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Wat Detention Center

Wat Detention Center - "EVGD1" / "EGBD2" (2019)

In 1997, the Cambodian government asked for the UN's assistance in setting up a genocide tribunal. It took nine years to agree to the structure of the court before the judges were sworn in. In 2008, John McCain ran for President in the United States, despite admitting repeatedly in interviews that he was "guilty of war crimes" and "intentionally bombed women and children" in the invasion of Cambodia, Vietnam, & Laos. The Bush administration was reelected after the illegal Iraq & Afghanistan campaigns. On September 19, 2007 Nuon Chea, second in command of the Khmer Rouge and its most senior surviving member, was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. He faced Cambodian and foreign judges at the special genocide tribunal and was convicted in 2014 to receive a life sentence. The Obama administration & the Clinton-led State Department did not assist or participate in the proceedings.

Thrill Me - Allen Jones

Objectification, Self-Objectification, & Societal Change

"This review focuses on the ways in which the objectification of individuals and groups of people, as well as the self-objectification that typically develops from such treatment, is implicated in positive and negative societal change. Four areas are reviewed: (a) objectification (including dehumanization, infra-humanization, dehumanized perception, sexualization, and colonialism), (b) self-objectification (including double consciousness, internalized oppression, and colonial mentality), (c) genocide and mass violence, and (c) collective action. After reviewing theories in each area, a set of underlying constructs is presented, organized under higher-order categories. Finally, connections between objectification and genocide perpetration, as well as between self-objectification and collective action, are described. It is concluded that the objectification of other people contributes to societal change that runs counter to principles of equality and respect for others, threatens civil rights, and ultimately can result in genocide or mass killings. Furthermore, self-objectification impairs the ability of oppressed groups to act collectively on their own behalf. In contrast, the process of decolonization supports collective action and positive societal change, in part because it liberates oppressed people from self-objectification."

The First Thanksgiving

Unsettling Minnesota: Deconstructing the Colonial Mentality

'The most common mistake people make when they talk about racism is to think it is a collection of prejudices and individual acts of discrimination. They do not see that it is a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: economic, military, legal, educational, religious, and cultural. As a system, racism affects every aspect of life in a country. By not seeing that racism is systemic, people often personalize or individualize racist acts. For example, they will reduce racist police behavior to “a few bad apples” who need to be removed, rather than seeing it exists in police departments all over the country and is basic to the society. This mistake has real consequences: refusing to see police brutality as part of a system, and that the system needs to be changed, means that the brutality will continue. The need to recognize racism as being systemic is one reason the term White Supremacy has been more useful than the term racism.'


Politicide & the Cold War: Non-Violence & Civil Society

'The term genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin (1944), defined as "a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves." Because the word became indelibly associated with the Nazi Holocaust, it promptly gained wide currency as the standard by which to judge human destructiveness... By excluding many of the worst abuses and crimes of the twentieth century, the requirement of a targeted cultural or ethnic group has arguably been the most controversial aspect of the concept of genocide. To help fill these crucial gaps, Barbara Harff and Ted R. Gurr have argued that the concept of politicide should supplement genocide. Politicide, as Harff and Gurr define it, refers to the killing of groups of people who are targeted not because of shared ethnic or communal traits, but because of "their hierarchical position or political opposition to the regime and dominant groups."'

Like a Sir

Time to Change the #Redskins Name - Time to #Abolish_War

"Agent Orange was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by the Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical, in the same manner that 'Zyklon B' (Cyclone B) was produced by the Deutsche Gold-und-Silber Scheideanstalt in the WWII era, i.e. as a touchdown pass, game-winning play call, knock-out punch, and management strategy combined with sales & marketing campaign.... The legal use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) by industrial oligarchs led by Agent Orange against innocent people for private profit, sport, trophy hunting, and self-enrichment is a key element of American fascism in the 21st century, sustained and driven by the plantation value systems of centuries of white settler colonialism, billionaire boy's club, and modern media brainwashing. The Redskins name represents the internal organization and corporate brand of the American genocide, the ethnic cleansing of a continent, and the near extinction of thousands of tribes of indigenous people, each with unique languages, religions, customs, and cultural traditions. The holocaust denial evident by the use of the Redskins logo in American history is directly related to the political forces or belief systems that extend the U.S. military in continued war crimes across the globe, which inevitably include the bigotry and forms of violence particular to the expression of American exceptionalism, including the fetishized trade of human body parts as trophies in Iraq, Buchenwald, Afghanistan, Majdanek, Vietnam, etc."


The Columbus Myth: Settler Colonialism & Genocide

'The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. Euro-American colonialism, an aspect of the capitalist economic globalization, had from its beginnings a genocidal tendency... The Columbus myth suggests that from US independence onward, colonial settlers saw themselves as part of a world system of colonization. “Columbia,” the poetic, Latinate name was—and still is—represented by the image of a woman in sculptures and paintings, by institutions such as Columbia University, and by countless place names, including that of the national capital, the District of Columbia, and the Office of the Vice President. Columbus Day is still a U.S. Federal holiday in 2015.'

Documentary: "Year Zero - The Silent Death of Cambodia" (1979)

"After Cambodia appealed for international assistance in setting up a genocide tribunal in 1997, it took another nine years of governmental foot-dragging and tortuous negotiations with the United Nations over the shape and structure of the court before prosecutors and judges were sworn in last July. Since then, the proceedings have encountered months of legal wrangling and administrative delays, leading to concerns that the few surviving Khmer Rouge leaders could die of old age before being brought to justice. This month, however, seems to mark a point of no return..."

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