Momentous week. And not just Baltimore. Today is 30 April. Two days earlier, on 28 April, 50 years ago the United States invaded the Dominican Republic. And in yet another of its great adventures for ‘freedom’ or whatever, several thousand innocent Dominicans would lose their lives.
Both items from teleSURtv.
Not much from the US MSM on that little matter. Nor from the invading power for that matter.
Today is the 40th Anniversary of the US Defeat and the Legacy of its Brutal War against the people of Vietnam. Still, that that Pyrrhic victory would cost the Vietnamese dearly – some three million slaughtered, tons of chemical defoliants, napalm and Agent Orange dumped on its vegetation, in its soil and waterways that continue to show their intended evil in significant and continuing health problems and birth defects
The US had dropped three times the tonnage of bombs on Vietnam than was dropped in all of World War II. It will require some three centuries to locate and defuse those bombs dropped by the US. Former US Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara would late in life express his ‘regrets’, which, mirabile dictu, did make all well again. Read the rest of this entry »
…surely, this is no ‘pivot’?…
The perils abound. Only ‘look forward’ the US President had so grandly exhorted then as he failed to act on such wanton slaughter, destruction and torture; and increasing inequality and festering unemployment domestically. Unfortunately, there has to be some context, especially where a justice is being denied; and lives and livelihoods in peril; and reputation and credibility of policy-makers, even if not prospective rewards, in jeopardy.
Those who wisely choose to ignore that counsel to only ‘look forward’ can remember the Pope’s comments on inequality, and the US President’s immediately seizing upon them, and his sudden, albeit momentary and very politic, ‘pivot’ to inequality on which he pronounced with such stentorian gravity.
From WaPo would come, Inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time’
The LA Times would confidently report, Obama takes populist economic message to the heartland. With the impressive (violins?), Read the rest of this entry »
…’peau noire, masques blancs’, or whatever that means…
Not too many have forgotten that panicked, summary ‘firing’, apt euphemism, of Shirley Sherrod. And, an indignity inflicted without even offering Ms Sherrod the courtesy of ‘her side of the story’ – and it would turn out shortly afterwards that even those who had turned on Ms Sherrod had attended the very function at which she had given her speech, which had been subsequently manipulated for political advantage. Nor have too many forgotten that discourteous, unbecoming belittling of the late Helen Thomas, who in her questioning would be among the first public figures to show that there was not much ‘there’, there.
Even before then was this little item. The US MSM would be on a rampage to tar and feather one who had had the temerity, the impudence, the treachery to criticise the greatest, most humanitarian, most exceptional, most indispensable country on the planet. An example from that ABC, famous for its ‘World News Tonight’ of which some 95% is about the US, More From Obama’s Pastor: U.S. a Racist Superpower. And it comes from Maddy Sauer and Rehab el-Buri on 18Mar2008. Telling snippets, Read the rest of this entry »
…for a pleasant start of the day…
The devastating indictment. It had to take the deaths of two civilians, in particular Western civilians.
So we now have an apology from the very well-spoken Nobel Laureate for Peace, the US President. The deadly game of drones he continues to play with such aplomb or even delight, with two Western victims of the predictable dubious certainty of his emphatic assurances of accuracy. These two, Westerners, one a Dr Weinstein of the US, the other, a Mr LoPorto of Italy. Such deaths obviously did make an apology from the Nobel Laureate President necessary.
Of course, this is the very President who failed to show when the two grandchildren of an Afghan woman incinerated by one of his Hellfire missiles had come to Washington, DC in 2013 to seek answers – even as shortly before he had been chatting with Malala who was shot by the Taliban and treated in the UK. Is picking okra now a threat to the national security of the US; or is the grandmother doing so? (Clearly, mention of some antipathy to Yemeni wedding parties would be overkill?)
The upshot of all this is that even the corporate MSM is now, all of a sudden, bothered by the President’s meting out death by drone, especially since Westerners were victims.
The good news is that the blogs and alternative media have not been silent on what many see as international lawlessness and gratuitous slaughter of innocents. We sample one non-confirmist MSM and a few of the blogs that more and more rely on. Read the rest of this entry »
…a patronising statement in panama, and history begins anew…
In his attempt at misdirection the US President at the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama would mention ‘dark chapters in US (‘American’) history’ and a march, a memorial march, in Selma, Alabama, he had attended. On the latter it was impossible to deduce any positive contribution to the society from his participation, especially when a main organiser of that original Selma march had refused to participate in the photo-op event. On the ‘dark chapters’ when Latin and Caribbean leaders expect mature engagement, we are informed that he, not just a mere student of history, is accustomed to being ‘lectured’ to at such meetings.
And for the corporate MSM that statement of ‘recognition’, ‘acknowledgment’, would mean an ‘Honest’ Abe US President is a man of his word, ipso facto. A new day has dawned and US ‘assistance’ is now non malign. The US MSM’s disregard or distortion of the substance of Latin and Caribbean leaders’ interventions was not surprising. Of the more respectable US media, we have one that seeks to find light at the end of the tunnel.
The Nation’s Kornbluh in his article , Our Man in Panama: How Obama’s Summitry Could Change Relations With Latin America, sees and believes happy days are here for the region. An excerpt, Read the rest of this entry »
…to ensure restful slumber…