|By Patrick Walker, OpedNews
Perhaps my most important–and ambitious article to date proposes a new but logical reincarnation of the OWS movement, Democracy Unchained, that aims to make Occupy’s ideal of a society for everyone, not just the 1%, a political reality. Just as Occupy focused its criticisms on the 1% and corporatocracy, Democracy Unchained attacks the corrupt Democrat-Republican duopoly that maintains corporatocracy. D.U.’s strategy’s included. It’s September 17, 2013 in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The park is crowded (and mottled) with the same diverse, mixed-age, chanting, sign-carrying crew who launched the Occupy Wall Street movement exactly two years earlier. Is this simply an anniversary, a nostalgic commemoration of that once-vibrant movement? Or is this something new and different? Let’s listen more closely to what they’re chanting.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho. Corrupt duopoly’s gotta go.”
“Repulsives are red, Degenerates blue. Since neither one serves us, we’ve joined D.U.”
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What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out what’s happening here or, for that matter, imagine you’re an historian 100 years from now — assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious — and you’re looking back at what’s happening today. You’d see something quite remarkable.
I continue to be amazed with the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in the reporting on Syria by the Western media. The press in the U.S. continues to dutifully report on the “objective diplomacy” by the Obama administration to broker a “peaceful” resolution to the conflict in Syria. However, those stories of noble and innocent efforts to avert the catastrophic human suffering that has eventually engulfed Syria has sanitized the bloody complicity of U.S. policy. Diplomacy, for the U.S., has meant calling for regime change from the outset and then encouraging Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel, their client states in the region, to arm, train and provide political support for a military campaign with the objective of effectively dismembering the Syria State.
The controversies over the IRS and especially the AP phone records appear to have long-lasting effects
Due to the controversies over the IRS and (especially) the DOJ’s attack on AP’s news gathering process, media outlets have suddenly decided that President Obama has a very poor record on civil liberties, transparency, press freedoms, and a whole variety of other issues on which he based his first campaign. The first two paragraphs of this Washington Post article from yesterday, expressed in tones of recent epiphany, made me laugh audibly:
“President Obama, a former constitutional law lecturer who came to office pledging renewed respect for civil liberties, is today running an administration at odds with his résumé and preelection promises.
“The Justice Department’s collection of journalists’ phone records and the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups have challenged Obama’s credibility as a champion of civil liberties – and as a president who would heal the country from damage done by his predecessor.”
By Andre Damon, wsws.org
Apple CEO Tim Cook used his appearance Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations—called to investigate Apple’s evasion of billions of dollars in taxes—to call for a sharp reduction in the corporate tax rate. The senators on the committee, Democratic and Republican alike, agreed with Cook that the appropriate response to the systematic evasion of taxes carried out by Apple and other US corporations was to enact pro-corporate tax “reform.”
by Stephen Lendman
Boston’s marathon bombings leave disturbing questions unanswered. Official accounts lack credibility. Mounting evidence suggests FBI responsibility. It doesn’t surprise. Project Censored’s fourth top 2013 censored story headlined “FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States.” More on that below.
Barry Grey, wsws.org
With the imposition of a state of siege in Boston, a historical threshold has been crossed. For the first time ever, a major American city has been placed under the equivalent of martial law. The already frayed veneer of a stable democracy based on constitutional principles is in shreds.
Editors’ Note: Behind all the glitz and celebratory hoopla, Koch was merely a highly opportunistic Reagan Democrat. An anti-union, self-promoting charlatan. —PG
By Fred Mazelis, wsws.org
6 February 2013
The death of Ed Koch, the three-term mayor of New York City, has provoked a predictable deluge of tributes from the political, economic and media establishments, culminating in a funeral on February 4 attended by Bill Clinton, the three living former New York mayors, several former governors and numerous other political figures.
Editor’s Note: The arrival of raging capitalism in the former Soviet Union has meant (as usual) wealth for a handful and poverty and insecurity for the vast majority. The unleashed forces of Social Darwinism have taken and continue to take an awful toll. Not surprisingly, the Russian nouveau riche, the native breed of “carpetbaggers”, are now perceived by a new strain of Russian youth, a new counterculture, as the new “Ugly American”—a label that depicts both the marauding American business executive (and his underlings, the meddling diplomats, armies and mercenaries doing the bidding for the global rich), and the local native associated corporadoes. This disenfranchised, embittered youth have embraced the refrain heard in so many foreign lands—from the Philippines to Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia and so many others— for more than a hundred years, “Fuera Yanquis!” Or, as some homegrown rock bands are putting it, “Kill the Yankees.” Incidentally, and this bears repeating, even among fierce nationalists, there is no real hatred for the American people as such, only their government and globetrotting business elites. Most youth around the world, when not poisoned by invidious ideologies, are naturally peace-loving. Murderous hate, as the famous lyric from the operetta South Pacific reminds us, has “Got to Be Carefully Taught.”—PG
FROM THE ARCHIVES
‘Kill the Yankees’ a Mantra of Counterculture
If you believe what you see on television, no songs of protest are being sung in today’s Russia.
But that’s a false impression. In the hungry, penniless provinces, where social, property and class contradictions are all the more obvious than in Moscow, a particular world, a particular youth culture has evolved, one opposed not only to the present political regime, but also to the “culture” that regime endorses. This youth has created its own culture, including its own music. They have their idols, groups like Che Dance, Mental Depression, AK-47 and others that are never on the hit parades because of the openly subversive content of their songs. That’s understandable; what sane DJ would dare play, say, a song by the group Ilich Ramirez Sanchez with the refrain, “I’d rip Chubais’ balls off”? (Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is the well-known terrorist “Carlos” who is doing a life sentence in a French prison.)
LONDON — Britain’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, should be deported to Sweden to face allegations of sexual abuse there, the culmination of an 18-month legal battle.
By a 5-2 vote, the Supreme Court denied Mr. Assange’s appeal. The decision took less than five minutes to be read by Nicholas Phillips, the 74-year-old president of the court, in one of the most important decisions in his three years in the position and just months before his retirement. All seven judges were present.