3 vids

Excellent animated intro to Peak Oil by Dermot O’Connor, sometime blogger at idleworm, in case you’ve been living under a rock (or more likely relying on the corporate media to inform you) for the last ten years or have friends and family in a similarly deplorable state of ignorance (although consider Dmitry Orlov’s health warning: ‘when introducing this to people, please remind them that they will need a couple of years to come to terms with this, and should try to not panic in the meantime’) – ‘There’s No Tomorow‘:

Beautiful, inspirational vid exploring the work of Charles Eisenstein, directed by Ian MacKenzie – ‘Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Community In An Age Of Transition‘:

Excellent, subversive talk by Craig Murray, former ambassador to Uzbekistan turned whistleblower, at the Berlin Freedom of Expression Forum. Ironically it appears this talk was censored – ‘removed by the user’ – while all the other videos from the conference stayed up. If you want to know what I think about recent politics he just about sums it up, speaking authoritatively from his own personal experience. The talk is titled ‘Realism or Hypocrisy? – Western Diplomacy and Freedom of Expression’:

You could also check out the latest output on Matt Carr’s excellent blog, ‘Infernal Machine‘ (sample quote: ‘the attitude of both governments to the ‘Arab Spring’ has not been driven by a concern for ‘the human rights and dignity of all people’, but by an opportunistic attempt to turn the upheavals of the last year or so to their strategic advantage’) or the ever-brilliant Media Lens, whose message board I still follow compulsively. I still can’t bear to get into this filthy stuff again, despite telling John-’bomb Iran‘-and-now-’take out Syria‘-McCain to ‘fuck off’ in rather heated tones while watching C4 news last night with my family. I’ll just say that I knew the R2P, humanitarian intervention stuff was bollocks and that it would only end up harming the people it ostensibly set out to help, having looked at the history of the CIA and NED involvement in other ‘noble causes’ from Tibet to Burma to Zimbabwe to South Africa. Check it out:

The CIA cooked up a fresh operation in Mustang, a remote corner of Nepal that juts into Tibet. Nearly two thousand Tibetans gathered here to continue their fight for freedom. A year later, the CIA made its first arms drop in Mustang. Organised on the lines of a modern army, the guerrillas were led by Bapa Yeshe, a former monk.

‘As soon as we received the aid, the Americans started scolding us like children. They said that we had to go into Tibet immediately. Sometimes I wished they hadn’t sent us the arms at all,’ says Yeshe. The Mustang guerrillas conducted cross-border raids into Tibet. The CIA made two more arms drops to the Mustang force, the last in May 1965. Then, in early 1969, the agency abruptly cut off all support. The CIA explained that one of the main conditions the Chinese had set for establishing diplomatic relations with the US was to stop all connections and all assistance to the Tibetans. Says Roger McCarthy, an ex-CIA man, ‘It still smarts that we pulled out in the manner we did.’

Thinley Paljor, a surviving resistance fighter, was among the thousands shattered by this volte-face. ‘We felt deceived, we felt our usefulness to the CIA is finished. They were only thinking short-term for their own personal gain, not for the long-term interests of the Tibetan people.’ In 1974, armtwisted by the Chinese, the Nepalese government sent troops to Mustang to demand the surrender of the guerrillas. Fearing a bloody confrontation, the Dalai Lama sent the resistance fighters a taped message, asking them to surrender. They did so, reluctantly. Some committed suicide soon afterwards.

Today, the survivors of the Mustang resistance force live in two refugee settlements in Nepal, where they eke out a living spinning wool and weaving carpets. ‘The film is for the younger Tibetans, who are unaware of the resistance, as well as for Americans, who don’t know how their own government used and betrayed the resistance,’ says [film maker] Tenzing. (link)

They only care™ when it pays them to care™, and we’re fools if we go along with it uncritically. Ask: why don’t you hear impassioned pleas for the defense of ‘freedom fighters’ in Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Afghanistan…etc?

Anyway, that’s already more than I intended to write. I’ll go drink some nice, soothing chamomile tea now.

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One Response to “3 vids”

  1. Ian M Says:

    Check out this internal email wikileaked from Stratfor, ‘a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations [...] and government agencies’. My emphasis:

    From: “Reva Bhalla”
    To: secure@stratfor.com
    Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 6:51:05 PM
    Subject: INSIGHT – US/UK/French view on Libya operation

    from a closed door mtg with a few US, one UK and one French air force colonels
    USAF could not be more thrilled with the resolution. They are practically jumping out of their seats to do this operation — it’s a dream op, as they call it – flat terrain, close to the coast, easy targets. no prob.
    What’s funny is they’re only looking at the ‘op’ as preventing Ghadafi from retaking Benghazi. These guys aren’t the decision-makers, obviously, but the US guys are simply not looking at the ‘what’s next’ question. They brush it off as, we’ll get the rebel forces into a mean fighting force, they’ll handle the rest. We took a group of rag tag Afghans who were repressed into nothing and turned them into fighters, why can’t we do it with Libyans. (uhh…) They were amazed at my skepticism.
    The Egyptians are on the ground, arming and training the rebels. From their perspective this whole operation is a UK-French-driven campaign. The US was in many ways pushed into it. The resolution was almost completely drafted by the Brits.
    The UK guy says UK is driven by energy interests in this campaign. BP post-oil spill is suffering in US< other options are to expand in Siberia (problems with Russia), Vietnam and .. libya. They see a Ghadafi ouster as the best way to meet their energy interests.

    The French are more complicated. They dont’ need the energy. The French had a multi-billion dollar contract signed with Ghadafi for 40 Rafale jets, that was going to be the saving grace for the French defense industry. Then the French (so he claims) hear about AQIM threats backed by Ghadafi on French targets, and they got pissed. Sarkozy painted himself in a corner. More than that, though, (and this is what the british and the french guy agreed on,) was that this was France really, really wanting to show that it can DO this. To prove its relevance.
    The Germans are opposed, but they all commented on how Germany abstained. Germany has the stigma of being too close to Russia these days and they think Merkel is trying to balance a bit more with the US and plus wanted to look good in a leadership position in the UNSC (acting responsibly, etc. instead of flat out voting against.)
    The French guy was pissed b/c, as they claim, the French and the Brits and the US air force all ready to go. They can start bombing within hours. But, they started bitching about the petty bureaucracy. The US Navy now wants to make sure it gets involved and are saying Tuesday to get into position, maybe Wed start the operation
    ** Note – George believes this is the US deliberately buying time and tryign to bluff ghadafi into a negotiation. They don’t want this war. Certainly Gates doesn’t.
    This has to be a US=-led operation. No question. All their excrcises and the way NATO is configured only allows for a US-led operation. They have yet to sort out all the ohter command and control issues. It sounds like it’ll be a giant mess.
    There’s also some fighting going on over what anti-air defense systems to employ since the US has some new fancy stuff and they want to ‘give it away’ or reveal their capabilities in something like this. This is all central European air defenses anyway. They seem extremely confident in the intel they have on EADs. Not so much about who’s who in the opposiiton (but let the agency, SF guys, allies like Egypt worry about that.)
    So, all in all, a lot of stereotypes confirmed. The Air Force is trying to jump the gun, saying piece of cake, we got this, who cares about what happens next. I’m sure the army is thinking you’re out of your mind. we’re not getting ourselves into this. US appears to be buying time and NATO unity on this operation is not assured. NATO may deploy a few jets – keeping close to the mandate of ‘protecting civilians’ – if Ghadafi doesn’t shoot, NATO won’t shoot (french guy seemed to be pretty clear that the French wouldn’t act if Q held to the ceasefire.)
    So… maybe we’ll have a weekend? I probably just jinxed us.


    Marko Papic

    STRATFOR Analyst
    C: + 1-512-905-3091
    marko.papic@stratfor.com

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