Welcome to Bennett's World: a collection of articles and references covering a wide variety of topics in which I am involved. I am a very political person but I have no allegiance to any political party. Follow me on twitter @colinhove

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Loud and Clear

This edition of Sputnik's Loud and Clear contains many important issues, including developments on Julian Assange's case and the OPCW.


https://video.img.ria.ru/Out/MP3/20200123/2020_01_23_LoudClear988_vtiytlv2.e4e.mp3

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Peter Hitchens' article on Syria

A leaked email last night dramatically indicated that the UN’s poison gas watchdog had butchered and censored a critical report on an alleged chemical attack in Houma, Syria. If substantiated, the revelations will be severely embarrassing for Britain, France and America, which launched a massive military strike in retaliation without waiting for proof that chemical weapons had actually been used.

Unconfirmed reports and videos, showing the corpses of adults and children foaming at the mouth in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, shocked the world in April 2018 and led to a joint Western attack on the supposed culprit, Syria, in which more than 100 missiles, including nearly 70 Tomahawk cruise missiles, were fired.

Although the reports and films could not be independently verified, as the alleged events took place in a war zone then under the control of brutal Islamist militants, Western governments, and many Western media, took them at face value.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7718627/Sexed-dossier-furore-alleged-poison-gas-attack-Assad.html

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Julian Assange Update

This is the day that Sweden finally closed the 'preliminary' investigation into the allegations against Julian Assange, a case resumed on 1 September 2010. That's 9 years, 2 months and 19 days to do what Finné accomplished in 12 hours.

https://wlcentral.org/node/3011

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Human Costs and Gendered Impact of Sanctions on North Korea

Highly recommended reading... 
 
A new report shows that international sanctions imposed on North Korea are having adverse consequences on humanitarian aid and economic development in the country, with a disproportionate impact on women. The report, titled “Human Costs and Gendered Impact of Sanctions on North Korea,” was commissioned by Korea Peace Now and produced by a panel of independent experts. Its authors say it is the first comprehensive assessment of the human impact of sanctions against North Korea. According to the report’s findings, existing U.N. mechanisms to exempt humanitarian-related items from sanctions have failed to prevent negative impacts, and delays and funding shortfalls may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. We speak with the report’s authors, Joy Yoon and Henri Féron, as well as Christine Ahn, the international coordinator of the campaign Korea Peace Now. She is also the founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.
 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/democracynow/wx2019-1112_POSTSHOW_North-Korea-podcast.mp3 

Friday, November 08, 2019

Brighton Against the Arms Trade

Brighton Against the Arms Trade organised a great protest gathered outside the EDO MBM arms factory to demand it be kicked out the city.
About a hundred activists banged drums, listened to speakers and chanted “break the kill chain” in Moulsecoomb, Brighton.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18019342.brighton-not-welcome-edo---protesters-gather-outside-moulsecoomb-arms-factory/

https://www.facebook.com/BrightonAAT/

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Robert Stuart vs the BBC: One Man's Quest to Expose a Fake BBC Video about Syria

Apologies about this late submission!
 
It's a David vs Goliath story. A former local newspaper reporter, Robert Stuart, is taking on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Stuart believes that a sensational video story about an alleged atrocity in Syria "was largely, if not entirely, staged." The BBC would like it all to just go away.
 
https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/syria-crisis/3182-robert-stuart-vs-the-bbc.html 

Saturday, December 01, 2018

BDS Impact in 2018

  • Airbnb decided it would no longer profit from most illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land. This followed an international campaign led by the #StolenHomes coalition of organizations affiliated with the BDS movement for Palestinian rights and human rights organizations.
  • Earlier this month, Ilhan Omar made history by becoming the first sitting Congressperson to publicly endorse BDS. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, praised the BDS movement and supported cutting U.S. military aid to Israel.
  • Mobilizations across the world convinced Argentina’s national football team, led by Captain Lionel Messi, to cancel its exhibition match with Israel.
  • Celebrity singer Lana Del Rey became one of 19 artists to withdraw from Israel’s Meteor Festival, after thousands of fans and activists from around the world urged her to respect the Palestinian picket line. Shakira and Lorde were among other top artists to cancel their concerts in Israel this year. More than 100 DJs and electronic music artists joined the cultural boycott of Israel under #DJsForPalestine.
  • Chile's Congress overwhelmingly voted to ban products from illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.
  • Major organizations from the Indian women’s movement, representing over 10 million women, endorsed the BDS movement and demanded the release of all Palestinian child prisoners.
  • Amnesty International called for an arms embargo on Israel. It slammed the United States and the European Union for their military deals with Israel and held them responsible for “fueling mass violations" of Palestinian human rights.
  • The UK Labour Party recently voted to freeze arms sales to Israel. In Ireland, a Minister of State and 50 Irish lawmakers called for Ireland to stop arming Israel. Earlier, Dublin became the first European capital to endorse BDS for Palestinian rights.
  • Parliamentarians from Spain and Portugal took a stand for Palestinian rights and denounced Israel's war crimes and racist "Jewish Nation-State Law.​" Several cities in Italy and the Spanish state called for an arms embargo on Israel.
  • The Movement for Black Lives released a powerful statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people and called for the United States to end its $38 billion in annual military aid to Israel.
  • 40 international Jewish social justice organizations recognized that the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has a proven commitment to “fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism and bigotry.” They condemned attempts to stifle criticism of Israel’s policies.
  • A 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Professor George P. Smith, expressed support for the BDS movement and for cutting US military aid to Israel.
  • Adidas stopped sponsoring the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams based in illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, after appeals from more than 130 Palestinian sports clubs.
  • Trade unionists and human rights activists in Tunisia and across the Arab world forced Israel's Zim shipping line to suspend its routes to Tunisia.
  • The Canadian Federation of Students, representing more than 500,000 students, just voted at their Annual General Meeting to back the BDS movement.
  • Leeds became the first UK university to divest from firms involved in Israel's arms trade, following a BDS campaign by Palestine solidarity activists. The university has divested more than $1.2 million in holdings from corporations that trade military equipment with Israel.
  • Quakers became the first church in the UK to say they "will not invest in any company profiting from [Israel's military] occupation." Recently, several US churches have also voted to divest from Israeli and international companies complicit in Israel's violations of Palestinian human rights.
  • From South Africa, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, a member of parliament and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, has affirmed the critical role BDS is playing to end Israeli apartheid.

    Find out more: https://bdsmovement.net/news/18-highlights-bds-impact-2018