Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 11: Keep an eye on Iran.

For much of the nineteenth   century, Iran has been a democracy - if sometimes a limited one. Until right after World War Two, it was often a limited one - limited by the clerics and limited by the British who regarded Iranian oil as its own -free of charge.. That's why, after World War One, Britain forced Iran to supply all of the oil for all of the British fleet - forever. Britain also kept the people of Iran in poverty.
Well, that's what empires do. They plunder the resources of their colonies, and
they pay the colonists starvation wages.

As soon as World War Two ended, Iranians looked for a way   to get rid of British leeches. It turned to a man of democracy, and a man much concerned with providing social services for a nation that sadly lacked them.  His name was Mohammad  Mossadegh.

This did not please Britain or the U.S. Britain didn't matter much because Britain was getting kicked out of Saudi Arabia by 'friendly" U.S.. capitalists. And American capitalists were glad of the opportunity to take over from their American 'friends'. Mossadegh was overthrown was overthrown by the CIA, imprisoned for three years, then under house arrest for the rest of his life.

Nominal power was handed to the (unelected) Shah of Iran whose job was to do whatever Britain and the U.S. (mostly the U.S.) told him to do. Today, Iran is a democracy again   - though much controlled by it's clergy. (In this, it resembles the U.S. whose government is entirely controlled by its billionaires.)

The cause of all this interest in Iran was its rich, oil resources. And British (and now more importantly the U.S.) wants control over them.  Thus, Iran - like Venezuela - is not to be permitted to decided who to see its oil to. Nor is social legislation to be permitted. Empires like their subjects to be poor. (Britain, at its peak was immensely wealthy. It's very rich were the richest in the world based on plunder and cheap, cheap labour. But most of the British people got nothing from this. Most of the British lived in quite wretched poverty with children going to work for fifteen hours a day, six days a week at the age of six. The British slums in those days were generally regarded as the foulest in Europe.  (Check out working class salaries in the U.S. They have risen slightly in the last thirty or forty years- but the cost living has risen a lot faster.)  Despite Trump's boasting, Americans are actually getting poorer. But, like the British wealthy of a century ago, the wealthy are doing just fine.

The U.S. (and a shambling Britain) aim to drive Iran and Venezuela   into poverty. And what will Trudeau do? Canada really has no stake in this. But our  Liberals and Conservatives (backed by Canada's wealthy) want the U.S. to like them.        I think there is going to be a war over Iran. I think it very likely Canada will be asked to play a role.

But will The Canadian Legion rise to challenge this debasement of Canadian values? Will it rise to hold back Canadians who may well be asked to take part in murder that has nothing to do with them?

Not bloody likely

This something closer to the whole story on Iran. Funny how we haven't seen it in most of our news media..
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-ford-education-cuts-1.5208212

This is much, much worse than it might seem.

Historically, most of us have lived in hierarchical worlds. There's the rich and the poor. World War 1, the British army was led by an incompetent ass. But he was was rich incompetent ass. So he remained in command.

Common soldiers? They just got killed.

The offspring of a Donald Trump and others like him will become rich. The offspring of the poor will become cheap labour.

And we will continue to suffer bad leadership. Public school determines the rest of our lives for most of us. Almost all of the kids in my elementary school were born poor, and would stay that way.  And neither they nor their parents expected anything better. The kids in pricey private schools  will grow up to be lawyers, executives - though often having no brains at all. It's simply expected of them.

The only way to break this cycle is to provide better public schooling. A premier like Doug Ford doesn't understand any of this. That's why he is destroying public schooling. That's why he's preserving a system that serves the rich but leaves  the rest floundering with no opportunity to develop..
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/11/uk-ships-in-gulf-on-high-alert-after-royal-navy-trains-guns-on-iranian-ships

British and Americans are allowed to steal oil tankers. Iranians are not.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/11/the-guardian-view-on-abortion-in-northern-ireland-standing-up-for-womens-rights

Christian thought - abortion is evil. bombing and starving babies to death is acceptable.
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/iranian-war-is-unwinnable.html
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https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons/wcm/5cd0c48d-026e-4637-85ab-05eb3929eb32?utm_term=Autofeed#Echobox=1562679270
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/10/cia-torture-unredacted-four-year-investigation-reveals-what-was-hidden-us-senate
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In my last blog, I was critical of  the NDP for its tameness. Here's the NDP view.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/ndp-remains-committed-democratic-socialism-despite-claims-contrary
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/07/new-book-challenges-mainstream-understandings-violence-latin-america
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/07/new-book-challenges-mainstream-understandings-violence-latin-america
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51891.htm

In it's looting of the world , big business has, as always, remember that the U.S. is a great place for them to loot.  Big business has no patriotism, no nation, no fellow citizens. All that counts is plunder. And if Americans starve and suffer - tough. They will abuse that as they happily abused and murder Afghans and Iranis.
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The Canadian government isn't doing a damn thing about keeping an eye on the wealthy.  Who woulda guessed?

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/11/news/advisors-storm-out-and-accuse-trudeau-government-dithering-corporate-watchdog
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/11/news/new-brunswick-college-instructor-fired-after-taking-irvings-over-controversial

Yep. That's life under the irvings. I  remember it well. It's a family of no noticeable brains or morality. And it combines this vacuum with a stunning arrogance.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/un-global-goals-climate-change/

Don't mean nuthin'. If it did, Mr. Irving would tell us. and he has high school leaving And two years of university courses in something.
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https://truthout.org/articles/washington-meddling-in-haiti-neglected-by-u-s-press/

Haiti. This is the place that the U.S. invaded to overthrow the elected government and set up a puppet president. And this is where kiss-kiss Canada sent "peackeepers" to make the U.S. seem generous. Neither the U.S. nor the Canadian press bothered to tell the truth about all this.
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-mainstream-media-wont-name-us-military-aggression/

The American (and most Canadian)  keep us in ignorance or worse. Across North America (and much of the rest of the world) the news media lie. The result is a public that is in ignorance .And that ignorance leads the public into war and mass murder.
 That has always been true. Not surprisingly, the reaction of government has not been  to become honest or to urge honesty on the news media. Quite the contrary, it attacks those who tell the truth. And that's going to get much, much worse (and dangerous for all of us).
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I had never watched Fox News after the first time I saw it. It was always a lying medium.  But I returned to to it a few days ago.  The lying is breath-taking.This is the worst news medium I have ever seen.It makes The Washington Post and    Canada;s National Post seem intellectual and honest.

    https://theintercept.com/2019/07/10/the-problem-at-fox-news-is-not-just-tucker-carlson-its-the-murdoch-family-that-owns-and-controls-the-network/
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There is goodness - dare I say real Christianity out there.

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/10/mediterranean-migrant-rescue-pia-klemp/

And no, she is not one of those southern evangelicals or (so far as I know, a traditional Christian. She may not be formally a Christian at all. But, oh, she's the model of what all those Christian hypcrites should be.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article206955.html
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