Saturday, February 24, 2018

RT - 'They prefer boys in Afghanistan': Dancing bachas recruited for sex (RT Documentary)

An absolutely riveting but disturbing documentary about child prostitution in Afghanistan. The English RT team go to Afghanistan and interview a pimp and his team and I couldn't believe how open and honest they were, but child prostitution with boys over the age of 12 years old is not illegal, or a blind eye is turned, in the Taliban controlled parts of Afghanistan. Women are not allowed out, and if they do get out occasionally in the back streets, they are fully covered head to toe. Men are frustrated by this so they turn their attention to young boys who do stage dancing acts dressed up as women but afterwards there might be sex. It's very popular.

The afghans in the film are honest about drugs and alcohol, which surprised me. Another thing that surprised is that they had clubs where they smoked hashish and videos were shown of scantly dressed Western women which was legal.

Now only a handful of people are interviewed but they seem to express sympathy for the women and wanted to see them more out in the streets, but they said that their government forbids it.

You get to see how brutal Afghanistan life is and it is disturbing to think what people can sink to when left to go wild. KV


In Afghanistan women are forbidden to dance in public. Local men suffer – they want entertainment and sex at any cost. RT talked to “bachas”, boys dressed as women who dance for older men at male-only parties, and “playboys”, the bosses who recruit them. A private party usually ends up with guests bidding for a night with the ‘bacha’ (a ‘boy’ in Farsi).

Friday, February 23, 2018

Aaron Mate - Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2)

I'm sure Tom put out Part 1 on this (embedded). Here's Part 2. It's shocking, the Neocons are neo-fascists.

However much Russiagate may annoy Trump personally, administration officials like H.R. McMaster are seizing on it to advance a militarist agenda at home and abroad. Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss

Chris Hedges & Abby Martin (Feb 21, 2018) - Propaganda Buries Facts & Manipulates Emotions

I was wondering whether to put this out when I saw Tom's post, American Meddling in the Ukraine, so I thought that this fits in. The US has supported fascism all over the world, toppled democratic regimes, and has perpetuated the most extreme violence and brutality to keep their fascist regimes in place. It is now supporting Neo-Nazi fascists in the Ukraine. And yet it portrays itself as the bastion of freedom, liberty, and democracy, while it considers itself the World's policeman - the good guys.

Publius Tacitus — American Meddling in the Ukraine

Historians will note the tremendous irony of the United States engaging in subversion and election meddling in Ukraine that surpasses anything attempted by Russia.
The ideological fissures that are growing in the United States are beginning to resemble the warring camps that characterize the Ukrainian political world. The divide in Ukraine pits groups who are described as "right wing" and many are ideological descendants of real Nazis and Nazi sympathizers against groups with a strong affinity to Russia. This kind of gap cannot be bridged through conventional negotiations.
Who is the United States government and media supporting? The Nazis. You think I'm joking. Here are the facts….
Following the "ideological fissures" in the US, most of what is reported in the American corporate media is fake news, especially regarding foreign affairs but domestic also. The Alt Right and Clinton camps dwell in opposite universes. Public discourse in America is bipolar and manic.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
American Meddling in the Ukraine
Publius Tacitus

Richard D. Wolff — Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story

The Cold War displaced the legacies of the New Deal. Time and Trump are now displacing Cold War legacies. Where capitalism was questioned and challenged in the 1930s and into the 1940s, doing that became taboo after 1948. Yet in the wake of the 2008 crash, critical thought about capitalism resumed. In particular one argument is gaining traction: capitalism is not the means to realize economic equality and democracy, it is rather the great obstacle to their realization....
Economic liberalism (capitalism) and political liberalism (democracy) are antithetical.

Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story
Richard D. Wolff, Marxian economist and founder of Democracy At Work

Lee Camp - NEW PROOF: Foreign Internet Company Helped Trump Win

Lee Camp's excellent take on Russiagate. Yes, a foreign internet company did help Trump win the election, but it was British. In fact, this British company has helped the Republicans to win 44 elections when including state ones. But guess what, this is not uncommon, many Western companies help foreign political parties to win elections because it's their business? Many of these companies are marketing and advertising firms, and many American companies do it too. It's a lucrative business,

I like what HB wrote in the comments section.

The World would be a better place, if US meddling in other countries was restricted to the occasional Twitter or Facebook ad!

Sputnik — 'We Can't Continue to Run the World': Ron Paul's EXCLUSIVE Interview for Sputnik

Former Texas Congressman and leading libertarian thinker Dr. Ron Paul has shared his views on President Trump's job as president after his first year in office, the situation in Syria and the renewed debate on gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting....
Sputnik International
'We Can't Continue to Run the World': Ron Paul's EXCLUSIVE Interview for Sputnik

Gilbert Doctorow — Russia’s Presidential Election, 2018: first impressions

This is the first of three election reports which the author will publish in the coming month culminating in his findings as an officially invited international observer to the 18 March elections.
Detailed report on all candidates except Putin, who is well-known and expected to win handily.

Putin's only credible challenger seems to be Communist Party candidate, Pavel Grudinin. He is not a Communist Party member himself, but is being put forward as a unifying choice for the Left.

However, Grudinin is focused on domestic issues and has no foreign policy experience. He says he will continue the present foreign policy.  But Russians are very focused on foreign affairs, so this is a big liability for Grudinin's candidacy.

Worth a read, if just to counter the misinformation in the Western media that focuses on liberal aspirants that have minuscule appeal to Russian voters. Liberal parties have no presence in the Duma, either. Russia is a conservative and traditionalist country. Even the left is socially conservative and traditionalist.

Une parole franche
Russia’s Presidential Election, 2018: first impressions
Gilbert Doctorow | European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd.

See also

See also
The website of a network of the presidential election’s public monitors, which posts latest reports on violations during the Russian presidential election, reported more than 70 hacker attacks over recent 12 hours, the project’s coordinator Roman Kolomoitsev told TASS on Friday.
"Over recent 12 hours,, which aggregates reports of all violations and the recent information on the election, was attacked more than 70 times," he said.
According to the originating IP-addresses, "the hacker attacks came from Sweden and the Netherlands," he continued. "We have managed to stop quite promptly those attacks."
NOM is Russia’s biggest network of independent monitors. Its target is to structure a fundamentally new infrastructure for honest and transparent elections.
Election’s public monitors report 70 hacker attacks on their site

The Moscow government applies DLT to local voting system; makes project code open-source on GitHub.
Russian Govt. Moves Ahead With Blockchain-Based Local Voting System
Miguel Gomez , 05 December

teleSUR — There Is No Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela, Says UN Expert

American lawyer and historian, Alfred de Zayas, an expert in the field of human rights, warned about the use of the term humanitarian crisis to intervene in Venezuela and overthrow the current government.

Alfred de Zayas, the independent expert of the United Nations (UN) on the Promotion of an International Democratic and Equitable Order, concluded after his visit to Venezuela that this country does not suffer a humanitarian crisis, unlike countries in Africa or Asia where there are wars and famine.

"I have compared the statistics of Venezuela with that of other countries and there is no humanitarian crisis, of course there is scarcity, anxiety and shortages but who has worked for decades for the United Nations and knows the situation of countries in Asia, Africa and some of America, knows that the situation in Venezuela is not a humanitarian crisis, "Zayas said in an interview for teleSUR....


Timothy Taylor — Some Thoughts About Economic Exposition in Math and Words

Avoiding mathiness and economism.

Conversable Economist
Some Thoughts About Economic Exposition in Math and Words
Timothy Taylor | Managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, based at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota

Crypto: First Venezuela, then Iran, now Turkey

Crypto is quickly moving into all the shit holes...

JUAN COLE - After Destroying Iraq, U.S. Won’t Give a Dime to Reconstruction

In an exclusive, Reuters reports that the Trump administration is going into the Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait this week with no plans to contribute a dime to the effort. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi estimates that Iraq needs $100 billion to rebuild. The country is still devastated from the 2003 US war of aggression and 8.5 year military occupation, which spurred Sunni insurgencies and led to the collapse of the US- and NATO-trained military in 2014. The past 3.5 years have been spent attempting to recover the Sunni Arab areas of the country from ISIL, which involved destroying most Sunni Arab cities in the country.
Donald Trump ran on a platform of “no more nation building.” (He needn’t have bothered to articulate it. What nation has the US built recently?)
Yara Bayoumy and Jonathan Landay at Reuters report that the Trump administration is hoping that Saudi Arabia will proffer substantial aid, as a quid pro quo for the Iraqi government distancing itself from Iran.
This hope strikes me as almost completely forlorn. Saudi Arabia is trying to overthrow four governments in the region–Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Qatar, and the Shiite leaders in Baghdad would have to have their heads examined to put their heads in that lion’s mouth.
Although Iraq has a substantial oil income, it also runs big budget deficits and its non-oil economy has contracted as much as ten percent per year in recent years because of ISIL. Iraq’s debt is 63% of its GDP, which is dangerously high. The disaster of the loss of 40% of the country’s territory to ISIL in 2014 was accompanied by the disaster of a dramatic halving of oil prices in recent years. Iraq’s exact economic situation is very difficult to know because of lack of transparency, but its GDP is estimated at $192 bn for a population of roughly 32 million, for a per capita income of $6,000 a year. But that is an average and in fact most Iraqi families are desperately poor and no one knows where all that oil money has gone. When I was there four years ago, Baghdad looked dowdy and as though nothing new had been built since 1980 (compare to other oil countries like Kuwait or the UAE and the stagnation is breathtaking).
After the destruction of Tikrit, Ramadi, Falluja and Mosul (and Falluja had already been destroyed in 2004 by the Americans), Iraq needs to make massive investments in the Sunni Arab regions if it is to regain the loyalty of the people there.
Washington, having blithely set the country on the path to catastrophe, has now washed its hands of any further responsibility, with the exception of an occasional air strike against ISIL remnants.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ryan Devereaux — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

New mission?

The Intercept
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement
Ryan Devereaux

Aída Chávez — GOP Senator Says Impeachment of Judges Who Struck Down Gerrymandered Map Is “A Conversation That Has to Happen”

In the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that struck down a Republican congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered, Sen. Pat Toomey said that impeachment of the justices is “a conversation that has to happen.”

The GOP map had given Republicans a nearly 3-1 congressional majority in a state that leans Democratic; the court’s new map will still give Republicans a significant advantage, but slightly less of one. For Toomey, that amounted, he said, to a “blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power grab that undermines our electoral process.”...
The US is "democratic" in name only.

The Intercept
GOP Senator Says Impeachment of Judges Who Struck Down Gerrymandered Map Is “A Conversation That Has to Happen”
Aída Chávez

Patrick Ryan, a congressional candidate from New York, is leaning on his experience as a small business entrepreneur to establish his readiness for office, but he has curiously failed to mention the business he used to work in: domestic surveillance.
Seven years ago, Ryan, then working at a firm called Berico Technologies, compiled a plan to create a real-time surveillance operation of left-wing groups and labor unions, hoping business lobbyists would pay top dollar to monitor and disrupt the actions of activist groups across the country. At one point, the proposal included the idea to spy on the families of high-profile Democratic activists and plant fake documents with labor unions in a bid to discredit them....
The Intercept
Democratic Congressional Candidate Built Lucrative Career Spying on Left-Wing ActivistsLee Fang

Ekaterina Bilanova — US 'Deep State' Hopes to Bankrupt Russia Through New Arms Race – Analyst

The US elite believes that this worked for Reagan. There is, of course, the side-benefit of feeding the military-industrial-govermental complex that is foundational for the US politico-economic system.

I would add that Russia is not the principal target. The chief competitor of the US is China, and the US cannot achieve its goal of permanent global hegemony without regime change in China and partition of the country into pieces that cannot challenge the US economically. This is only possible by first effecting regime change and partitioning of Russia.

Sputnik International — Opinion
US 'Deep State' Hopes to Bankrupt Russia Through New Arms Race – Analyst

Dean Baker — Policy Choices, Not ‘the Market,’ Produce a ‘Small Number of Very Wealthy People’

It is amazing how frequently we hear people asserting that the massive inequality we are now seeing in the United States is the result of an unfettered market. I realize that this is a convenient view for those who are on the upside of things, but it also happens to be nonsense.
The latest nonsense-pusher is Amy Chua, who warns in a New York Times column (2/20/18) about the destructive path the United States is now on, where a disaffected white population takes out its wrath on economic elites and racial minorities. The key part missing from the story is that the disaffected masses really do have a legitimate gripe.
We didn’t have to make patent and copyright monopolies ever longer and stronger, allowing folks like Bill Gates to get incredibly rich. We could have made Amazonpay the same sales tax as their mom-and-pop competitors, which would mean Jeff Bezos would not be incredibly rich. We could subject Wall Street financial transactions to the same sort of sales taxes people pay on shoes and clothes, hugely downsizing the high incomes earned in this sector. And we could have rules of corporate governance that make it easier for shareholders to rein in CEO pay....
Neoliberalism is corporate control of government policy (state capture).

Alex Christoforou — Julian Assange explains how “troll farm” in St. Petersburg was nothing more than social media spam business (Video)

Commercial operation.

The Duran
Julian Assange explains how “troll farm” in St. Petersburg was nothing more than social media spam business (Video)
Alex Christoforou


Democrats want taxpayers to give them $300M to fight $100K in “Russian troll” Facebook ads
Also at The Duran
Lucy Komisar, who is perhaps the greatest living investigative journalist, has discovered — and has documented in detail — that the source of the Russiagate charge against Russia, the source of the charge that Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign had connived with Russians in order to be able to win the U.S. Presidency, can be found in explaining the why’s and wherefore’s of the key event, when Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, met with Russian lawyer Nataliya Veselnitskaya, in Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower office, on 9 June 2016.
Komisar figured it out: Veselnitskaya, thinking that Trump might become America’s President, lured (through George Papadopoulos, the Trump-campaign volunteer whom Komisar unfortunately doesn’t mention, but he was the contact between Veselnitskaya and the Trump team) Trump’s team, into that meeting, by promising (as communicated to them via Papadopoulos) to inform them of dirt against Hillary Clinton. But that wasn’t Veselnitskaya’s real purpose, Komisar has found....

Anatoly Karlin

The effort of the American ruling class to offset its economic decline using military force is leading mankind to the brink of another world war...
At the same time, it serves as a ready-made pretext for censorship and domestic repression that goes far beyond the extraordinary measures adopted under the framework of the “war on terror.” Russia, the American people are supposed to believe, uses domestic social opposition to weaken the United States, rendering political dissent effectively treasonous.
Already, this campaign has led the major US technology firms to implement far-reaching measures to censor political speech on the Internet. Google is manipulating its search results and Facebook is manipulating its news feeds, while seeking to turn the social media platform it has developed into an instrument of corporate-state surveillance.…
WSWS (Trotskyite)
The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited
Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore


Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate
Thomas L. Knapp | director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism


Zero Hedge
"We Primed Ourselves For Discord" - The Dangers Of Exaggerating Russia's Role In The 2016 Election
Tyler Durden

My take: The overreaction to alleged Russian "meddling" is irrational unless there is a hidden agenda driving it. Cui bono?

Marshall Auerback — Trump’s Bogus Infrastructure Plan Takes the U.S. Further Down the Road of Rentier Capitalism

President Trump presented his infrastructure plan last week. If you’re keen on the idea of out-of-control privatized utilities gouging customers and manipulating energy markets, or consortia building overpriced, expensive toll roads (until they go bust), then you’ll love the president’s proposals. His mooted public-private partnerships are another variant of socialism for the rich and free market discipline for the rest of us. PPPs are like a religion that offers its adherents the promise of capitalist heaven via tax breaks, subsidized funding, and guaranteed returns, minus the discipline of private bank credit arrangements or potential bankruptcy, the costs of which are invariably borne by a public already experiencing the hell of significantly more restricted access (think toll roads and bridges), higher user fees or “slower lane” traffic (think the end of net neutrality), and the costs of bailouts if and when the venture goes bust....
No private market discipline is enforced on management because in most cases they are given control of what was once a public monopoly, which is simply converted into a private one. It’s rentier capitalism, plain and simple.... 
In essence, these public-private partnerships are one of the sick jokes that the neoliberal era visited on all of us in the name of economic efficiency and responsible government—a ‘joke’ because the beneficiaries of all this public largesse have been laughing all the way to the bank as stupid public officials continue to fall prey to their lobbying as they joyfully hand over the keys to the public purse. Trump is simply perpetuating the trend of allowing governments to continue to abrogate their true responsibilities to pursue and safeguard public purpose. Governments should never have become agents of private profit.…
Neoliberalism can be viewed as government as agent of private profit based on "free market" ideology that prioritizes private ownership over public because "efficiency," along with public policy that favors capital formation as the basis for growth, under the assumption that "a rising tide lifts all boats" (trickle down).

Naked Capitalism
Trump’s Bogus Infrastructure Plan Takes the U.S. Further Down the Road of Rentier Capitalism
Marshall Auerback
Cross-posted from Alternet

Reuters — Top US Treasury official slams China's 'non-market behavior'

  • The U.S. Treasury's top diplomat accused Beijing of "patently non-market behavior" and said that the United States needed stronger responses to counter it. 
  • David Malpass, Treasury's undersecretary for international affairs, said that market-oriented, democratic governments were awakening to the challenges posed by China's economic system, including from its state-owned banks and export credit agencies.
  • He reiterated his view that China had stopped liberalizing its economy and was actually reversing these trends.
The US position is that only one system — neoliberalism — is allowable, the one it makes the rules for. (Neoliberalism is the system in which private business controls government.)

China is never going to buy into this, since it is tantamount to acknowledging the US as the actual "Middle Kingdom."

Collision course.

Gordon Watts

See also

World Economic Forum

Venezuelan oil workers too weak and hungry for heavy labor

Paybacks are hell:

Let's see what this new coin thing they released does...

Safe Schools

Let's see...  "immediately fire back... at much less costs than guards..."

1.  "counter puncher" i.e. "eye for an eye" i.e. "get even"...


2.  "save money!"

What's not to like???

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Paul Craig Roberts — Russiaphobia Is Out of Control

All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference.…
When a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and overwhelmed by its own exceptionalism and indispensability has political and media lunatics equating a bait-click commercial marketing scheme with Pearl Harbor, that country is a recipe for the end of the world.
After done a significant amount of research on this, I have come to this conclusion, too. 

Paul Craig Roberts
Russiaphobia Is Out of Control

See also

Stephen F. Cohen delves more deeply into the issues raised by PCR above.
Its allegations and practices suggest disdain for American institutions, principles, best interests, and indeed for the American people....
In short, as Cohen has argued previously, Russiagate and its elite adherents are now the number-one threat to American national security, not Russia itself....
The Nation
‘Russiagate’ Is Revealing Alarming Truths About America’s Political-Media Elites
Stephen F. Cohen | Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, History, and Politics at New York University and Princeton University

Bill Mitchell — Welcome to the ‘homeless’ working poor – a new neoliberal KPI

In advanced nations, poverty used to be a thing of old age, once income had stopped due to retirement and savings depleted. Old-aged pension systems were intended as Welfare States emerged to prevent that fall into poverty. The pension systems reduced the incidence of extreme poverty and the full employment era that followed the Second World War, where governments committed to using their fiscal capacities (spending and taxation) to ensure there were sufficient jobs for all, allowed workers to improve incomes and saving. Research in the early 1970s (particularly from the US, where the pension systems were less generous and working conditions less regulated) started to disclose the incidence of the ‘working poor’. In more recent times, the concept of the working poor has spread from the US to most advanced nations. In this modern era of renewed real wage repression, rising energy costs and housing costs, workers are not only facing increased risk of poverty but also of homelessness. Welcome to Australia – the nation with the second highest median wealth per adult in the world. Yesterday (February 21, 2018), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the – Wage Price Index, Australia – for the December-quarter 2017. Private sector wages growth was 1.9 per cent in the December-quarter continuing the seven consecutive quarters of record low growth. However, with the annual inflation rate running at 1.9 per cent, real wages growth was static. And with real wages growth lagging badly behind productivity growth, the wage share in national income is now around record low levels. This represents a major rip-off for workers. The flat wages trend is also intensifying the pre-crisis dynamics, which saw private sector credit rather than real wages drive growth in consumption spending. And now, the latest data shows that workers are experiencing increased homeless. It is not just a problem of the ‘working poor’ now. Welcome to the ‘homeless’ working poor – a new neoliberal KPI.
Bill Mitchell – billy blog
Welcome to the ‘homeless’ working poor – a new neoliberal KPI
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Jimmy Dore - New York Times Reporter Debunks Russia Twitter Panic

Jimmy Dore hits home again, Washington is a laughing stock. If only Americans knew what the content of the Russian Twitter adverts, then they would be rolling about with laughter too. Congress and the CIA are so upset about some silly, nonsense adverts.


Peter Dorman — Divide and Rule

Progressive universalism versus targeting the poor and forgetting the struggling middle class and working poor — the precariat.

Divide and Rule
Peter Dorman | Professor of Political Economy, The Evergreen State College

Pat Lang — Project Lakhta - What was the goal?

Since the end of the first Cold War and the collapse of the USSR the US has treated Russia with overbearing contempt and hostility. The Russians appealed to the US to be allowed a more open role in European affairs. The response was to drive the borders of NATO far to the east, to the borders of what is but a rump of the Russian Empire before WW1.
The Russian response is to use what they see as a legitimate instrument of statecraft against us. This instrument seeks the weakening of enemies through exploitation of their own defects.

Our response to this is to adopt a high handed attitude that speaks volumes about us. We admit that we do the same things to others even as we claim an absolute right to do this because we are the future of humanity, the dwellers in the "city on the hill."...
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Project Lakhta - What was the goal?
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.)
At the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lang was the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for the Middle East, South Asia and counter-terrorism, and later, the first Director of the Defense Humint Service. At the DIA, he was a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service. He participated in the drafting of National Intelligence Estimates. From 1992 to 1994, all the U.S. military attachés worldwide reported to him. During that period, he also briefed President George H. W. Bush at the White House, as he had during Operation Desert Storm.
He was also the head of intelligence analysis for the Middle East for seven or eight years at that institution. He was the head of all the Middle East and South Asia analysis in DIA for counter-terrorism for seven years. For his service in the DIA, Lang received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. — Wikipedia
See also
None of Risch’s remarks addressed the fact that the U.S. Constitution gives Congress, rather than the president, the power to declare war.
The Intercept

Jimmy Dore - Bill Binney: NSA Reveals Why US Is In Syria

The US perpetual war machine is a money making racket, says Bill Binney, an ex US intelligence official. Now they invent a new cold war with Russia because of the hacking scandal that never happened, which is supposed to be on par with Pearl Harbour, so they can swindle even more trillions out of the tax payer. These wars never seem to end, says, Bill Binney, as the Syrian war starts up again, and they will be able to drag the new cold war out for years making some serious money. KV

Masha Gessen — The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller’s Russia Indictments

Even Russian ex-pat Putin-phobe Masha Gessen gets the Mueller indictments essentially right.

First politicized intelligence, then politicized justice.

The New Yorker
The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller’s Russia Indictments
Masha Gessen, staff writer

See also
Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda
The Guradian (March 17, 2011)
Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain

Ramanan — A Short Biography Of Robert Neild

Robert Neild was an associate of Wynne Godley in the Cambridge Economic Policy Group.

Keeper Godley quote, too.

The Case for Concerted Action
A Short Biography Of Robert Neild
V. Ramanan

Farid Ben Amor — How should we regulate the flow of online content?

Under a "free market system" platforms become the curators of content and its flow because "business decisions are best left to the private sector." However, the dynamics of this market limit competition and the tendency is toward concentration. This leaves just a few at the top in the drivers seat. Content creation and distribution are increasingly being combined as major players go vertical. The result is growing market asymmetry. 

Is this an issue that should be addressed politically and legally? The title below assumes that the answer is yes and asks how it should be managed.

The neoliberal solution is to legislate in favor of capital formation. The ordoliberal solution is to legislate against anti-competitive practices based on rent seeking through market power.

World Economic Forum
How should we regulate the flow of online content?
Farid Ben Amor | Knowledge and Community Lead, Future of Information and Entertainment Initiative, World Economic Forum