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Laughing Example of Media Wallowing in Willful (Evil) Ignorance

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by Tom Valentine

 

Watch this video of the MSNBC election night “experts” for a solid example of controlled media evil at work. There is a good chance you did not see it as MSNBC is the lowest rated of the cable news networks since the multitudes of oxymoron’s prefer Fox.

They are reporting one big fact from the Florida Primary election, that the only “Happy” candidate is Ron Paul, who did not waste time and money on Florida.

It is what the giggling pundit tells his audience about Ron Paul that is such an egregious lie that galls me.

Note, Matthews, a veteran of decades in Washington DC, who proudly boasts he once worked for Tip O’Neill during the Reagan era in order to give his leftist punditry an aura of authority.

We may assume that Matthews is educated and skilled in the bullshit of Washington, so he surely must know, that immense crap has hit the fan in this country since the collapse and bailout events at end of the hated GW Bush era.

With that in mind, ask yourself why he spins the establishment lies that Ron Paul is “wacky” with his obvious truth-telling about the Fed, and about the insane wars.

Note how this arrogant prick makes fun of the probable fact that Americans have no idea about Sarbanes-Oxley, the Law enacted in 2002 after the Enron scandal; in a belated, alleged effort to curb abuses. Ron Paul vows to repeal such vainglorious Laws and return Liberty to markets.

None of television’s pundits, who are hung up on the polls of the mindless voters, ever explain why Paul’s ideas are “Whacko”, because they cannot do so with any sense of logic or truth, only that the present establishment says so, while displaying a morbid fear of Ron Paul’s truths.

Surely Matthews knows that Ron Paul has made his case against the criminal monetary policies of the private banker cartel, If he doesn’t he should turn in his pundit badge. Also, how the hell does Matthews miss the fact all politicians are sellouts to filthy lucre? When children grasp it in a minute?

This video report is a goldmine of truth about the mindset of this motor mouth pundit on the third string network; Even so, MSNBC reported the facts with more accuracy than Hannity, O’Reilly et. al.

The college kids carrying water for Ron Paul are ignoring their professors and following their instincts.

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University of Ottawa Systemic Racism and Abuse

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by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 3, 2008, former Canadian politician/UN ambassador/pro-Israeli flack Allan Rock became U of O president.

His administration’s marked by secrecy, political censorship, abuse of students and faculty, and repudiation of fundamental university values.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association reprimanded him for banning an Israeli Apartheid Week poster. He then pressured a student union president into distancing the organization from the student-run Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG). It opposes repressive Israeli practices as do growing millions.

In September 2008, Rock got the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors (EBOG) to suspend tenured Professor Denis Rancourt. In December, he recommended dismissing him and barring him from campus. In March 2009, he fired him for his principled stand on Israel/Palestine, but blamed it on his creative teaching methods.

Rancourt is a distinguished physics professor, a recognized expert in his field, and a “phenomenal teacher” according to members of the Environmental Studies Student Association.

Its members said he provided an “extremely enriching individualized…. empower(ing and) positive learning environment where inspired students gained confidence and courage.”

Yet Rock twisted his innovate pedagogical approach and grading methods as pretext to fire him. He then ordered campus police to ban and remove him from campus, assigned his graduate students to other faculty members, fired his post doctoral research fellow, and summarily dismissed him without cause.

That’s how despots operate. Under Rock, U of O is more police state than university. As a result, education and learning suffer.

Ironically, U of O’s Vision 2010 claims it “Support(s) and recognize(s) initiatives designed to implement a range of new and diversified strategies for learning and evaluation.”

Rancourt wanted U of O pedagogically improved and more democratic. He also advocated effectively on environmental concerns, professional ethics, lobbying, media influence, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In response, university officials silenced him by banishment.

In addition, Freedom of Information (FOI) documents showed he was victimized by intense illegal surveillance. A student spy and professional reporters were enlisted to produce transcripts of his academic and professional talks at other universities to use against him.

Most likely, it was the first time a university used a student to spy on a professor and like-minded students in violation of Canadian and international law.

Under Rock, U of O is a hotbed of autocratic extremism. It’s also racist, according to a November 2011 lawsuit. A January 30, 2012 press release explained, saying:

“Dr. Waleed AlGhaithy (Neurosurgery Residency Program, University of Ottawa), Dr. Khalid Aba-Alkhail (Cardiac Surgery Residency Program) and Dr. Manal Al-Saigh (same) have filed a joint action against the University of Ottawa and several of its officials.”

Those charged include Dr. Jacques Bradwejn (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine), Dr. James Worthington (Ottawa Hospital’s Vice President of Medical Affairs and Patient Safety), Dr. Paul Bragg (Associate Dean Postgraduate Medical Education), Dr. Eric Poulin (Chair of Cardiac Surgery), Dr. Richard Moulton (Neurosurgery Chair), Dr. Fraser Rubens (Cardiac Surgery Program Director), and Dr. John Sinclair (former Neurosurgery Program Director.

Charges relate to university discrimination against foreign medical students at both provincial and national levels. It also focuses specifically on U of O abuses.

In spring 2011, plaintiffs held a press conference announcing a Human Rights Complaint against U of O. Attorneys Douglas Christie and Barbara Kulaszka represent them.

Their November 2011 lawsuit detailed charges explicitly and extensively. For example, plaintiff Khalid Aba-Alkhail AlGhaithy asked for $25 million in damages for wrongful dismissal and violation of his freedom of expression under Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as Section 15(1), pertaining to issues of equality, right to equal protection, as well as benefits without discrimination.

Other charges included conspiracy to injure, public office malfeasance, defamation, intimidation, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, breach of contract, U of O liability for negligence and breach of contract, vicarious liability, and violations of the 1990 Human Rights Code.

Plaintiffs also said defendants treated them “in a high-handed and oppressive manner. The conduct of the University and the individual defendants described herein constitute such wanton and reckless disregard of their professional duties, their contractual obligation as well as their Charter obligations, and (have) caused such devastating harm that an award of punitive and aggravated damages is warranted.”

Damages plaintiffs suffered include loss of income, reputation, mental distress and suffering (including depression and anxiety), loss of future employment as surgeons, and loss of time and opportunity to pursue other medical specialties.

A Toronto trial was requested. At issue is securing a neutral venue, exposing U of O administration and faculty abuses, and assuring justice is served. Nothing less is acceptable.

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Challenge – Is America the New Axis of Evil (videos)

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ANTHRAX WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS ACCEPTABLE

With America’s Stealth Dictatorship Now Visible, A Police State..

 

… by Gordon Duff,  Senior Editor

 

Though a GOP “insider,” I have always worked to represent reason and human values, or so I tell myself.  In our government, military and intelligence services, people of courage and good will have been worn down, bullied, they look away. 

Some were indoctrinated to the “right,” seeing the intellectual dishonesty and ineffectiveness of the left, now exposed as “controlled opposition.”

All opposition is controlled opposition.  Real Americans wait by their door for when “their time” comes, and that time is closer than ever.

Once we used to fight over 9/11 as a “conspiracy theory.”  So many went to defend America, believing 9/11.  This will break your heart.  Please accept my apology in advance:


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This video is now “classified.”  Even the news reports on CNN and CBS are now classified.  The arrest records on those this tells of, the Mossad agents who tried to destroy the George Washington Bridge are classified.  The arrested men were taken from the police by what was believed to be FBI.  They were not.

The men wanted for this terror act on 9/11 were flown to Tel Aviv on 9/12, 2001 and refuse to be interviewed.  The police who arrested them have been ordered silenced or their pensions will be stopped.

Now the truth has become undeniable.  Those I used to disagree with though friends no longer take sides against me, we take one side, toward America, toward fixing an America increasingly corporate, increasingly a police state, increasingly a slave state, a failed nation led by the dimmest and worst of a generation.


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There is no one in Washington, except perhaps Ron Paul, that any of us, and by “us,” I mean our military, our veterans, our intelligence community, can get behind.  To that limited extent I speak this much for them with their clear authorization.

Pain Pills for a Troubled Conscience

They are my brothers though too many for too long took the 30 pieces of silver.  Those who have done so, their names are known, are now pariahs as they should be.  We have waited so long for this.

For me, it has required abandoning much of the left, all of the right, and advocating universal opposition to all American military action.

The reason is simple, our government is now clearly controlled by a criminal conspiracy that rules most nations with others, those who pretend, from time to time, to be bastions of free thought or occasional insanity, doing so out of a carefully scripted stage play.

Look for a second at the current “war” with Iran?  Who benefits?  Iran is making billions on worthless oil driven through the roof over a phony nuclear conspiracy theory while “others” are trading oil futures, peddling $4 gasoline in America, $10 gasoline in Europe, robbing food from the mouths of children.

We see it all now, the phony war on terror, the staged phony conflicts, even a history of world wars that falls apart under real scholarship.  Our history is mythology, our political parties are “gangs,” our courts are farces, our laws a joke, only the dead, the dying and the maimed are real.

To those who have given much in the belief they have defended America, a group I belong to, a Marine combat infantryman from Vietnam, it gives me no pleasure, it gives me much suffering and disappointment when I tell you.

A Long Lanky Gordon – the Big Target – Malnutrition already at work

In my heart, our two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, the war on terror, all of it was planned, orchestrated and staged to manipulate resources, to enslave mankind and create a world government much more evil and restrictive than Orwell could ever have dreamed of.

To the millions who dream of freedom, who fought for those beside them, moreover, those who may believe they defend their families and lands from oppression, from within or without, all of it, with so few exceptions, has been exploited, twisted and coerced into eventual human slavery.

Look back at the Cold War?  Who won?  Not the west for sure.  Iraq?  A defeat for everyone involved, America and Britain, a major defeat for Iraq, a victory for corporations, oil thieves and arms merchants as with every war.

Afghanistan?  It is a pure drug war now and, with luck, Afghanistan will be plundered for mineral wealth later, with the fighters of today becoming the slaves of tomorrow.  It has been written.

If you don’t think all the world’s religions haven’t been managed as part of the game, you have not been paying attention.

When Constantine chose Christianity, those who know the era, recognized that he had in mind remaking Christianity in Paul’s light, hierarchical, aggressive, judgmental and purely polytheistic. 

When you hear “hold no other g-ds before me,” you are hearing of a pantheon of g-d’s as with the Greco-Roman religion, not a form of monotheism, be it Yehwah/Jehovah, the Hittite sun g-d or whatever.

Constantine – The Religious Politician

Thus, when archaeologists who aren’t paid to be “agenda driven” go to the “holy land,” they find ancient civilizations but they don’t find any basis for the “religions of the book.”

They are all a Roman construct, more appropriately, a Hellenic Roman construct, built from the political needs of the Eastern Empire.  The city of Rome no longer existed, not in a real sense, Christianity was the religion of Africa and the Middle East and there was little or nothing left of Europe after the barbarian invasions.

History as taught is total bunk.  If you want to understand Islam and why it grew where it grew it is because it sprouts from the roots of early Christianity and Judaism and, thus, shares its Abrahamic roots.

Christian scholars, as they call themselves, other than a few Jesuit friends with a good sense of humor, are a pack of morons.

Until you begin to consider the realities of what was real and what was not, from the 3rd century through the 15th century, era by era, you will never see how far the west had fallen.

We are still fighting that war, just as the wars of the 1990s in the Balkans came from World War 2, or from the Balkan wars of the 1920s or even centuries earlier with the Ottoman conquest of the region.

If you want to understand the real history, read Siljander and his book, A Deadly Misunderstanding. Being dumb is imprisonment for the soul. But back to our talk of war.

I am always going to be an American despite roots elsewhere.  I could be anything, most Americans could.  With enough phony documents and my mothers birth certificate, I could be a Jew or a Cherokee. We call people like this Americans.

What is critical is that the anti-war movement, such as it is, becomes something of reality rather than a circus.

We need fighters, we need those who see economic growth and profit in technology and trade rather than debt, currency manipulation and drug running.

They neither serve, or pay the freight equally

We need admissions of error, admissions of crime, we need honor. The shame of it is what we lose.  We lose the beauty of Arlington where many of my  friends lie. We lose the heroism of Marines Iwo Jima or the 101st at Bastogne.

We have each other, that has to be enough.

We also have to admit we have reason to be angry.  No more airport scanners, no Homeland Security, no more having the UPS driver look in your window.  It was all theatre just like Israel and their years of worrying about Egypt and Syria while Mubarak and Assad were on their payroll.

Why do you think the news is controlled?  Hasn’t this election taught all of us something?  Did you ever think you would say you miss Richard Nixon?  He predicted it.  What did he know that we don’t?

300 combat patrols – 200 night ambushes – 5 amphibious landings – Food intake, 450 calories a day – Weight when leaving, down from 185 to 125 lbs.

Take the thanks I got for starving in Vietnam or fighting off hordes of ill trained farmers who believed they were fighting for their freedoms.

Admit that 95% of our “enemy” in Afghanistan is “the people,” a fierce and independent people, more like we wish we were, who would rather die than have the pack of Washington thieves who run our lives run theirs.

Keep the Al Qaeda fairy tales.  I am an intelligence and security advisor, don’t think I haven’t been at a table where the discussion was:

“Should we tell the Americans Al Qaeda is here?  How much can we make off this?  Who are we going to claim Al Qaeda is? Just hope it wasn’t me saying it and I can’t promise it wasn’t.

Why did it turn out there were no Al Qaeda in Libya despite the new lies?

Remember when it was admitted that the President of Yemen had lied to the US, saying a rival tribe was “Al Qaeda” so we would go after his enemies with drone strikes? It’s true but once the story was told, it was forgotten in the hopes the public wouldn’t remember.

Remember when Judge Napolitano and Geraldo Rivera of Fox News proved that 9/11 was an inside job.  Napolitano was threatened and is angry, this is not a man to be taken lightly, perhaps someone who really belongs in the White House.

When he proved 9/11 to be false and a day later nobody knew, how sick do you think he felt inside.


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Then Geraldo did the same thing.  He was told to be silent from then on also, silent or die.


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Then Jesse Ventura made mincemeat of the cover story of 9/11 using the top pilots, scientists and engineers along with eye witnesses.  One day later, it was though none of it had ever happened.


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Here, watch Judge Napolitano question Senator Rand Paul over the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA law passed recently, something more serious than gun seizure or a president born on the planet mars:


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This, of course, means that the oath each of us has sworn requires we declare those in support of these illegal acts to be “in a state of rebellion” and subject to what we have sworn to.  What is that?  Am I saying we are required by oath to take up arms against our own government?

Legal advice, from the highest authorities says these things:

  • It is technically illegal if Congress and many others were taken into custody by our military based on the authority of the required oath alone but

  • It is more likely that a patriot might die at the hands of a treasonous government which, by definition, one might apply to the United States based entirely on objective legal definitions as outlined in our constitution

  • Thus, do not openly organize the violent opposition and overthrow of the US government out of practicality alone although there is supportable legal precedent for doing so

  • In fact, current laws signed this year by the president make anyone subject to arrest and detainment, even the president.  Applying habeas corpus and constitutional protections to suspects, even without warrants or “probable cause,” is by law a formality long since discarded.  Do the fools know they have created the mechanism of their own destruction?

Doubletalk?  What is painful to accept is that honorable service in a dishonorable cause makes us no different than those in the past we have been taught were “evil doers.”  But you say, “We are Americans and we love freedom, we are empowered only to spread justice and security, how can such exhortations be real?”

They are real.  We are victims of game theory warfare, we have been duped into trading security for safety that never existed, fighting enemies who have more honor than ourselves, in some but not all cases, but certainly in being “less than we can be.”

Here, Senator Ron Paul, who currently has more support among active duty and retired military, more veteran support than any candidate tells the House of Representatives that proof exists that our invasion of Iraq was a planned criminal act and that evidence of this treason exists.  He reads the evidence:


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But thousands of our men and women died for what he has proven to be a lie and one minute after presenting the facts, diplomatic documents, not one action was taken.

Johnson – Preparing for His Gulf of Tonkin Address – August 4, 1964

You don’t begin to want to know what an examination of diplomatic documents will tell you about World War II or the establishment of Israel.

All of you know President Lyndon Johnson staged the Gulf of Tonkin incident as a criminal pretext to start a war that destroyed a generation of Americans.

Ron Paul proved that Iraq was invaded the same way.

The USS Liberty incident tells a frightening story about Israel as a friend or perhaps an enemy, one you have been lied to about for your entire life.

Here, the BBC debunks a vital part of American history.  Can we prove the 1967 War was an Israeli sneak attack, not the other way around.

Of course we can prove that and so much more.  Jews have been lied to all these years by racketeers, Palestinians put in concentration camps, we can prove it all, no conspiracy, no opinion, hard proof.


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This time around, real Americans won’t take part in “their” phony election.  We are going to talk real issues, restoration of democracy, survival of America and a future for our children.

Washington will no longer dictate to America.

It’s Pretty on the Outside

I go further.  Washington, whatever “it” believes is not “our” capitol at all.  It is a cesspool of degenerates and thieves all of us despise.

This includes congress, the money boys, the think tanks, the phony press, the whole thing.

We want the capitol moved to America, no more Homeland Security, no more phony seniority system, no more ruling elite.

We want an end to it.

No more Supreme Court Justices playing g-d with our lives, no more Senators from postage stamp states, no more congressional districts that look like crossword puzzles.

We’re not going to fight your wars anymore.

Let’s talk Iran.  Here is a dose of truth about the only supposed “evidence” of Iran’s weapons system:


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The fact lead to choices.  One conclusion is that Stephen Erlinger, the puppet-master trying to start a world war is an Israeli agent.  Private sources confirm this.  We know he lied, now we know he was just “following orders.”

Where did we hear that one before?

We have met the enemy.  It is stupidity.  We can’t afford it anymore, no more fear, no more lies, no more greed.  Eventually, the way we are going, do I have to finish this?  There is going to be a price to pay for betraying America.

I simply put a small percentage of the “slam dunk” proof out there.

The only question is when.  When will we have had enough and where do we move first.

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At the Crossroads of War: Do NOT Say You Were NOT Warned

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by Eileen Fleming

 

Last week The New York Times published an opine by Ronen Bergman, who answered his own question in “Will Israel Attack Iran?”

“After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. Perhaps in the small and ever-diminishing window that is left, the United States will choose to intervene after all, but here, from the Israeli perspective, there is not much hope for that. Instead there is that peculiar Israeli mixture of fear — rooted in the sense that Israel is dependent on the tacit support of other nations to survive — and tenacity, the fierce conviction, right or wrong, that only the Israelis can ultimately defend themselves.” [1]

And only Israel can save itself or destroy itself, for as a Hebrew prophet once warned that those who live by the sword will die by it too.

Bergman began his oped with the missed opportunity to educate the reader with the failure to respond with facts to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak after he said, “The Iranians are, after all, a nation whose leaders have set themselves a strategic goal of wiping Israel off the map.”

In 1948, Israel began to wipe Palestine off the map by ethnically cleansing over 500 Palestinian villages and towns.

Palestinian Loff of Land 1946 - 2011

In 2006, Virginia Tilley, Professor of political science explained:

“In his October 2005 speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad never used the word ‘map’ or the term ‘wiped off.’ According to Farsi-language experts like Juan Cole and even right-wing services like MEMRI, what he actually said was ‘this regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.’

“In this speech to an annual anti-Zionist conference, Mr. Ahmadinejad was being prophetic, not threatening. He was citing Imam Khomeini, who said this line in the 1980s-a period when Israel was actually selling arms to Iran, so apparently it was not viewed as so ghastly then.

“Mr. Ahmadinejad had just reminded his audience that the Shah’s regime, the Soviet Union, and Saddam Hussein had all seemed enormously powerful and immovable, yet the first two had vanished almost beyond recall and the third now languished in prison.

“So, too, the ‘occupying regime’ in Jerusalem would someday be gone. His message was, in essence: ‘This too shall pass.’”

Bergman instead mentions “to Barak the opinion voiced by the former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and the former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi — that the Iranian threat was not as imminent as he and Netanyahu have suggested and that a military strike would be catastrophic (and that they, Barak and Netanyahu, were cynically looking to score populist points at the expense of national security), Barak reacted with uncharacteristic anger. He and Netanyahu, he said, are responsible “in a very direct and concrete way for the existence of the State of Israel — indeed, for the future of the Jewish people.”

In 1986, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, acted on conscience to alert the world about Israel’s clandestine seven-story underground weapons of mass destruction facility in the Negev Valley so as to avert a nuclear holocaust and ‘for the future of the Jewish people’ as he wrote in his first of 18 years in prison for telling the truth:

I Am Your Spy

by Mordechai Vanunu

I am the clerk, the technician, the mechanic, and the driver.

They said, Do this, do that, don’t look left or right, don’t read the text. Don’t look at the whole machine. You
are only responsible for this one bolt. For this one rubber-stamp.
This is your only concern. Don’t bother with what is above you.
Don’t try to think for us. Go on, drive. Keep going. On, on.

So they thought, the big ones, the smart ones, the futurologists.
There is nothing to fear. Not to worry.
Everything’s ticking just fine.
Our little clerk is a diligent worker. He’s a simple mechanic.
He’s a little man.
Little men’s ears don’t hear, their eyes don’t see.
We have heads, they don’t.

Answer them, said he to himself, said the little man,
the man with a head of his own. Who is in charge? Who knows
where this train is going?
Where is their head? I too have a head.
Why do I see the whole engine,
Why do I see the precipice–
is there a driver on this train?

The clerk driver technician mechanic looked up.
He stepped back and saw — what a monster.
Can’t believe it. Rubbed his eyes and — yes,
it’s there all right. I’m all right. I do see
the monster. I’m part of the system.
I signed this form. Only now I am reading the rest of it.

This bolt is part of a bomb. This bolt is me. How
did I fail to see, and how do the others go on
fitting bolts. Who else knows?
Who has seen? Who has heard? — The emperor really is naked.
I see him. Why me? It’s not for me. It’s too big.

Rise and cry out. Rise and tell the people. You can.
I, the bolt, the technician, mechanic? — Yes, you.
You are the secret agent of the people. You are the eyes of the nation.
Agent-spy, tell us what you’ve seen. Tell us what the insiders, the clever ones, have hidden from us.
Without you, there is only the precipice. Only catastrophe.

I have no choice. I’m a little man, a citizen, one of the people,
but I’ll do what I have to. I’ve heard the voice of my conscience
and there’s nowhere to hide.
The world is small, small for Big Brother.
I’m on your mission. I’m doing my duty. Take it from me.

Come and see for yourselves. Lighten my burden. Stop the train.
Get off the train. The next stop — nuclear disaster. The next book,
the next machine. No. There is no such thing. -1987, Ashkelon Prison

The New York Times gave print to Barak’s alarm and also provided an opportunity I seize!

Barak said if the world waits to act on Iran, “It will not be possible to use any surgical means to bring about a significant delay. Not for us, not for Europe and not for the United States. After that, the question will remain very important, but it will become purely theoretical and pass out of our hands — the statesmen and decision-makers — and into yours — the journalists and historians.”

And well war should be in the hands of historians and journalists who act in the interests to avoid it for the sake of ALL people and Mother Earth.

“I would never have become an historian if I thought that it would become my professional duty to go into the past and never emerge, to study long-gone events and remember them only for their uniqueness, not connecting them to events going on in my time.”-Howard Zinn

A little history of US-Israel nuclear insanity as understood by Lewis Mumford:

“You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has ceased to obey the laws of life.”-1946

This August 6th and 9th will mark the 67th anniversary of the most brutal acts of terrorism upon innocent people; America’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On Armistice Day, 1948 General Omar Nelson Bradley warned, “We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We have solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on The Mount. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying than we know about living.”

In 1995 and still in Ashkelon Prison, Vanunu noted: “A radioactive cloud consumed rubbed out Hiroshima…A live nuclear test sentenced you. A nuclear laboratory…children women trees animals in and under a nuclear mushroom…burning… burned…flattened to ground radioactive ash-Hiroshima…Nuclear weapons gamblers win against you…Hollywood doesn’t know you – you are not a Jewish Holocaust.” [2]

Barak went on: “The moment Iran goes nuclear, other countries in the region will feel compelled to do the same. The Saudi Arabians have told the Americans as much, and one can think of both Turkey and Egypt in this context, not to mention the danger that weapons-grade materials will leak out to terror groups…And if a nuclear Iran covets and occupies some gulf state, who will liberate it? The bottom line is that we must deal with the problem now.”

Israel is a nuclear state that covets and also occupies other gulf states properties so, why NOT deal with THAT problem which is the root cause of WHY Israel feels so insecure.

And as Vanunu explained, “Many journalists come here to the American Colony, from CNN and NY Times. They all want to cover my story, but their EDITORS say no…CNN wants to interview me; but they say they can’t do it because they don’t want problems with the Israeli censor. BBC is doing the same thing.

“Sixty Minutes from the United States from the beginning they wanted to do a program, but because of the censor situation they decide not to do it. Also big media from Germany, France, Italy, Japan. None of them wants problems with the Israelis.”

Bergman also wrote, “Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed this explicitly when he said that Iran would be able to reach nuclear-weapons capabilities within a year.”

Speaking on “60 Minutes” on January 29, Panetta said it would probably take Iran another two to three years to produce a missile or other vehicle that could deliver the weapon to a target.

Iran’s leadership denies any effort to make a nuclear weapon and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that international inspectors will be allowed to visit any site in Iran that they wished.

Currently there is a team of inspectors from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Iran and on Sunday, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said the IAEA’s visit is a “test” for the agency, adding that Iran would cooperate if the IAEA acted “professionally” and not as “a tool of the West.”

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Barack Obama warned Tehran, “Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal” and he reiterated America’s commitment to Israel’s security.

The only option conscience can allow is to demand of Israel what is demanded of Iran and to work for the establishment of a Nuclear Free Middle East and World.

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Iran, Gold and Oil – The Next Banksters War

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by Sartre Batr

Remember the real reason why Moammar Gadhafi is dead. He dared to propose and started creating an alternative currency to the world reserve U.S. Dollar. The lesson learned in Libya is now ready for teaching in Iran. Forget all the noise about going nuclear, the true message is that the banksters rule and nation states serve their ultimate masters. The hype and disinformation that surrounds the push for war is best understood by examining the viewpoint of Iranian MP Kazem Jalali. The Tehran Times quotes him in saying,

“The European Union must be aware that it can never compel the Islamic Republic to succumb to their will and undermine the Iranian nation’s determination to achieve glory and independence, access modern technologies, and safeguard its rights, through the intensification of the pressure.”

“The European Union is seeking to politicize the atmosphere ahead of nuclear talks with Iran and is aware that sanctions on Iran’s oil exports cannot be implemented since the world is not limited to a number of European countries”

Many political commentators warn that an embargo is an act or war. Chris Floyd provides this observation of the recent oil embargo against Iran.

“This week, the warlords of the West took yet another step toward their long-desired war against Iran. (Open war, that is; their covert war has been going on for decades — via subversion, terrorism, and proxies like Saddam Hussein.) On Monday, the European Union obediently followed the dictates of its Washington masters by agreeing to impose an embargo on Iranian oil.

The embargo bans all new oil contracts with Iran, and cuts off all existing deals after July. The embargo is accompanied by a freeze on all European assets of the Iranian central bank. In imposing these draconian measures on a country which is not at war with any nation, which has not invaded or attacked another nation in centuries, and which is developing a nuclear energy program that is not only entirely legal under international law but is also subject to the most stringent international inspection regime ever seen, the EU is “targeting the economic lifeline of the regime,” as one of its diplomats put it, with admirable candor.”

The most important aspect of the Iranian response lies in the way that changes oil settlement for delivery and the futile effect of the US/Anglo/EU imperialist dictates have in the marketplace.

Debkafile reports that India (and probably China) will pay for Iranian oil in gold.
“India and China take about one million barrels per day, or 40 percent of Iran’s total exports of 2.5 million bpd. Both are superpowers in terms of gold assets.

By trading in gold, New Delhi and Beijing enable Tehran to bypass the upcoming freeze on its central bank’s assets and the oil embargo which the European Union’s foreign ministers agreed to impose Monday, Jan. 23. The EU currently buys around 20 percent of Iran’s oil exports.”

A more detailed analysis in Tehran Pushes to Ditch the US Dollar provided ample arguments that an embargo will fail.
“Iran may be isolated from the United States and Western Europe, but Tehran still has some pretty staunch allies. Iran and Venezuela are advancing $4 billion worth of joint projects, including a bank. India has pledged to continue buying Iranian oil because Tehran has been a great business partner for New Delhi, which struggles to make its payments. Greece opposed the EU sanctions because Iran was one of very few suppliers that had been letting the bankrupt Greeks buy oil on credit. South Korea and Japan are pleading for exemptions from the coming embargoes because they rely on Iranian oil. Economic ties between Russia and Iran are getting stronger every year.

Then there’s China. Iran’s energy resources are a matter of national security for China, as Iran already supplies no less than 15% of China’s oil and natural gas. That makes Iran more important to China than Saudi Arabia is to the United States. Don’t expect China to heed the US and EU sanctions much – China will find a way around the sanctions in order to protect two-way trade between the nations, which currently stands at $30 billion and is expected to hit $50 billion in 2015. In fact, China will probably gain from the US and EU sanctions on Iran, as it will be able to buy oil and gas from Iran at depressed prices.”

So why is the EU so determined to apply restrictions is answered in the video, Why does the EU join in sanctions against Iran?

Now that is part of the reason but for the entire story, one needs to confront the contentions in the You Tube Israel pulling the strings for war with Iran.

Where is gets so confusing for the casual observer is that any discussion that deems to be critical of Israel is a taboo discussion in polite company. Well, when it comes to addressing the impending prospects of a major conflict in the Middle East, the linkage between the deciding influences in American policy that coincide with a greater Israel objective, is silenced in the old-line press and media. Therefore, the key element to explore is the relationship of Zionist interests with the fundamental preservation of the paper currency imperium of Federal Reserve notes as the medium of payment for oil.

Think about this equation in light of ultimate control. Oil is the fuel that runs the engine of all economies. Money is the medium of exchange that pays for the petroleum. War is the universal method used to avoid the breakdown of the money recycling system. In The Petro-Dollar and the EURO, the nature of this formula is probed.
“War is always about achieving a political end. Even holy wars seek to impose a secular control over the vanquished. At the root of every political conflict, lies the MONEY component. On the scale of greed or fear, international discords can slide up or down. Depending on the circumstances or demands, governments rally domestic populations to accept their foreign interventionist goals. Claims of altruistic liberation are fictitious, when the rhetoric is stripped away and the real substance is exposed. Notwithstanding, variances of emphasis; the motive of money underpins the movements of all military confrontations.”

Who can deny that the interest of the Israeli state advances under the Petro-Dollar system for oil payment? The prospect of allowing an oil exporter to do business paid in gold disrupts the balances that maintain an uneasy political rapprochement. Even more threatening to the globalist monopoly is a defiant regime like the Islamic Republic playing by different rules that bypass central banking approval.

It seems that the NeoCon Christian Zionists will never be happy until they institute a techno drone bombing campaign to shut off even more oil resources. With Iraqi and Libyan production in shambles, it is now time to eliminate the Iranian resource. Spiking oil to $200 or more through another foreign intervention just hikes the balance sheets of the oil traders and banking interests. There is no doubt that foreign aid to Israel will rise at even a higher amount.

The bonus is that the gold hordes of Iran would become the spoils of war and conveniently find their way into the storage vaults of the banksters. This is a sweet game as long as there is a continuous supply of gung ho mercenaries to push the button of terror from the skies. Moreover, sending boots on the ground serve an even more profitable hellhole, the War Party can demand a much higher budget, floated with even more debt bought by China with the proceeds from the oil supply that are secured from the export of Canadian shale oil.

Miraculously, this pattern builds an even larger, if not, greater empire. As long as new villains are found to master, the Iran’s of the world will become subjugated under the background music of God Bless America.

What fools our fellow citizens became somewhere in the last century. Remember the John D. Rockefeller quote: “Competition is a sin”, especially if IRAN is the player.

Body bags are made from petroleum base material. In the height of irony, the oil wars are fought to secure the substance to form the burial cloth for disposable soldiers. If America really wants to stand behind the troops, their genuine duty is to prevent and oppose the next Middle East war.

Iran is not an existential threat to the United States. Haaretz reports that former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said in a television interview, “If Israel attacks Iran, it will be dragged into a regional war”. According to Dagan, Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas will respond with massive rocket attacks on Israel. In that scenario, Syria may join in the fray, Dagan said on the television program “Uvda”. Dagan added that such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of loss of life and would paralyze life in Israel.”
An America First foreign policy cannot wage another banksters war.

 

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Empowerment Now Means Peace for the Future

NOVANEWS

One month into 2012, and the optimism of a new year and a fresh start seems like a distant memory. The world is holding its breath in anticipation of war… Iran? Syria? Who will be next to receive a dose of the West’s profit-driven military imperialism?

The truth is, while we speak of “hot zones” in the world, referring to distant lands and nameless victims, the costs of war are global in scope and mercilessly pervasive. None are left unaffected, from the middle-class American family facing foreclosure because their tax dollars were swallowed up by a gluttonous defense fund, to the Pakistani children unwittingly contributing to statistics on civilian casualties due to drone attacks.

Throwing fuel on the propaganda pyre is a corporate media apparatus which serves the interests of those at the top of the political spectrum, the ones who sacrifice the good of humanity for the temptation of profit. But in an ironic twist, both the global elite and their media minions are flailing. As Finian Cunningham incisively elucidates:

“The propaganda fog over Iran in particular is becoming so thick it is almost laughable – because the political leaders who are spouting this fog don’t even seem to realize just how much they are tripping up over their own absurd statements. And thanks, in a way, to the pathetically servile mainstream media, the lies and deceptions of these political figures are being exposed for all their worthlessness and criminality.” (“Uncritical Mainstream Media Drivel”, Global Research, February 1, 2012)

Exhausted from false promises over Iraq and Afghanistan, weary after the spectacular bloodlust in Libya and unwillingly to get dragged into another disastrous conflict, the world is turning to alternative media like Global Research for real information, to increase awareness and thereby be empowered to prevent military escalation.
Global Research is independent in the true sense of the word.

 We don’t get funded by war-makers and banksters, therefore our news is free of corporate agendas. This is only possible thanks to our readers who show their commitment to the truth by sending in donations, creating memberships and purchasing books from our online store in order to get in-depth information on today’s pressing issues.

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No cooperation with war against Iran

NOVANEWS

PROLETARIANONLINE

British workers must refuse to have anything to do with the criminal war that is being planned against the sovereign nation of Iran.

As the crisis of capitalism intensifies, the principal imperialist powers are manoeuvring to isolate and destroy those countries seeking to pursue the path of independence. Humiliated by the failure of its adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, Anglo-American imperialism is taking every opportunity it is afforded to undermine, conspire and plot against any and every nation outside of its total dominance.

A glance through any revolutionary newspaper at the moment is enough to demonstrate the seriousness of the times we are now entering. There is not a corner of the world that is free from some new scheme of the aggressive imperialist marauders.

In the case of Iran, the United States and Britain have been trying for decades to create a favourable opportunity to topple the country’s anti-imperialist government. Since 1979, Iran’s nationalised industries, subsidised consumer goods and state-supported farmers have taunted imperialist corporations with the spectres of the profits that could have been made if only a pliant regime could be brought back.

As Stephen Gowans put it on his What’s Left website:

Washington doesn’t want to bring about a change of regime in Tehran to install a pliant government that will help expand US power [at least, not for power’s sake alone]. It wants to [use that power to] bring about a change of regime in Tehran that will cancel economic policies aimed at Iran’s self-development and replace them with policies that will open up the country’s resources, markets, labour and land to US banks, corporations and investors. It wants the holy trinity of free-trade, free-enterprise and free-markets at the centre of poor countries’ economic policies, not protected trade, not state-owned and subsidised enterprises, and not trade barriers. ”[1]

Attempts to topple Iran’s government

To this end, in recent years alone, we’ve seen failed attempts at regime change through an imperialist-organised ‘colour revolution’ and we’ve been witness to failed attempts to collapse the regime through the collective blackmail of draconian economic sanctions.

Recently, in an effort to ratchet up the pressure, we’ve had half-hearted blustering accusations of possible development of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ forced from the mouths of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) despite a palpable lack of evidence to back them up.

At the time of the Iranian elections in 2007, the Telegraph carried a report by Toby Harnden in which notorious US imperialist hatchet man John Bolton spelt out in no uncertain terms the blatant warmongering attitude of ruling circles in Washington. He remarked that a US military attack upon Iran was to be a ‘last option’ once attempts to overthrow the regime by sanctions and ‘popular’ uprisings had failed. In the same article Bolton was reported as stating:

“We’ve got to go with regime change by bolstering opposition groups and the like … if all else fails, if the choice is between a nuclear-capable Iran and the use of force, then I think we need to look at the use of force.”[2]

With imperialist plans for ‘regime change from within’ in tatters, and with the rising crisis biting hard, imperialism is clearly reverting to Plan B: the use of open, naked force.

Drone captured

In the first week of December last year Iranian forces were successful in obtaining a US RQ-170. Whilst it might sound like ticket numbers for the Euro millions lottery, the RQ-170 is a much bigger jackpot win. Built in secret by weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the RQ-170 is the cutting edge in modern drone technology. It can operate at heights of 50,000ft and, unlike an orbiting surveillance satellite, the RQ-170 can stay in position and feed back to intelligence analysts for hours if not days. According to the New York Times:

In addition to video cameras, independent experts say the drone almost certainly carries communications intercept equipment and sensors that can detect tiny amounts of radioactive isotopes and other chemicals that can give away nuclear research.

News reports in south Korea in 2009 said the United States planned to base the RQ-170 drone there to fly surveillance missions over north Korea, whose nuclear and missile programmes are a top American intelligence target.”[3]

What is really infuriating for the US is that this particular bird was caught by the Iranians 140 miles inside their territory and brought down using sophisticated electronic techniques. As a result, the RQ-170 didn’t crash land, and nor was it able to make it back to the border with Afghanistan from whence it came.

With a finesse that must have had Washington in a fit of rage, the Iranians safely landed the drone in perfect condition and put her on display for all the world to see. The same article in the New York Times commented:

Two officials said that the United States briefly considered going in to retrieve the downed drone, or to destroy it, as first reported Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, but the operation was deemed too risky. There are questions about whether Iran could reverse-engineer the technology, though they certainly could sell the vehicle to China, Russia or other countries with a deep interest in it.

‘The flights from Moscow and Beijing to Tehran were probably quite full the last few days,’ said P W Singer, who studies military robotics at the Brookings Institution.

Mr Singer said that the most sought-after technology on the craft is probably its array of sensors, which may include sophisticated radar that is more advanced than anything Russia or China use currently.

Straits of Hormuz

In an escalation of imperialist aggression the United States and the European Union are attempting to increase the sanctions aimed at weakening and destabilising Iran. In a similar measure to that adopted by the EU to embargo Syrian oil, France, Germany and the UK pushed hard for an embargo on Iranian oil exports, achieving their goal on 23 January.

In a pincer movement, the Obama administration is seeking to impose strict sanctions aimed at excluding Iran from global energy markets (Iran is currently the world’s third-largest energy exporter). The moves in the US are also tied into attempts to restrict the ability of those who deal with Iran’s central bank to trade in the USA, revealing quite clearly that US imperialism is nothing but a racketeering gangster; or, in the words of RT’s global financial markets expert Max Keiser, a “financial terrorist”.[4]

As justification for its provocative behaviour, the Council of the European Union cited in the vaguest terms the findings of the recent IAEA report, bellyaching that the “deeply buried underground facility in Fordow near Qom further aggravates concerns”.[5] Undoubtedly, the council would much prefer that all nuclear enrichment should be done in the open air so as to assist the RQ-170 drones and US-Israeli bombers!

Regular readers of Proletarian will already be acquainted with the real findings of the IAEA’s report, but for the benefit of new readers we reproduce the following brief passage from our last issue:

Uranium deemed ‘weapons-grade’ is that which has been enriched to a level of 85 percent or more. At present, Iran’s most highly-enriched samples only extend to between 20 and 25 percent, and even if the country decided to pursue further enrichment at break-neck speed it would take between three and seven years to develop between two and six useable nuclear weapons.

These two or six potential weapons contrast sharply with the actually existing, fully-developed arsenal of Israel, which is estimated to include around two hundred fully-useable nuclear weapons. In addition, delivery capacity is also a crucial factor to be considered. Iran has, at present, very few ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel, and the shortest possible timeframe for sizeable improvement is estimated at around five years. Contrast this with Israel, which … already has the ‘ability to conduct major attacks on Iranian [targets].

The recent IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, despite being presented as a ‘bombshell’ by most western commentators and politicians, did almost nothing to alter the details provided above. The section of the IAEA’s report on ‘Possible Military Dimensions’ spanned just over a page of the entire document and provided no new statistical data and very little new anecdotal evidence.

This lack of evidence was somewhat masked, however, by overtly-political statements such as ‘the Agency has become increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organisations’ – a clear sign of the heavy pressure being placed on the IAEA by imperialism under its newly compliant director general Yukiya Amano, after its 2007 report found no credible evidence of nuclear weapons development. ”[6]

In this context, the behaviour of the EU is quite clearly another step in the preparation for war. The foreign affairs committee meeting that took place on 23 January declared that “the Council has agreed additional restrictive measures in the energy sector, including a phased embargo of Iranian crude oil imports to the EU, in the financial sector, including against the Central Bank of Iran, in the transport sector as well as further export restrictions, notably on gold and on sensitive dual-use goods and technology … The Council stresses that the restrictive measures agreed today are aimed at affecting the funding of Iran’s nuclear programme by the Iranian regime and are not aimed at the Iranian people. ”[5]

Under extreme pressure and provocation Iran has not buckled but rather stood up to imperialism. As a child must stand up to the playground bully, Iran knows full well and from bitter experiences how imperialism schemes for war and plunder. The Financial Times reported the warning of Mohammed Rahmiri, Iran’s first vice-president, on 27 December:

“If they [the West] impose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, then not even one drop of oil can flow through the Strait of Hormuz.”[7]

The significance of Mr Rahmiri’s statement was not lost on the markets. The New York Times commented that “Merely uttering the threat appeared to be part of an Iranian effort to demonstrate its ability to cause a spike in oil prices,”[8] whilst the Financial Times observed that:

The Strait of Hormuz is ‘the world’s most important oil chokepoint’, according to the US Department of Energy. On average, at least 13-15 supertankers cross the strait every day, most of them heading towards Japan, South Korea, India and China. The US Navy patrols the waterway and analysts believe that Iran would not be able to shut it down.

In late afternoon trading in London, ICE February Brent, the global benchmark, rose $1.21 to $109.17 a barrel. In New York, Nymex February West Texas Intermediate rose $1.47 to $101.15 a barrel. The price surge was amplified by thin trading due to the Christmas holiday. ”[7]

No sooner had the markets spoken than their puppets (in this instance Philip Hammond, Tory ‘defence’ secretary) announced Britain’s readiness to engage in further aggression to protect the interests of finance capital:

“We are an integrated part of the naval task force in the Gulf, and one of the missions of that task force is to ensure that those shipping lanes remain open … any attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz would be illegal and we need to send a very clear message to Iran that we are determined that the Strait remains open.”[9]

In the words of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: “The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie”![10]

Assassination squads

Whilst imperialism has been attempting to monitor Iran closely from the skies, as well as engaging in financial terrorism in the market place and making outright threats in the political arena, its agents have been busy carrying out the other, less diplomatic line of work in which US imperialism is well experienced – assassination, nay murder.

Mostafa Roshan, a 32-year-old nuclear scientist with a wife and baby son was a university professor and commercial director at the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. Like many of the Iranian scientists who work there he was dedicated to helping to solve Iran’s energy needs, and for this he was blown to pieces by imperialist agents using a magnetic bomb, which they attached to his car door as they passed him on a motorcycle.

Professor Roshan is one of a growing number of Iranian scientists who have been gunned down or blown up. Guardian.co.uk carried a comment piece on 16 January which stated:

Since 2010, three other Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in similar circumstances, including Darioush Rezaeinejad, a 35-year-old electronics expert shot dead outside his daughter’s nursery in Tehran last July. But instead of outrage or condemnation, we have been treated to expressions of undisguised glee.

‘On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear programme in Iran turn up dead,’ bragged the Republican nomination candidate Rick Santorum in October. ‘I think that’s a wonderful thing, candidly.’ On the day of Roshan’s death, Israel’s military spokesman, Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai, announced on Facebook: ‘I don’t know who settled the score with the Iranian scientist, but I certainly am not shedding a tear’ – a sentiment echoed by the historian Michael Burleigh in the Daily Telegraph: ‘I shall not shed any tears whenever one of these scientists encounters the unforgiving men on motorbikes.’ ”[11]

Despite the disgusting and cowardly attacks on Iran’s scientific community, Iran continues to hold its own in this dirty war. Mr Rahmiri again squarely confronted the aggressors and declared that “Iran’s enemies should know they cannot prevent Iran’s progress by carrying out such terrorist acts”.[12]

Media silencing

In what is clearly a politically-motivated move, British media regulator Ofcom revoked the UK satellite broadcasting license of Iran’s English-language international news network Press TV. In addition to the revocation Ofcom fined the broadcaster £100,000 on 20 January claiming the news channel did not have ‘control’ over the broadcast (quite a cheek from an institution that is funded by the British government and which is meant to ‘regulate’ the myriad imperialist-funded propaganda channels, including the BBC, who refused to broadcast an important appeal for humanitarian aid because it was to save the lives of Palestinians).

Despite some weaknesses, Press TV has given extensive air time to anti-war and anti-imperialist activists and reporters, shown continued solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid and provided a glimmer of sanity amongst the imperialist-dominated 24-hour news channels. In a statement Press TV said:

The British media regulator stepped up pressure on Press TV after the news channel covered British police crackdowns on anti-austerity protesters in London and other British cities …

Many observers have also noted that the British government’s hostile campaign against Press TV has its roots in the channel’s extensive and transparent coverage of the role that the British government played in the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Press TV has extensively given coverage to Britain’s support for autocratic Persian Gulf monarchies and the legitimacy it gives to the dictatorial regimes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

In January, Press TV’s CEO Mohammad Sarafraz sent a letter to Ofcom questioning the independence of the British regulatory body given that the British secretary of state has the power to appoint or remove from office Ofcom’s chairman and its members, and even to dissolve the entire organisation.

Sarafraz also pointed out that Ofcom is funded by loans and grant-in-aid from the British government.

He further pointed to Ofcom’s ‘glaring contradiction’ in its dealings with Press TV. ‘Ofcom wants to revoke the broadcast licence because it has determined that Press TV Ltd does not have control over the broadcast. Yet at the same time, Ofcom sentences Press TV Ltd to pay a financial penalty for the broadcast of something Ofcom says it has no control over! How can you possibly explain your paradoxical performance?’

Sarafraz stressed that Ofcom’s bid to revoke Press TV’s license will not prevent the channel from broadcasting the truth …

‘It is futile to attempt to conceal the truth from the people of Britain, and those that want to hear our alternative voice will find a way despite your efforts,’ he said. ”[13]

A war for profits

When the media are filled with lies about the ‘threat’ posed by Iran to its neighbours (ie, Israel) and even to us here in ‘the West’, it is important for us to remember the truth about the real reasons for imperialist war, which are summed up at the end of Stephen Gowans’ article:

Like all US [and British] wars, the war on Iran is a class war (and with sanctions, sabotage, assassinations and sabre-rattling it is a war in all but name.) It is a war of class in two respects. First, it is waged on behalf of a class of bankers, major investors, and corporate titans, to knock down walls in Iran that deny this elite access to markets and investment opportunities. Second, it is a war carried out on the back of a class of employees, pensioners, unemployed, and armed forces members – the bottom 99 percent – who bear the cost, through their taxes (and in the future possibly blood.)

The aim is to install local politicians, most of whom will have been educated at US [or British] universities where they will have been instilled with imperialist values, who can, assisted by US [or British] advisors, make over Iran into an agricultural, natural resources, low-wage appendage of the US [and British] economy in the service of Wall Street [and the City] and the class of owners and high-level managers who occupy its commanding heights. In short, a war for profits. ”[1]1

Organise for active non-cooperation

The escalated campaign that is being unleashed upon Iran brings forth the terrible spectre of all-out war once again. Whilst Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya lie in ruins, decimated by imperialist bombs, poisoned by nuclear and chemical weapons and ravaged by mercenaries and soldiers of fortune, imperialism clearly sees an opportunity maturing to attack another of its long-term opponents.

Rather than listening to the lies of the imperialist media, British workers need to understand that a war against Iran will be not only a brutal act of mass murder and destruction, not only an unjust, predatory and criminal war that breaks all international law, not only an act of wanton destruction of a proud and beautiful country far away, but will also have terrible repercussions for people all over the world, including for the people of Britain.

Iran currently stands as a beacon of independence in the Middle East, and as a support to freedom-loving countries all over the world. The fall of Iran’s anti-imperialist government would thus be a massive blow to the cause of progressive humankind, felt from Cuba and Venezuela to Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, from Congo and Zimbabwe to the DPRK and China, and it would therefore also be a massive blow to our own hopes of freedom from the downward spiral of capitalist crisis, poverty and war.[14]

Moreover, the imperialists would be unlikely to have an easy win. It is quite possible that an attack on Iran, intended to give western imperialism control over oil supplies that could leave Russia and China, for instance, literally out in the cold, could spark a wider conflagration that could end up dragging in people from all over the world as cannon fodder while the various cliques of imperialists jostle desperately for position and throw everything into the inferno in the cause of protecting the right of their rotten system to abuse the world for another decade or three in the pursuit of profits.

But none of this is inevitable. Despite appearances, British workers have real power to stop their government going to war, but it will not be done through marches alone, or through lobbies of MPs and the signing of Early Day Motions in the House of Commons. It is not others we need to look to but ourselves.

The British working class’s power to stop war comes through the direct role that so many of us play in the war effort. If British soldiers refuse to fight in any war against Iran, if British munitions workers refuse to make bombs or other materiel that the army will use there, if British transport workers refuse to ship arms, supplies or soldiers to the war, if British media workers refuse to write or broadcast any propaganda that the government and other agencies create to support such a war … then the British ruling class will have no power to fight it.

It is we , not they, who are ultimately going to get our hands dirty – and we must refuse en masse to be complicit any longer in such horrendous crimes against our fellow workers.

That means insisting that our trade unions remember and act on the principle established at the Nuremberg trials that every person in the world has a duty higher than that which might be contained in a law or instruction issued by employers and governments locally or nationally: the duty to refuse to cooperate with any kind of illegal war effort, which is described by international law as the supreme crime against humanity.[15]

Those of us who really aspire to stop war, genocide and human misery have a duty to take this message to the workers of Britain and rouse in them the brave spirit of the London stevedores who refused to load armaments onto the Jolly George – that infamous ship that was bound for the war against Soviet Russia in 1918.

No to imperialist intervention!

No cooperation with war crimes!

Hands off Iran!

NOTES

1. ‘Wars for profits: a no-nonsense guide to why the United States seeks to make Iran an international pariah’, 9 November 2011

2. ‘We must attack Iran before it gets the bomb’, 16 May 2007

3. ‘Drone crash in Iran reveals secret US surveillance effort’ by Scott Shane and David E Sanger, 7 December 2011

4. ‘Max Keiser: Goldman Sachs are “scum”, “financial terrorists”’, PrisonPlanet.com, 17 July 2009

5. ‘Council conclusions on Iran’, eeas,earopa.eu, 23 January 2012

6. ‘Imperialist warmongers set sights on Iran’, December 2011

7. ‘Oil price climbs amid Iranian threat’ by Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Javier Blas

8. ‘Iran threatens to block oil shipments, as US prepares sanctions’ by David E Sanger and Annie Lowrey, 27 December 2011

9. ‘Britain threatens military action against Iran’ by Amy Willis, Telegraph, 6 January 2012

10. The Communist Manifesto, 1848

11. ‘Iran’s nuclear scientists are not being assassinated. They are being murdered’ by Mehdi Hasan

12. ‘Israel is accused of killing Iranian scientist’, Irish Times, 12 January 2012

13. ‘Ofcom revokes Press TV’s UK license’, presstv.ir, 20 January 2012

14. See irantracker.org for details of Iran’s foreign relations and trade deals

15. See ‘US journalists and war-crime guilt’ by Peter Dyer, consortiumnews.com, 15 October 2008

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Last chance to save the NHS

NOVANEWS

PROLETARIANONLINE

It’s time for Britain’s doctors to take a stand in support of public health care.

It is not difficult to see the sorts of things that are crying out to be done to make the NHS a genuinely better and more efficient service: things like slashing the number of managers and putting clinicians back in charge; kicking the internal market into touch; ending the ridiculous business management-inspired culture of audit-for-audit’s-sake; scrapping PFI and cancelling related debt; nationalising the pharmaceutical industry.

I am a junior doctor currently working at Leigh Infirmary near Wigan in Greater Manchester. In early December I happened to read an article published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal by one Nick Seddon – deputy director, apparently, of the ‘independent’ (ie, pro-business) think-tank ‘Reform’.

The article was entitled ‘Why shouldn’t private companies run failing hospitals?’, and it so incensed me that I felt compelled to respond in writing. Unfortunately the response quickly became a mini-essay that the BMJ were reluctant to print in full for reasons of space – although they did, in fairness, publish a shortened version online.[1]

Reading back over the unedited version of my reply (some 2,000 words), however, I feel it gives as clear, as concise, and as forthright an argument against the insidious privatisation and managerialism that are slowly throttling the NHS as I have seen. Many colleagues have told me that it puts into words what they themselves have felt for some time. For this reason I have been advised to submit my essay for publication in your journal, the better to circulate the argument as widely as possible.

It is hoped that in doing so, it will resonate with other doctors and other healthcare workers who doubtless feel, as I do, that the NHS is an institution worth fighting for, and that the regressive political direction of the last 30 years can and indeed must be reversed.

AM, Southport

SHO in psychiatry and CPGB-ML member

Replies welcome: anthony.molyneux@nhs.net

Reply to ‘Why shouldn’t private companies run failing hospitals?’

In Politics and the English Language, Orwell wrote that the purpose of what he called “political prose” was “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind”, thereby allowing the writer to conceal his thoughts from himself and others. [2]

Though our bourgeois media invariably ascribe this tendency to ‘Stalinism’, it does not take a genius to identify that ‘political prose’ has in fact reached endemic proportions in the capitalist world, namely as what has come to be known – unofficially of course – as ‘management speak’.

Nick Seddon has given a fine example of the style with his November BMJ article ‘Why shouldn’t private companies run failing hospitals?’ Devoid of such trifling details as sources and context, Seddon cherry-picks facts and factoids alike apparently at random in support of his position, yet even then is clearly struggling to make the case.[ 1]

Perhaps, with his background in business management, he is unaccustomed to the standard requirement when writing in medical journals to tell the truth and to provide supporting evidence for your conclusions. I would be only too happy to enlighten him in these regards.

Seddon plucks a couple of examples that purportedly demonstrate the benefits of private-sector involvement in health care from Finland and Spain. This is disingenuous in the extreme, certainly in the case of Finland. To varying degrees, the continental western European economies have kept the social welfare provisions and business regulatory structures that have been decimated in the UK by three decades of Thatcherism.

When Seddon waxes lyrical about increasing private-sector involvement in the NHS, therefore, I very much doubt it is the strongly social-democratic Scandinavian model he has in mind. Rather, we catch a glimpse of his real vision of the future in the penultimate paragraph: “In the United States a range of organisations such as Kaiser Permanente, Intermountain, and Geisinger have long been leading the way,” he says, reassuringly …

The United States has the most expensive and inefficient healthcare system in the developed world. Well over 40 million Americans therefore still have no health insurance coverage at all, and millions more remain significantly under-insured [ 3] – a situation which, by the way, promises to remain essentially unchanged even if President Obama’s much-hyped healthcare ‘reforms’ are ever enacted, which now looks increasingly unlikely anyway [4]

A child of 5 could understand why this is the case: self-evidently, the more you bring profiteers into the running of a service – any service – the more expensive it’s going to be for the people who need to use it. That’s why, outside of the business community and the hard-right fringe, the desire of the majority of the American people has long been for more public funding and more public provision of health care.[ 5]

As regards the so-called Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) – the likes of Kaiser Permanente – that Seddon apparently considers to be ‘leading the way’, the feeling of the majority of Americans towards these institutions is probably best encapsulated by a memorable anecdote from Professor Allyson Pollock’s seminal 2004 book NHS plc – The Privatisation of Our Health Care. In the 1997 film As Good as It Gets, the female lead played by Helen Hunt reacts with outrage to the revelation that her insurance policy will not provide her severely asthmatic son with the inhalers he needs, declaring frustratedly: “F*cking HMO b*stard pieces of sh*t!!!” By all accounts, cinema audiences across the US famously broke into spontaneous applause at this outburst.[6] Enough said.

At the opposite end of the political spectrum you have socialist Cuba, whose entirely publicly-owned healthcare system “represents an important alternative example where modest infrastructure investments combined with a well-developed public health strategy have generated health status measures comparable with those of industrialised countries”.[ 7] In other words, Cuba – a third-world country – has built a healthcare system at a fraction of the cost of those of developed countries, yet with broadly similar – and in some cases actually better – outcomes.

Moreover, it has managed to achieve this despite 50 years of unceasing economic warfare and sabotage waged against it by the United States, and despite the devastating effect of the collapse in 1991 of its Soviet ally.

It is not difficult to see how such efficiency has been possible. Firstly, at no point in the Cuban system is there anybody who is driving up costs by making a profit out of it; and secondly, the fact that the state is the sole provider of health care avoids the wasteful duplication, cherry-picking, and poor coordination of services that inevitably arise when multiple inter-competing providers are involved.

On reflection, this all makes Nick Seddon’s call “to make care more joined up” by privatising it look even more bizarre.

Of course, as anyone who does any real clinical work in the NHS knows, there are ultimately two very good and interrelated reasons why private companies shouldn’t be permitted to run any hospitals, failing or otherwise: 1) Because the whole story of the involvement of the private sector in the NHS over the past 30 plus years has been an unmitigated disaster from start to finish; and 2) Because it’s precisely as a result of this private-sector involvement that we have such things as ‘failing hospitals’ in the first place.

The story has been a tragedy in five acts. First, the Thatcher government’s implementation of the findings of the 1983 Griffiths Report (headed by Sir Roy Griffiths, a former director of Monsanto and Sainsbury’s) brought business managers in to run the NHS.

Second, the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 – inspired by Alain Enthoven, formerly of the US Department of Defence – set up the so-called ‘internal market’ in the NHS: the designation of NHS hospitals as individual business units (NHS ‘Trusts’) that henceforth had to compete against one another for funding from ‘purchasers’ or ‘commissioners’. Those that were less ‘competitive’ were by definition ‘failing hospitals’.

Third, the huge expansion of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) by the Blair government from 1997 led many Trusts to run up significant long-term debts to private banks and construction companies in their efforts to out-compete one another. Ironically, Trusts that were subsequently unable to service these debts – principally through asset sales, ward closures, and job cuts – would again by definition be labelled as ‘failing’.

Fourth, the launch of ‘foundation hospitals’ after 2002 effectively provided a template for the transformation of NHS Trusts into embryonic private hospitals.

And finally, the Health and Social Care Bill 2011, if and when enacted, will administer the coup de grace to the NHS as we knew it, removing the historic legal obligation of the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive health service, dissolving the Strategic Health Authorities, and compelling all remaining NHS Trusts to become – or be subsumed into – Foundation Trusts.[8]

What has happened, bit by bit, to the NHS over the past 30 years thus becomes blindingly obvious. When the Thatcher government wanted to privatise council housing, it was able to appeal to tenants’ aspirations to social mobility through home ownership. When it wanted to privatise gas, telecommunications, electricity, and water, it was able to spin illusions of a ‘shareholder democracy’ where the laws of the free market would operate to ensure cheaper bills (seriously).

Even when the Major government was itself running out of steam in the mid-90s it was just about able to use years of underperformance (actually a result of chronic underinvestment) as justification for rushing through the privatisation of British Rail.

But quick and out-in-the-open sell-offs such as these would never have been possible in the case of the NHS: it was depended upon and highly regarded as a publicly-owned institution by the overwhelming majority of the British public. Instead the government would need a slow, covert, and incremental privatisation process that could never be revealed as a privatisation process (instead cloaking itself in such anodyne terms as ‘reform’ and ‘modernisation’) until the final endgame, by which time, of course, it would be a fait accompli.

Only now that the end is almost upon us do the likes of Nick Seddon dare to show their true colours and argue publicly for out-and-out privatisation. “Look,” they say, “the NHS is just too expensive to run in the old way any more; we need to bring in the efficiencies of the market!” – deliberately obscuring the fact that it is precisely the semi-privatised world of multiplying managers, insane internal market-related administrative costs, and spiralling PFI debt that they have created that has made the NHS so unnecessarily expensive to run in the first place.

Anyone who can seriously, in 2011, continue to ignore the evidence of their senses and trot out the lazy right-wing dogma of ‘public sector inefficient; private sector efficient’ is, quite frankly, either lying or stupid. Has the selling off of council homes resulted in more affordable housing? Has the selling off of the electricity, gas, and water boards resulted in more affordable utility bills? Has the selling off of the railways resulted in more affordable rail travel?

Of course, what the likes of Nick Seddon really mean when they talk of ‘efficiency’ is profitability. And here we get to the crux of the matter: The privateers simply do not care that privatisation inevitably results in a shoddy, inefficient, disorganised, expensive – and not to mention downright dangerous – service, because the sole purpose of it is to pour money into their pockets.

These people do not get involved with the NHS because they really fancy the challenge of delivering better health care, no matter what their glossy press releases may say. What they are after is a captive market – a guaranteed pot of taxpayers’ money with which they are free, and indeed are legally obliged, to boost their own profits.[9]

And if the shareholders demand more profits, no problem! By Seddon’s own admission, they can ‘reform’ the workforce and ‘renegotiate’ staff pay and conditions. But won’t cutting staff numbers potentially undermine the entire service? No problem there either – the Health and Social Care Bill promises to remove the Secretary of State’s legal obligation to ensure a comprehensive health service.

No doubt, if this response to Seddon’s article is published, I can expect a very polite rejoinder to the effect that ‘polemics that polarise debate are unhelpful’. To the charge that my argument against the privateers is a left-wing polemic, I am happy to plead guilty. After all, right-wing polemics dressed up in the politically neutral ‘professional’ language of management speak are still right-wing polemics, and deserve a response that brings the real terms of the debate out in the open.

Nothing has been more depressing in the NHS in recent years than the experience of senior doctors expressing their dismay and unease at the often bizarre edicts of corporate managers in private, yet feeling hamstrung into grudging acceptance by management’s claims to ‘professional’ authority in public.

It is not difficult to see the sorts of things that are crying out to be done to make the NHS a genuinely better and more efficient service: things like slashing the number of managers and putting clinicians back in charge; kicking the internal market into touch; ending the ridiculous business management-inspired culture of audit-for-audit’s-sake; scrapping PFI and cancelling related debt; nationalising the pharmaceutical industry.

The fact that these may seem like implausible dreams in these politically bleak times does not make them impossible and certainly does not make them wrong. After all, at one time the idea of an NHS itself must have seemed like an implausible dream.

Many doctors, despairing of the power of the managers, imagine that the way to fight managerialism is to become managers themselves. This is quite wrong; you might as well argue that the way to fight crime is to become a criminal yourself. On the contrary, the only way to counter the politically regressive aspirations of the privateers is to expose and oppose them at every turn.

Doctors must act not as managers and businessmen, but as workers and as citizens. Indeed, they must act as doctors. The NHS depends on it.

NOTES

[1] bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7770?tab=responses

[2] G Orwell, Politics and the English Language, April1946

[3] census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/index.html

[4] ‘Obama’s healthcare bill is enough to make you sick’ by C Hedges, Truthdig, July 2010

[5] chomsky.info/interviews/20090413.htm

[6] AM Pollock, NHS plc – The Privatisation of our Health Care, 2004

[7] ‘Health in Cuba’ by RS Cooper, JF Kennelly and P Ordunez-Garcia, International Journal of Epidemiology, 2006; 35: 817-824

[8] dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Legislation/Actsandbills/HealthandSocialCareBill2011/index.htm

[9] J Bakan, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, 2004

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Police report recommends extreme measures against protestors

NOVANEWS

PROLETARIANONLINE

As the crisis of capitalism deepens and the anger of the masses grows, the naked force of capitalist rule is ever more starkly revealed.

For much of Britain’s working class, long shackled by unemployment, debt and neglect, and particularly for our black and minority ethnic workers, who are also subject to ingrained institutional persecution, incessant harassment and arbitrary arrest, the oppressive character of the British state requires no elucidation.

However, there remains a significant section of the population that continues to be duped by the fable of British democracy. It is the duty, therefore, of communists to destroy this crumbling façade; a job made easier as the state increases repression during the ongoing financial crisis.

In December 2011, responding to increased public unrest and clearly anticipating more, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published a report highlighting the existing legal power of police to shoot ‘arsonists’ if they are deemed to be ‘endangering life’. Whilst lip-service was paid to this tactic being a ‘last resort’, its inclusion within the report, and its subsequent promotion in the bourgeois press, is a thinly-veiled endorsement of the use of live ammunition by police against protestors who are deemed threatening to the British state.

It is a blueprint that authorises the murder of those who deviate from the usual routine and futile avenues of protest, and it must be made clear to workers that, as seductive as the rhetoric on ‘protection of the public’ is, it is a fig-leaf intended to disarm us.

The police were not concerned about the protection of Mark Duggan as they publicly executed him. Claims that he was armed and dangerous have been shown up as false, since the gun it was said he was carrying about his person had no trace of his DNA on it. If the police’s aim had been merely to protect themselves and the public against someone they really believed to be dangerous, that could have been achieved without killing Mark Duggan. He could be told to hold his hands over his head after he left the taxi, or he could have been shot with tranquillisers rather than with bullets.

The police shot to kill in order to intimidate that section of the local population who are inclined to rebellion, no longer meekly swallowing the bourgeois propaganda and lies that generally serve to hold the working-class population in check.

The police are equally unconcerned about the dozens of people who have died in their custody or in immigration detention camps. Just as little were the British military concerned about the protection of the 14 civilians they murdered in Derry in 1972, or the many others killed and wounded by them over the years of occupation. The briefest of inquiry would reveal that their loyal concern lies with the protection of private property and the perpetuation of the capitalist system of class oppression.

The police report, commissioned by the sameTheresa May who last year called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped, also promotes the use of plastic bullets and water cannons against protestors. Plastic bullets, which are perversely pitched as ‘non-lethal’, have killed 17 people, including nine children, and injured and disfigured many others in the north of Ireland, whilst high-pressured water canons, routinely used in such bastions of democracy as Egypt, will disperse, or indiscriminately sweep away, anyone officers deem undesirable.

Meanwhile, a huge ‘security’ operation is presently being mounted in London, ostensibly for the 2012 Olympics. To ‘secure’ the games, a massive $1.6bn is being spent on providing 23,000 security guards and 7,500 military personnel inside the various Olympic venues, with another 7,500 soldiers and 12,000 police outside. On top of these 50,000 troops, there will be spy drones circling the skies, warships anchored in the Thames, attack helicopters on standby and ground-to-air missiles ready to launch.

Yet as RT has pointed out, such measures “may not only turn the capital into a city under siege, but simply prove to be ineffective”. In reality, however, the threat of bombing is just an excuse to get British people acclimatised to the realities of life in a police state.

As Nick Pickles, director for Big Brother Watch, told RT: “I think it’ll be an absolute tragedy for Britain if the largest part of the Olympics legacy was a surveillance legacy, where we install all this equipment in the name of national security and when the Olympics are over we keep using it.” (‘Missiles, spy drones and warships: Here come the London Olympics’, RT.com, 30 January 2012)

A fair amount of liberal concern has been directed at the growth of Anglo-American state repression over the past decade or so. Academics and social commentators have written extensively on the ‘post-9/11 society’ – the morally conservative state in which individual civil liberties are surrendered to the promise of ‘collective security’.

Some critics have gone so far as to dissect the official account and show how the ‘war on terror’ paradigm has been manipulated to enrich a small clique of rotten politicians and corporate associates. But this analysis is limited: if we restrict our attention to the policies of a specific government, or a political culture of a particular period, rather than widening our study to reveal the irreconcilably oppressive nature of the system as a whole, then we are accepting that the system can be reclaimed or purified. It cannot.

A scientific Marxist analysis reveals that the capitalist system is in continuous decay. As its contradictions are intensifying (between bourgeois riches and proletarian poverty; between imperialist plunderers and colonial slaves), its mechanisms of repression are deepening.

And it is clear that in order for a small minority to be able to physically keep control of the poor majority, the state must exert mental pressure, too.

Britain’s leading politicians, military commanders, industrialists and city bankers cannot openly declare their intent to loot public funds, wage war and criminalise dissent. They therefore have to gain support, or at least pacify large sections of the people, by demonising sections of the working class and dividing our collective strength, and by manufacturing an agenda of ‘public protection’, thereby obtaining a certain amount of consent for the implementation of their repression and making it seem natural and inevitable.

Marxism long ago showed that the modern state is an organ of class domination; a weapon for the control of the majority by a small, exploiting minority. Despite appearances of democracy, which have been carefully cultivated over several centuries, the British imperialist state machine remains one of the most repressive on earth. It is the role of communists to refute the state’s deception, expose the divisive narrative that pits worker against worker, demonising sections of our class, and to prove this irrefutable fact.

Lenin wrote in 1917 that “A democratic republic is the best possible political shell for capitalism, and therefore, once capital has gained control of this very best shell, it establishes its power so securely, so firmly that no change, either of persons, or institutions, or parties in the bourgeois republic can shake it.” (The State and Revolution)

But whichever way it presents itself in the good times, even the most ‘democratic’ of capitalist states is still essentially a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie. Now that the bad times have hit again, with monopoly capitalism lurching from crisis to crisis, the ruling class is trying frantically to save itself at the expense of the workers, who are being plunged into increasing poverty and want.

With poverty comes disaffection, so the bourgeois state is increasingly being forced to move away from its ‘democratic’ emphasis on controlling the masses by deception into employing more direct and brutal means of repression. Behind all the talk of the ‘threat of terrorism’ and the ‘threat of rioting’ lies the real fear: that the downward spiral of poverty and war brought about by the worldwide capitalist economic crisis will be the spark that finally ignites Britain’s dormant workers and impels them to create an inferno for the capitalist system itself.

That is what our rulers are preparing for. They do not want to protect us, but themselves; it is not our safety and security on the streets that concerns them, but their own hold on wealth and power. And that is why we are seeing a steady increase in police powers and witnessing the gradual transition from an unarmed force to an armed one.

It remains the task of the working class, far from campaigning to re-elect the bourgeois Labour party, reshuffling the faces of oppression and prolonging the lifespan of this moribund system, to identify the eternally repressive nature of imperialism and organise to overthrow it once and for all.

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Lessons of the murder of Stephen Lawrence

NOVANEWS

PROLETARIANONLINE

Police racism can no more be abolished under capitalism than can racism generally – it is a vital weapon in the bourgeois armoury of divide-and-rule tactics that keep the working class weak an impotent.

Two of the murderers of Stephen Lawrence are behind bars – at last. Gary Dobson and David Norris will spend a considerable period of time in prison. But we cannot now heave a sigh of relief and say, “justice has been done – all is now well”.

This is not only because at least three other murderers of Stephen Lawrence are still free, nor just because minimum sentences of 14 and 15 years for Dobson and Norris cannot be described as severe (certainly not when compared with draconian sentences handed out for such offences as taking a bottle of water from a shop during the uprising last summer!)

It is because the struggle is by no means over. All is not well. Racism continues to rear its ugly head. And the context is a working class that is being burdened with the effects of the crisis of capitalism, and receiving heavy treatment from the state, not least the police, when it resists. The intention to divide and thus weaken the working class by fomenting racism has to be fought against and overcome.

Racist murder

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death on the night of 22 April 1993 by a gang of at least five young white men, who attacked him and his friend Duwayne Brooks at a bus stop in Eltham, southeast London. It was clear, not only from the nature of the attack but very explicitly from words used during it, that it was a racist attack. Stephen Lawrence was murdered for the sole reason that he was black.

Doreen Lawrence, Stephen’s mother put it very succinctly after the guilty verdict on Dobson and Norris on 3 January this year, following a trial that began on 15 November 2011. She was quoted in the Guardian of 4 January as follows:

“How can I celebrate when I know that this day could have come 18 years ago if the police, who were meant to find my son’s killers, had not failed so miserably to do so?

“This result shows that the police can do their job properly, but only if they want to.

“The fact is that racism and racist attacks are still happening in this country and the police should not use my son’s name to say that we can move on.”

And Neville Lawrence, Stephen’s father said: “I don’t think I will be able to rest until they are all brought to justice.”

Campaign driven by the Lawrence family

Doreen and Neville Lawrence are remarkable people. It is they who have not let go. They just kept demanding, and made good use of the support they received from the Daily Mail to keep Stephen’s murder in the public eye.

The editor of that paper had come into contact with Neville Lawrence when the latter did some building work at his home. This personal interest in the matter resulted in a campaign in the Daily Mail, including a front page of photographs of five men, including Dobson and Norris, which called them murderers and challenged them to sue.

Driven by Doreen and Neville Lawrence, the British state was forced into mounting the Lawrence Inquiry, which among its findings concluded that there was institutional racism in the police force. And now, 18 years after the murder, there have been two convictions.

These convictions were not owing to the fact that new forensic techniques improved the evidence. They were certainly significant in the trial, but the fact is that so much forensic evidence was ‘lost’ by police inaction at the time of Stephen’s murder.

For instance: a police photographer carrying out surveillance on the Norrises and their associates saw black bags being taken away from their house soon after the murder, which could well have contained bloodied clothing, but the men were not intercepted and the bags were never recovered. And so it goes on.

It is the determination and publicity that makes Stephen’s murder remarkable. Many other racist attacks and murders have taken place, but the treatment received by the Lawrences and by Duwayne Brooks indicates how much pressure there is to silence protest.

When the police arrived at the scene of the murder they concentrated their attention on Duwayne, accusing him of being in a gang, assuming that Stephen’s injury was the result of a gang dispute, that he had started everything, etc. They refused to look for the murderers, although Duwayne told them which way they had gone. Duwayne has since been stopped many times by the police, and there have been many slanderous attempts, not least on the internet, to destroy his character.

In an interview in the Guardian on 28 January 2012, Doreen Lawrence underlined that the police failed to find her son’s murderers, but stopped his brother 20 times as a criminal suspect! She herself was stopped a year after the murder, ‘suspected of driving a stolen car’.

Lessons not learned

Some say that “lessons have been learned”, that “justice has been done” and that “we should now move on”. Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick claimed the convictions were a victory for British justice.

The same Cressida Dick was the officer in charge of ‘anti-terrorist surveillance’ when Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police officers, a fact that was even noted in a letter in the Guardian on 5 January 2012. Another letter on the same day welcomed the convictions and added “Would that the killers of Blair Peach, and those who protected them down the years, might some day occupy the same dock at the Old Bailey.”

How can ‘lines be drawn under’ and ‘moving on’ take place when the United Families of those killed in police custody still campaign without redress? When only recently Mark Duggan was hauled out of a taxi and shot dead through the head by police? The latter sparked a justified uprising, but did not demonstrate ‘lessons learned’ by the police.

Our lessons

So much more could be said, but it is we who need to learn the lessons.

On the one hand, our bourgeois politicians of all shades make pious statements deploring racism. On the other hand, they, at every opportunity, peddle the idea that all the ills of our society are caused by black people, by ‘multiculturalism’, by immigrants. And they preside over detention centres, concentration camps for so-called ‘illegal immigrants’, still incarcerating young children, and over security firms that ‘manage’ deaths of deportees on planes.

It is not that they have failed to learn lessons. The arms of the bourgeois state have learned their lessons well. They know that the aim is to divide the working class as much as possible in order to make it easier to keep it down when it protests against the conditions that imperialism imposes on it. (Remember the draconian sentences following the uprising last summer, and the attempts to blame it, without foundation, on gangs – especially black gangs!)

All power to the Lawrence family and its supporters. Much has been achieved. But we must all take up and continue the fight against racism, which indeed is a fight against imperialism. And we must not be blinded by the fact that the murder of Stephen Lawrence took place 18 years ago so that we do not see what is going on around us now. Unless we understand the reality of the bourgeois state, unless we forge the maximum working-class unity, not least by fighting resolutely against racism, we will never achieve anything.

It is the fashion of the apologist for imperialism to claim the Karl Marx is now irrelevant. That is becoming increasingly a futile claim, as can be shown in so many ways. Suffice it for the moment to just remember that it was he who said, “Labour in the white skin cannot be free where in the black it is branded.” (Capital, Vol 1, 1867)

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