Archive for the 'International' Category

18
Mar
14

The Question Not Asked…

…about the Crimean Referendum is quite obvious: was the vote free and fair? Capitalist media have ranted endlessly about cavils in international law, which boil down to saying that people have the right to self-determination only if the occupying power is inclined to grant it to them.
The fact that the inhabitants of Crimea would want to join the country the majority of them belongs to ethnically is not an issue.
The fact that even people of Ukrainian origin would want to escape from a state ridden by poverty and corruption, and where the government is decided by street mobs is not an issue.
The fact that some 6% of the inhabitants of Crimea belong to minor ethnic groups which are periodically targeted by pogroms, and feel uncomfortable with the Ukrainian government’s veiled fascism is not an issue.
Only cavils are an issue, and the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine, meaning that a random rearrangement of administrative districts under Nikita Kruschev must forbid that the Crimean choose whom they want to govern them.

Luckily, the UN’s military does little more than sitting around shining their blue helmets, and the NATO has a strict policy of only helping Islamic fundamentalists against people who don’t shoot back. Applying sanctions to Russia is like threatening somebody else with shooting oneself: this is the one story where, after all the sound and fury is over, the good guys win. Or, rather, the bad guys don’t.

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26
Aug
13

Syrian Rebels Most Likely Culprits in Gas Deaths

And, just as I was about to address the subject myself, here is another excellent Stephen Gowans post proving, once again, that the so-called “government attack” are both a fictional and actual product of Islamocapitalism.

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By Stephen Gowans

British foreign secretary William Hague says there’s no doubt that the Syrian military is responsible for last week’s alleged gas attack which killed scores of people in Syria. So too do the editors of major newspapers in the United States and Britain. US officials have also said the Syrian government is responsible, though at the same time they admit they are still trying to ascertain the facts. The Wall Street Journal could report, as a consequence, that there’s an “emerging consensus” that the Assad government was behind the attack. The consensus, however—and it’s one limited to Syria’s political enemies—is backed up by not a scintilla of evidence.

You might wonder why journalists haven’t challenged Hague’s assertion that the only possible culprit is the Syrian government. After all, there is another possible culprit: the opposition.

In May, Carla Del Ponte, a member of the United Nations independent commission…

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06
Jul
13

Worth reading

This piece is interesting because it comes from a brokerage firm, an institution usually managed by kamikaze of neoliberalism and sporting an army of mercenary economists to spew pro-globalist nonsense. Instead, this report from Tullett Prebon openly admits the system is heading towards catastrophe because of the the resource and transfer crisis, exactly like the present author. Definitely worth reading for those who don’t believe that every reasonable person, not communists only, can see the darkness at the end of the tunnel.

16
Apr
13

Test Your Knowledge, Find a Bomber

You want a shot at finding who is behind the Boston Marathon bombing? Try answering the following:

  1. Who hates to see half-naked women and, possibly, gay and black people parading through the streets of a city all day?
    • Islamic basket cases in the Middle Eastern deserts
    • Christian basket cases in the South-Western deserts
  2. Who always thinks god is with them, regardless of what they do in their name, except, of course, for abortions?
    • Islamic basket cases in the Middle Eastern deserts
    • Christian basket cases in the South-Western deserts
  3. What is releasing a condemnation of the bombing in Boston, while a number of its supporters thinks “They had it coming”?
    • Hizb ut-Tahrir
    • The Tea Party
  4. Which desertic state has 90% of its territory owned by religious basket cases, with less than 10% left to violently oppressed natives, and uses starvation-wage, religious immigrants to do most of the work?
    • Bahrain
    • Arizona
  5. Where are pressure cookers used?
    • Bahrain
    • Arizona
    • Everywhere else

If you can answer the questions above correctly, you will have a good idea of the environment that engendered this latest attack. I, for one, can’t.

Update (19/4/2013): apparently, it was Islamic basket cases from the Russian South-Western scrublands, who spent a good part of their life in the deserts of Kazakhstan (some sources say Kyrgyzstan). Remember the times when Islamism and terrorism did not exist, either in the Caucasus or in Central Asia? It was when they were both part of the Soviet Union; the same Americans who are now holding vigils and spamming facebook with the “martyrs” of the Boston Marathon bombings called it the Empire of Evil, mostly on account of lack of such consumer goods as pressure cookers; they also called Al Quaeda and the Talibans “freedom fighters”.

03
Aug
12

Whatever Happened to Julian Assange?

If we have learnt one thing from the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, it is that sexual assault allegations are a great way to discredit an opponent–and put him in jail, too. The fact that he will then be raped every day is of no concern to the Honest, Right-Thinking Citizen: it is distasteful to talk about such things and, in any case, we think only the orifices of women are worthy of legal protection; as for those of men, it’s ok to peruse them, as long as they don’t enjoy it. But I am straying from the main point, which is the absolutely ridiculous “rape” case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Let’s look at the facts where the Average Joe would first look for them, namely, Wikipedia:

On 20 August 2010, two women came to Swedish police inquiring whether it was possible to require that Julian Assange be submitted to an HIV-test. The women involved were a 26-year-old in Enköping and a 31-year-old in Stockholm.

This sounds like: two women, living 78 km from each other and allegedly raped on different days, go to the same police station the same day. How come? Did they meet on julianassangerapedme.com?

It also sounds like Swedish women have a rather cavalier attitude towards rape: “Say, officer, we would like to ask whether we can have a bloke take an HIV test. Oh, by the way, we weren’t consenting, but first things first”.

And if this weren’t enough, we have the other side of the story: Assange himself.  The man, basically a nerd, with absolutely no precedents for either sexual or violent crimes would decide to devote himself to rape twice when he is at the top of his celebrity and in one of the countries in the world where it is easiest to score. Did he suddenly come to think that he should really try raping somebody before he turned 40?

Of course, it didn’t go like this. Reading more in-depth articles, one finds out that the two women are not two mysterious figures, sheltered by Swedish victim protection laws: they are called Anna Ardin and  Sofia Wilén. They are on Twitter. They are on Facebook. Anybody who cares to can contact them, including conspiracy-minded capitalists, vengeful Americans and public prosecutors looking for five minutes in the sun. And they knew each other in advance. The case becomes a lot clearer now: both women shagged the same guy, within days, both turned out to have done so without a condom, and figured out that if somebody is both a man-whore and a bareback rider, one’d better be on the safe side of STD’s. Then the vultures came.

What convinced the two blondes? Jealousy? Money? Fame? Brainwashing by a man-hating prosecutor? With the formless mass the media are becoming, we might never know; what we do know is that Anna Ardin seems to be obsessed with revenge.

And what about Ecuador? It is in a difficult situation, one from which it is brilliantly coming out by procrastinating: for every day spent in the embassy, the neutral press finds it less interesting to talk about Assange, while the lackeys of capitalism continue a smear campaign against him that, started with preposterous allegations of endangering lives in Afghanistan, is now engaging in such barrel-scraping that even his table manners are criticized. Either by indifference or hostility, people (other than my readers: those I shall constantly remind) will forget about Assange: then, he’ll be thrown to the wolves, probably in exchange for a better banana deal.

As I said before, being a prophet is not that hard.

21
May
12

Greece and the Illusion of Democracy

2519 years have passed since the Greek first invented democracy; this might be the year in which they prove that it doesn’t work. Well, at least that representative democracy doesn’t: one’s elected “representatives” should carry the will of the electorate and translate it into law, right? Right: faced with the prospect of  draconian austerity measure which are as inhuman as they are ineffective, the will of the Greek electorate is rather clear:  forget ’em. How much of the Greek population supports this rather reasonable point of view is debatable. The digit 66% circulates a lot, but this is only the percentage of people who voted parties opposing the austerity package. If people were asked to directly decide on the issue, they would probably react like Icelanders did in 2010, when a similar proposal was rejected by 93% of voters. I shall not, however, argue this particular point: underestimated as it may be, let’s, for argument’s sake, accept the 66% estimate as true; there is no doubt, in any case, that 66% voted for parties that rejected the measures.

The result? Parties supporting the measures won 49.7% of the seats in the parliament, being therefore only two seats short of having their way. A few quirks of the electoral laws made this a breeze: the warmest supporters of this piece of social slaughter, New Democracy, having lost almost half of its support, was awarded 17 seats more, based on a rule that gives 50 seats, or 20% of the total, to the party that comes out with a majority, no matter how thin or relative this may be. Another law states that albeit, by mathematics, a seat corresponds to only 0.4% of votes, parties getting less than 3% do not get any. By grace of this, 13 parties, the vast majority of which are against the measures, were arbitrarily denied the representation they deserved.

New elections are now scheduled in June, by which time the Greek, having realized that their opinion doesn’t really matter, will desert the ballots, and accept whatever fate German bankers have decided for them.

The Greek example is a very clear one, but similar laws (extra seats awarded to majorities and arbitrary entry barriers) exist in virtually every parliamentary democracy. The idea is that they make it easier to form a majority: I shall only point out that having a single party, as the Soviet bloc did for 40 years makes it even easier to form a majority, saves a lot of paper in the process and, in the case of the Soviet bloc, did actually reduce unemployment, exploitation and social disparity, which is pretty much the opposite of what the austerity package does. But more about this later.

27
Apr
12

Worth Reading

Surprise, surprise: firing people doesn’t help with unemployment, and reducing taxes doesn’t help the state budget. After some 50 years of experimenting with that, even the capital-loving New York Times realizes it.

Why, congratulations, New York Times: if your staff keeps figuring things out at this rate, within a couple thousand years, they’ll all be Marxists.