Category Archives: War and conflict

USA: What is Juneteenth, America’s newest national holiday?

The Economist explains –

June 19th commemorates the end of slavery, but the country remains divided over racial injustice

Military exercise “Tradewinds” strengthening security in the Caribbean begins

  in Demerara Waves – Sunday, 13 June 2021,

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Timehri, Guyana on 8 June 2021 transporting Blackhawk helicopters, mission equipment and members of the 185th Aviation Battalion from the Florida National Guard for the upcoming Exercise Tradewinds 2021

The already started United States (US)-sponsored multinational annual Caribbean military exercise, Tradewinds, is  aimed at strengthening American security among its southern neighbours, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch said.      Continue reading

USA — Myths provide safe harbor for refugees from reality – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old warehouse worker, drove the 350 miles from his home in Salisbury, N.C., to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, 2016, and stormed into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle and a Colt revolver. His mission: to destroy a pedophile ring identified by the Internet. On the way, he made a cellphone recording, according to The Washington Post, for his two young daughters: “I can’t let you grow up in a world that is so corrupt by evil, without at least standing up for you and other children just like you.”

The story was false, Welch quickly discovered, and he surrendered to police. He later wrote to the judge that he realized “just how foolish and reckless my decision was.”          Continue reading

US Tracks Iranian Ships That May Be Heading For The Atlantic and Venezuela – Politico

  POLITICO: Compiled from Several Sources

At the Pentagon and other agencies, officials in the United States have been monitoring two ships from the Iran Navy for about two weeks.

Politico said it contacted the spokespersons for the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry; the Iranian Mission to the UN; and White House and Pentagon spokespersons. All of them, however, have declined to comment on the matter.

An Iranian frigate and the Makran, a former oil tanker that was converted to a floating forward staging base, have been heading south along the east coast of Africa, according to people who spoke on condition of anonymity.      Continue reading

HISTORY: The Haitian Revolution: Drama, Impact and legacy on the Caribbean and Americas – – By Nigel Westmaas 

Toussaint Louverture
Toussaint Louverture
“Haiti has repeatedly been punished for its original sin of racial insurgency”
  • Johnhenry Gonzalez, Maroon Nation: A History of Revolutionary Haiti

Haiti’s revolutionary history and the real sources of its perennial failure as a nation state in modern times has too often been denied, sanitized or ignored in general narratives about the country and society. More people are now challenging the pathology about Haiti, that is, the notion that Haiti is poor because it is poor, an impression completely unmoored from Haiti’s significant challenge to the global world system and the penalties that derived from that incipient bravery of declaring a free and independent black republic.

Toussaint Louverture              Continue reading

USA: The 1921 Tulsa race massacre at 100: an act of terrorism America tried to forget – 2 articles

It was among the worst acts of violence in US history, and no one was held accountable – how much has changed in the last 100 years?

Racial terror has long been the go-to response for aggrieved whites in America. The insurrectionists waving Confederate flags who attacked the Capitol on 6 January to overthrow the results of the 2020 national elections weren’t an anomaly. The intimidation, disempowerment and humiliation of the “other” to maintain entitled rights has been a recurring narrative since the arrival of European colonizers in America and the growth of the slave trade.    Continue reading

UK: Black Troops Were Welcome In Britain, But Jim Crow Wasn’t: – By Alan Rice | The Conversation

THE RACE RIOT OF ONE NIGHT IN JUNE 1943

Alan Rice | The Conversation

Bullet holes found in the wood surrounds of the NatWest Bank in Bamber Bridge, in Lancashire in the north of England, in the late 1980s led to the rediscovery of an event that saw some of the few shots fired in anger in England during World War II, which had been largely forgotten. These were NOT shots fired by invading troops, but by American GIs against their own military police.

Intrigued by his discovery, Clinton Smith, the black British maintenance worker who discovered the holes in the woodwork, asked locals how they could have got there. Smith was told that they were the remnants of the Battle of Bamber Bridge, when black American troops stationed in the town faced off against white US Army military police on the night of June 24-25, 1943.        Continue reading

Germany Agrees To Pay Namibia €1.1bn Over Historical Herero-Nama Genocide

Germany calls atrocities ‘genocide’ but omits the words ‘reparations’ or ‘compensation’ from a joint statement

NAMIBIA – click to enlarge

 Philip Oltermann In Berlin | The Guardian UK

Germany has agreed to pay Namibia €1.1bn (£940m) as it officially recognised the Herero-Nama genocide at the start of the 20th century, in what Angela Merkel’s government says amounts to a gesture of reconciliation but not legally binding reparations.

Tens of thousands of men, women and children were shot, tortured or driven into the Kalahari Desert to starve by German troops between 1904 and 1908 after the Herero and Nama tribes rebelled against colonial rule in what was then named German South West Africa and is now Namibia.            Continue reading

USA: Republican Opposition to A Jan. 6 Commission Could Be A Blessing in Disguise ? – Opinion

The House of Representatives on May 19 voted to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. (U.S. House of Representatives)

  Max Boot | The Washington Post

ANOTHER WEEK, another milestone in the GOP’s transformation into an authoritarian party — an American version of Poland’s Law and Justice, Hungary’s Fidesz, or Turkey’s Justice and Development.

LAST WEEK, it was the ouster of Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the No. 3 spot in Republican House leadership because she refused to go along with the “big lie” that the election was stolen from former president Donald Trump.    Continue reading

BOOK: Top author Richard Cohen stirs anger with ‘too white’ history – The Guardian. UK

Richard Cohen’s new book, which has reportedly been dropped by his US publisher despite extensive additions, is still set for British release next month

From left: abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass, educator and writer Booker T Washington and American writer and sociologist WE Du Bois.
From left: abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass, educator and writer Booker T Washington and American writer and sociologist WE Du BoisPhotograph: Getty
— Sun 16 May 2021 06.15 BST – The GUARDIAN UK.
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It has taken nearly a decade to research and write, and runs to more than 750 pages. But The History Makers, described as “an epic exploration of those who write about the past”, has itself been rewritten after its author failed to take into account enough black historians, academics and writers.

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