My Bookmarx 01/20/2011
20 يناير 2011 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Corporations Profit While People Suffer | CommonDreams.org
One year after an earthquake devastated Haiti, much of the promised relief and reconstruction aid has not reached those most in need. In fact, the nation’s tragedy has served as an opportunity to further enrich corporate interests.
‘The Power of Nightmares’: Hyping Terror For Fun, Profit – And Power
What if there really was no need for much – or even most – of the Cold War? What if, in fact, the Cold War had been kept alive for two decades based on phony WMD threats?
The Decentralist Society: Why I Rejected Marxism
Throughout my transformation, I started to look at the political system in a completely different manner and began viewing the politics of my former marxist groups quite critically. For one thing, the notion of “everything will be good if we put a socialist/marxist politician as president” went out the window.
Experience, in fact, shows that everywhere and always the Government, however much it may have been for the people at its origin, has placed itself on the side of the richest and most educated class against the more numerous and poorer class; it has little by little become narrow and exclusive; and, instead of maintaining liberty and equality among all, it works persistently to destroy them, by virtue of its natural inclination towards privilege.”
– Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution
When Risk-taking Becomes Too Costly: Naomi Klein on Climate Change | The Nation
The west has developed a culture of reckless risk-taking: our leaders entangle us in wars with no exit-strategies, the financial industry overestimates the viability of our market and companies like BP neglect to account for the sensitivity of the global ecosystem. And in this video, recorded at the 2010 TEDWomen conference in Washington, DC, Naomi Klein argues that our highest-stake gamble is the decision to not adequately respond to climate change.
Haiti in the hands of the NGOs – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition
One year on from the earthquake that devastated Haiti, it may still take a decade just to clear the rubble if work continues at its present pace. Meanwhile the poor suffer, the rich profit, and the show is run by NGOs and other outsiders
Unlike the once solid buildings of now devastated Port-au-Prince, the grip of politicians and notables who have strangled Haiti for two centuries managed to withstand the earthquake. They’ve even stolen the word “reform”, which framed the social movement’s projected rebuilding of the institutions and state structures, and emptied it of meaning. For the moment, “reform” equals “staying just the same”.
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