Posts Tagged 'revolution'

The Love Police

I’ve found the most wonderful organization/fighter for change: The Love Police

The Love Police is located in London, it attends/ambushes political meetings of any partisan with its camera and megaphone shouting out that the elections are but for the middleman, serving the purposes of the super-rich and elite, and we the people are being lied to.

It’s fantastic energy, a fantastic mission statement with fantastic methods of reaching towards the universal goals of stopping this modern form of slavery and consciousness control. Accusing the big media reporters of being cronies, not allowing them to speak on live television.

Absolutely wonderful. Share this with whoever you can!

POWs, Revolution, and the media

I wrote this a few weeks ago and it’s been sitting in WordPress’ “drafts” folder forever. Maybe it’s interesting, despite it’s lack of finality.

All we know is what our general news/media sources allow us. Let’s take that into context using good old CNN (a trustworthy, reliable news source according to most Americans’ viewing habits) as an example and we’ll play a little game:

Let’s see, CNN brings us ‘news’ about a golf player, the story of which I really don’t care to learn. But hey, American hostage in Iraq, whereabouts still unknown? That sure sounds interesting, right? It has to do with terrorists.

So I click it. It’s about the mourning and attempt at closure and the ‘hope’ of his family, back at home. Talking about fundraisers and social networks. Making a brief hypothesis near the end saying that withdrawing troops may be rewarded with the freeing of more hostages. Okay… So I feel completely bad for this guy and his family but… How is this news? So the family’s bummed–I should sure as hell hope so. But bringing this up as “news”–on the front page of one of the country’s most populated news websites–contributes to the situation … how? Is this actually news we need to know?

That point aside, let’s think: what was he doing in Iraq anyway? From jeffake.com:

Jeff and Lilly were building a little piece of the American dream in LaPorte, Indiana, as their packaging equipment company, Equipment Express began to grow. Jeff was installing his company’s equipment in an Iraqi water bottling plant when armed gunmen came in and kidnapped him. A day later a video was shown of Jeff being held by hooded and heavily armed captors. In spite of much hard work by the FBI, military intelligence and other groups, there is no information about Jeff’s current status.

And from WikiPedia:

Jeffrey Ake, a contractor, was kidnapped on April 11, 2005, and shown in a videotape two days later. He has not been seen or heard from since. His kidnappers contacted his wife on the day he was kidnapped and demanded $1 million dollars in exchange for his release. After three weeks of negotiations, the kidnappers cut off all communication.

But actually, the source (Washington Post) says this:

Jeffrey J. Ake is 48 now, if he is alive. He is also a husband and son and the father of four children who miss him terribly. He is a storyteller, a Rotarian and a small-business owner who thrived in distant capitals.

He traveled to Iraq, tools in hand, on a private contract to repair machines at a water-bottling plant. Early one morning in April 2005, the telephone rang at a lakeside rambler in LaPorte, 80 miles east of Chicago. An Iraqi man, talking fast in poor English, told Liliana Ake, “We have your husband.”

And you know what’s funny? I can’t find anything else. Nothing of relevance. Family’s in sorrow, has been for years; the business had to file for bankruptcy, he should have demanded better security, yada yada. My question is what was this water-bottling plant? and to whom went the water? Was he a random American fixing the plumbing or was this a private contractor helping out United State resources in an region wanting the United States out? We’ll never know, but my point is simple: this CNN article is by no means news; nor is most of what the news networks distract us with.

Let’s continue to what I’d like to address: who all has heard of  Kyrgyzstan? I sure hadn’t before this week (actually before the Kyrg couchsurfer stayed with us on St. Patrick’s day, ironically). Some little half-Asian half-Eastern European country between Kazakhstan and China. Okay, maybe not half-European but I like the way they dress.

Now I don’t know if you noticed the tiny link to an article displaying pictures of people burying their dead in Kyrgyzstan, but yes indeed there is such a link on that CNN page.

So their’s fucking revolution is going on in Kyrg because of a corrupt, croney-ist government forcing higher energy and public service prices on the people, and apparently another one happened in 2005, the Tulip Revolution overthrowing the “increasingly authoritarian” government. That didn’t work. Now, with cronyism and corruption going on all over the place, the president has actually fled the capital and an interior minister was even killed when the protestors successfully broke in to their white house/palace and took it over. Basically, as the NY Times puts it, the protestors/opposition seek “justice and democracy.”

There’s more involved, since this upheaval could affect affect a US military base that the country had plans to throw out anyway. The base is basically where we keep our troops to watch Russia or something… See the victory photo they even took for the Times to put on their website?


Anyway, search the mainstream media and the “news” will tell you that it’s “opposition” and “unrest” in Kyrg, not revolution nor extreme, and all this opposition is mourning their dead and new leadership is figuring out what to do. Basic enough, who cares about details.

Now, weeks later, I can’t find anything on CNN relating to it…


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