It certainly wasn’t the most powerful in history, but it was a monster. No doubt about that. This video captures it from the beginning when it formed in the air and then touched down.
India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to forbid the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment anywhere in the country.
In a policy statement released Friday, the ministry advised state governments to reject any proposal to establish a dolphinarium “by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”
The statement issued by B.S. Bonal, the member secretary of the Central Zoo Authority of India, acknowledges that cetaceans in general do not survive well in captivity, saying, “Confinement in captivity can seriously compromise the welfare and survival of all types of cetaceans by altering their behaviour and causing extreme distress.”
Noting that India’s national aquatic animal, the Ganges River dolphin, as well as the snubfin dolphin are listed in Schedule-I and all cetacean species are listed in Schedule II part I of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, the ministry said it is important to protect these endangered species from captivity and exploitation.
“Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphin should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” the ministry said.
[read the rest, here]
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: These photos show the path of the tornado from the air and as all these reporters are going around saying it was a mile wide, you can clearly see it wasn’t.
A democratic senator from Rhode Island, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, had this to say about the tornado that touched down in Oklahoma yesterday, at least partially blaming those who question man-made global warming, people he calls “extremists”, for the tornado and pretty much everything else bad that has (will) happen across the country:
“We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together…
… I don’t want this future. I don’t want a Republican Party disgraced, that let its extremists run off the cliff, and an America suffering from grave economic and environmental and diplomatic damage because we failed, because we didn’t wake up and do our duty to our people, and because we didn’t lead the world. I do not want that future. But that’s where we’re headed.” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
It’s not surprising that a politician would leap to the podium as soon as people start weeping for a lost child, trying to make political points off someone else’s horrific tragedy. After all, those who seek power these days are possibly the lowest form of life on the planet and certainly the most destructive. The fact that he is pushing for an agenda (man made global warming) which will create a vast carbon credit market (another bubble for the banks and financial elites to profit from) while enacting strict regulations on the basic building block of all life on the planet (carbon) is also not surprising. The financial institutions are the primary backers of congress and all politicians these days. Service to their interests above all else is the mantra of the modern-day political animal.
It’s also not surprising that Sen. Whitehouse would resort to calling those of us who think for ourselves and don’t just go along to get along, “extremists”. It’s a dangerous word these days. And a dangerous association for Whitehouse to make. But that is the world we live in, isn’t it? If you don’t praise the emperor’s new clothes, if you think for yourself and say what you see clearly before you, you’re an “extremist”.
And we all know what fate awaits the extremists in America, don’t we?
excerpt from Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian
… Under US law, it is not illegal to publish classified information. That fact, along with the First Amendment’s guarantee of press freedoms, is what has prevented the US government from ever prosecuting journalists for reporting on what the US government does in secret. This newfound theory of the Obama DOJ – that a journalist can be guilty of crimes for “soliciting” the disclosure of classified information – is a means for circumventing those safeguards and criminalizing the act of investigative journalism itself. These latest revelations show that this is not just a theory but one put into practice, as the Obama DOJ submitted court documents accusing a journalist of committing crimes by doing this.
That same “solicitation” theory, as the New York Times reported back in 2011, is the one the Obama DOJ has been using to justify its ongoing criminal investigation of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: that because Assange solicited or encouraged Manning to leak classified information, the US government can “charge [Assange] as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the documents who then published them.” When that theory was first disclosed, I wrote that it would enable the criminalization of investigative journalism generally:…
[read the rest, here]
by Scott Creighton
So I’m pecking around on the interweb thingys and I come across my Facebook page and start scanning down to see links people have put up and there is one from Stan Goff with this big picture of Bono and his trademark rose colored glasses. It’s a link to an article by someone I once was involved with running a website, Rady Ananda. That came out wrong… I wasn’t “involved” with her. Just the site.
Anyway, the article she wrote that Stan just linked to, Celeb Bono Partners with Monsanto, G8, to Biowreck Africa, first appeared on Food Freedom News and it’s about how President Obama got together with a bunch of corporations and decided they had to infuse the whole of Africa with “liberalized Western capital” and some good old fashioned genetically modified organisms from his friends at Monsanto. It was the launch of what they called the “Grow Africa Partnership”.
“At the G8 Summit held two weeks ago at Camp David, President Obama met with private industry and African heads of state to launch the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a euphemism for monocultured, genetically modified crops and toxic agrochemicals aimed at making poor farmers debt slaves to corporations, while destroying the ecosphere for profit.
And Bono, of the rock group U2, is out shilling for Monsanto on this one.
It’s phase 2 of the Green Revolution. Tanzania, Ghana, and Ethiopia are the first to fall for the deception, with Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other African nations lining up for the “Grow Africa Partnership,” under Obama’s “Global Agricultural Development” plan.” Rady Ananda
Remember, this was first published in July of 2012.
Just last week Monsonto won a ruling over how farmers here can use the seeds they grow in their crops, bringing the exact kind of bio-tyranny to our farmers that killed off so many Indian farmers over the past 15 years.
In fact, the Huffington Post made a name for itself a decade ago featuring stories about how wrong and evil it was for Monsanto to be given such control over the farmers in India and now they just did a TV show (yes, they have a “news” show as well like everyone else on “The Company’s” payroll) saying that the recent ruling in favor of Monsanto was the right thing to do. They said it was all about protecting Monsanto’s business profits and never mentioned once what it does to the small and mid-sized farmers. That never factored into their equation.
Funny how the world turns, ain’t it?
Anyway, back to the story.
So Rady’s article was going on about how the power elites were lying through their teeth saying this was going to be a great thing for the people of Africa… of course it’s always for “the people” don’t you know… when I read these quotes she included from another person’s writing on the same subject:
“But African civil society wants no part of this latest Monsanto aligned ‘public private partnership.’ Whatever will the progressives do now that their flawless hero has teamed up with their most hated nemesis to exploit an entire continent like they did to India not that long ago?
With a commitment of $3 billion, Obama plans to ‘partner up’ with mega-multinationals like Monsanto, Diageo, Dupont, Cargill, Vodafone, Walmart, Pepsico, Prudential, Syngenta International, and Swiss Re because, as one USAID representative says ‘There are things that only companies can do, like building silos for storage and developing seeds and fertilizers.’
Bono says that there has to be a ‘public private partnership’ in order to get this done and that they are going to be using the ideas of the African people and farmers. Really? This is what the African farmers say to that…‘We request that: – governments, FAO, the G8, the World Bank and the GAFSP reconsider their promotion of Public/Private Partnerships which, as they are now conceived, are not suitable instruments to support the family farms which are the very basis of African food security and sovereignty.’ African Civil Society Organizations
I wonder if that could be any clearer. They don’t WANT the public private partnerships involved in this process…. It’s not enough that huge mega-corporations are bleeding the nations of Africa dry by sucking the valuable mineral resources out of their hills. No. As Bono says about the development in Africa:‘They’re future consumers for the United States. The president is talking business. This is good. It’s a whole new development paradigm today. The old donor/recipient relationship… it’s over.’ Bono
If that writing style (or lack of style) sounds familiar, it should. I wrote it.
Rady quoted yours truly in her article on how Bono and Obama championing the new model of assisting other nations… through “business”… i.e. “profits”
I wrote the article on May 20th 2012 and I was quite incensed that the progressives were completely ignoring Obama’s latest betrayal. With a few notable exceptions like Rady, it got very little attention.
But it stuck me as I read this, as I was shocked to see something of mine included in a random Facebook click, that I just wrote about that very same meeting in 2012 just the other day when I was writing about what may have been the actual motivation behind the Benghazi Psyop and our 35 nation invasion of Africa on behalf of 45 corporations.
And in fact, that quote I used in my article that showed up in Rady’s writing, makes it perfectly clear: Obama HAD to figure out some way to muscle the various nations in Africa because many of them had already openly rejected their plan.
The article I wrote back in 2012 was called President Obama Pitches CFR Plan: Looks to Bring the India Model of GM Genocide to Africa
“President Obama has announced his big initiative to save the starving people of Africa by “unleashing the powers of the market” all across their continent. It’s called the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security. Obama has made this announcement at a G8 summit meeting at Camp David (created back in the 1930′s under the Works Progress Administration part of the New Deal) hosted by none other than the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs. You may remember them. They changed their name back in 2008 when it was inconvenient for the wife of the next president to be affiliated with the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.” Scott Creighton May 2012
The one I wrote just the other day: The “Why?” of Benghazi: “a pretext to kill more Muslims, to steal more resources” for 45 Different Corporations
“A $3.5 billion dollar investment is one hell of a “why” now isn’t it? The conference mentioned above actually took place at the The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, “Founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations“
In May of 2012, a plan is announced at the Council on Foreign Relations to effectively recolonize the whole of Africa for 45 of our favorite crony corporations.” Scott Creighton
It’s funny how these trivial little treasons they commit end up snowballing into a catastrophe in the end, isn’t it? That’s because when you start something with the wrong intentions in place, you can’t go anywhere but down from there. And when they go bad, as they often do, they just get progressively worse to the point where you have ridiculous lies being spouted by apologists and their treason being ignored as if it never happened.
In my 2012 article, I focused a great deal on how civil society in Africa openly and vocally rejected this new “private/public partnership” plan concocted by the G8 corporate states.
I should have remembered that for my 2013 article.
It’s VERY relevant to my point that the Obama administration KNEW they needed muscle in some of these countries to achieve their desired cooperation and to put that muscle on the ground all across Africa as needed, they needed a FLEXIBLE PSYOP which featured a target enemy that would move from nation to nation on the continent as needed. At the risk of boring you, what the African Civil Society Organizations said in May of 2012 bares repeating:
‘We request that: – governments, FAO, the G8, the World Bank and the GAFSP reconsider their promotion of Public/Private Partnerships which, as they are now conceived, are not suitable instruments to support the family farms which are the very basis of African food security and sovereignty.’ African Civil Society Organizations
(Regime change terrorism slated for Ecuador next? Inquiring minds and related NED contractors want to know)
by Asad Ismi, from Global Research
Celebrating the sweeping triumph of his socialist economic program which he calls “the citizens’ revolution,” the popular President declared to his supporters:
“In this revolution the citizens are in charge, not capital. This victory belongs to each of you. No one and nothing is stopping this revolution, my friends. We are making history.
Correa promised to radicalize the Citizens’ Revolution with free public education and health care. Up to now, his government has significantly expanded public access to both benefits. Given his domination of the legislature, Correa vowed to push through reforms that will make his socialist model permanent.
Ecuador is a South American country with a population of 14.6 million people, 37% of whom lived in poverty seven years ago. Since he was first elected in 2007, Correa had cut the poverty rate to 28% by 2011, a 27% reduction. He also more than doubled spending on education, halved unemployment to 4.1%, added 95,000 jobs, and greatly increased government spending on health care and subsidized housing. These impressive welfare achievements have ensured his popularity and given him a public approval rating of 85%.
The key to Correa’s success has been his building of a strong, independent, democratic socialist state which controls the economic system and the financial sector. The state now sets economic policy, not the Ecuadorian economic élite in league with U.S. imperialism, as was the case before. And the main aim of this progressive state is the redistribution of income to the poor Ecuadorian majority, a project that has made Correa highly popular.
[read the rest, here]
(As a side note: I wrote a comment earlier this morning to a guy before reading this article just now. I talked about how I would make some changes to the way this country is run at the present. Turns out many of those suggestions just happen to be mentioned in this article and guess what? They seem to work)
“Correa’s reforms, as the Washington D.C.-based Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) concludes,
“played a major role in bringing about Ecuador’s strong economic growth [5% a year since 2007], increased government revenue [and] a substantial decline in poverty and unemployment,” while minimizing the effect of the global recession which started in 2008. As Mark Weisbrot, an economist at CEPR, describes it, “The end result of these and other reforms was to move the financial sector toward something that would serve the interests of the public, instead of the other way around (as in the U.S).”
The CEPR report adds:
“What is most remarkable is that many of these reforms were unorthodox or against the prevailing wisdom of what governments are supposed to do in order to promote economic progress. Taking executive control over the central bank, defaulting on one-third of the foreign debt, increasing regulation and taxation of the financial sector, increasing restrictions on international capital flows, greatly expanding the size and role of government – these are measures that are supposed to lead to economic ruin. The conventional wisdom is also that it is most important to please investors, including foreign creditors, which this government clearly did not do. While not all of Ecuador’s reforms went against orthodox policy advice, many of them did – and they succeeded. It should be no surprise that Correa [is so] popular.” by Asad Ismi, from Global Research
(I am currently watching the documentary here where you can watch it for free and then buy a copy if you like. I don’t really have a point of view in this matter because on one hand people have shared music and programs since recording was invented. Hell, boomboxes used to come with dual cassette players, one to play and the other to record so you could make better sounding copies more easily. So sharing files isn’t altogether that new and was certainly not considered criminal in the recent past. On the other hand, these guys set up this massive fileshare network so they could make money off it, which they did, knowing someone somewhere probably lost revenue because of it. Didn’t bother them, they were making money. Personally, I sympathize more with people like Aaron Swartz who took files from a library at MIT and made them available online for free. They were academic texts and Adam thought access to knowledge should not depend on access to money. He died for that and his efforts to stop CISPA. I also respect the efforts of the teacher who just got busted in Latvia for putting the PDF version of a textbook online so his students could access it. He is facing years in prison for copy-write violations. The textbook costs $4.00 which some of his students could not afford and he didn’t make a dime off it. To me, that teacher and people like Swartz represent the cause better than a Kim Dot Com or these guys, but the video is decent to this point. If that changes, I will let you know.
UPDATE: You know, these guys and their “professor” come across so badly (one is clearly high at one point in the interview and was described earlier as a drug addict) in this film, it almost makes me think that Hollywood released this recent Google thing in an effort to get more people to watch the film.
Uh, wait a minute.. maybe I spoke too soon. I think I like these guys. “Sweden is not in the United States. Your laws do not apply here“… “Please go sodomize yourself“…. heeheehee. I like these guys.)
It is no secret that Hollywood is trying to take down as many pirated movies as they can, but their targeting of a Creative Commons Pirate Bay documentary is something new. Viacom, Paramount, Fox and Lionsgate have all asked Google to take down links pointing to the Pirate Bay documentary TPB-AFK. But is it a secret plot to silence the voices of the Pirate Bay’s founders, or just another screw up of automated DMCA takedowns?
The film, created by Simon Klose, is available for no cost and has already been watched by millions of people. The public response to this free release model has been overwhelmingly positive, but it’s now meeting resistance from Hollywood, TPB’s arch rival.
Over the past weeks several movie studios have been trying to suppress the availability of TPB-AFK by asking Google to remove links to the documentary from its search engine. The links are carefully hidden in standard DMCA takedown notices for popular movies and TV-shows.
[read the rest, here]
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE 4: I KNOW I PROMISED…. Turns out Astroturf Adam was kinda on stage (it seems to have been a rock of some sort) and he did have the event’s wired microphone briefly while sharing the stage with another guy. A reader left me a lovely comment and a link to Adam holding a corded mic. So there you have it. There’s a cord, so Adam is innocent. yeah.
UPDATE 3: (OK.. but this is the last one, I promise)… according to a woman on the street (next to a guy screaming at a building with a bullhorn) our prefabricated hero Astroturf Adam is being charged with a felony or two (resisting arrest, assaulting an officer) and being detained without bail til at least Thursday. So much for Adam carrying his gun to D.C. on July 4th.
Maybe now Astroturf Adam will listen to his thousands for former supporters and fellow libertarian gun owners of America who have been telling him what a bad idea it is to go to DC with semi-automatic weapons strapped to your backs. Maybe now that he is facing two felonies, he will tell his peeps that they should show up sans bangsticks and protest peacefully to get their message across (and a good message it is, by the way) without committing a slew of felonies and having their guns confiscated and potentially their rights to own firearms permanently removed. Maybe he’ll do that. But I’m not holding my breath.
UPDATE 2: I promise… no more updates… someone at the Daily Paul asks:
Why do you think Adam is a government insider?
Ok, I’ll bite:
2. Adam served in Fallujah as a “hearts and minds” propagandist for the marines trying to buy off various Iraqis.
3. Adam served up a dish of Syrian REGIME CHANGE DISINFO recently. Count the Pro-Regime Change Lies from Adam Kokesh
4. “We are truly saying in the SUBTLEST way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” Kokesh later posted an update saying that there will be “coordination with DC law enforcement prior to the event.” IBT
When the government comes to take your guns, you can shoot government agents, or submit to slavery.
“If you’re so afraid of freedom, why don’t you just move to North Korea?” Adam Kokesh
(pssst… comments like these are the DEFINITION of Cass Sunstein agent Limited Hangout)
6. And on top of all of that, he put on a suit, pretended Israel did nothing wrong during Operation Cast Lead, and did his level best to win a seat in congress… so he could become… wait for it… wait for it…. “a government insider”!
and you ask why I think he’s a government insider?
I could go on if you like, limelemon. But I think you get the picture.
UPDATE 1: I wonder if this recent federal charge will prevent our hero Astroturf Adam from taking his own gun to the big “revolution” on the 4th? can he still carry firearms around Virginia with a federal charge pending? If he is out on bail?
But, not to worry… YOU can still bring YOURS and hand them over to the authorities like Adam was going to do. VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
“My goodness. This is BREAKING NEWS” Di$info Jone$
Displaying once again why Di$info Jone$ is the worst actor in the ongoing cointelpro campaign, he hosts two of Adam Astroturf Kokesh’s partners in crime to talk about how Astroturf was arrested at some pot-smoking rally in Philly.
One of the brain trust of Adam’s colleagues, Darryl Young, explains how the other guy arrested (Libertarian candidate Don something) was in fact another colleague of his and that the whole thing was staged including the cops waiting around for Adam specifically and even the fact that they put up a gate prior to the event to keep the general public out of the way of the made for TV reality show.
by Scott Creighton
After the Russians informed the CIA their asset had been “made”, Tamerlan’s fate was sealed. He was an asset with no target but with a connection to an area we are still deeply interested in. So he was recycled like the “Innocence of bin Laden” video for a new project.
When fascism knocks on the door of your home nation in the guise of “liberalizing Western influences” as Justin Raimondo recently put it (he was being supportive of the notion, by the way) people have a choice: they can join-up or be run over. As we once put it to the Taliban, “you can accept payment in a carpet of gold or be buried under a carpet of bombs”
John Perkins offers a pretty good insider perspective of the process in “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” and Naomi Klein carefully laid out the history of the neoliberal process over the course of the last few decades in “Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Disaster Capitalism“
As good as those two references are, this history of ours, this real history, was probably best explained, and first, by Howard Zinn in “A People’s History of the United States from 1492 to the Present” (PDF) (I actually link you to the PDF in that case because I hope people will read it before it is banned outright)
Needless to say, the real history of our “shining city on the hill” has been documented time and time again. I’m not writing about that.
What I am writing about today is simply to say that when the fascist come knocking, no matter what you think you have to offer or how crucial you figure your contribution is, none of that matters. None of it. When your usefulness expires, they will turn on you in a heartbeat.
by Scott Creighton
The War for the Caspian Sea Basin rolls on.
The recent terrorist bombings in Turkey (May 11th) were intended to be blamed on the Syrian government. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan did his part pointing the finger of blame at Assad’s intelligence agencies as soon as it happened, but it didn’t stick. Several videos of the aftermath can be found here.
So the people of Turkey are pissed off and out in the streets by the thousands demanding Erdogan’s resignation.
Turkish demonstrators and the opposition say the United States and the Turkish government are trying to pull the nation into a sectarian war. They also say the crisis in Syria has begun to spill over into Turkey.
Hatay Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz told reporters on May 17 that police had detained a prime suspect in connection with the Reyhanli explosions.
The suspect, identified as Mehmet G., is said to be the owner of the two vehicles that were blown up in the attacks. He is of Turkish origin and comes from Hatay. Press TV
It certainly would be an incredibly stupid more for the Syrian government to attack Turkey at a time when they are effectively winning against our mercenary terrorists in their country and especially so when you consider global public opinion is heavily in favor of the Syrian government and their people and strongly against the terrorists hired to produce another regime change for Washington, London and Tel Aviv.
So what is behind the false flag attack in Turkey? Is the Turkish protester correct? Is it about oil and natural resources? In a word: yes.
Gunmen killed a senior female politician from a reformist party in Pakistan on Saturday night, the latest violent incident in a bloody election campaign and one that set off a war of words between two major opposition parties.
Around 150 people were killed in the run-up to national elections held last week, which handed a landslide victory to opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N party.
It marked the first time an elected government replaced another one in a nation that has been run by military leaders for more than half its history.
Results from a handful of constituencies are still awaited amid accusations of vote-rigging. The shooting came hours ahead of repolling in a key area beset by allegations of voting fraud.
It was not immediately clear who killed Zara Shahid Hussain, a senior member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. The PTI has promised to reduce endemic corruption in the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people.
The PTI’s leader, former international cricket star Imran Khan, immediately blamed the killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement. The MQM has a stranglehold on politics in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.
“Her death has sent shockwaves across the rank and file of the party,” Khan said in a statement.
Police said that two gunmen shot Hussain dead outside her home in an upscale neighborhood of Karachi, he said.
“I hold (MQM leader) Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder as he openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts,” he added in a tweet.
“I also hold the British government responsible as I had warned them about British citizen Altaf Hussain after his open threats.”
MQM leader Hussain is wanted on murder charges in Pakistan and leads his party remotely from exile in England.
[read the rest, here]
by Scott Creighton
Apparently he wrote a confession on his Depends undergarments while trapped in the car. He wrote that he was sick of being old and that he forgot what he was supposed to be writing. Then, cryptically, he wrote something about Nancy Drew and Seinfeld. Anonymous FBI sources say that means he’s a “Truther” and planned to go to New York next.
Ray McGovern is calling this “blowback” for taking Matlock off the air.
(The Fox News story can be found here. The Fox reporter stands in the occupied Golan Heights, calling it “Israel” and filmed Israeli commandos returning from inside Syria after a mission. Then he goes on to show Israeli tanks, in the Golan Heights, in violation of international law, claiming they were there to protect “Israel”. The Fox reporter goes on to say the international agreement regarding the Golan Heights has been “ripped up due to recent developments”)
from Press TV
The American news network added that it “captured, for the very first time, Israeli commandos coming back from inside Syria on a mission.”
The report does not specify how or where the film has been captured. But it appears to be near the occupied Golan Heights. Israel has recently boosted military activities in the area.
[read the rest, here]
The White House is responsible for the shooting down and subsequent cover-up of the Navy Chinook helicopter carrying 38 people onboard including 17 members of SEAL Team Six in August 2011, the Washington Times quoted the parents of the deceased on May 9.
The family members said the US President Barack Obama’s administration and other White House officials “put a target on their backs” after they announced Osama bin Laden’s killers as SEAL Team Six.
Taliban militants also received leaked information from the US government regarding the landing site of the helicopter, which made the chopper vulnerable to attack, the families added.
(When you listen to this, the young activist Glen speaks to talks about how after apartheid fell, the state under the ANC couldn’t live up to the promises of the new constitution because the leaders made the mistake of allowing the IMF and World Bank in with loans and they forced neoliberal economic austerity on them in exchange. It was a horrific mistake. He talks about how the push was for “smaller government” and privatizations across the board. So even when the people rise up and take down institutional corruption and near fascism (as was the case under apartheid South Africa) the economic hitmen can still come in and achieve the same goals. For those of you who still support the idea of “small government” libertarianism, I just wanted to point this out. “Small government” was a policy agenda of every president from Reagan and Clinton (yes, Clinton was an advocate of “smaller government” long before you and Ron Paul were) to Bush and Obama. It’s called the Washington Consensus for a reason.)