Saudi Arabia

"The logic of cultural reductionism goes as follows: Muslim women are uniquely oppressed women. Their oppression is caused by their society’s uniquely anti-women culture, i.e. Muslim culture. This culture is the polar opposite of Western civilization, which, obviously, allowed Western women to progress and advance to the point of parity with men. Western women’s oppression (if it exists), is either negligible or is caused by a few, degenerated uncivilized submen individuals. In other words, it is not systemic, but interpersonal and racial; resulting from the animalistic predatory Black men and genetically degenerated poor whites. In order to prevent these interpersonal transgressions from these degenerated/uncivilized submen individuals, there should be a more robust patriarchal involvement in the national community to protect Western/white women."

The Feminist Movement in Saudi Arabia

EU's Freedom Fighters

Refugees

Egypt

The Franco-Egyptian Initiative for Rights and Freedoms published a letter to France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, calling on his government to “seriously consider its responsibilities concerning the use of French weapons against peaceful protesters”.

My comment: Why should Macron consider that? Like his predecessors, he is elected democratically to carry out a democratic mandate by millions who believe in capitalist democracy... His predecessors too supported Mubarak's regime in different ways. 

Voting democratically for men and women who prop up dictators is part of the democratic tradition. When I go to the ballot box I have a shopping list why I am choosing this or that candidate. Complicity in repression, debt enslaving, and underdevelopment of others perpetuated by the governments who I voted for in the past are not in my shopping list. So, I continue exercising my democratic right. In fact, I am denying the others to have the possibility to gain democractic rights.



Yemen

"Many international commentators continue to present the war in Yemen through the lens of Saudi Arabian intervention or sectarian conflict, [or both].

In essence, Yemeni internal stability has been undermined by widespread political disenfranchisement and socio-economic marginalisation. The Houthis exploited this alienation, which was not merely sectarian – many Zaydi Shiites rejected their message as anachronistic and anti-democratic, while many Sunnis shared their non-sectarian resentments."

So far so good.

But, like in Syria, it is convenient to give predominance to "sectarianism." It is good for both imperialism and "Western" public consumption.

Note: Al-Arabiya is an arm of the Saudi propaganda machine. For that obvious reason there is no mention of the Saudi, and the Emirati, crimes in Yemen. That does not invalidate the analysis that the conflict is originally 'a homegrown affair." 

The war in Yemen is a homegrown affair

Related:
A page from Yemen's modern history
A book: The Dark Side of Democracy by Michael Mann

Books

Migration

"Since the late 1980s, US migration controls have worked to discipline low-wage migrant labor, ensuring the availability of a population of vulnerable, deportable workers for exploitation by US capital. After the 2008 financial crisis, however, the deportation machine kicked into high gear, earning Obama the title of 'Deporter in Chief.'
Under Trump, the expansion of the war on migrants has reached dystopic dimensions."

Migrants on the Front Lines of Global Class War

But if you are "an Iraqi who helped the US military" or from persecuted religious minorities [Rohignyan? I doubt it], you are in.

Colonial History: Tunisia

Alternatives

I have just finished reading this great book (available here). It is a very good discussion of what capitalism is and the real and possible alternatives. The focus is on the developed capitalist countries.

And I agree with Ben Tarnoff when he wrote, reviewing Erik Olin Wright's last book, that "Wright writes with an unusual combination of clarity, depth and warmth. He engages generously with opposing arguments. He acknowledges difficulty and complexity. He exudes a democratic respect for his reader. Democracy, in fact, is the essence of his socialism. For him, a just society would enact democracy in its deepest sense. He wants a world where everyone has access to the 'material and social means necessary to live a flourishing life” and the opportunity “to participate meaningfully in decisions about things that affect their lives'."



Britain

From the British Labour Party special conference

"The report also makes it clear that there should be no return to old models of nationalisation that were adopted after second world war.  They were state industries designed mainly to modernise the economy and provide basic industries to subsidise the capitalist sector.  There was no democracy and no input from workers or even government in the state enterprises and certainly no integration into any wider plan for investment or social need.  This was so-called ‘Morrisonian model’ named after right-wing Labour leader Herbert Morrison, who oversaw the post-war UK nationalisations."

Models of public ownership

Allies of State Violence

Sheikh Imam mocked all of them—from the one who paid lip service to "socialism" to the most venerated Arab singer.


Egypt

The Devastation of Nature

Only a rational economy can stop the devastation of nature

An economy that abolishes the private ownership of the means of producing wealth and finance, and combines democratic production, distribution and consumption.

Roosevelt and Palestine

Imperialist designs

"What I think I will do," he [Roosevelt] told Morgenthau, "is this. First, I would Palestine a religious country. Then I would leave Jerusalem the way it is and have it run by the Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, the Protestants, and the Jews—have a joint committee run it...I actually would put a barbed wire around Palestine...I would provide land for the Arabs in some other part of the Middle East... Each time we move out an Arab we would bring in another Jewish family... But I don't want to bring in more than they can economically support... Naturally, if there are 90 per cent Jews, the Jews would dominate ..."

Sources of the quote

Russia

"While official anti-corruption campaigns are at best a PR exercise, the opposition’s drive to weed out corruption rests on the idea that corruption is an incidental addition to the system, which could be made to function more fairly and rationally without it. Yet this is to mistake a feature for a glitch: the orgies of illicit enrichment Navalny and others rightly attack are not simply a product of the personal greed of Putin’s colleagues, they are part of the system’s very architecture. Far from being an extraneous or incidental aspect of contemporary Russian capitalism, corruption has been built into it from the outset."

Russia's appointed billionaires

Organised Crime in the City

But in continental Europe what Le Monde has described as the “robbery of the century” has done almost as much to shape the view of Britain as Brexit itself. Dutch media has called it “organised crime in pinstripe suits” and one of the original German whistleblowers saying he now welcomes Britain’s exit from the EU in the hope it could weaken the influence of London investment banking on European financial institutions.

"The men who plundered Europe"

You see, our capitalist system, "liberal democracy", does something against crime and "the bad apples". Have faith in regulations and the judicial system. There is no need to be radical about it, advocating nationalisation and democratic control of the banks and the economy

Egypt

The same structures persist 

A corrupt gang is building palaces while 60 percent of Egyptians, according to the World Bank, are either poor or vulnerable. The national statistics agency found that 33 percent of the population were classified poor last hear.

Young people have again taken to the street, calling for the El-Sisi to step dow. The objective of overthrowing military rule is no longer prevalent.

"Build your palaces from our sweat and hard work."


"Nothing impresses me ..."



A passenger on the bus says…
Nothing impresses me.
Not the radio, the morning newspapers,
Or the fortresses on hills.
I long for a weep.
The bus driver says:
Wait until we reach the station, 
And weep alone as you can.
A lady says: Me too.
Nothing impresses me.
I spoiled my son upon my grave,
He enjoyed it and slept without saying goodbye.
A university student says:
Me neither. Nothing impresses me.
I studied archeology without finding
An identity in stones. Am I really me?
A solider says: Me too. 
Nothing impresses me.
I guard a ghost that always haunts me.
The angry driver replies: 
We are close to our last stop, 
Get ready to leave.
They scream: 
We want what is beyond the station, so go.
As for me, I say: Drop me here. 
I am like them,
nothing impresses me.
But I am tired from traveling. 


—Mahmoud Darwish

Egypt

Syria

A World Without Palestinians

It doesn’t take Ariel long to get used to this new world without Palestinians. He and others do feel flashes of regret and fear. A bartender at the nearby Chez George tells Ariel, "Maybe the Arabs will crawl out of every corner like zombies and return to exact revenge." But twenty-four hours after the disappearance, no zombies show up. In fact, "They didn’t find a single drop of blood. They were relieved that the army either wasn’t responsible for the disappearance, or it had executed it perfectly

The Book of Disappearance

Related:
Overcoming Zionism by Joel Kovel 

Racism in Europe

"Europe's so-called migration crisis can be understood as a fierce and multi-sided transnational social conflict of which racism and racist forces are one part. In order to understand racism in Europe today, then, it is productive to analyse the social struggles and structural contradictions associated with migration and border regimes which are shaped by racism and in turn shape racism's dynamic."

The Role of Racism in the European "Migration Crisis"
A must read

Islamophobia in France

Why is the French left tearing itself apart over the pertinence of the term “Islamophobia,” even when this is one of the most visible forms of racism in France?

No, we don't have the "right to be Islamophobic"

Turkish state repression

Israel

"Most Israelis have never considered the Jordan Valley occupied territory. Ever since our colonialist enterprise began, its settlers have been seen as “residents,” and even as pioneers, while its settlements have been seen as kibbutzim and moshavim – more stellar examples of Zionism.

In those settlements there are no prayer shawls and ritual fringes – there are Jewish masters and Thai farm laborers, like in every kibbutz and moshav. Also Palestinian farm laborers who earn shameful, exploitative, criminal wages. The Labor Party, the first and foremost party of occupation, has seen the Jordan Valley as an inseparable part of any agreement ever since the 1967 Allon Plan, which deserves to be remembered and condemned because no other plan has done more to perpetuate the occupation."


We live in a world of radical ignorance, and the marvel is that any kind of truth cuts through the noise,” says Proctor. Even though knowledge is ‘accessible’, it does not mean it is accessed, he warns. 

Although for most things this is trivial – like, for example, the boiling point of mercury – but for bigger questions of political and philosophical import, the knowledge people have often comes from faith or tradition, or propaganda, more than anywhere else.”

 —Robert Proctor, Science Historian, Standford University, the BBC, 2016 
Book review
"War in Syria: Resolving a Global Conflict"

I think Ms Helberg, or the reviewer, is wrong in saying people "took to the streets without ideological blinkers" and among them was Yassin al-Haj Salah. It seems there is a lack of familiarity with Al-Haj Saleh's writings and positions. He is in fact a very ideological Syrian leftist who fought the regime, imprisoned, and he is still ideological leftist and anti-dictatorhsip and anti-imperialist. Dismissing ideology is a phantasy. The question is which ideology and whose interests? Is it progressive or reactionary, or "antiquated" as al-Haj Salah calls it:

"Overall, the fast-moving current of antiquation that is engulfing us all appears to be a result of three springs merging into one: the spring of religion, which offers legitimacy to existing and soon-to-exist despotic authorities; the spring of despotic states that receive assistance and legitimacy from a world system centered around stability; and the spring of this world-system itself, which acts as a pillar for different forms of discrimination, privilege and prejudice. The antiquated is a mixture of discrimination and prejudice protected by force, which in turn protects privilege. It is the face of rising reactionarism in today’s world.

I am referring to the interlacing of three factors. The US and the West more generally, including Israel, dominate the world system; it is Syria’s bad fortune that Russia too is a partner in this domination. I am inclined to consider the world system as the dynamic source of antiquation in our lives; the source of reactionary tendencies, including religious brutality and states’ despotism. That is because the strongest archaic is the archaic of the strongest. The democratic West is the patron of Israel and Saudi Arabia. It is largely thanks to the democratic West that al-Qaeda was established (which emerged from jihadi movement in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union in 1980s), and the West is the structural supporter of state despotism, even when it may make the political choice to not support some such states."



Regards
Nèdeem نديم

"Making Britain great again"

Protecting Saudi Arabia

Protecting Saudi Arabia is part of protecting geo-political allies, which is part of ensuring hegemony of some over others, which is part of enuring the survival of a regime, which is part of ensuring the outflow of capital, which is also part of fueling wars, which is part of "our European way of life", which is part of a long-term hypocrisy and trail of crimes and complicity in crimes. 

"President Macron and Angela Merkel have signed a secret deal in an attempt to ease Franco-German friction over arms exports, notably to Saudi Arabia.

The agreement is designed to stop Berlin from blocking the sale of French weapons that contain German parts to countries with questionable human rights records.

There is anger in Paris over Germany’s human rights policy, which the French say is undermining attempts to move towards a common European defence. The row has cast a shadow over efforts by the two countries to relaunch their alliance."

The Times online, 16 September 2019
Alongside the conservative nationalism of the right, which emphasises tradition, religion or ethnicity, there are liberal nationalisms that can be just as powerful and as exclusionary. Think of the way that British governments, from the 1990s on, have made a forceful distinction between deserving and undeserving migrants: for instance, in policing access to the welfare state. Or of the way in which supposedly European values of tolerance and free speech are deployed in order to stigmatise outsiders who, for religious or cultural reasons, are assumed not to share them.

'Protecting the European way of life' from migrants
"Stolen [by Grace Blakeley] leads the reader through the various periods of Anglo-American capitalist development from 1945 to the Great Recession of 2008-9 and beyond.  And it finishes with some policy proposals to end the thievery with a new (post-financialisation) economic model that will benefit working people. This is compelling stuff. But is Blakeley’s account of the nature of modern Anglo-American capitalism and on the causes of recurring crises in capitalist production correct?

An accessible read/economics made simple

Theft or exploitation — a review of Grace Blakeley's Stolen 

Related:

It's not just profitability
Education and beyond


According to the Times Higher Education,
Phil Baty, THE’s chief knowledge officer, said that, based on current trends and with Brexit looming, Germany was “poised to overtake the UK as Europe’s number one higher education nation”, thanks to its extra research spending, increased focus on internationalisation and successful excellence initiative.  
Meanwhile, mainland China has continued its ascent of the rankings this year and is now home to the top two universities in Asia for the first time. Tsinghua University holds on to the number one spot in the region, despite dropping one place since last year to 23rd, while Peking University is now second in Asia and 24th overall, after rising seven places. The National University of Singapore drops two places to 25th.
It should be born in mind that in both Germany and China public higher education is free.
Another area that reflects the decline of Britain.

Netanyahu's pledge to annex 30 percent of the West Bank

The Arab League regards Netanyahu's statements as undermining the chance for peace, Arab ministers called it a dangerous development, Qatar criticised Israel, Turkey slammed the pledge as racist, Saudi Arabia called for an emergency meeting, the United Nations said the pledge had no legal effects... A few months ago student in London, an American, applauded the "normalisation process between some Gulf states and the Israeli state..."

The Iraqi poet Mudhafar Al-Nawaab:

Sons of a bitch
A pigs' sty is cleaner than the cleanest among you
Oh, subdued rulers
And subdued people
How dirty we are! How dirty we are!
How dirty we are and we are proud of it!
I exclude no one.

Is a motherland ruled by royal thighs
A motherland or a whorehouse?

What is it called an Arab situation masturbating
Before the peace processes
And drinking with the villain?

I scream at you
Where is your pride?
Are you Arabs.. humans.. animals?

Die, you princes of invasion
It will be ruins..it will be ruins
It will be ruins
This nation must learn a lesson in ruination.

(My translation)




Chile: 11 September 45 years ago

"The contrast between the beauty and the brutality that people are capable of was inescapable. The social power people invest in music became a permanent part of my thinking. Notable for its absence in the time after the coup was the nueva canción (new song) folk music movement. Urban musicians had taken rural traditional music and transformed it into inspirational expressions calling for human dignity, equality and compassion. The military regime outlawed it, and it disappeared entirely from the public Chilean soundscape. Overnight, peñas—gathering places for nueva canción musicians and fans—became a thing of the past. It was risky to play or even possess instruments such as the quena flute or the charango guitar because of their association with the socialist movement."


An Eyewitness of Pinochet's Coup
"The Prince [of Edinburgh] is the repository of all the colonial past and all the class privileges of the present. His racist remarks should not be whitewashed or camouflaged. They need to be properly, accurately, and verbatim catalogued in the British Library and made available to future generations of scholars and critical thinkers, anthropologists of the racist foregrounding of European imperialism for careful and close analysis. They are the insignia of an entire semiology of colonial racism in full-blown aristocratic diction. From the rampant racism now dominant in Israel to pernicious xenophobia evident in Trump's America, it's all there: rooted in these unhinged expletives in polite, aristocratic British English."

The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh
The Beauty and the Beast

"We are the villagers and the villagers are us, and we see these commands everywhere. Because you’re worth it. Be my baby. Like a virgin. i’m lovin’ it. Impossible is nothing. Quality never goes out of style. Just Do It. Make America Great Again. The Will of the People. Mut zur Warheit. Prima gli Italiani. Build the Wall. Kill the Beast."

Seductive Fascist Style
Germany

"Male members have always outnumbered women in radical right terrorist groups in Germany. Yet a closer look reveals that women have regularly taken part in radical right terrorist activities but their role has been widely neglected so far."

The role of women in radical right terrorism
British Airways strike

"Balpa has rejected a pay rise of 11.9% over three years, arguing for a profit share for its members, who have accepted cuts to pay and pensions in previous years but now argue they should get more because the company is posting record profits."

Greedy pilots!

Marxism, Stalinism, Jesus

 Via Edward Maltby

How to explain Marxism to a Financial Times reader


Similarly, take the idea/l of democracy, you wouldn't blame it for the 20th century horrors that wrecked Europe. Those were the consequences of the contradictions of capitalism and imperialism. Or, in a more subtle way, they were the "dark side" of capitalist democracy, not of the ideal of democracy per se.

In wikepedia entries on the nature of former Eastern European regimes, pervasive and unhelpful conflation of "socialism", "communism" and "Stalinism" is abound. Poland, for example, according to wikipedia, was socialist before 1990. 

"Would you host a refugee in your home?"

Why would/should I? Are refugees humans? They have a (very) different culture from mine, they don't know "Western values", hosting them would encourage more refugees to come and change our 'homogenous' society, take our jobs and live on benefits....We have worked hard to make our country propserous and rich, why should other people share our wealth with us? And one day some of them might blow us up...If you asked me whether I would host a stray cat or dog, that would be a reasonable question...

If you agree with the above, I am sure you would relate to this man and host him in your home than to the Syrian children, women and men who were made refugees.
Tapia points out that “the evolution of CO2 emissions and the economy in the past half century leaves no room to doubt that emissions are directly connected with economic growth. The only periods in which the greenhouse emissions that are destroying the stability of the Earth climate have declined have been the years in which the world economy has ceased growing and has contracted, i.e., during economic crises. From the point of view of climate change, economic crises are a blessing, while economic prosperity is a scourge.”

Climate change and mitigation


Related:

Climate change, uneven development and poverty, obscene inequality, comsumerism, destruction of the environment, exploitation, etc. Is there a solution?

Instead of inventing ways to minimize resource consumption, our smartest companies like Apple and Google work only to invent “needs” we don’t really need: drones, robots, iPhones 5-6-7, 3D printers, hoverboards, the “Internet of Things,” self-driving cars, biometric T-shirts, electric planes—the endless quest for “the next big thing,” but really just new ways to devour more resources and convert them into “product.” Instead of making products to be as durable and long-lasting as possible to conserve resources, our top companies pay their brilliant engineers, designers, and marketers to devise ways to make them wear out faster, to become obsolete, disposable, replaced in ever-faster cycles. 
Syria as a globalised war

A critical liberal view of the West, bit it is wishful thinking.

"Europe's fear of refugees is the only thing that can save Syria"

Hong Kong

A powerful, but oft-ignored factor underlying the frustrations of Hong Kong’s people is inequality. And, contrary to the prevailing pro-democracy narrative, the failure of Hong Kong’s autonomous government to address the problem stems from the electoral politics to which the protesters are so committed

Hong Kong - the least affordable city on earth; where the inequality ratio is among the highest. A capitalist enclave left over by British imperialism.

Via Michael Roberts

"The cosiness between Hong Kong’s tycoons and government – both locally and extending to Beijing – a nexus blamed by many of the city’s street protesters today as the major cause of their woes: one of the developed world’s widest income gaps in the least affordable housing market on earth."

The fortunes of Hong Kong’s 75 wealthiest billionaires – estimated at US$224 billion in 2013 – made up nearly 82 per cent of the city’s gross domestic product, according to Wealth-X’s Billionaire Census. By last year, the tycoon class had ballooned to 93 with US$315 billion in assets, or 86.6 per cent of the city’s GDP, the census showed.

The remainder of Hong Kong’s population became poorer, with a record 1.37 million residents living below the poverty line last year, eking out a living on as little as HK$4,000 (US$510) a month, according to government data.

"Despite having fiscal reserves of more than HKD$1.2 trillion ($147 billion), Hong Kong’s autonomous government has failed to address inequality, precisely because of the electoral politics to which the protesters are so committed. The city’s Legislative Council – whose members are elected through a complicated process based on proportional representation – is too politically and ideologically divided to reach consensus."
A BBC journalist makes an atrocious "explanation" of atrocities

Allan Little speaks about how hatred combined with fear are mobilised to commit atrocities throughout history! I emailed the BBC requesting the scholars and the studies Little relied upon to make his claims, for he never mentions a single source or authority on the subject. I am still waiting fir a response.

In The Dark Side of Democracy, an article (which is also the title of his book), the prominent sociologist Michael Mann included in his analysis of genocide and mass killings an excellent discussion of other scholars of the subject. (Michael Mann 1999)

"Murderous ethnic and political cleansing is seen as a regression to the primitive—essentially anti-modern—and is committed by backward or marginal groups manipulated by clever and dangerous politicians. Blame the politicians, the sadists, the terrible Serbs (or Croats) or the primitive Hutus (or Tutsis)—for their actions  have little to do with us. An alternative  view—often  derived from a religious perspective—sees the capacity for evil as a universal attribute of human beings,  whether ‘civilized’ or not. This is true, yet capacity for evil only becomes actualized  in  certain circumstances, and, in the case of genocide, these seem less primitive than distinctly modern."

Leo Kuper (1981) "essentially founded genocide studies by noting that the modern  state’s monopoly of sovereignty over a territory that was, in reality, culturally plural and economically stratified created both the desire and the power to commit genocide.

Roger Smith has stressed that genocide has usually been a deliberate instrument of modern state policy." (R. Smith in Genocide and the Modern Age, 1987)

Allan Little mentions only a small-scale "atrocity committed by 'a democracy': My Lai, during the Vietnam War—which, when exposed, was indeed prosecuted and condemned by American democracy." This echoes Rudolph Rummel (1994) who "fails  to distinguish the more important cases of 'democratic mass killings’, like the fire-bombing of Dresden or Tokyo, the dropping of the atomic bombs or the napalming of the Vietnamese countryside—whose casualties he also minimizes.   Though  some degree of military secrecy was obviously maintained in these cases, nonetheless, the American and British governments took these decisions according to due democratic constitutional process." (See Michael Mann's The Dark Side of Democracy)

"After all," states Mann, "almost all historical  régimes were authoritarian yet did not  commit mass murder."

Robert  Melson (1992) "does not note that the growth of the ideologies of nation, race and class, which were used to legitimate genocide, all surged in modern times with or without the 
accompaniment of revolution or war..."

We must realize, emphasises Mann, "that this has been the perverted product of the most sacred institution of Western modernity: democracy. For genocide can be   seen in two distinct ways as  ‘the dark side of democracy’—the most undesirable consequence of the modern practice of vesting  political  legitimacy in  ‘the people'."

Genocide occurred very rarely in the centuries preceding the twentieth-century.

I can only wonder what such an explanation with no reference to any authoritative study indicates and the impact of such dessimination of mediocrity in "raising the educational level" of the Brits and others.
Humans facing violence at home and violence abroad

Just replace each of the photographs by stories of animals and they would see showers of millions of likes and messages of solidarity and tears.

A Polish taxi-driver told me today that the priority is to Christian and skilled Ukrainians coming to Poland, not to Syrians, for example. I refrained from telling him: You are right. What would the Polish gain from "Syrian infidels with backward culture and backward religion? Wasn't the Polish regime part of the imperialist 2003 invasion of Iraq? Who made the situation there worse? Why did we get such a wave of refugees in the past few years? And I hope the ordinary Polish have gained something from their government's adventure in joining that criminal invasion and destruction. 

Today the Polish givernment is rewriting history, including criminalising anyone who says that some Polish were involved in the Nazi extermination of the Jews on Polish soil.

I managed to tell him, without being thrown out of the taxi, that Poland has joined the club of Orbán and Trump, and that it is easier for Tunisian women to have abortion in Tunisia than for the Polish women to have abortion in Poland.

'Like a mouse in a trap'
Tunisia's 2019 presidential elections

A funny photo of the liberal candidad Mohamed Abbou with the slogan, "A Strong and Just State". Two unachievable objectives.
There are two women running for the presidency.


Britain

"It was conflict inside the Tory party that led to the current political paralysis, a fact that Johnson wants the public to forget.

In an insightful TV documentary made by the former Tory Minister Michael Portillo, party grandees explain that the Tory party is the oldest and most successful ruling party in the world. It ruled before the majority of British people had the right to vote, and it crystalized its power and philosophy in the period of an expanding British Empire. 

However, as the Empire ended in the wake of two world wars, the British ruling class, its elite school networks, its aristocracy, its landowners, its bankers, and its large capitalist barons, could no longer rule in the old way. And during the same period popular reverence and respect for the elite faded away. 


After WWII, British capitalism was forced to submit to the sway of American global power. Britain became the staunchest U.S. ally and pursued economic policies that came to be known as the Anglo-American variety of capitalism, in which "free markets" act as the guiding star. 
Indeed, it was Britain that pushed the EU to adopt such a "neo-liberal" approach. Johnson hopes that a post Brexit Britain will find new trading partners, but this will no doubt focus on reviving influence over its former colonies. 
Despite Johnson's talks about maintaining a strong and friendly relationship with the EU, in the event of a no-deal exit, the trajectory toward trade conflicts and political hostility with the group is almost inevitable."
—Heiko Khoo, 31 August 2019

Big changes are coming: the first time ever I see two British born girls as barristas at a Costa coffeeshop. "British jobs for British people"! "We'll take our country back and make her great."
Britain

“The scorn which the angry young men hurled at the establishment was a class resentment but one devoid of any class consciousness,” feminist Lynne Segal writes perceptively in Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy. In the decades that followed, shaped by race riots, feminism, Thatcherism, the miners’ strike and the collapse of heavy industry and trade unionism, working-class solidarity appeared to fracture. The rise of what’s now called identity politics began.

From the the Blitz to Brexit

"While in 1931 10% of married women were in work, that rose sharply to 21% in 1951 and 47% in 1972

It is interesting to draw a comparison here. If in an industrial power like Britain, an Empire, with 200 years of capitalist development, women became half of the workforce only in early 1970s, how should one analyse the condition of women in Africa and the Middle East? Why Arab women, for example, do not in total terms make half of the workforce? Does that have something to do with the colonial era which ended only in the 1950 and 1960s, the failure of the industrialisation attempt after the nationalist revolutions, the move from defunct state capitalism to rentier economy, which has not only maintained the ossified state structures of autocracy and authoritarianism, but blocked economic development, including creating jobs for the general population, to a rentier economy that has relied on hydrocarbons and squandering of wealth at home and abroad. 

One stark example is Turkey. Unlike in the rentier economies, Turkey's female workforce amounts to 32%. That is also a refutation of the essentialist view that religion is the cause. Even in Afghanistan, according to the World Bank data, has a bigger female participation in the labour force than the MENA countries.

Similarly, one should look at the role of industrialisation in China and its impact on gender relations and work relations. 

One can also compare the effects of industrialisation in the Soviet Union on bringing women into the workforce and what that brought with it in terms of gender and sexual relations, and financial independence, among other changes.
The Infiltrator


Immigration panic

Not bad as an account of hypocrisy, backed by quotes.


It is inaccurate though to say that America faced a threat by Japan, the Soviet Union, or al-Qaida. That too, like today's fear of refugees (and Muslims), was the manufactured fear of the "cold war". Never in its history the US faced a threat. This is a myth in International Relations realism studies as well. The like of John Mearsheimer made such arguments in The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.


Why states like the German and the Canadian welcomed refugees recently should be expanded and grounded into a bigger picture: The main German drive has been be demography (That was well-highlighted by Stratfor in 2015). Other reasons include historical guilt and the recent financial terrorism inflicted on Greece. It is not because some Syrians have blue eyes or a girl carrying a picture of Merkel. It is the very same German state that is selling weapons to the UAE, fuelling the killing of civilians in Yemen and selling submarines to Israel.


Canada's Justin Trudo has made for himself a shiny image through the media and Facebook. Meanwhile in 2016 Canada was the biggest supplier of military hardware to the Middle East.


One more area to look at is the economic policies imposed on the countries where refugees come from. At university we studied push factors and pull factors in migration. The push factors are absent in the article below. One has to examine the consequences of the form of capitalism pursued in Latin America, for example, in the last 40 years, who implemented IMF amd World Bank recipes, the ideologues of the "free market", the US-backed coup in Honduras, the sanctions on Venezuela, which exacerbated the already 
mismanaged economy, the years of antagonistic American policies and interventions against Venezuela and Cuba because they have followed different paths than what the rulers in America want. 

One has to examine how the destruction of Iraq has contributed to more dislocation, the powers that instigated that destruction, from the US to its allies and subordinates, and the role of those who initially opposed the invasion but rushed in to help the US create a new state (an exclusive state), and how the economic and political policies of the Syrian regime laid the foundation of the Syrian disaster...and why Africans are leaving Africa looking for a better life in the northern hemisphere...

"Today, these jeremiads against migrants are given vent full-throated on Fox News. The Fox anchors claim they are not anti-immigrant; they just want immigrants to come lawfully. The commentator Tomi Lahren often tweets imprecations at immigrants: 'We are indeed a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. Respect our laws and we welcome you. If not, bye.'

The idea of "a nation of law" is a very powerful idea. But a powerful idea does not mean it is a right idea. On fact it is an anti-human idea that with indoctrination becomes part of a belief system. What is lawful and legal in our modern context is ironically a very recent invention of the nation state that was itself a settler colonial state in the case of the US (and Canada too). Yet many believe they are the legal inheritors of that land. In regard to the laws of immigration it is less than 100 years old. When we came here there was no law against setlling on the land, but later we invented a law. Now we are entitled to forbid you from entering "our country." 


"How the West fell for manufactured rage"



"Big thieves hang small ones." —a Czech proverb

If you steal millions you get bonuses and you are among "our betters"; you are a wealth creator. When you mismanage, we bail you out with taxpayers money.
If you plunder or help plunder a whole country, it is called "development" or protecting an ally. We even give you asylum in three months.
If you steal $50 dollars, you spend (at least) 36 years in prison. For stealing $1, you need to afford a $12,000 bail. And it is even worse of you are a poor person of colour.
If you steal a £3.50-pack of bottled water or a pack of chewing gum, you get 6 months prison sentence. (Britain 2011)

And when the world’s top 25 hedge fund managers earned $13bn in 2015 (the latest year available) – more than the entire economies of Namibia, the Bahamas or Nicaragua, it was not consideed theft, but "a fairly-determined market income."

"When the next financial crisis comes – and it will come because, like earthquakes, only the when and how severe is ultimately up for debate – it seems all but inevitable that once again the public will be called upon to step in and bailout the big financial institutions.
There is, however, another option. Instead of panic-driven handouts to corporations and temporary quasi-nationalizations, a plan should be in place for cleanly and transparently taking failing financial corporations into genuine public ownership. Ultimately repurposing them, and shifting their activities away from financialization, speculation, and extraction and towards supporting healthy, prosperous, and equitable local economies as well as a sustainable planet."

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