‘Pope, sack archbishop convicted in child abuse case’

This video says about itself:

Archbishop Found Guilty Of Hiding Child Sex Abuse

22 May 2018

An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Australian prime minister: convicted archbishop must be fired

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull has urged Pope Francis to dismiss Australian archbishop Wilson. Wilson has been sentenced to a year’s imprisonment because he has concealed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old Archbishop of Adelaide is the highest ranking church official convicted of an abuse scandal in Australia.

In the seventies, Wilson kept silent on the abuse of four boys by priest Fletcher. He was found guilty of nine cases of sexual abuse in 2004 and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. In 2006 Fletcher died in prison.


According to Archbishop Wilson, he knew nothing of the abuse, but victims denied that. They say that in these years Wilson lived in the same apartment as Fletcher and should have known.

“There are many leaders that have called on him to resign, it is clear that he should resign, and I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him”, says Prime Minister Turnbull.

It will soon be decided whether the archbishop will be able to have his sentence as house arrest.

See also here.


British Blairite Saudi-loving Erdogan-loving sex pest Woodcock runs away from inquiry

John Woodcock

This video shows British right-wing politician John Woodcock speaking at a meeting of the ‘Progress’ organisation, a conservative party within the Labour party.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

John Woodcock challenged to hold by-election after quitting Labour

JOHN WOODCOCK has been challenged by Labour to call a by-election after “abandoning” the party with a scornful attack on its leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Woodcock quit Labour this morning and said he is prepared to vote with the Conservatives as an independent MP for Barrow and Furness “if required”.

The party pariah has been sitting as an independent since having the Labour whip withdrawn in April pending investigation of an allegation of sexual harassment towards to a former staff member between 2014 and 2016.

Mr Woodcock’s resignation means the Labour investigation cannot be concluded.

Labour’s Chris Williamson told the Morning Star that Mr Woodcock’s departure was “long overdue.”

He said: “He had clearly lost touch with his local members and was massively out of step.

“Not just with Labour supporters, but with the overwhelming majority of the British public, who have comprehensively turned their back on the discredited New Labour ideology to which Mr Woodcock continues to cling.”

Mr Woodcock continued with his attacks on Mr Corbyn in his resignation letter, claiming there was little chance of Labour being an “inclusive, mainstream electoral force.”

He has clashed with Mr Corbyn over his stance on nuclear weapons, military interventions in Syria

Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign co-secretary Rosa Gilbert welcomed his departure and said Mr Woodcock brought the party into disrepute though his “obsession with promoting the most despotic regimes and human rights abusers in the world.”

“It is simply astonishing that he claimed to uphold Labour values while going on junkets to buff up the tyrannical and genocidal Erdogan regime in Turkey, meeting with the fascist MHP party whose paramilitary group Grey Wolves murder Kurds with impunity, all paid for by a shady think tank with financial links to Isis oil sales”, she told the Star.

Mr Woodcock has previously defended Turkey’s military offensive against Afrin in Syria, which Ms Gilbert said was “sickening” and that he was “in no position to lecture on minority rights.”

This video, by USA Stand with Afrin, is called Turkish War Crimes in Afrin.

Unite the union general secretary Len McCluskey said Mr Woodcock’s resignation from the party was “no big deal.”

“He resigned from Labour’s values a long time ago”, he said.

Mr McCluskey had previously called out Mr Woodcock and other Corbyn critics of “working overtime trying to present the Labour Party as a morass of misogyny, anti-semitism and bullying.”

What a shame that this lover of dictatorships and of sexual harassment is called after these beautiful birds, real woodcocks.

This video shows a real Eurasian woodcock.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How do you solve a problem like John Woodcock?

JOHN WOODCOCK’S resignation from the Labour Party is unlikely to trouble socialists.

The Barrow and Furness MP has shown no loyalty to his party since its members overwhelmingly elected Jeremy Corbyn to lead it in 2015 and again in 2016, and has seldom missed an opportunity to do it down.

Bitter losers, who refuse to acknowledge the huge political changes Britain has seen in the last three years, are affronted by the resurgence of the left and make it a point of principle to avoid understanding or engaging with Labour’s new mass membership, are sadly no rarity on Parliament’s benches, but Woodcock went further than most.

His support for the Saudi Arabian tyranny and the increasing authoritarianism of the Erdogan government in Turkey make a mockery of his attacks on Corbyn’s foreign policy positions (which he routinely distorts).

His decision at the height of the Windrush scandal to declare he had far more in common with Amber Rudd, presiding over a regime of racist deportations, than with [Labour’s] Diane Abbott, as she led the charge against them in Parliament, was of a piece with frequent pro-Tory interventions in the Commons.

His anger at Labour’s refusal to grant him special treatment during the investigation of misconduct allegations rings hollow, and his claim that Corbyn’s Labour is not a credible alternative government is poorly timed given YouGov’s finding that it has opened up a five-point lead over the Tories in the polls.

No, the party has no reason to mourn Woodcock’s departure — though pressure should be applied on him to do the decent thing and call a by-election to find out if his constituents would rather have a Labour MP.

But we should reflect on how to limit the damage done by MPs like Woodcock.

The government is on the ropes, and the left needs unity and discipline if the crisis engulfing the Establishment is to be resolved by forcing a general election, electing a Corbyn-led Labour government and implementing its socialist programme.

That isn’t helped by a handful of Labour MPs voting with the government and against their party on Brexit motions, but the opprobrium heaped on them for doing so contrasts with the free pass given to pro-Remain MPs whose enthusiasm for a second referendum or continued membership of the single market sees them defy the whip with equal insouciance.

The Tory rebellion against May repeatedly predicted by Remain supporters melts away every time it comes to a vote, with even die-hard Europhiles like Anna Soubry quietly backing May after railing against her stance.

The Conservatives are rightly frightened of a Labour government’s potential to transform our country — they will not risk an election willingly.

The “national government” floated by Soubry, Vince Cable and others is merely another scheme to put the lid back on the simmering popular revolt expressed in both Labour’s socialist revival and the vote to leave the EU, taken against the advice of every major political party and the bulk of the corporate Establishment.

Any such government would aim at killing two birds with one stone — stopping Brexit and stopping Corbyn, as Soubry’s sneering reference to working with “sensible” Labour MPs makes clear.

It would throw away the biggest opportunity the left has had to reshape Britain in many decades.

Labour’s democracy review will look at how the party’s structures can be made more accountable, while Chris Williamson and Tosh McDonald’s democracy roadshow promotes the idea that constituency Labour parties should choose their candidate ahead of each election rather than give sitting MPs an indefinite right to stay in post.

Both merit close attention, but neither is a substitute for a mass mobilisation of working people around Labour’s socialist programme and readiness to hold MPs’ feet to the fire if they try to sabotage it.

Jeremy Corbyn on London Grenfell disaster

This video from England says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn on Grenfell

17 July 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to a crowd at the Durham Miners Gala about the power of the #Grenfell Silent Walk, loss and the feeling of guilt experienced by the firefighters.

Nelson Mandela in Tour de France cycling race

This Twitter message of today is by Belgian cyclist Serge Pauwels, a member of the South African Dimension Data cycling team, now riding in the Tour de France race; which today commemorates Nelson Mandela.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg with Mandela helmet. NOS photo

The photo shows South African cyclist Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of the same team, also with special Mandela helmet.

Dutch university stops cooperation with Facebook censorship

This Sky News video says about itself:

Facebook Vietnam War Photo Censorship

9 September 2016

The row began when the social media site deleted the iconic Vietnam War photo because it contained nudity. Many Norwegians re-posted the photo in protest. And when the [conservative] Prime Minister joined in, Facebook deleted that too within hours.

Translated from Leidsch Dagblad daily in the Netherlands today:

Leiden University suspends cooperation with Facebook on fake news

Facebook and Leiden University no longer cooperate in intercepting and correcting fake news.

Fake news, what is it? The United States Democratic party claims to know. Donald Trump claims to know. Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands claims to know. The European Union claims to know; to such an extent that even the right-wing Dutch government is disgusted by their censorship on behalf of extreme right-wingers in Ukraine. Facebook claims to know: they say corporate media news, eg by the Rupert Murdoch empire, is not fake news; news by small news sources, non-Big Business, non-Big Government supposedly is ‘fake news’.

The collaboration between the Newscheckers of the university branch of Journalism and New Media has stopped since February, the Leiden media researchers Peter Burger and Alexander Pleijter said.

In the Netherlands, now only the news site Nu.nl currently checks Facebook messages on truth.

Burger and Pleijter do not want or can not say anything about the reason for the break between the university and Facebook. …

Big corporations, armed forces, etc. are far too influential in universities all over the world. Sometimes, universities see the dangers of this and break those links. One should hope that this Leiden break is an example of that. But we don’t know, as Burger and Pleijter have censorship or self-censorship on this.

Nu.nl has one editor in charge, who factually checks one Facebook message a day.

According to Mossink [of Nu.nl], Nu.nl hardly ever uncovers fake news aimed at wrongfooting public opinion. ‘Most news is of the type: Pineapples help against snoring.’