According to the NYT

Judges around the world have long looked to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court for guidance, citing and often following them in hundreds of their own rulings since the Second World War. But now American legal influence is waning. Even as a debate continues in the court over whether its decisions should ever cite foreign law, a diminishing number of foreign courts seem to pay attention to the writings of American justices.

The story is similar around the globe, legal experts say, particularly in cases involving human rights. These days, foreign courts in developed democracies often cite the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in cases concerning equality, liberty and prohibitions against cruel treatment, said Harold Hongju Koh, the dean of the Yale Law School. In those areas, Dean Koh said, “they tend not to look to the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Another reason is the diminished reputation of the United States in some parts of the world, which experts here and abroad said is in part a consequence of the Bush administration’s unpopularity abroad.

Err, no. They are not cited, because they endorse criminal actions, which is y’know sort of like the opposite of what courts sort of are meant to do, is that too complex a concept for the ‘post 911 mindest’? Whether it’s a war of aggression, surveillance, retroactive immunity for corporations or TORTURE. The US courts are utterly corrupted, no it’s not friggin’ Bush’s rep, it is because it is a criminal regime running a brutal empire cancerous with insularist nationalism, and soft soaping it for the Homeland’s audience ain’t gonna help.

Always Crashing In The Same Car

So I stole this guy’s car and had a great time racing around in it, luckily his credit cards were in the glovebox so I could buy loads of fuel and expensive gadgets, hotel rooms, clothes, whores, drugs. Then right, I fucking crashed the car, really a write off but all my pals advised me to keep the faith so I got it fixed, the repair bill is fucking huge and the cards are all maxed out, so I went back to the guy and said- Look here’s the bill for the car, pay it now. I would give you a lift to the garage but, shit, I’m not going that way.

Hey can you imagine what an idiot that guy is? And he fucking paid (turns out he was skimming some himself)! I’ll lay low for a while get my breath back (truth be told a lot of those credit card withdrawals were cash which I stashed with some buddies, y’know- cops, dealers, bosses) then I think I’ll steal some more fucking cars, sweet!

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Pando Massacre Report

From Otto in comments this is video of a report on the Pando/Porvenir massacre, it’s in Spanish and has some incidental music added, it’s not explicitly graphic but it does contain footage of the massacre. It also cofirms how many campesinos were forced into the river where they swam for their lives while under fire.

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(Reuters) – Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales and governors who led a violent rebellion against his socialist reforms agreed on Tuesday to sign a framework for formal talks to end a deep crisis in the impoverished South American country. Gov. Mario Cossio, of natural gas-rich Tarija province, said he would sign on behalf of a group of rebel governors, an accord that sets out the issues to be discussed. Vice President Alvaro Garcia said the central government would also sign.

The governors, all from the wealthy eastern side of the country, agreed to go ahead with talks even though one of them was arrested by the army earlier on Tuesday after Morales accused him of massacring 15 peasant farmers last week. “If we want to return calm to the regions, let’s sign this document. The government did it, the governors must too. Not signing means violence, confrontation, aggression and a greater divide between Bolivians,” Vice President Garcia said.

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Bush Blacklists Bolivia, Try To Act Surprised

Thanks to Otto of Inca Kola News in comments and I see BoRev has this too, AP (boo hiss) sez-

President Bush determined Tuesday that Bolivia is no longer cooperating in the war against drugs and has placed the Latin American country on a counter-narcotics blacklist. However, he has spared Bolivia from cuts in U.S. assistance that can accompany the finding. Bolivia, a major cocaine producer, joins Venezuela and Myanmar on a U.S. list of nations that have “failed demonstrably” to meet their international commitments to combatting the production and trafficking of illicit drugs.

So this is how the Empire responds when its subversion fails, for the gullible public it is spun like goody US stands firm against evil druggie rabble (and so nice to smear both Bolivia and Venezuela by lumping them in with frickin’ Burma!). But the timing is clear, it is a response to Bolivia defeating the coup in the east and UNASUR standing in solidarity with Morales. But then no one could ever accuse –former? addict- Bush of not being a petty little shit.

That’s now two strike outs in drumming up some foreign turmoil whose timing helps the GOP’s election campaign, look out Iran.