Thursday, October 07, 2021

Something. Isn't. Right.

"What Is the Global Public-Private Partnership" (Iain).

"The Bankruptcy of ‘Great Power Competition’" (Larison):

"Major powers always have divergent interests to some degree, but how they choose to manage those disagreements determines whether they can coexist as peaceful competitors or whether they condemn themselves to decades of fruitless militarism and strife. What these states decide to do has ramifications not only for their own people, but for many other nations that are caught in between them. Once major powers have decided on a militaristic, confrontational course, it becomes extremely easy for their political leaders to justify any number of atrocities against innocent people in neutral or contested countries in the name of preventing the rival from "advancing" in some peripheral theater. If the Cold War experience is any guide, the countries that end up in the sights of one or both rivals are devastated and take decades and sometimes generations to recover from what was done to them."

"The Real Eye Opener From the 3rd BRICS Summit" (Butler).  IMF alternative.  Also, Bangladesh is making huge human development progress without anybody seeming to notice.

"I filmed a settler pogrom. Now the Israeli media is smearing me" (al-Adraa).  A thread. "Water as Weapon of War: Activists Say Israel is Drying Out the West Bank to Drive Out Palestinians" (Buxbaum).

"U.S. should have assassinated Khomeini in France in ’79 — and other not-so-friendly advice from Israelis" (North/Weiss).

Sorry, but what was done and planned is the quintessence of 'the American way', torture is as American as apple pie, I literally can't conceive of anything more profoundly American:  "‘Terrorist’ Abu Zubaydah is our shame" (Kiriakou):

"We now know, thanks to the Senate Torture Report (or at least the report’s heavily redacted Executive Summary) that Abu Zubaydah underwent unspeakable torture. He was waterboarded 83 times, causing him at one point to literally drown. He had to be revived when his heart stopped. He was kept in a coffin-like box for 11 days which, after his torturers learned that he had an irrational fear of insects, he was forced to share with a boxful of cockroaches. He was subjected to sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures, solitary confinement, beatings, and was even threatened with having the bit of an electric drill forced into his brain.

One of the things that I noticed immediately upon Abu Zubaydah’s capture was that one of his eyes was a very pale blue, while the other was dark chestnut in color. It was clear that he was blind in the blue eye and that it had been injured traumatically. We learned later that shrapnel had damaged Abu Zubaydah’s eye during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, when he was fighting as one of the U.S.-backed “mujahedin.” The blind eye never bothered him. He certainly never complained about it. But one day, Abu Zubaydah was given a sedative and taken into surgery without him knowing what was even happening. A few hours later, he awoke and discovered that his eye had been removed without his knowledge or consent. There’s a legal definition for such an action. It’s called a “crime against humanity.”"

 "A Different Sort of Truth" (Hartwiger).

"Florida’s Republican Governor Awards Medal of Freedom to Che Guevara’s Assassin" (Smith).  Road to the White House.

"Chicago professor has MIT lecture canceled after campaign from Twitter mob" (Frieth).  By the way, one of the great miracles of rebranding in this or any other time is that Bari Weiss has managed to monetize a seemingly anti-cancel-culture position.

I guess it is funny that the 'anti'-Facebook 'whistleblower' produced a list of demands for change which cover the entirety of Zuck's Hanukkah present list.

"Company that routes SMS for all major US carriers was hacked for five years" (Brodkin).  If you text, the glowies, and probably some gangsters, somewhere, know.
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