Independent Coup 159


I don’t buy newspapers any more, but I strongly recommend that today everyone puts their hand in their pocket to support the Independent’s tremendous work exposing the immoral – no, evil – work of political lobbyists and the way our politicians are bought and paid for.

You can work your way through all the articles online beginning with this one, where I get a kind mention. This all follows on beautifully – and genuinely by coincidence – from my blog post of yesterday,


159 thoughts on “Independent Coup

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  • Komodo

    Hansard 27 Oct 2010 : Column 312:
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    Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden) (Lab): As a former PR man, does the Prime Minister agree that no matter how much Bell Pottinger tries to spin the Sri Lankan Government, the demands for an international independent war crimes tribunal intensify as more evidence of alleged assassination and civil rights abuses comes out?

    The Prime Minister: The hon. Lady makes a fair point. We need to see an independent investigation of what happened. Everyone has read the papers and seen the TV footage, but we need an independent investigation to work out whether what she suggests is right.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2011/11/111108_torture.shtml
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    Just cuddly bunnies, then.

  • Azra

    Mark Godling : A friend once told me “we plan, but God is the bigger planner”. Israel is such a fractured society itself, almost unbelievable. You talk to Israeli inside or outside of Israel and you will come to the same conculsion as I have, so I beleive what my friend believe, or the old saying “goes around comes around”.

  • Rehmat

    Azra – David Cameron, like our Canadian Stephen Harper – is listed as “Author” on “Israel Hasbara Committee”. Therefore, it’s quite understandable that Cameron thinks the majority of Brits are “ignorants”.

    On August 5, David Cameron, who is proud to have Jewish roots – said that “Iran is in possession of nuclear weapons”. The Opposition made fun of his ignorance. The Labour party blasted Cameron as a “foreign policy klutz” with his feet “firmly planted in his mouth”……

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/cameron-iran-has-nuclear-bomb/

  • Azra

    Rehmat, there are times I wonder if the wonder boy is constantly high on coke and lives in a delusional world of himself ! he is such a real idiot, and same as other idiots think that what he says we believe, (ie we are the real idiots!).

  • Franz

    I think a lot of commenters here have been led by the nose into assuming that our all-out assault on the Middle East is fundamentally about Israel. It’s not, it’s about oil and gas.
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    America is not dancing to Israel’s tune, Israel is dancing to America’s. The deal is that Israel agrees to carry the can for much of the West’s belligerence in the Middle East, in return for American protection.
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    If all the evil in the world could be put down to Zionism, that would be convenient for all the Internet’s single-issue experts and antisemites. You can tell from some of the comments here that some people are dying to blurt out “I hate Jews”. I find it disturbing. (And I’m guessing this comment will be auto-moderated…)

  • Komodo

    Point of order, Franz. Most of the “can” being “carried” by Israel in the Middle East is not for America’s belligerence but its own. Israel has not (formally) participated in any of the US wars to date, and had to be positively restrained from joining in Gulf 1. Hamas and Hizb’ullah present no threat whatever to the USA, and their motives are clearly stated as opposition to Israel alone.
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    Even so, if all US presidential candidates were not required to pass inspection by AIPAC, and if the US did not support Israel in its atrocious actions – in the face of world opinion, humanitarian concerns and even its own interests in the ME – I would perhaps be more inclined to see your point.
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    By your logic, there are quite a lot of Jews who really want to say “I hate Jews”. Antisemites, the lot of them, eh?

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Azra,
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    Clark has a personal concern right now although I am sure he will be back. I am worried that Mary has been absent for a while – .
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    Agent Cameron is briefed by British secret services who previously monitored his blog ‘WebCameron’ and decided it should be shut down after a large number of posts on 9-11 – such as:
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    “Is 9-11 Truth being censored on this website
    Posted by BrianH on Monday, 19 February 2007 14:15:06”

    ‘I note there was an article posted this morning which was voted number one on WebCameron with 14 votes. Then it vanished. The article posted was entitled: BBC vs 9/11 Truth: The Smear Continues Link:
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    http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/180207smearcontinues.htm
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    Why would the moderators here censor a free vote and free speech in this … – reproduced courtesy WayBackMachine.
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    PressTV has been fined £100,000 by OFCOM after pressure from Pro-Israeli politicians.
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    In an email to OFCOM I said this:

    Dear Sirs,

    1. OFCOM were not prepared to issue a statement when I asked them on Friday 14th Oct. 2011 for the reasons behind the decision to take PressTV off-air in the UK. Instead they gave me an email address so that I can ask for a ‘phone-back’ from the ‘standards team’ who are considering the action to be taken against PressTV.
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    OFCOM had previously issued a statement that said:
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    2. UK law sets a very high standard for denying licences to broadcasters. Licences can only be denied in cases where national security is threatened, or if granting a licence would be contrary to Britain’s obligations under international law. Currently neither of these standards can be met with respect to Press TV, but if further sanctions are imposed on Iran in the coming months a case may be able to be made on the second criterion.’
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    3. The reference to ‘Royal’ by Press TV originates from an article by Dipesh Gadher of the Sunday Times who on information received, criticised PressTV over:
    publishing an public opinion poll about the royal wedding. The results of the poll revealed that 65 percent of British people felt the royal wedding was an unnecessary official expense imposed on tax-payers.
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    4. Also a complaint by Simons, Muirhead & Burton, the legal firm representing journalist Maziar Bahari who was detained in Iran, complained to Ofcom that he was “treated unfairly and that his privacy was unwarrantably infringed in the making and broadcast of a discussion programme”. The complaint also said Press TV did not seek Bahari’s permission to film and air the interview.
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    5. In response, Press TV denied the interview was biased, saying Bahari did not “dispute the truth and accuracy” of the extract of the interview it broadcast, so it made “no logical sense” to claim it required his consent.
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    6. PressTV maintained its policy was not to accept “scripted” interview questions from any third party or to “put pressure on an individual to give an interview or continue recording if an individual requested the recording to stop”.
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    7. In summary Ofcom said Press TV’s presentation of Bahari was unfair because it “omitted material facts and was placed in a context in which inferences adverse to Mr Bahari could be drawn”.
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    8. According to the WikiLeaks cables, the Foreign Office told an American diplomat in 2010 that the government was “exploring ways to limit the operations of Press TV”.
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/30/ofcom-iran-press-tv

  • Azra

    Franz : you should watch this and then you will know that the oil and gas are secondary , after all ME countries want to sell their oil and gas, but their public do not want it to be sold to the countries who totally support the state of Israel and its Zionist policies, no matter what those policies are. I hope the Arab spring will produce some kind of democracy in these countries, and I hope the house of Saud in Saudi Arabia and Khalifa in Bahrain will come down, once there are governments accountable to the people there will be the end of Zionism
    http://www.popmodal.com/video/4014/Inside-Britains-Israel-Lobby#featureVideo

  • Fedup

    During the last few days anyone who has dared to question/slight the sacred ones, has been punished, and made an example of;
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    Paul Flynn MP; has been hauled over the coals for daring to suggest Gould of Tel Aviv may be afflicted with dual loyally concerns. (Although anyone who knows anything about zionfuckwits, will realise there is no such problems seeing as the ziofuckkwits are only loyal to the shitty strip of land. As per DSK interview in the Time; “Every morning I wake up thinking how can I help Isreal?”)
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    Hilary Clinton; has been denounced for her uncharitable remarks. She thought out loud in a confidential meeting about the dangers to democracy by the recent changes to the laws in Isreal.
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    Howard Gutman, the US Ambassador to Belgium; despite being a nice Jewish boy, has been denounced as antisemitic, and all the republicans paid for by the AIPAC have been clambering for his dismissal from his job. Howard made a big mistake, by stating the obvious; the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, could have something to do in creating antisemitism.
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    Zac Goldsmith; the Millionaire MP, has been denounced for daring to mention Auschwitz in a non reverential context. He said “”it is like keeping Auschwitz going, because it creates jobs”.
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    As we all know it is mandatory for everyone to; Love, Cherish, Honour, Protect, and genuflect to all Jews. Lest the Sacred Ones’ fragile sensibility, and even more fragile egos to be slighted with any less than absolute devotion and love from us all.
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    Hence the attempts in re-education of the recalcitrant bastards whom just don’t care about Jews, are indifferent towards Jews, and don’t see any reasons why Jews ought to be treated as exceptional cases, and for ever get treated with kid-gloves. Because of some awful events in past in last century.
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    The result of so much education, can be found in the season of good will in the Geordie land: good king Wenceslas last looked out, and found a fucking finger

  • stephen

    Of course if anyone bothered to look at the Guardian they will see that they carried the same story http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/dec/06/bell-pottinger-claims-access-politicians

    And whats more rather than name checking Craig they gave due credit to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for unearthing the story – which suggests a higher degree of journalistic integrity on their part.

    On the other hand you could place your faith on a Russian oligarch owner who got his money from who knows where. Just how the National Reserve Bank grew from such a small base by entering into various transactions to acquire assets from the Russian state is a very interesting question.

  • Franz

    Komodo and Azra: I’m afraid I think things are more complicated than you see them. Of course Israel is embroiled in serious local conflicts, but I do not believe that these are the impetus behind the West’s moral assault on Iran; rather, they are a cover for it.

    I don’t know how many people here are familiar with Peak Oil, and, of those who are, how many understand the economic implications of it. But any interpretation of modern geopolitics that ignores Peak Oil is off the mark before it has begun.

    Peak Oil will prove the single most catastophic event in the history of the human race. I don’t mean to be alarmist, I am simply stating what is the case. As oil production starts declining, confidence in economic growth collapses once and for all, and our debt-based economic system comes crashing down. We have already experienced many of the foreshocks, but the big change is yet to come.

    I won’t go into detail about it, there are plenty of sites out there – although fewer and fewer of the good ones are included in Google’s search results; read them before the free Internet closes down for good.

    What does this have to do with Israel and Iran? Everything. The USA and its allies are bankrupt and know that they won’t be able to buy oil from the Middle East if the oil-producing countries do the sensible thing and give up on the dollar. The first Gulf War happened because Saddam threatened to stop trading oil in dollars.

    So because we can’t (for much longer) BUY oil, we are systematically going into the Middle East, destroying its stability and infrastructure, and amid the chaos taking the oil.

    Iran, for those who didn’t know, is the fourth biggest oil-producing country in the world.

  • Franz

    Fedup:
    “Hence the attempts in re-education of the recalcitrant bastards whom just don’t care about Jews, are indifferent towards Jews, and don’t see any reasons why Jews ought to be treated as exceptional cases, and for ever get treated with kid-gloves. Because of some awful events in past in last century.”
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    This is the kind of thing I was talking about. I am not denying that many Jews play the victim card to death, but you are tarring them all with the same brush and CLEARLY showing that you judge Jews first and foremost as Jews, and not as human beings.
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    I would concede you some ground if I agreed that Israel Rules The World, but I have gone into some detail as to why this is not the case. There IS a new world order emerging, and although undoubtedly a disproportionate proportion of its senior members are Jewish, most of them are not. This is not about a Jewish plan to take over the world, it’s about those with power – many of whom are indeed Jewish – going all out to save their own arses while the rest of the world descends in violence, disease and starvation.
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    Sorry to p**s on the bonfire of those who like simple explanations and crave hate figures.

  • doug scorgie

    Franz
    You say;
    “I think a lot of commenters here have been led by the nose into assuming that our all-out assault on the Middle East is fundamentally about Israel. It’s not, it’s about oil and gas.”
    Yes you are correct; it is about oil and gas but when you say: “America is not dancing to Israel’s tune, Israel is dancing to America’s” you are mistaken. America is dancing to the Zionist lobby; the most powerful and wealthy lobby in the States. No candidate for President of the US will succeed unless AIPAC gives them the nod. They must attend AIPAC meetings and promise to be Israel’s best friend and give a guarantee that, no matter what, the US will defend Israel. The British Zionist Federation is also a formidable lobby in the UK with 80% of the Conservative MP’s declaring support for Zionist ambitions.
    Israel knows full well that the US (and UK) are desperate for access to this oil and gas and Israel sits in the middle of it; armed to the teeth and with nuclear weapons. America is pleading with the Zionists for a permanent military base in Israel to strengthen their control of Middle East energy resources. Israel is in the driving seat here.
    The Zionist ultimate goal is the complete annexation of the whole of historic Palestine from the river to the sea; a Jewish state run by Jews for the benefit of Jews. Any Gentiles living there will by definition, be second class citizens. Rather racist don’t you think?
    Anyway, what does the US or UK care about Palestinian land being stolen or Palestinian lives being lost when oil and gas are at stake?
    At the UN Security Council the US and UK regularly veto any criticism of Israel even when obvious war crimes have been committed. What we have here is an example of the tail (Israel) wagging the dog (the West).

  • Rob

    Does anyone know a good lobbying firm? It looks like Bell Pottinger could use some revamping :
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0d13cc7e-2104-11e1-8a43-00144feabdc0.html ($)

    “Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has suspended 10 accounts associated with Bell Pottinger, the firm at the heart of a dispute over lobbying industry ethics, on suspicion there may have been a breach of its editing rules.

    Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, told the Financial Times that it was conducting an internal investigation into changes made to the pages of Bell Pottinger’s clients in a case which has roused controversy over the methods used by lobbying companies to influence opinion.”

  • craig Post author

    Franz –

    I have been out researching and not keeping an eye on moderation. I quite agree with you.

    Fedup

    I have deleted one of your comments and if you continue to obsess about Jews in this obviously racial way you are going to get yourself banned.

  • angrysoba

    It seems obvious that Fed Up is that collection of anti-semitic posters from before: “Apostate/Juniper/tungsten etc…”
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    But he’s not even the worst offender on this thread.
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    Mark Golding is now posting videos by David Duke, of all people. David Duke is literally part of the Ku Klux Klan and one of the Holocaust deniers who Ahmadinejad invited to his Holocaust Conference in Tehran.
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    And your comments about the video cannot even be disguised as “anti-Zionist” since they accuse Jews everywhere of subverting the norms of all societies in which they live. Absolutely flagrant Hitlerite anti-semitism.

  • Fedup

    Craig,
    Not being pedantic, or rude, but I hope you would be in agreement, with the fact; there are no races in human species. For any distinct differences to exist, as per biologists; there ought to exist at least 35 percent of differences in genetic make-up.
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    Maximum of genetic differences found in the human species is in the order of 17 percent. Hence it is a none sense to claim one human being to belong to a different “race” from the other. In fact “racial” differences are only arbitrary measures introduced with a view to exploit an apparent underclass by a more “powerful” or “power Savvy” class of the same species of human beings.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    The BBC and the American main media are poised to barrage the masses with hogwash, hype and brain-washing to portray and symbolise Assad’s government as torturers and murderers of the Syrian people. A two week window is all that is available logistically to foment and quicken a ‘manufactured’ civil war in Syria that will allow Britain and America to annihilate Hezbollah and attack Iran.
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    According to my information from an ex special forces trainer working out of Dubai the same ‘Al-Qaeda’ or CIA asset ‘terrorists’ who fought U.S. troops in Iraq and helped NATO overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are now being airlifted into Syria together with automatic weapons to aid the Free Syrian Army there fight government forces and kill civilians to boot while attempting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. It is known that Britain negotiated with Libya’s transitional ruling authority to mass weapons and fighters ready for air-lifting.
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    The exercise is in plain sight and has prompted Iran to organise Hezbollah fighters in an attempt to counter this insurgency and mutiny from Syrian government forces paid by the CIA to change sides. (Well it worked in Libya!)
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    Qatar and Turkey were also reported to be airlifting “volunteers” from Libya to fight alongside the rebel Free Syrian Army, some also transporting heavy weapons.
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    These ‘terrorists’ have already been implicated in the killing of 10 air force personnel at a Syrian military base last week, even as the western media continues to characterize opposition fighters as “protesters,” just as they did with Libyan rebels who were commandeering fighter jets and firing rocket-propelled grenades.
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    In related developments, DebkaFile also reports that “Israeli armored brigades pushed forward up to the Lebanese and Syrian borders,” over last weekend, while US and Russian warships are now “in the midst of a naval buildup opposite Syrian shores.”
    We note an identical pattern to how U.S. warships surrounded Libya in the days before the NATO bombardment began, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush was repositioned off the coast of Syria in recent days having moved from its usual theatre of operations in the Straits of Hormuz.
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    Reports that Russian warships carrying sophisticated missile defense systems entered Syrian territorial waters last week as a deterrent to any NATO-led assault.
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    According to my source the BBC has undercover reporting teams in Syria to film the killing of civilians and the destruction of Syrian homes by Iran’s fighters. Pressure will then be applied to the UNSC for a strike on Iran before year end. This evening BBC News 24 in a one sided report condemned Assad in a recent interview where he denied any government killing of civilians. The BBC went on to legitimize Iraq war by interviewing returning America soldiers who confirmed the Iraq war was justified even though WMD was not found and that only tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians had been killed.
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    Sources:
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8917265/Libyas-new-rulers-offer-weapons-to-Syrian-rebels.html
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    www(dot)debka(dot)com/article/21519/
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    www(dot)jpost(dot)com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246999&R=R3
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    www(dot)prisonplanet(dot)com/us-warship-moves-to-syrian-coast-as-tensions-mount.htm
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    www(dot)haaretz(dot)com/news/middle-east/report-russia-warships-to-enter-syria-waters-in-bid-to-stem-foreign-intervention-1.396359l
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  • Fedup

    Mark Golding – Children Of Iraq,
    What is the word on Eric Prince? That bastard has been recruiting from among the worst scum, and training and equipping these, do you know anything about that?
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    Debka is the ziofuckwit mouth piece and has no credibility, hence don’t give much credence to the shit they throw around.

  • Fedup

    Anyone noticed the “new Syrian Flag” getting waved around in the condescending package of BBC? (the usual shaky, grainy clip)

  • angrysoba

    The BBC and the American main media are poised to barrage the masses with hogwash, hype and brain-washing to portray and symbolise Assad’s government as torturers and murderers of the Syrian people.
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    Assad is a murderer and a torturer. You are the one spreading “hogwash and hype” and you’re thoroughly brainwashed by paranoid anti-semites.

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