‘Jeremy Corbyn will be elected Labour leader’, British bookmakers say


This video from the British parliament in London, England says about itself:

Instead of bombing Libya, we need to end British support for despots, says Jeremy Corbyn MP

Speech given by Jeremy Corbyn MP in the House of Commons on 18 March 2011 when MPs debated western intervention in Libya.

By Luke James in Britain:

And Red Jez Takes the Lead

Thursday 30th July 2015

Corbyn is now bookies’ favourite as odds are slashed yet again on Islington MP and Unison joins leftwinger’s camp

JEREMY CORBYN made “political history” yesterday after being installed as Labour leadership frontrunner by Britain’s biggest bookies.

Completing a stunning turnaround from 100/1 outsider in May, Mr Corbyn was made favourite by Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power. And his promotion to pole position came as Unison, which represents 1.3 million public-sector workers, became the latest union to nominate Mr Corbyn. Bookmakers slashed his odds again after the results of a private Labour poll revealed the left candidate is 20 points ahead of his rivals.

It was the third poll in two weeks that shows the principled Islington North MP is on course to shock the political Establishment.

The results sparked another flurry of bets from political punters hoping to back a winner, bookies reported. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the Star: “We have responded by slashing the price from 200/1 into 13/8 — which must be one of, if not the, biggest price cut in political betting history.” Mr Corbyn is set to scoop 42 per cent support in the first round of voting, according to the latest poll seen by the Mirror.

Yvette Cooper is on 22 per cent, Andy Burnham on 20 per cent and Liz Kendall on 18 per cent. The results echo findings from a separate private poll shown to the New Statesman and a YouGov survey of Labour members for the Times, which put him 17 points ahead in the first round.

Paddy Power made Mr Corbyn a 6/4 shot and revealed half of all stakes taken on the Labour leadership race in the past two weeks have been for Mr Corbyn. A spokesman said: “Some people may still be refusing to take Stormin’ Corbyn seriously, but the punters and the pollsters certainly are.”

Mr Burnham was clinging on to top spot with Coral yesterday, but the firm then shorted its odds on a Corbyn victory in response to the poll to 11/8. Coral said it was “on the brink” of making Mr Corbyn the favourite.

Coral’s John Hill said: “Andy Burnham has topped the betting for a good couple of months now, but the money behind him in the betting has dried up.”

Further momentum was given to Mr Corbyn’s campaign by a dozen new nominations from local Labour parties (CLPs).

Holborn and St Pancras, represented by Burnham-backing Keir Starmer, was among constituencies where a majority of members backed Mr Corbyn.

He now has 126 CLP nominations, compared to 104 for Mr Burnham, 89 for Ms Cooper and just 14 for Ms Kendall.

Paddy Power said Leicester West Ms Kendall was a “relative no-hoper” at 40/1.

JEREMY CORBYN will cost Britain’s bookmakers at least half a million pounds if he is elected Labour leader, the Morning Star can reveal. Industry insiders said Mr Corbyn made “political betting history” this week when the one-time 200/1 shot was made favourite: here.

However, if Labour Party members and supporters would indeed elect Mr Corbyn as leader, there are plans in the Tony Blairite right wing of the party to then immediately delete that voters’ democratic verdict by having the Labour members of parliament depose Corbyn. So, Corbyn supporters should not just vote. They should also be prepared to defend their vote against a coup.

LABOUR MPs have a “duty” to rally behind Jeremy Corbyn if he’s elected leader, the frontrunner for the deputy post Tom Watson said yesterday. Asked about the prospects for party discipline if the left candidate was elected, Mr Watson predicted he may face right-wing rebels: here.

Tunisian airline stops flights to Tripoli, Libya, in November 2011


This video says about itself:

Inside Story – The dangers facing female migrants in Libya

11 May 2015

In a report titled Libya Is Full of Cruelty, the rights group Amnesty International details the conditions for women in the war-torn North African country. Amnesty says they are constantly subjected to the added danger of sexual violence. Traffickers sexually abuse female migrants as they make their desperate and treacherous journey towards Europe.

Presenter: Richelle Carey Guests: Magda Mughrabi, Libya researcher for Amnesty International and author of the report. Soraya Chemaly, writer and media critic whose work is focused on sexualised violence. Anna Zobnina, chair of the European Network of Migrant Women.

November 2011: According to Tunisia Live, Tunisian airline Tunisair has stopped flying to Tripoli, Libya; as at that airport, 300 armed men had attacked one of its aircraft.

Libyan Amazigh demonstrate in Tripoli for second time in three days against exclusion from the new government: here.

Libyan women rally for rape victim support: here.

Tunisian ex-dictator Ben Ali’s Western friends: here.

Libyan Amazigh protest, November 2011


Amazigh languages

Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports:

Dozens of Amazigh -or Berbers– protested in Tripoli‘s Martyrs’ Square on Friday for being shut out of the new government and demanded that their language and rights be recognised in Libya.

Gaddafi’s Western allies: here.

Italian oil corporation ENI plans to increase its Libyan oil production: here.

Tunisian mass murderers from ‘new’ Libya


This video from the USA is called Hillary Clinton: USA created Al Qaeda.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Perpetrator of massacre in Tunisia was in training camp in Libya

Today, 17:23

The man who last week staged an attack in Tunisia on a tourist beach had been earlier this year in Libya in a training camp for jihad, along with the two men who earlier in Tunis committed an attack in the Bardo Museum. That says a senior Tunisian security officer.

The Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid still said on Saturday that the perpetrator had not been in view of the security services and had never left Tunisia. In the attack last Friday, 39 people were killed.

The perpetrator, who himself was killed by hotel security guards, left according to the security officer in January to Libya to attend jihad training. The two men who in March in broad daylight shot dead 22 people in the Bardo Museum in Tunis were there at the same time.

Thank you so much, on behalf of the surviving families of the murdered foreign tourists and Tunisians, thank you dear NATO, dear David Cameron, dear Nicolas Sarkozy, dear Silvio Berlusconi, etc. etc. for your bloody regime change war for oil ‘bringing democracy’ to a ‘brave new’ Libya … [sarcasm off]

Benghazi, where Libya’s uprising began, now a shattered city | Washington Times: here.

The Congressional harrying of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over emails concerning the 2012 death of an American Ambassador and three staff members in Benghazi, Libya, has become a sort of running joke, with Republicans claiming “cover-up” and Democrats dismissing the whole matter as nothing more than election year politics. But there is indeed a story embedded in the emails, one that is deeply damning of American and French actions in the Libyan civil war, from secretly funding the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi, to the willingness to use journalism as a cover for covert action: here.

British government loves wars, hates refugees from those wars


This video from London, England says about itself:

Libya: Stop the War Coaliton protest at Downing Street 19.04.11

As Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama escalated the attack on Libya to a regime-change war, Stop the War Coalition joined with CND and War on Want to protest at Downing Street, London, calling on the British government to end its bombing campaign. Video by Anupam Pradhan and Keith Halstead.

From weekly The Observer in Britain:

Bishop says Britain has a moral duty to accept refugees from its wars

Rt Rev David Walker, bishop of Manchester, says it is ‘unworthy’ for politicians to label displaced migrants as criminals, and country should take in ‘fair share’

Mark Townsend

Saturday 25 April 2015 20.33 BST

One of the country’s most senior bishops has said that Britain has a moral imperative to accept refugees from conflicts in which it has participated.

After a week in which the death toll of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe grew to 1,700 so far this year, the bishop of Manchester, David Walker, said there was a duty to treat the survivors with compassion.

In a piece for the Observer published online, he writes: “They are pushed, not pulled, towards the EU, forced out of their homelands by war, terrorism and the persecution of minorities. A political rhetoric that characterises them as wilful criminals rather than helpless victims is as unworthy as it is untrue.”

The UK’s pivotal role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq prompted a sectarian war that the UN said had forced two million Iraqis to flee the country, an involvement that ran alongside the 13-year Afghanistan war and was followed by the 2011 attacks on Libya, both of which precipitated significant regional instability and migration.

According to the UN Refugee Agency in 2013, one in four refugees was Afghan, although most were in neighbouring countries, while the ongoing instability in Libya was credited with making the north African state a haven for people smugglers.

Walker writes: “The moral cost of our continual overseas interventions has to include accepting a fair share of the victims of the wars to which we have contributed as legitimate refugees in our own land.

“I want my country to be governed by those who are prepared to look at the faces of the desperate, be it the desperation of the asylum seeker or of the food bank client, and to look at them with compassion.”

He also criticised the language of mainstream parties on issues such as immigration and suggested that politics needed a new moral compass in the context of the growing number of deaths in the Mediterranean. “I want my political representatives to show they have values beyond expediency and appeal to the muddled middle. Only such politicians will I trust with the wellbeing of my family, my community and my nation.”

Despite the huge numbers of migrants heading north, only 5,000 resettlement places across Europe have been offered to refugees under an emergency summit crisis package agreed by EU leaders, with the rest sent back as irregular migrants under a new rapid-return programme coordinated by the EU’s border agency, Frontex.

“Welcome though it was that European leaders sat down to talk about the situation this week, their conclusions seem more directed at making the symptoms less visible than at tackling the disease,” said Walker.

EU ‘humanitarian’ response to hundreds of migrants drowning – a war on migrants: here.

From Europe, to Asia, to the Americas, the world is witnessing growing numbers of refugees and a corresponding wave of state repression and violence directed at denying them their fundamental democratic rights: here.

THE Easterhouse Baptist Church in Glasgow, which I attend, befriends and is strengthened by local asylum-seekers. It also supports a Baptist couple, David and Ann McFarlane, who are located in Reggio Calabria on the southern tip of Italy. This is a port where boats from Africa and Syria attempt to land refugees. Not all make it and drowned bodies float in. David and Ann join with others to welcome the penniless arrivals and provide food, clothes and shelter: here.