‘Get Oxford, England colonialist Cecil Rhodes statue away’

This 2015 video series from Oxford University in England is called Why must Rhodes fall?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Students call for end of statue to imperialist

Friday 6th November 2015

OXFORD students will demand today the removal of a statue of the Victorian arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes from the university after 1,500 signed a Rhodes Must Fall petition.

Campaigners will gather at Oriel College, where the statue of its imperialist benefactor Cecil Rhodes stands, after being being inspired by a similar movement in South Africa.

Mr Rhodes carved out colonies all across southern Africa and the large territory now split between Zambia and Zimbabwe was named Rhodesia in 1895 in his honour.

Students have called the statue “a veneration not only of the crimes of the man himself, but of the racist imperial legacy on which Oxford University has thrived.”

Student and organising member of Rhodes Must Fall Oxford Charlotte Ezaz told the Star: “Unless we condemn this iconographic veneration we become complicit in perpetuating colonial narratives.”

Rhodes statue in Oxford

This photo shows the Rhodes statue in Oxford at an Oriel College building. That building is called the Rhodes Building. The statue’s caption underneath it, in Latin, praises the ‘munificence’ of Cecil Rhodes.

The statue of Cecil Rhodes at an Oxford college is to remain in place despite student protests after donors threatened to withdraw millions of pounds in funding if it was removed: here.

Homelessness is not criminal, protest in London

This July 2012 video is called Mark shares the realities of sleeping rough homeless on the streets of London.

Another video from England used to say about itself:

London Council wants to fine the homeless £1000

2 June 2015

Correction: Not sure if Hackney is a Tory council, probably not.

Homeless people could be fined up to £1,000 for sleeping in doorways near popular tourist spots, under new rules launched by a London council.

Homelessness charities have condemned the move, saying that it turns rough sleepers – who are often escaping lives of abuse – into criminals.

Hackney Council’s Public Space Protection Order bans sleeping in public places – offenders are handed a £100 fixed penalty, which can rise to £1,000 in court.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Saturday 13th June

Activists stage camp outside town hall after it tries to slap huge fines on homeless people

HOUSING campaigners will show their anger at a London council’s bid to criminalise the homeless by setting up camp on its front door.

Reclaim Hackney told the Star yesterday that activists will bunk down outside Hackney Town Hall for three days in response to newly introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders.

The council’s original PSPO banned “anti-social activities” including “rough sleeping” in increasingly gentrified east London areas such as Hackney Downs, London Fields and Broadway Market, with the threat of a £1,000 fine for rule-breakers.

A public outcry forced the council to drop explicit mention of homeless people from the PSPO but campaigners still want the orders scrapped completely.

Reclaim Hackney campaigner Jane Clendon told the Star: “I am totally against any type of PSPO anywhere in the country. There are adequate laws in place around anti-social behaviour which should be enforced as necessary by the police who are qualified to do this.

“Hackney’s PSPO gives the abilities of criminalising members of the public to council workers — they are not trained in this area and it is left to their personal discretion as to who is in breach of an order and who is not.

“I fear that stereotyping will come into play and sections of our community marginalised further and potentially criminalised.”

The group will officially announce the camp plans at a community fete it is holding in Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens at 12 noon today.

Hackney Council has ordered the PSPO as a “last resort,” but many fear the nature of the new law will lead to a lack of accountability in its enforcement.

The three-day protest will include the presence of local residents, as well as a string of housing and human rights campaigns.

A spokesman from Hackney private renters’ group Digs said: “We won’t stand by and let [Hackney Council] criminalise vulnerable people they have a responsibility to protect.

“We would have hoped the council’s conscience and judgement would have deterred them from pursuing this.

“But lacking that, the huge numbers of people willing to take action on this issue should convince them this PSPO is a dangerous mistake.

“This campaign won’t rest until we see the order overturned in its entirety.”

Hackney Council told the Star it refused to comment on demands to withdraw the PSPO.

An earlier statement by the council argued it dropped the word “rough-sleepers” from the PSPO “so that it more clearly reflects the anti-social behaviour the order is targeting.”

Hackney Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden blamed “inaccurate headlines” for people’s concerns.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Oxford holds off from ‘banning’ homeless people

Saturday 13th June 2013

OXFORD City Council has delayed a decision at the 11th hour over a plan which would “criminalise homelessness” following an intervention by human rights group Liberty.

The council was scheduled to make a decision as to whether or not to introduce a city centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at a meeting of its executive board on Thursday night. If given the green light, the order will ban sleeping in public toilets and “persistent begging” — defined by the authority as begging “on more than one occasion.”

The PSPO would give council officers the power to issue on-the-spot penalties of up to £100. If those in breach are unable to pay, they would face prosecution and a fine of £1,000. Liberty contacted the authority on Thursday arguing that the introduction of a PSPO would be a breach of equality and human rights law.

And a spokesman for the authority confirmed to the Star that council leader Bob Price had now asked officers to withdraw the report so consideration can be given to the legal opinion provided by Liberty.

Cllr Price said a further report would be brought back to the executive, but only when the council is confident that relevant concerns have been properly addressed. The spokesman said: “We received Liberty’s comments this morning and it is responsible of us to take the proper time to consider the use of these new powers and what Liberty has to say. “Oxford City Council has been at the forefront of the national debate on PSPOs. We have been trying to balance the very real problems of nuisance behaviour in our city centre with the rights of individuals.”

Hackney Council was forced to shelve plans to “ban” rough sleepers from the borough last week after news that homeless people would be included on its PSPO caused a public outcry.

FOXTONS estate agency will remove anti-homeless spikes outside its central London office after a fierce backlash from members of the public, it said yesterday: here.

Being homeless, a crime in Oxford, England?

This music video from the USA says about itself:

Richie HavensOxford town 1972

Richie Havens (January 21, 1941 — April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style, soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Bob Dylan wrote the song Oxford town, about racism in Oxford, Mississippi in the USA.

There were not only serious problems in Oxford, Mississippi in the USA in the 1960s.

There are some problems in Oxford, Oxfordshire in England today as well.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Oxford rough sleepers face council fines

Friday 12th June 2015

Activists slam plan to criminalise the homeless

A LOCAL authority is facing pressure to ditch “unlawful” plans which, it is claimed, would effectively criminalise homeless people and buskers.

Human rights charity Liberty has written to Oxford City Council calling for it to scrap plans to introduce new Public Spaces Protection Orders.

If given the green light, the orders would ban sleeping in public toilets and “persistent begging” — defined as begging “on more than one occasion.”

The orders would allow council officers to issue on-the-spot penalties of up to £100. If those in breach were unable to pay, they would face prosecution and a fine of £1,000.

But Liberty argues that the proposals would breach the council’s code of conduct for busking and street entertaining in Oxford and its duties under the Equality Act 2010.

The charity accused the council of persisting with the proposals despite its own eight-week public consultation, which found that most people opposed the plans.

Liberty legal officer Rosie Brighouse said: “If somebody is forced to beg or sleep in a public toilet, that’s not anti­social behaviour, it’s poverty.

“Oxford City Council should focus on finding ways to help the most vulnerable people, not slap them with a criminal record and a fine they can’t possibly afford to pay.

“These plans are unlawful and Liberty will try to challenge them if the council does not see sense.”

Homeless charity Centrepoint also condemned the plans, warning that, in seeking to combat antisocial behaviour, the council would also end up punishing some very vulnerable people.

Centrepoint head of public affairs Paul Noblet said: “At the very least, they should take seriously the drawing-up of a comprehensive code of conduct for enforcement officers to ensure that people sleeping rough can be referred to other parts of the council and local charities for support rather than being given fines they won’t be able to pay.”

Such measures have been tried elsewhere. Hackney Council introduced an order banning “antisocial activities” but removed rough sleepers from it after a petition signed by more than 80,000 people.

EDL nazi flop in Oxford, England

This video from England says about itself:

Many English Defence League (EDL) supporters have extreme views, and many have shown to support Nazism. Here is a compilation showing EDL supporters giving the Nazi salute.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Anti-racists beat back EDL thugs in Oxford protest

Monday 6th March 2015

THE racist English Defence League (EDL) flopped miserably when it tried to demonstrate in Oxford at the weekend.

Hundreds of trade unionists, students and anti-racism campaigners were joined by Oxford’s Mayor Councillor Mohammed Abbasi, councillors and parliamentary candidates when they staged a counter-demonstration against EDL thugs on Saturday.

More than 300 people attended the counter-demonstration against the EDL’s gathering of 100.

Police mobilised 500 officers — meaning that yet again the EDL added to the tax burden of residents in the communities it targets.

A police officer was injured by a missile thrown from the EDL demonstration and three men were arrested.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “A Thames Valley Police officer sustained a minor head injury during the operation. He suffered cuts to his head after objects were thrown but is okay.”

The counter-demonstration was supported by trade unions and anti-fascist groups including Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

UAF joint secretary Weyman Bennett said: “The response from the town was brilliant. The mayor and councillors came, trade unionists came.

“The EDL tried several times to attack the counter-demonstration. What was clear was the fact that it failed to divide the town and also that the EDL failed to intimidate the anti-fascists mobilised against the members. It failed in numbers and the anti-racist message prevailed.”

Several thousand people joined “Say no to racism” demonstrations last Sunday, opposing anti-Islamic and racist “Reclaim Australia” rallies called by extreme right-wing groups in 16 capital and regional cities across the country. The largest turnout was in Melbourne’s Federation Square, where about 2,000 people outnumbered the 500 or so anti-Islam protestors: here.

National Front racist Le Pen welcome, Holocaust survivor unwelcome at Oxford Union

This video from England says about itself:

“She’s not welcome”: Oxford Union Marine Le Pen protest

6 February 2015

VERSA report from the Marine Le Pen protest outside the Oxford Union. Interviews with key protesters, including the Joint National Secretary of Unite Against Fascism.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Holocaust survivor barred as Le Pen speaks at SU

Saturday 7th February 2015

A HOLOCAUST survivor was barred from an Oxford University Students Union debate in which French fascist Marine Le Pen was allowed to exercise her “freedom of speech” on Thursday night.

Just a child when the nazis occupied France in 1940, Colette Levy, from France, was sent into hiding by her parents, who were later killed in the Holocaust.

Prior to the debate Ms Levy addressed hundreds of students and other anti-fascists demonstrating against French National Front leader Ms Le Pen’s presence at the union debating society.

“I am here because of my history,” she told the crowd.

“My father was killed in a concentration camp, most likely Auschwitz and we know Marine Le Pen represents a fascist movement. It’s shameful.”

Ms Levy “was effectively denied the benefit of freedom of speech that was given to Le Pen,” said Unite Against Fascism (UAF) joint secretary Weyman Bennett.

“A number of demonstrators got into the meeting and disrupted it but were evicted by police. They too were denied the benefit of freedom of speech.”

Ms Le Pen was forced to slink into the building through a rear door as around 400 protesters vociferously made their feelings known.

Mr Bennett said that the National Front had been able to rise in France because the party had been given a platform to spread its racism and fascism.

“In Britain, from the days of Cable Street in the 1930s, anti-fascists have had a tradition of No Platform for fascists,” he added.

By Chris Marsden in Britain:

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union

7 February 2015

The Oxford Union (OU) has become the latest major institution to take its place in the international campaign to legitimise the French neo-fascist party, the National Front (FN).

Party leader Marine Le Pen addressed the OU, Oxford University’s independent debating society, Thursday, despite widespread opposition. The aim of the OU in inviting her to England was to lend academic prestige to Le Pen’s claim to have shed the fascistic legacy of her father’s party—what she calls its “de-demonisation.”

Jean Marie Le Pen is still the party’s “honorary chairman.”

THE Oxford Union admitted it has been “institutionally racist” after it was confronted by a coalition of the university’s equalities societies and local campaigns on Monday night. The prestigious debating society hit the front pages last week when a picture of posters advertising a “Colonial Comeback” cocktail party at the union went viral online: here.

Protests against French National Front fuehrer at Oxford University

Demonstrators  outside the Oxford Union protests against the appearance of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Front National. Photograph: AP

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Marine Le Pen’s Oxford university speech delayed by protesters

Appearance by leader of France’s far-right Front National party sparks protests by students chanting anti-fascist slogans

Jon Henley and Areeb Ullah

Thursday 5 February 2015 20.36 GMT

A crowd of some 300 jeering, banner-waving demonstrators delayed a speech by Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, by more than an hour at the Oxford Union.

Police and security guards were forced to close the doors to the university’s prestigious debating society after a dozen balaclava-wearing anti-fascist protesters, chanting “Le Pen, never again”, “No pasarán” and “Oxford Union, shame on you,” came close to scaling the walls from the street outside.

“This isn’t about freedom of speech – she has the right to express her views; no one is trying to silence her,” said Barnaby Raine, a second-year history and politics student and one of the organisers of the otherwise peaceful protest.

This video from England today is called Chants against Le Pen in Oxford.

“But that doesn’t mean we have to invite her here to give an hour-long talk and bring her bigoted, nasty, divisive politics into our community. Fascism has only been beaten when good people mobilise against it. Never by inviting it to dinner.”

Le Pen took over from her father, Jean-Marie, as leader of the Front National in 2011 and has since made strenuous efforts to pilot the nationalist, anti-immigrant and once openly racist party into the mainstream of French politics.

Last year’s European elections saw it finish top of a national poll for the first time in its 40-year history and polls predict Le Pen will comfortably make it through to the second round run-off in presidential elections due in 2017.

This video is called Protestors chanting against Le Pen.

Following last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris in which three Islamist gunmen shot dead 17 people, 12 of them in and outside the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Le Pen demanded that France regain control of its borders, mount surveillance operations in radical mosques, review its relations with foreign states that sponsor terrorism, and hold a referendum on the death penalty. …

John Tanner, an Oxford councillor, said outside the Union building that the society’s invitation to speak was “a stunt. The people of Oxford don’t want this extreme right-wing racist from France given a platform here.” …

This video is called Student speaks against Le Pen speech.

But Annie Teriba, a history and politics student, said she was disgusted that the Union’s invitation meant Le Pen could “now go back to France and say she has been invited to speak at Oxford university. That is the kind of legitimacy that is allowing her and her abhorrent party to become acceptable.”

This video is called Le Pen being sped away in a police van.

Bahraini torture prince at Oxford university

This video says about itself:

Human Rights Activist Hussain Jawad talks about torture in Bahrain

29 March 2012

Human Rights Activist Hussain Jawad talking to Mahmood AlRabea from JUSTICE FOR BAHRAIN about his father’s (65 years old and sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment on military court) stories of torture by the son of the king of Bahrain Naser bin Hamad AlKhalifa and demands the international community to chase him for committing crimes against his father and other detainees like Al Meqdad and Al Mahroos.

From the Oxford Student in England:

Bahraini prince in controversial Oxford visit

By Polina Ivanova on 22/05/2014

A Bahraini Prince who is currently under investigation for torture visited the University last week.

Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa – a member of the Bahraini royal family – took a tour of the University’s Iffley Sports Centre amid reports that he is in the process of applying to the University.

Prince Nasser allegedly met with officials at Wadham College to discuss his application to join the University as a student, although this is unconfirmed.

A keen sportsman and the head of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, Nasser was then given a tour of the sports grounds by the Oxford Sports Federation President and other students, who presented him with a gift.

Prince Nasser has been accused of being involved in the torture of Bahraini athletes who participated in a pro-democracy protest in 2011.

The European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) have presented the UK government with a dossier on Nasser’s involvement in these abuses.

Rose Brewin, head of Oxford’s Amnesty International branch, said: “Torture is barbaric, inhuman and never justified. If the allegations of direct involvement in the torture are true, then Prince Nasser should undoubtedly face severe consequences. However, we must uphold the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” and allow the legal process to take place, before we make our own judgements.”

An Oxford University spokesperson responded to questions regarding Prince Nasser’s meeting with Oxford officials, stating: “Applications for all Oxford courses are always treated in confidence.”

Amid allegations of human rights abuses, the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that the Bahraini royal had diplomatic immunity. The ruling has been challenged by an anonymous Bahraini citizen, living in the UK.

One third-year Classicist at Univ said: “I’m not at all sure why the University is being so quiet about all of this. It brings a great deal of shame on our institution when we are seen to open our doors to suspected perpetrators of crimes against humanity”.Oxford University did not comment on whether the University will wait on the result of this case before making a decision on Prince Nasser’s alleged application.

Sheikh Mohammed Habib al-Miqdad, our #ChampionForJustice in July, testified that he was tortured by Prince Nasser: here.

Bahrain Interior Minister praises torturer Naser Bin Hamad as “a role model for the Bahraini youth”: here.

Alfred Wallace’s South American butterflies rediscovered by English schoolgirl

This video is called Alfred Russel Wallace Pt1.

From the BBC:

10 September 2013 Last updated at 02:03 GMT

‘Priceless’ butterflies found at Oxford museum

By Sean Coughlan, BBC News education correspondent

An A-level student on work experience at an Oxford museum has found rare examples of butterflies lost since the 19th Century.

Athena Martin with some of the butterflies in the collection

Athena Martin, aged 17, has found butterfly specimens described as “priceless” by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

They had been brought back from South America by a Victorian naturalist.

Many of the butterflies were thought lost at sea in the 1850s.

Ms Martin’s discoveries came during the summer when she was taking part in a science-related work experience project.

Lost at sea

The school girl, who wants to study zoology at university, found and identified butterflies collected by the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.

They had been buried away in more than 3,000 separate drawers of butterflies at the museum.

Painstakingly going through the collection turned up more than 300 of Wallace’s butterflies.

The biggest find made by the work experience student was a butterfly called Dismorphia, brought from the Amazon and which had remained undiscovered and unacknowledged within the museum since the end of the 19th Century.

The confusion over Wallace’s collection had been caused by a fire breaking out on his ship when he was bringing back specimens from South America in 1852 – and it had been believed that most of his butterfly collection had been lost.

“The re-discovered Amazonian specimen in particular is a significant find in terms of the history of science and natural history collecting in the 19th Century,” says Dr James Hogan of the Hope Entomological Collections, which are based at the museum.

Dutch book on Wallace: here.

Robert Lowth’s unknown letters discovered

From Leiden university in the Netherlands:

Leiden student discovers unknown letters by Robert Lowth

Myrte Wouterse, third-year student at Leiden University, has discovered two previously unknown letters by Robert Lowth in the University Library. Lowth was the leading English grammarian of the 18th century.

Letter signed by R. Oxford, or rather Robert Lowth

Letter signed by R. Oxford, or rather Robert Lowth

The letters give important insight into the lives of Lowth (1710-1787) and his correspondent, Leiden orientalist H.A. Schultens (1749-1793). They are also a source of information on informal networks in the 18th century. The letters were written during Schulten’s stay in England from 1772 to 1773 and were hidden away in an appendix to Schulten’s account of his visit. This probably explains how they remained undiscovered and why they are not to be found in the Library catalogue.

Social networks in the 18th century

Schultens is known to have studied in Oxford, where he obtained an MA, but these newly discovered letters tell the real story behind this qualification. It was an honorary title, that in Schultens’ own words was awarded only in rare cases, and certainly not to foreigners. Schultens made good use of his social network to acquire his MA. He wrote to the father of his friend and fellow student Thomas Henry Lowth (1753-1778), Bishop Lowth in other words, asking Lowth to put in a good word for him. Robert Lowth writes in his letters that he often receives such requests, but that he never accedes to them. He advises Schultens to take the official route and at the same time shows that he is prepared to help by promising to write to a number of his friends in Oxford. Which he duly did, as is witnessed by the fact that Schultens did receive his Oxford MA.

We now know that Schultens has Lowth to thank for his MA, and we can see how contemporary informal networks operated: Schultens was a friend of Lowth’s son, a connection that he made good use of for his career. This was how the system of patronage worked at that time: Lowth himself owes his own career within the Anglican church largely to his social contacts.

Another letter signed by R. Oxford, or rather Robert Lowth

Beginner’s luck

Myrte Wouterse discovered the letters by Robert Lowth in the appendix to a trip report by orientalist H.A. Schultens.

Myrte Wouterse discovered the letters by Robert Lowth in the appendix to a trip report by orientalist H.A. Schultens.

This remarkable find was made by Myrte Wouterse, third-year student of English Language and Culture and a student of the Leiden Honours Academy:

‘It was pure chance, beginner’s luck. I was given a tour of the University Library by Thijs Porck, one of my lecturers, on the subject of the special collections, and how we can use them for our research. At the time I was preparing a presentation as part of Professor Tieken’s ‘Introduction to Late Modern English’ course. Actually, we had requested a different letter (from William Jones to Schultens) and to our surprise we received a whole package of letters, including Schulten’s report of his visit to England. When we leafed through the documents we found the name ‘R. Lowth’ (a very familiar name to students of English Language and Culture), but the letters were signed ‘R. Oxford’. I now know that it was common practice for bishops at the time to use the name of their diocese, and Lowth was then bishop of Oxford.’

Not in the catalogue

To her surprise, Myrte was unable to find the letters in the library catalogue, and it was then that she realised that this could be a very special find: ‘In Schulten’s account of his travels, there was only a reference to the original appendix, nothing more. With such an important name as Lowth, I had expected that the letters would be in the catalogue. When I talked to Professor Tieken about my presentation, that should actually have been about an English diary from the 18th century, she was very enthusiastic. She had not been aware that there were letters by Lowth in Leiden. Luckily, she agreed to my changing my presentation to these letters by Lowth, rather than sticking to the diary idea.’

A pleasant – and valuable – surprise

The Bishop’s Grammar, Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism

Last year, Professor Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade published a book about Lowth: The Bishop’s Grammar, Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism (Oxford University Press, 2011). This book is largely based on Lowth’s letters, and it was a pleasant surprise for her to discover that there were also letters by Lowth in the University Library.

Tieken-Boon van Ostade explains: ‘The Bishop’s Grammar focuses on Lowth’s grammar, about which there are all kinds of preconceptions. I wanted to use my book to put some of these right. An important part of my research consists of examining Lowth’s letters, because I wanted to show that, contrary to expectations, his grammar rules were not taken directly from his own language use, which in itself is another preconception. I have spent several years collecting Lowth’s letters, and now have a total of 330, 250 of them written by him personally. And now there are another two, so close to home! Eventually, I intend to publish an edition of his letters. Putting together a complete collection of letters is always problematic, as the discovery of these letters confirms. If Myrte hadn’t discovered the new letters, aided by Thijs Porck, I would never have known of their existence.’

Lowth as a person

‘Apart from their importance for our knowledge of the way that Schultens obtained his honorary master’s degree at the University of Oxford, this find is also important for our understanding of Lowth as a person. He is very cautious, but is prepared to assist other people and to approach his network contacts about something that he considers a worthy purpose. Just like Lowth’s son Thomas Henry, Hendrik Albert Schultens was a promising young man.’

‘What is also important is that I have discovered another individual who actually met Lowth, and who was even a friend of his son who had died at much too early an age. In my line of research, all my informants are long dead, but you still want to try to build a picture of what motivated people. These letters, as well as Schultens’ diary, that I have now studied more carefully, will make a valuable contribution to my research.’

Further research on language use and social networks

Myrte is now going to devote her presentation for the Late Modern English course to the newly discovered letters by Lowth. Later, she intends to write an essay on them, focusing on the use of language in the period, but also on how social networks were used. After that, the plan is to write a joint article with Ingrid Tieken for publication.

Special collections

Leiden University Library (UB) has sizeable special collections of national and international standing. The Western manuscripts and private archives contain a total of 500,000 letters. More than 300,000 of these are accessible via the UB’s own catalogue and the national Catalogus Epistularum Neerlandicarum (CEN). Besides letters, the special collections of the UB also contain manuscripts, archives, photos, maps and atlases, oriental collections, old editions, prints and drawings. Holders of the LU-Card can view this material in the Special Collections Reading Room. Many of the items can also be viewed via Digital Special Collections.

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Research profile

Global Interaction of Civilizations and Languages is one of the six themes for research at Leiden University.

Oxford university-merchants of death links

This video says about itself:

Shocking new allegations of corruption and fraud on a massive scale which have emerged in further British and American media reports covering the Carroll Foundation Trust and the parallel Carroll Maryland Trust cases have revealed that BAE Systems based at the Farnborough Airport Hampshire executed serious multi-million dollar fraudulent transactions “in concert” with HSBC Holdings Plc.

The US Senate oversight committees are understood to be also taking a close interest in the combined Carroll Trust case following these new disclosures which center around the Carroll Aircraft Corporation global reach operations which were based at the world renowned Ministry of Defence Farnborough aviation establishment under the umbrella of the Farnborough Aerospace Development Corporation Plc. (FADC) the Carroll Aircraft Corporation Plc. (CAC) and the Strategic Research & Development Corporation Plc. (SRDC).

The Carroll Aircraft’s interests are understood to have embraced over two hundred and fifty million dollars of military-industrial complex investment holdings on a world wide basis including aviation assets which are thought to have involved a full spectrum of civilian/military jets and helicopters. In a sensational further twist it has emerged that HSBC were one of the main banking institutions for the Carroll Global Corporation Group which ultimately fell victim of a co-ordinated multiple criminal seizure operation over a number of years which saw the virtual vaporisation of one of the Ministry of Defence’s primary external operating contractors known at the time of these shocking events as the Farnborough Aerospace Development Corporation Plc and the Carroll Aircraft Corporation Plc.

Sources have now disclosed that the Carroll Aircraft Corporation group structures were utilised within the framework of a co-ordinated trans-national crime syndicate operation which effectively impulsed the criminal liquidation and tax fraud embezzlement of over a staggering one billion dollars of the Carroll Trust’s world wide interests. Further sources have revealed that the FBI Washington DC field office elite law enforcement officers charged with this case of international importance have recently obtained Carroll Aircraft Group case files which are understood to contain a startling litany of forged and falsified Delaware corporations directly linked to fraudulent HSBC International offshore numbered bank accounts incorporated in the Bahamas Gibraltar the British Virgin Islands and the City of London.

The BAE Systems chairman Dick Olver continues to refuse to issue a detailed public statement to the world’s media hungry for an explanation about these serious criminal allegations which now confront Europe’s largest defence contractor.

International News Networks:


By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

Students shine light on Oxford blood money

Friday 10 June 2011

Oxford University was exposed today for hosting an international “Serious Study of Peace” conference at the same time as ploughing millions of pounds into weapons development.

Students at the university’s Anti-War Action group published a dossier of dirty dealings in this week’s Lancet with the help of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

It showed that between 2008 and 2010 Oxford’s endowment and capital funds invested an average of £4.5m a year into arms dealers through third-party funds.

Recipients included BAE Systems, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and others, they said.

BAE grabbed headlines in March when its armoured personnel carriers were used to crush dozens peaceful protesters in Bahrain, while Lockheed Martin – in which the university held a £1.4m stake as recently as last April – is a known manufacturer of banned cluster bombs.

The period of the group’s investigations encompasses the May 2009 peace event held at the university’s St John’s College.

At the time Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes said in a message to attendees that the world had become much better at preventing and resolving conflict.

“But as I know from my work as co-chair of the International Crisis Group

not really a peace group since it sometimes lobbies for so-called ‘humanitarian’ war

there is much more that we could do to resolve conflicts and avoid the conditions which help produce and sustain them,” he said.

That same month the university launched a socially responsible investment review committee specifically to address arms manufacturing.

In its official recommendation last March the committee advised against investment “directly or indirectly” in companies selling weapons banned under Britain’s arms control treaties.

But the university’s council overruled the recommendation, saying that screening out such arms manufacturers would be difficult due to a lack of reliable information.

Vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton said that council members felt investment in arms dealing “was actually very difficult to achieve as such a tiny minority of companies manufactured such weapons or munitions.”

But the report’s authors said Oxford had a choice.

“They can channel their considerable capital to worthy enterprises, shaping the future in a responsible way – or they can continue to provide the financial wherewithal to produce potentially ever deadlier and more indiscriminate means of destruction.”

A university spokesman said they had no response at this time.

BAE Systems Retains Control of Money it Owes the Tanzanian People: here.

Some of Britain’s top universities have accepted millions of pounds from the arms industry giving the controversial trade “a veneer of respectability,” campaigners said today: here.

USA: Defender of the Capitalist System: Department of Defense Worst in Competitive Contracts. Dina Rasor, Truthout: “The Department of Defense (DoD) came in the lowest in the government on competing their procurement contracts…. In the DoD, unlike the past, once a company makes a weapon, it almost always gets the follow-on contract. Some of these weapons … go through generations of technical changes and use of totally difference technology, but because it was originally competed up to decades earlier, these follow-on contracts can be considered ‘competitive'”: here.