The Residency is the site of the Seige of Lucknow, during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Some two-thousand British residents died during this time in 1857.
That’s the way it looks!
Blog 5: January 8-9, 2020. Reflections in Delhi
11:00 Evening. About time that I should turn in, I suppose. But I do not feel tired nor sleepy.
It is amazing that I went to old Delhi that way today. I pictures. I hope that I get the hang of it. I think that I actually am. No loss so far.
I have to be out by 11:00 tomorrow. I will back to this hotel on 20th January. Amazing the way things transpire and it is not possible to not somehow get cought up in some of them.
I think I must be a lot different from my brother Mike, who never left the USA even once in his lifetime. He would not know what to do in a place like this.
Trump said “So far, so good.” (About Iran) That’s what the guy said when he jumped off a tall building on the way down! When they get in the big one, and it turns sour, then it will have to be another tune, just like in Iraq. I think that I only spent 2000 or so rupees in Delhi, maybe less, after paying for the hotel. I will see how they want me to pay in Lucknow. This is not big money, actually, anyhow.
1:45 AM January 9, Thursday. I think my body is still on Turkish time. It is 11:15 in Turkey. So I don’t go to sleep so soon. Also there is too much noise in this hotel. Guys talking and laughing. Walls are too thin. A down side, for sure. Well, I don’t really care.
I guess I’ll sleep. I really need to.
Today I came across a McDonalds down there in Old Delhi, near the Railway Station. Just the golden arches on the glass door. But it was the real thing. It had a few young people in it. Not very many. Amazing, but they cannot be serving beef there. Maybe they do vegetarian burgers or chicken. I don’t know.
I really wish this guy would shut up, anyway.
I knew that old street that was in Chandni Chowk, old Delhi. But it was quite dark between four and five o’clock. A person’s body does not adjust as fast when they are older. Anyway, I am glad that I do not have to go to a concerence, or something like that.
9 January 8:30 Morning. It is still cold in this room. Guess I’ll go down and get some breakfast. I hope that the weather improves some. Too much rain and dreary weather here the last couple of days.
9:30 Morning. Had a little breakfast. I will be out of here in a little over an hour. I really did not feel like taking a shower here in this quite cold room. So I have not done it.
I got up in the night before sleeping. It was after 2:00, and fixed that film, Fuji 200 color. I put it in a black film box. I can use it as long as I do take it out of the camera in the dark and keep it closed till I develop it. I don’t know when I will use it. I opened up the reel enough to find the loose end to load it into the camera. It should be quite OK, I hope. Anyway, it is not important. But it was bugging me, whether I could actually do it or not. I did it in the bathroom in complete dark. Now have to take a Trump. (Shit)
10:00 Morning. Packed up and ready to go. I will be out at 11:00 for a taxi to the airport. I think that there is plenty of time to catch the flight. It is probably easier than taking a train. I really did not have the ability to make such reservations.
News: 9 January 2020.
This morning, there is snow in the hills. Manali and places like that. Not surprising.
At JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University). The police asked everybody to provide the information that they have on their cell phones, pictures and videos. I’m sure! Would one risk being arrested?
I certainly would not want to be doing that with the FBI in the USA. Where is the police intelligence? Why were they absent when that was going on? Then why would they take seriously information that they do not care about or were not allowed to observe? Smells wrong. I really do not believe that it passes the smell test , in my humble view.
Even if one was beaten up there, I am not sure that it would be a good idea to come forward with that sort of information. How can one trust the police. As a secularist one is suspect to the BJP government? No way! In my view.
In the USA, it looks like the deep state is really kicking in to get this war with Iran going. And why is it that this is the very time of year when they always start a war in the Middle East. Iraq was in March, if my memory is correct. So it is the same script, right up to the time of starting the war. They don’t want to wait for the heat of summer. Like taking a holiday. Same lines. Same phrases. Everything. Sending troops. Building up forces. Saying they want peace. Iran must stop Nuclear development. It was Trump who trashed that agreement with Iran. Can anybody remember that? Does anybody want to remember that? It just goes on. Shameful. I cannot take it. Time flies when one is having fun!
Tomorrow I will be off to Lucknow.
At Wednesday’s debut of the impeachment hearings there was one issue upon which both sides of the aisle seemed to agree, and it was a comic-book caricature of reality.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff led off the proceedings with this: “In 2014, Russia invaded a United States ally, Ukraine, to reverse that nation’s embrace of the West, and to fulfill Vladimir Putin’s desire to rebuild a Russian empire…”
Five years ago, when Ukraine first came into the news, those Americans who thought Ukraine was an island in the Pacific can perhaps be forgiven. That members of the House Intelligence Committee don’t know – or pretend not to know – more accurate information about Ukraine is a scandal, and a consequential one.
As Professor Stephen Cohen has warned, if the impeachment process does not deal in objective fact, already high tensions with Russia are likely to become even more dangerous.
So here is a kind of primer for those who might be interested in some Ukraine history:
A Consequential Quid Pro Quo
Meanwhile in Ukraine
Airplane Downed; 298 Killed
How did the “growing trust” that Russian President Putin wrote about in his September 11, 2013 New York Times op-ed evaporate?
How did what Putin called his close “working and personal relationship with President Obama” change into today’s deep distrust and saber-rattling? A short three years later after the close collaboration to resolve the Syrian problem peacefully, Putin spoke of the “feverish” state of international relations and lamented: “My personal agreements with the President of the United States have not produced results.” And things have gone downhill from there.
Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a CIA analyst includes serving as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). This originally appeared at Consortium News.
by Joe Emersberger
Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, a prominent journalistic critic of US policy toward Venezuela, was arrested by DC police on Friday, October 25, in connection with a protest at the Venezuelan embassy, and held incommunicado. But if you rely on corporate media, or even leading “press freedom” groups, you haven’t heard about this troubling encroachment on freedom of the press.
Blumenthal is a bestselling author whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, CJR, The Nationand Salon. DC police arrested him at his home on a five-month-old arrest warrant, charging him with simple assault for his attempt to deliver food to the besieged Venezuelan embassy; he was held for two days, and for the first 36 hours was not allowed to speak with a lawyer. (In an interview with FAIR, Blumenthal noted that keeping arrestees—generally poor and African-American—from speaking with lawyers or family is par for the course in the DC criminal justice system.) As of this writing, there has been no mention of Blumenthal’s arrest in outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post and Reuters that constantly publish Venezuela-related content, or by the big “press freedom” NGOs.
When freelance US journalist Cody Weddle was detained in Venezuela for 12 hours, it made headlines in the New York Times (3/6/19), Washington Post(3/6/19), Miami Herald (3/6/19), USA Today (3/6/19), Guardian (3/6/19), UK Telegraph(3/6/19), NPR (3/10/19), ABC (3/9/19) and Reuters (3/7/19). That’s not exhaustive, but you get the picture.
In Weddle’s case, the human rights industry also responded immediately. Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch tweeted about Cody Weddle’s detention, as did Reporters without Borders (RSF). The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also put out a statementimmediately (3/6/19). There has been nothing from them about Blumenthal.
Nobody should have a problem with Weddle’s arrest or Ramos’ detention getting the widespread attention they did. (The content in the reports about Venezuela is a separate issue.) What should anger anybody who isn’t consumed with hypocrisy is the point Ben Norton, writing in Grayzone (10/28/19), made about Blumenthal’s arrest:
If this had happened to a journalist in Venezuela, every Western human rights NGO and news wire would be howling about Maduro’s authoritarianism. It will be revealing to see how these same elements react to a clear-cut case of political repression in their own backyard.
Blumenthal’s arrest is another example of the legal harassment of US government critics, including WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning–whose plights have similarly been neglected by Western media and NGOs that claim to support press freedom (FAIR.org, 11/3/18, 4/1/19).
Several months ago, activists invited by the Venezuela government stayed in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC, for over a month until they were finally evicted by police on May 24. The presence of the activists delayed a takeover of the embassy by representatives of the Trump-appointed Venezuelan government-in-exile led by Juan Guaidó. The majority of the world’s governments do not recognize Guaidó; that was dramatically highlighted on October 17 when Venezuela’s was voted onto the UN Human Rights Council despite US “lobbying” (i.e., bribes and threats).
Nevertheless, Trump’s recognition of Guaidó in January 2019 was the excuse for intensifying economic sanctions that had already killed thousands of people by the end of 2018. (Incidentally, Jorge Ramos’ two-hour “detention” also received more Western media attention than the study showing the already-lethal impact of Trump’s sanctions—FAIR.org, 6/14/19).
With the complicity of DC police, Guaidó supporters tried to block food from being delivered to the embassy during the standoff with the activists. At one point, 78-year-old Jesse Jackson Sr. had to scuffle with Guaidó supporters to deliver food. The DC police were clearly intent on doing as little as possible, even with an elderly, high-profile visitor trying to make a delivery. Former Green Party candidate Ajamu Baraka (age 66) was forced to act as Jackson’s bodyguard, thanks to the aggression of Guaidó supporters and the inaction of DC police.
Court documents indicate the false charge of simple assault stems from Blumenthal’s participation in a delivery of food and sanitary supplies to peace activists and journalists inside the Venezuelan embassy on May 8, 2019.
Others attempting to deliver food were hit with charges months ago. Activist Ben Rubenstein and Veterans for Peace president Gary Condon (age 72) were beaten by police during the standoff for trying to toss a cucumber to activists inside the embassy. In fact, the warrant against Blumenthal was months old, and apparently initially rejected. Blumenthal explained:
If the government had at least told me I had a warrant I could have voluntarily surrendered and appeared at my own arraignment…. Instead, the federal government essentially enlisted the DC police to SWAT me, ensuring that I would be subjected to an early morning raid and then languish in prison for days without even the ability to call an attorney.
The lack of coverage of his arrest “is totally consistent with media coverage of the siege of the Venezuelan embassy,” Blumenthal told FAIR. “The violence, racism, sexism of the Venezuelan opposition—none of it was reported in the mainstream US press.” Aside from alternative outlets like Democracy Now! (10/30/19) and the World Socialist Website (10/30/19), one had to turn to Russian state media to find coverage of Blumenthal’s arrest. A Sputnik article (10/30/19) about the case cited damaging exposés Grayzone has published about Guaidó inner circle, one of which recently led to the resignation of right-wing economist Ricardo Hausmann from Guaidó’s shadow administration.
Here’s an idea for media outlets and NGOs concerned about the appeal of Russian public relations efforts: start doing your jobs by holding your own authoritarian politicians and politicized police forces to account.
Back to Izmir (India Blog 30)
Sunday December 16. 5:40 afternoon. Izmir, Turkey
Just got back to Izmir a short while ago. It was raining all the way from the airport. I took thirteen rolls of black and white film and ten rolls of color film.
More than 800 pictures on my cell phone. Most of these are not of much use to me.
I will develop and scan the film in my own dark room.
It was a pretty good trip back from Delhi, except that they did not give me an aisle seat. Most Indians are pretty pushy when it comes to that and the plane had mostly Indians aboard. Good that I got back with my cameras and film. I didn’t lose anything on the trip.
The plane from Delhi was full. The young Indian guy next to me was from San Francisco. I had a good conversation with him and told him about some of the things that had gone on in Turkey recently.
Most of the time of the flight, the shades on the windows of the plane were closed. And I slept part of the way for the six hour flight. We flew over Afghanistan. Sunny weather. The mountains were beautiful.
The USA is still bombing the shit out of them.
In Istanbul, there was no spare time after getting through customs and to the flight to Izmir. I had my seat number, but they guy changed it and stuck me in the back. I should have challenged it, but was too tired to do so, I guess. Hardly worth it. But somebody on Turkish Airlines screwed me over. A short flight, anyway. Just time to eat a tost and then the plane landed.
It was raining. So I got a taxi and came.
I sort of got updated to some extent on what is going on in India. There were no real mishaps, so everything worked out pretty well.
Now to develop my film.