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How CIA Plots Undermined African De-Colonization

Eve Ottenberg CounterPunch
Behind the three monsters featured in this book loom a vast, homicidal military empire, piloted by capitalist ideologues, who did not value human life, to put it mildly, especially if that life belonged to black, brown or communist people.

Unearthing the Truth

The Economist
A Zimbabwean archaeologist reimagines the story of a momentous African civilization. Great Zimbabwe should be a “symbol”, not just of Africa’s power and potential, but of how outsiders have too often told Africans’ stories—and got them wrong.

The Man Who Finally Made a ‘Dune’ That Fans Will Love

How Denis Villeneuve broke the curse. New York Times
Villeneuve’s hugely anticipated, pandemic-delayed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is an environmental fable, a parable of the oil economy, a critique of colonialism, a warning against putting your faith in charismatic leaders.

Friday Nite Videos | October 15, 2021

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The Real Reason the Economy Might Collapse | Robert Reich. Children’s Author Tells the True Story of Columbus’ Exploits. The Last Time the Globe Warmed. Fruits of Labor | PBS. The End of Oil, Explained | Vox + Netflix.

Colonial Panic Over Syphilis in Uganda

Joanna Naylor Lady Science
The campaigns aimed to create feelings of guilt amongst those believed to be suffering with STDs, particularly syphilis.

9/11 & the War on Terror: A Queer Afghan Reflects

Neda Said Organizing Upgrade
I feel the burden of having to demonstrate that my ancestral homeland deserves to exist, and that my people are human and multi-faceted, with a rich history and resistance, and deserve the opportunity to thrive.

The Blood Never Dries

Richard Gott Red Pepper
We need to associate empire with the holocaust and with genocide. We need to discredit the notion of medals called the ‘Order of the British Empire’. After all, we would not accept the Order of Auschwitz or the Order of Treblinka.
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