John McAfee – the man that could change the world

There are several words that can be associated with the dramatic persona that is John McAfee – eccentric, multi-billionaire, ex-fugitive and genius all spring to mind. Although most of the corporate media have largely sidelined his bid, he has officially launched his campaign for the United States presidential election of 2016. A true firebrand at heart, John McAfee is truly the only candidate running for this election that may reverse the damage that has been done by the power-mongering politicians of both the past and the present.

Don’t take my word for it – look at his views regarding some of America’s most sensitive issues for yourself. He believes America’s current foreign policy of proxy warfare, covert terrorism and the supreme reign of corporations over everything else needs to radically change – in his own words, “We are not a police agency for the world. Our foreign involvements must be reigned in, and attention should be placed on looking at our own issues.” He also understands the concept that law enforcement cannot defend people with a substance abuse problem from themselves, and believes that the war on drugs should end as quickly as possible.

If you’re still not convinced by what you’ve seen so far, you can view his official presidential announcement here. He clearly understands the concept that the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents in the history of America, is not something to be trampled on at will by those who simply crave power and money. He fully comprehends that the role of the government is not to be powerful, but to be of service to the people that have elected it.

It is for these reasons and many more that McAfee is the only candidate that could bring actual, tangible change not just to America but to the rest of the world. Forget Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders (I don’t really think I need to mention Donald Trump or why I think he’s a waste of space and air) – don’t be deceived by whatever words their PR teams put in their mouths to appease the general public. Lest we forget, Hilary Clinton’s campaign has been largely bankrolled by malicious super PACs such as JP Morgan Chase & Co (one of the enormous private banks that were responsible for the financial crisis of 2008 because of currency fraud and illegal market manipulation). We should also keep in mind that Bernie Sanders, despite his surface-level appearance of a reasonable politician, has also got a shady side to his agenda (you can read here about how he believes that America should keep on giving billions of dollars in military aid to two of the world’s most repressive countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia).

In short, if there are any Americans reading this article, I urge you – set your sights on the only man who actually believes in the power of people, the truest definition of liberty. To those outside the States such as myself, I would like to say that your greatest contribution to the movement this man has started would be to learn his name and discuss his campaign with people you know, for there will be nobody else in the mainstream media that will do the same thing. The lawmakers currently in office, along with the ones who are McAfee’s competition, are afraid of men like him – men who expose the cold, hard truths and face them head-on rather than see how they can turn a profit from them. We must rally behind men and women of his calibre, or be crushed under the military-industrial machine that has vowed to send the entire world to war with itself.

The Failure of the United Nations

In a society where political leaders and their lackeys are given every material possession a person could desire and corruption rears its ugly head in every government across the world, it is practically common knowledge that men of power and wealth are almost always embroiled in political scandals just waiting to be caught and plastered all over the news. If it is a serious government, the perpetrator in question is dismissed from office and forgotten – if not, the case is normally dragged on and on until the public forgets and things can be properly covered up by another distraction (whilst said perpetrator either acquires a different form of power or gets to walk away without facing any repercussions).

However, the more time passes the more institutionalised corruption gets. At this point, it has become a network of greased palms and synchronised deals, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why and how it’s all being done. Specifically, today I would like to discuss the fact that Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva has been chosen to chair a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council (said Council will have the authority to ‘select applicants from around the world for scores of expert roles in countries where the UN has a mandate on Human Rights’).

Allow me to elaborate – the United Nations, whose main purpose is to promote human rights amongst other important pillars of society such as peace, security and social development, has appointed a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world as its centrepiece in the Human Rights Council. Saudi Arabia is ruled by an oppressive, iron-fisted monarchy that is notoriously well-known for its ruthless treatment of any who are deemed ‘dissidents’ of the Islamic faith. The list of rights violations committed by the kingdom is practically endless – torture, corporal and capital punishment, human trafficking, sexual segregation and gender apartheid (women aren’t even allowed to drive), sectarianism and active and unscrupulous censorship of anything that hasn’t been approved by the authorities are just a few of the worst parts of living in Saudi Arabia.

Perhaps one of the most terrifying examples of Saudi Arabia’s oppression of its people and its neighbouring countries is the imprisonment and torture sentence of 1,000 lashes given to pro-democracy blogger Raif Badawi after he wrote about the importance of free speech. Some of you might now be asking yourselves why the hell would anyone in their right mind even think of giving such a responsibility to a country that executes and beheads anyone that does not comply; the answer is simple. Saudi Arabia has the second-largest hydrocarbon reserves in the world, and is simultaneously the world’s largest oil producer and exporter. As a nation, Saudi Arabia has an estimated GDP of $1.668 trillion, and over the period of 2010 – 2014 was the world’s second largest arms importer.

It is this unholy trinity of oil reserves, military expenditure and totalitarianism that has allowed Saudi Arabia to corrupt and destroy the United Nations from within and desecrate everything the UN is supposed to stand for. In its demonic alliance with the United States, it has covertly funded and shaped terrorism as we know it in the Middle East today (think of Saudi Arabia in the so-called Arab world as you think of America on a global scale), and is also essentially the world’s biggest advocate for our dependency on oil. Most importantly, as the Maltese population, we should especially criticise the country for being one of the richest nations in the world whilst simultaneously being completely unreceptive to the pleas of its neighbouring, war-torn countries to take refugees. It is an absolute disgrace that a country as brutal and intolerant as Saudi Arabia is allowed to do as it pleases whilst innocent people are bombed and murdered every day. Oil should never trump human rights.

A Letter to the Prime Minister

Today, a 45-year old man from Bormla by the name of Louis Lia was sentenced to rot in prison for 3 years along with a €3,000 fine for the cultivation of 8 plants of marijuana. Today is another day where the justice system of this country has put a man in jail for the cultivation and consumption of a plant. It is especially ridiculous when one considers that, in the US for example, states which have legalised marijuana (link to the original article here) have, amongst several other things, reported the following:

  • Reported reduced incarceration rates (and the benefit of saving millions of dollars in law enforcement expenses),
  • Conducted research which points out several beneficial effects of marijuana (shrinking aggressive brain tumours, epilepsy and other seizure disorders along with reduction of stress, anxiety and depression to name a few),
  • Created tens of thousands of new jobs thanks to the marijuana industry (Colorado created 10,000 new jobs on its own).

Upon reading the story of Mr Lia, I remembered that I had sent a message to the Prime Minister’s Facebook page about a year ago. At the time, I was a supporter of the Labour party, and I genuinely believed that at least a secretary or an office assistant might at least read the messages and take note of whatever people might have said on something as easily accessible as a Facebook page. I would like to ask those who are reading this article and share the same opinion to read it below, and pass it on to your friends on social media. Let this letter be our collective outcry for a serious discussion on the topic, and let us all voice our opinion on an issue which needs to be talked about.

“29/11/2014

 His Excellency Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta,

before speaking about anything at all I would like to congratulate you on the fortitude you displayed when addressing the Opposition during your Budget speech, as you showed all the traits of a born economist and a good leader. I, for one, am glad you are the one who is steering our economy through times during which other countries are failing to keep themselves fiscally afloat.

Now, I would like to get to the point of this message as I am certain a man such as yourself has a lot of things to do and very little time to do them. I have been a follower of the argument about the controlled legalisation of drugs for quite a few years, and I believe that it is the way forward for a problem of this scale to be controlled. The figures below have been derived from official US government records available for everyone to see (if you know where to look), and I believe if anyone should see them, it would be you as Prime Minister of this country:

  1. i) $51 billion – the amount of money the United States government spends on the war on drugs annually.
  2. ii) 1.53 million – the number of people arrested annually on non-violent drug charges.

iii) 757,696 – the number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation annually, 87% of which were arrested for possession only.

  1. iv) 70,000 – the number of lives lost in the Mexican drug wars since 2006.
  2. v) 200,000 – the number of students studying in America who lost federal financial aid ability because of a drug conviction.
  3. vi) 31,758 – the number of people in the U.S. that die each year from an accidental/intentional drug overdose. The number of people who have lost their lives to a marijuana overdose in recorded history? 0.

vii) $46.7 billion – the dollar value of the tax revenue that drug legalisation would yield annually. Coupled with the cost of the war on drugs, legalisation would save the government nearly $100 billion.

I believe these numbers are too large to ignore, and I am certain that a leader with your capabilities understands this. Legalisation of cannabis would lead to a more prosperous economy (Colorado and Washington spring to mind as examples of this), less people serving jail time for doing something which is literally harming nobody and less people being exposed to organised crime in order to obtain cannabis (thus, this would be hitting two birds with one stone – eliminating a major source of revenue for organised crime and giving people safe access to something which they are going to buy anyway, regardless of whether it is legal or not).

Before I conclude my argument, I would like to state that I was elated to see that your Government is already leading the way forward with the White Paper regarding personal use, but I do think that this is only a small step in a very long journey. In my humble opinion, I believe this would be a bold political master stroke which would not only benefit the country as a whole, but would also make your present term in office a revolutionary one which would be remembered for a very long time.

Yours sincerely and with respect, Julian Delia”