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|Cleaning up the act is badly needed. (16/08/22 16:01:03)||Reply|
So we need continuous vigilance against lobbyism and whitewashing of corruption. No easy task.
And we need to be observing the guardians. The recent conversion of Amnesty International into putinism should serve as a warning.
|Cleaning up the act: colonies (17/09/22 13:04:24)||Reply|
OT, but not OT
Already South Africa and India have voiced an interest in getting back their flagship diamonds - the Koh-i-Noor
(quite a story)
and the largest part of the Cullinan diamond, the Star of Africa.
There are lies, large-scale theft, and massive violence.
But I would split the English empire in two qualitatively different parts: the internal empire and the external empire. The internal parts I'd say are Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The external ones are the overseas territories. England has a lot to answer for with regard to the internal empire - mostly, I believe, regarding Ireland. In the external empire looting was no new invention. But the concentration camp was an invention from the Boer war at the beginning of the 20th century.
"The British also confined Boer families and black Africans in a network of concentration camps. As well as removing a means of support for the guerrillas, it was believed the presence of Boer families in the camps would make soldiers in the field surrender.
Accommodation in the camps was poor. Water and food were in short supply, and medical and sanitary facilities almost non-existent. Sickness became widespread. In all, 28,000 Boers, mainly women and children, died in the camps. Around half that number of black Africans died in separate camps."
Then and now such cruelty may easily backfire, once the facts are revealed.
So there a case for critical reviews of the English colony policies, and a case for official repentance. The money? It seems that most of the loot ended as private property for the now rich - and public property for England. Not much loot left for the common englishwoman or -man. So they, too, may be part of the internal empire, looted by the powers that be.
Then - finally - to Russia. Their empire is and has always been internal. Colonialism. Looting of the periphery for the benefit of Moskva and Petersburg. So Russia has been under the radar because they have had no overseas colonies to speak of (Cuba? - I think one might discuss who looted whom in the days of the soviet union.)
When will Putin pay a fair price for all the gold looted from Kolyma during Stalin?
|Cleaning up the act: colonies (17/09/22 18:46:20)||Reply|
A quiet and peaceful gesture could be just making statues or sculptures of a few of the victims to replace the perpetrators.
|Cleaning up the act: strategic bombing (civilian targets) (18/09/22 07:27:48)||Reply|
It has precedents.
I have a more personal relation to this event
It may be that bombing of cities diverted resources from targets of military importance and thus contributed to prolonging the war and to giving Stalin more time for progression into eastern Europe.
When the war is over, I suggest that Ukraine raise amonument of shame in remembrance of the disgusting Jalta agreement. Stalin lied.
"Following Yalta, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov expressed worry that the Yalta Agreement's wording might impede Stalin's plans, Stalin responded, "Never mind. We'll do it our own way later." The Soviet Union had already annexed several occupied countries as (or into) Soviet Socialist Republics, and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe were occupied and converted into Soviet-controlled satellite states, such as the People's Republic of Poland, the People's Republic of Hungary, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, the People's Republic of Romania, the People's Republic of Bulgaria, the People's Republic of Albania, and later East Germany from the Soviet zone of German occupation. Eventually, the United States and the United Kingdom made concessions in recognizing the communist-dominated regions by sacrificing the substance of the Yalta Declaration although it remained in form."
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