Mary Wollstonecraft, my hero, Corbyn says


This 2017 video is called Mary Wollstonecraft – World History.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Mary Wollstonecraft is my historical hero, says Corbyn

Thursday 9th November 2017

JEREMY CORBYN has revealed his biggest historical hero: 18th-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

The Labour leader expressed his admiration for Wollstonecraft in an interview with BBC History magazine published today.

An early advocate of women’s rights in the 18th century, she founded a school with her sister in Newington Green, which is now in Mr Corbyn’s north London constituency.

Last March, Mr Corbyn backed the campaign for a statue to the “outstanding writer and women’s rights campaigner” on the green.

He told the magazine that the “opening of a school that aimed to give girls an education every bit as good as that enjoyed by boys — a novel idea at the time” was the first reason he picked her as his historical hero.

“Then there’s the fact that (unlike a lot of people this side of the Channel) she was excited by the radical opportunities the French Revolution could bring,” he said. Having first learned about the writer and philosopher through the women’s rights movement in the 1970s and ’80s, he described her finest hour as the publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

The 1792 text, which advocated equality of the sexes, made her famous and was a blueprint for the future women’s movement.

Mr Corbyn said: “It was Mary who had the vision of women leading lives every bit as full as any man.”

He also said he shared her beliefs in the way she treated people with respect, regardless of their sex, race or religion.

Wollstonecraft died 12 days after the birth of her second daughter, who went on to write the novel Frankenstein as Mary Shelley.

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British peace activist Helen John, RIP


This 2015 video from Britain says about itself:

Helen John: Peace Campaigner

Helen John’s beliefs and action for peace

In 1981, Helen John joined the peace march to protest against the planned siting of cruise missiles in the UK. Unexpectedly she found herself driven to continue the protest at the Greenham base. It has resulted in an enormous upheaval in her personal life.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

She never gave up: peace activist Helen John

Tuesday 7th November 2017

A VETERAN peace campaigner who helped found the Greenham Common women’s peace camp has died.

Helen John, 79, continued resisting war and battling militarism to the last.

A former midwife, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

In 1981 she was one of the original quartet of women to chain themselves to the fence around Greenham Common RAF base, where the United States stored Cruise missiles.

It inspired hundreds of other women to set up camp there, with the protest camp only disbanding 19 years later when Cruise missiles were removed from the base.

Ms John described Cruise missiles as “the son of the nazi V1 flying bombs.”

She was also involved in campaigning activities at the US snooping base at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire. The National Security Agency site is dominated by the huge white globes housing radomes which gather economic, military and political intelligence from US satellites and feed it back to the Pentagon.

Ms John had lived in a caravan outside the base, which is staffed by more than 1,000 US military and civilian personnel, for more than a decade.

More recently she turned her campaigning attentions to the use of drones as pilotless weapons of destruction, staging protests at drone base RAF Waddington.

She had suffered ill health and died on Sunday night.

British ‘defence’ secretary resigns in sexual harassment scandal


This TV video from Britain says about itself:

Breaking News: Sir Michael Fallon resigns over past behaviour claims- BBC News

1 November 2017

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has resigned following allegations of past behaviour.

He said his behaviour may have “fallen short” of the standards expected by the UK military and said it was right that Parliament was now taking this issue seriously.

Dutch NOS TV reports tonight that Sir Michael Fallon, the Secretary of ‘Defence’ War in the British Conservative-Irish fundamentalist terrorist coalition government, has resigned.

He was named in one sexual harassment case involving a woman journalist. But suspicions are that this was just the tip of the iceberg which ultimately caused the resignation.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Michael Fallon quits over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has quit amid allegations of “inappropriate behaviour.”

Mr Fallon is the first to resign Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory government following a wave of sexual abuse claims in Westminster over recent days.

In his resignation letter, he said: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.

“Many of these have been false but I accept in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent.

“I have reflected on my position and I am now resigning as defence secretary.”

He apologised earlier this week for repeatedly touching journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer‘s knee in 2002. And, although Ms Hartley-Brewer says now that “no-one was remotely upset or distressed,” she admitted that at the time she threatened to “punch him” if he did it again.

However friends of Mr Fallon’s have said that in recent months he would concede that “some of his flirtation has been inappropriate.”

Fallon’s resignation means May’s government risks being tainted by ‘sleaze’: here.

Fall of Fallon leaves May’s government a scandal away from losing power: here.

More Westminster sexual assault allegations emerge as Tory aide says her drink was spiked with a ‘date rape drug’ in Commons bar. Woman claims Tory MP grabbed her by crotch from behind: here.

Sir Michael Fallon resigned after Andrea Leadsom accused him of sexually inappropriate language. Mr Fallon was accused of making a series of lewd comments while on the Treasury Committee: here.

USA: ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WAVE OF REVELATIONS AND ACCUSATIONS A second woman has accused “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick of sexual assault. Portia De Rossi says movie star Steven Seagal unzipped his pants during an audition. Jeffrey Tambor has denied acting improperly with a former assistant. “Prison Break” star Robert Knepper has been accused of sexual assault while filming a 1992 movie. And Kevin Spacey has been accused by a former news anchor of sexually assaulting her son. [HuffPost]

USA: SENATOR: I USED TO AVOID ELEVATORS AS AN INTERN TO AVOID SEXUAL HARASSMENT “Because elevators were when you were captured,” Sen. Claire McCaskill said. Here’s what the Hill is doing on top of mandating sexual harassment training after Rep. Jackie Speier said at least two members of Congress are sexual harassers. [HuffPost]

FRANKEN UNDER FIRE: THE FALLOUT FROM THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUSATION Anchorwoman and sportscaster Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that then-comedian Al Franken kissed and groped her at a 2006 USO event, and she shared a photo of one of the incidents. Senate Democrats have been swift to condemn the junior senator from Minnesota and call for an ethics investigation. Tweeden said she spoke up now as the “tide is turning.” President Donald Trump also denounced the senator, but did not voice an opinion on Senate candidate Roy Moore. And Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers piled on. [HuffPost]

Another woman has accused former president George H.W. Bush of groping her.

USA: Over 200 women in national security signed an open letter about sexual misconduct.

British government jails raped women refugees


This video from Britain says about itself:

2 March 2015

The treatment of detainees inside the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre is revealed in exclusive footage obtained by a Channel 4 News investigation.

Warning: this film contains offensive language from the start.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Vulnerable women seeking asylum still being locked up

Wednesday 1st November 2017

VULNERABLE women seeking asylum in Britain are still being locked up in detention centres where they suffer further trauma, a charity warns today.

In January 2016, an independent review recommended that survivors of sexual and gender-based violence should not be held in immigration detention centres but, despite changes in government policy, such women are still being locked up.

Women for Refugee Women spoke to 26 women who claimed asylum and were detained at the notorious Yarl’s Wood centre since September 2016, when the Adults at Risk policy came in, and found that 85 per cent were survivors of domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced prostitution or trafficking.

Nearly 90 per cent said their mental health had deteriorated while being detained while about half said they had thought about killing themselves. Two women said they had attempted suicide multiple times.

Home Office policy states that anyone who is vulnerable or “at risk” of harm from detention should not be detained — including survivors of sexual or gender-based violence.

But there is no screening process to identify whether someone is vulnerable.

Although doctors in detention centres are required to complete reports when they have concerns that someone is a survivor of torture, a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in 2015 said that at Yarl’s Wood, some reports were “among the worst that we have seen, providing wholly inadequate protection for some of the most vulnerable detainees.”

One woman from West Africa, who had been forced into prostitution in her home country and had now been kept in detention for six months, said: “I wasn’t really sleeping or eating at all and I was having flashbacks about what had happened to me.

“Sometimes it felt like I was suffocating, as if the walls were closing in.”

The charity said the government must introduce a monitoring system on the policy’s use.

It also wants to see such women identified before being detained and an exclusion on the detention of pregnant women: currently there is a 72-hour time limit.

Founder of Women for Refugee Women Natasha Walter said: “We need to move away from detention and build a fair asylum process in which cases are heard and resolved while refugees are living in the community so that they are able to start rebuilding their lives.”

Further measures called for by the charity include a 28-day time limit on detention and an end to holding people while their asylum claims are in progress.

Girl abused, Pentecostalist church covered up


This Dutch video is about the House of Heroes, a fundamentalist Pentecostalist church, headquartered in Nijkerk, the Netherlands; led by senior preacher Mattheus van der Steen. He claims to be an ‘apostle’ getting messages from God Himself directly. The video shows a service in which Van der Steen and his wife Rebekah are declared to be anointed by God.

Two weeks ago, 38-year-old preacher of that church, self styled ‘prophet’, Michaël D., in charge of the church’s children’s department, was on trial for sexually abusing a girl member, his foster daughter, from when she was 15 till she was 21.

Married ‘prophet’ Michael and his wife justified the abuse saying that 15-year-old Lisa (a pseudonym) had supposedly ‘seduced’ him. Every time after the abuse, the ‘Reverend‘ Michael had Lisa pray with him, confessing ‘their’ sins to the Lord. The prophet claimed the girl was possessed by Satan and his demons, and he had to abuse her ‘in the name of Jesus’, while speaking in tongues, as usual by Pentecostalist preachers. Lisa hated the abuse, saying softly ‘Don’t’, but feared that resisting more strongly would be ‘against God’.

There was hardly a day without being abused.

Abused Lisa complained to apostle Mattheus van der Steen. The Reverend Michael D. admitted the abuse to the church leadership. There was an audio recording of that. But the Right Reverend Van der Steen had that proof against ‘prophet’ Michael D. removed, and did not go to the police, but covered up.

According to journalist Karel Smouter, who did much research on this, there is a pattern of covering up scandals in this church. Also in a child rape case in 2012 in Uganda, a miraculous discovery of gold in a bible, and fraudulent claims of faith healing by church missionaries in Burma (Myanmar).

In 2016, another House of Heroes church member, Marijn de V. was convicted for abusing five and six-year-old girls. The church leaders tried to cover up, telling the girls’ parents not to go to the police. After the parents did go to the police, the House of Heroes excommunicated them. If the mother now meets ex-coreligionists in the street, they look away from her. While Marijn de V. is once again a church member in good standing.

Rebekah, the Right Reverend Apostle Van der Steen’s wife, has filed for divorce. ‘I have discovered that my husband whitewashes predators’.

President George H.W. Bush, others accused of sexual harassment


This video from the USA says about itself:

Actress accuses former president George Bush senior of sexual harassment

26 October 2017

Heather Lind, best known for her role in AMC’s Turn Washington’s Spies, accused Bush – in a lengthy Instagram post shared earlier this week that has since been deleted – of inappropriate behaviour. The actress uploaded a photo of Bush, 93, and fellow former President Barack Obama shaking hands and stated that the image had “disturbed her” as when she had met him in a similar circumstance, the elderly leader “touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side”.

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT For touching an actress from behind while they were posing for a photo. Bush’s office issued an apology acknowledging the former president “has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner,” and because he uses a wheelchair, “his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures.” A second actress has also come forward. [HuffPost]

Oops! He did it again. Former President George HW Bush Groped Another Woman: here.

MULTIPLE WOMEN HAVE ACCUSED A VETERAN POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT Mark Halperin, known for “Game Change” and “Double Down,” has been accused of sexual harassment from the ’90s to the mid-2000s during his tenure at ABC News. [HuffPost]

Mark Halperin is a right-winger.

‘I WAS BLIND AND COMPLICIT AND JUST, LIKE, DID NOTHING’ The New Republic staffers shared stories of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by the magazine’s longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier. [HuffPost]

See also here.

Leon Wieseltier was a prominent advocate of George W Bush’s Iraq war.

Tony Goldwyn says he was sexually harassed as a young actor in Hollywood.

OVER 300 PEOPLE HAVE CHIMED IN WITH THEIR OWN JAMES TOBACK HARASSMENT STORIES According to the Los Angeles Times reporter who broke the initial story. And Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams spoke out about their own terrifying experiences with the director [HuffPost]

HARVEY WEINSTEIN FALLOUT CONTINUES The New York Times reported new allegations that his behavior stretched back to the 70s, as high-profile scandals involving Mark Halperin, Hamilton Fish, Spacey and others continue to unfold. And as for Weinstein, the Producers Guild of America announced he was banned for life, and the Weinstein company’s first move since the scandal broke grossed only $742. [HuffPost]

Jane Fonda believes people are listening because the Weinstein victims have been famous and white.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WAVE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS From a top NPR editor to three Dartmouth college professors. Actor Jeremy Piven was accused of sexually assaulting an actress on the “Entourage” set. A “Grey’s Anatomy” star came forward with another James Toback allegation. Questions arose over how much Disney knew about Harvey Weinstein. Netflix has suspended production on the final season of “House of Cards” amid the allegation against star Kevin Spacey.

Britain: Gove apologises after backlash against Weinstein joke in live BBC interview. Environment Secretary’s remarks come a day after allegations of widespread abuse of women in Westminster: here.

Sexual assault ‘thrives’ in Parliament, says Jeremy Corbyn in wake of WhatsApp allegations. Labour leader responds to allegations of widespread abuse in Westminster: here.

More than 200 million women work without laws against sexual harassment: study.