Dutch socialists against Iraq war re-start


This video from London, England says about itself:

25 September 2014

Anti-war campaigners protest over the air strikes against IS

Anti-war campaigners gathered outside Downing Street to protest over the air strikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and Syria. Members of the Stop the War coalition held placards and chanted slogans while U.S. planes continued to pound Islamic state positions in Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted Britain to join U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State militant group after the Iraqi government requested London’s help and he recalled parliament to secure its approval for military action. Britain was quick to join military action in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade ago. But a war-weary public and parliament’s rejection last year of air strikes on Syrian government targets prompted Cameron to proceed cautiously this time and win cross-party support before acting.

Translated from the site of the Socialist Party (the biggest opposition party) in the Netherlands:

Everyone is eager to bomb ISIS. Why not so the SP?

With air strikes one cannot fight terrorism. The ISIS warriors just mingle among the people who will be the victims of the military campaign which now under the leadership of the United States has begun and about which they say that it will last for many years. In addition, the Sunni population will be driven by the air strikes into the arms of ISIS. …

What lessons can we learn from previous Western military interventions?

The main lesson to be learnt is that these interventions only very rarely ever lead to positive results and that Western military interventions often lead to an increase in violence. Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya show that. The violence in these countries is at an unprecedented level.

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.

Following yesterday’s massive air attacks inside Syria, the Pentagon made clear that the operations were just the start of a protracted war: here.

New nature reserve in London


This video from England is called DIY Wildlife: Oasis in the Desert, London Wetland Center.

From Wildlife Extra:

New nature reserve to open in London

East Reservoir in London will be transformed into Woodberry Wetlands in 2015

London Wildlife trust will be transforming what was formerly Stoke Newington Reserve into Woodberry Wetlands, a new nature reserve in north east London set to open to the public in 2015.

The Wildlife trust has secured a total of £1.5 million in order to complete the reserve, on which will be built a bridge, boardwalk, café and visitor centre, designed to provide public access while minimising disturbance to wildlife.

The site – which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and owned by Thames Water, Hackney Council, and Berkley Homes – will give people the chance to enjoy nature in the heart of north east London. Visiting school and community groups will learn about urban wildlife, and volunteers will gain skills in practical nature conservation.

Chief Executive of London Wildlife Trust Carlo Laurenzi said: “The creation of Woodberry Wetlands shows that we can bring nature back into people’s lives, even in the heart of north east London. A new visitor centre and walkways will give free access to large parts of the site and we will significantly increase areas of reed bed and wildflower meadow to enhance the wildlife habitat.”

Previously, the site was Stoke Newington Reserve, which has been closed to the public for nearly 200 years. The new reserve will be based at East Reservoir, which was constructed in 1833 and has since developed into an important haven for wildlife. The reservoir is today an important habitat for birds such as reed bunting, song thrush, kingfisher, and the occasional bittern, while also providing valuable foraging and roosting for bats. It is also an important location for large numbers of migratory birds, and a shelter for wildfowl during the winter.

For an early glimpse of the wetlands, head to East Reservoir Community Garden at 1pm or 3pm of Sunday 21st September, as the London Wildlife Trust will be running guided Woodberry Wetlands tours. For more information visit their site.