Saturday open thread… Update: Chomsky Top of the Pops…;) 23 September 2006Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, Big Box Blogs, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Political Blogs.
What a hoot! I snagged this from The Guardian, they report via the NYT on a meeting Amadinejah had at the CoFR. I’d have paid to be a butterfly on the wall:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can accuse the US and Britain of being lawbreakers.
As if that wasn’t enough for him, the New York Times reports on the Iranian president’s confrontational meeting with a US foreign policy thinktank. By the sound of things, he seemed to enjoy it.
He entered a hotel conference room on the East Side with a jaunty smile, a wave and an air of supreme confidence.
“Mr Ahmadinejad […] squared off with the nation’s foreign policy establishment, parrying questions for an hour and three-quarters with two dozen members of the Council on Foreign Relations then ending the evening by asking whether they were simply shills for the Bush administration.”
That last made me smile.
hmmm At first I thought I did not have much to add to this (colonising is quite insidious, shall we say)… but when I reached this snippet on Desmond Tutu and more importantly religion…
The Archbishop Desmond Tutu radiates more sweet, selfless joy than his little body could possibly contain. No religion in the world promotes death and murder, he said. Instead, all of the world’s religions promote compassion, justice, love, caring. It is unfortunate that people misuse religion for bad purposes, like a knife intended to cut bread might be used to hurt someone.
Gotta love the Clinton Global Initiative squatting on Manhattan for a few days…. A PR structure provides a forum for our puppets to lecture us. Rania – and King Abdullah of Jordan, an ”operetta of a regime” [a quick tumbnail from poor old Hitchens, but he is right on that one] that does not want to be “on the menu”, so to speak. Karzai, from a Conoco executive to Pashtun leader in a few leaps. Necessary deals with war lords, a shakey protector of Kabul and beyond that, Taliban retaking by the day and a failed narco-state (all but) that was reported as such far and wide last year following a UN report, but those reports were outside the continental USA. Once called Fortress America. Now it is just in an ignorance bubble. And a celebrity bubble.
From the AP, in the IHT:
Rupert Murdoch, the conservative global media mogul whose Fox News Channel and New York Post have criticized the Clintons in the past, participated in a panel at the conference Friday. He appeared onstage with Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, who won wide praise for Wal-Mart’s announcement earlier this week that it would begin selling dozens of generic drugs for $4 (€3.10).
As part of the Clinton conference, Wal-Mart announced a five-year plan to reduce product packaging by 2013.
Wal-Mart has faced criticism in recent years for its low wages and lack of affordable health insurance for its employees. Earlier this year, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton returned a $5,000 (€3,901) contribution from Wal-Mart.
Friday morning, Sen. Clinton, a potential 2008 presidential contender, headlined a panel on women’s economic empowerment. She decried what she described as the global “feminization of poverty.”
Later, President Clinton announced that Murdoch had partnered with singer and liberal activist Barbra Streisand to give seed funding to the Clinton Climate Initiative.
“Rupert’s richer than I am. He should give more,” quipped Streisand when she took the stage with Clinton.
So should we applaud? — or just vote for the former Wal-Mart Bd of Directors member ’86 – ’92, this tidy critical detail went nearly unreported inside the US in the ’92 run. I read about it in the continental and UK press. Nor is it mentioned in her blurb at the CGI website.
And all this schmooz about removing the word Terror and inserting Extremism… well, if we buy into that watery pabulum then we had best shoot ourselves. Pronto.
From one of the bloggers
As I posted earlier, I’m spending the next three days at the Clinton Global Initiative. A few of my favorite bloggers, including Jessica, Barbara and Peter, are all here also. The opening plenary session, which featured President Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, and a panel discussion, just ended. The pre-session video featured several of the event’s coordinators and contributors, including Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, who said, “Extremism only exists where there is ignorance, where there is isolation, where there is deprivation. So it is crucial to educate our youth… and give them hope for the future.” Gayle Smith from the Center of American Progress followed with, “It is time to stop talking about why we can’t do things and go ahead and just do it.”
Prepare for a long two years (run up to ’08) as those colonised channel the messages. Yes, I am sorry to be blunt.
It will take several years, but all of this soft as runny eggs foundation-based work that is to come from immense monies (oh and “pledges” which are notoriously welched upon, after the PR of the promise is passed…) safely behind the legally constructed wall of the various foundations, will come in for an investigation. To the extent that it can be done.
On the other hand, the “little people” are encouraged to believe that a return to what is 19th c white philanthropy will take care of things. And if that belief were to be punctured?
Generally in foundations, other than true philanthropic monies, often quietly working away… generally foundation money just accumulates. Away from the prying eyes of the government. And, as of a few years ago (I am not current), only had to dispense 5% of its holdings per annum to retain all of the benefits of being a foundation. And of course pay any number of strata of Directors, board members and whoever else.
And, yes, of course Peter Daou was there. And, yes if you click on the CGI link, you will see a bright and cheery photo of Hillary, with a blurb just a click away about how she was elected in 2000 to [blah blah blah] for the people of NY. A “featured” attendee at the conference.
Blah. Blah. I hope the play pumps really do work. We are going to hear about them whether they do or not.
I am sorry, but I just dislike the cheap slobber. The laden with irony soul food consumed in Harlem is coming back up to greet us, as ink. Further, the soft takes were, on a small scale, important. The CGI annual meeting is technically closed to the public, but for media.
Attendance is limited to CGI members. However, the entire meeting will be webcast live and can be viewed at www.clintonglobalinitiative.org. For additional suggestions on “what you can do” to get involved, please visit our website.
UPDATE, 12:30 pm
There seems to be quite a bit of chatter in the Blogoland about the Clinton appearance on FOX with Chris Wallace. In case anyone is interested, this is (I think transcribed from TIVO as usually FOX gives highlights) a “rough” of the full interview at Think Progress.
I am bats on full transcripts. After Kerry selected Edwards, they had several luncheon interviews with editorial boards in the major press. I remember three published the full transcript. NYT, Wapo and I think the Chicago Trib. I can no longer remember the Trib – or the third – precisely, but with both the Times and the Wapo, Kerry and Edwards CONFLATED Iraq with the WoT – and did so immediately at the opening of the interviews.
You gotta wonder.
10:40 pm Saturday:
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