Why the USA? – Lockdown3 Blog #2

Some thoughts on the USA and its role in the world. Short and long reads, videos, news clips and audios.

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We talk about the US a lot. This blog may help explain why.

Our conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of the opening of detention without trial facilities in Guantanamo Bay highlighted the various travesties that were exposed by this camp.

Guantánamo at 10: The rise and rise of US exceptionalism and the downfall of human rights by Arzu Merali looks at the assassination of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and #Gitmo as part of a genocidal system that the US represents

Turab Shah’s film for IHRC ‘Zone of Non-being: Guantanamo’ looks at the so-called war on terror through the lens of colonial history. Rather than a brutal exception to current history, the the so-called ‘war on terror’ including drone strikes within a history of racist domination and colonisation since 1492, using Frantz Fanon’s concept of the Zone of Non-Being. 

Watch the Q&A with a specialist panel, including the film’s producer here, alongside Amrit Wilson and Massoud Shadjareh.


Listen to this PODCAST looking at how US Think Tanks have worked to socially engineer Muslim populations and societies world-wide

This video interview with Saeed Khan of Wayne State University looks at Islamophobia in the US.

For a comprehensive overview of how the US past and present actions work as a form of ‘New Colonialism’ watch this conference from 2018.

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