The first years of my childhood that I can remember were full of happiness and joy.
Playing with my brother and sister on the beach.
Helping my father gather the fruit and hunt for fish.
Yes sun,sea, sand and true happiness.
But then all of a sudden, this happiness was replaced by fear and terror as strange white people arrived in large craft on the beaches of our island Hispaniola.
At first they promised friendship but this quickly turned out to be a lie.
As they quickly brought slavery disease and misery to our lovely island.
My father was forced to mine for gold which the whitemen said that they had discovered.
They demanded a large amount each day.
Most of the natives could not meet these demands.
In reprisal for not meeting these work targets my father along with these other men had his hands chopped off and eyes pulled out.
Suffering from malnutrition and exhaustion he soon died.
Some men tried to run away from the white men but they could not escape their terror.
The Spaniards as they were called sent their wild dogs to track them down and rip them to bits.
Then one day in front of my eyes, one of the whitemen rapped my mother and slit her throat.
So both my beloved mother and father were gone.
Shortly after this it was my turn to die.
As I was chosen with another group of Indian children as food for the whitmens dog.
Trembling with fear. I watched as wild dogs rushed up to me and started to rip off my skin.
Mercifully however the ordeal was soon over and I was dead.
As were the whole islands one million other Indians within 30 years of the whitmens arrival.
Written July 1992. KO.
This poem was written to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the so called ‘discovery’ of the new world Americas by Christopher Columbus. Alas this led to mass genocide of the indigenous Indian population by the European invaders. I am publishing the poem now on my blog in solidarity with the indigenous Indian population of Bolivia who are bravely resisting the American backed fascist coup against the socialist government of former President Morales.
A Third UK general election,the third in three years will be held on the 12th December 2019. The first to be held in December since 1923.
The election is being held in my opinion firstly against the background of much of the British corporate,s elite attempt to ignore the democratic vote of the referendum of June 2016 to leave the EU. The campaign for a second referendum has now been supported by the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. A foolish decision in my opinion. Secondly the growing instability of the world capitalist system and the growing possibility of a major world economic crisis in the next year.
For obvious reasons this election will be known as the Brexit election. However, it is more than likely that other issues will come to the fore in the election campaign.
The obvious question is who will win the election? Although you cannot be certain and there will probably be twists and turns in the election campaign, my personal hunch is that the Conservatives will probably either have a small overall majority of a few seats. Or else they will be just a few seats short of an overall majority. Of course I could be wrong. The Conservatives may gain a few surprise seats in Labour leave constituencies in the North of England.
In the general election I would strongly advocate a vote for the Socialist Labour Party candidates standing in the election. Also for George Galloway in West Bromwich East, as well as for Chris Williamson in Derby North who was badly betrayed by Jeremy Corbyn. Finally I would advocate a vote for the small number of pro Brexit Labour candidates who are also against a second EU referendum.
In conclusion whoever wins the election on December 12th 2019 may I suspect eventually deeply regret winning the election. Due to the major world economic crisis that I expect to take place probably in October 2020. However. whatever happens after the election of December 2019 we must redouble our efforts to build a new world of peace. justice and equality. Also we need to step up the fight against the corporate globalists world dictatorship of finance.
Best wishes to all for the future.