- Russian “Realpolitik” and western hypocrisy
- Tony Blair sees extremist religion as the root of 21st-century wars
- The Guardian reporting on Syria
- The gloves are off
- News from England
- Nick Clegg criticises George Osborne
- A review of the year and a “look forward” to times ahead
- Russel Brand being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman: An interview that the BBC probably never wanted to show
- The United States, murdering and spying
- History made in Britain and foreigners could run the police
There is more than enough evidence to suggest that the Maidan “revolution” was in fact a western backed coup. Moreover, a “who’s who” of the new regime would further suggest that what we have here is an extremely right-wing, if not downright fascist, government, in Kiev. Nevertheless, neither of these facts should delude us into thinking that President Putin is overly concerned about the fate of the large ethnic Russian population in the Ukraine.
No, even if there is a large ethnic Russian population there, we would have to come to the conclusion that in a world which has been thoroughly exposed to American “Realpolitik” Russia is demonstrating a “Realpolitik” of its own by creating facts on the ground and these facts will cement Moscow’s own strategic interests.
However, away from the hyperbole, polemic and propaganda, it is not made difficult for the Kremlin as Washington blatantly attempts to curtail Russia’s sphere of influence in the Ukraine by what are quite simply illegal means and US energy companies continue in their attempt to undermine Gazprom’s regional monopoly.
Of course, this conflict is not about humanitarian issues and, with a democratically elected government being undemocratically deposed, it is most certainly not about democracy. It is a conflict that will lead to the break up of the Ukraine and to a cementing of Russia’s influence in the region while the hypocrisy of John Kerry’s “unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century” along with the USA’s own disregard for international law might just be coming back to haunt not only Washington, but also the West as a whole.
The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, the process of secularisation, and somebody, or a lot of people, somewhere, or indeed in many places, just stopped the catholic church from burning people at the stake. It wasn’t a case of them not wanting to do it anymore, but more a case of them just not being allowed to and that might in itself be enough reason to puke when the converted catholic Tony Blair tells us that extremist religion is at the root of 21st century wars. Of course, the myopic, self-centred Tony, will no doubt view his own “new old” religion purely as a source of a personal salvation that will facilitate him living for eternity. This is a man who is unable to come to terms not only with the horrific crimes against humanity that he has committed, but also with his own mortality.
Still, might this “true friend of Israel” be right to some extent.? After all, not only is the Jewish state continuing with its ongoing ethnic cleansing of illegally occupied land, while actively destabilizing the countries in the region, but we also have some of Mr Blair’s other friends in the region wanting nothing less than to turn the clock back to 680 AD and the Battle of Karbala.
Nevertheless, the conclusion not only has to be that neither the Iraq war nor the Afghanistan war were about religion, but also that ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have really very little to do with different interpretations of the great gobbledygook..
These wars, caused by criminals such as Blair, are primarily about power and stealing resources. Still, when you are committing crimes against humanity how convenient it is to attempt to tell the world that you are battling religious extremism, even if you have to get a few religious extremists on side to help you commit your crime.
In today’s “Daily Drivel”, at first glance, we have one journalist appearing to report another journalist’s story almost ad verbatim, with both articles appearing in the same newspaper on the same day.
Of course, The Guardian’s Martin Chulov might argue that he was pointing out that while Ian Black’s, – the paper’s Middle East editor – article was based on a report which “proves” an array of atrocities by the Assad regime, his own article does add the information that, according to International bodies these atrocities are only the tip of the iceberg. Well, thanks for the extra “information” Martin, even if it might contradict Ian a little bit when he writes:
“The UN and independent human rights groups have documented abuses by both Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebels, but experts say this evidence is more detailed and on a far larger scale than anything else that has yet emerged from the 34-month crisis.”
It really does represent at best bad journalism and it can surely be expected that these people sit down in a room together and work on their stories, which are after all appearing in the same newspaper and on the same day.All the more so as Mr Chuvlov’s article begins immediately by referring to Mr Black’s article.
At best bad journalism or, perhaps, just a waste of newspaper space, ….. and at worst? Where do we start? We’ll there might be Martin Chulov’s credibility as a journalist and it is fairly certain that Ian Black will always follow the standard mainstream version of events without giving us privy to the bigger picture and the real criminals in the West who have not only allowed all of this to happen, but who have actively promoted and facilitated it along with their friends in Turkey, Saudi, Israel and the Golf.
The gloves are off as Britain’s Channel 4′s “Benefits Street” reaches Germany’s “Auslanddjournal” and Fraser Nelson from the Tory “Spectator” tells the German reporter that “the villain of the piece is a still-unreformed welfare system” while Ian Duncan Smith, the man who “used taxpayers’ money to pay his wife a wage for doing nothing”, believes that the public backs his party’s welfare reform package, and its attempt to “get people back to work to end these abuses.” .
The rationale of austerity is clear with the Chancellor, George Osborne, having announced to the Conservative Party conference at the beginning of October 2011 that the prize is “a British economy freed from its debts, growing strongly, spreading prosperity to all our people; so we can fulfill the solemn promise to the next generation: we will leave the world a better place than we found it.” Nevertheless, the debt continues to increase and that is before we have even begun to count the cost of the bank bailouts.
That, of course, is the real story and with an estimated £1.162 trillion since 2007 having been spent on bailing out the banks it is easy to see who the real culprits are, but that is not going to stop the Bank of England absurdly believing that it can revive the economy by issuing more money to solve a problem that was caused by too much money in the first place.
Still, while all of that money is in circulation it cannot be expected that the politicians in Westminster will upset their friends in the City and cap their bonuses. After all, the real scroungers, those who live off of the public purse, are to be found in places like Birmingham’s “Benefits Street” and when Britain’s debt based economy comes crashing down in the not too distant future the right-wing has its scapegoat.
While watching “Auslandsjournal” this evening. ego’s thoughts that history does indeed repeat itself were accompanied by a picture of Heinrich Bruning in his role as the Weimar Republic’s undertaker. It can be expected that Britain’s debt based economy will collapse completely in the not too distant future and we are entitled to be wary of what might rise in its place. The scum is already arousing their rabble, they are jockeying for position. The gloves are, indeed, off!
The “not Historian”, Michael Gove, attempts to re-write history by criticizing those historians and television shows which portray the Great War as a “misbegotten shambles” and we shouldn’t really give a toss, but he is, unfortunately. the Secretary of State for Education and as such has a big say in the primary and secondary-school national curricula for England. “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
The narrative is controlled on a daily basis by an irresponsible media and while “The Guardian” does provide us some insight into the real story with an article on the UK’s oldest fire station being closed, while informing us that nine more are to be closed meet budget savings of £45 million over the next two years, the daily drivel for the most part appears to be dominated by the words “immigrants” and “benefits”, with those nouns normally being modified by and collated with the adjective “illegal” and the noun “scrounger”. The scapegoats are being lined up and the reality of austerity moving public property into private hands on a massive scale does not penetrate the masses. Or, at least, that would appear to be the case.
However, how can it be ignored? The train to Sheffield from Cheltenham Spa to Leeds was on time because it was only six minutes late. The previous train, which was supposed to go to Manchester, was simply cancelled and with the immigrants coming to steal benefit money, it would at least appear that it is accepted that they are not here to take the non-existent jobs.
The robbery continues, the country’s infrastructure is being dismantled, but all is hunky-dory in the land of hope and glory. Yes, God save the Queen and a Happy New Year with George Osborne telling the British public that they are in for some “hard truths”, but, no need for George’s friends to worry. After all, they are the creators, the beneficiaries, of the “hard truths”, even if it is so much easier to blame Johnny Foreigner and the benefit scroungers.
The news screen at Manchester Piccadilly Station flashes George Osborne informing the common people that they can expect austerity for years to come, while his mates in the City continue to plunder all and sundry courtesy of quantitative easing, low-interest rates, and the creation of that type of debt based growth that will inevitably lead to the next housing bubble and a financial crisis which will make 2008 appear mild by comparison and which, no doubt, will see the madmen, once again, embarking on their war for resources.
Of course, it would be too much to expect limited, arrogant,heartless, dunderheads such as Osborne to actually understand the lemming nature of their actions, even if the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, does accuse the Chancellor of making an “unrealistic, unfair” assault on the poor.
Once again, all we have is a mainstream politician playing at politics and this becomes all too obvious when the Deputy Prime Minister goes on to say that he might find it difficult to work in another coalition with the Tories, because of their economic policies. it
Indeed, if the Liberal Democrat leader was true to his convictions not only would there be no question of his party entering another coalition government, but he would also feel impelled to bring down his own criminal government immediately by leading his party out of the coalition immediately.
However, that would be real democratic politics and, unfortunately for the British people, that is something that neither Clegg and his party, nor other mainstream politicians, and their parties, are interested in pursuing.
This is a sort of tentative attempt to get the blog back on track and a resolution of sorts to cognitively process the posts in 2014, while reviewing the year past. However, there is so much happening out there and, unless I am to concentrate on those things which I am directly engaged with, an encyclopedic knowledge of here , there and everywhere, is almost required.
Of course, even a summary of my own last year suggests that there might be more than enough to be getting on with. There was the four-month stint in Saudi and Bahrain, the summer job in Lincoln, England, with trips to Birmingham, Bristol, Bath and Sheffield and London. The traipsing around Catalonia, the wee jaunt up to “Jockland” and the contemplating setting up a sort of base in the city where I just about grew up, Glasgow.
It is, almost all there, London, the city of corruption, and its pact with and link to the House of Saud and the Bahraini Al Khalifas, images of wild Wahhabis and the petro-dollar with the soup kitchens out on the streets of Blighty supplying the bread, while the BBC feeds the masses with its “everything is hunky-dory” story and you can enjoy the festive season even if you cannot pay your heating bill. Worry about all of that after Christmas, After all Westminster itself only has a five-day plan, based on printing pounds, zero interest rates, and creating $18 petro-dollars of debt for one dollar of growth. Did you ask what happens once that one dollar of pseudo growth can no longer be created? Hey, it is Christmas!
January will see me having an interview in England which, in turn, might see me back in China. Down in Guangzhou where, I believe, I hope, I think, the pollution is not quite so bad and where, of course, Hong Kong is on the doorstep. There is also an ongoing flirtation with Bitcoins. One more little quo vadis, that one, and if we are going to lay bets; the British economy will go belly up by the middle of 2015 at the latest, the Sunnis in the Gulf will start to turn away from Uncle Sam, while working more closely with the Zionists, the poor in the West in general, and in Britain in particular, will be really fucking poor and I could even be sitting in the heart of China’s empire coughing up the shit that pollutes the Guangzhou air.
However, “que serra” ……. or, that at least, is what they would have us believe. No, the answer is not blowing in the wind, it really is pretty much written in stone and back to the basics in a world of finite resources this crap just does not work and when is mankind going to put its thinking cap on?