US Terrorist Attack Kills Eleven

At least 11 suspected militants have been killed in drone strikes in north-west Pakistan in the past 24 hours, local officials say.

Officials say planes fired two missiles into a militant compound in North Waziristan early on Thursday, killing at least five people.

And up to six militants were killed in strikes in the area on Wednesday.

The lawless region, a haven for members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, has been repeatedly targeted by US drones.
(Source: BBC News)

For “suspected militants,” please read “totally innocent civilians.” Unless, like the USA, you follow the doctrine of guilty until proven innocent.

On the news yesterday was MI6’s leader, bleating on about what a bang-up job they do defeating international terrorism.

Really? So why didn’t MI6 foil this terror attack? Or, in fact, any of the other attacks carried out by the US on Pakistanis this year? Or the drone strikes in 2009?

Over two hundred innocent people have been killed in 2010 by the US in Pakistan. Just imagine if Al Qaeda had killed that many British or Americans on their home soil. What would our TV news be full of? Justifiable fury at the murder of innocents.

But when it’s us or our allies carrying out the slaughter…

Nothing.

Private Corporation Re-Writes New Zealand’s Laws

New Zealand’s parliament has passed legislation that will keep the production of two Hobbit films in the country.

The government agreed to amend labour laws as part of a deal with Warner Bros to retain the $500m (£315m) project.

Warner had threatened to move production elsewhere because of a dispute with acting unions.

But the opposition has criticised the deal.

“What is the government going to do next – give in to any multi-national that asks for a labour standard to be diluted in return for some form of investment?” said Labour Party lawmaker Charles Chauvel.
(Source: BBC News)

Hey, we’re a multi-national corporation, we’re totally un-elected and have no right to interfere but we’re going to re-write your laws anyway.

Make them more anti-union, y’know? Thanks!

And this is why we call it *bourgeois* democracy rather than real democracy.