Nobel Backlash Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Elite Issue

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Nobel Backlash Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Elite Issue
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:21:52 PM »

Nobel Backlash Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Elite Issue

Saturday, October 13, 2012 ? by Anthony Wile

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The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, which is usually given to a person. There's been a good deal of astonishment over the award as people have a hard time understanding how an entity so sprawling as the EU could receive a prize ordinarily awarded to individuals.
But the Nobel was politicized long ago. The 1994 award to Yasser Arafat was quite controversial as was the 2009 award to Barack Obama, who confessed to feeling "surprised" by the award, only nine months into his term.
What is interesting about the award this year, beyond the blatant promotional gimmickry, is the caution, even contempt, with which even the mainstream news media treated the award. UK Guardian blogger Michael White was fairly scathing in his assessment, posting an article entitled, "Europe's Nobel peace prize: bad timing all round" ...
Why give the EU the Nobel peace prize now, rather than when it successfully expanded into the former Soviet Union? Is it right of the Nobel committee to award this year's peace prize to the European Union at a time when the EU is facing the gravest existential crisis of its 55-year history, and when the continent's elected leaders have repeatedly failed to resolve an economic conundrum which is largely of its own devising? No, I don't think it is.
It smacks of bad timing, just as the committee's award of the same prize to Barack Obama in 2009 ? when he'd barely sat down in the Oval Office ? was toe-curlingly premature. It damaged the new president's standing at home (where plenty of US voters mistrust do-gooding foreigners) and was deemed sufficiently misjudged to make Obama stay away from Oslo award ceremony. Smart man, given that the winners list contained some failures and a few rascals.
Over at the New Statesman, the headline read, "Why the European Union does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize ... Others deserve credit for '60 years of peace'." The article calls the award "a misconceived decision" and adds that the prize is symptomatic of how the EU "tak[es] the benefit of the work of others and at promot[es] its own mythology."
AP circulated an article headed, "EU detractors slam Nobel Peace Prize decision." It begins, "While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent's large band of skeptics."
The article adds, "To many in the 27-nation bloc, the EU is an unwieldy and unloved agglomeration overseen by a top-heavy bureaucracy devoted to creating arcane regulations about everything from cheese to fishing quotas ... The EU to critics now appears impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil."
At the Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes, "The wrong Europe wins the Nobel Peace Prize." He adds,
News that the European Union has won the Nobel Peace Prize this morning comes as we learn that Europe's attempt to break the power of nation states through currency union has pushed Greek unemployment to a record 25.1pc ? just ahead of Spain ? with far worse yet to come.
It comes as EMU's North-South split turns more acrimonious by the day, with the creditor bloc and debtor bloc (to use a very crude description that does not capture what is really a story of currency misalignment) eyeing each other with increasing hatred.
It comes days after Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted in Athens by enraged crowds, some giving Hitler salutes, others protesting that Greece has become a "slave colony of the European Union".
The Greek state had to deploy 7,000 police and impose a partial lockdown of Athens to keep her safe. The Frankfurter Allgemeine said Konrad Adenauer enjoyed a friendlier welcome in 1954 ? as he deserved ? less than a decade after Wehrmacht occupation (and 300,000 deaths).
Evans-Pritchard's point is that, "[Because] victim states have surrendered their key policy levers to the EU Project, they have no means of defending themselves ... The Nobel Prize comes, in short, as events have shown that the ... supranational assault on the ancient nation states of Europe ? has proved to be an unmitigated disaster."
Even the Daily Beast, usually a dependable supporter of elite dominant social themes, came out against the award in an article entitled, "Nobel Peace Prize Is a Joke."
In case you thought the crumbling, ineffective, and overly-bureaucratic European Union was on life-support, the Eurozone in danger of splintering, and the single currency on the verge of collapse, a group of unexceptional Norwegians would like you to remember that the 27 member states of the EU are, in fact, the global bulwark against war and misery.
But when the Nobel Committee announced in Oslo on Friday that it would award its 2012 Peace Prize to the EU, the room full of journalists reacted appropriately?with a chorus of Joe Biden-like guffaws and incredulous yaps.
All of these responses and many more confirm what we've often suggested, that the powers-that-be are losing control of the larger promotional narrative. World governance is surely the goal, but this week the elite's own, controlled media blasted a contrivance aimed at propping up one of their most valued projects.
What we call the Internet Reformation has allowed people to see behind the curtain of many elite promotions. Fear mongering is not quite so effective anymore and neither are statist solutions offered up to "solve" problems being created by the same elements.
Perhaps there was another (clever) reason for awarding the prize to the EU that is not yet in evidence. But lacking some larger plan, the designation of the award seems symptomatic of a loss of media control that is all the more startling because the power elite OWNS the mainstream media ...
Of course, the alternative, Internet media is not yet consolidated. Perhaps that's the problem.




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Re: Nobel Backlash Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Elite Issue
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 10:42:45 PM »
New battle with European Union over justice powers
Britain is poised to announce it plans to claw back more than 100 key powers from Brussels as the first stage in a major drive to repatriate European Union laws
Theresa May's statement is likely to cheer Eurosceptics Photo: GETTY
 By Patrick Hennessy, and David Barrett
9:00PM BST 13 Oct 2012
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is preparing to tell MPs that the Government will exercise its opt-out from a large ?block? of EU powers covering crime, justice and policing - including the controversial European arrest warrant.

The move, which could come as early as Monday, the first day of the new parliamentary session and just days before an EU summit this week, is likely to cheer Conservative Eurosceptics who have demanded a clear restatement of Britain?s sovereignty.

However, it could also open up a new rift with the Liberal Democrats, according to senior Conservative sources, who admit that some of the measures on the table are ?highly sensitive? politically.

The disclosure of Mrs May?s statement comes as a Sunday Telegraph investigation reveals that the number of people who are extradited to European countries after being brought to court in Britain has risen almost fourfold in three years.

In 2010 some 1,335 people were sent for trial in other EU member states after being held on the European arrest warrant - placing a big burden on Britain?s overstretched justice system and running up a bill conservatively estimated at ?27miillion. In 2008 there were 351 such cases.

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Mrs May?s statement will confirm that Britain intends to take up its right under the Lisbon Treaty to opt out from justice and home affairs powers by 2014. Under a complex process, the UK will then start negotiating with Brussels to opt back into those laws the government feels are in the national interest.

Moves which Britain is keen on ditching include plans for a European-wide public prosecutor with sweeping powers of investigation and arrest across member states and forcing courts here to take convictions in another country into account, even if they are thought to be unsafe.

The opt-out also covers the European Arrest Warrant, which senior Conservative sources last night said gave rise to serious ?concerns?.

These largely involved ?proportionality? - including the fact that Britain hands over many more suspects to other countries than it receives to face justice in the UK - as well as the length of time suspects could be held without trial in some other EU.

There is also concern at the apparently trivial offences British police are asked to arrest people for so they can be sent abroad. The Sunday Telegraph witnessed one case involving a man who had allegedly stolen a ?30 wheelbarrow who was wanted in Poland. His arrest, detention and court proceedings would have cost an average of ?30,000 to the British public purse.

?There are some good features of the arrest warrant - but there are some serious dangers as well,? one source said. ?Plus, of course, a lot of these matters are highly sensitive in political terms.?

The move to an opt-out in the field of home affairs and justice is just the first part of a major focus on repatriating powers from Brussels which will last at least until the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, has ordered a cross-Whitehall ?audit? of EU powers which could be clawed back - including areas such as immigration, limits on working hours and human rights. This exercise will see around 20 separate reports published.

The announcement will come days before Mr Cameron travels to Brussels for a summit at which leaders will hold further talks on the formation of a European banking union affecting eurozone countries.

Britain will not be part of the banking union - which would see the European Central Bank (ECB) given the role of supervisor, with extensive powers to regulate banks - but is insisting on safeguards to protect its own financial services sector. Banking union needs the unanimous backing of all 27 EU member states before it can go ahead.

Mr Cameron is keen to repatriate powers from Brussels over a range of areas. On his recent trip to Brazil he said on the justice and home affairs clawback: ?That has to be done before the end of the year, and the opt-out is there. We?ll be exercising that opt-out.

?The key thing then is, well, which of the array of things you?ve come out of do you actually think are good for Britain and you want to co-operate with European partners on? And that?s a discussion we?re having at the moment.?

Some Eurosceptic Tories want him to go further in signalling a referendum on Britain?s future relationship with the EU. During the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last week it was initially felt he was shying away from a referendum, and that the issue could be decided in a general election instead.

However, he later said a referendum was the ?cleanest, neatest, simplest and most sensible? way to obtain the ?fresh consent? of the British people for EU membership.

Nick de Bois, secretary of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, said: ?The PM will be wholeheartedly supported by the British public if he does opt out - but we should be very wary of what we then choose to opt into by negotiation at a later date

"The Lib Dems are wrong on this one and we should not allow them to stand in the way of standing up for British judicial rights.?

Source The Telegraph


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Re: Nobel Backlash Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Elite Issue
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 10:54:24 PM »
In the beginning was THE PLAN

And then came THE ASSUMPTIONS.

And THE ASSUMPTIONS were without form.

And THE PLAN was without substance.

And darkness was upon the face of the policy planners.


And they spoke among themselves, saying verily:

"THE PLAN is a crock of shit and it stinks."

And the policy planners went unto their Special Advisers and said:

"THE PLAN is a pail of dung, and none may abide the odor thereof."

And the Special Advisers went unto their Lobbyists, saying:

"THE PLAN is a container of excrement and it is very strong such

that none may abide by it."

And the Lobbyists went unto the EU Committees, saying:

"THE PLAN is a vessel of fertiliser and none may abide its strength."

And the Committee members spoke amongst themselves, saying one to another:

"THE PLAN contains that which aids plant growth and it is very strong."

And the Committee Members then went unto the Rappatours, saying unto them:

"THE PLAN promotes growth and it is very powerful."

And the Rappatours went unto the EU Commission, saying unto them:

"THE PLAN will actively promote the growth and stability of the European Union with powerful effects."

And the EU Commission looked upon THE PLAN and saw that it was good.

And THE PLAN became a Treaty

This is how shit happens!.



    And amongst the general public there is a wailing and gnashing of teeth!



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