View of the world – UPDATED JULY 25

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View of the world

There are many articles published each day which provide an interesting (and often insightful) analysis of the world in which we live – and how capitalism and imperialism manipulates populations and circumstances for its own financial gain.

Some might find a home in other pages on this blog but others are metaphorical ‘orphans’. This page seeks to provide them a home.

Reckoning with slavery: What a revolt’s archives tells us about who owns the past (2nd December 2020)

Wall Street takes workers’ retirement money and uses it against them (July 2021)

Britain is ensuring the death of a Palestinian state (23rd September 2021)

The UK claims to support a ‘two-state’ solution in Israel-Palestine but the body of a Palestinian state has long been in the morgue, although nobody dares to have a funeral. As long as Britain and other states continue to superficially endorse a two-state solution, Israel will become entrenched as a full-blown apartheid state with international blessing.

The Long Haitian Revolution (10th October 2021)

How developing countries can make mRNA covid vaccines (22nd October 2021)

Blockade Against Cuba Turns 60 (4th February 2022)

On fails to understand how it has been possible for the US to act against millions of people for so long and with so much hatred, a hatred without limits or rational explanation.

Give Putin what he wants (4th February 2022)

On October 8, 1962, Cuban President Osvaldo Dorticós told the UN General Assembly that there would be no need for Cuba to possess nuclear weapons were the US to guarantee that it would not invade Cuba as the US had attempted to do the year before. In other words, Cuba would trade missiles for a US security guarantee.

Now, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is requesting a guarantee that Ukraine will not join NATO. The US should agree.

UK spends over £80m on media in 20 countries around Russia (8th February 2022)

The British government is spending tens of millions on media projects in Eastern Europe which are often presented as fighting “Russian disinformation”, but which may involve the UK’s own information operations.

‘Deceitful activities’: US expands its intelligence and military presence in UK (9th February 2022)

The US is quietly preparing to upgrade its presence in Britain in moves with huge implications for UK security and vulnerability in an international crisis.

The legacy of Lester Mallory: Brief statement against the U.S. economic war against Cuba (10th February 2022)

It has now been 60 years since this U.S. enacted its “embargo” on Cuba. The term embargo is however, a gross understatement of the measures designed to undermine and overthrow the Cuban government, in the words of U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Interamerican Affairs, Lester Mallory (1960) “through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship”. The concept of ‘economic war’ is a much more accurate depiction.

Blood on London’s hands (10th February 2022)

Whitehall knew for decades that the UDA paramilitary group was carrying out wholesale murder – yet ministers long refused to ban it as a terrorist organisation and officials continued to meet its leaders.

How can the US accuse any nation of violating ‘Rules-Based International Order’? (10th February 2022)

Sometimes the hypocrisy of the US government, especially when it comes to foreign affairs, is just too much to let pass.

America’s real adversaries are its European and other allies (11th February 2022)

The U.S. aim is to keep them from trading with China and Russia

America’s sanctions on its allies hurt their economies, not those of Russia and China

Oil diplomacy and America’s dream for post-Soviet Russia

U.S. dreams of a neoliberalized China as a U.S. corporate affiliate

U.S. demands are driving its allies out of the dollar-NATO trade and monetary orbit

UK commanders in Ukraine met neo-Nazi-linked National Guard to ‘deepen military cooperation’ (15th February 2022)

Ukraine’s National Guard says that in meeting last year the UK military agreed to start training its forces, which include a thousand-strong neo-Nazi unit. The UK Ministry of Defence disputes the claim.

Jeff Bezos wants all of us to satisfy his every whim (15th February 2022)

A billionaire literally dismantling public infrastructure to serve his most superficial whim — Jeff Bezos’s recent attempt to get the city of Rotterdam to dismantle its historic bridge to fit his gigantic yacht feels like a metaphor for our current stage of capitalism.

Suharto’s US-backed coup in Indonesia supplied a template for worldwide mass murder (15th February 2022)

Under the leadership of Sukarno, postcolonial Indonesia was an optimistic country finding its place on the world stage. Suharto’s 1965 coup drowned that experiment in blood, with US politicians and media cheering on his campaign of mass killings.

Britain and Australia’s resource grab in Afghanistan (16th February 2022)

A little-known aspect of the disastrous Western occupation of Afghanistan was that UK and Australian companies sought to access the country’s $3 trillion worth of untapped minerals – with little regard for the welfare of Afghans.

Can those prosecuted for acts of violence and recklessly endangering the public order, with no program, no proposals for positive change, be considered political prisoners? (16th February 2022)

A few days after the March 10, 1952 coup in Cuba, the young attorney Fidel Castro, “with a law office at Tejadillo, No. 57,” filed a complaint in court charging Fulgencio Batista with the crime of sedition. Motivated by personal interest or cowardice, the legal team of jurists, defending Batista’s coup against the 1940 Constitution, alleged that his actions did not constitute a coup, but rather a revolution, which was acceptable under the law.

Theranos Verdict: In the U.S., it is fine to lie to consumers but not to investors

Hyper-capitalism has systematically weakened regulations to help capital at the cost of consumers. The verdict on the Elizabeth Holmes case illustrates the truth: Protecting private property is central to bourgeois law, not people.

America’s Disastrous 60-Year War (21st February 2022)

Three generations of conspicuous destruction by the Military-Industrial Complex and a New Cold War.

Russia-Ukraine is an Information War, so government intelligence needs more scrutiny than ever (22nd February 2022)

The threat of war is difficult to beat when it comes to mending or enhancing a damaged reputation. President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, both derided as ineffective in domestic policy only a few weeks ago, are now reborn as statesmen capable of guiding their countries through the minefield of Eastern European politics.

Bob Dylan, Masters of War and the Ukraine Crisis (23rd February 2022)

Red-white-and-blue chauvinism is running wild. Yet there are real diplomatic alternatives to the collision course for war.

WWII Redux: The endpoint of U.S. policy, from Ukraine to Taiwan (23rd February 2022)

The threatened peoples of East Asia and Europe can stop the U.S. drive to restore its global domination.

Arms industry sees Ukraine conflict as an opportunity, not a crisis (2nd March 2022)

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, pounding cities with ordnance and dispatching troops across the border. The sonic boom of fighter jets filled the air, as civilians flooded the highways in Kyiv, attempting to flee the capital. And the stock value of arms makers soared.

‘We are not the ones who owe; it’s capital and the state who owe us’: why feminists scholars and activists are working to destigmatise debt. (11th March 2022)

‘We want to be alive, free and without debt.’ With slogans such as these, Argentinian feminists are attempting to expose the connection between debt, global finance, labour exploitation and male violence.

Corporate Courts Vs The Climate (18th March 2022)

Fossil fuel companies are using secretive tribunals written into trade deals to sue governments for more than $18 billion over climate policy.

The horrific scam that water billionaires are running on poor countries (21st March 2022)

Mega corporations like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Danone are making around 494 times what they spend by bottling water in Mexico and selling it back to locals who have no choice but to buy it.

It’s all oligarchs all the way down (22nd March 2022)

Today’s US propaganda barrage seeks to demonize the Russians as thoroughly and completely as possible, which now ironically includes attacks on Russia’s oligarchy. This could, and hopefully will, open a can of worms for US oligarchic orchestrators of such propaganda, whose hypocrisy is apparently bottomless. If the Russian oligarchs are monsters, what about our own plutocrats? Today we are offered a typical capitalist “choice.” Which national set of oligarchs do we want to “support” and die for?

Bernie Sanders on the Worldwide Oligarchy (23rd March 2022)

‘We are in a struggle between a progressive movement that mobilizes around a shared vision of prosperity, security and dignity for all people, against one that defends oligarchy and massive global income and wealth inequality’

Judge Jackson’s hearing proves that all the Sold-Out GOP has left is performance art. (23rd March 2022)

They’ve sold out to big money and don’t give a rat’s ass about the issues that really matter to most Americans.

Julian Assange posed PR problem for UK government’s media campaign (23rd March 2022)

UK officials were worried about public reaction to their hosting a media freedom event a few miles from Belmarsh prison, where Assange is incarcerated. The Foreign Office monitored activity online, developed ‘lines to take’ and warned ‘we should be ready’, emails show.

A food crisis was brewing even before the Ukraine war (24th March 2022)

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to the disruption, by sanctions or war, of two of the world’s largest grain exporters. This means 2022 is shaping up to be a very difficult year for the global food system. … Yet there were concerns that this system was creaking at the seams as far back as 2007.

Have We Forgotten…Afghanistan (24th March 2022)

The US 20-year war and occupation in Afghanistan, waged to avenge the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, has taken the lives of more than 71,000 Afghani and Pakistani civilians

Madeleine Albright Was a Killer (24th March 2022)

She was a pioneering imperialist who passionately advocated greater use of deadly violence in pursuit of a US-dominated post–Cold War global order — and killed many, many people in the process.

Unbeknown to most, a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) – enabled financial revolution is coming that will radically transform our lives (and probably not for the better) (25th March 2022)

Around 90 central banks are either in the process of experimenting with or are already piloting central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). In a world of just over 190 countries that is a large number, but given they include the European Central Bank (ECB) which alone represents 19 Euro Area economies, the actual number of economies involved is well over 100. Together those economies represent more than 90% of global GDP.

Britain uses vast swathes of one of the world’s most biodiverse countries for military training — and pays nothing. (29th March 2022 – originally posted on Declassified on 4th February 2020)

The British army is using one-sixth of Belize’s total landmass for jungle warfare training after gaining access to more than a dozen sites across the former UK colony in Central America, it can be revealed.

The Death Spiral of Globalization (30th March 2022)

After all, globalization is just a sanitized term to describe the ugly truth of the market system in which human and natural resources are exploited by wealthy nations that simply go to places with the fewest human rights and/or environmental regulations to obtain their goods — be it products of brutal sweatshops or oil, gas, and minerals. The resulting human and ecological disasters are then simply written off as the “price of doing business” in the global marketplace.

Afghanistan facing ‘total collapse’ as Biden refuses to release Central Bank assets (30th March 2022)

‘If the Afghan economy is not resuscitated, the severity of the current humanitarian crisis will only deepen, with dire consequences for life and limb of ordinary Afghans’.
 

‘Their inflation strategy Is working’: corporate profits soared to record high in 2021 (31st March 2022)

We’ve regularly described how the corporate profits as a share of GDP has been at close to 12% for years, which is twice the level Warren Buffet deemed to be unsustainably high in the early 2000s. These egregious profits are at the expense of low and mid level workers.

The importance of custody, or NATO’s Internal Gold War (4th April 2022)

Russia´s new rubles or gold payment requirements for any of its goods or services will necessarily prompt a major gold war between the UK and the EU probably resulting in NATO´s first-ever internal head-on gloves-off confrontation.

Falklands: Should UK negotiate with or defy Argentina? (4th April 2022)

While Britain currently claims sole ownership of the disputed Falkland Islands, UK records show past governments being willing to compromise and that the question of sovereignty is far from certain.

ExxonMobil announces $10 billion oil investment the same day Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) signals end for fossil fuels (6th April 2022)

 …. a $10 billion final investment decision for an oil and gas development project in the South American nation of Guyana that the company said would allow it to add a quarter of a million barrels of oil a day to its production in 2025.

The sun never set: British army’s secret payments to colonial-era farms (6th April 2022)

Almost 60 years after Kenya’s independence from Britain, the former colonial power is paying white landowners so it can conduct dangerous military exercises in East Africa. But the cost of these payments is shrouded in secrecy.

Ethiopia: crimes against humanity in Western Tigray Zone (6th April 2022)

Amhara regional security forces and civilian authorities in Ethiopia’s Western Tigray Zone have committed widespread abuses against Tigrayans since November 2020 that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. .. Ethiopian authorities have severely restricted access and independent scrutiny of the region, keeping the campaign of ethnic cleansing largely hidden.

Why Stop at the Russian Oligarchs? (12th April 2022)

At a time when Russian bombs are destroying Ukrainian cities, there is good reason to focus on the oligarchs supporting the Kremlin. But do American multi-billionaires and Saudi princes enjoy less political clout, stash less money abroad, and use their influence any better?

Stormy days coming for solar power in the Sunshine State (13th April 2022)

All-powerful for-profit utilities have apparently bribed/persudaded Floria officials to crush what they consider to be a developing threat – Solar Power.

Biometric Surveillance Systems are being hastily rolled out across the West, with next to no public debate (12th April 2022)

By embracing biometric surveillance, governments across the West are hurtling down a path that could lead us all to a very dark place. 

How serious is antibiotic resistance? (16th April 2022)

‘By the 1950’s the US industry was “painting” steaks with antibiotics to extend their shelf life. They were washing spinach with antibiotics. Sometimes they even mixed antibiotics into ground meat. You could buy antibiotic soap. The stuff leaked everywhere. Studies at the time found penicillin even in milk and some people promptly developed an allergy to it.’

Latin America, the Caribbean and the War in Ukraine (18th April 2022)

As Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine moves through its second month, its unconcealable economic impact continues to grow at the global level. Price rises in energy, food and fertilizer have driven up inflation to levels that haven’t been seen in decades, leading to higher interest rates that will stall economic growth.

British army destroyed files in Kenya (21st April 2022)

The UK military destroyed paper records from its Kenyan headquarters after the murder of a local woman, in an echo of Operation Legacy – the bonfire of records at the end of Empire.

British ammo almost certainly maimed Kenyan boy – new evidence (22nd April 2022)

A UK military investigation seen by Declassified found dozens of potential hazards to civilians in Kenya from unexploded bombs, and training exercises producing enough military debris to fill 13 shipping containers.

Jimmy Dore gives Barack Obama what’s what on censorship of social media (26th April 2022)

Prince William petitioned by Kenyan land grab victims (4th May 2022)

Their families were brutally evicted by the British empire to make way for tea plantations. Now they want the crown to apologise.

James Galbraith: The Dollar System in a Multi-Polar World (6th May 2022)

The dollar has by now been de facto the primary world reserve asset for over a hundred years, first because of US preeminence in the holding of gold and its creditor position with respect to the European belligerents in the Great War. In 1944 US military and industrial power, soon to be backed, in the shadows, by a monopoly over the atomic bomb, were the foundations of the gold-exchange standard established at Bretton Woods.

Our Men in Manila (6th May 2022)

The British establishment supported the authoritarianism of both Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s and Rodrigo Duterte from 2016 until now – the two darkest chapters in the post-independence history of the Philippines.

Schoolchildren as young as 14 targeted in 1975 for links to ‘subversive’ anti-fascist and socialist organisations.

US Air Force deployment in Britain is third largest in world (10th May 2022)

Only Japan and Germany, countries occupied by the US military after World War 2, host more US airmen than Britain. Nuclear-capable American B-52 bombers were recently deployed in Gloucestershire amid Ukraine tensions.

Hundreds of Native children died at Government boarding schools [in the US] (11th May 2022)

Hundreds of Native children died at boarding schools the U.S. government forced them to attend from 1819 to 1969 in a violent, racist attempt to assimilate Native people and take their territories, according to an Interior Department report.

Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh assassinated by Israeli Army troops in Jenin Refugee Camp (11th May 2022)

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank. The 51-year-old, covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp when she was shot in the face by a single bullet despite wearing a press vest

Britain plotted propaganda campaign against Amnesty International (11th May 2022)

Declassified files from the early 1970s show the UK government secretly sought to discredit the human rights organisation’s investigation into British torture in Northern Ireland and its notorious ‘Five Techniques’.

Hunger crisis grips Horn of Africa – but 80% of Britons unaware. (12th May 2022)

UK government urged to act as worst drought in 40 years threatens region while aid efforts and global attention remain focused on Ukraine war

Not war alone (12th May 2022)

The global food crisis. Made worse, but not caused, by the war in the Ukraine.

Johnson’s Saudi WhatsApps to stay secret (13th May 2022)

WhatsApp messages that may have been sent between Britain’s Prime Minister and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia will not be made public.

The super immunity of our fabulously wealthy corporate dictators (16th May 2022)

Ever since the heads of East India Trading Company (1600) and Hudson Bay Company (1670), were incorporated by English Royal charters, there have been corporate dictators. Their range and actions, have varied widely however. Today’s new corporate dictators shatter past restraints.

ICE is tracking your every move (16th May 2022)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become known for both mass deportations and unmarked-van snatchings of peaceful protesters. ICE also turns out to be operating a vast intelligence system that tracks the movements of hundreds of millions of Americans.

Peru sues Spanish oil giant Repsol for billions after ‘worst ever’ oil spill (17th May 2022)

Peru’s prime minister, Mirtha Vásquez, claims that Repsol “apparently” did not even have a contingency plan in place for an oil spill. 

How the US sent $12 billion in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish. (17th May 2022 – this article originally appeared in February 2007 but is reproduced here as it is relevant when we consider what is being proposed following the US Congress’s decision to approve a 40 billion dollar package for the Ukraine.)

Special flights brought in tonnes of banknotes which disappeared into the war zone.

‘A shameful distinction’: US ranked world’s biggest perpetrator of financial secrecy (17th May 2022)

‘That isn’t a prize the U.S. wants to claim for itself,’ said one critic.

Was Ozark Actually About the Clintons? (17th May 2022)

In its last season, Ozark goes beyond family drama. It critiques the insidious ways that capitalism and political power work in America and the self-interested choices elites make to keep climbing the ladder.

Global WHO Treaty Is real and will control you. (17th May 2022)

Flying under the radar and unbeknownst to most, the World Health Organization is quietly pursuing an international treaty that would hand national sovereignty over healthcare decisions to the unaccountable global body, allowing the WHO to unilaterally declare pandemics and impose responses on individual nations. Not surprisingly, major WHO funder Bill Gates is fully supportive of the idea.

Why we’re trying to shut down Israel’s arms factories in Britain (17th May 2022)

A co-founder of activist group Palestine Action outlines why it seeks to close down Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company, from its UK sites, amid the firm’s growing collaboration with Boris Johnson’s government.

Hungry babies, regrettably, are just the price of the Free Market. (19th May 2022)

Pete Buttigieg says that in a capitalist economy, the government doesn’t and shouldn’t make baby formula. But around the world, even in the United States, the public sector has stepped in to correct market failures.

Nato bombing of Libya ‘exceeded UN mandate’. (19th May 2022)

A new book by the UN’s top man on the ground in Libya during the anti-Gaddafi uprising argues Nato indulged in “mission creep” and gave “unconvincing” arguments for promoting regime change in the name of protecting civilians.

The Tory Guide to Surviving the Cost of Living Crisis (20th May 2022)

Across the UK, parents are struggling to balance bills with feeding their children, workers are juggling several jobs at the expense of their mental and physical health, and more and more people are being driven to food banks, with food prices predicted to reach ‘apocalyptic’ levels. Luckily for all of us though, some kindly Tory MPs have offered their top-tier budgeting advice, to help people to cope with the crippling cost of living crisis.

The root of Haiti’s misery: reparations to enslavers (22nd May 2022)

In 1791, enslaved Haitians did the seemingly impossible. They ousted their French masters and founded a nation. But France made generations of Haitians pay for their freedom — in cash. How much has remained a mystery, until now.

Joe Biden has botched the Summit of the Americas. (23rd May 2022)

The United States is excluding Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua from the forthcoming Summit of the Americas. Washington probably wasn’t expecting that much of Latin America, led by Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador, would publicly push back in response.

Online learning costs many kids their privacy. (26th May 2022)

A new study by Human Rights Watch and media organizations found that governments of 49 countries harmed children’s rights by endorsing online learning products (EdTEch) during Covid-19 school closures without adequately protecting children’s privacy.

Is denying the Nakba antisemitism? (26th May 2022)

If expelling people because they are different does indeed constitute “anti-semitism,” then the Nakba — in which roughly 750,000 Palestinians were either expelled from their homes by Israeli forces or fled constitutes a vast “antisemitic” atrocity.

Understanding the global rise in inflation. (27th May 2022)

Since the start of the pandemic, global demand for tradable goods relative to non-tradable services has been exceptionally high. This column argues that this unusual demand pattern can push the global economy into stagflation, driven by scarcity of tradable goods. Countries running trade deficits export high inflation abroad, while policies that boost production of tradable goods and current account surpluses act as a benign disinflationary force. Due to a free riding problem, national monetary authorities may fall into a coordination trap leading to excessively high unemployment. High energy prices exacerbate all these effects.

Two Brazil cops torture 38-year-old Black man to death. (27th May 2022)

The victim, Genivaldo de Jesus Santos, died of asphhyxiation, media reports said. In the clip, the victim can be seen brutally tortured by the officers of Brazil’s Federal Highway Police. The cops put him in the trunk of a smoke-filled SUV. The smoke appears to be of tear gas.

The rise of NATO in Africa. (27th My 2022)

Anxiety about the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) toward the Russian border is one of the causes of the current war in Ukraine. But this is not the only attempt at expansion by NATO, a treaty organization created in 1949 by the United States to project its military and political power over Europe. In 2001, NATO conducted an ‘out of area’ military operation in Afghanistan, which lasted 20 years, and in 2011, NATO—at the urging of France—bombed Libya and overthrew its government. NATO military operations in Afghanistan and Libya were the prelude to discussions of a “Global NATO,” a project to use the NATO military alliance beyond its own charter obligations from the South China Sea to the Caribbean Sea.

Our global economic system Is broken. Are we headed for a mass revolt? (28th May 2022)

While it has long been blatantly obvious that the global economic model is not working for all, the rate of accumulation of wealth by a small minority is now breathtaking – if not totally obscene.

It’s not just Putin – UK ministers are also complicit in war crimes, in Yemen. (30th May 2022)

As Boris Johnson’s government galvanises international action to take Russia to the International Criminal Court over Ukraine, his officials are escaping accountability for their own complicity in violations of international humanitarian law.

The colonial mentality lives on in the Western media. (31st May 2022 – but originally posted on 23rd April 2022, only recently brought to our attention.)

How the old imperialist ‘masters’ look down upon and denigrate the countries in the ‘Global south’.

Attacks on education increased worldwide during pandemic. (1st June 2022)

More than 9,000 students, teachers, and academics were harmed, injured, or killed in attacks on education during armed conflict over the past two years, according to Education under Attack 2022, a 265-page report published today by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). More than 5,000 separate attacks on education facilities, students, and educators, or incidents of military use, took place in 2020 and 2021, a significant increase over the previous two years.

How Elizabethan law once protected the poor from the high cost of living – and led to unrivalled economic prosperity. (1st June 2022)

In the closing years of Elizabeth I’s reign, England saw the emergence of arguably the world’s first effective welfare state. Laws were established which successfully protected people from rises in food prices.

The economic sh*tstorm coming is due to Reagan’s deregulated economy. (2nd June 2022)

In addition to an economy held together with the baling-wire of Fed stimulus (that’s ending), both the US & the world are facing a wild spectrum of assaults that could have huge economic impacts.

Let them eat (Jubilee) cake. (2nd June 2022)

When Marie Antoinette discovered her subjects were facing a bread shortage and starvation in around 1789, due to multiple poor crop harvests and rodent infestations, she apparently exclaimed ‘let them eat cake!’ Her hereditary privilege meant she had no grasp of the severity of their suffering, or the fact that cake was much more expensive than bread to produce.

To ‘level up’, the UK needs a real jubilee: a mass write-off of debts. (2nd June 2022)

Even before cost of living crisis, the poor owed the government – or, the Crown – £16 billion. Why not just write it off?

Anger as Queen bags ‘generous’ gift from dictator. (2nd June 2022)

As the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, she is facing calls to return a horse she recently received from a repressive regime – the third autocracy from which she has accepted such a gift.

The causal relationship between inequality and climate change. (5th June 2022)

Climate change has worsened global inequality, with poorer countries less able to withstand and adapt to climate change’s effects. It also has worsened inequality within countries between the rich and the poor: The impacts of drought, floods, hurricanes, and extreme heat are disproportionately felt by low-income communities and communities of color.

Mexican President boycotts Summit over US exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela. (6th June 2022)

Mexico’s leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Monday that he is skipping the Summit of the Americas, following through on his threat to boycott the upcoming meeting if the White House refused to invite officials from all nations in the Western Hemisphere.

What is really causing our inflation: ‘Inflation in a time of corona and war’. (8th June 2022)

About the US but would also apply to the Uk and Europe.

Britain’s bumbling foreign policy over Taiwan and Ukraine. (8th June 2022)

‘Global Nato’. Help Taiwan ‘defend itself’. Recover the ‘whole’ of Ukraine. Promote ‘the free world’ – UK foreign policy under Liz Truss has become a series of empty slogans from a declining power desperate to remain a major one.

Abolish the Military-Entertainment Complex. (9th June 2022)

For every one of the few anti-militarist screenplays that are made into films, far more are reflexively spiked because their defiant content raises objections from military leaders.

MPs and landowners rake in energy subsidies as millions struggle. (10th June 2022)

Tory MPs, Lords members and multi-millionaire landowners are raking in eye-watering sums from a taxpayer-funded subsidy to heat their mansions even as millions face fuel poverty this winter.

Soft White Underbelly images of the drug addicted and homeless community in Kensington, a neighborhood in Philadelphia. (10th June 2022 – originally posted 13th May 2022)

A wordless, 7 minute video that says much about the ‘land of the free’.

The US war in Europe isn’t hot enough – dropping the climate bomb on Russia. (10th June 2022)

There ought to be a law, or at least a sanction – tenure cancelled, travel visa blocked – for American experts on Russia who claim to know from their reading of other American experts on Russia why Russia does things, and what will happen next.

Why what’s going on right now at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) matters. (11th June 2022)

The press has managed to find enough emotionally “hot” stories, like the Ukraine conflict, baby food shortages, shootings and gunz, and spiraling gas prices [in the US], that important policy struggles are getting even less attention than usual We’ve tried to remedy this a bit with this well-written overview of the issues at play in the upcoming WTO meetings, and how the various power blocks are squaring off.

Western self-destruction continues: US eyepoking China, US failed muscling of Latin America, EU Commission schemes to admit Ukraine. To what end? (13th June 2022)

We’ll try to keep this post at a high level, since each of the three fresh examples of actual or expected own goals are part of a much longer list. But it’s baffling to see incompetence and hubris become a routine part of geopolitics, Western style.

Lords complain of ‘poor wine’ and ‘too much salmon’ in Parliament. (13th June 2022)

Peers sent angry letters about the ‘disappointing’ taxpayer-subsidised food and drink served in the Lords.

Myanmar: The Rohingya’s Decade of Detention. (15th June 2022)

The Myanmar authorities have detained over 135,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims arbitrarily and indefinitely in Rakhine State for a decade, Human Rights Watch said in a web feature released today. Drawing on interviews with Rohingya and humanitarian workers from 2012 to the present, Human Rights Watch documents how the authorities have capitalized on the ethnic cleansing campaign launched in June 2012 to segregate and confine a population they had long sought to remove from daily life in the predominantly Buddhist country.

The rotten roots of the IMF and the World Bank. (15th June 2022)

The kind of far-reaching interventionist powers of international economic institutions that we associate with the Washington Consensus—powers to enforce austerity in borrowing states and demand they enact extensive liberalizing reforms—did not emerge out of the blue in the late 20th century. Instead, they originated many decades before, at the end of the First World War, when powerful states and private actors forged new partnerships to protect their interests at a moment of enormous global economic and political turmoil.

Summit of the Americas underlines widespread discontent with U.S. policy. (16th June 2022)

Criticisms of the United States and OAS underlined the need to revive regional integration initiatives independent of U.S. influence.

100 million people in America are saddled with health care debt. (17th June 2022)

Medical debt is an American disgrace. I know people who’ve had to declare bankruptcy and one now who is facing having to live in her car to pay for some cancer treatments…and even then probably not enough for her to recover. I’m sure readers have personal and one-degree-of-separation stories.

Why does the United States have a military base in Ghana? (19th June 2022)

The United States claims that its military presence on the African continent has to do with its counterterrorism campaign and aims to prevent the entry of China into this region.

Don’t blame workers for price rises – blame the profiteers. (23rd June 2022)

The establishment wants you to blame workers for price rises, but wages have flatlined for a decade – the real cause of inflation is the profiteering of big corporations and the super-rich.

Rail firm paid shareholders £500 million before asking workers to take wage cut. (23rd June 2022)

CEOs of the six biggest train companies also took home a combined salary of more than £5 million in 2020.

 
A presentation given at the popular forum which had been set up to counter the ‘official’ Conference of the Americas which was being held in the same city.
 
The public cost of private schools: rising fees and luxury facilities raise questions about charitable status. (28th June 2022)
 
While less than 7% of pupils attend private schools in the UK, in 2020 more than 31% of students at Oxford University were privately educated. This educational disparity is effectively subsidised by all UK taxpayers through a broad range of tax exemptions available to private schools with charitable status. The UK also subsidises universities by a roundabout route, meaning that privately educated students pay to get access to a state-subsidised system.

Right-wing intelligence cabal seeks UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s help to ‘neutralize’ environmentalist enemies (28th June 2022)

Leaked emails expose Tory intelligence cabal scheming for Priti Patel’s authorization of MI6-style “counter-intelligence” operation against UK environmentalists. The cabal has turned on Boris Johnson and believes Patel is set to replace him.

 
 
Have we gone irreversibly too far down the road of spoiling the Earth’s fresh water resources.
 
Why the language we use to talk about inequality, power and class matters (1st July 2022)
 
A century after violent efforts to suppress resistance to class exploitation, the nation has learned to think about people and the economy with a language that favors the wealthy and elides issues of power.
 
EU Commission President once again in hot water (or at least should be) over her opaque dealings with Pfizer. (4th July 2022)
 
Text messages were deleted and now no one knows how the deal with Big Pharma was finally agreed.
 

Abolish the CIA (1st July 2022)

Just about every lousy U.S. foreign policy escapade from the 1950s to the late ‘70s traces back to the CIA. From the catastrophic1953 coup of Iranian president Mohammad Mossadegh, the 1954 regime change of Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz for daring to step on United Fruit’s toes, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the many, some of them quite ridiculous, attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro, South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem’s demise, a possible right-wing Cuban link to the JFK assassination, the murder of Chilean general Rene Schneider and the overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende, the Watergate break-in and much, much more – the CIA’s fingerprints were all over these crimes. It got so bad that two high-level, echt-centrist government officials called for scrapping the CIA: senator Patrick Moynihan in 1995 and president Harry Truman in 1963. They were right.

How South Africa’s abandoned mines prey on local communities (5th July 2022)

Thousands of abandoned mines litter South Africa, and a combination of poor governance and business practices have left many communities living in their shadow. Abandoned coal mines pose a grave ecological risk to local communities, polluting critical water sources and arable land, and specifically endanger the safety and lives of people who return to these unsafe mines in the hopes of earning a scant income.

The coming sanctions-induced economic tsunami? (6th July 2022)

Today I am risking being too glib, but my excuse is aspiring to meet the Einstein standard, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” It’s not hard to see that as rough as economic conditions are now, they are set to get worse. And it’s not hard to see that despite the considerable blowback from the sanctions against Russia, the West is not going to relent.

UK Home Office launches new assault on the rights of modern slavery survivors (6th July 2022)

The UK Home Office seems to have a new project: help as few survivors of modern slavery as possible.

GOP ‘cancel culture’ is hard at work cancelling America (7th July 2022)

It turns out that America actually does have an issue with “cancel culture” but, the media has been focusing on the wrong one

Marx, Spinoza, and the political implications of contemporary psychiatry (7th July 2022)

Simple logic tells us that those atop a societal hierarchy will provide rewards for professionals—be they clergy or psychiatrists—who promote an ideology that maintains the status quo, and that the ruling class will do everything possible to manipulate the public to believe that the social-economic-political status quo is natural.

The end of Western Civilization – why it lacks resilience and what will take its place. (12th July 2022)

The greatest challenge facing societies has always been how to conduct trade and credit without letting merchants and creditors make money by exploiting their customers and debtors. All antiquity recognized that the drive to acquire money is addictive and indeed tends to be exploitative and hence socially injurious. The moral values of most societies opposed selfishness, above all in the form of avarice and wealth addiction, which the Greeks called philarguria– love of money, silver-mania. Individuals and families indulging in conspicuous consumption tended to be ostracized, because it was recognized that wealth often was obtained at the expense of others, especially the weak.

SAS accused of unlawful killings in Afghanistan, just a year after the British government made it harder to prosecute such crimes. (14th July 2022)

Lumumba’s politics are what really need to return. (17th July 2022)

Belgium has repatriated Patrice Lumumba’s gold tooth – his only remains. But there will only be justice when the Congolese win back what was truly killed in 1961: his politics of self-determination.

Evo Morales: ‘We lament the English were celebrating the sight of dead people’ (14th July 2022)

The President of Bolivia from 2006-19 invites Declassified to his house deep in the Amazon rainforest for an exclusive interview – on the UK role in the coup that overthrew him, how he reversed 500 years of history and industrialised Bolivia, and the efforts of the US and its British ally to bring him down.

How foreign private equity hooked New England’s fishing industry. (17th July 2022)

Owned by a billionaire Dutch family, Blue Harvest Fisheries has emerged as a dominant force in the lucrative fishing port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Its business model: benefit from lax antitrust rules and pass costs on to local fishermen.

Sanctions cause global DeDollarization and don’t work. (19th July 2022)

An interesting approach to the issue but still made by Americans – who are so American-centric and don’t see the issue as crucial to the existence of capitalism.

Novichok investigation collapses in London court — Adam Chapman, lawyer appointed to represent Sergei and  Yulia Skripal doesn’t (19th July 2022)

This case stank from the beginning and it’s getting worse, although most people would have forgotten about it now. And still no one (apart from the British state knows anything about the condition or whereabouts of the ‘victims’. And just down the road from Porton Down?

China calls for war crimes investigation into US and UK (19th July 2022)

Revealed: oil sector’s ‘staggering’ $3bn-a-day profits for last 50 years (21st July 2022)

Vast sums provide power to ‘buy every politician’ and delay action on climate crisis, says expert.

Seven Skripal secrets The Secret Intelligence Service didn’t want to let out (23rd July 2022)

The 1877 Class War that America forgot (23rd July 2022)

Creating the Capitalocene: endless accumulation. (25th July 2022)

The world system we know today was born in a time roughly from the mid-14th to mid-17th centuries. We understand them as a time when the world came out of the “Dark Ages” into the Renaissance, when the light was breaking through. In truth, writes Fabian Scheidler, it was a time of unprecedented violence in Europe, of wars across the landscape culminating in the genocide of the indigenous of the Americas. The world system we know today was born in a time roughly from the mid-14th to mid-17th centuries. We understand them as a time when the world came out of the “Dark Ages” into the Renaissance, when the light was breaking through. In truth, writes Fabian Scheidler, it was a time of unprecedented violence in Europe, of wars across the landscape culminating in the genocide of the indigenous of the Americas.

Unbeknown to most US citizens, Washington is preparing to share their biometric data with dozens of other national governments. (26th July 2022)

But the deal is that the US gets to receive all the biometric date of the population from all the countries that take up the ‘offer’. And how many of those governments will be open about that to their own people?

Ukraine – what you’re not told