Uprisings and Riots in France
Not sure how real this is but apparently the Media in the UK have been issued with a "D Notice" by Theresa May to not report on what's happening in France for National Security reasons. They are afraid it may start a 'European Spring'.
i've never heard of D Notices before...
"DA Notices - formerly D Notices - are intended to provide newspaper editors, periodicals editors, radio and television organisations and book publishers, with general guidance on those areas of national security, which the Government considers it has a duty to protect."
Apparently 1.5 thousand have been issued in the UK in the last 5 years!
Sounds like censorship to me
Are the protests being reported anywhere else in the world I wonder?
I never heard of it but it would explain a lot... It's quite obvious to me that the media editorial line is not being decided by them.
The weirdest thing I heard was on a French radio, a journalist started a debate on the movement saying : "Now that the yellow vest movement is over..." Amazing. And they don't report on wounded people.
The problem is that yellow vest want to be heard and that frustrate them a lot. And that triggers a paranoia on the internet, wondering what else is hidden. Some people report incidents or death and nobody knows if they have to believe it or not as they feel they can't trust mainstream media to report it anyway.
Muriel, today's print edition of the New York Times covered the latest Yellow Vest protests, if that's any consolation.
Trying to quell popular unrest in Europe with D-notices and whatnot is a losing cause. For a while I've been following the writings of Tim Morgan, a contrarian British economist whose basic thesis is that the economy is an energy system and not a financial system. According to his models, the increasing cost of extracting carbon-based energy has been eating away at per capita prosperity in most of the developed Western world since the mid-2000s. So really the economic trends that provoked the gilets jauntes are present in the rest of Western Europe, North America, and East Asia, and those trends will continue to worsen until we usher in a new economic and energy paradigm. Until then, we in the West can expect more protests just like the ones going on in France.
Above is a link to an article from last month where Tim Morgan addresses the Yellow Vests. Also, I would highly suggest Tim's entire blog, "Surplus Energy Economics," to anyone who wants to understand how biophysics factor into the crises of today. He is an intelligent and professional writer, and he has some very important things to say about the economy that almost no one else is talking about.
I agree, this is very interesting. Thank you.
I will read it again later to deepen my understanding of it (economics is not easy for me;))
As for the press, the NY times has done a good job concerning that movement. And I am happy to see that the press in France talk more about the movement, and in a different way. The press has a great role to play in finding a solution and making people understand each other. So, good news !
I like to think that the movement has a positive role to play in the shift of society. I am not a gilet jaune as I don't feel the soul of a fighter (not that way anyway) but I read some of them talking about how they feel they are waking-up, they feel more conscious and how their heart is opening. It will take time, but I hope a new way of living together will emerge. (As I said I don't feel I am a fighter, but I am a dreamer for sure !)
Worth reading: American billionaires are behind all these attempts to destroy liberal democracy in Europe. https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2019/03/07/des-milliardaires-americains-financent-discretement-des-campagnes-de-desinformation-en-europe_5432486_4408996.html