The ‘Arab Spring’ finally infects Israel

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The masses turned out this weekend in cities across Israel – in total numbers exceeding 150,000 – to add their angry voices to the cacophony rising around the world of poor, working-class, and middle-class victims of the unyielding avarice of the global econocorporate socioeconomic elite.
It was, of course, to be expected that a social trend originating in a handful of Muslim states might be slow in gaining support in the Jewish state; but it has finally happened.
In humongous crowds in some cities and in small gatherings in others, the global masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class – are starting to come together in bugeoning reflections of their growing antipathy to a cruel and corrupt corporate capitalist agenda that is swelling the coffers of the elite and beggaring the masses. Continue reading “The ‘Arab Spring’ finally infects Israel”

Which prisons really rehabilitate convicts?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The North American TV networks, cable news channels and right-wing radio talk shows were all aflutter this week at the prospect that accused Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik may end up serving just 21 years in prison after slaughtering at least 77 people.
Breivik, of course, came to global prominence a few days ago after detonating a bomb outside a building in downtown Oslo, killing eight people, and then going on a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside Oslo, and killing at least 69 more.
To Americans, in particular, who are more used to sentences in the hundreds of years or several lifetimes for much lesser crimes, the possibility that Breivik might serve a maximum of 21 years for his crimes seemed somewhat bizarre and unfathomable. Continue reading “Which prisons really rehabilitate convicts?”

Debunking Harper’s economic fictions

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper likes to claim that Canada has escaped relatively unscather from the global economic meltdown and that his government’s fiscal calamity is due to the rest of the world’s woes.
All of his claims are patently fiction – outright lies.
Harper claims that Canada’s banks are in good shape and that they are in good shape because Canada’s laws prevented Canadian banks from engaging in the kind of Amerikkkan cowboy capitalism that brought the world to its knees.
While Harper is partly right, his party certainly deserves none of the credit. In fact, his Conservatives opposed the bank regulations – passed by a previous minority Liberal government supported by the NDP – that limited the Canadian catastrophe. Continue reading “Debunking Harper’s economic fictions”

Elite snares the gains, but not the pains

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The current congressional deadlock over raising the United States government’s debt ceiling has made one thing perfectly clear: While the socioeconomic elite are quite happy to claim all their country’s economic gains they are not too thrilled about sharing in its fiscal pains.
Once upon a time there was a rationale for Amerikkkan corporate capitalism’s enormous profit margins: The capitalists were actually risking their own money to create new wealth that all could share in.
But that is no longer the case. After 30 years of a cruel corporate capitalist agenda served equally well by neoconservative and neoliberal political parties, all the risk has been taken out of capitalist investment – if they make money they get to keep almost all of it, but if they lose money their losses are socialized – meaning the taxpayers suffer the loss.
That is a major reason why the gap between rich and poor has grown so grotesque and why it continues to grow even when the Amerikkkan economy is shrinking. Continue reading “Elite snares the gains, but not the pains”

Tea Party plays debt Russian roulette

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Amerikkka’s Republican Tea Party is playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette with the deadline fast approaching for raising the debt ceiling and preventing a U.S. government debt default.
The ramifications of such a default would be onerous for the American masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class – and for the masses around the world.
Interest rates would soar for both government and private debt, transferring even more money from the beleaguered masses to the top one percent of income-earners – the billionaires and mega-millionaires who already own almost everything worth owning.
The Republican Tea Party – the brainchild and political toy of the corrupt and criminal mega-billionaires Charles and David Koch – is determined to stop at nothing in its zeal to protect corporations and the wealthy from almost any taxation at all. Continue reading “Tea Party plays debt Russian roulette”

A war on unions is a war on all workers

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It hasn’t taken Amerikkka’s Republican Tea Party or Canada’s Conservatives
long to declare all-out war on workers and their unions.
At this point, it may be only public-sector unions that are under assault but once they have been beaten it will become much easier to bust all unions and severely hurt all workers.
Any time one union is hurt, the domino effect hurts all other unions and, by extension, all of the masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class.
It’s tempting for private-sector workers and non-unionized workers to feel a sense of victory when a group of workers who are slightly better off takes it on the chin.
But to do so is to do the cruel bidding of the top one percent – the billionaires and mega-millionaires who benefit any time the rights of workers are trampled upon. Continue reading “A war on unions is a war on all workers”

Real journalists or overpaid stenographers?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The ongoing kerfuffle over the widespread phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (owner of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, among many others) will certainly not do much to enhance the public’s limited endearment with mainstream journalists.
But perhaps the term “journalists” is a misnomer when applied to the scads of hacks and hucksters who populate today’s western print and broadcast newsrooms.
They are more like overpaid stenographers, more concerned with spelling the names right than with the veracity and accuracy of what the newsmakers are saying and doing.
My own disaffection with the corporate mass media began quite early in my two-decades-long international mainstream media career. Continue reading “Real journalists or overpaid stenographers?”

The mortal sins of Rupert Murdoch

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The phone-hacking of heroes, villains and victims alike by the now-defunct News Of The World may be damning enough, but they are far from the worst sins of global media baron Rupert Murdoch.
His entire international empire deserves to die a withering death not so much for the “venial” sins that have been half-acknowledged but for the “mortal” sins that remain largely obscured.
Throughout the fevered accumulation of his $7.6-billion personal fortune, Murdoch has actively promoted corruption and criminality on the part of his minions.
The Aussie transplant started out by inheriting a virtually bankrupt newspaper in Aberdeen, Australia – reportedly after his ruined father committed suicide – and immediately began pioneering his own toxic brew of what passed for “journalism.”
The editorial content was built on a lurid and gaudy display of blood, boobs, scandals, sports and malevolent right-wing propaganda. Continue reading “The mortal sins of Rupert Murdoch”

Eric Cantor should be tried for treason

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The feigned theatrics of the U.S. congressional debate over raising the debt ceiling may be an interesting sideshow, but the main event should be the criminal prosecution of Republican Tea Party honcho Erice Cantor for treason and insider trading.
Cantor has let it be known that in reality he is just another idle speculator, gleefully getting rich off the misfortunes of others by jumping into the insanely corrupt derivatives market to bet on the crash of the Amerikkkan dollar.
That this amoral speculator is betting against the Amerikkkan economy while still collecting a pay cheque as a federal public servant is one thing, but the fact that he is a federal Representative from the state of Virginia and the de facto House leader of the Republican Tea Party renders his crass calumny even more criminal and even more intolerable. Continue reading “Eric Cantor should be tried for treason”

Why Murdoch’s media empire must die

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Many newspaper readers were shocked recently when international media mogul Rupert Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old, London-based Sunday weekly News of the World, the largest-selling English-language newspaper in the world.
But the death of that single newspaper should be just the beginning of the end of the entire Murdoch empire.
I’ve worked for Murdoch’s News Corp. on two occasions – first as Associate Night Editor of the New York Post in 1979-80 and later (in 1982-83) as publishing consultant to the Boston Herald, an assignment that included assisting in the redesign of the newspaper and teaching its veteran editors how to do modern tabloid layout and headline writing.
I met Murdoch on a couple of occasions and had a couple of lengthy telephone conversations with him. From the tone of our discussions, from my experience with his chief editorial lieutenants and from the nature of a couple of particular assignments that were thrust upon me, I can attest with 99.99 percent certainty that Rupert Murdoch not only knew of the type of illegalities that killed News of the World but also both encouraged and demanded such criminal behaviour. Continue reading “Why Murdoch’s media empire must die”