Fatima told us she had been working for her master for as long as she could remember.
She said her master did not pay her, but fed and clothed her.
"What can I do?" she said. "I have no money, I need food, I have children and so if I can work for a man who at least feeds me then that is good."
When I asked her if she was a slave she looked at the ground, and said yes.
She seemed humiliated by her status, but seemed to have no greater expectations of her life.
While encouraging to those who stand to profit, others may find it disturbing to reflect on just how much oppression people can be made to endure.
As greater numbers of Americans slide complacently into a more slickly packaged version of Fatima's fate, fewer than ever before have greater expectations for their own lives.
It is now accepted that a son will be less prosperous than his father, and his son even poorer, for the first time in the history of the genocidal would-be nation, the pseudo-states established on ancient tribal lands, united in their bloodlust, in their greed.
It is understood that medical treatment is a commercial product, to be purchased by the rich and not dreamed of by the poor, who are increasingly empowered to do their part to help the economy by being subsumed into the excitingly dynamic American prison industry.
In American culture, poverty is considered a character defect, a lack of moral values, a crime to be punished,, itself a punishment from God, a punishment to be imposed by the wealthy on those who are not doing enough to make them wealthier.
In an unusual expression of concern for the 50% or so of the world's children who are variously enslaved, indentured, and imprisoned for the glory of some rich man or other's bank account, a recent CNN report pointed out that for 8 billion dollars, every child in the world could be provided with primary education.
To appreciate how difficult it would be for Americans to part with such a staggering sum, click here.
The rousing success of American-style entrepreneurship and wealth management in Niger notwithstanding, history has its own lessons, and US investors would be wise to include in their considerations that this particular area of Niger is somewhat isolated: " country that you can drive through for hours without seeing a soul...A nation of vast, barren and windswept landscapes..," therefore such a happy result should not be taken for granted in a populous electrified land chock-a-block with modems and media.
Those thick dusty tomes, the crumbling scrolls, the faded inscriptions on which mankind has committed events to posterity over the millennia soberly remind the prudent investor that golden goose entrails will stain even the finest silken of laps, that as surely as night follows morning, Fatima will have her Epiphany, though her master may be tragically deprived of his, poor thing, and another Bastille will fall.
The burgeoning swells of the American poor, the huddled masses still yearning for that free breathing stuff the statue spoke of, they are the wild card in the Great Game, the ever-changing algorithm of balance, biscuit, no biscuit, hurry, just a bit of biscuit over here, every day another American Fatima is surprised to discover that she feels something strange and new, an expectation, perhaps, for her life? And every day, an American Madame Fatima sits quietly, not knitting, but sharpening the tools of the weak, against which there is no defense.*
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill