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Privitising social services: NZ’s looming neoliberal confidence scam

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rosaluxemburg (CC BY-ND 2.0)

In the US, the hyenas of the right-wing are currently fighting for room around the carcass of neoliberal-capitalism, hoping to strip the last stringy-pieces of meat from the now decaying form. In a true old-fashioned gag, there are more GOP candidates for the presidency in 2016 than any other time previously.

Viewing this comedy from the distant comfort of New Zealand is strangely enjoyable and similar to the sick-making thrill of watching Fox news and its brand of explosive bigotry and conservatism. Both are like American candy – sickly-sweet and instantly regrettable, though very difficult to put down once started.

While it may be somewhat refreshing to stand back and admire the depths of ridiculousness prevalent in US politics, the joke ceases to be as funny when global levels of toxicity are factored in – the influence and saturation of US corporatocracy is now keenly and widely felt on a global scale and often awful in effect.… Read the rest

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A Salute to Yanis Varoufakis: the People’s Poet-Padre

"Yanis-Varoufakis-Berlin-2015-02-05" by Jörg Rüger - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Yanis-Varoufakis-Berlin-2015-02-05” by Jörg Rüger – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The news pours steady and constant in the aftermath of Greece’s referendum. Clattering down the wires comes word of Yanis Varoufakis’ resignation in an act of sacrifice and solidarity usually unheard of in modern politics. From the pages of his personal blog comes a statement which includes yet another example of his characteristically laconic and acerbic one-liners – “I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.” With every new news-story and post-resignation report his mystique is further intensified and increased. Is it too much to suggest the carving of his legend in the bedrock of every liberal-heart?

His use of language confounds or delights – depending on your bias – it’s terse-poetic, incisive and completely foreign to the dry and drab world of political economics. Outside of any easily defined archetype or political anatomy, he appears so starkly different from the opposite players that juxtaposition is inevitable.… Read the rest

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Obama Presents Mideast Peace Vision To Arab World

Photo: Elizabeth Cromwell (CC)

Photo: Elizabeth Cromwell (CC)

Via Reuters:

President Barack Obama on Thursday backed a key Palestinian demand on the borders of a future state with Israel as part of his vision for a Middle East peace deal and sought to shape political change convulsing the region.

Obama’s proposal — a policy shift that effectively calls for a negotiated Israeli pullback to 1967 borders that existed before it occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem — drew a swift rejection from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of his Washington visit.

The president’s first public endorsement of the idea — in laying out his most detailed framework yet for an elusive peace deal — came in a much-anticipated “Arab spring” address aimed at recasting the U.S. response to upheaval sweeping the Arab world.

“At a time when the people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace that ends the conflict and resolves all claims is more urgent that ever,” Obama told an audience of U.S.

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