Wikileaks is all the rage right now — in two senses. The substantive rage is among those U.S. people who care about the nefarious and sometimes illegal schemes that its government has perpetrated on the U.S. and around the world for so many years; among the peoples of other countries who suffered from those schemes; and the foreign governments who were complicit on the schemes and now stand exposed. The process rage is on the part of U.S. officials and media who want to totally distract the U.S. people from the content of the leaks onto whether Mr. Assange is a spy, an unsafe modern Casanova, a terrorist, or worse. (Can’t be treason, folks, because he ain’t a U.S. citizen and likely never will be.) And they are surely succeeding in the U.S., although hardly abroad.
I almost feel naïve for being so angry at President Obama’s betrayal of his campaign promises regarding taxes. I had never harbored much hope that he actually intended to enact the reforms that his supporters expected – not after he appointed the most right-wing of the Clintonomics gang, Larry Summers, then Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke and other Bush neoliberals.
But there is something so unfair and wrong that I could not prevent myself from waking up early Tuesday morning to think through the consequences of President Obama’s sellout in the years to come. Contrary to his pretense of saving the economy, his action will intensify debt deflation and financial depression, paving the way for a long-term tax shift off wealth onto labor.
Monday, November 22, 2010, marked the 47th anniversary of a traumatizing historical event which forced many of us who are now aging Baby Boomers to unwillingly accelerate our maturity. To commemorate this event, I read JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters by James W. Douglass, which is a thorough exploration and investigation of President Kennedy’s assassination, and one which should put most questions about that crime to rest. It reads quickly, like a good crime novel, but is eye-opening because Douglass supports everything he says with copious sources, references, footnotes, and transcripts of interviews he had with many of those he names.
Chomsky at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegre) in 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Washington’s pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion—excluding Arab East Jerusalem—should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.
In September the last settlement freeze ended, leading the Palestinians to cease direct talks with Israel. Now the Obama administration, desperate to lure Israel into a new freeze and thus revive the talks, is grasping at invisible straws—and lavishing gifts on a far-right Israeli government.
Is Julian Assange a brave fool, foolishly brave or just naive?
Of course it’s unthinkable that the Empire will stand by and allow such a challenge and as more is revealed about Assange’s casual encounter with a couple of babes in Sweden (who turned out to be ‘honey-traps’), it tells us just as much about Assange as it does about what the Empire will do. One thing Assange isn’t is a politician and it’s also clear that he is more than a little naive about the enemy he has challenged so brazenly. No wonder then that he ended up in the slammer.
What if the greatest scam ever perpetrated was blatantly exposed, and the US media didn’t cover it? Does that mean the scam could keep going? That’s what we are about to find out.
I understand the importance of the new WikiLeaks documents. However, we must not let them distract us from the new information the Federal Reserve was forced to release. Even if WikiLeaks reveals documents from inside a large American bank, as huge as that could be, it will most likely pale in comparison to what we just found out from the one-time peek we got into the inner-workings of the Federal Reserve. This is the Wall Street equivalent of the Pentagon Papers.