False Heroes Make False Promises

“Is the hero of a given state or people what we need today, when the whole planet should be our field of concern?” ~ Joseph Campbell

America’s proxy war against Russia continues to rattle the world, and now with the possibility of being drawn into a further conflict with China, the United States has plenty to lose and almost nothing to gain.

The war in Ukraine will be remembered as a disaster for American foreign policy. This is practically guaranteed by the failed leadership of the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who could teach a master class in manipulation.

Zelensky’s arrogance has no end: although he may be considered a rock star by superficial cultural standards and admired for such things as his shirt, he is no friend to democracies anywhere.

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Roger Waters on War, Peace, and Music

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters spoke to a webinar today. It was hosted by World BEYOND War with Todd Pierce and David Swanson moderating.

It was sponsored by
Project for the Study of American Militarism
World BEYOND War
Women Against Military Madness
Veterans For Peace
Andy Worthington
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
Canadian BDS Coalition
Twin Cities Assange Defense
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
DC Action for Assange

A Pacifist Even in the Tax War

That today’s culture wars lack a convenient place to pigeonhole Tom Cornell, whose seven decades of activism in the Catholic Worker movement continued until his passing on August 1, shows their limitations rather than his.

In a 2002 profile, Andrew Blackman noted that Cornell "shares common beliefs with liberals and neo-conservatives, communists and cardinals, and he harshly criticizes all of them." Cornell was the sort of radical for social justice who told liberals that radicalism didn’t mean being "liberal but more so,” since his analysis of the ills of war and poverty traced them to fundamentally "different premises." He wasn’t any more accommodating to those who professed his anti-abortion position but who seemed to be only "concerned about people … until they’re born."

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The 1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala (video)

From Tales of the American Empire:

During World War II, American President Franklin Roosevelt promoted democracy in Latin America to ensure these nations remained allied with the United States. This allowed the people of Guatemala to improve their standard of living by slowly reforming their feudal plantation system established by Spanish colonizers and later exploited by American corporations. This threatened profits for United Fruit, a huge American corporation that dominated politics in Central America. It quietly demanded action by the United States, labeling popular economic reforms – communism. The CIA developed a plan that was approved by the American President. In 1954, the popular democratically elected President of Guatemala was ousted in a violent coup that resulted in decades of turmoil and violence.

CIA and Assassinations: The Guatemala 1954 Documents”; The National Security Archive

The Unbelievable Story of the Original First Fake News Network”; Sylvia and Shane Snow; Narratively; August 26, 2020

Related Tale: “US Marines Seized Panama in 1903

Related Tale: “The 1964 Coup in Brazil

Related Tale: “The Empire’s 2009 Coup in Honduras