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Going for Medicare for All Proves That Radicalism Is the Only Way

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Moderates who love incrementalism constantly say that is the only way to get things done but the current debate over healthcare shows that the exact opposite is true.

Pamphlet: We want a new society - and don’t we need it!

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We wrote the final part of our vulgar system-series about 'social alternatives'. We compiled the whole series into a pamphlet - see attachment. Feel free to comment and/or share...

"Yeah, right, you might organise a garden party like this, but a society of six billion? Get real!"

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My Review of Russian UFO Conspiracy Book Now Up At Magonia Blog

My review of Nick Redfern’s Flying Saucers from the Kremlin (Lisa Hagen Books 2019) is now up at Magonia Review of Books. Magonia was a small press UFO magazine, which ran from the 1980s to the early part of this century. It took the psycho-social view of the UFO phenomenon. This is a sceptical view which sees the UFO phenomenon as an internal experience generated by poorly understood psychological mechanism, whose imagery was drawn from folklore and Science Fiction. It took the name ‘Magonia’ from Jacques Vallee’s groundbreaking UFO book, Passport to Magonia. Vallee, a French-American astronomer and computer scientist, along with the American journalist and writer on the weird and Fortean, John Keel, took the view that UFOs weren’t real, mechanical spacecraft piloted by beings from other worlds, but were created by the same paranormal phenomenon behind encounters with fairies and other paranormal entities. The name ‘Magonia’ itself comes from a statement by a sceptical 7th-8th century Frankish bishop, that the peasants believed that storms were caused by men in flying ships, who came from a country called Magonia.

The magazine didn’t just discuss UFOs. It also covered other paranormal phenomena and subjects, such as witchcraft. It provided a very necessary sceptical corrective to the Satanism scare of the ’80s and ’90s. This was a moral panic generated by conspiracy theories, largely from the Christian right but also from some feminists, that Satanic groups were sexually abusing and ritually sacrificing children. The Fontaine Report, published by the British government over 20 years ago now, concluded that there was no organised Satanic conspiracy. This effectively ended a real witch-hunt, which had seen innocent men and women accused of terrible crimes through warped, uncorroborated testimony. It needs to be said, however, that sociologists, social workers and law enforcement authorities do recognise that there are evil or disturbed individuals responsible for horrific crimes, including the molestation of children, who are or consider themselves Satanists. But the idea of a multigenerational Satanic conspiracy is absolutely false. See Jeffrey S. Victor’s excellent Satanic Panic.

Nick Redfern is a British paranormal investigator now resident in Texas. In this book, subtitled ‘UFOs, Russian Meddling, Soviet Spies & Cold War Secrets’, he proposes that while the UFO phenomenon is real, the terrible Russkies have been manipulating it to destabilise America and her allies. This comes from the Russians attempting to interfere in the American presidential elections a few years ago. In fact, the book doesn’t actually show that the Russians have. Rather it shows that the FBI, Airforce Intelligence and CIA believed they were. Prominent figures in the UFO milieu were suspected of Russian sympathies, and investigated and question. George Adamski, the old fraud who claimed he’d met space people from Venus and Mars, was investigated because he was recorded making pro-Soviet statements. Apparently he believed that the space people were so much more advanced than us that they were Communists, and that in a coming conflict Russia would defeat the West. Over here, the founder and leader of the Aetherius Society, George King, who also channeled messages from benevolent space people on Venus and Mars, was also investigation by special branch. This is because one of the messages from Aetherius called on Britain to respond to peace overtures from the Russians. This was seized on by the Empire News, which, as its name suggests, was a right-wing British rag, that denounced King for having subversive, pro-Commie ideas and reported him to the rozzers. King willingly cooperated with the cops, and pointed out that his was a religious and occult, not political organisation. But he and his followers were still kept under surveillance because they, like many concerned people, joined the CND marches.

It’s at this point that Redfern repeats the Sunset Times slur about the late Labour leader, Michael Foot. Foot also joined these marches, and the former Soviet spy chief, Oleg Gordievsky, had declared that Foot was a KGB spy with the codename ‘Comrade Boot’. It’s malign rubbish. Redfern notes that Foot sued the Sunset Times for libel and won. But he prefers to believe Gordievsky, because Gordievsky was right about everything else. So say. Actually, Gordievsky himself was a self-confessed liar, and there’s absolutely no corroborating evidence at all. And rather than being pro-Soviet, Foot was so critical of the lack of freedom of conscience in the USSR that he alarmed many of his Labour colleagues, who were afraid he would harm diplomatic relations. The accusation just looks like more Tory/ IRD black propaganda against Labour.

Other people in the UFO milieu also had their collar felt. One investigator, who told the authorities that he had met a group of four men, who were very determined that he should give his talks a pro-Russian, pro-Communist slant, was interrogated by a strange in a bar on his own patriotism. The man claimed to be a fellow investigator with important information, and persuaded him to take a pill that left his drugged and disorientated. Redfern connects this the MK Ultra mind control projects under CIA direction at the time, which also used LSD and other drugs.

But if Redfern doesn’t quite show that the Russians are manipulating the phenomena through fake testimony and hoax encounters, he presents a very strong case that the Americans were doing so. During the Second World War, Neville Maskelyn, a British stage magician, worked with the armed forces on creating illusions to deceive the Axis forces. One of these was a tall, walking automaton to impersonate the Devil, which was used to terrify the Fascists in Sicily. Redfern notes the similarity between this robot, and the Flatwoods monster that later appeared in America. The Project Serpo documents, which supposedly show how a group of American squaddies had gone back to the Alien homeworld, were cooked up by one of the classic SF writers, who was also a CIA agent. And the scientist Paul Bennewitz was deliberately given fake testimony and disinformation about captured aliens and crashed saucers by members of the agency, which eventually sent the poor bloke mad. He was targeted because he was convinced the saucers and the aliens were kept on a nearby airforce base. The American military was worried that, although he wouldn’t find any evidence of aliens, he might dig up military secrets which would be useful to the Russians. And so they set about destroying him by telling him fake stories, which he wanted to hear. And obviously, there’s more.

It’s extremely interesting reading, but Redfern does follow the conventional attitude to Russian. The country was a threat under Communism, and is now, despite the fact that Communism has fallen. He is silent about the plentiful evidence for American destabilisation of foreign regimes right around the world during the Cold War. This included interference in elections and outright coups. The most notorious of these in South America were the overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile by General Pinochet, and Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala. He also doesn’t mention recent allegations, backed up with very strong evidence, that the US under Hillary Clinton manufactured the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine in 2012 to overthrow the ruling pro-Russian president and install another, who favoured America and the West.

If you want to read my review, it’s at

http://pelicanist.blogspot.com/2019/09/ufology-meets-kremlinology.html

 

 

Sudan’s revolution hangs in the balance

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 20/06/2019 - 4:16pm in

Over 100 people have been
murdered in a soaring wave of brutal attacks on Sudan’s revolution.

Over 700 people suffered
injuries and dozens of women and men were raped as part of an assault on the
sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, deployed by the
paramilitary Rapid Security Forces (RFS).

Although the Transitional Military Council declared
the end of negotiations with the civilian opposition, cutting off internet and
phone services to disrupt ongoing protests, the latest general strike has
forced the regime to backtrack.

The
attack comes seven months after people in Sudan first took to the streets in
December, protesting the Government’s decision to triple the cost of bread.

The regime had previously faced
down mass protests in 2013 after it capitulated to pressure from IMF for debt
repayments and cut subsidies, resulting in massive fuel price increases.
Security forces attacked and killed 50 people in order to maintain power.

This time months of protests and strikes succeeded in
ending the 30-year dictatorship of Omar Al-Bashir, who seized power in a coup
in 1989.

Demonstrations first broke out in the city of Atbara
and rapidly spread nation-wide in the face of a deepening economic crisis.

Sudan’s inflation rate is among the world’s highest,
with the country’s economy struggling after losing 75 per cent of its oil
reserves after South Sudan seceded in 2011.

In October 2018, two months before the uprising began,
Al-Bashir’s government announced a major 15-month austerity plan. Sudan’s then
Prime Minister Moata Moussa said the plan would include “further strict
austerity measures”. 

Tens of thousands have participated in a mass sit-in
outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. The leading organisation in the
revolution is the Sudanese Professional Association, comprised of academics,
health workers, teachers and lawyers. “Resistance Committees” organised within
neighbourhoods, have also been pivotal to the success of the mobilisations.

Sudanese trade unions have also played an important
role from very early on. As early as December 2018, there was a nationwide work
stoppage to protest the price hikes. In February, 1800 workers at Port Sudan’s
southern container terminal went on strike against plans to privatise the port
during a visit by the Prime Minister. 

Protests have even spread to Darfur, a region
marginalised by successive central governments in Khartoum following divisions
established from the period of British colonial rule. Al-Bashir and the
military oversaw the brutal suppression of rebellion in Darfur. The Janjaweed
militia committed vast amounts of ethnic cleansing. Al-Bashir also waged a
ruthless civil war against South Sudan.

Protests in Darfur in January
featured banners opposing the “racist regime” and demanding “the racist system
must go”. Encouragingly, protests in other parts of the country have also
opposed the regime’s racism, raising chants of “we are all Darfur”.

The Rapid Security Forces were formed out of the
notorious Janjaweed militias responsible for rape, torture and killing in
Darfur. Mohamed Hamdan (Hemedti), the current Deputy Chairman of the current
Transitional Military Council, is the former commander of the Janjaweed.

Al-Bashir’s removal from power was carefully managed
by the military. He was replaced with a Transitional Military Council which has
insisted on maintaining “sovereign powers” until elections are held.
Revolutionaries have demanded a civilian majority on the transitional council.

In response to the military’s attempt to hold power,
the popular movement escalated action. A “freedom train” brought 1000 people
from Atbara to Khartoum to attend the protests at the military headquarters.

On 28 and 29 May, a general strike was declared
demanding civilian rule.

Immediately before the
crackdown, the military council sent Hemedti to meet with the
counter-revolutionary regimes of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and
Egypt’s military dictator Al Sisi, who led the repression against Egypt’s own
revolution.

Although the Transitional Military Council, backed by
the ruthless Rapid Security Forces, hoped its crackdown would disperse the
revolution, a new general strike was launched on 9 June.

Khartoum’s streets were deserted and shops closed.
Airport workers and pilots grounded most flights, and banks, along with
schools, ports and rail lines were shut.

Workers in oil fields in West Kordofan organised by
the Petro Energy Workers Association also committed to stop work.

But the opposition coalition has
now called off the strike in order to return to negotiations with the military.
This is a mistake—the general strike actions have the potential to drive out
the military and place the economy under workers’ control.

Workers’ councils based on delegates from
workplaces are needed to pose an alternative to military rule, and address the
severe economic crisis hitting workers and the poor.

By
Jasmine Ali

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