British government wants ‘humanitarian’ wars without human rights


This 2012 video is called ECHR – European Convention on Human Rights (English Version).

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 28 December 2015 FALLON WANTS LAWLESS ARMY!

UK DEFENCE Secretary Michael Fallon yesterday called for withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph he claimed British troops are being weakened in their fight against terrorists because they fear human rights lawyers will take them to court. Fallon said that ‘ambulance-chasing law firms’ that have brought thousands of cases against the Ministry of Defence over the conduct of British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Arguing that there was ‘a strong case’ for suspending the European human rights law when sending forces into action overseas, he told the paper: ‘We don’t need these ambulance-chasing British law firms. It is not only extremely expensive but it inhibits the operational effectiveness of our troops because they start to worry about whether they will end up in a court or not.’

Fallon and Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, are working on plans for a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European convention into law. Fallon said: ‘We will ensure our Armed Forces overseas are not subject to persistent legal claims that undermine their ability to do their job. Ministers have commissioned detailed work and will make any further announcements in due course.’

ATUA National Secretary Dave Wiltshire warned that Tory plans to opt out of the ECHR are more likely aimed at the UK. Wiltshire said: ‘In July it was revealed that Home Secretary Theresa May is planning the deployment of 5,000 armed troops on the streets of Britain, allegedly in the wake of a major terrorist attack. They could well open fire on the streets of the UK, killing UK nationals. This is what they need some defence from – this is where the move to quit the Human Rights Act comes from.’

It was also revealed yesterday that Metropolitan Police chiefs have been calling for more firearms officers to be deployed across the UK, telling Home Secretary May that ‘dedicated armed assets’ are thin on the ground outside London.

US Democratic party establishment attacks Bernie Sanders


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders Links Rise of ISIS to Clinton’s Vote on Iraq War

14 November 2015

When asked about Hillary Clinton’s vote on the Iraq War, Sanders said the vote was directly linked to the rise of ISIS

From the Bernie Sanders campaign in the USA:

Here’s the truth: from the first day of this campaign, our success has shocked many of the Democratic Party Establishment who would have preferred a coronation over a competitive campaign.

And the reality is that the huge turnouts that we’ve had at our meetings, our strong fundraising, our volunteer base, and quick rise in the polls have caused the Democratic National Committee to place its thumb on the scales in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. You see that fact evidenced in their decision to bury he Democratic debates on weekends during nationally televised football games. It’s more or less an open secret.

This week, due to a fault in their own technology platforms, the DNC took unprecedented steps to take away our access to data accumulated through tens of thousands of voter contacts made by our volunteers — supporters like you who power our political revolution. In essence, the Democratic Establishment is effectively shutting down our ability to access the information we need for field campaigns and volunteer activities just six weeks before the Iowa Caucuses. And they haven’t told us when they will turn it back on.

In other words, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is attempting to undermine our insurgent campaign. This is not acceptable. We can and must respond.

Sign our petition telling the Democratic National Committee — in no uncertain terms — that you expect a level playing field in this primary campaign. This is important.

That the Democratic Party would deny our staff and volunteers access to data needed to contact voters in Iowa and New Hampshire on the day we reached two million individual contributions and received two of our most prominent endorsements is disconcerting.

We hope they’ll do the right thing for us, and for our supporters, quickly. But so far they haven’t listened to our campaign. But I am hopeful they’ll listen to you.

Send a powerful message to the DNC by adding your name to our petition today:

https://go.berniesanders.com/level-the-field

We’ll be in touch soon as this situation evolves. You are the power behind this campaign. We are doing something unprecedented, and that has a lot of people scared.

In solidarity,

Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager
Bernie 2016

UPDATE: Democratic National Committee Restores Bernie Sanders’ Access To Voter Data. The deal doesn’t end the Sanders vs. DNC lawsuit: here.

Bernie Sanders campaign claims win after DNC hands back access to voter file: here.

The idea of a Sanders White House is so implausible to many in Washington that this leftwing firebrand from Brooklyn has all but vanished from what he derisively calls the “corporate” media. Despite consistently attracting more nationwide support in the polls than Donald Trump, a recent study showed him receiving 0.4% of the television air time afforded to the motormouth Republican: here.

‘ISIS terrorists’ turn out to be charity people


This video from the USA says about itself:

War On Terror Fear Campaign (montage)

2 September 2006

War on terror, war on terror, war on terror. Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam… Saddam. September 11th, September 11th, September 11th, September 11th.

Not only in Los Angeles in the USA police overreacted today to a fake ‘Islamic terrorist threat’ (probably a hoax by some German Islamophobe).

In Nijmegen city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, local police overreacted as well.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Police in Nijmegen this afternoon had a remarkable message: in the city there was flyering by ISIS. “We are looking for those who do this,” police reported on Twitter.

But the search did not succeed. Just four hours later, police annulled the message. There was in fact no flyering for the terrorist organization, but for a charity. …

After a few hours it appeared that it was a misunderstanding. How exactly it originated, the spokesperson could not say. Not any police officer has seen any of these flyers and it also unclear which charity did the flyering.

Paris stabbing: Teacher who fabricated tale of Isis terror attack ‘in psychiatric hospital’. The teacher has been moved to a hospital following a psychiatric examination: here.

Dutch government warned Blair on Iraq war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Rupert Murdoch Pressured Tony Blair Over Iraq

18 June 2012

Rupert Murdoch joined in an “over-crude” attempt by US Republicans to force Tony Blair to accelerate British involvement in the Iraq war a week before a crucial House of Commons vote in 2003, according to the final volumes of Alastair Campbell’s government diaries. In another blow to the media mogul, who told the Leveson inquiry that he had never tried to influence any prime minister, Campbell’s diary says Murdoch warned Blair in a phone call of the dangers of a delay in Iraq…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Nicholas Watt in The Guardian.

Translated from Nu.nl in the Netherlands:

‘Balkenende warned Blair against invading Iraq

December 13, 2015 21:00

Former [Dutch] Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende warned British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003 [when they were both Prime Minister] that an attack on Iraq could lead to civil war in that country. …

[United States] President Barack Obama recently said that ISIS is an “unintended consequence” of the United State war on Iraq.

Balkenende is a right-wing politician. Unfortunately, Blair preferred to listen to other right-wingers; more powerful but less realist on Iraq: George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Rupert Murdoch.

Unfortunately, his relative ‘realism’ did not stop Balkenende later from sending Dutch troops to help occupy Iraq. Balkenende did not want Dutch Big Business like Shell oil to miss out on the spoils of bloody war in Iraq.

George W Bush godfather of ISIS, United States general says


United States President George W Bush flashes a 'thumbs-up' after declaring the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast, in this May 1, 2003 file photo. Six months after he spoke on an aircraft carrier deck under a banner proclaiming 'Mission Accomplished', President Bush disavowed any connection with the war message. Later, the White House changed its story and said there was a link

On this May 1, 2003 photo, United States President George W Bush flashes a ‘thumbs-up’ after declaring victory in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast. Six months after he spoke on that aircraft carrier deck under a banner proclaiming ‘Mission Accomplished’, President Bush disavowed any connection with the war message. Later, the White House changed its story and said there was a link.

The ISIS terrorist organisation has quite some ‘godbrothers’, including Turkish President Erdogan, ruling class people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and elsewhere; as United States Vice President Joe Biden and many others have pointed out.

The main cause of the birth of ISIS was the 2003 start of the Iraq war by George W Bush and Tony Blair. As, again, many people have pointed out: including US President Obama; former United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan; and George W Bush’s ex-neo-colonial viceroy in Iraq, Paul Bremer. Recently, after a long time of being in denial, even Tony Blair himself half-apologized for his role as ‘godfather’ of ISIS.

Will George W Bush apologize, or half-apologize now, for his role as the other ‘godfather’ of ISIS? Will his little brother Jeb Bush (one of many Republican party candidates for the presidency; so far, public opinion polls say, remarkably unsuccessful, in spite of all his Super PAC money)? Now that an important officer in the United States armed forces has spoken on this?

By Travis Gettys in the USA:

Former head of US special forces admits: Islamic State would not exist if Bush didn’t invade Iraq

30 Nov 2015 at 09:59 ET

The former commander of U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and Iraq admitted that strategic blunders by the Bush administration had led to the rise of Islamic State militants.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told the German newspaper Der Spiegel that Americans allowed their anger of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to lead them into disastrous military policies that failed to address the root causes of terrorism — and actually helped create new and more brutal terrorists.

The misunderstanding was so great that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who now heads ISIS, was freed in 2004 from a military prison after a U.S. military commission cleared him as harmless.

“We were too dumb,” Flynn said. “We didn’t understand who we had there at that moment. When 9/11 occurred, all the emotions took over, and our response was, ‘Where did those bastards come from? Let’s go kill them. Let’s go get them.’ Instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from.

The Bush administration did not even look properly where the 9/11 perpetrators came from. They were from the Saudi Arabian absolute monarchy (staunch allies of Pentagon, CIA and US Big Oil, with Saudi Prince ‘Bandar Bush’ being particularly close to the US Bush dynasty); and from Egypt, ruled by dictatorial Pentagon and CIA ally Hosni Mubarak.

Then we strategically marched in the wrong direction.”

Now the truth emerges: Here’s how the US fueled the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Laura Ingraham discovers Bush to blame for ISIS: ‘Iraq is worse than before we went in’

Hillary Clinton chides Jeb Bush on brother’s role in Iraq leading to ISIS

Ms Clinton is right on that. However, as her fellow Democratic party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and many others have pointed out, Hillary Clinton herself was wrong in voting for the Iraq war in 2002.

The U.S. invaded Iraq after administration officials — including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell — presented false intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s [alleged] weapons of mass destruction and alleged links to al-Qaeda.

“First we went to Afghanistan, where al-Qaeda was based, then we went to Iraq,” Flynn said. “Instead of asking ourselves why the phenomenon of terror occurred, we were looking for locations. This is a major lesson we must learn in order not to make the same mistakes again.”

Flynn, who served just before his retirement as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, admitted that he regrets his role in the Iraq War.

“Yes, absolutely,” said Flynn, who served from 2004 to 2007 in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It was huge error,” he continued. “As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him.

Deposing Saddam Hussein should have been done by the Iraqi people. Not by a foreign military invasion, causing over a million dead, millions of injured people, over four million refugees, etc. etc. Like the colonels’ dictatorship in Greece was not finished by invasion by NATO (which considered the dictators to be allies), but by the Greek people. Like the dictatorships in Portugal, in Spain, Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Indonesia, etc. were all finished by the people, without any bloodbath like Bush’s and Blair’s in Iraq.

The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.”

TED CRUZ GOES AFTER MARCO RUBIO “Ted Cruz on Monday offered his strongest denunciation so far of Marco Rubio‘s foreign policy views, assailing his Republican presidential rival as a proponent of ‘military adventurism’ that he said has benefited Islamic militant groups. He even tied the Floridian to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.” [Bloomberg]

Tony Blair, godfather of ISIS, wants to bomb Syria


This video says about itself:

Inside Iraq – Are Bush and Blair above the law?

7 June 2010

Many attempts have been made to try Tony Blair and George Bush for war crimes, but to no avail. In this episode of Inside Iraq, we ask: Is justice the property of the strong and is this a case of might is right?

Tony Blair is not only literally the godfather of a child of fellow warmonger Rupert Murdoch (with whom he quarreled later in a sexual jealousy conflict). Blair is also figuratively the godfather of ISIS terrorism. Because, as President Obama and many others have pointed out, without George W Bush’s and Tony Blair’s 2003 war on Iraq, there would be no ISIS now.

By Luke James in Britain:

Blair renews call for Britain to take military action in Syria

Friday 27th November 2015

TONY BLAIR has made a renewed call for Britain to bomb Syria — during a recording for a comedy podcast.

The unpopular former prime minister made a belated apology last month for dragging Britain into the Iraq war in 2003 on the basis of his “dodgy dossier.”

But now Mr Blair has backed David Cameron’s campaign for another British military intervention in the Middle East.

He played cheerleader for the Tory PM on Wednesday evening while recording the lighthearted Political Animal podcast, which is hosted by Labour adviser turned comedian Matt Forde.

Asked if he supported bombing, Mr Blair replied: “I would support the position that has been set out, not just by David Cameron, but by many Labour MPs.

“I think it’s important that we take strong action against Isis and take that action against them where they are headquartered, which is in Syria, so obviously I would support that.”

Stop the War convenor Lindsey German said Mr Cameron has failed to explain how bombing would improve the situation in Syria.

And she told the Star: “Tony Blair conveniently omits that these groups have grown since the war on terror began.

His policies of bombing and invasion set the world on fire. Now he wants to fan the flames even further.”

Mr Blair also indicated that further unwelcome political interventions could be expected from him.

He said he would be willing to appear alongside his historic rival Gordon Brown at events in the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.

Syrian air strikes mean civilians seeing their family killed by a faceless enemy – leaving Isis free to choose a face for us. The Prime Minister states that complexity should not be an excuse for non-intervention. True. But complexity is not an excuse, it is an important reality: here.

Thousands protest against Syria air strikes as Stop the War Coalition marches on London: here.

Pro-refugee rock music in England


This music video on an Iraqi rock band is called Acrassicauda – “Garden of Stones” Vice Records.

From daily The Morning Star in England:

Festival’s heavy sound of solidarity with refugees

Monday 23rd November 2015

A HEAVY metal gig in solidarity with refugees is to be held in Leicester as part of the city’s human rights arts and film festival.

Metal for Refugees will showcase local bands Urethra Franklin and Ubiquitous in the fundraiser for refugee charity Leicester City of Sanctuary.

Event organiser Nerissa Fields said: “The Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda, which formed in 2001, received death threats after the Iraq regime change.

“The band fled first to Syria and then to Turkey before being granted refugee status in the US.

“One of the most important aspects of metal, as with all musical genres, is being able to express yourself and having the freedom to do so without prejudice.

“It is a human right to be able to play the music you want to play.”

The gig at the Pi Bar on Friday December 4 starts at 8pm.

Video shot by the Turkish coast guard appears to show a man on a Greek coast guard ship attempting to sink an inflatable raft full of Syrian refugees in the Aegean Sea. Reuters reports the video was shot on November 12: here.