F. U.

  • Jan. 25th, 2012 at 5:43 PM
la_vie_noire: (Clare-killing)
Am I the only one who wants to spit on people's faces over this shit?

Yes, because the world is all about USA and their two right-winged political parties. What they do in Somalia? Just business that are useful to make their president look good and to rescue white first worlders. As my classmate uses to say, damn if they don't want to make everything look like one of their action tv-shows/movies where their Navy is heroic saving the world from brown non-westerners and it doesn't exist a biggest context for this shit (Somali pirates and sovereignty).

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan...

Also. We know kidnapping, stealing is wrong yadda yadda, but some people are way to naive, and believe everyone lives in a idealized middle-classed first world. Which doesn't happen. And no one gives a REAL shit about other people's tragedies. Way complex problems that have to do with poverty, lack of access, lack of resources in their own countries. Thank to... well, some shit against global south and its people.

Ugh

  • Jan. 19th, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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They closed MU. The FBI closed it and arrested the owners for piracy. The company operated worldwide, but its owners worked in places like Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Do I need to say it? DO I? We kind of had the piracy discussion some... time ago (months? years?), but. Fuck you, USA. I could say a lot of things, but I'm childishly sore, the kind of sore of someone who had their pretty things taken away, and I feel kinda vindictive. Just going to say that it SO doesn't go both ways. In the matter of things big companies in the US can do, and things everyone else can do.

Also? Don't come butthurt at me? I have had in this journal lately some shitty comments going on about how REALLY some thing or another is also happening and it shows some experience isn't really privileged, and WHY don't you care about this, and... I don't want to hear it. I'm going to ban you if you come with shit like that to me. I'm sore.

(Yes, I can like my pretty things, and I can't have them like you people can thanks to some of the shit YOU -I mean, YOUR GOVERNMENT- and your companies put around here, and DID around here. So be quiet.)

I don't know if I already linked it some time ago, but if you really, really need to say something? Please, read this first: Media Piracy in Emerging Economies.

Uhm. The world disgusts me today

  • Dec. 9th, 2011 at 12:28 AM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
Are people in this post actually proud?

Your left is a joke. No kidding.

Here is why I have been out of lj, or out of english-speaking media/blogs.

Fuck yeah, you fucking killers. And no, I don't have Operación Condor on my back. I may play that card.

ETA: And no, this is hardly my only reason for being disgusted today. But you people may not care about what shit some local bishop spew around.

Nov. 20th, 2011

  • 8:27 PM
la_vie_noire: (Default)
Transnational Corporate Control over the Global Economy.

Although Republicans and President Obama are said to disagree about economic policies, there is one initiative that they both enthusiastically support: free trade agreements.

[...]

One answer is the enormous economic power of transnational corporations (TNCs), the main beneficiaries of these agreements. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development:

TNCs worldwide, in their operations both at home and abroad, generated value added of approximately $16 trillion in 2010, accounting for more than a quarter of global GDP. In 2010, foreign affiliates accounted for more than one-tenth of global GDP and one-third of world exports.


The largest transnational corporations are from developed capitalist countries. These corporations also tend to be among the largest and most powerful firms in their respective home countries. At the same time, as the table below shows, their international operations now account for a majority of their assets, sales, and employment. Looking at all TNCs, the United Nations reports that the value added by their foreign affiliates generated approximately 40% of their total value added in 2010, up from 35% in 2005.

Now, transnational corporations generally rely on complex cross border production networks that involve the linking of production across many countries, with final sales often taking place in still other countries. Most importantly, these networks often include “independent” partner firms that undertake various activities according to an overall transnational corporate strategy. While some of the partner firms may themselves be transnational corporations, many are not, which means that TNC controlled activity is greater than the combined activities of parent and affiliate firms.

Transnational corporations use a variety of so-called “non-equity modes” (NEMs) of control to direct the operations of their partner firms, with contract manufacturing and service outsourcing among the most important. Cross border activity involving NEM relationships is conservatively estimated to have generated over $2 trillion of sales in 2010. The United Nations reports that some 18–21 million workers are directly employed in firms operating under NEM arrangements. Around 80 per cent of NEM-generated employment is in developing and transition economies.

As the following figure reveals, cross border production activity anchored by NEM relations now dominates a number of key export industries. For example, NEM production now accounts for more than 50% of all toy, footwear, garment and electronics exports.


People should read the rest of the article, to understand some things.
la_vie_noire: (Default)
The US sends troops to fight the Lord’s Resistance Army with Uganda: What’s at Stake? (Please, read the article before commenting if you don't know a thing about Uganda's situation.)

Yeah, I'm glad some people are waking up and all, but I live in a poor Third World Country that is still dealing with the consequences of the Condor Operation, so.

Yeah, I don't give a damn if this makes people mad because frankly. Gah.

This shit is ridicoulous

  • Sep. 13th, 2011 at 12:15 AM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
Were I this woman, I would sue their asses off. What the fucking hell.

I guess you can't travel without being handcuffed in the US if you aren't a white person.

Dude, what more do you need?

  • May. 27th, 2011 at 11:22 PM
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Via The Angry Black Woman.

Perspective On 9/11 And The Invasions Of Iraq & Afghanistan.

Infographic: Casualties From The War On Terror, 9/11, And The Invasion of Iraq

The stats breakdown are as follows:

September 11th Victims: 0.28%

American Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq: 0.55%

Afghan Civilian Casualties: 4.39%

Iraqi Civilian Casualties: 94.78%


Also, the comments are pretty... uhmazing.

[Stats were transcribed in TABW blog.]
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
I'm so, so, so incredibly, infinitely TIRED of reading USA's left about Osama Bin Laden's assassination. Seriously: "this just makes us exactly like those people we are fighting!"

Uhm. No. Your country have bombed, ruined countries. Economically terrorized and exploited the developing world.

Whatever you do, I don't think there is a single Nation that can compare to you right now. This just shows you can do whatever you want in any country in the world without any consequence whatsoever.
la_vie_noire: (Claymore1 holding a sword)
ARMAS Y DROGAS NO DECLARADAS EN UN AVION MILITAR ESTADOUNIDENSE.

Un avión militar estadounidense intentó ingresar un cargamento no declarado de armas de guerra, equipos de comunicación encriptada, programas informáticos y drogas narcóticas y estupefacientes. CFK ordenó abrir una valija, que los estadounidenses se negaban a entregar

Jan. 11th, 2011

  • 10:36 PM
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Guerra, Drogas y Política. Elementos del Mundo Bipolar. Conferencia de Chomsky en México. (Y sí, le cito a él simplemente porque de este asunto nadie habla. Pft, los Estadounidenses ni saben qué es Acapulco, pero menos mal que hablamos de sus vecinos.)

El pretexto es la guerra contra las drogas, pero es difícil tomar eso muy en serio, aun si aceptáramos la extraordinaria suposición de que Estados Unidos tiene derecho a encabezar una guerra en tierras extranjeras. Las razones son bien conocidas, y fueron expresadas una vez más a fines de febrero por la Comisión Latinoamericana sobre Drogas y Democracia, encabezada por los ex presidentes Cardoso, Zedillo y Gaviria.

Su informe concluye que la guerra al narcotráfico ha sido un fracaso total y demanda un drástico cambio de política, que se aleje de las medidas de fuerza en los ámbitos interno y externo e intente medidas menos costosas y más efectivas.

Los estudios llevados a cabo por el gobierno estadounidense, y otras investigaciones, han mostrado que la forma más efectiva y menos costosa de controlar el uso de drogas es la prevención, el tratamiento y la educación. Han mostrado además que los métodos más costosos y menos eficaces son las operaciones fuera del propio país, tales como las fumigaciones y la persecución violenta.

El hecho de que se privilegien consistentemente los métodos menos eficaces y más costosos sobre los mejores es suficiente para mostrarnos que los objetivos de la guerra contra las drogas no son los que se anuncian. Para determinar los objetivos reales, podemos adoptar el principio jurídico de que las consecuencias previsibles constituyen prueba de la intención.

Y las consecuencias no son oscuras: subyace en los programas una contrainsurgencia en el extranjero y una forma de limpieza social en lo interno, enviando enormes números de personas superfluas, casi todas hombres negros, a las penitenciarías, fenómeno que condujo ya a la tasa de encarcelamiento más alta del mundo, por mucho, desde que se iniciaron los programas, hace 30 años.


México: Saldo rojo

Y la obstinación ha sido el tenor del calderonismo: ante el fracaso de la guerra contra el crimen organizado, el Ejecutivo persiste en legitimarse y gobernar mediante la imposición de la violencia, sin considerar los daños colaterales de esta guerra inútil y desgastante: las autoridades estatales en el municipio de Ciudad Juárez y zonas circunvecinas indicaron que 158 menores de edad, algunos con apenas meses de nacidos, sucumbieron ante la violencia de la guerra contra el narco; aunque en la mayoría de los casos se presume que han sido víctimas circunstanciales, en otros hay claros indicios de que los ataques fueron directos contra sus familiares.


Relacionado: LA TRAGEDIA DE COLOMBIA POR: NOAM CHOMSKY.

¿Por qué? ¿Por qué campesinos latinoamericanos se preocupan por producir coca, aparte de su propio uso, como lo han hecho siempre? Las razones tienen sus raíces en las políticas sociales y económicas impuestas al Tercer Mundo. Las reglas han dispuesto que ellos deben dejar de producir para sus propias necesidades y cambiar a la exportación. Estas naciones deben abrir sus mercados a los países ricos y especialmente a las exportaciones subsidiadas de los Estados Unidos, las cuales socavan la producción doméstica. Los agricultores locales se deben convertir en “productores racionales” según los preceptos de la economía moderna, sacando cosechas para exportar. Y, siendo racionales como son, ellos giraron hacia el cultivo que produce más dinero.

Efectivamente, la producción de cocaína se disparó de manera impresionante, ayudando a sustentar “milagros económicos”. En 1985 Bolivia estaba atravesando por serias dificultades económicas y Jeffrey Sach, de la Universidad de Harvard, les enseñó la teoría apropiada del mercado libre; rápidamente la situación se arregló y aparecieron buenas estadísticas macroeconómicas. Pero hubo algunos efectos laterales. Uno fue que el “milagro” dependía fuertemente de las exportaciones de coca. Esto ha ocurrido también en Perú.

First post of the year

  • Jan. 1st, 2011 at 6:49 PM
la_vie_noire: (Claymore8 smirk)
Via [livejournal.com profile] ew_younerd: How racist is American anthropology?

Yes, Ntarangwi has conducted an anthropological study of American anthropology! An important undertaking. He has studied textbooks, ethnographies, coursework, professional meetings, and feedback from colleagues and mentors. He “reverses the gaze", he stresses: Whereas Western anthropologists often study non-Western cultures, he studies “the Western culture of anthropology".

He is especially interested in “the cultural and racial biases that shape anthropological study in general".

In the preface and introduction he writes:

If anthropology truly begins at home as Malinowski states, how come, as I had thus far observed, anthropology tended to focus on the “exotic"? How come only a small percentage of fieldwork and scholarship by Western anthropologists focused on their own cultures, and when they did it was among individuals and communities on the peripheries, their own “exotics” such as those in extreme poverty, in gangs, ad others outside mainstream culture? (…)

This book is a personal journey into the heart of anthropology; representing my own pathways as an African student entering American higher education in the early 1990s that I knew very little about. It is a story about my initial entry into an American academic space very different from my own experience in Kenya, where we followed a British system of education.

It is also a story hemmed within a specific discourse and views about anthropology that can be best represented by remarks from fellow graduate students who wondered what i was doing in a “racist” discipline. (…) Troubled by this label, I consciously embarked on a journey to find more about the discipline.


Fantastic.

And, randomly, I take the opportunity to wish you all a great 2011.

lo que más necesitamos

  • Sep. 23rd, 2010 at 2:05 PM
la_vie_noire: (Default)
USA wants to bring their military here. The project name, "Nuevos Horizontes" (New Horizons) is very telling.

And our middle class is very stupid and the small elite that makes the upper class is very... happy. We have a lot of troubles regarding our governability thanks to our president's cancer, his private life, how he is part of a movement that took down the most powerful and corrupt political group of our country, and a paramilitary kidnapping group that consisted on seven people, but the right used as a scape goat for all our troubles, magnifying its influence and calling it "leftist" (no wonder a number of people that were in positions of power, like Ministers, were from the left and most of them resigned, were kicked out, etc.)

Un buen artículo: La geopolítica de las bases militares de los Estados Unidos en Colombia

La disputa por las reservas de petróleo y gas natural, que estarían agotadas en menos de 80 años con los niveles de consumo actual, han significado el aumento de las tensiones en la periferia del poder capitalista en Oriente medio, el Cáucaso, Asia central y Latinoamérica. Lugares donde los Estados Unidos y sus socios hacen ingentes esfuerzos por controlar el suministro de recursos estratégicos, utilizando para ello planes de guerra e intervención, que van desde la ocupación directa, las guerras preventivas y humanitarias, el uso de separatistas mafiosos, de fundamentalistas islámicos y de regímenes corruptos y gansteriles para implementar planes de desestabilización regional, propicios para el posterior establecimiento de economías multinacionales de enclave en los territorios dominados.

[...]

Finalmente, sobre el sofisma que rodea la intervención militar de los EU en el conflicto colombiano y su internacionalización, habría que anotar que las siete bases y los 1.400 militares y mercenarios gringos en Colombia servirán para todo, menos para el propagandizado objetivo de la victoria militar sobre las guerrillas. Basta recordar que las invasiones de los EU no lograron exterminar a las guerrillas en Vietnam, ni en Irak, ni mucho menos en Afganistán. Esto para los que ven demasiada televisión y creen que el problema colombiano se resume en la existencia de dos guerrillas.

Las siete bases tampoco nos llevarán al “anhelado” fin del narcotráfico, basta también recordar que bajo la ocupación de los EU a Afganistán se ha llegado a cifras record de presencia de cultivos de amapola y de exportación de opio desde ese bombardeado país. Y que en nuestro país después de 6 años de Plan Colombia, de miles de muertos y de 6.000 millones de dólares gastados en plomo y veneno, contamos con más de 100.000 hectáreas de cultivos de coca y exportamos, sin mucho problema, 900 toneladas de cocaína al año.


Nosotros que ya tenemos problemas de abuso con Argentina y Brasil, paises más ricos que nosotros, que nos roban la mitad del Pilcomayo cuando nuestro Chaco se seca y nuestra hidroeléctrica, respectivamente, no quiero saber lo que será si dejamos que esta superpotencia capitalsita se nos meta hasta en los huevos.

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