Bolton and Pompeo

http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/the-appointments-of-bolton-and-pompeo-bring-us-closer-to-war/

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Democracy

Good information for those who do not understand what the US actually does in other countries under the name of promoting “democracy.” 

There are other ways too.

Trump will probably not end NED or even cut it much, but it would be great. He probably does not have a clue, in fact.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/03/14/trump-gutting-national-endowment-for-democracy-and-that-good-thing/fKxkRFVIC6F9wLIw4WsUzL/story.html

Class Divisions in Izmir, Turkey

Part 1: Kemeralti and Basmane

Kemeralti- A huge bazaar with a maze of streets and hundreds of shops selling almost everything. It is next to Clock Tower Square in Konak. Easy to get lost.

Along Anafartalar Caddesi that runs from Basmane Train Station to Kemeralti. It is a more downscale area. Most people are poor. There has been a large influx of Syrian refugees in recent years. Many of them are now running shops in the area.

Women along Anafartalar Caddesi in late afternoon.

Shoppers in Havra Sokak Fish Market. (Synagogue Street) At one time before World War I, this was a Jewish area and there are some synagogues in the area that are now closed. This covered street is mostly a fish, meat, and vegetable market, but other things as well. Fascinating place, always busy.

Shopkeeper and friend.

Shoppers in Kemeralti

Havra Sokak Scene

Alsancak-The upscale west side near the sea. A crowded restaurant.

One of many popular pub-restaurants in the old area of Alsancak. Crowded every night. Hard to get a seat.

The wide mall, closed to traffic, is crowded every evening. Many shops and restaurants for upscale shoppers.

Young women in Sardunya, a beautiful historical pub.

Evening crowds on the mall. 

The buses, trams, metro and ferry boats are all free if one is over 65. But who would ever tell you that about Turkey! 

 

Some Memories of Yunan

Buddhist Temple with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain behind.

The old town of Lijaing. It is clear that tourism has greatly developed since I was there in 2007. The connection is through Kunming. Lijiang is some 100 km further. A big tourist attraction is the Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Jinsha River that flows into the Yangtze. It seems that the trekking trails were not developed in those days. I was on a study tour of China. Our bus stopped at one point and we descended a steep narrow trail down to the rapids. The climb back up was difficult. Some on the tour paid to be carried down and back up. Now many trekking trails have been developed. A great adventure if one is younger. It is one of the deepest gorges in the world, and incredibly scenic.

The River.

Shop in the old town of Lijiang. 

The monastery at Shangri La (Zhongdian). The name was changed to Shangri La to attract tourists, it seems. 

Inside the old town of Shangri La. The town goes back some 1300 years. I guess I was lucky to get some pictures because most of this old town burned down in January 2014. It was a tragedy for tourism.

 

The Destruction of Iraq

This is what America does around the world. If the US was interested in spreading democracy, it would head for Mississippi. Hell, it might even head for Washington, DC. The oligarchy there could use a little democracy too. Not a chance in hell. The billions of dollars from the corporate oligarchs will keep on ruling the American people. The Koch Brothers are set to bribe Washington politicians to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in the upcoming election. Lobbying is nothing but a fancy word for bribery. 

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/03/20/15-years-ago-america-destroyed-my-country