Saudi royal bloodbath in Yemen, NATO helps

This video from the USA says about itself:

Saudi Arabia Is Deliberately Starving Yemen – With Help From The West

26 October 2016

The Yemen war uniquely combines tragedy, hypocrisy and farce. First come the casualties: around 10,000, almost 4,000 of them civilians. Then come those anonymous British and American advisers who seem quite content to go on “helping” the Saudi onslaughts on funerals, markets and other obviously (to the Brits, I suppose) military targets.

Read more here.

United States Black Panther history, videos

This video from the USA says about itself:

25 October 2016

We continue our conversation with the 94-year-old legendary TV producer Norman Lear, the focus of the new “American Masters” documentary, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” We spoke to him in studio last week about how his work landed him on Richard Nixon’s enemies list, the Black Panthers and what gives him hope.

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 October 2016

Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party, we focus on an overlooked part of its history: political prisoners. Many former members are still held in prison based on tortured confessions, while others were convicted based on questionable evidence or the testimony of government informants.

We host a historic roundtable with four former Black Panthers who served decades in prison, beginning with two former members of the Angola Three who formed one of the first Black Panther chapters in a prison. Robert King spent 32 years in Angola—29 of them in solitary confinement. He was released in 2001 after his conviction was overturned. Albert Woodfox, until February of this year, was the longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner in the United States. He was held in isolation in a six-by-nine-foot cell almost continuously for 43 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola prison. He was released on his 69th birthday. We spoke with him two days later, and I asked him how it felt to be free.

This video from the USA is the sequel.

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 October 2016

Some members of the Black Panther Party have been behind bars for more than four decades and are now suffering from poor health. In some cases, court documents show they were punished essentially for being in the black liberation struggle. Many continue to face parole board denials based on their relationship with the party. We discuss their cases with Sekou Odinga, a former Black Panther who was a political prisoner for 33 years and was released in November 2014.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Political Prisoner Eddie Conway on Joining the Black Panthers & How He Was Set Up By COINTELPRO

26 October 2016

As part of our historic roundtable with former political prisoners who were in the Black Panther Party, we speak with Eddie Conway, who was released from prison in 2014 after serving 44 years for a murder he denies committing. He was convicted in the killing of Baltimore police officer Donald Sager but has maintained his innocence, saying that he was set up as part of the FBI’s COINTELPRO.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Exclusive: Freed Panther Sekou Odinga on Joining the Panthers, COINTELPRO & Assata Shakur‘s Escape

26 October 2016

We spend the hour focusing on the Black Panther Party’s legacy of political prisoners in the United States. Perhaps the most famous is Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has regularly been interviewed on Democracy Now! as an award-winning journalist. But there are many others. In fact, two former Black Panthers have already died in prison this year: Abdul Majid in New York and Mondo we Langa in Nebraska. Joining us for our historic roundtable discussion is Sekou Odinga, who helped build the Black Panther Party in New York City and was later involved in the Black Liberation Army. He was convicted in 1984 of charges related to his alleged involvement in the escape of Assata Shakur from prison and a Brink’s armored car robbery. After serving 33 years in state and federal prison, he was released in November 2014.

United States air force killing Syrian civilians, Amnesty reports

This video says about itself:

26 October 2016

Amnesty International says the US-led coalition fighting Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in Syria has underestimated the impact of its operations on civilians. The rights organization has urged Washington and its allies to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties.

Amnesty says some 300 civilians have been killed in the coalition airstrikes in Syria, since they began in September 2014. The rights group says those civilians lost their lives in eleven attacks which it has examined. The most recent incidents included three airstrikes in June and July this year on the Manbij area of Aleppo province where over 100 civilians were killed. Amnesty has also urged the US-led coalition to spare civilians in its airstrikes meant to provide support for Iraq’s ongoing offensive to retake the city of Mosul.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Amnesty exposes deadly US air attacks on Syria

AS IS well known, the Clinton-led Democratic Party has pledged that if and when she is elected as President of the USA, she will take action to impose a no-fly zone on Syria. This will lead to thousands of Syrian people losing their lives,

as Ms Clinton herself has admitted privately

and could well lead to a war with Russia – with all that such a war would entail for humanity not just the Syrian people.

Yesterday, Amnesty International confirmed that the US-led coalition that includes the UK has already killed hundreds of civilians during its air raids in Syria since 2014, and called for an investigation into potential violations of international criminal law during the so-called campaign against terror.

‘It’s high time the US authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by coalition attacks in Syria,’ said Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, Lynn Maalouf.

Amnesty said as many as 300 civilians have been killed in 11 attacks conducted by the Washington-led alliance since September 2014. Maalouf added: ‘Analysis of available evidence suggests that in each of these cases, coalition forces failed to take adequate precautions to minimise harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects.’

The official further urged independent investigations into possible violations of international criminal law, calling on the coalition to take more precautions prior to their attacks. 2014 saw the rise of the Takfiri group of Daesh [ISIS] in the Arab country and neighbouring Iraq. Washington subsequently brought scores of its allies under the military umbrella to hit what it calls Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria.

In July 2016, a US airstrike reportedly killed at least 70 civilians, mostly women and children, near the city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate. In September, a US-led airstrike hit a military base belonging to the Syrian army, leaving over 80 army troops dead and some 100 others wounded in the eastern part of the country. The raid helped Daesh terrorists make some gains in the area at the time.

The US Defence Department has not made any comment on the latest Amnesty report so far, but it has invariably insisted that the forces are taking enough precautions to avoid civilian fatalities. Research and documentation by leading human rights and monitoring organisations, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Airwars, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Violations Documentation Centre, indicate that the total number of civilians killed by coalition forces in Syria since operations began could be as high as 600 or more than 1,000.

Highlighted in the Amnesty memorandum are the three US-led coalition attacks in June and July 2016 on the Manbij area of Aleppo governorate, in northern Syria. Together the three attacks are suspected to have killed more than 100 civilians in the villages of al-Tukhar, al-Hadhadh and al-Ghandoura.

The attack on al-Tukhar on 19 July is believed to have caused the greatest loss of civilian life of any single US-led coalition attack. At least 73 civilians were killed, including 27 children, and some 30 were injured. A US-led coalition attack which struck two houses where civilians were sheltering in the village of Ayn al-Khan, near al-Hawl in al-Hasakah governorate in northern Syria in the early hours of 7th December 2015, killed 40 civilians, including 19 children, and injured at least 30 others according to local human rights organisations.

Amnesty International was able to speak to one survivor from the attack who described how he was awoken by a huge explosion and ran out to dig through the rubble for survivors. ‘The house shook and began to crumble. The windows shattered. I ran outside and saw my neighbour’s house completely destroyed. I could hear people calling out from beneath the rubble,’ he said. As he helped to dig out survivors a helicopter gunship launched a second attack.

The UK and US trade unions must take action to defend the Syrian people. They must organise mass demonstrations and mass political strikes and demand that all US and UK forces are withdrawn from the Middle East and that the Syrian and Iraqi people are left to decide their own future without the deadly interference of the imperialist powers.

Pro-refugee demonstration in London

A ‘Refugees Welcome’ rally on the Millennium Bridge in London, 26 October 2016, makes its message very clear

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 27 October 2016


‘HAVE a heart London,’ chanted a whole crowd of Refugees Welcome demonstrators waving red hearts on the Millennium Bridge over the River Thames yesterday.

One of the protesters, schoolteacher and NUT member Natalie Zdrojewski, told News Line: ‘I’m here because what is happening to a lot of children is disgusting. We need to care for children regardless of where they come from. What is happening in Calais is horrible.

‘It’s bad that refugees have had to move from their country to live in squalor and are now having such an uncertain future. The government doesn’t care for people, whether they are working or not. They don’t care for education, they don’t care for health. There should be a general strike, where everybody unites to save our services and welcome all refugees.’

Meanwhile, fires raged across the Jungle refugee camp in Calais yesterday, with inhabitants accusing the police of preventing the admission of French firefighters to put them out for several hours. Many of the makeshift shops that had been set up in the camp were destroyed, as was a London bus used by a charity to help women and children.

Dorothy Sang, of the charity Save The Children, said: ‘We know that hundreds of children slept in the Jungle last night, under the bridge, while fires were burning around them. We know that lots of them ran. It’s a really, really dangerous situation for children right now.’

French bailiffs in hard hats and orange jumpsuits began smashing up the Jungle with sledgehammers on Tuesday, pulling down tents and shacks, with bulldozers standing by to be used later on in the week.

By the end of Tuesday, about 3,000 refugees had been moved out on coaches to centres across France, while another 1,000 unaccompanied minors had been given accommodation in lorry containers near the Jungle.

With over 1,200 police officers deployed in Calais and many more in reserve, the French interior ministry said yesterday that officers ‘might be forced to intervene’ if there is unrest during demolition of the Jungle.