Category Archives: Staying in power – Struggle for control

A key problem that those that control productive + exploitative societies have is staying in power, which often means avoiding overthrow.  This is emphasized in societies where exploitation is important as the government is both a major source of income from harmful/unproductive activities and a major source of control of the society.  Also see the three important subcategories Conflict, Harming People – Keeping People Oppressed, and Opposing oppression and injustice.

Language as a means of control

A function of the political use of language is to make your side sound (be!) correct and the other side mistaken. Manufacturing consent and spin are some terms used.

No. 1 sponsor of terrorism? US media name Iran, but overlook a candidate closer to home Joshua Cho Fair February 13, 2020
This article says that both Iran and the United States are doing the same types of things, but one is described as a state sponsor of terrorism, while U.S. actions are viewed as legitimate.

The US’s inalienable right to violence Gregory Shupak Fair January 20, 2020

Russia has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen.’ In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires Alan MacLeod Fair September 14, 2019

Oppression and Exploitation News February 13 – 19

Struggle for control – staying in power 2020

Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey Washington Post February 12, 2020

Harm through the market 2020

Global financial giants swear off funding an especially dirty fuel Christopher Flavelle New York Times February 12, 2020

T-Mobile and Sprint are set to merge as the big get bigger Edmund Lee New York Times February 11, 2020

Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

Six of the 28  Latin American indigenous rights defenders murdered in 2019. Credit Cultural Survival
Six of the 28 Latin American indigenous rights defenders murdered in 2019. Credit: Cultural Survival

In Memoriam: 28 indigenous rights defenders murdered in Latin America in 2019 Cultural Survival January 28, 2019

Mexican butterfly conservationist is found dead, two weeks after vanishing Kirk Semple and Paulina Villegas New York Times January 29, 2020

How the environmental lawyer who won a massive judgement against Chevron lost everything Sharon Lerner The Intercept January 29, 2020

Bulgaria charges three Russian agents in poisoning case Michael Schwirtz New York Times January 23, 2020
The trio, members of a secretive group within Russia’s military intelligence agency, are accused of trying to kill an arms dealer, his son and one of his top executives in 2015.

Oppression and Exploitation News January 23 – 29, 2020

Conflict 2020

U.N. Court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims Richard C. Paddock New York Times January 23, 2020
The International Court of Justice said Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent its military or others from carrying out genocidal acts against the Rohingya, who it said faced “real and imminent risk.”

People return from Iran at a border crossing near Zaranj in Afghanistan’s Nimroz Province on 19 January 2020. (Stefanie Glinski/TNH)

People return from Iran at a border crossing near Zaranj in Afghanistan’s Nimroz Province on 19 January 2020. (Credit: Stefanie Glinski/TNH)

Conflict, refugee returns fuel Afghanistan displacement—most returnees end up displaced as conflict swells Irwin Loy New Humanitarian January 20, 2020

War has ripple effects. I am a military widow. I know what the true cost of conflict is. Karie Fugett New York Times January 17, 2020