What’s funny is he looks like such a great little film-quality British villain colonial twerp. But I digress. Three items:
Penn met with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Monday and then urged Britain to join U.N.-sponsored talks over what he called “the Malvinas Islands of Argentina.”
Penn says “the world today is not going to tolerate any ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology.”
The second item is a tweet, since lost (since Twitter won’t save tweets in your timeline past a day), pointing out that in 1888, Argentina was committing genocide on the indigenous people in the Patagonia, well after Argentinian independence (so not an act of colonial aggression, then?) and after the British took control of the Falklands.
The third thing is the following hysterical item going around Facebook:
I hope that this image travels the world . . .
“While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life: Dilma, “The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world). It is the death sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood 400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Indigenous Indians will have to find another place to live. The natural habitat destruction, deforestation and the disappearance of many species is a fact.”
What moves me in my very bowels , making me ashamed of being part of Western culture, is the reaction of the chief of the Kayapo community when he learned of the decision—his gesture of dignity and helplessness before the advance of capitalist progress, modern predatory civilization that does not respect the differences . . .
But we know that a picture is worth a thousand words, showing the reality of the true price of our bourgeois “quality of life”.
No further comment.