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 Palestinian Schools in  Occupied Al-Quds Strike  over Israeli-imposed Books September 19th, 4pm (al Manar)   Palestinian schools in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem)  are observing a general strike in protest at attempts  by occupation authorities in the holy

 
Palestinian Schools
in 
Occupied Al-Quds
Strike -  over Israeli-
imposed Books
September 19th, 4pm
(al Manar)
 
 
Palestinian schools in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem) 
are observing a general strike in protest at attempts 
by occupation authorities in the holy city to censor 
and edit Palestinian textbooks, as well as
 introduce an Israeli curriculum
 in classrooms.
 
Most of the 280 Palestinian schools in east Al-Quds, 
with some 115,000 students, from kindergarten to 
grade 12, are observing the strike, Al-Jazeera
 reported on Monday.
 
In a joint press release on Sunday, the unified parents
 committee and the Palestinian national and Islamic
 powers in Al-Quds called for a full strike and 
demanded international institutions step
in 
to protect Palestinian education.
 
Journalists and residents shared dozens of images 
of empty classrooms and closed schools, on 
Monday morning.
 
The Israeli Ministry of Education in July revoked the
 teaching licenses of six schools in east Al-Quds 
for a year, due to what it called ‘incitement’ 
in Palestinian textbooks.
 
The parents committee said it will continue the strike 
and escalate it if  the Israeli occupation municipality 
of Al-Quds does not stop interfering in the students’
 “right to learn their narrative and history as it is ---
 rather than distorted according to the narrative of
 the Israeli occupiers,” the official WAFA news 
agency reported.
 
Source: Al-Jazeera and Palestinian media
 
 
 

   Uruguayan university  students to occupy  faculties by Luis Linares Petrov September 17th, 8:41am  (Prensa Latina)   Social conflicts in Uruguay are ongoing after the  national strike on Thursday, prompting the  decision of the organization of universi

 
Uruguayan university 
students to occupy
 faculties
by Luis Linares Petrov
September 17th, 8:41am
 (Prensa Latina)
 
 Social conflicts in Uruguay are ongoing after the
 national strike on Thursday --- prompting the 
decision of the organization of university 
students to continue protest actions 
against government policies.
 
The Federation of University Students of Uruguay
 (FEUU) decided to occupy the faculties starting 
next Monday --- another manifestation of 
discontent... that follows the 24-hour 
strike of the PIT-CNT trade union 
on September 15th.
 
The PIT-CNT assured that more than a million 
Uruguayans joined the strike in protest 
against the “inequality model” of the 
government of President Luis 
Lacalle Pou.
 
The FEUU supported the measure and announced 
that it will continue to take action against the 
government’s educational reform proposals, 
which, it claims, cuts educational budgets
 and harms rights in this sphere.
 
The union affairs secretary of the federation, Amira 
Fagúndez, announced that next Monday they will 
proceed to occupy the headquarters of the
 Faculty of Humanities and 
Educational Sciences.
 
“The idea is one occupation per day in these two
 weeks,” she told the El Observador newspaper.
 
Fagúndez explained that the FEUU will meet on 
Monday to define the next set of measures, 
which include a 24-hour halt of activities 
for Wednesday, September the 21st.



Citizens protest in southern Haiti ---  over persistent crisis

Increase in Fuel Prices
Ignites 
More Protests
in Haiti
September 12th, 7:21pm
 (teleSUR)
 
On Sunday, Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry
 announced an increase in fuel prices in the 
midst of a very turbulent political context 
due to protests that have been going on 
for weeks.
 
"We will have to adjust the price of fuel," he said, 
justifying the decision as a means for citizens 
"to have regular fuel again at some point in 
the not too distant future."
 
He mentioned that such an increase will make it
 possible to eliminate fuel subsidies, which will
 free up some US$426 million that can be used
 to finance social protection projects.
 
This is the second increase in prices over the last 
year. In December 2021, his administration also 
increased the prices of diesel, gasoline, 
and kerosene by 115 percent.
 
One tweet reads, "Major demonstrations again in Haiti 
against the high cost of living, insecurity, and fuel 
shortages as well as to demand the resignation
 of the Prime Minister. The protests have been
 taking place for three consecutive weeks."
 
"The solution to the country's problems does not lie 
in burning barricades, riots or the destruction of 
car windows or property," Henry said during 
his message to the nation.
 
In this context, he assured that he will call elections
this year... to "allow all those who want to take 
charge of our country's affairs to participate
 in a healthy and democratic competition."
 

Rally Supporting Assange  Before Blinken's Arrival  in Mexico

Rally Supporting Assange 
Before Blinken's Arrival 
in Mexico
September 12th, 1:39pm
 (teleSUR)
 
The U.S. cannot give lessons on free speech while 
"the best journalist in the world" remains in 
prison, Gabriel Shipton pointed out.
 
On Sunday, Julian Assange's father and brother, John
 and Gabriel Shipton, were present at a rally outside 
the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, to demand the 
release of the Wikileaks founder.
 
The 24F Life and Liberty Coalition called for a rally with
 cyclists before the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State
 Antony Blinken, who will arrive in this country on
 Monday for a dialogue with officials from the
 administration of President Andres
 Manuel Lopez Obrador ( AMLO).
 
"I want to thank Mexico for its hospitality and support
 for Julian Assange. Its support has been tremendous 
--- particularly President Lopez Obrador,"
Assange's 
father said.
 
Blinken "travels the world, saying that free speech is
a top concern in Washington -- but they continue to
 persecute Julian Assange... He is a global symbol 
of free speech," Gabriel Shipton said, adding that
 the U.S. cannot give lessons on free speech 
while "the best journalist in the world" 
remains in prison.
 
The Mexican President, who has repeatedly reiterated
 his support for Julian Assange, offered the WikiLeaks
 founder, political asylum in January 2021.
 
During a press conference held on July 18th, Lopez 
Obrador revealed that he had sent U.S. President 
Joe Biden a letter requesting the exoneration of 
the Australian journalist, whom the U.S. 
authorities are trying to prosecute for 
the revelations made through 
his portal.
 
"I left a letter with the President explaining that
 Assange did not commit any serious crime. He 
didn't kill anyone or violate any human rights.
 He exercised his freedom. I told him that 
arresting Assange --- would mean a 
permanent affront to freedom 
of expression," AMLO said.
 

  Prensa Latina to attend Fête de l’Humanité 2022 by Ana Luisa Brown September 9th, 12:27pm  (Prensa Latina)   Prensa Latina news agency on Friday inaugurated its  stand at the 82nd edition of the Fête de l'Humanité,  a political-

 
Hungary sets expectations on
Havana International Fair
by Elsy Fors Garzon
September 10th, 12:30am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The Hungarian ambassador to Cuba, Balázs Heincz, 
emphasized today ---- that his country sees
an opportunity
 in the 38th edition of the
Havana International 
Fair (Fihav) to
establish greater bilateral ties.
 
In an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, he
 highlighted that next November a high-ranking
 delegation from the European nation...  will 
participate in the well-known exhibition, 
with representatives from the Foreign 
Affairs and Trade portfolios.
 
A dozen Hungarian companies will also be part of 
the visiting commission, a number that tends
to grow, to evaluate possible cooperation 
and business agreements, the 
ambassador stressed.
 
He pointed out that Fihav will be a propitious moment 
for the realization of more collaborative links
in sectors such as water management, 
agriculture and biotechnology.
 
From his perspective, “Cuba has been working for 
decades in biotechnology and we want to use 
part of that experience.”
 
Also, the island could benefit from Hungary’s
 technology - and know-how - in water 
management and agriculture, and 
advance the production of food 
staples such as chicken and 
pork, he said.
 
The diplomat recalled that during the “Budapest Planet
2021 Sustainability Exhibition and 
Summit” event, the
president of the 
National Institute of Hydraulic 
Resources of the Caribbean country, signed
memorandum of understanding for joint
work 
with the authorities in the field,
in 
Hungary.
 
In relation to this, there are two projects underway 
in that area in the Cuban provinces of Cienfuegos 
and Villa Clara, he added.
 
Heincz highlighted that in the post-Covid-19 world
 there are multiple potentialities that can be 
exploited, by both nations, for their 
common benefit.
 
The ambassador issued these statements during 
the presentation of a donation - consisting of 
rapid antigen tests - and 15 MP-80 docking 
stations for infusion pumps, with the aim 
of helping to combat this disease, on
the island.
 
 
 

   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.

   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.

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.
 
Under the slogan "All with Cristina", the sectoral vice-
president for Women of the United Socialist Party of 
Venezuela (PSUV), Diva Guzmán, proclaimed her
 solidarity and denounce the harassment to 
which the also president of the Senate, 
is subjected.
 
In a communiqué the day before, the largest 
Venezuelan political force --- strongly 
condemned the frustrated attempt
against Fernández's physical 
integrity, which took place 
on September the 1st.
 
From the Women's Vice Presidency of@PartidoPSUV, 
we want to express our repudiation of an attempted 
assassination of the leader @CFKArgentina, our 
loving embrace and solidarity.
 
This assassination attempt constitutes an aggravation
 against the democratic life of that sister nation, to 
which are added the hate speeches and 
intolerance of an opposition political 
class that promotes violence as a
 tool to obtain political power, 
the PSUV indicated.
 
The text repudiated the incessant campaign
 orchestrated against the former president, 
a "despicable practice" that encourages 
threats against her physical integrity 
and that tries, in an unsuccessful 
manner, to break her iron 
determination to work
tirelessly for the 
welfare of her 
people.
 
Likewise, the text expressed its solidarity with "this 
leader of Our Latin America and the Caribbean, her 
family, the militants of the Frente de Todos, and 
the Argentine People in general".
 
The Party conveyed the unwavering support of the
 daughters and sons of (Simón) Bolívar and (Hugo) 
Chávez in the battle she is fighting to maintain 
peace and achieve the prosperity of that 
sister nation.
 
"All and all with Cristina!", the text ended.
 
The failed attack against the former president occurred
 last Thursday night, local time, when she got out of a
 vehicle and went to greet supporters outside her
 house in Recoleta neighborhood, Buenos Aires.
 
Images broadcast on television showed the moment
 when an individual pointed a gun at Fernandez's 
head, pulled the trigger and the loaded weapon 
failed to fire.
 
Press reports indicated that the attacker was 
identified as 35 year old Fernando Sabag,
 a Brazilian national.
 
From the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, numerous
 voices condemned and rejected the assassination 
attempt, motivated by the hatred promoted by 
sectors of the right wing, the press and the 
justice system in that South 
American country.
 

Anti-government rally in Prague

 
Government ------- resign,
lift 
sanctions on Russia: 
what are the protesters 
demanding in Prague?
by Ivan Zhukovsky
September 3rd, 9:43pm
(Gazeta.ru)
 
In Prague, about 70 thousand people, 
went to a rally, demanding cheap gas.
 
In Prague, from 70 to 100 thousand people came out for
 an anti-government rally. Gathered on a square in the
 centre of the Czech capital, citizens demanded 
neutrality in the Ukrainian issue, lower gas 
tariffs and withdrawal from the control
of
 foreign firms.
 
 Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, said that the rally was
 organized by pro-Russian forces. The leader of
 the Trikolora opposition movement, Zuzanna
Maierova-Zagradnikova, said that Fiala's 
government is --- "pro-Ukrainian or 
Brussels, but definitely
not Czech."
 
Tens of thousands of people turned out for an anti-
government rally in the centre of Prague. This is 
reported by the newspaper Ceske Noviny.
 
The campaign was held under the slogan "Czech
 Republic first of all". The rally's website states 
that Czech citizens with different political 
views, including members of competing 
political parties and movements, are 
taking part in the event. All of them 
"decided to unite & fight together 
for the future of the country."
 
The demonstrators demand: that the government of
 Petro Fiala resign, as well as ensure the supply of
 gas at low prices – that is, buying it in Russia. In
 addition -- they want to change the electricity 
payment system. The protesters demanded 
that the Czech authorities take a position 
of neutrality  ...in the conflict between 
Russia and Ukraine, as well as free 
the country from "direct political 
subordination to the European 
Union, the World Health 
Organization and
 the UN."
 
Organizers of the rally also criticize the Czech
 government --- for its "pro-Western course."
 
According to the police, 70 thousand people gathered
 on Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital. According
 to the demonstrators themselves, they gathered 
more than 100 thousand. The rally was also 
attended by opponents of the action: 
dozens of people stood with large 
flags of NATO and the EU.
 
Prime Minister Fiala said... that the protest action 
was inspired by "anti-Czech, pro-Russian forces."
 
The leader of the Trikolora movement, one of the
organizers of the rally... Zuzanna Mayerova-
Zagradnikova, in turn, stressed that "the 
Fiala government may be pro–Ukrainian 
and Brussels-based, but not Czech."
 
She stressed that the authorities should reduce taxes,
 including VAT, and lift anti-Russian sanctions that 
harm Czech businessmen. The politician also 
called on the Czech leadership, to stop 
supplying weapons to Ukraine. "This 
is not our war," Mayerova-
Zagradnikova said.
 
The demonstrators adopted a resolution, according to
 which, they decided to continue the protests, if the
 cabinet of Petr Fiala does not resign by 
September 25th.
 
A few days earlier, the Czech opposition tried to get a
 vote of no confidence in the government. However, 
the Parliament of the republic did not support the 
attempt: 84 deputies voted "for" and 100 
"against". A vote of no confidence
 requires the votes of 101 
deputies out of 200.
 
The Trikolora movement is a party of Eurosceptics and
 national Conservatives. They have three mandates in
 the Parliament. The founder of the movement is the 
son of former Czech President and former Prime
 Minister Vaclav Klaus Jr., who is known for his
 skepticism towards the European Union.
 
The party's program is based on three pillars: the
 priority of the Czech Republic and its citizens 
over the rest of the world, the liberation of 
the economy from state regulation and 
the protection of conservative values. 
At the same time, the party supports 
the Czech Republic's membership 
in NATO.
 
The Czech press also publishes articles accusing
 Vaclav Klaus Jr., his father and the Trikolora 
movement, of having ties to Russia. 
 
The movement's headquarters are registered in a
 building owned by a Russian businessman. In 
addition, Vaclav Klaus Sr. has repeatedly 
spoken out in support of Russian policy 
in Ukraine after 2014, and in 2022 
condemned Western media and 
politicians, for a one-sided 
coverage of the conflict.
 
So far, 3% of Czechs are ready to vote for the newly
 registered Trikolora party, according to an opinion
 poll. However, the party believes that 
"everything is still ahead".
 
 
____________________________________


Thousands Demand Resignation
 of the Government in Prague
September 3rd, 5:07pm 
(teleSUR)
 
70 000 people took part in the demonstration on
 Prague's Wenceslas Square --- against the 
government and the current situation.
 
In Prague, 70,000 people took to the streets on
 Saturday to protest against the sharp rise in 
energy prices --- and to demand a neutral 
position on the war in Ukraine.
 
The organisers said after the end of the demonstration
 that if the government does not resign by September
25th, they will announce pressure actions and will 
plan for another protest on September the 28th.
 
"We demand: the establishment of a temporary
 government of experts and the calling of early
 elections. If the government does not resign 
by September the 25th, we will declare the 
right to resistance under the Constitution 
of the Czech Republic --- at a nationwide 
demonstration and announce coercive 
actions. We are already in talks with 
trade unions, businessmen, farmers, 
mayors, transport operators and 
other organisations - to declare 
a strike," the organisers warn.
 
The gathering on Wenceslas Square is going on
 peacefully, and we haven't had to solve any 
serious problems so far. We estimate the 
number of participants at 2:30 p.m., to 
be around 70,000.
 
Police estimate -- that about 70,000 people gathered 
on Wenceslas Square for the more than three-hour 
demonstration against the government.
 
According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), the event 
was called by forces that claim to have a pro-Russian
 orientation, are close to extremists and are against
 the interests of the Czech Republic.
 
However, the protest is so far peaceful 
-- and without any serious problems.
 
Among the speakers at Saturday's event were former
 Agrarian Chamber President, Zdenak Jandejsek
and
 energy expert, Vladimír Stapán.
 
Other speakers included SPD MP, Kobza, Trikolora
chair, Zuzana Majerová, Communist presidential
candidate Josef Skála, economist and the dean 
of the Faculty of Economics at the University
of Economics in Prague, Miroslav Sevcik, 
and lawyer, Jana Zwyrtek Hamplová.
 
According to the organisers, the Czech Republic should
 declare neutrality, "free itself from direct political 
subservience to the EU, the WHO, or the UN", 
secure cheap gas supplies from Russia and 
"free Czech industry --- from dependence 
on foreign companies".
 
 
_________________________________________


Anti-government rally in Prague 
attracted more than 
20,000 people
September 3rd, 1:57pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
About 20,000 (sic) people gathered on Wenceslas
 Square, in Prague, to protest against the 
government. This was reported, on 
September 3rd, by the Czech
 portal iDNES.
 
According to the organizers, the protest action brought
 together representatives of organizations, political 
parties and citizens who do not agree with the 
current policy of the Czech Republic and 
want to change the political course.
 
The protesters came out with slogans against the EU, 
NATO, Prime Minister Petar Fiala --- and the green 
economy for Europe.
 
"The purpose of our demonstration is to announce the
 need for changes, mainly in addressing the issues of 
rising energy prices, especially electricity and gas, 
which will lead to the destruction of our economy 
this fall. We have invited Mr. Fiala to negotiate 
with us, but unfortunately we do not have an
 answer. Therefore, we will continue to 
insist on the termination of the work 
of this government. We will demand 
his resignation," said one of the 
organizers of the event.
 
On August 26th, Czech Justice Minister Pavel Blazhek 
saw rising energy prices, as a threat to the political
 system. In his opinion --- the situation in the social 
and political sphere has not been more dramatic 
since 1989. The politician admitted that if the 
situation in the republic worsens, mass 
protests that led to the removal of 
communists from power in 
1989, may repeat.
 
The day before -- it became known that Czech
 universities may switch to distance learning
 in the new academic year, due to a sharp 
increase in electricity prices. The total 
cost of electricity in higher education
 institutions of the republic... may 
increase four times compared 
to last year.
 
Western countries faced rising energy prices, after
the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions, against
the background of Moscow's special operation: to
protect the Donetsk/Luhansk People's Republics 
(DPR and LPR) ...since February the 24th.
 
Its beginning, was preceded by the aggravation 
of the situation in the region, the appeal of the 
leadership of the republics of Donbass to the 
Russian Federation, with a request for help 
...and the subsequent recognition by 
Russia, of the independence 
of the DPR and LPR.
 

Palestinian Prisoners Step  up Protest against Israeli  Repressive Measures  across Jails August 27th, 1:32pm (al Manar)  Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are stepping up  their protests against repressive measures by the Israeli occupation. The pri

Palestinian Prisoners Step 
up Protest against Israeli 
Repressive Measures 
across Jails
August 27th, 1:32pm
(al Manar)
 
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are stepping up 
their protests against repressive measures by the
Israeli occupation. The prisoners are planning to 
dissolve the organizational bodies in all prisons 
on Sunday, Palestinian media reported 
on Saturday.
 
The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) told WAFA that 
dissolving the organizational bodies means that the
 occupation prison administration becomes obliged
 to deal with prisoners as individuals, and not 
through the bodies representing them.
 
There have been extreme tensions across Israeli 
prisons on Friday, as Israeli Prison Service (IPS) 
decided to double the isolation time of 
prisoners, take away electrical 
devices from several sections 
in the prisons, & summoned 
additional ''forces'' in 
several prisons.
 
The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission 
said repression units were present in large numbers
 at the entrances to many jails as prison officials 
and intelligence officers have intensified their 
tours of prison departments, and that large 
numbers of police dogs were being used
 in an unprecedented manner and are 
continuously present near the 
entrances of the sections.
 
Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian prisoners refused to 
leave their cells for security checks and returned the 
meals as a protest step approved by the prisoners’ 
Higher Emergency Committee after the IPS 
reneged on the agreements and under-
standings that were reached with the
 representatives of the prisoners last 
March, related to issues and details 
of their living conditions.
 
The prisoners also decided on, that Mondays and
Wednesdays are days to implement the initial 
protest steps, that will end, early next 
September --- with an open hunger 
strike in all the prisons.
 
The PPS said the decision to go on hunger strike will 
depend on the position of the IPS, whether or not it 
continues with its actions against the prisoners.
 
There are around 4,550 Palestinian freedom 
fightersin Israeli jails, including 31 women 
and 175 minors, including a girl, and over 
700 ''administrative'' detainees.
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 

 Pro-Palestine activists  rally in Minnesota,  demand US divest  from Israel August 26th, 3:23pm (PressTV)  Minnesotans demand divestment from Israel.  Pro-Palestine activists have rallied in Saint Paul, the  state capital of Minnesota in the US, protesti

 
Pro-Palestine activists 
rally in Minnesota --
demand US divest
 from Israel
August 26th, 3:23pm
(PressTV)
 
Minnesotans demand divestment from Israel.
 
Pro-Palestine activists have rallied in Saint Paul, the
 state capital of Minnesota in the US, protesting 
against the state’s support for Israel and 
demanding it divests from the 
occupation regime.
 
The protesters, who gathered outside the governor’s
 mansion, called on Minnesota’s State Board of
 Investment (SBI) to sell off its shares in 
Israeli corporations.
 
The protest action, which was initiated by the Anti-War
 Committee (AWC), came just a day before the August
 meeting of the Minnesota SBI in order to raise 
awareness of the state of Minnesota’s large 
holdings in a variety of Israeli companies, 
most notably Elbit Systems, which is a 
weapons manufacturing and 
cybersecurity firm.
 
Minnesota’s SBI currently owns 10,396 shares in Elbit 
Systems, which are worth $1,170,705 at current 
market value.
 
The European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell says
 the bloc is “deeply concerned” by Israeli raids on the
 Palestinian NGOs, while the top US spy agency has
 been reportedly unable to find proof to label the
 NGOs as “terrorist organizations”.
 
Several petitions have been gathered showing
 signatures of over 1000 Minnesotans 
demanding that their taxpayer 
dollars no longer be used to 
bankroll Israeli apartheid.
 
At Wednesday’s SBI meeting, Meredith Aby-Kierstaad 
of the AWC told the board: “For years, when peace 
activists, Palestine solidarity activists, and 
related groups have called upon to divest 
from Israel, you have used the excuse 
of ‘fiduciary responsibility.’”
 
The development comes on the heels of several military
 raids conducted by Israeli forces against seven civil
 society organizations (CSOs) in Palestine last week.
 
Explaining about the targeted humanitarian 
organizations, the AWC representative,
Erin Stene, said --- “these seven 
humanitarian groups advocate
for Palestinian women, 
children and farmers; 
document human 
rights offenses -- 
and strengthen 
democracy.”
 
“In pillaging and outlawing these organizations, 
Israel is frantically trying to dismantle 
Palestinian society,” Stene noted, 
condemning the Israeli raids on 
these organizations.
 
“By investing the pension funds of Minnesotans in 
Israel bonds, banks, and companies, the 
Minnesota State Board of Investments 
is complicit in Israel’s cowardly 
assault on and oppression of
 the Palestinian people,” 
she added.
 
Meanwhile, Jess Sundin of the Twin Cities Coalition 
for Justice 4 Jamar – which is a US community 
group dedicated to the fight for justice for 
those who have been harmed by police - 
brought attention to the program of 
“deadly exchange” between the 
US government and Israel.
 
“If Black lives really do matter in 21st century America,
 then the ‘deadly exchange’ programs with Israel 
should be brought to an end without delay,” 
Sundin said, referring to a bilateral program 
between the US and Israel, which brings 
together police, ICE, border patrol, and 
FBI from the US with soldiers, police, 
border agents, etc. from Israel.
 
“I’m talking about the direct training of thousands 
of police forces, including hundreds from here in
 Minnesota, by the Israeli occupation forces,” 
Sundin added.
 
In a website established to protest against the so-called
US-Israeli police partnership program, it reads: ''In
these programs, ‘worst practices’ are shared to
promote and extend discriminatory and 
repressive policing in both countries.''
 
''These include racial profiling, massive spying and 
surveillance, deportation and detention, and 
attacks on human rights defenders.''
 
The US has supported the Israeli regime for decades, 
burying its head in the sand every time the regime 
commits atrocities against Palestinians.
 
In a very recent raid, the Israeli regime carried out 
a new massacre in the besieged Gaza Strip on 
August the 5th, which killed 49 Palestinians, 
including 17 children and Taysir al-Jabari, 
a senior commanderof Islamic Jihad 
movement, during a three-day 
arial assault. 
 

  Iran’s Cultural Advisor  Congratulates Lebanese  MMA Athlete on Boycotting  Match against Israeli Rival August 23rd, 5:20pm (al Manar)  The Lebanese sports minister, George Kallas, held on  Tuesday, a ceremony to honor the Lebanese athlete,  Charbe

Iran’s Cultural Advisor 
Congratulates Lebanese
 MMA Athlete on Boycotting 
Match against Israeli Rival
August 23rd, 5:20pm
(al Manar)
 
The Lebanese sports minister, George Kallas, held on
 Tuesday, a ceremony to honour the Lebanese athlete,
 Charbel Abu Daher, who rejected to compete with 
an Israeli rival in UAE’s MMA competitions
--- as 
well as the rest of the Lebanese
team...
 for achieving great results.
 
The minister also greeted the Chess champion Nadia
 Fawaz who refused to face Israeli contenders in 
UAE’s competitions.
 
During his visit to the ministry in Beirut, Iranian cultural
 advisor in Lebanon, Komail Baqer, insisted on meeting
with the Lebanese MMA athlete, Abou Daher....... to
congratulate him on his anti-normalization stance.
 
Baqer also discussed with sports minister George
 Kallas, cooperation between the two countries.
 
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
greeted in his Monday speech, Fawaz and Abou Daher.
 
“Our bets are placed on youths like Charbel Abou 
Daher and Nadia Fawaz - who refused to face 
Israeli contenders,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, 
hailing their courage - amid some Arab’s 
bowing to ‘Israel’. “We had no problem 
in developing Lebanon’s relations, 
especially with Arab states, but 
some sides --- want to turn 
Lebanon into an inferior, 
we reject this,” 
he stated.
 
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 

 Lebanese chess player, refuses to compete against Israeli rival at Abu Dhabi international  tournament August 22nd, 1:54pm (PressTV)  Young Lebanese chess player Maggie Kassem Fawaz Israel has been snubbed for yet another time, in a  sports event as a yo

 
Lebanese chess player, refuses
to compete against Israeli rival
at Abu Dhabi international 
tournament
August 22nd, 1:54pm
(PressTV)
 
Young Lebanese chess player Maggie Kassem Fawaz
Israel has been snubbed for yet another time, in a 
sports event as a young Lebanese chess player 
decided to quit the 28th edition of Abu Dhabi 
International Chess Festival in the United 
Arab Emirates, to avoid facing an 
Israeli opponent.
 
The junior Lebanese chess champion Maggie Kassem
Fawaz, made the decision to pull out of the fourth 
round of the competitions in the Emirati capital 
because the draw set her up to confront a 
contestant from the Israeli regime, 
Lebanon’s Arabic-language 
al-Nour radio station 
reported.
 
The chess player said she refused to compete against 
the Israeli player during the Abu Dhabi tournament
because Israel is an enemy.
 
The girl added that she took the move in a show of
solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation, 
and in condemnation of attempts by a number 
of Arab countries to normalize full diplomatic 
relations with the Tel Aviv regime.
 
The 28th edition of Abu Dhabi International Chess
Festival kicked off in the UAE, on August 16th, 
and will conclude on August 25th.
 
In recent years, an increasing number of athletes from
Arab and Muslim countries have avoided facing Israeli 
opponents in international competitions, in support of
the Palestinian cause.
 
They view the participation of Israeli athletes in 
sports events as a scheme to help the Tel Aviv 
regime gradually normalize its relations with 
Muslim and Arab nations, despite its brutal 
occupation of Palestine and its relentless 
crimes against Palestinians.
 

 Israeli forces do not allow  hunger-striking Palestinian  inmate’s wife from visiting  her husband August 21st, 12:46pm (PressTV)  The wife of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who  is on a months-long hunger strike, says Israeli forces  have pre

 Israeli forces do not allow  hunger-striking Palestinian  inmate’s wife from visiting  her husband August 21st, 12:46pm (PressTV)  The wife of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who  is on a months-long hunger strike, says Israeli forces  have pre

 
Israeli forces -- do not allow 
hunger-striking Palestinian
 inmate’s wife -- to visit 
her husband
August 21st, 12:46pm
(PressTV)
 
The wife of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who
 is on a months-long hunger strike, says Israeli forces
 have prevented her from entering the occupied
 territories through a checkpoint in the 
occupied West Bank to visit her 
critically ill husband.
 
Dalal Awawdeh told Palestine’s official Wafa news 
agency on Sunday that she was denied entry into 
the occupied territories  via Tarqumia checkpoint, 
located south of the West Bank, saying the 
regime forces claimed.... that her entry 
permit had expired the previous night.
 
She noted that her husband’s health condition has 
reached a critical stage as a result of his 
prolonged hunger strike in protest at his 
indefinite, unfair and unexplained 
imprisonment at the hands of the
 Tel Aviv regime, adding he has 
lost half of his weight and his 
ability to speak.
 
However, she said, her husband’s morale remains high,
 stressing that he will press ahead with his hunger 
strike until he is granted a full release.
 
Awawdeh, a father of four, is one of several Palestinian
prisoners who have gone on prolonged hunger strikes 
over the years to protest so-called administrative
detention, which allows Israel to hold prisoners 
without charge... practically indefinitely.
 
The 40-year-old Palestinian inmate, from the West Bank
city of al-Khalil (Hebron), was arrested on December 
27th, 2021. He went on hunger strike for 111 days 
before suspending it - following promises that his 
administrative detention would not be renewed. 
After the promises turned out to be false, he 
resumed the strike, demanding his freedom.
 
Israel issued an order to renew his 
administrative detention for a 
period of four months: from 
June 26th to October 25th 
despite his highly critical
 health condition.
 
On Friday, an Israeli military court urgently 
suspended the administrative detention
 of the hunger-striking Palestinian.
 
His lawyers say Awawdeh’s “hunger strike 
will not be suspended because he is 
asking for his release and not for 
a freeze of his detention.”
 
Lawyers for the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner
say he will press ahead with his 168-day fast until 
he is granted a full release even after the Israeli
 regime was forced to temporarily freeze
 his detention.
 
Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli jails. 
Human rights organizations say Israel violates 
all the rights and freedoms granted to 
prisoners by the Geneva Convention.
 
 They say administrative detention violates the right 
to due process since the evidence is withheld from 
prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods
 without being charged, tried, or convicted.
 
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to 
open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express
 outrage at the detentions.
 
Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under
 deplorable conditions without proper hygienic 
standards. Palestinian inmates have also 
been subject to systematic torture, 
harassment, and repression.
 
Please write to any authority you feel
needs to be alerted to this, a.s.a.p.
 

 Pink Floyd co-founder finds  US government capable  of killing Assange August 17th, 8:54pm (Izvestia.ru)  Co-founder of the rock band, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters believes that the US government is capable of killing  the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange

 
Pink Floyd co-founder finds 
US government capable 
of killing Assange
August 17th, 8:54pm
(Izvestia.ru)
 
Co-founder of the rock band, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters,
believes that the US government - is capable of killing
the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. This is
reported by RIA Novosti.
 
"Julian is still in Belmarsh prison, on his way to
be
 extradited to the United States, where the
US
 government can secretly kill him," the 
musician said at a rally in Washington.
 
Waters called on U.S. Attorney General, Merrick 
Garland, to do his job and joined the protesters
 in chanting: "Release Assange." 
 
"All you can do is never stop talking,"
 he told the crowd.
 
Earlier, Roger Waters criticized the US president, 
Joe Biden, over Washington's policy towards 
Ukraine. According to him, the Russian 
special operation in the republic, was 
a response to the advance of NATO 
to the borders of Russia -- despite 
the promise of the North Atlantic
 Alliance not to do so.
 
On June 17th, British Interior Minister Priti Patel
 approved Assange's extradition to the US, 
where he faces 175 years in prison. 
 
The legal team of the WikiLeaks founder, in turn, 
then said that it would appeal this decision.
Assange, later, appealed the decision to 
extradite him.
 
The case against Julian Assange was initiated 
after the WikiLeaks website published 
documents about US actions during 
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

  French trade unions prepare  new solidarity cargoes  for Cuba  by Ileana Ferrer Fonte August 17th, 8:03am (Prensa Latina)   The "Containers for Cuba" operation, launched in  September 2021 by trade unions of the General  Confederation of Labou

 
 
French trade unions prepare 
new solidarity cargoes
 for Cuba
 by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
August 17th, 8:03am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
The "Containers for Cuba" operation, launched in 
September 2021 by trade unions of the General 
Confederation of Labour in France (CGT), 
foresees new shipments of solidarity 
cargoes this year, union leader 
Laurent Brun announced 
on Wednesday.
 
In statements to Prensa Latina, Brun, who is also the 
secretary-general of the CGT Federation of Railway
 Workers, said that three containers with food and 
basic items, already arrived in the island during
 the spring.
 
We are now working on three other containers, two with
 medicines and supplies for the health sector and one
 for the Cuban Workers Federation (CTC), which we 
expect to send before the year ends, he said.
 
Over 20 CGT organizations have joined the solidarity
 campaign activated by the railroad workers, an
 operation -- that includes political actions to 
denounce the economic, commercial and
 financial blockade of the United States
 against Cuba and its tightening.
 
The funds collected by the unions made possible to
 acquire dozens of tons of items, ranging from oil, 
flour and canned food to medical supplies.
 
Brun told Prensa Latina that the CGT Railway Workers
 donated 10,000 Euros to the Caribbean nation as a
 token of support for the serious accident that 
affected the industrial zone of the western 
province of Matanzas... a few days ago, 
where a voracious fire caused human 
and material losses.
 
On Tuesday, Cuban Ambassador, Otto Vaillant, 
expressed here, his gratitude... for the
solidarity
 with his country.
 

Iraqi Coordination Framework’s  Rallies Back Legitimacy,  Constitution August 13th, 6:52am (al Manar)  Demonstrations called by the Iraqi Coordination  Framework “in support of legitimacy and the constitution” started today, Friday, in fron


Iraqi Coordination Framework’s 
Rallies Back Legitimacy, 
Constitution
August 13th, 6:52am
(al Manar)
 
Demonstrations called by the Iraqi Coordination
 Framework “in support of legitimacy and the
constitution” started today, Friday, in front of 
the Al-Mu’allaq bridge, in Baghdad.
 
In this context, the National Media Observatory head
 Khaled Al-Saray said that “the problem with the 
Sadrist movement is that it is trying to 
confiscate everyone’s decision,” 
adding, “We must reach an 
understanding to the fact 
that there is no
alternative to
dialogue.”
 
Al-Saray affirmed, “since 2003 we have faced a scheme
 to stir up division within the Shiite component,” noting 
that “the Sadrist movement made a strategic mistake 
- by withdrawing from parliament.”
 
In turn, a member of the State of Law coalition, Alaa 
Al-Hadadi, explained that “the main demand for 
these demonstrations is the preservation of
 legitimacy and the constitution.”
 
For his part, political researcher, Imad Al-Musafir,
 confirmed that “the main slogan raised in this
 demonstration --- is to resort to institutions
 and the state.”
 
The Coordination Framework in Iraq stressed on
 Wednesday the importance of expediting the 
process of naming a presidential candidate 
and the formation of a service government 
that addresses the crises in the country.
 
The Framework said in a statement that a number 
of political issues were discussed in the meeting, 
foremost of which is the course of the ongoing 
talks with the rest of the national forces --- in 
order to complete constitutional obligations,
decide on the presidential candidate, and 
to form a government that addresses the 
citizens’ services and security issues.
 
Earlier this month, the Iraqi Coordination Framework 
called on the Iraqi people to demonstrate 
peacefully “to defend their state.”
 
Meanwhile, the leader of the Sadrist movement in 
Iraq, Muqtada Al-Sadr, called on Iraqis to support 
the demonstrators in the Green Zone
 in Baghdad.
 
Source: Agencies (editted by 
Al-Manar English Website)
 
 
 

  Iraqi tennis players refuse  to face Israeli opponents August 12th, 4pm PressTV)  The president of the Iraqi Tennis Federation Majid Al- Ugaili has announced the withdrawal of Iraqi tennis  players from facing Israeli opponents in the  Romanian Grand Pr

Iraqi tennis players refuse 
to face Israeli opponents
August 12th, 4pm
PressTV)
 
The president of the Iraqi Tennis Federation Majid Al-
Ugaili has announced the withdrawal of Iraqi tennis
 players from facing Israeli opponents in the 
Romanian Grand Prix Tournament.
 
He said that the two-member team of Iraqi tennis
players, Nasr Mahdi and Mohammad Al-Mahdi, 
was set to play against the Israeli team in 
the first round of the competition.
 
However, they refused to face them in this series of
 championship competitions of the Bucharest Open
 Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 2022, which will 
continue until August the 18th, he added.
 
This is not the first time that athletes have refused 
to compete with Israeli opponents because of the
 Israeli regime's inhumane policies in the 
occupied Palestinian territories.
 
Not long ago, an Algerian football player Ahmed Touba
 refused to accompany his team, İstanbul Başakşehir, 
to the occupied territories to play with the Israeli 
team, Maccabi Netanya FC, in a 
European competition.
 
Last month, Maysir al-Dahamsheh, the star player of
 the Jordanian national taekwondo team, avoided 
confrontation with a rival from the Zionist regime
 in the Cadet and Junior World Championships 
2022, hosted by Bulgaria.
 
In recent years, an increasing number of athletes from
 Arab and Muslim countries have avoided facing 
Israeli opponents in international competitions 
in support of the Palestinian cause.
 
They view the participation of Israeli athletes in sports
events, as a scheme to help the Tel Aviv regime
gradually normalize its relations with Muslim 
and Arab nations --- despite its brutal 
occupation of Palestine and its 
relentless crimes against 
Palestinians.
 

    Petro becomes first president  of alternative forces  in Colombia by Ileana Ferrer Fonte August 8th, 8:25am  (Prensa Latina)    In front of thousands of people, in an historic act,  Gustavo Petro became the first president of the  progressive and left

 
 
Petro becomes first president 
of alternative forces
 in Colombia
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
August 8th, 8:25am
 (Prensa Latina)
 
 In front of thousands of people, in an historic act, 
Gustavo Petro became the first president of the 
progressive and left-wing forces in Colombia.
 
“Here, as in the course of my existence, are the people.
 The humble hands of the workers, here, are the 
peasants and those who sweep the streets”, 
Petro said, after mentioning his parents,
son 
and wife - who are essential in
his life, and 
his political career.
 
The inauguration ceremony was a great popular 
celebration, characterized by an explosion of 
culture, artistic expressions of the most
 diverse territories of this multi-ethnic 
country, in the streets and public 
spaces surrounding the Bolivar 
Square in Bogota - the scene 
where Petro is sworn in as 
a president.
 
Petro also greeted the heads of State who 
attended this day of transcendence for 
the history of the Colombian people.
 
After Petro was sworn in as President of Colombia, 
he handed over possession to the Vice-President, 
Francia Marquez, but, at that moment, he asked
to bring in the sword of Simon Bolivar --- that 
the former President, Ivan Duque, refused 
to give -- for the ceremony.
 
Some few minutes later, escorted by the peasant 
and presidential guards, the sword of Liberator 
Simon Bolivar, entered the stage for the 
inauguration ceremony.
 
Petro swore Francia Marquez in and delivered a
 memorable speech, in which he set out his 
decalogue and the commitments of 
his Government.
 
Peace, unity, development, fight against corruption,
 new anti-drug policy, integration, defense of the
 environment, talks, security, inclusion, among 
others, were the issues addressed by the 
new president in his speech.
 
In another act of protocol, Petro and his
family, accompanied by senior military 
commanders... moved to the Casa de 
Nariño ---  the President’s residence 
and workplace, where Ivan Duque 
waited for him, before leaving it.


  Protest against British  company exporting  Israeli weapons by Ana Luisa Brown August 8th, 2:18pm (Prensa Latina)   Activists of the Palestine Action group, today, seized a British company dedicated to packaging, transporting and exporting Israeli weapo

 
Protest against British 
company exporting
 Israeli weapons
by Ana Luisa Brown
August 8th, 2:18pm
(Prensa Latina) 
 
Activists of the Palestine Action group, today, seized a
British company dedicated to packaging, transporting
and exporting Israeli weapons, in protest against the
recent bombings launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip.
 
In videos released by the organization through social
 networks, two men dressed in orange uniforms can 
be seen beating with a big hammer the metal sheets 
on the roof of the Good Packing company, in the 
English town of Tamworth.
 
Protesters, two of whom were arrested by police, also
 smashed windows and CCTV cameras, and threw red
 paint on the walls. There is no impunity for Israel or
 anyone involved in the massacres we have seen, 
said a spokesperson for Palestine Action, which 
has been campaigning since 2020, against all 
Israeli companies manufacturing weapons in 
the UK --- and their business partners.
 
According to the activists, the Good Packing company
 is engaged in packing, transporting and exporting
 military drones manufactured by Elbit System, the
 largest Israeli arms manufacturer, at a 
nearby facility.
 
Palestine Action also accuses Elbit System of using
 Gaza and other Palestinian territories occupied by
 Israel to test the weaponry it produces before 
selling it on the international market. 
 
As a result of the ongoing protests, the Israeli arms
 manufacturer closed its London headquarters, 
and at least one of its UK factories, 
weeks ago.

US hypocracy on Ukraine

Maysir al-Dahamsheh, the star player  of Jordan's national taekwondo team  In a new snub to Israel,  Jordanian taekwondo  fighter shuns Israeli  opponent in Bulgaria  tournament July 31st, 6:20pm (PressTV)   A Jordanian taekwondo fighter has refused to fa

Maysir al-Dahamsheh, the star player 
of Jordan's national taekwondo team
 

In a new snub to Israel, 
Jordanian taekwondo
 fighter: shuns Israeli 
opponent in Bulgaria 
tournament
July 31st, 6:20pm
(PressTV)
 
 
A Jordanian taekwondo fighter has refused to face 
an Israeli opponent in international competitions
 in Bulgaria, the latest of such withdrawals
from
 encountering Israeli opponents
in 
international tournaments.
 
The Palestinian Information Centre reported 
onSunday, that Maysir al-Dahamsheh...  star 
player of the Jordanian national taekwondo 
team, had avoided confrontation with a rival 
from the Zionist regime, in the Cadet and 
Junior World Championships 2022, 
hosted by Bulgaria.
 
The Jordanian taekwondo practitioner failed to bag
 the bronze medal of the tournament, after 
withdrawing from the competition in 
protest against the normalization 
of relations of some Arab 
countries with the Tel 
Aviv regime.
 
In a similar move two months ago, Jordanian national 
fencing player Eyas al-Zamer withdrew from facing 
an Israeli opponent in a world championship for 
juniors held in the Emirati city of Dubai.
 
In recent years, an increasing number of athletes from
 Arab and Muslim countries have avoided facing Israeli
 opponents in international competitions in support 
of the Palestinian cause.
 
They view the participation of Israeli athletes in 
sports events as a scheme to help the Tel Aviv
 regime gradually normalize its relations with 
Muslim and Arab nations despite its brutal 
occupation of Palestine and its relentless 
crimes against Palestinians.
 
In April, the Libyan national team refused to face
 Israeli opponents at the World Fencing 
Championships 2022 in the United 
Arab Emirates (UAE) in solidarity 
with the Palestinian cause and 
in opposition to normalization 
agreements - between the 
occupying regime and a 
few Arab countries.
 
Back in January, Kuwait’s tennis player, Muhammad
 al-Awadi also withdrew from an international tennis
 tournament in the UAE, after he was told that he
was
 going to face a representative from the
Israeli regime.
 
Under US-brokered agreements, Israel managed to
 normalize its ties with the governments of the 
UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco in 2020.
 
The normalization deals sparked widespread protests 
in those countries, laying bare the overwhelming
 divide between the rulers and the people.
 
The normalization agreements have also been
 condemned --- by all Palestinians and their 
supporters worldwide --- as a betrayal
of 
the Palestinian cause.



      Palestine: Norway’s decision  to label settlements’ products  ‘important legal step’  in right direction June 12th, 1:51pm (PressTV)  The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has hailed a decision  by Norway to label products manufacture

Palestine Action hits arms 
manufacturer ---- amid
Nablus 
aggression
by Robert Carter
July 26th, 11:14pm
(PressTV)
 
A UK-based Israeli arms manufacturer has been raided
 - once again - by Palestine supporters who claim to 
have inflicted significant damage on the property.
 
The building belonging to UAV Engines was hit last 
Sunday as part of a wider campaign by Palestine
 Action activists --- to harass and hamper the 
activities of the international arms firm 
Elbit System's.
 
Palestine Action claim that their latest direct action
 was in retaliation -- to an Israeli regime assault on 
the Palestinian city Nablus, on Sunday morning, 
which saw at least two Palestinians killed and
 many others injured. Palestine Action have 
vowed to respond -- to continued Israeli 
aggression with sustained protests 
targeting Israeli arms industries 
across Britain --- and 
their partners.
 
Following Sunday's Action, supporters gathered to
 protest outside UAV's gates, in solidarity with the
 activists who were detained, following their 
direct action.
 
The attack by Israel on Nablus, is a common
 occurrence, across occupied Palestine. 
The lack of action by Western powers 
to reign in Israeli aggression has 
inspired more aggressive 
activism.
 
Palestine Action says their relentless raids have
 successfully forced the closure of two Elbit 
sites in London and Oldham.
 
A spokesperson for Elbit, acknowledged the incident, 
claiming it was an attack by a "violent group". 
 
Although no-one was harmed, during the raid, Palestine
 Action's sight remains fixed squarely on UAV Engines, 
so locals can expect more of the same scenes, 
going forward. 
 
 
____________________________________________



Palestine: Norway’s decision 
to label settlements’ products
 ‘important legal step’
 in right direction
June 12th, 1:51pm (PressTV)
 
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has hailed a decision
 by Norway to label products manufactured in illegal
 Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian
 territories, saying it is a “right step” in fulfilling
 international obligations, including imposing
 sanctions on the Tel Aviv regime.
 
The ministry made the remarks in a statement 
on Sunday, after the Norwegian government 
announced that Israel’s agricultural goods 
coming from the occupied West Bank, 
East al-Quds, and the Golan Heights 
must be labeled with their place of
 origin, Palestine’s official Wafa 
news agency reported.
 
“Norway’s decision is an important legal and moral
 step in the right direction, leading to a boycott of 
the products [made in] Israeli settlements, 
banning their entry, and [banning] the 
entry of settlers' goods to European 
countries and the world,” 
the ministry said.
 
“This is a right step in the direction of imposing
sanctions on the occupying power --- because
settlement construction constitutes a grave 
violation of international law and amounts 
to a war crime and a crime against 
humanity,” it added.
 
The ministry further noted that the latest move came 
in accordance with the European Commission’s 
2015 decision, as well as the European Union 
and Norway’s commitment to international 
law and the resolutions of international 
legitimacy, including the United 
Nations Security Council 
Resolution 2334.
 
It also said Israel’s condemnation of the move once
 again confirms that the occupying regime “adheres 
to the crime of settlement,” stressing that it is a 
clear declaration of a systematic policy aimed 
at imposing the widest possible annexation 
of the land of the occupied West Bank, 
including East al-Quds.
 
The Palestinian ministry further urged all countries 
to label and boycott products made in the Israeli
 settlements “in order to uphold an international 
system based on international law and enhance
 the human rights situation in occupied 
Palestine.”
 
In a statement on Friday, Norway said it had adopted 
a strict labeling scheme to identify products that 
come from the Israeli-occupied territories, citing
 a 2019 ruling by the European Union’s top court
 requiring products from those areas to be 
labeled as originating from an 
“Israeli settlement.”
 
The statement underlined that the measure mainly
 concerns imports of olive oil, fruits, vegetables, 
and potatoes.
 
The European Commission recommended that 
its member states follow the labeling scheme 
in 2015, a decision confirmed by the EU’s
 European Court of Justice in 2019.
 
The Norwegian government said the principle behind
 the announcement of its decision, as set out in the
 2019 ruling, is that consumers should not be 
deceived by misleading labeling on the 
origin of the products.
 
The move infuriated the Tel Aviv regime, which said it
 “will negatively impact bilateral ties between Israel 
and Norway.”
 
In a similar move last November, Belgium decided to
 label products made in illegal Israeli settlements,
 citing its desire to “ensure human rights in the 
West Bank.”
 
Nearly 700,000 Israelis live in illegal settlements built 
since the 1967 occupation --- of the Palestinian
territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The UN Security Council has in several
resolutions, condemned the Tel Aviv
regime’s settlement projects, all 
of which are illegal, under 
international law.
 
Israel has also seized the Golan Heights from Syria in
 the closing stages of its 1967 Six-Day War against 
Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Tel Aviv unilaterally 
annexed the Golan Heights in 1981,
in a move not recognized by the
international community.
 

 Algerian silver medalist Djamel  Sedjati waves Palestine flag at  World Athletics Championships July 25th, 1:48pm (PessTV)  Algerian middle-distance runner Djamel Sedjati has  waved the national Palestinian flag around the  stadium to celebrate the concl

 
Algerian silver medalist Djamel 
Sedjati waves Palestine flag at
 World Athletics Championships
July 25th, 1:48pm (PressTV)
 
Algerian middle-distance runner Djamel Sedjati has 
waved the national Palestinian flag around the 
stadium -- to celebrate the conclusion of his 
awe-inspiring campaign, at the 2022 World 
Athletics Championships in the US, as he 
finished runner-up in the tournament.
 
The 23-year-old athlete participated in the 800-metre
 final -- and finished in a time of 1:44.14 at Hayward 
Field in Eugene, Oregon, to stand behind Kenya’s 
Emmanuel Kipkurui, who clinched gold with 
1:43.71.
 
Marco Arop of Canada took bronze in a time of 1:44.28,
 while the only other Arab runner in the final contest,
Algeria’s Slimane Moula, finished 
in fifth place.
 
After his victory, Sedjati carried the Palestinian flag as
 well as the Algerian one. He jogged around the track
 and field stadium --- to enthusiastic applause, 
especially from Arab and Algerian fans.
 
He said that he is happy with his latest achievement, 
although he had hoped to take the gold medal home.
 
“The important thing is that I won one of the three
 medals,” he was reported as saying by AFP.
 
“It brought joy to the hearts of Algerians and 
Arabs. It was a strong race,” Sedjati noted.
 
The 2022 World Athletics Championships, which 
was the 18th edition of the World Athletics
Championships, were held from July 15th
to the 24th, in Eugene, Oregon, the US.
 
Back in July last year, Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine
 withdrew from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in order
to
 avoid facing an Israeli competitor.
 
Nourine, who was set to compete in the men’s under
 73kg judo competition.. announced his decision one
 day before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.  
 
The athlete was set to fight Sudan’s Mohamed
 Abdalrasool on July 26th in the first round. If 
he won, he would proceed to a potential 
clash with Israeli contestant 
Tohar Butbul. 
 
Nourine spoke to local Algerian media on his
 withdrawal, saying that his support for the
 Palestinian cause made it impossible for
 him to compete against Butbul.  
 
“We have worked hard.. to qualify for the Games,
 but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all that.
 
“My position is consistent on the Palestinian issue, 
and I reject normalization, and if it cost me that
 absence from the Olympic Games, God will
 compensate,” he said at the time.
 
Algerian legislators have presented a bill 
to  parliament --- seeking to criminalize 
the ''normalization'' with Israel, travel 
to the occupied territories, or any 
direct or indirect contact with
 Israeli officials.
 

 Algerian silver medalist Djamel  Sedjati waves Palestine flag at  World Athletics Championships July 25th, 1:48pm (PessTV)  Algerian middle-distance runner Djamel Sedjati has  waved the national Palestinian flag around the  stadium to celebrate the concl

  La Rara by anonimo July 30th, 00:30am (Prensa Latina)   La Rara, a pagan celebration that dates back to  slavery times, is one of the symbols of Haitian resistance, that even survived attempts to  eliminate the culture brought from Africa.  It is a cele

 
 
La Rara
by anonimo
July 30th, 00:30am
(Prensa Latina) 
 
La Rara, a pagan celebration that dates back to 
slavery times, is one of the symbols of Haitian
resistance, which even survived attempts to 
eliminate the culture brought from Africa.
 
It is a celebration that mixes traditional voodoo
 ceremonies, music and dance, and took on 
other forms in nearby countries, such as
 the Dominican Republic and Cuba, 
where the descendants of the 
diaspora settled.
 
It traditionally takes place during Easter, starting 
on Ash Wednesday, and its strongest venues are
 Léogâne, south of the capital, and Artibonite, 
in the country’s northwestern section.
 
As a prelude, artists make the costumes and
 instruments and afterwards music bands 
travel through towns, first with a few 
dozen people, joined by hundreds 
down the road.
 
Researchers and ethnologists agree that
the festivity is of African origin and 
introduced in Haiti with slavery.
 
In the Caribbean nation it was a reward offered 
to the victims of the dreadful regime after 
each harvest.
 
Its most distinctive elements include the use of the
 vaskin, a musical instrument made of cylindrical
 bamboo tubes that produces a single note, and 
can be either wind or percussion, because its 
players usually strike it rhythmically, while
 blowing air through its mouthpiece.
 
Artists also use traditional trumpets, sticks and
 recycled metal scrapers, as well as drums, 
maracas, güiras or güiros and bells.
 
Other distinctive features include the voodoo
ceremonies, in which... spirits are called to 
protect musicians who travel late at night.
 
Something Haitians are proud of, is how 
the celebration served to forge their 
independence and to plan the wide
revolutionary movements that led 
to their liberation - in 1804.
 
Banned for several periods, even after 
independence, La Rara challenges
 time --- as a sign of resistance.
 
(Source: Orbe weekly)


TFree Alex Saab ---the Saab Case Is Political and Manipulated by the US: Fabri

The Saab Case Is Political 
and Manipulated by the US
--- Fabri
May 31st, 1:17pm (teleSUR)
 
As can be seen in former U.S. Defense Secretary
 Esper's book, Washington knew that Alex Saab
 was a diplomat carrying out humanitarian 
missions --- when he was arrested in 
Cape Verde.
 
During an interview with teleSUR on Monday, 
Camilla Fabri, the wife of Alex Saab, the 
Venezuelan diplomat --- who has been 
detained in the United States, since 
2021, denounced that his case is 
political --- and manipulated by
the 
U.S. government.
 
"It has no legal basis. Washington used Cape Verde 
as a puppet to achieve what they wanted to do," 
Fabri said, adding that the White House knew 
of Saab's diplomatic missions, as former US 
Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper's 
book admits.
 
Referring to the confessions of the former Trump
 administration official, Fabri recalled that the US
 knew that Saab was carrying out humanitarian
 missions to supply Venezuela with medicine 
and food, amid the blockade caused by the 
US sanctions against his country.
 
"Esper knew that Saab had been appointed as 
a diplomat in 2018, two years before his 
kidnapping.. Saab was considered a
 very important piece for the U.S.", 
Fabri said --- recalling that her 
husband had already carried 
out three humanitarian 
missions.. before being 
detained in Cape Verde.
 
On June 12th, 2020, Alex Saab was traveling from Iran
 to Venezuela on a plane that made a refueling stop in 
Cape Verde. Following a request made by the US,
this 
African country arrested the
Bolivarian diplomat. 
 
On Oct. 16th, 2021, he was extradited to the US, 
where he is being charged with eight counts
of ''
money laundering''.
 
Fabri pointed out that her husband's defense strategy
 is based on the defense of the sovereignty of
 Venezuela, and respect for international 
diplomatic agreements. "We are facing
 a political and illogical case," she 
assured, recalling that a US
court 
is currently analyzing
the 
diplomatic status of 
Alex Saab.
 
For more than five years, the US sanctions against
 Venezuela, have prevented President Nicolas 
Maduro's administration from accessing 
international markets to acquire goods
 and services. In response to these 
restrictions, the Bolivarian govern-
ment protected Saab and some 
companies, by granting them 
diplomatic status, so they 
could buy food and 
medicine.
 
 

i dont want you buying my government

 
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

Ignorance is fascism

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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- from TeleSUR english

If supporting peace and stopping yet another rape of
a resource-rich country isn't for you, because YOU
read the Guardian - remember Libya, Iraq, etc...

Same game - lies, economic sanctions, demonisation 
--- then the call for a coup - to save the poor people!


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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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CARDIFF
Every day of the week
Free Food available for the vulnerable and homeless.
See below for details. Pass this on to anyone who
 might find it helpful:
....................................

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
11am - 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturday of every month,
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
 Food Project, Embassy Cafe, Cathays Youth &
Community Centre – Pay what you can afford.





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Faslane peace camp
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you can come, any day.
We are located at Shandon near
Helensburgh the postcode
is 
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 of arrests to Green and Black Cross (GBC), the better. Key
information to include for a witness statement is:
- When, where, who
- What else was happening on site? E.g. was the road closed
 bypolice, were other people/actions blocking the road?
- Any photos or videos of arrests or immediately before/after
You can find a witness statement template and some
advice on drafting statements on the GBC website here:
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Please send all materials to gbclegal@riseup.net.


 
 

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:
 https://www.landjustice.uk/our-common-ground-statement/

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.


JOIN THE VALLEY's PEACE MOVEMENT
NOW!


The news most see is massaged by an elite which
feeds off death & destruction (the BBC's Deputy
Head, for example, is the ex head of BAE, the
UK's near monopoly arms exporting company).

We need a strong committed Peace Movement
in Wales, which is not afraid to challenge the
Guardian-reading middle-class "leaders" ---
who keep backing the elite's wars in the
name of a fake "humanitarianism".

Please contact us here (01443) 732705
and we can hold a meeting to found a
valleys 
led Peace Movement, that
walks the walk.

In the meantime, paste this link into your browser
if you'd like to see the pictures the BBC and UK's
boss media did not want you to see -- it explodes
  the lies of an "evil Syrian regime" -- by showing
Aleppo people after Syria's army liberated them.

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in-liberated-aleppo



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 been fighting terrorists. It's time for the world
 to recognize them all, as our brothers in arms
against terrorism. Time to stand with Syria
 and not against it.

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 Syria: Civil War or NATO War of
 Aggression for Regime Change?

Speakers: Journalist Vanessa Bealey
 & Rev. Andrew Ashdown

Since 2011, Syria has been in the grip of a most
 vicious war which has left hundreds of thousands
 dead, millions displaced internally, in appalling
 conditions in refugee camps in neighbouring
 countries, or perishing on their hazardous
journey to seek safety in Europe. The
 ramifications of this war which has targeted
 Syria’s infrastructure, its multi-ethnic, multi-
faith social fabric, and its territorial integrity,
 reaches far beyond Syria’s borders and
 threatens regional and global peace.

Journalist, Vanessa Beeley, and Rev. Andrew
Ashdown who have returned from recent peace
 and fact-finding missions in Syria, will discuss
 the origins and nature of the war in Syria, the
 role of the media and humanitarian NGOs in
 constructing public opinion in favour of a
western military intervention, and the
current prospects for reconciliation
 and peace.

Vanessa Beeley is a contributor to 21WIRE. She is
 a member of the Steering Committee of the Syria
 Solidarity Movement, and a volunteer with the
Global Campaign to Return to Palestine. She
represented Yemen at the UNHRC in March
2016 testifying on Saudi Coalition use of cluster
 bombs on civilian targets. Vanessa lived in Gaza
 during 2012 Israeli bombardment and after several
 trips to Gaza, launched the FB page, the Wall Will Fall
 “to raise awareness but also to convey the idea that
 through education, awareness and the development
 of our own consciousness we can bring down all
walls that keep us in ignorance and far from the
Truth”. In August 2016, she spent a week in Syria
with the US Peace Council, and a further 3 weeks
 travelling independently throughout Syria,
 including Aleppo.

Rev. Andrew Ashdown led a UK peace delegation for
 a fact-finding and pastoral visit to Syria in August.
This was Rev Ashdown’s fifth visit to Syria since
April 2014. The delegation included Rev. Michael
Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester and cross
bench peers, Baroness Cox and Lord Hylton. Rev.
Ashdown describes the journey which has been

 heavily criticized in the mainstream media and
by establishment politicians as “a pastoral visit,
to visit the people and listen to their voices. We
 were invited by Church leaders and faith leaders.
We met an enormous number of people from right
across the religious and sectarian spectrum and
 different political views. The purpose was to
listen to the people and to see the situation
for ourselves and to share the message
 when we return”.


Let's invite them to Wales!

PEACE MOVEMENT LEADERS
needed now in WALES

Please read this article and then ask yourself
if YOU could be a Peace Movement 'leader' in
Wales,
mobilising people to demand that the
UK government --- stop helping terrorists !!!


US UK and France now air
force for terrorists in Syria

by Finian Cunningham

For nearly 6 years, Washington & its allies have
 got away with playing a cynical double game in
 Syria’s war. But now the mask is slipping...... to
reveal
the ugly face of Western involvement –
it is openly
siding with terrorists.


Russia was correct to veto a French-sponsored draft
resolution at the UN Security Council this weekend.
 Along with the US and UK's vigorous support, the
French proposal centred on halting military flights
over the besieged northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

As Russia’s foreign ministry commented, the French
 initiative was tantamount to giving air cover for
 insurgents, dominated by the internationally
 proscribed terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra.

 In short, a no-fly zone protecting terrorists would
 have been imposed --- in violation of Syria's
sovereign
rights, and international law.


An alternative draft resolution put forward by Russia
was subsequently nixed by the US, UK and France.
 The Russian proposal was aimed at reviving the
 ceasefire arrangement declared last month by US
 Secretary of State John Kerry & Moscow’s Foreign
 Minister Sergey Lavrov. It reiterated the need for
 anti-government militants to dissociate from the
 proscribed terrorist groups affiliated with al
Qaeda, including al Nusra and Daesh (ISIS).

Russia is calling for a general ceasefire, but
 it does not specify the condition of halting
military flights over Aleppo.

If France and its Western allies were genuine about
 wanting to stop the violence, then why don’t they get
 behind the Kerry-Lavrov deal? They have evidently
abandoned that ceasefire arrangement because it
 was exposing Western claims about supporting
 “moderate rebels” as distinct from “extremists”
as a fallacy.

That the Kerry-Lavrov truce was immediately violated
 by the insurgents and that there was no separation
 of “moderates” and “extremists” showed once and
 for all that Western claims of supporting “legitimate
 rebels” are a farce. Washington, London and Paris
 are patently backing a terrorist army fighting for
 their objective of regime change in Syria.

Since Syria and its Russian ally resumed offensive
 operations to take the key battleground city of
 Aleppo on September 22, the Western sponsors
 of the terror proxies have become increasingly
 shrill, in a media blitz to thwart that offensive.

The US, UK and France have decried “war crimes”
 allegedly committed by Syrian and Russian air
 strikes. John Kerry, ahead of the weekend spat
at the UN, called for a probe into suspected
war crimes attributed to Russia.

The Western media has been saturated with
 unverified reports from the militant-held east
 Aleppo, purporting to show Syrian & Russian
 air strikes on civilian centres --- including
hospitals. Much of the information coming
out of east Aleppo is sourced from Western-
funded “activists” who are embedded with
 the Nusra terrorists. Tellingly, Western
media and governments are, in effect,
peddling what is terrorist propaganda.

The Russian and Syrian governments deny the
West's claims. They say their military operations
 are targeting terrorist groups deliberately using
the 250,000 civilian population in east Aleppo,
 as human shields.

It is significant that the more the Syrian army and
its allies among Iranian, Lebanese & Iraqi militia,
 as well as Russian air support, make advances
to
retake Aleppo, the more hysterical Western

 governments and media become, about
 “war crimes”.

If we start from the premise that the conflict in Syria
 has - from the outset - been a Western-orchestrated
covert war for regime change involving sponsoring
 a terrorist mercenary army --- then the Western
 hysteria on Aleppo is perfectly understandable.

A defeat for the insurgents in Aleppo means an end
to the Western criminal enterprise to install a pro-
Western puppet regime in Syria. That would mark
an
historic blow to the prestige of Washington &
its
European allies in the Middle East. It would
also
further expose their criminal complicity.


By contrast, Russian influence in the strategic
 region would be elevated, & for good reasons
 too. Moscow will be seen as having stood by a
sovereign nation to vanquish Western powers
-- who have wreaked havoc in the region with
illegal wars and regime-change subterfuges.

Given the high stakes, this is why Western powers
 are evidently becoming more desperate to impede
 Syrian and Russian military success against the
 insurgents. Western emotive denunciations of
Syria & Russia have nothing to do with concern
 for human suffering. It is all about contriving a
 moralistic political pressure --- to hamper the
 campaign against the West’s terrorist project.

Seen in this context, France's call at the UN for a
 no-fly zone around Aleppo is a startling admission
 by Western powers that they are trying to protect
terrorist al Qaeda-affiliated organizations. It is a
 stunning revelation of the fraudulent & criminal
 nature of Western governments. Their claim of
'fighting terrorism' which has justified overseas
 wars over the past 15 years, are self-evidently
bogus. Their claim to be supporting a “pro-
democracy uprising” in Syria, is grotesque.

This gigantic fraud has, of course, been made
 possible because Western media corporations
have gone along with the vile charade. These
 media organizations are equally complicit.
 Giving succor to war crimes, is in itself a
war crime, as the international attorney,
 Christopher Black, points out.

Meanwhile, away from Aleppo and the West's
 distortion of what is happening there, the
 alternative media report that the US-led
military coalition is destroying bridges
over
the Euphrates, in the eastern
province of
Deir ez-Zor.


According to the Syrian Free Press & others,
 US air strikes have demolished seven major
river crossings over the past week. The latest
strike was on al Syasia bridge north of the city
 of Deir ez-Zor, the largest bridge in the province.

Targeting civilian infrastructure is a war crime. It
 will prevent humanitarian aid convoys reaching
 civilians in government-held Deir ez-Zor. But,
 more significantly, the French & USUK coalition
 – which is operating illegally in Syria in the first
place – is working to block the Syrian army and
 Russian offensive against the Daesh terrorist
 stronghold of Raqqa. The bridges knocked out
 were providing key links for the Syrian and
 Russian forces to move from Deir ez-Zor,
 towards Raqqa.

The US-led air strikes also give full meaning to
 the deadly US attack on the Syrian army base
 at Deir ez-Zor on September 17. Over 60 Syrian
 troops died & nearly 200 more were wounded,
 when US, UK & Australian warplanes blasted
 the base in a sustained attack. Washington
claimed it was an “accident”.

But to many other observers, the massacre was no
 accident. It was a deliberate assault by the Western
 coalition to end the Kerry-Lavrov pact, because the
 failing ceasefire, was exposing the systemic terror
 connections of the Western governments in Syria.

Washington & its allies aren't just trying to give
 air cover to the terrorists in Syria, indirectly, by
 setting up so-called no-fly zones. They are now,
 evidently, giving the terrorists air fire-power.

As in the NATO regime-change war in Libya,
 in 2011, the US, UK and France, are riding
shotgun in the air for terrorists on the ground.

And the truly disgusting thing about this criminal
 collusion, is that the Western powers claim to be
 concerned about international law, war crimes
and human suffering.

Western "Leftwing" are Hypocrites

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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.


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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


Twenty-Four Hours in Yemen:
UN, US, UK

Devastation, Complicity,
Double Standards

10.09.2016
 
"Let me ask you one question. Is your money
that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do
you
think that it could?" (Bob Dylan,
b 1941,
Masters of War.)


On Tuesday the 6th of September, twenty-four hour
monitoring by the country's Legal Centre for Rights
and Development (LCRD), recorded the bombings
by the Saudi led "coalition", armed by the US and
 UK, and ''advised'' by their military specialists.

Thus, the
collusion and co-operation of both countries

-- renders them both equally culpable for the carnage.
by Felicity Arbuthnot

Yemen has a population of just 24.41 million (2013
figure) and according to the Rural Poverty Portal:
"is one of the driest, poorest and least developed
 countries in the world. It ranks 140 out of 182
 countries on the United Nations Development
Programme's Human Development Index (2009).

An estimated 42 percent of the people are poor,
 and one Yemeni in five is malnourished. Poverty
is endemic, particularly in more remote and less
 accessible areas."

In the one day and night period covered here,
the capital Sana'a and Sa'dah, Marib, AlJawf,
Hajjah, and Hodeidah, were attacked.
 
Victims and damage:

Sana'a: Fourteen attacks, four air raids targeted
the communications network in Nqil Yeslih in
Sanhan Directorate.

Six air strikes targeting al Madfoon district
in Nehm Directorate.

Four strikes targeting Daboa'h in Nehm
Directorate.

Sa'dah province: Sixty nine attacks:

Forty five air raids targeted areas of Mandabah,
al-Magda and Asharaf and Gulal Shaibani in
Baqem district.

Airstrike targeted a government complex building
 led to the destruction of the building in Al-Daher
Directorate.

Another airstrike targeted a private sector stone
crusher in A-Daher Directorate.

Two air raids targeted Malaheeth District in
Al-Daher Directorate.

Two air raids targeted the Alhesamah District
in Shada'a Directorate . Five air raids targeted
 Al-Boqa' District in Kitaf Directorate.

Seven strikes on houses and farms destroyed
 three houses and four farms in Ibad area,
Baqim Directorate.

A strike targeted a house in the area of
Souda, Baqim Directorate.

Saudi rockets and artillery shelling targeted
 scattered areas in Razih District.

Five air strikes targeting Maran area in
 Haydan district.

Hajjah province: Seven raids targeted Midi District.

Hodeidah Province: One air raid led to a death in
 the area Alhemah District, al Khokhah Directorate.

Al-Jawf province: Eight strikes with a woman injured,
the targeting of a house resulted in the destruction
and damage to 15 nearby houses in Al Ghayl District.

Twelve mercenaries loyal to Saudi Coalition were
killed and nine injured by Saudi air raid targeting
 a house in Al Ghayl District.

Three air strikes destroyed a house and damaged
eighteen adjacent houses also in Al Ghayl District.

Three air strikes further targeted three farms
in Al Ghayl District.

Marib province: Two air raids targeting Sirwah
District and an air strike on Hylan Mountain
in Sirwah District.

This heartbreak, fear & destruction has rained
 down, in commensurate devastation, nearly
every
24 hours since March 2015.

Saudi Arabia is the
lead culprit, but in
the "coalition" are also
Egypt, Morocco,
Jordan, Sudan, United
Arab Emirates,
Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.


Kuwait's theft of Iraqi oil

Ironic to remember Kuwait's "victim" status in 1990,
when Iraq was threatened with being "reduced to a

 pre-industrial age" - for taking revenge for Kuwait's
slant drilling theft oil from Iraq's Rumaila oil fields.

Now Kuwait, population just 3.369 million (2013) is
 now in the gang of murderous bullies decimating a
 poverty stricken country - no doubt as a thank you
 to Saudi Arabia for extending hospitality to their
ruling family when they fled ahead of the Iraq
troops --- leaving their subjects to face the
onslaught which their theft had generated.

Those who unleashed near Armageddon on Iraq over
an oil dispute, are either silent on, or participating
in,
Yemen's nightmare - and, as ever, money is talking

-- and the US and Britain are selling the arms and
the
'planes, in billions of $s.


The further irony, is that, in September 2015, Faisal
bin Hassan Trad, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the
 UN in Geneva, was elected Chair of a United Nations
Human Rights Council (UNHRC) panel. At the time
UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said: "It
 is scandalous that the UN chose a country that
has
beheaded more people this year than ISIS,
to be head
of a key human rights panel.
Petro-dollars and
politics have
trumped human rights."


In June this year Amnesty International called
for
Saudi Arabia to be stripped of its place on
the UNHRC,
with Richard Bennett, heading
Amnesty's UN
Office saying:


"The credibility of the UN Human Rights Council is
 at stake. Since joining the Council, Saudi Arabia's
dire human rights record at home has continued to
 deteriorate - & the coalition it leads has unlawfully
 killed and injured, thousands of civilians in the
conflict in Yemen. To allow it to remain an active
 member of the Council, where it has used this
 position to shield itself from accountability for
possible war crimes, smacks of deep hypocrisy.
It will bring the world's top human rights body
 into disrepute."

Strong evidence of war crimes

He continued: "The strong evidence of the
 commission of war crimes by a Saudi Arabian-led
 coalition in Yemen should have been investigated
by the Human Rights Council. Instead, Saudi Arabia
 cynically used its membership of the Council, to
derail a resolution to establish an international
investigation. As a member of the Human Rights
Council, Saudi Arabia is required to uphold the
highest standards of human rights. In reality,
it
has led a military coalition's unlawful and

deadly airstrikes on markets, hospitals and
 schools in Yemen. The coalition has also
repeatedly used internationally banned
weapons in civilian areas."


The double standards of the "international
community" and its UN "umbrella" is ever
 breathtaking.

Equally breathtaking is that in July, the UK refused
 to rule out electing Saudi to its place in the UNHRC
for a 2nd time -- in spite of Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein,
the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights,
having stated that the "carnage" caused by some
Saudi coalition airstrikes appear to be war crimes.

But then, according to The Independent, the official
figures in January this year showed sales of British
 bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia: "increased
100 times
in the three-month period since the start
of the
attacks on Yemen. The sales jumped from £9

million in the previous three months to £1 billion."

Arms sales above flesh and blood, terror,
heartbreak and humanity, every time.

The writer is indebted to the LCRD for the
 documentation of the attacks and for the
careful translation by Ameen Alharazi.



_____________________________________________________



UK PEACE MOVEMENT
HALF DEAD AS...


UK becomes the world’s
 2nd biggest arms dealer

The UK government has become the world’s second
 biggest arms dealer, with the bulk of its weapons
 fueling deadly conflicts in the Middle East,
according to official data.

According to the latest data, by the UK Trade and
 Investment body, a government unit that promotes
UK
exports overseas, in the last ten years the UK’s

average arms sales exceeded that of Russia, China,
or France - and is second only to the United States.

According to a joint analysis by The Independent
and Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT),
from 2010 to 2015, the UK government has sold
 £10 billion in arms licenses, to at least 39 of the
 51 countries ranked “not free” on the (US-based)
Freedom House’s "Freedom in the world" report.

London has gone a step further and conducted £7.9
billion worth of arms deals, with 22 of the 30 states
 that are blacklisted by the UK government’s own
human rights watch list.


Interestingly, two-thirds of all exports over
the five years were sold to the Middle East,
where many countries are now ravaged by
 wars, resulting from Western intervention.

“The UK is one of the world’s most successful
defense (sic) exporters, averaging second place
 in the global rankings on a rolling ten-year basis,
 making it Europe’s leading defense exporter in
the period,” the UK government organization
boasts, in its report.

The Foreign Office keeps a “human rights priority
 countries” list --- which includes countries that it
deems as having “the worst, or greatest number
 of, human rights violations.”

Saudi Arabia, Israel and Bahrain are some of the
 customers on the controversial government list.

According to the Independent, the Saudis have gained
British bombs, missiles, and fighter jets -- which it has
 been using in its military aggression against Yemen --
which has killed about 10,000 people, since it began,
in March 2015.

Last year alone, London approved the sale of over
 £3 billion worth of weapons, to the Riyadh regime.

The UK has provided the Israeli regime with
drone components and targeting equipment.

Bahrain, another repressive Arab monarchy, has
also received machine guns from the UK, along
with special police training, that it has actively
been using to curb a years-long popular up-
rising against the ruling Al Khalifa family.

“These terrible figures expose the hypocrisy at
 the heart of UK foreign policy,” says Andrew
Smith, of CAAT.

“These regimes aren't just buying weapons, they
are also buying political support and legitimacy.

How likely is the UK to act against human rights
 violations in these countries --- when it is also
profiting from them?” he asks.

Corbyn's campaign is for a peaceful world
-- which is why warmongers and profiteers
are determined to turn us all against him...
.
Join CAAT and help with direct action too.


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.


_____________________________________________



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.



join.peoplesmomentum.com

YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO BE A
LABOUR PARTY MEMBER?

- so join the Anti-Austerity Movement!



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


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

join.peoplesmomentum.com

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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....


_______________________________



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



Boycott, divestment and sanctions is a peaceful yet effective way for us to support Palestinians as they strive for lives of peace, justice and hope. Help us to make a difference. 

BBC bias - take action

The BBC’s Director of Television, Danny Cohen, has called for Israel to be protected from cultural boycotts.
 
Cohen joined senior figures from the Parliamentary lobby groups, Conservative Friends of Israel and Labour Friends of Israel, in signing a letter published in the Guardian in October which claims that Israel is being singled out as a boycott target.
 
Cohen is a member of the BBC’s executive board and one of the most senior figures in the organisation. His role within the BBC demands neutrality and yet he has publicly made known his support for Israel.
 
He has faced no public censure from the BBC Trust – the governing body of the BBC – for doing so.
 

Will you take action?

Write now to the BBC Trust and demand to know if the Trust will be taking action against Cohen for breaching BBC rules on impartiality.
 
Cohen has huge influence within the BBC. He oversees the BBC’s four main channels, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC Four in addition to BBC iPlayer, and online content for BBC Television. He also oversees the Drama, Entertainment, Knowledge and Comedy genres and BBC Films. Further responsibilities include the BBC Television archive and BBC Productions, Europe’s largest television production group.
 
His fellow signatories to the Guardian letter include Eric Pickles MP, Chair of Conservative Friends of Israel, and Michael Dugher MP, Vice Chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Of 12 other MPs who have signed the letter, seven are Parliamentary Officers of Conservative Friends of Israel and five are either members of the lobby group or have been on one of its delegations to Israel. There are no pro-Palestinian MPs among the signatories.

The letter states: “Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory” and goes on to call for “cultural engagement” in place of boycotts.
 

Write to the BBC Trust:

Rona Fairhead, Chair, BBC Trust, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA
 
Sarah Colborne, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “It is highly disturbing to see Danny Cohen, who has huge influence within the BBC and is a member of its executive board, publicly speaking out against a cultural boycott of Israel.
 
“This is a highly politicised letter, dealing with controversial subjects, and the decision of the BBC’s Director of Television to get involved calls not just his impartiality into account, but also his judgement.”
 
Sarah added: “The Royal Charter, which is the constitutional basis of the BBC, demands that the organisation must be impartial in its reporting, and impartiality must also be a key requirement of its staff. The fact that Danny Cohen has signed this letter, in the company of openly pro-Israel figures, without subsequent censure from the BBC, reveals that this does not appear to be the case.”
 
Cohen recently announced that he would be leaving the BBC, but is currently still in post.
 
For more information: Director of BBC Television signs the Guardian’s pro-Israel letter

Write to the Trust now

Ask what action will be taken against Danny Cohen, and what steps the Trust is taking to ensure that the future Director of Television will not display such blatant pro-Israel bias.

Thank you
The team at Palestine Solidarity Campaign



 

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