March 9th, 2007

Chris Keeley

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he latest developments in U.S. policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Venezuela.

Chomsky on Iran, Iraq, and the Rest of the World

Michael Shank | February 16, 2007

Editor: John Feffer, IRC

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Foreign Policy In Focus

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On February 9, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Venezuela. Along the way, Chomsky also commented on climate change, the World Social Forum, and why international relations are run like the mafia.

Shank: With similar nuclear developments in North Korea and Iran, why has the United States pursued direct diplomacy with North Korea but refuses to do so with Iran?

Chomsky: To say that the United States has pursued diplomacy with North Korea is a little bit misleading. It did under the Clinton administration, though neither side completely lived up to their obligations. Clinton didn’t do what was promised, nor did North Korea, but they were making progress. So when Bush came into the presidency, North Korea had enough uranium or plutonium for maybe one or two bombs, but then very limited missile capacity. During the Bush years it’s exploded. The reason is, he immediately canceled the diplomacy and he’s pretty much blocked it ever since.

They made a very substantial agreement in September 2005 in which North Korea agreed to eliminate its enrichment programs and nuclear development completely. In return the United States agreed to terminate the threats of attack and to begin moving towards the planning for the provision of a light water reactor, which had been promised under the framework agreement. But the Bush administration instantly undermined it. Right away, they canceled the international consortium that was planning for the light water reactor, which was a way of saying we’re not going to agree to this agreement. A couple of days later they started attacking the financial transactions of various banks. It was timed in such a way to make it clear that the United States was not going to move towards its commitment to improve relations. And of course it never withdrew the threats. So that was the end of the September 2005 agreement.

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Chomsky: The developing world voice can be amplified enormously by support from the wealthy and the privileged, otherwise it’s very likely to be marginalized, as in every other issue.

Shank: So it’s up to us.

Foreign Policy In Focus contributor Michael Shank is the policy director for the 3D Security Initiative.

Chris Keeley

Joseph Mills: Inner City

Joseph Mills: Inner City

Joseph Mills: Inner City at the Cohen Amador Gallery in New York City. "... the first solo exhibition of Joseph Mills’ distinctive photographic work in New York City. Inspired by wanderings around the marginalized streets of Washington D.C., Mills’ range of work varies from street based photography to highly skilled photomontages of esotericism. Though diverse, an inquiry into the unknowable links Mills’ methods, simultaneously offering his photographic subjects up for investigation while revealing Mills’ own artistic search and vision of reality.

Though temporally distant from the Surrealist movement of the first half of the twentieth century, Mills’ work stems from a similar fascination with chance, subjectivity and the subconscious. In true surrealist style, Mills’ street photography transforms the seemingly quotidian into a dreamscape of life’s minutiae. Unlike the somewhat ethnographic approach of many surrealist photographers, Mills’ does not distance himself from this world, but rather involves himself deeply in its mysterious and wonderful insanity. A masticated piece of gum stuck on the end of a woman’s curled index finger, the ferociously long nails of a woman passing on the street, these become the elements of a familiar, yet mysterious, dreamscape. Often photographing from oblique angles, holding the camera low by his hip, and without the assistance of the viewfinder, Mills plays with chance, limiting his control of the image, and dispelling the general notion of the photographer as omniscient spectator by situating himself in league with the viewer, as the end result is not entirely known even to him. Mills heightens the impact of his surreal world by printing this series on expired photo paper giving the finished print an almost otherworldly glow. Because of this final chance procedure, each print is different and unique and a further testament to Mills’ own subservience to the process." Also... a few More works by Joseph Mills.

Chris Keeley

The Rational Mr. Buffett

This is not my normal area of communication, but I can't resist
circulating today's NYTimes editorial on Warren Buffett and his annual
report to the shareholders in his company, Berkshire Hathaway. He is not
only a genius investor but my favorite (and only) guru on saving,
markets, investing, and corporate ethics. The edit text is below.
    In 1995 I wised up and turned  my modest post-retirement IRA over
to Buffett by buying a minuscule number of shares in his company. He
never pays a dividend, but his average annual gain for the past 40 years
has been better than 20% in share value, and in my case it's been closer
to 25% annually for the past 12 years. I'm not bragging; Buffett did all
the work. I won't recommend that you get on board, as that may put me in
trouble with the SEC or somewhere in this administration, who knows
where. Therefore, this is not a solicitation or recommendation for a
stock purchase...I trail off.

The Rational Mr. Buffett

Warren Buffett is famous worldwide for his investing acumen and lately also for his philanthropy. But his nickname, the Oracle of Omaha, does him something of a disservice. Rather than interpreting messages from the heavens, Mr. Buffett’s greatest asset may be his real-world sense, which too many others in the nation’s executive suites seem to lack. Collapse )