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Grenada’s Revolution at 40

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  1. determinism Link
    I remember a few months ago I was very interested in listening to every interview or Q&A that I could find with Christopher Hitchens on C-SPAN's archives. The first one I listened to was regarding...

    I remember a few months ago I was very interested in listening to every interview or Q&A that I could find with Christopher Hitchens on C-SPAN's archives. The first one I listened to was regarding invasion of Grenad as it sounded like it had basically just happened (I don't remember the exact dates) and there was a great deal of misinformation. It was actually my first time hearing about this intervention. I wasn't taught about it in school, I never hear anyone discuss it in the media, I never hear my friends, family, or colleagues talk about it in the context of American interventionism.

    What astonished me about the Q&A was that probably 80% of the callers were angry at the news media for reporting the fucking thing. They weren't angry about the nature of the coverage, they were angry that it was being covered at all. They thought that the details should not be made public until some substantial amount of time had passed. Hitchens' retort was basically a good one, something like "if you don't like the reporting, don't read it, but please don't prevent me from reading it and reporting on it".

    Many of the commenters also seemed to be confused as to the motivation of the intervention. A popular narrative that the callers alluded to was that the American students were in danger or were being kept there against their will and that the nature of the intervention was primarily focused on extracting them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPjwXvJZs0I

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  2. culturedleftfoot Link
    Good read. I've gotten fairly interested in this story in the past few months, and there's a documentary I've been trying to track down on the Grenadian Revolution and the subsequent American...

    Good read. I've gotten fairly interested in this story in the past few months, and there's a documentary I've been trying to track down on the Grenadian Revolution and the subsequent American invasion called Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution. I can't seem to find it anywhere (not sure if it ever had any sort of distribution) but I gather that it's a very good look at the situation. The best I've been able to do is find a post-screening discussion with the director on the 30th anniversary.

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