Daily Archives: September 26, 2017

USA | Congress’ Gargantuan New Military Spending Bill Forks Over Unprecedented Sums to Israel and Ukraine

by Max Blumenthal

Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism

by Vijay Prashad

In 1950, Aimé Césaire, one of the clearest voices of the 20th century, looked back at the long history of colonialism that was coming to an end. He wanted to judge colonialism from the ashes of Nazism, an ideology that surprised the innocent in Europe but which had been fostered slowly in Europe’s colonial experience. After all, the instruments of Nazism – racial superiority as well as brutal, genocidal violence – had been cultivated in the colonial worlds of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Césaire, the effervescent poet and communist, had no problem with the encounter between cultures. The entanglements of Europe’s culture with that of Africa and Asia had forged the best of human history across the Mediterranean Sea. But colonialism was not cultural contact. It was brutality.

 “Between colonialization and civilization there is an infinite distance; that out of all the colonial expeditions that have been undertaken, out of all the colonial statutes that have been drawn up, out of all the memoranda that have been dispatched by all the ministries, there could not come a single human value.”

Initial results show 93% of voters support Kurdistan Independence

Initial results have shown that 93 of Iraqi Kurds support Kurdistan independence from Iraq, the electoral commission supervising the independence referendum said Tuesday.