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Injuns worth more than weeds? When?

2016-09-25

One would think that to construct a pipeline that would transport petroleum across many states of the US would require extensive consultation with local, state and federal authorities – as well as those would be affected by such a venture. Then, again, considering those who would be affected, the conclusion would be straightforward – they were called pests, among other names then, so no difference now even though political correctness in the US would demand not publicly using such a word. (It is still ‘entertaining’ to read those reports from the NYT on the merciless US campaign of dispossession and slaughter of the Indigenous, even late into the early 20th century.) (more…)

Chess, no messi affair?

2016-09-18

A long read. A nice, long read, especially for those who have long since abandoned hope in that mission.

The sound of silence rules the hall, even moreso than in a library – as thoughts of moves and counter-moves clash before joining forces. It is into such a den would step someone with a mid-life crisis, and in a bold quest for some elusive glory. (more…)

Whether weather or climate change

2015-12-16

It’s just a matter of time – so to speak. One seasonal, periodic, short-term; the other, long term. The experts at Nasa explain in NASA – What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate? An excerpt that should invite further reading,

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.

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Guaicaipuro

2015-12-08

Today in Venezuela there is national recognition and celebration of an indigenous patriot. TeleSUR does what very few media would do – show respect and relate history from the perspective of the ‘locals’.

Venezuela Celebrates Indigenous Resistance Leader Guaicaipuro


Venezuela, elections rigged?

2015-12-07

So the results are in. And as we were warned time and time again, by officials of the US, its corporate media, and the opposition groups (some 12 comprising MUD) in Venezuela that the ruling PSUV has for years been rigging elections in its favour. Clearly such did justify the US declaring that fearsome Venezuela a threat to its existence?

As the Guardian reports, Venezuela elections: socialists dealt a blow as opposition wins landslide

Venezuela’s opposition has won an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections in the oil-rich nation, which is mired in economic turmoil and violent crime.

Candidates for the centre-right opposition seized a majority in the national assembly, with most of the results in, marking a major political shift in the country, which set out on a leftist path in 1999 under the late president Hugo Chavez and his project to make Venezuela a model of what he called “21st century socialism”.

The results were not even close for control of the Assembly. And the venal, the corrupt PSUV even refused, absolutely refused to question or complain of its defeat, una derrota aplastante. Clearly, something must be afoot. Ever suspicious minds would wonder at this bit of news from the Guardian, Opec bid to kill off US shale sends oil price down to near seven-year low

A barrel of benchmark Brent crude was changing hands at below $42 a barrel after the oil cartel Opec – heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia – decided late last week to continue flooding the global market with cheap oil.
With global demand weak, traders fear that Opec’s refusal [note: more a failure to agree] to cut production despite the financial pain it is causing its members’ economies will lead to an ever-deeper world glut of crude.

Losers’ revenge? And who would this winning coalition allow to handle foreign policy for Venezuela, the US embassy? And finance, the IMF? And PDVSA, ExxonMobil?

Which brings to mind this useful comparison and learning experience illustrated by Keane Bhatt in Jacobin, A Tale of Two Elections.

Even in defeat the much vilified PSUV has given a lesson in democracy to those countries that preach but practice it only by artful misdirection. Whether the myriad parties of the MUD coalition will reciprocate is the question. (Will there be a return of ‘DameDos’?) Nothing like change to focus the mind and strengthen resolve. Of course, the coffee-with-arepa tradition still goes on, and uninterrupted.

Lago Agrio, persistence, and, finally justice

2015-09-16

At last there is some justice. A victory comes to Ecuador, after decades of battles of the government of Ecuador and the indigenous groups adversely affected in the Lago Agrio district. One does recall the irritated indifference of one engineer who had worked in the region and who had even commented on the vast pools of petroleum – just a case of when you or yours are not adversely affected, then why care.

TeleSUR has been diligent in its coverage of this human and environmental catastrophe. Its report of 4Sep15,  Ecuador Victims Can Seek Compensation from Chevron, Canada Supreme Court Rules, suggests a nearing of journey’s end in the pursuit of justice against the power of a corporation that seems to enjoy some state protection. Selected excerpts, (more…)

A little more than a toe-tapper – in fact…

2015-04-26

Yes, that common thread throughout the region. [h/t HC]