Stop Cameron’s war plans in Syria, British peace movement says

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Syria: western military intervention will be catastrophic like in Iraq

28 August 2013

Lindsey German from Stop the War Coalition interviewed on BBC News 28.08.13 makes the case that military intervention by the western powers in the Middle East has brought nothing but catastrophe to the region. Instead of threatening to attack and pouring arms into the country, America and Britain should stop blocking attempts to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war.

By Lindsey German in Britain:

Syria: The woeful legacy of Britain’s aggression

Saturday 3rd October 2015

No level of destruction or suffering deters the PM from repeating our mistakes in the Middle East, writes LINDSEY GERMAN

TOP of the agenda at this week’s UN meeting in New York is the catastrophic war in Syria. After four years of civil war, the country has seen many casualties, huge numbers of refugees and the rise of Islamic State (Isis). Syria is now effectively partitioned, with Bashar al-Assad’s regime controlling only a fifth of the area, and with large parts in the hands of Isis.

The explosion of the refugee crisis in Europe over the summer, plus the greater intervention of Russia in order to shore up Assad, has brought the matter to a head. Yet despite the talk of political and diplomatic solutions, bombing is still very much on the agenda if David Cameron has his way.

The Tory government is desperate to escalate its intervention in the Middle East once again. In 2013 Cameron attempted to win a vote in Parliament to bomb, but was defeated. Then his target was Assad: this time he wants to bomb Assad’s opponent, Isis. The only consistency lies in the fact that in either case his solution is bombing.

Cameron is pushing for another vote on military escalation, and is likely to table such a vote when Parliament resumes sitting in October. Stepping up intervention in Syria will only increase the violence, chaos and suffering there. It will also lead to an increase in the number of people fleeing the already war-torn country.

Every intervention has led to death, injury, a massive refugee problem and continuing war in the countries affected.

Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are all still war-torn, and are all the source of huge numbers of refugees. They give the lie to the idea that Britain’s involvement is humanitarian — it is about military and political power and strategic control of the Middle East.

Britain has been the most aggressive country in Europe over the last 15 years, leading military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Yet it has done little to help the victims of the wars it so enthusiastically pursues and it has been at the forefront of opposing a humane policy towards refugees.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has broken the cross-party consensus which has prevailed for most of the past decade and a half, with Labour and the Tories both supporting wars (the vote by Labour against the bombing in 2013 was a rare if welcome exception). Jeremy faces the prospect of a number of his own MPs breaking ranks and supporting the Tories, something that makes it imperative that there is not a free vote allowed by Labour on this.

A resolution to Labour conference this week opposes bombing unless a number of stringent conditions are met — a scenario that is highly unlikely. If this resolution is passed then all Labour MPs should respect party policy and oppose Cameron’s bombing.

It also makes it imperative that those who oppose war do everything they can to make their views known to MPs of all parties, but especially to Labour MPs.

The Stop the War Coalition lobbying tool is a quick and easy way of doing this. Everyone can use the online link in two minutes to send a message to their MP calling on them to vote against military intervention. Already more than 1,600 people have done so, and we are encouraging many more to take this step.

It is not, of course, the only way in which we are campaigning. We will have a contingent at the TUC demonstration at the Tory conference this Sunday in Manchester. We are also planning a lobby of Parliament, political meetings, a petition and street protests against the bombing.

But even if you can’t attend any of those, you can send your MP a message.

Another destructive bombing campaign is no solution whatsoever. It will increase the number of refugees and help to fuel further terrorism. Tell your MP to stand against further military escalation in Syria and prevent another disastrous intervention.

British Conservative pig race, during Cameron’s pig scandal

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#PigGate: New book says PM Cameron put his dong into dead pig‘s mouth at Oxford party – TomoNews

22 September 2015

LONDON — A new book is making some rather salacious claims about UK Prime Minister David Cameron‘s days at Oxford, including that he once placed his “gentleman’s area” into the mouth of a dead pig.

The unauthorized biography, titled “Call me Dave” was authored by Cameron’s former political ally, Lord Ashcroft, and journalist Isabel Oakeshott.

It includes the claim that Britain’s conservative Prime Minister “put a private part of his anatomy into a dead pig’s mouth” during an initiation ritual at the Piers Gaveston Society sometime before 1988.

The source of the claim, himself a member of the British Parliament, allegedly first publicly mentioned the debauchery during a business dinner in June 2014, and then repeated the accusation twice since then.

Lord Ashcroft writes in the book that perhaps the story is indeed a case of mistaken identity, but he continues, “… It is an elaborate story for an otherwise credible figure to invent.”

These are not the first stories that have been printed regarding David Cameron‘s active social life during his time as a student at Oxford, where he joined the famous — or infamous — Bullingdon Club, whose members were rather devoted to the consumption of alcohol.

The overall image that emerges from “Call Me Dave” is that of a spoiled rich kid enjoying the high life at Oxford, a kid who apparently did not imagine himself becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom some day.

James Delingpole, an Oxford friend of Mr. Cameron, also claims he and the future PM smoked marijuana as part of a cannabis appreciation Oxford group called the “Flan Club.” Mr. Cameron reportedly enjoyed getting high with Delingpole while listening to the rock band Supertramp.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tory pig race trotting on after cancellation furore

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

A LOCAL Conservative party group promised yesterday that a fundraising pig race event will go ahead, despite reports it had been cancelled amid swilling allegations about David Cameron’s student days.

Dewsbury County Conservative Association (DCCA), in West Yorkshire, had planned a pig race fundraising evening next month but Facebook users yesterday received a message claiming it had been cancelled.

The group later took to Twitter to reassure people that the “exciting and unpredictable evening” would go ahead as planned.

DCCA’s initial cancellation followed the publication of extracts from a new book by billionaire businessman and former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Ashcroft, in which he alleged that Mr Cameron placed “a private part of his anatomy” in the mouth of a dead pig as part of a bizarre student initiation ritual.

But Dewsbury Tories later refuted the rumours, which had been spammed all over social media, by Tweeting: “The event is still going ahead — someone was a bit premature with Facebook.”

Racegoers will be provided with pulled pork sandwiches as part of the £7.50 entry fee.

The poem Severed Pig’s Head is here.

Another poem on this is here.

David Cameron’s Libya, Syria, pig scandals, fellow Conservative reveals

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Twitter reacts to Lord Ashcroft’s Cameron biography excerpts

21 September 2015

Lord Ashcroft‘s biography on PM David Cameron have caused a stir after portions were printed in the Daily Mail today. One particular allegation has caught the imagination of Twitter users, causing a small meltdown overnight.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

David Cameron accused of ‘doing an Iraq‘ in Libya as general and White House official condemn ‘incompetent’ PM’s actions

A source at the White House claims they were ‘f****ed over’ on Libya and Syria

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Tuesday 22 September 2015

David Cameron’s actions over Libya have been condemned by a former Tory chairman as “doing an Iraq” while his decisions on both Syria and Libya left the White House feeling “f****ed over”, according to revelations made in a new book.

Former Tory chairman Michael Ancram made the comparison between Mr Cameron’s actions in Libya and Tony Blair’s in Iraq, in a new unofficial biography of the Prime Minister entitled Call Me Dave and written by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft. The book is being serialised in the Daily Mail, where the claims have been published.

Mr Ancram tells the authors – Lord Ashcroft and journalist Isabel Oakeshott – that Mr Cameron’s decisions over Libya have left the country “ungovernable… with vast amounts of weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenal moved south of the border, arming Boko Haram.”

A senior American government insider allegedly said the White House felt “f****ed over” by Mr Cameron on both Libya and Syria, while General Sir David Richards allegedly told the Prime Minister that being in the Combined Cadet Force at Eton did not make him qualified enough to make decisions over complex military operations and the tactics employed in them.

One White House insider is quoted as saying: “It was one of those astonishing displays of incompetence that sort of leaves you wondering about how, you know, have we all got this far?”

The revelation of Mr Cameron’s apparently poor handling of Syria and Libya follows Lord Ashcroft’s extraordinary allegations that the Prime Minister reportedly “inserted a private part of his anatomy” into the mouth of a dead pig and that he smoked cannabis while studying at Oxford University.

In an unauthorised biography of the Prime Minister entitled ‘Call Me Dave’ and serialised in the Daily Mail it is alleged that an anonymous MP knew of a photograph of the incident with the pig’s head, which is claimed to have taken place during a notorious Piers Gaveston Society event although the anonymous MP adds that it could have been a case of mistaken identity and that he had not seen any evidence himself.

The book has been written by ex-Conservative party treasurer Lord Ashcroft, who has donated millions to the party in the past.

It is also alleged that Mr Cameron knew in 2009 of Lord Ashcroft’s “non dom” status – a year earlier than the Prime Minister had previously said to have known. The revelation that Lord Ashcroft did not pay UK tax on his overseas earnings was made in March 2010. At the time the Prime Minister said he had only known of the situation for a month.

The Prime Minister and the Tory peer fell out after the general election when Lord Ashcroft failed to be given a top position in the Coalition government in 2010, though he claims the work is “not about settling scores”.

The book has been co-written by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who also denied the book was written out of revenge. She told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One: “If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft and I could have published it ahead of the election.”

British politicians are obsessed with bombing the Middle East, says Afghanistan veteran MP. Clive Lewis says launching airstrikes in Syria is a ‘knee-jerk reaction’: here.

No to refugees, yes to refugee-causing wars, British government says

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Iraqi refugees mark six years of war in poverty – 21 March 2009

Six years on from the Iraq war millions of its citizens are marking the anniversary as refugees in another country.

There are around 700 thousand Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Most are poor and destitute as they do not have the right to work. Even if the security situation is improving in Iraq they can not afford to go home.

Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El Shamayleh reports on what life is like for some of them.

By Luke James in Britain:

David Cameron: only military can solve humanitarian crisis

Thursday 10th September 2015

DAVID CAMERON claimed yesterday that Britain must use “hard military force” to solve the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

The Tory Prime Minister’s chest-beating suggests that a second vote seeking Parliament’s permission to bomb Syria is imminent — he lost the first in 2013.

His comments at Prime Minister’s questions (PMQs) come just two days after he revealed that he had authorised a drone strike in Syria that killed two British jihadists.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards warned: “This reckless rhetoric should sound alarm bells for all those committed to ending, not intensifying, this brutal conflict.”

In her final PMQs as acting Labour leader, Harriet Harman used all six of her questions to ask about the government’s meagre response to the refugee crisis.

Mr Cameron said: “We can do all we can as a moral, humanitarian nation by taking people and spending money on aid and helping in refugee camps.”

But he added: “Assad has to go, Isil (an acronym for Islamic State) has to go.

“And some of that will require not just spending money, not just aid, not just diplomacy, but it will on occasion require hard military force.”

However, opposition parties united later to table a motion demanding that the government do more to “provide sanctuary to our fellow human beings.”

It called on the Prime Minister to increase the number of refugees Britain will take from 20,000, including refugees already in Europe.

“Considering that the refugee crisis we are witnessing is a direct result of military action in the Middle East by Western governments, further action will only heighten human misery in the region,” Mr Edwards added.

During PMQs, Green MP Caroline Lucas raised the role of British arms sales in creating instability in the region.

Speaking as the world’s biggest annual arms fair began in London, Ms Lucas asked: “Is it not time for the government to recognise the link between arms sales and the terrible tragedy that we see unfolding around us?”

‘David Cameron plans for illegal British bombing of Syria’

This video from London, England is calleed Protest against war in Syria – US Embassy 03-09-2013 Jeremy Corbyn and Kate Hudson.

By Luke James in Britain:

PM will ‘exploit Labour row to win support for Syria attack’

Monday 10th July 2015

DAVID CAMERON is planning to take advantage of Labour’s leadership turmoil to win Parliament’s support for bombing in Syria, Andy Burnham warned yesterday.

MPs have already blocked bombing plans once, but Mr Burnham believes the Tory PM is planning to call a second vote within days following the election of the new Labour leader.

The Labour leadership candidate said it would be “disrespectful” to the public to try to ambush the opposition.

“The message I would just send back to Cameron at this stage is: Treat us with respect because it’s not about the Labour Party,” he told the Huffington Post.

“The opposition is the country in this, we’ve got to test what they are saying on behalf of the country.

“And if they try to bounce the opposition into this they are not treating the country with respect.”

The result of Labour’s leadership election will be revealed at a special conference on Saturday September 12 — five days before MPs are due to sit again on September 17. However there have been suggestions Mr Cameron is preparing to recall Parliament.

Mr Burnham said he would not rule out support for bombing if he becomes leader, but suggested it would be illegal.

British pilots have already been secretly embedded on US bombing missions in Iraq and Syria.

Now the government is under pressure to investigate claims the raids have claimed the lives of 459 civilians, including more than 100 children.

SNP foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond said: “The government’s behaviour in this matter is entirely unacceptable — effectively participating in a bombing campaign by stealth. We now need an investigation into these new findings on civilian deaths and we need it urgently.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement in parliament Monday that he had authorised the extra-judicial killings of British citizens in Syria raises issues of fundamental importance: here.

The dirty secret about the Obama administration’s “regime change” strategy in Syria is that it amounts to a de facto alliance with Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front which is driving toward a possible victory with direct and indirect aid from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel: here.

The road to war is paved with a thousand lies. A fresh fib was tossed on the lie-cluttered warpath to Syria, when it was announced that the U.S. and Turkey would create a “safe zone” inside of Syria — supposedly to be aimed against ISIS: here.