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Return of The Flame & a Few Good Links

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Onwards Into the Darkness

When we started Flame online in 1998  – with the encouragement of our old, late friend George Solomos (aka Themistocles Hoetis) – we were part of the emerging independent media which was prepared to review both historical and current affairs with the sort of analysis that the info-tainment culture has left behind, along with truth, sincerity and original thought.

Since our last post, we have been contributing to many diverse publications – but maintained Flame as an archive which harks back to the time when our articles were branded ‘conspiracy theory’ rather than ‘current affairs’, which is where we are now….

The last post reminded our readers that although Thatcher has thankfully croaked, her policies are being pursued with even more vigour by the Coalition and Tory Governments, which have reduced our welfare state to a shambling skeleton, and our diplomacy to a pale echo of Pentagon policy.

Alongside this is the emergence of the Deep State above the stagnant waters of British Democracy. The whole story of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company (SCL Group, formerly Strategic Communication Laboratories) and their interference in elections across the world, notably Eastern Europe and Africa, has demonstrated just how un-democratic the British Establishment is at its heart. It was reported in The Guardian that until 2014 their election strategies were regarded as ‘weapons-grade’ by the UK’s Government, which meant that CA required permission to operate abroad, and no doubt worked hand-in-glove with the spooks.

It has now been revealed how CA were at the centre of both Trump’s rise to power, as well as the Brexit vote in the UK Referendum; it wasn’t the Russians, it was British intelligence and their Old Etonian chums / paymasters who corrupted the elections in the West.

It has been revealed, then denied, that CA worked on two UK General Elections. Was 2017 a Tory victory because of the ‘weaponised’ help they gave their friends in the Tory Party?

We should be told, but probably won’t – that’s the state of Democracy in 21st century Britain.

We are living in a world now where the subjects we used to choose to write about on early Flame – the surveillance state, intelligence services bypassing or corrupting democracy, and the distortions and omissions of the historical narrative are all coming ‘out in plain sight’.

We are now being asked to believe the impossible – that Jeremy Corbyn is a racist, for instance; or the improbable; that Assad would use chemical weapons on a town that his troops were about to take over anyway. We are expected to believe things which are patently untrue, because once we consent to agree we are already halfway to being in a state of mental bondage.

Once we accept that countries, or their leaders, are ‘evil’, we can bomb them with little conscience; it’s a short step from demonising a nation to dehumanising them. We have seen the same pattern again and again; Saddam, Iraq, Ghaddafi and Libya, Assad and Syria.

There is little analysis in the UK Press about the real factors behind these campaigns, which are resource war and the global dominance of a failing Empire. We just get the accusations, the moralising and then the drumbeat to War. We never hear of the distress caused by sanctions, or the paranoia of living in a nation slowly being degraded for invasion.

We should remember where it all leads to – as Saddam had the noose looped around his neck his executioner whispered ‘Welcome to Hell!’ Saddam’s reply as the trapdoor swung open was ‘The Hell that is Iraq ?’

And now we are told that the enemy is Russia – just as we were told this the last century back, and the one before…. Now of course, there is the USA – bankrupt, armed-to-the-teeth and looking greedily at the known $76 trillion of mineral and organic reserves in the largest (landmass) nation on earth. Their Government – staffed by disreputable TV personalities, retired Generals and Goldman Sachs bankers on sabbaticals from The Squid – is determined to halt the rise of a multi-polar world and impose an international system where One Nation (under God, indeed!) can determine the future of our planet.

What Did you do in the War on the Poor, Daddy?

When we first ran Flame we pdf’d various documents and books, one of which was a rare and enlightening book from WWII called The Great Conspiracy Against Russia.

It was published in 1946 with the knowledge and approval of the US State Department, with an Introduction by Senator Claude Pepper to ‘educate’ the North American public that all of the propaganda against the evil Commies was just that; they had just saved the west from an eternity of Nazi Death camps and a section of the US Administration were prepared to suspend the hostility of the previous 30-odd years.

That didn’t last long – in an echo of today, Senator McCarthy, the drunken bigot of US politics managed to get the support of the real beneficiaries of war – hot or cold – the arms dealers and profiteers, to re-kindle the hatred of all things Eastern, or Russian; socialist or liberal.

Further, it presented a real history of how the West intervened to strangle the Russian Revolution at birth, a policy that was a continuation of British involvement in the politics of Russia for the previous century at least.

It’s a little known fact that the ‘great’ Winston Churchill used gas against Russian troops – in Russia – after WWI when the ‘Allies’ were attempting to overturn the Bolshevik Governments in Eastern Europe and Russia

By 1944 the USA had suddenly realised that the only thing between them and a world run by the Third Reich were the evil Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union, so they had to backpedal on all the lies with which they had brainwashed the US public – that socialism was a godless creed destroying the purity of the (white) American Dream. They needed the GI’s to get out to Europe to fight the right enemy; but even before the war ended, they were planning to unleash atomic war across the Soviet Union, and later on, China.

The thinking has not changed; despite the fact that Russia is not a Communist country anymore, although it is still a refusenik, a dissident nation that will not allow itself to be economically scalped and politically manipulated by Washington, or intimidated by the Pentagon.

At the same time, in the UK we have a minority Government whose chickens are all coming home to roost – Grenfell, secret police, corporate collapse, corrupt Ministers. We live in a country that is struggling diplomatically after alienating our closest neighbours in a move that (strangely) only benefits the Pentagon, City of London money launderers and US corporations wishing to dump crap food and dodgy pharmaceuticals on an unregulated backwater on the edge of Europe.

We are being led into a conflict with a nation that is not a real existential threat, and we are being led there by a web of lies, misinformation and half-truth.

The UK Establishment realises that the game is up; the mugs have had enough and the peasants might just get it together to bring their gravy-train to a juddering halt. They are aware that Corbyn would have been in No. 10 last year if he had won just 2,227 more votes in half a dozen constituencies…that’s a 2,227 votes difference between the shambles we have now, a cold, callous self-centred Toryism condemning large parts of the poulation to relative poverty and constant insecurity whilst they profit as never before, even from War; or a Government that starts to bring this neo-feudal excuse for a democracy into the 21st century.

That is why we’ve had the first wave of ‘weaponised electioneering’ – Corbyn the Czech spy, followed up by the ‘Russian’ poisoning incident in Salisbury; Corbyn the ‘anti-semite‘ being followed up by ‘Syrian’ poisoning. Then predictably, Corbyn questioning the rush to war before any evidence has been presented is condemned as a ‘friend of Putin’.

So, as the World of Lies emerges to strangle any truth that might manage to break through, we’re back to throw a few things out to disrupt the path to Compliance and Acceptance…

We will return to this blog at regular intervals to give any updates, links or info which might be of interest to readers. Below this are links to some of the better independent news and analysis sites online, which we recommend if you want to peer below the surface and get a glimpse of the human soup beneath the surface tension…

Fight back!

LINKS

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

Ex- UK diplomat sacked by Blair for telling the truth blogs on current UK & geo-politics

https://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/

Lobster is one of the oldest, most reliable sources for information about parapolitics in the UK and elsewhere – well researched, based in Hull.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/

Informative website about military and intelligence matters

http://thesaker.is/

Has some interesting articles on geo-politics by various writers

https://lespolitiques.blogspot.co.uk/

English language, political analysis

http://www.voltairenet.org/en

Long-running site with particular knowledge of French foreign adventures as well as general geo-politics.

http://21stcenturywire.com/

Upfront news site with articles and analysis of current affairs

https://off-guardian.org/

The real Guardian – since the official one became a warmongering trans-Atlantic lifestyle organ in love with Tony Blair and all his bag-carriers…

https://timhayward.wordpress.com/

Scientific analysis of the garbage posing as news told to us by salesmen posing as journalists, worth looking at…

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

More real news, they did a good analysis of the Establishment figures in the Cambridge Analytica scandal (link in post above).

 

WELCOME TO YOUR BRAVE NEW WORLD…

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Welcome back readers!

Unnamed Chinese aircraft-carrier . . .

We have been busy formenting revolution, making music and keeping bread on the table, which is why there have been no communiqués for a while . .

However, the world has not stopped turning, and we are now standing at the threshold of the Great Resource War, which is being fought by proxy forces in Syria; an election between two State Stooges in the USA. and across Europe a wave of anger at the ongoing theft of their public estate by the same ruling class who only begrudgingly relaxed their death-cold grip after the slaughter of the First Imperial World War.

Meanwhile, in Africa and parts of Asia, the grotesque leviathan of endless consumption is being steered by the forces of Chinese economic power and US military blackmail, turning rainforests into millions of obese, waddling children and ultimately – despite the bleating denials of corporate patsies – melting the polar ice at a faster rate than at any time in recorded human history.

And most of this goes either unnoticed, or is presented in some distorted, back-to-front fashion. Black becomes white, white becomes black; freedom becomes an illusion, and power is only purchased by money. Democracy claims to protect the minorities, but is in fact the dominance of the ‘silent’ – or disempowered – majority crushing the minority into silence. The silence is used to justify whatever sociopathic behaviour the ruling class figures leads to less opposition and increased profits,

The media, which originally aimed to explain now aims to persuade; and as for the freedom of speech – the more that’s said, the less we can actually say.

After the Riots which swept through England last Summer, the Establishment decided that justice should be swift and harsh. People should be punished with the full weight of the law if they are caught threatening the sacrosanct principles of Property and Business. Teenagers were given custodial sentences of two or three years for petty theft committed in a state of spontaneous disorder.

All this was forgotten, however, in the pseudo-liberal bleatings of attention-hungry politicians and media wanabees and has beens adding to the chorus of disapproval at the ‘evil Russkies’ reverting to form and locking up the ( entertainingly saucy) women of Pussy Riot.

It’s just strange that those same voices remained silent over the imprisoning of (the Pink Floyd’s guitarist) David Gilmour’s son – who got a 2 year prison sentence for swinging from a flagpole during the student demonstrations last year.

In fact, there was implicit, if not overt, support over the last year from many of those ‘concerned voices’ for the swift retribution against the ‘rioters’ of Summer 2011; with sentences of two years for stealing a bottle of mineral water being a good example of the disproportionate treatment given to the poor compared to the rich, who have literally looted the public coffers with no penalties at all.

Men who have bankrupted their countries’ treasuries; playing poker with billions of pounds that they neither own or have earned; who have trousered millions in bonuses for making non-existent profits on rigged deals are (at worst) retiring with vast pensions or moving up the ladder to perpetrate more theft from the public purse. As they are ultimately the paymasters of our ‘representatives’ – who actually represent no-one but themselves and their corporate bagmen – they don’t need to fear the law; they pay for it to be written and enacted with the proceeds the labour of millions of underpaid workers. And as they slowly strangle the state to death, the state is dying in all its beneficient social aspects. Our taxes now just pay for the state as  a machine of control and repression, the guarantor of the slowly ossifying status quo;  all those libraries, swimming pools, town halls are being sold off to provide ‘luxury apartments’ for the narcissistic, shallow children of the upper class who are now doing ‘so well’ in the media, and all those associated and nepotistic jobs that ultimately produce nothing except debt for the masses and profit for the piggery.

To keep us all happy, we are offered a quick fix of a Royal Jubilee followed by the international corporate hijacking of human endeavour – the Olympic Games. In Britain, we all know that there’s going to be a really bad hangover – the sort where you wake up the morning after a night out in the pub and realise your last memory is standing on the bar shouting ‘Drinks on me !’ before punching your boss and dropping your mobile in a pint of beer.

After the Tory Coalition Government produced the most risible Budget in modern times, which tried to raise money on the heat of a pie, people slowly realised that everything fought for by the working people of the last century was being stolen back – not just bit-by-bit but in incomprehensible billions.

With drought searing the Mid-West of the USA, and vast amounts of subsidised corn now being turned into ethanol to keep their sacred cars on their crumbling freeways, there is a real danger that their will be massive price rises on all sorts of foodstuffs. This will no doubt lead to even more unrest across the world, often in countries that are already on the verge of collapse as coherent social systems.

Of course everyone knows that the Governments in the twentieth century resolved these problems twice in a hundred years with mass slaughter, followed by disease and famine; and since then the USA has been in an almost perpetual state of war with at least some part of the world’s population.

Once Syria has been reduced to rubble run by the sort of people who are currently destroying the ancient shrines in Mali, the USA and its friends – the autocratic fundamentalist-financing billionaires of the oil kingdoms will turn their attention to Iran. And then Russia, with the aim of exploiting the vast mineral resources lying under the melting permafrost on the Siberian tundra.

Then it’s the big one with China . . . or at least, that’s how the fantasy goes . . .

So hold tight, the ride is just about to begin . . .

 

UK broke international law waging secret war.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

NATO strike a civilian area, Majer, Libya

A report [by Mark  Urban] on tonight’s Newsnight [BBC2] [18th Jan 2012] has revealed that – contrary to the statements that the British Government ministers made to Parliament, the press and the people – British forces were aiding and abetting the 2011 uprising in Libya with Special Forces and armaments.

The arguments about how far the UK should go were thrashed out in a series of meetings of the National Security Council at Downing Street. Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister David Cameron, its key members were:

  • Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards
  • Defence Secretary Liam Fox
  • Foreign Secretary William Hague

Mr Cameron’s chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn, was a key voice in urging action following start of the Libyan revolution last February, say Whitehall insiders . . . key figures in the Downing Street discussions were convinced that air strikes alone would not achieve the result they wanted. At sessions of the National Security Council, Gen Richards and Mr Fox made the case for planning to provide training and equipment for the revolutionary forces of the NTC.

This is in clear breach of any international law – the interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state which has not been sanctioned by the UN or any other international body.

It is no surprise that at the centre of the plot to deceive Parliament were the now-disgraced Liam Fox, and William Hague – the man who, according to Wikileaks transcripts of US Embassy documents, promised before the last election to increase Britain’s expenditure on US weaponry if the Tories got back into power.

The report raises serious questions about what is being currently done in Syria – which as various commentators have been pointing out – is currently being destabilised in a similar way to Libya.

The British coalition Government, along with other NATO/ US stooges such as Sarkozy, paraded themselves alongside the shadowy replacements for Gadaffi, trumpeting slogans of victory for democracy soon after his murder.

However, the truth of what is happening in Libya, now that the ravenous media of the West have moved on to Syria, following their masters’ whistle and spouting the same mix of rumour and infotainment from ‘intelligence sources’ – is much murkier.

An article by Franklin Lamb in Counterpunch reveals that since the West {US/UK Axis] moved on to Syria, the Libyan ‘revolution’ has become increasingly fragile;

There is clear and growing pro-Gadhafi political and military activity here and it is why NTC leader Mustapha Abdul Jalil, the other day warned against the Gadhafi children raising an insurrection.  Aisha Gadhafi, given Saif’s current incarceration, is perhaps the likely leader.

Every night more pro-Gadhafi graffiti appears on street walls, buildings and around Green (Martyrs Square).  Activists, and there appear to be more every day, assert that so far the NTC has not attacked them and they feel fairly free to speak  out and even organize.  It is anyone’s guess how long this situation will exist before a violent crackdown and open fighting.

It is difficult to gage the anti-NTC/ pro-Gadhafi mix and the extent to what extent each is propelling increasingly unpredictable events in Libya.

There is also a growing awareness of the cost of NATO’s bombing campaign, unreported in the Western mediatainment;

NATO has already lost much of its claimed public relations boost following its Halloween night ending of the bombing.  One suspects that this is because of an accumulation of many more recently discovered cases of NATO bombing of civilians in Libya. The population today in Libya is increasingly furious because more and more cases are coming to light concerning the high numbers of children who have been killed by NATO.

In addition to the fury caused by the urinating GIs, NATO officials are being ridiculed for all their denials that their bombing missions here in Libya, numbering more than 11,000, caused civilians deaths and their claims that NATO forces conducted themselves according to  higher moral and military standards, and sometimes put themselves at risk to avoid civilian casualties. The claims remind some of a generation of similar ludicrous public relations campaign undertaken regularly by the Israeli government.

As a previous post demonstrated, the plan to overturn legitimate [if repressive or unstable] regimes in a number of countries over a five-year period was first formulated by the cabal inside the Bush regime headed by Cheney and his fellow travellers.

Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and eventually Iranthese were the countries on the list handed to General Wesley Clarke from ‘upstairs’ within days of the 9/11 Massacre – an event which was used by the Washington regime to justify both internal repression inside the USA itself, and a war without end across the globe.