My Bookmarx 09/11/2011
11 سبتمبر 2011 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
Who is to blame? – Anselm Jappe | libcom.org
“A short essay contesting the notion that the current economic crisis is the result of “greed” or irresponsible speculation by evil bankers or investment firms, asserting instead that it is an effect of a generalized crisis of value production caused by the falling rate of profit”
Capital can only be made fruitful, and thus be accumulated, by the exploitation of labor power. The worker, however, in order to generate a profit for his employer, must be equipped with the necessary tools, and today this means cutting-edge technologies. This results in a permanent race—compelled by competition—to use the newest technologies. At each step, the first employer to adopt the newest technologies wins, because his workers produce more than those who do not use these new tools. But the system as a whole loses because technology is progressively replacing human labor. The value of each commodity consequently contains a constantly diminishing portion of human labor—which is, however, the only source of surplus value, and therefore of profit. The development of technology reduces the profit of the system as a whole.
PressTV – Details of ‘rendition’ contractors revealed
“As a result of a court case in New York, the identities of some of the corporations involved in the Bush administration’s rendition program have been disclosed for the first time, along with the names of some of the executives who knew the purpose of the flights.”
One flight has been identified as the aircraft that rendered an Egyptian cleric known as Abu Omar after CIA agents kidnapped him in broad daylight in Milan in February 2003 and took him to Cairo, where he says he was tortured. Another flight appears to have been involved in the rendition of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man said to have plotted the 9/11 attacks and who was waterboarded 183 times after disappearing into the CIA network of secret prisons.
2011-09-09 Grifters of ‘Al Saud, Inc.’: How Saudi royals get their wealth | WL Central
“”Revenues from ‘one million barrels of oil per day’ go entirely to ‘five or six princes.'””
Book review: “Venezuela – Revolution as Spectacle” by Rafael Uzcátegui | libcom.org
“In times of global austerity and reduced means, the concept of ‘revolution’ is once again in popular discourse, with recent events in North Africa being feted throughout the West. However, Rafael Uzcátegui’s engaging new book – packed, as it is, full of assertion supported by meticulously-sourced fact – stands as a stark reminder of the semantic vacuity of the term,”
Hugo Chávez’s regime in Venezuela is neither the socialist paradise of his own government’s propaganda, nor is it the nightmarish totalitarian dictatorship of the right-wing opposition’s depictions. Rather, it is very much a continuation of the trajectory of Venezuelan – and, indeed, Latin American – governance, based around the precepts of the caudillo (a strongman leader who presents himself as independent from, and superior to, government), populism and, ultimately, subordination to capital and North American corporate interests.
Collectively and individually, the reams of figures serve to debunk the two common myths about the country in the 12 years since Chávez’ election: firstly, that chavista
policy has anything to do with socialism or communism, and secondly (in contrast to the all too common and confident assertions of the post-Stalinist and ‘anti-imperialist’ international left
), that the quality of life has materially improved for the majority of Venezuelans.
BBC News – Food prices stay near record high, says UN agency
“Global food prices remain near a record high, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “
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