Africa is the world’s second largest continent. But it’s not unusual for Americans to classify it as a single entity, ignoring the many cultural, economic and geographic differences between its 47 countries. If three countries in Africa are going through an Ebola epidemic, the other 44 must be too, right?
Former Ghibli animator Hiroshi Shimizu will be the animation director of canadian “Urbance” TV series.
But the project still need support on Kickstarter :
Oct. 20 3:15 pm
- At least 5 Ferguson officers apart from Darren Wilson have been named in lawsuits
- Ferguson police accused of assaulting children
- Shaun King has 15 questions for Darren Wilson (storify)
- Ferguson protesters brace for no indictment
- Is it legal for the police to shoot an unarmed, surrendered citizen?
- Black teens are 21 times more likely to be shot by cops than white teens
- The Big List of Ferguson Live Streams
The CIA’s plan to commit terror attacks in America —- Operation Northwoods
In the early 1960’s Fidel Castro was becoming one pain in the butt embarrassment for the Central Intelligence Agency. Cuba represented an immense failure of US foreign policy, as the once American dominated government fell to Castro’s regime in 1959. In the upcoming years, the CIA would try numerous times to assassinate, discredit, and remove Castro from power. This culminated with the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961 where the CIA attempted a failed military invasion using Cuban counterrevolutionaries, and the Cuban Missile Crises, a showdown between the US and Soviet Union over Soviet nuclear missiles stationed in Cuba.
In 1962 the CIA proposed Operation Northwoods as a drastic but conclusive solution to the Cuban situation. Operation Northwoods called for a series of terrorist attacks on American military bases and civilian targets, which were to be conducted by CIA personnel disguised as Cuban agents. With supposed evidence in hand, the US Government would then have full justification for military operations against Cuba. Operation Northwoods was to begin with an assault on Guantanamo Bay by “Cuban Forces”. Then a series of terrorist attacks would be conducted by CIA agents in cities such as Miami and Washington.
Among the plans was a scheme to hijack an airplane then simulate a crash with an empty airplane that would give the appearance of “killing all passengers”. In Miami CIA agents were to assassinate a number of Cuban refugees, leaving evidence that the murders were conducted by Cuban assassins. It was also suggested that a boatload of Cuban refugees be destroyed, with evidence planted to blame Pro-Castro saboteurs. The plan even called for the mass shooting of civilians on the street by “Cuban military forces” as well as the bombings of American ships and buildings. There was even a plan to blow up an American ship, creating a “USS Maine” propaganda moment to galvanize Americans against Cuba. Finally, Operation Northwoods called for a fleet of American captured MiG fighter jets to fly over American airspace, harassing civil aviation and perhaps even shooting down an American airliner bound for the Caribbean.
The plan was drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by Chairman Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, and forwarded to President John F. Kennedy by Robert Mcnamara. Horrified by such a corrupt and unethical plan, JFK refused to approve of it. Fortunately, Operation Northwoods never happened. Documents of Operation Northwoods were declassified in 1997. A copy of a Defense Department memo on Northwoods can be found in the link below.
The extent this country is willing to go to never ceases to amaze me.
Q:Can you let your followers know Dear White People will be out nationwide on October 24th! It's only out in specific cities right now but it's gonna be available all over this upcoming weekend. :)
The idea behind this radical new treatment came from Africa, specifically from a slave named Onesimus, who shared his knowledge with Cotton Mather, the town’s leading minister and his legal owner. Boston still suffered dreadfully, but thanks to Onesimus and Mather, the terror linked to smallpox began to recede after Africans rolled up their sleeves—literally—to show Boston how inoculation worked. The story of how Boston began to overcome smallpox illustrates the strife that epidemics can cause, but also the encouraging notion that humans can communicate remedies as quickly as they communicate germs—and that the solutions we most need often come from the places we least expect to find them.
Mather had come close to choosing a career in medicine, and devoured the scientific publications of the Royal Society in London. As the society began to turn its attention to inoculation practices around the world, Mather realized that he had an extraordinary expert living in his household. Onesimus was a “pretty Intelligent Fellow,” it had become clear to him. When asked if he’d ever had smallpox, Onesimus answered “Yes and No,” explaining that he had been inoculated with a small amount of smallpox, which had left him immune to the disease. Fascinated, Mather asked for details, which Onesimus provided, and showed him his scar. We can almost hear Onesimus speaking in Mather’s accounts, for Mather took the unusual step of writing out his words with the African accent included—the key phrase was, “People take Juice of Small-Pox; and Cutty-skin, and Putt in a Drop.”
Excited, he investigated among other Africans in Boston and realized that it was a widespread practice; indeed, a slave could be expected to fetch a higher price with a scar on his arm, indicating that he was immune. Mather sent the Royal Society his own reports from the wilds of America, eager to prove the relevance of Boston (and by extension, Cotton Mather) to the global crusade against infectious disease. His interviews with Onesimus were crucial. In 1716, writing to an English friend, he promised that he would be ready to promote inoculation if smallpox ever visited the city again.
American History, but something I think a lot of people would be interested to read.
And here’s a biographical essay about Onesimus from the W.E.B. DuBois Research Center.
Ok, Efua Dorkenoo was originally from Ghana and moved to the UK when she was 19. So how about “Incredible Ghanian Women’s Health Advocate” instead of the lazy, generic, ‘African’. And don’t get me started ont he whole ‘African female Warrior’ trope. Ugh.
Dorkenoo’s lifelong dream of a global, Africa-led movement against FGM was realised just a week before her death
Just in case you thought the UKIP wasn’t a race-baiting, dog whistling, piece of xenophobic scum …
Nigel Farage has backed a new Ukip calypso theme tune sung in a fake-Caribbean accent that criticises political leaders for allowing “illegal immigrants in every town”.
The Ukip leader endorsed the song on Twitter and called on his party’s supporters to help get the song to number one in the UK charts.
The song was recorded by the former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, a prominent supporter of the party who has appeared as a special guest at its autumn conference.
This is just sickening …
Nigeria is free of Ebola.
USA is not.
I guess all those racist social media users will stop making nasty jokes about Nigeria and Ebola now?
Do you think Nigerians are making jokes about the USA having Ebola? Probably not since they know it’s not a joke but a matter of life and death that could affect anyone.