Friday, July 24, 2009

Of sweet onions and destabalization

USAID Bolivia is trying to show its "lighter side", putting out a full press release on the their success assisting "500 poor families" produce and sell sweet onions for the US market. Bravo. Now about that $97 million possibly used for destabilization and violent separatist projects... Got anything to say?

8 comments:

Bina said...

$97 million would buy an awful lot of onions. Might even put Georgia's Vidalia onion farmers out of business...

Oh wait...you mean it's NOT for onions?

antimorales said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
El Duderino said...

Fascist propaganda deleted.

Bina said...

Thanks! Nice to see that onions set the fascists off. Doesn't take much, does it...

Anonymous said...

No, I wouldn't imagine they would have anything useful to say. I don't know if it is included in the ninety-seven mill, but USAID does have projects which actually help campesinos and others, with equipment, training, etc. However I consider that all of this is inextricably tied to the political activity, and channeled always through top-down groups which if not actively political, are economically political know what I mean.

So I agree with you but once again am dissapointed that you can't deal with criticism. I am left wondering what the "fascist propaganda" actually was, and also knowing that you and Bina will interpret my comment as another fascist propaganda, and likely delete it.

But hey its your blog. And I do understand that for your intended audience, the somewhat one-sided picture you paint of things is more valid than not. And I do keep on reading because its well written, and, again, I agree with you, overall.

Bina said...

Oh, DO be serious. USAID is NOT about helping anyone--except crooks who want to enrich themselves and don't care if they have to sell out their entire country doing it. They are nothing more than a governmental arm of US corporate interests. Those who work hand in glove with them don't give a rat's ass for campesinos; they're more than happy to let 'em all starve (except for those they deign to keep as slaves, and believe me, the US will just turn its usual blind eye to THAT.)

The sooner you realize this, the sooner you'll stop twaddling about how "one-sided" this blog is. The Dude deals in truth, as do I. If the truth is too "one-sided" for your liking, I'm sure there's a reason for that, one which I can understand your being reluctant to share. But so what? As you point out (and it's the one true thing you've said here), it's the Dude's blog, to do with as he sees fit. No one should feel compelled to "balance" truth with bullshit.

El Duderino said...

Anon,
If you are interested the deleted post gave support information for one of the captured neonazi hungarian mercenaries awaiting trail in Bolivia. That is fascist propoganda, which I do not tolerate. If that offends your conception of "free speech" you can fuck off and write your own blog.

Anonymous said...

yes, I was interested, and thanks for making me feel like a schmuck. heh. I don't know, can't help but think the few and far between whose lives ARE improved by USAID might not really care that their lives were improved as a public relations aspect of imperial intervention.

doesn't make it right, but at the end of the day I want people's lives to improve, so its a tough question.

Bina, fyi, ruminations including those which were inspired by your blog and in particular your blog-intro quote, are what led me to ditch the corporate slave cell in US and come back to try to help.

so I won't fuck off, I was wrong this time, but i'll be back to bug you again sometime, most likely.

paz (-: