Ukraine's election

The BBC reporting on Sunday's election in the Ukraine hailed the result as a victory for the progressive parties. It would have been much more accurate to have called the outcome a victory for the fascist, neo-Nazi, Stepan Bandera idolising, oligarch...

On reading the press

There are many ways of reading the press. Some people read the press for confirmation of their biases and prejudices. Anything that confirms their biases and prejudices, they accept as the truth; anything that challenges their biases and prejudices...

Freedom to agree

The notion that ignorance of the law is no defence is oft repeated. However, in modern societies, it is often difficult to know what is and is not against the law. The previous British government introduced approximately five thousand new criminal...

Repeating history

At the beginning of the nineteenth century in England, there were no labour laws. The mills and factories that had been thrown up by the industrial revolution were subject only to the regulation of the master. Children and women, and fewer men,...

On democracy and inequality

At the beginning of the year, Oxfam announced that the world's wealthiest eighty-five people had as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population. Not surprisingly many people attempted to debunk, minimise and generally explain away the...

Knowledge of history

History is written by historians. But you wouldn't think to so when listening to most people talking about history. Oft times it sounds like they get their history from Hollywood and propagandists. Take the example of the Hitler and the second world...

On the coalition of the willing and Kobani

The US is fighting in Iraq and Syria to purportedly to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, which constitutes a serious threat to the people of the region and the West. The people of Kobani may well have believed President Obama and all the...

On side and knowledge

"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." George Orwell Notes on Nationalism 1945.   Orwell's insight was, of course, entirely...

German militarisation

The German Constitution radically limits the extent of Germany's military. Not that the law seems to bother the current German government or the countries that imposed the limitations. The latest departures concern both the Ukraine and Iraq. The...

German state propaganda

The German public television station, ARD, has been publicly criticised by its supervisory committee for its coverage of the Ukrainian crisis. The report makes it clear that the station has systematically reported on events in a manner that was...

Joe Biden and another gaffe

Joe Biden receives a lot of media coverage for his so called gaffes. His address to Harvard students on Thursday has been subject to the same treatment. His claim that being vice president is a bitch received a great deal of attention. Yet his much...

Truth is stranger than fiction

Washington justified bombings in Syria by asserting a Jihadist group called Khorasan was about to launch an imminent attack on the United States.   I had never heard of the group. It seems no one else had prior to September 13 2014; including...

The wussy empire

"As dictators go, your boys [the British empire] were fairly wussy..." LovingLasVegas 2014   The British empire stretched across the globe. Its supporters liked to claim they were bringing civilisation to the world. But like all empires, it was...

Hong Kong and the media

The British corporate media are portraying Hong Kong's democracy protesters as heroes. This is nicely ironic. When the English empire wrested Hong Kong from China at the end of the First Opium War, it did not provide the people of Hong Kong with...