Chandran NAIR: The Rest cannot be passive spectators; The Hindustan Times, Sept 9, 2014

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The Rest cannot be passive spectators
By Chandran Nair  (1)
The Hindustan Times; September 09, 2014
Imagine a bomb going off in a European city or an American city and a pregnant woman being killed by the blast. The unborn baby is somehow saved but is critical. The mother is buried and her family pins all hopes on the baby’s survival.
    Five days later the little one dies. We are all left cold. This happened last month but you probably haven’t heard of it despite the 24-hour TV news and social media.
You didn’t hear because the victims were not from a Western nation but instead were Palestinians in Gaza — meaning they were only Arabs, Muslims, supporters of terrorism and undeserving of your sympathy.
    Contrast this with Boston, London, and Bali where all acts of violence against innocent civilians were covered in great detail by the international media.
    But you will not hear much about Shaymah and her baby. There are obviously many more nameless ones.
    How did we become mindless consumers of news riddled with lies and distortions? It starts with understanding the nature of the geopolitical struggle between the West and the Rest. Recent events prompt a reflection of global history that shaped the modern world.
    As the West commemorates the start of World War I in 1914, it is telling how the broader global canvas on which the war took place is obscured.
    For instance, almost 90% of Africa was ruled by European powers in 1914. And yet there are no significant commemorations for thousands of Africans, Chinese, Indians and others who died fighting in wars they had no stake in.
    The truth is that while the European powers fought among themselves, Asian, African and Arab nations were the oppressed majority whose resources were used to enrich the West.
    After the two World Wars an exhausted Europe was forced to end colonialism. It was, however, an incomplete liberation for developing countries because the Europeans handed over the reins of power to the US.
    Washington has since shaped the global narrative about a new era of peace and world order to suit its interests.
    It created global institutions and rules including the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO and a pliable international media. The current world order was created to hand the US in particular an ‘exorbitant privilege’.
    Once the system was established, the rest of the West was roped in. Events in recent months have made it clear again that the West seeks to carve a geopolitical position that pits it against the Rest.
    It is instructive to compare West Asia with the recent events in Ukraine where the Russians are accused of supplying arms to rebels, causing death and destruction which the Americans and Europeans are outraged about.
    This is despite the fact that the West supplied arms to all and sundry, including dictators in West Asia, resulting in the deaths of thousands.
    The West has also been the main supplier of arms to Israel. The week that Shaymah died, the US senate agreed to resupply weapons to Israel and approved further funds to the tune of $250 million.
    No European government put pressure on the US to call for sanctions or war crimes proceedings as has been the case with Russia. The rest of the world, and Asia in particular, should no longer sit back as horrified spectators.
    They need to stop being passive and take action. This is necessary despite the West’s reluctance to renounce its self-appointed global role as moral guardians.
    We ought to remember that moral exemplars like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were branded as terrorists by the West before being embraced.
    Some of us understand and will no longer remain silent as compliant bystanders simply because we are the Rest.
Chandran Nair is founder and CEO, Global Institute for Tomorrow, a Hong Kong-based think-tank.
Notes / m.z.
More articles by Chandran Nair:
The West Against the Rest – A short history of geopolitical dominance by the West –  the Globalist, 13 August 2014
The West: A Minority Club —  Why not hold the West as well as the Rest accountable for their actions?  –  the Globalist, 13 August 2014
Asia’s leaders must work together to solve their problems and leave the US out of it  —  Chandran Nair says Asian leaders must realise the futility and danger of looking to America to sort out their squabbles, and see that regional cooperation is the best bet for peace –  South China Morning Post,  19 May 2014
Chandran Nair
Founder and Chief Executive
Chandran Nair is the Founder and CEO of The Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) and is dedicated to advancing an understanding of the impacts of globalisation and the role of business in society through thought leadership and positive action to effect change. Prior to starting GIFT Mr. Nair was Asia Pacific Chairman of UK based industry leader Environmental Resources Management (ERM). He established the company as Asia’s leader in environmental consulting.
For more than two decades, Mr Nair has strongly advocated a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, and has helped governments and corporations instil these principles into their key decision-making process. Mr Nair serves on the Governance for Sustainability Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. He is a regular speaker and panellist at the World Economic Forum, the APEC CEO Summit and conferences organised by the UN and OECd. He has also been invited to speak to senior management at some of the world’s leading companies including HSBC, Bosch, BASF, Nestle, and L’Oreal.
His first book entitled, “Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet” was published in December 2010.  It was named one of the top 50 Breakthrough Capitalism books in 2012 and one of The Globalist’s top ten books of 2011. The book has been translated into German, Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. The Chinese version was endorsed by Sinopec Chairman Fu Cheng Yu and Vice Chairman Xie Zhen Hua of the NDRC.
Mr Nair has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.
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Texte zum Bericht der holländischen Kommission zum Absturz von Boeing 777 – MH 017

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Datum: 11. September 2014 09:52:34 MESZ
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Betreff: Texte zum Bericht der holländischen Kommission zum Absturz von Boeing 777 – MH 017

Hallo zusammen,

im Folgenden Texte zum Untersuchungsbericht betreffend den Absturz der Boeing 777 7 Flug MH17 seitens einer holländischen Kommission sowie zu den Voraussetzungen, Methoden, Einschränkungen dieses vorläufigen Berichts – siehe:

Vorläufiger Untersuchungsbericht des Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid vom 9. September 2014 (engl.)
Preliminary report — Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17, Hrabove Ukraine, 17 July 2014
The Hague, September 2014 / The report issued by the Dutch Safety Bord are open to the public. All reports are available on the Safety Bord’s website

Der erste Text stammt von einem langjährigen Boeing-777-Flugkapitän, der sich schon mehrfach seit Juli 2014 zur MH17-Absturz-Frage geäußert hat, was z.T. auf dieser Liste gepostet wurde.

Der dritte Text ist in der größten englischsprachigen Tageszeitung in Malaysia NEW STRAITS TIMES, die auch Stellungnahmen außerhalb des Mainstreams zu Wort kommen lässt, publiziert worden.

Die Text von Eric ZUESSE berichtet von einem Geheimabkommen vom 8. August 2014 zwischen der Ukraine, den Niederlanden, Belgien und Australien, demzufolge der Untersuchungsbericht nur im Konsens dieser vier Parteien veröffentlicht wird. Dies mag ein Grund sein für die Art des vorliegenden Untersuchungsberichts und die ungwöhnlich lange (Abstimmungs-)Zeit bis zu dessen Veröffentlichung vor zwei Tagen.

Der Mail-Text ist als pdf-Datei beigefügt.

Martin Zeis


Hauke Ritz: „Presse scheint ihre Aufgabe zunehmend darin zu sehen, Feindbilder zu etablieren.“

Die Propagandaschau

tplogoAuf Telepolis hat Paul Schreyer den Geschichtsphilosoph Hauke Ritz über den Westen, Russland und die unbewusste Präsenz des Religiösen in der Politik befragt.

Hauke Ritz, Jahrgang 1975, ist Autor u.a. mehrerer Essays in den „Blättern für deutsche und internationale Politik“ und veröffentlichte zuletzt das Buch „Der Kampf um die Deutung der Neuzeit“.

In einem Absatz über den aktuellen Zustand der Presse beschreibt Ritz die Situation treffend:

Hauke Ritz: Die Entwicklung der Presse in den letzten 25 Jahren ist das wohl drastischste und traurigste Beispiel der kulturellen Erosion, die Europa zu verzeichnen hat. Wenn es um Außenpolitik geht, werden die Menschen einfach nicht mehr über die simpelsten Fakten informiert. Die Presse scheint ihre Aufgabe zunehmend darin zu sehen, Feindbilder zu etablieren. Die Journalisten sammeln sich wie um eine Fahne, um die Interessen eines Lagers, meist der neokonservativen Fraktion im Westen, abzubilden und blenden dabei alle übrigen Fakten und Perspektiven aus…

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Washington’s Bait-And-Switch: NATO Armed Kiev Under Cover Of Ceasefire – zerohedge 16.09.2014

zerohedge, Sep 16, 2014 —
Ron Paul Institute, Sep 16, 2014 —,-nato-armed-kiev-poised-to-attack.aspx

Washington’s Bait-And-Switch: NATO Armed Kiev Under Cover Of Ceasefire

Just over ten days ago, as the pro-independence forces in east Ukraine were on the march with significant gains on the battlefield, a ceasefire was signed in Minsk, Belarus. According to the terms of the ceasefire, the pro-independence fighters were to lay down their arms, cease their offensive to regain lost territory in the Donetsk and Lugansk region, and disband.

In exchange for this, the US-backed government in Kiev was to agree to an amnesty for pro-independence fighters, commit to economic development in the east, and agree to enshrine decentralization in law to provide autonomy to the east.
Most importantly, the ceasefire was to stop the Kiev government’s shelling of major population centers in the east and stop the slaughter of military forces on both sides.

It turns out to be a grotesque sleight of hand, with Kiev receiving guarantees at the September 5, NATO summit in Wales that NATO members would provide the military equipment to finish the pro-independence forces in the east after the ceasefire gave time to re-group a badly beaten, largely conscript Ukrainian army.

This grand deception came to light yesterday, as Valery Heletey, defense minister of the US-backed regime in Kiev, bragged that, as Reuters put it:

„NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and „stop“ Russian President Vladimir Putin.“

We are already seeing the result of this bait and switch, as yesterday saw a dramatic resumption of the US-backed government’s shelling civilian Donetsk, which is under control of the pro-independence movement.

The ceasefire provided pro-US Kiev forces time to regroup and absorb NATO weapons under the guise of stopping the violence, with the intent of slaughtering rather than negotiating with the pro-independence forces. This is no great surprise, as the February coup itself proceeded with US cooperation just as a compromise power-sharing agreement between the elected president, Yanukovich, and the Maidan rebels was signed.

It remains a great mystery why the pro-independence forces would strike a deal with a Kiev regime which came to power as a result of a US and EU sponsored coup in February, and whose veracity and track record of fair play is rather wanting.
A greater mystery perhaps, is why a Russia that was accused of „invading“ Ukraine as the NATO summit kicked off, would agree to the decapitation of a Moscow-friendly independence movement next-door as it consolidated its gains.

Whatever the case, the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine is about to resume. The pro-US regime in Kiev, by deception, is about to claim bloody victory from the jaws of defeat. — emphasis, zerohedge —