Man, I was just thinking to myself, “I wonder when the next war will start? It’s been at least a couple of months since the last one.” Sure enough, France has launched airstrikes in Mali to combat the ever elusive, omniscient and legendary “Islamic militants”. These guys appear to be channeling Waldo in their ability to pop up randomly and at will around the world and it seems lately everywhere that the Waldos went the Western/NATO bombers are sure to go along for the ride. Maybe France is getting tired of the other Western powers making them look like Quakers who didn’t get their recommended daily allowance of oatmeal. Like a good consigliere, France’s President Hollande made sure to get a “seconded” from the don, himself, before going ahead with military actions. Well, at least they picked one of the poorest countries on Earth due to drought and debt, one that just happens to be a gateway to the mineral rich African continent on the global ruling class’s honey do list to usurp. Geez, this critical thinking and analysis of current events is giving me a headache, I wonder how the Idol auditions are going…
This is a brief post as I’m preparing an in-depth look at the education issues taking place in America but I do want to mention the Idle No More movement taking place in Canada, which is getting virtually no coverage in the mainstream media. God knows, it’s not as important as Oprah’s interrogation of Lance “I done did dope” Armstrong but to the First Nation people of North America, it is a teeny bit relevant to their lives and, ultimately, ours as well. I do want to say how much I admire whoever came up with the name for the movement, it perfectly encapsulates their attempts to change the status quo in the Canadian government’s and the society at large’s treatment of the indigenous population. The tale as old as time plot line of men with arms taking land from men, women, or children with slingshots is once again playing out in a Western country. The administration of Prime Minister Harper is making moves to remove environmental protections and privatize the land deeded to the tribal people in the Indian Act, reminiscent of the sacred “treaties” that were the educated man’s way of subjugating a people who used oral storytelling rather than trust funds to pass along their culture to their descendants. The members of INM are no doubt aware of a certain agency’s (with lots of intelligent employees) propensity to co-opt such uprisings and…well, let’s just leave it at that.
Sociology professor Catherine Corrigall-Brown, who studies social movements and indigenous politics, observed, “All social movements have a struggle, which is how do you deal with a chronic problem and make it salient? ” Petitions only go so far and eventually, it’s time put on those pair of comfortable walking shoes and say, “Rubber soles…meet road”. The youth in Quebec have also led the way in standing up to the architects of austerity in Montreal this past summer, eventually winning concessions in proposed tuition increases for university students and backing off of a ban on public demonstrations. It will take courage to stand up to the ruling class and true shared sacrifice, which many Americans have become tiresomely accustomed to doing, whether it be sending sons and daughters off to war without end or unceasing cuts in wages, job benefits and standards of living. Meanwhile, the elites and ruling class in America make not one single relinquishment of the opulence and wealth that fuels lifestyles beyond Robin Leach’s wildest champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Finally, peace to Bradley Manning who was told by a military judge that he could not use the whistleblower defense in his trial but it was okey dokey to bring it up in the sentencing phase. At least, he’ll get four months off a possible life sentence because the judge determined “that he was subjected to excessively harsh treatment in military detention.” You can’t make this stuff up.
A virtual fist bump to anyone who knows what quote the title of this post came from and who was the speaker.