The recent wave of political assassinations in Latin America and the revelations about the CIAs poison dart heart attack weapon (in use since the 70s) has had me thinking about a couple of untimely and significant deaths of politicians in the UK...
John Smith - leader of the Labour party before Tony Blair; he was in his fifties, fit, healthy, immensely popular and a staunch socialist. An absolute certainty to be voted in as PM at the next election. Then he died of a surprise heart attack, thus clearing the way for Blair and the 'New Labour' abomination that was.
Robin Smith - foreign secretary during the early years of the Blair administration. Again, fit, healthy and in his fifties. Like Smith, he was a traditional labour/socialist guy and he was also the most senior and outspoken cabinet member against the Afghanistan and, especially, the Iraq invasions. It looked like he was about to challenge Blair for the leadership of the party on behalf of the party's anti-war contingent. He would have been supported very strongly by the public and the grassroots of his own party. Then he died suddenly of a massive heart attack.
If both or either of these men had stayed alive they would have had a considerable impact on the course of recent history.
Was Hugo Chavez the victim of a sophisticated assassination?
Are 'CIA' agents scurrying around the world with heart attack darts and aggressive cancer weapons?
Opponents to and whistle blowers in the western world, particularly the good ol' US of A, have a bad habit of dying before their time; here, here and here are few articles worth reading on the subject.
We’re all a bunch of patsies in a cocaine tyranny. You, me, and even your dear old granny. Considering all the information that’s out there you would’ve thought this would be common knowledge, and enough to provoke enraged mob trashings of the devilish institutions and people involved, but no, we keep those hamster wheels pointed at the tele, strap on our blinkers and sprint towards our ignorant little graves hoping that the big angry dogs of debt and the law don’t bite a hole in our ass before we get there.
They’ve been doing it for years; Clinton is supposed to have been the first ‘Cocaine President’, the Bush family have been sniffing around it from the start, the giant banks make a fortune from it, the masters of the military industrial complex reap huge rewards from it, the US prison industry is pretty much built on the stuff and the US military apparatus is being used to move vast percentages of it around the world. Then there’s all the salivating greedy hogs in suits and uniforms who get rich courtesy of their blind eyes... For rest of article click here
Thisis a very interesting new article. It talks about the use of rap and rappers by the corporatocracy to 'control the minds' of us mere minions and to get us to buy shit we don't want.
There's a lot I agree with in the article, such as:
"Rappers such as Jay-Z and Kanye West who are supporters of President Obama associate themselves with the political and corporate elites are immune to reality of the problems Black America faces although they both come from inner-city ghettos. Money and influence has corrupted their minds with music that has “dumbed–down” their fan base."
"Major corporations are exploiting many rap stars that target their communities to sell their products which are harmful to Black and Latino communities. Jay-Z also represents Budweiser. Alcoholism is a major problem for the black community. Jay-Z is not the only rap star exploited by corporations. You have hundreds of artists that contribute to the degradation of the African-American, Latino, White and Asian communities such as Nikki Manage, Kanye West, 50 Cent, DMX and many others whose lyrics degrade women and glorify gangsters."
However, the author of the piece really shows his ignorance when he writes:
"Rap music including “Gangster Rap” is a mind control mechanism that allows youths to be controlled by corporate interests to become consumers or to be used by political interests through the influence of Rap stars such as Jay-Z and Kanye West."
Really? You fucking chump. Rap music, including 'Gangsta Rap', came straight from the streets of an impoverished and brutalised black America. In Ice-T's words, 'its the newspaper of the streets, cos we ain't got no muthafuckas out there tellin peeps what's really going on in our neighbourhoods.' Sure, 'Rap Music' has developed since then, but it is still nothing more than a term used to describe the way people deliver their lyrics by using the spoken rather than sung word. Rap music is not the message or lifestyles of a minority of highly publicised figures like Jay Z or Kanye West. They are to Hip Hop what Lance Armstrong is to cycling.
Rappers are the most public faces of the Hip Hop movement. Back in the late 80s the entertainment industry shunned Hip Hop and it's largely political and revolutionary content - it wasn't until Public Enemy blew up with tracks like "Fight the Power", "911 is a Joke" and "Channel Zero" that the industry really started to shit itself. This group became massive, very quickly, despite the only corporate media coverage they got being intensely negative. The entertainment industry was desperate to find a way to hijack the earholes of the growing millions of kids that were being drawn to the revolutionary sounds of the likes of PE, KRS ONE/BDP, Ice T, and, later, Tupac. They achieved their goal by promoting the violent and misogynistic messages of a few 'gangsta rap' groups (like NWA) whilst glossing over, or completely ignoring, the deeper meanings and issues within their lyrics at the same time as depriving the intelligent majority of air time. They manufactured a trend.
The vast majority of rappers within the Hip Hop movement have ALWAYS been conscious, revolutionary minded people, but if your only connection to Hip Hop is through the TV or the corporate media you won't know anything about this huge majority because they are completely ignored by them.
The general drive of the article in question is pretty good, but one gets the impression the author learnt about his subject from MTV and talking to a few of his cooler mates.
Check out the interviews with Tupac, posted on this site.
This is a brand new book about the street and mountain realities of cannabis outlaws living in drug war zones.
Farmers and suppliers from Morocco tell stories of their gun battles with the state authorities, and also of the raids they endure; paranoid Lebanese shoot guns, quote Hitler, steal cars and set off bombs; corrupt Thai cops extort tourists and bully their own; Laotian farmers with secret jobs recruit foreign green fingers to help with their crops; cannabis smugglers are interviewed; as is a convicted grower/dealer from the UK and a travelling guerrilla soil scientist.
The website can be foundhereand early copies of the book can be purchasedhere
(It's also the reason this blog has been so quiet for so long!)