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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 

Kenya needs a Mau Mau (again)

Yesterday Kenyan police used tear gas against a demonstration by Massai "tribesmen." The Massai had gathered to deliver a petition demanding the return of traditional lands ceded in a 1904 land treaty to British colonialists. The Kenyan government's stance at present is that the treaty is still in effect, which becomes all the more ridiculous given the fact that the treaty claims to "be enduring as long as the Massai as a race shall exist."

"When the peasant takes a gun in his[sic] hands, the old myths grow dim and the prohibitions are one by one forgotten. The rebel’s weapon is the proof of his[sic] humanity... to shoot down a European is to kill two birds with one stone, to destroy an oppressor and the man[sic] he oppresses at the same time: there remain a dead man, and a free man[sic]." -Sartre, introduction to Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth

I love this quote.

You are so well read, dude. I am so NOT. ya-hargh.

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