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Is it convenience or just pure luck….

November 6th, 2015
Is it convenience or just pure luck.... By Dark Politricks Be-ware - isn't it funny how in the same week a bomb went off (possibly) in a Russian Plane over Egypt that reports on the UK intelligence services listening to ALL OUR PHONE CALLS FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS - for our own protection of course, no-one makes a squeak of protest. Also the NEW... [read more]

Tony Blair Finally Apologises For Iraq War

October 26th, 2015
Tony Blair Finally Apologises For Iraq War By Dark Politricks After years of denials, non apologies and dismal of any suggestion that he and George Bush have caused havoc by starting the illegal Iraq war, Tony Blair in an interview on CNN finally apologised for the Iraq war, and the havoc it caused afterwards including the rise of ISIS. In his... [read more]

Are we heading for World War III over Syria?

October 25th, 2015
Are we heading for World War III over Syria? By Dark Politricks With recent "unconfirmed" reports of Russian planes being shot down by NATO countries e.g Turkey, and that UK planes have been given orders to shoot down Russian planes, are our leaders stupid enough to lead us into World War III? Senior defence sources said British fighters are likely... [read more]

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe awarded “China’s Nobel peace prize”

October 22nd, 2015
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe awarded "China's Nobel peace prize" Confucius peace prize chairman defends decision to give award to leader accused of using systematic violence and torture to maintain grip on power Dark Politricks says.... I think this is China taking the piss out of US President Obama for having being given the Nobel Peace... [read more]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Full Speech at The 2015 Labour Party Conference

September 30th, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn's Full Speech at The 2015 Labour Party Conference By Dark Politricks As the Tory right-wing papers have got bored with #piggate they are back to slagging off the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. They see any disagreement in the party as a major split, every discussion as a failed policy, and attack Corbyn at every turn. Maybe it's... [read more]

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Going Underground – The Autumn Budget – U Turns, Cuts and Selling the Crown Jewels

Going Underground – The Autumn Budget – U Turns, Cuts and Selling the Crown Jewels

Going Underground with Afshin Rattansi

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Autumn Statement. Former Whitehouse advisor Pippa Malmgren, explains why Osbornes U turn on tax credits might not actually be a change in direction at all. Plus what links George Osborne's tax credit fiasco, lipstick, war in Ukraine and the South China Sea?

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How to have a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

How to have a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving
By K.J. Noh

Millions of people over the US will be gathering on Thanksgiving to share a meal together and to give thanks for the people and the blessings in their lives. As you gather, its important to think about the meaning of this celebration, and to challenge the received myths about this problematic holiday.

While some form of harvest celebration is found in most cultures, the historical circumstances of Thanksgiving in the US are deeply intertwined with the oppression and genocide of the indigenous peoples by the settlers.

The anthropologist Levi-Strauss suggests that myth is an attempt to create an imaginary resolution of a real, intolerable contraction. What this means in this context is that the foundational myth of the United States around Thanksgiving (with its notions of sharing, generosity, mutual aid, cooperation with indigenous peoples) attempts to paper over the origins of a violent colonial settler state based on its very opposite (greed, plunder, dispossession, atrocity, war, and genocide).

A myth in this sense functions like a (collective) dream: it allows the expression of the stresses, strains, tensions, and contradictions in our lives, while masking them through distortion, displacement, compression, condensation, and inversion.

Here are the facts: there was indeed some sort of meeting between the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Plantation and the Indigenous Wampanoag/Pokanoket in 1621. It may have involved food. It was most likely a political negotiation of a treaty of cession. It was not a thanksgiving in any sense of the term, as a religious ceremony of Thanksgiving would not have involved barbarous heathen.

In 1637, there was indeed a Thanksgiving celebration. This was actually the celebration of the massacre of the Pequot original people. In a story that loops back endlessly from Afghanistan, to My Lai, to Jeju Island, to the first settlements, an armed party of colonists was sent to the Pequot to demand the heads of the murderers of an English slaver. When the Pequot refused, war broke out, and the Pequot were massacred. On the Mystic River, the colonizer soldiers from the shining city on a hill , set aflame a Pequot village that was celebrating a corn ceremony, burning to death over four hundred villagers.

The commander of the troops, John Mason, described the massacre thus:

Such a dreadful terror let the Almighty fall upon their spirits that they would flee from us and run into the very flames. Thus did the Lord judge the heathen, filling the place with dead bodies.

William Bradford, the Governor of Plymouth, wrote:

Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire…horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them.

Survivors were tracked down and killed or sold into slavery:

The surviving Pequots were hunted but could make little haste because of their children .They were literally-run to ground…tramped into the mud and buried in the swamp. The last of them were shipped to the West Indies as slaves.

The following day, Massachusetts Bay Governor, John Winthrop declared a day of Thanksgiving, signing into law, “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.”

The conflation of these two events, a treaty negotiation, and the celebration of a massacre is the compression or condensation that gives us our modern Thanksgiving. There is also a displacement of attention from the event to an insignificant aspect of the meeting, the food, and the representation of atrocity by its opposite. There may have been later conflation with later Jamestown events and practices, as well as the confounding of Pilgrims and Puritans. To flesh out this oneiric rebus are added the traditional foods symbolizing theft, murder, and extermination.

Louis Althusser refers to this collective defense mechanism as ideology (a representation of the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence). One way ideology manifests is as a series of narratives and myths that maintain our worldview, that entrain us, entrance us, and interpellate us into the values of the dominant system, reflecting to us an image of ourselves that is acceptable, integral, and whole, while keeping us anaesthetized or asleep as to what is really happening, from noticing what is unacceptable, intolerable, unbearable, or unjust.

A critical consciousness entails a willingness to deconstruct the workings of power both in its political and cultural dimensions. This entails efforts to demechanize , dishabituate ourselves from the narcotic entrancement, bewitchment, mystification of ideology.

So its possible to hold gratitude (for friends, family, relationships; the multitude of material or intangible blessings in our lives) and still be aware of the injustice, violence, devastation caused by the depredations of empire.

We can acknowledge the richness of our lives, and be aware of the sufferings of those who have been impoverished by the plunder, pillage, theft, exploitation, and slavery of capitalism.

Every bite of our meal comes at the cost of someones sweat and blood; our surplus comfort or wealth comes at the grinding cost of someones exploitation and the ravaging of the environment; the ground on which we step is the product of theft and dispossession; the very time to appreciate our blessings is a sweetness wrung out of the embittered, diminished lives of others.

In our meals as in our lives, we can taste the bitter and savor the sweet: the bitter pill of historical truth, the sweetness of our human ideals; the sorrow of our losses, privations, sufferings, the solace of our connectedness and humanity; the awareness that truth, and justice and gratitude are not incompatible. We can embrace complexity, hold contradiction, see the totality in its numinous beauty and heart-breaking despair: the better to act with tenderness, compassion and courage, the better to leaven suffering without turning away; the better to seek out, nourish the small but sturdy roots of justice growing among the strewn graves and battlefields of empire, domination, chaos, capital.

Give thanks for what you love, treasure those you love, but above all, give your thanks and blessings to those who suffer, struggle, and fight so that some of us have the abundance to count our blessings. And after you have given thanks, remember your duty to resist, struggle, accompany, and fight, so that you can continue to have something to be thankful for. Heres one good place to start.

K.J. Noh is a long time activist, writer, and teacher. He is a member of Veterans for Peace and works on global justice issues. He can be reached at: [email protected]. Read other articles by K.J..

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Tagged with Afghanistan, death, God, Indigenous Wampanoag Pokanoket, John Winthrop, justice, Levi-Strauss, Louis Althusser, Peace, Plymouth Plantation, Thanksgiving, West Indies.

Update on Battle Against Hackers

Update on Battle Against Hackers

By WashingtonsBlog

We’re still being slammed with thousands of hacker attacks a day, but we are attempting to implement some basic counter-measures.

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Posted in Analysis & Review, Internet.

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Impacts of Turkey’s Aggression against Russia. The “Turkish Stream” is Dead. Disruption of Gas Pipeline Routes to the EU. Russia’s Economy in Crisis?

Impacts of Turkeys Aggression against Russia. The Turkish Stream is Dead. Disruption of Gas Pipeline Routes to the EU. Russias Economy in Crisis?

By WashingtonsBlog

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, who publishes Global Research.

Regime change in Ukraine engineered by the US State Department was largely responsible for the collapse of the South Stream gas pipeline project. Washingtons intent was to establish a’de facto blockade which would prevent the flow of Russian gas to the European Union.

The South Stream gas pipeline worth 15.5 billion was intended to pump 67 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to Europe annually.

The pipelines underwater section 900 km (559 miles) long was intended to run along the bed of the Black Sea from the Russkaya compressor station on the Russian shore to the Bulgarian coast. (TASS, January 14, 2015)

On December 1, 2014, President Vladimir Putin announced that the project to build the South Stream gas pipeline was closed due to the European Unions unconstructive approach to cooperation, including Bulgarias decision [pressured by the US] to stop the construction of the pipelines stretch on its territory.

South Stream Pipeline Route Options, source TASS

The South Stream was replaced by the Turkish Stream. The scrapping of the South Stream was coupled with the signing in Ankara of a historic December 2014 deal between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recyyp Erdogan.

Under the Russian-Turkish agreement pertaining to gas pipeline routes, Turkey was slated to become a major hub and transit route for the export of Russian natural gas to both Southern and Western Europe.

Russias Gazprom in a historical announcement by CEO Alexey Miller in January 2015 confirmed that: The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project was considered the sole route for Russias future supplies of 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Western Europe The Gazprom head made this statement in response to a question about the fate of Russias South Stream gas pipeline project. (Tass, January 14, 2015)

The [South Stream] project is closed. The Turkish Stream is the sole route, which can deliver 63 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas. There are no other options, Miller said. (Ibid)

November 24 2015: Turkeys Act of Aggression against Russia marks the Disruption of the Turkish Stream Project

Back in January, the Moscow-Ankara deal was considered to be a slap in the face for Washington. Today, the Turkish Stream (sponsored by Moscow) is in jeopardy.

The downing of the SU-24 plane engineered by US-NATO has contributed to destabilizing the Russia-Turkey deal. It was by not means the only objective.

In January following the abandonment of the South Stream, the Turkish pipeline was announced as the sole route.

What next?

Following the downing of Russias SU-24 plane and the collapse of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Ankara, that sole route is no longer there, leading not only to a potential crisis in the supply of natural gas to the European Union, but also a major blow to Russias national economy, which depends heavily on the energy sector.

From the point of view of Washington, Wall Street and the Pentagon: War is good for business.

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Posted in Analysis & Review, Russia.

Tagged with Ankara, Economy, Intelligence Agencies, Moscow, natural gas, Prepares War Against Russia, South Stream, Special Forces, Syria, TASS, War on terror, Washingtons Blog.

Britain to Vote on Bombing Syria

Britain to Vote on Bombing Syria
By Lesley Docksey

Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron stood up in Parliament and told all the MPs how very important it was that the United Kingdom joined the orgy of bombing Syria. He is closely following Tony Blairs path to Iraq, using fear of terrorism, exaggerating so-called intelligence and wanting desperately to be seen as a tough leader. In a few days MPs will hold a vote on this and hes sent them all home to think it over during the weekend.

There are many reasons why Members of Parliament should not vote in favour of bombing Syria. The most obvious reason is that it would simply be immoral, if only because totally innocent civilians would be killed, injured, maimed, made homeless, parentless or childless. But voting with your conscience often seems to include military might.

Those who favour military action will immediately talk about precision targeting, an impossibility where missiles and bombs are concerned. On a drone operators screen or in a smaller screen in a fighter jet way up in the air, you cannot guarantee that the building is empty of people, or that the terrorist base only houses militants. Where people are, there will necessarily also be civilians, supposedly protected by international law.

And there is the temptation to use too much of the power at your disposal, like the Americans using a Cruise missile to take out a Taliban leader travelling in a car through an Afghan market square. Just possibly the intelligence was correct and the said Taliban leader was blown to bits. The other shredded people are just collateral damage. But – a whole Cruise missile to assassinate one man?

Another reason is that joining in the bombing crusade would make it more likely that Britain would suffer retaliatory attacks on its home soil. This is not something most MPs want to consider. They will go on denying that the Wests violent interference in the Middle East and other majority Muslim states has caused much of the terrorism they say bombing Syria will protect us from. But few politicians like to take responsibility for past actions.

And make no mistake, the word crusade is an apt one for that is certainly, initiated by George W Bush, what the West is fighting. So too is IS/Daesh/ISIS/ISIL. When they first appeared on the horizon their stated aim was to reach back into the origins of Islam and create a grand caliphate. And why do you think one of their names is ISIL, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant? The Levant is what the medieval Crusaders called the Middle East.

Where are the MPs who are wise enough to bring an end to this silliness? But no, theyll happily swallow David Camerons intelligence that claims there are 70,000 moderate rebels in Syria, a figure disputed by all those better informed about the region than Cameron. I suppose we should be glad he has not yet told us ISIS can reach us in 45 minutes.

He speaks of the rebels, but as almost all the fighters have come from other countries (the majority apparently from Europe), they really cant be said to be rebelling against a government that is not theirs. Nor is it, as he claims, a civil war, the whole sorry mess having been engineered by William Roebuck from inside the US Embassy in Damascus back in 2006 because, according to Roebuck, President Assad was too popular, not just in Syria but in “the region”, all fully documented in the leaked cables between Damascus and Washington.

Then there are legal reasons why the UK should not bomb Syria. Cameron has repeatedly insisted that Assad must be removed. But President Assad is the democratically elected leader. Despite the difficulties an election was held last year and delegates from more than 30 countries said the election was “free, fair and transparent (he had been voted in for a second term back in 2007).

International law has this to say about interfering in another states business or removing its leader:

1970 UN Declaration on Principles of International Law Point 6;No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. Consequently armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements are in violation of international law.

That is clear enough. The UK was illegal in Afghanistan, illegal in Iraq, illegal in Libya and now it wants to be illegal in Syria too. The US and France are illegally acting in Syria. ISIS and all the other rebel fighters are there illegally. Apart from Syrias own military forces, the only forces that have a legal presence there are the Russians and the Iranians because President Assad invited them.

We also cannot wage war on terrorists. Terrorism is not an act of war but a crime which, legally, the police should deal with, not armies. Cameron claims that bombing Syria (an act of war upon another state) will keep our country safe. But one state can only go to war with another state if that state has physically attacked the first. Syria has attacked no one, for which good and neighbourly policy it is being bombed out of existence.

Further, we would, according to him, be defending our values. Camerons big on British values. I presume that includes the ability to bomb other countries and their poor terrified civilians. That is a value I for one can do without.

Cameron is also relying heavily on the UN Resolution recently passed that urges UN member states to take all necessary measures to combat ISIL/Daesh in Iraq and Syria because of the unprecedented threat it represents to international peace and security. However, all necessary measures does not automatically authorise military force; that needs a Chapter VII Resolution. It would not make UK airstrikes legal. But this is not the first, sixth, or twentieth time that our leaders have demonstrated how little they care for law.

And when will all necessary measures include such things as diplomacy rather than turkey-strut braggadacio? Why should bombing be the one and only option? What good has bombing ever done, except to cause damage and grief?

For there are hundreds, no, many thousands of reasons why MPs should vote against bombing Syria – the countless children in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria, damaged by the Wests precision targeting. You can see some of them here, illustrating a song called Somewhere in Baghdad.1

Whatever else you do in the next few days, persuade your MPs, whatever their party, to watch this video. It will only take 4 precious minutes of their time, and if it doesnt convince them that we must not bomb, then quite frankly, they are not fit to represent us.

  1. This song is part of a CD titled Not in Our Name, and it will be released on December 10. It came out of a Project for Christmas organised by members of the Impeach Tony Blair Facebook Group. The writers, singers, musicians and everyone else who helped create this CD freely gave their time and talent and paid for the production of the album. All the proceeds will go to Blairs victims in Iraq, and it will tear your heart out. []

Lesley Docksey is a lover of animals, campaigns and writes on war/peace, climate change, and the environment. She is the former editor of Abolish War. Read other articles by Lesley.

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Posted in Analysis & Review, ISIS, Middle East, Politics, Public Figures, War on terror.

Tagged with Afghanistan, Damascus, fighter jet, George W Bush, Iraq, ISIS, Libya, Middle East, Parliament, President Assad, Taliban, the Islamic State.