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Inauguration, Lupe Fiasco and Anti-Obama

 

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President Obama delivered his second inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Obama stressed on his commitment to the threat of”climate change” Monday’s events were ceremonial. The President was officially sworn into office for a second term on Sunday, Jan. 20, as required by the Constitution. 

 

Another event at the inaugural ball in Washington Monday night saw rapper Lupe Fiasco booted of stage by men in suits.

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Lupe Fiasco is Grammy-nominated rapper who caused controversy when he said,“To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America,” Fiasco said. “I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s causing the other forms of terrorism. You know the root cause of terrorists is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.”. Fiasco stayed on the anti-war song “Words I Never Said” for 30 minutes. The song contained very powerful words that were anti-Obama and which then caused the lights to go off and men in black suits came out and showed Fiasco off the stage as showed in the video.

 

The lyrics went along these lines,“Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist,” he raps. “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit. That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either. I’m a part of the problem; my problem is I’m peaceful.”

The party was meant to celebrate Internet start-ups and that StartUp RockOn. The company released a statement and denies Fiasco was kicked of the stage because of his political views.


“Lupe Fiasco was not ‘kicked off stage’ for an ‘anti-Obama rant,“We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.”

Was it appropriate to remove him off stage in that manner? Was his right of free speech  taken away?

 

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Why so speechless Mr President?

Florida student asks an important question on America and its position on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The question is asked in the run up to the presidential election.

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Hollywood,Washington and Zero Dark Thirty

 

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The Director of the Hurt Locker (which I consider to be a complete celebration of killing as well as the devaluation of human life) Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman ever to win an Oscar for directing. In Zero Dark Thirty she takes a different route to distinguish Zero Dark Thirty. The movie is predicted to be hit even though it still hasn’t premiered in Australia. (Australian Release: 31 Jan 2013)

The film is reviewed by The Guardian and in summary is about, “A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy Seals team 6 in May 2011.”

The movie has been very controversial due to its scenes on the torture of detainees in the war on terror and as Naomi Wolf sates in, A letter to Kathryn Bigelow on Zero Dark Thirty’s apology for torture by peddling the lie that CIA detentions led to Bin Laden’s killing, you have become a Leni Riefenstahl-like propagandist of torture:

Zero Dark Thirty is a gorgeously-shot, two-hour ad for keeping intelligence agents who committed crimes against Guantánamo prisoners out of jail. It makes heroes and heroines out of people who committed violent crimes against other people based on their race – something that has historical precedent”.

In my view Zero dark thirty represents the new style of making films, one were we hear ‘what we are supposed to know‘ and it is the embedded kind. Zero dark thirty is an illustration of the more overt dealings between Washington and Hollywood.

In addition a new amendment which was tagged on the National Defence Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2013 which in summary, allows for the United States government to produce and disburse pro-American propaganda within America’s own borders under the so-called aim of putting al-Qaeda’s attempts at ‘convincing the world against Western ideals.This Amendment Legalises the direct manipulation of Americans without their knowledge with the aid of the available medians.This by all means is a violation of both civilian rights and human rights as well.

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US Navy Seals Commander who is famed for Osama Bin Laden death commits ‘Apparent Suicide’.

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US Navy Seal Commander Job W Price, Photograph: AP

In Hyderabad SEAL Team 4 Commanding Officer Job W. Price commited suicide. He and his team were famed for finding and then killing Osama bin Laden.

Commander. Job W. Price, 42, died Saturday, Dec. 22, of a “non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan”. He has left behind his wife and daughter.

A suicide of an Officer of this rank usually surrounds controversy by the media and also from critics of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, as the team was best known for killing Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1, 2011.

At the time Price was in Afghanistan supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit based in Virginia Beach. Price’s was also assigned the task of coordinating all of Team 4 missions.

SEAL Team 4 which price coordinated is among eight SEAL team which are deployed. SEAL Team 6 though is best known among them for uncovering and then killing Osama bin Laden.

A military official made a statement regarding the death and said, “appears to be the result of suicide”. The official spoke on the of status of ‘anonymity’ because the death is still being investigated.

Smith added: “As we mourn the loss and honour the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission.”.

Read more here: US Navy Seal’s ‘apparent suicide’ in Afghanistan under investigation (Guardian, Dec 25, 2012):

 

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‘why do Journalist beat the drums of war regardless of the lies of governments?’

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A film with a powerful message that addresses the role of the media in repetitive wars like Iraq, Afghanistan and also tackles the question, “why do Journalist beat the drums of war regardless of the lies of governments ?”.

The War you don’t see is a master piece of Investigative Journalism. It focuses on the embedded journalism who are to put it in more simpler words actually, ‘In bed with the administration’. The film delves into the history of both embedded and independent Journalism and the role played in many wars since world war one to Japan and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the many invasions in particular Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq.

John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is.

For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power”.

Pildger also brings into the context another war after the focus changes from Iraq and Afghanistan to Iran as a Nuclear weapons capability. We see this in present day 2012 (going on to 2013 in a couple of days) I find this to be a prediction a well-informed one by Pilder, who released this film in 2010. The drum is beating for another war hopefully we are more informed and this war does not occur.

This film is a great eye opener and also provides a rare insight into how the media

actually works. Pilger also interviews  politicians to the Editor and chief of ITV and also Julian Assange. A great example of investigative journalism.

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Australian politics most funniest and polemic moments of 2012.

 

Since the year is nearly finished, I thought I might put together a list of 5 events that occurred this year that were either funny or controversial, That relates to Australian politics in general so after quite a bit of research this is what I have came up with.

 

 

1. Exhibit one: 30/5/12 Is titled, Run Abbott, Run, Run, Run.

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This happens to be the lovely moment when the  Opposition Leader Tony Abbott makes an attempt to flee the House of Representatives during a vote breaker. Another reason why  I think  that Australian political debates have turned into a  joke but lucky for us we got a free comedy show above all else.

 

Exhibit 2  : 9/10/12 Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist

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I have personally never ever heard of the word ‘misogyny’ in my years of living but Julia Gillard  has taught me a word that would never get me kicked of class because it doesn’t sound like ‘sexism’ but means the same. Another bonus is watching a politician squirm in his seat when he realises he’s in trouble.

 

Exhibit 3: Alan Jones targeting the prime minister.

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‘Julia Gillards father died of shame’ said by the none other then Alan Jones.

Alan Jones a radio broadcaster has always not been one to say nice words to the Prime minister, he caused controversy when he addressees some University students and said the following words .

“Last year, Jones said of Ms Gillard: “I’m putting her into a chaff bag and hoisting her into the Tasman Sea.”

 

“Jones has also claimed her behaviour in imposing the carbon price “borders on the treasonous”, and has agreed with one of his callers regarding Ms Gillard: “Yeah,that’s it. Bring back the guillotine!”(1)

 

 

Exhibit 4 : 4/10/12 The infamous text messages that toppled a speaker and became a polemic issue that will forever be in history.

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The only Thing I can say about this one is what a disgrace to Australian politics, they should left it private and sorted it out in cosed doors. But neverteless, this is one of the most talked about things in politics this year and I have found out that,” James Ashby will today lodge a fresh sexual harassment claim against former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper with Fair Work Australia – despite a Federal Court judge throwing out his case last week for being an abuse of the court’s process”.

If you want to read more then click here.

 

Picture of  Slipper from The Australian.com.au.

Exhibit 5: 5/12/12 Julia Gillard pronounces the ‘end of the world’.

The Prime minister decided to have a try at comedy. I applaud her for showing her critics that she does have a sense of humour, the She says, “she will always fight for us and closes by saying: “good luck to you all”. Oh and “at least this means I won’t have to do Q & A again”.

“When contacted, the Prime Minister’s office said: “What Australian doesn’t mind a laugh from time to time? Anyway, the world’s going to end tomorrow so shouldn’t you be writing about that?”(2) to watch the official video click here.

 
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So this wraps up the list on the most controversial or in some cases, The funniest moments in Australian politics for 2012 .Hope you enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what the next political year to come brings, thats if we do survive.

 

 

(1)http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/gillards-father-died-of-shame-alan-jones-20120929-26soa.html

(2)http://www.news.com.au/features/mayan-apocalypse-2012/julia-gillard-the-end-of-the-world-is-coming/story-fngjq0bi-1226531023530

 

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Human resistance a polemic issue.

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Everyone should consider these words, not many people know their rights as humans or as countrymen and women weather this is due to lack of education or other reasons. I do not know, but what this man has said I hold it to be true.We should all know our rights resisting a government that is both oppressive and a regime is not illegal nor is the Palestinians and egyptians that are fighting for their human rights illegal or wrong so let us all not be ignorant, to what people say let us be  independent of biasses

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End of the world and long range missiles.

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Apart from the 12/12/12 end of the world manifestations by many people (including our Prime Minister who made her comedy debut ) around the world and the hysteria felt by many has been escalated  by another issue that has been circulating from the BBC to The New York Times who are all reporting on the same issue. The 3 part North korean rocket which was successfully launched and stayed in the air till it reached its designated destination, unlike the first one which was launched in April this year which ended in an discommodious flop of a Missile launch in front of the International community. But North korea is saying that it is a satellite and that it entered orbit, Well the rest of the world is saying it is a long range missile. But if it ‘s a long range missile. In my opinion I think that it should be Internationally banned. The use of Missles and Atomic Bombs aswell as the use of Biological weapons hasn’t the world learnt from its lessons when American airforce dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed by Fat Man over Nagasaki on 9 August the result of this was devastating. We should look back into the history books and learn from our mistakes.

In a sense I fell a sense of hipocrasy occuring as I was reading this it brought up two devastating events, the first one was the one I mentioned above. The second one is a chemical weapon called ‘White phosphorus’, “In November 2004 the U.S. Army used phosphorus munitions during an offensive in Faluja, Iraq. Burned bodies of civilians hit by the phosphorus munitions were shown by the press, and an international outcry against the practice followed. “Initially the U.S. denied that it had used phosphorus bombs against humans, but then acknowledged that during the assault targets that were neither civilian nor population concentrations were hit with such munitions. Israel also says that the use of “incendiary munitions are not in themselves illegal.”

If the International community want North Korea to conform then there shouldn’t be double standards for different countries International law should be applied fairly no matter who the country is weather it is North korea or America.

Quotation from:http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel-admits-using-phosphorus-bombs-during-war-in-lebanon-1.203078

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/11/opinion/north-korea-rocket-timing/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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There is no democracy without vigilance

“Only a crisis actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas lying around. That I believe is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable” Milton Friedman . Naomi Klein in her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism quotes Friedman, an economist and a Nobel laureate whom she regards as the “grand guru of the movement for unfettered Capitalism and the man credited for writing the rule book for the contemporary, hyper-mobile global economy”.

But in all honesty what is capitalism? And how does it affect the likes of you and me? Well, Capitalism is basically the belief in the free market and that Government involvement in society should be reduced to only a fraction of what it is presently. In Friedman’s case “to protect the country and provide soldiers”.

Friedman on the other hand doesn’t view himself as a Capitalist or an Anarchist; but a Libertarian in whose view liberty encompasses a free market.

Whilst this is not a book review, I would like to add that Klein later translates the word capitalism into the contemporary morphs of this ideology: Corporatism.

Friedman’s vision is to manipulate “events” that shock us into attention to make what is “politically impossible” in a democracy into “politically inevitable”, thereby undermining or cancelling the democratic process altogether with a person or a group of people deciding what laws should govern societies without adequately consulting the affected society

Friedman and his Disciples would stand on the sidelines waiting for the crisis to unfold so that they can rush through their policies whilst the city or country was reeling in shock from the disastrous “event” that had occurred. This, they insist is the only opportunity that a government will get to forcefully enforce policies on the masses. Klein names this: the shock doctrine. Klein uses the example of how Hurricane Katrina was used to slip through the privatisation of a big chunk of the public school system in the US whilst keeping schools publicly funded. This was a scheme hatched by Friedman as a death bed proposal because he viewed public education as an aspect of socialism.

Klein compares the effects of electro- shock on patients used as “lab rats” in a series of experiments developed by CIA psychiatrist Dr Ewen Cameron. The aim of these experiments was to create a blank piece of paper in the patients mind using the electro- shock method and then to imprint new ideas onto the minds of the patients and teach them new habits as these patients lost both their long term and short term memories. Dr. Cameron’s experiments were further developed by Dr. Donald Hebb into torture methods including the infamous Guantanamo “water boarding” which was created by Hebb and “refined” by Cameron. Friedman and his disciples do not see the human sacrifice; they only see the potential for economical gain. However, it is not only shock that is used by governments and social engineers to dictate changes to the masses. Other distractions can be equally potent. In the ancient Greco-Roman empire, recreation and amusement were equally used to distract the masses and surreptitiously introduce unpopular laws and policies and even launch wars.

Today, our federal government is introducing laws that further intrude into our privacy. The government, or its agencies want to force internet service providers (ISPs) to retain data about every keystroke we make whether by computer or smart phone for a period of two years and to make this data readily available to security agencies. In the past, Google went to court to challenge similar laws in the US, but the lawmakers, whether here or there, seem bent on introducing totalitarian measures in a “democratic” society. In Australia, the deadline for public feedback is the first week in August. This year, August brought the biggest global distraction that exists, the spectacle of the Olympic Games, developed in ancient Greece; seem to be the “perfect” catalyst for these totalitarian laws.

What keeps free society free is the vigilance of its citizens. This vigilance must be most alert during both crises and distractions.

 

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