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Greece shows the way forward . . .

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

The citizens of Greece are the first people in Europe this century to come together in solidarity and face down their own Government. They believe their political class have surrendered the rights of a democratic people to the bondholders, banks and hedge funds who are demanding the impoverishment of their nation to pay for the ever-ballooning profits of the global financial sector.

The ongoing protests can be tracked on the Greek Indymedia page and here . . .

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The Greek people show the way forward – Bankers, go to Hell!

The people of Europe are about to be hit by the second heist in two years – where their long-fought for welfare systems and egalitarian societies are reduced to feudal penury by the machinations of bankers, financial hucksters and politicians.

Not many commentators in the mass media mention that ;

”First, it takes two sides to create a bond crisis. For every reckless borrower there is a reckless lender. The Greek government might have lied about its budget deficit and been needlessly extravagant during the boom years. But nobody was forced to lend the Greek government any money. Investors should have asked themselves where the money was going, and how sustainable Greek economic growth would be. They didn’t. Instead they just saw that yields were higher than on German or French debt, and jumped onto what looked like a gravy train.”

The drama is being played out in the streets and town squares of Greece; the Parliament is virtually under siege, and the crowds who represent the whole spectrum of Greek society and political belief, are united in their ambition to depose the ruling class and disrupt the well-laid plans of the financial oligarchy to ‘privatise’ Europe.

Braving the tear gas

The protests have been met by a police force amply equipped with tear gas, batons and equipment  – and we’re sure that NATO will not allow them to run out . . .

However, inspired in part by the Egyptian and Tunisian revolts, in which massive and diverse crowds took over their own locale ; the Greeks and the Spanish are now occupying town squares and plazas across their respective  countries.

The logistics of this popular strategy can be found here on the Occupied London site.

Greek demonstrator returns his loan with interest

 It will be interesting to see how the refusal of the population to play the bankers’ game will play out across Europe. It’s rumoured that the latest wave of Greek protests started after the Spanish demonstrations in their provincial town squares against similar ‘austerity measures’  featured banners asking ‘Where are the Greeks ?’

It is becoming clear that the Greek Government – nominally a social democrat administration – which is tasked by the IMF with introducing ‘austerity measures’ to pay for the bad management and profligacy of the banks, will have to enforce them against the will of the people.

Pensions have been halved, welfare slashed and State assets are being lined up for a firesale to the financial elite that has already profitted from the impoverishment of Europe’s economy through ‘outsourcing’ and ‘globalisation.’

Now the bankers, economists and politicians have been popping up on every media outlet decrying the fact that a modern democratic people  have looked at the choices they are being offered by the ruling oligarchy and decided that they will be quite happy to see their country default on the ‘loans’  from the ‘bondholders’.

Job well done ! - Riot Dog leaves the battlefield

Si Si Si ! – and a big NO to Berlusconi, nuclear power and water privatisation

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 

Crowds celebrate referendum victory in Italy

As the disaster at Fukishima continues, the fallout has been as heavy in terms of the public perceptions of nuclear safety as it has on the poor people of the Eastern seaboard of Japan. Although its disappearance from the main-source news systems means that people could assume the central problems at the plant are under control; there has been a lot of disturbing news which is hidden in NGO reports which is now surfacing in whistleblowing blogs and online journals.

It is partly for this reason that the groundswell of anti-nuclear opinion has forced the once -impregnable Ms Merkel into a moratorium on any further development in Germany; and the Italians have now voted decisively to reject nuclear power, along with the privatisation of the water supply, and a change in the law which would have allowed Government ministers to avoid justice.

A report from the Guardian describes the effect of these results  and how they will affect the ultimate fate of Berlusconi’s everlasting regime . . .

The result represented an overwhelming setback for the prime minister, who had tried to thwart the outcome by discouraging Italians from taking part. The referendum needed a turnout of at least 50% to be binding. Interior ministry figures projections indicated that more than 57% of the electorate had taken part. Greenpeace called it a historic result. Quorums were also reached in three other referendums held simultaneously – the first time in 16 years that a quorum had been achieved in any referendum in Italy.

Official projections showed more than 95% of voters rejecting water privatisation and a law allowing Berlusconi and other ministers to cite government business as a reason for delaying trials in which they were defendants. The expected majority against nuclear power was 94% . . . . (Berlusconi) first ran into serious trouble on 30 May when his candidate for mayor of Milan lost in a local election runoff. Milan is Berlusconi’s home city and traditionally a weather-vane accurately pointing to Italy’s future political direction.

Italy Referendum flyer

The report continues;

Italy abandoned its nuclear programme following a similar referendum in 1987. The government of the day opted to phase out all the country’s existing plants. The last one shut down in 1990. Berlusconi had planned to generate a quarter of Italy’s electricity with French-built nuclear plants. Construction of the first was due to start between 2013 and 2015.

Vittorio Cogliati Dezza, president of the environmental organisation Legambiente, said: “The era of nuclear [energy] is coming to an end today. Definitively. A new season of development for the country is beginning.”

Let’s hope that democracy prevails, and the ever-wily Berlusconi – a corporate frontman since his early days in the P2 Lodge – doesn’t help facillitate the sort of crisis which allows these results to be reversed . . .

From the article in Wikipedia

P2 was sometimes referred to as a “state within a state”[2] or a “shadow government“.[3] The lodge had among its members prominent journalists, members of parliament, industrialists, and military leaders—including Silvio Berlusconi, who later became Prime Minister of Italy; the Savoy pretender to the Italian throne Victor Emmanuel; and the heads of all three Italian intelligence services . . . . When searching Licio Gelli’s villa, the police found a document called the “Plan for Democratic Rebirth”, which called for a consolidation of the media, suppression of trade unions, and the rewriting of the Italian Constitution.

A response to the vote by an Italian activist can be found here

Bilderberg 2011 – List of Attendees

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Photo below and reports from Switzerland here . . .

George Osborne arriving at Bilderberg 2011 in St Moritz, Switzerland

This is a list of attendees gathering for cakes, tea and a couple of games of bridge in Switzerland this week.

Or if you don’t believe that, just a chance to chew the fat and work out how they can keep the munchkins toiling in the desert whilst they fill their boots with gold.

Our ‘democratically accountable‘ British Chancellor, George Osborne,  has already had his visit confirmed by the Treasury, as reported in The Guardian; and it will surprise no-one that Peter Mandelson will be cosying up to the usual assortment of movers, shakers and other fugitives from international justice.

Belgium

Coene, Luc, Governor, National Bank of Belgium

Davignon, Etienne, Minister of State

Leysen, Thomas, Chairman, Umicore

China

Fu, Ying, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

Huang, Yiping, Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

Denmark

Eldrup, Anders, CEO, DONG Energy

Federspiel, Ulrik, Vice President, Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe A/S

Schütze, Peter, Member of the Executive Management, Nordea Bank AB

Germany

Ackermann, Josef, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank

Enders, Thomas, CEO, Airbus SAS

Löscher, Peter, President and CEO, Siemens AG

Nass, Matthias, Chief International Correspondent, Die Zeit

Steinbrück, Peer, Member of the Bundestag; Former Minister of Finance

Finland

Apunen, Matti, Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA

Johansson, Ole, Chairman, Confederation of the Finnish Industries EK

Ollila, Jorma, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell

Pentikäinen, Mikael, Publisher and Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat

France

Baverez, Nicolas, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Bazire, Nicolas, Managing Director, Groupe Arnault /LVMH

Castries, Henri de, Chairman and CEO, AXA

Lévy, Maurice, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe S.A.

Montbrial, Thierry de, President, French Institute for International Relations

Roy, Olivier, Professor of Social and Political Theory, European University Institute

Great Britain

Agius, Marcus, Chairman, Barclays PLC

Flint, Douglas J., Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings

Kerr, John, Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell

Lambert, Richard, Independent Non-Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Mandelson, Peter, Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel

Micklethwait, John, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

Osborne, George, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Stewart, Rory, Member of Parliament

Taylor, J. Martin, Chairman, Syngenta International AG

Greece

David, George A., Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.

Hardouvelis, Gikas A., Chief Economist and Head of Research, Eurobank EFG

Papaconstantinou, George, Minister of Finance

Tsoukalis, Loukas, President, ELIAMEP Grisons

International Organizations

Almunia, Joaquín, Vice President, European Commission

Daele, Frans van, Chief of Staff to the President of the European Council

Kroes, Neelie, Vice President, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda

Lamy, Pascal, Director General, World Trade Organization

Rompuy, Herman van, President, European Council

Sheeran, Josette, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

Solana Madariaga, Javier, President, ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics

Trichet, Jean-Claude, President, European Central Bank

Zoellick, Robert B., President, The World Bank Group

Ireland

Gallagher, Paul, Senior Counsel; Former Attorney General

McDowell, Michael, Senior Counsel, Law Library; Former Deputy Prime Minister

Sutherland, Peter D., Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

Italy

Bernabè, Franco, CEO, Telecom Italia SpA

Elkann, John, Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.

Monti, Mario, President, Univers Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Scaroni, Paolo, CEO, Eni S.p.A.

Tremonti, Giulio, Minister of Economy and Finance

We look forward to George Osborne’s  forthcoming report to the British Parliament detailing exactly what he discussed and with whom…

Bilderberg – Kissinger’s death cult

Friday, June 10th, 2011

 

Suvretta House-Bilderberg Conference Centre 2011

In the next week St Moritz in Switzerland will be playing host to the latest Bilderberg Meeting – a collection of characters that SPECTRE would be proud of – finance ministers, media moguls, and representatives of the corporate elite who own virtually all of the world’s mass production in areas like mining, agriculture and energy. Bilderberg is the name of a hotel in Oosterbeek, Holland, where the group first gathered in 1954 to strengthen relations between Western Europe and the United States.

Of course, according to ‘rationalists’ like David Aaronovitch, it would be tantamount to tinfoil-hat conspiracy-mongering to suggest that these people are doing anything other than sharing a few rounds of golf and talking about the weather; but even the most naive ‘rationalist’ would raise an eyebrow at the presence of the ubiquitous war criminal, Henry Kissinger at the gathering.

This is the man who produced a National Security Council study in 1974 looking at the ‘problems’ for future US policy which might be caused by ‘overpopulation’.  (You can read the full text here )

I think the main item on the agenda will be the possibilities available to these mainly unelected, totally unaccountable figures to eradicate a sizeable proportion of the world’s population, especially in those countries deemed ‘unproductive’ or ‘unco-operative’ or whose mineral resources are desirable.
That’s why the criminal Kissinger is there at the helm of the BB pack (and does anyone really know who this guy is, or where he comes from ?);

    Something they might talk about on the golf course, or over tea and cakes; 

    National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974, and titled “Implications of world wide population growth for U.S. security & overseas interests” says:

    “Dr. Henry Kissinger proposed in his memorandum to the NSC that “depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World.” He quoted reasons of national security, and because `(t)he U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less-developed countries … Wherever a lessening of population can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resources, supplies and to the economic interests of U.S.

    Look at the Congo, Sri Lanka, or anywhere the good ol’ USA and it’s hangers-on want to ‘stake an interest’ – all seems to be going completely to plan.

    The ‘conference’ is pretty much ignored by the mainstream media – in the UK they have much more important issues to debate like footballers’ infidelities and celebrity burn-outs; the only mainstream paper to even pick up on the story is The Guardian, whose Charlie Skelton has been at it for three years now.

    Apparently, a Swiss MP has called for the arrest of several war criminals who are believed to be attending the conference;

    According to a letter on the Bilderberg conference addressed to Simonetta Sommaruga, a National Council member and head of the Jura Police Department, Jura representative Dominique Baettig is calling for the arrest of conference participants who are internationally wanted for war crimes (George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, and Richard Perle). Based on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, such action is called for when a country makes a referral or response to an initiative by the U.N. Security Council, or by its own prosecuting authority.

    from the moderatevoice

    We will keep you as informed as possible . . .

NATO’s illegal Wars of Terror

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The arrest of Ratko Mladić in Sebia and his swift despatch to The Hague has been trumpeted by the members of NATO as a triumph for justice and a chance of closure for the victims of the devastating civil war following the break up of Yugoslavia.

A woman walks past graffiti of captured Bosnian Serb fugitive General Ratko Mladic in Belgrade

However, it may well be sending some uncomfortable shivers down the spines of the generals and political leaders of this aggressive, expansionist alliance.

NATO is acting as a law unto itself; as an extended arm of US military imperial ambition, since the break-up of the Soviet Union it has been the shield behind which the North American government pushes deep into territories it regards as malleable and ripe for conquest or extended disorder.

Since the NATO attacks on Yugoslavia in 1999 (which is still regarded as illegal by many), NATO has been involved in constant war. The result of that war was the dismemberment of the last non-aligned multi-ethnic state in Eastern Europe with the economic potential to pursue a successful future as a social-democratic Republic.

However, the USA – still with the Cold War agenda of pushing right up to the borders of Russia –  and Britain, with it’s slavish poodle stance to US foreign policy, as well as some sort of pathetic ambition to re-install the old decrepit and corrupt monarchies, teamed up to make sure that the whole place fell apart in spectacular fashion.

The main benefactor of all that death and destruction was – surprise, surprise – the USA, who turned a large part of the pseudo-state of Kosovo into a forward operating base in the East – Camp Bondsteel, a monstrosity  with a six-mile perimeter fence. A good description of its scale and the reasons it was constructed can be found here;

In June 1999, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing of Yugoslavia, US forces seized 1,000 acres of farmland in southeast Kosovo at Uresevic, near the Macedonian border, and began the construction of a camp. . .  Camp Bondsteel, the biggest “from scratch” foreign US military base since the Vietnam War  (…) It is located close to vital oil pipelines and energy corridors presently under construction, such as the US sponsored Trans-Balkan oil pipeline. As a result defence contractors—in particular Halliburton Oil subsidiary Brown & Root Services—are making a fortune

Since then, the ‘alliance’ – which should really be termed the AXIS, since that is what it most resembles, has been waging war across the globe, assuming the moral perogative to decide who deserves to live and die, and which regimes should fall and which should survive.

Whilst Libya struggles to stay in one piece, and even static border posts are being wiped out by UK Apache attack helicopters; the murderous regime in Bahrain – which is  persecuting doctors involved in helping wounded demonstrators – has announced it’s business as usual for the idle playboy sport of Formula 1.

Then as Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa was meeting Colonel Gadaffi in his bombed-out compound in Tripoli last week, the prospect of any deal brokered by the African Union seemed remoter than ever.

NATO – and, we are told, the insurgents in Benghazi –  rejected any peace deal which does not include the instant resignation of Gadaffi and the surrender of the Libyan Government. This is how far the NATO Command has moved from the ‘protection of civilian life’; it is now clearly and blatantly demanding regime change.

It will be interesting to see how many legislators in the organisation’s Parliaments notice this blatant disregard of the UN mandate, or bother to question the legality of this continuing bombardment of population centres and infastructure.

I reccommend Dispatch From TripoliNATO’s Feast of Blood by CYNTHIA McKINNEY (from Tripoli for Counterpunch.)

While serving on the House International Relations Committee from 1993 to 2003, it became clear to me that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was an anachronism. Founded in 1945 at the end of World War II, NATO was founded by the United States in response to the Soviet Union’s survival as a Communist state. NATO was the U.S. insurance policy that capitalist ownership and domination of European, Asian, and African economies would continue. This also would ensure the survival of the then-extant global apartheid.

As the drones still keep up the death-toll of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan (a sovereign country  which the USA has never declared war on), it is becoming more difficult to believe that this sort of aggressive illegal warfare will not be paid for further down the line.

Of course, the working populations in the NATO Axis are paying for the million – pound attacks, with their taxes now going to the corporate war machine rather than schools for their kids and hospitals for the sick and elderly; and the price is certainly being paid by the villagers and townsfolk who are decimated, murdered or permanently crippled by these attacks.

The US Government plans to double its drone fleet in just nine years – this in a country that can’t be bothered to provide general healthcare and where the middle-class unemployed are evicted to live with their families in cars and eat at soup kitchens . . .

An article in Wired magazine discusses the legality of these attacks;

Loyola Law School professor David Glazier, a former Navy surface warfare officer, said the pilots operating the drones from afar could — in theory — be hauled into court in the countries where the attacks occur. That’s because the CIA’s drone pilots aren’t combatants in a legal sense. “It is my opinion, as well as that of most other law-of-war scholars I know, that those who participate in hostilities without the combatant’s privilege do not violate the law of war by doing so, they simply gain no immunity from domestic laws,” he said. “Under this view CIA drone pilots are liable to prosecution under the law of any jurisdiction where attacks occur for any injuries, deaths or property damage they cause,” Glazier continued. “But under the legal theories adopted by our government in prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, these CIA officers as well as any higher-level government officials who have authorized or directed their attacks are committing war crimes.”

Another article deals with the ‘targetting’ of supposed ‘Taliban  residences’ which seemingly is often done by paid informers, who obviously have their own agendas. Civilian ‘collateral deaths’ seem to be a price the USA is happily prepared to risk – after all, they are neither white, nor American;

In April, 19 year-old Habibur Rehman made a videotaped “confession” of planting such devices, just before he was executed by the Taliban as an American spy. “I was given $122 to drop chips wrapped in cigarette paper at Al Qaeda and Taliban houses,” he said. If I was successful, I was told, I would be given thousands of dollars.”But Rehman says he didn’t just tag jihadists with the devices. “The money was good so I started throwing the chips all over. I knew people were dying because of what I was doing, but I needed the money,” he added. Which raises the possibility that the unmanned aircraft — America’s key weapons in its covert war on Pakistan’s jihadists and insurgents — may have been lead to the wrong targets.

Of course, whilst the US war machine keeps rolling along, supported by a bankrupt economy and the evermore depleted Western European nations, it is unlikely that we will see a procession of wizened Americans shuffling into the dock .

However, the balance of power in the world is changing faster than most people in the USA or even Europe fully comprehend, and it might just be that we watch the once arrogant and self-justifying warmongers of the NATO alliance standing shackled in the dock to answer charges of murder, mayhem and waging aggressive war far sooner than seems possible at the moment.

POST SCRIPT; Gaddafi’s daughter has taken the first step in treating these acts of remotely controlled warfare as crimes perpetrated in the countries where the political control is exercised.

The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi has filed lawsuits against NATO alleging war crimes in the air strikes that are said to have killed her relatives.

The lawsuits have been filed in Paris and Brussels naming France’s role in the attacks and Belgium as the base of the NATO alliance. The charges lodged by Aisha al-Gaddafi are based on the killings of the Libyan leader’s youngest son and three grandchildren; all three children were under the age of 12. One of the children was Aisha al-Gaddafi’s four-month-old daughter, Mastoura.

The suits do not name a specific defendant, but the complaints call upon the authorities to ‘find, identify and punish the perpetrators and the accomplices involved in the April 30 airstrike by the alliance’. Her attorneys state that NATO’s decision to target a civilian home constitutes a war crime.

More here . . .

 

 

Outlawing civil dissent under Obama & the Patriot Act

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

A couple of reminders about the truth behind the empty rhetoric of Obama on his grandstanding trip to Eire and Britain.

Firstly, an article from the magazine Counterpunch, which provides an overview of the (at least ) 2,600  arrests of activists protesting in the US since Obama’s inauguration.

These arrests have been for a whole spectrum of causes, including;

. . . . people protesting US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Guantanamo, strip mining, home foreclosures, nuclear weapons, immigration policies, police brutality, mistreatment of hotel workers, budget cutbacks, Blackwater, the mistreatment of Bradley Manning, and right wing efforts to cut back collective bargaining.

Examples include;

February 15, 2011.  A former CIA agent turned whistleblower was arrested and battered by police for standing silently and turning his back during a speech on the need for human rights in Egypt delivered by the US Secretary of State.   Veterans for Peace.

April 24, 2011. Sixteen protestors against nuclear weapons at the Nevada National Security Site were arrested after a sixty mile sacred walk from Las Vegas.  Nevada Desert Experience.  Pace e Bene.

July 6, 2010.  Seventy eight people protesting against police brutality in Oakland California and the trial involving a shooting by a BART police office.

March 4, 2009, nine people seeking to present a letter to CEO of Alliant Technologies outlining how weapons manufacturers were prosecuted as war criminals at the end of WWII were arrested in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  Alliant Action.

 

Patriot Act poster

Another article in a Veterans Today article, posted by Susan Lindauer, who describes herself as;

the second non-Arab American ever indicted on the Patriot Act

is a comprehensive insight into the workings of the US secret state, and how it will persecute even its own, without any semblance of the ‘natural justice’ trumpeted as a democratic human right for everyone else by the US Government.

She goes on to describe the work that she had carried out for the US Government over the years ;

I had worked in anti-terrorism for almost a decade, covering Iraq and Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Malaysia at the United Nations. At the instruction of my CIA handler, I had delivered advance warnings about the 9/11 attack to the private staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Office of Counter-Terrorism in August, 2001. FBI wire taps prove that I carried details of a comprehensive peace framework with Iraq up and down the hallowed corridors of Capitol Hill for months before the invasion, arguing that War was totally unnecessary.

She continues;

I delivered those papers to Democrats and Republicans alike; to my own second cousin, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card; and to Secretary of State Colin Powell, who lived next door to my CIA handler. Gratis of the Patriot Act, we had the manila envelope and my hand written notes to Secretary Powell, dated a week before his infamous speech at the United Nations. My papers argued that no WMDs would be found inside Iraq, and that the peace framework could achieve all U.S. objectives without firing a shot.

She then  describes how she did what she describes as ‘the unthinkable’ . . .

I phoned the offices of Senator Trent Lott and Senator John McCain, requesting to testify before a brand new, blue ribbon Commission investigating Pre-War Intelligence. Proud and confident of my efforts, I had no idea Congress was planning to blame “bad intelligence” for the unpopular War.  Over night I became Public Enemy Number One on Capitol Hill . . . . Thirty days later I awoke to hear FBI agents pounding on my door. My nightmare on the Patriot Act lasted 5 years . . .

She describes how the Patriot Act grants prosecutors and police extraordinary powers of the sort that Kafka predicted in The Trial – ‘warrantless searches and FBI tracking surveillance’. She describes her time as a ‘suspect’ ;

Throughout five years of indictment, my attorneys and I never got to read a single FBI interview or grand jury statement. Under the Patriot Act, the whistleblower/defendant has no right to know who has accused him or her of what criminal activities, or the dates of the alleged offenses, or what laws got broken.

The interest in her was no doubt because of her contacts, and the sinister truths which started to emerge in the post-9/11 USA;

I knew that “sometime in October, 2001″ an Iraqi diplomat gave me the English translation of a book on depleted uranium, which showed how cancer rates and birth defects had spiked in Iraqi children. And I was quite certain that on October 14, 1999, an Iraqi diplomat asked me how to channel major financial contributions to the Presidential Campaign of George Bush and Dick Cheney.

Her reward for being an honest agent, and one obviously with some sort of ethical sensibility was being ;

. . . thrown in prison on a Texas military base without so much as a hearing—and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging, to boot.

So next time you see someone standing at a podium with the Great Seal of the USA on the front, you can be assured that what they are saying will probably have no resemblance to the political reality of the lives of their own citizens . . .

Helicopter mystery in death of Dr David Kelly

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

 

Steve Bell's take on the Death of Dr David Kelly

A report in The Morning Star on Sunday 15 May 2011
has raised new questions about the death of Dr David Kelly;

Police refused to be drawn on reports today that a helicopter mysteriously landed at the scene of weapons expert Dr David Kelly’s death shortly after his body was discovered. Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reportedly disclose that the aircraft stayed on the ground for five minutes before leaving.

According to its flight log, the helicopter, said to have been hired by Thames Valley Police, landed at Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire at 10.55am on July 18 2003 – 90 minutes after Dr Kelly’s body was found by search teams.

The purpose of the flight and who was on board have not been established because details of the flight log have been heavily redacted, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

This is a story that will be continued . . .

Postscript from Wikipedia; Although he was never a member of the intelligence services, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) regularly sought out his opinion on Iraq and other issues. David Kelly became a member of the Bahá’í Faith around 1999. He was introduced to this faith by Mai Pederson, a US military linguist and intelligence operative.

Here’s the David Kelly blogsite . . .

NATO strike takes out Libyan religious convention for peace

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

As splits start appearing in the British Parliamentary consensus over the continual war of degradation against Libyan forces and facilities, disturbing news is starting to emerge about the NATO attack on a compound which was housing religious leaders.

In an article published in webzine Counterpunch (by Thomas C. Mountain ) it is claimed that evidence is starting to point towards a deliberate strike by NATO forces on a religious convention which was being  held as near to the frontline between the Tripoli Government and rebel forces in Benghazi as possible. Its aim was to produce  a ceasefire or peace deal that could be brokered by the participants between Government and insurgent forces.

A Government press conference attended by Libyan religious leaders, mainly Muslim – but including both Orthodox and Catholic representatives – claimed that;

Early during the evening of Friday, May 13, NATO forces bombed the conference site, killing at least ten and hospitalizing over 40 Imams.

NATO confirmed attacking Brega – a town chosen because of it’s location near both the frontlines – that evening, but claimed it struck a “command and control center”.

The Libyan Government responded by producing co-ordinates and documents showing that it was a hospitality centre for the oil industry.

Despite the fact that two of the Imams drove from the ruined centre, through the night to Tripoli to appear at the press conference and confirm the Libyan Government’s story; it received hardly any coverage in the Wetern media.

Nor did the denial issued by the Catholic Bishop of Tripoli that he was the ‘source’ for the story propagated by an Italian Minister, who claimed that Muammar Gaddafi had been wounded in a previous bombing of Tripoli.

The biggest news strategically is that ;

Libyan government forces, on some accounts, have also regained control of the water pipeline known as the Great Man Made River (GMMR) which supplies Benghazi and its surroundings with almost all of its water from the Nubian aquifer in southern Libya. If the Libyan government is able to cut the water flow from the GMMR to Benghazi it will leave the rebels in the east with only a single reservoir in the town of Ajdabiya to use, which is estimated to only have a one month supply of the amount of water Benghazi needs.

This perhaps explains why the French are encouraging their British allies to commit their share of a fleet of attack helicopters to the war – a move that the French Minister claimed had been agreed by the British Government; although this was denied after various MP’s from all sides raised the issue of ‘mission creep’ and concerns that the NATO Governments are acting outside the legal limits laid down by the UN Resolution.

Mullivaikal – Tamils’ 2nd Anniversary Demonstration

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Mullivaikal 2011 Tamils

Mullivaikal 2011

Wednesday, 18 May 2011– TIME: 6pm-8:30pm @ Trafalgar SquareWear Black Attire

The Tamils, like the Kurdish people, are spread across many of the nation states that were drawn up in the last century. [An interesting history of the different peoples of Sri Lanka can be found here]

Sri Lanka’s first aborigines with continuous lineage are the Tamil people. It is not precisely known when they came to the island, but perhaps as many as 5000 years ago. Tamils were also known as proto-Elamites or Ela. These people in Sri Lanka call themselves Eelam Tamils, meaning “earthly people”. Tamils speak a Dravidian language, which has no ties to other language families. It was, perhaps, associated with Scythians and Urals. The Dravidian language and Tamils originated, perhaps, from Sumer and Ur: the “cradle of the first civilization”, now Iran. The Sumer and Tamils formed the first language of proto-grams on clay tablets. Tamil inscriptions and literature are at least 2500 years old. Today, 100 to 200 million people speak Tamil.

The Christian Bible refers to Elam as “maritime nations in various lands, each with a separate language”.  In the myth of Noahs Ark, Elam was thought to be a descendant of one of Noah’s three sons on the ark.  Tamils were the first to use the wheel for transportation. They traveled to India and the island Sri Lanka, which had been connected to India. The first known manuscripts in India were written in Tamil. Other Tamils inscriptions have been found in Egypt and Thailand.

As many as 40,000 civilians may have perished in the last phase of the Sri Lankan Army’s offensive against the insurgent Tamil Tigers, with government forces blamed for “large-scale and widespread shelling,” according to a new report from a UN panel established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The genocide in Sri Lanka two years ago was carried out with impunity by the Sri Lankan Army [the SLA]; a good indicator that they had better friends at ‘the top table’ than the Libyan Colonel for instance.

For a lively discussion of what was in the UN report, try here ; the Sri Lankan Government have been stonewalling and delaying any action on the UN report, which details a series of war crimes by their forces [whilst also naming the Tamil Tigers as guilty of serious, though lesser abuses].

For some reason, in this case, the West decided that it would be best to pursue ‘constructive dialogue’ with a Government massacring its own civilians.

This demonstration is reminding the rest of the world that the Tamil people cannot forget what happened two years ago; and that the struggle for their human rights continues . . .

 

OBL, Gaddafi, Wikileaks and targeted assassinations.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

An interesting analysis of the half-lies and deceptions surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden can be found in an article in Counterpunch by the famed journalist Alexander Cockburn. After deconstructing the contradictory streams of misinformation that flowed from the US Government in the days after the assassination, Cockburn analyses the sequence of events that led to the operation being scheduled at that time.

His conclusions are that ;

  • the USA and Pakistan had been aware of the compound for years

In fact, specific knowledge by US intelligence of the compound and its likely possible prime denizen goes back to 2005.

He writes;

The three-storey house has been a well-known feature of Abbottabad. Shaukat Qadir, a well-connected Pakistan Army officer, reported to CounterPunch from Pakistan: “For the record, this house has been under ISI surveillance while it was under construction. It was first raided in 2003, and the ISI just missed capturing al-Libi (he was later captured by the ISI close to Mardan in K-P Province). It has been raided on numerous occasions since.”

  • OBL was killed as a result of ‘entrapment’

Cockburn quotes Shaukut Qadir;

“The house where Osama had sought refuge belonged to two brothers from Mardan (a Pashtun dominated region of K-P) . . .  neither one has been identified among the dead. If Osama was followed to this house by constant tracking of his courier who, according to CIA reports, shouldn’t one, if not both brothers . . . have been present . . .? But they weren’t. Of the seven bodies left behind (a female, a child and five men of ages ranging from mid-twenties to mid-thirties), none have been identified as being either brother…. “ Inference: “Osama was sold out. The operation was the result of entrapment. An entrapment organized through one or more of his most trusted aides…”

  • The operation was carried out to pre-empt a Wikileaks release of unredacted intelligence that had been gained through torture at Guantánamo Bay Concentration Camp.

The raid was organised because information about the capture and torture of the aide who revealed the whereabouts of the compound was about to be revealed through the parallel releases of Wikileaks information. One version of the files were being put out in the Guardian and New York Times; they had received / bought them from an ex-Wikileaks employee and in this narrative, allowed the security services to redact any names or information deemed ‘unacceptable’ to be in the public domain. A comparison to the Wikileaks’ unredacted release of the same files immediately reveals the names that they had been most anxious to hide.

As Cockburn continues;

We can conclude, from this narrative, that when the unredacted WikiLeaks files surfaced, US intelligence concluded that Osama’s associates would soon figure out that the Americans had made the appropriate connections and conjectures and there the associates urged him to move on with all due haste. So Obama decided to send in the Seals.

Cockburn then suggests that targeted assassination has become both an accepted military aim and a political tool.

He points to the attack in Libya on April 30th;

Saturday, April 30 was reserved for the attempted assassination of Colonel Gaddafi, with the dropping of precision-guided bombs on the house of his son Saif, who died along with three grandchildren. Saif, then four, was in the Gaddafi family compound on April 15, 1986 when bombs ordered up by Ronald Reagan were dropped from F-111s, killing his 15-month old sister, adopted by Gaddafi 11 months earlier.  Thus have Reagan and Obama shared a target. ‘Decapitation’ – going for the enemy’s top guy – is now standard Nato strategy.

Would Obama have been briefed on the plan, or have signed off on a program of targeted assassination of Gaddafi? It seems a sure thing.

And as Cockburn concludes;

But Gaddafi survived. So Obama only had one bloodied feather in his cap when he gave one of the most morally repellent speeches I have ever heard delivered from the White House. Bush at least had the crude brio of a semi-literate jock when he vaunted America’s prowess. Obama’s “we nailed him” paragraphs of mendacity concluded with Dickensian Heepishness: “Tonight we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history.”

To which we can add – yup! and the end of just about everyone else’s . . .