The enigma of Prince; An in-depth pod-cast discussion on the esoteric aspects of the music-star’s life and career, as well as his anti-establishment views, and his untimely passing…

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Not long after the sad passing of Rock/Pop legend, Prince last week, I (that is, me – Matt Sergiou) received an e-mail from Mark Devlin, the DJ/presenter and premier public-speaker on all manner of subjects linked to the dark, occult workings of the music-industry. He asked me if I’d be at all interested in guesting on a hastily-arranged volume of his ‘Good Vibrations’ series of pod-casts, in response to the news of the famous musician’s departure. Accepting his kind offer, we eventually hooked-up via the wonders of ‘Skype’ not long later on April 25th – just four days after reports first broke of Prince’s exit. Joining us in what’s actually a three-way conversation and trade-of-thoughts is none other than well-renowned, veteran researcher, Freeman. He gives us his unique take on the music-star’s life and passing based on his famed knowledge of the occult and arcane. For example, he notes the esoteric and ritualistic significance of purple, a colour that’s synonymous with the musician thanks in large part, of course, to ‘Purple Rain,’ the album and movie that catapulted him into Pop superstardom in 1984. Is this relevant? Well – yes, it certainly could be when you take into account what’s discussed in the pod-cast with regards to the ‘Typhonian Trilogy,’ a series of books by Kenneth Grant, the now-deceased but former high-ranking figure within the ‘O.T.O.’ (‘Ordo Templi Orientis’), the occult order which was once spearheaded by perhaps its most infamous of members, Aleister Crowley, a man who – as you’ll no doubt be aware – was an influence on a number of famous music-stars including, most notably, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, and the very-recently departed David Bowie.

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Freeman & Mark Devlin

In Freeman’s words, “Typhon is the Lord of the Abyss. He is Leviathan, he is all those things inside the Bible – of what lives in the abyss… In the abyss are the fallen angels, the excrement… and Typhon.” If you’re interested to learn how this might connect in some relevant form to the passing of Prince – the oft dubbed, ‘Purple One,’ do please listen to the pod-cast. You most probably won’t be surprised to discover upon doing so that the subject of Typhon and Grant’s trilogies are mentioned in the same breath as – in the words of Freeman again – “blood sacrifice” and “high profile rituals.” This, of course, helps lend fuel to the possibility that the musician was the victim of a dark, ritualistic, sacrificial killing. This scenario is made all the more potent by the fact that his death was announced on the day of the Queen of England’s 90th birthday, which was, interestingly enough, apparently marked by tributes of a purple-coloured nature. We discuss this briefly in the pod-cast and also acknowledge that all of this has occurred during a time in the year where we were leading up to the much-dreaded festival of Beltane when, Freeman says, there’s “the blood sacrifice of the beast.” Furthermore, and as noted by countless researchers of an ‘Alternative’ nature over the years, he reminds us that “when we look to the dates… this April 19th to April 20th, 21st era in time-zone, there are so many seeming ritual sacrifices.”
With this in mind, it’s worth noting at this point that there’s mention during the pod-cast of the apparent contradictions in what we’re being told in the mainstream media with regards to the cause of Prince’s death and how he’s generally perceived to have lived his life. After all, as both Freeman and Mark point out, we’ve been led to believe over the years that the music-star was a health-conscious vegan, a non-drug user, a Jehovah’s Witness, and, I‘d like to add here, a tee-totaller apparently. But this doesn’t tally with the MSM’s reporting of his death which has so far presented us with a constantly-changing version of events, most of which have strongly suggested that he was battling illness or some form of issues connected to prescribed medication. Initially, and as Mark points out in the pod-cast with – I suspect – a tongue a little in cheek, we were told by the mainstream that “he just happened to collapse in an elevator after having the flu at the age of 57.” Since recording this pod-cast, the flu stories have been superseded by reports that he was a victim of AIDS no less. Of course, it’s still way too early in the day to be forming definite conclusions as to what may have contributed to Prince’s passing – indeed, as is the case throughout history when we look at the deaths of high-profile, famous individuals – we might never truly know. Be that as it may though, the MSM, with its dizzying and thus-far ever-escalating array of claims and reports will – as a result – have done little to dampen the suspicions of those of us who’re questioning the mainstream version of events and who are leaning toward the possibility that foul-play might very well have been the cause. Whether Prince met with a grisly, violent end in keeping with the occult, sacrificial practises that Freeman outlines, and/or if it was an evil, cynical manoeuvre on behalf of the corporate ‘Powers That Be’ to somehow claw back ownership of the musician’s lucrative master-tapes which he’d seized control of in 2014, is anyone’s guess at this stage. It’s no secret that he’d been involved in a monumental dispute with his former record company, ‘Warner Bros.,’ a spat which gained him a significant degree of infamy when, in the 1990s, he appeared in public with the word, ‘slave’ inscribed on his face and also changed his name to, Love Symbol Album (otherwise referred to as, ‘Symbol’). All of this is discussed during the pod-cast, as is his very vocal and very candid views on the nasty machinations of the music-industry.

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The Love Symbol Album moniker is elaborated on in the pod-cast at some length, actually. We get the ‘Freeman perspective’ on the possible occult connotations attached to ‘the symbol’ which, in fact, was one of many alter-egos adopted by Prince during his illustrious career. I get into some of the details of this, putting forward the suggestion that what we might be dealing with here is yet another case in a long line of music-artists suffering from the effects of MK ULTRA/trauma-based mind-control. There’s certainly data available that hints at this. But then again, there’s also the possibility that these multiple personas were – in Mark’s words – “some kind of demonic possession”?

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As discussed in the pod-cast, glass pyramids on the roof of Prince’s Paisley Park studio-complex. Notice the one with the cap-stone? The musician is known to have expressed an interest in Egyptian history.

During the pod-cast, we also focus very briefly on the days directly leading up to the news breaking of Prince’s death, when there were highly suggestive indications from him and his camp that they/he somehow knew what was coming. Yet another intriguing puzzle there. What we can be sure of is this though: He was a one-of-a-kind. I mean – just one example – how many Pop superstars do you recall who have openly discussed the issue of chemtrails? Here’s the musician in an interview from a few years back (from 2011, if I’m not mistaken?)…

In the three-way pod-cast, which was originally released online on April 26th, we also raise the issue of 9/11, given that it has specific relevance to Prince. Plus, Freeman waxes lyrical on the thematic, occultic parallels that can be drawn from other high-profile artists such as Katy Perry, and Madonna – the last-surviving of the four ultimate music superstars of the 1980s.

Listen to the pod-cast here:

Here’s some relevant links that might be of interest to you?… First off, you can check out Freeman’s work here:

http://freemantv.com/

http://thefreemanperspective.blogspot.co.uk/

You can listen to Mark’s ‘Good Vibrations’ series in full here:

He’s also just recently released a new book entitled ‘Musical Truth.’ He’s currently embarking on a tour to support this.

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You can find out more about Mark’s latest activities – and details of his book – at his blog:

http://djmarkdevlin.blogspot.co.uk/

It’s just over a fortnight since the bombs stopped falling on Gaza. During the recent conflict, Israel was criticised and condemned like never before by well known and influential figures in music, movies and TV. ‘Conspiro Media’ documents the backlash and focuses closer on some of the key moments that occurred. It assesses, reflects and investigates and also shines a spotlight on the growing tide of support for the Gazan people in general…

Starburst - Voices for Gaza bannerAs has been widely reported, the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip – which formally came to an end on August 26th – were met with sharp criticism by a significant number of famous people within the world of entertainment/the Arts, including notable members of the movie-community. For example, when Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of the ‘90s hit, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was asked to share his thoughts about the conflict in an interview posted on the video-streaming network site, ‘HuffPost Live’ on July 22nd, he said, “I think about what we all think about – more than anything – first and foremost – all these innocent children being killed.” He went on, “I just can’t imagine how unbearable it must be to be a Palestinian living in Gaza – being invaded like this and seeing the children of your community lying dead in the sand.” A day earlier, Hollywood actor, Rob Schneider Tweeted, ‘to not be outraged at the killing of children is to risk your very soul. #Gaza.‘ On July 28th, an open-letter signed by Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem was published in the Spanish Press condemning Israel’s heavy-handed stance. It reportedly stated, “Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity (and) free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.” In response to these events comes this post from ‘Conspiro Media.’ It almost wasn’t published actually due to the fact that most of it was written and prepared prior to the truce and, as such, was a reaction to circumstances that have now since passed. Whether or not to proceed with this blog-entry in the face of changing developments was a two-fold dilemma; Firstly, for it to be a reliable, concise and informed document detailing the backlash from well known TV, movie and music figures to the attacks on Gaza, it would have to, by necessity, provide accounts of some of the horrors that occurred in that region during the 50-day-long conflict that commenced on July 8th with the launching of Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ However, the concern was, it would be unhelpful and/or insensitive to issue a post looking back on the death and destruction in the recent past given that a form of peace now prevails – or, to be exact – what is being referred to as “an open-ended ceasefire.” What justification is there for this site to revisit the reports that were circulating during those turbulent weeks and that told of the bombings, the shelling, and the senseless waste of human life? Isn’t it best to leave it be? At present – if we take a look around us – there’s an emphasis on the future and what can be achieved if the Israeli government and Gaza’s leaders go ahead with much-touted negotiations later this month. Why should ‘Conspiro Media’ deviate from that? Why post something that might not necessarily be viewed as constructive in the current atmosphere, although it must be noted that a number of those whose job it is to analyse such issues, and who have indeed been looking ahead, offer very little in the way of positivity. Tom Rayner, Middle East reporter for the UK-based ‘Sky News,’ stated in an article dated August 27th, “the phrase ‘open-ended ceasefire’ suggests a lasting end to the fighting in Gaza. But this is a truce, not a peace – and few would say with confidence this arrangement prevents, rather than simply delays, the next round of violence.“ The “arrangement,” which was brokered by Egypt and released directly after the ceasefire was called, is, reportedly, partly comprised of complex issues that both sides will begin to discuss sometime this month, as well as a number of steps to be implemented immediately including an agreement by Israel to open more of its border crossings with Gaza in order to allow the easier flow of goods such as humanitarian aid and reconstruction equipment. It’s also agreed to extend the fishing limit off the Strip’s coastal waters to six miles from three with the possibility of widening it gradually if the truce holds. Sky’s Tom Rayner views these steps with scepticism. “These are all secondary to the thorny issues that will need addressing if another cycle of war is to be avoided,” he opines. “Hamas, and the wider Palestinian leadership, want an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza – the opening of border crossings so that Gazans may travel.” A statement issued by the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, makes the same observation, declaring that “any peace effort that does not tackle the root causes of the crisis will do little more than set the stage for the next cycle of violence… the blockade of Gaza must end.” Almost a fortnight after details of the ceasefire agreement were unveiled, there came reports that all wasn’t going as first thought. The Dubai-based ‘Gulf News’ stated on September 6th that “nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting (sic) of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased.” It went on, “Gaza has been under a sea and land blockade by Israel and Egypt since the Hamas group took power in 2007. Yet at the three main crossings – the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings into Israel and the Rafah border-post to Egypt – the previous policies have remained in place.” Maria Jose Torres, deputy-head of Office in the occupied Palestinian Territory branch of the UN ‘Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (‘OCHA‘) is quoted in the article as saying, “at both Erez and Kerem Shalom for now there hasn’t been any change in the regime allowing passage for people and goods. We were expecting that the agreement of the ceasefire would have some kind of timeline for easing and lifting the blockade but so far we have nothing publicly.” Fikr Shaltoot, director of programmes in Gaza for the British charity, ‘MAP’ (‘Medical Aid for Palestinians’) reportedly said, “we were hoping to see immediate change on all the crossings. So far I don’t see any kind of improvement on this… Even before the aggression, there were severe shortages of drugs – 28% of essential goods were at zero-stock. Now the situation is critical.” Political analyst and commentator on Middle East politics, Sharmine Narwani states in a September 3rd web-article for ‘Russia Today’ (not the most pro-Israeli of news-organisations, granted), “when did countless dozens of ceasefires ever end the siege of Gaza or end the occupation? Israel loves ceasefires. It is part of the occupation game. Every so often, Israel flexes its muscles and beats up Gaza. The trigger doesn’t even have to come from Gaza – the place is simply a convenient punching-bag and is easily justified by the ‘Hamas-terror’ language beamed through western media. The goal is always the same, regardless of what the Israelis publicly claim… to cripple Gaza enough to keep Palestinians busy rebuilding lives, but not fighting occupation. Palestinians in Gaza are naturally grateful for the lull in violence, international players pat themselves on the back for doing something about the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’… Until Israel decides Gaza needs another beating.” Israel has also been publicly criticised by the US in the wake of the truce. Just days after the ceasefire agreement was made public, Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu – whose Internal Security Minister, Yitzhak Aharonovich was reported to have said in a recent radio-interview that he wasn’t optimistic about the prospects of the oncoming peace-talks – announced plans to expropriate 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank. A Washington official was quoted as saying the move is “counterproductive” to relations in the region. Commenting on the issue some days later, a US State Department spokeswoman proclaimed, “we are deeply concerned about the declaration of a large area as ‘State land’ to be used for expanded settlement building. We call on the government of Israel to reverse this decision.” Given the oft-reported strength and influence of the Zionists within the halls of power (especially in North America), one should greet these words of criticism with a degree of suspicion, if not a pinch of salt maybe? For an alternative though, there’s one particular figure with a prominent public-stature whose forthright views on the Middle East do appear to be genuine, and his name is Roger Waters, the musician and founding-member of Pink Floyd. He is, without doubt, one of the most outspoken figures within the Arts to have come out in criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in recent years. He’s also an active campaigner having acted in support of the movement, ‘BDS’ (‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’). Furthermore, in November 2012, he gave a speech at the United Nations in front of the ’UN Committee on the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian People.’ He was appearing there on behalf of the ‘Russell Tribunal,’ a “private court of the people” – so states its website – that’s “involved in the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East.” One of his most scathing attacks against Israel came in a December 2013 interview. He said, “the situation in Israel/ Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime is unacceptable. The parallels with what went on in the thirties in Germany are so crushingly obvious.” ‘Conspiro Media’ has been researching Waters for a future article. It’ll take a close and very in-depth look at his efforts to campaign on behalf of those who’ve suffered at the hands of the Zionist agenda in the Middle East (… ‘watch this space‘ as they say).

Roger Waters.

Roger Waters.

In the meantime, here’s some excerpts from a piece the musician composed for the British newspaper/website ’The Guardian’ in 2011. Titled, ‘Tear Down This Israeli Wall,’ he shares his views on the so-called ‘barrier’ built in and around the West Bank and where an estimated 2.6 – 2.7 million Palestinians reside. Constructed by Israel to supposedly ‘protect’ it from ‘terrorists,’ Ban Ki-moon stated in July this year that it goes “far beyond its legality.” Referring to it as “the wall,” he declared that it “severely restricts Palestinian movement and access throughout the West Bank, cuts off land and access to resources needed for Palestinian development, and continues to undermine agricultural and rural livelihoods throughout the West Bank.” In his ‘Guardian’ article, Waters makes note of the Gaza wall too (… oh! Sorry! “Barrier“):

In 1980, a song I wrote, ‘Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,‘ was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by Black South African children to advocate their right to equal education. That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so to speak, on certain songs, including mine.
Twenty-five years later, in 2005, Palestinian children participating in a West Bank festival used the song to protest against Israel’s wall around the West Bank. They sang: “We don’t need no occupation! We don’t need no racist wall!” At the time, I hadn’t seen firsthand what they were singing about.
The Palestinian advocates of a boycott asked that I visit the occupied Palestinian territory to see the wall for myself… Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw that day. The wall is an appalling edifice to behold. It is policed by young Israeli soldiers who treated me, a casual observer from another world, with disdainful aggression. 

A Palestinian woman walks past the wall on the Israeli side of East Jerusalem.

A Palestinian woman walks past the wall on the Israeli side of East Jerusalem.

Sadly, in the intervening years the Israeli government has made no attempt to implement legislation that would grant rights to Israeli Arabs equal to those enjoyed by Israeli Jews, and the wall has grown, inexorably, illegally annexing more and more of the West Bank.
For the people of Gaza, locked in a virtual prison behind the wall of Israel’s illegal blockade, it means another set of injustices. It means that children go to sleep hungry, many chronically malnourished. It means that fathers and mothers, unable to work in a decimated economy, have no means to support their families. It means that university students with scholarships to study abroad must watch the opportunity of a lifetime slip away because they are not allowed to travel.   

This brings us rather neatly to the second fold of the two-part dilemma regarding the publishing of this blog-piece…
Before the truce was called, this site was going to post a compilation of most – if not all – of the criticisms that were made in public by well known figures from the world of music, movies and TV during the conflict. This was thrown into question when the bombings stopped and a ceasefire was announced. After all, what relevance would there be in issuing a collection of celebrities’ quotes? Well, perhaps none if they only pertained to recent events in the region. But, the fact is, they don‘t. Much of what was being expressed was related to the treatment of Gazans and Palestinians in general and not only what was going on at that moment in time. Most significantly of all, the tide of criticism against Israel’s military offensive was, it must be noted, somewhat overwhelming for a number of reasons. Yes, it’s true, there’s been instances in the past when famous figures from the Arts have spoken out, but – up until now – these were, more often than not, isolated/one-off affairs, and usually instigated by a few of those well known for their geo-political-social activism. This time though, it was somewhat different. Actually, it’s perhaps fair to conclude that the level of protest was unprecedented in terms of its breadth and relentlessness. Almost on a daily basis, we saw the name of a famous musician, or singer, or actor, or director, or comedian, or television-personality stepping up to the plate. From Roxy Music legend and David Bowie collaborator, Brian Eno, to One Direction’s Zayn Malik, the response to this issue spanned generational and artistic boundaries too. Furthermore, the condemnation of Israel’s actions was delivered with a level of vehemence and candour rarely, if ever, witnessed to this degree. Why this is, who can say? Maybe the extent of the attacks on Gaza were too horrific and painful to ignore? Or perhaps it’s because we live in an age where the internet has slowly but surely provided us with views of the world that contradict those put across in the Zionist TV-media. It might be that people in the public-eye now feel compelled to comment on global events based on what they’ve gathered from this opposing perspective? Whatever – the significant nature of the protests, and the fact that much of them were based on seriously important issues that won’t be dealt with in future truce-talks thus sparking fears of a return to violence, is the reason why there is indeed some degree of value and relevance in the issuing of this blog-entry. It’s not what you’d commonly describe as an archetypal “article,” though – well, it certainly wasn’t devised with that in mind, any way. Instead, look at it as a post comprised of three sections, with the third housing a chronological timeline of events, listing all those famous figures who went public with their criticisms of Israel or support for Gaza and the Palestinians during the conflict. That segment is designed either to be read as a whole or – if you’re looking for something or someone specifically and don‘t want to get bogged down – in part. The second portion hones in on a couple of big names from the TV/comedy-circuit who’ve been hailed as ’voices for the voiceless.’ Question is though, what (or who) drives these particular public figures to speak out in a sympathetic tone for the underdog? Are they there to lead those of us who don’t subscribe to the mainstream paradigm (especially with regards to Israel) unwittingly down a route we wouldn’t knowingly want to go? We begin, though with the mystery surrounding the actions of two young music-stars who you perhaps wouldn’t expect to display support for the Palestinian/ cause, or indeed any cause of a seriously-delicate geo-political nature…

* 1: THE QUESTION OF TWO POP-STARS AND THE SOCIAL-MEDIA MUDDLE
On July 15th, the much maligned ‘princess of the Illuminati,’ Rihanna, Tweeted, “Free Palestine” but then deleted it only minutes later.

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The celebrity-news website, TMZ quoted a ‘source’ close to the performer as saying that “she deleted it because it was never meant to be Tweeted. She didn’t even realise it was a Tweet until she started hearing from her fans.” The scrubbed Tweet was later replaced with a less inflammatory one…

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The “source” is reported as claiming that Rihanna’s original Tweet was an accident that came as a result of her clicking on a link whilst reading about the Middle East conflict online. The next thing she knew – so we’re led to understand – she was receiving messages from fans asking her why she was pro-Palestine. However, TMZ states, “the explanation is obviously curious. In order to Tweet, someone would either have to type the message or cut and paste it, and then click the ‘Tweet’ button.” There could be any other number of reasons why it was rubbed out – one person’s guess is as good as another’s. Maybe she was told to take it down by her (Zionist?) handlers? Consider this; The label she records for, ‘Def Jam,’ is owned by the ‘Universal Music Group’ (‘UMG’). Its Chairman and CEO is Lucian Grainge. Back in 2011, he was one of a number of British business and media moguls who was reported to have pledged support for an initiative that sought, not only to raise money for the Israeli Olympic team in a bid to provide it with advanced training facilities ahead of the 2012 Games in London, but to enhance the Jewish State‘s image around the world as a result. The man in charge of the project, Ynon Kreiz, is the former head of ‘Endemol,’ the company that owns the rights to the UK’s ‘Big Brother’ TV format. He was quoted as saying, “as an Israeli living abroad for the past twenty years, it hurts me to always see Israel discussed in the context of wars and terror attacks. I wanted to shatter this distorted image.” He was also reported to have said that he hoped the Israeli athletes “could show Israel’s beautiful face” to the London 2012 audience. According to a 2011 article by ‘The Jewish Chronicle Online,’ the trustees of the fund’s committee (that included Grainge) would “also help to arrange the memorial service during the 2012 Games to mark forty years since the Munich Olympic tragedy, organised in conjunction with the Israeli embassy and the ‘London Olympic Jewish Organising Committee.’” This of course is in reference to the 1972 Games when members of the Israeli athletes’ team were taken hostage and killed. A group of Palestinians operating under the name ’Black September’ were blamed.

Lucian Grainge (left) with Rihanna at the Grammy's after-party, 2013.

Lucian Grainge (left) with Rihanna at the Grammy’s after-party, 2013.

Calls for a moment of remembrance during the Opening Ceremony in London as a mark of respect for the victims of this incident were rejected by Jacques Rogge the head of the ‘International Olympics Committee’ despite a heavy backlash. He responded, “we feel that the Opening Ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.” Instead of this, he led a minute of silence during a commemoration that took place three days after the Games began. With regards to the project spearheaded by Ynon Kreiz which sought to participate in the arranging of a tribute to the victims of ’72 at London 2012, it’s perhaps worth naming some of the others who were reportedly trustees of that fund’s committee aside from Lucian Grainge; There’s Richard Desmond the owner of Britain’s ‘Channel 5’ TV-station, former ’MTV International’ head, Bill Roedy, ’Warner Music’ boss, Lior Cohen, ex-’NBC Universal’ chief-executive, Howard Shore, and banker, and Honorary President of the think-tank, the ‘Institute for Jewish Policy Research,’ Lord Jacob Rothschild. Of course, this last name in the list should come as no surprise to you if you’re aware of the instrumental role this man’s family have played in the formation of Israel. As it happens, there’s more about them a little further on in this article. In the meantime, in more recent news, Grainge was in the headlines last year after it was revealed he’d invited Justin Beiber to perform at his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in London. The singer, whose recordings have been released through ’Island’ – yet another label under the ownership-umbrella of Universal Music Group – is perhaps almost as famous for the media-speculation surrounding his ongoing relations with former girlfriend, Selena Gomez. She’s a UMG artist too – which is interesting, if you take into account the fact that she recently experienced what some might perceive to be a ‘Rihanna moment’ after posting a message on ‘Instagram’ on July 18th with regards to the ongoing tragedy in Gaza… (Incidentally – don’t forget – for a closer look at the pictures, click to enlarge)…

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Not long later – after reportedly receiving a negative response from some of her fans – the 22-year-old singer/actress added this:

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What prompted her to add the second Instagram post? Well, as is the case with Rihanna, no comment has been forthcoming from her to date, so it‘s anyone‘s guess. There’s been all kinds of speculation as you might expect ranging from the abrasive (TMZ managing-editor and reporter, Harvey Levin – a reported Jew – postulated that her posts are the ramblings of a naïve, young starlet with no life-experience and no knowledge of world-affairs) to the less so (i.e. maybe the second Instagram post was a genuine attempt on her part to clarify her position on the current situation in the Middle East for those who wrongly perceive her to be pro-Palestine / anti-Israel). However, it’s also been suggested that she was perhaps pressured into watering down her stance over fears her Gaza comments might damage her fan-base, and, as a result, her highly profitable career. This is certainly the view that renowned Palestinian/American poet, writer and activist, Remi Kanazi puts across in an article he composed for the online news and entertainment     website, ‘Salon.com.’

Selena Gomez, 2013.

Selena Gomez, 2013.

Referencing both Gomez and Rihanna, he states, “the reality is, celebrity brands are big business and a rush of criticism instantly catches the eye of the PR handlers and agents… simply saying ‘Free Palestine’ comes with repercussions. These celebrities, varying from concerned to downright outraged, posted their thoughts instinctively. In response, a small group of incensed fans went on the attack, including some who said they would unfollow Gomez in protest and one commenter who proclaimed, ‘I hope you burn in hell with cancer.’ Faced with such controversy, it’s safe to assume that these celebs’ handlers sprang into action… “ Maybe. What’s missing from Kanazi’s analysis though, is the very real possibility that Gomez was forced to amend her comments by the higher echelons of the entertainment-industry hierarchy which is notoriously aligned to the Israeli (Zionist) cause, especially in the US. Let’s take another look at UMG for example, the company that works intimately with ‘Hollywood Records,’ Selena’s label. It’s actually under the control of the multinational mass-media and telecommunication company, ‘Vivendi,’ whose supervisory board Chairman is Vincent Bolloré. He’s also head of the French investment and industrial holding giant, ‘Bolloré,’ which his great-grandfather is credited with creating in the 1800s although some sources state it was actually founded by an entrepreneur by the name of Nicholas Groom. Be that as it may, when this family-run firm, an early pioneer in the production of super-thin paper, was facing financial troubles in the 1970s, who should buy into it but a member of the Rothschilds. Business historian, Catherine Vuillermot, and sociologist, Michel Villette document how this came to be in their 2009 book, ‘From Predators to Icons: Exposing the Myth of the Business Hero.’ They also chart the rise of Vincent, whose climb up the corporate ladder was aided along by those within this notorious Jewish banking dynasty. “In 1975,” they write, when his father, Michel, was head of the company, he “started out in business.” At that time, “40% of the capital of the family company was in the hands of the American paper company, ‘Kimberly Clark.’ Not only had the family lost control of the company, but its financial resources were insufficient to change the situation. Moreover, Vincent did not have a degree from an elite school, did not belong to one of the high government services, and had no successful experience as a manager and no particular professional competence in industrial technology. In short, he was neither a manager, nor an innovator, nor a millionaire, but a young man from a good family and a law student.” However, a few short years later, he became head of ‘Bolloré,’ with a little help from Edmond de Rothschild and the industrialist, Baron Empain. To illustrate how this came to pass, Vuillermot and Villette quote the research of journalists, Nathalie Raulin and Renaud Lecadre who state, “in the course of the fall of 1975, Baron Empain officially bought the shares of Kimberly Clark (40%) and some of the shares belonging to (Vincent’s uncles) Gwen and René Bolloré (6%). But only for one hour… the uncles accepted the deal as long as a clause was added: Michel Bolloré, responsible in their view for the decline of the family fortunes, had to leave the management of the company. Giving in to their demands, he resigned from his positions, which he handed over to his two sons (Vincent and his brother, Michel-Yves). Sixty minutes later, then, Empain transferred his block of shares to Michel-Yves and Vincent Bolloré, who immediately turned over 68% (40+22+6) of the paper company now in their possession to a holding company, half of which Rothschild immediately bought for 16 million. The deal was done. Formally, the two brothers had taken control, on an equal footing with Edmond de Rothschild. Father had given them his shares; Edmond granted them extra shares… mother had loaned them the funds necessary to wrap up the deal: 1.5 million francs was the only price they paid.” Vuillermot and Villette add that “it seems to have been understood that the two brothers should not get involved in managing the company” though. “A professional manager was put in charge of restoring and transforming the company. Vincent, for his part, was hired by the Compagnie Financiére, ’Edmond de Rothschild’ to learn finance. Six years later, in 1981, the investment made by the Compagnie Financiére in the Bolloré paper business was still very disappointing. This provided the opportunity for the two brothers to take control of the family business at a bargain and at their own risk. ’I insisted that Edmond hold onto 10% of the capital,’ Vincent Bolloré asserted to Raulin and Lecadre. ’He was hesitant, he wanted his craft to have sailed far off when the company sank…’” Edmond de Rothschild kept the 10%, and, Vuillermot and Villette state, he also “felt obliged to grant the two brothers a loan of six million francs, ‘in settlement.’ At the time, ‘the company was losing a million a month,’ according to a former manager. ‘Rothschild gave us enough to hold out for six months, after which no one could lodge a claim against him in case of bankruptcy.’” The net worth of ‘Bolloré’ according to the reputable business website, ’Forbes’ (as of September 9th 2014), is $8.3 billion. Its portfolio includes interests in banking, rubber and oil palm plantations, media marketing, cinema distribution, video-game console accessories, and also a 5% stake in ‘Vivendi,’ the very company that influences (whether directly or indirectly and in whatever shape or form) the careers of Rihanna and Selena Gomez through UMG.

Vincent Bolloré.

Vincent Bolloré.

Just how deeply was Vincent Bolloré influenced by the Rothschilds during his time under their wing in the 1970s and early ‘80s, and to what extent does it impact on him today, especially with regards to his dealings in the music-business and the artists/performers within his jurisdiction? Before you ponder on that, take note of his rather intriguing family-tree – it might help you reach some answers; His maternal grandmother went by the name of Nicole Marie Goldschmidt. According to research conducted by ‘Conspiro Media,‘ her grandfather’s brother, Maximilian von Goldschmidt, an influential banker, married the daughter of the last remaining male in the Frankfurt House of Rothschild, Minna Caroline Baroness von Rothschild in 1878. They modified their name to Goldschmidt-Rothschild and subsequently had five children together. Their marriage is said to have helped him become the richest individual in the-then German Empire, even more wealthy than the emperor who ruled over it. As it turns out, the connections between these two families goes back further still, and, as you may be aware, this is a line of enquiry ‘Conspiro Media’ has followed before. In 1783, ninety-five years before Maximilian and Minna were married, Salomon Daniel Goldschmidt wed Gutelche, sister of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the man credited with founding the all-powerful dynasty. Just over a decade later, he arranged for his son, Amschel Mayer to tie the knot with Eva Hanau, daughter of Taubche Goldschmidt. The links don’t end there; Both sets of families established their fortunes in banking during the 16th and 18th century, and both hail from a ghetto-area situated in Frankfurt known as ‘Judengasse’ (‘Jew Alley’). Sometime during the earlier part of the 20th century, Maximilian’s nephew, Frank, a hotel-tycoon, lawyer and British Member of Parliament, changed the family name from the German ‘Goldschmidt’ to the English, ‘Goldsmith.’ His son, James, the notorious billionaire financier who died in 1997, was the father of Zac Goldsmith the UK Conservative MP and ‘environmentalist.’ In March last year, he wed his ex-sister-in-law, Alice Miranda Rothschild. It’s a marriage that would’ve been greeted with open arms by her long-gone ancestor, Mayer Amschel, who’s widely cited to have stipulated in his will that the family must intermarry with their own first and second cousins so that their fortune would be contained within. This idea is acknowledged in the 1980s book, ‘The World Order. A Study in the Hegemony of Parasitism,’ by well-known author and conspiracy analyst, Eustace Mullins. He quotes a paragraph reportedly taken from the ’New York Times’ newspaper in June 1879 about the then-recent death of Baron Lionel N. de Rothschild and the exploits of his father, Nathan. It reads, “his father came to the conclusion that in order to perpetuate the fame and power of the Rothschilds, which had already become worldwide, it was necessary that the family be kept together, and devoted to the common cause. In order to do this, he proposed that they should intermarry, and form no marital unions outside the family. A council of the heads of the Houses was called at Frankfurt in 1826, and the views of Baron Nathan were approved.” Perhaps some of this might help explain the rise to power of ‘Vivendi’ boss Vincent Bolloré and even the unexplained Tweeting/deleting behaviour of his artists? Maybe their controversial views were deemed to be detrimental to “the common cause”? Around the time of Lionel Rothschild’s death, the family was making noticeable moves within the Middle East. In the book, ‘Rothschild and Early Jewish Colonisation in Palestine,’ author, Ran Aharonson writes, “when James Jacob de Rothschild died in 1868, the financial affairs and management of the family bank were taken over by his eldest son, Alphonse; Edmond, the youngest son, and his brother Gustave were appointed advisers. When he (Edmond) married his cousin Adelaide Ada in 1877, a daughter of the Frankfurt Rothschilds known for their religiosity and patronage of Jewish causes, Edmond was appointed Chairman of the ‘Jewish Charity Committee of Paris’ (‘Comité de Bienfaisance de Paris’) which contributed vast sums to the needy Jews of France. Edmond’s work on behalf of the Jewish community gathered momentum at the end of 1881, when pogroms against the Jews in the Ukraine spread rapidly and brought about a mass exodus of Jews from the Russian Empire. Together with his brother Alphonse, Edmond was among the founders of the ‘Comité Général de Secours’ established to aid Jewish refugees… his activities from this point on seem to have assumed a broader radius, extending beyond French Jewry to involvement with Jewish affairs on a global scale. The Rothschilds were also known for their support of the ‘Old Yishuv’ in Eretz Israel (the Orthodox urban Jewish community). Their representative, Dr. Albert Cohn (who had been the young Edmond’s tutor) was sent there in 1854 to supervise the establishment of medical and educational institutions which were funded by the Rothschilds for many decades. The family archives contain documents which indicate that the Rothschilds were responsive to many direct appeals for assistance from the old Jewish communities in the Holy Land. Edmond’s interest in Jewish colonisation seems to have been influenced from the outset by three factors: his contacts with the ‘Alliance Israélite Universelle’ (‘AIU’), the leading international Jewish organisation of the time; his support of the Mikve Israel agricultural school, the first Jewish agricultural settlement in Eretz Israel established by the AIU in 1870; and his relationship with its founder, Carl (Ya’akov) Netter, who presided over the school during its first twelve years. Netter, another distinguished member of the French Jewish elite, probably met Edmond de Rothschild in early 1882, when he was appointed secretary of the Comité Général de Secours. In his correspondence with Samuel Hirsch, headmaster of Mikve Israel from 1879 to 1891, Rothschild mentions his talks with Carl Netter in the summer of 1882, prior to Netter’s departure for Eretz Israel on August 8th 1882. Contrary to popular belief, these talks were more than theoretical; they gave birth to a plan for settling Russian Jewish refugees in Eretz Israel which was soon to be implemented. On September 28th 1882… Baron de Rothschild met with a leader of the Hovevei Zion movement, Rabbi Samuel Mohilewer, who sought his help in resettling Russian Jews in Eretz Israel. Rothschild’s immediate response was to link this appeal with the enterprise envisaged by Carl Netter, thereby combining the resettlement of refugees with the establishment of a model colony run by qualified farmers. Although Netter died on October 2nd, only four days later, the project was not abandoned… a group of settlers was readied for the journey to Eretz Israel. Baron de Rothschild’s efforts on behalf of Jewish colonisation thus commenced with the Netter-Rothschild plan…”

Seeing as we’re on the subject of the Rothschilds and the Goldsmiths, let’s take a look now at Jemima Khan’s boyfriend, the much-trumpeted ‘people’s champion,’ Russell Brand…

* 2: KEEPERS AT THE GATES?…
Brand was speaking out in support of the victims of Gaza recently via his series of ‘YouTube’ bulletins titled, ‘The Trews’ which, according to its web-page, seeks to “unravel the matrix of modern media and reveal the gleaming reality beyond, connecting us all to each other through pure consciousness… true news. Trews.” On July 29th, the British comedian and sometime actor published the following video in which he criticises the aggressive stance of pro-Israeli ‘Fox News’ anchor, Sean Hannity and the despicable way in which he speaks to a guest on his show, the Palestinian/American writer and political analyst, Yousef Munayyer. Brand also accuses the TV-host of offering a one-sided view of the decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict, deliberately making no reference to “the land… Palestine got taken away from ‘em… and the encroachment of territory… because, he’s not interested in truth”…

A day later, Hannity responded. Speaking in front of a caption that read, ‘Hamas & Hollywood,’ he called the comedian a “D-list actor better known for his failed marriage to Katy Perry.” He then went on to say he was also “ignorant,” “dumb,” and “thick.” A guest on his panel joined in exclaiming, “this guy’s got a skanky look. He looks like he cooks meth and sleeps in his car.”
Of the three guest-panellists on Hannity’s show during the debate, only one, fellow ‘Fox-News’ host Geraldo Rivera, had anything critical to say about the Israeli attacks on Gaza at the time. He said, “I think that there are two sides to the story that are not necessarily being told… 1300 dead civilians, 30/40% of them children, Sean. This is undermining Israel. This is the worst thing for Israel’s stature and standing in the world.” However, during the studio-exchange, the veteran-journalist did also proclaim, “we love Israel. We are Zionists.” So, it would appear that what was concerning him to some degree was the bad publicity that he feared his beloved Zionist cause was generating from the ongoing bombing campaign in Gaza, and not only the innocent loss of lives. Just a few days earlier (August 4th) during a debate on ’Fox News,’ he reiterated these points. Calling out Israel on its “grossly disproportionate” use of force, he added, “this is a travesty, it is hurting Israel on the world stage, it is undermining support of the Jewish State.” When fellow-host, Andrea Tantaros then accused him of being “an apologist” for Hamas, “a terrorist organisation,” he hit back, “you should be ashamed of yourself for saying that to me of all people. There’s a Jewish star tattooed on my hand. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Zionist. I would die for Israel!”
You can watch Hannity’s response to Brand below…

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http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/07/30/hannity-takes-%E2%80%98d-list-actor%E2%80%99-russell-brand-over-remarks-middle-east

A couple of days after Hannity’s retort, Brand was back on ‘YouTube’ with a reply. In it, he once again picks away at the news-host’s view of the conflict accusing him of spreading “disinformation,” “vitriol,” “propaganda,” and “hysteria.” He also hones in on the ‘Fox’ presenter’s repeated use of the words “terrorist” and “terrorism” when referring to Hamas. He says, “during the time of the American revolution, the American revolutionaries that beat us – Britain – we regarded them as terrorists… they wanted to be independent, we regarded them as terrorists. ‘Terrorist’ is just a word.” He goes on, “any kind of colonialism, any kind of land-grab, any kind of control of resources – water, electricity, power – or to deny people their autonomy, is gonna be eventually met with some kind of violence and then be judged as terror because as long as they behave as aggressors, the situation can only be perpetuated unless you want to annihilate every single person in Gaza – wipe them from the face of the planet… that’s the other alternative I suppose.”

If you watch the above video, you’ll notice that Brand dubs the ‘Fox News’ host “mean-spirited” and ‘vindictive’ for opening his segment with a Katy Perry song and for describing him as ‘being most famous for his failed marriage‘ to her. The comedian slates him too for his ‘Hamas & Hollywood‘ caption which, he says, is “trivialising” a serious issue. Furthermore, commenting on the concluding scenes of the debate when Hannity picks up a football whilst his panellists laugh and joke, Brand says, “at the end of it, Sean picks up a football and starts sort of joshing and playing and that’s what I find most offensive about this, they begin it with a Pop song, they end it sort of joshing and mucking around and having a laugh… really serious, difficult issues – to them it’s just a game. To them it is just entertainment.” Yes, maybe so – but what about Brand? Is it really all “just a game” to him? ‘Conspiro Media’ has previously expressed doubts as to the motivation behind his recent metamorphosis from crude/rude television/radio-presenter into ‘Messiah’ of Truth. It was a transformation helped in part by his appearance last year on the BBC-TV current-affairs show, ’Newsnight,’ in which he (quite rightly) spoke out against “the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class” and the exploitation of poor people all over the world, but then expressed support for a “Socialist egalitarian system” and the introduction of “a centralised administrative” form of governance. Considering the fact that Brand was guest-editor at the time of the ’New Statesman,’ a political magazine founded in 1913 by the notorious British think-tank, the ’Fabian Society,’ and which many researchers and historians believe merely exists to bring about a collectivist One World State through covert Government-backed social-engineering programs, we should seriously question what it is exactly he’s advocating and why. Is he speaking out in genuine support of the common man, or is he a stage-managed gate-keeper under the control of the very figures he claims to oppose? Granted, the points he raises in his ’Trews’ reports with regards to Sean Hannity, the suffering in Gaza, and the “encroachment” of Palestinian territory will no doubt chime perfectly with those of us who abhor the dark Zionist agenda, and he may very well be sincere in his concern, but, it’s also worth being mindful of the fact that the associate editor of the ‘New Statesman,’ the magazine which helped re-launch him into the mainstream consciousness as a voice of the downtrodden, is none other than girlfriend, Jemima Khan (Goldsmith/Goldschmidt), an intimate Rothschild family insider who, it’s being reported, is set to tie the knot with him. It’s true, she did convert to Islam prior to marrying her first husband in 1995, the former cricket-star-turned prominent Pakistan politician, Imran Khan, and she has repeatedly defended the plight of the Palestinians in the Middle East, most controversially so in 2000 when she stated in an article for the British newspaper/website, ‘The Guardian’ that they were being misrepresented by the “one-sided western media,” notably in the US where “the Israel lobby… is rich and influential” and “the media” is “largely controlled by the Jews as is Hollywood.” But in the 1990s, when her then-husband entered the world of politics and formed his own Party, ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (‘PTI‘), she was openly accused of being part of a Zionist plot to take over that country.

(Left); Jemima Khan with Russell Brand, and (Right); with Imran Khan.

(Left); Jemima Khan with Russell Brand, and (Right); with Imran Khan.

Similar allegations plague Imran too. He brushed these off in a 2012 interview, saying, “my critics in Pakistan say I am a Zionist agent. I must be doing something right.” A year later though he publicly announced that he was to file a libel lawsuit against Maulana Fazlur Rehman the prominent secretary-general of the Party, ‘Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’ (‘JUI-F’) after he called the former sportsman an “agent” of Americans and Jews “and a person of ill character.” A JUI-F spokesman later added, “he has offshore links with a Jewish network that supports the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.” Imran’s outspoken political nemesis continues to make the allegations, despite the legal threats.
So, in essence, what we mustn’t do is allow ourselves to be blinded by the charm of celebrity every time a well-known figure steps forward into the full glare of publicity and tells us what we want to hear, especially if, like Russell Brand, they come to us awash in messianic imagery and suggestion. Russell Brand MessiahDon’t discount the possibility that a number of them have been placed there to play games with our heads in order to lead us towards a dead-end. Take, for example, Jon Stewart, the host of ’The Daily Show.’ As far as ’Conspiro Media’ is aware, he was one of the first well-known names to make his voice heard on Israel’s disproportionate use of force in Gaza and the plight of the victims in the region. On the July 14th edition of his satirical news-programme, he said, “both sides are engaging in aerial bombardment, but one side appears to be bomb-better at it.” He went on, “most Hamas rockets are neutralised by Israel’s ‘Iron-Dome’ technology and Israeli citizens can even now download a warning app. So, Israelis seem to have a high-tech smart-phone alert system… How are the Gazans notified?… The Israeli military warns Gaza residents of imminent bombing… with a smaller ‘warning bombing.’ An ‘amuse-boom’ if you will. At that point, what are Gazans supposed to do?” A news-report is then shown of a female journalist talking to a man and a woman (presumably Gaza residents) who inform her that the Israeli military had telephoned their neighbour and told them to evacuate. Stewart asks, “evacuate to where?! Have you f*****g seen Gaza?! Israel blocked this border, Egypt blocked this border… What, are you supposed to swim for it?!”

One or two journalists have suggested it was Stewart’s July 14th comments that opened the way for others in the ‘business of show’ to express their views on this highly controversial and provocative issue, an issue they might‘ve otherwise shied away from for fear of repercussions. That might very well be the case – however – those who applaud and credit him for making all this possible, would do well to tread carefully in case of traps. For example, at least one former ‘Daily Show’ writer, Kevin Bleyer, has not only penned speeches for President Obama, but is reportedly a member of the ’Council on Foreign Relations.’ Then there’s the issue of 9/11, which is often held up as a litmus-test of sorts when it comes to judging the credibility of those in the public arena who are deemed to be ‘voices of the people.’ As far as Stewart is concerned, it’s clear which side of the fence he’s chosen to be seen on with regards to this subject…

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In 2010, a man who quizzed Stewart about 9/11 during a speaking-event in a New York bookstore, was allegedly punched in the face sometime afterwards by Rory Albanese, a then-executive-producer and writer for ‘The Daily Show.’ Making his way inside the venue and standing at the back of a fully-seated audience, Jon Meyer, a reporter for the ‘Alternative’ news-provider, ‘We Are Change,‘ asked the satirist why he and the so-called “Conservative” TV and radio-presenter, Glenn Beck “mock the 9/11 Truth movement,” to which he sarcastically replied, “because I think it was done by Al Qaeda?” You can view moments from this in the video below. Incidentally, if you do choose to watch it, you’ll see that Stewart is approached with this question on two separate occasions during the event. Before you check it out though, here’s how Meyer described the incident in a subsequent article:

On the evening of September 27th 2010, I left work and headed alone to the Manhattan bookstore where Jon and the ‘Daily Show’ writers were signing their new book. I happened to run into Luke Rudkowski and some other fellow members of ‘We Are Change NYC’ in the bookstore, also hoping to question Jon. When I got the opportunity I asked Jon a polite, albeit unpopular question about his take on 9/11 truth.  He and the crowd mocked me and I left, heading down the escalator and outside the store. Some We Are Change NYC acquaintances and I were outside the store, hoping to ask Jon Stewart a follow up question. Instead, The Daily Show staff and writers came out before Jon. The executive-producer of ‘The Daily Show,’ Rory Albanese, was belligerent and taunted us. He immediately used a common tactic of those who want to defeat the 9/11 truth argument without actually using facts – he used emotional appeal, telling us that we were disrespecting the victims’ families. Like many who use this ad hominem approach he ignored the fact that 9/11 victims’ families started the 9/11 truth movement. It is important to note that Albanese put his hands on me twice by this point, lightly shoving my body as well as my hand holding a camera. He stated that he would put his hands on me if he so chose. He was also looking to fight with others, and mentioned that he wanted to punch a We Are Change member’s face because of his ‘knowledge.’ Soon after, another writer for the show, named J.R. Havlan, was engaged in a heated exchange with another We Are Change member, Matt Lepacek. I was videotaping with my handheld camera as Havlan suddenly reached past two people to grab it – and proceeded to press and twist the viewfinder. He succeeded in damaging the camera, so I repeatedly asked him why he did it and suggested that he might have to pay for the damaged property. He walked briskly away.
Believing that the camera was irreparably broken, I put it in my pocket. Luke and the others with cameras had not made their way down the block just yet. I was walking along with Havlan and a few other writers as we all made our way down the sidewalk. There was some general body-bumping made towards me by some of the staff and writers, telling me to ‘just walk away.’ Once again, the aforementioned Rory Albanese was before me, blocking my path as Havlan crossed the street. I did nudge him out of my personal space without much force, as I reached into my pocket to once again inspect my camera and see if I could use it. Without warning Albanese landed a right-handed, closed-fist to the side of my face, which I did not see coming. By all definitions it was a ‘sucker punch.’ I was stunned momentarily and when I came to, he had moved down the block, about twenty feet away. I did react defensively at first and did suggest that I was going to hit him back, but Jon Stewart’s security guard ‘Brian’ grabbed me in a bear-hug from behind. I threw him off and he grabbed me again, ripping my shirt in the front. Two other men stood between me and Albanese telling me to ‘just walk away.‘ At this point Luke arrived, helped calm me down and urged me to not hit Albanese, which I agreed to. As I saw Albanese making his way around the corner I told an acquaintance to call the cops to report the assault, which was done.
My face was bruised and cut and I had a scratch on my nose. Albanese, I was told, made his way to a local bar. A while later he returned, right before the cops arrived. We both approached the police – reporting different stories. His consisted of me pushing him with two hands for no reason, when the reality was that he had already put his hands on me, had been harassing me, was blocking my path so his fellow ‘Daily Show’ writer could leave, invaded my personal space, and then sucker-punched me before taking off. Albanese was put in handcuffs and brought to the 14th street precinct. I was brought separately, where I gave my statement and a photo of my wounds was taken. Although I was told I would hear from the D.A. I never did.
One month later my cuts and bruises have healed, and I have realised it would be fruitless and a waste of time and money to pursue the matter. The important fact was that this incident was documented…”

Here’s some more information to mull over; Stewart, a Jew, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, was, during his student years in university, a member of the (Freemasonic-flavoured) college fraternity, ’Pi Kappa Alpha‘ although he reportedly left after six months because he thought it ‘pointless.’ The ‘Comedy Network,’ the channel that broadcasts ‘The Daily Show,’ is under the control of the global mass-media company, ’Viacom’ which is run by Sumner Redstone. According to his own website, the 91-year-old entrepreneur “served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II,“ and “while a student at Harvard… was selected to join a special intelligence group whose mission was to break Japan’s high-level military and diplomatic codes.” He was born to a Jewish family under the surname, ’Rothstein’ in 1923. His father changed this to ’Redstone’ in 1940.
Of course, this information, when added-up, isn’t proof-positive that Stewart and his ‘Daily Show’ vehicle is some form of shill-operation, but it’s all worth noting and filing away in the memory-bank for future reference should the need arise. In his 2010 article composed shortly after his altercation with Rory Albanese, Jon Meyer argued, “’The Daily Show’ actually employs angry, sometimes violent, anti-American radicals and globalists who peddle the REAL conspiracy theories concerning U.S. domestic and foreign policy, geopolitics and science. Their conspiracy theories are then given a humorous spin and represented by funny pictures or captions on ‘The Daily Show.’ These ‘funny’ graphics are then placed next to Jon Stewart’s face so he can proceed to mug, smirk and feign outrage, ultimately resulting in applause and laughter from his obedient audience. But in the end it’s not real news, it’s not fake news, it’s propaganda peppered with jokes.”
None of this means we should disregard or discredit the very idea of a famous name making his or her voice heard on topics that affect humanity – far from it. The more of them who stand up to be counted the better for the obvious reason a celebrity’s high-profile can help push deadly serious issues and concerns normally confined within or near the fringes, out into the glare of the mainstream – and that’s what we want, right? It’s just that we must remember to adopt a certain degree of vigilance at all times and never to hear or see at face-value. Below – as promised – is a list of the famous/respected figures encompassing the length and breadth of the Arts who came out publicly during ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in support of the victims of Gaza and in condemnation/criticism of the Israeli war machine and the State’s policies toward the Palestinian people in general.

* 3: TIMELINE OF EVENTS
The first entrant in the list is a bit of a mystery…

*July 8th (or thereabouts) 2014:
US R&B singer and movie-actor, Tyrese Gibson (otherwise known simply as, ‘Tyrese’) is said to have revealed his thoughts on the most recent events in Gaza via his ‘FaceBook’ page on or around this date, expressing sympathy for the victims of the region and opposition to the Israeli attacks. However, all of this has since disappeared it seems – reportedly ‘deleted.’

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Evidence to suggest that the ’Fast & Furious’ star did indeed post the above comments and photos to FaceBook, are to be found on the pages of others who went on to share them. For example:

https://twitter.com/Lattouf/status/486635621062938627

http://inacrux.com/all/486635621062938627

In fact, a significant enough number of FaceBook observers claim to have seen the posts, and they aren’t happy to find them gone, whilst others declare that the photos he uploaded are not from Gaza in 2014, or any other year for that matter (perhaps this explains the apparent ‘deletion‘?).

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Here’s just a small collection of those posters’ comments…

tyrese facebook comments

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=995161780511418

*July 11th 2014
Madonna Tweets for ‘peace in the Middle East.’

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Back in 2012 during one of her concerts, she reportedly told the audience, “you can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world. We all bleed the same colour. If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace. If there is peace… in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world.” Fact is though, she’s said to have made this declaration at a gig staged in Tel Aviv. Just days before it was set to take place, an open-letter from ‘BOYCOTT!’ (‘www.boycottisrael.info’), stated that by going ahead with it, she was “choosing to disregard many calls made by Palestinians, Israelis and internationals asking her to… refrain from performing” there. “Madonna does not only keep silent about the elementary demand for Palestinian rights,” it went on. “She instead sides with the oppressor in her explicit support of the Israeli regime.” What? Is this a slight reference to the two hours she spent with Benjamin Netanyahu at his home in 2009 when she was in Israel to perform in Tel Aviv during her ‘Sticky & Sweet‘ world tour (and when she draped an Israeli flag around her shoulders whilst on stage, incidentally)? The veteran-performer, a long-time devotee and advocate of Kabbalah, is said have joined the Prime Minister and his wife, Sara in the lighting of Sabbath candles during her visit to their residence. Or perhaps the open-letter is referring in some way shape or form to an earlier trip to the region when she was seen literally rubbing shoulders with the Jewish State’s then-President, Shimon Peres? She was quoted as saying he was “the man I admire and love.” She was reportedly heard to have also said during her meeting with him, “I am an ambassador for Judaism.” Yes. Her very public association with Kabbalah has helped make it known across the world, but not every one dedicated to it has welcomed this with open arms. In 2004, the American Orthodox rabbi and author, Shmuel ‘Shmuley’ Boteach reportedly stated, “you know your religion is up a creek when… the most famous representative of your mystical tradition is simulating lesbian sex with scantily-clad… dancers.” He also made an appeal to the now-deceased Philip S. Berg, the then-head of the ‘Kabbalah Centre’: “Earth to Philip Berg: Do us all a favour and dump Madonna as your principal spokesperson. Sorry to be so crass, but Madonna is a slut. Yes, she may sing, and she may dance. But she is famous for being a slut. And no religion dare have a slut as its principal representative. I realise that Madonna has brought the Kabbalah Centre great notoriety and is, according to reports, a contributor to the tune of millions of dollars. But is the Kabbalah Centre really so desperate that it is prepared to promote itself through a vulgarian whose main contribution to the culture is porn Rock?”

(Top left); Madonna with Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, (Top right); Madonna draped in Israeli flag, Tel Aviv, September 2009, (Bottom); with Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

(Top left); Madonna with Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, (Top right); Madonna draped in Israeli flag, Tel Aviv, September 2009, (Bottom); with Shimon Peres in Jerusalem (CLICK TO ENLARGE).

Born and raised as a Roman Catholic, Madonna embraced Kabbalah in 1996 whilst in her late-thirties because, she said in 2002, “I was looking for something. I mean, I’d begun practising yoga, and, you know, I was looking to the answers to life. Why am I here? What am I doing here? What is my purpose? How do I fit into the big picture? I know there’s more to life than making lots of money and being successful and even getting married and having a family.” During her life, she says she’s also studied Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism, and last year, she stated in an article she penned for the long-running American women’s fashion magazine/website, ‘Harper’s Bazaar,’ that she was studying the Qu’ran. This sparked a minor-media storm and all kinds of speculation with it; Was she ditching Kabbalah for Islam? Maybe it was another of her artistic/image re-inventions? Or was it a cheap publicity stunt? “I think it is important to study all the holy books,“ she wrote. “As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn’t agree more. To some people this is a very daring thought.” Yes, well, Madonna’s famous for being “daring,” and its brought her more than her fair share of controversy over the decades, especially with regards to religion of course. “I have a funny relationship with religion,” she wrote in ‘Harper’s Bazaar.’ “I‘m a big believer in ritualistic behaviour as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules. And yet we cannot live in a world without order. But for me, there is a difference between rules and order. Rules people follow without question. Order is what happens when words and actions bring people together, not tear them apart. Yes, I like to provoke; it’s in my DNA. But nine times out of 10, there’s a reason for it.” In August 2006, just days before she was due to appear in concert in Rome during a world tour, a Vatican official labelled her live-show “the absurdity of evil” after learning of a section in it where she donned a crown of thorns and hung from a cross. Bishop Velasio De Paolis was quoted as saying, “wizards and Satanists use religious objects for black masses and she is simply following them.”madonna confessions tour 2006 More recently, similar allegations were levelled against her following her ‘Baphomet-invoking’ performance at the 2012 Superbowl halftime show after which she was labelled a ‘high Pop priestess of the Illuminati.’ So, it’s no surprise then that there’s always a cloud of suspicion hanging over her for whatever reason. The motivations behind her calls for ‘peace in the Middle East‘ have been met with doubt as a result, further exacerbated by her very public displays of affection towards Israel and its leaders, as well as her refusals to heed the requests of pro-Palestinian boycotters. Take a look at the screen-cap below as an example. It’s lifted from her Instagram page which is linked to her Tweet entry. Note the comments from posters…

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During a Pearl Jam gig in the UK on this day, the band’s front-man, Eddie Vedder launches into an anti-war outburst which is taken to be a criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. He tells his audience, “I swear to f**king God, there’s some people out there who are looking for a reason to kill. They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them and they should get the f**k out, mind their own f**king business!”
Watch it here…

A letter mailed to the ‘The Guardian’ by legendary English record-producer, musician, and seasoned activist, Brian Eno is published. He criticises the BBC’s bias against Palestinians in its news-coverage:

I’ve been an active and vocal supporter of the BBC for the whole of my adult life, admiring its courage and commitment to the values of fairness that we in England claim to cherish. The BBC’s famous impartiality made it a global standard of honest journalism. But now that reputation is being eroded. It’s a drift I started to notice a few years ago, and which I think has become very obvious. 
The most recent incident concerns the killing of three Israeli teenagers in Hebron. This admittedly disgusting crime has received an entirely disproportionate treatment: listening to the BBC one would be left with the impression that killing children had never happened in Israel before. But it has. And it happens with monotonous regularity. Not, by and large, to Israeli children, but to Palestinians. And not only killing, but imprisonment and torture and day-to-day harassment and brutality. This goes on all the time – and I see little reaction to it from the international media. Unfortunately, that increasingly includes the BBC, which now, like many others, seems to regard Palestinian lives as less valuable, less newsworthy. 
The following is taken from the recent UN general assembly security council report A/68/878-S/2014/339  – Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children: “In 2013, eight Palestinian children were killed by Israelis, and no Israeli children were killed by Palestinians” – p17/50; “1,265 Palestinian children were injured by Israelis, and eight Israeli children were injured by Palestinians” – p17/50.
“1,004 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli security forces, with 107 of them (including five children under the age of 12) reporting cruel and degrading ill-treatment by the Israel Defence Forces and the Israeli police, including painful restraint, blindfolding, strip-searching, verbal and physical abuse, solitary confinement and threats of violence” – p18/50
There were 58 education-related incidents affecting over 11,000 Palestinian children, with 41 of them involving Israeli security forces operations near or inside schools, forced entry without forewarning, the firing of tear gas canisters and sound bombs into school yards and, in some cases, structural damage to schools. In 15 of the incidents, Israeli security forces fired tear gas canisters into schools run by the ‘United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’ (‘UNRWA‘), some during class hours, without forewarning – p19/50
Can the BBC honestly say its recent coverage reflects this balance of events?

Brian Eno,
London

In 2006, Eno co-signed an open-letter in conjunction with the ‘Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel’ (‘PACBI’), a group calling on film-makers and artists to boycott the Jewish State in a year which saw it launch military strikes against Lebanon and invade Gaza. It read:

UN resolutions are flouted, human rights violated as Palestinian land is stolen, houses demolished and crops destroyed. For Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as for the Jewish former ‘ANC’ (‘African National Congress’) military commander now South African minister of security, Ronnie Kasrils, the situation of the Palestinians is worse than that of black South Africans under apartheid.
Meanwhile, western governments refer to Israel’s legitimate right of self-defence, and continue to supply weaponry. The challenge of apartheid was fought better. The non-violent international response to apartheid was a campaign of boycott, divestment and UN-imposed sanctions which enabled the regime to change without bloodshed.
Today, Palestinians teachers, writers, film-makers and non-governmental organisations have called for a comparable academic and cultural boycott of Israel as offering another path to a just peace. This call has been endorsed internationally by university teachers in many European countries, by film-makers and architects, and by some brave Israeli dissidents.

Read the letter in full here:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/dec/15/israel.guardianletters

In 2009, he attacked Israeli Government policy in an opinion-piece for political magazine/website, ’CounterPunch’ titled, ‘Stealing Gaza‘…

It’s a tragedy that the Israelis – a people who must understand better than almost anybody the horrors of oppression – are now acting as oppressors. As the great Jewish writer Primo Levi once remarked “everybody has their Jews, and for the Israelis it’s the Palestinians.” By creating a Middle Eastern version of the Warsaw ghetto they are recapitulating their own history as though they’ve forgotten it. And by trying to paint an equivalence between the Palestinians – with their homemade rockets and stone-throwing teenagers – and themselves – with one of the most sophisticated military machines in the world – they sacrifice all credibility. 

Brian Eno.

Brian Eno.

The Israelis are a gifted and resourceful people who fully deserve the right to live in peace, but who seem intent on squandering every chance to allow that to happen. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that this conflict serves the political and economic purposes of Israel so well that they have every interest in maintaining it. While there is fighting they can continue to build illegal settlements. While there is fighting they continue to receive huge quantities of military aid from the United States. And while there is fighting they can avoid looking candidly at themselves and the ruthlessness into which they are descending.
Gaza is now an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly…and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment?
Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now ‘under attack’ you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gun-ships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian State still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist State, a State with which you couldn’t possibly reach an accommodation.
And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

 *July 12th 2014
Madonna Tweets on the Middle East again…

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American rapper, Waka Flocka Flame meanwhile, Tweets in support of Palestine…

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The following Tweet from the rapper comes with three links…

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Check out the links, and these are what you get:

waka free palestine

waka katliamvar

waka free kurdistan*July 13th 2014:
Waka Flocka Flame has more to share with regards to current world events…

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waka flocka i chose peace

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Fellow American rapper, French Montana keeps it plain…

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Meanwhile, Grammy Award-winning US rapper/producer, Swizz Beatz enters the fray…

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He follows this up with a succession of Gaza-related Tweets…

swizz beatz july 13th-2*July 15th 2014:
British-born Jewish comedian and author, Alexei Sayle likens Israel to Jimmy Savile in an interview published on the website of the advocacy-group, ’Caabu’ (’Council for Arab-British Understanding’). He says, “I always try and think of the psychology of the nation and the psychology of the people behind it… thinking about it, you could… say that Israel is the kind of Jimmy Savile of nation States, it clearly doesn’t care about damaging the lives of children, it thinks that everybody else is in the wrong, and it is endlessly in the right, and also it’s a State that’s endlessly again indulged by the power, by the western powers, by governments everywhere because they’re frightened of it, they’re frightened of it physically in some ways, they’re frightened of its kind of anger and they’re frightened of the power that it wields and its influence.”

Alexei Sayle.

Alexei Sayle.

Sayle, who first garnered widespread national attention in the early ‘80s in the groundbreaking British sitcom, ’The Young Ones,’ has been a critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its actions in Gaza for a number of years. In 2007 he said, “I think it’s very important that Jews in the entertainment-business, in the media, voice their opposition to the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.” He’s a signatory of the interest-group, ‘Jews for Justice for Palestinians’ which, according to its website, “is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not” who “oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.”

*July 17th 2014:
American actor, Mark Ruffalo, famous for his role as the ‘Marvel Comics’ character, The Hulk in the ‘Avengers’ movies, Tweets a link to an article from the news-site, ’Mondoweiss.’ It details the witness-accounts of Basman Alashi, the director of the ’el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital’ in the Gaza Strip, which, he says has been “destroyed” by the Israeli army.

Mark Ruffalo.

Mark Ruffalo.

According to the report, “the Israeli military began striking the building around 8 p.m. this evening and within two hours all hospital staff and patients had evacuated the only rehabilitation centre in the Gaza Strip. As they departed what remained intact from the medical centre burned to the ground. ‘It’s already destroyed,’ said Basman Alashi… ‘… we have evacuated all of our patients. We lost power, there was a fire in the building… I left the hospital at seven and within two hours they had bombed the hospital.’ Shells hit every floor of the building, and a fire spread throughout. After the Israeli army began striking the hospital, Alashi and el-Wafa’s 25 nurses made desperate arrangements to relocate the last 17 patients. Many of those in el-Wafa’s care are paralysed and are connected to oxygen support. Some of the nurses left the building to seek help, braving Israeli fire on the streets in order to track down an ambulance with an oxygen tank. ‘My nurses were unable to stand on their feet because of the smoke and the heat,’ said Alashi. El-Wafa’s staff managed to evacuate all of the patients to a nearby medical clinic inside of a hotel. ‘The ones who could stay, stayed, but the ones who lost consciousness and lost control, we moved,’ he continued. Only after the facility was under heavy fire and in the process of being abandoned did Alashi receive a phone call from the ‘International Committee for the Red Cross’ (‘ICRC‘) relaying a message from the Israeli army. A women who identified herself as a delegate of the ICRC said, ‘the Israelis asked how much time do you need to evacuate,’ said Alashi, answering ‘two hours.‘ However, within an hour when the woman called back and said the Israeli army ‘will halt the bombings, and not bomb the hospital any more,’ the facility was already in rubble. Alashi responded, ‘are you joking, are you making a mockery of me? I told her it’s too late they have already destroyed it. I said that the Red Cross is cooperating with the Israelis to destroy the hospital,’ Alashi continued, recounting his earlier conversation with the representative from the ICRC. ‘I’m going to take you, the Red Cross and the Israelis to the International Criminal Court,’ he announced before hanging up the telephone.”

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You can read the Mondoweiss article in full here:
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/hospital-evacuate-patients.html

After receiving a negative response to his Tweet by a fellow-poster going by the name of Joel Holloman@JoelakaYaki, Ruffalo replies.

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Ruffalo is one of the few Hollywood actors to have publicly questioned the official story behind 9/11. Speaking to ‘We Are Change’ in 2007 he said, with regards to the collapse of the World Trade Centre buildings, “I saw the way they all came down… and I, I’m baffled. My first reaction is that buildings don’t fall down like that.” He’s also an energetic anti-fracking campaigner.

*July 18th 2014
Hollywood actor, John Cusack challenges Israeli Government policy towards Gaza…

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John Cusack.

John Cusack.

Cusack, perhaps best known for his roles in the movies, ‘The Grifters,’ and ‘Grosse Pointe Blank,’ is also a political commentator having contributed articles for the ‘Huffington Post’ in which he’s criticised George W. Bush’s so-called ‘War on Terror,’ and the torture of detainees by the US army and intel services at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere across the world. He’s also spoken out against NSA surveillance, and is a director on the board of the ‘Freedom of the Press Foundation’ alongside Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg among others.

Besides Cusack’s Tweet, an open-letter calling for a world military embargo on Israel is published via ’The Guardian’ on this day. Joining the multitude of co-signees that include authors, playwrights, painters, politicians, academics, and journalists, are Brian Eno, Roger Waters, and the British film-maker, Ken Loach.
It reads:

Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression. Israel’s ability to launch such devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world. Over the period 2008-19, the US is set to provide military aid to Israel worth $30bn, while Israeli annual military exports to the world have reached billions of dollars.

In recent years, European countries have exported billions of euros’ worth of weapons to Israel, and the EU has furnished Israeli military companies with research grants worth hundreds of millions. Emerging economies such as India, Brazil and Chile are rapidly increasing their military trade and cooperation with Israel, despite their stated support for Palestinian rights. By importing and exporting arms to Israel and facilitating the development of Israeli military technology, governments are effectively sending a clear message of approval for Israel’s military aggression, including its war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.

Israel’s military technology is marketed as “field-tested” and exported across the world. Military trade and joint military-related research relations with Israel embolden Israeli impunity in committing grave violations of international law and facilitate the entrenchment of Israel’s system of occupation, colonisation and systematic denial of Palestinian rights. We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.

To see the full list of co-signees, follow this link:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/arms-trade-israel-attack-gaza

One name you might recognise if you read from the link above is that of Mike Leigh. The British director is perhaps best known for the 1970s TV-play, ‘Abigail’s Party’ and the 1996 movie, ‘Secrets and Lies.’

Mike Leigh.

Mike Leigh.

In October 2010 he pulled out of a trip to Israel where he was set to take part in a teaching-program at a film and television school in Jerusalem, reportedly saying, “when the time comes that Israel behaves respectably, and when there is a just peace for the Palestinians, and when Gaza is returned to humanity, then I will be first in line to go and share anything that anyone wants with my colleagues, the Israeli film-makers and other artists. But until that happens I think it’s appropriate for all of us to leave a very clear message that we shouldn’t and can’t do that.” Born in 1943, the director’s grandfather, Meyer Lieberman, was a Yiddish-speaking Jew who arrived in Britain from what is now Belarus. The family surname was later changed to ‘Leigh.’ Mike’s parents met during the 1930s through the Labour Zionist youth movement, ‘Habonim,’ which he too joined travelling with the group to Israel on a ship as a teenager. However, “I walked away from the Jewish world at 17,” he said in a 2008 interview. “I couldn’t wait. I was eating bacon and pork at an early age; I lived a completely secular existence.” Indeed, it would appear that he had no interest in making a return trip to the Jewish State either. Finally though, in 1991, he went back, but, it’s said, purely because his then-wife, the actress, Alison Steadman, was invited to the Jerusalem Film Festival. “I haven’t been since, and on the whole I‘m not motivated to go,” he stated in 2006.

*July 20th 2014:
American actor and comedian, Rob Schneider Tweets, “the ugly inhuman siege of Gaza has had it’s deadliest day today.” He’s most likely referring to news-media reports which state that somewhere around 100 Palestinians had been killed over a 24 hour period during the weekend just passed.

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Musician and activist, Krist Novoselic publicly declares his support for Eddie Vedder following his recent comments at a UK gig. The Pearl Jam star has reportedly been heavily criticised for what he’s said. One blogger for example, has labelled him an “anti-Semitic fool” and the newspaper/website, the ‘Jerusalem Post’ has dubbed him “anti-Israeli,” despite the fact that he didn’t actually refer to the Jewish State in name during his onstage outburst. In a self-penned online piece titled, ’Standing With Eddie Vedder and the Real Possibility of Peace,’ former Nirvana bassist, Novoselic states:

Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world. Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic. Let’s face it, the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a disaster! I don’t know how many times I have heard the same explanations and excuses and it matters not, there is a continuing catastrophe between those two peoples.

Krist Novoselic.

Krist Novoselic.

Our world is connected as never before. People from all corners of the planet share culture and commerce at the click of a mouse. In contrast to this great convergence of humanity, Israel is building tall concrete walls while Palestinians fire rockets over them. There’s a shared recent history between these people, and I think there could be a shared future that’s more in tune with what’s going on with our ever-connected universe.

Hamas’s policy of not recognising Israel is a dead-end. All our lives are a result of the course of history. In other words, one thing leads to another, and our circumstances bring us to where we are. Israel has been a state for over 50 years, and has grown to seven million citizens. Furthermore, Israel is an inclusive democracy with universal human rights. In fact, Arab Israelis, like all its citizens, can vote for parties who hold seats in the Knesset, the national legislature.

However, if there is to be recognition of the course of history, we cannot forget the demographic changes the idea of Israel has created over 50 years. The influx of people into Israel – mostly Europeans – has displaced some four million Palestinians. You can give any anecdote you want about how small Israel is in comparison to the rest of the Middle East but the sentiment is still there – Palestinians feel that their land was taken away.

The region is host to the convergence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It’s where these religions started, and the region’s extensive history draws from all three of these Abrahamic faiths. Radicals hold eschatological beliefs that, if manifested, could set off a major religious conflict in the region and world. You have to credit Israel for keeping a lid on this dynamic while at the same time granting religious freedom.

As we’ve seen with other conflicts, things do and can change. The “troubles” in Northern Ireland were a result of events a century ago, and after a proactive effort, peace has taken hold. Yugoslavia was another 19th century idea that when put into practice caused much controversy and conflict. Today we find the south Slavs working to come together in the European Union. In both these cases, a resolution of the conflict was buttressed by the promise of the stability needed for prosperity to happen.

The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticised and not the singer from a Rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/ Palestine.

Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!

While British group, Massive Attack performs at the music-festival, ’Longitude’ in Dublin, Ireland, a black screen situated at the back of the stage beams out messages on the plight of the Gazan people…

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Massive Attack front-man, Robert Del Naja has been a long-time critic of Israeli policies. In a 2010 interview, he said, “we were asked to play Israel and we refused. The question was asked: ‘If you don’t play there, how can you go there and change things?’ I said, ‘listen, I can’t play in Israel when the Palestinians have no access to the same fundamental benefits that the Israelis do.’ I think the best approach is to boycott a government that seems hell-bent on very destructive policies. And it’s sad, because we’ve met some great people in Israel, and it’s a difficult decision to have to make. The boycott is not an act of aggression towards the Israeli people, it’s towards the government and its policies. Everyone needs to be reminded of this because it’s very easy to be accused of being anti-Semitic, and that’s not what this is about.” He also said, “I think musicians have a major role to play. I find the more I get involved, the more the movement becomes something tangible.” For sure, Del Naja has got “involved” over the years, making his views known on a number of pressing global issues. In 2002 – prior to the 2003 US/UK-led invasion of Iraq – he designed and funded a series of anti-war ads along with Blur and Gorillaz front-man, Damon Albarn aimed at raising awareness of opposition to any British involvement in the conflict. Furthermore, in January 2003, the two musicians joined thousands of demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament in protest against military action in the region which was then – sadly – just months away from taking place. In 2007, they both teamed up again to campaign against the renewal of the UK Trident nuclear weapon system based in Scotland. Del Naja has also expressed his concerns over the use of torture on prisoners, and has helped raise money for a number of causes including efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP oil-spill disaster of 2010.

*July 21st 2014:

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Music-star and long-established activist, Annie Lennox posts her views on Gaza via her blog and shares it on Twitter and FaceBook too…(click to enlarge, of course)

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This is nothing new. Back in December 2008, she took to her blog in response to the short but bloody military campaign that was taking place in Gaza at the time named ‘Operation Cast Lead.’ She wrote, “I have to say that I feel deeply upset and affected by the recent bombings on Gaza. The Israeli army says they are justified by taking this action, in retaliation for the shelling by Hamas, but it seems to me that this level of violence will only escalate into more horror and killings… How can it not??? It’s utterly atrocious to see people suffering like this… A pornography of destruction.” A report by the human rights organisation, ‘Amnesty International’ titled, ‘Israel / Gaza. ‘Operation Cast Lead’: 22 Days of Death and Destruction,’ stated, “at 11:30 a.m. on December 27th 2008, without warning, Israeli forces began a devastating bombing-campaign on the Gaza Strip… Its stated aim was to end rocket attacks into Israel by armed groups affiliated with Hamas and other Palestinian factions. By January 18th 2009, when unilateral ceasefires were announced by both Israel and Hamas, some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, including some 300 children and hundreds of unarmed civilians, and large areas of Gaza had been razed to the ground, leaving many thousands homeless and the already dire economy in ruins. Much of the destruction was wanton and resulted from direct attacks on civilian objects as well as indiscriminate attacks that failed to distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilian objects. Such attacks violated fundamental provisions of international humanitarian law… Hundreds of civilians were killed in attacks carried out using high-precision weapons – air-delivered bombs and missiles and tank-shells. Others, including women and children, were shot at short-range when posing no threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers. Children playing on the roofs of their homes or in the street and other civilians going about their daily business, as well as medical staff attending the wounded were killed in broad daylight by Hellfire and other highly accurate missiles launched from helicopters and unmanned vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and by precision projectiles fired from tanks. Scores of civilians were also killed and injured by less precise weapons, such as artillery-shells and mortars, and flechette tank-shells, which can be accurately aimed but which disperse thousands of deadly metal darts at great velocity over a large area. White phosphorus, a highly incendiary substance, was repeatedly fired indiscriminately over densely-populated residential areas killing and wounding civilians and destroying civilian property. It was often launched from artillery-shells in air-burst mode, which aggravated the already devastating consequences of the attacks. Each shell ejected over a hundred felt wedges impregnated with highly incendiary white phosphorus, which rained down over houses and streets, igniting on exposure to oxygen and setting fire to people and property. Once their incendiary content had been discharged, the artillery-shells often crashed into buildings causing further deaths and injuries. The scale and the intensity of the attacks were unprecedented, even in the context of the increasingly lethal Israeli military campaigns in Gaza in previous years. More Palestinians were killed and more were destroyed in the 22-day military campaign than in any previous Israeli offensive.” In early January 2009, prior to the ceasefire, two Gaza rallies in condemnation of the Israeli attacks were held in London. The first took place on the 3rd of that month, the next on the 10th. Lennox addressed the crowds at both. At the second event, which is said to have attracted an estimated 100,000 demonstrators, she took to the podium and said, “I wish I didn’t have to be here today, but I have to be here today.” She was there, she said, “on behalf of the children who now have no voices.” She then held up a sheet of card showing pictures of dead children… “This is what they look like,” she exclaimed…

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Brian Eno also spoke at the January 3rd rally…

He also attended the January 10th protest where he once again spoke. Before taking to the mic to address the crowds, a number of children read out the names of Palestinian youngsters below the age of 18 who’d been killed…

Alexei Sayle spoke at the January 3rd rally too. He said, “I’ve always felt, as a Jew myself, that Israel purports to speak in our name… Israel always says that any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism. Well, whatever else I am, I cannot be an anti-Semite. Criticism of Israel is criticism of Israel. I want to be proud… of my people. At the moment, I’m ashamed”…

In a Press-conference prior to the rally, Sayle told reporters, “I think that Israel has an idea of itself as being noble – Israeli people have an idea of themselves as being noble. When you attack somebody but you have this idea of yourself that you’re the good guy and you think, ‘well, how can this be? I’m the good guy and I’m killing these people,’ and what you do is you blame the people that you killed and you hear all the time from Israeli spokespeople that they are angry with the people that they have murdered for making them murder them. And it is the foulest kind of – it is the psychology of the murderer, it’s the psychology of the rapist, it’s the psychology of the bully – that’s what Israel is in this situation.” Sayle also attended the ’Remember Gaza’ march in London in May 2009 which called for a stop to the Israeli blockade/siege on the region. A UN report published in August that year stated, “following the Hamas take-over of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, Israel has imposed an unprecedented blockade on all border-crossings in and out of the Gaza Strip. The blockade has ‘locked in’ 1.5 million people in what is one of the most densely-populated areas on Earth, triggering a protracted human dignity crisis with negative humanitarian consequences. At the heart of the crisis is the degradation in the living conditions of the population, caused by the erosion of livelihoods and the gradual decline in the state of infrastructure, and the quality of vital services in the areas of health, water and sanitation, and education. The blockade, now in its third year, has taken place alongside recurrent cycles of violence and human rights violations, stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Hamas’s rule over Gaza. The denial of Palestinians’ right to leave Gaza, or to move freely to the West Bank, particularly when their lives, physical integrity, or basic freedoms are under threat, is another key component of the current human dignity crisis. This denial had a devastating impact during Israel’s ‘Cast Lead’ military offensive, launched on December 27th 2008, contributing to the significant loss of civilian life and the large number of seriously injured and traumatised people as a result. The three week-long Israeli offensive also involved the widespread destruction of homes, infrastructure, and productive assets. The ongoing restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza through the crossings has limited the ability of all relevant actors to address the immense needs and challenges that emerged as a result of the most recent military offensive. This blockade has been characterised by the UN’s most senior humanitarian official, John Holmes, as a form of collective punishment on the entire Gazan population.” At the march in London, which not only called for a stop to the siege, but also for a free Palestine, and an end to Israeli occupation and the arms trade, Sayle spoke to the crowd…

*July 22nd 2014:
Mia Farrow, the veteran Hollywood actress, and ‘UNICEF’ Goodwill Ambassador who earlier this year hit the headlines after she alleged that ex-boyfriend Woody Allen is to all intents and purposes a paedophile, Tweets her views on the Gaza tragedy…

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As noted at the very beginning of this article, an interview with Oscar-winning director, Jonathan Demme is posted on the video-streaming network site, ‘HuffPost Live’ on this day and in which he shares his thoughts on the current goings-on in Gaza. Watch it in the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/jonathan-demme-palestine_n_5609542.html

Annie Lennox, meanwhile, is sharing more thoughts on Gaza via social-media…

annie lennox july 22nd*July 23rd 2014:

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Reportedly in response to a backlash from many who took objection to the above Tweet and Instagram link, Madonna follows it up with this a bit later:

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It seems that John Cusack has also been compelled to Tweet in defence of his earlier comments on the violence in Gaza…

john cusack tweet2*July 25th 2014:

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An interview with Jonathan Demme is published on the website, ‘The Daily Beast.’ He’s asked about his views on the current situation in Gaza and his recent comments on ‘HuffPost Live’ when he called Israel’s offensive “a horrendous use of force.”

Jonathan Demme.

Jonathan Demme.

He replies, “I think there is no more important subject in the world than the need for a two-state solution to what’s going on there. We Americans are so woefully unaware when it comes to the history, and the specifics. The media has not done a great job in fulfilling their role – journalism’s role in a democracy is to provide information on profoundly important subjects so we’re an informed citizenry. Especially after the Twin Towers, we’re so terrified of ‘Arabic’ people. And talk about stereotypical negative portrayals of people of certain groups, if you look at the portrayal of Arabic people in Hollywood films, it’s just appalling. They’ve always been just the easiest of targets – along with native Africans, and what have you. They’re just portrayed as the ‘other,’ so it’s OK to kill them and it’s OK to take their land.” He goes on, “I feel that the wall is illegal. The occupied territories and the movement of settlements – moving people today off of their property and claiming it – is illegal.”

Mark Ruffalo meanwhile posts a link to a piece on the American political website, ’Daily Kos’ titled, ’empathising w/ Gaza does NOT make me anti-Semitic, nor pro-Hamas or anti-Israel. It makes me human.’ This is (perhaps?) in response to the negative feedback he’s received from one or two Tweeters for his sympathetic stance towards the victims of Israeli strikes in Gaza (see July 17th 2014). The article states, “on the ground in Gaza, Israel’s war against Hamas has been devastating. Online and in the public sphere, a different sort of war has been taking place – a broad initiative to de-legitimise those who raise questions about and critique Israel’s actions. This initiative is being carried out both by so-called ‘pro-Israel’ individuals as well as student volunteers enlisted by Israel’s government in its ‘social media war.‘ The result: those who merely express empathy for the suffering in Gaza, where over 800 people have been killed and 5,000 injured, are tainted as anti-Semitic or pro-Hamas, and those who offer dissenting opinions are labelled as enemies who seek Israel’s destruction. The goal is to shut down dialogue and debate… it seems to be affecting everyone who publicly offers critical opinions about Israel’s Gaza offensive, whether celebrities, journalists or anonymous individuals.”

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Read the ‘Daily Kos’ article in full here:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/25/1315062/-Empathizing-w-Gaza-does-NOT-make-me-anti-Semitic-nor-pro-Hamas-or-anti-Israel-It-makes-me-human#

He also Tweets a link from another ‘Daily Kos’ post which itself is taken from a ‘FaceBook’ entry by the best-selling, Jewish-born American author and activist, Naomi Wolf.

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In the ‘Daily Kos’ post, Wolf is quoted as stating:

Okay, so I was challenged below: “Read the Bible! God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.” So….I may get crucified for this but I have started to say it — most recently (terrified, trembling) to warm welcome in a synagogue in LA: Actually if you read Genesis Exodus and Deuteronomy in Hebrew — as I do — you see that God did not “give” Israel to the Jews/Israelites. We as Jews are raised with the creed that “God gave us the land of Israel” in Genesis — and that ethnically ‘we are the chosen people.” But actually — and I could not believe my eyes when I saw this, I checked my reading with major scholars and they confirmed it — actually God’s “covenant” in Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy with the Jewish people is NOT ABOUT AN ETHNICITY AND NOT ABOUT A CONTRACT. IT IS ABOUT A WAY OF BEHAVING. 
Again and again in the “covenant” language He never says: “I will give you, ethnic Israelites, the land of Israel.” Rather He says something far more radical – far more subversive — far more Godlike in my view. He says: IF you visit those imprisoned…act mercifully to the widow and the orphan…welcome the stranger in your midst…tend the sick…do justice and love mercy ….and perform various other tasks…THEN YOU WILL BE MY PEOPLE AND THIS LAND WILL BE YOUR LAND. So “my people” is not ethnic — it is transactional. We are God’s people not by birth but by a way of behaving, that is ethical, kind and just. And we STOP being “God’s people” when we are not ethical, kind and just. And ANYONE who is ethical, kind and just is, according to God in Genesis, “God’s people.” And the “contract” to “give” us Israel is conditional — we can live in God’s land IF we are “God’s people” in this way — just, merciful, compassionate. AND — it never ever says, it is ONLY your land. Even when passages spell out geographical “boundaries” as if God does such a thing, it never says this is exclusively your land. It never says I will give this land JUST to you. Remember these were homeless nomads who had left slavery in Egypt and were wandering around in the desert; at most these passages say, settle here, but they do not say, settle here exclusively. Indeed again and again it talks about welcoming “zarim” — translated as “strangers” but can also be translated as “people/tribes who are not you” — in your midst. Blew my mind, hope it blows yours.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/25/1316687/-Author-Naomi-Wolf-Challenged-results-blow-her-mind

Elsewhere, an open-statement composed by Oscar-winning Spanish actor, Javier Bardem is published. In it, he condemns the Israeli “barbarism” in Gaza and labels the killings of the occupants there, “genocide.” The Hollywood star, who’s married to actress, Penelope Cruz, and who’s famous for his role as the James Bond ‘baddie’ in the 007 movie ‘Skyfall’ from 2012, also states that the conflict in the region is “a war of extermination waged against occupation.” His strong-worded critique is released via ‘el diaro.es,’ a news/politics website based in Spain. You can read it below. Incidentally, please note that it’s an English translation of the Spanish text as originally published (courtesy of ‘Google Translate’), so do be mindful of the odd mispronunciation here and there…

The horror (that) is happening in Gaza should be NO neutrality or equidistance. It is a war of occupation and extermination against a people without means, confined to a minimum territory without water and where hospitals, ambulances and children are white and suspected terrorists. Difficult to understand and impossible to justify. And shameful stance of western international community to grant such genocide.

Javier Bardem.

Javier Bardem.

I do not understand this barbarism that horrible history of the Jewish people become even more cruelly incomprehensible. Only geopolitical alliances, the hypocritical mask of business-for example, the sale of weapons-explain the shameful position of the USA, the EU and Spain.

I know that always would reject my opinion right to personal issues, so I want to clarify the following points:

Yes, my son was born in a Jewish hospital because I have very dear and close people who are Jewish and that being Jewish is not synonymous with support this slaughter, like being Jewish is not the same as being a Zionist and being Palestinian is not being a Hamas terrorist. That’s as absurd as saying that German will be akin to Nazism.

Yes, I also work in the USA where I have Jewish friends and acquaintances who reject such interventions and policies of aggression. “You can not invoke self-defence as he murdered children,” one of them told me by phone yesterday. And others that I discuss openly about our positions found.

Yes, I’m European and I am ashamed to say represent a community with its silence and no shame.

Yes, I live in Spain paying my taxes and do not want my money to finance policies that support this barbarism and arms trade with other countries that are enriched killing innocent children.

Yes, I am disgusted, embarrassed and hurt by so much injustice and murder of human beings. These children are our children. It is the horror. Hopefully you have compassion in the hearts of those who kill and clear this poison murderer only creates more hatred and violence. Let those Israelis and Palestinians who only dream of peace and coexistence may one day share your solution.

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In the horror happening in Gaza right now there is NO place for distance or neutrality. It’s a war of extermination waged against occupation and to People with no means, confined in a minimum territory, with no water, and where hospitals, ambulances, and children are targets and presumed to be terrorists. It’s hard to understand and impossible to justify. And it’s disgraceful that western country clubs are permitting such genocide. I can not understand this barbarism, even more vicious and incomprehensible considering all of the awful things the Jewish People have gone through in the past. Only geopolitical alliances, that hypocritical mask of business for example, the sale of weapons explains the shameful position taken by the US, the EU and Spain. I Know That uncertain people will discredit my right to express my personal view, which is why I would like to clarify the following points: Yes, my son was born in a Jewish hospital because I have very dear close friends who are Jewish and being Jewish does not mean you support automatically this massacre, just like being Hebrew does not mean you are a Zionist, just like being Palestinian does not automatically make you a Hamas terrorist. That’s just as absurd as saying being German makes you Nazi. Yes, I also work in the US where I have a lot of Jewish friends and acquaintances who reject such interventions and the politics of aggression. “You can not call it self-defence while you’re murdering children,” one of them said to me on the phone yesterday. Yes, I’m European and I’m ashamed of the European community to represent me with its silence and its utter shamelessness. Yes, I live in Spain and I pay my taxes and I do not want my money to finance policies that support this barbarism and the arms industry along with other country clubs that get rich murdering innocent children. Yes, I’m outraged, ashamed and hurt by all of this injustice and human beings getting killed . Those children are our children. It’s horrendous. I can only hope That those who kill will find it in their hearts to show compassion and be cured of this murderous poison which only breeds more hate and violence. That Israelis and Palestinians and those who only dream of peace and coexistence can some day find a solution together.

Javier Bardem.

More here:
http://www.eldiario.es/zonacritica/Carta-Javier-Bardem-masacre-Gaza_6_285281480.html

In Britain meanwhile, a letter signed by a reported 21,000 people and which demands an immediate halt to the arms-trade between the UK and Israel is delivered to Prime Minister, David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street by film-maker, Ken Loach and three British Members of Parliament.
It reads:

Dear Prime Minister

The world is following developments in Israel’s war on Gaza with growing concern and disbelief. At the time of writing, the number of deaths has surpassed 700, 78% of whom are civilians. One in five of the dead are children and entire families have been killed in their homes. Patients have been killed in direct strikes on hospitals. On the 20th of July, Israel shelled the Al-Shuja’iyeh area of Gaza City, resulting in more than 70 deaths, overwhelmingly civilians. Medical teams were stopped from reaching the casualties, resulting in more unnecessary deaths. The number of those injured has surpassed 4,000 and more than 2,200 homes have been destroyed. The electricity, water supply and sewage treatment facilities have been further damaged.

We are deeply alarmed by the British Government’s lack of response to the developing crisis and – in particular – the situation for Palestinian civilians. They are entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law more broadly, which makes clear that civilians and civilian objects may not be the target of military attack. As a member-state and High Contracting Party to the Convention, Britain has a responsibility to ensure that this protection is achieved.

On the 19th of July, British people of all faiths and ages came out in their tens of thousands in London and around the country to demand action to stop Israel’s attack on Gaza. They also demonstrated to ensure the underlying reasons that led to this are tackled, namely the illegal, military occupation of Palestine and the siege on Gaza.  

We demand that the British Government calls for an immediate end to Israel’s action – which is fundamentally based on the collective punishment of the Palestinian people. Further we demand Britain informs Israel that it has completely broken the basic principles of international law with its attack on the civilian population of Gaza, which is unacceptable, and that unless it ends this bloody campaign the UK will move to impose sanctions on it until it adheres to international law. In particular, we demand that Britain will not buy or supply military equipment that has, or could be, used or tested as part of Israel’s illegal occupation or as part of its collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

Other well-known figures from the world of the Arts/entertainment who’ve signed the letter besides Loach include, comedian, Alexei Sayle, English actor, David Morrissey, Brian Eno, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, and founder-member of the Rock-group, Genesis, Peter Gabriel. Bryan Adams is also a signee. Born in Canada in 1959, the music-star, perhaps best-known for his annoyingly long-standing 1990s Number One single, ‘Everything I do (I Do It for You),’ grew up in various parts of the world as a result of his father, a former military-man who then went to work for the UN. The family spent time living in Japan, Portugal, Britain, Korea, and Israel too.

Bryan Adams.

Bryan Adams.

In 2006, the singer formed ‘The Bryan Adams Foundation,’ which, according to its website, “aims to improve the quality of people’s lives around the world by providing financial help and support to those people who are committed to bettering the lives of their people, by providing grants to finance specific projects.” Furthermore, “the Foundation seeks to protect the most vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals in society.” In January 2009, it contributed to the ’Emergency Appeal of the Welfare Association’ and the ’Palestine Red Crescent Society’ for the provision of emergency relief in Gaza. That very same month, the musician was a co-signee of an open-statement that called “for an immediate end to the Israeli attack on the citizens and civic institutions of Gaza; for an opening to all crossings points into Gaza; and for an end to the siege and blockade of Gaza. We insist upon hope for the children of Gaza, and the children of Palestine wherever they live in refugee camps across the Middle East, so that they can live in freedom from injustice, war, and military occupation.” This was in response to the-then ongoing Israeli military-strikes on Gaza during the 22-day-long ’Operation Cast Lead’ offensive. The statement also expressed ’shock’ over “the bombing of three UNRWA (’United Nations Relief and Works Agency’) schools in Gaza where families have taken refuge, killing so many of them, and by the deaths of dozens of children this past week. We demand immediate action from our political leaders, and the leaders of Europe, who under the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law have a responsibility to stop the continuing assault, and who have not done enough to ensure a ceasefire.” The statement was released by the ‘Hoping’ foundation (‘Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation’) and was also signed by Bobby Gillespie, the front-man of the British group, Primal Scream. He’s another one of the 21,000 names on the Downing Street letter. Over the last decade, he and his band have played a number of one-off multi-act UK benefit-gigs in aid of Palestinian children.

Bobby Gillespie.

Bobby Gillespie.

In a 2004 guest-column for ‘The Guardian,’ he stated, “it is often said that the Palestinian issue is so difficult and sensitive that it’s better not to get involved. But the truth is, it’s not. It’s easy.” The concerts, which – as it happens – have featured Bryan Adams on the bill, raise money for the ‘Hoping’ foundation. However, “it’s not just a question of giving them money,” Gillespie has insisted. “One reason we have got involved with the Hoping foundation is that it supports Palestinian children in the refugee camps. Generation after generation has been there since 1948, scattered all over: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and in occupied Palestine. From Shatila to Gaza, it is these kids I see when I think of Palestine. They have been ignored and excluded, growing up without any hope. We want to tell them we are with them, that they are not alone.” In 2005, the singer infamously defaced a banner at that year’s Glastonbury Festival which read: ‘Make Poverty History’ by scrubbing out the last word and replacing it with ‘Israel.’ When this incident was mentioned during a 2006 interview with the long-running music-magazine the ‘NME’ (‘New Musical Express’), he was asked whether it concerned him that this might be perceived as ‘anti-Semitic.’ He replied, “there’s Israeli and Jewish people who support the Palestinian cause as well. To say we’re anti-Semitic is a smear, so you’d better watch what you’re saying. Because you oppose one country’s government’s policies doesn’t mean to say that you hate all the people from that country. I don’t like Bush or Putin or Tony Blair, but I don’t hate American, Russian or British people. Most people are just trying hard to get by.”

*July 26th 2014:
Somewhere between 45,000 – 100,000 demonstrators (depending whose estimates you believe) turn up in London to protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza. A number of well-known figures speak to the crowds, including Brian Eno…

The guitarist, David Randall, who’s played with a number of acts including Tom Jones, Sinead O’Connor and British Electronica / Techno band, Faithless also speaks to the protestors, reportedly saying, “the last time Faithless was on a world tour, we heeded the cultural boycott of Israel. I’m very pleased to see that my colleague and fellow singer, Sinead O’Connor, has also this week said she will boycott Israel. My message to my fellow artists is to join the cultural boycott of Israel. Do not entertain apartheid Israel.”

Dave Randall.

David Randall.

In 2011, the musician wrote a piece for the South African national newspaper and website, ’The New Age’ detailing the circumstances that led to Faithless calling it quits on any more gigs in Israel. He also made note of ‘BDS‘ (’Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions‘), the movement which is there, so states its website, “to strengthen and spread the culture of boycott as a central form of civil resistance to Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid”:

Israel is the regional centre for all things cool, sexy and western – or so its government PR machine would like the world to think. 

Tel Aviv is promoted as a hedonistic, libertarian party city, frequented by many of the world’s best known bands and DJs. This manufactured image matters to Israel. 

The implicit message is that the country is liberal and progressive. Music-fans can dance, drink and pop pills long into the night, blissfully distracted from the immeasurable suffering endured by Palestinians living just 40km down the road in Gaza. 

In effect, music helps to drown out the cries of the oppressed in a society wilfully in denial of its role as oppressor. International DJs and musicians should no longer be complicit in this crime.

Faithless last performed in Israel in June 2005. I invited my friend, Palestinian producer and rapper Jad Abbas (aka Boikutt), to be my guest at the gig. He declined, explaining that Israeli checkpoints meant the short journey to the venue from his home in Ramallah would be almost impossible. 

He added that, as a supporter of the cultural boycott of Israel, he would prefer it if our gig wasn’t happening at all. At the time, I knew of no western bands who had joined the boycott. 

Since then, awareness of the true face of Israel and the suffering and humiliation to which Palestinians are subjected has become far more widespread, particularly in the wake of the siege of Gaza. 

Significantly, people are coming to the realisation that Israel is an apartheid state. 

As the Jewish South African political activist Ronnie Kasrils wrote last year: “Every day structural racism and oppression imposed by Israel constitutes a regime of apartheid and settler colonialism similar to the one that shaped our lives in South Africa.”

The equivalence was even recognised by the architect of apartheid, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd, who stated admiringly in November 1960, “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.”

But there is a key difference between the apartheid regime of South Africa and that in Israel. While the South African economy relied on the exploitation of non-white labour, Palestinians are largely excluded from the Israeli economy. 

The strikes that shook the regime in South Africa in the ’80s are not an option for Palestinians. Therefore, the actions of those of us outside Israel are all the more critical. In recognition of this, Palestinian civil society has issued an urgent call for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel.

Those of us who are serious about engaging in the struggle for a better world need good strategies and ta­ctics. The tactic of cultural boycott isn’t always a good one. 

I am opposed to the occupation of Afghanistan by coalition forces, but to ask my colleagues to boycott Afghanistan, Britain, or the US would be meaningless. You cannot effectively boycott somewhere you never go to (Afghanistan), somewhere you have to go to (Britain), or somewhere with such a big domestic music industry that your decision would go completely unnoticed (the US). 

That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of other things musicians can do – and have done – to support the Stop the War movement, but boycott is not one of them. 

Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, by contrast, is one example of a situation where the cultural boycott – as part of the wider strategy of BDS – is the right tactic. 

Of course, many musicians explicitly talk about political change when onstage in Israel. And some think that the boycott punishes the wrong people. Music fans, they argue, are among those most likely to oppose their government’s policies. But bands, including Faithless, have been visiting Israel and singing about peace and unity for more than a decade. 

In June 2011, Randall amassed together a selection of music-artists to record a track he’d written titled, ‘Freedom for Palestine.’ Released under the group-collective moniker, ‘OneWorld,’ he was joined by the Durban Gospel Choir, Maxi Jazz from Faithless, 1 Giant Leap’s Jamie Catto, singers, Harry Collier (formerly of British outfit, Kubb) and Andrea Britton, and musicians Sudha Kheterpal, Attab Haddad, Joelle Barker, and Tony Reed. In the accompanying video (which you can hear and see below) there are fleeting appearances from UK rapper, Lowkey, comedian/activist, Mark Thomas, and children’s poet and author, Michael Rosen. Randall is in there too of course. He reportedly said in 2011, “this song is my small attempt to show solidarity with Palestinians. I suppose I became interested in what was going on in Palestine when I first visited Gaza over ten years ago. I was actually on tour with Faithless, the band I’ve been working with. We were playing in Tel Aviv, and I had a day off, and I thought rather (than) going to (the) beach and look(ing) around the shops in Tel Aviv, I thought to myself I am going to go to Gaza to see what life is like in Gaza. I think you see with your own eyes the way life is made so difficult by the Israeli government and army, and subsequently I went to the West Bank, I’ve been to the West Bank three or four times. When you see how the Israeli occupation affects Palestinians lives, I think you want to do whatever you can to try to change that situation. In my case, because I am a musician, the best what I could offer is music. I persuaded Faithless that they should join the boycott of Israel, and they did join the cultural boycott last year and around the same time I decided to start working on this song. The more the song had a feeling of internationalism, which is a political idea that I strongly agree with, the idea that no matter which country you are from; we are all brothers and sisters. The most exciting recording session of all was the one we did in South Africa with the choir, The Durban Gospel choir, because there are a lot of Black South Africans and White South Africans who remember the struggle against the racist apartheid in South Africa and feel a desire to help Palestinians with their struggle against apartheid and the activities of the Israeli state; they understand the type of oppression that is going on in Palestine. I have always loved the songs which bring different influences together. With this song I thought it is important that the Arabic musical world was referenced… It is the sense of internationalism I referred to earlier, it was great that we were able to get the South African influence in the song as well as the Arabic influence and the London electronic influence. As it is something I love doing musically any way, it is important that different musical worlds co-existed on this song.”


*July 27th 2014:

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik also makes his view known:

zayn malik tweet1 *July 28th 2014:
Mia Farrow Tweets a link to a ‘YouTube‘ video of a speech made by veteran US Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges in 2009. In it, he says, “the incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket-fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenceless civilian population, is the final phase in the decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians. The assault on Gaza is about creating squalid, lawless, and impoverished ghettoes in the West Bank and Gaza where life for Palestinians will be barely sustainable. Israel uses sophisticated attack-jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee-camps, schools, apartment-blocks, mosques, and slums – to attack a population that has no air-force, no air-defence, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery-units, no mechanised armour, no command and control, no army – and calls it a war. It is not a war. It is murder.” In a career spanning over thirty years, Hedges has worked for the ‘New York Times’ as a foreign correspondent, and has reported from Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He’s currently a columnist for the news-site, ’Truthdig.’ You can watch the ’YouTube’ video Tweeted by Farrow, below:

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Mia follows this up later with…

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A video appears on ‘YouTube’ titled ‘Freedom for Palestine: #GazaNames Project.’ Almost four minutes-long in total, it features a number of celebrities, artists, and activists, including Jonathan Demme, fellow director, Ken Loach, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, South African activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and musicians, Brian Eno and Roger Waters holding up signs featuring the names and the ages of Palestinian civilians killed recently in Gaza. It’s narrated by US playwright, Wallace Shawn who’s perhaps best known for his acting roles, most notably in the movies, ‘Clueless,’ Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan,’ and the TV-comedy, ‘Gossip Girl.’

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

The video was released by ‘Freedom4Palestine.org’ in conjunction with ‘Jewish Voice for Peace,’ which, according to its official site, “is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. ‘JVP’ opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.”

In the link below, is a list of the well-known figures who’ve taken part in the ‘GazaNames’ video:
http://freedom4palestine.org/participants

An open-letter condemning the treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and co-signed by a group of Spanish musicians, writers, movie-directors and film-stars including Hollywood actress, Penelope Cruz and husband, Javier Bardem is published in Spain’s print-media on this day also. According to online reports, it states, “Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.” Israel “humiliates, detains, and tramples on the rights of the Palestinian population in all of the West Bank every day, also causing many deaths.” The letter calls for a “lift” to “the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for more than a decade,” also adding that the country should “open border crossings to facilitate the mobility of the population, the entry of medical equipment, medicines and food.”

David Byrne, meanwhile, a founder-member of the group, Talking Heads, posts an e-mail on his website sent to him a few days earlier by his friend, Brian Eno:

Dear All of You:

I sense I’m breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can’t keep quiet any more. 

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4-years-old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it. 

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But – for Christ’s sake! – it’s not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC (the ‘American Israel Public Affairs Committee‘)… for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason… but I have no idea what it could be. 

The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered? How come it isn’t your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word ‘America’? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn’t and supports a ragingly racist theocracy? 

I was in Israel last year with Mary. Her sister works for ‘UNWRA’ (‘United Nations Relief and Works Agency’) in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian – Shadi, who is her sister’s husband and a professional guide – and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things – Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing s**t and p**s and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down onto Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints… and all the endless daily humiliations. I kept thinking, “do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?”. 

As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While ‘the process’ is going on the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements… and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel ‘has a right to defend itself’ (whereas Palestine clearly doesn’t). And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone’s olive grove while the army looks the other way. By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis – they’re ‘right of return’ Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that ‘Arab’ equates with ‘vermin’ – straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It’s like sending money to the Klan.
But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture. Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents ‘The West’. So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited – to the great glee of the mad Mullahs – by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see  – but it doesn’t even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn’t make Kissingerian ‘Realpolitik’ sense; it just makes us look bad.

I’m sorry to burden you all with this. I know you’re busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It’s us squandering the civilisational capital that we’ve built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don’t get it and I wish that I did.

XXB

Posted below the e-mail, is a response from his friend, Peter Schwartz. Said to have been born in a refugee-camp outside Stuttgart, Germany in 1946 to ’Holocaust’ survivors, he’s an American futurist, author, public-speaker, and business-strategist. If his online career-bio is anything to go by, then he’s a man to be met with a degree of suspicion. It states that “he specialises in scenario-planning, working with corporations, governments, and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world.  His research and scenario work encompasses the fast-moving world of connected business, energy resources and the environment, technology, telecommunications, media and entertainment, aerospace, and national security. He also co-authored the Pentagon’s ‘An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security.’” He cut his teeth as a futurist from 1972, when he joined the notorious ‘Stanford Research Institute,’ now known as ‘SRI International’ (if you’re unaware of this organisation’s shady history, then just type the name of it into a search-engine and you’ll find more than enough data to satisfy your curiosity). During his tenure there, he eventually rose to the position of director of the Strategic Environment Centre.
His reply to Eno reads:

Dear Brian and friends,

I am writing to respond to your note about Gaza and how America is responding. It deserves a response. My feelings and the actual realities are complex on several levels; the realities of the Arab-Israeli history and conflicts, global politics and modern American history/demographics. All three levels interact to create the current situation. And to understand the US posture you have to consider the history. Let me say, that, as you know I am an immigrant and child of Holocaust survivors. I am culturally Jewish, but with no religious or spiritual inclinations, an atheist. And I believe that creating the Jewish state of Israel was a historic mistake that is likely to destroy the religion behind it. The actions nation states take to assure their survival are usually in contradiction to any moral values that a religion might espouse. And that contradiction is now very evident in Israel’s behaviour. Israel will destroy Judaism.

First, the history has two important intersecting threads, Zionism and the end of the Ottoman Empire. Zionism began near the end of the nineteenth century as a response to a millennium of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe. An end to the diaspora and a return to the biblical homeland were seen as the only hope of escaping the persistent repression of places like Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia, etc. The British government with its Balfour declaration (1917) and the League of Nations Palestine Mandate (1922) gave impetus to that hope. And of course WWII and the Holocaust sealed the deal. The murder of 6 million Jews was seen as sufficient reason to pursue a Jewish state and the UN granted that wish with the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab States in 1947. The seven Arab states declared war and urged the Palestinians to flee. After defeating the Arab armies Israel made it very hard for them return. Hence we ended up with a large Palestinian refugee population.

Those Arab states themselves were the result of a combination of British/French artistry in drawing the maps of the post Ottoman world as well as the subsequent tribal military campaigns that left the Saudis in charge of the Arabian peninsula (vast oil wealth soon to be found) and the Hashemites driven up into Trans Jordan. Other than the war with Israel, the conflicts and rivalries among the various Arab and Persian factions have shaped Middle Eastern and North African politics ever since then.

Over the subsequent decades following the 1948 war there was a persistent Arab bombing campaign and two more large scale Arab attacks on Israel, 1967 and 1973. Until the mid seventies Israel was seen as having the moral high ground based on the holocaust and Arab behaviour. But beginning with the Israeli incursion into Lebanon in the early 80s that moral position began to erode. Israel’s behaviour in Lebanon was the first major example of aggressive action and attacks against vulnerable populations. Israel began to develop a more right wing and aggressive political faction of which Netanyahu is the worst current example. The settlements in Arab territory in the West Bank are the direct result of that evolution. (And of course the mass migration of the 1990s mainly from Russia) Suicide bombings and missile attacks were the Arab response. Walling themselves in was yet another ironic Israeli response. Today’s horrors are a continuing extension of those conflicts following a ceasefire of a few years.

Once Israel declared itself a Jewish state in 1948 the Palestinians had only three options; accept a division of the land into two States, accept being second-class citizens in the Israeli State or perpetual conflict because they could not win. The Arab States chose the third option because it is in their interest to maintain unity against their common enemy, Israel.  They could even share a common enemy with the hated Persian Shiites in Iran. So rather than helping the Palestinians develop by investing in education, health-care, jobs, infrastructure etc. the Arab States, especially Saudi Arabia help keep them poor but well armed. Palestinian refugees would remain a festering sore in the Middle East to remind the world of Israel’s perfidy. And of course any aid that did come ended up in corrupt pockets not in helping development. The obvious counter-example was Jordan, which developed itself, with little help from their Arab brethren and eventually made grudging peace with Israel. The difference in Jordan was good Arab leadership that recognized that Israel was not going way and war forever was not a good development policy.

At the geopolitical level several threads played out. The UN became a place where the Israel and Arab conflicts became a symbolic pawn in the Cold War, especially in the Security Council with the US on the Israeli side and the USSR on the Arab side (with exceptions i.e. the Saudis). That hardened the US position and associated in American minds Israel with our side and the Arabs with the other guys.

Even though I have no support for the Israeli position I find the opposition to Israel questionable in its failure to be similarly outraged by a vast number of other moral horrors in the recent past and currently active. Just to name a few; Cambodia, Tibet, Sudan, Somalia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, Liberia, Central African Republic, Uganda, North Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Venezuela, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Zimbabwe and especially right now Nigeria. The Arab Spring ,which has become a dark winter for most Arabs and the large scale slaughter now underway along the borders of Iraq and Syria are good examples of what they do to themselves. And our nations, the US, the Brits, the Dutch, the Russians and the French have all played their parts in these other moral outrages.  The gruesome body count and social destruction left behind dwarfs anything that the Israelis have done. The only difference with the Israeli’s is their claim to a moral high ground, which they long ago left behind in the refugee camps of Lebanon. They are now just a nation, like any other, trying to survive in a hostile sea of hate.

We should be clear, that given the opportunity, the Arabs would drive the Jews into the sea and that was true from day one. There was no way back from war once a religious State was declared. So Israel, once committed to a nation State in that location and granted that right by other nations have had no choice but to fight. In my view therefore, neither side has any shred of moral standing left, nor have the nations that supported both sides. 
So now let’s at look at why the US behaves as it does with a nearly uncritical support of Israel. You are right to criticise our media in so many ways, but that only makes things worse it does not really explain why. They are simply doing what they think their audiences want to hear. And they are mostly right.

Part of it has to do with post-war American evolution and perceptions of Israel and the Arabs. When I was a boy in the fifties, through my teenage years anti-Semitism was still common in America. If you were Jewish you did not go to work for IBM or GE. You did not join the Navy. You did not go to Harvard, Princeton or Yale. I could not play tennis at my local country club. I regularly heard derisive, anti-Semitic comments from some of my classmates. But by the mid-sixties along with the civil rights movement, toleration in general increased and anti-Semitism declined, almost vanishing. Support of Israel was part of that tolerance and was seen as a noble response to the Holocaust. The Arabs were seen as the oppressors and enemies of the US. That perception was given particular impetus by the oil embargo of 1973 and of course the Iranian revolution, even though it was Persians not Arabs, because Americans don’t see that distinction. (We should never forget that we have a Republican dominated Congress, half of whom do not own a Passport and see ignorance as a virtue.) The Israelis were seen as innovative and benign, people who made the desert bloom. To this was added the growing and ironic support from the US religious Right who saw the route to salvation as the Israeli defeat of the Arabs leading to a second coming of Christ. (Of course, we Jews would have to convert to Christianity to survive the second coming.) 9/11 amplified the American antipathy to the Arab world. Seeing the delight throughout the Arab world at the fall of the Twin Towers did not endear the Arabs to the American people. We can add Saddam, Khaddafi and Osama Bin Laden to the pantheon of iconic American villains. The UN is no longer seen as legitimate and almost always acting against US interests.

So my generation and most of today’s American leadership grew up with the Israelis as heroic good guys and Arabs/Persians as greedy bad guys. The younger generation, my son Ben’s age (24) have a much more balanced view. Israel’s behaviour in their youth, the last two decades, has destroyed whatever moral standing the Israelis had with them. In addition the pro-Israeli lobby in America has been very effective in the political arena and their Arab counterparts have been counter productive. So our leaders who group-up with noble Israel and evil Arabs and supported by Jewish political contributions are unequivocally pro Israeli while young people are more divided as is at least some of the Jewish community. Eventually demography will win out as a new more skeptical generation comes to power, a generation for whom Israel will not carry the same moral weight as it did for their parents. 

I don’t think there is any honour to go around here. Israel has lost its way and commits horrors in the interest of their own survival. And the Arabs and Persians perpetuate a conflict ridden neighbourhood with almost no exceptions, fighting against each other and with hate of Israel the only thing that they share.

It is also worth noting that the largest Muslim populations are not Arab and the largest, Indonesia is fairly peaceful. So it is not about religion. The Arabs have been engaged in tribal conflicts for centuries that have been from time to time quelled by Imperial powers like the Ottomans and strong men like Saddam and Ibn Saud. And in those wars they have committed horrors on their own people. Observe the genocidal destruction of Homs by Hafez Assad just to point to a recent example. The Zionists brought another tribe to the war. It is of course a tribe that is also divided, like the Arabs, in to factions, some of which are fanatical and war like and others more moderate. The comments about the racism of the Zionists are fair, but the Arab world does not lack for similar attitudes. One need only see how the vast number of South Asian, Philippine and African near slaves are treated even in the more benign countries like the UAE.

So given that history and current reality and even though I believe the creation of Israel was a historic disaster, I am a member of the tribe, (perhaps its more pacifist, atheist wing) I find objectionable the unique singling out of Israel for condemnation. So if we are prepared to boycott, condemn, shame, etc, the Saudis, the Qataris, the Iranians, the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Russians, the Nigerians, the Taliban, the Venezuelans, the Zimbabweans, the Sudanese, the south Sudanese, the Central African Republicans, and let’s not forget the Americans and the British, all of whom are as guilty as Israel, then I will join the demonstration. (Two small things that might help would be if the rich Arab states provided some funding and development assistance for the Palestinians and if the Palestinian government didn’t steal all the aid.)

We find ourselves at a historic impasse. There is no way back. Israel will do whatever it takes to survive. They will not leave. And the Arab identity has become opposition to Israel. It will be centuries, if ever, before they accept the existence of Israel. So both sides will always rightly feel threatened. There will be no other state there but perpetual tribal war with an occasional truce. And in that perpetual state of tribal war there be ample opportunity for horrors on both sides. We can only hope to lower the level of violence, but true peace will remain illusive.

Peter Schwartz

Fast-forward to August 5th, and Eno’s reply to this is published on the ‘Stop the War’ website:

Dear Peter,

Reading your letter I very much appreciated the historical summary. There are a few places where I don’t agree, but they’re not important enough to make this letter even longer than it already threatens to be.

It seems we’re in accord about how awful the situation and the government in Israel is, and I’m with you pretty much all of the way until you ask: ‘Why single out Israel? In a world of horrors, why pick on this one?’

And I think that veils another concern: ‘Is this some new form of anti-Semitism, another stick with which to beat the Jews?’ Given their history, that’s a fair enough question.
I’m aware that there are those who actually welcome the Gaza disaster for that very reason. They’re fundamentally anti-Jewish and this is an acceptable way for them to say that in polite company. To the rest of us, these people are fatal – because they give the apologists for Israel the perfect let-out: “See? It’s just anti-Semitism..” There’s always a contingent of them turning up at demos and wanting to speak. Needless to say, they aren’t given the microphone.  

So I’d like to let you know that I didn’t ‘single out’ Israel. In my lifetime, I’ve been active in several movements that involved events in other nations: Vietnam, South Africa, Bosnia, Iraq and now Israel. In each case my government was actively involved, but the policies it was pursuing struck me as idiotic and immoral. In each case also there were those who asked me the same question: why single them out? 

Well, part of my answer is that above: we’re already involved, but I think we’re involved in the wrong way. So this is my general answer: it isn’t just about Israel for me, but about what my government is doing in my name. The money we pay in taxes is helping to support this situation. I can see all the reasons you’ve listed as to why our respective governments have ended up with the stances they have, but understanding isn’t the same as condoning. I want to make it clear to them that “a lot of your citizens don’t support you”. This is what I understand as democratic participation, civic responsibility.

The other cases you mentioned: the Saudis, the Qataris, the Iranians, the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Russians, the Nigerians, the Taliban, the Venzuelans, the Zimbabweans, the Sudanese, the south Sudanese, the Central African Republicans… frankly, what do they have to do with me? I don’t understand them, and I don’t know that my government has any particular role within them. If I were suddenly to become involved with, say, Sudanese politics I would feel that your question ‘Why Single Them out?” had validity.
But my main point is to pick the fights you can win. Whereas I don’t have any instruments at all with which to affect Sudanese politics (even if I wanted to), I do have some power to change the way that Britain relates to Israel.

Why would I want to do that? Because unlike you, I don’t see the Middle East as a lost cause. Israel, unlike the other countries you mention, claims to be like us, part of the Western First World, part of the same set of moral assumptions  – and many Israelis (though apparently not the ones in government) are.

Despite the haze of nationalistic propaganda there’s a committed Jewish counterculture in Israel which, along with the Palestinians, is appealing to us for help. They know they can’t change it working only from the inside and they want support – as indeed South African trade unions asked the outside world for support in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and Bosnians did in the ‘90s. These aren’t people who want to destroy Israel: they want to save it from a course which they see as taking it further and further from the ideals on which it was founded. 

There’s something else as well which makes Israel a particularly sore issue for the British: we had a big hand in creating the problem by cavalierly ‘giving’ the Jews Palestine and turning a blind eye when that generation of settlers drove Arabs off their land, as we turned a blind eye to what the Arab nations were doing. In the grand imperial tradition of ‘Make a mess and then pull out’ we left behind a palpably unworkable arrangement. And just to make the problem really intractable, Israel was founded (as it happens, on the day I was born – 15 May 1948) as a specifically Jewish, and therefore religious, State.

To create a State that specifically, and from the very beginning, excluded so many of its extant inhabitants from participation was a terrible move. I have enormous sympathy for anyone trying to make sensible decisions in the wake of World War 2, and I’m sure there were many good intentions paving the road to this particular hell, but it was that thoughtless and arbitrary (and British) partition that kick-started the whole thing. 
My penultimate point is that this is about more than Israel – in my mind anyway. I touched on this in the letter: how do you think it looks to the rest of the world when they see Israel mincing the Palestinians in Gaza and then discover that America is (still) giving them about 18 million dollars in military aid each day – while righteously proclaiming about Human Rights?

And how do they feel when they see Tony Blair receiving a $1 million dollar Peace Prize from some Israeli institution presumably for managing to remain completely unresponsive to the Palestinians?

It looks terrible – sheer, unvarnished hypocrisy. It makes you understand why Arabs can hate us (though I’m continually surprised by how few do). One of the reasons I want to demonstrate is to say “Don’t judge us by our governments” – which is one of the things that Israeli Jews say to me. You probably think it hopelessly idealistic, but I think it does make a difference when people see that the other people – the ones they’re supposed to hate – are objecting to what is being done in their names. 

I remember speaking to a Palestinian taxi driver in Israel. It was shortly after that Raving Nazi Anti-Semite Jimmy Carter – I took that description of him from Israeli Press reports – had just published his book where he suggested that Israel was becoming an apartheid State. The driver said to me wearily: ‘why do they always realise this just after they have lost the power to do anything?’ 

I thought about that a lot. Of course, while they’re in power they’re effectively neutralised. Without a HUGE popular mandate – huge enough to offset the lobbies and the news-channels and the weapons companies and the general apathy – people in power won’t – or can’t – do anything. With enough people behind them, they might. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s book is about this, about the moment when a society changes from applauding something to finding it shameful. The American Civil Rights movement is a stellar example.

It can happen very quickly, and I think it could do so in Israel if she weren’t pumped up with US supplied testosterone. But it depends on people in government being able to cover themselves by saying “I had no choice – those bloody voters forced my hand.” And it depends on something similar happening in the Arab world too…which might be at the point when they stop being important enough to our energy supplies for us to stop kissing their arses. But you know much more about that subject than me. 

Last point (phew!), about singling-out. In this recent crisis Israel has bombed or shelled about 120 UN buildings in Gaza. Mary’s sister Rachel tells me that the UN sends precise coordinates of all its buildings to the Israelis, so these attacks are unlikely to be mistakes. 70 of those buildings were schools or hospitals, some of them occupied at the time. Can you think of any other country that could get away with this? That’s another kind of singling-out.

*July 29th 2014:
Referring to the recent military attacks on Gaza during an interview with news-agency, ‘AFP’ whilst backstage at a Massive Attack gig in the city of Byblos, Lebanon, Robert Del Naja says, “this bombardment of an area that is one of the most densely-populated on Earth, where civilians aren’t allowed to leave, is just beyond belief.” With regards to Israel, he states, “in order to protect yourself, do you really want to massacre another people? In the 21st century, it’s beyond belief.” Furthermore, “the politicians, they stay silent. It’s perverse, it almost suggests they’re not fit for office.”

Robert Del Naja.

Robert Del Naja.

During the concert, the band make use once again of black-screen technology to highlight the plight of Gaza victims. As they play their classic, ’Unfinished Sympathy,’ messages flash behind them reading, ‘Gaza has been occupied or under restrictions since 1948,’ and, ‘Population of Gaza: 1,816,000. Israeli death toll 60. Civilians 7. Palestinian dead 1,200. Civilians 864.’ It’s estimated that Lebanon is home to nearly half a million Palestinian refugees.

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Meanwhile, on Twitter…

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US singer, John Legend Tweets in criticism of recent efforts by US Secretary of State, John Kerry to broker a ceasefire…

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And then he Tweets the following, just to clarify his position…

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And then…

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If you look through Legend’s Twitter page, you’ll notice he has plenty of views to share on a wide-range of social/political issues from ‘ObamaCare,‘ to the controversy surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, and the “pointlessness” of the US war on marijuana by the ‘DEA‘ (’Drug Enforcement Agency’). Furthermore, he sits on the National Board of Directors for the organisations, ‘Teach for America,’ (which, its website states, works “to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education”), ’Stand for Children’ (that claims to “ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high-school prepared for, and with access to, a college education”), and the ‘Education Equality Project.’

John Legend.

John Legend.

He’s also vice-chairman of ‘Harlem Village Academies,’ “a community of educators in Harlem working to revolutionise public education in our nation,” so states its website. Of course, none of this necessarily means the guy is working to shape the world in a way that those of us with an ’Alternative’ point of view would agree with. In fact, if you check out some of the above institutions in greater detail – such as the wording and terminology used in their literature, and also some of the individuals involved – you might come away from the experience somewhat suspicious. Also note that in 2012, Legend was selected to become what’s called ‘a young global leader’ for the notoriously-shady non-profit foundation, ‘The World Economic Forum.’ Not altogether reassuring – however – on the other hand, not convincing enough information to categorically label him a knowing and willing participator in a dark globalist ’Illuminati’-type agenda either. Be aware too of the fact that his recent Gaza Tweets aren’t the first time he’s expressed sympathy and support for the Palestinians. In May this year, weeks before tensions in the region flared-up, he gave a 19-minute-plus speech themed on love at a ceremony for graduates at the University of Pennsylvania. “I know it’s not easy to go all-in on love,” he said to them. “I’m 35 and I’m married, and I’m still learning how to do this completely. But I’ve found someone who makes me want to try. Someone who makes me want to take that risk. And it’s made all the difference… love changes the world. There are seven billion other people out there. Seven billion strangers. I want you to consider what it means to love them too. What does it mean to love people we don’t know? To see the value in every single person’s life. Think about that. It’s a pretty radical notion. It means your daughter or son, your neighbour’s daughter or son and the daughters and sons of people who live thousands of miles away, all deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It means we let go of fear and we see each other’s humanity. It means we don’t see Trayvon Martin as a walking stereotype, a weaponised human. We see him as a boy who deserves the chance to grow into a man, even if he makes boyish mistakes along the way. It means that American lives don’t count more than Iraqi lives. It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover. It’s actually quite a challenge for me and quite a challenge for you to love humankind in this way.” In an article for the Palestinian-leaning online news and analysis site, ‘Electric Infitada,’ Professor Steven Salaita, the author of the books, ’Israel’s Dead Soul,’ and ’Anti-Arab Racism in America’ (to name but two), went as far as to opine that “Legend… did something nearly unprecedented among celebrity commenters: he urged his audience to humanise Palestinians. Legend’s mention of Palestinians might not seem like a big deal, one line out of hundreds, ten seconds of twenty minutes. It is consequential, though. It requires courage for a high-earner to humanise Palestinians, especially in the rarefied domain of the Ivy League. In the United States, as elsewhere, a simple rule prevails: the more elite the community, the more languid the discourse. Legend included Palestinians in an uncomplicated appeal to universal justice. In terms of the historical (and contemporaneous) volatility of Palestine in public discourse, Legend’s single sentence represented an important symbolic moment.”

*July 30th 2014:
Madonna Tweets for a ceasefire, and also includes a link to ‘anera.org’ (the website of the NGO, ’American Near East Refugee Aid‘)…

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‘ANERA,’ according to its website, “advances the well-being of people in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. Through partnerships and close consultation with local groups and communities, ANERA responds to economic, health and educational needs with sustainable solutions and also delivers humanitarian aid during emergencies. Incorporated in 1968 to help ease the suffering of Palestinian refugees after the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, ANERA is non-political and non-religious and is one of the largest American non-profits working solely in the Middle East for 40 years. ANERA helps local institutions become more self-sufficient and effective in serving their communities. Every project is planned in consultation with the communities that ultimately benefit – an approach that ensures relevancy and commitment, and secures the long-term viability of the projects.” The fact that this organisation is openly endorsed by Madonna – a known schmoozer with Israeli leaders/warmongers – is ample-enough reason for a closer inspection into its workings in case of any potentially incriminating information… Can it be trusted?… Well – by the looks of it… no, perhaps not. Just a cursory glance at the website’s ‘donors and partners’ page is enough to perk-up the goose-bumps. There in the list is ‘AmeriCares,’ the so-called “relief and humanitarian-aid organisation.” It was founded in 1982 by businessman, Bob Macauley, a World War II veteran who’s said to have shared a room with George Bush sr. at Yale. He’s also documented as having been an integral member of the CIA (which, of course, his former co-lodger was Director of for a time). In a 2004 article, the journalist and author, W.E. Gutman suggested there was evidence to show that both men were part of “a political ’fifth column‘” that “had taken root in the US.“ Furthermore, “credible sources that spoke on condition of anonymity added convincing evidence to rumours that politicians, intelligence-agencies, religious leaders, charitable organisations and multinational corporations were engaged in a hemispheric cabal aimed at harmonising global evangelical interests with US foreign policy objectives. AmeriCares, whose declared mission is to offer worldwide relief ‘regardless of Race, religion or political persuasion,’ has funded and taken part in US-engineered armed conflicts and routinely flew its armada into ideological battlefields directly linked to US strategic interests. It steadfastly withheld disaster relief to nations it deemed not sufficiently pro-American.” A further perusal of the ANERA ‘donors and partners’ page merely reinforces suspicions that all is not necessarily what it might seem. Also listed, for example, is ‘OPEC’ (‘Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’), and others, including the notorious government agency, ’USAID’ (’United States Agency for International Development’) which, according to its site, “works to end extreme global poverty.” Earlier this year, its central involvement in a secret scheme during 2009-2012 to topple Castro’s Communist government was revealed in mainstream-media reports. The plan was, to foment unrest and, ultimately, spark a ‘Cuban Spring’ via social-media with the creation of ‘ZunZuneo,’ a text-phone Twitter-like network. The fact is, USAID’s reputation had been tainted long before that. In an April 2014 article, William Blum, former US State Department employee, now author and historian, wrote, “the grandly named Agency for International Development does not have an honourable history; this can perhaps be captured by a couple of examples: In 1981, the agency’s director, John Gilligan, stated, ‘at one time, many USAID field-offices were infiltrated from top to bottom with CIA people. The idea was to plant operatives in every kind of activity we had overseas, government, volunteer, religious, every kind.’ On June 21st 2012, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) issued a resolution calling for the immediate expulsion of USAID from their nine member-countries, ‘due to the fact that we consider their presence and actions to constitute an interference which threatens the sovereignty and stability of our nations.’ USAID, the CIA… together or singly, continue to be present at regime-changes, or attempts at same, favourable to Washington, from ‘colour revolutions’ to ‘spring’ uprisings, producing a large measure of chaos and suffering…” With regards to USAID’s involvement in the Middle East, back in 2006, it led a Bush administration-backed $2 million initiative to increase the popularity of the-then ruling Party, the Palestinian Authority in elections against Hamas. According to reports by the ‘Washington Post’ at the time, “elements of the US-funded program” included “a street-cleaning campaign… donating computers to community-centres, and sponsoring a national youth soccer tournament.” However, none of these projects showed any evidence of American involvement. The reason for this, US officials were quoted as saying, was “to ensure that the Palestinian Authority receives public credit…“ Furthermore, “US officials said the goal of limiting Hamas’s influence in the next Palestinian government overshadowed concerns about the decision not to disclose the US government’s role in the campaign.” Ismail Haniyeh, a senior political leader of Hamas who would go on to become Prime Minister following the elections, was reported as saying at the time, the USAID program in that region was “a blatant interference in Palestinian internal affairs.”

*July 31st 2014

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Madonna’s Tweet (below) is no doubt in reference to a 72-hour ceasefire that goes into effect on this day…

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Unfortunately, within the matter of hours, the ceasefire is no more.

On this day also, British movie and TV-director, Ken Loach is interviewed on the front-lawn of the BBC’s offices in the English city of Bristol. Demonstrators have occupied it for over a week so far, pitching tents and displaying banners in protest against the corporation’s coverage of recent events in Gaza, which they believe, is biased in favour of Israel. The film-maker says, “we should note that many at the BBC, including senior staff, are embarrassed by the broadcaster’s coverage that has an obvious pro-Israel bias. They don’t put the views of Palestinians to the Israelis during interviews, while the use of language about Gazans is pejorative and the war crimes being committed against them ignored. They’re not ‘militants’ or ‘terrorists,’ they’re ‘resistance fighters.’ On the one side innocent people are being massacred, while the other are setting off a few fireworks. It’s the BBC, we own it, so it should be answerable.”

Ken Loach.

Ken Loach.

Loach, who’s directed a string of movies and television-dramas dealing in social and political issues such as the 1966 BBC TV-play ‘Cathy Come Home’ and the films, ‘Kes’ (1970), and ’Hidden Agenda’ (1990), has been a long-time opponent of Israel, including its actions in Gaza. For example, in 2009, he was reported to have said with regards to the supposed rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the wake of ‘Operation Cast Lead,’ “if there has been a rise I am not surprised. In fact, it is perfectly understandable because Israel feeds feelings of anti-Semitism. When history comes to be written, I think this will be seen as one of the great crimes of the past decades because of the cold-blooded massacre that we witnessed. Unless we take a stand against it, we are complicit.” In May that year, Loach issued an open-letter shortly after calling for a boycott of that year’s ‘Edinburgh International Film Festival’ (’EIFF’) upon learning that the organisers had accepted money (£300) from the Israeli embassy to the UK in order to fund the travelling expenses of Tel Aviv University graduate, Tali Shalom Ezer so that she could attend the screening of her movie-short, ‘Surrogate’ at the event in Scotland. “I’m sure many film-makers will be as horrified as I am to learn the Edinburgh International Film Festival is accepting money from Israel,” Loach reportedly stated. “The massacres and State terrorism in Gaza make this money unacceptable. With regret, I must urge all who might consider visiting the festival to show their support for the Palestinian nation and stay away.” Not long later, the festival’s organisers decided to return the money to the Israeli embassy reportedly stating, “although the festival is considered wholly cultural and apolitical, we consider the opinions of the film industry as a whole and, as such, accept that one film-maker’s recent statement speaks on behalf of the film community, therefore we will be returning the funding issued by the Israeli embassy.” However, one particular member of the aforementioned “film community” who openly refused to be included in this decision was British-born / Jewish-raised movie-director, producer and former Edinburgh Festival winner, Gary Sinyor. In a column for the UK newspaper/website, ‘The Independent,’ he stated, “I am writing to the Edinburgh Film Festival and asking for my name to be taken off their records. I am removing ‘Winner, Best British Film, Edinburgh 1992’ from my CV. If I could cut the award in half and send half back I would. Ken Loach took it upon himself publicly to endorse the boycott of the entire Edinburgh Film Festival. And hey presto! The EIFF suddenly decided to give the money back to the Israeli embassy. I’ve tried making sense of that but I can’t. It’s possible that Ken was speaking on behalf of all film directors/writers and producers worldwide, but my phone never rang so at best it would be the entire global film community minus one. It’s a shame that Ken feels particularly strongly about not having anything to do with Israel or Israeli money. The charge of extremism, whether extreme anti-Zionism or extreme anti-Semitism, for it makes zero difference, must be firmly laid at the door of those who single out Israel as the global pariah state. Loach’s argument ignores the fact that Israel is a country. Like Britain, it’s a modern democracy that suffers from political corruption. Like Britain, a country that can dazzle across the spectrum of human achievement. Like Britain, a country of rich and poor. Like Britain, a country that can be very tolerant of diversity and yet still harbours its fair share of racism. Like Britain, it has gone to war of late, with superior firepower to the enemy – although one could argue that Hamas is more of a direct threat to Israelis than Saddam ever was to the UK. To repress the freedom of a film festival, to blackmail it, because it has accepted £300 from a government body to fly over a film-maker is petty and outrageous. Ken may as well call for Heathrow to be closed because British Airways flies to Tel Aviv.” In an open-letter to Loach published directly in the wake of the festival‘s decision to back the director, Tali Shalom Ezer stated:

In the past 24 hours, I have been asked repeatedly to comment on your statement demanding to return Israel ‘s grant to our embassy in Edinburgh. I admit to have mixed feelings about your statement and all that it implies. As I have indicated in previous occasions, I have always been a member of the Israeli peace camp. Contrary to common perceptions in the media, ours is a large, strong camp – as I’d like to believe is the case amongst Palestinians.

I oppose, with all my heart, the Israeli occupation and settlements; I oppose an automatic resort to military solutions in times of conflict. I appreciate the wish to change the world by shunning what is perceived as an act of injustice, but I feel that what may seem right in theory, may be extremely wrong in practice.

In my opinion, every time a nation is subjected to a cultural boycott – be it a film or a lecture by an Israeli professor abroad – there is a tendency amongst its subjects to draw closer to more nationalistic elements; every time this happens, peace is farther away. Every time this happens, the concept of “A People that Dwells Alone” gathers more believers, and the conviction that the only way to survive is by strengthening the state’s military power, is reinforced. Every time this happens, moderate voices are hushed, art is weakened.

I do not know if you are aware of this fact, but ‘Surrogate’ was filmed by Radek Ladczuk, a talented Polish cinematographer. For 21 years, Israel and Poland had no diplomatic relations; all I knew about the country came from the media and history lessons about WWII.

I approached Radek from purely artistic considerations. Our work, despite difficulties in verbal communication, has proven to me once more the power of art and the many points of similarity which join people together, everywhere. I have no doubt that collaborations of this kind promote dialogue and lessen prejudice.

Yours

Tali Shalom Ezer

Loach replied…

Dear Tali Shalom Ezer,

From the beginning, Israel and its supporters have attacked their critics as anti-Semites or racists. It is a tactic to undermine rational debate.

To be crystal clear: as a film-maker you will receive a warm welcome in Edinburgh. You are not censored or rejected. The opposition was to the Festival’s taking money from the Israeli state.

The call for a boycott of Israeli cultural institutions comes from many Palestinians: writers, artists, journalists, lawyers, academics, trades unionists, teachers. They see it as ‘a contribution to the struggle to end Israel ’s occupation, colonisation and system of apartheid.’ Who are we, that we should not heed their call? Your counter-arguments were used against the South African boycott yet that proved eventually to be successful.
We remember that the Palestinians have been dispossessed for sixty years, houses destroyed, communities wrecked. Israel ignores international law, the Geneva Convention and many UN resolutions.

We saw with horror the recent massacres in Gaza , how the Israeli army used phosphorous bombs in populated areas, how UN food stores and shelters were destroyed. The Red Cross described strikes on medical crews and the injured denied attention…

Please stand with the oppressed against the oppressor. I hope you enjoy the Festival.

Ken Loach

*August 2nd 2014
Loach speaks at a peace-rally in Bristol. According to local media reports, an estimated 700 people take part.

Meanwhile, Annie Lennox is posting again…

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Canadian-born Bryan Adams Tweets on Gaza…

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Meanwhile, Rob Schneider’s Tweet (featured below) is most likely a reaction to Jon Voight’s August 4th guest-column piece for the ’Hollywood Reporter’ in which the Oscar-winning actor and fervent pro-Israeli criticises Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for signing the open-letter that condemns the military action against Gaza and the treatment of Palestinians.

Rob Schneider tweet aug 4

In his guest-column, Voight – perhaps best known for his role in the 1969 movie ‘Midnight Cowboy’ (and for being Angelina Jolie’s dad) – addresses Cruz, Bardem, and others who signed the open-letter, personally. “You should hang your heads in shame,” he writes, “and ask forgiveness from the suffering people of Israel.”
It reads:

My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused. 

Jon Voight.

Jon Voight.

They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life. And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns. 

And yet Israel has always laboured for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbours. It voluntarily returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in return for peace, and gave the Palestinians all of Gaza as a peace gesture. What was the response? The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organisation, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel. 

After years of trying to make peace, the wars they had to fight, being attacked by their enemies, and still being attacked, and finally after years of running into bomb shelters and having hundreds of civilians killed by suicide bombers, civilians being killed in their sleep, stabbed to pieces, finding enough is enough and finally retaliating, instead of my peers sticking up for the only democratic country in that region, they go and take out poison letters against them.

You have forgotten how this war started. Did Hamas not kidnap and kill three young teenagers for the sake of killing, and celebrated after the killing? What a travesty of justice.

I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives. Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?

You have been able to become famous and have all your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et cetera? You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead, you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel.

You should hang your heads in shame. You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.

This isn’t the first time Voight has hit out in criticism at his fellow actors over Israel and Gaza. In September 2009, he accused movie-actress, Jane Fonda of “aiding and abetting those who seek the destruction of Israel,” after she signed her name to an open-letter of protest against the annual Toronto International Film Festival (‘TIFF’) for selecting Tel Aviv as the focus of its ’City to City’ program that year, a program, which its website states, brings “international cities to Toronto audiences.” Other signees included ’Lethal Weapon’ actor, Danny Glover, journalist, John Pilger, musician, David Byrne, and director, Ken Loach.
Part of the open-letter reads:

We are deeply disturbed by the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv. We protest that TIFF, whether intentionally or not, has become complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine.

In 2008, the Israeli government and Canadian partners Sidney Greenberg of ‘Astral Media,’ David Asper of ‘Canwest Global Communications’ and Joel Reitman of ‘MIJO Corporation’ launched ‘Brand Israel,’ a million-dollar media and advertising campaign aimed at changing Canadian perceptions of Israel. Brand Israel would take the focus off Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its aggressive wars, and refocus it on achievements in medicine, science and culture. An article in ‘Canadian Jewish News’ quotes Israeli consul general Amir Gissin as saying that Toronto would be the test city for a promotion that could then be deployed around the world.

In 2009, TIFF announced that it would inaugurate its new City to City program with a focus on Tel Aviv. According to program notes by Festival co-director and City to City programmer Cameron Bailey, ‘The ten films in this year’s City to City programme will showcase the complex currents running through today’s Tel Aviv. Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2009, Tel Aviv is a young, dynamic city that, like Toronto, celebrates its diversity.’

The emphasis on ‘diversity’ in City to City is empty given the absence of Palestinian filmmakers in the program. Furthermore, what this description does not say is that Tel Aviv is built on destroyed Palestinian villages, and that the city of Jaffa, Palestine’s main cultural hub until 1948, was annexed to Tel Aviv after the mass exiling of the Palestinian population. This program ignores the suffering of thousands of former residents and descendants of the Tel Aviv/Jaffa area who currently live in refugee camps in the Occupied Territories or who have been dispersed to other countries, including Canada. Looking at modern, sophisticated Tel Aviv without also considering the city’s past and the realities of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza strip, would be like rhapsodising about the beauty and elegant lifestyles in White-only Cape Town or Johannesburg during apartheid without acknowledging the corresponding Black townships of Khayelitsha and Soweto.

Read the letter in full here:
http://torontodeclaration.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/toronto-declaration-no-celebration-of.html

The letter came just days after Canadian film-maker, John Greyson withdrew his movie-short, ‘Covered’ from the festival in protest at TIFF’s decision to choose Tel Aviv for specific focus in 2009. He stated, “this past year has… seen: the devastating Gaza massacre of eight months ago, resulting in over 1,000 civilian deaths; the election of a Prime Minister accused of war crimes; the aggressive extension of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands; the accelerated destruction of Palestinian homes and orchards; the viral growth of the totalitarian security wall, and the further enshrining of the check-point system. Your TIFF program book may describe Tel Aviv as a ‘vibrant young city… of beaches, cafes and cultural ferment… that celebrates its diversity,‘ but it’s also been called ‘a kind of alter-Gaza, the smiling face of Israeli apartheid’ (Canadian author, Naomi Klein) and ‘the only city in the west without Arab residents’ (Tel Aviv film-maker, Udi Aloni).” Voight, who co-starred with Jane Fonda in ’Coming Home,’ a 1978 movie which won him his Oscar for ‘Best Actor,’ composed a letter of his own in which he criticised the actress. “I accuse Jane Fonda, and all those who signed the letter with her, of aiding and abetting those who seek the destruction of Israel,” he stated. “After six million people were brutally slaughtered in the Holocaust, the Jewish people took a barren desert and cultivated it into a magnificent oasis. Time and again, they offered the Palestinians land. The Palestinians always refused. They don’t want a piece of the pie; they want the whole pie. They will not be happy until they see Israel in the sea. People like Jane Fonda and all the people whose names are on that letter are assisting the Palestinian propagandists against the State of Israel. Tell me, my Canadian and American friends, would you give up land you lived in for 3,500 years, just because someone decided they want it? She is getting into the mix of a very serious situation that many Israelis have given their lives for. Her whole idea of the ‘poor Palestinians’ and ‘look how many Palestinians the Israelis killed in Gaza’ is misguided. Does she not remember what actually took place in Gaza? Did Israel not give the Palestinians of Gaza the hope that there could be peace? In response, did Hamas not launch rockets from Gaza into Israel, killing many innocent people? I was in Israel. I saw the rockets coming down… and visited many families who lost their loved ones. How long can a democratic country keep from defending itself?”

*August 9th 2014:

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Schneider’s Tweet (above) is in response to an outburst by Joan Rivers a few days earlier. The US comedienne and chat-show host (born Joan Alexandra Molinsky to Jewish/Russian immigrants) was approached on the street by a TMZ on-camera reporter who proceeded to tell her that almost 2,000 Palestinians were dead. She cut him off at that point mid-sentence with her hands on her face in shock horror and exclaimed, “oh my God! Oh my God, tell that to the people in Hiroshima,” to which he replied, “that’s almost 100,000,” before she once again interrupted and declared, “good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead. You deserve to be dead. You started it. You started it. Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that.” She then went on to label Hamas “terrorists.” The TMZ reporter responded, “they were democratically elected.” Rivers hit back, “they were re-elected by a lot of very stupid people who don’t even own a pencil.”
Read more about this (and see the video of the outburst) in the following link:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/joan-rivers-palestinians-deserve-to-be-dead-9656554.html

Bryan Adams also takes to Twitter again to air his views on Gaza…

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So does Annie Lennox…

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If you follow the link posted in her Tweet, you’ll find more details on a Gaza crisis appeal organised by the ‘Disasters Emergency Committee’ (‘DEC’) which, according to its website, “brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ‘Action Aid,’ ‘Age International,’ ‘British Red Cross,’ ‘CAFOD,’ ‘Care International,’ ‘Christian Aid,’ ‘Concern Worldwide,’ ‘Islamic Relief,’ ‘Oxfam,’ ‘Plan UK,’ ‘Save the Children‘, ‘Tearfund’ and ‘World Vision‘; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.”
http://www.dec.org.uk/?utm_source=TalentTweet&utm_medium=social%20media&utm_campaign=A015&utm_content=Talent/

*August 10th 2014:

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Russell Brand posts another Gaza-related edition of ‘The Trews.’ This time, he calls on viewers to sign an online petition that puts pressure on computer company ‘HP’ (‘Hewlett Packard’), security-firm ‘G4S,’ pension-fund ‘Associated British Ports’ (‘ABP’), and heavy-machinery manufacturer, ‘Caterpillar’ (‘Cat’) to rethink their Israeli investments. ‘Barclays’ is also on the hit-list, and this is what the comedian hones in on in his video. “They manage the portfolios of an Israeli company called ‘Elbit.’ Elbit make the drones that bomb Gaza,” he says. On August 24th, the bank posted a denial of the allegations on FaceBook with an accompanying link to a page that stated, “allegations that Barclays is an investor in the defence industry are simply untrue. Barclays is not an investor in the defence industry. These allegations may stem from our historic ownership of a business formerly called ‘BGI’ (‘Barclays Global Investors‘), an asset manager which did have significant investment positions in defence companies. Barclays sold this company in 2009, and has no on-going interest, financial or otherwise, in BGI. Specific claims that Barclays is an investor in a defence company called Elbit Systems Ltd are also untrue. Barclays is not an investor in Elbit Systems Ltd.” Alright then. A baseless allegation, maybe? A misunderstanding, perhaps?… Hold on… wait a minute. There’s more. The statement continues, “despite this fact, Barclays’ name may appear on the share-register of this company. Barclays holds a very small number of shares in Elbit Systems Ltd on behalf of clients and to hedge exposure against customer facing transactions. Currently such holdings amount to less than 0.2% of the total shares in that company.” Oh! Phew! No worries! ‘Only’ “less than 0.2%”!(?). (Are you kidding??!!). Facebook posters were having none of this. One commenter stated, “given Elbit Systems has a market capitalisation of 2.71 billion dollars, Barclay’s stated 0.2% shareholding amounts to 5.42 million dollars. I’d call that an investment in the company. Your Orwellian doublespeak on the issue is utterly transparent.” Another exclaimed, “Barclays… Stop churning out nonsense. I’m quoting from your own statement: ‘Barclays holds a very small number of shares in Elbit Systems Ltd on behalf of clients.’ Are we living on the same planet? It’s quite simple really, you hold shares in a company as an investment. Not rocket science. And a bank is made up by clients, without them a bank ceases to exist. So, as a bank, when you invest your clients’ money (on their behalf as you say) you are therefore investing in and supporting a company.. IT THEREFORE FOLLOWS THAT BY HOLDING SHARES IN EL-BIT BARCLAYS IS INVESTING IN EL-BIT AND IS THEREFORE SUPPORTING THE VIOLENCE IN GAZA. Come on guys, you can do better than that.”

In his video, Brand says he’s working in conjunction with ‘Avaaz,’ the campaigning website, in a bid to “aggravate” Barclays and the other aforementioned companies into withdrawing their involvement with those “that support and facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza.” He goes on, “like we know that money’s behind everything… if we affect the money, we can affect the outcome. Also, Avaaz, they’re cool. They’re involved in really cool stuff.” Yes indeed. ‘they’re involved’ in “stuff” alright. But it don‘t look “cool.” So, before you heed Brand’s invitation in taking a look at the Avaaz page that asks for your e-mail address in support of this campaign, be aware (if you weren’t already) of who/what you’re potentially handing your personal details over to. According to its own website, “Avaaz.org was co-founded by ’Res Publica,’ a civic advocacy group, and ’MoveOn.org,’ an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the United States.” A 2004 Washington Post report stated that financier, George Soros (a notorious front-man of the so-called ‘global elite‘) donated $1.46 million to MoveOn.org. Furthermore, IRS documents (‘990 Form‘) dated from 2009 show that his grant-making network, the ‘Open Society Foundation’ (‘OSF’) gave the Brand-endorsed campaign-site a total of $600,000 via Res Publica; $300,000 for “general support to Avaaz.org” and $300,000 for “Avaaz.org’s work on climate change.” See for yourself in the link (it’s on page 88, where you’ll also see an entry citing an undisclosed donation to the ‘Rockefeller Family Fund’)…

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/263/753/2009-263753801-068647db-F.pdf

“A check into OSF 990s for 2010 or 2011 show no grants to Avaaz nor Res Publica,” reports the website, ‘NGO Monitor’ in an article from March 2013. “Avaaz.org claims it is ‘wholly member-funded,‘” it continues. “Avaaz does not publish a detailed list of donors on its website or 990 Forms, and therefore this claim cannot be verified independently.”
The reason why a character such as Soros would want to invest in Avaaz, a group that, in its seven-year history, has issued petitions for the ‘good’ of “pro-democracy protestors” in Burma, and “support” for those living in Mubarak-era Egypt and/or Gadaffi-era Libya during “their struggle for liberation,” is obvious. It compliments the dark ‘One World’ agenda he’s said to be working to. This man, through the OSF, has been linked to a series of so-called ’colour revolutions’ in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. That in itself doesn’t necessarily mark him out as a highly suspect globalist. However, when you’re aware of the fact that this is the man who, in a 2009 interview with the ‘Financial Times,’ called for China to be brought into the creation of “a New World Order – (a) financial World Order… where you would have… co-ordinated policies” and where “you could internationally create a currency,“ you have to seriously question the motives behind his efforts to shape world events, as well as those of Brand’s of course, a ’spokesperson of the people’ who promotes a group with a trail of money that’s been traced back to this individual.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/israel_palestine_this_is_how_it_ends_loc/

*August 18th 2014:

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Roger Waters airs his views in a specially-composed piece for ‘Salon.com.’ Written shortly after the collapse of yet another short-lived ceasefire, he criticises US politicians and the media in their unflinching support of Israel. He also makes note of the ‘BDS’ (‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’), a movement he’s worked closely with over the years. He closes with a poem he’s written titled ‘Crystal Clear Brooks,’ which, he states, makes him think of four Palestinian children killed a month earlier by a shell-attack in Gaza as they played by the beach. According to officials, the youngsters were cousins belonging to the extended Bakr family and were aged between nine and eleven. A statement reportedly released by the ‘IDF’ (‘Israeli Defence Force’) claimed the strikes were aimed at “Hamas terrorist operatives.”
Waters opines:

The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of ceasefire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the US government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

The moral perversity of the US position is stunning. How can the US government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

The US could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won’t. Instead, it’s cheerleading. Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose and invoke Israel’s right to self-defence, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

Do congressional leaders ever stop to wonder what they would do if they were born Palestinian, had their homes and private property stolen from them, and were forced to live without freedom under an illegal Israeli occupation for 47 years? Do they know what it means to be on the receiving end of Israel’s barbaric “mow the lawn” euphemism?  Scarcely a word is said about the rights of Palestinians who are being pummelled from the sky and shot dead in their neighbourhoods by the region’s most powerful military.  What, I wonder, would Americans do if it were their neighbourhoods being invaded and if they were the ones living under siege? I think it’s safe to say Americans wouldn’t stand for it.

Despite these realities, it’s far more advantageous in Washington to come down like a ton of bricks on the Palestinians and maintain that they are the cause of their own suffering. No politician’s career has ever been hurt by blaming Palestinians or by applauding Israel’s illegal occupation, colonization and war crimes.

Pressure on American politicians to conform to the Party line is abetted by skewed media coverage. For instance, CNN, while purporting to be a news-channel, relentlessly churns out Israeli propaganda.

It is easy for those of us who do not live under the tyranny of the occupation to condemn the military wing of Hamas for using randomly fired rockets that might cause civilian casualties in neighbouring Israel, and I do unreservedly condemn it. Having said that, an occupied population has the legal right to resist the military of the occupier. The occupier has a legal obligation to protect the occupied. Under these circumstances the reporting on CNN is biased beyond all belief.

Numerically, one can readily see the bias. Far more pro-Israel guests than pro-Palestinian experts are invited on air to make their case.

An exception to that general rule, and obviously not on CNN, is Henry Siegman, a prominent Jewish voice and a former national director of the American Jewish Congress, who recently got the opportunity to expose the shortcomings of Israeli talking points. Siegman was interviewed fairly and in depth by Amy Goodman on ‘Democracy Now!‘ Sadly Democracy Now! is not mainstream media. If only it were!

Contrast that appearance with the reception Yousef Munayyer received during an extraordinarily “unfair” Fox News interview by the execrable Sean Hannity. Actually, to dignify Hannity’s rude and infantile shouting and finger pointing as an “interview” would be wrong.

If only CNN – or Fox, for that matter – would sometimes rely for their analyses on someone as intelligent and humane as Siegman. Unfortunately, however, CNN persisted for weeks with the extremely biased analysis of Israel’s former ambassador to the US, Michael Oren. Even CNN appears to have recognised how biased a contributor Oren was as it recently changed his title from CNN analyst to former ambassador.

Staunchly pro-Israel voices like Oren’s have resoundingly proclaimed: Any resistance, violent or non-violent, in fact any criticism of Israeli colonisation and denial of Palestinian rights, is off limits. What they are advocating, in essence, is perpetual armed conflict until greater Israel is a fait accompli, and complete Israeli domination over any surviving Palestinians is accepted as a reasonable status quo. Commentators such as Oren feign interest in a two-State peaceful solution but they and the State they represent resist all attempts to implement such a plan.

On a positive note, I take heart from the fact that support for Jewish Voice for Peace has skyrocketed over the last month as members of the American Jewish community, appalled at Israel’s actions, have looked for a place to register their concern. JVP advocates for an end to occupation and the siege on Gaza, for Palestinian rights – as dictated by international law – and peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike. It primarily does so by educating people with basic facts and by using the tools of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions to apply pressure on Israel to cease its human rights abuses.

Additionally, we welcome Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz to the swelling ranks of celebrity dissenters.  Their courageous stand is a beacon to us all. We need many more like them if we are to shift the discourse and persuade the American and Israeli governments to adopt more realistic, humane and hopefully fruitful policies. To paraphrase Siegman, “If you want to stop the rockets, end the siege of Gaza and the occupation of both Gaza and the West Bank.” He sounds like a sage but this is just common sense. If I might stick in my two pennies’ worth, why not then engage in serious conversations with the Unity Palestinian Government, which up to now Israel has seemed determined to destroy.

The US Congress, far too beholden to the Right-wing Israel lobby, will be the last to figure out this tragic jigsaw puzzle and human catastrophe and grasp the critical need for a political solution.  And mainstream media, if unchallenged, will continue to distort reality and embolden the counterproductive, AIPAC-driven unrealistic position that it portrays as fact.

On a personal note, I am pro-human rights for all peoples all over the world. I am pro-peace for all Israelis and Palestinians. I am not singling out Israel. I deplore all abuses and violence, whether in Syria, China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, England, the USA, Egypt, Libya, wherever. That said, international law was designed to protect against such human rights violations and should be applied fairly to all.

In the case of Israel/Palestine, legal channels have yet to be seriously pursued. Consequently, change will continue to be led by popular efforts. Specifically, the growing non-violent BDS campaign offers the best chance of successfully pressuring Israel to alter its ways and allow for Palestinian freedom and rights. Despite major efforts to destroy it, more and more people are joining the BDS movement. It is this growing momentum that gives me hope that, together, the people of the world will eventually help deliver what governments have been unwilling to secure: justice and a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

I wrote a short poem a few days ago that I have been encouraged to append here.
It is called ‘Crystal Clear Brooks.’  Although it expresses my feelings, I cannot but think that the children in Gaza would give anything but their birthright and their pride and their basic human rights for a glass of crystal clear water. And, I think too, of the Bakr children the sons of fishermen, who were slain while playing on a Gaza beach.
 
Crystal clear brooks
When the time comes
And the last day dawns
And the air of the piper warms
The high crags of the old country
When the holy writ blows
Like burned paper away
And wise men concede
That there’s more than one way
More than one path
More than one book
 More than one fisherman
More than one hook
When the cats have been skinned
And the fish have been hooked
When the masters of war
Are our masters no more
When old friends take their whiskey
Outside on the porch
We will have done well
If we’re able to say
As the sun settles down
On that final day
That we never gave in
That we did all we could
So the kids could go fishing
In crystal clear brooks.

 

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*SECTION 1:

http://news.sky.com/story/1325604/gaza-ceasefire-a-truce-not-a-peace

http://online.wsj.com/articles/israel-destroys-two-more-gaza-high-rises-1409042320

http://time.com/3182848/israel-gaza-ceasefire-abbas-netanyahu/

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/973c3892-2d3a-11e4-8105-00144feabdc0,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F973c3892-2d3a-11e4-8105-00144feabdc0.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&siteedition=uk&_i_referer=#axzz3CTs9dzFs

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/middle-east-unrest/israel-accepts-egyptian-open-ended-cease-fire-end-gaza-war-n189406

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/26/gaza-cease-fire.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-27/long-term-ceasefire-deal-reached-in-gaza/5698804

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/184809#.VAuWbvldWT4

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/us-mideast-gaza-ceasefire-details-idUSKBN0GR0P620140827

http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7942

http://www.gulf-times.com/opinion/189/details/407176/gaza-blockade—no-signs-of-loosening

http://rt.com/op-edge/184815-ceasefire-gaza-israel-hostilities/

http://en.haberler.com/israeli-minister-pessimistic-on-gaza-cease-fire-529845/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/31/israel-west-bank_n_5745498.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-claims-400-hectares-in-west-bank-for-state-use-9702112.html

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/42389-140903-kerry-criticizes-netanyahu-over-w-bank-land-grab

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_Rainbow/Documents/gover_e.htm

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/we.html

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.532703

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/no-war-crimes-charges-for-west-bank-separation-barrier-firm

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/fence.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3111159.stm

http://www.pbs.org/pov/5brokencameras/photo_gallery_background.php#.VBIELpRdU7F

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_West_Bank_barrier

http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7849

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/06/an-interview-with-pink-floyds-roger-waters/

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/mar/11/cultural-boycott-west-bank-wall

http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/15/rihanna-tweet-twitter-free-palestine-explanation-apology/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna

http://www.universalmusic.com/company

http://www.universalmusic.com/corporate/detail/809

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/58949/brits-funding-israeli-olympic-bid

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4094530,00.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/olympics-massacre-munich–the-real-story-524011.html

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/11/do-only-some-massacres-matter/

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/22/sport/olympics-munich-silence/

http://london2012.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/i-o-c-s-impromptu-munich-remembrance-draws-criticism/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=2

http://london2012.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/i-o-c-s-impromptu-munich-remembrance-draws-criticism/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ioc-president-leads-moment-of-silent-at-olympic-athletes-village/

http://www.jpr.org.uk/about/governance.php

http://www.jpr.org.uk/governance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family#Jewish_identity_and_positions_on_Zionism

http://www.yourjewishnews.com/2013/02/25762.html

http://www.nrg.co.il/online/48/ART2/452/191.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Bieber

http://www.justinbiebermusic.com/

http://www.universalmusic.com/labels

http://www.universalmusic.com/corporate/detail/2736

http://www.universalmusic.com/artists?initial=j&page=4

http://instagram.com/selenagomez

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2714749/Selena-Gomez-shows-cleavage-tasseled-Justin-Bieber-Orlando-Blooms-Ibiza-showdown.html

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=selena+gomez+justin+bieber&rlz=1C2CHFX_en-GBGB560GB560&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=9XHeU730I5Kp7Aaj4YCgAw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=600#q=selena%20gomez%20justin%20bieber%20kiss&revid=1860883808&tbm=isch&imgdii=_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEL4oyHD5Aw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iGgaMteAPw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGIKC1omskg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IWvZWq3gpg

http://www.universalmusic.com/artists?initial=s

http://www.mtv.com/news/1872861/selena-gomez-gaza-instagram/

http://www.mtv.com/news/1872948/selena-gomez-palestine-gaza/

http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/21/tmz-live-selena-gomez-whitney-houston-alex-pettyfer-destinys-child-beyonce-the-purge/

http://greginhollywood.com/tmzs-harvey-levin-talks-about-being-gay-in-the-news-business-i-was-so-terrified-that-somebody-would-find-out-26368

http://www.nndb.com/people/936/000203327/

http://www.poeticinjustice.net/aboutremi.aspx#.U-hBpeNdU7G

http://imeu.org/article/remi-kanazi-poet-and-teacher

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/31/tweet_and_delete_on_gaza_celebrity_courage_and_cowardice_over_social_media/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena_Gomez_discography

http://www.universalmusic.com/corporate/detail/2457

http://www.vivendi.com/activites/medias-contenus/#umg

http://www.vivendi.com/vivendi/gouvernance/conseil-de-surveillance/vincent-bollore-2/

http://www.bollore.com/en-us/the-group/governance

http://www.vivendi.com/vivendi-en/governance/supervisory-board/vincent-bollore/

http://www.bollore.com/en-us/the-group/history

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Ren%C3%A9_Bollor%C3%A9

http://www.havasworldwide.tn/index.php/news/74-yannick-bollore-on-the-positive-influence-of-the-family-business-says-200-year-history-of-groupe-bollore-breeds-confidence-for-havas-clients

http://www.bollorethinpapers.com/en/about-us/history

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Ren%25C3%25A9_Bollor%25C3%25A9&prev=/search%3Fq%3DJean-Ren%25C3%25A9%2BBollor%25C3%25A9%26safe%3Doff%26rlz%3D1C2CHFX_en-GBGB560GB560%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D600

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/29/vivendi-bollore-idUSL6E8HT80F20120629

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/9396263/Vincent-Bollore-The-French-billionaire-at-the-heart-of-Aegis-for-7-years.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Bollor%C3%A9

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Kj1DB3D7J-AC&pg=PA65&lpg=PA65&dq=vincent+bollor%C3%A9+rothschild&source=bl&ots=6TO85ZgDQ0&sig=wVE9ngCM-_XF7qNDCJ8hwshAa6I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JojZU4jmLuOV7Aau_ICQBA&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAjgK#v=onepage&q=vincent%20bollor%C3%A9%20rothschild&f=false

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Bollor%C3%A9

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Bollor%C3%A9

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwenn-A%C3%ABl_Bollor%C3%A9

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Bollor%C3%A9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollor%C3%A9

http://www.forbes.com/profile/vincent-bollore/

http://www.bollore.com/en-us/activities/portfolio-of-shareholdings

http://gw.geneanet.org/gntstarbollorev?lang=fr&p=vincent&n=bollore

http://gw.geneanet.org/garric?lang=fr&p=nicole&n=goldschmidt

http://www.uk.mundia.com/gb/Person/1304199/114397458#

http://gw.geneanet.org/garric?lang=fr;p=ferdinand+benedict;n=goldschmidt

http://gw.geneanet.org/garric?lang=fr;p=benedict+hayum+salomon;n=goldschmidt

http://gw.geneanet.org/garric?lang=fr;p=maximilian;n=von+goldschmidt+rothschild

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_von_Goldschmidt-Rothschild

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_von_Goldschmidt-Rothschild

http://www.whosyerdad-e.com/families-g/individual.php?pid=I6820&ged=14022007bb.ged

http://www.whosyerdad-e.com/families-g/individual.php?pid=I6819&ged=14022007bb.ged

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sDdKrwiDZq8C&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=mayer+rothschild+goldschmidt+1773&source=bl&ots=XujFpLb5k8&sig=KSvfvMRkMfVsvMhcrmygcWfJluU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=U0PgU-LEDu7X7AbkjIH4Aw&ved=0CCcQ6AEwATgU#v=onepage&q=mayer%20rothschild%20goldschmidt%201773&f=false

http://goldschmidt.tripod.com/hanau.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family

http://www.judengasse.de/ehtml/F027.htm

http://www.judengasse.de/ehtml/F026.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Goldsmith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Goldsmith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac_Goldsmith

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294181/Zac-Goldsmith-marries-Rothschild-thatched-hut-bird-sanctuary.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294181/Zac-Goldsmith-marries-Rothschild-thatched-hut-bird-sanctuary.html

http://www1.rothschildarchive.org/genealogy/

http://www.redicecreations.com/specialreports/2005/08aug/redshield.html

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EuZCutNuH5IC&pg=PA121&lpg=PA121&dq=mayer+amschel+will+cousins&source=bl&ots=6HBCmaw7uW&sig=_Iv2lgZvUyI25P5oBWEwoYFoy-o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=axThU_urEYib0QX26ID4BQ&ved=0CCgQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=mayer%20amschel%20will%20cousins&f=false

http://www.whale.to/b/mullins50.html

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=-Q9lnkLX8LAC&pg=PA4&lpg=PA4&dq=Rothschild+and+early+Jewish+colonization+in+Palestine.+Israel:+The+Hebrew+university+Magnes+Press,+Jerusalem&source=bl&ots=GtdBDwDKWm&sig=nVulKpIKW2JcLu3tezUAo8hDLe4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=k3vgU9yRE43n7AbXh4AY&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Rothschild%20and%20early%20Jewish%20colonization%20in%20Palestine.%20Israel%3A%20The%20Hebrew%20university%20Magnes%20Press%2C%20Jerusalem&f=false

*SECTION 2:

https://www.youtube.com/user/russellbrand/about

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-zW2eUtMtg

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/news/celebrity/2014/01/17/russell-brand-jemima-khan-feminism-jonathan-ross

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/384554/rivera-spars-outnumbered-panel-over-israel-criticism-points-jewish-star-tattoo-andrew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJVbccKJwEw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkWWaOp7Zb0

http://lauramarietv.com/en/video-russell-brand-talking-about-awakening-and-spirituality-best-compilation/

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/128346/David_Icke_on_Russell_Brands_BrandX_with_exOasis_guitarist_Noel_Gallagher/

http://www.correntewire.com/russell_brand_vs_jeremy_paxman_the_full_transcript

http://www.newstatesman.com/writers/russell_brand

http://www.fabians.org.uk/about/the-fabian-story/

http://www.freedomforceinternational.org/pdf/futurecalling2.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jemima_Khan

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/28/russell-brand-ready-to-propose-to-jemima-khan-i-really-love-her-4280399/

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/28/russell-brand-ready-to-propose-to-jemima-khan-i-really-love-her-4280399/

http://www.newstatesman.com/writers/jemima_khan

http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/myjourney/Jemina_Goldsmith.htm

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/palestinian-bedouins-negev-prawer-begin-plan-jemima-526403

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/nov/01/comment.israelandthepalestinians

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imran_Khan

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8915885/Imran-Khan-understood-how-people-lose-will-to-live-after-divorce.html

http://theconversation.com/imran-khan-jewish-agent-welcome-to-the-wonderful-world-of-pakistani-politics-13975

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/magazine/pakistans-imran-khan-must-be-doing-something-right.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&

http://www.ibtimes.com/anti-semitism-country-no-jews-pakistans-imran-khan-sues-cleric-calling-him-jewish-agent-1373565

http://zeenews.india.com/news/south-asia/imran-khan-to-sue-maulana-fazlur-rehman-for-calling-him-jewish-agent_866773.html

http://tribune.com.pk/story/586353/will-take-fazlur-rehman-to-court-for-calling-me-jewish-agent-imran-khan/

http://tribune.com.pk/story/544667/political-fatwa-voting-for-pti-is-haram-says-maulana-fazl/

http://www.pakistanherald.com/news/1573/15-07-2014/fazlur-rehman-terms-imran-khan-a-jewish-agent

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/21/how-jon-stewart-made-it-okay-to-care-about-palestinian-suffering.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=6102233

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_Albanese

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/the-daily-shows-rory-albanese-tapped-as-executive-producer-for-the-minority-report-1201263722/

http://wearechange.org/jon-stewarts-executive-producer-arrested-for-assaulting-911-activist/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Stewart

https://www.pikes.org/media/documents/recruitmentresources/brochure/prominent.html

http://uk.askmen.com/celebs/men/entertainment_150/167_jon_stewart.html

http://wlstorage.net/file/pi-kappa-alpha-ritualbook.pdf

http://www.viacom.com/brands/pages/default.aspx

http://www.viacom.com/about/pages/default.aspx

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/16/us/sumner-redstone-fast-facts/

http://www.sumnermredstonefoundation.org/sumner-redstone-donates-10-million-to-harvard-law-school-in-support-of-public-service/

* SECTION 3:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrese_Gibson

https://twitter.com/Madonna

http://www.haaretz.com/culture/arts-leisure/madonna-kicks-off-world-tour-in-tel-aviv-with-a-call-for-mideast-peace-1.433766

http://boycottisrael.info/content/madonna-peace-concert-open-letter-israeli-ngos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_(entertainer)

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/8398/thank-madonna-for-standing-up-to-islamic-thugs-raising-israeli-flag/

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/39837/the-madonna-effect-israeli-promoters-hope-big-name-concerts-draw-more-artis/

http://www.madonnatribe.com/news/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4698

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-09-15-madonna-jerusalem_N.htm

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/news/madonna-interview-1113

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4393642.stm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/madonnas-kabbalah-teacher-a-big-4082449

http://www.hellomagazine.com/music/2004/06/17/madonna/

http://www.somethingjewish.co.uk/articles/984_perverted_priorities.htm

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0210/10/lkl.00.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHOei0SXjSQ

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447973/Has-Madonna-ditched-Kabbalah-Islam-Singer-reveals-studying-Koran.html

http://metro.co.uk/2013/10/07/another-re-invention-devout-kabbalah-follower-madonna-reveals-she-has-been-studying-the-koran-4137658/

http://daily.bhaskar.com/news/ENT-madonna-may-convert-to-islam-in-future-4397868-NOR.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/madonna-islam_n_4063853.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/excommunicate-madonna-7276588.html

http://memoirsfrommorocco.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/madonna-superbowl-halftime-show.html

http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/madonnas-superbowl-halftime-show-a-celebration-of-the-grand-priestess-of-the-music-industry/

https://twitter.com/THEREALSWIZZZ

https://twitter.com/WakaFlockabsm

https://twitter.com/FrencHMonTanA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/11/questions-bbc-israel-palestine

http://www.counterpunch.org/2009/01/02/stealing-gaza/

http://www.alexeisayle.me/about-me/

http://www.caabu.org/news/news/alexei-sayle-tells-caabu-israel-now-jimmy-savile-nation-states

http://jfjfp.com/?page_id=9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBjTZVJRdNw

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ruffalo

https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoQPR_lHL9k

http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/02/25/triple-divide-interview-mark-ruffalo-fracking-documentary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cusack

https://twitter.com/johncusack

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-cusack/

http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/maggie-gyllenhaal-warns-against-nsa-surveillance-1200756006/

https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/about/board

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Leigh

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11566956

http://www.jewishjournal.com/film/article/habonim_spirit_influences_work_of_director_mike_leigh_in_happy_go_lucky_200

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2006/apr/18/theatre.religion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Schneider

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/headlines

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Muse are well and truly back and touring the world in support of their newest album, ‘The 2nd Law.’ But what’s happened to the conspiracy theories? ‘Conspiro Media’ attempts to find out by embarking on a mammoth journey of it’s own…

There are many words that can be used to describe Rock band Muse, but “understated” surely isn’t one of them. Their music – occasionally epic in proportions – often hits the ears like a sonic sledgehammer; loud, grandiose, flamboyant and perhaps just a little ostentatious. Equally, their breath-taking live performances are an eye-popping feast of special-effects, floating props, acrobats and dancers. This no-holds-barred approach is perhaps one of the reasons why they built up a reputation within certain quarters (whether desired or not) as the unofficial champions of the so-called “Truth Movement.” Their song ‘Uprising’ is a testament to this. It’s message of defiance has been adopted by many within the ‘Alternative’ community, including heavyweights such as David Icke and Alex Jones who’ve used it as a soundtrack on which to carry their stark warnings of an impending New World Order. No other major music act before or since has ever tied it’s flag to the mast so openly, for example, album-titles such as ‘HAARP,’ or the song ‘MK Ultra’ leave little to the imagination, and front-man Matt Bellamy has become known for his unconventional views on everything from geo-politics and world finance to religion and ‘Big Brother,’ very often resulting in him being labelled within the mainstream as a ‘nutty conspiracy theorist.’ In 2006 Bellamy told ‘Kerrang!’ magazine, “9/11 is clearly an inside job, there’s massive evidence that suggests that it was allowed to happen, or even worse, deliberately made to happen. I’ve been playing with the fear of talking about some of this stuff because there’ll obviously be a backlash, but I feel strongly about it that I’ve got to say it.” However, in recent times, this reputation has come under question. Earlier this summer it was announced that Muse were to record the official song for the 2012 Olympics, prompting many to question why a band purported to be ‘anti-establishment’ had accepted an offer to represent an event that was the anti-thesis of everything it had claimed to rally against. Then, in September, Bellamy fanned the flames of doubt ever higher after he publicly stated that his earlier “inside job” views regarding 9/11 were mistaken. He told ‘Metro,’ “I don’t believe that any more, although there are lots of questions to be answered. I still read a lot about political history, the influence of corporations and the military but I make sure I’m reading from credible sources. I think my political views are a bit more nuanced now.” This apparent about-turn has been greeted with a mixture of confusion, anger and even betrayal by many on-lookers and commentators as they struggle to understand what is at the root of it all. Has Bellamy refined his views based on a genuine re-appraisal as he claims, or has he been corrupted by the trappings of success? Perhaps he’s been ‘compromised’ in some way? Or maybe – just maybe – he was confirming what some have suspected all along; that he is a False Prophet (mis)leading a number of his loyal supporters towards a dead-end?

His latest 9/11 comments were made prior to the unveiling of the new Muse offering ‘The 2nd Law’ and as a result, motivated ’Conspiro Media’ to prepare this lengthy retrospective. Would the new album continue where past recordings had left off by highlighting the hidden elements at work behind the public facade of world affairs, or were Bellamy’s recent remarks signalling in a new era of self restraint?

When Muse released their first album ‘Showbiz’ in 1999, there were very few hints of the apocalyptic and Orwellian themes that future recordings would explore. At times introspective, songs such as ‘Falling Down’ documented the band’s early days living in the small British seaside town of Teignmouth, Devon. Bellamy once described ’Showbiz’ “a very cathartic, personal album.” The band expanded their musical and lyrical horizons on their follow-up, 2001’s ‘Origin of Symmetry.’ One track in particular, titled ’Micro Cuts,’ points towards the direction the band would pursue on later albums. Matt has reportedly said the song stems from a TV programme he once watched which was “about psychological warfare and how the government could be controlling us using a type of radiation, sending pulses to our brains.” The 2003 album, ‘Absolution’ also marked a turning point, thanks in part to the invasion of Iraq in 2002 by the US, the UK and its’ allies. Bellamy told the ‘NME’ magazine shortly after it‘s release, “it’s not that we’re a political band, but I think it’s impossible to avoid these things. They’ve all come into everyone’s life whether they like it or not. In relation to the album, it’s come across more as a general fear and mistrust of the people in power. It’s about moments of extreme fear, and a fair bit of End of the World talk.” Indeed, according to Muse drummer, Dominic Howard, the Bellamy-written track ‘Apocalypse Please’ is based on a “religious person willing… the end of the world.” This theme is further explored in the video to the song ‘Sing for Absolution’ which begins with snow-laden scenes of a futuristic-looking world where a rocket-ship with Muse on board launches into space. As the craft leaves the atmosphere, it passes an enormous video-screen that reads: “Be prepared… the ice age is coming.” Further on in the journey, the rocket encounters an onslaught of asteroids, and despite Matt’s efforts to steer clear, it hits one, causing the ship to hurtle towards an orange-looking planet that appears to be engulfed in fire. Once crash-landing, the final scene shows the band standing in a desolate wasteland, and there in the distance we can see the lone figure of Big Ben amongst the rubble.

The closing scene of the ‘Sing for Absolution’ video.

The video to ‘Time Is Running Out,’ meanwhile, is reportedly based on the Stanley Kubrick movie ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.’ The action is focused on a round-table in a darkened room that’s surrounded by top-rank military and suited officials, somewhat reminiscent of the iconic ‘War Room’ scenes in the aforementioned 1960s Black-comedy classic satirising the ‘Cold War‘ nuclear scare. As Muse perform their song on top of the table, the military-figures and officials begin to dance, before finally throwing their papers and documents in the air and falling to the floor.

On the left, a scene from the ‘Time is Running out’ video. On the right, ‘Dr. Strangelove.’

It’s worth noting at this point that the final song on the album, ‘Ruled by Secrecy,’ is said to be based on the book, ’Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids.’ Written by veteran ‘Alternative’ researcher and best-selling author, Jim Marrs, it claims that secret societies have played a pivotal yet hidden role in world events via such organisations and groups as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and ‘the Bilderbergers.’ Indeed, Matt’s song features the line, “change in the air, and they’ll hide everywhere, and no one knows who’s in control.” Could this be a reference to hidden forces beyond our recognition who’re manipulating our everyday lives for their own ends? Bellamy referenced the Trilateral Commission a few weeks after the release of ‘Absolution’ during an interview with ‘Rock Sound’ magazine. He said, “there’s definitely a different agenda going on, it’s all f****d isn’t it? There’s a group called the Trilateral Commission, set up in the ‘60s or ‘70s – basically the highest, most powerful people in Europe, USA and East Asia, those who own all the energy resources, media and the spin doctors for the Presidents. None of these people are actually politicians and they decide everything. In my mind there’s no question that that’s who is ruling the world. None of those people were elected in a democratic situation and it’s the same group of people working for whichever President comes in. We vote for their puppet, the government is unchangeable because they’re the people who own pharmaceutical companies, media and oil. They’re so much more powerful than any politician that you can imagine, and politicians have to answer to them before they do anything – they wouldn’t have been allowed into their position unless they’ve been through that Masonic-handshakes-behind-the-scenes thing. Unless you’re in the pocket of the media people you can’t even get any coverage if you want to run for any position in the government, so I’ve got no doubt that that’s the case.” The song is also reported to be a fictional story of a man who loses control and shoots his work-colleagues before returning home to his wife in his blood-stained shirt.
RULED BY SECRECY
Repress and restrain
Steal the pressure and the pain
Wash the blood off your hands
This time she won’t understand

Change in the air
And they’ll hide everywhere
And no one knows who’s in control

You’re working so hard
And you’re never in charge
Your death creates success
Rebuild and suppress

Change in the air
And they’ll hide everywhere
And no one knows who’s in control
Change in the air
And they’ll hide everywhere
And no one knows who’s in control

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The first three Muse studio albums. From left to right; ‘Showbiz,’ ‘Origin of Symmetry,’ and ‘Absolution.’

Bellamy claims the group’s “end of the world talk” on ‘Absolution’ continued during the recording of the 2006 follow-up, ‘Black Holes and Revelations,’ and although Muse repeatedly maintained that they were not a “political band” throughout, some of the newer songs were drawn from world events of the time. Bellamy told ‘Under the Radar’ magazine in 2006, “politics isn’t something that’s always been a part of my life, but in the last few years I’ve just been observing what’s been going on all around us, and it’s quite alarming. In the last few years, I’ve really woken up to the fact that we are actually quite manipulated as the general public by our governments and by the media as well, and particularly the clandestine organisations which run to black budgets in the CIA, FBI, NSA and others.”
Unlike earlier works, a number of the lyrics on ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ were particularly scathing, uncompromising and even threatening in places. On the brooding ‘Take A Bow,’ Matt sings, “you corrupt. And bring corruption to all that you touch. Cast a spell on the country you run. You’ll burn in hell for your sins.” When he was asked in a 2006 magazine interview whether the song was aimed at Tony Blair or George W. Bush, he replied, “you could easily aim it at those types of people. There’s loads of them out there. It’s about the people who are kind of manipulating public opinion to their own means, which isn’t always the best for the people of the country.” He then referred to both leaders’ handling of the Iraq War and it’s aftermath. He said, “there’s obviously a global agenda taking place as well as an agenda to obtain the last bit of oil because all of our economies are absolutely dependent on oil. You can easily say that song is aimed at wishing, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if these people did actually have to pay the consequences?’ They have to pay the consequences for their actions. In ‘Take a Bow,’ you can hear the people who are at the bottom of the pyramid, who haven’t got any power, and they have this feeling of powerlessness, a feeling I have quite often, about some of these events – this sense of, ‘what can I do about this?’ It seems like no one is listening.” He told ‘Uncut’ magazine in the same year, “normally the lyrics are from a first person view, I’ve never really told stories of certain people. This time, it is a bit about struggling with various contrarities of life, but from a different person’s view, not from mine.”
TAKE A BOW
Corrupt
You corrupt
And bring corruption to all that you touch

Hold
You’ll behold
And beholden for all that you’ve done

Spell
Cast a spell
Cast a spell on the country you run

And risk
You will risk
You will risk all their lives and their souls

And burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell
Yeah, you’ll burn in hell
You’ll burn in hell
You’ll burn in hell for your sins

Oh, our freedom’s consuming itself
What we’ve become
Is contrary to what we want
Take a bow

Death
You bring death
And destruction to all that you touch

Pay
You must pay
You must pay for your crimes against the earth

Hex
Feed the hex
Feed the hex on the country you love

And beg
You will beg
You will beg for their lives and their souls

Yeah, and burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell
Yeah, you’ll burn in hell
You’ll burn in hell
Yeah, you’ll burn in hell
You’ll burn in hell
Yeah you’ll burn in hell for your sins

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The songs, ‘Assassin’ and ‘City of Delusion’ follow a similar theme but are decidedly more hostile…
ASSASSIN
War is overdue
The time has come for you to shoot your leaders down
Join forces underground
Lose control
And increasing pace
Warped and bewitched
Time to erase
Whatever they say
These people are torn
Wild and bereft
Assassin is born, yeah
Aim, shoot, kill your leaders
Aim, kill them all
Oppose and disagree
Destroy demonocracy
Lose control
And increasing pace
Warped and bewitched
Time to erase
Whatever they say
These people are torn
Wild and bereft
Assassin is born, yeah

CITY OF DELUSION
Stay away from me
Build a fortress
And shield your beliefs
Touch the divine
As we fall in line

Can I believe
When I don’t trust
All your theories
Turn to dust
I choose to hide
From the all seeing eye

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
Justify my reasons
With your blood

You’ll not rest
Settle for less
Until you guzzle
And squander what’s left
Do not deny
That you live and let die

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
Justify my reasons
With your blood

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
Justify my reasons
With your blood

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At just over two minutes, the Iraq War-inspired ‘Soldier’s Poem’ is the shortest track on the album and finds Muse downing their loud instruments temporarily for a softer, quieter approach. Bellamy sings accordingly and delivers a tender vocal performance that compliments the overall song despite it’s underlying message and the pervading sense of cold disillusionment in the lyrics. He told ‘Uncut’ magazine, “I felt sympathy with all the soldiers fighting in the (Iraq) war, but who are never talked about in the media because war is such an anonymous monstrosity. People often forget that soldiers risk their lives and amidst all the political debates their lives come least. To me, it was more interesting to look at the man, or the men, who die in war. It is not really about the political aspect or arguments for or against the war in Iraq. It is written from a soldier’s view.”
SOLDIER’S POEM
Throw it all away
Let’s lose ourselves
‘Cause there’s no one left for us to blame
It’s a shame we’re all dying
And do you think you deserve your freedom

How could you send us so far away from home
When you know damn well that this is wrong
I would still lay down my life for you
And do you think you deserve your freedom

No I don’t think you do
There’s no justice in the world
There’s no justice in the world
And there never was

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‘Soldier’s Poem’ is followed by the mid-tempo Rocker, ‘Invincible,’ perhaps the most positive and uplifting song on the entire album. Bellamy claims both songs were originally intended to be “almost” one continuous piece with ‘Invincible’ providing “optimism” in contrast to the overwhelming sense of hopelessness expressed in ‘Soldier’s Poem.’ In 2008, he told ’State’ magazine that ’Invincible’ was exploring, “the more optimistic side, in that if people just knew how much power we really had, we could change anything. Like the Iraq war, for example. A million people protesting is not really enough but maybe five million people, with a few bricks being thrown at Parliament, that probably would change things. I think the optimistic side is coming through, I suppose, through the idea that if people could see what’s happening without being led all the time, then change would be easy to take place.”
INVINCIBLE
Follow through
Make your dreams come true
Don’t give up the fight
You will be alright
‘Cause there’s no one like you in the universe

Don’t be afraid
What your mind conceives
You should make a stand
Stand up for what you believe
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we’re invincible

During the struggle
They will pull us down
But please, please
Let’s use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we’re invincible

Do it on your own
It makes no difference to me
What you leave behind
What you choose to be
And whatever they say
Your souls unbreakable

During the struggle
They will pull us down
But please, please
Let’s use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we’re invincible
Together we’re invincible

During the struggle
They will pull us down
Please, please
Let’s use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we’re invincible
Together we’re invincible

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The song, ‘Map of the Problematique’ is a reference to a line in the 1972 book, ‘The Limits to Growth’ which was based on information compiled from a specially designed computer simulation that assessed the interaction between the planet’s population, industrial growth, food production and limits on Earth’s eco-systems. According to it’s estimations, world economic growth could not continue indefinitely due to the limited availability of natural resources. The ambitious project was instigated by the global think-tank, ‘The Club of Rome’ which was formed in 1968 and includes former and current Prime Ministers and Presidents, royalty, economists, professors, scientists, environmentalists, university lecturers, and heads of charities among it’s membership. In summarising the findings of ‘The Limits to Growth,’ the ‘Club of Rome’ official website states that “most scenarios resulted in an ongoing growth of population and the economy until to a turning point around 2030. Only drastic measures for environmental protection proved to be suitable to change this systems behaviour, and only under these circumstances, scenarios could be calculated in which both world population and wealth could remain at a constant level.” Although ’The Limits to Growth’ is updated periodically to cater for unexpected changes in world trends, many critics claim it’s estimations are flawed and unrealistic. For example, although agreeing with the view that continued growth should not continue, Yale University economist, Henry C. Wallich prefers a natural end instead of intervention. He warns that a premature and artificial kerbing of growth would be “consigning billions to permanent poverty.”

A major concern for many within the so-called ‘Alternative movement’ is that ‘The Limits to Growth’ is part of a systematic, secretive plot by the Club of Rome to cull the world’s population in preparation for and in keeping with the aims of building a New World dictatorship in which fewer people will be required to exist. According to a March 1981 article in the news-magazine, ’Executive Intelligence Review,’ there was a planning apparatus during that period “operating outside the control of the White House whose sole purpose” was “to reduce the world’s population by 2 billion people through war, famine, disease and any other means necessary” and was “determining US foreign policy” via “various levels of the government. The targeting agency for the operation is the National Security Council’s Ad Hoc Group on Population Policy. Its policy-planning group is in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Population Affairs (OPA), established in 1975 by Henry Kissinger. This group drafted the Carter administration’s ‘Global 2000’ document, which calls for global population reduction.” It then goes on to quote Thomas Ferguson, the Latin American case-officer for OPA who says, “there is a single theme behind all our work – we must reduce population levels. Either they (governments) do it our way, through nice clean methods or they will get the kind of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran, or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it. The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa or through disease like the Black Death.” According to the researcher and author David Allen Rivera, the aforementioned ‘Global 2000’ report “attempted to project global economic trends for the next twenty years, and indicated that the resources of the planet were not sufficient enough to support the expect dramatic increase in the world population. The report called for the population of the US to be reduced by 100 million people by the year 2050.” Rivera then goes on to quote Howard T. Odum a marine biologist and Club of Rome member who publicly stated in 1980 that, “it is necessary that the United States cut its population by two-thirds within the next 50 years.” Rivera continues, “about six months later, the Council on Environmental Quality made recommendations based on the Report, called ‘Global Future: A Time to Act.’ They suggested an aggressive program of population control which included sterilisation, contraception and abortion. In August 1982, the Executive Intelligence Review published a report called ‘Global 2000: Blueprint for Genocide’ which said that the two aforementioned Presidential reports: ‘…are correctly understood as political statements of intent – the intent on the part of such policy centres as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the International Monetary Fund, to pursue policies that will result not only in the death of the 120 million cited in the reports, but in the death of upwards of two billion people by the year 2000.’ On September 17th 1973, they (the Club of Rome) released a Report called the ‘Regionalised and Adaptive Model of the Global World System’… This revealed the Club’s goal of dividing the world into ten political/economic regions… which would unite the entire world under a single form of government. These regions are: North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan, Rest of Developed World, Latin America, Middle East, Rest of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and China. The same plan was published in a Club of Rome book called ‘Mankind at the Turning Point‘, which said: ‘The solution of these crises can be developed only in a global context with full and explicit recognition of the emerging world system and on a long-term basis. This would necessitate, among other changes, a new world economic order and a global resources allocation system…’” Many researchers and scholars believe the ‘Global Warming/Climate Change’ debate is central to this and is based on calculated lies which are designed to implement a deceptive reduction in the population via various means including social engineering. A chilling example of this resides within the pages of the Club of Rome’s very own literature. In 1993 it published ’The First Global Revolution.’ It states that divided nations need “new enemies” whether “a real one or else one invented for purpose.” It continues, “in searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of Global Warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill… All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.” In his 1994 article, ‘The Club of Rome and Population Reduction,’ David Allen Rivera lifts a quote from the 1976 book, ‘Ceremony of the Innocent’ by Taylor Caldwell in order to explain the reasoning behind such ideas: “There will be no peace in the tormented world, only a programmed and systematic series of wars and calamities – until the plotters have gained their objective: an exhausted world willing to submit to a planned Marxist economy and total and meek enslavement – in the name of peace.”

It’s unclear whether Bellamy was aware of any of the above claims whilst he was writing and recording ’Map of the Problematique.’ Judging by comments made in the press in 2007 it would appear that if he was, then he was not in agreement with the majority of it, or had modified his initial views following it‘s release. For as odd as it might seem, and despite his support of the generally-accepted ’Alternative’ notion that the World Stage of politics and policy is one big illusion of lies and deception, he made an exception when it came to the Global Warming / Climate Change issue. During an interview with ‘Uncut’ magazine that year, he was asked whether he was concerned about his so-called “Carbon Footprint,” to which he replied, “yes, definitely. It’s something we’re starting to be more and more concerned about. In fact, we’re on the fence about doing this 7/7/7 climate gig that Al Gore is organising… We’ve been asked to play and a few other bands have, but the only way we can get to it, because we’ve got gigs that night, is by private plane. It just seems contradictory.” The Al Gore “gig” he was referring to was of course the star-studded ‘Live Earth’ concert in July 2007 with a line-up that included Madonna, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Genesis and Bon Jovi. Bellamy criticised the apparent hypocrisy of the event on a BBC radio show in April of that year saying, “private jets for Climate Change, not sure about it, that seems to be a bit on edge really.” Muse did not appear.

Dominic Howard, Matt Bellamy and Chris Wolstenholme at an awards ceremony, 2005.

‘Black Holes and Revelations’ was a culmination. A crystallised representation of specific ideas that Matt Bellamy had either explored briefly in songs and in music-videos, or had read about and/or reflected upon in previous years. Politics, war, corruption, environmental issues, and Global Warming all converged into one cohesive message (regardless of whether this was the intention or not). Even his fascination for subjects pertaining to outer-space, the universe, and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life merged comfortably into the general theme of the album. One such song is ‘Exo-Politics,’ a term used to describe the view held by a number of scholars, researchers and scientists that extraterrestrial beings are secretly engaging with Earth’s military, governments and political systems. Alfred Webre is a lawyer and author often dubbed the “Father of Exo-Politics.“ During Jimmy Carter’s term as US President, he worked as the principal investigator of a Whitehouse/Pentagon-backed civilian scientific study of extraterrestrial communication. After years of researching data collected on UFOs as well as the evidence of air-traffic controllers, military and Intelligence, he concludes that many of the unidentified flying objects witnessed across the world over the decades do not originate from this planet. He also believes that Planet Earth exists in a populated and highly organised and evolved inter-planetary, inter-galactic, multi-dimensional universe but that it has been quarantined for aeons by a “Universe Government.” In his book, ’Exo-Politics; A Decade of Contact,’ he writes that “the specific conditions of our planetary isolation are contained in legislative statutes, executive regulations, and judicial case decisions of Universe Government. Our emerging from planetary quarantine is as much dictated by Universe Government, as was our original isolation.“ Webre has suggested that Humanity can help lift this quarantine by introducing an absolute ban on warfare and weapons “in a jurisdiction ruled by the standards of a common Universe Government.” In an interview with ’Uncut’ magazine in 2006, Matt Bellamy said the song ’Exo-Politics’ “is about a trade agreement between the US government and extraterrestrials, about the use of new technologies. Many people believe that a large part of the contemporary techniques came from a different world. I’m not sure about that, but it is certainly interesting.”
Otherworldly themes were also explored in the six-minute epic, ‘Knights of Cydonia.’ Matt told ‘NME’ in 2007 that it was named after “the Cydonia Mensae region of Mars in the planet’s Northern hemisphere. Certain planetologists believe it was once a coastal zone, implying there was water there – and also possibly, life.” Much speculation has been directed towards an image of the region taken by the ‘Viking 1’ orbiter in 1976 because it shows a hill that resembles the shape of a human face complete with what looks like a pair of eyes, a nose and a mouth.

The Cydonia ‘moon face’ photo

The ‘Viking’ team dismissed this at the time as merely an “illusion” formed by “shadows.” Images taken of the formation since have apparently confirmed this. However, a number of researchers believe NASA has been manipulating the pictures in order to deceive the public into accepting it‘s earlier “illusion“ claims. One such person is the well-known American author, Richard C. Hoagland who argues the structure is part of a city of pyramids and mounds arranged in a geometric pattern. Bellamy elaborated on this during an interview with the ‘NME’ in 2006. He said, “where it gets interesting is that there are people out there now who are realising that the whole pyramid area in North Africa, not just the Giza area, is one enormous, very in-depth star map if you look at it from above. They’re trying to lay out some kind of message to someone who’s in the sky. The same layout has been found on Mars, on Cydonia, and someone has linked them all together. And if you look at Washington from above it’s exactly the same as the pyramids, the way they’re laid out. There’s a whole lot of secrecy out there about some of the monuments that are on Earth and also things that might be, which I hope will be, on Cydonia on Mars.”

The pyramids of Giza aligned with the stars.

In 2006, he told ‘Rock Sound’ magazine, “’Knights of Cydonia’ is based on the idea that millions of years ago, there was a complete civilisation that lived there. Then Venus came into the solar system as an enormous comet, sucking all the oceans away from Mars, destroying the civilisation and going into orbit around our sun. But, anyway, Knights of Cydonia is this fantasy that there were a bunch of knights, with phasers or whatever, fighting to the last moments when Venus came by and sucked the oceans away. It’s the idea that there’s something deep down within us, the human spirit if you want to call it that, that cannot be manipulated and is aware of what’s going on and will do everything in its power to fight it.” Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme told ‘Rip It Up’ magazine in 2007 that the song is “influenced by bands like the Tornados, a lot of late’50s, early ‘60s stuff. That was the original approach to that track.” The Tornados were the first British band to reach Number 1 in the US singles chart, a feat they achieved in 1962 with the instrumental, ‘Telstar,’ which was named after a communications satellite that was launched into orbit that very same year. The quirky outer-space / sci-fi-like sound that dominates throughout the track was accomplished with the aid of an electronic keyboard instrument called a Clavioline, a forerunner to the synthesiser. ‘Telstar’ is of specific interest to Matt because his father, George Bellamy played rhythm guitar in the Tornados. The Muse front-man discussed this during an interview with the ‘LA Times’ in 2007, and in particular, the influence ‘Telstar’ had on ‘Knights of Cydonia.’ He said, “I wanted to do something that was a bit of reference toward that because I never really paid attention to any of that music when I was growing up.”

The Tornados.
Matt’s father, George (far right).

In an interview with ’Jmag’ that same year, Matt credited his father and the Tornados with indirectly shaping the Muse sound claiming that, “dad introduced me to music when I was very young, and played me a lot of ’50s and ’60s records that I probably would never have heard of if it wasn’t for him. I definitely got that more sci-fi… well, not sci-fi, but I guess what people like to call the more ‘spacey’ sound from his band. For the ’50s it did sound very futuristic, and very kind of spacey, so that
element of the band definitely came from him.”

‘Telstar’ was produced by the legendary but notorious hit-maker Joe Meek at his self-built home-studio which was situated in a three-floor flat above a leather-goods store in Holloway Road, North London. The cramped conditions meant that his artists were forced to record in various sections of the building at any given time including the bathroom. Sometimes, they even had to contend with the angry landlady downstairs who’d complain about the noise and bang her ceiling with a broomstick. Nevertheless, some of the biggest hits of the early 1960s were created there, most notably Johnny Leyton’s 1961 UK chart-topper, ’Johnny Remember Me,’ The Honeycombs’ 1964 UK and US smash, ‘Have I The Right?,’ and The Tornados‘ ‘Telstar‘ of course. Matt Bellamy says, “my dad told me loads of stories about working with him. He was a complete psycho. He was really schizoid and really moody, often quite violent with my dad’s band too. Apparently one time he threw a massive tape machine at them while they were running down the stairs, it hit the bass player and knocked him out.”

Joe Meek

The temperamental producer also actively pursued an interest in the occult and regularly held séances. In the 1991 BBC documentary, ‘The Strange Story of Joe Meek,‘ composer Geoff Goddard claims the two of them summoned up the spirit of Buddy Holly, a musician they both had an obsession with. They asked him if ‘Johnny Remember Me’ would be a hit, to which the dead Rock & Roller is said to have replied that it would be a Number 1. The song was written by Goddard, just one of many that he penned for the eccentric Pop pioneer’s stable of Holloway Road artists, including the Tornados. He also played keyboards on ’Telstar.’ Jerry Bloom, the author of ’Black Knight,’ writes that both men were responsible for introducing Ritchie Blackmore to the occult in the 1960s whilst he was a member of Meek’s in-house studio band, The Outlaws. In later years of course, he found fame with the groups Deep Purple and Rainbow, and was repeatedly accused of being a Satanist, thanks to his well-documented, self-proclaimed interest in the paranormal and esotericism. In Dave Thompson’s book, ’Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story,’ Geoff Goddard recalls Blackmore and his wife Margaret attending séances with Meek and claims “the three of them were fascinated by the occult.” It’s also said that Joe developed an obsession with Aleister Crowley and had tried to communicate with the long deceased master of magick. According to Thompson’s book, Margaret “later spoke candidly of Meek’s fears that he was being stalked by the spirit” of Crowley.

Geoff Goddard pictured in 1963.

Goddard believes the producer’s life began to take a turn for the worse when his homosexuality (illegal in the UK at the time) became widespread public knowledge in the wake of his 1963 conviction for “importuning for an immoral purpose.” This humiliating incident occurred at a time when gay men were in danger of falling prey to blackmailers who threatened to expose their secret, criminal lifestyles to their families, work colleagues, and the police. Meek’s recording engineer, Patrick Pink told the BBC in 1991 that Joe “was frightened to face the world after that for quite a long time. He visualised: ‘I’m ruined. This is gonna ruin me. Everybody now is gonna know I’m queer and cut me off.’ Secondly, he was terrified that his family would find out… you know, if his mother ever got wind of this, he would be finished – I think – mentally.” In January 1967, police discovered a suitcase in a field in Suffolk which contained the dissected body of 17-year-old Bernard Oliver who‘d gone missing after leaving his home some days earlier. The teenager, who suffered from learning disabilities, was sexually assaulted before being strangled to death. It’s said Meek feared he would be implicated in the teenager’s murder after hearing that police were planning to interview all known homosexual men in London. Interestingly, a renowned writer who’s researched Meek‘s life, claims the ‘Telstar’ producer was in fact quizzed in connection with the killing. Jake Arnott is the author of the fictional novel, ‘The Long Firm,’ which was later adapted into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama serial. The story is set in the 1960s and centres around a homosexual East-End gangster by the name of Harry Starks. In a 2009 article titled ‘Joe Meek and Me,’ Arnott describes how his story charts the protagonist’s life “against a background of real events and real people” including the infamous Kray Twins. He writes, “the criminalisation of homosexuality created an underworld of suspicion and blackmail. Gay gangsters like Ronnie Kray used this intensely secretive atmosphere to further their own dubious activities and to cultivate friends in high places. So the ’suitcase murder’ became part of it’s story and Joe Meek one of it’s characters.” There have also been claims that Bernard Oliver knew Meek and had briefly worked at his Holloway Road studio, which was based just a couple of miles from the Muswell Hill area of London where Oliver lived right up until his murder. No one has ever been charged in connection with his killing.

Towards the mid-to-late ‘60s, Joe’s run of hit records began to dry up. His failure to move in step with and/or adapt to the continually changing musical trends of the decade is regarded by some commentators to have contributed to the decline in his fortunes. On February 3rd 1967 – the eighth anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death (and less than a month after the discovery of Bernard Oliver’s body) – Joe Meek shot and killed his landlady and then himself with a single-barrelled shotgun during a brief altercation in his flat. The weapon belonged to one of his singers who was also a keen game-hunter, the former Tornados bass-player, Heinz Burt. The musician was actually a lodger at Holloway Road for a brief time but eventually left when his relationship with Meek began to deteriorate. It’s claimed the two were lovers, although Burt’s wife at the time, Della Burke, has denied this publicly.

Heinz Burt.

Speaking to the BBC in 1991, Heinz explained how his gun ended up in Joe’s hands on that fateful day. He said, ““I used to go shooting a lot because of the pressure of working obviously – gigs. I used to travel. I had a break-down shotgun that you broke down into bits, fitted in the case – used to have it in the car… and I’d be travelling and I’d stop off at a farm, knock at a farm door and say, ’would you mind if I do a bit of shooting?’ Because that was my relaxation and I used to go out and shoot a few pigeons and rabbits. And I didn’t like to leave it in the car. So I’d have recording sessions, so I took it out of the car – left the shotgun and the cartridges in the studio. Of course I’d forgot about them. That was after I moved out of there.” A couple of weeks later, Burt claims he stormed out of Meek’s studio after the producer had threatened to end his career in the music business during an argument over royalty payments. Although the singer wasn’t in the building when the shooting occurred, the gun was registered in his name and subsequently led to him being questioned – and cleared – by police.

Heinz had left the Tornados in 1963 to pursue a solo career under Meek’s supervision. In fact, by 1967, none of the original members of the band remained, George Bellamy included. His son, Matt told ’Kerrang!’ in 2006, “in the ‘50s he sold millions of records… and even toured with The Beatles, but he never made any money. The business was pretty dodgy back then. He ended up working as a builder.” The Muse singer’s mother, Marilyn met George in London whilst he was taxi-driving. They later moved to Cambridge where their future Rock-star son and his older brother Paul were born, and then on to Teignmouth. It was there that a 10-year-old Matt wandered downstairs late one evening to discover his father, mother and brother engaging in an activity that would have been very familiar to the likes of George’s former friends and colleagues in London such as Joe Meek, Geoff Goddard and Ritchie Blackmore. According to an article in the 2002 edition of ‘Kerrang!’ Matt saw his family “focused around a Ouija board. Instead of shrieking at her son to get out of the room, Marilyn Bellamy instead chose to sit Matt down and explain what it was his family were doing. She also explained to him that this was nothing to be afraid of, no matter what anyone might think or say.” Eventually, the youngest member of the Bellamy clan was actively taking part in the proceedings and, again, according to ‘Kerrang!’, “was on regular book runs down to the local library, in an attempt to read every text he could on this area of the occult. The intention, he says, was to ‘push’ their mother into becoming a medium, a talent Marilyn Bellamy was beginning to show a propensity toward. ‘It wasn’t that my mum was necessarily reluctant to take that step,’ he says. ‘It’s just that she was reluctant to do it in front of me and my brother. I actually do think that she was very able to do it, it’s just that she could see that me and my brother were becoming unnaturally keen. I mean I was only very young at the time. So she knocked it on the head.’“ Bellamy then went on to say, “my beliefs in the whole thing changed. I now believe that you’re contacting something in your subconscious, which is quite different. Something that you might not have known was already there. That’s probably more realistic than thinking you’re contacting someone who’s already dead. And I do practice that.’“

Matt’s parents divorced when he was still in his early teens, and the youngster turned to the guitar to deal with his father’s sudden exit from the family unit. In a 2006 interview the Muse front-man recalled that, “my dad was a big record collector and there were always guitars and pianos in the house.“ George eventually left Teignmouth and moved to Exeter before finally retiring to Alicante, Spain. The break-up of his marriage occurred just a few short years after the suspicious death of his brother who was a British soldier serving in Northern Ireland. David Bellamy was shot dead outside an RUC station in West Belfast in October 1979. The newspapers at the time reported that he’d been taken down in an IRA ambush, but in 2007 Matt claimed that “no one was ever arrested and IRA involvement was never properly established.” In 2010 he said, “from what I know, he was working undercover, and afterwards it was revealed he was in the SAS. It was very suspicious. He was machine-gunned 80 times. It was a statement. It’s definitely something that had an influence on me. That’s what got me interested in things like false-flag operations. What goes on would shock most people.”

The release of ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ in July 2006 was followed by a series of articles and interviews in the media in which Bellamy expanded further on the themes and ideas that inspired the album. He told ‘Uncut’ magazine, “I’ve always been interested in conspiracy theories. There is much information withheld from the people for sure – including myself – so I’m not saying that I know about them. I’ve read much about it prior to the album production. Some things are just b******s, other things are quite interesting. I like this narrow line. Many songs on the album deal with conspiracy theories or the formation of a world government… Other songs are about control and how the media is purposely influencing and trying to keep us off from the truth. Methods that keep people off from questioning things and issues. Inventions and technologies bottled up in order to being able to use them later in the military. I’m interested in all this, and it influenced the album.” He told ‘Kerrang!’ that same year, “the schooling system we have in the Western world is crazy – you’re taken away from your parents at your most impressionable age and fed a load of bull-sh*t and lies manipulated to make you think that the way we live in the West is stable and moral, when really it’s neither. You come out of school with a one-track mind based on financial success, you’re encouraged to become enslaved to the banking system. In school, I always felt, ‘something’s not right here’ and I’m starting to find out what it is.” He was also sharing it with any one who‘d care to take notice. In August, Matt performed with Muse at the Reading Festival whilst wearing a T-shirt with the words “Terror Storm” scrawled across it. When baffled journalists asked him the meaning behind it, he said, “go to ’Google Video,’ type in ’Terror Storm’ and you’ll find a nice little surprise. It will shed some light on world affairs, put it that way. I’d rather point you in the right direction than preach about it myself.”

Matt in his ‘TerrorStorm’ T-shirt.

He was referring to the controversial documentary, ’TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism,’ produced by well-known American ‘Alternative’ radio-host, Alex Jones. Buoyed by Bellamy’s public support, the broadcaster invited the singer onto his show in September 2006 whilst Muse were preparing to play at a live date in Texas. During the brief telephone exchange, they discussed 9/11 and other alleged false-flag operations, as well as the ongoing tensions between Iran and the West, his uncle’s death, and the reaction of Muse fans to Matt’s outspoken views on world affairs. They also agreed to arrange a date for a future radio-interview in order to expand further on these themes. The planned conversation never took place.

Matt’s media onslaught continued.
In October he told ‘Kerrang!’, “very soon we’ll be encouraged to be micro-chipped, the ID cards are just the first step towards that. These things are already happening and most people are happy to just chill out and not think about it. The differential between the bubble we live in – which is ‘ordinary life’ – and the reality out there is almost as heavy as what is being depicted in a film like ‘The Matrix’. It could make you puke to make that step towards finding out what’s really going on. Most people want to avoid looking into it and those people will point at the stray sheep outside and say ‘he’s crazy’ or ‘he’s psycho’ – even though the evidence is all there to be seen. False-flag operations have been going on time and time again in our history: there was a document called ‘Project for the New American Century’, which was made by neo-Con writers in the ’90s who supplied most of the agenda that (President) Bush is putting into place now, which says clearly, ‘we need a Pearl-Harbour-level event so we have an excuse to invade the Middle East’… Everything that we’re living through is as a result of what happened on 9/11, so it’s fundamental to our history to make sure we know what happened.” When Muse chatted to the ‘NME’ that same year, the magazine published the exchange under the dramatic headline, ‘”Let’s Burn Down the Houses of Parliament!”’ This was lifted directly from comments Matt had made during the interview. He’d said, “we’re born into this bondage, this system. It’s pleasant, it’s a nice world, but put it this way: the vote we all get is useless. The concept of democracy is a f*****g joke. Rock’s supposed to shake things up and say, ‘f**k that, this is s**t, man! Let’s burn down the Houses of Parliament!” Regarding the 9/11 attacks, he said, “there’s never been any hard evidence that ties any of the usual suspects with this. In fact, the evidence they did use was laughable. The plane’s black box that keeps all the information… that melted. But apparently a passport with one of the hijacker’s names flew out of the window and landed on the ground. That’s laughable. I’m not saying that it wasn’t an attack on the United States – it was, there’s no question about that. The question is who was the attack done by and for what reason? I think there’s far more to suggest that a select amount of people who are reaping vast benefits from the (Iraq) war that’s taking place at the moment… they’ve got the means and the motive to try to pull something like that off. We’ve got to be careful we don’t let these people make mugs of us.”

When assessing this particular period in the life and times of Muse, it’s perhaps safe to conclude that it was a welcome burst of music-to-the-ears for so-called ‘Truth Seekers’ (quite literally in fact)? After all, here was a band that was enjoying it’s biggest success to date with ‘Black Holes and Revelations,’ an album which was a Top Ten hit in at least fifteen countries, including America – a territory which has always been a much-prized goal of any band or artist seeking worldwide attention. In short, Muse were in a perfect position to highlight suppressed fringe issues and information to a global, mainstream audience.

‘Black Holes and Revelations.’

So far, Matt Bellamy’s thoughts and theories have taken precedence over those of his fellow band-mates in this ‘Conspiro Media’ article. It’s hardly surprising. Not only is he the principle song-writer and lyricist, but the most outspoken member whose views on world affairs and the Grand Conspiracy are of relevance to this website. In 2006, ‘Alternative Press’ asked bass-player Chris Wolstenholme whether he shared Bellamy’s outlook. He said, “I think that stuff is something that intrigues everyone – feeling like you’re not being told the truth by the government – I don’t think that makes us any different than anyone else.” Drummer, Dominic Howard went a few steps further in 2007 when he told the UK’s ‘Daily Mail,’ “most of Matt’s theories are totally valid. If you watch any of the documentaries about 9/11, you’re left in no doubt that those were controlled explosions and that the whole thing was meticulously planned by the American Government.” In 2009, the ‘NME’ asked Chris whether he was ever inclined to interfere with Matt’s vision, he answered, “with all the lyrics and stuff, me and Dom don’t really get involved. Usually the first time I hear lyrics is when Matt comes in and says, ‘are you ready to do the backing vocals?’ But it’s not really something me and Dom have ever got involved in, ‘cos it’s quite a personal thing and it’s the one thing I feel like no-one else has got the right to comment on. When it comes to guitar parts, bass parts, drum parts, then everyone’s very open to putting forward ideas as to how we should be playing things, but when it comes to lyrics it’s a totally different thing altogether and it’s something I’ve always left Matt to.”

When Muse embarked on a world concert tour in 2006 to support the ’Black Holes and Revelations’ album, they showcased a stage-set design based on the controversial HAARP installation in Alaska. Matt talked about this at some length with the ‘NME.’ He said, “this HAARP thing (which stands for, ’High-frequency Active Auroral Program’), the government are saying it’s for communications with submarines and their own spacecraft, but scientists have said that they’re really trying to tap into the ionosphere, where a lot of weather stuff takes place. Interfere with that and you can manipulate the weather. No-one really knows what it is but modern warfare and modern weapons have moved into this next stage. There’s a big battle going on as to who’ll control the weather.” According to the official HAARP website, the program is a “world-class ionospheric research facility” and consists of “the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high-power transmitter facility operating in the High Frequency (HF) range. The IRI will be used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study,” and “a sophisticated suite of scientific (or diagnostic) instruments that will be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region.” It goes on to state that, “scientific instruments installed at the HAARP observatory will be useful for a variety of continuing research efforts which do not involve the use of IRI but are strictly passive. Among these studies include… documentation of the long-term variations in the ozone-layer.” The website then goes on to state that HAARP studies the effects of HF communications systems such as ship-to-shore communications and transoceanic aircraft links which operate by bouncing signals off the ionosphere. One of the project’s aims in this respect, is to “provide the fundamental understanding necessary to enhance the performance of such systems.” The website also claims that it investigates radio signals that operate at much higher frequencies and which pass through the ionosphere, such the space-based GPS navigation system satellites which, of course, are not only used for military purposes, but civilian technology including car ‘sat-navs,’ cell-phones and laptop computers.
Critics of the installation claim it’s being used for malevolent purposes such as the triggering of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and power-cuts. One of the leading lights among those supporting this view is author and lecturer, Dr. Nick Begich, the author of the book, ‘Angels Don’t Play This HAARP’ and the eldest son of the late US Alaska congressman, Nick Begich Sr. According to his extensive research, Begich Jnr. claims the installation has the power and potential not only to change and control the weather, but also to jam communications systems on land and in the air, and manipulate and disrupt human mental processes – or in other words, to control the minds of the masses with the aid of ‘pulsed radio-frequency radiation.’ When the European Parliament held hearings in 1998 to probe into HAARP, Begich appeared as an expert witness. Representatives from NATO and the US administration were also invited to attend, but chose not to do so. An official European Parliament document from that period states that, “HAARP can be used for many purposes. Enormous quantities of energy can be controlled by manipulating the electrical characteristics of the atmosphere. If used as a military weapon this can have a devastating impact on an enemy. HAARP can deliver millions of times more energy to a given area than any other conventional transmitter. The energy can also be aimed at a moving target which should constitute a potential anti-missile system. The project would also allow better communications with submarines and manipulation of global weather patterns, but it is also possible to do the reverse, to disrupt communications. By manipulating the ionosphere one could block global communications while transmitting one’s own. Another damaging consequence of HAARP is the occurrence of holes in the ionosphere caused by the powerful radio beams. The ionosphere protects us from incoming cosmic radiation. The hope is that the holes will fill again, but our experience of change in the ozone layer points in the other direction. This means substantial holes in the ionosphere that protects us. HAARP is a project of which the public is almost completely unaware, and this needs to be remedied.” In the European Parliament’s motion for a resolution it stated that it, “considers HAARP by virtue of it’s far-reaching impact on the environment to be a global concern and calls for it’s legal, ecological, and ethical implications to be examined by an independent body before any further research and testing.” It also “requests the Scientific and Technological Options Assessment (STOA) Panel to agree to examine the scientific and technical evidence provided in all existing research findings on HAARP to assess the exact nature and degree of risk that HAARP poses both to the local and global environment and to public health generally.” Despite these efforts, a bid to draw up a Green Paper to investigate the environmental impacts of military activities such as HAARP was dismissed by the European Commission in 1999 on the grounds that the EU lacked the jurisdiction to investigate within an area that was – in it’s own words – “the sole preserve of national authorities.” An article by author and Professor of Economics at University of Ottowa, Michel Chossudovsky, perhaps best encapsulates the fears and concerns of many of HAARP’s critics. He writes, “HAARP could potentially be applied by the US military to selectively modify the climate of an ‘unfriendly nation’ or ‘rogue state’ with a view to destabilising its national economy. Agricultural systems in both developed and developing countries are already in crisis as a result of New World Order policies including market deregulation, commodity dumping, etc. Amply documented, IMF and World Bank ‘economic medicine’ imposed on the Third World and the countries of the former Soviet block has largely contributed to the destabilisation of domestic agriculture. In turn, the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have supported the interests of a handful of Western agri-biotech conglomerates in their quest to impose genetically modified (GMO) seeds on farmers throughout the World. It is important to understand the linkage between the economic, strategic and military processes of the New World Order. In the above context, climatic manipulations under the HAARP program (whether accidental or deliberate) would inevitably exacerbate these changes by weakening national economies, destroying infrastructure and potentially triggering the bankruptcy of farmers over vast areas. Surely national governments and the United Nations should address the possible consequences of HAARP and other ‘non-lethal weapons’ on climate change.”

On the left, the notorious HAARP installation in Alaska. On the right, Muse with their interpretation.

When Muse released a live CD/DVD of their 2007 concert appearances at the then-newly built Wembley Stadium in London, they titled it, ’HAARP,’ as inspired by the stage-set design which was based on the controversial installation.

Shortly after completing their 27-month world tour in August 2008, Muse re-entered the studio to record a follow-up to the hugely successful ‘Black Holes and Revelations.’ When Matt talked to the ‘NME’ about the new album in 2009, he referenced a number of notable events that were taking place whilst it was being recorded including the global banking and financial crisis (which sadly, continues to this day), and the UK MPs’ expenses scandal which was initially exposed to the public by the British newspaper, ’The Daily Telegraph’ in 2009. An unprecedented number of politicians were forced to resign in the wake of the revelations which concluded that they had misused allowances and expenses which they were entitled to claim. Many of those implicated were then-serving ministers in Gordon Brown’s Labour government. They later stood down from their posts, although the scandal reached across all Party divides and into the House of Lords. Prosecutions followed, and a number of MPs and a Lord were later jailed for false accounting. Among the wide array of accusations that poured into the public domain during this time included details of politicians claiming for businesses and flats of residence that never existed, and others making false expense claims for stationery-bills totalling tens of thousands of pounds as well as home renovations and furniture purchases. Reports also emerged of an MP who used fake tenancy agreements to claim rent for a flat in Westminster that he actually owned. Other notable allegations included those centring around Conservative MP Douglas Hogg who was said to have used tax-payers’ money to meet the cost of a full-time housekeeper, and expenses for work on his stables, the clearing of his moat at his country estate, and even the tuning of his piano. Another Tory MP was reported to have claimed nearly £90,000 for expenses incurred during work on the grounds of his mansion, including rabbit fencing, tree surgery and inspection, and woodland consultants. The then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was subjected to notable derision at the time after it transpired that her husband Richard Timney had claimed reimbursement for two pay-per-view pornographic films whilst running her constituency office. Smith later resigned from her cabinet post and apologised for further breaches of expenses rules in relation to parliamentary allowances that she used to pay for the running of a second home. Matt Bellamy told the ‘NME,’ “there’s definitely a feeling of wanting change in England, of how everything’s just going old-fashioned. That was all going off in the making of this album. I think in England itself people are have woken up to the fact that we don’t have a democracy anymore and our parliamentary system is completely out of date and the news media is particularly screwed. Having lived in England for the past five or ten years has been quite an experience because we feel like we are totally powerless; I have noticed it more so than other countries. The whole banking crisis has been very bad in England, and the whole MP thing, and also that we’ve been taken to a war that we don’t agree with on the coat-tails of the USA. There’s a feeling about being English in the past few years of, ‘f*****g hell, we don’t have any control over our lives’. Watching the news has been a major influence on this album. You know, just brainwashing myself with BBC news, and also realising how much brainwashing is actually coming out of that stuff.” Bellamy had regularly spoken out against the role of the media in a number of interviews during this time-period. In 2008 he told ’State’ magazine, “I did an A Level in Media and I think that got me interested in the amount of power the media has. Later in life, you learn to what extent the media is controlled and used by other parties, for other reasons. As soon as anyone becomes aware of that kind of thing, you start to see how the general public tend to sometimes get moved around or manipulated and turned into certain things that are simply for the benefit of some corporation or some government, which is making the media do something that’s for their gain.”

The new Muse album was released in September 2009. Titled, ‘The Resistance,’ it features their anthemic classic, ‘Uprising.’ Matt has reportedly said the song is based on the 2004 book ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ which documents the experiences of it’s author John Perkins who claims he was employed by a private consultancy firm via the intelligence organisation, the ‘National Security Agency’ (NSA) to help the US cheat under-developed countries out of trillions of dollars by effectively forcing them to accept huge loans that they had little or no chance of ever paying back from institutions such as the World Bank and various aid organisations. Once saddled with this debt, the United States would take over their economies and also force them to acquiesce to their political pressure. Speaking in a US TV interview for the news programme ‘Democracy Now!’ in 2004, Perkins said, “basically what we were trained to do and what our job is to do is to build up the American empire. To bring – to create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we’ve been very successful.” Perkins claims that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was a rare exception because he refused to bow to the pressure. He said, “when the economic hit men fail in this scenario, the next step is what we call the jackals. Jackals are CIA-sanctioned people that come in and try to foment a coup or revolution. If that doesn’t work, they perform assassinations. Or try to. In the case of Iraq, they weren’t able to get through to Saddam Hussein. He had – his bodyguards were too good. He had doubles. They couldn’t get through to him. So the third line of defence, if the economic hit men and the jackals fail, the next line of defence is our young men and women, who are sent in to die and kill, which is what we’ve obviously done in Iraq.”

John Perkins.

Perkins claims he was recruited by the NSA whilst still at business school in the late 1960s. He told ‘Democracy Now!’, “the first real economic hit man was back in the early 1950s, Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of Teddy, who overthrew the government of Iran, a democratically elected government, Mossadegh’s government… and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed – well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. We didn’t have to worry about the threat of war with Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that (President) Roosevelt was a CIA agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organisations like the CIA and the NSA to recruit potential economic hit men like me and then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms, construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no connection with the government.”
Chris Wolstenholme told ‘FHM’ magazine just a month after the release of ‘The Resistance’ album that ‘Uprising’ was “about having a massive mistrust for people in power, whether it be government, or bankers. We’re living in a society where we’re being told to keep quiet, to just accept things as they are.” Matt talked about the song with ’Mojo’ magazine and explained the logic behind the band’s united cries of, “oi!” in the instrumental breaks. He described it as “football-style chanting” which was “meant to be football hooligans chanting in protest at the banking situation.” Although ‘Uprising’ begins by painting a stark, grim picture of a world controlled by an elite which uses every trick and tactic in it’s arsenal to suppress the long-suffering mass population within an existence of lies, corruption, greed and “drugs that keep us all dumbed-down,” it isn’t long before Matt attempts to stir the listener with an emotive, determined call to abandon ill-founded fears and instead embrace a pro-active, defiant bid for emancipation. There’s a positive, and at times, reassuring tone in the song’s message. It’s hardly surprising this song was widely adopted as an unofficial anthem of the Truth Movement.
UPRISING
Paranoia is in bloom,
The PR transmissions will resume,
They’ll try to push drugs that keep us all dumbed-down,
And hope that we will never see the truth around
(So come on)
Another promise, another scene,
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds,
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on)

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious
(So come on)

Interchanging mind control,
Come let the revolution take it’s toll,
If you could flick a switch and open your third eye,
You’d see that
We should never be afraid to die
(So come on)

Rise up and take the power back,
It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack,
You know that their time’s coming to an end,
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious
So come on

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious

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Whether one should choose to rebel against his or her malevolent masters with violence and destruction or by my more peaceful methods is an age-old dilemma that never fails to spark debate and Bellamy has boldly explored both sides of that opposing spectrum through his music. Earlier works on the ‘Black Holes’ album such as ‘Assassin,’ with the lyrics, “aim, shoot, kill your leaders,” and the track ’The City of Delusion,’ which finds Matt singing, “break these walls down. Avenge, justify my reasons with your blood” are particularly powerful examples of one extreme, whereas ‘Uprising’ is significantly less hostile in it’s call for a united rejection of the power-elite. During an interview with the ‘NME’ in 2009, Matt talked about these two conflicting perspectives and how they both merged together to influence ‘The Resistance’ album. He said, “I think I’ve put forward the idea in the album that love and peaceful protest is ultimately the best way, but you can’t help thinking that sometimes it’s not enough; there’s a fine line, and I’m treading that fine line. You could bury yourself in the idea of your girlfriend or someone you love and forget about everything else, or you could use it as a method of protesting – in the Gandhi sense that peaceful resistance is the best form of resistance. But then there’s the idea that kicking a few shop windows in helps as well! The album is teetering between all those different versions of resistance.’”

‘The Resistance’ album.

According to Chris Wolstenholme, the theme of love is also explored in the title track of the album and “took a lot of influence from ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four.’ Love is one of the last freedoms we have left, so it’s about using love and sex as an act of political freedom.” Matt also referred to the George Orwell novel during an interview with the ‘NME’ in July 2009 when he was asked if ’The Resistance’ was a concept album. He said, “I think if you had to boil it down to one theme, it would be the idea that there’s some sort of romance taking place in this, call it contemporary England, with all the b******s going on everywhere – you just think to yourself, ‘it’s a bunch of b******s isn’t it?’. So if I was in doubt as to where to go with a certain lyric or song I’d go back to those initial thoughts. Like Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four.’ I read the book when I was at school and I only really took in the political side of it, but I read it again and the romance side moved me – this idea that love was the only place where there was some freedom from all the b******s. The act of love can be a political act in those kind of scenarios, as the one place where the state can’t invade your privacy. That love story touched me more than the overall political meaning of the book. So I’d say that was one of the cornerstones of the album, really, the love story in that book.” The dystopian society that Orwell depicts in his 1949 novel is primarily set in the province of ‘Airstrip One,’ formerly known as England and/or Britain. It belongs to the global super-state of Oceania that’s ruled by a dictatorial government called, ‘The Party’ which enforces it’s control over the general population through mass-censorship, propaganda and an omnipresent surveillance-system of hidden microphones and two-way tele-screens that monitor peoples’ everyday movements at home, at work and in public places. Individualism and independent thinking are deemed as “thought crimes” and the populace is forced by any means necessary to love and be loyal to The Party’s leader, ‘Big Brother.’ Even the act of sex is forbidden within certain sections of society, including married couples, unless it’s to reproduce children who can go on to serve the government. It’s amidst this backdrop that the story’s main protagonist, a downtrodden civil servant by the name of Winston Smith, embarks on an illicit love affair with a young woman named, Julia who’s shielded her sexual promiscuity from the authorities by acting as an outspoken propagandist for The Party. The couple, who are forced to make love in various locations away from the open glare of the dreaded tele-screens, know that the day will inevitably come when they will be found, captured and tortured, but they also believe their love for each other will always survive no matter what the authorities inflict upon them. They both later join ’The Brotherhood,’ an underground resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing Big Brother’s dictatorship only to learn that one of it’s members is actually an agent of The Party’s Thought Police who’s been monitoring Winston’s movements for a number of years. The couple are taken by the authorities and delivered to the Ministry of Love which is responsible for maintaining law and order. There, Winston is subjected to months of psychologically draining interrogation and torture in order to re-condition his mind into accepting The Party‘s doctrines. However, despite the brainwashing, Winston’s love for Julia remains. That is until one night when he is taken from his cell to a torture chamber known as ‘Room 101’ where prisoners are subjected to their own worst phobias. There, his fear of rats is put to the test when a cage-full of them are fitted onto his face. In a desperate bid to save himself from the hungry, ferocious rodents, he begs that they be taken off him and placed on Julia instead thus betraying his love for her. Winston is eventually released back into society after accepting the doctrines of The Party and unexpectedly meets Julia whilst walking in the park one day. She too has had her thoughts processed and reconditioned and appears to have suffered a similar ordeal to Winston’s. Each admits betraying the other, and both agree the feelings they once shared are gone. Winston now loves Big Brother.
RESISTANCE
Is our secret safe tonight
And are we out of sight
Will our world come tumbling down?
Will they find our hiding place
Is this our last embrace
Or will the world stop caving in?

It could be wrong
Could be wrong
But it should’ve been right
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
To let our hearts ignite
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
Are we digging a hole
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
This is out of control
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
It can never last
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
Must erase it fast
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
But it could’ve been right
It could be wrong could be

Love is our resistance
They’ll keep us apart they wont stop breaking us down
Hold me
Our lips must always be sealed

If we live our life in fear
I’ll wait a thousand years
Just to see you smile again
Kill the prayers for love and peace
You’ll wake the thought police
We can’t hide the truth inside

It could be wrong
Could be wrong
But it should’ve been right
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
To let our hearts ignite
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
Are we digging a hole
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
This is out of control
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
It can never last
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
Must erase it fast
It could be wrong
Could be wrong
But it could’ve been right
It could be wrong could be

Love is our resistance
They’ll keep us apart they wont stop breaking us down
Hold me
Our lips must always be sealed

The night has reached his end
We can’t pretend
We must run
We must run
It’s time to run

Take us away from here
Protect us from further harm
RESISTANCE…

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Oceania rules over the territories of Australasia, Southern Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. Most of the world’s remaining countries and regions are divided between two other global super-states; they are, Eastasia (which controls the former Indochina region as well as China, Japan, and Korea), and Eurasia (comprised of Continental Europe and Russia). A perpetual state of war exists among the three, and one is always pitted against the other two at any given time. Allegiances change from time to time but Eurasia and Eastasia never side against Oceania. The circumstances that led to this endless cycle of hostility are thought to have been sparked by a global atomic war although details are vague due to The Party’s success in shrouding significant episodes in world history from Oceania’s general population.
An alternative to the official version of events is secretly available within the pages of what is described in the story as, ‘The Book’ which claims the perpetual war can never be won because each state is equally matched in terms of power, even when two are allied against one. It questions the motives behind the ongoing global conflicts stating that there
is no “material need” for them to occur because each of the three superpowers operate within their own self-contained economies in which production and consumption are geared toward one another. Additionally, each state is so vast it can obtain all the necessary materials it might need from it’s very own boundaries. The real purpose of the perpetual war, it claims, is to destroy these materials and deny the general population a high standard of living in the process, thus preventing the majority of humans from becoming too comfortable, and ultimately, more intelligent. This is achieved by gearing industry towards building weapons instead of producing consumer goods that can boost super-states’ economies and quality of life for all.
‘The Book,’ otherwise known as, ‘The Theory and Practise of Oligarchical Collectivism,’ is said to have been written by the head of The Brotherhood, Emmanuel Goldstein. Deemed Public Enemy Number One by The Party, he is repeatedly demonised by the government in daily two-minute broadcasts which are relayed to the population via the two-way tele-screens. In fact, this is the only instance throughout the novel where Goldstein is actually seen or heard. The remainder of the story only refers to him by name or rumour. Even his whereabouts are a mystery. One claim is that he was once a high-ranking member of The Party who broke away early on in it‘s development and then founded The Brotherhood. The novel even puts forward the notion that Goldstein is nothing more than a fabrication created by The Party itself in order to focus the population’s anger away from Oceania’s government and onto a fictitious enemy instead, which is then used as a justification for the further eradication of civil liberties and a build-up of mass-surveillance. This particular idea has been adopted by a number of scholars and geo-political commentators over the years to draw parallels with real-life global events. For example, author and Professor of International Relations at England’s Keele University, Bulent Gokay, states in the book ’September 2001: War, Terror and Judgement’ that, “Goldstein is the Osama Bin Laden in Orwell’s novel, an extremely elusive person who is never seen, never captured, but believed by the leadership of Oceania to be still alive and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign paymasters. Since Goldstein is never captured, the battle against his crimes, treacheries, sabotages must never end.”

George Orwell.

Indeed, given the novel’s references to false-flag operations, mind-control, government sponsored brainwashing, unjustified wars, state-created enemies – and all amidst a backdrop of intrusive tele-surveillance – is it any wonder that there are doubts surrounding the commonly-held view that Orwell’s book was based on fictional scenarios that just happened to materialise by sheer coincidence years later? Was the author in fact using the novel to disclose secret information he’d been privy to as an inside member of a hidden elite?
Orwell (real name, Eric Arthur Blair) has been linked to the British socialist think-tank, the Fabian Society. This organisation been accused of developing social-engineering programs that are then used by governments to change the thoughts and behaviour of the population in preparation for a One World state which would relinquish the rights of the individual in exchange for collectivism. Even it’s own website states that the Society “influences political and public thinking through a wide range of publications and events.” In his article, ‘Secret Organisations and Hidden Agendas,’ author and political lecturer G. Edward Griffin claims the Fabian Society’s goal is to “embed collectivism into society without alarm or serious opposition.” When it was formed by what he describes “an elite group of intellectuals” in London in 1884, he claims it was done so “for the purpose of bringing socialism to the world, not quickly by violent, Marxist-Leninist revolution, but slowly and gradually by propaganda, legislation, and quiet infiltration into government, education, and media. The word ‘socialism’ was not to be emphasised. Instead, they would speak of humanitarian benefits such as welfare, medical care, higher wages, and better working conditions. In this way, they planned to accomplish their objective without bloodshed…” Indeed, this is illustrated in two of the Society’s official emblems, one of which displays a picture of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and the other, a tortoise with the motto, “when I strike, I strike hard.” Additionally, according to it’s website, the Society “derives it’s name from the Roman General Quintus Fabius, known as ‘Cuncator’ from his strategy of delaying his attacks on the invading Carthaginians until the right moment.”

The Fabian Society logos.

The Fabian Society, so claims it’s site, was instrumental in the creation of the London School of Economics after a bequest of £20,000 was left by a member for “propaganda and other purposes.” It adds that the money was used “to found a research institute to provide proof positive of the collectivist ideal.” The Society also laid many of the foundations that led to the birth of the British Labour Party in 1900 and boasts on it’s site that “every Labour Prime Minister from Ramsay MacDonald to Gordon Brown” was/is a member. Other notable names associated with the society include HG Wells, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, and current Labour Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (and Bilderberger) Ed Balls.
Why George Orwell chose to title his seminal work, ’Nineteen-Eighty Four’ is a mystery, although many believe it was alluding to the centenary of the Fabian Society’s formation and warning the world what it’s plans were for the future should it succeed. In a letter written after the novel was published, he stated that ’Nineteen-Eighty Four’ “was NOT intended as an attack on Socialism or on the British Labour Party (of which I am a supporter) but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralised economy is liable and which have already been partly realised in Communism and Fascism. I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe (allowing of course for the fact that the book is a satire) that something resembling it could arrive. I also believe that totalitarian ideas have taken root in the minds of intellectuals everywhere, and I have tried to draw these ideas out to their logical consequences. The scene of the book is laid out in Britain in order to emphasise that the English-speaking races are not innately better and that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph everywhere.”

George Orwell’s influence on the Muse album ’Resistance’ can also be heard on a track that specifically refers to his super-state Eurasia, although it takes equal inspiration from the book ’The Grand Chessboard’ written by US-based political scientist, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Titled, ‘United States of Eurasia,‘ Matt says the song “is kind of a little bit ironic because it starts with the idea of peace and unification and by the time the song gets to the end, it’s become a scary national anthem to a new superpower like, you know… This kind of place with a paradox: wanting unification, wanting peace but also the fear of creating some kind of a new superpower just more powerful than America, you know. The song is definitely influenced by geopolitics. ‘The Grand Chessboard’ is a book which I read around the time of making the songs so that book definitely had an influence on the song.”
Published in 1998, Brzezinski sets out his formula to prevent the combined continents of Europe and Asia from challenging America’s position as the major global power. In order to achieve this, he proposes the US “put in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires.” He later explains that the Central Asian nations “are of importance from the standpoint of security and historical ambitions to at least three of their most immediate and more powerful neighbours, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, with China also signalling an increasing political interest in the region. But the (Central Asian nations) are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold.” He states that, “America’s primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.”
Had these words been written by an academic on the fringes of political science, then it’s likely they would have been ignored and largely forgotten with the passing of time. Brzezinski however, is far from an irrelevance. A notorious and trusted servant of the hidden elite, his long-standing associations with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, and the Trilateral Commission (which he co-founded with David Rockefeller) has meant that every word he writes or utters is greeted with a great deal of attention and concern by many of those who make it their business to follow and commentate on the machinations of world affairs. He’s been blamed for effectively creating the Taliban thanks to his secret funding of the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the late 1970s when he was President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. With the financial backing of the CIA and Britain’s MI6, Brzezinski and his cohorts sought to thwart the Soviet Union’s efforts to successfully invade and/or occupy Afghanistan at the time by promoting radical Islamist and anti-Communist forces in the region. When Brzezinski was asked to comment on these events in an interview during the 1990s, he expressed no regrets for his role in having given arms and advice to individuals and organisations that would later be deemed enemies in the ‘War on Terror.’ He said, “regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR it’s Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost ten years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralisation and finally the break-up of the Soviet empire.” He continued, “what is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?” When specifically addressing the issue of Europe in ‘The Grand Chessboard,’ Brzezinski writes, “the central issue for America is how to construct a Europe that is based on the Franco-German connection, a Europe that is viable, that remains linked to the United States, and that widens the scope of the cooperative democratic international system on which the effective exercise of American global primacy so much depends. Hence, it is not a matter of making a choice between France and Germany. Without either France or Germany, there will be no Europe.” He continues, “just one glance at the map of the vast Eurasian landmass underlines the geopolitical significance to America of the European bridgehead – as well as it’s geographic modesty. The preservation of that bridgehead and it’s expansion as the springboard for democracy are directly relevant to America’s security.”

Zbigniew Brzezinski.

In his book, Brzezinski reflects on America’s global power during the late 20th century and in doing so, takes the time to acknowledge the role of the entertainment industry and mass-media in assuring it’s position. He writes, “the American global system emphasises the technique of co-optation to a much greater extent than the earlier imperial systems did. It likewise relies heavily on the indirect exercise of influence on dependent foreign elites, while drawing much benefit from the appeal of it’s democratic principles and institutions. All of the foregoing are reinforced by the massive but intangible impact of the American domination of global communications, popular entertainment, and mass culture and by the potentially very tangible clout of America‘s technological edge and global military reach. Cultural domination has been an underappreciated facet of American global power. Whatever one may think of it’s aesthetic values, America’s mass culture exercises a magnetic appeal, especially on the world’s youth. It’s attraction may be derived from the hedonistic quality of the lifestyle it projects, but it’s global appeal is undeniable. American television programmes and films account for about three-fourths of the global market. American popular music is equally dominant.”

In recent years, a number of concerned political commentators have attempted to highlight comparisons between imperialist proposals put forward in Brzezinski’s book and current world events driven by US foreign policy, especially with regards to the Middle East. This has been fuelled further by allegations that he “handpicked,” “mentored,” and “groomed” Barack Obama when he was a student at Columbia University during the 1980s and then later reportedly advised him on foreign affairs during his race to become President, although both camps at the time denied the two had worked closely together in an official capacity. Critics of Obama during the period of his Presidential campaign (when he was being presented as a fresh young antidote to the years of dissatisfaction under the Bush regime), were suspicious of his supposed links to an apparent globalist such as Brzezinski. In 2008, the historian and author Webster Tarpley argued that the then would-be President was actually a greater danger than George W. Bush. He said, “the guy’s a puppet of the worst circles of imperialism… in other words, he’s interested in the same imperialist project carried out in a much more effective and clever way, although ultimately in a more insane way.” Tarpley added, “and then if you look at these people around him, he’s got the Trilateral Commission through Brzezinski, he’s got the Bilderberger-Group through Joseph Nye. Joseph Nye is the North American Director of the Trilateral Commission and a big wheel of the Bilderberger Group. Joseph Nye writes the books about ‘soft power’, because that’s what we’re talking about. They say: We don’t mean military invasion, we need soft power, we need subversion ideology, cultural warfare, economic warfare and diplomacy, meaning to play one against another divide and conquer and so forth.” Speculation continues as to the true nature of Brzezinski’s relationship with Obama and whether he ever was, or indeed still is, a background manipulator in the administration. In fact, during an interview earlier this year, he himself once again denied any significant connection to the President, but then said, “I have a relationship where from time to time I am able to share my views with him.”
The proposal that Brzezinski presents in ‘The Grand Chessboard’ is perhaps best summed up in the second chapter, ‘The Eurasian Chessboard,’ where he states, “for America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia. For half a millennium, world affairs were dominated by Eurasian powers and peoples who fought with one another for regional domination and reached out for global power. Now a non-Eurasian power is pre-eminent in Eurasia – and America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained. Obviously, that condition is temporary. But its duration, and what follows it, is of critical importance not only to America’s well-being but more generally to international peace.”
UNITED STATES OF EURASIA
You and me are the same
We don’t know or care who’s to blame
But we know that whoever holds the reins
Nothing will change
Our cause has gone insane

And these wars, they can’t be won
And these wars, they can’t be won
And do you want them to go on
And on and on
Why split these states
When there can be only one?

And must we do as we’re told?
Must we do as we’re told?

You and me fall in line
To be punished for unproven crimes!
And we know that there is no one we can trust;
Our ancient heroes, they are turning to dust!

And these wars, they can’t be won
Does anyone know or care how they begun?
They just promise to go on
And on and on
But soon we will see
There can be only one

United States!
United States!
Of…

Eurasia!
… sia!
… sia!
… sia!

Eurasia!
… sia!
… sia!
… sia!

Eurasia!
… sia!
… sia!
… sia!

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The sedate piano intro, the warm strings, and the gentle, soft texture of Matt’s vocals at the beginning of the ’United States of Eurasia’ is almost at odds with the sense of cynical despair in the opening lyrics. Before long though, the song bursts out loud with Bellamy’s emotive cries and a stab of eerily precise Queen-style backing harmonies and guitar for good measure, all setting the pace for what is to come. Perhaps in reference to the title, the gradual build-up in the song’s momentum and dramatic scale is periodically ushered in with an Asian /Middle Eastern-flavoured bridge of strings and piano. Beneath them, the drums punch their way onwards, almost in the rhythmic style of a military march. One could perhaps imagine that the band was taking inspiration from a particular page in ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ where Winston Smith recalls the day he looked at the propaganda pictures on the tele-screen and saw endless marching columns of the Eurasian army, or, as he described them, “row after row of solid-looking men with expressionless Asiatic faces, who swam up to the surface of the screen and vanished, to be replaced by others exactly similar.” The song segues into ‘Collateral Damage,’ a short piano-led instrumental based on Frederic Chopin’s ’Nocturne In E-Flat Major, Op.9 No. 2.’ In the background, there’s the sound of children playing followed by an overhead jet-fighter launching a missile.

The artwork to the Muse song ‘United States of Eurasia.’

The ‘United States of Eurasia’ is to some extent a Rock-Opera condensed into four minutes, and one could perhaps even imagine it being performed in an Orwell-influenced musical on Broadway or in the West End of London with lines of dancers all dressed in military uniform marching and chanting to the ending harmonic stabs of “Eura-sssia!” with one arm aloft flags in hand. As Dominic Howard told ‘Q’ magazine in 2009, “not everyone gets the Monty Python aspect to our music but it’s there. There are some serious ideas, but a lot of the musical accompaniment and flourishes are done in a spirit of fun.”

Described by Chris Wolstenholme as “the most ‘Rock‘ track on the album,” ‘Unnatural Selection’ is largely absent of such frills, instead shifting much of the focus onto the primary guitars/drums nucleus of the band. Unlike the title-song of the album which repeatedly states that “love is the resistance,” the lyrics of ‘Unnatural Selection’ finds Matt singing, “I am hungry for unrest. Let’s push this beyond a peaceful protest.” This is an example of the “fine line” that Bellamy claims the album is “teetering on” between choosing to fight The System through passive non-compliance and “kicking a few shop windows in.”
UNNATURAL SELECTION
They’ll laugh as they watch us fall,
The lucky don’t care at all,
No chance for fate,
It’s unnatural selection,
I want the truth

I am hungry for some unrest,
I want to push this beyond a peaceful protest,
I wanna speak in a language that they’ll understand

Dedication to a new age,
Is this the end of destruction and rampage?
Another chance to erase it then repeat it again

Counterbalance this commotion,
We’re not droplets in the ocean, We’re the
Ocean

They’ll laugh as they watch us fall,
The lucky don’t care at all,
No chance for fate,
It’s unnatural selection,
I want the truth

No religion or mind virus,
Is there a hope that the facts will ever find us,
Just make sure that you are looking out for number 1

I am hungry for some unrest,
Let’s push this beyond a peaceful protest,
I wanna speak in a language that you will understand

Counterbalance this commotion,
We’re not droplets in the ocean, We’re the
Ocean

They’ll laugh as they watch us crawl,
The lucky don’t share at all,
No hope for fate, it’s a random chance selection,
I want the truth

Try to ride out the storm,
Whilst they’ll make you believe, that they are the special ones, (we have not been chosen),
Injustice is the norm,
You won’t be the first and you know you won’t be the last

Counterbalance this commotion,
We’re not droplets in the ocean, We’re the
Ocean, ocean, ocean

They’ll laugh as they watch us fall,
Unlucky, they don’t care at all,
No chance for fate,
It’s unnatural selection,
I want the truth,
I want the truth,
I want the truth,
I want the truth

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‘The Resistance’ also includes ‘MK Ultra‘ which is based on a subject widely covered on this website. Chris told the ’NME,’ “this was about brainwashing. MK Ultra was a covert CIA mind-control and chemical interrogation programme. It’s a song about losing control of your own destiny. Because you’re not in control of your own mind.” Also worth noting is the 12-minute-plus epic, ‘Exogenesis: Symphony.’ Dominic says, “the song is about leaving this destructive planet we’ve created, leaving it behind to go and populate somewhere else in the universe.”

The Orwellian theme that pervaded throughout the album was translated onto the live stage for the band’s subsequent world tour. For the arena dates, three huge semi-transparent LED pillars towered over the audiences. These constructs were based on Oceania’s government ministries which were housed in 300-metre high pyramids. For the stadium segment, a triangular-shaped structure covered in video-screens was used which Matt said was based on ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and also the notorious All Seeing Eye symbol.

Muse performing in between their LED towers during the arena segment of ‘The Resistance’ tour at the NIA, Birmingham, UK, November 2009 (click to enlarge).

Muse on the stadium leg of the tour performing on their triangular ‘All Seeing Eye’ structure during June 2010.

To the casual observer, it might appear that it was business as usual in the Muse camp given the Orwellian references on ‘The Resistance’ album and supporting 22-month world tour, but, in reality, the feverish enthusiasm for conspiracy theories that Matt Bellamy was all too keen to share with the music-press only a few years previously was beginning to wane somewhat. During an interview in September 2009 he said, “I’m not so interested in them now, but I definitely was. Conspiracy always stinks of paranoia, but I am genuinely interested in researching the mechanisms behind powerful organisations. I feel I missed so much at school, and there are so many things I want to know, but they weren’t taught to me. Because of that, and because I watch the news and see these things going on in front of me, I’m drawn to research. That can take you down weird paths, towards conspiracy theories and wacky ideas, but that doesn’t mean I believe them.” Then, later that same month, Bellamy expanded on this further during an interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, and in the process, opened himself up to suspicion amongst the Alternative community. He said, “I’m a curious person, a rational thinker. There is loads of stuff on the internet suggesting 9/11 was an inside job. But that is not my belief.” It was a significant statement considering that only three years earlier he’d been voicing his doubts about the official version of events put forward by the US and UK governments. In October 2006 for example, he told ’CMU Daily,’ “September 11th is clearly an inside job, there’s massive evidence that suggests that it was either allowed to happen or even worse, deliberately made to happen.” So, what instigated this about-turn, and from a man so closely aligned to the Truth Movement? In many respects, 9/11 is the conspiracy that underpins and galvanizes a small but growing fringe of people across the globe who want to see an end to the oncoming threat of a New World Order, as a result, to reject this theory is almost illogical, unless of course, the person doing the rejecting is not what he or she seems. Was it possible that Bellamy and his band-mates had been ‘compromised’ in some way? After all, Muse had become a successful world-class act and Bellamy’s controversial statements on highly delicate issues such as the September 11th attacks were being widely distributed in the mainstream to a mass audience. Other well-known figures in the entertainment industry over the years who’d been equally if not more outspoken against The Powers That Be had either met an untimely death or fallen prey to career-damaging scandals. One popularly held view is that Matt, Chris and Dominic were perhaps secretly pressured to radically change their outlook on 9/11 in order to escape a similar fate. Others have put forward the idea that the band had been corrupted by the trappings of Pop stardom. If this was indeed the case, it certainly wasn’t in evidence when they performed ’Uprising’ at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in February 2011 where they collected the gong in the ‘Best Rock Album‘ category for ‘The Resistance.’ Standing within their towering LED pillars, the band played as images flashed across the video-screens of paper money engulfed in flames and bank buildings with their windows smashed in. Perhaps the most interesting sight of all was when Matt sang the line “they will not control us” and formed a pyramid over his eye with his hands. At a time when chunks of the population were being threatened with financial Armageddon following the crash of 2008, this performance brought a slice of the real world into the detached glamorous showbiz environment of the Grammys.

Muse at the 2011 Grammys.

“They will not control us.”

Towards the end of 2011, Muse were back in the studio recording a new album and in December of that year, Chris Wolstenholme reportedly said it felt like he and the band were “drawing a line under a certain period in our career. It feels like it‘s time to move on and do something radically different.” In May 2012, they returned to their hometown in Devon to take part in the Olympic torch relay as part of the run-up to the games later that year, and as a result, once again made themselves the focus of suspicion. The fact that ‘London 2012’ had become mired in fevered internet conspiracy theories ranging from claims the event was organised by malevolent power-hungry Zionists, to speculation a false-flag terrorist catastrophe was planned to take place at the opening or closing ceremony in order to usher in a police-state, would have no doubt been familiar to a seasoned observer such as Matt Bellamy. As such, his willing involvement only served to bolster the growing unease amongst the Alternative community that Bellamy once spoke out for with such fervour. Then, in June, there was more cause for concern when it was announced that a Muse track had been selected as the official song for the Olympics. Titled, ‘Survival,’ Matt reportedly said at the time, “it’s a huge honour to have the track chosen as such a major part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wrote it with the games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.” However, judging by recent comments, it would appear that he wasn’t being entirely honest when claiming it was penned specifically for the event. In the January 2013 edition of ’Q’ magazine he’s quoted as saying, “now it’s all over, we can say that the song was really written more about Survivalists. There was this TV show called ‘Doomsday Preppers,’ which was all about these crazy survivalists who think the world is gonna end. The song is basically about that… I was surprised as everybody else was that the song got selected for the Olympics.”

The documentary TV series that Matt refers to is screened by ’National Geographic’ and each episode focuses on a range of different survivalists, or “preppers” as they’re otherwise known as they prepare for the end of civilisation which they believe is close at hand and will be brought about by one of many disasters including financial collapse, overpopulation, terrorist attacks, solar flares, and Global Warming. In the episode, ’It’s Gonna Get Worse,’ San Diego psychiatrist, Bradford Frank talks about the possibility of a killer-flu pandemic which he believes would hit right across America. In order to protect him and his wife and daughter from exposing themselves to the illness in public places when – or if – such an outbreak occurs, he’s stockpiled hundreds of food-cans in his home, and 1,000 pounds of rice because it’s inexpensive, has a long shelf-life and is high in protein. Frank claims he has enough to feed all three of them for up to a year. Additionally, because he fears hospitals will become a hotbed of infection in the wake of a pandemic, he’s also taken advantage of his status as a physician to buy antibiotics, in fact up to $15,000-worth at the time of the documentary’s original screening, and he’s replaced the standard glass windows of his house with bullet-proof ones in order to protect him and his family from any desperate flu-sufferers who’re looking to raid the home of a doctor for life-saving drugs. In the same episode, we see a married couple in Salt Lake City prepping for a peak oil crisis which would lead to a collapse of the power grid and a lack of access to medicines. To counter this, they’ve purchased fish-tank antibiotics from pet-food stores because they’re exactly the same as those prescribed for humans and also freely available to buy over the counter without the need for prescription. The couple have also filtered water from their hot-tub for rationing. Elsewhere in the programme, we can witness the life’s work of retired scientist Bruce Beach who’s built a 10,000ft-square underground nuclear shelter near his home in rural Ontario, Canada. Nicknamed ‘Ark Two,’ it’s made up of 42 school buses and can house up to 500 people. His aim – should a world-shattering war commence – is not only to protect as many people as possible from it‘s effects, but to help rebuild society in it’s aftermath. As such, the shelter’s inhabitants will be largely made up of children. He says it’ll serve as an “underground orphanage, a place where a new generation could be saved… we’re going to say to people: ‘Well, we have room for your children, but we don’t have room for you.’ That’s the nature of life… this is the lifeboat.”

In an episode of the series titled ‘You Shall Not Fear,’ Becky Brown, a single woman in her thirties and based in Salt Lake City, is said to have spent $50,000 on prepping. She believes the US economy will collapse causing the government to forcibly take over. During the programme she says, “they would literally come in with the army and call martial law. The city would look like chaos. The highways and the roads will be shut off because they’re gonna mandate who goes where. We won’t have a water supply. They’re gonna hold the water for the most elite. We’re gonna be left surviving on our own with what we have already.” As a result, she has collected nearly 100 gallons of water for storage and 4,000 servings of long-term food. It just so happens that Becky and her sister Amy are the founders of ‘Grab n Go Food Storage,’ a company that sells a number of emergency supplies including water filtration bottles, and Potassium Iodide capsules which can be taken to protect against radiation exposure such as in the event of a nuclear-nuclear-reactor disaster. Of course, her food storage business is by no means unique. The survival market is blossoming and a number of Alternative broadcasters are happy to publicise them for a price. Alex Jones is perhaps the best known of them all. Just one look at his ‘InfoWars’ website is enough testament to that. There you’ll see advertisements for emergency suppliers such as ‘efoods Direct,’ and also ‘Rising Company’ which sells fallout shelters, steel bunkers and safe rooms.
Although Matt Bellamy believes some of the preppers on the documentary are “crazy,” in general, there does appear to be an increasing sense of unease across the world thanks in part to the banking crash of 2008, and the so-called “austerity measures” within the EU countries which have led to mass riots and demonstrations. And what about fears of a natural disaster? In 2010, NASA warned that a peak in the sun’s magnetic energy cycle could lead to a solar storm next year which would knock out electricity grids around the Earth for hours, days or even months bringing the planet to a virtual standstill. Politicians and experts have met to discuss these concerns and how to protect the world against this threat when or if it happens.
According to the ‘Doomsday Preppers’ documentary, “a recent poll found that 41% of Americans feel that preparing for a disastrous event is more important than saving for retirement, and over half believe some kind of catastrophe will occur in the next ten years.”
SURVIVAL
Race, life’s a race
And I am gonna win
Yes, I am gonna win

And I’ll light the fuse
And I’ll never lose
And I choose to survive
Whatever it takes

You won’t pull ahead
I’ll keep up the pace
And I’ll reveal my strength
To the whole human race

Yes I am prepared
To stay alive
And I won’t forgive,
Vengeance is mine
And I won’t give in
Because I choose to thrive

Yeah, I’m gonna win!

Race, it’s a race
And I’m gonna win
Yes, I’m gonna win

And I will light the fuse
I’ll never lose
And I choose to survive
Whatever it takes

You won’t pull ahead
‘Cause I’ll keep up the pace
And I’ll reveal my strength
To the whole human race

Yes I’m gonna win

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Win! Win! Win! Win!

Yes I’m gonna win!

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It’s hardly surprising that Muse performed ‘Survival’ at the closing ceremony of the Olympics given that it was the official song for the entire event.
A long-time conspiracy theorist such as Bellamy would’ve also been aware of the occult symbolism going on all around him that night.

** During the ceremony, the focus turned to a giant cauldron which gave way to a phoenix…

In his book, ‘The Phoenix: An Illustrated Review of Occultism and Philosophy,’ the revered 33rd Degree FreeMason Manly Palmer Hall states, “among the ancients a fabulous bird called the Phoenix is described by early writers … The Phoenix, it is said, lives for 500 years, and at its death its body opens and the new born Phoenix emerges. Because of this symbolism, the Phoenix is generally regarded as representing immortality and resurrection … The Phoenix is one sign of the secret orders of the ancient world and of the initiate of those orders, for it was common to refer to one who had been accepted into the temples as a man twice-born, or reborn. Wisdom confers a new life, and those who become wise are born again.” In his book, ‘Satan’s Door Revisited,’ self-confessed former Satanist William Schnoebelen writes, “the Phoenix… is believed to be a divine bird going back to Egypt … This Phoenix destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes. Most occultists believe that the Phoenix is a symbol of Lucifer who was cast down in flames and who … will one day rise triumphant. This (belief) also relates to the raising of Hiram Abiff, the Masonic ‘Christ’.”

The ceremony was steeped in occult symbols, in fact, far too many to document here. However, it’s worth noting the segment where performers used blocks to build a giant pyramid which they then appeared to hold their arms out in praise to. Given that Muse had spent great time and expense in designing props based on the infamous ‘All Seeing Eye’ for ‘The Resistance Tour’ stage-set, this spectacle would not have been unfamiliar to them…

The Olympic torch relay that Muse participated in roots back to the German games of 1936 created as it was by Carl Diem who was hired by Adolf Hitler to organise the event. It’s based on the ancient Greek mythological figure Prometheus (also known as “The Torch Bearer”) who stole fire for human use from Zeus, King of the Olympian Gods. According to Oxford University classicist Cressida Ryan, the Nazis “wanted a symbolic bridge between ancient Greece and modern Germany. And light is a symbol of purity – the bright, white, pure, stunning light of the ancient Greeks was something that fed into the Aryan myth.” These ideals were ingrained within the Nazis’ ideology-system from it’s earliest days. When an unknown Adolf Hitler joined the party in 1919, it was operating under the name of the German Workers’ Party (known in it’s native language as the ‘Deutsche Arbeiterpartei,’ or ‘DAP’) and had direct links to the occultist organisation, the Thule Society. DAP founders Anton Drexler and Karl Harrer were Thulists themselves acting on the desires of fellow society members who were seeking to establish a political workers’ union. A few months after it’s formation, the DAP changed it’s name to the ‘German National Socialist Party’ (‘Nazi’) in a bid to broaden it’s appeal to larger sections of the German population. Hitler became chairman in 1921. Many of his high-ranking Nazi sidekicks were linked to the Thule Society and the practise of occultism including Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Himmler, and Hermann Goring.

Just four days on from their appearance at the Olympics closing ceremony, Muse were the subject of an intriguing discussion between Alternative radio-host Jack Blood and his special guest, the researcher David Icke who was asked to comment on a clip of an interview said to have been recorded with Matt Bellamy in 2011. In it, the Muse front-man is asked whether he and his band-mates have ever run into trouble for aligning themselves with the fight against the New World Order, to which Matt replies, “it’s the opposite actually, we’re aligning ourselves with the New World Order and I’ve managed to get myself involved into that whole scene. I’ve done a lot of research into it and the more – the deeper you go – the darker you get. You actually realise you actually are one of them. You start to learn the mind-control tricks that these people use, it’s very, very straightforward actually. We’ve actually used those skills in order to help this band become more popular, so, and in the process of doing that you end up becoming one of those, and you end up becoming what you hate, but actually, you have a lot more fun. It’s less paranoia and it’s a bit more enjoyable lifestyle.” At this point, Matt asks the interviewer, “are you taking this seriously?” He’s met with the reply, “no.” Amid much laughter, Bellamy answers back, “I will if you will, or I won‘t if you won‘t.” Was Matt merely adding a touch of sarcasm to the proceedings or was he attempting to communicate a serious message under the guise of mild humour? Icke says, “there could be many dynamics going on there. He could be not wanting to come out and say, ‘yes, I actually agree with this’ for fear of ridicule and loss of face with some people… but he did say something very true there, that the methods of manipulation have been used to promote Muse – well, they had to be, ‘cos they’re used to promote all these major bands and these major entertainment people, and in many ways, it is easier in the short term to just accept it and go with it.”
You can hear the Bellamy clip here for yourself as well as more comments from Icke and Jack Blood…

It was four weeks on from this broadcast that Bellamy’s interview with the website ‘Metro’ was published in which he stated that he no longer believed 9/11 was an inside-job and also claimed that his “political views are bit more nuanced now.” Some days later he told ‘The Guardian,’ “I was getting very drawn into obscure conspiracy theories. As time’s moved on I’ve become far more rational and empirical and I’ve managed to focus on slightly more realistic, tangible things.” Matt was speaking ahead of the release of the new Muse album, ‘The 2nd Law’ which included the Olympic song ‘Survival’ and the Dub-step inspired ‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’ which had been made available to the public some weeks previously in the form of a video-trailer posted on the internet. The track begins in customary Muse fashion with an orchestral and choir section before a female voice speaking in the style of a news-reporter tells us that “an economy based on endless growth is unsustainable.” Matt told the ‘NME’ the track is “the noise of humanity on a tiny planet in the middle of nothing. Hanging around space would be so peaceful and quiet and suddenly you come to this little blip that’s f*****g chaos! I see it as drifting away from the planet and going into the peacefulness of what actually is gonna happen at the end of it all, which is nothingness.”

‘The 2nd Law’ was released in October this year and at the time of this article’s publication had achieved Top Ten status in at least nineteen countries. There are a number of tracks on it worthy of note, one of which is ‘Animals’ which Matt told BBC News is “probably the most political song” on the album. By the way, it should be noted at this point that ’Conspiro Media’ has gone to great lengths in this extensive article not add it’s name to the long list of music commentators over the years who’ve repeatedly compared Muse to Radiohead. However, the temptation here is too strong to resist. With it’s almost persistent tempo (which, I’m informed, is a “5/4 time signature played to a 4/4 beat”?!), electric guitar-plucked flamenco-style riff, and heartfelt Thom Yorke-esque vocals, ’Animals’ is reminiscent of Radiohead’s ‘Hail to the Thief’ era. Matt says the song is “aimed at the bankers and people who gambled every ones’ money and ended up putting countries in debt.” The track ends with the sound of stockbrokers yelling and shouting. Bellamy has said, “we added the sound of Wall Street traders screaming right before the bell goes. It’s pretty dark how lost in it these people are getting… they sound like a bunch of animals.”

ANIMALS
Animal
You’re an animal
Don’t take anything less

Out of control
You’re out of control
Strike those in distress

Analyse
Advertise
Expand
Bend more rules
Buy yourself an island

Animals
We’re animals
Buy when blood is on the street

Out of control
We’re out of control
Crush those who beg at your feet

Analyse
Franchise
Spread out
Kill the competition
And buy yourself an ocean

Amortise
Downsize
Lay off
Kill yourself
Come on and do us all a favour

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No one could blame the least attentive of listeners from being easily fooled into a false sense of comfort by the dreamy lullaby vibe that dominates the opening bars of the song ’Explorers’ and overlooking the bleak lyrical content as a result. Matt says the track is “about the intense desire to grow and expand – at some point nature will become the minority. I’m not sure if I’m really coming from an environmental thing.” He adds that the song “is where I’m singing about my views on property rights. The idea that corporations can own vast tracts of foreign countries. I’m not sure if the deal went through but, I think it was in Paraguay or Uraguay, the Bush family bought something like a million acres of land, which underneath contains the biggest natural water reservoir in South America. At some point there has to be someone who says: ‘That’s not right.’. Can BP buy Nigeria? At the moment they can. They could buy it and they kick all the natives out, shoot them down or whatever and just say: ‘We own this now.’” There’s a sense of resignation in the lyrics as Bellamy laments the plundering of the planet, informing us that “there’s nothing left for you or for me.”

EXPLORERS
Once I hoped
To seek the new and unknown
This planet’s overrun
There’s nothing left for you or for me
Don’t give in, we can
Walk through the fields
And feeling nature’s glow
But all the land is owned
There’s none left for you or for me

Who will win?
‘Cause I concede

Free me
Free me
Free me from this world
I don’t belong here
It was a mistake imprisoning my soul
Can you free me
Free me from this world

A world lush in bloom
With rivers running wild
They’ll be re-routed South
With none left for you or for me
Don’t give in
Hear the engines roar
And save our crops from drought
But when the black gold’s in doubt
There’s none left for you or for me

Fuse helium-3
Our last hope

Free me
Free me
Free me from this world
We don’t belong here
It was a mistake imprisoning our souls
Can you free me
Free me from this world

Free me
I’ll free you
Free us from this world
We don’t belong here
It was a mistake imprisoning our souls
Can you free me
Free me from this world

Running around in circles feeling caged
By endless rules
Can you free me, free me from this world

Go to sleep

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The album’s opening track, ’Supremacy,’ is classic trademark Muse; an operatic, grandiose mini-epic, a shameless excursion into musical excess. It borrows elements from John Barry’s ‘007’ and Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ with the subtlety of a sledgehammer and directs it’s energy against the cruel Powers That Be, warning them that “the time, it has come to destroy” their “supremacy.”

SUPREMACY
Wake to see – your true emancipation is a fantasy.
Policies have risen up and overcome the brave.

Greatness dies, unsung and lost, invisible to history.
Embedded spies brainwashing our children to be mean.

You don’t have long,
I am on to you
The time, it has come to destroy…

Your supremacy
Supremacy

Your supremacy
Supremacy

Ooh
Ooh

You don’t have long,
I am on to you
The time, it has come to destroy…

Your supremacy
Your

Supremacy

Yeah, yeah

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During an interview with BBC Radio 6 presenter Mark Radcliffe in August this year, Bellamy delved deeper into what inspired him to name the album after the Second Law of Thermodynamics. He said, “I think it was something that came up during the making of the album, and I think it was – I think there were some certain themes in certain songs that seemed to have some relevance to that and I think there was a lot of songs dealing with things falling apart and how the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that within an isolated energy-system, energy generally decreases and eventually reaches zero and everything’s in chaos, and I think there’s a lot on the album that talks about how life itself is a bit of a conflict against that.” He also referred to the current financial crisis. “You know,” he said, “it’s one of those things that every ones’ feeling at the moment and I think it relates very closely to the Second Law, in that it’s this kind of obsession with endless growth, and at some point the expansion will stop and the only way then is to fall apart and that’s what we’re obviously going through at the moment. And you almost feel like with what’s going on, the only way to actually solve it is to kind of start again – that’s how it feels – ’cos this has been something that’s being going on for quite a long time now and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.”

‘The 2nd Law’ album.

Before embarking on their latest world tour to promote their new album, the band spoke to journalists about the pyramid that would literally take centre-stage as part of yet another elaborate live spectacle. In September this year Matt Bellamy told ’Metro,’ “we have a symbolic upside-down pyramid suspended over us as we play. It will screen videos and images that relate to the songs. At some point, the pyramid will turn inside out and consume Dom’s drum-kit.” In the same month, he told ’The Guardian,’ “it’s turning the power structure of the world on it’s head.” In an interview with the ’NME’ in October, he expanded further adding that, “a lot of people think the pyramid represents power-structures, you know, in every walk of life. Anything from basic corporate structures with a top-down system where CEOs take all the profit and get paid more than the people at the bottom, which is the kind of down-to-earth version, to the Illuminati, you know. The pyramid seems to represent the power structures of the world, or what some people see as the justice of the world. It can all be summarised by a pyramid. Turning it upside-down is a gesture as to what we think of that. But during the concert it becomes a pyramid and eats the band. Then we escape out of it.”

Muse on tour with their upside-down pyramid (Click to enlarge).

Muse have come a long way since their humble beginnings in Teignmouth and the release of their ’Showbiz’ album in 1999. A Grammy-award winning, best-selling group of global magnitude, they were recently hailed ‘The Best Act in the World Today’ at the annual ‘Q Awards’ ceremony in London.
With the success come the trappings that money and fame inevitably provide and Muse can now access the upper echelons of society that are exclusively inhabited by the privileged and the powerful. Matt Bellamy for example, has now effectively been welcomed into the inner circles of Hollywood Royalty thanks to his relationship with Goldie Hawn’s movie-star daughter Kate Hudson. The pair announced their engagement earlier this year, shortly before the birth of their son, Bingham Hawn “Bing” Bellamy.

Matt and Kate at the ‘Vanity Fair’ Oscar Party (Feb. 2012).

In April, the couple were guests at the prestigious annual Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington DC, an event attended by senior US government officials, members of the Press corps and the President and First Lady. Matt claims he was seated next to General Colin Powell, the former commander of the US Armed Forces who also served as Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration when the US launched it’s ‘War on Terror’ military campaign against Afghanistan and Iraq. Bellamy says, “Kate and I asked him lots of questions. He was a lovely man and it was a very pleasant conversation, but these guys are hardcore. You ask them questions about the Military-Industrial Complex and they don’t fanny about.” Is it any wonder that Bellamy has become the focus of sceptics who accuse him of effectively selling out his ideals in exchange for the lifestyle he’s become accustomed to, especially when he’s wining and dining with figures who were central players in wars that he rallied against with such passion, most notably on songs he wrote for the ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ album?
Then there’s his involvement in the London 2012 Olympics. It’s difficult to accept the notion that he wouldn’t have been familiar with the news-reports that appeared in the run-up to the games regarding the over-zealous military presence in and around the streets of East London and the numerous allegations, claims and rumours via the Alternative media. One might conclude that all this would have been of little consequence to Bellamy given that his interest in conspiracy theories had dwindled. But what of his appearance at the occult ritual that was the closing ceremony? Matt has acknowledged the hidden power and meaning of the upside-down pyramid that Muse are currently touring the world with and how it can be re-interpreted for the greater good of all, so, what did he make of the phoenix, the cauldron and various other occult symbols that marked the final night of the games and the claims of a number of commentators and researchers that these were a homage to the New World Order dream?
It’s his views concerning 9/11 that perhaps spark the greatest suspicion though. What startling evidence, whose explosive accounts compelled the Muse front-man to conclude categorically that he no longer believed the September 11th attacks to have been an inside job? He’s yet to reveal his sources (as far as this blog is aware). Of course, it’s entirely possible that Bellamy’s controversial about-turn was of his own accord, but ‘Conspiro Media‘ is doubtful thus far. As David Icke expressed earlier, the methods of manipulation that have been used to promote Muse are the same as those employed to support all the major entertainment figures. Is it possible for a band or artist of worldwide prominence to operate within such a system and be truly free to express their views to the fullest, especially with regards to 9/11? Perhaps Matt, Chris and Dominic have discovered first-hand that it would not be in their best interests to pursue this highly contentious issue further in public?

                                                                                                                                                           REASONS TO BE DOUBTFUL? (PT. 1):

There’ll be many reading this who’ll undoubtedly be aware of the occult imagery that’s paraded before our eyes by modern-day music artists in countless videos, photo-shoots and album-covers. In fact, it’s now reached a stage where these motifs are bombarding our eyes and our senses to such an extent that they‘ve become a normality. Is it any wonder that the majority of Pop and Rock fans who’re unfamiliar with the hidden meanings behind these symbols fail to notice them and why they’re being used – even when these images have no relevance to the song or artwork they‘re incorporated in? However, as many respected researchers and scholars will testify, these symbols are there for a purpose, regardless of how nonsensical they might appear to the naked eye. The respected scholar Robert Richard Hieronimus, Ph.D. is a leading authority in the study of occultism (and a former guest of ‘Conspiro Media‘). He says, “with symbols there are always multiple levels. Symbols reveal, and they conceal, and that’s why they’re used and that’s why they’re so important. They reveal to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear and they conceal from those who do not have the eyes to see or ears to hear.” It’s said that powerful yet hidden figures in the music industry with the “eyes to see” use symbols to stamp their mark of ownership on the artists they control and to communicate this subversively with others who also understand the meaning behind the imagery. The photos below would perhaps suggest that Matt Bellamy is one of those who’s been bought and paid for?

Many of the symbols that are used hark back to the days of Ancient Egypt, an era and a culture that those in the Hidden Halls of Power are said to treat with the utmost reverence thanks to their links with secret societies and fraternal orders. The renowned 33rd Degree Mason and mystic, Manly Palmer Hall writes in his 1928 book, ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages,’ “the philosophic power of Freemasonry lies in it’s symbols, it’s priceless heritage form the Mystery Schools of Antiquity.”

Below, we see Bellamy in a common pose that’s been adopted by many famous musicians and performers. It’s said to be a direct reference to the ancient Egyptian deity Horus who was forever symbolised in picture-form as an eye…

Matt and the Eye of Horus

It could also refer to the All Seeing Eye on top of the pyramid perhaps?

In the next shots, Matt appears to be making the Sign of the Horns. Of course, this symbol is also interpreted to signify ‘love’ – especially when the thumb is disconnected from the middle and ring fingers.


In the following photo we see Muse standing on or around a checkerboard floor – a classic Freemasonic symbol…

You can see more examples here courtesy of the blog, ‘Pseudo-Occult Media’:

http://pseudoccultmedia.blogspot.com.br/2009/09/duality-of-muse.html

According to the 19th century American Freemason and historian Albert G. Mackey, the so-called ‘Mosaic Pavement,’ “consists properly of many little stones of different colours united together in patterns to imitate a painting. It was much practiced among the Romans, who called it ‘museum,’ whence the Italians get their ‘musaico‘, the French their ‘mosaique,’ and we our ‘mosaics.’ The idea that the work is derived from the fact that Moses used a pavement of coloured stones in the tabernacle has been long since exploded by etymologists. The Masonic tradition is that the floor of the Temple of Solomon was decorated with a mosaic pavement of black and white stones. There is no historical evidence to substantiate this statement. The Talmud informs us that there was such a pavement in the Conclave where the Grand Sanhedrin held its sessions. By a little torsion of historical accuracy, the Freemasons have asserted that the ground floor of the Temple was a mosaic pavement, and hence as the Lodge is a representation of the Temple, that the floor of the Lodge should also be of the same pattern. The mosaic pavement is an old symbol of the Order. It is met with in the earliest Rituals of the eighteenth century. It is classed among the ornaments of the Lodge in combination with the indented tassel and the blazing star. Its parti-coloured stones of black and white have been readily and appropriately interpreted as symbols of the evil and good of human life.”

In the early 1920s, the English Freemason W.L. Wilmshurst wrote, “the floor, or groundwork of the Lodge, a chequer-work of black and white squares, denotes the dual quality of everything connected with terrestrial life and the physical groundwork of human nature – the mortal body and its appetites and affections. Everything material is characterised by inextricably interblended good and evil, light and shade, joy and sorrow, positive and negative. What is good for me may be evil for you; pleasure is generated from pain and ultimately degenerates into pain again; what it is right to do at one moment may be wrong the next; I am intellectually exalted today and tomorrow correspondingly depressed and benighted: The dualism of these opposites governs us in everything, and experience of it is prescribed for us until such time as, having learned and out­grown its lesson, we are ready for advancement to a condition where we outgrow the sense of this chequer-work existence and those opposites cease to be perceived as opposites, but are realized as a unity or synthesis. To find that unity or synthesis is to know the peace which passes understanding ­ i.e. which surpasses our present experience, because in it the darkness and the light are both alike, and our present concepts of good and evil, joy and pain, are transcended and found sublimated in a condition combining both. And this lofty condition is represented by the indented or tesselated border skirting the black and white chequer-work, even as the Divine Presence and Providence surrounds and embraces our temporal organisms in which those opposites are inherent.”

Occult symbols possess a multiple level of meanings and can either be used for good or bad intent. It’s possible that Bellamy is attempting to convey a positive vibe?
The above images are interesting because we can be fairly certain the Muse front-man knew what he was involving himself in.

Or perhaps not?…

REASONS TO BE DOUBTFUL? (PT. 2):

Any one baffled by some of the accounts in the latter half of this extensive article in which we find Matt dismissing conspiracy theories but at the same time apparently embracing the power of the pyramid, or playing a central role in ‘London 2012,’ or indeed dramatically changing his views on 9/11, might be interested to entertain the possibility that the Muse front-man is not in full control of his mind? In a March 2001 ‘NME’ article titled ’Are Muse Cracking Up,’ Matt said, “I’ve got a problem with drinking water. I’m not very good at it. When I first went out on tour I used to get dehydrated and I used to get these really bad headaches… I didn’t realise that it was because I wasn’t drinking. I remember I was having these strange hallucinations of this triangular blade, really silver metallic, razor sharp. I was in this landscape, completely arid, grey, dead, with an endless horizon; it’s like a bigger planet than this one because the horizon was so flat and it went on forever. The sky was baking blue, burning heat and I was in there trying to dodge these blades that were flying everywhere. One would always go and cut me right in there. And it wouldn’t cut my head, it’d just sort of go in and I could feel it cutting into my brain. It wouldn’t damage the exterior of my head. I used to have that recurring, it seemed like more than a dream to me, it seemed like it was really happening; it was with me during the day, travelling on planes, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I saw a programme on TV one night, and they were talking about Psywar, psychological warfare and the influences that governments have had over their populations in order to make them believe they’re having a war for the right reasons, things like that. How they can use mobile phones, they can use the microwaves inside the things to do stuff to us. I thought that was what was happening… I went through a number of different theories. It got to the point where I was thinking that maybe that’s what real life is like and this is all a dream. Then I thought it was one of the number of phobias I had and then I went to the doctor and he told me to drink more water and that was that.” So… problem solved? Perhaps. But, what if Bellamy’s initial fears that his mind was effectively being tampered with via mobile phone signals was actually closer to the truth? According to the clinician and researcher Colin A. Ross MD in his book ‘Bluebird: Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrists’…

A declassified CIA document dated 7th January 1953 with a section heading ‘Outline of Special H Cases’ describes the creation of multiple personality in two 19-year old girls. ‘H’ is shorthand for hypnotic, hypnotized, or hypnotism in these documents:
“These subjects have clearly demonstrated that they can pass from a fully awake state to a deep H controlled state … by telephone, by receiving written matter, or by the use of code, signal, or words and that control of those hypnotized can be passed from one individual to another without great difficulty. It has also been shown by experimentation with these girls that they can act as unwilling couriers for information purposes.”

(Above, two pages from the documents… CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Bellamy was in fact suffering from symptoms brought about from dehydration as he claims. It’s also worth noting that the singer was taking copious amounts of hallucinogenic drugs at the time and his headaches and visions might’ve been a direct cause of this. A 2002 ‘Kerrang!’ article reported that Bellamy had “taken fistfuls of mushrooms over the years, not as a weekly routine, but as a bi-annual binge.” In 2001 Matt recalled one particular day during the recording of the ‘Origin of Symmetry’ album when he saw the mushroom in his hand morph into a squirming worm. He said, “we were recording in Ridge Farm studios. We finished the first five songs for the album and then we woke up in the morning and there was this field full of mushrooms right next to the studio. So we ate them all. We had to have everything remixed because we were all in a jacuzzi together eating maggots.”
It’s perhaps interesting at this point to note the findings of a team of researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. They claim that one strong dose of magic mushrooms can alter a person’s personality for more than a year, or perhaps even permanently. Their study, which was published last year, focused on a chemical in the drug known as, Psilocybin which encourages ’openness’ and, they state, “encompasses aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination and fantasy, and broad-minded tolerance of others’ viewpoints and values.” They reached their conclusion after administering one high dose of Psilocybin to 51 volunteers, all of whom had completed a personality questionnaire before taking the chemical, then a month after it, and a further 14 months later. From this, it was found that 30 of them had undergone significant changes in character. Researchers are now investigating whether Psilocybin could be used in future for therapeutic purposes in a bid to help people break out of negative thought patterns, perhaps by combining the chemical with meditation. The lead author of the study, Katherine MacLean Ph.D. is reported to have said, “this suggests that there might be an application of Psilocybin for creativity or more intellectual outcomes that we really haven’t explored at all.” She added, “the domain of openness generally has benefits related to overall intelligence, the ability to think abstractly and creatively and to have an active imagination.” Not everyone greeted the findings with open arms. Dr. Daniel Angres, associate professor of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago said, “there are safer ways to create profound transcendent experiences, like the use of meditative states… Character can and will deteriorate with the use of substances that have abuse potential over the long run even though initially there may sometimes seem to be positive personality adaptations.” The fact that scientists and researchers are working hard to devise new and effective ways of altering peoples’ minds artificially should be a cause for concern, especially when looking back at recent history. Actually, initial studies into how Psilocybin can be administered as a medical application began as far back as the early 1960s at Harvard University, the very location where the chemical was also being administered in MK-ULTRA experiments during the same time period.
So, is any of this information relevant when studying the life and times of Matt Bellamy? Well, perhaps not, but there might be some of you reading this who would like to pursue it further because there are some interesting tell-tale signs that might lead one to consider the possibility that the Muse front-man is yet another celebrity mind-control casualty.

Bellamy’s revealing 2001 ‘NME’ interview in which he talked about his strange hallucinations and the band’s magic mushroom-fuelled jacuzzi trip during the recording of ’Origin of Symmetry,’ was published just a month after the album’s release, and it was somewhere around this period that Bellamy met and began dating Italian beauty Gaia Polloni, who at the time was training to become a clinical psychologist and was undergoing an internship at a Milan hospital with psychotic patients. If any one was in a position to ‘guide’ and ‘handle’ Bellamy then it was Polloni who remained his girlfriend from early 2001 to December 2009. Fast forward to 2012 and she’s now a fully-fledged clinical psychologist. According to her official website, she “is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist” and “a member of ‘SITCC’ (Italian Society of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).” It then goes on to state that “combining her personal interest in music and knowledge of psychology, Gaia Polloni has been studying and researching the relationship between music and psychology for the past few years, exploring the ways in which these two universes intersect. In particular, she is interested in the effects that music has on psychopathology (music therapy), in how music can facilitate the expression of emotions and deep feelings,” and… most significantly, “in how writing music and lyrics can be used as a unique tool for delving into our inner world.” … Was Bellamy a ‘controlled’ musical instrument who’d been effectively tuned to lead his fans and admirers in the Alternative community towards a dead-end? Interestingly, Matt’s and Gaia’s relationship spanned an era in his life when he was just beginning to delve into Orwellian themes on ‘Origins of Symmetry’ and it continued right through his fevered ‘conspiracy-theorist’ phase and then ended just three months after he first went public with his revised views on 9/11.

Gaia Polloni

Whilst talking to ‘Rock Sound‘ magazine in 2006, Matt said, “although I’m singing in first person, it’s not necessarily my opinion – it’s a character. I don’t know if there’s a big separation between me and the characters in the songs, but in interviews I’m deliberately building that! I wanted to have the freedom to say whatever I want within songs. I’m character-building to really let out stuff that I want to say.” In a 2000 US radio interview, the renowned MK ULTRA researcher Fritz Springmeier said, “people are familiar with dissociation and how the mind has the ability to function on several tracks. For instance, if you are at a party and engrossed in a conversation with somebody and you are focused on what they are saying, and all of a sudden somebody across the room says your name, and your mind immediately switches and goes ‘oh they are calling me over there,’ well that’s one evidence, and there are other ways to realise that the mind is not one monolithic entity but it is broken up into components. While you were engaged in that conversation with somebody, there was one part of your mind which was still listening to other things. It was a dissociated part of the conscious mind; in other words, it was dissociated from the conscious. You weren’t conscious of that part of your mind that was listening to the rest of the conversation but it was. Hypnosis, trance and dissociation are just different aspects of the same thing. The Illuminati have learned over the centuries how to put people in different mental states and the information is learned in the different states. To access that information best, you need to go back to that particular state.”

Fritz Springmeier again:
“They go a lot further than just using natural dissociation. They have learned how to create amnesia walls within the mind and basically what they are doing to the mind is the same as what we do to computers. In order to make computers functional they had to figure out some way to section off part of the computer’s memory so the user could not access that memory. It had to nest that memory. You will notice that when you reboot your computer, the computer reboots itself with memory that you weren’t able to access. That memory was dissociated – in human terms I guess you could say there is an amnesia wall there. They know how to build walls in the mind to mentally section off the mind – and they do this through trauma. If you get a severe enough trauma what the mind will do in order to continue functioning is dissociate that trauma with an amnesia wall. Let’s say you were in war and your best friend had just gotten blown to smithereens by artillery … his guts are lying out. Your mind may build amnesia walls around this event and you may not be able to remember it. So the worse the trauma, the better the amnesia wall. The Illuminati take a small child about two years old, and they begin traumatising it with the worst traumas that are imaginable so that they can create these amnesia walls. They find these dissociated pieces of the mind which are just like in a sense floppy disks, then they put in their programming to the dissociated parts of the mind as to what they want that part to become. Some of these parts they make into personalities… and then while they are creating these multiple personalities, they are programming them to be exactly what they want them to be.”

According to Springmeier’s book ‘The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Mind-Controlled Slave,’ which he co-wrote with self-confessed former MK ULTRA victim Cisco Wheeler, “there are a number of types of dissociation: amnesia, somnambulistic states, localised paralyses, anesthesias, and hallucinations. Hypnosis can reproduce all of these dissociative states. The mind naturally hypnotises itself under various conditions.”

There’s no evidence to suggest that Matt Bellamy ever suffered any form of extreme trauma during his childhood as is often the desired norm when creating a future mind-controlled slave, but disassociation techniques can also be implemented in later stages of life via a range of methods.

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**FOR THOSE WITH THE “EYES TO SEE”…
   More symbols…

The video for the single, ‘Invincible’ features Muse embarking on an amusement park ride that takes them on a journey through various events in the history of the world. As they are transported into this fantasy-like reality, a ‘hypnotic spiral’ pattern appears on the doors in front of them.

One of the most common symbols to look out for, is when a suspected mind-controlled performer is photographed with dolls or mannequins, or dressed to look like one. It’s said to symbolise the de-humanisation of the alleged victim. Here we see Bellamy the ‘clothes-horse’ modelling a range of fashion-wear in ‘Spin’ magazine from 2009 whilst partially separated from the rest of his body. This might perhaps signify mental disassociation?

Although the information above is intriguing and perhaps worth considering, it is by no means proof positive that Matt Bellamy is yet another name to add to the long list of alleged music mind-control victims. ‘Conspiro Media’ is merely presenting the facts and data and – as ever – leaving the reader to make up his or her mind up for themselves.

                                                                                                                       

Regardless of whether Matt Bellamy changed his outlook on 9/11 due to the trappings of fame, the pressures of fear or indeed a genuine reappraisal of views is to some extent immaterial. Perhaps it was always inevitable? It’s certainly disappointing, because as a member of one of the biggest bands on the planet, he can reach an audience of millions and there can be no doubt that his efforts in earlier days to highlight the less reported aspects of the September 11th attacks would’ve encouraged a significant number of music fans to explore avenues they perhaps never knew even existed. In fact, the same applies to any manner of suppressed fringe issues that the musician has highlighted over the years. It’s true, his interest in so-called “conspiracy theories” has dipped in recent times, however, it’s still too early to judge to what extent and how this will impact on his musical message in future. What is clear is that he’s lost none of his lyrical bite. The sense of despair and hostility that was evident on tracks on ‘The Resistance’ and ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ can also be heard on ‘The 2nd Law,’ most notably when the Muse front-man aims his disgust at the greedy bankers on ‘Animals’ and sings, “kill yourself… come on and do us all a favour.” Yes, the extreme, less reported areas of conspiracy (HAARP, the ‘Club of Rome,’ MK-ULTRA) might have been put to one side for this album in exchange for more conventional topics such as the world financial crisis, and the environment. But, in an era when so few (if any) well known contemporary acts address issues of global importance, maybe we should be thankful that he remains one of a few singing out against the machinations of the Powers That Be – however restrained or misdirected one might feel it is?

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QUOTES FROM MATT:

** Speaking about David Icke…

“The problem with David Icke, is that he tends to dig a hole for himself the moment he brings lizards into the equation. You know, I’m interested in some berserk things too, but you’ve got to try to talk about the ideas that are possibly not crazy, otherwise you just end up devaluing everything you’re saying.”

‘The Independent’ – September 15th 2006

** Talks about his willingness to incorporate political ideas and current affairs into his music…

“I watch the news and try to gain a deeper understanding of what’s going on in the world and see if I might have something to contribute.”

‘The Telegraph’ – October 4th 2012

** His reaction to American Right-wing activists embracing Muse songs for their own ends, most notably the broadcaster, Glenn Beck…

“In the US, the conspiracy theory sub-culture has been hijacked by the Right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward Right-wing Libertarianism… So yeah, I do find it weird. ‘Uprising’ was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis.”

‘The Observer’ – September 30th 2012

** His views on the death penalty and former President George W. Bush…

“Just imagine an innocent person being killed for something they didn’t do! It’s outrageous and the risk of that happening is enough for me to figure the death penalty isn’t right. Man judging man is a difficult area. Some people think one in every 100 people executed are innocent, you can never be 100 per cent sure with any crime – if there’s that 0.01% of doubt, you can’t go killing people, George Bush ‘killed’ about 300 people – he’s the person who signed the form, he didn’t have to sign it. You were the Governor of Texas, during that period you had the maximum amount of executions, more than any other governor in the history of America. Do you think, within the Christian realm, that God would accept that? Do you think you’re going to go to Heaven?… He’s a good puppet and he says yes to what everyone tells him to do; that’s what everyone loves, all the big people who own all the companies – they all like that; they know they can control him.”

‘Rock Sound’ – 2003

** On God and religion…

“The ideas behind the Bible are probably quite interesting and people that believe the Bible all live their lives in different ways; some of them like George Bush start wars and other people sacrifice everything they’ve got to go and help the third world. Within the Christian faith there’s a wide variety of people who use the word ‘religious’ to justify what they are doing and it can be used for both ends: pure evil and pure good. Either way, anything that is written by a man – he’s just a man isn’t he?”

‘Rock Sound’ – June 21st 2007

“I don’t believe in God, but maybe there’s a part of me that is trying to make music for something that is beyond what I’d ever want to reap any rewards for. It’s difficult in the days we’re in to be that pure about music. When I get in the studio, I reach a moment where I’m sure I’m onto something, and I really want to follow it through. Next thing I know, I’ve got to wrap it up and make a video.”

‘Classic Rock’ – May 1st 2009

** On the environment…

“I’m part of that generation that had ecological concerns instilled into us… At the same time, there’s that tension about whether we should restrict our natural state or push forward and survive against the odds. As a species, we have limited resources but at the same time I don’t want to regress.”

‘Metro’ – September 24th 2012

** Therapy through music…
“When I dabble in watching the news and reading about current events I tend to get a future negative view and that’s something I’ve dealt with through music. It’s quite possible I’m slightly paranoid. But I’d say making music is an expression of feelings of helplessness and lack of control that I think a lot of people can relate to.”

‘The Observer’ – September 30th 2012

** Magic Mushrooms…

“I guess the point of doing this is to dig into your subconscious, to experience something that’s not usually on offer. I’m not afraid of seeing something dark and seeing something horrible when I do this. In fact, I think the last time I did mushrooms I was actually looking for that to happen. But, I think it’s a way of connecting with yourself in a way that you can’t do in everyday situations.”

‘Kerrang!’ – June 22nd 2001

** Recalls the night he and his band-mates witnessed UFOs whilst in a hotel swimming pool at the end of the ‘Absolution’ tour in Tuscon, Arizona…

“It was a small, silver sphere moving very fast. Then another one appeared and then they both disappeared upwards so they became so small you could no longer see them. We were unsure what it was, so we phoned up our tour manager who was at the venue about 30 minutes away and got him to go outside with the crew. They could see it too, so I’ve definitely seen a UFO.”

‘Rock Sound’ – January 30th 2008

* Extra-terrestrial intervention…

“I don’t think there are aliens with us now, but I certainly think part of our DNA at least is not from this Earth. There’s a massive void of fossil records – there should be billions of fossils and skeleton structures of all these different stages of Neanderthal, which there aren’t. There’s one or two. I think there was definitely Neanderthal man around but there was a cross pollination-type situation taking place. There’s a rumour that there’s a certain bloodline that is susceptible to possession from this other entity which lives outside our realm of understanding of the three dimensions. It’s the royal bloodline obviously, which goes back a long, long way. Check out those bloodlines!”

‘NME’ – November 11th 2006

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