Saturday, March 29, 2008

American Empire and the Film " WE " Suzanne Arundhati Roy

Anyway I was looking for more videos on the US backed coup of General Pinochet who overthrew Salvadore Allende of Chile and came across this one of a speech given by Indian writer and activist Suzanne Arundhati Roy. So I thought I would share part of it here. See entire video at : see the entire video WE at Google

From the film WE - Suzanne Arundhati Roy
CIA Terror On September 11 - - 9/11
includes section on the other 9/11 of Chile 1973
(more on American interventions below)

I am posting this next video of a speech by Suzanne Arundhati in part for those who claim the reason or rationale for the War in Afghanistan is to liberate the women of Afghanistan from the hateful Taliban. So Arundhati in her speech is quite critical of the idea that the American military goal in Afghanistan is a feminist goal .The American goal or agenda has more to do with expanding its empire than that of defending the women of Afghanistan.

So we are accused of supporting the Taliban and their oppressive theocracy if we dare question the role of the Americans and Canadians and NATO troops in Afghanistan.But NATO is not there to protect the women of Afghanistan or the in general the people of Afghanistan anymore than the United States invaded and occupies Iraq for the well-being of the Iraqi people.

If the West and America so hated the Taliban why did they support the Taliban in its fight against Soviet Union and help the Taliban take over as the Afghanistan Government. Why didn't the Americans and its Western Allies support the more popular and moderate groups in Afghanistan who were also trying to drive the Soviet Forces out of Afghanistan. As usual these foreign powers including Canada , Britain and the United States had or have their own agenda and so pursued it without any concern for the people of Afghanistan. This is how Empires operate.
People of the Western Powers are for the most part indifferent to the fate of people outside the West except if it has an impact on the West.

The other strange thing is to hear Neoconservatives claiming to be concerned about women's rights when they have shown no real concern for anyone's human or civil rights unless they belong to their elite group . As far as I can tell the Neoconservatives and their friends the Radical Christian Right have little interest in women's rights or the rights of the poor or the disadvantaged or the disenfranchised or those who are physically or psychologically challenged. Nor are the Neocons concerned about the homeless or the victims of Katrina or the Iraqi Vets who are left to struggle on their own.

These Neocons believe in the most extreme form of self-reliance combined with the worship of material or financial success . As for ethics they really don't believe in anything since they believe all such matters are merely relative and subjective. They of course tailor their rhetoric as it were to their audience. So they say one thing to an audience of business people and the super-wealthy and something rather different to a group of radical Christian Evangelicals.

So if the Neocons can win more votes by being anti-abortion and anti-Gay and anti-Immigration or even by pandering to racist views then that's what they'll do. This is why Hillary Clinton seems to sound more like a neoconservative everyday. With her connections to giant corporations like WalMart and Arms Industry and with certain conservative Evangelicals who knows for sure what Hillary stands for beyond her desire to be President by any means necessary.

American Interventions

We is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation.

Watch This Video For Iraq War Truth

We - Arundhati Roy about September The 11,
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It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest. It's witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history.

Bush Administration: Guilty Of Warcrimes

# partial list of U.S. military interventions #
PHILIPPINES 1948-54 CIA directs war against Huk Rebellion.
PUERTO RICO 1950 Independence rebellion crushed in Ponce.
KOREA 1951-53 (-?) U.S./So. Korea fights China
IRAN 1953 CIA overthrows democracy, installs Shah.
VIETNAM 1954 French offered bombs to use against seige.
GUATEMALA 1954 CIA directs exile invasion
VIETNAM l960-75 Fought South Vietnam revolt & North Vietnam; one million killed
CUBA l961 CIA-directed exile invasion fails.
LAOS 1962 Military buildup during guerrilla war.
IRAQ 1963 CIA organizes coup that killed president, Ba'ath Party to power,Saddam Hussein back from exile
PANAMA l964 Panamanians shot for urging canal's return.
INDONESIA l965 Million killed in CIA-assisted army coup.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-66 Marines land during election campaign.
GUATEMALA l966-67 Green Berets intervene against rebels.
CAMBODIA l969-75 Up to 2 million killed in decade of bombing, starvation, and political chaos.
OMAN l970 U.S. directs Iranian marine invasion.
LAOS l971-73 U.S. directs South Vietnamese invasion
CHILE 1973 CIA-backed coup ousts elected marxist president.
ANGOLA l976-92 CIA assists South African-backed rebels.
LIBYA l981 Two Libyan jets shot down in maneuvers.
NICARAGUA l981-90 CIA directs exile (Contra) invasions
LEBANON l982-84 Marines expel PLO and back Phalangists, Navy bombs
GRENADA l983-84 Invasion four years after revolution.
HONDURAS l983-89 Maneuvers help build bases near borders.
IRAN l984 Two Iranian jets shot down over Persian Gulf.
LIBYA l986 Air strikes to topple nationalist gov't.
BOLIVIA 1986 Army assists raids on cocaine region.
IRAN l987-88 US intervenes on side of Iraq in war.
LIBYA 1989 Two Libyan jets shot down.
VIRGIN ISLANDS 1989 St. Croix Black unrest after storm.
PHILIPPINES 1989 Air cover provided for government against coup.
PANAMA 1989 (-?) Nationalist government ousted
SAUDI ARABIA 1990-91 Iraq countered after invading Kuwait
IRAQ 1990-? air strikes; 200,000+ killed in invasion
BOSNIA 1993-? downed jets, bombed Serbs.
IRAQ 1998-? Four days of intensive air strikes
AFGHANISTAN 2001-? Massive U.S. mobilization to overthrow Taliban, hunt Al Qaeda fighters, install Karzai regime, and battle Taliban insurgency.
YEMEN 2002 Predator drone missile attack on Al Qaeda, including a US citizen.
PHILIPPINES 2002-? Training mission for Philippine military fighting Abu Sayyaf rebels evolves into US combat missions in Sulu Archipelago next to Mindanao.
COLOMBIA 2003-? US special forces sent to rebel zone to back up Colombian military protecting oil pipeline.
IRAQ 2003-? Saddam regime toppled in Baghdad. US and UK forces occupy country and battle Sunni and Shi'ite insurgencies.
LIBERIA 2003 Brief involvement in peacekeeping force as rebels drove out leader.
HAITI 2004-05 Marines land after rebels oust elected President Aristide, who was advised to leave by Washington.
PAKISTAN 2005-? CIA airstrikes on Al Qaeda refuge villages kill civilians
SOMALIA 2007 AC-130 strikes; naval blockade and Cruise missile attacks against Islamist rebels

and so it goes,

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