Murdoch’s Fox News Ailes’ warmongering and sexual abuse


This video from the USA says about itself:

Proof of Roger AilesDrum Beat for War – Though His Sex Slave!?!?!

1 August 2016

Thom shares the stunning story about a former Fox News booker who claims that she helped lie us in to the Iraq War and was forced to have sex with the network’s leader.

British petition for Blair accountability on Iraq war lies


This January 2015 video from Britain is called Tony Blair Not In Jail? I Literally Don’t Understand: Russell Brand The Trews (E235).

By Zoe Streatfield in Britain:

Blair petition passes 10,000 signatures

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Milestone means government must respond

A PETITION calling for MPs to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the public in the run-up to the Iraq war reached a significant milestone yesterday.

The online parliamentary petition now has over 10,000 signatories, which means the government will have to make an official reply.

Stop the War vice-chair Chris Nineham told the Star that it was “no surprise” that people had already signed in such numbers.

Mr Nineham said: “The act of lying to take us into the Iraq war, more than any, other embodies the contempt for democracy that plagues our politics.”

He said it was “essential” that Mr Blair “faces some accounting as a warning to politicians in the future not to take us into disastrous foreign wars and not to deceive the public and Parliament alike.”

Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly member Adam Price, who instigated the petition, said he was pleased with its progress and hoped it would gain the 100,000 signatures needed to force a Commons debate on the issue.

Mr Price said: “Blair is guilty of a litany of errors and failures” and “must face his day of reckoning if justice is to be served to all of those who suffered at his hands.”

He said he had been working with MPs across all parties who are “all eager to ensure that everything possible is done to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the House of Commons and the public.”

SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh welcomed the news and pledged to “continue to work with MPs from across the House of Commons who want to see Parliament act to address this serious issue.

She said: “If we are to retain the public’s confidence in Parliament, we must hold Tony Blair to account for the misleading statements he made in the run up to the war in Iraq.”

The petition can be found at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/159996.

British Pfizerist anti-Corbynist Smith ‘economical with truth’ on Iraq war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton Accuses Pfizer Of Gaming Tax System | Calls To Prevent Inversions & Tax Dodge

25 November 2015

US Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has accused Pfizer of gaming the tax system with its deal with Allergan, touted to be the largest deal of its kind. Hillary Clinton has called US Congress to whip such inversions and tax dodging deals.

So, even Hillary Clinton, so often on the side of Wall Street and Big Business, criticizes Big Pharma corporation Pfizer.

However, in Britain, ex(?)-Pfizer lobbyist Owen Smith is now the candidate of the Blairite coup to overthrow democratically Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. At first, the Blairites tried to prevent Corbyn from being a candidate in the new leadership election. However, that failed.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Will the real Smith please stand up?

Thursday 21st July 2016

A REMARKABLE phenomenon of post-independence-war Ireland was the number of “secret” IRA members who emerged into the light.

They were people unsuspected by neighbours of taking up arms against Crown forces until they turned up to claim a military pension.

Well-connected worthies would back up each other’s claims, leaving bystanders nonplussed and feeding political reputations.

It’s not an exact parallel, but Owen Smith’s assertion that he opposed the invasion of Iraq and offered his resignation as a special adviser to then pro-war Welsh secretary Paul Murphy has taken anti-war activists’ breath away.

No-one saw him at any anti-war rallies and marches, but we have his word for how he really felt deep inside.

Smith has also taken the trouble to describe as nonsense the suggestion that he was ever in favour of private-sector penetration of the NHS, despite issuing a press release to this effect when paid £80,000 a year by US transnational corporation Pfizer to push this agenda.

Jeremy Corbyn’s challenger explains that this misleading impression arose from an “extrapolation of one comment in a press release about a report commissioned by Pfizer before I worked there.”

Smith, of course, believes in a “100 per cent publicly owned NHS free at the point of use,” which begs the question why he would seek employment at a company committed to undermining that principle.

He is, he claims, as anti-austerity as Corbyn, but he would go further, proposing solutions while the Labour leader is content with mouthing slogans.

But Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have never relied solely on denunciation.

They have been engaged in challenging government policies in Parliament and forcing significant retreats over attacks on benefits, spending cuts and collaboration with overseas dictatorships.

McDonnell has convened economic policy meetings with various experts to prepare a detailed and coherent alternative to both the Tories’ austerity agenda and the austerity-lite approach favoured by Labour, including Smith, before Corbyn was elected.

By badging himself as “left-wing,” Smith accepts implicitly that Labour’s membership was attracted by the progressive alternative put forward by Corbyn rather than the variations on the status quo offered by his opponents.

He plays down the matter of policy differences, declaring: “I don’t think Jeremy is a leader,” which translates as Corbyn can’t win elections — a statement readily exposed as nonsense by Labour’s poll results since last September.

Smith should perhaps remind himself that, having been shoe-horned into Blaenau Gwent as Labour candidate for the 2006 by-election — where records for Labour majorities were regularly set — he lost decisively to Independent Dai Davies.

He ought also to appreciate how inappropriate was his “compromise” offer of a consolation prize of party president to Corbyn if he submitted to the bullying campaign to step down as leader.

If Corbyn could be bought by New Labour, he would have been wrapped up and taken home already.

While the leader looks forward to a comradely contest before the party returns “stronger and more united” to defeat the Tory government, Owen and his backers insist that Labour would split if Corbyn is re-elected.

The challenger insists that Labour is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”

This is presumably the same Labour that has the highest number of members since just after the second world war, headed by a leader who addresses standing-room only public rallies.

We all know that the role of lobbyists and snake oil salesmen is to persuade us to see reality in a different light, but this stretches credulity a step too far.

THE majority of Tory MPs and the majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party share a distrust of their own party members. The most likely explanation for Andrea Leadsom’s sudden withdrawal from the Tory leadership contest is that Tory MPs realised that she might not be competent to be prime minister, but that, as the only Leave candidate on the ballot paper, the bulk of Tory Party members would probably vote for her: here.

Iraq war comes home to the USA as murders of Louisiana policemen


This video from the USA says about itself:

NFL Cheerleader Arrested for Domestic Violence

5 August 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Megan Welter, 29, an Iraq War veteran turned NFL cheerleader was arrested for aggravated assault, destroying property and disorderly conduct after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend, who captured the incident on his cell phone. Welter, 29, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is seen on the cell phone video obtained by media sources angrily questioning her boyfriend about text messages between him and a female friend. “Who is she!” Welter is heard screaming in the footage as her boyfriend, who has not been identified, tries to calm her down.

After many other cases of veterans of British wars, or United States wars returning with PTSD or other mental illnesses, and then sometimes reacting to those illnesses with domestic violence or other violence, now this.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Gavin Long ID’d as Alleged Baton Rouge Cop-Killer; Deployed to Iraq

CBS News and NBC News report Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri has been identified by law enforcement as the man who killed three officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. CBS News notes today was Long’s birthday. Authorities say Long is the only suspected gunman. …

President Obama said the killer’s motive is unknown.

Military records obtained by The Daily Beast show that Long served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2010 as a data network specialist. He deployed to Japan and spent seven months in Iraq. He attened the Marine Corps’ school of infantry at Camp Pendleton, California. Which means he was trained in small-arms combat—particularly, how to shoot.

Missouri court records show that he got divorced after he left the military.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Ex-Marine guns down three police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

18 July 2016

For the second time in 10 days, a gunman has opened fire on police in an American city, causing mass casualties. Sunday’s attack took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with three police officers shot to death and three wounded, one severely.

The gunman, 29-year-old Gavin Long from Kansas City, Missouri was an African-American ex-Marine. He was shot to death at the scene of the attack. …

Two of the murdered policemen were Baton Rouge city officers, while the third was a sheriff’s deputy from East Baton Rouge Parish (county). As of this writing, only one of the three officers had been identified: 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, himself an African-American, a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge police and the new father of a two-month-old boy. …

Very little information has yet been released by police about the circumstances of the shooting, which followed a 911 call at 8:45 a.m. reporting a gunman outside the convenience store. It is not clear who placed that call, whether it was part of a deliberate ambush, or what happened when the first police officers arrived and encountered Long. …

As in the case of the July 7 killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, the Baton Rouge gunman was a former soldier and veteran of US wars in the Middle East. Long, who turned 29 on the day of the shootings, was in the Marines from 2005 to 2010 and served a tour of duty in Iraq. He reportedly engaged in counterterrorist operations, for which he was awarded a medal and rose to the rank of sergeant.

There were numerous conflicting and largely unverified reports about Long’s political views and motivation. NBC News reported that he had ties to an ultra-right group known as the Sovereign Citizens, who reject most government authority. The Wall Street Journal reported a connection to an otherwise unheard-of “New Freedom Group,” which it described as “anti-government.” …

Whatever the specific motivation of the attack, political or otherwise, the murderous assault on individual policemen is completely reactionary. It does not “avenge” the killing of Alton Sterling. Such acts politically disorient the working class and youth, and serve to strengthen the forces of police violence and repression directed against working people of all races.

This is demonstrated by the political reaction that followed, as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, President Obama and the two main candidates to succeed him, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, all issued statements calling for even more resources to strengthen the police. …

Trump sought to connect the killing to Islamic terrorism, although the killer was a Marine veteran of the US military intervention in Iraq. “We are trying to fight ISIS, and now our own people are killing our police,” he said. “Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching.” He added, “We demand law and order.” …

The immediate political impact of the Baton Rouge shootings will be to intensify the police-state atmosphere surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which opens Monday morning. There were widespread reports of stepped-up police patrols, new restrictions on anti-Trump demonstrators, and increased FBI visits to the homes of protest organizers.

Blairite ‘moderates’ threaten British Labour leader Corbyn’s life


This video from the British Parliament says about itself:

Jeremy CorbynResponse to the Chilcot Inquiry report

6 July 2016

This is the entire speech I just gave to the House of Commons in response to the Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war.

It is only a provisional response – as I only received the report this morning – but I will be giving a further response later today.

The intervention in Iraq was a tragic decision which lead to the deaths of 179 British personnel and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – while destabilising the region and increasing the threat of terrorism to our own country.

After threats of violence against British Labour Jeremy Corbyn supporters by Blairite self-styled ‘moderates’, now this.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Jeremy Corbyn targeted with death threats as Labour factional infighting boils over

Jon Stone

Jeremy Corbyn says he has been targeted with persistent death threats, as factional infighting within the Labour Party escalated into accusations of violence. …

Mr Corbyn, who is under pressure to quit his post amid opposition from his own MPs, said he had been sent threats against his life this week and in the past. …

“As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour Party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement.

“I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.” …

The National Executive Committee was due to decide on Tue[s]day afternoon whether Mr Corbyn will automatically be on the ballot paper against any challenger to his leadership, or whether he would have to gather nominations from MPs. …

Mr Corbyn’s critics claim they are “saving Labour” from its members and leader, while the other faction says the leader’s democratic mandate has to be respected and that Labour MPs have a duty to back the party. …

Twitter page @LabourCoupAbuse catalogues threats and abuse by Labour moderates against Mr Corbyn’s supporters …

Mr Corbyn has been repeatedly described as a “traitor”, a “cancer”, and a “nonce”, according to tweets collated by @LabourCoupAbuse.

PLOTTERS seeking to oust Jeremy Corbyn will be “branded forever with the mark of infamy for betraying their party and their country,” Len McCluskey said yesterday. The Unite general secretary said MPs who had launched a “cowardly attack” on the Labour leader had “let the Conservatives off scot-free” and created “the mother of all splits” when the party could have seized the post-Brexit agenda: here.

There can be few examples of political cynicism as naked as yesterday’s launch of Angela Eagle’s challenge for leadership of the Labour Party: here.

Iraq war report, British peace movement reacts


This video from Britain says about itself:

Brian Eno, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition 08 06 2016.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Dr Shahrar Ali, Green Party, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition 08 06 2016.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Lindsey German, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition 08 06 2016.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Andrew Murray, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition, 08 06 2016.

As MPs debate the Chilcot report in Parliament, David Lowry reveals a significant cover-up and distortion by Tony Blair over Iraq’s mystery WMD: here.

Why you can’t explain the Iraq War without mentioning oil: here.

The real problem with the Iraq war: It was illegal: here.

So now it’s official. The British Chilcot Report confirms what the world has known for 13 years: the invasion of Iraq was a legal, strategic, and moral disaster: here.