Bulletin N° 724
Subject : NECESSITY, the mother of INVENTION.
1 December 2016
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Sophisticated technology in the hands of a reckless capitalist class, whose sole interest is its pursuit of global power and maximum private profits, represents a clear and present danger to life on our planet. Like the proverbial frog sitting in a casserole of water that is slowly coming to boil, we have sat and waited for too long. Now, with our muscles stretched by the heat and our nerves anesthetized; we have little inclination to jump or even to think of leaving, even when we notice the reactions of new arrivals who upon landing in the heated brew jump out immediately to save their lives.
Ruling class propaganda is effective: What the representatives of corporate interests are doing is simply beyond belief; it couldn’t be true! and yet, IT IS . . . .
Many believe that only a mass movement could change this situation, a movement of a magnitude of the Invasion of Normandy, or the Revolution in China. It is in such situations as the one where we now find ourselves that we discover just how impotent is the individual by him/herself. The skills of communication and the courage of collective struggle have never been more important. And yet, the years of ideological wars of attrition have left many disarmed and disorientated. (As Wilhelm Reich wrote in his book, The Murder of Christ : The Emotional Plague of Mankind, 1953, “Judas sits among us . . . .”)
A first step to organizing a mass movement would be to demand that ‘the criminals’ be brought to justice in public hearings.
The 11 items below offer CEIMSA readers a look at the fruits of our deceptions. It is an ugly picture, but with a history; and it will grow more ugly unless we act decisively to change it. This is not the moment for bedtime stories, as the water is coming to a boil and the existential threat is registered.
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War
December 1-2 from 9:30am-5:00pm
University of DC, David Clarke Law School Moot Court Room, 4340 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington DC.
Organized by Code Pink
Waiting for the Barbarians
by Chris Hedges
We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy.
Paul Jay and Abby Martin on Trump and 'Fake News'
Paul Jay and Abby Martin discuss Trump's cabinet appointments, the Green Party effort to vote recount, and who's really producing the fake news
Trump and the Deep State
Thomas Drake tells Paul Jay the deep state would've been more comfortable with Clinton; and while they'll do what they're told, many will be concerned that Pence is the new Cheney.Thomas Andrews Drake (born 1957) is a former senior official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, computer software expert, linguist, management and leadership specialist, and whistleblower. In 2010 the government alleged that he 'mishandled' documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history. His defenders claim that he was instead being persecuted for challenging the Trailblazer Project.
Trump's National Security Adviser Facilitated
the Murder of Civilians in Afghanistan
by Gareth Porter
From: "Julien Ramina"
Sent: Monday, 28 November 2016
Dear Dr. Feeley,
Long time since we last spoke. I have been through a lot of things. . . .
- I thought you might like this video: The Sinister Reason Weed is
It's an entertaining yet highly informative program, and this one describes the war on drugs, with very interesting quotes.
Hope you'll like it. I wish you and your family all the best.
Translator EN, ES > FR
The Sinister Reason Weed is Illegal
Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery
The tools of state repression that will end up in the hands of a Trump administration were built by both Republicans and Democrats, says the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.
Chris Hedges: The Surrender of the Liberal Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism
The demonization of third parties misses the fact that roots of our current situation are austerity, deindustrialization, and the impoverishment of half the nation, says journalist Chris Hedges.
WikiLeaks Drops Yemen Files, Unmasks Washington's Bloody Role
Whistleblowing organization Wikileaks on Friday dropped yet another batch of files, this time detailing evidence of the United States arming, training and financing Yemeni forces in the build up to the current war.
Letter to :
President of Russia
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate, with many university appointments.
Dear President Putin,
Now that CIA agent Craig Timberg posing as a Washington Post reporter has blown my cover and exposed me as a Russian agent,
I was wondering if . . . .