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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.

Back in Toronto - and a piece from the Pakistan media

I am back in Toronto. Also, I managed to get an op-ed into the Pakistan News, in the hopes of changing some common misconceptions about the nature of the US-Israel relationship. I'm reproducing it below.


US-Israel relationship misconceptions
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Justin Podur

From wikileaks, and UNASUR

A couple of things today. First, this wikileaks leak on US Army military management is worth mentioning and worth a read.

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.

Some environmental books

I gave a couple of environmental talks in Texas over the weekend, which have since been published on the web. One on sustainability in general. The other on climate change, science and politics.

To prepare for them and before and since, I read a bunch of environmental books, that I'll discuss below.

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.


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.

Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine

Despite not being a dispassionate reviewer, I wrote this review of Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine. In case you didn't know, I'm not entirely without positive bias. And even with high expectations, the book really impressed. It seems to be doing quite well without my recommendation, but I would like to add my recommendation to the many that are out there. Hope you like the review.

From the UN - Indigneous Peoples' Rights Upheld, with only 4 disgraceful countries voting against

With only eleven abstaining and 143 in favor, it's great to see the anglophone settler solidarity against indigenous rights, isn't it? Thanks guys.

UN General Assembly backs indigenous peoples' rights
Thu Sep 13, 5:07 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and resources rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people, brushing off opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.


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