Cameron, don’t abuse Paris terror for warmongering

This video from the USA says about itself:

It’s Time to Talk About GW Bush’s Role in Creating ISIS

4 February 2015

Thom Hartmann says we need to have a conversation about how U.S. foreign policy under Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan has led to extremist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS.

By Lindsey German in Britain:

When will Britain learn? More war is not the answer

Saturday 21st November 2015

Behind Cameron’s new round of banging the drum for war lies a total failure of most politicians to admit the reasons for the growth of Isis, writes LINDSEY GERMAN

“We are going to war.” These are the remarks of a “senior Cabinet minister” following David Cameron’s speech on Tuesday when he declared his intention to put further military intervention — this time the bombing of Syria — to a vote in Parliament.

Last week that vote looked less than likely, especially following the report from the House of Commons foreign affairs select committee, chaired by Tory MP Crispin Blunt, which was extremely critical of a strategy of air strikes in Syria.

But a week is a long time in politics. Cameron is assuming that the wave of revulsion following the attacks in Paris will increase support for further military intervention.

Although opinion polling on this varies, some may well be swayed by the argument that “something must be done” to stop further killings.

It is a good question, but the problem is that military intervention is precisely the wrong answer.

To start with, there already is military intervention in Syria. At present the US has been bombing Syria for over a year.

Since September, France has been involved alongside them, although other members of a coalition put together last year, including Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, have effectively withdrawn from bombing.

The bombing has failed in its stated aim, to weaken and defeat Isis. Even by the admission of the US, the group is as strong as it was before the bombing began, despite thousands of Isis supporters having been killed by the attacks. In the month after the bombing began, 8,000 joined Isis alone.

In addition, Iraq is already being bombed, including by Britain, with little evidence that this is affecting the strength of Isis.

Russia too has been bombing Syria. Whereas that bombing, which I oppose, was met with warnings of it increasing the threat of terrorism for Russia, any suggestion that this might also apply to other countries is met with derision.

Yet both Russia and France have now experienced severe terrorist attacks. Are we saying they have no connection to the bombings being carried out?

Behind Cameron’s new round of banging the drum for war lies a total failure on the part of most politicians to admit the reasons for the growth of Isis and other groups.

Because the inescapable truth is that the “war on terror,” as it was named after September 11, has not only failed to stop terrorism, it has presided over a massive growth of groups linked to al-Qaida and Isis, in an increasing number of countries, in those years.

One major reason for this has been the invasions, wars and occupations which the West has carried out over the past 14 years.

In every case, large numbers of civilians have been killed. Many more have been displaced and made refugees, and whole societies have been ruined by the ongoing consequences of war.

Every single one of those wars involving our government is still going on — Afghanistan, where the Taliban is strong in many areas and where Isis is also growing — Iraq, and Libya where tens of thousands have been killed by bombing and where the country is embroiled in a civil war.

Religious sectarianism and ethnic division has often been fostered, as it was in Iraq under the US occupation.

Isis itself is a child of war. Its origin lies in those fighting against Western occupation in Iraq in 2007, and it eventually spread to Syria in 2013 following the civil war there.

It was backed by key Saudi figures and Qatar in terms of arms and finance. Turkey, a Nato member and Western ally, has given major logistical support to Isis at various times, and has allowed it to sell oil across the Turkish border, providing a major lifeline.

Despite supposedly joining in attacks on Isis, it has been much keener to attack the Kurds in Syria, who actually are fighting Isis on the ground.

A good start in dealing with Isis would be for the allies of the Western powers to stop supporting it.

In terms of funding and ideology, Isis is close to Saudi Arabia, which is a valued Western ally.

It has been bombing Yemen for months, with little complaint from the Western powers, and this week the US agreed a £1.2 billion arms and bombs deal with Saudi Arabia.

The British arms industry relies heavily on the desert despotism, flying flags on government buildings at half-mast when the king died, and turning a blind eye to human rights and women’s rights abuses.

Instead, we are told that bombing is the only way to deal with Isis. It will further inflame the Middle East, and possibly will lead to a much wider war.

After 14 years of war across south Asia and the Middle East, millions are the casualties, including those killed in Paris last week. We have to stop those wars.

One of Cameron’s aims is to isolate Jeremy Corbyn in his own party, by fomenting rebellion led by right-wing Labour MPs.

We have a big job to do in the weeks ahead protesting, lobbying MPs and building the case against war. Honest accounting from those who voted for past wars is probably not an option.

Lindsey German is convener of the Stop the War Coalition. Go to for lobbying tools and details of events.

IT WILL be deeply ironic if climate activists from around the world are among the first to fall foul of France’s emergency powers. Of course, those campaigners have nothing to do with the brutal attacks on Paris last Friday night. On the contrary — they will challenge the unequal, unsustainable and militaristic policies on which terrorism has thrived: here.

‘Jihadi John’ ISIS murderer murdered, victims’ families disagree

This video from the USA says about itself:

Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes – Devastating Report

“…a new Amnesty International investigation that found, among other points, that at least 19 civilians in the surrounding area of North Waziristan [in Pakistan] had been killed in just two of the drone attacks since January 2012 — a time when the Obama administration has held that strikes have been increasingly accurate and free of mistakes. The study is to be officially released on Tuesday along with a separate Human Rights Watch report on American drone strikes in Yemen, as the issue is again surfacing on other fronts.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a vocal critic of the drone campaign, is to meet with President Obama in the White House. And on Friday, the drone debate is scheduled to spill onto the floor of the United Nations, whose officials have recently published reports that attacked America’s lack of transparency over drones…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.


By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Cameron slammed for revelling in Emwazi assassination

Saturday 14th November 2015

Medieval murderer should have been held to account in a court of law say victims’ families, Labour and rights campaigners

PRIME MINISTER David Cameron described Britain’s role in the extrajudicial killing of one of its own citizens as “the right thing to do” yesterday — but faced criticism over his attitude toward “state-sponsored assassinations.”

Mr Cameron was speaking following unconfirmed reports that Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” had been killed in a British-US drone strike against terror group Islamic State (Isis).

Mr Cameron said Britain had been working “hand in glove” round the clock with US operatives to track down and target the militant, who he described as Isis’s “lead executioner.”

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook confirmed US forces conducted an air strike in Raqqa on Thursday night targeting Emwazi.

However many of the victim’s families and friends have said they wanted Emwazi caught alive.

Mr Haines’s widow Dragana said Emwazi did not deserve an “honourable” death and there would have been “moral satisfaction” if he had been captured alive.

Louise Woodward-Styles, a friend of murdered hostage Alan Henning who organised a candlelit vigil for the taxi driver after he was captured, was “sceptical” about labelling the killing as a success.

Drones are not the answer, nor is bombing innocent people,” she said. “I would rather he be brought back to face justice.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We await identification of the person targeted in last night’s US air attack in Syria.

“It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his callous and brutal crimes.

“However, it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law.

“These events only underline the necessity of accelerating international efforts, under the auspices of the UN, to bring an end to the Syrian conflict as part of a comprehensive regional settlement.”

Campaigning group Cage also criticised the move, reaffirming its opposition to extrajudicial killing of any kind.

State-sponsored targeted assassinations undercut the judicial processes that provide the lessons by which spirals of violence can be stopped,”it said in a statement.

“Emwazi should have been tried as a war criminal.”

Emwazi came to notoriety in videos depicting the beheading of British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines and US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

He also appeared masked in videos showing the killings of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and Japanese journalists Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa.

Former prime minister Tony Blair claimed it was right to “take the fight” to Isis — and suggested the killing of Emwazi underlined the need for Britain to join US air strikes in Syria.

Britain’s Cameron welcomes Egyptian dictator Sisi

This video says about itself:

Egyptian Female Activist Shaima al-Sabbagh Killed By Police In Tahrir Square Protest

24 January 2015

Shocking Moment: female socialist activist is gunned down by police during demonstrations on 4th anniversary of Arab Spring [against] Hosni Mubarak

A woman was killed on Saturday in Cairo after the police fired shotgun pellets at a handful of socialist activists marching to Tahrir Square with flowers to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators killed there during the revolution that began on Jan 25 2011, witnesses said.

A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, which fellow protesters said were fired by police to disperse the march. Al Sabbagh who was said to be 34 years old with a five year old son, was shot while she peacefully marched towards the Tahrir Square to lay a commemorative wreath of roses.

Egyptian activists shared graphic images of Ms. Sabbagh’s last moments on social networks. Photographs and video recorded before the police moved in seemed to show the protesters, including Ms. Sabbagh, standing peacefully outside the Air France KLM office in Talaat Harb Square near Tahrir. As officers charged at the protesters, guns drawn, shots rang out and Ms. Sabbagh fell to the pavement. Al-Sabbagh was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.

By Luke James in Britain:

Jeremy Corbyn slams PM for red carpet welcome for Egyptian President Sissi

Thursday 5th November 2015

JEREMY CORBYN has accused David Cameron of displaying “contempt” for democracy and human rights by “rolling out the red carpet” for Egyptian president Abdel Fatah el-Sissi.

The Prime Minister will today welcome the former head of Egypt’s army, who ousted democratically elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, to No 10 to discuss “security co-operation” over Libya.

Labour’s leader will not meet Mr Sissi and has criticised Mr Cameron for hosting a “coup leader” accused of human rights abuses.

Amnesty International report that hundreds have been sentenced to death after “grossly unfair trials,” while thousands more have been arrested in a “crackdown on dissent.”

And in a statement ahead of the visit, Mr Corbyn said the invitation “makes a mockery of government claims to be promoting peace and justice in the region.”

Support for dictatorial regimes in the Middle East has been a key factor fuelling the spread of terrorism,” he added.

“Rather than rolling out the red carpet to President Sissi, the Prime Minister should suspend arms exports to Egypt until democratic and civil rights are restored.”

Downing Street has insisted “no issues are off the table” when asked whether Mr Cameron would raise human rights abuses.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Caat) last night staged a protest over the visit outside Downing Street.

The Con-Dem government presided over a total of £156 million worth of arms sales to Egypt, according to Caat.

Spokesman Andrew Smith said: “If the government cares about human rights and democracy then it must end arms sales to Egypt and put a stop to the political support that bolsters the regime.”

Top Tory slams David Cameron’s decision to invite Egyptian president al-Sisi to the UK. Crispin Blunt, chairman of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee, says no one should be in any doubt the price Egypt has paid for President al-Sisi’s crackdown on dissent in his bid to bring stability to the country: here.

DAVID CAMERON came under attack yesterday from a senior member of his own party for his decision to invite Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to Britain. Commons foreign affairs committee chairman Crispin Blunt told MPs that Mr Sissi must be held accountable for the deaths and imprisonment of opposition activists since 2013, when the army overthrew then president Mohammed Morsi following mass protests: here.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi feted by UK government: here.

In echoes of Britain’s support of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s along with the US, and Margaret Thatcher’s thanks to August Pinochet for “bringing democracy to Chile”, Britain will host Egyptian junta leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on a state visit in November: here.

Egypt’s military intelligence summoned investigative journalist Hossam Baghat this AM: here.

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

This video from Britain says about itself:

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.

David Cameron’s support for launching air strikes on jihadists in Syria has been condemned as “incoherent” by an influential Tory-controlled Commons committee as reports claim that the Prime Minister has dropped plans to push for bombing raids in the country. The Prime Minister has failed to make the case for launching military action against Isis fighters in Syria and, MPs say in a new report, is yet to produce a clear plan for defeating the jihadists or ending the country’s bloody civil war: here.

The new U.S. “group think” is that Russian President Putin broke his promise to attack only the Islamic State when his warplanes hit other rebel targets in Syria. But Putin never limited which terrorists he’d hit and the targeted rebel coalition includes Al Qaeda’s affiliate, as Robert Parry reports: here.

British Conservative pig race, during Cameron’s pig scandal

This video about Britain says about itself:

#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.