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Can We Unlearn Imperialism?

Stephen Sheehi Hyperallergic
This book uses the history of photography and the history of imperialism to shed light on both the work of images and on the work of colonial and imperial domination.

Undercover Patriots

Danny Sjursen Tom Dispatch
The imperial power that we veterans fought for abroad is the same one some of us are now struggling against at home and the two couldn’t be more intimately linked. Our struggle is, at least in part, over who gets to define patriotism.

What Black America Means to Europe

Gary Younge New York Review of Books
Many have attempted to claim that `things are better here' for black people than in the US. This ignores both Europe's colonial past and its own racist present.

Tidbits - May 28, 2020 - Reader Comments: I Can't Breathe - Again; Trump Second Term Means Tyranny; Reader's Respond on Tara Reade; Open Churches?; Vietnam; Indonesia; Chile; Nuclear Testing, Nuclear Cold War - Again; announcements; resources

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Reader Comments: I Can't Breathe - Again; Trump Second Term Means Tyranny; Reader's Respond on Tara Reade; Open Churches?; Vietnam; Indonesia; Chile; Nuclear Testing, Nuclear Cold War - Again; Resources; Events:COVID and mass incarceration; June 20th

Internationalism in Vietnam, Then and Now

Tran Dac Loi Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Vietnam is building on the internationalist traditions of Ho Chi Minh. True patriotism, is quite different from narrow, selfish nationalism - it should always respect the rights and interests of other nations without harming common interests...

How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing

Vincent Bevins New York Review of Books
Coups in Brazil in 1964 and Indonesia in 1965 were US Cold War victories. In Indonesia between 500,000 and 1,000,000 were killed. This led to the creation of a monstrous international network of extermination and our current global economic system.

Months After Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Thousands Are Still Living Outside

Frances Robles, Photographs by Erika P. Rodriguez The New York Times
In the past week alone, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network registered 43 “significant” quakes, leaving many people fearful of going home. More than 8,000 houses have been damaged. Months after the first earthquake, thousands are still homeless.

labor

Reckoning With the AFL-CIO’s Imperialist History

Jeff Schuhrke Jacobin
Over the past century, the US government repeatedly disrupted leftist movements and supported or carried out coups around the world - aided by American labor leaders. A full reckoning with the AFL-CIO’s collaboration with US imperialism can help us.
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