November 28th, 2008

Chris Keeley

From: John Psaropoulos

From: John Psaropoulos
Date: Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 3:56 PM
Subject: Editorial - The emperor and the nightingale

The emperor and the nightingale


Editorial by John Psaropoulos




he world has recently demonstrated an awareness of itself as a single economic system. Following the collapse of the US housing market over the last year and a half, the central banks of Asia, Europe and North America co-ordinated the launching of the largest fiscal aid packages in human history. Most economists agree that they thus averted the collapse of the world banking system and major depressions in the economies of developed and developing nations (see our articles on the Greek 2009 budget and European stimulus package on pages 6-7).


So why is it so much more difficult for the world to see itself as a single natural system? As British Ambassador Simon Gass pointed out in impeccable Greek last week to an economic crisis conference, fixing the environment is going to be much harder than fixing the economy. Yet that is the task now facing scientists and policymakers at the penultimate global summit on climate change before a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol is to be signed. The summit takes place in Poznan, Poland on December 1-12 (see our articles on the bleak outlook on pages 4-5) .


The difficulty arises partly from the fact that developing economies such as China and India want a grace period the Earth can ill afford them, to reach living standard parity with Western nations that caused much of today's pollution getting where they are. While the argument hinges on justice for the many, it disguises a deeper motive – a race to supplant the waning economic power of the United States on the world stage.


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    TO: Distinguished Recipients
    FM: John Whitbeck
    Transmitted below is an assessment of the new US/Iraq agreement, published by TRUTHOUT, which is less upbeat than the one by Jonathan Steele which I circulated yesterday.
    Opting, exceptionally, for optimism, I believe that there is reason to hope that President Obama will not seek to exploit ambiguities or loopholes so as to contradict this agreement either in word or in spirit and may well find that it provides useful "cover" from right-wing criticism at home in permitting him to withdraw ALL American troops as soon as logistically possible, hopefully in less than three years.
    Furthermore, if the American troops really are confined to their bases after next June 30, they should be doing substantially less harm thereafter, while having virtually no harm done to them. Iraq might actually achieve some tolerable degree of calm, permitting the U.S. to "withdraw with dignity", once its troops are, effectively, already "as good as gone". Few Iraqis would wish to give them any excuse to linger longer.
    By finally accepting an agreement which appears to be fundamentally different from the sort of agreement it initially sought to impose, the Bush regime may actually have done a major favor for President Obama and the American people. The intriguing question is Collapse )