Israel’s PR re; civilian deaths in Palestine seems to be to convince the world that massacring children is their via dolorosa…a cross they must carry, fitting with their christ like self image of persecution, purity, godliness. and it seems like many of the Israeli public and govt really do believe their own propaganda.                                                                                                                But the israeli people and govt sense that they can do whatever they want no matter how horrible or shocking to the world comes at least.as much from knowing they have the united states unquestioning protection, backing. as from their racism, self conceit or paranoia. The Obama Administration represents the most nauseating of US Liberalism in Foreign Policy, using ‘Human rights’ rhetoric to justify imperialism against it’s official Enemies while actually being behind the most criminal Regimes in the world all while speaking the most flowery Language. making a mockery of the idea of Human rights as a concern in International Relations. Israel is part of how the us controls the middle east, Palestine  is just a public relations problem with the world community for the US govt. US involvement anywhere in the world can only be a bad thing for it to be otherwise would necesitate a profoundly different US govt in the first place.                                                          Watching what’s is happening in Palestine can leave you feeling helpless and hopeless but there is the awe inspiring Resilience and Ressistance of the Palestinians and the increasing Solidarity of people around the world with Palestine there is Hope   

Critical Theory yes, Conspiracy Theory no

Sometimes online I see people who I have thought seemed reasonable, critically minded repeat stupid and embarrasing conspiracies theories but understanding how the  fucked up REAL world can drive people to anything you want to forgive them, hoping that their conspiracie theories are only a small distraction or a phase they will move past with a deeper analysis, understanding of History, politics, economy, Ideology, but sometimes the stupidity is so offensive/embarrassing it’s just to much, to ignore about someone you might havee otherwise respected and the goodness of their heart or intentions is not enough to cover for ‘theories’ that might range from offensive to different groups of people to a waste of time and worst a distraction from focus on the all too real enemies of the world; capitalism, Empire, Class and more for I certainly don’t  claim that there are no forces or poers pulling the strings of the world or whatever but that instead of looking for them in the most ridiculous places be it medieval secret societies or a few hidden individuals or groups of people or something even more ridiculous, the real enemie is right in front of them, it’s what you go to work for every day, what you pay your bills to every month, what turns everything into a commodotie and everyone into a wage slave. people keep looking for secret powers ruling the world but the real power is right in front of them, the world knows one main ruler Capitalism and it’s staring us all right in the face. But a lot of the most devoted conspiracy theorist are very defensive of capitalism instead blaming only some secret whatever group for corrupting it. Maybe they are just fine a with a world ruled by forces out of their control if they can see it,  feel used to it or have no overall interest in any kind of social justice, just their own particular discontent with specific issues and they dare only blame secret enemies not the one they were taught to love in this society; ‘the free market’ or they have the imagination to imagine secret global conspiracies and even defeating them but they can’t imagine a post capitalist society, so why bother focusing on that anyway right, we know history shows us hell everyday life does too that discontent answered with ignorance can in part lead to Fascism, Racism or just be a distraction, a waste of what in some cases might have been valuable crittical minds in the real struggle

RIP Gabo

I liked Gabriel Garcia Marquez even more as a person, communist, someone who used his voice to speak on behalf of Latin America culturally and Politically than as a writer.  I mean really wanted to like actually love Marquez  based on his writing alone, but at most I have liked his books partially but not that much…  the titles of his most known books ‘One hundread years of solitude’ & ‘Love in the time of cholera’ excited me, spoke to me, made me feel like I was bound to fall in love with his work…  I was full of enough anticipation that I would not read him in translation I waited till I could get his Books in spanish where I could read his words directly without translation inbetween, his words as he wrote them not how someone translated them. First I thought I’d start with  ‘One hundred years of solitude’ which sounded like something I’d  really get.. I won’t try to critique it I don’t care to and countless people the world over love it with a passion I’ll just say it was long and it felt much longer, I never cared dor any of the characters and for a book with a lot of Historical themes it didn’t speak to me politically any more than the characters did as individuals but I’m not Colombian maybe I would have appreciated more If I was I don’t know,  I could not wait to get through it and not in a good way.. It was a dissapointment not to have liked it  but you rarely like everything even a favorite Author writes so I thought maybe I just picked a bad one for me to start with, so two years later I read ‘love in the time of cholera’ it started out good enough for me Romantic, promising characters  but the longer it went the more I hated those characters as they became proggresivly devoid of any redeeming qualities (In my opinion obviously)  not that literary characters have to have any redeeming qualities if they’re at least not boring so  with finishing those two books  I know how much you can be moved by a books title to fvered anticipation only to be let down that you didn’t fall in love, but ussually when that happens I don’t also already have such a strong feeling, respect for the Author as a person that is what made this case with Marquez so different.    Gabriel Garcia Marquez wasn’t only a beloved Author before that he was a journalist and not the corporate PR type but one of integrity In colombia, Mexico and Venezuela  as he would always remain he was a critic of the Right wing regimes of Latin America the Military Dictatorships, and the US role backing them and a supporter of popular Revolutionary movements of Latin America, this was all enough to get himself exiled from Colombia for years, whose Right wing government considered him sympathetic to Leftist Guerrilas  and no doubt because as a journalist he had  worked Prensa Latina a Cuban news agency founded after the Revolution and that’s when his famous friendship  whith Fidel castro began after he arrived in Havana to cover the victorious Revolution and ended up working for prensa latina for years, years before he was a world famous Novelist and Nobel Laurete.      Image                                After becoming Rich and famous he could have become just another celebrity actually one of the biggest being celebrated by the media, toasted by politicians, never saying anything that might upsset the traditional Ruling oligharchies of Latin america or the US Empire but that was not Gabo who once receiving a the monetary prize with a literary award in Venezuela donated ithe money to MAS(movement towards socialism) leftist group in that country, he used his fame to be a voice for the people’s and potential of Latin America a critic of US Imperialism that plagued latin americas history he got himself barred from  getting a visa visiting the US by Bureaucratic red tape during the Regan Administration as a punishment. it would have been easy for him a nebel laurete to disown his past as a Socialist, a Dissident a friend of Fidel castro and be a Rich, uncontroversial Courtasean writer of the various oligharchies and dictatorships that ruled so much of Latin America particularly during the Cold War not to mention how differently he would have been treated in the states… But he kept his integrety, his friendship with Fidel and his voice that he never stopped using to speak for his people who were not only colombian by any means.                                                                                                                                                      Everything from US media about Garcia Marquez  after his death will either ignore his politics or have an obligatory condemnation of him for his Association with Fidel, they have to condemn his politics first before they’re allowed to praise his writing And the right wing press in Latin America is the same it’s almost Ritualistic to read every article that condems him as a communist before they let themselves praise him as a writer. I guess I’ve kind of done it the other way around here…    Image                                                                                                      Maybe I’ll read more of his books and become as much a fan of the writer as I am of the man I would like that.  Rip Gabo

the west will back anyone who will open a country up for it’s interest from ‘terrorist and mercenaries in Libya/Syria to neo-fascist in Ukraine & the western left that keep falling for it

Finally seeing more folks that can see deeper than “protests vs police’ when looking at a situation in a country and  not end up cheering for neo- fascists, It had been more disappointing earlier on social media/activist blogging world with what’s happening in Kiev. not so much on WordPress but on twitter there was an embarrassing number of Activist and otherwise politically conscious  people who sure seemed to be  geeking out over those fascists fighting the police in Kiev like they wish they did here, not knowing exactly who they found themselves cheering, the fact that these are pro-EU protest should tell you a lot in the first place but also we’ve seen these ‘color revolutions’ throughout eastern Europe before within the last decade even in Ukraine itself with the previous ”orange revolution’ western backed protest usually using some color as their symbolic rallying  cry as they lacked anything more meaningful,with the common outcome being to install some pro EU,NATO hack as president.                                 But many seem to just see ‘protest’ and assume they’re the good guys, politics go way deeper than that if you can’t see deeper than that really your analysis, Ideological understanding is quite superficial and susceptible to manipulation by more sophisticated propaganda from those forces you might otherwise recognize as the enemy as we have seen I believe recently over and over with the support among many western activist and intellectuals usually suspicious of Washington/ NATO power for ”revolutions’ ”rebels’ as they saw it in Libya and then Syria like with Kiev they could not see beyond ‘protesters vs police’ or ”rebels’ vs the government/army’ they were so fixated on that imagery they didn’t even notice who exactly the ”rebels’ were and Washington/NATO behind them.despite the amount of evidence to disprove the wishful thinking they had about these ‘revolutions’ such examples of western backed/orchestrated ”revolutions’ in the third world in particular are far too many in History from Iran in 1953 to the ‘contras’ in 1980’s Nicaragua and unfortunately  countless more, might have these western activist fallen for those as well? this kind of foolishness can be both a symptom of intellectual laziness  and of a disdain among some for a more Ideologically founded understanding of politics domestic and international some of these people might have felt that Occupy and the tea party had a common cause because they were both ”protesters”? but ‘protesting’ is just a tactic not politics itself if you know better.                                                                              And finally there is always the attack from western governments/Media and the western activist supporters that if you are not for the ‘rebels’ in Syria or ‘protesters in Kiev you must be for the regime and it’s own tactics, it’s own backers Russia or china you must be pro Putin or Assad, Qaddafi that is a cheap attack and by it’s own reasoning opens up every country with a regime that might merit some criticism to a Washington/NATO intervention? both militarily or more clandestine? the west always attempts to expand it’s interest under the banner of ‘freedom’ ‘democracy’ and crocodile tears about Dictators who need to be removed & right wing, fascist, reactionaries can ”protest’ and/or fight the police in the street too, I thought that history made that clear… I hope less of the Western Left keeps falling for it

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assassinated in life we can’t let him be assassinated in death too

‘And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony but we must speak We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision but we must speak And we must rejoice ..’                                                                                                                                  ”and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. ”   -MLK..jr.                                                                   just a small example of the words of Martin Luther King jr that won’t be repeated over and over on tv and by politicians on Mlk Day, they’ll just repeat the ‘I have a dream/ speech all day as they turn him into a toothless co-opted character, that’s one way Ruling Ideology handles it’s enemies even after death, for their real example is dangerous to it, this is something I’ve written on before in a post but today is always a striking example of it, the propaganda/Ideological machine at work…

they can put him on postage stamps dead but we know they put him in jail alive

they can put him on postage stamps dead but we know they put him in jail alive

first the system fights you in life  for attempting to change it  gives concessions only when it can no longer resist popular pressure then even after death it can bury who you really were and claim you and your work for itself.say by giving you a national holiday even maybe a postage stamp… let us remember that when mlk jr was assassinated  he was still fighting on different causes with striking workers, against the Vietnam war and leading a new ‘Poor peoples campaign’ that actually demanded  a ‘economic bill of rights’ from congress knowing that injustice in this country went deeper than Racial segregation but was class/economic to the core and was everyone’s struggle regardless of color that he was a fighter for justice and was as such treated as an enemy by the state which used it’s  intelligence and police forces against him … his work did not end with the civil rights act and he had a lot more to say other than ‘I have a dream..’

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 so much I could quote from this like ”generally speaking your free until your about 4 years old…. then you become..watchers of game shows”, ’ I didn’t like 8 hour job I didn’t even like the 4 hour job even though I couldn’t get one’, ‘our education system tells us that we can all be big ass winners, it hasn’t told us about the gutters or the suicides’  ‘people are not good to each other, people are not good to each other…’ so much life From my favorite
Charles Bukowski on Individuality

Jan.1st 2014 55th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution & the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista Revolt ”Everything can change on a new years day..” – Rage against The Machine.

Fidel's victorious guerrillas in 1959

Fidel’s victorious guerrillas in 1959

January 1st 2014 was the 55th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution & the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista Revolt in Chiapas,Mexico.  Two Revolutionary Movements with many circumstantial differences, not only the fact that the Cubans led By Fidel Castro Won and have governed Cuba since while the EZLN movement stayed localized within indiginous communities in Chapas not the whole of Mexico eventually largely giving up armed struggle and building Autonomous self government within their communities of influence, Fidel led his guerrillas against a Military Dictatorship the EZLN led by Subcommandante Marcos rose up within what passes for a ‘democracy’ in the world, in historical period, the Cuban revolution at the height of the Cold War which only still exist in the world in Washington’s continued Hostility to the Rebel Island after 55 years of plotting, assassination attempts, Terrorist campaigns by the CIA and propaganda and Economic Blockade against which Cuba remains victorious no matter what the odds are of defying The Empire forever,

The EZLN takes San cristobal de las Casas the capitol of the mexican state of chiapas jan 1 1994

The EZLN takes San cristobal de las Casas the capitol of the mexican state of chiapas jan 1 1994

TheZapatista rebellion in the years directly after the cold war when it was fashionable among the rulling elite of the West to speak of ‘the end of history’ after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Fidel giving a speech to masses of Cubans after their victory

Fidel giving a speech to masses of Cubans after their victory

then the Zapatistas entered the stage of History and made their case that History was not over there are still revolutions to be made.     zapatista Army Of National Liberation the EZLN                                                             but at their heart and soul these are two examples in a long and continuing tradition of struggle of oppressed peoples rising against oppression be it a military junta, the facade of a

Ultimately the Zapatistas became less an Armed uprising than a Popular movement with deep roots in and exorcising Autonomous self rule in the Indiginous communities of Chiapas

Ultimately the Zapatistas became less an Armed uprising than a Popular movement with deep roots in and exorcising Autonomous self rule in the Indigenous communities of Chiapas

democracy, Capitalism, or Empire. the struggle continues the cubans of Fidel and the Zapatistas are some of it’s torch bearers.                                                                           ”For everyone everything. For us pain and anguish,for us the joy of rebellion, for us a future denied, for us the dignity of insurrection. For us nothing.”- Subcommandante Marcos                                     Hasta La victoria siempre!!

Celebrating 20 years of Resistance

Celebrating 20 years of Resistance

 Commandante! Hasta Siempre!

Commandante! Hasta Siempre!