Americas (South & North)

Moises Naim's scary world

I picked up Moises Naim's book "Illicit" (2005), as the book of record on illegal trade (or, what I call, following my friend Manuel Rozental, "illegal capital"). I wanted to read it because I'm trying to figure out how much of the global economy flows into these different niches. You can understand the economy one way by following energy flows, another by following money, another by following technology (like the story of stuff), another by following arms, another by following illicit trade. And each of these has some relationship with the others.

Plans...

Hi folks. This is not a substantive post. I wanted to explain my absence and a few things that I hope to do here in the next few days.

I have had a few weeks in a row that have been busy, one of which is well worth writing about here (the others are not for this blog). The week in question is Oct 25-Nov 1, the week of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival, which was an amazing experience. I will do a detailed review here.

The financial economy and the real economy: Notes on the economic crisis part 1


“This extraordinary capacity to finance not on past wealth but on the present value of future anticipated cash flows is at the core of America's dynamic approach to wealth creation”
- Edelstein, R., and Paul, J.M. Europe needs a new financial paradigm. Wall Street Journal Europe June 12-13, 1998. Quoted in The Fisherman and the Rhinoceros.

Bolivia's elites seek a media coup

Bolivia's popular movements are attempting to use democracy and a legitimate government to advance an agenda of sovereignty, greater equality, and development. Their opponents, led by several governors of the wealthier provinces in a part of the country called the "media luna", are trying to use violence and sabotage to stop that agenda by provoking a civil war and chaos. The challenge to Bolivia's government and its president Evo Morales is to stop the violence without allowing the provocation to succeed.

Some more audio

Some more audio tracks for those of you who listen to streaming audio.

I was on Chris Cook's fine CFUV radio show, again, to talk about the KI first nation and Platinex and Ontario mining. The audio is here.

The other weekend I was in Texas doing some talks on climate change and environmental issues.

The talk I gave on Climate Change was posted to the New Texas Radical and reposted to ZNet. You can listen here.

March 6 demonstration in Colombia (and a little on Cuba and Pakistan and Canada)

Apologies for the time away from blogging. I had the pleasure of being on a two-person panel with John Clarke of OCAP over the weekend, organized by the London Project for a Participatory Society (LPPS). We were talking about "taking back the city" and, as much as I enjoy being on a panel with John, he always puts me to shame. The talk was video recorded and might be available at some point on youtube.

Howard Zinn's maxims on bombing and war

Howard Zinn reviewed a book by elin o'Hara slavick called "bomb after bomb". At the end of the review he mentions some of his thoughts on war. I think they are very good and bear repeating.

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My own reflections on my experiences as a bombardier, and my research on the wars of the United States have led me to certain conclusions about war and the dropping of bombs that accompany modern warfare.