…a remembrance day to remember…

…as perpetual war is celebrated as ultimate deterrent to war…

The House of Cards seems about to collapse on its own falsehoods, one House in the UK, the other, the US. Whereas in the US where corporate control so far continues to ensure the periodic charades of elections with the sole viable choice being either of the two totally captured parties, things have turned rather awkward in Britain.

There, other political parties have registered their mark in elections, parties only recently such as Liberal Democrats (LibDems) and UK Independence Party (UKIP). Often such have made sufficient ‘noise’ above their actual power to attract media and voters’ attention – in stark contrast to what obtains in the US.

That awkwardness comes from within the Labour party, a party that had turned quite elite, upper class, Blairite, with occasional bland mutterings to calm the ‘working class’. Its recent electoral loss to the Conservatives, from which it had slight difference and with which it had seemingly colluded to thwart that Scottish vote, did present a golden opportunity for change. And change did come, drastic change in the person of Jeremy Corbyn. Voting in such change were totally disaffected Labour members in defiance of the blandishments of the privileged of the status quo.  Read the rest of this entry »

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…us democracy, democrats, latin refugees, and silence…

…of us ‘latin leadership’, amid choreographed photo-ops, sound bites…

As desperate refugees flee their homes and possessions in such countries for their survival in Europe, the consequences of historical US ‘involvement’ in Latin America, in this case El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have not been unforeseen. These countries are not as far away as say, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or Iraq.

And to be considered, one consequence of such interventions has never been economic or social improvement in those countries where repression continues as endemic and prevalent, even under the guise of ‘democracy’ – Honduras would be catapulted backward and violently so, after the US-sanctioned overthrow of Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »


…wall street, his master’s voice…

…and responding accordingly…

David Dayen at The Intercept does some research, as would be expected of serious journalists, and he finds Talk of Criminally Prosecuting Corporations Up, Actual Prosecutions Down

A new analysis of federal data from Syracuse University finds that the Justice Department’s criminal prosecutions of corporations fell 29 percent from 2004 to 2014, even as criminal referrals to the Justice Department from other federal agencies have risen.

The figure shows the exceptional performance of the US President’s Justice Department, with the chief lawman and his sidekick riding off to their now mega-ranches. By now most will have been accustomed to the tiresome, emptiness of the rhetoric, and the ensuing thorough lack of any action on issues that adversely affect the non-one percent of the quiescent and mildly apprehensive US victims.

On the matter of ‘just following orders’ from above, as another pesky journalist would state, Read the rest of this entry »


…is the us getting a bomb rap on the kunduz hospital?…

…war hero senator mccain had merely intoned, ‘bomb, bomb, bomb iran’, no more…

As the US MSM seeks to slink away from the US bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, other bloggers and less disreputable media keep the bright light of truth on the atrocity and war crime.

For starters, Kathy Kelly comments over at common dreams blog, The Obscenity of Our War. Kelly weaves in the unleashing of the start of Folly in the Middle East,

Before the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and well-being in Baghdad, such as hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools, and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: “To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime.”  We encouraged people in U.S. cities to do the same, trying to build empathy for people trapped in Iraq, anticipating a terrible aerial bombing.

Tragically, sadly, the banners must again condemn war crimes, this time echoing international outcry because in an hour of airstrikes this past Saturday morning, the U.S. repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, a facility that served the fifth largest city in Afghanistan and the surrounding region.

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And gets into some grisly details of the US bombing, first described by the US as ‘collateral damage’,

“Patients were burning in their beds,” said one nurse, an eyewitness to the ICU attack.”There are no words for how terrible it was.”  The U.S. airstrikes continued, even after the Doctors Without Borders officials had notified the U.S., NATO and Afghan military that the warplanes were attacking the hospital.

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…us and us corporate media, redux: ‘no, afghans wot done the slaughter’…

…and the world says, ‘ok’? not this time, nor the next…

How fare the Middle East and other Muslem countries? We have US foreign policy and diplomacy writ large, beyond even the wildest imaginings of Macbeth,

All causes shall give way. I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.

As the US corporate media manipulate or sidestep the US bombing of a hospital in the Kunduz province of Afghanistan, other responsible media continue the focus on the appalling tragedy for which no apology has been expressed by the perpetrators. Sarah Lazare at the common dreams blog reports. As Pentagon Spins US Media, MSF Demands True Account of Hospital Attack She informs us, Read the rest of this entry »


…corporate msm, kunduz, and reality…

…just when you think that stark reality would provoke responsibility…

In the face of all evidence to the contrary, WaPo insists on finding its own truth, under the guise of quoting some ‘authority, Hospital in airstrike was ‘a Taliban base,’ Afghan official says

But Doctors Without Borders strongly disputed suggestions that any Taliban fighters were inside its hospital at the time of the attack, which killed at least 22 people and left 37 others critically hurt.

Yes, some ‘Afghan official says’, thereby implying complicity of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the Taliban. Read the rest of this entry »


…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…