…the troika of global capitalism will crush any deviation from neoliberal policies…
The prescience of the late Hugo Chávez of Venezuela shines bright at each twist and turn in Greece’s negotiations with the troika of the IMF, the ECB and the EU. Instead of the latter two, for Latin America and the Caribbean, there would be the World Bank, to a lesser extent the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US, with the same bitter prescription – until ‘the rending of the veil’, that is. High oil revenues, an ascending China combined with an unwavering policy of state independence would smooth the transition. Read the rest of this entry »
…a patronising statement in panama, and history begins anew…
In his attempt at misdirection the US President at the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama would mention ‘dark chapters in US (‘American’) history’ and a march, a memorial march, in Selma, Alabama, he had attended. On the latter it was impossible to deduce any positive contribution to the society from his participation, especially when a main organiser of that original Selma march had refused to participate in the photo-op event. On the ‘dark chapters’ when Latin and Caribbean leaders expect mature engagement, we are informed that he, not just a mere student of history, is accustomed to being ‘lectured’ to at such meetings.
And for the corporate MSM that statement of ‘recognition’, ‘acknowledgment’, would mean an ‘Honest’ Abe US President is a man of his word, ipso facto. A new day has dawned and US ‘assistance’ is now non malign. The US MSM’s disregard or distortion of the substance of Latin and Caribbean leaders’ interventions was not surprising. Of the more respectable US media, we have one that seeks to find light at the end of the tunnel.
The Nation’s Kornbluh in his article , Our Man in Panama: How Obama’s Summitry Could Change Relations With Latin America, sees and believes happy days are here for the region. An excerpt, Read the rest of this entry »
…even in death still confounding his discredited persecutors…
The recent death of a Saudi King has brought to the fore the democratic ideals espoused and enforced by the present and former Western empires, and the great unwashed of the world is ever more bemused. But before we get there, a tart observation from the Independent, Public floggings, chopping off hands and death by stoning for adultery: How the punishments in Saudi Arabia compare to those of Isis. And this says it all, For many, the Saudi justice system sounds not unlike that of the Isis, the extremist Islamist group which has struck fear in much of the Middle East
In other words the group is cut from the same cloth, MiniMe. In another era, the traditional MSM would have ensured unchallenged glowing tributes, and nothing else, controlling the flow of the truth. But not in this era. Read the rest of this entry »
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 if ever living proof were needed of surviving unrelenting state malevolence, and doing with a sense of humour intact…
…but we start with Prof William Black in Ecuador…
There he also was interviewed on Ecuadoran TV, Gama. That interview dealt with the social and economic policies of President Rafael Correa. Prof Black’s views put into context the obsession of the corporate US with reining in, undermining, disrupting, such policies that have been more successful in improving the quality of life for all Ecuador’s citizens, not just that of its oligarchs. [Honduras, anyone?]
Over at the new economic perspectives blog, we find that interview. And the advantage is the English translation. NEP’s Bill Black on GamaTV in Ecuador
And, as we know, Ecuador did really have its share of US-inspired ‘protests’, especially from one entity funded by USAID. The effort then to oust the democratically elected President had failed. But we turn to Venezuela, that Moby Dick. Read the rest of this entry »
‘At long last, have you left no sense of decency?’ A famous question that applies today, with greater force.
That auspicious, leading voice of the US establishment media takes a brief and well-deserved respite from its relentless attacks against the Venezuelan ‘dictatorship’ of the current President, Maduro. Well, it did deserve a rest – after all, the intensity of its vitriolic attacks against the late President Chávez, was truly supernatural. And only the likes of the NYT and WaPo could have been expected to vilify as dictator an immensely popular President who had convincingly won every election in what had been called the best conducted and monitored elections in the world, including the US.
However, to stay sharp, an occasional gratuitous slap at the country is sometimes needed. Here we have something on the popularity of cosmetic surgery, yes, cosmetic surgery among the Venezuelan women, Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy. Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Then we get this nugget,
The little data available indicates that Venezuelan women do not get plastic surgery more than their counterparts in many other countries. But Ms. Gulbas, the anthropologist, said the surgeries take on an elevated status thanks to the importance of beauty here and a belief that cosmetic procedures will help project a successful image.
[Bold added for emphasis] Read the rest of this entry »
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…