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While Lahaina Is Destroyed, Honolulu To Construct $60 Million Bridge

While the island of Maui faces the rebuilding of over 2200 structures in Lahaina and 18 structures in upcountry Kula, on the neighboring island of Oahu, the City and County of Honolulu is going ahead to spend $25 million in federal funds for an unnecessary and controversial pedestrian bridge across the Ala Wai canal.  The canal seperates the hotels and condos of Waikiki from the residential area across the canal. In the spirit of Aloha, I suggest that our Honolulu elected officials give the $25 million in Federal funds allocated for the non-essential Ala Wai bridge to Maui for the reconstruction of Lahaina.

‘A New Form Of Colonization’: Argentinian Workers Confront The IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have a long history of plunging Global South nations into unsustainable cycles of debt. For Argentina, this process has been ongoing for decades, and is now reaching a breaking point. Since 2015, the Argentine peso has lost 80% of its value against the US dollar, leading to a cost of living crisis affecting a wide swath of society. The economic shock of the pandemic and the latest $44 billion IMF loan package delivered in 2022 have only made matters worse. In the second half of 2020, more than 40% of Argentinians were in poverty.

US Military Trains In Hawai’i To Target China

Near the town of Wahiawā on the occupied Hawaiian island of O’ahu, the U.S. army is gearing up for war with China at the Lightning Academy, the 25th Infantry Division’s training camp near Schofield Barracks. Here, the Jungle Operations Training Course (JOTC) takes place over the span of a few weeks, where soldiers from all U.S. military branches as well as foreign military allies  take part in special jungle warfare training. At the top of the list for training are soldiers based in the United States Indo-Pacific Command region, an area claimed by the  U.S. for military operations that makes up more than half of Earth’s surface and contains half the world’s population in 36 different countries.

The Colonial Origins Of The UChicago Police

The story I want to tell has to do with the Philippines in the early twentieth century. But it will also have to do with policing across the United States and here on campus, and ultimately with the University of Chicago. In 1898, the United States declared sovereignty over the Philippine Islands, places which President McKinley and most Americans had no idea even existed. But as a result of the Spanish-American war in 1898 the US did come to learn about the Philippines. It sent its troops there to fight the Spanish, and upon defeating Spain, it seized the Philippines and its millions of inhabitants as its new colonial territory.

The Truth About The Lies Students Learn

As a settler nation, the United States has necessitated the invention and sustained dissemination of various lies in order to negate, hide, and distort the truth about its past and present. These lies get taught to children as fairy tales at schools -as stories with sweet beginnings and happily-ever-after endings- and these fictions form the backbone of the history and social studies curricula of most K-12 classrooms in the U.S. Reinforcing these myths is recent legislation in at least 42 states barring teachers from teaching the honest history of the land we live on, forcing educators to lie about the origins of the United States, and limiting discussion on race and gender in the elementary, high school, and college classrooms.

The Cultural Looting Of Gaza

There needs to be a particularly high standard of cynicism and cruelty to rob destitute people. In many ways, this is what capitalism is all about. But to use the fact that people are near ruin to exploit them is as cold as it gets. People in Gaza are confined to living with few resources in what amounts to a prison. They are permitted levels of nutrition and medicine that are just enough to prevent total starvation and disease. This is only because Israel, which controls the piece of land known as the Gaza Strip, does not want disease to spread into its own borders. Israel exploits the suffering of Gazans in order to recruit collaborators and garner whatever intelligence they may be able to provide.

Palestinians Speak Out During Israeli Assault

On May 18, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza joined the “Palestine Flag March” to protest Israel’s “Flag March” happening the same day. On “Flag Day,” tens of thousands of ultraright-wing Israeli settlers, who illegally live on stolen land, attacked Palestinians and journalists, chanting “Death to Arabs” and “Your village will be burned.” “The Israeli Flag March means nothing, they walk in our streets, and the land denies their existence,” Gaza resident Amna al-Banna told Mondoweiss. “Raising the Israeli flag in Jerusalem will not make people ignore that it’s Palestinian land, and that Israel occupies it.”

About ‘Quislings’

When I was a teenager, nearly a hundred years ago, there was a popular television show called “Combat.” It was about World War Two and the fighting in France. The reason this is important is because of the similarities between occupied France at that time, and occupied Oceti Sakowin (all seven sub-nations of the Great Sioux Nation) and occupied Peta Sakowin (the Tituwan) today in western South Dakota. For those of you who don’t know the history of World War Two, a brief synopsis. During the War, Nazi Germany went violently into other countries in Europe using aircraft to bomb, followed by tanks and soldiers to occupy the land and the people.

Settler Leo Dee And The Blood-Stained Israeli Consensus

Occupied Palestine — When Leo Dee, a bereaved Jewish Settler from Efrat, spoke after the death of his wife and two daughters, he spoke about right and wrong, about making the world a better place. He said one must never blame the victim and support the perpetrators of terrorism. About ten years ago, he made the decision to move his family from the UK to occupied Palestine to a vicious, racist supremacist settlement in the West Bank called Efrat. Efrat sits on the road between Bethlehem and Hebron. It was built on Palestinian land in an area filled with Palestinian towns and villages and known for its wonderful, fertile land and breathtaking views.

Africans In The United States Are A Colonized People

In the colonial context, the colonized have no rights that the colonizer ever really needed to recognize. Therefore, any social space that Africans in the U.S. experienced were won through resistance. The historic fight for African self-determination and liberation from the anti-human colonial/capitalist system has been an uninterrupted feature of what we claim as the “Black Radical Tradition.” An unapologetic opposition to the U.S. colonial/capitalist project and U.S. imperialism centers the Black radical tradition, along with internationalism and a commitment to socialist transformation. It is this tradition of principled, militant resistance that has been a constant source of concern and, consequently, systematic repression of Black/African radicalism by the U.S. colonial/imperialist state.

Marxism And Anticolonialism: A Conversation With Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad (Calcutta, 1967) is above all a militant. His intellectual work is an attempt to understand and respond to some of the great challenges of our time. Of Indian origin, this Marxist historian has deployed an intense vital activity that has taken him to many countries, always in defense of the cause of humanity. He currently serves as executive director of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, a task he alternates with his work as a teacher and researcher at several universities, as well as with a prolific body of work in which we can highlight texts such as The Darker Nations, The Poorer Nations and the most recent The Retreat, written in conjunction with Noam Chomsky.

Devastating Effects Of Militarization On Puerto Rico And Her People

The U.S. has been overtly and covertly intervening in Puerto Rico's internal affairs since 1898. Like the Spanish, British, Dutch, and the French, the U.S. understood the strategic value of the Puerto Rican archipelago, which would give their expanding empire a military advantage toward enforcing the Monroe Doctrine, thereby securing its established intent to dominate the Western Hemisphere. A new wave of militarization began soon after the change of colonial ownership, the implications of which would devastate the island municipalities of Culebra and Vieques. Culebra was militarized in 1901 and expelled the Navy in 1975. Vieques was militarized in 1941 and expelled the Navy in 2003.

Netanyahu And Ben-Gvir Have All But Guaranteed A New Intifada

There is a story about the Roman Emperor Nero, according to which he set Rome on fire just so that he could see the flames. The story may or may not be true, but when Palestine is in flames, history will remember who lit the match. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime minister of Israel, will be remembered as the reckless politician who gave Itamar Ben-Gvir the green light to set a fire that will consume Palestine and cause death and destruction, the scale of which has never been seen before.

Two Peace Advocates Work To End Israel’s Occupation Of Palestine

Lee Camp, the host of “Behind the Headlines,” interviews two prominent – and very different – peace activists working to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Adam Bloomberg and Issa Amro could not have grown up more differently. Amro in the embattled occupied Palestinian city of Hebron and Bloomberg in a prominent Jewish family during the troubled years of South Africa’s apartheid regime. So how did they both find themselves working so vociferously towards the same goal? Host Lee Camp finds out in this thought-provoking and wide-ranging interview with the two activists.

Why Embracing Anti-Colonialism Made Malcolm A Marked Man

February 21, 1965, a diversionary scuffle broke out in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, known as Malcom X, addressed the people of Harlem and, as a result of his international standing, the people of the world. As the attention of the attendees moved toward the scuffle, at least two men approached the stage with weapons. Malcolm’s last words were “don’t do it.” But they did. Pumping Malcolm’s body with bullets and a fatal shotgun blast that took Malcolm from us physically.  What the assassins and the evil powers behind the assassination could never understand was that they did not kill Malcolm.
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