Don’t bomb Syria, Labour party conference says

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn on Syria, Trident and his Jamaican youth

30 September 2015

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tells Jon Snow why he isn’t convinced the RAF should carry out bombing raids in Syria, that he doesnt know how many MPs oppose renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapon and that he spent his youth in Jamaica.

By Luke James in Britain:

Labour MPs told: Don’t bomb Syria

Thursday 1st October 2015

No air strikes without UN backing, says conference

LABOUR members issued clear instructions to their representatives in Parliament yesterday not to sanction air strikes on Syria without UN authorisation.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell called for a free vote if PM David Cameron stages a second vote on bombing Syria.

But conference backed a Unite motion demanding that MPs oppose intervention without stringent safeguards.

Proposing the motion, Unite delegate Ivan Monckton said: “It’s time to get behind diplomacy and end the Syrian civil war.

“Labour must once more stand up for peace and against another Cameron war. Now is the time for peacemongers not warmongers.”

The resolution will not be binding on MPs.

Meanwhile Mr Corbyn created a stir after stating that he would never push the nuclear button if he becomes prime minister.

Unleashing nuclear weapons would be “immoral,” Labour’s leader said as the shafted debate over Trident renewal continued to be a blot on an otherwise upbeat conference.

Asked whether he would launch a nuclear strike if he was in No 10, Mr Corbyn answered: “Would anybody press the nuclear button?”

“They’re the ultimate weapon of mass destruction that can only kill millions of civilians if ever used,” he added.

“I am totally and morally opposed to nuclear weapons. I do not see them as a defence.”

Seeking to prevent a war of words, Mr Corbyn pointed out the vote over Trident renewal was not for another year and pledged to “live with” the party’s decision.

But he branded nuclear weapons a cold war relic that “didn’t do the US much good” on September 11 2001.

UK Labour conference ends with attacks on Corbyn over nuclear weapons and Syria: here.

French secret policeman apologizes for murdering Greenpeace photographer, after thirty years

This French 5 September 2015 video shows an interview with Colonel Jean-Luc Kister about the French secret police attack on Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Sorry for bombs on Rainbow Warrior

Today, 11:08

The diver of the French secret service who attached two bombs thirty years ago to the Rainbow Warrior ship has apologized. “This is the right time to show remorse and offer my apologies,” Jean-Luc Kister said in an interview with a French journalist. The attack on the Greenpeace ship killed the Portuguese-Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira.

The Rainbow Warrior was sunk on July 10, 1985 using two bombs in Auckland in New Zealand. The ship was on its way to the island of Mururoa to protest against French nuclear tests in the area. As long as the ship would sail around there, there would be no nuclear weapons tests possible.

Soon after the attack it turned out that it was carried out by the French secret service. …

“I have the blood of an innocent man on my hands,” he [Kister] continues. “It is overwhelming.”

Stop Japanese militarism revival, nuclear bomb survivors say

This video says about itself:

Nagasaki mayor urges careful deliberations on security bills

9 August 2015

The mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki has urged the government to engage in ″careful and sincere deliberations″ on a series of security bills currently moving through parliament.

In an address at the 70th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of the city, Mayor Tomihisa Taue said the peaceful path Japan has pursued in the past 70 years should never be changed.

If the new bills are made into law,Japan would be allowed to engage in armed conflicts overseas for the first time in 70 years since the end of World War Two.

Japanese constitutional experts view the security legislation pushed by the Shinzo Abe administration as ″unconstitutional.″

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the only cities in the world devastated by the atomic bomb.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Japanese call on PM Abe to halt rush to war

Monday 10th August 2015

80,000 dead mourned 70 years after Nagasaki atom bomb

by Our Foreign Desk

NAGASAKI marked the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bombing yesterday, as survivors warned against Japan’s renewed militarisation.

With the solemn tolling of a bell, the city observed a minute’s silence at 11.02am, the minute the US B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped its terrifying and deadly payload on August 9 1945.

The bombing of the defenceless city killed some 40,000 people instantly and the same number from the lingering effects of radiation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the event along with representatives from 75 countries, including US ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

Mr Abe said Japan, as yet the only country to suffer atomic bombing, would seek to play a leading role in disarmament. But the PM was criticised by survivors — known as hibakusha in Japan — and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue.

Hibakusha representative Sumiteru Taniguchi, now 86, said that legislation recently pushed through parliament by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party “will lead to war.”

The new laws “reinterpret” Japan’s post-war constitution, which limits the armed forces to self-defence only, to allow them to be sent overseas to defend its allies — among them the US.

“We cannot accept this,” said Mr Taniguchi, after describing in graphic detail the horrors of the atom bomb, including the terrible burns to his back.

Mr Taue noted the “widespread unease” about the legislation, which has passed the lower house of parliament and is now before the upper house. “I urge the government of Japan to listen to these voices of unease and concern,” he said.

A message from UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon echoed the calls of Mr Taue and others to abolish nuclear weapons.

“I wholeheartedly join you in sounding a global rallying cry: No more Nagasakis. No more Hiroshimas,” Mr Ban said in a message read by acting UN high representative for disarmament affairs Kim Won Soo.

Speaking in Rome, Pope Francis called the bombings “a tragic event that still arouses horror and revulsion” and “a permanent warning to humanity” to reject war and ban weapons of mass destruction.

See also here.