Mind Detox XV111

1. Undermining Bolivia by By Benjamin Dangl

President Evo Morales, the first genuinely leftist (and Aymará) leader of Bolivia is facing not only the usual counter-revolutionary betrayals and plots ignited by his country’s oligarchy, but those fielded by in-country US operatives. The book of destabilization, economic strangulation, social turmoil and military intervention is a time-tested standard manual for this type of “problem” in Latin America, or anywhere someone dares to defy the plutocratic mafia in Washington D.C.

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2. be bold and mighty forces shall come to your aid by sadi ranson-polizzotti

Oh yes, i wore a bunny suit to protests, i picketed General Motors when they were still crash-testing live pigs in cars and Gillette when they were still, rather fetishistically, applying make up to rabbits. I would have none of it. And i would be there every time, prompt and sporting my bunny costume and ready for business. I handcuffed myself to the Quabbin Reservoir to prevent it from being opened to hunters, after it had been closed for so many years that the deer would, quite literally, walk up to the deer and they would eat popcorn out of your hands. Talk about a canned hunt, of which, btw, there are many in which so-called hunters can go and, in a fenced in area, “hunt down” “wild” animals who are essentially kept prisoner there.

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3. Back to the Israeli Bombing of Syria by Rowan Wolf

It is difficult to imagine that retaliatory strike against Israel would not draw a U.S. military response. It makes little difference if such events unfold under Bush, or the next President of the United States – be he or she Republican or Democrat. The United States has long and vested interests in Israel which have been nurtured and supported (even in the face of proposed UN sanctions against Israel) through administrations of both parties. It is highly unlikely that Israel has much concern that the United States would not come to its “defense” regardless of the legality or wisdom of Israel’s “independent” actions.

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4. Kingdom of Excrement by John Steppling

I remember Peter Berg, the director of the new Universal film The Kingdom , from the one summer he participated at the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival. He struck me as an arrogant and superficial careerist, and later I wasn’t much surprised to see him appearing in various lightweight TV drama and the occasional studio film. Now, after twenty five years of sucking corporate studio cock he has made the single most offensive film of the decade. The kingdom in question is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (though it curiously resembles the San Fernando Valley for much of this tedious film). The plot is basically a laying out of every American foreign policy conceit one can think of, coupled to the requisite apologia for violence and then all awash in your basic orientalist islamophobic sterotyping of the Arab world.

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5. “NOT BY BREAD ALONE” (Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevesky’s THE GRAND INQUISITOR) by Gaither Stewart

In this short chapter, the Grand Inquisitor articulates his (the Church’s) devastating message: God is God and the Church is the Church; the Church does not believe in God and man no longer needs God; the Church promotes His work like a product and uses His name, but it renounces Christ; the Church does God’s work for Him; it is a Church without God.

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6. Health Care Reform for the Insurance Industry by Sharon Smith

With 47 million uninsured and many millions more underinsured, the current batch of bipartisan reform proposals brings the U.S. no closer to addressing its healthcare crisis than the Clintons’ disastrous plan in the 1990s-and for the same reasons. Instead of challenging the industry’s never-ending quest for profits, these proposals dangle the possibility of yet more profits. If anything, as Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, predicted, “You’re going to see the number of the underinsured grow enormously in the years ahead,” while those with illnesses will be those most affected.

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7. terrorism, tension, & resistance strategy by Gaither Stewart

Almost always polluted by propaganda, the distinction between “terrorist” and “resistance fighter” is extremely slippery, loaded with passionate subjectivism, and only an honest understanding of history can start to sort out the moral contents of such labels. Let us not forget that not too long ago American Minute Men were “terrorists” in the eyes of the British crown, and so were the French maquis, to the Nazi occupiers, during WWII.

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8. Meat’s Meat….So Let’s Eat by Jason Miller

There is plenty of room on our plates to accommodate a few slices of Lassie. Even here in our resource-hog of a nation people experience hunger. Why not run a hundred million or so Rovers through the meat industrial complex each year? We have no reservations about torturing and slaughtering billions of other sentient beings to satiate our lust for meat. Research has indicated that pigs are actually more intelligent than dogs and thus would be more conscious of their misery. So there is no valid moral objection.

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9. Tearing Down the Master’s House: An Interview with Derrick Jensen by Adam Engel

Engel: Why do you so few people resist, unlike in the 1960s or 1930s?

Jensen: If your experience is that your water comes from the tap and that your food comes from the grocery store, then you are going to defend to the death the system that brings those to you because your life depends on them; if your experience is that your water comes from a river and that your food comes from a land base then you will defend those to the death because your life depends on them. So part of the problem is that we have become so dependent upon this system that is killing and exploiting us, it has become almost impossible for us to imagine living outside of it and it’s very difficult physically for us to live outside of it.

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10. Barack Obama & the “End” of Racism by Juan Santos

Obama plays the role of a Black Cinderella. He does for Black folks what Cinderella does for girls. He shows that oppression and silence can be good for you – at least if you are the one the prince chooses, or if you are the one who gets to be the prince. It’s total fantasy. It’s a glass slipper that will break at the arch and be turned on us like a broken beer bottle or a jagged-edged knife; the same knife Obama has threatened to turn on the people of Iran and Pakistan.

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11. CJTV News and Commentary

Our Senior Contributing Editor (and friend) Joe Bageant, celebrated author of the sure-to-soon-become-a-classic DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS is interviewed by Australia’s 9AM show.

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IF YOU WANT TO BUY JOE’S BOOK, HERE’S THE LINK TO AMAZON.COM

[Cyrano’s Journal Online does not receive any compensation from Amazon or any other entity. This link is provided as a courtesy to our readers.]
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