Saudi war crimes in Yemen


This 2016 video says about itself:

The US may be aiding war crimes in Yemen

12 December 2016

The U.S. is helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen and it’s a disaster.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

MoD tracing war crimes by Saudis

Friday 24th February 2017

Investigation opened into 257 humanitarian breaches in Yemen

THE British government is investigating hundreds of war crimes allegedly committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its ongoing bombardment of Yemen, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said yesterday.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said his department is looking at 257 alleged breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the bombing of Yemen which began in March 2015.

Mr Fallon refused to release details of the allegations saying: “Details of the MoD’s analysis of these allegations are necessarily confidential.”

Britain has licensed almost £3.3 billion in arms to the country since the Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign began almost two years ago.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin confirmed: “UK-built and licensed Typhoon and Tornado aircraft from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) have been deployed on combat missions in the Yemen campaign.”

The United Nations estimate that 10,000 people have been killed during the conflict which has seen more than two-thirds of the Yemeni population left in need of humanitarian aid.

Much of the destruction has been blamed on Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate air strikes which have seen homes and funerals targeted.

As a result the British government has faced repeated calls to halt its arms sales to the Gulf state. But the government claims that it is confident that the sales were “compliant with the UK export licensing criteria.”

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) lodged a judicial review over the legality of the government’s decision to continue licensing arms sales to Saudi Arabia which was heard in the High Court earlier this month. The outcome is expected in March.

CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith told the Star: “Saudi forces have shown a total disregard for international law.

“Whitehall has been totally complicit in the destruction. How many more abuses will need to happen before the government finally takes action and ends the arms sales?”

United States Muslim solidarity with vandalized Jewish cemetery


This video from the USA says about itself:

Muslims Organize Fundraiser For Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

22 February 2017

An anti-semitic act of vandalism is being fought with love and solidarity. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“There has been an outpouring of support around the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.

“There is a concept in Jewish teaching and thought known as tikkun olam — It translates literally into ‘repairing the world,’ but what it means more broadly is that we all have an obligation to one another and to be of service,” wrote Greitens. “It is in moments like this that the world is in most need of repair, and we must do our part.”

A fundraising campaign organized by Muslim Americans — Linda Sarsour of MPower Change and Tarek El-Messidi of CelebrateMercy — has raised more than $64,000 in support of the rebuilding efforts, more than triple the initial goal of $20,000. The funds remaining after the cemetery is restored will be contributed to repair other vandalized Jewish centers, the campaign said.

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America,” the campaign wrote on its fundraising landing page. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

On Wednesday, Missouri’s governor and community members will gather at the cemetery to help clean and repair the damage. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cemetery was able to reset about 50 headstones.”

Read more here.

De Menezes killer promoted to London police chief


This video says about itself:

JEAN CHARLES (Henrique Goldman, 2009) – Full Movie

18 May 2013

The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.

The film was directed by Henrique Goldman and received its international premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Selton Mello stars as Jean Charles with many of the other roles played by the actual friends and family of Jean Charles de Menezes. Award winning director Stephen Frears was an executive producer for the film.

By Felicity Collier in England:

New Met chief Dick ran op which killed Menezes

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Families express horror at appointment to top job

THE family of Jean Charles de Menezes yesterday condemned the decision to appoint Cressida Dick — who ran the operation that killed him — as Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

They have “serious concerns” about the appointment of Ms Dick, who was in charge of an anti-terror operation which misidentified Mr de Menezes as a suicide bomber. He was shot seven times in the head at point-blank range in 2005.

The family said: “We had to face a tragedy that no family should ever have to experience; the tragic death of a loved one at the hands of those we entrusted to serve us and protect us.”

Mr de Menezes was killed while trying to board a train at Stockwell Tube station.

The 27-year-old Brazilian electrician had been on his way to repair a broken fire alarm, but was killed after being misidentified as being involved in a failed bomb attack the previous day.

It was later revealed that prior to his death he had been put under surveillance by the Met as he lived in the same building as two terror suspects.

Then-commander Ms Dick went to trial for breaching health and safety laws before eventually being cleared of blame by a jury.

In 2007 the Independent Police Complaints Commission decided it would not discipline any other front-line or surveillance officers as it said there was no prospect of charges being upheld.

The relatives of Mr de Menezes sought justice and brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights in 2015, but lost on grounds that there was insufficient evidence against any individual officer.

Immediately after killing Mr de Menezes, the police are known to have lied about the circumstances and altered evidence.

It was revealed in 2014 that the de Menezes family had been spied on by the police following their son’s death.

Ms Dick was recommended for the £270,000-a-year top post by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

In making her decision, Ms Rudd took on board the views of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who claimed Ms Dick had had a “distinguished” career.

Ms Dick was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner just over a year after the execution of Mr de Menezes.

She also holds the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.

Donald Trump and anti-Semitism


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Keeps Getting Anti-Semitism Questions, Keeps Giving Horrible Answers

16 February 2017

Trump was asked about anti-Semitism for the second day in a row. His answer was nonsense. Again. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Mr. Trump’s abominable answer to the anti-Semitism question on Wednesday drew considerable criticism in the Israeli press and elsewhere, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when a different reporter reprised it at another news conference on Thursday.

Mr. Trump ordered the reporter to sit down before the question was even finished. “No. 1: I’m the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life,” Mr. Trump insisted and “No. 2: Racism. The least racist person.”

Mr. Trump derided the question as “very insulting.” Then he played his ace card by invoking Mr. Netanyahu, who one day earlier awarded Mr. Trump his personal imprimatur and political cover by declaring “there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state” than the new American president.”

Read more here.

From e News Park Forest in the USA:

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: Mr. President, Your Too Little, Too Late Acknowledgement of #Antisemitism Today is Not Enough

February 21, 2017

NEW YORK—(ENEWSPF)—February 21, 2017. Statement of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, on President Trump’s acknowledgment of Antisemitism today:

“The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration. His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.

Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration. The White House repeatedly refused to mention Jews in its Holocaust remembrance, and had the audacity to take offense when the world pointed out the ramifications of Holocaust denial. And it was only yesterday, Presidents’ Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing. When President Trump responds to Antisemitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this President has turned a corner. This is not that moment.”

United States far-rightist Yiannopoulos advocates paedophilia


This video from the USA says about itself:

6 April 2016

Watch Milo Yiannopoulos defend adults having sex with 14 year olds, 30 year olds being attracted to 15 year olds, as well as not giving up the names of Hollywood child abusers he met during parties.

From Pink News in Britain:

Yiannopoulos denies ‘defending paedophilia’ as shocking tapes emerge

20th February 2017, 12:24 PM

Far-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos is under fire after clips emerged of him allegedly defending men who have sex with underage boys.

Yiannopoulos has built a large following as a Donald Trump supporter, and is set to speak alongside senior Republicans at the upcoming CPAC [Conservative Political Action Conference] conference – which will be attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump advisor Steve Bannon, White House chief Reince Priebus and Senator Ted Cruz, among others.

The far-right figure and internet troll is already deeply controversial, previously claiming he would ‘cure’ himself of being gay if he coulddescribing trans people as “mentally ill gay men dressing up for attention”, and using a university lecture to single out and bully a transgender student on-stage.

Top conservatives are now facing questions about their ties to Yiannopoulos, however, after clips surfaced in which he appeared to defend sex with underage boys.

In one video reported by Uproxx, taken from an old livestream interview with the internet figure, Yiannopoulos attacks the age of consent as an “arbitrary one-size-fits-all policing of culture”.

He adds: “In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents.”

He is also heard bragging about his sexual activity under the age of consent, defending a priest who he had sex with.

When others present protest that his comments “sound like child molestation”, Yiannopoulos insisted: “I’m grateful for Father Michael, I wouldn’t give such good head if it wasn’t for him.”

Pushed on whether he was defending child molestation, he said: “You’re misunderstanding what paedophilia means. Paedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature, paedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty, who don’t have functioning sex organs yet, who are too young to be able to understand the way their bodies work. That is not what we’re talking about.”

The comments have reverberated around the political sphere, with CNN’s Jake Tapper taking to Twitter to question the plans for Yiannopoulos to speak at CPAC in light of the revelations..

He wrote: “This guy is speaking at CPAC??????

“Friend of mine, conservative, could not be more distraught by this Milo tape. Was molested as a child. Horrified.

“How on earth can CPAC defend this? Preying on children is the definition of evil. Justifying it in any way is sick and disturbing.”

Yiannopoulos responded in a Facebook post titled ‘A note for idiots’, having been previously banned from Twitter for allegedly encouraging racist abuse.

CPAC Blasted for Milo Yiannopoulos Invite After Pedophilia Remarks Resurface: here.

“The Milo Test,” wrote Charlie Sykes, a conservative former radio host who has written critically of the Republican Party since the rise of Trump. “Anti-Semitism, ok. Racism, ok. Alt Right, ok. Advocacy of pedophilia? Is THAT the bridge too far?”. Here.

SO IT WAS DEFENDING PEDOPHILIA THAT LOST MILO YIANNOPOULOS HIS BOOK DEAL AND CPAC APPEARANCE Videos emerged of Yiannopoulos appearing to condone sexual relationships between adults and 13-year-old boys. [HuffPost]

Dutch racists vandalize Moluccan mosque


Moluccan mosque in Waalwijk

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Moluccan mosque in Waalwijk daubed

Today, 13:19

Strangers have tonight daubed the Moluccan [from the Maluku islands in the Malay archipelago] An-Nur mosque in Waalwijk with slogans. “Fuck Allah” and “Fuck Isis“, it says on walls and windows.

Visitors to the mosque speak of “a cowardly act”. “We have nothing to do with ISIS and we do not want to have anything to do with it,” said one of them to Omroep Brabant broadcasting organisation. The mosque people would like to get in touch with the perpetrators to talk.

Also an apartment building near the mosque was daubed.