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Journal Journal: Evil Empire 34

The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it.

It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture-e.html

The Matrix

Journal Journal: Mysteries in the Snowden Revelations 28

+5 Insightful, over at Naked Capitalism.

"There are some other mysteries in the Snowden revelations. With the massive surveillance, it should have been easy to unravel the drug trade. This suggests a large involvement by the government. The other obvious target is the financial system. Transactions may be encrypted, but any M&A activity will leave a huge footprint of phone calls, travels to company headquarters, involvement of law and accounting firms."

Books

Journal Journal: Why Are Schoolchidren in USA Today Required? 5

Why are they required to read "Diary of Ann Frank", but not "Black Like Me"?

Which one is really relevant to the actual understanding of social, civil and human rights in the society that they are a part of?

Which one do they have a daily context for approaching and doing something about?

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