Marginalia

Odd scraps, bits and pieces, notes from other blogs and other stuff.


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It’s hard not to feel empathy for the Somalians, whose coastline has been laid waste by the West and the East, and whose primary means of earning a living has been thoroughly toxified. I think that, in their shoes, I’d be out pirating ships, too. Aquila ka Hecate | A Shaman Reporting to Hecate. Mostly.
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The Dalai Lama has again been refused entry to South Africa, this time for the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Cape Times reported on Thursday. Dalai Lama again refused entry into SA - Sowetan LIVE
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In early August of this year, the BRICS countries—Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa—launched a series of initiatives aimed at altering the current structure of international finance. Besides pushing to dethrone the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, the organization created a development bank and a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). The former would allow countries to by-pass the IMF and the World Bank, with their tightfisted austerity fixation, and the latter would give countries emergency access to foreign currency. Sanctions & the Dollar » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
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Reblogged from orthopilgrim
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For America, Britain and the Western powers, the rise of Isis and the Caliphate is the ultimate disaster. Whatever they intended by their invasion of Iraq in 2003 and their efforts to get rid of Assad in Syria since 2011, it was not to see the creation of a jihadi state spanning northern Iraq and Syria run by a movement a hundred times bigger and much better organised than the al-Qaida of Osama bin Laden. The war on terror for which civil liberties have been curtailed and hundreds of billions of dollars spent has failed miserably. The belief that Isis is interested only in ‘Muslim against Muslim’ struggles is another instance of wishful thinking: Isis has shown it will fight anybody who doesn’t adhere to its bigoted, puritanical and violent variant of Islam. Where Isis differs from al-Qaida is that it’s a well-run military organisation that is very careful in choosing its targets and the optimum moment to attack them. Patrick Cockburn · Isis consolidates · LRB 21 August 2014
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