…there is a tide in the affairs of men (and women)…
Today, the VII Summit of the America (SoA) ends. And, there, as evidence of the nobility of US intentions, would be that momentous handshake between Cuban President Raúl Castro and the US President Barack Obama – and for the corporate US MSM that symbolic event would be more than sufficient for those who still refuse to look elsewhere for reliable and accurate news.
So we put some context to this. US President Obama had no option but to meet with Castro – he had been warned by most countries at the VI SoA in Cartagena that no Cuba at the VII SoA, then no VII SoA. Simple. Of course, being the US one step forward must always be met by more than one backward. So, the US President, to placate the Cuban elites in the US and the right-wing nutters in both corporate parties, would then go forward and declare, just few weeks before the VII SoA, Venezuela a threat to the security of the United States, thereby provoking undiminishing ridicule, not to mention criticism from even close allies. Read the rest of this entry »
…things continue to fall apart for Bold Barry and his Band of Bumblers…
Only last week the US President Obama would declare Venezuela ‘an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States’ (seriously!), thereby earning the enduring derision of the world. (Of course, there is a history to the foolishness.)
Moreover as the ridicule gains intensity, would come worse news, its most obedient ally, and with David Cameron of all PMs, would join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China initiative fiercely opposed by the US. To make matters even worse, further news would come that Germany, France and Italy are set to join. At naked capitalism blog the embarrassment is examined.
And that amateurish attempt to isolate China with the proposed corporate TPP, well, we will see… Read the rest of this entry »
…or, if only we had known that Venas Abiertas was not some medical book, and so on. And, yes, that obsession with image and perception rather than substance and performance…
For one class honesty is seldom the best policy, or even wise, where corporate commitment is at stake and predominates. Mother Jones (MoJo) does that thing of ‘looking backwards’, verboten in the eyes of the cynical ‘populists’. In this case, the tragedy of Haiyan provokes memory of a press briefing in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad way back in April 2009 at the Fifth Summit of the Americas (VSOA), where all of the Americas and the Caribbean were expecting some seriousness from the new President of the US, something most now rue. At the time that briefing was covered in an (updated) article of a local paper, Trinidad Express, Wading in disaster.
In that MoJo article by Tim Murphy, Want to Piss Off the White House? Talk About Climate Change, he quotes the Politico reporter, Glenn Thrush’s article, which discussed allowing Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, to speak on rising sea levels. Energy Secretary Chu is an expert on such matters, and as would be subsequently obvious, was selected more for appearance, perception of concern for and attention to and action on environmental issues. Glenn Thrush, the Politico reporter, is quoted this one of two articles worth reading, Read the rest of this entry »