Monthly Archives: September 2010

Baroness Warsi blasts “Asian electoral fraud cost Tories the election”

Baroness Warsi says dodgy Paki’s used their unsurpassable skills of electoral fraud which ultimately cost the Tories the election.

Sayeeda Warsi, the chairman of the Conservative Party and minister without portfolio stated in an interview with the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan:

“At least three seats where we lost, where we didn’t gain the seat, based on electoral fraud. Now, could we have planned for that in the campaign? Absolutely not.”

This is the first time a senior minister has made such a blunt and specific allegation about the impact of electoral fraud on the general election result. Can she reveal the names of those seats?

“I think it would be wrong to start identifying them, It is predominantly within the Asian community. I have to look back and say we didn’t do well in those communities, but was there something over and above that we could have done? Well, actually not, if there is going to be voter fraud.”

When asked if Warsi believed the Labour Party in those three seats had benefited from the alleged fraud. Her answer was?

“Absolutely.”

Warsi also launched a scathing attack on the “anti-Islamic sentiment” of the British press, which she compared to the anti-semitism of the early 20th century.

“If you go back historically – [and] I was looking at some [London] Evening Standard headlines, where there were things written about the British Jewish community less than 100 years ago – they have kind of replaced one with the other.”

Warsi referred to the conservative columnist Peter Oborne, who has said that anti-Islamic sentiment is the last socially acceptable form of bigotry in the UK, saying:

“That’s absolutely true …. If you have a pop at the British Muslim community in the media, then first of all it will sell a few papers; second, it doesn’t really matter; and third, it’s fair game.”

She added that Labour’s approach towards ethnic minorities was “so patronising”, saying:

“The party behaved as if the British Raj was still happening and I was quite appalled at the way BME [black and minority ethnic] communities would respond to that.”

She denied she faced discrimination from the Tory party “as an Asian woman”, but said:

“I think as an Asian, Muslim woman there were blocs, not within the Conservative party, but within the wider Conservative thinking, that had question marks about who I was and what I represented.”

As the most powerful Muslim politico in the land, Warsi should be applauded for her (rather late) realisation on the rabid Islamophobic tendencies of the right wing gutter press. The fact that Andy Coulson (Conservative head of communications aka spin doctor) was once an editor of one of Rupert Murdoch’s rags perhaps shows a touch of moral midgetry at play.

Postal vote fraud and the asian community go hand in hand like a china man and rice.

But let’s be fair, it’s not all the asian’s though is it?

Just the Pakistani’s – the ones who have solidly and unquestioningly propped up the Labour party for the last 60 odd years.

After all The Times told us that the UK’s Ballot security was ‘worse than Kenya’.

There were also persistent rumours that 27 voters were registered to a single London flat and that the property was owned by the family of a man who was a Labour council candidate.

The system is open to manipulation – remember how George Bush stole the election in 2000?

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America’s military ties with India & fighter jet sales to Saudi

Here’s The Akh with his roundup of the real news over the last couple of days, how many of these registered on your radar?

Conflict & Fault Lines

Economics

Energy & Natural Resources

Food Security
UK

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U.S. soldiers murder innocent Afghans for fun & the army covers it up

“He just really doesn’t have any problems with f—ing killing these people”

Corporal Jeremy N. Morlock is one of five American soldiers charged with pre-meditated murder in a case that includes allegations of widespread drug use, the collection of body parts and photos of the U.S. soldiers holding the Afghan bodies like hunter’s trophies.

The full video is available to view on the ABC News website here.

It’s a known fact that American soldiers would cut off the ears of the Vietnamese and wear them as necklaces. Today it’s the Muslims in Afghanistan who are being hunted and killed for fun, with their body parts kept as some kind of “big game” trophy.

This is not an isolated incident, as it will no doubt be portrayed as, these soldiers are indoctrinated from day one at boot camp to think that their enemy is less then an animal.

We’ve witnessed Abu Ghraib, and this isn’t any different when it comes to the U.S. Army having to investigate itself – cover up – it’ll be put down to a few “rogue elements” or “bad apples”, chain of command will deny all knowledge, and the terrorists who committed this atrocity will be given a lenient sentence in a cushy army prison.

The U.S. Army is restricting access to photos of soldiers with the Afghan corpses, as they hurriedly redact and try to spin their way out of this situation.

A top U.S. Army official has ordered that images of dead or wounded “casualties or detainees” may not be made public.

Officials had told AFP in May that the whistle blower
, whose identity has been kept secret, was badly battered, with one source saying he was “beaten within an inch of his life”, the authorities have yet to answer allegations that warnings of atrocities were ignored for months.

So what happened to the freedom and the justice you were giving to the Afghan people?

These war criminals should be turned over to the courts in the country where they committed their crimes, let the Afghan judicial system decide their punishment.

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CONservative’s pressurise BBC to drop Ashcroft Panorama programme?

Why did the BBC pull an edition of its Panorama programme about the financial affairs of Tory backer Lord Ashcroft just hours before it was due for broadcast?

A statement from the beeb didn’t reveal too much.

Perhaps moneybags Ashcroft is seeing a return on all the millions he’s pumped into the CONservative party by getting them to pressurise the BBC to drop the programme…or are the BBC afraid of being threatened with a law suit?

Lord Ashcroft’s dodgy dealings has seen him labelled as someone who has ‘subjugated a nation’, a claim from the Prime Minister of Belize himself. While the CONservatives have been more concerned with his “non-dom” tax status.

Belizeans take to the streets to protest against Lord Michael Ashcroft’s Belize Bank Ltd. over $20M diverted from the public treasury to pay off a private loan that had been secretly guaranteed by Belize’s former prime minister.

Colonialism never really went away, it was replaced by the myth of “free trade” and “market forces”.

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Ed Miliband left-wing? You’re having a laugh

The next Prime Minister of this country is likely to be as Pro-Israel as it gets. Edward Samuel Miliband has said “I intend to lead a Labour Party that remains a true friend to Israel”.

This is what both brothers Miliband had to say about Israel:

Ed gives a more critical general answer than David when asked about Israel:

Would you speak up for Israel and on issues of concern to the British Jewish community if you became Labour leader?

“DM: A stable Middle East has a secure Israel at its heart; this is non-negotiable. My trips to Israel show a deep yearning for peace. I think the vision of Israel living side by side with a Palestinian state is not only just but necessary. I have spent a good deal of time over the past three years as foreign secretary making the case for peace and building strong relations with the UK’s Jewish communities. In fact, I have done that during this campaign and it will of course continue.

EM: I will always stand up for Israel’s right to live in peace and security, and work towards a settlement in the Middle East in which a stable Palestinian state can coexist next to an Israel that is secure in its borders. And I will always be open to issues that concern the British Jewish community, whether they concern issues of the treatment of Jews in Britain or issues to do with relations with Israel. I intend to lead a Labour Party that remains a true friend to Israel. But friendship is both about supporting your friend when they are treated unfairly or victimised, and speaking honestly when you feel they aren’t making the right decisions.”

But then, conversely, David is slightly firmer on the Gaza flotilla and blockade:

What is your view of Israel’s interception of the Gaza flotilla?

“DM: I am afraid it was self-defeating. In fact, I have spoken to many in the Jewish community and in Israel who feel the same way. It isolates Israel and strengthens its enemies. I welcome the announcement by the Israeli government to move from a list of permitted goods to a smaller list of banned goods. But the approach to Gaza is not delivering.

EM: I support Israel’s right to act in self-defence of its borders, but think Israel’s interception of the flotilla was not the right thing to do. It led to deaths and injuries that I believe were avoidable. I support the United Nations Security Council’s expression of concern about Israel’s action as well as its call for an international investigation. Israel faces a security threat that cannot be met without international support. This incident has clearly made it harder for Israel to win this support around the world.”

It’s clear to The Akh, that if you own all the horses in the race, then you’re going to win everytime.

Apart from his apparently pro zionist views, what else do we know about Edward?

The son of the late Marxist theorist Ralph Miliband, of Polish Jewish origin.

From 2003 to 2004, Ed Miliband spent a year’s sabbatical at Harvard University, to study and lecture at Harvard’s Centre for European Studies.

His partner is Justine Thornton, a Cambridge-educated barrister, who is a senior environmental lawyer working for E.On, which is currently seeking to win the right to build a series of new coal and nuclear power stations. The value of the nuclear power station contract is £20billion. Ed’s previous role was as climate change secretary.

Ed Miliband succeeded because the the major trade unions backed him, although it’s said he is as pro-capitalist and pro-globalisation as it gets. Ed Miliband left-wing? They’re having a laugh.

You have to love the labour leadership elections, of those who wanted a Miliband, most wanted the other one, but because those who wanted anyone BUT a Miliband thought this one was the lesser of the two evils, so he’s in.

What a convincing mandate we had.

Look beyond the rhetoric and the sound-bites, a very different picture emerges.

The reality is that Ed Miliband is not so much the ‘change’ candidate, but a politician who will deliver more of the same neo-liberal policies that both Conservative and Labour governments have followed over the past 30 years.

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Learn effective techniques on how to scan the media

With the proliferation of the media, more news is available to us then ever before, but do YOU have the ability to separate the BS from what matters? Can YOU see beyond the flak and see what’s relevant in shaping the world around you.

First presented in their 1988 book Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, the “Propaganda model” views the private media as businesses interested in the sale of a product — readers and audiences — to other businesses (advertisers) rather than that of quality news to the public. Describing the media’s “societal purpose”, Chomsky writes;

“… the study of institutions and how they function must be scrupulously ignored, apart from fringe elements or a relatively obscure scholarly literature”.

The theory postulates five general classes of “filters” that determine the type of news that is presented in news media. These five classes are:

1. Ownership of the medium
2. Medium’s funding sources
3. Sourcing
4. Flak
5. Anti-communist ideology (which has been replaced by an anti-Islamic rhetoric)

The first three are generally regarded by the authors as being the most important.

Although the model was based mainly on the characterisation of United States media, Chomsky and Herman believe the theory is equally applicable to any country that shares the basic economic structure and organising principles which the model postulates as the cause of media biases.

Critical thought is lacking amongst most, who simply gorge themselves on the trivialities of which sports team is winning, losing or taking bribes, or other forms of salacious celebrity gossip and worship, these are factors which are pored over and discussed as if they were the most supremely pressing matters of the day, infact they are the flak, the fodder that is served to you, to keep you in a state of ambivalence.

To counter this, The Akh will keep you posted with news in the form of a link drop every 48 hours, within the following categories:

Conflict & Fault Lines

Economics

Five-fold rise in gold price ‘is not a bubble’, claims World Gold Council
Europe’s accelerators to go dark in 2012 due to budget cuts


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When will you wake up? They Live!!!

They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realising it. THEY LIVE!!!

In 1988, John Carpenter directed “They Live”, a film of an allegorical tale which showed a slow and deliberate immersion of the daunting and worrying fable of the corrupt, deceiving and indifferent economic, social and political society, one that has wrapped itself around its people and who in turn have blindly accepted their fate.

One man (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, that’s when wrestling was wrestling) receives a reality check, funnily enough with the help of a pair of sunglasses (as the video above shows) that shows the world as it really is, not in colour, but a black and white parallel world that the sub-conscious has chosen to ignore.

With subliminal messages as “OBEY”, “CONFORM”, “MARRY AND REPRODUCE”, “CONSUME”, “WATCH TELEVISION” and “SLEEP”. It is through this thought control that the rulers have this world tied up and neatly packaged for its own manipulative uses, to further themselves at the expense of the meek, mild and the lowly sufferers of a job less and hungry world.

This is the battle of self-awareness and the struggle with a reality check that has these alien beings staging war against the up-rising and rebellious armies from the gutters and streets.

They Live You Sleep; where will your consciousness take you when the sleep is washed from your eyes.

Welcome to the real world.

Some kind soul has posted the whole movie online via google video here so if you have nothing better to do this Sunday, kick back, relax and watch…they don’t make them like this anymore!

I watched this back in the day and was speaking to a one of these know it all youngsters who were born in the 90’s, who had no idea of this film, so here it is bucko, this ones for you, don’t say I never take any requests….and yeah, I know the effects aren’t exactly The Matrix, but hey, it was the eighties, and they were pretty good for the time (who am I kidding?) – and our imaginations were a far lot better then yours.

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