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Lyman Expand the House Stone, AKA 石來民 on Twitter: "Just to re-up this: If you take all the official statistics, Xinjiang has gone from having 33% higher birth rates than China generally, to 2% lower. Kashgar and Hotan have gone from having 80% highe
If you take all the official statistics, Xinjiang has gone from having 33% higher birth rates than China generally, to 2% lower. Kashgar and Hotan have gone from having 80% higher birth rates to having 25% lower.
xinjiang  china  genocide 
55 minutes ago by yorksranter
Warren introduces bill to strip Medals of Honor for Wounded Knee massacre | US news | The Guardian
Medals were awarded for ‘gallantry’ and ‘bravery’ after US soldiers killed hundreds of mostly unarmed Native Americans in 1890
murder  wounded.knee  native.americans  genocide  usa  government  military.history  history 
yesterday by po
USC Shoah Foundation
View "more than 55,000 video testimonies ... conducted in 65 countries and 43 languages. The vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee’s firsthand experience with genocide. The Visual History Archive is digitized [and] fully searchable" (from their About Us page).
holocaust  genocide  humanrights  history  international  worldpolitics 
2 days ago by dilibrary
Let Bosnia’s Scars Be a Reminder
“The most dan­ger­ous con­cert you didn’t at­tend hap­pened 25 years ago this Sat­ur­day. The venue was a small com­mu­nity cen­ter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, a city un­der siege from 1992-96 dur­ing the Yu­goslav Wars. Serbs con­trolled the hills that sur­round most of the city. United Na­tions peace­keep­ing troops con­trolled the air­port and did, well, not much. “
“Some­one from the U.N. thought a con­cert would lift spir­its in Sara­jevo and asked the Rolling Stones to perform. When they passed, a heavy-metal fan in the U.N., Maj. Mar­tin Mor­ris, booked Motör­head, who abruptly can­celed. Mr. Mor­ris then con­tacted Bruce Dick­in­son, lead singer for Iron Maiden, (of the clas­sic “Run to the Hills”) who was then tour­ing as a solo act, along with a few backup play­ers. Mr. Dick­inson im­me­di­ately an­swered, “Yeah, why not.” This is all cov­ered in an ex­cel­lent doc­u­men­tary, “Scream for Me Sara­jevo.” It’s worth watch­ing even if your mu­sical tastes run to­ward show tunes. (By the way, U2 also played in Sara­jevo, but in 1997, af­ter the siege had ended.)”
WSJ  Bosnia  Genocide  2019  AndyKessler  ScreamForMeSarajevo  Documentary  MovieToSee 
2 days ago by richardwinter
I celebrated Native American Heritage Month by ruining a comedy podcast
I had two options in responding to this ill-conceived invitation. I could say no, and kick the can down the road for the next unsuspecting Native guest, passing on a legacy of microaggressions for future Native comedians to deal with from here to eternity. Or I could go on the show and risk my career.

The easy and all too common thing to do when confronted with this type of racial misstep would be to screencap the invitation, post it on Twitter, and bathe myself in internet mob justice like hot shower water on a cold morning. The hard thing to do would be to calmly educate Nick, Heather, Matt, and their listeners about why what they did was wrong. The first option is tempting, but dunking on people won’t change their minds. The second option, to have a serious dialogue, is harder than beating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania with my hands tied behind my back. Would Nick and Heather even engage in this difficult conversation or would they brush if off like the millions of internet commenters who treat even the smallest amount of criticism like Dracula treats garlic? I had one shot at this, and if I wanted the conversation to be anything less than a total disaster, I had to thread a needle the size of an anthill with a piece of thread thicker than the Golden Gate Bridge.
by:JoeyClift  from:AVClub  IndigenousCulture  genocide  race  rape 
5 days ago by owenblacker
Pinterest and The Knot Pledge to Stop Promoting Plantation Weddings - The New York Times
Quoting the cover of Ta-Nahesi Coasts' article: 250 years of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow, 60 years of separate but equal, 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining.

No, we're not self-righteous. We just have a long history of being traded, sold, bought, raped, illiteracy, mutilations, forced sex between mothers and sons, cross burnings, inferior education, etc.

Don't tell me that it is not different. You are not affected by this history the way we are. Therefore, I will politely ask you to refrain from telling us to "...take ownership in the present." People of African descent inhabit the past and present simultaneously...we don't have the luxury to bifurcate the two.
nytimes  history  america  slavery  humanrights  genocide  racism 
5 days ago by cmananian
Pinterest and The Knot Pledge to Stop Promoting Plantation Weddings - The New York Times
“You have a multi-multimillion-dollar industry that makes money off of glorifying sites of human rights atrocities,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “For us, that’s outrageous.”
nytimes  history  america  slavery  humanrights  genocide  racism 
5 days ago by cmananian
How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants — ProPublica
Newly uncovered documents show the consulting giant helped ICE find “detention savings opportunities” — including some that the agency’s staff viewed as too harsh on immigrants.
fascism  ice  trump  cbp  gop  obama  mckinsey  prison  deportation  genocide  ethniccleansing 
6 days ago by ceargaest
Opinion | Inconvenient Murders - The New York Times
Two years ago, a 27-year-old man named Kobili Traoré walked into the Paris apartment of a 65-year-old kindergarten teacher named Sarah Halimi. Mr. Traoré beat Ms. Halimi and stabbed her. According to witnesses, he called her a demon and a dirty Jew. He shouted, “Allahu akbar,” then threw Ms. Halimi’s battered body out of her third-story apartment window.

This is what Mr. Traoré told prosecutors: “I felt persecuted. When I saw the Torah and a chandelier in her home I felt oppressed. I saw her face transforming.”

...This is what happens when a culture decides that Jewish lives are stumbling stones.
nytimes  france  judaism  racism  wtf  genocide  psychology  propaganda  writing 
6 days ago by cmananian
Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism”
"The only possible opening for a statement of this kind is that I detest writing. The process itself epitomizes the European concept of "legitimate" thinking; what is written has an importance that is denied the spoken. My culture, the Lakota culture, has an oral tradition, so I ordinarily reject writing. It is one of the white world's ways of destroying the cultures of non-European peoples, the imposing of an abstraction over the spoken relationship of a people.

So what you read here is not what I've written. It's what I've said and someone else has written down. I will allow this because it seems that the only way to communicate with the white world is through the dead, dry leaves of a book. I don't really care whether my words reach whites or not. They have already demonstrated through their history that they cannot hear, cannot see; they can only read (of course, there are exceptions, but the exceptions only prove the rule). I'm more concerned with American Indian people, students and others, who have begun to be absorbed into the white world through universities and other institutions. But even then it's a marginal sort of concern. It's very possible to grow into a red face with a white mind; and if that's a person's individual choice, so be it, but I have no use for them. This is part of the process of cultural genocide being waged by Europeans against American Indian peoples' today. My concern is with those American Indians who choose to resist this genocide, but who may be confused as to how to proceed.

(You notice I use the term American Indian rather than Native American or Native indigenous people or Amerindian when referring to my people. There has been some controversy about such terms, and frankly, at this point, I find it absurd. Primarily it seems that American Indian is being rejected as European in origin--which is true. But all the above terms are European in origin; the only non-European way is to speak of Lakota--or, more precisely, of Oglala, Brule, etc.--and of the Dineh, the Miccousukee, and all the rest of the several hundred correct tribal names.

(There is also some confusion about the word Indian, a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met "Indio," from the Italian in dio, meaning "in God.")

It takes a strong effort on the part of each American Indian not to become Europeanized. The strength for this effort can only come from the traditional ways, the traditional values that our elders retain. It must come from the hoop, the four directions, the relations: it cannot come from the pages of a book or a thousand books. No European can ever teach a Lakota to be Lakota, a Hopi to be Hopi. A master's degree in "Indian Studies" or in "education" or in anything else cannot make a person into a human being or provide knowledge into traditional ways. It can only make you into a mental European, an outsider.

I should be clear about something here, because there seems to be some confusion about it. When I speak of Europeans or mental Europeans, I'm not allowing for false distinctions. I'm not saying that on the one hand there are the by-products of a few thousand years of genocidal, reactionary, European intellectual development which is bad; and on the other hand there is some new revolutionary intellectual development which is good. I'm referring here to the so-called theories of Marxism and anarchism and "leftism" in general. I don't believe these theories can be separated from the rest of the of the European intellectual tradition. It's really just the same old song.

The process began much earlier. Newton, for example, "revolutionized" physics and the so-called natural sciences by reducing the physical universe to a linear mathematical equation. Descartes did the same thing with culture. John Locke did it with politics, and Adam Smith did it with economics. Each one of these "thinkers" took a piece of the spirituality of human existence and converted it into code, an abstraction. They picked up where Christianity ended: they "secularized" Christian religion, as the "scholars" like to say--and in doing so they made Europe more able and ready to act as an expansionist culture. Each of these intellectual revolutions served to abstract the European mentality even further, to remove the wonderful complexity and spirituality from the universe and replace it with a logical sequence: one, two, three. Answer!

This is what has come to be termed "efficiency" in the European mind. Whatever is mechanical is perfect; whatever seems to work at the moment--that is, proves the mechanical model to be the right one--is considered correct, even when it is clearly untrue. This is why "truth" changes so fast in the European mind; the answers which result from such a process are only stopgaps, only temporary, and must be continuously discarded in favor of new stopgaps which support the mechanical models and keep them (the models) alive.

Hegel and Marx were heirs to the thinking of Newton, Descartes, Locke and Smith. Hegel finished the process of secularizing theology--and that is put in his own terms--he secularized the religious thinking through which Europe understood the universe. Then Marx put Hegel's philosophy in terms of "materialism," which is to say that Marx despiritualized Hegel's work altogether. Again, this is in Marx' own terms. And this is now seen as the future revolutionary potential of Europe. Europeans may see this as revolutionary, but American Indians see it simply as still more of that same old European conflict between being and gaining. The intellectual roots of a new Marxist form of European imperialism lie in Marx'--and his followers'--links to the tradition of Newton, Hegel and the others.

Being is a spiritual proposition. Gaining is a material act. Traditionally, American Indians have always attempted to be the best people they could. Part of that spiritual process was and is to give away wealth, to discard wealth in order not to gain. Material gain is an indicator of false status among traditional people, while it is "proof that the system works" to Europeans. Clearly, there are two completely opposing views at issue here, and Marxism is very far over to the other side from the American Indian view. But let's look at a major implication of this; it is not merely an intellectual debate.

The European materialist tradition of despiritualizing the universe is very similar to the mental process which goes into dehumanizing another person. And who seems most expert at dehumanizing other people? And why? Soldiers who have seen a lot of combat learn to do this to the enemy before going back into combat. Murderers do it before going out to commit murder. Nazi SS guards did it to concentration camp inmates. Cops do it. Corporation leaders do it to the workers they send into uranium mines and steel mills. Politicians do it to everyone in sight. And what the process has in common for each group doing the dehumanizing is that it makes it all right to kill and otherwise destroy other people. One of the Christian commandments says, "Thou shalt not kill," at least not humans, so the trick is to mentally convert the victims into nonhumans. Then you can proclaim violation of your own commandment as a virtue.

In terms of the despiritualization of the universe, the mental process works so that it becomes virtuous to destroy the planet. Terms like progress and development are used as cover words here, the way victory and freedom are used to justify butchery in the dehumanization process. For example, a real-estate speculator may refer to "developing" a parcel of ground by opening a gravel quarry; development here means total, permanent destruction, with the earth itself removed. But European logic has gained a few tons of gravel with which more land can be "developed" through the construction of road beds. Ultimately, the whole universe is open--in the European view--to this sort of insanity.

Most important here, perhaps, is the fact that Europeans feel no sense of loss in all this. After all, their philosophers have despiritualized reality, so there is no satisfaction (for them) to be gained in simply observing the wonder of a mountain or a lake or a people in being. No, satisfaction is measured in terms of gaining material. So the mountain becomes gravel, and the lake becomes coolant for a factory, and the people are rounded up for processing through the indoctrination mills Europeans like to call schools.

But each new piece of that "progress" ups the ante out in the real world. Take fuel for the industrial machine as an example. Little more than two centuries ago, nearly everyone used wood--a replenishable, natural item--as fuel for the very human needs of cooking and staying warm. Along came the Industrial Revolution and coal became the dominant fuel, as production became the social imperative for Europe. Pollution began to become a problem in the cities, and the earth was ripped open to provide coal whereas wood had always simply been gathered or harvested at no great expense to the environment. Later, oil became the major fuel, as the technology of production was perfected through a series of scientific "revolutions." Pollution increased dramatically, and nobody yet knows what the environmental costs of pumping all that oil out of the ground will really be in the long run. Now there's an "energy crisis," and uranium is becoming the dominant fuel.

Capitalists, at least, can be relied upon to develop uranium as fuel only at the rate which they can show a good profit. That's their ethic, and maybe they will buy some time. Marxists, on the other hand, can be relied upon to develop uranium fuel as rapidly as possible simply because it's the most "efficient" production fuel available. That's their ethic, and I fail to see where it's … [more]
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16 days ago by robertogreco
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning | Jewish Book Council
Snyder’s obser­va­tions are based on the premise that state­less­ness is the pro­logue and nec­es­sary con­di­tion for geno­cide. Not only are state­less peo­ple the most vul­ner­a­ble, but the ter­ri­to­ries they inhab­it fall sub­ject to struc­tures in which estab­lished legal and polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions no longer exist to pro­tect its cit­i­zens — espe­cial­ly its minori­ties — and cit­i­zen­ship is no longer a sta­ble reality.
genocide  books  politics  humanrights  timothysnyder 
16 days ago by cmananian

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