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by Bjinse on Sun Sep 2nd, 2018 at 08:33:58 PM EST
Episode 147 had an interview with Isa Blumi shilling his new book "Destroying Yemen".

A lot of the pieces rattling around my head now fit better together:
Saudi. Qatar. The UAE, the Brotherhood, Nasser, the British and French of course. Al Jazeera Arabic and English.

Some random claims from the interview:
(Noprth-)Yemen was the only independent Muslim country in the inter-war period and had a relationship with the Soviets from the 20s. They ere allied with Nasser and pan-arabism till shortly before the 1962 war.
There appears to be a lot of unexploited gas fields in Yemen and the Saudis are running out of money and oil(but we knew this since the peak-oil years).
Quatar bought a share in the Clinton(and Obama) clan and lost out.
The Brotherhood was encouraged to grow in British Egypt. Nasser threw them out since they screwed with his land reform plans. He filled the Egyptian Islamic Universities with their opponents. The Saudis jumped into the breach and founded Medina University as an alternative, stuffed with brotherhood scholars. The Brits still smarted from Suez and helped out. There was a falling out and Quatar is now the main backer of the Brotherhood and replaces Saudi as the "pure" Islam for the younger generation, growing up in the Saudi funded mosques, since the Kingdom is just too obviously corrupt.

Well, it got me to buy the book.

by generic on Sun Sep 2nd, 2018 at 09:33:41 PM EST
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Episode 147 of Radio War Nerd.
by generic on Sun Sep 2nd, 2018 at 09:34:32 PM EST
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And got the book. Skimming through the section headings, I see nothing about the 2013 coup in Egypt. At that time we still have the Qatar friendly Obama-Clinton clan in power, yet Morsi was clearly the Qataris' guy.
Wonder how that fits and if it is brought up. On the other hand, that the Saudi's credit line was running out with Biden(D - finance) in office, compared to Cheney(R-Exxon) and the Bush clan makes sense.
One really interesting point that was raised is that there is a fundamental disagreement between the Emirates and Saudi. According to Blumi, the Emirates are hostile to political Islam. They don't really have a populace, and they don't want the foreign workers riled up. In that light, it does make a certain kind of sense that Erik Prince, self professed Christian crusader, would be  based there. And also the reports about clashes between UAE and Saudi backed factions in southern Yemen.
by generic on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 07:50:10 PM EST
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Now open to non-suscribers
by generic on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 09:59:25 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 01:34:17 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 05:26:47 PM EST
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Imagine being this guy:
Gordon H. Chang - Wikipedia
Gordon Hsiao-shu Chang (张少书 Zhāng Shàoshū; born 1948) is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and a professor of American history at Stanford University. His academic interests lie in the connection between race and ethnicity in America, and American foreign relations. He has written on Asian-American history and US-East Asian interactions,[1] and he also researches the fields of U.S. diplomacy, the U.S.-Soviet cold war, modern China and international security.[2]

Chang is the author of Friends and Enemies: The United States, China and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972 (1990), Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945 (1997), Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration (2001), Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present (2006), Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (2008), and Fateful Ties: A History of America's Preoccupation with China (2015).

Harvard Professor. Expert on China. Not wrong about everything. Not the Gordon Chang who campes out on cable TV.
by generic on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 06:13:56 PM EST
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Imagine being this guy

Can't do it.

I am all too often reminded of my limitations!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 07:52:46 PM EST
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White South African workers protest against Sasol's black ["]share["] scheme
Workers from South Africa's mainly-white Solidarity union staged a go-slow protest at the petrochemicals firm Sasol on Monday over a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff, and said they would begin a full strike on Thursday.

South African companies are required to meet quotas [!] on black ownership, employment and procurement as part of a drive to reverse decades of exclusion under apartheid. Meeting the rules makes a company more likely to qualify for government tenders.

Equity, equities, and impaired assets?
Solidarity has been waging a challenge against racial quotas in the workplace, and lodged a complaint against the policy in 2016 with the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

Sasol, the world leader in technology that converts coal and gas to fuel, has sold 25 percent of its local operations to qualifying [?] black employees, a foundation and the black public in a 21 billion rand ($1.5 billion) deal financed [?] by the company ["out of thin air"]. ...

3. How are Black people defined in the Sasol Khanyisa Transaction?

The definition of "Black people" is contained in the B-BBEE Act, which currently means Africans [BWAH!], Coloureds and Indians who are citizens of South Africa --

  • by birth or descent or
  • who became citizens of South Africa by naturalisation before 27 April 1994;
  • on or after 27 April 1994 and who would have been entitled to acquire citizenship by naturalisation prior to that date.
4. How many shares or rights to shares will each participant receive?
Employee Participants
- Sasol employees participating in Sasol Inzalo trusts:
-who are actively employed at the inception of Sasol Khanyisa;
-will each receive, at no cost to the employee, vested rights in SOL or SOLBE1 shares to the value of R100 000 (once off share award);
-this will be subject to tax when vesting takes place;
-whieh will give full ownership in 3 years' time (2021), provided that an employee is still in the employ of Sasol group [US-Eng., Restricted Stock Units]; ...
Solidarity said the scheme was discriminatory and that it would file a complaint to U.S. regulators [!]. Sasol also operates in the United States.
Sasol says it's ready for Solidarity's 'clever strike'
"They need the skilled workers [for the shutdown] and we are the skilled workers."

archived < cough, cough >
"Cynthia, where are my reparations?!"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 04:44:20 PM EST
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Thompson, Debra, "Nation and Miscegnation: Comparing anti-miscegenation regulation in North America" (2008)
I contend that we cannot understand the regulation of interracial relationships in comparative context without reference to racial ideas. An emphasis on the autonomy and influence of ideas about race will reveal a number of themes that permeate the regulation of interracial intimacies in both Canada and the United States: the transgression of gendered/raced social boundaries; the exposure of raced/gendered sexualities; the interlocking and mutually reinforcing nature of patriarchal, white supremacist and capitalist systems of domination; the threat of non-white access to white capital; the potential of mixed-race progeny; and the predicament of racial categorization precisely at the points at which categories come undone, classification schema crumble and 'race' is most clearly illustrated as a social and political construction with real consequences. Above all else, this paper will reveal the law as an important site where boundaries around identities are created and manipulated. Our purpose, among others, is to explore why the boundaries of race and gender lie where they do and to expose that the determination of inclusiveness and exclusivity of racial categorizations are neither obvious nor given.
needs moar economic theories

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 05:25:31 PM EST
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Skinheads on trial in Paris in death of teenage anti-fascism activist Clément Méric
From the start, antifa* activists have deemed Méric's death a "political killing" while right-wing extremists have claimed the accused acted in legitimate "self-defence".
The trial is scheduled to span two weeks. The accused, ultra-right-wing activists Esteban Morillo and Samuel Dufour, both 25, are charged with violence leading - involuntarily [?] - to Méric's death, committed in a group and using a weapon, brass knuckles.
What was the question?
The trial will address pressing questions that have hung over the case since that late-spring evening five years [!] ago: Was a weapon used and did the accused intend to kill Méric, or was his death the result of a brawl gone wrong.
India 'assassination' plot reaches Paris, but credibility is lost in translation*
The roots of the case however go back to December 2017 and are centred around India's caste politics, a powder-keg issue in a country where, it's often said, citizens don't cast their vote, they vote their caste [!]. On December 31, 2017, tens of thousands of people - primarily members of India's downtrodden Dalit community - started gathering in the small town of Bhima Koregaon near the western Indian city of Pune for the annual commemoration of the January 1, 1818 Battle of Koregaon.
"The Modi government is veering towards full Erdogan [!], arresting people in the middle of the night, detaining social activists and journalists across the country under very vague provisions of the Unlawful Activities Act merely for the possession of books written by authors deemed leftist and activist pamphlets from as far back as the 1970s. These are taken to constitute active membership in a plot," said Mira Kamdar, a Paris-based author of the book, India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
However when a public prosecutor revealed the "terrorist" assassination plotters were part of an "anti-fascist* front", it drew howls of laughter across the country. Wags noted that they had no idea that fighting fascism was a terror offence. The government's critics meanwhile relished the fact that the public prosecutor had inadvertently admitted that the BJP was fascist.

* Last week Jeffrey Toobin, cosmopolitan CNN celebrity, tried a joke at parochial US Americans' expense. He was  derided on Twitter as racist, when he said in part, "Antifa is widely perceived as an African American organization" [since  any "Black bloc" in the USA is a euphemism for African American voters' "widely perceived" uniform preference for and statistical contribution to Democratic Party candidate election]. Bad timing, wrong audience: Network operators were quick to credit "white" Americans for anti-fascist agitation or Mr Trump for "appeals to racism".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 12:21:00 AM EST
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moar US-Eng. paranomasia: "full Erdogan" vs the Black Bloc

KIRK LAZARUS: I know who I am. I'm the dude playin' the dude, disguised as another dude!
Everybody knows you never go full [retard].
What was the question?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 01:36:36 PM EST
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KOREA TIMES | Abortion crackdown leaves women on edge
On Aug. 17, some 2,500 OB-GYN doctors in the country announced they would boycott all abortions, signaling a new low point in the growing discontent at the nation's 65-year-old abortion ban.

Abortion is banned in Korea by criminal law. Unlike neighboring Japan, where the abortion ban can be overruled for socioeconomic reasons, abortions are only allowed here in cases of rape, high chances of birth defects, or significant health risks for the woman.
"I'm not sure if they made this abortion boycott decision with women's health in mind," Kim [Dong-suk, head of the Korean College of OB-GYNK] said. "Designating abortions as immoral acts or declaring an abortion boycott will not stop abortions; it will just increase the number of dangerous operations that threaten women's health."
And in May this year, the Constitutional Court held a high-profile debate on the constitutionality of the abortion ban before making its decision on the issue. However, the ruling was delayed indefinitely, the Constitutional Court confirmed with The Korea Times, Thursday. And the promised government research has not been started for the past two months.
"Women who are economically better off will probably be able to go to China or Japan to get an abortion but those without money or a social network will suffer more," said Koh Kyung-sim, a retired obstetrician and a member the Physicians' Association for Humanism who testified in favor of overturning the abortion ban at the Constitutional Court in May. "If OB-GYN doctors refuse to perform the operation, many women will miss the ideal time period for a safe operation."

Online abortion ads: Doctors defend right to inform patients, Aug 2018
Women rally against criminalization of abortion, June 2018
reproductiverights.org, map

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 12:52:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 01:18:14 PM EST
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Mary T. Harris Jones, 1912-1913
"I had this not well formed impression of her being this mythical person. I wasn't sure how much I believed my dad. I thought he might have been exaggerating about her antics. I learned about her life, especially her earlier life, and some of the tragedy she lived through - it shaped who she became."

"She was born in 1838 in Cork, Ireland. She was a child during the famine. Her father moved the family to North America during the 1840s. He first came with his son and then the rest of the family came later. She was a young lady in Canada. And then Chicago. And she became a school teacher. She moved to Memphis where she married a union laborer named George Jones. They had four kids."

"Then in 1867, her husband and all four kids died of yellow fever [!] within one week. ...
Do the politics of this era resonate with you now?

"For one thing, it seems we haven't learned the lessons. Things haven't changed that much. The way the wealthy class treats the working class. It has sort of reverted back. There is this attitude that people of lower income classes can be taken advantage of and it's okay. Somehow, they don't have the rights of the upper classes."

"For many people, it's not an overt [!] conscious way of thinking or of believing, but it's sort of ingrained in our politics, in our culture and in our economy."

Mother Jones, a journal on everything but exploitation of labor

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 05:30:43 PM EST
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You cannot serve both God and mammon

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 05:58:47 PM EST
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Despite Trump administration tariff antics  last week --"sectoral sanctions" and "essential security interests"-- over South Korean-DPRK's plan to sign a bi-lateral peace treaty, "long-range missiles were nowhere to be seen."

DPRK's founding anniversary parade highlights economic development

An array of industrial workers wearing uniforms and helmets were among the participants. A slogan of "All our might to build the economy" and working scenes of agriculture, fisheries and metallurgy were among the floats.
As a sign of improving ties between Pyongyang and Seoul, the parade also featured a float under the theme of national reunification. The float was decorated with a board showing the Panmunjom Declaration, the June 15th North-South Joint Declaration and the Oct. 4 Joint Declaration.
brilliant if unexpected positioning, really, in the annals of martyrs for peace. After all, US will move forward with plans to literally crush Korean society. Punters somewhere are already placing bets on number of punitive sanction and tariff rounds forthcoming ... before some asshat in the odious endorses GI "safety checks" criss-crossing the penninsula.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 at 07:16:29 PM EST
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Trump - Kim bi-lateral summit is on, again.
You know, the drill.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 12:04:58 PM EST
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CAPTION: South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) hold working-level talks on military affairs at Tongilgak, a DPRK building in the border village of Panmunjom, Sept. 13, 2018. The military talks came ahead of the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled to be held in Pyongyang for three days from Sept. 18. (Xinhua/Ministry of National Defense of South Korea)

< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 05:58:20 PM EST
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Opposition party blocks ratification of Panmunjom Declaration based on costs
"There needs to be a big picture for inter-Korean relations."

The opening of a permanent channel for deliberations between South and North Korean officials in the face of US opposition serves as another stepping stone toward the success of the upcoming inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.(provided by the Ministry of Unification)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 06:16:25 PM EST
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State Department approves $2.6B (KRW 2,855,563,496,500.00) arms sales to South Korea
The LKP approved the package of Boeing P-8 aircraft and Lockheed Patriot missiles for just 99 easy payments of 27.8B won/year.

cue Krugman

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 07:45:55 PM EST
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UN Command allows materials for inter-Korean railway cooperation to cross MDL
China, Russia and Japan reveal position on inter-Korean affairs at Eastern Economic Forum
Abe obstinate tho' Japan and RU are not even parties to the armistice. The UN and China are. Allies are regrouping.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 16th, 2018 at 03:16:28 PM EST
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"Criticism of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire," said Charlie Hebdo, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which owns the Herald Sun.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Sep 12th, 2018 at 12:09:16 AM EST
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He's called Charlie Hebdo??? Seriously???

Methinks someone is taking the piss rather offensively

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Sep 17th, 2018 at 09:33:57 PM EST
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Sorry, Helen. That was me being mischievous.
(Come on, now. We've got to practice interpreting one-line links and rickrolling for when the Article 11, Article 13 Apocalypse comes.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 18th, 2018 at 03:59:45 AM EST
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Shaul Horev dropped a bombshell, but hardly anyone noticed. Horev, an Israel Defense Forces reservist brigadier general who has served, among other posts, as the navy chief of staff and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, is currently director of the Research Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy at the University of Haifa. At the end of August, the center held a conference, to which participants from the United States were invited, to examine security issues relating to Israel and the Mediterranean region.

In an interview with the religious-Zionist media outlet Arutz Sheva, Prof. Horev noted that one topic that came up at the event was Chinese investments in Mediterranean ports, and in Israel in particular. Pointing out that a Chinese company will soon start operating Haifa Port, he said that Israel needs to create a mechanism that will examine Chinese investments to ensure that they do not put Israel's security interests at risk.

"When China acquires ports," Horev said, "it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact? We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised the question of whether the U.S. Sixth Fleet can see Haifa as a home port. In light of the Chinese takeover, the question is no longer on the agenda."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 14th, 2018 at 08:36:36 AM EST
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A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front - Bernie Sanders

While these regimes may differ in some respects, they share key attributes: hostility toward democratic norms, antagonism toward a free press, intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities, and a belief that government should benefit their own selfish financial interests. These leaders are also deeply connected to a network of multi-billionaire oligarchs who see the world as their economic plaything.

Those of us who believe in democracy, who believe that a government must be accountable to its people, must understand the scope of this challenge if we are to effectively confront it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Sep 14th, 2018 at 10:53:43 AM EST
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Added item written by Bernie Sanders to my diary ...

Europe's Four Freedoms - [Update]

Big update with Opinion piece in The Guardian by Bernie Sanders - a man speaking his mind and from the heart!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Sep 14th, 2018 at 07:17:09 PM EST
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Our new international movement will fight rising fascism and globalists - Yanis Varoufakis

Our era will be remembered for the triumphant march of a globally unifying rightwing - a Nationalist International - that sprang out of the cesspool of financialised capitalism. Whether it will also be remembered for a successful humanist challenge to this menace depends on the willingness of progressives in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom as well as countries like Mexico, India and South Africa, to forge a coherent Progressive International.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Sep 14th, 2018 at 10:56:23 AM EST
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