Author: gilmbaker

Chomsky on Trump and N Korea

  From Democracy Now   JUAN GONZÁLEZ: In line with your concern about the growing threat in terms of nuclear weapons, there are also maneuvers going on off the coast of Korea, and the words that we’ve heard from President Trump in the last few days, that if China doesn’t deal with North Korea, the U.S. will. Can you talk about his policies already, his developing policies toward Korea and toward China? NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, it’s kind of interesting to look at the record. The claim is “Well, we’ve tried everything. Nothing works. Therefore, we have to use force.” Is it true that nothing’s worked? I mean, there is a record, after all. And if you look at the record, it’s interesting. 1994, Clinton made—established what was called the Framework Agreement with North Korea. North Korea would terminate its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The U.S. would reduce hostile acts. It more or less worked, and neither side lived up to it totally, but, by 2000, North Korea had not proceeded with its nuclear weapons programs. George W. Bush came …

Intellectual Property for the Twenty-First-Century Economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Dean Baker and Arjun Jayadev – Project Syndicate

Developing countries are increasingly pushing back against the intellectual property regime foisted on them by the advanced economies over the last 30 years. They are right to do so, because what matters is not only the production of knowledge, but also that it is used in ways that put the health and wellbeing of people ahead of corporate profits. Source: Intellectual Property for the Twenty-First-Century Economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Dean Baker and Arjun Jayadev – Project Syndicate

Tomgram: Erik Edstrom, Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point | TomDispatch

The past is a long way off in the age of Trump. Still, it’s worth calling to mind the president who launched our never-ending war on terror, sent the first drone assassination flights soaring, invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, oversaw the creation of global “black sites” where a man could experience the sensation of drowning 83 times in a single month, lumped Iraq, Iran, and North Korea together in an “axis of evil,” was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, and oversaw — the single thing for which he seems to be remembered these days — the mess that was the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort.  (Say it ain’t so, Brownie!) Source: Tomgram: Erik Edstrom, Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point | TomDispatch