Sunday, 15 April 2018

Rushin' Here, Russian There...

Dear Reader,

What mess are we getting ourselves into? Is Mr. Putin really the arch villain that western leaders are trying to portray? Was the Skyrtal affair deliberately stage-managed to create an atmosphere of anti-Russian sentiment, and in preparation for the strike on Syria?

We don't really know (do we?) but I do know that it would be so unlikely that Mr. Putin would order the Skyrtal attack at that time in the Russian leader's programme, with his election and also the football World Cup coming up. And if the Russians had attacked and intended to kill the Skyrtals, I'm sure they would have done it, not done a half-job. 

After the fiasco in the going to war against Iraq and all the assurances given then that WMD was stock-piled (when the inspectors thought it unlikely and wanted to go and check) it seems to act as a precedent in my mind. "Here we go again!", I say to myself.

That Asad is not a nice guy I have not much doubt, but the intrigue against Russia and how it's being managed is worrying to me. 

It could be said that Mr. Putin is cut out of the same cloth as [China's] Xi Jinping. Over the decade and a half that he has ruled Russia not only have no palpable reforms moved forward, but in several cases, there has actually been regression towards central planning-like rules.

But it's okay to criticise when we live in a different culture that did not take to western ways with any sensibility when Communism fell. Having watched Putin closely in various documentaries, my impression is that there's more to him than meets the eye, that he seems to apply what policies are necessary to keep the worst internal dangers under control. 

We in the west have not experienced the kind of history that Russia has had, and neither their extreme weather conditions. And the mentality that such conditions can generate in their thinking. But has Russia posed any threat to the west this last 30 years? No - nor have they looked like doing so.

So, just what is Trump up to? He clearly has made Mrs. May into his European poodle and caused people to take their eye off him while those terrible Russian people were doing what they were doing at Salisbury, UK. Or so they say.

Are we just going to let them make us fools by giving the OK to their slippery ways? Or are we to make known that their ways are more transparent than they think?

Sunday, 25 March 2018

An Example for The World's Leaders

Dear Reader,

India, a nuclear power, is the world's largest and democracy and developing at an extraordinary rate. Yet the country's Prime Minister since 2014, Narendra Modi, works 18 hours per day and lives as simply as his station will allow. His family, meanwhile, are even greater examples of simple living.

In a country where politicians and senior bureaucrats are reputed to pass large benefits to their family members in terms of jobs, contracts and wealth, here is the Prime Minister whose brothers and cousins live a life of struggle, barely making ends meet. Here's what the brothers and cousins of Narendra Modi do for a living:

Please note: Less than 100 rupees make one British pound.

1. Amrutbhai Modi : Elder brother of Narendra Modi, he worked as a fitter in a private company. After retirement, he draws a pension of Rs 10,000 per month. Though his family has a small car, he still travels on a scooter. No one from his family, including his sons, have ever personally seen inside of an aeroplane !

2. Prahladbhai Modi : Younger brother of Narendra Modi, who runs a fair price shop and lives a life of obscurity. He could not afford costly treatment of his daughter Nikunjben, who passed away a few months ago after prolonged illness. It is an irony that in a country where relatives of politicians have crores worth of properties, the Prime Minister’s niece used to give private tuition to meet her ends.

3. Pankajbhai Modi : Among all the brothers of Narendra Modi, he is the only ‘better’ placed brother who has a permanent job. He works as a clerk in the Information Department of the Gujarat Government and has a 3 bedroom house. Narendra Modi’s mother also lives with Pankajbhai Patel.

4. Ashokbhai Modi : He is the first cousin of Narendra Modi, the son of Narendra Modi’s paternal uncle. Ashokbhai used to sell kites, crackers and snacks from a stall. However, with some meagre savings, he has rented a very small 8ft x 4ft shop now. From the shop, he earns just Rs 7000 a month and struggles to meet his daily expenses. His wife washes utensils in a food outlet which helps the family earn another Rs 3000 a month.

5. Bharatbhai Modi : First cousin of Narendra Modi (brother of Ashokbhai), he works as a petrol pump attendant and gets a salary of Rs 6000. His wife sells snacks, which helps the family earn an extra Rs 4000.

6. Chandrakantbhai Modi : Also the first cousin of Narendra Modi, he works as a helper in a local village Gaushala which is not enough to sustain his family. Due to his low income, he does not have a proper house to live in.

7. Arvindbhai Modi : He is a scrap collector – Collects scraps, tins, old metals going door to door… Leads an extremely tough life. There is hardly any month when he is able to earn more than Rs 10,000 !

8. Narendra Modi’s cousin sister (daughter of Modi’s uncle Jayantilal) is married to a bus conductor in Gujarat, which means Modi’s jijaji (brother-in-law) is a bus conductor.

The western world should look to their example, I suggest.

The above article is based on another site.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Reporting War Against Russia Continues

Dear Reader,

The once-famed BBC dropped another brick last night in trying to pin Jeremy Corbyn to the wall. Simply because Corbyn asked some perfectly legitimate questions in the Commons - about "what evidence is there?" (questions still not answered) - he's being touted as being out of touch.

Please read this.

I would throw the question back at May and Johnson: "Please give real proof as to why you think Putin is to blame" rather than we being treated as though those that don't follow the Tory line are somehow traitors to the UK. The more that the government pursues this line the more I think they're trying to deflect their poor record on Brexit and in dealing with poverty and also the NHS. And something else?

This government is incompetent, there's no other word for it. The real sadness is that though I can see the positive aspects of Corbyn, I somehow don't trust him as a future prime minister. But - there again - who else is there?

Corbyn is up against it. It was only a few weeks ago that he was accused of passing secrets to Russia (a move that seems to have been 'planted' to create room for this diversionary issue about Putin) and he clearly does not have proper support from within his own political party.

It makes you wonder what really did happen to the likes of John Smith and Robin Cook. I really do wonder whether their deaths were really of the natural variety. John Smith's death let in Tony Blair, and Robin Cook vehemently opposed Blair on the Iraqi War. Their deaths were coincidences?

Add in the strange death of Daivid Kelly (the weapons expert) and the foreign policies of the west (i.e. US/UK) since 2003 and the latest anti-Russia issue, then I feel there are some disturbing questions to be asked as to who is really pressing which buttons.

Friday, 16 March 2018

What's Wrong With Putin?

Dear Reader,

What is really going on in the west in their attitude towards Putin? In particular, is the west right to accuse the Russian government of the nerve agent attack at Salisbury? Where's the evidence, particularly in the light that Russia are by no means the only possessor of the agent.

It would behove us, I feel, to look more closely at what's been going on. Firstly, I learn that the secret service departments in Russia still carry on as they have done since Soviet days, so could it be they who master-minded the Salisbury attack (and other attacks) without the knowledge of their government (the Kremlin)?

There was a book written in 2014, entitled: "The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn't Telling You About Russia". The Amazon site tells you:
In the West, politicians and journalists of all stripes have referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "thug", a "tyrant", a "murderer", a "Communist", a "Nazi", the next "Hitler" and more. But amongst the Russian people, his popularity rating has reached levels as high as 85%. There is even a very popular hit 'disco' song about him - 'A Man Like Putin'. So, who's right? Why such hatred for Vladimir Putin? Is it justified? Or has Putin been targeted merely for standing up the US-EU Axis of Internationalism? In clear, simple, powerful and concise language - supported by more than 100 illustrations - 'The War Against Putin' takes readers on an exciting 'crash course' journey from Russia's Medieval founding, through the days of the Czars, through the Communist Revolution and bloody Civil War, through Stalin & World War II, through the Cold War, through the Soviet collapse, through the Yeltsin disaster, and finally the Putin-led rebirth of the Russian nation. It is one of the "greatest stories never told", and will shed badly needed light on the new Russia, its dynamic leader, the dark forces aiming to bring about its demise, and maybe even World War III. Says Dr. William Carlucci: "I was glued to the edge of my seat with jaw wide open as I read this gem of a book from start to finish, in a single sitting. The clarity and simplicity with which King's masterpiece demystifies current events represents a rare ability to speak to the reader with entertaining and understandable prose. This piece really needs to go viral, and fast. 5 Huge Stars!"
One reader of the book has remarked: "President Putin waged a war on globalism, George Soros and now with President Trump in office... the powers to be and ones to lose all so much want to stop a Putin/Trump dialog at all costs as they know together Putin/Trump would be the final blow to the globalists and Soros."

Over the years, Putin took the step of removing Rothschild's banking influence, removed Monsanto and wages a war against GMOs. Are these the real reasons why the west is so against Russia?

And we are still waiting for real evidence of whether Russia committed the Salisbury attack. All we've had is waffle from the British government about proof, and also a refusal by Britain to provide Russia with samples of the nerve agent used in the attack.


And why the argument against GMOs? Please watch this.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Does True Independent Reporting Exist?

Dear Reader,

Two days ago, before May's government's ultimatum to Russia, I asked for this message to be posted on the 'Letters To The Editor' page of the i newspaper:
Dear Sir/Madam,
As I believe something like 16 countries have a supply of the nerve agent apparently used in the attack on Skripal and his daughter, how is it that May seems convinced that Russia is the culprit?
It does seem to me that attacks on Russia are often created against them even though the evidence is weak.
There is also the related attack on RT, which (in my opinion) provides one of the best news outlets around. Interestingly the Mail ran an editorial on Saturday about how wonderful BBC News is (I don't rate it!) just before May's speech yesterday. Are we observing a carefully contrived smeer attack?
Though Russia's ways are different to ours, and sometimes questionnable by our standards, it does not make sense to me that the World Cup finals are to be held there this year and that Russia would risk its status just prior to that event.
There's more going on here than meets the eye in my opinion.
John Lerwill
This letter has hitherto not been published, nor has any letter been published in the  that follows my train of thought.

Although I've previously run into an argument with them over a letter I sent, and which they eventually published in edited form, I've generally thought well of this newspaper, thinking that they were maintaining an independent view as a result of their ownership by the Independent newspaper. The i  has since separated itself, of course, and it now seems to me that it's losing its bravery and not holding a middle ground.

This morning, the Foreign Secretary (Boris Johnson) waffled on TV about Russia having done this and done that, but when asked for evidence by the interviewer, he could provide no substantive evidence at all.

The general diplomatic attitude towards Russia does worry me, and I am wondering whether this is the Prime Minister seeking to deflect attention from the poor progress being made on Brexit, and the trade deals that might be made with the US that would not be in the UK's interests.

Somone today asked whether our gas supplies from Russia might be affected. I would say 'most probably', but who is waiting for that trade but the US, using tankers to ship it across and causing even more pollution in the process. Either that or it will be said that there's no option but to go with fracking, the argument for which has been waining lately.

I smell something unsavoury in the air...

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Billy Graham

Dear Reader,

The announcement of the death of Billy Graham came as a shock to me in some ways, even though he was aged 99.  He was one of those people who you might imagine might live forever, such was his imprint on the western world from the 1950s onwards.

Listening to a phone-in show on the radio this morning, the subject of Billy Graham came up just as I switched on, and it is clear that listening to the testimonies of those that knew him, he was a man not just to be respected but even loved. One of those testimonials stated that what he said he lived - Billy Graham had complete integrity.

For my part I think he helped enormously to re-awaken people to the existence of religion and God in a new way. I know of quite a number who followed the gospel he taught and the way of life to accompany it to considerable success.

However, it is doubtful that Billy Graham did anything to bring the world's attention to the fact that there is only one God, a God that can be called different names but to whom all paths lead. Billy Graham's preachings were entirely about Jesus and the view that Jesus came to save, but taught in a way that continue to cause people to think that Christianity is in some ways superior to other teachings, or paths.

But having said that I feel, as a westerner, that Billy Graham made a positive contribution to the world in his sincerity and the way he lived. I am sure he felt that he was seeking to help people and not to put them down.

I would pray that his zeal is carried through to us all but modified so that we can see the Truth and Unity in Diversity.

Thank you for reading this.

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Dear Reader,

I feel conscious that a change of some great significance will soon be on us (i.e. Planet Earth).

What form it will be I cannot say: it may involve many things.

To that end, I felt moved to create an additional blog, which I am calling 'Perspectives'.

Whilst I shall still write on this blog about specific issues, 'Perspectives' will be an ordered series of papers (starting at the beginning) about a philosophy that I believe we will all need to reflect on, to help tackle forthcoming changes.

There is no compulsion on anyone's part to read them, of course. But they will be there, added to every week or two, for your interest and maybe even your comment. In fact, I hope you will make some comment, for the benefit of all readers. Unless the comment is rude I shall not intervene.

So, please click here to read the first 'paper' in this new blog called 'Perspectives'.

See you there, perhaps!