Are being Green, journalism ‘terrorism’?


This video from England says about itself:

Jenny Jones, Green Party, on protesting

29 May 2015

I spoke to the Green Party peer, Jenny Jones, about her thoughts on protest and activism.

Jenny Jones is a significant member of the Green Party and serves as a member of the House of Lords in the UK.

Jenny has extensive experience of activism and dealing with the police. Until recently, she worked as a part of a committee to attempt to introduce oversight into the powers and actions of the Metropolitan Police.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Peer seeks answers from Met after being branded ‘extremist’

Friday 18th December 2015

A Green politician marked by the Metropolitan Police as an “extremist” took the force to task yesterday at a counterterrorism meeting in London.

This music video is called Muppets – Kermit – Its not easy being green (original).

Kermit the frog uses to sing: it’s not easy being green. This adds a new meaning.

Jenny Jones grilled Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe about suspicions that data had been deleted from her files, which had been compiled to paint her as a “domestic extremist,” after she had made two requests to see information held on herself.

Mr Hogan-Howe insisted he and his deputy Craig Mackey would only answer complaints in private, despite Ms Jones giving him permission to talk about her case at the public meeting in City Hall.

Baroness Jones, a member of the London Assembly and the House of Lords, said: “I’m curious. Has the intervening material been deleted? If you’re treating me like this, then you could be treating others in the same way — or possibly even worse.”

When Mr Hogan-Howe refused to budge, she added: “Well I am not happy with that answer because I am asking about myself and I do feel that something has gone wrong.”

She also spoke out against her treatment under the government’s controversial Preevnt programme in a minority report published yesterday.

Baroness Jones wrote: “The Met has previously included myself and several journalists in their database of ‘domestic extremists.’ This shows how words such as ‘extremism’ can be interpreted in a surprisingly broad brush way.”

Counterterrorism strategies are also creating barriers around Muslim communities and would further isolate those susceptible to radical rhetoric, she added.

The committee also touched upon the rising number of Islamophobic crimes in the wake of the Paris shootings.

According to the Met, 76 incidents in London were reported two weeks after the attacks, compared to 24 the week before, including an arson attempt at Finsbury Park mosque.

Mr Hogan-Howe admitted there was a spike in anti-Muslim violence and abuse but said the numbers were “relatively low for a city of this size.”

Labour Assembly Member Jennette Arnold asked him what the force was doing to catch the arsonists. He said police had increased patrols.

Stop occupation of Haiti, London demonstration


This video from London, England says about itself:

Are Haiti polls rigged? Protest in front of the US Embassy in London

17 December 2015

Selma James says: “Haitians were the first to revolt against slavery… So, imperialists don’t accept the existence of this country”.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Protesters call on US to get out of Haiti

Thursday 17th December 2015

Rally marks 25 years since first democratic poll

DOZENS of people assembled outside the US embassy in London yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections in Haiti.

The event both celebrated the resounding victory of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in December 1990 and told the United States to “get out of Haiti” amid the country’s 2015 elections.

Feminist author Selma James described her meeting with Mr Aristide and his wife on the day of his election, when she happened to be in Haiti.

“Lavalas, their party, means ‘The Flood’,” Ms James told the crowd. “We saw the flood.

“Hundreds and hundreds of people, most of them young people, crowding into the house — before the car arrived, with the car and after the car — and it was an hour or so before he actually could walk from the car to the front door and always with a smile on his face.

“The first thing that Ms Aristide said to me was: ‘This victory — they can’t take it back’.”

The Global Women’s Strike co-ordinator added that the faces of Haitians “bore the stamp of the revolution as if it happened the day before, in fact, as if it was happening on that day.”

She demanded that the US get its hands off Haiti in 2015, where President Michel Martelly now rules after a second coup that deposed Mr Aristide in 2004.

“The debt that we owe to Haiti is an international debt,” Ms James said.

“Defending Haiti, in fighting alongside Haiti, we defend ourselves — we do it for ourselves.”

On the London protest, Global Women’s Strike was accompanied by the All African Women’s Group, the Payday Men’s Network and Caribbean Labour Solidarity (CLS).

“Got to tell the Yankees: Get out of Haiti, get out of the Caribbean, let people have their destiny,” said CLS president Luke Daniels at the rally.

Haiti’s ongoing parliamentary and presidential elections go into the final round on December 27.

But campaigners have labelled the whole process a sham as the US is accused of having funded the elections with a reported budget of $30 million (£20m).

Stop bombing Syria, London demonstration


This video from Britain says about itself:

Join STOP THE WAR demonstrations

28 November 2015

Next national demonstration against the bombing of SyriaSATURDAY 12 DECEMBER. Join the ongoing protests in town and city centres around the country. #DontBombSyria Show Cameron you oppose another senseless bloody costly war.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Stop the War hits back ahead of rally

Saturday 12th December 2015

Group points to history of being proved right on British wars

DESPITE being targeted for a “hurricane of malicious attacks,” Stop the War will bring thousands to the streets of London today for a second mass demonstration against the Syrian air strikes.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was one of several political figures harangued by right-wing media sources over the last week for his longtime support of the campaign.

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds insisted yesterday that her leader should not attend the organisation’s events because it stood against the party’s values.

Ms Reynolds was a supporter of rightist Blairite Kendall (who got only 4% of the votes) in the Labour leadership election. She claimed that Corbyn, who won with 60% of the votes, should not have been allowed to be a candidate at all. She used to be a lobbyist for Big Business at the European Union in Brussels; and was Special Adviser of fellow Blairite Geoff Hoon (later sacked because of corruption).

But Stop the War chairman Andrew Murray hit back at a fundraising dinner, saying: “Stop the War has faced a hurricane of malicious attacks in recent weeks, largely as a proxy means of trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

These attacks serve only to distract from the government’s crumbling case for war in Syria — and the fact that our movement has been proved right in its campaigns against the disastrous conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

“Stop the War has nothing to apologise for and much to be proud of.”

The event, which Mr Corbyn attended despite calls to do otherwise, also saw musician Brian Eno and actress Francesca Martinez attend.

Today’s demonstration will see an expected 10,000 people march from outside BBC Broadcasting House on Portland Place to Downing Street.

Stop the War convener Lindsey German argued that a continued campaign was absolutely necessary after Chancellor George Osborne’s comments that the air strikes had given Britain “its mojo back.”

“He’s made it very clear what this is all about,” she added.

“It’s about Britain having a place at the table with the other great powers.

“We think there’s no other justification for it at all.”

Calais aid group London2Calais organiser Syed Bokhari told the Star he would be attending the march because the group was “opposed to all imperialist intervention in Syria.

“Britain should be using its resources to welcome refugees into our society, not dropping bombs on Syria while simultaneously locking out refugees from the region.”

Fellow anti-war protester Sequoyah De Souza Vigneswaren said he came down from Leeds because “we have a moral duty to oppose the war crimes that are committed for strategic national-interest in our names.

“It is not just our right, but our obligation to hold our imperial elites to account.

“It is the very least we should do if we actually believe in the values of internationalism, peace and social justice.”

A report on today’s London demonstration is here.

As Downing Street brags of its ‘intense RAF activity’ over Syria, FELICITY ARBUTHNOT examines the machismo and militarism which led to this: here.

Following the mass killings in France, the British government has achieved its wish to join the air campaign against Isis in Syria. Ian Sinclair asks campaigners and academics to analyse the crisis: here.

A gathering of Syrian Al Qaeda-linked militias and exile politicians convened by the Saudi monarchy in Riyadh concluded Friday with the adoption of a joint agreement but with little clarity as to who was supporting it and even less on what purpose it will serve in furthering the stated aim of a negotiated end to Syria’s bloody civil war: here.

German army begins military intervention in Syria: here.

Stop bombing Syria, London demonstration, this Saturday


Syrian children's peace message

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Downing Street said yesterday that RAF warplanes are now flying five missions a day over Iraq and Syria, up from two a day over Iraq before the vote.

The Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain have called a big demonstration for Saturday calling on Britain to immediately stop its air strikes against Syria. It will assemble at 12 noon outside BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1.

London Stop bombing Syria demonstration

From the site of the Stop the War coalition:

A fourth war in a Muslim country in the past fourteen years will achieve the same results as the previous three – death, misery and destruction. The national demonstration on Saturday 12 December will call for an immediate stop to the bombing of Syria.

See Stop the War statement following Parliament voting for more war

Stop Bombing Syria | National demonstration
Saturday 12 December | Assemble 12 Noon
BBC Broadcasting House | Portland Place W1A 1AA
Supported by CND and the Muslim Association of Britain

Follow this page for action updates. Send details of activities in your area, details of coaches etc to: office@stopwar.org.uk Or send a tweet to: @STWuk

Coaches

Coaches are being booked around the country to bring protesters to the demonstration. Among those already booked are Birmingham, Newcastle and Bristol. Details and coach updates here.

Also from the Stop the War site:

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire brings a message from Syrian children

Mairead Maguire, 07 December 2015

Syrian children who have suffered so much from violence and war in their young lives, send a message: ‘UK please do not bomb our country‘.

British veterans against Cameron’s war on Syria, report


London Veterans for Peace demonstration, 8 December 2015, photo by Sven Schaap/NOS

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

British veterans return their medals in protest

Today, 19:40

Four war veterans of Veterans for Peace today returned the medals they received for their service in the British Army. The members of the veterans movement threw the medals on the street in front of 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Prime Minister Cameron.

They also refused to be bound any longer by the oath of allegiance which they had followed when they were hired. The veterans did this to protest against the bombing that the UK since last week does on ISIS targets in Syria.

The ex-soldiers hope that other British citizens will be encouraged to ask the government to oppose ISIS in a different way. …

“I could no longer allow innocent people to suffer from the decisions of our government. It is now up to the people to show the government that they also do not trust them,” said protest leader Ben Griffin. He was previously deployed to Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq and then resigned from the army.

D-day veteran for peace Jim Radford demonstrating today, photo by Sven Schaap/NOS

Veteran Jim Radford, the youngest participant in D-Day and now an activist and musician, has serious doubts about the results of British bombs. “Bombing does not resolve any conflict. In Vietnam more bombs fell than in the entire Second World War and see what results they had there. The British government only aggravates the desperate situation in Syria.”

Also veterans who were not at the protest gave their medals to protest leader Griffin to leave them at the residence of Cameron. Eg, Iraq veteran Dave Smith and his father, who served in Northern Ireland. Smith became disabled in Iraq in 2005.

Since the announcement last week of the bombing of IS targets in Syria, over sixty new veterans have joined Veterans for Peace. Griffin says he also receives messages of support from the British Army.

Veterans For Peace demonstrating in London

The veterans will act again in the future to show their dissatisfaction with the British mission [in Syria]. Iftikhar Mersa lost his medal for his service in Northern Ireland years ago, but will request a replacement copy to leave at 10 Downing Street.

It is not the first time that medals are left at the door of the residence of Cameron. Last summer protesting members of Veterans for Peace already laid medals down there.

This video from Britain says about itself:

War Veterans Discard Medals in Rejection of Militarism and War

13 July 2015

“We are members of Veterans For Peace UK, an ex-services organisation of men and women who have served this country in every conflict since the second world war. We exist in the hope of convincing you that war is not the solution to the problems of the 21st century. We have come here today to hand back things, given to us as soldiers, that we no longer require or want.”

Syria air strikes: Why the Government should have invested war money into infrastructure, education and student support services. It is ‘infuriating’ that, on the same day the Government decided to bomb Syria, Jo Johnson announced funding for disabled students in higher education is to be cut, says the NUS international students’ officer: here.

Turkish army invades northern Iraq while US planes bomb Syrian army: here.

Developments have proceeded rapidly following the decision by the German parliament on Friday in favour of military participation in Syria. Just a few hours after the vote, the German frigate Augsburg was under way for Syria. According to a spokesman for the Mission Command in Potsdam, it has been alongside the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle since Sunday. At a Luftwaffe (air force) base near Kiel, German Tornado combat aircraft are being prepared for their deployment to Turkey: here.

Syria-Iraq: civilian deaths, British denials. The British government’s response to scrutiny of its current military actions is evasive. But mounting evidence of civilian casualties makes this untenable± here.

British veterans protest against Cameron’s war on Syria


This video from England says about itself:

Don’t Bomb Syria. Newcastle 1st Dec 2015 – Highlights

Organised by Newcastle Stop the War Coalition held in Newcastle City Centre on the eve of the Parliamentary debate on the Syrian air strikes.

Roger Nettleship of Newcastle Stop the War chairing
Pam Wortley, Sunderland Stop the War
Shumel Rahman, Newcastle Unites
Anne Schofield, Labour Friends of Palestine
Daniel Kebede, Stand up to Racism
Rachel Featherstone, North East Regional Green Party
Simon Hall, North East People’s Assembly
Nick Megoran, Martin Luther King Peace Committee
Tamim Sultan, pupil Hawthorne Primary School
Tony Dowling, Newcastle Stop the War Coalition
Bethany Elen Coyle, North East Socialist Singers

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Veterans give medals back to Downing Street in protest against war

Tuesday 8th December 2015

VETERANS of British military action in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Ireland will hand in their medals to Downing Street today in protest against Britain’s attacks on Syria.

The veterans are members of Veterans For Peace, an anti-war ex-services organisation.

Daniel Lenham, who was in the Royal Air Force from 2002 to 2014, operating in Iraq and Libya, said: “These invasions, occupations and attacks have caused great destruction, killed hundreds of thousands of people and have led to the destruction of societies. Bombing is never a solution. It is time to stop.”

David Smith, who served in the army in Northern Ireland, said: “I want to express my utter disgust at the decision to unlawfully bomb Syria.”

Gulf Way veteran Kirk Solitt said: “You cannot sow bloodshed and reap peace. I no longer want these medals.”

The veterans will meet at Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square before walking to Downing Street at 1pm with supporters.

Isis apocalypse expert says sending ground troops to Syria is the ‘worst trap’ the West could fall into: here.

NYT: U.S. TRYING TO AVOID ISIS PROPHECY “As the debate on how best to contain the Islamic State continues to rage in Western capitals, the militants themselves have made one point patently clear: They want the United States and its allies to be dragged into a ground war … The group bases its ideology on prophetic texts stating that Islam will be victorious after an apocalyptic battle to be set off once Western armies come to the region.” [NYT]

Syria bloodshed bloody blowback in London Underground


This video from London, England says about itself:

Brian Eno, Stop the War Coalition, Don’t Bomb Syria Demonstration, 28 11 2015.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Stabbing in London Underground: “This is for Syria!”

5 December 2015, 23:40

A man has attacked several people in the London Underground with a knife. The police sees the incident as a terrorist act. The perpetrator shouted before the attack, according to several eyewitnesses, “This is for Syria, your blood will flow.”

The stabbing seriously injured a man, but his life is not in danger. There are two slightly wounded people as well. …

An eyewitness says that he has seen how the perpetrator attacked people. He stuck his victims with a small knife, the blade was about 8 centimeters long. …

The stabbing incident was around 19:00 (local time) at the metro station Leytonstone, northeast London.

British Prime Minister David Cameron proclaimed days ago that his bombing of Syria, which probably is already killing innocent Syrian civilians right now, would supposedly make the danger of terrorist violence in Britain less. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said no, the bombing is one more escalation in a cycle of violence. It will make the risk of terrorism in Britain bigger.

Tragically, Jeremy Corbyn turns out to be right within a few days. I wish the people in London speedy recovery from the injuries of this criminal attack. Though the man with the small knife (7 centimeter, according to another report) directly caused their wounds, they were caused indirectly by the man with the big warplanes, David Cameron.

We still hardly know anything about the London Underground perpetrator. We do know that Islamophobic racial discrimination at home mixed with warfare for oil abroad is a toxic mix for Britain. Thousands of times, people have been refused entry to discotheques because of their black hair and brown eyes. Thousands of times, people called Mohamed or Aisha have been refused jobs which they would have got if called John or Jane. The recent Paris massacre became the pretext for attacking innocent London Muslims, in the Underground and elsewhere.

A good reaction to that discrimination would be to help to make the anti-racism movement stronger. A good reaction to the wars for oil in the Middle East would be to make the peace movement stronger. Tragically, people do not always react to problems in a good way. We don’t know yet whether this man in London would have used his small knife only for peeling apples if David Cameron would not have started bloody war on Syria, as the ‘straw’ breaking the camel’s back. But it looks like a possibility.