An impromptu documentary capturing Israeli soldiers’ threats of violence, by Harry Fear.
Dedicated to the sufferers of constant harassment under Israeli occupation in the West Bank of Palestine.
‘Names, not numbers: a film commemorating the Palestinians killed by Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud’, by Harry Fear.
Dedicated to the families of those martyred in Gaza. Since production, at least 3 more have died since the ceasefire from mortal injuries, late-exploding weapons, deaths which will go unreported my the west’s multi-billion dollar mainstream media industry…
Watch the first in this excellent micro-doc series produced by the SGT Report…
By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze.
Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: who is doing this and why. With the release of this video, all of that has changed.
Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called geo-engineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water — all supposedly for the betterment of mankind. Although officials insist that these programs are only in the discussion phase, evidence is abundant that they have been underway since about 1990 — and the effect has been devastating to crops, wildlife, and human health. We are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent and, to add insult to injury, they are lying to us about it.
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Two Jags lost on Friday, but as we still left pondering why the state has created this new Police Commissioner’s office in the first place – in the end, we’re now wondering if he might have actually been a better candidate for the job…
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, famous for having two Jaguar cars whilst on the taxpayer clock, lost out yesterday in the Humberside Police election to wealthy Tory businessman, Matthew Gove.
Voter turnout across Britain was abysmal with the lowest region showing a pathetic 7% of eligible voters at the polls. Humberside area was high in comparison with a 19.48%, in the end Prescott came up 2,000 votes short, not enough to win this nice little retirement position, no doubt with all the usual perks and payouts of a newly created high profile public-funded ‘CEO’ office. As they say, “it beats working”.
Lord ‘Two Jags’ did surprise 21st Century Wire readers however, with an unusually relevant point on his way off the stage, as Prescott quite rightly warned the British public against the “privatisation of the police”. A moment of clarity… Prescott would’ve got my vote on that comment alone.
If Lord Prescott is in fact, serious to his word on the dangers of a private policing force in Britain, then we would hope (but certainly not holding our breath) that he would consider become a campaigner against the corporatisation of the UK’s struggling police force, is dystopian future where sworn-in officers and support workers are being replaced – with for-profit ‘staff’ from insider-approved contractors like of international companies G4S and Serco, accountable only to their shareholders.
Also up for grabs in the high stakes, state-funded gold rush for lucrative contracts are the UK’s already gargantuan surveillance system contracts (which has yet to put a noticeable dent in crime rates) and the rolling out of new drone and cyber snooping units throughout the country in the next decade as Britain rushes to maintain its leading role in implementing ‘modernised’ domestic police state operational measures. This trend is extremely fascist in nature, as it facilitates the convergence of state and corporate interests in the extreme.
The editorial team of this website, and surely too, others we’ve discussed this issue with, believe this latest move is a localised, globalist-oriented transition currently being rolled out in Britain in order to politicise the police forces, further degrading their overall accountability, and opening up the institution to a whole new level of corruption – where the heads of police can now interface directly with various business interests on a regional level.
By all accounts, it’s a dangerous road ahead.
If you are in any doubt as to what the future holds for this country with a privatised police force, then just take a few minutes to watch this shocking news report we shot recently. The victim in this film could be anybody…
What goes on in the Square Mile stays in the Square Mile, until now…
Watch this stunning documentary – as this film crew gets exclusive access to the most isolated country in Africa, which has been victorious in recent wars against not one but two superpowers. Visits to the key historical sites of a nation with a 1,200 km Red Sea coastline across from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and talking to stakeholders about massive infrastructural investment in a nation, currently the subject of UN Sanctions. Eritrea has defied Western neoliberal economic, political and cultural agendas and our cameras record the self-sufficiency experiment that has made Eritrea one of the fastest — if not the fastest — growing economy on the planet.
Presenter Afshin Rattansi examines the complex issues that are at stake for Eritrea in its battle against U.S. hegemony — from its diverse religious heritage, the rebuilding of its health, education and urban/rural infrastructure to its cautious implementation of foreign investment strategy.
To connect with a new audience, Star Wars needs to catch up with the modern political zeitgeist…
The unexpected news of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm and the plans to continue Star Wars are worth some consideration. The Atlantic’s Spencer Kornhaber is right, of course—the saga will survive “whatever horrible thing Disney does to it.” But the timing of a new film, presently set for release in 2015, has implications beyond the state of CGI and digital projection. This isn’t just another Star Wars film; it’s Episode VII, which means we are set for the continuation of a story that ended in 1983. And life in the galaxy following the Return of the Jedi will have an interesting parallel with our world post-War on Terror.
George Lucas has long claimed that the Star Wars universe is heavily influenced by American foreign policy. According to Lucas, in the first film the Galactic Empire represented U.S. imperialism in Vietnam. (Which, carried forward, makes Princess Leia a member of the VC.) In Revenge of the Sith, the death of the Republic (and specifically, Palpatine and a corrupted Anakin) parallel an America post-9/11. (Here, there’s an uncomfortable implication of the Jedi as members of al-Qaeda.)
I’m not sure I really believe Lucas on either assertion. It seems more likely that he wants to be known for having strong political beliefs and for creating art with a resonance beyond Taco Bell cups. Empire-as-America is the most convenient trope, though it’s not really reflected on screen but for one ham-fisted “with us or against us” line in Episode III. Though the world really was enduring a hard grind during much of the prequel trilogy’s run, the films themselves never escaped a certain plastic gloss. They were hardly an escape because they were essentially about a war, but the war depicted was so inauthentic that audiences never latched on. Perhaps (in addition to so much else) the poor reception of the prequel trilogy can be attributed to a simple disconnect between events on the screen and events outside. They really did feel like something a long time ago, but not in the way anyone wanted.
There is a direct comparison with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, whose first film premiered three months after 9/11. That trilogy found success in no small measure because it worked as a prism through which Western audiences could evaluate their newly fragile world. (The second part was even called The Two Towers.) Yes, principal photography had wrapped in 2000, and the novels were first published in the 1950s. But in theaters, audiences were imbuing the films with meaning and finding favorable comparison with events of the day. Here we had a nebulous evil thrust upon an unsuspecting group, and a consequent hard task and eventual obliteration of innocence. Sometimes the evil caused otherwise good people to do terrible things. And the world as masterfully portrayed by Peter Jackson was cold and challenging. The Lord of the Rings was dark, unrelenting, and very serious.
None of those things can really be said of Star Wars, whatever Lucas wants us to believe. Not for a moment would any clear minded moviegoer point to a screening of Attack of the Clones and say, “Geonosis is just like Afghanistan!” Rather, the prequels told a perfect story for the 1990s, when war was pretty much entirely bracketed by the imaginations of filmmakers. Obviously Lucas couldn’t have foreseen the catastrophe about to engulf the planet, and so his story derailed. Later planning and regrouping wouldn’t necessarily have helped—Lord of the Rings, certainly, would have been diminished had it been conceived and filmed as a statement on the War on Terror. The prequel story was simply incongruous to the times, however it was retrofitted.
With Episode VII, however, the disconnect may be righted. Already, we have a good idea of what the world post-War on Terror will look like. In lieu of big military offenses or visible progress, we have sanitized drone wars and covert actions. Gone is a monolithic enemy—that’s been replaced by al-Qaeda, personified by Osama bin Laden. Here to stay are scores of loosely affiliated and undefined groups, each with its own goal. The horror in Benghazi might be a one-off, but it might also be a glimpse at the new normal. Gone is a president whose first act in office was directing the closure of Guantanamo; here to stay, whoever wins in November, are secret kill lists and four-part tests to decide when it’s okay to assassinate American citizens.
This could be you…
Watch as London resident with heart condition is violently assaulted by a gang of private ‘Community Police Officers’, and then evicted, a brutal act planned and carried out by the TMO – a local PPP/PPI private administrative corporation disguised as a government agency in Kensington and Chelsea, London – all caught on camera.
This short documentary film by Patrick Henningsen was aired previously on the UK Column Live (14 min version), and has been re-edited to 22min version with extended analysis. It lays bare the illegal and criminal methods being employed by ‘The New Corporate State’, whose PPI and PPP agencies continue to masquerading as actual government agencies and offer no remedy to citizens who question there operating procedures. This film offers a rare and timely insight into Britain’s merciless new corporate state in 2012…
Filmed, edited and produced by Patrick Henningsen
Police footage courtesy of Kensington and Chelsea residents.
Gilad Atzmon is a world renowned saxophonist, a well respected musician and a controversial public critic of Israel. Born into a pro-Zionist family and serving briefly in the first Lebanon War, Gilad had a dramatic turnaround. He quit the army, picked up his instrument and moved to London, declaring himself an enemy of the Israeli state.
Besides producing some of the modern era’s greatest Jazz albums he also published the controversial book ‘The Wandering Who?’. He is blunt and outspoken in his political and philosophical ideas and his views on Jewishness provoke both the left and ring wing in Israel.
In Gilad and All that Jazz director Golriz Kolahi explores the music, ideas and motivations that drive Gilad Atzmon. Through interviews with supporters, opponents and admirers a complex picture is drawn that makes you wonder: “Should music and politics be mixed?”
Directed by Golriz Kolahi and produced by David Alamouti
See Gilad Atzmon appears as a guest on the 21st Century Wire TV show on SKY in the UK….