Worst Year Ever ?

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It seems to be the fashion, especially among the young, naive and imperfectly educated, to describe 2016, ludicrously, as ”the worst ever year”.

Even the latest TV ad for the de-sensitizing brainwash ‘game’ Call of Duty cynically makes use of this grossly flawed (and self-righteous) interpretation of events. Presumably the reference is to Brexit and Trump, two historic blows delivered by ordinary voters to the neo-liberal, corporatist establishment. Now protesters are on the street, ridiculously demonstrating – against what ? – absurdly, against the democratically-expressed dissatisfaction of austerity-hammered people !

What a testament to the efficiency of neo-liberal brainwashing it is, that well-meaning people actually feel moved to protest against, of all things, a predominantly working-class, grass-roots rejection of the kleptocratic elite’s globalist, neo-feudal agenda.


”Those protesting and rioting right now because they are more concerned about Donald Trump’s words and rhetoric, but cannot find it amidst their crocodile tears and their myopic self-absorbed selective moral outrages to even have an iota of anger at Hillary Clinton’s track-record of actual murderous policies, are seriously indicative of some of what’s wrong with the state of modern America, and the bankruptcy of their own ideology whose outer rhetorical shell masks the inherent reality of their own paternalistic racism, “humanitarian” militarism and bourgeois trendy consumerism.” ~ (Brandon Martinez, Non-Aligned Media)

”Unelectable” : Jeremy Corbyn and the 76%

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People have a tendency to accept media opinion as public opinion and then repeat it as fact. So they repeat that Jeremy Corbyn is “unelectable”, simply because they’ve been told so often that he is. The truth is that in the new language of corporate power a candidate is described as ”unelectable” simply when it is found that he cannot be bought.
The establishment media also consistently repeat the fallacy that “the Labour Party needs to attract Tory voters back to Labour”. But this is not actually true, not even close. At the last election, just 24% of the electorate voted Conservative, while 76% did not. It is thus by no means impossible that Labour could easily win the next election by gathering votes only from the 76% who voted for other parties or abstained.
The establishment knows this, and they are running scared, so I don’t think they’ll be dropping the ”unelectable” mantra, – or the smear campaign – any time soon….

The End of The Empire

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In a particularly significant speech –  on July 1st, republished on Chinese websites, but little reported in the West –  Chinese President Xi Jinping baldly stated :

“The world is on the brink of radical changes. We see how the EU is gradually crumbling and the US economy is collapsing. This will end in a new world order. So, in ten years we will have a new world order unlike anything before, in which the key will be the Union of Russia and China…

”We are now witnessing aggressive actions by the United States against Russia and China. I believe that Russia and China may form an alliance before which NATO will be powerless, and it will put an end to the imperialist aspirations of the West….”

Xi went on to state that ”China advocates people of all countries joining together to change pressure into power, risks into opportunities, and replace confrontation with cooperation, and monopolies with win-win deals.”

It is apparent that once ‘elected’, neither Zio-warrior Clinton nor ‘Nuke-em’ Trump can expect anything like a clear run for the stalled military-industrial imperialist agenda.

Things could get very messy indeed….

The Khazarian Global Checkmate Has Been Sealed

Behold the Power

BEHOLD the power of neo-liberal brainwashing in action !


A generation protesting at losing their fight to give away their sovereignty and independence to an unelected corporatist bureaucracy !

…..Go figure that one out……


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The algorithms that once orchestrated advertising now orchestrates peoples’ lives.


Embarrassingly, 3 million have supported the daft Petition for a Referendum re-run….. Oh yes – and please can we replay that England v Iceland match as well ?

 

Hugo Chavez : A Portrait from Europe (video)

Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez .

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‘We have to re-invent socialism. It can’t be the kind of socialism that we saw in the Soviet Union, but it will emerge as we develop new systems that are built on cooperation, not competition.” ~ Hugo Chávez during his closing speech at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. January 31, 2005

”The descendants of those who crucified Christ have taken ownership of the riches of the world. A minority has taken ownership of the gold of the world, the silver, the minerals, water, the good lands, petrol… the riches; and they have concentrated the riches in a small number of hands.” ~ ( Christmas Speech at a rehabilitation centre on December 24th, 2005.)

”Let the dogs of the Empire bark, that’s their job; ours is to battle to achieve the true liberation of our people.” ~ (In reply to a comment by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld)


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This.documentary by Pablo Roldán explores the impact in Europe of Hugo Chávez and his defence of socialism. With contributions from Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell, among others.


(Click CC for English subtitles)

 

 

Vendredi Treize

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We lose our capacity to create positive political solutions when we stop thinking critically and allow emotional identifications to herd us into factitious substitutes for solidarity and action.

We lose our ability to respond constructively to atrocity if we allow ourselves to see people not as individuals, but as symbols ~ where OUR solidarity, our eagerness to melt into a warm mindless oneness and feel we’re doing something, is contingent on YOUR involuntary solidarity, your losing who you really are in a menacing mass. We can’t stand together HERE unless we imagine you all together THERE in enmity.

Of course this suits the warmongers perfectly.

Changing avatars on social media is a feeble distraction from changing realities in society. To combat violence we must look unflinchingly at the palpable iniquities that breed it. Unfortunately they won’t be won’t be rectified by acts of courage on our computer screens that neither risk nor alter anything.

CAM PARIS

 


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Never Again ?

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Lockheed Martin and BAE are just two of the arms companies co-sponsoring British Legion Red Poppy events.

Another arms company, Thales, branded the entrance of Westminster tube station with a poppy-covered billboard.

The final anti-war section of the official Remembrance song “The Green Fields of France” has been omitted from the official ceremony. It includes the lines…

“Do those that lie here know why did they die ? And did they believe when they answered the cause, Did they really believe that this war would end wars ?” 

The slogan “Never Again” has been replaced with “Shoulder to Shoulder with all who serve” – a clear and cynical attempt to drum up public support for current, and future, British military campaigns.

For it to survive and regain the widest possible public support, the Festival of Remembrance must be saved from neo-con militarism and return to being the less-hyped, but less hypocritical commemoration it was in the 1970s. That means saying No to arms company and neo-con involvement, No to censoring anti-war verses, but a very big Yes to ”Never Again.”


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Someone decided to duck out of the VIP reception, and chat with veterans instead !

”The now-dominant approach is hypocritical because it co-exists with pursuing yet more war in today’s world. It promotes the idea that war’s victims are ‘heroes’, which makes it all seem justified.. It substitutes empty symbols and rituals for genuinely seeking to understand what happened. It cheerleads for nationalism. It focuses overwhelmingly on those who served in the armed forces, neatly obscuring the reality that nowadays most of those killed in wars are civilians.”

Alex Snowdon : http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news/how-remembrance-sunday-is-cynically-exploited-to-promote-militarism-nationalism-and-war


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”There are no poppies for the children
Or for their mothers left to cry
They’re only for the ones who kill them
When the bombs and bullets fly…”