The new biometric passport is fed into a little machine at an extra gate, you stand on a spot and your photo is taken and abracadabra, the gate opens and you toddle into ‘Blighty’, looking askance at the “others” who are waiting at the “you are now entering the UK gates”. It’s all sort of “big brotherly” and off you go creaking and squeaking on the Stansted “not really very” Express on into Liverpool Street, where you allow yourself a quick glance up and notice that if big brother is not watching you, someone certainly is. Welcome, to ‘Blighty’!
The hotel is a nice affair not too far from London Bridge, so it was off to the Tate Modern and then my par for the course, now run of the mill, visit to my favourite wee place in Chinatown where they do the great dumplings and onto the ‘Bar Italia’ for the coffee and cake before going into ‘Foyles’ where I bought myself a copy of Norman Finkelstein’s “Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict” after spending about an hour picking up and putting down and picking up and skimming and scanning another book which is on the top twenty-five censored stories for 2009/10 which I cannot remember the name of, which refers to 25 news stories that we weren’t allowed to hear about.
Yes, I plumped for Finkelstein but what about story number sixteen in the top twenty-five censored stories: “The US government plans to expropriate and demolish the homes of hundreds of Haitians in the shantytown of Cité Soleil to expand the occupying UN force’s military base. The US government contractorDynCorp, a quasi-official arm of the Pentagon and the CIA, irresponsible for the base expansion. The base will house the soldiers ofthe UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH). Cité Soleil is the mostbullet-ridden battleground of the foreign military occupation, which began after US Special Forces kidnapped and exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29, 2004. Citizens have since been victimized by recurring massacres at the hands of MINUSTAH. DynCorp’s $5 million contracts include expansion of the principal base, the rebuilding of the Cité Soleil police state.”
Well, with ‘Democracy Now’ reporting that 400,000 people are being moved to camps outside Port-au-Prince, that little bit of “unheard” news is hardly really news anyway, is it? Strange coincidence, nevertheless, or am I just being paranoid?