Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Come September." Arundhati Roy Speech.

The Following is the transcript of Arundhati Roy  an Indian Political Activist and Writer invited to speak by the Lannan Foundation on September 18,2002 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 The speech delivers a strong narrative on each of the steps which brought us to today's global crise (the corruption of governments and the illusion of freedom in which its citizen lives.

" the world is run by three of the most secretive institutions in the world: The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, all three of which, in turn, are dominated by the U.S"
Arundhati  Roy's speech can be viewed and heard in a documentary
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Transcription of Arundhati Roy reading Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe, New Mexico.
18 September 2002

               My talk today is called "Come September."
The theme of much of what I write, fiction as well as nonfiction, is the relationship between power and powerlessness and the endless, circular conflict they're engaged in.
John Berger,once wrote: "Never again will a single story be told as though it's the only one." There can never be a single story. There are only ways of seeing. So when I tell a story, I tell it not as an ideologue who wants to pit one absolutist ideology against another, but as a story-teller who wants to share her way of seeing. Though it might appear otherwise, my writing is not really about nations and histories; it's about power. About the paranoia and ruthlessness of power. About the physics of power. I believe that the accumulation of vast unfettered power by a State or a country, a corporation or an institution - or even an individual, a spouse, a friend, a sibling -regardless of ideology, results in excesses....
Living as I do, as millions of us do, in the shadow of the nuclear holocaust that the governments of India and Pakistan keep promising their brain-washed citizenry, and in the global neighborhood of the War Against Terror (what President Bush rather biblicaly calls "The Task That Never Ends"), I find myself thinking a great deal about the relationship between Citizens and the State. 
In India, those of us who have expressed views on Nuclear Bombs, Big Dams, Corporate Globalization and the rising threat of communal Hindu fascism - views that are at variance with the Indian Government's - are branded 'anti- national.' While this accusation doesn't fill me with indignation, it's not an accurate description of what I do or how I think. Because an 'anti-national' is a person who is against his or her own nation and, by inference, is pro some other one. But it isn't necessary to be 'anti-national' to be deeply suspicious of all nationalism.
Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause
of most of the genocide of the twentieth century
Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.  When independent- thinking people (and here I do not include the corporate media) begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgment and blindly yoke their art to the service of the "Nation," it's time for all of us to sit up and worry. In the U.S. we saw it during the Gulf War and we see it now during the "War Against Terror."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Road to Guantanamo. A documentary: See behind the veil.

On December 10, 1948 The General assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages if you follow the link below.  Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories"

  • Article 5.
No one shall e subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or unishment
  • Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
  • Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
  • Article8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or y law.
  • Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

These are just a few articles to separate Society from mad anarchic. The United State Government has endowed itself mother of Liberty, Justice and Freedom for All.

Then what happen in Guantanamo:

Watching documentaries of WWII of the camps, we asked our selves how can the German people can have been blind and unaware of the atrocities perpetrated to the Jews. Well when a government is left unchecked and feed our fears with well targeted propaganda, when our patriotism is left in question, when the medias are censured, we the people are hurdled like sheep toward a mass lobotomy where our commune sense has been extracted and like zombies we accept the word of our leaders talking of weapon of mass destruction wich never existed, engaging in a war which we should have never been evolved.

Since 2003, Osama Bin Laden is still roaming free, North Korea has the power to create it own Nuclear bomb, Pakistan and Afghanistan kill's our young men and women witch weapons, trainings our intelligence has provided.

The Road to Guantanamo is one pieces of the puzzle showing us how we have lost our ways. We are a Democratic country, our constitution is the best civil constitution of the world, our government does not torture, humiliate, insult prisoner...   one is innocent until proven guilty...The truth is out ... we have seen the pictures... the Bush administration has been ousted with there billions of war profiteering while we are today loosing our jobs, homes, dreams...
Mr. Bush says of Guantanamo prisoners:  " The only thing I know for certain is that these are ad people, and we look forward to working closely with the Blair government to deal with the issue", in this documentary the American military may be the film's great villain, but Mr Winterbottom  director of the movie makes it clear that the Blair government is complicit.
The human rights abuses at Guantanamo bay highlights widespread criticism by Amnesty International, who referred to the prison as "the gulag"  world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stated that "An institution like Guantanamo in its present form cannot and must not exist in the long term" 

And still, no one has yet to be accountable...
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