…el papa francisco preaches just economics for the altiplano and the lowlands…

…a clarion call to life and living, and being human in a wounded world – economics of the good life…

Bolivia, just as Ecuador, a country on Pope Francis’ itinerary whose President was almost overthrown in 2008 because of the very policies that Pope Francis (and many millions of other non-neoliberals) is so joyfully praising?

The Guardian gets to the point with the headline, Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis. Sample of the news report of his speech in Santa Cruz, Bolivia,

Pope Francis has urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.

In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope used his visit to Bolivia to ask forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the “so-called conquest of America”.

And the thing is, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) so obsessively promoted by the US President have yet to be destructively unleashed on an already oppressed and increasingly disadvantaged and dispossessed world.  Read the rest of this entry »

…oligarchs of the ‘backyard’, a snippet…

One thing children learn from early is, ‘nunca alborotar el avíspero’, never disturb a hornet’s nest.

Thing is so many oligarchs see themselves as exceptional, exempt from that admonition. Here we have one who plunges headlong into a sting fest, yet another case of fools rush in.

In this blog post, The Oil Oligarchs Want Me to Know How Much They Hate President Correa Prof William K Black addresses not just the specifics of the title of his post, he shows the other implications. He shows, among other things, how the role of Transparency International can be subverted. A snippet

Chavez’ political foes ran a clever attack on him that disgraced Transparency International (TI).  Chavez’ most virulent opponents, including Coronel, ran Venezuela’s branch of TI.  They proceeded to use TI-Venezuela as cover for their partisan attacks on their political opponents who the Venezuelan people elected to office.  TI-Venezuela gave the PDVSA the lowest rating on transparency claiming that it failed to make key information publicly available.  TI’s claim was false.  When the claim was exposed as false TI claimed that the data were not available at the time they wrote their report.  That claim was also exposed as false.  TI refused to correct its false attacks.

To those unfamiliar with the countries of the region, the ‘backyard’, this post should allow for a better understanding of the issues that seem to ‘suddenly’ dominate the establishment media of the North. The tendency to demonise democratically elected and popular leaders such as the late Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa and Evo Morales, leaders who seek to implement policies for the betterment of all of society, especially the unnecessarily disadvantaged, can be then better understood.

…To remember the ‘outrage’ of the establishment media of the North at the wanton spying by the US on private citizens of the South, their political leaders, their institutions and their industries is to realise the objective of the establishment media and their oligarchs…

…it’s not yet over, but what an october for history’s greatest…

The rapid descent continues as paranoia, ruthlessness and recklessness of the behemoth, ‘the greatest country in the history of the world’, combine to ensure the inevitable. Let us count the ways, just a few…

Edward Snowden, non-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, continues to enlighten the countries of the world. Uncontrolled espionage conducted against all countries of the world, including the US. And for all, the espionage is on personal privacy, not quite the much bruited and fear-inducing ‘terrorism’. For other than the US the espionage extends far beyond personal privacy to the political, institutional, industrial and economic – with a dollop of economic ‘manipulation’ (destabilization?), when needed. Ally, friend or foe – no difference.

Following a disclosure from Snowden reported by Le Monde on total espionage on France, the ever diplomatic US issues the statement that should rank as the joke of the month, as per The Guardian:

“The president and President Hollande discussed recent disclosures in the press – some of which have distorted our activities, and some of which raise legitimate questions for our friends and allies about how these capabilities are employed,” the White House said in a statement.

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Truth is coming, and the unraveling begins…

“Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped.”

That is the fateful prophesy made by Mr Edward Snowden that set in train the events that would rip away the façade of a Potemkin democracy to reveal an Orwellian state in which collude for their own collective and separate interests the very groups that should be adversarial to ensure the best interests of the people are faithfully and honestly served. The solicitous, reassuring culprit in the façade of deception is the corporate media, breathless in its duplicitous appearance of ‘truth teller’.

The complete unravelling of the duplicity of the corporate media would start with just one question from a so-called TV journalist in one of those shows meant to promote The Manifest Destiny of the United States. With no effort at pretense, Mr David Gregory asked of Glenn Greenwald, “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” And that would be the incriminating question that would reverberate throughout Youtube and the blogsosphere, definitely not through the ‘mainstream media’.

For those who came in late, i.e., those who tend to trust the corporate media from which little information, truth or honesty ever emanates, Glenn Greenwald is a columnist for The Guardian and former constitutional lawyer (a real one) and former blogger at salon.com – The Guardian for its deeds would be soon derisively described as a ‘small newspaper’ by the long discredited Washington Post. Greenwald and The Guardian, historically more recognised and respected than WaPo or NYT, set the ball rolling when they not only broke the news on the comprehensive spying on the citizens of the United States, but also conducted the first part of an interview with the heroic whistleblower, Mr Edward Snowden, former employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and of the very NSA.

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