Category Archives: Empire

Sitting in Darkness

Our case is simple. On the 1st of May, Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet. This left the Archipelago in the hands of its proper and rightful owners, the Filipino nation. Their army numbered 30,000 men, and they were competent to whip out or starve out the little Spanish garrison; then the people could set up a government of their own devising. Our traditions required that Dewey should now set up his warning sign, and go away. But the Master of the Game happened to think of another plan — the European plan. He acted upon it. This was, to send out an army — ostensibly to help the native patriots put the finishing touch upon their long and plucky struggle for independence, but really to take their land away from them and keep it. That is, in the interest of Progress and Civilization.

More War

Democrats and Republicans alike are enthusiastically crowing for more undeclared war.

As of Thursday evening 60 cruise missiles were fired against Syria.

This time it looks as though the US will not only intensify its bombardment of Syria, but seek “regime change” as it has done in many, many countries since WWII (Chile, Guatemala, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Haiti, etc.).

The US has been bombing Syria since 2014. It is also currently bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. In 2016, the last year of Obama’s presidency, the US dropped 26,171 bombs on these 7 countries.

This is an opportune time to pay close attention to the euphemistic language used by those in positions of power to justify their decisions. A narrative is being constructed, the intent of which is to confound those it cannot persuade.

The Black Atlantic (220/303)

Here is some background to our discussion about Afrofuturism, taken from a lecture I gave a couple of years ago.

Maritime Culture, America, and the Black Atlantic

“The Oceanic Revolution”: the opening of the Western Hemisphere to exploration and colonization was a world historical event. The central figures of this revolution were sailors and the enslaved.

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A Parting Gift

From the New York Times:

The administration has decided to deem the Shabab, the Islamist militant group in Somalia, to be part of the armed conflict that Congress authorized against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to senior American officials. The move is intended to shore up the legal basis for an intensifying campaign of airstrikes and other counterterrorism operations, carried out largely in support of African Union and Somali government forces.

Notably, al-Shabab did not even exist in 2001.