20 Questions With… Prometheus Radio Project — In These Times. Emily Raboteau hooked me up with someone who worked with them in its founding about getting a job. None are open right now, but I would still love to work for them. Read it and see why!
Israel and the United States, which could be charged under international law with crimes against humanity for actions in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan, will together boycott the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Geneva. Racism, an endemic feature of Israeli and American society, is not, we have decided, open for international inspection. Barack Obama may be president, but the United States has no intention of accepting responsibility or atoning for past crimes, including the use of torture, its illegal wars of aggression, slavery and the genocide on which the country was founded. We, like Israel, prefer to confuse lies we tell about ourselves with fact.
It was a brilliant idea of Chávez’s to give Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America to Obama, since this book, first published in 1971, encapsulates a radical version of the history of Latin America with which most Latin Americans are familiar. Its subtitle, Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, gives a flavour of its contents, which discuss the way in which Latin America has been dominated and exploited by its European invaders (and later by US corporations) for hundreds of years.
Paradoxes and MisnomersBy Eduardo Galeano, April 2008 Issue
History is an errant paradox. It is the contradictions that keep its legs moving.
When they were evicted from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve moved to Africa, not Paris.
Some time later, when their children had embarked on their ways in the world, writing was invented. In Iraq, not Texas.
Algebra was invented in Iraq too, by Mohammed al-Khwarizmi, 1,200 years ago, and the word “algorithm” was derived from his name.
Names don’t usually coincide with what they describe. In the British Museum, to give one example, the sculptures of the Parthenon are called the Elgin Marbles, though they are really the marbles of Fidias. Elgin is the name of the Englishman who sold them to the museum.
The three novelties that made the European Renaissance possible—the compass, gunpowder, and the printing press—were invented by the Chinese, who also invented almost everything that Europe reinvented.
Waste Not, Want Not | CommonDreams.org. EIC should make a mini-movie about this.
Thank you Sarah Haskins for speaking to this:
image mash-up from weekend: