Film: Another Mother’s Son (2017) Soviet POWs On Jersey and Their Misrepresentation

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British Police Collaborating with Nazi Germans (Jersey)

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Another Mother’s Son (2017)

Another Mother’s Son (Russian Language)

I recently watched the British film entitled ‘Another Mother’s Son’, a description of which reads:

‘Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, the drama is set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey. Lou took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him over the war’s course. The tension mounts as it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to recapture the British soil, and the island-community spirit begins to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty. Against this backdrop, Lou fights to preserve her family’s sense of humanity and to protect the Russian boy as if he was her own.’

In fact, there is not much background information within English language sources about this film, or the apparently ‘true’ story it depicts. I have had to search Russian language historical texts to verify the content and plot, etc. What is beyond historical doubt is that once Winson Churchill withdrew British troops from the Channel Islands, the British Authorities on those islands decided that the best policy toward any Nazi German invasion was ‘collaboration’ with the Hitlerite forces. Even within Britain today, the collaborative behaviour of many of the ‘British’ people living on the Channel Islands still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. This is compounded by the fact that many of the people living there today are very wealthy, exempt from various British taxes, and continuously court a French identity. Indeed, so insular and exclusive has places like Jersey become, that the film in question could not gain permission to be filmed on the island, and instead had to settle for Somerset on the British Mainland. Apparently, one or two highly influential in habitants of Jersey today are not ashamed of their island’s collaboration with Nazi German forces – but rather more concerned with its historical association of ‘assisting’ Soviet POWs – although to be fair, most Jersey inhabitants were too busy cosying-up to the Nazi German Authorities to have cared too much about the brutal treatment routinely meted-out to Red Army prisoners.

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This film is typical of one that tries to tread the Cold War tight-rope of feeling sorry for Soviet POWs – whilst never appearing to condone the ‘Communist’ political system they represent. This ridiculous homage to US Cold War disinformation leads to films that are purportedly ‘true’ literally changing the facts here and there to support this anti-Soviet propaganda. At no time in the film is the word ‘Soviet’ used to describe the Russian prisoners – despite the fact that the term ‘Soviet’ is mentioned in both the English and Russian languages on a commemorative plaque in Jersey. What is true is that a brave British woman named ‘Louisa Gould’ (of Jewish ancestry) ultimately lost her life in a Nazi German gas chamber, for helping the escaped Soviet POW named ‘Fyodor Burogo’ (Федора Бурого). A number of SS Nazi German Concentration Camps were established on the Channel Islands (notably Alderney), which were used to work Soviet POWs and (other political prisoners to death). The Russian-language description of this film offers much more background detail:

‘The plot is based on the real fate of the photographer from Tomsk, Fyodor Burogo, who was sheltered by a resident of the English island of Jersey from fascists during the Second World War. The script was written by Louisa Gould’s grand-niece, writer Jenny Lecoet, who for many years collected materials about the feat of her relative. Louise was played by British actress Jenny Seagrove, Fyodor – Julian Kostov. He really looks a bit like the real Burogo, whose photographs are still kept in the museum of the 166th Infantry Division, located in Tomsk school No. 51. The veteran died in 2001, but the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” found out his story from those who knew him personally.;

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One of the rare front-line photographs of Fyodor Burogo (left). 1941 year. Photograph: Museum of the 166th Rifle Division, Tomsk.

Many of the Soviet POWs were transported from the Ukraine to the Channel Islands, where the Nazi German policy of ‘Operation Ost’ (i.e. the eradication of the Slavic race) was put into effect. In this film, the script describes Fyodor Burogo as a ‘pilot’, when historical records show that he was in fact a Rad Army infantryman. Despite being a hardened frontline soldier who had survived the horrors of Nazi German warfare and imprisonment, this film portrays him as a weak man who urinates himself when a Nazi German officer talks to him, and a man who is prone to immature emotional outbursts. His character in the film is also (and falsely) depicted as ‘going to church’ and being ‘interested’ in the singing – events that never happened at all. In fact, Fyodor Burogo was a patriotic Soviet soldier and citizen who despised organised religion. The final ‘lie’ that this film portrays as ‘true’ is the false statement that the Soviet government ‘discriminated’ against ALL returning POWs. This is untrue. Many returning POWs were treated as heroes – particularly if they had tried to escape, or had actually escaped – as was the case with Fyodor Burogo. Every captured Soviet soldier had a duty to try and escape and continue the fight against Nazi Germany. What is true (but not included in this film), is the fact that those minority of Soviet POWs who collaborated with the Nazi German occupiers were arrested and tried for treason. This was exactly the same fate that befell any Allied soldiers who collaborated with the enemy. As is usual of this type of film, it portrays anti-Soviet propaganda by ‘sentimentalizing’ the Russian characters it depicts, effectively ‘stripping’ them of their ‘Sovietness’. It is not entirely a ‘true’ story as it deliberately misrepresents many of the historical facts. Fyodor Burogo had a long and fulfilling life and was admired for his bravery by the Soviet State – and modern Russia.

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Russian Language Source Article:

http://maxpark.com/community/14/content/3192319

https://www.kp.ru/daily/26660.3/3680155/

How the Soviets Developed Supersonic Passenger Flight (Ту-144)

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Soviet Ty-144 

I (and my family) recently visited the permanent Brooklands Concorde Exhibition (in Surrey), and was enthused with the ‘futuristic’ design and technology that we saw close-up, and the simulated Concorde flight that we took. Although now decommissioned and very much a museum piece (despite that fact that there is nothing in the world of commercial aeroplanes that comes close to a functioning Concorde today), I was surprised to learn that the British and French governments ‘co-operated’ to build a supersonic aircraft that cost far too much to design, build and fly, and which no commercial airline in the world would buy. Why would two former imperialist powers emerging out of the destruction and bankruptcy of WWII, waste valuable financial and material resources upon a project that due to its lack of commercial viability, was guaranteed to be an economic failure?

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Brooklands British Concorde (GBBDG) Prototype

As matters transpired, we were told that the British manufacturers of Concorde could not ‘sell’ their completed prototypes, and so had to ‘give’ British Airways a number of these supersonic aircraft for ‘free’. Even so, the tickets to fly from London to New York in just 3 hours (at Mach 2.04 – or 1,354 mph – 2,180 km/h at cruise altitude), were so expensive that only the very rich could afford to travel. This proved to be a business failure, as Concorde to never attract the general public, and become a popular mode of mass transportation. As a consequence, the Western Concorde worked the skies from around 1969 to their eventual grounded in 2003, operating at huge loses. Despite its progressive design and extraordinary technology, capitalist economic forces brought the life of Concorde to an end. We are now faced with the absurdity of a futuristic piece of technology literally ‘rotting’ in a museum!

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Soviet Ty-144 in Flight

When I checked historical sources, I saw that the government of the United States was behind the initial financing of the Anglo-Fremch project to build a ‘faster tha sound’ passenger carrying aeroplane – as a means to equal the Soviet Ty-144 supersonic jet. Although the Soviet Union had suffered between 27 – 40 million dead and wounded during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), Joseph Stalin led the Socialist State in its recovery and development of nuclear power and space technology. Out of this monumental collective effort, the Soviet scientists and engineers eventually developed the ‘Ty-144’ passenger carrying, supersonic aeroplane. This aircraft was designed and built by the Tupolev Design Bureau throughout the 1960’s, was designed to demonstrate the superiority of the Soviet Socialist organisation of society. This project (like every Soviet innovation) was not designed to produce monetary profit, but rather to progress the social evolution of humanity. Whereas a single ticket to fly on the Western Concorde cost thousands of pounds, in the USSR, a traveller could fly from one side of the country to the other on the Ty-144, for the equivalent of just five British pounds. Although a piece of Socialist technology designed to carry unarmed civilians, nevertheless, declassified NATO Records state that the Ty-144 was considered a ‘military threat’ to Western capitalism, and was designated by the NATO code-word ‘Charger’. This code-word was to be used as and when the leaders of the Western (liberal) democratic countries decided it was time for NATO to ‘shoot’ the Ty-144 out of the sky.

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Soviet Ty-144 Replete with ‘CCCP’ and ‘Red Flag’ Markings

The Ty-144 did not have such elements of the wing design as flaps and slats. Decrease in landing speed to acceptable values (​​of 350-400 kph) was carried out by a unique method for civilian aircraft, using the deflected toe on the fuselage and the unique front wing design. During the transition to supersonic mode, a complicated procedure was performed for transferring fuel to the centring tank in the cargo compartment, which compensated for the displacement of air pressure at the centre. Whilst flying at supersonic speed, it was recommended not to use the elevons – the control was carried out by changing the thrust of the engines. The aircraft did not have the thrust reversal of the engines, but it had powerful brake fans in the chassis, the initial speeding-off at landing, at the commander’s discretion, was effected by the release of a braking parachute. The Flight Manual forbade flights at night, although all the equipment needed for this was available. The aircraft used the most advanced scientific and technical solutions. At the disposal of the pilots was even an analog GPS-navigator – PIN (Projection Indicator Navigation Conditions). On a small screen, a map of the airfield was generated from a video tape, which superimposed the position mark of the aircraft; the geographic coordinates of the mark were calculated by an automated process, which processed data from the radio-navigation systems. Unlike the Western Concorde, the Ty-144 had an auxiliary power unit with the ability to start engines in mid-air, as well as the ability to power the aircraft and air conditioning whilst on the ground.

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Already in 1947, the American prototype Bell X-1 – for the first time in world history – overcame the sound barrier. Since 1954, there was the production of supersonic fighters such as the American F-100 and the Soviet MiG-19. The USSR was already developing plans for a supersonic passenger aeroplane when the British and French started showing their designs at airshows around the world. The Soviet motivation was to make fast plane that could traverse vast distances very quickly and efficiently, and which did not have to continuously land for refuelling. Work on creating a supersonic passenger airliner in the USSR began in the Tupolev Design Bureau in the early 60’s. The Tupolev Design Bureau was chosen as one of the most experienced in the field of passenger aircraft, especially jet aircraft. On July 16th, 1963, the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the USSR No. 798-271 was issued. The Soviet State envisaged the creation of a supersonic liner with a cruising speed of 2300-2700 kph, with a practical range of 4000-4500 kilometres, which could carry around 80-100 passengers on board, or travel 6000-6500 kilometres with additional fuel tanks and just 50 passengers on board. The construction of the first prototype began in 1965, and a second copy for static testing was also built with it. The first flight of the Ty-144 took place on December 31, 1968 (it was carried out by the Tupolev EDO testor Eduard Yelyan), that is, two months earlier than the Western Concorde. The Ty-144 was the first passenger airliner in history to overcome the sound barrier, it happened (June 5th, 1969) at an altitude of 11,000 meters. The next symbolic milestone was breaking the 2 Mach sound barrier, which was achieved by the Ty-144 on May 25th, 1970, flying at an altitude of 16,300 m at a speed of 2,150 kph. The aircraft combined a huge number of advanced development and design solutions. For example, the retractable whilst in flight were the front horizontal plumage (PGO), which significantly increased manoeuvrability in the air whilst reducing the speed at landing. The Ty-144 could land and take off in 18 airports of the USSR, whilst the Western Concorde, whose take-off and landing speed was 15% higher, required a separate landing certificate for each airport. During the design period, tremendous work was carried out. Inparticular, the modelling of the wing was carried out in full-scale tests on a specially prepared MiG-21I fighter (a special flying laboratory designed for studying the wing of the Ty-144 aircraft). Mass production of the aircraft was carried-out at the Voronezh plant number 64. By the abandonment of operation, 16 Ty-144 aircraft were built (four more planes were still being built), which made a total of 2556 sorties and flew 4110 hours. However, despite this Soviet success, the Ty-144 never saw commerical deployment due to a number of tecnical issues that were difficult to over-come. After a near tragedy during a test flight in 1981, the Ty-144 project was finally cancelled in 1983. It is believed that the Western Concorde was premised upon Soviet designs, but that the Western engineers were able to iron-out (or completely alter) a number of design issues. After Brezhnev’s death, the attitude of the new leadership of the country to the plane changed. Preference was given instead to the simpler and more reliable subsonic IL-86 airbuses.

Russian Language Source:

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ту-144

Poverty in Capitalist Russia (2017)

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The collapse of the Soviet Union (between 1989 and 1991) was a tragedy not only for Russia and Eastern Europe, but also for humanity. I read a report on the Russian language internet which sated that between 1991 and 1999, it is recorded that the death-rate in Russia rose by 5.9 million – as Soviet provision was suddenly ‘withdrawn’ from society, Over-night all free education, medical care, welfare and working State support ceased – creating starvation and medical neglect – the likes of which had not been seen in Russia since the Nazi German invasion of the USSR in 1941. Although President Putin has provided some support and stability in ‘capitalist’ Russia, wide-spread poverty and deprivation remains the norm throughout the country. within capitalism, the will of the working people is ignored, whereas within Socialism, society is geared toward meeting all the collective needs of the working class. Today, in Russia, an affluent middle class has developed that gained its wealth by ‘stealing’ all the wealth accumulated over decades of hard work by the Workers’ State. As the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution draws near, Russia is once again being ravished by the brutal forces of predatory capitalism.

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Trotskyite Tories and Atrocity

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Leon Trotsky wasn’t a ‘Marxist’, or a ‘Marxist-Leninist’ – he was a Menshevik who believed in collaboration with capitalism (and not its over-throw), from a vague leftist point of view. In many ways, he would have fitted-in with both Old Labour and New Labour. Trotskyites seek to destroy any and all ‘Communist’ countries inspired by Marxist-Leninism – and present themselves ‘dishonestly’ as ‘Socialists’. They are not ‘Socialists’, and in 1938, Trotsky called for the victory of International Fascism over the (capitalist) liberal democracies and the (Communist) Soviet Union. It is common knowledge that the British MI5 and MI6 deliberately encouraged the development of Trotskyite movements in the UK during the 1950’s and 1960’s as a means of the British Government (either Labour or Tory), combatting the popularity and influence of the Marxist-Leninism left amongst the British workers – because it saw the Soviet Union (and Communist China) as shining examples of Scientific Socialism ‘freeing’ the workers from the tyranny of International Capitalism. I wouldn’t be surprised if the modern-day Tories believe that encouraging Trotskyism is a means of undermining Jeremy Corbyn’s apparent Socialism. I am told that recently in Paignton (Devon), the Labour Party had a stall set-up next to a Socialist Party stall – with both entering into an argument over who really represented the people. My answer is a resounding ‘neither’ – as both follow the Trotskyite tendency of collaborating with capitalism.

Why did Theresa May where a bracelet depicting Mexican Communist Frida Kahlo? Frida Kahlo did join the Mexican Communist Party (MCP) in 1927 – but her cosying-up to the exiled Leon Trotsky in the mid to late 1930’s is baffling. The MCP was founded in 1917, and changed its name to the MCP in 1919 (after the success of the Bolshevik Revolution). This means that it should have stayed loyal to Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union – and ‘barred’ Trotsky and his followers from infiltrating, corrupting and destroying the application of ‘true’ Marxist-Leninism in the region. Trotsky was criticised for decades prior to his expulsion from the USSR (in 1929), by both Lenin and Stalin for his ideological deviations and pro-bourgeois views. On the other hand, Frida Kahlo was viewed as a feminist artist whose work inspired and liberated women all over the world. This situation is particularly troubling as Trotsky backed the fascists in the Spanish Civil War (whilst the Mexican government granted asylum to the eventually members of the defeated Socialist Spanish government). George Orwell, by way of illustraion, joined a Trotskyite militia in Spain as a means to assist Trotsly in his anti-worker quest. With the Second World War looming – Trotsky’s embracing of fascism is probably his greatest betrayal of the International Working Class around the world.

Finally, the Tories represent the political rightwing which has always been associated with murder, atrocity and mayhem. In 2016, the Tories (and LibDems) were found Guilty of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ by the United Nations (UN) for the deaths of around 10,000 people with disabilities in the UK since 2010 – inflicted through sudden benefit and healthcare cuts. Recently, Oxford University has confirmed that as of January 2015 – 30,000 British had died of these Tory and LibDem ‘Austerity’ measures. This makes the UK only the second nation in the Europe to be found guilty of such a heinous crime – behind that of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Despite this, the mainstream British media has barely covered this horrific story that in any other circumstance, or period of history, would have brought-down the government responsible. Not in this case, as the British electorate has re-elected the Tories twice more since this ground-breaking UN decision. If a Labour government had been found guilty of such a terrible crime, the British media would have been abuzz with allegations of brutality, stating that this is typical of all ‘Socialist’ governments and regimes. As matters stand, the Trotskyite Tories and LibDems have currently got away with genocide, with an apathetic British electorate continuously voting for their policies without any sense of shame or critical self-reflection. This is the legacy of Leon Trotsky.

Further Reading:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37899305

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-20-30000-excess-deaths-2015-linked-cuts-health-and-social-care#

 

Dr Alfred Lukyanovich Yarbus (1914 -1986) – How a Soviet Red Army Soldier Progressed Perceptual Science

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Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD

Translater’s Note: Alfred Yarbus was a typical product of the Soviet Education System. Fully inaccordance with the strictures of Scientific Socialism, Soviet Society was organised around the scientific principle which was considered the most effective manner through which humanity could evolve and develop technology and understanding in all fields of scientific endeavour. The onus, very much influeced by ‘Futurism’, was to develop such an advanced and progressive scientific understanding and technology, that all of society’s ills could eventually be eleviated and erdicated. On a personal level, this included the curing of all illnesses, and the development of technoogy so as to make life better for each individual. This approach also included extensive research and development in the area of disability, mobility, and life-fulfilment (the Soviet Union developed the world’s first motorised wheelchair, for instance). Despite Albert Einstein declaring Socialism to be the most logical form of socio-economic organisation, and the fact that Soviet technology was often decades ahead of the capitalist West (including in the areas of flight and space exploration), this has not stopped those mindless followers of US Cold War rhetoric declaring Soviet Science to be ‘corrupt’. The example of Alfred Yarbus (and many like him), prove this type of capitalist ignorance to be not only ‘wrong’, but also ‘pathological’ in its structure and intent. (ACW 3.10.2017)

Dr Alfred Lukyanovich Yarbus [Альфред Лукьянович ЯРБУС } (1914 -1986) was a former Red Army soldier during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), and saw action against the Nazi German invaders and the Japanese fascists. After the war, he became famous as a scientist and a psychologist who made a number of significnt discoveries about eye movements and human perception. Many of his most interesting results were published in a book, translated into English and published in 1967 as Eye Movements and Vision. He was born on April 3, 1914 in Moscow, and under the Soviet System of ‘free’ education, he received the best tutoring. In 1932, he finished his basic schooling. In 1933, he studied drawing and design courses. After graduation, he worked as a draftsman at the Central Institute of Aviation Motors and the Moscow Aviation Technical School. In 1935, he entered the Physics Department of Moscow University. He graduated from the University in 1941. For about a year he worked as an engineer at Plant No. 633.

From 1942 to 1946, he saw action in the ranks of the Soviet Red Army. During this period, he graduated from Leningrad Military Engineering School and was promoted to junior lieutenant. On the Karelian Front, he commanded a pontoon-bridge platoon. In 1944, his Unit was transferred to the area of ​​Vladivostok. There, during the war with Japan, he worked at the headquarters at the front, as an engineer topographer. In 1946, he was demobilised as the Soviet military was scaled-down. From 1946 to 1947, he worked as a junior researcher at the Institute of Crystallography – which was a part of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1947, he enrolled in graduate school, from which he graduated in 1950, receiving the degree of Candidate of Science. From 1950 to 1963, he worked in the Laboratory of Physiological Optics at the Institute of Biophysics of the USSR Academy of Sciences. First in the post of junior researcher, and then as a senior fellow. In 1963, (together with the laboratory) he was transferred to the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1964 he received a Doctorate in Biological Sciences.

AL Yarbus – was one of the greatest specialists in our country, specialising in the field of the ‘psychophysics’ of vision. His work was related to the development of the original technology that involved the recording of eye movements as electrical impulses (recorded through special ‘sucker’ devices affixed to the skin). The same technique was used to record an image that was immobile relative to the retina. This allowed him to make a number of discoveries concerning the ’empty field’ (or perceptual ‘blind spot’) and its properties. The results obtained in studying the patterns of eye movement, as well as studying the properties of the ’empty field’, were essential for understanding the mechanisms of the organ of vision.

The work of Alfred Yarbus regarding the precise recording of eye movements, and perceptual experiments involving a still image relative to the retina, gained wide popularity within the Soviet Union and abroad. The sound scientifc findings obtained are summarized in the monograph ‘The Role of Eye Movements in the Process of Vision’ (Nauka, 1965), which has already been re-published four times abroad (under the title ‘Eye movements and vision’).

Since 1975, Alfred Yarbus was occupied with the scientific analysis of the perceptual construction of space and colour within the human mind (as detected through the eye). He was the first to confirm that the human retina possesses a ‘blind-spot’ in its sensory aparatus, whereby the human mind ‘fills-in’ the gap in missing data by ‘adding’ information not present in the original perception. During one of his most famous experiments, Alfred Yarbus asked numerous participants to look at the Russion oil painting ‘An Unexpected Visitor’ (painted by Ilya Repin in 1884), recording what each said they saw:

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Participants recalled completely different aspects of this picture – including details that were not present. No one ‘perceived’ the entire picture correctly or within its proper context. Instead, the mind carefully selected ‘small’ areas relevant to the observer at the point in time the painting was looked at. This meant that each participant ‘perceived’ only that which their minds thought was important to them at the time of observation – filtering-out all other informtion. Some ‘beliefs’ were so strong at the point of observation, that the minds concerned ‘projected’ images and colours that did not exist in the original painting. The subjects were asked to look at this picture in a number of different ways, including a) examining the painting freely, b) estimating the material circumstances of the family, c) assessing the ages of the characters, d) determining the activities of the family prior to the visitor’s arrival, e) recalling the clothes of the characters, and f) surmising how long the visitor had been away from the family. Alfred Yarbus was able to ‘track’ how the various participants used their eye-movements (in different patterns of interrogation) to seek-out and acquire different types of information. Belief affected perception, and the mind fabricated information when blind-spots were present.

Russian Language Article:

http://iitp.ru/ru/about/600.htm

ЯРБУС

Альфред Лукьянович

родился 3 апреля 1914 г. в Москве.

В 1932 г. закончил школу. В 1933 г. учился на чертежно-конструкторских курсах. После окончания курсов работал чертежником в Центральном Институте Авиационного Моторостроения и Московском авиационном техникуме.

В 1935 г. поступил на физический факультет Московского университета. Закончил Университет в 1941 г. Около года проработал инженером на заводе № 633.

С 1942 по 1946 гг. находился в рядах Красной Армии. В этот период закончил Ленинградское Военно-инженерное училище и получил звание младшего лейтенанта. На Карельском фронте командовал понтонно-мостовым взводом. В 1944 г. вместе со своей частью был переброшен в район Владивостока. Там, во время войны с Японией, работал при штабе фронта инженером топографом.

В 1946 г. демобилизовался.

С 1946 по 1947 гг. работал мл.н.сотрудником в Институте Кристаллографии АН СССР. В 1947 г. был зачислен в аспирантуру, которую закончил в 1950 г. и получил ученую степень кандидата наук.

С 1950 по 1963 гг. работал в лаборатории физиологической оптики Института Биофизики АН СССР, сперва в должности мл.н.сотрудника, а затем – ст.н.сотрудника. В 1963 г. вместе с лабораторией был переведен в Институт проблем передачи информации АН СССР. В 1964 г. получил ученую степень доктора биологических наук.

А.Л.Ярбус – одby из крупнейших специалистов в нашей стране в области психофизики зрения. Его работа была связана с разработкой оригинальной методики “присосок”, использованной для регистрации движения глаз.  Эта же методика использована для создания изображения, неподвижного относительно сетчатки. Она позволила сделать ряд открытий, касающихся “пустого поля” и его свойств. Результаты, полученные при изучении закономерностей движения глаз, а также при исследовании свойств “пустого поля”, имеют существенное значение для понимания механизмов работы органа зрения.

Работы А.Л.Ярбуса как по регистрации движений глаз, так и по опытам с изображением, неподвижным относительно сетчатки, приобрели широкую известность в пределах Советского Союза и за рубежом. Полученные материалы суммированы в монографии “Роль движений глаз в процессе зрения” (Изд.”Наука”, 1965 г.), которая уже 4 раза переиздавалась за рубежом (“Eye movements and vision”).

С 1975 г. А.Л.Ярбус занимался построением пространства цветовых ощущений, в котором существуют “цвета” (излучений и окрасок) и “антицвета”, удобно описываемые средствами векторной алгебры. Особое внимание в работе было уделено так называемым “слепым” участкам сетчатки (на периферии глаза), влияющим на ощущения, получаемые со “зрячих” участков.

Debunking the Global Consciousness Project (USA)

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The Global Consciousness Project Meaningful Correlations in Random Data

Working from the simple scientific observation that human bodies move physical objects – but that disembodied notions of ‘mind’, ‘consciousness’ and ‘spirit’ do not, it is obvious that any Western attempts at ‘proving’ the existence of a disembodied consciousness are doomed to failure (despite the resources spent upon trying to establish this notion), and that the entire exercise is is in reality not ‘science’ but in fact an attempt of re-establishing the primacy of certain medieval theological constructs within mainstream modern society – namely that of a Judeo-Christian concept of ‘soul’ – which correlates in modern thought to a vague and poorly defined concept of ‘mind’.  In the case of the Global Conscious Project (GCP), a development within the USA, I would highlight the a priori presence of a disturbing ‘Eurocentricism’ that seeks to find White bourgeois significance in random events. This assumption invariably finds and confirms ‘meaning’ that appears to support the current domestic or foreign policy of the United States government, or ‘privileges’ the experience of the White American Establishment with a significance it does not possess. So much for ‘objective’ science. If you doubt this, why does the GCP not ‘predict’ in its observations, the sheer terror that non-White populations of the world ‘feel’ when facing the prospect of US bombing, or invasion from US ground troops? Why are the thoughts and feelings of non-White populations subordinated to those of their White counter-parts? Just as the politicised church is racist – so is its secular expression – politicised science. My personal view is that existence is unified in the sense that everything is comprised of energy (and matter), and anything above and beyond that observation is pure speculation. The following video is an advertisement for the GCP and contains some interesting sleight of hand. The Soviet Union was premised upon the exclusive use of the scientific method throughout society, and did not, as a rule, encourage belief in ‘spiritualism’. Everything observed in the USSR (if confirmed as actually happening), must be treated as ‘nothing happening’ (or ‘fake’), until proven otherwise. In the case of Uri Geller – his supposed abilities were clearly ‘debunked’ by James Randi (I will add another video about this), but as Geller is an ardent Zionist – the Zionist community, for quite sometime, attacked James Randi’s work and attempted to protect Geller from his own scandel. What the GCP video omits to mention is that Geller ‘failed’ on the Tonight Show due to experimental protocols established by James Randi. James Randi’s exposure of Geller exists in the mainstream for all to see. In 1975, the United Nations (UN), following a consultative period, declared Zionism a form of ‘racism’ (i.e. a form of White supremacy) – because it was founded by White middle class secular Jewish people in the late 1800’s in Europe – and has nothing to do with the Jewish religion per se. In this regard, many Jewish people reject Zionism – but the holding of this type of attitude should demonstrate something of the character of Uri Geller. As the US and Israel are ‘allies’ the GCP video presents Geller’s case in a highly sympathetic light. Finally, as it would be immeasurably easier to move physical objects with the mind – rather than by manual labour – it is extraordinary that humanity has not ‘evolved’ this ability species-wide, simply through the environment pressure to do so. The lack of any such ability suggests that it is not possible. As technology improves, and labour-saving devices become common-place, it is less likely (and not more likely) that such an evolutionary ability would develop. It is technology produced by the human mind (through science) that is now making life easier for many people – and not an ‘imagined’ ability to move physical objects with a disembodied ‘intention’ alone.

The CIA-Generated Myth of Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) [1955-2017] and the 14th Dalai Lama Connection

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The historical fact that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was behind the fabrication of the ‘Pro-Tibetan Movement’ (acting as a means for the United States of America to bring-down the Communist regime of Mainland China from that country’s Tibetan region) is no longer denied in the West, and its details can be read on Wikipedia (an apologist for US imperialism, Zionism and capitalism), as well as in a number of English language books (that in no way can be considered ‘sympathetic’ to Communist China). In recent years, Wikileaks has confirmed that no deaths occurred in Tiananmen Square in 1989 (see: Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square, cables claim), and that the entire affair was a very well orchestrated ‘fake news’ event perpetuated by the BBC and its US news counter-parts in the days before the internet, and when Mainland China was not directly connected to the West through its media. At that time, people living outside of China had no way of verifying what the Western media was saying, and had been subjected to a constant barrage of anti-China, anti-Communist propaganda emanating from the US since at least 1945. This brain-washing procedure was not only aimed at Westerners, but also at diasporic Chinese people living outside of China (with US anti-Communist China propaganda being published and distributed from Taiwan [in the Chinese language] throughout the many Chinese communities of the world). As part of the continued attempt to perpetuate the racist (imperialist) myth of Judeo-Christian dominance throughout the world, this US-led propaganda depicted Communist China as the very incarnation of ‘evil’ in the world, and manifesting the obvious ‘Crusader’ mentality, called for the destruction of China’s government and its regime. Obviously, the masses of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) completely rejects this Eurocentric and racist misinterpretation of China, her history, her culture and her political system.

The 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1989 for his support of the CIA-led disinformation campaign that presented the false image of thousands of students being killed in Tiananmen Square – apparently for protesting against the Communist government. This is a lie. No massacre occurred – but Chinese students were present at the time – protesting Western interference in internal Chinese affairs, and acting in support of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Wikileaks presents evidence that President Ronald Reagan (supported by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) called for events in Tiananmen Square to be deliberately misrepresented, as part of the continuous US policy to bring-down the USSR (which was falling apart under Gorbachev at the time – another ‘winner’ of the Noble Peace Prize for aiding the destruction of his own country’s Communist System in 1990). Obviously, the Noble Peace Prize is a bourgeois institution in the pocket of the USA, that has been operating an openly ‘anti-Socialist’ policy since at least 1945. Even in 1935, when the Norwegian Noble Peace Prize Committee awarded the prize to a German pacifist and convicted ‘traitor’ (a verdict upheld in 1992) named Carl von Ossietzky – members of that Committee ‘resigned’ in protest to Ossietzky’s perceived ‘leftist’ political viewpoints despite the fact he was a social democrat who rejected ‘Communism’. He perpetrated the historical ‘lie’ that a re-arming ‘democratic’ Germany was rebuilding its airforce by having pilots trained in the USSR. In fact, Germany had been part of the 14 country anti-Bolshevik alliance that had invaded Revolutionary Russia in 1918 – precipitating the so-called ‘Russian Civil War’ (1918-1921) – and as one of those 14 countries participating in this anti-Communist imperialist action – was eventually and soundly defeated by the Red Army. Again, US disinformation suggests that the USSR ‘collaborated’ with capitalism and fascism – when the opposite is obviously the case. Today, Communist China’s considered opinion is that the Noble Peace Prize is a good idea that could be used for the maintenance of World Peace and Harmony amongst the different ‘self-determining’ Nations – but that at the moment, it is a mouth-piece manipulated and guided by US neo-colonial policy, and as such, is used to perpetuate war and destruction (the very opposite intention to its own founding principles and functioning propaganda).

In his youth, Liu Xiaobo fully benefited from Communist China’s Socialist System. This comprehensive approach to re-building China included State provided full-employment, housing, medical care, nutritious food, and an entirely ‘free’ education system. Liu Xiaobo (and his family) were uplifted from a state of imperialist-inflicted poverty, and were reconstituted through Socialist planning, into entirely ‘new’ and dignified human-beings. Historical and biographical material suggests that Liu Xiaobo was fully aware of this fact, and in his youth openly supported the Communist Party of China (CPC), and considered himself (and his family) to be active members of the Revolutionary Masses as represented by the workers of China. In 1984, Liu Xiaobo graduated from Beijing Normal University, and four years later earned a Doctorate in literature and Art. However, in the 1990’s, he became involved in the ‘Democracy for China’ (民主中国 – Min Zhu Zhong Guo) Movement – a semi-clandestine CIA-funded project in China – that was allocated material (and moral) support from the ‘National Democracy Foundation’ in the US. This is where Liu Xiaobo ‘betrayed’ his country and the legacy of the Communist Revolution in China. Whereas China threw-off imperialist (Western) oppression in 1949 – Liu Xiaobo took the personal decision to re-engage with this racist form of oppression, and in so doing endanger every person living within Communist China. The capitalist West is the epicentre of all fascism and racism in the world, with the US and its EU running dog killing hundreds of thousands and even millions of people annually, throughout the world, as a means to maintain the dominance of the unjust and highly exploitative capitalist system. Why did Liu Xiaobo turn on his own country? The simple answer is ‘greed’ – exactly the same reason the 14th Dalai Lama turned on the Tibetan region of China – and abandoned the Tibetan people in 1959. No one in the modern and Socialist Tibet (not even the monks in the monasteries) remember this other traitor – or consider him in anyway a ‘leader’ or ‘representative’ of the Tibetan people. This hypocrite calls for ‘peace’ amongst his wealthy millionaire supporters in the West (usually from the luxury of a five star hotel in the US), whilst his office actively calls for ‘violence in Tibet and China (very much like that other CIA-concocted anti-China Movement – the ‘Falun Gong’ Cult).

Liu Xiaobo’s traitorous activities were eventually uncovered by China’s Intelligence Services, and he was tried and found ‘guilty’ of ‘Treason’ and crimes against the Chinese State in 2009. During his trial, it was revealed how the US had transferred funds to the PRC for the personal use of Liu Xiaobo, to cause as much social disorder and disruption in China as possible (which his ‘Democratic Movement’ carried-out in 1995 and 1999). Despite these despicable crimes against the Chinese people (and in the name of ‘foreign’ powers), China’s Judiciary found him ‘guilty’ of Crimes Against the State – and sentenced him to 11 years imprisonment – with the suspension of his political rights for 2 years. This was a very lenient sentence considering the gravity of his crimes. Of course, as the US and CIA-involvement in Liu Xiaobo’s criminal activities was made public during his trial, the US government immediately initiated a damage limitation exercise that saw the criminal Liu Xiaobo being granted the Noble Peace Prize for 2010 – together with the 14th Dalai Lama immediately issuing a statement of support, calling for the immediate release of Liu Xiaobo (falsely referring to him as a ‘freedom fighter’), and ignoring his mercenary motivations and criminal past. Liu Xiaobo was not a Buddhist, and had no personal interests in the Western notion of ‘Human rights’ – which can be seen from the social damage his criminal activities caused (harming individual Chinese men, women and children). Despite being a criminal that should have received the Death Sentence for his crimes – Liu Xiaobo was treated leniently by the Chinese State Judiciary – and toward the end of his life (when he was dying of cancer), he was treated with compassion by the Chinese State, and received the best medical care available (free of charge). Liu Xiaobo was a common criminal and not a hero. He took from the Communist Chinese State – but abused all the advantages that Chinese Socialism granted him. He had no thought for his family, the Chinese people, or the millions that died in China fighting for his political and cultural freedoms. His response to the collective suffering of the Chinese people, and the compassion of the Chinese State – was for him to try and help racist foreigners in an attempt to destroy the Chinese Communist Revolution. No matter what the bourgeois, capitalist System throws at Communist China – this can never be allowed because it is against the interest of the entirety of humanity.

Chinese Language Reference:

https://baike.baidu.com/item/刘晓波/14900221?from=image

http://world.people.com.cn/GB/57506/12955727.html

 

 

How the Bourgeois State Usurped Socialist Education Methods in the UK

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It is interesting how the capitalist system will steal Socialist educational methods if a profit can be made by selling them! Socialist education methods are designed to be deployed ‘free’ throughout the country – and not ‘sold’ to those who are already privileged within society. Free and good quality education is a right for all working class people, and working class children should be treated with respect and compassion when they go to school. Then, these children will grow-up to be respectful and compassionate toward others! Of course, if the working class could be ‘transformed’ in this manner, then the bourgeoisie would lose its control over capitalist society – and so Socialist education must be ‘stolen’ from the workers and never allowed to succeed. In the 1970’s in the UK, Labour controlled Local Education Authorities tried a number of different and progressive ways to educate children – usually ideas derived from progressive Socialist thinkers. At the time, the bourgeois establishment and its rightwing media attacked these ideas as emerging from the ‘loony left’ – and potentially damaging to the minds of youngsters. Like in the USSR and Communist China – Labour Authorities sought to break with the principles of elitist education (that were not in the class interests of the workers), and develop an entirely ‘new’ way of educating the masses premised upon scientific research and experience. In a bizarre turn-around, particularly in the bourgeois area within which I live, I have noticed how certain ‘academies’ are now routinely using what were once considered ‘progressive’ and ‘Socialist’ education methods – methods that put the well-being, confidence and learning experience of the child at the fore-front of all developmental learning strategies – whilst abandoning the stark and often brutal tenants of Social Darwinism (still practised in the elitist schools through the traditional methods of education). These progressive methods create a healthy and incentive-based environment, within which what the child thinks and feels is taken into account and valued. The irony is that even some ‘private’ schools in my area are applying these progressive methods – but at no time are the ‘Socialist’ origins of these methods acknowledged or discussed. This is a clear case of the bourgeois, capitalist system usurping Socialist education methods and using them for its own ends (i.e. to make profit), simply because they work. The difference today is that it is the elitist academies and private schools that are deploying these progressive methods – and as these entities fully support the capitalist system – the mainstream press nolonger refer to this exercise as deriving from the ‘loony left’.

USSR: Institute for the Study of Buddhist Culture (1928)

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Author: Stcherbatskay F.I. – Title: Theory of knowledge and logic according to the teachings of later Buddhists. Part 1: Dharmakirti’s “Textbook of Logic” with Dharmottara interpretation.

The Soviet Institute for the Study of Buddhist Culture (INSBC) was first proposed in 1927 as a coordinated academic project by scholar FI Stcherbatsky, and supported by his fellow academics SF Oldenburg and MI Tubyansky – all of whom professed an in-depth interest in Buddhist thought.  On April 4th, 1928, at the 7th meeting of the Department of Humanities of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, FI Stcherbatsky reported that the Council of People’s Commissars (responsible for the creation, development and function of Academic Institutions within the Socialist State), had formally approved the establishment of the Institute for the Study of Buddhist Culture (a decision included in the Decree of the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR dated March 13, 1928 – entitled “On the Composition of Scientific Institutions of the Academy of Sciences USSR”) and discussed the desirability of taking measures to immediately start the organizational work of academically developing the Institute. When discussing the report, it was supposed to FI Stcherbatsky that he assume the temporary duties of the Director of the Institute (a post he accepted and held between 1928-1930). During its academic activity of developing a sound interpretation and understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice throughout the Soviet Union (and the world), the INSBC organized a number of important scientific expeditions, and produced many ground-breaking papers, books and journals, etc.. In 1930, the INSBC was structurally incorporated into the Institute of Oriental Studies, as part of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Russian Language Source Article:

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Институт_буддийской_культуры

Институт буддийской культуры (ИНБУК) был создан как скоординированный проект, предложенный академиком Ф. И. Щербатским совместно с академиком С. Ф. Ольденбургом и М. И. Тубянским в 1927 году. «4 апреля 1928 года на VII заседании Отделения гуманитарных наук Академии наук СССР Ф. И. Щербатской доложил об утверждении Советом Народных Комиссаров в составе Академических учреждений Института по Изучению Буддийской Культуры (Постановление СНК СССР от 13 марта 1928 года “О составе научных учреждений Академии Наук СССР”) и о желательности принять меры к началу организационных работ Института. При обсуждении доклада было положено просить Ф. И. Щербатского взять на себя временно исполнение обязанностей Директора. За время своей деятельности ИНБУК организовал ряд научных экспедиций. В 1930 году ИНБУК структурно был включён в состав Института востоковедения АН СС

 

 

The Fabrication of Burma in the Western Mind

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Author’s Note: As a Scientific Socialist, I do not unquestionably support the bourgeoisie system – but until we achieve a Socialist Revolution in the West, we are stuck with it, and must find some use for it. Although I am scholar specialising in Chinese philosophy and religion – and a practising Chinese Buddhist – I must state that I am irreligious and profess a support for science premised upon the study of a material universe (which includes Quantum Mechanics). Although I do not possess any notion of ‘faith’ in religion, and believe that religions should not hold political power, I am not opposed to religions per se. As long as it follows the law and does not cause harm to others, people are free to do as they will with their minds and bodies. However, as both a Socialist and a Buddhist, I consider myself a friend of Islam, and am perfectly aware of the Islamophobic lies and disinformation that currently emanates from the West. On a Muslim organised ‘peace march’ through London recently, my family and I were the only non-Muslims present. However, the polarised fashion the Western press is treating the situation in Myanmar (i.e. ‘Burma’ – I use the names interchangeably), both the wisdom systems of Buddhist and Islamic scholarship are being compromised and side-lined for the establishment of a purely Eurocentric (and racist) paradigm which has its foundations within the Western, imperialist presence in Asia. Obviously, I reject ALL Buddhist and Islamic derived violence, and would call upon the Burmese Government Authorities, the Buddhist Burmese Authorities, and the Islamic Authorities (both within and outside the Rohingya community) to defuse the situation and take a step-back from psychological and physical violence, and let traditional Asian wisdom and knowledge take the place of Western-inspired race-hate. ACW (9.9.2017)

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The West – that is Europe and the US – has been dominated for hundreds of years by the the capitalist economic system, and its supportive (middle class dominated) liberal, democratic system. Freedom is defined as any and all socio-economic, political or cultural expressions that directly benefit the middle class, and which legally facilitate the unbridled ability to exploit the working class. Invariably, the middle class is numerically small, but retains most of the political power, and controls the majority of the finance. It guarantees this power from generation to generation by its iron grip on the military and the police, and a bourgeois legal system that only theoretically extends rights to all citizens. In reality, the bourgeois legal system only extends those rights that an individual can financially prove should be applied to themselves and their situation. This amounts to the situation (for the numerically superior working class) of no money equals no rights. As capitalism requires an ever expanding market of exploitation to furnish its insatiable thirst for profit, the Western bourgeoisie eventually exported their capitalist system all over the world. Although challenged here and there in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was not until the 19th century (and the rise of Marxism) that its progress was seriously (although temporarily) checked (as seen in the 1848 Europe-wide uprisings, and the 1871 Paris Commune). It was not until the Russian Revolution of 1917 (led by VI Lenin), that saw a large swathe of humanity reject predatory capitalism for Scientific Socialism – soon to be join by Mao Zedong’s China in 1949. Obviously, the Western bourgeois world, in an attempt to retain its economic, political and military hegemony over the world (particularly after WWII), began a disinformation campaign that involved the media (in all its aspects) as well as the professional and amateur academic establishment, to fabricate an ‘alternative’ history and interpretation of world history and current affairs, that was designed to denigrate Socialism amongst the exploited workers of the West (with racism toward non-Whites being a major component), so that these Western workers voluntarily ‘distanced’ themselves from those elements of the International Working Class that already lived ‘freely’ in Socialist countries (falsely and inaccurately termed ‘Communist’ by a Western media that remained entirely ignorant of the philosophy of Scientific Socialism). This disinformation campaign inverted reality, and presented working class freedom as working class enslavement – with the implicit threat that should the Western workers over-throw the oppressive capitalist regime they currently suffer under, life would be worse for them, rather than better. An extra layer of bourgeois security was generated through the tolerance and selective support of fringe far-right political groups in the West that blamed all the inequalities within the capitalist system upon immigrants, and which encouraged race-hate and racially inspired violence and murder. These fascists groups were designed to operate within working class communities and use race-hate to stop those communities being infiltrated by Socialist propaganda and organised working class movements that aimed to over-throw the British capitalist system either by force of arms, or through the ballet box. These rightwing groups have been very successful in convincing working class people to vote for parties that advocate policies which are against their own class interests, or to boycott the voting system altogether, and refuse to vote for parties that represent working class interests. Whilst inappropriately voting or not voting, the working class is stripped of all its militancy and conscious awareness, and sits passively on the political sidelines suffering terribly from oppressive government policies – whilst doing nothing constructive about it.

Who will save the Rohingya?

What does this have to do with Burma (Myanmar)? The question that has to be asked is this; If the domestic working class in Britain can be manipulated to perceive the world in a manner that is against its own class interests, how easy is it for the Western media (and mainstream academia) to use racism, prejudice and discrimination to misrepresent what is happening in Burma? The answer, of course, is highly likely. The British East India Company – operating out of India – used the British Army in a number of invading wars against the indigenous Burmese people between 1824 and 1885 (during the three so-called Anglo-Burmese Wars), effectively (and actually) annexing the country in 1886, making Burma an extension of the British imperialist rule of India. This administration continued until 1948 – when the British Labour Party granted Burma full independence from British colonial rule. However, under British rule, the Burmese people were used as a virtual slave-labour force, with Christian missionaries being imported by the British to convert the predominantly Buddhist population (a standard model of destroying indigenous cultures to make the ethnic people easier to control). Any ethnic Burmese who resisted was harshly punished with imprisonment, torture or even execution. Just as the British had imported en mass Tamil (Hindu) workers into the predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, they also imported (en mass) Bengali Muslim workers into Burma. The point of this enforced migration and settlement was the deliberate propagation of ethnic tensions between the subjugated peoples of the British empire, so that they could not ‘unite’ against British rule – being too busy fighting one another’s presence. Of course, the Bengali Muslims are not ethically Burmese (or ‘Buddhist’), and today refer to themselves as ‘Rohingya’ – a term not recognised by the Myanmar government since 1982. During WWII, the imperial Japanese invaded Burma, and the British Authorities armed and trained the Bengali Muslims – making them a distinct fighting unit of the British Army in the resistance to the Japanese presence. However, the ethnic Burmese people, by and large, welcomed the invading Japanese as ‘liberators’ from British colonial rule. This led to a conflict between the ethnic (Buddhist) Burmese fighting for the Japanese, who opposed the British-supported Bengali Muslims who were attempting to annex the Arakan area of Burma, and integrate it with the Bengal part of India (or today’s Bangladesh). It is this British arming and encouraging of Bengali nationalism that is seen as the historical origin of the ‘violent’ and ‘murderous’ ethnic tensions that exist today between ethnic (Buddhist) Burmese and ethnic (Muslim) Rohingya in the Rakhine State of Western Myanmar. The Burmese Authorities take the position today that it is Rohingya nationalism that is driving the inter communal violence, and that the Rohingya resistance to ethnic Burmese rule is now funded (in-part) by Saudi Arabia, and other Islamic States that finance and train the various elements of Islamic extremism and Islamic terrorist groups that exist in the world. Perhaps one of the biggest (and saddest) ironies regarding this matter is the video clip of Hilary Clinton admitting during an interview that the US ‘manufactured’ Islamo-fascism (i.e. ‘Al Qaeda’) as a means to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan (the same ‘Al Qaeda’ that would carry-out the 911 attacks in New York).

Who will save the Rohingya?

Burmese Buddhists living in the Rakhine State view themselves as ‘ethnic’ inhabitants of Myanmar, and state that Islamic militants regularly attack their villages and Buddhist temples, carrying-out acts of rape, torture and murder. The point of this activity is to ‘cleanse’ the area of the ethnic Burmese and their Buddhist culture. In response, the Burmese Authorities have deployed the military to carry-out punitive expeditions into the Rohingya areas. Before examining whether any of this is true or not, Burma’s modern history has to be understood. After gaining its independence from the British in 1948, Burma refused to join the British Commonwealth (viewing it as a means for Britain to retain political influence and power throughout its former empire), and declared itself a ‘Socialist State’, with close political and economic ties to the Soviet Union – and later Communist China. As the Cold War developed, and the US anti-Communist disinformation spread throughout the world, Burma was presented not as a former British colony that had suffered terribly under British imperialist rule and was now attempting to independently re-build its economy (and culture) from the base-up, but rather as a despotic and ‘failed’ State that ‘oppressed’ its people, and applied ‘racist’ policies toward the Rohingya. In fact, the propagation of Rohingya nationalism by the British, ensured that the Bengali Muslims in Arakan remained firmly opposed to Socialism, acting as a pro-Western, pro-capitalist destabilising force in Burma. Unlike the pro-capitalist 14th Dalai Lama and his unrepresentative pro-Tibetan Movement, the Burmese Socialist Authorities (many of whom were Buddhist), as well as the Buddhist monastic community, remained (quite naturally) opposed to capitalist greed and oppression. As a philosophy, Buddhism at its base remain anti-capitalist a priori – but has become associated with immense wealth in the West due to movie stars, rock stars and the middle class embracing various aspects of distorted Japanese Zen and corrupted sects of Tibetan Buddhism, etc. Asian Buddhist temples that teach non-greed, non-hated, and non-delusion, are generally ‘ignored’ by many Westerners who have no interest in the associated Asian culture through which this genuine Buddhism has been transmitted. As a consequence, Burma has been misrepresented to the Western mind very much in a racist and mythological manner, following the bourgeois blue-print used to misrepresent Tibet as a means to destabilise Communist China. As a result, up until 2011, Burma was a ‘brutal’ military regime that oppressed its people – an interpretation encouraged by the US and its mouth-piece the United Nations (UN). The problem the West now has is one of transition for its previously anti-Burma rhetoric, with regards to its former media darling in the form of Burma’s now de facto leader –  Aung San Suu Kyi (the 1991 recipient of the Noble Peace Prize) – who (rather embarrassingly for her Western bourgeois supporters) remains resolutely ‘anti-Rohingya’ in the face of the capitalist world’s criticism of her leadership and her government’s punitive actions against the Rohingya people. The Chinese language press has reported that Aung San Suu Kyi personally requested that the US not use the term ‘Rohingya’ in its diplomatic communications, and that as reported in today’s Morning Star (9.9.2017) and the Chinese language press (see links below), Aung San Suu Kyi has also stated that videos and reports purportedly recording and showing the torture and abuse of Rohingya’s, are in fact the product of ‘fake’ news. Although Aung San Suu Kyi is a supporter of Western-style capitalism (which has only impoverished the Burmese people), and the liberal, democratic process, (as opposed to the centralised democracy of the Socialist System), her attitudes and behaviour appear to mimic those of the previous ‘Socialist’ Burmese leaders who continuously referred to the Rohingya as ‘invaders’ from India. In fact, Aung San Suu Kyi (agreeing with other Burmese officials), has routinely stated that Myanmar is currently under a sustained Islamo-fascist attack from a Rohingya-led Al Qaeda insurgency (funded by Saudi Arabia – an ally of the US and Israel), which aims to annex the Rakhine State – purging it of its Buddhist culture and ethnic Burmese people – and replacing it with an Islamic culture. In this regard, Aung San Suu Kyi cannot understand why the West refuses to support Myanmar in its fight against Islamic extremism, when it supports Israel without question, and any other movement in the world that opposes Islamo-fascism. Just because Aung San Suu Kyi might be an expressed ‘anti-Socialist’, does not mean that she automatically supports the Western Cold War rhetoric that privileged the Rohingya people when Burma was a Socialist State. The fact that she will not ‘bow’ to international pressure to alter her stance on this issue, demonstrates the strength of the anti-Rohingya feeling throughout the country she now leads.

Malaysia Myanmar Protest

The West has used Buddhism in the past as a means to try and destabilise the Tibetan part of China – probably since 1949 – and it would seem that a Western presence in Burma might well be up to its old tricks again. Just as it is well documented in Western sources that the CIA armed and trained Buddhist monks in Tibet that had taken vows of non-violence, it would seem that Buddhist monks that have taken vows of non-violence and non-hatred have been influenced in Myanmar to propagate race-hate amongst Muslims in that country. Why would protesting Buddhist monks hold-up placards in English – a language very few Burmese or Rohingya’s could read? Who are these placards meant to inform? Are Burmese Buddhist monks really leading protests against the Rohingya people? The answer appears to be ‘yes’ with the caveat that not all Buddhist monastic orders in Myanmar support protests or agree that Muslims should be demonised. The Buddhist lay and monastic vows form a psychological and physical barrier to any violent production of thought or action. Of course, the Western press ignores the Myanmar Buddhist establishment that continuously calls upon the Burmese Buddhist population to meditate upon loving kindness, and to act with charity, wisdom and compassion toward all beings – including the Rohingya Muslim community.  Just as important (and as equally ignored by the Western press), is the Rohingya representatives that continuously call for ‘peace’ from Burmese Muslims, and not to respond with violence to any provocation (this latter point is even ignored by the Islamic press in the West, which remains wedded to representing the Rohingya people as a disempowered and oppressed ‘ethnic minority’ in Myanmar – that is currently suffering a ‘genocide’). This one-sided and poorly informed viewpoint has even been endorsed by the leftwing British politician George Galloway recently, through his social media. This situation is unfortunate and appears to be representative of a ‘hidden’ agenda preferred by forces operating outside of Myanmar. Consider this; the 14th Dalai Lama lives a life of luxury in the West, selling books and charging large amounts of money for study courses conveying the distorted form of Buddhism he teaches, (whilst calling for the destruction of the Communist government of China, and for young people in China to ‘self-immolate’) all of which breaks the monastic rules he took in his youth, but the Western press maintains a continuous support for his antics and remains ‘silent’ about his excesses and hypocrisy. This is the same Western press that misrepresents an overwhelmingly ‘peaceful’ Buddhist establishment in Myanmar as being a hot-bed of extremist terrorism. This reads very much like the usual Eurocentric ‘divide and conquer’ strategy in effect.

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Are the Rohingya Muslims terrorists? Certainly not. Did they exist in Burma before their mass importation into the area? Undoubtedly ‘yes’. What, then, is the problem? The problem is the historical Western, imperialist interference in the internal affairs of Burma (Myanmar) – an interference that is continuing today and causing all kinds of suffering in Rakhine State. It is reasonable to assume that the West wants Burma to rip itself apart using ethnic and religious disputes to fuel the fire of hatred and violence. Have certain Buddhist monks incited violence between ethnic Burmese and ethnic Rohingya? The answer is ‘Yes’. However, as these monks broke their monastic vows of ‘peace’ to do this, they should have been expelled from the Buddhist monastic Order (the ‘Sangha’), and then tried in a civilian court and imprisoned. This is what usually would happen in a Buddhist country, and it is telling that this action was not taken in Burma. Of course, it may be that Aung San Suu Kyi – who received moral support from the Buddhist Sangha whilst under house arrest – is reluctant to move against the Buddhist monastic establishment which has a very powerful influence over the opinions and actions of ordinary Burmese people. If the Buddhist Sangha called for the over-throw of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese people would make short-work of ousting her from office. This explains her reluctance to ‘officially’ moderate the Burmese government’s stance on the Rohingya. Have innocent Rohingya been murdered? Yes – just as innocent Burmese Buddhists ave been murdered. Does the UN correctly reflect the problem in Burma? No. The UN is a mouth-piece for the neo-colonial policies of the US government, and its official announcements are always in line with current US foreign policy directives. Whilst advocating Islamophobia across the world, the US wants the Rohingya in Burma to appear to be a one-sided ‘victim’ in the ethnic violence perpetuated there. This is probably a hang-over from the days that the US wanted to bring-down the Socialist State in Burma – but just like the Al Qaeda the US developed in Afghanistan – the Islamic militants it created in Burma have now assumed a life of their own, and are effectively out of control. Although the Rohingya as an ethnicity are not terrorists, there is a minority that definitely uses violence to pursue political objectives. The problem has been that the Burmese military has attacked and punished large swathes of the Rohingya population – many of whom have had no connection with Islamic extremism or terrorism in Burma. This is an unjust situation involving both sides – but the Burmese people and the Rohingya must realise that they need to throw-off the destructive influence of the West, and in so doing reject the divisive politics of race and religion. Buddhists and Muslims can live together in peace in Burma, but this will take time, self-discipline, and an altruistic approach to social well-being.

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http://news.hangzhou.com.cn/gjxw/content/2017-09/07/content_6650607.htm

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http://we-share-everything.com/遭緬甸軍隊屠殺 「羅興亞人」向翁山蘇姬政府宣/

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