This video from the USA says about itself:
27 September 2016
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This video from Britain says about itself:
27 February 2016
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
US to spend $108 billion on new nuclear weapons
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Speaking from the Minot air base in North Dakota, where B-52 strategic bombers and Minuteman ballistic missiles are stationed, Mr Carter pledged to build a new generation of weapons and delivery systems as well as reviewing the doctrines for their use.
This video from the USA says about itself:
UNARMED Black Man KILLED After Being SHOT By El Cajon Cops For “ACTING ERRATICALLY”
27 September 2016
A black man was shot in an encounter with police in southern California Tuesday afternoon prompting angry community members to gather around the scene demanding answers as his sister stood by crying hysterically.
El Cajon Police say they were called to a parking lot at the Broadway Village Shopping Center at 1pm after being told a 30-year-old man was acting ‘erratically,’ NBC San Diego reported.
Rob Ransweiler, El Cajon Police spokesman, said the man did not comply with officers demands and the encounter ended with an officer-involved shooting. It’s unclear if more than one officer opened fire.
The unidentified man was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition. …
A video shared to social media by Rumbie Mubaiwa shows a woman, identified as the victim’s sister, crying hysterically in the parking lot after witnessing her brother being shot.
She can be heard saying: ‘I called you to help me but you killed my brother.
‘Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why why why why?’
Police officers can be seen approaching the woman in the video to question her.
‘I called so many times to help him,’ she said. Maria Medina, an employee at Los Panchos in El Cajon, which is located about 15 miles east of San Diego, said that she was inside the eatery working when she heard the shooting happen.
She said that officers came into the restaurant and confiscated everyone’s cell phone after the shooting.
Median added that one of her coworkers who had her phone taken by police had recorded video of the shooting.
However, El Cajon police tweeted that no phones were ‘confiscated.’
An employee working at a hair salon inside the shopping center told 10News that they heard the gunfire and went outside to see what had occurred.
‘I heard three gunshots – there was a black man on the ground and two officers standing around him,’ the witness said.
Some witnesses claimed that the man had his hands up in the air at the time of the shooting, but El Cajon police tweeted: ‘The investigation just started, but based on the video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air.’
In May, El Cajon City Council members approved the purchase of 88 body cameras. However, the El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said that he was hoping to have the cameras in use by the start of 2017.
San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole tweeted: ‘My heart goes out to the family & loved ones of the victim at the El Cajon shooting today. I pray that he survives.’
In the Tulsa shooting, officer Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter and if convicted, she faces up to life in prison.
Crutcher’s and Scott’s deaths have sparked protests across the country, as people question the law enforcement officers’ actions.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
From Reuters news agency in the USA:
Police Fatally Shoot Black Man In San Diego Suburb, Sparking Protests
The man later died after being taken to the hospital.
09/28/2016 04:48 am ET
An unarmed black man has died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday, the local police department said, appealing for calm as local media reported crowds had gathered at the scene of the shooting.
The death comes less than two weeks after black men in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were shot dead by police, sparking protests. In Charlotte, rioting prompted the authorities to impose a state of emergency.
The El Cajon Police Department said two officers had responded to a call regarding a man walking in traffic. He refused their instructions to remove his hand from his pocket and then pulled out an object from his pants and pointed it at them, the department said in a statement.
The officers then simultaneously shot and Tasered the man who died after being taken to the hospital, the department said.
During a news conference hours after the shooting, El Cajon Police Department Jeff Davis said no weapon was found on the scene. He did not say what exactly the man pointed at the unidentified officers.
The incident prompted crowds of people to gather throughout Tuesday night at the scene and at the El Cajon Police Department, where they demanded information about the shooting, according to local media.
Video emerged on social media purportedly showing the moments after the incident at the scene. In the video, a woman, who claimed to be the man’s sister, is heard saying that she called police.
“Oh my God. You killed my brother. I just called for help and … you killed him,” the unidentified woman said as she sobbed.
A bystander voluntarily provided investigators cell phone video that captured the incident, police said.
Police released a still photo from the video that depicted what appeared to be two officers pointing weapons at an individual who was pointed an object at them. At least one of the officers in the photo appeared to be white.
A study released in July shows police used force on black people at rates more than three times higher than for whites.
THE RAMPANT ABUSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT DATABASES “Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.” [AP]
This video from Britain says about itself:
6 November 2015
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Diane Abbott MP Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Baroness Sheehan, Owen Jones, Francesca Martinez, Giles Fraser, Rabbi Lee Wax, Shahrar Ali Green Party Deputy Leader, Roger McKenzie Asst General Secretary UNISON, Harish Patel Unite the Union National Officer for Equalities, Kevin Courtney Deputy General Secretary NUT, Talha Ahmad Muslim Council of Britain, Anna Musgrave Refugee Council, Shelly Asquith NUS VP Welfare, Shakira Martin NUS VP Further Education, Lindsey German Convenor, Stop the War Coalition, Weyman Bennett, Sabby Dhalu and others.
Hundreds of thousands have marched under the slogan “Refugees Welcome Here” and many more have donated aid to refugees unable to find shelter and sanctuary. We must continue to pressure the government to take more refugees.
There remains no solution to the biggest migration of refugees to Europe since WW2. Recent EU summits have focussed on seeking agreement with Turkey on stopping the flow to Europe of refugees, but no agreement on how provide protection to many thousands still stranded in Hungary, Calais and other parts of the EU. With winter approaching, people are desperate.
Recently the government’s approach has been strongly criticised by Church of England Bishops, the UN, Law Lords, retired judges, lawyers, Benedict Cumberbatch, Banksy and a range of cross party politicians.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights in an interview with the Guardian said the language surrounding the issue reminded him of the 1938 Evian conference, when countries including the US, the UK and Australia refused to take in substantial numbers of Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s annexation of Austria on the grounds that they would destabilise their societies and strain their economies.
By Lamiat Sabin in Liverpool, England:
MPs blasted for free movement U-turn
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Abbott hits out at post-Brexit change towards single market
by Lamiat Sabin
The shadow health secretary spoke at a fringe event held by Stand Up to Racism during Labour conference in Liverpool.
Mr Umunna has said Britain should tighten immigration and reject freedom of movement if it chooses to leave the single market, calling on Tory PM Theresa May to go “full throttle” in negotiations.
Mr Umunna — who now chairs Vote Leave Watch, which aims to force Leave campaigners to keep their referendum promises — fervently campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU, mocking Leavers for rejecting the single market.
Two months before the vote, he posed in front of a banner that read: “The Leave campaign wants us to quit the single market and be like ‘Albania.’ Seriously.”
Vote Leave Watch also launched a petition stating EU migrants should never be used as bargaining chips in negotiations.
Ms Abbott told the MPs she had in mind: “If people voted Leave then I hope it wasn’t all about immigration and the fear of ‘the other.’
“A few months ago you were claiming that Jeremy Corbyn was not campaigning enough for the EU and now you want an end to freedom of movement?
“What happened to you?”
Communication Workers Union senior deputy general secretary Tony Kearns told the fringe that scarcity of resources, underfunding and demands on public services are not the fault of migrants and refugees who are often blamed.
He said: “Fighting austerity and racism is called socialism.”
The living standards of British people depend on immigration as refugees and migrants contribute more than they take, said Stand Up to Racism co-conveners Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said during the main conference that Labour would campaign for access to the single market for goods and services.
LABOUR SHOULD ABANDON its support for free movement across Europe in favour of tighter border controls, according to a group of English and Welsh Labour MPs. Four leading party members, who all originally backed remaining within the European Union, now say that the Brexit vote represented a voter surge against immigration – and Labour should change its policies to reflect that: here.
This video from England says about itself:
Jeremy Corbyn Speech To Labour Party Women’s Conference 2016 In Liverpool
Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, September 25, 2016
Morning Star fringe slams media bias against Corbyn
Mr Hopkins spoke at the event addressing media bias against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership alongside freelance journalist Abi Wilkinson, Labour NEC member Rhea Wolfson, Unite chief of staff Andrew Murray and Momentum national organiser James Schneider.
Panel chairwoman Carolyn Jones said it was clear that the Establishment wanted to derail the socialist project because 80 per cent of the media is owned by five billionaires — despite the overwhelming demand for policies championed by Mr Corbyn. Ms Jones said that those who want to democratise the press were opposed by media barons the most.
Ms Wilkinson pointed out that, while she was not denying media bias against Mr Corbyn existed, some journalists found it hard to get hold of him or his press team.
She added: “Political journalists also like to be in the know so when they’re confronted with something unfamiliar, it makes them seem they are propping up the status quo.
“But Corbyn is improving — he is starting to build his contacts in the media. To achieve a Labour government, you have to see the media as a tool.”
Local press is often ignored but can be utilised by the socialist movement in Britain by sending them press releases on tailored stories relating to community issues, said Ms Wolfson.
She added that Corbyn supporters must do creative things without mainstream newspapers and news channels in the same way that union organisers on the shop floor do to mobilise the workforce.
Mr Schneider said that media opposition to Mr Corbyn had not stifled support for his policies, including renationalising railways and utilities, bringing back education maintenance allowance and building council housing.
“Alternative media is growing but still what the BBC says matters and we cannot exit that field,” he said. But he did criticise lobby journalists who “chase political gossip” rather than debate ideas. Mr Murray from Unite said that supporters of Mr Corbyn should “keep on the BBC” to push it to rebalance its coverage of Labour.
By Conrad Landin in Liverpool, England:
Corbyn vows to change Britain
Wednesday 28th September 2016
JEREMY CORBYN will put Labour “on notice” for a general election today, vowing to end exploitation and make immigration work for Britain.
In his address to Labour’s conference today, Mr Corbyn will pledge to reinstate the migrant impact fund to ensure deprived parts of the country do not suffer in the post-Brexit era.
He will say he is “determined” to “win power and change Britain for the better” and rebuild the trust of the population.
“But every one of us knows that we will only get there if we accept the decision of the members, end the trench warfare and work together to take on the Tories,” he will say.
“Anything else is a luxury that the millions of people who depend on Labour cannot afford.
“So I put our party on notice today. Labour is preparing for a general election in 2017, we expect all our members to support that effort, and we will be ready whenever it comes.”
His speech will be based on 10 policy pledges approved at the conference yesterday, guaranteeing strong public services, public ownership, cutting income inequality, better workers’ rights and “peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy.”
The migrant impact fund offered support to local government in areas with unexpected pressure on housing, schools and hospitals. It was introduced by Gordon Brown and scrapped shortly after the 2010 general election. Mr Corbyn said reinstating the fund would give “extra support to areas of high migration.”
By Charlotte Hughes in Britain:
Ken Loach: Jeremy Corbyn represents a historical moment in the Labour Party
Tuesday 27th September 2016
CHARLOTTE HUGHES reports from a Q&A session on Ken Loach’s new film I, Daniel Blake in which the panel speaks on austerity, workers’ rights and the trade union movement
It’s marking history in much the same way, highlighting issues that are at the moment running as an undercurrent in our society. It highlights poverty, desperation, discrimination and the demonising of the poor by this Tory government.
These are issues that myself and others see and deal with all the time and so it was a great surprise for me that Ken Loach and Paul Laverty decided to make a film about this subject.
The question and answer session at The World Transformed was held by David Johns, who plays Daniel Blake, Hayley Squires, who plays Katie, scriptwriter Paul Laverty and director Loach.
The first question they were asked was whether they thought there is an energy of hope now that Jeremy Corbyn has been elected again? Did they think that there is an injection of humanity returning to society, or did they think that it would take a lot more than Corbyn being elected?
Laverty said that he hoped so and that we could do with it. He remarked that upon doing the research for the film he found the phenomenon of foodbanks remarkable. He noted that years ago when making the 1998 film My Name is Joe, foodbanks didn’t exist.
Laverty was shocked when he heard people who rely on foodbanks say they faced a choice between either heating the house or eating. He spoke of the humility of mothers having to feed their children biscuits because they had no other food. It made his blood boil to see such suffering because all of this is a political decision and yet companies such as Apple don’t pay their taxes.
Loach praised the idea of having an arts festival alongside a political conference and congratulated Momentum for organising it. “The energy that Momentum has brought is just brilliant,” Loach said. “Young people bringing real commitment, real principles and determination to make things better. To expand the idea of what politics is is fantastic, and it shouldn’t be left to just the Westminster club. Politics should be for everyone.”
They were then asked what could and should we do to change society now?
Loach began his answer by explaining that we have to challenge the ideology at the heart of Tory policies.
“People are being treated with terrible inhumanity. What is fundamental to changing this is to understand why [the government] is doing this.
“They may not necessarily be bad people, although some might be, but the government does this to demonstrate to the poorest that their poverty is their own fault. If you are homeless you are inadequate. If you haven’t got a job you’re not trying hard enough. It’s endemic of the system, so in order to stop us from challenging the system they created the undeserving poor, which is a Victorian concept. Be aware of the structure so you can make changes.” Johns stated that we have to challenge the media rhetoric. “Instead of the constant headlines of scroungers which have made the working class fight against themselves,” he explained, “we should show positive stories to counteract this.” He added that the very wealthy should share with the poorest and advocate for a society that has compassion instead of hate.
The panel issued a statement of solidarity with the Brixton Ritzy cinema staff who went on strike demanding the living wage, holiday pay and maternity pay. Squires highlighted the importance of this and that everyone deserves a living wage. Loach called the strikers heroic and added that since Ritzy Picturehouse is owned by Cineworld they can easily afford to pay the living wage. “To pay starvation wages is absolutely shocking. Victory to the Ritzy workers.”
While researching for the film, Loach heard stories of kids suffering from malnutrition, which he described it as “institutionalised cruelty to children.”
Laverty told a particularly heart-breaking story of a man who had fallen and banged his head but refused to go in an ambulance because he was terrified of missing his appointment at the jobcentre the next day. The man made it to his appointment, but died a few weeks later.
“To make change,” Laverty said, “it will take more than nice letters to MPs. It’s going to take a people’s movement to shift the centre of power.” And he’s right.
The team also spoke with people employed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before embarking on the film.
What they found was that most of the staff were scared of losing their jobs, desperate to stay in work and frightened of being in the same position as the claimants.
Of course, they found a few DWP workers who bought into the idea that the client sat in front of them was a scrounger, but by and large most were decent people who felt mortified by what they are forced to do.
Many have left the job due to the stress caused by the things they were told to put their clients through.
Those who left were quickly replaced with more compliant younger staff which were easier to convince not to join a union.
Laverty spoke of a rank and file PCS organiser working within the DWP. “He had never received a promotion and certainly no advancement in his work. It was the price that he paid for being a union organiser.”
The panel were asked if they would support a call for a general strike.
Loach replied: “A general strike is a major weapon that the organised working class have. If you make the call then it involves a lot of preparation.” He stated that the only time that we have had a general strike was in 1926.
All the unions went out, but were called back within a week. The Establishment were that keen to get them back to work that they were literally shovelled back.
Ramsay MacDonald, the Labour Party leader at the time, said that he wanted nothing to do with the strike and showed no support.
“You have to prepare, involve the whole labour movement and ensure that you have their support,” Loach said.
“But we have a unique moment right now. For the first time in Labour Party history, we have the leader of the Labour Party standing alongside striking workers. It’s extraordinary and an historical moment.
“Even Clement Attlee, who did wonderful things like create the welfare state, sent troops in to break strikes. He was on the right of the Labour Party and he had an appalling foreign policy.”
But even while we have this fantastic moment, we must be really careful not to mess this up. We’ve got to move carefully forward, one step at a time.
Loach has no doubts that the attacks against Corbyn won’t stop.
“If anything they might get worse. As the old American trade unionists used to say: ‘agitate, educate and organise,’ and that’s what we have to do.”
From Reuters news agency:
Houston Lawyer Shoots 9 Before Shot Dead By Police
The man was in a military-style uniform with Nazi items, and police found thousands of rounds of ammo in his car.
09/26/2016 07:47 pm ET
A Houston lawyer whose business was struggling opened fire on morning commuters on Monday, injuring at least nine people before being shot dead by police, authorities said.
Six people were taken to hospitals and three were treated at the scene after being shot at while inside their vehicles in the affluent neighborhood of West University Place, acting Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo told reporters.
One victim was in critical condition and another was in serious condition but both were expected to survive, officials said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said there was no indication that the shootings were linked to a radical group.
If a wannabe mass murderer wears a nazi swastika like in this case, then he very probably is not a fanatical Muslim. However, do only fanatical Muslims count as ‘radical’ in FBI speech? How about possible links to violent neo-nazi gangs?
Police declined to identify the suspect, but local media reported that he shot at vehicles from a black Porsche registered to Nathan DeSai.
Public records showed that DeSai lived in a condominium near the shooting scene and that he had no criminal record.
DeSai, who received his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1998, started a small law firm but his former law partner, Ken McDaniel, said they closed it about six months ago.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, in Cuba to develop trade relations, told reporters, “The motivation appears to be a lawyer whose relationship with his law firm went bad.”
Police said the suspect was dressed in a military-style uniform and that military paraphernalia that included Nazi items was found in his possession.
The police bomb squad secured the shooter’s car, which contained more than 2,600 rounds of ammunition. Police said a handgun was found on the suspect’s body and a rifle was found in this car.
An agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the firearms had been legally purchased.
Christopher Miller, who lives near the site of the shootings, said he watched much of it from his apartment. “The only way I can explain it is like a firework show; you hear a shot, a shot, then more shots, then a finale of a bunch of shots. Then you know it’s over.”
Police said more than 75 shell casings had been recovered.
(Additional reporting by Ruthy Munoz in Washington, D.C., Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, Laila Kearney in New York and Sarah Marsh in Havana; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Bill Trott)
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