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Category Archives: Politics

The Politics of Amnesia

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Hey wasn’t it cool the way we commemorated the largest, most wide-spread anti-war protests in the history of humanity last week? I mean specifically the unprecedented number (up to 30 million) of people who demonstrated against the imminent invasion of Iraq on the weekend of Feb. 15 and 16, 2003?

 

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One Month

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It’s been one month since the Senate report on CIA torture was released.

 

This is important…

… and you should pay attention, in part because the luxury of willful ignorance is a privilege accorded– for the most part– solely to the citizens of Empire. Those who live in places Empire bombs and invades and surveils don’t have the option of turning the channel.

The US Senate is releasing a much-delayed, heavily redacted report on key aspects of the (on-going) US torture regime. The Obama administration and its neoconservative allies did not want this report to be issued to the public. Already, torture enthusiasts such as Mike Rogers are claiming that the release of the report will cause incalculable damage to US prestige and even the death of its agents and operatives. Of course the same was said about wikileaks and Snowden’s revelations.

Read about it. Discuss it. This matters.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/08/cia-torture-report-release-date-nears

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This image by Banksy was painted over by the Clacton-on-Sea council because of a complaint that it was racist. Some people have speculated that this complaint was made in bad faith because the image can be read as explicitly anti-racist.

Banksy pigeons

 

Entartete Kunst (HUM425)

A documentary on the infamous Degenerate Art Exhibition in 1937, which gathered artworks considered by Nazi authorities to be indecent– many of them examples of Expressionism– and ridiculed them.

Invisible Empire (HUM425)

This isn’t required, but for those of you who are interested in the relationship between image production and geopolitical power, here’s an essay by a major figure in the field of visual culture studies, Nicholas Mirzoeff: mirzoeff.invisible.empire. Note the title of his article. If you know your US American history then you’ll recognize it as a major provocation.

The Image of Violence (HUM415/ HUM425)

As I’ve been thinking about doing for some time, today I watched the ISIS video of James Foley.

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Militarization

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Ukraine

Here’s an interesting assessment of the situation in Ukraine that goes well beyond the standard media narrative:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/ukrainian-crisis-the-battle-of-political-forces-and-the-loss-of-recognition-of-real-human-struggle/

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