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Video: My Democracy Now! debate on Gaza with “liberal” Zionist J.J. Goldberg   →

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quoms:

since 2011 more mexican and central american children have been ‘apprehended’ and detained by the border patrol than there were japanese-americans interned in world war 2. this is only counting children caught by themselves, without a parent or guardian

Pro-Israel lobbying group CAMERA set this up outside of the New York Times newsroom in order to lament the paper’s stance as not being Zionist enough

Pro-Israel lobbying group CAMERA set this up outside of the New York Times newsroom in order to lament the paper’s stance as not being Zionist enough

Youth Group Stuck in Israel After Flights Are Halted   →

*at the new york times office* “yep, just put those palestinian casualty numbers in paragraph 13 and- wait, israelis have been inconvenienced!? stop the fucking presses.

Business Community Cheers for Indonesia's New President   →

quoms:

antoine-roquentin:

you learn, after reading the business press for a while, that’ “short-term popularity” is usually code for “the democratic majority’s wishes”.

The president-elect has said he will not engage in the usual political “horse-trading” (or “cow trading” in Indonesia) of cabinet seats but will instead try to recruit ministers with the appropriate background, character and skills. Key appointments will be finance, foreign affairs, agriculture and trade.

But the four political parties in his coalition, and doubtless many other hangers-on, will be pushing for rewards for their support and he will have to weigh political realities against the national interest.

widodo was cheered because he seemed to be connected to few political interests and thus could possibly rise above them, but even with the office of the presidency he will likely not have the power to do so and will end up simply keeping up with class configurations rather than restructuring them for greater efficiency

The corrupt legal system and a rising tide of economic nationalism, often interlinked, have damaged Indonesia’s reputation as one of Asia’s hottest investment destinations.

Mr Widodo, who has made protectionist noises while demonstrating a pragmatic approach to foreign investment in local government, has the opportunity to repair the situation.

Doing so will help attract the much-needed dollars needed to finance the current account deficit and promote economic growth, which has fallen to a five-year low. But it will not be easy.

He will have to deal with tricky cases like that of Newmont, the US gold and copper mining company, which is taking Indonesia to international arbitration over the government’s ban at the beginning of this year on the export of unprocessed minerals.

Mr Widodo has said he will stick with the ban, which is designed to promote the development of a metals processing industry. However, he will be under pressure to find a better way to implement it that encourages that value-added industry to develop.

The Newmont situation is hardly ideal for any side: the company has laid off several thousand workers on a poor, remote island and is paying more than $20m a month to maintain a closed mine while the government gets no revenue and is embarrassed by the international lawsuit.

With many avowed economic nationalists in his party, and well-connected tycoons trying to profit from foreign investors’ woes, it will not be an easy balancing act.

america did seem to be more on the side of his opponent, but that doesn’t mean widodo won’t open up the country. the question is, how far? again, he feels rather incompetent, especially after throwing away a very large electoral lead, so my guess is not too far.

widodo makes populist gestures, but i’m betting he won’t even be as populist or competent as thaksin shinawatra. still, he was better than the opponent, who had ordered the deaths of tens of thousands in various massacres over the years, so at least we have that to be happy for.

i don’t know if it’s right to compare him to thaksin. thaksin’s coup (figuratively) was that a complete restructuring of the thai electoral system fortuitously allowed his government to actually enact national-level policies; the previous system had discouraged national party coordination in favor of local corruption and vote-buying. sometimes what matters isn’t what your plan is but whether you have the capacity to ram it through

if jokowi says he’ll hire technocrats then he’ll hire technocrats, i guess. but he’s not riding on the wave of something that’s going to put him in a fundamentally different place from his predecessors. i think he will end up bowing to class pressure but that could easily be a result of systemic limitations on the ability of him and his government to act rather than lack of ‘competence’

but good fucking god anybody is better than prabowo

maybe i’m just following the language of the press too much. god knows, they love to attribute each and every success and failing to personality rather than the real causes. i suppose what i’m getting at is, i think the business community is expecting somebody transformative, at a time when indonesia is performing poorly, and what they’re actually getting is somebody who’s going to face a crisis of legitimacy midway through his presidency because his style of politics is too local, not enough to form the coalitions needed.

Business Community Cheers for Indonesia's New President   →

you learn, after reading the business press for a while, that’ “short-term popularity” is usually code for “the democratic majority’s wishes”.

The president-elect has said he will not engage in the usual political “horse-trading” (or “cow trading” in Indonesia) of cabinet seats but will instead try to recruit ministers with the appropriate background, character and skills. Key appointments will be finance, foreign affairs, agriculture and trade.

But the four political parties in his coalition, and doubtless many other hangers-on, will be pushing for rewards for their support and he will have to weigh political realities against the national interest.

widodo was cheered because he seemed to be connected to few political interests and thus could possibly rise above them, but even with the office of the presidency he will likely not have the power to do so and will end up simply keeping up with class configurations rather than restructuring them for greater efficiency

The corrupt legal system and a rising tide of economic nationalism, often interlinked, have damaged Indonesia’s reputation as one of Asia’s hottest investment destinations.

Mr Widodo, who has made protectionist noises while demonstrating a pragmatic approach to foreign investment in local government, has the opportunity to repair the situation.

Doing so will help attract the much-needed dollars needed to finance the current account deficit and promote economic growth, which has fallen to a five-year low. But it will not be easy.

He will have to deal with tricky cases like that of Newmont, the US gold and copper mining company, which is taking Indonesia to international arbitration over the government’s ban at the beginning of this year on the export of unprocessed minerals.

Mr Widodo has said he will stick with the ban, which is designed to promote the development of a metals processing industry. However, he will be under pressure to find a better way to implement it that encourages that value-added industry to develop.

The Newmont situation is hardly ideal for any side: the company has laid off several thousand workers on a poor, remote island and is paying more than $20m a month to maintain a closed mine while the government gets no revenue and is embarrassed by the international lawsuit.

With many avowed economic nationalists in his party, and well-connected tycoons trying to profit from foreign investors’ woes, it will not be an easy balancing act.

america did seem to be more on the side of his opponent, but that doesn’t mean widodo won’t open up the country. the question is, how far? again, he feels rather incompetent, especially after throwing away a very large electoral lead, so my guess is not too far.

widodo makes populist gestures, but i’m betting he won’t even be as populist or competent as thaksin shinawatra. still, he was better than the opponent, who had ordered the deaths of tens of thousands in various massacres over the years, so at least we have that to be happy for.

Dahiya doctrine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   →

The Dahiya doctrine is a military strategy put forth by the Israeli general Gadi Eizenkot that pertains to asymmetric warfare in an urban setting, in which the army deliberately targets civilian infrastructure, as a means of inducing suffering for the civilian population, thereby establishing deterrence.

kinda reminds me of something

The Dow is a measure of political control not economic health.   →

i don’t really agree with the bit on the brics bank though. far too optimistic, even the brics are far too tied in with american capital to shake it up too much.

Netanyahu's 'Telegenically Dead' Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original - The Intercept   →

Anonymous said: What if we are all just social constructs, brah?

don’t be silly. society plays no role whatsoever in my life and how i view others. i’m objectively right always.

monetizeyourcat:

gender is a social construct, sex is a social construct, i’m a social construct, you’re a social construct

i hate the neologism “social construct” for “we are not all white science men raised in vacuums”. i have no intention of socially constructing anybody, nor will anybody socially construct me.