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

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

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?