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June 2016

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Brazil: Rousseff Ousted in International Neoliberal Economic War

The current impasse in Brazilian politics, i.e. the suspension and pending impeachment of the democratically elected President, Dilma Rousseff, is symptomatic of the widely acknowledged aim of the US Empires multinational corporations and organisations in seeking global economic hegemony via the application of neoliberal and internationalist policies aimed at liberalising the economies of independent nation states. It is no secret that successive regimes in the US, dating back to the mid 1990's, have been embarked on a plan to subvert the worlds' economies in the form of the universally abhorred and reviled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP - circa 1995), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP - 2005) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA - 2012).

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 May 2016

May 2016

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Economic Terrorists: The Desperation of the US Empire et al.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word terrorism as the unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. In the years that have passed since the violent attacks of the 11 September 2001 in New York, a series of events that have, as yet, not been fully explained by the authorities, there is no universal agreement on the definition of terrorism given that political expedience often dictates its meaning. While the September 2001 attacks, following independent analysis of what little material evidence remains, clearly bear all the hallmarks of a state sponsored false flag operation, the narrative of successive regimes in the US has been to obfuscate the truth surrounding these events and to deceive the American people ... a form of psychological terrorism not unlike that used on the occupants of Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of Oceania, in the dystopian novel 1984.

While the fluidity of the term terrorism is occasionally the cause of much derision among those regimes who seek its protection for their own nefarious activities, their remit is a spent cause as the lack of universal agreement on its meaning naturally lends credence to those who dare to hold the real terrorists, i.e. the US Empire et al. who misuse and abuse it, to account for their activities.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 23 April 2016

April 2016

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Myanmar: Despotic Personality Cult to Replace Military Dictatorship

On 4 January 1948, Myanmar, aka. Burma, finally threw off the shackles of its former colonial master, the British Empire, and regained its independence after 124 years of despotic and totalitarian rule. The return of autonomy and a unified nation state, a decades' long struggle fought by the Burmese people, was in part orchestrated by Major General Bog Yoke Aung San following the demise of the British Empire after World War II. Aung San's meteoric rise as one of the country's saviours did not last for long though as he was assassinated on 19 July 1947 by the British Secret Intelligence Service, aka. MI6, in a desperate attempt to derail the nation's return to independence. However, his passing had little effect on the country and its people who were used to the death and destruction meted out by the British Empire.

Nonetheless, given the nature of the peoples' struggle against the Empire, Aung San was quickly deified by the Burmese population who believed, as they do today, that an independent Myanmar would not exist were it not for his activities.

However, as oft is the case, all is not what it seems.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 26 March 2016

March 2016

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Israeli BDS Ban: Cameron Criminalises Representative Democracy

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is a global economic and political campaign that seeks full equality for the Arab-Israeli citizens of Israel, respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The BDS movement began on the 9 July 2005 and has continued to gain considerable traction and momentum over the last decade in the wake of the appalling atrocities committed by successive Israeli regimes.

The vast majority of opponents to the movement routinely argue that BDS activities are broadly antisemitic, that they promote the delegitimisation of the Israeli State and they are an unwelcome hindrance to the prospect of an Israeli-Palestinian negotiated compromise. However, its proponents vehemently contend that their actions are widely supported by numerous UN resolutions, that they are in complete conformity with international law and that they echo the British anti-apartheid movement which successfully campaigned against white minority rule in apartheid South Africa.

World public opinion clearly suggests that the Israeli regime are on the wrong side of history in this debacle as is the Cameron regime in criminalising representative local democracy.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 20 February 2016

February 2016

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UK Economy: Osborne Incapable of Balancing the Nations Budget

With just over a month to go before the UK General Election on the 8 May 2015, George Osborne, the most fiscally illiterate and economically incompetent Chancellor of the Exchequer the British people have ever had the misfortune to endure, was lauding the nations GDP growth for 2014: the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated that the British economy had grown its GDP by 2.8 per cent in 2014, marginally higher than the projected ONS rate of 2.6 per cent. Osborne was jubilant, not least because the timely news, albeit predicated on the unsustainable growth in the sale of goods and services to the detriment of construction and manufacturing, helped to revive the flagging political fortunes of Cameron's Conservatives who were seriously lagging in the polls at that time. For the next five weeks Cameron, Osborne and the Conservative cabal used the timely blip in the economy to promote their fiscal policies of austerity and growth as a panacea in balancing the nations budget.

As is commonly known, in a perverse manipulation of representative parliamentary democracy, the Cameron regime were returned to office with just 24.4 per cent of the peoples vote: the UK's First-Past-the-Post (FPP) electoral system, unlike all variants of the Proportional Representation (PR) system, can, and invariably does, promote a prospective candidate to office with less than a majority (<=50%) of the vote for a given seat.

Not unexpectedly, the financial gloss of Osborne's economy has completely worn off.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 23 January 2016

January 2016

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Déjà Vu: US Empire Seeks Regime Change in the Maldives

On 29 November 2013, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Victor Yanukovych, the former democratically elected President of Ukraine, refused to sign the Ukraine-European Union (EU) Association Agreement (UEAA), one of the precursors to joining the EU, preferring to remain in the orbit of the Russian Federation. Merkel, the principal representative of the EU at the meeting, was furious. Less than 3 months later, in a now widely acknowledged accurate narrative of the events that subsequently occurred, Yanukovych was ousted from office in a bloody coup d'état perpetrated by the EU, the UK and the US, upon the culmination of a wave of subversive activities commonly known as the Euromaidan. While the UEAA agreement was signed a month later, on the 21 March 2014, it has still to enter into force. More importantly, for the Ukrainian people, the nation has yet to emerge from the US Empire inspired sectarian war it unleashed and as the country descends further and further into an economic and political abyss, the West, and its corporate vultures, are already eyeing the spoils of war.

Eighteen months later, and 4, 000 miles Southeast of Ukraine, a similar tale is unfolding.

The Maldives is an Indian Ocean archipelago which includes 1,192 coral islands grouped in a chain of 26 atolls that lie approximately 500 miles Southwest of mainland India. In its short history of independence, since 26 July 1965, from the brutal vagaries of the British Empire it has had just 6 Presidents, the third incumbent, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, clocking up exactly 30 years to the day in office. President Gayoom was ousted in a pseudo-democratic process by Mohamed Nasheed on the 11 November 2008 having been groomed by the British Conservative Party in the niceties of duplicity and despotic rule. Nasheed resigned from office on the 7 February 2012 when his misdeeds finally caught up with him after having arrested Judge Abdulla Mohamed for failing to interpret the law in accordance with his political ambitions. Just over three years later, in March 2015, Nasheed was convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Act of the Maldives for arresting a Criminal Court Judge and sentenced to 13 years in prison where he remains to this day.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 12 December 2015