Helle citizen. Should u sometimes have a vote about a specific political issue, or is it better if we left politics up to the politicians? Referenda: 10 years ago the Netherlands voted on a EU constitution. Now a new EU referendum could be on it’s way. Peter talks with Marietje Schaake, a member of ALDE / D66, with D66 especially having direct citizen influence as a top priority.
On my visit to London this week, I decided to step by the Embassy of Ecuador. Don’t really know why, I guess to pay some form of respect to Julian Assange. I talked to a policeman who stood guard in front of the building. He told me:
‘Me and my colleagues uses to make bets, you know, on the date of him stepping outside. ‘
For over a little more than 3 years now Julian Assange lives inside this small piece of Ecuador in London. A long time, even for the police.
‘We kind of stopped betting after a while, he didn’t leave the building. So.’
His colleague gave him coffee. Police have been on the lookout here since the first day. They never left. Over 10 million pounds spent.
‘If he steps out, we arrest him immediately.’
It was not very busy in front of the embassy. In fact there was nobody besides the police. No protest, no journalists, just people walking by to get to Harrods, situated next door. One hardly gets the sense one of the worlds most wanted men resides here.
‘It’s not like we imprison him or anything. We know we have to arrest him. Then its up to the courts.’
I imagine what it must be like for Assange. Living in South American isolation in London. For a man who fought for a new era of transparency in media and government, now to be forced to live in this panopticon situation, seems especially cruel.
Do we care enough about his fate? What about editors of newspapers, who benefited so much, like we people all did, from news and leaks Assange and Wikileaks, do they show enough support now?
Those of us familiar with the case, know he is not exaggerating, when he fears a single trip to the US is likely to await him, prepared by special task force with the Kubrickian name The Wikileaks War Room.
I asked how much longer the police will wait for Assange to come out.
‘Doesn’t matter, we have the time.’
They do. And Assange? How much longer can he last?
The phoney revolution
I believe in America
“I believe in America”, says Bonasera to Don Corleone in The Godfather. It’s the most famous opening line in film history, but more, it’s how we Europeans all more or less feel. We believe in America. Our liberators, protectors and cultural beacon. But how much longer can we keep this feeling? Uncle Sam is going a little crazy.
Just recently congress adapted a resolution, so Orwellian, so preposterous, but at the same time so important, that the full text should be printed in our newspapers. That didn’t happen, in fact the resolution was barely mentioned. The law is the cherry on the spontaneous-revolution pie that was baked in Ukraine this year. A ‘revolution’ which in reality was far from that, it was US orchestrated regime-change.
“Since 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government.
We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. ”
Victoria Nuland – Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State
Are we the good guys?
Hold on, you say, that’s not how it went! Putin the aggressor was the one attacking Crimea. That villain has no right being there has he? We The Free World™ just intervened to save the poor Ukrainians, right? So now Putin is suddenly the sweet puppy?
Nope. But the US State Department and the media did their usual best to make you believe we act on humanitarian purposes. We’re the good guys here.
Are we? Barely.
Cause what really happened in the Kiev uprising?
The country is on a piece of A property with high geopolitical value because of gas and oil transport from Russia and the Caspian region. It’s mostly dependent on Russia for her energy needs. And that is something the US doesn’t like very much, as a US Defense report from 2000 tells us:
“Ukraine is increasingly perceived to be critically situated in the emerging battle to dominate energy transport corridors linking the oil and natural gas reserves of the Caspian basin to European markets… Considerable competition has already emerged over the construction of pipelines. Whether Ukraine will provide alternative routes helping to diversify access, as the West would prefer, or ‘find itself forced to play the role of a Russian subsidiary,’ remains to be seen.
Well that doesn’t remain to be seen anymore. The US have got their desired influence on Ukraine through their rested method: regime-change©.
“We’ll intervene in a country whenever it is in our national security interest to intervene. Get used to it, world.”
Duane Clarridge, former head CIA Latin America in documentary “The War on Democracy”
Yeah, we are getting used to it. Since 1945 the US have tried to topple over 50 governments (many democratically elected).
But how a new government is being put together pretty much exactly by the US has never been exposed before so beautifully, as in the leaked talk between Victoria Nuland and US ambassador in Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt. Two coaches filling in the team:
Nuland: Good. I don’t think [opposition leader] Klitsch should go into the government. I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea.
Pyatt: Yeah. I guess… in terms of him not going into the government, just let him stay out and do his political homework and stuff. I’m just thinking in terms of sort of the process moving ahead we want to keep the moderate democrats together. The problem is going to be Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok, the other opposition leader] and his guys and I’m sure that’s part of what [President Viktor] Yanukovych is calculating on all this.
Nuland: I just think Klitsch going in… he’s going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it’s just not going to work.
Pyatt: No, exactly. And I think we’ve got to do something to make it stick together because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude, that the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it.
That’s how they roll. Putting the set pieces in, after careful planning and building up for years.Mostly out of our sight. By financing agenda supporting NGO’s, supplying ‘democracy training’ to picked political opposition and activists and influencing the media, democracy and good government are exported to you. This way 20 billion Dollars slid into the country. And the common elements of regime change are visible.
First of all there’s always that group of angry civilians, who fed up and take to the streets. Did you ever notice how well organized and equipped these people are from day 1? Complete with fancy riot-gear and catchy slogans. Then the public opinion has to be shaped. Nature of the argument: We the free West suddenly feel a spiritual connection with the uprising protesters, these people need to be saved. Now. The fact that in this case the group consisted of a pretty large portion of neo-nazi’s, is irrelevant, their battle is our battle.
Demonizing the incumbent administration is key. Here we follow the animal-mantra™: this leader is the most inhuman animal on the planet and we can no longer afford to look away. This beast has got to go. (that is, unless the beast plays the game by our rules, like Hoessein and Ghadaffi did for years, then beast can stay beast untouched.) In case at hand Prime Minister Yankovich was a sniper-on-people-shooting animal. The worst kind. Now we know that wasn’t him, but hey, old news, when we’re we’re in.
Flag planted. Next.
No nation as imperialistic as the US since WWII. Which makes it all the more ironical that in resolution 758 they accuse Russia of doing just where they excel in themselves.
What does it say?
“The US Condemns the continuing political, economic, and military aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the continuing violation of sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.”
Military aggression? violation of sovereignty? really?
2 “Vladimir Putin has established an increasingly authoritarian regime in
the Russian Federation through”:
Remember 2000? Al Gore wins Florida! No way says George W. Bush, cause that’s brother Jeb’s state. A couple of hundred votes was the final difference. W wins, but a bitter taste remains. Besides that the US uses voting machines. That they are not safe is a mere fact. Many security experts have shown this, among them renowned Dutch hacker Rop Gongrijp. He single handily managed to get Holland voting with pencil and paper again.
“the persecution and jailing of political opponents and the elimination of independent media”
With Xmas greetings from Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Barett Brown, Aaron Schwartz (RIP) and John Kiriakou.
“the seizure of key sectors of the economy”
By deregulating, dismantling Glass–Steagall and other safeguards, we have a financial crisis since 2008. Main positions on Treasury are held by Goldman Sachs-ers. Yet at moment of writing the number of culprits of the crisis in jail is zero.
“enabling supporters to enrich themselves through widespread corruption”
With Xmas greetings from Enron, Koch brothers, Halliburton, Academi (Blackwater) Goldman Sachs and many others.
3. “implementing a strident propaganda campaign to justify Russian aggression against other countries and repression”
Propaganda? Resolution 758 directly proposes to fund Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, the CIA founded radio-channel.
Unfortunately, as often is the case, most media fail to cover these backgrounds in their reporting. They just mention “Russian troops crossing the border.” Like the NY Times in this article. They do mention a video however proving the Russian invasion. But the piece does not tell us where to find this video.
4. “Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a civilian airliner, was destroyed by a
missile fired by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine,
resulting in the loss of 298 innocent lives”
Here the gate to fairytale land really opens up. This is just false. There is no evidence that Russia is responsible for downing flight MH17. All that exists are accusations on two sides. What we do know, is that the investigation into the disaster, led by Holland, has been a rather preposterous affair. YouTube evidence, copy paste images and a veto on making the report public for one of the suspects, Ukraine.
Unless that is a landmark precedent in law and justice procedures, where suspects from now all receive veto on findings by police and prosecution (Your honor, I decided to keep the report stating I killed my wife with a certainty of 99,999999% out of this trial. I invoke my veto right.) it is a stunning move. But nonetheless adopted by congress, 411 votes to 10.
Resolution 758 is war propaganda in optima forma.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
Don Vito America
America behaves more and more like The Godfather. He too was admired, but more, feared. And he believed in being exceptional. Us caring for this character and even loving him a bit, is due to Coppola’s genius. He shows us a closed world, a tight family with codes of honor who help their poor neighbor en challenges authority. We barely see innocent victims.
Same with the US. With a little help from the establishment media real causes and consequences are scarcely told. A British 2013 poll showed 44% thought the War in Iraq had cost less than 5.000 Iraq civilians their lives. In reality that number is at leased 50 times bigger.
But hey. As long as we keep kissing the US’s hand, like Bonasera, we have nothing to fear.