By Michael Collins
The citizens of the United States have excellent judgment. They have shown it consistently over time. When that judgment shifts briefly allowing a failed policy, it is a result of the vilest forms of propaganda by a small clique of liars. (Image: PS-OV-ART)
The people were right about the invasion of Iraq
We know that the plan to invade Iraq began just days after Inauguration Day, 2001. The opportunity to launch the most disastrous and costly military effort in our history came on 9/11. The destruction of the World Trade Center towers and attack on the Pentagon became the pretext for war. The manipulators launched their fraudulent storyline in earnest with confidence that they would get their war.
But in December of 2002, the public wasn’t buying it. The people didn’t have access to all of the information. They knew one thing for sure — the invasion was a very bad idea unless Iraq posed an imminent threat to the country with weapons of mass destruction. An in depth Los Angeles Times public opinion poll asked this question:
By The Real News Network
With the Egyptian army standing with the people demanding dictator Mubarak’s removal from power, Mubarak sent in a private corps of thugs using machetes, water cannons, batons, tear gas, tanks and horses to disperse the protesters who peacefully held the square for nine days. The Egyptians fully understand that the tear gas, tanks and guns are US-made.
“Where are Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan when you need them?” So lamented CNBC business commentator Larry Kudlow yesterday in response to riots in Greece over proposed financial cutbacks. Greek protesters, numbering over 10,000, shut down commerce, took over the Acropolis – Athens’ ancient birthplace of democracy – and firebombed office buildings and police stations. Three employees died of smoke inhalation in a fire at a bank – the first deaths in a Greek protest since 1991.
Kudlow asserted that these riots were the work of the unions, and what Greece needed was a tough guy in the mold of Thatcher or Reagan who would stand up to the unions. Public sector unions are certainly at the forefront in organizing these protests, but Greek authorities say that the violence is being perpetrated by “anarchists” – youth in their 20s who show up at a protest scene dressed all in black, with black hoods or masks, and who then begin to throw stones at the police and Molotov cocktails at bank buildings.
Posted in Censorship, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Labor, NWO
Tagged democracy, dictatorship, Elite, oligarchy, oppression, protests, the people
Sudanese journalist to be imprisoned for wearing pants
By Halima Mohamed
Today, a Sudanese court in Khartoum sentenced Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein to a fine of $200 or a one month imprisonment, in the case of non-payment.
Lubna Hussein was apprehended July 3 by a public order police raid of a restaurant in Khartoum. Among the 13 women detained with the journalist, 10 were fined and flogged, in the absence of defense and their families. Some of the accused were minors and Christians.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Women
Tagged Censorship, discrimination, journalist imprisoned, misogyny, muslim sudan, oppression, patriarchy, police brutality, sudan lubna hussein
By Scott Ludlam
Dharamsala is a capital without a country; home to the Central Tibetan Administration and the Parliament in Exile, the Tibetan Children’s Village, and key cultural institutions. It is a refuge, a time capsule, a seedpod, a living archive and seat of an active democracy. At the home of the Parliament, the Speaker gives us a wry insight into the world of Tibetan democratic intrigue as we try to get our heads around the complex politics of the Diaspora.