…88 years old, and still going strong. chévere!…

…fidel castro…

We do know who will not be sending birthday greetings, and for that we are all very grateful. Cuba celebra los 88 años de Fidel Castro

And we, of course, do know of the myriad attempts to murder Fidel? No need to mention the latest attempt by USAID and Creative Associates International to do something or the other in Cuba.

…and if ever living proof were needed of surviving unrelenting state malevolence, and doing with a sense of humour intact…

 

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…economic sanctions against russia? por supuesto!…

…fools rush in…; and no fool like the willfully gullible…

Peachy. Just peachy.

It must have come as a shock to those European countries that produced agricultural products such as fruits and vegetables and grain that no other country in the world can produce? Or, do we again attribute that to that good ole colonial arrogance?

Not having heard of a meeting in mid-July in Fortaleza, Brazil (Brazil? Portuguese colony?) of small countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, these EU countries including the US and its other four eyes just knew that Russia and only Russia would be adversely affected by the economic sanctions demanded by the US. Of course, there was also a meeting of Unasur countries, but what does that matter? Read the rest of this entry »


…argentina, a us nyc judge, and ‘treachery’ funds…

…and the lesson: never fall for this myth of separation of powers in the us or some independent judiciary – illusion and not reality…

But before we get there. Indeed an embarrassing sight to behold, its landing. Ugly. Yet in flight ever graceful as it soars, ever higher, then glides on the wind currents. And what is best and most unappreciated is its role: elimination of carrion and the likely spread of deadly disease. So then, why associate this noble, though not so nice looking creature with hedge funds, ‘vulture’ funds? Clearly, calumny. Just a thought.

If we were to rely on the MSM for factual reporting – well, we know where that is going…

Last Tango in NYC

…Why ever NYC…

Mike La Susa over at counterpunch provides some background on Argentina and its battle with a bunch of predatory financial architects with political clout. Fact-Checking “Fact Check Argentina” One observation of an article that puts the issue into context,

In 2001, Argentina defaulted on its national debt. More than 90% of lenders subsequently agreed to restructuring deals that allowed the country to exchange new bonds for the defaulted ones at a significant loss for the creditors. However, some investment firms labelled “vulture funds” by their critics – most of which are based in the Cayman Islands – bought up Argentine bonds at discount prices, hoping to use the US legal system to force the country to repay their full value.

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…looking forward: the past arrives in argentina, and the us…

exsultate juibilate! estela carlotto, abuela de plaza de mayo

As Argentina deals with a host of problems such as the Vulture Funds and the judgment of a US judge in NYC, there is at last some good news for one of its activist citizens, and for the people of Argentina. But before we get there, we look at that famous vulture, the condor – and not to be left out of the action, especially of this type, there is the Operation Condor – which we interrupt to return to the good news. The Guardian tells us, Argentina’s campaigning grandmother finds grandson born to death camp mother. And further,

During Argentina’s last military dictatorship in 1976-83 some 500 newborns were taken from arrested young opponents of the regime and handed over to military families to be raised as their own. The real parents were murdered.

The grandchild identified on Tuesday, named only as Guido by the Grandmothers, is the 114th to be found by the group. Argentinian media identified him as Ignacio Hurban, a pianist and composer who is director of a music school in the city of Olavarria, south-west of Buenos Aires.

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…2014, the hapless empire, little venice and human rights?…

…The Brigade of Bumblers is on a roll as it revels in the derision its infantile, churlish but dangerous policies provoke…

Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Putin of Russia must be rolling on the floor in laughter (ROFL?) at the churlish ineptitude of the Sole Superpower, none of whose officials seem to want to take just one day off from exposing themselves in print or in the electronic media.

The continuing chaos, always chaos, in the Ukraine from the now comical but increasingly expensive overthrow of the Ukrainian government is curiously insufficient to keep the brigade busy. The bunch has now ‘pivoted’ to one country where its supported coup in 2002  had collapsed, and for which there has been no hint of embarrassment. Failure is no deterrent as the brigade, to garner more votes in upcoming elections than its corporate rival, has hit upon another ‘brilliant’ idea. Read the rest of this entry »


…dangerous central american child refugees poised to invade…

… McAllen, in (formerlyMexican) Texas…

Assuming these children and infants are not  really Middle-Eastern or Moslem ne’er-do-well, we can confront the insistent presence of an uncomfortable past.

The predictable choreography of creating the illusion of reality would come when the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were summoned to Washington, DC. The usual US declamations of the need for action from ‘these people’ would have its embellished repetition on the US MSM , TV and print, as evidence of the resoluteness and leadership of the Obama administration.

On cue, the Presidents of those countries would promptly find themselves in Washington, DC, for the reinforcing of that illusion. They would meet with US officials and be given their instructions. Then they would appear before the media with the ‘finely-spoken’ US President who would use his spell-binding rhetoric to persuade US voters (as elections draw near) of his great leadership and that of his corporate Democratic party. Read the rest of this entry »


…double, double, toil and trouble – gaza and donetsk…

…as the tumult and the shouting dies down, the light of reality and truth begins to appear…

Stepping carefully amid the rubble of US policy.

Gaza and Disappearing Palestine

(Thanks on this one) Jon Stewart had his quick comedic ‘come back’, somewhat shrewdly ‘apologetic’, to the predicted backlash for his observation on the plight of the Gazans under the relentless onslaught.

Rihanna had her brief moment of support for Palestine, something natural to those who see mindless brutality and call it for what it is. The career of Vanessa Redgrave should be instructive.

And for irony we have been guided, unwillingly, to this item on the increasingly dreadful Huffington Post news site, a confused and chaotic site that serves as echo chamber and supine stenographer for the incumbent regime. Russia Today Anchor Resigns, Admits To Spreading ‘Lies’ For Putin – we had earlier quoted talking points memo’s coverage.

HuffPo loves this stuff. If only Ms Firth had compared her former network’s coverage of the siege of Palestine with that of the US MSM, as a journalist she would have been appalled and would know the true meaning of propaganda. When these people did deign to cover the tragedy, the perspective would be totally one-sided. There was near total silence on the Gazan experience. Over at Professor Cole’s site there is a post, its title a subtle rhetorical question. Ms Firth can learn a lot about racism, lies and propaganda. Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians? Read the rest of this entry »