Archive for February, 2011

February 16th, 2011

US fomenting revolt in Argentina?

This from Democracy Now:

Argentina: U.S. Warplane Carried Unauthorized Weapons

The Obama administration is locked in a diplomatic row with Argentina over allegations a U.S. military warplane brought unauthorized cargo to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

The Argentine government says a U.S. Air Force jet was found to be carrying a number of items, including weapons, drugs and spying devices, without proper clearance.

The United States maintains it disclosed the items beforehand and had received approval.

Argentine cabinet chief Aníbal Fernández said an Argentine plane carrying similar cargo to the United States would have led to the imprisonment of its crew at the military base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

AnĂ­bal Fernández: “I want them to tell me what would have happened if an Argentinian plane with Argentinian military or armed men from the Argentinian security forces wanted to enter the U.S. with weapons, with machines to intercept communications, with numbered electronic equipment, with high-potential GPSes and all sorts of other things. They would certainly have ended up in Guantánamo, wearing orange overalls.”

The spat comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement of his first state visit to Latin America. Obama plans to stop in El Salvador, Chile and Brazil.

February 13th, 2011

Contrast Cairo 2011
with Pittsburgh 2009

Meanwhile recall the Pittsburgh G20 meeting, where a few hundred generally well behaved protesters were sprayed with tear gas and rubber bullets and the citizenry in general was then addressed with these pre-recorded robotic words:

“To Those that Remain….

By Order of the City of Pittsburgh Chief of Police

I Hereby Declare this to be an Unlawful Assembly …

I Order All those Assembled to Immediately Disperse

You must leave the immediate vicinity.

If you do not Disperse you may be Arrested and/or Subject to Other Police Action…..”

There’s a ton of video out there re the performance of our men in black and blue. For example.

New York Police Dept has been refining anti-assembly techniques since the Tompkins Square Police Riot of the late 80s. Preemptive arrests of people identified by the intel boys as leaders is a hallmark. So entirely unconstitutional …

The American Republic is long dead. 1963 I would say marks the day. It’s only because the Bread & Circuses are still available in sufficient quantity that we as a people are so supine.

But with upcoming controls on the internet (a Circus) and recent all-time food and gas prices (eg Bread) … Well, we shall see.

And on the grander stage …

I think the Wisner Deviation in Cairo/Munich last weekend was a rare public picture of the our rather globalized shadow government in action.

It reminded me of when Paul Bremer, a dickbrain face for the Likud Lobby gang, was sent to Baghdad post Mission Accomplished and soon announced that, as King, he intended to privatize Iraq’s oil infrastructure, in accord with a plan that the LL/Neocons had concocted and briefed various Beltway powers on in 2002, well before the invasion.

Problem is — they hadn’t briefed the Oil Mafia. And had spent a good deal of 2002 trying to persuade the OM that the invasion was a good idea.

Less a day after Bremer announced this, the ex-CEO of Chevron flew halfway around the world to Baghdad, burst into Bremer’s office and told his secretary to beat it, then roared for twenty minutes or so, apparently suggesting among other things that Bremer’s life was in danger,

The Oil Mafia, you see, had no intention of letting Iraq’s considerable oil reserves pour into the world in anything like Free Market style. That oil has been repressed since our deal with the Saudis in the 70s and if it were allowed to freely flow would depress the price of oil in a big way.

Or this at least is the Oil Mafia’s position. And when Bush’s boy Bremer and the Pentagon Likud Lobbyists who made the war happen tried to change policy, the reaction was immediate — and entirely effective. Bremer withdrew his announcement forthwith.

Very like Wisner suddenly zipping out of the private sector to Cairo with a State Department brief then telling the world that Hosni should keep his seat as the White House tried to pull it away …

In any case it seems to me we have much to learn from the Egyptians, those in uniform and those of the street.

February 11th, 2011

Life After Hosni:
Algeria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Bahrain …

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As the sun comes up on the first day After Hosni, Saturday February 12 — Algiers is now up in arms, with a reported 30,000 police trucked in from around the country to control the inspired crowd.

Early last week the Algerian tyrant, inspired by Hosni, had promised to soon lift the State of Emergency.

Some speculate about the rebirth of Pan-Arabism.

Algeria, of course, has its own modern history.

Something began spreading over the town. Mysterious fires broke out. The number of thefts doubled. A second lieutenant who’d got into the habit of lighting candles in his room in front of books expounding materialistic ideas suddenly scratched and punched his commanding officer. A lady of the highest society began beating her children at fixed intervals and insulting the poor at every opportunity. Another tried to practice free love with her husband.

“That’s impossible,” she was told.

“What do you mean,” she cried, “we’re free, aren’t we?”

We were free, indeed, but of what?

From Camus’ The Possessed, inspired by Dostoevsky’s novel about revolution and madness.

February 8th, 2011

NYRoB: Is the Palestinian state dead?

Posted in Israel, Sorrows of Empire by ed

The New York Review of Books (our finest periodical) re the impasse in Palestine

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/feb/24/israel-palestine-breaking-silence/

The big new background here, of course, is the utterly cynical and hopeless picture of the Pal State negotiations presented, with utter clarity, in the Wikileak diplomatic cables and, especially, the Palestine Papers.

February 8th, 2011

Obama unveils
“Prolonged Detention”

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate announces the Executive’s new theory/power to enforce “Prolonged Detention” …

He’s off the deep end. Will say and do anything. Anything he’s told.

February 7th, 2011

Rooster kills man in a cockfight

Posted in Death by ed

A razor blade had been lashed to the cock’s foot as a weapon. The bird turned.