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Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

Richard Greenwald has just released a new 80 minute documentary on America's drone wars. You can register to watch it for free for an unspecified, limited period.

Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

Hat tip to Arvind for this

The film documents the case of Tariq, a 16 year old footballing enthusiast who attended a specially convened Jirga in Islamabad to relate his traumatising experiences of US drone attacks in Northern Waziristan. It appears he was "fingered" as a target for assassination a few days later creating a devastating hole in the lives of his family and community. The film relates how a tribal Jirga was targeted in a "signature" strike - people are targeted not on the basis of their identity or evidence but because of fitting a profile of behaviour.Thus the gathering of tribal elders to resolve disputes in communities is targeted as meeting of terrorists.


The bankers are coming

The Indian and Chinese economies are projected to reach 18% each of global GDP by 2022 and the US share to decline to around 9%.

With a combined population of approaching 2.5 billion, India and China are huge markets with a growing middle class which dwarfs the total population of most other countries. So while the middle classes in the West are being squeezed, business opportunities abound, in India and China, for global banks and transnational corporations (TNCs). Chinese President, Xi Jinping, was in Bali earlier this month to address TNC executives, promising to open up the Chinese economy to exploitation.

Xi Jinping Attends APEC CEO Summit and Delivers Important Speech

China is already ruled by an oligarchy; expect it to become more visible and flamboyant as the "liberalisation" of the Chinese economy continues.


Stateless power

Perceptions of nation states as centres of power are mistaken. True power rests in the hands of corporations which dominate the global stage. Daily Pickings has referred on occasions to the 147 "super entities" that run the world, revealed in a study published in the New Scientist in 2011.


Web of Power


 Web of Power



The Folly of Empire


The Folly of Empire by Chris Hedges

"The final days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask the real work of the crew, which is systematically robbing the passengers as the vessel goes down."

Hat tip to Rob for this