Category: World

May 20

Wherein He Demands the Return of Profligate Sons

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Cau Napoli via flickr
Cau Napoli via flickr

The Middle-East governments long empowered by the U.S. government in order to maintain a carefully orchestrated status-quo are being clawed at and in several wonderful instances, have been torn down. Obama, now wants to give Tunisia and Egypt a shit-ton of money because they are the “best positioned countries to serve as role models for democratic reform in the area.” Since when has the U.S. government felt this way and why were they so cozy with the previous regimes? Why then, did Obama alone refuse to call for Mubarak to step down? Why then, did the U.S. government tacitly allow thugs to attack and kill nonviolent protests in Egypt, not to mention using weapons made by the U.S. government (or its industrious contractors)? No, this money is being handed out in order to water-down and dilute revolutionary forces by funding reactionaries that will return the region to a U.S. colony. To think otherwise is intellectually dishonest.

At a time when the president is being criticized for not being sufficiently aligned with the needs of Israel (which is honestly fucking looney-tunes), if his donations to Egypt and Co. are not intended to secure the region’s peace with Israel, I think AIPAC would have a meltdown. The revolutionary events in the Middle-East are anything but within the interests of the U.S. government and Israel (except where we can co-opt the movement and hide another invasion of a Muslim country as “defending democratic activists” like Libya) and it is plainly obvious by the actions of government officials and the strategies our government employs in each instance.

If Arab revolutions were really in the interest of the U.S. government and its praise for such events were not hollow why does it repress revolution in countries like Bahrain, UAE, and Oman directly and through its colonial governments in Saudia Arabia? Why is it so happy with the possibility of revolution in Libya and Syria but not the previously mentioned countries? Surely the expression of democracy should be encouraged in all lands equally, no? And his speech on the subject only speaks of so-called “reform”… why is that? What we are seeing is in places like Egypt and Tunisia are definitely not “reform” but rather “revolution.” Why is it that Obama would rather the power structures in place be maintained and for reform take place “over a period of at least two centuries” as As’ad says?

No, the actions and words of the U.S. government have too many holes in them to be believable. If in a position to do so, I would heartily advise countries to refuse funds from the U.S. government as it will only dilute what the people of these countries have so far been able to succeed in doing independently of imperial powers. You don’t want to be part of the strings that will surely be attached to the stacks of bills given you by a U.S. president. Give it enough time and you will find yourself to have become an exact mirror image of the regime you worked so hard to overthrow, because it was with those monumental amounts of U.S. “aid” that allowed tyrants like Mubarak to retain power.

While Obama takes important steps in speeches like enforcing the 1967 Palestinian borders (with loopholes so big you could throw a Tomahawk missile through them), you will never see actions from him to pursue it just as any other Obama reform strategy. In September there is a vote in the United Nations to recognize Palestine, but we can already see that the United States will play its familiar role as Israel’s automatic veto when he says:

For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state. Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection. And Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist. As for Israel, our friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable.

What an asshole, could his actions be anymore transparent? Anyone fooled by this wants to be fooled. Basically, the only thing you need to know to understand what the U.S. government’s policy for the Middle-East entails is this:

While critical of autocracy throughout the Mideast, he failed to mention at the region’s largest, richest and arguably most repressive nation, U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. Nor did he discuss Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally that has a peace deal with Israel. Also left out was the United Arab Emirates, the wealthy, pro-American collection of mini-states on the Persian Gulf. And he gave little attention to Iran, where U.S. attempts at outreach have gone nowhere.

This speech was nothing more than a warning to nations who do not already bow at the U.S. government’s feet.

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It’s funny seeing the awkward “uhhhs” and “umms” being muttered after every word as U.S. officials try to formulate their praise for the revolt in Egypt. They absolutely hate what is happening, but as ‘defenders of freedom and democracy’ they are forced to applaud the fall of a dictator, even if they financed his very rule and in secret would rejoice the continuation of it. They are in a forced denial of their own prerogatives as they are asked to acknowledge ideals they don’t actually give a shit about. If concepts like “freedom” and “democracy” were at all considered in our country’s foreign policy, sweeping policy changes would take affect in virtually ever facet of our society. The fact is, our government would be perfectly happy if the rebellion were crushed, Mubarak’s place of power restored, and the Egyptian people were once again forced under the boot of an authoritarian police-state friendly to American interests.
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I’ve been watching a bunch of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts’ videos lately, and I especially have been enjoying their animated lectures. There’s one narrated by Jeremy Rifkin that talks about the myths of human nature and the need to achieve an empathic civilization. It raises important issues about human consciousness and how humans have related to each other in the past and how we need to learn to relate if our survival is worth ensuring.
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Jun 11

Both Our Nations Are Born of Blood

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Helen Thomas’ recent comments, however inartful they may have been, are essentially correct. The Zionist government of Israel needs to be dissolved. While the Rachel Corrie and her passengers were not killed like previous attempts to bring aid to Gaza, the aid supplies were again prevented from reaching a people that desperately need them. The crimes against humanity Zionism has been responsible for eliminate any possibility that it can or should be party to any “two-state” solution and like any reactionary, repressive, superstitious, racist ideology – it should be removed from power. That Israel’s modern origins spring from the events of the holocaust, makes the holocaust it imposes on Palestinians all the more disgraceful.
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With the recent unfortunate events of Israel’s storming of a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip with aid supplies, one hopes (futilely) that the U.S. rethinks its relationship with the apartheid state of Israel. Though even as I am writing this draft, sources are coming out everywhere denying any possibility of this, with even our vice president coming out to defend the Israel’s murderous actions. I admit up-front that my hopes are futile as the actions of one death-state should hardly offend its death-state allies.
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Mar 26

Imagining Greater Democracy: The United Nations

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A few of the books I’ve read lately have made me wonder how existing power structures could be altered to allow for a more democratic society. True, a lot of the changes our world requires to truly realize democracy can’t be implemented within these structures as they now exist because they are designed to defeat change and enforce the status quo of inequality. But for fun’s sake, things like reality are easily brushed aside. Let’s fix the United Nations.
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