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The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Colonialism, Culture, History, Poetry, War, WW1

Quoting Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ ‘Forward the Light Brigade! ’ Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldiers knew Some one had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

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An Australian Nationalist Perspective of History – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on An Australian Nationalist Perspective of History – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian Labor Party, Colonialism, History, Politics, War, WW2

Hewson’s reaction to what Keating believed was a perfectly proper speech to the Queen had touched a nerve. It was a deep insult, and almost certainly intensified by the press reaction to Annita’s missing curtsy. And it probably awoke another half-buried memory, that of his father’s brother who had been captured at the fall of […]

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Lumumba – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lumumba – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Colonialism, Communism, Congo, Democracy, History, Policy, Politics

In September 1960, Lumumba was dismissed by Kasavubu, and in turn Lumumba dismissed Kasavubu. The constitution did not allow for either of these moves. After a few days of confusion, Lumumba was definitively overthrown in a bloodless military coup led by the very person he had just appointed head of the army, colonel Mobutu. Lumumba’s […]

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Nos Noirs – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nos Noirs – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, History

Fifty years later, it is astonishing to read some of the colonial and early post-colonial writings about the Belgian Congo which is described as ‘our Congo’ or its inhabitants as Nos Noirs, our blacks.

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Highly Motivated Missionaries – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Highly Motivated Missionaries – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Christianity, Colonialism, Congo, History, Religion

The other important protagonist in the early history of the Congo Français was Prosper Augouard. Born in 1852, ordained in the congregation of the Holy Spirit, he arrived in Gabon in 1877. Missionaries of the time had to be highly motivated for their life expectancy in Africa was just three years. Augouard was more robust […]

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Brazzaville – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Brazzaville – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, History

Brazza signed a treaty with a chief on the north side of the river, and planted the French flag. The chief could not read French and did not realise that he had conceded a large piece of land to France rather than merely getting some kind of protection and trading rights. Meanwhile, on the south […]

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Class, Change and Colonialism – “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” – Mohsin Hamid

December 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Class, Change and Colonialism – “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” – Mohsin Hamid · Colonialism, History, Pakistan, Politics

Salaries have not risen in line with inflation, the rupee has declined steadily against the dollar, and those of us who once had substantial family estates have seen them divided and subdivided by each – larger- subsequent generation. So my grandfather could not afford what his father could, and my father could not afford what […]

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You Want the Truth?? – “Rudyard Kipling” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on You Want the Truth?? – “Rudyard Kipling” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Civilisation, Colonialism, History, Means and Ends, Politics, Security Policy

(Kipling) sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard and feed them. Again, it’s Orwell’s ruthless realism that sets him apart from other progressive writers. Particularly progressive writers of his time.

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“The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on “The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Colonialism, History, Policy, War

The (British) Empire was peaceful as no area of comparable size has ever been. Throughout its vast extent, nearly a quarter of the earth, there were fewer armed men than would be found necessary by a minor Balkan state. Very droll and typically Orwellian. For a strident socialist, he was always very realistic about the […]

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Power and Colonialism – Shooting an Elephant from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on Power and Colonialism – Shooting an Elephant from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Colonialism, History, Humanism, Morality, Power

In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.

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