Tag Archives | Massacre

Soul Murder and the Profound Brokenness of Human Culture

Zong_massacreRobert C. Koehler writes at Common Dreams:

All men are created equal. All chattel are insured.

I saw the movie Belle the other day and a piece of it got stuck in my head. The costume drama, set in England in the 1780s, hinged on a real historical event: the monstrous voyage of the slave ship Zong in 1781, from West Africa to the Caribbean. Its cargo when it set out on its transatlantic voyage included some 470 tightly packed human beings — too tightly packed, it turns out. Disease ran through the cargo hold. Slaves and crewmen began to die. The ship got lost. They began running low on water. Eventually the surviving crew jettisoned . . . 132 live humans, still in chains. This was business as usual.

Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History, wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 2008, commemorating the bicentennial of the official end of the slave trade in the British Empire: “Over almost four centuries, from roughly 1500 to 1870, 12 million to 13 million Africans were forced onto slave ships and sailed to New World plantations.

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Deir Yassin Massacre Remembered

Picture: Palestine Solidarity Project (C)

Picture: Palestine Solidarity Project (C)

(Note from the editor: I regret that we weren’t able to run this on April 9 due to site upgrades, but it’s still an important story and worthy of your consideration.)

Tell me this doesn’t reek of abuse victims becoming perpetrators.  Raouf J. Halaby writes in Counterpunch:

Even though April 9, 1948, is a day of infamy for Palestinians, few commemorative ceremonies will be held.

Sixty-Five years ago today organized Jewish terrorist groups, including the Irgun and Stern gangs, attacked the Village of Deir Yassin, a village whose population numbered some 600 people; 112 women children and old men were brutally butchered in a massacre that has been likened to the Babi Yar Nazi massacre of Jews in Kiev, Ukraine. Add insult to injury, some of the survivors were stripped, loaded on flat truck beds, paraded in a demeaning triumphal drive through Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods, driven out of town, and shot to death.

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Google Pursues Business Plans with Burma Despite Massacre of the Rohingya People

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First, I would like to thank Matt Staggs for offering me the chance to bring this story to your attention. I have just been made aware of two massacres of the Rohingya in Burma, and this was first bought to my attention with a brutal photo of a small child hacked to death. I will spare you the image, because my intention is not to shock you, but to ask for your help in raising awareness of a potential genocide in Burma. For the prior two massacres, the US has sanctioned Burma and condemned these attacks, which were spurned on by government propaganda.

However, despite these sanctions Google is still planning to meet with the Burmese government to talk over business plans. Worse, this story is not going anywhere in the social media networks or with mainstream news outlets. Even though we’re told, “if it bleeds, it leads,” the massacres of thousands of Rohingya men, women, and children is not sexy enough to make the nightly news.… Read the rest

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American Racism, Kent State Cover-up, Israel Propaganda | Breaking The Set

Breaking the Set: Abby calls out the corporate media for blaming everything that happens in the Middle East on Al-Qaeda, and goes into the case of Gitmo prisoner Omar Khadr. Abby talks to the director of the NAACP about the pervasive racism that still exists in American society. BTS talks to Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, about the Kent State massacre and subsequent cover-up. Abby wraps up the show by dissecting America's love affair with Israel.
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Scores of Amazon Indigenous Tribe Members Killed by Miners

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Via Common Dreams:

As many as 80 Yanomami Indians have been killed in a “massacre” carried out by unauthorized gold miners from Brazil, leaving charred remains of a community and polluted rivers in its wake.

Survival International, a London-based groups that works for tribal peoples’ rights worldwide, says that the massacre took place in July but news of the event is only coming to light now due to the community’s remote location in Venezuela’s Momoi region close to the border with Brazil.

The Guardian reports on the details of the massacre: “According to local testimonies an armed group flew over in a helicopter, opening fire with guns and launching explosives into Irotatheri settlement in the High Ocamo area. The village was home to about 80 people and only three had been accounted for as survivors, according to people from a neighbouring village and indigenous rights activists.”

Witnesses who saw the aftermath of the massacre reported seeing “burnt bodies and bones” and a burnt communal home.

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Witnesses To A Massacre: Other Participants In The Columbine Shooting

[disinfo ed.'s note: this was first published on April 21, 2009. We have republished it in the midst of the current debate regarding mass murder, gun control, conspiracies and more regarding the Aurora, Colorado shooting incident, in the hope that it can provide some perspective.]

Russ Kick writes in Everything You Know Is Wrong: The mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado still stands as the most infamous school shooting in US history. It remains seared into the public psyche as the archetypal school shooting. Despite the controversies it triggered (provoking arguments about guns, Marilyn Manson, bullying, and parental responsibility, among many other topics) and the subsequent incidents and near-incidents it inspired, many unanswered questions swirl around the events of April 20, 1999. Read and/or download this article on Scribd.
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WikiLeaks Reveals Iraqi Children Were Executed in U.S Raid on Ishaqi

U.S. officials had originally claimed that “nothing inappropriate” had occurred during a controversial incident in 2006 in the town of Ishaqi, Iraq. A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks, however, tells a different story. In this version of events, according to an autopsy of the bodies in Tikrit (along with several witness reports which were vigorously denied by U.S. officials) four women and five children (all of which were five years old or younger) were handcuffed and then shot in the head, after which an air-strike was called in to destroy the home in which the massacre had transpired. Not surprisingly, the Pentagon has thus far declined to comment. I hope you all will join me in pinching the bridge of our noses and muttering “Sweet fucking Christ”. (More on McClatchy)

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