Big London anti-Trump protest, video

This video from England says about itself:

Massive Anti Trump Protest London, England, UK.

4 February 2017

Anti Donald Trump Immigration Demonstrations are taking place all over Europe right now, this massive anti Trump immigration demonstration London, England, United Kingdom.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban, Giving Hope To Some Mideast Travelers. The president called it “ridiculous.” 02/04/2017 09:05 am ET | Updated 2 hours ago: here.

Big London anti-Trump demonstration, videos

This video from England says about itself:

This video from England says about itself:

Anti Trump demonstration in London 4 February 2017

100,000+ demonstrators march from the US embassy to Downing Street.

This video is the sequel.

USA: Michigan GOP [Republican party] Official Calls For ‘Another Kent State’ For Campus Protesters: here.

Big anti-Trump demonstration in London today

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Orwell’s 1984 Tops Sales Under Trump

3 February 2017

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
-George Orwell, 1984

This video says about itself:

Donald Trump’s Alternative Facts & George Orwell’s 1984

28 January 2017

This is just US President Donald Trump’s first week in office and we already have years’ worth of controversies. Recently, when NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewed Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to Donald Trump about the first white house press conference held by Sean Spicer, official white house press secretary and Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, she said something quite dangerous. She spoke of ‘Alternative Facts’, something similar to ‘Doublethink’ and ‘Doublespeak’.

So, this episode of Journal of Things discusses the hidden implications behind that word while analyzing the influence of language in politics while comparing today’s political scenario to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 and its Ingsoc language Newspeak. It also refers to Orwell’s another book ‘Politics & The English Language’ and Edward Herman’s Beyond Hypocrisy. Is Donald Trump dangerous? This is Donald Trump’s version of 1984.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Dump the Chump

Saturday 4th February 2017

THOUSANDS of people are gathering in London today as a united front opposes the hateful politics of US President Donald Trump.

Today’s Stand Up to Trump rally has been called by a broad coalition of labour and progressive movement organisations in Britain.

It is the first anti-Trump event backed by the Muslim Association of Britain, the Muslim Council of Britain and the Muslim Engagement and Development group in a display of unity against Mr Trump’s policies.

Protesters will meet at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square at 11am before marching to Downing Street for a rally.

Organisers are demanding that PM Theresa May cancel a state visit offered to the US leader and are urging unity to build a mass movement against his divisive politics.

A Stand Up to Trump statement signed by by trade union leaders, MPs and faith groups says: “Time is short. We cannot allow racism to seep deeper into society and whatever our other differences, we must unite together to meet this serious threat.”

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”

And the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament urged supporters to “demonstrate against the special nuclear relationship and say no ‘Muslim Ban’ this Saturday in London.”

Ms May’s continued silence over the travel ban as she toured Malta yesterday, where she tried to persuade European Nato allies to increase defence spending, has led to her being branded a “Trump sycophant” and accused of doing the US president’s bidding.

Ms May’s call comes after Mr Trump refused to rule out military action against Iran on Thursday, saying: “Nothing is off the table.”

Further sanctions were imposed on Iran by the US government yesterday in response to the country’s test launch of a ballistic missile last weekend.

Mr Trump tweeted: “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the US made with them!”

Later he channelled former Egypt autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s habit of blaming conspiracies in the face of popular opposition, saying: “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Today’s rally sees the broadest coalition since the 2002-2003 anti-war movement.

A Stand Up to Trump summit will be held from 10.30am at Friends Meeting House in London on February 18.

Donald Trump, Britons react

This video from Britain says about itself:

30 January 2017

Tens of thousands of protesters join an anti-Trump rally in central London as Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to back down on inviting the US President for a glitzy state visit.

By Felicity Collier in east London, England:

‘Sleepwalking into Genocide’

Friday 3rd February 2017

Muslim communities mobilise – and warn against Trump fatigue

WE could be “sleepwalking into genocide” unless we wake up from being “shocked and dumbfounded” by the effects of Donald Trump’s presidency, Muslim Safety Forum chairman Azad Ali warned yesterday.

Mr Ali urged communities to co-ordinate and organise, as “we should not allow this fascism to go unchallenged” and he warned: “We’re shocked, dumbfounded. We need to wake up — or we’re sleepwalking into genocide.”

Mr Ali was representing the advocacy organisation Mend (Muslim Engagement and Development) at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel yesterday.

Muslim community groups and campaigners gathered there ahead of this Saturday’s Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban — Stop May Supporting It demo.

East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre executive director Dilowar Khan referenced Mr Trump’s description of Whitechapel as a “no-go area” in December 2015, when he was a presidential candidate.

At the time, the community in Whitechapel responded with a protest outside the East London Mosque, where Mr Khan addressed the crowd, saying there was “no such thing as no-go areas in London.”

Mr Khan expressed his concern yesterday about living in a world where the US president “wants to take us back to the days of racism and hatred” in light of his recent policy which stops people from countries that are predominantly Muslim from entering the US.

A rise in far-right politics, Mr Khan said, would “damage the fabric of society.” He recalled being attacked in the 1970s, when there were “no-go areas” for Muslims. He condemned Mr Trump’s ban as “unjust, discriminatory,” and stated: “We believe in a multicultural society.”

Over 7,000 worshippers gather at the London Muslim Centre, which has three mosques and runs a programme of events which promote community cohesion.

Stand Up to Racism’s Weyman Bennett, who grew up in the surrounding area, described fond memories of the mix of different cultures and lauded it as one of the most integrated parts of London.

In the 1930s, the Battle of Cable Street took place nearby which turned back the fascist Oswald Mosley. In the 1930s-40s, Lord Alf Dubs passed through with his Kindertransport.

Mr Bennett said that withdrawing the invitation for Mr Trump’s state visit to Britain is “the basic thing” that Prime Minister Theresa May should do.

Stop The War Coalition’s Lindsey German condemned Ms May for her “indecent haste” in going to meet and hold hands with Mr Trump in the US.

She also expressed anger at the fact that it took a week for Ms May to comment on Mr Trump’s divisive travel ban policy and pointed out that the seven countries affected by the ban have either been bombed or occupied by the US.

Ms German expressed her outrage that the British public should have Donald Trump “wined and dined” at our expense.

This Saturday’s protests are expected to be attended by “unprecedented numbers” of people from the Muslim community.

The demo takes place this Saturday at 11am outside the US embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square, London, followed by a march to Downing Street.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott will be taking part in the march opposing Trump’s Muslim ban and demanding Ms May withdraw her offer to the US president to visit Britain.

Several groups are backing the demo to call for Trump’s state visit to Britain to be pulled in light of his imposed travel ban, which targets Muslims.

On February 20, a 1.8 million-strong petition opposing Trump’s visit will be debated in Parliament.

White House Ignored Draft Holocaust Statement Mentioning Jews: Report. Trump failed to mention Jewish victims, sparking condemnation: here.

Protests in history, London exhibition

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Satire, Print Shops and Comic Illustration in 18th and 19th Century London – Mark Bills

11 August 2011

This lecture tells the story of visual satire in London, a city in which caricature flourished like no other. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the people of London have been both amused and outraged by the thousands of social and political satires in paint, paint and engravings which have variously and humorously described London and its people.

The enormous body of cartoon images range from the specific to the general: from caricature portraits of leading figures to the London ‘types’ recognized by all Londoners; from specific events and political debacles to the state of a typical London street. The array of approaches of artists, both ‘high’ and ‘low’, amateur and professional, is equally wide and extends from light-hearted mocking to vitriolic and libellous attacks. This lecture leads us through the various ages of the production of cartoons in London, from the independent print publisher to the editor of a comic journal, providing us with a rare perspective on the life of the city through its contemporary satirical images.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: here.

By Jane Clinton in Britain:

Designs on dissent

Tuesday 31st January 2017

JANE CLINTON recommends an exhibition on radical protest over the last two centuries

A SMALL silk buttonhole, a pamphlet on how to avoid arrest and a petition for women to sit their medical degree exams.

These are just some of the objects on display at the Radical Voices exhibition at Senate House Library in the University of London charting how protest has been expressed over the past two centuries.

Including petitions, photographs, posters, songs, poetry, book collections, political cartoons, badges and ephemera, it is a rich analysis of the voices that have spoken out and have often forced change.

There’s a James Gillray cartoon dating 1807 — the oldest item on show — along with much more recent items such as a 2003 Stop the War poster and literature printed by Occupy Design in 2012 as part of the occupation at St Paul’s cathedral.

For Dr Jordan Landes, research librarian of history at the library and the guiding light behind the exhibition, it was reading Rebel Footprints by David Rosenberg that inspired her.

“It made me realise the wealth of what was in the collections as I recognised that we held the collections of so many of the people he wrote about,” she says.

“Instead of trying to do this by subject we do it by how the voices are expressed,” she explains. Thus the Gillray John Bull and Communist Party cartoons sit cheek by jowl in the political cartoons section, while in the badges category there’s a silk buttonhole worn by men to express support for the Suffragettes next to membership badges of the Liberal Party of South Africa.

The “Advice for Those Taking Part in Protests” section is a particular favourite for Dr Landes because it not only reveals the ever-shifting face of protest but also how dissent was once regarded as the sole preserve of men.

“There is the change over time in the tone and language,” she explains. “I love the 1934 pamphlet, where there is a warning to men to tell their wives not to let policemen into their house.

“There was the assumption that the women would not be protesting. It reveals so much about society at the time, not just about protest.”

That this free exhibition should take place at the University of London is no surprise. It has long been seen as a radical institution and this too is explored.

William Beveridge served as vice-chancellor of the university from 1926-1928 and in 1942 he outlined the contents of The Beveridge Report in Senate House’s Macmillan Hall.

Also progressive was the fact that the university did not have a religious requirement. In 1878 it was one of the first institutions to open up higher education to women.

Despite this progress, there was a sticking point — women were not allowed to sit their examinations to earn their degrees. A petition calling for this to change is included in the exhibition.

With a mixture of personal libraries and manuscripts, Radical Voices also has a concurrent series of events including film screenings, talks, conferences and music.

“I hope the exhibition is a reminder that libraries and archives are places that preserve these, as we are calling them radical voices, and in preserving them they can potentially inspire people to study further and learn more, which is our main purpose.”

On entering the space, there is a poster emblazoned with a simple but powerful quotation from WH Auden: “All I have is a voice” and Dr Landes is keen that the exhibition will inspire people to think more deeply about the means and messages of protest.

“Hopefully this exhibition will allow people to read and hear others’ voices and maybe in turn it will help them find their own.”

The free exhibition Radical Voices runs until March 31 at Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street, WC1, opening times here.

Free Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

This January 2017 video from England is about a vigil outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London to mark the imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi‘s 33rd birthday.