Reflections

Sandra Bland was Murdered for her Activism

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We have what seems to be yet another case of a black woman dying while under police custody. Sandra Bland’s death seems on the surface to be tragic, but just one more body to the body count of the genocide of black people in the United States.

However, given the history in the United States of how local, state, and federal law enforcement colludes and is often indistinguishable from explicitly white supremacist terrorism, we cannot harbor any illusions as to what is the actual situation: a political assassination. Continue reading

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Reflections

Reflections: A Mexican in Manila

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A rally and march I attended on International Women’s Day in Manila

I suppose having visited the Philippines twice now I should write down my experiences and observations, after all I live in a nation that subjugates it and humiliates it under a parasitic semi-colonial and semi-feudal status to satiate the vampiric thirst of Yankee imperialism. As a child growing up all I knew about the Philippines was that, unlike it’s neighbors in China or Indonesia, it is the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, a direct result of 300 years of Spanish colonization. What I would later come to find out is that the Philippines was also administered by Mexico. The fact that it had been administered by Mexico for quite a long time until Mexico’s own independence in 1821 peaked my interest more than a little bit. I was also intrigued at the alleged similarities. Indeed the first impression I had as I walked the bustling streets of Manila, heard the noises, got a whiff of the air and read the  street names(there was even a Pancho Villa Ave.) I was immediately reminded of Mexico. I am sure other Mexicans who visit will be reminded of this as the Philippines shares many striking similarities with Mexico,  as well as the rest of the Hispanic world. From cuisine, culture, customs, religion, and even language the similarities between these great nations are apparent. Even more apparent the fact that both the Philippines and Latin America have a shared experience of oppression and subjugation by both Spanish and American imperialism throughout their entire histories. It is as if by fate that the same year Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec Empire in 1521, was also the same year Ferdinand Magellan “discovered” and claimed for the Spanish Crown the islands which would later be known as “Filipinas”, in honor of the Hapsburg King Felipe of Spain. Continue reading

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