Erdogan, stop bombing Kurds, Britons, others say


This video says about itself:

Turkey Is Bombing Kurdish Forces — Who Are Fighting ISIS

29 July 2015

Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Stop bombing the Kurds

Thursday 30th July 2015

Activists, MPs, trade unionists and campaigners call on Turkey to stop its renewed aggression against the Kurdish people

WE have watched with increasing alarm and frustration as the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurds has stalled and been brought to a halt.

Just a few months ago talks between Turkish officials and jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan promised to herald a historic breakthrough in the protracted conflict.

We believe that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had deserved credit for enabling these talks to go ahead with a view to finding a lasting resolution to the decades-long conflict which has brought incalculable damage to Turkish and Kurdish communities alike and needlessly claimed thousands of lives on both sides.

But recently, and at least since the run-up to Turkey’s June general election, President Erdogan has abruptly changed track and allowed himself to become embroiled in a reckless gamble that sees him playing with the country’s future.

He has stood accused of putting the peace process on hold and even of terminating it for political gain. The consequences of such a move would be to reignite the conflict and this can only be utterly catastrophic for the country and its future generations.

We share the fears expressed by the Kurds about Turkey’s repeated threats of military intervention across the border in Syria.

The stated intention to establish a buffer zone really appears designed to destabilise the fledgling democracy in the regions of Rojava liberated by the Syrian Kurds, rather than contribute towards a resolution of the crisis in Syria.

In addition, Turkey has been highly ambiguous in its attitude to Isis, with evidence that it is sheltering and supplying weapons to Isis fighters. The Turkish state has clearly been using Isis to undermine the gains of the Kurds in places like Kobane.

The opportunity for peace still exists and should not be squandered. President Erdogan can still facilitate it by showing true leadership, but this involves vision and magnanimity.

The possibility of securing a lasting peace would be a historic gain for Turkey, the Kurds and the entire Middle East region.

In fact the whole world has a stake in seeing Turkey at peace.

The leaders of Turkey need to recognise the importance of the choices that lie ahead: either grasp the chance for peace or reignite a conflict with no end in sight.

The results of the Turkish general election gave hope for peace when the pro-Kurdish HDP made historic gains and broke through the 10 per cent obstacle to achieve representation in the country’s parliament.

The HDP fought the election on a clear and unambiguous platform of support for the peace talks between Turkey and the Kurds.

The support that the party received was an endorsement of the peace process.

The party’s success inspires all those who want to see Turkey achieve a more democratic and pluralistic society founded on peace and reconciliation.

The Kurds have been calling for the restarting of the peace process. We believe that it is time for Turkey to reciprocate and opt for peace over conflict.

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Noam Chomsky
John Berger, novelist
Derek Wall, international co-ordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales
Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer in Political Sociology, Cambridge University
Melanie Gingell, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Bronwen Jones, barrister, Mansfield Chambers
John Hunt, journalist and writer
Sean Hawkey, photojournalist and Green Party member
Dr Austin Reid, consultant in international university development
Hywel Williams MP
Elfyn Llwyd, former MP, Plaid Cymru
Essa Moosa, Judge of the High Court of South Africa and Cape Town and Chair of the International Peace and Reconciliation Commission
David Graeber, Prof of Anthropology at London School of Economics and author
Jonathan Bloch, author
Margaret Owen, human rights lawyer and director of the international NGO Widows for Peace though Democracy
Dr Radha D’Souza, global justice scholar and democratic rights campaigner
Mike Mansfield QC, President of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Lord Rea
Baroness Jenny Jones, Green Party
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
Jean Lambert MEP
Lord Avebury
Dr Les Levidow, Senior Research Fellow, Open University
Bruce Kent, Vice-President, Pax Christi
Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck, University of London
Louise Christian, lawyer, Vice-President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Frances Webber, Vice-President of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Mary Davis, visiting professor at Royal Holloway University of London
Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition
Trevor Rayne, Lecturer in Public Service Management and Economics
Dr Michael M.Gunter, Professor of Political Science, Tennesse Technical University
Dr Kariane Westrheim, Associate Professor University of Bergen, Norway
Nick Hildyard, policy adviser
Dr Andy Higginbottom, Associate Professor, International Politics and Human Rights
Zaher Baher, Kurdistan Anarchists Forum
Yvo Fitzherbert, Istanbul-based journalist
Liz Davies, barrister, Vice-President Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Catrin Lewis, barrister
Sarah Parker, human rights campaigner
Stephen Smellie, South Lanarkshire UNISON
James Kelman, novelist
Dr Johanna Riha, epidemiologist
Bert Schouwenburg, International Officer, GMB (personal capacity)
Dr Zeynep Kurban, Physicist at Imperial College London, human rights activist
Rosa Salih, Kurdish Society, Scotland
Isabel Kaser, PhD candidate SOAS
Amin Husain, Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy magazine (tidalmag.org ) & Direct Action Front for Palestine
John Holloway, Professor of Sociology at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
Marina Sitrin, Post-doctoral Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, Author of “Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina”, National Lawyers Guild, US
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, US
Silvia Federici, scholar, author and activist, prof emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University
George Caffentzis, political philosopher and autonomist Marxist, founder of the Midnight Notes Collective
Andrew Ross, cultural studies specialist, directs American Studies Programme at New York University
Andreas Gavriliedis, Greek-Kurdish Solidarity
George Eugeniou, founder and director of Teatro Technis
Eric Lee, LabourStart (personal capacity)
Prof Eleni Palazidou, Consultant Psychiatrist
Jean Lambert MEP
Kate Osamor MP
David Morgan, journalist
Dr Felix Padel, visiting professor, JNU, Delhi
Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles, Research Fellow, Middlesex University
Eoin Slattery, actor
Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
Pete Radcliff, Secretary of Beeston North Labour Party
Cynthia Cockburn, author and activist
Carol Mann PhD Women In War, Think Tank for Gender and Armed Conflict
Khatchatur I Pilikian, Prof. of Music & Art
Paloma Polo, visual artist and independent researcher
Batu Talu, independent researcher
Sheila Mosley, Co-Chair: International Support Kurds in Syria
Tim Cooper, Nottingham Unite Community treasurer and Nottingham Kurdish Solidarity Campaign
Kadim Lacin, Journalist
Penny Papadopoulou, Journalist
Tim Gopsill, editor of Free Press (CPF)
Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish femininist activist
Maryam Ashrafi, photojournalist
Mithat Ishakoglu, PhD at the University of Exeter
Tony Fisher, Law Society Human Rights committee member
Melanie Sirinathsingh, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Estella Schmid, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Having reached a deal with the Turkish government to set up a buffer zone inside Syria, ostensibly to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), official Washington has begun debating the rules of engagement for US military forces to intervene against the Syrian military: here.

An ‘Isis-free zone’ is nothing but a road to US mission creep, by Emma Ashford. The US’ involvement in Syria displays no strategy, no boundaries and no clear goals. The only viable long-term solution to Syria’s problems is diplomacy: here.

‘Jeremy Corbyn will be elected Labour leader’, British bookmakers say


This video from the British parliament in London, England says about itself:

Instead of bombing Libya, we need to end British support for despots, says Jeremy Corbyn MP

Speech given by Jeremy Corbyn MP in the House of Commons on 18 March 2011 when MPs debated western intervention in Libya.

By Luke James in Britain:

And Red Jez Takes the Lead

Thursday 30th July 2015

Corbyn is now bookies’ favourite as odds are slashed yet again on Islington MP and Unison joins leftwinger’s camp

JEREMY CORBYN made “political history” yesterday after being installed as Labour leadership frontrunner by Britain’s biggest bookies.

Completing a stunning turnaround from 100/1 outsider in May, Mr Corbyn was made favourite by Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power. And his promotion to pole position came as Unison, which represents 1.3 million public-sector workers, became the latest union to nominate Mr Corbyn. Bookmakers slashed his odds again after the results of a private Labour poll revealed the left candidate is 20 points ahead of his rivals.

It was the third poll in two weeks that shows the principled Islington North MP is on course to shock the political Establishment.

The results sparked another flurry of bets from political punters hoping to back a winner, bookies reported. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the Star: “We have responded by slashing the price from 200/1 into 13/8 — which must be one of, if not the, biggest price cut in political betting history.” Mr Corbyn is set to scoop 42 per cent support in the first round of voting, according to the latest poll seen by the Mirror.

Yvette Cooper is on 22 per cent, Andy Burnham on 20 per cent and Liz Kendall on 18 per cent. The results echo findings from a separate private poll shown to the New Statesman and a YouGov survey of Labour members for the Times, which put him 17 points ahead in the first round.

Paddy Power made Mr Corbyn a 6/4 shot and revealed half of all stakes taken on the Labour leadership race in the past two weeks have been for Mr Corbyn. A spokesman said: “Some people may still be refusing to take Stormin’ Corbyn seriously, but the punters and the pollsters certainly are.”

Mr Burnham was clinging on to top spot with Coral yesterday, but the firm then shorted its odds on a Corbyn victory in response to the poll to 11/8. Coral said it was “on the brink” of making Mr Corbyn the favourite.

Coral’s John Hill said: “Andy Burnham has topped the betting for a good couple of months now, but the money behind him in the betting has dried up.”

Further momentum was given to Mr Corbyn’s campaign by a dozen new nominations from local Labour parties (CLPs).

Holborn and St Pancras, represented by Burnham-backing Keir Starmer, was among constituencies where a majority of members backed Mr Corbyn.

He now has 126 CLP nominations, compared to 104 for Mr Burnham, 89 for Ms Cooper and just 14 for Ms Kendall.

Paddy Power said Leicester West Ms Kendall was a “relative no-hoper” at 40/1.

JEREMY CORBYN will cost Britain’s bookmakers at least half a million pounds if he is elected Labour leader, the Morning Star can reveal. Industry insiders said Mr Corbyn made “political betting history” this week when the one-time 200/1 shot was made favourite: here.

However, if Labour Party members and supporters would indeed elect Mr Corbyn as leader, there are plans in the Tony Blairite right wing of the party to then immediately delete that voters’ democratic verdict by having the Labour members of parliament depose Corbyn. So, Corbyn supporters should not just vote. They should also be prepared to defend their vote against a coup.

LABOUR MPs have a “duty” to rally behind Jeremy Corbyn if he’s elected leader, the frontrunner for the deputy post Tom Watson said yesterday. Asked about the prospects for party discipline if the left candidate was elected, Mr Watson predicted he may face right-wing rebels: here.

White-beaked dolphin news from Britain


This video is about white-beaked dolphins near a ship in the North Sea.

From the Sea Watch Foundation in Britain:

White-beaked dolphins … EVERYWHERE!

July 29, 2015

by Megan Evans

It has come to our attention here at the Sea Watch Foundation that white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) have a been a common feature on our coastlines recently!

White-beaked dolphins are short-beaked oceanic dolphins found within the family Delphinidae (also the family of the well known bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus). These dolphins get their name from their short beak, which has a distinguishable white tip; although this may not always be the case, making identifying these dolphins a fairly difficult task! However all is not lost, as unlike their very similar looking cousins the Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus acutus) they have a white saddle patch found behind a very distinctively hooked dorsal fin, white stripes, and are slightly larger at 3.1m in length.

Although white-beaked dolphins can be seen around the UK, as they inhabit North Atlantic temperate to subpolar waters, they are more regularly spotted offshore in the Southern North Sea. However, from April this year we at Sea Watch have received a number of unusual and exciting sightings from coastal areas spanning from Devon on the South coast all the way to Caithness at the top of Scotland (see table 1)! These sightings also included an unusual sighting near Southwold in Suffolk (see our previous blog).

Table 1. Sighting location, number of white-beaked dolphins spotted, and the observer

Sighting location, number of white-beaked dolphins spotted, and the observer

Along with letting us know about their encounters, a number of observers also provided us with some fantastic photographs; incredibly useful pieces of information when it comes to verifying any of the sightings we receive.

British secret police’s sexual spying on women activists


This video from Britain says about itself:

UK ‘Special Demonstrations Squad’ Undercover Police Used Identities of Dead Children For 30 Years

4 February 2013

The ‘Special Demonstrations Squad‘ are reported to have been undercover police officers who infiltrated protest groups from the late 1960’s to the mid 1990’s- and it is claimed by Scotland Yard that the Squad had now ‘disbanded’.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Deceived partner speaks of secret officer’s treachery

Wednesday 29th July 2015

IT WAS 10 years after Alison’s long-term partner disappeared that she was able to convince more than a few friends that he was an undercover police officer.

She believed he was Mark Cassidy, a joiner from Birkenhead who headed out at 6.30am each morning to work on building sites during the five years they lived together, from 1995 to 2000.

He was active in construction union Ucatt and an ally in the left-wing causes she committed her spare time to.

In 2013, he was revealed as Special Demonstration Squad agent Mark Jenner — but when Alison asked police to see her file, she received the all too familiar “neither confirm nor deny” (NCND) response.

As she left the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday, I asked Alison whether she had any hope that the inquiry would force the police to reveal more information.

“I just don’t know,” she said. “Some public inquiries have made significant progress, and some have just been a whitewash.

“But, throughout all of our legal battles, there’s been overwhelming evidence that these people are who we say they are.”

Mr Jenner is in scores of Alison’s family photos and attended relationship counselling with her to discuss his reluctance to have children. It turned out that he already had three — with his wife.

Now with children of her own, Alison is more keen than ever to break the Met’s continued stonewalling.

She welcomed Lord Justice Pitchford’s specific references to activists being targeted for their political allegiances and the effect on their personal lives.

“But when you’ve had the experience I’ve had, you become very cynical about the state’s functions,” she added.