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By Ars Moriendi,CJE - American double standards, the country seems full of them. I was browsing around online and
caught sight of a photo depicting middle eastern men wearing a shirt that celebrated the killing of
Americans and American troops. Naturally I was appalled as were the thousands of people who
commented on this photo. This is nothing new to us though, we react with bitterness anytime we
feel hostile opposition.
This morning I sit with my partner watching him play a video game online. I can’t help but notice
this very popular game, we’ll call it Mack Blops and say it comes with LOTS of maps, depicted
scenes of these very same middle eastern countries. My partner was gloriously shooting people
from said middle eastern country and thinking nothing of it.
Now, not unlike the military, which is the style of the game, people who play wear a headset and
speak to one another. Mostly this is to back each other while they make “kills” in the virtual world.
I decided to try this headset on and ask around about how these guys feel about playing a
videogame where they kill people in middle eastern countries. Mind you anyone who is online can
answer and the answers are usually not pretty. Something about playing war games must hype
these guys up. Read more...
Moderator: Evan Smith of the Texas Monthly. Oct 29 2006 at the Paramount Theater in Austin, TX.
In the new book “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power,” Steve Coll http://newamerica.net/user/3 investigates the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the U.S. embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.
Coll is the president of the New America Foundation, http://newamerica.net/ a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He worked for 20 years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ghost Wars.”
Coll discussed the book in two recent interviews on Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/4/private_empire_author_steve_coll_on http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/7/exxonmobils_dirty_secrets_from_indonesia_to
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