at Bundy’s ranch than at the ramshackle farmhouse of two elderly sisters barely five feet tall. Scores of heavily armed, jack-booted federal agents descended on their homestead, usually at dawn, and would confiscate hundreds of cattle and horses in helicopter roundups with dozens of trucks and other vehicles plowing through the land, as if anticipating an army. Many horses and cattle died during the roundups, starving to death in holding corrals where they were provided no food or water. The horses and cattle that managed to survive were sold at auction.
Both the Danns and their tribe tried legal means of support. The Western Shoshone filed suit decades ago to try to clear up the ownership of their land, which the U.S., through congressional legislation, began taking for various means. Some of the land was used for nuclear testing— the Department of Energy has detonated more bombs there than anywhere else on earth—while other plots were leased to mining companies digging for gold.
Click thru for the rest. You see this shit tho? The US government isn’t worth bloody spit.
Daniel Bier, "Is the US “The Freest Country In the World”? – By the Numbers" (via blamethe1st)
People need to stop acting like criticism against the US is the same thing as insulting their family. People are so, “RAH RAH RAH USA IS NUMBER ONE” that they can’t actually see what’s happening.
The so-called “A-B Line” (approximately 54°40’N), which marks the northern boundary of the Dixon Entrance, was delineated during the 1903 Alaska Boundary Treaty. The meaning of the line remains in dispute between Canada and the United States. Canada claims the line is the international maritime boundary, while the United States holds that its purpose was only to designate which islands belonged to which country, and holds that the maritime boundary is an equidistant line between islands. Territorial fishing disputes between the countries remain today, as the United States does not recognize the A-B Line for purposes of seafloor resources or fishing rights and has never shown the treaty boundary on its own official maps.
Ummm this is amazingly concisely said.
in the year of our lord two thousand and fourteen you can still buy bootleg lincoln logs with heroic us soldiers and wild indians
An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.
Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.
Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.
[in capitalism] freedom is one of the commodities that is for sale, and if you are affluent, you can have a lot of it.
- noam chomsky
The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth
By John Two-Hawks
The Bering Strait Theory was made to make colonialism seem less like exploitation.
IIRC this was also done in South Africa. the regime said that the “black” africans had only centuries earlier displaced the “brown” africans.
Ten times more people died in nine years trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico Border than died trying to cross the Berlin Wall during its 28 year existence.
The main difference: the Berlin Wall didn’t cross one of the most unforgiving deserts in the world. Everybody who died trying to cross it was shot by guards. By comparison, the US Border Patrol has rescued more than 15,000 migrants during the same period, over 3x the number of deaths.
But you’re not going to mention how many people the Border Patrol has killed? How they shot down through the fence and killed a 16 year old boy? How many water caches they intentionally sabotage? How they leave injuries, even serious injuries, untreated? How they sexually assault migrant women? How funneling migrants through the deadliest part of the United States was an intentional part of border policy - that they knew that people were going to die, and instituted it anyway?
And if you want to be nit picky, the number of confirmed deaths is around 4,000. For every migrant that is found, there are at least five to ten times that number. That puts the estimate deaths between 20,000 and 40,000.
20,000 to 40,000 intentionally designed deaths. Most of which are buried without recognition, graves, or memorials.
they talk about the Unforgiving Desert being the cause of death for these people, as though armed vigilantes have no part in this.
like no responsibility falls on people who intentionally destroy stores of food & water placed in the desert to help these people try to survive.
as though there’s no culpability for people who take advantage of the desperation of migrants & abandon them to their deaths once they have their money.
there is no part of ‘they died in the desert’ that isn’t shrugging and saying ‘that’s what they get, should have stayed home, too bad so sad.’ such brave indifference, it’s not the guns of the militarized border, both official and unofficial, that killed all those people - it wss the desert that //totally coincidentally// just happened to be right there in the way.
this is a slightly off-base comparison in that east germany built a wall to keep people //in//, not out, but the intent was the same, so whatever. if the stasi could have built their ‘anti-fascist protection wall’ over a desert they would have.