UPS Yemen Bomb Scare was a Hoax
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Where has all the money gone?
An unpublished letter to the Guardian on where all the money has gone:
"Each time I turn on the BBC I hear that difficult decisions have to be made, by whoever is elected. This comes down to: Do we want to give all our money to pay for the bankers this year or would we rather wait a bit? In all this debate no one has asked the obvious questions of how much wealth there is in the country, and who is best able to pay.
The focus groups which we conduct, light up when such issues are raised, but heaven forbid that politicians should be asked about such indelicate topics. The total UK wealth is £ 9 thousand billion, the top 20% own between 5 and 6 thousand billion of this, nearly all in property and pensions.*
Remember in a single year the denizens of the city paid themselves £21 billion in bonus payments and now we know where these went. The deficit is a mere £150 billion or thereabouts. But instead of discussing who could pay without missing it too much, public debate is constrained to issues like vat rises, which would hurt the poorest, who have no wealth, only debts.
Or alternatively we can choose if we want less schools and hospitals or more potholes. The class who caused all this will not be bothered in the least by the consequences of their actions, let alone be told on the BBC that they should pay for them."
Where has all the money gone?
Posted by Rory Winter at 7:20 pm
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Rogue Nation
Three strikes and you’re out, Mr. Obama. Your government stands for preemptive killing and missile strikes on people living in countries with which America is not at war, lets torturers and torture enablers go free, and has asserted the right to assassinate its own citizens anywhere in the world based on secret evidence. Ronald Reagan once described his vision of America as a shining city on a hill. Over the past ten years the shining city has become the ultimate rogue nation, pumped up with power and hubris in spite of the clearly visible signs of decline and moving inexorably towards a catastrophic fall.
Posted by Rory Winter at 9:28 pm
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Russia Today's Crosstalk on 911
Another useful contribution to the 911 affair where Russia Today's Crosstalk anchor, Peter Lavelle, interviews 911 investigators Richard Gage, Ian Henshall and Annie Machon.
You didn't see this in the West's corporate media.
Posted by Rory Winter at 8:50 pm
Lies, lies and more damned lies
The British establishment must rue the day that Craig Murray was appointed as one of its ambassadors. Murray went on to blow the whistle on the UK government's complicity in US torture policy and for that he paid the price of being fired from his job.
Now he has exposed as a liar a former MI5 head who today claims that the UK was 'misled' by the US on its use of torture.
"Eliza Manningham-Buller, former head of MI5, is engaged in an outrageous attempt to rewrite history, by claiming we were unaware that the CIA was getting intelligence from torture."
You won't hear Murray's side of the story in the corporate media. No prizes for guessing why.
Posted by Rory Winter at 8:33 pm
Monday, March 01, 2010
Yemen: USA Are Fighting Against Democracy, Not Against Al-Qaeda
A pair of trousers catches fire in an aeroplane close to Detroit and missiles rain down on Yemen. Is this is what is called the butterfly effect? For Mohammed Hassan, the terrorist threat is only an excuse. Mohamed Hassan explains what is really at stake in Yemen: i.e. undermining democracy in the Gulf in order to keep control over its oil.
Since the failed attack on the Amsterdam-Detroit flight, Yemen has hit the headlines. It's there that the young Nigerian terrorist is supposed to have trained. How could this country, an ally of the US, become of refuge for al-Qaeda?
Posted by Rory Winter at 4:48 am
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Police arrest journalist over reporting of Aberdeen, Scotland Paedophile gang claims
Journalist & Broadcaster Robert Green was arrested by Grampian Police on Friday.
SCOTLAND’s CROWN OFFICE are said to be heavily involved in the arrest in Aberdeen on Friday of the well known England based journalist & broadcaster Robert Green, who travelled to the Grampian area late Thursday to attend a public protest against the lack of action by Scotland’s law enforcement agencies to prosecute identified individuals in an Aberdeen based paedophile gang, names which include key members of Scotland’s legal establishment and even a local Sheriff, who stand accused of serial abuse of disabled victims, including downs syndrome girl, Hollie Greig.
Robert Green talk on the Hollie Greig Aberdeen abuse case - part 1
Now go here for rest of the talk
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
A WORLD TO WIN: Manifesto of Revolutionary Solutions
We are in a global emergency, one that is marked by an insoluble economic crisis, runaway climate change and the failure of political systems to meet the needs of ordinary people. That is why we are publishing this draft Manifesto of Revolutionary Solutions.
The crises are interconnected. Each feeds the others, reinforcing and deepening the problems facing humanity. Nowhere was this more harshly demonstrated than at the Copenhagen conference in December 2009. World political leaders could not even agree on the smallest of cuts in levels of carbon emissions responsible for global warming.
While they summoned up the will to bail out the banks in order to save capitalism from collapse, the same leaders were unwilling to put the interests of ordinary people first. The message was clear: humanity, you are on your own because your political leaders are simply the messengers of powerful corporate and financial interests.
The unsustainable, profit-driven growth of the last 30 years – the period of corporate-driven, free-market globalisation – is the cause of the sharp rise in greenhouse gases that accelerated climate change. Ever greater levels of debt that financed the expansion lay behind the meltdown of the financial system and the onset of a new Depression.
No single crisis can be solved in isolation. Drastic cuts in overall carbon emissions cannot be achieved within the capitalist model of production. It is equally unimaginable that the political system will yield to pressure because the state is inextricably linked to maintaining capitalism.
Bold, ground-breaking ideas are being discussed around the world that offer alternatives to global warming, economic and financial chaos, global poverty and lack of shelter. They challenge political systems that lack credibility, democracy and legitimacy as well as oppose renewed dangers of international war.
Placed alongside each other to form a coherent whole, such ideas and proposals assume a revolutionary character for the stark reason that they cannot be carried into practice within the present socio-political framework.
So the Manifesto starts from a reality that points to revolutionary change to break the impasse that confronts humanity in every country. Our goal is to create a new, vibrant democracy that places real power in the hands of ordinary women and men so that pressing problems can be dealt with in a collective, co-operative way.
New political organisations will have to be built internationally to open this new chapter in history.They will have a unique opportunity to learn from history, from the unfinished struggles for democracy, self-determination, human rights, against Stalinism, for climate justice and for socialism. They will have to articulate the needs and aspirations of the powerless majority in creative and new ways.
In Britain, the state itself is heading towards bankruptcy, loaded down with mountainous levels of debt by the New Labour government in a futile bid to rescue the banks. The levels of cuts in public spending needed to “balance the books” are so draconian that they will destabilise society and effectively wreck free health care, education, social support, benefits and pensions.
This points to a major political crisis in Britain after the forthcoming General Election, whatever the outcome, and with it, a potential breaking point for bourgeois parliamentary democracy. The question of power – who rules Britain for what purpose – will become the most significant of issues.
This Manifesto does not seek your vote – in fact, there is a strong case for withholding your vote at the general election – but rather your commitment and support. Shape the future by taking part in the launch of A World to Win as an international organisation in spring 2010.
A World to Win
Posted by Rory Winter at 10:15 am
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Kidnapping of Haiti
The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured "formal approval" from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to "secure" roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.
Friday, January 22, 2010
“War on terror” as a cover for US terrorism
It's ironic. It's hypocritical. It's a fraud. The "war on terrorism" branded by America is a propaganda cover for the worst terrorists in the world.
What was the invasion and occupation of Iraq but an act of terrorism? Everyone now knows that the faux war was born of a fraud ... If America wants to stop terrorism, it needs to stop terrorizing the world.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Is Al Qaeda Real?
Here's something you won't hear on the western media; a discussion on Russia Today's Crosstalk about Al Qaeda and whether it is a real organisation or not.
If we are to believe the western mainstream media Al Qaeda is a huge, well-organised, global network of terrorism. Not according to some of the speakers here. The consensus on Crosstalk is that Al Qaeda is a generic term for a motley group of Islamists who oppose the militaristic policies of the US. In other words 'Al Qaeda' is a term of convenience which is used to describe an assortment of groups who are fighting the US.
And on the last, Robert Fisk is eloquent about why they are doing this.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
News Blackout on Cuban Aid to Haiti
As I write the amount of aid and the speed in which it has been delivered to Haiti must be accredited to the Cubans while the Americans play a merciless game of delay. In the mainstream media's silence over the generous role being played by Cuba we see how the MSM remains in the stranglehold of US influence.
Cuba increases aid to Haiti
On Wednesday morning, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla received his counterpart from the Republic of Suriname, Lygia Louise Irene Kraag-Keteldijk, who is on an official visit to our country.
As part of official talks between the two ministers, Rodríguez gave a detailed explanation of the situation of Cuban cooperation workers in the sister Republic of Haiti after the terrible earthquake that occurred on Tuesday.
In that context, he clarified that there are currently "403 Cuban cooperative personnel, 334 of whom are working in the health sector as doctors and paramedics," in the devastated country. He said they had been able to confirm the status of all those working "within the city of Port-au-Prince. Only two of them received very slight injuries, and the others have confirmed that they are all right."
"We are verifying the situation and gathering complete information about cooperative workers in other parts of the country. We have been able to locate the majority of them and they are fine," he assured.
The minister added that victims have been receiving medical attention from the Cuban brigade since the earthquake struck. He noted that "they are now working in two campaign hospitals in our medical personnel’s accommodation facilities."
He said that plans are underway to more emergency aid to the sister Caribbean nation, consisting of "a quantity of medicine and health materials. An additional number of doctors are to travel there."
"Our ambassador and other compañeros working in Port-au-Prince spent the entire night and early morning touring the city to contact our compatriots there because communication lines have collapsed. Equally, "the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working tirelessly to coordinate the response from all of our institutions."
The Cuban foreign affairs minister reiterated Cuba’s disposition to participate in any CARICOM effort. "In this context we are in contact with the CARICOM mission and we will certainly work together there to provide assistance to the Haitian people."
Ana Ivis Galán García, Granma International
The Lesson of Haiti by Fidel Castro
A Major War Crime: How the USUK systematically destroyed Iraq
Among the many hollow arguments produced by the warmongers' apologists is perhaps the most desperate one: it was necessary to invade Iraq to liberate its people from an evil dictator. But any reasonably intelligent reader with a passable understanding of the significance of geostrategics as expressed in documents such as Zbigniew Brzezinski's book, The Grand Chessboard, and the neocons' Project for a New American Century, would understand that the real prize to be had was Oil and the hegemonizing of the Middle East.
A new book, Cultural Cleansing in Iraq, contends that the Bush administration’s objectives were to demonstrate US global dominance and remake 'the strategic Middle East' to suit the US. “To that end, the invasion of Iraq would display America’s crushing military power to a world reduced to the status of spectators in a spectacle of a state’s destruction, marked by massive civilian casualties, cultural devastation and the pauperisation of its people.”
Subsequent chapters show how Iraq’s state structures were systematically destroyed along with the independent secular nationalist socialist regime.
This began with the looting of the country’s museums and libraries, schools and universities. Although Iraqis carried out most of the pillage and destruction, the US was responsible for what took place ...
... The 13 authors of this work say the US set out to destroy Iraq’s national identity, reduce and marginalise the educated class and wipe the Iraqi slate clean in order to build from ground zero a weak state which would be dependent on the US. This experiment in “state ending” has left a black hole at the heart of the eastern Arab world.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Luton protest trial and Islam4UK ban: huge attacks on civil liberties
Convictions for peaceful protests deemed 'offensive' to chauvinists, and plans to ban an organisation which is not accused of any crime, mark a further onslaught on basic liberties in Britain.
Beneath the tabloid hysteria, and with media whitewash causing many of people to give their attention to the politics of Islam4UK rather than the serious threats facing activists in Britain, the state is ramping up repression to new extremes, using its 'war' on political Islam as an ideology (even when nobody has been harmed directly) to drive wedges into basic liberties yet again.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
And now a word from the Netroots ...
Obama was brought in for one reason and one reason only - to put a better, even subaltern face on imperialism, martial adventurism, and the economic decline of the vast majority. He was brought in for his astounding rhetorical ability - to package war escalation and economic rollbacks and to sell them as peace and reforms. He was brought in so that the Republican boosters could call him a socialist and thereby provide right cover for his government as it handed over the federal treasury in bailouts and war bucks. Obama was brought in precisely because his rhetoric was so far at odds with reality that it would take a little over four years for the front-row Democratic boosters to see events as they happened, rather than as they were narrated by him and his media mouthpieces.
Instead of asking, as netplants are doing, for the real Democrats to stand up, we netroots ask them, especially their leader Barrack Obama, to please sit down. Please sit down and stop pretending to be our allies. Please sit down and stop misleading millions with phony rhetoric and lies. Please sit down so that the millions can be disabused of your illusions at last. Please stop flying your false flags of progress and reform. Please sit down so that we can begin in earnest the work of building a real party in opposition to you and the masters whom you serve so well.