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Things that happened more than 12 months ago.
Being that we have three active armed conflicts occurring at the moment (Israel v Gaza, Ukraine v Russia, and finally ISIS v anyone it can find ).
I would seem pertinent to point out multilateral treaties on conduct during war specifically pertaining to treatment of wounded individuals and non combatants, known as the Geneva conventions.
Without being too cynical in the fact that civilian deaths over the last century have proportionally increased relative to military personnel deaths, a set of agreed minimum standards of conduct were accepted in geopolitical struggles.
In a nut shell:
Much of the convention covers who is a soldier or can be treated as such, and given certain protections (such as a right to medical treatment if captured), and obligations (such as to state name rank and serial number) and what weapons and tactics can be employed.
Curiously despite certain weapon being banned, (chemical, biological, nuclear, fuel air bombs) many signatory states keep such weapons in vast quantities and occasionally deploy them.
Importantly mercenaries, snipers and spies have no protections.
Soldiers must have standardized equipment, wear uniforms and have identification and be a citizen of the state they are fighting for.
Civilians must not fight and cannot be killed or mistreated when captured.
Certain locations such as schools, hospitals and places of worship cannot be attacked.
So while it is a diplomatic agreement, breaches regularly occur, with some states being notorious for breaches of the convention.
Some excerpts from the convention relating specifically to treatment of civilians and prisoners.
The third Geneva Convention (“Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War”) covers members of the armed forces who fall into enemy hands. They are in the power of the enemy State, not of the individuals or troops who have captured them
Prisoners of war MUST be:
- Treated humanely with respect for their persons and their honour.
– Enabled to inform their next of kin and the Central Prisoners of War Agency (ICRC, the International Red Cross) of their capture.
– Allowed to correspond regularly with relatives and to receive relief parcels.
– Allowed to keep their clothes, feeding utensils and personal effects.
– Supplied with adequate food and clothing.
– Provided with quarters not inferior to those of their captor’s troops.
– Given the medical care their state of health demands.
– Paid for any work they do.
– Repatriated if certified seriously ill or wounded, (but they must not resume active military duties afterwards) .
– Quickly released and repatriated when hostilities cease.
Prisoners of war must NOT be:
-Compelled to give any information other than their name, age, rank and service number.
– Deprived of money or valuables without a receipt (and these must be returned at the time of release).
– Given individual privileges other than for reasons of health, sex, age, military rank or professional qualifications.
– Held in close confinement except for breaches of the law, although their liberty can be restricted for security reasons.
- Compelled to do military work, nor work which is dangerous, unhealthy or degrading.
The fourth Geneva Convention (“Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”) covers all individuals “who do not belong to the armed forces, take no part in the hostilities and find themselves in the hands of the Enemy or an Occupying Power”.
Protected civilians MUST be:
– Treated humanely at all times and protected against acts or threats of violence, insults and public curiosity.
– Entitled to respect for their honour, family rights, religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs.
– Specially protected, for example in safety zones, if wounded, sick, old, children under 15, expectant mothers or mothers of children under 7.
– Enabled to exchange family news of a personal kind. – Helped to secure news of family members dispersed by the conflict
– Allowed to practise their religion with ministers of their own faith. Civilians who are interned have the same rights as prisoners of war. They may also ask to have their children interned with them, and wherever possible families should be housed together and provided with the facilities to continue normal family life. Wounded or sick civilians, civilian hospitals and staff, and hospital transport by land, sea or air must be specially respected and may be placed under protection of the red cross/crescent emblem.
Protected civilians must NOT be:
– Discriminated against because of race, religion or political opinion. – Forced to give information.
– Used to shield military operations or make an area immune from military operations.
– Punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. – Women must not be indecently assaulted, raped, or forced into prostitution.
More info at: http://www.ifrc.org/
What would be the point of wining a war, if your society lost its humanity in doing so?
Justice Flick, one of three appeal judges, said he had reviewed footage of the removal of the tent dress and was shocked by what he saw.
“Those who made the directions for this conduct to be pursued should be shot. It’s grossly offensive,” he said.
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Remember a knife was cutting the tent apart just inches from the back of Kerrsions neck during the incident. This knife (called a tool by Victoria Police) was provided to MCC workers by Victoria Police during the incident. One of the council workers refused to take part in the incident and walked away, though the remaining MCC workers and police mindlessly abused the young woman by tearing away her clothes and leaving her in her underwear on the grass.
This incident occurred the day after Victoria police were humiliated by the original tent monster action which saw Kerrison and two other” tent monsters” run around the park and utterly demoralize Victoria police who felt like the fools that they were.
Clearly Victoria police don’t know the meaning of the phrase :”It’s all in good fun”
Joe Hockey makes the unsupported claim that poor people drive less and therefore will not suffer from petrol price increases.
While the quotes depicted here lack historical support, they do demonstrate the political figures being so far out of touch they become a liability for everyone including themselves.
After ISIS got too close to Kurdistan (and all that delicious oil) Obama decided it was time to make a pretext for war to defend the OIL.
Suddenly Obama cares about people since they are close to major oil supplies and some US interests.
Of course there are some calls that ISIS is just another CIA backed false flag movement, a damn convenient excuse to put troops back into the middle east and more money in the war machine.
Here are some ‘highlights’ from gulf war 2:
Today we remember the official beginning of the what was called then the great war, the war to end all wars. France and the British Empire had just declared war on Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire. At the time the British Empire was a truly world power with loyal colonies all around the world. Its not really possible to consider WW1 on its own but more as a pair of wars with WW2 being the sequel, that tried to not look like it was a sequel. The only real change to WW2 was the switch of sides of Italy who joined the axis forces and the trenches were moved to the English channel and cities in the Russian Steeps.
The real proof that the war was designed to have a sequel was the Treaty of Versailles, which forced Germany into crushing reparations. Germany simply had to have a war to get a new treaty that excluded the reparations.
Why did it happen:
Some people with no scruples and vast power decided that in order to further their aims they needed to:
- Collapse European monarchies, their only real competition.
- Kill off working class people in western Europe who might other wise become excess to requirement and therefore threat.
- Reduce the standard of living that had been improved by industrialization, to keep people poor and ignorant.
- Move and erase borders in Europe to allow their global finance cartels to expand further.
- Create division among people in Europe an the wider world, and divert their efforts into fear and the creation of weapons, so they did not focus on the real enemy, the globalists.
Dam obvious proof ? The war started with the assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Ancestral monarchs were an endangered species. This empire disintegrated after this war.
Several important but apparently subtle changes had just occurred.
Queen Victoria had died (1901) and the Edward VII died in 1910 leaving George V with just 4 years in the role before war diplomatic relations broke down and turned to war. George the V had to change the name of their royal house from Saxe Coburg Gothe to Windsor to sound less German and more English. Interestingly a similar ‘fast baton change’ occurred just before WW2 with George VI’s predecessor famously abdicating after less than one year, giving George VI just 3 years to prepare for war. Perhaps if either monarch had more experience war might have been averted (or was that the plan all along).
The British navy had just converted to being a petroleum powered fleet and thus was reliant on access to foreign oil rather than domestic coal. The first move upon entering the war war to send troop to Basra to secure British oil supplies form the state of Iraq which it later manufactured from the ashes of the Ottoman empire.
The United States had Converted their monetary system to the Federal reserve system largely controlled by European bankers.
Hiram Maxim had invented a workable troop carried heavy machine gun along with his own variant of smokeless powder, European powers copied his design and soon most major armies had heavy machine guns. The heavy machine gun completely altered the wars that would be fought, making charges with troops and cavalry against fortified positions hugely costly in casualties. The heavy machine gun was a weapon built to be defensive in nature, it was designed to mow down troops in crowds from a fixed position, itself being too heavy to be moved easily while in use. This made for a mutual siege and prevented any real advance without slaughter, leaving battles bogged down in trenches, where it might have remained had it not been for the Spanish flu (influenza) which swept the world in 1917 and hastened the end of a pointless waste of human potential. One wonders if we would still be in the trenches of western Europe now had the Spanish Flu now come along.
Developments during the war(s):
The British invention the tank, Churchill who was a military man during WW1 said he wanted a land based version of a battle ship to turn the tide of battle.
The tank became central to Germany’s successes in WW2.
Aeroplanes were in an auxiliary role in WW1 by by WW2 had become pivotal in many battles. In more modern times the aeroplane has now almost supplanted the navy as being real military power with the aircraft carrier now being the most important overt aspect of modern navies.
Germany had used chemical weapons during the trench warfare, but use of these weapons (chlorine gas and mustard gas) was frowned upon in subsequent wars though they sadly seem to be making a come back in more recent conflicts.
In WW2 Germany had produced the first jet fighters but had produced them too late to deploy them to great effect. Germans had also significant advanced the field of rocketry so the war closed, USA (operation paperclip) and USSR scrambled to capture German scientists and government officials to power develop their war machines, space programs and their hold over their own populations.
At the war closed The USA dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which opened a new trench warfare against USSR with the trenches being the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Both USA and USSR now had the secret of the atomic bomb and the rockets to deploy them and suspiciously eyed each other for 50 years occasionally weaving and feinting.
The true agenda of this war was to remove ancestral monarchs from Europe so there would be less people influential enough able to resist the globalist ambitions of the multinational banking families, who wished to expand their sphere of influence. The Russian Bolsheviks ousted The Russian emperors family (House Romanov ) from power 6 months before the war ended . The disintegration of empires was the hallmark of this war and it’s companion war (WW2) less than a generation later. By the end of these war both the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Ottoman empires were gone, reduced to small countries. While the Russian empire now became a Communist state was expanded particularly after WW2.
In fact by the beginning of WW2 it was no longer kings and emperors declaring war it was presidents, prime ministers and governments, though the British still went through the ceremony of asking for a royal rubber stamp for the process.
Following the industrialization of production in Europe there existed a growing bubble of excess labor and people who were becoming dangerously comfortable with the benefits of efficient production. People had free time and were beginning to educate them selves. This industrialization was perverted into a war machine with factories now turn to creating devices of destruction rather than creature comforts. This was the first industrial war with vast resources turned to supplying the war effort.
2 world wars
European empires destroyed: 3 ( Austro-Hungarian, Russian*, Ottoman.) *The Russian empire was destroyed but expanded as the USSR.
Empires on the decline: several (most notably the British; losing India in ’47 and Canada in the 60’s, Germany; losing its colonies during the first world war, and a third of its territory for half a century)
People killed: 6% of the worlds population, mostly working class soldiers and civilians caught int he crossfire. A disturbing trend of 20th century warfare has been the increasing numbers of civilians killed from one conflict to the next.
Winners? after WW2 USA was apparently a winner having stayed out long enough to pick a winner, or at least appearing to do so. Well the real winner was the federal reserve system shipping all this skimmed money back to the European globalist bankers. Russia was also a big winner having absorbed most of the former Austro-Hungarian empire and a good third of Germany, which it held until the USSR dissolved. The USSR (2.0) is coming back and beginning to re-absorb states that broke away in the 90’s. We are seeing this occurring with eastern Ukraine right now. As we know the House (of Rothschild) always wins.
So there you have it, an in a nut shell version of the WW1 you never considered.
Approximately 1 in ever 5 males in Australia volunteered to go to war in the 1914-1918 period, very few were to realize when volunteering, the appalling conditions in France and Turkey and the fact the war was just a geopolitical chess game run by European bankers to expand their own power.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.
George Orwell (Eric Blair)
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 – 1950)
Your aren’t allowed to know about what you aren’t allowed to know about.
In a truly big brother move the Australian government is trying to keep the suppression of information order itself secret.
What is next is secret prisons and secret prisoners.
From wikileaks.org press release:
From this article today, which you may have seen on television today if you watch ABC.
Now watch the video again considering these details which you may have missed:
1) Food was being delivered to people who would otherwise go hungry.
This means poverty is severe and welfare is clearly failing. This generally means there are very limited prospects for employment in this area because money is simply not flowing in this community.
2) Tons of food was being transported, in particularly vegetables and bread. Question is why aren’t these products being sold in supermarkets? Are supermarkets simply squeezing out local manufacturers?
3) The young woman (Stacey Binns) was working for no payment.
This means no amount of work she was doing would increase her disposable income, and would not start money flowing in her community. Therefore what she was really doing was being forced to perpetuate the poverty in her community.
4) The young woman (Stacey Binns) quite rightly pointed out that there are hundreds of application for every job advertised. Her chances are slim of getting out of the poverty trap deliberately created around her.
5) This is one of 18 high unemployment areas around Australia where this scheme has been rolled out this month and already the federal government wants to expand the scheme further making it nationwide by July 2015.
6) The government will spend 900 Million dollars rolling out this scheme, that’s almost enough to send a rover to the surface of Mars. It well known that these schemes are generally not successful and actually if anything reduce the chances of transition from welfare to work.
7) 900 Million dollars is enough money to give 18,000 people 50, 000 for one year, I think 18,000 people having a basics income would generate more jobs than a downward economic spiral. The almost 1 Billion dollars will be wasted on a variety of corporate scumbags lining up for a hand out while attacking people on benefits.
8) Work for the dole or ‘help and hassle’ welfare schemes only really function when the economy is super hot and unemployment is extremely low (2% or less), not when unemployment is well above 5%.
9) All of this has been tried before and even without the stipulation to engage in slave labor, when there are no jobs no amount of looking for them will be successful.
Proof? (Warning kiwi accents.)
I cant try any harder!
-A young man shows quite succinctly by canvassing numerous Auckland suburbs that the jobs were simply not there.
The clip is from a much larger series by Alistair Barry which you can find links to here:
Don’t be too impatient give it a few minutes, you are practically looking at a working crystal ball, everything you are seeing now in the Australian economy was tried in New Zealand 25 years ago. The result was a disaster, by the time the right wing neo-con government was voted out off office in 1999 , the economy was shrinking at 2% though strangely the government statistics department was claiming it was growing at 2%. Though that is a separate scandal in itself which strangely got very little media traction. Of course this all happened while most western economies were booming, showing how much of a complete failure it was to improve the economy.
This of course was simply a tactic to reduce the average wage and introduce a whole new strata of New Zealand society to a lower standard of living ,and quite a few to abject poverty. Interestingly this right wing government launched a radical slashing of welfare just after assuming office on a strong majority after a lack luster two term Labour government with leadership changes in the dying days, sounds too bloody familiar.
For reference in 1991 $50 NZD was worth about $86NZD in today’s money. The inflation problems experienced in Australia in the 90’s had already happened in NZ in the 80’s. Food prices are comparable with Australian prices though meat is about 20% less expensive due to exceptional livestock rearing climate (fertile soil, lack of drought and neither too hot or cold most years). Beer and other alcohol is 50% cheaper due to much lower excises, personally I think if it wasn’t the country would be empty and Bondi Beach would be full. New Zealand actually produces enough food to feed itself and all of Australia, a good reason to be in the good books with the bloody kiwis, or at least have a comprehensive invasion plan.
So hanving been sold out by a carefully managed implosion of his wiki leaks party, all over whether preferences were going to go to the left or right, It’s pretty fair to say Assange has been used and discarded by the left for apparently failing one of their claimed moral standards. Sure all the sex allegation stuff was carefully put in a memory hole while he was hot property, along with he fact he acted like a bit of a heart breaker when women were literally throwing themselves at him. But that’s the left and feminism for you, they love a bad boy and then want to scream a blue murder (or rape) when the sour grapes arrive. I mean he really should have known that being a white male is toxic commodity to leftists and they were primed to drop him like a stone when a small amount of heat came on.
So all this bullshit about principles ( free speech, transparency, political freedom, commitment….) it all goes out the window when the next bandwagon arrives. So what can we do now for Assange?
The Australian government has left him out in the cold, despite the fact they are right now willing to send 50 police and ATSB to war torn Ukraine to look for Australian body parts and stolen luggage, But a living Australian citizen in a friendly country with a politically hot legal hassle, nope.
So apart form beating the drum and producing memes that might get stuck on an Ecuadorean embassy fridge in London, lets look and some overlooked facts about Assange.
I can almost feel a man cringing at a laptop reading and thinking “Oh shit, what’s this gonna be”.
Julian Assange was born on July 3 1971, the same day Jim Morrison died. Strangely there are more connections and similarities.
Morrison was born in a place called Melbourne (Florida) and left in order to study, later becoming a famous counterculture icon. Morrison famously fled the US to Europe (France) escaping a contrived court case.
Assange moved to place called Melbourne (Victoria) to study, later becoming a counterculture icon. Assange famously fled from Europe (Sweden) to the UK to escape a contrived US prosecution.
Both had in common:
- Had transient childhoods and continued traveling as adults.
- Born during foreign wars their countries were involved in, Morrison: WW2, Assange: Vietnam.
- Well read, serious, intelligent drop outs, critical of war.
- Were described as rock stars and had love children.
- Were applauded/hounded for the ideas they promoted.
- Were politically minded and spoke of their concern for the present and future.
- Were known to ham it up for the camera occasionally.
Morrison in his later years, even after all that booze and drugs makes a remarkable prediction. (That hair is real)
Assange in his early 40’s showing the prediction is true and having a bit of a giggle. (That is a wig)