South of the Border
Director Oliver Stone was on the Tavis Smiley show promoting his movie about the new leftist governments and the social movements behind them in Latin America. As Beak knows,Latin America is no longer under U.S control ( Colombia being our last outpost) and the word empire is used ( as in spit) openly, everywhere. With the neo-liberal project in such tatters, the IMF, WTO and World Bank exposed as the destructive tools they are and other covert capitalist NGO and State Dept. operations ( posing as democracy promoters) such as USAID, NED National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Office of Transition Initiatives, Center for International Private Enterprise, etc totally exposed and discredited throughout the region, there is little Hillary Clinton can say or do that is taken seriously.The Arizona debate only intensifies the enmity.
Stone is just articulate, friendly and well informed enough to get away with quoting Noam Chomsky, keeping Tavis off balance and Public Television worried about its Exxon Mobile sponsorship. While I think there is a need for a critique from the Left of Chavez, Morales, Lula and Correa, Stone deserves kudos for threatening the hegemonic, conformist flow of information that keep people like Beak so ill informed and duped.
I hope Tavis can get Charlie Wrangle on next week to find out why it is power corrupts and so many black men are in prison while Obama diddles and hedges and hee haws his way through the first pathetic term. It appears this weeks Donald Rumsfeld Prize will go to Admiral Mullen who said of Wikileaks : "They now have blood on their hands". From a guy with thousands of gallons of blood in his hair, soaking his clothes, a guy drowning in blood. Up is the new down.
On the back page of the latest Shambala Sun magazine is an ad for "mindful investing" through the Abacus Fund. Sorry. "Progressive Buddhists" want their cake but they don't want to be attached to eating it. This wholesale confusion is why all religions are in such turmoil, they can't separate the product from the Peace. The One from the mONEy. Transubstantiation and the Eucharist from profit and value.