We live now in a period where we are just as likely to run into someone saying that World War III is upon us as someone saying we are witness to worldwide change that will shift us into a global renaissance.
After two in-depth programs on Israel and the issues surrounding occupation and apartheid there, it is difficult to see any light down the many tunnels of conflict worldwide. From Palestine, Israel and Gaza, to Afghanistan and Pakistan, to Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and many other lands, we are witness to a massive upheaval.
Today sociologist Michael Schwartz and I discussed Iraq. More a failure than Viet Nam perhaps. Exxon and Mobil win; everyone else loses, especially the USA taxpayers. Our nation's treasure squandered for what? So the Church Of The Invisible Hand can preach the gospel of free market success? Hardly. If it takes $500 billion in subsidies for Big Oil and trillions for wars, then that is not laissez faire capitalism, that is immoral, illegal empire building so that a few tax-dodging multinational corporations can reap huge rewards. Blood on our hands from thousands of our military and over a million Iraqi people alone.
At our own doorstep we have thousands of unaccompanied children forced north by ... USA meddling in the June 29, 2009 coup d'etat in Honduras. We helped overthrown a democratically elected present (Zaraya) when he was helping poor farmers, established a minimum wage and established a free healthcare system. The USA stood internationally alone in support of the coup and alone in not condemning it. Turns out we trained the coup leaders at the School of the Americas, Ft. Benning, GA.
The most positive note to end this screed is that more and more we are hearing for a movement against the concept of empire here. This had better gain momentum soon and impact hard. Such a massive democratic uprising is far beyond the goals of Occupy and even the peace movement.
So what will it be ... a renaissance, or WW3?
Yesterday was “radio day” with focus on the Ukraine situation and a look at the Fukishima nuclear disaster, 3 years and counting. “Everything is Broken” has this funny way of settling into common denominators. This week: the role of the media and history ignored.
USA corporate media won’t spend the time putting the Ukraine into context. Why bother. After all, the populace is already stifled and pretty much under control – they think. I’m not so sure about that. Even diehard defenders of all things corporate, of all things USA, smell something amiss. Since 9/11 we have increasingly felt this cloud of suppression and been encouraged to stay willfully ignorant. So, no, we won’t hear a network bubble-head-bleach-blonde or a barking head “pundit” inform us of history in a region that is terribly complex. We won’t hear that the Rus’ people date back to the 9th century and that their capitol then was Kiev! We won’t hear that the western Ukraine was part of Poland in 1940; that Crimea wasn’t added on to the Ukraine until well after WW2. And we most definitely won’t hear of the far right, fascist roots of a “peoples rebellion” that the USA and EU lined up in immediate support of. History ignored; truth supressed.
Mainstream media now has the narrative firmly in hand. “The Cold War Is Back” they bleat. Alternatively, listeners were encouraged yesterday to read about the re-emergence of the NeoCons in Robert Parry’s article in Consortium News: “Neocons Have Weathered The Storm.” These homegrown empire builders and war mongers are back on track to take out Syria and Iran. Like cockroaches, neocons keep coming at us in waves. History ignored.
Lucky for us we have some fine alternative media out there, accessible to most all of us. When was the last time you heard Wikipedia referenced by anyone in the mainstream media? There is more breadth and depth there on the Ukraine than in all the soap-selling propagandist’s blather put together!
Fukishima is 3 years a “China Syndrome” – 3 years of not just meltdown in 3 reactors, but MELTTHROUGHS. Our guest was RadCast founder Mimi German. She is a wealth of knowledge on all things nuke. Support RadCast; buy a Geiger counter if you can spare the cash; monitor your community. We are not just talking the fallout from Fukishima; we are talking the 100 nuke plants in USA that are past their lifetime design specs. We are talking about releases from these plants and the fallout nearby. Mimi told us of readings off the chart in Amarillo, TX that was traced to a release in Carlsbad, NM. History ignored even after Chernobyl and 3-Mile Island. History covered up. Lies to the Japanese people; lies to the world.
Sorry, for the gloom and doom here today, but wilfull ignorance is no longer an option. Onward through the fog!!
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