Bulletin N° 773
Subject : ON THE GLOBAL ATTEMPT TO CONSOLIDATE ‘CORPORATE ORDER’ IN A POST-NATIONALIST WORLD.
15 November 2017
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
In his short book, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852), Karl Marx wrote:
“The tradition of past generations weighs like the Alps on the brains of the living.”
This famous Marxist adage seems to be vindicated today, when it appears clear to anyone wishing to understand current events that we are in the midst of a capitalist development where international oligarchs wish to consolidate their control over production, distribution and consumption of all goods and services, including those which are vital for human survival. This monopoly control could easily presume that the world is over populated, and furthermore it could proceed to do something about this ‘problem’. (See David Peterson and the late Edward S. Herman’s work on The Politics of Genocide, 2010.)
No one today thinks that Trump has national interests in mind when he travels abroad. He is meeting with his cohorts – fellow millionaires and billionaires - who have the same class interests and are prepared to sacrifice their own populations – in Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico – to further their corporate objectives. They have the technology, the science, the capital, and the media outlets necessary to achieve short-term gains. In the long-run, they are all prepared to die and go to the gilded heaven of their own deluded construction. The class war we are now witnessing is reminiscent of that of late 19th-century America, when striking workers were routinely massacred by hired company thugs. (See Richard Boyer & Herbert Morais’s influential book, Labor’s Untold Story, 1955.) The compulsive struggle for immediate profits will cost the big players nothing in the short run. It is costing many innocent men, women and children, however, their lives (“collateral damage,” is what the corporate media calls it!), and, in the long run, it will destroy humanity.
Some of the ingenious weapons for preemptive strike against critical thought, in the war of words, which counterrevolutionary forces gathered long ago in their arsenal of instrumental concepts - terms like « politically correct » and « conspiracy theory » - have been useful to neutralize the ideas of opponents to imperialist policy, to bring them into the fold, via “cognitive readjustment”. Today, self-censorship prevails, and the ruling class continues to follow their imperialist agenda, knowing that nationalist wars are no more than working class suicides, and like every suicide it requires the full complicity of the victim.
The 26 items below provide information about the sinister political-economic spiral we are caught up in and the possible exits that are passing us by each moment, as we descend into a helpless state of paralysis, weighed down in the magnet field of ubiquitous capitalist propaganda, by deed and by word.
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
On Human Understanding
‘Danish Artist Jesn Galschiot invades’ COP23 in Bonn - and the world’s media
15,000 scientists give catastrophic warning about the fate of the world
in new ‘letter to humanity’
'Time is running out'
by Andrew Griffin
To Address Historic Failures, Autopsy Urges 'Progressive Reboot' for Democrats
by Jake Johnson
"Outmoded narratives and facile calls for 'unity' must be replaced with a new vision of politics that is explicitly inclusive and participatory,"
concludes new analysis.
The Real Motive Behind the GOP Tax Plan
STEALING IS LEGAL
Will America Survive Washington?
by Paul Craig Roberts
In recent columns posted on my website, I brought attention to two dramatic and dangerous developments between the two major nuclear powers.
One was the public statement of the deputy commander of the Russian military’s Operation Command at a recent Moscow security conference. Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, stated at the Moscow International Security Conference that the Operations Command of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia.
The other is the report that the US is collecting Russian DNA for the US Air Force weapons laboratory, the implication being that the US intends to research if a bio-weapon can be created that only targets Russians.
Resisting Trump? Five Tips from the Hunter-Gatherer Playbook
by Jeremy Lent
Our egalitarian hunter-gatherer ancestors developed sophisticated social technologies for keeping upstarts in check. What can the popular resistance movement learn from them in confronting the worst excesses of Donald Trump?
Chomsky & Indonesian Moderates
by Daniel Falcone
Truth And Lies In The War On Terror'
A hard hitting special video, report into the "war on
award winning journalist John Pilger (2003)
The film dissects the truth and lies behind the 'War on Terror', investigating the discrepancies between American and British justification for 'war' and the facts on the ground in Afghanistan and Washington DC.
Pilger explains that US actions have nothing to do with fighting terrorism but are instead part of an opened-ended war for global dominance.
Hariri’s Resignation as Prime Minister of Lebanon
is Not All it Seems
He certainly did not anticipate what happened to him. Indeed, Hariri had scheduled meetings in Beirut on the following Monday – with the IMF, the World Bank and a series of discussions on water quality improvement; not exactly the action of a man who planned to resign his premiership
by Robert Fisk
When Saad Hariri’s jet touched down at Riyadh on the evening of 3 November, the first thing he saw was a group of Saudi policemen surrounding the plane. When they came aboard, they confiscated his mobile phone and those of his bodyguards. Thus was Lebanon’s prime minister silenced.
On The Brink Of War
The latest developments in Saudi Arabia are just the prelude to an imminent war that will reshape the region and affect the entire world
by Abdel Bari Atwan
Exposed: Secret Raqqa
ISIS Withdrawal Deal
A secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition
Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job. He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic State fighters don’t stand in the way of a delivery. But this time, his load was to be human cargo. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS, wanted him to lead a convoy that would take hundreds of families displaced by fighting from the town of Tabqa on the Euphrates river to a camp further north. The job would take six hours, maximum – or at least that's what he was told.
But when he and his fellow drivers assembled their convoy early on 12 October, they realised they had been lied to. Instead, it would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo - hundreds of IS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition. Abu Fawzi and dozens of other drivers were promised thousands of dollars for the task but it had to remain secret.
The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa – de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate – had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared. But it also enabled many hundreds of IS fighters to escape from the city. At the time, neither the US and British-led coalition, nor the SDF, which it backs, wanted to admit their part.
Has the pact, which stood as Raqqa’s dirty secret, unleashed a threat to the outside world - one that has enabled militants to spread far and wide across Syria and beyond?
Great pains were taken to hide it from the world. But the BBC has spoken to dozens of people who were either on the convoy, or observed it, and to the men who negotiated the deal.
Central Bankers At the End of Their Rope?
(Clarity Press, July 2017)
reviewed by David R. Baker
“CENTRAL BANKERS” is a comprehensive critique of central banks’ policies in the 21st century, explaining why the massive injections of free money to the banking system since the 1970s enabled the creation of excess corporate debt that has led to financial bubbles and repeated crises. The book addresses the growing contradictions of central banking, why they are failing in their functions, targets and tools, and proposes a radical democratization and restructuring to transform them to serve the public interest and not the private banks.
Empire Files: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left
From: "Fred Lonidier"
Sent: Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 8:27:31 PM
Subject: kunstbunker Nürnberg INVITATION November 14 - opening Fred Lonidier
forum für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V.
Bauhof 9, 90402 Nürnberg
N.A.F.T.A. (Not A Fair Trade for All)
16. November bis 31. Dezember 2017
Eröffnung: Dienstag, 14. November 2017 ab 19.30 Uhr
Mittwoch 15.11., 17 Uhr, Künstlergespräch mit Fred Lonidier,
dem Kunsthistoriker Wolfgang Brauneis und Hans-Jürgen Hafner
N.A.F.T.A. (Not A Fair Trade for All)
November 16 - December 31 2017
opening reception: Tuesday, November 14, 7.30pm
Wednesday November 15, 5 pm, artist talk with Fred Lonidier,
art-historian Wolfgang Brauneis and Hans-Jürgen Hafner
forum für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V.
Bauhof 9, 90402 Nürnberg
Thursday to Saturday 4 pm - 8 pm
Sunday 2 pm - 6 pm
and by appointment
Von 15. November bis 31. Dezember 2017 ist im kunstbunker eine umfangreiche Ausstellung mit Arbeiten des US-amerikanischen Künstlers Fred Lonidier (Jg. 1942) zu sehen. Lonidiers Werk hat seinen Ursprung einerseits in der konzeptuellen Kunst der 1960er Jahre und bezieht seine Thematik andererseits aus der kontinuierlichen - und kritischen - Beschäftigung des Künstlers mit Arbeitsverhältnissen, Formen der Ausbeutung und gewerkschaftlicher Organisation sowie dem Prozess der Globalisierung und den Effekten transnationaler Handelsbeziehungen. Recherche und politischer Aktivismus spielen dabei eine wichtige Rolle. Lonidiers Vorgehen lässt sich gleichwohl weder auf das rein Dokumentarische, Konzeptuelle oder Aktivistische festschreiben. Auf Basis von Fotografien, Texten und Materialien zu historischen Ereignissen sammelt und collagiert Lonidier in oft über Jahre entwickelten Serien, thematische Panels und Schaubilder, die sowohl ästhetisch interpretiert als auch als dezidiert politische Statements gelesen werden können.
Vergleichbar den Ansätzen von Martha Rosler, Allen Sekula oder Mierle Laderman Ukeles ist Fred Lonidiers künstlerisches Werk nicht vom gesellschaftspolitischen Anliegen und sozialen Engagement zu trennen, welches es motiviert hat. Die eingesetzten Verfahren des Dokumentarischen und Journalistischen sind entsprechend mindestens ebenso sehr als künstlerischer ‚Stil‘ zu diskutieren wie als dessen Funktionalisierung als Mittel der Information, Aufklärung und Emanzipation.
Das in über vier Jahrzehnten gewachsene Werk des Künstlers ist in den USA in zahlreichen Museen und Institutionen gezeigt worden, in Europa aber bisher kaum bekannt. Im kunstbunker werden Teile der Serie N.A.F.T.A. (Not A Fair Trade for All), die das titelgebende nordamerikanische Freihandelsabkommen zum Thema hat, gezeigt. Diese Auswahl erfolgte im Dialog mit Lonidier, nicht zuletzt aufgrund der Geschichte Nürnbergs als ehemals wichtiger Industriestandort und den aktuellen Kontroversen um die transatlantischen Freihandelsabkommen CETA und TTIP.
Fred Lonidier wird bei der Eröffnung der Ausstellung anwesend sein. Am Mittwoch, den 15.11. findet im kunstbunker um 17.00 Uhr ein Künstlergespräch mit Fred Lonidier, dem Kunsthistoriker Wolfgang Brauneis und Hans-Jürgen Hafner statt.
My Travels in White America – a Land of Anxiety, Division and Pockets of Pain
by Gary Younge
This summer, Gary Younge took a trip from Maine to Mississippi to find out what has brought the US to this point. From the forgotten poor to desperate addicts, their whiteness is all some of them have left – and that makes fertile ground for the far right
Proof Trump's Supporters Will Stand Behind Him No Matter What
by Jacob Sugarman
A new dispatch from rural Pennsylvania tells you everything you need to know about the president's base.
A Year Without A President
by Robert Reich
Trump Pushes War with Iran
by Finian Cunningham
Iran has responded furiously to what it called “reckless” Saudi threats after the latter accused Iran of “an act of war” in carrying out a long-range ballistic strike near the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Iran categorically denied any involvement in the missile attack at the weekend, which reports say was mounted by Houthi rebels in Yemen on Saudi Arabia’s southern border. However, the Saudi rulers were quick to accuse Iran of supplying the Houthi militants with the ballistic weapon and thereby carrying out an act of war on Saudi Arabia. No evidence was presented in support of the Saudi claims. Nevertheless, the Saudi position was immediately backed up by US President Donald Trump who, while on a tour of Asia, asserted: “Iran just took a shot at Saudi Arabia.”
House Leadership Pulls a Fast One for al Qaeda
by Connor Freeman
House Concurrent Resolution 81(H.Con.Res.81) is sponsored by Representatives, Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-NC), Mark
Pocan (D-Wisc.), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and 39 other lawmakers. The resolution commands an end to U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The sponsors of this resolution contend that such participation, which began in March 2015, was never authorized under the War Powers Act of 1973. Per the War Powers Act, any congressman can pose a legal challenge and is guaranteed a floor vote on the issue. This is known as a privilegedresolution.
On November 1st, the night before the vote was scheduled to take place, House leadership swiftly pushed through a Rules Committee vote, denying the resolution’s privileged status. Thus, preventing the guaranteed floor vote. What was their justification? Apparently, the House Rules Committee feels that the war in Yemen has yet to ‘rise to a level’ where the War Powers Act is applicable.
How colonial violence came home:
the ugly truth of the first world war
The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new.
More than 400,000 Somali’s, Two Thirds of Whom Were Children, Have Died of Starvation in Six Months, UN Reports
by American Herald Tribune Staff
‘Win-win?’ asks Kim
by Milan Rai
This may be hard to believe, but it is North Korea that has been offering a diplomatic solution to its confrontation with the United States. Long before Donald Trump became president, it was the US that was refusing to take the olive branch. As PN goes to press, the world is still reacting to Trump’s speech at the United Nations on 20 September. The president said that US would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies
Journalist Eva Bartlett: "I'm Back From Syria. The Media Is Lying To You!"
US Mideast Axis Reels As Russian-Backed Forces Power Ahead
by Finian Cunningham
It’s been a more-than-usual eventful week in the Middle East. Russian-backed forces made yet more significant military gains in defeating US-sponsored proxies in Syria, with a fearsome display of long-range Russian air and naval firepower against militant hold-outs near Deir ez-Zor. That was while Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted in the Iranian capital Tehran by Ayatollah Khamenei – a meeting that spoke volumes of the new reality of geopolitical authority in the region. Then days later, the Saudi-backed Lebanese premier Saad Hariri makes a “surprise” resignation, which wasn’t really a surprise for those who are watching events closely. Hariri made his blustering speech while in the Saudi capital Riyadh, accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of “destabilizing” his country, and even plotting to assassinate him. Iran denounced Hariri’s antics as “grandstanding” and kowtowing to a political agenda set by Washington and its regional allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, aimed at smearing Iran and Hezbollah.
US helicopters seen evacuating ISIS leaders from al-Mayadeen
before arrival of Syrian Army
From: "Israel-Palestine Timeline" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "FRANCIS FEELEY" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 1:06:11 PM
Subject: Ahmad Abu Armana, Mohammad al-Aqha, Misbah Shbeir, Husam Samiri...
Why Israel and Hezbollah are heading for a new,
devastating war in the Middle East
by Nicholas Noe
In 13 years of watching these two bitter opponents, I have never seen such a high degree of anxiety that war is coming.