British peace movement against bombing Syria

This video says about itself:

John Rogers reports from Stop the War, Don’t Bomb Syria Protest Downing Street, London 28th November 2015 with Diane Abbott, Owen Jones, George Galloway.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Anti-war feeling grows outside Downing Street

Monday 30th November 2015

Protesters at PM’s quarters to warn against war

ANTI-WAR protesters assembled outside Downing Street at the weekend to call on MPs to “do the right thing” in voting against air strikes on Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.

Actor Mark Rylance, musician Brian Eno, former Respect MP George Galloway and Labour MP Diane Abbott joined thousands of demonstrators urging the Commons to reject war when a vote is held.

Demonstrators held placards saying: “Don’t bomb Syria” and “don’t add fuel to the fire.”

The Stop the War Coalition (StWC) organised the traffic-stopping event after Tory Prime Minister David Cameron said he would call a vote on the RAF air strikes as soon as this week.

But Downing Street has said it’s not “putting a timetable on a vote” after Mr Cameron faced tricky questions over his plans from Labour leader and StWC vice-president Jeremy Corbyn and even senior Tory MPs.

Launching air strikes in Syria would “make all [Isis’s] dreams come true,” said Mr Eno.

Bombing Syria would trigger “angry and determined” militants to cause more death and destruction, and would “recruit more desperate young men” to Isis, Mr Rylance told the crowd.

He added: “We need to look more deeply at the causes rather than just blow the place to smithereens.”

Film-maker Ken Loach, comedian Frankie Boyle, Green MP Caroline Lucas, Mr Rylance and Mr Eno were some signatories of an open letter handed to Downing Street, arguing against Britain launching military action in Syria.

It says: “Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased jihadi terrorist organisation around the world.”

Mr Cameron had reportedly been contacting Labour MPs to persuade them to vote for the air strikes, shadow international development secretary Ms Abbott told the crowd.

She also said she was not convinced by the PM’s justifications for air strikes and used war-ravaged countries Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq as examples as to why Britain should not get involved again.

Ms Abbott added: “I believe and I hope under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour MPs in Parliament will do the right thing.”

Meanwhile, smaller anti-war protests were being staged at 20 locations across the country, including Bristol, Coventry, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Swansea and Norwich.

DAVID MORGAN takes a look at the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review – and finds that the Tories are prioritising global power games over keeping this country safe: here.

Russian warplane in Israeli airspace, NOT shot down

This video says about Turkey says about itself:

Prominent Kurdish Lawyer Assassinated in Southeast Turkey

28 November 2015

The president of the bar association in southeastern Diyarbakir province has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen while giving a public speech.
A campaigner for Kurdish rights, Tahir Elci had been criticized for challenging Turkey’s official stance of calling the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist organization. A curfew has been put in place.

This 29 November 2011 video is about the funeral of Tahir Elci, where ten thousands of people came. See also here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

A Russian plane has penetrated Israeli airspace. According to the defense minister in Israel that was a mistake and the pilot turned back immediately when he was told that he flew over Israel. This is reported by various Israeli media.

Russia and Israel have recently opened a line of communication to “prevent misunderstandings”, said Minister Ya’alon. “Russia is not going to attack us, so we do not have to shoot automatically when such a mistake is being made,” he said.

Did you hear that, President Erdogan of Turkey? THERE ARE OTHER SOLUTIONS THAN YOUR VIOLENT WAY IN CASES LIKE THIS! Maybe you know already: Turkish warplanes have violated the airspace of its NATO ally Greece thousands of times. This, fortunately, did not lead to any planes being shot down, and escalation towards bloody war.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras wrote on Twitter about this to his Turkish colleague:

We’re spending billions on weapons. You—to violate our airspace, we—to intercept you. … Tsipras said the two countries should focus on saving refugees, not on weapons.

Or, maybe again, you, President Erdogan, are unable to hear there are other solutions than violence, as the thick walls of your new, taxpayer-paid palace completely shut out the real world outside.

Though there are many very bad sides to the government of Netanyahu in Israel (and of Putin in Russia), at least in this case they have not sunk to the bloody level of the Erdogan regime in Turkey (and its Grey Wolves neo-nazi proxies in the Syrian war).

Putin accuses US of colluding in downing of Russian plane: here.

French President Hollande proposes anti-ISIS alliance in Syria to Russia: here.

Britain: Cameron hopes to be able to hold a vote on intervention next week. But to do so with an expectation of winning, he has to be sure that he has the backing of at least 30 Labour MPs, who would be voting in defiance of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stated opposition to military involvement: here.

The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism. A bloody adventure is being prepared behind the backs of the population: here.

Not one Muslim I know thinks war in Syria is justified. Promises come in thick and fast, as unreliable as all those made before – on Iraq, Libya and the ‘war on terror’: here.

British sexually abusive Bishop Peter Ball and Prince Charles

This video from Britain says about itself:

Church Inquiry Into Bishop Peter Ball Abuse Cover Up

The Church of England has announced an independent inquiry into allegations of a cover up of sexual abuse in the church, looking at whether the behaviour of a former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, was overlooked because of his connections within the church and the establishment.

Originally broadcast on the BBC on October 5th, 2015.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Links probe: Prince and the groper

Saturday 28th November 2015

Charles’s ‘supportive letters’ to be scrutinised

THE royals are set be dragged into an investigation as to whether Prince Charles made “inappropriate attempts” to interfere in the case of a pervert bishop, it was was revealed yesterday.

Prince Charles is alleged to have written letters of support to former bishop Peter Ball, 83, before the religious leader was “cautioned” for gross indecency in 1993 after sex abuse claims were exposed.

Ball was jailed for 32 months in October after admitting to sexually abusing 18 young aspiring priests who he let stay in his home as part of his “Give a Year to Christ Foundation” 22 years ago.

Clarence House was forced then to deny that Charles got involved in the judicial process on behalf of Ball, former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who had described the prince as his “loyal friend.”

Current — and former — MPs, councils and schools were also revealed on Friday to be the focus of 12 investigations into child sex abuse after a number of “high-profile” allegations have been made.

Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the “ambitious” inquiry, said that “certain people of public prominence associated with Westminster” will be scrutinised.

Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Rochdale councils will also be probed in the wake of sex abuse claims, as well as Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

Residential school Knowl View in Manchester and Cambridge House boys’ hostel in Rochdale will also be investigated over allegations that the late Rochdale Lib Dem MP, Cyril Smith, had molested children on both sites.

Ms Goddard continued: “The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies.

“It will consider allegations of cover-up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations.”

The investigations are set to be part of Britain’s largest-ever public inquiry.