“As the looters come out to play, we begin to see what unstable means: striping the working people of their livelihoods and the museums of priceless treasures that can be sold abroad for a fraction of their value. Ethnic cleansing is next.”
Journalists have themselves to blame for the decline of trust: which papers have run their own investigative pieces on phone hacking or other seedy tactics at other papers? Which papers that commonly run stories about the sexual peccadillos of politicians, movie, music and sports stars have also run stories about sexual antics of editors and/or reporters?
Well, the position of the "west" is hypocritical whichever side one stands on. The author of this piece obviously thinks the west should have intervened somehow, even if only verbally, but also thinks that nations should self-determine their own system. He thinks that we should have done something about repressive regimes, but not intervened in Iraq.
Once these "revolutions" have reached their conclusion, it will be interesting to see if they take up the ethnic cleansing that has become so common, and so unremarked, in many "democratic" Muslim states.
“Will this organization focus primarily, as Julian Assange has said of Wikileaks, on embarrassing the United States along with the occasional mild swipe at powerhouses like Belgium and Kenya? Or will it also expose the internal documents from China, Iran, Russia, the two Koreas and Zimbabwe?”
If those who pay (including government) cut corners on the amount they pay to owners, owners must cut corners in their operations or go bankrupt. This is true whether the home is for-profit, non-profit or run by a council or other government agency.
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.