…with its many ‘wars’ – this one, ‘war on drugs’, which continues to devastate so many lives…
Ayotzinapa? 26 March, 2015, will have seen the sixth month since the ‘disappearance’ of 43 students (normalistas) from that town in September 2014. Only one has been identified, and through his DNA remains. The ‘Disappeared of Ayotzinapa’ is merely indicative of a phenomenon of ‘disappearances’, beheadings or corpse mutilations that is prevalent in several parts of Mexico. Some evidence has pointed to possible culpability of officials at many levels. A teleSUR news report on confidence in the Mexican President Nieto speaks volumes, 10 percent. Read the rest of this entry »
…as towering waves and their fierce undertow do their work…
We should recall those ‘super’ tides from that recent solar eclipse that saw Mont St Michel become an island and had the River Thames overflowing its banks. That irresistible force of nature.
For its part the US is now in the unenviable position of creating and unleashing its force of nature. This force, this phenomenon of violence, destruction and death, and chaos, now with renewed and terminal vigour takes aim at its creator. And the US MSM continues blissfully unaware, with its focus on Venezuela, its threat to the ‘existence of the US’ – because of unrelenting US corporate interests in that country. But we first look at a troubling indicator of an enfeebled and doddering empire.
Unreported by the US MSM, but widespread, and incriminatingly so, across Latin America and elsewhere, is the the report of heroic performance of the US military in Colombia, not Okinawa. And, no, we are not speaking of the behaviour of the US DEA in Colombia and its many orgies so well-funded by very ‘savoury’ characters. Read the rest of this entry »
…things continue to fall apart for Bold Barry and his Band of Bumblers…
Only last week the US President Obama would declare Venezuela ‘an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States’ (seriously!), thereby earning the enduring derision of the world. (Of course, there is a history to the foolishness.)
Moreover as the ridicule gains intensity, would come worse news, its most obedient ally, and with David Cameron of all PMs, would join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China initiative fiercely opposed by the US. To make matters even worse, further news would come that Germany, France and Italy are set to join. At naked capitalism blog the embarrassment is examined.
And that amateurish attempt to isolate China with the proposed corporate TPP, well, we will see… Read the rest of this entry »
…as the tragedy spawned by cynical politicians continues to unfold…
Unicef had recently put out its study on children in countries of the world. Clio Chang of The Century Foundation would follow up with a very readable treatment of the present lot of children of the US compared with elsewhere. In her report, Seven Lessons About Child Poverty, she gets immediately to the point, in case no one has been paying attention to data available in abundance,
The official child poverty rate in the United States stands at 20 percent, the second-highest among its developed counterparts, for a total of almost 15 million children. Since the 2008 recession, 1.7 million more kids have fallen into poverty, according to UNICEF’s relative measure of poverty.
An abundance of charts illustrate the unfortunate reality of a still strong economy on the verge of losing a of young people. Read the rest of this entry »
…is there no end to the hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness?…
As if there is no end to the thing. The US Senate seeks to impose sanctions on Venezuela? We turn to The Guardian, US Senate passes Venezuela sanctions bill citing ‘state-sponsored violence’. From which a snippet,
The US Senate has passed legislation that would direct President Barack Obama to levy sanctions against Venezuelan government officials or others accused of perpetrating acts of violence or human rights abuses of anti-government demonstrators.
And from a US Senate that had voted for the wanton slaughter, torture and utter destruction in an Iraq that had posed no threat whatsoever to the US or its ally, the UK? With corporate MSM as cheerleaders?
And, yes, that photo, impressive. One that could have been taken in Venezuela or in some studio in Miami? Read the rest of this entry »
…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 »
…tango or samba, the ladies have the joint jumpin’…
In one case. The President of Argentina has decided that being courteous is just that, being courteous; and courteousness represents no surrender of the country’s independence to some well-connected buitres del norte. So what does the Lady Pres do? Argentina moves to cut out US hedge funds. In a nutshell,
Argentina’s plan for making payments on its sovereign bonds via a local bank aims to protect the vast majority of creditors who participated in two debt restructurings, the government said.
The deadlock has kept the economically ailing country from being able to issue international bonds at a time of falling central bank reserves.
Something like saying to the buitre, ‘Buzz(?) off’? Read the rest of this entry »