reeducation camp

The fact some of you are listening to the stories of wealthy white Cubans that were kicked out of a country they colonized is so wild to me. We talk about revolution then think people won’t be killed? I don’t understand. Is your critique coming from a place of analysis or from a place of anti communism?

Fidel had reeducation/labor camps for queer people because of homophobia brought by Christianity (colonizers).
The moment he unlearned that he decriminalized homosexuality.
(Something that was illegal under Batista.)
Noted: Homosexuality was still illegal in the U.S. until 2004 (Texas)
Gender reassignment surgery is also free in Cuba and there’s a government branch that’s specifically designed for queer people as a form of reparations to make up for what was lost systematically. There’s still much of a queer struggle in Cuba the same way there is much of a queer struggle anywhere there has been colonization and anywhere there is patriarchy. This is to be expected and this is not to be pushed away and we must support this liberation as a Cuban one.

Fidel Castro was dedicated to black liberation. Has protected Assata Shakur from the U.S. for decades and helped fund the Black Panthers. One of the first things he did when he came to power was free black and indigenous “servants” that were “employed” under white colonizers. He created schools and literacy programs to make sure everyone could read. Anti Blackness is everywhere. We must struggle with the Black Cuban struggle, not against it.

Fidel’s Cuba was not perfect in the beginning. It had been oppressive since the first white colonizer stepped foot on to the island. Him and his people worked to build a Cuba where the oppressed had rights and had their needs met. By any means necessary. White colonizers, the Cuban mob, and white Cubans who refused to give up land that wasn’t even theirs were murdered because they got in the way of revolution. Fidel’s Cuba is still not perfect, not until we all support and aid in the full struggle against capitalism and colonization.

When we talk about revolution, this is the reality.

I also have pdf sources and books if anyone is interested. Can’t link them where I want because I’m on mobile.

Edit: Y'all knew I was radical and about revolution so I’m not sure why some of my followers are surprised I don’t hate Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. I’m a Marxist-Leninist and I wasn’t raised with a U.S. education on politics. My parents are communists. I read Mao. I have a class analysis. I have an analysis outside of just race and outside of just gender. I’m not somebody trying to be edgy or trendy with my opinion on Fidel. This is how I feel based on my analysis of the socialist struggles in Latin America and what can come out of that when you lead anti capitalist revolution. This is my opinion based on how black and brown liberation are united and how white supremacist capitalism was destroyed in Cuba, and yes that meant people were killed. I’m not a liberal. I don’t believe we’ll get our liberation by voting Democrat and having community forums with police on the panel. I don’t want no half ass liberation. To my black people, we won’t get free without revolution. We won’t get free without destroying capitalism because it is the system that sold our bodies and eradicated out cultures in the name of money and capital. We can’t romanticize revolution and the Black Panthers and then act shocked when people get killed. No revolution has been peaceful. Especially not for us. You can’t say you support the Black Panthers and then play into the U.S.’s anti communist propaganda when the BBP were based on Marxist writings and often read Mao in the study groups. We need to know when to put identity politics down and start building up our own theories and thoughts on an internationalist level. The Black struggle is the Brown struggle is the Queer struggle is the poor struggle. We are all connected. All of our liberations are wound up together. All of our energy must go towards educating and building up each other. Not telling each other to be silent. We have to stop letting white people control the narrative and listen to the most oppressed people of every group. We have to listen to the poor workers and the bodies that are being the most exploited under these current systems. Critiques are valid, repeating what the public education system and media tells you is not.

i saw a post a few days ago [that i didnt want to reblog cause i didnt wanna get balls deep in discourse during work] about whether we should kill fascists or put them in reeducation camps and like. fascists arent gojna get reeducated. theyre gonna fake it til they get out and then spread their fascist ideology again. you gotta kill em

The Oshun of Rigoberto Rodriguez ‘El de Madruga’ Oshunyemi (iba’e), in Matanzas Cuba. After he passed away, his house was turned into an Orisha museum because his shrines were so gorgeous. They became so gorgeous because he won the Cuban national lottery six times - to show his appreciation, he had a pilón made of solid gold for his Shango. He was gay and avoided being put into the Revolution’s reeducation camps by marrying his lesbian Goddaughter, Fredisvinda Rossell - an Ol’Oya.

Ibae bae tonu Oshunyemi!

Does anyone remember the name of that american couple that was in china when the rev happened and were taken to reeducation camps for a couple years only to come home to uphold mao zedong thought and everuone kept saying they were brainwashed

wepon replied to your post “anarchists who talk about summary executions as an alternative to…”

what

yeah like it sounds like an exaggeration but that’s a conversation that’s happening now, like a ML was like “if we don’t set up prisons and reeducation camps then what do we do with reactionaries?” and anarchists responding (in longer, more serious form) “kill them all!” and both of them seem to be extremely confident that these are good proposals or at least that one should be implemented to preempt the other

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1. April 24, 1975, Saigon - South Vietnamese line up at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, seeking evacuation days before the fall of Saigon
2. April 1, 1975, Nha Trang - South Vietnamese scramble to board an aircraft fleeing North Vietnamese forces 
3. April 24, 1975, Saigon - South Vietnamese waiting in line for evacuation watch an American helicopter take off from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon
4. March 23, 1975, Tuy Hoa - South Vietnamese civilian and soldiers climb aboard a rescue helicopter to escape advancing North Vietnamese troops

April 30, 1975 - North Vietnamese forces capture Saigon, ending the war 

Like many other remaining South Vietnamese, my father, a soldier, was imprisoned in a “reeducation camp” for seven years where he endured severe malnutrition, forced labor, and inhumane conditions.  

drunkasianhistory:

The Royal Lao Family: A Story of the Last King, the Family Betrayal, and the Fall of a Kingdom.

Laos was once three kingdoms in the late 1800’s. In the north, the Kingdom of Luang Prabang, in the center the Kingdom of Vientiane and in the south, the Kingdom of Champasak.

The Last King:
His Royal Majesty Savang Vatthana was born in Luang Prabang in 1907. In his early years, he was sent to study in France for over 10 years, returned back to Laos and became a buddhist monk for a short time. Around 1930’s, he married Queen Khamphoui and had 5 children, with the eldest son as Crown Prince Vong Savang. (Crown Prince, because he will become king when his father passed away).

The Three Prince:
In 1959, Savang Vatthana became king after his fathers death. During this time, was a turmoil of the Cold War, between the West and the Soviet Union & China. King Savang Vatthana had an idea and decided to send three princes to study three forms of politics: Monarchy, Democracy and Communism.

The Crown Prince was sent to study Monarchy, his cousin was sent to study Democracy in France and his half-brother was to study Communism in the Soviet Union.

When they all grew up and came back to Laos, instead of having a combination of all three government, they contended for the throne as three different factions: The Royalist, the Neutralist and the Communist.

The Royalist were pro-West and backed by the Royal Family. The Neutralist were very democratic, and remained neutral. The Communist were backed and supplied by the Communist Vietnamese. The Neutralist would eventually side with the Royalist with American and Thai militia aid, which would ensue the “Secret War” between Laos and North Vietnam.

The Betrayal:
With the fall of Saigon in April 30th 1975 and the unification of Vietnam, Vietnam now declared a full secret war on Laos and Cambodia. Laos would fall in August 23rd 1975 and the king would abdicate his throne in December 2nd. Many of the Royal Family, including the King, Queen and the Crown Prince were arrested and sent to reeducation camp. Their deaths were unknown, but were said to have died between 1977-1984.

The Half-Brother who sided with the Communist became the first President of the newly established country of Laos.

The Kingdom-in-Exile:

(Regent of the Royal Family Prince Sauryavong Savang in the middle left, Pretender to the Throne Prince Soulivong in the middle right)

However, the Crown Prince’s son survived and escaped with his younger brother from the camp and arrived to France in 1981 as refugees. Soulivong Savang is now the pretender to the throne, with his uncle, Sauryavong Savang, the youngest son of King Savang Vatthana as the regent of the Royal Lao Government-in-Exile.

These two, Prince Sauryavong Savang, youngest son of the King, and Prince Soulivong Savang, grandson of the king and son of the Crown Prince, are the two most key important figures in the 21st century Royal Lao Family and Lao Social-Politics.

anonymous asked:

You should be more nice to Kuvira. True she made some terrible mistakes, but deep down she just the same 8 year old girl who seeks for attention and love.

Yeah there’s terrible mistakes and terrible mistakes. You don’t get carte blanche to purge a nation of ethnicities you deem undesirable because you want attention and love.

Kuvira as an intelligent, educated person with character flaws and troubling ideas, which are explained, but not excused, by her history. She has agency here. Don’t make the reeducation camps out to seem like the only natural result of her struggles.

One of the coolest things about Enemy at the Gates, I think, was learning about the relationship between Su and Kuvira.  It’s easy to see the continuity between Su’s own flaws and Kuvira’s incredibly unbalanced extremes, and it makes both of them more interesting.

Su

On Su’s part, we were given quite a bit of insight into the ways in which she can be quite controlling, in spite of her laissez-faire ideology.  Book 3 suggested that a bit, but it seemed like something that worked itself out over the course of Opal’s character arc in the Zaofu episodes.  Su admits that “I feel like I made the mistake of giving Opal too little [freedom],” and that seems to be that.

Of course, her behavior towards Kuvira in the flashback puts the lie to that.  And, in retrospect, Su never really abandoned her tight grip on anyone she felt a responsibility towards – her harshness towards Kuvira when she wanted to come along to help fight the Red Lotus demonstrates that rather well.

I feel like, in a lot of ways, Suyin’s out of balance because she’s never really managed to move past her frustration with Toph’s hands-off approach.  She acted out as a child/teenager, probably to get Toph’s attention, and she ended up as a delinquent because of it.  She managed to get her life together in the end, but it’s easy to see why she’d want to avoid letting anyone who she was responsible for feel that same lack of guidance.

So, while Su believes that it’s wrong to impose her values on others, she can’t bring herself to apply that to anyone for whom she feels responsible – in other words, her family and anyone she takes in as a protege or confidant.  When someone threatens those who she cares about, or, worse, betrays her trust, she can be utterly vicious.  And, when she’s given the chance to build a city of her own, she surrounds it with impenetrable walls that she can close at night, creates a force of elite warriors to protect it from anything that could possibly threaten it, and uses a truthseer to ensure that no one can keep anything secret from her.

Su might be ideologically aligned with a less-extreme version of the Red Lotus philosophy – that no one ought to have order imposed on them from above – but on a personal level, she’s actually quite controlling.  Which brings us to…

Kuvira

Kuvira’s control issues are more obvious.  Like, way more obvious.  Su’s assassination attempt against the woman she brought up as a daughter in defense of her home is one thing; reeducation camps and widespread forced labor is on another level altogether.

With that said, I think the primary difference isn’t so much the degree to which they’re willing to go to terrible extremes as it is that Kuvira has a much, much broader sense of responsibility than Su.

What surprised me most about Kuvira in the flashback was how sincere she seemed about wanting to help.  I got the feeling that Kuvira really cared about making things better for people.  She’s still the same woman who asked Su to let her come along to deal with the Red Lotus; she just fails to realize that her attempts to help can’t possibly go well when she has such a strong drive to control things for people’s own good.

Of course, when Su tries to tell her that, it just opens Kuvira’s eyes to Su’s control issues and sours her on Su, without doing anything to help her recognize that she struggles with many of the same things.  The flaws that Kuvira accuses Su of are things that Kuvira does herself; she’s just not self-aware enough to realize it.

There’s also kind of a sense that Kuvira’s taken the Zaofu philosophy that everyone ought to reach for their highest potential and run off a cliff with it… and, again, that might have something to do with Su’s unbalanced way of applying it.  Su’s protectiveness and need to keep the people she’s responsible for from making mistakes means that Kuvira (and Baatar Jr., most likely!) probably felt like Su was keeping her from reaching her highest potential, and so she stopped trusting Su’s judgement enough to recognize that Su has a point that you can’t force others to “live up to their potential.”

I imagine there’s some Book 2 Korra in there, too, insofar as you’ve got these two young women who realized that the people who they cared about were keeping them in gilded cages… though Korra was lucky enough to have a father who didn’t hold her rebelliousness against her and the sort of circumstances that would force her to put things in perspective.

In general, though, it seems like we’re getting some strong hints that Kuvira’s lack of balance derives in some ways from Su’s lack of balance, and they both need to resolve their issues for either’s arc to resolve satisfactorily.

I can’t stop thinking about what would have happened if Kuvira managed to kill Korra during the Battle of Zaofu.  It could be such an interesting fic-

After Korra’s death Kuvira orders that every child in the Earth Kingdom born within the year must be turned over to the government.  Anyone that refuses is sent to a reeducation camp or killed and has their child forcibly taken anyway.  

Kuvira is determined to find the Avatar before anyone else and raise them as her own, brainwashed to her own warped worldview.  If she can control the Avatar, no one will be able to stop her in her quest to conquer the world.

Her Reign of Terror continues.  Anyone that objects is silenced.   The few of Korra’s friends that escape flee to Republic City, devastated and practically without purpose, but knowing one thing-

They have to find the next Avatar before Kuvira does.

….

Ten years pass, and still the Avatar remains at large.  The children Kuvira collected are being raised as highly trained super-soldiers, a child army, but none of them have displayed the ability to bend every element.  Kuvira grows more tense each day as she desperately searches for her last remaining threat.

Meanwhile, the airbenders are once again spread thin.  Tenzin is growing old and weak with stress, hardly hearing from his children these days as they traverse the globe trying to provide what little aide they can.  Many of the airbenders were captured in the Earth Kingdom while secretly hunting for the new Avatar and those that remain are disillusioned and running out of hope.  

Unrest in Republic City grows as the democracy is threatened by pro-Kuvira movements.  An overthrow of the government is all but imminent.  If Kuvira invades Republic City and takes the Fire Nation, all the world’s strongholds will have fallen.  It will be worse then the 100 Year War.

Yet, in the Earth Kingdom, an underground rebellion survives, led by Opal, who dropped her vow of pacifism after leaving her family to Kuvira’s death camps as she escaped the Battle of Zaofu,  and is desperate for revenge.  Bolin is her righthand man, trying to make up for the fact that he supported Kuvira during her rise to power.  They do what they can; smuggling people out of the Earth Kingdom to what little safe havens survive, bringing food to the starving citizens, rescuing survivors from prison camps, and sabotaging Kuvira whenever possible.  But it’s dangerous, many of their members have already been killed, and they know eventually Kuvira will squash them like she’s done to all that oppose her.

Across the Earth Kingdom another resistance flourishes, although more covertly.  Recently, children have been going missing from the child army.  Kuvira’s forces can’t be certain there’s even anyone behind these disappearances or if children are wandering off into the forest and being consumed by beasts.  

But these disappearances are no coincidence or fluke.  Ashamed of his childish behavior, Prince Wu vowed to help improve the lives of his people. Yet, before he and Mako could get to safety, Avatar Korra was killed and Wu found himself near the top of Kuvira’s most wanted list.  He and Mako stayed in hiding, traveling around the Earth Kingdom and offering aide when they could.  Wu trained to be able to fight for himself and one day bring his kingdom justice, but Mako wasn’t stupid and knew they’d be killed if anyone knew their identities, so they tried their best to stay far from Kuvira’s all-seeing eyes. That is, until they finally discover the secret child army base camp.  

Late at night, they sneak in, freeing a kid or two at a time, bringing them to safety.  However, rescuing a bunch of brainwashed super-soldiers, even if they’re all mere children, is proving more difficult then anticipated.

And far off on the outermost posts of Kuvira’s empire, there have been reports of bases being ransacked by a mysterious masked shadow that always vanishes without a trace. Asami, desolate and furious after Korra’s death, hasn’t been heard from since she disappeared from Republic City nearly ten years prior, leaving Future Industries in Varrick’s hands.  But she’s angry and determined to rescue the person who carries her best friend’s spirit, even if she has to fight till her final breath.

All these people only have one hope- a small girl who’s never known her family, who’s been raised as a human weapon-

A girl who has been having dreams for as long as she can remember of a young women called Avatar Korra telling her to not, under any circumstance, reveal her bending abilities, or the fate of the world could be lost, repeating one word to her every day before she wakes up-

Run

From the latest Korra episode “Enemy At The Gates” it’s now been established that those people who don’t fall in line with Kuvira are sent to “Reeducation camps” to see things her way. You know what that means~

“All hail Kuvira, the great uniter…" 

Here’s a detailed image of an unfinished fan project I experimented with during my Advanced Painting class this past semester. It’s about the bedtime stories my dad used to tell me about how he was tortured in prison camps after the Fall of Saigon. Anyone who actively opposed the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was thrown into these camps to be abused or “reeducated.” If I recall correctly, my dad was stuck in these camps for about 4 years before he escaped to a refugee camp in Malaysia. Anyway, I referenced Vượt Sóng and other sources to get a better idea of what these prison camps were like. Of course, I never really understood them when I was little. I just remember thinking it was cool that he ate rats and crickets to survive.

I was also looking at Max Beckmann’s expressive painting style for the figures. I still haven’t identified my own painting style yet, so I’ve been studying some of my favorite painters…

I just realised that most of the Blood Gulch crew had pretty shitty parental situations. I mean, Carolina’s (and, similarly to some degree, Church’s) situation is obvious but think about it:

  • Simmons’ father forced him to do things he didn’t want to and then abandoned him
  • Grif’s mother was in a travelling circus and Sister’s heavy reliance on Grif implies that their father may have ditched them and Grif was forced to take up a role looking after his little sister
  • It’s implied that Donut’s family tried to send him to a reeducation camp for his sexuality
  • Sarge’s uncle did something that traumatised him when he was younger
  • Caboose didn’t seem to be looked after very much in favour of his many sisters, given that his enlistment into the army came as a result of mistaking the application for a foreign exchange program and his parents did nothing
  • Early on, Tucker claims the ideal father/son relationship involves divorce and visitation rights which implies his own parents split up and left him with a skewed concept of parenting

That shit’s kinda sad when you think about it