This video from Turkey says about itself:
ODTÜ on strike for the victims of Ankara massacre
12 October 2015
Anti-government rallies continue in Turkey after the terrible bomb attacks on the Ankara peace rally on 10.10.2015, which left at least 128 killed and hundreds wounded. Labor unions and trade chambers declared a two-day nationwide strike to protest the AKP government, whom they find guilty of the massacre. Personnel and students of the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) supported the strike decision with a massive boycott and strike in the campus. All the services in the university library and cafeterias were stopped, and there were no classes in many departments.
Opposition to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to mount in Turkey, following the suicide bombings that claimed close to 130 lives at a peace rally Saturday: here.
By Zoe Streatfield in Britain:
Britain’s trade unions rally to condemn Turkey attacks
Tuesday 13th October 2015
BRITAIN’S trade unions united yesterday to condemn the bombing of a left-wing rally in Turkey at the weekend.
Trade union liaison officer for peace in Kurdistan and Unison Scotland deputy convener Stephen Smellie criticised the Turkish government for claiming to fight terrorism yet carrying out attacks on PKK bases in Iraq while it is fighting against Isis.
Mr Smellie said that “many people in Turkey believe that the state was behind the attacks” citing that no police officers were injured or killed despite the scale of the bomb blasts.
He said that state violence had not been restricted to attacks on Kurdish organisations but that “trade union and left activists have also been targeted.”
GMB international officer Bert Schouwenburg said his union was “outraged” by the attack and called on the Turkish government to end hostilities against the PKK and the Kurdish population.
Mr Schouwenburg called for a negotiated settlement to end the conflict, adding that “there can be no lasting peace without the full involvement and participation of the Kurdish community and we reiterate our call for the release of their leader Abdullah Ocalan so that he can play a full part in that process.”
He said the Turkish authorities should do all they can to bring the perpetrators of the atrocity to justice and ensure citizens were protected when they exercise their right to peaceful protest.
PCS also condemned the violence against peaceful demonstrators and extended “heartfelt condolences to the people of Turkey” and in particular the victims of the blasts.
The death toll is currently 128, with many hundreds wounded.
By James Tweedie:
Turkey: General strike in protest at Ankara blast
Tuesday 13th October 2015
Street demos demand answers from Erdogan
TURKISH trade unions called a two-day general strike yesterday in protest at Saturday’s Ankara peace-march bombing.
Thousands demonstrated in the capital, blaming the government for the massacre, as funerals were held for many victims.
The strike by the four unions that organised Saturday’s protest will end today.
“To protest against the fascist massacre and to commemorate the death of our friends, we are now in mourning for three days,” the unions said in a joint statement.
The group comprises the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK), the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DiSK), the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB).
The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), a major participant in the demonstration, supported the strike.
“We should unrelentingly show every day and in every place to those who tried to silence the people who gathered in Ankara for peace, that the voice of life and peace will not keep quiet,” it said in a statement.
While the official death toll from the double bombing had risen to 97 by yesterday, the HDP put the true figure at 128.
The Peace and Development Party (AKP) government has claimed that the attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers, possibly from Islamic State (Isis).
But in an open letter to the international community, HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag blamed the AKP for the massacre.
They said: “The AKP’s policy of relying on radical groups as proxies, which began with President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan’s support of such groups as Isis, al-Nusra, and Ahrar al-Sham is at the heart of today’s tragedy.”
They also accused Mr Erdogan of reigniting the conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to win votes in coming elections.
The Turkish air force bombed PKK positions in Iraq hours after the Ankara attack despite the group honouring its offer of a ceasefire.
This video says about itself:
17 November 2015
David Lindo – The Urban Birder starts his campaign to get Britain to vote for its first ever national bird.
From the Vote National Bird Campaign in Britain:
The Final Stage of Voting has Begun!
Monday 16th March marks the start of the online voting
Last year, 70,000 of you voted in the first round of the Vote National Bird Campaign. A list of 60 iconic British species was whittled down to a shortlist of the 10 most popular birds. The time has now come to vote for the bird that will become the nation’s avian symbol.
Voting opens on March 16th 2015 and will close at midnight May 7th 2015 – the day of the General Election. You can either place your votes online or on paper ballot forms at selected nature reserves around the country.
We would love to see you vote again and please get your friends to vote too.
To vote please visit www.votenationalbird.com.
Most of the birds in the top 10 were expected candidates. However, perhaps the most surprising inclusion is the Hen Harrier, one of England’s rarest breeding birds. Down to just one breeding pair a couple of years ago, it may already be extinct.
Could the majestic Hen Harrier knock the hot favourite Robin off its perch?
The 10 birds awaiting your vote
This video from London, England is called CSA Inquiry Time 4 Justice & Action Meeting, The White Flowers Campaign, Westminster 14-01-15.
By Luke James in Britain:
Abuse survivors smash wall of official silence
Thursday 15th January 2015
Brave campaigners speak out demanding Establishment paedophiles face justice
Brave victims laid wreaths of white flowers at Old Palace Yard as they spoke out about sex attacks and assaults.
Social worker and whistleblower Dr Liz Davies was clear that “we’re looking at an Establishment cover-up going right back to the ’40s.”
She said: “Children who’ve been assaulted, sexually harmed, murdered, all in the context of major paedophile networks that got right to the top of this society.
“That is why we want justice and healing for survivors, as well as to protect children now.”
White flowers were laid among photos, cards and tributes to children who were abused and murdered.
A message strapped to another bunch of flowers read: “For the victims of the Westminster paedophile ring.”
Former Lib Dem MP for Rochdale Cyril Smith, who died in 2010, is so far the most high-profile political figure to be named as a paedophile.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who penned a book which helped expose Smith, said it was time for prosecutions.
Mr Danczuk said: “Let’s work together to make sure we get a successful inquiry — but also that we get prosecutions for those who’ve raped and abused children.”
The government’s child abuse inquiry has struggled to gain the confidence of victims after two mooted chairs were axed because of their close Establishment links.
This week its leaderless panel is launching its latest wave of evidence-gathering meetings with survivors.
Some came forward to tell their heartbreaking personal testimonies in public at yesterday’s vigil. …
The White Flowers campaign is calling for the inquiry to have a “truly independent” chair and have a special police team to investigate evidence raised.
A former adviser to David Cameron and one of the original investors on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl. Doug Richard, 56, accompanied the Prime Minister on an official overseas trip to 2011 and has also advised the Chancellor, George Osborne: here.
Call for inquiry into links between senior civil servant Sir Peter Hayman and paedophile network in the 1980’s: here.
Can the child sex abuse inquiry be taken seriously with yet another true Establishment figure at the helm, asks STEVEN WALKER. The new head of the Historic Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry, Justice Lowell Goddard, is yet another Establishment figure — this time from New Zealand: here.
This video is called My UK Wildlife Garden Birds.
Two amazing things happened in the 60′s. The Robin was voted Britain’s national bird and…
The surprising thing is; neither has happened since.
Well, all that is about to change. David Lindo (AKA The Urban Birder) feels the Robin’s many decades in power needs to be challenged, so he is fronting a campaign to help find Britain’s new national bird. Running alongside next year’s General Election will be this alternative Election, which we’d love you to take part in.
It’s going to work in two stages. The first vote will be to find the six running candidates. This vote is live now. Simply scroll down, take a peek through the list of 60 worthy nominees and pick the 6 birds that you think best personifies all that this wonderful nation represents. Each of these species has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Great British public.
It’s as easy as that!
When you register to vote you are automatically entered into a free draw. Prizes include a Shetland Wildlife Holiday, top of the range Leica binoculars, Bird Watching Magazine subscriptions and Urban Birder T- Shirts.
The first round of voting will close at midnight October 31st 2014. Thereafter, we will have our final six candidates up for the title of Britain’s National Bird and the voting will re-open.
The question is; will the Robin be knocked off its perch?
This video is called Why are you silent when it comes to Bahrain?
Marc Owen Jones writes on his blog about the recent manoeuvres by the Bahraini regime‘s public-relations firms and its supporters, from the threat of legal action against newspapers to “trolling” to placing guests on the BBC: here.
From the Free Speech Blog:
Bahrain king and Cameron discussed riot control “assistance”
24 February 2012 – 3:35 pm
by Padraig Reidy
This press release (below) has just come from the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority. The release outlines UK ambassador to Bahrain’s “praise” for the regime. It also follows what seems to be Bahrain’s public affairs strategy now, which can be summed up as “at least we’re not Iran”.
But this line is especially alarming:
“The Ambassador referred to a meeting between the British Prime Minister and HM the King, where they discussed the possibility for Bahrain to benefit from Britain’s experience in dealing with the street violence seen in Northern Ireland.”
Repressive techniques perfected in Northern Ireland are being deployed for the first time on the British mainland: here.
This video from Britain is called Dahabo Isse [from Somalia] – People’s Assembly 20th March 2007.
By Paddy McGuffin in England:
‘The stench of hypocrisy’
Thursday 23 February 2012
An international summit on Somalia in London today will do nothing to ease the plight of the Somali people and carries the “stench of hypocrisy,” peace campaigners claimed today.
Representatives of more than 50 countries and international organisations attended the event at Lancaster House, including United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the leaders of neighbouring African nations.
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was in the interests of the international community to help restore stability after two decades of turmoil.
He welcomed the decision by the UN security council to increase the strength of the African Union force in the country from 12,000 to 17,700 troops.
But Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said: “They are pretending that the Western-backed government has legitimacy and made things more stable. But all the evidence shows that Western-backed interventions have contributed to instability.
“There is a massive amount of intervention already going on and this event has the stench of hypocrisy.
“This is yet another example of the government thinking it has the right to dictate what’s happening in other countries when it might be better concentrating on domestic problems.”
Somali government officials said today that at least six people were killed in an overnight air raid a day after world leaders in London said the war-torn country should “quickly form a stable government”: here.