This being one of those periods of 'calm' when only Palestinians are being killed, you probably wouldn't know that 11 Palestinians were killed in Nablus by the Israeli military in the course of a recent 'operation'. And dozens of people injured along the wall as they try to protest against it. And the starvation in Gaza. And the humiliations of the checkpoints. Is Palestinians' desperation really so difficult to understand?
Read an interesting piece by Walden Bello on 'Empire and Resistance' in Iraq. He believes that "that the crisis of the empire is not only good for the world. It is good for the people of the United States as well, for it opens up the possibility of Americans relating to other peoples as equals and not as masters, really learning from them, and really respecting and appreciating them.
Tanya Reinhart is indispensable on Israel/Palestine. So, too, is IMEMC. Go to it, and you'll find yourself in a different world from the mainstream media. You'll learn about the latest murders by the Israeli army in the Occupied Territories -- like the 19 year old killed in Nablus and the three more killed in Gaza today.
Because the campaign against unionists and activists is so blatant and murderous in Colombia, these folks are often provided with bodyguards or allowed to have them. In the past, the Colombian government has tried to strip unionists of this protection, or replace trusted bodyguards with agents of the state or paramilitaries. A more obvious strategy is simply to use the paramilitaries to kill the trusted bodyguards, and that was the strategy taken against a SINTRAMETAL (metalworker's union) bodyguard and his wife on June 22. Details below.
Reading the Toronto Star for the Fear and Loathing Report I came across an article on Sudan, which continues to get worse., as the war leads to humanitarian crisis, as inevitably occurs. Most of the people who die in wars -- I realize this is repeated over and over -- don't die from bullets or bombs, but from starvation and disease due to the collapse of infrastructures.
First, on the election. Sorry I missed a few days. It is a combination of several things. First, boredom. Despite being a 'nail biting', 'tight race', when the candidates and the media agree on so much it is hard to keep motivated for daily commentary. Second, my own fear and loathing have been getting the better of me and making me want to just forget about it all. But, here we are and I owe you a report. So, here goes.
Some of the details of the plan for Haiti are starting to emerge, as a meeting of various global bureaucrats and the government have made some decisions. The World Bank was front and centre.
I am often several months behind the curve. For example, I watched "The Fog of War" on video just last night, despite its release half a year ago. I watched it because several friends who I respect told me it was very revealing (I will be skeptical of their judgement from now on). It is Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, talking to the camera, interspersed with a little footage here and there.