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Journalist: To end war ------
prosecute US, UK officials
who wage(d) it illegally
October 22nd, 10:12pm (PressTV)
 
The world must finally put an end to the impunity of war
 criminals, by holding US and UK officials responsible 
for launching the illegal war on Iraq, done without
 the approval of the UN Security Council, and 
prosecuting them --- under the Nuremberg 
principles, US journalist Don DeBar said.
 
DeBar made the remarks in an interview with Press TV while
commenting on a report which has revealed that the British
military inquiries into abuse against Iraqi nationals... have
been closed without a single prosecution being brought,
even though the credibility of many "shocking and 
shameful incidents" during the war in the Middle 
Eastern country, have been confirmed.
 
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement 
this week that the Service Police Legacy Investigations, 
which was looking at claims of abuse in Iraq, had now 
"officially closed its doors."
 
In March 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant
 violation of international law and under the pretext of 
finding WMDs; but no such weapons were ever 
discovered in Iraq.
 
More than one million Iraqis were killed - as the result of
 the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq
--- according to the California-based investigative 
organization, Project Censored.
 
The US war in Iraq cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion with
 an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war
veterans, 
expenses that could grow to more than
$6 trillion over the
 next four decades counting
interest, according to a study
 called Costs of
War Project  ---  by the Watson Institute for 
International Studies at Brown University.
 
DeBar told Press TV that the Iraq war 
was illegal from the very beginning.
 
"It is illegal for a nation to make war on another nation if it 
does not have the approval of the UN Security Council, if 
any of those nations are signatories to the original UN 
Charter. And it’s been adopted - that happened with 
the US, as a charter member of the UN -- and it was 
approved by the US Senate in the 1940s.

Consequently, 
the US involvement in Iraq from
the beginning, and 
the UK involvement in Iraq
from the beginning, 
was illegal,” he said.
 
“And under the Nuremberg standards, which would then
 apply, each and every death consequent – intentional 
or not - to either US or UK military action there, or 
condoning of the US action there, by the media 
or public officials, or any act facilitating that, 
is an individual war crime. And, by the way,
 there’s a death penalty for that,” the 
journalist noted.
 
“No one will prosecute these people. That’s why I started
 with the word impunity. And we might bookend with that
 because that’s the problem. And until the world puts an
 end to that impunity, until the world sees the major 
contradiction in all international relations, is US, 
UK, and EU imperialism, then it’s going to 
continue until this eats our species,” 
he stated.
 
A damning White House memo had revealed details of the
 so-called “deal in blood” forged by former British Prime
 Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush
 over the Iraq war.
 
The document, titled “Secret... Memorandum for the
 President”, was sent by then-US Secretary of State 
Colin Powell to President Bush on March 28th,
2002, 
a week before Bush’s summit with Blair
at his 
Crawford ranch in Texas.
 
The sensational memo, revealed that Blair had agreed to
 support the war a year before the invasion even started
 while publicly, the British prime minister was working
to
 find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
 
The document also disclosed that Blair agreed to act as a
 spin doctor for Bush and convince a skeptical public that 
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass
 Destruction, which actually did not exist.
 
In response, Bush would flatter Blair and give the 
impression that London was not Washington’s 
poodle but an equal partner in the
 “special relationship.”
 
Powell told Bush that Blair “will be with us” on the 
Iraq war, and assured the president that “"the UK 
will follow our lead in the Middle East."
 
Blair has always denied the claim that he and Bush 
signed a deal “in blood”, at Crawford, to launch a 
war against Iraq that began on March 20th, 2003, 
that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
 
The Powell memo, however, showed how Blair and 
Bush secretly prepared the Iraq war plot behind 
closed doors at Crawford.
 
Powell told Bush: “He will present to you the strategic, 
tactical and public affairs lines, that he believes will 
strengthen global support for our common cause.”
 
Dan Welch: Mourn the millions of victims 
of US war policy, not its chief apologist
 
US political commentator Daniel Patrick Welch 
decries the use of official funerals, like Colin 
Powell's. Powell died on Monday, at the age 
of 84, due to complications from COVID-19.
 
Both Democrats and Republicans lauded the four-
star general as a giant of public service and an 
African-American hero. They praised the US’s 
first Black secretary of state, and his leader-
ship and integrity.
 
Former US President Donald Trump, however, 
lambasted the media on Tuesday for what he 
said was too-favorable coverage of Powell
 following his death.
 
"Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big 
mistakes on Iraq and - famously - so-called 
weapons of mass destruction, be treated 
in death so beautifully by the Fake 
News Media. Hope that happens 
to me someday," Trump said
 in a statement.
 



 
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Dollar, euro in the red 
in early hours on 
Moscow Exchange
December 6th, 4:20am (TASS)
 
The dollar lost 3.25 kopecks against the ruble 
on Monday, as the trading session opens on 
the Moscow Exchange and totals 
73.8 rubles.
 
The euro rate dropped 
by 10.5 kopecks, to 
83.16 rubles.
 
 
 
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Abuses, malaises of US 
democracy exposed in 
China’s report
by Cao Siqi, Xu Keyue & Zhang Changyue
December 5th, 11:50pm (Global Times)
   
One day after China released a white paper on its
 democratic model - with details and examples 
showing how the whole-process democracy 
with people's full participation in China 
works - the country issued another 
report: detailing the abuses and 
malaises of democracy, in the 
US on Sunday, which experts 
said is a "timely and to the
 point" move, to crush the 
"halo"...  of the so-called 
''beacon for democracy" 
ahead of a US-initiated 
'summit for democracy'
 ....that is being widely 
criticized for dividing 
the world by ideology.
 
Against the background of the US' attempts to make
 the democracy issue an ideological tool, China's
 recent actions... also help the international 
community to clear the clouds and show 
what true democracy is. As the beacon 
of US democracy is dimming, the 
democratic practices in China 
are dazzling with brilliance,
 they say. 
 
From Iraq to Afghanistan... from the so-called
"democratization" in Africa & Latin America
 to the "Arab Spring" ...from the riots on 
Capitol Hill.. to the record high COVID-
19 death toll, the world has witnessed 
turbulence & humanitarian disasters 
brought by the US... in exporting the 
country's democratic model. 
 
Coming at the time when democracy in the US is
 "seriously ill," the 15,000-word report titled "The 
State of Democracy in the US," released by the
 Chinese Foreign Ministry --- gained high 
attention as soon as it was issued. 
 
It explained "what is democracy" and revealed three
 'malaises' of democracy in the US:-  its system is
fraught with deep-seated problems; its messy 
and chaotic practices of democracy; & the
disastrous consequences of the US's
 export of its brand of democracy; 
sending the world a strong voice
 from China -- that: "if no country 
seeks to dictate standards for 
democracy, imposes its own 
political system on others or
 uses democracy as a tool to
 suppress others, and when 
all countries can live and 
thrive in diversity, our 
world will be... a 
better place."
 
The report, first, recognized that the development of
 democracy in the US... was a step forward from an 
historical perspective, and then pointed out that 
democracy in the US has degenerated and 
become alienated, over the past years, 
which has increasingly deviated from 
the essence of democracy and its 
original design. 
 
It quoted a large number of reports, opinions, data 
and investigations conducted by US media, and 
papers written by reputed US scholars, 
showing the world... that these deep-
seated problems in US democracy 
have already been laid bare - 
battered and detested by
the American people 
themselves. 
 
"Problems like money politics, identity politics, 
wrangling between political parties, political 
polarization, social division, racial tension 
and the wealth gap, have become more 
acute. All this, has weakened the 
functioning of democracy in 
the US," it said. 
 
It is hoped that the US will improve its own system 
and practices of democracy - and change its way 
of interacting with other countries. This is in the
 interest of, not only the American people, but 
also, the people of other countries, the 
report stressed. 
 
On Saturday, the State Council, China's cabinet,
 released a white paper...  "China: Democracy 
That Works," which introduced the country's 
whole-process people's democracy, under 
the leadership of the Communist Party of 
China, the sound institutional framework, 
the concrete and pragmatic practices of 
China's democracy - and the new model 
of democracy that China has developed.
 
Senior Chinese officials said, at a press conference to
 launch the white paper that China has the confidence
 and strength to expound on its democratic practice, 
as China has actively responded to people's 
requests and expectations, developed 
whole-process people's democracy... 
& achieved the widest participation 
of its people. 
 
The country's democracy is more extensive, more
 genuine and more effective than US democracy, 
as US politicians represent the vested interest 
groups, but, in China, their whole-process 
democracy ensures the implementation 
of policies that improve people's lives.
 
Lü Xiang, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy 
of Social Sciences, described the recent moves as
 "timely" and "to the point," as China has been
 relatively reserved in the world's 
political debates. 
 
Facing the US' tactics and propaganda campaign,
 China should explain its stance properly, telling 
people who lack sufficient understanding of 
China, about the country's democratic 
system and its achievements. 
 
"We do not export our political system, but when 
we're attacked, we should clarify how China's 
political structure works," Lü said.
 
According to the expert, the US tried to inculcate in
 the developing world, the idea that countries were
 growing slowly... because they did not emulate 
Western institutions. The report released by 
the Chinese Foreign Ministry makes it 
clearer to all countries... that US 
democracy is not only failing 
to deliver a good life for their 
people... but also, creating 
even more problems and 
disastrous outcomes...
for the world.
 
Diao Daming, an associate professor at the Renmin
 University of China in Beijing, noted that the two
 documents... do not mean to deny Western 
democracy, or engage in a confrontation 
with the US, but to set the facts straight 
and tell the international community,
 what is right and wrong. 
 
"China is also - on behalf of the international 
community - to expose the US' actions: 
as it faces the chaos of democracy at 
home, the US seeks hegemony in
 the international arena, under 
the guise of democracy.'' 
 
''The two reports issued by China, largely negate the
 legitimacy of the US-initiated democracy summit,"
 Diao said. 
 
As China has only published reports on the human
 rights records of the US previously, Diao referred 
to the report on US democracy, as "objective, 
professional, balanced and innovative," 
and which will help the international 
community know exactly what 
democracy is. 
 
Democracy is one of the common values pursued all
over the world... which means it is not what anyone 
says it is. It is based on the "efficacy of treatment," 
on the historical development status, path and
 construction needs of any country. It should 
meet the needs of the people and can 
effectively respond to the people, 
the expert said. 
 
So-called summit, a joke
 
"How to run a democracy summit when your own
 democracy is dying", the US magazine The 
National Interest asked, in an article 
published on Thursday, saying 
that "democratic standards 
should apply to everyone 
and are not just...  a 
vocabulary that the 
powerful use....  to 
lecture the weak."  
 
At Saturday's press conference, Xu Lin, Vice Minister 
of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central
Committee, and director of the State Council 
Information Office, said the US-manipulated 
so-called summit for democracy is a joke, 
as it is using democracy as a banner to 
crack down on countries with different 
systems and development models. He 
made the remarks... in response to a 
question on whether China and the
 US are battling over the narrative 
of democracy.
 
The US has ineffective domestic governance while
 imposing hegemony in its foreign policy. Isn't it 
ridiculous such a country claims itself to be a 
model of world democracy or a beacon of 
democracy? Xu asked. 
 
Fan Peng, a research fellow at the Institute of Political
 Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said 
the so-called democracy summit exactly reflects the 
US' decline in power and influence. 
 
"The US can't show to the world more staunch
democratic ethics, and moral standards, 
neither can it provide public goods for 
global security and stability, thus, it 
can only hope to stand on the so-
called moral high ground... to 
identify and unite... which 
countries will follow it.. 
and uses ideology... 
to stigmatize its 
opponents."
 
 
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China has 'confidence, strength,'
 in expounding on its democracy
- senior official
December 4th, 2:23pm (Global Times)
   
China has confidence and strength, in expounding
on its democratic practice, as China has actively 
responded to people's requests & expectations, 
developed a whole-process people's democracy
& achieved the widest participation of people, 
Xu Lin, Vice Minister of the Publicity Dept. of
the CPC Central Committee and Minister of
the 
State Council Information Office, said
at a 
press conference on Saturday, on
the 
launch of a white paper on 
China’s democracy.
 
Democracy is an important idea upheld unswervingly
 by the Communist Party of China, Xu said, at the 
press conference as China released the white 
paper on its democratic model, elaborating 
with details and examples, on how the 
whole-process democracy, with 
people's full participation,
works in the country. 
 
"China has the confidence and the strength of
 expounding on democracy," Xu noted, saying 
that the whole-process people's democracy
 covers the whole country, and more than 
1.4 billion people, as well as 56 ethnic 
groups, with the most extensive 
public participation. 
 
Whole-process people's democracy is a complete
system... with supporting mechanisms and 
procedures... and it has been fully tested 
through wide participation according to
the white paper. It integrates 2 major 
democratic models - electoral demo-
cracy and consultative democracy -
and operates a democratic system
...covering a population of over 1.4 
billion from 56 ethnic groups of a
vast country, making possible 
the broad and sustained 
participation of all its 
people, the white 
paper said. 
 
In the recent election of people's representatives
 in counties and townships -- more than 1 billion 
voters participated in the election, Xu noted. 
 
Since the country's reform and opening-up, China 
has, successively, held 12 direct elections of 
township-level people's congress deputies, 
and 11 direct elections of the county-level 
people's congress deputies. The voter
participation rate, has been
maintained at around
90%, 
he said. 
 
"There are many statistics and facts in this regard. 
These all reflect the true situation of democracy
in
 China, and are also a vivid manifestation of
the
 Chinese people being masters of their
country,"
 the senior official said. 
 
Democracy is the right of the people of all countries, 
not the patent of a few countries, Xu said. Whether 
a country is democratic or not, should be judged 
by its people; whether or not a country in the
 international community is democratic ,
should be judged by the international 
community, he noted. 
 
Concerning how democracy works in China, the 
white paper also indicated - that at the end of 
2020 all the 503,000 administrative villages 
and all 112,000 urban communities in 
China had established committees - 
where the residents can directly 
exercise their democratic right
 in residential areas.
 
Every nation should respect others' democratic 
models, based on equal and non-discriminative 
principles, Xu said, noting that China does not 
copy other countries' political systems.. nor 
does it demand others to copy its practice, 
as China believes that the world is diverse, 
and so is democracy. Every nation has
the 
right to choose their own path.  
 
 
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China: US Democracy Is 
River without Source, 
Tree without Roots
December 3rd, 1:51pm  (FNA)
 
Without popular support, American democracy has
long been a river, without a source and a tree 
without its roots, Chinese Foreign Ministry
Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press 
briefing on Friday.
 
Zhao made the remarks in response to a survey
 conducted by Harvard University - which found 
a striking lack of confidence in US democracy 
among young Americans - CGTN reported.
 
According to the survey, only 7 percent view the US 
as a "healthy democracy", 52 percent believe that 
democracy is either "in trouble" or "failing", 
35 percent anticipate a second civil war 
during their lifetimes, and 25 percent 
believe that at least one state
 will secede.
 
Noting the report, Zhao said American democracy 
is a trick to fool its citizens at home and a tool
to 
implement its hegemony abroad.
 
He also cited a poll commissioned by the Alliance of 
Democracies Foundation in May which showed that 
44 percent of respondents in 53 countries were 
concerned that the US threatens democracy
 in their country.
 
Echoing US film director Oliver Stone, who said the 
US is a "totally corrupt" government that spends 
$14 billion to elect a president, Zhao said US 
democracy is actually a money democracy.
 
The US Congress riot in early January exposed the
nature of American democracy, and the US hasty
withdrawal from Afghanistan once again proved
that imposing democracy on other countries, 
is a dead end, the spokesperson added.
 
 
 
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Protesters demand Ukrainian 
president quit - on day of
 ‘planned coup’
December 2nd, 2:52pm (RT)
 
A large crowd took to the streets of Kiev
- demanding the resignation of Ukrainian
 President Volodymyr Zelensky - on the 
same day that he claimed a Russian
-
backed coup d'etat would be 
launched against his 
government.
 
The demonstrations kicked off Wednesday and
 are understood to have included members of
 Ukrainian nationalist parties, supporters of 
former President Petro Poroshenko, and 
activists representing small business 
owners and entrepreneurs. A total of 
around 1,000 people are said to have 
gathered in Ukraine's capital, Kiev... 
calling for Zelensky’s impeachment 
and the dissolution of the Rada,
the
 national parliament.
 
One protest leader told local media, “the regime’s
actions... amount to a governmental coup. The
constitution is being flouted and the nation’s 
interests are being given away.” Protesters 
set up a sign declaring “Save Ukraine – 
Stop the coup”... in the iconic Maidan 
square, the site of the uprising that 
ousted the country’s elected 
government and began a
 turn toward the West,
 in 2014.
 
The march began around 9am, with police deployed
 near the parliament building. Streets appeared 
mostly empty, by 10pm. The protest’s 
organizers announced that there 
will be another action - on 
December 12th.
 
On November the 3rd, a similar march took place in the
 same part of the capital... against Ukraine’s Covid-19
 quarantine and vaccination rules, which critics say
 have been ineffective, and hurt businesses.
 
Last week, Zelensky announced that he had
 uncovered 'a plot' to overthrow him and his
 government on December 1st. He claimed 
that the plot involved one of Ukraine’s 
wealthiest businessmen, Rinat 
Akhmetov, and he dispatched 
Ukraine's Security Service,
 the SBU, to investigate a 
potential conspiracy 
between Akhmetov 
& “certain citizens 
of Russia.”
 
In a speech at Wednesday’s protest, Ukrainian
 politician, Alexander Turchinov, called the 
alleged coup a fake, saying, “They look 
like fools. The threat of a coup, is 
coming from Bankova Street,”
 where the Ukrainian govern
-ment maintains offices.


 
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Belarus to halt Russian energy flow 
to Europe: amid tensions with Poland
December 1st, 11:01am (PressTV)
 
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko says his 
government will suspend Russian energy flows to 
Europe --- in response to Poland's closure of the 
border with his country amid a migrant crisis.
 
Citing the president, RIA news agency reported on
 Wednesday, that Minsk was ready to halt one of 
the largest gas pipelines supplying natural gas 
to Europe.
 
He made the remark... after Poland extended its 
controversial emergency measures restricting 
access to its border with Belarus, at midnight
 on Tuesday. 
 
The Polish Interior Ministry announced the extension
of a controversial state of emergency:  that bars all
non-residents - including journalists & aid charities
 - from the border area. The ban will be applied to 
183 populated areas..... and enters into force.... 
on Wednesday.
 
For weeks, thousands of migrants have been 
stranded in the freezing forests and swamp-
lands of the Poland-Belarus border, as 
Warsaw has closed the frontier and 
prevented them crossing over.
 
The refugees, mostly from West Asia, Afghanistan, 
and Africa, are trying to enter the European Union.
 
Under the state of emergency declared in the 
border region in September, the media and 
aid charities --- were completely banned
from 
entering the border zone.
 
Warsaw says the restrictions were necessary for 
security reasons... but the opposition says the 
ban was intended to cover up rights abuses. 

Poland's Human Rights Ombudsman ---  has 
criticized the new law, saying -- it gives the 
interior minister the right to limit freedom 
of movement and to limit access to 
information --- about what is 
happening on the border
... indefinitely.
 
At least 12 migrants have lost their lives since the
 crisis began in the summer, aid groups say, 
calling for a de-escalation and a 
humanitarian response to
 the problem.
 
Last month, Polish police fired tear gas and
water cannons at people trying to cross
the border.
 
Belarus then began moving hundreds of the 
refugees to shelters, offering them their
first 
humanitarian aid in weeks.
 
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week that 
Poland shared responsibility for the migrants'
 "acute suffering" in the border area.
 
The West accuses Belarus of coordinating an
 unprecedented wave of asylum seekers, in 
retaliation for existing sanctions imposed 
by the bloc on his country. Lukashenko 
has denied the allegation.
 
 
 
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Scottish schoolgirls
 ‘boycott gender-
neutral toilets’
November 27th, 1:57pm (RT)
 
The introduction of gender-neutral toilets in Scottish
 schools hasn’t panned out as activists hoped, with
 girls in one school reportedly refusing to use the
 facilities due to misbehaviour and vandalism 
by boys.
 
Gender-neutral bathrooms are becoming increasingly
 common - in Scottish educational institutes. Schools
 in Angus, Dundee, East Renfrewshire, and Edinburgh
 have all introduced the facilities, and all new school 
buildings - primary and secondary - in Edinburgh will
 soon have unisex toilets, & communal hand-washing
 facilities by default. The move to gender neutrality is
 supported by Scottish National Party politicians and
 by a Scottish Equality & Human Rights Commission
--- which warned schools in 2019, that they leave
themselves open to lawsuits.... by not 
providing such facilities.
 
However, the implementation of ‘gender-blind’
 bathrooms hasn’t been a smooth one. Scottish
 Borders Councillor Harry Scott told a council 
meeting on Thursday that in one school, 
“there have been instances of boys 
waving sanitary products like flags 
and urinating in sanitary bins,” 
according to the Southern 
Reporter.
 
Girls at the school have “gone days without using
 toilets on campus due to sharing facilities,” the 
report claimed. The school in question added 
afterwards that it was “unaware” of these
 incidents, and noted that... within the 
shared bathrooms... some individual 
cubicles were reserved for each sex.
 
Yet students of both genders still share common 
areas within these bathrooms. “Why is it not 
possible to have male, female and gender-
neutral toilets which would cater for the
 needs of everyone?” Scott said at the 
meeting. “Why can that not be 
achieved in our schools?”
 
Parents across Scotland have pushed back against 
gender-neutral toilets in secondary schools, which 
can see 12-year-old girls using the same facilities 
as 18-year-old men. The facilities are unpopular
 with the Scottish public too, and a recent poll 
showed 56% of Scots opposing them, and 
only 21% in favour. 
 
Some 22% said they supported gender-neutral toilets,
 but only alongside traditional single-sex bathrooms.
 
“I would like to know... who is pressing for gender-
neutral toilets because it’s not parents,” feminist
 campaigner, Marion Calder, told The Times on 
Friday. “I suspect it is coming from LGBTQ 
guidance award schemes.”
 
 
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Interpol elects Emirati general 
accused of rights abuses 
as president
November 25th, 11:15am (PressTV)


An Emirati general accused of torture has been
 appointed as the head of the International 
Criminal Police Organization, commonly 
known as Interpol, despite widespread 
opposition from human rights activists.


“Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab
 Emirates has been elected to the post of 
President (4-yr term),” Interpol tweeted 
on Thursday.


Raisi, who is, currently, the inspector general at 
the UAE's Interior Ministry... was elected as the 
new Interpol president during the international 
law enforcement body’s General Assembly in 
the Turkish city of Istanbul.


The controversial appointment follows generous
 funding by the UAE, for the Lyon, France-based
 organization.


Two British men, who were formerly imprisoned 
in the UAE, have recently accused Raisi of 
torture and filed legal complaints 
against him.


“He is absolutely responsible for torture. The 
message his candidacy sends, is that, not 
only can you do this... and get away with 
it, but be rewarded,” Matthew Hedges, 
one of the ex-inmates, told 
The Guardian.


Earlier this month, three European Parliament
 members wrote a letter to EC President,
 Ursula von der Leyen, to warn of the
 impact the Emirati general's 
appointment would have 
on Interpol.


"The election of General Al Raisi would undermine 
the mission and reputation of Interpol and
severely 
affect the ability of the
organization to carry out its
 mission effectively,"
they wrote.


In October, a coalition of 19 organizations 
condemned the UAE’s “poor human rights
record, including the 
systematic use of
torture 
and ill-treatment, in state
 security facilities.”


They also said Raisi is "part of a security apparatus
that continues to systematically target peaceful 
critics, rendering civic space virtually 
non-existent."


The appointment would... “damage Interpol’s 
reputation and stand in great contradiction 
to the spirit of the Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights and the organization’s 
mission,” they warned.





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IAEA Chief Calls for Supervision
 over Israel’s Atomic Program
November 24th, 12:28pm (FNA)
 
Director-General of the International Atomic Energy
 Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi underlined the need 
for Israel to join the Non Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) 
to provide the UN nuclear watchdog’s
access to
 its clandestine nuclear program.
 
“What I can say is that we believe that every country
 should subscribe to the nuclear Non Proliferation
 Treaty. This is something that is very important.
 The General Conference of the IAEA, has 
approved several resolutions insisting
 that every state in the world adheres 
to this treaty, which we believe is 
very important,” Grossi told 
presstv on Tuesday.
 
He said the IAEA General Conference... had
“repeatedly
 approved resolutions exhorting”
Israel, among others, to be part of the NPT.
 
Israel has long been possessing nuclear arms, 
refusing to join the NPT, and attempts to pile
 pressure on NPT signatory, Iran.
 
The IAEA chief was then questioned about its 
position on the Israeli regime’s possession 
of a nuclear arsenal... and the regime’s 
simultaneous refusal to subscribe to
 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation 
Treaty (NPT).
 
 
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In praise of worker’s songs
by Ben Lunn 
November 1st, (Morning Star)


Culture...  has been a vital element of all classes and 
cultures throughout humanity. With the development 
of the working class or proletariat, came into being
a
 musical and artistic expression which reflected
the 
character of their existence and was able to 
express their concerns.... highlight injustices 
against them, as well as find ways to bring 
their kin closer together, through art, 
culture, or music and song.
 
Within the 19th century cultural voices and institutions 
began to emerge, in the form of choirs, like Clarion, 
brass bands, and other groups. Many of these 
were born out of employers finding a
creative 
outlet for their workers –
particularly 
common among
the collieries.
 
Others were born out of cultural outreach from religious
 institutions, like the Methodist church, or the Salvation 
Army. Though this had a creative and cultural benefit 
...because of its connection to employers, or the 
church... anti-establishment, or general
radicalism,
 was, likely, squashed.
 
With the birth of the Labour Party, discussions of how 
culture could be used by the workers, began to be
 more popularised.

William Morris’s discussions 
are quite fascinating, as
you can see where the 
concerns and worries were:
that working 
people... should have nice things at
home, 
that culture and art are ways to enrich 
our lives, that bourgeois appreciation 
of art as art, will push art into 
something only enjoyed by 
collectors, and not 
by humans.
 
With the turn of the 20th century there was a push by
 numerous individuals and groups... to find ways to 
take the creative tools that working-class people 
had developed and use them as an avenue to 
galvanise the working class to be 
more militant.
 
This was quite a particularly curious period as figures 
like Edward Carpenter, Hanns Eisler, Ethel Smyth, 
Alan Bush, Rutland Boughton, and numerous 
others, began to come to the foreground. 
 
This was also accompanied by the formation of groups 
like the London Labour Choral Union, the Workers’
Music 
Association, and the Clarion Singers,
to name a few.
 
From the ’50s onwards, workers’ songs fell by the wayside
 as pop music and all its sub-genres, from R’n’B to Death
 Metal and Dubstep, fell into the hands of capitalism,
 despite many groups continuing to come from 
working-class backgrounds.
 
Today, workers’ music is a bit of a niche, which I feel is a 
real shame – as there are so many things we could learn.
 Throughout November, once a week, I will focus on a 
figure or two and discuss their life, and show off a 
song that deserves particular mention.
 
I'll look at arguably the most famous workers’ songs
--- 
Jim Connell’s Red Flag, and Eugene Pottier’s 
Internationale. Pierre de Geyter, who turned 
the Interationale into song, and The White 
Cockade, the original, intended melody 
for the Red Flag was a pub song, then
put to use to improve workers’ lives.
 
Ethel Smyth was a militant suffragist, imprisoned for her
 militancy, and much like Carpenter or Morris, was born
 into a middle-class life... but committed her life to 
fighting for the advancement of women
 in society.
 
The “Karl Marx of music,” Hanns Eisler, was a composer 
who utilised numerous idioms, to help fight for the 
working class in Germany and internationally, 
by writing propaganda songs, with 
Bertolt Brecht.
 
A personal favourite of mine is the Pitman Poet, Tommy
 Armstrong. A man who wrote poems and songs 
expressing life in the coalfields – discussing 
things from the silly - like Hedgehog Pie -
mourning the loss in a mining accident, 
like Trimdon Grange, or singing about 
the noble efforts of striking pitmen
 across north-east England.
 
Then there is Paul Robeson, a man who promoted 
workers’ songs in numerous languages and from 
numerous cultures including a Yiddish partisan
 song, Zog nit Keynmol, the Chinese March of
the
 Volunteers, the Polish Warszawianka,
Joe Hill,
 and the Peatbog Soldiers.
 
The hope is that these sessions could help rejuvenate 
interest in this tradition, but there is also a hope --- 
to create a workers’ choir in the west of Scotland.
 
 These sessions are open to everyone and so
 I really hope you can come join us – hope to 
see you there!
 
For more information visit:
 
 facebook.com/UniteCommunityScotland
 
 
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Report Finds...   One in Three 
Gangland Murders in London
 Linked to Drill Rap 
October 11th, 12:23pm (FNA)
 
 One in three London homicides in 2018 was linked 
to drill music, a Policy Exchange report found.
 
The report analyses a decade of knife crime data, 
pointing to the role of drill music, social media, 
revenge attacks... and the failure of police 
strategy in the rise of gang violence, 
The Independent reported.
 
Analysis by Policy Exchange found that of the 41 gang
 related homicides in 2018, drill music played a role in
 at least one third (36.5 percent) of them. This was 
where either the victim or perpetrator was an 
aspiring drill rapper, or drill music videos 
were used as evidence in the trial. This 
figure was 23 percent in 2019.
 
Knife crime reached its highest level of the decade in 2019
 as 44 knife offences were committed a day with 94 fatal
 stabbing victims. Additionally, at least 25% of cases in 
2018 and 2019 are directly linked to retaliation, the
 report says.
 
Additionally, of the gang related homicides in London, 80
 percent of the victims and perpetrators were black or 
from an ethnic minority background... with black 
people in the capital five times more likely to 
be stabbed, than white or Asian people.
 
The report’s author, Sophia Falkner, took aim at social media
 and big brands for “glorifying, encouraging and legitimising”
 gang culture. The report called out Adidas in particular for
 launching a social media campaign with the drill rapper 
Headie One, three weeks before he was imprisoned
 for six months, for carrying a knife.
 
“Despite the rise of ‘woke capitalism’ and many of these
 companies’ explicit stance against racism, we have
to 
ask...  why there is continued support for the 
perpetrators of violent gang related crime
 in London, whose victims are over-
whelmingly black and 
ethnic
minority,” 
 Falkner said.
 
The Policy Exchange researcher added that brands risk
 encouraging young people to buy into the idea that 
criminal behaviour is “fashionable” by promoting 
artists who are imprisoned for carrying knives.
 
Drill is a music genre characterised by violent
lyrics, 
ominous beats, and gang affiliations.
 
 

John Hughes stamps issued by Donetsk

 DPR Ministry of Education announces 
development programme for 2022-2026
Donetsk, December 1st, 10:28am (DAN)
 
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 The DPR Ministry of Education is drafting a 
development programme for the sector, 
until 2026, the first deputy Education
 minister, Lyubov Volkova, said.
 
"We have prepared a development programme for 2022-
2026, and it includes the digitalization of education, 
the optimization of training professionals, and
enhancing the technical basis" 
she said.

Cooperation with the 
Russian
Federation, is one 
of
the priorities.
 
Various digital programmes are being developed, 
such as the "Abiturient (a school graduate who 
is willing to enter a university), and online 
educational platforms. "Digital
certificates 
will be issued
as well," she said.
 
The programme of the DPR's social and economic
development, was adopted in September this
year: it provides for the raising of pensions 
and social benefits; business support; 
and infrastructure development.
 
 
 
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DPR, LPR announce website 
to gather data on Ukraine’s 
war crimes
November 25th, 3:12pm (DAN)
 
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The Donbass Republics have launched a website that will
gather information on Ukraine’s war crimes and missing
persons. It was presented at Thursday's online
conference: “The Seared Memory of 
Donbass:
Ukrainian army’s war crimes... 
and new
information on the massacres 
of civilians.”
 
“The website is expected to consolidate our efforts,
 provide authentic information on the number of
 casualties during the conflict, show progress 
in our work and tell what made mass graves 
come about.  A large number of people are
 missing. The website will post the stories 
of the people who experienced Ukrainian 
aggression & lost their kin, since 2014,” 
LPR Public Chamber member, Sergey 
Belov, said.
 
The website address is donbasstragedy.info.
 
 It contains a photo gallery and a feedback window. 

Any resident of the region can contribute their 
stories.. share their information about a mass 
grave or send photos. It is planned to launch 
website versions in several languages...
 including French and German.
 
This last summer, the DPR and the LPR stepped up 
the search for missing persons. They established
 specialized bodies which included officials, law
-
enforcers and experts. These bodies were 
tasked with organizing the search for the 
missing persons, composing a register 
of the missing, gathering information 
on them, creating a database of the 
missing and deceased and their 
relatives, and coordinating 
exhumation efforts, the
identification of bodies 
and... handing them 
over to relatives.
 
In the DPR, the first exhumation was carried out in
 Snezhnoye’s Ovsyanoe cemetery on August 19th. 
 
As of now, the remains of 150 unidentified Donbass 
conflict victims have been exhumed in the DPR, 
since 2014.
 

 
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DPR development Programme 
provides for 70% GDP increase
Donetsk, November 24th, 1:33pm (DAN) 
 
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The DPR Social and Economic Development
 Programme previews a 70 pc GDP increase 
by 2025, and a similar increase in exports, 
the Minister of Economic Development 
of the Republic, Alexey Polovyan,
 told DAN.
 
“The expected result of the implementation of the
 Programme for 2022-2024, is: the growth of GDP 
by more than 70% (compared to 2020); a more 
than 70% growth of the GDP per capita. Also, 
by 2025, we are aiming at an increase in 
exports by 70%, and an increase in the 
foreign trade balance by almost 30%,” 
the minister said.
 
He added that one of the key targets of the Programme
 is to at least double wages in the industry and the coal
 sector. Earlier, it was reported that the average 
monthly salary is expected to be increased 
by 2.3 times.
 
The Socio-Economic Development Programme
for
 2022-2024.... was adopted in September.
It includes:
 raising wages and pensions,
creating tens of 
thousands of jobs,
measures to support 
businesses,
and infrastructure development. 
 
 
 
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 DPR coal and energy sector
 to receive 5 bln roubles
 of investment
Donetsk, November 12th, 4:37pm (DAN)
 
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 The investments into DPR coal and energy sectors 
will amount to five billion roubles (USD 70 mln),
the 
Deputy Minister of Coal and Energy,
Alexey 
Vasilenko, said, at the round
table 
organized by the Donetsk
 Republic social movement.
 
"The investment programmes provide for 1 bln roubles
 subsidies in 2022-2024 for coal enterprises and 1 bln
 roubles subsidies for overhaul projects of energy
 companies in 2023-2024," he said.
 
Investment programmes cover the reconstruction of the 
energy unit No.10 of the Starobeshevo coal power plant,
 repair works at the cooling tower No.2 of the Zuevo coal 
power plant, to provide for a more flexible management 
of the station's resources, and to put all three power 
units into operation.
 
Earlier reports said that the Republic plans to 
produce 21.2 mln tons of coal, in three years. 
 
 
 
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DPR Post issues postal card
 on the October Socialist 
Revolution anniversary
November 1st, 4:28pm (DAN)
 
 DPR State Post issued post cards with an 
original stamp, for the Day of the Great 
October Socialist Revolution.
 
"The "Soviet Holidays" series... is supplemented 
with a postal card commemorating one of the 
greatest holidays of the Soviet state. Postal 
cards with the "Great October Socialist 
Revolution" stamps... were issued on 
November 3rd, 2021," the Post said.
 
Cards are available at the Post shop,
at 72 
Artyoma Street, Donetsk. 
 
The October Revolution was a revolution in Russia 
led by the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin. 

November 7th, 2021 marked the 104th 
anniversary... of the uprising in 
Petrograd (St Petersburg). 
 
The following day, the Winter Palace (the seat of the
 Provisional government located in Petrograd, then 
capital of Russia) was captured. This coup, is 
considered to have started the creation of
the state 
known as... the Soviet Union.

 
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Donbass Post
issues its first 
stamp featuring metal & coal
Donetsk, October 25th, 11:03am (DAN)
 
 DPR State Post has issued a metal stamp, 
for the first time ever, featuring samples 
of coal: to commemorate the 300th 
anniversary of the discovery of 
coal deposits in Donbass.
 
"We are extremely proud to present our new 
"stamp in metal" - an installation combining
the real rock and metal," the press
statement 
issued by the
Post, says.
 
The stamp is made of brass, it is 
30 mm in diameter, its weight, 
is 17 grams.
 
The installation is decorated with 
a guiding star, and mining tools.
 
The first-day-envelope, with a black-and-
gold lining is also available for purchase.
 
The price of the commemorative sign is 
900 rubles, the envelope in a frame 
costs 1,000 rubles, at the store
at
 72, Artyoma street. 
 
 
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DPR Post issues stamps featuring 
Welsh engineer John Hughes, 
founder of Donetsk
April 2nd, 2021 at 2:28pm
 (DAN news agency) 


The DPR's State Post has issued a postal stamp featuring 
John James Hughes, a Welsh engineer, businessman and 
founder of the city of Donetsk.
 
The stamp is decorated with Donetsk coat-of-arms and 
Hughes portrait. The stamp can be used for registered 
letters with receipt up to 20 gr, in accordance with the 
current fee rate of 44 rubles.
 
The number of copies issued is 30,024.
 
The envelope for the new stamp features pictograms 
representing industrial objects and clippings of 
Donbass geological map.
 
Hughes moved to the Russian Empire, in the summer of 1870, 
at the age of 55, as Millwall Iron Works Company received an 
order, from the Imperial Russian Government, for the plating 
of a naval fortress being built at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea.
 
He immediately started to build metal works close to the 
river Kalmius, at a site near the village of Alexandrovka.
 
Over the next twenty years, the works prospered and
expanded, 
first under John Hughes and then, after
his death, in 1889, 
under the management of
four of his sons.
 
John Hughes died on June 17th, in 1889,
during 
a business trip to St Petersburg.
 
According to some sources, Hughes taught
himself 
to write, and could only read
capital letters.
 


Saint Nicholas's Day

 
Today, December the 6th, is 
 
Saint Nicholas Day,
(Feast of St Nicholas)
 
Observed on December the 5th or 6th, in Western
Christian countries, and on
December the 19th,
in Eastern Christian countries, 
using the old
church Calendar, is the
 feast day of Saint
Nicholas of Myra;
 it falls within the
season of Advent.
 
It is celebrated as a Christian festival with particular
 regard to Saint Nicholas' reputation as a bringer of
 gifts, as well as through the attendance of 
church services.
 
In the European countries of Germany and Poland,
 boys have, traditionally, dressed as bishops and
 begged alms for the poor. In Poland, children 
wait for St. Nicholas to come and to put a 
present under their pillows --- provided 
that the children were good during
 the year. 
 
Children who behaved badly, may expect to find a 
twig or a piece of coal under their pillows. In the
 Netherlands, Dutch children put out a shoe 
filled with hay... and a carrot for Saint 
Nicholas' horse. 
 
On Saint Nicholas Day, gifts are tagged with personal
 humorous rhymes, written by the sender. In the US,
 one custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is
 children leaving their shoes in the foyer on Saint
 Nicholas Eve, in the hope that Saint Nicholas
will 
place some coins on the soles.
 
The US' Santa Claus, as well as the UK's Father
Christmas, derive from Saint Nicholas. "Santa 
Claus" is, itself, derived, in part, from the
Dutch 
Sinterklaas, the saint's name
in that 
language.

However, the gift giving 
associated with
these descendant 
figures is associated 
with Christmas Day, rather than with 
Saint Nicholas Day itself.





 

 The bakers’ disaffiliation
from Labour --- a wake-up
call to the whole movement
September 29th, (Morning Star)
 
The decision by the bakers’ union to disaffiliate 
from Labour ends an historic relationship older 
than the party itself.
 
President Ian Hodson notes that Keir Starmer 
should “hang his head in shame”, at having 
provoked the end of ties that stretch 
across three centuries.
 
With motions opposed by the leader’s office... passing 
every day, the resignation of his shadow employment 
rights minister, exposing his role in blocking support 
for raising the minimum wage and statutory sick pay 
and now the disaffiliation of a union that helped to 
found the party -- conference 2021 is looking less
like a car crash for Starmer, than a multi-
vehicle pile-up.
 
Labour apparently made numerous promises to the bakers 
that it would take steps to resolve the crisis provoked by 
its threat to “auto-exclude” their president. Its failure to 
deliver on these promises, in time to prevent today’s 
momentous decision, indicates incompetence or 
duplicity; with Starmer’s team, it is difficult
to 
know which.
 
The reasons the union gives for disaffiliation touch 
on two key features of Keir Starmer’s leadership.
 
The first is the targeting of Hodson in the first place.
 
The decision to ban membership of four left organisations 
this summer, reflects the extreme intolerance and 
authoritarianism that characterise Labour’s 
“new management.”
 
Transparently a bid to hound out socialists, the party 
machine’s behaviour since ---  excluding members 
for having had dealings with these groups before 
they were banned... demanding that members 
prove a negative, by providing evidence that 
they did not support these organisations — 
are a travesty of justice... which 
demonstrates the contempt in 
which Labour officialdom 
holds Labour members.
 
In picking on Hodson, Labour threw a gauntlet to the bakers. 
As general secretary Sarah Woolley says, BFAWU members 
saw the attack on their president as an attack on them. 
“When you pick on one of us you pick on all of us,”
 the union statement reads; “that’s what 
solidarity means.”
 
The BFAWU here is grappling with a fundamental question 
for the whole left: how do we respond --- to the smearing 
and persecution of thousands of committed socialists 
& trade unionists, by the current Labour leadership? 
How do we stand with them?
 
The second is the question on so many trade 
unionists’ lips: what is the Labour Party 
doing for us?
 
Why is it opposing pay rises for key workers who have 
kept the country running through an unprecedented 
crisis? Why is it opposing higher sick pay, in a 
global pandemic — when union after union 
has reported its members being terrified 
even to get tested for Covid, because 
they can’t afford time off sick?
 
The two aspects are of course interlinked. Labour’s 
current leadership are, to quote Hodson, “in the 
bosses’ pocket.” And it is engaged in an all-
consuming campaign to smash the radical
 left, that gave hope of real change to so 
many in the party’s very recent past.
 
Its purges of a left that was easily routed at the last 
leadership election, like its desperation to change 
rules around reselecting MPs... that posed no 
threat to any sitting MP, might smack
 of paranoia.
 
But they reflect a Labour right that understands the left 
is popular.. and that its socialist programme commands 
wide public sympathy. No chance, however small, of
left resurgence can be allowed. We must never 
underestimate the ruthlessness of the right - 
but its very extremism is testament to the 
potential it knows the left still has.
 
The bakers are a fighting union. Their McStrike campaigns 
have given them one of the highest profiles of any union 
among the young, and the delegates who have voted to 
disaffiliate are poorly paid workers, mostly from old 
“red wall” seats.
 
If Labour loses people like these, its chances of electoral 
recovery shrink still further. All affiliated unions have 
good reason --- to make the bakers’ departure
wake-up call.
 

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UK Labour leader says it’s ‘not right’ 
to claim only women have cervixes
September 26th, 11:25am (RT)
 
Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, 
claimed on Sunday that people should not say only 
women have a cervix, calling it “not right,” after 
one of his MPs received threats online for 
making the statement.
 
When asked by BBC presenter Andrew Marr whether it 
was “transphobic to say only women have a cervix,” 
Starmer replied, “It’s something that shouldn’t be 
said. It’s not right.”
 
Pressed on whether someone who does think only women 
have a cervix, would be welcome in the Labour Party, 
Starmer said, “We need to have a mature, respectful 
debate about trans rights and… bear in mind that 
the trans community, are among the most 
marginalised and abused communities.”
 
“Wherever we’ve got to in the law, we need to go further,
 and we want to go further,” he continued, concluding, 
however, that the Labour Party conference would be
 “a place which is safe for that debate to take place.”
 
Starmer made the comments, after the Labour MP for 
Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, received threats online 
for saying “only women have a cervix”. In 
response to the threats, she said she 
would feel unsafe attending this 
week’s conference. Starmer 
told Marr he had assured 
Duffield she would be 
safe at the event.
 
Many social media users criticised Starmer’s
comments, 
accusing him of “denying the
biological truth and 
existence of
the female sex”.
 
“Keir Starmer has blown it. He’s not getting my vote,”
 tweeted one woman, while another predicted the 
stance would “haunt” the Labour Party leader 
for the rest of his career.
 
“I am afraid that it is the case that only women have a 
cervix. Not altogether sure how this biological fact 
ever became remotely controversial,” opined 
Mark Seddon, the ex-media adviser to
former
 United Nations General
Assembly president 
María
Fernanda Espinosa.
 
 
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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary 
Lisa Nandy: Claims Iran Building 
Nukes and Backs Arming Israel 
by James Tweedie
September 2nd, 1:40pm (Sputnik)
 
Israel has long accused Iran of covertly developing 
its own nuclear weapons, in breach of the Nuclear 
Non-Proliferation Treaty and the JCPOA nuclear 
deal with the US, Russia, China, and the 
European Union.
 
Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has 
said she opposes a ban on arms sales to Israel - 
claiming Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
 
The Wigan MP made the comments at a Jewish 
Representative Council (JRC) meeting, in her 
hometown of Manchester, on Wednesday.
 
She said neither she, nor Shadow Middle East Minister 
Wayne David, "support the blocking of the sale of 
weapons to Israel that helped it deflect rocket 
attacks" during May's Israeli offensive on the 
besieged Gaza Strip, adding: "Israel has a 
right to defend itself and Israel's citizens 
have a right to live in peace 
and security".
 
"We have to be very cautious in relation to Iran", Nandy 
said. "This is a state that is still using... developing 
nuclear weapons, that has shown no signs of 
dropping their hard-line approach".
 
Nuclear Deal
 
Claims by Israel — the only country in the Middle East that 
reportedly has nuclear arms - that Iran is trying to get the 
bomb, have proven a political obstacle to US President
Joe
 Biden's stated intent to return to the 2015 Joint 
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal 
with Iran... which his predecessor Donald 
Trump officially withdrew from, in 2018.
 
The JCPOA saw sanctions on Iranian oil exports imposed in
2006, lifted, in return for access to International Atomic 
Energy Agency inspectors to Iranian nuclear facilities.
 
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwah 
or religious judgment against nuclear weapons in the 1990s, 
and has restated that position several times since 2003. But 
in January, the government began enriching uranium to 20 
percent fissile material content — not pure enough for a 
nuclear weapon, but above the level used in most 
power stations.
 
Iran's new conservative President Ebrahim Raisi has taken a 
much harder line with Washington's readmittance to the 
JCPOA, than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani.
 
Nandy also backed the Conservative government's decision 
to boycott this September's 20th anniversary reconvening 
of the World Conference Against Racism held in the South 
African city of Durban, in 2001, saying: "We shouldn't be 
supporting the promotion of anti-Semitism".
 
The Israeli and the US delegations walked out of the 2001 
conference... in protest...  even after they had forced the 
removal of criticisms of Israel from the final declaration.
 
Solidarity Denied
 
The frontbencher also accused unnamed individuals of 
exploiting the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to 
"spout hate and divide people".
 
Britain's Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is 
organising protests against next week's annual 
Defence and Security Equipment International 
(DSEI) arms fair at London's ExCel convention 
centre, under the slogan: "Stop Arming Israel".
 
Young Labour chair, Jess Barnard, tweeted, on Tuesday, 
that party officials had informed her PSC was effectively 
barred from the Labour conference in Brighton, at the 
end of September — along with former leader and 
Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn.
 
— Jess Barnard (@JessicaLBarnard) August 31, 2021
 
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer ordered Corbyn's suspension 
from the party and its parliamentary group, last November... 
after he challenged an Equality and Human Rights 
Commission report, alleging Labour was riddled 
with anti-Semitism.
 
Nandy told Wednesday's meeting that Luciana Berger, one 
of six Labour MPs who defected to the now-defunct anti-
Brexit Change UK party, should be readmitted and 
promptly selected as a parliamentary candidate.
 
"I want her in parliament, because she is one of the best 
MPs we have ever had", she said, of the Jewish former 
party member.
 
 
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 Poor Ken:  Corbyn-Ally 
Director Loach Expelled
 From Labour Party...
in 
Starmer's 'Purge'
by James Tweedie
August 14th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)


The 85-year-old director said he had been expelled 
for... failing to "disown" other targets of Sir Keir 
Starmer's "witch hunt" against left-wingers, 
and that the Labour chief would never
 lead a "party of the people".
 
British left-wing film director Ken Loach has been 
expelled from the Labour Party, for backing other
 targets of leader Sir Keir Starmer's "witch hunt".
 
Loach, a prominent supporter of suspended 
former party leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
tweeted 
the news on Saturday.
 
The "Kes" director hinted that he had joined 
Geronimo the Alpaca on Starmer's hit list, 
for his refusal to "disown" members of 4
left-wing factions banned last month by 
the party leadership — and said former
 director of public prosecutions, Sir 
Keir, was no man of "the people".
 
"Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and 
comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed 
a witch hunt", Loach charged. "Starmer and his 
clique will never lead a party of the people. 
We are many, they are few. Solidarity".
 
Labour's top administrative body, the National Executive 
Committee (NEC), agreed, in July, to collectively 
proscribe the groups: Socialist Appeal, Labour 
Against the Witch Hunt, the Labour in Exile 
Network, and Resist — potentially leading 
to the expulsion of some 1,000 party 
members. 
 
At the same time, it emerged the party was laying off 
long-serving staff at its HQ, due to a cash shortage 
caused by the mass exodus of members, while 
also hiring scores of short-term employees, 
to help identify new targets for 
disciplinary action.
 
Corbyn's former shadow home secretary, John 
McDonnell — who is closely associated with 
Socialist Appeal — denounced the 
expulsion of "such a fine
 socialist" as a 
"disgrace". 
 
Yet McDonnell also recently welcomed the defection 
to Labour... of former Conservative MP and 
Parliamentary speaker, John Bercow, 
who was chair of the Conservative 
Students when that organisation 
produced "Hang Nelson 
Mandela" t-shirts.
 
Loach also drew support on Twitter from left-wing
 Labour MPs, trade union leaders, and the former 
Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, 
of the Syriza party.
 
Loach gained fame in the 60s for his "kitchen sink" 
social dramas, such as "Cathy Come Home",
"Poor
 Cow", and "Kes".
 
But his 1995 film "Land and Freedom"... set during the 
Spanish Civil War, was controversial for its sectarian 
claims of atrocities by Soviet-backed Republican 
forces resisting the fascist takeover, led by 
General Francisco Franco - yet glorifying
 the six-day May 1937 Trotskyist POUM 
insurrection in Barcelona, against
the
 Socialist-led government
of 
the republic.
 
Loach's last two films "I, Daniel Blake" and "Sorry We 
Missed You" deal with the lives of a benefit claimant 
and package delivery drivers.
 
The latest polls show Starmer's Labour still trailing 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Tories... by around
 ten percentage points.. despite a string of recent 
government rows and scandals.
 
 
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Supporters 
Drawing Up Proposal...  to 
Reinstate Former Labour 
Leader as Party MP
by Oleg Burunov
August 8th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)


In October 2020, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from 
the UK Labour Party after insisting that anti-Semitism 
in the party, had been “dramatically overstated for 
political reasons by our opponents …as well as 
by much of the media”.
 
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have hammered out a plan 
that may provide UK Labour Party members with the 
power to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn as a Labour MP.
 
According to The Guardian, a proposal made by activists 
from the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy... 
stipulates that an urgent rule change is needed
 to close a “gaping hole in the Labour Party 
rule book” and hand more authority to 
party members.
 
The newspaper cited the proposal as saying that “the PLP
 [Parliamentary Labour Party] is not accountable to [the] 
annual [Labour] conference” and that the new plan 
“would require the PLP and chief whip to report 
directly to the conference, including on MPs’ 
discipline, with the conference able to 
confirm or reject disciplinary 
decisions... that are of 
concern to delegates”.
 
The Guardian reported that the possible rule change is seen 
as a way to reinstate Corbyn, a move that was criticised by 
Charlotte Nichols, the Labour MP for Warrington North.
 
“The last thing we need is a rule change that could lead 
to the second guessing of the outcome of bullying and 
sexual harassment cases or the debate of individual 
disciplinary cases. This is not how our complaints 
system should run and should be rejected if it 
goes to conference floor”, she told
The Guardian.
 
With the rule change-related proposal already circulating 
across the Labour Party, its local branches are facing 
calls to support the rule change during the upcoming
 Labour conference, something that is expected to 
embarrass the party’s leader Keir Starmer.
 
Corbyn’s Suspension
 
As far as Corbyn is concerned, the former Labour leader 
was suspended from the party in October 2020 over 
comments he made following the publication of
report by the Equality and Human Rights 
Commission (EHRC), which revealed 
that its investigation “into anti-
semitism in the Labour Party” 
had found “unlawful acts of 
discrimination and 
harassment”.
 
Corbyn responded by claiming that while "one anti-Semite 
is one too many" in the party, "the scale of the problem 
was also dramatically overstated for political reasons 
by our opponents inside and outside the party, as 
well as by much of the media”.
 
In November 2020, he was re-admitted to the party --- but 
Starmer at the time refused to restore the parliamentary 
whip to Corbyn, vowing to continue disciplinary action 
against the former leader through channels outside 
the party.
 
Starmer stressed that as leader of the PLP he had the right 
to withdraw the whip from MPs regardless of the decisions 
of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), on which 
he sits, along with representatives of the PLP and the
shadow cabinet.
 
"Since I was elected Labour leader I have made it my mission 
to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party”, Starmer 
stated. He added that Corbyn's response to the 
published report had "undermined and set 
back our work in restoring trust and
confidence... in the Labour 
Party’s
ability to tackle anti-Semitism”.
 
In mid-December 2019, Corbyn said that he would not lead 
the party “in any future general election campaign”, 
remarks that he made following the UK’s 2019 
general election, which saw Labour’s worst 
performance since 1935. This triggered a 
leadership election, in 2020, that was 
finally won by Starmer, Corbyn’s 
shadow Brexit secretary.
 
 
 
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UK Labour Party losing 
250 members a day -
since Sir Keir Starmer
 became leader - media
July 25th, 3:07pm (RT)
 
The UK Labour Party has lost 120,000 members – or a
 rate of 250 members per day – since Keir Starmer 
was elected leader last year, sending the party 
into a financial crisis, according to a 
new report.
 
The Labour Party now has just 430,000 members – a huge 
drop from the 550,000 who were in the party under the
former 
leader Jeremy Corbyn – after numbers started
to drop 
when Starmer was elected leader in April
2020, the 
Times has learned.
 
According to the article, Labour has lost up
 to £500,000 per month, from the exodus.


Because of the drop in members, plus other costs 
such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and the millions
of 
pounds that Labour has spent in legal costs 
during its campaign against anti-Semitism, 
Labour Party General Secretary, David 
Evans, reportedly announced to party 
staffers this week ---- there was only
 one month’s worth of employee pay 
left in Labour’s reserves, and that 
jobs would have to be cut.
 
It is estimated that the amount left in Labour’s
reserves
 is just £1.5 million, leaving the party
desperate 
for donors.
 
Despite Labour’s loss of members and its subsequent 
financial crisis, the Times noted that the party has 
been “attracting wealthy backers” under Starmer, 
including Sir Trevor Chinn, the president of the 
Movement for Reform Judaism and a financial 
supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel.
 
Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party has been defined 
by its more centrist turn following the socialist leadership 
of Corbyn, and an attempt to crackdown on perceived 
cases of anti-Semitism in the party.
 
In October 2020 – just months after he stood down as leader
 of the party following its 2019 election defeat – Corbyn was
 suspended from Labour. Though Corbyn was reinstated to 
the party the following month after protests by members, 
left-wing politicians, and the former US presidential 
candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, Starmer did not
return
 the Labour whip to him.


 
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Inept Labour’s week from hell 
shows why England now feels
 like a one-party state
July 23rd, 8:46am (RT)
 
Paul A. Nuttall is a historian, author and a former politician.
 He was a Member of the European Parliament between 
2009 and 2019 and was a prominent campaigner 
for Brexit.
 
Internal purges, cash woes, redundancies, and now self-isolation 
for its leader. It’s been a disastrous week for the Labour Party, 
illustrating exactly why the Tories are impregnable, no matter 
how ‘useless’ Boris Johnson is.
 
If you think Boris Johnson has had a torrid few days, spare a 
thought for poor Sir Keir Starmer. His week started when the 
Labour Party’s National Executive Committee  governing 
body voted to ban a number of hard-Left organisations. 
 
The controversial decision had the backing of Starmer. The 
groups banned were Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, 
the Labour In Exile Network, and Socialist Appeal, which 
describes itself as a Marxist voice of Labour and youth. 
It is estimated that around 1,000 members will be 
removed from the party, as a result of 
the decision.
 
The move was criticised by John McDonnell, the former 
Shadow Chancellor, who said, “standard Blairite fare
to
 try show how strong a leader you are... by taking
on
 your own party, but bizarre to do it by expelling 
people, most of whom have left already.”
 
McDonnell is of course right, as Labour’s membership has
 plummeted under Starmer’s leadership, losing over 50,000
 last year alone. Moreover, those who remain members are
 not entirely sold on Starmer. A recent poll found that 67% 
have a favourable opinion of their leader, but 31% have 
an unfavourable opinion. This is far from a unified 
party, never mind an effective opposition.    
 
The decision to provoke a fight with the hard Left has been 
criticised by the powerful Momentum organisation, which 
played an integral role, during the leadership of Jeremy 
Corbyn. Momentum complained that “at a time when 
the Tory government is allowing the pandemic to rip 
through the country, the Labour leadership has 
once again turned inwards.”
 
It is evident that this battle for the heart and soul of the party
 is far from over, especially as Momentum has influence 
over a number of large local Labour associations.
 
Then came the news that the party is losing cash like water 
passing through a sieve. David Evans, Labour’s General 
Secretary, claims that the party’s finances have suffered 
because of the fall in membership and the use of funds 
to deal with anti-Semitism cases. He allegedly told
staff 
that the financial reserves are so low, that
they only 
cover one payroll. As a result, the
party is being 
forced to lay off a
quarter of its workers.
 
Labour’s idea, of reducing its staff through ‘voluntary 
redundancies’ has also gone down like a lead balloon
 with the trade unions, who are the party’s largest 
donors. A co-authored letter from the Unite and 
GMB trade unions, concluded with a scathing 
attack on party management. It stated that 
''we note that the lack of clarity, trust, and 
openness with staff is breeding a climate 
of anxiety and fear amongst staff --- 
impacting on their mental health.''

'' It is simply not the way we would expect
an organisation like the 
Labour Party,
to undertake work
 of this nature.''

It is never a 
good idea to
upset your 
paymasters. 
 
To top off this disastrous week for Starmer, he now has to
 self-isolate for a fourth time, as one of his children tested 
positive for Covid. Former Labour PM Harold Wilson once
 said that “a week is a long time in politics” but, for poor 
Sir Keir, it must have felt like an age, & Saturday surely
 cannot come quickly enough. Indeed, the recent 
surprise victory in Batley and Spen... must 
already seem like a lifetime ago.
 
Now, before we go any further, I want to make it clear that I 
am no fan of the Labour Party. I have had too many run-ins 
with it over the years, particularly over Brexit. I do believe, 
however, that the country requires a strong opposition. In
 its absence, what we have in England is virtually a one-
party state -- where the Tories are allowed to emerge 
from crises, relatively unscathed. Take, for example, 
the Matt Hancock affair and the Dominic Cummings
 revelations. In years gone by, the Labour Party 
would have benefited from these squalid
 incidents, yet, in its current state, it is 
unable to make any headway.  
 
Much of the mess Labour finds itself in must be laid at 
Starmer’s door. In backing the NEC in its confrontation
 with the hard Left, Starmer obviously wants to imitate
 former leaders Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair, who both
 benefited from taking on the militants. Indeed, in the 
long term, the actions of the NEC are probably in the
 interest of the party; but they are not in the interest 
of the country, in the short term.
 
What the UK needs right now is an effective opposition 
and Labour cannot be that if they are fighting each 
other. You would - usually - have more chance of 
seeing a flying pig, than have me agreeing with 
Diane Abbott, but I have to admit that she was 
right, when she said that Labour must start 
“fighting the Tories” and “not each other.” 
 
They owe it to the country, 
and to voters of all stripes.  
 
 
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Labour Muslims ''infuriated'' by 
insinuation that Keir Starmer’s
 opposition to anti-Semitism 
caused ‘haemorrhaging’ 
of their votes
June 21st,  11:32am (RT)


An anonymous Labour official has stirred Muslim anger 
by implying the community is inherently anti-Semitic.
 A loss of Muslim votes may cost the party its long-
held 
seat in the Batley and Spen by-election.
 
On Sunday, the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) sent a letter
 to the party leadership -- decrying a comment made by an 
unidentified Labour official to the Daily Mail. The source 
said the party was “haemorrhaging votes among 
Muslim voters, and the reason for that, is what 
Keir has been doing on antisemitism.” Keir 
Starmer, the official said, “challenged 
Corbyn on it, and there's been a 
backlash among certain 
sections of the
 community.”


LMN called the remark “patently vile, Islamophobic”
adding 
“this racism needs to be challenged urgently
publicly, by the Labour leadership & the party as
whole.” The sentiment was shared by several 
Labour politicians, including Kim Johnson, 
Zarah Sultana and Anneliese Dodds.
 
Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, responded by calling the 
comments “completely unacceptable” and saying they 
were “not condoned or sanctioned in any way by the 
Party”. The identity of the “senior official” however,
 was not immediately revealed.
 
The remarks were part of a story about Labour’s struggle 
to hold on to its West-Yorkshire stronghold of Batley and 
Spen, and how the late intervention of former Glasgow 
MP – host of his own show at RT –  George Galloway,
 in the by-election campaign.. may give a win to the 
Tories. If Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater loses, 
the constituency is likely to have a Conservative 
representing it, for the first time since 1997.
 
Leadbeater, the sister of slain MP Jo Cox, is on the receiving
end of growing discontent among Muslim Labour voters, 
with what they see as Starmer taking them for granted.
 
“Keir took the time to condemn 2 idiots for being antisemitic 
last month but he won’t condemn the Israeli government for 
killing innocent people,” a 33-year-old Muslim man in 
Batley and Spen, told the Guardian. “I’ve voted 
Labour my whole life, but I won’t be blindly 
giving them my vote any more.”
 
Starmer assumed his leadership position on the back of a 
campaign against his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who
 was accused of condoning anti-Semitism. Ousted from 
power, Corbyn was, later, effectively suspended from 
party ranks in October last year for failing to accept 
a report on the same issue. Corbynistas believe 
anti-Semitism issues were blown out of 
proportion, to stage a party coup.
 
Galloway, who like Corbyn has been championing various 
Muslim causes for decades, is cherishing an opportunity 
of leeching Muslim voters, from Starmer’s Labour. He is 
also exploiting the dwindling support for another group 
of traditional Labour supporters – the white working 
class. They “despise” the party, which has been 
pushing things like “LGBTQI agenda” and 
“identity politics”, that are irrelevant to 
those people, he explained to the 
Daily Mail.
 
Galloway runs from the Workers Party of Britain and is polling
 at 6% in the West Yorkshire constituency, behind 47% for 
Tories and 41% for Labour. He hopes that on the ballot 
day, on July 1st, Labour will finish third.
 
The backlash to the “Islamophobic” remarks is the latest 
example of a growing rift between Labour and Muslim 
voters. Last week, five local Muslim organizations in 
Batley and Spen warned in an open letter, that the 
party “has not been proud of our support.” In 
particular, the letter said, the party has to 
“resolve the issue of Islamophobia” 
within its ranks -- and take a firm 
stance: in support of Palestinian
rights, which would “go beyond 
the usual political rhetoric.”
 
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UK Labour Party's Ex-Head 
Calls Current Leadership 
'Weak' Over Poor 
Election Results
May 16th, 11:12pm (Sputnik) 
 
 Former leader of the United Kingdom's main 
opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed
 the current Labour leadership as being 
"weak" following the party's record
low 
election performance.
 
"The loss was enormous last week. And the loss 
was also to third parties such as the Green 
party --- of disillusioned Labour voters 
because they felt, I believe, that the 
opposition is not strong enough, 
to win against the government. 
Do I take responsibility for it?
 No," Corbyn told the Calling
 Peston political podcast.
 
He also noted that the loss had nothing to do with 
the party's policies, since Labour proposed "a 
set of popular policies in the last manifesto —
 green industrial revolution, investment in
the 
economy, equality legislation,
national 
education services,
all of 
those things."
 
According to Corbyn, the party showed a stable 
performance in elections during his tenure from
 2015 to 2020, snatching an impressive win in 
2017 with over 40% of the votes - the highest
 since 1997. He stressed that some losses 
were later expected over the Brexit issue
 and after the introduction of the first-
past-the-post voting system.
 
Corbyn has been blamed by the media and the new 
leadership, headed by Keir Starmer, for tarnishing
 Labour's image, which ultimately led the party to 
a disastrous loss of 300 house seats.
 
The UK held local elections in the first week of May, 
during which Labour lost control of eight councils 
and more than 300 seats. One of the councils the
 party lost, County Durham, was the first one the 
party ever ran - and had been under its control 
for more than 100 years.
 
 
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BREAKING: Starmer's 
''approval'' rating 
has fallen to 
minus 48.
 
YouGov poll on whether Starmer
 is doing well or badly:
 
Well: 17% (-9)
Badly: 65% (+15)
[Net rating: -48]
 
Worst-ever rating 
for Starmer 
*by far*.
 
Corbyn's lowst point ever, was minus 40
...and most Labour MPs rushed to stab
him in the back.


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Labour’s humiliating defeat
 signals its death & Keir 
Starmer, not Jeremy
Corbyn,
 is the man
with its blood 
on
his hands
by Neil Clark
May 7th (RT)

Neil Clarkis a journalist, writer, broadcaster and
blogger. 
His award winning blog can be found at 
www.neilclark66.blogspot.comHe tweets on
politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66


The blame for the crushing loss in Thursday’s by-election,
 in a northern ‘Red Wall’ seat Labour has held since 1974, 
lies with Blairite ‘centrists’, who set out to destroy
Corbyn 
– and have ended up destroying the
party itself.
 
Hartlepool is a coastal town in N. Eastern England with 
a fascinating history. Out on its headland, the Heugh 
Battery Museum bills itself as the only World War I 
battlefield in Great Britain. A nearby plaque marks
 the spot... where the first shell from a leading 
German battle cruiser struck at 8:10am on 
December 16, 1914, and also records the 
place where, during the bombardment, 
the first soldier was killed on British 
soil by enemy action in the war.
 
Close by, looking out over the North Sea, there’s a 
Russian cannon, which was captured by British
 forces at the Battle of Sevastopol during the 
Crimean War in the 1850s, and sent up to
 Hartlepool by ship from London.
 
Perhaps - after this Thursday - there needs to be 
another historical plaque installed in Hartlepool. 
One commemorating the death of the UK 
Labour Party. 
 
Labour’s defeat in Hartlepool wasn’t a ‘bad’ result, 
it was utterly catastrophic. The party attained
just 
28.7% of the vote, a full 23 points behind
the 
Tories, doing far worse, than even the
worst 
opinion poll had suggested.
 
Even before polling day, Labour ‘centrists’ were 
getting their excuses in. Predictably, they’re
 blaming Jeremy Corbyn, the man who 
stopped being the party’s leader 
more than a year ago.
 
It’ll take much longer to rid the party of his ‘toxic’ legacy,
 the dominant neocon/Blairite narrative goes. The 
people who supported a ‘chicken coup’ against 
Corbyn -- after just nine months -- now tell us 
Starmer, who’s been leader for 13 months, 
and up against the worst UK government 
of all time, needs more time. Or... to
quote 
a former MP, if Labour loses
 Hartlepool, it’ll be a case of
 ‘Long Corbyn’.
 
What tommyrot.
 
Just four years ago - in June 2017 - Labour, under Corbyn, 
not only held Hartlepool, but did so with its highest share 
of the vote (52.5%) since 2001. But for the Corbyn-hating 
‘moderates’, who, funnily enough, all seem to be strong 
supporters of the far-from-moderate Iraq War, it’s as if
 the 2017 general election never happened. In fact, the
 way that election – which Corbyn came very close to 
winning – has been airbrushed out of history reminds
 one of the late Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize lecture in 
2005, when he condemned US foreign policy crimes
...before saying: “It never happened. Nothing ever 
happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t 
happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”
 
The 2017 election is never referred to, because it goes 
against the dominant narrative. Labour was supposed 
to have been thrashed out of sight four years ago, but 
to the horror of the neocon Establishment it wasn’t. In 
fact, under the ‘unelectable’ Corbyn, Labour achieved 
their biggest increase in the popular vote since 1945 
(a whopping 9.6% up from 2015), and came to within
 a whisker of a shock victory. 
 
Enthused by his message of positive change, and by 
popular policies such as bringing the railways back
 into public ownership, millions of Labour voters, 
who had stayed at home in previous elections, 
came out to put their cross in the Labour box. 

Of course, the Establishment set out with
 renewed vigour --- to make sure it would 
never happen again. Part of the reason
 Labour did so well in 2017... and held
on
 to its Northern strongholds, was 
because it had pledged to respect
the 2016 EU 
referendum result.
 
So an operation was mounted, with the Trilateral 
Commission member, Sir Keir Starmer, playing
 a key role, as Shadow Brexit Secretary, to get 
Labour to change its policy --- and adopt an 
electorally suicidal stance of supporting 
a second referendum. It was electorally 
suicidal, because 78% of Labour’s 45 
target seats in England and Wales 
voted Leave in 2016, many of 
them quite strongly. 
 
Not only that, but there was a ratcheting up of the 
political weaponisation of anti-Semitism, which 
again, was about ruining Corbyn’s chances.
 
To his own --- and his party’s --- detriment, Corbyn 
didn’t fight back against the wreckers. He should 
have done more to resist the change in policy on
 Europe and should have sacked Starmer (in fact,
 he should never have appointed him in the first 
place). He should have pushed back harder,
 much harder, against those smearing him. 

With the mass membership on his side, he 
should have gone on the front foot against
 his Blairite enemies. But Corbyn did none
 of those things.
 
Instead, having come so close to victory in 2017, he
 led Labour to a heavy defeat in 2019 with most of 
the damage being done in pro-Brexit Northern 
‘Red Wall’ seats. But even in 2019, Corbyn 
managed to hold on to Hartlepool... The 
party’s share of the vote nationally, was 
still higher than in 2010 and in 2015.. It
was 
a bad result, but not the absolute 
disaster it was portrayed as.
 
Things have got a whole lot worse, since then. Starmer, 
a man described as so wooden, birds try to nest in him, 
inspires no one. His disapproval rating in April, rose to
 50% in April, and was 44% among Labour voters. The
 witch hunt against Corbyn, and his supporters, 
cheered on by vindictive, elitist, anti-populist 
Blairites who loathed the way party member
-
ship had soared under Corbyn, has left 
Labour short of activists to do the
hard
 work of election
campaigning. 
 
The ‘Bitterites’ set out to politically assassinate Corbyn, 
believing that once he had gone and all his supporters 
had been purged, ‘normal service’ would be resumed;
but their internal sabotage from 
2015-19, ended up
killing the party, too.
 
Labour is in a right mess, and although the Tories 
don’t deserve to win for what they’ve done to the
 country these past 13 months, ‘HM Opposition’ 
-- whose only ‘opposition’ to the government 
this past year has been to berate Johnson 
and co. for not locking us plebs down 
earlier and harder – most certainly 
don’t deserve to win either. 
 
In fact, the best thing that could happen is that Labour 
- as it’s currently constituted - is formally put out of its
 misery. Destroyed - not by Corbyn - but by those who 
simply couldn’t stomach the prospect of an anti-war 
UK prime minister who would threaten the hawkish 
foreign policy consensus.
 
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UK Trade Union Leader Warns -
Keir Starmer Is Turning Labour
Into 'Party of Establishment'
by Jason Dunn
21.03.2021, 8:21pm GMT 
 
 
Sir Keir Starmer has become the subject of criticism 
by the left-wing of Labour -- as he is accused of 
leading the party in a right-wing trajectory and
 away from the socialist policies of his 
predecessor.
 
A leading British trade unionist has accused Sir 
Keir Starmer of trying to turn Labour into an 
"establishment" party --- and risking his 
chances at the next general election.
 
Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, said
that the opposition leader could be "ditched into 
the dustbin of history" unless he changes his 
current approach and reaffirms Labour's 
dedication to radical politics. 
 
Speaking to LBC radio on Sunday, Mr McCluskey, an ally
of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and large donor 
to the party, criticised Sir Keir for missing "the 
opportunities” of the ongoing coronavirus 
pandemic.
 
“The truth of the matter is, at the moment, the direction
we are travelling - that he seems to be taking us down -
 is to turn Labour into a party of the establishment", 
he said.
 
McCluskey warned that if that were to happen "he will not 
become prime minister in 2024, he will be ditched into the
 dustbin of history".
 
“I am urging Keir to look at his pledges, to reject the siren 
voices of the ghouls of New Labour and to stick to the
radical policies that will win back the Red Wall seats", 
the Unite leader said.
 
Mr McCluskey highlighted Sir Keir's treatment of the left 
such as the removal of the whip from Mr Corbyn last 
year, as causing a rift between the leadership and 
his largest donor.
 
He stressed that the leader had stood in his election 
campaign on a left-wing programme, similar to 
Labour's 2017 and 2019 manifesto, but claims 
he has now dropped those promises, during 
his leadership tenure.
 
These included commitments to free movement,
as well as opposing increasing corporation tax.
 
“At the moment nobody quite knows what Keir stands 
for, nobody quite knows what Labour stands for", 
Mr McCluskey told the outlet.
 
McCluskey predicted that Starmer could be the next 
prime minister in 2024, "not an overall majority, but 
a hung parliament - if he wins back the red seats 
by arguing on the radical platform that he was 
elected on".
 
“He was elected to make the moral case for socialism, 
he was elected on ten pledges that people said were 
Corbynist", he added.
 
His comments follow an acknowledgement by Sir 
Keir that the Conservatives have seen a "vaccine 
bounce" in opinion polling, as an explanation for
why Labour is losing ground to the Tories, in 
recent voter intention surveys.
 
Sir Keir has received criticism by some Labour members
--- for being too ready to abstain or support government 
motions, police spies, and Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, 
and for not pushing for a convincing alternative to the 
Conservatives handling of the pandemic.
 
Others have pointed to Sir Keir's purging of left-wing 
members from the party such as the suspension of 
Jeremy Corbyn and the removal of Rebecca Long-
Bailey from the shadow cabinet.
 
The Labour frontbench claims that these moves were 
part of the party's commitment to deal with incidents 
of antisemitism, which plagued his predecessor.
 
Electoral Chances?
 
While Starmer's 10 election pledges were largely 
consistent with the values of the Corbyn leader-
ship, he has been criticised for moving the
 party towards the centre.
 
While some of his supporters have hailed his ascension 
to the top job as an improvement in terms of voter 
approval ratings, Sir Keir has seen his support 
among the public decline, as his positioning is
seen to drift away from Labour's radical 
stances in recent years.
 
Corbyn was historically unpopular as a party leader, 
seeing net satisfaction ratings of as low as -60 and
ultimately resigned after losing the 2019 election. 
 
However, the 2017 general election saw the Labour Party 
receive its biggest increase in the vote since 1945, and 
secure a hung parliament.
 
It was also the only time any Labour Party platform - 
which included the renationalisation of rail and an 
end to austerity - had resulted in an increase in 
both the overall vote and the number of  seats
in parliament, since Tony Blair's landslide
victory in 1997. 
 
 
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Deputy Leader Says Labour Could 
Suspend ‘Thousands’ of Members 
over  'Antisemitism'
December 1st,  2020  (FNA)
 
 The Labour Party will suspend “thousands and thousands” of 
members unless they “get real” about antisemitism, Angela 
Rayner warned, as an internal row rages over the 
removal of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn.
 
Following Keir Starmer’s decision not to allow Corbyn to sit as a 
Labour MP over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights
 Commission (EHRC) report, dozens of constituency parties 
are reported to have passed motions in support of the 
former leader – despite the party’s General Secretary 
David Evans banning them from doing so.
 

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UK Labour candidate
 trained with Israeli 
army: Report
March 13th (PressTV)
 
A British Labour Party candidate for the party’s election
this year, has reportedly been trained with the Israeli 
military forces.
 
Izzy Lenga, an officer in the Jewish Labour Movement, 
is running for the party’s new National Women’s 
Committee, as a right-wing candidate.
 
The movement worked for years, to oust 
the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
 
Corbyn, well known for his support of the Palestinian 
cause, has repeatedly been described by pro-Israeli 
lobbies in Britain, as a threat to the life of Jews in
 the country.
 
The US-based Electronic Intifada — an online publication 
covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — released a 
photo of her wearing an Israeli army uniform, 
wrapped in an Israeli flag and carrying an 
assault rifle.
 
Lenga once “proudly” displayed the photo 
on social media networks, said the report.
 
Citing Israeli experts Dena Shunra and Daniel Shunra, 
the website said that the uniform and epaulets seen 
in the photo suggest that Lenga took part in Marva, 
a paramilitary course overseen by the Israeli army.
 
The Marva program provides weapons and training, 
Zionist political indoctrination, and visits to 
military bases.
 
It also recruits Jewish people aged 18-25, from around 
the world, offering them incentives to become Israeli 
settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
Many participants in the course, have stayed in 
Israel, 
claiming citizenship & joining the military.
 
In 2015, Lenga became an officer with the campus society 
in Birmingham, which is affiliated to the Union of Jewish 
Students (UJS).
 
At the same time, she was also elected to
 the leadership committee of the UJS.
 
________________________________

 
Labour Leader Keir
Starmer
 
'Must Give 
Evidence' to Inquiry, 
Say Activists 'Fitted 
Up 
by Spycops'
by Mohamed Elmaazi
15:22 GMT 05.02.2021 (Sputnik)
 
 
A collection of activists who were found to have been 
wrongfully prosecuted and convicted in 2009, are 
demanding that the former chief prosecutor 
answer questions before the ongoing 
Undercover Policing Inquiry.
 
Environmental activists who were wrongfully convicted 
have called upon UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer 
to answer questions at the Undercover Policing Inquiry
 (UCPI), for his role in an alleged coverup of the use of 
undercover police when he was Director of Public 
Prosecutions. The activists in question were 
arrested, whilst planning a protest against 
Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station, 
in Nottinghamshire, England, in April 2009.
 
The open letter, which has received scant media coverage 
since its publication on 4 February 2021, alleges that 
Starmer, "may have been involved in a cover-up of 
police and prosecutors orchestrating wrongful 
convictions".
 
"A decade ago, this month, the world learnt that Mark Kennedy 
was a Metropolitan Police officer spying on environmentalists.
 This information led to the collapse of a trial where six 
environmental campaigners were accused of 
conspiring to occupy a coal-fired power 
station", the letter published via the 
Campaign Opposing Police 
Surveillance (COPS) 
website explains.
 
In a separate trial, "the convictions of 20 campaigners for 
conspiring to occupy the same coal-fired power station 
were quashed by the Court of Appeal, because the 
prosecution failed to disclose information about 
Mark Kennedy’s involvement that would have 
helped their defence", COPS add.
 
Starmer, as chief prosecutor at the time of the trial, 
commissioned a report headed by former Court of 
Appeal judge Sir Christopher Rose Report into the 
withholding information about the role of under-
cover police in the two cases. The Rose Report 
ultimately determined that the, "failings were 
individual, and not systemic". However, the 
findings of the Rose Report appeared to be 
contradicted by further evidence of activist 
groups being infiltrated by police with the 
latter's role not being disclosed to
 the defendants.
 
"Why did Keir Starmer ask for three reviews into CPS 
failings relating to undercover policing that were kept 
from public view, before commissioning the Rose 
report?", the signatories to the letter asks.
 
"What action was taken by Keir Starmer after the Rose report 
was shown to be wrong, to uncover other miscarriages of
 justice?", the letter adds.
 
Crucially, the letter points out that a report commissioned by 
then-Home Secretary Theresa May into possible miscarriages
 of justice identified "83 activists who were convicted in trials
 involving an undercover officer, over three decades", and 
ask how it is, that the CPS inquiry, "has, to date, 
discovered nobody whom the media and 
campaigners hadn't already identified".
 
Labour's current leader has, as of yet, not responded to the 
letter signed by 18 men and women who were, "arrested 
and charged with conspiracy, or arrested, charged and 
wrongfully convicted of conspiracy", with the former 
undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.
 
The UCPI was initiated by Theresa May when it was discovered 
that the police had been secretly recording the lawyer-client 
conversations of the family of Stephen Laurence, who was 
murdered in a racist attack, in 1993. Stephen Lawrence's 
family continued to push for their son's killers to face 
justice after a botched police investigation resulted 
in a separate inquiry to determine that the 
Metropolitan Police were "institutionally 
racist". After the UCPI was set-up, the 
Metropolitan Police admitted to 
infiltrating and surveilling over 
1,000 political, environmental 
and social justice groups, 
since 1968.
 

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Corbyn Suspended for
Telling the Truth
– 
A New Socialist Party
Is Required
by Tommy Sheridan 
31/10/2020 (Sputnik)
 
The other day a thoroughly decent and honest man 
suffered a grave injustice. A man who has a peer-
less record in opposing racism and anti-Semitism 
was suspended by the political party he has been 
a member of for over fifty years, has represented 
it in the British Parliament since 1983 and was 
its leader from 2015-20.
 
Irony died in Britain yesterday when Jeremy Corbyn was 
suspended by the Labour Party with the consent and 
probable collusion of the man who succeeded him 
as leader, Sir Keir Starmer.
 
We now have a Tory leader in 10 Downing Street who is 
famed for his racist views, including referring to black 
Africans as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.
 
A racist Prime Minister nostalgic for the days of slavery 
and brutal exploitation and ownership of black people 
was elected by the people of England in preference 
to a man whose whole life has been dedicated to 
fighting racism and injustice.
 
Corbyn Was Betrayed by His Own
Party Bureaucracy in 2017
 
Jeremy Corbyn would have won the 2017 General Election 
if his campaign had not been sabotaged from within by 
Labour opponents. They hated him more than the 
Tories and refused to accept the democratic will 
of the Labour Party masses who elected Corbyn 
leader, not once but twice with a bigger majority 
the second time round in 2016. 
 
He led a remarkable 2017 election campaign which inspired 
millions and confounded all the opinion polls and political 
pundits as he came within a whisker of winning. He 
smashed the Tory majority and rocked the British 
Establishment. A genuine socialist was almost 
elected to lead the UK. Millionaires and 
billionaires were petrified that they 
would be forced to pay their taxes 
and public services would no 
longer be up for sale. 
 
Corbyn would have won if staff at the heart of the 
Labour Party had not actively undermined him.
 
Paid Labour Party staff expressing disgust for the 
elected leader of their party and hoping for a bad 
election result and undermining the effectiveness 
of the campaign wherever possible is what the 
right wing did with gusto. And - after the close 
call of the 2017 general election - the powerful 
and rich who make up the British Establishment 
and mainstream media declared war on Corbyn 
from every angle, but specifically colluded to 
weaponise the scourge of anti-Semitism and 
throw every slur and empty accusation 
against Corbyn that was possible 
to muster.
 
After 2017 Close-Call, Anti-Semitism 
Was Weaponised Against Corbyn
 
An incredible narrative was created whereby a man that 
had done more in his life to confront and combat racism 
and anti-Semitism than anyone in British politics, was 
cast as an anti-Semite. It was bizarre, ridiculous, and 
obscenely unfair and inaccurate but it was effective 
in creating a wholly false perception. An inordinate 
number of Labour anti-Semitism stories, headlines 
and even documentaries were produced and by 
2018 polls of Jewish voters indicated an 
incredulous number believed the Labour 
Party was anti-Semitic while the problem 
in the Tories and Lib-Dems was perceived 
to be minor.
 
Labour Became Huge Under Corbyn – 
Over 500,000 Members
 
Jeremy Corbyn attracted hundreds of thousands of new 
members to the Labour Party and transformed it into the 
biggest membership party in Europe with well over 
500,000 signed up to his brand of socialism. The 
number of party members ever subjected to 
accusations of anti-Semitic behaviour never 
surpassed more than 300, so the anti-Semitic 
‘problem’ in Labour amounted to 0.1% of its 
membership at most but the coordinated 
media led campaign aided and abetted 
by Labour right wing MPs, created a 
deeply warped and distorted picture 
that almost 62% of party members 
were anti-Semitic.
 
This was the result of a well-coordinated media 
campaign led by the BBC to traduce the 
character of Corbyn and the Labour 
Party under him.
 
Feeding from the false narrative and whipped up 
hysteria created by the media the Equality and 
Human Rights Commission (ECHR) decided to 
launch a formal investigation into claims of 
anti-Semitism within Labour to establish if 
they had breached the Equality Act 2010 
and were guilty of acting unlawfully in 
relation to anti-Semitic actions. This 
decision was taken in May 2019 amid 
the Brexit crisis and talk of an early 
general election. The fact the ECHR 
acted on the basis of complaints 
from vehemently anti-Corbyn 
organisations indicates just 
how loaded the dice was 
from the outset.
 
Anti-Semitism is Abhorrent --- but 
Jeremy Corbyn is Not an Anti-Semite
 
All anti-Semitic behaviour and opinions should be 
condemned and confronted unreservedly. Of that 
there should be no doubt or debate. But the 
accusations of anti-Semitism against the 
Labour Party have been overstated and 
used politically to undermine Labour 
and Corbyn. Anti-Semitism is a problem 
in society as a whole. An ugly repulsive 
problem. But to suggest Labour has a 
bigger problem than other parties or 
that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite 
is patent nonsense and lies.
 
Unlike the Corbyn detractors, Labour’s 2020 ‘No 
Place For Antisemitism’ Report provides hard 
facts refuting media and ECHR allegations 
that Labour under Corbyn did not address 
anti-Semitism complaints.
 
The Labour Party expelled 45 members in relation to 
antisemitism in 2019, compared to 10 in 2018 and 
1 in 2017.
 
After rule changes passed at Conference in September 
2019 gave NEC panels the power to expel, twice the 
number of people were expelled in two months than 
had been expelled during the whole of 2018.
 
NEC Disciplinary Panels heard 274 cases relating to 
antisemitism in 2019, a tenfold increase on the 28 
cases heard in 2017.
 
In 2019, 149 members were removed from the party as 
a result of disciplinary processes relating to anti-
semitism, either being expelled or quitting the 
party as proceedings progressed.
 
The Labour Party suspended 296 members in relation to 
antisemitism in 2019, compared to 98 in 2018 – itself a 
big increase on the previous year”.
 
Once you have read the facts contained in this Report and 
considered that the lengthy ECHR Report which took 
almost 18 months to compile concludes that Labour 
is guilty of “unlawful acts of indirect discrimination 
and harassment for which the Labour Party is 
responsible” based on the conduct of TWO 
Labour Party members, Ken Livingston and 
a Councillor called Pam Bromley, you can 
reasonably conclude that when Corbyn 
said the allegations of anti-Semitism 
against Labour were “overstated” 
he was stating a fact.
 
Corbyn was a clear and present danger to the rich and 
powerful British Establishment and his sympathy with
 the Palestinian people and willingness to call out 
Israel’s human rights abuses made him dangerous 
on an international plain also. America and Israel 
could not tolerate a pro-Palestinian British Prime 
Minister. The anti-Semitism campaign was a 
conscious and dishonest scheme to under-
mine his electoral credibility and the BBC 
played a blinder in promoting the lie at 
every available opportunity.
 
A New Trade Union Supported 
Socialist Party is Now Urgent
 
The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from Labour is an 
attack on him and every single socialist still in that 
party. Jeremy is now suffering the consequences 
of being popular on the one hand but being far 
too pliable on the other. The day Jeremy stood 
back & allowed socialists like Chris Williamson 
to be suspended was the day he succumbed to 
the right-wing bullies within the Labour Party 
hierarchy. Chris was a loyal lieutenant of 
Corbyn. A very capable and popular 
crusader for socialism. 
 
When the right wing went after him with the anti-Semitism slur 
Jeremy should have resisted and stood with Chris. Instead he 
sought to avoid an internal battle and that was his ultimate 
undoing. Jeremy had the backing of the members but not 
the comfortable and right-wing bureaucracy who used 
their influence to stifle Corbyn and undermine his 
2017 election campaign.
 
The new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is determined to turn 
the party back into a Tory second eleven like in the red Tory 
Tony Blair days.
 
The challenge to other socialist Labour MPs and the trade union 
leaders who support socialist policies which will actually 
improve the lives of their members is clear. If you can’t 
fight for the former leader of your party who raised the 
hopes of millions & came so close in 2017 to winning, 
then you are not worthy of the description of socialist. 
The time has come for a party of workers that promotes 
socialism with guile, enthusiasm, and pride. Instead of 
funding Starmer’s Tory Party Mark II, the trade union 
movement should fund a real socialist party --- 
committed to changing the lives of millions 
for the better.
 
The suspension of Corbyn must be the crossing of the Rubicon 
for the socialist and trade union movement. Labour is already 
irrelevant in Scotland. It will become irrelevant in England 
as well soon. The time for a new force backed with trade 
union organisation and resources, is now.
 
 


 
TORIES ARE STRIPPING & PRIVATIZING the NHS 
and Taking 
Away OUR RIGHTS: with a never-
ending lockdown that Labour MPs support!

Neil Clark, journalist, writer and broadcaster:
''The sad and rather shocking truth, is that the 
current UK Parliament could quite happily 
keep us locked down indefinitely. 
Remember, MPs get their £81K 
annual salaries (plus perks) 
paid in full, each month, 
whatever happens. 
And... there is no 
general election 
due until 2024. 


''The only way the restrictions will end, is 
if 
the public have had enough of them and 
stop complying in large enough numbers. 
Otherwise, what incentive is there for 
the 
well-heeled, power-crazed, lock
down-
addicted political class to
lift them, 
especially with the 
next general 
election so
far away?''



________________________________
 
 
 
Wales makes Covid health pass
 compulsory for all over-18s
 attending large events 
or nightclubs
October 11th, 10:33am (RT)
 
The Welsh NHS Covid pass comes into effect on Monday - 
with over-18s required to show proof of vaccination or a 
negative Covid test to enter large events and nightclubs 
...in an effort to protect [Ed: What's left of] the health 
service, over the winter.
 
First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford stood by the decision
to proceed with the introduction of the Covid measure...
despite concerns from individuals within the 
nightclub industry, that they are being 
“singled out” by the government.
 
Speaking as the new scheme comes into effect, Drakeford
accepted that it could be “vulnerable to abuse,” with 
some faking lateral flow test results, but said he 
hopes citizens will abide by the rules to help 
the nation recover from the pandemic.
 
To prevent potential abuses, Wales' government is looking
to pass a law that will make it illegal to fake a Covid test, 
although Welsh politicians have questioned... how such 
a law would be enforced, given that lateral flow tests 
are self-certified. 
 
Drakeford rejected the opposition from nightclubs saying
 that there is a “cost issue”, as “nightclubs already have 
to check people for their age.”
 
With anyone over 16 able to get fully vaccinated in Wales, 
the scheme will require all over-18s to show they have 
been double-jabbed, or have tested negative for the 
virus in the previous 48 hours, before entering 
nightclubs or larger gatherings.
 
Wales' Education Minister Jeremy Miles stated that the
country needs the Covid pass scheme to prevent the 
health service from facing “significant pressure” 
over the winter, when the UK is expecting to 
battle the dual threat of the pandemic and 
the annual flu season.
 
The scheme was backed by the Welsh parliament... known
as the Senedd, last Tuesday, passing it into law by a one-
vote majority, after a Conservative Party politician was 
unable to participate, as they were attending the
Tory 
conference in Manchester.


 
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Published without fanfare, the 
proposals that show vaccine 
passports ARE on the way
 in the UK
October 1st, 8:03am (RT)
 
By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring
 the role of intelligence services in shaping politics 
and perceptions. Follow him on Twitter
@KitKlarenberg
 
After months of flip-flopping and contradictory statements,
 the British government has finally come clean and 
revealed the scenarios where Covid vaccine 
passports could become a reality in the 
months ahead.
 
Anyone by this point accustomed to the UK government’s 
endless policy reversals and broken promises over the 
course of the pandemic, will be entirely unsurprised
to
 learn that officials have at long last very quietly 
revealed that “mandatory Covid certifications” 
– a circumlocutory, Orwellian euphemism for 
vaccine passports – are on the way.
 
It was only two-and-a-half weeks ago that Health Secretary 
Sajid Javid stated unequivocally that vaccine passports 
would not be necessary for attendees of crowded 
establishments and events... as “we shouldn’t be 
doing things for the sake of it.” Later that same 
day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated 
the minister’s declaration, stating he was 
determined to end all “necessary but
 intrusive measures” instituted 
during the pandemic... due to
 the UK’s “vaccine defences.”
 
This, in itself, represented a complete volte-face from just a few 
days prior, when Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi suggested 
that passports would be mandated at the end of September, 
as they were the “best way” to keep the night-time industry’s
 lights on. His proposals sparked significant outcry, for it 
was only in May that UK citizens had been assured there 
was “no chance” legislation facilitating passports’ 
implementation would be passed... and plans to 
that effect had been permanently scrapped.
 
Under Zahawi’s draft scheme, Britons would have been 
compelled to show proof of full vaccination, negative 
PCR test result, or that they’d finished self-isolating 
after testing positive, in order to gain entry to 
nightclubs, bars and other popular gathering 
spots. Nonetheless, it’s clear plans to go far 
further have been on the drawing board for 
some time. They’ve now been published in 
an almost 5,300-word-long whitepaper, 
obliquely titled....  ‘Proposal for 
mandatory Covid certification 
in a Plan B scenario’.
 
It outlines how the measure would be put in place in the event 
‘Plan B’ is activated after Covid cases overwhelm the NHS, in
 conjunction with social distancing directives and face 
mask mandates in certain settings.
 
If adopted, “mandatory vaccine-only certification” would be
 introduced for 18-year-olds and above, at all: nightclubs 
and other venues open after 1am “with alcohol, music
and dancing”;  indoor events with 500 or more 
attendees “where those attendees are likely 
to stand and mix to a significant degree”; 
crowded settings, with 4,000 or more 
attendees... “where those attendees 
are likely to stand.. or move around
during the event,” such as outdoor
 festivals, and any settings with 
10,000 or more attendees, 
“such as large sports 
and music stadia.”
 
Negative test results, or proof of natural immunity after 
having recently recovered from the virus --- won’t be 
accepted. Whitehall reportedly “hopes that it would 
not be necessary” to impose vaccine mandates on 
other settings, but this “cannot be entirely ruled 
out,” which hardly inspires confidence. Further-
more, Whitehall is specifically soliciting public 
feedback on the plans, particularly in respect 
of whether citizens feel the current list of 
settings that will be made subject to
the 
mandate is “too narrow.”
 
In justifying the wide-ranging changes, the proposal notes 
that vaccine mandates “could allow settings that have 
experienced long periods of closure to remain open,” 
which is “preferable to closing venues entirely or 
reimposing capacity caps or social distancing.” 

Moreover, it alleges that as vaccines “reduce 
the likelihood of someone becoming infected,” 
vaccine certification therefore reduces the 
risk of onward transmission if an infected 
person does enter a venue.
 
The specifics of the proposal were reportedly determined 
“based chiefly on public health evidence,” and also
 informed, by the government’s official review of 
vaccine certificates published in July: it found 
that the measure “could provide a means of 
keeping events going... and businesses 
operating if needed, over the autumn
 and winter.”
 
Which sounds fair enough... until one considers that same 
review ruled Whitehall “will not mandate the use of Covid-
status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to 
any setting,” on the basis that the “burden” of such a
mandate would be “disproportionate” to any public 
health benefit accrued.
 
This seismic policy shift is even more baffling considering 
the withering contents of a parliamentary committee report 
issued in June, which conspicuously attracted very little 
mainstream media attention. Asserting firmly that “Covid
 passports are not the answer” to effectively managing
 the pandemic, the cross-party group of MPs were said
 to be...  “entirely unconvinced by the case for their
 introduction,” and warned... they had the potential
 to “cause great damage socially & economically.”
 
“As vaccine uptake statistics indicate, any covid certification 
system will be a discriminator along the lines of race, 
religion and age… It would be established at great 
cost for rapidly diminishing returns,” committee 
chair and Conservative MP William Wragg  
commented.  “Frankly...   the government
needs to scrap ''any idea'' of introducing
 covid passports. They are unnecessary
 and there is no justification for them
in 
the science, and none in logic.”
 
The committee’s concerns are entirely understandable. After 
all, a piece of paper or QR code noting that the bearer has
 been double-vaccinated tells you nothing about whether 
they’re infected, let alone whether they could 
dangerously spread the virus. A study from
 Imperial College. issued in August. found 
currently available vaccines are around 
50% effective in preventing infections. 

The same month, Oxford University researchers
published a paper, that 
found the risk of an
individual 
spreading the virus, was 
roughly the same, whether they
had 
been double-vaccinated 
or not.
 
In countries such as France, the imposition of vaccine passports
 serves the unambiguous purpose.. of coercing a reluctant 
citizenry into receiving their jabs, by imposing impossibly 
onerous restrictions on daily life for anyone who resists. 

Such strongarming would potentially contravene the law 
in the UK, given that under the Public Health Act 1984, 
forced vaccinations are illegal – yet, 82.5% of the 
country’s population aged 16 and over, have 
electively received both injections. In fact, 
excessive pressure on citizens to get 
vaccinated could be dangerously 
counterproductive.  
 
A quantitative assessment conducted by the London School 
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.. found vaccine passports
would in fact... “lower inclination to accept a Covid-19
vaccine,” particularly.. “if passports were required for
domestic use 
rather than for facilitating international
travel,” --- and 
especially among “sociodemographic
groups that 
are less confident in Covid-19 vaccines.”
As these 
groups... “tend to cluster geographically in
large 
urban areas,” the assessment urged the
authorities 
to exercise “extreme caution”
in pursuing such 
an intervention.
 
Mainstream condemnation of ‘anti-vaxxers’ has steadily reached 
fever-pitch over the past year, culminating on September 29 with
 YouTube announcing that it will ban any & all “harmful vaccine
 content” from its platform, including alleged “false claims” 
about the inefficacy of vaccines in reducing disease
 transmission.
 
However, not a single one of the politicians, journalists, pundits, or 
government officials who have so aggressively hurled brickbats at
 vaccine hesitant people and lockdown scepticssince the pandemic
 began has apparently stopped to consider whether it is precisely
 the hostile environment they advocate and seek to enforce in 
respect of such individuals that may account for their dissent.
 
Such an interpretation is amply borne out by the London School of
 Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s assessment – but one needn’t 
take their word for it. In the UK, between 1840 and 1898, 
Parliament passed a series of Acts regarding the 
country’s vaccination policy. The second
 instalment, in 1853, made vaccinations, 
and resultant vaccination certificates,
for new-born children mandatory 
--- with severe penalties for any 
parents who failed to comply.
 
The Act was so viscerally hated, it has been compared to a
 prophylactic, in that Britons were purportedly willing to
 avoid sex altogether to avoid flouting its stringent rules 
– a dedicated National Anti-Compulsory Vaccination
 League also emerged, with objectors wilfully 
getting themselves imprisoned in protest, 
and hundreds of thousands taking to the
 streets to voice their discontent.
 
So it was, that in 1896, a Royal Commission was formed, 
to examine the issue: it ultimately recommended that all 
coercive penalties related to vaccination be abolished,
with parents allowed to choose whether they 
vaccinated their children, and whether or not
they sought a certificate proving it. This was
enshrined in law two years later, and within 
a decade, the League had faded into 
virtually total irrelevance.
 
Such history begs a very obvious and potentially 
grave question – if vaccine certification failed so 
miserably in Victorian times, why on Earth is it 
back on the table now?
 


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UK health minister says govt
will NOT introduce Covid 
vaccine passports, 
lockdowns over
Christmas unlikely
September 12th, 11:16am (RT)
 
UK Health Minister Sajid Javid announced on Sunday 
that the government would not be introducing Covid
-19 passports after a review on the matter and that
 it was not anticipating any more lockdowns.
 
During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, 
Javid told host Nick Robinson that Brits would “get 
Christmas” this year – unlike in 2020, when 
families across the UK were told to stay 
apart from each other over the holiday 
season and celebrate virtually.
 
Javid declared he was “not anticipating any more lock-
downs” over the autumn and winter period.. claiming 
he could not “see how we get to another lockdown.” 
The minister added, however, that it “would be 
irresponsible for any health minister around 
the world to take everything off the table.”
 
Javid also announced on Sunday that the government 
would be ditching its plan to introduce a domestic 
Covid-19 vaccine passport... for the time being.
 
“We just shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or 
because others are doing it,” Javid argued, noting
 that “most people instinctively don’t like the idea” 
of having to show documentation to do every-
day errands.
 
“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and 
whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential 
option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be 
going ahead with plans for vaccine 
passports,” he said.
 
After Robinson pointed out that several ministers – 
including the Covid-19 vaccine minister, Nadhim 
Zahawi – had said just several days ago that 
vaccine passports ''would be'' implemented 
in the near future, and that it was the right
thing to do, Javid rejected the suggestion 
that a U-turn had happened in response
 to rebellious, anti-restriction 
Conservative Party back-
bencher MPs.
 
“Many countries at the time they implemented it was 
to try and boost their vaccination rates and you can
 understand why they might have done that,” Javid 
explained. “We’ve been very successful with our 
vaccination rates so far.”
 
There are 43.89 million people in the UK fully vaccinated 
against Covid-19, while 48 million... have received at
 least one dose, according to government statistics.
 
According to The New York Times’ calculations, 66% 
of the UK is fully vaccinated, making it the 17th 
most vaccinated country, overall.
 
 The above item is now ''under review''



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Demonstrators Clash With Police 
During Protest Against Teen 
Vaccination in London
by Sofia Chegodaeva
September 4th, 11:24am (Sputnik)
 
The move comes as UK cabinet ministers are reported
 to have been considering COVID-19 vaccinations for 
everyone between the ages of 12 and 15 although 
the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 
Immunisation (JCVI)... has already 
refused to endorse coronavirus 
jabs for healthy teenagers.
 
A UK protest against COVID passports and the government's 
plans to roll out coronavirus vaccination to children aged 
between 12 and 15, turned violent, in London, on 
Friday evening. 
 
Activists came to the headquarters of the UK vaccine regulator 
in Canary Wharf, east London, and tried to get inside the 
building, but were prevented by the police. Some of
the protesters got into a scuffle with law-
enforcement officers.
 
The Metropolitan police shared a video of the clashes on Twitter.
 
One of the activists also shared a video of the scuffle, warning
 the government to be prepared for further protests of this kind.
 
Her position, however, was not echoed by many... with people
wondering why standing up for your right should go this way.
 
Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 
Immunisation... refused to endorse coronavirus vaccines 
for healthy children aged between 12 and 15. The JCVI 
said that: "despite acknowledging health gains from 
inoculating the entire age group were greater than
 the risks, the margin of benefit is considered too 
small to support universal vaccination of
healthy 
12 to 15-year-olds at
this time”.
 
Meanwhile, daily newspaper The Guardian reported that UK 
cabinet ministers could disregard the recommendations of
 the JCVI and pursue mass COVID-19 vaccinations for all 
12 to 15-year-olds.
 
 
 
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‘Looks like thousands!’
Protesters clog London 
...in march against 
vaccine passports
August 28th, 4:29pm (RT)
 
Protesters have packed into central London... in a 
demonstration against the government’s ongoing 
plans to introduce so-called vaccine passports. 
Though largely ignored by the media, 
“thousands” of people reportedly 
took part.
 
The protest march kicked off at Hyde Park on Saturday 
afternoon and set off across Vauxhall Bridge and 
towards Clapham Common. London’s Police
reported road 
blockages and bus delays
along 
the route and officers remained 
in close proximity to the marchers,
at all times.
 
Video footage showed a dense crowd of people in 
attendance. Some waved religious banners, some 
held placards opposing vaccination full stop, and 
others demanded the government drop its plans 
to require patrons of certain venues to be 
vaccinated against Covid-19.
 
No official crowd size estimate is available, but 
protesters posting on social media claimed “it 
looks like thousands” took part. As of later on
 Saturday afternoon... no mainstream British 
news outlets had reported on the protest. 
Taking place simultaneously was a rally 
by climate change group... Extinction 
Rebellion, who have staged a week 
of straight demonstrations in the 
city, grabbing newspaper head
-lines every day.
 
The anti-vaccine passports rally was not a once-off 
event either, and similar rallies have taken place
 throughout the summer.
 
As the British government’s plan currently stands, 
proof of vaccination will be ''required'' to enter 
nightclubs and other venues: “where large 
crowds gather” as of next month, with
the 
NHS’ Covid Pass mobile app.,
likely to be 
used as proof.
 
 However, there is still some confusion as to how the 
system will be implemented. Industry spokespeople 
told the Guardian this week, that they have not 
received 'any advice' from the government on
 the system... and a leaked letter from Health 
Secretary Sajid Javid’s office last weekend 
stated that “no final policy decision has 
yet been taken" on the issue.
 
Meanwhile, though nearly 80% of Britons have been 
fully vaccinated against Covid-19... new cases are 
still rising, with an average of more than 33,000 
cases reported each day, over the last week,
 per NHS data. By contrast, daily cases in
 late April and early May, were below 
2,000 each day. 
 
 
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Lawyers Warn:
‘No Jab, No Job’ 
Policies in UK
 Set to Spark Deluge of
Employment Tribunals
August 2nd, 1:33pm (FNA)
 
 Lawyers expect a wave of legal action against UK 
companies over attempts to make sure staff are 
double-vaccinated against COVID, amid 
growing fears of draconian “no jab,
no 
job” policies in the workplace.
 
Trade unions have criticised the government for 
encouraging the idea of mandatory vaccination 
for office staff: after transport secretary Grant
 Shapps, said it was a “good idea”... for 
companies to insist staff are double-
jabbed, The Independent reported.
 
Tech giant Google, has said mandatory jabs for US employees 
will later be rolled out to staff in 40 countries where it operates, 
and Mr Shapps said he expected some British firms will soon 
“require” full vaccination.
 
Employment lawyers told The Independent that British companies 
had been in touch to explore their options on putting COVID 
vaccination requirements in place.
 
“We’re definitely going to see a lot of employment tribunals on this,” 
said Elissa Thursfield, head of employment lawyer and a director 
at Gamlins Law – predicting a wave of vaccine-related 
discrimination claims in the months ahead.
 
Lawyers and union chiefs warned that a blanket approach to 
making jabs mandatory could breach the Equality Act by 
discriminating against some groups, including those 
with disabilities or certain religious beliefs.
 
“Having a blanket policy is almost always dangerous – it’s 
fraught with legal difficulties,” said Thursfield, adding, 
“For existing staff, if you don’t have a clause in your 
contract that says you can receive mandatory 
instructions on health, which is rare, that’s 
potentially a breach of contract... as
well as
 the discrimination claims.”
 
She added, “If the government pushes any further on this,
 in terms of encouraging employers, they are going to 
start getting into hot water.”
 
Charlie Thompson, an employment partner at law firm 
Stewarts, also predicted legal action against 
companies that don’t consider their 
vaccine policy carefully enough.
 
“If you’re not able to go back to your existing job, or
you’re 
denied a job, and the employer’s justification
[for 
vaccination] doesn’t stack up, then I can see
 legal claims,” he said.
 
Responding to Shapps’ encouraging remarks about companies 
asking staff to get the jab, Labour leader Keir Starmer said he
 did not think “no jab no job” policies were wise.
 
“I don’t agree with that,” said Starmer.
 
“For day-to-day routines, access to the office, access to health 
services or dentistry or even food – I don’t agree with vaccine 
passports for day-to-day access,” said the Labour leader.
 
Downing Street has made clear the government has no plans to
bring legislation to make full-vaccination mandatory for entry
into offices.
 
Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea said the government 
should not be encouraging any form of “coercion” when it comes
 to employees getting the vaccine before returning to work.
 
“Only with widespread take-up can the virus be defeated,” she 
said, adding, “Achieving this requires persuasion and 
encouragement – not compulsion and coercion. 
Forcing people can only lead to needless 
confrontation at work and legal cases
 that could drag on for years.”
 
Unite’s National Health and Safety Adviser Rob Miguel said COVID
 vaccine compulsion would be a “bad” way for companies to 
encourage a return to work, and is “embroiled with issues 
such as equalities, human rights, privacy and 
ethical breaches”.
 
Goldman Sachs raised alarm bells last month when it sent a memo 
to UK staff saying the company “strongly encouraged” them to 
report their COVID vaccination status before returning to the 
office – before clarifying vaccination was not compulsory.
 
In the US, companies are beginning to be more severe in their 
demands. Google and Facebook, along with Delta and United 
airlines, have said full vaccination will be mandatory for staff.
 
The Independent understands leading UK companies are 
examining how they can make sure staff are double-
jabbed, despite potential legal difficulties.
 
Some keen on getting offices fully-staffed say employees have 
told them they are uncomfortable about returning to the office 
until all their colleagues are vaccinated.
 
Others have said they would not try to enforce 
any rules about the COVID vaccine.
 
Imran Hussain, director at Harmony Financial Services, said 
it would be “ridiculous” to try to draw up a policy about 
vaccination.
 
“The whole idea is highly undemocratic and draconian,” he said, 
adding, “People should be allowed to make their own decisions 
and if they wish to take the jab, that’s great.”
 
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), warned 
against blanket mandatory policies on vaccination.
 
A spokesperson for the CBI said, “The bar for compulsory 
vaccination is high, and there will be few industries
where 
this approach would be appropriate."
 
“However, in some sectors it could prove necessary. 
Wherever possible, businesses will be approaching 
questions like this trying to bring their staff with 
them,” the spokesperson added.
 
 
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Planning ahead? Firms land 
Covid passport contracts
 that could last until 2023 
...even as UK govt hints
plan
 could be dropped
July 30th, 3:06pm (RT)


The British government has awarded potentially years-long 
contracts to help develop a domestic vaccine passport, as 
Downing Street simultaneously hints that the whole idea 
could be abandoned... if enough people get the jab.
 
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published
 information earlier this week on two new contracts with 
private tech firms hired to work on the country’s 
“Covid-19 certification programme.”
 
US-based Entrust will receive close to £840,000 ($1.2 million) 
for the development of the NHS health pass. The deal will 
last until at least July next year but pricing for a two-year 
contract is already detailed in official documents, 
suggesting that the UK government may be 
eyeing a long-term arrangement.
 
While the contract was made available to the public online, 
information about specific services that Entrust will be 
providing has been completely redacted, with several 
pages of the document blacked out. 
 
The US tech company was awarded £250,000 earlier this 
year as part of its ongoing work on the health pass 
program. The contract raised eyebrows, after it 
was revealed that Entrust had openly boasted: 
about how Covid-19 vaccine passports could 
be retooled to create national IDs as part of 
the “infrastructure of the new normal.”
 
The DHSC also signed a 2nd vaccine passport contract 
this week, worth up to £873,000, with Cambridge, 
Massachusetts IT firm, Akamai Technologies.
 Like the agreement with Entrust, the one-
year deal is designed... so that it can be 
seamlessly extended for an additional 
12 months. The US firm pocketed 
£50,000 in May, as part of its
 involvement in the creation
 of the digital vaccine ID.
 
Akamai, which specializes in cybersecurity
technologies, 
purchased online identity
management company,
 Janrain,
in 2019. 
 
In total, the government has now spent nearly
£23.6 million 
($32.9 million) on its Covid
certification programme,
 iNews reported.
 
The new contracts coincide with the introduction of new 
features on the NHS app', that will allow it to serve as a 
digital vaccine certificate. 
 
In a controversial reversal of its position on domestic 
health IDs, the government revealed last week that, 
starting from the end of September, proof of 
vaccination will be required... in order to 
enter nightclubs and attend events
 involving large crowds. 
 
With around 70% of adults in the country already vaccinated, 
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested on Thursday 
that the threat of the vaccine passport may be enough to 
“cajole” young people into getting the shot. 
 
“Once we’ve done that, the wider questions of vaccine 
certification become much less relevant and salient,”
 Raab said, suggesting that the whole plan could be 
dropped if vaccine uptake increases over the next
 two months. 
 
But the newly inked contracts seem to be sending mixed 
messages about the government’s intentions for the 
controversial health certificate. A spokesperson for
 the health department insisted back in June that
 the NHS app used to certify vaccination status 
would not be used as a national ID system, 
describing the scheme as a “simple and 
secure means” to allow for 
international travel. 
 
 
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100,000+ Britons sign petition to
outlaw discrimination against 
unvaccinated as govt moves 
forward with Covid 
vaccine passports
July 20th, 11:32am (RT)
 
More than 100,000 people have called on the British 
government to review its plans to bring in vaccine 
passports and prevent discriminatory policies
 against people who have refused to be part 
of the national inoculation programme.
 
A petition which started in February has gathered pace 
on Tuesday, with thousands adding their names to the 
growing list of people, calling for the government 
to do more to prevent legalised ‘discrimination’ 
against people who aren’t vaccinated against 
Covid-19.  
 
“The Government must specifically outlaw discrimination 
based on vaccine status, this includes access to private 
businesses, jobs and public life. No individual should 
ever feel coerced into having a vaccine,” the 
petition states.
 
Tens of thousands of people signed the petition on Tuesday
 morning, following a day of unrest in the capital, in which, 
hundreds of angry protesters clashed with police, having
 called for the arrest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
 
Links to the petition have been widely shared across Twitter, 
with English band Right Said Fred receiving more than 
1,200 retweets on their call for people to sign. 
 
Others vented their anger in other ways on Twitter, calling 
once again, for the prime minister to be arrested. Many 
went as far as comparing the Covid-19 restrictions to
 Adolf Hitler’s Germany, with ‘Nazi’ trending on the 
social media platform. 
 
On Monday, people gathered outside the Palace of Westminster
 to protest measures aimed at preventing the continued spread
 of Covid-19 virus. While Monday, termed ‘Freedom Day’, saw 
the last of the major restrictions lifted, the government has 
laid out plans to mandate the use of vaccination 
certificates at crowded venues in England.
 
Despite having one of the world’s highest vaccination rates 
against Covid-19, many young people have elected not to 
get jabbed. Under the government’s current plans, 
unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from 
entering venues - such as nightclubs - from 
September. Johnson’s government had, 
previously, ruled out the idea of
making the 
entry to venues be
dependent on 
vaccination
status.
 
The government’s U-turn came just hours after nightclubs 
were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months.
Amid
 the condemnation of Johnson’s plans, some
have 
suggested, that mandatory vaccination
passports 
will help provide peace of mind
to some 
Covid-wary clubbers and others 
attending large gatherings.
 
 
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UK government document 
quietly introduces vaccine
 passports by the back door 
and points to a third lock-
down this winter
July 13th, 2:53pm (RT)
 
By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring
the 
role of intelligence services in shaping politics & 
perceptions. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg
 
For all the government’s bluster about ‘irreversibly’ reopening 
Britain after July 19, official documents paint a very different 
picture, suggesting lockdowns could well return and Covid
 passports may become the norm.
 
Sajid Javid’s elevation to UK Health Secretary ushered in a new
 tone on the part of all government ministers in respect of 
coronavirus. In a flash, the ambiguity and equivocation
 that had typified official statements about lockdown 
for so long vanished, and swaggering confidence 
about a full and permanent reopening of the 
country in the very near future.. became de 
rigueur across every Whitehall department.
 
“We must learn to live with Covid,” Javid forcefully asserted on 
June 28, the same day he assumed the post. This bullishness 
hasn’t faltered since, despite a backlash from some sections 
of the scientific community, and a not insignificant amount 
of public support for certain restrictions enduring, perhaps
 permanently. On July 12, he confirmed that the country 
was pushing full steam ahead with its unlocking road
-map, with all businesses free to reopen and all 
limitations on human contact over... in a 
week’s time.
 
“We’ve all been yearning to get there, and we all want this to 
be a one-way journey,” Javid told the House of Commons.
 
However, an official guide to “moving to step four of the roadmap”
 – i.e. a full cessation of pandemic restrictions –quietly published
 the previous Saturday– is far less strident and optimistic.
 
For one, it reveals that, in September, the government will “under
take a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn 
and winter, which will consider whether to continue or 
strengthen public and business guidance” in the lead
-up to December, “including on face coverings and 
test, trace and isolate,” and with “remaining 
regulations” also to be assessed.
 
In other words, it’s sensible to expect 
another lockdown before 2021 is over.
 
There have of course been numerous insinuations over the past
 six months that a true return to normality isn’t in the offing 
anytime soon. For example, in explaining the postpone-
ment of “freedom day” in June, Prime Minister Boris
 Johnson suggested the UK could be in for a “rough 
winter for all sorts of reasons,” as there might be 
“some new diseases, some new horror that we 
simply haven’t budgeted or accounted for” on 
the horizon as yet unforeseen.
 
Still, black-and-white confirmation that whatever freedom is 
achieved on July 19th will be short-lived, and subject to 
change further down the road, can only be considered 
a perturbing disappointment. Even more disquieting, 
though, is the section of the document relating to the 
NHS COVID Pass, or “vaccine passport.” It states 
Whitehall will be “encouraging and supporting 
businesses and large events” to use the Pass 
in “high-risk settings” to “help to limit the
risk 
of infection.”
 
“The government will work with organisations that operate large,
 crowded settings --- where people are likely to be in close 
proximity to others outside their household to encourage 
the use of the NHS Covid Pass,” the passage continues.
 “If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, 
the government will consider mandating the NHS 
Covid Pass in certain venues at a later date.”
 
It was only in May that citizens were told in no uncertain terms 
there was “no chance” UK laws would be changed to mandate
 the use of vaccine passports, with plans to that effect having 
been unambiguously scrapped. This new protocol could, 
however, make vaccine passports a fait accompli, 
achieved via the backdoor, with culpability for the 
volte face deposited squarely on the shoulders of 
“businesses and large events” and their patrons
 for not responsibly taking “sufficient measures”
 to “limit infection.”
 
A similar carrot-and-stick approach was evident in an announce-
ment made by French President Emmanuel Macron the same day
 Javid spoke of a “one-way journey.” He outlined how, as of 
August, anyone over the age of 12 entering a café, cinema, 
cultural centre, hospital, museum, restaurant, theatre, 
theme park, or train in France will need to possess a 
special Covid health pass. Perversely, Macron was 
also keen to stress that “vaccination is not 
immediately obligatory for everyone.”
 
Essentially, no one’s forcing you to get vaccinated – it’s just that 
most spheres of daily life and activities, both indoor and out, will 
be entirely off limits until you do. The Catch-22 situation the UK 
government is subtly contriving in order to impose vaccines, 
and vaccine passports, on the public seems particularly 
insidious, given official data indicates that 87% of 
England’s population aged 18 and over have 
received their first vaccination, without the 
clear threat of not being able to enjoy 
drinks with friends in a pub, among 
other mundane exploits, hanging 
over them.
 
Moreover, the experience of Israel shows that vaccine certificates
 quickly become redundant – in fact, it was just three months after 
Tel Aviv made a “green pass” mandatory for accessing indoor 
spaces that they were scrapped. After all, as the policy had 
served as such a stirring incentive to get vaccinated... all 
Israeli adults had received both doses by April, meaning
 there was no need to inspect anyone’s pass.
 
One needn’t be a cynic to suggest that darker motives lie behind the
 push for vaccine passports. The dire surveillance implications of 
such a resource were starkly outlined in an April briefing note 
from civil liberties organization Big Brother Watch, which 
cautioned that COVID certificates “would become de 
facto identity cards if they were introduced, and 
would likely be retained and expanded in 
purpose and data over time,” marking
 “a profound impact on citizens’ right 
to privacy in the modern context.”
 
“The UK has a proud history of opposition to identity systems and
 personal checks. COVID-status certificates would turn the UK into
 a two-tier, checkpoint society and mark a serious break from our
 long-guarded democratic traditions, of which respect for privacy
 is key,” Big Brother Watch warned. “The combination of apps 
with sensitive health data and the subversion of everyday 
businesses and events into checkpoints, could constitute 
the biggest expansion of surveillance ever seen in
 the UK.”
 
Evidently, for all Downing Street’s newfound cheerfulness and
 libertarian rhetoric, the nine most terrifying words in the
English language very much remain, “I’m from the 
Government, and I’m here to help.”
 
 
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UK govt gave contract to IT firm
 that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn 
vaccine passports into
a UK 
national ID card,
privacy
 group warns
June 21st, 3:48pm (RT)
 
The British government has been accused of aiming
 to covertly implement a national ID programme,
 after it partnered with a company that has 
advocated turning vaccine passports 
into a multi-purpose document.
 
Entrust, an IT firm that bills itself as a “global leader
 in identities, payments, and data protection,” was
 awarded a contract by the Dept of Health and
Social Care last month, to work on the UK’s 
Covid-19 vaccine certificate system. 
 
The company was given £250,000 ($346,000) to provide
 cloud-computing services for the government’s Covid
-status certification scheme, iNews reported. The 
contract is due to expire in March 2022, but the 
government has the option of extending it for
 an additional year. 
 
Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated last month that 
proof of vaccination will be “necessary”... for inter-
national travel, and in recent weeks, reports have
 emerged, claiming that the UK government may 
require the documents - of people attending 
sporting events or other large gatherings. 
 
Judging from Entrust’s own stance on the issue, it’s 
possible that the government may have even more 
ambitious plans for the digital certificate.
 
 In a February blog post published on the company’s
 website, Jann Markey, Entrust’s product marketing 
director, argued that the advent of vaccine pass-
ports 
could be used as an opportunity to roll out
a national
 ID as part of “the infrastructure
of the new normal.”
 
“Consider a national ID strategy: With the infrastructure 
and investment necessary to ensure a viable vaccine 
passport, why not redeploy this effort into a national 
citizen ID programme that can be used for multiple 
purposes including the secure delivery of govern-
ment services, secure cross-border travel, and 
documentation of vaccination,” the blog,
which 
explores vaccine passports in
the “post-
pandemic world,” states. 
 
Notably, the US-based company has already helped 
Albania, Ghana, and Malaysia, deploy national ID 
systems, iNews said. 
 
Entrust’s partnership with the UK government has 
already raised alarm among civil liberties 
organisations and lawmakers. 
 
Tory MP David Davis, a member of the anti-lockdown 
Covid Recovery Group, demanded an explanation 
from the government. He told iNews that it was 
“extraordinary”... that the health department 
could ink deals with such companies -- with-
out first getting permission from Parliament, 
adding that it was particularly worrying that 
a contract could be given to a firm “with this
 sinister attitude to surveillance of citizens.”
 
Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith 
echoed similar displeasure, claiming that the 
contract contradicts the “stated position of
 the government” and should be nixed. 
 
Big Brother Watch, a privacy and civil liberties group, 
said the Entrust contract represents an attempt by 
the government to issue ID cards “by the
 back door.”  
 
“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust,
 a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine 
passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what
 a serious threat Covid passes would be... to our civil 
liberties and our privacy,” the organisation’s head 
of research, Jake Hurfurt, warned. 
 
A health department spokesperson insisted that the NHS 
app used to certify vaccination status will not be used
as
 a national ID system, describing the scheme as a 
“simple and secure means” to allow for inter-
national travel. Entrust declined to
comment, 
when contacted
by iNews. 
 
 
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I’m not given to hyperbole, but 
the coming week is one of the 
most important in UK history
 – if not the most important  
by Neil Clark
June 10th, (RT)
 
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and 
blogger. His award winning blog can be found at 
www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. 
He tweets on politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66
 
I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week is 
one of the most important in British history – if not
 the most important  
 
If Covid-19 ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 is postponed, 
as seems likely, and the public complies with it, 
Britain will never return to normal. If curbs 
can’t be lifted when deaths ‘with’ the 
virus are near zero, when will they
 ever be?
 
Don’t say you weren’t warned. Having predicted correctly, 
before Christmas, the very day (January 4th) when Boris 
Johnson would announce the next lockdown, on January 
1st, 2021, I tweeted: ‘My inside source says that there'll 
be no significant easing of restrictions until July at the 
earliest. Govt mentioning Easter, as they need to take
 backbenchers with them & want public compliance.’ 
 
 The tweet received some abusive replies. “Drivel,” wrote 
Pete Hayward. “What a load of rubbish,” said Phil Moor. 
How ludicrous to say restrictions will still be in force 
deep into 2021!  
 
Now, however, here we are in June, and we are still living 
under restrictions. And in terms of overseas travel, more 
restrictions than we had last summer, before anyone 
was vaccinated!  
 
We can talk about the government moving the goalposts,
 but in truth, they’ve uprooted the goalposts and taken 
them off the pitch altogether. ‘Three weeks to flatten 
the curve’ has proved to be the longest three weeks
 in history. Currently, it’s 63 weeks and counting. 
 
Back in January, we were told by Health Secretary Matt 
Hancock that once the “most vulnerable” had been 
vaccinated, our freedoms would be restored. But 
then we had to vaccinate the over-50s. The 
over-40s. The over-25s.   
 
Now we’re told that we should delay the June 21st unlocking 
until everyone has had their second jabs. After that – rest 
assured – it’ll be ’until the children are vaccinated’. And 
then ‘we need to wait until everyone has had their 
booster jabs’. 
 
The much-maligned ‘conspiracy theorists’ who predicted that
 this thing was never meant to end and that every time 
restrictions are supposed to end, they’ll find new 
excuses to keep them (with the latest being 
‘variants’), have been proven right. The 
question everyone needs to be asking
is - If restrictions aren’t lifted in high 
summer when deaths ‘with’ Covid-19 
fall to close to zero, as they've done 
this month, then when will they
ever
 be lifted? 
 
I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week will, 
I believe, be one of the most important – if not the 
most important – in British history.  
 
Because if Johnson does, as expected, announce a 
postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday and 
there is not a major (and I mean major) public 
backlash, the delay will not just be for two 
weeks or even a month. It will be forever.  
 
If people – and businesses – simply ‘take it on the chin‘, 
even if it means the destruction of their livelihoods and 
everything they have worked and strived for, then the 
government will take it as a green light to maintain a 
level of restrictions throughout the summer, before 
more lockdowns/increased restrictions are 
imposed in the autumn, and once again 
we’ll be told it's “to protect
the NHS”.