Eduardo Galeano – Novels about Pirates

eduardo_galeano_efeEduardo Galeano:  03.09 1940-13.04.2015

Should you have some connection with Latin America, the Spanish speaking world, history, Uruguay, literature, oppression, exploitation, IMF, then you are aware of the humble giant who possessed a prose that was profound yet on the surface, easily accessible.  His history of the milking of Latin America by the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, the US, Canada etc. were first contained in ¨Las venas abiertas de América Latina¨  (The Open Veins of Latin America),  was written in a six week period when he was twenty-seven years old.  He would later say he was too inexperienced to have written such a book, however it reading it now, as I have recently done again, it still holds as an insight into manuals of operations that have been played out by corporations, dictators, governments, business etc. aka well-organized crime.  This was the book Hugo Chavez presented to Obama, on the latter’s first conference down south. “Read this, then you will understand, what we are saying.”

Upside Down is another personal favourite, his style now infused with a humour that was not present in his opening salvo.  He was raging then, quite rightly so.  However with Upside Down, I found myself breaking out in a laugh as I followed the lines with my eyes.  Shit like this ain’t supposed to be funny, It eases the pain momentarily though, and we are in need of relief, and he was a medicine for a continent and beyond.

Below, his long-time translator and friend, Mark Fried talks with Sharmini Periest of The Real News Network about Galeano’s life.

The Huffington Post deal – A point of view

As much as I hate what the USA stands for regarding control and domination of practically all spheres of life and death, I check the HuffPo most days, it’s like keeping an eye on what the bastards are up to now.  Naturally it’s also an opportunity to see how and what the ‘progressive’ movement is going about what they do – yes, I do realize that it does not represent or cover all within that maybe ‘coded’ word that is ‘progressive’, however you get my point?

So, with this recent deal with AOL, something ain’t right.  Huffington Post, for as much as it portrays itself as being ethically centered, a counter to the intelligent-comical-dangerous-right wing hawks that should not be really-taken-seriously-but-have-the-power-to-be-in-yer-face clique, have gone into a deal that could personally benefit the face of the Huff Post, somewhere in the region of one hundred million dollars.  What about all the journalists/bloggers that have provided free ‘content’ for the website.  I don’t know what, maybe Andriana Huffington has plans for all to receive financial compensation for past and future contributions to the site, go on Adriana, surprise some of us.

Tim Rutten penned a piece for the LA Times on the AOL/Huffington Post merger/take-out…takeover and yes, he was paid –

Here is a quote from a memo by AOL Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong on where his company’s journalism is going. It’s fairly chilling reading, ordering the company’s editors to evaluate all future stories on the basis of “traffic potential, revenue potential, edit quality and turnaround time.” All stories, it stressed, are to be evaluated according to their “profitability consideration.” All AOL’s journalistic employees will be required to produce “five to 10 stories per day.”

The bulk of the site’s content is provided by commentators, who work for nothing other than the opportunity to champion causes or ideas to which they’re devoted. Most of the rest of the content is “aggregated” — which is to say stolen — from the newspapers and televisions networks that pay journalists to gather and edit the news.

The Huffington Post is a brilliantly packaged product with a particular flair for addressing the cultural and entertainment tastes of its overwhelmingly liberal audience. To grasp its business model, though, you need to picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates. Given the fact that its founder, Huffington, reportedly will walk away from this acquisition with a personal profit of as much as $100 million, it makes all the Post’s raging against Wall Street plutocrats, crony capitalism and the Bush and Obama administrations’ insensitivities to the middle class and the unemployed a bit much.

More on this story here

Via Mark Engler