Archive for May, 2013

23
May
13

What the Syrian Constitution says about Assad and the Rebels

And if any of my reader is still not convinced that Islamism is just the armed wing of capitalism, reading yet another excellent post from Stephen Gowans might help.

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By Stephen Gowans

The idea that the uprising against the Syrian government is inspired by a grassroots movement thirsting for a pluralist, democratic state is a fiction. The opposition’s chief elements are Islamists who seek to establish a Sunni-dominated Islamic state in place of a Syrian government they revile for being secular and dominated by Alawi “heretics.” “Al Qaeda-linked groups…dominate rebel ranks,” notes The Wall Street Journal. [1] “There is frustration with the West’s inability to help nurture a secular military or political opposition to replace Mr. Assad,” echoes The New York Times. [2] “Islamic forces seem to be ascendant within the opposition,” observes Gerald F. Seib. [3]

Indeed, almost from the opening moments of the latest outbreak of Islamic unrest in Syria, the government has said that while some protesters have legitimate grievances, the uprising is driven by militant Islamists with foreign backing.” [4] It’s no secret that Saudi…

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15
May
13

News Today

The Communist Scientist is not of those who preach one way and act another: in other words, I do, in fact, take the bus to work every day. This exposes me to what the Danish Transport Authority thinks are the most relevant Danish news (looped over a couple of minutes: they wouldn’t want you to learn too much). So, let’s see:

1 France’s GNP has gone down 0.2% over last year.
Of course, Danish GNP has gone down 0.3% in the same period. But that is irrelevant: France has an actual socialist government, and had the cheek of proposing an increase in the taxation of millionaires (of course, nothing came of it). They just have to be lambasted, the bloody frogs.

2 The Danish government is going to abolish public access to official documents, which, in any case, was reserved to journalists. The official excuse is that not enough people use it. The access rules uncovered pretty much every scandal in Denmark in the past 20 years; no party mentioned anything about their abolition before the election.

3 The Rockwool Foundation has found out that the “activation” of the unemployed doesn’t reduce uneployment.
Solid piece of research, which has finally determined that educating the unemployed while reducing the total amount of jobs available does not actually increase the total amount of jobs available. Rockwool, of course, implies that the money thus employed would be more rationally used in reducing taxes to Rockwool, something they sorely need in order to keep on moving their production to Eastern Europe.

4 “Experts” are predicting that the Danish candidate will be “in the top rankings” of the Eurovision Song Contest. And if you wonder “What the heck is that”, dear readers, you are not alone: this yearly competition pitting 39 European countries against each other to try and produce the most senseless, amateurish pop is of no interest to almost anybody outside of Denmark, which happened to win it twice (in 56 years), tickling the local people’s obsession for international recognition.

Danes, you who don’t enjoy meaningless conservative rants and inane chatter about entertainers, get used to it: from today on, it’s all you get. From now on, the Fourth Power does not live here any longer: enjoy the music, and have some cheap Cabernet in its memory.

06
May
13

The Anti-Empire Report #116

The Anti-Empire Report #116.
William Blum is one of the few in the international Left that has the courage to connect the dots and talk about the link between Islamism and Capitalism; this post is also interesting for its historical perspective on American foreign policy.

04
May
13

More Capitalist Sincerity

As pointed out before, even the most callous lackeys of capitalism can sometimes be candidly sincere.

Case in point, Bjarne Corydon, one of those social democrats who were elected by a population tired of cuts and “austerity” and who immediately allied themselves with the right wing to continue doing just that. This particular treacherous scumbag has become finance minister, and is one of the main responsibles for the “growth plan”, a fancy name for the usual policy of decreasing taxes for the richest, increasing them on flats, firing as many public employees as possible and eliminating welfare; with new elections in sight, Danish unemployment up about 15% from the introduction of the plan, and a wave of strikes brooding, he admits that we shouldn’t actually expect any growth from the growth plan. At least until the next elections, after which, it goes without saying, he will stop caring because Hell will freeze over before he is allowed to hold another minister position.

02
May
13

Happy Belated May 1

May 1

Happy comrades celebrating May 1, unlike the present writer


In Denmark, May 1 is not really the workers’ day. On May 1 most workers, including the present writer, work: while the least-paid blue collars are actually free, when it comes to the even slightly-better-paid ones, being away from one’s desk on the date is considered High Treason against capitalism, a sign that the absentee is bent on subversion. Such a subversive individual is purged from the ranks of those actually earning a living as quickly as possible. As a consequence, very few among those employed in the private sector in Denmark dare take holidays on May 1; in fact, at least two of my colleagues came back from their holidays for the occasion. I worked almost ten hours, together with another cryptocommunist, and had no time to write a post. I wish all comrades a Happy May 1 now: I wish I could have been at the yearly marches but, perhaps, I do not belong: those who participate, nowadays, are the true proletarians: people with menial state jobs, the growing mass of the unemployed, unqualified manual labourers, and the retired: in other words, those who, in Denmark, have troubles making it to the end of the month (and here is how thankful they are to the prime minister they voted, and who betrayed them). The others are in their offices, under threat of joining their ranks: you’ve got to love the freedom capitalism gives us.