Did you know how racist the allied forces were in WWII?

by on April 11th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No comment

In the victory parade to celebrate the liberation of France at the end of WWII the French president De Gaulle made a deal with American and English authorities to guarantee that it would be a French led and All-White parade of troops.  This is despite the fact that white soldiers only made up about 40% of the Free French Forces, and some 17,000 black African recruits from French Colonies died defending france in 1940.  Farcically they couldn’t even find enough white french soldiers to fill the parade so many of the so called friench soldiers that led the parade were infact Spanish.

For France’s West African Tirailleurs Senegalais, however, there was little to celebrate. Despite forming 65% of Free French Forces and dying in large numbers for France, they were to have no heroes’ welcome in Paris. After the liberation of the French capital many were simply stripped of their uniforms and sent home. To make matters even worse, in 1959 their pensions were frozen.”

BBC: Paris liberation made ‘whites only’

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Freerange_II: Gardening and Violence

by on April 4th, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I am happy to invite you all to read the primer for FreerangeII and offer ideas and suggestions for the upcoming zine.  FreerangeII will be themed Gardening and Violence!   (We are limiting the size of this issue to a tidy 48 pages pages)

freerange-2.pdf   by Cheif Egg Bennett and Lt. Tania Maddog Sawicki 

Please  add points of conversation, ideas or suggestions below or email to

(I’m imagining writings about things like WWII Victory Gardens, Guerilla Gardening, Cuba’s Urban Agriculture)

ps. Freerange_III will most likely be themed “The importance of Design“. So feel free to put your thinking caps on about that one too!  

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Coastal Shipping

by on March 26th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No comment

Coastal Shipping may sound like a pretty inane topic, however it is interesting to note how important it is for developing an economy less reliant on fossil fuels.    Shipping uses 75-80% less fuel that road freight; a bill before the american congress aims to put $US50 Million a year into developing coastal routes which would apparently move an estimated 20,000 truckloads a day off the roads (this seems rather high), and simultaneously create some 20,000 new jobs.  A rare win-win scenario I would have thought.  Over in NZ however the new National government looks to have changed our frieght development budget from $NZ27 Million to $NZ3 Million.  Hurrah for short sighted right wing economics!   Why are we not taking this environmental crises seriously?  The righting is on the wall.

Hat tip: The Standard and Greenvoices blogs

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New writing

by on March 26th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No comment

Some freerangers have been doing some writing in a magazine called Magneto, coming out of Massey University in Wellington.   The first is by Tania Mead about the present recession and its cultural benefits, and the second is a pre-plagiarized piece about Nina Simone and the Laws of Unintended Consequences.

TANIA SAWICKI MEAD. : Vultures of Doom Begone

Barnaby Bennett: “What gonna happen now? In all our cities?” (WHY? THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD) 



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