In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I have analyzed US and NATO geopolitical strategy since the fall of the Soviet Union, in expanding the American empire and preventing the rise of new powers, containing Russia and China. This Part examines the implications of this strategy in recent years; following the emergence of a New Cold War, as well as analyzing the war in Georgia, the attempts and methods of regime change in Iran, the coup in Honduras, the expansion of the Afghan-Pakistan war theatre, and spread of conflict in Central Africa. These processes of a New Cold War and major regional wars and conflicts take the world closer to a New World War. Peace can only be possible if the tools and engines of empires are dismantled.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Criticizing the destructive practices of the capitalist system, Chavez fears that the “infinite model” of capitalism will exhaust the finite resources of the environment.
Hugo Chavez is the President of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Chávez promotes a political doctrine of participatory democracy, socialism and Latin American and Caribbean cooperation. He is also a critic of neoliberalism, globalization, and United States foreign policy.
A career military officer, Chávez founded the left-wing Fifth Republic Movement after orchestrating a failed 1992 coup d’état against former President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Chávez was elected President in 1998 with a campaign centering on promises of aiding Venezuela’s poor majority, and was reelected in 2000 and in 2006. Domestically, Chávez has maintained nationwide Bolivarian Missions, whose goals are to combat disease, illiteracy, malnutrition, poverty, and other social ills.
Abroad, Chávez has acted against the Washington Consensus by supporting alternative models of economic development, and has advocated cooperation among the world’s poor nations, especially those in Latin America.
A few days ago I was on the phone talking with a great journalist and one of the best analysts around on the US media. We were discussing various factors of influence on our media, including many so-called alternatives, and naturally, we started talking about the Israel Lobby Factor. You know, one of those extremely important topics many know about but very few dare to mention, and even then only in hushed voices, which tells you how deep and far-reaching their tentacles explore, exploit, and extinguish …
I will be writing about this factor now and then, and no, I won’t be doing it with trembling pen strokes or in a hushed voice.
The current debate over health care has turned into something that is unlike anything that comes even remotely like what most Americans wanted. It would be easier to tell you exactly what is wrong with the bill, but it seems to be a secret, an all encompassing bill that the Democrats want to spring on the people of this country without telling them exactly what’s in it.
Not only does this administration want you to trust them in this, you know, the same administration that wants to pursue “just” wars all around the globe, but now it wants to require everyone to have insurance or pay a fine. I want to know exactly what kind of health insurance they are offering. It seems that the Democrats have been asking the people to accept compromise after compromise.
Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers represent dozens of prisoners still held at Guantánamo, won a court victory last Tuesday, in the case of the British resident Shaker Aamer, which appears to draw on the organization’s success in securing a judicial review in the case of another of their clients, Binyam Mohamed. Initiated in May 2008, this led, eventually, to a fast-track review of Mohamed’s case by the Obama administration, and his return to the UK in February this year.
The key to the pressure exerted by Reprieve is torture, and, specifically, what the British government knew about the torture of both men while in US custody. Mohamed’s case is well-known, as he was rendered to Morocco by the CIA in July 2002, three months after his capture in Pakistan, where he was reportedly subjected to torture for 18 months.
It has taken almost a year for “Progressives for Obama” to make a partial break with their former object of adulation, proof that groupie-love is a powerful emotion. “Two of the founding members, Bill Fletcher and Tom Hayden, are making uncharacteristically loud anti-Obama noises and acting as if they played no role in convincing Obama that he could make war and serve corporate interests to his heart’s content, without fear of any trouble from the Left.”
As I noted in my last BuzzFlash Commentary published a couple of weeks ago, the previous Sunday I had been walking on a street in New York City when two stickers on the back of an old SUV caught my eye. One said “McCain 2008.” The other showed the Obama “sunrise” logo with the old Soviet hammer and sickle symbol imposed upon it. That’s a clear message, no? Obama is a communist, no, rather a commie, and likely a Kenyan Muslim one to boot. Of course when folks of this car-owner’s ilk, the “teabaggers” and such, aren’t calling Obama a communist, they are calling him a “Nazi.”
Are climatologists censoring scientific journals and silencing alternative hypotheses on climate change? This is the second part of my look at the hacked/stolen e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit in the UK. I welcome intelligent opinions in the forum, but please refrain from posting the same inane comment a dozen times. Debates in science aren’t settled by those who argue the longest or the loudest, but by the accuracy of facts and the consistency of hypotheses with the facts. Continue reading →
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are also in Copenhagen to attend the Climate Change Conference. Both are urging industrialized nations to help developing countries fight climate change.
Bolivian President Evo Morales says climate change has largely been caused by developed nations during their industrialization processes. He’s demanding that those countries help developing nations fight climate change, and “green” their economies.
Evo Morales, Bolivian President, said, “The budget of the United States is 687 billion dollars for defense. And they want to, for climate change — to save life, to save humanity — they want to put up 10 billion dollars. This is shameful.”
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has also blasted the actions of industrialized countries.
Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President, said, “In the streets they are saying the following: if the climate was a bank, you would have already saved it. And I think that’s true. If the climate was a big capitalist bank, you would have already saved it. You, the rich governments.”
A formal summit of more than 120 world leaders will be held on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to break the deadlock on which nations should cut greenhouse gas emissions, by how much, and who should pay what.
Bill Ayers is an American activist who says he hopes to organise the biggest ever anti-war movement in the country. His name caused a stir during last year’s presidential campaign as some claimed he was Barack Obama’s mentor. RT’s Anastasia Churkina caught up with Bill Ayers to find out the truth behind his relationship with the President.