This is the first in what I plan to be a series of articles examining the current world situation which appears to be increasingly headed to another major economic crisis and the possibility of a major world conflict. Either of these events will undoubtedly devastate the lives and livelihoods of billions of ordinary people across the planet. This comes at a critical time in history, when in the face of a climate crisis and ever more voracious exploitation it seems that corporate profits and governmental paralysis are dooming many species to extinction—and perhaps the humanity itself. Continue reading “Nations Under Attack (Part 1): In the Empire’s Gunsights”
Part I of this article sets out the background to the discourses surrounding the terms “Conspiracy Theorist” and “Truther” as rhetorical devices to negatively position narratives that expose and oppose official narratives about egregious governmental conspiracies and activities. The article then looked at the works of Zbigniew Brzezinski as a flawed but active roadmap for a US based global hegemony as a conspiracy to dominate and reshape the world. Continue reading “A Conspiracy Theory, Part II”
As an atheist the Islam question, the role of Islamic militants and the spread of Islamic practice through migration are thorny questions for me. The last thing I am keen to see is a resurgence of religiosity of any stripe in our society and consequent infestation of the legal system with religiously inspired laws. Frankly, we have spent the last 200 hundred years getting rid of the Christian influence and it would be a shame to see all of that lost though a similar set of laws from 14th century Islamic culture being imported in its place.
That said, religion is, and always has been, a tool of the powerful to corral and control the masses. It is used to separate people from each other and provide the ideological mechanisms necessary to justify a small group retaining power over a larger majority, from whom they can extract wealth and use to expand their operations to conquer and take over the resources of neighbouring / competing elites (in country and internationally). Continue reading “Are Muslims and Islam the problem?”
Callous inhumanity of a magnitude that shocks to the core of one’s being is my over-riding impression after reading Douglas Valentine’s follow-up to his 1990 book The Phoenix Program which documented the secret war and tactics used by the CIA against the civilian population during the Vietnam war. Valentine’s work on the CIA’s Phoenix program, which was informed by his inside interviews with numerous CIA agents and others associated with the agency, forms a large part of the background to this book. It does not matter if you have not read the earlier work, this latest book provides sufficient detail to give a strong sense of the systematic way the CIA went about establishing an all encompassing terror program aimed at pacifying the civilian population of Vietnam using psychological operations (psyops), kidnapping, brainwashing, blackmail, torture and mass murder.
If Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine is an eye opener, Michel Chossudovsky‘s The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order is a truly earth shattering documentation of the wanton destruction of entire countries and human lives that has been prosecuted with the sole objective of accumulating wealth for a select few.
Most of us in the live lives where people behave with some degree of caring for the society they reside within and the people around them. The idea that there are people who have the power, influence and resource’s, let alone the will, to deliberately crash the economies of entire countries for nothing more than their own enrichment is outside most of our experience. Yet, Chossudovsky documents this happening on a global scale. His book constitutes a catalogue of misery and destruction remorselessly inflicted on hundreds of millions of people across the world.
For most of us respected international financial bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Word Bank are hazily assumed to perform functions connected to promoting the welfare of people of the world. We assume that since WW2 such institutions under the United Nations are there to stabilise weaker economies and promote world progress toward eliminating poverty. In fact, as Chossudovsky documents, nothing could be further from the truth.