…us and its enemy there, which is a friend here?…

…pretzelian logic of us foreign policy…

After many, many billions spent in fighting the ‘existential’ threat posed by Al Qaeda to the most powerful country in the history of the world, the US now has some recalibrating to do. And its new and ever ‘ideal’ approach will be tweaked and promoted by the ever loyal corporate media.

Robert Parry revisits the conundrum, the zungzwang, in which the US finds itself. Over at common dreams appears Parry’s post, Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria? In the process, the NYT massages the message – an excerpt from Parry,

What the Times didn’t say in that context was that Nusra Front is Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, an omission perhaps explained because this additional information would disrupt the righteous tone of the article, accusing Russia of bad faith in attacking rebel groups other than the Islamic State.

Parry arrives at what is obvious to so many, yet imperial hubris, reinforced by incompetence, refuses to entertain, Too late for a media ‘make over’ for Bin Laden.

The danger from this duplicitous approach is that Obama’s penchant for talking out of multiple sides of his mouth might end up touching off a confrontation between nuclear-armed America and nuclear-armed Russia, a crisis that his verbal trickery might not be able to control.

…that trite, much ridiculed presentation at the unga suggests that beyond presentation lies not much…

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…the disinfectant of truth and the fading corporate msm…

…as alternative media gain in trust for reliability and accuracy…

The ascendancy of the blogs and other media is due more to integrity and professionalism in practicing journalism. The evidence is overwhelming – especially in the case of the US corporate media, with the establishment newspapers such as NYT and WaPo, and CNN and cable and network TV as prime examples.

In the case of Syria, Prof Gary Leupp over at counterpunch illustrates the amateurish and comical predictability of the media, A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists. An example, Read the rest of this entry »


…fifa to now reduce poverty and promote healthy living?…

…imagine the possibilities…

The news is that sponsors, all US, having suddenly discovered corruption and other naughty deeds at FIFA, and as the US also sees a very lucrative market it must control, are obliquely suggesting withdrawing their participation in FIFA.

But a brief digression. The traveler, as will be any de Tocqueville, to the US is struck – occasionally, physically; even occasionally, mortally, but not that – by some stark reality. On leaving the airport and arriving at one’s destination, the first thing strange, disquieting is the ‘locals’ – very many are, as clinically defined, obese. Not only that, since that last visit, economic well-being seems to have fallen, and drastically. A casual glance at US vital statistics would suggest that mortality rates are higher than in many a much less prosperous country. Despite that one is often subjected to lectures on the superiority of the US in all matters imaginable, clearly not by those who have traveled outside the US. Read the rest of this entry »


…’free trade’, tpa, tpp, ttip – ahab and moby dick…

…is the us president now emulating ahab as role model?…

Clear inexperience is evident, even here. Obsessed with smiting his indomitable nemesis, the grandiloquent one has enlisted yet more allies to his cause. Unfortunately, these allies have demonstrated superb incompetence. Not only that, among the many, very experienced and well-known in the sphere of economics, are two who have rallied to the defence  of Senator Warren, the new Moby Dick of a floundering, foundering Ahab.

Paul Krugman who has to date expressed disappointment at the churlishness of the attacks against Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose education, experience and probity on the issue have caused such exasperation. This time he resorts to slight indirection to make his point. Instead of directly calling out the culprits, he takes on the messenger. with the implicit caution to the source on slavish stenography, ‘A word to the wise…’, Hypocritical SlothRead the rest of this entry »


…so easy to invent the enemy ‘out there’…

…ignorance is bliss in one country, and untold death and destruction in another, and another…

Over at Prof Juan Cole’s blog, a post by Vice News takes a wry look at merciless death and destruction, and at a loyal ally of the US, Richest Countries Bomb among World’s Poorest: Yemen already a Forgotten War. An excerpt,

“For more than six weeks, nine countries led by Saudi Arabia have been carrying out airstrikes on Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation. Whole neighborhoods have been destroyed and communities reduced to rubble.

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…natural resources, their (foreign) ownership, and abuse – just one example…

…other examples abound – one, salvadoran activists, now in canada…

Informative stuff. One name here, Bechtel. One success, for the time being. From teleSURtv we get, Fifteen Years of Community Controlled Water in Bolivia

This year marks fifteen years of the victory of the communities of Bolivia over private water corporations. Not only did popular power reverse the plan to privatize the water, but the many hundreds of communities surrounding Cochabamba managed to keep their water as a common good, controlled and managed by the community directly and democratically.

Potable water, simple sounding – until there is that thing called thirst, or cooking. And, if there is water, the question: safe to drink, potable? And assuming the existence of families: the young, the old, the infirm, and few functional health care facilities, among other things. For such communities, the word ISDS (ICSID of the World Bank) may be utterly foreign, but they are forced to live and, even indigent, pay for, the consequences of its existence.

…once victims are not of the west, and not in astounding numbers (or property damaged), for the corporate MSM, then, celebrities must be celebrated, corporate sports ‘sported’…


…my brother’s keeper? another ‘pen’, or a better baltimore?…

…whew! so, west baltimore is finally gone, ‘disappeared’ from the impatient US MSM, back to its invisibility. even if of stark poverty, destitution and hopelessness…

The corporate US media has finally regained control over the ‘message’ (sorry, world!), and the US President is at last sole voice of the ‘truth’. With the avalanche of presidential pronouncements, the reality of Baltimore will be promptly lost on a still significant number of incurious USans, as rhetoric rules the day.

We now move forward, as we mention two major accomplishments of the US President for a hard pressed citizenry. His laser focus on jobs, and his forceful initiative to address the widening gap in inequality in the US, the ‘defining challenge of our time’.

Well, before moving forward, a brief digression. Which raises the doubt, ‘Surely, somebody must be wrong on this’. Courtesy RT, we have this observation,

Nevertheless, Democrats continued to criticize the president over the TPP, as well as another trade deal being negotiated with the European Union, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

“I think if you could get my colleagues to be honest, on the Democratic side, with you ‒ and I think you can mostly ‒ they will say they’ve been talked to, approached, lobbied and maybe cajoled by more cabinet members on this issue than any issue since Barack Obama’s been president,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told the Huffington Post. “That’s just sad,”

Brown said the administration should be spending more time pushing a higher minimum wage, strengthening regulations on Wall Street and expanding Medicare.

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