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Sunday, September 16, 2018

UK Media still on Trial: Please read this post

Frome Stop The War is doing a wonderful job in highlighting the appalling misinformation and fake news disseminated or even created by UK media outlets which includes the BBC and the Guardian. I mention those vehicles because for some reason, some people think they are truthful!

Please absorb this post and forward it to all those, especially in the Labour and Peace movements who are not too well informed on the subject of fake news. Thank you.

MEDIA ON TRIAL Part IV: The RUSSIAN CONNECTION
Frome Stop War presents its fourth ‘Media on Trial’ event and is very proud and excited to host Russian film maker and director Andrei Nekrasov in his first ever live, in depth UK interview. 
 Andrei’s prize-winning film ‘The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes’ is a ground-breaking analysis of the claims of William Browder against the Russian state. Browder’s narrative, much loved and publicised by media on both sides of the Atlantic and in Europe, has resulted in the creation of the US’ Magnitsky Act.
 Andrei knows Bill Browder personally and only by chance stumbled across evidence which runs contrary to Mr. Browder’s claims.  Andrei will discuss with Patrick Henningsen, journalist, broadcaster and founder of 21st Century Wire, the journey from Browder supporter to investigator. The result of Andrei’s investigations is a powerful film that has been blocked by billionaire Browder’s lawyers. Clips and stills from the film will be shown in what will be a hugely informative and very important interview. https://youtu.be/5-dF4LzX6oI 
 In another first, we will be showing Robert Stuart’s crowd funding teaser video for a film to be produced by Victor Lewis-Smith and fronted by Keith Allen. The film will cover the irregularities, dubious claims and collaborations undertaken by those who created the BBC Panorama programme ‘Saving Syria’s Children’. Robert will be interviewed about his work (labelled by esteemed journalist Jonathan Cook as ‘forensic investigation) by independent journalist and co-editor of BSNews, Alison Banville. 
 Once more we will be extremely honoured to host Vanessa Beeley who will have recently returned from Syria. Her heroic work, against all odds to expose the true nature of the media and Hollywood darlings, the White Helmets has been exemplary. Her bravery in travelling to Syria eight times during the conflict to speak to Syrians who’ve suffered under the foreign backed regime attempt there should be accorded the highest honour in journalistic circles, but establishment and corporate media have seen fit to attack and vilify her, The Sun composing the latest smear piece in July.  Frome Stop War stands by Vanessa and her work and anticipates another fascinating and important presentation. 
 Professors Piers Robinson and Tim Hayward have been relentless in their academic research and quest to correct mainstream media’s continued non-adherence to factual evidence. Piers has undertaken many interviews, his latest, at time of writing, on Sky News, discussing the seemingly very timely manner of renewed claims in the Skripal case given upcoming events in Idlib, Syria. He and Tim are members of the Syria, Propaganda and Media Working Group of 25 leading academics who’ve produced reports on the Douma attack and the Skripal case. We look forward to their latest informed insights.
 And finally, but by no means least we once again host former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford. He is a man of principle who will not yield to pressure to conform to the media’s line on Syria. His laid back demeanour belies a no-nonsense stance. He’s been very forthright in interviews on the BBC when given a rare opportunity to speak, but writes for and appears on independent media. Peter is a member, along with other dignitaries of the Global Network for Syria a cross party organisation which has recently composed a letter to Parliament on the Syrian issue, asking for consideration of an alternative position. Peter’s experience as Ambassador to Syria from 2003 to 2006 and his ongoing connections with Syrians provides an informed analysis, which once again, has mostly been side lined and vilified by establishment and corporate regime change driven media. 
 All in all, once again, ‘Media on Trial’ will provide a platform for those given little voice in the mainstream, those who are all too readily attacked by establishment and corporate media and their all too compliant journalistic staff. ‘Media on Trial’, will allow our expert panel to speak ‘Truth to Power’ lacking from mainstream journalism. 
 Please attend this major and historic event.
 
Share this event on Facebook and Twitter.We hope you can make it!Cheers,FROME STOP WAR

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Event: MEDIA ON TRIAL Part IV: The RUSSIAN CONNECTION
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT)
Location: <b>The Black-E</b><br />Great George Street<br />L1 5EW LIVERPOOL<br />United Kingdom<br />

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Event Details:
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MEDIA ON TRIAL Part IV: The RUSSIAN CONNECTION
Frome Stop War presents its fourth ‘Media on Trial’ event and is very proud and excited to host Russian film maker and director Andrei Nekrasov in his first ever live, in depth UK interview. 
 Andrei’s prize-winning film ‘The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes’ is a ground-breaking analysis of the claims of William Browder against the Russian state. Browder’s narrative, much loved and publicised by media on both sides of the Atlantic and in Europe, has resulted in the creation of the US’ Magnitsky Act.
 Andrei knows Bill Browder personally and only by chance stumbled across evidence which runs contrary to Mr. Browder’s claims.  Andrei will discuss with Patrick Henningsen, journalist, broadcaster and founder of 21st Century Wire, the journey from Browder supporter to investigator. The result of Andrei’s investigations is a powerful film that has been blocked by billionaire Browder’s lawyers. Clips and stills from the film will be shown in what will be a hugely informative and very important interview. https://youtu.be/5-dF4LzX6oI 
 In another first, we will be showing Robert Stuart’s crowd funding teaser video for a film to be produced by Victor Lewis-Smith and fronted by Keith Allen. The film will cover the irregularities, dubious claims and collaborations undertaken by those who created the BBC Panorama programme ‘Saving Syria’s Children’. Robert will be interviewed about his work (labelled by esteemed journalist Jonathan Cook as ‘forensic investigation) by independent journalist and co-editor of BSNews, Alison Banville. 
 Once more we will be extremely honoured to host Vanessa Beeley who will have recently returned from Syria. Her heroic work, against all odds to expose the true nature of the media and Hollywood darlings, the White Helmets has been exemplary. Her bravery in travelling to Syria eight times during the conflict to speak to Syrians who’ve suffered under the foreign backed regime attempt there should be accorded the highest honour in journalistic circles, but establishment and corporate media have seen fit to attack and vilify her, The Sun composing the latest smear piece in July.  Frome Stop War stands by Vanessa and her work and anticipates another fascinating and important presentation. 
 Professors Piers Robinson and Tim Hayward have been relentless in their academic research and quest to correct mainstream media’s continued non-adherence to factual evidence. Piers has undertaken many interviews, his latest, at time of writing, on Sky News, discussing the seemingly very timely manner of renewed claims in the Skripal case given upcoming events in Idlib, Syria. He and Tim are members of the Syria, Propaganda and Media Working Group of 25 leading academics who’ve produced reports on the Douma attack and the Skripal case. We look forward to their latest informed insights.
 And finally, but by no means least we once again host former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford. He is a man of principle who will not yield to pressure to conform to the media’s line on Syria. His laid back demeanour belies a no-nonsense stance. He’s been very forthright in interviews on the BBC when given a rare opportunity to speak, but writes for and appears on independent media. Peter is a member, along with other dignitaries of the Global Network for Syria a cross party organisation which has recently composed a letter to Parliament on the Syrian issue, asking for consideration of an alternative position. Peter’s experience as Ambassador to Syria from 2003 to 2006 and his ongoing connections with Syrians provides an informed analysis, which once again, has mostly been side lined and vilified by establishment and corporate regime change driven media. 
 All in all, once again, ‘Media on Trial’ will provide a platform for those given little voice in the mainstream, those who are all too readily attacked by establishment and corporate media and their all too compliant journalistic staff. ‘Media on Trial’, will allow our expert panel to speak ‘Truth to Power’ lacking from mainstream journalism. 
 Please attend this major and historic event.
 


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Hosted By:
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FROME STOP WAR
Frome Stop War is a non-party political, self-funded, independent anti-war group started in 2011 in response to the bombing of Libya. Formed and run by like-minded people in Frome, Somerset. We have organised a series of successful events and administer a very lively and informative facebook page. 
 
As the events of the 21st Century have unfolded it has become more and more important to understand and oppose the continual manipulation for war and intervention which has resulted in the rise in terrorism and an exacerbated refugee crisis. 
Frome Stop War has hosted politicians, professors, clergy, ambassadors, SAS veterans, investigative journalists, peace activists, academics and more. Our events are strident with expert analysis – much of it first hand from those who have worked in conflict zones. Expertise often ignored by the mainstream media. Our goal, therefore, is to give a platform to those whose experiences and insight would otherwise not be heard, and to redress the continual narrative for war and military intervention.

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More information and online registration are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-on-trial-part-iv-the-russian-connection-tickets-50018926957?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTUwMTIwODYvY29saW5iYmVubmV0dEBwYWxtZWlyYS5vcmcudWsvMA%3D%3D%0A


Saturday, September 08, 2018

What is the Labour Party up to?

It seems that powerful influences in the British Labour Party which supports Zionism (and they have been in the Labour Party for decades) now seek to suppress criticism of Israel by suggesting that such criticism is anti-Semitism.
Your attention is drawn to this email from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign of which I am a member. I suggest that those who support the rights of the Palestinian people also consider joining the PSC. Please read this well-written document and consider disseminating it.

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/psc-says-it-is-time-to-talk-about-palestine/

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Be aware of the UK Government's war propaganda

We are all aware of the very powerful influence that the war lobby has in UK politics. The Government and the mass media refer to this industry as the 'defence industry' and indeed, the relevant department is called the Ministry of Defence.

No UK Soldier or military device has been involved in defence of the UK since 1945.  In fact, there is only one year since then and I think it was 1967 that the UK military was not involved in fighting wars abroad in favour of oppressive regimes. Please make this very useful bulletin from Campaign Against the Arms Trade available to all those in your network:

https://www.caat.org.uk/issues/arms-fairs/farnborough

Monday, July 16, 2018

Yet more suspicious special pleading from the immigration lobby

I recently received the email below purportedly from 38 Degrees which is a campaigning body which is mostly sensible. However, they seem to be exploited by the immigration lobby or exploiting us by working with it.

This email is not very convincing. It doesn't mention that these two Pakistanis which they call Scottish. Somer and Areeb, not very well known Scottish names, are in the UK illegally. They have gone through the full asylum process at enormous cost to the taxpayer. I suggest you write to the Home Office to ask them to stop spending money on worthless cases like this.

Upon going to the 38 Degrees website, we learn that these two boys are here with their parents. That information was conveniently excluded from the email from 38 Degrees. The whole thing is very suspicious. When will 38 Degrees stop wasting our time and its money on spurious appeals to our heart? If they want to think of the welfare of the children, they should speak about the plight of the Palestinian children, many of whom have been separated from their families forever - by death.

Oddly enough, the BBC and 38 Degrees don't want to talk about Palestine, do they?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Yet more rubbish from 38 Degrees

Today, I received in my Inbox this email:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scrap-visa-fees-in-human-rights-cases-in-the-uk

I am certainly not going to comply with their wishes. Instead, I am putting this on my blog. The costs of processing visa applications and the consequent costs in many cases of granting visas (a fact that a high proportion of people with visas overstay or disappear involving enormous legal costs) is high. These costs are much greater than the fees charged for visas which are by no means extortionate.

Words have no meaning for the immigration lobby!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Another from 38Degrees

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-abusing-the-national-security-clause-to-deport-highly-skilled-migrants

38 Degrees state that 'People like Matu have come to the UK to create life saving drugs, teach our kids, work in our NHS and train our engineers.' Is this supposed to fill us with confidence?

Is it not instead frightening that there are undocumented illegal immigrants with our children, teaching the next generation of engineers and working with our most vulnerable in the NHS?

Here's another nonsense campaign:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/grant-kelvin-bilal-fawaz-british-citizenship

Somewhere in between being a 'domestic slave' and being a 'boxer', Kelvin forgot to go to the police...

More immigration rubbish from, regrettably, 38Degrees

38 Degrees is a valuable asset to us on for example, campaigning against excess use of plastics and maintaining our public forests. However, it has been used by the immigration industry to campaign for people who have no right to be in the UK to remain here. Please see this very silly campaign for someone called Giorgio. The whole thing is very implausible. Does anyone really imagine that criminal gangs in Georgia have nothing better to do than threaten a 10 year old? What was his mother and grandmother doing in Scotland in the first place? Please treat these worthless appeals for worthless people with the contempt they deserve.

Nothing in this silly plea makes sense:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-giorgi-and-katie-in-glasgow-where-they-belong

Sunday, May 20, 2018

More propaganda from the immigration industry

Please help stop illegal immigration into the UK and thwart those profiting from it...

I received this email from 38 Degrees, of which I am a member, as no doubt others did. It is a shameless attempt to encourage illegal immigration into the UK by people smugglers, slave employers and immigration lawyers.

I have done the opposite of what 38 Degrees have asked me to do. I have not signed a petition to let this person stay here. Instead, I am drawing your attention to this matter and I hope that you will encourage the Home Office and MPs to have proper controls on immigration, legal and illegal.

--- EMAIL FROM 38 DEGREES ---
*Ten-year-old orphan ‘Stephen’ was picked up by gangsters in Vietnam and 
trafficked to the UK. For five years he lived through hell*, forced to work 
farming cannabis in terrible conditions. Luckily, *he was rescued by the 
police*, fostered by a local vicar and started a new life. *But now he’s over 
eighteen, the Home Office want to deport him.* [1]

It’s an ordeal no one should be put through. *As part of their clampdown on 
child trafficking the government has promised to “put victims first”. *[2] *But 
the government is failing Stephen*. After the Windrush scandal the Home Office 
has promised to become more compassionate, together we can make sure they do the 
right thing for Stephen. [3]

*A huge petition, signed by hundreds of thousands of us*, just as the Home 
Office is under pressure to change,*could be the boost Stephen’s case needs*. It 
could be enough to make sure they let Stephen stay in the country he calls home. 
*But we don’t have long. Stephen’s appeal against being deported is being heard 
in a few days*.