Friday, 15 January 2010

The International

Happy New Year to all my non-existent readers. I had a pretty good rhythm going on here until it got derailed by the holidays and a two week vacation in Morocco, all of which, I'm happy to report, went more or less well enough for me to have survived them, conserved good memories of them, and be sitting here at my computer in the opulent comforts of western civilization, which suddenly seem worth enjoying while they last.

The month since I have managed to get on here, however, has seen some developments, man-made and not, which have put into perspective some of the subjects that I write about. Yes, I continue to believe that the economy that can only grow or provide people based on the continued burning and and consuming of earth's resources is fundamentally doomed, and that until we switch to way less wasteful ways or organizing and occupying ourselves the current path will get ugly, but were not there yet. Meanwhile, some countries are there (Hell on earth).

2010 has started, and the new decade is kicking off exceptionally bad in some places where we don't think of as being so peachy to begin with. Things have gotten desperate in Iran and on my trip I read two articles in Paris Match and the Nouvel Observateur which show to what horrible travails the country is mired in. The thirty year old international pariah, the much derided ruling islamic theocracy, under which nonetheless a small amount of breathing room and livability was accorded to citizens compared to now, did not regain control after the destabilizing protests of june. Instead, as I've learned, they have effectively been forced to hand over control to the Bassanji and Guardians of the Revolution, two groups that essentially form now a military junta and whose threats to dissent amount to totalitarianism that are ruling with a virtual reign of terror right now. And there have already been many, many martyrs and bloodshed among those brave and courageous enough to engage in civil disobedience. I hope that something can dislodge this utterly rotten and brutal system the iranians are stuck under; unfortunately, I don't see how it is possible without more blood being shed.

Then the awful earthquake that happened to the people of Haiti, the last on earth, in the grand irony of mother nature, able to deal with such a thing. In human solidarity, the best thing to do is use some of that credit card to give the fake money to people who need it but can't get it. Hopefully the charity doesn't keep more than it needs to for itself. I felt moved and upset by the photos I saw in the newspaper and I hope, seriously, that this event provides impetus to help this country break out of the impasse it has been stuck in, the curse of colonialism, for 500 years.

I am still worried about humanity's thousand barrel a second petroleum habit, but in the meantime I hope the people of these two countries can improve their situation

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