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- Published on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:03
Fear stalks the world in many guises but do we have reasons to be fearful? Some cite the threat of war with Russia but there's no evidence that the Russian people, nor her leadership want war.
Sandwiching NATO in Ukraine, by Scott Humor
“Europe faces the risk of another major war. In 1939, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland triggered the Second World War. Today the possible trip wire is not Poland, but Ukraine. And the aggressor will not be Adolf Hitler, but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.”
That’s a statement; it’s not an analyses, or expert opinion, its a statement of intent.
In some respects, this prospect of confrontation is rooted in cultural attitudes which, in the West, have been fomented through media and politics, pitting "traditionalists" against so called "liberals" but liberalism has taken on a sinister guise, a form of tyranny.
Alexander Dugin on the Heartland versus the Heartless: The Neocon and Neoliberal Plan for Russia (and America) by James Wald
Today, in realizing the ‘liberty from’, we understand ever better that this nihilistic agenda is leading us to an abyss.… A declaration of individual freedom in effect means total dependence of the common man on the oligarchy. Individual freedom abolishes all forms of collective identity. One is not allowed to be a supporter of a national state or a religious institution, because this is not politically correct.
There is a domestic dimension to fear in Europe arising from the new phase in the war on us all - induced mass migration. The forces of law and order are struggling to cope with rising violence and overt assertion of immigrant power; this is particularly acute in France (as evidenced by unreported riots) and Sweden where women have become targets of violent aggression.
In the schools, one can see the war coming John Dübeck, High school teacher of English and history
Sweden is not immune from civil war. Especially not when the media and politicians help to whip up hatred between the ethnic groups that exist in reality. The media and the politicians are fully aware of the situation. They divide and rule in order to maintain their power. Lack of seeing the reality can not explain it. Everything is clear to all who choose to see. Those who seek power will always find ways to divide people and call it compassion.
Refusal to confront and discuss emotive issues such as race, culture and Jewish power over media, academia, money and politics is leading us to dark places. Only light and visibility will show us the way forward into a new paradigm where such differences are eclipsed by our common interest. We have a choice, to live in fear of the "other" or confront our fears head on to discover that once we strip away ideology and distrust, we all want the same things for ourselves, our families and communities: to live in freedom, harmony and prosperity.
From here this looks almost impossible but it's not.
- Published on Monday, 20 February 2017 09:29
Those of us born in Britain and the US have been raised with a sense of moral and intellectual superiority which is negated by the evidence of history.
Daily Pickings has focused, in the main, on current and historic transgressions of the US empire, primarily because it is the conduit of Structural Elite power today. However, from the 17th century to the end of the first world war, Britain was the dominant empire "civilising" (this même preceded today's "spreading of freedom and democracy" as cover for conquest and genocide) the rest of the world. One myth of empire is the glorious "British Raj".
The myth of "Glorious British Raj ... What did British really leave behind??? by Vinayak Jain
The British rule is often glorified with arguments such as the British gave India railways, roads & other infrastructure that helped India after Independence. But this doesn't even for a bit compensate for the atrocities committed by the British on Indians during its rule.
When one attempts to discuss such history, many will dismiss it as long past and that we cannot continue to apologise for sins buried so long in the past. But apologies aren't the issue. Ignorance and culpability are because we support the political economy that committed these atrocities which continue globally under the US empire.
Anglo-American power remains dominant in the world and we citizens of the US and its vassal states, principally Britain and the European Union, are culpable. Ignorance may have been a valid excuse in the past but in today's world of the internet, there is no excuse. By accepting the authority of government, we are responsible for every death and atrocity committed by governments both at home and abroad.
References in the speech to Hitler are based on a misunderstanding of history. For one person to know the full history of the world is a big ask but the powerful message of the video is incontestable. By voting for a system which commits acts of evil, we are not only complicit but ultimately, the fault is ours. We are responsible.
- Published on Sunday, 19 February 2017 08:15
Tony Blair speaks and the gullible listen to the mendacious drivel he spouts, him being polished in the art of weasel words and weaving spells over the ignorant. To others, he is one of the most reviled individuals ever to have walked the political stage, having destroyed not just the fabric of British society but been instrumental in creating death and destruction across the Middle East and beyond.
To enumerate his crimes against humanity would take a strong stomach and the willingness to relive one of the darkest periods in British politics obscured by brash lights of popular culture - he cultivated an image of being a man of the people but many people died on his watch as a result of his desire to please his masters. He moved in sinister circles and is now being amply rewarded.
One casualty of Blair's vanity and that of his henchman, Alistair Campbell, was David Kelly.
David Kelly died to protect Blair's political career, his cronies and to hide the lies which precipitated the ongoing destruction of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. David Kelly was but one of Blair's victims. Robert Fisk, who explained the impacts of Blair's crimes in the Independent newspaper, gave him the
- Published on Saturday, 18 February 2017 08:42
James Corbett defines our dilemma with a striking analogy.
James likens party politics to "fighting over scraps from the rich man's table" but we can extend the analogy even further. How did the rich man become so?
The rich and powerful have persuaded us by stealth and deception that they are entitled to their wealth and power which are products of a system of exploitation of nature and humanity. The bounty of nature belongs to us all and it is our combined labour (of 7 billion people on the earth and all those who've lived before) that created the wealth in which the rich wallow.