Bulletin N° 972
“Judgment At Nuremberg”
A 1961 American courtroom drama film directed and produced by Stanley Kramer, written by Abby Mann and starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark.
Set in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1948, the film depicts a fictionalized version of the Judges' Trial of 1947, one of the 12 U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunals conducted before the U.S. military.
In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood (Spencer Tracy) hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), but also from the widow of a Nazi general (Marlene Dietrich), an idealistic U.S. Army captain (William Shatner) and reluctant witness Irene Wallner (Judy Garland).
It has been three years since the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried. This trial is about four Judges who used their offices to conduct Nazi sterilization and cleansing policies. Retired American Judge, Dan Haywood, has a daunting task ahead of him. The Cold War is heating up and no one wants any more trials as Germany, and allied Governments, want to forget the past. But is that the right thing to do is the question that the tribunal must decide.
Subject: The eschatology of corporate capitalists and their political lackeys: ‘Take my liberty and give me death.’
May 1, 2021
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
We see the life of the capitalist political economy with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It is the composite creation of thousands of millions of people, working over a period of hundreds of centuries, and was created partly by praxis, partly by accident.
Nevertheless, when examining the history of this seemingly capricious social disorder, patterns can sometimes be discerned and probabilities calculated. The current crop of 21st-century capitalists, such as Bill Gates, has about as much freedom of choice as the tram conductor, who is by necessity confined to his seat: starting or stopping; moving forwards or backwards; speeding up or slowing down on the two-dimensional track system to which his movements are restricted.
The end of the capitalist political economy will involve new technologies, new modes of mobility and new constraints, unforeseen by even Bill Gates and the innovative engineers of the actual system that plagues us today.
We ordinary people will find our "salvation" in one another. Our mutual interrelatedness will enable us to recognize the importance of our environment – both natural and artificial - as we learn to appropriate changes that confront us and help affect the “paradigm shift” that is necessary for the achievements of a liberating science.
As we began to demonstrate in Bulletin N°968, D. H. Lawrence shared this vision of the power of popular culture in his post-first-world-war novel, The Plumed Serpent (1926), where he depicted the Mexican cultural revolution, which followed in the wake of the political revolution of 1910. The indigenous construction of an ideology aimed to supersede Christianity and replace the mechanistic belief in western individualism and white supremacy with a faith in organic community: “Jesus was a gringo,” they chanted; “He died and returned to his father, and he’s not coming back.” Instead, they believed Quetzalcoatl has returned to Mexico, and people must no longer be alienated from their history.
With hymns and colorful embroidered symbols worn on their white cotton clothing, with music and religious rituals at mass meetings; the ideology spread and gave new dignity and spiritual hope to the indigenous population who still lived in poverty, under the yoke of imperial ruling-class exploitation.
Don Ramón - assisted by his friend Don Cipriano, a popular Mexican General of Indian descent - was the charismatic architect of this cultural revolution, in Lawrence’s novel; Ramón promoted himself as the representative of Quetzalcoatl, while Cipriano came to represent the Aztec deity, Huitzilopochtli. Ramón’s wife, Doña Carlota, was a devout Christian, who disapproved of her husband’s blasphemy, and had moved from their home on the lake in Sayula to the city of Guadalajara, where she devoted herself to charity work. Their two children were enrolled at a university in California and came home to Mexico on holidays. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Kate Leslie, a skeptical British tourist who became embroiled in the production of this new culture of liberation, until it became inseparable with her own emancipation.
‘The boys will be home in three weeks.’
‘Don’t you want to see them?’
‘If they want to see me.’
‘I’m sure they do.’
‘Then bring them here.’
‘Do you think it is pleasant for me?’ she said, clasping her hands.
‘You do not make it pleasant for me, Carlota.’
‘How can I? You know I think you are wrong. When I listened to you last night – there is something so beautiful in it all – and yet so monstrous. So monstrous! - Oh! I think to myself: What is this man doing? This man of all men, who might be such a blessing to his country and mankind –‘
‘Well,’ said Ramón. ‘And what is he instead?’
‘You know! You know! I can’t bear it. – It isn’t for you to save Mexico, Ramón. Christ has already saved it.’
‘It seems to me not so.’
‘He has! He has! And He made you the wonderful being that you are, so that you should work out the salvation, in the name of Christ and of love. Instead of which -’
‘Instead of which, Carlota, I try something “’else . – But believe me, if the real Christ has not been able to save Mexico – and He hasn’t – then I am sure the white Anti-Christ of charity, and socialism, and politics, and reform, will only succeed in finally destroying her. That, and that alone, makes me take my stand. – You, Carlota, with your charity works and your pity: and men like Benito Juarez, with their Reform and their Liberty: and the rest of the benevolent people, politicians and socialists and so forth, surcharged with pity for the living men, in their mouths, but really with hate – the hate of the materialist have-nots for the materialist haves: they are the Anti-Christ. The old world, that’s just the world. But the new world, that wants to save the People, this is the Anti-Christ. This Christ with real poison in the communion cup. – And for this reason I step out of my ordinary privacy and individuality. I don’t want everybody poisoned. About the great mass I don’t care. But I don’t want everybody poisoned.’
‘How can you be so sure that you yourself are not a poisoner of the people? – I think you are.’
‘Think it then. I think of you, Carlota, merely that you have not been able to come to your complete, final womanhood: which is a different thing from the old womanhoods’
‘Womanhood is always the same.’
‘Ah, no, it isn’t! Neither is manhood.’
‘But what do you think you can do? What do you think this Quetzalcoatl nonsense amount to?’
‘Quetzalcoatl is just a living word, for these people, no more. All I want them to do is to find the beginning of the way to their own manhood, their own womanhood. Men are not yet men in full, and women are not yet women. They are all half and half, incoherent, part horrible, part pathetic, part good creatures. Half arrived. – I mean you as well, Carlota. I meant all the world. – But these people don’t assert any righteousness of their own, these Mexican people of ours. That makes me think that grace is still with them. And so, having got hold of some kind of clue to my own whole manhood, it is part of me now to try with them.’
‘You will fail.’
‘I shan’t. Whatever happens to me, there will be a new vibration, a new call in the air, and a new answer inside some men.’
‘They will betray you. – Do you know what even your friend Toussaint said of you? – Ramón Carrasco’s future is just the past of mankind.’
‘A great deal of it is the past. Naturally Toussaint sees that part.’
‘But the boys don’t believe in you. Instinctively, they disbelieve. Cyprian said to me, when I went to see him: “Is father doing any more of that silly talk about old gods coming back, mother? I wish he wouldn’t. It would be pretty nasty for us if he got himself into the newspapers with it.”’
‘Little boy,’ he said, ‘are like little gramophones. They only talk according to the record that’s put into them.’
‘You don’t believe out to the mouths of babes and sucklings,’ said Carlota bitterly.
‘Why, Carlota, the babes and sucklings don’t get much chance. Their mothers and their teachers turn them into little gramophones from the first, so what can they do, but say and feel according to the record the mother and teacher puts into them? Perhaps in the time of Christ babes and sucklings were not so perfectly exploited by their elders.’
Suddenly, however, the smile went off his face. He rose up, and pointed to the door.
‘Go away,’ he said in a low tone. ‘Go away! I have smelt the smell of your spirit long enough.’
She sat on the bed, spell-bound, gazing at him with frightened, yet obstinate, insolent eyes, wincing from his out-stretched arm as if he had threatened to strike he.
Then again the fire went out of his eyes, and his arm sank. The still, far-away look came on his face.
‘What have I to do with it.’ he murmured softly.
And taking up his blouse and his hat, he went silently out on the terrace, departing from her in body and in soul. She heard the soft swish of his sandals. She heard the faint resonance of the iron door to the terrace, to which he alone had access. And she sat like a heap of ash on his bed, ashes to ashes, burnt out, with only the coals of her will still smoldering.(pp.221-224)
Later Don Ramón travels to Guadalajara where he arranged a visit with the local Bishop whom he suspects has spoken with his wife, Doña Carlota. His trusted friend, Don Cipriano, the popular Indian General Viedma - who came to represent the Aztec deity Huitzilopochtli - accompanied him on this visit.
They all sat down, in the dusty, dreary room, in the old leather chairs. The Bishop nervously looked at his thin old hands, at the fine, but rather dull amethyst ring he wore.
‘Good! Señores!’ he said, glancing up with his little black eyes. ‘At your service! Entirely at the service of your Honours.’
‘Doña Carlota is in the city, Father. You have seen her?’ said Ramón.
‘Yes, son of mine,’ said the Bishop.
‘Then you know the latest news about me. She told you everything.’
‘Somewhat! Somewhat! She spoke somewhat of you, the poor little thing. Thanks to God she has her sons with her. They are safely back in their native country, in good health.’
‘Did you see them?’
‘Yes! yes! Two of my dearest children! Very sympathetic, very intelligent, like their father; and, like him, promising to be of very handsome presence. Yes! yes! Smoke if you will, my General. Don’t hesitate.’
Cipriano lit a cigarette. From old associations, he was nervous, albeit amused.
‘You know all about what I want to do, father? Said Ramón.
‘I don’t know all, son of mine, but I know enough. I wouldn’t want to hear more. Eh!’ he sighed. ‘It is very sad.’
‘Not so very sad, Father, if we don’t make it sad. Why make a sad thing out of it, father? We are in Mexico for the most part Indians. They cannot understand the high Christianity, Father, and the Church knows it. Christianity is a religion of the spirit, and must needs be understood if it is to have any effect. The Indians cannot understand it, any more than the rabbits of the hills.’
‘Very good! Very good! Son of mine! But we can convey it to them. The rabbits of the hills are in the hands of God.’
‘No, Father, it is impossible. And without a religion that will connect them with the universe, they will all perish. Only religion will serve; not socialism, nor education, nor anything.’
‘Thou speakest well,’ said the bishop.
‘The rabbits of the hills may be in the hands of God, Farther. But they are at the mercy of men. The same with Mexico. The people sink heavier and heavier into inertia, and the Church cannot help them, because the Church does not possess the key-word to the Mexican soul.’
‘Doesn’t the Mexican soul know the Voice of God?’ said the Bishop.
‘Your own children may know your voice, Father. But if you go out to speak to the birds on the lake, or the deer among the mountains, will they know your voice? Will they wait and listen?’
‘Who knows? It is said they waited to listen to the Holy Francisco of Assisi.’
‘Now, father, we must speak to the Mexicans in their own language, and give them the clue-word to their own souls. I shall say Quetzalcoatl. If I am wrong, let me perish. But I am not wrong.’
The Bishop fidgeted rather restlessly. He didn’t want to hear all this. And he did not want to answer. He was impotent anyhow.
‘Your Church is the Catholic Church, Father?’
‘Surely:’ said the Bishop.
‘And Catholic Church means the church of all, the Universal Church?’
‘Surely, son of mine.’
‘Then why not let it be really catholic? Why call it catholic, when it is not only just one among many Churches, but is even hostile to all the rest of the churches? Father, why not let the Catholic Church become really the Universal Church?’
‘It is the Universal Church of Christ, my son.’
‘Why not let it be the Universal Church of Mohammed as well; since ultimately, God is One God, but the people speak varying languages, and each needs its own prophet to speak with its own tongue. The universal Church of Christ, and Mohammed, and Buddha, and Quetzalcoatl, and all the others – that would be a Catholic Church, Father.’
‘You speak of things beyond me,’ said the Bishop, turning his ring.
‘Not beyond any man,’ said Don Ramón. ‘A Catholic Church is a church of all the religions, a hope of earth for all the prophets and the Christs, a big tree under which every man who acknowledges the grater life of the soul can sit and be refreshed. Isn’t that the Catholic Church, Father?’
‘Alas, my son, I know the Apostolic Church of Christ in Rome, of which I am a humble servant. I do not understand these clever things you are saying to me.’
‘I am asking you for peace, Father. I am not one who hates the Church of Christ, the Roman Catholic Church. But in Mexico I think it has no place. When my heart is not bitter, I am grateful forever to Christ, the Son of God. The affair of the Judases grieves me more than it does you, and the affairs of bloodshed are far bitterer to me.’
‘I am no innovator, my son, to provoke bloodshed.’
‘Listen, I am going to remove the holy images from the church in Sayula, with reverence, and with reverence burn them upon the lake. Then I shall put the image of Quetzalcoatl in the church at Sayula.’
The Bishop looked up furtively. For some moments he said nothing. But his silence was furtive, cornered.
‘Would you dare do that, Don Ramón? He said.
‘Yes! And I shall not be prevented. General Viedma is with me.’
The Bishop glanced sideways at Cipriano.
‘Certainly,’ said Cipriano.
‘Nevertheless it is illegal,’ said the Bishop, with acid bitterness.
‘What is illegal in Mexico?’ said Ramón. ‘What is weak is illegal. I will not be weak, My Lord.’
‘Lucky you!’ said the Bishop, lifting his shoulders.
There was a break of silence.
‘No!’ said Ramón. ‘I come to ask you for peace. Tell the Archbishop what I say. Let him tell the Cardinals and the Pope that the time has come for a Catholic Church of the Earth, the Catholic Church of all the Sons of Men. The Saviors are more than one, and let us pray they will still be increased. But God is one God, and the Saviours are the Sons of the One God. Let the Tree of the Church spread its branches over all the earth, and shelter the prophets in its shade, as they sit and speak their knowledge of the beyond.’
‘Are you one of these prophets, Don Ramón?’
‘I surely am, Father. And I would speak about Quetzalcoatl in Mexico, and build his Church here.’
‘Nay! You would invade the Churches of Christ and the Blessed Virgin, I heard you say.’
‘You know my intensions. But I do not want to quarrel with the Church of Rome, nor have bloodshed and enmity, Father. Can you not understand me? Should there not be peace between the men who strive down their different ways to the God-Mystery?’
‘Once more desecrate the altars! Bring in strange idols. Burn the images of our Lord and Our Lady, and ask for peace?’ said the poor Bishop, who helplessly longed to be left alone.
‘All that, Father,’ said Ramón.
‘Son, what can I answer? You are a good mn smitten with the madness of pride. Don Cipriano is one more Mexican general. I am the poor old Bishop of this diocese, faithful servant of the Holy Church, humble child of the Holy Father in Rome. What can I do? What can I answer? Take me out to the cemetery and shoot me at once, General!’
‘I don’t want to,’ said Cipriano.
‘But why?’ cried Don Ramón. ‘Is there no sense in what I say? Cannot you understand?’
‘My son, my understanding goes no farther than my faith, my duty, will allow. I am not a clever man. I live by faith and my duty to my sacred office. Understand that I do not understand.’
‘Good-day, Father!’ said Ramón, suddenly rising;
‘Go with God, my son,’ said the Bishop, rising and lifting his fingers.
‘Adios, Señor General,’ said the Bishop, darting after them his eyes of old malice, which they could feel in their backs.
‘He will say nothing,’ said Cipriano, as he and Ramón went down the steps. ‘The old Jesuit, he only wants to keep his job and his power, and prevent the heart’s beating. I know them. All they treasure, even more than their money, is their centipede power over the frightened people; especially over the women.
‘I didn’t know you hated them,’ laughed Ramón.
‘Waste no more breath on them, my dear one,’ said Cipriano. ‘Go forward, you can walk over broken snakes such as those.’(pp.275-279)
Ramón’s campaign to indoctrinate Mexican peasants was successful. The mythology he evoked had a liberating effect on the chronically oppressed Indians; and the lyrics of hymns and the poetry and essays he wrote delivered a message that soon became a source of spiritual renewal for thousands. The Cult of the Plumed Serpent was the start of a social movement. H. D. Lawrence identified with Ramón, and he used this character to deliver his own hope for revolutionary change in Mexican society.
All the time, Ramón tried as far as possible to avoid arousing resistance and hate. He wrote open letters to the clergy, saying:
‘Who am I, that I should be enemy of the One Church? I am catholic of catholics. I would have One Church of all the world, with Rome for the Central City, if Rome wish.
‘But different peoples must have different Saviours, as they have different speech and different colour. The final mystery is one mystery. But the manifestations are many.
‘God must come to Mexico in a blanket and in huaraches, else He is no God of the Mexicans, they cannot know Him. Naked, all men are but men. But the touch, the look, the word that goes from one naked man to another is the mystery of living. We live by manifestations.
‘And men are fragile, and fragments, and strangely grouped in their fragmentariness. The invisible God had done it to us, darkened some faces and whitened others, and grouped us in groups, even as the zopilote is a bird, and the parrot of the hot lands is a bird, and the little oriole is a bird. But the angel of the zopilotes must be a zopilote, and the angel of the parrots a parrot. And to one, the dead cqarcqse will ever smell good; to the other, the fruit.
‘Priests who will come to me do not forsake either faith or God. They change their manner of speech and vestments, as the peon calls with one cry to the oxen, and with another cry to the mules. Each responds to its own call in its own way.
To the socialists and agitators he wrote:
‘What do you want? Would you make all men as you are? And when every peon in Mexico wears an American suit of clothes and shiny black shoes, and looks for life in the newspaper and for his manhood to the government, will you be satisfied? Did the government, then give you your manhood, that you expect it to give it to these others?
‘It is time to forget. It is time to put away the grudge and the pity. No man was ever the better for being pitied and every man is the worse for a grudge.
‘We can do nothing with life, except live it.
‘Let us seek life where it is to be found. And, having found it, life will solve the problems. But every time we deny the living life, in order to solve a problem, we cause ten problems to spring up where was one before. Solving the problems of the people, we lose the people in a poisonous forest of problems.
‘Life makes, and moulds, and changes the problem. The problem will always be there, and will always be different. So nothing can be solved, even by life and living, for life dissolves and resolves, solving it leaves alone.
‘Therefore we turn to life; and from the clock to the sun and from metal to membrane.
‘This way we hope the problem will dissolve, since it can never be solved. When men seek life first, they will not seek land or gold. The land will lie on the lap of the gods, where men lie. And if the old communal system comes back, and the village and the land are one, it will be very good. For truly, no man can possess lands.
‘But when we are deep in a bog, it is no use attempting to gallop. We can only wade out with toil. And in our haste to have child, it is no good tearing the babe from the womb.
‘Seek life, and life will bring the change.
‘Seek life itself, even pause at dawn and at sunset, and life will come back into us and prompt us through the transitions.
‘Lay forcible hands on nothing, only be ready to resist, if forcible hands should be laid on you. For the new shoots of life are tender, and better ten deaths than that they should be torn or trampled down by the bullies of the world. When it comes to fighting for the tender shoots of life, fight as the jaguar fights for her young, as the she-bear for her cubs.
‘That which is life is vulnerable, only metal is invulnerable. Fight for the vulnerable unfolding of life. But for that, fight never to yield.’
Cipriano, too, was always speaking to his soldiers, always with the same cry:
‘We are men! We are fighters!
‘But what can we do?
‘Shall we march to simple death?
‘No! No! We must march to life.
‘The gringos are here. We have let them come. We must let them stay, for we cannot drive them out. With guns and swords and bayonets we can never drive them out, for they have a thousand where we have one. And if they come in peace, let them stay in peace.
‘But we have not lost Mexico yet. We have not lost each other.
‘We are the blood of America. We are the blood of Montezuma.
‘What is my hand for? Is it to turn the handle of a machine alone?
‘My hand is to salute the God of Mexicans, beyond the sky.
‘My hand is to touch the hand of a brave man.
‘My hand is to hold a gun.
‘My hand is to make the corn grow out of the ground.
‘What are my knees for?
‘My knees are to hold me proud and erect.
‘My knees are for marching on my way.
‘My knees are the knees of a man.
‘Our god is Quetzalcoatl of the blue sky, and Huitzilopochtli red at the gates, watching.
‘Our gods hate a kneeling man. They shout Ho! Erect!
‘Then what can we do?
‘I am a man, naked inside my clothes as you are.
‘Am I a big man? Am I a tall and powerful man, from Tlascala, for example.
‘I am not. I am little. I am from the south. I am small –
‘Yet am I not your general?
‘Why am I a general, and you only soldiers?
‘I will tell you.
‘I found the other strength.
‘There are two strengths; the strength which is the strength of oxen and mules and iron, of machines and guns, and of men who cannot get the second strength.
‘Then there is the second strength. It is the strength you want. And you can get it, whether you are small or big. It is the strength that comes from behind the sun. And you can get it; you can get it here!’ – he struck his breast – ‘and here!’ – he struck his belly – ‘and here!’ – he struck his loins. ‘The strength that comes from back of the sun.’
When Cipriano was roused, his eyes flashed, and it was as if dark feathers, like pinions, were starting out of him, out of his shoulders and back, as if these dark pinions clashed and flashed like a roused eagle. His men seemed to see him, as by second sight, with the demonism clashing and dashing of wings, like an old god. And they murmured, their eyes flashing:
‘It is Cipriano! It is he! We are Ciprianistos, we are his children.’
‘We are men! We are men!’ cried Cipriano.
‘But listen. There are two kinds of men. There are men with the second strength, and men without it.
‘When the first gringos came, we lost our second strength. And the padres taught us: Submit! Submit!
‘The gringos had got the second strength!
‘Like cunning ones, they stole it on the sly. They kept very still, like a tarantula in his hole. Then when neither sun nor moon nor stars knew he was there, Biff! – the tarantula sprang across, and bit, and left the poison and sucked the secret.
‘So they go the secrets of the air and the water, and they got the secrets out of the earth. So the metals were theirs, and they made guns and machines and ships, and they made trains and telegrams and radio.
‘Why? Why did they make all these things? How could they do it?
‘Because, by cunning, they had got the secret of the second strength, which comes from behind the sun.
‘And we had to be slaves, because we had only got the first strength, we had lost the second strength.
‘Now we are getting it back. We have found our way again to the secret sun behind the sun. There sat Quetzalcoatl, and at last Don Ramón found him. There sits the red Huitzilopochtli, and I have found him. For I have the second strength.
‘When he comes, all you who strive shall find the second strength.
‘And when you have it, where will you feel it?
‘Not here!’ – and he struck his forehead. ‘Not where the cunning gringos have it, in the head, and in their books. Not we. We are men, we are not spiders.
‘We shall have it here!’ – he struck his breast – ‘and here!’ – he stuck his belly – ‘and here!’ – he struck his loins.
‘Are we men? Can we not get the second strength? Can we not? Have we lost it forever?
‘I say no! Quetzalcoatl is among us. I have found the red Huitsilopochtli. The second strength!
‘When you walk or sit, when you work or lie down, when you eat or sleep, think of the second strength, that you must have it.
‘Be very quiet, It is shy as a bird in the dark tree.
‘Be very brave, and do not drink till you are drunk, not soil yourself with bad women, nor steal. Because a drunken man has lost his second strength, and a man loses his strength in bad women, and a thief is a coward, and the red Huitzilopochtli hates a coward.
‘Try! Try for the second strength. When we have it, the others will lose it.’
Cipriano struggled hard with his army. The curse of any army is the having nothing to do. Cipriano made all his men cook and wash for themselves, clean and paint the barracks, make a great garden to grow vegetables, and plant trees wherever there was water. And he himself took a passionate interest in what they did. A dirty tunic, a sore foot, a badly-made huarach did not escape him. But even when they cooked their meals he went among them.
‘Give me something to eat,’ he would say. ‘Give’ me an enchilada!’
Then he praised the cooking, or said it was bad.
Like all savages, they liked doing small things; And, like most Mexicans, once they were a little sure of what they were doing, they loved doing it well.
Cipriano was determined to get some discipline into them. Discipline is what Mexico needs, and what the whole world needs. But it is the discipline from the inside that matters. The machine discipline, from the outside, breaks down.(pp.375-380)
The 23 + items below reflect the deceptive and opportunistic character of ruling-class culture when the curtain is ripped asunder for all to see. The shock of the exposure is awesome, but inevitably the emotions settle and a hard look at what must be done is possible. A deep historical understanding is essential if we are to avoid false solutions, and revolutionary aesthetics must continually point in the direction of much needed change. From inspiration in literature, painting, music, and the performing arts, we have much to gain; our humanity depends on an awakening associated with revolutiionary aesthetics, and the energy and determination we can find to participate in the kind of change we collectively need to become more fully human and to benefit from our emancipation from labor.
A recent email received at CEIMSA contains suggestions that point in this direction of social change, turning away from the ruling-class culutre of white supremacy: “Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online” @ https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/support-black-owned-businesses/. Particularly interesting was an item under the rubric, "Dance": the Ailey Extension.
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by Luke Savage
Too Little, Too Late? India Stands Up to the CDC
by James Corbett
(June 9, 2020)
“Blood Clots and Beyond”
with Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi
EU Vaccine Injury Reporting System Shows More Than 330,000 Adverse Events Following COVID Vaccines
(April 29, 2021)
Health Impact News compiled the latest data on reports of COVID vaccine injuries and deaths in EU countries following vaccination with all four COVID vaccines approved in the EU for emergency use.
American Tech Giants Are Partnering with India's Strongman Leader to Crackdown on Dissent
by Alan Macleod
Twitter’s actions are quite a departure from 2019 when it delayed a network upgrade in Iran at the behest of the US government for fear that it could interfere with anti-government demonstrations.
White House to Share Its Emergent BioSolutions, Unusable AstraZeneca Vaccine with Other Nations
Vietnam, Afghanistan, Yemen: What is all this needless death for?
US Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard
by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Vijay Prashad: Xinjiang, Genocide, and Cold War Narratives
with RJ Eskow
Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi Interview, “COVID Vaccine Blood Clot Risk Was Known, Ignored And Buried”
with Taylor Hudak
Mass Murder: 3,486 Deaths in the U.S. Following COVID Injections in 4 Months: More Vaccine Deaths Recorded Than in the Past 15 Years Combined
by Brian Shilhavy
Forging Vaccine Passports – #SolutionsWatch
with James Corbett
Something Strange Is Happening To Women After The Jab
by really graceful
‘The end will come’: Bill Gates is still hopeful the world will be ‘back to normal’ by end of 2022
by Jade Scipioni
Philantrocapitalism: Gates, the World’s Largest and Most Powerful Foundation
by Jacob Levich
“What Is Bill Gates Up To?”
with Jimmy Dore and Max Blumenthal
That Settles It, I’m Never Voting For Evil, Fidgety, Bill Gates Again
As Handful of Billionaire Families Grab Nation's Wealth for Themselves, New Report Details How Dynasties Rig US Economy
by Jake Johnson
(Oct. 30, 2018)
Viral Animated Video Shows How Just a Fraction of Bill Gates's $110 Billion Could Pay to Replace
Flint's Water Pipes
by Julia Conley
(Nov. 21, 2019)
Secret May 2009 Meeting of
“The Good Club”
A Billionaire Club in Bid to Curb Overpopulation
by John Harlow and Prof Michel Chossudovsky
A School for Spooks: The London University Department Churning Out NATO Spies
by Alan Macleod
Alan Macleod uncovers the deep links between the British security state and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, responsible for training a large number of British, American, and European agents and defense analysts.
The CIA Has Been Taking Over for Decades — Even Former Presidents Tried to Warn Us
by Lee Camp
Yanis Varoufakis: Postcapitalism - its present, two possible futures
& a story in between
with Dr. Kfir Cohen Lustig
The David Harvey Interview: “What Would Marx Do About Joe Biden?”
with Briahna Joy Gray and Virgil Texas
Ecuadorian Election: US Secures Another Neoliberal Champion Without Intervening (Overtly)
by Roger Harris
O'Brien via H-PAD
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Subject: [H-PAD] H-PAD Notes 4/28/21: on-line conference this weekend; links to recent articles of interest
Note: The UMass Amherst virtual conference on "Truth, Dissent & the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg" takes place this Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1. Among the many speakers are Ellsberg himself, Edward Snowden, John Dean, Frances Fitzgerald, Rusti Eisenberg, Bill Ehrhardt, Ngo Vinh Long, and others. The schedule of sessions is here and registration (which is free and makes available any or all sessions) is here.
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Lawrence Wittner, CounterPunch.org, posted April 28
Presents statistics both on the continued increase in military spending in the pandemic year by the US, China, and Russia and on the state of poverty and inequality in all three countries. China's spiral in military spending has been the fastest, but the US "remained by far the most lavish spender on the military in the world." The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.
By Rajan Menon, TomDispatch.com, posted April 25
An overview of the costs and results of the US war in Afghanistan, with parallels to the Soviet Union's earlier war there and a critique of the current drumbeat of warnings from military and some civilian leaders about the consequences of US withdrawal. The author teaches international relations at City College of New York and has written, among other books, The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford U. Press, 2016).
By Stephen Hahn, Boston Review, posted April 24
An extensive review essay on three recent books: Julius S. Scott's The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution, Vincent Brown's Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, and Niklas Frykman's The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution. The author teaches history at New York University and is a former winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History.
By Christian Appy, The Conversation, posted April 23
The author teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has written three books on the American experience of the Vietnam War, most recently American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Penguin Press, 2015). He is a principal organizer of the upcoming conference described at the beginning of this email message.
By Robert P. Baird, The Guardian, posted April 20
"Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world." The author is a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times and the London Review of Books.
By Alice Speri, The Intercept, posted April 10
On the Koch-funded Leadership Institute and the "Campus Reform" website that it sponsors. The site's spotlighting of left-of-center faculty members (with contact information provided) often leads to an avalanche of denunciatory email messages, letters, and phone calls.
By Kevin A. Young, TruthOut.org, posted April 9
Draws lessons from past anti-racist boycotts. The author teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author, with Tarun Banerjee and Michael Schwartz, of Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do About It (Verso Books, 2020).
By Judy Berman, Time magazine, posted April 7
On Raoul Peck's four-part experimental documentary on the history of white supremacy since the Age of Discovery, which "may well be the most politically radical and intellectually challenging work of nonfiction ever made for television."
Thanks fo Mim Jackson and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bessemer Amazon Union Drive: An Interview with the Lead Organizer
by Luis Feliz Leon and Joshua Brewer
A History of Unemployment and the Search for Solutions
by Philip Harvey
Study Indicates the Capitol Riots were Motivated by Racism and White Resentment, not 'Election Theft'
“Ten Years Ago: Defense Spending” [10th Anniversary of Economic Update]
with Richard Wolff
Global Military Spending Grew to Nearly $2 Trillion in 2020 Despite Pandemic
by Kenny Stancil
Doctors and Scientists Write to the European Medicines Agency, Warning of COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers for a Third Time
America’s Frontline Doctors Forms Legal Task Force to Challenge Sweeping Pandemic Powers
Norway Says Vaccine Risk Death Higher Than COVID & 75% Vaccine Deaths In India Within 3 Days Of Jab
with Ryan Cristián
Alison Morrow Interview - MSM COVID Blind Spots, Willful Misinformation Or Manufacturing Consent?
with Ryan Cristián
From: Cat McGuire
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2021
Subject: a very brief explanation of Alison McDowell's work
I posted this comment:
SUPERB DECRIPTION of why it is so very difficult to convey the research and insights Alison has excavated. This evil leviathan has disguised itself in ways too abstruse for sound bites. Even the glossary Alison is generously working on will no doubt be too kludgy and disconnected to fully translate the horrors coming down the pike.
It's like you want the ability to touch people
and wordlessly, visually be able to imbue in them the full emotional
consequence of what awaits humanity if we don't start conceptually grasping the
world these psychopaths are constructing.
After listening to a dozen or more of Alison's interviews, an understanding of the new technological systems is seeping into me via osmosis. Yet I still can't fully convey in simple plain English to my fellow humans the darkness this New World Order will wrought if we don’t stop it NOW.
Denying the Demonic
by Edward Curtin
“How to tell if GOOGLE is spying on you”
with Natasha Sweatte
The Last American Vagabond
Palestine in Pictures: March 2021
"The Present" lays bare stark Palestinian reality
by William Parry
J Street brings together progressives, Israeli war criminals
by Ali Abunimah
How "corrupt" British minister Priti Patel lied for Israel |
by Asa Winstanley
Threatened by cultural defiance, Israel throws dancer in prison
by Ciaran Tierney
Israeli repression aims to silence Palestinian journalists
by Greg Shupak
"Zionist" isn't hate speech
by Jeff Wright
Israel lobby's "Death to the Arabs" damage control
by Ali Abunimah
Iran-Israel Tensions: The Threat of Nuclear Disaster Looms Large
by Richard Silverstein
Challenging Illegal Israeli Military Recruitment in Canada
by Yves Engler
Israel No Longer Has A ‘Deterrence Capacity’ And Its Attempts To Revive It May Prove Too Dangerous
by Robert Inlakesh
Global rights group accuses Israel of apartheid, persecution
by Joseph Krauss
One of the world’s best-known human rights groups said Tuesday that Israel is guilty of the international crimes of apartheid and persecution because of discriminatory policies toward Palestinians within its own borders and in the occupied territories.
In a sweeping, 213-page report, the New York-based Human Rights Watch joins a growing number of commentators and rights groups who view the conflict not primarily as a land dispute but as a single regime in which Palestinians — who make up roughly half the population of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza — are systematically denied basic rights granted to Jews.
Israel adamantly rejects that characterization, saying its Arab minority enjoys full civil rights. It views Gaza, from which it withdrew soldiers and settlers in 2005, as a hostile entity ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas, and it considers the West Bank to be disputed territory subject to peace negotiations — which collapsed more than a decade ago.
Africa Is Choosing China over the U.S.: The Case of Cape Verde
by Aidan O’Brien
How China's Economy Actually Works
with Professor Chenggang Xu, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
China and Africa: the Black Alliance
for Peace’s AFRICOM
by Danny Haiphong
Tanks and Think Tanks: How Taiwanese Cash is Funding
the Push to War with China
by Alan Macleod
by Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
The Black Working Class Must Defend Itself, Not the Black Misleadership Class
Return to the Source: Trayvon Martin and White Madness, July 18, 2013
by The Editors of Black Agenda Report
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Subject: Ceimsa.Org's support for Black-owned businesses during COVID-19
Hi there Francis,
I saw your page ceimsa.org/archives/bull-636.htm, and I wanted to thank you for supporting the Black community.
The events of last summer (BLM protests and COVID-19) saw many people rally to support Black-owned businesses. Sadly, since summer ended, people forgot to keep sharing and supporting these businesses.
I just found a new article with links to more than 150 Black-owned businesses. I was so happy to see that people still care about helping these companies thrive! The link is here: https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/support-black-owned-businesses/
I think sharing this link on your page would be a great way to help your readers keep supporting Black-owned sites and stores. I think it will be a great addition to your site and that your audience will love this new resource!
Thank you in advance for your support,
From: Black Alliance for Peace
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Subject: You are invited to #MayDayAfghanistan: Building a People's Movement to End U.S. Imperialism in Afghanistan and Around the World
From: Children's Health Defense
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:09 PM
Subject: Most Read News of the Week
The COVID-19 Vaccine; Is the Goal Immunity or Depopulation?
by Mike Whitney
CDC Investigating 3 Deaths after J&J Vaccine, New VAERS Data Include 584 More Reports of Deaths after COVID
by Megan Redshaw
Professor Shuts Down BBC's Propaganda In Real Time
with Jimmy Dore
Empire Update : “Arctic War, Aid to Israel Challenge, Army VR Money Pit”
with Abby Martin
The Best Intentions of Sir Ronald Cohen: Building the Crypto-Corrals of Social Investment
by Raul Diego
It’s a tangled web but the bottom line is that social-impact investing, given a big boost by the pandemic and the “Great Reset” planned in its wake, can be made to sound so good that it’s hard to conceive what a dangerous threat it poses: it only “works” by herding and caging.
David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles
Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: Absolute Contradictions of the Post-War Era
with David Harvey
West Africa is the Latest Testing Ground for US Military Artificial Intelligence
by Scott Timcke
In its preparation for great power competition, the US military is modernizing its artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques and testing them in West Africa.
The Green Agenda
‘The Great Reset’ Is Here: Follow the Money -
The ‘Insane Lockdown’ of the Global Economy
by F. William Engdahl
The top-down reorganization of the world economy by a cabal of technocratic corporativists, led by the group around the Davos World Economic Forum– the so-called Great Reset or UN Agenda 2030– is no future proposal. It is well into actualization as the world remains in insane lockdown for a virus. The hottest investment area since onset of the coronavirus global lockdowns is something called ESG investing.
This highly subjective and very controlled game is dramatically shifting global capital flows into a select group of “approved” corporate stocks and bonds. Notably it advances the dystopian UN Agenda 2030 or the WEF Great Reset agenda. The development is one of the most dangerous and least understood shifts in at least the past century.
Japan Says Dumping Fukushima Radioactive Water in Pacific Ocean Is Now “Unavoidable”
by Elias Marat
The Native Land
of the Hypocrite
by By M. Reza Behnam
“And what sort of lives do these people,
who pose as being moral, lead themselves?
My dear fellow,
you forget that we are in
the native land of the hypocrite.”
~ Oscar Wilde
What Americans Must Urgently Learn from Brazil
with Chris Hedges and Glennwald
From: Paul Jay
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2021 6:10 PM
Subject: Not Much Climate Plan in Biden Jobs Plan