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• The first English Slave ship was named Jesus: When did corporations become the judges of human rights, gender rights, environmental protection, sexuality, etc? When did these rights become ‘export-quality only’, for imperialist countries to judge countries they have sought to destroy and exploit?
Was it when the Europeans invaded on behalf of ‘civilization’, converting ‘heathens’ (now called ethnics)?
Was it when the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which claimed to recognize Black people as human, also recognized corporations as ‘natural persons’!?
Was it when Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah spoke of ‘Neocolonialism’, pointing out, ‘political sovereignty’ had left out ‘economic sovereignty’? He detailed international capital’s control of the world market, exploitation of international aid & aid conditionality, and ‘the moral pressure’ exerted by US labor organizations, missionaries, iNGOs. Was it when Thatcher declared, ‘countries which deny private property rights also deny other human rights’?
‘Neocolonialism’ is said to have emerged just as struggles for independence appeared to succeed.
• Fake media controversies are lit aflame every week at work, in homes and in 3wheelers and buses in between, on the way to, and in the market, where people are expect to take sides and argue till it’s time to go to work again. Who decides, designs and manufactures the fake diversions and controversies in the media every week? The large public relations agencies of the multinational companies that control our economy and the media.
• Milk is a good example of what’s called Staple Base Dynamism (SBD).This SBD is what real industrial economies display: Milk is made into 100 different dairy products, from creams to ice-creams, from butters to cheeses to yogurts. Wheat becomes flour, bread, cake etc, while developing related machinery along the way. This SBD is not allowed here. With real industry: ‘One Thing Leads to Another’, which ee thinks would be a fine epitaph or biography about SBD de Silva, whose economic theories ee has been inspired by.
• ‘McLarens Group recognized among Best Workplaces 2020 and enters Hall of Fame’ – The business section of newspapers is a joke: We’re indeed a prize-giving nation. Headlines are full of awards given to companies, boggling the mind. This is repeated in almost all of the media. Why do companies feel they need to advertise their largely self-bestowed glories on the reading public?
An ee Reader, who lived in Beijing, mentions one road that stretched for miles, selling nothing but prizes, plaques, certificates, cups, made to look like tin-plate, gold-plate, bronze… Any award could be inscribed.
• This was a curious news item: USAID loans to Sanasa Development Bank.
The Central Bank relaxed ownership limits in licensed commercial banks for both multilateral financial institutions and others. The World Bank, IFC & ADB can now outright own 20% of shares of Lankan banks with voting rights (see ee, 12 Sept 2020). Soon followed: WB IFC loans to Commercial Bank, Keells and their subsidiary Nations Trust Bank, Sunshine Holdings, and revelations of IFC links to Colombo Port’s competitor port in Kerala.
• “The declaration of war against Iran (Persia) by England or rather by the East India Co is the reproduction of one of those cunning & reckless tricks of Anglo-Asiatic diplomacy, by virtue of which England has extended her possessions on that continent. So soon as the Company casts a greedy look on any of the independent sovereigns, or on any region whose political and commercial resources or whose gold and jewels are valued, the victim is accused of having violated this or that ideal or actual convention, transgressed an imaginary promise or restriction, committed some nebulous outrage, and then war is declared, and the eternity of wrong, the perennial force of the fable of the wolf and the lamb, is again incarnadined in history.” – Karl Marx on the Anglo-Persian war, 1856-57