Place Name: Oracabessa by Kei Miller

Oracabessa – origins disputed but most likely leave over
from the Spanish. Oracabeza, Golden Head, though
what gold was here other than light shining off the bay,
other than bananas bursting out from red flowers? But
this too is disputed – not the flowers – rather, the origin
of bananas; they may have come here with Columbus on
a ship that in 1502 slipped into Orcabessa the way grief
sometimes slips into a room. In those days the sailor
tried to name the island Santa Maria, as if not knowing
we already had a name, in another language, a language
whose speakers would soon die – though this too is
disputed – not the deaths, but the completeness of
genocide. Consider, if you will, such leave-over words as
barbecue; consider hurricane; consider the word Jamaica,
land of wood and water – but not of gold. Could someone
please go back in time and tell Columbus, in Taino there
is no word for gold. Christopher Columbus, in Italiano
Cristoforo Colombo, en español Cristóbal Colón. A teacher
once told me ‘Colón’ is root word for colonist, and though
I know that was false etymology, there is some truth to it.
Oracabessa – place where you might find such tranquil
villas as Golden Cove, Golden Clouds or Goldeneye –
longtime home of Ian Fleming who sat there on cliff’s
edge, the morning’s breakfast brought to him by a woman
named Doris, the scent of ackee and crisp-fried
breadfruit wafting up to his nostrils while between his
teeth he bit a number 2 pencil, all the time looking out to
sea as if fishing for a story – maybe a man – an incredible
man – let’s call him Bond. James Bond. Who knew 007
wasn’t Scottish, but a barefoot bwoy from St Mary, Jamaica.
Like so many others, he too would migrate – the brutish
winter cooling his complexion down to white. Such stories!
Goldfinger, GoldenEye, The Man with the Golden Gun.
Did you never stop to wonder where all this gold came
from? Did you never stop to ask, what was found in El
Dorado? Well, let me tell you: not a nugget, not an ounce
of ore – but light gilding the bay, and perhaps bananas, and
perhaps ackee, and such language as could summon
wind to capsize Columbus’s ships – and if that’s not gold,
then what is?

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A Small Needful Fact

A Small Needful Fact
Ross Gay

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.

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jasper texas 1998

jasper texas 1998
BY LUCILLE CLIFTON

i am a man’s head hunched in the road.
i was chosen to speak by the members
of my body. the arm as it pulled away
pointed toward me, the hand opened once
and was gone.

why and why and why
should i call a white man brother?
who is the human in this place,
the thing that is dragged or the dragger?
what does my daughter say?

the sun is a blister overhead.
if i were alive i could not bear it.
the townsfolk sing we shall overcome
while hope bleeds slowly from my mouth
into the dirt that covers us all.
i am done with this dust. i am done.

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Patrick Wolfe’s “Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native”

NYU Food, Land and Power

Patrick Wolfe, in “Settler colonialism and the elimination of the Native,” lays out a detailed argument in which he seeks to distinguish between genocide and settler colonialism while also illuminating the complexity of their relationship, and in so doing, lays the foundation for the concept “structural genocide” by drawing upon multiple histories, including Australia, North America, Palestine/Israel, and Rwanda.

There were several ideas Wolfe proposed that felt especially significant/resonant:

  • Race is made in the targeting of people, it cannot be taken as a given or merely a social construct without historical purpose & context. “Black people were racialized as slaves, slavery constituted their Blackness. Correspondingly, Indigenous North Americans were not killed, driven away, romanticized, assimilated, fenced in, bred white, and otherwise eliminated as original owners of the land but as Indians.”
  • For Indigenous people, their targeted identity was constructed form where they are & were – they became target simply…

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Cognitive Dissonance: The Most Prolific Psychological Plague of our Time

The Rabbit Hole

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true – Soren Kierkegaard

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In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values; when performing an action that contradicts one of those beliefs, ideas, or values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts one of the beliefs, ideas, and values.In other words, the term refers to the perception of incompatibility of two simultaneous cognitions, which can impact on their attitudes.

Leon Festinger‘s 1957 theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how human beings strive for internal consistency. A person who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and so is motivated to try to reduce the cognitive dissonance occurring, trying to “justify” their behavior by changing or…

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Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: THE REAL REASONS Why The West Cannot Topple His Government

The Rabbit Hole

The fingerprints of U.S. imperialism can be found all over the manufactured insurrection in Syria, in keeping with the ultimate goal of destabilization and eventual “regime change”  through fomenting a sectarian “civil war”.  In this article, we will discuss the backstory and reveal the real reasons why outside forces could not topple the Syrian government and oust the widely popular President of Syria.

The Hidden Forces Behind Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad

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Why is the Syrian President relentlessly demonized by the Anglo-American Axis? 

Just like President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Syria’s President Bashar Hafez al-Assad has been the victim of unrelenting character assassination and false reporting by the Western Mainstream Media (MSM).  Many of the MSM outlets throughout the Anglo-American Axis (AAA) have published one false story after another in a concerted effort to turn the entire world against him.  And for what?

Why are they so determined to overthrow one of the…

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The Real Reasons the West Cannot Topple Bashar Assad

Fig Trees and Vineyards

Sarah Abed has posted a fascinating article at her blog, The Rabbit Hole, providing an analysis of how, and why, Syrian President Bashar Assad–despite nearly eight years of sweat poured by scheming Western regime changers into the goal of toppling his government–has managed to hang on.

What the heck is it about this guy? How has he piloted his way through every single Zionist effort to rip his country apart and install a puppet government favorable to the West? What’s his secret? For after all, hordes of Western-trained terrorist head-choppers have been poured into Syria equipped with shiny fleets of Toyotas and advanced-grade military weaponry, yet Assad, almost miraculously, has remained at the head of the government, and for the most part has kept the country together. How has he been able to do this? Abed supplies four main reasons.

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The secret of happiness

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El Nuevo Reino de León, la familia Carvajal y la Inquisición

Gusto por la historia

Ana Portnoy Grumberg

Texto para la Exposición “Diego Rivera y la Inquisición: Un puente en el tiempo“. Museo de Historia Mexicana, Monterrey, N.L.,   Septiembre 2009-Enero 2010.


INTRODUCCIÓN

Tras la conquista de Granada, último baluarte musulmán en tierra española, acción con la que se logró la consolidación territorial de los reinos cristianos y pretendiendo la unificación cultural y religiosa, los Reyes Católicos decretaron la expulsión de los judíos que vivieran en sus reinos y que no aceptaran la conversión al cristianismo.

“Nos don Fernando e Isabel por la gracia de Dios, Reyes de Castilla, León, Aragón [y otros dominios de la corona] al illustrisimo principe don Juan, nuestro muy caro e muy amado primogénito y sucesor universal en nuestros reinos y tierras …, a los duques, marqueses, condes, órdenes religiosas y sus Maestres, […] y a todos los judíos hombres y mujeres de cualquier edad y a quienquiera esta carta…

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Paris Climate Agreement

Friends,

Donald Trump is preparing to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement according to multiple news reports. The rest of us, in Mexico and beyond, must be all-in on climate action.

This is the time for real leaders to stand up and take action to confront the climate crisis. We cannot settle for empty statements or the status quo. Half-measures are a suicide pact.

Will you take this moment to send a message that you continue to stand for climate action, now stronger than ever? We will be delivering them en-masse to the White House in Washington DC tomorrow.

2016 was the hottest year ever, and a huge wakeup call. But 2017 is a fire alarm. If the world’s largest economy abandons climate action, we must all recommit to it — most of all, heads of state who control the future of international climate action.

We don’t have to convince Donald Trump to win this fight. In fact, just the opposite: we need to convince everyone who disagrees with him to increase their work to stop him. If you add your name to this declaration of support for the Paris Agreement and stronger climate action, we will deliver it to the White House to demonstrate your opposition to Trump’s decision.

We, the organized people of the world, are in charge of our destiny — not greedy men with small agendas. We will continue to fight, and if we commit ourselves, we will win.

Duncan

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