Regarding Mr. Columbus

The Other St. Christopher: Regarding Columbus This one is for Dino of Bezuksewas and for Umayya of Palestine, and all who await The Return. Columbus; Columbine; Cuba; Palestine, Israel, Libya … it all fits together now. “There are only 90,000 people out there. (in the Marshall Islands, that the US military “needed” for nuclear bomb […]

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U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM): Commemorating Columbus Day 2010

Readers will appreciate that a tremendous amount of historical research, and interviews with participants, went into this project to present the true history of the voyages of Christopher Columbus to Afghanistan, a history that thus far has been replete with misconceptions, unsubstantiated rumour, and popular myths. Clearly, Columbus and his brothers are to be celebrated […]

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Ariel Dorfman: Christopher Columbus in Iraq

    This is a re-post, which I have never done before, but “Columbus Day” demands it (and it is what inspired the essay coming next). The poem is from Chilean poet, Ariel Dorfman, set in Iraq and the Caribbean in 1492. By Ariel Dorfman, 10 April 2003 Christopher Columbus has words from the other […]

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Iraq 1492

IRAQ 1492 Reflecting on the (in)capacity of scholars, and even some indigenous leaders, to learn from the history they researched or the history they survived, I circulated a poem back in 2003 that juxtaposed the invasion of Iraq with Columbus’ invasion of the indigenous Caribbean. It was on a scholars’ listserv, from where it has […]

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A Minor Bun Engine Made Benny Lava, May He Poop on My Knee: Cross-Cultural Translation Under Conditions of Contemporary Electronic Globalization

After an absence of more than three months, it is time for another installment of Monday Morning Madness. The idea of “translating” another language into your own, by assuming that words that sound the same as words in your language are the same, is not a surprising one — the results can be disastrous, or […]

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