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Paris hosts protest ------  against police violence

 
Paris hosts protest ------ 
against police violence
September 23rd, 3:16pm
(RT.ru)
 
A demonstration against police violence and 
racism is taking place in Paris. This is 
reported by TASS.
 
It is noted that the column of demonstrators is 
moving from the Gare du Nord in the direction 
of Place de la Bastille in the east of the city.
 
Representatives of trade unions, student movements,
 and political parties are taking part in the protest 
action. Participants of the march chant anti-
police slogans and express solidarity with 
those who suffered from the actions of 
the police.
 
Earlier, TF1 TV channel reported, that up to 6,000
people could be taking part in the demonstration 
against police violence, to be held in Paris.


Anti-NATO  demonstration to be held  in Stockholm

 
Nya Dagbladet: Anti-NATO 
demonstration to be
held
 in Stockholm
September 23rd, 2023 
(source Nya Dagbladet 
retold by InoTV)
 
In Stockholm on Saturday, a demonstration of opponents of 
NATO will be held in protest against Sweden's entry into 
the North Atlantic Alliance, reports Nya Dagbladet.
 
Participants of the demonstration will speak out in favour of
 protecting the sovereignty of their country and condemn 
the incitement of war.
 
The Swedish parliament voted to allow the Scandinavian
 country to join the NATO military bloc - ending Sweden's
 traditional neutrality, and its efforts to fight for peace 
and nuclear disarmament. About it, on the page
in social 
networks --- writes the organization
Nej till NATO 
(No to NATO --- InoTV) which
calls the decision 
deeply undemocratic. 
 
In addition --- members of the organization are convinced 
that membership in NATO will increase the likelihood of
 deploying foreign military bases and nuclear weapons 
on Swedish territory, plus --- the risk that Sweden 
will be drawn into war, writes the Nya 
Dagbladet publication.
 
The Nej till NATO movement plans to hold a demonstration
in 
Stockholm - on Saturday. According to the organizers,
similar 
marches will be held in other Swedish cities,
against the 
entry of the Northern European
kingdom, into NATO. 
 
The organizers are convinced that the struggle against
 Sweden's membership and NATO's military policy will 
not be over - even if Sweden joins the military bloc. 
 
On their social media page, they urge the Swedes - not 
to agree to the transfer of most of the Swedish armed 
forces... under the direct command of NATO.
 
"NATO claims the right - to wage war in all directions, in all
seas of the world, and in space. Sweden's defense should 
be focused on defending the territory of our own country 
& not on wars abroad, under the command of NATO and
in the interests of foreign powers," the organization
said 
on its web page, Nya Dagbladet concludes.
 
 

Trade unions in Finland will hold  a series of actions against the  Cabinet of Ministers

Trade unions in Finland will hold 
a series of actions against the 
Cabinet of Ministers
September 21st, 3:53pm
(RT.ru)
 
The Central Union of Trade Unions of Finland SAK announced
 a series of actions against the government and planned cuts.
 
This is reported by the public Broadcasting Corporation Yle.
 
"The Central Union of Trade Unions SAK announced a series 
of actions against the government and planned cuts, as 
well as reforms that will affect employees," the
 report says.
 
It is noted that the first protest action
 is scheduled for September the 26th.
 
Earlier, students of the University of Helsinki 
held a demonstration in the main building
 of the university --- against the 
government's policy.



Protesters rally in Times Square  against Netanyahu


Protesters rally in Times Square 
against Netanyahu in New York
September 20th, 11:36am
(PressTV)
 
Demonstrators staged rallies in Times Square in protest 
against the Israeli cabinet’s extremist policies outside 
prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hotel, after he 
arrived in New York to meet with world leaders.
 
Early on Tuesday, hundreds of Israeli activists and members 
of the Jewish community in New York organized rallies as 
they gathered outside Netanyahu’s hotel in Manhattan’s 
Upper East Side, according to Israeli media reports.
 
Larger rallies also took place at noon in Times Square to 
protest Netanyahu’s visit to the US for the 78th session 
of the UN General Assembly and his meetings with 
President Joe Biden and other world leaders.
 
“The fight against Bibi --- is one of the biggest fights for 
democracy in the world,” said Lior Hadary, an Israeli 
protester in New York, referring to Netanyahu by
 his nickname.
 
“It’s similar to the fight against Donald Trump here…
I believe this is one frontier in the same battle, the 
battle of democracy against populism,
 against dictatorship.”
 
Protest organizers in New York --- have scheduled events 
throughout the week and the rallies will continue until
 Saturday, during Netanyahu’s meeting with Biden 
and the premier’s speech at the UN.
 
The protests have been a fixed weekly event since January
 when Netanyahu announced an overhaul scheme, which 
seeks to rob the regime’s Supreme Court of the ability 
to invalidate the decisions made by the politicians.
 
Proponents of the overhaul say it helps redistribute 
the balance of power between the politicians and
the judiciary.
 
Its opponents, however, accuse Netanyahu of trying his hand 
at a power grab. They say the premier, who is on trial in three
 corruption cases for receiving bribes, fraud, and breach of 
trust, is also attempting to use the scheme to quash 
possible judgments against him.
 
Netanyahu’s far-right cabinet has already passed one of 
the scheme’s bills through the Knesset, which stripped 
the court of its power to strike down the cabinet’s 
decisions or appointments on the basis of 
being “unreasonable.”


Czechs Rally to Protest Against  Pro-Western Government

Czechs Rally to Protest Against 
Pro-Western Government
September 18th, 1:05pm
 (teleSUR)
 
On Saturday, thousands of Czechs gathered at Prague's 
Wenceslas Square, in the Czech capital, to protest 
against the government.
 
Under the slogan "Czech Republic against the government,"
the rally was mainly against the inappropriate actions 
of the government on inflation, tax changes and 
pension adjustments.
 
There were also banners in the crowd that read "Down with 
the U.S. minions" and "Down with NATO," according to the 
Czech News Agency (CTK).
 
The rally was attended by over 100,000 people, according to 
the organizer, the non-parliamentary Law Respect Expertise 
(PRO) party. Some of the participants later marched through 
the city from the Square to the headquarters of the Czech 
Ministry of the Interior.
 
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said
he sees the demonstration as "a legitimate expression of
discontent, by some people, in difficult times," but that 
he finds it incomprehensible and unacceptable to use 
that discontent to incite hatred and fear.
 
A recent survey by the Centre for Public Opinion Research in 
Prague showed that the majority of Czechs - are unhappy 
about the country's economic situation.
 
Out of the 929 people surveyed between May 16 to July 24,
57 percent perceive the economic situation as bad, about 
a quarter consider it "neither good nor bad," and 
16 percent take it as good.
 
According to the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), the real gross
domestic product (GDP) of the Czech Republic... declined by
 0.6 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of this year. 
For the whole year, the Czech Finance Ministry predicted 
in its August forecast that it could fall by 0.2 percent.
 
Consumer prices in the Czech Republic, meanwhile, increased 
by 8.5 percent year-on-year in August, according to the CSU. 
Although the inflation slowed for the seventh consecutive 
month, it remained well above the tolerance band of 
2 percent set by the Czech National Bank. 
 
 
 
____________________________________________

 world day opposing US blockade against Cuba

European orgs --- outline a world day
opposing US blockade against Cuba
 September 18th, 10:58am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
Solidarity and cooperation organizations from Germany, 
Spain, France, and Italy announced on Monday that 
they are coordinating to launch a World Day 
opposing the US Blockade against Cuba, 
so as to increase pressure on this 
aggressive US policy.
 
The Cuba Cooperation France Association (CubaCoop), the
 Network of Solidarity with Cuba in Germany (Netzwerk
 Cuba), the State Movement in Solidarity with Cuba 
(MESC), and the Italy-Cuba Friendship Association 
(ANAIC) outlined the proposal that will be 
discussed at the Fête de L’Humanité 
this weekend.
 
Convened by CubaCoop, they participated in the event in the
 Paris region on Saturday in a European forum to generate 
new initiatives which combine political support for Cuba 
with economic accompaniment, recognizing that the
 blockade is the main obstacle to the development
 of Cuba, which has been subjected to more than
 60 years of siege.
 
The four organizations supported holding an International
 Tribunal in Brussels on November 16 and 17 to denounce 
and condemn the economic, commercial, and financial 
blockade imposed by the United States, its tightening, 
and its extraterritorial nature.
 
They also discussed implementing a cooperation project with 
Cuba, which boosted the work on the idea that Cuba needs
 both political and economic solidarity in the face of the
 stifling situation caused by Washington’s hostility.
 
CubaCoop First Vice President Miguel Quintero, Network Cuba 
coordinator Angelika Becker, ANAIC President Marco Papacci, 
and David Rodríguez on behalf of the MESC, agreed to 
promote the joint work.
 
The European forum and other meetings held during the Fête
 de L’Humanité allowed the organizations to discuss their
 achievements and challenges - to strengthen support 
for Cuba, its people, and its Revolution.


 Tens of thousands --- demonstrate  for 36th week in protest against  Israel’s far-right cabinet



Tens of thousands --- demonstrate 
for 36th week in protest against
 Israel’s far-right cabinet
September 10th, 2:26am
(PressTV)
 
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have held huge rallies 
across the occupied territories for the 36th straight week
 in protest against Israeli far-right cabinet's extremist 
policies, including the highly controversial judicial 
overhaul scheme.
 
The protest rallies were held on Saturday ahead of a 
key decision by the regime’s Supreme Court over a
 legislation passed in the Knesset by Prime 
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right 
cabinet, which stripped the court of 
some of its oversight powers.
 
In addition to the coastal city of Tel Aviv, where tens of
 thousands took to the streets, similar rallies were 
also held in dozens of other locations across the 
occupied territories, including Haifa, Beer Sheba, 
Modiin, Herzilya, the occupied city of al-Quds 
and some other cities.
 
The Israeli police closed a number of main roads
 in Tel Aviv after the demonstration started.
 
Some Israeli media reported that a number
 of demonstrators raised Palestinian flags.
 
In addition to the weekly protests, several thousand 
people also completed a three-day march in the 
northern part of the occupied territories, in 
protest at the so-called overhaul scheme.
 
"This is the 36th weeks in a row that we are demonstrating 
against Netanyahu's attempts to make a coup…. This
 demonstration is three days before the deliberations 
in the Supreme Court to disable the law that they 
passed…. We are gonna demonstrate on Monday 
… in front [of] the Supreme Court [in al-Quds] in 
our efforts to stop this horrible legislation," 
one protester was quoted by Reuters 
as saying.
 
"I am demonstrating … to make sure that there is a 
supremacy of the Supreme Court. Right now, we 
have clowns and criminals [in the cabinet] … 
and I wanna make sure that they go away,"
 another demonstrator said.
 
Thousands-strong weekly rallies have been a fixture 
since January, when the regime's hard-right 
cabinet announced its plans to turn the 
scheme into law.
 
Proponents of the plan say it helps redistribute the 
balance of power between the politicians and the
 judiciary. Its opponents, however, accuse 
Netanyahu of trying his hand at a power 
grab. They say the premier, who is on 
trial on several counts of corruption 
charges, is also attempting to use 
the scheme to quash possible 
judgments against him.
 
The far-right cabinet.. has already passed one of the 
scheme’s bills through the Knesset, which removed
 the court's power to strike down the cabinet’s 
decisions or appointments on the basis of 
being "unreasonable."
 
The regime’s Supreme Court, for the first time in its 
history, is to convene its entire 15-judge bench on 
Tuesday, September 12, to hear an appeal 
against that bill.
 

Eyes on Elbit: Siege continues at Leicester’s Israeli arms factory

 
Eyes on Elbit: Siege continues at
Leicester’s Israeli arms factory
by Sarah Wilkinson
September 6th, 2:56pm
(PressTV)


An update from the protest camp outside Leicester’s Israeli 
arms factory, locally ‘unknown’ as U-TacS, makes for mixed 
reading. The factory is owned by Elbit Systems, the Israeli
 regime’s largest private arms industry, along with Thales,
 an equally unscrupulous French weapons firm.
 
“This company is a terrorist arm of Israel,” said Yael Khan, an 
Israeli activist protesting at the site. “Its sole existence is to 
destroy Palestinian life, to massacre Palestinians, to murder 
them, to exterminate them. That’s what Israel is doing with 
the help of this company, Elbit, producing this death and
 making its profits from Palestinian blood, and it’s doing
 it from the very heart of Leicester.”
 
I think that sums the place up perfectly. 
There’s nothing more to add.
 
One security guard, appalled by the activities of the company,
 informed the protestors that he was quitting after ‘becoming
 more enlightened’ about the site’s activities. He could see,
 and no doubt hear, that local residents and committed
 activists don’t want this hideous munitions factory 
on their doorstep.
 
Aware of the power of social media, he didn’t want to be
 associated with it, he said, and he certainly didn’t want
his face attached to it. Elbit’s wages, are blood-stained 
- no person of integrity wants that on their conscience.
 
He isn’t the first employee to have up-sticks and left. During 
an earlier court case, following direct action against 
another Elbit factory, the security guard who was 
on duty during the night of the incident was
 required to give evidence.
 
He heard our defense cases; they were difficult to listen to. 
He declared before leaving for home that he was no longer 
going to work there — so many stories of the dead, he 
said; so many killed, massacred; so many lives 
ruined: he’d heard enough.... to last him a 
lifetime of pain and guilt.
 
Recently, a local Leicester resident, ‘sick of being barked at 
by guard dogs’ (clearly distressed from being caged up in 
the back of shoddy vans owned by even shoddier ‘dog 
handlers’) said he felt threatened in his own street.
 
“I live here,” he said, “but every time I walk passed this bloody
 factory, I’m being treated like a criminal. The dogs snap at
 me. It’s like I’m under suspicion for just going to the shops
 to buy groceries. I have to walk past Elbit every day, and 
I get spoken and sworn at by low-IQ security guards like
 I’m public enemy number one. I used to think that the 
activists being here were a nuisance,” he added,
“but now I’m totally on their side, and I can see 
what they have to put up with. I hope they 
shut this place down, and sooner ---
 rather than later.”
 
Activists at the site are frequently harassed and bullied 
by less-than-friendly guards who unlawfully leave their 
‘place of work’ purely to threaten and verbally abuse 
those camping opposite the gates.
 
Keeping vigil on a weapons factory comes with various risks
 — false arrests, vehicles steering recklessly at activists, 
tents invaded, full drink cans lobbed out of moving car
 windows, and property, signs, banners and flags 
regularly going missing in the night.
 
While most of these incidents are caught on camera ---
 and often reported, the tardy and often over-zealous 
Leicester police are only interested in protecting 
Elbit. Weapons and the business of killing 
come first, it seems.
 
The dogs, of which there are several, cooped up in cages, 
are kept in vans in searing heat, starved until nightfall 
“so they’re more vicious” according to one of the so
-called handlers. They whine and bark and 
whimper much of the day, and most of 
the night.
 
Some of the night guards, of which there are many, walk them 
around the site — most of them don’t walk them at all, and
 have been observed by the activists blatantly goading
 them, and cruelly ignoring their distress. This goes 
on every day — but you’d have to be at the camp 
to know this.
 
At evening time, three, sometimes four, unenvironmental
spotlights --- are shone onto the protest site. It’s like 
being on a football pitch during a late-night match. 
 
Elbit invested in these outdoor security lights to assist their 
surveillance cameras after the sun goes down. What they 
do in reality is disrupt the predictable rhythm of day and 
night. Scientific evidence suggests that over-the-top 
artificial light at night has a negative and deadly 
effect on many creatures, including birds,
 mammals, insects, and plants.
 
Of course, warmongers, such as Elbit, or U-TacS, or whatever 
they want to call themselves, are hardly going to worry 
about Leicester’s wildlife, when their interests are 
dedicated to killing and maiming 
Palestinian people.
 
So, what can people do? Firstly, object to this monstrosity, 
by letter, by petition, by complaint to local councilors, 
community, religious and political groups. 
 
Secondly, lobby your MP to vote against the anti-Boycott, 
Divestment and Sanction UK law in the process of going 
through parliament. 
 
Thirdly, make a stand, because the 
Palestinian people’s lives depend 
on it, literally.
 
Elbit is using Britain’s leafy and prosperous Leicester 
as a base to make its murderous drones — it’s a 
stain of shame on the city.
 
Most importantly, visit the protest site in Meridian East, LE19
 1TP, and see for yourselves: a company that doesn’t 
produce weapons of mass destruction doesn’t need 
barbed fencing, razor wire, steel gates, multiple 
surveillance cameras, night vision lasers, 
barriers, padlocks, spotlights, a private 
direct line to the police, tens of dozens 
of security guards... overlapping van-
loads of dog handlers - and a steady 
supply of semi-starved vicious dogs.
 
Its crimes are hard to hide. You just
 have to go and take a look.
 
Sarah Wilkinson is a UK-based activist. She has
 been a supporter of Palestine for over 40 years, 
and a vocal campaigner for Palestinian freedom
 since the First Intifada.
 
(The views expressed in this article.... do 
not necessarily reflect those of Press TV)


Organizations to march in  Guatemala in defense  of democracy

Organizations to march in
 Guatemala in defense 
of democracy
September 2nd, 9:22am
 (Prensa Latina) 
 
Social organizations, collectives and students will march
 today in Guatemala in defense of democracy, against
 corruption, in order to support the popular will 
expressed at the polls and prevent a 
coup d'état.
 
At 12:00, local time, they called for a march from the capital’s
 sixth avenue and 18th street to the Central Plaza, after 
denouncing those who refuse to accept the results of 
the elections, as well as the call for unity around the 
elected president, Bernardo Arévalo.
 
Journalists for Democracy, the Santa Hermandad de Nuestra 
Señora de la Huelga de Dolores of the Universidad de San 
Carlos, the Frente Ciudadano por la Democracia, Justicia 
Ya, the political movement Codeca, among others, called 
participants to be dressed in black, representing by this 
“the death of corruption”.
 
We voted yesterday, today we march and defend our decision,
 they pointed out in one of the messages released, and a
 second text indicated “they can cut all the flowers but 
they cannot stop the spring”, a phrase of the Chilean 
poet Pablo Neruda.
 
Two hours later, the central park La Paz of Coban, capital city 
of the Alta Verapaz department, will host a rally called United 
for Democracy.
 
On Monday at 08:00 Santa Cruz del Quiché will gather
 demonstrators with the slogan Que renuncien, and
 simultaneously, throughout the country, a sit-in
 is planned in front of the headquarters of the 
Public Prosecutor’s Offices (MP) .
 
 
#democracy #DEMONSTRATORS 
#Guatemala #march 
#prevention of coup
 

Dozens of DPR drivers  join Russian Flag rally



Dozens of DPR drivers 
join Russian Flag rally
August 22nd, 10:29am (DAN)
 
 Donetsk People’s Republic youth organizations activists
 have taken part in the car rally to celebrate National 
Flag Day.
 
A column of several dozen cars sporting the Russian tricolor 
and flags of social organizations started from the Lenin
 Komsomol Park in Donetsk to drive along the 
thoroughfares of the DPR capital, 
Makeyevka and Khartsyzsk.  
 
National Flag Day is a state holiday in Russia, established by
 presidential decree in 1994. The Donetsk People’s Republic 
is marking the holiday for the first time this year, as a fully-
fledged region of the Russian Federation.



South Koreans Rally Against  Joint Military Drill with US

 
South Koreans Rally Against
 Joint Military Drill with US
August 21st, 2:42pm (FNA)
 
 A group of South Korean peace activists on Monday
held a rally against a joint military drill with the 
US that kicked off earlier in the day.
 
The activists from the Solidarity for Peace and Reunification 
of Korea (SPARK) gathered near the presidential office in
 central Seoul, where the defense ministry is also
 headquartered, to call for peace on the 
Korean Peninsula, Xinhua news 
agency reported.
 
The protesters shouted slogans of "Stop war exercise" 
and lifted  placards which said "Stop South Korea-US 
war exercise" & "No to South Korea-Japan alliance".
 
The Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) exercise between South 
Korea and the US, a summertime joint military exercise 
involving large-scale field maneuvers, is scheduled to 
continue until August 31, according to South 
Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
 
The annually-held military drill this year will reportedly 
involve about 30 field maneuvers, compared to 13 
last year.
 
The SPARK said in a statement that the UFS exercise is a 
war exercise, which can turn into a nuclear war at any
 time, as it is the large-scale preemptive strike drill 
involving nuclear and advanced conventional 
forces from the two allies.
 
The civic group urged Seoul and Washington to immediately 
stop and abolish the UFS exercise, which can intensify the
 nuclear confrontation on the peninsula.
 
It added that the efforts for the trilateral military cooperation 
among the US, Japan and South Korea should be stopped - 
as it can escalate regional tensions.



Frankfurter Allgemeine: Germany  hosts rally for peace with Russia

Frankfurter Allgemeine: Germany 
hosts rally for peace with Russia
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
with the translation by InoTV)
August 20th, 2023 
 
A motorcade under the slogan "Peace with Russia" passed 
through the streets of the German city of Cologne, reports
 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. On their banners, the
 protesters criticized the EU and the US for their position 
in relation to the fighting in Ukraine. 
 
Russian and Soviet flags fluttered on the cars. In parallel with 
the rally, a festival of Ukrainian culture was held in the city. 
Its organizers saw the actions of Moscow-supporting 
motorists as a deliberate "provocation".
 
40 cars and motorcycles took part in the rally.
Russian and 
Soviet flags were visible.
German police --- in a reinforced
structure monitored the event.

According to information received from
law enforcement agencies, everything 
went without incident.
 
At the same time, a festival of Ukrainian culture was held in
 Cologne. Initially, it was assumed that the convoy will pass
 by the place where the event will be held. But eventually it 
turned out that the route would be different. 
 
The publication notes that the woman who organized the rally, 
has repeatedly arranged such actions. She was also recently 
fined for approving Russia's military actions in Ukraine.
 
The city police said that they could
not ban the "pro-Russian
 event".

"But within the framework of what is allowed
by the
 right to hold meetings, we issued
instructions prohibiting
 any approval
of these hostilities - or challenging
the state
 sovereignty of Ukraine,"
the law enforcement 
agencies
explained.
 
The organizers of the festival of Ukrainian culture from the 
association "Blue and Yellow Cross" saw the rally as a
deliberate "provocation". According to them, just the 
sight of a Russian flag, could cause psychological
trauma to the participants of Ukrainian origin at 
the festival.
 

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Cologne hosts rally -
in support of Russia
August 20th, 5:45pm
(RT.ru)
 
A car race in support of Russia was 
held in Cologne, western Germany.
 
This is reported by RIA Novosti, 
with reference to NTV channel.
 
The organizers reported that thousands of 
people, in 200 cars, took part in the rally.
 
 

Thousands of people take part  in rallies in support of the  rebels in Niger

Thousands of people take part 
in rallies in support of the 
rebels in Niger
August 20th, 12:36pm
(RT.ru)
 
Thousands of people are taking part in demonstrations 
in the capital of Niger, Niamey, in support of the 
national Council for the Defense of the 
Fatherland (CNSP), created by
 the rebels.
 
This is reported by RIA Novosti.
 
It is noted that the demonstrators
 chant anti-French slogans.
 
Earlier it became known that negotiations between
 representatives of the Economic Community of 
West African Countries (ECOWAS) and the 
rebels in Niger did not lead to results.
 


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Tens of thousands of Israelis 
protest at anti-government 
rally in Tel Aviv
August 19th, 9:15pm
(RT.ru)
 
Tens of thousands of protesters have again turned out 
for an anti-government rally in Tel Aviv because of the
 judicial reform promoted by the government of 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
This is reported by RIA Novosti.
 
It is noted that, according to Crowd Solutions, more than 
100 thousand people gathered at the main protest on 
Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv.
 
On August 12, it was reported that opponents of judicial 
reform in Israel held a new series of mass protests 
throughout the country.
 
 
 

Nigerians demonstrate against aggressive moves on Niger

A demonstration was held in Nigeria
 against possible aggression 
against Niger
August 12th, 8pm
(RT.ru)
 
A demonstration against possible military action against 
Niger was held in the city of Kano in northern Nigeria.
This was reported by the local newspaper, Nation.
 
"Some Kano residents have spoken out against the alleged 
use of force by the Economic Community of West African 
States (ECOWAS) to resolve the crisis related to the 
coup in Niger," the report said.
 
The protesters chanted anti-war slogans.
 
Earlier it became known that the military council formed by 
the rebels ordered to bring all military personnel of Niger 
to a state of combat readiness against the background 
of a possible invasion of the country by 
ECOWAS forces.


Residents of Niger staged a protest  near the French military base

Residents of Niger staged a protest
 near the French military base
August 12th, 7:04am
(Izvestia.ru)
 
The local population of Niamey, the capital of Niger, staged a
 large-scale protest near the French military base. The rally 
is dedicated to the disagreement of local residents with
 the desire of a European power to interfere in the 
internal affairs of an African state. This was 
reported on August 12 by Izvestia 
correspondent Ismail Moussa.
 
According to one of the demonstrators, the Nigerians are 
in favour of the "National Council for the Defense of the 
Fatherland" - the name of the authority established by 
the rebels who overthrew the previous government.
 
The participant of the rally noted that France will have to 
deal cruelly with the civilian population, if European 
politicians decide to stage an intervention. 
 
The population of Niger is against the so-called puppet 
war imposed by the Economic Community of West 
African Countries (ECOWAS) .
 
"We need American and French military bases to leave the 
country, that's all. We are tired of them. We need Russia 
and any other power that can help us," said one of 
the demonstrators.


US Anti-War Activists Urge -  to Reject New McCarthyism

US Anti-War Activists Urge - 
to Reject New McCarthyism
August 2:11pm (teleSUR)
 
On Monday, anti-war organizations across the US
 issued an open letter -- to reject a trend that
targets China ---- and to call on people
to 
reject what they call the
 "new McCarthyism."
 
"From The New York Times to Fox News, there's a 
resurgence of the Red Scare that once shattered
 many lives & threatened movements for change
and social justice," said the letter 
titled
"McCarthyism is back: Together 
we can stop it."
 
It warned the new "Red Scare" targets not only left-wing 
groups --- but also "everyone who exercises their free 
speech and democratic rights."
 
"We must firmly resist this racist, anti-communist witch hunt
 and remain committed to building an international peace
 movement," said the letter, whose initial signers include 
13 organizations, such as Code Pink and ANSWER
 Coalition, as well as dozens of famous 
anti-war activists.
 
"Scientists, researchers, and service members of Chinese
 descent, have been falsely accused of espionage and
 unregistered foreign agency, often with cases later 
collapsing due to insufficient evidence," said the 
groups, referring to the now-defunct program 
"China Initiative."
 
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy became a tireless crusader 
against Communism in the early 1950s -- a period that has 
been commonly referred to as the "Red Scare." The term
 "McCarthyism" was created --- to describe similar witch
 hunts in recent US history.
 
"The new McCarthyism is targeting peace activists, critics of 
U.S. foreign policy, and Chinese Americans," Code Pink said 
and asked for public support to "avoid a McCarthy-era red 
scare ---- targeting peace activists."
 
"In the face of adversity, we say NO! to xenophobic witch 
hunts and YES to peace!" said ANSWER Coalition, a U.S.-
based protest umbrella group consisting of many anti-
war and civil rights organizations, in a social 
media post.
 
During the former "Red Scare" and McCarthy periods, 
scores of organizations and leaders were attacked 
with factless accusations, reads the open letter.
 
"Today, prominent organizations and individuals, including
 CODEPINK, The People's Forum, and Tricontinental 
Institute have been targeted, with smears and 
accusations, propagated by outlets like
The 
New York Times."
 
They accused the media outlet of "painting a 
sinister image of a secret network funding 
the peace movement."
 
"However, there's nothing illegal or fringe, about opposing a 
New Cold War or a 'major power conflict' with China, views 
shared by hundreds of millions globally. Receiving 
donations from U.S. citizens who share these 
views is not illicit," said the groups.
 
They noted the "McCarthy-like attacks" initiated by those
 media outlets posed a threat to free speech and the 
right to dissent. "We must oppose this trend," 
they said. 


 
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 There was a rally in New York 
against funding and arming 
Ukraine
August 7th, 10:09am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
A protest against Kiev’s financial support and 
arms supplies to Ukraine was held in front
of 
the UN headquarters in New York.
RIA Novosti informs about it.
 
It is specified that the action was attended by dozens
 of people who held placards --- with calls to stop 
arming Ukraine.
 
Earlier, French politician and head of the Patriots party 
Florian Philippot, said that US citizens’ support for 
financing Ukraine and sending it arms --- has 
dropped significantly.



Berlin hosts rally against  arms supplies to Ukraine



Berlin hosts rally against 
arms supplies to Ukraine
August 5th, 4:29pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
On the square at the Brandenburg Gate in the 
centre of Berlin on August 5, a rally is being 
held against the supply of weapons to Kiev. 
Hundreds of citizens are taking part in 
the action.
 
Protesters with placards demand to stop the 
supply of weapons to Ukraine, and also 
oppose US globalism.
 
Police are also patrolling the site, and traffic 
on many central streets is blocked.
 
Earlier, on July 4, it became known that Germany
became the largest donor of weapons to Ukraine 
in the first half of 2023. The authorities allowed
 to supply weapons to Kiev ----- for €1.65 billion.
 
Germany announced ---- a new package of weapons to be 
delivered to Ukraine in the amount of €2.7 billion in May. 

As part of the tranche, Kiev should receive 20 Marder 
armoured personnel carriers, 30 Leopard 1 tanks, 
200 reconnaissance drones and much more. 

However, at the moment, the German 
authorities are delaying sending the 
promised package of military aid, 
the newspaper Die Welt wrote.
 

International Festival of Arts and Cultures to begin in Nicaragua

 
International Festival of
Arts
 and Cultures to
begin 
in Nicaragua
August 5th, 9:58am 
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The International Festival of Arts, Cultures and Gastronomy 
of Our Peoples will be inaugurated in Nicaragua, with 
the presence of guests from more than 40 countries 
including representatives from "Abkhazia, Angola,
 Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador, France, 
Guatemala, Honduras, Iran and Japan.''
 
 Also attending the two-day event at the Olof Palme
 Convention Centre of this capital, Managua,
in 
addition to the host country, will be
Libya,
 Palestine, Panama, Peru,
the Dominican 
Republic, Korea,
China and Russia, 
Venezuela,
Germany, Argentina, 
Brazil,
Canada, Costa Rica and 
Ecuador, among other
guests..
 from Latin
America, Europe,
Asia and Africa.
 
Organized by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism 
(Intur) and other institutions, the event has 
among its objectives the promotion of 
union between nations.
 
In the festival, which is held every year, the invited 
countries exhibit the best of their gastronomy with
 typical food --- while showing the public their 
dances, songs and traditional costumes,
 among other artistic manifestations.
 

 
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Syrian province’s citizens protest
over US-allied separatist militia
 August 3rd, 2:03pm
 (Prensa Latina) 
 
Residents from several localities in Syria's 
northeastern province of Hasakeh have
protested -- against the US supported 
so-called Syrian Democratic Forces 
(SDF) on Thursday.
 
Local media reported that those protesters, most 
from Al-Hol municipality’s villages, condemned 
the illegal and criminal practices of the SDF 
and US forces and demanded their 
expulsion from the country.
 
They also blocked roads with burning tires and shouted 
slogans rejecting the arbitrary detention and 
recruitment of their youths --- and the
 looting of their crops and property.
 
The irregular group dominates most of Syria's 
al-Jazira region (which is rich in oi) --- and
receives
 arms, money, and ''training''
from illegal US 
occupation forces.
 

Chilean Teachers  Begin 48-Hour Strike

 
Chilean Teachers ---- 
Begin 48-Hour Strike
August 2nd (teleSUR)
 
On Wednesday, the Chilean College of Teachers began a 
48-hour strike to demand a response to the requests 
submitted to the administration of President 
Gabriel Boric.
 
The Chilean teachers presented an 8-point petition to the 
Education Ministry. So far, however, the authorities 
have not responded to these demands, said
Carlos Diaz, the president of the College 
of Teachers.
 
Among their demands is the payment of late retirement 
bonuses, the end of labour burdens, the creation of 
better working conditions, and the solution to 
student violence in schools.
 
Diaz explained that hundreds of professors will travel from
 various regions of the country to Valparaíso, where the 
headquarters of the Chilean Congress are located.
 In this port city, teachers will hold a protest rally.
 
 
The Chilean teachers ask the Boric administration to resolve 
the so-called "Historical Debt" as well. By this term, Chileans 
refer to the salary loss suffered by thousands of teachers 
during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990).
 
During this period, the administration of public schools 
was transferred from the central government to the 
municipalities. As a result of this decision, 
professionals did not receive salary
 readjustments for several years.
 
According to the College of Teachers, the Chilean 
State owes some US$7 billion to 65,000 affected 
teachers, the newspaper La Nacion reported.
 
If the Chilean authorities do not reach an agreement
 with the education workers before August 17, the
 teachers will discuss the start of an indefinite
 national strike.


Hundreds of people held a rally in Amsterdam - against supply  of weapons to Ukraine

 
Hundreds of people held a rally
in Amsterdam - against supply 
of weapons to Ukraine
July 30th, 4:59pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
Hundreds of people took part in another march in 
Amsterdam for peace and against arms supplies 
to Ukraine. Photos and videos from the event --
were posted on participants' social networks
on July 30.
 
The organizers of the rally held a press conference, 
during which, they criticized the actions of the 
Dutch authorities, in providing military 
support to the Kiev regime.
 
The protesters hold pacifist, white flags in their hands. 
Some have Russian flags --- or the flags of former 
Soviet republics.
 
Earlier, on July 9th, head of the Ministry of Defense of 
Ukraine, Alexey Reznikov, said that the Netherlands 
will transfer mine-resistant ships to Kiev, as 
military assistance.
 
On July 8, it was reported that the Netherlands and 
Ukraine had determined the start date for training 
Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighters.
 
In June, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said 
that the Netherlands, along with Denmark, will start 
training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets, in 
the summer.
 
Western countries have stepped up military and financial 
support for Kiev -- amid Russia's special operation to 
protect the Donbas, which was decided, after the 
situation in the region worsened due to shelling 
by the Ukrainian military.


Protest in Syria against  illegal U.S. occupation

 
Protest in Syria against 
illegal U.S. occupation
by Javier Arana Villasusa
July 25th, 11:26am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The city of Al-Mayadeen in the eastern Syrian province of 
Deir Ezzor witnessed a massive popular demonstration, 
in rejection and condemnation of the illegal U.S. 
military presence in this nation.
 
Participants in the protest raised banners and yelled to
 denounce the occupier and its mercenary militias and
 ratified the support to the National Army and the 
resistance --- to expel the foreign troops.
 
No more America and its allies, Get out of Syria and We 
support our army and the resistance, were some of
 the phrases written on the banners.
 
The founder of the Coalition of Syrian and Arab Tribes and
 Clans, Saleh Hussein Al-Dalli Al-Nuaimi ---- told reporters
that 
this act is a civilized message to the whole world, 
especially the UN, the Security Council, the Arab 
League and all worthy people, that the Syrians 
stick to peace - and demonstrate peacefully.
 
According to Al-Nuaimi, the tribes and clans will support 
the army, through popular resistance, if the occupier 
does not leave the Syrian lands - and does not 
respond to international pressure.
 

Guatemalans Call 'The  Flowers March' ----- to  Defend Democracy

Guatemalans Call 'The 
Flowers March' ----- to 
Defend Democracy
July 23rd, 6:16pm 
(teleSUR)
 
On Sunday, the Highlands Farmers Committee (CCDA), the
 Palin Indigenous Mayor's Office, and students from the 
University of San Carlos (USAC) called for a "march 
of flowers" to defend democracy in Guatemala.
 
This happens at a time when the Prosecutor's Office is 
carrying out persecutory actions - against the Seed 
Movement party (Semilla), which might jeopardize 
the holding of the presidential run-off scheduled 
for August 20.
 
"Criminal structures do not want to relinquish power," 
Palin Mayor Alida Vicente said, explaining that the 
"Flowers March" --- seeks to oppose the "dark 
political landscape" that the Guatemalan 
elites, are trying to consolidate.
 
"In our country, we need to see a new dawn 
and a blossoming. We need to rebuild a 
new nation," she said.
 
A tweet reads, "The feelings of the Guatemalans who
participate in this march, which now enters 
6th
avenue Guatemala City's Zone One, where 
more people are joining it. The march
covers 
several blocks."
 
"Small mobilizations... are no longer enough. We need 
a massive mobilization without partisan objectives 
and with clear objectives in defense of the 
common good."
 
Since 9:00 am on Sunday, the progressive social and 
political organizations are marching from the 
Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) to the 
Constitutional Court (CC). Later they 
will go to the Presidential House 
and finally to the headquarters 
of the Prosecutor's Office.
 
In the first round of the presidential elections held on June 
25, Bernardo Arevalo, a Social Democratic politician
 sponsored by the Seed Movement - came in second 
place, after Sandra Torres, who participated with 
the support of the National Unity of Hope.


Israeli Lawmakers Debate  Judicial Overhaul Bill  Amid Protests

Israeli Lawmakers Debate 
Judicial Overhaul Bill 
Amid Protests
July 23rd, 4:17pm
(teleSUR)
 
On Sunday, Israeli lawmakers began a marathon debate 
on the first major bill of a contentious plan to overhaul 
the judiciary, ahead of a final vote on Monday, as 
massive crowds rally across the country to
protest against the plan.
 
The bill would cancel the Supreme Court's power to override
 decisions by the ministers that it deems "unreasonable." 

The two final rounds of votes at the Knesset, the Israeli 
parliament, are slated for Monday after the bill passed 
its first reading earlier in July.
 
On Sunday, protesters continued to flock to Jerusalem,
where at least 83,000 have arrived on 
Saturday after
a four-day march with Israeli flags. 

Thousands of citizens have erected
tents in a 
park near the Knesset.
 
Meanwhile, protesters gathered at the Western Wall in the 
Old City -- one of the holiest sites for Jews. They chanted 
and danced in circles before forming a human chain all
 the way to the Knesset. Physicians marched from the 
Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem, to the 
Knesset, chanting slogans and holding posters.
 
The far-right coalition government's bill has triggered
 widespread protests across Israel --- and many 
workers and big companies have pledged to 
go on strike if the bill proceeds.
 
Some 200 hi-tech companies and venture capital firms
 announced they have either gone on a full strike or 
would allow their employees to take a day off
to
 attend the rallies.
 
About a dozen of the country's largest law firms also
 announced that due to the "one-sided legislative 
process and in light of the immense division 
within the people and the tangible and 
immediate threat to Israel's security 
and economy," they decided to go 
on a one-day strike and called
on
 their employees - to join
the 
protests in Jerusalem.
 
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was 
in Sheba Hospital, recovering from an emergency 
operation that inserted a pacemaker into his
 chest. The procedure went off 
without complications.
 
Netanyahu was expected to be discharged later on Sunday, 
his office said in a statement, adding that planned official 
trips to Türkiye and Cyprus... would be rescheduled.
 
Nationwide protests have been held for 29 weeks in a row 
over the far-right government's divisive proposal to 
overhaul the judiciary.
 
On Saturday, thousands of Israelis marched to Jerusalem 
and took to the streets in Tel Aviv and other cities across
 the country ahead of the parliamentary vote scheduled 
for Monday.


“We remember Volyn”: Warsaw  held a march of remembrance

 
 “We remember Volyn”: Warsaw 
held a march of remembrance
July 14th, 11:59am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
A memory march “We remember Volyn”, “No to Banderism”
 was held in Warsaw. The action is timed, to the “tragic 
anniversary of the 80th anniversary of the genocide 
of Ukrainians in Volhynia & Eastern Little Poland”. 

This was reported by the columnist of
 “Mysl Polska” Lukasz Jastrzebski.
 
Nationalists, libertarians, peasants, Christian 
Democrats and leftists took part in the march.
 
“Supporters of Grzegorz Braun’s Crown and the Polish Left 
marched side by side. This shows that sometimes we can 
speak with one voice on the issues most important to the 
Polish people. It’s a pity it’s so rare,” the columnist writes.
 
Earlier, a picket was held in front of the Ukrainian Embassy
 with banners “We remember Volyn”, “No to monuments to
 the UPA in Poland”, “Duda is not my president”,
and “This
 is not our war”.
 
“It was particularly loud in the Presidential Palace, where 
people expressed their disapproval of Mr Duda’s policies. 
 
Many white and red flags were carried, some of them tied 
with veils. Demonstrators shouted ‘Duda, Kaczynski to 
the Ukrainian front’, ‘We remember Volyn’, 
‘No to Banderism’, ‘Here is Poland’,
‘Long live Poland’, & ‘No weapons
for Ukraine’,” Jastrzebski noted.
 
The author added that in his opinion, the rally should 
have ended at the monument to “Poles killed by 
Ukrainian chauvinists, but of course, there is
 no such monument in the capital”.



 
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CGTN: Tokyo held demonstrations 
against Japan's participation
 in the NATO summit
July 12th, 2023 
(CGTN source: presented
 in translation by InoTV)
 
Tokyo residents held spontaneous demonstrations in protest
against the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio
Kishida, at the North Atlantic Alliance summit, which 
is being held in Vilnius. According to the protesters, 
NATO is a military alliance, and they are 
categorically opposed to Japan's 
participation in any military 
conflicts, CGTN reports.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida joined the summit of
 leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on
 July 11. On the same day, spontaneous demonstrations 
were held on the streets of Tokyo to protest against 
this decision.
 
PROTESTER:  ''What did Japan do, during World War II?
It established colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula 
and launched a war of aggression against China. 
In May, Kishida's government hosted the G7 
summit, and now he is participating in the 
NATO summit. They didn't do it to protect 
their country. People all over the world, 
are now opposed to the war, and we, 
as Japanese citizens, should also 
express our opposition!''
 
PROTESTER: ''It is a military alliance, and its member 
countries have been involved in various wars. Prime 
Minister Kishida's presence at the NATO summit 
and the proposal to open a NATO liaison office 
in Tokyo --- can be seen as steps aimed at 
fueling military conflicts or preparing 
new ones. We are absolutely 
against it.''
 
PROTESTER: ''NATO is a transatlantic organization, 
while Japan is located far away from the region 
where conflicts are currently taking place. 
Now, Japan wants to go a long way to 
attend the NATO summit and even 
open a NATO liaison office. What 
for? They want to involve Asia 
---- in the Ukrainian conflict. 
We must not allow this to 
happen! We must expose 
their lies and unite more 
people ------ to stop this 
preparation for war.''
 
''Currently, we have an unstable work situation, and 
it's even difficult for us to feed ourselves. However 
--- the Japanese government does not hesitate to 
increase defense spending ----- which means 
preparing for war. Therefore, we must 
express our opinion and take part
in the protests !''
 

Thousands rally in Australia in  support of Indigenous reform


Thousands rally in Australia in
 support of Indigenous reform
July 2nd, 4:19pm
(PressTV)
 
Thousands of people have held demonstrations across
 Australia in support of a campaign to recognize the 
country's Indigenous people in the constitution,
 ahead of the referendum later this year.
 
The rallies held on Sunday were organized by the Yes23 
campaign group, following a recent dip in support for 
the constitutional change guaranteeing the rights 
of Indigenous Australians.
 
The proposal that will be put up for referendum between 
October and December this year, plans to establish an 
advisory body - the Indigenous Voice to Parliament -
 aiming to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 people a direct say in the policies that affect them.
 
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s government supports 
the change; however, the opposition parties have been
 objecting to the proposal.
 
During the general elections campaign in May last year, 
Albanese’s Labour party, had pledged to recognize
an Indigenous voice in parliament
 
Wearing T-shirts with “vote yes” slogans, attendees in the 
Sydney rally donned caps bearing “the uluru statement,”
 referring to a key document that calls for an
 Indigenous Voice.
 
Thousands of Australians have marched across the country, 
rallying in support of indigenous people’s rights and 
protesting against marking their country’s national 
day on the date that British colonization of their
 land started.
 
According to the statistics given by the Yes23 group to
 Reuters the crowd in Sydney, was about 3,000 and 
was expected to raise up to 25,000 people in total.
 
“These community events are opportunities for people to 
come together and gain valuable information about the 
importance of a successful referendum later this year,”
 Yes23 campaign director, Dean Parkin, said in 
a statement.
 
The “day of action” comes after support for the referendum
 seemed to be declining in accordance with a poll 
conducted last month, which showed 51%
“No” to the proposal - for the first time.
 
Meanwhile, the Yes23 group said the dip in polls 
did not reflect the reality on the ground.
 
“You don’t necessarily see it on television. You don’t see it 
in the newspapers, but there are conversations happening 
around kitchen tables, in sporting clubs, & in workplaces 
around the country. And that’s just going to grow.” 
 Rachel Perkins, co-chair of Australians for 
Indigenous Constitutional Recognition, 
told ABC television on Sunday.
 
Fred Pascoe, director of the Gulf Regional Economic 
Aboriginal Trust while speaking to Al Jazeera said 
that Indigenous people, who make up about 3.2%
of Australia’s population of almost 26 million 
and who were not granted full voting rights 
until the 1960s --- are not even mentioned 
in the country’s constitution.
 
The constitution of Australia, which came into effect 
in January 1901, does not recognize the country's
 Indigenous population.
 
The opponents of the proposal on the other hand 
have argued that the move lacks details and will
 lead to division among Australians.
 
The group has been maintaining that the focus of
 the government should be education, health, 
safety, and domestic violence within these 
Indigenous communities.
 
According to experts getting constitutional
 change in Australia..... is difficult.
 
The government needs to secure a double majority 
in the referendum, which equals 50% of the
votes, nationwide.
 
In the past, there have been 44 proposals for 
constitutional change, in 19 referendums, 
and only eight of these have passed.
 
It is important to mention that a 1967 referendum 
on Indigenous rights saw a record “Yes” vote.
 
In the past 3 decades, over 400 
Indigenous people, have died 
in police custody.
 
Despite findings and recommendations from a 
national inquiry in 1991, many have died 
under suspicious circumstances, some
 due to negligence or lack of medical 
assistance. Surprisingly no one has
 been convicted for these deaths.
 
Indigenous Australians have been struggling for 
generations to get recognition. The population 
has suffered since European colonization, 
which had a devastating impact --- on 
Aboriginal communities and cultures.
 
The native Australians were subjected to mass killings, 
forced displacement, and separation from families and
 their traditional lands ---- in the name of family 
protection, integration, and civilization.
 

Peace event held in Amsterdam

 
An action in support of a peaceful 
settlement... of the conflict in 
Ukraine: held in Amsterdam
June 25th, 5:23pm
(RT.ru)

A rally was held in Amsterdam, in support of a 
peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine 
and the cessation of Western arms supplies.


This is reported by RIA Novosti.

Participants of the action held a rally in the 
central Dam Square, and then marched 
through the city to a drum roll, with 
white flags - symbolizing peace.



Bulgaria protests against  being dragged into the  Ukrainian conflict


Bulgaria protests against 
being dragged into the 
Ukrainian conflict
June 19th, 2:49pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Bulgarians, in 45 cities across the country, held a national 
march for peace and the neutrality of the Bulgarian state. 
 
Participants insisted that the country distance itself from 
the conflict in Ukraine, stressing that no one has the 
right to drag Bulgaria into someone else’s war.
 
The organisers of the rally stated that over the next 
3 weeks they intend to collect all the needed 
signatures for a referendum on “peace and 
sovereignty”, aimed at blocking attempts 
at outside pressure.
 
Throughout the day, children drew their idea of peace
 and the marchers carried them like a banner.
 
The march stopped outside the Ministry of Defence and
 demanded the resignation of Defence Minister Todor 
Tagarev, who has said he is ready to provide 
Ukraine with additional military aid from
 the Bulgarian army reserves.
 
“Tagarev is a disgrace! Resignation, trial, prison!” 
– people shouted. Chants of “NATO out”
 were heard.
 
Children’s toy guns were dropped in front of the parliament 
building, as a sign of protest against the militarist policies 
pursued by the authorities.




Massive anti-government rally  calling for peace held in Rome



Massive anti-government rally 
calling for peace held in Rome
June 18th, 10:12am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The first mass anti-government demonstration was held in
 Rome. The rally was organised by former prime minister 
and leader of the opposition Five Star Movement 
Giuseppe Conte. He called for the launch of 
peace talks on Ukraine. This was reported
 by TASS.
 
The publication claims that the march started at Republic 
Square and ended at the Imperial Forums Avenue. 
 
Organizers of the mass protest note that up to 20,000 people
 took part in the rally. The leader of another opposition party,
 the Democratic Party, Elly Shlein, joined the demonstration. 
The two parties are known to remain deeply divided, 
preventing them from forming electoral alliances.
 
“We represent the voices of the most disenfranchised. This
 government has reneged on all its promises.We have no
 intention of backing down and giving up on peace talks 
– this is the only way out,” said Conte, the organiser of
 the action.
 
Filmmaker and playwright and philosopher Moni Ovadia, from
 a podium set up in the centre of Rome, accused NATO and
 the United States of “systematic lies” that attempt to 
“assert their world domination” and “unleash wars”. 
He stressed, that this conflict had been prepared 
for many years.
 
“This war has been prepared for many years, it started with
 the expansion of NATO, which made a promise to Mikhail 
Gorbachev not to expand. Europe is not an ally of NATO, 
but in the service of the United States,” he said.
 
The protesters chanted the phrases “Italy”, “Conte”. People 
carried the flags of the republic, the party, the regions from
 which they specifically came to Rome, as well as flags 
with “peace” inscribed on them. 
 
The protesters brought placards on which were written: 
“Minimum wage is decency, money for weapons 
is dishonesty”. 
 
The main reason for the “five-star” demonstration was 
that the current government, in their opinion, does not 
contribute to strengthening the labour market and 
improving workers’ conditions and does not care 
at all about the social security of its citizens.



Cuban FM welcomes meeting --- of  Cuban residents in Latin America

Cuban FM welcomes meeting --- of 
Cuban residents in Latin America
 by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
June 16th, 11:58am (GMT) 
 (Prensa Latina) 
 
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez welcomed to hold 
the Sixth Regional Meeting of Cuban Residents 
in Latin America and the Caribbean, in 
Venezuela, on Friday.
 
On his Twitter account, the foreign minister stressed that 
the event aims to strengthen relations between the 
Caribbean nation and its compatriots abroad.
 
Under the slogan “Building Bridges for Growth,” the 
delegates will discuss for two days the actions 
taken in the last two years in defense of Cuba, 
its sovereignty, and the tightening of the US 
siege in the current circumstances.
 
They will also reflect on Cuba’s presence in social and mass
 media, the dissemination of its history, and cultural values.
 
Cuban residents in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, 
Mexico, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Panama,
 Dominican Republic, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 
Bolivia, Argentina, Jamaica, Haiti, and Ecuador
 attend the meeting.
 
The forum includes a final declaration and 
an action plan as a reference for the work 
of the region’s associations until 2025.
 

Healthcare Workers in Belgium  Rally Against Poor Working  Conditions

 
Healthcare Workers in Belgium 
Rally Against Poor Working 
Conditions
June 14th, 12:27pm (FNA)
 
Thousands of health and social services employees 
gathered in Belgium on Tuesday to protest 
unfavorable working conditions.
 
Following a call by unions, the demonstrators rallied 
outside the Brussels-North railway station with the 
banners and flags of their labour organizations in
 hand, Anadolu news agency reported.
 
They marched to the Brussels-South railway station 
about 3 kilometres (about 1.86 miles) Southwest, 
calling for solidarity with healthcare 
professionals and accessible care.
 
They also demanded greater resources for health and
 social services to increase wages and improve 
working conditions - by hiring more staff.
 
Security forces surrounded the protesters during the
 demonstration, which closed off some of the city's
 central roads to traffic.
 
 

NATO's Biggest Air Deployment  Drill -- Triggers Demonstration

NATO's Biggest Air Deployment 
Drill -- Triggers Demonstration
June 11th, 10:15am (FNA)
 
Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the Wunstorf air 
base in the Hanover area in Germany on Saturday, ahead of
 the international Air Defender 2023 air force maneuver.
 
The Air Defender 23 drill, hosted by Germany, will take place
 from June 12 to 23 and will see 10,000 participants and 250
 aircraft from 25 nations in an effort to show off force
 intended to impress allies and adversaries, 
CGTN reported.
 
According to German and American officials, this is the
 largest deployment exercise of air forces since NATO
 was formed, and Sweden, which seeks to become a 
NATO member, and Japan ...will also take part in 
the drill.
 
"It will demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt the agility
 and the swiftness of our allied force in NATO as a first 
responder," US Ambassador to Germany, Amy 
Gutmann, told reporters in Berlin.
 
However, protesters are concerned that the exercise will
send the wrong signals to the outside world, especially 
Russia, and may escalate the ongoing Ukraine crisis. 
They called for diplomatic solutions to the crisis 
and a ceasefire.
 
Some attendees held banners saying, "Down 
with weapons! No to war! Disarmament now!"
 
Some 300 people attended the peaceful 
protest, a police spokesman said.



Exams in Romania Postponed as  Thousands of Teachers Strike  for Better Pay

 
Exams in Romania Postponed as
 Thousands of Teachers Strike 
for Better Pay
June 10th, 3:53pm (FNA)
 
 Thousands of Romanian teachers gathered in central 
Bucharest to demand higher salaries and better 
working conditions.
 
Baccalaureate exams have been postponed in Romania 
as the country's teacher strike continues into its third 
week, Euro News reported.
 
According to Romania’s Education Minister Ligia Deca, 
the high school exam will begin on June 14 after 
being pushed back by two days.
 
More than 150,0000 teachers in Romania have been on 
strike since May – their first since 2005. Unions are 
asking for an increase in salaries, overtime pay, 
inflation indexing and more supplies. 
 
New teachers in the EU country make less than 2,4000 lei 
[€462] a month. The average wage in Romania is around 
4,554 lei [€945].
 
The delay follows the Romanian government's decision to
adopt a memorandum that says educators will receive 
an increase in their salary......... next year. 
 
The move could mean that new teachers' salaries will be
 similar to the national average income. From January 1, 
2024, salaries will reportedly increase through phases,
 with the first instalment being 45% of the total jump.
 
After the pay increase announcement, Romania’s
 Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuc─â called on teachers
 to end the strike. 
 
"I am convinced that the teachers understand the call 
to reason and trust that I am working on behalf of the 
government to end this strike," he said, adding, 
 
"These are political accountabilities. We also decided... 
with Mr Marcel Ciolacu to sign a political commitment
 precisely to provide those guarantees."
 
However, teachers remain unconvinced, saying the 
commitment is not legally binding. More than 
12,000 teachers from all over the country 
gathered at Victory Square for a rally
 on Friday. 
 
One protester told Euronews, "Our colleagues are upset not
 only because of the salary but because of the lack of trust 
towards the government. In this country, the law is not 
respected, nothing is respected anymore!"


 half a million people in Warsaw rally

 
In Warsaw, the opposition brought
 almost half a million people
 to a rally
June 4th, 2:17pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
In Warsaw, the Polish opposition started a demonstration 
on June 4, which attracted half a million people. This is
 reported by the publication Polsat News with 
reference to the organizers.
 
The event is organized by the largest opposition 
party "Civic Platform" of former Polish Prime 
Minister Donald Tusk.
 
Activists from all over the city are heading to the Castle
 Square, which was already crowded without new 
arrivals. During the march, demonstrators 
shouted anti-government slogans. The 
event is attended by representatives 
of all opposition parties -- with the 
exception of the "Confederation".
 
The main column moved through the city for about two hours, 
while the rest had not even moved after the start of the
 action. Meanwhile, the protest action literally slowed
 down the life of the city — local residents have to 
abandon the crowded metro and walk to 
the centre.
 
This rally is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the first
 partially free parliamentary elections held in the country on
 June 4, 1989. Participants oppose the economic and 
political actions of Jaroslaw Kaczynski's ruling
 Law and Justice party in Poland.
 
"We are here so that the whole of Poland, Europe and the
 world can see - how strong we are, how many of us are 
ready to fight for democracy and a free Poland, as we 
did 30 to 40 years ago," Tusk said.
 
Earlier, on March 23, in the Polish city of Szczecin, farmers
 protested because of the influx of Ukrainian grain. The
 protesters arrived in 70-80 tractors, and some also 
arrived in passenger cars. Farmers demanded to 
meet with the Prime Minister and fulfill their 
demands: the introduction of anti-crisis 
protection for agricultural producers 
and the settlement of the issue of 
grain import from Ukraine.


Italian protesters ---- wage  anti-war, anti-NATO rallies


Italian protesters
---- wage 
anti-war, anti-NATO rallies
June 3rd, 11:51am
(PressTV)
 
Italian protesters across the country have waged anti-NATO
 rallies in a number of cities on the same day the country is 
marking its 77th edition of Republic Day with a military
 parade in Rome.
 
The annual event held in capital, Rome, on Saturday
 commemorated the day in 1946, when Italians 
voted in favour of a republic and against the
 monarchy accused of supporting Benito 
Mussolini's fascist regime during 
World War II.
 
Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February last year
 surveys have persistently shown that --- over half of 
Italians --- are against sending more weapons to 
Kiev, with an increasing number of them also
demanding the government to finally start 
actively working for peace to avoid 
further escalation with Russia.
 
“According to our data 65 percent of the Italians are against 
the war, obviously for different reasons: some are worried 
about the economy; some believe our constitution has 
been overlooked; some others are against it, for 
ethical reasons; however, the mainstream 
media simply ignores us,” said Fabio 
Massimo Vernillo, a member of 
the Communist Party.
 
The largest anti-war demonstrations were held in Cagliari, 
Milan and Rome. On the island of Sardinia thousands of 
residents took to the streets of the main city Cagliari 
to protest against NATO's large-scale military 
exercises taking place in recent weeks.
 
Between April and May, Sardinia hosted NATO military drills
 which involved tens of thousands soldiers and civilians, 
hundreds of land Vehicles, ships and aircraft from
o
ver 20 Nations.
 
The groups belonging to the so-called area of dissent 
against traditional political parties, complain that 
they are given practically no space on 
mainstream media.
 
This is while nearly half of eligible Italian voters failed 
to take part in recent national and local elections.
 
 “Unfortunately, in Italy many broadcasters have been
 silenced for not adhering to the Western country's 
mainstream narrative. An increasing number of 
people, however, understand what's going on 
but they feel so disempowered..... that they 
can only sink into resignation”  --------- said 
Vincenzo Lorussi, independent journalist.
 
During Friday's protests, signatures against sending 
weapons to Ukraine, were collected at campaign 
points ---- the initiative aims to hold a popular
 referendum in Italy, on the issue of
 arms deliveries.
 
 The main organizers of this initiative refuse War committee 
and future Generations committee believe it is impossible 
to achieve peace as long as Ukraine keeps receiving 
weapons from Western countries.
 
Earlier this week, Italy's defense minister Guido Crossetto
presented a new decree for the supply of weapons to 
Ukraine --- to the Parliamentary commission that 
oversees the country's intelligence agencies.
 
It is its seventh package of military aid for Kiev since
the War began last year --- and the second of prime 
minister Georgia Malone's government.


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In Italy, actions were held 
against NATO and sending 
weapons to Ukraine
June 2nd, 10:09pm
(RT.ru)
 
Demonstrations against NATO and sending weapons 
to Ukraine, were held in a number of Italian cities.
This is reported by TASS.
 
"We are planning a major protest action all over Italy, 
including against the information policy of the 
state TV and radio company RAI," said one 
of the participants in the action.
 
It is noted that the cities are collecting signatures
--- for 
organizing a referendum on the supply of
weapons 
to Ukraine. It is specified... that
for its 
implementation, it is necessary..
to 
collect 500 thousand signatures.
 

Serbs held a demonstration in Belgrade against West supporting Kosovo

 
Serbs held demonstrations 
in Belgrade against West
supporting Kosovo
May 30th, 8:51pm
(RT.ru)
 
About 200 demonstrators held a protest in front of the
German Embassy in Belgrade against the support 
provided to Kosovo. Participants of the rally 
blocked the road and held demonstrations
in front of the other embassies of NATO
member countries. This is reported
by 
RIA Novosti.
 
"They (Serbs in Kosovo) are no different from us, they, 
like us, should be guaranteed all their rights," said 
one of the rally organizers.
 
Passing by the Polish embassy, people chanted chants in
 support of Russia and shouted the slogan: "Russians 
and Serbs are brothers for centuries."
 
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said earlier that the
 NATO mission in the partially recognized Republic of 
Kosovo (KFOR) did not protect the Kosovo Serbs,
 despite these guarantees.
 
The Head of State expressed concern that 
the situation in Kosovo may develop in a 
very bad direction.



Protesters in Italy, Spain, Demand  Higher Wages, Halt to Ukraine Aid

 
Protesters in Italy, Spain, Demand 
Higher Wages, Halt to Ukraine Aid
May 27th, 12:02pm (FNA)
 
Hundreds of protesters in the capitals of Italy and Spain,
waged rallies to demand higher wages, as well as a halt 
to the shipment of weapons to Ukraine.
 
While calling for peace in the Ukraine conflict, the Italian
protesters on Friday, further demanded from the ruling 
right-wing government in Rome, a wage increase of 
300 euros per month, as well as a minimum wage
 of at least 10 euros per hour, presstv reported.
 
TV and Social media footage of the rally showed protesters
marching with flags, banners, and signs, such as "Work to
live, not live to work" and "Don't ask, Demand".
 
Similar rallies were also waged in other Italian cities, 
disrupting local transportation, as well as schools, 
according to local media outlets.
 
One of the participants in the rally blamed what she
 described as --- the government’s “warmongering 
policies”, for the country’s economic problems, 
high inflation and persisting low wages.
 
“We are in a crisis that has no end since the austerity that
 began in 2008. The value of wages has lost 30 percent 
and Italy is the country that grows the least," said 
National Coordinator of the USB Union, Paolo 
Leonardi, as quoted in local press reports.
 
Italian protesters waged similar protest rallies last year, 
demanding a halt to Rome’s weapons shipments to 
Ukraine. Thousands of Italians also took part in 
demonstrations across the country on the first 
anniversary of the Ukraine conflict, slamming 
Western sanctions against Russia and Italy’s
 persisting military aid to Kiev.
 
This is while Italy's far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni 
has declared that Rome will stick with pro-Kiev policies 
of the US-led NATO military alliance and will not 
change its anti-Moscow position in the 
Ukraine conflict.
 
A NATO member, Italy has been providing weapons
 to Kiev since the conflict began in February 2022.
 
Meanwhile, consumer prices in Italy climbed by a whopping
 8.1 percent in 2022, hitting a 37-year high, due to soaring
 energy and food costs, linked primarily to the (sanctions
 illegally imposed over the) Ukraine conflict.
 
Meanwhile, in Spain, hundreds of teachers and healthcare
professionals also joined forces on Friday with two rallies
in front of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of 
Education in the capital, Madrid, demanding a 
35-hour working week and better 
working conditions.
 
The protesters carried signs reading, "Health and education, 
no to privatization" and "More investment in education"
 while chanting, "No, no, no, no, we don't want to pay 
your debt, with health and education" as they 
marched through the streets of Madrid.
 
Nearly 78,000 professionals of the Madrid Health Service 
and 54,000 teachers were called to strike asking among
 other things, to bring back the 35-hourworking week, 
which was changed, over a decade ago.
 
According to local press reports, the strike was organized
two days prior to the country-wide municipal and regional 
elections on May 28. It was called for, by several unions
and institutions such as the Trade Union Confederation 
of Workers' Commissions (CC.OO.), General Union of 
Workers (UGT), the Spanish Trade Union of Nursing 
Professionals (SATSE), & CSIT Union Professional
 in an attempt to improve working conditions for 
both teachers and medical employees.
 
"That is our fundamental demand (the 35-hour week), to
 reverse the cuts in this area, because the teachers in 
Madrid are oversaturated in terms of their working 
day, their timetables and their calendar, and they 
also suffer the greatest overcrowding in the 
classrooms," said Isabel Galvin, Spokes
person of the Confederation of the 
Workers' Commissions.
 
Tens of thousands of Spanish health workers had rallied
 earlier this year in the country's capital, Madrid, 
decrying what they called the regional 
government's destructive public 
health policies.
 
The protesters warned that the government's 
plans would "destroy" local healthcare.
 
Budget deficits, and quantative easing, to solve 
them, plus sanctions over the Ukraine war,
has caused huge rises in energy and food 
prices... leading to price inflation and a 
higher cost of living across Europe - 
which has resulted in protests and 
strikes in many European cities.


 largest rally in support of Vucic

 
 Residents of Serbia came to the
 largest rally in support of Vucic 
May 26th, 7pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
Belgrade is hosting the largest rally in support of Serbian
 President Aleksandar Vucic and the government amid
 the rise of protests. Supporters of the politician 
gathered in the square in front of the 
Parliament of the republic, on May
 26th, the Blic portal reported.
 
The protesters also filled the central
 streets of the Serbian capital.
 
The action was called "Serbia of Hope" - and was organized 
by the Serbian Progressive Party (SNP). Vucic's supporters 
started coming to the rally around 15: 20 local time
(16:20
 Moscow time). The rally started at
19: 15 (20:15 
Moscow time).
 
In the hands of the crowd are flags of Serbia, banners 
with inscriptions in support of Vucic's policies and
 portraits of national leaders.
 
According to public figures, only about 10 thousand people
came from Kosovo and Metohija. Two groups of Kosovo
Serbs came to Belgrade on foot, covering more than 
300 km in a few days.
 
Clashes broke out between special forces and Serbs in
 northern Kosovo on Friday morning. Initially, law 
enforcement officers --- surrounded the 
administrative buildings of Kosovo.
 
 As the police explained, they allegedly help newly elected 
mayors to start working. Serbs came out to defend the 
buildings, clashes broke out.
 
Tear gas was used against people, and beatings 
were reported. At least 10 people were injured.
 
Vucic called on NATO to prevent violence against Serbs
 in Kosovo. By his decree, he put the army on alert.
 
In 2008, Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina declared
 independence from Serbia. According to the Serbian 
Constitution, the territory of the unrecognized state 
is an autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija 
within the country. Dozens of countries, including
Russia, do not recognize the Republic of Kosovo.



Thousands of Belgian Union Members  Stage Protest over Working Conditions

 Thousands of Belgian Union Members -- 
Stage Protest over Working Conditions
May 22nd, 5:44pm (FNA)
 
 Almost 20,000 Belgian trade union members staged 
a demonstration to protest against what they see 
as increasingly bad working conditions and
the 
erosion of their right to strike.
 
Action by transport workers paralysed subway and 
other traffic in Brussels for most of the day, 
Breaking News reported.
 
The trade unions have been angered by companies 
that seek to impose new contracts on workers 
that impact their social rights, affect their 
working conditions and cut their pay.
 
They are specifically protesting against the decision 
by the Delhaize supermarket chain to change the 
store management set-up, directly cutting into 
the income and rights of staff.
 
Police authorities estimated the crowds 
walking through the capital at 18,000.
 
“We don’t want second-class employees. We want 
respect and equal rights for all,” the socialist 
ABVV union said, in a statement.
 
The unions are also protesting against management 
measures to stifle strike action... through court 
injunctions against the blocking of company
 premises, among other issues.
 
“The defence of our social and trade union rights 
is being made impossible,” the ABVV 
statement said.
 
As well as public transport, the day of protest 
affected services such as day care centres 
and rubbish collection.



homage to independence heroes  Jose Marti & Ho Chi Min

 
Vietnam pays tribute to 
independence heroes 
Jose Marti & Ho Chi Min
 by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
May 19th, 11:45am 
(Prensa Latina) 
 
Cuba's independence hero, José Martí and Vietnam's hero, 
Ho Chi Minh were honoured in Hanoi on Friday, on the
 occasion of the 128th anniversary of the former's 
fall in combat and the latter's 133rd birthday.
 
During an act in front of the bust built in memory of the Cuban
 Apostle in central Tao Dan park-garden in Hanoi, Nguyen 
Viet Thao, Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam-
Cuba Friendship Association, highlighted the 
coincidence of thought and work of the 
two leaders.
 
He also noted that on occasions such as this one, where a
 tribute is paid, to the founder of the Cuban Revolutionary
 Party, are used to reassure that Vietnam stands side by 
side with the brotherly & internationalist Cuban people.
 
Representatives of the Union of Friendship Organizations in
 Hanoi, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), the Ministry 
of Foreign Affairs, members of Ho Chi Minh Communist 
Youth Union, and students from the School of 
Medicine and Pharmacy in Hanoi, 
participated in the tribute
to 
José Martí.
 
Tributes to Uncle Ho’s 133rd birthday are 
taking place in several ways, nationwide.
 
A colloquium on Ho Chi Minh’s diplomatic thought, in
implementing the foreign policy of the 13th National 
Congress of the CPV, was held in Hanoi, with the 
objective of learning and following the 
revolutionary leader’s thoughts, 
morals, and style.


Czech Workers Go on Strike  Against Spending Cuts

Czech Workers Go on Strike
 Against Spending Cuts
May 15th (teleSUR)
 
Among the measures designed to trim the budget deficit
 is an increase in VAT from 10 percent to 21 percent 
on almost all items.
 
On Monday, the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade 
Unions (CMKOS) declared a strike in rejection of the
severe budget cuts announced by right-wing Prime 
Minister Petr Fiala's administration.
 
"This is a very serious situation for us. We are convinced 
that every imaginable limit has been exceeded," said 
Josef Stredula, the spokesperson of CKMOS, the 
largest trade union centre.
 
On May the 11th, the Fiala administration announced a set
 of austerity policies to reduce the current fiscal deficit -- 
which is the largest in the history of the Czech Republic.
 
Among these adjustment measures are the gradual increase 
in the retirement age, the elimination of the zero rate of VAT, 
the elimination of tax exemptions, and the increase in VAT 
from 10 percent to 21 percent on almost all items.
 
"All these measures will lead to a clear deterioration in the
situation of families - with losses estimated at an average
of 4,000 euros per household per year," the labour leader 
emphasized.
 
Currently, the current retirement age in the Czech Republic is 
65 for men, while mothers can retire earlier - depending on
the number of children. PM Fiala wants to ''progressively'' 
raise the retirement age --- until it reaches 68 years.
 
Since the Parliament has a pro-government majority, 
Fiala's public spending reduction package is 
expected to be approved. It will enter
into force in January 2024.
 
During the strike, the workers will not completely stop 
their activities but will limit themselves to doing the 
bare minimum, thus causing a slowdown in 
business activity. The last time a similar 
situation occurred in this country 
was ten years ago.


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   Venezuelan Women in Solidarity  with Cristina Fernández September 4th, 6:50pm  (teleSUR)  Venezuelan women fill Bolivar Square, in Caracas,  in rejection of the assassination attempt against  the Vice President of Argentina,  Cristina Fernandez.

 
UK to outlaw boycotts 
against Israel
May 11th, 9:38am (PressTV)
 
The British government has announced plans to ban
acts of boycott, effectively suppressing dissent 
on Israel.
 
The announcement was made during the Queen’s
 Tuesday speech, which Prince Charles delivered 
at the State Opening of Parliament on her behalf.
 
He said the government will introduce “legislation
 [that] will prevent public bodies engaging in 
boycotts that undermine community 
cohesion.”
 
The bill is widely believed to be a heavy blow to
 supporters of Palestinian rights in Britain and 
an attempt to silence the Boycott, Divestment
 and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims 
to pressure the Israeli regime to put an end 
to its occupation of Palestine as well as its 
atrocities against Palestinians.
 
Pro-Palestinian groups in Britain denounced the
 proposed bill and said they would campaign
 against it.
 
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and 
Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) described the bill 
as an attack on free speech.
 
“In the case of Palestine, boycotts, divestment and 
sanctions (BDS) is a peaceful movement calling on 
Israel to comply with international law and end its
 illegal occupation of Palestine,” the FOA said in 
a statement.
 
“FOA remains committed to protecting the right of 
public bodies to make ethical choices through 
BDS,” it added.
 
Since 2005, the BDS movement has sought to 
sanction all Israeli-made products produced 
on illegally occupied Palestinian land.
 
The movement’s success in causing economic
damage to Israel, has prompted pro-Israel 
groups to brand the BDS... as an
 “existential threat.”
 
 
 If you want to mobilise against this
pro-Zionist move, you can start
by pressing the links below:

boycott disinvestment sanctions movement

Friends of Al-Aqsa

Palestine Campaign --- UK based organisation helping Palestinian cause

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Pérez Esquivel asks the UK to
 block Assange´s extradition
May 20th, 9:48am (Prensa Latina) 
by Alina Ramos Martin
 
Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel 
asked the British government to block the 
extradition of WikiLeaks´ founder Julian 
Assange to the US, sources close to
 the case reported.
 
According to the Campaign against the extradition of
 Assange, the Argentine intellectual sent a letter in
 English to the United Kingdom Home Secretary, 
Priti Patel, who has in her hands the Australian
 journalist´s future since the London Supreme 
Court overturned last April a previous verdict 
against his transfer to US territory.
 
After recalling that the first instance judge opoosed
 Assange´s extradition for fear that his precarious
 mental health would induce him to commit 
suicide in a US prison, Pérez Esquivel 
warned Patel: that there could be 
potentially fatal consequences 
for the cyberactivist if the UK 
decies to hand him over to
 the US justice system.
 
The Us intends to try the journalist for publishing
 in WekiLeaks secret files exposing war crimes
 committed by its military in Iraq and 
Afghanistan --- and thousands of 
compromising documents for 
US diplomacy.
 
If tried and found guilty by a US court, Assange, who
 has been held in a British maximun security prison
 since his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy, in 
London in April 2019, could be sentenced to 
175 years in prison on the 17 charges 
against him.
 
The Argetine intellectual, winner of te Nobel Prize 
in 1980, considered, however, that Whashington´s
 request is illegal and abusive, so he urged the 
Minister of the Interior to defend the rule
of 
law --- and reject the extradition.
 


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Mainstream Media's Go-To Syria Monitor
Revealed to Be Funded by UK Gov't --
Nobody Bats an Eyelid

The mainstream media, which has been uncritically citing
 the pro-opposition SOHR for years, has failed to report it
has come to be known - the outfit has taken money from
 the Foreign Office
(Sources - Media Lens/Russia Insider)
Wednesday June 6th, 2018

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, journalist Peter Hitchens
commented last month on the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights (SOHR):

'Talking of war, and Syria, many of you may have noticed
 frequent references in the media to a body called the
"Syrian Observatory for Human Rights", often quoted
as if it's an impartial source of information about that
 complicated conflict, in which the British government
clearly takes sides. The "Observatory" says on its
website that it is "not associated or linked to any
political body."

'To which I reply: Is Boris Johnson's Foreign Office not a
 political body? Because the FO just confirmed to me
that "the UK funded a project worth £194,769.60 to
provide the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
with communications equipment and cameras."
 That's quite a lot, isn't it? I love the precision
of that 60p. Your taxes, impartially, at work.'

This figure was confirmed in communication with the
Foreign Office by independent political journalist Ian
Sinclair. (Email to Media Lens, May 17, 2018)

In 2011, Reuters reported that Rami Abdulrahman is 'the
fast-talking director of arguably Syria's most high-profile
human rights group', SOHR:

'When he isn't fielding calls from international media,
Abdulrahman is a few minutes down the road at his
clothes shop, which he runs with his wife.'

Given the tinpot nature of the organisation,
SOHR's influence is astonishing:

'Cited by virtually every major news outlet since an uprising
against the iron rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
began in March, the observatory has been a key source
of news on the events in Syria.'

Described by Reuters as an 'opposition group',
SOHR is openly pro-regime change:

'After three short spells in prison in Syria for pro-democracy
activism, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 fearing a
longer, fourth jail term.

'"I came to Britain the day Hafez al-Assad died,
and I'll return when Bashar al-Assad goes".'

In December 2011, Stratfor, an influential research institute
formed of former US security officials, cautioned:

'Most of the [Syrian] opposition's more serious claims have
turned out to be grossly exaggerated or simply untrue ...
revealing more about the opposition's weaknesses
 than the level of instability inside the Syrian regime.'

Reports from SOHR and other opposition groups, 'like those
 from the regime, should be viewed with skepticism', Stratfor
argued: 'the opposition understands that it needs external
support, specifically financial support, if it is to be a more
 robust movement than it is now. To that end, it has every
reason to present the facts on the ground in a way that
makes the case for foreign backing.'

The Los Angeles Times described SOHR as 'a pro-opposition
watchdog'. And yet, as Reuters reported, Abdulrahman...
claims neutrality:

'"I'm between two fires. But it shows I'm being neutral if
both sides complain," he said, insisting he accepts no
funding and runs the observatory on a voluntary basis.'

Two years later, the New York Times
described
a modified funding model:

'Money from two dress shops covers his minimal needs for
 reporting on the conflict, along with small subsidies from
the European Union and one European country, that he
declines to identify.'

Thanks to Hitchens, we now know the country in question
 is Britain --- and the funding in 2012 was £194,769.60.

In 2013, we compared the reflexive respect afforded SOHR
 with the earlier casual rejection of reports on the death
 toll in Iraq published in 2004 and 2006 by the Lancet,
the world's leading medical journal:

'Figures supplied by SOHR, an organisation openly biased
in favour of the Syrian "rebels" and Western intervention,
 is presented as sober fact by... the world's leading news
agencies. No concerns here about methodology, sample
 sizes, "main street bias" and other alleged concerns
thrown at the Lancet studies by critics.'

In 2004, one of the Lancet co-authors, Gilbert Burnham of
 the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health in Baltimore, told us:

'Our data have been back and forth between many reviewers
 at the Lancet and here in the school (chair of Biostatistics
 Dept), so we have the scientific strength to say what we
 have said with great certainty. I doubt any Lancet paper
has gotten as much close inspection in recent years as
this one has!' (Dr. Gilbert Burnham, email to Media
Lens,
October 30, 2004)

Despite this, the Lancet reports were subjected to ceaseless
attacks from the US and UK governments, and dismissal by
corporate journalists. David Aaronovitch wrote in The Times:

'And Harold Pinter invents a statistic. "At least 100,000 Iraqis
were killed by American bombs and missiles before the Iraqi
insurgency began." This is probably some mangling of a
controversial estimate of Iraqi civilian fatalities
published in The Lancet in 2004 and based, it
was claimed, on standard epidemiological
methods.' (Aaronovitch, 'The great war
of words,' The Times, March 18, 2006)

An op-ed in the Washington Times commented in December 2004:

'Or how about the constantly cited figure of 100,000 Iraqis killed
by Americans since the war began, a statistic that is thrown
about with total and irresponsible abandon by opponents
of the war.' (Helle Dale, 'Biased coverage in Iraq,'
Washington Times, December 1, 2004)

As we described at the time, the 'mainstream' hosted all
 manner of confused and baseless criticisms of this kind.

By contrast, a recent BBC article noted of the Syrian war:

'Over seven years of war, more than 400,000 people have
 been killed or reported missing, according to the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights.'

No-one, it seems, would dream of challenging such a high
 figure supplied by a clothes shop owner supporting
regime change in Syria from Coventry. Nobody
 challenges the SOHR's methodology, or
complains
of statistics being thrown
about with
irresponsible abandon.

Why? Because
the 2004 and 2006 Lancet reports

seriously undermined the US-UK case for
conquering Iraq, whereas
a high Syria
death toll is used to
damn the Assad
government and
to make the case
for Western
'intervention'.

In a 2015 interview with RT, Abdulrahman was asked
 how he could trust the hundreds of 'activists'
supplying information from Syria. Claiming
that 'I know all of the activists working for
the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights',
 Abdulrahman said that he had last visited
 Syria in 2000. He added: 'But I know some
 of the Observatory activists through
common friends.'

Innumerable 'mainstream' reports of atrocities blamed on
Syrian government and Russian forces have used SOHR
as a key source. One of the highest profile claims
concerned an alleged massacre of 108 people,
including 49 children, in Houla, Syria on May
 27, 2012. The claim dominated the
 Independent on Sunday's front
cover, which read:

'SYRIA: THE WORLD LOOKS THE OTHER WAY. WILL YOU?'

The text beneath read:

'There is, of course, supposed to be a ceasefire, which the
brutal Assad regime simply ignores. And the international
 community? It just averts its gaze. Will you do the same?
Or will the sickening fate of these innocent children
make
you very, very angry?'

As so often, SOHR loomed large in these accusations.

 The BBC reported:

'The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
more than 90 people had died in the 24 hours since
 midday on Friday.'

The Guardian described how SOHR was
condemning
Western 'silence':

'The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
 issued an unusually harsh statement in the wake of
 the deaths --- accusing Arab nations and the
international community of being "partners"
 in the killing --- "because of their silence
about the massacres that the Syrian
regime has committed".'

But the picture was not quite so clear cut. Two weeks later,
the BBC reported the head of the UN Supervision Mission
in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, as saying of Houla:

 'the circumstances that led to these tragic killings are
still unclear'. Mood commented significantly:
'Whatever I learned on the ground in Syria...
 is that I should not jump to conclusions.'

On June 27, a UN Commission of Inquiry said that in
apportioning blame, it 'could not rule out any of
these possibilities': a local militia, possibly
operating together with, or with the
acquiescence of, government security
forces; anti-government forces seeking
to escalate the conflict; or foreign groups
with unknown affiliation. In August of the
same year, UN investigators released a
further report, which stated that they
had 'a reasonable basis to believe
 that the perpetrators... were
aligned to the Government'.
 (Our emphasis)

SOHR is omnipresent in the great Syrian atrocity claims
that have gripped our media for years. On April 14th,
Donald Trump bombed Syria, in response to an
alleged Syrian government chemical weapons
attack on Douma one week earlier. Reuters
 reported:

'Heavy air strikes on the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma
killed 27 people including five children, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said.'

On April 7, 2017, Trump launched a missile assault on Syria
 just 72 hours after an alleged chemical weapons attack on
 Khan Sheikhoun. Reuters reported:

'The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
 the attack killed at least 58 people and was believed to
have been carried out by Syrian government jets. It
caused many people to choke and some to foam
 at the mouth.

'Director Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters, the assessment
that Syrian government warplanes were to blame, was
based on several factors such as the type of aircraft,
including Sukhoi 22 jets, that carried out the raid.'

In August 2013, Barack Obama came close to launching a
massive attack on Syria in response to an alleged Syrian
government chemical weapons attack on Ghouta. The
BBC reported:

'The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-
based group that gets its information from a network of
activists across Syria, later said it had confirmed at
least 502 deaths.'

The Los Angeles Times reported:

'The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, generally
 regarded as one of the most reliable sources of
information on casualty figures in Syria, says
it
has confirmed 502 deaths, including
80
children and 137 women.'

Last February, the BBC reported:

'The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based
monitoring group, said at least 250 people had been
 killed in [Syrian government and Russian] air strikes
 and artillery fire, since then.

'It said it was the highest 48-hour death toll since
a 2013 chemical attack on the besieged enclave.'

The power of these claims lies in the fact that Western
 journalists have been unable to report from 'rebel'-held
areas in Syria. Veteran Middle East correspondent
Patrick Cockburn, made the point:

'All wars always produce phony atrocity stories – along
 with real atrocities. But in the Syrian case, fabricated
 news and one-sided reporting have taken over the
news agenda to a degree probably not seen since
World War One... The real reason that reporting
 of the Syrian conflict has been so inadequate
is
that Western news organisations have
almost
entirely outsourced their
coverage, to the
rebel side.'

'Rebel' claims relayed by SOHR and others have been
uncontested, because they originated from 'areas
controlled by people so dangerous, no foreign
journalist dare set foot among them'.

Many atrocity claims relayed by SOHR and others have
been sourced from the White Helmets group in Syria.

Former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook comments:

'In the western corporate media narrative, the White
Helmets are a group of dedicated and selfless rescue
 workers. They are supposedly the humanitarians on
whose behalf a western intervention in Syria would
have been justified – before, that is, Syrian leader
 Bashar Assad queered their pitch - by inviting
 in Russia.

'However, there are problems with the White Helmets.
They operate only in rebel – read: mainly al-Qaeda
and ISIS-held – areas of Syria, and plenty of
evidence shows that they are funded by
the UK & US to advance both countries'
 far-from-humanitarian policy
objectives
in Syria.'

In 2016, political analyst Max Blumenthal wrote:

'The White Helmets were founded in collaboration with
 USAID's Office of Transitional Initiatives — the wing
that has promoted regime change around the world
— and have been provided with $23 million in
funding from the department.'

Liberal corporate journalists and politicians have been
 impressed by the fact that SOHR and White Helmets
claims have been supported by ostensibly forensic
analysis supplied by the Bellingcat website, which
 publishes 'citizen journalist' investigations. As we
noted in a recent alert, Bellingcat is funded by the
 National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which
 is funded by the US government and is 'a
notorious vehicle for US soft power'.

We could link to thousands of corporate media articles
citing SOHR as a source. As in the above examples,
the vast majority of these claims are directed at
the same targets – the Syrian government and
 its Russian ally. To monitor the BBC website
in 2013, for example, was to witness what
 appeared to be a relentless propaganda
campaign promoting (yet one more)
Western 'humanitarian intervention'.

This would seem to be an extraordinary scandal, not
just for the BBC, not just for British corporate media
and democracy, but for media & democracy globally.

And yet, our media database search finds exactly one
national UK newspaper article containing the terms
'Peter Hitchens' and 'Syrian Observatory'. That, of
course, was the original May 13 piece in the Mail
on Sunday in which Hitchens reported the UK
government's £194,769.60 funding of SOHR.

His report has been ignored.

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See below for details. Pass this on to anyone who
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FREE FOOD AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE
TO THE HOMELESS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Here's a list of where free food is available for homeless and
 vulnerable within Cardiff. Please feel free to comment on any
 incorrect information, add details or point out any omissions.
 Thank you.

EVERY DAY
8.30 till 7.30pm - The Huggard Centre - Provides free soup
(home-made) and bread to anyone who calls in 7 days a week,
365 days of the year. Huggard offers free meals on many days
of the week (including weekends) which are cooked by
volunteers and served late afternoon. Huggard also provides
 home cooked meals and hot/cold drinks at greatly subsidised
 (a typical meal is £1.50) prices and ‘give-aways’ on a (first
come first served) regular basis through food stuffs nearing
their sell-by-date. If a homeless person has no income we
may be able to provide free food vouchers. A visit to our
centre and a chat to our kitchen staff will keep you in
 touch with what’s on offer.
The morning breakfast run - provided by The Wallich,
7.30am – Central Station, car park behind Burger King,
 8am – Top (where it meets Queens Street) of St. Johns
 Street, the Hayes, 8.30am – Museum steps.
8pm till 9pm - Paradise Run behind M & S.

WEEKLY

MONDAYS
10am till 12noon - Conway Road Methodist church in Canton.
6.30pm till 8pm - Salvation Army, Purple Bus
opposite Museum.
5.30pm till 7.30 pm - The Tavs Centre, Tavistock Road, Roath.
11pm till 12 Midnight - Private run by Hamish,
who drives around.

TUESDAYS
6.30pm till 8pm - Salvation Army,
Purple Bus opposite Museum.
9pm till 10pm - Private run by Coffee4Craig,
Museum steps.

WEDNESDAYS
6.30pm till 8pm - Salvation Army,
Purple Bus opposite Museum.
11pm - Private run by Margaret Ashford,
Cyncoed Methodist Church, who drives around.

THURSDAYS
11am - Calvary Baptist Church, Cowbridge Rd East.
6.30pm till 8.30pm - Salvation Army,
Purple Bus opposite Museum.
12 Midnight - Private run by Andy Webb,
who drives around.

FRIDAY
11am - Brunch - The Tavs Centre, Tavistock Road, Roath.
12 Noon till 3.30pm - Food not Bombs,
Vegan food outside Central Market.
6.30 till 8.30pm - Salvation Army,
Purple Bus opposite Museum.

SATURDAY
12 Noon - Rainbow of Hope, Broadway, off Newport Road.
12 Noon - St Peters Youth Hall, Bedford St, off City Road.
3pm - Amerpreet Singh Khalsa, Langer Seva society, the
 Queen Street end of Newport Road, outside Greggs and
Coffee#1. Any leftovers are then taken around those who
 sleep rough on the streets, but are reluctant to give up
their spots.
6.30pm - The City Temple, Cowbridge Rd East.

SUNDAYS
3pm till 4pm - The City Tabernacle on the Hayes.
5.30pm till 7pm - The Tavs Centre, Tavistock Road, Roath.
6.30pm till 8.30pm – Salvation Army,
Purple Bus opposite Museum.

SPECIFIC DAYS
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The Saturday service, ‘Christian worship with a
hot meal’, Dewi Sant, St Andrews Crescent.

12 till 2.00pm, meal served at 12:30pm – 2nd and 4th
Saturday of every month, Quaker House, Charles Street

10.00am till 3.00pm, Mon to Friday - The Real Junk
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gwlad !
 
Land Ownership in Britain is one of the most unequal
 in the world. 0.3% of the population owns 69% of
 the land. More than a third is still owned by the
aristocracy whose ancestors seized it during
the Norman Conquest. During the enclosures
 our ancestors were violently thrown off the land
 and much of our current common land is being
 privatised. This affects us all, making our lives
 unaffordable and limiting our choices. As a
contribution to the week of action for land
 rights called by the Land Justice Network
 we organised a peaceful stroll in the
countryside around Stroud,
Gloucestershire.

Remember that access to the land in the UK has
been won by mass trespass in the past and this
 peaceful and symbolically powerful tool can
work for us again. #RisingUp

Learn more about the issue here:
 https://youtu.be/WlIxCDK94ds

Our demands for change centre around:

1 – Distributed Ownership and Control
2– Long Term Stewardship, Not
Short Term Profit
3 –Increases in Land Value
should be Given to Society
4 – Proactive Community-centred Planning
5 – Transparency

For more details:
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1932 and 1992 – Kinder Scout Trespass UK

Workers in cities and towns were not allowed access to walk
 on land around their homes and areas of natural beauty nearby.
 The land was privately held and often used as hunting grounds
for the wealthy. In 1932 over 400 people from Manchester and
Sheffield participated in a mass trespass on Kinder Scout in
the Peak District. They notified the local press and as a result
were met & had scuffles with game keepers & then the police;
five men were subsequently jailed. The movement that was kick
 started by this action led to the creation of our National Parks
 after World War II. The 60th anniversary of this event in 1992
was celebrated with another mass trespass. This started a
new movement that lead to the 'Right To Roam' Countryside
 and Rights of Way Act of 2000. This act gave a new right
of
access to most areas of open country in England
and Wales.


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Western "Leftwing" are Hypocrites


Unreliability, spinelessness
of the western 'left'

by: Andre Vltchek

It is tough to fight any real war. And it takes
true
guts, discipline & determination to win it.

 
For years and decades, the so-called 'left' in the West
has been moderately critical of North American (and
sometimes even of European) imperialism and neo-
colonialism. But whenever an individual or country
rose up and began openly challenging the Empire,
 most of the Western left-wing intellectuals simply
closed their eyes, and refused to offer their full,
unconditional support to those putting their
lives (and often even the existence of

their countries) on the line.

I will never forget all those derogatory punches
directed at Hugo Chavez, punches coming from
 members of the 'anti-Communist left', after he
 dared to insult George W. Bush at the United
Nations in 2006, calling him a "devil" and
choking, theatrically, from the sulfur that
was still 'hanging in the air' after the US
President's appearance at the General
Assembly.

I will not be dropping names here, but readers
would be surprised if they knew how many of
 those iconic leaders of the US left described
 Chavez and his speech as --- 'impolite',
'counter-
productive', and even 'insulting'.


Western Imperialism killed tens of millions

Tens of millions of people have died because of
Western imperialism, after WWII. Under the horrid
leadership of George W Bush, Afghanistan and
Iraq
have been reduced to ruins... But one has
to
remain 'polite', 'objective' and cool headed?


Well, that is not how real revolutions have been
 ignited. This is not how the successful anti-
colonialist wars are fought. When the real
battle begins, 'politeness' is actually mostly
 unacceptable, simply because the oppressed
 masses are endlessly pissed off, and they
want their feelings to be registered and
expressed by the leaders.

 Even the search for 'objectivity' is often out of
place, when still fragile revolutions have to face
 the entire monumental hostile propaganda of
the regime - of the Empire.

But the question is: do most of the Western leftists
 really support revolutions and anti-colonialist
struggles of the oppressed world?

I believe they don't. And this is clearly visible from
 reading most of the so-called alternative media
in both North America and Europe.

Whoever stands up, whoever leads his nation into
 battle against the Western global dictatorship, is
almost immediately defined as a demagogue. He
 or she is most likely christened 'undemocratic',
and not just by the mass and 'liberal' media, but
also on the pages of the so-called 'alternative'
 and 'progressive' Western press. Not all, but
some, and frankly: most of it!

Chavez actually received very little support from
 Western 'left-wing' intellectuals. And now when
 Venezuela is bleeding, the 'Bolivarian Republic'
can only count on a handful of revolutionary
Latin American nations, as well as on China,
Iran and Russia; definitely not on the robust,
organized and militant solidarity from
 Western countries.

Cuba received even less support than Venezuela.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, no attempt
was actually made by Western leftists to bail the
 heroic nation out. It was China, in the end, which
ran to its rescue and saved Cuban socialism.

 (When I wrote about it, I got hundreds of Western
leftists at my throat, and in the end it took Fidel
to confirm, in his 'Reflections', what I was saying,
 to get them off my back). Then, when the Obama
 administration began making dangerous advances
on Havana, almost everyone in the West began
screwing those cynical grimaces: 'you see; now
 everything will collapse! They will buy Cuba!'

They didn't. I travelled to the beloved green island,
and it was so clear from the first moment there,
that the 'revolution is not for sale'. But you will
 not read it often in the Western 'progressive'
 media.
 
*
It is of course not just Latin America that is 'disliked'
by the progressives in the West. Actually, Latin
America is still at least getting some nominal
 support there.

Western Left despises China and Russia

China and Russia, two powerful nations, which are
now standing openly against Western imperialism,
are despised by virtually all 'liberals' and by most
of the Western 'left'. In those circles, there is total
ignorance about the Chinese type of democracy,
about its ancient culture, and about it's complex
but extremely successful form of Communism
(or
'socialism with Chinese characteristics').


Like parrots, the Western leftists repeat 'liberal'
 propaganda that 'China is being capitalist', or
that it is being ruled by 'state capitalism'. The
internationalism of Chinese foreign policy
is
constantly played down, even mocked.


The hostility of the Western 'left' towards
China has disgusted many Chinese leaders
 and intellectuals. I only realized the extent
of this revulsion, when I spoke last year at
the First World Cultural Forum in Beijing,

and mingled with the thinkers at the
China
Academy of Social Sciences,
the right
(intellectual) arm of the
government
and the Party.


China can count on its allies in Russia, Latin America,
 Africa and elsewhere, but definitely not in the West.

It is pointless to even mention Russia or South Africa.

Russia, 'the victim' during the horrid Yeltsin years
was 'embraced' by the Western left. Russia the
warrior, Russia the adversary to Western
 imperialism, is, once again, loathed.

It appears that the 'progressives' in the United
States and Europe really prefer 'victims'. They can,
 somehow, feel pity and even write a few lines about
 the 'suffering of defenseless women and children' in
the countries that the West is plundering and raping.
That does not extend to all countries that are being
 brutalized, but at least to some...

What they don't like at all, are strong men and women
 that have decided to fight: to defend their rights, to
 face the Empire.

And now...Syria and DPRK

The Syrian government is hated. The N. Korean
 government is despised. The President of the
 Philippines is judged by Western liberal
media
measures: as a vulgar freak who
is killing
thousands of 'innocent' drug
pushers and
consumers (definitely
not as a possibly
new Sukarno,
who is willing to send the

entire West to hell).

Whatever the Western 'left' thinks about North
Korea and its government (and in fact, I think,
it cannot really think very much, as it is fully
ignorant about it), the main reason why the
 DPRK is hated so much by the West regime,
is because it, together with Cuba, basically
liberated Africa. It fought for the freedom
of Angola and Namibia, it flew Egyptian
MIGs at Israel, it struggled in Rhodesia
 (Zimbabwe) -- as well as in many other
 countries, and it sent aid, teachers and
 doctors to that continent: devastated
 by the Western colonialist barbarity.

Much good it received in return! At best,
indifference, at worse, total spite!
 
*
Some say that the Western 'left' doesn't want to
take power, anymore. It lost all of its important
 battles. It became toothless, impotent, and
angry about the world and itself.

When in January 2016 I spoke at the Italian
Parliament (ending up insulting the West for its
global plunder, hypocrisy), I mingled a lot with
 the 5 Star Movement, which had actually invited
 me to Rome. I spent time with its radical left wing.
There are some great people there, but overall, it
 soon became clear that this, potentially, biggest
political movement in the country, is actually
horrified of coming to power! It does not
really
want to govern.


But then, why call those weak bizarre selfish Western
 entities - the 'left wing'? Why confuse terms, and by
 that, why discredit those true revolutionaries, those
true fighters, who are risking, sacrificing their lives,
right now, all over the world?
 
*
Wars are all extremely ugly. I have covered many of
them, and I know.. But some of them, those that are
 fought for the survival of humanity, or for survival
of
particular countries, are inevitable. One either

fights, or the whole Planet ends up colonized
and oppressed, in shackles.


If one decides to fight, then there has to be discipline
 and single-mindedness; total determination. Or the
 battle is lost from the very beginning!

When the freedom and survival of one's motherland
is at stake, things get very serious, 'dead-serious'.
Battle is not a discussion club. It is not some chat.

If we, as 'leftists', have already once decided that
imperialism and colonialism (or 'neo-colonialism')
 are the greatest evils destroying our humanity,
then we have to show discipline and join ranks,
and support those who are at the frontline.

Otherwise we will become an irrelevant
laughingstock, and history will and

should, judge us harshly!
 
*
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker
 and investigative journalist. He covered wars and
conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books
are: "Exposing Lies Of The Empire" and  "Fighting
 Against Western Imperialism".  Discussion with
Noam Chomsky: On Western Terrorism. Point of
No Return is his critically acclaimed political
novel. Oceania - a book on Western imperialism
in the South Pacific. His provocative book about
Indonesia: "Indonesia - The Archipelago of Fear".
Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV.
 After living for many years in Latin America and
Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in
East Asia and the Middle East. He can be
reached through his website or his Twitter.

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Israel harvesting slain Palestinians' organs:
Palestine’s UN envoy

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations
 says the Tel Aviv regime is harvesting the organs
of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli
forces
in the occupied territories.


Riyad Mansour says in a letter to UN Secretary
 General Ban Ki-moon, that the bodies of those
Palestinians killed by Israeli
forces, are being
“returned with missing corneas
and other
organs --- further confirming past
reports
about organ harvesting by the

 occupying power.”

“A medical examination conducted on bodies
of Palestinians returned after they were killed
 by the occupying power, found that they were
missing organs,” Mansour wrote in the letter.

The Palestinian envoy further protests Israel’s
 “persistent aggression against the Palestinian
 people” over the past month and the regime’s
“insistence on the use of violent force and
 oppressive measures.”

The issue of organ theft by Israel was first
exposed in a report published by Sweden’s
most popular daily, Aftonbladet, in 2009.

The New York Times also said, in an August
2014 report that transplant brokers in Israel
 have pocketed enormous sums of money.

Based on the Times analysis of major organ
 trafficking cases since 2000, Israelis have
played a ‘disproportionate role’ in organ
 trafficking.

The Palestinians Mansour was referring
 to were killed in the occupied territories,
where tensions have dramatically risen
in recent weeks.

The Israeli regime’s imposition of new
restrictions
in August on the entry of
Palestinian worshipers
to the al-Aqsa
Mosque compound in East al-Quds

(Jerusalem) has become a lightning
rod for the
surge in confrontations.


According to the latest figures by the Palestinian
 Health Ministry, at least 74 Palestinians have lost
their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the
beginning of October. At least 11 Israelis have
also been killed during that period.

The bodies of Palestinian victims, are most
often held in Israeli custody for long periods
of time, before they're returned to relatives.


William Spring, a human rights activist from
London, says that this revelation will “deal
a terrible blow” to Israel, and particularly
among
its US supporters.


Referring to the supporters of Israel in the US,
 as “Christian-Zionists,” the commentator says
 that, despite all their enthusiasm for the Israeli
 regime, they are against such measures as:
 experiments on fetuses, abortion, or
harvesting organs.

“I can see a great defection and a great
 falling away of Christian-Zionists, who've
supported Israel - up until now,” he says.


______________________________________________




Corporations Are
Running The World

by Aisha Dodwell

Of the 100 wealthiest economic entities in the world,
69 are now corporations and only 31 are countries.

 This is up from 63 to 37 a year ago. At this rate,
within a generation we will be living in a world
 entirely dominated by giant corporations.

As multinationals increasingly dominate areas
 traditionally considered the primary domain of
the state --- we should be afraid. While they
privatise everything from education & health
 to border controls and prisons, they stash
their
profits away in secret offshore accounts.


And while they have unrivalled access to decision
 makers they avoid democratic processes by setting
up secret courts enabling them to bypass all judicial
 systems applicable to people.

Meanwhile their raison d’etre of perpetual growth in a
 finite world is causing environmental destruction and
driving climate change.

From Sports Direct’s slave-like working conditions to
 BP’s oil spill devastating people’s homes, stories of
 corporations violating rights are all too often seen
in our daily papers.

Yet the power of corporations is so great within our
 society, that they have undermined the idea that
 there is any other way to run things. We're all too
 familiar with hearing about the threat of “losing
 corporate investment” or companies “taking their
business somewhere else” as if the government’s
number one task is to attract corporate investment.

It is this corporate agenda that permeates the
governing institutions of the global economy
-- like
the World Trade Organisation and the
International
Monetary Fund - whose policies
and operations have
given more importance
to the “rights” of big business
than the rights
and needs of people and the
environment.


The problem of unrestrained corporate power is
massive, and it requires a massive solution. That
is why Global Justice Now has launched a petition
 to the UK government --- demanding that it backs
the new UN initiative for a legally binding global
 treaty on transnational corporations and
 human rights.

This UN treaty is the result of campaigning by
 countries from across the Global South --- for
 international laws to regulate the activities of
 transnational corporations. In June 2014 they
 successfully got a resolution passed in the
UN Human Rights Council, establishing the
 need for such a treaty.

A working group of member states has been set up
to take the treaty forward, chaired by Ecuador, they
 have met once already in 2015, and have the next
 meeting scheduled for October 2016, to discuss
 the scope and content of the treaty.

Meanwhile, civil society groups from across the world
 have come together and formed the Treaty Alliance
 movement --- which aims to make sure the treaty
comes into being with truly meaningful content.

Although it may sound like a boring technical
process, this treaty is something we should
be
excited about because it provides a huge

opportunity in the fight to restrain corporate
 power. It has massive potential to withdraw
 the privileges that corporations have gained
over recent decades --- and force them to
comply
with international human rights
law, international labour
law, and
environmental standards.


It would oblige governments to take the power
 of corporations seriously, and hold them to
account for the power they wield.

This would standardise how different governments
 relate to multinationals --- which means that rather
 than allowing them to play countries off against
one another in a race to the bottom, it would
force
minimum standards.


But the UK government, well known for its cosy
 relationship with corporations, has so far refused
 to take part in this UN treaty. And the UK are not
 alone: most other EU countries are also opposed
to the treaty.

We need to make sure our government does not
pass up this rare opportunity: to provide genuine
protection for the victims of human rights abuses
 committed by multinational corporations & place
 binding obligations on all governments, to hold
their
corporations to account for their impact(s)
on people
and the planet.


That’s why groups across the continent are joining
 forces to make sure their leaders participate in the
Geneva talks this October.

The petition urges governments across Europe
 to participate in the Geneva talks --- and will be
delivered to national & EU leaders on October 12.

Of course, the battle against corporate power has
 many fronts and the UN treaty is only one part of it.
 At the same time, we need to continue to develop
 alternative ways to produce and distribute the
 goods and services we need.

We need to undermine the notion that only massive
 corporations can make the economy and society
 “work.”

Food sovereignty and energy democracy are just two
 examples of how it is possible to build an economy
 without corporations.

But as long as corporations do play a role in our
 economy, we need to find ways to control their
 activity and prevent abuses.

This is why we need to fight for this UN treaty.

The alternative is that we continue to rush towards
the dystopian vision of unchallenged corporate
 power. We cannot allow this to happen. We
 must fight back.

Aisha Dodwell is campaigns and policy
 officer at Global Justice Now.

You can sign the petition at:

 mstar.link/corporate-crime.


Article taken, in part, from:

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b870
-Corporations-running-the-world-used-to-be-
science-fiction-Now-its-reality



Jack Straw - War Criminal


New email leaks show Jack Straw was very
grateful for Brexit -- for the most vile reason.

The Canary - New email leaks reveal that Straw,
the Foreign Secretary in Blair’s government,

was very grateful for Brexit. Not because it
gave the UK public a say in the direction
of
their country, but because it created
a
distraction from the publication of
the
Chilcot Report !


Brexit’s “silver lining”, according to Blair’s
 co-architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq,
was that it buried the Chilcot Report,
alongside the millions who died
 as a result of the war.

Straw tells Powell: ‘We’ve got to spin this right’

According to the leaks, on 4th July (2 days
 before publication of the Chilcot Report),
Straw emailed former US Secretary of State
 Powell, his accomplice in the Iraq invasion.

He wanted to discuss an ''appropriate
response''
to the upcoming release
of the inquiry.


Straw had drafted a statement which he thought
 Powell “should see”, as it referenced him. After
 welcoming Powell’s feedback on the statement,
Straw turned his attention to the current political
 climate in the UK, and the effect it might have
on the reception of the Chilcot Report:

    "Meanwhile, as you will have seen, British politics
 is in the most extraordinary phase I’ve ever known.
The only silver lining of the Brexit vote is that it
will reduce medium term attention on Chilcot –
 though it will not stop the day of publication
 being uncomfortable."

For Straw, who had campaigned for the ‘Remain’
 camp in the EU referendum, there was a bright
side to Brexit. He believed that it would take
the
heat off the report into his government’s
actions
in Iraq.


Was Straw right? Did the report
 on Blair’s invasion fall flat?

6 July, the day the Chilcot Report was published,
there was wall-to-wall coverage. The Guardian
alone published
over 40 articles that day. But
by
8th July, that number had shrunk to 11.
And
within one week, the coverage had

whittled down to almost nothing.

The BBC also published dozens of news articles on
the report the day it was released. But its top-listed
 “Editor’s choice” section on the Chilcot Report,
 points its readers to very little coverage after
 that date.

Of course, there was an avalanche of other news
to cover: the Brexit fallout; the Labour coup; the
 Conservative Party’s own leadership battle after
David Cameron resigned. But it does appear that
 -- after an initial flurry of reporting on the Chilcot
findings, interest in it quickly dispersed.

Phew, we made it!

Straw and Powell communicated again about a
month later, musing on their countries’ reaction
 to the report. On 3rd August, Powell emailed the
previous Foreign Secretary to tell him the Chilcot
Report “didn’t amount to anything over here”. He
 explained that, in the US, Blair “was mentioned
a lot for a short period of time”, but all was
 quiet on the western front now.

Straw responded:

    "Yes, the Chilcot story has faded altogether here
 too. It was unpleasant on the day but almost all
the focus was on Tony [Blair]. But even for him
 it seems to have gone."

He added:

    "There is some stuff about some relatives of
 soldiers killed in Iraq trying to get a legal
action against Tony on its feet buy [sic]
it’s hard to see how that could work."

Families of British soldiers killed in Iraq have
 launched an appeal to fund a prosecution of
Tony Blair & other state officials “who might
 have acted unlawfully, or in excess of their
powers”. If they succeed, which Straw
obviously doubts, Blair’s defence will
be
paid for by the taxpayer, despite
the
former PM being a millionaire.


Scorched on our souls

Straw’s relief that the “unpleasant” attention
surrounding the Iraq War report had “faded”
 reveals an unsettling attitude towards one
 of the UK’s most disastrous decisions.

The invasion of Iraq was an absolute catastrophe.
Countless lives were lost, an entire region was
 thrown into chaos, terrorism blossomed, and
the
UK's reputation around the world,
was ruined.


But seemingly, all Straw can focus on
 is saving his own skin.

UK citizens, and all those around the world
affected by the decisions made here in the
 UK, deserve better architects than this.

The fact that we are all now acutely aware
 of that -- is the only true ‘silver lining’ of
this
disgusting episode in UK history.


Get Involved, please:

– Donate to the crowdfunding appeal seeking
 to hold those responsible for the war to account.

https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/chilcot/

(they've now raised about £170,000)


– Take action with the Stop the War Coalition
against the militarisation of our world.

http://stopwar.org.uk/


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Justice For War Criminals

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price has started a petition
 aimed at securing a House of Commons debate
on the motion that Tony Blair acted in contempt
of Parliament when taking Britain to war in Iraq.

The petition reads:

“The Chilcot Report has presented a
 range of evidence that demonstrates
 that Parliament and the country were
 misled by Tony Blair in the run up to
 the war in Iraq.

"Parliament should now agree a process
 by which it can hold the former Prime
Minister to account.”

To get this Parliamentary debate considered,
 needs 100,000 signatures by Jan. 20th, 2017.

To sign the petition, please go here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/159996



Here's John McDonnell, in a speech
congratulating DPAC and explaining
how solidarity can defeat these cuts.


What's disability got to do with peace?
Try being disabled, or a woman, or
elderly, or of a different race, or
gay, or vulnerable, in a land
where "dog eats dog" !!!

Protestors block Westminster Bridge
 over government disability cuts

A group from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
 blocked Westminster bridge for several hours last
 Wednesday, in protest against government cuts
 to disability benefits.

Protesters held large banners reading “No more
 deaths from benefit cuts.” The protest was met
 with a heavy police presence, which eventually
broke it up and at least 2 people were arrested.

DPAC said over 150 people, many in wheelchairs,
 attended the protest -- to call for better financial
support. The protest also drew attention to the
 treatment of disabled athletes at the
Paralympics’ games in Rio.

On its website, DPAC claimed, in 2015, that the
UK became the first country in the world to be
investigated by the United Nations for grave,
systematic violations of disabled people’s
 rights.

"This is a direct result of the disproportionate
 impact of austerity on disabled people, and
the ideological attacks, waged by the Tory
government, which have seen disabled
 people and the poorest members of
society hit by cut after cut after cut.”

Another DPAC official said the protest was part
of a week of action to highlight changes to the
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) to help
 people aged 16 to 64 cope with extra costs, as
 well as the significant cuts of up to £30 a week
for some, who claim the Employment Support
 Allowance (ESA).

"It's the opening of the Paralympics tonight & we're
celebrating all the athletes, but the cuts that they're
 bringing through, mean that other peoples' lives,
are
going dramatically backwards," Ellen Clifford
said, at the event.


There are almost half a million sick and disabled
 people receiving the ESA benefit; these people
are likely to be unemployed for longer than
other jobseekers - who are not struggling
with disabilities or health difficulties.

Last year, the United Nations held an inquiry
 into whether the UK government welfare cuts
led to rights abuses and the death of over
2,000 disabled Britons.

This came after the Department of Work and
 Pensions, revealed that 2,380 people have
 died within six weeks of being declared "fit
 to work" by the government between 2011
 and 2014.


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The scream -- UK evil twisted and sick killers

Get out of NATO stop WW3


SUPPORT THE WORLD PEACE COUNCIL

(& request the dissolution of NATO.)

The secretariat of the World Peace Council,
chaired by Brazilian activist Socorro Gomes,
met in Brussels, to assess the latest events
in the world, recent challenges in the struggle
for peace, and to assess the NATO summit.

The meeting also addressed the question of US
bases around the world, and especially their
recent installation on Colombian territory.

 Socorro Gomes states, "we must examine
the
latest events in the world, the new
targets of
US policy in Afghanistan,
Pakistan and recently, in Yemen."


"Peace today is threatened more than at
the end
of the Cold War, because imperialism
is following
its plans with a new concept of
NATO, which
contends that the military pact
is essential
to the defense of Europe. It has
militarized
the European continent and now
seeks to achieve
greater unity between the
US and EU," says Socorro.


According to the Brazilian activist, NATO is
an
instrument of US imperialism, as the US
holds
the key command & several important
positions
in the hierarchy of the military pact.


NATO was created in 1949 as a military
instrument
to respond to the threat of
the Soviet Union.


With the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its
allies in Europe, NATO no longer has an excuse
to stay in existence. "NATO is a weapon of war
used to harm people and nations. Its policy is
to remain as an armed wing in favor of looting
the natural wealth of the countries attacked,
to ensure American hegemony," says Socorro.

"The organization's summit.. further discusses
its role as "world policeman," adds Socorro.
"The World Peace Council, besides discussing
broad issues for world peace, proposes the
dismantling of the North Atlantic military pact,
something that is essential for peace".

Read below the "Appeal against NATO and
the
realization of their summit in Portugal,"

made by the World Peace Council (WPC) and
its counterpart organization in Portugal:

The World Peace Council (WPC) & the Portuguese
Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC),
welcome peace-loving people around the world
and the peace movements that fight & continue
to denounce imperialist wars, illegal occupations
and social injustice, and urge them to continue,
& to strengthen their efforts & common struggles
against imperialism and its apparatus, especially
NATO, the greatest war machine in the world.

The WPC denounces before the people of the world
the crimes committed by NATO, and continues to
commit against humanity under the guise of
protecting "human rights" & fighting "terrorism,"
according to their own interpretation.

Since its founding in 1949, NATO has been an
offensive organization. After 1991, with its new
military doctrine, it became the "sheriff" of
imperialist interests in the world.

It was often linked to bloody & dictatorial regimes,
reactionary forces and military juntas. It actively
participated in the dismemberment of Yugoslavia
in the barbaric bombing of Serbia for 78 days, in
the overthrow of governments by "orange
revolutions"
and in the Afghan occupation.


NATO is continuing its plans for a "Greater
Middle East,"
broadening its scope of action
through the "Partnership
for Peace" and
"special co-operation" in Asia and Latin

America, the Middle East, North Africa &
the "European Army."


All governments of the member countries
share
responsibilities in NATO, regardless
of the leading
role of the US administration.

Any different approaches
on some issues
hardly reflect points of view and
rivalries of
their own, but they always lead to a
joint
aggressive confrontation set against
the people.


We condemn the policy of the European Union,
which
coincides with NATO and the Lisbon
Treaty, which goes
hand in hand in political &
military aspects. The military
spending of EU
missions abroad between 2002 and 2009,

increased from 30 million to 300 million euros.

The people and the peace loving forces
around the world
will not accept NATO
and its role of "sheriff" of the world.


They reject any attempt to incorporate
NATO into the UN
system. They demand
the dissolution of this offensive war

machine. Even the false pretext of the
Warsaw Treaty no
longer exists today.


The World Peace Council & its members
& friends will
host dozens of countries
in various national and
international
initiatives against NATO and its new

strategic concept.

We will organize, jointly with the

Portuguese Council for Peace and
Cooperation (CPPC),
initiatives and
conferences in Portugal, and mass
action
before and during the days
of the NATO summit.


Under the motto:

DISSOLVE NATO, Enemy of the People. Peace!!!

WPC calls on all organizations in member
countries of NATO and around the world,
to support this, stressing the following
aspects:
NATO has been an aggressive
and reactionary force
since its founding
in 1949. The Warsaw Treaty
was created
and then dissolved, earlier.


NATO has its hands stained with the blood
of many people from over 60 years & can't
constitute "a force for peace" in the UN
framework.


Despite US dominance, aggression is carried
out
in conjunction with other imperialist powers,

which does not change the character of NATO.

NATO is directly linked to the EU & vice versa,
since a large number of EU countries are also
NATO members, as well as through the
militaristic
tendencies and obligations
contained in the "Lisbon Treaty."


All governments of NATO member states
are
responsible for their actions; they
support
NATO's imperialistic plans.


The NATO war against Yugoslavia in 1999,
was a
milestone for a new dogma during
the summit in
Washington in 1999.
It then became clear that
the EU isn't
a "democratic counterweight" to the US.


NATO acts as a global policeman with
employees
on all continents, executing
its plan for a
"Greater Middle East" and
it actively intervened
in Eastern Europe,
the Caucasus and elsewhere.


We fully support & endorse the campaign
in Portugal
"Peace yes, NATO no" which
brings together
dozens of social
movements and organizations.


We call upon all peace-loving organizations
to join with their voices and forces.

You can find the World Peace Council at:

http://www.wpc-in.org/


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


NATO READY TO CRUSH EUROPEAN DISSENT

(Is THIS why our so-called "Peace Movement" in
the UK refuses to oppose NATO's aggression?)


 On May 16th, the leader of the political party Zmiana
 (“Change”), Mateusz Piskorski, in Poland, issued a
 prescient warning on his blog that NATO’s newly
deployed Very High Readiness Joint Task Force
is going to “pacify” protests and opposition groups
 according to the North Atlantic Treaty’s Article 4
 on the pretext of fighting a “Russian hybrid war.”

Piskorski warned that NATO’s repressive plans,
admitted by the Multinational Corps Northeast’s
 General Krol himself, would ultimately render
any forms of protest in the country, whether
on the streets or on the internet, subject to
suppression, by order of US-NATO advisors.

Two days later, on May 18th, armed agents of
 the Internal Security Agency raided Zmiana’s
office and its activists’ homes, & arrested &
 imprisoned Piskorski as a media campaign
 hurled the ridiculous charge that he was a
 “Russian, Chinese, and/or Iraqi spy.”

 In a telling and foreboding instance, officers
 even confiscated ordinary Polish flags from
 Zmiana activists, a move which in Poland's
history, has usually accompanied a war on
Polish soil.

With no official charges brought against him,
Poland’s main anti-NATO figure who in 2015
 declared that “a Poland without NATO is a
Poland without wars”, to this day, remains
in isolation in prison, from where he has
 stressed in 2 urgent letters, that Poland
 is being converted into a launch pad
 and target for WWIII.


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


French people gather signatures -
Petition to get France out of NATO

Headline:

At Warsaw they got set for war. Let's get out of NATO!

"The last NATO summit in Warsaw, was
just one more provocation against Russia.

With
this appeal, the signatories mean to
say "STOP"
to this nuclear escalation ----
before something un-
do-able gets done."


Text:

The hour is grave. A new missile crisis is brewing
 against Russia, a mirror image of the 1962 missile
 crisis when the Soviet Union deployed missiles in
 Cuba, at the very portals of the United States. The
 situation has gone upside down: then, NATO was
 struggling against the Warsaw Pact; this time,
it
met in Warsaw!


Therefore, we the undersigned, find that we are
 faced with a provocative policy of encirclement:

1. continuous expansion of NATO to Russia's
 borders, despite the guarantees given by the
West to Gorbachev, in 1989, that this would
 not happen;

2. deployment of the Aegis missile defense shield
 in Romania, Poland, Turkey, and Spain. Featuring
 MK41 launch systems, these weapons can be used
 for defense missions (anti-aircraft, anti-submarine,
 anti-ship), but also for attack missions against
 ground targets;

3. deployment in the Baltic countries, Poland,
and Romania, by rotation, of four regiments
of a thousand men each, with permanent
 military equipment;

4. constitution of a "northern" front against
Russia, bringing together NATO members
 (Denmark, Iceland and Norway) --- or its
 Partnership for Peace (Sweden & Finland).

To end this menace we demand:

That it announce its decision to leave
 the organization, which no longer has
any
raison d’être.


We call on France to create the conditions
 for a return to a peaceful order in the world
based on "win-win" cooperation proposed
 by the BRICS, which Europe and the US
 have an interest in joining.

Let us mobilize today, all those means that
 we committed in the twentieth century, for
war, to peace through mutual development!


More on the petition here:

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160602/10
40675105/leave-nato-europeans-petition.html







Talking To the Common People
(in the end... kick out the NGOs)






Still believe we are the Free
good, loving, honest West?

Watch Australia and Canada's
leaders joining the war on Iraq.

Did one copy the other, or were
they sent the same CIA speech?

Either way, it's a scream!



THIS IS YOUR WARNING !!!

If you want to avoid all life disintegrating
and your children and grandchildren
slowly... sliding... into a World War

take action now - join a Peace movement.

Replace the ego-centric individuals now
pretending they are good people because
they pose at truly opposing the militarists
and venal political class.

Then act - now, today - or this week!

Join a peace movement near you -
and if you're looking to find a
saintly person there, with
hardly any faults...

it'll have to be you!

__________________________________________


THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NO LONGER EXISTS

And an orchestrated war with Russia
has all of us marked for extinction

by Paul Craig Roberts

The Democratic Party that once was concerned
with workers’ rights, the elderly, civil rights, and
the constitutional protections of America liberty
 no longer exists. As the completed Democrat's
presidential primaries & Democrat presidential
convention have clearly demonstrated, the US
now has two Republican parties in service to
 the One Percent.

The organized Democrats - the Democrat National
 Committee - show themselves as even more venal
 and corrupt than the Republicans. Leaked emails
 document that the Democrat National Committee
 conspired with the Hillary campaign to steal the
 nomination from Bernie Sanders. It is clear that
 Sanders was THE choice of Democrat Party
voters for president, but the nomination was
stolen from him by vote fraud and dirty tricks.

The DNC and the media whores have tried to
 discredit the incriminating emails by alleging
that the leaked emails resulted from a plot by
 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on behalf of
 “Putin’s American agent,” Donald Trump. “A
vote for Trump is a vote for Putin,” as the
 presstitute scum put it.

This diversionary tactic has not worked. Not
even Americans are stupid enough to fall for it.

Consequently, the corrupt “leader” of the DNC
had to resign, and was unable to deliver her
speech at the nominating convention, for
 fear of being booed off the stage.

Sanders’ supporters have abandoned Hillary
& the fake “Democrat Party.”

Organized Republicans - the Republican National
 Committee–and zionist neoconservatives wanted
 to block Donald Trump from the nomination, just
 as the DNC blocked Sanders, but could not. The
 neoconservatives are organizing for Hillary as she
 is their warmonger & Trump says he is not, but as
 the Presidential contest is really a contest between
 the two Republican parties about which gets to be
 the whore for the 1 Percent, the RNC, impressed with
 Hillary’s lack of voter support, seems to be sticking
 with Trump. Better to be a well-paid whore, than to
 be out in the cold.

Donald Trump is the American people’s choice,
 because he opposes the offshoring of American
 jobs–a corporate practice that has enriched the
 1% at the expense of the American middle class.

Donald Trump is the American people’s choice,
 because he opposes the fabricated, gratuitous
 conflict with Russia. Even Americans understand
 that taking war to a major nuclear power will not
 end well.

Donald Trump is the American people’s choice
 because he realizes that NATO–an organization
 whose purpose disappeared 25 years ago when
the Soviet Union collapsed as a result of a coup
 against Gorbachev, by extreme elements of the
 Soviet Communist Party–now serves as a vehicle
 and cover for Washington’s aggressions, which
 are war crimes under the international statutes
which Washington created. Washington’s wars
 benefit some of the One Percent at the expense
 of both the 99 Percent and millions of innocent
 people, in many countries.

What will happen now is the presstitutes will
 demonize Donald Trump ---- even more than
they have demonized Vladimir Putin. These
Scum presstitutes will do everything they
can do, to make supporting Trump into
an act of treason against America.

Now the presstitutes have learned they can
tell the most blatant lies–Saddam Hussein’s
 weapons of mass destruction, Iranian nukes,
 Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Russian
 invasions–without being held accountable,
 they know that they can lie about Trump.

And they will. To the hilt.

But the presstitutes have lost credibility. A
person has to be an imbecile to believe
 a word that they say.

“Progressives” will wander off the track. They will be
turned off by Trump’s stand on immigration, which
 is where the American people stand. “Progressives”
 will be worried about whether the ‘fascist” Trump
 will persecute transgender & homosexual people
 or revoke the right of women to abort the unborn.
 To “progressives” this will seem all important, as
 Washington and its NATO vassals hurl the world
 into nuclear war.

Neither can any intelligence be expected from the
 defunct American left-wing. The American left-wing
 supports the official story of 9/11, the excuse for the
 last 15 years of illegal wars and the American Police
 State. To find the American left-wing totally allied
 with the official explanation of what is in reality a
 false flag event, committed so neoconservatives
 would have their new Pearl Harbor -- in order to
 invade the Middle East, is demonstrable proof
that the American left-wing is irrelevant.

The American left interprets 9/11 and subsequent
false flag events as oppressed people hitting back
 at their oppressors. The emotional satisfaction of
 this takes the impotent American left-wing out not
 only of action but out of relevance in commentary.
The American left-wing has become an asset of the
 enemy–the neoconservatives who control policy
 in Washington.

So, where do we stand? The answer is that we are
 closer to nuclear annihilation than ever before. I
 know of what I speak. I held the highest security
 clearances. I was a member of a secret committee
 that enabled President Reagan to end the Cold War.

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is doing
 everything he can possibly do to avoid a nuclear
 war that the crazed American neoconservatives
 are bringing to humanity. For his efforts on behalf
 of planet Earth he is demonized 24 hours a day,
 seven days a week, year after year. For simply
 stating facts, I'm described by the presstitutes
 as “an apologist for Putin.”

The endless lies about Russia have convinced the
 Russian media, that Washington is mobilizing its
 NATO vassals for an attack on Russia.

If you aren’t scared, you are stupid beyond belief.
The message is clear: the West has declared
war on Russia, but is trying to keep Russia
 off guard by denying it.

Russian news shows the dismissive way the
Russian media was treated at a recent NATO
conference in Poland. Non-entity delegates
of the non-entity countries of Latvia, which
the West ruthlessly looted, plus Estonia,
Poland, Lithuania, & Ukraine delegates,
 refused to speak to the Russian media
 or used interviews to echo the US’s
false accusations against Russia.

 These imbeciles insulting Russia are represent-
atives of countries that Russia could destroy in a
few minutes. If these idiots think Washington can
 save them, they're as stupid as the Polish colonels
 who thought the British guarantee in March 1939
meant anything --- and could save Poland from
 the rash action of sticking Poland’s fingers in
 Hitler’s eye. This Polish stupidity provoked by the
 stupid British set off World War II with the British
and French declaration of war against Germany,
 thus consigning Poland to Soviet rule for a half
 century. Some guarantee! The imbecile
Chamberlain -- who wanted peace --
started WWII, with Britain’s
 worthless “guarantee.”

Does it make you feel safe that the arrogant
 warmongering imbeciles in Washington have
 convinced a nuclear power the equal of the
 United States that America is going to attack?

Moreover, Russia is a nuclear power allied with
 another nuclear power, China, which has had
enough of the US’s imbecilic provocations.

Are you willing for “your” government to lead
 your future into nuclear war, with two nuclear
 powers?

Here we Americans went into the presidential
 election and the overpowering fact of our time–
that Washington is threatening humanity with
nuclear war–wasn't a subject for discussion!

What is the matter with us Americans? Are we
stupid beyond all belief? We sit, thinking that
 issues of no importance are the most important
 issues of our time while “our” insane government
 provokes nuclear war. Have any people in history
 failed their obligation to this extent? If so, who?

My case rests. There is no countervailing evidence
 against the fact that unadulterated evil rules the
 West ----- and is driving the world to extinction.
Western democracy is a total failure. Democracy
 could not prevent the crazed warmonger Hillary
from presidential nomination, despite the
opposition of the American people.

How long can Russia, & China, wait before they
conclude that they have to pre-empt the coming
 attack from Washington? Does anyone, even
stupid Americans, think that once Russia and
 China are convinced that they are targets for
 attack, that they will just sit there and await
 the attack?

Do people as guilty of dereliction of duty as
 Western people are, have any right to survive?
 

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary
 of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate
 editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist
 for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
& Creators Syndicate. He has had many university
 appointments. His internet columns have attracted
a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The
 Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
 Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost,
and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.


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What was the 'Cuban missile
crisis'... really all about?


The US spun it then and spins it now as
"Russian aggression beaten by the US".


Yet Russians say the US put missiles

in Turkey, so they put theirs in Cuba.

Russia removed their missiles from Cuba
-- on the condition that the US took their
Pershing nuke missiles out from Turkey.

There are now fifty
US
nuclear warheads
 in Turkey -- but Russia is the aggressor?

Again???



FIRST IRAQ --- NOW SYRIA

If you think - like Blair -
that launching wars
in pursuit of 'Democracy and Human Rights'
is "
a good thing" - then you will believe the
latest lies and support
the current US/UK
bombing of civilians and infrastructure
in Syria...


as the liberals who dominate
Wales' peace movement do..
apparently....

Damascus denounces US-led ‘massacre’
in Syria ---- and calls on UN to intervene

Syria has called on the United Nations to take
 immediate action against the so-called US-led
 coalition: to stop it conducting more airstrikes
in the country, after the US/UK coalition’s
latest airborne assault claimed the
lives of over 40 civilians.  

In two separate letters sent to UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council President
Koro Bessho,, the Syrian Foreign Ministry strongly
denounced the coalitions new “atrocities
 committed against civilians” and called
to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The letters were written after US-led warplanes
 launched airstrikes on
Ghandour town, which
is over 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) away from
the violence-ridden city of Manbij, in Syria’s
strategic northern province of Aleppo.

At least “45 civilians were brutally killed and 50
others were injured” --- in the deadly airstrikes.

The development came, after at least 15 people
 were killed/injured in US-led airstrikes against
 al-Nawajah village east of Manbij, on July 23rd,
a few days after another deadly US-led raid
left 120 civilians dead, near Manbij.

On July 22nd, the military coalition also killed at
 least 20 civilians in Manbij and claimed the lives
 of at least 30 more, including 11 children, in the
 same city, on June the 9th, in aerial attacks
 purportedly conducted against the
Daesh
positions in the area.  

Syria's Foreign Ministry also censures
the endless support of France, the US,
 Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for so-
called “moderate opposition” groups:
 - calling it overt support for terrorists
who are wreaking havoc across the
world --- and, specifically, in Syria.

The letters also say that any anti-terror
campaign in Syria is doomed to fail ---
 unless done in cooperation with Syria's
 government --- and in accordance with
 international law and the UN Charter.

The ministry cites the remarkable similarity
 between the “massacres” perpetrated by
the US-led coalition - and terrorist groups
operating in Syria, saying both sides are
 trying to exacerbate the situation over
 the country... since the Syrian army’s
 recent victories in Aleppo city.

It also calls on "the UN Security Council
to enforce its anti-terrorism resolutions
against those states backing terrorism.”

The letters state in conclusion: Syria will
not give up its fight against terrorism and
 pursuing a political solution to the crisis
 "without foreign interference."

The US-led coalition has been conducting
airstrikes.... on what are said to be Daesh
terrorists in Syria since September 2014
--- without authorization from Damascus
or a UN mandate. They have repeatedly
 been accused of targeting and killing
civilians.

 The so-called Coalition has also been largely
incapable of fulfilling its declared aim ----- of
destroying Daesh.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed
 militancy, since March 2011. UN special
envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, now
estimates that over 400,000 people
have been killed in the conflict.

The UN has stopped its official casualty
count in Syria --- citing its "inability" to
 verify the figures that it receives...
from various sources.

WALES PEACE MOVEMENT?

Activists urged protest rallies over

the deadly US-led airstrikes in Syria
--- for Sunday, July 24th.

NO-ONE showed up in Wales at all !
__________________________

Working-class socialists Needed!

Once I had the unfortunate experience to visit
Cardiff as the illegal Iraq war broke, and the
"peace" activists there spent an hour... just
bitching at each other - in front of a young
lady from Iraq who'd travelled all over
the UK, asking for help.

I caught her smiling, as I chewed them out
for their lack of sincerity and their childish
egos - although their only response
was...
"Well! If you're going to
be unpleasant..."

It seems that MOMENTUM is
needed within the peace
movement in Wales...

Phone NOW to complain about
so-called organisers' inactivity!


Blairites' illegal war --- in Syria!

The Syrian government has written to the United
 Nations, asking the world body to condemn the
US / UK airstrikes which are carried out without
authorization from Damascus, or a UN mandate.

The US-led coalition has been backing the Syrian
 Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish
& Arab forces, to capture Manbij since last May.

The Syrian government has criticized the
 unauthorized aerial campaign, saying it
 has damaged Syria's infrastructure
 instead of making a dent in the
 terrorists' capabilities.


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PATRIARCHS YAZIGI, LAHAM, APHREM II
APPEAL TO THE WORLD TO LIFT THE
ANTI-SYRIAN SANCTIONS

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch & All East,
John X Yazigi, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch
of Antioch and All the East Gregorios III Laham,
and Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch & All
 East, Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, issued an appeal
on Tuesday, calling on the world and relevant
states, to lift the siege and sanctions
 imposed on the Syrian people.

In the appeal, the Patriarchs say, if the goals
 for imposing sanctions are political ones, the
 sanctions affect the Syrian people, & mainly
 the impoverished and the working class in
a
drastic manner, particularly in their daily
lives
and ability to buy food and receive
medical
services.


The appeal notes that, although Syria's people
 remain steadfast in the face of this ordeal, the
social condition is deteriorating and poverty
and
suffering are increasing, which is what
prompted
the Damascus-based Patriarchs
to issue this
humanitarian appeal, given
that they are in
touch with the suffering
of the Syrians.


The Patriarchs call for the taking of unusual steps
 and brave, wise, and responsible decisions -- that
take into account humanitarianism, human rights,
and international accords, and lift the economic
sanctions imposed on Syria --- adding that this
would restore unity among Syrians and curb
the exploitation of the Syrians’ ordeal, by
sides that have no good intentions for
Syria --- in addition to helping clerical
establishments perform their
humanitarian work.

The Patriarchs stress the appeal is in line with
the desire of several states and humanitarian
 organizations who want to help Syria's people,
& they hope the international community will
react to this appeal & end the sanctions that
constitute another aspect of the crisis, and
which seek
to pressure individuals,
establishments, and
companies --
thereby pressuring the entire

Syrian population.

They point out that the lack of new investments,
 blocking of international flights to Syria, cutting
 exports to it, and blacklisting some of its firms,
isolate Syria from the international community,
as does closing most Western embassies in it,
and they add that stopping bank transactions
 with Syria further exasperates the economic
 conditions and threatens the Syrian people's
 livelihood and dignity.

Please start a support group --- contact
your local
and national representatives
- os gwelwch yn dda!



Join the Labour Party Now


With 640,000 members - and growing -
Labour was
the largest left-wing party
in Europe.


With the overwhelming majority joining to say
 #‎CorbynStays, the #‎ChickenCoup was not
called off.



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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


NEC "FIXERS" DESPERATELY
KEPT THEIR CONTROL...

Labour grew hugely under Corbyn
— 292,000 members in August 2015,
515,000 in July 2016 !

So the old rightwingers still
gerrymandered the vote, to
keep
hold of the NEC and
hold on to 
the corrupt
power they love.



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That NEC twisting:


please go here for some advice:

https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesMomentum

join.labour.org.uk

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‘How Can I Deselect
My Labour MP?’

A Short Guide
to Reselection and
Democratic Accountability

by Eric Sim

Unlike local councillors and those who sit on internal
 party committees, Labour MPs are not expected to
 renew their party mandate through regular candidate
 reselections. However, there is one means by which
 MPs are held democratically accountable to the
 party: the trigger mechanism.

The process.

Step 1: At some point in the run up to a general
election the national executive committee (NEC)
 sets a timetable for re-selections. The NEC also
 sets the guidelines for this process, within the
very broad parameters set out in the Labour
 rule book.

Step 2: If the sitting MP wishes to re-stand for
 election the ‘trigger ballot’ process begins.
This is organised by a nominated officer of the
 constituency Labour party (CLP), normally the
 secretary, and overseen by the regional office
 (appointed staff members).

Step 3: All the constituency’s branches and its
 affiliates (trade unions, socialist societies, co-
operative organisations) are entitled to vote
 ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to re-selecting the sitting MP.

    Branches will meet in person to vote.
    Affiliates will decide their own process
 for deciding this matter.

Step 4: Each branch and affiliate is counted equally,
irrespective of the number of members. If a majority
 of branches/affiliates vote ‘No’ then a full selection
 procedure takes place. The sitting MP has the right
 to appeal this decision to the NEC.

Step 5: In the event of a ‘No’ vote a selection
 procedure takes place. The sitting MP is
 eligible to stand in this selection and is
 guaranteed a space on the final shortlist.

The obstacles (and their solutions).

The process above is not simple, and any campaign
 to open a selection procedure in a constituency will
 face a series of obstacles.

Obstacle 1: The NEC has the right to set the
 guidelines for the trigger procedure. An NEC
 that is sympathetic to the need for greater
 accountability could set guidelines that
empower party members. An NEC which
is keen to minimise the risk of challenges
 to sitting MPs, could set guidelines that
make this difficult: for instance, a short
 timeframe close to the general election.

Solution: Be sure to elect to the NEC
supporters
of member-led party democracy.


Obstacle 2: Each constituency will have the trigger
 procedure managed by a CLP officer. Like the above
 point concerning the NEC, the person overseeing
this process will have some discretion over how
 it is done. If this person is not sympathetic to
 reselections, it will be possible for them
 to make it difficult to call one.

Solution: Make sure CLP committees and officers
 are supporters of member-led party democracy.

Obstacle 3a: Branches are weighted equally,
 regardless of membership, so it is possible
 for a majority of members to support reselection
 but for a majority of branches to vote against it
 (the opposite is, of course, also possible).

Solution: Work hard to build an active membership
 across all branches. This will support the goal of
reselection but more importantly will develop our
 party into an activist force that can transform
 society.

Obstacle 3b: Trade unions and other affiliates decide
 their own processes for the trigger ballot, and this
 might be decided nationally not locally.

Solution: Be active in your affiliate and trade
union branches and submit motions for greater
 accountability for Labour MPs to their national
 decision-making bodies (conference or
executive normally).

Obstacle 4: A deselected MP can appeal to the NEC.

Solution: Appeals to the NEC should only be on the
 grounds that proper procedures weren't carried out.
 It is important to elect NEC members who comply
with this ruling, and do not use this power to their
factional advantage.

Obstacle 5: The MP defects and stands against the
 official Labour candidate. Even where they have no
 hope of winning, this could split the Labour vote
 and allow another party to win the seat.

Solution: This might be the biggest obstacle. And the
 only solution, is for the local party to be mobilised in
 support of the party’s decisions. If a defecting MP
 takes a large chunk of the local activists with them
 then that will hit the party’s organising capacity in
 a big way. But if an atmosphere of inclusivity and
 democracy is developed in the party then this will
 not be possible. This requires years of hard work in
 branches and constituencies across the country.

Should you deselect?

It is worth thinking long and hard about whether you
 want the sitting MP to be deselected (of course, you
 might argue that as a democratic principle, there
 should be a selection ballot either way). In addition
 to consideration of the MP’s politics, their attitude
 towards party democracy and their demographic
identity (are they from an underrepresented
group?),
it is also worth considering the
following:


How popular is the MP?

If the MP has a big ‘personal vote’ in the electorate
 then deselection might have a big effect on Labour’s
 vote share and hand the seat to a rival party. It might
 also encourage the deselected MP to defect and
 stand against the party.

How long have they been there?

There is lots of data to suggest that first-term MPs
find it much easier to win re-election. Some suggest
 that this is because they are keen and work harder,
 but whatever it is, it’s an argument against
deselecting a recently-elected MP.

How safe is the seat?

Deselecting a Labour MP in a Labour safe seat will
 likely end in the subsequent Labour candidate being
 elected. Deselecting a Labour MP in a marginal seat
 will likely end in the seat going to a rival party. This
 is more likely if the sitting MP has a personal vote,
and more likely still if they then stand against the
 party.

Action plan.

If you decide to open a reselection procedure in your
 local party it is not enough to begin planning the
week before. It requires years of work.

You need to:

    Work to get pro-democracy candidates elected to
the NEC. See here for more information about
such candidates: http://grassrootslabour.net/

    Win the argument for democratic accountability
 and reselection, in trade unions and affiliates.
This means winning the argument in branches
across the country, now, so that they can be
fed up to the national level.

    Develop local parties in every branch and constituency
in the party that are a) committed to party member-led
democracy and accountability, and b) able to campaign
hard against not only other parties, but also against a
defecting MP, even if some members follow said MP.

Again, this is hard work that needs to start right now:
knocking on doors in our communities and winning
arguments in our CLPs.


Where is the Peace Movement?



Where is the Peace Movement?

In prior articles I have argued that Putin has little
 choice but to launch nuclear strikes ----- should a
war between Russia and NATO occur. That is so,
 precisely because Russia cannot win a protracted,
conventional war of attrition. The anaconda would
 simply keep squeezing and squeezing with all its
 combined military and economic muscle, in the
event of a WWII-style war.

The march toward a showdown between NATO and
 Russia -- due to conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine --
is therefore a march toward nuclear holocaust.

Atomic scientists have the Doomsday Clock
 set at 3 minutes until midnight. Where is the
 international peace movement?

We are on the verge of extinction, yet seem incapable
 of responding as an intelligent, organized collective,
 to stop this insanity.

 Are we thinking that our leaders, and I mean all of
 them, are going to have an epiphany and suddenly
 put on the brakes and reverse course?

That is a fantasy. The end of the Cold War was
 supposed to produce a peace dividend & end
 any chance of future hostilities between the
 combatants. That never materialized. In fact,
 we are in a far more dangerous situation now
 than at any time in the past.

But the mass media is not reporting the truth
of it now, and the population, east and west,
is
half asleep in blissful ignorance.


We are running out of time and the clock may
 strike midnight, and then we shall all wake up
 to witness our own demise. Yet too late, then,
 to demand peace... 

The War Masters see this as an elaborate chess
game
  ---------   but it is no game for the rest of us.


[precis taken from Will Hart's article]

- See the full article at:

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists
 /
17-06-2016/134745-peace_movement-0/



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


When aggressors illegally invaded last time,
the League of Nations refused to act with
honour - leading us straight to World War 2.

I bet if we had been alive then, we'd have
done SOMETHING, even if it was simply
to write urgently to the League of Nations.

Please read the article below -- and then
contact the UN Secretary General to
demand a more principled stand....


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Yemen Echoes of 1930s Aggression
 and Descent into Barbarism

by Finian CUNNINGHAM
 

Both the Arab League and the United Nations
 have fully transformed themselves into the
ill-fated League of Nations that more than 70
 years ago disgraced itself into oblivion when
 it failed to condemn foreign aggressions that
eventually led to the cataclysm of World War 2.

As delegates gathered in Egypt’s resort city
of
Sharm el-Sheikh for the Arab League last
week-
end, nearly half of its member states
were at
the same time openly engaged in
an aerial blitz
on one of the League’s
weakest countries –
Yemen.


Far from issuing any misgiving, or appeal for
 restraint, the League fully endorsed the on-
slaught on Yemen and even went on to call
 for a new "unified military force" to repeat
the action in other countries where a
 "security risk" is deemed. This is a cart
blanche for further foreign military inter-
ventions bypassing the United Nations
 Security Council. In other words, it is
open
season for lawless aggression.


With a population of only 24 million, and half
 of them living in poverty, Yemen is one of the
poorest countries in the Arab region. It is also
 a founding member of the Arab League, which
 was formed in 1945 at the end of World War 2.

Since last week, scores of Yemeni civilians,
including children, have been killed in a
 massive bombing campaign led by Saudi
Arabia & co-ordinated by the United States.

The bombing coalition of 10 countries includes
 Egypt, North Sudan, Morocco and the Persian
 Gulf Arab states of Qatar, the United Arab
Emirates,
Kuwait and Bahrain.

Over 200 fighter jets
from those countries
have been reported
carrying out air strikes
on the Yemeni capital,
Sanaa, as well as on
the southern port city
of Aden and its
surrounding countryside.


Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries
 claim that the Houthi-led uprising in Yemen
is being orchestrated by Iran. But the claims
 are far from substantiated and most likely
trumped-up self-serving reasons -- providing
 justification for what is otherwise simply
 criminal aggression toward Yemen.

The Washington Post reported: "The Saudis
 and their allies think [sic] that the Shiite
rebels are backed by Iran and that Tehran
 is trying to exert control over a country
 [regime] that has been an an ally of Riyadh
 and Washington."

 The latter factual detail about the erstwhile
Yemeni regime being an ally of Riyadh and
 Washington, is the real key to the latest
Saudi-led offensive, not the speculative
 hearsay about Iran.

So, Yemen is being bombed and civilians are
 being massacred merely because the Saudis
 and their allies "think" that Iran is somehow
 involved. No proof, no legal case, just bombs
 away.

The Houthis are a Shia sect and reportedly
keep friendly political, diplomatic relations
 with Shia Iran. But both categorically deny
any military involvement.


 Rather, the Houthis, (Ansarullah), appear to
be the vanguard of popular rebellion against
the ousted Yemeni regime, long-supported
by
Saudi Arabia and the US.


Last week, the deposed president Abdel
Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country to
 take refuge in Saudi Arabia.

Even if Iran was supporting the Houthis, it
 still does not legitimise an all-out bombing
 of Yemen -- led by a consortium of Arab
 monarchies armed and guided by the US.

In Sanaa over the past week family homes,
shops and offices have been demolished
 during hundreds of sorties by warplanes as
 the Saudi-led coalition pounded the city on
 nightly raids. Yemen’s international airport
was so badly hit it is no longer functioning,
thus cutting off the country.

 A naval blockade by Saudi, Egyptian and
 US warships has also severed Yemen’s
access to the Red Sea to its west.

While in on the southern coast, in Aden,
 bodies of civilians were reportedly strewn
 on streets as hospitals filled up with the
wounded, and as US warships patrolled
 the Gulf of Aden.

Against this background of slaughter, the
 Arab League endorsed the Saudi-led military
attacks. Saudi King Salman told the summit
 that the bombing campaign would continue
until Houthi rebels are defeated.

 Meaning there is no end in sight to the
onslaught. Indeed, it is now anticipated
that the extensive aerial bombardment
and naval siege is paving the way for a
 massive ground invasion of 150,000
Saudi troops that were mobilised last
week along the north Yemeni border.

Attending the Arab League convocation,
 & royally received, was the discredited
president of Yemen, Mansour Hadi.

He called on the Saudi military coalition to
 not relent in its strikes against his own
country until the Houthi 'Iranian stooges'
are crushed. The irony is, that Mansour
 Hadi is widely excoriated within Yemen,
 and not just by the Houthis, as a stooge
 of Saudi Arabia and Washington.

His steadfast refusal to deliver on popular
demands for a democratic transition in
Yemen over the past three years, led to
the Houthis seizing the capital and
government institutions, as 2014 ended.

The latest Saudi-led military intervention
in Yemen - overseen by Washington - has
 been condemned by Iran, Russia & China.

But the United Nations has shown lamentable
 passivity in the face of this foreign aggression
 on Yemen. Speaking at the Arab League
summit, UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon
 failed to make any condemnation of the
 aerial bombardment of that country.

"It is my fervent hope that at this Arab League
 summit leaders will lay down clear guidelines
 to peacefully resolve the crisis in Yemen," said
 Ban Ki-Moon, with a complacency bordering
 on cynicism.

 He urged Arab members to engage in peace
talks supposedly brokered by his special
 envoy, Jamal Benomar. This was said as
 Saudi Arabia and others were openly
 vowing to continue their blitzkrieg.

The naked aggression on Yemen, with the
complicity of the US & European capitals,
 is perhaps the nadir for the Arab League
 and the United Nations.

 The descent of these organisations into
 disgraceful irrelevance has been decades
 in the making. Their despicable transform-
ation into tools of aggression, is now clear
 in the eyes of the world.

The UN and Arab League have remained
silent while the US & its allies launched
 war after war on countries over the past
2 decades, most notably on Iraq during
 the 1990s and 2000s, which resulted in
 over one million dead, mainly civilians.

Worse, the UN and the Arab League stand
accused of complicity by giving Washington
 a de facto green light - & on some occasions
 logistical support - to wage its wars across
 the Middle East.

In 2011, the Arab League expelled Libya &
 Syria, even though these countries were
 being subjected to US-NATO aggression,
along with the collusion of Saudi Arabia
 and other Gulf Arab states, including
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was
 murdered by NATO-aided and Gulf-financed
 extremists in 2011, denounced the Arab
 League, before his death, as "finished".

Syria, like Yemen, was a founding member
 of the Arab League, yet the government of
President Bashar al Assad remains to this
 day, suspended from the 22-member
organisation.

The Syrian government’s seat has been given
 over to the Western-backed Syrian National
Council, which is comprised of non-entity
exiles who have no popular mandate in Syria.

The League is thus nothing more than a self-
serving talking shop, dominated by Saudi
 Arabia and the other oil-rich Gulf Arab
kingdoms. As client regimes of Washington,
that, in turn, makes the League a tool of
the
US: to give a thin cover for its imperial

predations in the Middle East & N. Africa.

Ironically, one of the founding principles
 of the Arab League is to protect the
 'sovereignty and independence' of its
 members.

Ominously, the lawlessness and outright
aggression that has gripped international
affairs – with the latest manifestation in
 the collective bombing of Yemen – is
 reminiscent of the 1930s.

That perilous period saw a series of inter-
national aggressions carried out by fascist
 powers with impunity. The League of
Nations – a forerunner of the UN –
facilitated these aggressions through
 its shameful silence and connivance.

 When Japan annexed large swathes of
China’s Manchuria in 1931, the League
of Nations, including the US, Britain
and France, largely turned a blind eye.

 As they did when fascist Italy bombed its
 way into Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935-36,
Franco’s Spain subjugated Catalonia in
1938, and Hitler’s Nazi Germany annexed
Austria & Czech Sudetenland, also in 1938.

The complete breakdown in any semblance
 of international law during the 1930s & the
 rise of state-sponsored gangsterism paved
the way for the Second World War.

A similar process of degeneration is also
well underway in the present day, led
largely by the US and its coterie of allies
 among the NATO alliance -- plus oil-rich
Arab dictatorships.

 Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and
 Yemen are but some of the evil fruit from the
 poison that is coursing through international
relations. And yet, ludicrously, Washington
 accuses Putin and Moscow of behaving like
 Hitler with a malign 20th Century atavism.

That a defenceless, impoverished country
such as Yemen can be openly bombed by
 hundreds of US-supplied F-15 fighter jets –
 & for that criminality to be widely endorsed
is a sure sign that the world is once again

 sliding into the abyss of rampant criminality
 and the possibility of a more catastrophic
 all-out war.



fracking tory councillors


Doyle Vic
25 January at 21:51

The worst form of fracking, which was
previously licensed for exploration in
 South East Wales, has been banned.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/
dec/08/underground-coal-gasification-uk-gas-coal


Underground coal gasification will not go ahead in UK


______________________________________________



May's Bribe For Frack Site Locals
by Peter Lazenby

The PM’s fracking free-for-all slush fund
 ‘will set neighbours against each other’
in a nightmare dash for gas.

Theresa May stands accused of offering “blatant
 bribes” to householders to accept fracking near
 their homes, using millions of pounds of public
 money.

The PM proposes offering “incentives” of £10,000
to £20,000 from the public purse to locals to allow
 shale gas fracking operations to be carried out by
 profiteering companies.

Ex-chancellor George Osborne had previously
 suggested handing 10% of taxes from fracking
 companies to communities blighted by fracking.

Ms May has gone further, by suggesting
that the bribes be offered to individuals.

But Greenpeace chief scientist Doug Parr warns
 that “public opposition has soared and support
 for shale has tanked,” and “people’s concerns
over climate change & their local environment
 cannot be silenced with a wad of cash.”

The proposals have also been condemned
 by Labour and the Green Party.

Anti-fracking campaigners in North Yorkshire
-
where one small area alone, Ryedale, is now

 threatened by 4,000 fracking wells - urges all
 communities to stay solid in their opposition
 to fracking.

The practice is banned in
Scotland,
France and Germany.


Frack Free Ryedale activist Sue Gough,
who
lives near a proposed fracking site:


“This is a cynical attempt by the Tories,
to bribe
local people to accept fracking
by offering them
hard cash.


“People need to know that by accepting this
money they are selling their communities
 down the river and condemning them to
 industrialisation and ruination by the
frackers, who have no respect for
our environment, our livelihoods
or health.”

The site will be operated by the
company 'Third Energy'.

“If Third Energy is allowed to frack in Ryedale
it will open up the floodgates to all the other
 companies who are waiting in the wings to
move into North Yorkshire and will bring
about the widespread industrialisation
of the county — we need to continue
to oppose the industry and persuade
 people to see through this blatant
bribe,” she said.

Shadow energy and climate change secretary
 Barry Gardiner said: “An incentive to do the
wrong thing is properly called a bribe and
Theresa May is using this bribe to set
neighbour against neighbour.

“It is not right for communities and it is
 not right for the country.”

Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato said:
 “By calling the EU referendum, Cameron
 showed the Tories’ talent for dividing
 communities. Prime Minister Theresa
May is now taking this forward -- by
offering individual payments, little
more than bribes, to households
in areas affected by fracking.”

Fracking works by pumping a toxic sludge
 into the ground under high pressure to
 smash layers of shale and release
 trapped gas.

Opponents say it threatens water supplies,
 health and the environment, at a time when
 the government should be lining up behind
 Britain’s fledgling renewables industry.


Doyle Vic in Wales writes:

Apply pressure --- maintain pressure
 we have a Welsh moratorium, for now.

The 10k deal is also designed to be the
 end of the NHS, as they will never treat
 the radiation & water toxicity victims
 fairly: this fracking is long term war
on humanity.


Petition

implement a Law that would ban all
 hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for
20 years

fracking is still in the early stages of development
 compared with other mining methods, but seems
to already be implicated in various environmental
 problems... a Law that would ban all hydraulic
 fracturing for a minimum of 20 years will give
 time to show the long term implications
for the environment

Go here to sign this Petition:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/156191


‘Declaration of war’: North Yorkshire
 fracking approval sparks outrage

Anti-fracking campaigners are lambasting
North Yorkshire council for unleashing an
assault on citizens’ rights to fresh air and
clean water, after the local authority
approved the UK’s first fracking
operation since 2011.

 Doyle Vic posted in Llanwynno and Rhondda
 Cynon Taff oppose inland gas and oil drilling..
 
https://www.facebook.com/vic.doyle.9       
   
Doyle Vic
4 July at 20:18
 
"While still concerned about the development of
 fracking in Northallerton, Yorkshire, I am proud
to
announce that on top of the "moratorium"
in Wales,
(which excludes test drilling) today
3 site licenses
have been withdrawn":


Good News for Wrexham, Vale of Glamorgan
 and Rhondda Cynon Taf

The latest review of Petroleum Exploration and
 Development Licences (PEDLs) by the Oil ajnd
Gas
Authority has resulted in 3 licence areas in

 Wales being withdrawn; a further 5 have been
 given extended terms.

The withdrawn licences are:

PEDL 187 (IGas) – covering the site
 at Borras and Holt near Wrexham

PEDL 219 (Coastal Oil & Gas) – covering
the sites at Dyffryn and Llantrithyd in
 the Vale of Glamorgan

PEDL 220 (Coastal Oil and Gas) – covering
the site at Llantrisant in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Donal Whelan



repent


ACTION ON ‘Yemen war crimes’:

BAE evicts shareholders
from AGM
over human rights criticisms


BAE Systems evicts a number of shareholders
 from its AGM on Wednesday who criticised the
 firm’s sale of deadly arms to Saudi Arabia that
 may have been used to commit war crimes
against innocent Yemeni civilians.

Two shareholders-come-activists, who
 are affiliated with Campaign Against the
Arms
Trade, staged an intervention just

after the arms giant’s chair, Roger Carr,
took
to the stage.


Just 5 minutes into his address, they stealthily
 walked to the front -- carrying placards -- and
 denounced BAE’s complicity in Saudi Arabia’s
brutal military campaign against Yemen.

The posters, visible for all present to see, had
the caption: “900 children killed in Yemen.
Stop arming Saudi Arabia!”

 'Blood money'

Hannah Brock, 30, dragged out of the AGM
by security staff soon after the political act
 of protest, told RT the actions of herself &
 her fellow campaigner, were justified:

“BAE Systems is one of the biggest arms
dealers in the world. The firm doesn’t just
 profit from war, it incentivizes it,” she said.

“The only time that BAE are legally obliged
to face public scrutiny is at their AGM. It is
 our only chance to question the firm.”

Brock, who is a Right to Refuse to Kill
 program officer at global antimilitarist
network, War Resisters’ International,
went on to explain she felt compelled
to draw attention to BAE’s complicity
 in grave violations of international law.

“It’s particularly vital BAE is challenged on
 Saudi Arabia’s horrendous human rights
abuses --- as it continues to bombard
 Yemen, causing an enormous death
toll,” she said.

The peace activist accuses the UK’s
conservative government of protecting
 & supporting the arms giant. She calls
 on MPs to place an “outright embargo”
on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and
 to begin an inquiry into the UK’s role in
 facilitating possible Saudi war crimes
against Yemeni civilians.

BAE’s AGM kicked off at 1100 BST at a
 conference centre in Farnborough, Hants.

Roughly 30 activists linked to CAAT bought
 shares in BAE to gain access to the annual affair.

 They reportedly brought in a range of banners
 with quotes from people who'd experienced
 airstrikes in Yemen, which they displayed to
other shareholders.

As the day progressed, more activists
were reportedly removed from the venue.

'Serious breaches of international law'

The UK cross-party international development
 committee says on Wednesday that it seeks
an independent international
inquiry into the
serious human rights breaches
committed
by 'all sides' in the Yemen conflict
.


BAE's stake in Saudi arms market

Saudi Arabia is BAE's third biggest market,
 according to CAAT. Large-scale arms sales
go back decades & include BAE’s Tornado
 & Typhoon combat planes now being used
in Yemen.


BAE employees 5,300 staff in Saudi Arabia,
to support the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF)
 and the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF).

A spokesperson for the arms giant initially
 declined to confirm or deny the activist
incident had even occurred.

A second spokesperson for the firm later said:
“There were a number of protesters removed
 from the meeting today. The AGM is the one
 time in the year that shareholders have the
 opportunity to hear from the board and ask
 questions about the business and we
welcome all those who want to do
 that in a way that is courteous to
 other shareholders.”

BAE Systems CEO, Ian King, stated at
the meeting, “In 2016 and beyond, we
are well placed to continue to generate
 attractive returns for shareholders.”


_________________________________

The red flag



Mick Antoniw AM underlines the
Welsh Government's strong position;

“The Welsh Assembly is overwhelmingly opposed to
 the Trade Union Bill as an uneasy and vindictive law
that will undermine decades of partnership building
 between employers and trade unions in wales.”

“It is also a direct attack on the devolution
 settlement. The Welsh Government will over-
turn any attempt to apply this ridiculous law
 to Wales”


___________________________________


If we fight together - we win together!

"I’ve been a member of Unite Community for
the
last 2 and a half years. In that time we
have had,
in conjunction with Unite, & the
unhesitating
support of other unions, like
PCS, who're huge
Community supporters 
  of organisations like the
Cardiff People’s
Assembly ------ with many successes in
campaigning against social injustice."


"We’ve had councils in South East Wales sign
 Unite’s pledge not to make use of Workfare
labour, a massive achievement! And one
readily agreed to by the councils, with one
exception, who shall remain nameless, but
 they know who they are… and we’re not
done with that particular meal yet."

"On a national scale, Victorian work practices
 Sports Direct staff have to endure, have been
laid
out by Unite Community, for all the world
to see.
It’s also shown the work force that we
care deeply
about what they have to do to
earn a living, and
we are not about to see
their dignity or right’s
stripped away.


It also sent a message in the clearest terms to
 the millionaire owner Mike Ashley. Last month
share prices for the company dropped by over
50%, following an extraordinary meeting of
share holders, who say they knew little about
 their draconian treatment of manufacturing
 and retail staff.

Ashley has been urged to make the company
private again: we’ll be watching to see what
he
does and the way the workforce is treated

 - whatever the outcome now - as a lot of the
factory staff joined Unite the Union. Score!"


"The sanctioning of social security claiments
because they don’t meet
ever changing
criteria, is of great concern to us.


 That’s an understatement; we’re outraged
 by the sanctioning of claimants under any
circumstances. It’s immoral, wicked, evil,
unprincipled, unscrupulous dishonorable,
 dishonest, unconscionable, iniquitous,
 corrupt, depraved, vile, villainous, foul,
 and just plain wrong!

 We want action to stop this, like, yesterday."

"To starve families already facing hardship is
criminal. Our Unite Community members find
themselves at the sharp end of the austerity
 measures, along with the workers trapped in
zero hour contracts and minimum wage jobs.

What a legacy this government will leave.
Ricketts - there’s one to be especially proud of.
Dysentery is another. Scurvy another. Deaths
 caused by terminal despair at being cornered
 marginalised and cut out of society, pushed
 to the edge to spectate and not participate."

"They've left no working class stone unturned.
They were cavalier with the economy first ---
what
are hundreds of thousand of jobs
between
banker friends or billion upon
billions, between
us the tax payers and
the bankers? Need to save
your business?
Shed your work staff, they are
expendable.
Be lean and mean, cut corners,
rob their
pension funds. Keep wages so low,
people
can’t keep up their mortgage
repayments.


 Then it was our council & housing association
 homes, with the bedroom tax, driving many to
a private renters market. How many Tory MP’s
 are private sector landlords? 128! That’s 39%
of Conservative MP’s currently in the commons
and includes George Osborne, & the PM David
 Cameron, who in 2009, wasn’t sure how many
houses he owned. What a wanker!

The NHS is being made to look bad, starved of
cash and managed so badly, it can’t help but
fail, ready to be scooped up at a snip by the
 Conservative party’s rich friends, or any
 company with strings of law suits out-
standing in other countries.

It will be like Royal Mail all over again…
unless we stand up and say no. There are
 other horror’s awaiting us, Universal Credit
 being another fubar in the making. Now
they
are coming for the unions, again.

The Trade Union Bill is a cancer that
needs
zapping with extreme prejudice."


"These are just some of the reasons I joined
a union. Strength in numbers. For too long we
 have been divided, weakened & manipulated
 by the opinions printed in right wing rags I
wouldn’t wipe my cat’s arse with, let alone
 mine, and a biased tv corporation WE own."

"Luckily we live in Wales and have devolution,
so up yours Dave, you can take the trade union
 bill and, um, yeah."


Sue Leader





Anti-fascist Conference in Novorossya



4th International Anti-Fascist
 Conference In Novorossia !

All progressive forces who fight against fascism,
 Nazism, capitalism and imperialism, to take part
in the 4th International Anti-Fascist Conference
 in Novorossiya.

In recent years the world has witnessed once again
 the rise of fascism and fascist groups all over the
world. Western states’ military attack on Libya, the
arming of the pseudo-Islamic clerical fascist rebels
 in Syria, and the fascist takeover in Ukraine, were
 a series of events, which unleashed fascism all
over the world.

NATO and EU imperialists use these fascist
 movements to impose their neo-liberal agenda
over the peoples of sovereign nations. Growing
 economic pressure within the European Union is
able to lead to the same events that happened
 already in Ukraine, Syria and Libya.

The attacks on these states were only the
beginning. The greater goal, is to destroy
 and split up all remaining countries, which
 are not yet completely bowing to the neo-
liberal agenda --- like Russia, Iran, North
Korea and China.

The parallels between historical & contemporary
 fascism are undeniable. While the German Nazis
 disbanded trade unions on the 2nd of May 1933,
Ukrainian nationalists burned the Trade Unions
 House of Odessa 81 years later on the same date,
 killing dozens of people in the flames.

However, there's been growing resistance
 against this global spread of fascism. The
people of Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass
region took up arms to fight fascism in
Ukraine. They founded the People’s

Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and
 are able to defend them;- while in Syria,
 the Syrian Arab Army was able to inflict
 heavy casualties on the fascist groups
 trying to destroy the Syrian state.

But the global struggle against fascism &
imperialism, does not end in these
states,
as fascism will also not stop there.


 We have to organize and coordinate the
 international antifascist movement, in
order to protect the world against
 these threats.

That is why we appeal to all progressive
 forces who fight against fascism, Nazism,
 capitalism & imperialism, to take part in the
4th International Anti-Fascist Conference,
 in Novorossiya.

**** The schedule for date, times & location
will be announced on their web site ~ 

Please visit the site for updates and all other
 information as well as photos of past events .

WEB SITE:

http://antifascist-conference.
antiimp.org/index.php?module=main



Occupy London's Arms Fair



 ‘Stop arming Israel!’ Campaign
--- ahead of London arms fair


Anti-arms campaigners are set to once
again
disrupt one of the world’s largest
arms fairs and
highlight the UK’s role
in arming repressive
regimes around
the globe.


One of the largest arms fairs in the world,
it's expected to
attract over 1,000 global
arms firms and
30,000 attendees.


Campaigners say the DSEI arms fair provides a
 platform for Israeli & international arms firms,
 to profit from oppression and destruction.

Sarah Waldron of Campaign Against Arms Trade
 (CAAT), condemns the UK government’s sale
of arms to Israel.


“In one week one of the world’s biggest arms
 fairs will be taking place just across the road
and the UK government has consistently
 facilitated weapon sales to the Israeli
government, who will have a massive
pavilion
at this fair --- where their
biggest arms
companies will be
displaying their battle-
tested
weapons,” she says to RT.


“The UK government has a very confused attitude
 to democracy and human rights. On the one hand,
 it talks of wanting to promote democracy in the
 Middle East and, on the other, it’s inviting the
 companies - and the governments - which are
 causing violence & conflict in these regions.”

Simon Morris of Occupy Democracy:

“The occupy method is to take a space & hold it.
We hold it to either facilitate discussions or have
 a meeting point where people can come down &
 talk about the issues,” he says.

“Part of our list of demands, part of what we wish
 to change in the world, is a shift away from the
 huge amount of military spending and war, that
 causes misery and mayhem around the world,”
 he added...

“If our country had a more democratic system,
 like direct democracy, we would see a lot less
 conflict, a lot less spending on military hard-
ware, and a lot more peace in the world.”

Hilary, a Pro-Palestine campaigner who has
 spent time in the Occupied Territories, says
 she is angry with the UK government:

“We don’t want Israeli arms companies here.
 We don’t want Britain to be selling arms to
Israel, or components for weapons, and we
don’t want to be buying arms and drones --
 to fuel more conflicts in countries around
the
world,” she says.


Stop the Arms Fair is set to feature a mixture
of creative activities and
direct action all
week ----- to raise awareness about
the
destructive impact of the global arms trade.


Activists will argue that the UK must redirect
 spending from arms to renewables, and from
 warfare, to welfare.

 They will also highlight the link between the
 global arms trade and the global refugee
 crisis, and host a 'mass day of action', of
opposition to the DSEI fair.





Freedom for Germany!

COMPACT has the “Courage to Truth” to state loud
 and clear: Germany is still an occupied country. We
 are a military protectorate and an economic colony
 of the United States. TTIP is the Versailles treaty of
 the 21st century. The new NS-dictatorship is NSA's
 dictatorship. Our mission: Freedom for Germany!

Edward Snowden proved with documents
what many have previously only suspected:
The US has built on every continent a colonial
dictatorship. We're being spied on, overheard,
 monitored. The Empire's censors dominate our
media. Google, Facebook and Apple control our
 secret thoughts. Virtual footprints that we leave
 behind are like traces of blood, which the NAS
 sleuths eagerly snoop after.

This campaign of Anglo-Saxon predator capitalists
 started a hundred years ago. With the founding of
 the Federal Reserve, by the most powerful private
 financial sharks, a paper money juggernaut arose
 that survives solely through constant destruction
of material resources. Any country that refuses to
 hand over these goods voluntarily is covered with
 war.

Germany is an irreplaceable cornerstone in
this
strategy. From Ramstein air base, heavy US

military equipment is sent off to supply the new
 eastern front & from Stuttgart, the killer drones'
 targets are programmed.

But the elite of “God's Own Country”, who want to
 rule the entire planet, also understand very clearly:
 We are the people of “Putin-understanders”. Even
 German business people, do not believe in the
 demonization of the Kremlin chief. If we get rid of
 the US occupation, Uncle Sam can 'close shop'.
 That is why they deny us our sovereignty,
democracy and constitution.

Shall we tolerate this any longer? COMPACT says
 no to the dictatorship by NSA, CIA and US-Army &
presented at the 4th Conference for Sovereignty

 strategies for peace and freedom in Germany,
 and all of Europe!

Translation by Jurij Kofner,
COMPACT correspondent.



Oleksiy Zhuravko is a former Ukraine MP.
He was ombudsman for the disabled in
 Ukraine, and started several foundations
 employing over 3,500 disabled people
all across Ukraine.

He was kicked out of Ukraine last year
 for his politics - he did not agree with
 the Maidan overthrow.

Albeit a disabled man with no legs & only
one arm, he is charged with terrorism in
Ukraine --- for speaking out against the
Ukrainian government killing & maiming
 its own citizens - and making countless
 more, disabled.


Good and horrible pictures.

First we see a young mother playing with her
baby daughter, and then we see the mother
 and the daughter walking together towards
 the sun – a metaphor for moving together
 towards a bright future.





The last photo is beyond horrible: war has taken

 the lives of both the mother and her young child.




It's 8,494 km from Donetsk to Washington, DC.

 The distance between Lugansk & Brussels, is
 2,880 km. The distance between Gorlovka &
 Berlin, is 2,059 km. It is easy to live in those
 wonderful cities so far from this war, and talk
 about how horrible the Donbass people are,
 without seeing the horror Kiev's government
 (with the support of the above capitals)
 inflicts on women & children on a daily basis.

Dear friends, I, a citizen of Ukraine, do not want
 to see horrible pictures like these ones. I do not
 want to hear the word “war”. I don’t want to see
 blood: & my biggest dream today, is for this war
 to end, as soon as possible.

I want see love and happiness. I want to hear
 children laughing. I want to see young mothers
 playing with their kids in parks - smiling parents
 and happy children. That's what I wish all of you.

I know that the vast majority of Ukrainians don’t
want this war – we are a peaceful people. People
 with a long history of creating things, and not
 destroying them. So why do we let our government
 send young Ukrainian men to kill other Ukrainians
 in this civil war?

I know that people of the world, of the US & Europe
 are peaceful people, who hate war. However, I also
 know that most in the West are misled about this
 war & don’t see the pictures of innocents suffering
 at the hands of the Ukrainian army. A Ukrainian
 army and government that have unconditional
 support from the West.

Dear friends! War is a very profitable business. Vast
 riches can be made on human suffering (President
 Poroshenko, for example, made 7 times more money
 last year, than he had made the previous year). We
 can't wait until the people profiting from the deaths
 of Ukrainians get tired of this war --- they won’t.

  They will never stop this war until people speak up
 - both Ukrainians at home, and people in the West -
 against their governments’ support of Kiev’s war.

When thousands of people have already died,
staying quiet & doing nothing is unacceptable.

Ukrainians! People of the world! We want peace! But
 only together can we stop this war!  Stop being quiet
 while thousands perish, and hundreds of thousands
 suffer! Stop quietly waiting for all of this to stop by
 itself. Speak up! Write to your politicians! Come out
 to protest! Demand an end to this war! 

Only together can we make sure that a road to the
 future for other mothers and kids, is not tragically
 cut short --- like it was in these pictures!


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Another Heart-breaking Catalog of Kiev
War Crimes WESTERN Media Will Ignore

These War Crimes will be reported in the
Chinese, Latin American, Asian, African,
 and, of course, Russian Media !


Russia's government publishes their second
 white book: an account of the continuing &
unabated warcrimes being committed by the
 Ukraine army and by neo-nazi paramilitaries.

The first one -- published 10 months ago --
 was roundly ignored by the west's media.
 Eventually they are going to have to
 address these charges.

The Russians insist that they will not
let the matter drop, and will relent only
 when the guilty are brought to justice.
 
The media's ignoring of war crimes
 is a crime in itself.

The article below appeared
originally in
Russia Today



Russia’s Major Crimes agency presents a
major report on war crimes committed by
Kiev military and volunteers in the south-
eastern regions of Ukraine that seek self-
determination, after the 2014 Kiev coup.
 
The head of the Investigation Committee,
Aleksandr Bastrykin, says in the Monday
press release, that the main objective of
the project is to attract the attention of
 the world community and international
Human Rights Groups, and tell the truth
about a “terrible fratricidal war, started
 by the nationalist regime of Ukraine.”

He adds that the Investigative Committee
 is looking into 54 criminal cases connected
 with the civil war in Ukraine --- and that the
combined material fills 2,500 volumes, and
includes the testimonies of over 100,000
 witnesses.

The White Book of Crimes is based on evidence
 collected in cases where Ukrainian authorities,
 and volunteers, are suspected of using banned
 methods of warfare. The evidence includes the
 testimony of eyewitnesses and participants at
 these events, and photos and various material
 presented by international organizations.

The document also states that the agency
continues to investigate suspected crimes
 committed on Ukrainian territory, and that
 a special department has been created
for it within the Investigative Committee.

Bastrykin writes that the ultimate goal
of the project is to ensure that all those
 involved in crimes, are justly punished.

In December 2014, the Russian Foreign
Minister's plenipotentiary for Human
Rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said that
 international organizations have
 confirmed the human rights violations
by Kiev's troops in eastern Ukraine,
that are detailed in the White Book.

Dolgov also noted then, that Russia
expects
rights activists to pressure
the West
and the Kiev authorities --
to prevent
further crimes.






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Dear Friends,

please let me know if there are any events
 - for the next 4 or 5 months or further ahead -
you would like to see publicised in 'heddwch'.

 They can be peace, social justice / human
 rights, anti-nuclear or anti-austerity events
 (talks / protests / marches)
- if you are unsure, send it anyway.

Just to encourage you:

I need:

Date & Time
Venue
Short description or not -
any particular details or requests.

Contact details: email and /or phone / mobile no.
 and if applicable - website.

If you are uncertain if I may already know,
 err on the side of doubt and re-send it me
anyway! As an aside, John M., I do have
the Newport Chris Barber gig already!

Many thanks,
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Jill

Jill Gough
Ysgrifennyddes Genedlaethol
National Secretary
CND Cymru
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Michael Mariotte
23 June at 07:30

There are lots of petitions for lots of issues out there,
we know. But we ask you to take just a moment to
sign this one to support the campaign to build a
nuclear-free, carbon-free future at December's
COP21 climate summit in Paris.

Please sign and share! Thank you.

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action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20658


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Stop Hinkley Newsletter.

Download printable version here:

http://stophinkley.org/Newsletter/N-LJune2015.pdf



photos of cestyll gardens on the  proposed new wylfa site.



Jill Gough shared Jane Davies's post.

The building of 2 new reactors at Wylfa
on Ynys Mon
(Anglesey) would destroy
most of this beauty (and
maybe
irradiate the rest).


Our values - to 'need' more electricity
to create
more junk and stuff for the
population who are
'told' it is what
they must have & what they
'need'
- are up the spout.


This is a photo of cestyll gardens
on the
proposed new wylfa site.

It was started in
the 1920's by violet
vivian; & princess
victoria, daughter
of edward vii, designed
part of the
garden. Violet & her uncle's
ashes
are scattered in the gardens.


 See welsh historic garden trusts bulletin 66
 about it and read horizons glossy brochures,
 because they do tell you the whole scale of
what they are going to do.

Footpaths gone, roads gone, wildlife - like
 chough, red squirrels - gone, terns... gone.






TheyWorkForYou

www.theyworkforyou.com

TheyWorkForYou is a website
which makes it easy to keep track
of your local MP's activities.


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Bilingual Leaflets for Street Leafletting.


Available from CND Cymru:

Contact jon@thefreeflyer.com



GET INVOLVED --- ACT NOW

Keep arms companies out of the BBC

The Chair of BAE Systems, Roger Carr, has just
been appointed as Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust.
It's a position that comes with a lot of prestige,
and puts him at the heart of the organisation.

Please add your name and demand that
Roger Carr step down as Vice Chair of the BBC.

The BBC is supposed to be run in the public
interest. Arms companies don't care about
 culture or broadcasting, they just care about
gaining legitimacy as they line their pockets.

BAE Systems is Europe's biggest arms company
 and has armed dictatorships and human rights
 abusers across the world, including Saudi Arabia,
 Bahrain and Israel. Its chair should not be paid
 £70,610 a year to 'represent license fee payers
 views'.

The BBC needs to cut its ties with Carr and the
 arms trade.

GET INVOLVED --- ACT NOW

www.caat.org.uk/get-involved/
act-now/petition/bbc




Wales is Fracking Free !

NHS not TRIDENT vigil in Newport, Wales



Jill Gough posted in South Wales Anti-Nuclear Alliance
8 January 04:13

Welsh Reviews Policy on Radioactive Waste -
Say NO to Geological Disposal and New Build!


For the Attention of:
RADIOACTIVITY AND POLLUTION PREVENTION
WELSH GOVERNMENT This is a Response to ...


mariannewildart.wordpress.com


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Jill Gough posted in South Wales Anti-Nuclear Alliance
18 December 04:47

PLANS to begin reprocessing nuclear waste at
 Hinkley point, just 14 miles across the sea from
 Barry Island, pose "a direct threat" of increasing
 levels of radioactivity in Barry a marine consultant
 has warned.

When plans were approved for Britain's first new
 nuclear reactor in 18 years to be built at Hinkley
 Point, Somerset - which can be seen from Barry
 Island on a clear day - environmental groups
reacted with concern. However, expert Tim
 Deere-Jones says that equally concerning are
plans to reprocess nuclear waste from Hinkley's
 decommissioned reactors. The liquid waste
 would be discharged into the Bristol Channel
 delivering what Mr Deere-Jones calls "significant
 quantities of radioactivity" to Barry & south Wales.

Barry and District News 18th Dec 2014

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/11675320._/



Nuclear reprocessor would be a "direct threat" to Barry

PLANS to begin reprocessing nuclear waste at Hinkley
point,
just 14 miles across the sea from Barry ...


www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk




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Ysgrifennyddes Genedlaethol
National Secretary
CND Cymru
heddwch@cndcymru.org
www.cndcymru.org
www.facebook.com/cndcymru





 

Mike Jenkins invites you to sign the petition:

“Your voice will make a difference. Sign the petition.”

Sign the Petition to The World United Nations

This petition will surely open the eyes of the world who cant see the cruelity and the genocide of Palestinians

or Read more about the petition
Sibani Roy and 64,615 others signed the petition
 
 
   



attacking russia will ruin europe and help the USA




World War II: The unknown war
 
By Paul Craig Roberts


In my column, “The Lies Grow More Audacious,”
 I mentioned that Obama and the British prime
 minister, who Obama has as a lap dog, just as
 George Bush had Tony Blair as lap dog, had
managed to celebrate the defeat of Nazi
Germany at the 70th anniversary of the
Normandy invasion without mentioning
 the Russians.

I pointed out the fact, well known to historians
 and educated people, that the Red Army
defeated Nazi Germany long before the US
was able to get geared up to participate
in the war.

The Normandy invasion most certainly
 did not defeat Nazi Germany. What the
Normandy invasion did was to prevent
the Red Army from overrunning all Europe.

As I have reported in a number of columns,
many, if not most, Americans have beliefs
 that are not fact-based, but instead are
emotion-based. So I knew that at least one
person would go berserk, and he did.

 JD from Texas wrote to set me straight.
 No one but “our American boys” won
 that war. JD didn’t know that the
Russians were even in the war.
JD had the option of consulting an
encyclopedia or a history book or
 going online and consulting Wikipedia
prior to making a fool of himself. But
he chose instead to unload on me. JD
 epitomizes US foreign policy: rush into
 every fight that you know nothing about
 and start new ones hand over fist that
someone else will win.

It occurred to me that World War II was so
 long ago that few are alive who remember
it, and by now even these few probably
remember the propaganda version that
they have heard at every Memorial Day
and July 4th occasion since 1945.

 Little wonder that neither Obama nor Cameron
 or their pitiful speech writers knew nothing
 about the war that they were commemorating.

Propaganda has always been with us.
 The difference is that in the 21st century
Americans have nothing but propaganda.
 Nothing else at all. Just lies. Lies are the
American experience. The actual world as
 it exists is foreign to most Americans.

In 1973 a British television documentary series
 was released that chronicled WW II. Of the 28
episodes, only 3 and part of a 4th acknowledge
Russian participation in the war. From the
 British standpoint, victory was an Anglo-
American victory.

This did not sit well with the Soviet government.
The Soviets offered their film archives to the West.
In 1978 a 20 part series of 48 minutes per episode
 was released in an American documentary
 television series narrated by Burt Lancaster.

 The documentary was titled: “The Unknown War.”
Certainly, it was a war unknown to most
Americans, raised as they are on propaganda.
The Unknown War was a revelation to Americans
 because it demonstrated beyond all doubt that
 Nazi Germany lost World War II on the Russian front.

Of the 20 episodes, “The Allies,” that is, the
Anglo-Americans and free French, feature
only in number 17. One out of twenty is about
 a correct proportion of the West’s participation
in the defeat of Nazi Germany.

If you google The Unknown War you will find
 an entry on Wikipedia. The series might still
be available on YouTube. It was taken off
the air when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan,
 a folly repeated by dumbshit Washington.

It was more important to Washington that
 Russia be demonized than any truths should
be presented, so the truth revealed in The
 Unknown War was removed from US TV.
Later the documentary reappeared on the
 History Chanel.

In my June 6 article, I said, following the
consensus of historians, that Nazi Germany
lost the war at Stalingrad. In this article:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/70-years
-ago-december-1941-turning-point-of-
world-war-ii/28059
 historian Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels says that
 Germany lost the war 14 months earlier at
 the Battle of Moscow in December 1941.

He makes a good case. Whether one agrees
or not, the facts he presents are eye openers
 for the “exceptional, indispensable Americans”
 who believe nothing happens without them.

Normandy, June 1944, is 2.5 years after
Germany lost the war in the Battle of Moscow.
As historians have made clear, by June 1944
Germany had little left with which to fight.
Whatever was left of the German military
was on the Eastern Front.


At the 70th annual Normandy landing celebration
in France, Obama informed his French vassal,
 President Hollande, that he, Obama, the ruler of
the Exceptional Country, would not sit down to
 dinner with the Russian Putin.

Americans are too good to eat dinner with Russians.
So Hollande had to have two dinners. One for Obama,
and then one for Putin. As food is still good in France
thanks to the banning of GMOs, probably Holland
didn’t mind. I myself would have enjoyed being at
 both dinners for the food alone.

Like all news that's important, the dinner for Putin,
 and its meaning, escaped the attention of the
American presstitute media, the world’s greatest
collection of whores.

 If memory serves, normally the Russians are left
out of Normandy commemoration celebrations.
 If the war was won in the West, what did the
Russians have to do with it? Nothing, of course.
“Our boys” did it all, just as JD informed me.
Russians? What Russians?

But this time France invited Putin to the
Normandy celebration, and Putin was not
too proud to come. Putin spoke with
European politicians in the off moments,
 and these politicians saw a real person,
unlike Obama, a total fake.

The superiority of Russian diplomacy over
Washington’s is clear to all. Putin’s position is:
“we are here for you, we can work things out.”
 Washington’s position is: “do as we say or
 we will bomb you into the Stone Age.”

Russia is accommodating to its client states.
 Washington is not. Putin says that he is
willing to work things out with the billionaire
corrupt Oligarch imposed on Ukraine by
Washington, but Washington has forced the
 Bulgarians to stop work on the South Stream