Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oct.26: The irving press continues to amaze

The irving press continues to set new records as an intellectual swamp. The big item in section    A is that a new men's wear  store has opened in town.   Section B, Canada&World, never gets  out of Canada - and rarely gets out of New Brunswick. None of it is worth reading.

(Well, in fairness, the comments page has a suggestive article about the needs of the new Moncton High. The article needs more work. But it's a welcome break from the wails that the biggest education problem in New Brunswick is that Moncton High's football field is less than regulation size.)
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Sometimes, one can just wonder at what is presented at news. The Guardian has this story of NATO rebuking Spain for even thinking of allowing a Russian fleet heading for Syria to refuel.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/26/russia-cancels-spanish-fuel-stop-for-syria-bound-warships

NATO bombers, with the U.S. in the lead, have been to top killers of civilians in the world for at least forty years. Other NATO bombers of civilians have included Britain, France, Belgium and Canada. But the news story doesn't mention that. It's surely amazing how the western world can get loudly righteous about the brutality of others while ignoring their own failings in that respect.
This certainly has become one hell of a murderous world. And we take a back seat to no-one in making it so murderous. A news story should reflect the whole story.
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I don't doubt that the following story about "communist brutalism" in Moldavia is true.
But I have never seen a story in The Guardian or any other paper about "capitalist brutalism",  though it certainly exists all over the world.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/oct/24/insiders-guide-chisinau-moldova-communist-brutalism
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After almost a century of U.S. occupation, and dictators, Haiti remains a land of immeasurable misery and poverty. And that misery and poverty remains a matter of indifference to the U.S. and the west.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/oct/25/united-nations-expert-special-rapporteur-calls-actions-over-haiti-cholera-outbreak-2010-a-disgrace
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The murders of environmentalists go on in South America.  I note, though, that The Guardian does not call this 'capitalist brutalism'.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/24/brazil-amazon-environmentalist-murder-luiz-alberto-araujo
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And here's a story that could be repeated all over South America.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/oct/26/discontent-cerrejon-coal-mine-colombians-cry-foul

But don't waste time looking for it in the irving press. It likes mining companies.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings
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Ohmygoodness. Our side is killing civilians, too, as it attacks Mosul in Iraq. Who would have guessed?

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/10/26/civilian-toll-mounts-as-mosul-offensive-enters-second-week/
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American elections are the most expensive in the world. The result is that only wealthy people backed by very wealthy people have any chance of winning an election. Effectively, democracy does not exist. What remains is rule by aristocracy. And Canada is on much the same track.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/10/26/an-alternate-narrative-on-hillary-clinton-and-donald-trump/
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A U.S. obssession which dates back to the annexation of Hawaii as a naval base for Pacific wars and to the 1899 invasion of The Phillipines has been the conquest of Asia. It seemed on the edge of fulfillment in 1945. But Britain defied the U.S. and took Hong Kong back for itself, and Mao beat the U.S. out of the rest of China. The Korean War was fought to give the U.S. another toehold - which it now uses to threaten China. However, it lost the more important target of Vietnam. It now seems possibly, even likely, that the U.S. has lost its chance for an Asian empire.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45736.htm
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Clinton and Trump have not even tried to deal with the real election issues. Instead, both have resorted to bluster, name-calling and gossip. And the American news media have followed their lead every step of the way.Which is crazier? I don't know. Which is more likely to take us into a nuclear war? Clinton.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45736.htm
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In North Dakota, police are using force against native peoples who do not want an oil pipeline across their land. The story hasn't made the irving press. And it won't. But not to worry. The pipeline builders are coming this way, too.

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/25/video-police-viciously-attacked-peaceful-protestors-at-the-dakota-access-pipeline/
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Some fifteen years ago, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. The reason given was that Afghanistan was behind the terror attack on 9/11. In fact, it wasn't. In fact, there has never been any evidence it was. In fact, the attack on Afghanistan was planned BEFORE 9/11,

And, thouh it rarely makes the news, the war that began fifteen years ago is still on.That the mighty United States, with Britain and Canada, has been unable to defeat a small and poor country is a clear indication of the limitations of warfare.
As well, the war has cost the U.S. over a trillion dollars, much of that lost to corruption in the American arms industry, and in the 'democratic' government we established in Afghanistan. That same corruption has carried over into all the tensions since. It is a stunning reminder of what President Eisenhower warned was the "military/industrial" complex which makes monstrous profits by keeping war hysteria at a pitch. And that diversion of trillions has magnified poverty and hunger all over the U.S.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193627.html
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What? Our side commit war crimes? Never.

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/10/25/us-impunity-erodes-world-justice/
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Here's Russia Today, the newspaper that western leaders feel needs to be banned or destroyed because of its vicious propanda. So take a look at these articles, and tell me how they are different from our newspapers.

https://www.rt.com/usa/364159-americans-trust-democrats-republicans/

https://www.rt.com/news/364132-amnesty-us-killings-syria/

https://www.rt.com/news/364209-saudi-arabia-unhrc-election/

(Saudi Arabia has one of the world's worst records for human rights abuses.)

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/363919-france-calais-demolition-refugees/

This is dangerous propaganda? I don't see any such thing. In fact, most of these stories could have appeared in a western paper. Some did. Certainly, there is less propaganda here than there is in the Voice of America or our own irving press.
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And here's an item by David Suzuki, perhaps Canada's best known scientist. Too bad we don't see him in the irving press any more. Of course, that's because he ain't real smart like that there Mr. Irving who would probably have got a university degree (maybe a BA in paper folding) if he'd really wanted to.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2016/10/heated-debates-ignore-overheating-planet
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And here's one about Canadian native peoples taking the Enbridge case to court. The Canadian government will respond, I expect, in the usual, democratic  way, by calling out the boys in camouflage suits and carrying combat rifles.

http://rabble.ca/news/2016/10/chippewas-thames-take-line-9-to-court
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And here's an issue that most Canadians seem unaware of.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2016/10/why-canada-still-privatizing-public-services-when-most-world-#at_pco=smlrebv-1.0&at_si=5810dc93c14b0361&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=0&at_tot=5
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Here's an update on the war Americans prefer not to hear about. (Its figures on cost of that war and casualties are, to say the least, modest.)

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/10/elections-mention-afghan-war-161023150934602.html
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