Our evolved bio-logical default is as an Egalitarian social species. That default setting has been distorted by the emergent hierarchically violent culture: because we can rebalance, we must - we can work to return our cultural settings to our bio-logical default.
The real news editor, Pablo Escobar, on George Bush, Gordon Brown and the farewell visit from one war criminal to another. What the media did not SHOW was the nature, extent and passionate committment of those strong hearted people who gathered to give voice to what so many, and certainly the majority of people feel, namely our deep disgust, our intense frustration and our moral outrage at The War Against Terror (TWAT), and in particular the UKs involvement in the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and those activities such as curtailing our civil liberties 'for our own good' that are integral to that ignoble crusade.
Pablo Escobar waste not a single word in this searingly clear news analysis, one studiously avoided by almost the mainstream coverage in the UK. Enjoy!
I took part in in a peoples active street media peace action in london outside a UK military recruitment shop.... london june 12th 2008 ...watch this video to see the action and catch me making my feelings clear and eludicati' on my presence and participation. shoulda been doing this a long time ago.
makewarshistory outlines the legal situation regarding the UK involvement in two wars, aghanistan and iraq, and demonstrates the legal certainty the both wars are illegal, legally speaking : ie if one applied the law as it is written, and intended.
6 international treaties, plus the international criminal court act england and wales 2000 make it clear that these wars being illegal, the consequent murder of iraqi and afghan citizens, of all ages, the destruction of iraqi civil infrastructure, the use of banned munitions, the maltreatment, abuse and torture of prisoners and the blatant profiteering of us corporations combine to make these wars the ultimate crimes - crimes of war, crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity.
Thus is it the legal duty of any taxpayer that is aware of the law, to uphold that law. This means that a taxpayer, aware of the law, must withold his or her tax payments to the central government of the UK, and is legally protected under England and Wales Law, as outlined above, in so doing.
Furthermore, all orders issued to UK troops which lead to or aid the commission of these war crimes, are illegal, under UK Law, as outlined above, and it is therefore a soldiers legal duty, if not his or her legal obligation - with full support from those civilians who demand that the law be upheld - is to refuse to carry out those orders. Notwithstanding Health and Safety implications of said refusal, the import of a well informed public is profound, and an essential act of co-operation to support such action.
The law is clear.
"Conduct ancilliary to the commission of a war crime" is the legal status of anyone whomsoever who is offering material support to those institutions individuals and other agencies to any government involved in the commission of a war crime. Thus the paying taxes to the UK government, or submission to following illegal orders are conduct ancilliary to the commission of war crimes. In fact it becomes a crime to NOT act, once the facts have been made clear, the legal position appraised.
The citizens of Ireland were given the opportunity to voice their feelings regarding the Lisbon Treaty. They voted against the Treaty. They said "No!".
Reading the papers, the headlines suggested that the Irish had thrown the EU into a "crisis".
Listening to the Politicians, the suggestion was that the Irish electorate were ill-informed, spun a series of falsehoods, unable to understand the basics of the treaty and that it was somehow "undemocratic" that 800,000 odd people, with a margin of around 100,000 votes could influence the welfare of 250,000,000 people across Europe.
The underlying truth is that the vote was a vote of no confidence in the corrupt political elites of Ireland, a vote of no confidence in the basically undemocratic set-up of the EU Legislative process, a vote of no confidence in the concept of a unified European military bloc and essentially a resounding vote for Democracy.
The English people had been promised a referendum on the ratification of the Treaty, a promise that was reneged upon - for the reason that the likelyhood of a rejection of the Treaty by the English people was to be avoided at all costs.
12 States have ratified the treaty, non of which offered the option of a referendum to their people. The assumption behind this is that the people are too stupid to know what is good for them.
As The Power Inquiry 2006 showed clearly, the opposite is the case. The vast majority of the people are intelligent, compassionate and all too well aware of their combined interests and we desire the power that is withheld by the current status quo.
At no point did the arguments from the "yes" camp rely upon informed, detailed and well explained reasoning regarding the content of the Treaty (which in itself was rewritten as a technical document referring to thousands of other documents outside the Treaty itself, so as to obfuscate it's meaning) - the main argument proffered was that the people would somehow suffer, that the European project would somehow suffer if the Treaty was rejected.
Much like a parent shouting at a child "That's bad!" and offering no explanation to the child of exactly why other than "Because I say it is."
So well done to those Irish voters who voted NO to Lisbon and YES to democracy and accountability. And shame upon the politicians and media pundits who have suggested that this vote was undemocratic, ill-informed and negative.
Of course no-one is surprised that politicians and pundits behave in this way........ but by all the gods, the people are fed up with the relentlessly shoddy treatment, the corruption and ineptitude, the narcissistic, self serving oligarchical clique, a cult of greed, namely all those we have (s)elected to repressent us, yet who act ever in their own interests once in power ........ bored witless we are with the whole thing..... and at some stage over the next two years a reckoning must come, and those that have so opposed the true interests of the people and their children must be brought to account and the negative effects of their insanity be ceased, their systems of abuse dismantled, to be countered with life affirming, people centered power and decision making. it's happening in South America, it can happen here!
So, let it be known, far and wide, to all those that have committed crimes as part of that opposition, we the people will find you are accountable after all.
Bring on the stocks I say, store up the rotten vegetables. The peasants will prevail, the simple folk, of which I am but one, are many, and it is upon our backs the empire stands. Shrug off the undignified burden, and walk free. Grow your own. The Empire will fall!
I read in the Indy on Sunday, pages 6 and seven this last weekend, that a charity do hosted by the Charity ARK, plates at £10k, plus a Charity Auction, which was hosted by Arpad "Arki!" Bussun (who runs a few City Academies in London in his spare time) raised £10 million more than expected (last year they got £25 Million, this year they were expecting £15 Million)....
Arkis comment was that "we are the keepers of the worlds wealth, it's our responsibility to come together and give to our common humanity!" Indeed!
"Keepers of the worlds wealth" says it all. The Indy warbled about how "Arki" was currently dating (fucking) Umma Thurman and had been dating (fucking) Elle McPherson, and that he counted Maddona and Jemima Khan amongst his friends! Wow! How cool! So glad I know that! - the fawning, supplicant Indy writers name is Jeremy Taylor.
We were also informed that Tony "Bomb Iraq" Blair was the geust after dinner speaker. Apparantly the notoriousy religious war criminal made a 'joke' saying that he was "clearly not the only person to have become richer in the past year" - which, given that he now works part-time for JP Morgan who are as we speak setting up the Iraqi Central Bank, and are thus directly responsible for the privatisation of much of Iraqs resource base, is grossly inconsiderate, not to mention disgustingly smug.
Busson also said,warming to his subject that "I am thrilled by the overwhelming generosity of our geusts, particularly given the more difficult financial and economic environment. These donations will transform the lives of tens of thousands of children in India, South Africa, eastern Europe and the UK."
What a twat! What difficulties do people of his ilk experience in comparison to those at the receiving end of the Friedmanian Free Trade Ideology?
Fact - the policies which made him and his buddies so rich are the same policies that impoverished millions of people world wide, and have led to far too many needless painful deaths. Of mostly children. Hows that for transformation!
Fact - those donations are Tax write offs! So tis the taxpayer who pays in the end.
Convince me that these kinds of people are really serious about helping those they have impoverished, bombed and starved. Please......
Or face the truth - Our Leaders, Commercial, Political and Religious and their acolytes are fundamentally serial greed whores, who will do anything for money or power and use the press and charity to make themselves look good. They believe that their great wealth and protected private lands will insulate them from whatever befalls the rest of us, and they are laughing at us.... not because it's funny, but because they have so many people fooled.
In which case, it's up to us to make the changes, from the local to the national.
Excuse my anger (or not) - it's more outrage than envious resentment.
My irish auntie once dated Jack Lynch (Irish Premier before Charlie "cute hoor" Haughey) and from the way she behaved I learned the following - that there are some born to power who are innately superior to everyone else ............. and that I was not one of them! Though my brother was (he isn't, he's a family guy and wise to all of this!) in her eyes suitable dynastic material. So I do know what I am talking about here, from personal experience.
Simon Howell was also in attendance. Britian's got talent, indeed!
Iraq - The REAL purpose behind the Invasion, Occupation and Shock and Awe
I have just completed reading through a few books, “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klien, “The Lucifer Effect” by Philip Zimbardo and “The Age of the Warrior” by Robert Fisk.
Some heavy reading indeed as all books look at the reality behind the myth of the US/UK Governments desire to bring democracy to Iraq in the context of Global Free Trade Movement as espoused by Milton Friedman, the IMF, WTO et al.
Shock Doctrine explores the connection between torture techniques as developed from the (insane) idea of Electro Shock Therapy, Sensory Deprivation, disorientation etc and the history of Free Market Economics in South America over the past 40 years.
The policies of the IMF, WTO and the UK/US Governments have never been voted into being for one reason alone - those policies attack the very poorest, undermine workers rights and collective power, dismantle the welfare state and hand a countries resources over to ‘the market’ - those who trade in shares, commodities and currencies - in the belief, the ideology of Milton Freidman and the Chicago School, that unrestrained capitalism is the only way to enable economies to continually expand and grow.
Freidman hated the idea that a Government could control and own it’s own utilities, health system, education system etc. on behalf of its population. His belief was that all these ‘Services’ ought to be run as business enterprises in private hands as he believed that the pure self interested profit motive would be more efficient, more effective in delivering the services than the welfare motivation of Keynes. He saw Keynes as an appeaser of the working classes in the same way Tony Blair sees the Anti-war movement as appeasers of Saddam.
In South America, the experiment started with Chile and Pinochet, and continues today in Iraq, an experiment (it is an experiment!) that is as bloody and cruel as anything the Nazis ever did. Nearly 20 million have died as a direct result of these policies in South America. Many more have died in Africa, Asia. And in Europe all our public utilities have been placed in private hands, along with the bulk of our health systems, and currently our education in the process of being transferred as we speak.
Friedman knew that the only way to test out his theories was to start from a blank slate, which entailed the destruction of whatever was in place prior. He also knew that it would most likely or not take a huge shock to the system to create the conditions required. Because of course the poorest voters would never vote for these kinds of policies, and the poor in many countries make up the bulk of the electorate.
The theory of Shock Therapy and Torture is that by obliterating the patient/prisoners sense of who they are, through disorienting procedures, one arrives at a point wherein the object of the process is a blank slate, and can then be rewritten, recrafted in terms that the therapist/torturer can define. Of course the doctors believed that they were doing this for the patients own good. Or so they told themselves.
Torturers too believe in the ultimate aim of their work. So do the economists of the WTO and IMF. In fact their attachment to their belief is so strong that they ignore/deny the damage their procedures cause, and invariably lay the blame, when it appears not to work, upon the patient, prisoner or country. Comments about Arab peoples being unable to manage their affairs are frequently made by the Economists and Neo-Conservatives such as Dick Cheny, Donald Rumsfeld and others…
Iraq was invaded for two reasons. One reason is that in Iraq there is much oil. Saddams attempt in November 2002 to sell Oil in Euros, showed that he was no longer ‘Our Man’. That move had to be stopped, because the strength of the US dollar resided in it’s exclusive use as the currency for buying/selling Oil.
Furthermore, there was a distinct possibility that in time, with the potential fall of Saddam through internal Iraqi action, Iraq would become an independent democracy, like it’s neighbour Iran, and that it’s people would refuse to accept the privatisation their various branches of Government (Health. Education, Communications, Transit Systems etc etc) as required by the Global Free Trade movement.
That would place the Oil of Iraq and Iran outside the influence of the Free Trade Movement, and threatened the cosy relationship between the US/UK Government and the corrupt dictatorship of the Saudis… and it would also allow another economic model, based upon Democratic Islamic principles (which says usury is a crime), to build a base from which to compete with the Free Trade Movement (the stock exchanges of New York and London). A movement that would usurp the powers of the rich in favour of the poorest and equate to a redistribution of wealth across the board which the Global Free Trade Movement was designed to avoid. A movement that might, like the current resurgence of Indigenous South American People Power, usurp the IMF and the W|TO.
The second reason was to create the absolute shock required to re-engineer Iraqs economy.
Iraq is also a warning, that after 40 years of Free Market Economic Expansion through covert means, that now the gloves were off and that the UK/US Governments were openly prepared to go to War (ignore the pretexts you have read about) to ensure that The Free Market would dominate the economies of the Globe.
Governmental Robbery nothing less. Tony Blair is a War Criminal, yet he is also an economic gangster, as was Thatcher, Major and as is Brown.
I highly recommend this book - it’s easy to read, her prose is excellent and what she reveals is essential for activists and concerned citizens to know and understand. Only when you know what has been done can you make changes towards health. http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine