…from that ‘not quite sit down and listen to music’ part of the world…
Hugo Blanco and his harp, Murió Hugo Blanco, compositor del famoso tema “Moliendo Café”
Now that calls for un café, desafortunadamente sin arepa.
…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 »
…as towering waves and their fierce undertow do their work…
We should recall those ‘super’ tides from that recent solar eclipse that saw Mont St Michel become an island and had the River Thames overflowing its banks. That irresistible force of nature.
For its part the US is now in the unenviable position of creating and unleashing its force of nature. This force, this phenomenon of violence, destruction and death, and chaos, now with renewed and terminal vigour takes aim at its creator. And the US MSM continues blissfully unaware, with its focus on Venezuela, its threat to the ‘existence of the US’ – because of unrelenting US corporate interests in that country. But we first look at a troubling indicator of an enfeebled and doddering empire.
Unreported by the US MSM, but widespread, and incriminatingly so, across Latin America and elsewhere, is the the report of heroic performance of the US military in Colombia, not Okinawa. And, no, we are not speaking of the behaviour of the US DEA in Colombia and its many orgies so well-funded by very ‘savoury’ characters. 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 »
…’compay ecuatoriano, ¿qué tal…100,000 o más dólares eeuu pa’ mi pobre partido demócrata?’…
This is the week that was. The very week the US would actively seek to avoid the glare of ignominy and worldwide opprobrium by ending its asinine sanctions against a proud and progressive Cuba would be the week that would add further evidence to that recently exposed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Simply put, the US has a price for its democracy. And the corporate party in power can dispense privileges to all and sundry – just write a serious cheque, and call it a campaign contribution.
…as the past meets the present to remind the region (and the world)…
The President of Brazil whose country was spied on by the United States would on Wednesday, 10 December, release the findings of the country’s Truth Commission. To The Guardian we go for, Brazil president weeps as she unveils report on military dictatorship’s abuses. A few excerpts,
The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, wept on Wednesday as she unveiled the findings of a Truth Commission investigation into the systematic murder, torture and other abuses carried out during the country’s military dictatorship.
After a nearly three-year study, the commission confirmed that 191 people were killed and 243 “disappeared” under military rule, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. More than 200 have never been found.
…is there no end to the hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness?…
As if there is no end to the thing. The US Senate seeks to impose sanctions on Venezuela? We turn to The Guardian, US Senate passes Venezuela sanctions bill citing ‘state-sponsored violence’. From which a snippet,
The US Senate has passed legislation that would direct President Barack Obama to levy sanctions against Venezuelan government officials or others accused of perpetrating acts of violence or human rights abuses of anti-government demonstrators.
And from a US Senate that had voted for the wanton slaughter, torture and utter destruction in an Iraq that had posed no threat whatsoever to the US or its ally, the UK? With corporate MSM as cheerleaders?
And, yes, that photo, impressive. One that could have been taken in Venezuela or in some studio in Miami? Read the rest of this entry »