This video says about itself:
How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote
24 June 2016
This video says about itself:
26 June 2016
This video says about itself:
How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote
24 June 2016
This video says about itself:
26 June 2016
This 31 May 2016 video from Britain is called Tariq Ali: Why we need a left exit from Fortress Europe; Dangerous Times 2016.
By Luke James in Britain:
‘Labour can reunite Britain’
Saturday 25th June 2016
Mr Corbyn said only his party could bring Britain back together following a shock Leave vote that had sparked a Tory leadership contest before breakfast.
And unions representing nearly four million workers swung behind the Labour leader, urging party MPs not to indulge in a “manufactured” leadership contest.
“Labour is best placed to reunite the country,” Mr Corbyn wrote in a statement after an emergency shadow cabinet meeting.
“We can do so because we didn’t engage in project fear and because we share people’s dissatisfaction with the status quo.
“The Prime Minister has resigned and the Tories are deeply divided at a time when the country needs to come together and we need stability to head off economic crisis.”
The PM fell on his sword as Britain woke to the bombshell news that voters had chosen by a 52-48 margin to break ties with Brussels after 43 years.
In a hastily arranged resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street, Mr Cameron, his voice cracking with emotion, announced he would step aside before the next Conservative Party conference in October.
Mr Corbyn’s emphasis on stability also comes after two backbenchers tabled a motion of no confidence in his leadership after they tried to pin the blame on him for the result.
Dame Margaret Hodge submitted the motion, seconded by Ann Coffey, to the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Most of Ms Hodge’s Barking constituents voted to leave.
“Leaders have to take responsibility and he has to take his share of responsibility for this, and he should resign,” said Stockport MP Ms Coffey.
The MPs hope the motion, which would be non-binding but hugely disruptive, will be discussed at a PLP meeting on Monday night and submitted to a secret ballot on Tuesday.
But the Star understands that any discussion could be delayed because Labour rules require motions to be circulated at least seven days in advance of a meeting.
These Blairite anti-Corbyn coup schemes are based on the fiction that, if there would have been a Labour leader more right-wing than Corbyn, who would have pretended there was supposedly not anything wrong about the European Union, and who would have campaigned fanatically jointly with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to remain in the European Union, then working class traditional Labour voters, like in Dame Margaret Hodge’s Barking constituency, would have voted pro-European Union, and Britain would have remained a member.
Look at Scotland to see how absurd that Blairite view is. There, ultra-Blairite Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and ex-right-wing Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown campaigned together with Cameron’s Conservatives against Scottish independence. That gave the Scottish National Party a chance to depict Labour as ‘red Tories’. Murphy and his Blairites caused a catastrophe for Scottish Labour from which it has not recovered yet, if it will ever recover.
If Labour in the European Union campaign would have behaved like Murphy, that might have caused a Scotland-sized defection among traditional Labour voters in England and Wales. At the next elections, they might have stayed at home. Or voted UKIP or some other protest vote.
The Blairite anti-Corbyn coupmongers prefer that suicide for the Labour party to respect for the Labour party membership which overwhelmingly voted for Corbyn.
Labour MP Grahame Morris said: “These are incredible circumstances but the rules are there. It might be a good thing for people to reflect on this over the course of a week.
“I think it was inevitable, whatever the results, that some people would seek to do that. I think they’re just looking for any opportunity really.”
There were also reports that MPs on Labour’s right were beginning to gather the 51 signatures needed from MPs and MEPs to trigger a fresh leadership election.
The plotters hope to replace Mr Corbyn by September so they’d be in place for a snap general election that may be called by the new Tory leader.
But senior party figures and unions urged colleagues to rally round Mr Corbyn and take advantage of the Tory crisis.
Deputy leader Tom Watson said Labour should “provide stability in a period of great instability for our country.”
And the general secretaries of a dozen Labour-affiliated unions said the party needed to “unite as a source of national stability and unity” in the absence of a “government that puts the people first.”
The statement — backed by Unite, Unison, GMB, CWU, Ucatt, TSSA, Aslef, FBU, Musicians Union, Bectu, BFAWU and NUM — said that Labour “should focus on speaking up for jobs and workers’ rights under threat and on challenging any attempt to use the referendum result to introduce a more right-wing Tory government by the backdoor.
“The last thing Labour needs is a manufactured leadership row of its own in the midst of this crisis and we call upon all Labour MPs not to engage in any such indulgence.
A petition expressing confidence in Mr Corbyn’s leadership on the 38 Degrees website had over 80,000 signatures as the Star went to press.
And it had 141,520 signatures when I looked.
Cameron crushed and out – now kick out the rest: here.
The referendum result has sent a seismic shock not only through Britain, but also through Europe and the world. It confounded the expectations of the financial markets, hedge funds, bookmakers and political establishment: here.
The EU referendum result is being portrayed as a disaster for Labour – but with the Tories in disarray, this is an excellent opportunity if only it can be grasped, writes Morning Star editor BEN CHACKO: here.
PANICKED European leaders struggled to find a coherent response to Thursday’s Leave vote by the British public. Unelected European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker held crisis discussions with European Parliament president Martin Schulz, European Council president Donald Tusk and Dutch PM Mark Rutte yesterday morning: here.
Scotland: NICOLA STURGEON will push for a second independence referendum before Britain leaves the EU, the First Minister announced yesterday: here.
TRADE DEALS undermining workers’ rights and forcing privatisations will not be seen off by Brexit, Unison delegates feared yesterday. A motion tabled at the union’s conference said that the likes of EU-US trade deal TTIP “harm existing EU and UK labour, social, environmental and consumer standards and regulations”: here.
PROTECTING workers’ rights must be the “first priority” as Britain leaves the European Union, unions said yesterday: here.
HEALTH unions vowed to take the fight to Nigel Farage yesterday after he cynically dropped the Leave campaign’s commitment to give the NHS an extra £350 million a week under Brexit: here.
This video says about itself:
Britain Votes to Leave EU in Brexit Vote
24 June 2016
Britain has voted to leave the EU in a historic break. Cameron has announced he will step down by October. Protesters boo Brexit campaign’s Johnson outside his home, and Italy calls Brexit vote a ‘wake-up call for Europe’.
From the Left Leave site in Britain:
#Lexit statement on the vote to leave the European Union
June 24, 2016
The Leave vote is above all else a rejection of the entire political establishment by millions of working class people who have been left to suffer austerity for decades with few defenders among the mainstream parties.
This is now a social crisis of the first order. Every institution of the British establishment backed Remain. The Tory party, despite professions of unity, is beginning an internal war. ‘It’s a hammer blow to Cameron’, reported the BBC this morning. Osborne is already talked of in the past tense.
And now, Blairites blame Corbyn for many Labour voters voting for leaving the European Union; saying that Corbyn was not enthusiastically enough pro-EU, and, unlike pro-EU Conservatives and Blairites, did not make xenophobic propaganda about stopping refugees more efficiently inside the European Union than outside it.
This has left the right to claim a victory which is not in truth theirs. Nearly 17 million people voted Leave, but only 3.8 million voted UKIP at the last election. But it is up to the left to now put itself squarely at the centre of opposition to the Tories and the right.
If you don’t want the racists to be the face of today’s result, then don’t let them. There is a significant proportion of those who voted Leave that did so on the basis of opposing the austerity and the neoliberal order that has directly impacted their lives and is part and parcel of the EU. Don’t be so quick to paint millions of people with the same brush as Farage.
Many on the left voted Remain for understandable reasons in a very divisive referendum. It is now time to unite around the most elementary demands that millions of working people will readily support.
The ONLY thing the left can do now, is to rally around this result and take the fight to the Tories.
Infighting has erupted inside the defeated Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, with senior figures saying Conservatives on the campaign team repeatedly blocked it from making personal attacks on Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. They said that, until near the end of the campaign, Downing Street was paralysed by fear of “blue on blue” attacks: here.
This music video from the USA says about itself:
Cameron’s “Bye Bye” feat. Ice: Sneak Preview
4 January 2015
The video is about wrestler Ariane Andrew, known as Cameron.
However, this blog post is about another Cameron: male, not as good at wrestling and a lot older, British Conservative Prime minister David Cameron. However, it is ‘Bye bye’ for him as well.
Cheerio, Dave. These were the 20 worst things you did as prime minister: here.
By Nick Visser, Reporter, The Huffington Post:
David Cameron Resigns As U.K. Prime Minister After Brexit Vote
The resignation casts Britain into further uncertainty following its referendum to leave the European Union.
06/24/2016 03:23 am ET | Updated 59 minutes ago
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would resign his post on Friday morning, after his country voted to leave the European Union, adding political leadership to the United Kingdom’s growing list of uncertainties. Cameron promised to stay in office until October and help “steady the ship” before a new leader is chosen. …
Cameron, in power since 2010, had called the so-called Brexit referendum of his own accord after promising conservative factions of his party in 2013 that he would hold such a vote if he won re-election last year. Thursday’s referendum badly weakened Cameron and means Britain will be the first country to withdraw from the 28-member EU. …
Cameron had spent months advocating that citizens vote to remain in the union, and warned a decision to leave would drastically harm the economy. Voters ultimately spurned his appeals, with about 52 percent favoring Brexit. …
Cameron had pledged before the vote to stay in office whatever the results. He had considered stepping down if 2014’s independence referendum in Scotland was successful, but the Scottish people ultimately decided to remain in the U.K.
In Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to stay, the leader of the Scottish parliament is pushing for a second independence vote from the U.K.
Sinn Fein: Brexit Referendum Results Intensifies The Case For United Ireland Vote: here.
By Charlie Kimber in Britain today:
After EU vote and Cameron goes: unite to shape revolt against establishment
Cameron’s desperate referendum gamble has failed, his party is split in half.
The pound and share prices are falling and the “masters of the universe” have felt the sting of rejection.
Despite Remain having the support of the Tories, Labour, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Lib Dems, the Greens, Sinn Fein, practically every bosses’ and international finance body, thousands of “top executives” and the leaders of dozens of states including the US, more than half of those voting backed Leave.
It is time for everyone on the left and all anti-racists, however they voted, to unite and fight against austerity, the destruction of public services, the attacks on refugees, Islamophobia and the fascists who created the conditions for the murder of Jo Cox.
The politicians, the rich and the powerful who are so used to getting their own way have suffered a massive reverse.
Just as in so many other parts of the world, there is a revolt going on against the people at the top of society. It can be dragged left or right. It is our job to shape it.
The right will try to use the Leave vote to deepen racism. This is a danger, but it is far from inevitable.
It is a lie that the millions of workers who voted Leave are all racists. The mainstream Leave campaign was headed by racists and horrible right wing forces, but a large part of the Leave vote was very different.
One poll taken just before the vote showed that the majority of Leave voters thought that immigration had a good impact or no impact or the areas where they lived. And a fifth thought immigration was positive for Britain as a whole.
Another poll found that a third of Labour voters at the 2015 general election, and a third of Green voters were going to back Leave.
There are deep pools of bitterness and frustration everywhere across Britain.
The Leave vote was for many a rejection of the undemocratic, corporate-controlled EU and the political elites in Britain. This revolt against the rich and powerful must be built on.
It is a tragedy that Labour did not back Leave. If it had done so it would have transformed the debate to be far more about democracy, breaking from austerity and resisting corporate control than about racism.
Instead, by campaigning alongside the Tories for Remain, some Labour MPs have cut themselves off from substantial sections of workers.
During the campaign several leading figures in the Labour Party from Tom Watson and Ed Balls to John McDonnell and Len McCluskey called into question the existing right of EU citizens to come to Britain.
Jeremy Corbyn didn’t do this. He should now call openly for actions against austerity and racism, and demand that the trade union leaders do the same. This is the best chance of forcing the general election that he says Labour is ready for.
Socialist Worker campaigned for an anti-racist, anti-austerity and socialist Leave vote. We are pleased that Leave has won. We know that the #Lexit Left Leave campaign we were part of had only a marginal effect.
But we were able to make sure there was an anti-capitalist Leave voice that did not pander to racism.
Others were persuaded that the EU stands for workers’ rights and that a Leave vote would strengthen vile right-wing forces.
We didn’t agree, but it’s crucial that everyone on the left unites to bring down the Tories and to fight racism.
We must come together in the battles against racism, Islamophobia and in support of refugees, build for the march on the Tory conference in Birmingham on 2 October, back the teachers’ strikes in England and all the other strikes, defend the NHS, combat environmental degradation and fracking and much more.
We must not let the Tories recover, and have to fight to make sure this crisis ends with the right shattered and the anti-racist left stronger.
At a time of crisis it is actions we need, not just statements. The more strikes and protests and occupations there are, the better will be the outcome of this Leave vote.
We say Tories out, austerity out, migrants in, general election now!
Join the protest at Downing Street, London, 6pm tonight. Tories Out! Call a General Election ⋅ No to Austerity ⋅ Migrants Welcome Here Called by Lexit—the Left Leave Campaign
This video says about itself:
21 June 2016
Dimitri Lascaris says the latest unemployment figures in Greece show the indifference of the EU elite to the hardships of austerity and the democratic will of the European people.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
According to MSF, the EU has a shameful and deterrent policy to keep people in acute emergencies outside the EU. The decision to boycott European funds is effective immediately and applies to all projects worldwide.
The anger focuses on the deal which the EU concluded three months ago with Turkey. It states inter alia that the EU will contribute to having about three million Syrian refugees in Turkey. MSF sees it primarily as a reward for stopping by Turkey of refugees heading for Europe.
In addition, MSF fears a precedent. Kenya announced last month that it will close the largest refugee camp in the world and return the residents to Somalia. Kenya referred about this to the EU’s refugee policy, according to MSF.
Europe is slamming its doors shut to a growing and historic humanitarian crisis: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
On Sunday, September 13, 2009, many Ethiopians and others gathered in front of the US Capitol building to bring attention to the ongoing genocide and other human rights crimes being perpetrated against the people of Ethiopia by the repressive authoritarian government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The event was a success and we believe it will lead to many new opportunities. One of these will be the possibility of working together in collaboration to map out a strategic plan for the future.
It was a historic event in that so many different groups, who have never come together before, were present. The crowd reflected the enthusiasm of this milestone as they came together not only from one group or one ethnicity, but as a mix of many, all with the same goal of bringing about an inclusive civil society in Ethiopia where justice, individual rights, the rule of law and opportunity would be based on being a citizen of Ethiopia rather than on tribalism, cronyism or elitism.
By Martin Kreikenbaum in Germany:
16 June 2016
The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees.
The goal of the agreements—described as “compacts”—is “the combatting of causes of flight and a reduction of irregular migration to Europe,” EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos declared in an interview with the German daily Die Welt. In fact, what is involved is a programme with which the refugees themselves are to be combatted. The EU’s reactionary partners are to seal off escape routes, detain refugees and send them back to their countries of origin.
The list of countries with which agreements are to be concluded alone makes clear that the EU has no qualms about with whom it cooperates. In the interview, Avramopoulos named Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Niger, Mali, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria and Libya. In addition, there is the “Better Migration Management” programme, with which the EU intends to provide technical assistance to the dictatorial regimes in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea to combat refugees. These are the most important transit states and countries of origin for refugees in Africa.
The agreement the EU plans to conclude with each of these states is aimed at “convincing” each government to “take back illegal migrants. In addition, we want to ensure that these countries deal firmly with people smugglers and effectively secure their borders,” Avramopoulos told Die Welt. Describing refugees as “illegal migrants” has long since become accepted practice in the EU, so as to deny the desperate people fleeing war, poverty and persecution any right to protection in Europe.
To secure cooperation in combatting refugees, the EU intends to top up the financial assistance available to those states designated part of “migration partnerships.” The prospects of improved trading relations and relaxed visa requirements have also been raised. The EU Commission intends to make almost €8 billion [$US 9.01 billion] available for the program by 2020.
With utter cynicism, the chairman of the social democratic fraction in the European Parliament, Italian politician Gianni Pitella, praised the EU Commission. Africa could not be permitted “to become a cage which refugees cannot leave” and the EU member states had to make a financial contribution. Yet the EU Commission’s plan is precisely to keep refugees stuck in Africa at any price. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, spoke of a “Copernican shift” in the EU’s policy.
It is breathtaking how savagely the EU is trampling its oft-repeated “values” and principles under foot. With the migration partnerships, the EU is effectively making clear that it no longer has any intention of being bound by international law as contained in the Geneva Convention on Refugees.
“We want to try and bring order to the flows of refugees,” said Frans Timmermans, EU Commission vice president, repeating a formulation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She set the goal in April of “bringing order and managing the route from Libya to Italy as we have done in Turkey.”
The EU’s dirty deal with Turkey already systematically violated the rights of refugees. They are detained in Greece and even children are held under catastrophic conditions in internment camps. Turkey permits its forces to shoot at refugees on the Syrian border and ruthlessly deports them to their countries of origin.
Concluding such a deal with Libya, as the EU Commission proposes, would be a further crime. Since the US-led NATO intervention in 2011 to topple the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, the country has been dominated by a bloody civil war that has thrown it into economic and political chaos. There are three governments in the country, none of which controls substantial territory. A “unity government” recently imposed by the imperialist powers is to help, above all, to prepare a further military intervention by the US and its European allies.
Amnesty International recently published a report documenting arbitrary violence against refugees by the Libyan coast guard. Refugees intercepted at sea were beaten and shot, before being dragged to Libyan detention centres where they were abused and tortured. Despite this, the EU intends to deport refugees there.
Another “partner” of the EU is the Sudanese regime of Omar al-Bashir, who is sought by the International Criminal Court in the Hague for war crimes. Nonetheless, his regime is to receive vehicles, cameras, an aeroplane and additional technical equipment so as to strengthen the “border infrastructure” at the country’s 17 border crossings, as an EU Commission document states.
The German government has taken the lead in working out the deal with Sudan. Although Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller (Christian Social Union) rejected a report by the Guardian that the German government was financing the strengthening of the Sudanese security forces, he neglected to mention that the state-sponsored Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) has already assumed this role.
Things are little better in South Sudan, Ethiopia or Somalia, which the EU also hopes to secure as border guards to carry out the dirty work in its ruthless policy of sealing off its borders.
The other side of the EU’s brutal external refugee policy is the further erosion of rights for refugees within Europe itself. The European Council for Justice and Internal Affairs issued a demand to the Greek government, which virtually coincided with the presentation of the African migration “partnerships,” to recognise Turkey as a secure third country and deport more Syrians there.
Austrian Minister for the Interior Wolfgang Sobotka also gave his backing to a proposal by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (both members of the right-wing Austrian People’s Party) to intercept refugees in the Mediterranean and either deport them immediately or detain them on Mediterranean islands. He mentioned Australia as an example, which interns refugees on Pacific islands.
On Sunday, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov told the Austrian newspaper Die Presse that the Geneva Convention on the status of refugees was obsolete. He claimed that “the document was written basically for people escaping communist regimes. It was not about masses of people.” This is a brazen lie. Mitov neglects to mention that the convention adopted in 1951 was primarily a response to the crimes of National Socialism. Hundreds of thousands of people, above all Jews, fled the Hitler regime between 1933 and 1945. With no country prepared to take them in, they were left in the murderous hands of the Nazis.
Today in Europe tens of thousands of refugees are once again kept in detention and denounced as “illegal migrants” or “economic refugees.” The human rights commissioner of the United Nations, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, recently sharply criticized the EU’s policy. The number of detentions are increasing “alarmingly”—with even unaccompanied minors being imprisoned, declared al-Hussein at the opening of a new session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The “hot spots” set up by the EU were, “essentially huge incarceration facilities.” Al-Hussein called on the EU to monitor the detention of migrants statistically: “I fear the numbers will be very shocking.”