Anti-war demonstration, London, 25 September


This music video from the USA is called Edwin Starr – Stop The War (Rare Single).

By Will Stone in Britain:

Wednesday 24th September 2014

ANTI-WAR activists will stage an emergency demonstration outside Downing Street tomorrow amid fears Britain is poised to join US-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed yesterday the first wave of airstrikes launched yesterday by the US and five allied Arab countries on Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria.

Mr Cameron, who is in New York for the UN general assembly, is expected to use a speech today to set out further details of Britain’s involvement, with speculation growing that he will announce that Britain will join the bombing.

The PM has indicated that he wants to consult the House of Commons, raising the prospect of a Parliament recall on Friday.

Mr Cameron will be anxious to avoid a repeat of last year’s humiliating Commons defeat over airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria.

Labour joined rebel Tories and Lib Dems to vote down that act of imperialist aggression, but senior party figures, including leader Ed Miliband, have backed US-led military action against militants, arguing however that Britain shouldn’t commit forces unless the mission is legal, well-planned and includes a clear exit strategy.

CND general secretary Kate Hudson said: “When David Cameron beat the war drum over Syria a year ago, Ed Miliband urged caution and the Tories suffered an historic anti-war defeat in Parliament.

“He seemed to understand that a bombing campaign by the West would do little to resolve the crisis there. And he was vindicated.

“But in his speech to Labour Party conference today Ed Miliband has all but written a blank cheque to David Cameron, as President Barack Obama leads the charge with airstrikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq.”

A spokeswoman for Stop the War added: “If this vote passes British forces will be back in action in Iraq just three years after the last troops were withdrawn from the catastrophic occupation of 2003-11.”

Stop the War is calling on supporters to lobby their MPs and protest outside Downing Street from 5.30pm.

More about this Thursday 25 September demonstration is here.

Turkish Kurds against government’s pro-ISIS policies


This is a Syrian Kurdish music video, Rojek Rojava.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ocalan calls for Kurdish action on Isis

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The imprisoned PKK leader has urged for resistance against Isis militants in Syria

IMPRISONED Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan urged “all-out resistance” by the Kurdish nation yesterday against the Islamic State (Isis) jihadist group that is seeking to overrun Kurdish forces in Syria.

Mr Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence on a prison island near Istanbul, issued the call to arms through his lawyer Mazlum Dinc.

“I call on all Kurdish people to start an all-out resistance against this high-intensity war,” he declared.

“Not only the people of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) but also all people in the north (Turkey) and other parts of Kurdistan should act accordingly.”

The Isis offensive against the northern Syrian city of Kobane, defended by the YPG Kurdish local self-defence forces, has driven 130,000 refugees to seek safety in Turkey in the last few days.

However, the Ankara government has used tear gas and water cannon against the refugees to prevent them crossing the border and to hamper Turkish Kurds in their efforts to fight alongside their fellow Kurds in Syria.

Turkey has explained its reluctance to allow Kurds to cross the border to defend Rojava by citing fears that increasing the number of armed and trained Kurds could complicate internal peace talks with the PKK.

But Mr Ocalan accused Turkey of stalling peace negotiations aimed at ending the three-decade-long conflict for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.

PKK commander Murat Karayilan, who is based in northern Iraq, accused Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government of collaborating with Isis and declared the peace process in Turkey dead.

However, Mr Karayilan confirmed that Mr Ocalan would have the “final say” on the future of peace efforts.

Accusations that the Erdogan administration is hand in glove with Isis were strengthened on Monday when the prime minister indicated that 49 Turkish hostages may well have been traded for Isis prisoners.

Asked about it in New York, he said: “Such things may be possible.”

Mr Erdogan went on to refer to Israel’s release of 1,500 Palestinian hostages in exchange for one Israeli prisoner of war, “so you see, it’s possible.”

He did not mention allegations that his government provided trainloads of arms for Isis shortly before the handover of the Turkish hostages.

Bahrain news about other subject than killing its own people


This is called [The Full Video] Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters.

From the Pan-Arabia Inquirer (Spreading the hummous of satire over the flatbread of news):

Bahrain “pleased as punch” to be making international headlines for something other than murdering own citizens

September 23, 2014

Sources in the Bahraini government have revealed that the country was delighted to have been involved in the recent airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria alongside the US, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“To be honest, we’re pleased as punch to be in the headlines for something other than shooting our own people dead on the streets,” said an insider, adding that he was “a little surprised to have been invited to join in given recent, you know, things.”

A Jordanian source later added that it was “just a nice feeling to be in the news at all.”

With airstrike allies like Bahrain…: here.

Chickenhawk Tony Blair wants more dead British soldiers in Iraq


Tony Blair and the Iraq war, cartoon

This is a cartoon by Martin Rowson about Tony Blair and the Iraq war.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Tony Blair says British ground troops should return to Iraq

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Infamous warmonger believes air support insufficient for country he ‘helped fracture’

Tony Blair said yesterday that British military intervention should be considered in the fight against Islamic State (Isis), as peace activists advised the former PM to shut up.

This is the second time Mr Blair has called for armed troops to go into Iraq, after suggesting in June that the region would be politically worse off had it not been for the Iraq War.

In the new article the Labour politician insisted that “our capacity and capability to wage the battle effectively are second to none in part because of our experience [in Afghanistan and Iraq].”

Stop the War Coalition convenor Lindsey German came out furiously against the essay saying: “Surely Tony Blair is the last person anyone should consult about the success or failure of bombing Iraq.”

Ms German maintained that “his last effort was based on a lie and the policies he supported helped fracture the country.”

And she contradicted the former PM’s belief that the Iraq war helped, stressing his policies in the region were “partly responsible for the creation of Isis” as they “destroyed the infrastructure, fragmented the country and increased sectarianism.”

According to Ms German, Mr Blair’s former political allies in the Middle East, namely Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have been arming and financially supporting the extremist organisation, giving the politician no leg to stand on.

“A period of silence and reflection is the very least we deserve from him,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, ISIS is stopped, not by Tony Blair, not by Blair’s ground troops, not by United States-Saudi-Bahraini-Arab Emirates-Jordanian air strikes in Syria, but by Turkish and Syrian Kurds whom Tony Blair helped to keep on NATO countries’ lists of ‘terrorists’.

By Ben Chacko:

Syrian Kurds halt Isis advance in autonomous Rojava state

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Syrian Kurds fighting for the autonomous socialist Rojava state said yesterday they had halted the advance of Islamic State (Isis) fanatics in Kobane canton, near Turkey.

But heavy clashes were ongoing east of Kobane city, a Rojava spokesman confirmed.

Kobane Premier Anwar Moslem has warned that Isis is laying siege to the territory “with tanks, artillery and Humvees [US-made armoured cars] they seized in Mosul.”

The news came as Turkey said that the number of Syrians who had crossed the border in the last four days had hit 130,000. …

“This is not a natural disaster. We are faced with a man-made disaster,” said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

“An uncontrollable force on the other side of the border is attacking civilians.”

But he did not acknowledge Turkey’s role in fomenting the crisis by allowing Islamist fighters and weapon-smugglers to flood across its border into Syria over the last three years.

Nor did he confront Rojava residents’ accusations that trains full of weaponry arrived in Isis-held territory from Turkey shortly before the latest offensive.

Turkey has made no secret of its wish to see Syria’s secular Bashar al-Assad government fall and rumours that it has an understanding with the terrorist organisation have been fuelled by Isis’s surprise release of 46 Turkish hostages on Saturday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to divulge what prompted Isis to give up its captives, merely saying “there are things we cannot talk about.”

‘Terrorist’ Syrian Kurds, not NATO bombs, stop ISIS


Border crossings between Syria and Turkey

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Syrian Kurdish fighters halt Islamic State advance near Kobani

Isis’s latest attempt to take predominantly Kurdish town close to Turkey repelled with aid of Kurds crossing the border

Reuters in Beirut

Monday 22 September 2014 11.34 BST

Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State (Isis) fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said.

“Fierce clashes are still under way but the Isis advance to the east of Kobani has been halted since last night,” Redur Xelil, spokesman for the YPG said via Skype.

He said the eastern front was the scene of the fiercest fighting in the offensive launched by Isis last Tuesday on Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab. More than 100,000 Syrian Kurds have fled its advance, many crossing the border into Turkey.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the Syrian war, said Isis fighters had made no significant advance in the past 24 hours.

The offensive is Isis’s second attempt to take Kobani since June, when it staged a lightning advance across northern Iraq, seizing the city of Mosul and with it Iraqi weapons including US-made hardware that the Syrian Kurds say is being used against them.

The previous attack on Kobani, in July, was fought off with the help of Kurds who crossed the border from Turkey. Xelil said hundreds had crossed the border again to help repel the current offensive.

“There have been no reinforcements apart from some Kurdish youths from Turkey,” he said.

The US has launched air strikes against Isis in Iraq and has said it would not hesitate to attack the group in Syria, but wants allies to join its campaign.

For their supposedly ‘anti-ISIS’ campaign, the United States government wants as allies the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, etc. which contributed much to the rise of ISIS terrorism. They don’t want Syrian Kurds or Turkish Kurds, who are on NATO’s list of so-called ‘terrorists’.

The United Nations said on Sunday the number of Syrian Kurds who had fled into neighbouring Turkey might have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher.

Scottish racist fined by court


This music video says about itself:

The Scottish Defence League and ANTIFA: Bash The Fash, Oi Polloi.

22 August 2010

Bash The Fash Made in Scotland by Oi Polloi!: The SDL are attacking our trade unions, our freedom of expression and hijacking our national identity, to take us down to their level. Don’t let Scotland sink to their level.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Charity slams 300 fine for racist attack

Monday 22nd September 2014

A Scottish housing charity branded a £300 fine for a shocking racist attack earlier this year “derisory” yesterday.

“You have to ask if £300 is enough to deter racists from carrying out future attacks,” said Positive Action in Housing director Robina Qureshi.

“The courts need to look at all sentencing powers available to them, including prison.”

Stuart McIlreavy, of Linwood, Renfrewshire, was fined at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the city-centre tirade in February.

Video footage of the attack seen in court showed Mr McIlreavy screaming at two Asian men on a bus.

He can be heard shouting: “My brother just got blown up by an IED, ya p**** [pakis] — anything to do with you? Shut your f****** face. I’ll f****** stab you in the neck like a f****** chicken.”

The Hope Not Hate campaign joined calls for stronger sentencing in racist attacks.

“This individual subjected innocent people to a vile, racist tirade and then sought to justify his rant using lies about family members being injured in the armed forces,” a group spokesman said.