Africa | Israel

Patrick Bond: New Evidence of Africa’s Systematic Looting, From an Increasingly Schizophrenic World Bank (CounterPunch)

A brand new World Bank report, The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018, offers evidence of how much poorer Africa is becoming thanks to rampant minerals, oil and gas extraction. Yet Bank policies and practices remain oriented to enforcing foreign loan repayments and transnational corporate (TNC) profit repatriation, thus maintaining the looting.
Central to its “natural capital accounting,” the Bank uses an “Adjusted Net Savings” (ANS) measure for changes in economic, ecological and educational wealth…
In its latest world survey (with 1990-2015 data), the Bank concludes that Sub-Saharan Africa loses roughly $100 billion of ANS annually because it is “the only region with periods of negative levels – averaging negative 3 percent of GNI over the past decade – suggesting that its development policies are not yet sufficiently promoting sustainable economic growth… Clearly, natural resource depletion is one of the key drivers of negative ANS in the region.”

Robert Mackey: Palestinian Legislators Bundled Out of Israeli Parliament for Protesting Mike Pence (Intercept)

More than a dozen Palestinian members of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, were ejected from the chamber for protesting a speech by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.
The legislators, who represent Palestinians living inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders, stood at the start of Pence’s address and held up signs with the slogan “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” over an image of a mosque and a church in the city. The placards signaled dissent from the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there next year, despite international consensus that the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 was illegal…
The spectacle struck the visiting American correspondent Andrea Mitchell as out of tune with Israel’s boast about being the region’s only true democracy. “Can you imagine,” she wrote on Twitter, “Capitol Police dragging members of the Congressional Black Caucus off the House floor?

Odeh Bisharat: With Pence Visiting, It Took 10 Seconds and the Knesset Was Empty of Arabs (Haaretz)

Even the Israeli president tossed statesmanship aside and enthusiastically applauded the disgraceful scene… MK Dov Henin, noting the significance of the brutal event, wrote on Twitter: “The removal of an entire faction from a Knesset session is an unprecedented move. Apparently they want to show what democracy really looks like in Israel.” Aside from Henin, not a single Jewish MK was willing to identify with the Arab MKs and say – I cast my lot with you, my Arab brothers.

Glenn Greenwald: In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott (Intercept)

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Samir Amin: Audacity, more audacity (Pambazuka News)

Samir Amin is proposing a way out of the current situation of capitalism in crisis. Nations should socialise the ownership of monopolies, de-financialise the management of the economy and de-globalise international relations.

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Nation)

Boris Kagarlitzky: Politics is Now Being Played Out in Public. A Very Peaceful Russian Revolt (CounterPunch)

Ibrahim al-Amin: A Revolution Against Resistance? (al-Akhbar)
Jay Solomon, Nour Malas: Syria Would Cut Iran Military Tie, Opposition Head Says (Wall Street Journal)

Walden Bello: An Unbalanced Relationship. The New German Colossus (CounterPunch)

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh: Keynesian vs. Marxian Explanations: Understanding Unemployment (CounterPunch)

Yang Rui, Colin Mackerras, Einar Tangen: A watchful US in Pacific (CCTV)
Derek Bolton: Australia Remilitarizes (FPIF)

Michael Kaufman: Lesser Evilism, 2012. A Vote for Obama Now is More Evil Than It Was in 2008 (CounterPunch)

Robert Pallitto: The Return of Waterboarding? (FPIF)

Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong: Gilded Outside, Shoddy Within: The Human Rights Watch report on Chinese copper mining in Zambia (Japan Focus)

Chomsky | Australia | Hiroshima | Afghanistan | China and Africa

Rob sent these links to videos of Chomsky’s talk at Peking University:
乔姆斯基教授北大百年讲堂讲演 – intro, main talk, Q&A (Youku)

张传文: 当乔姆斯基遭遇中国 (南方都市报)
Excerpts in English can be found here:
Andy Yee: Noam Chomsky in China (Global Voices)

K. wrote: Oz is a colonial backwater like Canada…I remember when the CIA got rid of Whitlam i believe…Billiton (aka Broken Hill) is the largest mining corp in the world about to take over potashcorp, world’s largest potash producer and the second and third largest producer of nitrogen and phosphate.
Rachel Pannett: Shadow of Ouster Hangs Over Australian Vote (Wall Street Journal)

K. also sent these two links:
Ameen Izzadeen: Hiroshima: the humbug and the hypocrisy (Daily Mirror)
Tim Kennelly: Afghanistan Crisis Deepens: US, Canada and NATO Threaten to Extend War (The Bullet)
K.’s comment: Bob [Rae]’s brother is the main man for the head of the biggest corporation in Canada (Power Corp) which is a front for Rockefeller’s SO. All if not 99.9% of Canadan prime ministers have bin former employees of Power Corp.

Deborah Brautigam: Is China Sending Prisoners to Work Overseas? (China in Africa: The Real Story)
Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong: Stirring up trouble: Claims that China sends convicts to labour in Africa are unfounded (China in Africa: The Real Story)