Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fukushima: The Most Deadly Cover-up

Never mind buggering about in Syria trying to engineer "regime change". The ongoing catastrophic leaks of radioactive waste at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant is the number one threat to global safety facing the world today, and needs massive international intervention, right now.

Japanese government is all about personally resigning when a situation gets out of hand, and passing the responsibility on to someone else, who then resigns, and so on: it's not about taking any meaningful responsibility, grappling with a situation and actually fixing it. Face is saved by hurling oneself on one's sword; social obligation is met, and yet the crisis which caused it in the first place remains, with nothing done.

It's abundantly clear that the Japanese government and TEPCO will not ask for international help. But this isn't a domestic Japanese issue; the Fukushima meltdown directly affects the northern hemisphere of our globe and the whole Pacific Basin right now, and the oceans of the world a few years down the line. It dwarfs Chernobyl into insignificance. The UN must resolve on multilateral efforts right now if we're to have any hope of stopping this global catastrophe.

It's almost impossible to overstate how bad this is getting. We're talking about an imminent constant major source of radioactive fallout covering the northern hemisphere, pollution of the Pacific and US west coast, and the evacuation of 40 million people around Tokyo and the Kanto basin. The northern half of Japan may become uninhabitable.

This isn't exaggeration: the post-tsunami multiple meltdown was mindboggling in its severity, the cover up since has been sinister and ongoing, with the global media refusing to even look and ridiculing those pointing out the problems. At last, the truth seems to be getting out. But will we do anything? Or is the military-industrial complex so hellbent on destroying Iran and capturing the Central Asian oilfields that they'll focus blindly on fomenting regime change in Syria while a valued and ancient culture in the Far East burns and dies?

Friday, 7 June 2013

Open War: Liberty vs Oppression and the Battle for the Internet

The internet destroys privacy. That is its nature. It's an absolute game-changer for our civilisation. Ever since its popularisation two decades ago, it's been relentlessly opposed by the shadowy overlords who farm our labour and claim to rule over us; they've demonised it as the hiding place of terrorists, child abusers, drug-dealers and money launderers, and done everything they can to put in place systems to prevent the free flow of information - the lifeblood of the internet. The big ideological battleground of the 21st century has not been between Right and Left, but between freedom and control - democracy and authoritarianism - liberty and increasing oppression by our own governments.

 It's ironic that this week, when the world has seen the biggest act of censorship in recent years, as the UK government stands to fall as a result of a scandal which is being rigorously suppressed and kept from all mainstream media outlets, that same media choose to speak out about something many of us have known or suspected for years - that our own governments are routinely spying on us in intrusive and illegal ways far in excess of anything the Soviets, Nazis, or East German stasi could ever have hoped to achieve. While harping on about how dangerous the world has become now that the people in the Third World we keep bombing have brought the fight to us - a fight that we are causing - our governments have been systematically stripping our civil rights and civil liberties, hard-won over decades of struggle by our fore-fathers and -mothers, wrenched from the hands of just those control freak overlords who now wish to put them back in place.

 This is the first time we have clear, unequivocal proof of our governments' agendas, and it's all over the front pages. Our media outlets are starting to react against the creeping fascism in our societies. It's still not too late. We can reverse this. The internet is the biggest chance for our nascent global society to evolve into an open and accountable one that we've ever had. Our governments want to turn that tool for liberty and enlightenment into a tool for endless Orwellian oppression.

 We must not let them. We have only ourselves to blame if they do.