'US builds secret drone bases in Africa'
United States is to build a series of new secret drone bases in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in an attempt to target suspected militants in Somalia and Yemen.
'US builds secret drone bases in Africa'
United States is to build a series of new secret drone bases in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in an attempt to target suspected militants in Somalia and Yemen.
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Published on Jun 30, 2015
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سخنی سنجیده و سگالنده با ایرانیان
درست است که سیطره سبُعانه و سفاکانهٔ ستون پنجمی از سوسماران سمی ـ صحرائی تازیان، مُهر و سمبول متعفن و مستعجن فرهنگ مکاری ـ ملائی خود را بر پیکر ستبر و ستین ایرانیان، تبهکارانه و تازیانه، تاتو کرده است. واین هم درست است که سالهاست که غرور ملی جایش را به غروب ملی داده است تا جائیکه صلابت و صلاحیت دیرینهٔ پارسایانه اش بطور جدی و جلادانه لکه دار و لگد مال شده است ولی تجربهٔ تاریخی به کرات و مرات نشان داده است که اکر ملت ایرن مبداء و محرک مقصدش را وارستگی و وارهانندگی ملی بر پایه پلاتفرم استقلال به همراه استقامت و ایستادنی اُستادانه انتخاب کند، بدون هیچ گونه تردید و توهمی خواهد توانست یکبار برای همیشه به این مذلت و مسکنت مزدوری یعنی تمکین و تملق فرهنگی به مثابه طاعت و اطاعت در مقابل مناره متعفن و مظهر مناسک منحوس تازیان، چه در ضمیر و چه در زمین آریائیان خط قرمز بُطلان بکشد.
تاریخ اسپانیا در زدودن و زباله انداختن زبان و زیان فرهنگ مکاری ـ مسلمانی تازیان بهترین و بهین ترین گواه خدشه ناپذیر این مدعاست!
مطیح محض مشتی ملا و مفتی مخُلا و مرتج تازی التبار شدن در هیچ برهه ای از زمان در هیچ جائی از جهان نه تنها افتخار و احترامی به ارمغان نیآورده است بلکه مقام و مرتبهٔ آن ملت را رذیلانه توسط روضه خوانان و رجم گران یعنی رجاله گان دین به رهزنگاه و نیرنگاه رهسپار ساخته است.
بیائید دردخفاء و خلوت خود خردمندانه و خلاقانه نه خائنانه و خاسرانه یعنی مردانه و مزدیسانه، بجای کُرنش گری و کمر خم کنی، کُنش گر و کنکاش گری کمانگیر و کلنجار گر باشیم تا قلب این قبیلهٔ نوکران و نوچه های نعلین پوش تازیان را نشانه رویم تا بساط و بنیاد این تفکر بادیه نشینان و بربر زادگان را از بیق و بُن برآندازیم!
باردیگر چشم به انتظار مُنجی و مُعجزه گر یا میرغضبی همچون هلاکو خان مغول نشستن تا ما ایرانیان را از شّر این شرطه های شرعی ـ عربی المعتصم بالله ئی یا المعتصم ملائی، نجات بدهد، سزنده و سزاوار سرزمین ستُرگ آریائیان نمی باشد.
سرانجام در واپسین واگویه فرجام شناسانه، البته با مدد و متد اسکاتا لوجیک منطقی یعنی به پشتوانهٔ پیشنه تاریخی و به پرتو پیمایش در پراتیک و تجربه، می توان اینچینین ادعا و استدلال کرد، تازمانیکه پوران و پورمندان،پهلوانان و پارتیزانان، فرهیختگان و فرزانگان ایرانی ـ آریائی، پارسایانه پوشنه و پوشش این پاشیدگی و پوسیدگی، پراگندگی و پریشان حالی فرهنگ تخدیر و تحقیر، گدائی و گمراهی، کرخت و گژهی، کلب و گور پرستی، گوسفندی و گردن خم کنی،نزر و نیاز، نماز و نوکری به دُژگاه یا دفن گاه های کعبه و کربلا، نهاوند و نجف را به همراه طواف طوطی وار طوایف طُلاب، عمامه و عراب را با رجعت به رنسانس و رستاخیزی رهاننده یعنی با بازگشت یا فراشکردی فرازمندانه به فرهنگ دیرینهٔ آریائی ـ آهورائی، این عاملان اصلی رذالت و رخوت ملی ـ میهنی را به کرانه و کناره زباله زمان، پرتاب نکنند یا بقول ولتر: مذهب خود را به بسان پول رایج کشورشان تحویل نگیرند تا ابدالدهر در چنبره وابستگی و واماندگی، اسارت و ایستائی با اتیکت عفریت عبودیت در زیر سلطهٔ سفاکانه و تسلط تبهکارنهٔ این ختنه شدگان خبیث تناسل و تفکر، تازی الاتبار باقی خواهند ماند.
پروندهٔ دو امام تازی. حسن و حسین
براینکه درک و داوری درستی از دژُنام گویان و دژُآگاهان، دغلکاران و دلقکان، دعانویسان و دروغ پردازان دین، یعنی پیروان پژوین و پشماگند تاریک بین و تازیک اندیش داشته باشیم. باید با سویج یا سُنبه و سُوندی سُنباننده به سودن و سُفتن در ترازوی تاریخ، بمثابهٔ ساینتیفیک هیستوری البته با مدد و متد سافیس تیکیت و فیلوسوفیک آنرا مورد کنُش و کنکاش قرار دهیم تا در غرقاب غبار غسل و غساله های غداره بند توضیح المسائل نویس ها و دعانویس های دیوان تفتیش عقاید شرطه های شرعی ـ عربی، غرق نشویم.
وقتی که ترکان قشری قزلباش به سرکردکی شاه اسماعیل صفوی یک شبه با دروغ و دغلکاری و با داخل کردن یا وارد کردن کاروانی از آخوند و انگل، اهریمن و اجنه، رجاله و روضه خوان، راهزن و رمه بان، رند و رمال، جاهل و جمل سوار، جادوگر و جنبل باف از جبل عامل لبنان تا عراق از شام تا یمن و بحرین، توانست یکبار دیگر همچون سلف خود سعدوقاص، مردم ایران را با زور و ذوالفقار قاریان قبح و قمه کشان قزلباس، مجبور و محکوم به پذیرش و گردن نهادن قلادهٔ غلامی قصابان جدیدی از تبار وحشیان تبهکار تازی، بنام شیعه اثناعشری ـ عربی را بجای تسنن ترکی ـ تازی وادار سازد. تا بدین وسیله شبهٔ شوم بساط سیطره تحجر و تعزیه گری، زنجیر زنی و قمه زنی، سینه زنی و سیه روزی،آشوبگری و آشوراسالاری،شیخ شنیع و شام غریبانی را به همراه کارخانهٔ مسخ و مهدیه گری را با جهولت و جلادی، تمام وکمال در سراسر آسمان ایران زمین بگستراند
ـ برعکس ادعای آستان بوس ها و اختابوس های رجزخوان و رجاله های رذالت پیشهٔ روضه خوان و رجم گر آثناعشری ـ عربی حاکم بر ایران، بیائید دمی ، کمی هم به افادهٔ افاضات یا آراجیف ابتذال گونه، پژوین و پلشت ابا عبدالله یعنی امام الحسین علیه العرب تازی را از زبان ضریس بن عبدالملک بشنوید که می گوید: از ابا عبدالله امام الحسین علیه السلام بشنیدم که فریش و فرمایش می کرد که " ما همه از تبار قمه کشان قریشیم و پیروان عرب تازی و دُشمنان قسم خورده عجم هستیم، واضع و واعظ است که هر عرب تازی بهتر و بهین تر و بالاتر و برتر از هر عجم می باشد و هر عجم فرومایه تر و فرودست تر از هر عرب تازی می باشد. باز همو مرتکب فضیلت فخارانه می شود و در ادامه می فرماید که باید ایرانیان را به مدینه آورد و زنانشان را برای زفاف و ذکاة فروخت و مردانشان را به بردگی و بندگی عرب ها مجبور کرد" (1 ) نقل و قول این مطالب: سقیته البحار و مدینه الاحکام و آثار. تالیف حاج شیخ عباس قمی در کتاب شیعه گری نوشته مسعود انصاری صفحه 54
"حتی اسناد تاریخی تصدیق شده و تائید شده بسیاری گواه بر این مدعای مستند و موثق می باشد که برای ترور و تصرف طبرستان در زمان خلافت خاسر و خبیث، خناس و خدعه عثمان عرب، جنگ سختی به سرداری و سر جلادی سعیدبن عاص در آن منطقه درگرفت که در نتیجهٔ شهامت و رشادت مردم ناکام ماند، از جمله سرکردگان و سرگردن زنان این ساطور بدست عرب، حسن و حسین، فرزندان علی ابی طالب، قمه کش و قاتل قوم و قبیله بنی قریظه بودند "
(2) برای صحت و صحیح بودن صرافانه این ادعای گوینده مراجعه شود به تاریخ طبری جلد پنجم، صفحه 2116 ، فتوح البلدان صفحه 183 ، مختصرالبلدان صفحه 152
البته در بسیاری از کتب تاریخی عرب و اروپائی به وفور و وثوق آمده است که از بدو تجاوز و تصرف ایران توسط تازیان تبهکار، همیشه تبعیض نژادی به همراه تعرض و تعقیب، تهدید و تعزیر، یکی از شگردهای شقی و شیادانه، شیطان صفتانه و شعبده بازانهٔ شمشیرکشان شرعی بوده است که چه بطور مستقیم و چه غیر مستقیم توسط ستون پنجمی بنام شیاطین الفقها یا فقیه الشیاطین تازی تبار علیه ایرانیان اعمال می شد.
تا جائیکه تازیان مسلمان بری تحقیر و تمسخر، توهین و تکفیر ایرانیان، می گفتند که سه چیز در اسلام تازیان وجود دارد که نماز یعنی این نماد نوکری و نوچه گری به دُژگاه یا درگاه سوسمارزادگان سمی - صحرائی قمه کشان قریشی را باطل می کند: یکی سگ و دومی اُلاغ و سومی ایرانی میباشد.
1 ـ نقل و قول این مطالب: سقیته البحار و مدینه الاحکام و آثار. تالیف حاج شیخ عباس قمی در کتاب شیعه گری نوشته مسعود انصاری صفحه
2ـ برای صحت و صحیح بودن صرافانه این ادعای گوینده مراجعه شود به تاریخ طبری جلد پنجم، صفحه 2116 ، فتوح البلدان صفحه 183 ، مختصرالبلدان صفحه 152
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Trouble on Hungary's border escalates as migrants fight tear gas to beat fence
Published on Aug 26, 2015
As fast as Hungary plugs its frontier with Serbia with a steel wall, refugees are arriving at its weak points before it becomes unassailable to get into the EU.
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?
Economist Gerard Dumenil argues the Eurozone will face minimal impact and its leaders are already preparing for a possible Grexit - August 27, 2015
Gerard Dumenil is an economist and Former Research Director in the French National Center for Scientific Research. He is the co-author of The Crisis of Neoliberalism and presently working on a new book, entitled The Stability Frontier. Thank you for joining us.
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
This Friday the Greek president is expected to call for early elections in September. This comes a week after former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned following fierce opposition within his government to the latest bailout agreement with the Troika. Syriza will face a challenge from the Popular Unity party led by the former energy minister along with 25 other MPs who defected from Syriza. The anti-austerity platform of the party includes an exit from the eurozone. With elections currently expected to take place on September 20, the question now is what will it mean for the future of the eurozone.
Joining us now to discuss all of this is Gerard Dumenil. He is an economist and former research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research. He is also the coauthor of the book The Crisis of Neoliberalism, and he's currently working on a new book, entitled The Stability Frontier. Thank you for joining us, Gerard.
GERARD DUMENIL: Okay, hello.
DESVARIEUX: So Gerard, let's start off with just making a distinction for our viewers between the European Union and the eurozone. The European Union is this political, legislative system, and the eurozone is this economic region of countries who have taken the euro as their currency. So like Great Britain and Denmark, Greece could technically be in the European Union but have its own currency and be out of the eurozone. Let's talk about the effects of that. What kind of effects would that have on the eurozone?
DUMENIL: I'm not sure the effect would be very big, because everything has been prepared. Actually, the European authorities have created a system in which European governments are backing the Greek debt. And now private banks have very little interest in the Greek debt. And Greece is a small country in Europe.
And so I believe the effect will be actually small. Maybe a political effect more than economic effect.
DESVARIEUX: And you mention the private banks would have little interest, why is that?
DUMENIL: Well a few years ago, private banks like France, French banks for example, began to finance the Greek debt, because interest rates were very high. But as risks were increasing, and when the eurozone created the new institution that I mentioned, they very, very dramatically went out of financing Greece. And now for example, the financing coming from French banks to Greece is zero.
DESVARIEUX: But Gerard, what about the argument that if Greece leaves the eurozone that the prowess of the European Union would become a lot weaker since countries would not be bound by financial ties? Essentially we could be going back to this pre-1948 Europe where competition amongst nation-states would spring up again. So Gerard, isn't there some truth to that, that having the same currency is sort of keeping people feeling like we're all in this together.
DUMENIL: No, I don't think so. Right now European countries like France or Germany, the governments of these countries, they know that probably Greece will go out of the eurozone. They've prepared everything, you know. And actually they are teaching a lesson to other countries. You have to be very serious, according to their own criteria of [inaud.] issue debt, in particular the debt of the government. So they actually, they're using what's happening in Greece to teach a lesson to other countries in Europe. So I don't think that a Grexit would cause any damage to the eurozone.
Of course you understand, I am personally against this type of outcome. But unfortunately it will probably happen.
DESVARIEUX: Let's talk first about your point about how they're preparing for this Greek exit. What specifically are they doing?
DUMENIL: This is what I mentioned before, which is now most of the Greek debt is financed through the new institution that they have created. The new, latest one is called the European Monetary--I forget the name in English. This is the European stability mechanism--I'll look at my paper. European stability mechanism. And this new system you know, are back--in this new system, the eurozone governments are backing the debt of Greece. So it will mean that the government will have to pay a little bit of a fraction of the Greek debt, which is not a big deal at all. Because as I said, the Greek debt compared to the economy of Greece is big. But compared to the economy of the eurozone, it's very small.
DESVARIEUX: You also mentioned that you would not be for Greece exiting the eurozone. Why is that?
DUMENIL: Because personally I think they should lead us to an analysis of what happened with Greece. How their government behaved, how neoliberal policies were responsible for the current crisis in Greece. So Europe should do everything to actually cancel a good fraction of the Greek debt, as the IMF is now suggesting. But the eurozone governments are not ready to do that.
DESVARIEUX: I was going to say, if Greece decides to leave the eurozone, do you see other countries following suit? Countries like Portugal, Spain, and Ireland who are feeling the pressure of austerity?
DUMENIL: No, I don't think so. I really do not think so. As I said before, European authorities are trying to teach using the Greek situation to teach a lesson to other countries. And this lesson is already [inaud.] and it will be [inaud.].
DESVARIEUX: And let's talk about the lesson specifically. What is the lesson, then?
DUMENIL: The lesson, according to the government that we have, not according to me, the lesson is that you have to behave. To behave according to the rules that they have in mind, which is to manage your economy to control the government expenses, and many other things like this.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. It's been five years since Greece's debt crisis began. If the austerity policies aren't working to promote a more robust economy, why does the eurozone want to continue to pursue them? And like you said, play by the rules or behave?
DUMENIL: Now the problem is not so much austerity, or not austerity. Going out of austerity would mean for Greece larger government expenses. It would mean larger deficit of the government, or again, growing debt. There is absolutely no way out of the present situation for Greece if as I said the European authorities, and in particular the European Central Bank, do not bail out Greece in the sense of canceling a large fraction of the Greek debt. And this is exactly what the IMF is now saying. Because the experts of the IMF understood technically that it's completely impossible for Greece to pay such a debt, even in thirty or fifty years.
DESVARIEUX: All right. Gerard Dumenil joining us from Paris, France. Thank you so much for being with us.
DUMENIL: Okay, thank you very much. I'm sorry for not having been too optimistic about Greece, but this is how I understand the situation.
DESVARIEUX: I appreciate your candor. And we'll certainly try to have you back on. And thank you for joining us on the Real News Network.
Germany: Fire rages at sports hall near refugee housing in Berlin
Published on Aug 26, 2015
A fire broke out in a sports centre on the grounds of the Karl-Bonnhoeffer clinic in Berlin on Wednesday.
Early reports suggested that the government had intended to use the sports hall to house refugees, but authorities have denied this. Around 900 asylum seekers live in four homes 200 metres (656 feet) from the clinic. Some of the children occasionally play football in the hall, but generally clinic staff uses the facilities. A party welcoming refugees to Berlin has seemingly been planned on the grounds of the clinic, not in the sports centre, for Thursday, but authorities could not confirm this.
Bloodshed in Beirut as anti-government protests turn violent
Published on Aug 23, 2015
One person is reported dead and more than 70 injured after a second day of protests against Lebanon's government turned violent.
People have poured onto the streets of Beirut to denounce authorities' inability to find a solution to a crisis that started last month when the main refuse tip in the city closed.
As police clashed with protesters, Prime Minister Tammam Salam
warned that heavily-indebted Lebanon was headed towards collapse.
Threatening to resign, Salam, 70, said a bigger problem t
'Child abuse of the most wicked sort': Shocking new ISIS video shows baby-faced three-year-old boy
Published on Aug 24, 2015
In the disturbing new propaganda video which is believed to have been released by ISIS, the child raises the dagger to the sky just as Islamic State executioner Jihadi John once did.
Police violently disperse trash protest in Beirut with water cannons, tear gas
Published on Aug 22, 2015
Water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas were deployed by police in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Saturday as crowds gathered to protest against the government’s inability to deal with rubbish collection problems in the city. FULL STORY: http://on.rt.com/6pm0
Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
RootsAction.Org's Jeff Cohen says Bernie Sanders can not just denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism - August 27, 2015
Jeff Cohen is the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, and he was the founder of the media watchdog FAIR. He is the co-founder of RootsAction.org. He joins us from Ithaca, New York.
Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?JARED BALL, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And welcome to another edition of As the Sanders Berns, where we here at the Real News continue to monitor and interpret the power of the nominally progressive campaign of Bernie Sanders. Just a few hours ago the influential political insiders' news source the Hill said Sanders is now in fact the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, overtaking Hillary Clinton largely due to his ability to rally large numbers in support of his campaign and Clinton's existing and potentially worsening email and server scandals.
Joining us to again look further into what Tom Hartman has called the political revolution of Bernie Sanders is Jeff Cohen. Jeff Cohen is media critic and lecturer, is founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he is an associate professor of journalism, and from where he joins us now. Welcome back to the Real News, Jeff Cohen.
JEFF COHEN: Great to be with you.
BALL: So tell us from your perspective what you think of Bernie Sanders' campaign as it stands right now and this recent claim from the Hill that he's in fact a frontrunner.
COHEN: Well, I'm thrilled. I've known Bernie since the early 1990s when he first went to Congress. He was one of the members of Congress that approached us at the media watchgroup fair to talk to us about how we could work together on combating corporate mainstream media bias. So he's a very unique member of Congress. The crowds are enormous. Compared to Donald Trump, who's running a, sort of an appeal to racism campaign, the mainstream media has pushed Bernie into the margins compared to Trump.
But even in the margins, Bernie Sanders is getting enough coverage, and certainly in independent media like Real News, he's getting enough coverage that people are learning about this guy who's the longest-serving independent member of Congress, whose background in the early '60s was civil rights. He organized a protest over racial discrimination in the educational system of Chicago, which is where Bernie went to college. He was in a sit-in about racist housing policies. He was putting up fliers around the city to protest police brutality in Chicago. So Bernie is a very unique individual to be running for president, and then to be getting these crowds and passing Hillary in New Hampshire, I think if you're a progressive you're pretty excited about it.
BALL: Well, but despite the civil rights record that you cite, he also supported the three strikes rule of the first Clinton administration. And he supported No Child Left Behind, and correct me if I'm wrong, also Race to the Top, which are policies that horrifically and negatively impact black and poor communities in terms of education and of course incarceration. I'd be interested in your thoughts about...
COHEN: Yeah, I'm not aware of the three strikes. But you're right, he has been too--sometimes he has supported President Obama or President Clinton more than he should have. He's also polarized with those last two Democratic presidents on very important issues of class inequality and corporate power. So I mean, my point to you is this is a guy who, like Cornel West recently said, when this great African-American academic and activist Cornel West endorsed Bernie, and it was somewhat of a ringing endorsement, saying that even prophetic politicians like Bernie, who should be critically supported, they often have their faults and their blind spots.
The thing about a political revolution or a social movement and the huge crowds he's getting is that these activists that are supporting Bernie should demand things. Obviously Black Lives Matter has disrupted a couple events at which Bernie spoke. They were not Bernie Sanders events. And I think everyone agrees that the Bernie Sanders speech and the politics he's putting forward have been improved because of that.
Now there's some of us, like you know, I'm the co-founder of Roots Action, we want Bernie to start addressing some of the things that had been wrong with U.S. foreign policy and militarism under President Bush, President Obama. And that's what I think a social movement can do, is push a candidate like Bernie, who does come out of social activism and protest himself, I think he's easy to pressure, cajole, persuade, to take a more encompassing view. And therefore some of those blind spots that Cornel West refers to, maybe Bernie will improve on some of those areas.
BALL: Well, with all due respect to Dr. West, I mean, he also supported initially Barack Obama. And we see at least for some of us on the left where that has gotten us, or not gotten us. But that also was part of the question that I have here finally, just to wrap up this segment, is you've also in calling for Bernie Sanders to speak out on foreign policy you've encouraged a petition be signed that compares Bernie Sanders and what should be his foreign policy to Dr. King.
And so even going back to this question about Dr. West previously supporting Barack Obama and now wanting to support Bernie Sanders, with these comparisons or allusions at least to people like Dr. King, I mean, King's whole point was the Democratic party and the Republican party as institutions are incapable of producing the kind of social or political revolution that many are now attaching to Bernie Sanders, at least in terms of hopes, and previously to Barack Obama. So is there not a flaw in supporting the institutions for those on the left who want this kind of change? Can Bernie Sanders really within the institution of the Democratic party bring about the kind of change that you and others have attached now to Dr. King, and that Dr. West and others were hopeful for back with Obama and now again with Bernie Sanders?
COHEN: Yeah, I'm not sure Cornel West had as much hope about Obama as a social reformer that he does with Bernie. I mean, I think Cornel West has known Bernie, as many of us have, for decades. He's been a radical leftist, a socialist, his whole life. That's very different from Obama, who is always retreating from the socialist label. But you've raised some good questions.
If Bernie had decided not to run inside the first Iowa caucus, where voters will be able to decide between Hillary, Bernie, and the others, or in the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic primary, I don't think he'd have crowds of any kind of size. The mainstream media would have him as a mere footnote. So I think in terms of tactics, and to me it's just a tactic because Bernie is the longest-running independent who's served in Congress. No independent has ever been elected and re-elected like Bernie has as an independent outside of the two-party system. But tactically, choosing to run inside the Democratic party caucuses and primaries I think is why he's gotten the media attention that he has. It's not enough, but he's gotten some, and the crowds that he's getting.
But your final point, yes. There's a petition, anyone can sign it. Bernie Sanders is great on corporate power, he's great on inequality. But he's now talking more about racial discrimination and racism and criminal injustice. He doesn't talk about foreign policy and the militarism that Martin Luther King Jr. talked so much about in the last year of King's life. So there's a petition at RootsAction.org saying Bernie, speak up. You can't denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism. And we want to have Bernie explain how he differs from President Obama on these drone strikes and on these expanding wars. That's the key. I think that's a real blind spot. And if we have a big social movement we can push Bernie Sanders to be more comprehensive in the politics he's putting forward.
BALL: Jeff Cohen, thanks again for joining us here at the Real News.
COHEN: Thank you, Jared.
BALL: And thank you for joining us here at the Real News. For all involved, again, I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And as always we say, as Fred Hampton used to say, to you we say peace, if you're willing to fight for it. So peace, everybody, and we'll catch you in the whirlwind.
Burning Man Bugs and The CIA
Published on Aug 23, 2015
Infowars News Director Rob Dew looks at the recent phenomenon of massive amounts of insects appearing in the middle of the desert at the site of this years Burning Man festival. Rob also looks at the theories floating around the internet and the history of CIA and our government using bugs as a bio weapon.
Colleges Train for Work, Not Thought
Professor Larry Wilkerson discusses the latest in the high cost of college and the increasing role universities play in prepping a work force rather than an intellectual force - August 18, 2015
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."
Jared A. Ball is a father and husband. After that he is a multimedia host, producer, journalist and educator. Ball is also a founder of "mixtape radio" and "mixtape journalism" about which he wrote I MiX What I Like: A MiXtape Manifesto (AK Press, 2011) and is co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X (Black Classic Press, 2012). Ball is an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG.
Colleges Train for Work, Not ThoughtJARED BALL, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome, everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore.
While leading Democratic party politicians are now hawking new plans for a debt-free college experience, which of course sounds great to what are now the most indebted college graduates in world history, there are still some concerned about the kind of education even those not having to pay at all would receive. In a recent article for Harper's magazine William Deresiewicz describes a situation where, as he says, colleges have sold their soul to the market.
To discuss this is Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell and a professor at the College of William and Mary. We welcome back Col. Wilkerson to the Real News. Welcome back.
LARRY WILKERSON, FMR. CHIEF OF STAFF TO COLIN POWELL: Thanks, Jared. Good to be with you.
BALL: So tell us what you think about this article. It suggests that neoliberalism has taken hold, and the designs of the corporate world are all that most universities are being encouraged, at least, to be concerned about. What do you see is the problem here with this trend?
WILKERSON: This is an age-old problem, as you probably know. It goes way back in the life of universities, certainly argued majorly in or on campuses like Oxford University, Cambridge University in England, and other, older schools. It is typified by on the one side the humanists, the exponents of liberal arts, of teaching young men and young women how to think critically as opposed to skills enhancement and training, and those on the other side of the argument exemplified at that time by the Huxley brothers, scientists, by those who reflect what we're talking about today when we say STEM, science, technology, engineering and so forth.
And what is increasingly becoming the case, and I think is the real object of the article in Harper's and others who are talking about this in great detail today, and that is the predatory capitalist state, which is what we have become in addition to being a national security state. That predatory capitalist state wants, one, workers who are not going to question things. That is to say, they can't think critically. And it wants people who are more or less inured to what they produce, do, and mean in daily existence. That is to say, they want workers who are compliant with the structure that we've created in this country, the structure that works for minimum wages, that does things that need to be done for the corporate good, and so forth.
It's a meaner argument, if you will, today. I can give the Huxley brothers their due, as they argued for example with John Henry Cardinal Newman about whether a liberal arts education or a science-based education was the best. And like Plato and Aristotle I would probably argue that somewhere in between is probably the best kind of education. That is to say, you need scientists who can think critically too, and therefore be good voters and so forth, and you need humanists that know something, liberal arts people who know something about science, engineering, math, and so forth. That's the ideal world.
What you do not need is colleges and universities that are focused on getting jobs for people, and getting jobs in a society that is increasingly plutocratic, that is to say, the only people with the really good jobs are at the very top, and everybody else is a worker bee for those people. That's what these colleges and universities are tending towards now, and that's what the advertisements, that's what the brouhaha in U.S. news and [inaud.] report and other places like that is all about. Oh, you're spending $200,000 for Jane's education. Then Jane needs to get a job, and she doesn't need an education. What she needs is training and skills enhancement. Well, that's not the purpose of a university.
BALL: But this sounds like, to me at least, that this is an expansion, as you said, of a much longer existing problem. That is, that for many, that is for working whites, for poor working whites in this country and certainly for African-descended people and indigenous people, there has long been a history of teaching those communities only to be part of the workforce. That is, with Native American residential schools, with the industrial schools of the 19th century for African-Americans, for the establishment of a public school system in this country in general that was designed specifically to prepare white working people for their roles in society, that this has long been an issue.
So how is this discussion, other than upping it, so to speak, into the upper echelons of society, how is this a change in terms of the history of this country's education, generally speaking?
WILKERSON: It's not a change in the sense that you just expressed it, that it has all this complexity, all this nuance and all these different parts to it. For example, there is the part of minority education, the part of minorities being shorted for 400 years, still being shorted. I worked in the DC public school system, for example, for Colin Powell for ten years. It is for all intents and purposes I was segregated when I worked in it as it was in 1850, if it existed at that time. I mean this is no, nothing news to people who've worked in inner city schools, that minorities get short shrift when it comes to education.
But this is a bigger argument. It's a huge argument at the very top of what you might call the sophistication of education argument. And it is first of all, should everyone get a university education, well, I for one, I'm talking about. The answer to that question is no. no matter how egalitarian you may be, everyone in the world does not need to be a philosopher, does not need to be a Ph.D in nuclear physics, and so forth. They don't have the intellectual capacity, and frankly--and this is more important--they don't have the inclination.
There are plenty of people that ought to run automotive repair shops, ought to be tradesmen and craftsmen and so forth. And we've sort of lost that in this culture today because what we are is a finance giant. We service people, we finance things. We don't do any real making of anything anymore. But there is a niche, a huge niche in our society for artisans. For craftsmen. For people who by their own wishes don't want what I'm talking about when I say a university education. And in many cases, aren't intellectually equipped for it.
So that's the first division you have to make, and you do have to make that division. We've been very [inaud.] by allowing the market to make that division, which is why we get so many idiots who are billionaires, and so many bright people who are not making any money at all. It's a hypocritical stance in this country that we take on merit and education, and so forth.
But back to the argument, the university takes in people who are intellectually, mentally predisposed to and want to be critical thinkers. That's not everybody in society. I daresay if a study were done, and it were done over time, you'd probably find 30-40 percent of any given society that really ought to have a university education of the type I'm talking about. Other types of education that mostly community colleges can offer, that are in fact sort of a combination of what I mean by education and what I mean by skills enhancement that are aimed at particular niches in society for example, computer training being the latest example of that on a broad base, ought to be done also. But this is a sort of combination of the university and the artisan segments of society.
The Germans do this really well. They have trade schools and they have universities. And they know everyone's not going to university, by inclination or by capability. So they identify those people and send those people to university. Those who want trades and good jobs in trades, like working at Mercedes or BMW or whatever, they then send to trade school. Because they want to go to trade school, and because they have intellectual and other capacity to do that. This is the way education should be divided in this country. But hypocrites that we are, hypocrites that we've always been, we say everyone should have a $250,000 or more university education. That's pure poppycock.
BALL: Larry Wilkerson, thanks again for joining us here at the Real News.
WILKERSON: Thanks for having me on, Jared.
BALL: And thank you for joining us here at the Real News. For everyone involved, again, I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And as always, as Fred Hampton used to say, to you we say peace if you're willing to fight for it. So peace everybody, and we'll catch you in the whirlwind.