A Happy New Year? It seems most of us bleated this trite sentiment at the beginning of 2006 and, whilst meaning well, fully understood that for many 2007 would bring nothing but misery.
Reflecting on the year 2007 is like re-reading the front pages for 2006. The year 2006 closed with the execution of Saddam Hussein, 2007 closes with the execution of Benazir Bhutto. Try as you might you cannot dismiss the oil profits dimension to either death. Would Bhutto be dead if
The biggest headlines seem to be reruns of previous years, adding emphasis to the Marxian dictum: “history repeats itself: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce”: scandal in the Labour Party, war in Iraq and the threat of the extension of the ‘war on terror’ into Iran, continuing war in Afghanistan, the US refusing to budge on climatic change, civil unrest from Latin to America to Myanmar, crime, poverty, hunger disease, waste, planned obsolescence. And the damnable One World Report statistics seem never to improve, nor do they look likely to for the foreseeable future.
Over in the
Indeed, Michael Tomasky editor of Guardian America comments in today’s Guardain: ‘…Republican candidates are running on exactly the same policies that Bush has pursued. Consider this list. All the major Republican candidates want to "stay the course" in
‘It’s pretty astonishing, really – we’re at the tail end of a failed presidency and the people running to succeed it are promising to continue its failed policies.’
We will reach December 31st of 2008 and look back on a year in which millions died of starvation; in which hundreds of thousands were killed in a dozen conflicts; in which millions died from curable disease. On December 31st 2008 the