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Journalist: To end war ------

prosecute US, UK officials
who wage(d) it illegally


October 22nd, 10:12pm (PressTV)


 


The world must finally put an end to the impunity of war


 criminals, by holding US and UK officials responsible 


for launching the illegal war on Iraq, done without


 the approval of the UN Security Council, and 


prosecuting them --- under the Nuremberg 


principles, US journalist Don DeBar said.


 


DeBar made the remarks in an interview with Press TV while


commenting on a report which has revealed that the British


military inquiries into abuse against Iraqi nationals... have


been closed without a single prosecution being brought,


even though the credibility of many "shocking and 


shameful incidents" during the war in the Middle 


Eastern country, have been confirmed.


 


British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement 


this week that the Service Police Legacy Investigations, 


which was looking at claims of abuse in Iraq, had now 


"officially closed its doors."


 


In March 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant


 violation of international law and under the pretext of 


finding WMDs; but no such weapons were ever 


discovered in Iraq.


 


More than one million Iraqis were killed - as the result of


 the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq


--- according to the California-based investigative 


organization, Project Censored.


 


The US war in Iraq cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion with


 an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war
veterans, 
expenses that could grow to more than
$6 trillion over the
 next four decades counting
interest, according to a study
 called Costs of
War Project  ---  by the Watson Institute for 


International Studies at Brown University.


 


DeBar told Press TV that the Iraq war 


was illegal from the very beginning.


 


"It is illegal for a nation to make war on another nation if it 


does not have the approval of the UN Security Council, if 


any of those nations are signatories to the original UN 


Charter. And it’s been adopted - that happened with 


the US, as a charter member of the UN -- and it was 


approved by the US Senate in the 1940s.

Consequently, 
the US involvement in Iraq from
the beginning, and 
the UK involvement in Iraq
from the beginning, 
was illegal,” he said.


 


“And under the Nuremberg standards, which would then


 apply, each and every death consequent – intentional 


or not - to either US or UK military action there, or 


condoning of the US action there, by the media 


or public officials, or any act facilitating that, 


is an individual war crime. And, by the way,


 there’s a death penalty for that,” the 


journalist noted.


 


“No one will prosecute these people. That’s why I started


 with the word impunity. And we might bookend with that


 because that’s the problem. And until the world puts an


 end to that impunity, until the world sees the major 


contradiction in all international relations, is US, 


UK, and EU imperialism, then it’s going to 


continue until this eats our species,” 


he stated.


 


A damning White House memo had revealed details of the


 so-called “deal in blood” forged by former British Prime


 Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush


 over the Iraq war.


 


The document, titled “Secret... Memorandum for the


 President”, was sent by then-US Secretary of State 


Colin Powell to President Bush on March 28th,
2002, 
a week before Bush’s summit with Blair
at his 
Crawford ranch in Texas.


 


The sensational memo, revealed that Blair had agreed to


 support the war a year before the invasion even started


 while publicly, the British prime minister was working
to
 find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.


 


The document also disclosed that Blair agreed to act as a


 spin doctor for Bush and convince a skeptical public that 


Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass


 Destruction, which actually did not exist.


 


In response, Bush would flatter Blair and give the 


impression that London was not Washington’s 


poodle but an equal partner in the


 “special relationship.”


 


Powell told Bush that Blair “will be with us” on the 


Iraq war, and assured the president that “"the UK 


will follow our lead in the Middle East."


 


Blair has always denied the claim that he and Bush 


signed a deal “in blood”, at Crawford, to launch a 


war against Iraq that began on March 20th, 2003, 


that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.


 


The Powell memo, however, showed how Blair and 


Bush secretly prepared the Iraq war plot behind 


closed doors at Crawford.


 


Powell told Bush: “He will present to you the strategic, 


tactical and public affairs lines, that he believes will 


strengthen global support for our common cause.”


 


Dan Welch: Mourn the millions of victims 


of US war policy, not its chief apologist


 


US political commentator Daniel Patrick Welch 


decries the use of official funerals, like Colin 


Powell's. Powell died on Monday, at the age 


of 84, due to complications from COVID-19.


 


Both Democrats and Republicans lauded the four-


star general as a giant of public service and an 


African-American hero. They praised the US’s 


first Black secretary of state, and his leader-


ship and integrity.


 


Former US President Donald Trump, however, 


lambasted the media on Tuesday for what he 


said was too-favorable coverage of Powell


 following his death.


 


"Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big 


mistakes on Iraq and - famously - so-called 


weapons of mass destruction, be treated 


in death so beautifully by the Fake 


News Media. Hope that happens 


to me someday," Trump said


 in a statement.

 







 

ENJOY TODAY: FIGHT FOR
ASSANGE'S FREEDOM !!! 




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Protesters gather in London

 to condemn Israel's ethnic 

cleansing of Palestinians

January 22nd, 8:07am (PressTV)

 

Protesters outside the Israeli embassy have called 

for a boycott of Israel and those who support it, 

the legitimization of the Zionist regime by 

Britain, which gave birth to it, and
an
 end to apartheid.

 

Israel is finding it more & more difficult to prevent

 the world... from knowing what is going on in the

 occupied territories. No amount of algorithms 

can stifle the calls for justice; that are
getting
 louder around the world.

 

For decades... Israel has been chipping away at 

Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem 

–now it’s set its sights on Sheikh Jarrah. In 

May 2021 this neighbourhood became an 

international focal point, with residents 

resisting expulsion using digital 

activism. 

 

The diaspora was galvanised -- 180,000 people took to

 London’s streets and the land grab was postponed as

 a result. Londoners say the videoing of atrocities is 

working, but the Israeli lobby is strong.

 

Racism is a hot topic in the Western world, with people

 rising up against all forms of discrimination and

 inequality, and for many, Israel is synonymous 

with racism.

 

Demolitions have begun, some in the dead of night.

 Stun grenades were used – the power cut and 

dozens arrested. The ethnic cleansing 

continues as does the fight to end 

the last apartheid on earth.

 

 

 

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Ireland: To Fully Lift

 COVID-19 Restrictions

January 21st, 11:50pm (teleSUR)

 

Irish Prime Minister, Micheal Martin, announced 

that COVID-19 restrictions that have been in 

place for almost two years, will be lifted

 on Saturday.

 

Micheal Martin, Irish Prime Minister disclosed that

 the governments decided that almost all COVID-19

 restrictions placed for about two years, will be 

lifted on Saturday after the country has faced

 a storm of the Omicron variant that led to a 

major surge in infections.

 

Ireland is placed among the countries with the highest 

rate of COVID-19 infections in Europe, and now also, 

the continent's highest uptake of booster vaccines,

 which made possible the number of seriously ill 

people remained below the previous peak.

 

"We have weathered the Omicron storm," the minister

 stated, on Friday's televised address --- in which he

 noted, booster vaccines had "utterly transformed"

 the country's situation. "I have stood here and 

spoken to you on some very dark days. But 

today is a good day," he added.

 

Ireland was one of the most cautious countries

 in Europe about the risks of COVID-19, having 

some of the longest-running restrictions on

 travel and hospitality. According to public 

health officials' advice, the government

 decided: that bars and restaurants will 

no longer need to close at 8pm, a rule 

held late last year when the Omicron 

wave struck, or to ask customers 

for proof of vaccination.

 

The full capacity has been restored for the indoor

and outdoor events --- paving the way for full 

crowds, for next month’s Six Nations rugby

 championship. Martin highlighted that the

 measure which decreed the need of 

wearing masks in public places will 

remain at least until the end 

of February.  

 

The Irish hospitality sector, which has been
hit 
by one of Europe’s toughest lockdown

 regimes, has welcomed the decision.

 

[and in Wales?]




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Date set for court ruling 

on Assange extradition

 appeal

January 21st, 5:51pm (RT)

 

In a tweet on Friday, WikiLeaks said that the UK would

 be ruling on whether founder Julian Assange could 

appeal his extradition to the US. The High Court 

will deliver its decision on Monday.

 

“The UK High Court will deliver its decision on

 Monday morning [24 January] about whether

 to permit Julian Assange to appeal the US 

extradition decision to UK Supreme 

Court,” the tweet said.

 

“This could be the last chance to stop Julian

 Assange’s extradition to the US”... tweeted 

Rebecca Vincent, Director of International 

Campaigns at Reporters Without Borders,

 adding: “whatever happens next, the UK 

also bears legal & moral responsibility.”

 

Assange, who faces charges of espionage in the 

US, spent years inside the Ecuadorian embassy

 in London, before a new government in Quito 

revoked his asylum.

 

He was detained outside the embassy by British 

police in April 2019, and has since been held at

 the Belmarsh maximum-security prison. 

 

In December, the UK high court ruled to allow his

 extradition to the US. If the extradition goes 

ahead, Assange will face espionage charges

 for publishing documents about the wars in 

Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010. A conviction 

could carry a 175-year prison sentence.

 

 

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Least popular world leader revealed

January 21st, 12:57pm (RT)

 

A poll by Morning Consult, a US-based data 

intelligence firm, has revealed that UK 

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is

 currently the least popular 

world leader. 

 

The results of the survey, which were published on

 Thursday, ranked Johnson last in a list of 13. His 

net approval rating now stands at -43, with only

 26% of people supporting the embattled PM.

 

Among other leaders at the bottom of the table were

 French President, Emmanuel Macron, on -25, and

 Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, on -19. Indian Prime 

Minister Narendra Modi, was ranked as
the 
most popular by those polled,
gaining a 
net approval
rating of 50. 

 

Morning Consult’s average sample size is around

 45,000 in the US, while the sample size ranges

 from 3,000 to 5,000 in other countries.

 

The firm surveyed opinions in some of the world’s

 most developed bourgeois democracies. Views
on the Russian
 President, Vladimir Putin, and
Chinese leader,
 Xi Jinping, were not polled.

 

Johnson’s approval rating peaked during the first

 lockdown in 2020, but has dipped considerably 

in recent weeks, after the ‘Partygate’ scandal.

 

He is accused of breaking the Covid-contagion

 restrictions imposed by the government, and

 is facing calls to resign.

 

He has apologized for his actions and called on 

the public and his peers to await the findings
of
 an internal enquiry into whether he
actually 
broke the rules.

 

 

 

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Bye Bye, Mask and Covid Pass: 

Boris Johnson --- Announces
End 
of Plan B Restrictions

in England

January 19th, 1:43pm (Sputnik)

 

 UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced 

on Wednesday the end of the so-called Plan B

 implemented in England since December, to 

prevent the spreading of the Omicron

 variant of the SARS-CoV-2.

 

Addressing Parliament, Johnson said.. that the 

working from home guidance, the requirement

 to wear face masks, and the use of COVID 

passports, in some settings, will be 

dropped, next week.

 

"This government got the toughest decisions right,"

 the prime minister told lawmakers, adding that the

 government "will trust the judgment of the British

 people" ...when it comes to social distancing 

measures and face mask covering... to 

prevent the spreading of the virus.

 

The so-called Plan B was originally rolled out in 

December to combat the spread of the highly 

transmissible variant.

 

Reacting to the announcement, the leader of 

the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, called it an 

attempt to distract the public’s opinion on 

the crisis the prime minister is facing... 

following revelations, that he and his 

staff in Downing Street held parties 

during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

[Rhondda Records adds - and in Wales?]

 

 

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UK plans PR blitz against

 chat privacy – media

January 18th, 12:47pm (RT)

 

Privacy watchdogs have accused the UK government

 of “scaremongering” ...after reports emerged of its 

plans to use emotive stunts in a taxpayer-funded 

ad campaign, to sway public opinion against 

end-to-end encryption in messaging apps.

 

The ad drive is reportedly part of a “multi-pronged

 publicity attack” on the data security method 

(used in popular apps... like WhatsApp, 

Telegram, and Signal), which alleges

 that end-to-end encryption (E2EE) 

impedes efforts to combat online 

child abuse, according to

 Rolling Stone.

 

The Home Office-backed push – which apparently

 specifically targets Meta’s plans to roll out E2EE 

to its Facebook Messenger app – includes a 

media blitz  ...and the involvement of UK 

charities & law enforcement agencies
presentation 
materials accessed
by 
the publication reveal.

 

It will reportedly feature live publicity stunts designed

 to make the public “uneasy,” ...according to a slide-

show prepared by the M&C Saatchi ad agency to

 recruit non-profit partners to the campaign.

One
 slide apparently notes that “most of the
public 
have never heard” of E2EE - meaning
that 
“people can be easily swayed” on the 

issue. But it warns that the campaign 

“must not start a privacy vs 

safety debate.”

 

Among the proposed stunts, include placing adult 

and child actors in a glass box that fades to black 

as an adult looks “knowingly” at the child. There 

will also be call-to-action efforts, including a 

“social media activation... where we ask 

parents to write to Mark [Zuckerberg] 

via their Facebook status.”

 

The government has allocated £534,000 ($726,157) 

for the campaign, the Home Office had confirmed 

in response to an earlier freedom of information

 request. Last year, Home Secretary Priti Patel

 told Meta that its plans to introduce E2EE on

 Facebook Messenger and Instagram 

are “unacceptable.”

 

On Tuesday, the BBC reported, that a coalition of

“child safety campaigners, charities, tech experts

 and survivors of child sex abuse”  ...recruited by 

M&C Saatchi and supported by the Home Office

 launched the ‘No Place to Hide’ campaign, 

which equates E2EE roll-outs to “turning

 the lights off on the ability to identify 

child sex abusers online.”

 

While the Home Office did not comment on the Rolling

 Stone report, it told the BBC that “the UK government

 supports encryption, and believes that E2EE can be

 implemented responsibly, in a way which is 

consistent with public safety.”

 

However, privacy advocates branded the plans 

as  --- “scaremongering” and “disingenuous,” 

with Robin Wilton from the Internet Society 

telling Rolling Stone, that a lack of E2EE 

could leave children “more vulnerable 

online than ever.”

 

 

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UK lawmakers vote against 


government plan... to 


suppress protests


January 18th, 10:19am (PressTV)


 


The House of Lords has voted against a government


 bill to clamp down on protesters and amended the 


bill to make misogyny a hate crime in the UK.


 


Opposition peers in the upper chamber on Monday


 night rejected a range of measures in the Police,


 Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, with the


Labour party terming the government’s 


plans as “outrageous”.


 


The bill will now go back to the House of Commons 


to undergo changes by the MPs. It cannot become 


law, until both Houses have agreed the changes.


 


The PCSC bill consists of several major proposed


 changes to crime & justice, in England & Wales. 


The most controversial part of the bill was the


 government’s proposition to suppress 


protests, if they are deemed to be
too
 noisy and disruptive.


 


Green peer Baroness Jones depicted the


 government's plans as “oppressive” 


and “plain nasty”.


 


“How do you seriously think a protest is 


going to happen without noise?” she asked.


 


Another measure, rejected by the upper chamber, 


was granting the power to police officers to stop


 and search people, in an attempt to prevent 


them taking part in protests.


 


Labour Party’s Lord Hain called the move “the 


biggest threat to the right to dissent and the 


right to protest in my lifetime,” adding that


 it would have “throttled” the voice of 


the protesters.


 


In another government defeat, lawmakers also 


voted to make misogyny a hate crime in 


England and Wales, enabling judges 


to impose stronger penalties, if 


prejudice against women... is


 proved to be the motivation.


 


Earlier in October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson


 opposed the idea... that misogyny should be a 


hate crime, saying: “If you simply widen the 


scope of what you ask the police to do, 


you’ll just increase the problem.”


 


Justice Secretary Dominic Raab also rejected 


the proposal while seeming to be confused 


about the meaning of misogyny... 


suggesting it could be applied


 to the abuse of women


 or men.


 


The move to amend the bill to make misogyny


 a hate crime, was led by Conservative peer


 Lady Newlove, a former victims’ 


commissioner.


 


“It is perverse that, despite 3 million crimes 


being committed against women - in just 


3 years - our legal and policing systems
do not routinely recognize 
what we all
know is blindingly 
obvious: the deep
-rooted 
hostility towards women


 that motivates many of these
crimes,” 
Newlove said.


 


In spite of all this, according to the Home Office 


Minister, Lady Williams, a report by the Law


Commission last year, 'proves' that making 


misogyny a hate crime would not prevent 


hostility towards women in the UK.






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High Court Judge manages to rule:
that UK Gov't Use 
of 'VIP Lane'
to Award PPE Contracts

is Unlawful

January 12th, 1:47pm (Sputnik)

 

The Johnson government has faced numerous 

sleaze allegations related to the suspected 

handing out of lucrative contracts worth 

hundreds of millions of pounds, to Tory

-affiliated companies and businessmen 

with personal connections and friend-

ships with high-ranking government 

officials.

 

Britain's High Court has ruled unlawful the

 government's use of a so-called 'VIP fast

 lane' for companies with connections to 

ministers and high-level officials in the 

sale of Covid-related personal 

protection equipment (PPE) 

to the state.

 

"Claimants have established that operation of the High

 Priority Lane was in breach of the obligation of equal

 treatment... the illegality is marked by this
judgement," 
the High Court judge
ruled on Wednesday.

 

The so-called "VIP fast lanes," reserved for referrals

 by members of the government, MPs, and other

 senior officials, were brought to the court's 

attention by the Good Law Project and 

EveryDoctor campaign groups --- who 

accused the government of tamper-

ing with the bidding process, to 

provide preferential treatment 

to companies and business

people with political
''connections''.

 

"Offers that were introduced through the Senior 

Referrers received earlier consideration at the 

outset of the process. The High Priority Lane 

Team was better resourced and able to 

respond to such offices on the same 

day that they arrived," the 

judge indicated.

 

She also ruled that "there is evidence that

 opportunities were treated as high priority

 even where there was no objectively

justifiable grounds for expediting 

the offer," and that contracts 

were awarded on a 

"flawed basis."

 

Good Law Project and EveryDoctor took the

 government to court over more than £340

 million pounds in contracts doled out to 

PestFix, a pest control company... and 

£252 million to Ayanda, a hedge fund 

---- for the sourcing of personal 

protective equipment during 

the pandemic.

 

The judge in the case, did not allow information

about just how much money was misallocated
to 
be disclosed, and determined that the two 

companies would ''likely'' have been 

awarded the contracts, even with-

out the preferential treatment. 

[Rhondda Records adds: what a
sad corrupt little slave to the
tyrant-class is she!]

 

Good Law Project has indicated that it is "considering

 the wider implications of these aspects of the ruling

 and the next steps."

 

"We first revealed the red carpet-to-riches VIP lane --- 

for those with political connections in October 2020. 

Since then, we have fought to reveal details of 

those who benefited, and at whose request -

while the Government fought to conceal

 them.'' 

 

''Never again should any Government treat a public

 health crisis as an opportunity to enrich its

 associates and donors at public expense,"

 the campaign group said in a statement 

following the ruling.

 

Wednesday's decision is the latest setback for the

 Johnson government...... which has been reeling 

from scandals related to "Partygate" – a series 

of incidents revealed to the press in recent 

weeks implicating the prime minister and 

members of his staff and the government 

in hosting drinks-filled parties throughout

 2020 while ordinary Britons faced hard 

Covid lockdowns.

 

Johnson is facing a grilling in the House of Commons on

Wednesday at prime minister's question time, and has

been urged to "come clean" or "resign" if it was true

that he broke his own restrictions... while telling 

Britons to remain in their homes, and not
visit 
friends and loved ones.

 

 

 

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 Blair is the ''least

deserving person'' 

(www.change.org/p/)

January 7th, 6:58pm


Over ONE MILLION have signed.
Let’s get to 50,000,000!

 

Tony Blair to have his "Knight Companion of the
Most Noble Order of the Garter" rescinded.

 

Angus Scott started this petition to The Prime Minister.


Tony Blair is to be knighted with the highest possible

 ranking, in the new year honours list, Buckingham

 Palace has said.

 

Sir ''Tony'', who held the keys to No 10 between 1997

 and 2007, will be appointed a Knight Companion of
the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest 

and most senior British Order of Chivalry.

 

Tony Blair caused irreparable damage to both the

 constitution of the United Kingdom and to the 

very fabric of the nation's society. He was 

personally responsible for causing the 

death of countless innocent, civilian

 lives and servicement in various 

conflicts. For this alone ---- he 

should be held accountable
-- 
for war crimes.

 

Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any 

public honour, particularly anything awarded 

by Her Majesty the Queen. 

 

We petition the Prime Minister... to petition 

Her Majesty to have this honour removed.

 

 

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Report: CIA-Backed Secret 

Experiments Conducted on

Hundreds of Danish Orphans

December 29th, 3:03pm  (FNA)

 

 The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) allegedly 

backed secret experiments into schizophrenia 

on 311 Danish children, many adopted or
from
 orphanages, during the early
1960s, 
according to a newly
released 
documentary.

 

Danish Radio’s documentary ‘The Search for 

Myself’ accuses the US spy agency of 

supporting the experiments at the 

Municipal Hospital, in

 Cophenhagen, 

RT reported.

 

The studies were reportedly investigating 

the link between schizophrenia and 

heredity or the environment.

 

Per Wennick, who claims to have been a participant 

in the experiments as a child... alleged that he was 

placed in a chair, with electrodes strapped to him

 and forced to listen to loud, shrill noises. The 

aim of the test was supposedly to find out
if 
a child had psychopathic traits.

 

“It was very uncomfortable. And it's not just my 

story, it's the story of many children,” Wennick

 said, describing his experience.

 

"I think this is a violation of my rights as a citizen 

in this society. I find it so strange that some 

people should know more about me, than

 I myself have been aware of," 

Wennick added.

 

The project was co-financed by a US health service,

 receiving support from the Human Ecology Fund,

 which is operated on behalf of the CIA,
according 
to Wennick and the
National Archives.

 

While the children were not told what the experiments

 were for, during or after the research, a dissertation

 was published in 1977 by Danish psychiatrist, Find

 Schulsinger, detailing the study.

 

The Danish Welfare Museum’s Jacob Knage

Rasmussen, announced that this is the first

documented time... where children under 

care were used for research purposes

in the country.

 

“I do not know of similar attempts, neither in Denmark

 nor in Scandinavia. It is appalling information that 

contradicts the Nuremberg Code of 1947, which 

after World War II... was to set some ethical 

restrictions for experiments on humans”

 Rasmussen stated.

 

 

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Russian Defence Ministry: 

NATO Preparing for Large-

Scale High-Intensity
Conflict 
With Moscow

December 27th, 5:43pm (Sputnik)

 

Moscow has expressed concerns about the

 concentration of Western alliance missile 

systems, troops, warships, and aircraft 

near Russia's borders --- plus NATO's 

decades' long eastward expansion. 

 

This month, the Russian Foreign Ministry formally

 signalled that it considers Ukraine to be a “red

 line” for Moscow that NATO is strongly 

advised not to cross.

 

NATO is preparing for a large-scale armed conflict

 with Russia, in contravention of the Rome 

Declaration of 2002, Russian Deputy 

Defence Minister, Alexander
Fomin, 
has said.

 

"The bloc's military construction has been completely

 reorientated toward preparing for a large-scale, high-

intensity armed conflict with Russia", Fomin said
at a
 diplomatic briefing of 105 foreign military
attaches,
 including representatives of
14 NATO countries,
 in Moscow
on Monday.

 

Fomin pointed out that, in recent doctrinal documents

 put out by the alliance, Russia is identified, "without

 any subtlety, as the main source of threats to

 alliance security".

 

"NATO conducts 30 major drills: featuring scenarios

 for conducting military operations against Russia,

 each year", the officer said. "Within the frame-

work of combat training activities, special 

attention is paid to the creation of strike 

groups near the borders of our country.

 In May and June of this year, [the bloc] 

held a series of drills named Defender

 Europe-21, which involved the transfer 

of up to 40,000 troops from the US
and 
Western Europe, toward the
alliance's
 'eastern flank'".

 

Fomin further indicated that about 13,000 troops from

 other countries are stationed on NATO's Eastern

 European members' soil on a permanent basis, 

with these forces armed with over 600 tanks 

and armoured vehicles, dozens of heavy 

guns, and at least 30 planes 

and helicopters.

 

"Recently, the alliance has moved to the practice 

of direct provocations --- fraught with a high risk 

of escalating into an armed confrontation", the

 officer warned, recalling a June incident 

involving the HMS Defender destroyer's 

attempted violation of Crimea's 

maritime borders.

 

According to the deputy defence minister, NATO

 reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea jumped

 60 percent between 2020 and 2021, with US 

strategic bombers carrying out flights as 

close as 15 km off Crimea, 92 times this 

year, compared with 78 times in 2020. 

 

The alliance has held 15 exercises in the Black 

Sea, compared with eight in 2020, Fomin said.

 

In the Baltic region, Fomin indicated that the alliance

 conducted over 1,200 aircraft sorties and over 50

 naval reconnaissance missions, and over 20

 operational and combat training events, 

some of them involving neutral states

 Sweden and Finland, which border 

on or are close to Russia.

 

Drang nach Osten

 

The deputy defence minister warned that NATO's

efforts ---- to expand and strengthen its military
infrastructure on its eastern flank, have had a 

negative impact on the security architecture 

of the entire European continent, but are 

only one of multiple actions taken by 

the alliance, over the decades, to

 do so.

 

"In 1999, a [NATO] military operation which was not

approved by the United Nations, was carried out
in 
Yugoslavia. The bombing of Belgrade, killed 

innocent civilians  & the country's economy 

was disrupted. The disintegration of 

Yugoslavia led to a new round of

expansion of the bloc and the 

incorporation of: Albania,

Croatia and Montenegro, 

and, after that, Northern

Macedonia", Fomin said.

 

At the same time, he noted, the "Western partners"

 continued to assure Moscow "of the absence of 

aggressive designs against Russia", with 

Russian officials believing these 

assurances -- notwithstanding 

the freeze of interaction with

NATO in 1999 in connection 

with the Yugoslav crisis.

 

Fomin recalled that the most significant expansion of

 NATO eastward, took place in 2004, when the Baltic

 states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, as well as

 Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, 

joined the bloc.

 

This and other waves of expansion, significantly

 increased the alliance's military potential on its

 eastern flank, he said, pointing out that NATO's

 borders have moved over 1,000 kms east since

 the end of the Cold War, providing the Western 

bloc with opportunities to use non-strategic 

weapons to strike targets inside Russia.

 

"For example, the minimum flight time from airbases

in Estonia, to St. Petersburg -- has been reduced to
several minutes. Most of the Kaliningrad region, is

 within striking range of artillery systems alone... 

A significant number of pieces of infrastructure 

have been transferred to NATO's disposal, 

expanding the possibility for the 

deployment and transfer of 

troops", Fomin said.

 

The officer added that the bloc's arsenal was beefed

 up considerably by weapons, vehicles & personnel 

of the former Warsaw Pact members, plus new
ports
 in the Baltic and Black Seas, and an
expansion of 
NATO's naval power.

 

Fomin stressed that this expansion and the growth of 

NATO's potential was not provoked by the Russian

 Federation in any way, with Russian-Western

 relations in 1997 --- the year before the
bloc's
 eastward thrust began with the
incorporation 
of the Czech Republic,
Poland and Hungary, 
describable
as "cloudless".

 

"The Russian side reaffirmed its readiness to build up

cooperation in all areas, & at various levels, which, 

at that time, seemed important from the point of
view 
of European security. There were no
challenges 
facing the alliance which
required expansion, 
although, after
the reunification of Germany, in 

1990, the entire united country
-- including the 
former GDR --
became an alliance member.'' 


''Thus, the first step toward expansion 

was made. Later, new waves of NATO 

enlargement followed", 

Fomin said.

 

It was also NATO, not Russia, which sparked the crisis

 in relations, the deputy defence minister suggested,

 pointing to the West's support for the bloody coup 

in Kiev and the overthrow of Ukraine's democratic
elected government in February 2014, which was

 followed by the Crimean referendum and the 

start of the civil war in eastern Ukraine in
the
 spring of that year.

 

The bloc has also systematically violated the terms of

 the Rome Declaration, including with its annual aerial

 drills... training on the use of nuclear weapons, the

 construction of alliance military infrastructure in 

the Baltics starting in 2004, and the deployment 

of US Aegis Ashore missile defence facilities in

 Romania and Poland in 2016, Fomin said.

 

Russian officials have repeatedly warned that the

 universal Mk-41 launchers used by the Aegis 

Ashore facilities could easily be converted 

from anti-missile missiles to fire nuclear-

capable Tomahawk cruise missiles with

 a 2,400 km range, deep inside Russia.

 

NATO, according to Fomin, "has consistently ignored

 Russian interests -- and shied away from conducting 

an equitable discussion of existing problems", with 

Moscow thus forced to issue firm demands for

 security guarantees - to rule out the further 

expansion of the alliance to the east, and

/or the deployment of new weapons 

systems in the immediate vicinity 

of Russia's borders.

 

Fomin emphasised that the Russian Defence Ministry,

 for its part, is prepared to begin negotiations with

 NATO on security guarantees, at any moment, 

and looks forward to a "serious, constructive 

conversation" on proposals developed with

 the interests of both Russia and Europe
as
 a whole, in mind.

 

 

 

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UN calls on US - to allow 

accredited Russian 

diplomats to work

December 24th, 5:52pm (TASS) 

 

The United Nations calls on the United States, as a 

host country, to let accredited Russian diplomats 

do their job, Deputy Spokesperson for the

 Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, told 

TASS on Friday.

 

"We encourage the host country to allow 

accredited diplomats to go about their 

work," he said.

 

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria

 Zakharova, said earlier on Friday... that the 

United States is violating its liabilities 

under the agreement of the UN 

central institutions and is 

hampering the work of 

several delegations.

 

 She called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

 to take urgent practical steps to launch an official 

arbitration procedure against the United States.

 

Earlier, Russia’s representative, Sergey

 Leonidchenko, said at a meeting of the 

UN General Assembly Committee, on 

Relations with the Host Country that 

Russian diplomats working at the 

United Nations... have problems 

with obtaining US entry visas. 

 

He called on the UN Secretary General to use 

a special arbitration mechanism, to settle

 this matter.

 

 

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Full-blown warfare --- in 

cyberspace in progress, 

says Russian diplomat

December 16th, 11:09am (TASS)

 

 Full-scale military activities are unfolding in cyberspace, 

the Special Russian Presidential Representative for

 ''International Cooperation'' in Cybersecurity, and
Director of the Foreign Ministry's 
International
Security Department,
 Andrey Krutskikh, said
at the 9th 
All-Russian congress of political 

scientists, held at MGIMO University,
on Thursday.

 

"The war [in cyberspace] is underway, and unfolding 

very intensively. No matter how hard we may try to 

say that all this is disguised... and that it isn’t that 

war or this war, in actual fact, military activities 

in cyberspace are in full swing," the 

diplomat said.

 

A change in the alignment of forces on the

international scene, as a result of this war

-fare, is a key issue today, Krutskikh said. 


"The media rightly says that this a Third 

World War, and what matters now is to 

calculate the damage and determine 

who will lose it in the end and what 

shape the world will...  eventually 

acquire as a result of this war,"

 the Russian diplomat 

pointed out.

 

As the special Kremlin representative stressed,

 negotiations with the United States on cyber-

security are proceeding with great difficulty.

 

"Unfortunately, the talks [on cybersecurity with the US]

 are proceeding with great difficulty. Today, I will try to 

say a few words about how we are trying to come to 

an agreement with the Americans within the UN in

 order to somehow smooth over the possible

 consequences of all this," the Russian 

envoy explained.

 

 

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China
Pledges ‘Day of Reckoning’ 

for US Troops Exonerated of War 

Crimes ‘In Many Countries’

December 14th, 10:53pm (Sputnik)

 

China's foreign ministry let loose on Washington

 on Tuesday, for refusing to punish US military

 personnel responsible for a drone strike 

that killed 10 civilians in Kabul, 

Afghanistan, in August.

 

“The US troops’ atrocity ---- of killing civilians in

 Afghanistan is unacceptable. It is all the more

 outrageous --- that the US exonerates the 

perpetrators with impunity on various 

grounds,” Wang Wenbin, a spokes-

man for the Chinese Ministry of 

Foreign Affairs, told Shenzhen 

TV reporters on Tuesday at a

 regular press conference.

 

“We condemn the brutal military intervention by the

 US in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, in the name of 

‘democracy’ and ‘human rights.’ We call on the

 international community to look into the US 

military’s war crimes: of killing innocent 

civilians around the world, and hold it 

accountable,” he added.

 

“Justice may be delayed, but it will not be denied. The

 era in which the US acted arbitrarily in the world,

 under the pretext of so-called ‘democracy’ and 

‘human rights’ is over,” Wang continued. “The 

day of reckoning will eventually come for the 

US military - who committed the crimes of

 killing innocent civilians - in many 

countries.”

 

The Chinese official’s comments come... after US

 Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, accepted the

 recommendations of US Central Command head

 Kenneth McKenzie, and US Special Operations

 Command leader, Gen. Richard Clarke, not to 

punish those involved in an August 29 strike

 that killed 10 civilians, all members of the 

same family, riding in a car in Kabul.

 

The strike was in response to a Daesh-Khorasan*

 terrorist attack against US forces.. and a crowd
of
 civilians outside Hamid Karzai International 

Airport, where the US and its allies were in

 the final stages... of evacuating from the 

country. Days earlier, the Taliban* had 

unexpectedly seized the capital with
-
out a fight... as the US-backed 

government fled into exile.

 

The Daesh attack killed nearly 200 people, including

 13 US service members and an unknown number of

 Taliban fighters... and injured thousands. The air-

strike by an MQ-9 Reaper drone was claimed to 

have targeted a car... with a bomb rigged for 

another attack and to have killed several 

Daesh fighters.

 

In reality.... the car was driven by Zemari Ahmadi, an

 employee of the US non-governmental organization,

 (NGO) Nutrition & Education International. He was

 most likely on a trip to refill water containers for
his
 home. All ten people killed, were members
of his 
family, seven of them children, the
youngest of 
whom, was 2 years old.

 

"I offer my profound condolences to the family and

 friends of those who were killed,” McKenzie said 

in September, when the findings of a Pentagon

 investigation, were made public. “It was a 

mistake and I offer my sincere apology."

 

However, Wang wasn’t the only one
to 
call out the Pentagon’s decision.

 

"‘Sorry’ isn't enough,” US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

 tweeted on Tuesday, quote-tweeting a video of

 McKenzie’s September 17 apology.

 

“Thousands have been killed, in covert,

 unaccountable drone strikes over the 

past two decades. We should be 

demanding accountability for 

anyone involved in this, and 

a full inquiry into this.. and 

the entire drone program,”

 she added. 

 

The Somali-American came to the US in 1995 as a 

refugee from the civil war that engulfed her home

 country, which has since become the target of a

 years-long US drone war and covert war.

 

She added that whistleblower Daniel Hale, a former

 National Security Agency analyst, who revealed

 the US' secret drone war program to the press, 

was sentenced in July to 45 months in prison.

 

"What does this say to the families of children 

killed by drones? What does it say to our 

allies?" she asked.

 

Wang also called attention to the hypocrisy of the

 recent “Summit for Democracy” --- hosted by the 

United States, which pointedly excluded China, 

as well as Russia and many other states 

targeted by US foreign policy, which 

extolled their liberal values... and 

claimed them to be under attack

 by “autocracy” across much 

of the globe.

 

“While the US talked about ‘democracy’ and ‘human

 rights’ at the ‘Summit for Democracy,’ the innocent

 Afghan people, who were gunned down by the US

 military were brushed aside & their families had 

no place to complain about their grievances,” 

Wang noted. “This, is the harsh reality 

brought to the world by the so-called 

‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ 

advocated by the US.”




 

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IAEA Chief Calls for Supervision


 over Israel’s Atomic Program


November 24th, 12:28pm (FNA)


 


Director-General of the International Atomic Energy


 Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi underlined the need 


for Israel to join the Non Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) 
to provide the UN nuclear watchdog’s
access to
 its clandestine nuclear program.


 


“What I can say is that we believe that every country


 should subscribe to the nuclear Non Proliferation


 Treaty. This is something that is very important.
 The General Conference of the IAEA, has 


approved several resolutions insisting


 that every state in the world adheres 


to this treaty, which we believe is 


very important,” Grossi told 


presstv on Tuesday.


 


He said the IAEA General Conference... had
“repeatedly
 approved resolutions exhorting”
Israel, among others, to be part of the NPT.


 


Israel has long been possessing nuclear arms, 


refusing to join the NPT, and attempts to pile


 pressure on NPT signatory, Iran.


 


The IAEA chief was then questioned about its 


position on the Israeli regime’s possession 


of a nuclear arsenal... and the regime’s 


simultaneous refusal to subscribe to


 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation 


Treaty (NPT).


 


 


_____________________________








 


In praise of worker’s songs

by Ben Lunn 

November 1st, (Morning Star)




Culture...  has been a vital element of all classes and 

cultures throughout humanity. With the development 

of the working class or proletariat, came into being
a
 musical and artistic expression which reflected
the 
character of their existence and was able to 

express their concerns.... highlight injustices 

against them, as well as find ways to bring 

their kin closer together, through art, 

culture, or music and song.

 

Within the 19th century cultural voices and institutions 

began to emerge, in the form of choirs, like Clarion, 

brass bands, and other groups. Many of these 

were born out of employers finding a
creative 
outlet for their workers –
particularly 
common among
the collieries.

 

Others were born out of cultural outreach from religious

 institutions, like the Methodist church, or the Salvation 

Army. Though this had a creative and cultural benefit 

...because of its connection to employers, or the 
church... anti-establishment, or general
radicalism,
 was, likely, squashed.

 

With the birth of the Labour Party, discussions of how 

culture could be used by the workers, began to be

 more popularised.

William Morris’s discussions 
are quite fascinating, as
you can see where the 
concerns and worries were:
that working 
people... should have nice things at
home, 
that culture and art are ways to enrich 

our lives, that bourgeois appreciation 

of art as art, will push art into 

something only enjoyed by 

collectors, and not 

by humans.

 

With the turn of the 20th century there was a push by

 numerous individuals and groups... to find ways to 

take the creative tools that working-class people 

had developed and use them as an avenue to 

galvanise the working class to be 

more militant.

 

This was quite a particularly curious period as figures 

like Edward Carpenter, Hanns Eisler, Ethel Smyth, 

Alan Bush, Rutland Boughton, and numerous 

others, began to come to the foreground. 

 

This was also accompanied by the formation of groups 

like the London Labour Choral Union, the Workers’
Music 
Association, and the Clarion Singers,
to name a few.

 

From the ’50s onwards, workers’ songs fell by the wayside

 as pop music and all its sub-genres, from R’n’B to Death

 Metal and Dubstep, fell into the hands of capitalism,

 despite many groups continuing to come from 

working-class backgrounds.

 

Today, workers’ music is a bit of a niche, which I feel is a 

real shame – as there are so many things we could learn.

 Throughout November, once a week, I will focus on a 

figure or two and discuss their life, and show off a 

song that deserves particular mention.

 

I'll look at arguably the most famous workers’ songs
--- 
Jim Connell’s Red Flag, and Eugene Pottier’s 

Internationale. Pierre de Geyter, who turned 

the Interationale into song, and The White 

Cockade, the original, intended melody 

for the Red Flag was a pub song, then

put to use to improve workers’ lives.

 

Ethel Smyth was a militant suffragist, imprisoned for her

 militancy, and much like Carpenter or Morris, was born

 into a middle-class life... but committed her life to 

fighting for the advancement of women

 in society.

 

The “Karl Marx of music,” Hanns Eisler, was a composer 

who utilised numerous idioms, to help fight for the 

working class in Germany and internationally, 

by writing propaganda songs, with 

Bertolt Brecht.

 

A personal favourite of mine is the Pitman Poet, Tommy

 Armstrong. A man who wrote poems and songs 

expressing life in the coalfields – discussing 

things from the silly - like Hedgehog Pie -

mourning the loss in a mining accident, 

like Trimdon Grange, or singing about 

the noble efforts of striking pitmen

 across north-east England.

 

Then there is Paul Robeson, a man who promoted 

workers’ songs in numerous languages and from 

numerous cultures including a Yiddish partisan

 song, Zog nit Keynmol, the Chinese March of
the
 Volunteers, the Polish Warszawianka,
Joe Hill,
 and the Peatbog Soldiers.

 

The hope is that these sessions could help rejuvenate 

interest in this tradition, but there is also a hope --- 

to create a workers’ choir in the west of Scotland.

 

 These sessions are open to everyone and so

 I really hope you can come join us – hope to 

see you there!

 

For more information visit:

 

 facebook.com/UniteCommunityScotland

 

 

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Report Finds...   One in Three 

Gangland Murders in London

 Linked to Drill Rap 

October 11th, 12:23pm (FNA)

 

 One in three London homicides in 2018 was linked 

to drill music, a Policy Exchange report found.

 

The report analyses a decade of knife crime data, 

pointing to the role of drill music, social media, 

revenge attacks... and the failure of police 

strategy in the rise of gang violence, 

The Independent reported.

 

Analysis by Policy Exchange found that of the 41 gang

 related homicides in 2018, drill music played a role in

 at least one third (36.5 percent) of them. This was 

where either the victim or perpetrator was an 

aspiring drill rapper, or drill music videos 

were used as evidence in the trial. This 

figure was 23 percent in 2019.

 

Knife crime reached its highest level of the decade in 2019

 as 44 knife offences were committed a day with 94 fatal

 stabbing victims. Additionally, at least 25% of cases in 

2018 and 2019 are directly linked to retaliation, the

 report says.

 

Additionally, of the gang related homicides in London, 80

 percent of the victims and perpetrators were black or 

from an ethnic minority background... with black 

people in the capital five times more likely to 

be stabbed, than white or Asian people.

 

The report’s author, Sophia Falkner, took aim at social media

 and big brands for “glorifying, encouraging and legitimising”

 gang culture. The report called out Adidas in particular for

 launching a social media campaign with the drill rapper 

Headie One, three weeks before he was imprisoned

 for six months, for carrying a knife.

 

“Despite the rise of ‘woke capitalism’ and many of these

 companies’ explicit stance against racism, we have
to 
ask...  why there is continued support for the 

perpetrators of violent gang related crime
 in London, whose victims are over-
whelmingly black and 
ethnic
minority,” 
 Falkner said.

 

The Policy Exchange researcher added that brands risk

 encouraging young people to buy into the idea that 

criminal behaviour is “fashionable” by promoting 

artists who are imprisoned for carrying knives.

 

Drill is a music genre characterised by violent
lyrics, 
ominous beats, and gang affiliations.

 




 










Image: Khosrow Golsorkhi's Birth Day



 Today, January 22nd, in 1944,

 

Khosrow Golsorkhi,

 

journalist, poet, and communist,

 

is born.

 

Golsorkhi was a Marxist activist in Iran during the

 Cold War. Hooman Majd has described him as a 

"Che Guevara-like figure for
young Iranians 

in 1974."

 

Famous for his leftist and revolutionary poetry, 

Golsorkhi was convicted along with his friend, 

Keramat Daneshian, a director, of plotting to 

kidnap Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran.

 

 The military court was televised live, mainly because

 at the time of the trial, Mohammad Reza Shah was

 hosting the Conference for Human Rights

 in Tehran.

 

At the time, the shah's regime was blamed for the

deaths (by a car accident) of the poet Forough

Farrokhzad, a woman who promised the 

appearance of someone... who would 

"distribute bread and cough mixture 

equally",  the tragic suspect death

of the folk hero and Olympic gold 

medalist wrestler, Gholamreza 

Takhti in a hotel, the drowning

of the writer Samad Behrangi, 

in the Aras river, Ali Shariati's 

death abroad, and for the 

tortures, killings and 

executions of those

who had taken to 

armed uprising.

 

At his trial in 1974, just as it looked as if the
[military]
 judges were getting the upper
hand, he turned the
 atmosphere of
the court: 

 

"In the glorious name of the people. I will defend
myself in a court... in which I neither recognise
its
 legality nor its legitimacy.'' 

 

''As a Marxist my address is to the people and history. 

The more you attack me the more I pride myself, the

 further I am from you, the closer I am to the people.

 The more your hatred for my beliefs, the stronger

 the kindness and support of the people. Even if 

you bury me—and you certainly will—people 

will make flags and songs from my corpse".

 

When colonel Ghaffarzadeh - the chief judge -

admonished him to stick to his defence...  he 

replied with a wry smile: "are you frightened 

of my words?". The judge shouted back 

"I order you shut up and sit down". 

Eyes flashing, Golesorkhi 

spoke passionately:

 

"Don't you give me any orders... Go and order your 

corporals & squadron leaders. I doubt if my voice 

is loud enough to awaken a sleeping conscience 

in here. Don't be afraid. Even in this so-called
respectable court, bayonets protect you".

 

 Earlier Golesorkhi had defended himself: 

 

"Iranian society should know that I am here
being 
tried and condemned to death, purely
for holding Marxist views. My crime is not
conspiracy, or assassination.. but my
views. In this court, 
in the presence
of foreign journalists, I 
accuse the
court, the fabricators of the 
dossier against me... and
irresponsible judges.'' 

''I draw the 
attention of all human rights 

authorities, the committees, and 

organisations --- to witness 

this stage managed farce,

 this state crime, that is 

about to take place.''

 

''The military court did not even give itself the trouble

of reading my file. I am a Marxist-Leninist, I respect 

Islamic sharia' and will shout my views, for which 

I die, in a loud voice: nowhere in the world, in 

countries like ours, which are dependent to

and dominated by, neo-colonialism, can a 

truly national government exist, unless

 a Marxist infrastructure is created 

in society."

 

Golsorkhi was given the opportunity to read a speech

in his own defense. He began with some eloquence... 

comparing the struggle of the Iranian left with that of

Imam Hussein, the revered martyr of Shia Islam. He 

then continued to discuss the evils of land reform 

- as practiced by the Shah's regime - and the 

struggles of the Iranian peasants who first

laboured under the feudal system in Iran 

and then under the corrupt land reform. 

 

At this point, the chief judge of the military tribunal told

him that he should limit his speech to his own defense. 

Golsorkhi responded by saying that his defense is the 

defense of the masses - against tyranny. The chief 

judge said once again, that he should only defend 

himself. Golsorkhi picked up his papers and said: 

"I will then sit down. I will not speak and I will
sit 
down." He sat down and did not speak in
his 
own defense any further. 

 

When the judge announced death sentences on both 

Daneshian and Golesorkhi they merely smiled. They 

then shook hands.. and embraced. "Comrade!" said 

Golesorkhi. "My best comrade!" replied Daneshian. 

 

Golsorkhi's execution was broadcast on state

television. The court became a symbol of the 

Shah's dictatorship and hypocrisy, due to 

its content most of the trial proceedings 

were censored, but shown in full after
the Shah's fall. 

 

The cell in which they spent their last night [February

17th, 1974] in Jamshidiyeh prison was covered with 

slogans. They sang revolutionary songs all night, 

ate their supper quietly, shouted slogans to the 

soldiers in the lorry which took them to the 

Chitgar execution field, refused blindfolds 

so that they could see the red dawn and 

sang together in firm voice: 

 

"O comrades! Heroes! We will give our life

 for our country, without fear.''

They then, 
themselves, gave the order to fire!

 

Golesorkhi had written:  "A person has an artistic eye

whose art has a wider link with the people... an artist

has a style that forges a link to the life of the people 

of his land, and keeps the torch of struggle alight in 

them. This style may not fit any literary school, just 

as the poetry of the Palestinian Fadayeens doesn't.'' 

 

''Why should it fit any literary school. Why imprison our 

poetry, which is our only effective art form, in literary

and stylistic schools? The place of a poem.. is not in

libraries, but in tongues and minds. Literature must 

retain the role it always had in social movements, 

for us too in the displacement of the social order, 

and fulfill it. The role of literature is to awaken. 

The role of progressive literature is to create 

social movements and to help attain the

 goals of the historic development 

of peoples."

 

 

 

Equality, by Khosrow Golsorkhi,

 (Translation by Sherry Laici)

 

 

EQUALITY

 

The teacher was shouting at the board.

He flushed angrily and his hands were 

covered with chalk dust.

 

The students in the last row of seats 

were eating fruits and making noises;

 

on the other side of the class a student 

was flipping through a magazine.

 

None of the students were paying attention

because the teacher was shouting and

pointing to the algebraic equations.

 

The teacher wrote on the blackboard, 

which reminded us of darkness 

and cruelty,

 

1=1

 

one is equal to one.

 

One of the students rose

(always one must rise)

and said softly,

“The equation is a blunder.”

 

The teacher was shocked

and the student asked,

 

“If one human being was one unit

Does one equal one, still?”

 

It was a difficult question 

and the students were silent.

 

The teacher shouted,

 

“Yes, it is equal!”

 

The student laughed,

 

“If one human being was one unit,

the one who had power and money

would be greater than the poor one

who had nothing but a kind heart.

 

If one human being was one unit,

the one who was white would be

greater than the one who was black.

 

If one human being was one unit,

equality would be ruined.

 

If one were equal to one

how would it be possible 

for the rich to get richer?

 

Or who would build China’s wall?

 

If one were equal to one,

who would die of poverty?

or who would die of lashing?

 

If one were equal to one,

who would imprison the liberals?

 

The teacher cried:

 

“Please write in your notebooks

 

one is not equal to one.”










 



 The bakers’ disaffiliation
from Labour --- a wake-up
call to the whole movement

September 29th, (Morning Star)

 

The decision by the bakers’ union to disaffiliate 

from Labour ends an historic relationship older 

than the party itself.

 

President Ian Hodson notes that Keir Starmer 

should “hang his head in shame”, at having 

provoked the end of ties that stretch 

across three centuries.

 

With motions opposed by the leader’s office... passing 

every day, the resignation of his shadow employment 

rights minister, exposing his role in blocking support 

for raising the minimum wage and statutory sick pay 

and now the disaffiliation of a union that helped to 

found the party -- conference 2021 is looking less

like a car crash for Starmer, than a multi-

vehicle pile-up.

 

Labour apparently made numerous promises to the bakers 

that it would take steps to resolve the crisis provoked by 

its threat to “auto-exclude” their president. Its failure to 

deliver on these promises, in time to prevent today’s 

momentous decision, indicates incompetence or 

duplicity; with Starmer’s team, it is difficult
to 
know which.

 

The reasons the union gives for disaffiliation touch 

on two key features of Keir Starmer’s leadership.

 

The first is the targeting of Hodson in the first place.

 

The decision to ban membership of four left organisations 

this summer, reflects the extreme intolerance and 

authoritarianism that characterise Labour’s 

“new management.”

 

Transparently a bid to hound out socialists, the party 

machine’s behaviour since ---  excluding members 

for having had dealings with these groups before 

they were banned... demanding that members 

prove a negative, by providing evidence that 

they did not support these organisations — 

are a travesty of justice... which 

demonstrates the contempt in 

which Labour officialdom 

holds Labour members.

 

In picking on Hodson, Labour threw a gauntlet to the bakers. 

As general secretary Sarah Woolley says, BFAWU members 

saw the attack on their president as an attack on them. 

“When you pick on one of us you pick on all of us,”

 the union statement reads; “that’s what 

solidarity means.”

 

The BFAWU here is grappling with a fundamental question 

for the whole left: how do we respond --- to the smearing 

and persecution of thousands of committed socialists 

& trade unionists, by the current Labour leadership? 

How do we stand with them?

 

The second is the question on so many trade 

unionists’ lips: what is the Labour Party 

doing for us?

 

Why is it opposing pay rises for key workers who have 

kept the country running through an unprecedented 

crisis? Why is it opposing higher sick pay, in a 

global pandemic — when union after union 

has reported its members being terrified 

even to get tested for Covid, because 

they can’t afford time off sick?

 

The two aspects are of course interlinked. Labour’s 

current leadership are, to quote Hodson, “in the 

bosses’ pocket.” And it is engaged in an all-

consuming campaign to smash the radical

 left, that gave hope of real change to so 

many in the party’s very recent past.

 

Its purges of a left that was easily routed at the last 

leadership election, like its desperation to change 

rules around reselecting MPs... that posed no 

threat to any sitting MP, might smack

 of paranoia.

 

But they reflect a Labour right that understands the left 

is popular.. and that its socialist programme commands 

wide public sympathy. No chance, however small, of
left resurgence can be allowed. We must never 

underestimate the ruthlessness of the right - 

but its very extremism is testament to the 

potential it knows the left still has.

 

The bakers are a fighting union. Their McStrike campaigns 

have given them one of the highest profiles of any union 

among the young, and the delegates who have voted to 

disaffiliate are poorly paid workers, mostly from old 

“red wall” seats.

 

If Labour loses people like these, its chances of electoral 

recovery shrink still further. All affiliated unions have 

good reason --- to make the bakers’ departure
wake-up call.

 

______________________________________________





UK Labour leader says it’s ‘not right’ 


to claim only women have cervixes


September 26th, 11:25am (RT)


 


Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, 


claimed on Sunday that people should not say only 


women have a cervix, calling it “not right,” after 


one of his MPs received threats online for 


making the statement.


 


When asked by BBC presenter Andrew Marr whether it 


was “transphobic to say only women have a cervix,” 


Starmer replied, “It’s something that shouldn’t be 


said. It’s not right.”


 


Pressed on whether someone who does think only women 


have a cervix, would be welcome in the Labour Party, 


Starmer said, “We need to have a mature, respectful 


debate about trans rights and… bear in mind that 


the trans community, are among the most 


marginalised and abused communities.”


 


“Wherever we’ve got to in the law, we need to go further,


 and we want to go further,” he continued, concluding, 


however, that the Labour Party conference would be


 “a place which is safe for that debate to take place.”


 


Starmer made the comments, after the Labour MP for 


Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, received threats online 


for saying “only women have a cervix”. In 


response to the threats, she said she 


would feel unsafe attending this 


week’s conference. Starmer 


told Marr he had assured 


Duffield she would be 


safe at the event.


 


Many social media users criticised Starmer’s
comments, 
accusing him of “denying the
biological truth and 
existence of
the female sex”.


 


“Keir Starmer has blown it. He’s not getting my vote,”


 tweeted one woman, while another predicted the 


stance would “haunt” the Labour Party leader 


for the rest of his career.


 


“I am afraid that it is the case that only women have a 


cervix. Not altogether sure how this biological fact 


ever became remotely controversial,” opined 


Mark Seddon, the ex-media adviser to
former
 United Nations General
Assembly president 
María
Fernanda Espinosa.


 


 


_______________________________________




Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary 

Lisa Nandy: Claims Iran Building 

Nukes and Backs Arming Israel 

by James Tweedie

September 2nd, 1:40pm (Sputnik)

 

Israel has long accused Iran of covertly developing 

its own nuclear weapons, in breach of the Nuclear 

Non-Proliferation Treaty and the JCPOA nuclear 

deal with the US, Russia, China, and the 

European Union.

 

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has 

said she opposes a ban on arms sales to Israel - 

claiming Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

 

The Wigan MP made the comments at a Jewish 

Representative Council (JRC) meeting, in her 

hometown of Manchester, on Wednesday.

 

She said neither she, nor Shadow Middle East Minister 

Wayne David, "support the blocking of the sale of 

weapons to Israel that helped it deflect rocket 

attacks" during May's Israeli offensive on the 

besieged Gaza Strip, adding: "Israel has a 

right to defend itself and Israel's citizens 

have a right to live in peace 

and security".

 

"We have to be very cautious in relation to Iran", Nandy 

said. "This is a state that is still using... developing 

nuclear weapons, that has shown no signs of 

dropping their hard-line approach".

 

Nuclear Deal

 

Claims by Israel — the only country in the Middle East that 

reportedly has nuclear arms - that Iran is trying to get the 

bomb, have proven a political obstacle to US President
Joe
 Biden's stated intent to return to the 2015 Joint 

Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal 

with Iran... which his predecessor Donald 

Trump officially withdrew from, in 2018.

 

The JCPOA saw sanctions on Iranian oil exports imposed in
2006, lifted, in return for access to International Atomic 

Energy Agency inspectors to Iranian nuclear facilities.

 

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwah 

or religious judgment against nuclear weapons in the 1990s, 

and has restated that position several times since 2003. But 

in January, the government began enriching uranium to 20 

percent fissile material content — not pure enough for a 

nuclear weapon, but above the level used in most 

power stations.

 

Iran's new conservative President Ebrahim Raisi has taken a 

much harder line with Washington's readmittance to the 

JCPOA, than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani.

 

Nandy also backed the Conservative government's decision 

to boycott this September's 20th anniversary reconvening 

of the World Conference Against Racism held in the South 

African city of Durban, in 2001, saying: "We shouldn't be 

supporting the promotion of anti-Semitism".

 

The Israeli and the US delegations walked out of the 2001 

conference... in protest...  even after they had forced the 

removal of criticisms of Israel from the final declaration.

 

Solidarity Denied

 

The frontbencher also accused unnamed individuals of 

exploiting the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to 

"spout hate and divide people".

 

Britain's Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is 

organising protests against next week's annual 

Defence and Security Equipment International 

(DSEI) arms fair at London's ExCel convention 

centre, under the slogan: "Stop Arming Israel".

 

Young Labour chair, Jess Barnard, tweeted, on Tuesday, 

that party officials had informed her PSC was effectively 

barred from the Labour conference in Brighton, at the 

end of September — along with former leader and 

Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn.

 

— Jess Barnard (@JessicaLBarnard) August 31, 2021

 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer ordered Corbyn's suspension 

from the party and its parliamentary group, last November... 

after he challenged an Equality and Human Rights 

Commission report, alleging Labour was riddled 

with anti-Semitism.

 

Nandy told Wednesday's meeting that Luciana Berger, one 

of six Labour MPs who defected to the now-defunct anti-

Brexit Change UK party, should be readmitted and 

promptly selected as a parliamentary candidate.

 

"I want her in parliament, because she is one of the best 

MPs we have ever had", she said, of the Jewish former 

party member.

 

 

_________________________________




 Poor Ken:  Corbyn-Ally 

Director Loach Expelled

 From Labour Party...
in 
Starmer's 'Purge'

by James Tweedie

August 14th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)




The 85-year-old director said he had been expelled 

for... failing to "disown" other targets of Sir Keir 

Starmer's "witch hunt" against left-wingers, 

and that the Labour chief would never

 lead a "party of the people".

 

British left-wing film director Ken Loach has been 

expelled from the Labour Party, for backing other

 targets of leader Sir Keir Starmer's "witch hunt".

 

Loach, a prominent supporter of suspended 

former party leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
tweeted 
the news on Saturday.

 

The "Kes" director hinted that he had joined 

Geronimo the Alpaca on Starmer's hit list, 

for his refusal to "disown" members of 4

left-wing factions banned last month by 

the party leadership — and said former

 director of public prosecutions, Sir 

Keir, was no man of "the people".

 

"Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and 

comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed 

a witch hunt", Loach charged. "Starmer and his 

clique will never lead a party of the people. 

We are many, they are few. Solidarity".

 

Labour's top administrative body, the National Executive 

Committee (NEC), agreed, in July, to collectively 

proscribe the groups: Socialist Appeal, Labour 

Against the Witch Hunt, the Labour in Exile 

Network, and Resist — potentially leading 

to the expulsion of some 1,000 party 

members. 

 

At the same time, it emerged the party was laying off 

long-serving staff at its HQ, due to a cash shortage 

caused by the mass exodus of members, while 

also hiring scores of short-term employees, 

to help identify new targets for 

disciplinary action.

 

Corbyn's former shadow home secretary, John 

McDonnell — who is closely associated with 

Socialist Appeal — denounced the 

expulsion of "such a fine

 socialist" as a 

"disgrace". 

 

Yet McDonnell also recently welcomed the defection 

to Labour... of former Conservative MP and 

Parliamentary speaker, John Bercow, 

who was chair of the Conservative 

Students when that organisation 

produced "Hang Nelson 

Mandela" t-shirts.

 

Loach also drew support on Twitter from left-wing

 Labour MPs, trade union leaders, and the former 

Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, 

of the Syriza party.

 

Loach gained fame in the 60s for his "kitchen sink" 

social dramas, such as "Cathy Come Home",
"Poor
 Cow", and "Kes".

 

But his 1995 film "Land and Freedom"... set during the 

Spanish Civil War, was controversial for its sectarian 

claims of atrocities by Soviet-backed Republican 

forces resisting the fascist takeover, led by 

General Francisco Franco - yet glorifying

 the six-day May 1937 Trotskyist POUM 

insurrection in Barcelona, against
the
 Socialist-led government
of 
the republic.

 

Loach's last two films "I, Daniel Blake" and "Sorry We 

Missed You" deal with the lives of a benefit claimant 

and package delivery drivers.

 

The latest polls show Starmer's Labour still trailing 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Tories... by around

 ten percentage points.. despite a string of recent 

government rows and scandals.

 

 

____________________________________




Jeremy Corbyn’s Supporters 

Drawing Up Proposal...  to 

Reinstate Former Labour 

Leader as Party MP

by Oleg Burunov

August 8th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)




In October 2020, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from 

the UK Labour Party after insisting that anti-Semitism 

in the party, had been “dramatically overstated for 

political reasons by our opponents …as well as 

by much of the media”.

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have hammered out a plan 

that may provide UK Labour Party members with the 

power to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn as a Labour MP.

 

According to The Guardian, a proposal made by activists 

from the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy... 

stipulates that an urgent rule change is needed

 to close a “gaping hole in the Labour Party 

rule book” and hand more authority to 

party members.

 

The newspaper cited the proposal as saying that “the PLP

 [Parliamentary Labour Party] is not accountable to [the] 

annual [Labour] conference” and that the new plan 

“would require the PLP and chief whip to report 

directly to the conference, including on MPs’ 

discipline, with the conference able to 

confirm or reject disciplinary 

decisions... that are of 

concern to delegates”.

 

The Guardian reported that the possible rule change is seen 

as a way to reinstate Corbyn, a move that was criticised by 

Charlotte Nichols, the Labour MP for Warrington North.

 

“The last thing we need is a rule change that could lead 

to the second guessing of the outcome of bullying and 

sexual harassment cases or the debate of individual 

disciplinary cases. This is not how our complaints 

system should run and should be rejected if it 

goes to conference floor”, she told
The Guardian.

 

With the rule change-related proposal already circulating 

across the Labour Party, its local branches are facing 

calls to support the rule change during the upcoming

 Labour conference, something that is expected to 

embarrass the party’s leader Keir Starmer.

 

Corbyn’s Suspension

 

As far as Corbyn is concerned, the former Labour leader 

was suspended from the party in October 2020 over 

comments he made following the publication of
report by the Equality and Human Rights 

Commission (EHRC), which revealed 

that its investigation “into anti-

semitism in the Labour Party” 

had found “unlawful acts of 

discrimination and 

harassment”.

 

Corbyn responded by claiming that while "one anti-Semite 

is one too many" in the party, "the scale of the problem 

was also dramatically overstated for political reasons 

by our opponents inside and outside the party, as 

well as by much of the media”.

 

In November 2020, he was re-admitted to the party --- but 

Starmer at the time refused to restore the parliamentary 

whip to Corbyn, vowing to continue disciplinary action 

against the former leader through channels outside 

the party.

 

Starmer stressed that as leader of the PLP he had the right 

to withdraw the whip from MPs regardless of the decisions 

of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), on which 

he sits, along with representatives of the PLP and the

shadow cabinet.

 

"Since I was elected Labour leader I have made it my mission 

to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party”, Starmer 

stated. He added that Corbyn's response to the 

published report had "undermined and set 

back our work in restoring trust and
confidence... in the Labour 
Party’s
ability to tackle anti-Semitism”.

 

In mid-December 2019, Corbyn said that he would not lead 

the party “in any future general election campaign”, 

remarks that he made following the UK’s 2019 

general election, which saw Labour’s worst 

performance since 1935. This triggered a 

leadership election, in 2020, that was 

finally won by Starmer, Corbyn’s 

shadow Brexit secretary.

 

 

 

__________________________________



 

UK Labour Party losing 

250 members a day -

since Sir Keir Starmer

 became leader - media

July 25th, 3:07pm (RT)

 

The UK Labour Party has lost 120,000 members – or a

 rate of 250 members per day – since Keir Starmer 

was elected leader last year, sending the party 

into a financial crisis, according to a 

new report.

 

The Labour Party now has just 430,000 members – a huge 

drop from the 550,000 who were in the party under the
former 
leader Jeremy Corbyn – after numbers started
to drop 
when Starmer was elected leader in April
2020, the 
Times has learned.

 

According to the article, Labour has lost up

 to £500,000 per month, from the exodus.




Because of the drop in members, plus other costs 

such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and the millions
of 
pounds that Labour has spent in legal costs 

during its campaign against anti-Semitism, 

Labour Party General Secretary, David 

Evans, reportedly announced to party 

staffers this week ---- there was only

 one month’s worth of employee pay 

left in Labour’s reserves, and that 

jobs would have to be cut.

 

It is estimated that the amount left in Labour’s
reserves
 is just £1.5 million, leaving the party
desperate 
for donors.

 

Despite Labour’s loss of members and its subsequent 

financial crisis, the Times noted that the party has 

been “attracting wealthy backers” under Starmer, 

including Sir Trevor Chinn, the president of the 

Movement for Reform Judaism and a financial 

supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel.

 

Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party has been defined 

by its more centrist turn following the socialist leadership 

of Corbyn, and an attempt to crackdown on perceived 

cases of anti-Semitism in the party.

 

In October 2020 – just months after he stood down as leader

 of the party following its 2019 election defeat – Corbyn was

 suspended from Labour. Though Corbyn was reinstated to 

the party the following month after protests by members, 

left-wing politicians, and the former US presidential 

candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, Starmer did not
return
 the Labour whip to him.




 

____________________________________






Inept Labour’s week from hell 

shows why England now feels

 like a one-party state

July 23rd, 8:46am (RT)

 

Paul A. Nuttall is a historian, author and a former politician.

 He was a Member of the European Parliament between 

2009 and 2019 and was a prominent campaigner 

for Brexit.

 

Internal purges, cash woes, redundancies, and now self-isolation 

for its leader. It’s been a disastrous week for the Labour Party, 

illustrating exactly why the Tories are impregnable, no matter 

how ‘useless’ Boris Johnson is.

 

If you think Boris Johnson has had a torrid few days, spare a 

thought for poor Sir Keir Starmer. His week started when the 

Labour Party’s National Executive Committee  governing 

body voted to ban a number of hard-Left organisations. 

 

The controversial decision had the backing of Starmer. The 

groups banned were Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, 

the Labour In Exile Network, and Socialist Appeal, which 

describes itself as a Marxist voice of Labour and youth. 

It is estimated that around 1,000 members will be 

removed from the party, as a result of 

the decision.

 

The move was criticised by John McDonnell, the former 

Shadow Chancellor, who said, “standard Blairite fare
to
 try show how strong a leader you are... by taking
on
 your own party, but bizarre to do it by expelling 

people, most of whom have left already.”

 

McDonnell is of course right, as Labour’s membership has

 plummeted under Starmer’s leadership, losing over 50,000

 last year alone. Moreover, those who remain members are

 not entirely sold on Starmer. A recent poll found that 67% 

have a favourable opinion of their leader, but 31% have 

an unfavourable opinion. This is far from a unified 

party, never mind an effective opposition.    

 

The decision to provoke a fight with the hard Left has been 

criticised by the powerful Momentum organisation, which 

played an integral role, during the leadership of Jeremy 

Corbyn. Momentum complained that “at a time when 

the Tory government is allowing the pandemic to rip 

through the country, the Labour leadership has 

once again turned inwards.”

 

It is evident that this battle for the heart and soul of the party

 is far from over, especially as Momentum has influence 

over a number of large local Labour associations.

 

Then came the news that the party is losing cash like water 

passing through a sieve. David Evans, Labour’s General 

Secretary, claims that the party’s finances have suffered 

because of the fall in membership and the use of funds 

to deal with anti-Semitism cases. He allegedly told
staff 
that the financial reserves are so low, that
they only 
cover one payroll. As a result, the
party is being 
forced to lay off a
quarter of its workers.

 

Labour’s idea, of reducing its staff through ‘voluntary 

redundancies’ has also gone down like a lead balloon

 with the trade unions, who are the party’s largest 

donors. A co-authored letter from the Unite and 

GMB trade unions, concluded with a scathing 

attack on party management. It stated that 

''we note that the lack of clarity, trust, and 

openness with staff is breeding a climate 

of anxiety and fear amongst staff --- 

impacting on their mental health.''


'' It is simply not the way we would expect
an organisation like the 
Labour Party,
to undertake work
 of this nature.''

It is never a 
good idea to
upset your 
paymasters. 

 

To top off this disastrous week for Starmer, he now has to

 self-isolate for a fourth time, as one of his children tested 

positive for Covid. Former Labour PM Harold Wilson once

 said that “a week is a long time in politics” but, for poor 

Sir Keir, it must have felt like an age, & Saturday surely

 cannot come quickly enough. Indeed, the recent 

surprise victory in Batley and Spen... must 

already seem like a lifetime ago.

 

Now, before we go any further, I want to make it clear that I 

am no fan of the Labour Party. I have had too many run-ins 

with it over the years, particularly over Brexit. I do believe, 

however, that the country requires a strong opposition. In

 its absence, what we have in England is virtually a one-

party state -- where the Tories are allowed to emerge 

from crises, relatively unscathed. Take, for example, 

the Matt Hancock affair and the Dominic Cummings

 revelations. In years gone by, the Labour Party 

would have benefited from these squalid

 incidents, yet, in its current state, it is 

unable to make any headway.  

 

Much of the mess Labour finds itself in must be laid at 

Starmer’s door. In backing the NEC in its confrontation

 with the hard Left, Starmer obviously wants to imitate

 former leaders Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair, who both

 benefited from taking on the militants. Indeed, in the 

long term, the actions of the NEC are probably in the

 interest of the party; but they are not in the interest 

of the country, in the short term.

 

What the UK needs right now is an effective opposition 

and Labour cannot be that if they are fighting each 

other. You would - usually - have more chance of 

seeing a flying pig, than have me agreeing with 

Diane Abbott, but I have to admit that she was 

right, when she said that Labour must start 

“fighting the Tories” and “not each other.” 

 

They owe it to the country, 

and to voters of all stripes.  

 

 

_________________________________




Labour Muslims ''infuriated'' by 

insinuation that Keir Starmer’s

 opposition to anti-Semitism 

caused ‘haemorrhaging’ 

of their votes

June 21st,  11:32am (RT)




An anonymous Labour official has stirred Muslim anger 

by implying the community is inherently anti-Semitic.

 A loss of Muslim votes may cost the party its long-
held 
seat in the Batley and Spen by-election.

 

On Sunday, the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) sent a letter

 to the party leadership -- decrying a comment made by an 

unidentified Labour official to the Daily Mail. The source 

said the party was “haemorrhaging votes among 

Muslim voters, and the reason for that, is what 

Keir has been doing on antisemitism.” Keir 

Starmer, the official said, “challenged 

Corbyn on it, and there's been a 

backlash among certain 

sections of the

 community.”




LMN called the remark “patently vile, Islamophobic”
adding 
“this racism needs to be challenged urgently
publicly, by the Labour leadership & the party as
whole.” The sentiment was shared by several 

Labour politicians, including Kim Johnson, 

Zarah Sultana and Anneliese Dodds.

 

Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, responded by calling the 

comments “completely unacceptable” and saying they 

were “not condoned or sanctioned in any way by the 

Party”. The identity of the “senior official” however,

 was not immediately revealed.

 

The remarks were part of a story about Labour’s struggle 

to hold on to its West-Yorkshire stronghold of Batley and 

Spen, and how the late intervention of former Glasgow 

MP – host of his own show at RT –  George Galloway,

 in the by-election campaign.. may give a win to the 

Tories. If Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater loses, 

the constituency is likely to have a Conservative 

representing it, for the first time since 1997.

 

Leadbeater, the sister of slain MP Jo Cox, is on the receiving

end of growing discontent among Muslim Labour voters, 

with what they see as Starmer taking them for granted.

 

“Keir took the time to condemn 2 idiots for being antisemitic 

last month but he won’t condemn the Israeli government for 

killing innocent people,” a 33-year-old Muslim man in 

Batley and Spen, told the Guardian. “I’ve voted 

Labour my whole life, but I won’t be blindly 

giving them my vote any more.”

 

Starmer assumed his leadership position on the back of a 

campaign against his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who

 was accused of condoning anti-Semitism. Ousted from 

power, Corbyn was, later, effectively suspended from 

party ranks in October last year for failing to accept 

a report on the same issue. Corbynistas believe 

anti-Semitism issues were blown out of 

proportion, to stage a party coup.

 

Galloway, who like Corbyn has been championing various 

Muslim causes for decades, is cherishing an opportunity 

of leeching Muslim voters, from Starmer’s Labour. He is 

also exploiting the dwindling support for another group 

of traditional Labour supporters – the white working 

class. They “despise” the party, which has been 

pushing things like “LGBTQI agenda” and 

“identity politics”, that are irrelevant to 

those people, he explained to the 

Daily Mail.

 

Galloway runs from the Workers Party of Britain and is polling

 at 6% in the West Yorkshire constituency, behind 47% for 

Tories and 41% for Labour. He hopes that on the ballot 

day, on July 1st, Labour will finish third.

 

The backlash to the “Islamophobic” remarks is the latest 

example of a growing rift between Labour and Muslim 

voters. Last week, five local Muslim organizations in 

Batley and Spen warned in an open letter, that the 

party “has not been proud of our support.” In 

particular, the letter said, the party has to 

“resolve the issue of Islamophobia” 

within its ranks -- and take a firm 

stance: in support of Palestinian

rights, which would “go beyond 

the usual political rhetoric.”

 

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UK Labour Party's Ex-Head 

Calls Current Leadership 

'Weak' Over Poor 

Election Results

May 16th, 11:12pm (Sputnik) 

 

 Former leader of the United Kingdom's main 

opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed

 the current Labour leadership as being 

"weak" following the party's record
low 
election performance.

 

"The loss was enormous last week. And the loss 

was also to third parties such as the Green 

party --- of disillusioned Labour voters 

because they felt, I believe, that the 

opposition is not strong enough, 

to win against the government. 

Do I take responsibility for it?

 No," Corbyn told the Calling

 Peston political podcast.

 

He also noted that the loss had nothing to do with 

the party's policies, since Labour proposed "a 

set of popular policies in the last manifesto —

 green industrial revolution, investment in
the 
economy, equality legislation,
national 
education services,
all of 
those things."

 

According to Corbyn, the party showed a stable 

performance in elections during his tenure from

 2015 to 2020, snatching an impressive win in 

2017 with over 40% of the votes - the highest

 since 1997. He stressed that some losses 

were later expected over the Brexit issue

 and after the introduction of the first-

past-the-post voting system.

 

Corbyn has been blamed by the media and the new 

leadership, headed by Keir Starmer, for tarnishing

 Labour's image, which ultimately led the party to 

a disastrous loss of 300 house seats.

 

The UK held local elections in the first week of May, 

during which Labour lost control of eight councils 

and more than 300 seats. One of the councils the

 party lost, County Durham, was the first one the 

party ever ran - and had been under its control 

for more than 100 years.

 

 

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BREAKING: Starmer's 


''approval'' rating 


has fallen to 


minus 48.


 


YouGov poll on whether Starmer


 is doing well or badly:


 


Well: 17% (-9)


Badly: 65% (+15)


[Net rating: -48]


 


Worst-ever rating 


for Starmer 


*by far*.


 


Corbyn's lowst point ever, was minus 40
...and most Labour MPs rushed to stab
him in the back.




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Labour’s humiliating defeat


 signals its death & Keir 


Starmer, not Jeremy
Corbyn,
 is the man
with its blood 
on
his hands


by Neil Clark


May 7th (RT)



Neil Clarkis a journalist, writer, broadcaster and
blogger. 
His award winning blog can be found at 


www.neilclark66.blogspot.comHe tweets on
politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66






The blame for the crushing loss in Thursday’s by-election,


 in a northern ‘Red Wall’ seat Labour has held since 1974, 


lies with Blairite ‘centrists’, who set out to destroy
Corbyn 
– and have ended up destroying the
party itself.


 


Hartlepool is a coastal town in N. Eastern England with 


a fascinating history. Out on its headland, the Heugh 


Battery Museum bills itself as the only World War I 


battlefield in Great Britain. A nearby plaque marks


 the spot... where the first shell from a leading 


German battle cruiser struck at 8:10am on 


December 16, 1914, and also records the 


place where, during the bombardment, 


the first soldier was killed on British 


soil by enemy action in the war.


 


Close by, looking out over the North Sea, there’s a 


Russian cannon, which was captured by British


 forces at the Battle of Sevastopol during the 


Crimean War in the 1850s, and sent up to


 Hartlepool by ship from London.


 


Perhaps - after this Thursday - there needs to be 


another historical plaque installed in Hartlepool. 


One commemorating the death of the UK 


Labour Party. 


 


Labour’s defeat in Hartlepool wasn’t a ‘bad’ result, 


it was utterly catastrophic. The party attained
just 
28.7% of the vote, a full 23 points behind
the 
Tories, doing far worse, than even the
worst 
opinion poll had suggested.


 


Even before polling day, Labour ‘centrists’ were 


getting their excuses in. Predictably, they’re


 blaming Jeremy Corbyn, the man who 


stopped being the party’s leader 


more than a year ago.


 


It’ll take much longer to rid the party of his ‘toxic’ legacy,


 the dominant neocon/Blairite narrative goes. The 


people who supported a ‘chicken coup’ against 


Corbyn -- after just nine months -- now tell us 


Starmer, who’s been leader for 13 months, 


and up against the worst UK government 


of all time, needs more time. Or... to
quote 
a former MP, if Labour loses


 Hartlepool, it’ll be a case of


 ‘Long Corbyn’.


 


What tommyrot.


 


Just four years ago - in June 2017 - Labour, under Corbyn, 


not only held Hartlepool, but did so with its highest share 


of the vote (52.5%) since 2001. But for the Corbyn-hating 


‘moderates’, who, funnily enough, all seem to be strong 


supporters of the far-from-moderate Iraq War, it’s as if


 the 2017 general election never happened. In fact, the


 way that election – which Corbyn came very close to 


winning – has been airbrushed out of history reminds


 one of the late Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize lecture in 


2005, when he condemned US foreign policy crimes


...before saying: “It never happened. Nothing ever 


happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t 


happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”


 


The 2017 election is never referred to, because it goes 


against the dominant narrative. Labour was supposed 


to have been thrashed out of sight four years ago, but 


to the horror of the neocon Establishment it wasn’t. In 


fact, under the ‘unelectable’ Corbyn, Labour achieved 


their biggest increase in the popular vote since 1945 


(a whopping 9.6% up from 2015), and came to within


 a whisker of a shock victory. 


 


Enthused by his message of positive change, and by 


popular policies such as bringing the railways back


 into public ownership, millions of Labour voters, 


who had stayed at home in previous elections, 


came out to put their cross in the Labour box. 



Of course, the Establishment set out with


 renewed vigour --- to make sure it would 


never happen again. Part of the reason


 Labour did so well in 2017... and held
on
 to its Northern strongholds, was 


because it had pledged to respect
the 2016 EU 
referendum result.


 


So an operation was mounted, with the Trilateral 


Commission member, Sir Keir Starmer, playing


 a key role, as Shadow Brexit Secretary, to get 


Labour to change its policy --- and adopt an 


electorally suicidal stance of supporting 


a second referendum. It was electorally 


suicidal, because 78% of Labour’s 45 


target seats in England and Wales 


voted Leave in 2016, many of 


them quite strongly. 


 


Not only that, but there was a ratcheting up of the 


political weaponisation of anti-Semitism, which 


again, was about ruining Corbyn’s chances.


 


To his own --- and his party’s --- detriment, Corbyn 


didn’t fight back against the wreckers. He should 


have done more to resist the change in policy on


 Europe and should have sacked Starmer (in fact,


 he should never have appointed him in the first 


place). He should have pushed back harder,


 much harder, against those smearing him. 



With the mass membership on his side, he 


should have gone on the front foot against


 his Blairite enemies. But Corbyn did none


 of those things.


 


Instead, having come so close to victory in 2017, he


 led Labour to a heavy defeat in 2019 with most of 


the damage being done in pro-Brexit Northern 


‘Red Wall’ seats. But even in 2019, Corbyn 


managed to hold on to Hartlepool... The 


party’s share of the vote nationally, was 


still higher than in 2010 and in 2015.. It
was 
a bad result, but not the absolute 


disaster it was portrayed as.


 


Things have got a whole lot worse, since then. Starmer, 


a man described as so wooden, birds try to nest in him, 


inspires no one. His disapproval rating in April, rose to


 50% in April, and was 44% among Labour voters. The


 witch hunt against Corbyn, and his supporters, 


cheered on by vindictive, elitist, anti-populist 


Blairites who loathed the way party member
-
ship had soared under Corbyn, has left 


Labour short of activists to do the
hard
 work of election
campaigning. 


 


The ‘Bitterites’ set out to politically assassinate Corbyn, 


believing that once he had gone and all his supporters 


had been purged, ‘normal service’ would be resumed;
but their internal sabotage from 
2015-19, ended up
killing the party, too.


 


Labour is in a right mess, and although the Tories 


don’t deserve to win for what they’ve done to the


 country these past 13 months, ‘HM Opposition’ 


-- whose only ‘opposition’ to the government 


this past year has been to berate Johnson 


and co. for not locking us plebs down 


earlier and harder – most certainly 


don’t deserve to win either. 


 


In fact, the best thing that could happen is that Labour 


- as it’s currently constituted - is formally put out of its


 misery. Destroyed - not by Corbyn - but by those who 


simply couldn’t stomach the prospect of an anti-war 


UK prime minister who would threaten the hawkish 


foreign policy consensus.


 


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UK Trade Union Leader Warns -

Keir Starmer Is Turning Labour

Into 'Party of Establishment'

by Jason Dunn

21.03.2021, 8:21pm GMT 

 

 

Sir Keir Starmer has become the subject of criticism 

by the left-wing of Labour -- as he is accused of 

leading the party in a right-wing trajectory and

 away from the socialist policies of his 

predecessor.

 

A leading British trade unionist has accused Sir 

Keir Starmer of trying to turn Labour into an 

"establishment" party --- and risking his 

chances at the next general election.

 

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, said

that the opposition leader could be "ditched into 

the dustbin of history" unless he changes his 

current approach and reaffirms Labour's 

dedication to radical politics. 

 

Speaking to LBC radio on Sunday, Mr McCluskey, an ally

of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and large donor 

to the party, criticised Sir Keir for missing "the 

opportunities” of the ongoing coronavirus 

pandemic.

 

“The truth of the matter is, at the moment, the direction

we are travelling - that he seems to be taking us down -

 is to turn Labour into a party of the establishment", 

he said.

 

McCluskey warned that if that were to happen "he will not 

become prime minister in 2024, he will be ditched into the

 dustbin of history".

 

“I am urging Keir to look at his pledges, to reject the siren 

voices of the ghouls of New Labour and to stick to the

radical policies that will win back the Red Wall seats", 

the Unite leader said.

 

Mr McCluskey highlighted Sir Keir's treatment of the left 

such as the removal of the whip from Mr Corbyn last 

year, as causing a rift between the leadership and 

his largest donor.

 

He stressed that the leader had stood in his election 

campaign on a left-wing programme, similar to 

Labour's 2017 and 2019 manifesto, but claims 

he has now dropped those promises, during 

his leadership tenure.

 

These included commitments to free movement,

as well as opposing increasing corporation tax.

 

“At the moment nobody quite knows what Keir stands 

for, nobody quite knows what Labour stands for", 

Mr McCluskey told the outlet.

 

McCluskey predicted that Starmer could be the next 

prime minister in 2024, "not an overall majority, but 

a hung parliament - if he wins back the red seats 

by arguing on the radical platform that he was 

elected on".

 

“He was elected to make the moral case for socialism, 

he was elected on ten pledges that people said were 

Corbynist", he added.

 

His comments follow an acknowledgement by Sir 

Keir that the Conservatives have seen a "vaccine 

bounce" in opinion polling, as an explanation for

why Labour is losing ground to the Tories, in 

recent voter intention surveys.

 

Sir Keir has received criticism by some Labour members

--- for being too ready to abstain or support government 

motions, police spies, and Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, 

and for not pushing for a convincing alternative to the 

Conservatives handling of the pandemic.

 

Others have pointed to Sir Keir's purging of left-wing 

members from the party such as the suspension of 

Jeremy Corbyn and the removal of Rebecca Long-

Bailey from the shadow cabinet.

 

The Labour frontbench claims that these moves were 

part of the party's commitment to deal with incidents 

of antisemitism, which plagued his predecessor.

 

Electoral Chances?

 

While Starmer's 10 election pledges were largely 

consistent with the values of the Corbyn leader-

ship, he has been criticised for moving the

 party towards the centre.

 

While some of his supporters have hailed his ascension 

to the top job as an improvement in terms of voter 

approval ratings, Sir Keir has seen his support 

among the public decline, as his positioning is

seen to drift away from Labour's radical 

stances in recent years.

 

Corbyn was historically unpopular as a party leader, 

seeing net satisfaction ratings of as low as -60 and

ultimately resigned after losing the 2019 election. 

 

However, the 2017 general election saw the Labour Party 

receive its biggest increase in the vote since 1945, and 

secure a hung parliament.

 

It was also the only time any Labour Party platform - 

which included the renationalisation of rail and an 

end to austerity - had resulted in an increase in 

both the overall vote and the number of  seats

in parliament, since Tony Blair's landslide

victory in 1997. 

 

 

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Deputy Leader Says Labour Could 

Suspend ‘Thousands’ of Members 

over  'Antisemitism'

December 1st,  2020  (FNA)

 

 The Labour Party will suspend “thousands and thousands” of 

members unless they “get real” about antisemitism, Angela 

Rayner warned, as an internal row rages over the 

removal of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Following Keir Starmer’s decision not to allow Corbyn to sit as a 

Labour MP over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights

 Commission (EHRC) report, dozens of constituency parties 

are reported to have passed motions in support of the 

former leader – despite the party’s General Secretary 

David Evans banning them from doing so.

 


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UK Labour candidate


 trained with Israeli 


army: Report


March 13th (PressTV)


 


A British Labour Party candidate for the party’s election


this year, has reportedly been trained with the Israeli 


military forces.


 


Izzy Lenga, an officer in the Jewish Labour Movement, 


is running for the party’s new National Women’s 


Committee, as a right-wing candidate.


 


The movement worked for years, to oust 


the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn.


 


Corbyn, well known for his support of the Palestinian 


cause, has repeatedly been described by pro-Israeli 


lobbies in Britain, as a threat to the life of Jews in


 the country.


 


The US-based Electronic Intifada — an online publication 


covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — released a 


photo of her wearing an Israeli army uniform, 


wrapped in an Israeli flag and carrying an 


assault rifle.


 


Lenga once “proudly” displayed the photo 


on social media networks, said the report.


 


Citing Israeli experts Dena Shunra and Daniel Shunra, 


the website said that the uniform and epaulets seen 


in the photo suggest that Lenga took part in Marva, 


a paramilitary course overseen by the Israeli army.


 


The Marva program provides weapons and training, 


Zionist political indoctrination, and visits to 


military bases.


 


It also recruits Jewish people aged 18-25, from around 


the world, offering them incentives to become Israeli 


settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories.


 


Many participants in the course, have stayed in 
Israel, 
claiming citizenship & joining the military.


 


In 2015, Lenga became an officer with the campus society 


in Birmingham, which is affiliated to the Union of Jewish 


Students (UJS).


 


At the same time, she was also elected to


 the leadership committee of the UJS.


 




________________________________


 


Labour Leader Keir
Starmer
 
'Must Give 
Evidence' to Inquiry, 


Say Activists 'Fitted 
Up 
by Spycops'


by Mohamed Elmaazi


15:22 GMT 05.02.2021 (Sputnik)


 


 


A collection of activists who were found to have been 


wrongfully prosecuted and convicted in 2009, are 


demanding that the former chief prosecutor 


answer questions before the ongoing 


Undercover Policing Inquiry.


 


Environmental activists who were wrongfully convicted 


have called upon UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer 


to answer questions at the Undercover Policing Inquiry


 (UCPI), for his role in an alleged coverup of the use of 


undercover police when he was Director of Public 


Prosecutions. The activists in question were 


arrested, whilst planning a protest against 


Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station, 


in Nottinghamshire, England, in April 2009.


 


The open letter, which has received scant media coverage 


since its publication on 4 February 2021, alleges that 


Starmer, "may have been involved in a cover-up of 


police and prosecutors orchestrating wrongful 


convictions".


 


"A decade ago, this month, the world learnt that Mark Kennedy 


was a Metropolitan Police officer spying on environmentalists.


 This information led to the collapse of a trial where six 


environmental campaigners were accused of 


conspiring to occupy a coal-fired power 


station", the letter published via the 


Campaign Opposing Police 


Surveillance (COPS) 


website explains.


 


In a separate trial, "the convictions of 20 campaigners for 


conspiring to occupy the same coal-fired power station 


were quashed by the Court of Appeal, because the 


prosecution failed to disclose information about 


Mark Kennedy’s involvement that would have 


helped their defence", COPS add.


 


Starmer, as chief prosecutor at the time of the trial, 


commissioned a report headed by former Court of 


Appeal judge Sir Christopher Rose Report into the 


withholding information about the role of under-


cover police in the two cases. The Rose Report 


ultimately determined that the, "failings were 


individual, and not systemic". However, the 


findings of the Rose Report appeared to be 


contradicted by further evidence of activist 


groups being infiltrated by police with the 


latter's role not being disclosed to


 the defendants.


 


"Why did Keir Starmer ask for three reviews into CPS 


failings relating to undercover policing that were kept 


from public view, before commissioning the Rose 


report?", the signatories to the letter asks.


 


"What action was taken by Keir Starmer after the Rose report 


was shown to be wrong, to uncover other miscarriages of


 justice?", the letter adds.


 


Crucially, the letter points out that a report commissioned by 


then-Home Secretary Theresa May into possible miscarriages


 of justice identified "83 activists who were convicted in trials


 involving an undercover officer, over three decades", and 


ask how it is, that the CPS inquiry, "has, to date, 


discovered nobody whom the media and 


campaigners hadn't already identified".


 


Labour's current leader has, as of yet, not responded to the 


letter signed by 18 men and women who were, "arrested 


and charged with conspiracy, or arrested, charged and 


wrongfully convicted of conspiracy", with the former 


undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.


 


The UCPI was initiated by Theresa May when it was discovered 


that the police had been secretly recording the lawyer-client 


conversations of the family of Stephen Laurence, who was 


murdered in a racist attack, in 1993. Stephen Lawrence's 


family continued to push for their son's killers to face 


justice after a botched police investigation resulted 


in a separate inquiry to determine that the 


Metropolitan Police were "institutionally 


racist". After the UCPI was set-up, the 


Metropolitan Police admitted to 


infiltrating and surveilling over 


1,000 political, environmental 


and social justice groups, 


since 1968.


 

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Corbyn Suspended for
Telling the Truth
– 
A New Socialist Party
Is Required

by Tommy Sheridan 

31/10/2020 (Sputnik)

 

The other day a thoroughly decent and honest man 

suffered a grave injustice. A man who has a peer-

less record in opposing racism and anti-Semitism 

was suspended by the political party he has been 

a member of for over fifty years, has represented 

it in the British Parliament since 1983 and was 

its leader from 2015-20.

 

Irony died in Britain yesterday when Jeremy Corbyn was 

suspended by the Labour Party with the consent and 

probable collusion of the man who succeeded him 

as leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

 

We now have a Tory leader in 10 Downing Street who is 

famed for his racist views, including referring to black 

Africans as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.

 

A racist Prime Minister nostalgic for the days of slavery 

and brutal exploitation and ownership of black people 

was elected by the people of England in preference 

to a man whose whole life has been dedicated to 

fighting racism and injustice.

 

Corbyn Was Betrayed by His Own
Party Bureaucracy in 2017

 

Jeremy Corbyn would have won the 2017 General Election 

if his campaign had not been sabotaged from within by 

Labour opponents. They hated him more than the 

Tories and refused to accept the democratic will 

of the Labour Party masses who elected Corbyn 

leader, not once but twice with a bigger majority 

the second time round in 2016. 

 

He led a remarkable 2017 election campaign which inspired 

millions and confounded all the opinion polls and political 

pundits as he came within a whisker of winning. He 

smashed the Tory majority and rocked the British 

Establishment. A genuine socialist was almost 

elected to lead the UK. Millionaires and 

billionaires were petrified that they 

would be forced to pay their taxes 

and public services would no 

longer be up for sale. 

 

Corbyn would have won if staff at the heart of the 

Labour Party had not actively undermined him.

 

Paid Labour Party staff expressing disgust for the 

elected leader of their party and hoping for a bad 

election result and undermining the effectiveness 

of the campaign wherever possible is what the 

right wing did with gusto. And - after the close 

call of the 2017 general election - the powerful 

and rich who make up the British Establishment 

and mainstream media declared war on Corbyn 

from every angle, but specifically colluded to 

weaponise the scourge of anti-Semitism and 

throw every slur and empty accusation 

against Corbyn that was possible 

to muster.

 

After 2017 Close-Call, Anti-Semitism 

Was Weaponised Against Corbyn

 

An incredible narrative was created whereby a man that 

had done more in his life to confront and combat racism 

and anti-Semitism than anyone in British politics, was 

cast as an anti-Semite. It was bizarre, ridiculous, and 

obscenely unfair and inaccurate but it was effective 

in creating a wholly false perception. An inordinate 

number of Labour anti-Semitism stories, headlines 

and even documentaries were produced and by 

2018 polls of Jewish voters indicated an 

incredulous number believed the Labour 

Party was anti-Semitic while the problem 

in the Tories and Lib-Dems was perceived 

to be minor.

 

Labour Became Huge Under Corbyn – 

Over 500,000 Members

 

Jeremy Corbyn attracted hundreds of thousands of new 

members to the Labour Party and transformed it into the 

biggest membership party in Europe with well over 

500,000 signed up to his brand of socialism. The 

number of party members ever subjected to 

accusations of anti-Semitic behaviour never 

surpassed more than 300, so the anti-Semitic 

‘problem’ in Labour amounted to 0.1% of its 

membership at most but the coordinated 

media led campaign aided and abetted 

by Labour right wing MPs, created a 

deeply warped and distorted picture 

that almost 62% of party members 

were anti-Semitic.

 

This was the result of a well-coordinated media 

campaign led by the BBC to traduce the 

character of Corbyn and the Labour 

Party under him.

 

Feeding from the false narrative and whipped up 

hysteria created by the media the Equality and 

Human Rights Commission (ECHR) decided to 

launch a formal investigation into claims of 

anti-Semitism within Labour to establish if 

they had breached the Equality Act 2010 

and were guilty of acting unlawfully in 

relation to anti-Semitic actions. This 

decision was taken in May 2019 amid 

the Brexit crisis and talk of an early 

general election. The fact the ECHR 

acted on the basis of complaints 

from vehemently anti-Corbyn 

organisations indicates just 

how loaded the dice was 

from the outset.

 

Anti-Semitism is Abhorrent --- but 

Jeremy Corbyn is Not an Anti-Semite

 

All anti-Semitic behaviour and opinions should be 

condemned and confronted unreservedly. Of that 

there should be no doubt or debate. But the 

accusations of anti-Semitism against the 

Labour Party have been overstated and 

used politically to undermine Labour 

and Corbyn. Anti-Semitism is a problem 

in society as a whole. An ugly repulsive 

problem. But to suggest Labour has a 

bigger problem than other parties or 

that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite 

is patent nonsense and lies.

 

Unlike the Corbyn detractors, Labour’s 2020 ‘No 

Place For Antisemitism’ Report provides hard 

facts refuting media and ECHR allegations 

that Labour under Corbyn did not address 

anti-Semitism complaints.

 

The Labour Party expelled 45 members in relation to 

antisemitism in 2019, compared to 10 in 2018 and 

1 in 2017.

 

After rule changes passed at Conference in September 

2019 gave NEC panels the power to expel, twice the 

number of people were expelled in two months than 

had been expelled during the whole of 2018.

 

NEC Disciplinary Panels heard 274 cases relating to 

antisemitism in 2019, a tenfold increase on the 28 

cases heard in 2017.

 

In 2019, 149 members were removed from the party as 

a result of disciplinary processes relating to anti-

semitism, either being expelled or quitting the 

party as proceedings progressed.

 

The Labour Party suspended 296 members in relation to 

antisemitism in 2019, compared to 98 in 2018 – itself a 

big increase on the previous year”.

 

Once you have read the facts contained in this Report and 

considered that the lengthy ECHR Report which took 

almost 18 months to compile concludes that Labour 

is guilty of “unlawful acts of indirect discrimination 

and harassment for which the Labour Party is 

responsible” based on the conduct of TWO 

Labour Party members, Ken Livingston and 

a Councillor called Pam Bromley, you can 

reasonably conclude that when Corbyn 

said the allegations of anti-Semitism 

against Labour were “overstated” 

he was stating a fact.

 

Corbyn was a clear and present danger to the rich and 

powerful British Establishment and his sympathy with

 the Palestinian people and willingness to call out 

Israel’s human rights abuses made him dangerous 

on an international plain also. America and Israel 

could not tolerate a pro-Palestinian British Prime 

Minister. The anti-Semitism campaign was a 

conscious and dishonest scheme to under-

mine his electoral credibility and the BBC 

played a blinder in promoting the lie at 

every available opportunity.

 

A New Trade Union Supported 

Socialist Party is Now Urgent

 

The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from Labour is an 

attack on him and every single socialist still in that 

party. Jeremy is now suffering the consequences 

of being popular on the one hand but being far 

too pliable on the other. The day Jeremy stood 

back & allowed socialists like Chris Williamson 

to be suspended was the day he succumbed to 

the right-wing bullies within the Labour Party 

hierarchy. Chris was a loyal lieutenant of 

Corbyn. A very capable and popular 

crusader for socialism. 

 

When the right wing went after him with the anti-Semitism slur 

Jeremy should have resisted and stood with Chris. Instead he 

sought to avoid an internal battle and that was his ultimate 

undoing. Jeremy had the backing of the members but not 

the comfortable and right-wing bureaucracy who used 

their influence to stifle Corbyn and undermine his 

2017 election campaign.

 

The new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is determined to turn 

the party back into a Tory second eleven like in the red Tory 

Tony Blair days.

 

The challenge to other socialist Labour MPs and the trade union 

leaders who support socialist policies which will actually 

improve the lives of their members is clear. If you can’t 

fight for the former leader of your party who raised the 

hopes of millions & came so close in 2017 to winning, 

then you are not worthy of the description of socialist. 

The time has come for a party of workers that promotes 

socialism with guile, enthusiasm, and pride. Instead of 

funding Starmer’s Tory Party Mark II, the trade union 

movement should fund a real socialist party --- 

committed to changing the lives of millions 

for the better.

 

The suspension of Corbyn must be the crossing of the Rubicon 

for the socialist and trade union movement. Labour is already 

irrelevant in Scotland. It will become irrelevant in England 

as well soon. The time for a new force backed with trade 

union organisation and resources, is now.

 

 






 

TORIES ARE STRIPPING & PRIVATIZING the NHS 
and Taking 
Away OUR RIGHTS: with a never-
ending lockdown that Labour MPs support!


Neil Clark, journalist, writer and broadcaster:


''The sad and rather shocking truth, is that the 

current UK Parliament could quite happily 

keep us locked down indefinitely. 

Remember, MPs get their £81K 

annual salaries (plus perks) 

paid in full, each month, 

whatever happens. 

And... there is no 

general election 

due until 2024. 




''The only way the restrictions will end, is 
if 
the public have had enough of them and 

stop complying in large enough numbers. 

Otherwise, what incentive is there for 
the 
well-heeled, power-crazed, lock
down-
addicted political class to
lift them, 
especially with the 
next general 
election so
far away?''




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Wales makes Covid health pass

 compulsory for all over-18s

 attending large events 

or nightclubs

October 11th, 10:33am (RT)

 

The Welsh NHS Covid pass comes into effect on Monday - 

with over-18s required to show proof of vaccination or a 

negative Covid test to enter large events and nightclubs 

...in an effort to protect [Ed: What's left of] the health 

service, over the winter.

 

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford stood by the decision

to proceed with the introduction of the Covid measure...

despite concerns from individuals within the 

nightclub industry, that they are being 

“singled out” by the government.

 

Speaking as the new scheme comes into effect, Drakeford

accepted that it could be “vulnerable to abuse,” with 

some faking lateral flow test results, but said he 

hopes citizens will abide by the rules to help 

the nation recover from the pandemic.

 

To prevent potential abuses, Wales' government is looking

to pass a law that will make it illegal to fake a Covid test, 

although Welsh politicians have questioned... how such 

a law would be enforced, given that lateral flow tests 

are self-certified. 

 

Drakeford rejected the opposition from nightclubs saying

 that there is a “cost issue”, as “nightclubs already have 

to check people for their age.”

 

With anyone over 16 able to get fully vaccinated in Wales, 

the scheme will require all over-18s to show they have 

been double-jabbed, or have tested negative for the 

virus in the previous 48 hours, before entering 

nightclubs or larger gatherings.

 

Wales' Education Minister Jeremy Miles stated that the

country needs the Covid pass scheme to prevent the 

health service from facing “significant pressure” 

over the winter, when the UK is expecting to 

battle the dual threat of the pandemic and 

the annual flu season.

 

The scheme was backed by the Welsh parliament... known

as the Senedd, last Tuesday, passing it into law by a one-

vote majority, after a Conservative Party politician was 

unable to participate, as they were attending the
Tory 
conference in Manchester.




 

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Published without fanfare, the 

proposals that show vaccine 

passports ARE on the way

 in the UK

October 1st, 8:03am (RT)

 

By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring

 the role of intelligence services in shaping politics 

and perceptions. Follow him on Twitter
@KitKlarenberg

 

After months of flip-flopping and contradictory statements,

 the British government has finally come clean and 

revealed the scenarios where Covid vaccine 

passports could become a reality in the 

months ahead.

 

Anyone by this point accustomed to the UK government’s 

endless policy reversals and broken promises over the 

course of the pandemic, will be entirely unsurprised
to
 learn that officials have at long last very quietly 

revealed that “mandatory Covid certifications” 

– a circumlocutory, Orwellian euphemism for 

vaccine passports – are on the way.

 

It was only two-and-a-half weeks ago that Health Secretary 

Sajid Javid stated unequivocally that vaccine passports 

would not be necessary for attendees of crowded 

establishments and events... as “we shouldn’t be 

doing things for the sake of it.” Later that same 

day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated 

the minister’s declaration, stating he was 

determined to end all “necessary but

 intrusive measures” instituted 

during the pandemic... due to

 the UK’s “vaccine defences.”

 

This, in itself, represented a complete volte-face from just a few 

days prior, when Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi suggested 

that passports would be mandated at the end of September, 

as they were the “best way” to keep the night-time industry’s

 lights on. His proposals sparked significant outcry, for it 

was only in May that UK citizens had been assured there 

was “no chance” legislation facilitating passports’ 

implementation would be passed... and plans to 

that effect had been permanently scrapped.

 

Under Zahawi’s draft scheme, Britons would have been 

compelled to show proof of full vaccination, negative 

PCR test result, or that they’d finished self-isolating 

after testing positive, in order to gain entry to 

nightclubs, bars and other popular gathering 

spots. Nonetheless, it’s clear plans to go far 

further have been on the drawing board for 

some time. They’ve now been published in 

an almost 5,300-word-long whitepaper, 

obliquely titled....  ‘Proposal for 

mandatory Covid certification 

in a Plan B scenario’.

 

It outlines how the measure would be put in place in the event 

‘Plan B’ is activated after Covid cases overwhelm the NHS, in

 conjunction with social distancing directives and face 

mask mandates in certain settings.

 

If adopted, “mandatory vaccine-only certification” would be

 introduced for 18-year-olds and above, at all: nightclubs 

and other venues open after 1am “with alcohol, music
and dancing”;  indoor events with 500 or more 

attendees “where those attendees are likely 

to stand and mix to a significant degree”; 

crowded settings, with 4,000 or more 

attendees... “where those attendees 

are likely to stand.. or move around

during the event,” such as outdoor

 festivals, and any settings with 

10,000 or more attendees, 

“such as large sports 

and music stadia.”

 

Negative test results, or proof of natural immunity after 

having recently recovered from the virus --- won’t be 

accepted. Whitehall reportedly “hopes that it would 

not be necessary” to impose vaccine mandates on 

other settings, but this “cannot be entirely ruled 

out,” which hardly inspires confidence. Further-

more, Whitehall is specifically soliciting public 

feedback on the plans, particularly in respect 

of whether citizens feel the current list of 

settings that will be made subject to
the 
mandate is “too narrow.”

 

In justifying the wide-ranging changes, the proposal notes 

that vaccine mandates “could allow settings that have 

experienced long periods of closure to remain open,” 

which is “preferable to closing venues entirely or 

reimposing capacity caps or social distancing.” 


Moreover, it alleges that as vaccines “reduce 

the likelihood of someone becoming infected,” 

vaccine certification therefore reduces the 

risk of onward transmission if an infected 

person does enter a venue.

 

The specifics of the proposal were reportedly determined 

“based chiefly on public health evidence,” and also

 informed, by the government’s official review of 

vaccine certificates published in July: it found 

that the measure “could provide a means of 

keeping events going... and businesses 

operating if needed, over the autumn

 and winter.”

 

Which sounds fair enough... until one considers that same 

review ruled Whitehall “will not mandate the use of Covid-

status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to 

any setting,” on the basis that the “burden” of such a

mandate would be “disproportionate” to any public 

health benefit accrued.

 

This seismic policy shift is even more baffling considering 

the withering contents of a parliamentary committee report 

issued in June, which conspicuously attracted very little 

mainstream media attention. Asserting firmly that “Covid

 passports are not the answer” to effectively managing

 the pandemic, the cross-party group of MPs were said

 to be...  “entirely unconvinced by the case for their

 introduction,” and warned... they had the potential

 to “cause great damage socially & economically.”

 

“As vaccine uptake statistics indicate, any covid certification 

system will be a discriminator along the lines of race, 

religion and age… It would be established at great 

cost for rapidly diminishing returns,” committee 

chair and Conservative MP William Wragg  

commented.  “Frankly...   the government

needs to scrap ''any idea'' of introducing

 covid passports. They are unnecessary

 and there is no justification for them
in 
the science, and none in logic.”

 

The committee’s concerns are entirely understandable. After 

all, a piece of paper or QR code noting that the bearer has

 been double-vaccinated tells you nothing about whether 

they’re infected, let alone whether they could 

dangerously spread the virus. A study from

 Imperial College. issued in August. found 

currently available vaccines are around 

50% effective in preventing infections. 


The same month, Oxford University researchers
published a paper, that 
found the risk of an
individual 
spreading the virus, was 

roughly the same, whether they
had 
been double-vaccinated 

or not.

 

In countries such as France, the imposition of vaccine passports

 serves the unambiguous purpose.. of coercing a reluctant 

citizenry into receiving their jabs, by imposing impossibly 

onerous restrictions on daily life for anyone who resists. 


Such strongarming would potentially contravene the law 

in the UK, given that under the Public Health Act 1984, 

forced vaccinations are illegal – yet, 82.5% of the 

country’s population aged 16 and over, have 

electively received both injections. In fact, 

excessive pressure on citizens to get 

vaccinated could be dangerously 

counterproductive.  

 

A quantitative assessment conducted by the London School 

of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.. found vaccine passports

would in fact... “lower inclination to accept a Covid-19
vaccine,” particularly.. “if passports were required for
domestic use 
rather than for facilitating international
travel,” --- and 
especially among “sociodemographic
groups that 
are less confident in Covid-19 vaccines.”
As these 
groups... “tend to cluster geographically in
large 
urban areas,” the assessment urged the
authorities 
to exercise “extreme caution”
in pursuing such 
an intervention.

 

Mainstream condemnation of ‘anti-vaxxers’ has steadily reached 

fever-pitch over the past year, culminating on September 29 with

 YouTube announcing that it will ban any & all “harmful vaccine

 content” from its platform, including alleged “false claims” 

about the inefficacy of vaccines in reducing disease

 transmission.

 

However, not a single one of the politicians, journalists, pundits, or 

government officials who have so aggressively hurled brickbats at

 vaccine hesitant people and lockdown scepticssince the pandemic

 began has apparently stopped to consider whether it is precisely

 the hostile environment they advocate and seek to enforce in 

respect of such individuals that may account for their dissent.

 

Such an interpretation is amply borne out by the London School of

 Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s assessment – but one needn’t 

take their word for it. In the UK, between 1840 and 1898, 

Parliament passed a series of Acts regarding the 

country’s vaccination policy. The second

 instalment, in 1853, made vaccinations, 

and resultant vaccination certificates,

for new-born children mandatory 

--- with severe penalties for any 

parents who failed to comply.

 

The Act was so viscerally hated, it has been compared to a

 prophylactic, in that Britons were purportedly willing to

 avoid sex altogether to avoid flouting its stringent rules 

– a dedicated National Anti-Compulsory Vaccination

 League also emerged, with objectors wilfully 

getting themselves imprisoned in protest, 

and hundreds of thousands taking to the

 streets to voice their discontent.

 

So it was, that in 1896, a Royal Commission was formed, 

to examine the issue: it ultimately recommended that all 

coercive penalties related to vaccination be abolished,

with parents allowed to choose whether they 

vaccinated their children, and whether or not

they sought a certificate proving it. This was

enshrined in law two years later, and within 

a decade, the League had faded into 

virtually total irrelevance.

 

Such history begs a very obvious and potentially 

grave question – if vaccine certification failed so 

miserably in Victorian times, why on Earth is it 

back on the table now?

 




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Demonstrators Clash With Police 


During Protest Against Teen 


Vaccination in London


by Sofia Chegodaeva


September 4th, 11:24am (Sputnik)


 


The move comes as UK cabinet ministers are reported


 to have been considering COVID-19 vaccinations for 


everyone between the ages of 12 and 15 although 


the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 


Immunisation (JCVI)... has already 


refused to endorse coronavirus 


jabs for healthy teenagers.


 


A UK protest against COVID passports and the government's 


plans to roll out coronavirus vaccination to children aged 


between 12 and 15, turned violent, in London, on 


Friday evening. 


 


Activists came to the headquarters of the UK vaccine regulator 


in Canary Wharf, east London, and tried to get inside the 


building, but were prevented by the police. Some of


the protesters got into a scuffle with law-


enforcement officers.


 


The Metropolitan police shared a video of the clashes on Twitter.


 


One of the activists also shared a video of the scuffle, warning


 the government to be prepared for further protests of this kind.


 


Her position, however, was not echoed by many... with people


wondering why standing up for your right should go this way.


 


Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 


Immunisation... refused to endorse coronavirus vaccines 


for healthy children aged between 12 and 15. The JCVI 


said that: "despite acknowledging health gains from 


inoculating the entire age group were greater than


 the risks, the margin of benefit is considered too 


small to support universal vaccination of
healthy 
12 to 15-year-olds at
this time”.


 


Meanwhile, daily newspaper The Guardian reported that UK 


cabinet ministers could disregard the recommendations of


 the JCVI and pursue mass COVID-19 vaccinations for all 


12 to 15-year-olds.


 


 


 


________________________________________





‘Looks like thousands!’


Protesters clog London 


...in march against 


vaccine passports


August 28th, 4:29pm (RT)


 


Protesters have packed into central London... in a 


demonstration against the government’s ongoing 


plans to introduce so-called vaccine passports. 


Though largely ignored by the media, 


“thousands” of people reportedly 


took part.


 


The protest march kicked off at Hyde Park on Saturday 


afternoon and set off across Vauxhall Bridge and 


towards Clapham Common. London’s Police
reported road 
blockages and bus delays
along 
the route and officers remained 


in close proximity to the marchers,
at all times.


 


Video footage showed a dense crowd of people in 


attendance. Some waved religious banners, some 


held placards opposing vaccination full stop, and 


others demanded the government drop its plans 


to require patrons of certain venues to be 


vaccinated against Covid-19.


 


No official crowd size estimate is available, but 


protesters posting on social media claimed “it 


looks like thousands” took part. As of later on


 Saturday afternoon... no mainstream British 


news outlets had reported on the protest. 


Taking place simultaneously was a rally 


by climate change group... Extinction 


Rebellion, who have staged a week 


of straight demonstrations in the 


city, grabbing newspaper head


-lines every day.


 


The anti-vaccine passports rally was not a once-off 


event either, and similar rallies have taken place


 throughout the summer.


 


As the British government’s plan currently stands, 


proof of vaccination will be ''required'' to enter 


nightclubs and other venues: “where large 


crowds gather” as of next month, with
the 
NHS’ Covid Pass mobile app.,
likely to be 
used as proof.


 


 However, there is still some confusion as to how the 


system will be implemented. Industry spokespeople 


told the Guardian this week, that they have not 


received 'any advice' from the government on


 the system... and a leaked letter from Health 


Secretary Sajid Javid’s office last weekend 


stated that “no final policy decision has 


yet been taken" on the issue.


 


Meanwhile, though nearly 80% of Britons have been 


fully vaccinated against Covid-19... new cases are 


still rising, with an average of more than 33,000 


cases reported each day, over the last week,


 per NHS data. By contrast, daily cases in


 late April and early May, were below 


2,000 each day. 


 


 


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Lawyers Warn:

‘No Jab, No Job’ 
Policies in UK
 Set to Spark Deluge of
Employment Tribunals

August 2nd, 1:33pm (FNA)

 

 Lawyers expect a wave of legal action against UK 

companies over attempts to make sure staff are 

double-vaccinated against COVID, amid 

growing fears of draconian “no jab,
no 
job” policies in the workplace.

 

Trade unions have criticised the government for 

encouraging the idea of mandatory vaccination 

for office staff: after transport secretary Grant

 Shapps, said it was a “good idea”... for 

companies to insist staff are double-

jabbed, The Independent reported.

 

Tech giant Google, has said mandatory jabs for US employees 

will later be rolled out to staff in 40 countries where it operates, 

and Mr Shapps said he expected some British firms will soon 

“require” full vaccination.

 

Employment lawyers told The Independent that British companies 

had been in touch to explore their options on putting COVID 

vaccination requirements in place.

 

“We’re definitely going to see a lot of employment tribunals on this,” 

said Elissa Thursfield, head of employment lawyer and a director 

at Gamlins Law – predicting a wave of vaccine-related 

discrimination claims in the months ahead.

 

Lawyers and union chiefs warned that a blanket approach to 

making jabs mandatory could breach the Equality Act by 

discriminating against some groups, including those 

with disabilities or certain religious beliefs.

 

“Having a blanket policy is almost always dangerous – it’s 

fraught with legal difficulties,” said Thursfield, adding, 

“For existing staff, if you don’t have a clause in your 

contract that says you can receive mandatory 

instructions on health, which is rare, that’s 

potentially a breach of contract... as
well as
 the discrimination claims.”

 

She added, “If the government pushes any further on this,

 in terms of encouraging employers, they are going to 

start getting into hot water.”

 

Charlie Thompson, an employment partner at law firm 

Stewarts, also predicted legal action against 

companies that don’t consider their 

vaccine policy carefully enough.

 

“If you’re not able to go back to your existing job, or
you’re 
denied a job, and the employer’s justification
[for 
vaccination] doesn’t stack up, then I can see

 legal claims,” he said.

 

Responding to Shapps’ encouraging remarks about companies 

asking staff to get the jab, Labour leader Keir Starmer said he

 did not think “no jab no job” policies were wise.

 

“I don’t agree with that,” said Starmer.

 

“For day-to-day routines, access to the office, access to health 

services or dentistry or even food – I don’t agree with vaccine 

passports for day-to-day access,” said the Labour leader.

 

Downing Street has made clear the government has no plans to

bring legislation to make full-vaccination mandatory for entry

into offices.

 

Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea said the government 

should not be encouraging any form of “coercion” when it comes

 to employees getting the vaccine before returning to work.

 

“Only with widespread take-up can the virus be defeated,” she 

said, adding, “Achieving this requires persuasion and 

encouragement – not compulsion and coercion. 

Forcing people can only lead to needless 

confrontation at work and legal cases

 that could drag on for years.”

 

Unite’s National Health and Safety Adviser Rob Miguel said COVID

 vaccine compulsion would be a “bad” way for companies to 

encourage a return to work, and is “embroiled with issues 

such as equalities, human rights, privacy and 

ethical breaches”.

 

Goldman Sachs raised alarm bells last month when it sent a memo 

to UK staff saying the company “strongly encouraged” them to 

report their COVID vaccination status before returning to the 

office – before clarifying vaccination was not compulsory.

 

In the US, companies are beginning to be more severe in their 

demands. Google and Facebook, along with Delta and United 

airlines, have said full vaccination will be mandatory for staff.

 

The Independent understands leading UK companies are 

examining how they can make sure staff are double-

jabbed, despite potential legal difficulties.

 

Some keen on getting offices fully-staffed say employees have 

told them they are uncomfortable about returning to the office 

until all their colleagues are vaccinated.

 

Others have said they would not try to enforce 

any rules about the COVID vaccine.

 

Imran Hussain, director at Harmony Financial Services, said 

it would be “ridiculous” to try to draw up a policy about 

vaccination.

 

“The whole idea is highly undemocratic and draconian,” he said, 

adding, “People should be allowed to make their own decisions 

and if they wish to take the jab, that’s great.”

 

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), warned 

against blanket mandatory policies on vaccination.

 

A spokesperson for the CBI said, “The bar for compulsory 

vaccination is high, and there will be few industries
where 
this approach would be appropriate."

 

“However, in some sectors it could prove necessary. 

Wherever possible, businesses will be approaching 

questions like this trying to bring their staff with 

them,” the spokesperson added.

 

 

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Planning ahead? Firms land 

Covid passport contracts

 that could last until 2023 

...even as UK govt hints
plan
 could be dropped

July 30th, 3:06pm (RT)




The British government has awarded potentially years-long 

contracts to help develop a domestic vaccine passport, as 

Downing Street simultaneously hints that the whole idea 

could be abandoned... if enough people get the jab.

 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published

 information earlier this week on two new contracts with 

private tech firms hired to work on the country’s 

“Covid-19 certification programme.”

 

US-based Entrust will receive close to £840,000 ($1.2 million) 

for the development of the NHS health pass. The deal will 

last until at least July next year but pricing for a two-year 

contract is already detailed in official documents, 

suggesting that the UK government may be 

eyeing a long-term arrangement.

 

While the contract was made available to the public online, 

information about specific services that Entrust will be 

providing has been completely redacted, with several 

pages of the document blacked out. 

 

The US tech company was awarded £250,000 earlier this 

year as part of its ongoing work on the health pass 

program. The contract raised eyebrows, after it 

was revealed that Entrust had openly boasted: 

about how Covid-19 vaccine passports could 

be retooled to create national IDs as part of 

the “infrastructure of the new normal.”

 

The DHSC also signed a 2nd vaccine passport contract 

this week, worth up to £873,000, with Cambridge, 

Massachusetts IT firm, Akamai Technologies.

 Like the agreement with Entrust, the one-

year deal is designed... so that it can be 

seamlessly extended for an additional 

12 months. The US firm pocketed 

£50,000 in May, as part of its

 involvement in the creation

 of the digital vaccine ID.

 

Akamai, which specializes in cybersecurity
technologies, 
purchased online identity
management company,
 Janrain,
in 2019. 

 

In total, the government has now spent nearly
£23.6 million 
($32.9 million) on its Covid
certification programme,

 iNews reported.

 

The new contracts coincide with the introduction of new 

features on the NHS app', that will allow it to serve as a 

digital vaccine certificate. 

 

In a controversial reversal of its position on domestic 

health IDs, the government revealed last week that, 

starting from the end of September, proof of 

vaccination will be required... in order to 

enter nightclubs and attend events

 involving large crowds. 

 

With around 70% of adults in the country already vaccinated, 

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested on Thursday 

that the threat of the vaccine passport may be enough to 

“cajole” young people into getting the shot. 

 

“Once we’ve done that, the wider questions of vaccine 

certification become much less relevant and salient,”

 Raab said, suggesting that the whole plan could be 

dropped if vaccine uptake increases over the next

 two months. 

 

But the newly inked contracts seem to be sending mixed 

messages about the government’s intentions for the 

controversial health certificate. A spokesperson for

 the health department insisted back in June that

 the NHS app used to certify vaccination status 

would not be used as a national ID system, 

describing the scheme as a “simple and 

secure means” to allow for 

international travel. 

 

 

____________________________________




100,000+ Britons sign petition to
outlaw discrimination against 

unvaccinated as govt moves 

forward with Covid 

vaccine passports

July 20th, 11:32am (RT)

 

More than 100,000 people have called on the British 

government to review its plans to bring in vaccine 

passports and prevent discriminatory policies

 against people who have refused to be part 

of the national inoculation programme.

 

A petition which started in February has gathered pace 

on Tuesday, with thousands adding their names to the 

growing list of people, calling for the government 

to do more to prevent legalised ‘discrimination’ 

against people who aren’t vaccinated against 

Covid-19.  

 

“The Government must specifically outlaw discrimination 

based on vaccine status, this includes access to private 

businesses, jobs and public life. No individual should 

ever feel coerced into having a vaccine,” the 

petition states.

 

Tens of thousands of people signed the petition on Tuesday

 morning, following a day of unrest in the capital, in which, 

hundreds of angry protesters clashed with police, having

 called for the arrest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

 

Links to the petition have been widely shared across Twitter, 

with English band Right Said Fred receiving more than 

1,200 retweets on their call for people to sign. 

 

Others vented their anger in other ways on Twitter, calling 

once again, for the prime minister to be arrested. Many 

went as far as comparing the Covid-19 restrictions to

 Adolf Hitler’s Germany, with ‘Nazi’ trending on the 

social media platform. 

 

On Monday, people gathered outside the Palace of Westminster

 to protest measures aimed at preventing the continued spread

 of Covid-19 virus. While Monday, termed ‘Freedom Day’, saw 

the last of the major restrictions lifted, the government has 

laid out plans to mandate the use of vaccination 

certificates at crowded venues in England.

 

Despite having one of the world’s highest vaccination rates 

against Covid-19, many young people have elected not to 

get jabbed. Under the government’s current plans, 

unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from 

entering venues - such as nightclubs - from 

September. Johnson’s government had, 

previously, ruled out the idea of
making the 
entry to venues be
dependent on 
vaccination
status.

 

The government’s U-turn came just hours after nightclubs 

were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months.
Amid
 the condemnation of Johnson’s plans, some
have 
suggested, that mandatory vaccination
passports 
will help provide peace of mind
to some 
Covid-wary clubbers and others 

attending large gatherings.

 

 

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UK government document 


quietly introduces vaccine


 passports by the back door 


and points to a third lock-


down this winter


July 13th, 2:53pm (RT)


 


By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring
the 
role of intelligence services in shaping politics & 


perceptions. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg


 


For all the government’s bluster about ‘irreversibly’ reopening 


Britain after July 19, official documents paint a very different 


picture, suggesting lockdowns could well return and Covid


 passports may become the norm.


 


Sajid Javid’s elevation to UK Health Secretary ushered in a new


 tone on the part of all government ministers in respect of 


coronavirus. In a flash, the ambiguity and equivocation


 that had typified official statements about lockdown 


for so long vanished, and swaggering confidence 


about a full and permanent reopening of the 


country in the very near future.. became de 


rigueur across every Whitehall department.


 


“We must learn to live with Covid,” Javid forcefully asserted on 


June 28, the same day he assumed the post. This bullishness 


hasn’t faltered since, despite a backlash from some sections 


of the scientific community, and a not insignificant amount 


of public support for certain restrictions enduring, perhaps


 permanently. On July 12, he confirmed that the country 


was pushing full steam ahead with its unlocking road


-map, with all businesses free to reopen and all 


limitations on human contact over... in a 


week’s time.


 


“We’ve all been yearning to get there, and we all want this to 


be a one-way journey,” Javid told the House of Commons.


 


However, an official guide to “moving to step four of the roadmap”


 – i.e. a full cessation of pandemic restrictions –quietly published


 the previous Saturday– is far less strident and optimistic.


 


For one, it reveals that, in September, the government will “under


take a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn 


and winter, which will consider whether to continue or 


strengthen public and business guidance” in the lead


-up to December, “including on face coverings and 


test, trace and isolate,” and with “remaining 


regulations” also to be assessed.


 


In other words, it’s sensible to expect 


another lockdown before 2021 is over.


 


There have of course been numerous insinuations over the past


 six months that a true return to normality isn’t in the offing 


anytime soon. For example, in explaining the postpone-


ment of “freedom day” in June, Prime Minister Boris


 Johnson suggested the UK could be in for a “rough 


winter for all sorts of reasons,” as there might be 


“some new diseases, some new horror that we 


simply haven’t budgeted or accounted for” on 


the horizon as yet unforeseen.


 


Still, black-and-white confirmation that whatever freedom is 


achieved on July 19th will be short-lived, and subject to 


change further down the road, can only be considered 


a perturbing disappointment. Even more disquieting, 


though, is the section of the document relating to the 


NHS COVID Pass, or “vaccine passport.” It states 


Whitehall will be “encouraging and supporting 


businesses and large events” to use the Pass 


in “high-risk settings” to “help to limit the
risk 
of infection.”


 


“The government will work with organisations that operate large,


 crowded settings --- where people are likely to be in close 


proximity to others outside their household to encourage 


the use of the NHS Covid Pass,” the passage continues.


 “If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, 


the government will consider mandating the NHS 


Covid Pass in certain venues at a later date.”


 


It was only in May that citizens were told in no uncertain terms 


there was “no chance” UK laws would be changed to mandate


 the use of vaccine passports, with plans to that effect having 


been unambiguously scrapped. This new protocol could, 


however, make vaccine passports a fait accompli, 


achieved via the backdoor, with culpability for the 


volte face deposited squarely on the shoulders of 


“businesses and large events” and their patrons


 for not responsibly taking “sufficient measures”


 to “limit infection.”


 


A similar carrot-and-stick approach was evident in an announce-


ment made by French President Emmanuel Macron the same day


 Javid spoke of a “one-way journey.” He outlined how, as of 


August, anyone over the age of 12 entering a café, cinema, 


cultural centre, hospital, museum, restaurant, theatre, 


theme park, or train in France will need to possess a 


special Covid health pass. Perversely, Macron was 


also keen to stress that “vaccination is not 


immediately obligatory for everyone.”


 


Essentially, no one’s forcing you to get vaccinated – it’s just that 


most spheres of daily life and activities, both indoor and out, will 


be entirely off limits until you do. The Catch-22 situation the UK 


government is subtly contriving in order to impose vaccines, 


and vaccine passports, on the public seems particularly 


insidious, given official data indicates that 87% of 


England’s population aged 18 and over have 


received their first vaccination, without the 


clear threat of not being able to enjoy 


drinks with friends in a pub, among 


other mundane exploits, hanging 


over them.


 


Moreover, the experience of Israel shows that vaccine certificates


 quickly become redundant – in fact, it was just three months after 


Tel Aviv made a “green pass” mandatory for accessing indoor 


spaces that they were scrapped. After all, as the policy had 


served as such a stirring incentive to get vaccinated... all 


Israeli adults had received both doses by April, meaning


 there was no need to inspect anyone’s pass.


 


One needn’t be a cynic to suggest that darker motives lie behind the


 push for vaccine passports. The dire surveillance implications of 


such a resource were starkly outlined in an April briefing note 


from civil liberties organization Big Brother Watch, which 


cautioned that COVID certificates “would become de 


facto identity cards if they were introduced, and 


would likely be retained and expanded in 


purpose and data over time,” marking


 “a profound impact on citizens’ right 


to privacy in the modern context.”


 


“The UK has a proud history of opposition to identity systems and


 personal checks. COVID-status certificates would turn the UK into


 a two-tier, checkpoint society and mark a serious break from our


 long-guarded democratic traditions, of which respect for privacy


 is key,” Big Brother Watch warned. “The combination of apps 


with sensitive health data and the subversion of everyday 


businesses and events into checkpoints, could constitute 


the biggest expansion of surveillance ever seen in


 the UK.”


 


Evidently, for all Downing Street’s newfound cheerfulness and


 libertarian rhetoric, the nine most terrifying words in the


English language very much remain, “I’m from the 


Government, and I’m here to help.”


 


 


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UK govt gave contract to IT firm


 that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn 


vaccine passports into
a UK 
national ID card,
privacy
 group warns


June 21st, 3:48pm (RT)


 


The British government has been accused of aiming


 to covertly implement a national ID programme,


 after it partnered with a company that has 


advocated turning vaccine passports 


into a multi-purpose document.


 


Entrust, an IT firm that bills itself as a “global leader


 in identities, payments, and data protection,” was


 awarded a contract by the Dept of Health and
Social Care last month, to work on the UK’s 


Covid-19 vaccine certificate system. 


 


The company was given £250,000 ($346,000) to provide


 cloud-computing services for the government’s Covid


-status certification scheme, iNews reported. The 


contract is due to expire in March 2022, but the 


government has the option of extending it for


 an additional year. 


 


Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated last month that 


proof of vaccination will be “necessary”... for inter-


national travel, and in recent weeks, reports have


 emerged, claiming that the UK government may 


require the documents - of people attending 


sporting events or other large gatherings. 


 


Judging from Entrust’s own stance on the issue, it’s 


possible that the government may have even more 


ambitious plans for the digital certificate.


 


 In a February blog post published on the company’s


 website, Jann Markey, Entrust’s product marketing 


director, argued that the advent of vaccine pass-
ports 
could be used as an opportunity to roll out
a national
 ID as part of “the infrastructure
of the new normal.”


 


“Consider a national ID strategy: With the infrastructure 


and investment necessary to ensure a viable vaccine 


passport, why not redeploy this effort into a national 


citizen ID programme that can be used for multiple 


purposes including the secure delivery of govern-


ment services, secure cross-border travel, and 


documentation of vaccination,” the blog,
which 
explores vaccine passports in
the “post-
pandemic world,” states. 


 


Notably, the US-based company has already helped 


Albania, Ghana, and Malaysia, deploy national ID 


systems, iNews said. 


 


Entrust’s partnership with the UK government has 


already raised alarm among civil liberties 


organisations and lawmakers. 


 


Tory MP David Davis, a member of the anti-lockdown 


Covid Recovery Group, demanded an explanation 


from the government. He told iNews that it was 


“extraordinary”... that the health department 


could ink deals with such companies -- with-


out first getting permission from Parliament, 


adding that it was particularly worrying that 


a contract could be given to a firm “with this


 sinister attitude to surveillance of citizens.”


 


Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith 


echoed similar displeasure, claiming that the 


contract contradicts the “stated position of


 the government” and should be nixed. 


 


Big Brother Watch, a privacy and civil liberties group, 


said the Entrust contract represents an attempt by 


the government to issue ID cards “by the


 back door.”  


 


“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust,


 a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine 


passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what


 a serious threat Covid passes would be... to our civil 


liberties and our privacy,” the organisation’s head