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Nowt Like a Bit Of Hypocrisy, Eh?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on May 19, 2011

                                                     Apparently Bin-Laden loved ‘In The Night Garden’.

Osama Bin-Laden was killed! Well, I believe he is, though some people think he isn’t dead or it was all faked as part of the 9/11 conspiracy, which is just rubbish. Then again, the idea 9/11 and the whole Bin-Laden search and stuff could’ve been invented isn’t impossible to achieve. Though I don’t believe that is the case.

Anyway, some thoughts came to me when I saw the media and U.S. reaction to his death, the same thoughts I had when there’s a 9/11 remembrance. People talk of: “Justice being done!” and “An evil man who murdered 1000s has now been killed!” And this makes me think of what our own nations (in the West) have done to the developing world. We’ve bombed them, we support Israel and other regimes who regularly kill their own people, because it benefits us in some way, while still spouting “We stand for freedom, democracy and justice”. Isn’t that just a little bit hypocritical?

When Bin-Landen kills 100s it’s not right?, But when our military machine blows the fuck out of Iraq, gives millions (the U.S. gives Billions) in military aid to governments that repress and kill their own people, then it’s all good?

I’m trying to say the West, UK, Europe, U.S. Canada etc are not as innocent as they would have you believe and have huge double standards when it comes to morals and what they stand for. Oh, and so does the rest of the world.

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Julian Assange Oslo Freedom Forum 2010

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on February 23, 2011

With the verdict on Julian Assange’s extradition case being delivered tomorrow, and extradition expected, I thought I’d post this speech by him. I’m doing this to show why it’s happening to him and why he does what he does and why we should too. It took place in Oslo, Finland. I had read this before but to my shame I only skimmed it, and so did not really pick up on Its importance untill just thirty minutes ago when I had an interesting but worrying conversation with my friend Sam.

If you’d rather watch than read then watch the video at the bottom of the page. If you do choose to read I recommend you take your time and take it all in properly because it’s important. I know I so that a lot, but it truly is. 

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Julian Assange of the website Wikileaks.

So, we have heard a lot here [At the Oslo Freedom Forum] about the problems in the developing world and in the work that I have done, certainly I have covered many of those and we are censored in all of the rogues gallery States, China, Iran, Israel . I don’t want to talk however, today, too much about that, because censorship in the West is also a problem. Censorship in the West is used to legitimise censorship in other countries and abuses in the West of enlightenment ideals, which we should all hold dear. And the corrosion of those ideals not only impoverishes Western countries it is also used as an excuse for terrible abuses in other countries. In particular, countries that followed the common law that was set up by the British Empire. For example abuses of Libel Law were used in Africa to imprison some fine journalists in severe conditions based, on precedents set in the UK.

So I’m not sure how many people here are familiar with the basics of my work and I’ll just try and go very briefly through that, so you can try and understand where I’m coming from. As a journalist and as a programmer and as a someone who was involved in the embryonic internet and bringing the internet to people and bringing that great tool of information and publishing freedom to people, I saw that we could achieve a lot of reform with a little bit of work. Of course you all know this and you should remember Solzhenitsyn’s words “In the right moment one word of truth outweighs the world”. Solzhenitsyn was referring to a world of lies. This still is true for information across the world and it is also true for the information in the West. That in some cases one classified video can possibly stop a war and maybe fifty definitely can. So, we tried to pull together a system to automate that process. To get as much new material, censored material, restricted material – material that we thought would achieve political reform into the historical record and keep it there. We have in the process become the publisher of last resort. We have in the past three years been attacked over 100 times legally and have succeeded against all of those defenses by building an International multi-jurisdictional network, by using every trick in the book that multi-national companies use to route money through tax havens. Instead we route information through different countries to take advantage of their laws both for publishing and for protection of sources. That endeavor has been successful in putting over a million restricted documents into the historical record that weren’t there before. That is more pages of information than is in Wikipedia, that we have gotten into the intellectual record, that had been restricted.

In 1953 after Stalin died, Beria the NKVD Chief (the Chief of the Secret Police) fell out of favor and was executed. The great encyclopedia of the Soviet Union had an entry on Beria three pages long, and the publisher sent out a replacement to say that this must be removed and be replaced by an expanded version of the Bering Strait (that body of water between Vladivostok and Alaska). Into every library that bit of paper passed and was pasted in some cases by some librarians, but not in others, into the Soviet encyclopedia and ripped out in some cases but always the glue still visible. That’s not true anymore in the West because archives of information have been centralised on computers. The Guardian’s archives are only in one place, they’re not in libraries all across the nation that people look for, they’re only looked for on the internet and because of copyright legislation they’re not copied elsewhere to other places on the internet. So when something disappears from the archives, the electronic archives of the West, to which all information is moving into, it is gone forever. It is not only cease to have existed it is ceased to ever have existed. And when you go to those webpages that have been removed from Western papers you wont see the tale lines, you will just see ‘page not found’, you wont see anything in the index at all. We are now approaching the state of Orwell’s dictum, perfect dictum. That: “He who controls the present controls the past.” He who controls internet servers, controls the intellectual record of mankind. And by controlling that controls our perceptions of who we are. And by controlling that he control’s what laws and regulations we make in society. So the specific example that I’d like to give and there are many, many hundreds of these, and no doubt most of you are not aware of them, is a litigious billionaire by the name of Nadhmi Auchi the 5th richest man in the UK at one stage. Who’s birthday painting was signed by 146 members of the House of Commons. A very well-connected man. Connected politically connected in business and connected in the Social Establishment of the UK. He attempted to remove through legal threats, articles about his conviction for corruption in France in 2003 in the ‘Elf Aquitaine scandal’… And he just sent legal threats, he never went to court. And The Guardian removed four articles about that case from its records that were over five years old and it never told its readers. They were removed from the index, when you follow links to them you just see ‘page not found’. And so did The Times and so did the London Independent and so did major internet companies in the United States. But, that’s just one example of a litigious billionaire and there are hundreds. In the UK right now there are 300 secret gag orders. Those are gag orders that not only prevent the press from reporting corruption and abuse, they prevent the press from reporting that the press has been gagged.

This is not the liberal democracy that we had all dreamed of, this is an encroaching privatized censorship regime and just like everything else in the West that becomes privatized and fiscalised: censorship also is not only a mechanism that is implied by the State it is something that can be hijacked by wealthy plutocrats. By big companies to use the coercive mechanisms of the State through the judicial system, through unequal access to the judicial system, through patronage networks to have material removed permanently from the historical record. So in the West and we are after all in Norway, we should not be too proud about our sense that there is no State censorship, because we have privatised State censorship. We have made it more complex and not as obvious. It is not a brute hammer anymore it is a sophisticated device. Like money laundering through Caribbean tax shelters is a sophisticated device where the brutality is hidden in its complexity. Similarly, when we see the path that countries like the United States which once had a proud tradition of ‘freedom of the press’, is going down. We have to question whether it is really holding those values anymore and what we should do about it, because if we don’t have Western countries as a beacon on the hill for enlightenment values, what countries are left to hold that value?

You may, those of you who are familiar here with World War II, may remember the statement that was put by the Nazi’s on the front of the concentration camps that “Work brings freedom” an idea that Himmler had when he himself was in prison. But, in my investigations of exposing documents which include many abuses by the United States Military, which include the main manuals for prison camps like Abu’ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo. I have seen pictures on the front of those camps of their slogans. So guess which camp has “Honour Bound to Defend Freedom” on the front of it. “The defense of freedom as a value” is on the front of Guantanamo Bay. And I say as a perversion of the truth that that slogan is worse than ‘work brings freedom’. And we in the West should be aware of that perversion and understand that the alliance that once existed between liberals and libertarians and the military industrial complex in opposing Soviet abuses in the cold war, is gone. That once upon a time people who stood up for enlightenment values domestically in Western countries, that stood up for Human Rights and Freedom of the Press domestically in Western countries. Libertarians, liberals and the press itself were in a tacit alliance with war hawks, they were in a tacit alliance with those people who opposed the Soviet Union merely for geopolitical reasons and that alliance was to pick up a moral stick and to beat the abuses, the terrible abuses of the Soviet Union in relation to censorship. But, as of 1991 that artificial alliance, that temporary alliance has dissipated and so now we see a split and a reversion back to a different standard. Where the natural interests of authority, the natural interests of intelligence agencies, the natural interests of the military is in stifling press reporting of abuse and it has been reasserted in Western countries.

So in this broader framework of what we do, it is to try and build a historical record, an intellectual record of how civilization actually works in practice now, from the inside. Everywhere in every country around the world because all our decisions , individual decisions, our political decisions are based upon what we know. Humanity is nothing but what we know and what we have and what we have can be replaced and degrades quickly. What we know is everything and it is our limit of what we can be. So before we embark on any particular political stratagem we first have to know where we are because if we don’t know where we are, it is impossible for us to know where we’re going. Likewise it is impossible to correct abuses unless we know that they are going on.

So I ask you to think about the words of Machiavelli, think about them in their negative when he said: “Thus it happens in matters of State for knowing a far off which is only given a prudent man to do. The evils that are brewing, they are easily cured but when for want of such knowledge they are allowed to grow ’till everyone can recognize them, there is no longer any remedy to be found”. So this secret planning is secret usually for a reason because if it is abusive it is opposed. So it is our task to find secret abusive plans and expose them where they can be opposed before they are implemented because if they are exposed by the implementation, by people suffering from that abuse then the abuse has already occurred and then it is too late.

                                                           Oslo Freedom Forum Part One:

                                                           Oslo Freedom Forum Part Two:

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Future And Change

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on November 3, 2009

I’m not optimistic about change or the future, for the simple reason that people will not do anything to bring that change about because they’re too bone idle and lazy. If you took away their distractions and comfort then they’d stand at your side and demand their freedom back along with their mobile phone so they can text in their vote for the Big Brother eviction!

Most people don’t even think beyond their work, weekenders, hit and TV schedule, such is society these days, let alone four or forty years ahead. We have forty years left of Oil field, once that reaches near the bottom then the shit will hit the fan, because Oil is the lubricant for the western economy and society. Fighting will break out over what remains of it and other resources. Of course there’s alternative fuels but I can’t see the many international corps giving up their monopolies for easily grown and processed Hemp. 

While that time counts down there’s no telling how many concessions the West will make to Islamic theocratic states in the mean time for its Oil. For example, the US lets Saudi-Arabia export Wahhabism around the world and funds Anti-American/Western propaganda TV/Radio/Net networks in return for its Oil. Human rights abuses and the possible installation of Islamic human rights instead of Universal Human rights in the Middle East. There’s also the corruption of the Arms industry and our Government along with it. Let’s not even mention the rising corrupt powers of China and Russia the West will be giving concessions to.

Of course people don’t and wont see this coming because sadly 90% of the world’s population is completely fucking stupid and will follow what the powers that be say. They’re too busy sat on their arse watching some reality TV crap or soap while listening to some talentless tosser sing/rap about how much bling he’s got/who they’re in love with/how many bitches they fucked/how rebellious they are, while texting gibberish on a mobile phone to an equally brain-dead mate!

Society in the West has got to such a state that we have no culture, anything native is frowned upon that people begin to look for substance else where, which is Pop-Culture! Which is complete crap. So when time comes to defend it they WONT defend it because it will become the definition of Paris Hilton… HOLLOW, FAKE CRAP! By then freedom would’ve gone so there’s no need to defend it! And the sheep will roll over for their remaining and new masters on the way to slaughter!

I have no idea why I still bother to try and explain to people the need to understand politics and the way the world works, why I keep writing about religion and social wrongs! Everyone says I shouldn’t take the world on my shoulders and it’s not my fight! Who’s fucking fight is it then? Hardly anyone does anything! Those that do actually do something like Bob ‘Give me a fiver!’ Spunkoff don’t do enough and don’t address the core problems! Charity doesn’t work, it never heals the wound and NEVER WILL!

I really wish we could look to the future and hope for better things, but 90% of Humanity wont and don’t want to change! So when they go down, they’ll drag us all with them.

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Freedom Of Expression and The Danish Muhammed Cartoons.

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on January 21, 2008

Hiya everyone! Time for my first post of 2008. Well… I still aint 100% and any future blogs written by me will be most likely short as I can’t think straight. Yes I can comment on other people’s blogs but that’s easier for me than writing a blog of my own.
 
Anyway… I found this on a MySpace blog and thought it was a good read and a good opportunity to get your opinions on the subject of freedom of expression. Now personally I think anything goes as regards to freedom of expression and speech. I could go in to why but I don’t want to taint your opinion with mine… so time to think for yourselves! Tell me what you think!
 
 
By Ibn Warraq

Best-selling author and Muslim dissident Ibn Warraq argues that freedom of expression is our western heritage and we must defend it against attacks from totalitarian societies. If the west does not stand in solidarity with the Danish, he argues, then the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.

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Ibn Warraq: “How can we expect immigrants to integrate into western society when they are at the same time being taught that the west is decadent, a den of iniquity, the source of all evil, racist, imperialist and to be despised?” The great British philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty, “Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being ‘pushed to an extreme’; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.”

The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom — freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives?

A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend. It is a freedom sorely lacking in the Islamic world, and without it Islam will remain unassailed in its dogmatic, fanatical, medieval fortress; ossified, totalitarian and intolerant. Without this fundamental freedom, Islam will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality; originality and truth.

Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest. Do not apologize.

This raises another more general problem: the inability of the West to defend itself intellectually and culturally. Be proud, do not apologize. Do we have to go on apologizing for the sins our fathers? Do we still have to apologize, for example, for the British Empire, when, in fact, the British presence in India led to the Indian Renaissance, resulted in famine relief, railways, roads and irrigation schemes, eradication of cholera, the civil service, the establishment of a universal educational system where none existed before, the institution of elected parliamentary democracy and the rule of law? What of the British architecture of Bombay and Calcutta? The British even gave back to the Indians their own past: it was European scholarship, archaeology and research that uncovered the greatness that was India; it was British government that did its best to save and conserve the monuments that were a witness to that past glory. British Imperialism preserved where earlier Islamic Imperialism destroyed thousands of Hindu temples.

On the world stage, should we really apologize for Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe? Mozart, Beethoven and Bach? Rembrandt, Vermeer,  Van Gogh, Breughel, Ter Borch? Galileo, Huygens, Copernicus, Newton and
Darwin? Penicillin and computers? The Olympic Games and Football? Human rights and parliamentary democracy? The west is the source of the liberating ideas of individual liberty, political democracy, the rule of law, human rights and cultural freedom. It is the west that has raised the status of women, fought against slavery, defended freedom of enquiry, expression and conscience. No, the west needs no lectures on the superior virtue of societies who keep their women in subjection, cut off their clitorises, stone them to death for alleged adultery, throw acid on their faces, or deny the human rights of those considered to belong to lower castes.

The Cartoon Jihad: Did European newspapers make the right decision by reprinting controversial Danish caricatures that disparagingly depicted the Prophet Muhammad?

How can we expect immigrants to integrate into western society when they are at the same time being taught that the west is decadent, a den of iniquity, the source of all evil, racist, imperialist and to be despised? Why should they, in the words of the African-American writer James Baldwin, want to integrate into a sinking ship? Why do they all want to immigrate to the west and not Saudi Arabia? They should be taught about the centuries of struggle that resulted in the freedoms that they and everyone else for that matter, cherish, enjoy, and avail themselves of; of the individuals and groups who fought for these freedoms and who are despised and forgotten today; the freedoms that the much of the rest of world envies, admires and tries to emulate.” When the Chinese students cried and died for democracy in Tiananmen Square (in 1989) , they brought with them not representations of Confucius or Buddha but a model of the Statue of Liberty.”

Freedom of expression is our western heritage and we must defend it or it will die from totalitarian attacks. It is also much needed in the Islamic world. By defending our values, we are teaching the Islamic world a valuable lesson, we are helping them by submitting their cherished traditions to Enlightenment values.

 

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