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Friday, December 02, 2016

As tensions grow in North Dakota, with multiple eviction orders facing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, U.S. military veterans on Friday began arriving at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp.

The 2,000 veterans, which include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), plan to act as an unarmed militia and peaceful human shields to protect the Indigenous activists from police brutality.

The pipeline was originally planned to be routed through Bismarck ND, but the white town got it rerouted through the Indians. Whites didn't want to bear that risk, so they passed it off on the Indians.

Pipelines are safer than rail and trucks, but passing thoses risks off on the Indians because whites didn't want it is a continuation of the genocide against Native Americans that is our history. (Nika Knight) read more


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Betsy DeVos is a billionaire with whose agenda to privatize public education, follows Obama's former Secretary of Education's Arne Duncan.

Public education is a cornerstone of democratic governance. In a democracy, citizens must have the knowledge to make good decisions for themselves and for the common good. The more educated people are, the better they understand the consequences of policy and law and the more likely they are to participate.

Donald Trump's campaign declaration that he loves the poorly educated was not just idiosyncratic blather; it was a harbinger of this appointment. Ms. DeVos will make education less accessible to people who cannot afford private education.

Of course, Ms. DeVos and Mr. Trump will say they love quality education for all children. But don't be fooled. They benefit when the best educational options are available only to the affluent. They want to curb access to education for those who can't afford to pay for it. (Tamara Lucas) read more


David Shambaugh was a proponent of the "responsible stakeholder" strategy, in which the People's Republic of China (PRC) was allowed to enter the international order and would liberalize its politics and economics to become a friendly partner of the US.

Well, that didn't happen for a number of reasons, one which was the geopolitical hollowing out of the US by its orgy of debt finance that fed the PRC export machine, and the 2008-9 Great Recession. Today's PRC is not too liberal and not too friendly.

Shambaugh questioned the PRC's wisdom instead of his own and thus was born the theory of the inevitable PRC collapse and US pivot to Asia.

During the tenure of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, China collapsism became intellectually tenable and a critical theoretical premise for the pivot which, amidst declining US power, offered a narrow but plausible path for a broad, endless enrichment and influence at pivot-oriented think tanks and the US military. (Peter Lee) read more


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Many people think their economic situation is going to get better under the new president.
The Trump administration knows success depends on an economic revival. Steve Bannon, who is Trump's chief strategist and advisor, knows that he won't be able to build a strong, diverse coalition to support his political revolution without boosting growth and improving conditions for working people. That's why fixing the economy is Job 1.

Fiscal stimulus doesn't have to be a boondoggle and it doesn't require "shovel ready" jobs. All that's needed is a competent team of economic advisors who know what the hell they're doing and the political will to get the job done. Trump's economic plan doesn't do that, all it does is slightly improve GDP while trillions of dollars are transferred to the bank accounts of behemoth corporations and Wall Street cronies.

If Bannon is serious about fixing the economy and rebuilding the Republican party, he should give Galbraith a call. (Michael Whitney) read more


Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba's maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died Friday.

Fidel Castro had held on to power longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II. He became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what might have been expected from the head of state of a Caribbean island nation of 11 million people.

In declining health for several years, Mr. Castro had orchestrated what he hoped would be the continuation of his Communist revolution, stepping aside in 2006 when he was felled by a serious illness. He provisionally ceded much of his power to his younger brother Raúl, now 85, and two years later formally resigned as president. (Anthomy DePalma) read more


Comments

At one point the CIA had 3000 journalists on its payroll, spreading falsehoods designed largely to heighten the threat of communism. And it worked like a charm. These activities continue even today and fully explain the Russia election tampering story and much of the nonsense surrounding the conflicts we are unnecessarily involved in around the world. The disinformation network was supervised by the late Philip Graham, former publisher of Timberg's very own paper, the Washington Post.

The Washington Post published a scurrilous piece by Craig Timberg, alleging without the faintest evidence that Russian intelligence was using more than 200 independent news sites to pump out pro-Putin and anti-Clinton propaganda during the election campaign. Craig Timberg's story, which was about as substantial as anonymous slurs scrawled on a bathroom stall, lends rise to the suspicion that the Post may still be a player in the same old game it perfected in the 1950s and continued across the decades culminating in its 1996 hatchet-job on Gary Webb and his immaculate reporting on drug-running by the CIA-backed contras in the 1980s. The Post's disgusting assault on Webb was spearheaded, in part, by the paper's intelligence reporter Walter Pincus, himself an old CIA hand.

In Webb's case, the Post's deplorable and baseless attacks killed his career as an investigative reporter and sparked a spiraling depression that ended with Gary taking his own life. Although the CIA's own inspector general, Frederick Hitz, later confirmed Webb's reporting, the Post never retracted its slanderous stories or apologized for ruining the life of one of the country's finest and most courageous journalists.

As I often say, we live in a sea of lies, our own brand of propaganda.

On April 10, 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which created domestic legal authority for the conduct of unofficial relations with Taiwan. The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) continues to provide the legal basis for the unofficial relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan, and enshrines the U.S. commitment to assisting Taiwan maintain its defensive capability.

On January 1, 1980 the US Embassy in Taipei was 'migrated' to Beijing and the Taiwanese Embassy in the US was closed. Following the termination of diplomatic relations, the United States terminated its Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan.

U.S. commercial ties with Taiwan have been maintained and have expanded since 1979. Taiwan continues to enjoy Export-Import Bank financing, Overseas Private Investment Corporation guarantees, normal trade relations (NTR) status, and ready access to U.S. markets.

On December 16, 2015, the Barack Obama administration announced a deal to sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, a year and eight months after U.S. Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act Affirmation and Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2014 to allow the sale of Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates to Taiwan. China's foreign ministry had expressed its disapproval for the sales and issued the U.S. a "stern warning", saying it would hurt China–U.S. relations.

We use our military to directly defend Taiwan and indirectly by supplying arms to Taiwan, but we can't talk to Taiwan's President on the phone. GMAFB.

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