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How does it feel…. January 27, 2009

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To have killed your first kid?

Surely a right of passage for any self respecting U.S. president. Not that anybody should have been surprised, given the bucket loads of cash that Obama accrued from defence contractors during his marathon funding adventure prior to election.

Obama’s promised escalation of the Afghanistan theatre lead to ‘unspecified numbers of civilians’ losing their lives in Pakistan this week in the countries tribal region; victims of an unmanned drone.

The lack of action from Obama over Israel’s defiance of international law and the U.N. also raises questions of whether, even given the will to do so, Obama can reign in free flowing Israeli aggression, given his subservience to the ‘military industrial complex’, and its reliance on Israeli consumption of U.S. arms.

Shoe Protest! U.S. Embassy- Friday 19.12.08- 1 p.m. December 17, 2008

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Stop the War coalition and Media Workers Against the War are organising a solidarity protest at Grosevnor square to demand the release of the ‘Baghdad Shoe Thrower’ Muntadar al-Zaidi. The journalist has been held for the past few days and has reportedly suffered broken limbs, ribs and internal bleeding according to the BBC.

He has not been held under specific charges, but was evidently not in one of George Bush’s ‘free speech zones’.

Come along and express your grievances and chuck a few shoes around and help deliver a letter demanding his release this friday.

“But I got wise..You’re the devil in disguise” December 12, 2008

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The U.S. Senate has finally woken up from its slumber, like George Bush after several days of a College frat party and realised that the monster of torture that was systematically unleashed  upon prisoners, guilty or not, was not the result of a few ‘bad apples’. According to the Senate Armed Services Committee it was Donald Rumsfeld, he was the ‘direct cause’ of prisoner abuse in U.S. ‘gulags’ such as Abu Graib and Guantanamo. 

The Levin report, named after its chair person Carl Levin, goes on to detail exactly what most critics, probably roundly labelled as lefty sympathisers at the time, said years ago; that torture does in fact endanger, not protect the U.S. 

The report also highlights Bush’s 2002 decision to ignore the Geneva conventions for those detained in Afghanistan, as another reason for the plague of war crimes perpetrated by the regime.

However, the report did not even look into the CIA’s use of torture in their network of no doubt extensive prisons, nor did it recommend any sought of punishment for deeds which it otherwise heavily criticises for those it deems most responsible. The taboo of seeing a U.S. official face justice seems to have bitten as usual. 

As the U.S. finally seems to have been given its marching orders in its most defining foreign escapade for a generation, with the ‘3 years till we’re free’ Iraqi deal, the truth seems to be barking at a growing rate, now that we are bereft of the hyperbole and bluster of the now impotent Neo Con ransack squad.

Global ‘Vigilantes’….. November 19, 2008

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A top UK judge, Lord Bingham has stolen the words out of every sane person in the world and given them an ‘authority tweak’ when he described the war in Iraq as illegal and Britain and the U.S. as ‘vigilantes’.

The ex law lord said it ‘passes belief’ that the U.K. and the U.S. could unilaterally decide that Iraq had broken U.N. laws, in his condemnation of Lord Goldsmith, the then attorney general and his advice to the government.

‘Vigilantes’ sounds to me like a polite way of saying terrorists….

Terror Pres October 30, 2008

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Republican blogs and speeches are alive with accusations of ‘palling’ with terrorists, accusations of friendships held with middle eastern historians to ‘Weather Men’. Barry Obama’s middle name and his strange foreigness inspiring fear in the hearts of the American mind courtesy of the Republican ‘truth department’.

For it is the drawing of these tenuous links of Barry’s that contrive to conceal Republican links with individuals, of a truly unpleasant nature.

McCain himself is no stranger to ‘palling’ with ruthless mass murderers; including a good ‘pall’ with Augosto Pinochet in Chile back in 1985.

Whilst his effervescent, long standing institution of a foreign affairs specialist, Henry Kissinger has done alot more than simply ‘pall’ (I don’t even know what that means!). The orchestrator of war and genocide is unable to step foot in numerous European countries due to his conivance in crimes against humanity in South East Asia, Chile and Angola.

Whilst revered cold war warriors like Bush senior and Reagan hosted Afghan war lords whose tactics in their jihad included/include the throwing of acid in the faces of unveiled women. Lucky Palin wasn’t ‘palling’ around the place in those day.

Their ‘ palling’ with unscupulous tyrants was only the tip of the ice berg in their reigns of terror; numerous foreign adventures in conflcits, hot & cold against small third world countries were what epitomised their foreign policies. These ruined and took the lives of countless people, killing hope and prospects of indigenous development and prosperity.

The propganda of the GOP epitiomises, here in the election, the racism and Orwellian double speak that these unspeakable human beings have foisted upon us all in their attempt, through whatever means possible to control and polarise wealth and privelage and maintain their backward hegemony.

Basher Barry Gets the Bucks! October 29, 2008

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Barry Obama is the fisrt Democratic candidate since Clinton to beat the Republican’s in gaining defense contributions for the Democrats as a whole.

Whilst liberals salivate at the prospect of a first black president and ‘change’. His utterances on the subject of war and foreign policy have obvioulsy won him traditionally ‘conservative’ supporters amongst the lobbyist community on capitol hill.

Whilst McCain offered them the enticing potential of a new ‘hundread’ year war if ‘that’s what it took’, Barry’s evident commitment to reinforcing the much more inflating, war like, situation in Afghanistan and even spreading the conflcit into neighbouring nuclear armed Pakistan….sounds, well…..alot more lucrative (in the short term at least).

The ‘militray industrial complex’ has done exceptionally well under the Bush administration. Whether they back ‘winners’ or win elections is a book in itself but the dark shadow of Eisenhower’s warning, about the military industrial complex and its influence upon politics seems alive and well within Obama’s promise of ‘being the change’.

Mclellan the mole? May 29, 2008

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The ‘extraordinary revelations’ to the tune of Bush manipulating the press and essentially lying repeatedly cannot really be much of a shock but the nature of the accuser is. One suggestion that could be examined is that the CIA are angry at having been blamed for the lapses in intelligence and are hitting back. Inter agency/department hostility is not unknown in the cantankerous world of US government intelligence and the CIA were ‘hung out to dry’ in effect by the blame that was placed on the agnecy. What connections Mclellan has to the agency is of course a mystery to probably all except only a few shapeless souls in Washington and will probably remain so until he is renditioned to Uzbekistan….

Just a hunch, trying to plant a few seeds…..

Cluster Sunset? May 29, 2008

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As the world yet again joined hands to fight a common scourge the world’s self styled bullies stayed away. With the notable exception of the UK who for a change joined the moral consesnsus, the list of absentees included the main users and the biggest threats to global peace with China, Russia, Israel and of course the U.S.A. There were no surprises as these nations avoided the treaty on land mines and certainly the US and Israel have been actively using the obnoxious bombs in the last few years; killing innocent civilains and often children.

The moral stance of Gordon Brown’s government may be as a result of their interdependence with the US. Both governments were making statements about the difficulty of the two nations doing operations and excerises together with the US refusing to ditch the ‘biggest civilian killing system’. No commitment was made on getting rid of US stocks at their bases in the UK. So the UK can decommision their arms because they will probably never under take millitary action without their ‘special friend’/imperial master anyawy and will therefore always ‘have’ the capability to drop the heinous devices on any nation not playing ball/giving up their resources or soveriegnty to international capital.

Arresting War Criminals May 29, 2008

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George Mobiot’s attempted arrest of John Bolton at the Hay festival in Wales was a courageous act the campaigner can never have felt was ever going to result in justice despite the part he played in the dubious conflict.

Not so for Australia’s newly elected ‘progressive’ prime minister, Kevin Rudd. Joining the anti Ahmedinejad gang the Labour Party honcho declared that he would look into taking the Iranian president to court for insighting violence, why not just arrest your predecessor for REAL violence? Or for that matter your opposite number in the States. There are plenty of people with criminal intentions, whats wrong with starting with people who actually have committed crimes?