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Supplementary - 2 Who do YOU believe?  


On The Arab Spring ........ On Enforced Austerity



YOU'D THINK it was fiction. You might think it belongs in the 'Weird Sci-Fi' list. You could, at best, think it's mere idle speculation. And you may think I'm an incorrigible bigot.

Ha, ha, ha! Is that your response after reading other clips on this site - political ones? The fact is, I'm really not a bigot: I don't listen to and just blindly believe what I'm told by the mass media, nor do I blindly refuse to believe it. No one is more ready than me to change their view on an issue in the light of new information. After all, who wants to live a lie? Unlike many people, so it seems, I try... with what little experience of life I have, what limited understanding of history and psychology, and from what meagre observations I'm able to make... to fathom what precisely is going on around me. What I can't observe for myself, I have to rely on from others: the established (establishment) media, or what's reported by intrepid independent reporters with proven credentials (of conscience as much as competence).

And try as I do, I cannot see a single redeeming feature in the activities of politicians with regard to their constant failure over generations to regulate corporations (especially banks), to cease provoking wars and massacres, to end poverty and the ever-increasing flow of wealth to those who least need it (and who do the least work) - ie, the rich - and to stop the escalating destruction of the biosphere. And those are just a sample...

Can the ongoing of these horrors really be down simply to 'failure'? Ask yourself: how could such staggering and widespread incompetence or error be allowed to continue over the generations without some kind of huge opposition or uprising? There's no shortage of powerful groups or individual to voice or instigate opposition. Is it not, in fact, all entirely deliberate? Does it not represent precisely the policies of those corporate bodies who stand to most gain - corporate bodies that sponsor and 'advise' political parties? (ie, The PM's former right-hand man: Murdoch's Downing St. plant Andy Coulson). We well know from recent (let alone distant) history how top politicians lie, scheme and twist to suit whatever agenda they choose, how they instigate war and plunder, how oil and arms drive their key decisions... while millions of ordinary people (who are made to pay for these deliberate 'follies') are totally ignored then forced to make further sacrifices... ie, bail out bad investments of banks' on behalf of their elite billionaire 'clients' who rule over us - and everything else.




For instance:

Question: What's behind the UK/US involvement in the so-called 'ARAB SPRING'

Is it as reported on BBC News and in, say, the Daily Telegraph?

OR is it as explained below by an independent reporter?

(Even if you're not aware of the reporter's impeccable reputation and record of achievement over many decades, just ask yourself: Does what he tells us, or what the BBC tells us, fit more closely the facts?)


May 26, 2011 (this NOT written by me: PC)

When Britain lost control of Egypt in 1956, Prime Minister Anthony Eden said he wanted the nationalist president Gamal Abdel Nasser “destroyed … murdered … I don’t give a damn if there’s anarchy and chaos in Egypt”. Those insolent Arabs, Winston Churchill had urged in 1951, should be driven “into the gutter from which they should never have emerged”. 

The language of colonialism may have been modified; the spirit and the hypocrisy are unchanged. A new imperial phase is unfolding in direct response to the Arab uprising that began in January and has shocked Washington and Europe, causing an Eden-style panic. The loss of the Egyptian tyrant Mubarak was grievous, though not irretrievable; an American-backed counter-revolution is under way as the military regime in Cairo is seduced with new bribes and power shifting from the street to political groups that did not initiate the revolution. The western aim, as ever, is to stop authentic democracy and reclaim control. 

Libya is the immediate opportunity. The Nato attack on Libya, with the UN Security Council assigned to mandate a bogus “no fly zone” to “protect civilians”, is strikingly similar to the final destruction of Yugoslavia in 1999. There was no UN cover for the bombing of Serbia and the “rescue” of Kosovo, yet the propaganda echoes today. Like Slobodan Milosevic, Muammar Gaddafi is a “new Hitler”, plotting “genocide” against his people. There is no evidence of this, as there was no genocide in Kosovo. In Libya there is a tribal civil war; and the armed uprising against Gaddafi has long been appropriated by the Americans, French and British, their planes attacking residential Tripoli with uranium-tipped missiles and the submarine HMS Triumph firing Tomahawk missiles, a repeat of the “shock and awe” in Iraq that left thousands of civilians dead and maimed. As in Iraq, the victims, which include countless incinerated Libyan army conscripts, are media unpeople. 

In the “rebel” east, the terrorising and killing of black African immigrants is not news. On 22 May, a rare piece in the Washington Post described the repression, lawlessness and death squads in the “liberated zones” just as visiting EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, declared she had found only “great aspirations” and “leadership qualities”. In demonstrating these qualities, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the “rebel leader” and Gaddafi’s justice minister until February, pledged, “Our friends … will have the best opportunity in future contracts with Libya.” The east holds most of Libya’s oil, the greatest reserves in Africa. In March the rebels, with expert foreign guidance, “transferred” to Benghazi the Libyan Central Bank, a wholly owned state institution. This is unprecedented. Meanwhile, the US and the EU “froze” almost US$100 billion in Libyan funds, “the largest sum ever blocked”, according to official statements. It is the biggest bank robbery in history.

The French elite are enthusiastic robbers and bombers. Nicholas Sarkozy’s imperial design is for a French-dominated Mediterranean Union (UM), which would allow France to “return” to its former colonies in North Africa and profit from privileged investment and cheap labour. Gaddafi described the Sarkozy plan as “an insult” that was “taking us for fools”. The Merkel government in Berlin agreed, fearing its old foe would diminish Germany in the EU, and abstained in the Security Council vote on Libya.

Like the attack on Yugoslavia and the charade of Milosevic’s trial, the International Criminal Court is being used by the US, France and Britain to prosecute Gaddafi while his repeated offers of a ceasefire are ignored. Gaddafi is a Bad Arab. David Cameron’s government and its verbose top general want to eliminate this Bad Arab, like the Obama administration killed a famously Bad Arab in Pakistan recently. The crown prince of Bahrain, on the other hand, is a Good Arab. On 19 May, he was warmly welcomed to Britain by Cameron with a photo-call on the steps of 10 Downing Street. In March, the same crown prince slaughtered unarmed protestors and allowed Saudi forces to crush his country’s democracy movement. The Obama administration has rewarded Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes on earth, with a $US60 billion arms deal, the biggest in US history. The Saudis have the most oil. They are the Best Arabs.

The assault on Libya, a crime under the Nuremberg standard, is Britain’s 46th military “intervention” in the Middle East since 1945. Like its imperial partners, Britain’s goal is to control Africa’s oil. Cameron is not Anthony Eden, but almost. Same school. Same values. In the media-pack, the words colonialism and imperialism are no longer used, so that the cynical and the credulous can celebrate state violence in its more palatable form. 

And as “Mr. Hopey Changey” (the name that Ted Rall, the great American cartoonist, gives Barack Obama), is fawned upon by the British elite and launches another insufferable presidential campaign, the Anglo-American reign of terror proceeds in Afghanistan and elsewhere, with the murder of people by unmanned drones – a US/Israel innovation, embraced by Obama. For the record, on a scorecard of imposed misery, from secret trials and prisons and the hounding of whistleblowers and the criminalising of dissent to the incarceration and impoverishment of his own people, mostly black people, Obama is as bad as George W. Bush.

The Palestinians understand all this. As their young people courageously face the violence of Israel’s blood-racism, carrying the keys of their grandparents’ stolen homes, they are not even included in Mr. Hopey Changey’s list of peoples in the Middle East whose liberation is long overdue. What the oppressed need, he said on 19 May, is a dose of “America’s interests [that] are essential to them”. He insults us all.

(from 'Welcome to the Violent World of Mr Hopey Changey')






Spain, Greece, Portugal... all Europe & the USA, etc.


Actions against imposed protect-the-rich, IMF-style austerity measures are being taken across much of the western world. According to SchNEWS:

"Protests are spreading to Italy, France, Portugal,
Austria even Germany - could it be that last year's initial protests against austerity measures are maturing, one year on, into a broader demand for political reform?"

So far, they mention, protests have been peaceful.... so far... Also mentioned is the fact that Iceland, in refusing (as elected in a referendum) to bail-out those failed banks, has emerged well on top: no-one there has had to suffer austerity measures (nor the prospect of them) on account of the colossal theft of public money other governments didn't hesitate to enact. Unlike Iceland, other governments do not represent their populace; instead, they represent a small elite - who constantly cream their wealth from the populace... who create that wealth by everyday toil in the offices and factories of the elite.

How come there hasn't been some kind of a national strike before now is a constant source of bafflement to me. I've more-or-less been on strike for the past 22-years. About 15-years ago at an obligatory meeting of unemployed (so-called 'job-seekers') I stood-up and announced that we were all wasting our time because no-one there actually wanted a job anyway (not at the wages they were likely to get, which was impossible to live on even if you dossed in a hovel and ate nothing but gruel); all they wanted was an income that would make possible some kind of a decent lifestyle. Work??? Well, if you really had to... but who actually wanted to bloody work? We'd all got far better uses, I continued, for our time than to squander it slaving for some super-rich, arrogant rip-off entrepreneur!

How did they react to my little impromptu speech? I was a bit surprised myself, though I shouldn't have been: to the consternation of the 'lecturer' in charge of us, there was a burst of unanimous applause! And for some while afterwards if one of those people spotted me in the street they'd come up and want to shake my hand; even now - 15-years on - a couple of them are still around and still speak to me: how am I, they ask, how am I doin'? etc...

.... time for a break...