Happy Thanksgiving, America: at war endlessly for 400 years

The sad reality about the United States of America is that in a matter of a few hundreds years it managed to rewrite its own history into a mythological fantasy. The concepts of liberty, freedom and free enterprise in the “land of the free, home of the brave” are a mere spin. The US was founded and became prosperous based on two original sins: firstly, on the mass murder of Native Americans and theft of their land by European colonialists; secondly, on slavery.
Video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox BabylonRoyal.


Written by Heathcote Williams. Video and narration by Alan Cox BabylonRoyal

Peace Collective: All Together Now - on centenary of 1914 WW1 Christmas truce

On the 100th anniversary of the 1914 Christmas Truce, many of the UK’s biggest music stars united as The Peace Collective to record The Farm's classic anti-war song All Together Now, including Suggs (Madness), Mick Jones (The Clash), Holly Johnson (Frankie goes to Hollywood), Englebert Humperdink, The Proclaimers, David Gray, The Sugarbabes, Gabrielle and many more.

All profits from the release will go to the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust.

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Peter Hooton, singer with The Farm, says of his song All Together Now, which he wrote in 1990 to commemorate the 1914 Christmas truce in the first world war: "It's about the working classes being sent to war. People across a divide who probably had more in common with each other than the people who had sent them to war in the first place."

Should Save the Children have honoured Tony Blair?

Should Save the Children charity have given Tony Blair its Global Legacy Award, ignoring his role in the Iraq war that slaughtered thousands of children and made millions more orphans? Former Blair advisor Matthew Doyle says yes. Stop the War's Chris Nineham says no. Broadcast on BBC radio.

Is 'humanitarian intervention' a facade for Western imperialism?

"Pacifism is a very good idea; unfortunately, it doesn't work," insists Bernard Kouchner, the former French foreign minister, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and staunch advocate of humanitarian intervention.

But can a military campaign ever be strictly humanitarian? Or is the defence of human rights just a facade for imperialist agendas?

Kouchner is one of the architects of the concept of the right to interfere and has always argued that the West has a responsibility to protect human life, regardless of international borders.

Joining the discussion are Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition Barak Seener, Royal United Services Institute Hamza Hamouchene president of the Algerian Solidarity Campaign

Timeline: 100 years of endless UK war 1914-2014

In the 100 years since 1914 and the 'war to end all wars', Britain has been continuously at war somewhere in the world. Music by Vincent Burke: On Remembrance Day

Lyrics

On Remembrance Day
When the army prays
And the flags go up
To remind us that they do it for us

On Remembrance Day
By the flower display
Where the church explains
How the heroes keep the villians away

There I’ll tell it to the careless wind
I’ll tell you when the good guys win

On Remembrance Day
I should stay away
From the BBC
Where they tell you how a real man should be

And the children watch
As the vicar walks around with a cross
'Cause to love is fine
If you do it at a sensible time

Yeah, I’ll tell it to the careless wind
I’ll tell you when the good guys win
Yeah, I’ll save it for the next of kin
On Remembrance Day
On Remembrance Day
On Remembrance Day

 

Source: Vincent Burke

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