Archive | December 8, 2014

A South African Comedian’s First Impression of the U.S.

A South African Comedian’s First Impression of the U.S.

On The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart invited on South African Trevor Noah to give Americans his outsider’s view of how things are going in the United States. Luckily for us, Noah is a comedian because if we weren’t laughing, we’d have to cry.

Stewart introduces Noah as The Daily Show‘s newest contributor, and while it appears that this will be a good fit, Noah admits that he was hesitant to come to a country with a reputation as bad as America’s.

Stewart: I know that you flew in, I guess, yesterday from South Africa.

Noah: Yeah, I just flew in and boy are my arms tired.

The audience laughs and Stewart gives him props for the cheesy joke, but it becomes clear that Noah had something altogether different in mind. Raising his hands in a “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture,” Noah adds, “No, seriously, I’ve been holding my arms like this since I got here.”

And then there is Ebola. While many Americans may believe that since Noah is from “Africa” he should be more worried about Ebola over there than in the United States, the comedian points out that South Africa hasn’t had a single case of Ebola and the nearest outbreak is over 4,000 miles away.

Meanwhile, the United States has had several people contract the disease here and a few people have even died in American hospitals. But don’t you worry, Americans, Noah isn’t saying that countries should cut off travel to the United States. He strongly opposes the idea that airports should stop allowing people from America to travel just because of a few cases. After all, a plan like that would be pretty heartless.

After further illustrating the point that a lot of what Americans think about Africa (usually negative) and how they view themselves (as Sean Hannity likes to say, “the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the earth”) are notions that aren’t remotely accurate, Noah wraps up the segment with a devastating indictment of the American system that is too powerful to give away. Watch the clip – and please laugh or you just might cry.

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The Problem is in the Mind, and the Solution’s in the Heart*

The Problem is in the Mind, and the Solution’s in the Heart*

By Will

left Brain right BrainWhere does fear exist?

Does it have any physical existence, can you hold it in your hand?

Same with judgment, where does that exist? How about hatred, jealousy, all the negative emotions? Where do all these things “exist”?

Are not all these things the cause of enormous pain and suffering for people? It seems understanding the nature of their existence is extremely important.

The answer is obvious, they exist in the mind, and they have no existence outside of the mind. You may see things like violence happening around you, which is an expression of anger, but violence isn’t anger itself. You may see the expressions of negative emotions happening in the world, but the negative emotions themselves are only in the mind.

The mind is the source of all problems, you may believe that someone losing the use of their legs is a physical problem, but the reality is that the problem is still in the mind. There’s people with physical disabilities who curse each day they’re alive, and there’s people with the same disabilities who have learned to live with them and are much happier because of it. Physically, it’s the same situation, yet mentally it’s vastly different. It’s the difference between happiness and misery, simply because of a mental attitude. The way things are is the way things are, it’s the mind that judges that as being a problem or not.

Since suffering only exists in the mind, it seems obvious that the mind is the source of suffering. In fact the mind is what creates all the problems; the whole idea of a “problem” is a concept within the mind. None of these things should be too difficult to accept, at least mentally, but it seems application of this knowledge is something people struggle with. I say this because most people are still trying to solve their problems using the very thing that created the problems, their mind.
How often have you heard that you can’t solve a problem using the same kind of thinking that created the problem? Yet all day long, every single day, people attempt to do precisely that. That kind of unconscious creation makes life very difficult, you can easily create two more problems for every problem that is “solved”. The mind is what creates the problems, it cannot transcend them.

All of the religious and spiritual systems, all of the political, economic, scientific, and psychological systems, all of those things the whole world is run with, are based upon using the mind to solve the problems the mind created. It’s not going to work, yet people foolishly put their hope into such an impossibility. It inevitably results in more mental suffering, and I recommend realizing this as soon as possible. Unless people collectively come to this realization, the same patterns will continue to occur.

I have no doubt that many of the people reading this right now, probably most of the people reading this, are looking for mental understandings. That’s simply the nature of the paradigm most people are living from, and it’s why people have so much difficultly transcending illusion. People want to use an illusion to try and escape from an illusion. This is why so much of spirituality, especially the new age stuff, is nothing more than fantasy. If you try to use the mind to see beyond the illusion, you’re just going to create more illusions.

If you cannot solve the problem of the mind with the mind, what then?

Since most people live almost entirely from their minds, this seems like a paradox. We have all these spiritual practices that are supposed to solve this issue, but spiritual practices, and in fact all spiritual knowledge, is still mind-based. It may help some, but it doesn’t solve the root problem. It’s inherently limited because it’s still part of the mind.

This is why it’s often repeated to get out of the mind, and into the Heart. The Heart doesn’t have judgment, so the Heart doesn’t have any problems. You may believe that the Heart suffers, but it’s not really the Heart that suffers, it’s the mind’s unfulfilled desires that create suffering. It’s the mind that creates the illusion of separation, and it’s the mind that mourns a perceived loss, which is really the mind feeling sorry for itself.

The mind can create the illusion of healing, in fact this is what’s known as the placebo effect. Since the mind created the suffering it has enormous control over the suffering. If you really believe in your mind that something will make you feel better, chances are it will appear to end the suffering. If you don’t understand that the mind is what created the suffering in the first place, this might lead you to believe the mind has enormous healing powers. Of course, the patterns that originally created the problem are still there, and chances are the suffering will return in one form or another.

The more you get out of the mind, the closer you get to God. This is the whole point of meditation, yet this is often missed and people get all caught up in meditation techniques and systems, more mental creations. Simply Being Present is the most effective meditation, yet that’s too simple for the mind. The mind needs to complicate things, as complicating reality is how the mind exists in the first place.

You don’t need to get rid of the mind entirely, that will happen sooner or later anyway. The key is to stop associating yourself with your mind. You awareness doesn’t originate from your mind, your mind is only one subject of your awareness, one of many. The key is to understand the uses of the mind, and also its limitations. If you want to write a book, you need the mind, if you want lasting peace and happiness, do not use the mind to try to get there. It cannot, only Love can truly satisfy your Soul, trying to find peace through the mind is why there’s so much conflict in the world. The mind is the source of conflict, it cannot truly understand peace, it only sees peace dualistically, as a lack of conflict. Peace is so much more than that.

Understand that you need the mind to be a part of society. Without the mind there is no society, society is one of the mind’s many fabrications. I don’t recommend disconnecting from the rest of humanity, so I don’t recommend attempting to eradicate the mind altogether. Fighting with the mind only strengthens it anyway, as conflict itself originates from the mind.

Balance is found by not associating yourself with the thoughts in your mind, by no longer attaching to them. Simply observe them and let them go, don’t get caught up in them. Then you’ll begin to expand your Consciousness into the more subtle feelings that are usually drowned out by the loud, unruly mind. It’s through seeing beyond the mind that the Divine is found, and where real Love, fulfillment, and peace are found.

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Food Poverty in UK ‘more shocking’ than Africa says Archbishop of Canterbury*

Food Poverty in UK ‘more shocking’ than Africa says Archbishop of Canterbury*

The senior bishop of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby, has called for a radical overhaul of the country’s welfare system, to ensure that the ‘hunger that stalks large parts of our country’ is eliminated.

FoodlessIn a public appeal featured in the Mail on Sunday, the Archbishop of Canterbury compared two stories – one of malnourished children in the Congo, fleeing militias, the other of a British family receiving food parcels, something more than 900,000 Britons have done in the past year.

“I was talking to some people – a mum, dad and one child – in a [UK] food bank. They were ashamed to be there. The dad talked miserably. He said they had each been skipping a day’s meals once a week in order to have more for the child, but then they needed new tyres for the car so they could get to work at night, and just could not make ends meet. So they had to come to a food bank. They were treated with respect, love even, by the volunteers from local churches. But they were hungry, and ashamed to be hungry,” wrote Welby.

READ MORE: Average UK family just ‘2 weeks away from breadline’ – report

Welby writes that while the struggles of the Congolese were “deeply shocking but, tragically, expected” he found the predicament of working families going hungry in a wealthy Western country “even more shocking.”

Archbishop Welby used his address to endorse the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty, a report compiled by prominent politicians, churchmen and public figures, which is due to be released on Monday.

“The group has undertaken careful research with colleagues from across the political parties to find out what is happening behind the stories we hear of hunger and of people turning to food banks in increasing numbers,” wrote Welby.

“It has delved deep into the issues raised and the findings paint a stark picture: hunger stalks large parts of our country.”

The inquiry, which has been obtained by the Sunday Mail, proposes a rise in the minimum wage, new extra-large food banks, which would also dish out advice about how to efficiently claim benefits, and less strict benefit delay policies, which are the primary reason people are referred to food banks in the first place.

It also suggests redistributing some of the supermarkets’ food waste to charities and needy individuals.

“The scale of waste in this country is astonishing,” Welby wrote, pointing out that 15 million tons of food are discarded annually in the UK.

“The big names in the food business have a moral obligation to communities. We need to make sure that the financial incentives in their industry don’t act against their moral instincts.”

Almost 500,000 people were given 3 days’ emergency food from TT #foodbanks in April-Sept 2014

It appears unlikely the Coalition government, which has treated food banks as a political embarrassment, will follow the recommendations.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron turned down £22 million from the EU to be spent to food for the most needy.

Welfare Minister Lord Freud has speculated that the proliferation of food banks – some operated by charities with political agendas – has caused their popularity, not necessarily genuine need. Conservative MP Paul Maynard said that food banks, which require recommendations from officials or community figures to be used, should “not become part of the welfare state.”

Another Tory MP, Guto Bebb, said that “there are some who appear to use food banks while being able to smoke and pay for a Sky TV package.”

National statistics from last year show that 62% of all Britons over 20 are overweight or obese. Previous official studies showed that the lower the income of a family, the more likely its members are to be overweight.

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As governors of a people one would expect that they did their homework and hence note that overweight people on a low income is a result of a malnourished diet of synthetically produced foods void of any natural vitamins and minerals, but that in their books is irrelevant! After all, what happened to all the food farmers produced for Russian import that Russia no longer imports?

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South Africa’s Fight against Global Corporatization Continues*

South Africa’s Fight against Global Corporatization Continues*

By Patrick Bond

When it comes to curbing TNC power, such analysis can also inform us of the only durable solution (short of socialism): “let goods be homespun whenever it is reasonably and conveniently possible, and, above all, let finance be primarily national” (as John Maynard Keynes once put it). Tragically, the Pretoria regime is doing the opposite: letting TNCs rubbish national sovereignty, socio-political values, the environment and the economy too—but their days are numbered.

Protection of transnational corporate property rights, including the objectionable constitutional treatment of the corporations as “juristic persons” with the same rights as us humans, is one reason SA corporations have become the world’s fraud champs. But there are grounds for hope in fighting them.

An impression is forming that the South African government is hostile to global business thanks to its recent cancellation of a few bilateral investment treaties (BITs). With the World Trade Organisation (WTO) stagnating, BITs have protected foreign firms from expropriation or other politically related financial harm.

Boston University political economist Kevin Gallagher, for example, argued last week that along with Ecuador, South Africa “leads by example” when it comes to fighting transnational corporate (TNC) domination of the BITs’ arbitration panels, where weak states’ sovereignty is usually lost.

But look a bit more closely at how demands for protection of TNC profits are made and won in South Africa, using class analysis. At stake is whether state sovereignty can be maintained against an international arbitration regime that typically favours the TNCs.

Sadly, last week, we witnessed the destruction of the main anti-neoliberal provisions of the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill, which will soon become law and replace the BITs. Neoliberals wanted the bill to change its stated mandate from maximizing the “public interest” with the words “national security” (as a delimiting semantic), and they may still win.

In contrast, progressives had hoped such a law would retain this clause:

“The following acts do not amount to acts of expropriation: protecting or enhancing legitimate public welfare objectives, such as public health or safety, environmental protection or state security [and] the issuance of compulsory licences granted in relation to intellectual property rights.”

That was indeed genuinely progressive wording—but negotiations in the country’s main stakeholder bargaining forum wiped it out of the bill, in spite of the labour movement’s verbal support.

Could more have been done by critics of corporate power to retain the tough language?

The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) is not well positioned to resist these days, having split roughly in half on November 8. The flank favouring class struggle, led by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and including general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, seems to have been defeated by the flank favouring “class snuggle.”


COSATU’s ability to lobby its Tripartite Alliance partners—the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP)—on behalf of anti-corporate policies has waned dramatically. Yet with workers ever more desperate, class struggle is delivering the goods via massive strikes waged since 2012: wage hikes this year for platinum miners were 14% points above inflation (around 6%) and metalworkers won a 4% real increase. Farm-workers won a 53% real raise last year.

Meanwhile, the crony-capitalist fraction of the bourgeoisie, nicknamed “tenderpreneurs” because they get rich by winning access to state tenders, grows ever stronger. The main point of so-called “Black Economic Empowerment” (BEE) policy is to generate an elite whose primary claim to adding value to (mainly white) corporate shareholders is their connectivity to the democratic state.

To illustrate, influence-peddling in the lucrative conversion of analogue to digital technology caused a recent shake-up in the leading private sector TV network. The popular news programme eNews was unveiled as trading off more favourable positioning when it comes to technology regulation for extremely favourable news coverage of the state’s pro-business infrastructure investments. In reality, these investments have bred a herd of white elephants, which eNews was once quite aggressive in criticising. But not at a time—just before the May 2014 national elections—when it was lobbying for narrow self-interest that would have raised profits at the expense of the consumer.

Government’s cancellation of many BITs followed litigation against the BEE legislation which compels each major sector to increase ownership by “historically disadvantaged persons.” At stake here is the state’s shifting-deckchairs-on-the-Titanic BEE strategy: i.e., ignoring the “disadvantage” suffered by tens of millions of people, by allowing obscene accumulation for a mere handful of very dubious characters.


One is the billionaire Cyril Ramaphosa, who is currently deputy president of both the ruling party (since December 2012) and country (since June 2014), and who is anticipated to take over the presidency in 2019. Ramaphosa was given a cheap 9% shareholding in Lonmin, a London mining firm once termed by British Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath “the unacceptable face of capitalism.”

In exchange, Ramaphosa was expected to run the company board’s Transformation Committee, with responsibilities for worker welfare, including building 5500 houses—with a World Bank loan of $100 million on the table—to replace apartheid-era hostels. But he only built 3 houses because, he claimed to a state commission of enquiry in August, the firm had insufficient funding. (The loan went untouched.)

His real role in Lonmin was rather more sinister. On 15 August 2012, emails he sent to top South African government officials claimed that a wildcat strike then underway at a Lonmin mine was “dastardly criminal,” and required a “pointed” police intervention. A day later, the police carried out the Marikana Massacre to put down the strike.

Is it progress to drop BITs so as to defend men like Ramaphosa, who provide political cover by taking ownership stakes in the operations of some of the world’s most exploitative firms, especially those like Lonmin guilty of prolific, illicit financial outflows? The latest International Monetary Fund review of South Africa determined that the profit rate of corporations here is third highest among major countries.

What’s not at stake, according to South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Investment Rob Davies—who is also, ironically, an SACP leader—is any real threat to profits through changes in property relations. The ANC’s 1955 Freedom Charter included this promise: “The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the Banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole.”

But as Davies explains prominently on his website,

“We have gone through the debate of nationalisation in this country, and it has been made clear that we do not have such a policy in South Africa. Even if someone wanted to nationalise, there is something called the property clause in our constitution, according to which investments are protected.”

Davies’ main assistant, Mustaqeem de Gama, wrote in the business press seven months ago:

“All foreign investors are protected irrespective of whether a BIT exists between their home country and South Africa. The draft bill also embeds non-discrimination by providing national treatment for all foreign investors.”

Protection of TNC property rights, including the objectionable constitutional treatment of corporations as “juristic persons” with the same rights as us humans, is one reason our corporations have become the “world’s fraud champs,” according to a 2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers study.

As a result, inequality has worsened since the end of apartheid in 1994, and thousands of community protests per year have increased in pace since 2005. And according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, South African workers—already the seventh most militant on earth in 2011—rose to become the world’s least “cooperative” from 2012-14.

So from South Africa, there are indeed grounds for hope in opposing TNCs: in a new left party committed to the Freedom Charter (the Economic Freedom Fighters), in a fighting miners’ union gaining ascendance, and in the prospect for a “United Front” of civil and uncivil society catalysed by the metalworkers.

Class analysis can reveal how corrupt big corporations, captive regulators and weak COSATU advocacy together left the South African state capable of “talk left walk right” like the downgrading of BITs and upgrading of other investor protections.

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The Netherlands: When Child Traffickers Rule a Nation‏

The Netherlands: When Child Traffickers Rule a Nation‏

From Alexandra Bruce

Joris Demmink, the current Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Justice has consistently been linked to the sexual assault and trafficking of young boys, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

In the fall of 1998, an investigation conducted into an Amsterdam brothel linked senior politicians and justice officials to the sexual abuse and trafficking of young boys.

Demmink was specifically identified by one of the young boys as an individual involved in the abuses.

According to a former senior official at the Ministry of Justice, this investigation was foiled through the direct intervention of and obstruction by Demmink.

U.S. Helsinki Commission Briefing: Listening to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking – October 5, 2012

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