Mind The Business

Nothing frees one from the remnants of idealism better than when a journalist is “bone sawed” alive to pieces in a Saudi Consulate and the US president as a well as a number of elected representatives remind themselves and us that they will not endanger the USD 110 billion mega arms deal with Saudi Arabia as this will hurt America’s economy.

Terror is business, war is business, perpetual conflict is business, selecting enemies and banding groups of countries together against them to proceed towards new conflicts is a business. The business of America is business and the economy of the US like that of Russia is built on the export of weapons and armaments.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/oct/12/trump-khashoggi-case-will-not-stop-110bn-us-saudi-arms-trade-video

And in further news of the 42nd week of 2018:

Putin admonished the U.S. for having a “sense of impunity,” saying, “This is the result of the monopoly from a unipolar world.”

https://shareblue.com/russia-president-vladimir-putin-annual-address-americas-downfall/?fbclid=IwAR09W2Tk9Cs0KTh0PxelI4Y8YZlFuC5NdEHfV8iTaQ8XooKfSmxf0Il4Qh8

 

Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians. Dictators around the world – even in countries with no formal ties to Israel – use them eavesdrop on human rights activists, monitor emails, hack into apps and record conversations.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israel-s-cyber-spy-industry-aids-dictators-hunt-dissidents-and-gays-1.6573027?fbclid=IwAR1s0JpGeQF0WYGKKNzNQCpsElACuCWokqzM__UH3cyithPGucZrEC_MtG8

 

Bolton, who has spent his career opposing arms control treaties, is seeking to shrug off the traditional role of national security adviser as a policy broker between the agencies, and become a driver of radical change from within the White House.

Daryl Kimball, the head of the Washington-DC based Arms Control Association, said: “For the US it would be a disastrous own goal to pull out when it has been Russia that has been in non-compliance for some time. It will open the door for Russia to expand its small and relatively insubstantial ground-launched missile arsenal.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/19/john-bolton-russia-nuclear-arms-deal-trump-lobbying?fbclid=IwAR072yL8Z4DoNITW0no83pOvL3hqEW53RCS11sX42yAeypycHQjzE_r2ONs

 

The US has announced plans to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty, which the White House says lets China ship goods at unfairly low prices.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45894346?fbclid=IwAR0xpFzKMQopSGvjuMHcQHmiw7wp4o-e_132ZJzod8CMPgiF8saMCoarXOU

 

Thomas Friedman who last year praised Saudi Arabia’s “Arab Spring” is forced to confront his readiness as well as that of many of us to paint flowers and leaves on walls and declare them Gardens of Eden.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/thomas-l-friedman-americas-dilemma-in-saudi-arabia,553385

 

While Mr. Francis Fukuyama who once gained great notoriety in proclaiming “the end of history” now returns to the stage to argue that “the desire of identity groups for recognition is a key threat to liberalism” getting more attention by attempting to deflect our attention from the business.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/03/francis-fukuyama-postpones-the-end-of-history