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
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.
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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."
"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