The End of Empire

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Apr 29

AMAZING SPEECH BY WAR VETERAN

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don’t understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us
- Mike Prysner


Attack of the Drones: 160 children’s corpses

4 more people killed in a drone strike in Pakistan today.

From militants to mothers, Obama must love being complicit in the deaths of these people. Next time he, or any other US official, speaks in public, imagine a pile of 160 children’s corpses, casting a black shadow over the affair

A little bit from the wikipedia page:

Based on extensive research, the Bureau of Investigative Journalismfound that between 391 - 780 civilians were killed out of a total of between 1,658 and 2,597 and that 160 children are reported among the deaths. The Bureau also revealed that since President Obama took office at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims. More than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners. Tactics that have been condemned by legal experts. 


Jan 13

Dec 16

How global capital “drinks your milkshake”



Everybody remembers this part from There Will Be Blood

I thought of this clip as I was reading this article from in the Financial Times.

Iraqi officials are upset at the lack of US and British companies investing in Iraq. While foreign capital is winning contracts right and left, US and British governments have been holding back their companies for political reasons. They want to downplay the suspicion that these countries were involved in Iraq primarily for business interests. But now that these foreign powers have cracked open Iraq and installed a “liberal democracy”, we can be sure that the way Iraq’s resources will be used will be determined by foreign business interests and the officials that cater to them. 

Minimal money will go to the general good of the Iraqi people, maximum profits will go to foreign business, in the mean time, I’m sure that horrible labor relations will develop between the foreign capital and the Iraqi workers that are hired… well, that is if any are hired at all… Chinese investment and development contracts are notorious for using all-Chinese staff, which creates even less jobs in the domestic economy.

In the words of Daniel Plainview, global capital’s main objective is “DRAAAAAAIIINNNAAAAGGGEEE!!!” …for profit, at all costs… unless we organize and change the game


Oct 18

Great Radiohead tune written for the children of the Bosnian war

No more children of war

Palestine
Afghanistan
Iraq
Somalia
Burma
Kurdistan
The Congo
Columbia
and on
and on
and on

No more
No more
No more…