Subject: ON THOUGHT BEYOND THE PALE OF CORPORATE SOCIETY.
14 June 2007
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The old adage, "When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!" is still operational, today. In fact, a visit to the shopping center can only confirm there are more militant consumers than ever before in the societies that boast this label.
In his book, Friendly Fascism, Bertram Gross describes the repressive effects which consumer society has on citizens, which includes the international slave-labor market that keeps consumer society alive. Alternatives to our market-driven way of life are hardly imaginable for most of us today, so completely have we been brainwashed by the repetitions --both explicit and subliminal-- of the cardinal values of consumerism and the sacred crusade for low prices.
Low prices, however, mean different things to different people. . . .
Susan George, author of several influential books on the nefarious effects which monopoly capitalism has on societies, including How the Other Half Dies (Allanheld Osmun, 1977), the Lugano Report (Pluto Press, 2003), and most recently Another World Is Possible If (Verso, 2004), and Naomi Klein, author of No Logo (Picador, 2002) and The Shock Doctrine (Metropolitan Books, 2007) are two authors who have warned us repeatedly about the future that may lie ahead. Their message: capitalist solutions to capitalist problems bode ill for most of us.
To a very limited degree many of us are the beneficiaries of modern slave labor. (that includes Debt Slavery which, as we have seen in former discussions, is engineered by international financial institutions) And all of us are certainly its product --for better or for worse. Imagining alternatives to the modern capitalist system has become an exercise in mental health, for few of us wish to believe that life on our planet is coterminous with the capitalism (as it has morphed until its present state into an authoritarian, elitist system which enforces as many political obligations at the top as at the bottom.)
Below are 8 items which provide important discussions and analyses of corporate society. We think that these descriptions will be recognizable and hopefully useful to chart our own course in the coming era.
Item A. is a description of the U.S. military command zones created in 2002 and revised in 2007, to renew U.S. military focus on the African continent.
Item B. is from Council for the National Interest Foundation which is calling for a U. S. congressional investigation of the Israeli attack on the U.S. navy intelligence ship, U.S.S. Liberty, which killed 34 Americans and wounded 172 on June 8th, 1967.
Item C. is a Democracy Now ! debate between Israeli Historian Tom Segev, Palestinian Physician Mona El-Farra and U.S.
Scholar Norman Finkelstein on the 6-Day War and Its 40-Year Legacy
Item D. is an article by Robert Fisk on the political rewriting of history by Israeli nationalists and their army of eager collaborators, who turned to launch a slanderous attack on French President Charles De Gaulle after he attempted to set the record straight following "the Six-Day War" of 1967.
Item E. is a brief observation from author and media analyst, Robert Rodvik, on the "brave Lebanese Army".
Item F. is a series of instructive articles and essays from Information Clearing House.
And finally, item G. is a report by Greg Palast on the battle in England and the United States to end the "Vulture Funds".
We close this Bulletin by offering readers, by way of contrast, a glimpse of "thought within the pale of corporate society".
1) A short pod casts of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's press conference, following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Poutin at the G8 Summet held in Heiligendamm, Germany on the 6-8 June :
and 2) the remarkable proposal for new repressive rules and regulations which retiring administrators at UCSD have apparently been instructed to inflict on the community before leaving their jobs :
"We would like to invite the UCSD community to review the proposed revision to PPM 510 - Use of University Properties, Section IX, Speech, Advocacy and Distribution of Literature."
The United States is the only state which divides the entire globe into military commands with a general or admiral in command of each region and designated forces. This practice began during World War II when global warfare forced the U.S. armed services to change from small, separate branches into an integrated armed force that deployed vast land, sea, and air forces around the globe. This practice of assigning U.S. military forces responsibility for specific regions worldwide is known as the Unified Command Plan (UCP).
The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 requires the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to conduct a biennial review of the UCP to examine the force structure, missions, and responsibilities, including geographic boundaries of each unified command. The next review will take place in 2004.
From Oct. 1, 2002, The Unified Command Plan:
Map of the United States Unified Combatant Commands (click to enlarge image). Map reflects 2002 move of Syria and Lebanon to USCENTCOM; does not show USAFRICOM as announced in February 2007
Creates a new combatant command, U.S. Northern Command, and assigns it the mission of defending the United States and supporting the full range of military assistance to civil authorities.
Shifts U.S. Joint Forces Command's geographic area of responsibility to the U.S. Northern Command and U.S. European Command. This enables U.S. Joint Forces Command to focus on transforming U.S. military forces and conducting joint force integration, training, experimentation, doctrine development and testing activities.
The Commander-in-Chief of Joint Forces Command will no longer serve as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.
The continental United States, Canada, Mexico, and portions of the Caribbean region (transferred from Southern Command) will be designated as U.S. Northern Command's area of responsibility. While Alaska will be included in this assignment, Alaskan Command forces will remain assigned to U.S. Pacific Command. The commander U.S. Northern Command will also be responsible for security cooperation and military coordination with Canada and Mexico.
Russia and the Caspian Sea will be included in the area of responsibility assigned to U.S. European Command, however U.S. Pacific Command will retain responsibilities for certain activities in Eastern Russia. Antarctica will be included in the area of responsibility assigned to U.S. Pacific Command.
Merges U.S. Strategic and U.S. Space Commands.
This means that from Oct. 1, there will be nine Unified Commands (composed of units from two or more military services):
Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)
Pacific Command (USPACOM)
Central Command (USCENTCOM)
European Command (USEUCOM)
Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)
Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM)
Source: Department of Defense
For the May 2007 Report on the new Africa Command and "U.S. Strategic Interests and the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa" see:
It should be noted that while the state of Israel bombed Lebanon in non-stop air raids last year, the pro-western Siniora government raised not a rifle in self-defense. This same bave army, however, today musters helicopter gunships, tanks, armored personnel carriers, mortars, and artillery pieces against a mainly small-arms opposition of a few hundred fighters; in the process killing dozens of Palestinian civilians and demolishing their homes and shops. Way to go, brave army. Show the world what you are made of!
Robert S. Rodvik
From: Information Clearing House <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: ICH: Don't Trust Government
10 June 2007
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem.": Howard Zinn, from 'Failure to Quit'
"For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of 'brainwashing under freedom' to which we are subjected and in which all too often we serve as unwilling instruments." Noam Chomsky
"With numbing regularity good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe. Men who are in everyday life responsible and decent were seduced by the trappings of authority, by the control of their perceptions, and by the uncritical acceptance of the experimenter's definition of the situation, into performing harsh acts. A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority" Stanley Milgram, 1965
Stanley Milgram was a psychologist who performed a series of experiments that proved conclusively that obedience to authority was so ingrained in the average US citizen they were prepared to cause lethal harm to others when instructed by authority figures to do so. All those who took part were first asked if they would be capable of killing or inflicting severe pain on their fellow human beings. 100% replied categorically 'no'. http://tinyurl.com/cm6xq
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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least 655,000 + +
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 3504
The War in Iraq Costs
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Don't Trust Government
By Charley Reese
In reading an excellent book, Satanic Purses: Money, Myth and Misinformation, by R.T. Naylor, I suddenly realized why Adolf Hitler was so popular during the first years of his administration.
Lies, Sighs and Politics
By Paul Krugman
Folks, this is serious. If early campaign reporting is any guide, the bad media habits that helped install the worst president ever in the White House haven't changed a bit
Iraq: At least 48 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation:
Six civilian detainees were killed and at least 50 wounded when mortars or rockets were fired into the U.S.-run Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
Suicide bomber kills another 12 south of Baghdad - police:
A suicide truck bomber killed 12 Iraqi soldiers and wounded 30 others in an attack on an army checkpoint south of Baghdad on Saturday, police
U.S. Arming "Insurgents: : For U.S. Unit in Baghdad, An Alliance of Last Resort:
The Americans have granted these gunmen the power of arrest, allowed the Iraqi army to supply them with ammunition, and fought alongside them in chaotic street battles.
Critics Say U.S. Focus On Al-Qaida In Iraq Is Overblown:
Nine out of 10 times, when it names a foe it faces, the U.S. military names al-Qaida in Iraq. - Critics say this is overblown and possibly a diversion.
White House pushes out head of armed forces:
The increasing weakness of the Bush adminstration was exposed again today with the forced retirement of General Peter Pace as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff over the Iraq war.
Have We Just Seen The Last U.S. Combat Injury In Iraq? :
This photo -- taken by embedded photojournalist Michael Kamber two weeks ago during a fateful patrol in search of missing U.S soldiers -- could well become the last visual evidence of U.S. casualties in the Iraq war.
Iraq protests Turkish bombardment of Kurdish north:
"The foreign ministry delivered a letter to the charge d'affaires of Turkey protesting the bombardment of Iraq around Dohuk and Arbil which caused huge damage, fire and spread panic among the people," a ministry statement said.
Soldier morale damaged by Iraq:
BBC 7 Minute Video:
Mark Urban reports on how the Iraq conflict appears to be eroding the morale of some British soldiers.
Attacks kill 23 in occupied Afghanistan:
Attacks across Afghanistan left 11 policemen and a dozen Taleban fighters dead, authorities said Saturday as the US military announced it had killed 'several' Taleban and Al Qaeda men.
More Taliban suspects allege abuse:
The Foreign Affairs Department has adjusted upward the number of detainees who have alleged they were abused after being captured by Canadian forces in southern Afghanistan and transferred to Afghan jails.
Ramzy Baroud: Losing Afghanistan: Firepower Doesn't Always Win Wars :
Foreign powers are clearly failing in Afghanistan; they neither won hearts and minds nor contributed to the stability and rebuilding of the country in any meaningful way - 60 percent of the country's economy is now dependent on narcotics exports.
Israel will pay the price for war in Iraq, former CIA official says:
"If al-Qaeda and Iran are the big winners of the war in Iraq, Israel is the strategic loser," former CIA official Bruce Riedel said in an exclusive interview with Ynet.
Military Option on Table Concerning Iran :
Military action is one of the options in dealing with Iran's nuclear program, Israel's deputy prime minister said Saturday, after discussing the issue with senior U.S. officials.
U.S. to Israel: will assess Iran sanctions at yr-end :
"Regarding a timeline,... we decided that the end of 2007 will be the point of assessing the effectiveness of the sanctions and the amount of influence they are having on the Iranians," Mofaz said. He did not say what other options, if any, would be considered at that point.
No proof yet Iran's nuclear program has military dimension-Lavrov:
Nobody has been able to prove to this day Iran's nuclear program has a military dimension, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.
US missile shield threatens resolution of Iran stand-off: :
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that US missile defence shield could worsen the Iranian nuclear stand-off and urged Washington to freeze work on the plans with the Czech Republic and Poland.
Moscow's proposal to use Gabala radar being distorted - Lavrov:
Moscow is dismayed that its proposal for the joint use of the Gabala radar instead of the deployment by the U.S. of anti-missile defense elements in Europe was perceived in the West as a sign of recognition by Russia of the existence of a real threat from Iran
Bush in "Fantasyland" :
"President Bush is rushing to deploy a technology that does not work against a threat that does not exist,"
Palestinians battle inside Israel:
At least four gunmen rammed the border fence at the old Kissufim crossing, near Deir al-Baleh even as Israeli soldiers in tanks invaded Gaza near the town of Rafah
Israel 'tests' Syria peace aims ?:
Israel's government has sent secret messages to Syria about the possibility of renewing peace negotiations, the deputy prime minister has confirmed.
Israel's Generous Offer:
New UN map charts West Bank reality
Viewers get whitewashed version of Israeli history:
"PBS is really not a liberal left-wing broadcaster," says Fichman. "It's subscription and sponsor-based, with members of the Jewish community among its supporters." Fichman said that PBS demanded entire scenes and sequences come out, and others be softened.
Remi Kanazi : The Failure of the Israeli Left and the Two-State Solution :
The only way to break down a racist and exclusivist structure is to chip away at its base and force an alternative reality. This would require not only ending the occupation, but looking internally at the Israeli state, a Jewish state, a state which doesn't and can't function as democracy for all its people.
Time for the truth about the USS Liberty:
Forty years ago this week, I was asked to investigate the heaviest attack on an American ship since World War II. As senior legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry, it was my job to help uncover the truth regarding Israel's June 8, 1967, bombing of the Navy intelligence ship Liberty.
Loss of Liberty : Video
'Loss of Liberty' dramatically attempts to prove, beyond any doubt, that the attack by Israel on June 8, 1967 against the US naval intelligence gathering ship USS Liberty, in which 34 Americans were killed and 171 wounded, was deliberate.
Lebanon shells camp, three soldiers killed:
Lebanese troops shelled al Qaeda-inspired militants entrenched in a Palestinian refugee camp on Saturday and three soldiers died in the heavy battles, security sources said.
Report: CIA ran secret jails:
The CIA ran secret jails in Poland and Romania to interrogate key terror suspects, shackling and handcuffing inmates, keeping some naked for weeks, and reducing contact with the outer world to masked and silent guards, a European investigator said yesterday.
Pentagon appeals Guantanamo case :
The Pentagon is to ask US military judges to reconsider a decision earlier this week to throw out charges against two Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Marjorie Cohn: The Prison is the War Crime:
No "Unlawful" Enemy Combatants at Guantanamo
Bureau of Prisons can suspend attorney-client privileges:
One month after the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Justice issued an interim rule that gave its Bureau of Prisons the right to scrap traditional notions of attorney-client privilege in order to monitor conversations between inmates suspected of terrorism and their lawyers.
William Blum : Does the United States have an opposition media?:
If Chvez makes education more widely available to the masses of poor people, it's probably for the purpose of indoctrinating them.
Rage against injustice:
John Pilger's Freedom Next Time confronts some uncomfortable truths
Genetically Modified Food - Panacea or poison : Video:
A very interesting documentary on genetically engineer food or GE, GMO. GE food raise serious concern about its safety
Peace & Joy
from Greg Palast :
Subject: The Battle to End Vulture Funds
12 June 2007
Investigative reporter Greg Palast looks at the battle to end "vulture funds,"
where companies buy up debts of poor nations cheaply and then sue for
the full amount.