Bulletin N° 696
Subject: “Because they own you . . . !”
7 May 2016
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.
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
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
Jeremiah Wright in the Propaganda System (using Stone Mountain’s symbol of ‘white supremacy’)
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.
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'
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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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.
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.
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.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, Dallas Morning News, posted April 18
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Robin Lindlay, History News Network, posted April 17
By Nick Turse, The Intercept, posted April 16
One researcher's experience with the Freedom of Information Act
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.
By Malik Jalal, The Independent, posted April 12
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post politics blog, posted April 9
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.
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 email@example.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”
“From A to Zoo”