…columbus day in the us? and a holiday, still?…

…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 »

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…latin summits, us msm, amnesia and tabula rasa…

…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 »


…11 april – as a summit ends, a venezuela event recalled…

…there is a tide in the affairs of men (and women)…

Today, the VII Summit of the America (SoA) ends. And, there, as evidence of the nobility of US intentions, would be that momentous handshake between Cuban President Raúl Castro and the US President Barack Obama – and for the corporate US MSM that symbolic event would be more than sufficient for those who still refuse to look elsewhere for reliable and accurate news.

So we put some context to this. US President Obama had no option but to meet with Castro – he had been warned by most countries at the VI SoA in Cartagena that no Cuba at the VII SoA, then no VII SoA. Simple. Of course, being the US one step forward must always be met by more than one backward. So, the US President, to placate the Cuban elites in the US and the right-wing nutters in both corporate parties, would then go forward and declare, just few weeks before the VII SoA, Venezuela a threat to the security of the United States, thereby provoking undiminishing ridicule, not to mention criticism from even close allies. Read the rest of this entry »


…’a child, a child sleeping in the cold…’ – no us party contributions…

…the forced rhyme of ‘silver and gold’; in reality, merely an electronic transfer…

As the US President lauds himself for his accomplishments by word, the blazing light of truth shines on another area of US ‘democracy’. Those Central American refugees, as is long known to those not informed by the US MSM, have been fleeing the violence, the chaos, and the destruction in which the US has been a major player – just in November was commemorated the 25th year of the slaughter of Jesuit priests in El Salvador; and only more recently the overthrow of the democratically elected President of Honduras, and the ensuring violence, chaos and a continuing wave of homicides.

So what did we have at the US borders over which the President has deported more than any of his predecessors? Freezing cells and sleep deprivation: the brutal conditions migrants still face after capture How does one victim see her plight? Read the rest of this entry »


…democracy does have its price – especially us ‘democracy’…

…’compay ecuatoriano, ¿qué tal…100,000 o más dólares eeuu pa’ mi pobre partido demócrata?’…

This is the week that was. The very week the US would actively seek to avoid the glare of ignominy and worldwide opprobrium by ending its asinine sanctions against a proud and progressive Cuba would be the week that would add further evidence to that recently exposed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Simply put, the US has a price for its democracy. And the corporate party in power can dispense privileges to all and sundry – just write a serious cheque, and call it a campaign contribution.

Where to start? Why not Venezuela against which US politicians just recently gleefully imposed sanctions. Read the rest of this entry »


…papa francisco, ‘che’ guevara, and a pariah nation – a curtain drawn…

…’don’t cry for us, argentina – instead, lawyers we will need at the hague.’…

News was good. The bad is the evidence of the power of wealth, as a few Cuban emigrés would skew US policy for so many decades, with a little help from frenzied ‘anti-Communist’ politicians.

Back to the good. Pope Francis had interceded to facilitate provisional entry back into the fold of the civilised nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, a universally derided US. Of course, lost in the news is that virtually all of the region had earlier informed the US and its enthusiastically inexperienced President that henceforth any meeting of LAC countries that the US (or even its Canada) attends, Cuba must be present; otherwise, in essence, ‘buzz’ off. Read the rest of this entry »


…a sparkling week for us democracy – the charade of the ‘light’ brigade… 

…as the past meets the present to remind the region (and the world)…

The President of Brazil whose country was spied on by the United States would on Wednesday, 10 December, release the findings of the country’s Truth Commission. To The Guardian we go for, Brazil president weeps as she unveils report on military dictatorship’s abuses. A few excerpts,

The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, wept on Wednesday as she unveiled the findings of a Truth Commission investigation into the systematic murder, torture and other abuses carried out during the country’s military dictatorship.

After a nearly three-year study, the commission confirmed that 191 people were killed and 243 “disappeared” under military rule, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. More than 200 have never been found.

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