Can Africa survive Obama’s advisors? by Patrick Bond

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Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly

Patrick Bond, Durban
Green Left Weekly
21 November 2008

One of US president-elect Barack Obama’s leading advisers has done more damage to Africa, its economies and its people than anyone I can think of in world history, including even Cecil John Rhodes.

That charge may surprise readers, but hear me out.

His name is Paul Volcker, and the 82-year-old banker was recommended as “a legend!” to Obama by Austan Goolsbee, his chief economic adviser.

Volcker was profiled by the October 21 Wall Street Journal: “The cigar-chomping central banker from 1979 to 1987, he received blame for driving up interest rates and tipping the US into the deepest recession since the Great Depression.”

Volcker shock

But why dredge up crimes nearly 30 years old?

Because of the awesome financial destruction Volcker imposed, within most Africans’ living memory. His policies stunted the continent’s growth when it most needed internal economic coherence.

Even the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) official history cannot avoid using the famous phrase most associated with the former Reserve Bank chair’s name: “The origins of the debt crisis of the 1980s may be traced back to and through the lurching efforts of the worlds’ governments to cope with the economic instabilities of the 1970s … [including the] monetary contraction in the United States (the ‘Volcker Shock’) that brought a sharp rise in world interest rates and a sustained appreciation of the dollar.”

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George W. Bush Belongs in Prison by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
featured writer
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www.foavc.org
November 29, 2008

Electing Barack Obama president was the first step in redeeming American democracy.  The second step must be indicting ex-president George W. Bush, giving him a fair trial, finding him guilty of many criminal acts and putting him in prison.  Forget revenge.  Think rule of law and justice.

I want President Obama soon after taking office to go on television and announce the formation of a special group of outstanding jurists and attorneys to make a recommendation whether or not the US Justice Department should bring criminal charges against George W. Bush.  Based on earlier analyses, including work by the American Bar Association, I have no doubt they will recommend indictment.

If moral honesty and courage have any meaning, then the nation must take seriously the concept that no president can ever be allowed to be above the law.  How can President Obama not strongly support this?  Surely no president must be allowed to disrespect and dishonor the US Constitution.  George W. Bush broke his oath of office.  His behavior was treasonous.  Instead of defending the Constitution he disgraced it.  Instead of protecting constitutional rights, including privacy, he sullied them.  He asserted his right to ignore or not enforce laws so he could break them.  Respect for the office of the presidency must never be allowed to trump truth and justice.

Millions and millions of Americans and people worldwide know that George W. Bush made 9/11 the trigger for initiating an illegal war in Iraq that has killed and maimed so many thousands of people.  What Vincent Bugliosi, author of “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder” called “the most serious crime ever committed in American history.”  I say convict Bush of myriad counts of criminally negligent homicide related to both Iraq and the Katrina disaster and put him in prison.  A former president in prison would not disgrace the presidency.  It would restore honor to the office and the Constitution.

Surely millions more people now understand that George W. Bush bears responsibility for creating the conditions that encouraged greed-driven capitalism to rape and murder the middle class and push us into the current global economic meltdown.  By removing government oversight and regulation he committed the greatest acts of fraud in the history of mankind.  After he made American democracy delusional he made prosperity delusional.

We the people are paying the price for George W. Bush’s criminal acts and so must he.  When George W. Bush is sent to prison everyone will see that American democracy has earned the respect of the world.  Everyone will better understand that evil comes in many forms and that even an elected president of the United States of America can and must be recognized as a perpetrator of horrendous criminal acts.

Please President-elect Obama, make it so.  Be the principled person we want you to be.  Make the USA the nation it is supposed to be.  Have the courage to do what Congress refused to do when it did not impeach George W. Bush.  Change history by showing the world that American justice applies as equally to the president as it does to anyone else.  Do not let George W. Bush escape the justice and prison sentence he deserves.  Do not let respect for the presidency trump respect for justice.  If we do not bring George W. Bush to justice that probably only you can make happen, then surely we do not restore respect for the office that you worked so hard to achieve.

To ensure that no future president behaves like George W. Bush we must punish him.  Not merely through the words of historians, but through the physical punishment that he has inflicted on so many millions of people.  In previous eras citizens would have demanded “off with his head.”  Now we must demand “lock him up.”  How poetic for a pro-torture ex-president.  As summed up at www.imprisonbush.com: “Bush must be made accountable to the law, to serve as a lesson to all those who would attempt to destroy the American system of laws and liberty for the sake of their own power.”  This is a test for both President Obama and American democracy.

If there is any kind of God in the universe, then George W. Bush must go to prison.  When he does, then and only then should God bless America.

[Formerly a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a senior official at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the National Governors Association, Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of nonfiction books, including Prosperity Without Pollution, Sprawl Kills and Delusional Democracy.]

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Hearing on Limits of Executive Power: Vincent Bugliosi

Charge Bush With Murder by Francis A. Boyle (audio)

Maj. Gen. Taguba Accuses Bush Admin of War Crimes (video)

Bugliosi Seeks “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder”

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

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Deepak Chopra Blames Washington For Mumbai Terrorist Attacks (transcript)

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Mumbai attacks: Deepak Chopra

wjr1ftkt on Nov 30, 2008

Larry king interviews Deepak Chopra on the Mumbai attacks

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The Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving By Suki Falconberg

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By Suki Falconberg
11/27/08

The turkey on your table went through a lot before she got there. She was ‘factory farmed.’ This involves procedures that can be defined as extreme torture. Within the first three hours of her birth, the baby turkey had three-toes chopped off and she was debeaked, all without anesthetic. Debeaking involves amputating the highly sensitive beak tissue with a hot blade, and it causes life-long pain and suffering. Both debeaking and toe amputation are regarded as ‘necessary,’ so the birds will not peck and claw each to death out of misery and frustration in the warehouses where they ‘live’ until slaughter.

Factory farming, also called ‘intensive confinement,’ crowds thousands of birds together in large barns where they stand in their own excrement, breathing in the ammonia fumes caused by the build up. They live their entire lives under these conditions, which cause ulcerated feet, destroyed lungs, and eyes burned out by the fumes—not to mention emotional frustration, stress, and eventually insanity. They’re also fed a steady diet of antibiotics, to keep them alive in their hell long enough to get them to slaughter.

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via » The Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving (link no longer working)

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Over the River and through the Woods By David Irving

The Obama Dilemma: A Mission Impossible? by William Bowles

By William Bowles
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Creative-i
26 November 2008

“The bourgeoisie [are] out of answers, and with the increasing costs of production and transportation driven by the price of oil, with the price of oil driving the bourgeoisie into greater capital expenditures to increase the rate of surplus value; with oil undermining growth in the mass and rate of value added– manufacturing, hidden beneath all the noise and clamor of Wall Street, of all the investment bankers at all the trading desks slapping themselves on the back with each new deal– manufacturing had all ready rung the closing bell.

“Those who didn’t hear it, couldn’t hear it. They were too smart. They were too stupid.

“The only answer left for capitalism…is the destruction of assets.” ‘Pimp My Assets Part 3’, The Wolf Report.

So desperate are we for real change that Obama’s election promises became a veritable mantra for millions of people, especially the young, black and poor. Understandably, there is more than a little wishful thinking involved here given the disastrous decade we’ve been through. And after all the guy is young, apparently gifted and black, what more could anyone ask for?

However, a degree of realism is required and not only about Obama but concerning what is possible under the circumstances.

So what are the circumstances?

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Iraqis demonstrate against US pact

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Press TV
Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:40:41 GMT

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets to protest parliament’s approval of a pact which allows US troops stay in the country until 2011.

Outraged by parliament’s move, thousands of people rallied throughout Iraq on Friday torching US flags, chanting slogans and carrying black banners of mourning.

“We condemn the agreement and we reject it, just as we condemn all injustice,” Sheikh Hassan al-Husseini told the worshippers at the weekly Friday prayers in Baghdad.

Earlier in the day, in a show of protest senior Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr declared three days of mourning across Iraq, beginning on Saturday, calling for peaceful demonstrations.

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via Press TV – Iraqis demonstrate against US pact

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Over the River and through the Woods By David Irving

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By David Irving
bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE
11/27/08

(Four Thanksgiving Day Vignettes)

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The Hunter

Among twenty snowy mountains the only thing the hunter saw in the early morning light from behind his blind was a deer moving at the edge of the woods. The young doe lifted her head and sniffed the crisp air just as the 160 grain bullet tore into the flesh of her left hip and shattered the bone there. A whine cut the air as the doe leaped in agony. Adrenalin poured through her system, fear coated her eyes, a gush of red erupted onto the snow at her feet.

“God dammit! Missed the fucking bastard again!” the hunter swore, smacking the side of his 7mm Remington Magnum with his paw. He pressed a gloved thumb against the right side of his nostrils and blew out a wad of snot on the snow at his feet. “Wish the hell Harry would hurry and get back with the God damned coffee!!”

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What Would Jesus Buy?

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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An examination of the commercial-ization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.)

The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America’s mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands – Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement.

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The Gospel of Consumption by Jeffrey Kaplan

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by Jeffrey Kaplan
Published in the May/June 2008 issue of Orion magazine

And the better future we left behind

PRIVATE CARS WERE RELATIVELY SCARCE in 1919 and horse-drawn conveyances were still common. In residential districts, electric streetlights had not yet replaced many of the old gaslights. And within the home, electricity remained largely a luxury item for the wealthy.

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Oldest marijuana stash found in China

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Press TV
Fri, 28 Nov 2008 18:24:57 GMT

Researchers have discovered the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb near the desert city of Turpan in northwestern China.

According to a research paper published in the Journal of Experimental Botany, the 2,700-year-old cannabis cache was ‘cultivated for psychoactive purposes’.

The dried cannabis was buried with a 45-year-old, light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, who seems to be a shaman of the Gushi culture, The Canadian Press reported.

The dry weather and alkaline soil have preserved the stash, which despite having lost its distinctive odor, still looks green. The cache was found in a leather basket in a wooden bowl, giving rise to the assumption that it was intended for the shaman to use in the afterlife.

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via Press TV – Oldest marijuana stash found in China

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Medvedev pleased US reason prevailed + NATO envoy: Saakashvili to be replaced

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Dmitry Medvedev has welcomed a decision by the U.S. not to push Georgia and Ukraine into NATO using the alliances so-called membership action plan (MAP). The Russian President said he was glad that common sense prevailed in the end.

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Grim news from Mumbai hits home + Terrorists monitored British websites using BlackBerry phones + Taj Mahal erupts in flames

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By Jacob Berkman · November 28, 2008
NEW YORK (JTA)

Until confirmation finally came Friday that the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai were among the more than 140 victims killed in this week’s terrorist attacks in India, Chabad Chasidim and emissaries the world over prayed for the best while fearing for the worst.

But by Friday morning, the hostage standoff at Mumbai’s Chabad House was over. Early Friday, witnesses saw a series of explosions at the Chabad House as Indian special forces stormed the site and battled with the gunmen who had taken over the community center, one of 10 sites attacked Wednesday by terrorist gunmen in Mumbai.

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via Grim news from Mumbai hits home | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

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Mumbai attacks inflame India-Pakistan tensions

By Saeed Shah
McClatchy Newspapers
11/28/2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — India on Friday charged that militants with links to Pakistan were involved in the terrorist attack on major tourist sites in Mumbai, in which more than 160 civilians died. Pakistan denied the allegations but agreed to send an intelligence official to discuss them.

The rapidly rising tensions could scuttle a tentative peace process between the two nuclear-armed countries and even lead to a military confrontation, and some experts said they thought this might’ve been the aim of the terror operation.

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via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 11/28/2008 | Mumbai attacks inflame India-Pakistan tensions

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Indian media react angrily to Israeli criticism of Chabad rescue operation

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US Army deserter seeks asylum in Germany over Iraq

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by Andreas Buerger, Reuters, 28 November 2008

A U.S. soldier who deserted his unit to avoid returning to Iraq has applied for asylum in Germany, saying the Iraq war was illegal and that he could not support the “heinous acts” taking place.

Andre Shepherd, 31, who served in Iraq between September 2004 and February 2005 as an Apache helicopter mechanic in the 412th Aviation Support Battalion, has been living in Germany since deserting last year.

“When I read and heard about people being ripped to shreds from machine guns or being blown to bits by the Hellfire missiles I began to feel ashamed about what I was doing,” Shepherd told a Frankfurt news conference Thursday.

“I could not in good conscience continue to serve.”

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http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE4AQ73C20081127

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IJAN condemns Israel’s siege on Gaza

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http://www.ijsn.net

IJAN condemns Israel’s siege on Gaza

and calls for institutions, movements, activists and people committed to justice to demand an end to Israel’s siege on Gaza

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are threatened by a humanitarian crisis created by a two-year-old economic blockade that further exacerbates the effects of 60 years of ruthless colonial oppression. In the past two weeks, the blocking of all food and medical supplies to Gaza raises this humanitarian crisis to a level that rings with the threat of annihilation.

We are outraged but not surprised by this escalation. As predicted by political writers such as Ilan Pappe and Toufic Haddad, Israeli’s unilaterally designed and implemented disengagement from Gaza prepared the terrain. With this withdrawal, Israel maintained control of the borders, air and water space, and completely isolated Gaza practically and politically. This has been accomplished with unconditional support from the United States and its allies and the complicity of the broader international community and Gaza’s neighbors.

via International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

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UN General Assembly president calls for boycott of Israel

US Activist Detained in Israeli Jail Condemns Blockade of Gaza

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: The Hidden Holocaust (2007) + Our Civilizational Crisis

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Nafeez Ahmed Location: London, United Kingdom Political analyst on security, conflict and global crisis. Director of Institute for Policy Research & Development, London. Author of “The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry” (Duckworth, 2006) and “The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism” (Arris, Olive Branch, 2005)

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