Great Short Putin Interview During 1st Days in Office in 2000 – He Already Had a Plan

06-10-18 11:40:00,

Fascinating interview from Putin’s very first days in office in 2000 when Russia was hitting rock bottom after the catastrophic Yeltsin years.

He is visibly awkward, not used to talking to the media, but towards the end he says some very revealing things which shows that even then he had a clear vision of what he thought needed to be done.

Very much worth watching this one.

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27-08-18 05:50:00,

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Borneo – the Great Ancient Culture has been Destroyed | New Eastern Outlook

26-06-18 05:21:00,


Would you ever think of the third largest island on Earth – Borneo (known as Kalimantan in Indonesia) – as one of the cradles of the world’s democracy? Perhaps you wouldn’t, but you should.

While Europe was engaged in myriads of internal as well as expansionist wars, in the once lush, tropical Borneo, people who belonged to the ancient local cultures, used to decide things communally, by consensus, or should we use the Western term, “democratically”. Judged by today’s standards, they were also living the lives of determined ‘environmentalists’, showing great respect for the nature around them – for all living creatures, plants, deep forests, wide rivers as well as humble creeks.

True, local people – Dayaks – were often marked as “headhunters”, at least by the European Orientalists. But that was only one of many features of their culture. Dayaks spoke at least 170 languages and dialects, enjoying complex fabric of cultures, customs and laws.

The bottom line is: in many ways and for many centuries, traditional Dayaks were able to co-exist perfectly well with their island and with the surrounding environment.

If left alone, that is what they would still be doing now – living their own lives, in their own place, and most likely, living well.

Unfortunately, that was not meant to be.

Borneo was attacked, colonized and devastated by European invaders. For a short period, the Japanese occupied the island, and then the Europeans came back again, before “independence” saw the island divided between three sovereign countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Things did not get much better. The brutality – almost madness – of the Indonesian plunder which took place after the 1965 Western-orchestrated military coup (backed by foreign mining and logging interests); the plunder of the natural resources of Kalimantan, has been legendary. For Jakarta and for its foreign handlers, the so-called transmigration made looting much easier, while turning local people into a minority and into serfs on their own land.

Dayak culture is now only truly ‘alive and well’ in a few untouched pockets in the deep interior.

There, people still remember and know how Borneo used to be. They also understand what should and could be done in order to save it.

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Make PEACE GREAT again!

18-06-18 08:28:00,

Ik hoop wel dat de demonstratie op 7 juli in Brussel tegen de NAVO groot wordt.” Tijdens een fietsvakantie door Noord-Duitsland bezoek ik een vriendin in Bremen. Zij haalt me met deze woorden uit de natuur en cultuur weer naar de politieke werkelijkheid. Ze begint over de twee-procentsnorm die de NAVO de lidstaten denkt te kunnen opleggen.

(Door Martin Broek, oorspronkelijk verschenen op konfrontatie)


Koud terug in Amsterdam bezoek ik een avond georganiseerd door Studenten Internationale Betrekkingen, Rood en Niet in mijn Naam. Een aftrap naar de anti-NAVO demonstratie? Enigzins. De titel is Permanente oorlog in het Midden-Oosten; is het einde in zicht? Sprekers zijn Sadet Karabulut (SP-kamerlid), Ludo de Brabander (schrijver en vredesactivist van het Vlaamse Vrede) en Sinan Can (documentaire maker, veelal over oorlog en conflict in het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika).


Alle drie de sprekers betogen dat je met bommen geen conflicten op kan lossen en zeker geen vrede kan brengen. Opmerkelijk is dat ze de start van de huidige conflicten allemaal ergens anders leggen. Sadet Karabulut begint op 11 september 2001, in lijn met een nieuwe brochure van de SP over de Permanente oorlog. Die maakt van de oorlog tegen Irak een onderdeel van de strijd tegen het terrorisme, terwijl die oorlog al in het najaar van 1990 begon, nooit meer ophield en in 2003 verhevigd werd.

Ludo de Brabander laat het conflict in het begin van de vorige eeuw beginnen, als de koloniale machten hun politiek met onderdrukking en geweld vorm geven. Hij haalt een stadswijk in Damascus aan die in die tijd is gebouwd omdat de Fransen hem hadden vernietigd bij het neerslaan van een opstand. (Hij schreef er al over in zijn laatste boek.)

Sinar Can doet er nog een schep bovenop. Hij verteld hoe Libië in de Romeinse tijd niet bestond, maar dat het drie afzonderlijke provincies waren. Dat die structuur altijd dominant is gebleven en nu met het uiteenvallen van het construct Libië weer aanwezig is. Als je niets doet aan de grondoorzaken blijven conflicten woekeren, was zijn boodschap.


Staten, de elite, de 1%, ze hebben belangen te verdedigen en soms doen ze dat militair. Die belangen bestaan uit grondstoffen,

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Great John Pilger Interview – the Disgraceful Persecution of Julian Assange

15-06-18 08:26:00,

Link to audio at end of article

In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, Assange’s fear of arrest and extradition to the US was confirmed by the leader of the Russia-gate frenzy.

Credico received the following response from Schiff after meeting the the Congressman’s staff, in which Credico was trying to connect Assange with Schiff: “Our committee would be willing to interview Assange when he is in U.S. Custody and not before.”

Dennis Bernstein spoke with John Pilger, a close friend and supporter of Assange on May 29. The interview began with the statement Bernstein delivered for Pilger at the Left Forum last weekend in New York on a panel devoted to Assange entitled, “Russia-gate and WikiLeaks”.

Pilger’s Statement

“There is a silence among many who call themselves left. The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity. The Collateral Damage video, the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Cablegate revelations, the Venezuela revelations, the Podesta email revelations … these are just a few of the storms of raw truth that have blown through the capitals of rapacious power.

The fakery of Russia-gate, the collusion of a corrupt media and the shame of a legal system that pursues truth-tellers have not been able to hold back the raw truth of WikiLeaks revelations. They have not won, not yet, and they have not destroyed the man. Only the silence of good people will allow them to win. Julian Assange has never been more isolated. He needs your support and your voice. Now more than ever is the time to demand justice and free speech for Julian. Thank you.”

Dennis Bernstein: We continue our discussion of the case of Julian Assange, now in the Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain. John Pilger, it is great to talk to you again. But it is a profound tragedy, John, the way they are treating Julian Assange, this prolific journalist and publisher who so many other journalists have depended on in the past.

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