A couple of interesting photographs
from the fall of Baghdad.
John Pilger on Blair's responsibility
on war crimes:
A BBC television producer, moments before he was wounded by an
American fighter aircraft that killed 18 people with "friendly fire",
spoke to his mother on a satellite phone. Holding the phone over his
head so that she could hear the sound of the American planes overhead,
he said: "Listen, that's the sound of freedom."
OrbitaFM, my favorite
mexican radio station is broadcasting on the Internet.
Finally I can keep up.
Today: Global March against the war: Occupation
is not Liberation, for more details go to the Intenrational Answer site.
I used to wait for Robert Fisk's coverage to reach the sites I
ZMag and Jornada), but with his
daily coverage from Baghdad, covering the other side of the
story, I have been tracking him directly on the Independent newspaper.
The latest articles from Robert Fisk (which Duncan and I
had the priviledge of listening to at MIT two months ago):
has an awesome
letter on his web page. The best bits: his movie, his
books, and his web site are getting more hits now than ever.
His book (Stupid
White Men) has jumped for the fourth time to the New York
Times bestseller list (very unusual); His documentary Bowling
for Columbine has been ordered more than Chicago;
He looks over various cases of people who criticize the
war, and finds that the media is not telling you the truth:
there is no backlash against those who protest the war, but
quite the opposite. But I guess that is what we get for
consuming news from a single
My new book
from John Pilger,
arrived this week. The first chapter talks about Indonesia
and the dictatorship that was established there on the 60's
(Guess who was behind sponsoring it?) and the mass killings of
dissenters. I had heard the stories about East Timor, but
never got into the details of what happened. Corporate greed,
and just like in the case of Vietnam: the desire to control
one of the most resource rich parts of the world (tin, oil,
The IMF and the World Bank appear once again as the stars
of the show: sinking Indonesia into deep poverty, and
promoting what can best be described as an enslaved society.
Finished Greg Palast's new edition
Best Democracy Money Can Buy'. You should go to your
library or bookstore, and read this book now. One of
the few books that got Nat upset.
I strongly recommend the two books above. Do not wait,
just get them today (or come by my office to grab them)
Today's miggy-economic advise to countries all over the
world: keep the World Bank and the IMF loans away; Do not cave
to pressure to change your laws in favor of foreign
investment; Do not erode your civil rights, and civil
liberties in favor of a unproven economic plans (do not forget
to ask for references, because there is not a single good
reference); Do not sign any free-trade agreements; Push for
high tariffs if you want to survive; Provide state-sponsored
social programs. (Hint: Chile does not count, they smartly
cheated on the IMF/WorldBank)