Trump and Not Clinton

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Today, the world woke up to learn that American citizens elected Donald Trump, and not Hillary Clinton, for president .
Given that democrats preferred the war and bomb-like Clinton against Bernie Sanders and republicans (more cleverly) Trump instead of long time, ultra conservative politicians, US citizens had no choice but the lesser evil.
I have to clarify that from my part (in social media and through TWTP) I have supported Sanders, while I stopped any effort after Clinton’s election for democrats’ candidate.
Not all people are that strict though.

While journalists, experts and analysts are trying to decode as much as to predict, world leaders stay numb and disappointed because their “preferred” candidate has not been elected.
They are also probably preparing their plans under the (unexpected?) facts and, at some time, their congratulation messages.
At the same time, people outside not less that inside the US would better be aware that they will suffer the consequences of Trump presidency, instead of Clinton presidency.
As simple as that.

Be careful! Microsoft monitors, tracks, detects and locates you!

I must be living a nightmare!
Being in another country, I tried to reach my two email accounts held with #Microsoft (#hotmail and #outlook).
They have
#blocked me out and they demanded for a code which I had set to receive to the other one of each two blocked accounts. A complete dead-end.
I have been obliged to acknowledge to them my mail address with #yahoo and after eleven (11) interrogations, #personal data, telephone Nr – which I have refused repeatedly to provide to them -, names and email of my contacts, which I didn’t remember anyway, I could only answer the security question which I had set at the opening of the damned account.
The result is that they instruct me to open a new account!!!!
Does anyone know if there is any organization which controls these unethical practices?
Please inform!!
I will denounce them with all my means!!
THIS IS a violation of #civil_rights and the real #terrorism by #Microsoft!
Its history and its unethical practices in various levels is the proof and their monopoly is blackmailing.
That’s their message after my numerous attempts and their dictatorial rejections:
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“Your security is important to us
Recently, we received several requests to gain access to …….@hotmail.com [the same was sent for ……@outlook.com]. Unfortunately, we were unable to verify your ownership using the information that was provided. Microsoft takes the security and privacy of our customers very seriously. We are committed to protecting your personal information, and our careful account recovery process is intended to protect you from any possible malicious activity.
Now what?
Because there have been multiple unsuccessful recovery attempts for this account, we recommend at this point that you create a new account. It’s quick and easy, and we have tools to help you import contacts, connect with Facebook, and even receive messages from multiple email accounts.
> Open a new account
With a new account, you’ll be able to use the following services across all of your devices:
Best-in-class email with unlimited storage at lightning speed and serious security.
Stay connected with friends and family, see social updates and chat with Facebook friends, and make ordinary moments memorable with video calls.
Free online storage for thousands of docs and photos, shared your way.
Don’t get locked out again
Once you create a new account, we highly recommend you update your password reset information with a phone number or alternate email address. This will make it easier for you to gain access to your account in the future if you are locked out again.
> Open a new account
 
Thank you
 
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Account recovery request 210775911 is now closed. Please do not reply to this message. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox.”

Documentary: Lets Make Money by Erwin Wagenhofer (Watch, Think, Act)

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This time the documentary of Erwin Wagenhofer Lets Make Money caught my attention.
It presents the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about money “creation”, stock and effect upon ordinary people’s lives over time and worldwide.

At the same time, it is shocking and chilling although all of us have already realized the consequences upon our lives.
 Nevertheless, it offers (or it would hopefully do) some kind of awareness -even to the most keen supporters of liberalism, and of its evolved and harsher version, neoliberalism- on the financial, social and political events that take place because of banks, World Bank in particular, the whole financial/ economic system together with  the elite  (1%), all of them against the people (99%).

Image is a powerful tool but equally is speech and words (logos in Greek).
 The deeper meaning is that, if someone is an “average citizen” in one of the dominant (or of THE dominant) countries, is convicted to be a “little man” and to bear the corresponding consequences, according to Hermann Scheer. (at about 1:46:00)

One important reason for this posting is also relative to the article about Panama Papers.
The documentary is, among others, a proof that all tax heavens, capitalism, poverty and exploitation are existing and are globally known.
It also proves that corruption is a lot bigger, deeper and higher than presented by the Media.
Capitalism is the corruption and is lethal because it constitutes the core and the essence of international institutions which affect the fates of countries and people.
It is the whole system which is corrupted and not just some individuals, even if these are prime ministers and presidents.
The long hand of propaganda and of “consensus manufacturing”, aims to smear some (or many, it doesn’t make any difference) in order to disorient social resentment and opinion.
 Yet, there are people -humans- all over the world who think that their “fate” is to be poor and exploitable.
Curiously enough, they live in “prosperous” and “civilized” western countries.

 Can’t wish “enjoy”.
It is more appropriate to write:  THINK and ACT.

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v22189967GR4CQTPZ?h1=Let%27s+Make+Money+-+english+subs

 

PS: As my research for the whole version with English subtitles proved a bit tricky, I quote here one extra link  … just in case! http://www.veoh.com/watch/v22189967GR4CQTPZ
These are the only whole versions with English subtitles I found and they both work in my computer systems.
Maybe they are the same, maybe not.

 In case you can’t open one or both of them (cause of compatibility or software problems) here is the first part in YouTube.
If problems occur, do not hesitate to contact in order to search together for a solution.

The Scandalous Scandals And The Not So Revelations

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Ah, look at all the corrupted people…
Rephrasing The Beatles, we can express one of the most real…realities of our world. Corruption.

Revelations and Outlaws

It is WikiLeaks, the founder of which (Julian Assange) is in the asylum of Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden and from there to US because he published secret documents which are secret because they involve worldwide “sins” i.e. crimes and corruption and vicious policies and wars and invasions and murders and….
It is Edward Snowden who is in (kind of) asylum in Russia to avoid arrest because he leaked information concerning global surveillance programs of NSA and other non “public benefit organisations” of many “civilized” countries, against all the people of the earth. 
There are also many whistle-blowers who served society and the people and now they are in prison. (Here I don’t put a link to Wikipedia as the article for the term is at least despicable and apparently written by “mandated” writers who aim to misinform naïve people. In any case, “its neutrality is disputed” according to included notice).
These whistle-blowers are in prison because they revealed classified documents which concern all of us but none (of us) is allowed to see them.

Semi-Legitimate Disclosures

On 2nd of April, WikiLeaks published a teleconference between two IMF officials talking about Greek debt.
Any elementary informed person knows the economic condition of Greek people during the last six years and any elementary thinking person should know that in every country where IMF is involved (i.e. lends) also imposes austerity, impoverishes people and destroys the economies. They are institutionalized economic assassins (see video). 
Christine Lagarde never denied the leaked conversation which is revealing plans about default and financial asphyxiation of Greece, as they did last summer.
She only complained about “unsafe” communications, said that these are “nonsense” and more or less accused Greek agencies for the tapping.
In the meantime, Greeks suffer and the country is in danger, in many respects.

The next day, on 3rd April, another leak exposed scandals, but this time through legitimate investigative journalism.
As a newsletter member of ICIJ, I received an email which announced the journalistic success of #PanamaPapers.
Oh, how I admired those fearless journalists with the series of successful revelations!
– LuxLeaks, another tax evasion scandal involving Luxembourg and its then PM, guess who, Jean-Claude Juncker.
(Have you ever heard anything about the scandal since then? Probably not). 
– Evicted and Abandoned – World Bank, is about the promises for development of poor countries and communities who are forced by World Bank to abandon their lands.
(Have you ever heard anything about the inhuman, typically neoliberal, practices of the “respectable” organisation? Sure you haven’t!).

Swiss Leaks, Australian Mining in Africa and many other interesting and informative revelations.
(Have you ever read anything about them? I doubt and it’s not your fault.)

Targeted Leaks

The biggest part of the email about Panama Papers writes:
A new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other news organizations around the globe, reveals the offshore links of some of the planet’s most prominent people.

Read this investigation

In terms of size, it is likely the biggest leak of inside information in history – more than 11.5 million documents – and it is equally likely to be one of the most explosive in the nature of its revelations.

The leak exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies.

The files also provide details of the hidden financial dealings of 128 other politicians and public officials around the world and show how a global industry of law firms and big banks sells financial secrecy to fraudsters and drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars.

Is the email a bit peculiar? Yes it is! Of all the 11.5 million documents, the most important is that of Putin while the other information appear is a neutral and anonymous way.

And the very next day (Monday), the whole world is writing and talking about it.
Scandal! Corruption! Our taxes! Their taxes! Tax heavens! Rich and famous!
Seriously?!
I am still asking myself what’s the difference between this specific revelation of ICIJ and all the above of other publishers and whistle blowers.
And yes, I find one or two.
All these “bad” persons and organizations, Mossack Fonseca’s customers, are targeted for more or less obvious reasons.
– Well, Putin is the easy part, OK?
– Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, is equally easy. Export of natural gas to Europe, conflicts with Armenia for Nagorno-Karabakh, support from Turkey’s Erdogan.
– Bashar Assad (who the “impartial and objective” journalists call dictator in their article, such as US and their allies do).
No news here. If there weren’t anyone else in the lists, there would be Assad!
(No, Erdogan in not, because he spent all the money to build his palace which by the way, is invisible to Media, contrary to those of Muamar Gadhafi, Nicolae Ceausescu, Viktor Yanukovych etc).
– Xi Jinping. Words are very unnecessary… (to remember another song)
– Lionel Messi (top football player). Why? Why this good guy?
Because all the people have to pay their taxes, no matter how popular they are. So, don’t feel underprivileged you little man. They all pay at some point. (Lie).
– Michel Platini. Some news! Why didn’t anyone searched his assets after the FIFA scandal revelations and persecutions?
– David Cameron or his dad (?). The usually obedient (bell)-boy became a little naughty recently and is going to allow a referendum which of course he already has and will even more use in favour of big corporations and banks.
– Yes, banks.  What’s your problem? They are European, not American. Don’t worry.
Want more?
– Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland.
Did you know that a year ago Iceland dropped EU membership bid?
Which means that the government and the country rejected the idea to become member of the so-called Union (the organisation which allows no sovereignty, encourages fascism, racism and xenophobia and which is Germany’s protectorate).
The consequent measures would be against country’s interests and in the meantime, “crisis” had already made several countries suffer from austerity.
So, “thanks but no thanks” from Iceland.

Not a bad idea from the part of Iceland, although it proved costly and -let me guess- not only for the PM. Who will replace him? Will he/she be more favorable towards membership?

Need more? 11.5 million financial and legal records are available according to publishers.
All the above though and the timing of the disclosures have a strong “smell” of extermination of demonization of specific persons, or at least and no matter their noble intentions, they are going to be used in this way.
And not to  disregard that they form both a decoy and an excellent bargaining chip.
For which purpose? We’ll see in the near future I believe.

It is necessary to underline here that I don’t imply that the scandals and revelations are not existing or that they are not real.
What I say is that in the same way that terrorists are “untraceable” (while all of ordinary users of internet are monitored), the “sins” of all those entities were well known.
Timing, range, Media and targeting make all the difference.

Selective Monitoring and Exposing

While x terabytes of data are exposed and global surveillance is a common practice,
while Erdogan punishes tweeter, youtube and journalism itself,
while all internet activity is monitored, (yes, ours)
and all fancy phones are tracked,
there is ONLY ONE who/which cannot be located and identified: Terrorists and terrorism. Specifically before they kill, destroy, blow up, bomb, suicide.
Occasionally they are found and arrested after the job is done.
 
But again and after all I wonder:
What makes revelations either illegal and criminal or legitimate and democratic?

Freedom of information activists (we could say), like Chelsea (former Bradley) Manning and others are in prison or in exile.
Governments and organisations supposedly “care and protect” people’s interests.
No, they don’t.
Journalism is allegedly the first and the last advocate of freedom of speech, expression and information and its  functionaries, journalists, are defenders of the truth. (Am I romantic?)

However, systemic press and corporate media are the strongest propaganda weapons.

Where, which, who, when and why (the 5 W’s of journalists) meet and ask the power and the authority as much as those playing and spreading games.
What happens when behind each news, information and revelation may be hiding an ultimate goal which ordinary people cannot always interpret or decipher -and why should they?

So, every information may be genuine and at the same time serve deceptive goals.
No need to be afraid but also must not be naive. Just be suspicious and open-minded.

The War “Agents” – From Vietnam to This Day

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Nick Ut’s famous photo known as “Napalm Girl” is credited for raising the awarness of the Vietnam War. Nick Ut rushed Kim Phuc to a nearby hospital after the photo was taken. Nick Ut, Associated Press

In the middle of a global turmoil, whether it would be murders in the form of “wars” (against….what exactly?), global inequalities (e.g. gender, income, living conditions, human and civil rights), climate change effects and pharisaic politics (see EU vs Refugees, US vs Democracy etc), the combination of two pieces of information gave way to this article.
They both involve wars, American wars, unreasonable wars (as if there were reasonable) i.e. aggressive (as opposed to defensive) wars, which both destabilised or destroyed countries, caused casualties and distress and proved to be vain, even more than any war could prove.

The two said factors are:

I) Agent Orange

Agent Orange is a herbicide.
We read that: 
During the late 1940s and 1950s, the US and Britain collaborated on development of herbicides with potential applications in warfare.
Indeed, Americans used that herbicide during Vietnam war with the pretext of destroying Vietnam’s flora which was making their lives “difficult” (or terminated) inside country’s jungle.

We learn that:
Agent Orange was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical,
an information which nowadays makes sense, to say the least, as it explains the GMOs “regime”.

In a more…trivial level we are informed that:
It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called “Rainbow Herbicides“.

We understand that in contemporary terms it was a chemical weapon, like these used in Syria and attributed only to country’s regime, [and which are German made and in fact have targeted Syrian people in order to force them to abandon their country and thus weaken Assad and pass to Turkey and…..  –read more about Turkey’s role, Germany, ISIS and EU].
Back to chemical weapons of the past with some more “unpleasant” information:
The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was contaminated with 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), an extremely toxic dioxin compound. In some areas, TCDD concentrations in soil and water were hundreds of times greater than the levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

We are also informed that:
Although in the Geneva Disarmament Convention of 1978, Article 2(4) Protocol III to the weaponry convention has “The Jungle Exception”, which prohibits states from attacking forests or jungles “except if such natural elements are used to cover, conceal or camouflage combatants or military objectives or are military objectives themselves” this voids any protection of any military or civilians from a napalm attack or something like agent Orange and is clear that it was designed to cater to situations like U.S. tactics in Vietnam. This clause has yet to be revised
– 
which in a free translation means that international laws have always been tailored to mainstream – USA – interests.

To make a tragic story short, it was not only expected but also desirable that Agent Orange would harm people and not only vegetation, and it has, indeed.
Many handicapped children have been born since, unable (invalides, according to Napoleon’s conception) to function within society without help, victims of perverse minds and of the renowned imperialist war machine.  
The sad but also promising factor of the story/ history is that in Vietnam, the American veteran George Mizo founded in 1992 The Vietnam Friendship Village (See Village’s site) where children are taken care and are tought crafts with which they can support their lives -hopefully.

It’s not possible to explore George Mizo’s soul and mind.
Nevertheless, what formed half of this article’s “substance” is an episode of the Greek show/ travel documentary series World Party in which we watched kids between 7 and 17 years old who are affected by Agent Orange and who are now educated and supported by Vietnam Friendship Village.

Person presented, Mr Tsack, confessed/ admitted during the documentary something that we all know with certainty:
War is the worst failure of mankind.
It’s the failure of what is good and decent about human beings and represents/ reflects the worst aspects of all of us.”


II) Gulf War Syndrome

This sad outcome/aftermath of another chapter of absurd American wars, 
… refers to the complex of symptoms that affects veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War at significantly excess rates. It is characterized by multiple diverse symptoms not explained by established medical diagnoses or standard laboratory tests, symptoms that typically include a combination of memory and concentration problems, persistent headache, unexplained fatigue, and widespread pain, and can also include chronic digestive difficulties, respiratory symptoms, and skin rashes,
according to an article of Global Research.

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Also, in Wikipedia we can find that:
According to a report by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan may also suffer from the syndrome.
Suggested causes have included depleted uranium, sarin gas, smoke from burning oil wells, vaccinations, combat stress and psychological factors.

while many other sources (e.g. Medical Dictionary, veterans’ site Military.com but also US Dept Of Veterans Affairs) outline a number of symptoms caused by psychological or physical factors.
Saying that “they are lucky to be alive” would only be an insensitive and tragic irony in fact.

Consequences to other nations are not yet allowed to reveal and history is still being written.
So, maybe several decades later, someone, somewhere, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Libya, in Syria, in Central Africa, in Eastern Europe, will acknowledge the harm caused to local people and the pointlessness, the irrationality, the absurdity and the cruelty of any and each war and maybe will create a friendship village or, better yet, a friendship Earth.

Or, people will keep in mind Mr Tsack’s comment:
“Most of us
took the easy way which was to submit and to do what we were told.
It’s much more difficult and much more courageous to say “no”, and I would try to convince my grandchildren to have the strength and the courage and the personal conviction to say “no”.
We
didn’t learn anything from Vietnam. That’s the real tragedy of Vietnam.
We could have learned lessons that would have made the world a very different place.”  

From my part, I won’t stop wondering how many kilometers of wall (other than China one), would be necessary if ALL millions of real victims had to be carved, mentioned and honored.

Relative reads:

Documentary The Look of Silence and Indonesian history

23 May 1965, Jakarta, Indonesia --- Members and sympathizers of the Indonesian Communist Party, the third largest in the world, gather in the Russian built sports stadium in Jakarta to celebrate the party's 45th anniversary. The party symbol of a soldier, a laborer and a farmer stands below a portrait of President Sukarno. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
23 May 1965, Jakarta, Indonesia — Members and sympathizers of the Indonesian Communist Party, the third largest in the world, gather in the Russian built sports stadium in Jakarta to celebrate the party’s 45th anniversary. The party symbol of a soldier, a laborer and a farmer stands below a portrait of President Sukarno. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

It was by chance that I watched an interesting (chilling would be fairer) documentary on TV, in which camera follows Adi Rukun a man who is “interviewing” some of his co-villagers, his parents and members of his family about the true story of the murder of his brother Ramli, one of the about one million victims (according to the bragging killers as well, 500000 according to other sources) in Indonesia’s 1965-66 massacre-extermination of members, supporters and sympathisers of Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

I wondered how many people, if any, knew about that dark story and the large number of persons slaughtered with the most brutal methods under US and CIA directions and support, which took place during Cold War and the peak of American anti-communism, during the inland and outside US fear-inducing propaganda.

It is also worth wondering if and to what extent have things changed since then, when the US-led local army and police carried the prisoners and delivered them to their killers who stabbed, beheaded or buried them alive – in a few words using bestial practices upon Indonesian as well as  Chinese population.
At the time, the atrocities were presented as “impulsive” and were attributed to people’s fear of communists, who were said to be atheists, to exchange their wives and to commit crimes. Well known accusations which would be funny if they weren’t tragic.
The way interviewed murderers (butchers) present their brutal murders and the calmness of the “hero” before them is stunning.
One of the killers says that he collected their blood and drunk it while his young daughter who claims that she didn’t know anything about it asks Adi to forgive her and her father.

As Rukun points out to several of these beasts (many of whom remain in charge until today), they show no remorse and not one of them says that he acted wrongly or that what he did was his own fault.
Not surprisingly, this regime is US supported. Until now the school teachers continue to propagandise against communists, to distort facts and to induce fear by telling to 6-7 years creepy stories attributed to communists. We watch Adi trying to “repair the damage” by telling the true story to his son.

The country remains in turmoil as poverty and injustice induce uprisings – like in many places of the world.
The question is which and to what extent certain revolts and acts of “radicalism” (as reported by the Reuters in “Indonesia hopes village spending will counter radicalism“) are impulsive or directed provocations.
Careful interpretation in necessary. Especially under the lights of history like this.

With a little research we found that the documentary is The Look of Silence of Joshua Oppenheimer.
According to  The Conversation which presented the film in November 2014:

«The companion piece to his Oscar-nominated 2012 film The Act of Killing deals with a survivor’s quest for justice.[…]
It is this rupture – and not the cohesiveness of the “Indonesia as a whole” that explains why so many are invested in Oppenheimer’s project, why “Anonymous” crews support the production, and why it was possible to screen The Act of Killing more than 1,000 times throughout the country.
Despite the persisting cultural movement since Suharto’s downfall, the infrastructures that prevent Indonesians from contesting the official narrative of 1965-66 remain unchanged. We need structural changes within Indonesia to do this.»

In the article of January 2014 about the previous film, The Act of Killing, an equally if not more nerve challenging presentation of the criminals, The Conversation writes:
«Academy Award nominations rarely enter into the domain of politics, and certainly have not delved into Indonesian politics in the past. This year, however, is different.
US-British director Joshua Oppenheimer’s film The Act of Killing has already won numerous international awards and has now been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
The film has received rave reviews from film critics, as well as one off-beat (and frankly misleading and illogical) paean from Slovenian Marxist philosopher, Slavoj Zizek.
Confronting, controversial, The Act of Killing aims to explain the politics of the past in Indonesia. The documentary presents two connected aspects of Indonesia: the anti-communist killings of 1965-1969; and the role of gangsters in present-day politics.»

It is one of the stories which remain buried deeper than the victims (many of whom in this case were thrown in Snake River) and it is surely a story worth spreading.
One of the killers describes with great indifference that no one was eating river fishes after the slaughter because fishes were eating people.
A safe conclusion would also be that any dictatorship, any inhuman, violent, sadistic regime and any human rights violating or illegal government is good as long as US “approves” it!

The trailer of The Look of Silence:


In 2014, an article of the New York Times was titled: ‘The Act of Killing’ Film Fails to Stir Indonesia.
No wonder at all, as it is doubtful if anyone would dare to watch it under the fear of retaliation and danger for his life (the same danger which his mother and his wife point out to Adi Rukun ).
An interesting and encouraging outcome from this presentation of NYT is the following letter and mostly its senders.

«Mass Slaughter in Indonesia
MARCH 6, 2014
To the Editor:
(of NYT)

“ ‘Act of Killing’ Film Fails to Stir Indonesia” (news article, March 2) describes how Indonesia’s media has largely ignored Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful, Oscar-nominated documentary about General Suharto’s murder of between a half million and a million alleged Communists in 1965 and 1966. It doesn’t even mention the United States’ contribution to what The Times described as “one of the most savage mass slaughters of modern political history.”

As we report in our “Untold History of the United States” documentary film series and book, the Central Intelligence Agency had targeted Sukarno, Suharto’s predecessor, for years, and in 1965 provided a “kill list” containing thousands of names. The State Department’s Indonesia expert stated, “No one cared, as long as they were Communists, that they were butchered.” Suharto’s dictatorship lasted 32 years.

Conditions have improved since his ouster, but the horrors of his rule and American complicity in his crimes must never be forgotten.

OLIVER STONE
PETER KUZNICK
Los Angeles, March 3, 2014

Mr. Stone is the film director, and Mr. Kuznick is a professor of history at American University.»

More about the story (history) and the massacre:

The history and evidence “on how the October 1 coup was triggered” are presented in the article
US orchestrated Suharto’s 1965-66 slaughter in Indonesia of World Socialist Web Site.

A US Department of State recent presentation of “US Relations With Indonesia” (for anyone interested, only part of the URL, state.gov, to avoid tracking).

Macrohistory and World Timeline also gives and analytical version of the facts in Indonesia and the Great Slaughter and Sukarno Loses Power

The relative book China, class collaboration, and the killing fields of Indonesia in 1965, of James Robb is presented here.

All in all, it is worth taking a look and learning the facts about a rarely said history.

 

Fleeing Morality and Refugees

A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia on November 12, 2013. Bulgaria's asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them Syrian. The influx has fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment in a country already struggling with dire poverty. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVNIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia on November 12, 2013. Bulgaria’s asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them Syrian. The influx has fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment in a country already struggling with dire poverty. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVNIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images

 

I started writing under the wish/need to note down some of my thoughts concerning the facts that we hear, see or live about the people who leave their countries (massively at this point) and become refugees or migrants or whatever-bs-their-namers-call-them-in-order-to-serve-their-own-interests.
Beyond the image, under the isothermic blanket or the tent, deeper than frostbite and hunger, which they meet during their trip, there are HUMANS.
Mercy!

Massiveness seems to distort, to water the understanding of people on what it means one’s forced separation, trip and finally wretched presence, thousands of miles away from home.
Perspective is lost and I admire those who act, react and offer by participating actively. 
Thought produce thoughts and together with human concern and interest in global issues, apart from whys and hows about the course and willful struggle of refugees, I questioned certain countries’ reactions with (apparently but you never know) prominent, Austria. 
Here, today, I want to confess that no matter now many years will pass (as it seems), there will always be something which will surprise me, which will find me unaware and will let me speechless, and which will draw all over my world a giant black question mark: Evil, malice, badness.
Theories and philosophies about human nature, kindness and culture, pale in front of malice. I don’t know if some good person has defined it once and forever.
In my understanding and senses it’s chilling because it lacks reason and I would never comprehend it even if I’d try.
It’s above me. It slips my mind.
Why would someone want to be bad? If he doesn’t want, he won’t; as simple as that.

Less strict persons say that bad souls are a by-product of some misery, lack, trauma, complex or imbecility (which seems probable although not for all cases).
Seriously?!
So, the rest of us, normal good people, we are all happy all the time, full, come from ideal environments and upbringings and we are geniuses?
You, bad, may suffer from something else; do you have to become “dirty-soul”?

To return to the global drama which takes place before our eyes (and everywhere in the world but we don’t normally learn about it unless it becomes massive and Media “appropriate”).
Once it happened to you to become “dirty-soul”, is it necessary to also become a politician or a person with influence and/or authority and to use people as if they were rubbish?
Why you, sub-human, don’t try to do the same to others, more powerful than you (individuals or states)?

The conclusion is that some statements and declarations are beyond limits of politics and interests and enter the sphere of raw and overt evil, which might have no clear (or unclear) reason but it always has disastrous results – to a smaller or bigger extent.  

At the same time and in parallel with the obvious, whatever takes place in a political level works destructively upon less resistant minds and more shaky moralities, because it acquits violence (covert or not) from human to human and allows its externalization which might were suppressed or masked because of social conventions.
Well, social conventions and contracts seem to have become toilet papers – the nearest to political correctness term available.
Woe for humanity if the same become sensitivity, empathy, compassion, understanding, kindness and finally logic. 
 
It is useful to know though, that:

  • Millions of refugees are hosted in countries outside “enlightened” Europe (and West), for years. For “civilized” countries and their Media they appear as nonexistent. The only images which are allowed to reach us are those which serve propaganda.
  • For ages, migrants enter Europe or EU, they are often exploited or marginalized or demonized. However, they live a better life … than death. More rarely, they really live their dream.
  • Suddenly, for Austria, FYROM and other “over-civilized”, migrants stink and likewise do refugees. Nowadays, when there are no lower jobs left and no funds can feed their so-called hospitality and solidarity, they throw them all in the lions’ den.
  • The massive exodus of Syrian citizens is useful for the West because it stripped the country as well as the demonized Assad. No matter how many elections or reforms he makes, the absent population will be the strong card for the Westerns and “opposition”.No, we are not all Charlie or Paris suddenly.
    It is certain though that we are all migrants or refugees under circumstances.
    The only condition needed is an economic crisis, like in Greece for example but not limited, or our violent uprooting. But it’s unlike, isn’t it? Sure..!

Exactly as unlike as it were for the about 5 millions of Syrians just a few years ago.

See also:
Report of UN for the Refugees (UNHCR) June 2015

«INTRODUCTION: Conflict, persecution, generalized violence and violations of human rights continued to cause forced displacement around the world during the first six months of 2015. Fighting across parts of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa have continued into the first half of the year, resulting in millions of individuals being forced to flee either within or outside their country»

 

 

 

 

The Inhuman Version

fence refugees

Let’s say that a random person leaves its country due to war, hunger, economic reasons or even because the status which the West established in this country proved no freedom, no democracy, no future at all.
According to EU’s terminology this person could be called either refugee or migrant.
Refugees are these whose country is ruined by the alliances which didn’t approve the country’s regime (e.g. Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq).
Migrants are these who are either in danger which they cannot show (because their countries have been “saved”) or are starving and are risking to die if they remain in their countries (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa).
All these hundreds of thousands of persons, people, souls, human beings try to reach Europe and more specifically EU which is said to be better than their own motherland.

The outcome of this account is that:
Millions are forced to live in appalling conditions
Thousands are drowned (many of them are children)
About 10000 thousand children who entered EU are now missing
Hundreds are killed by border guards
Thousands are marginalized
Millions are so weak that they cannot confront their real tyrants.

However, Austria, Skopje, Hungary and other drenched in hate and bigotry nations, think that the human right of living with dignity belongs to them.
Quite the opposite.

They are the ones whose racism, intolerance and xenophobia the world wouldn’t miss at all.
They are the ones who fall short of respect and have a surplus of despotism and audacity. 
And if the world had limited space, they are the ones without whom ordinary people could afford to live.

In Greece, a proverb says roughly: Away from our ass and let it get wherever it wants.
It means that one wishes that unpleasant, uncomfortable, painful or nasty situations may harm anyone, as long as they don’t reach him.

That is the mentality, morality and ethics of the governments (and the people?) of these states.

Actually, no disaster would be a … worthy reward for such narrow minds and souls, but we all have to live on the same planet.