Murdoch media help Erdogan, smearing British Labour leader as ‘terrorist’


This video from the Young Turks in the USA says about itself:

Turkish Army Van Drags Kurdish Man To Death

8 October 2015

Video surfaced of authorities in Turkey dragging the corpse of a Kurdish man with an armored vehicle. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

The Turkish government has entered damage control mode after the release this weekend of images that appear to show authorities dragging the body of a dead Kurdish man by the neck behind an armored vehicle.

The disturbing images have garnered coverage in top international news outlets. And the Turkish government‘s response has been nearly as disquieting as the images themselves.

Pro-government media in the country initially questioned the authenticity of the images and video, which have spread widely on social media in recent days. But many media sources eventually abandoned that line of argument, instead suggesting that dragging Kurdish people through the street is an acceptable way of making sure there are no bombs on the bodies — implying that handling corpses in such a way is justified at a time when the government has renewed hostilities with the armed, outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).”

Read more here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Turkey: Activists dismiss bid to link Corbyn to PKK ‘terrorism’

Tuesday 20th December 2016

CAMPAIGNERS hit out yesterday at “shameful” attempts to link Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with support for terrorism following the Besiktas bombings in Turkey.

The claims were made in a Times [owned by Rupert Murdoch] article over the weekend which said Mr Corbyn’s support for the British-based Peace in Kurdistan campaign amounted to support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — deemed a terrorist organisation by Britain, the US and EU.

The article said that Peace in Kurdistan backs delisting the PKK as a terrorist organisation and cited its support for the Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan campaign. It also linked the group to the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a splinter organisation that claimed responsibility for the bombings on December 10 which killed 46 people and injured 166.

But the campaign — established in 1994 by a group of people including playwright Harold Pinter, actor Julie Christie and Lord Avebury — has long campaigned for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey and elsewhere.

A Peace in Kurdistan spokeswoman was not surprised by the attacks: “This is typical of those who wish to delegitimise and undermine voices of opposition to an increasingly dictatorial regime in Turkey.

“This is a serious issue. Voices of dissent are being silenced across Turkey with opposition MPs thrown in prison, newspapers and TV stations being closed down and a third of the world’s jailed journalists in Turkish prisons.

False links to terrorism are a common tactic to try to delegitimise opposition. In Turkey many are accused of support for PKK or the Fethullah terrorist organisation, often both. It is a shame the Times is joining in and acting as Erdogan’s mouthpiece.”

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party support a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Turkey and Jeremy is glad to work with those who share that goal.”

British Blairite dog-whistle xenophobia


This video says about itself:

Why did Tony Blair close down asylum processing in Calais?

3 August 2015

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the migrant crisis in Calais. As the UN calls the UK xenophobic over the Calais crisis, yet another man seeking asylum dies trying to find a new home in Britain. And what is going on with the migrant ‘ghost flights’ that are separating families and destroying lives. Plus why did Labour [Tony Blair] shut down the asylum seeker centre in Calais that could be helping the thousands of people with nowhere to go.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Kinnock Jnr: Labour must force foreign to assimilate

1 December 2016

LABOUR MP Stephen Kinnock called for the party to “move away from multiculturalism” and “stand for one group, the British people” at a meeting on immigration in Parliament.

The controversial comments were made at an event on Tuesday night held by Labour pro-business lobby group Progress as attendees discussed responses to the election of Donald Trump as US president and the result of the EU referendum.

Mr Kinnock told the gathering that Labour had spent too long talking about differences and diversity.

The MP for Aberavon said: “We must move away from multiculturalism and towards assimilation. We must stand for one group, the British people.”

Stand Up to Racism co-convenor Weyman Bennett slammed the comments, saying: “We have to defend multiculturalism because the likes of Trump are attacking that saying that we must have a monocultural society.

“This does not exist anywhere in the world.”

Blairite Stephen Kinnock is the son of ex-right-wing Labour party leader Lord Kinnock. He has a history in the bureaucracies of the European Union and the Big Business World Economic Forum. He played an important role in the failed Blairite coup against elected Labour leader Corbyn.

Racism and anti-racism in Britain


This video from Britain says about itself:

Diane AbbottStand up to racism #StopRacism2016

October 8th, 2016. Confronting The Rise In Racism – Stamp Out Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Vicious Racists Target Abbott

Saturday 8th October 2016

New shadow home secretary faces ‘misogynoir’ attacks on social media

VILE racist slurs were directed at new shadow home secretary Diane Abbott yesterday following her promotion in the Labour reshuffle.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP was bombarded with discriminatory comments and pictures on social media that the Star has decided not to print.

Defenders of the long-time ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came out to condemn the discrimination as “misogynoir” — attacks specifically aimed at black women.

Some commentators attempted to disguise their derogatory reactions to her promotion from shadow health secretary as concern for politics by claiming that she was too “inexperienced” for the role — despite Ms Abbott having started her post-university career at the Home Office, having been a staunch anti-racism campaigner and the first black female MP.

Campaigner and journalist Owen Jones wrote on Twitter: “There’s plenty of useless, bungling and/or mediocre white male politicians who don’t get the bile Abbott does. Why is this exactly?”

After the reshuffle Mr Corbyn said: “I am very proud that the Labour Party now has five MPs in our shadow cabinet from the BAME community — the highest number ever in any cabinet or shadow cabinet.”

As well as Ms Abbott, Shami Chakrabarti is now shadow attorney general, Dawn Butler shadow minister for minority ethnic communities, Clive Lewis shadow business secretary and Kate Osamor shadow secretary for international development.

Ms Abbott is scheduled to speak today at a Stand Up to Racism rally in response to divisive rhetoric used by Tory PM Theresa May to pander to the far-right after the Brexit result.

Former shadow minister for the cabinet office Jon Ashworth was promoted to shadow health secretary.

His elevation to the key post will be seen as an olive branch to the Labour right after they criticised Mr Corbyn for strengthening his team with his allies from the left.

Sir Keir Starmer, former head of the Crown Prosecution Service who quit the shadow cabinet in June, has been invited back as shadow Brexit secretary.

Veteran chief whip Nick Brown, who is a long-standing ally of former Labour leader Gordon Brown, replaced chief whip Rosie Winterton.

The appointments of Mr Brown and Mr Starmer are said to be a signal from Mr Corbyn that he wants to reach out to back-bench critics — and their acceptance shows that they are prepared to unite after his landslide re-election.

Mr Corbyn has also appointed Sarah Champion to the role of shadow women and equalities minister, and Jo Stevens as shadow Welsh secretary.

Ms Champion was one of dozens of Labour frontbenchers who quit in the coup against Mr Corbyn’s leadership in June — only to ask for her job back a month later.