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Pakistan Army’s Nightmare. Erdogan-ilk! 

April 26, 2020

 

 

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I never had so much clarity, about an overarching role of Pakistan Army, as I do now. I always, in the galore of patriotism, took the Pakistan army as an infallible, pristine and divinely entity; who is there to protect Pakistan and its people from all and any, internal or external, evil. Let me be clear, I am not against the Pakistani army and laud its role as the guarantor of Pakistan’s ideological and physical boundaries, do revere the sacrifices it has offered. I am, however, against the unsavory practices its top brass is employing to further their interests at the cost of the country. 

I always wondered hearing the criticism of the army and the stories of those who dared criticize; always trashed as anti-Pakistan traitors! Hussain Haqqani’s name immediately pops up on memory’s horizon; a journalist, a political activist and an academician. He also served as an ambassador in Sri-Lanka and the USA. The second name which pops up is that of Ayesha Siddiqa, an intellectual, a military scientist, and a director of naval research in Pakistan Navy. Doctorate in war studies from King’s College London. She wrote a book in 2007, Military Inc, exploring Pakistan army’s practices and faced an immediate smear campaign; which she weathered pretty well and still got a fair amount of media coverage within and without Pakistan.

I admit on the outset of having no inside information about the working of the Pakistani army, but as a thinker, political observer and analyst I can see, how things are being managed, maneuvered in Pakistan—by the so-called establishment—-which; in reality, is only the army. 

[Pakistan seems to be a unique case-study; in which so-called establishment—military—the only well-organized, most powerful entity, owns the country as its turf]

It dawned on me when; Nawaz Sharif—a convicted criminal—was met in prison; under the cover of the darkness of the night; by some representative of the establishment, and a deal was struck for his release out to U.K. A drama of his imminent death was staged, for which his medical reports were skillfully fabricated, Judiciary managed and the PM duped.  This whole episode would be an excellent script for a future James Bond movie! Bravo to Pakistani Military. No one else in Pakistan could have done such a fine job! No wonder, even Americans are convinced that the Pakistani (army’s) Intelligence Agency (ISI) is # 1 in the world!

When I shared my concern with a friend of mine, a veteran of Pakistani Capital—he asked me; “are you saying that Pakistan Military is working against Pakistan?” My answer was; “NOPakistani Army is working to hold on to its turf; on which it has been playing its game of king-making for the past 70 some years. It will fight tooth and nail against, it being taken away by an Erdogan-ilk and, being subservient like the Turkish army?”

Now, the obvious question arises, why someone would meet Nawaz Sharif in Prison and offer him a deal? One may recall, sometimes back Nawaz Sharif openly threatened to divulge some secrets if forced. That thereat was not a hollow threat but a potent one and heard by the concerned quarters. The Pakistani military has never been absent from any change; ever took place in Pakistani statecraft, for which its hands ought to be dirty. Nawaz Sharif, being highly vengeful by nature and at the helm of affairs longer than anyone else, must have saved some “unsavory maneuverings” of the military, to be used at the right time, as he did.

This thing is further confirmed by Gen Bajwa’s extension saga. Gen. Bajwa—selling his Bajwa doctrine—sought an extension in his tenure which; unscrupulous P.M Imran Khan and his novice courtiers bungled up and the Judiciary; in pursuance of settling its scores with the PM, created a bottleneck, for which a “Yeh” vote of the national assembly became necessary. This was managed by the Pakistani military; at an immense cost to the Pakistani state, economically, politically, culturally and socially. Most of the arraigned and confirmed robbers of Pakistan were set to be released on bail, and some were even promised a future leadership role in the government. {as has recently been published by a senior Pakistani journalist in Dawn Newspaper, concerning Shahbaz Sharif—who surprisingly dashed back from London hoping for something. Another news of $ 500Mil—a pittance in the face of 36-40Billions robbed— paid by Nawaz Sharif in secret for his release, also confirms the customary shady-dealings of the deep-state} Bajwa’s extension dashed all hopes of ending corruption, injustice and Pakistan’s economic well-being, forever. To understand fully, one may also delve into the obliquities of Gen. Parvez Musharraf, (Saudi King awarded him with 10 Mil $ gratuitous Baksheesh) Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (reportedly, bought an island ) and Gen. Raheel Sharif (awarded with a prized posting in Saudi Arabia, reportedly, for exculpating Maryam Nawaz from infamous “Dawn-Leak”).

 

Pakistan has been, put back on its old trajectory of “All-elite’s-shared-corruption” resulting in misery, poverty and destitution, for this is the only way military can hold-on to and manage its turf. The Military, under any circumstance, cannot and would not even entertain an idea of “Pakistani Erdogan” It looks like doltish PM Imran Khan is oblivious of even any strain of such thinking! He is still busy, praising Gen. Bajwa, beating the drum of accountability while some of them (untouchable) criminals are surrounding him while the others are roaming around freely (indemnified by the establishment) and politicking as usual. Entrenched interests of the Pakistani deep-state have necessitated Pakistan’s economy to be handed over to IMF, which might prove to be a huge set back to the most publicized “CPEC”! Lavish doling out of funds by IMF, World Bank, ADB coupled with plans of billions of dollars of investment by Beduin-Pentagon, despite oil market crash, is a visible enough sign to prove the point!

Any temporary betterment in Pakistani economic scenario would not benefit doltish Imran Khan; for which his inexperience, his indecisiveness and his dependence on the group of (managed/planted) cronies around him, has already predatorily been used to discredit his government. If somehow, it is felt that he may become unmanageable or indispensable [Erdogan-ilk], he would be immediately removed. For now, his stature and celebrity status is being used as a showboat for a softer-civilian image of Pakistan, to win on regional and international diplomatic fronts. He, nevertheless, is under the Damocles’ sword, and can be dispensed with at the spur of the moment!

 

Military in Pakistan is untouchable and poised to remain so for a long time to come, with an undeclared proscription for an Erdogan to ever let borne in Pakistan. 

A miracle, however, will always be the hope for Pakistan and Pakistanis! InshaAllah.

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Neo-conic Globalist Capitalism Pushed Humanity to the Edge of Anarchy! 

April 10, 2020

Capitalism Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock"Capitalism"  Source: Der neue Postillon (New Messenger), published in Zurich, Switizerland, 1896. The original included a caption: “The new relationship between workers and business owners.”

There have been several multitudinously harmful developments as a result of the neoliberal thinking; blended later on with neo-conic zealotry for capitalism and globalism; which emerged in the late 1970s, starting from Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan (US president, 1981-1989) and then, British PM, Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990). There has been an explosion of private power, splintering the societies, destabilizing the financial system, attacking people and countries and so on. Neo-conic globalization has also been an important catalyst in political parties shifting further to the right and far-right and succumbing to the power of increasingly dominant multinational corporations. This is glaringly evidenced in America; where the Republican Party has shifted so far off the spectrum that earlier old guard republicans would hardly recognize the republican party of today. Democrats, in reality, are just the other side of the same coin.

 

CAPITALISM.

The rise of capitalism and market economics; especially under neoliberalism, as noted above, shifted most of the western countries and participating societies from static to future orientation; based on the growth of capital and far-right politics. Capitalism seeks to maximize profit by locking down suppliers and/or by monopolizing markets (negative), while neoliberalism moving the right to far-right (transfiguring into neo-con-ism), almost bordering fascism. Therefore, there is a need to control the market and the neoliberal tendencies; so that someone doesn’t monopolize or cartel things by price-fixing and pursuing neo-conic-globalist-capitalist policies castigating a certain segment of the population. [Socialism, by Karl Marx, was introduced to address the structural limitations/defects in capitalism].

The break to capitalism came with Dutch and then British joint-stock companies (the Dutch East India Company and British East India Company) that sold shares in spice expeditions to capitalize them. They distributed the profit based on ownership and retained part of the capital to grow. From this came “market economics” as a component of what we know as capitalism.
Six billionaires own more money than that is owned by 3.8 billion common people!

The grotesque face of capitalism.

Mainstream politicians in the USA have long insisted that Medicare for all, a universal basic income, student debt relief and a slew of other much-needed public programs are off the table because the federal government cannot afford them. But that was before Wall Street and the stock market was driven onto life-support by the Coronavirus. Congress has now suddenly discovered the magic money tree. It took only a few days for Congress to unanimously pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will be doling out $2.2 trillion in crisis relief, most of it going to Corporate America with few strings attached. Beyond that, the Federal Reserve is making over $4 trillion available to banks, hedge funds and other financial entities of all stripes; it has dropped the fed funds rate (inter-bank-rate) effectively to zero and, it has made $1.5 trillion available to the repo market. [As per Ellen Brown, Global research]

Capitalism, Imperialism and Profit Over People policies have been badly exposed by an invisible curse “COVID-19”. The USA, cheerleader of the Capitalists, whose “Pentagon” spends 2 billion a day, 80 million every hour, arrogantly refused to get help from China and the WHO. Highly developed Imperialist countries such as Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, on the other hand, were also financially overwhelmed and could not help each other. They also were at a loss to offer any help to the rest of the world.

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Most Recently exposed Ugliest face of the Neoconic-Globalist Capitalism!

The American government has a much bigger concern: that if they find a COVID-19 vaccine, China will copy it and distribute it for free.

People will be thinking, why it would be a problem for a manufacturing superpower, home to 1.4 billion people, to inoculate itself and others. But to the White House, this would be “stealing” of a potential American innovation, depriving its Pharmacutical manufacturers of billions of dollars of profit. “Biomedical research has long been a focus of theft, especially by the Chinese government, and vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus are today’s holy grail,” says; John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, adding that, “Putting aside the commercial value, there would be great geopolitical significance to being the first to develop a treatment or vaccine. We will use all the tools we have to safeguard American research.” The fact that intellectual property and the profits of multinational pharmaceutical corporations are officially being put before saving lives, even during a pandemic threatening the entirety of humanity, was not mentioned by The New York Times, who covered Demers’s remarks.

Dean Baker, Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Utah and Senior Economist at the Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington, D.C., offered an alternative view, claiming that he would be delighted if China “stole” vaccine technology and gave it to billions of people, telling MintPress News that:

The coronavirus pandemic is a clear instance in which the whole world shares a common interest in developing and distributing a vaccine. This should mean that we have open research, where all findings are posted on the web as quickly as possible, so that they can build on them. Once a vaccine is developed we should want it spread throughout the world as quickly as possible at the lowest possible cost. Trump’s concern that China would somehow “steal” a vaccine means that he is more concerned about protecting someone’s profits here, as well as possibly an ego trip (we’re number one) than possibly saving hundreds of thousands of lives.  [ Aaln Macleod, May 4, 2020—MPN]

Cuba, Russia, Turkey and China, came to the world’s rescue. Putin, upon request from the President, Donald Trump, sent a planeload, marked “From Russia With Love”, of medical supplies. American state governors, mayors, and other corporations started dealing directly with the Chinese corporations ignoring the federal government’s intransigence. FEMA finally ordered multiple shipments of medical supplies from China; whose distribution was done through “For-Profit” corporations.

China has sent by air, rail and sea the needed medical equipment to over 89 countries around the world. Supplies include test kits, facemasks, protective kits, goggles, forehead thermometers and ventilators, etc.

Chinese medical workers and supplies have been sent to 28 countries in Asia, 26 in Africa, 16 in Europe, 10 in the South Pacific and nine in the Americas. This assistance is China’s most extensive/wide-ranging humanitarian operation since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. 

Turkey has so far helped 38 countries, out of 69 who requested, with the medical supplies and ranks second after China.

Cuba sends more doctors to developing countries than does the WHO. Cuba has also developed and freely shared with the world a medication that helps to treat those tested COVID-19 positive–Interferon Alfa-2B.

 

Karl Marx’s writing; a 29-year-old philosopher with a taste for epicurean hedonism and Hegelian rationality; even after two centuries, remains one of the most “penetrating” analyses of capitalism that the gap between labor and capital would get worse,”. Marx predicted that capitalism would lead to “poverty amidst plenty”, a scenario that’s depressingly familiar today all over Europe and the USA.

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Karl Marx analyzed capitalism as a social system, rather than a purely economic one. “Humans and human relationships depend on our place within the system of capitalism itself”, If we don’t find a place within the system as individuals and human beings then we live under the exclusion. Capitalism doesn’t just determine our source of income but how we relate to each other, our surroundings, and ourselves. To be rendered superfluous by the system is damning to social wellbeing as well as economic livelihood.

We as human beings, our individuality, is not separate from what and how we, as a species, produce things and interact with nature. The emergence of COVID-19 is said to be, as climate change; a natural outgrowth of the profiteering activities of Anthropocentric Industrial Capitalism (AIC), which is an existential threat to humanity. If we continue to pillage the earth for profits, we will, in part, trespass deeper into the habitats of other species increases the frequency of closer contact with them, creating the possibility for other novel coronaviruses. This should come as no surprise, since in the recent past the earth’s ecosystem has responded to abuse with AIDS, Avian flu, SARS, MERS, and Zika. The militarization of space is another far more dangerous adventure undertaken by neo-conic capitalists and imperialists!

Knowing the fact that the external substantive factors can throw the economy out of the kilter, faulty internal dynamics and logic of capitalism would also inevitably be responsible. Capitalism’s very survival depends on the generation of profits while creating misery, inequality, injustice, unemployment, inflation, alienation, stress, recessions, and systemic crises as inevitable social and economic vectors.

 

Our Destiny for quite sometimes—from Bushes/Cheney duo till now—has been, is in the hands of doltish presidents and neo-conic world domineering veeps. It is time to start asking hard questions like: Is capitalism capable of addressing the problems it produces? How many times should a system that time and again failed to deliver be bailed out? 

 

After Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon, it was George H.W. Bush who saddled the Neocon Trojan Horse, while the Americans were in deep slumber, and invaded Iraq. His successors Bill Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Barack Hussain Obama paved a way for the Globetrotting Capitalist neocons to tread on ever-after. The political parties these men represented mean nothing. The real bunch of comrades they represent is the Globalist-Capitalists Neo-cons.

The reason we have been at war ever since; Bush I invaded Kuwait and Bush II invaded Afghanistan, Iraq having nothing to do with those countries, posing any imminent threat to the United States or anything of that kind – is greed, lust for money, power, control and (perceived) security of Israel.

That is how they enriched and empowered themselves, and fulfilled their economic/political/cultural/tribal fancies by controlling the world agendas. This is the same reason the Neocons have created ISIS, Al Nusra, et al. as proxy armies to take the war into any of the so-called “enemy/terrorist exporting countries” and eventually destroy Iran, guaranteeing the expansionist designs of Israel.

We Americans, to be realistic, should remain mindful of the reasons for our pull-back from Syria and Afghanistan.

 

The real battle is between Americanism vs Capitalism. Globalists and Neocons are Global-Capitalist.

 

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