Tag: Obituary

Gordon Campbell on (missing) US links to the Panama Papers

Column – Gordon Campbell Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump … Gordon Campbell on the (missing) US links to the Panama Papers, and Merle Haggard Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump from the Mossack Fonseca law firm. The Guardian did nothing to dispel the potential for paranoia about a Cold War agenda by making the scandal initially seem to be about Vladimir Putin and his cronies. Former British diplomat Craig Murray has come out strongly against the selective nature of the coverage to date. Calls have been made to release all of the Panama Papers documents – right now – assuming a suitable place is found to store what is said to be 2 terrabytes of data, or 11.5 million documents. (The entire Snowden trove by comparison amounted to only 60 gigabytes. Years later, we’re still getting news stories based on Snowden’s mine of information. The same will presumably apply in this case.) The Panama...

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Gordon Campbell on Pharmac, Gough Whitlam and Sleater-Kinney

Column – Gordon Campbell Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about yesterdays leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. Gordon Campbell on Pharmac, Gough Whitlam and Sleater-Kinney by Gordon Campbell Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about yesterday’s leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine. Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations. Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. In an article headlined “TPP Agreement Will ‘Definitely’ Raise Medicine Costs” Malaysian legislator Charles Santiago said flatly yesterday that ‘the cost of medicines will definitely increase’ if a TPP deal is completed. That would not be an unusual outcome. The...

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Solari: The Assassination of JFK with Peter Janney

Column – Catherine Austin Fitts I was standing in the subway station in Philadelphia when I heard the news. The President has been shot. My first thought was the same as millions of people around the world. They killed him. The grief that day was unbearable. Camelot had … The Presidency and Assassination of John F. Kennedy with Peter Janney by Catherine Austin Fitts “Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed – and no republic can survive.” ~John F. Kennedy I was standing in the subway station in Philadelphia when I heard the news. “The President has been shot.” My first thought was the same as millions of people around the world. “They killed him.” The grief that day was unbearable. Camelot had come to a sudden, brutish end. Next week marks the 50th anniversary of that day. A president who was leading a profound change was replaced by public execution in an invisible coup d’etat. This Thursday we will post my interview with author Peter Janney about the Presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and what it means to the state of the state today. If I could read only one book on those times, it would be Peter’s Mary’s Mosaic. Peter’s history centers around Kennedy’s lover and confidante, Mary Meyer, who was assassinated after Kennedy. It reflects a deep understanding of...

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Gordon Campbell on Hugo Chavez, and the TPP

Column – Gordon Campbell Hugo Chavez has been an example of how much a Third World nation can achieve when it takes control of its natural resources from the US and its corporate allies, and uses them to benefit its own people and the region. Gordon Campbell on Hugo Chavez, and the TPP by Gordon Campbell Hugo Chavez has been an example of how much a Third World nation can achieve when it takes control of its natural resources from the US and its corporate allies, and uses them to benefit its own people and the region. By the adroit use of Venezuela’s oil revenues, Chavez succeeded in exporting his revolution throughout South America and Central America in ways that had consistently eluded Fidel Castro. Some of those who benefitted from his leadership will be at his funeral. The current leaders of Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Argentina have all been directly inspired by Chavez and by his refusal to bend to Washington. Not to mention his vision of a system of economic and trade alliances in opposition to the US-sponsored systems that have dominated the region for so long. Even his regional opponents – such as Colombia – finally had grudging reason to be grateful to Chavez, for his role in brokering peace initiatives with its FARC rebels. Peru’s leader Ollanta Humala won the presidency in 2011 on a...

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