This is an op-ed by John Steppling from Dec. 21, 2019 at off-guardian.org for your consideration. We’d been discussing both capitalism and climate change recently, and although this all seems so utterly beside the point now given the ever-increasing US threats to increased war on Iran (now even nuclear war). But I’d said I’d post it, so I am; I’ll offer a couple things at the end. As John’s kindly given me permission to republish all that he writes, I’ll post it all.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.”
Lenin – Letters from Afar
From RT.com, Jan.3, 2019:
“The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has confirmed.
‘UK Johnson government launches anti-Gypsy/Traveller/Roma measures’, Paul Bond, wsws.org, 28 December 2019
three recent emails:
Dec. 15: “Ed Asner: 9/11 Government Obstruction and Misconduct
The title is an essay by Max Parry, Dec 2, 2019, at his home website at medium.com; he’s kindly given me to permission to repost it. He draws in many more elements and celebrity figures than I’d ever known factored in to make his case; it’s says it’s a 12 minute read but it took me longer in my dotage.
especially the poor and those struggling just to get by in this nation, including the estimated million homeless, some of whom die on the street nightly. blessings on those being killed slowly by egregious sanctions (war by other means) or killed outright by Amerikan capitalist imperialism.
‘A defiant Evo Morales has said he’ll return to Bolivia by next Christmas, and predicted victory for his Movement for Socialism party in upcoming elections. Morales is in exile after a “coup” and has been accused of “terrorism.”
“For reasons of security I can’t go into detail about the plan we have for returning to Bolivia. But one has to go back to one’s country,” Morales told Reuters in Buenos Aires, Argentina.’
CAA protests in Nalbari, Dec. 20
I’ve been thinking of analogies such as Kristallnacht, then after more days of protests and police actions: pogroms. At this point, it’s become impossible for me not to write up, as grotesque as it is. Will the DoJ and Congress sanction the hell out of him and his government, and revoke Genocidaire Modi his American Visa as the GW Bush did? And make it permanent? Ah, but Obomba had let him in again with great fanfare and approbation, hadn’t he? Because: the market of 3.8 billion people for Silicon Valley? And DT loves him! BFFs with virtually conjoined hearts!
It began: ‘India adopts Hindu supremacist citizenship law’, Rohantha De Silva and Keith Jones, 13 December 2019, wsws.org
“In the face of widespread popular opposition and warnings that India is rending its “secular” political-constitutional order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government have rammed through legislation that effectively redefines Indian citizenship in Hindu supremacist terms.