…one of those incongruities of life; or a ‘western’ thing…
Unperturbed about the ridiculousness of the thing the US continues with the celebration of Christopher Columbus – even if, as other holidays, it is a day to go shopping.
Elsewhere, such as in those countries directly affected by the Enterprise (slavery, slaughter and plunder) of the Lord of the Ocean Seas, the attitude is markedly different. Many to most countries have been moving away, far away, from even the racist implications of that ‘el Día de la Raza’. Among the more favoured has been el Día de la Resistencia Indígena, ‘Day of Indigenous Resistance‘. TeleSur gives a brief summation of the event commemorated. Read the rest of this entry »
…no need for charon or cerberus…
Brazil has a population of some 200 million, compared with Greece with one of some 11 million.
So we set sail with a teaser from down south. And for that we have to thank Jake Johnston of The Americas Blog of CEPR. From this, armed with analysis our imaginations can safely take to flight, but without the bravado of Icarus. Why is the US Government Still Hiding What They Did to Brazil in 1998? Read the rest of this entry »
The suffering of the Honduran people, and the violence and deaths, would continue unabated, and ignored by the US corporate MSM. After all, ‘Mission Accomplished’, and all that.
Addiction to that irrestible narcotic, power, often tends to invite the past to intrude as unwelcome guest to the present, an unpleasant presence that now routinely confronts the US President. And no different with one resolute candidate.
Deirdre Fulton in a very recent post over at common dreams returns those who have forgotten to a time recently past, that year, 2009, when the US President had attended V SOA. There, after a refreshing and promising exchange with the late Venezuelan President, he would, in a character defining moment, almost immediately and furiously backpedal, and allow his agents to then engage in gratuitous insults toward the late President Chávez. Read the rest of this entry »
…it seems that one has to depend on a ferret to ferret out important news…
The UN, its Nepalese soldiers, and cholera, well, there, the fate of a Haiti with slightly more people than NGOs, whose staff and consultants are less indigent, much less indigent…
The Guardian reports on a joint investigation done by the US National Public Radio (NPR) and an online news blog, ProPublica. That investigation has to do with the American Red Cross (ARC) and the allocation of the funds it received for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
As The Guardian reports, American Red Cross squandered aid after Haiti earthquake, report alleges. Couple paragraphs that invite at least a skim of the article, Read the rest of this entry »
…the control of the message slipping out of their grasp – too slowly, but at long last?…
The Baltimore Matter brought to light very uncomfortable truths about the US – the belief that a festering problem is non-existent once the politicians and, implicitly, the cooperating media ignore it.
As the famous (?) ‘talking heads’ proceeded to lecture the miscreant invisibles who had the audacity to appear in human (?) form, embarrassing surprises would await. Here we have that classic interview that went not the way as planned. And we have, common dreams, one of the blogs that would not disappoint, with the very aptly titled, Broken Windows, Broken Spines. Here we are treated to the total demolition of a condescending, preening voice of the status quo. A sample that indicts the ‘talking head’ and CNN, Read the rest of this entry »
…Baltimore: abandon hope, all ye who enter?…
Not as perplexing? The likelihood is very low, to zero, zilch, that all who join the police force in the US (and even elsewhere) are predisposed to psychopathic, sociopathic or violent behaviour so often evident. It is likely that some very small percent may display any of those characteristics. Thus, what would account for the near total unleashing of confrontation, violence rather than restraint, patience, or persuasion?
A case in point. RT reports on the pepper spraying and initially violent arrest of an unarmed protester who walks up to a line of officers at the start of the curfew, and invites their reaction. The video demonstrates their reaction, Baltimore protester wearing ‘F**k the police T-shirt’ gets face full of pepper spray (VIDEO).
Police officers sprayed pepper at him at a near point-blank range. The man was then pulled to the ground by the hair and dragged away by three law enforcers. The man didn’t appear to be resisting the police.
…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 »