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  • Is de-escalation even on the agenda? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    budget on the planet spent an unrivaled 80 billion dollars last year including 2 billion dollars worth of US helicopters Lebanon has spent 500 million dollars The UAE is set to buy 200 billion dollars of drone technology in addition to 130 million dollars in munitions Kuwait is expected to spend 3 billion dollars The US and Israel are currently in talks for a multi billion dollar compensation package in exchange for Israel s acceptance of the Iran nuclear deal These weapons are in use from Yemen to Bahrain to Libya and those at the forefront of arms control policy find it difficult to conceive of the US de escalating the region Many are beginning to ask if de escalation is even on the agenda and whether Obama actually wants it this way Iran s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the world s eight States with nuclear weapons to disarm in response to Iran s pledge to develop its nuclear programme with clear curbs that guarantee non proliferation He also called on Israel to not only admit to their nuclear arsenal but to join in on the pledge of non proliferation and total disarmament The cold war era asymmetry between States that possess nuclear weapons and those that don t is no longer tolerable the minister wrote FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest We Are Not Dead We Are Not Dead Also In This Magazine Play Jazz Jazz is the big brother of Revolution Revolution follows it around Miles Davis November 27 2015 Jump Cut The jump cut is a technique where two sequential subjects of a similar idea are cut up and reordered from a slightly different angle or position This type of technique

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  • Cuba Redux - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    huge charter companies and their colonial exploits during his time The situation created by this economic paradigm is occasionally made manifest in surreal and often violent circumstances Farmers in Honduras for example cannot bring their bananas to market directly in their home country because of agreements in place between the government and the US based United Fruit Company Instead the bananas must be exported to America after harvest and then re imported to the country at which point they can legally be sold in the markets During Angola s decades long civil war American oil and gas conglomerate Chevron Texaco paid for rebels to invade and seize resources from the tiny enclave of Cabinda at the same time as they paid the Angolan military to defend their rigs from those rebels in neighboring regions In India farmers who were long accustomed to buying seed that would regrow naturally allowing them to produce seeds for subsequent crops were sold genetically engineered seed that died off after one season The suicide seed developed and sold by the American based Monsanto corporation was designed to ensure that farmers would be required to buy new seed every season In a nation where 60 percent of citizens make a living through farming or related industries this practice has impoverished rural populations so deeply that many rural farmers see no way out in 2009 17 638 Indian farmers or one farmer every half hour killed themselves Policies and practices like this form the basis or the indirect rule or corporate colonialism that the US paradigm has used in place of the direct administration of earlier forms of Old World colonial governance Over the past five years or so large swathes of Central and South America have managed to find their way out of economic stagnation This became possible in part due to US neglect of Latin American nations and economic blocs as trading partners during the George Bush years as well as open resistance to the neoliberal IMF and World Bank policies of financial austerity market deregulation and mass privatization A number of nations in the region have elected populist leaders who promise deliverance from the poverty resulting from the institution of neoliberal economic policies The administrations of Evo Morales in Bolivia Dilma Vana Rouseff in Brazil and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela have sought to create civil societies in which all socioeconomic groups and classes have equal say in their governments decisions and policies Each of these nations were afflicted with huge social and economic gaps between a tiny minority of the super rich who have benefited from trade with Western or Northern nations and the vast throngs of desperately poor who have struggled to survive Change has not come easily or without bloodshed and failures but the dichotomy of aristocrat and pauper endemic to certain Latin American nations no longer seems written in stone This is not to say that economic and social inequality has vanished altogether however Western governments and their MNCs have begun

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  • Disaster Advertising - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    services under the auspices of starting afresh with a clean slate and taking advantage of the opportunities tragedy has provided Step four using money from the public coffers privatize everything and then sell it back to the consumer client citizen at a profit The name of this phenomenon Disaster capitalism This formula used so successfully to colonize physical territory works the same way to lay claim to our mental environment FIRETRUCK FIRESALE Post 9 11 post housing bubble recession times have proved fertile ground for the neo conservative policy trinity According to a recent Pew Charitable Trusts report property tax revenue and state aid to cities are shrinking simultaneously for the first time in over 30 years In cities like Trenton NJ this has resulted in the laying off of over one third of the police force and corresponding massive increases in gun assaults and robberies Other cities have had to close fire stations turn off streetlights grind their subways to a halt increase class sizes and let potholes bloom This is where our good friend KFC comes back in the Colonel would be more than willing to fill your pothole replace your fire hydrant or fund your police force through city advertising dollars if you ll just let him stencil a red hot chicken deal on City Hall From Baltimore to Phoenix Minneapolis to Syracuse city councils are contemplating selling public space as ad space And thus fulfillment powerful corporate lobbying has deconstructed government to the point that it needs to seek out private sponsorship to keep performing what used to be considered public duties In the media world news outlets have turned to unprecedented single sponsor partnerships to pay the bills When The Huffington Post launched its weekly magazine app their sole launch partner was Toyota whose National

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/disaster-advertising/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Key to Power - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    have to be a millenarian to believe that such political events will come again It s not just a matter of numbers One day there are millions in the street and nothing changes and another day the action of a small group can completely overturn the ruling order Sometimes the event comes in a moment of economic and political crisis when people are suffering Other times though the event arrives in times of prosperity when hopes and aspirations are rising It s possible even in the near future that the entire financial structure will come crashing down Or that debtors will gain the conviction and courage not to pay their debts We can t know when the event will come But that doesn t mean we should just wait around until it arrives Instead our political task is paradoxical we must prepare for the event even though its date of arrival remains unknown The forces of rebellion and revolt allow us to throw off the impoverished subjectivities produced and continually reproduced by capitalist society A movement of organized refusal allows us to recognize who we are It helps us free ourselves of the morality of debt and the work discipline it imposes on us It allows us to turn our attention away from the video screens and break the spell the media hold over us It supports us to get out from under the yoke of the security regime and become invisible to the regime s all seeing eye It also demystifies the structures of representation that cripple our powers of political action Rebellion and revolt however set in motion not only a refusal but also a creative process New truths are produced Some of the more traditional political thinkers and organizers on the left are displeased with or at

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  • Corporate Crackdown - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    don t want bookstores buying other bookstores in other towns and we don t want any Amazon com shutting down our local bookstores or turning reading solely into an internet experience We don t want banks buying other banks or banks buying corporations or banks or corporations buying governments We don t want military contractors like General Electric buying up mass media We don t want Rupert Murdoch owning hundreds of newspapers and broadcast outlets We don t want some rich guy coming into our neighborhood and buying up all the property and local businesses for himself We don t want a few companies like Google or Apple or Facebook dominating global communications From Capitalism Papers Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System by Jerry Mander FROM Adbusters 103 OCCUPYMAINSTREET Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest How to Reboot Capitalism The Key to Power Also In This Magazine On plants and modernity I thrust my hand into the dark earth and curl my fingers into a loose fist around a clump of soil The rays of sun above me filter through January 29 2015 Enigma of Revolt Kafka on Occupy September 7 2012 A New Way of

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/corporate-crackdown/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Jerry Mander, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Occupy Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Jerry Mander Corporate Crackdown August 10 2012 by Jerry Mander Tags NOBANKS NOGE NOMURDOCH NOSTARBUCKS 103 The moment is ripe Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial forces About Submissions Reprints Jobs

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/jerry-mander/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Philippines Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Philippines Bohol by Sean Devlin A story of resistance July 26 2012 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/philippines/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Benjamin Netanyahu Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Benjamin Netanyahu Cognitive Illusions by adbusters False Beliefs That We Intuitively Accept As True August 6 2012 Can We Trust This Man With Nuclear Weapons by adbusters A nuclear free Middle East is the only sane solution September 3 2010 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical

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