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Semantics for Authority February 28, 2009

Posted by Joseph in Obama, U.S. foreign policy.
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The most solid promise that Barack Obama made, one which apperaed incontrovertible and appealed to most humane individuals globally was the promise to withdraw all troops from Iraq.

The promise on face value means that U.S. forces will not remain in Iraq, but no sadly the U.S. President has had a change of heart or a slap on the wrist and is now only withdrawing combat troops, about 50,000 will remain in situ to among other things guard “American assets”. We obviously didn’t read the small print about the ‘non combat’ contingent of the U.S. armed forces.

If 50,000 doesn’t sound like many bare in mind that in 1880 at the height of British Colonial power Britain had only 66,000 troops in the whole of its Indian territories, a considerably larger  proposition, both in population and geographic area.

This was acheived through proxy forces, essentially mercenaries, professional soldiers who had no allegiance to the nation of the army they fought in and in a similar fashion so will the current occupation of Iraq. The thousands of mercenaries will remain and the U.S. will ultimately have a large amount of sway over the Iraqi Army. They have been asked to leave but have ignored that request and so are far from being on reciprocal, sovereign terms.

Another valid, more contemporary comparison, in the same vein of lowly semantics has been Burma’s response to international pressure to release political prisoners. They last week released over 6,000 prisoners, 20 odd were political, and those who were had largely served their sentnces.

In both situations one sees the weight of opion weighing down on cruel authorities towards their most incongruent crimes and their facetious, childish responses.

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

Posted by Joseph in Al Zeidi, protest, U.S. foreign policy, War.
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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.

Hell Broth Man of the Year: Muntadar al-Zeidi December 15, 2008

Posted by Joseph in civil liberties, protest, U.S. foreign policy.
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The prestigious and coveted Hell Broth ‘Man of the Year’ award has this year gone to the Baghdad ‘shoe thrower’. Whilst the site never likes to condone violence Muntadar al-Zeidi’s action is a protest that millions must have dreamed of whilst Bush’s callous blood lust and ineptitude has gone on. But also deeply regrets that neither missile hit its target.

The TV journalist also shouted that this was a ‘good bye kiss, dog!’

He now however finds himself captive of U.S. special forces in Iraq, despite Bush shrugging off the incident claiming it was something that people ‘do in a free society’. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest his arrest on no specific charges, is that something we do as well in a fee society?

“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

Posted by Joseph in Terror, U.S. foreign policy, War.
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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….

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…..