Mr Poop Goes for a Walk

Amnesty International’s attacks on Sri Lanka’s poor war-time human rights record were rebutted with a kneejerk response from nationalistic Sinhalese politicians: “Amnesty is attacking Sri Lanka because it’s in the pay of the LTTE”. Most people (myself included) scoffed at such paranoid and ridiculous attacks on Amnesty. After all, this was Amnesty International, a neutral organisation dedicated to exposing wrongdoing across on the planet, not beholden to any government and funded solely by its member’s donations.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The paranoids have finally been proven correct. In a bizarre move, Amnesty proudly proclaimed receiving over $50,0000 from an LTTE front organisation, the Canadian Tamil Congress, which recently held fundraising ‘walk-a-thon’ in Toronto for Amnesty International.

 

Alex Neve, Amnesty International accepting $50,000 from the Canadian Tamil Congress, 21st January, 2012

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“If you are sure you convict him; if you are not you acquit him. That is all there is to it.”

The English jury is a remarkable political institution. It selects twelve ordinary people chosen at random from the widest population; it convenes them for a particular trial; it entrusts them with the ultimate power of decision; it permits them to carry on deliberations in secret and to report their final judgment without giving reasons for it; and after their brief and unpaid service to the state has been completed, it orders them to disband and return to private life.

Until I was called up for jury service recently, this was an abstract thought experiment. After having served and decided on three criminal trials, I consider it a privilege to have been allowed to take part in an all-too-rare exercise in genuine democracy and believe that a jury trial remains a fundamental barrier against tyranny and an over-mighty state.

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I’m With You To The Bitter End

What do you call someone who incites violence and forments insurrection from afar, yet resolutely refuses to place himself in the same danger he advocates for others? A fool, clueless moron or a Grade A hypocrite?

Graham Williamson, director of the laughably misnamed ‘human rights campaign group’ Act Now (in reality a European-fronted pro-LTTE pressure group) is that Grade A hypocrite. Antony Lowenstein has already taken the space reserved for ‘clueless moron’.

Wiilamson (left) waiting for the Bitter End

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Bill Hicks Was Wrong

“By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising…kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I’m doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan’s little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now…. Seriously, I know the marketing people: ‘There’s gonna be a joke comin’ up.’ There’s no fuckin’ joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself…borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something…rid the world of your evil fuckin’ presence.”

Hicks (1961-1994), one of the greatest comedians of the 20th Century was right about so many things, but on this he may have been ever so slightly wrong. Case for the defence, this 2003 advert for AmEx featuring Martin Scorsese collecting his nephew’s birthday party pictures from an instant photo developers.

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“We are not a criminal organisation” – Head of LTTE in Switzerland

In a revealing interview by the Swiss newspaper, “20 mins online” on 6thNovember, the new commander of the LTTE in Switzerland revealed the massive financial support given by Diaspora Tamils to the LTTE from Switzerland, his unwavering belief in the possibility of attaining Eelam (an independent Tamil homeland carved out from within Sri Lanka), the new direction of the overseas LTTE,  how Sri Lanka’s secret agents combat the overseas LTTE and of Switzerland’s shameful capitulation to terrorism.

Eelam-on-the Alps

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Happy 100th Birthday, General.

Guided by this Great Commander’s leadership, an impoverished South-east Asian country survived the Japanese Empire, ejected its French colonial masters (shattering forever the myth of Western military invincibility), defeated the American invaders, re-unified their country, crushed the genocidal Cambodian communists and defeated a Chinese invasion.

 Victorious NVA troops entering Saigon, 1975

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London is looted and ransacked – Amnesty Int’l calls for restraint by “all sides”

What was Amnesty International’s reaction to the London Riots when feral mobs of looters ransacked, burnt and pillaged their way through large parts of the city with the Met impotently standing aside and watching the mayhem unfold? To “call for restraint from all sides”.

This looter couldn’t restrain himself from setting fire to a van and robbing a sporting goods store.

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