Eduardo Galeano – Novels about Pirates

eduardo_galeano_efeEduardo Galeano:  03.09 1940-13.04.2015

Should you have some connection with Latin America, the Spanish speaking world, history, Uruguay, literature, oppression, exploitation, IMF, then you are aware of the humble giant who possessed a prose that was profound yet on the surface, easily accessible.  His history of the milking of Latin America by the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, the US, Canada etc. were first contained in ¨Las venas abiertas de América Latina¨  (The Open Veins of Latin America),  was written in a six week period when he was twenty-seven years old.  He would later say he was too inexperienced to have written such a book, however it reading it now, as I have recently done again, it still holds as an insight into manuals of operations that have been played out by corporations, dictators, governments, business etc. aka well-organized crime.  This was the book Hugo Chavez presented to Obama, on the latter’s first conference down south. “Read this, then you will understand, what we are saying.”

Upside Down is another personal favourite, his style now infused with a humour that was not present in his opening salvo.  He was raging then, quite rightly so.  However with Upside Down, I found myself breaking out in a laugh as I followed the lines with my eyes.  Shit like this ain’t supposed to be funny, It eases the pain momentarily though, and we are in need of relief, and he was a medicine for a continent and beyond.

Below, his long-time translator and friend, Mark Fried talks with Sharmini Periest of The Real News Network about Galeano’s life.

The Drone Operator who said no, dreams in infra-red

bryant-drone-opertor-bryantDeath by Metadata.

Terror Tuesday.  Every Tuesday, the White House occupant, Oh-Bummer Man has a meeting where he and military chiefs go through a list of people they have decided gets an early retirement, based, many times on evidence which is as solid as a toothpick.

“Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

“Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?”

Brandon Bryant, was in the US Army and worked within the secret drone programme bombing targets in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

He was told that he helped to kill more than 1,600 people, but as time went by he felt uneasy with what he was doing. He found it hard to sleep and started dreaming in infra-red.

Brandon Bryant told the BBC/World Service ‘Witness’ program about his doubts and the mission that convinced him it was time to stop.

Link to video

If your still awake, Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald discuss the assassination program with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, (from Feb. 2014) and the piece also includes an interview with Brandon Bryant. Link

 

Hope fading fast…

Over at Dutty Artz they have a recent post with the above picture, so I checked the link to The World’s Got Problems, and the T-shirt represents how Obama has continued practices of his predecessor….ouch!

  • consolidates a multi-tiered “state always wins” system of justice
  • continues to assert a radical version of the “state secrets” privelidge
  • nominates a pesticide pushing lobbyist to a top agriculture post, breaking once again his campaign promise not to hire lobbyists
  • nominates Bush’s final spokesliar, Dana Perino, to the Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • breaks his promise to close Guantanamo prison within a year, even as people long known to be innocent still languish there – not to mention an expasion of that other Guantanamo at Bagram Air Base
  • protects torturers from accountability
  • and contemplates a massive escalation in Afghanistan