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
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
Canadian BDS Coalition
Twin Cities Assange Defense
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
DC Action for Assange
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."
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.
Taiwan’s days are numbered. Not in terms of their existence, but in terms of their energy reserves. The Chinese military exercises encircling Taiwan are essentially an economic blockade preventing vital energy supplies from arriving on time. On August 3, 2022, the Asia Times quoted Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs saying "the island had only 146 days of oil, 10-11 days of gas, and 39 days of coal in reserves."
Also, the Asia Timescited a report stating that these exercises are probably not a one-time reaction from China, but most likely will be a regular and repeated tactic. This is what Tod Hall, Director of the China Center at Oxford University, calls the "diplomacy of anger" employed "to make the US, Taiwan and other potential audiences realize the sensitivity of the issue."
China risks embarrassment at this point since it voiced such stringent warnings against Pelosi’s visit. However, it’s not just their external reputation they are worried about. Internal politics are at stake too, and no one wants to be seen as responsible for mishandling and exacerbating the crisis in Taiwan.