This is the 2nd 1/2 of a speech on the recent referendum on Britain’s membership to the European Union (EU). It deals with the Brexit crisis & the split in the British Labour party. The 1st part, covering the run up to the referendum, alongside the fundamental characteristics of British Imperialism & European Imperialism, can be found here.
The speech was delivered on 23 July 2016. As such, certain sections of the below text are out of date. An addendum covering subsequent concrete developments will follow shortly after the conclusion of the Labour Party leadership election on 24 September. An additional article, which will outline certain theoretical concepts, will precede this.
This is the 1st 1/2 of a speech on the recent referendum on Britain’s membership to the European Union (EU). It deals with the the run up to the referendum, alongside the fundamental characteristics of British Imperialism & European Imperialism. A 2nd part, covering the Brexit crisis & the split in the British Labour party shall follow.
Who would not remember
That thunderous scream
—For it was yesterday
When I let out my scream of rebellion
Amílcar Cabral, ‘Who Would Not Remember’
(Translation by Gerald M. Moser).
Amílcar Cabral was shot dead at 1/2 past 10, on 20 January 1973. He was leaving the headquarters of the Afican Party for the Independence of Guinea & Cape Verde (PAIGC) in Conakry, Guinée with his wife, Ana Maria Cabral. Ana was then detained within the PAIGC jail. Cabral had led the PAIGC through 18 years of bitter struggle. The US Department of State said that under Cabral’s direction ‘the PAIGC developed into the most successful insurgent force facing the Portuguese.’ In the same document, they dryly note his support for the Soviet Union & the Cuban Revolution. (US Department of State, ‘Portuguese Guinea: The PAIGC After AmÍlcar Cabral‘.) He was 48.
I have never published poetry before on this blog. Today, I make an exception.
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