em·pire
ˈemˌpī(ə)r/
noun
an extensive operation or sphere of activity controlled by one person or group

One group today has more foreign military bases than any other in world history, spends more on violence and domination than the rest of the world combined, and has overthrown or attempted to overthrow some 60 governments, most of them democracies.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Media Expert: US Portrays Arabs as “Sub-Humans”, “Untermenschen”

Dr. Jack Shaheen, Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications, has studied portrayal of Arabs in US media for almost forty years. For his 2007 book and the documentary of the same name, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, he analyzes a thousand US films, and finds that almost 100% portray negative stereotypes of Arabs.

As the US continues to threaten, occupy, and and rain explosive devices and poisonous chemicals on the Middle East, it is important to reexamine Shaheen’s work.

Stereotypes of Arabs in US media documented by Shaheen include the angry, threatning Arab who is always toting a rifle and causing explosions, and wealthy Arabs “buying up” chunks of the US. These stereotypes represent a perceived violent and economic “conspiracy” against US Americans, who then view themselves as the victims.

Shaheen finds that “Arabs are the most maligned group in the history of Hollywood. They are portrayed basically as sub-humans, untermenschen, the term used by Nazis to vilify Gypsies and Jews.”

“All aspects of our culture project the Arab as villain. … There is no deviation.”

Further, he examines the historical record to illustrate how “Politics and Hollywood’s images are linked. They reinforce one another. Policy enforces mythical images, mythical images help enforce policy.”

US films that feature Arabs reveal US American “anger … born of fear … in response to a perceived conspiracy and threat by a specific group of people. Well, we’ve seen and heard this before. If we look at the anti-Semitic propaganda of the Nazis, at its core is an identical type of … threat“, including a perceived economic threat, which Shaheen discusses.

Indeed, powerful Europeans such as Hitler and Churchill, with racist ideas reflected in a notorious propaganda book called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, saw an “evil prominence … obtained by Jews”; a Jewish “madness … allowed to prey upon the … German people”; the “schemes of the International Jews”; a Jewish “worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization”; Jews as “the mainspring of every subversive movement” for a century; Jews “gripping the Russian people by the heads”, making Jews the “undisputed masters”. (All statements made by Winston Churchill)

Further, Shaheen shows, “the popular image of Arabs in some our most beloved Hollywood movies” actually “resembles … the popular image of Jews in Nazi propaganda … the only difference being that the Arab usually wears a robe and head-dress.”


German Portrayal of Jew Hoarding Treasure


US Portrayal of Arab Hoarding Treasure


US Portrayal of Arab Man in “Gladiator”


German Portrayal of Jew


German Portrayal of Jew


US Portrayal of Arab


US Portrayal of Rich Arab Lusting after Blonde US American Women


German Portrayal of Rich, Threatening Soviet Jew with Whip


US Portrayal of “Mad Dog” Arab

Note the Soviet symbol on the above Nazi portrayal of a Jewish man. Churchill, who aggressively invaded the Soviet Union in 1918 (along with a Western axis of powers that included the US) proclaimed that “the part played in the creation of Bolshevism … by … Jews … probably outweighs all others.” He gives a list of Bolshevik revolutionaries, then says they were “all Jews”, but notes that “In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing”, with “Jews, and in some notable cases … Jewesses” taking the “prominent, if not principal” role.

Thus, while asserting that “The Aryan stock is bound to triumph”, he concluded that “One might as well legalise sodomy as recognise the Bolsheviks.” The Bolshevik revolution had to be, as Churchill put it, “strangle[d] at its birth”. Apparently intending those words fairly literally, he attacked the “Jew” and “Jewess”-led revolutionaries with poison gas, defiantly committing what was then considered the worst possible atrocity. Of the overall operation, Churchill subsequently stated that his axis shot Bolsheviks on sight, blockaded their ports, sank their ships, and armed their enemies. Undoubtedly, the attack helped foster an environment of fear in which security-obsessed hard-liners like Stalin were then able to thrive and seize power. Indeed, Western Europe (now the Nazi regime) would invade Russia again two decades later, this time exterminating up to forty million Russians, approaching a third of the Russian population. Virtually everyone in Russia today has a family member who was murdered in that campaign.

Just as the European perception and portrayal of Jews as a sub-human threat allowed Europeans to regard themselves as victims of Jews and kill large numbers of them (Jews had in reality of course been the victims of European repression and massacre for thousands of years), US Americans, likewise, turn reality on its head and largely regard themselves as threatened victims of Arabs (which is largely confabulation for military expansion and resource-looting), and kill large numbers of them. The US has been involved, directly and indirectly, in killing millions of Arabs, Muslims, and other Middle Eastern people-groups for decades, particularly beginning in 1953 with the US/British overthrow of Iranian democracy, and leading up to US invasions of Iraq in the early ’90s, and US-led sanctions deemed “genocidal” by UN overseers, who resigned in protest. All of this was done long before the 9/11/01 attacks (the US has continued to mass murder millions of Middle Easterners since 9/11), and nothing remotely approaching a reversal of it – Arab armies invading the US and destroying the society, killing millions of people through various means, etc. – has ever happened or could happen, at least in the real world.

Yet, with the Nazi-like, self-proclaimed-helpless-victim-under-constant-threat mindset, combined with endless, Nazi-like US propaganda portraying Arabs as threatening and “sub-human” (Shaheen), reality is all but unknown to US citizens. On the rare occasion that a sliver of reality slips in, one finds that, for whatever reason, it doesn’t count, and more invasions, murders, and other crimes against humanity are planned, supported, perpetrated, and unpunished, with mountains of Arab, Muslim, and other Middle Eastern peoples, murdered by or thanks to the noble, rational US American “victims”, piled higher.



Also note: “Although usually incorrectly considered to have been coined by the Nazis, the term “under man” [subhuman] … was first used by American author Lothrop Stoddard [PhD, Harvard] in the title of his 1922 pamphlet The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-man“. He also authored The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, and other books. On page one of the former, Stoddard, like the European leaders noted above, identifies “largely Jewish Bolshevist[s]” as a secondary cause of the “revolutionary unrest that today afflicts the entire world”. The root cause, he says, recalling Churchill’s thinking, is the spread of “alien stock” through “a process of racial impoverishment”, largely attributable to scheming, clever “Russian Jews” who bring about “revolutionary unrest” that threatens to “destroy” our “civilization”.

However, this is not to discount the “widespread harm” done by the “determined, ruthless minority” of “largely Jewish” Bolsheviks who issue propaganda that, Stoddard informs us, is equivalent to artworks of “low-type savage man”, at which “normal persons should be inclined to laugh”.

Whereas previously, Jews were “so segregated from the general population that they [could] exert… almost no influence upon popular thought or action”, now the “influence of the Jews”, says Stoddard, is “typifie[d] … in the “rise of Karl Marx”.

On the same wavelength as Churchill, Stoddard continues that “Jews have played an important part in all social revolutionary movements, from the time of Marx and Engels…” While urgently denouncing the degenerate, “largely Jewish” “communists”, Stoddard advocates instead for what he calls “more conservative social elements” to preserve the “high grade Anglo-Saxon stock” that had formed the US and was being threatened by “alien[s]”.

The reverberations of his work can be seen daily in mainstream discourse.

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Author’s research focuses on global force dynamics. He also writes professionally for the film industry. His articles have been noted by professors, scholars, student-groups, and other independent researchers.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1921: Black Business District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Attacked, Aerially Bombed and Razed, Victims Dumped in Mass Graves

An otherwise poor and uninformative documentary (funded by Pennsylvania Public Television and Corporation for Public Broadcasting) on the US bombing and burning alive of 11 residents, adults and children, of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, 1985, begins with one minute (10:30 to 11:30) on the rarely-mentioned 1921 onslaught, aerial bombing, and incineration of the “Black Wall Street” business district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921, by white mobs, including the KKK and government forces.

From the PPT, CPB doc:

May 31st, 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The ‘Negro Wall Street’ district of the Greenwood neighborhood is bombed from the air.

Whites invade the enviable black business district, looting, burning, killing.

The police commandeer private planes. The 101st Airborne is flown in. A load of dynamite is dropped. 75 instantly killed. Hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed.

Four truckloads of bodies are shoveled into mass graves along the Arkansas river.

4,000 black men, women, and children arrested and placed in concentration camps, where they are required to carry ‘passes’.

The city quickly re-zones the neighborhood so that the railroad can be run through, thus completing the destruction of that neighborhood.

Wikipedia states that on May 31 and June 1, 1921:

…a group of white people attacked the black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It resulted in the Greenwood District, also known as ‘the Black Wall Street‘ and the wealthiest black community in the United States, being burned to the ground.

An estimated 10,000 blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire. The official count of the dead by the Oklahoma Department of Vital Statistics was 39, but other estimates of black fatalities vary from 55 to about 300.

The events of the riot were long omitted from local and state histories. “The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private. Blacks and whites alike grew into middle age unaware of what had taken place.”

One official, the police chief, was found guilty of “failing to take proper precautions for protecting life and property, and for conspiring to free automobile thieves and collect rewards.”

“No legal records indicate that any other white official was ever charged of wrongdoing or even negligence.”
Black Wall Street neighborhood after the massacre and being razed:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/Panorama_of_the_ruined_area_tulsa_race_riots.jpg

Of the wider trend of this kind of violence in the US during that period, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elliot G. Jaspin has documented in his book, Buried in Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America, that whites in the US, mainly in the period of about 1900 to about 1920, engaged in extraordinarily widespread, mass “racial cleansings” of large areas in which black people lived.

White terrorists would form mobs and drive out the black people, torturing and killing those who could not escape or refused to leave.  The US government allowed the practice and did not punish or rectify it, and many of the cleansed counties remain entirely white today.

Records, like those from the Black Wall Street massacre, abound of harrowing escapes as white mobs fired at black civilians in their neighborhoods and burned down their houses, forcing people to flee through forests and creeks, hide in wells, or simply get on trains at gunpoint and go away.

Crucially, Jaspin also documents why this history is almost entirely unknown in the US: people either deny or try to explain away racial cleansings [and many other crimes of their society], through tactics such as using euphemisms, making excuses, or, the tactic perhaps most seen today, blaming the victims.

George Orwell wrote: “The nationalist not only does not disprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

Lynchings of black people were also a frequent occurrence during, before, and after this period.
Harvard scholar Garikai Chengu notes:

A lynching was a quintessential American public ritual that often took place in front of large crowds that sometimes numbered in the thousands. Historian Mark Gado notes that, “onlookers sometimes fired rifles and handguns hundreds of times into the corpse while people cheered and children played during the festivities”.

…in 1899 the Springfield Weekly described a lynching by chronicling how, “the Negro was deprived of his ears, fingers and genital parts of his body. He pleaded pitifully for his life while the mutilation was going on…before the body was cool, it was cut to pieces, the bones crushed into small bits…the Negro’s heart was cut into several pieces, as was also his liver…small pieces of bones went for 25 cents…”. Such graphic accounts were the norm in the South, and photos, were regularly taken of the lynched bodies on display and made into postcards that were sent all over the country.

Lynchings were sanctioned by the US government, as they were not prevented and went unpunished.
In the US today, Chengu continues, the:

…police state assassinates the Black victim twice. Once by way of lynching and again to assassinate the victim’s character so as to justify the public execution [blaming the victim].

Chauncey DeVega notes at Alternet:

American Exceptionalism [the US state-worshiper’s version of “Our God is the One True God”] blinds those who share its gaze to uncomfortable facts and truths about their own country.
The burned to death images of the black body were a form of mass culture in 19th- and 20th-century America.

DeVega gives some samples of reports on how lynchings were carried out:

Two thousand people gathered for the killing, some taking a special excursion train from Atlanta for the purpose. The leaders of the lynching stripped Hose, chained him to a tree, stacked wood around him, and soaked everything in kerosene. The mob cut off Hose’s ears, fingers and genitals; they peeled the skin from his face. They watched, a newspaper reported, ”with unfeigning satisfaction” as the man’s veins ruptured from the heat and his blood hissed in the flames.

Another lynching:

“Great masses of humanity flew as swiftly as possible through the streets of the city in order to be present at the bridge when the hanging took place … the Negro was … taken to the City Hall … crowds of men, women and children turned and hastened to the lawn.

“On the way to the scene of the burning people on every hand took a hand in showing their feelings in the matter by striking the Negro with anything obtainable, some struck him with shovels, bricks, clubs, and others stabbed him and cut him until when he was strung up his body was a solid color of red, the blood of the many wounds inflicted covered him from head to foot.

“Dry goods boxes and all kinds of inflammable material were gathered, and it required but an instant to convert this into seething flames. When the Negro was first hoisted into the air his tongue protruded from his mouth and his face was besmeared with blood.

“Life was not extinct within the Negro’s body, although nearly so, when another chain was placed around his neck and thrown over the limb of a tree on the lawn, everybody trying to get to the Negro and have some part in his death. The infuriated mob then leaned the Negro, who was half alive and half dead, against the tree, he having just strength enough within his limbs to support him.

“As rapidly as possible the Negro was then jerked into the air at which a shout from thousands of throats went up on the morning air and dry goods boxes, excelsior, wood and every other article that would burn was then in evidence, appearing as if by magic. A huge dry goods box was then produced and filled to the top with all of the material that had been secured.

“The Negro’s body was swaying in the air, and all of the time a noise as of thousands was heard and the Negro’s body was lowered into the box.” “No sooner had his body touched the box than people pressed forward, each eager to be the first to light the fire, matches were touched to the inflammable material and as smoke rapidly rose in the air, such a demonstration as of people gone mad was never heard before. Everybody pressed closer to get souvenirs of the affair. When they had finished with the Negro his body was mutilated.

“Fingers, ears, pieces of clothing, toes and other parts of the Negro’s body were cut off by members of the mob that had crowded to the scene as if by magic when the word that the Negro had been taken in charge by the mob was heralded over the city. As the smoke rose to the heavens, the mass of people, numbering in the neighborhood of 10,000 crowding the City Hall law and overflowing the square, hanging from the windows of buildings, viewing the scene from the tops of buildings and trees, set up a shout that was heard blocks away.”

In another lynching:

…fingers and toes were cut off, his teeth pulled out by pliers and finally he was castrated. It still wasn’t enough. Irwin was then burned alive in front of hundreds of onlookers (Brundage, p. 42).

DeVega continues that white torture and execution of blacks:

…was a ceremony … with distinct practices, that symbolically purged the black body from the white polity…

The rendering of spectacular violence against non-whites paid a psychological wage to white people that helped to create a type of social cement for White America, one that covered up its own intra-group tensions of class, religion, and gender. This racial logic continues in the present with a racially discriminatory criminal justice system, the murder by police of black and brown people, and how white Americans support such unfair treatment.


A 2001 report on the destruction of Black Wall Street “included the commission’s recommendations for some compensatory actions, most of which were not implemented by the state and city governments. The state passed legislation to establish some scholarships for descendants of survivors, economic development of Greenwood, and a memorial park to the victims in Tulsa. The latter was dedicated in 2010.”



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hersh: Obama lied. Obama: No, I didn’t. NBC: Yep, you did. And again just now.

Obama and his regime are on the defensive as Hersh reveals the many, many lies (some of which led to the deaths of innocent people) that Obama told about his assassination of bin Laden.

Hersh’s report details those lies, and concludes: ““High-level lying … remains the modus operandi of US policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.”

Seemingly unable to help himself, and as if trying to offer immediate confirmation of Hersh’s analysis, Obama announced that “Pakistanis did not know” about the US raid.

NBC then confirmed that very aspect of Hersh’s report, saying yes, a “Pakistani official helped the US find bin Laden”.

Hersh’s report is confirmed by multiple US intelligence sources, and he himself confirmed that, having been around a long time, he does not feel he is going out on a limb with any of the information.

Indeed, when Obama was 23, Hersh was earning a Pulizter for reporting on US atrocities during aggression against Vietnam.

What his latest report imparts, in essence, is that bin Laden was a prisoner of Pakistan – he was held by them in a locked cell – and Pakistan agreed to look the other way while the US came in and executed bin Laden, who was sickly, defenseless, did not fight back, and did not use human shields, as was reported dishonestly by the US (a common claim for regimes that kill lots of people).

It was the classic movie cliche where prison guards on the take “go out for a smoke” so somebody in the prison can get whacked.

It was a Nuremberg hanging without the trial (and apparently a lot messier – Seals reportedly dumped parts of bin Laden’s corpse, shredded by gunfire, out of their helicopter. There was no “burial at sea”, ie dumping the corpse in the ocean).

Head of US-based group “Human Rights Watch”, Kenneth Roth, said “If Hersh is right, the CIA played Hollywood to make Zero Dark Thrity a p.r. piece for torture.”

He is referring to Hersh’s revelation that the CIA decided, after bin Laden’s execution, to lie to the public and say that torturing people revealed bin Laden’s location.

Read Hersh’s report to see more US BS exposed, and expect more denials from the white house, which is issuing wild, angry statements that make it appear as though they have not even read the report.

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