The former newspaper editor Udo Ulfkotte, who exposed CIA, has been found dead at an age of only 56. The underreporting of his book Bought Journalists, for example in Sweden, is a telling illustration of how most of today’s mainstream media work: To ignore, ridicule or exclude those who try to try to report some of the most inconvenient truths of our time.
From history, such as World War II, we learned the importance of air supremacy. One definition of it is the “degree of air superiority wherein the opposing air force is incapable of effective interference.” Now we must realize the analog concept of media supremacy and the importance of it. Obviously, the USA holds the media supremacy in many countries, which is key to enable them to do what they want.
Ulfkotte still had the courage to speak out. His book became a bestseller. In case you doubt what he wrote, listen to the CIA’s secret propaganda war in Sweden, a documentary by Swedish Radio (in Swedish). When a long time has passed, mainstream media seem more capable to report about such sensitive issues. If the CIA was doing this in the 1950s and 1960s, do you think they have stopped or have developed it further?
Yesterday would have been the 29th birthday for Giulio Regeni, if he had not been tortured and killed at the end of January or beginning of February 2016. We still remember you, Giulio Regeni. When will the suspicions against Egyptian authorities be fully investigated? We still demand justice for Giulio Regeni, but not only for him.
Read more about the recent tweet from his mother (in Italian).
The photo shows objects claimed to have been found 24 March 2016 by the Egyptian police (including documents of Giulio Regeni). Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.
Since the beginning of January, Sweden is part of the UN Security Council for two years. Read the critical article in The Indicter: How Sweden bribed its way to a seat in the UN Security Council using millions taken from the public budget for aid to poor countries. Another critical voice has also been heard on Swedish Radio (in Swedish).
Since the 1 January 2017, Germany has changed their law, which previously clearly outlawed even preparing war of aggression. Read more and consider signing the open petition (both in German).
This is a translation of one of the comments, from a person who signed the petition:
As a member of the Bundeswehr, I am committed to maintaining peace. And the abolition of § 80 from the Criminal Code is a considerable threat to peace and, in my view, is a preparation to endanger peace in the near future.
However, already before this change, the old law didn’t stop Germany from participating in wars of aggression.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has been heavily criticized for not following the will of Alfred Nobel, and for sometimes even awarding alleged war criminals. One such example is Henry Kissinger, who is this year invited as an honored guest by the Norwegian Nobel Committee and the University of Oslo. The Nobel Peace Prize Watch and a number of co-signatories now call for prosecutorial action by Norway. Read more about the controversy regaring Kissinger’s prize in Time and the request for summons on nobelwill.org. Earlier, the antiwar group CodePink has attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on Kissinger.
After fifteen years of the latest war in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is reported to consider to opening a full-blown investigation on war crimes in Afghanistan. Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the Taliban, Afghan government forces and US troops as well as the CIA all appeared to have carried out war crimes. What took ICC so long? And what about the European countries, Canada and Australia, which have cooperated with the US/NATO? ICC has lost much credibility, because of their focus on crimes committed in Africa, while turning a blind eye to much of the rest of the world. Because of ICC’s track record of selective justice, it is not surprising that South Africa, Burundi and Gambia are leaving ICC and it would be very surprising if ICC would really go ahead and accuse the powerful (remember the “Hague invasion clause”).
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) outlaws the use of death penalty on a person who was under 18 when they committed a capital offence. However, that has not stopped Iran from placing juveniles on death row. Read about the case of Zeinab Sokian and Amnesty’s report Growing up on death row.