Racist massacre in Charleston, USA remembered

Before there was British murderer Thomas Mair who supported the South African apartheid regime, there was the South Carolina, USA supporter of South African apartheid and mass murderer Dylann Roof. This video from the USA says about itself:

NAACP President Dot Scott On The Charleston Church Shooting

19 June 2016

TYT Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with the President of the NAACP Dot Scott about the tragic events in Charleston one year ago. John Iadarola (ThinkTank), Jimmy Dore, Wes Clark Jr., and Michael Wood Jr., hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

British extremists ranked alongside racist killers in shocking dossier of anti-Muslim activists. Former BNP chief Jim Dowson, racist groups the English and Scottish Defence Leagues and right-wing party Britain First have all been named and shamed: here.

Yellow and gray wagtails in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

BTO Bird ID – Yellow-coloured wagtails

17 June 2016

When is a yellow wagtail not a Yellow Wagtail? These bright-coloured summer visitors are declining across much of their range and a frequent mistake is believing that any wagtail showing yellow in its plumage is this species. This video will help you separate individuals from the more widespread resident Grey Wagtail – which despite the name always shows yellow! – and even juvenile Pied Wagtails.

British illegal wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya

This video from Britain says about itself:

No Military Intervention in Libya – Lindsey German | Stop the War protest 12 March 2011

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Britain is at war in Libya and nobody thought to tell us

British SAS troops may be fighting in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya – but Parliament hasn’t been told about any of these deployments, let alone been given the chance to debate them

Rori Donaghy

28 May 2016

Last week, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon tried to put to bed questions about whether Britain is planning to deploy the Army to Libya, where, just 200 miles from Europe, Isis has flourished amid a permanent state of chaos after the 2011 Nato-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Fallon said Britain is not planning a “combat role” for British troops in Libya; if the army were to be deployed in Libya, Parliament would discuss it first.

But just two days after his comments the Times reported that British Special Air Service troops are already in Libya and were seen earlier in May …

I first revealed in March that SAS troops were operating in Libya. What is still not clear is who exactly Britain is fighting alongside in a country that doesn’t have an effective government or army.

… However, the Government is not allowing the British public to know anything about where it is deploying British troops in the Middle East, and what they are doing in our name.

Over the past year there have been reports of SAS forces operating in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya – as well as advising allies in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Parliament hasn’t been informed about any of these deployments, let alone been given the opportunity to debate them and to decide if this military strategy is in the best interests of the British people.

The idea of collective responsibility in our democracy works only when we know what is being done in our name. As British citizens, we cannot be responsible for wars that our Government won’t tell us about. But we can certainly feel their consequences.

The Foreign Office website is already filled with warnings in its travel advice section, which include the information that British citizens are a target for terrorist groups across the world.

One of the reasons British people are targeted abroad is because of our Army’s visible presence in other countries. And now, without our knowledge, British soldiers are being deployed in numerous countries across the Middle East.

… As Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, recently told me, the Government cannot keep SAS operations secret for ever.

Blunt said SAS operations require a veil of secrecy if they are to be effective – and he is correct – but he argued that, when those operations form part of a wider military strategy, that military strategy should be scrutinised and overseen by Parliament.

Going to war is one of the most important decisions a country can take. The British people deserve to know where our Government is sending our troops, what the danger is, and what it is they hope to achieve by sending them into battle on our behalf.

It’s time for a parliamentary debate about Britain’s secret wars in the Middle East.

Rori Donaghy is a news editor for Middle East Eye. He founded the Emirates Centre for Human Rights, an independent organisation that focuses on human rights abuse in the United Arab Emirates.

United States permanently at war: here.

No, the intervention in Libya wasn’t a success. Shadi Hamid’s claims that the Western war in Libya went well ignore significant evidence of disaster: here.

‘Stop British government recruiting child soldiers’

This October 2013 video is called Child soldiers in the British Army: one recruit’s story | Guardian Docs.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Army puts kids at risk, says rights charity

Monday 23rd May 2016

CHILDREN enlisting in the British Armed Forces are facing “significant risk and disadvantage,” a human rights campaign warned yesterday.

According to Child Soldiers International, recruits under the age of 18 were “actively sought” for more dangerous infantry roles.

In a letter to Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt, the charity urged the government to raise the minimum enlistment age to 18. At present, kids can take to the colours at 16 and apply to from 15.

The letter was co-signed by the National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower and the children’s commissioners for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

LEGOS HAVE GOTTEN A LOT MORE VIOLENT “The number of Lego weapons overall has increased greatly since then. Researchers found that nearly 30 percent of all Lego sets sold today now include at least one weapon. In 1978, that figure was under 5 percent.” [HuffPost]