This video says about itself:
21 Oct 2013
Bahrain has seen protests, arrests and crackdowns on the opposition. Does stability necessarily mean political oppression in the Middle East? Why is Bahrain‘s trouble off international media’s radar? We talk to human rights activist Maryam Alkhawaja, daughter of Bahrain‘s renowned dissident, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who is now in jail.
By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:
Saturday 16th November 2013
It’s a funny old world isn’t it? And I don’t mean “ha ha” funny.
Britain has announced it is sending £10 million in aid and dispatching warships the Daring and Illustrious to the scene of the disaster.
Now when most people, especially this week, think “typhoon” they think elemental forces of nature and horrific destruction but apparently not David Cameron, who obviously thought multibillion-pound fighter jet deal.
It’s nice to know that the great and not so good have their minds firmly on higher matters.
The deal was drafted months ago but Cameron obviously felt that now would be a good time to dot the Is and cross the Ts.
Just think of the ongoing human disaster as a … mnemonic of sorts.
“Thousands dead you say? That reminds me, better get around to suring up that deal for weapons of mass destruction.”
But returning to his controversial jaunt to Sri Lanka. Despite calls from human rights organisations around the world to boycott the junket Cameron was there yesterday to chum up with the regime which has slaughtered tens of thousands of Tamils during the bloody civil war and is continuing its anti-democratic onslaught with seeming total impunity.
Come to think of it, maybe he was thinking about human misery this week after all – except he was working out how much cash he could make out of it.
And what about the much boasted of £10m in aid that Britain has said it is sending to the Philippines? Last year we shelled out an estimated £1.3 billion to celebrate the fact a notorious benefit scrounger had failed to get a proper job for 60 years. While this year we were forced to shell out over £3m just to put that old bag Thatcher in the ground.
Which I think you will agree puts Britain’s alleged largesse into perspective.
More than a week after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines, towns and villages in remote areas are only starting to receive assistance. According to Philippine authorities, the death toll yesterday reached 3,974. At least 11 million people have been affected, the number of homeless has climbed to four million and 2 million need food: here.
Clueless of Clever? Bahrain’s Disregard for the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry: here.
US military basing deal sets legal framework for neocolonial rule in the Philippines: here.
- British Typhoon warplanes to Bahraini dictatorship (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- David Cameron: being prime minister is like standing in asteroid shower (theguardian.com)
- David Cameron: Philippines typhoon ‘could be linked to climate change’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- British government helps corrupt BAE selling weapons to dictators (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)