John Pilger On Global Events.

Posted on December 20, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1Alphabet Veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger wants people to know that state-sponsored torture is nothing new – and that anyone who thinks it is, is absurd. Could one of the reasons U.S. President John F. Kennedy became assassinated some 50 years ago have been his plan to “break the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into a million pieces…”? John Pilger remembers interviewing an American nun who recalled her American torturer in Central America during the 1980’s.

Speaking of the British press, Pilger leaned on his decades of living in the United Kingdom as a journalist, and points out that the British government is responsible for much of the “mayhem” in the Middle East yet the facts have become “airbrushed” by the media there. He feels that “the media has become almost raw propaganda”. Describing the situation where known-by-everyone in the media and governments of war criminals and their virtual impunity, Pilger, incredibly, says that since the Vietnam War up until today there is a consensus to cover up the crimes.

Pointing to the example of the Iran-Contra scandal during the Ronald Reagan presidency (1980-1988), Pilger says the number of those who committed serious crimes yet went unpunished was in the dozens, “so everybody knew”. It becomes more and more clear that there are separate forms of justice in the world for those who are powerful and those who are not. The crimes committed in wars such as torture – or lying to the world before the 2003 Iraq War, and white-collar fraud varieties most people saw in epidemic proportions during the financial crisis of 2008, very rarely result in perpetrators doing time. Yet, those without financial or political power who commit crimes which do much, much less damage to societies find themselves quickly behind bars.

This is certainly not meant to say that poor and voiceless people who commit crimes should have immunity from prosecution, but that all criminals need to become held accountable – especially the ones whose actions result in massive harm. With regard to unequal justice, criminals with power and influence simply must become deterred through the same harsh punishment, proportional to the harms done, as those without the “right connections”. When massive harm does not result in massive punishment, potential “massive harmers” will not think before acting in the future.

When asked about resumption of violence in Iraq, John Pilger says he’s “not surprised… Unaccountable power will continue to go into other countries”. That is, Pilger added, “unless the public strongly reacts”. He seems to express some disappointment in saying that it has become very dangerous for people to take part in demonstrations like the ones around the world in opposition to a possible war in Iraq in 2003, and that journalists face the same increased risks.

Asked about Russia, Mr. Pilger says he’s “never known the truth (to become) so inverted (as) on Ukraine, which is a more dangerous form of Cold War than the first one”. He compares the Iraq War of 2003 and Ukraine, because there is “much fiction in both”. He believes that the recent plunge in global oil prices are part of an effort by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to hurt the Russian economy, a perspective increasingly shared by analysts and journalists, born out by the drop in value of the Russian ruble.

John Pilger talked about developments in Ukraine as they relate to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Since the February 2014 violent coup d’état which ousted democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Pilger thinks Putin has been consistent in advocating for a solution based on intensive dialogue. What worries Mr. Pilger is that recently Vladimir Putin has stopped talking diplomatically, and includes the term “red lines” in public addresses.

That describes, according to John Pilger, a situation which has become very dangerous, fuelled in large measure by the “demonization” of Russia. “It’s such a danger”.

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(Thank you to goingundergroundRT at YouTube)

U.N. Truth Commission / MH17 Coverup / UNSC Calls For Ceasefire.

Posted on August 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1The United Nations must form a permanent Truth Commission. The purpose of such a group would be just as its name implies: truth. In the year 2014, when one UN ambassador representing a permanent member state on the Security Council accuses another UN Security Council permanent member state of lying, the wisdom of establishing a Truth Commission becomes absolutely clear.

This refers to the United States and the Russian Federation. US Ambassador Samantha Power two days ago accused Russia of perpetually lying on Ukraine, and as a result the world’s people have disappointingly and unwillingly been placed in a state of confusion and lack of certainty about what has actually occurred in Ukraine. At the same emergency meeting of the Security Council, Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin asked the Ukraine Ambassador why his government had not released the information contained on “black boxes” from downed Malaysian airliner MH17.

It seems strange that in the year 2014 meetings of the UN Security Council could display near name-calling. A permanent UN Truth Commission would be switched on when any member state requests an investigation into what that member state believes was a falsehood publicly made during UN meetings. Member states would make the same request if they believed falsehood was publicly disseminated outside the UN to the international media. In 2014 a civilized world can no longer tolerate any instance of false information being presented to citizens in any nation – for the simple reason it is dangerous, extremely risky, and in essence morally wrong.

Because this site is “The Oneness of Humanity” and does not agree with the philosophical concepts behind “sides”, some examples from both the United States and Russian Federation perspective are instructive as they relate to a UN Truth Commission. Before examples, as one who has in humility read a number of articles on Ukraine and listened to talk shows on internet sites, radio and television, it is obvious the benefit of a UN Truth Commission would be tremendously increased public understanding of facts on issues of great importance typical of UN undertakings and goals.

For those who share the practice of reading comments sections following articles and the range of news productions, it is not difficult to imagine the “before and after” status of quality in those comments when a UN Truth Commission becomes established and operational. If such a commission had become established decades ago, the UN’s website section “Truth Commission: Current Actions and Archives” would now be the most reliable, go-to place for truth-seeking men and women around the Earth.

Directly to the point, a UN Truth Commission would quickly become recognized the world over as perhaps the institution’s greatest achievement and most beneficial asset. No longer would falsehood and deception emanating from UN members negatively affect the thinking of people living around the world. Eliminated would be actions taken by people who have been given false information, made plans based on false information, then carried out those plans – harming small to large numbers of innocent men, women, and children in the process.

Many are familiar with certain radio talk-show hosts who attract listeners capable of becoming motivated to act from information presented to them during controversial broadcasts. The same scenario pertains at the UN when disputed statements remain unresolved, and lingering active in the public’s awareness. The great potential of the UN remains out of reach while the problem of unresolved disputes of truth and falsehood – among other reforms – is not wisely addressed. A Truth Commission would go a long way in solving this major institutional, erroneous public awareness problem.

For example, on Ms. Power’s assertion of Russian lying about events in Ukraine: the United States could have sought the UN Truth Commission’s help in determining the facts upon the first instance of Ukraine debate where the US thought Russia publicly stated a falsehood. For example, on Mr. Churkin’s assertion of US’ lying after MH17 crashed – that pro-federalists in Eastern Ukraine or Russia was responsible – Russia could have sought the UN Truth Commission’s help in determining the facts upon the first UN or media instance where Russia felt the US stated such a falsehood.

Public demands for the truth about MH17 have been stonewalled, suggesting a profound criminal coverup

Suggesting a “profound criminal coverup” on MH17 is certainly a bold action, yet those who are conducting the investigation can straighten out any disputes concerning a possible coverup by speaking to the international media. A very large number of men and women around the world are demanding answers, and authorities in charge of the investigation – by speaking to the press even before concluding their work – have a moral responsibility to discuss the concerns of those who feel there is something not right in the search for who did it.

Samantha Power mentioned MH17 during her address to the UN Security Council two days ago, implying Russia’s guilt in shooting down the airliner. When Mr. Churkin asked Ukraine’s ambassador to explain the delay in public announcement of Ukraine’s findings during its investigation of MH17, Ukraine’s ambassador replied by saying a report is under preparation and will become public in the near future. Those who’ve been following developments in the investigation of MH17 have become aware that western media outlets and political leaders for weeks now have been suspiciously silent, and of many explosive reports pointing to the Ukrainian government in Kiev as the guilty party in the shoot down where 298 passengers perished.

Samantha Power was implying Russia’s guilt in shooting down the airliner, and Vitaly Churkin implied stalling or coverup in the investigation of MH17 by Ukrainian officials – at the same Security Council meeting.

In the months of war in Eastern Ukraine, where Kiev’s army has used a bombing campaign almost identical to Israel’s “collective punishment” of Gazans, the UN reports some 2,600 Ukrainians have perished. The “Maidan Massacre” of February 2014 – where over 100 police and civilians became shot dead by sniper fire – remains an unsolved mass murder with no guilty persons behind bars. MH17 remains an unsolved mass murder with no guilty persons behind bars.

The combined death toll in Ukraine since November 2013, when protests began in Kiev, is more than 3,000.  Some estimate a higher number, perhaps 10,000 to 15,000. Estimates of 100,000 to 1 million in Eastern Ukraine have become refugees after leaving their homes due to bombing, violent battles, cutoffs of water and electricity from infrastructure destruction, and food shortages.

In the following interview on Democracy Now, Jonathan Steele suggests a simple step Barack Obama can take to de-escalate the violence in Ukraine: guarantee the Russians that Ukraine will not join NATO for ten to twenty years. He reminds viewers – in response to a question about satellite images claimed as evidence of a Russian invasion – of Colin Powell’s presenting false satellite images of Iraq WMD operations, so Mr. Steele can’t say whether images of Russian military movements inside Ukraine are fake or not. He leaves that to the experts.

There are a number of theories about what has really occurred in Ukraine, with geopolitical analysts and journalists around the world offering well-researched investigative reports. Ukraine is a large country with vast agricultural, energy, and mineral wealth. Given legal movements which have opened up Ukraine for extractive operations in the country to powerful multinational corporations – exemplified in US Vice-President Joseph Biden’s son Hunter being named legal head and member of the Board of Directors at Ukraine’s largest private energy company Burisma Holdings – people are certain money from natural resources is the basis of the Ukraine crisis.

Some analysts see Ukraine simply being looted. Is it possible billionaire oligarchs who want to both profit from Eastern Ukraine’s natural resource wealth – mainly large natural gas fields – and carry out other geopolitical aims are desperately creating pretexts for accelerated, escalated bombing and killing to gain total control – before the world learns the truth about Malaysian airliner MH17?

Until the United Nations establishes such an invaluable arm, that and other paramount questions are  left to humanity’s truth commission.

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(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)