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Emaciation, intervention, aggression: Syria

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel

With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape.

Frantz Fanon


In considering a new opinion piece for my Press TV column at the start of August, the most obvious subject of concern is the campaign of the US to bomb Iraq and, more controversially, Syria.

I have been surprised at the various works of confusion in the media over the legality of foreign intervention in Iraq and Syria. These are two entirely different cases and don’t carry equal weight. One intervention, Iraq, has the full authorization of the international community behind it and meets the criteria set by international law. Countries are allowed to intervene in violent conflicts, if the Security Council agrees with the intervention and it adheres to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter – which articulates self-defense. In Iraq, this case is very robust, but in Syria it’s a different matter.

Syria is an entirely different case. The kind of calls coming out of the US and UK with regard to Syria have not been very benevolent at all, but are about the same objective of regime change pursued in the 2013 calls for US aggression against Syria. No, US policy towards Syria doesn’t mean bringing peace to Syria. It means intensifying and guiding the armed conflict there towards a particular political outcome that Washington decided on more than three years ago, rather than bringing the immense human suffering there to a swift end as all sane people want.

I have already pointed out the flaws in striking a country’s territory without its permission. Namely, it is AGGRESSION. That’s not exactly a wise thing to do, when the US is trying to convince us that its “leadership” is helping to deter aggressors around the world.

If Russia is the aggressor in Ukraine, as the US claims, the US is something way beyond an aggressor, because it is doing far worse in multiple countries just right now – that’s not even taking into account all the war crimes and brute military occupations perpetrated by the US in the preceding decades. Noam Chomsky has authored a very compelling piece on this US hypocrisy in the Ukrainian context.

The Russians are heavily arming rebels in Ukraine. So what? Right now, the US is loudly proclaiming itself to be doing the same thing in Syria. What this means is that Obama is committing all the crimes he is supposedly rallying the world against. The US should take a lesson from its own favorite book: do unto others as you would do unto yourself (Luke 6:31). If other countries were as prone to “intervention”, the United States would be like the surface of the Moon.

If the US wants to live in a peaceful world, it should stop resorting to violence to solve every problem it encounters. The world is getting less stable every day, and the US is only rocking the boat further by dropping bombs on additional countries. Almost all the serious conflicts in the world right now have been directly provoked by wrong-headed US foreign policies of confrontation, ultimatums, sanctions, and fake “legal” doctrines like Responsibility to Protect (R2P) which try to disguise rampant US aggression behind good intentions too fool naive, uninformed spectators.

The idea of avoiding dangerous interference in foreign cultures is a theme in a lot of science fiction, so I’m giving away one of my story collections for free. Exile is focused on that kind of destructive interference in a more profound sense between different worlds, and the genocidal consequences it can have.

I am searching for as many reviews and star ratings as possible for my popularly downloaded science-fiction stories. If you have downloaded any of them, please leave a star rating on Amazon. And if you haven’t yet read my work yet, try downloading this free Kindle title while the price tag is still gone.

Other titles belonging to the Search Beyond space opera series will be made free in time, as I continue to request your reviews and star ratings for these titles to keep them afloat.


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Googling Google: bigotry and hypocrisy found

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Soyons fermes, purs et fidèles ; au bout de nos peines, il y a la plus grande gloire du monde, celle des hommes qui n’ont pas cédé.

Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there is the greatest glory of the world, that of the men who did not give in.

Charles de Gaulle


I regret that it has taken me so long working on my h+ Magazine review of Google Inc’s best-known futurist book The New Digital Age (2013) – a target of Julian Assange’s ire in his most recent book – but I am confident that my review will be as comprehensive and useful to readers as possible.

While I have no complaint about the main thesis of the book, that the internet is liberating and cannot be dominated in the conventional sense by states, I do object to the apparent value system that Google attempts to advocate in the book. I find it scatty, hypocritical, bigoted, and paradoxical. It goes a long way in explaining why Google sided with the US government against personal liberties and privacy in the NSA spying scandal exposed by Edward Snowden, while pretending to oppose repressive regimes around the world.

Google’s value system in the book is inconsistent and poorly argued, and in many ways it appears to be contrary to the book’s own thesis – swimming against the tide, as it were – by arguing that government attempts to control the internet are futile and “information shy”, and then trying to argue that our peace and security also depend on making the internet obey the law. I was particularly surprised by Google’s poor analysis that portrayed censorship in China and censorship in Germany as two entirely different models, one unacceptable and the other acceptable, simply because one is based on Chinese norms and laws (which are socially unacceptable, according to Google), and the other is based on German norms and laws (socially acceptable). In short, Google tries to make Chinese censorship of Falun Gong appear paranoid and unjustified, but tries to depict Germany’s censorship of Neo-Nazis as necessary and justifiable for social stability. This attempt to portray two entirely identical censorship models as different by using buzzwords smacks of propaganda rather than good scholarship, as do all of the culturally biased allegiances that Google demonstrates in its book.

So, although I’m friendly to Google’s depiction of the internet as liberating because it is hard to police, I don’t find any compelling reason to subscribe to Google’s argument that our lives will depend on the internet being rigidly controlled and at the mercy of the law. Google’s favoritism towards liberal democracies and the value systems that inform their censorship laws, while rejecting other value systems as paranoid, is simply not justifiable and tells us more about Google’s own prejudices than those of any regime.

The good thesis that Google touches on but fails to expand on – namely that the internet is an ungovernable space and this is why it is friendly to dissidents – is something I am very friendly towards. It corresponds with the premises of my own 2013 techno-liberation thesis, CATALYST, which goes even further to theorize that modern states are doomed to failure as a result of the spread of technologies that empower individuals.

I believe that in the coming decades, the technologies available to us all will come to encompass a large variety of unprecedented liberating personal enhancement options in the physical world, as well as the virtual. These will include new reaches into synthetic biology, medicine, personal security, and personal manufacturing like 3-d printing. These technologies, and the people using them, will be impossible for states to effectively fight or contain.

I pray that the future of the virtual world - and then the real world – will be at the mercy of high-tech anarchists rather than states.


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Helping you make headlines: for bloggers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il ne s’agit pas alors de paresse, de laisser-aller. Bien au contraire, l’individu est tourmenté

It is not then laziness, sloppiness. On the contrary, the individual is tormented

Alfred Sauvy


The internet has changed publishing in ways that disproportionately empower many individuals who were traditionally powerless. The good caused by this is so radiant, that everything bad about the internet is irrelevant and not worth anyone’s concern. Having published at a very wide variety of different web-based publications starting as recently in March 2013, I have seen how a solid campaign can be created through which a blogger can go from having no platform at all, to utilizing the web as much as possible for the purpose of reaching an audience. And it can give you a voice, perhaps propel you into headline news, even if you have no money – absolutely nothing.

At one time, I attempted to distribute my ideas as a YouTuber, until I found that such an effort was not really where my strengths lay. After then, writing became my main focus. However, no single platform exists on the web (the way YouTube exists for people who want to be a successful vlogger) through which you can become a successful blogger. You have to use every platform available, to the maximum extent.

The sort of campaign I am talking about is the main subject of one my ebooks, Make Your Own Headlines, which tells you how to break through into online media as an expert blogger within six months by following six easily accomplished “phases”. The best thing about it is that you don’t need a budget, and I’ve even taken the price tag off the book itself this Sunday. You can get it from Amazon, here. Since writing this short book, I have also turned its expert content into a free online course with OpenLearning, and set up a campaign with Indiegogo to crowdfund similar self-publishing packages that I am considering creating in the future.

I believe in the democratic internet. By that, I mean that I reject all campaigns offered via the internet that help the rich get richer. Instead, I support only campaigns that enable the voiceless, the poor and the marginalized to express themselves and fulfill their interests, and my plan for helping you make headlines is zero-budget for exactly that reason. I feel strongly compelled to say this because (although I haven’t raised any donations on Indiegogo for Make Your Own Headlines) I have been bombarded repeatedly though every channel by scam artists offering to donate $5 to the crowdfunding campaign if I will pay them $10. As if this will even slightly impact the likelihood of the campaign raising any money, or do anything other than waste money that I don’t have in a vain attempt to raise even less money that I don’t have.

Make Your Own Headlines aimed to be aligned with everything good about the internet, and against everything bad about the internet. If the cost is that it doesn’t raise any cash on Indiegogo and actually wastes my own money, I can live with that, because I know it helps powerless and oppressed people gain more power.


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Born in the Wrong Century?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

C’est une sphère infinie, dont le centre est partout et la circonférence nulle part.

It is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere.

Blaise Pascal


In my publishing this week, most notable were an op-ed at Press TV , my last to have expressed hope that Scots vote for independence, and my review at h+ Magazine of Julian Assange’s 2014 title, When Google Met WikiLeaks. Currently, I am authoring a highly critical review of the Google book, The New Digital Age (2013) – a book discredited heavily by Assange – also intended to be published at h+ Magazine.

One of my best-received science fiction volumes, Wrong Century, will be made free to download this weekend. It has four stars on Amazon, and I will welcome any further ratings given by customers for it. Search Beyond, the “series” to which this title belongs, is still searching for a fan base, although I am told by my readers that the stories featuring in it are as gripping and as original as any major science fiction franchise.

The readers’ opinions I refer to come from popular peer-review platforms like YouWriteon, Wattpad and also the editorial staff of several online publishers that have given me their direct assistance in improving my digital titles. This peer-review process has made Search Beyond stories far better than the many cheap attempts by independent authors to dupe Amazon’s sci-fi consumers into absent-mindedly clicking the download button. The level of effort invested by me into these titles is matched only by the painted artworks created specially for these e-books. Even still, I am not trying to gain great amounts of money from this series, and am happy enough to give it to you for free.

I also want to call your attention to one of the most unique features of my largest work of fiction, The Traveller and Pandemonium. That book, representing nearly two years’ work, is the largest work of science-fiction and fantasy I have ever penned, and likely to be the last on that scale. One thing that was most rewarding for me, during my time creating the book, was the creation of fictional extraterrestrial languages to feature in its pages – represented by calligraphy that is included with an accompanying translation at the start of each chapter.

Unfortunately, one of the key things my fiction works have been lacking is a willingness of readers to rate the books on Amazon, despite the high volume of downloads. Therefore, I must request that readers remember to star any of the works you have downloaded as soon as you get the opportunity. This goes a long way in making it possible for me to know what sort of work I should focus on, and also stirs me into accepting the high standards expected by avid Amazon Kindle readers.


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