As I have tirelessly explained, the U.S. economy is not just neoliberal (the code word for maximizing private gain by any means available, including theft, fraud, embezzlement, political fixing, price-fixing, and so on)--it is neofeudal, meaning that it is structurally an updated version of Medieval feudalism in which a top layer of financial-political nobility owns the engines of wealth and governs the marginalized debt-serfs who toil to pay student loans, auto loans, credit cards, mortgages and taxes--all of which benefit the financiers and political grifters.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States on Thursday, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
"I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there," Duterte said. "So time to say goodbye my friend."
In all disproportion to size and physical heft, WikiLeaks has managed to throw bombs of digital worth into various political processes with marked effect. While its critics and detractors deny and attempt to dispel its influence, the authorities are still concerned. So concerned, in fact, that they have attempted, over the years, to curb the reach and access to the website, and its chief publisher, Julian Assange.
Within these asymmetrical power relations between the publishing outfit and state actors lies Assange, assiduously engaged in activities that have already proven historical in value. They, in the main, have taken place without molestation from the Ecuadorean authorities who front as hosts for him in the London compound.
Hillary Clinton’s victory over Donald Trump appears all but guaranteed at this point in history, short of some major meltdown on her part. Poll aggregato
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Matt Saraceno I was a lifetime democrat. I voted for Hillary in the primary but since then, after learning the DNC cheated for her, she committed perjury, hired dws after dws lied, used BleachBit to try to hide emails then lost and/or smashed evidence she used for classified information with a hammer (13 blackberries and 5 ipads)....... I'm personally ashamed to have unknowingly supported this activity. I will be voting Green party for the general. Not my original plan but electing hillary now sends a message to our children that lying, cheating, and committing crimes are ok as long as you win. We need role models to lead by teaching what is appropriate. She sullies feminism and women worldwide. Women should never be portrayed as too weak to win fairly. Ever. That is neither feminist, progressive, or "liberal". But that is the democratic party now... self-inflicting misogynists, solidifying female inferiority. She "didn't know" what her duties are, is utterly clueless, projecting female stupidity; that females are unfit to lead. My family is better than this. If you want to martyr for women, do it for a REAL woman, with morals and values. Jill Stein. Or anyone NOT Hillary Trump. They are wasted protest votes, same plutocracy for oligarch outcome. Neither will change a thing for average Americans and will keep selling out for the current and long standing, corporate coup d'tat.
Tonight’s debate moderator, Chris Wallace, says his role model is not his father, the frisky Mike Wallace, but PBS’s Jim Lehrer, the human sleeping pill.
Trump has called for both candidates to be drug tested before the debate. Also sensible. What’s good for welfare mothers, should be good for corporate welfare dispensers…
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Trump may have a lot of defects, granted. But at least he doesn't sell out, unlike Bernie (and I say it bitterly). Apparently he is the only national voice left in the US who doesn't fear to say the truth, at least as far as rigged elections are concerned.
The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.
This week Western news media were full of reports on the “epic” battle for Mosul where US-backed forces are supposedly set to defeat the Islamic State terror group besieging the northern Iraqi city.... Iraq. ISIS . Syria. Turkey. Strategic Culture Foundation
In a memorable documentary film about his life and work, an aging but feisty Harry Belafonte expressed something near exhaustion on one issue: incarceration. The realities of what had happened—under the political leadership of liberals as well as conservatives, although he did not say so—had obviously set back some of the grandest achievements of the civil rights movement, achievements that scarcely anyone had done more, in the world of entertainment or beyond, to make real. What was incarceration? Belafonte (a hero of mine since my childhood) explained: “The New Slavery.”
As a society with claims upon great advancement into multicultural democracy, we seem, as a culture, in denial when it comes to this painful subject. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, of the “Superpredators” rhetoric more than twenty years ago, is heard to say that “unintended consequences” followed well-intended legislation that she so ardently supported, and husband Bill guided into law. This comes a bit late and contains not a syllable of sincerity, which is typical not only for (either) Clinton but most of American political life emphatic
It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel’s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the “Land of Israel”. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their happiness. First it’s the Assyrians, followed by the Babylonians, Hellenists, Arabs, Romans, Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans – all straight out of Monty Python central casting.
Jacob and Rachel are forced by the warring factions to relocate to ever smaller parts of their home until finally they have to pitch a tent in the garden. Their fortunes change only with the arrival of a servant of the British Empire, who returns the title deeds. A final knock disturbs their celebrations. On the doorstep are a penniless Palestinian couple, craning their necks to see what goodies await them inside.
The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be interrogated, with civility and reasoned debate in short supply. But those issues are not the urgent task of this article; the Left does need to seriously self-reflect though about just how it responds to crises of imperialism and issues of war and peace.
However, what is urgently needed at this moment is a clear and unequivocal position on the future of this war, and the lives of all Syrians – political allegiances notwithstanding – as the escalation of the war approaches. There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton will win the crown of ringmaster of the political circus that is the US election. And, as she eases her freshly osculated behind into the leather captain’s chair in the Oval Office, it is only a matter of time before she ratchets up US military involvement in Syria, with a full US war, and attempted regime change, becoming all but a certainty.
And where will the Left be then? This question is not merely rhetorical as the Left has found itself in the usual circular firing squad predicament over the war in Syria. And though the issue continues to be debated, what should be beyond dispute is what the position on intervention into the war should be.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Eric, you sound like God Father in the Heavens, sanctimoniously, perhaps ominously equally blaming both sides (there are more than two sides btw). But first, what is the Left (with a capital letter as you present it). A nebulae, it doesn't exist, certailny not in the West, not in America, where "Left" goes even by Clinton's supporters and the likes of "humanitarian" interventionism, or mere identity politics. Likewise in Europe. Only in Latin America does it exist, and they don't hesitate about taking sides in Syria. You are right, innocent people die and flee the war in Syria, because there is a war. And people die from bullets coming from left and right, which is why the major crime is launching a war of aggression, since Nurenberg at least. So instead of blaming anyone, and placing yourself beyond good and evil, please indict the real criminal!
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