Bulletin N° 696




Subject: “Because they own you . . . !”


7 May 2016
Grenoble, France



Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


Has anyone seen the electoral path to socialism?

In schools –including institutions of higher education— one finds teachers whose aim it is to train students for allegiance to the corporate hierarchy. But one also finds educators who attempt to prepare students for acts of solidarity with society. The former usually “teach the exam,” and other “transactional” communication skills, based on definitions of equitable exchange; while the latter facilitate discussion and reflection in their classrooms, which is correctly perceived as a microcosm of society; the skills taught by the latter classroom educators are in the realm of “transformational” communication. In any classroom there are students who aspire to conform to the rules of corporate hierarchy, in hopes of assuring for themselves a secure life, while others seek an education that will provide them with the ability to learn new skills and to affect social change in the midst of corporate sclerosis.


As we see in the 14 items below, at this late stage the battle lines are fairly drawn: It’s the “workers” against the “owners” of corporate capitalist society and their well-paid stooges.


Greenpeace Leaks Secret Pro-Corporate Trade Agreement

Jorgo Riss of Greenpeace says leaked TTIP documents show a huge transfer of power from people to big business and negotiators consulting with the corporate sector



Francis Feeley

Professor of American Studies

University of Grenoble-3

Director of Research

University of Paris-Nanterre

Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements

The University of California-San Diego






Ralph Nader Goes to Cayman Island Offshore Tax Haven






NATO On Trade, In Europe And Asia, Is Doomed


by Pepe Escobar





"We Will Prevail": Three Words, Three American Presidents & An Endless War in Iraq



From Alan Haber:





Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Oil Thriller


by Pepe Escobar





Andrew Bacevich: America's War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won






On Stone Mountain (revisited)

White Supremacy and the Birth of the Modern Democratic Party

by Christopher Petrella






Jeremiah Wright in the Propaganda System (using Stone Mountain’s symbol of ‘white supremacy’)


by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson


    The same was true for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, and Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, who, as Dan Carter recalls, "showed that he could use [racially] coded language with the best of them, lambasting welfare queens, busing, and affirmative action as the need arose." Reagan's first campaign stop after winning the 1980 Republican nomination was the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi—the city where Freedom Summer activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman had been "slain with the complicity of local police officials in 1964," the press reported at the time. "Just as Goldwater had drawn virtually all-white audiences in the Deep South in 1964, so Reagan was greeted by a 'crowd almost entirely made up of whites'. He did not let them down. 'I believe in states' rights', Reagan said....As [the Washington Post's Lou] Cannon observed, 'The visual statement of television the next day was a sea of white faces at the Neshoba Fair with Reagan's words floating about them'. The Mississippi event powerfully communicated Reagan's sympathies and electoral targets in the rural Deep South."  

    -- David Peterson




Unprecedented Student Involvement in French Labor Protests


Trade unions and students are preparing for a massive demonstration this Saturday against the overhaul of longstanding worker protection laws in France,

says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde diplomatique






Painful but very enlightening review of a must-read book.

ed herman


Reading Jeff Halper’s ‘War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians

and Global Pacification’


by Richard Falk

April 9, 2016


[Prefatory Note: The review below was published in the current issue of Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and Islamicate World. I am posting it here because I believe that Jeff Halper’s book deserves the widest possible reading. It explains clearly and convincingly one of the deepest and least understood roots of Israel’s diplomatic support throughout the world, which is its role as a niche arms supplier and influential tactical specialist in waging wars against peoples who dare offer resistance to state power as variously deployed against them. The Israeli experience in exerting oppressive control of the Palestinian people provides the foundation of Israel’s international credibility and perceptions of effectiveness in disseminating for economic and political profit its hardware and software associated with managing and suppressing the resistance of popular movements fighting for their rights. The Israel stress on pacification rather than victory exposes the true nature of what Halper identifies so vividly and comprehensively as the distinctive character of waging ‘war against the people.’ ]






Now is not the time to surrender to Israel's bullying on 'anti-Semitism'


#JeremyCorbyn - See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/surge-palestinophobia-585899317#sthash.LWBuUX6z.dpuf





Saudi Arabia and Israel's Growing Alliance, a Match Made in Hell
The Iran nuclear deal is redrawing political lines in the Middle East.
by Alli McCracken, Raed Jarrar






From: "Jim O'Brien" <jimobrien48@gmail.com>
Subject: [haw-info] HAW Notes 4/26/16, including links to recent articles of interest


Note: The IndieGoGo fundraising effort for the Vietnam draft resistance documentary-in-progress, The Boys Who Said No, is in its last week, with over $45,000 already raised out of a goal of $50,000. Judith Ehrlich, the director, has twice won film awards from both the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. Info about the film, with a donation link, is here.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn't: The Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zudaybah"

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted April 24

The author's book American Nuremburg, on US crimes following 9/11 has just been published by Skyhorse Press.

"Andrew Bacevich and America's Long Misguided War to Control the Greater Middle East"

By Charles Glass, The Intercept, posted April 23

A review essay on Andrew Bacevich's new book, America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. The reviewer is a former chief Middle East correspondent for ABC News.

"Hillary the Hawk"

By Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest, posted April 21

On the origins of Hillary Clinton's foreign policy views. The author, a 28=year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.

"Why America's All-Volunteer Force Fails to Win Wars"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Dallas Morning News, posted April 18

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

"Mercy Street in Context: Historian Pamela Toler on the Real Nurses of the Civil War"

By Robin Lindlay, History News Network, posted April 17

"How a Simple Request Got Me Blacklisted by the Pentagon"

By Nick Turse, The Intercept, posted April 16

One researcher's experience with the Freedom of Information Act

"What's the Meaning of Failure: A Dictionary of Eupehmisms for Imperial Decline"

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted April 14

The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and formerly taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

"I'm on the Kill List: This Is What It Feels Like to be Hunted by Drones"

By Malik Jalal, The Independent, posted April 12

"Panama Another Regime Change Failure by U.S. a Generation Ago"

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post politics blog, posted April 9

The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

"Why Thucydides Is (Sadly) So Relevant Right Now"

By Eric Orlin, History News Network, posted April 9

The author teaches Classics at the University of Puget Sound.

Thanks (as usual) to an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.





George Carlin - Who Really Controls America


Warning - Some viewers may be offended by adult language.

Runtime 5 Minutes





The Junior High School, a two-hour documentary on the junior high school experience. A full year in production. First broadcast in 1971. “Heaven, Hell or Purgatory, Part I,” October 17, 1971. “From A to Zoo, Part II, October 24,” 1971. 


“Heaven, Hell or Purgatory”

Part I





“From A to Zoo”

Part II