Post(s) tagged with "CIA"
- Noam Chomsky, Modern-Day American Imperialism: Middle East and Beyond (via fyeahnoamchomsky)
Shirin Neshat: Art in exile
People like myself, we’re fighting two battles in different grounds. We’re being critical of the West, the perception of the West about our identity, about the image that is constructed about us, about our women, about our politics, about our religion. We are there to take pride and insist on respect. At the same time, we are fighting another battle, that is our regime, our atrocious government who has done every crime in order to stay in power. Our artists are at risk. We are in a position of danger. We pose a threat to the order of the government. But ironically this situation has empowered all of us because we are considered as artists central to the cultural, political, social discourse in Iran. We are there to inspire, to provoke, to mobilise, to bring hope to our people. We are the reporters of our people and communicators to the outside world.
Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.
History of U.S. Intervention in Iran - 1953 Until Present (by ThePresidentDotCom)
‘This video is a basic overview of U.S. imperialism toward Iran that began at the behest of the British Government and big oil interests including British Petroleum also recently known as BP.
The United States’ own CIA led it’s first coup to overthrow a foreign leader against Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, The U.S. has suffered “Blowback: ever since, all the while the supposed leaders in Washington continue to demonize Iran’s leaders on flimsy grounds as more pretense to continued Middle East war and occupation by the U.S.’
1. The more completely the place of confinement eliminates sensory stimuli, the more rapidly and deeply will the interrogatee be affected. Results produced only after weeks or months of imprisonment in an ordinary cell can be duplicated in hours or days in a cell which has no light (or weak artificial light which never varies), which is sound-proofed, in which odors are eliminated, etc. An environment still more subject to control, such as water-tank or iron lung, is even more effective.
2. An early effect of such an environment is anxiety. How soon it appears and how strong it is depends upon the psychological characteristics of the individual.
3. The interrogator can benefit from the subject’s anxiety. As the interrogator becomes linked in the subject’s mind with the reward of lessened anxiety, human contact, and meaningful activity, and thus with providing relief for growing discomfort, the questioner assumes a benevolent role.
4. The deprivation of stimuli induces regression by depriving the subject’s mind of contact with an outer world and thus forcing it in upon itself. At the same time, the calculated provision of stimuli during interrogation tends to make the regressed subject view the interrogator as a father-figure. The result, normally, is a strengthening of the subject’s tendencies toward compliance.
- CIA’s KUBARK interrogation manual (via cultureofresistance)
UPDATE: from pegobry:
Edit: only noticed “Wikileaks” on the ladder after I reblogged… Much better cartoon without. The point is it’s anyone, with any ladder, who can do that and should do that.
I didn’t see the writing on the latter either. But yeah, the point can be applied much more generally.
Whilst people were debating whether it was torture or not, Christopher Hitchens has the balls to aquire 1st hand experience. He subsequently suffered 6 months prior to the horror.
Fucking iron balls
This is terrifying. What a badass.
What’s disturbing is that the process isn’t even that dramatic.
Mi última adquisición ♥ :).
Allende: 1970-1973/ Pierre Kalfon.
Durante tres años, de 1970 a 1973, todo el mundo estuvo pendiente del lejano Chile. En un rincón de la América Latina se estaba produciendo una experiencia única. Por primera vez, un Jefe de Estado elegido democráticamente, Salvador Allende, iniciaba una “revolución dentro de la legalidad”. Su proyecto de conducir al país hacia el socialismo se basaba no en los fusiles, sino en las únicas armas del aparato legal existente. Marx no había previsto este caso insólito. Si hubiera tenido éxito, el ejemplo chileno se habría extendido como una mancha de aceite, como un modelo a seguir. Demasiado peligroso para Estados Unidos, que temían el contagio de una “segunda Cuba” en el continente americano, considerado como su “coto de caza”. Washington organizará contra Chile un bloqueo financiero y económico, apoyando generosamente a las fuerzas de derechas, que culminará con el golpe de Estado del general Pinochet, el 11 de septiembre de 1973.
It astonish me the fact that still the people of the western world doesn’t understand the historical relevance of chilean facts of 1973; right now, who affirm Allende’s death was just a suicide they misinterpret the events: it was the final act of an aggression conduct by chilean military forces on behalf of an exterior imperial power. So, along with the condemnation of Pinochet responsabilities one should recognize the direction of CIA and the US secretary of State, involved in the coup d’Etat, in the same way that right wings all over the world complaint soviet involvement in the Czecholovakian facts of 1968.