…the cuba star shines brightly, and on a pariah state…

…tomorrow’s adults will recount with relief the final exposure of an unembarrassed rogue state…

On Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 188 countries of the UN rejected the US embargo against the small country of Cuba, an embargo that has cost the country upwards of an estimated US$1 trillion in today’s currency, and with savage human costs. Yet the country has survived and thrived, albeit not as well. Still in office is that President of the US, the one curiously awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009, despite not ever having accomplished anything remotely close to that of leaders such as Lula or Hugo Chávez or ‘Pepe’ Mujica. The two votes for the embargo came from the US and Israel, with abstentions from three tiny, tiny, tiny Pacific countries.

A Factual News Report from Reuters

We look at how the MSM reports this – here Reuters. For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba. Some snippets,

In the 193-nation assembly, 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, titled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

As in previous years, the only countries that voted against the declaration were the United States and an ally, Israel. The Pacific island nations Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained. The voting result was identical to last year’s.

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…the nyt finds its latin dictators…prof black, your evidence…

…no more lucid corroboration of widespread suspicions…

As we know, Professor Black, economist and lawyer, at that time knew what to do, how to do it. And then did it. That ‘it’ was identifying and prosecuting those responsible for criminal misbehaviour in a financial scandal, the S&L scandal, in the US of the late 80s and early 90s, with successful felony convictions. Despite more egregious behaviour that would lead to the collapse of many economies in 2008, no such ‘it’ would, to date, be undertaken in the very US from which major financial misbehaviour originated – the era of the corporate political party in full bloom.

Now on to our story, and well told it is. The likes of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina, countries in which the process of democracy remains more legitimate than that found to the ‘north’, especially the US. To hear the US MSM tell the story in their advocacy of the corporate dictates of the incumbent régime du jour, the reverse is true – those countries that fail to surrender their respective independence, and resources not even for a song, must be dictatorships, and the country, where corporate power rules, is the paragon of democracy and liberty. Prof Black takes serious umbrage, and his rebuttal is as comprehensive as it is utterly devastating. The New York Times Claims Democratic Leaders in Latin America are “Military Dictators”. We yield the floor to the good Professor with his superb exposition, Read the rest of this entry »


…suffer the poor little children of the us (and uk) to, well, suffer?…

…nothing like exceptional performance…

So UNICEF has a report on child poverty, and some members of the ‘community of civilized nations’ seem to have fared not so well. But before we get there, a digression, and an enlightening one.

On Sunday, 26 October 2014, in Brazil Dilma won her re-election from strong opposition domestically and elsewhere. That victory served to remind the country and its neighbours, and others, of how far Brazil has come since 2003, when the Workers Party first won the right to govern. The powerful domestic oligarchy combined with not-helpful US activities, though daunting obstacles, proved to be not at all insurmountable – as results showed. So even the US spying on the Brazilian President came up somewhat short in the outcome of the elections.

Dilma’s electoral success is described in a post by Andrea Germanos at common dreams, Continuing Latin America’s ‘Left Turn,’ Brazil’s Rousseff Wins Re-Election. The ‘take away’ on this, and remembering Brazil’s earlier socio-economic conditions, Read the rest of this entry »


…ebola? cuba sends doctors, the us sends a phd – and troops?…

…with enough blather to drown that and other viruses in a tsunami?…

A media blitzkrieg. And ebola gone, whoosh. Dr Sam has fulminated. The hypocrisy continues to surpass all prior unsurpassable levels. Now that is exceptional, even in election season in the US. Good thing the ignored non-‘international community’ knows better, much better – after all, there still remains memory of the performance of the US and of Cuba in Haiti with that epidemic of cholera, a strain of cholera  introduced by the UN’s Nepalese soldiers.

So, the farce begins with the photo-op of an ever ‘pro-active’ US establishment that is immediately undone by reality. We have from The Guardian, Obama sends Power to west Africa on Ebola fact-finding mission,

As controversy over the US response to Ebola cases within its own shores continued, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, arrived in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday to see first hand how the global response is failing to stop the deadly spread of Ebola in west Africa.

And no play on the word ‘power’: troops, just as the UK, to build hospitals and tents and ‘small footprints’? As with everything now, helpless but for violence, hopeless, and, hilarious but for the grim tragedy of it all. Read the rest of this entry »


…us msm, all the news that’s fit to be vetted?…

…truth, lack of truth, and consequences…

Clearly, it was again premature to declare, ‘Mission Accomplished’ for that lot in the ‘Kill the Messenger’ project. That thing about the past appearing, and suddenly, all too suddenly.

The release of the movie, ‘Kill the Messenger’, instead of eliciting ‘mea culpas’ from the complicit MSM, seems to have had the opposite effect, further attacks on the messenger, Gary Webb, who had committed suicide. Unfortunately facts tend to have an inconvenient way of not disappearing from public view, despite the MSM’s best efforts.

For the MSM: Ignoring Narco-trafficking Contras even in the US, the Price of US Freedom?

The economist, Dean Baker, in his post, In Context of Accusations of CIA Drug Smuggling, WaPo Calls $10 Million a Week “Relatively Small”, of 19 Oct affirms the delinquency of the protagonists, here WaPo, then dissects the economics of the assertion made by WaPo’s Jeff Leen, Read the rest of this entry »


…as day ends, life’s blessings continue…

…and with this the furrowed brow yields to serenity…


…the brace of a strong brew, emerging into day…

…a deep breath, and to look forward to the warmth of love and friendship, and our own…

…the power of love, with that Deus ex Machina