Category: IMPERIALISM

SOUTHEAST ASIA TERRIBLY DAMAGED BUT LAUDED BY WEST

ANDRE VLTCHEK—The ‘hidden’ and extremely uncomfortable truth is: most of Southeast Asia is actually absolutely unfit for tourism. It is deeply, and terribly injured, even, a broken part of the world which has never been allowed to leave its brutal, feudal system behind. Its people are barely surviving in the straightjacket of extreme capitalism. All sorts of imported rubbish, from brainless pop music to the lowest grade of Hollywood films, junk food, mass media and ‘fashion’ as well as ‘me-me-me habits’ have been put to work in order to irreversibly ruin their traditional cultures. Generally, people here are unhappy; often thoroughly confused. Societies from Thailand to Indonesia and the Philippines are becoming increasingly violent.

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Guns & Butter – Here’s Russia’s Two-Punch Plan To Help The Venezuelan People

JOAQUIN FLORES—Russian authorities have rolled out a two-part plan to help its strategic partner, Venezuela, out of the deep crisis. The first is aimed immediately at security stability, and involves the use of Kremlin-approved Russian mercenaries from the Wagner corp. Reuters reported earlier today: “Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

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Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump’s Venezuela Interventionism

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE— The campaign to topple Venezuela’s government has nothing to do with socialism, it’s about oil and regional hegemony. The US has long treated South America as its personal supply cabinet and destroyed anyone who tried to challenge that, and the fact that Venezuela has the most confirmed oil reserves of any nation on the planet makes it all the more central in this agenda. Yes, the fact that large sectors of its economy are centrally planned means there are fewer hooks for the corporatocracy to find purchase to manipulate it with, but that just helps explain why the US is targeting it with more aggressive measures, it doesn’t excuse the aggressive targeting. Venezuela does not belong to the United States, and attempting to control what happens with its resources, its economy and its government is an obscene violation of its national sovereignty.

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