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Sunday, May 03, 2020

Strange Events Corner

Just in case you think that the UK is going around the twist...

Below is a link to an article which is confirmation of that. At least the Court of Appeal still has some sanity!

My mother is not alive to read this article from The Guardian but I think he would be amused by it.


Update from CAAT

I have been a bit remiss lately in updating my blog. Sorry about that! Here is an interesting item from CAAT (of which I am a keen supporter). It concerns several items and in particular, the recent Supreme Court ruling on the ability for pension schemes to divest from the 'defence industry' and firms operating in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.

Their email is below:

Dear friends,

We're pleased to have some encouraging news to share in these
difficult times, as well as a date for the diary with the UK's
largest arms company.

Ethical Investment win in the Supreme Court

Congratulations to our friends at Palestine Solidarity Campaign
for their Supreme Court victory 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4003&qid=2182776 )
 this week! The successful action means council pension funds
can continue to divest from firms operating in Palestinian
territories occupied by Israel, and also from the arms trade.

CAAT made submissions in support of this important case and we
are thrilled about its success, which protects fundamental rights
and freedoms.

Your voice was heard on arms trade corruption

Allegations about corruption in a £2 billion deal to supply
equipment to the Saudi Arabian National Guard first surfaced in
2011, and in 2018 we heard that the Serious Fraud Office had
finally requested permission to prosecute. But the Attorney
General’s office, whose permission is needed, has been sitting on
it ever since.

In February, when a new Attorney General was appointed, we asked
for your help to put the pressure on 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4004&qid=2182776 ) – and
thousands of you responded.

This week, a Parliamentary Question was asked about the progress
of the case, and the Attorney General told Parliament: "that case
was one of the first matters, if not the first, to cross my desk,
so it is a priority for me and I will not rest until we find an
appropriate resolution."

In fact, we know that, thanks to you, this case has now ‘crossed
her desk’ more than 3,500 times!

We’ll need to keep pushing 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4004&qid=2182776 ) for
there to be more progress but for now it’s important that the
government knows the issue won’t go away quietly. Thank you!

Protest against BAE online 11am Thursday

Every year, CAAT supporters attend the Annual General Meeting of
BAE Systems, the UK’s biggest arms company, to hold the company’s
leadership to account. This year, the meeting (understandably)
cannot take place as normal but, unlike many other AGMs in the
same situation, BAE is hiding from any scrutiny and
won’t hold proceedings online either.

The company will be glad to avoid awkward questions about its £15
billion in revenue 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4005&qid=2182776 )
 from Saudi Arabia since 2015. Yet, as Yemen faces its first
coronavirus deaths, with a health system already devastated by
five years of war, these questions are as urgent as ever.

So we’ll be holding our own 'meeting' online to expose its dodgy
deals. Follow from 11am on Thursday 7 May, on CAAT’s blog 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4006&qid=2182776 ), Facebook 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4007&qid=2182776 ), and Twitter
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4008&qid=2182776 ).

In other news

We’ve been speaking out against ‘Sportwashing’ 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4009&qid=2182776 )
 as the Saudi ruling family leads a deal to try to buy Newcastle
football club.

And, as global military expenditure reaches highs not seen since
the Second World War, we’re calling for a shift in priorities 
( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4010&qid=2182776 )
. Just one of the 138 F-35 warplanes the UK government is buying
could pay for 3,000 ventilators.

Thanks as always, for your continued support for CAAT,

Campaign Against Arms Trade ( https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=4011&qid=2182776 )

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.


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.


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.

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.



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.