Daily Archives: November 13, 2010

Al Jazeera Releases Photographs of Sri Lankan Genocide Against Tamils in 2010

The video referred to below can be seen at my video site here.

Yesterday, Al Jazeera released a video of unknown provenance that showed what appeared to be war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan state against Tamil Tiger rebels and Tamil civilians during the routing of the Tigers in Sri Lanka this spring.

The Civil War in Sri Lanka is highly controversial. A good neutral overview is here.

I have always supported the just struggle of the Sri Lankan Tamils for self-determination in Sri Lanka. That doesn’t necessarily mean support for the Tamil Tigers, whose tactics were often horrible. But do not the natives have a right to resist settler-colonization, ethnic warfare, ethnic cleansing, extreme, Nazi-like fascist racism and genocide?

Sure they do.

Do we quibble about the just nature of the struggle of the Native Americans, the Black slave revolts, the various anti-colonial wars, the anti-Nazi resistance, the Allies’ war against Nazi Orcs in WW2, the Chechens, Kashmiris, Basques, Acehese, East Timorese, South Sudanese, Darfurians, Polisario Front, PKK in Kurdistan, Tibetans, Uighurs, various self-determination struggles in Burma and India, just because we disagree with their tactics?

Of course not.

And the Tamil struggle was just as valid as that of the Native Americans or any of the rest of the above.

Briefly, after Sri Lanka achieved independence, the Buddhist Sinhalese instituted a ferociously racist project against the minority Hindu Tamils that culminated in repeated pogroms. It was like Christallnact from 1947-1983. The Tamils, after decades of petitioning peacefully for change, took up arms in self-defense in 1983. For some time, they achieved great success to the point of having a near-autonomous area in the North.

In the last few years, serious errors on the part of the Tigers, including attacks on all of their Tamil political rivals, combined with huge arms purchases by the Nazi Sri Lankan state, mostly purchased from Tony Blair in the UK, allowed the government to pursue a major offensive against the Tamils.

The area controlled by the Tamils shrunk more and more, until gradually they were cornered in a small area. As the state closed in, they unleashed genocide against the Tigers and the civilians who supported them. Surrendering Tigers were bound and tied and executed in huge numbers. Soldiers and plainclothes death squads in white vans roamed the area, picking up Tamil civilians, often young men. Many disappeared and later turned up dead.

Fleeing civilians were forced back into the Tamil-held area, and then mass-shelled. Overflowing Tamil hospitals were deliberately attacked over and over. Waves of Tamil refugees moving across the land were deliberately attacked from air, land and sea.

The entire Western world and much of the developing imperialist states of the 3rd World such as India stood back and cheered. They could hardly contain their glee at this shocking mass slaughter.

By this Spring, the Tigers were defeated. They have not yet resurrected. Tamil refugees were put in concentration camps, beaten, starved and mass-raped. Gradually, many of them were released. The repression is ongoing.

Though all resistance has stopped, death squads and the Sri Lankan military continue to arrest young Tamil men. The jails are full of Tamils and Tiger fighters wanted on terrorism charges. Tigers who laid down arms and went back to civilian life are constantly hassled by death squads.

The state has moved huge numbers of Sinhalese, Tamil Muslims and other non-Hindu Tamils into the area, where they steal Tamil lands, evict Tamils from their homes, steal their property and usurp their fishing areas. It’s like Palestine with Racer’s Edge additive poured on.

It’s absolutely revolting the way the entire West lined up behind this modern-day Sinhalese Nazi regime, but it goes to show that states have no moral principles, only practical ones. But that’s what psychopaths have. Every Western state supported Sri Lanka because most states will support any state, no matter how evil or Nazi, in their fight against separatists. They are all thinking, “There but for the grace of God go I,” and “We may be next.”

Good background on the crisis from a Left, pro-Tamil POV (the only moral position to take) is in three articles by Ron Ridenour on Counterpunch. Tamilnet has excellent reporting from the Tamil POV.

The Indian Maoists were one of the few large parties in India to support the Tigers. Even the “Marxists” in power in West Bengal supported the Sri Lankan state to the hilt, as did the “Dravidian” parties in the south of India who represent Indian Tamils, among others. Talk about selling out.

I’ve met some Indian Tamils. Every one I asked said that they supported the Tigers, and there are 10’s of millions of Tamils in India.

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“Roadkill!,” by Jacob Bauthumley

Road killed meat is good, my friends. Between October and the end of April (remember our English North Sea Coast climate is cold…) I eat whatever I find dead on the road while out on the bicycle for a run: a Muntjac deer (once), rabbits, hares, pheasants (the most common Michelin bounty) and a chicken (once).

Advantages of road killed meat:

1. It did not die by your own hand. If you buy meat, you had a hand in the animal’s suffering and death. There is no getting away from it.

2. It is generally organic, wild and free.

3. You are cleaning up the roads by eating it, and so it is Green and clean.

4. You may bless the dead animal as you eat and thus honour its life and gift to you. Make a point of this.

5. Scavenging thus is honorable as well as safe: I have been dining off the A11, the B1150, the A140, the A1151 and other Norfolk (UK) roads thus for more than 20 years, and never once has the meat thereof affected me adversely in any way.

On the other hand, if you really hate meat then you will not touch roadkill, either!

Veganism is really a lifestyle choice in my view: we must not pretend that it has any political significance, though it may well be of spiritual significance in a non-violent lifestyle.

Vegetarianism, on the other hand, may well be the Tao of nutrition (Vegetarians live longer, etc), as well as politically highly significant (reducing CO2 emissions etc, reducing cruelty) and humane, and I would be a vegetarian…

If it were not for my partiality to roadkill!

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Serbian Dogcatcher Chokes a Dog

The video described below can be seen on my video site here.

This is a hot viral video that was sneaked onto the Net about 10 days ago, around November 2. It is quite hard to find, but it is getting a lot of press. It shows a Serbian dog catcher choking a dog that they had captured on the street. Though video quality is poor, you can see a river of blood flowing out of the dog’s neck as the dogcatcher strangles him.

The stray dog and cat population in Serbia is out of control. Since the war ended 10 years ago, the population of dogs and cats on the streets has exploded. Cities and towns don’t know what to do with the armies of strays, and many people are so upset by the huge numbers of stray animals roaming around that they no longer care much about the feelings of the animals.

Cities hire private capitalist firms, called Shinters, which compete with each other to see who can kill the most strays in the fastest and least expensive way. Neoliberal capitalism at work, folks! Hey, killing them humanely is an inefficiency, just as Frederick Hayek.

These teams round up large numbers of animals, store them very inhumanely in tiny cages where they are denied food and water, and then quickly kill by such means as clubbing and crushing them to death, burying them alive and poisoning them.

Municipalities do not have enough shelters to house the animals, the population was never educated about humane treatment of animals, and Serbia never instituted a spay and neuter program. Serbian cities do have laws on the books against animal cruelty, but they are not enforced.

Some organizations have formed to protest society’s cruel treatment of the animals and offer solutions. Serbian Animals Voice wants a trap neuter and release program such as is in effect in many US localities.

Studies in the US have shown that just sending animal catchers out to mass catch strays does not effect their population numbers since they breed so much and are always being replenished. They lead short, nasty and brutish lives full of fights, predator attacks and diseases.

Instead, strays are trapped, neutered, given medical care and then released back to the wild. This program has been good at actually reducing the numbers of strays in the wild.

One problem in the US is that stray populations are continually being replenished by stupid rural White people, who all vote Republican, who continuously dump their unwanted animals in the wild instead of taking them to the pound to be euthanized as is proper. These same idiots also never spay their animals, either because they are too broke or because they think idiotically think it is cruel to deprive a pet of its sex drive.

Another organization in Serbia, the Alliance for Animal Rights,in addition to asking for spay and neuter, recommends closing the present shelters, registering owned animals, educating the public about humane animal treatment and enforcing laws against animal cruelty.

The more I read stuff like this, the more I am convinced that there is something terribly wrong with Serbian people. The Balkans have always been the backwater of the European race, and they are not coming to civilization in a hurry.

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Filed under Animals, Capitalism, Dogs, Domestic, Economics, Europe, Europeans, Government, Local, Neoliberalism, Race/Ethnicity, Regional, Serbia, Serbs

Chinese Fishing Boat Collides with Japanese Coast Guard Vessel

The video described in the post may be seen at my video site here.

This is a new viral video that was just leaked to the Internet on November 7, 2010. It shows a Chinese fishing boat deliberately colliding with a Japanese coast guard vessel on September 7 off the Senkaku Islands.

The islands are located northeast of Taiwan and southwest of the Ryukyu Islands of which Okinawa is a part. They have long been held by Japan. The US administered the islands as part of the Ryukyus until 1972 when they were given back to Japan. Since then, they have been claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.

The dispute over the islands is a major problem between Japan and China and between Japan and Taiwan. There is natural gas in the region, so this has heightened the conflict.

No one lives on the islands. The largest island, Diaoyu Dao or Uotsuri Jima has some rare species, including the Senkaku mole or the Mugeri Uchidai and the Okinawa-kuro-oo-ari ant. The mole has become rare due to goats being imported to the island in 1978. They now number 300, and they need to be killed off.

The leaked video was not supposed to have been released. It was probably released by someone on board the Japanese Coast Guard vessel. Since the video was released, there have been nationalist rallies in Japan over the incident.

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