My reflections on politics, human rights, philosophy, economics and other social issues.

Moving to another blog

Here is my new blog – The Revolution in Permanence.

The Execution of Mu’ammar Qadhdhafi

Libyan dictator Mu’ammar Qadhdhafi has been summarily executed. It is unclear if he was shot or beaten to death, but the footage also shows that he was sodomised before being murdered. This was not enough – the morbid and obscene treatment of his body is even more horrific and leaves me speechless. Qadhdhafi’s death shows who hijacked the glorious revolution of the Libyan masses against a hypocritical tyrant – Taliban-like militias supported and trained by the United States.  More and more atrocities committed by the NATO rebels are being revealed. Others murdered included Qadhdhafi’s son Muatassim and army chief Abu Bakr Yunis Jabr.

Muatassem Qadhdhafi, who personally executed soldiers who refused to shoot at protesters, is seen here with fellow war criminal, Hillary Clinton, 21 April 2009.

Dobrica Ćosić: Not Nobelized

Today, a hoax website under domain nobelprizeliterature.org published fake news of Serbian writer and nationalist politician, Dobrica Ćosić, allegedly being the Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. One of the largest radio and television broadcasters in Serbia, B92, issued an apology to all visitors of its website, especially Dobrica Ćosić, for publishing this misinformation as real. The same happened to The Guardian on its live blog and a Serbian tabloid newspaper, Kurir. This is the statement issued by the perpetrators:

“The purpose of our activity is to bring to the attention of the Serbian public dangerous influence of the writer Dobrica Cosic, who has been, again this year, proclaimed by some as a serious contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dobrica Cosic, author and public political figure, active for decades, always close to the highest political power and those who exercise it, from the Communist Party of former SFRY,  inspirators of their manifest of Serbian nationalism, infamous Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of sciences, former president of the Milosevic’s wartime SR Yugoslavia, to present alliance with reactionary and most dangerous Serbian pseudo-democratic circles in the new era.

We have registered the domain of this obviously hoax site on the 5th October 2011, as a symbolic reminder of that day eleven years ago, when Serbia missed a historic opportunity to create a different and better world. Today again, Serbia turns to war, terror and deadly kitsch of the nineties, violence towards diversity, nationalist conservatism and dishonest orthodoxy. We believe the political activity of Dobrica Cosic is still deeply intertwined with this hazardous value system, which does not cease to threaten us all.

Terrible consequences of decades of Mr. Cosic’s political, literary and public activity are felt to this day, both by his own country and throughout the region.

Dobrica Cosic is not a recipient of the Nobel Prize, although the general public in Serbia, and he himself, believed he is for 15 full minutes.

We find some solace in that fact.”

Congratulations, guys! Here is a great article on Dobrica Ćosić’s hate speech.

The last chance for the Nobel Peace Prize: award it to WikiLeaks

Tomorrow at 11.00 CET, this year’s laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced during a press conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, in Oslo. After a series of scandals, the most recent one being Barack Obama as the award’s recipient, this may be the last chance for the Nobel Peace Prize to regain some credibility – by awarding it to WikiLeaks! This whistleblowing organisation’s contributions to truth and transparency are incomparable to that of any other group or individual on the face of the Earth and it is doubtlessly the best candidate for the prize.

WikiLeaks logo

First we take Manhattan: Wall Street revolution!

After a great disappointment in Wisconsin, a new revolutionary movement is born – Occupy Wall Street! Heroic resistance of these brave people to global capitalism, which Wall Street symbolises, is truly inspiring. On the other hand, a shocking media blockade once again proves that there is no, nor there can be, press freedom in a capitalist society. The role of the media is that of an ideological state apparatus and that is what is crucial to understand when analysing the coverage (or lack of it) of the Wall Street revolution. The New York Times is the best example:

The New York Times: it only takes 20 minutes to shift the blame

Belgrade gay pride parade banned!

Today, Serbia capitulated to the hooligans. Corrupt politicians were afraid of the coming elections and they decided to ban the unpopular manifestation. I am horrified and the shock and disbelief is even greater than two years ago because the pride parade finally happened in 2010 and, amid violence and clashes between the police and the hooligans no participants were injured (except a Swiss national who was followed by the right-wing extremists and beaten after the parade’s end) and now we returned to that September day when, less than 24 hours before the 2009 manifestation began, government decided to ban it. Another shocking detail about this scandalous move is that it was made only hours after the Patriarch Irinej’s homophobic speech in which he called the event “parade of shame” and insulted its participants. This tells a lot about the power of the Serbian Orthodox Church in this country.

Belgrade gay pride parade logo

Troy Davis murdered

Another man was executed in the United States. As overwhelming evidence suggests, Troy Davis, who for decades symbolised opposition to the idea that state has right to kill people, was an innocent person. His name will be remembered forever and will continue to inspire people to fight against death penalty by any means necessary. Barack Obama, who refused to intervene and save Troy’s life, is complicit in the act of murder. Never forget.

We are all Troy Davis!