Police victim, Mark Duggan, with his first born child
Online investigation of the current UK Riots reveals that the riots have been part seeded by immigrant concentration and unemployment; but more so by youth underclass reacting to the UK's conservative government's austerity cuts in public funding in response to the GFC failures, which themselves are perceived by many people to have been caused by the corporate sector - banks, stock market, corporates, the rich, the government, the police. Hence the riot targets have been corporates, the perceived 'haves' (business owners, McDonald's, commercial retailers displaying spoils of wealth). Cameron's arrogant Tory image must be reopening memories of Thatcherism. Cameron was holidaying in Tuscany at the time thanks very much - so his forced return must have had some sense of win by the mobs.
England's disenfranchised urban youth have had this sentiment played on by various radical, extreme Left and anarchist movements. There has been recent history of violence with comparable modus operandi. All it has taken is idle youth over a hot summer and a trigger - the police shooting of a young black man, Mark Duggan.
See messages on the following UK websites. Some of these web sites are quite scary in what they are advocating...
National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts(UK)
But when you listen to the British media, they seem to not have a clue about any real cause behind these riots. They just naively attribute the rioting to youths spontaneously reacting to a police shooting of a man with a gun in Tottenham, and otherwise out for a bit of fun over the hot August summer break. Simultaneous riots in multiple urban centres around England strung out over four days. Yeah right! These riots are clearly co-ordinated, but their perpetuation reveals broader and deeper anti-government sentiment . Philadelphia in the US has also experienced rioting over the same weekend. "Police are blaming riots and looting in London and other United Kingdom cities on flash mobs organized with social media like Twitter. Incidents in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights join disturbances such as one in Philadelphia last Sunday. [Read More].
Clearly, the social media organisations, Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger, used by the mobs to incite violence, looting and vandalism; need to be held partially responsible just as Murdock's print media have been recently held legally to account for unethical behaviour.
The pertinent social question is do the UK riots have common causes to those recently in Greece?
Anyone kindly giving the above listed lot the benefit of the doubt about their propensity for violence, search Google, type 'anarchist violence' and select Googles images option, then double click on any image result.
In Tottenham last weekend, McDonald's was one of the first targets for arson
Anarchists attack London last April
'If a copper has to die to get our point across then so be it,' an anarchist known as Seth said. 'I'm happy if the filth get sent crashing to the floor and don't get up - then we've had a good day out.'
Snowy River Region
Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 2011-08-11 10:28
Thu, 2011-08-11 12:54
Anarchists usually non-violent-Steve, need more specifics
I looked at the anarchy website but could not see what you were referring to. Quick glance revealed what I expected - that they are 'against hooliganism'. Anarchists are generally non-violent. Australian anarchist spokesperson, Joe Toscano, is a very able politician who speaks eloquently against violent agitators, warning that they are usually agent provocateurs from government and police. Please be more specific if there is material there which is scary. If there are anarchists advocating violence, I would suggest that they are not real anarchists and that sites are false sites. Governments have falsely stigmatised the term 'anarchism' as violent.
All anarchism is really is relocalism - self government at a local level. Democracy. Direct representation. That kind of thing.
It was demonised during the 19th century because anarchists tried to stop the steamrolling of local populations' rights by industrial nationalism.
Thu, 2011-08-11 15:14
Pressure cooker living?
Francis (not verified)
Fri, 2011-08-12 11:01
Unmasking poverty and racial tension
Fri, 2011-08-12 23:33
Rioting thieves emulating behaviour of Britain's ruling elite
In fact, I would suggest that the actual targets are not the corporates, but smaller businesses and poorer people.
Contrary to an angle put by some "left" commentators, these riots seem far more likely to help the wealthy by further breaking down what little cohesion now still remains in those parts of Britain in which the riots have occurred. It may well create a climate in which it may be easier for the UK government to take away the democratic rights of those who are now speaking out for truth, democracy and social justice, in particular, against the UK Government's current war against Libya.
Whilst the Global Research article London burns; Tripoli calm of 9 August makes some good points about the hypocrisy of those defending the arming of 'rebels' in Libya whilst condemning the actions of the UK's own 'rebels', the title of that article seems to imply that the eruption of the riots, by tying up the hands of the war-making UK Government, may lessen the plight of the Libyans, when in the longer term, the further harm done to community cohesion in the UK is more likely to actually make it easier for the UK Government to ignore the democratic wishes of UK residents including those opposed to its war against Libya.
A more helpful and incisive analysis of the riots is another article, Britain's Riots: Thuggery, Looting, Lawlessness... By the Ruling Class of 11 August by Finian Cunningham also on Global Research.
Finian Cunningham writes:
What the thieving rioters are now doing in some cities of the UK (and, for that matter, in the 'rebel' controlled areas of Libya) is no different to what the wealthy elite of the UK has been doing to the UK as a whole for decades, Also, it differs little to what the wealthy elites of Australia and the US and the Australia have been doing to their respective countries for decades:
Sat, 2011-08-13 00:40
Orwellian reporting about Libya, UK riots coming from CNN
According to CNN, Libya, is currently 'revelling' at the news of the riots in the United Kingdom:
Libya, which has endured sustained criticism for alleged violations of the human rights of opponents since March is, evidently now able to be just as critical of the United Kingdom for its handling of the riots.
So, according to CNN, The tables have truly turned.
Has Libya only endured 'sustained criticism'?
What about the six month aerial bombing campaign in which hospitals, water pipelines as well as military installations have been attacked? What about the arming of the Transitional National Council 'rebels' by the US, NATO, Qatar, Saudi Arabia etc.? What about the seizure of financial assets and oil tankers end expulsion of its diplomats from a number of countries?
If the tables had truly turned then logically, the UK would have to be under sustained aerial bombardment from the Libyan Air Force and the rioters in the United Kingdom would be firing at the police with Libyan-supplied AK47s and rocket launchers.
Sat, 2011-08-13 11:30
Shooting of Mark Duggan
Sat, 2011-08-13 12:32
Be most wary of anything published in CounterPunch
Thanks for your own perspective. Not having read the articles, I will have to reserve my judgement on them for now, but for reasons, I will give below, I will remain very wary of anything found on the pages of CounterPunch.
People need to understand that CounterPunch has played a shameful role in covering up the evidence which disproves the Bush administration's account of the 9/11 False Flag terrorist attack, which was used as a pretext for the United States' invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, its "Global War on Terror" and attacks on the political and civil rights of US citizens including the passage of the Patriot Act#fn6870_1" id="text6870_1"> on 26 October 2001 only 45 days after September 11. Consequently CounterPunch has been named by Canadian Malthusian and truth activist Barrie Zwicker, who narrated The End of Suburbia, as a fake left wing publication.
Examples of CounterPunch's cover-up of 9/11 include: Interviewing Chomsky, when on 18 September 2001, only 7 days after 9/11, the phony American dissident endorsed the Bush Administration's account of 9/11, Noam Chomskly's 9/11, Sander Hicks and the 9/11 Truth Movement, Forgetting September 11, The 9/11 Conspiracy Nuts of 9 Sep 06 by Alexander Cockburn The 9/11 Conspiracists and the Decline of the Anmerican (sic) Left of 28 Nov 2006 also by Alexander Cockburn.
This is not to say that nothing published CounterPunch has any worth. Indeed, much of it is worth reading, as, indeed, much of what is written in even the Murdoch Press is good journalism.
Still, I would be most wary of any claims of anything contained in any article written in CounterPunch. In the case of very contentious and vexed political questions, such as the riots in Britain, it would be very easy for their coverage by CounterPunch and other phony left publications to be turned to serve the powerful vested interests they claim to oppose.
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