…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 »


…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 »


…ralph nader, that letter of his, sen warren, and the bard…

…ralph nader and the ingenious suggestiveness of his proposal: ‘check those cvs’…

For those who came in late, Nader had written a letter to the US President, inviting him to debate the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – with Senator Elizabeth Warren. That proposal would give those who somewhat belatedly had been having nagging doubts, second thoughts to do that Damascene, ‘But wait a minute!’

The US President, with some petulance (as had observed Ray McGovern on another issue),  had directed strong accusations against Senator Warren of being ‘dishonest’, ‘wrong’, on the issue, accusations which naturally provoked interest in doing some comparison. But before that comparison, we have a look at the tenacity of the accused, of the ‘dishonest’, of the ‘wrong’. Clearly, this lady is not for turning. The Senator will be neither shaken nor stirred by disingenuous frivolousness trotted out at every turn as serious argument.

Over at the blog common dreams is the post, Warren Hits Back Hard on ‘Broken Promises’ of Corporate Trade Pacts. An excerpt, where the Senator is quoted as saying, Read the rest of this entry »


…somebody ttipsy?… tpp, sen warren and who? who?…

…or now a ‘pivot’ – ralph nader, sizzingly new comic?…

Ralph Nader, lawyer, author and activist, who has accomplished – in both word and deed – has us wondering: Is he tipsy? Or testing the waters as comic?

Surely he jests? Nader suggests that the US President Obama debate, yes, debate, the topic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with Sen, former Law Professor and high public official, Warren. The very Sen Warren? In the post of a copy of his letter to the US President, Obama: Debate Senator Warren on Global Economic Pact, at common dreams, Nader states in his letter, Read the rest of this entry »


…’free’ trade, ‘the defining issue of our time’?…  

…surely, this is no ‘pivot’?…

The perils abound. Only ‘look forward’ the US President had so grandly exhorted then as he failed to act on such wanton slaughter, destruction and torture; and increasing inequality and festering unemployment domestically. Unfortunately, there has to be some context, especially where a justice is being denied; and lives and livelihoods in peril; and reputation and credibility of policy-makers, even if not prospective rewards, in jeopardy.

Those who wisely choose to ignore that counsel to only ‘look forward’ can remember the Pope’s comments on inequality, and the US President’s immediately seizing upon them, and his sudden, albeit momentary and very politic, ‘pivot’ to inequality on which he pronounced with such stentorian gravity.

From WaPo would come, Inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time’

The LA Times would confidently report, Obama takes populist economic message to the heartland. With the impressive (violins?), Read the rest of this entry »


…how right is rev wright? baltimore, ferguson, obama…

…’peau noire, masques blancs’, or whatever that means…

Not too many have forgotten that panicked, summary ‘firing’, apt euphemism, of Shirley Sherrod. And, an indignity inflicted without even offering Ms Sherrod the courtesy of ‘her side of the story’ – and it would turn out shortly afterwards that even those who had turned on Ms Sherrod had attended the very function at which she had given her speech, which had been subsequently manipulated for political advantage. Nor have too many forgotten that discourteous, unbecoming belittling of the late Helen Thomas, who in her questioning would be among the first public figures to show that there was not much ‘there’, there.

Even before then was this little item. The US MSM would be on a rampage to tar and feather one who had had the temerity, the impudence, the treachery to criticise the greatest, most humanitarian, most exceptional, most indispensable country on the planet. An example from that ABC, famous for its ‘World News Tonight’ of which some 95% is about the US, More From Obama’s Pastor: U.S. a Racist Superpower. And it comes from Maddy Sauer and Rehab el-Buri on 18Mar2008. Telling snippets, Read the rest of this entry »