Politics

Scratching My Head at Conspiracy Theories

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From the news of Bin Laden's death and subsequent burial at sea I was keenly aware that this would give huge rise to yet another conspiracy theory. These types of theories have been bandied about the Web and written up against all major events that have happened for the past 100 years plus, from the moon landing to Hitler setting the Reichstag fire, the deaths of Diana, JFK, Abraham Lincoln, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the motivations behind various wars, aliens, the using of different chemicals on the populace and of course 9/11.

I have read some of these theories and the "Collapse of Building 7" included as one of the main factors to the 911 theory did sound very plausible. I still wonder as to how it collapsed but I just have never been able to whip my head around the "whole" idea of mass government conspiracies.  I cannot see, personally, that governments would go to such lengths for certain alleged gains which rarely are achieved.

And then today I read about a book called Voodoo Histories which a research journalist has written to debunk and show up certain main conspiracy theorists' theories, expert witnesses and their allegations.… Continues …

It's the End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel Fine!

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Okay folks. Here we go. Anyone who has read my previous articles will no doubt be aware that I have very sceptical views on what we like to call “democracy” and even more sceptical views on the foreign policy of pretty much every government, especially that of the UK and our (for now) younger but more hard-assed sibling the US.

I’ve sat back in wonder at the situation we find ourselves in regarding the Middle-East/North Africa and the seemingly organic democratic uprisings of its trodden on citizens.

It’s the largest political shift in our lifetime and may determine the course of our entire species. There, I said it. People are skirting round this point, but what’s at stake is the exposure of the deceptions our respective governments carry out, the response to which by those of us who hold none of the wealth could trigger a forced change in the way we approach politics on the whole.… Continues …

World on Fire: Bahrain, Iran Join the Fray

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Bahrain demonstrates in solidarity with Egypt
Bahrain demonstrates in solidarity with Egypt

If the media are to be believed, there are literally dozens of countries around the world which are primed and ready to go up in flames. It all started in Tunisia, when a fruit seller set himself on fire and ignited a revolution that sent President Ben Ali packing. This inspired two-plus weeks of street protests in Egypt, which led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Ongoing demonstrations include those in Algeria, which have been recently invigorated after seeing the success of Tunisia and Egypt's protestors, and thousands in Yemen demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down.

The latest countries to see protests are Iran, where police on Monday used tear gas and batons on protestors, and Bahrain, where police have opened fire on a funeral procession for a victim of previous violence.… Continues …

What Are Mubarak's Chances?

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He's doomed
64% (7 votes)
He'll remain in power
36% (4 votes)
Total votes: 11

The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Passport from 1971

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We Strike, You're out?

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So Ed Miliband has been elected the new Labour Party leader, and his Brother David has annouced his retirement from front-line politics.  Ed can thank the Unions in his election, but to anyone who is keeping up with UK news this was always on the cards.  The changes to Government spending has everyone chattering and not a small amount of people ready to join the numerous calls to strike, giving back the power to the Unions that has been absent for so long.

The Unions are already in a strong position.  The Government are playing right into their hands with their reforms, and the media is ensuring that doom gloom and poverty is announced on a daily basis.  Along with bonuses going to bankers that disgust your average man, and the very likelihood of the New Faces of Labour taking the line of "Old Labour", we are well into our "Winter of discontent Part 2 - Where's the hair?".  The departure of David Miliband is likely to see a split in the Labour party, and I do wonder if this is only going to enhance the power of the Unions.… Continues …

Rethinking Royalty

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Sweden's Princess Victoria

With most of the world drifting toward democracy, or at least toward some sort of representative government, the question arises whether royal families are still needed.  Certainly, monarchies have gradually become less popular over the last few hundred years, as they are ousted by coups or just abolished outright.  But even in those countries where the monarchy still exists in a symbolic role only, the debate is growing as to whether they serve any useful purpose.

The upcoming wedding of Sweden's Princess Victoria has started some grumbling about the enormous cost to the state (estimated at $2.5 million USD), especially at a time when so many are struggling financially.  Many Swedes feel that the royal family is symbolic of the divide between the rich and the poor, an imbalance which is simply unacceptable to many in this day and age.  The article linked above also references a poll suggesting that support for monarchies is dropping throughout Scandinavia.… Continues …

BP: American Double Standards?

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BP's Tony Hayward

It hasn't been a good time for BP CEO Tony Hayward, who has spent the last few weeks grovelling abjectly on television while being described in The New York Daily News as 'the most hated – and clueless – man in America'. BP has been the subject of protests in many cities, with protesters waving placards proclaiming 'BP=bad polluter' and 'fubp'.

President Obama, stung into action by criticism of his approach has weighed into the situation with unusually bullish language. Being quoted as trying to find out "whose ass to kick", he has given the green light to criminal proceedings to be brought against the BP board for the mass murder of the eleven rig workers, and has called for BP to be banned from giving dividends to its shareholders.

The President of the world's largest polluter and energy consumer, which consumes 25% of global energy with 5% of the world's population, has called the spillage "an affront to the American people".… Continues …

Options for Solving the UK's Deficit

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I am not going to pretend to understand all of the implications of spending vs. cuts when it comes to Government but after reading articles on the BBC website with regards to the latest spending announcements, I am disturbed and worried.

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The current Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced a further £67 million will be spent on ensuring bombs planted in Afghanistan were countered.  He has stated that Afghanistan is his number one priority and is a national security issue.  Britain currently has 10,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.  He also suggested that he would not be looking at sending further troops, and that the £200 million from aid funding would be diverted from other budgets to assist Afghanistan in building up its Army, Police Force and Civil Service.

Don't get me wrong, I am all in favour, and proudly support the British Forces, I am just unhappy they are there in the first place. I may be wrong in thinking, but I firmly hold George Bush and his cronies responsible for getting England into this mess in the first place.  I had been told in the past that the reason England bent over every time America came calling for support, was due to a debt that we only recently paid back to America from World War II, when England was a financial mess, and Chamberlain requested help.  If this is the case, then nothing has been altered, we are still having severe financial difficulties, we are still doing the bidding of Former American Presidents work, and we are still getting shafted.… Continues …

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