The nerve of these guys! Karzai ‘wins’ anyway By William Bowles

3 November, 2009

Have you ever seen anything more outrageous? Talk about double standards! For weeks the BBC bombarded us with outrage concerning the elections in Iran with wall-to-wall coverage of the protests and predicting some other kind of ‘colour’ revolution, a green one this time (what will USAID, NDI, Freedom House, George Soros et al do, when they run out of colours?).[1]

“Millions of Iranians simply did not believe the result. The main demand of the protesters has been an annulment of the result and an election re-run.” ‘Q&A: Iran election aftermath’, BBC News, 22 June, 2009

Compare the BBC’s squeals of outrage over the Iranian elections with how the BBC ‘delicately’ deals with the Afghan elections. No wall-to-wall coverage of Afghan outrage over a stolen election. Instead,

“There was no further reference to fraud. It was pointed out that the figures were more or less in line with the opinion polls – President Karzai, the candidate of the majority Pashtun people, in the high 40s and Dr Abdullah in the low 30s.”‘Karzai back in favour – conditionally’, BBC News, 2 November, 2009

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Freddie Freeloader – Jon Hendricks & Friends

Jon Hendricks founder of the incomparable Lambert, Hendricks & Ross vocal trio, singing his translation of the classic Miles Davis track. Hendricks took the original solos by Miles, Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley and transcribed them, set to lyrics written by Hendricks, one of the unsung masters of Jazz.

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Colour-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III Part 2 By Andrew Gavin Marshall

3 November, 2009 — Global Research

This is Part 2 of the Series, “The Origins of World War III”

Part 1: An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III

Introduction

Following US geo-strategy in what Brzezinski termed the “global Balkans,” the US government has worked closely with major NGOs to “promote democracy” and “freedom” in former Soviet republics, playing a role behind the scenes in fomenting what are termed “colour revolutions,” which install US and Western-friendly puppet leaders to advance the interests of the West, both economically and strategically.

Part 2 of this essay on “The Origins of World War III” analyzes the colour revolutions as being a key stratagem in imposing the US-led New World Order. The “colour revolution” or “soft” revolution strategy is a covert political tactic of expanding NATO and US influence to the borders of Russia and even China; following in line with one of the primary aims of US strategy in the New World Order: to contain China and Russia and prevent the rise of any challenge to US power in the region.

These revolutions are portrayed in the western media as popular democratic revolutions, in which the people of these respective nations demand democratic accountability and governance from their despotic leaders and archaic political systems. However, the reality is far from what this utopian imagery suggests. Western NGOs and media heavily finance and organize opposition groups and protest movements, and in the midst of an election, create a public perception of vote fraud in order to mobilize the mass protest movements to demand “their” candidate be put into power. It just so happens that “their” candidate is always the Western US-favoured candidate, whose campaign is often heavily financed by Washington; and who proposes US-friendly policies and neoliberal economic conditions. In the end, it is the people who lose out, as their genuine hope for change and accountability is denied by the influence the US wields over their political leaders.

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Carl Dix: No good for people until revolution overthrows capitalism

2 November, 2009 — Russia Today

Communist America is an oxymoron – or is it? Carl Dix a representative of America’s Revolutionary Communist Party thinks that political change IS possible in the US. He spoke to RT’s Anastasia Churkina.


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Khaled Islaih – Re-spacing Zayta: Exploring Transnational Geographies

3 November, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

zayta.jpgZayta is a small Palestinian village in the northern part of the West Bank with 3,300 inhabitants. The village is situated near the Green Line (the armistice line between Israel and the West Bank), ten kilometres northwest of Tulkarem City.

Zayta is my home village and remains the closest place to my heart. Despite the radical shifts in today’s world, the early memories of life in Zayta continue to shape my identity and worldview. Villagers’ metaphors provide clarity to digest complexities and guidance to navigate the ambiguities of today’s complex world. Although I have been living in Canada for the last four years, thousands of miles from Zayta, I still maintain regular presence and engagement with my family, friends and village, thanks to the evolving revolution of information technology. In return, along with this romantic attachment to Zayta, I have been blessed with knowledge and innovative creativity. In this article, I am going to share a transnational vision to build better futures for Zayta and other underprivileged communities in Palestine.

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“A remarkable failure for a journalist” – 2009 Courage in Journalism Award Acceptance Speech by Amira Hass

3 November, 2009 — Tlaxcala

amira-hass.jpgAllow me to start with a correction. How impolite, you’d rightly think, but anyway, we Israelis are being forgiven for much worse than impoliteness.

What is so generously termed today by the International Women’s Media Foundation as my lifetime achievement needs to be corrected. Because it is Failure. Nothing more than a failure. A lifetime failure.

Come to think of it, the lifetime part is just as questionable: after all, it is about a third of my life, not more, that I have been engaged in Journalism.

Also, if the ‘lifetime’ part gives you the impression that I am soon going to retire– then this impression has to be corrected as well. I am not planning to end soon what I am doing.

What am I doing? I am generally defined as a reporter on Palestinian issues. But, in fact, my reports are about the Israeli society and policies, about Domination and its intoxications. My sources are not secret documents and leaked out minutes which were taken at meetings of people with Power and in Power. My sources are the open ways by which the subjugated are being dispossessed of their equal rights as human beings.

There is still so much more to learn about Israel, about my society, and about Israeli decision makers who invent restrictions such as: Gazan students are not to study in a Palestinian university in the West Bank, some 70 kms away from their home. Another ban: Children (above the age of 18) are not to visit their parents in Gaza, if the parents are well and healthy. If they were dying, Israeli order-abiding officials would have allowed the visit. If the children are younger than 18 – the visit would have been allowed. But, on the other hand, second degree relatives are not allowed to visit dying or healthy siblings in Gaza.

It is an intriguing philosophical question, not only journalistic. Think of it: what, for the Israeli System, is so disturbing, about reasonably healthy fathers or mothers? What is so disturbing about a kid choosing and getting a better education? And these are but two in a long, long list of Israeli prohibitions.

Or when I write about the progressively decimated and fragmented Palestinian territory of the West Bank. It’s not just about people losing their family property and livelihood; it’s not only about the shrinking opportunities of people in disconnected, crowded enclaves. It is in fact a story about the skills of Israeli architects. It is a way to learn about how Israeli on the-ground planning contradicts official proclamations, a phenomenon which characterizes the acts of all Israeli governments, in the past as in the present. In short, there is so much to keep me busy for another lifetime, or at least for the rest of my lifetime.

But, as I said, the real correction is elsewhere. It’s not about achievement that we should be talking here, but about a failure.

It is the failure to make the Israeli and international public use and accept correct terms and words– which reflect the reality. Not the Orwellian Newspeak that has flourished since 1993 and has been cleverly dictated and disseminated by those with invested interests.