Tag Archive: revolution

Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine — the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you.”  – V For Vendetta

Do not let the media whitewash dictate what you believe, do not let the media or your leaders tell you what you should be thinking.  If in another context someone was consistently failing to be able to build something and charging you a fortune for the privilege of their mistakes you might think of getting another builder.  Capitalism isn’t broken, it was never the raw materials to build a fair society.  It is time to tear it down and start again, what the new structure will look like we’ll have to discuss and try some things out, but let’s not live in a house with no roof just because we’re scared we’ll have to live in a tent for a while whilst we build a proper house.

These are our countries, our cities, our streets, our homes.  We owe it to our children, our children’s children and our disenfranchised and dispossessed brothers and sisters across the world and their children.  It may be the only way we may look ourselves in the mirror.

Song of The Day ~ Moloko – The Time Is Now

Cruel Britannia

We slide headlong to recession
voyeurs of social oppression
watching politics trangression
have none the stomach to fight back

as they pass laws that oppress
leave the healthcare in a mess
the balance of wealth they’ll not redress
but receive precious little flack

education becomes training
and it’s acid that its raining
why are none of you complaining
is it not time to attack

do you think you’ll have a pension
at the end of fiscal tension
do you think they’ll even mention
when they stab you in the back

watch it disappear at your cost
and when you realise what you’ve lost
on the scrapheap you’ll be tossed
in their cutting of the slack

I’m no soothsayer or a sage
it’s just clear on every page
the destruction of this age
Time to don the cloak of black

Song Of The Day ~ Editors – The Racing Rats

So all was not perhaps what it seemed in Kiev. I wrote a piece back in November 2004 about Ukraine as I was rather uncomfortable with the somewhat homogenous nature of the message we were receiving from the media.

In 2005 the former Chief of Staff Oleksandr Zinchenko has resigned suggesting that in many respects the current incumbant government in Ukraine is more corrupt than the old one. This does not strike me as very surprising, there was an awful lot about the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” which struck me at the time as odd.

The media coverage seemed very standardised, all sources were lauding the pro-capitalist, pro-EU/US Viktor Yushchenko, it was a whitewash (or Orangewash if you prefer) in favour of Yushchenko’s campaign and a widespread besmirching of the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych.

I was already suspicious when the media was claiming electoral fraud in Yanukovytch’s Eastern Ukrainian regions where the turnout figures of 96.3% in Donetsk and 88.4% in Lugansk were being bandied around as proof of nefarious activity behind the scenes. What the media seemed less inclined to report was that the figures in the Western Ukraine area the heartland of Yushchenko were not dissimilar with one area reputed to be 94%. It looked to the impartial observer that it may be a case of 6 of one and half a dozen of the other but this was not an impatially observed piece of news. It had long since become clear that there were “favoured” candidates. Yushchenko was a very Western-facing politician, the consumate businessman and capitalist, whilst his opponent was more endemic of the old Ukraine. Yanukovych’s past was trotted out, how he had been involved in criminal activty such as armed robbery. No defence by Yanukovych was reported despite this all having taken place many years ago and Yanukovytch not attempting to cover upp said events but admitting that he had been wrong in the past whilst Ukraine was under the old Soviet regime. Interestingly there was practically no mention anywhere of Yushchenko’s past and his involvement in the embezzling and subsequent laundering of $613 million dollars of IMF money in December 1997.

The Western media made much of the “popular uprising”, the scenes of those up the streets of Kiev all dressed in orange protesting at the initial result which put Yanukovych at 49.46% and Yushchenko 46.61%. This is however less surprising when you think that Kiev is a city in the western part of Ukraine, a city with a high organised crime rate, one therefore on many counts less inclined to go back to increased ties with Russia. Suffice to say the Orange Revolution did not extend to Donesk or Lugansk.

The ‘poisoning’ of Yushchenko rather typified the whole affair. This was reported widely in all the media and held up as the epitomy of Yanukovych’s attempt to win the election at any cost. Again there was something not quite right. It was cited that Yanukovych’s close ties with the Russian’s and in particular the KGB meant that he was able to organise such a disposal of an opponent. There was little mention of a revealing interview with a senior KGB operative who protested that there was neither precedent nor logic to the KGB using dioxin as a poison. It was ineffective, slow and obvious and certainly not the KGB’s style at all. Furthermore no actual proof of any Yanukovich involvement was ever offered, nor seemed there any great hurry to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.

It was somewhat ironic that the US was quick to jump on the electoral irregularities bandwagon, but then I suppose we ought to listen to them after all they are the masters on that front. Why were there 563 international election observers in Ukraine whilst the US is left to get on with it?

Behind that facade of uniformity in the mainstream media back in November there were those who smelt a rat. Justin Raimondo was one of the first I came across who was saying something other than the party line. His article was persuasive because it seemed clear that he had gone behind the facts in the banal fashion in which they had been presented.

Of course there has been far less in the news about the sacking of the whole government, far less about any problems at all because the orange order cannot be seen to fail, this would undermine the credibility of all those who were so quick to eulogise it, without many of them having a clue about any serious Ukrainian politics.

In conclusion therefore it is another in the series of entries of mine that show how whilst on the one hand we can feel as if we are bombarded with news it is in fact more a question of us being bombarded by the same thing from many different sources and this is hugely different.

Song Of The Day ~ The Beatles – Sexy Sadie