The City Of Pompeii
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it rained ash for six straight hours, burying the town and killing everyone living there. The ash had the strange effect of preserving everything there, leaving much of the city’s history frozen in time.
I went like 8 years ago, there’s still 2000 y/o graffiti on some walls and “beware of the dog” signs in front of houses, oh and pornographic murals <3
As Vijay Prashad points out, many of the world’s leaders that are apparently mourning the death of Nelson Mandela were the “same people opposed [to] freedom in South Africa to the very end.”
Although Ronald Reagan has passed away himself, one can imagine he might salute Mandela today. But as president, Reagan worked against Mandela, so much so that he vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in 1986. Believing that he knew what was best for black people living under apartheid in South Africa, Reagan opposed sanctions and wanted to maintain friendly relations with the white supremacist government.
South Africa’s Desmond Tutu disagreed. Watch this 1986 news report about Tutu’s visit to the White House, in which Tutu explains the way that Reagan failed black South Africans.
On this day, 52 years ago, Frantz Fanon passed away. A psychiatrist, Pan-Africanist, writer, and revolutionary, he was born in Martinique in 1925. In 1952 he published “Black Skin, White Masks,” which exposed the negative effects of colonization on the mental state of subjugated people. As a psychiatrist in Algeria, he joined the FLN (National Liberation Front), which waged a war of independence against France. In 1961, Fanon published The Wretched of the Earth, a book on decolonization that has remained a classic and has influenced revolutionaries the world over, including Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Che Guevara, and Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness movement. Fanon died in Maryland, where he had sought treatment for leukemia, and was buried in Algeria.
Photo Credit: NYPL
The Goldman Gang, back from the cosmos, here to fuck shit up.
The American government can’t praise Mandela’s steadfastness for sitting in prison, while ignoring our own political prisoners. -@zellieimani
I was reading the Al Jazeera report about the formation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces–People’s Liberation in Mexico, and they featured a picture of the Popular Revolutionary Army just to make things confusing.
What’s weird is that one of their flags is basically a green anarchist flag with a red star over the top, which is pretty weird considering the EPR are a Maoist organisation! I wonder if it has any significance? Like I know lots of leftist groups in South America use the red and black flag because that’s the colours of the Sadinistas.
FAR-LP (RAF-PL in English)