Friday 18th of January 2019

John Richardson's blog

a darker looking glass .....

In this programme, Andrew Gilligan examines the CIA’s practice of abducting terrorist suspects & transferring them to states such as Egypt & Syria, where torture is routine. The programme also exposes the British government’s refusal to condemn the use of torture by the government of Uzbekistan, for the sake of the ‘evidence’ it produces: ‘selling our souls for dross’, in the words of the former British Ambassador.

whither ANZAC?

As we busy ourselves for our traditional ANZAC celebrations, in memory of those servicemen & women who gave their lives on our behalf, perhaps we should reflect on the values imbued in that fine tradition & what they really mean to us today?

from witch doctor to war criminal .....

On the second anniversary of the Iraq war, Panorama reveals how several of the claims Tony Blair made in public during the build up to the war – and afterwards – conflict with what we now know was going on behind the scenes, as evidenced for instance by government officials and documents.

but nobody told me .....

“The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States . . . in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture."

George W. Bush

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: June 26, 2003

george w. bush elected Pope .....

The almost 120 Cardinals from around the world that gathered to choose a successor in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel were stunned and expressed amazement.


Cardinal Mohoney, the Vatican spokesperson had this to say: "We in the conclave are all shocked. We cast our votes using these new electronic voting machines. The results overwhelmingly favoured George W. Bush over all the Catholic candidates. The last Pope, John Paul, was a superb linguist, fluently speaking 11 languages: this one can't speak fluently in one language. We just don't know what to say."

so many mamdouhs .....

"If they do it, it's terrorism, if we do it, it's fighting for freedom."

Anthony Quainton, U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, 1984

blessings from the land of enchantment .....

An eloquent & savage indictment of the world’s continuing obscene silence in the face of imperialistic barbarism by “the land of enchantment

the real terrorists .....

“The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life ... A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors... Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same."

George Orwell, 1984

oils ain't oils .....


“ALARUM, ALARUM: oil prices hit record levels

on freedom's trail .....

Conning Condoleezza Rice fronted the release of the US Department of State’s annual report on the rest of the world’s efforts on the human rights front last week…

the phoney war on terror .....

"The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy."

Baron De Montesquieu

more dirty secrets .....

In the wake of Abu Ghraib, fresh revelations of torture, murder & abuse continue to mount against the US.

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