Lizard introduced me to Moon of Alabama, and SK to Vineyard of the Saker. I’ve been impressed with both over time – these guys get it. They are highly cynical of western politics, seeing through much of the bullshit. One thing that annoys me is how agents of western imperialism latch on to phrases like “democracy” and “human rights’ even as they don’t give two shits for such concepts, only using them as window dressing.
It was interesting, for instance, to see Western NGO’s like Agency for International Development and National Endowment for Democracy go into Ukraine and pour hundreds of millions of dollars in to spark and uprising, and then stand back and criticize the government of Ukraine if it dared react. That is the purpose of such activities, to incite rebellion so as to open up countries like Ukraine for penetration by western capitalist agents. Something similar is going on in Hong Kong right now, and they are always busy in places like Venezuela and Cuba – anywhere where there is resistance to western capitalist agents, the NGO’s are working the turf, trying to undermine the existing governments, and waiting to pounce should there be any reaction to their subversion. They reek of hypocrisy.
The fact is that western human rights organizations are below contempt. Some are political tools in the hands of the Empire (Human Rights Watch), some are full of western intelligence agents (Medecins Sans Frontieres, OSCE monitors), some are lead by cynical bureaucrats who use idealistic young delegates as cannon fodder (ICRC), some are used by big business as a tool (Greenpeace) while others are quasi-official CIA tools (NED, Freedom House, Open Society Foundation, etc.).
The funny thing in this case is that the photo is not taken in Russia, but in the Ukraine, and the riot cops shown here have Ukrainian unit badges. But then, who cares anyway? It’s not like “truth” is a topic that matters to HRW…
Also, from Wikileaks, the first chapter of Julian Assange’s book When Google Met Wikileaks is online. It’s long, detailed, so set aside time if you’re inclined to be curious about it. I was impressed with Assange’s grasp of international politics, far more sophisticated than my own (not surprising), but I intend to re-read it for that purpose alone.