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Sunday, 09 March 2008
Visible token women leaders clucking sanctimoniously over “women’s rights” as bombs are being dropped on their “sisters” are examples of Western feminist “success” within the hegemon; women such as Margaret Thatcher, Corazon Aquino, Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton.
This article is a call in honor of International Women’s Day warning the people not to follow the woman leader who stands by her hegemon. This is a call for new women leaders who will stand with men to resist and defend the people against tyrannical governments posing as democracies. This is a call to us all, women and men, to end the oppression of globalized debt based economics that funds all wars, profiting from state terror while fomenting all states of terror. The interlocking directorate of rulers who employ women leaders, such as Margaret Thatcher, Benizer Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Corazon Aquino, Madeline Albright, Janet Reno, Condoleezza Rice, or Hillary Clinton, do so because they are loyal supporters to the men of the hegemon reveling in the greed, wars, invasions, occupations, and the New World Order. As such, they along with their power hungry husbands, fathers and brothers must be stopped.
Today’s women in power are focused on power for themselves “in solidarity” with the men of the hegemon. They neither represent the liberal feminists “ethic of care” or the revolutionary women’s demand for a radical reordering of society. Instead they have joined the front lines in the agenda to, as Kissinger stated, “depopulate” the women, men and children of the planet. They are power hungry women who want to be included in the process of “add women and stir” to the list of acceptable positions of power and profit of the hegemon.
Let us begin with Condoleezza Rice, who is said to be the most powerful woman in the world today. She is a highly educated woman who fronts for the oil companies and bankers as a neoconservative secretary of state. Her stated ambitions for the sons and daughters of the people of the USA, red or yellow, black or brown, is to be the dead and wounded “investment” that the people make in the 21st century’s hundred year war. She says Iraq is "worth the investment" in American lives and dollars and that the United States can still win a conflict that has been more difficult than she expected.
Rice represents a dramatic and symbolic historic shift in the way imperial monarchies, oligarchies and plutocracies worked in the past. The traditional paradigm was of the male military hawks working with Catholic Priests and the Protestant intelligentsia to con the public into feeding their boys to the military cannons profiting the kings, bankers and weapons manufacturers. Women in general and mothers in particular, historically decried wars and abhorred sending their sons to battle. Yet since WWII, we have Golda, Indira, Margaret, Benazir, Corazon, Madeline, and perhaps Hilary, if she becomes the President, all representing for the bankers, military complex and oil industries.
Here is hegemon’s historical array of women leaders urging their country’s children to die, and celebrating that suicidal military “service” to the Judeo-Christian god and plutocracy with college educations to the tune of cheesy “proud to be” country and western patriarchy songs. More young women -- some married with infant children -- are joining the US branch of terrorism training camps because they have been told they are “free to be all they can be” so “sign on” for training with a company and a unit that their government and corporations care nothing about as is evidenced in the jobs or healthcare they will never have. Those jobs were outsourced to India and the healthcare is too expensive.
Here is what has been and is preached by the hegemon’s women war lords who pose as government leaders:
“I know from the point of view of not just the monetary cost but the sacrifice of American lives, a lot has been sacrificed for Iraq, a lot has been invested in Iraq," Rice said. “Bush would not ask for continued sacrifice and spending "if he didn't believe, and in fact I believe as well, that we can in fact succeed", Rice said. Stand by your man, Condi!
Hilary Clinton was asked about the "ticking time bomb" scenario, and said in skillful doublespeak, "I have said that those are very rare but if they occur there has to be some lawful authority for pursuing that," she responded. "Again, I think the President has to take responsibility. There has to be some check and balance, some reporting. I don't mind if it’s reporting in a top secret context. But that shouldn’t be the tail that wags the dog, that should be the exception to the rule."
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says, referring to a half million children dead in Iraq, more children than died in Hiroshima, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it.” “The significance of the Falklands War was enormous, both for Britain's self-confidence and for our standing in the world. Since the Suez fiasco in 1956, British foreign policy had been one long retreat… Victory in the Falklands changed that. Everywhere I went after the war, Britain's name meant something more than it had, ” Thatcher says in her memoirs.
Or the O.G., Golda Meir, who once put it: "… we cannot forgive you for making us kill your children."
As is evidenced today, women’s participation in the military industrial complex is embedded in every way. Legislation for the draft submitted after 2001 explicitly defined both men and women of the ages between 18 and 26 as “conscripted” for military service. In 2004 women, including a woman general, officers and grunts stationed at Abu-Ghraib prison in Iraq are on trial for torturing Iraqi men, women and children. One of the women of Abu-Ghraib had also been accused of torture in Afghanistan.
Media and educational systems now include women experts and representatives of legal organizations such as the National Organization of Women are quick to appear publicly to criticize women’s oppression in Middle Eastern countries. These accusations become part of the rhetoric of American women’s liberation under “American democracy” fronting as an excuse for US invasion and occupation. The hegemon uses the subject of women’s oppression selectively when stirring up sentiment for war against Muslims and Arabs. Without consulting Arab and Muslim women about their purported oppression, or only consulting exiled women who are agents and assets of the US state, there occurs a double form of imperialism and racism perpetrated by the American women “experts.”
While ignoring the statistical realities of the obscene numbers of women raped, beaten and killed by men in the USA these “experts” are used to gain women’s support for war. As women in the USA support war under the guise of democracy and liberation a divisive diversion is wedged between women and men who are resisting hegemonic invasion and occupation. Visible token women leaders clucking sanctimoniously over “women’s rights” as bombs are being dropped on their “sisters” are examples of Western feminist “success” within the hegemon; women such as Margaret Thatcher, Corazon Aquino, Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton.
The hegemon makes and breaks the rules that govern domestic global political and economic relations by controlling most of the research, legal and governing international institutions. Women’s increased participation and support in these institutions is crucial for continued maintenance of the hegemon. Whether in media, education, government, or corporations, women play critical roles as leaders, managers and foot soldiers paving the way as role models for future obedient leaders and workers for the hegemon. As the hegemon minimally provides for the needs of its poorest women the illusion of equal opportunity and equity is fostered when a Hilary and Condi take the stage together.
In the same pattern in which Fanon described the desire of the “native” for the white man’s power so do many women of the world desire the power of their master’s. Desiring the master’s power is the opposite of desiring liberty. Liberation and resistance means desiring freedom, it is struggle, and the struggle requires we build ties by nurturing the desire for liberty in each specific situation. The historical tragedies of torture and genocide now are commandeered by the “powerful” women allowed to act as overseer for the global masters.
Resistance to the state terror of the New World Order (NOW) carries even greater risks than those posed by the danger of the car bomb or dynamite rigged vest. The US combatant has left their humanity at the boot camp door. A moment's hesitation costs innocent lives, like the four doctors allegedly killed by one of my students at an Iraqi checkpoint or the 14 year-old girl raped by the US combatant who laughs about it on You Tube. One could be the next innocent victim rendition to Poland or incarcerated by the NYPD in an asbestos laden condemned warehouse on the docks.
Our failure to hesitate to stop these leaders has a price here and there. As more women and children are recruited by their women leaders more defenseless women and children will be tortured, shot and killed. It is all part of the grand depopulation plan of the US lords of war. All the hegemon’s boys and girls are to follow the "harsh arithmetic of pain," whereby civilian casualties on both sides "play in their favor," the favor of the ruling class that is. They like to pose that democracies lose, both politically and emotionally when they kill civilians, even inadvertently. Yet, the state terrorists are dropping bombs on civilians from Somalia to Iraq killing numbers thousands weekly, far surpassing the numbers killed by the bits of dynamite strapped to the resistance fighters vest.
Since WWII women in power have been agents and assets for the state and the corporations behind the state. With a clear political agenda they are caught up in the tendencies and values of imperialism. They revel in the hegemon and in the benefits that come with rising to the top of it. So total is hegemony now established over the mind and spirit of American women who almost never perceive it at all, striking the mind as ‘normal” as capitalism markets the “uncovered” woman who is “free to be” having “sex in the city” buying $400 shoes (even when her historical people are drowning in New Orleans) because she is “worth it.”
It will come as no surprise to the people that the answer to the question “who benefits” from these women leaders is the “new world order”. I refer here to the term “new world order”, by which I mean the globalizing hegemonic force, as announced by George Herbert Walker Bush on the eve of “declared” war against Iraq in 1991. The hegemon benefits the most from women’s leadership and if it did not, they would not be there.
People who are standing with the oppressed and for liberation need new rules, strategies and tactics to deal effectively and fairly with these dangerous realities of the new gender and color blind imperialism . We cannot simply wait until the next generation of sons and daughters decide to follow a Condi’s or a Hillary’s demands for more cannon fodder. We must stop these leaders, whether female or male, before they export their perverted propaganda, their sick and dangerous militaristic terrorism, their culture of death to the children and grandchildren here so they do not spread it to the children and grandchildren over there.
Those of us who are dedicated to ending the terrorism and imperialism of the hegemon need new rules, strategies and tactics to deal effectively with the dangerous realities of US military aggression here and abroad. We cannot simply wait until another son or daughter of people decide to follow the leader’s con jobs and deceptions. We must stop this madness of pre-emptive war games and the Judeo-Christian culture of death that the leadership of the hegemon, male, female, GLBT, left, right, red or yellow, black or white, is spreading from sea to poisoned sea.
June Scorza Terpstra, Ph.D. is an activist educator and university lecturer in Justice Studies, Criminal Justice and Sociology. She has founded numerous programs for homeless, abused, youth and oppressed people in the USA. She is presently teaching courses on Law and Terrorism, Social Justice, Resistance, Criminology, and Juvenile Justice. She is a former Community Research Fellow and doctoral graduate of Loyola University Chicago.
Holocaust Holidays In The USA
Holocaust Holidays in the USA
June Terpstra, Ph.D.
November 26, 2008
Did you ever notice how most major USA holidays celebrate genocides and holocausts? The first official Thanksgiving Day celebrated the massacre of native American men, women and children during one of their religious ceremonies.
"Gathered in this place of meeting, they were attacked by mercenaries and English and Dutch. The Indians were ordered from the building and as they came forth were shot down, The rest were burned alive in the building-----The very next day the governor declared a Thanksgiving Day.....For the next 100 years, every Thanksgiving Day ordained by a Governor was in honor of the bloody victory, thanking God that the battle had been won." (Professor Newell)
Then there is Columbus Day. He was a terrorist according to today’s definition. Las Casas, a priest traveling with Columbus tells how the Spaniards in the Caribbean "grew more conceited every day" … They "rode the backs of Indians if they were in a hurry" or were carried on hammocks by Indians running in relays. "In this case they also had Indians carry large leaves to shade them from the sun and others to fan them with goose wings." Total control led to total cruelty. The Spaniards "thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades." Las Casas tells how "two of these so-called Christians met two Indian boys one day, each carrying a parrot; they took the parrots and for fun beheaded the boys." (Howard Zinn, Peoples History of the USA )
There is the Fourth of July. Those revolutionaries would be tortured at Guantanamo or water-boarded in a CIA prison in Poland or Romania today. The American revolutionaries of the 1700’s sponsored a new nation with a constitution built on "Indian removal" and genocide of an estimated 11 million natives and slavery of Africans. The figures from the 18th Century Slave Trade show approximately 5,000,000 people transported and 8,100,000 people died.
Then there is Memorial Day celebrating the deaths of all the men that bought the military industrial complex’s war propaganda. The United States has sent troops abroad or militarily struck other countries' territory at least 216 times since independence from Britain . Since 1945 the United States has intervened in more than 20 countries throughout the world. Since World War II, the United States actually dropped bombs on 23 countries. These include: China 1945-46, Korea 1950-53, China 1950-53, Guatemala 1954,Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-60, Guatemala 1960, Congo1964, Peru 1965, Laos 1964-73, Vietnam 1961-73,Cambodia 1969-70, Guatemala 1967-69, Grenada 1983,Lebanon 1984, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1980s, Nicaragua1980s, Panama 1989, Iraq 1991-1999, Sudan 1998,Afghanistan 1998, and Yugoslavia 1999. Post World War II, the United States has also assisted in over 20 different coups throughout the world, and the CIA was responsible for half a dozen assassinations of political heads of state.
My personal favorite holiday is Labor Day. Here are some highlights from Illinois , my state of residence demonstrating how much the USA government values its laborers:
14 July 1877
A general strike halted the movement of U.S. railroads. In the following days, strike riots spread across the United States . The next week, federal troops were called out to force an end to the nationwide strike. At the " Battle of the Viaduct" in Chicago , federal troops (recently returned from an Indian massacre) killed 30 workers and wounded over 100.
Haymarket on 11 November 1887, four anarchists were executed. All of the executed advocated armed struggle and violence as revolutionary methods, but their prosecutors found no evidence that any had actually thrown the Haymarket bomb. They died for their words, not their deeds. A quarter of a million people lined Chicago 's street during Parson's funeral procession to express their outrage at this gross mis-carriage of justice.
5 July 1893
During a strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which had drastically reduced wages, the 1892 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago 's Jackson Park was set ablaze, and seven buildings were reduced to ashes. The mobs raged on, burning and looting railroad cars and fighting police in the streets, until 10 July, when 14,000 federal and state troops finally succeeded in putting down the strike.
3 February 1930
"Chicagorillas" -- labor racketeers -- shot and killed contractor William Healy, with whom the Chicago Marble Setters Union had been having difficulties.
30 May 1937
Police killed 10 and wounded 30 during the "Memorial Day Massacre" at the Republic Steel plant in Chicago.
For over five hundred years whether it’s Europeans calling themselves Catholics or Puritans; Europeans calling themselves Zionists; or the democratic crusaders of the USA it’s never a good thing for indigenous populations to have invaders "settle" on the stolen land to which they say they have a divine right. . The Puritans embraced a line from Psalms 2:8, "Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heather for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Their mantra of "God told me it’s mine" means the shit is hitting the fan for the people of the land.
I attempted to explain this history recently to my grandchildren while discussing natives and pilgrims. The four year old who has not had the benefit of public school programming said those Europeans should never again steal the land from the natives! Her five year old brother, who is being programmed in the public school system told me the pilgrims were the good guys and that I would understand when I go to school someday.
I understand alright. In June 1637 John Underhill slaughtered a Pequot village in a similar manner to that described above.
The Pequot had a festival to welcome in the new harvest. At that point, the pilgrims came over and ambushed and slaughtered them. The next day the pilgrims went to church and gave thanks to God for the food and success. That's how Thanksgiving started. Sundust Teocuauhtli Martinez
The descendents of these Europeans have a similar scam going in Iraq , Palestine , Afghanistan , Somalia , and coming soon to a war near you in Syria , Iran and the Sudan . The war hawks are down right rabid when it comes to taking over the Middle East . They also have their sites on Africa and then their plan is to go back to South America to finish the regime changed begun on that "other" September 11, in 1973 when the USA held their CIA sponsored coup against Allende in Chile. The coup in Chile is exactly what President Nixon wanted, he is quoted as saying, "It's that son of a bitch Allende. We're going to smash him."
This latest terror wars scam mirrors the game run by popes and kings of the past. Papal bulls declaring all heathen lands to belong to the Catholics and royal decrees advocating the slaughter and enslavement of natives are today called executive orders and international resolutions. As soon as Bush declared "mission accomplished" in Iraq there was an executive order to "claim" the oil. As for the Zionists, their god tells them that they get to have Gaza, Jerusalem, South Lebanon, and it does not matter if it violates any man made law because their god trumps man made laws and their holocaust gets better film distribution.
The hate campaigns of past and present are slick and the propaganda program in the military and the media are one and the same: Hate the native, kill the native, and steal the land. The government media wing employs henchmen, like Edward Bernays of the past and torture loving lawyer Alan Dershowitz who manufactures the hate campaigns of today. They engineer pseudo academic programs and obsessive propaganda films intended to scare white Americans who will in turn support nuking commies or Muslims or both to kingdom come. Today’s propagnada of Trotskyites turned neo-conservatives are as factual as the Thanksgiving and Columbus myths.
President elect Obama says he’s all about change. Guess what story he’ll be telling on this National Day of Mourning for the indigenous people of the world that the US government calls Thanksgiving Day? I bet it won’t be the story about the massacre of natives after they shared some food with the hungry Europeans. It will be the continuing saga of giving thanks for governments sponsored Iraqi and Palestinian holocausts while bailing out bankers for the new world order.
Dr. June C. Terpstra is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and teaches Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. She is the LEARN website founder.
List of publications 2010-2011:
Identity without Supremacy
by June Terpstra Saturday, Mar. 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM
Can You Imagine? Double Standards and Doublethink
January 14, 2011
Exposing White Terrorism in the USA
June C. Terpstra
June C. Terpstra
The Inescapable Human Bond — by June Terpstra
A Moral Vest
June Terpstra, Ph. D.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Laudable Features of the Cuban Revolution
I would like to thank the Students Association, the faculty, and the Administration for thinking about me and inviting me to be here this afternoon with you as we celebrate Women's History Month.
My story starts with my father who was arrested in his Army uniform, still on the train coming home from
Europe, and when that train stopped, he went into the station to taste that white water. He drank from the white water fountain, still in his U.S. Army uniform, and promptly got arrested.
That was an interest, in this case, Black people, redefining the politics of Power (with a capital P).
New Orleans, car ownership literally meant the difference between losing or saving one's life.
Sadly, United for a Fair Economy isn't the only research organization to find glaring and intolerable disparities by race in our society with no appropriate public policies enacted to address them. Hull House did a study that found that it would take 200 years to close the gap in the quality of life experienced by Black Chicagoans and white Chicagoans. There has been no public policy initiative taken up by the mayor or the governor of
Illinois to begin closing that gap.
Every year, the National Urban League publishes a study, “The State of Black America,” in which the ills and disparities that persist in this country are catalogued. Every year, the story is basically the same. Only public policy can address these glaring disparities.
Mississippi must be able to vote, but the Negro in New York had to have something for which to vote. The power to make public policy in our interest is that “something for which” we vote.
So, I participated in protests with my father, to get the Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Acts passed; I faced an armed Alabama Klan with my father; and I eventually ran for office as a part of my father's vision - it surely was nothing I was too much interested in doing. I was content to support good candidates.
Georgia while I was in the Legislature and the issue was who was going to go to Congress from Georgia's new Black-opportunity district. The Speaker of Georgia's House and the Governor of my state got together and decided who the next Black Congressperson was going to be before the people in the new district even had had the chance cast one vote.
That's when I decided to run - because I saw how the Democratic leadership of my state intended to trick Black people in
Georgia's new, but poor and rural Black belt Congressional district. Voters would invest their dreams and precious votes, in a candidate who, unbeknownst to them, had already been pre-selected to protect the status quo and not them - the voters. This was Power's response to my agitation from the Legislature to get more Blacks from Georgia into the U.S. Congress.
I witnessed this and pulled the plug on it. That's how I became a Member of Congress from
Georgia. I had the temerity to think the people should have a representative, too, and the people agreed.
The only woman to ever appear on the ballot in all 50 states plus D.C. was Dr. Lenora Fulani in 1988. In 1987, Congresswoman Pat Schroeder formed an exploratory committee, but declined to run after not being able to raise enough money. It was at this press conference that she cried and the media derision of women candidates truly began. However, by 2006, in an LA Times/Bloomberg poll, only 4% of registered voters said that they would not vote for a woman presidential candidate.
While this is certainly progress, it is public policy progress that ought to motivate our political activism and provide a measure of our effectiveness.
Former Democrat and US House Representative from the State of Georgia, Cynthia McKinney is a member of the Green Party, running for the office of President of the United States. Her candidacy has also been endorsed by the Reconstruction Party. You may obtain more information at her official website. Additionally, Cynthia McKinney is the author of Ain't Nothin' Like Freedom. Click here to contact Ms. McKinney.