Tuesday, 23 August 2011

War propaganda about Libya

If you haven't noticed, there's a very sophisticated media campaign against Gadhafi and Libya at the moment. The likes of BBC, CNN, Reuters, Associated Press, Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera are all spreading lies. Pictures and videos are being carefully constructed to give as much bias in favour of NATO and its 'rebel' allies.

The scenes of jubilation in Tripoli's Green Square shown on tv channels yesterday, which allegedly took place after the 'fall' of Tripoli, did not come from Tripoli. They came from a set of Green Square constructed near Doha, Qatar, which is where Al Jazeera is based. Take a look at the picture below.

If you look closely, there are some slight differences between Al Jazeera's set on the top left and the actual square on the top right. Further evidence to support skulduggery can be seen in the picture below showing an Al Jazeera correspondent reporting from Green Square.

The lifting cranes that you see in the background do not exist in the real Green Square. The cranes were used for construction work at the false Tripoli complex near Doha.

Initial social media messages on twitter about Gadhafi attacking his own people have also proven to be false, yet they played a critical role in influencing public opinion and the UN Security Council at the start of this campaign.

It's not the first time such deceit has been used in wars. In all cases, the aim of course is to dupe the gullible public into giving their support for those waging war.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

'Devil worshippers' attack church in Pune

Suspected devil worshippers attacked St Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church in Pune’s Warje Malwadi neighbourhood on Monday. Father Varghese Valikodath, who is in charge of the church, said several people “broke into our church in Warje Malwadi in the small hours on Independence Day, vandalized the altar, burnt the tabernacle, as well as tearing up the bible and prayer books.”

Paintings of Jesus, Mary and other saints were defaced, and the words “Satan is God” were written on walls. Robbery is not thought to be a motive as collection money and valuables were not stolen.

According to Father Valikodath, it could be the work of “some devil-worshipping group”. This would not be the first time suspected devil worshippers have attacked a church in India. In 2006 they entered a church in Mizoram and burned bibles, urinated on the pulpit and tore up pictures of Jesus and Mary. They also sacrificed an animal and splattered its blood on the altar.

Such incidences are fuelling suspicion of a rise in Satan worship in some parts of India. According to faculty members of Theological College in Aizawl, Mizoram, youth who are influenced by drugs and inspired by films about the paranormal and the occult practice bizarre rituals.

This is, however, the first incident of its kind involving Pune’s Syro-Malankara community. The local Catholic community have condemned the act. They have also appealed to the state authorities to bring the culprits to justice.

According to AsiaNews, “more than 3,000 attacks have been recorded against Indian churches in the past few years. Last Saturday, the glass protecting an image of Christ in St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Vashicherry, Alapuzha, in Kerala, was also smashed, the second attack this month.”

Thursday, 11 August 2011

UK riots: a sign of social decay

The riots that we have seen in Britain over the last few days expose the decay of communities in many big cities across the country. Shocking as they are, they have had a long and steady gestation. All they needed was a spark, combined with a little coordination via social networking media, and they spread like wildfire across the country.

It is rather simplistic to blame the police; they deal with the problems of society, not solve them. Years of dysfunctional families in which the father is often absent, poor educational achievement, emotional and economic insecurity, as well as the constant drip feed of a crass materialistic and hedonistic culture have all had their destructive effects.

Although sanity has returned to the streets, we ignore the deep social problems that have manifested themselves at our peril. Do we really want to live in hermetically sealed communities, relying on an overstretched police force to protect us from the mob, or do we want a fairer and more peaceful society in which there is respect for one another? This is not a time for political point scoring, but to really reflect on what needs to be done to address the underlying problems. Otherwise we may well see a repeat of the wanton destruction and looting we have witnessed recently.