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Hollywoods Greatest Taboo – The Hero Wins Via Suicide Bombing

It’s the Christmas period and no doubt you’ve consumed just a few of Hollywoods finest flicks on TV while chowing down on your (halal) turkey yesterday.

So while you tuck in to some delicious left over turkey sandwiches today, I thought I’d give you a different look at what Hollywood could offer.

The clip above is the alternative ending from the 2004 film “Man on Fire” starring Denzel Washington. It’s one of my favourite films, revenge, redemption, pathos, flawed but a redeemable lead character, it has it all.

The film was directed by the late Tony Scott, and the above alternate ending is voice overed by Scott himself.

After watching the alternate ending on the DVD, I felt it was much better than the ending they actually put out, but of course, our protagonist winning by suicide bombing is never going to be allowed to air in cinema.

As the debate rages today over “Zero Dark Thirty” and it’s use of the cinematic portrayal of torture (we all know the CIA & Mi5/6 do it) in capturing Bin Laden and any bad guy or “ticking bomb scenario” that allows them to use torture, it becomes very interesting what Hollywood can frame as being a cultural norm and a taboo.

Here’s some suggested reading from my earlier posts on how Hollywood is so good at propaganda:

The Oscars – Approving American Imperialism

Rambo – How an Anti War Book became a Hollywood Pro War Blockbuster

Or the flipside is, you make your own films to counter the propaganda that Hollywood churns out:

Valley of the Wolves: Palestine

Ilich Ramírez Sanchez AKA Carlos The Jackal -”Carlos” – The Movie

Reviewing The Four Lions – Is Satire & Ridicule Used To Debunk Jihad?

If like me, you’re not one for the madness of the christmas sales – with people buying things they don’t need, with money they don’t have – then this is for you:

When will you wake up? THEY LIVE!!!!

Enjoy your holiday period & go easy on the turkey!

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Rambo – How an Anti War Book became a Hollywood Pro War Blockbuster

The film “Rambo” is a classic tale of how a anti-war book written about the post Vietnam era in America is hijacked by Hollywood to glorify violence and war, the exact psyche of the American system, that the author David Morrell examined in his 1972 novel “First Blood”.

If, like me you were a child of the Eighties, then you grew up on a diet of “big gun americana” movies, I’m talking about Stallone & Schwarzenegger and everything that promoted the american way.

It didn’t matter how crap the quality of your pirated VHS version was, Rambo was on heavy rotation where ever I went.

Years later I found out it was based on a book, and decided to have a read of it.

What I found out as a child barely into my double digits was that the film was far removed from the book.

Rambo first learns about the death of one of his former soldier buddies, the film doesn’t mention what the book did, and that was he died from cancer – the after effects of the american army spraying millions of litres of Agent Orange into the jungles of Vietnam.

Why would the American army – do a such a thing?

Yeah the Vietnamese were the bad guys, but why would the americans also kill their own soldiers (thought a 8 year old Akh).

Another example was that if you’ve actually watched the film, ask yourself how many people actually die?

The answer is one

The sheriffs deputy that gets hit with a rock and falls out of the helicopter (that’s what happened, I’m not making it up)

The book was far more brutal, Rambo killed literally every single figure of authority, or that represented the police or the army that he came into contact with, even the dogs weren’t spared.

Eventually the Colonel that Rambo served under in Vietnam is called up to reach out to his creation and after that speech he persuades Rambo to give up and escorts him out…and that’s where the film ends.

True to form, reading the book I was absolutely shocked as to what the ending was….and I only found out this week that the ending was actually filmed, but it didn’t make the final cut as it didn’t go down well with the test audiences.

Why would it?

After all Uncle Sam’s boys would never kill themselves.

I cross posted words from John Pilger last year when he spoke about Hollywood approving american imperialism, whilst portraying itself as the aggrieved party.

Years later to satisfy Hollywood’s bloodlust, Rambo III was made, this time Rambo was siding with the Afghan Mujahideen against the USSR.

Of course this served as great propaganda at the time with the americans happy to slowly bleed the russians, with the Afghan Mujahideen being in the firing line.

I was over the moon to see Rambo fighting alongside the Mujahideen and kicking some russian ass, after all, isn’t that exactly what the power of a lobby should be? to use the mass media to win hearts and minds?

There was no book for Rambo III, but I sat glued to the end credits, and found that the film wasn’t made on location in Afghanistan, but filmed in israel, and what was even worse, nearly all the Afghan Mujahideen were played by israeli’s too.

I found out at a very young age that you shouldn’t believe what you see in the media. Perhaps Rambo left an indelible mark on my psyche too…who really runs Hollywood?

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Valley of the Wolves: Palestine

The Akh has to salute Turkey’s Pana Film’s for making the film “Valley of the Wolves: Palestine”. If you haven’t heard of it, then view the trailer above. Fans of foreign film will know that this a follow up to 2006’s “Valley of the Wolves: Iraq“, the story line depicted yankee soldiers slaughtering a wedding party, torturing prisoners, harvesting and selling their organs.

The americans & parts of the jewish community didn’t like the truth being told on the big screen:

For years we’ve had to put up with shit that lionises the zionist death squads like the Mossad in films like “Munich”, guess Turkey are the only country in the world to have the balls to go up against the zionist owned major hollywood studios.

The zionist lobby is spitting mad over this, as they do not want anyone else having a share of their element of propaganda, cue the now normal hallucinatory shrieks of anti semitism.

The three modern day Rambo’s rip through the occupied west bank, leaving the israeli forces destroyed, in a revenge attack after the murder of Turkish peace activists on the Mavi Marmara.

Resistance by all means necessary.

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Ilich Ramírez Sanchez AKA Carlos The Jackal -“Carlos” – The Movie

Over the course of the last week, I watched the biographical film of Ilich Ramírez Sanchez AKA Carlos The Jackal.

Now I’m not talking about the 2 hour condensed version…I’m talking about the 3 dvd, six hour masterpiece

Oh yes….

and what a story it is about the world’s one and only political gangster.

it’s all there…

The account spans the years 1973-1994 – or the period that witnessed Sanchez at his most violent and relentless. Narrative touchstones include the the PFLP days, the OPEC raid, even the assassination attempt on the marks and spencers chairman joseph sieff right here in London as well as a torrent of assassinations that Carlos and his cronies planned but didn’t carry out.

Here’s some archive news footage:

I remember my older brothers speaking about him animatedly when The Akh was growing up and some of his escapades were the stuff of legend.

Carlos is currently serving several concurrent life sentences in prison, but he wrote a book recently, titled Revolutionary Islam which would be worth a read, but it’s in French only.

Apart from a few lewd scenes, the movie made for riveting viewing on such an interesting character.

If you have the time, then I’d recommend watching it, certainly beats a lot of the mindless drivel that Hollywood is currently churning out.

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Channel 4’s The Promise – Can It Change Opinions Like The Roots Did?

For the last four weeks, Channel 4 have been showing a weekly factual drama directed by Peter Kosminsky titled “The Promise” , which looks at the Nakba – the great catastrophe of losing their land for the Palestinian people.

This is the first and only time I can recollect that such a programme has been put together, which showed all of the zionist terrorist activities undertaken to murder the indigenous population and drive the British army out of Palestine.

The programme was at times both challenging and unwatchable, the scenes of the stern gang and the irgun pulling Palestinians out of their homes and machine gunning them down and blowing them up with impunity as they ethically cleansed the land, is a well documented fact, but one that has never been recreated on screen.

The Promise is available to view until the end of March, you can do so on Channel 4’s Youtube page.

Almost a generation ago, a mini series titled “Roots” was aired in America. It told the story of generations of Muslim African’s who were captured and bought to America as slaves.

That programme too dealt with a past that most white americans simply didn’t want to acknowledge, yeah sure it happened, but let’s leave the past in the past, simply because race is still a divisive issue.

It was due to this mini series based on Alex Haley’s book that got people talking about white america’s brutal legacy in the slave trade, so it got me thinking, would “The Promise” have a similar impact?

After all we have been taught to view history as what happened last week.

Those pesky Palestinians threw a firework over the border, so the Israeli’s can go in and drop a 1,000lb daisy cutter and flatten the entire neighbourhood.

The context of people’s grievances are never shown.

That is precisely what The Promise did, it showed the actions of the zionist movement in the mid 1940’s through a soldier serving in Palestine and twinned it with a modern day story of his grand daughter in today’s occupied territories.

It’s precisely the actions committed more than 60 years ago that continue to have their ramifications felt across Palestine and the occupied territories today.

That’s why The Akh feels that both Peter Kosminsky and the commissioners at Channel 4 should be applauded in getting this programme created and aired.

I have read the comments that have been posted on the official site with interest.

It doesn’t surprise me anymore how fast and how strongly the zionist hasbara comes out to fight for their corner.

They’re going to town on this series to try and point out it’s so called one sidedness and misinformation, so if you have watched the series, go and drop a comment thanking Channel 4 and fight back against the zionist campaign of misinformation.

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The 1996 Film “Long Kiss Goodnight” Predicted 9/11 Attacks….As A False Flag Operation By America

On Sunday night, I kicked back, relaxed and watched Long Kiss Goodnight, a film I hadn’t seen for years. It’s a story of a female Jason Bourne type super agent called Charly Baltimore who after recovering from amnesia, rallies against her former CIA type agency employers.

Charly soon finds out that the said shady agency want to detonate a big bomb to kill thousands of their own people, blame it on Muslims and in the process get unlimited funds from congress to launch the war against terrorism.

Sound familiar?

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The War You Don’t See – We Must Resist The Media’s Lies & Government’s Propaganda

We shouldn’t have to risk our lives to tell the truth, but we do have to be brave enough to defy those who wish to seek out collusion in their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country.

That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear and however seductive and insidious it is, for propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not on a far away enemy but at you at home.

It’s very simple, in this age of endless imperial wars, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth, or their blood is on us.

“Never believe anything until it is officially denied”

Claude Cockburn

In other words, those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.

Not only has the Wikileaks saga exposed the duplicity of some governments and the power-brokers, the reaction to Wikileaks has been just as telling.

What is the point of a free press that is servile to powerful elites?

Instead of doing their jobs and asking the tough questions the Western media allowed the Iraq war to happen and even embedded themselves with the invading armies. This played right into the hands of the pentagon. Those very same media outlets look down their noses at the foreign press and mock their lack of freedom. The build up to the war on Iraq is now being repeated, again by the very same media organisations, but this time the ‘enemy’ is Iran.

Many ‘journalists’ have taken it upon themselves to criticise Julian Assange, the Wikileaks front man, as a traitor, or someone who isn’t really campaigning for free speech. They mock him and try and assassinate his character, instead of discussing the leaks and calling for the prosecution of politicians that are calling for Mr Assange’s kidnap or murder.

Here, the inimitable John Pilger asks why are wars not being reported honestly?

A dishonest media is no better than no media at all.

If you missed John Pilger’s documentary “The War You Don’t See”, it’s available to view on the ITV website for the next month.

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