Female Pilots in Iran Have Taken To The Sky
Iran is a much more open and modern society than many western people realize. I haven’t been there, but from watching some of the travel blogs of the many young westerners who have journeyed to this ancient land, it would seem Iranians are one of the most warm and generous peoples anywhere.
Iranians are often confused with Arabs – who are also Muslim – but who are also very different culture. Iranians are Persians, not Arabs. I have met a few Iranians when I lived in asia for 7 years. They were all just as warm and friendly as the people who appear on the travel blogs of westerners. As were the few arabs I met as well.
The idea that Iranians are warm, friendly, reasonable and highly educated people, who generously greet all visitors to their country, including Americans, is a big threat to the narrow narrative that is constantly portrayed by western medias. That narrative being, that Iranians are very serious, religously highly conservative and anti-American. Some of them might be like that, but then again, you can say that about many western nations as well, whose international behaviour on the international stage has been far worse.
Which nations have been launching constant wars around the world these past two decades? Iran’s highly conservative religious leaders – as different from westerners as they may be – haven’t attacked and destroyed other nations’ people and infrastructure.
So here we have two female pilots in Iran taking full control of a domestic commercial airliner flight, back in 2019 actually. If you recall, some of Iran’s neighbours, like Saudi Arabia are still arresting ladies who drive cars, even though, Saudi ladies were supposedly “given” this “right” a few years ago. In Iran, ladies do drive and more than 50% of university graduates there are women.
In reality, PR stunts by these brutal western friendly absolute Royal Arab dictatorships – such as the great western media campaign focussing on how Saudi Arabia is “opening up” and “modernizing” – are simply that. PR Stunts. Stunts to appease hapless western hollywood “human rights” types and the lap dog and incessantly unquestioning western mainstream media.
Thousands of westerners used to holiday in Iran each year in pre Covid days as Iran is a very beautiful country and contains one of the highest number of World Heritage Sites in the region. It seems all westerners are very warmly greeted by Iranians, which, given the blatant and ongoing interference by westerners in Iran’s internal affairs, going back many decades and continuing until today, is quite incredible don’t you think?
Would we in the west be so forgiving and welcoming of the Iranian people if their goverment had been caught deposing our democratically elected leaders, stealing our resources, had dropped chemical weapons on us and had generally bad mouthed and interfered in our affairs, time and again, over numerous decades?
It doesn’t seem likely.
Of course, it is highly unlikely that Iran, like most other nations would ever be caught doing these things, as most nations do not act in this extremely objectionable manner. And then when the USA and UK are caught acting highly objectionably like this, they make it all worse by their incessant lieing about their own actions, whilst proceeding to slander others to deflect attention away from themselves.
Anyway, one day I might journey to ancient Persia – modern Iran – to see it for myself. Thousands of westerners do that already. After all, there is no substitute for personal experiences. You might even meet some lovely female pilots there.
Hate Crimes Against Muslims Surge AFTER They Are Attacked (!)
There are many things that surprise me in life and sometimes not in a pleasant way.
Before 9/11, I had no real clue about Islam or Muslims. What they believed in and where and how they lived. I don’t think I was alone in that regard as a westerner. But 9/11 changed all that for sure. Now everyone knows all about Muslims right? (we think we do anyway).
For we have had negative stereotypes about Muslims carefully, some brutally, implanted into our collective pysche for two decades now. I don’t see how this can be anything other than a deliberate campaign of mis-information.
Take “Hate crimes” against Muslims for example. It has been commonly reported that verbal and physical attacks against muslims spiked in New Zealand AFTER 51 members of the Christchurch muslim community were gunned down by a white supremicist terrorist from Australia in 2019.
It is difficult to comprehend this personally but I guess it is simply an extreme version of “monkey see, monkey do” type behaviour. I guess ignorant and frightened people think that if a guy can kill alot of muslims, then surely it is okay for them to abuse or attack other muslims themselves. Even on the other side of the world.
After the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack hate crimes against muslims spiked in the UK as well. It probably did in alot of western countries – I haven’t checked them all.
Even PBS media in America noted the effect. The global Islamophobia industry is very effective and well documented it seems.
There is only one truth that we know for sure about 9/11 – the official story of events is at least partially, perhaps substantially untrue.
9/11 was very helpful to anyone in authority who had an agenda to unleash a broad targeted attack on nations with major muslim populations – and oil. That day was also very helpful if those same people in authority had agenda’s to unleash “shock and awe” against similar populations. Yes, 9/11 was very useful to a small group of elite people.
Sadly, the whole world has suffered from the consequences of 9/11 and continues to do so. Muslims are targeted by violence from the general public whether they are the perpetraitors or the victims of other crimes. It seems, Muslims therefore, are victims no matter what they do, even when they don’t do anything.
And whilst the issue of Islamic extremist terrorism is certainly real, its vital to keep reminding ourselves that Christian extremist (State) terrorism has killed 10,000 times more people than the Islamic kind. Somehow, this usually gets overlooked.
Surely that is someone’s master plan? These gross imbalances of public information and consciousness couldn’t have happened by chance could they?
Why Are Ordinary People Always Ignored?
Since I have become much more aware of how life and the world actually function – as opposed to my previous life where I was living in a cosy blanketed dream world – I have been active in corresponding with official people and public organizations about the things that they say which are demonstrably untrue or misleading. I ask them what their sources are for the misleading or false public information they share.
No one ever replies.
How can you take these people seriously? Why do so many people take them seriously? By “them”, I refer to mainstream media, government spokespeople, international organizations of most kinds, etc. Some might mean well, but they are simply making it more difficult for ordinary people to understand how the world actually operates.
For example, our biggest national newspaper The New Zealand Herald has printed false information more often than one would expect from such a long established and “respectable” organization. Sometimes its not such important information, but at other times, this newspaper simply perpetuates the totally false ideas and western propaganda on the globally topical issues of the day.
For example, some months ago the Herald republished an item from one of their contributing media outlets talking about nutty “conspiracy theories”. In amongst a list of far fetched and genuinely silly theories, such as microchips in vaccines and the real Paul McCartney of the Beatles being killed in 1966, the Herald article included the US government’s Project MK Ultra. I don’t think Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike for all the years afterwards, but even if he was….who the hell cares?? The look-alike wrote and sang masterful songs anwway.
Paul McCartney’s alleged death in 1966 is in NO WAY comparable to Project MK Ultra.
MK Ultra was the name of a real and publicly documented spread of CIA led projects which focussed on mind control and other psychological techniques, often on people against their will or who were unaware they were being experimented on. Some victims didn’t survive these experiments.
It consisted of 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA, but were contracted out to various universities, research foundations and similar institutions. In all, at least 80 institutions and 185 researchers participated, but many didn’t know they were dealing with the CIA.
MK Ultra went on for two decades (1953-73) both in the USA and Canada, was conducted in the highest secrecy due to the shocking nature of its content and human rights abuses. All of the records were destroyed by the CIA in the early 1970s in attempts to keep it secret.
But the CIA could not track down and destroy every reference to MK Ultra and when it became public Congress was tasked to investigate and confirm its existance, which it did.
Two further decades later, President Clinton issued a formal apology on behalf of the US government and financial compensation was paid to certain victims still living.
However, here we were in 2020, decades after MK Ultra had been well established on the public record and the mainstream western media were still publicly mocking people who wrote about it.
It surely should be the other way around right? It should be our respected media outlets that are digging into and highlighting shocking and horrifying events such as Project MK Ultra and the people who deny its existance should be the ones being mocked. Part of the media’s role is to lead the search for truth and to protect the people from the excesses of the elites. Right?
However, today, it is the mainstream media who are often ignorant of real historical events and the thorough investigators of history are dismissed as conspiracy theorists. We live in a mirror universe.
Of course the problem is that there are real nuts out there who promote genuinely nutty ideas, but surely our media can tell the difference? That is their job isn’t it?
By lumping everyone together as “conspiracy theorists” our media and other organizations are either deliberately or unknowingly covering up important issues. I’m thinking in many cases it is deliberate on behalf of senior management, but maybe inadvertant by day to day level journos and writers.
If you have read some of my other posts here on China, you’ll be aware that I have grave doubts about the claims heavily promoted by western governments in western media concerning genocide of the Uighers in Xinjiang, China. Although not visiting Xinjiang autonomous region during my trips to China, my postive personal impression of China, combined with my own investigative work – all mixed in with good doses of skepticism and common sense – lead me to believe the “genocide of Uighers” claims are completely false. Or at a bare minimum, highly exaggerated. You can read why I have these opinions in my previous posts.
However, I wrote to several different branches of two global Human Rights organizations – including one in my home city – to ask for their official opinion on the genocide claims.
No one replied.
Imagine that. When asked for an official statement on persecution, neither Human Rights organization bothered to reply. Maybe I’m not important enough for them to bother about.
Lack of interest occurs everywhere it seems. Two politcal parties here in New Zealand were making the same public statements that “genocide of the Uighers” was “beyond any doubt” some months ago. I wrote to both parties asking for their sources of information in making such serious (and IMHO false) claims.
One party replied sending me the same US and Australian government funded military sources that the western global media has been spreading. These sources are totally inappropraite to quote as they have clear conflicts of interest and are partly funded by weapons manufacturers and antagonistic governments. It appears, New Zealand politicians just read the same news propaganda as everyone else. They don’t have any inside sources or reliable and authorative contacts any different to the ordinary voter – or at least they didn’t show them to me.
I pointed out these deficiencies in their sources to that political party.
That political party never replied.
At least this party responded once – the other political party I wrote to never replied at all to my initial questions as to their sources of information.
The party that never replied at all is the same party which holds my local district electorate in our parliament and so it is supposed to be my representative. But they ignored me. Maybe I’m not important enough. I’m just an ordinary voter after all.
Is this how democracy is supposed to work ? Sadly, most western people still think their democracy actually works.
Is this ongoing official global disinterest in ordinary people the reason for so much doubt, anger, protest and frustration in the world? If it isn’t, it ought to be.
How Media Lies to You
Here are two recent media articles ostensibly on the same subject but offering quite different focuses. Readers of each article will likely get completely different impressions of what is going on.
The first story is from a western media outlet and the second is from RT News America, a global news outlet known for its critiques of western media shortcomings. We can’t say which article is correct, if either of them are.
The article contents are in black, my comments in red.
The following headline and the abridged article recently appeared in the New Zealand Herald, our national newspaper which is closely associated with the western mainstream media,
“Covid-19: Wuhan scientists planned to release coronaviruses into cave bats 18 months before outbreak”
22 Sep, 2021 12:00 PM
Article headline immediately focuses on and associates “Wuhan Scientists” and “Covid 19.”
Studies show up to 70% of people read no further than the headline and their takeaway message of the article occurs within these few seconds. Just in case you are someone who reads the first few lines as well as the headline, the reference between “Coronaviruses” and “Wuhan scientists” is repeated.
Wuhan scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronaviruses into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to humans, leaked grant proposals dating from 2018 show.
New documents reportedly show that just 18 months before the first Covid-19 cases appeared, researchers had submitted plans to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles containing “novel chimeric spike proteins” of bat coronaviruses into cave bats in Yunnan, China, according to UK newspaper The Telegraph.
They also planned to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily, and requested US$14 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to fund the work.
“They” – the Wuhan scientists who are the main focuses of the article – planned to create highly dangerous chimeric (man made) viruses and requested financial assisitance from “DARPA” to do so.
The article makes no mention of who or what Darpa is, which would lead most people to conclude Darpa is a Chinese organization, as this is consistent with the context of the article, but this is not correct. Darpa is an American military research agency, a part of the United States Department of “Defense” (Pentagon). It is responsible for the development of emerging technologies for possible use as weapons by the American military, viruses included.
The proposal also included plans to mix high-risk natural coronavirus strains with more infectious but less dangerous varieties.
The bid was submitted by British zoologist Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, the US-based organisation, which has worked closely with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) researching bat coronaviruses.
Darpa refused to fund the work, saying: “It is clear that the proposed project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk”, and warned that the team had not properly considered the dangers of enhancing the virus (gain of function research) or releasing a vaccine by air.
Peter Daszak was also behind a letter published in The Lancet last year which effectively shut down scientific debate into the origins of Covid-19.
Viscount Ridley, who has co-authored a book on the origin of Covid-19, due for release in November, and who has frequently called for a further investigation into what caused the pandemic in the House of Lords, said:
“For more than a year, I tried repeatedly to ask questions of Peter Daszak with no response. Now it turns out he had authored this vital piece of information about virus work in Wuhan but refused to share it with the world. I am furious. So should the world be.”
“Peter Daszak and the EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) proposed injecting deadly chimeric (man made) bat coronaviruses collected by the Wuhan Institute of Virology into humanised and ‘batified’ mice, and much, much more.”
THIS SECOND ARTICLE FROM RT AMERICA IS REPORTING ON THE SAME SUBJECT, BUT PRESENTS A DIFFERENT FOCUS ENTIRELY…
“Leaked docs show DARPA considered funding $14mn project to infect Chinese bats with altered coronaviruses in 2018”
22 Sep, 2021 16:25
Documents published by a scientist group probing Covid-19’s origins reveal that controversial US non-profit organization EcoHealth Alliance had sought $14 million in 2018 for a project that would expose Chinese bats to altered coronaviruses.
This article immediately focuses on the western “EcoHealth Alliance”, an allegedly controversial organization, and not on “Wuhan scientists.”
Some 18 months before the first Covid cases appeared, the three-and-a-half year study had planned to release skin-penetrating particles containing “novel chimeric spike proteins” from bat coronaviruses into bat caves in China’s Yunnan province. The goal was to study and prevent transmission to humans.
Now we hear the 3.5 year study – still not associated with Wuhan scientists – was to help prevent virus transmission to humans, a surely noble goal.
The proposal, titled ‘Project Defuse’, was submitted by EcoHealth Alliance for funding consideration as part of an initiative aimed at preventing emerging pathogen threats by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It was ultimately rejected over safety concerns.
This article clearly describes Darpa as an American military research organization.
EcoHealth President Peter Daszak, a British zoologist, is listed as the person in charge of Project Defuse, which would have been a collaborative effort with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and a number of US universities, along with the US Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center and the Palo Alto Research Center.
The article shows the project leader is British scientist Peter Dasuk with several American research organizations being listed as collaborators.
Earlier this month, investigative news outlet The Intercept revealed that federal agencies, including the US National Institutes of Health, granted EcoHealth Alliance a total of $3.1 million – with nearly $600,000 used in part to “identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans” at the WIV.
They indicate that researchers were looking to tailor bat coronaviruses to target “human-specific cleavage sites”. This would make it easier for the virus to get into human cells.
Here a connection is listed between US research organizations and coronavirus research. Specifically, work included modifying coronaviruses in order to increase human infectiousness.
In a statement, DRASTIC said the proposal’s “discussion of the planned introduction of human-specific cleavage sites” indicated that a closer review by the “wider scientific community of the plausibility of artificial insertion is warranted.”
Although DARPA’s ‘Biological Technologies Office’ rejected the project since it would “potentially involve ‘Gain of Function’ research” without assessing the risks of such, it left the door open for future funding since there were “several components of great interest” in the proposal.
This paragraph is more ambiguous – stating that Darpa rejected funding on this particular occasion, but also making it clear that they were still interested in some aspects of the project.
In response to a verification request from a news outlet, DARPA stated that it has “never funded directly, nor indirectly as a subcontractor, any activity or researcher associated with the EcoHealth Alliance or WIV.”
The documents do not present any conclusive evidence to support the disputed theory that Covid-19 was leaked from a Chinese lab, but they further highlight the fact that US agencies had expressed interest in risky research into bat coronaviruses in the years leading up the pandemic.
This paragraph is self explantory. It highlights an aspect of the whole story that is not commonly mentioned in the western media. Also not made clear by either article – perhaps because no-one really knows exactly what went on between American and Chinese authorities and organizations – is who it was who actually initiated and lead this “gain of function” research on coronaviruses in Wuhan.
Was this an American military initiative or did the Chinese government play a part ? Was it a joint venture? Was it for civilian or military use? Was the Wuhan lab used simply as a specialist facility for doing the donkey work or did they contribute to the direction of the research program itself?
The lab in Wuhan was only commissioned in 2018, a year before the similar Fort Detrick military bio-research lab in America was shut down over safety concerns. Are these two events linked? Like all major global stories – invasions, assassinations, terroriat attacks, regime changes etc – the truth of the matter takes years and decades to emerge.
No doubt the truth about the Covid 19 global pandemic will emerge at a similarly glacial pace. Read internationally to get a better view on this and every subject. Check in with small citizen journalists who now are the best source of information in many cases.
The mainstream media we thought we had, died long ago. You must remember that.
“Why Your Struggle is Invisible” – Part 2
The Font recently posted an article – “Why Your Struggle is Invisible” – which documented how officials and organizations hide in plain site, the difficult economic realities of life such as Inequality and Income disparity. These are common themes these days, but little is ever done about them, and indeed they continue to worsen.
The original post was based on a Credit Suisse global wealth report from 2013. I came across an article recently published by Forbes Magazine in April 2021.
A couple of highlights from it,
- the wealthiest 1% of Americans controlled about $41.5 trillion according to Federal Reserve data released September 2021.
- the net worth of all households and nonprofit organizations in America was $136.9 trillion.
Therefore, 99% of Americans have $95.4 trillion in wealth (Tr $136.9 – Tr $41.5)
This means that the top 1% of Americans own 44% of the combined wealth of everyone else (the 99%) in that country, that is getting on to half the wealth. This hardly seems a believable statistic for life in a supposedly civilized society.
We all sort of know about these things but the problem is only getting worse . Why is that? Aren’t there supposed to be people to report on and prevent these types of things – the media, politicians, regulatory authorities?
Forbes Magazine reports further from the 2019 data recently released by the Federal Reserve. Quite openly, and without alarm, Forbes notes the following sickening fact –
“For all Americans, the average net worth is $746,820, but the median net worth for all Americans is just $121,760“.Forbes Magazine 2021 – quoting from Federal Reserve data
It surely takes little thought or investigative effort at all to realize that officially published figures from the Federal Reserve simply can not be a true and correct picture of reality. If the Federal Reserve is openly releasing fairy tale information, what other government information about modern life is fairy tale? Well, we know that answer already – all of it right? Massive military budgets for “defence”, tax payer bail outs of corrupt financial institutions, unalterable support for guns and Israel just to name a few.
Check out official figures next time you see a financial article or simply google something financial. In almost every article you will see wealth and poverty and income figures quoted as “average” or “per capita” – rarely will the figures include the “median”. There’s a very good reason for this.
If the average wealth of all American’s really was almost three-quarters of a million dollars, who would be unhappy about that? Based upon these figures, Americans are being told that they have, on average, $747,000 worth of wealth – d they really?
Even the homeless? Do you have that much? That is equivalent to owning quite a nice house a mortgage free I would think, especially if located out of the big city centres.
This was the point made in my previous “Why Your Struggle is Invisible” post mentioned above – that “per capita” or “average” wealth and income figures are highly misleading and, as inequality continues to increase, will become even more misleading. That is why they are so frequently quoted – to mislead you.
It doesn’t matter which ethnicity or age group or education level you belong to or attain – a huge disparity between officialdom and reality exists across the board in most nations, but it is particularly bad in the United States, where inequality is the worst in the western world.
Here is US breakdown by age according to Forbes. The final column, % disparity, I added myself and it calculates what your actual wealth is as a percentage of the wealth you are being told you have.
In a perfect society the Median and Average would be the same. They never are and the gap continues to widen.
Across all Americans, the Fed data reports that people’s actual wealth is $121,760 whereas their officially reported wealth is $746,820. That is a huge gap any way you look at it. This gap is like you have just $16.30 in your wallet or bank account, but you are being told, and it is being widely reported that you have $100. Big difference right?
|Younger than 35||$76,340||$14,000||18.3%|
But not to worry. Poor and struggling people can save up for a subscription to Forbes Magazine to get some highly useful tips on how to increase your worth and get ahead in life, as seen in the following article extract from the same article,
“How to Increase Your Net Worth
Though your net worth will fluctuate over time, there are a number of tried-and-true methods for increasing your net worth, including:
• Pay off debt. Reducing your total liabilities will increase your net worth, even if your asset level stays the same.
• Maximize your retirement contributions. Not only will you increase the amount of assets you have, but you may also reduce your current tax burden.
• Cut expenses. If you spend less money, you keep more of it, which adds to your amount of total assets.
• Increase your income. Provided you do not also increase your spending, a higher income will enable you to save and invest more, which can raise your net worth.
• Learn to invest wisely. For most people, saving money alone isn’t enough to increase their assets over time. At least some of that money must be invested to give yourself the opportunity to build true wealth over time.”
WOW! You can see these Forbes people must have been the leading graduates from Harvard business school right? I mean, who would have thought that you can get ahead in life by “increasing your income” and/or “cutting expenses”? Or by borrowing less? Such incredible wisdom.
These little gems of wisdom would be well worth the high cost of the glossy Forbes magazine right?
Just in case you have some money left over from your Forbes subscription, you can follow their final piece of advice concerning what to do with your spare money – “invest wisely.”
You know, playing the stockmarket is for everyone! Just take your precious little few dollars and get stuck into share trading! What’s holding you back?
This article confirms what is already known by rich people and widely felt by struggling ones,
Elites from all parts of society are totally out of touch with the reality of the masses – they live in their own small world that the other 99% of us will never have any understanding of, yet alone be part of. And no attempt is made to even hide inequality and elitism any more. This Forbes article, and the thinking of the authors just rubs the struggle of the 99% into their faces….with unconcealed laughter.
Do you realize what a billionaire is? If you think a billionaire is just someone slightly richer than a millionaire, understand that the difference is much more than that – one billionaire has the same wealth as a thousand millionaires combined. Sit down right now and start to write down the names of one thousand people. After writing down one thousand names, remember that each name is a millionaire and once you have taken several hours to write all these names, realize that you have only written down the name of just ONE billionaire.
We are supposed to be aided and protected by our political and media representatives, in order that the worst of societal forces out of our control, pass us by without undue harm. But the opposite of that happens in reality. Political classes pass tax cuts for the already wealthy and pass legislation that enables the crippling effects of elite greed to pervade further and further into the lives of everyday people. Endless wars are promised to be ended, but military budgets constantly increase. Our mainstream media stand by and do nothing. In fact they facilitate the whole process.
What is there to do about this? Send this post to a friend – what do they think? Find out the name of your Congressperson or Senator and write them an email, preferably in conjunction with and signed by a group of people. Group votes are important especially if you live in a swing state.
Start a discussion. We can’t complain forever. We have to take even tiny actions ourselves. No one else is going to help you. If you don’t do even a little thing, then you have no right to ever complain.
Hong Kong & Shanghai – The “Exotic” Cities.
One of the more delightful and disturbing things I have learned in recent years is how the use of pleasant sounding words of the english language mask often hideous and immoral acts. We have all gotten used to it really, as this has been happening for centuries.
In times past, the British Empire would report back on their “Expeditions” abroad. Of course, expeditions were often more like “unprovoked and violent military invasions of small and unweary nations”, but that is too big a mouthful to say and it is a bit too harsh sounding. “Expeditions” are much nicer sounding right?
Like the 1903 British expedition to Tibet.
In modern times America uses one its “nice” phrases quite alot in public – “routine patrol.” Once again, this sounds fairly harmless right? Almost routine, unsurprisingly.
President Ronald Reagan used this phrase when communicating to the world as he attempted to explain how and why the American military shot down an Iranian civilian airliner full of people in 1988.
Almost nothing in the details of Reagan’s global press conference was true. And rather than admitting that the American warship was operating illegally within Iranian waters during the period of the 8 years long Iraqi invasion of Iran, a war supported by America and the west, Reagan simply spat out the phrase, “whilst on routine patrol.…”
“Routine Patrols” are very commonplace. It bascially means, “operating anywhere, anytime, doing anything.” Legally or not. Much less controversial than “illegal activities in other nations exclusive maritime zones.”
Another great euphemism is that which was applied by westerners to old Hong Kong and Shanghai after the defeat of China in the Opium War.
After China was defeated, Hong Kong was taken at gunpoint by western powers in order to profit from the misery of their newly created drug addicts in China. The forced western sales of drugs into China exploded and this made the “westernized” Hong Kong one of the most corrupt places on earth. It was soon riddled with drugs, criminal gangs, spies, prostitution and vice. Shanghai shared a similar fate.
And all of these appalling things – imposed on China by the West – were hidden and excused under the guise that Hong Kong and Shanghai, were simply “exotic”. They were places rich people went to enjoy women, drugs and other pleasures not so easily available in the prudish and respectible western nations that had created them.
In fact, so much money was made from these “exotic” attractions and their activities of vice, that a new bank was required to finance the now very lucrative western drug dealing industry in China. No respectible bank wanted to be associated with the profits from such “exotic” activites in China and so a new bank was created, named after the locations where such illicit activites went on – The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation or HSBC.
This new bank – handling much of the international drug trades finances – opened in the two most “exotic” Chinese cities in 1865 and today is one of the biggest banks in the world.
I wonder how many people know the original business model of HSBC? Or know where today’s utterly terrible and violent international drug trade actually started and which western nations started it? What did this drug trade do to human rights?
It makes the western moral pronouncements and blatant interference in the internal affairs of China in recent years quite sickening when the full context of these same nations previous activities in China are known. It seems that blatant interference in the affairs of other nations is just in the DNA of some western nations. It seems like an entitlement. That they see themselves as superior and it is therefore justified to interfere.
When British and American governments talk of the necessity of China to their improve human rights one only needs to think back to the history of Hong Kong in order to dismiss these nations’ sickening moralizing and hypocrisy.
But western propaganda is really too powerful to see through in many global issues today. Like “John from Dorset” in a previous post, most westerners now know something is wrong with their societies, but they just can’t see or connect the dots. Sadly, many people don’t even see the dots, let alone realize that they still need to be connected. So in this confusion, it is easy for western governments to deflect the frustration of their citizens away from their leaders and project their anger onto unrelated parties, like China for example. There must always be someone to blame right?
Euphemisms like “expeditions”, “routine patrols” and “exotic” are all dots in the picture of today’s reality. There are thousands more dots. We have to work hard at seeing these dots and the picture they create once they are connected.
Help others see the dots by sharing non-mainstream media information. There are some excellent citizen media outlets on my twitter and facebook pages. Have a look at them and judge for yourself. Become a snow flake at the start of an avalanche.
One person really can make a difference.
Operation Northwoods – The Original 9/11 Blueprint?
Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag military and terrorist style operation directed against American citizens created by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, and (falsely) blame the attacks on the Cuban government, through the creation of fake evidence and statements.
The desired result from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances at the hands of a rash and dangerous Cuban government. The fake threat of a dangerous Cuba would then be used by Washington to justify a major war with, and likely occupation of, Cuba itself.
The plan was drafted and authorized by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent to the Secretary of Defense, who forwarded it to President John Kennedy for consideration.
Suggested actions detailed in the Pentagon’s “Northwoods Documents” show the American government orchestrating terrorist violence on their own people by,
- assassination of civilian Cuban Americans on US streets,
- sinking of boats of Cuban refugees in international waters,
- hijacking American civilian airliners to be shot down or give the appearance of being shot down,
- blowing up U.S. ships,
- orchestrating violence and terrorism on civilians in U.S. cities.
The full Northwoods documents make it clear that this was a serious and genuine Pentagon plan to kill and terrorize its own US civilian population simply to make President Castro of Cuba look dangerous and irrational.
For example, the operation recommended developing a “Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington”, which involved the bombing of civilian targets. This was to be blamed on the “irresponsible” Cuban government to paint a false image of Fidel Castro and to misinform the American public and the world.
This was not just some day dreaming idea or an “on the fly” concoction. This was a well thought out and detailed plan which made it all the way to the desk of the president of the United States for his consideration.
The Pentagon plans also included staged attacks on and around its own US military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a base which the United States created by force. Using staged attacks on their own Cuban base and its surrounds, the American Generals were hoping either to provoke Cuba into taking retalitory actions or use the attacks as international justification for a full scale American invasion of Cuba.
“Since it would seem desirable to use legitimate provocation as the basis for U.S. military intervention in Cuba, a cover and deception plan, to include requisite preliminary actions such as had been developed in response to Task 33 c, could be executed as an initial effort to provoke Cuban (retalitory) reactions”.
Remember, it was only in the previous year – 1961 – that the disasterous failure of the CIA invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs had occurred. The failed “Bay of Pigs” was yet another American attempt to take over a sovereign nation, depose the President and install a leader more to Washington’s liking, all whilst avoiding any public connection. That CIA failure was a big wake up call for the newly annointed occupant of the Whitehouse.
Operation Northwoods included many and varied sub components such as Operation Dirty Trick. This was another false flag plot to blame Cuba’s President Castro if the 1962 Mercury space flight carrying US astronaut John Glenn crashed, saying:
“The objective is to provide irrevocable proof that, should the MERCURY manned orbit flight fail, the fault lies with Cuba…..this to be accomplished by manufacturing various pieces of evidence which would (wrongly) prove electronic interference on the part of the Cubans.”
The proposals contained within the 1962 “Operation Northwoods” documents were rejected by President John F. Kennedy although similar CIA operations were carried out inside Cuba as part of Operation Mongoose. In fact, some say Kennedy was so shocked by the Bay of Pigs failure and the Northwoods proposals, that he privately vowed to dismantle the CIA and start over with it.
President Kennedy was assassinated the following year in November 1963.
The “Operation Northwoods” files from 1962 are still little known in western society and its mainstream media. Yes, they have appeared in western media circles on occasion, but the mainstream media and their PR experts are highly skilled at hiding undesirable things in plain site.
Remote controlled flight of commercial airliners was already possible back in the 1960s.
If commerical sized passenger airliners were able to be flown by remote control in the 1960s for the purposes of shooting them down yourself – or give the appearance of being shot down by others – then to me, it doesn’t seem much of a technical leap to fast forward 40 years and for civilian airliners to be remote controlled for the purposes of crashing, or giving the appearance of having crashed, into tall buildings or the ground. Does it?
What did crash on 9/11? Planes or drones? Did they have anyone on board? Were they being flown by pilots or by remote control?
It will probably be decades, if ever, before we know the full truth about 9/11.
Two things are clearly certain right now,
- the events of 9/11 – as documented by official records – are partially, substantially or completely untrue.
- the Northwoods documents make it very clear that some sections of the American government will stop at nothing – nothing – to achieve their goals.
Links vs Causes
One of my pet peeve words – out of many – that is often heard on the mainstream media is “links”.
You hear it frequently out of the mouths of people who are attempting to deceive you. So you hear it alot from the political, media and military leadership class. That is, the Military-Industrial-Media-Political complex.
Vice President Cheney used the word alot when drumming up support for America’s unprovoked military attack and take over of the sovereign nation of Iraq.
“There were links between Saddam Hussein and Al-Quada…” or words similar to that would often spew out from Cheney’s upper most orrifice. At other times, you will hear “links” being used by any of the hundreds of senior American or British military and political figures who happen to be violently occupying this country or that. Or aiming their drones at innocent people due to “links.”
I have heard ordinary people use the same word frequently as well. They learn to say it from their daily indoctrination sessions by the Wall St media.
What powerful elites are trying to convince you of, when they say there are “links” between ISIS and a car bombing last week, is that the car bombing was caused by ISIS. Which may or may not be true, and it probably isn’t true, as if it were true, they would have most assuredly said so in very definite terms.
When you hear this word used incorrectly so frequently by so many people, you end up permanently incorrectly identifying the meaning of the word, which all goes to help the elites spread their propaganda messages. These messages help to block off original thinking in people.
All the elites and their media have to say or claim is that there were “links” between party A and event B, and automatically, all listeners will conclude that party A caused event B. Even the tiniest or silliest “links” will do the job. Whole races, ethnicities and religions can be tarred and feathered with the spouting of a single word, repeated frequently enough.
The nonsense that is inherent in this faulty logic and non-thinking type of behaviour can be identified by highlighting the “links” between obviously silly eamples, say bread and domestic violence. One day you might find yourself listening to a media report along the following lines,
“BREAKING NEWS : We can now reveal that multiple studies have shown that there are clear links between bread and domestic violence. One independent think tank has reported that in over 98% of cases of domestic violence, bread had either been earlier consumed by the perpetraitor of the assault or was proven to be present at the location of the incident.
One university expert, who didn’t want to be identifed due to them not being authorized to comment, confirmed that bread and domestic violence have long been associated and they feel it is time to speak out about this irrefutable linkage.
“From our years of field research, we have proven conclusively that nearly all initiators of domestic violence are habitual bread eaters. Bread is commonly available in most residential locations and so violent offenders have no problems securing it. It is time we looked at this serious social issue and decide if bread should continue to be so commonly available.”
Does this sound completely farcical? Well, just substitute “bread” with Saddam Hussein and “domestic violence” with Al-Quada and there you are. Equally causative cases. That is – zero.
It is not necessary to prove anything these days, and especially not in the media or political circles. Just hire yourself a Public Relations company (see earlier post) who will put together an expert campaign of lies, innuendo, half truths and wild exaggerations, and, hey presto! you’re in business with whatever agenda you have in mind, no matter how outrageous. Regime change, claims of genocide, foreign invasions, stealing oil, WMDs……
“Links” solve everything.
Is Iran’s Democracy So Different to Ours?
The Iranian people got to experience a strong and vibrant democracy from 1907 – 1953, before their country was plunged back into dictatorship by the 1953 coup instigated by the USA & UK. During these five decades of real democracy in Iran, the people enjoyed systems of government very similar to that we see today in countries like the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
(See other posts here under the “Iran” tag about their electoral history.)
This full and free democracy is now no more, but much of Iran’s previously democratic procedures and institutions still survive today.
So. How different is the Iranian democratic system from ours then?
Iran’s current Constitution revolves around six main bodies,
- Supreme Leader
- Guardian Council
- Assembly of Experts
Although the connections between each of these are a bit complex, it all seems to boil down to one thing. The Supreme Leader has direct or indirect control over all of the other arms of government.
Although this might sound a bit dictatorial, this is actually quite a common form of government which is well accepted by the west.
Iran’s Supreme Leader enjoys similar powers and authorities to the leaders of such western friendly nations as Eygpt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan. So we can’t fault Iran’s system of government, as the same system is used by many of the western world’s good friends and close allies without complaint.
And it can not be repeated too many times – it was the western world that took Iran’s true democracy away from their people and replaced it with a dictatorship in 1953.
Iranians are able to have a bigger say in their affairs than many of the people in the neighbouring Arab dictatorships. Positions from the President down, including the leaders and councils of every Iranian city are democratically elected. But the Supreme Leader is not.
Iran has a Guardian Council, much influenced by the Supreme Leader, which decides which people would make suitable candidates to run for President. The Council excluded most of the 600 people who sought the post in 2021.
There are positive aspects to political life in Iran. Women are allowed to run for President and many have sought office, but none have made it past the Council vetting process thus far. Women have occupied various cabinet level positions in several recent Iranian administrations.
There are currently 17 women in the Iranian parliament, out of a total of 290 elected representatives, approximately 6% of the total.
That might not sound alot, but by comparison, it took until the mid 1990’s, in the 102nd US Congress (1991-93) to reach this same percentage of female representation. It was only the 103rd US Congress, (1993-95) and all others since, that surpassed this percentage.
Female congressional representation by party in America highlights greater disparities. Even in the 116th US Congress (2019-21) there were just 13 female Representatives in the House from the Republican Party, a mere 3% of the total, although this represents a low point.
So it is not a perfect system in Iran, as we in the west would deem ourselves fit to judge it, but it is not at all as bad as it is sometimes made out. There are conflicts of interest certainly, but Iran is not alone in that regard either.
As Secretary of State for the pivotal American state of Florida, Katherine Harris was a central figure in the 2000 US presidential election result which saw a narrow and highly controversial victory for Republican George W Bush. The whole election result hinged upon whether Bush or Democrat opponent Al Gore won the state of Florida and its 27 electoral votes. Whoever won Florida would win the Whitehouse. The vote count was inconclusive.
As Secretary of State in Florida Katherine Harris is an impartial and apolitical official who would be required to formally certify the winner in her state based upon her state government role and responsibilities.
However secretary of state Harris is also a staunch Republican who took time out from her official Florida government duties to campaign for George W. Bush in New Hampshire, according to the Washington Post. New Hampshire is a long way distant from Florida, but the tiny northern state holds the first primary election of a presidential campaign and is therefore critical in getting a good start in the overall race.
Harris, the official apolitical certifier of Florida’s election result, was also serving as the co-chairwoman of George W Bush’s Florida campaign and was a delegate to the Republican national convention in Pennsylvania.
How is it possible that an American public official can serve as private campaign manager for one of the presidential candidates?
That type of conflict of interest would never be allowed or tolerated by people in my country New Zealand. It would be considered blatant corruption and a clear conflict of interest.
It is not just the Republican party in American that is tarnished with these types of scandal and corruption. Remember poor old Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and his two primary election campaigns of 2016 and 2020?
New York Times Headline March, 2020:
“Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders”
“Interviews with dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Mr. Sanders the nomination if he fell short of a majority of delegates…..”
Superdelegates – making up almost 15% of the total delegate count – are highly influential senior party insiders who have total freedom to vote for any primary candidate of their choice, when the party convention officially votes for their candidate for President. This contrasts with normal elected state delegates (85% of total) who must vote for the candidate that voters in their state chose. Superdelegates therefore are highly influential in choosing the Democratic Party presidential nominee as their combined support for a second placed candidate, say Hillary Clinton, in a close race could give the nomination to that second place candidate, beating out the first placed candidate, who only held a small advantage, say Bernie Sanders.
This was a possible scenario facing the Democratic party in 2016 when outsider Bernie Sanders was running a strong and popular campaign against party insider and elite favourite Hillary Clinton. If Sanders had of won the primary election contest by only a small margin, superdelegates could have overturned the result by voting all together for Clinton, as they are free to vote for anyone they like. Party insiders like superdelegates would naturally support senior party insiders like Clinton.
As it turned out, the superdelegates en masse vote wasn’t necessary as there was enough help from the supposedly neutral Democratic party leadership for Clinton to win the primary vote anyway.
“Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile acknowledged sending town hall questions and topics to Hillary Clinton’s campaign (before the event), calling it a ‘mistake I will forever regret.’ “
Bazile was sacked from her role as commentator for CNN as a result of this scandal.
Of course, Brazile wasn’t in the top job at the Democratic Party very long. She had only just replaced Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the party Chair.
Wasserman Schultz herself was forced to resign as party chair after a leak of internal Democratic party emails showed party officials actively favouring Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential primary and secretly plotting against Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders.
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic party,” Bernie Sanders said in a statement. “The party leadership must always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race”.
So, can we really claim America’s democratic system is better than Iran’s? How much goes on in western democracies that we would never know about if it weren’t for Wikileaks?
One final thought.
Just think what it would have meant for the long suffering world if America had a type of Guardian Council like Iran has, that appraises candidates for President, based upon their suitability for office!
At least three of the last four American presidents – all of whom were, and clearly are, grossly unfit for any public office – would have been removed from the list of candidates.
What anguish, death and suffering might the world have been saved if the United States electoral system had of disqualified George W Bush, Donald J Trump and Joseph R Biden from running for President?
The fact that any of these people occupied the Whitehouse is a damning stain on a nation’s culture.
The Sun Never Sets on Their Killings
U.S. Military says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including 7 children – NO Terrorists – in ‘tragic mistake.’
“If there is a nation that commits unspeakable atrocities, it is the United States of America. They don’t care about human beings.”
Nelson Mandela, 2003.
Even as reports of civilian casualties emerged, the top U.S. general had continued to describe the attack as “righteous”.
The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the drone strike had killed 10 innocent civilians and children, including the prime target, a Mr. Ahmadi who worked for a non-profit aid organization called Nutrition and Education International.
“We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced,” Austin said.
Condemnation floods in from around the globe at US atrocity, committed even after they had left the war torn nation of Afghanistan in pieces.
Many ask, “Could the Taliban be any worse for the Afghan people?”
Afghan atrocity confirmed just a day after the three genocidal nations announce a new military pact to spread nuclear powered weapons throughout Asia-Pacific region in a major build up and threat to peace.DAILY NEWS
American drone strikes killing Afghan civilians have not been rare events sadly. Seventy-two civilians were killed by drone strikes in a few days in 2019.
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At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S. backed Afghan army raid.
The raid, days after a U.S. drone strike aimed at militants among farmers killed 32 pine nut harvesters, showed how civilians have borne the brunt of the Afghanistan war.
When will the world stand up and say, “Enough is Enough!” to the daily atrocities carried out and predominantly led by the United States of America?
The Epoch Times, Falun Gong & The Anti-Beijing Campaign
I was recently walking into the city here in Auckland and came across these determined elderley people in the rain.
You can see what they are promoting – the practice of Falun Gong, The Epoch Times media group and an “End The CCP” (Chinese Communist Party) campaign. You will see the same type of people doing the same type of thing in many parts of the world. I have seen it in Korea and Australia as well. I’m sure much the same thing appears in many western cities these days.
Good on them I suppose. At least they are taking part in the promotion of their views in society. Most people never actively engage in such a way. We don’t have to agree with them and I don’t.
On the days when I pass by these people, I don’t find anyone who speaks english and as I don’t know Mandarin at all, I’m unable to discuss and share views with them. I would genuinely like to ask why they promote such views and whether they have any respect for the positive achievements of the chinese communist party in raising the standard of living for 700 million chinese people, thereby improving global human rights in the single biggest campaign ever.
Behind this anti-communist party campaign are the seemingly harmless promoters of “Falun Gong” (the elderley people you see in the rain above) and “The Epoch Times” media organization, the free newspapers you see in supermarkets, all over Facebook & Youtube and in many other public places.
Falun Gong’s prime motive is to expose what they consider the “evil” of the Chinese government and “save all sentient beings” in a forthcoming divine battle against communism, destroying the Chinese government in the process. The vast Epoch Times media group is one of their main outlets for such views.
The head of the Falun Gong movement – which the Chinese government, hardly surprisingly, considers a cult – is Li Hongzhi, who created it in 1992. Their global headquarters today is a 400 acre compound in New York state, USA.
Li has railed against what he called the wickedness of popular music, homosexuality and feminism while pronouncing that he is a god-like figure who can levitate and walk through walls.
Li has also taught that sickness is a symptom of evil that can only be truly cured with meditation and devotion, and that aliens from undiscovered dimensions have invaded the minds and bodies of humans, bringing corruption and inventions such as computers and airplanes.
It’s that motivation against a variety of modern technologies and its skepticism against rational thought that helped drive the organization towards Donald Trump in his 2016 campaign for the US Presidency. That move was both lucrative and beneficial for its anti-Chinese government message.
Former practitioners of Falun Gong have said that the world is headed toward a judgment day, where those labeled “Communists” will be sent to some kind of hell, and those sympathetic to Falun Gong will be spared. Donald Trump is viewed by their supporters as a key ally in the anti-communist fight.
“It is so rabidly pro-Trump,” commented a former practitioner, referring to The Epoch Times. Devout practitioners of Falun Gong “believe that Trump was sent by heaven to destroy the Chinese Communist Party.”
Falun Gong’s spectacular growth in western consciousness, via its network of media sites, Facebook and YouTube channels has made it a powerful conduit for the internet’s conspiracy theories, including anti-vaccination propaganda and QAnon, to reach the mainstream.
Through its reclusive spiritual leader, its political vitriol, online conspiracy theories and the rise of Donald Trump and his very public trade “war” on China, Falun Gong and the Epoch Times have become a digital media powerhouse that now attracts billions of views each month.
In 2005, The Epoch Times released the ”Nine Commentaries,” a series of anonymous editorials that it claimed exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s “massive crimes” and “attempts to eradicate all traditional morality and religious belief.” (nothing over the top there right?)
In an April 2017 email to the staff obtained by The New York Times, The Epoch Times leadership envisioned that its Facebook strategy could help turn the media organization into “the world’s largest and most authoritative media.”
Today, The Epoch Times and its affiliates are a major force in far right-wing global media, with tens of millions of social media followers spread across dozens of pages and an online audience that rivals those of The Daily Caller and Breitbart News. But they still make time for the old school media around the world as well. I see these same free newspapers in my local supermarket.
Who knows what the real motivation is for the Falun Gong movement. Perhaps there is some underlying beneficial spiritual belief there. More likely, it is a purely financial initiative. After all, any spritual “leader” who can call the US President a key ally in his crusade and can help convince the Whitehouse occupant to launch a trade war against his enemy, is going to milk that connection for all it is worth right? And it will be worth millions, if not billions.
It wouldn’t surprise me if many of the adherents of Falun Gong are good people who are simply being used by western and chinese ex-pat elites for their own political purposes in a long multi-faceted war against China.
But whatever lies behind such movements, in my view, the dangers of their movement far outweigh anything positive in their message.
Falun Gong and The Epoch Times are too closely aligned with those western religious extremists and evangelicals who inhabit a variety of public positions and who populate much of the world’s leadership unfortunately.
Whether you are talking about the likes of the Pompeo’s or the Pence’s or the Bushes, Al-quada or ISIS, Falun Gong or the most fervent promoters of Mao or Stalin….they are all in what most people would call the “extremist” camp. These figures may be of dissimilar appearance but the dangers they pose are quite similar.
The answers to life’s most perplexing questions and issues are rarely found in extreme views in any direction. Extremists promise results and may even deliver sometimes for a short while, but cults and extremists are not long term tonics for life’s ills.
We should stay clear of them all. Only hard work and diligence create true wealth. Not demagogues.
Extremists are easy to spot when they carry knives and machine guns. But some extremists and their motivations are more difficult to spot.
Sometimes they look like harmless old people quietly exercising in the rain.
Lies About The Uyghurs Are So Blatant!
US Government puts out totally contradicting statements about Uigher terrorism. It’s obvious who is lying.
So here is one of the stalwarts of the Wall St media, the very aptly named Wall St Journal proclaiming that China is needlessly irate after Washington removes the Uigher based East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from its global terrorist organization data base in November 2020.
Just in case you are one of the 60-80% of people who only read the headlines and then form an opinion around only that, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement – ETIM – is a terrorist organization according to some parts of the US government, the European Union and the United Nations. It fights alongside ISIS and al-Quada in various wars around the world. It is dominated by Uighurs.
With a barely concealed eye roll this Wall St Journal article is implying that the removal of the ETIM from the USA terrorist database is just China making a big fuss about nothing….in order to justify Beijing’s crackdowns in Xinjiang. There’s no real threat. It is all just an excuse and Chinese propaganda.
To reinforce this idea, the WSJ headline refers to the opinions of scholars. These scholars are no doubt very bright people who are supposedly neutral, book worm types – and are much too stiff and innocent to tell lies so you’d better believe them when they say, “The ETIM is Defunct.”
Why is it such a big deal for the US government to de-list a terrorist organization like the ETIM?
Because the United States can, and do make it very difficult for organizations or even whole nations to function normally if they choose to.
Groups such as the ETIM and ISIS who are on international terror lists are subject to a wide range of international controls and restrictions which inhibit their ability to function.
But even innocent nations can be strangled almost to death by application of these same restrictions. Ask Cuba, Iran or Venezeula about the American power to make life very difficult for no reason at all.
Extremist organizations on international terror lists have financial, diplomatic and travel restrictions placed upon them which inhibits their ability to raise money or buy weapons. Its members are restricted from easily moving about the world for terrorist training and it places restrictions on any “respectible” bank, organization or nation from having anything to do with them. Of course, there are probably ways around all of these things, but with these international restrictions in place, it is much harder for terrorist groups to function.
So in removing the East Turkistan Islamic Movement from these restrictions, the ETIM has a much easier job buying weapons, getting training and moving about the globe in order to conduct terror. America, by removing the ETIM from their terror list under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was now saying essentially that the ETIM are great people and they are free to do what they like.
From the WSJ article,
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the delisting of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a group that once advocated for an independent state in China’s Xinjiang region, on Oct. 20, 2020 according to the latest issue of the Federal Register, published Thursday.
An American State Department official said Friday that the delisting occurred “because, for more than a decade, there has been no credible evidence that ETIM continues to exist.”
So, that last sentence from the American government in November 2020 – that for more than a decade, there is no credible evidence that the ETIM has existed – supports what the “scholars” are saying too, according to the headline. That the ETIM has not existed from at least as far back as 2010.
Is that assertion correct?
No. It is not.
The assertion of Mr Pompeo that the ETIM has not existed for well over a decade does not match with what other sections of the American government have been saying about the exact same terror group. More importantly, Mr Pompeo’s assertion does not match what others in his government have been doing with the ETIM, as recently as 2018.
Here is a tweet from the excellent Daniel Dumbrill, a westerner living in China, who often finds little gems like this one and shares them.Check him out to get great first hand experiences of his life in China.
The tweet shows US Major General Hecker speaking in a press conference in 2018 about the “very real and very active Uyghur terrorist organization, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement” – ETIM – and how the US government has been dealing with the ETIM, as well as many other types of people, ie: it drops shit loads of bombs on them, like it is their hobby to do.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=Richard87404469&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1291273852387901440&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fpumpkinpiefailures.com%2F2021%2F09%2F15%2Flies-about-the-uyghurs-are-so-blatant%2F&sessionId=facc20a8014dd4dc66f75df690c2b0dc869949e2&siteScreenName=Richard87404469&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px
Clearly, Major General Hecker is either confused or lying about the US Army dropping lots of bombs on the ETIM in 2018. Because, according to the Wall St Journal, Mr Pompeo’s State Department and some “Scholars,” the ETIM was long gone by 2010.
So who was General Hecker bombing? Phantoms? Civilians? Most likely it really was the very active ETIM Uigher terror group.
Is it that Mr Mike Pompeo and his State Department were knowingly lying when they delisted the ETIM from the global terrorist database? Most likely.
Mr Pompeo has been seen on video joking about how much he has lied in his career as Head of the CIA, so it seems quite likely that he is at it again in October 2020, delisting a known and active terrorist organization that his government’s military was still actively fighting against at the exact same time.
Is that treason?
It is Mr Pompeo showing active and highly public financial and diplomatic support for a known terrorist organization isn’t it?
Which means Mr Pompeo holds human life in very low regard. As well as his own country, its people and its government. Which seems strange (or possibly fitting) for someone who holds such extreme religious views as he professes to. Perhaps he only holds human lives sacred if they think like he does.
The most likely ulterior motive of Mr Pompeo given these facts – and especially as he delisted the ETIM near the very end of his time in office – was to use the ETIM terrorists to unleash further bloodshed against innocent people in Xinjiang and perhaps China as a whole. To destabilize China and cause as much havoc as possible. Because much can be accomplished by meddling outsiders during times of chaos.
China knows this. Foreigners have a long history of causing chaos in China. Read about posts here about the Opium War and China’s Century of Humiliation.
I am sure that China will handle these latest attempts at foreign meddling in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan appropriately. Their culture has been around for over 5000 years after all.
America’s Other (Much Worse) 9/11
That eleventh day in September was not the first day of infamy involving Washington and a destructive attack on a foreign power.
September 11, 1973 was the day when military forces in Chile, under the command of General Augusto Pinochet supposedly committed treason by attacking the Presidential Palace in Santiago with bombs and troops, seizing power in a bloody coup and ending with the death of the democratically elected and real President of Chile, Salvador Allende.
What was the crime so serious that the Chilean military felt the need to intervene in an otherwise stable nation’s affairs and seize power from the democratically elected President Allende?
It seems all President Allende had been guilty of was introducing policies to reverse the flow of his nations resources out of the hands of Chile’s elites and back into the hands of its ordinary people. That is, he was reducing inequality.
Medical doctor and President, Salvador Allende had sought to nationalize major industries and improve the living standards of the working class in Chile. But he made powerful enemies doing this. After realizing his government was under attack by his own military, Allende supposedly committed suicide in the seat of Chile’s power.
Following Allende’s death in office, military coup leader General Augusto Pinochet rose to rule Chile autocratically, refusing to return authority to a civilian government. Chile was ruled by his military dictatorship until 1990. The violent coup on September 11, 1973 ended more than forty years of uninterrupted democratic governance in Chile.
During the time of Pinochet’s dictatorship, tens of thousands of people were killed, tortured and disappeared, presumed dead.
After first denying any knowledge of the coup, the Nixon administration in Washington was found to have aided abetted, and in some cases supplied the resources necessary for its completion.
Over time, further investigations by the US Congress found the real truth. Truth which is hardly surprising. There was extensive American involvement – via the CIA – in the military overthrow of the democratically elected leader of the sovereign nation of Chile. These types of activities by western nations, particularly the United States, are far from rare or unusual. In fact, they are more like routine.
Commenting on the secret American involvement in the 1973 Chilean coup on February 20, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell publically admitted his country’s guilt and shame,
“With respect to…. Chile in (1973)… and what happened with President Allende, it is not a part of American history that we’re proud of. We now have a more accountable way of handling such matters and we have worked with Chile to help it put in place a responsible democracy.”
What “help” did Chile need from America? Chile already had a perfectly acceptable democratic process in 1973. Democracy that has lasted over 40 years. All Chile, and every other nation needed, and still needs today, is for other large nations to mind their own business.
This is quite a sick joke from Mr Powell, supposedly a highly competant five star General and respected public figure and politician, seeing as just 4 weeks later, on March 20, 2003, the United States demonstrated its supposedly “more accountable ways of handling issues” by launching a full scale and unprovoked military invasion of another nation, Iraq.
Even worse, just 15 days earlier than his public acknowledgement of Washington’s role in deposing the elected President of Chile, Powell had delivered his totally false claims concerning weapons of mass destruction in his now infamous speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003.
I used to have much respect for Colin Powell and thought he would make a good president one day.
Having now read much about his career, his time in the Bush administration and from stories offered by his associates and peers, my conclusion is that although Mr Powell might have been considered (rightly or wrongly) to be one of the less extreme members of the Washington elite, his brilliant ability to show calm and convincing dishonesty make him no better than a Rumsfeld or Cheney.
I believe Mr Powell knew full well his speech to the United Nations in February 2003, convincing as it was, was totally false. I believe he knew this but went ahead and delivered it anyway out of some warped sense of duty. After all, he had spent his whole life following orders in the military. He was chosen to deliver this particularly critical UN speech precisely because he was the most publicly respected figure in the Bush administration. If Powell says these things, then they might well just be true it was no doubt figured. But his claims were not true and he knew they were not true.
If this is how one of the more respected Washington insiders operates, what chance was there for poor President Allende of Chile on September 11,1973 when he met his death, as a result of the deeds of Washington elites far less charitable than Mr Powell.
Mr Powell has that ability of all successful public and political figures – to convincingly answer difficult questions without causing doubt or chagrine. To speak in public without really saying anything. Or better yet, to make people think he said something when he didn’t actually. Or the gold standard is the ability to lie convincingly and dimiss a question whilst still satisfying the questioner.
Powell did exactly that when answering the audience question about why Washington can be trusted about WMDs in Iraq considering America’s role in deposing the democratic leader of Chile.
He answered the question convincingly that day, he gave his convincing speech to the UN, America proceeded to destroy Iraq a second time in 2003, and then Mr Powell proceeded to retire. His reputation battered but not nearly as much as Iraq and its innocent people were.
Using much the same system, western powers proceeded to successfully employ the same tactics in Syria and Libya amongst other targeted nations.
If this is how one of more respected of Washington’s elites lives his life, is it so far fetched to think that some of Mr Powell’s much less pleasant peers could have had links to that other “September 11”?
Who Are the “Other” Terrorists in Palestine?
It is a word, used alone or in phrases which the world has heard literally millions of times in recent years. I would wager that in 99.9% of those mainstream media mentions, words such as “Islamic” or an Islamic sounding name are mentioned a few seconds before or after the hook word, terrorism or terrorist.
It is quite a strong connection today. 9/11 made sure of that.
But do we ever hear of other, much older ethnic and religious connections to the phenomenon of terrorism? They certainly exist.
In the 1930s – 1950s, there were many Jewish terrorist organizations active in the Middle East, Britain, and Europe. Few people will have heard of them today. One such group was called “Irgun Zvai Leumi” (or simply Irgun) translating to, “The National Military Organization in the land of Israel.”
In the 1930s there was no entity called Israel, so that gives you a clue as to their agenda.
“WANTED” posters, such as those below, abounded across Palestine to find the perpetrators of hundreds of terrorist attacks carried out on innocent Palestinian people,
One of the most shocking Jewish terrorist attacks was the 1948 assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte.
Count Folke Bernadotte assassination in 1948. Note in the far-right column of the New York Times front page, in small print, “US Consul… ‘Terrorists presumably responsible’. “
The Swedish diplomat’s UN vehicle was ambushed at a check point and he, and two of his diplomatic staff also in the car, were shot dead in a hail of machine gun fire.
Count Bernadotte was operating in Palestine under the flag of the United Nations as a respected peace-maker. He was the nephew of the reigning Swedish King.
Count Bernadotte had found great success as a negotiator in World War 2, securing the release of over 31,000 Jews from Nazi concentration camps. His stature as a Royal, from “neutral” nation Sweden and his valiant efforts in saving so many Jewish people from the Nazi gas chambers, meant that he was trusted by both the Arabs and the few Jewish people of Palestine to secure a fair deal for everyone. And he was making progress.
But the very qualities and background which made him so trusted and respected made him very dangerous to Zionist extremists. What if he came up with a reasonable deal that the Palestinians accepted? The Jewish Zionists it seemed, never had any intention of making any “deal”.
When Bernadotte promoted a UN deal to share the land of Palestine 50:50 between the Palestinians and the Jews, that was impossible for the right-wing Jewish terrorist groups to accept. They had other ideas. These groups have always wanted nothing less than 100% of Palestine and so murdered Bernadotte – a great friend of the Jewish people – in broad daylight to prove their intent. They got their way.
(note: many Palestinians weren’t too happy about giving away half of their lands either, but the deal never had a chance of success due to the assassination.)
By the way, the Zionist movement to take Palestine from its Arab majority inhabitants began in the late 19th century, so the creation of Israel had nothing to do with sympathy for the Holocaust, an event which occurred half a century later.
Another of the tragic terrorist attacks in Palestine by Jewish groups occurred in the same year, 1948: The massacre at the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin
Between 120-250 Palestinian villagers were massacred by Jewish terrorists in the 3 days between April 9 and 11, at a village just out of Jerusalem.
The villagers resisted the attacks for the 3 days but were eventually all killed by the well-armed Jewish terrorists. No one came to help the Palestinian villagers.
Ongoing Jewish terrorist massacres on innocent Palestinian villagers had the desired effect. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in terror, lest they be the next victims of the well-armed and ruthless Zionist gangs and Zionists and settlers moved in. The occupation began.
These far-right Jewish terrorist groups operated not just across Palestine but they targeted the British and Europeans as well, lest anyone there show too much support for the Palestinians.
And in Europe the attacks continued,
Jewish Terror groups such as Irgun and the Stern gang are now known as “Zionists” and they have ruled Israel from 1948 to this day. They have hi-jacked Judaism itself and splintered it for their own extremist political purposes. Zionism has been utterly rejected by Strictly Orthodox Jews, many secular Jews, as well as the Palestinians, and increasing numbers of westerners.
But Zionists have extremely powerful friends and allies in the global media, in the world of weapons and technology, and in western politics. They can, and do, get away with murder. Genocide actually.
The names and faces on the old black and white “WANTED” Terrorist posters above might be familiar to you.
Both of these wanted Zionist terrorists – Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir – went on to become Prime Ministers of Israel, warmly welcomed into the halls of western power, and given undented support.
Menachem Begin, wanted terrorist in the 1940s, who became Israeli Prime Minister
And a wanted Terrorist.
Isn’t it a bit strange that “terrorist” is NEVER a term we see or hear now in conjunction with Zionists or Jewish people? Almost exclusively, “terrorists” as we come across them today is a word restricted to Muslims, or occasionally white people carrying out mass shootings in America. (The authorities there go to great lengths to avoid this designation as well).
But it really is irrefutable that the foundations of the state of Israel are the numerous acts of bloody Jewish terrorism that were carried out against Muslims and Europeans. That at least should be acknowledeged for there to be even a shred of justice and credibility in the affairs of the world.
I am not holding my breath.
“John from Dorset” Proves The Power of Media & Government Propaganda.
3 minutes of proof of the effects of Mainstream Media fear and propaganda.
George Galloway is a hugely knowledgable and experienced former British politician, media figure and a commentator on a wide range of subjects. He is a little eccentric occasionally but his debating skills are formidable indeed. He has his own talk show on RT America News where he shares large amounts of what used to termed “common sense.”
I came across this short clip of Mr Galloway receiving a call in from “John from Dorset” on George’s talk show.
It is clear that “John from Dorset” is very concerned, agitated even, about the prospect of “China taking over the world.”
The short chat between John and George is very comical really and I laugh every time I hear it. But it isn’t really funny. Quite the opposite.
Apart from its comical aspect, the short chat between host George and caller John is also very disturbing. John clearly has quite set and negative views about China’s role in the world. I’m not sure his expressed views on the role of other western nations, including his own the UK are quite so firmly held. He seems to be making certain peripheral – non China related – comments up as he goes.
At the very least, John seems quite disturbed and not at all sure of his facts. Ill informed, confused and frightened. All the things that many governments and their mainstream media work very hard at achieving amongst their readers and viewers.
Sadly, it seems John from Dorsett has been a star pupil of the mainstream media’s masterclasses in propaganda. He doesn’t really seem to know or fully understand even his own views. All he knows is that China is bad. No matter what. And even if he acknowledges that his own country, the UK, and the USA are “no good” too…..well… then that is okay, but….China is even worse!
Without really knowing why. Let alone explaining his opinion in any coherent manner.
I think there are hundreds of millions of people in the western world like John from Dorset. Good, well meaning and law abiding people who have been frightened almost to hysteria by years of constant exposure to our lying and manipulative, propaganda spreading mainstream media and government. Remember the CNN posts here?
John is an extreme case, but from observation, I believe many more westerners are just like John to various degrees. If you read my “Donald Trump Test” post, you will remember that I would gauge a person’s current affairs knowledge by me raising positive aspects of – or even simply neutral aspects of – President Trump’s tenure to see what reaction I got.
Invariably, I received negative feedback on President Trump, even on issues where he spoke some very rare truths, such as America being far from innocent when killing millions of people around the world, killing people who were innocent.
But all that counts for naught. The mainstream media demolished every apsect of Donald Trump’s tenure in the Whitehouse. I’ll just repeat – much of what Mr Trump did do and say DID need to be demolished. It was awful. But not all of it. Some of his comments were spot on and truthful. But the media demolition of Donald Trump means he will never receive any credit for his truth telling.
George Galloway said at the end of the call, when thanking John for his contribution, “it was a very useful call.”
It was indeed. We can all ask ourselves, “am I related to John from Dorset?”
Ross Kemp, UK TV Star – “Why is the World Ignoring the Libyan Slave Trade?”
Slave Trade Only Came After the West Overthrew Gadaffi’s Government
Ross Kemp, the well known British actor visited Libya to see the destruction that his own country had caused in Libya for himself. He comments,
“What I saw there is nothing short of a modern-day slave trade, with migrants treated as commodities….women told they are going to Italy to work as housemaids only to be trafficked into desert brothels with no idea when they might leave, young men cruelly beaten and held captive for months until their families pay a ransom, women forced to take contraception to stop themselves becoming pregnant at the hands of smugglers.
We have a heightened responsibility towards Libya because of the role Britain played in bringing down Gaddafi.”
See my earlier post, “Libya Under President Gadaffi” to see what a massive tragedy this violent Western intervention has become for the 7 million Libyan people.https://pumpkinpiefailures.com/2021/07/15/libya-under-president-gadaffi/embed/#?secret=Ap97lWSIbv
President Gadaffi did operate an authoritarian government but it was a government that was very generous to its people and was efficiently run. He ensured the oil wealth of his country went mostly to the Libyan people themselves, providing them with free education, free housing, free healthcare and greatly subsidized fuel and electricity.
Enter dim witted and hapless western officials – the defenders of “human rights” brigade.
Western governments including France, Britain and America, invaded Libya for “humanitarian reasons” – reasons and thinking largely promoted by the Obama administration’s senior advisor Samantha Power. This lady is still hanging around the highest levels of global bureaucracy. I still get very annoyed (using a polite word) just seeing her picture.
The twisted thinking of Ms Powers and many others like her – using violence and destruction to “help” people and improve their “human rights” – is not new sadly.
Her thinking is something akin to that espoused by previous American government officials in Vietnam and The Philippines in bygone eras. It is such a brainless and illogical type of thinking that it must have been learned – this thinking could not have possibly developed naturally by any normal person.
Other examples? After an American military officer had completely destroyed a Vietnamese village during his nation’s two decade long destruction of Vietnam, he offered as an answer to the senseless slaughter something like, “well, we had to destroy the village in order to save it.”
There had been similar logic on display during the batte for Manila, capital city of the Phillipines during the last weeks of World War 2, when in order to “save” the old, culture-filled city from Japan, American forces largely destroyed it. And the Americans destroyed many of the ancient cultural relics present in the city. Many older Philippinos are still enraged by this.
Idiotic people somehow rise to the top of our current systems of government and global administration in the western world. How that occurs is beyond me – although I am starting to connect the dots. It might well be, and probably is, a deliberate process.
How useful would it be to have people who can be so easily indoctrinated with nonsense, such as Ms Power, in positions of influence in global institutions? People who can convince others to carry out the most shockingly stupid and violent actions in the name of peace and progress, and who can then blissfully carry on with their normal lives, self convinced of their own moral wonderfulness.
Very useful. These people essentially become professional assassins inflicting atrocities on civilian populations on a global scale, operating in broad daylight, and who are then often decorated and celebrated for their efforts. These people and their thinking become mainstream. Normal. Unremarkable. That is what has to change.
This web site is my tiny little attempt to expose this type of stupidity that we all live with and accept every day.
Anything you can do to help the Libyans, Syrians, Iraqis, Venezeulans, Palestinians, Haitians and all the other 100s of millions of others suffering these same fates would be appreciated by them I am sure.
Be brave. Share these posts and investigate the subject matters for yourself. Start a conversation if you feel confident enough. Become knowledgable in your own right.
Don’t take my word for anything. You might see things differently.
Besides, taking the word of others is how we got into this mess.
There Are No Permanent Enemies, Only Permanent “Interests.”
It is an old saying that we have seen proof of many times around the world in recent years. “Friends and Enemies come and go but “Interests” are eternal”.
This mean that nothing and nobody is fixed, there are even no “special” relationships.
But you might not know this – that we are all simply looking out for ourselves.
Take Syrian leader Dr Bashar al-Assad, seen above. After being educated in Syrian medical universities, he attended post graduate studies in London at the NHS Western Eye Hospital, specializing in Opthalmology. Later (President) Dr Assad was warmly welcomed into western power centres into the twenty first century.
President Assad’s warm welcomes to London are hardly surprising. Assad was providing an outsourced torture service for Washington and the CIA at the time of his visit to Britain in 2002, so any friend of the CIA would of course, be welcomed in London.https://www.denverpost.com/2014/01/23/us-cia-once-found-syrian-torture-useful/embed/#?secret=0fPO76isez
As is common, official statements by western governments on almost any subject are false, hypocritical and lacking in clarity. Whilst the Obama administration condemned the human rights abuses by such nations as President Assad’s Syria (and President Gadaffi’s Libya), they made no mention of Washington’s previous use of his services in the exact same field of abuse.
It was also convienient to forget President Assad’s father, former President Hafez Assad welcoming US President Richard Nixon to Syria in 1974 as well as all the other occasions when American presidents (Carter, Bush Snr) had met with the Syrian dictator.
This is what Hillary Clinton was talking about when she was speaking to some investment bankers during the 2016 election campaign in one of her highly priced, but less highly prized, speechs. That is, government officials have a two track communication system – one message is for public consumption – which is often meaningless – whilst another, much more important message is created for private communications. Often the two messages contain very different information, and are quite dissimilar in tone, as we clearly see today with regards western government public pronouncements on the Syrian government. The same Syrian government they once welcomed, perhaps even still do, in private. Who really knows?
Another glaring example of the “no permanent friends” philosophy is Saddam Hussein of Iraq and former American Defence Seretary Donald Rumsfeld.
You would never know it, listening to all the “shock and awe” talk of destruction by Secretary Rumsfeld in 2003, but Mr Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein had met before. Quite personally and warmly in fact. Twenty years earlier in 1983, then former (and still yet to be again) Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was the Special Envoy of President Ronald Reagan to Iraq.
Who knows what they talked about – probably just stuff to do with American help to Iraq during Iraq’s unprovoked war against Iran, that still had 5 years to run at the time. You know the stuff, “how are your WMD’s holding out Mr President?“; “Do you need any more weapons Mr President?”; “Cash?” ; “Just let us know Mr President – we deliver for no extra cost….”
Eventually Saddam Hussein – like most Dictator friends of the west – outlived his usefulness. Dictators like Saddam Hussein, after being so powerful for so long, start to get the funny idea that they actually are in charge of something. Even a nation.
And when foreign leaders start to make independent decisions that don’t go down well in Washington, well….we know what happens next don’t we?
When Saddam Hussein started requesting annoying little things like wanting to be paid for his oil with Euros instead of US dollars, that was the beginning of the end for him.
No gold watch. No “I (almost) defeated Iran” badge. It is regime change time!
This scenario has played out numerous time in my lifetime. In the Middle East, Central and South America, even for God’s sake, in the highly trusted western ally, and near neighbour of New Zealand – Australia!
(see a previous post about the 1975 CIA/MI6 deposing the Australian Prime minister Gough Whitlam)
And now we see the latest installment playing out in the world. Except this time, the target is quite big and a bit stubborn. Well, the current target nation has been around for over 5000 years. They’ve been attacked and invaded by their neighbours quite a few times (and by far distant British empires too) and yet they have overcome all their setbacks – both natural and man made – and they continue to flourish. So China knows a thing or two about surviving.
President Xi Jingping was given the royal and red carpet treatment during his state visit to Britain in 2015. The visit was seen as a bit humiliating for Britain in some quarters actually, as the Brits were practically grovelling for China’s attention and investment in their nation. The visit all went fabulously well. Laughing selfies with the PM, followed by casual trips to english pubs for a beer, pics with Wills and Kate, trips down The Mall in gold state coaches flanked by thousands of Chinese flags, etc….it was all so wonderful.
But again, it couldn’t last.
Who knows the exact circumstances why things turned to custard. There are many possibilites – we won’t explore those here. All we know now, is that China has gone from great friend to an evil foe in just a few short years. No more beers and selfies lads…
Nothing China does now is good or positive – even though everything it does is exactly the same as it has always done when fetted in London.
Hopefully, it will not end in a real hot war. It shouldn’t. The United States rarely attacks nations that have an ability to defend themselves.
But we must learn to see through all the media lies that get generated day after day, about China, Russia, Iran, Panama, Venezeula or any other nation or subject that displeases Washington. After all, these nations were once our friends. Why can’t they be again?
If you knew of someone who was always falling out with their friends, often violently so, wouldn’t you wonder why that is? Would you be their friend?
You’d have to wonder at least.
Diana Spencer Died This Day in 1997. Was It Accidental?
I never used to be a fan of Diana Spenser. She seemed to me to be someone who was craving for something that she couldn’t find within herself, then thought she had found it in Prince Charles, and then was destroyed by her own insecurities when she realized she hadn’t found what she was looking for and craved. She was from a very old family herself so she should have known how that system worked before she got herself tangled up in it. That is essentially what I used to think.
My views on her are somewhat different today. I see her life and surroundings through a different lens. Today I am much more sympathetic to her plight and realize there is still so much we will probably never know. Particularly about her death and about the ruling aristocracy and global elites in general.
My views and attitudes to the UK royal family have changed considerably over recent years too. In 2012, I enthusiastically travelled from New Zealand to the other side of the world to be part of the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne. And it was great to be part of it.
Nearly a decade later and I still have great respect for the Queen but it seems to me now that the system of monarchy, even just a ceremonial one as in the UK, is from a time long gone, especially in nations far removed from Britain, like New Zealand. If a referendum were held again in my country, I would support it becoming a Republic. That is quite a change.
Diana Spenser was part of the beginning of the end for the royal family. Her death unleashed forces never seen before. The public outpourings of grief – mostly misplaced and without real foundation but genuinely expressed none-the-less – were unprecedented. I think the public outpouring took everyone by surprise. Perhaps the public reaction was due to feelings of guilt by association in her death. For the public were most certainly involved. They had helped drive the demand for the trivial and the salacious facets of her life. Tabloids could not chase and present controversy if the public did not ask them to and go on to buy their product.
However, those aspects are for another discussion.
I came across the above short feature on Diana’s death some years ago. Even I didn’t give it much attention at the time. Now, I give this short film and its implications more attention. The questions it asks and the issues it presents nag away in my mind. (“Haven’t we seen this before….?”)
I believe it is useful to approach any question as if you are serving on a jury in a court case. Many of us will have served as a juror at least once in our lives and will appreciate what that means. It means using facts, not emotions. Being impartial. And using logic mixed in with a bit of common sense.
Using this approach easily finds huge discrepancies in all of the official narratives of the major global events in our recent lifetime. The President Kennedy assassination, and that of his brother Robert, the attacks of 9/11 and now I also believe the death of Diana Spenser can all be considered full of holes, inconsistencies. Sometimes, even impossibilities.
Take the death of Diana. She was the mother of the future King of Great Britain and Ireland, a hugely loved and admired public figure around the world and a person in whom there was probably unprecedented public interest.
And how does the British government react to the sudden, tragic and violent loss of this beloved person?
By refusing to hold an official commission of enquiry into her death – even when it was the law to do so.
The UK law says that if any British citizen dies in unusual circumstances there must be an enquiry into the death, because if the death is unusual, there could be more to it than first thought. This applies whether it is your local corner store owner or a member of parliament – surely it applies to Diana Spenser? Apparently not. Does that make any sense?
I can’t see any normal circumstances under which this attitude could make sense.
Well, except for one circumstance – that the UK government was trying to hide something. Then it makes sense.
So we don’t have to look very far to be suspicious of the cause of Diana Spenser’s death. And there are plenty more things found to be unusual, and they are featured in the short video presentation attached. They include interviews with eye witnesses who said they never saw any paparazzi near to or chasing the car as it entered the tunnel, contradicting the official narrative. This witness testimony was ignored by the French authorities. Unusual?
It also later occured to me that because the fatal impact occurred within the bounds of a tunnel, as opposed to say hitting a wall of a building out in the open, the incident and its aftermath would be “invisible” to any people passing by the area. Additionally, by sealing off both ends of the tunnel, bascially anything could be happening at the accident scene and no one could see a thing. Therefore, no one can contradict what you say happened. We just have to take the official word for it. Coincidence?
And there were a large number of inconsistencies in the incident. Even if the driver actually was twice the legal limit for alcohol is that really a big deal in reality ?
We might have all driven when we shouldn’t have in our younger days due to excess blood alcohol – I know I did sometimes. And probably sometimes at double the limit. That is a highly irresponsible thing to do of course, but however, I never had any issues with car control when driving in that condition. Would a highly paid driver and security guy, working for a prestigious family have issues?
Driver Henry Paul was a professional, and in hotel CCTV footage of him bending over to do up his shoe lace shortly before driving for Dodi and Diana, he shows no signs of intoxication or imbalance as he is bending over and standing upright again, and being stable the whole time.
And then there was probably Paul’s most strange blood test result of all – the extremely high level of toxic carbon monoxide gas he allegedly had in his blood. This is highly unusual, even bizzare, not just because there isn’t any sensible way for the toxic gas to get into his blood, but if this blood result was actually genuine, then he would have hardly been able to walk or drive.
Then there was the speed of the vehicle. Authorities initially emphasised that the car was travelling at very high speed (and by a “drunk driver” remember) when it hit the wall, at over 190 kph they claimed. In fact this was not correct and it was later acknowledged the speed of the vehicle was actually between 100-110km/hr. I lived in Paris for a while and this speed is not extreme on open inner city streets, especially when the roads are not busy.
And why was the crime scene cleaned up and water blasted with bleach (bleach destroys blood molecules) so quickly – within a few hours of the accident? This was a very prominent and former member of the British royal family who was killed. Yet the accident scene was cleaned up and “opened” to public thoroughfare within a very short time. How could a thorough investigation be conducted so quickly? After opening up and cleaning, all evidence would be gone.
Doesn’t this seem unusual?
The short feature film explores these and many other aspects of the accident so I won’t go into them all here.
What strikes me on a personal level about Diana’s accident is that it shares unusual core attributes with some of the other biggest and shocking events in our recent history, such as the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy and 9/11 in 2001.
All three share common and unusual features in the events subsequent to their occurrance, being,
a) a clear but simple public media narrative was immediately established in all three cases. The public had little time to digest complicated events or second guess them as the official narrative was quickly established in their minds. In a shocked state, the public mostly accepted this first narrative straight-away.
b) suspects and motives were identified and/or rounded up very quickly too, within hours, even though all three events were unprecedented in modern times, and two of them, 9/11 and JFK, resulted from huge lapses in national security. Wouldn’t it be great if authorities could solve all crimes in such a short time?
c) there was a clear reluctance to investigate, sometimes at all, and when all three investigations were eventually completed, sometimes years later, all three were highly controversial and all are still subject to great skepticism and complaint to this day.
Why would any of these things occur? Whether it is the death of a President, a beloved former Royal or tower block office worker, wouldn’t the authorities want to do the very best job of investigation they could possibly do? Wouldn’t they leave no stone unturned? Get onto things immediately? Present a full and clear report of what happened, regularly updated and well communicated to the shocked public? Wouldn’t authorities want to give comfort and surety to the victims, their loved ones and the general public?
Why is it in fact, that the exact opposite of that occured in all three cases? Why would that be?
Why is it that our media, when aware of the obvious and glaring deficiencies in each of these final reports do essentially nothing to challenge them?
Are we living in a world that operates seemingly the opposite way to how we think it does?
That seems to me to be the only explanation for these events.
That we actually do live in a Matrix type world. We need more Neos.
Is Afghanistan The Latest (Really) BIG Media Lie?
99% of Afghans Support Sharia Law
Since the Taliban gained control over Afghanistan, it is being widely reported in the west that the group has started imposing strict Sharia law in the country, supposedly terrorising the long suffering population in the process.
However, there seems to be much less to this “alarming” headline than what meets the eye….
In a previous post, it was alluded to that there might be another – more important – reason why the Taliban were able to sweep across all of Afghanistan so easily and achieve control with hardly a shot being fired. I mean, a reason excluding American incompetance and the corruption of the local elite classes.
A survey conducted by the highly respected non-partisan Pew Research Centre in America in 2017, highlighted a little publicised facet about the outlook of the Afghan people themselves.
In the 2017 survey, it was found that 99% of the citizens in Afghanistan were in favour of Sharia law in their country. Remember, this survey was conducted when the country was NOT under Taliban rule.
Repeating the survey’s conclusion – even before the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, (essentially) the entire country’s population were allied with and supportive of one of the most important policy planks of that organization : imposition of Sharia law.
This isn’t really consistent with the long standing western media narrative that the Taliban impose their will only through violence and terror and that most Afghans hate it. You can still see these types of negative headlines continuing around the world even today.
Of course the utterly shambolic end to America’s military occupation of the nation hasn’t helped the new governors restore calm. If we recall the recent tragic and brutal history of Afghanistan, it is obvious that there will be much to do to restore some semblence of peace. Just look at how South Africa, another former colony, continues to struggle to achieve this, decades after winning full democracy.
Even in my remote and quiet but “developed” country, New Zealand, there are a small number of people who have extremist ideas about separatism, imposition of dual legal systems and such things. As the media pays little attention to them, and they have little intrinsic power or profile, few people outside of NZ have any idea they exist. Even many NZ citizens would not know much about their existence and ideas. That would change overnight if the local and international media chose to focus on the “cause” of these people and they were supplied with weapons, cash and influence. New Zealand would see civil unrest, violence and chaos if these tiny groups were supplied with all the resources they needed to create it, as happened in Hong Kong. Unlike in Iran in 1953, where Washington’s anti-government plotting went on in secret behind closed embassy doors, today the United States and British governments and media openly support anti-China groups in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, without shame.
This is how many “issues” around the world are created I have discovered. The pattern is always roughly similar.
Powerful western governments, in conjunction with their global media and intelligence friends, identify (usually small) groups of discontented people within a nation that takes their interest. This small group are then supplied with money, technology, logistics support and a continuously favourable international media profile, and voila! … these people are in the wrecking business.
Within no time, a small group of previously unremarkable people without power or a following, suddenly become the latest “cause” to “save” amongst the western, ivy league, latte and sushi loving set. And if a “humanitarian” angle can be created as well, as there was in Libya, then this “demands” urgent action to “save” these poor people. Urgent actions that always involve bombing and shooting people. The nation in question is then is set on the path to regime change, or at the very least, serious social disruption is created, with an eye on regime change down the track a bit, when it can be more easily accomplished.
Think Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and now it seems, we might be adding Afghanistan to that list. One hopes the Afghan people will be left alone to sort out their country by themselves, but if history is anything to go by, that scenario seems unlikely.
Every nation contains divergence groups, with different opinions. But generally speaking, if left alone, I believe people can usually work things out for themselves eventually. When foreign nations meddle in the affairs of an already troubled society, the loss and suffering of the set upon people, only increases unnecessarily and prolongs any final lasting peace. In order to be “saved”, Vietnam suffered unspeakable atrocities for 20 years only for its invaders to eventually leave it in a far worse state than they found it in. Atrocities that continue until the present day as 1000 Vietnamese people are killed annually by American landmines that they left behind and show no enthusiasm to remove. That’s 20 years of misery and Vietnam still ended up with a communist government anyway. A communist government that everyone accepts and deals with on a normal basis. (And that is handling Covid 19 very well).
Only western weapons manufacturers and chemical companies profited from all the killing in Indo-China.
I think it is safe to say that sensational headlines about who “lost” Afghanistan, headlines about the terrible “suffering” of the “helpless” population and the brutality of sharia law look set to continue. Even if 99% of Afghanistan’s people support it.
And anyway, why is Afghanistan getting wall to wall international media coverage now, after the American installed government evaporated – and 4 people have tragically died at the airport – when for the last 20 years, after car bombings, terror attacks at local markets, shootings, allied bombings, etc….Afghanistan hardly got any media attention at all? It wasn’t called the forgotten war for nothing….but now it is constantly featured. Why?
Isn’t it remarkable that most people had no clue about the widespread support of Sharia law in Afghanistan? Well, it isn’t really – that is the role of our wonderful mainstream media after all : to keep us all in the dark and oblivious to the carnage our governments cause in the name of freedom.
Words Have No Meaning Anymore
If you’re old enough, you will remember that the one book everyone had in the house was a dictionary. If you didn’t know the meaning or context of a word, you looked it up in the dictionary. Flash homes even had a book called a “Thesaurus”, which was like a dictionary but it was printed upside down or something… damn, I should have looked that word up in a dictionary to find out maybe…
But dictionaries, like encyclopedias, were the standard references that everyone used and, more or less, every dictionary or encyclopedia had much the same definitions and information. And businesses who wrote and sold dictionaries and encyclopedias staked their reputation on the contents of their product. Can you imagine how quickly the Acme Encyclopedia Company’s shares would dissolve if it was discovered that under their entry for the word “Euthanasia”, they wrote “Young chinese people”.
They might get away with that now, for just a few years back we were been told of the previously unknown existance of things called “alternative facts.”
Nowadays, alot fewer people have dictionaries or encyclopedias in book form. We can just “google it” now, and usually we get presented with something from “Wikipedia” which is much easier to spell than Encyclopedia.
Wikipedia is an okay place to start when looking for information but it’s too unreliable to stop reading there. I read a great description of wikipedia recently, with a columnist calling it, “the public bathroom wall” of the internet. That was a spot on observation I thought. And witty.
Because although you can get factual and useful information scribbled on a public bathroom wall, it might even be exactly what you’re looking for that day, but you wouldn’t want to base your life around it.
Information is now democratized, one of the few things in life that actually is. Facts are not autonomous entities anymore, considered solely on their own merit, but are simply what the majority of people can be convinced that they are. In many cases, just what a single person writes on wikipedia. A writer no one has heard of, knows anything about or even cares about – the information is free and fast – and that’s all that is important !
Wikipedia always comes first in your Google search, which is probably no coincidence. That is where most people stop. They never read from the next cubicle wall or from the bulletin board outside in the sunshine.
Even “fact checking” – quite the darling of the “respectable” media these days is often misleading, as I have seen “fact checked” claims that are false or misleading to start with.
For example, there are many aspects of the death of Diana Spenser, former Princess of Wales, that merit serious attention. But they don’t get any attention. Why not?
It simply makes no sense at all that perhaps the most famous and most admired and topical lady in the world, the mother of the future British King, a much loved “celebrity” and royal figure, dies in unusual circumstances overseas and the British government DOES NOT initiate their legal responsibilty to conduct a full and immediate enquiry into her death. Huh? How can that be?
Even if it was an unknown Harrods shop assisstant who died in unusual circumstances in a Paris tunnel, UK law says the government must conduct an enquiry into the death. And here was the most “followed” person in the western world who was killed, and the British government broke the law by not conducting an immediate enquiry.
It is simply not possible under any circumstances remotely considered “normal” that the aftermath to Diana’s death would have happened the way it did. “Normal” would have been the exact opposite of what happened. Normal would have been that no stone was left unturned, no tiny detail overlooked in finding out what exactly happened to “England’s Rose.” That is what would have been normal. But the opposite of normal happened. Why?
Note – I am not advocating either way on the death of Diana. All that I am noting by using this example is a phenomena that I have also seen used on other highly contentious issues. That is, substituting a misleading and fairly preposterous claim in order to successfully “debunk” or deflect attention away from another related, but much more serious issue.
In the Diana case, one of the common claims doing the rounds was that Prince Phillip had instructed MI6 to kill Diana. A few nutters might have promoted this story but it’s not the claim that was being promoted by more serious observers or a claim I thought had any merit. Therefore, of course, it is fairly easy to debunk this silly claim. And it was. And for many people that would be the end of the story. But eliminating Prince Philip’s involvement is not the same thing as eliminating MI6 involvement, or any other.
No serious person was claiming that Prince Philip had anything to do with Diana’s death. But MI6 ? That is a different story. And a story, if it exists at all, that seems to have been dealth with for now.
Debunking can only be taken seriously if the claim being debunked is an accurate portrayal and hypothesis of real events in the first place. In many cases they aren’t. Therefore the debunked status of a bogus claim is not of any value either. Where to turn to?
Well not to our wonderful mainstream media outlets, which often make Wikipedia look positively “Shakespearian” in comparison.
Simple innocuous information is no longer “presented” by the media – it is “revealed.” Trivial occurrances, usually involving a reality TV show or a celebrity, are labelled “shocking”.
What does all this shocking revelation do to our world?
Well, when things are in chaos, when ordinary people are constantly bombarded with sensational but flakey headlines about nothing at all, they get desensitized to real events that should be genuinely shocking and sensational, like bogus wars and the resulting mass murder of innocent people. Or like government abetted genocide of children in civilized, white western nations like Canada.
Julian Assange “reveals” information like this and he is paying a very heavy price for it, maybe he will pay for it with his life.
The evening news or the front page of our daily newspapers rarely reveal anything of consequence. In fact, they hide the truely imortant. They portray some nobody as having suffered a shocking event in their life – an event that could happen to all of us – and it is presented by highly trained newsreaders who “emote” the news, not simply present it. As if it needed presenting in the first place. Our TV newsreaders in New Zealand have been trained in this high art of “emoting” – a form of propaganda really – several decades ago by American media specialists.
What all this means is that many people react to the news of another unprovoked American atrocity in the same way they react to the latest pics of Adele’s “shocking” weight loss. Or weight gain. It doesn’t matter which. As long as it is trivial.
Genuinely and truely shocking man made global events become invisible. Tolerable. Even quasi supported. Passive acceptance of an atrocity is a form of support for it.
“They must have had it coming to them….”
“That is always happening over there…”
“Well, we can’t do anything about it….”
If it was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin who originally said the following, then he was a highly perceptive person, as well as a maniac,
“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths are simply a statistic.”Joseph Stalin
Deception and crime thrives in chaos.
Deception and crime are universal concepts working together. How do pick pockets often operate? Or shop lifters? By deception, then crime. One person distracts you with some pleasant banter whilst their associate steals your property. In the case of the USA, the deception is not carried out on the victims of the attack as in petty crime – the American victims die. The deception of the American government is aimed at the people who would take to the streets if they ever woke up from their mass delusion, as they did during America’s invasion of Vietnam. These are the good people who actually fund the atrocity.
I’m not sure ordinary people really comprehend that these ongoing global atrocities are being carried out in their name, by their representatives that they freely vote for, and who use their hard earned tax money to pay giant weapons manufacturers.
Some brilliant comedians and philosophers like American George Carlin, who died in 2008, tried his whole life to wake people up to what was being done in their name. They all had a good laugh at his shows, but I don’t think many of the laughing crowd realized that, yes, YOU – he WAS talking to YOU.
George Carlin : “Bombing people is our hobby now”
If anything here makes any sense to you please share it with a friend or family member and ask their opinion. Knowledge really is power.
Thanks for listening.
Mainstream Media Bias… Behind the Curtains
“3 Reasons Why the Arrest of a Journalist by Belarus is Troubling”
So says the NPR headline above from the 25th May, 2021. Other western mainstream media giants like the New York Times, Associated Press (AP) and the Wall St Journal (WSJ) followed suit, zeroing in on the case of a Belarus journalist arrested supposedly for annoying the Belarus government with his opinions.
Can you please point to Belarus on a map for me? It is somewhere between Russia and London right? I do know it is called “an authoritarian state” by western governments and I now know it has a population of 9.5 million – about the same as greater London.
I know where Scotland is. I’ve been there a few times. Greasy Scotch pies they have. It’s just up the road from London. Some of my ancestors come from there.
Scotland is where Craig Murray, a private blogger, former British diplomat and outspoken supporter of Julian Assange is from. Recently Murray was jailed for contempt of Court – the first media journalist in Scotland to be imprisoned for this offence for 70 years.
Several international media watchdogs and journalist associations have called Murray’s 8 month jail sentence “disproportionate” for the offence. Although Murray was aware that his actions might lead to a conviction for Contempt of Court, the 8 month jail sentence of a private blogger has been met shock on both sides of the Atlantic. It fits into a disturbing and increasing pattern of western democracies jailing and/or torturing journalists. But you would never know all these things if you didn’t find them out for yourself.
In the FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) article they question why the arrest of a journalist from tiny Belarus has been featured by several major western media outlets, whereas those same outlets have not reported on UK blogger Craig Murray’s jail sentence case at all.
You can read more details in the FAIR article above.
Let’s face it, the Belarus government is not going to win any “freedom” awards from the western establishment and their media. Those accolades only get handed out to themselves, or are withheld due to lack of a suitable recipient. So the arrest of a journalist from Belarus isn’t really big news or surprising considering the Belarus government’s track record.
But how bad is the Belarus government actually? How can we really know what it’s like if the western media only focus on these negative aspects, whilst, ignoring similar troubling stories from on our own shores? That is certainly not what I thought the media was for. Where is that vital ingredient of fair reporting – context?
The UK is supposedly a free and robust democracy. For its government to clamp down on small time private bloggers and for the US government to continue the torture of whistleblower Julian Assange (especially considering outlets like the New York Times published the same information as Wikileaks did) are far more troubling to me than the government of Belarus’s action. Where will persecution of small time bloggers end?
As alluded to in other posts on this blog, the role of the western mainstream media today is highly troubling. They are not just doing their job badly, but are actually deliberately aiding and abetting corrupt western governments and corporations to loot money from the residents of Main St and use it to send the children of Main St off to fight in pointless endless wars. The American media giants rarely come together to support any cause but War is one of the things that does unite them.
(Search for posts of CNN Director Charlie Chester on this site – he admits whilst being secretly filmed that his employer, CNN, only deals in Propaganda.)
Maybe “us” people aren’t quite as fabulous as we think we are and maybe all those “them” people aren’t quite as bad as we are aways told they are either. Or these things might be true after all – who knows? We will never know for sure, as we have a corrupt mainstream media that is increasingly and regularly showing its true colours.
Which is why we have to abandon the mainstream media and go look for information and truths ourselves. The mainstream media will not only not help our search for truth in the world – they will actively mislead you away from it and confuse you.
And yet, the problem is even worse than that. After decades of high flying and compliant management rolling in and around the corporate media world, these organizations are now headed by people who are blind to their true roles. These senior media executives have been rewarded and promoted based upon their willingness to suspend belief and conform, so many times now, that the heads of giant western media outlets now believe their own headlines. They are genuinely dumbfounded by those who question their motives and journalistic standards.
If you want to see truly startling admissions on open camera by senior news people at the BBC, ITV and others, please make time to watch John Pilger’s excellent documentary movie, “The War You Don’t See.” It will highlight how serious the problems of western news and media really are.
It’s about highlighting propaganda in the media and is not as gory as the shot below – from WW1 – suggests.https://player.vimeo.com/video/67739294?dnt=1&app_id=122963&h=e72f648aa1
It really is a must see.
Somehow, John Pilger has remained out of jail over the long period of his illustrious media career. How does he do it?
UK Labour Party Changed its Leader in 2020 (anything else?)
Former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was a long time open supporter of the Palestinian people and their right to a state. At his final party conference as leader in 2019, the hall filled with Palestinian flags and speakers, indicating that there were many Labour party members with similar views.
Labour Party membership blossomed under Mr Corbyn but has since fallen after he was replaced as leader. He was replaced as Leader after the 2019 election which his party lost.
PLUS ALOT OF…
It is hard to believe that the picture above, featuring on the BBC’s flagship show, Newsnight, was anything other than a subtle display of media bias, attempting to associate Mr Corbyn with Russia or the Soviet Union or Communists. However, some people quickly pointed out that the same backdrop had been recently used for a Conservative Party politician, Gavin Wiliamson. Here is that image,
There are plenty of pictures of Mr Corbyn NOT wearing a cap so why choose one when he is? Even the BBC itself called the cap a “Lennin (communist) style cap”. And then they darken the image to essentially change the nature of his headgear and they feature Mr Corbyn’s face prominently, in a “portrait” style image, reminiscent of the old Soviet Kremlin leaders.
This compares to the much more informal pose of Gavin Williamson, who appears brightly coloured in a suit and tie and in clear contrast to the surrounding red/dark backdrop. Mr Williamson appears clearly separate to his backdrop. Mr Corbyn looks formal and more integral to it.
The media have a duty not just to be unbiased, but not even give an appearance of bias. By the BBC using a clearly darkened picture, and then exaserbating the issue by projecting it onto a curved screen, (which the BBC says accidentally made his hat seem taller and more “Russian” looking) they have demonstrated poor media standards to say the least.
“The BBC has formally rejected complaints that its Newsnight programme Photoshopped an image of Jeremy Corbyn to make him look “more Russian”, insisting that the programme’s use of the picture was “impartial and fair”.
The corporation’s complaints unit said the decision to show a photo of the Labour leader wearing a “Lenin-style cap” in front of the Moscow skyline was not designed to convey an impression of pro-Russian sympathy on Corbyn’s part but was in keeping with an editorial decision made on the basis of “sound news judgment”.
Video of the alleged Photoshopping incident attracted millions of views following the Newsnight episode broadcast on 15 March, in which the programme discussed Corbyn’s reaction to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury and alleged involvement of the Russian state.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer has a Jewish wife and children which, I’m sure, has nothing to do with his political policies. He has made a wide range statements about the Palestinians, showing his support for a Palestinian state just before a recent 2021 by-election in which many voters were Muslim. Some of his previous statements however, when there was no by-election occuring, were less demonstrative of support.
Emily Maitlis, host of the 2018 Corbyn Newsnight program above, was the subject of an investigation by the BBC Executive Complaints Unit in 2019 when complaints against her were upheld by the BBC who agreed that she been “persistent and personal” in her criticism of a guest, thus “leaving her open to the charge that she had failed to be even-handed.”
In 2020, the BBC again said that Maitlis’s introduction to Newsnight the night before, which discussed allegations against the UK Prime Minister’s chief adviser, “did not meet our standards of due impartiality” and she asked to be stood down for the night.
And again in February 2021, Maitlis’s impartiality was further criticised after she shared a tweet by Piers Morgan condemning the government. (was Maitlis simply pretending to criticse?)
Andrew Bridgen MP, said the BBC journalist appeared to be ignoring impartiality guidelines with her retweet of government criticism.
You don’t fancy being a British politician then. Foreign powers are very active in UK politics it seems especially so in less formal situations.
Amongst the more senior UK politicians suggested by Israel’s UK embassy representative, Mr Sai Masot, which he expressed a desire to “take down” were Sir Alan Duncan, UK Foreign Office minister and Crispin Blunt, chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs select committee. Both political leaders are vocal supporters of the rights of the Palestinian people.
Masot later resigned.
However UK politics proceeds in the coming years, it is doubtful that Palestinian flags will be seen filling the hall at the next live UK Labour Party conference. But who knows.
Racism in Full View Each Day
WHITE SUPREMACISTS RACISM IN THE BRITISH MAINSTREAM MEDIA….
“Muslims” are telling “us”, presumably those British people who wrote this headline or own this newspaper and who, presumably, are not muslim, how to run “our” schools – that is, the British schools, which this headline is saying are not for Muslims. The schools are only for “British” people, or at least, only non-muslim people, whether they are British or not. Which means Muslims are not British. I think. The logic is a bit hard to follow although the intent is crystal clear.
It seems every generation of immigrants everywhere has a harder time fitting in than the previous one.
Maybe that is because it has been a “go-to” media story for generations that “immigrants steal your jobs”….
And don’t think it is just the awful British tabloids which publish this offensive and derogatory stuff about Muslims and immigrants. Although they are very good at it.
WHITE SUPREMACISTS RACISM IN THE AUSTRALIAN MAINSTREAM MEDIA.
The newspapers in Australia are pretty good at openly attacking immigrants too – in this case above, the Sydney Daily Telegraph attacking… you guessed it – the Australians of Chinese origin.
After the shocking white supremacy terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019, where 51 innocent bystanders were murdered in their places of worship, the common question asked was, “how could something like this happen?.“
It is certain most people were genuinely disgusted and dismayed by the shooting.
However, the event wasn’t really that unpredictable, when you realise what sort of media we have in the world, a media that routinely prints inflammatory, racist and probably not even factual headlines, like the examples above. And this is called “business.” This sort of stuff is allowed to continue.
Why aren’t more people offended by this sort of every day media activity to the point that their sales drop to near zero or they are forced by public pressure to desist from such activity? After all, junk media only exists because there is a market for it. It exists because people want to buy it.
Even in little New Zealand there is most definitely a closet racism itch that has been successfully scratched by some of our political parties for generations, parties which usually pattern themselves in the long established mould like,
” X First” – where you insert the name of your country in place of the “X”.
Many countries have had political parties named or fashioned after this idea. It was one of Donald Trump’s regular jingles that it would now be, “America First.” Australia has had a party named like this and I think some in Europe too. Even in NZ.
Their intent is always the same. There is an “us” and a “them”. They follow the ancient and highly successful stratedgy of all colonializers and conquerers – divide and rule.
We haven’t really come that far as a species have we?
Sorry – I have to go now to get today’s paper!
Britain & America’s Ethnic Cleansing Ongoing Today
Mauritius Prime Minister calls US & UK ‘hypocrites’
Published19 October 2020
Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has labelled the British and Americans “hypocrites” and “champions of double talk” for the way they have behaved over the Chagos Islands.
Last year, a United Nations court ruled that the UK should end its control of the Indian Ocean archipelago, which includes a US military base.
Between 1968 and 1974, the UK forcibly removed thousands of Chagossians from their homelands, at the request of the United States, and sent them more than 1,600km (1,000 miles) away to Mauritius and the Seychelles, where they faced extreme poverty and discrimination.
(Note: this ethnic cleansing was initiated by the Labour government of UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a supposedly left wing liberal and a progressive politician. It just shows that when the USA tells you to do something, it is done. Thank goodness that attitude is slowly changing.)
The United States “requested” that Britain forcibly remove the local population as it, the USA, wanted to build a large military hub on the biggest island Diego Garcia. The highly strategic location would enable the American military to attack targets in both the Middle East and the Pacific … which it later did, launching many waves of their bombing attacks on both Iraq and Afghanistan from its Chagos Islands military hub.
Legal action against the ethnic cleansing began almost immediately and proceeded very slowly.
But in 2019, the UN based International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that the United Kingdom did not have sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and that the administration of the archipelago should be handed over “as rapidly as possible” to Mauritius. The United Nations General Assembly then voted 116 – 6 to give Britain a six-month deadline to begin the process of handing-over the islands. In 2021, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) added its own confirmation of Mauritius’ sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, and criticised the UK’s failure to comply with the 2019 UN resolution.
The British government has promised to allow the return of the Chagossians and hand the islands back to Mauritius when they are no longer needed for security purposes.
One wonders when that day will come. When America’s global military dominance will be no longer necessary.
It is simply beyond belief that the USA and UK can display such hypocritical behaviour. Even if we employ the old, and always invalid argument that, “well, that is just how they thought back then…black people were dispensible” that is NOT how “we” think today right?
But no, America and Britain criticise other nations for human rights infringements of all kinds, often completely untrue, but carry on themselves in this criminal and morally indefensible way.
I mean, how stupid do they know most people are?
And like so many issues today and in history, the western elites can rely on their mainstream media to give this issue the merest coverage. Written to gloss over and detract from core moral failures and their hypocrisy.
Breaking News: Keeping Up With the Kardashians is in For a Remake. That headline might get me more hits?
The Dishonesty of the BBC
The once widely respected BBC, the State owned British broadcaster, has really sunk to new low levels with its various tricks and fakery to promote or dishevel, as the case may be, a person or a cause.
Here are but three examples,
a) “Comrade” Jeremy Corbyn.
The British Labour party continues to implode due to the ongoing internal wars between the traditional Labour “left”, led by figures such as Mr Corbyn and the newer, American influenced “neo liberals” (I can’t stand labels but they often do the job) represented by the new Labour leader Keir Starmer and former leader, liar and war mongerer Tony Blair.
Mr Corbyn has spoken out publicly many times against American wars in the middle east; even worse, as Labour leader, he promoted policies that the public liked, eg: keeping people’s assets like railways and hospitals under state, not private control. Record numbers of people joined the Labour Party under his leadership.
Those two things – popular policies that shut out elites and promoting antiwar views – are a recipe for disaster for the neo-conservative Washington and London elites who need the increasingly thinning veneer of respectibility that UK support for American based war mongering and financial thievery gives them.
And so, the prospect of the UK Primeminister ever being Jeremy Corbyn was terrifying to these elites. Consequently, Mr Corbyn was the subect of one of the worst character assassination programs in UK politics during the run up to the 2019 election. The BBC image below typifies this plot.
The BBC’s flagship evening news program, Newsnight, and its celebrity host Emily Maitlis are seen below presenting a feature on Jeremy Corbyn which would have been watched by millions of voters.
If you are over 60 years old, this image will instantly mean something to you. The old communist Soviet Union era disappeared in the 90s, but the images and emotions that the old Soviet era has on older people are still strong. The UK also had union problems up until the Thatcher era, and it was known that the Soviets were likely to be supporting the union’s cause to some degree. So “red” images such as this are still highly (and negatively) significant to many midde aged and older voters.
You know, all the fear and loathing and general devil worshiping things that are represented in the above BBC image of Mr Corbyn. I’m surprised they didn’t have horns coming out of his head. Maybe that was discussed but discarded as being too much.
At any rate, the BBC Newsnight team got the hatchet job done very well – the very wide background of the shot is red, (blood and communist colour), the picture is set beside the unmistakeable architecture of Red Square Moscow, the bloody “Empire of the Sun” flag of the brutal WW2 Japanese government is there too (the sun “rays” eminating immediately behind Corbyn) and just to top things off – literally in this case – Mr Corbyn is seen wearing a traditional Soviet era “Cossack” style hat.
It simply couldn’t get any more blatant if the BBC photoshopped images of Mr Corbyn in a devil’s costume, beheading nuns in wheelchairs, and dancing on the corpses whilst chanting satanic verses.
And shockingly, millions of people fell for this. Even as far away as New Zealand.
Compare and contrast how the BBC treated the candidate chosen by the elites for UK Primeminister – Boris Johnson – during the same 2019 election campaign.
Mr Johnson has a reputation of being a bit of a buffoon, a likeable but bumbling figure. Maybe it is true, maybe not. I don’t know.
But, during the 2019 Memorial Day Wreath laying ceremony in London, held during the election campaign, which is a very solemn and dignified occasion where dignitairies are tasked with the fairly simple job of laying a wreath at a memorial to fallen soldiers, Boris Johnson’s bumbling and buffoonery was on full display.
In the 2019 ceremony, a screenshot of which is seen below on the right, Mr Johnson left his position in dignitary the lineup before it was his time to lay the wreath, and so he had to turn around and walk back to where he was standing, by which time, it really WAS time for him to lay the wreath. And so he had to turn around for a second time and walk back again to lay the wreath.
When Boris Johnson gets to the memorial in 2019, the wreath slips from his grasp before he could lay it and he fumbles it to the ground. Eventually, he successfully leaves it at the foot of the memorial – but he leaves it upside down, meaning the handwritten notes from the relatives of dead soldiers which are attached to the wreath can’t be read properly.
This performance was a PR disaster. AND, during an election campaign.
But none of this matters because it is the fake news BBC to Boris Johnson’s rescue!
The image on the left, where Mr Johnson has a different hairstyle and is wearing different clothes comes from BBC footage of the same ceremony in 2016. In order to save Mr Johnson the embarassment of his multiple failures in carrying out even the simpliest tasks of a solemn and publicly broadcast live event – during an election campaign – the BBC simply substituted the 2016 footage on the left during their evening news bulletin, and never showed the actual 2019 bumbling footage at all.
St Boris Johnson 1; Devil Worshipper Jeremy Corbyn -5
Great to have friends like the BBC huh? Corbyn didn’t handle the Brexit question as well as he should have, but when you are up against powerful media enemies you really have not got a chance at all in winning public support.
And finally the BBC is continuing to do its fake picture things with China as well. Many westerners now live and work and raise families in China and they make Youtube videos about life in China. And to the rapidly crumbling elites in London and Washington, the last thing they want is for the world to know what life in China is really like for most people. That is – for most of China’s 1.4 billion people life is immeasurably better than it was a generation ago. Young people in China today have lives their parents could only dream about and lives their grandparents could not even contemplate or imagine.
The lives of westerners, particularly in America, are going in the opposite direction sadly, due to decades of war mongering and societal neglect, both things that China has not done. So the big western media giants have to do all they can to make China look bad, even down to changing the colours of the trees in China. Like this,
Western Vlogger and current resident in China, Jason Lightfoot made it all the way to the BBC headlines ! But of course, the BBC didn’t show Jason wearing a cossack hat. That wasn’t the angle this time. The BBC instead took much of the bright and natural colours of China out of the pictures they uplifted from his youtube video…
OMG – how desparate is that?
Haven’t these old fossils at the BBC heard of the internet? People can go see China either for themselves, as millions are, or see China online in unbiased blogs in an instant these days. The BBC is just playing into the hands of older people many of whom will no doubt already have negative attitudes about foreigners anyway.
Well, let’s hope that is all who are believing this relentless fear campaign about China coming from America, Britain and Australia. You know, those morally upright white people who bought us the invasion and destruction of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Guatamala, etc etc….and all the lies that went with those.
British Politics Now Very Dirty
Last week there was a by-election in the British parliamentary electorate (similar to a Congressional District) called Batley and Spen to replace a representative (called an MP) who had resigned.
The UK Labour party had won the seat for many years but its victory in this election was far from assured for a number of reasons including dissatisfaction with the Labour party leader, Mr Keir Starmer.
Another reason Labour were expected to lose the three way vote was the presence of third party candidate, ( & former Labour party MP) Mr George Galloway who was expected to win major support and split the Labour vote, either in favour of a victory for the other main – Conservative – party candidate, or indeed, a victory to Mr Galloway himself, who is a popular figure in many quarters. In fact, Mr Galloway made it very clear, he was standing in the election in order for Labour to lose the seat and therefore increase the pressure on Labour leader Keir Starmer to resign.
The Labour party selected as their candidate, Ms Kim Leadbeater, who is the sister of the former representative (MP) of the same Batley and Spen electorate, Ms Jo Cox.
Tragically, former MP Jo Cox was shot to death by a white supremacist type in 2016 whilst on her way to meet locals. To have a low profile political representative gunned down on the streets of the UK was a truely shocking and emotional event.
However, people in some quarters, perhaps worried that the Labour candidate, and Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater would not win, handing the traditionally Labour seat to the opposition Conservatives, or even to the Independant Mr Galloway, conducted a very dirty smear campaign against Mr Galloway. A loss in this election would in turn increase the pressure for a Labour party leadership change.
The internet quickly became awash with fake pictures of Mr Galloway – a highly principled and upright man – waving a handgun about whilst campaigning for the district where his opponent’s sister was murdered by a shooting.
Someone called “Sophie”, like many others, took to twitter to share her feelings…..
And guess what ? Although a prominent political figure, and a former MP such as Mr Galloway supposedly took to campaigning on UK streets with a hand gun in plain site (public gun displays and gun violence are very rare in the UK) none of the mainstream media made a big deal out of this. Even though his opponent’s sister in this same district was shot to death with a hand gun!
Doesn’t that seem an utterly incredible thing to be ignored by the media ?
Or is this just another reason why fewer and fewer people believe anything the mainstream global media write or say ?