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An Example of Execrable Taste
Dec 4th, 2008 by Syd Walker

According to a report with the lurid title Poland denies Barack Obama cannibal ‘joke’ in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. the Polish Foreign Minister tells jokes.

Actually, the smooth-talking, Oxford-educated former advisor to Rupert Murdoch, whom Wikiepdia descibes as Poland’s ‘point man for missile defense’, tells really crass jokes. Here’s an example:

Have you heard that Obama may have a Polish connection? His grandfather ate a Polish missionary.

Obama and SikorskiThe Telegraph further informs us:

A spokesman for the Polish foreign office conceded that Mr Sikorski had made the controversial comment, but denied that the foreign minister had intended to insult Mr Obama, whose father was Kenyan.”Mr Sikorski did not tell a racist joke,” said Piotr Paszkowski, the spokesman. “He was only giving an example of the unpalatable and racist ‘jokes’ that surround President Elect Obama.”

Ah, I must remember that. A very handy defense! Rather like the Conroy defense for browsing porn (“I wasn’t doing it for fun. I was checking out what should be banned”)

Apparently there are now:

“calls from (Polish) opposition politicians for an investigation to deter (sic) if the foreign minister broke anti-racism laws.”

How futile! Do these people really want to criminalize bad taste? It would wreck Poland’s tourism industry, for one thing. No more Brits at soccer games.

Obama, having survived trial by fire in the cauldron of US politics, can undoubtedly cope with serial silliness from European politicians, who seem determined to trash what remains of Europe’s reputation for sophistication.

Obama to Re-Open USS Liberty Inquiry?
Dec 4th, 2008 by Syd Walker

Obama meets Peres.

America’s President-Elect seeks clarification from an old ally

Pass the Mop, James
Nov 20th, 2008 by Syd Walker

The furor over the appointment of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff has, for many, cast a pall over the Obama Presidency before it has begun.

I argued in this blog several days ago that there are real concerns that Emanuel could be an Israeli agent. In that case, Obama has just appointed a foreign spy as his Chief of Staff; at the very least, it’s clear he’s appointed an utterly biased pro-Israeli partisan. Either way, Emanuel’s appointment as Obama’s Chief of Staff should be unacceptable to the great majority of Americans.

The appointment should be reversed, without delay.

This issue has provoked quite a lot of debate around the world – although you wouldn’t guess that, of course, from coverage by the mainstream western media. But this is 2008. It’s not 1992 or 2000. A LOT more people now are aware of the extent of Israeli influence on the American body politic (and on other the political process in other western countries, from Canada to Australia). More and more people are getting the word out and demanding real change on THIS specific front – not just a wink and a brush off.

I was disappointed, although not really surprised, to see James Zogby, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Arab American Institute, springing so quickly and uncritically to Emanuel’s defense.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Zogby’s apologia reads as though it was drafted by one of Emanuel’s staff. Would it be uncharitable to speculate whether Zogby is vying for a cleaning contract at the White House?

Obama's Rahm Emanuel Dilemma: the Solution
Nov 10th, 2008 by Syd Walker

All Barak Obama needs to do to resolve the furore over the Rahm Emanuel’s appointment is to submit the application to FBI scrutiny and ensure the security-risk assessment process is thorough and fair.

There’s so much evidence that the pro-war Emanuel has unacceptably close links to a foreign power that any honest assessment woud easiy knock out his application for a White House security pass – let alone the Chief of Staff job.

Obama can then turn to the Zionist lobby and say: “Sorry guys, your man didn’t get clearance. (Not my fault)”

Then Obama can pick someone who would.

Sweet!

But will he do it?

Perhaps Michelle Obama could whisper encouragement during some pillow talk?

It may be the only time Obama’s communications aren’t bugged.

An Obama Landslide
Nov 5th, 2008 by Syd Walker

8.50am Queensland time as I start writing this post.

Fox News has just released results of exit polls from three crucial swing states. According to these, Obama is outpolling McCain 2:1

On that basis, I’m calling this election for Barak Obama, right now.  Fun to get in early 🙂

Barak ObamaUp to now, I’d shared some commentators’ concerns that this Presidential election might once again be stolen.

Yet as the election has drawn closer, it’s become apparent to just about everyone watching that another 2004 coudn’t be orchestrated without provoking a calamitous level of outrage.

Too many people understood what happened last time. What happened last time was too well documented – even though electronic voting fraud has been a non-topic for most of the western mass media.

Above all, this time, thanks to the brilliance of Obama’s campaign – the margin is far too large to ‘adjust’ by electronic voting/optical scan rorts. This early spin from Fox shows that it won’t even be attempted (one dreads to imagine what Plan B may be in preparation…).

Barak Obama has won the White House back for the Democrats!

Congratulations!

You may well be the most impressive political leader of this generation.

You’ve won an audacious victory that brings the world new hope.

I am a fan of Cynthia McKinney – and I share a lot of Ralph Nader’s criticisms of the US Democratic Party.  I offer these congratulations to Obama with wide open eyes.

Australia's Chums, the Cluster Bombers
Sep 10th, 2008 by Syd Walker

Cluster Bombs

Cluster Bombs

Cluster Bombs are a particularly vile weapon. Murderous on impact, they remain lethal long after fighting ends.

In recent years, there have been moves to ban the use of cluster bombs. Successive Australian Governments have played some role in this. The Peace Organization of Australia explains…

“In May 2008 the text for a treaty banning cluster munitions was concluded in Dublin, Ireland, at a meeting of 111 states. The treaty bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions and places obligations on countries to clear affected areas, assist victims and destroy stockpiles. It is the most significant treaty of its kind since the ban on anti-personnel landmines in 1997.

Like the Mine Ban Treaty, this new treaty is likely to have a powerful effect in stigmatising cluster bombs, so that even those countries that do not sign the treaty will not be able to use them without being subject to international condemnation.

The Peace Organisation of Australia urges the Australian Government to sign and ratify the Cluster Munitions Convention when it opens for signature in December.”

Developing international momentum for an effective ban on cluster bombs has been like a twin-track obstacle race for (genuine) proponents.

The most obvious problem were States that simply didn’t show up at Dublin. These include Russia and China, India and Pakistan. But the USA and Israel are also on this list. They are nations that currently refuse to sign any kind of ban.

Cynthia Who?
Mar 31st, 2008 by Syd Walker

At last, there’s someone running for President in the USA who is a real inspiration.

A dark-skinned, highly-articulate, insightful politician, with bucket loads of charisma, focused on big picture issues, passionate in defence of the under-privileged and environment – and gutsy enough to take on the most powerful and dangerous vested interests on the face of the earth.

This politician is well-placed to win a Party nomination – although that will not be finally decided before the Party’s convention in the northern summer.

What’s more… she’s a woman.

Haven’t heard of her?

Why would you? Which part of the Australian mass media wants to talk about her?

After all, why would the Murdoch Empire of Limited News give a break to someone who speaks like this?

Why would an insipid and gutless ABC (or SBS, or BBC) cover a politician whose discourse lies outside their cosy, conspiracy-denying, egregiously pro-Zionist and essentially pro-war consensus?

What else is left? The magazines you encounter in the newsagent or at the supermarket checkout? Forget it. This woman’s hairstyle is not favoured as a topic of discussion for the masses.

Cynthia McKinneyIndeed, if the mainstream media has its way, there will be virtually no coverage at all of the remarkable individual who, to my way of thinking, is the most credible and exciting candidate for US President in 2008, notwithstanding Barak Obama’s great oratory.

But the blogosphere can and does do better than fake news media, so (perhaps for the first time?) … meet Cynthia McKinney.

A tale of three broadcasters
Dec 30th, 2007 by Syd Walker

I am one of growing number of people around the world who believes the western mass media is deeply dishonest about some very important topics.

I believe something must be done to rectify this – urgently.

Sad to say, the mass media’s tendency to report selectively is not confined to commercial media.

In this tale, written from an Australian perspective, I’ll review an incident that took place overseas several years ago – and the remarkable failure of Australia’s premier public broadcaster to report the story.

Then I’ll look at equivalent public broadcasters, in Britain and the USA, to examine their bizarre reportage of the same extraordinary event.

Publicly-funded mass media can – and should – survive only if they enjoy widespread confidence. Why should the public fund media which lies about very important topics – matters of life and death? Read on – and judge for yourself whether the tangled web woven by these three mass media organizations is evidence of deliberate deception.

All Quiet at the ABC

WTC-7 on Fire

World Trade Center Building 7, on fire before its collapse later on September 11th 2001

This is the story of a 47-story building, in a world-famous city, that collapsed several years ago. The collapse was not ‘intended’ – in the sense that this was no listed demolition site. It was a busy office building, occupied by working staff until the previous day. Then, a little more than six years ago, it simply collapsed.

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