The King’s Speech: George VI and Cicero’s theory of the just war

January 31, 2011

Now that Colin Firth has won an award for his role as King George VI in the “King’s Speech”, it is perhaps worth printing the magnificent speech that King’ George VI broadcast after Britain declared War against Nazi Germany on September 3, 1939 in full.

In his speech, King George shows that the criteria for a just war as laid out by Cicero have been met.  Cicero says a war is just or right when all other avenues to end a conflict, such as discussion and negotiations, have been exhausted and failed; when a nation is dealing with brute force; when peace without war would involve an unacceptable injustice or harm to that nation or to allies; and when the aim of war is peace with minium violence, death and destruction, also to the enemy.

In such a case, when facing brute force, the doctrine of “might is right”, a „brave and resolute spirit“ should „not to be disconcerted in times of difficulty or ruffled and thrown off one’s feet“ and „not to swerve from the path of reason,” says Cicero.(de officiis, Book 1, section 11, 34 and 35 and 1, 23, 80) Read the rest of this entry »

Finland’s chief medical officer admits she would not recommend swine flu jab to young people again because of damage they cause

January 31, 2011

Finland, YLE (Public broadcasting corporation):

 Health Official: Swine Flu Vaccinations for Children Possibly a Mistake

published today 04:40 PM, updated today 04:45 PM

The Chief Medical Officer of Finland’s National Public Health Institute has conceded that children and young people should possibly not have been vaccinated against swine flu. Dr Terhi Kilpi told the Väli-Suomi newspaper group’s Sunday newspaper supplement that the vaccine perhaps should not have been given to 5-20 year-olds.

Kilpi said that she would no longer recommend the vaccination for this age group. She added that if she had known of the potential consequences, she would have not inoculated 5-20 year-olds. Read the rest of this entry »

US scientists fear vaccine link to autism, reports Daily Mail

January 31, 2011

By SALLY BECK, Mail on Sunday

New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.

The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link.

Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus. Read the rest of this entry »

Costa Rican Journalism Award Politically Hijacked

January 31, 2011

By Claudia Calvo, January 28 2011.

Political scandals pile up in Costa Rica -and press outlet that informs on it has award removed

All opposition parties in Costa Rica are currently accusations concerning political scandals that have been little covered by the mainstream media or altogether ignored  as well as by several high-placed people in the country’s institutions. 

The next candidate for president is under fire for mishandling of  Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica’s money. District attorneys recommended the case go to a criminal court.  But a swift “switch” of Attorney General changed all that – with one phone call.  Read the rest of this entry »

ElBaradei and Muslim Brotherhood appear together at Cairo rally, shunned by Egyptians

January 31, 2011

The chief of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, Mohammed El Baradei, left his comfortable tax-free, lifestyle in Vienna last week to fly to Egypt and present himself as a leader of the opposition days after a huge demonstration threatened to sweep away the country’s dictator, propped up by a US-financed army.

But in spite of placing himself dramatically under house arrest – just who arrested him was never clear if he ever was arrested – ElBaradei is failing to gain traction among Egyptions: they have barely have heard of his acts of oppostion and have no idea what he stands for, reports Austrian media. Read the rest of this entry »

Globalist Stooge ElBaradei Prepares To Hijack Egyptian Revolution

January 31, 2011

Won’t get fooled again? Zbigniew Brzezinski tells Mubarak to step down

Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, January 31, 2011

Zbigniew Brzezinski has called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down as globalist stooge Mohammed ElBaradei prepares to act as the pied piper for a revolution that has been hijacked by the global elite.

Speaking with fellow CFR member Christiane Amanpour, Brzezinski told ABC News’ This Week that Mubarak must be convinced by “outside advice” that “It is in his interest as well as in Egypt’s interest that he goes and that he sets in motion a process which facilitates that.” Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Egyptian Government Using Agents Provocateur to Justify a Crack Down On the Protesters?

January 31, 2011

Washington’s Blog
January 30, 2011

Al Jazeera reported today:

[Al Jazeera reporter] Ayman Mohyeldin reports that eyewitnesses have said “party thugs” associated with the Egyptian regime’s Central Security Services – in plainclothes but bearing government-issued weapons – have been looting in Cairo. Ayman says the reports started off as isolated accounts but are now growing in number. Read the rest of this entry »


January 28, 2011

The scandals on the German navy’s flagship Gorch Fock suggest a military that is

*not effective

*not under political control

*not in alignment with civilian culture.

These scandals are provoking a much needed debate about what kind of army is likely to emerge out of the radical reforms being pushed by Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg to transform the army into a professional arm that can also be deployed on offensive wars overseas. The German army is expected to be the pillar of a new EU military force. Under the Lisbon Treaty conscription for all Europeans can be introduced in the event of the EU declaring a war with the exception of Ireland, which achieved an exemption during their second vote on the Lisbon Treaty.

In spite of knowing about the short-comings on the Gorch Fock and elsewhere, the Defence Minister failed to address them, suggesting an army that is being systematically and deliberately trained for brutality and failure – worrying in view of Germany’s recent military history and also EU plans for a stronger military engagement in the Middle East and elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Irish resistance gathers on the internet

January 28, 2011

Check out these three Irish resistance websites and



January 28, 2011

Egypt’s Internet Shutdown Can’t Stop Mass Protests

By Spencer Ackerman

January 28, 2011  | 

8:48 am  | 

Protesters have flooded the streets of Alexandria and Suez. In Cairo, they’re publicly praying in the thoroughfare. And the Egyptian government can’t seem to stop them, despite the crackdown on internet access and cellular communications.

The past four days’ worth of protests in Egypt, spurred by those that dethroned the Tunisian government on Jan. 14, have been accelerated by social media. The #Jan25 hashtag gave the leaderless revolt an internal organizing tool and global communications reach. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the Mubarak regime responded by ordering the withdrawal over 3,500 Border Gateway Protocol routes by Egyptian service providers, shutting down approximately 88 percent of the country’s Internet access, according to networking firm BGPMon.

But the so-called “Day of Wrath” is uninterrupted. On al-Jazeera a few minutes ago, a functionary from Mubarak’s National Democratic Party called the uprising “unprecedented” and conceded that the government needs a “non-traditional way of dealing with this,” including “action against corruption, against poverty… [giving] more freedoms.” He said all this while police and the Army are firing tear gas at the demonstrators.

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