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Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a solidarity demonstration with the imprisoned activist Shell to Sea campaign, Pat O’Donnell, who is another victim of government and financial elites repression. Conflict with Shell (which is not enough that is responsible for destroying the environment, so that feeds millions of euros, which receives from the Irish Government, when at the same time the country is sinking because of the crisis and the scale of unemployment) has lasted a decade. I do not want to describe the entire course of the conflict, which can be briefly described as a perfect example of corruption, political links with corporations, repression, ignorance of alternatives and the public. In all this turmoil you can find everything we associate with the rapacity of corporations and political degeneration.

It is important that all this is not happening already in Third World countries, but in the heart of the neoliberal world. As a reminder, as a typical Shell oil company is even responsible for stoking the murder of nine activists in Nigeria, who protested against his presence in the Niger Delta, where he destroyed a Nigerian tribal land. The activists were hanged, and after several years of Shell’s graciously agreed to take out of guilt by paying 15.5 million dollars. Shell’s policy in Ireland is also saturated with repression against opponents, subject to regular operations against key figures of the Shell To Sea campaign. Naturally Shell can always count on the support of police and courts, bravely defending their interests against peaceful activists putting them in prison with absurd reasons (eg, disorder, or interfering with the Garda in the performance of duties). In addition, to protect its facilities Shell employs mercenaries, ex-special forces soldiers. Of course, their presence has nothing to do with the sinking boat by Pat O’Donnell for four armed and masked men, 11 June 2009.

Western society often feel quite safe, thinking that people are subjected to repression in such exotic areas as Tibet, Peru, Mexico and Nigeria. They deceive themselves that Western police defend the interests of the people and not corrupted rich, they naively believe that Western courts are independent and that there is democracy and freedom of speech in Europe. Well, nothing more wrong. Anyone who would oppose the destructive plans of corporations and the interests of political elites will be subjected to oppression and intimidation, anyone who will think and live differently can be branded. The Shell To Sea activists fate (imprisoned many times) is the best proof. So let’s remind everyone that the expensive suit does not make anyone a better type of criminal.

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Written by Kruk

September 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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In fact, I approached this production with skepticism, knowing that it’s written and directed by James Cameron, creator of the Titanic and True Lies, which is representative of a typical commercial cinema. However, under the influence of friends and harcesz’ forcible persuasion, I went to the cinema and experienced a pleasant surprise! The film simply shows what environmentalists and anarchists speak for many years, but here the message is transferred to a mass audience. This brings us to the most important issue. For the average viewer this film presents the future when people are looking for raw materials and they won’t stop at nothing, including mass murders, to get it. Oh, such a warning, surrounded by great special effects and touching story.For me, however, this film presents the present reality, referring to the Zapatistas of the Mexican jungle or even the Indians in Peru, or Indians in Panama.They are subject to regular terror controlled by corporations and state authorities, who want to grab more oil, cut down more forests, destroy more wildlife to be richer than they are. For the indigenous inhabitants of these areas situations where their areas (inhabited for generations), their homes are destroyed by the bulldozers are not storyline of the film, but a cruel reality. It’s already happening, just not in our backyard (at least not so directly), so it seems to us that far.

Here, however, begs the question whether the Avatar will guide people on a good path of thinking? How many spectators will understand that the civilization of capitalism is a cancer on the Earth and we have to fight it now, not in a few years? Indeed, in contrast to the film’s characters, we have no Eywa, deity which comes at the last minute to save the world.

Written by Kruk

August 13, 2010 at 10:04 am