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“Was it five or six people who died?” “I thought to myself: ‘This just happened, and somebody already doesn’t even know how many people died. It’s one of the worst tragedies in Canada in recent times. And he couldn’t remember — forget about names and everything else — he didn’t even know how many people died.’ “What can I do, from my end, to change that? The best way to capture it was to make a documentary.” — Tariq Syed (producer )
Though only one of these books is an autobiography, art is the expression of life and the two can never separate. A 1973 novel by French author Jean Raspail called Camp of the Saints can be read by a racist as an allegory about Europe today. Exactly the same way one can use these novels to breed hate in their hearts. But you can’t fight hate with hate.
The agonizing years-long journey of injustice, suffering and abandonment for a teenager who was a child soldier and should never have been pushed into the middle of a war in the first place. Canada is part of Mr. Khadr’s story, very much part of that story. And it is by no means a source of pride. Canada was complicit. The Supreme Court of Canada has made that abundantly – in fact unanimously – clear; most compellingly in its 2010 ruling condemning the willingness of Canadian intelligence officers to interview a teenager who had been subjected to days of sleep deprivation, an agonizing and insidious form of torture. Canada was indifferent. We were – and still are – a country that has eloquently championed new global standards over the past 20 years that lay out protections for child soldiers, and we have led efforts to end the terrible worldwide practice of drawing children into war. Yet when faced with this first example of a Canadian, one of our own children, needing that help, we looked away and abandoned him. Canada was punitive, mean and vindictive. When Mr. Khadr needed his government most, when he was lost in the abuse and lawlessness of the U.S. government’s so-called war on terror detention regime, the Canadian government did not offer compassion and assistance.
Steve McCurry first visited Afghanistan in 1979, the year after the Soviet-backed Marxist revolution, which exploded into a prolonged and bitter civil war. His photo Kabul (2003 ) shows the toll which the years and decades and centuries of fighting and sanctions and insurrection has taken on the city. In this picture, a young orange-seller displays his wares on the boot of a bullet-strafed and abandoned car.
Mommas been cryin' and they gon' keep cryin' Black folk been dyin' and they gon' keep dyin' Police been firin' and they gon' keep firin' The government been lyin' and they gon' keep lyin' Propaganda news channels, that shit is all for show Camera phone videos is like all we know Diluting what an eye witness might really say Because the whole world saw a murder yesterday Now your account ain't what it used to be According to them your eyes can't adjust to the violence you ain't used to see Police brutality is all in your mind And the tactics that they use only look worse in rewind And people die everyday, you should get used to it Hands behind yo' back, face down, and still say you shootin' Can't breathe Knee where your neck be like why you movin'? Kids in your car, headed home like what you doin'? Like why you chillin'? Fuck yo' feelin's Why you smilin' when I'm so serious? I hate patrolling your space, like why you livin'? Stop asking questions, why you filmin'? You look suspicious, I think you dealin' Step out the car, fit the description Someone I fear, I need to kill it Blood on the curb, I need it spillin’ 'Nother civilian, 'nother not guilty 'Nother T-shirt, 'nother rap lyric 'Nother life gone, I can't forgive it
@fencesmovie really hit the spot