…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 »

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…papa francisco, ‘che’ guevara, and a pariah nation – a curtain drawn…

…’don’t cry for us, argentina – instead, lawyers we will need at the hague.’…

News was good. The bad is the evidence of the power of wealth, as a few Cuban emigrés would skew US policy for so many decades, with a little help from frenzied ‘anti-Communist’ politicians.

Back to the good. Pope Francis had interceded to facilitate provisional entry back into the fold of the civilised nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, a universally derided US. Of course, lost in the news is that virtually all of the region had earlier informed the US and its enthusiastically inexperienced President that henceforth any meeting of LAC countries that the US (or even its Canada) attends, Cuba must be present; otherwise, in essence, ‘buzz’ off. Read the rest of this entry »


…voices on copa mundial 2014…

…from Argentina to Argentina (Rome)…

Pagina12 offers, Treinta días con la pelota como idea fija

Cualquier campaña antimundial está condenada al fracaso: sólo dos de cada diez personas afirman que no les interesa la Copa del Mundo, mientras que el resto tienen mucho o bastante interés en lo que pasará en Brasil 2014. Esto incluye hombres y mujeres: hoy en día, siete de cada diez mujeres dicen que el Mundial les interesa bastante o mucho.

[And those 2 of every 10, from? Ah, well…] Read the rest of this entry »


…us foreign policy in the farce lane…

…let’s try that again. the word is coo as in peace dove, not coup as in imperial policy…

Over at firedoglake Wendy Davis does the good deed under the witty, personality-describing header, In First Visit to the Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved

From her article, we have an excerpt of the exceptional stenography of US NPR (National Public Radio) and its Sylvia Poggoli. Ms Poggoli even goes so far as study the body language to conclude, what else, good chemistry between the Pope and the US President. But she fails to mention if either looked into the other’s eyes to see if there was a soul – one had boasted that he was good at killing, even though the killing was done by some willing subordinate tasked to do so. Some nice stuff,

POGGIOLI: President Obama said the theme that stitched their conversation together was the importance of empathy in politics as well as in life.

OBAMA: That that’s critical. It’s the lack of empathy that makes it very easy for us to plunge into wars. It’s the lack of empathy that allows us to ignore the homeless on the streets.

The largest bulk of the time was discussing two central concerns of his. One is the issues of the poor, the marginalized, those without opportunity and growing inequality.

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…curiouser and curiouser, russia and the vatican…

…curiouser and curiouser, indeed. as in the real world and even ‘Alice in Wonderland’…

Let’s see. Russia, with its President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov, had averted a Middle East conflagration with the cooking up of a case for invasion by the US, and ‘spun’ by its Secretary of State and its President. Turns out that the ‘proof’ that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its citizens never existed, and the figure of 1429 fatalities as against the upper range of some 500 from reputable sources, while continually repeated as ‘fact’ in US MSM, proved to be a baseless and transparent cover for war. The world, already dealing with the worldwide electronic surveillance conducted by the US, was neither amused nor admiring of the failed stratagem. The US public had registered their opposition to war to their representatives, who, this time, got their message. But highly lucrative opportunities from war were lost. Not good. Read the rest of this entry »


…friday’s follies – in the news…

…WSF (World Social Forum)? What’s that, when we have WEF (World Economic Forum)? And Davos, where the exceptionally exceptional rich folk meet and who suddenly discover inequality, the pauperizing of populations by corporations, global US electronic espionage…and the Pope…

Certainly not to be read during High Mass or at a solemn funeral – raucous laughter is impossible to control. From the WEF comes news of the appointment of an ‘independent commission’ (how well remunerated?). And with what is it tasked? And who comprise its membership? The suspense is unbearable so on we go. We learn, Independent commission to investigate future of internet after NSA revelations. Sounds nice? An excerpt, Read the rest of this entry »


…annus horribilis… 2014, annus mirabilis?…

…Pretense of ‘Beacon of Democracy and Freedom’ discarded, the US is easy Victor Ludorum of Annus Horribilis for 2013, and in all categories, the especially bad ones…

The US President denies vehemently ever telling the US public that they could keep their existing health plan with the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that eponymous ‘Obamacare’. Reality: plans canceled, sudden increases in health premiums. Which results in,

‘Lie of the Year’ prize goes to Obama

And how had the the real world been seeing this? One example, Obama denies he made a promise that was videotaped two dozen times. You see it and you ask, ‘How do they do it? And with a straight face?’ The alarm bells were there for some years, from Marcy Wheeler in 2009 to Glenn Greenwald in December 2012, with his Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job, with two excerpts

…As Baucus himself repeatedly boasted, the architect of that legislation was Elizabeth Fowler, his chief health policy counsel; indeed, as Marcy Wheeler discovered, it was Fowler who actually drafted it. As Politico put it at the time: “If you drew an organizational chart of major players in the Senate health care negotiations, Fowler would be the chief operating officer.”

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More amazingly still, when the Obama White House needed someone to oversee implementation of Obamacare after the bill passed, it chose . . . Liz Fowler. That the White House would put a former health insurance industry executive in charge of implementation of its new massive health care law was roundly condemned by good government groups as at least a violation of the “spirit” of governing ethics rules and even “gross”, but those objections were, of course, brushed aside by the White House. She then became Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.

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