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The Emperor's New Clothes

Piercing a Fog of Lies

November 1999

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"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
--- Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, 1916, Ch.9

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In Memoriam
by Leo Israel (Written in 1930, posted 11-27-99)

Report: Meeting with Carla del Ponte on NATO Crimes of War
by Michael Mandel (posted 11-26-99)
On Nov. 19, Canadian lawyers David Jacobs and Michael Mandel met with the head "War Crimes" Prosecutor Carla del Ponte and members of her staff in The Hague. Jacobs and Mandel have brought charges against 48 NATO leaders for crimes of war. Here's a report on that meeting.

Concerning Criticism of Milosevic by 'Diaspora' Serbs
by Diana Johnstone (posted 11-25-99)

SEATTLE AND BEYOND: DISARMING THE NEW WORLD ORDER
by Michel Chossudovsky (posted 11-25-99)
A critique of the World Trade Organization and the attempts by the New World Order to "tame" the opposition. Chossudovsky charges that the enforced pauperization of billions of people, and the enrichment of government-protected financial-industrial giants is being "sold" under the guise of free markets and globalization. Is the WTO a totalitarian organization with a pretty face? Please read this most important analysis.

Collective guilt and collective innocence
by Diana Johnstone (posted 11-24-99)

Women of Orahovac Answer the Colonel
(posted 11-23-99 & 11-24-99)
This is a debate - Colonel Tony van Loon vs. Simka Kazazic & Natasha Grkovic. Introduction by Jared Israel.
Jewish leader Cedomir Prlincevic has accused NATO of creating "a new Warsaw Ghetto" in Orahovac. NATO Col. van Loon says
yes but claims it's "a good product." Read his arguments & see how the
Women of Orahovac Answer the Colonel...

"Planitarchis go home!"
by Dimitris (posted 11-19-99)
As President Clinton, America's travelling Ambassador of Good Will, arrived in Greece we monitored the following on Greek radio:

  • Interviewer: Excuse me, excuse me sir, you're running.
    Policemen: Yes, yes [puff puff] I'm running.
    Interviewer: [Puff, puff] Why are you running?
    Policeman: [Puff puff] We must get to Likavitos [the highest point in Athens]. Somebody put a huge banner up there that says "Clinton Murderer -You Will Not Pass!" We must get it down before the Planitarchis [i.e., Clinton] arrives.

So are the servants of the New World Order overworked by the presence of their Master. This article, by a Greek student, gives some insight into the reasons for angry protests in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. In Greece even the dogs say: "Planitarchis go home!"

'Slavery is Freedom' - a second letter to the Serbian opposition
by Blagovesta Doncheva (posted 11-17-99)
Blagovesta Doncheva and two other women were forcibly detained and Ms. Doncheva was taken to a mental hospital on 11/16 for demonstrating against President Clinton's upcoming trip to Bulgaria. As soon as possible we will post excerpts from an interview with a Bulgarian embassy officer, defending the government's actions, and statements by the arrested women. The following letter to the Serbian opposition was written before the demonstration. 'Slavery is Freedom'

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The Black Hole
by Peter Makara, (posted 11-17-99)

An American civics lesson: free speech crushed in democratic Bulgaria
by Madeleine Kircheva (posted 11-16-99)
Today three women, including emperors-clothes writer Blagovesta Doncheva, were violently arrested in Sofia, Bulgaria for daring to take part in a peaceful protest against Pres. Clinton's visit here. Blagovesta was singled out for special treatment. For a report from Sofia click here.

Note: I just spoke to Blagovesta and she is not hurt. I will post her statement as soon as possible. - JI

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A Tale of Two Articles - the NY Times op-ed reprints from Emperors-Clothes. Slightly altered. by Jared Israel (posted 11-12-99)

Yeah, we're serious.

Yesterday (11-11), after negotiations with Emperors-clothes.com, a piece by E-c writer Blagovesta Doncheva was featured on the Times op-ed page. Check out what got left in and what didn't, by clicking on A Tale.

Revised based on reader input, Noon, 11-12-99:
Spinning the kill - Albright's Tribunal hastens to save a lie
by Max Sinclair and Jared Israel (revised 11-12-99)
Newspapers in all the "advanced" countries trumpeted NATO's claim that stopping Serbian mass murder justified the devastation of Yugoslavia. Now some of the same newspapers are scrambling to report that the claim was false, omitting their own roles in spreading said falsehood... With the justification for its 78 day bombing campaign dissolving, the US government has wheeled out: the War Crimes Tribunal. "We have plenty of bodies!" That's the gist of the message from head Tribunalist Carla del Ponte. Apart from the hypocrisy of her body-hunt - after all, if NATO cared so much about Albanians why did it incinerate so many Albanian refugees? - the question remains: how many bodies? Remember - we were told this was a holocaust. Del Ponte's answer: around 2000.

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That's the same number NATO used to say had died during the year-long civil war that raged in Kosovo before and during the bombing. Presumably, many of those dead people have been dug up and so perform double-duty: Having died in fact these Serbs and Albanians can now die in fiction, as victims of Serbian atrocities.

Meanwhile three actual facts: Yugoslavia's economic base has been selectively destroyed; the fascist KLA runs southern Serbia (called Kosovo); and most Serbs and "Gypsies" have been driven out of the area. Except of course for those kept under house arrest, for instance in the Orahovac area... For a thorough answer to the Tribunal's answer to its critics , see Spinning the kill - Albright's Tribunal makes haste to save a lie (revised 11-12-99)

[Note: If you would like to write to the "War Crimes" Tribunal, their email address is fisk.icty@un.org ]

Former UN military chief asks
Where have all the bodies gone?
by General (ret.) Lewis MacKenzie 

(posted 11-10-99)

"What is extremely disturbing is the thought that the Western public was knowingly misled – lied to – to hold the NATO alliance together and to justify bombing a sovereign nation."- Gen. (ret.) Lewis MacKenzie.
Democracy, Clinton Style 
(posted 11-8-99)
Is this item in the NY Times a news report or a satire? Or are they one and the same? Check it out.

The Obligatory Bash (revised 11-8-99) and
In Candor Unaccustomed (posted 11-5-99)
It used to be the only place you could find dissenting voices concerning Serbia was on the Web. Now a mainstream journalist in a major Canadian newspaper has contradicted its (and, we are told, his) past reporting by admitting: the Serbs did not commit mass murder in Kosovo. How then does the US/Germany justify the catastrophic bombing and occupation of Serbian territory? (If you think 'catastrophic' is too strong, read The women of Orahovac speak. )

For a link to this important Toronto Star article and sharp comments by Marjaleena Repo and Konstantin Kilibarda please click on
In Candor Unaccustomed . For an (unfairly?) critical comment on the Toronto Star article, see Jared Israel's The Obligatory Bash.

WE'RE BACK!
To everyone who wasn't able to access Emperors Clothes for a week, our sincerest apologies. The worst thing was getting that weird message: "YOU ARE FORBIDDEN" or words to that effect. One could only wonder: "What have I done?" The website was shut down in the wee hours of Sunday morning, Oct. 24, for reasons falling somewhere between the absurd and the ugly. We'll post the sordid details later. Right now there are more pressing matters, such as the outrageous situation in Orahovac, described below.

...Regarding Email
Thanks for sticking around, and thanks to all the people who wrote, protesting and expressing their support. We've been too pressed to reply to all your email, but it has meant a lot and we'll try to reply soon. When the site went down we lost a lot of old email. If you wrote to us before 9-27-99 and have a copy of your email, we'd appreciate it if you could send it again. After the website was shut down, we changed to a different Internet Service Provider; the domain-change people are painfully slow (they took one week in our case) and there are still some technical adjustments. The "Write us & Email List" page may not be working on your browser so please write directly to: Emperors1000@aol.com .

Save the families: The women of Orahovac speak
by Jared Israel (posted 11-1-99)
While Emperors-clothes was getting tossed off the Internet, editor Jared Israel was speaking to a large meeting in Holland about conditions in the Kosovo town of Orahovac. In conjunction with the Women's Humanitarian Committee on Orahovac, three of whose members have been interviewed by Emperors-clothes, E-c and others are launching a movement to Save the Serbian Families in Orahovac
NOW.

The newly formed International Humanitarian Committee on Orahovac proudly includes the women from Orahovac, who have been fighting four months to free their relatives. When you read their interviews you will see why we say - Stop the terror in Orahovac! The interviews are posted here as condensed excerpts; the full text will be posted as soon as possible

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