The Strokes Play First Gig in Three Years in New York

The Strokes

The Strokes


The Strokes played their first gig since November 2011 last night (May 31) in New York state.

The band appeared at the 1,800 capacity Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York as a warm up for their headline set at the Governors Ball festival on Randall’s Island in New York City, which takes place June 6-8. Port Chester is roughly 25 miles from New York City.

Their first show since the release of last year’s ‘Comedown Machine’ saw them playing an 18 track set, debuting three tracks from their last record, ‘Welcome to Japan’, ‘One Way Trigger’ and ‘Happy Ending’. The rest of the show comprised material from throughout their five album, 13 year career, with a selection of songs from their iconic debut album, ‘Is This It’, including ‘Barely Legal’, which opened up the night’s set. Finishing with ‘Last Nite’, the band then returned to the stage for a one song encore of ‘New York City Cops’. Scroll down for a full set-list and fan-shot footage of the band performing.

The five piece warmed up for Governors Ball festival with an 18 song set in Port Chester

The band appeared at the 1,800 capacity Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York as a warm up for their headline set at the Governors Ball festival on Randall’s Island in New York City, which takes place June 6-8. Port Chester is roughly 25 miles from New York City.

Their first show since the release of last year’s ‘Comedown Machine’ saw them playing an 18 track set, debuting three tracks from their last record, ‘Welcome to Japan’, ‘One Way Trigger’ and ‘Happy Ending’. The rest of the show comprised material from throughout their five album, 13 year career, with a selection of songs from their iconic debut album, ‘Is This It’, including ‘Barely Legal’, which opened up the night’s set. Finishing with ‘Last Nite’, the band then returned to the stage for a one song encore of ‘New York City Cops’. Scroll down for a full set-list and fan-shot footage of the band performing.

Albert Hammond Jr recently said that The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again. The guitarist told Gigwise:Albert Hammond Jr recently said that The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again. The guitarist told Gigwise:

The Strokes played:

‘Barely Legal’
‘Welcome to Japan’
‘Automatic Stop’
‘Machu Picchu’
‘Take It Or Leave It’
‘One Way Trigger’
‘Under Control’
‘Heart In A Cage’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘Happy Ending’
‘The End Has No End’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘Last Nite’
‘New York City Cops


Mainstream US Media Is Lost in Ukraine – Why we report from independent investigative journalism media


Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream news media is reaching a new professional low point as it covers the Ukraine crisis by brazenly touting Official Washington’s propaganda themes, blatantly ignoring contrary facts and leading the American public into another geopolitical blind alley, writes Robert Parry:

By Robert Parry

As the Ukraine crisis continues to deepen, the mainstream U.S. news media is sinking to new lows of propaganda and incompetence. Somehow, a violent neo-Nazi-spearheaded putsch overthrowing a democratically elected president was refashioned into a “legitimate” regime, then the “interim” government and now simply “Ukraine.”

The Washington Post’s screaming headline on Sunday is “Ukraine decries Russian ‘invasion,’” treating the coup regime in Kiev as if it speaks for the entire country when it clearly speaks for only a subset of the population, mostly from western Ukraine. The regime’s “legitimacy” comes not from a democratic election but from a coup that was quickly embraced by the U.S. government and the European Union.

Right Sektor activists in the Maidan square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 22, 2014, the day of the coup. (Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe/

Right Sektor activists in the Maidan square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 22, 2014, the day of the coup. (Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe/

Objective U.S. journalists would insist on a truthful narrative that conveys these nuances to the American people, not simply behave as clumsy propagandists determined to glue “white hats” on the side favored by the State Department and “black hats” on everyone that the U.S. government disdains. But virtually the entire mainstream press corps has opted for the propaganda role, much as it has in the past. Think Iraq 2002-03.

You also might remember the mainstream media’s rush to judgment over the Sarin attack in Syria on Aug. 21, 2013. The State Department rashly blamed the incident on the Syrian government despite serious doubts inside the U.S. intelligence community.

To conceal those dissents, the State Department and the White House issued a four-page “Government Assessment,” rather than a National Intelligence Estimate from the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. That would have had to include footnotes revealing disagreements over the evidence among the analysts.

When the “Government Assessment” was posted online at the White House Web site on Aug. 30, it contained not a single piece of evidence that could be independently checked. That same day, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a nearly hysterical speech that sounded like a declaration of war. He insisted that the U.S. government had conclusive proof of the Syrian government’s guilt but he just couldn’t reveal any.

The U.S. press corps showed virtually no skepticism about the U.S. government’s case. Only a few Web sites, including, noted the lack of verifiable proof and the absence of U.S. intelligence officials during the presentations, including none sitting behind Kerry when he made the rounds of congressional hearings.

The evidence regarding the Syrian government guilt apparently was so flimsy that no U.S. intelligence official wanted to play the role of CIA Director George Tenet who popped up behind Secretary of State Colin Powell during his deceptive speech on Feb. 5, 2003, asserting a definitive case that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction.

But the dog-not-barking in the missing intelligence officials on Syria was ignored by the big media. Instead, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major news outlets reprised their Iraq War roles.

The Vector Analysis

In September, the Times even fronted a story – by C.J. Chivers and Rick Gladstone – asserting that it had established Syrian government guilt for the Sarin attack, much as a 2002 Times story reported that Iraq’s purchase of aluminum tubes was proof of a secret nuclear program. That Times story became the basis for President George W. Bush and his top aides scaring the American people with warnings about “mushroom clouds.”

The Chivers-Gladstone story cited the azimuths (or the reverse flight paths) of two Sarin-laden rockets intersecting at a Syrian military base northwest of Damascus, the “slam-dunk” proof of Syrian guilt, making those of us who raised questions about lack of evidence look stupid.

But both Times stories – the one in 2002 and the one in 2013 – collapsed under scrutiny. The Iraqi aluminum tubes, it turned out, were unfit for nuclear centrifuges (and the U.S. invasion force later determined that Iraq had no active nuclear program), and the intersecting azimuths proved false because only one of the two rockets contained Sarin and its maximum range was around 2.5 kilometers, according to scientific analyses, not the necessary 9.5 kilometers for the two azimuths to cross.

So, in December 2013, three months after the Times ran its front-page “vector analysis,” Chivers got the assignment to write a grudging retraction, though the admission of his error was mumbled in the 18th paragraph of a story stuck deep inside the newspaper. [See’s “NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis.”]

Because the retraction was “buried,” however, much of Official Washington still thinks the earlier story, supposedly proving the Syrian government’s guilt, is operational. That’s why you see politicians, like Sen. John McCain, accusing President Barack Obama of cowardice for failing to bomb Syria after it crossed his “red line” against using chemical weapons.

You’ve had a similar rush to judgment in connection with the violence that broke out in Kiev last month. The U.S. government and news media blamed lethal sniper fire on the government of President Viktor Yanukovych and – after he was driven from office by a neo-Nazi-led putsch on Feb. 22 – the U.S. media made much of how the new rump regime in Kiev had accused Yanukovych of mass murder.

However, according to an intercepted phone conversation between Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, Paet reported on a conversation that he had with a doctor in Kiev who said the sniper fire that killed protesters was the same that killed police officers.

As reported by the UK Guardian, “During the conversation, Paet quoted a woman named Olga – who the Russian media identified her as Olga Bogomolets, a doctor – blaming snipers from the opposition shooting the protesters.”

Paet said, “What was quite disturbing, this same Olga told that, well, all the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides.

“So she also showed me some photos, she said that as medical doctor, she can say it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened. … So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition.”

Ashton replied: “I think we do want to investigate. I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh.”

This important evidence regarding who was responsible for the crucial sniper fire, which sparked the violent coup, has been virtually blacked out of the mainstream U.S. news media, along with the sudden disinterest on the part of the coup regime to investigate who committed those murders. Yet, instead of repairing the rotting foundation of Official Washington’s false narrative, the major news organizations just keep building upon it.

Whiting Out the Brown Shirts

The next step is to white-out the brown shirts of the neo-Nazi storm troopers who led the final violent overthrow of Yanukovych. Then, you clean up the unsavory coup regime by having its U.S.-chosen leader, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, receive a formal welcome at the White House. Next, you pretend that the concerns of the ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s east and south are simply the result of Moscow’s propaganda and intimidation.

That’s what we’re seeing now. The New York Times even dispatched correspondent C.J. Chivers, the same guy who falsely fingered the Syrian government with that “vector analysis” last September, to co-author a dispatch entitled “Pressure and Intimidation Grip Crimea,” with the subtitle, “Russia Moves Swiftly to Stifle Dissent Ahead of Secession Vote.”

Chivers and co-author Patrick Reevel wrote: “With a mix of targeted intimidation, an expansive military occupation by unmistakably elite Russian units and many of the trappings of the election-season carnivals that have long accompanied rigged ballots across the old Soviet world, Crimea has been swept almost instantaneously into the Kremlin’s fold.

“This has happened well ahead of the referendum set for Sunday, after which, barring an extraordinary surprise, the peninsula’s interim authorities, led by a previously unsuccessful politician nicknamed the Goblin, will announce that its citizens have voted to leave Ukraine and seek a place in President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia.”

You get the picture? While the New York Times accepted the rump parliament’s actions in Kiev last month as “legitimate” – voting in lock step under the watchful of eye of neo-Nazi militias to depose Yanukovych and strip away rights of ethnic Russians – a different standard will apply to Crimea’s referendum on bailing out of the failed Ukrainian state.

That vote, if it favors secession, must be seen as rigged and resulting only from Russian coercion, all the better to continue the false narrative that now dominates the U.S. political/media process.

Yet, the danger of false narratives – as the American people saw in Iraq and almost revisited in Syria – is that policies, including warfare, can be driven by myth, not by fact. The real story of Ukraine is far more complex than the black-and-white caricature that the New York Times, the Washington Post and others are presenting. It is in the truthful grays that responsible policies are shaped and bloody miscalculations are avoided.

[For more of’s exclusive coverage of the Ukraine crisis, see “Can Obama Speak Strongly for Peace?”; “Neocons Have Weathered the Storm”; “Crimea’s Case for Leaving Ukraine”; “The ‘We-Hate-Putin’ Group Think”; “Putin or Kerry: Who’s Delusional?”; “America’s Staggering Hypocrisy”; “What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis”; “Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?”; “A Shadow US Foreign Policy”; “Cheering a ‘Democratic’ Coup in Ukraine”; “Neocons and the Ukraine Coup.”] Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, as an e-book (from Amazon and


Check CPJ online – the Committee to Protect Journalists

The BBC: Masters of Black Propaganda



‘Nation shall Speak Truth unto Nation’ – The Ironic BBC motto.


british-empireBBC News is the department of the BBC responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. The department is the world’s largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output every day, as well as online news coverage at The service maintains 44 foreign news bureaux and has correspondents in almost all the world’s 240 countries.”  (BBC)

The BBC started broadcasting as the British Broadcasting Company in 1922.  Its call sign became ‘London calling’ and London it was with its wealth of colonial wile and the stamp of its military.  Reith, the seventh child of a Presbyterian minister, founded it.  An Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Cosmo Lang told Reith: ‘Whoever holds your job is, or should be, the most influential man in the country.’  The illusion of democracy provided by the House of Commons and the Cabinet depends greatly on the all pervading influence of the BBC.  There follow some examples among the multitude of ways the public mind is kept in ignorance or its prejudice massaged firmly.   

Corporate Power: City of London

 The most recent hot topic was the attempt of Pfizer to take over AstraZeneca, the British and Swedish pharmaceutical company.  £69 billion was offered.  The BBC was not alone in avoiding all mention of Pfizer’s recent criminal record and the record fines in the US. (2)  It was right the discussion was about the potential loss of jobs and scientific expertise.  However, if you were looking at a potential partner for your business this would surely put you off.

Wikipedia “In September 2009, Pfizer pleaded guilty to the illegal marketing of the arthritis drug Bextra for uses unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and agreed to a $2.3 billion settlement, the largest health care fraud settlement at that time.[8] Pfizer also paid the U.S. government $1.3 billion in criminal fines related to the “off-label” marketing of Bextra, the largest monetary penalty ever rendered for any crime.[9] Called a repeat offender, this was Pfizer’s fourth such settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in the previous ten years.[10][11]

 An e-mail to Faisal Islam of C4 asking for this history to be included drew no response.  In the  amoral world of the media, this was of no importance.

The obscene size of bonuses paid to hundreds of traders etc in the city are described but the context is not.  I wrote to the BBC’s Financial Correspondent saying the facts of fractional reserve banking were unknown to a large majority of British citizens.  It would be good if he were to explain it.  He replied in friendly fashion and said he would.  He has not and there was no reply to a reminder.  Thus the BBC listener and viewer are fuddled by the arcane stuff around ‘banking’ but the essence of the trickery and their part in funding the banks for this sleight of hand is withheld.  The BBC and the other broadcast and print media are complicit in keeping people ignorant of the many swindles.

Ask Joseph Bloggs what the ‘leverage’ was in the city (total assets against total loans and investments – one simple definition) during the bursting of the bubble in 2008, and what it is now.  What is leverage Joe asks? (3)  Here Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is saying he wants a ratio of 4%, better than the European Central Banks 3%.  What UK tax payers are not told by the BBC and do not know is that the leverage is not different essentially from that existing when the bubble burst in 2008.  Although the UK taxpayer bailed out four of these banks with £580 million, they are not made aware that collapse is as likely now as then.  The taxpayer is told of the stellar bonuses and anger swells.  But the underlying fault, which is fractional reserve banking, is hidden from him by the BBC and the MSM in general.  The lumpen must lump it, and swallow the austerity with all social safety nets removed.  All is headline ‘news’ and personalities getting in and out of limousines.  Get in line!  The message is ‘we are all in it together’!

 Government Power   

Democracy in this sceptred isle is illusory.  The power is wielded by hidden hands.  The retiring BBC Trust chairman, Lord Patten who was chairman of the Tory party plus much else is one pair. Incestuous structures like the Privy Council advise the Queen.  The ‘Atlantic Alliance’, ethnic agglomeration and much else drive the machine, and mostly for war. These elements remain hidden because the BBC and others decide so.  Ask the man or woman in the British street about the Privy Council.  Few would even know of it but the barbaric ethnic cleansing of the Chagos Islands was twice given the stamp of approval by the archaic and evil Privy Council thus preventing the islanders from returning to their idyllic homeland.  That these islands are leased by the UK to the US so that it might bomb around a large radius from Afghanistan to Somalia in projection of PNAC is unknown to many.  Again the BBC stands guilty for public ignorance of the latter.  The Privy Council is but one fragment of the illusion of British ‘democracy’.

The British public were enjoined to vote in the recent local government and EU elections.  The turnout was 34%.  The 66% who did not turn out did so from mixtures of inertia, from the knowledge that promises made before election to power were seldom kept and from loathing of the present political gang.  The election was ‘won’ by the UK Independence Party, leader Nigel Farage an ex-banker!  In spite of vilification of him and some of his loose cannons by the MSM he won out 

by speaking in an ordinary and often amusing way.  His directness was appealing; the EU project is dead he said.  The BBC, with the MSM in general, gave a full account of this victory but the failure of 66% to vote was not given prominence.  That is because it calls into question the present parliamentary and local democracy.  It has to be ‘steady as she goes’.  The chance of revolution, so small in the UK, must not be alluded to.  Real power in the proletariat to change things radically must be given no wind. 

 For government to have power over the plebs, it must have power over the media.  The main avenue is obvious – choose your friend and choose your cipher.  My Lord Coe ran fast and he makes money. (4)

Coe’s combination of strong Tory credentials and a reputation burnished by the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games have catapulted him into the position of front-runner to succeed Lord Patten.

Coe is said to have the firm support of David Cameron, who will ultimately be responsible for ratifying the appointment, according to ITV News political editor Tom Bradby…

 The kite is flown and Coe will be breasting the finishing tape ‘ere long.

 With the safe pairs of hands at the helm, it is vital to have the broadcasting professionals in the galley cooking the dishes.  The garnish must be good on the eye and tasty.  The BBC is good at that. 

That the insides are poisonous for those many minds is not obvious.  John Humphrys is a most senior journalist who leads the so called ‘flagship’ programme, Today.  It is on from 6 to 9 am each day and it catches the ‘drive to work’ listeners, and many in bed and bathroom.  It is the premier propaganda programme.  It covers all ‘news’ and comment.  A good amount of megawattage is spent

telling us that OUR NHS is so bad that people might conclude it is not worth having.  A ‘Syrian’ rebel leader was on recently.  At one point, Humphrys said words similar to ‘we have to get rid of/depose Assad’.  Some days later a doctor was describing death and injury from alleged Syrian government chlorine attacks.  His voice was disguised to add to the menace of the story.  At the end Humphrys said ‘A good man’.

There must be good connections between the face of power and the MSM.  There is a media unit in Downing Street which I was told once had about 200 staff.  You can imagine the upper ranks are on first name terms with the editors, and especially those of the BBC.  ‘Announcements’ will often be preened and readied for a time which suits best.  A famous example was ‘It’s now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury. Councillors’ expenses ?’  Jo Moore  (5)  9/11 was the ‘good day’.  The many psychopaths in Westminster are promoted shamelessly by the BBC, and Blair in particular.  This short article by me shows how an announcement by him on Ghaddafi’s disarmament of alleged WMD was planned in advance. (6)  It was, however, inserted into the Friday 10pm ‘News’ as a ‘surprise’ without any mention of it in the headlines.  The message was repeated twice in the half hour.  Afterwards, his co-conspirator and fellow psychopath G Bush came on ‘News’night to spout the same message.  War criminal Blair is often to be seen on the BBC in transit from one gold mine to another.  Just as the badly injured road casualty is referred for rehabilitation, Blair is whisked along to Broadcasting House. 

 The Monarchy

Bloody intrigue might be less evident in the ‘modern’ era but they are still at it.  The Queen is stroked consistently by the BBC; the two strokers are Hunt and Witchell.  The sycophancy is excruciating but it works, especially among the ladies and the WI.  The royals’ wield the sword at the knighting of stars like Jimmy Savile.  All is velvet and modest pride.  The honours system flourishes au Royaume-Uni.  It harms it beyond imagining.  The royals’ part in endless war, which is the BBC’s central mission, is demonstrated at Remembrance Sunday when they all come in war uniforms replete with medals (7)  Only the Queen is in mufti and she, instead, used  to wear her military kit at the Trooping of the Colour riding side saddle.  The Beeb helps the fawning.  All the drilled bearskins, the regimental bands and the golden carriage are promoted by the Corporation and thus is the absolute necessity for endless and aggressive war ingrained in receptive minds.  The stage management of these spectacles is superb, and for a reason.

Pro-Israeli Propaganda

 The BBC’s bias in favour of the entity needs no definition.  It is outrageous.  A good deal of the correspondence on the excellent Media Lens web site is to do with this. (8)  The editors are David Edwards and David Cromwell.  There is vigour, knowledge and scepticism in the postings.  A recent example of egregious bias was in a BBC Panorama programme, ‘Death in the Med’.  The programme presenter was Jane Corben.  She has form.  The focus was on the assassination of 9 ‘activists’ on the Mavi Marmara, which was on its way with other boats to break the blockade of Gaza peacefully.  A tenth man, who has been in a coma since, has died recently.   There was no question that these men were ‘targeted’ by the entity’s commandos who had abseiled down from helicopters.  These valiant men had descriptions and photos of their victims.  Furkan Doğan, who intended to study medicine and who was an US citizen, suffered this according to a Turkish pathologist –

 An autopsy revealed he had suffered five gunshot wounds, to the nose, back, back of the head, left leg, and left ankle, at a distance of 45 centimeters. He was shot when he was filming the events in the ship. (Wikipedia)

There were strong protests to the BBC.  It is no surprise to find that The Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust found that ‘the programme overall was accurate and impartial’ but it upheld 3 out of 51 complaints.  I have written at least 100 letters over 13 years to the BBC or to individual journalists.  Most were in sharp but detailed criticism.  The BBC gave no inch but the stance of at least one journalist softened.  Its prejudice in favour of this one entity is reflected elsewhere in the world but less often.  Those like Chavez and Castro who stood for the oppressed were denigrated.  The powerful, the friends like the Saudis, are sanctified.  The repression, torture and killing of those who resist in Bahrain are not reported in detail or depth by the BBC, nor is the presence there of Saudi forces, with British police and US military officers.  Nation does not Speak Truth to Nation.

*  The word ‘Israel’ is not used because it implies statehood.  It is not a state.  Its borders are not defined, it has rejected almost all SC and UNGA resolutions, it commits crimes against the peace and crimes against the native people who were driven from their land and thus their living by terrorism and force of  superior arms.

 The Promotion of Endless War

I have alluded to the prime part played by the BBC in this.  It is consistent in its neglect of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles.  It does not refer to the laws of war going back to the Hague Conventions at the end of the C19.  It always takes the side of the western aggressor.  It will not have told its captive audience that our transatlantic ‘ally’ has bombed 29 countries since WW2 and usually with the direct help of UK forces or intelligence – as in Cambodia.

The examples of bias for blood, shredding and tears are legion.  Recently, Kevin Connolly who is skilled with many other BBC journalists in the art of propaganda, has been reporting from Baghdad.  He told of the number of humans killed by car bombs in April in the lead up to the elections.  The violence was sectarian in origin he said.  Of course he made no mention of the most draconian sanctions from 1991 to 2003.  Those millions who rely on ‘Nation shall Speak Truth to Nation’ have never been told there was no sectarian rift between Sunni and Shia in Hussein’s Iraq; one would marry the other without comment.  And there were no car bombs in his Iraq.  The picture painted by the BBC and so many western outlets is that this very violent chaos is about the Arab and inbuilt within Islam.  Do not tell the people that Iraq was pluralist, largely secular and educated.  Mr Connolly does know the terrible killing and maiming is down to the coalition of the willing led by the US and its rabid poodle, but stays stuhm.  The division he describes was triggered deliberately by Luciferans like Paul Bremer, the ‘viceroy’.  Disbanding the Iraqi army was one such stroke.  After Iraq, the Beeb joined in the demonisation of Muammar Ghaddafi, and after him Dr Bashar Assad.

The BBC: Conclusion    

 The power and reach of ‘Aunty’ BBC is supreme.  Its intentions remain ostensibly ‘to educate, inform and entertain.’  It can educate well and it entertains a lot.  As to the latter, it stimulated sexual appetites world wide with Celebrity Come Dancing.  A recent series ‘Call the Midwife’ was very popular; it captured the love of caring and the spirit of OUR NHS very well.  This is beguiling.  How could a broadcaster lie,and lie in every hour and on the other hand commission a series which was very well written and acted, and which had a very strong moral base.  This is how trust is engendered and the brand made sterling silver.

Political clout gives power to the BBC by the appointment of its trust chairman.  The status quo is ensured by the ‘great and the good’ who join that board.  The Director General, formerly Thompson and now Hall, run and steer this complex and essentially clever workforce. (9)  Who decides to blacken the Husseins, Ghaddafis and Assad on the way to annihilation against all law?  I suspect the majority of successful applicants for posts as editors and journalists come from Oxbridge and universities like Exeter, the same places where MI5 and 6 recruit.  Their conservatism is obvious and their compliance certain.  Some will stand away like the BBC journalist Hugh Sykes whose humanity is obvious,  but most toe the pro-Western, pro-NATO, pro-Zionist line.  Pensions likely play a part.      

 Craig Murray, erstwhile HM ambassador to Uzbekistan, is noted for his courage in telling HMG in 2002 that Britain was complicit in the most heinous torture in that country.  His has been the only voice about these crimes.  He has continued to use his high intelligence to investigate the sewers of our land.  A vote in Scotland on whether it should be independent of England is due later this year.  It is not surprising that the BBC should help the No vote just a little because the ‘coalition government’ are strongly opposed to devolution.  He has written on the Acanchi PR firm which is promoting VNB – Vote No Borders.  Craig says “But what cannot be forgiven is the BBC’s extraordinary promotion of VNB as a genuine grassroots organization – in total just under 150 minutes were devoted to showing Gavin Esler’s puff piece on the BBC News Channel, not to mention at least 20 minutes on other BBC news programmes.” (10)  That is our BBC.  The ‘truth’ bit, is pumped at our cost northwards to the nation of the Scots.

What can be done to straighten our BBC?  Even the detail is rigged by clever linguists whom Orwell would recognise.  Invasions with tanks and helicopter cover into the remnants of Palestine are ‘incursions’.  During the first 15 minutes of bombardment by the entity after 11am 27 December 2008, 215 persons were annihilated by thermobaric missiles.  Many were children changing shifts at school.  But others were graduating policemen.  These were not brought to Allah in police stations, but in ‘security compounds’.  This is the shallow cunning.

 Very prominent BBC ‘entertainers’ have been accused or found guilty of the sexual abuse of children.  The most evil was SIR Jimmy Savile.  He was a big and very peculiar fish.  In fact he made the circle.  He was very familiar with the royals, Madame Thatcher (he stayed at the country retreat for PMs – Chequers) and the Royal Marines whom he lionised.  He has damaged hundreds of young people.  He escaped the law by death.  One other BBC type has been jailed, and two more are being tried.  Savile, who also entered hospitals, mortuaries and children homes, ‘worked’ for the BBC for many years.  His most vile proclivities were surely common knowledge at the Corporation?  But that is denied and this Teflon TV kingdom has managed, along with the NHS hospitals, to kick Saville’s black corpse into the long grass with multiple inquiries, British style.

John Pilger has subjected our media, and especially the BBC, to withering analysis in superb English.  Type ‘BBC’ on the search engine of his web site and it produces dozens of links.  The last article – “The accessories to war crimes are those paid to keep the record straight” 8th February 2014 must be read. (11)  With great economy and the best words he summarises the arguments within my effort here.  He quotes Carne Ross, formerly of that gilded palace of cunning liars, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office –

“Yes, I agree,” he replied. “I feel ashamed about it…” He described how the Foreign Office manipulated a willing media. “We would control access to the foreign secretary as a form of reward to journalists. If they were critical, we would not give them the goodies of trips around the world. We would feed them factoids of sanitised intelligence, or we’d freeze them out.”  Quite so.

 A revolution of the British mind, leading to overwhelming public pressure, is required to demolish the BBC.  Its beating of the war drums for the massive bombardment and invasion of Iraq requires that its life be taken from it just as its propaganda was central to the destruction of a nation and over one million lives.

 David Halpin FRCS is  a retired orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who pleaded with others for an inquest into the unnatural death of Dr David Kelly.  He has heard the cries in Palestine and joined the people there.  He fights for OUR NHS.













Ukraine: The Waiting Game by Pepe Escobar


Ukraine: The waiting game

Asia Times Online
By Pepe Escobar

Everything one needs to know about mediocre political elites allegedly representing the “values” of Western civilization has been laid bare by their reaction to the referendums in Donetsk and Lugansk.

The referendums may have been a last-minute affair; organized in a rush; in the middle of a de facto civil war; and on top of it at gunpoint – supplied by the Kiev NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta, which even managed to kill some voters in Mariupol. An imperfect process? Yes. But absolutely perfect in terms of graphically depicting a mass movement in favor of self-rule and political independence from Kiev.

This was direct democracy in action; no wonder the US State Department hated it with a vengeance. [1]

Turnout was huge. The landslide victory for independence was out of the question. Same for transparency; a public vote, in glass ballot boxes, with monitoring provided by Western journalists – mostly from major German media but also from the Kyodo News Agency or the Washington Post.

What should come after the Donetsk People’s Republic proclaimed itself a sovereign state, and asked Moscow to consider its accession into Russia, is not secession, nor outright civil war, but a negotiation.

That’s clear by the Kremlin’s measured official reaction: “Moscow respects the will of the people in Donetsk and Lugansk and hopes that the practical realization of the outcome of the referendums will be carried out in a civilized manner.”

The cautious tone is also reflected by the Kremlin urging the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to help broker the negotiation.

Yet once again, there’s concrete proof that the NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta does not want to negotiate anything. Farcical “acting” President Oleksandr Turchynov labeled the exercise in direct democracy a “farce, which terrorists call the referendum”; and Washington and Brussels branded it “illegal”.

And all this after the Odessa massacre; after the deployment of neo-nazi paramilitaries disguised as a “National Guard” (the goons US corporate media calls “Ukrainian nationalists”); dozens of CIA and FBI agents on the ground; plus 300 of the inevitable Academi – former Blackwater – mercenaries. What else to expect when the current Ukrainian Secretary for National Security is neo-nazi Andriy Parubiy, the previous commander of the Maidan’s “self-defense forces” and a cheerleader of World War II nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera.

Banderastan – with its remix of 1980s Central American-style death squads – doesn’t do referendums; they’d rather burn to death ethnic Russian civilian “insects” who dare to occupy buildings.

So this is the key message of the referendums. We reject the Kiev NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta. It’s an illegal “government” of putschists. We are not “pro-Russian” separatists. We don’t want to secede. What we want is a unified, federal and civilized Ukraine, with strong autonomous provinces.

R2P, anyone?
The Empire of Chaos wants – what else – chaos. Crucially, the Empire of Chaos now blatantly supports the deployment of an “army against their own population”; this was strictly verboten – punishable by NATO bombs or NATO-enabled jihad – in Libya and Syria, but now is just the new normal in Ukraine.

In Libya and in Syria – they tried three times at the UN – this would be the ultimate pretext for R2P (“responsibility to protect”). But in Ukraine the “terrorists” – Dubya-era terminology included – are the population, and the good guys are the Kiev neo-nazi militias. US ambassador to the UN and top R2P cheerleader Samantha Power exceeded all her previous levels of batshit craziness when she depicted the NATO junta onslaught against civilians as “reasonable” and “proportional”, adding that “any of our countries” would have done the same in face of such a threat.

Berlin, for its part, wants, tentatively, to go the diplomatic way, although there’s a clear split between stony Atlanticists and German captains of industry – who have identified clearly how Washington is aiming no holds barred to destroy the Russo-German economic synergy. The Empire of Chaos’s game is to erect a wall between them, manifested in practice by a Russian “invasion”. It’s true that Moscow could easily pull a Samantha and invoke R2P to protect Russians and Russophones in Ukraine. But chessmaster Putin knows better than to invent a new Afghanistan in his western borderlands.

For Berlin all that matters is the economy. Germany will grow by 1.9% at best in 2014. With 6,200 German businesses in Russia and over 300,000 German jobs depending on two-way trade, American-style sanctions are beyond counter-productive, although Russophobia and Cold War 2.0 hysteria remains somewhat rampant.

Paris, for instance, has seen the writing on the wall. The US$1.66 billion contract to sell two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia will go ahead, as Paris diplomats admitted the cancellation – in terms of penalties and lost jobs – would hurt France much more than Russia.

Over a month ago, on April 10, Putin sent a crucial letter to the 18 heads of state (five of them outside of the EU) whose countries import Russian gas via Ukraine. He was more than explicit; Moscow could not by itself keep financing the about-to-default Ukrainian economy. Between discount after discount and failing to impose penalty after penalty, since 2009 Moscow has subsided Kiev to the tune of an astonishing $35.4 billion. Europeans, Putin wrote, would also have to come to the table.

That spectacular nullity, outgoing European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso, although agreeing a dialogue is necessary, answered that Gazprom’s new rule of only allowing gas to flow to Ukraine if paid in advance was “worrying”. As if any European energy major would gladly dismiss unpaid bills.

A neutral, Finlandized Ukraine would finish off for good the current mess. It’s just a matter of waiting for the NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta to go broke, and frozen to death.

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Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

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