Newsletter No. 22

Revisionist historians, such as Carroll Quigley and more recently, Gerry Doherty and Robin Brown, convincingly argue that WWI was long planned and deliberately instigated by a small group of British power-brokers. This elite group of aristocrats were inspired by Cecil Rhodes’ vision of a whole world profitably ruled as an Anglo/American Empire. Anglo-American Establishment

The group included such luminaries as Nathan Rothschild, who funded it, Edward VII, who was instrumental in persuading Russia and France to join the entente against Germany, Asquith, who was Prime Minister before and at the outbreak of war, Viscount Northcliffe, owner of the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, who became war-time Director of Propaganda, and multiple Oxford dons, who wrote the subsequent history.

As British patriots, they feared that the British Empire was going to be overshadowed by a contending power. They were not prepared to see their goal, of total domination and lucrative exploitation of the global economy, thwarted by Germany, which at the time was rapidly overtaking Britain in trade, industry, and innovation. None of their elite lives were lost in the ensuing holocaust. (The exception is Lord Kitchener, but he was never a member of the inner circle.)

WWI was both started and then deliberately prolonged and the Treaty of Versailles written, in order to finally crush the German competitor.  The techniques used were firstly, to build up an alliance of hostile states to encircle Germany and then, to mount an amazingly successful, racist propaganda campaign to vilify it and throw the blame for the war entirely onto its shoulders. (As an indicator of the challenges in public perception they had to overcome and of how much obfuscation of history was required, it should be noted that in 1914, Germany’s was the last European military to be mobilized.)

As with the majority of Lange’s cabinet members being kept unaware of NZ’s decision to join the Five Eyes, the pre-WWI British cabinet were unaware of the military arrangements with, France, Russia and Belgium that the secret group had made on their behalf and that committed millions to death and Britain to war.

History repeats itself. We now have a similar situation arising with today’s English-speaking, global hegemon (with its ostensibly ‘democratic ‘ constitution likewise controlled by a small moneyed and acquisitive elite) fearing the loss of its economic and technological position, to an upstart China. The encircling alliance phase and the long practiced and expertly orchestrated, lying propaganda phase are now well advanced.  As western populations sleep-walk towards the edge of the cliff, a war, infinitely more damaging than the 20th Century wars combined, perhaps initiated like Sarajevo, by a carefully stage-managed ‘accident,’ with blame attached to China, seems almost inevitable.

Public opinion has to be awakened to the reality of the situation and alerted citizens have to refuse to go along with the manipulators. A heavy responsibility falls on antipodean shoulders. If these two small countries refuse the pressures they are under and break with the alliance, the Anglo-American dream of encirclement of China will be broken and the chances of averting the impending war, significantly improved.

Happily, I am not alone in being able to see the perils ahead.

Global Governance

Time to change    Professor Patman’s recent opinion piece published in the NZ Herald was timely. In it he decries the populist policies offered by the US /UK leadership of a western alliance intent on dragging NZ into a cold war with its main trading partner. To counter this, in his words “New Zealand must be prepared to work with other like-minded states to build a new global political grouping dedicated to advancing the rules-based order.” At a time when the USA is using NZ soil from which to spy on and launch its military satellites targeted towards trading partners otherwise friendly to NZ, is it not time for NZ to have another look at joining the Non-Aligned Nations Movement? 4 minutes read.

Beirut’s big bang The Lebanon in strife. A state on the point of failure offers ripe pickings to be had by disaster capitalists. The inquiry should answer the question as to what triggered the blast, Conspiracy theories will abound.  2 minute read

Sputnik refused This is a must read. One of the problems with the western media’s cold war is that it leads to the side-lining of vital facts. Russian scientific achievements are ignorantly belittled. (As the West will discover to its cost not just over Covid, but also if it ever decides to test the efficacy of Russian’s missile technology and war-waging capacity.) 4 minute read

Environment & Climate Change

Saving cities  Urban renewal: so much good news comes out of Israel ‘s capacity for innovation: it is such a pity so much bad news comes out of its population’s paranoia and their abuse of their fellow countrymen. 3 minute read.

Hydrogen trucks  A nice bit of Green propaganda – but is hydrogen power for freight vehicles more climate friendly than batteries? 4 minute read.  For an insight into the pros & cons Pros & Cons/       2 minute read

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Plastic ducks at bath-time Submarine killer robots: what could possibly go wrong? 3 minute read

Lancet voice of sanity  The Editor of the Lancet speaks with a western voice of moderation on China blaming. 4 minute read.

South China Sea  Despite the best efforts of the editor of the Lancet, the West is now on the point of shooting itself in the foot. 5 minute read.

RIMPAC petition Let our politicians know that they have democratic responsibilities and cannot make decisions on military involvement overseas without consultation and paying heed to public opinion.  1 minute read

Human Rights & Justice

Free social media  Freedom of speech. Facebook makes Aliyah 3 minute read

Israeli war crimes  Roosting chooks gather on a distant horizon. 5 minute read

Trump executes  Fifty-five countries, including Japan, China, India, most Moslem countries (excluding Turkey) and the USA continue to execute. Canada, Russia, the EU and almost all Southern Hemisphere countries have abolished the death penalty either in statute and/or in practice.   2 minute read

2 thoughts on “Newsletter No. 22

  1. Laurie Ross says:

    Thankyou for another great selection of articles on important international affairs in your Paddlenow newsletter. I have read most of them and could offer many comments, but will just make one, relating to my focus on development of New Zealand’s Defence and Foreign policy for International Peacemaking services. This involves withdrawing from the American military tentacles of corporate defence systems politically, financially and culturally.
    NZ was able to achieve the Nuclear Free Zone policy of 1984 because we were brave and diplomatic in our rejection of US nuclear weapon deterrence defence ideology. The US expelled NZ from the ANZUS defence alliance, which was what a majority of NZers had been advocating. Our stance is rooted in the principles of the United Nations rules-based order of international relations. This is the foundation for global peacemaking policy in action.
    NZ remained good friends with the US despite disapproval and pressure to kowtow.
    We recognise that the US and many nations are still locked into the warfare mentality and choose to use their wealth and freedom to justify enormous investment, training, preparation and cultural indoctrination for war.
    Imagine if the USA really led the way by massive investment in peacemaking economic policies, based on social justice, well-being and environmental protection for humanity and the planet.
    New Zealand’s role is to set a good example by applying these principles to spectrum of policies, both domestically and internationally, as formulated in the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This requires redirection of billions of dollars from military warfare and weapon production, into real protection of people and nature, from disease, poverty, pollution, Climate Crisis, etc. NZ can help lead countries in developing non-military defence policies and the new Global Economics for Peace and Security.

  2. Budyong says:

    Here’s a very good analysis done here in little old NZ of the pros and cons of hydrogen. It does not seem to be what it is cracked up to be in the two items you have used Hugh. I suggest people who want to get a fuller view of the realities of whether hydrogen can really help with our emissions crisis read it. One day we may all have to face the reality that we need to use less energy. We keep trying to come up with ways to maintain lifestyles that our planet does not have enough resources to continue to support. You can find it here in edition 82.

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