As President Obama transitions from Commander-in-Chief to elder statesman, liberal pundits will need to cherry-pick his record on human rights for posterity. Unfortunately for the man who received the Nobel Peace Prize as president-elect in 2008, his first week in office included his lifting of the arms ban on Kopassus, the Indonesian military special forces used to murder indigenous religious leaders in the illegally-annexed West Papua.
As Cory Morningstar and Forrest Palmer report, the corporations that fund the non-profit industrial complex through tax-exempt foundations have a clear agenda, even though that agenda is obscured by the much-hyped show business of the so-called ‘activists’ on their payroll. For corporations like Unilever–owner of Ben & Jerry’s, as well as the “Fair and Lovely” line of products for people of color to whiten their skin–funding foundations run by sellout NGO elites in service to Wall Street is just part of doing business.
When these co-opted NGOs, i.e. Greenpeace USA and Earth Economics, partner with Wall Street fronts such as 350, Avaaz and Ceres, they function as well-heeled pied pipers that distract concerned people from more serious and effective political engagement. To call this aspect of the thoroughly-corrupted, non-profit industry serious fraud is an understatement. When this complex exploits indigenous peoples fighting for their lives against Wall Street, it becomes an exercise in Orwellian doublespeak.
As a result, caring but naive followers of these pied pipers are led into “consumer activism” and other infantile civic roles, where they are easily manipulated by public relations firms such as Agit-Pop Communications (formerly Ruckus Productions). These PR firms, in turn, promote fascist enterprises such as The New Economy.
Perhaps the clearest distinction between the Trump and Clinton agendas is the geography of war. The notorious war hawk Hillary Clinton emphasized the conquest of foreign competitors for control of the international oil market, while the demagogue Donald Trump seeks to vanquish domestic opposition to US domination of energy production.
Both Trump and Clinton support expansion of American military prowess and energy dominance, making this difference in emphasis less important than their mutual agreement on the virtue of force, as opposed to the rule of international law. Both of their philosophies result in a devastated environment and dystopian society.
Indigenous leaders in northern Colombia expelled a group of evangelical Christians from their community recently, saying the missionaries were contributing to the “physical, cultural and spiritual extermination of our ethnic group” according to a press statement.
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As the high-life redneck president, Trump appeals to middle-class white trash, but he also endears himself to the just plain stupid. I mean, look at his appointments. They’re chock-full of dumb-ass politicians who make the Republican Congress and Supreme Court seem enlightened by comparison.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe cleaned up at the UN, gaining the support of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly under international law. Meanwhile, state police and national guard continue to use “rubber bullets, teargas, mace, compression grenades and bean-bag rounds.”