English translation of wrenching testimony of a French film-maker about Ukrainian Government attacks on Russian-speaking Ukrainians in Donbass - a situation denied by ABC Australia and by US-NATO. Video-address by film-maker, Anne-Laure Bonnel, to audience at Russia House of Science and Culture in Paris. (Translation by Sheila Newman). (Originally published on 5 March 22, but lost for technical reasons. Republished 7 March 22.)
Trailer inside. "An Australian tale of retribution, revenge, redemption and reconciliation." Screening and Q&A session at Rosebud Cinema, 7 PM Saturday 13th March of The Flood by screenwriter, director and producer, Victoria Wharfe McIntyre.The movie was mainly filmed around Kangaroo Valley NSW, it has become a stunning visual record of so much that was lost in the Southern NSW mega fires. Click on this link for tickets.
This little-known documentary contains rare and compelling footage of Greek villages and Greek partisans during World War 2. It also interviews male and female partisans who survived a series of international betrayals. In 1940 Mussolini attacked Greece from its colony of Albania. The attack was repulsed and the Greeks conquered one third of Albania in their counter attacks. At the time, Greece was Britain's only ally against Nazi Germany in Europe. (France Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Luxumbourg had all been conquered.) Four years later, Britain savagely turned on the same heroic Greeks who had resisted the Italians and subsequently fought against their Nazi German-allied occupiers. It was only possible for the British to succeed because the communist ELAS-Partisans trusted the Greek Communist Party (KKE).
After they landed in October 1944, the British pretended to arrest former Greek collaborators and saved them from furious Greek crowds in Athens. The former collaborators were 'imprisoned' in a hotel overlooking the central Athens. During one of the protests by Athenians against the British, the 'arrested' former collaborators opened fire on the Athenian crowds, killing many.
This provoked a ferocious fightback against the British by the ELAS-Partisans. So fierce was their fight that the British were forced to get reinforcements from the Italian front and from Belgium, where they were fighting the German Ardennes offensive. However, the communist Greek KKE, under Stalin's orders, then agreed to completely disarm and return to their homes in the suburbs of Athens and elsewhere. This was under the pretext of recognising the British puppet forces as the legitimate national Greek army.
In the suburbs of Athens many former ELAS fighters became victims of gangs of former collaborators. Many ELAS fighters were imprisoned by the British and their puppets.
In 1946 those ELAS fighters who had fled to the mountains, and many more, who had escaped from Greece, restarted the civil war against the Greek dictatorship. From 1946-1948 the ELAS partisans (who had changed their name to the Democratic Army). With heroism and brilliant leadership, they outfought superior numbers of government forces, with many from the government forces defecting to the Democratic Army. However, the Greek Government started to overcome the Democratic Army, now with the aid of United States military 'advisors' and the CIA, and from the same source, the provision of war planes capable of dropping napalm, a fearsome new weapon of the time. The Democratic Army was further hamstrung by instructions from the KKE leadership to engage in conventional warfare rather than guerilla warfare, thus enabling the government to more effectively use its numerical and logistic superiority against the Democratic Army partisans. The fighting ended in 1949, when the last of the Democratic Army partisans fled across the border into Albania. From Albania, many were granted 'exile' in the Soviet Union.
Greensbush Association is screening the new international film about Kangaroos in Australia at 5.30pm May 25th at Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, (Mornington Peninsular) Victoria. This film has been screened and reviewed widely around the world to stunned reviews and I have not found any negative ones. It is not so well known in Australia, of course, because it challenges what governments and corporate press have to say about kangaroos. The Association screening this film is named after Greensbush Mornington Peninsular National Park, which is one of few places where kangaroos might now dwell in comparative safety, were it not for people on neighboring properties who treat them like pests and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning which encourages this redneck approach to wildlife. Victorians will be concerned to hear that this film tells how the West Australian Commercial Kangaroo Meat industry is running out of kangaroos and planning to open up in Victoria. Of course the grubby Victorian Government is looking for any excuse to get rid of our wildlife. Turn up to this film-screening and maybe you can network with fellow wildlife warriors. The kangaroos need all the help they can get. If you doubt this, check the film out. Donations to cover the cost of the film and venue hire. All welcome! Map to venue at end of article. You can hire this film, host a screening, from kangaroothemovie.com.
"Essentially, the film examines how the roo industry - both for meat and skin - has stealthily and very profitably capitalised on two words - “pest” and “plague” - to run itself in a chaotic, slipshod, unhygienic, inhumane and seriously under-regulated fashion. We are introduced to whistle-blowers, activists and politicians who are advocating not so much for revolution as transparency, while farmers and industry reps are also given their say.
The film does have a point of view, though, and a strong one, and will doubtless cause some consternation among those who don’t want their ways challenged. The thing that shines through, however, is the integrity of the McIntyres: they didn’t set out to challenge an industry, they simply learned about it, and what they learned, we all, as Australians who love Skippy, need to know." ("Nightlife," http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/cj/9546930)
"To avoid a nonstop focus on bloodshed, “Kangaroo” occasionally offers up images of the outback and drone footage of wild animals in their habitats. Those can be breathtaking. Yet the filmmakers, to their credit, don’t flinch from stomach-turning sights. This film isn’t always pretty, but its message is necessary." (New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/movies/kangaroo-a-love-hate-story-review.html)
The new film by Andrei Kondrashev, Putin dives into depth about the man the press gossips about, the object of jealousy for other politicians, but about whom we know very little. The film starts with the collapsed Russian economy in Putin's early days of presidency, how he dealt with terrorism, and how he helped Russia recover economically and socially. It was a year in the making and contains personal stories that have never been told on camera before, some of which are described as shocking and stunning: Attempts on the president’s life and the toll of the presidency on Vladimir Putin himself – all combine in what is the most most complete portrait of Vladimir Putin to date. The film runs for two hours and ten minutes.
This article started off as a comment, but I wanted to put in some shots of the film I mention, which isn't possible in the comment mode. I was initially commenting on the story by John Marlowe, "One man dead, one critical after brawl, but the media suppress the fact that it is ethnic violence."
Ethnic violence or violence incidentally involving 'ethnics'?
Sorry about using 'ethnics' as a noun, which always sounds illiterate and prejudiced, but I wanted a short title.
I think it is important not to label as 'ethnic crime' crime which is perpetrated by people who are identifiable as part of a cultural minority, unless the crime is related to that culture and would not have occurred without it. For the purposes of safety and identification, however, useful descriptions are necessary.
We should also bear in mind that the biggest crimes are usually corporate or state ones because they involve the most damage and the most money. They rarely get prosecuted, except by revolutionary tribunals. And, yes, of course 'crime' is a social construct which can vary quite a lot depending on the society.
Crime on the margins
One could also talk about higher rates of crime in people on the margin of our society and note that a proportion of these people are immigrants - who have to start out on the margins, since they are newcomers, and who therefore don't necessarily have the usual social connections and knowledge that people born here may have (apart from those who are also on the margins, for whatever reason.)
Because there are so many immigrants at the moment, there must surely be a much larger number of people on the margins who are recent immigrants. That means that they will be vulnerable and that a certain number may be desperate or exploitative. I am not claiming any scientific quantitative data on this. A government response would no doubt talk of how we are 'encouraging skilled immigrants' who can provide for themselves, but this would ignore the foreign students who struggle here.
This is not to label all immigrants as marginalised forever.
More Australians are also drifting into those marginal and vulnerable areas because they do not earn the kinds of incomes that will pay for rent and food in our society, even if they can get jobs or the dole (and quite a few immigrants cannot access the dole or medical benefits).
John Marlowe's other article today, Prioritise Australia's unemployed ahead of immigrants for unskilled jobs draws attention to the numbers of Australians unemployed and the numbers of new immigrants doing 'low-skill' jobs.
Talking about margins
I can already see a rising sub-class producing and growing drugs, including tobacco, cannabis and amphetamines, simply to survive and pay for shelter. I have long-term occupational connections in the field of psychiatry and I know people who have been on the pension with psychiatric and other disabilities who have accepted the need to beg and to engage in criminal activity from time to time. Population pressure leading to huge housing costs makes this inevitable.
Then there are the young victims of the drug trade who didn't start out marginalised.
I recently talked with an apprentice in an industry where people start work at about 3am, who had been given some amphetamines to help him stay awake, and who had become addicted very quickly. He also had become psychotic due to the speed. He had learned that, in order to be able to pay for the speed, he had to sell it, since apprenticeships don't cover the cost of drugs. After that he realised that he could make a lot more money out of selling speed, but he also realised that he no longer had the choice. He began carrying guns, partly because he was paranoid due to the use of the amphetamines and partly because it is the culture and partly because of the violence in that drug culture. He knows that if he doesn't stop using amphetamines his risk of dying early in a violent incident or from heart problems is racheting up daily. He could go to Narcotics Anonymous - which costs nothing and doesn't dob you into the police - but it is so much easier, in the short term, to take the path of least resistance and keep on taking the drug. And, unfortunately, the chances of his being around for a 'long-term' solution are diminishing.
Recipe for a violent society
You have there the recipe for a very violent society, like the one in Columbia, for instance, as portrayed in that amazing film by Barbet Shroeder, La Vierge des Tueurs [The Killers' Virgin Mary or Our Lady of the Assassins/Killers] based on the book of the same name by Fernando Vallejo. In that film the central character, who lives in a large bare fortified apartment overlooking a big hill covered in dusty slums by day and flickering lights by night, remarks how years ago there were cows there.
Same film: A pregnant woman just learns of the violent death of her son in an impoverished and disorganised city where the birth-rate and the death rate have a cruelly ironical connection
Columbia is full of young men killing each other in gangs and lone women bringing up families in slums where the male children don't last for very long and the girls get raped or married and finish up in the same situation.
Every so often we hear celebrations and see fireworks shooting into the air between the hill and the apartment. The narrator explains that the fireworks are a signal that another drug courier has managed to get his load into the United States successfully.
To compare this scenario to the situation in Australia may seem fanciful, but without equality and democracy and with overpopulation and poverty, that's the way things go. There has always been a small sub-class like that in Australia, but circumstances favour its expansion.
Overpopulation is one of the main subjects of the film.
I wanted to write about this film because I think it is a great and intelligent film. I have described it from memory because I saw it years ago. At the time it was in Spanish with French subtitles. Looking around the net I can see no English versions, but there must be some with English subtitles for anyone who would like to take a look at this film.
I should add that I read some time ago about a good population planning initiative in Columbia - in Bogota, I think, in a Worldwatch source. They were providing sexual health clinics for men as well as women and the men were choosing not to have children after a while and taking responsibility. Unfortunately I cannot find the source.