Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

‘Make the economy scream!’

2017-08-31

That immortal statement by the US President Nixon. Back then the intended target was President Salvador Allende of Chile and his government. Unsurprisingly, in today’s environment the corporate MSM is more assiduous in studious avoidance of any mention of that event. Or any similar ones. But thanks to the internet and YouTube – so far – there is easy access to such sordid events and history. (more…)

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Corporate MSM and the grab for Venezuela’s resources

2017-08-27

The role of corporate media in promoting the conquest and submission of non-compliant nation-states has never been more evident. Indeed, they no longer see the need to feign adherence to any semblance of standards of journalism, especially in the case of a country rich in resources that considers its resources the patrimony of all its citizens. (more…)

Fidel Castro, 13Aug1926 to 25Nov2016

2016-11-27

The unexamined life is not worth living. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.

For over sixty years, from Argentina to Canada, there has been no leader of his stature and influence, and none so admired – except in the US and some of its supplicant dependents. (more…)

¿A Uruguay? Ou, au Canada!

2016-11-14

¡Pasmado! Do cry for me, Uruguay. Or, welcome to the real world of fantasy.

If one remembers, or is reminded, there was much excitement sometime ago, from the very responsible US media of a likely, very strong spike in US tourism to Uruguay, a Spanish-speaking country way down there. For beaches, as in the Caribbean or similar spots? ¡De ninguna manera! The great expectation was based on the legislative debates and then approval there of the sale of limited quantities of marijuana, with the aim of allowing the country to focus more on crimes that are crimes and other more pressing issues than ‘taking a puff’. So, a voyage to the ‘outer limits’ for just a puff? Mercifully for Uruguay, shortly after there would come the news that similar legalisation would be allowed in some states of the US.

And with the president-elect of the US who failed to lose the elections, and did so badly, came other news. Anger and fury of many of his non-supporters who had bought with credit card or other their New Balance shoes. Such anger and fury that – oh! over there the responsible media and tv cameras to record! – they had something of a Bonfire of Inanities (and Stupidities) as they burnt their shoes at the steak (?), because some New Balance official might have indicated support for the president-elect. The good news is that such campaigners for a lower ‘carbon foot-print’ certainly did show those climate-deniers how to do it, and ‘virally’ so.

Then would appear the joyous dénouement, as the astute corporate media would report, ‘staying on message’, seriously so. Au Canada! Pick up the children after school. Head to the airport. Or just drive (or yacht off) to Canada to be greeted rapturously by grateful Canadians and transported immediately to the old home and same schools and same neighbourhood, in Canada. Yet that strong evidence of being in Canada, an inability to pronounce ‘about’ other than strangely. But still there would remain that impediment, the patriotic and resolute refusal to learn to speak a second language, French, in the bi-lingual country. Ô Canada!

Yet, given such responsible, media-conditioned US voters, there is still shock that the president-elect (or even Boris Badenov) would or could have lost, popular vote or not? Seriously?

Democracy and the US presidential elections

2016-11-12

The democracy most know has over the years undergone a radical transformation in the United States. Where one person, one vote would traditionally work, in the US the candidates in general tend to represent the corporations that fund their candidacy and political positions. The two political parties which admit of no serious contenders have become corporate, and the citizens they are elected to represent have been largely ignored – until the next voting cycle approaches. (more…)

09Oct67 – ‘Che’

2016-10-09

Today, 09Oct, marks 49 years that Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was murdered in Bolivia. As is known, the illustrious ‘Che’ had embarked on a mission to promote the liberation of the masses of people oppressed by corrupt, cupidinous governments imposed by oligarchs or outside powers.  With, The Legacy of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, TeleSUR pays homage to one of the giants of the 20th century, with his light still shining brightly into the 21st – significantly different from  those corporate media-created ‘leaders’,  ‘heroes’, college-degreed mediocrities of insignificant accomplishment and, most assuredly, destined to rather prompt despatch to historical oblivion. (more…)

the indigenous, living in the past

2016-09-11

Those who have survived extirpation, in a few instance thrive. Otherwise for the majority of Native Americans, even of the US, it remains a struggle for survival – with the US government a not-insignificant contributor to that struggle. A recent example is the constructing of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). (more…)

Britain and its colonies

2016-09-02

The Guardian continues with its series, The Long Read – here, Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire The story has its roots in thwarted attempts to discredit the research of a US scholar, and a feisty female one at that. (more…)

Dying for a better life, and suddenly a violent death

2016-08-14

What a maligned lot those Central American immigrants to the US. As the saying would go: But for luck there go I? For many, at great personal sacrifice many of their dreams fulfilled; for most, dreams frustrated, and wretched lives do often ensue. Which brings us to those on the streets whose existence we barely notice, despite their increasing prevalence: the homeless, the vagrant.

And that brings us to the brief life, and sudden, brutal death of a Central American immigrant to the US, in the city of San Francisco. The Guardian, which has focused attention on a problem ignored by most US media, that of deaths of US citizens occasioned by its police, now turns its attention to ‘the invisible’ on the streets of the US. Its story, The life and death of Luis Góngora: the police killing nobody noticed,  is compelling and recommends re-telling. A sample, its dramatic start, to the brief life and violent death of a young Mayan from the village of Teabo in the Yucatán, Mexico. (more…)

A journey into useful economics

2016-05-28

Prof John Quiggin progresses along with his ‘Economics in Two Lessons’. The intended text, while much more substantive, is still aimed at the general reader. Its title, as is known, is a take-off on that of ‘Economics in One Lesson’ of Henry Hazlitt, which was rather popular in the US.

Quiggin posts his drafts for comment and critique over at the crooked timber blog, then tidies up his draft as he goes along. His current offering is a timely one, Intellectual property: Extract from Economics in Two Lessons (expanded and amended)

This chapter is quite useful to also better appreciate the arguments against the secretly negotiated, corporate-friendly ‘free trade’ agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), under which the role of the state would be subordinate to that of the multinational/transnational corporations (MNCs/TNCs), especially of the US. (In essence, the corporate control will be reside in the US, with the power of its government and military).

Another element of the proposed ‘free trade’ deals, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism would represent another concession to the MNC, where the MNC can sue the state, but not the other way around, and even for potential loss of earnings. Thanks to citizen activism, continuing leaks and information secured through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in the US have tended to strengthen the arguments against the trade deals.The deterioration in the economic fortunes of the average citizen since the 80s will increase, as those of the MNCs and their sponsors increase.

The draft Intellectual Property (IP) chapter should help shine a brighter light on the reliability, the credibility of media reports and pronouncements of politician advocates for such ‘free trade’ deals.