Big pro-evolution biology demonstration in Turkey

This 3 July 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Turkey Stops Teaching High School Students Evolution

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Turkey: Teachers fight for secularism

Wednesday 20th September 2017

TRADE unionists in Turkey have called on the public to “raise their voice” against the removal of the theory of evolution from the school curriculum.

Ahmet Hamdi Camli, an MP from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, created uproar when he said: “It’s useless to teach maths to students who don’t know jihad.”

Government officials have called for a “vengeful and religious generation,” exclusion of the theory of evolution and the inclusion of jihad in the curriculum.

A mass rally for secular education organised by teachers’ union Egitim-Sen and the Alevi Bektasi Federation was held in Istanbul on Sunday.

MPs from the opposition Republican People’s Party and People’s Democratic Party joined the rally to “stand against bigotry and fight for the future of the country.”

Egitim-Sen general secretary Feray Aytekin Aydogan called for an education system that is “free, scientific, secular, and equal” and the right to be taught in Kurdish. “We are not going to surrender to darkness”, he said.

London Grenfell Tower disaster, criminal prosecution?

This video from England says about itself:

Joe Delaney, Grenfell Action Group: “Attention focused on things that will keep May in Downing Street

29 June 2017

Interview with Joe Delaney from the Grenfell Action Group on judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick‘s appointment to lead the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry. “As local residents have said, if we joined the DUP we’d be listened to more because it seems that Theresa May‘s attention is only focused on things that will keep Theresa May in Downing Street, she spent 1 and a half billion to keep her home; they were unwilling to spend £5,000 to ensure ours didn’t burn down”.

Speaking after the meeting with Sir Martin, Joe Delaney, from the Grenfell Action Group, said he “seems a genuine guy” but “seems to want to keep the scope very narrow… while we are more looking at why was it started in the first place, why were residents ignored?”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Met Grenfell probe mulls manslaughter

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Coppers consider criminal charges over fire

A CRIMINAL investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy could consider individual as well as corporate manslaughter charges, the Metropolitan Police said yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner told reporters that the investigation would deal with “whatever offences come to light.”

“The kind of stuff I would envisage we may come across would involve offences perhaps of fraud, misconduct offences, health and safety breaches, breaches of fire safety regulations and of course offences of manslaughter, whether that be on a corporate or an individual level.”

Police have seized 31 million documents and 2,500 exhibits as part of their investigation so far. They have identified 2,400 individuals to question and taken more than 1,000 statements.

Some 336 organisations have been identified as having “varying degrees of involvement” in the construction, refurbishment and management parts of the investigation.

Commander Stuart Cundy said 60 of the estimated 80 people killed by the June 14 fire have been formally identified, adding that the exact number would be uncertain until the investigation was complete.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said a lot of the remains are “very fragmented,” with only “a small piece of bone or tissue” being used to identify victims.

Forensic examination of the tower will run into the new year, followed by lab testing.

The TUC is publishing new fire safety guidance for trade union representatives today.

It sets out the law, explains what is required from a thorough fire safety assessment and looks at how to implement fire safety policies in buildings — especially those with flammable cladding and insulation similar to that installed in Grenfell Tower.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We must never see a repeat of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The government needs to act now and ensure that all high-rise buildings are safe, including those used as workplaces.

“Union reps have a key role to play in pressing employers to make sure that their buildings are safe.”

See also here.

Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”: here.

Survivors and local residents speak out on Grenfell Tower Inquiry opening: here.

Mussolini’s mass murder in Ethiopia

This video says about itself:


7 January 2009

Slave descendants in America & Jamaica help the Emperor Haile Selassie I & Ethiopia to stop the invasion of fascist Italy at the time. I hope today people see & learn the truth, what happened in 1935 & respect people from other culture. Ras Order, reggae historian.

By Peter Mason in Britain:

Revelatory account of fascist Italy’s genocide in pre-WWII Ethiopia

Monday 18th September 2017

The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy’s National Shame

by Ian Campbell (Hurst, £24)

ON FEBRUARY 19, 1937, less than a year after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, resistance fighters threw hand grenades at members of the fascist Italian high command as they assembled for a public ceremony at the occupied emperor’s palace in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa. No-one was killed but a handful of highranking officials were injured.

The guerilla attack provided the perfect excuse for an immediate response of incredible brutality from the Italian occupying forces as they embarked on a three-day orgy of bloody depravity that killed 19,000 Ethiopians in the capital — a fifth of the population.

With dreadful savagery Italian civilians, [fascist paramilitary] blackshirts and army personnel, encouraged by an official announcement that they had “carta bianca” — permission to do what they wanted — flooded onto the streets to bludgeon defenceless local citizens to death with shovels, daggers, clubs and anything else they had to hand.

Families were sealed inside their huts as they were set alight with flame throwers, men were tied alive to trucks and driven around until they were torn apart and hand grenades were thrown into crowds of fleeing innocents. Women and young girls were raped and disembowelled, while others had their hands tied behind their backs and were thrown off bridges and into wells.

Even when the authorities called an official halt to the slaughter after 72 hours, the murder, rape, torture and pillaging continued for many more days. For months afterwards, thousands were herded into concentration camps, where they perished from hunger or disease.

For the past 25 years, author Ian Campbell has tasked himself with gathering as much material as he can find about this horrific frenzy of bloodlust which, he argues, gives the lie to the idea that Mussolini’s brand of fascism was somehow more benign than Hitler’s nazism.

Amazingly, thanks to Allied prevarication after the second world war, no-one was ever brought to book for the crimes committed over those three days and, while most of the Italian protagonists are now dead and gone, Campbell has been determined to put their deeds down on paper for all to see.

This is by far the most complete account of the massacre ever constructed and it is an important, impressive body of work. What it is not, though, is a “good read.” In Campbell’s understandable commitment to corroborating and confirming the evidence, his 478-page tome takes on the feel of a long inquiry report rather than a book.

As it progresses painstakingly through the atrocities, the author’s commitment to providing a narrative gradually wanes and, by the second half, the reader has to be content with little more than a series of disjointed observations, potted histories and eyewitness accounts, rather than any held-together story.

As a document designed for posterity that approach might be justified but, as a book, the job could have been done using half the space.

Does that matter? Probably yes, because one of Campbell’s stated aims is to bring much greater attention to a forgotten corner of history. Crass as it may appear to ask for such wicked events to be presented in a more engaging fashion, the truth is that by doing so Campbell would have had a much better chance of reaching a wider audience.