Anglo-Western democracy has very few players in the media. In
fact, you could probably count the majors using only the fingers of one
And those players ruthlessly exploit their power to promote their own
So (Although these sources are no more trustable, no less biassed than
CNN et al) I proffer the following
I am open to further suggestions. BTW my favourite US publication
is the Drudge Report
Tim was sounding off on morning ABC TV about how Australian children
were most frightened by terrorists. He went on to point out that
such fears were not reflected in reality.
It reminded me of a Sufi (Muslim) fable. With apologies to
Nasrudin for my faulty memory...
A friend came around to
Nasrudin's house and found him spreading salt on the ground.
"Whatever are you
doing Nasrudin?" exclaimed the friend.
"I am keeping the
Tigers away." said Nasrudin.
"But there are no
Tigers for hundreds of Kilometers around here!" said the friend.
"Yes. It is very
effective, isn't it?" replied Nasrudin.
So Tim, maybe spreading salt did stop those Tigers?
Politicians love power, and
the bigger the territory they rule, the bigger their ...... well, you
get the idea.
Since WWII there have been a few partitions. Regrettably, rarely
- South Sudan.
- Russia (split into multi states, Ukraine etc)
- Crimea (from Ukraine)
- East Timor
There are quite a few places that would like to secede..
- Kurds in Turkey
- Kurds in Iraq & Iran & Syria.
- Sunni in Syria & Iraq.
- Rohynga (Myanmar)
- Russian part of Ukraine
- West New Guinea
- North Sumatra
- Mongolia, SinKiang
And a very short list of those who had the opportunity but did not take
I would like to
see secession as a UN supported right.
Any group that for whatever reason wanted independence should be
supported in obtaining that condition.
Ownership of real estate should not be an issue.
After all, the land is owned by the people. In the event of war,
the people are conscripted to fight.
Those who occupy (and think that they own) any parcel of land do so by
the permission of the people.
And taxes should be levied on the occupiers of the people's land to
provide a universal basic income to the people.
(See Henry George for rationale.)
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