ChickenBones: A Journal

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The opium has devastated the land with entire families addicted, including babies. One of

the main reasons progress has been slow in constructing the Afghan army is because

the soldiers are addicted. They fight for a moment, and then disappear to chase the dragon.



Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man’s Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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Parable of the General as a Rolling Stone By Marvin X


In action reminiscent of Harry Truman firing General MacArthur during the Korean war, President Obama relieved General McChrystal of his duties in Afghanistan for denigrating remarks in Rolling Stone magazine.

We think the general orchestrated his departure to escape being part of America’s neo-Vietnam, especially after calling for a surge of troops that have done nothing to stop the forward march of Taliban. Clearly, the Taliban has stopped the US and NATO who should have marched victoriously into Kandahar by now. Enter General Petraeus (betray us), author of the “surge” in Iraq, although we know the “surge” was a 30 million dollar monthly payoff to the Sunni fighters, mainly in Anbar Province. This is the main reason violence decreased, not the 30,000 troops who occupied Baghdad by following the General’s highly touted counter-insurgency text. We wonder will General Betray-us come with money bags in tow? Of course, the US and NATO are already paying war lords, tribal chiefs and Taliban (two billion dollars to date) for safe passage on the roads to deliver 80% of their supplies. They paid “security fees” is Iraq as well. The plan is to offer the Taliban fighters more billions for jobs, housing and schooling if they lay down their arms and pledge allegiance to the Mayor of Kabul, the dope dealing President Karzai, whose brother controls the opium trade that expanded since the US occupiers arrived. At least while the Taliban were in power, they curtailed the opium trade under pain of execution. The opium has devastated the land with entire families addicted, including babies. One of the main reasons progress has been slow in constructing the Afghan army is because the soldiers are addicted. They fight for a moment, and then disappear to chase the dragon. What is most striking is the mantra that the US is in Afghanistan to deny Al Queda a sanctuary, while most sources say there are only one hundred of these so-called terrorists in that war torn nation. Why does it take 30,000 troops to defeat one hundred? When was the last time you heard Al Queda soldiers killed in Afghanistan? Obama’s policy is thus to continue the permanent war that feeds the US military-corporate complex. Hey, hey, how many did you kill today, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and soon Iran?24 June 2010

Source: ParablesandFablesofMarvinX

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Ann Wright, retired Army colonel and former US diplomat. She served as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Afghanistan, an embassy she helped open in 2002.—I thought there was a window of opportunity that the United States might be able to help the people of Afghanistan through a short program of help on civic assistance, humanitarian assistance, but knowing full well the history of Afghanistan, that invaders and occupiers, no matter what your national reason for being there, have a short shelf life. And with the Bush decision to divert the resources into Iraq, that window of opportunity closed very quickly.

And now we are nine years into being in Afghanistan, and we see that, as much as most Afghans don’t like the Taliban, they also don’t like warlords that are part of the Karzai government, the corruptness of the Karzai government. And while they really don’t want to be allied with the Taliban, at least there’s some order and structure, and you know what’s going on with them. That’s the real battle that General McChrystal and US foreign policies in Afghanistan are facing right now, that the Afghan people really have no faith in what the United States is trying to do, nine years later.—DemocracyNow

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Marcus Garvey “Africa For The Africans”  /  Look For Me in The Whirlwind 

 Marcus Mosiah Garvey  / Marucs Garvey Speech

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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posted 25 June 2010 




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