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Obama supported 70 fossil fuel projects around the world

There is no need to even take a cursory look at the short video on what a Trump presidency means for climate change. Indeed, when we consider the hypocritical hyperbole from the Oval Office’s present incumbant, it doesn’t mean very much, even if the President-elect did refer to climate change as a Chinese hoax ,  while Obama spoke of global warming as being terrifying”. ”

Terrifying, it is, but if we can ignoret the continued fracking and other environmental disasters in the United States, the news from the ‘Guardian’ that through the US Export-Import Bank, Barack Obama’s administration has spent nearly $34bn supporting 70 fossil fuel projects around the world.” should surely turn our stomaches. After all, not only is the human cost of these fossil fuel projects incalculable, but  we also effectively have one more blatant example of how this hypocrite facilitated some of the poorest people on the planet going through a veritable hell on earth, so that corporate America could continue to exploit, rob, and destroy, the planet.

In a sense the bottom of the barrel was reached with George W Bush, although with Trump it might even mean going deeper. However, there should be no delusions on our part, the hypocritical frauds that are the Clintons and Obama, are every bit as disgusting and, perhaps, even more so as than idiots like Bush and Trump. Indeed, it might even be that with Trump referring to global warming as a chinese hoax there is a hope of sorts.  After all the emperor has no clothes and he will continue to reveal himself time and time again as the naked buffoon that he is.

Of course, it will be business as usual for corporate America and the capitalist clock is ticking. Or, in other words, with Trump nothing much has changed, except that as far as saving the planet it is now closer to five past than it is to five to midnight.  Nevertheless, at least now there can be very little subterfuge and very little disguise.

Surely, for all and sundry, the idiot that is Donald Trump will be much easier to suss out than “Mr sweet talking guy”, the hype man, the hypocrite. A man who spouted platitudes and hypocritical hyperbole for eight years while helping implement a neo-liberal economic agenda and a neo-conservative foreign policy that saw the one percent get richer at the expense of everyone else and a continuation of America’s wars all over the planet.

 

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Business as usual under Trump and the return of the IMF and World Bank to Cuba

Of course, it was “business as usual” after George W Bush, the “hope” man who followed proved quite hopeless, there was a more refined hype, which disguised itself as hope, and the neo-conservative/neo-liberal agenda, the Washington Consensus continued much as before. The IMF and World Bank went into here, there, and everywhere at the behest of what Matt Kennard refers to as ‘The Racket’.

Structural Adjustment Programmes ensure that, in order to receive aid, countries cut back on things like health, development and education. In effect the World Bank and the IMF demand that poor nations lower the standard of living of the majority of its citizens while a native kleptomaniac elite is allowed line its pockets providing it dances to the dictates of the United States and international capital. Where a movement of people, or even a particular government,  refuse to participate in this dance a boogeyman in the form of a nasty, nasty, dictator, who just has to go, or radical Islam will be called into play. Of course, when all else fails there is a simple CIA instigated coup, or even one of Washington’s wars.

Fidel Castro is dead and Donald Trump responds by saying  “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” while forgetting to point out that 46 million Americans are living in poverty, that the United States has more people in prison than any other country on the planet, and that the death penalty is applied far more often in the USA than it is in Cuba, where the last recorded executions were on April 11, 2003. Still, nothing unusual in this hypocritical drivel.

However, we should worry when the President-elect then finishes by saying, that while “…the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.” “The journey toward prosperity and liberty” and, sounding like an advertising campaign for the IMF and the World Bank,  the “business as usual” Trump has been unmasked. Indeed, with Cuba apparently repaying debts to Western creditors ahead of time , it might only be a matter of time before Havana turns to the IMF and the World Bank.

Nothing will change under Trump! The neo-liberal agenda will continue, the wars will continue and, of course, the hypocrisy and lies that accompany both will continue. For Cuba, however, it can only be hoped that the government in Havana does not turn to the IMF and World Bank. Should that happen Havana will indeed have embarked upon Trump’s “journey toward prosperity and liberty”. Prosperity for the Miami mafia and liberty for Western companies to return to Cuba and plunder it.

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Western Interference and Collusion with Radical Islam is nothing new

Christopher Davidson’s ‘Shadow Wars’ is an utterly compelling, systematic dissection of Western interference in the Middle East” and what makes it especially so is the author’s ability to show the historical continuity of a meddling which has invariably relied on collusion with radical Islam.

Nothing new, therefore, in the Middle East and when we look past the propaganda and try to understand what is really happening in Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere, Brian Becker’s contention that the US “has injected large amounts of funds and weapons into Syria, making the Daesh terrorist group grow stronger” appears to be a little bit more credible than the nonsense that is being spouted out by the mainstream media in the West. Of course, western hypocrisy and lies facilitate the death of millions. Therefore, it is impossible to laugh at the manufacturers of consent’s daily drivel.

However, when we read that Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva, has been elected as chair of a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council”, or of Boris Johnson defending arms sales to the KSA – arms which are being used every day to kill innocents in Yemen – it is time to realise that this hypocrisy and propaganda has always been spouted out to disguise the West’s meddling in the Middle East and its’ collusion with radical Islam.

 

 

 

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Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitism

In Academia hedging is advised and “In 1914 the people in Britain thought …..”, becomes, “The evidence would appear to suggest that in 1914 many British people thought …..”, “will happen”, becomes “might happen”, or “could happen” and academic caution is required. Wooly thinkers are discouraged and the analogy comparing the social scientist’s brain to a dung heap, which states that if you leave both long enough, something will grow, loses its relevance. However, not so with the daily drivel.

Philip Johnston’s article, in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph,“The best cure for anti-Semitism is to stop pretending we’re all guilty”contends that there is an increase in anti-Semitism in the UK and that this increase is due to immigration. Now, being quite certain that most people are not anti-Semitic and don’t consider themselves to be anti-Semitic,  Mr Johnston makes about as much sense as those pseudo academics, who write things like, “people in ancient Rome thought …..”, when he refers to “all”, but it gets worse when he bases this nonsense on the fact that:

“In 2014, the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded by the Metropolitan Police was more than double the previous year’s, and they rose 60 per cent in 2015. Partly this is because the police are taking the offence more seriously. Many acts of abuse are racist comments made on the internet.”

There is no attempt to inform us what the actual figures are and there is no attempt to tell us the nature of the crimes, apart from many of them being “racist comments made on the internet”. There isn’t even any emphasis on the fact that the Metropolitan Police are limited to Greater London. However, Mr Johnston moves on and asserts this alleged increase in anti-Semitism comes from the influx of  “Muslims and eastern Europeans, where the religious and cultural roots lie deep.”

Nevertheless, it is when he expands on the reasons for this alleged Muslim antipathy towards Jews that the real reason for this disgraceful piece of writing becomes clear and we are not only told that this hatred is fostered by a “well-established cultural dislike that is exacerbated by the unresolved Palestinian question,” but that it is also accompanied by “ostensible criticism of the Israeli government”, which turns into “anti-Zionism and, by extension, into anti-Semitism masquerading as legitimate political comment.”

“Ostensible” criticism of the Israeli government and it doesn’t matter that what is really being talked about is someone taking someone else’s land, it doesn’t matter that there has been an ongoing ethnic cleansing since 1948, it doesn’t matter that illegal settlements are being built on illegally occupied land to complete that ethnic cleansing and it doesn’t matter that crimes are being committed on an almost daily basis by Israel.

We are certainly not “all” guilty of anti-Semitism. Moreover, in this part of Europe it is difficult not to be aware of the hell on earth which anti-Semitism led to. However, that awareness should contribute to us speaking out not only against the crimes that Israel has been perpetrating uninterrupted since 1948, but also against anyone who glibly refers to, “muslims and eastern Europeans” as some sort of designated “other”, as the outsider, the scapegoat. In Europe we really have been there before.

 

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Final Word on the SNP Conference

And what was the SNP conference all about for me? Well, there were the two fringe meetings arranged by the ‘SNP friends of Palestine’ and there was Nicola Sturgeon’s opening speech, the reminder that there is a lot of uninformed blah-blah-blah in the world of politics, even if the “wha’s like us” mob can still be tempered by the sensible realpolitik which appeared to dicate the party leader’s opening and closing speeches.

Get allies in the House of Commons and elsewhere to prevent a hard Brexit taking place and, if this strategy ultimately proves unsuccessful, then there will be ‘Indyref2’. In other words a pragmatic gaining of brownie points in the world of politics, accruing more and more devolved powers and, should the Brexit not produce a viable modus vivendi, the “wha’s like us” mob can flood the polling booths.

More importantly, of course, the hard Brexit will give supporters of independence the opportunity to sway those who are still sitting on the fence and all the more so once the implications of losing access to the free market become obvious. There might even be those who would argue that this morning Mrs Sturgeon and the SNP are in a win-win situation. If a week is a long time in politics, then the next few months are going to be particularly interesting.

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Palestine, Symptoms and Causes

cropped-maps-53Final day of the SNP conference and ego’s attention was focused on the ‘Friends of Palestine’ fringe meeting on Israel’s flouting of international law in the West Bank. One of the speakers repeated the same little anecdote from the Medical Aid for Palestine meeting a couple of days previously about an irrelevant meeting he had had with Arafat about 25 years ago along with his unreserved praise for the confidence trickster Shimon Peres, while the other speakers, with the exception of Hugh Lanning from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, almost competed with him when it came to giving voice to an array of platitudes, even if they did, at least, appear to have their hearts in the right place.

The theme appeared to be that we have to concentrate on justice now and not on the history. The Palestinian Right of Return was mentioned, but it was put into a context where it might be recognised and applied as a trade off in final status negotiations, although UN Resolution 194, which guarantees that right, is reaffirmed regularly in the UN General Assembly.

And there we have the problem; very often good people are doing good and very necessary work. However, it really didn’t start with the building of illegal settlements, it didn’t even start with the illegal occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. It started with the Zionist project. The oxymonic Jewish democracy has to be called what it is and Israel has to be held for account not only for the crimes which are being perpetrated on a daily basis, but indeed for an ongoing ethnic cleansing which began in 1948.

That ethnic cleansing appears to be reaching its conclusion and while the symptoms still have to be addressed, it is important to get to the root cause of this cancer. Until that happens there can be no justice for Palestine and it is time for all those with their hearts in the right place and, who knows, maybe even the “anecdotal man”, to recognise this.

 

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The SNP Conference in Glasgow

In Glasgow for the SNP conference and what a broad church the party appears to be. Obviously, my inclination was to drift towards the “friends of Palestine” stand in the exhibition hall, and I did. The socialist group got my attention and I even exchanged a word with a Rangers fan who was showing off the Scottish Cup – and on current form he possibly represents as close as anyone who has an affinity with Rangers is going to get to that particular trophy this year – and I had a little tête–à–tête with the representatives of the anti NATO, anti nuclear war, and anti trident, people.

Still, there was also a little motley crew of Zionists selling themselves as a “peace for everyone in the Middle East” group and when it was pointed out that their prefered two-state solution for historical Palestine was real pie in the sky stuff considering the on the ground reality in an illegally occupied and rapidly disappearing country there wasn’t going to be a lot of discussion apart from a few ridicoulous soundbites such as, “we have to start somewhere”. Yes, we do “have to start somewhere” and how about a proper democracy for all the people in the illegally occupied territories, in Israel within the green line, and compensation and citizenship for all of those people who had their land taken away from then?

However, the bigger politics, in the context of this conference, were happening elsewhere and I took myself off to hear Nicola Sturgeon’s speech and the essence of that is contained in her saying:

“I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence – and to do so before the UK leaves the EU – if that is necessary to protect our country’s interests. So I can confirm today that the Independence Referendum Bill will be published for consultation next week.”

Yes, strange bedfellows on the independence train, perhaps, but it would be nice if it were to soon reach its’ destination and if that were to culminate in a democratic and socialist society that might even be a little bit less susceptible to the Zionist drivel that just seems to be here, there, and everywhere.  However, while indepenence increasingly appears more and more likely, that other final hope really does smack of wishful thinking.