Archive | September 4, 2015

U.S. and E.U. Block the Family from new U.N. Development Goals*

U.S. and E.U. Block the Family from new U.N. Development Goals*

Unable to get recognition of homosexual and transgender rights at the U.N., the United States, European countries and their allies succeeded in blocking the family altogether from the new global development goals.

NWO FamilyPossibly for the first time since its founding 70 years ago, a major U.N. agreement involving social policy does not mention the family. At its adoption this week, several countries highlighted this flaw.

In the absence of any substantive headway on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, the Obama administration, with the help of LGBT supporters, moved to erode the pro-life and pro-family principles that underpin the U.N.

At the heart of the U.N. is the recognition of the family as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.” First stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every major UN agreement, and just about every UN resolution, touching on social policy has included a reference to the family. The Sustainable Development Goals — a 15-year, multi-billion dollar plan that will impact every country – are now an exception with the potential of becoming a harmful precedent.

While this is not a gain for LGBT rights, it is a loss for the pro-life and pro-family cause. The exclusion of the family does not re-define the family, nor does it imply any recognition for same-sex couples. But the exclusion creates a space for mischief to re-define the family, despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights not contemplating any recognition of same-sex relationships as capable of constituting a family.

The omission of family does not reflect support for LGBT rights at the U.N., or global acceptance for LGBT rights. In fact, at its adoption several countries gave strong statements that the new goals should not be interpreted to include LGBT rights.

The Sustainable Development Goals actually had to be sanitized before countries would adopt them. Ambiguous language that might be interpreted as endorsing LGBT rights was qualified or removed from the final draft. Unable to get LGBT rights in, the U.S. and LGBT supporters worked to take the family out. Sadly, the hectic final session of negotiations resulted in the exclusion of any substantive reference to the family.

Under President Obama, the U.S. has pressured countries with objections to LGBT rights to stay silent in negotiations and abstain from voting against initiatives to promote LGBT rights—even asking countries to not voice their objections in U.N. negotiations and voting. This is a toned down approach from the early years when the administration would reportedly threaten countries with ending aid.

In 2010 the U.S. promised a stand-alone resolution on LGBT rights in the General Assembly. But they soon found out there was little support for such a resolution. They resorted to sneaking LGBT rights into resolutions as a tangential issue, and beefing up ways for the UN bureaucracy to promote LGBT rights, as well as hosting public events on LGBT rights at U.N. headquarters.

LGBT rights are not the only area where the sexual left failed to gain ground in the Sustainable Development Goals. The new goals do not recognize abortion as a right, nor mentions “comprehensive sexuality education.”

While they have not made abortion, LGBT rights or sex education international norms, that does not mean they have failed to implement these policies. Wealthy countries and foundations use foreign aid and donations to UN agencies to impose harmful social policies in other countries.


Related Topics:

Battle On To Keep Ambiguous Language about Family Out of Major UN Agreement*

UN Passes ‘unprecedented’ Pro-family Resolution, Outraging Sex Liberators*

U.N. – NWO’s Ordered Allow Homosexuality and Abortion or Forget Aid*

This Month the U.N. Launches a Blueprint for NWO with the Help of the Pope*

African Bishops against the Vatican Move to Destroy the Family*

Mexico’s Cardinal Sandoval Referred to the NWO Intent to Destroy the Family*

Thousands Rally in Rome to defend Natural Family and against Gender Theory*

Gays Who Reject the Illuminati Agenda*

Latest SAT Scores at Lowest Level Raise Alarm

Latest SAT Scores at Lowest Level Raise Alarm

By Nadia Prupis

New statistics show that average SAT scores countrywide have dropped to their lowest level since the college admissions exam was redesigned in 2005, continuing a 10-year trend that education advocates say illustrates the failures of test-driven schooling.

According to the College Board, which reported the statistics on Thursday, the average SAT score for the class of 2015 was 1490 out of a possible 2400, with points declining on all three sections of the test—reading, math, and writing.

That raises an alarm for The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), an education advocacy group, which said the latest SAT numbers highlight the failings of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and other standards-based scholastic achievement measures.

Bob Schaeffer, FairTest public education director, said in response to the latest statistics,

“Test-and-punish policies, such as ‘No Child Left Behind’ have clearly failed to improve college readiness or narrow racial gaps, as measured by the SAT,” adding that other standardized admissions exams like the ACT and the National Assessment for Education Progress show similar trends.

As education reform activists have long warned, while the standardized testing takeover in education affects students and teachers across the board, it has hit low-income and students of color the hardest. In an op-ed published Thursday, journalist Michelle Chen writes on the unforgiving methods of standards-based curricula and the growing ‘opt-out’ rebellion against such systems:

[T]he impacts of the testing obsession arguably hit children of colour the hardest. And families of colour in struggling schools have more at stake in both taking the exam and rejecting it en masse. Anti-testing activists have emphasized the connection between test-and-punish school reform measures, school closures in communities of colour, and the disciplinary policies driving the so-called “school to prison pipeline.”

[….] [The tests] don’t assess skills or teacher “effectiveness” so much as they measure conformity and the establishment’s power. Students, families, and educators are learning fast that whatever they put on the answer sheet, it all adds up to zero.

Indeed, as education policy analyst Diane Ravitch has previously explained, SAT results correlate with poverty levels—children from low-income families receive the lowest scores, and those from affluent families receive the highest. “The Wall Street Journal suggests a new name for the SAT: the Student Affluence Test,” Ravitch wrote in 2014.

Other factors that affect test scores are language barriers, education levels of parents, and “social ills” that plague low-income areas, the Washington Post reports.

Another overhaul of the SAT is coming next March, when the College Board will make an essay portion optional, cut penalties for guessing, and remove some of the lesser-known vocabulary words. But as FairTest’s Schaeffer sees it, the test is not what needs re-modeling.

“Fortunately, many more college and universities are recognizing that standardized exams fail to measure key factors for academic success,” Schaeffer said, referring to the growing list of higher-ed institutions that de-emphasize the use of standardized tests in making admissions decisions.


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Desperate America Uses the Ridiculous to Make Children Take Standardized Tests*

Education, Philosophy and Science Beyond Mind Control*

More Teachers Speak Out against the New Common Core Tests*

Top Teacher Explains Why She Resigned from Common Core*

Advanced Placement Exams Synchronizing with Common Core Sub-standards*

From Public Schools to Indoctrination Centres*

Education Beyond Brainwashing*

The Essential Facts about How Common Core Became a Reality and Its Rebranding*

Teacher Disciplined Because Her Students’ Scores are too High*

Common Core is for Your Kids not Bill Gates’*

Getting the Perfect Education for Your Child*

Amsterdam Revolts against the Neo-liberalism in Education

Children Exposed to GMO Soy Pesticides Suffer ‘Serious Genetic Damage*

Children Exposed to GMO Soy Pesticides Suffer ‘Serious Genetic Damage*

By Christina Sarich

A 2015 study has shown that children exposed to pesticides used to grow GM soy suffer serious genetic damage. Does this mean that our children will suffer the same fate as those unfortunate enough to live near GM soy fields in Argentina?

Researchers from the National University of Río Cuarto, Cordoba (UNRC) compared children who lived close to a GM-soy growing area in Argentina to children who lived in another city in Cordoba that was not adjacent to GM soy fields.

Genetic damage in the group of exposed children was 44% higher than in the unexposed children.

Children living less than 500m from crops routinely sprayed with glyphosate, cypermethrin, and chlorpyrifos were seriously damaged.

The researchers found that of the exposed children, 40% had varying persistent symptoms, such as repetitive sneezing, respiratory distress, cough, bronchospasm, skin itching or stains, nose itching or bleeding, lacrimation, and eye and ear burning or itching. None of the children who had not been exposed described any persistent symptoms.

The level of genetic damage detected in this experiment is reversible, so the authors suggested that the children should be followed up to establish whether biological markers of cell damage continue to be present.

The lead researcher, Delia Aiassa, wanted to study children because their genes are still developing, and genetic damage at their young age could determine future health (epigenetics). Damage observed in the exposed children included:

  • Cytogenetic damage (damage to the structure and function of the cell, especially chromosomes)
  • Increased frequency of DNA damage to chromosomes in childhood that is predictive of the development of cancer in adults.

The study abstract concludes:

“Results. A significant difference was observed between exposed children living less than 500 m from areas subjected to spraying and those who were not exposed. Forty percent of exposed children suffer some type of persistent condition, which may be associated with chronic exposure to pesticides.

Conclusions. Results indicate that genotoxicity is present in a group of children compared to the other one, and highlight the importance of the micronucleus assay in buccal mucosa cells for genetic bio-monitoring and public health surveillance. This assay is capable of detecting a level of damage that can be reversible”

Approximately 94% of soy grown in the US is genetically modified, according to some estimates.

Related Topics:

Scientists Warn “Supercharged” GMOs Could be Used as Bio-weapons*

Monsanto’s GMO Bt Toxins Found in 93% of Pregnant Women*

U.S. Diplomacy: Retaliation and Pain for Countries that Reject GMO’s*

In Brazil Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing Cancer after Approving 3 GM Crops*

This Month the U.N. Launches a Blueprint for NWO with the Help of the Pope*

This Month the U.N. Launches a Blueprint for NWO with the Help of the Pope*

By Michael Snyder

Did you know that the U.N. is planning to launch a “new universal agenda” for humanity in September 2015?  That phrase does not come from me – it is actually right in the very first paragraph of the official document that every U.N member nation will formally approve at a conference later this month.

The entire planet is going to be committing to work toward 17 sustainable development goals and 169 specific sustainable development targets, and yet there has been almost a total media blackout about this here in the United States.

The U.N. document promises that this plan will “transform our world for the better by 2030“, and yet very few Americans have even heard of the 2030 Agenda at this point.  Instead, most of us seem to be totally obsessed with the latest celebrity gossip or the latest nasty insults that our puppet politicians have been throwing around at one another.  It absolutely amazes me that more people cannot understand that Agenda 2030 is a really, really big deal.  When will people finally start waking up?

NWO FamilyAs I discussed in a previous article, the 2030 Agenda is taking the principles and goals laid out in Agenda 21 to an entirely new level.  Agenda 21 was primarily focused on the environment, but the 2030 Agenda addresses virtually all areas of human activity.  It truly is a blueprint for global governance.

And later this month, nearly every nation on the entire planet is going to be signing up for this new agenda.  The general population of the planet is going to be told that this agenda is “voluntary” and that it is all about “ending poverty” and “fighting climate change”, but that is not the full story.  Unfortunately, there is so much positive spin around this plan that most people will not be able to see through it.  Just check out an excerpt from a piece that was published on the official UN website yesterday…

“The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Today is the start of a new era. We have travelled a long way together to reach this turning point,”declared Mr. Ban, recounting the path the international community has taken over the 15 years since the adoption of the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards crafting a set of new, post-2015 sustainability goals that will aim to ensure the long-term well-being of our planet and its people.

With world leaders expected to adopt the text at a 25-27 September summit in New York, the UN chief said Agenda 2030 aims high, seeking to put people at the centre of development; foster human well-being, prosperity, peace and justice on a healthy planet and pursue respect for the human rights of all people and gender equality.”

Who doesn’t “dream of a world of peace and dignity for all”?

They make it all sound so wonderful and non-threatening.

They make it sound like we are about to enter a global utopia in which poverty and inequality will finally be eradicated.  This is from the preamble of the official 2030 Agenda document

“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan.

We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda.”

Comment: Even if the intent was true, given the track record of our unelected global governors that has brought the state of the world to collapse under increasing tyranny, only a fool would think them capable of carrying it out a dream of peace and prosperity for ALL…, but they didn’t mention ALL

social engineeringIf it is a “universal agenda”, then where does that leave those that do not want to be part of it?

How will they assure that “no one will be left behind” if there are some nations or groups that are not willing to go along with their plan?

The heart of the 2030 Agenda is a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals…

Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

951fb-1433421092839Once again, many of those sound quite good.

But what do many of those buzzwords actually mean to the elite?

For instance, what does “sustainable development” actually mean, and how does the U.N. plan to ensure that it will be achieved globally?

This is something that was discussed in a recent WND article

“But what is “sustainable development?”

Patrick Wood, an economist and author of “Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation,” says it’s clear the U.N. and its supporters see sustainable development as more than just the way to a cleaner environment. They see it as the vehicle for creating a long-sought new international economic order, or “New World Order.”

Wood’s new book traces the modern technocracy movement to Zbigniew Brzezinski, David Rockefeller and the Trilateral Commission in the early 1970s.”

3fcd8-zbigniew_brezinski-between_two_ages_americas_role_in_the_technotronic_era_1970And Wood is quite correct.  The environment is a perfect vehicle for the elite to use to bring in their version of utopia, because just about every possible form of human activity affects the environment in some way.  Ultimately, they hope to centrally plan and strictly regulate virtually everything that we do, and we will be told that it is necessary to “save the planet”.

And they will never come out and openly call it a “New World Order” because “sustainable development” sounds so much nicer and is so much more acceptable to the general population.

Needless to say, there wouldn’t be much room for individual liberty, freedom or good, old-fashioned capitalism in the world that the elite are trying to set up.  In fact, the U.N.’s number one sustainable development official has essentially publicly admitted this

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” Figueres, who heads up the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters in February.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution,” Figueres said.

They plan to “intentionally transform the economic development model”?

And so what will this new system look like?

How will they achieve this “utopia” that they are promising us?

555c1-tpp-food-safety-twitter-partySadly, they are just selling the same lies that have been sold to people for thousands of years.  Paul McGuire, the co-author of a new book entitled “The Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End-Times Mystery“, commented on this recently…

“Deep inside every man and woman is the longing for a far better world, a world without war, disease, death, and pain. Our present world is a cruel world in which every life ends in death. From the beginning of time Mankind has sought to use science and technology to create a perfect world, what some would call Utopia or Paradise. As the Human Race began to organize itself, a Scientific or Technocratic Elite rose to power by promising the masses that they could build this perfect world. Ancient Babylon represented the first historical attempt to build paradise on earth.”

In ancient times, Babylon was the very first attempt to create a type of “global government”, and ever since then the global elite have been trying to recreate what Babylon started.

The promise is always the same – the elite swear that they have finally figured out how to create a perfect society without poverty or war.  But in the end all of these attempts at utopia always end up degenerating into extreme forms of tyranny.

On September 25th, the Pope is travelling to New York to give the opening address at the conference where the 2030 Agenda will be launched.  He will be urging all of humanity to support what the U.N; is trying to do.  There are countless millions that implicitly trust the Pope, and they will buy what he is selling hook, line and sinker.

Don’t be fooled – the 2030 Agenda is a blueprint for a New World Order.  Just read the document for yourself, and imagine what our world would actually look like if they have their way.

They want to fundamentally transform our planet, and the freedom that you are enjoying today is simply not acceptable.  To the elite, giving people freedom and liberty is dangerous because they believe it hurts the environment and causes societal chaos.  According to their way of thinking, the only way to have the kind of harmonious utopia that they are shooting for is to tightly regulate and control what everyone is thinking, saying and doing.  Their solutions always involve more central planning and more control in their own hands.

So what do you think?

Should we hand the global elite that kind of power and control?

If not, then we all need to start speaking out about this insidious agenda while we still can.


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Welcome to the New World Order

One Economy, One Government, Your World!

Globalized Education and One World Government

Pope and the One World Religion?*

Paris Climate Change Conference shows Road to NWO Weather Control*

Mexico’s Cardinal Sandoval Referred to the NWO Intent to Destroy the Family*

Ban Cash to Help Central Banks stinks of Total Control – NWO’s Cashless Society*

The British Empire aka NWO alive and Kicking!?*

U.N. – NWO’s Ordered Allow Homosexuality and Abortion or Forget Aid*

NWO’s Version of Yoga Stirring up a Frenzy*

Why Are They Hosting a Shiva Dance Opera Inside CERN?

This Was No Chemical Fire, China’s Tianjin Was Nuked*

UN Passes ‘unprecedented’ Pro-family Resolution, Outraging Sex Liberators*

Battle On To Keep Ambiguous Language about Family Out of Major UN Agreement*

From Child Trafficking to Head of U.N. Ops. in Haiti

With Cover-ups UN Quietly Offers DNA Tests for ‘Peacekeeper Babies’ & Sexual Abuse Claims*

UN “Peace” Forces Preying on Haitians*

Haiti and the Profoundly Silent Chelsea Clinton*

Haiti and the Profoundly Silent Chelsea Clinton*

By Ezili Dantò

Haitians in Brooklyn say they’re sure Bill and Hillary probably paid for Chelsea Clinton’s lavish wedding out of the kind of monies that came with the Haiti power her parents wielded.

U.S. Imperialism Fuels Itself on Plausible Deniability and Flagrant Impunity

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State helped impose the Martelly dictatorship. U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White and US Ambassador to UN Samatha Powers, daily maintain the Haiti terror with UN guns and the NGO charitable fronts.

Watch Ezili Dantò’s selected video response to the flurry of news coverage regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails on Haiti. Especially Chelsea Clinton who wrote to Bill and Hillary -“Mom, Dad, Cheryl, Doug, Justin” – about being profoundly disturbed by the U.S.-led international earthquake response in Haiti.

Read the full memo below:


Haitians were the victims of well heeled predators.

Chelsea Clinton was and still is profoundly silent about the US-led occupation and oppression in Haiti. Haitians were hurt, dying and shut out by the Internationals holding meetings after meetings they were not allowed into. It still goes on. It’s not the past. It’s not the past.

Chelsea Clinton wrote that the international “incompetence was mind numbing.” But, Haitians in Brooklyn say they’re sure Bill and Hillary probably paid for Chelsea Clinton’s lavish wedding, out of the kind of monies that came with the Haiti power her parents wielded.

It’s not the Crisis Caravan’s incompetence that’s mind numbing. It’s their fake innocence. It’s the deliberate disaster capitalism and its destructiveness. It’s the constant Clintonesque plausible deniability and flagrant impunity. That, is what’s mind numbing to Haitians.

Chelsea, Hillary, Bill, Cheryl, Doug, Justin and Obama – all, murderers of Haiti sovereignty. And yes, believe it: Haiti is freestyling to murder these Tarzans, Janes & their Uncle TomsGinen Poze.

Freestyling alone. But we’re still here. Telling the world that Haiti is occupied and terrorized by the United States behind a UN multinational facade and the NGO poverty pimps. Telling them the earthquake was an opportunity for the racist Euro-U.S. ruling class to feed on Haiti hurt. Put in a puppet Haiti president. Rob Haiti blind with “president” Michelle Martelly decrees taking all of Haiti’s offshore islands to service foreign business interests. Telling the world that Bill and Hillary Clinton presided over fake cholera democracy and elections while amending the Haiti Constitution to give a 25-year mining contract to Chelsea’s uncle. It was murder and neglect wrapped in racist Clinton-Obama disdain sold as white supremacy’s good intentions. Ezili Dantò said that, even before the process began. Said it, after Bill Clinton and Paul Farmer’s disturbing $3billion failures in Gonaives during the four back-to-back storms in 2008.

Where did that money go?

We said the Poverty Pimps had turned Haiti into a plantation and penal colony and were masturbating on Black pain in 2010 as today. Since 1503! Said, vengeance is we. Said, we’re Desalin descendants, not invisible prey. White narcissism can’t soothe and absolve itself in selected email releases. We’ve been Haiti freestyling to murder Tarzan, Jane and their Uncle Toms.  We’re not invisible.

And, please someone tell all the white liberals living off grants to write the Haiti truth they’ve water down, make themselves Haiti so-called “experts” to quote themselves and their ilk while pushing aside the Haiti voices, tell them, we’re not invisible.

Chelsea, Hillary, Bill, Cheryl, Doug, Justin and Obama – all, murderers of Haiti sovereignty. And yes, believe it. Haiti is freestyling to murder these Tarzans, Janes & their Uncle Toms. See below, Ezili’s comment regarding the most recent propaganda on Chelsea’s recent visit to Haiti.

This is a war cry, tell massah I coming back. Carrying FIRE in my knapsack. Tell him. I am Patrice Lumumba, Steven Biko, Fannie Lou Hamer. Tell him they have been born again in me. Tell him I’ve found my mother tongue buried in the rubble…Tell him this is the result of segregation. Tell him this is the result of integration. Tell him…I’ve never been invisible. Tell him, he has never been invincible. Tell him. I am melting the barb wire and steel bars of prison yards. Their going to flow over him like lava…I am returned. I am bloodthirsty…Tell massah I coming back. I coming back.”–Karma by Dominique Christina.

Barack Obama & Bill Clinton did not “build Haiti back better.” Where did the money go? Haiti recovery was about US land grabbing, privatization of Haiti assets, militarizing Haiti police, amending Haiti Constitution to better dominate and tightening the occupation further with Martelly puppet government

White supremacy has no heart. Its inhumanity and greed blithely feeds off Haiti’s grief and Black pain. Neither Hillary nor her child or future grandchildren will voluntarily give up the power and resources white privilege has taken and enjoyed from containing Haiti or Africa in poverty for centuries nor from fleecing the poor and putting Black communities in for-profit prisons and Islands of pain. Our task is to take down the imperialist system they uphold. Change the allocation of resources. Force a stop to the resource thievery in Haiti by the corporatocracy. Use Haiti mineral, gold, iridium, agriculture and oil resources to raise up local Haiti living standards, not Chelsea’s uncle’s circumstances – end Haiti’s disenfranchisement and forced dependency. Take down the system that operates through the UN, the World Trade Organizations, the IMF, the World Bank and Wall Street Banksters to colonize planet earth for the one-percentres and the World War II veto powers.

Even selfish, duplicitous, hypocritical Hillary Clinton, who is in campaign-mode for the 2016 U.S. presidential seat, said this, betrayed by her own forked tongue when confronted by the Black Lives Matter group.

“Look I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” — Hillary Clinton, August 18, 2015 (Black Lives Matter Confronts Hillary Clinton In Overflow Room: “You Don’t Change Hearts”)


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Controlling Haiti

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UN “Peace” Forces Preying on Haitians*

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The Day they took the Haitian out of the Dominican Republic*

Israeli Soldier Strangle-holds Palestinian Boy*

Israeli Soldier Strangle-holds Palestinian Boy*

By Jonas E. Alexis

The Daily Mail has recently released a report which basically gives a grim picture of what is actually going on in the West Bank. It is about “a boy with a broken arm being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier after a 13-year-old girl seen biting his attacker…” Let us watch the clip:

Some mush-heads have questions the authenticity of the video. But Russia Today seemed to have confirmed its accuracy by publishing it. The New York Times has recently confirmed its authenticity as well.

But the deeper question is this: Is the incident really a surprise?

Didn’t we see literal torture and sodomy at Abu Ghraib?

Haven’t the Israelis been doing this for decades?

Lest we be accused of something weird, let us bring in Israeli historian Benny Morris. He said unequivocally:

“A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.”

Morris’ The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem “chronicled the Zionist murders, terrorism, and ethnic cleansing that drove 600,000-750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948, thus refuting the myth that they fled under the orders of Arab leaders.”

In the second edition of the book, Morris documents “massacres, and a previously unsuspected number of rapes and murders of Palestinian women.” Morris himself said:

“The revised book is a double-edged sword. It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought.

“To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah [the pre-state defense force that was the precursor of the IDF] were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves.”

“Yes, we did commit terrorism, torture, and even rape in 1948.” – Benny Morris

Israeli historian Ilan Pappe would have called this ethnic cleansing. And this ethnic cleansing is still going on.

In short, 1948 was cut-throat competition. In Darwinian terminology, it was survival of the fittest. But how does Morris support this on a moral term? Well, this is Morris at his best:

“There is no justification for acts of rape. There is no justification for acts of massacre. Those are war crimes. But in certain conditions, expulsion is not a war crime. I don’t think that the expulsions of 1948 were war crimes. You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. You have to dirty your hands.”

Ari Shavit, the interviewer, was quite puzzled: “You do not condemn them morally?” Morris:

“No. There are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing. I know that this term is completely negative in the discourse of the 21st century, but when the choice is between ethnic cleansing and genocide – the annihilation of your people – I prefer ethnic cleansing.”

So, according to this logic, Europe was right in expelling the Jews. If the Dreadful Few get involved in pornography, usury, exploiting the common man, assaulting the moral and political order, then Morris provides the mechanism by which they can be they can be expelled.

Hmmm…Interesting. I think it is time for David Irving to take Morris to dinner. Or maybe be it is time for Morris to pick up copies of books such as Hitler, Germans, and the Jewish Questions; Esau’s Tears, and Jews and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Russia. These scholarly studies will certainly give him a different perspective about World War II and Nazi Germany.


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Operation Protective Edge: The Dead Have Names*

Not in our Name: 225 Jewish Survivors of Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel*

Greater Israel” Requires the Breaking up of Existing Arab States*

Deir Yassin, the Beginning of the Palestinian Holocaust. 1948*

Palestine from Sovereignty to an Israeli Enclave*

The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields*

A Zionist to Head U.S.’s Economic Warfare Division*

Israel begins Drilling for Oil at Syrian Golan Heights*

Israeli Settlers’ Seize Palestinian Hospital*

U.K.’s Israeli Lobby gets a Seat on the House of Lords*

U.S. Tried to Force anti-ISIS Element to Back-off from Anbar Province*

U.S. Tried to Force anti-ISIS Element to Back-off from Anbar Province*

By Gordon Duff

“The tension between the Americans and the Hashd al-Shaabi has crippled the military operation to liberate Ramadi,” Fahdawi said.

Hashd al-Shaabi

Reports of tension between U.S. forces and the Shiite militias known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Forces, escalated Saturday with some saying the dispute is stalling the war against  ISIS.

Karim Nury, Hashd al-Shaabi deputy spokesman, on Saturday denied claims that the U.S. government forced the Shiite fighters to retreat from Anbar province.

Retreat from Anbar means a collapse and handing over the province to the ISIS militants,” Nury said.

“American soldiers don’t have the ability to control even a hand’s width of Iraqi soil without the help of Iraqi tribes. The experience with Al-Qaeda proves this claim.”

Also Saturday, Khalid Fahdawi, an Iraqi federal police officer in Anbar, told Rudaw that tensions between U.S. forces and Hashd al-Shaabi east of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi had resulted in an exchange of hostile gestures.

Fahdawi said Shiite militants attempted to target U.S. aerial drones and American troops had, in turn, threatened to target Hashd al-Shaabi fighters. These claims could not be confirmed by Rudaw.

“The tension between the Americans and the Hashd al-Shaabi has crippled the military operation to liberate Ramadi,” Fahdawi said.

The Hashd al-Shaabi rose up last year at a call from Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest Shiite cleric in Iraq, when ISIS fighters overran much of country’s western territory.

The Shiite militias, some of which have poen ties to Iran, took the lead in the liberation of Tikrit earlier this year leading to subsequent allegations the fighters marginalized Sunni residents of the area.


US Army Advisors Fail to Prevent Iraqi Forces from Capturing Anbar University

The US military advisors failed to change the mind of the Iraqi forces not to capture Anbar University, an official disclosed.

“The US army advisors providing counseling services to the Iraqi troops tried to prevent the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism forces from capturing Anbar University in the Western parts of Ramadi, but they failed to do so,” Samir al-Shavili, a media advisor of Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism, told FNA on Tuesday.

He noted that the Americans described Anbar University a dark tunnel and also a dangerous place packed with ISIL terrorists in a bid to dissuade the Iraqi forces from seizing the university.

Last week, al-Shavili disclosed that the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group had used the poisonous mustard gas during withdrawal from Al-Anbar University.

“The Iraqi troops were exposed to mustard gas in the munitions fired by the ISIL as they were winning back the Anbar University,” al-Shavili told FNA at the time.

He said after a thorough physical examination of the Iraqi soldiers who had taken part in Anbar university operation it came to be known that the ISIL had used mustard gas against the Iraqi forces.

On Sunday, the Iraqi army started fresh military operations to take control of a strategic region in al-Anbar province, and killed tens of ISIL Takfiri terrorists in fierce clashes.

The army backed by warplanes was advancing in Anbar province towards al-Khalediya region which is currently under the control of the ISIL terrorists.

The Iraqi officials announced that at least 45 Takfiri terrorists have been killed and their strongholds have been destroyed in the Iraqi army raid.

On Wednesday, Iraqi forces and volunteers reportedly retook the key Jubbah region in Iraq’s Western Anbar province, driving out the ISIL Takfiri militants which had previously held it.

“Joint forces managed to free the Jubbah Region in the Heet District,” an informed source said.

This came as part of operation aimed to re-take the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, which was seized by ISIL back in May.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

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Neo-liberal Politricks: Choking Others in our Name*

Neo-liberal Politricks: Choking Others in our Name*

By Markha Valenta

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

2_wolves_shadow_sideThe project of Europe has transformed from one of collective liberation from war, poverty and brutality to one of nauseating inhumanity for the sake of maintaining our comfort and welfare. This is presented to us as an apolitical matter: not an ideological choice made by politicians, but an economic necessity carried out pragmatically. In the process, there is an Orwellian inversion of terms, such that the failure of the euro is presented as success, oligarchy is presented as politically representative, democratic protest as disruptive and irrelevant, human suffering as a side-issue, sovereignty as the freedom to agree and submit, austerity as realistic, our self-interest as the same as that of banks and the corporate-political elite, and alternatives as non-existent.

In other words, the neo-liberalization of Europe is being presented to us as the solution to the very disorder and violence it itself produces. The policies, relations, privileges and humiliations this entails are driven by an alliance of north European politicians, global financial institutions and transnational corporations. These present the profit they derive from this arrangement as a form of disinterested ‘good management’ practice. The only future they can imagine is that of their own hegemony, a hegemony they imagine as gentle and noble. The fact that, like any hegemony, it can only be held in place by dint of force and destruction – descending at moments to ferocious barbarity – is literally unimagineable and unspeakable.

Deadly fractures

So, one of the most striking features of Europe’s Greek crisis has been the sludge of self-deceptive thinking sustaining Europe’s top negotiators with Greece. In a recent interview, Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister and head of the European Council, countered the widespread criticism that he has heard:

“I can’t accept this argument, that someone was punished, especially Tsipras or Greece. The whole process was about assistance to Greece … When we discuss facts, deeds and numbers, this is the only number on the table: €80bn for Greek assistance, and quite soft conditions. Not only [soft] financial conditions, but political conditions — in fact, without collateral. Come on: what is the reason to claim it’s something humiliating for Greece, or this is punishment for Tsipras?”

With friends like these, who needs enemies? The comment is striking not only for what it tells of Tusk’s position, but for getting to the heart of the fundamental questions about Europe that have been laid bare by the Greek crisis.

Like so many crises, the conflict over how best to address the economic conditions of Greece did not so much come into existence ex nihilo as rudely tear away the veil of politeness masking evolved fractures, tensions and corruptions at work for many years.

Fractures: over the question of how to relate the incommensurable social, political, economic and idealist yearnings of the European project; questions over how to distribute and direct the mass of power at Europe’s centre; over the place of democratic principles and the agonistic politics they produce; over how to engage the national and cultural differences within Europe’s bounds and, ultimately, over the value of human life to Europe.

After all, Tusk’s distance – and that of the entire Troika and Eurogroup – from the Greek people is literally deadly.

Just to recap some numbers that have been common knowledge but which Tusk brackets – austerity measures imposed since 2010 have meant Greek minimum wages slashed by 20%, pensions and wages by up to 50%, while increasing unemployment to 25%; cutbacks in the health sector so deep they have led to exponential rises in infant deaths, HIV, and malaria; a near-doubling of suicides and a 250% increase in depression; and a host of obstacles for Greeks requiring medicine and medical care, from closing hospitals and shortages of medication to insufficient wages to pay for the medicines and care that are available.

The more than 40 free community health clinics run and staffed by volunteers that have sprung up across country are both admirable and completely inadequate to the crisis. 100,000 businesses have gone bankrupt, 200,000 Greeks have emigrated, 50% of youth are unemployed. The lower middle class is being wiped out. Homelessness, previously negligible, has surged to more than 20,000 former homeowners without jobs or permanent shelter, while 30% of all Greeks are now living below poverty levels.

The new measures demanded by the Troika, measures Tusk played an important role in pushing on Greece, will make this worse still. Knowing all this and calling it “soft” while forcing the new measures on the Greeks against their express, democratic will is gratuitous, vicious inhumanity.

Indeed, in another Europe, a Europe we have yet to make, this would be criminal.

It would be criminal precisely for the reason that bad policies by politicians are not: the policies of the Troika and the Eurogroup have no political or democratic legitimacy but were born of informal alliances and backroom agreements by a small oligarchic clique, a centre of power answerable to no one. Under such conditions – of governance without normative or democratic grounding – legal culpability is essential if we in any fashion take the notion of a humane, rather than vicious, Europe seriously.

It is as if there is a vast, insurmountable wall: on one side stands Tusk with his single essential number –  €80 billion in aid – which he would like to have make any and all other numbers irrelevant. This side corresponds to the future Europe Schäuble has proposed, along the lines of an intensified political and economic union of the “powerful and disciplined” under German leadership and shorn of the euro’s southern appendages. On the other side stand the living, breathing human beings who will be made to pay for all this with their health, homes, labour, minds, bodies, social and political lives.

rothschild bankBeyond left and right?

Crucially, the European political parties that once would have resisted this – Labour and Christian Democrats – now have either joined in or simply stand aside. So, the head of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, is a member of the once-powerful Dutch Labour Party that has shrunk precipitously since it has joined the Liberals in a coalition.  A loyal ally of Merkel and Schäuble – known to some as their “water carrier” – and a firm believer in the neutrality of neoliberal policies “beyond Left and Right”, Dijsselbloem’s clashes with Varoufakis during negotiations were notorious. Praised by Dutch media for being “stubborn as an ox” and cheered for standing with the greats of Europe, Dijsselbloem has been one of the fiercest implementers of the demands on Greece, deeply convinced of the irrelevance of all for which Labour once stood.

This has cleared the way for a radical politics of dehumanization. A Neoliberal realpolitik. A realpolitik that in the name of Europe negates the Europe that gave birth to it: the Europe of democracy, solidarity and equality.

One of the most striking statements Tusk makes in his interview is to warn us of the dangers of radicalizing anti-European ideologies that he perceives on the Left as well as Right. It reminds him, he says, of the darkest moments in European history when radicals of all stripes made common cause.

What Tusk misses is that this radicalization – most especially the growing aversion of the Left and progressives more generally to Europe – is a reactive radicalization, a response to a radical Neo-liberalism which he himself represents and enforces.

In contrast to neo-liberalization at the national level in democratic countries, the conditions imposed by the Troika and Eurogroup on Greece go much farther, much more quickly. They are both radical and revolutionary in forcing policies on Greece explicitly against the democratic wishes of the Greeks through the use of raw and unselfconscious threat (if the Greeks do not do what is demanded of them Europe will blow up their banking system).

Sustaining this endeavour is the fantasy that the economic policies of the Troika supersede politics itself. Tusk himself asserts that there are no alternatives. The neoliberal conceit is precisely this: that its policies are not politics but the neutral application of invariant, impersonal and transcendent economic mechanisms. (A standpoint that suggests a striking relation of filiation between Neo-liberalism and Marxism in this regard.) Tusk and his ilk fail to perceive how destructive of the social, civic, and ethical fabric of our societies these policies are because they are not destructive to their own social, civic and political rights, their own access to justice. Indeed, if anything, they expand them.

A Faustian bargain

In other words, Greece has exposed the raw split between Europe’s ethical and political core. While Europe’s formal ethics are those of inclusive human equality in diversity, dignity and security, the political ideology is one of socio-economic precarity and inequality, harsh realist politics, nationalist chauvinism, Calvinist discipline and punishment. Two visions for the future of Europe are increasingly clearly delineated: one which follows Schäuble’s fantasies for an intensified political and economic union of Europe’s rich few and another that reconfigures a future Europe along the lines of its original values, willing to pay the price, quite literally, that it will take to make Europe more egalitarian, inclusive, diverse and humane.

At its most reductive, this is an economic calculation that conceives of wealth and value according to a highly limited set of monetary and financial terms, a calculation that, as it were, reduces the value of human life and a nation’s capital to the strength of the euro. The alternative is a calculus that understands wealth to entail not money and finance as such, so much as cultural, social, political, and environmental welfare. It is the question of whether Europe’s economic riches are to be at the service of its welfare, broadly and humanely conceived, or whether such dynamic welfare is to be sacrificed for a punishing, raw economy that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

This condition in which we find ourselves marks the coming to fruition of arguments and policies tried out elsewhere for the last three decades and now making their way into Europe’s heartland. Until now, their objects have been those most distant from us: far away, in Third World countries subjected to the rapacious incisions of the IMF and World Bank; closer by in the East Bloc countries subjected to a ferocious liberalization after the Cold War; and closer yet, along our borders, extending into the inner reaches of our cities, in the regimes that have sprung up to control, exploit and expel poor people from beyond Europe when and where they seek entry into what is considered to be “ours”.

Until now, the pre-eminent guinea pigs of neoliberal realpolitik in Europe have been those who are not yet, are not completely or will never be the citizens of Europe.

The Faustian bargain offered by Neo-liberalism has been that of increasing Europeans’ socio-economic precarity – displacing national states’ commitment to the welfare of the people by a concern for the welfare of corporations, banks, trade and financial flows – in exchange for maintaining a chauvinist commitment to national identity and cultural superiority.

This comes at a time when national cultural and racial identities have been under pressure from two fronts: the global market and global migration. The market, to the extent that it is translated by national elites into projects of self-enrichment, is largely experienced as a domestic phenomenon connected to international flows. Migration, to the extent that it is translated by national elites into existential threats to the future of the nation, is largely experienced as an external invasion of alien bodies, races, ideas and lifeworlds.    

Another way of putting this is this: given the choice between multiculturalism and marketization, our societies have overwhelmingly and rather consistently preferred the insecurities of the neoliberal market to the precarities of diversity.

The fact that this is the deal being made has largely been hidden from our societies by the fact that it is bodies conceived as brown, alien, poor and Muslim – and correspondingly dangerous – that have been made to feel the most intense impact of Neoliberal policies. Precisely for this reason, those who are white and (still) middle class can imagine that neo-liberalism entails the disciplining of the other to the benefit of its own welfare, even at the moment that its own welfare is shrinking.

Demonstration in Rome against migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean. Demotix/ Giuseppe Ciccia

Just numbers

We see this in its most extreme form at Europe’s external borders, where the poverty of those who attempt to enter is sufficient, in and of itself, to justify their increasingly brutal and deadly exclusion. No other argument is needed today, other than simply their economic inferiority as this is linked, according to our society’s common sense, to the inferiority of their race, culture and religion. If only they would make their culture more like our own, they would not be poor, not need to migrate, not bother and threaten us.

In this way, the deaths of the 20,000 migrants who have perished on Europe’s iron doorstep in the face of ever more stringent surveillance, policing, and legislation – barbed wire fences slicing feet, hands, grazing any bit of brown skin, border guards beating those they catch; whole seas and generations of fish fed on their drowned bodies; roads stained by their truck-crushed carcasses – all these dead are said to have only themselves to blame.

As do, it is said, the countless others transported across the continent, to be fed into our sexual, agricultural, construction, and service machines, while they are milked for the profit to be squeezed from their bodies’ needs for sleep, food and shelter; if, at least, they do not want to become one of the thousands informally hunted down, harassed, beaten, raped and killed across our continent’s cities and countryside. Or simply forgotten, for years on end, in isolated asylum centres, to the point that they go mad, become ill, kill themselves or threaten others.

There is no way to tell this story without it sounding overdramatized and emotional. Precisely because we already know all this. By now, this is just background noise to the public lives of our societies, a newsflash here and there, more faceless bodies and little more than bodies pressing in at our borders. Our politicians, our news, our legislation has been drained of affect towards undocumented migrants. They have no names, no faces and do not speak a tongue we know. As far as our politics are concerned, they are just numbers.

Much like Greece today.

That is to say: part of the shock of the moment is to see a European country and people treated as if they are a dark Third World (Muslim) one. To see the Greeks treated as a people that do not deserve to be European and must prove their intent to reform, to be disciplined, to earn our good graces. As a people that does not deserve the full palette of recognition, dignity, democratic self-assertion, and protection from exploitation that are the birthright of (white, middle-class, elite) Europeans. The invisible boundary that divided the world between the West and the poor, brown, Muslim Rest has been breached.

Which is not to say Europe has not been practicing. On those who live in between. The poor, brown and Muslim semi-citizens of our inner cities.

A few days before the Greek crisis broke, another crisis erupted in the Netherlands. The police in The Hague killed a brown man, a visitor from Aruba, one of the Dutch kingdom’s four countries. Mitch Henriquez was just leaving a summer music festival, being rowdy with his friends. The police told him to tone it down and move on. A minute later five policemen were sitting on him, then put him in the car in handcuffs to take him to the station. The next day he was dead.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office sent out a press release. It said that Mitch Henriquez had become unwell in the car, the officers had tried to reanimate him, but that this had ultimately failed. None of this was of interest to any news media – as Holland’s one Black TV show host tweeted.

Until a video appeared.

On the video, one of the officers is choking Henriquez. By the time, the officers massed on his body step away, he is unconscious, head lolling, handcuffed body limp. The police do not do anything to care for him and keep at bay anyone else wanting to go to his aid. The video suddenly exposes for all to see that the police killed him and then blatantly lied to cover their tracks.

July 4:100 protesters at death of Mitch Henriquez in police custody arrested. Demotix/ Geronimo Matulessy.

July 4:100 protesters at death of Mitch Henriquez in police custody arrested. Demotix/ Geronimo Matulessy.

Protests are organized by anti-fascists, anti-racists and others, concerned citizens. They gather not in the neighbourhood where the killing happened, but slightly to the west, in front of the police station of the “Painter’s Neighbourhood.” Its streets named for the famous artists in Dutch history, the recent history of the neighborhood itself is rather infamous. One of the most thoroughly poor in all the Netherlands, struggling with unemployment, physical degradation, social isolation, and criminality, it has regularly been in the news. Its sizable pre-war Jewish population decimated, it has since the 1980s become home to 110 nationalities, many of them Muslim, many others Hindustani (the descendants of labourers brought from India to Suriname in the late nineteenth century).

A reporter last year secured the neighbourhood’s infamy by revealing that one area was dominated by orthodox Muslims who harassed anyone not abiding by their strict rules of dress, behaviour and consumption. Even people walking their dogs were scared. And the police did not dare to interfere. The area was dubbed a “Little Caliphate” and the “Sharia Triangle.” Days after the article appeared, Dutch ministers and politicians appeared as well to inspect this travesty. It became international news, there were debates in Parliament: it was a national scandal. Some ISIS supporters from outside the neighbourhood thought this was a good moment and place to demonstrate their affiliation. A nationalist Dutch far-right group immediately countered with its own plans. For publicists, politicians, media and people across the land, the Sharia Triangle became Holland’s name for all it feared: Islamic orthodoxy and Islamic radicalism; recruitment of youth for Jihad in the Middle East; women’s religious and cultural oppression; the erasure of Dutch culture, norms and neighbourhoods by immigrant ones; the creation of parallel societies and legal systems; and migrant criminality.

And then it was discovered the entire article was made up.

Completely made up. By a Hindustani-Dutch journalist who in recent years had become expert at delivering the quotes and stories his editors wanted, especially ones relating to minorities to which white journalists lacked access, by inventing sources no one could trace. No such thing as a Sharia Triangle existed anywhere in the Painters’ Neighbourhood or in The Hague or in the Netherlands. Nowhere.

Crucially, what was not news during all this time, was the repressive profiling, surveillance and violence applied by the police to discipline and punish residents in the Painters’ Neighborhood. In an interview the city’s Chief of Police implied that Moroccans were barbarians, genetically predisposed to be more violent. A local grassroots organization in the Painters’ Neighbourhood, the “Action Committee to Restore Trust” had begun collecting accounts of police violence and harassment in an attempt to get authorities at the national level to address the problem. Stories of spontaneous police violence – broken bones, hernias, bruised ribs, torn ligaments, wounded men repeatedly untreated for hours, then dumped barefoot on the street; stories of denigrating insults and populist racism; and stories of active collusion, obstruction and harassment of residents by police when residents lodged complaints. Local journalists, taking an interest in these stories, investigated too: their documentaries, news reports and articles supported the stories.

But these were not a scandal. They were not even national news. Any more than the killing of a young Hindustani man running from police in The Hague some years ago was national news. So most Dutch do not know about those stories or those documentaries, much less about the former police officers who have publicly confirmed the violence, harassment and racism they saw within the police force when they worked in this neighbourhood.

The first reaction of the mayor, Jozias van Aartsen and the Chief of Police to the killing of Mitch Henriquez, then, was to deny fervently that this had anything to do with structural police racism or violence or that any such problem even existed. When pushed to explain the riots, the mayor blamed the heat wave. And Ramadhan. And, as an afterthought, unemployment. He added, rather nonsensically, that actually Muslims were not allowed to riot during Ramadhan. In any and all cases, racism had nothing to do with what happened, he declared. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte called the rioters “stupid morons,” declared their behaviour unacceptable and squarely supported – he said looking directly into the camera at one point – authority, the police and the mayor.

The denials infuriated those concerned with what happened even more. Night by night, the protests grew, turned into riots, people pouring into the Painters’ Neighbourhood from Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht and farther afield. Plate glass windows were smashed, a theatre trashed, lighter fluid poured on policemen, stones and bottles thrown, bus stops and refuse burned on the streets. For the first time, the Netherlands had its own riots against police brutality and racism, joining Ferguson, Baltimore, Tel Aviv, Paris, London, Stockholm, Ürümqi, Singapore. The city was forced to bring in police from other cities, a general curfew was announced for the neighbourhood and mass arrests were carried out: all men, women, and children found outside locked up. Since then the police have been tracking down all the rioters and protesters they can find, going to cities across the land: in some cases in groups of 6 and 8, in plainclothes and their faces covered, to grab those they have identified; in other cases breaking roughly into homes late at night and early in the morning to nab others.

A few days later the Greek protests against Europe’s austerity regime erupted.

One of the distinctive aspects of a hegemonic, repressive system is that it presents itself as the solution to the chaos it itself creates. It is no different with Neo-liberalism.

There is a deep fundamental blindness in our society to the violence that is being committed in its name, whether that name is “Europe” or “The Netherlands” or “The Hague.” Blindness by those living in white, middle-class European society, to the increasingly segregated, discriminated, hyper-surveilled, harassed and policed lives of those living in poor “black” neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods we need to understand both in the urban and in the continental sense.

Within the context of a neoliberal Europe, “Greece” is a backward neighborhood. Think of the culturalist clichés of Greece: lazy, corrupt, recalcitrant, disruptive, irrational and dangerous to the future of Europe. Think of the treatment of the Greeks: the legislature bereft of its national sovereignty, forced to agree with any and all policing policies handed to it by the Troika, the people’s democratic right to representation, legitimation and protest pushed aside. Increasingly, full civil and social rights at both the local and the (inter)national levels are imagined to be the rights only of those conceived as economically “productive.” Rights are treated as something earned, like and alongside income, rather than inherent. Correspondingly, those dependent on the state, a drain on “our welfare”, see a cut-back in their rights, along with a cut-back in state support and welfare.

Austerity entails not just economic belt-tightening, but also a constriction in the civil rights a state extends to its economically “backward” citizens and in the social life that it allows them. (We might recall here not only the structural disruption and harassment of youth hanging out on the streets or the police’s forced entries into homes that offer no resistance, but also a number of court cases now making the rounds in the Netherlands on whether those receiving benefits from the Dutch state – grandparents caring for their grandchildren and parents visiting their children while at work – are criminally negligeant in not reporting such family life as “work” to the Dutch state for which they are expected to demand payment, pay taxes and reduce their state benefits.)

This structural blindness of our media, politicians, pundits and scholars – ensconced in a lack of contact and context – will make the stories that occasionally spurt out of these neighbourhoods intuitively feel like an exception rather than like everyday life. Certainly not like our everyday life and relation to our state, our politicians and our police. This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates. A blindness even to the fact that our state and our society expels, represses and humiliates those who are economically vulnerable, who are brown, who are Muslim in the name of safeguarding us and our interests, whether or not we agree to that.

Much like Tusk was blind to the violence austerity has brought to Greece, in our name.

Malta. Coast guards unload body of migrant drowned in Mediterranean. Demotix/ Christian Mangion

Each of these crises have very particular histories, different actors and institutions, all played out at different scales. None will be entirely or even easily comparable to any other. Yet still, the basic mechanism is one that we must see, namely this: our welfare is being traded for their equality.

We have no way to speak of this in a serious and engaged public fashion. And that silence is deadly. Time and again, this is the basic failure of our politicians, media and pundits: they do not see what is happening, they cannot name it. They think the choice is between order and disorder; between respect for the law and its violation.

What they do not see is that this disorder and lawlessness they perceive mimics the disorder of the power they represent. In The Hague: a local police force that for years has been making its own laws, violating the law and has put itself above the law. In Europe: an informal group, elected by none, making its own laws, violating international sovereignty, and putting itself above the law. In all cases, that is to say, at all the levels at which today we experience the reorganization of our lives – in our neighbourhoods, our work, our social life, our national systems and the European project itself – the effect is to discipline and suppress those formally enfranchised but informally disenfranchised by a neoliberal realpolitik that couples power, force and rights to economic success.

For a long time, we have not wanted to choose. We have wanted to maintain both our welfare and their equality and thought this was possible. The riots in our cities and Europe’s crisis with Greece make clear, however, that we do have to choose if we do not want things to get worse before they get better. Which will come first: our welfare or their democratic equality? For how long will we let our states choke others in our name?


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