British David Cameron insults Syrian war refugees

This video from the USA says about itself:

Over 20 Governors Reject Syrian Refugees Fleeing ISIS

16 November 2015

Here in the United States our reactions to terrorism are oftentimes unfortunate. Several states are closing themselves to Syrian refugees out of fear of ISIS. The sad thing is that ISIS is the very group the refugees are fleeing.

By Luke James in Britain:

PM brands Syrian exiles bunch of migrants

Thursday 28th January 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day insult ‘dehumanises refugees to score political point’

CRASS David Cameron came under fire yesterday for branding families fleeing Syria’s civil war a “bunch of migrants.”

The Prime Minister was accused of “dehumanising” people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in order to score political points.

Campaigners and MPs said the fact that the comments came on Holocaust Memorial Day made them even more inappropriate.

It was the second time the Tory leader’s rhetoric on refugees has attracted condemnation — he described them as a “swarm” at the height of the crisis last summer.

His latest outburst came as he struggled to answer questions from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about Google’s tax avoidance.

In a cynical deflection technique, the Prime Minister sneered that Mr Corbyn has “met a bunch of migrants in Calais” at the weekend and “said they could all come to Britain.”

A Labour source, who had accompanied Mr Corbyn on the visit to Calais, said the comments “demonstrate an attitude that is wholly unnacceptable towards a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep.”

Yvette Cooper, who heads Labour’s refugee taskforce, called a point of order following Prime Minister’s questions.

She said: “The house will have heard many tributes made to Holocaust Memorial Day today and the Holocaust Educational Trust campaign doesn’t stand by.

“In that light and in that spirit, don’t you think that it was inappropriate for the Prime Minister to use language referring to the refugee crisis in Europe and talk about ‘a bunch of migrants’?”

But Refugee Council head of advocacy Dr Lisa Doyle said: “When we are facing the greatest refugee crisis of our time, it is disappointing the Prime Minister is using flippant remarks to score political points.

“The Prime Minister should be showing political leadership and work with other European countries to ensure that people can live in safety and dignity.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attack on refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, France as a “bunch of migrants” during Prime Minister’s Question Time in parliament Wednesday was deliberately inflammatory: here.

Did British Cameron get Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Council?

This video says about itself:

9 December 2015

Is Britain Putting Weapon Sales [to Saudi Arabia] over the Lives of Children in Yemen?

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Exclusive: UK Government urged to reveal its role in getting Saudi Arabia onto UN Human Rights Council

Liberal Democrat and Green Party leaders call on David Cameron to reveal whether British government supported Saudi bid

Adam Withnall, Charlie Cooper

The Government has been called upon to clarify the role it played in voting Saudi Arabia’s onto the UN Human Rights Council, after the kingdom executed 47 people in a single day sparking a backlash across the Middle East.

Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks last year purported to show that the UK was involved in a secret vote-trading deal to help ensure both countries a place on the influential panel.

The exchanges, related to the November 2013 vote in New York, were published by The Australian newspaper and have never been commented on by UK officials. Both Britain and Saudi Arabia were later named among the 47 member states of the UNHRC, following the secret ballot.

David Cameron has been accused by human rights campaigners of “turning a blind eye” to Saudi abuses, particularly in light of the killings this weekend that included the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

And speaking to The Independent, there were cross-party calls for the Government to issue a full response to last year’s alleged leak.

The Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, said the Saudi kingdom’s role on the UN council was “one of many issued raised by the mass executions”.

She called for a public inquiry into the leaked diplomatic cables and the UK’s alleged decision to support Saudi Arabia in spite of its human rights record.

Saudi Arabian government beheads, David Cameron silent

This video from Britain says about itself:

16 December 2015

Why is the British government still selling arms to Saudi Arabia, when they could be used on civilians in Yemen?

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

David Cameron criticised for turning ‘blind eye’ to mass executions in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia executed 47 prisoners on Saturday sparking global outrage

Caroline Mortimer

David Cameron‘s silence in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 prisoners, including a leading Shia cleric, that has sparked global outrage has been branded “utterly shameful”.

The Prime Minister has yet to comment publicly on the killings and human rights campaigners have urged him to condemn the mass killings.

The international human rights group Reprieve said the UK “must not turn a blind eye to such atrocities and must urgently appeal to the kingdom to change course”. The leading human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the UK Government’s stance on Saudi Arabia was “completely immoral”.

The kingdom has been widely condemned by the international community for executing scores of prisoners in Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and in the eastern and northern regions.

Among those killed was Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a leading Shia cleric who had been a political prisoner since 2012 and was a noted critic of the Saudi royal family. …

Reprieve said three other people involved in anti-government protests were among the dead, including two who were teenagers at the time of their arrest.

Maya Foa, director of the death penalty team at Reprieve, said: “The Saudi government is continuing to target those who have called for domestic reform in the kingdom, executing at least four of them today. There are now real concerns that those protesters sentenced to death as children could be next in line to face the swordsman‘s blade. Saudi Arabia‘s allies – including the US and UK – must not turn a blind eye to such atrocities and must urgently appeal to the kingdom to change course.”

Speaking on Sky News’ Murnaghan programme, Mr Tatchell said the government’s position on Saudi Arabia “does not make sense and it is completely immoral”.

He said it was “utterly shameful that David Cameron had not yet publicly condemned the kingdom’s actions.

Saudi Arabia and Isis are two sides of the same coin. They are motivated by the same extremist ideology, they use the same barbaric methods like beheading” he said, “[But] in British government policy we are against Isis but we are allied with Saudi Arabia“.

He said Saudi Arabia “was not known for its free and fair trials” so it was unclear whether the “terrorists” among the 47 were actually guilty.

The Prime Minister is yet to comment publicly on the executions. The Foreign Office released a statement yesterday reiterating Britain’s opposition to the death penalty – saying it undermined human dignity and was not a deterrent.

The EU has released a statement saying the case of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has raised “serious concerns regarding freedom of expression and the respect of basic civil and political rights” and potentially “enflamed further sectarian tensions“.

It reiterated its opposition to the death penalty – particularly mass executions – and called on Saudi authorities to “promote reconciliation between the different communit[ies] of the kingdom”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has said he is “deeply dismayed” about the executions.

A statement from his office said: “Sheik al-Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over the nature of the charges and the fairness of the process.

“The Secretary-General reiterates his strong stance against the death penalty. He points to the growing movement in the international community for the abolition of capital punishment and urges Saudi Arabia to commute all death sentences imposed in the Kingdom.”

Green party leader Natalie Bennett – speaking on Sky News – said the UN had been campaigning for Sheikh al-Nimr’s release.

She said: “This is a peaceful democracy campaigner who has just been executed.

“And I think one of the things there hasn’t been much focus on, perhaps because it so awful, is they displayed the bodies of those executed men on gibbets after they were executed…

“That’s the kind of regime we’re fawning to, we’re treating as a friend and ally, we’re bending over backwards and the government’s response to this has been totally inadequate – it is very disturbing.”

Regional sources told The Independent on Sunday that the executions were ordered as part of the rumoured feud between King Salman and his remaining brothers which has threatened the entire dynasty. …

President Barack Obama has yet to comment on the executions but White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes has urged the Saudi government to show restraint when it came to respecting human rights.

Amnesty International Middle East and north Africa director Philip Luther told AFP that the executions were used “to settle political scores”.

He said: “Those trials including the trial of Shiekh Nimr al Nimr were politicised on the one hand and grossly unfair, because the international standards for fair trial were grossly flouted.

“What is going on is an attempt to silence criticism of Saudi Arabia particularly among the Shia activist community.”

Human Rights Watch’s Middle East director said: “Regardless of the crimes allegedly committed, executing prisoners in mass only further stains Saudi Arabia’s troubling human rights record.” She added that Sheikh Nimr was convicted in an “unfair” trial and that his execution “is only adding to the existing sectarian discord and unrest.”

Saudi Arabia executions: The political protesters who were killed – and those still on death row. The execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia on New Year’s Day has been condemned around the world: here.

Saudi Arabian beheadings and British David Cameron

This 22 October 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

A young Saudi protester is set to be beheaded and crucified for his role in 2012 pro-democracy protests.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Saudi Arabia’s executions were worthy of Isis – so will David Cameron and the West now stop their grovelling to its oil-rich monarchs?

The executions were certainly an unprecedented Saudi way of welcoming in the New Year – if not quite as publicly spectacular as the firework display in Dubai which went ahead alongside the burning of one of the emirate’s finest hotels

Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent

Saudi Arabia’s binge of head-choppings – 47 in all, including the learned Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, followed by a Koranic justification for the executions – was worthy of Isis. Perhaps that was the point. For this extraordinary bloodbath in the land of the Sunni Muslim al-Saud monarchy – clearly intended to infuriate the Iranians and the entire Shia world – re-sectarianised a religious conflict which Isis has itself done so much to promote.

All that was missing was the video of the decapitations – although the Kingdom’s 158 beheadings last year were perfectly in tune with the Wahabi teachings of the ‘Islamic State’.  Macbeth’s ‘blood will have blood’ certainly applies to the Saudis, whose ‘war on terror’, it seems, now justifies any amount of blood, both Sunni and Shia. But how often do the angels of God the Most Merciful appear to the present Saudi interior minister, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Nayef?

For Sheikh Nimr was not just any old divine.  He spent years as a scholar in Tehran and Syria, was a revered Shia leader of Friday prayers in the Saudi Eastern Province, and a man who stayed clear of political parties but demanded free elections, and was regularly detained and tortured – by his own account – for opposing the Sunni Wahabi Saudi government. Sheikh Nimr said that words were more powerful than violence.  The authorities’ whimsical suggestion that there was nothing sectarian about this most recent bloodbath – on the grounds that  they beheaded Sunnis as well as Shias – was classic Isis rhetoric.

After all, Isis cuts the heads of Sunni ‘apostates’ and Sunni Syrian and Iraqi soldiers just as readily as it slaughters Shias. Sheikh Nimr would have got precisely the same treatment from the thugs of the ‘Islamic State’ as he got from the Saudis – though without the mockery of a pseudo-legal trial which Sheikh Nimr was afforded and of which Amnesty complained.

But the killings represent far more than just Saudi hatred for a cleric who rejoiced at the death of the former Saudi interior minister – Mohamed bin Nayef’s father, Crown Prince Nayef Abdul-Aziz al-Saud – with the hope that he would be “eaten by worms and will suffer the torments of hell in his grave”. Nimr’s execution will reinvigorate the Houthi rebellion in Yemen, which the Saudis invaded and bombed this year in an attempt to destroy Shia power there. It has enraged the Shia majority in Sunni-ruled Bahrain. And Iran’s own clerics have already claimed that the beheading will cause the overthrow of the Saudi royal family.

It will also present the West with that most embarrassing of Middle Eastern problems: the continuing need to cringe and grovel to the rich and autocratic monarchs of the Gulf while gently expressing their unease at the grotesque butchery which the Saudi courts have just dished out to the Kingdom’s enemies. Had Isis chopped off the heads of Sunnis and Shias in Raqqa – especially that of a troublesome Shia priest like Sheikh Nimr – we can be sure that Dave Cameron would have been tweeting his disgust at so loathsome an act. But the man who lowered the British flag on the death of the last king of this preposterous Wahabi state will be using weasel words to address this bit of head-chopping.

However many Sunni al-Qaeda men have also just lost their heads – literally – to Saudi executioners, the question will be asked in both Washington and European capitals:  are the Saudis trying to destroy the Iranian nuclear agreement by forcing their Western allies to support even these latest outrages? In the obtuse world in which they live – in which the youthful defence minister who invaded Yemen intensely dislikes the interior minister – the Saudis are still glorying in the ‘anti-terror’ coalition of 34 largely Sunni nations which supposedly form a legion of Muslims opposed to ‘terror’.

The executions were certainly an unprecedented Saudi way of welcoming in the New Year – if not quite as publicly spectacular as the firework display in Dubai which went ahead alongside the burning of one of the emirate’s finest hotels. Outside the political implications, however, there is also an obvious question to be asked – in the Arab world itself — of the self-perpetuating House of Saud:  have the Kingdom’s rulers gone bonkers?

Saudi Arabia executions threaten to plunge Middle East into greater turmoil. Mass executions have been seen as a statement of intent delivered by an increasingly powerless Saudi Interior Minister: here.