Three weeks ago, on October 3rd, Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s Conservative party narrowly passed a motion to “launch combat missions” in Iraq alongside other Western warmongering nations and their clients in the Middle East. The motion was passed (157 for to134 against) despite stiff opposition from the NDP and Liberal opposition parties and a Canadian public traditionally averse to any kind of foreign military campaigns. On the day of the vote, an online poll showed almost 60% of respondents were against Canada joining the ‘coalition’.
NDP opposition leader Tom Mulcair said that the Harper government was “plunging Canada into a prolonged war without a credible plan” and that bombing ISIS “will only create more recruits for ISIS and can, in fact, prove to be disastrously counterproductive”. On Monday, former prime minister Jean Chretien again criticized Canada’s military involvement in Iraq saying that it was “just the latest in a long history of interventions by western countries that have left “scars” on the Middle East” and that “Canada should be putting its emphasis on humanitarian assistance for the refugees in the region.” Read more »
As Russia continues to assert itself and lay claim to its rightful place as a leading global power, Western governments and their media whores, in a desperate attempt to preserve their faltering hegemony, are resorting to increasingly outrageous anti-Russian stunts and manipulations that surpass even the worst propaganda of the Cold War era.
When the first ISILTM ‘beheading’ video was released I was immediately struck by how utterly counter-productive it was for the ‘Islamic State’ to produce a glossy, high-definition video of the event and make it available to Western audiences. If the goal of such a dubious PR campaign was to intimidate the anglo-American Empire into backing off from attacking the alleged Levantine ‘rebels’, then it failed miserably.
What’s most amazing however is that the IS leadership were unable to foresee that lopping the heads off US and UK citizens and producing a made for TV video of the gruesome spectacle would simply gift the anglo-American Empire builders with the justification to launch a bombing campaign against the video makers. I mean, how politically ignorant do you have to be to not realise that? Did they learn nothing from the 9/11 attacks? Western civilian casualties are the US military industrial complex’s bread and butter! They use Western civilian casualties of Arab terrorism to justify the invasion and occupation of the Arab countries that the erstwhile Arab terrorists are trying to rid of US occupation! Read more »
The change.org petition demanding a re-run of the Scottish referendum, “counted by impartial international parties”, has now reached 93,000 signatures as incredulous reaction mounts to the highly dubious referendum vote. Even Ron Paul expressed extreme scepticism about the result. The British media, meanwhile, is having a field day mocking the viral video footage of suspect activity at counting venues across Scotland, laughing off the fact that the only international observers to report anything about how the referendum was conducted were Russian observers, and dismissing Scots’ calls for recounts and fresh referenda as being “sour grapes” based on “conspiracy theories”.
But are these 93,000 (mostly) Scottish citizens, and the thousands of Facebook users demanding an investigation, just deluded sore losers?
If we look at the British voting system in general, we find a somewhat less than glowing 2008 report from the Council of Europe’s human rights watchdogstating that reforms to the postal voting rules introduced by Labour made electoral fraud in Britain “childishly simple”. The British voting system was now open to fraud and the system “makes it extremely easy to add bogus characters to the voters’ lists”, the report stated.
But to conclude that the Scottish referendum specifically was likely rigged for a ‘No’ vote by ‘British’ intelligence, we need to provide reasonable evidence that the British elite have the necessary character ‘qualities’, motive and operational history to engage in such a serious crime. We must also provide reasonable cause to believe that the British government and media opinion polls, that generally predicted a majority ‘No’ vote in the run-up to the referendum, were false, that the majority of Scots intended to vote yes, and that rigging of the vote was therefore necessary. Most importantly, we must present a plausible scenario, backed up by evidence, that British agents had the opportunity to commit this most undemocratic of crimes. Read more »
At the Nato summit in Wales yesterday, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Britain’s most senior commander in Nato, said there had been “some deception and some deceit” from the Russian side over the conflict in Ukraine, and that “the reality on the ground is that Russian regular armed forces are being employed on the territory of Ukraine in support of this separatist movement.”
Russia, and Putin in particular, has been demonized by the West for the alleged involvement of the Russian government and military in aiding the pro-independence rebels in Ukraine. Putin and his ministers have repeatedly denied this claim but, of course, it is highly likely that the allegation is true.
Should we therefore all be outraged along with our Western ‘leaders’? Well, it depends. If you live in ‘moo-moo’ land, where, over the past 70 years, Western governments have been paragons of virtue and all things wonderful, and have only ever involved themselves in the affairs of supposedly sovereign nations in order to stamp out evil and bring freedom and democracy to all, then yes, you should be outraged that Russia would involve itself in Ukrainian affairs. Read more »
Five hours after the crash of MH17, U.S. VP Biden had proclaimed it was “not an accident” and was “blown out of the sky”. How did he know?
Within hours of the destruction of Malaysia flight MH17 on July 17th, with the wreckage and bodies still smoldering, western politicians already knew what had happened and who was to blame. This fact alone is highly suspicious and reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks when, within an hour of the first plane hitting the WTC, western politicians and media pundits had already named Osama bin Laden as the likely culprit. On both occasions, were they reading from a pre-prepared script?
Despite what you may have heard, or think you heard, there is no official explanation as to what happened to MH17. If you ‘know’ that Russia was responsible, then you’ve fallen victim to the lies and anti-Russian propaganda of the West.
While the US govt. citing ‘intelligence sources’ has claimed that they have satellite evidence that a BUK missile destroyed the plane, and that, given the area in which it crashed, it must have been the ‘rebels’, they have failed to provide any evidence to back up their claim. Read more »
Here’s the short version: There are up to 10,000 Israeli collaborators in Gaza. They ‘tag’ houses for Israeli jets to bomb, they follow Palestinians and report their movements to Shin Bet etc. Since Israel apparently knew well in advance that there was going to be rocket fire of which Hamas was not aware, and had planned to bomb the house that Deif was in immediately after the rocket fire, and justify it by claiming that the rocket fire was a ‘breach of the ceasefire’, who fired the rockets?
The answer appears to be “someone who was courteous enough to fire the rockets on an Israeli schedule.”
Did anyone else notice that the ‘ceasefire’ in Gaza sort of came out of the blue? Pundits put this down to ‘war weariness’ on both sides, but the precise timeline of events leading up to the ceasefire has me a little perplexed.
On Monday, 18th August, a 72-hour ceasefire was declared as part of the talks in Cairo. The following day, Tuesday, the Israeli delegation left at 4 pm, precisely the time when the IDF would later say that Hamas had fired rockets at Beersheba, thereby “breaking the ceasefire”. Read more »
Saleh al-Arouri: never forget, for many people, money trumps ideology every time.
A Hamas official who lives in Turkey has claimed that members of its militant wing kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in June. The killing of the three was initially used by Israel to being its two-week-long bombardment of Gaza, killing 2,000 Palestinians.
Speaking at a conference in Turkey, Saleh Al-Arouri said the al-Qassam Brigades were responsible. The claim has been met with skepticism by many. Al-Arouri is the only member of Hamas to make this claim, and it stands in contrast to the statements of both the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in exile in Qatar, and the Israeli police, both of whom stated that Hamas was not responsible.
Questions must be asked about Al-Arouri’s motivation for making this claim and whether or not he is in a position to make any authoritative statements about Hamas, or the operations of any other Palestinian groups or individuals in the West bank or elsewhere in the occupied territories. First of all, the Turkish government is no friend of the Palestinian people, so why is Al-Arouri living there? Read more »