December 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm (African National Congress, America, ANC, Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Austerity, BRICS, Cultural Revolution, Deconstructon, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Derrida, Human Rights, IMF, SACP, Socrates, Uncategorized, Zuma)
Tags: America, American Hegemony, ANC, Austerity, BRICS, COSATU, Financial Control, IMF, Jacob Zuma, SACP, South Africa, World Bank
Fifty Shades of the IMF
America and the Empire of Dominance
The BRICS Alternative and the Case of South Africa
Narcissism, not wisdom, guides American policy, which is itself a mask of anarchy.
Unlike the General Assembly of the United Nations, where each country has one vote, decision making at the IMF was designed to reflect the relative positions of its member countries in the global economy. The IMF continues to undertake reforms to ensure that its governance structure adequately reflects fundamental changes taking place in the world economy.
The International Monetary Fund
The economic health of every country is a proper matter of concern to all its neighbours, near and far.
President Franklin Roosevelt
As with De Sade’s Justine, the IMF lures its victims with pledges of aid.
Again and again, the naive girl, still believing in virtue, finds herself imprisoned. Such was the case, for instance, with the abbey in the forest, inhabited by monks. Justine is saved, she believes – but the monks reveal themselves to be sadists, torturing, raping and killing their prey. The monks, hiding behind a mask of sanctity, do what they like, satisfy their peculiar and perverse desires, while disciplining and binding those they have abducted (ab ducere, to lead from, astray). The monks wait for their quarry as a spider who strikes. But, as with the carnivorous plant that seems to offer water, the monks contrive to bind Justine even as they extend a helping hand. Thomas Jefferson, writing in the same era, warned, ‘…under pretence of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves and sheep. I do not exaggerate.’
To read the rest of the essay, please visit Fifty Shades of the IMF: America and the Empire of Dominance
December 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm (China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Uncategorized, Western Politics)
Tags: Brazil, BRICS, Geopolitics, IMF, India, International Law, NATO, Obama, Putin, Russia, South Africa, Syria
November 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm (Aesthetics, Art, Arts on Main, Creativity, Cultural Revolution, feminism, Johannesburg, Performance, South Africa)
Tags: Aesthetics, art, Arts on Main, Cultural Revolution, feminism, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg, Performance, politics, South Africa, Sue Pam-Grant, With-Drawing
Sue Pam-Grant Dethrones the Lady on the Pedestal
‘With-Drawing: But Who Would Want You on Their Wall’, and ‘SHE’
Hazard Gallery, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa
5-7 November, 2015
Artist captures the woman behind the gaze
Fusing live performance, self-portraits in watercolour and two films, Sue Pam-Grant’s multi-media event, ‘but who would want you on their wall?’ is a tour de force seeking to reclaim the imperfect feminine, the woman of everyday life. The event includes an exhibition of self-portraits, simultaneous with a live performance, entitled ‘SHE’.
To read the rest of the review, please visit ‘Naked Artist Delights Crowd – Sue Pam=Grant at Hazard Gallery.’
November 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm (African National Congress, ANC, BRICS, COSATU, Jacob Zuma, SACP, South Africa, South African Communist Party, Zuma)
Tags: ANC, ANC KZN, BRICS, COSATU, Equality, IMFOut, Jacob Zuma, Liberation, Revolution, SACP, South Africa, Tripartitie Alliance, Zuma
Zuma Calls for ANC Renewal
In an impassioned and candid speech at the ANC Provincial Conference in KwaZulu-Natal on November 7, 2015, President Jacob Zuma has called for the renewal of the ANC. (https://youtu.be/qrmfKWyknls)
To read the rest of the article, please visit Zuma Calls For ANC Renewal.