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9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - The Trial of Tony Blair · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you for this thoughtful comment Mike, and this is something that keeps me awake at night also. There are probably tens of thousands who will never vote for the party of Blair again, but you are right and it goes much deeper than this. It is systemic, and Blair is merely a symbol of a culture that divides the world into predator and prey, but this need not damn us all. We may share a degree of complicity but equally we are free to resist and work as a force for good. Over time we might begin to understand that far from profiting from the fruits of empire we are all its victims. Mutual support, kindness to others, empathy, all are alien concepts to the beneficiaries of war but it is our job to hold these things sacred and to keep them alive in our own hearts. I wish you well.

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - Democracy’s Cris... · 1 reply · +1 points

Press 'control' and use the roller on your mouse to adjust. But you are right: capturing the whole text onto your telescreen reduces the font size such that you might need a magnifying glass in order to read it.

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - The War on Journalists · 0 replies · +1 points

Amidst all of the degrees of suppression happening across the globe, 2013 marked the first time ever that the Committee To Protect Journalists felt compelled to produce a report on press freedom in the US, now the land of the cowed and the home of Obama's own lynch mob. https://www.cpj.org/reports/2013/10/obama-and-the...
Considered alongside Sami al Haj's detention in Gitmo by Obama's predecessor, it suggests a grim future in store for all who still care about freedom, wherever they might live.

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - A Dissenting Opinion o... · 0 replies · +1 points

Why the ANC reneged on it's own Freedom Charter is in my opinion best explained in Naomi Klein's 'Shock Doctrine' and the relevant chapter is available on line.
For an understanding of what it was like back in the days of Mandela's imprisonment this obituary of Dennis Kitson makes a valuable contribution. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jan/17/davi...
Those who protested outside the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square were accused of affronting the embassy's dignity by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the protests were subsequently banned. The people who ran the adjacent church of St Martin in the Fields permitted us to use the steps to continue the work. People regularly crossed the road and were hauled off into police vans.
None of the great and good of British society who now wax lyrical about Mr Mandela were present at these protests. The prism of celebrity culture distorts everything including history, and thanks to Jonathan Cook for helping to keep the record straight.

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - The End of American Th... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks to Mr Ford for an invaluable lesson.

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - Why Care About the N.S... · 0 replies · +1 points

So its not exactly the case that you don't need to worry if you're not 'doing anything wrong', but more a case of 'about to be worried and worse' because you've started doing something right?
That's family values, mafia style.

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - Post · 2 replies · +1 points

According to Paul Craig Roberts speaking in this now four month old interview, there is also a Trans European Partnership in the pipeline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyO-xR6ZW20

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - Paranoid Saudis Fear U... · 0 replies · +1 points

In December of 2006 Dick Cheney flew to Riyadh having been summoned there by the Saudi leadership.
It was a fairly easy guess that they were apoplectic over the disaster that the occupation of Iraq had become for them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Study_Group
What followed was the 'surge', complete with the walling off of whole areas of Iraq's cities into sectarian neighbourhoods, and increased support for Sunni terrorism under the guise of the 'Sons of Iraq', aka the Anbar Awakening.
The current situation had become a predictable possibility by this time, and what had began as the folly of destroying Iraq is now playing out across much of the wider Middle East.
The only solution now would be for all the major powers to leave well enough alone, and to allow the people of these nations to determine their own fate, but there is not a hope in hell of this happening.
The US wades ever deeper into the Deep Muddy, and it's leaders say 'March on!'

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - Beware the Tea Party D... · 0 replies · +1 points

For youngsters and those with short memories... http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/andrewbr...

9 years ago @ Information Clearing H... - Michael Parenti and Ph... · 0 replies · +1 points

An interesting discussion between people who know what they are talking about, especially when it touches on race and class. One question though Kathleen; are you sure that President Obama is Black? I was under the impression that he is of mixed race, which is not quite the same thing.
It would be encouraging to learn that this show has a large following among poor and working people in the US. The reality is that it probably hasn't, because the internet has barely arrived for this constituency, and the economic situation makes it a certainty that this constituency is going to shrink as the internet becomes more unaffordable.