Somalia conference not bringing peace


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.”

See also here. And here.

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.

Seychelles giant tortoise in Britain


From daily The Morning Star in England:

Darwin’s at home in his new wildlife shell-ter

Friday 17 February 2012

Darwin, the first giant tortoise to be donated to Britain by the Seychelles, settled into his new home today.

The aldabra tortoise has been presented to the Cotswold Wildlife Park as part of a conservation partnership with the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens.

The aldabras originate from the inaccessible Aldabra lagoon in the Indian Ocean and are listed as an endangered species.

He’s already 25 years old but he could be in Burford, Oxfordshire, for a while – aldabras can live to 150.

Nazi thugs in Scotland


This video from Wales is called EDL Nazi Salutes in Swansea.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Nazi thugs harass Star sellers

Sunday 29 January 2012

by John Millington, Campaigns Reporter

Morning Star sellers and supporters were “abused and spat at” by nazi-saluting thugs in Glasgow on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said eight men rounded on the stall in Buchanan Street in the centre of the city with one filming the encounter while the others attempted to intimidate the sellers.

Communist Party of Britain Scottish secretary Tam Morrison said he tried to talk to some of the group but was ignored by the shaven-headed thugs.

“They were swearing, calling us child murderers and Islam lovers, doing nazi salutes in front of the stall,” he said.

“I was talking to a couple of them but the others were just wound up, spitting at the stall and at the comrades.

“They stayed for 15 minutes and then another four came.”

Mr Morrison, one of four people on the stall selling the paper, said one of the group was wearing a “white power” badge and he thought they were members or supporters of the far-right Scottish Defence League (SDL),

the appendix in Scotland of the English Defence League (EDL), involved with mass murderer Breivik

but this could not be confirmed.

This is not the first time a progressive stall has been targeted by fascists in the area.

Last month the Palestine Solidarity Campaign suffered a similar attack.

But an unintimidated Mr Morrison said: “We just faced them down – we weren’t moving.

“We are calling on the labour movement to show solidarity and to help reclaim our streets from the fascists.”

In this well-written and provocative book Gavin Bowd sets out to show how “Scotland provided its own cohort of idealists, fanatics and traitors for extreme racist, nationalist and authoritarian politics”: here.

London against war in Iran, Syria


Here are videos from the London demonstration against war on Iran.

From the Huffington Post:

Stop The War Protests Against Iran And Syria Intervention

28/01/2012 16:35 Updated: 28/01/2012 16:54

Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in central London today at a demonstration against Western intervention in Iran and Syria.

The rally, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, took place outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square with a number of speakers addressing the 200-strong crowd.

Protesters waved banners bearing the words “Don’t attack Iran” and “Hands off Iran and Syria“, while the crowd joined together in chanting: “One, two, three, four, we don’t want another war. Five, six, seven, eight, stop the killing, stop the hate.”

The coalition opposes all military intervention from the West in Iran as concern that the Middle Eastern country is developing nuclear weapons grows.

The group says there is “absolutely no justification” for Western countries to become involved.

Stop the War Coalition activist John Rees said the uprising that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a year ago proved that oppressed people in the Middle East could fight for themselves.

He said: “Here is a people who without the bombers and the bullets, the tanks and the soldiers, or the United States, or Britain, or any of the Western powers, pulled down a dictatorship on their own.

“Even after a year’s still further struggle, there is not one single Egyptian revolutionary who will ask for support from the United States or military assistance from the United States, and it is because of this: they are still being shot down in the streets by Egyptian soldiers who are using American weapons and American bullets, so why would they ask for help from their killers?”

Rees said that history showed that foreign intervention led to the future of these countries not being controlled by their own people.

He told protesters: “After they are finished, the resources of these countries will not be in the hands of the country’s people, they will not be democratically controlled by the people of these countries, they will be controlled by the masters of the people who will be working in this building (the US embassy).”

He added: “Ordinary people have the capacity to deal with the dictatorships.

“They have the capacity to go on fighting week after week, month after month, to get democracy, to control their societies, to abolish poverty, and they will not stop fighting until they get it.

“Our business, the business of people who live in this country, is to make sure that they have the space and the freedom to do it.

“Our business is the business of keeping our Government off the back of people in the Middle East and giving them their chance to achieve freedom and democracy for themselves.”

Iranian activist Shirin Shafaie said the West had shown “double standards” in previous conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She said: “Double standards are the worst enemy of justice and injustice is the worst enemy of peace.

“We must make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

“We are here to make sure there is not another war anywhere in the world, which is led by America or European countries.”

See also here.

Opposition supporters in Bahrain have expressed concern that escalating tensions between Iran and the West may further stifle their calls for democratic reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom: here.

US military preparations for war on Iran: here.

Americans Oppose War: But Does The Government Care? Here.

The New York Times and the drive to war against Iran: here.