Saudi regime kills with British Conservative support

This 22 August 2018 video from Britain says about itself:

Theresa May’s husband’s firm profits from Yemen school bus massacre

Theresa May’s husband’s firm [Capital Group] owns shares in the [Lockheed Martin] company that produced a bomb which killed 40 Yemeni children on a school bus.

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

May’s backing for the lawless and inhuman Saudi regime must be challenged

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump upset Theresa May with his assessment that her shabby Brexit deal represents good business for the EU, but the two are conjoined on another issue — Saudi Arabia.

Responsibility for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is widely attributed to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — but not by Trump and May.

Save the Children is the latest humanitarian NGO to target Riyadh’s military blockade of Yemen as responsible for most of the 85,000 Yemeni children aged under five estimated to have died of hunger and disease since the civil war began in 2015.

The international aid group makes clear that Saudi throttling of relief efforts, especially the ongoing assault on the port of Hodeidah, has caused monthly food imports to fall by 55,000 tons — enough to feed 4.4 million people.

The despotic Saudi royal family rejects calls to suspend its blockade and bombing of civilian areas

Trump and May are grimly determined to maintain their close ties with Saudi Arabia, including sales of military hardware to the medieval dictatorship that holds sway in Riyadh — and to hell with Yemen’s suffering population, including the children.

The US president is brazen enough to justify his “profits over humanity” stance by parroting his America First mantra, while the Prime Minister is less brash but equally nauseating in asserting that, if Britain didn’t sell arms to Riyadh, other states would.

How will the suffering of the poor and vulnerable across the globe ever be brought to an end if the most economically advanced states put their arms industries’ profits before the need to save children’s lives?

Washington and London also allude to Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical relevance as a counterweight, alongside their ally Israel, to the influence of Iran.

So Yemen’s children must suffer and die because of the demand for dividends by shareholders in companies run by British and US merchants of death, alongside politicians’ insistence on isolating Iran, even to the extent of pursuing sanctions against Tehran in breach of international law.

Iran has complied with international demands made of it over its civilian nuclear programme. It signed up to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and, according to the United Nations, has met all its commitments.

But Trump — working from a might-is-right position — ignores the UN, stepping up sanctions and demanding that subservient US allies toe his line.

But while May and company comply, the US Senate, where Trump’s party enjoys a majority, has developed the makings of a spine, rejecting his administration’s backing for the Saudi war in Yemen.

Republican Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate foreign relations committee, referred to “a [Saudi] crown prince that’s out of control,” while Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said it was time to send Saudi Arabia a message “both on its violation of human rights and the incredible humanitarian catastrophe it’s creating in Yemen.”

Both Republicans and Democrats are no strangers to supporting overseas invasions in the cause of Wall Street profits, but their readiness to unite in a bipartisan motion to clip Trump’s wings can’t be underestimated.

What will it take for members of May’s party to accept that human decency demands a fresh approach to Riyadh’s lawless and inhuman rampage?

Khashoggi cannot be brought back to life any more than tens of thousands of dead Yemeni children, but a belated principled stand — sidelining the obsession with “defence”-sector profits — could help prevent future atrocities.

Government sold £2.5 million of spy gear to the Saudis this year alone. The British government is complicit in the brutal oppression of pro-democracy campaigners, says Campaign Against Arms Trade: here.

Residents of the embattled Red Sea port of Hodeidah in Yemen reported Friday that renewed fighting had broken out on the city’s outskirts, despite a cease-fire agreement signed just the day before by the US- and Saudi-backed puppet government and the Houthi rebels: here.

British Conservatives soft on UAE human rights violations

British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May shakes hands with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of UAE member state Abu Dhabi in 2017

This photo shows British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May shaking hands with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) member state Abu Dhabi in 2017.

The UAE participates in the bloody war by Saudi Arabia on the people of Yemen. There are UAE torture jails for imprisoned Yemenis. Like Saudi Arabia and other Saudi coalition states, eg Bahrain, the UAE wages its war on Yemen with, eg, British weapons.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Tories put relations with UAE above welfare of its citizens, says wife of jailed academic

THE British government is putting its relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before the welfare of one of its citizens, the wife of a jailed academic charged today.

Daniela Tejada condemned the Foreign Office over its handling of the case of British citizen Matthew Hedges, who has been locked up for life in the UAE over allegations of spying.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who met the UAE British ambassador today, said he had threatened the UAE with “serious diplomatic consequences” if Mr Hedges is not freed as there is “absolutely no evidence” to support the charge.

But Ms Tejada said Britain had “failed” to take a strong position from the start.

She said: “I was under the impression they were putting their interests with the UAE above a British citizen’s rightful freedom and his welfare. They were stepping on eggshells instead of taking a firm stance.

“I believe that they should have taken a firmer stance from the beginning, if not publicly then through their private representations.”

Ms Tejada added that she believes Britain should stop at nothing to free the “innocent” Mr Hedges, who was imprisoned on “completely fabricated” evidence.

Mr Hedges, a Middle Eastern studies specialist at Durham University, was arrested at Dubai Airport in May and has been held in solitary confinement since. His family claims his “mental and physical health seriously deteriorated” while in confinement.

A Foreign Office spokesman did not say what form any possible diplomatic consequences could take other than that a number of options are available.

Will the British Conservative government seriously consider the option of stopping to sell the UAE autocracy British weapons for the disastrous war in Yemen? And stopping to train UAE army officers in Britain? And stopping to train UAE torturers? I hope so, but I don’t count on it.

British government inaction ends in life sentence for PhD student in UAE: here.

UAE: call on Grand Prix drivers and fans to tweet support for jailed student Matthew Hedges: here.

UPDATE: Spy charges: UAE gives Matthew Hedges a presidential pardon. British academic, who was accused of spying on behalf of his government, to be freed as part of a national day amnesty: here.

Academics at New York University condemned the life sentence handed down to British academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates for supposed espionage in an open letter to NYU President Andrew Hamilton. While Hedges has since been granted clemency following international outrage, his case underscores the contempt with which the UAE government—with which New York University has deep ties—views academic freedom: here.

British Conservative cover-up of Grenfell disaster scandal

This 7 November 2018 video from Britain says about itself:

UK Government “Gags” Criticism of Theresa May over Grenfell Tragedy

Anya Parampil reports on recent revelations that a company contracted by the UK government to work on the Grenfell Tower after it burned down in 2017 was forced to sign a gag order, vowing not to criticize Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of the catastrophe. Former member of UK Parliament, George Galloway, joins Anya to discuss what he sees as May’s failure to respond to the tragedy, which left at least 72 people dead.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Friday, 9 November 2018

Tories insist on ‘gagging orders’ to cover up for their crimes against workers

IT EMERGED this week that the company hired by the Tories to test for flammable cladding on government and other public buildings in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire atrocity has been ‘gagged’ from criticising prime minister Theresa May.

The company, WSP, was required to sign a UK government contract worth in excess of £100,000 to test these buildings twelve days after the fire at Grenfell which claimed the lives of 72 men, women and children.

A requirement of this deal was that WSP sign a gagging clause in the contract that insisted that the company did nothing publicly that could create ‘adverse publicity’ for, or ‘embarrass’, May or members of the Tory cabinet.

One member of her cabinet office and a close colleague of May’s who was at particular risk of exposure was her new chief of staff at the time, Gavin Barwell. Barwell was one of a succession of Tory housing ministers who had ‘sat on’ and blocked a report warning that high-rise blocks like Grenfell were at extreme risk from flammable cladding for four years before the inferno!

The Tories desperate attempts to cover up their complicity with the cladding companies in covering tower blocks across the country with flammable material didn’t just start after the Grenfell fire.

Apart from them blocking the report recommending the removal of these incendiary death traps, Tory-run Kensington and Chelsea Council threatened a resident of Grenfell Tower with court action to stop him from blogging about fire safety in the block, accusing him of ‘defamatory behaviour’ and ‘harassment’.

Labour MP David Lammy said of the gagging clause in the WSP contract that it demonstrated ‘unforgivable cowardice’ on the part of May – in fact it demonstrates above all the fear of the Tories about the hatred that this atrocity has caused throughout the working class towards them and the companies that pocketed billions out of their murderous cost-cutting.

The total disregard of the Tories and bosses towards the lives of working people has repulsed millions. The Tories are not just in a panic over the revelations about Grenfell.

Last month, it emerged that these gagging orders are rampant for companies and charities involved in working with families that have been devastated by Universal Credit.

Charities and groups working with claimants have been made to sign ‘gagging clauses’ that ban them from criticising or harming Tory work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey. According to newspaper reports, over 22 organisations have signed an agreement as part of deals concerning government funding of projects to help the unemployed find work.

This agreement contains a clause which orders them to ‘pay utmost regard to the standing and reputation’ of McVey and demands that they do ‘not do anything which might attract adverse publicity’ to her.

On Monday, McVey stood up in parliament and reeled off a list of charities which she claimed supported the roll-out of Universal Credit; no doubt she was confident that gagging clauses would prevent them from contradicting her.

In the event, her claims of support were repudiated by almost every charity. The plain truth is that all the gagging orders, blatant lies and cover-ups cannot salvage the reputation of May or McVey or any member of this Tory government.

They have earned the hatred of the working class for their criminal contempt for workers’ lives as seen at Grenfell and their determination to drive the working class into the most abject poverty through Universal Credit and austerity cuts.

They represent a bankrupt capitalist system that doesn’t give two hoots for anything except keeping their system alive by dumping the bankers’ crisis on the backs of the working class.

The hatred of workers towards this Tory government must now be turned into action by demanding that the TUC organise a general strike to kick them out and bring in a workers government and socialism.

A workers government will place the Tories and bosses in the dock to answer for their crimes against working people.