On Monday [October 13 2014], America’s government offices, businesses, and banks all grind to a halt in order to commemorate Columbus Day. In schools up and down the country, little children are taught that a heroic Italian explorer discovered America, and various events and parades are held to celebrate the occasion.
It has now become common knowledge amongst academics that Christopher Columbus clearly did not discover America, not least because is it impossible to discover a people and a continent that was already there and thriving with culture. One can only wonder how Columbus could have discovered America when people were watching him from America’s shores?
Excerpt from John Pilger … shocking description of the cruelties the British settlers unleashed on the first peoples of Australian. These shameful histories have been hidden away from public view. Thanks to people like John Pilger they are being exposed.
How to be rid of the ‘Aboriginal problem’ … unashamedly a mining magnate recommends herding them into a specified area & adding sterilization chemicals to their drinking water. That was the then Prime Minister’s friend & not that long ago either. Quite an eye opener.
Drawing on John Pilger’s long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia (2013) is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.