British Theresa May Trump’s poodle, even after Charlottesville


This 24 May 2017 video from Brussels, Belgium says about itself:

Interview with Maz Saleem, Stop the War Coalition UK at the Trump not Welcome demonstration in Brussels.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

May refuses to rule out state visit despite latest bigotry

Thursday 17th August 2017

THERESA MAY came under fire yesterday for failing to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit following his failure to condemn Nazis at Saturday’s deadly march in Charlottesville.

The PM joined condemnation of Mr Trump’s comments on Tuesday in which he partly blamed antifascists for violent clashes at a white nationalist march.

Ms May said: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.”

However, despite growing pressure she stopped short of cancelling Mr Trump’s state visit.

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith tweeted: “A state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for. Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman told the Star that there was “nothing to add” when asked whether Ms May would cancel Mr Trump’s invite.

Meanwhile, a demonstration against the US President’s “politics of warmongering, fear, hate and division” has been called by the Stand Up to Trump coalition and will take place this Saturday.

Novelist and poet Michael Rosen said that the “high-risk games that Trump is playing” could destroy the lives of millions.

Stand up to Trump spokeswoman Maz Saleem said: “Donald Trump has threatened to unleash a nuclear war in North Korea and military action against Venezuela.

“Meanwhile, the appalling events in Charlottesville show that his bigoted rhetoric is encouraging far-right extremism.”

The demonstration will take place from 12pm-1pm at the US embassy, Grosvenor Square, London.

See also here.

Charlotesville confrontation

The caption of the British Stand up to Trump coalition to this photo from the violent racist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA says:

On the Left is what courage looks like.

On the Right are coward Nazis hiding their faces. Ku Klux Klan.

Here’s why Heather Heyer was the worst nightmare of the so-called “alt-right.” And Charlottesville was illuminated by a different kind of light Wednesday, when thousands gathered at UVA for a candlelit vigil. [HuffPost]

MERRIAM-WEBSTER: SEARCHES FOR ‘FASCISM’ AND ‘BIGOT’ SPIKED Following the weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPost]

HOWARD FINEMAN: A DIVIDED COUNTRY IS WHAT TRUMP WANTS “Donald Trump seems perfectly willing to destroy the country to maintain his own power.” [HuffPost]

Trump’s attorney forwarded an email rant defending Robert E. Lee that reportedly said Black Lives Matter was infiltrated by terrorists.

President Donald Trump said he’s “sad to see” Confederate statues and monuments being taken down around the United States: here.

Saudi royal armed forces kiling their unarmed own people


Night-time funeral of a victim of the Saudi armed forces in the Qatif district

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Saudi forces kill unarmed Shia civilians in Awamiya

SAUDI security forces killed and injured unarmed civilians when they surrounded and sealed off the predominantly Shia town of Awamiya in July 2017 as they confronted an armed group hiding in a historic neighbourhood slated for demolition, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

The violence in the Eastern province, which began in May, has resulted in deaths and injuries among the residents, local activists said, and caused significant damage to the town, based on an assessment of satellite imagery.

Residents and activists say that most residents have fled Awamiya, and those who remain lack essential services such as medical care. The town remains sealed off. Saudi Arabia announced plans to demolish and redevelop the al-Musawara neighbourhood of Awamiya, Qatif governorate, in 2016, citing health and safety reasons.

Demolition began on May 10, after al-Musawara residents were evacuated, but met with armed resistance. Awamiya residents told Human Rights Watch that security forces have fired into populated areas far from al-Musawara, killing residents, occupied a public school, closed clinics and pharmacies, and prevented essential services such as ambulances from reaching the area.

Security forces engaged in shoot-outs with an unknown number of armed men inside al-Musawara, and on July 26 brought in additional armoured vehicles and sealed the town’s entrances and exits, residents and activists said. Awamiya has a longstanding reputation of opposition to Saudi rule and has been the site of protests about government discrimination against Saudi Shia.

It is the hometown of a prominent cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in January 2016 over his encouragement of protests in 2011 and 2012. The execution sparked a series of events leading to a breakdown of diplomatic relations with Iran and heightened sectarian tensions across the Gulf region.

On July 28, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland stated that she was ‘deeply concerned’ about photos purporting to show Saudi security forces using Canadian-made Terradyne Gurkha RPV-model armoured vehicles. She ordered an investigation into how Saudi forces are using the vehicles.

Saudi forces have also deployed another type of armoured vehicle manufactured by the South African company F & R Catai to Awamiya. The automatic cannon in this vehicle’s turret can penetrate and cause considerable damage to buildings and other infrastructure.

Human Rights Watch analysed satellite imagery that shows extensive damage to the neighbourhood and the town’s main commercial street bordering it. While much of the damage is due to the demolition, the images also show buildings and areas damaged by the violence. Activists and residents said the armed men are on most-wanted lists authorities have issued since 2012 for protest-related crimes in the area.

Saudi Arabia announced on August 10 that security forces had forced nearly all ‘terrorists and criminal elements’ out of al-Musawara, and authorities took international journalists on a tour of the neighbourhood on August 9. Saudi activists said the violence has killed more than a dozen people, both Saudis and foreigners, in addition to at least five armed militants.

A Saudi Interior Ministry official said that eight members of the police and four members of the special forces had been killed. The Saudi authorities have not released information on resident casualties. A three-year-old boy reportedly died on August 9 from injuries suffered when an armoured vehicle fired on his family’s car in June.

Five residents interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that Saudi security forces have put people in Awamiya at risk, arbitrarily shooting at or arresting those who emerged from their houses. The residents said that to their knowledge Saudi authorities never issued an order for people to leave Awamiya, and their only chance to leave safely has been for short periods allowed by security forces since July 26.

The residents said that local volunteers and activists coordinated the evacuation without assistance from Saudi authorities. They said that security forces turn away anyone who attempts to return to Awamiya to check on relatives or recover property or possessions. Local residents said that people have been fired at and injured in areas such as al-Shukrallah, al-Jumaymah, and al-Rif neighbourhoods, which are west of security forces who are stationed between these neighbourhoods and al-Musawara to the east.

The residents said they had not seen any armed militants in these areas. Five Awamiya residents and three activists close to the situation said that a majority of the town’s inhabitants fled after security forces escalated the situation on July 26. They said that most fled between July 27 and 28 when the town’s electricity was cut off for more than 24 hours, leaving people exposed to temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) without air conditioning. Residents and activists said that the electricity grid had been damaged by gunfire, but did not know who was responsible.

The residents said that security forces closed all of Awamiya’s clinics and pharmacies in May, which they believed was to ensure that militants could not seek medical treatment. Since July 26, they said, security forces had not allowed emergency services to reach the wounded or taken steps to provide humanitarian assistance to people who remain there, though all the shops in the area were closed.

They also said that security forces had occupied a boys’ secondary school, which borders al-Musawara, and circulated a video that they said showed government forces firing a rocket-propelled grenade from the roof into al-Musawara. Human Rights Watch also determined that the rocket-propelled grenade was fired into al-Musawara in the general direction of the Ahmed bin Mahmoud mosque.

UN experts on cultural rights, adequate housing and extreme poverty condemned Saudi Arabia’s destruction of al-Musawara on May 24, noting that the operation had forced ‘residents out of their homes and of the neighbourhood, fleeing for their lives.’ They stated that the destruction of al-Musawara would ‘erase the traces of … historic and lived cultural heritage.’

Al-Musawara resident, ‘Sami,’ whose name, as with others interviewed, has been changed for his protection, said he had not worked since the fighting started because his shop is on the main street near al-Musawara, in the area where security forces had sporadically opened fire on shops and homes. ‘My shop is covered in bullet holes,’ he said. ‘I am certain that security forces are responsible because the size of the bullets are medium and large, which only security forces possess.’

‘Ali’ a Awamiya resident who fled on July 30, said: ‘The security situation in Awamiya has been terrible for the past 80 days. While I was still in Awamiya, the town was constantly bombarded by shelling and security forces were going around shooting in residential neighbourhoods at random. We were too scared to leave our homes and most of the shops were shut down or burned. Anything that moved became a target.’

Another resident, ‘Ahmed,’ said that he came under fire driving in al-Shukrallah on July 29: ‘I am from the al-Jumaymah neighbourhood. I went in the morning to help my mom and dad. When I left I went toward al-Shukrallah to try to leave Awamiya via a back road through farms. I was driving between houses when someone fired at me and the bullet hit the house next to my car. I saw an armoured vehicle at the end of the street … I never saw any armed militants in this area.’

Donald Trump’s USA, warmongering and murderous nazis


This Associated Press video from the USA says about itself:

14 August 2017

People gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to remember Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a car rammed into a group of demonstrators on Saturday.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 14 August 2017

US CRISIS EXPLODES ON THE STREETS AS TRUMP THREATENS WAR WITH NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA

US PRESIDENT Trump, dedicated to ‘making America great again’, to further enrich the bosses and the bankers at the expense of the US workers and the workers of the world, is now well into his war on two fronts. At home he is seeking to wipe out all healthcare for the poor, and virtually abolish taxation of the rich while scapegoating migrants as the source of all of the US’s problems.

His foreign policy is a continuation of this home policy. It is to threaten North Korea with nuclear war if it continues to develop its nuclear arsenal… and to threaten Venezuela with invasion. Venezuela as well as having a left government has gigantic oil reserves and its return to being a semi-colony of the US would be a great enricher of the US bosses.

Further Trump seeks to drive back the advance of China and Russia, and also to prevent the EU from becoming a rival imperialist power to the US, by removing all of the barriers, industrial, political and military that hold back the US. At home, his attacks on workers, migrants and the poor have encouraged the right wing to take to the streets, behind the banner of ‘Unite the Right’ as it did in Charlottesville, in Virginia on Saturday. There, Neo-Nazis and the Klan carried arms and killed at least three people, one woman dying as a result of a terrorist car-ram attack.

He has condemned both demonstrators and counter demonstrators, and has refused to condemn the neo-Nazis and Klanners who were shouting ‘Heil Trump’. Even Republican Senator Cory Gardner said: ‘Mr. President – we must call evil by its name…These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.’

The Southern Poverty Law Centre, a civil rights organisation, said that: ‘Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man’s country.’

However, both at home and abroad the Trump ‘make the US bosses great again’ campaign is running into trouble. Ba Dianjun, director of the Centre for Northeast Asia at Jilin University, has put the Chinese position. This is that despite the Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty between China and North Korea, Beijing will not come to help if Pyongyang attacks first. However he added… ‘At the same time, if the US strikes first and starts a war on the Korean Peninsula, China and other countries, including Russia, Japan and South Korea, will be against it.’

How will Trump and his Defence Secretary, General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, currently posing as a moderate, react to this? The prospect is that the US will hold back over North Korea and attack the weaker Venezuela.

There is a historical precedent for this. In 1982 Trump’s hero, President Ronald Reagan sent US troops into the Lebanon, as a peacekeeping force, supported by the Sixth Fleet, after Israel had invaded it and the PLO forces had left the country.

241 US service personnel – including 220 Marines and 21 other service personnel – were killed by a truck bomb at a Marine compound in Beirut, out of a force of 1,800 marines on October 23rd 1983. It was a huge blow – the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Armed Forces since the first day of the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, the deadliest single terrorist attack on American citizens in general prior to the September 11th attacks.

What did Reagan do after this huge blow? The US marines and the Sixth Fleet withdrew and two days later on 25th October 1983 the US attacked the tiny island of Grenada, with a population of 150,000, an act that even Margaret Thatcher opposed. Many Americans were sceptical of Reagan’s defence of the invasion, noting that it took place just days after the disastrous explosion in the Lebanon. Nevertheless, the Reagan administration claimed a great victory.

Any attempt to attack Venezuela must be met by massive strikes and demonstrations of workers and youth all over the world, particularly in the UK and the US.

Guam poet against Trump’s nuclear warmongering


This video says about itself:

The History of Guam

10 August 2017

Guam is a virtual US colony, whose residents have been denied the rights afforded to other Americans, says professor David Vine.

And now United States President Trump, not elected by even one Guam person, makes Guam the focus of threats of a nuclear war with North Korea.

By Ryan Grenoble from the USA:

Chamorro [indigenous Guamanian] poet and activist Craig Santos Perez told The Atlantic he’s both concerned and angry that Guam is in this position to begin with.

“Definitely concern was the first feeling, but then of course anger that Guam is put into the crosshairs of the situation,” he said. “My opinion is the American military presence… has made Guam a target most of all. Really, the answer is not THAAD or more weapons, but demilitarization and thinking about how we can create peace in the region and have the de-proliferation of nuclear weapons, both in Korea and in the United States.”

The world is daily and hourly edging closer to the brink of nuclear war, as US President Donald Trump maintains a constant stream of extraordinarily inflammatory and reckless threats against North Korea. Such bellicose language coming from the man in charge of the most powerful military force on the planet is generating increasing shock and fear that war with nuclear weapons could break out at any moment: here.

Donald Trump’s military invasion of Venezuela?


This parody music video from Britain is called Earth, Wind, Fire & Fury – “Nukee Pyongyang“.

It says about itself:

9 August 2017

Donald Trump sends an apocalyptic disco message to North Korea via his Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band.

LYRICS:

Bang! Nukee Pyongyang
Bang! Nukee Pyongyang

Sanctions land so quickly onto North Korea when they make stupid threats
Supercalifragilistic missiles got the Donald in a sweat
I’ll stare Kim Jong-un in the face and say, “Go ahead, make my day, punk”
I’ll flick the switch and blow that bitch
Into kingdom come

Bang! Nukee Pyongyang
Bang! Nukee Pyongyang

Apart from threatening nuclear war against North Korea, a grave threat against the people of United States colony Guam, Donald Trump threatens war a bit closer to the USA as well.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Trump does not exclude military intervention in Venezuela

Today, 7:00 PM

US President Trump has said that he does not exclude military intervention in Venezuela. At his golf club in New Jersey, he said that the United States of America has many options for Venezuela, and that a military operation is definitely something he could choose.

Later, the White House announced that a request from Venezuelan President Maduro to talk with Trump was rejected. …

The Venezuelan Minister of Defense calls Trumps remark an act of madness and far-reaching extremism. The minister of communication speaks of the biggest threat ever expressed against the country. …

Venezuela will certainly be dealt with next week during a six-day visit by Vice President Pence to several Latin American countries. It is generally assumed that Pence will call on the Latin American countries to put Venezuela under pressure together. …

In the past, the US has taken military action in Latin America a number of times. This happened, for example, in 1989 when US troops put an end to the military dictatorship of General Noriega in Panama.

This last sentence by NOS TV is extremely selective and misleading. The Pentagon and the CIA did not mind at all that Noriega was a dictator, as long as he was their ally in the war against the elected leftist government of Nicaragua. The Pentagon and the CIA usually do not mind dictators in Latin America, like Pinochet in Chile, and the military juntas in Brazil and Argentina which they all helped in their coups. United States military invasions and covert CIA interventions, like in Venezuela in 2002, are usually anti-democracy and pro-dictatorship.

President Donald Trump’s bellicose threat Friday that Washington could resort to a “military option” against Venezuela has triggered a wave of statements of formal opposition from governments throughout Latin America, including right-wing regimes like those in Argentina, Peru and Colombia, which have called for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro and collaborated closely with Washington: here.

This Is the War Plan America Will Use When It Invades Canada: here.

Trump’s dangerous militarism on Korea, Afghanistan


This video from the USA says about itself:

Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?

9 August 2017

Tension between the U.S. and North Korea escalated sharply Tuesday after President Trump suggested he was prepared to start a nuclear war, threatening to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea. Hours later, North Korea threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. Guam is home to 163,000 people as well as major U.S. military bases. For more, we speak with longtime investigative journalist Allan Nairn.

A transcript of this video is here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations?

10 August 2017

The war of words between the U.S. and North Korea continues to intensify, with North Korea threatening to strike the U.S. territory of Guam, while Defense Secretary General Mattis warned North Korea’s actions could result in the “destruction of its people.” This came after Trump vowed to strike at North Korea with “fire and fury.” … We speak with journalist Tim Shorrock, who recently returned from South Korea.

See also here.

We Need a Mass Movement to Prevent Nuclear Conflict in the Korean Peninsula: here.

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON NORTH KOREA THREATS President Donald Trump argued Thursday that his “fire and fury” comments may have not been tough enough. Over 60 members of Congress have condemned the president’s statements in a letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In the midst of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the US is provocatively proceeding with joint military exercises with South Korea, involving tens of thousands of troops and aimed at training and preparing for war with North Korea: here.

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War and Install Viceroy to Run Nation: here.

The US Military’s Bloody “Successes”: Training Foreign Militaries to Start Coups: here.