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

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*.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

An Important Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

Right of Return Conference
#Nakba70
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GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/psc-returnconf/)

Dear ,

I am thrilled to introduce you to the phenomenal line-up of speakers at our upcoming Right of Return Conference on May 20th.

@70: Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/psc-returnconf/) will provide attendees with the tools and information necessary to campaign for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, as enshrined in international law.

During four dynamic, innovative and engaging sessions, we will hear a range of expert voices, almost all Palestinian, speak about the Nakba; international law; refugees and their displacement, dislocation and dispersal; different Palestinian discourses of return; and how Palestinians will ultimately realise the Right of Return.
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/psc-returnconf/)
Our speakers are among the most highly-regarded lawyers, writers, academics, journalists and activists engaged in the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. I’m delighted to introduce you to them below.
Session 1: The Nakba, Refugees and International Law

Ardi Imseis is a lawyer, author and academic focusing on the UN and Palestine, and was formerly an advisor to UNRWA on Palestinian refugees.

Hazem Jamjoum is a Doctoral candidate in Modern Middle East History at New York University and policy member of al-Shabaka.

Session 2: Palestinian Refugees: displacement, dislocation and dispersal

Dr Ruba Salih is a Palestinian Social Anthropologist and reader at SOAS University; and specialist in ethnographic research on Palestinian refugees.

Rania Madi is the United Nations Legal Advocacy Representative of Badil (http://www.badil.org/en/) , the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights.
Session 3: Palestinian Discourses of Return

Amjad Iraqi is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, a writer for +972 Magazine, and Policy Member of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.

Tamara Ben Halim is a Palestinian film maker and human rights activist, and Director and co-founder of Makan.

Sarona Bedwan is a Palestinian- American Masters student and Communications Officer at Makan (http://www.makan.org.uk/) .

Mohamad Fahed grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon, and completed his MSC at UCL University, after completing his Sixth form at Eton college.

Session 4: Realising the Right of Return

Dr Ghada Karmi is a leading Palestinian activist, academic and writer.

Eitan Bronstein Aparicio is the Co-founder of De-Colonizer (https://www.de-colonizer.org/)  and founder of Zochrot.

Tareq Baconi is an author and journalist, and an Analyst at Al-Shabaka (https://al-shabaka.org/en/) : The Palestinian Policy Network.
BUY TICKETS TO THE RIGHT OF RETURN CONFERENCE (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/psc-returnconf/)
A final favour

Last year, with your incredible support, we took the British government to court and won, after they tried to introduce measures preventing local council pension schemes from divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians.

Now the government is fighting back with an appeal, and in two weeks’ time, we’ll be back in court defending out victory against the UK government.

On Sunday, we sent you an email asking for your help, and we’ve been overwhelmed by your generosity. We need a final boost to finance our legal defence of the right to boycott.

Will you help us by contributing a few pounds to the PSC Fighting Fund?
DONATE TO THE PSC FIGHTING FUND (https://palestinecampaign.nationbuilder.com/donation)
I'm looking forward to welcoming you on the 20th.

In solidarity,
Ben Jamal
Director, Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Excellent news :)

Some excellent news from CAAT:

http://r.mail.crowdjustice.com/10uphd0yfzale3f.html

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

I have received this message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. I have complied with their two suggestions:

1. Download the Nakba Resource pack (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/Nakba70-Resource-Pack.pdf) which is full of information and resources you can use to engage your community and hold events and activities.

2. Visit our dedicated page on ’70 years of Nakba’ (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/70-years-nakba/) where you can find a factsheet on the Right of Return, and social media graphics you can share.

I suggest you do the same and access these resources.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Excessive Pay of Public Servants in the UK

The tax payers alliance have published a very informative report desrcibing the pay of public servants in the UK. Here is the link to the report:

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/taxpayersalliance/pages/9346/attachments/original/1523350356/Town_Hall_Rich_List_2018.pdf?1523350356&mc_cid=e0b1305a8d&mc_eid=[UNIQID]
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/taxpayersalliance/pages/9346/attachments/original/1523349441/THRL_2018_FULL_DATA.xlsx?1523349441&mc_cid=e0b1305a8d&mc_eid=
 
Within that report is a link to a table of council by council information. 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

A reminder about campgaigning against the Israeli massacre in Gaza

 I think many will be interested in this email from Stop the War coalition there are many suggestions as to what we might to do to alert our country as to what is happening and to press the UK government to supine its attitude to Israel

Stop the War Coalition

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*Newsletter - 3 April 2018
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*Protest for Gaza: Stop the Killing
Saturday 7 April | 1-3pm
*Downing Street, London, SW1A 2

The issue of Palestine is once again in the headlines. On 30 March 2018, the 42nd anniversary of Land Day, unarmed Palestinian protestors were fired at with live bullets at the Gaza border by Israeli snipers. They killed 17 people and injured over 1500 people. The protest was the beginning of a series of events which will continue until Nakba day, 15 May. By selling arms and in other ways supporting the right-wing Netanyahu government, Britain has long been complicit in the Israeli state's war crimes against Palestinians.

Join us this Saturday to call for an end to the siege of Gaza and ask the UK government to condemn Israel's violent actions instead of facilitating them.

The protest is co-organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa and Stop the War.

Here are some of the ways in which you can help build this protest:

 * Invite your family members, friends and work colleagues to attend this.
 * Share the event link on Facebook and invite your friends -
   http://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/
 * Retweet this message to spread the word -
   http://twitter.com/STWuk/status/980121894153269248
 * Donate to Stop the War to help us cover the costs of organising this
   - http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/get-involved/make-a-donation

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*Organise a meeting in your area *

The remaining tour stops on our nation-wide tour of public meetings to demand an anti-war government include: Aberystwyth , Sheffield , York and Whitstable .

A new tour of events /"//No to Trump's visit: War and the special relationship//"/ is currently being prepared. If you'd like to organise a meeting in your area don't hesitate to email us at office@stopwar.org.uk.
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**Join Stop the War*

*As conflicts​ are escala​ting across the globe and the drums​ of war at home ​grow louder, there has never been a better time to join Stop the War Coalition.

Our members are the backbone of the organisation, promoting the campaign in communities, colleges and workplaces across the country and providing Stop the War with its main source of funding. If you stand against war join the largest anti-war movement in British history today.
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Become a member *here *.

Palestinian Lives Matter: National Demonstration 7th April

 
 
 The events in Gaza especially that of 30 March 2018 of great international importance but you wouldn't think so from listening to the BBC. Lets make this demonstration one that even mainstream media will find hard to ignore. 
 
 
Protest for Gaza: 7th April, 1pm - 3pm
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National Demonstration for Gaza: Stop the Killing (https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/)

Dear ,

JOIN THE NATIONAL PROTEST FOR GAZA: STOP THE KILLING (https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/)
Saturday 7th April, 1 PM - 3 PM
Downing Street, London, SW1A 2, United Kingdom

In the worst single day of violence since the assault on Gaza in 2014, Israeli forces shoot 773 unarmed Palestinians taking part in a Land Day demonstration.

Thousands of Palestinians congregated in Gaza to start a series of protests called “The Great Return March”. Organised as a non-violent demonstration supported across Palestinian society, the protest is reaffirming the Palestinian right of return (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/refugee-factsheet-jan-2012.pdf)  (grounded in International Law), and calling for an end to Israel's illegal decade long blockade (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/PSC-Gaza-Factsheet-2017.pdf) of the coastal strip.

Last week Israel deployed hundreds of snipers along the border of Gaza, who opened fire using live ammunition on unarmed Palestinian civilians. Over 1,400 Palestinians were injured, with 773 being shot, leaving 18 fatalities. There was not a single Israeli casualty.

“Israeli soldiers were not merely using excessive force, but were apparently acting on orders that all but ensured a bloody military response to the Palestinian demonstrations.” - Human Rights Watch.

Videos emerging (https://972mag.com/videos-show-israeli-soldiers-sniping-unarmed-protesters-in-gaza/134282/) of the shootings show Protestors being shot whilst running away from the border, and in the act of praying. But most devastating perhaps are the images of young men, and women, walking calmly towards the border, waving the national flag, before being felled by sniper fire.

The Great Return March will continue until May 15^th  (coinciding with the 70^th anniversary of the 1948 “Nakba”), with more largescale demonstrations planned. The Israeli government, protected from international censure (http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-blocks-un-security-council-statement-gaza-violence-604066920) by the shield of western governments, has announced that it will continue to meet demonstrations with live fire.

The only thing that can prevent more Palestinians being gunned down in the coming weeks is the force and weight of international public opinion. Have your voice heard by writing to the Foreign Office (https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day) , and by joining the Saturday demonstration in London.

The organisers of the Great Return March asked that the only flag to be raised during the march is the Palestinian flag with no partisan or factional symbols. We are asking all those attending the demonstration on Saturday to respect this and bring no flag other than the flag of Palestine.
Write to Boris Johnson (https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day)

Monday, March 05, 2018

'Rich List' in the public sector compiled by the Tax Payers Alliance


 I receive weekly info from the Tax Payers Alliance an organisation that campaigns against waste and general foolishness in the public sector. This rich list will amaze many who have no idea how grossly overpaid many people in the public sector are. Link to the list is below:

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/taxpayersalliance/pages/9335/attachments/original/1518172615/Quangocrat_Rich_List.pdf?1518172615&mc_cid=7b8f140888&mc_eid=