Does war and mass destruction have a future? 500 years of war, genocide by the West will continue – unless the West is disarmed.
- The future of war is looking bleak (independent.co.uk)
- The world will be a more peaceful place in 2050 (wired.co.uk)
- Peace in our time? Scientist makes bold prediction that war is on the wane and will halve over next 40 years (dailymail.co.uk)
- Africa’s bright future (bbc.co.uk)
Using China-encircles-India theory, the Anglo-Saxon Bloc is actually encircling India. All over again. This time the action is in Bangladesh.
- India & Bangladesh – A Worried West (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- No more at sea (thehindu.com)
- Should India Fear China’s Navy? (the-diplomat.com)
- Navy frees four out of five suspected Somali pirates (independent.co.uk)
- Stranded Costa passengers find a port after days of misery (smh.com.au)
- An ocean of opportunities (thehindu.com)
- Russia sends ships for China war games (upi.com)
- Does a military solution for Somali piracy work? (csmonitor.com)
- Airstrikes Target Somali Pirates (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Chinese Navy: How Big a Threat to the U.S.? (time.com)
How comparable are Rwandan warlords and Bosnia’s killers to George Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan? The genocide debate …
- Genocide trial to be held in Rwanda for first time (dailystar.com.lb)
- Guatemala ex-dictator gets 2nd genocide charge (miamiherald.com)
- Rwanda Remembers Genocide 18 Years Later (voanews.com)
- Rwandan genocide suspect Leon Mugesera denied trial in French (vancouversun.com)
- Hugh Roberts: Who said Gaddafi had to go? (lrb.co.uk)
- Stark Warning To Other Middle East Autocrats (news.sky.com)
- Col Gaddafi killed: key dates in history of Libya (telegraph.co.uk)
- Niger grants asylum to Saadi Gaddafi (guardian.co.uk)
- Libya tense on eve of revolution’s anniversary (guardian.co.uk)
- A Tale of Two Countries: Bahrain and Libya – RT (rt.com)
- Gaddafi son warns of Libya revolt (bbc.co.uk)
- Libyans ‘not keen on democracy’ (bbc.co.uk)
- German foreign minister hits out at US over debt crisis (telegraph.co.uk)
- G-20 finance chiefs meet on debt crisis, economy (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Osborne presses Eurozone leaders (independent.co.uk)
- The U.S. Debt Limit (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Germany: Banks to take bigger losses on Greek debt (sfgate.com)
- We need a global army of tax collectors (theglobeandmail.com)
- Central Banks Selling Most U.S. Bonds Since 2007 No Rally Killer (businessweek.com)
- West – Developed & Deep in Debt (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- An Imperfect Union: Europe’s debt crisis (cbsnews.com)
- IMF funds drive caught in global power shift (firstpost.com)
- Is the European debt crisis still a threat to U.S. stocks? (usatoday.com)
Old boys club
Not quite. If not harmful, they are atleast pretty powerful.
In 1952, Eisenhower and Richard Nixon became the first CFR members to be elected President and Vice President of the USA.
Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic candidate beaten by Eisenhower and Nixon, was also a CFR member.
‘The Council was starting to dominate American politics at the highest levels,’ write Burnett and Games.
‘The pattern would be repeated four years later, with Stevenson again losing out to Eisenhower and Nixon.
‘Although Nixon was to narrowly lose the next election in 1960 against John F Kennedy, the charismatic Bostonian was another member of the CFR.
‘Nixon would return in 1968 to defeat fellow CFR member Hubert Humphrey, and win again in 1972 against George McGovern.
‘Although not a CFR member in 1972, McGovern saw the light and joined afterwards.’ (via Southern Times – Why Africa needs secret societies).
Red herrings – the challenge ahead
English language media at least, is dominated by a few news agencies like Reuters, Bloomberg, API, and AFP. These agencies in turn are fed by various think tanks and reserch organizations, which then dominate global debate. In the last few years, top 10 websites control 75% of the web traffic. Hollywood dominates the big screen.
For instance the highly flawed model of Transparency International promotes a narrative of corrupt Africa and Asia. To dominate the debate, censorship is not the only solution. It is not even a preferred solution.
More noise is equally effective.
Capture and exploit
After this kind of media capture, the West drives the narrative. And exploits this narrative. To get over the ‘problem’ of economic stagnation, the West has created artificial ‘crisis’ situations.
- Population Explosion
- Global Warming and climate change
- Civil Wars in Africa
- Islamic Demonization and the spectre of `Islamic terrorism
- Financial meltdowns
These are major diplomatic offensives using media, academia, events and situations, to
- Maintain superior negotiating positions
- Define the agenda – which usually means non-substantive issues.
But for an India to match the trade and tariff barriers, propaganda and diplomatic offensives, calls for more resources.
The manner of funding Indian NGOs by external sources, especially the West, is not benign anymore. More than 33 lakh NGOs operate in India, with foreign funding that is estimated at US$4 billion. This figure is double the official Government figure that is based on declared receipts, which reports say, are under-declared.
In times to come
Is the West aiming to capture these Indian ‘think-tanks’? The promotion of Western Climate Change agenda by Amartya Sen, under the auspices of the Aspen Institute India is indication of times to come.
Mechanics of माया maya?
- Kissinger on India-China War of 1962 (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Was Nixon a Drug Warrior or a Reformer? (reason.com)
- Government complacent about level of UK corruption, claims campaign group (guardian.co.uk)
- Bad influences: JFK, Ike and Obama (salon.com)
- Libyan rebels “disappointed” by NATO airstrikes (salon.com)
- Will Jobs Numbers Sink Obama in 2012? (thedailybeast.com)
- Kissinger: China poses ‘big challenge’ for U.S. (cnn.com)
EU trade policy has long been hijacked by European business, which wants raw materials at cheap prices. EU priorities are a mirror image of positions adopted by corporate lobby groups. The commission frankly states: “We will rely on EU business to provide much of the information on the barriers which affect their trade or investment with third countries.”
There is a serious risk that Europe’s budget and unemployment crisis will put policymakers even more in hock to the demands of big business.
Opposition from Africa
It is hardly surprising that European policy faces mounting opposition from most African countries, which have long opposed signing investment agreements with the EU. The Raw Materials Initiative should be opposed by Europe’s citizens, too, because it distracts from the need to reduce their own consumption. Europeans already consume four times as much as the average African. (read more via The Hindu : Opinion / Op-Ed : The European Union’s ugly resource grab).
Idea of ‘exploiting’ resources on the cheap
To take away rights from people ‘who do not know the value’ of such resources (Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Africans) and transfer property rights to the ‘discoverer’ of these resources is an old idea which strangely finds legitimacy, even after 400 years of bad experience. Ranging from Spain to Belgium, with the Dutch and the English, all joined in this ‘resource’ grab. And this saga continues.
Bankruptcy of ideology – ism, cracy and archy
In some case, modern nation-States based on various ‘isms’ (Capitalism, Communism, Socialism) combine with various ‘archy’ (monarchy, oligarchy) and ‘cracy’ (democracy, plutocracy, bureaucracy) continue to ensure that power and wealth remains in the hands of very few. The Rest of Us have to be happy with illusion of being equal, of having power over leaders, etc. And no.
This power does NOT flow from the barrel of the gun – but from limiting access to ज़र, zar (gold), जन jan (people) and ज़मीन jameen (land). Instead of various ‘isms’, ‘archies’ and ‘cracies’, what the world needs is a system that will guarantee the four essential freedoms – काम kaam (desire, including sexual) अर्थ arth (wealth), मोक्ष moksh (liberty) and धर्मं dharma (justice)
- Corporo-cracy? No… (ask.metafilter.com)
- 2010: Church begins mobilisation (vanguardngr.com)
- Europe and Africa: a partnership of equals? | Claire Provost and Aaron Akinyemi (guardian.co.uk)
- Africa, EU on summit collision course over economic deals – AFP (news.google.com)
- Africa lashes Europe on trade at summit eve (calgaryherald.com)
- Q+A: Troubled trade ties between EU and Africa (reuters.com)
- Biofuels will up Euro greenhouse emissions (newscientist.com)
- Africa, EU reach out for economic tie-up in troubled times – AFP (news.google.com)
Ultimately, “Atlas Shrugged” is a celebration of the entrepreneur, the risk taker and the cultivator of wealth through human intellect. Critics dismissed the novel as simple-minded, and even some of Rand’s political admirers complained that she lacked compassion. Yet one pertinent warning resounds throughout the book: When profits and wealth and creativity are denigrated in society, they start to disappear — leaving everyone the poorer. (via ‘Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years – WSJ.com).
Adversity does strange things
The second half of 20th century saw the end to dominant inputs for Western ‘success’.The Western world, faced a serious economic crises with the decline in: -
- Slavery in the Western world, due to many slave revolts, social disaffection due to unemployment
- Colonial exploitation was an ‘adequate’ replacement for slavery
- Genocide in the Americas, and Australia – and near annihilation in Africa.
- The wages of crime. Opium (forced production in India, forced trade with China), piracy, slave trading
Bretton Woods agreement helped the Western world to partly re-engineer their economies. The re-working of the global political system became essential, after non-colonial nations with lower access to slavery, led by Germany, challenged the dominant colonial-slavery economies of Europe (Britain, and France). These conflicts quickly spread and became WWI and WWII.
By the end of WWII, the world was left standing with US as the major economic force in the world. Faced with this existential crises, the last thing that the West needed was a dose of truth.
Pulp fiction of capitalism
This ‘White-Wash’ job was taken up by professional Western propagandists. One such was a popular writer, waxing nostalgic for this ‘golden age’ – Ayn Rand.
Her books have become popular in the last 50 years. In India too, her popularity has created a demand for pirated prints of her books that are sold from pavements. Her glossing over slavery, her token objections to segregation were reminiscent of an age gone by. The economic contribution of slavery to the wealth of the West, the creation of patronage structures for ‘innovation and invention’ and the loot from the colonies were all absent from Ayn Rand’s hagiography on capitalism.
There was no mention whatsoever of the numerous genocides by the West in various continents of the world. He disregard for family structures was her contribution to ‘modernizing’ capitalism.
Stephen Moore’s vacuous memoirs of his time with the Cato Institute, ‘virginity’ and ‘initiation’ seems like a rather clueless intellectual response by the West.
To clutch Ayn Rand’s skirts, is pretty lame. Facing up to the biggest challenge the Western world has seen – I would say, in the last 500 years.
None of this new
Every word of what I have written is known. So it should not be a surprise to any one. But to see the Wall Street Journal, a ‘respected’ pillar of the Western economy, reduced to publishing such writing by Shri Stephen Moore, a senior writer, seems like a rather big come down.
For the West!
- She’s Not a Brat; She Just Likes Ayn Rand (newser.com)