The Real Enemy Of My People Is Here ..
Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end.
The real enemy of my people is here.
My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. Shoot them for what? How do I got to go shoot them, poor little black people, little babies, children, and women? How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.
( Muhammad Ali )
The Suspicious Death Of Serena Shim ..
American journalist and mother of two Serena Shim, 29, was killed on October 19, 2014 in a suspicious car accident near the Turkey-Syria border.
The identity and whereabouts of the truck driver remain unknown.
It is also highly significant that Shim had very clearly expressed her concerns for her safety just prior to the ‘accident’.
Shim had described her harassment by security forces as particularly unusual, noting that she had dealt with police and intelligence services before in various different countries, but that the Turkish activity was a targeted response to something very specific. She had said her own instinct was that Turkish security people were tracking her not because of her reporting in Kobani but on account of possible matters of far greater, more damaging information she might have exposed concerning a concerted geo-political conspiracy. On October 17th, just two days before her death, Shim had told Press TV that the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) had accused her of “spying”. She said it was “probably due to some of the stories she had covered” about Turkey’s role in the Islamic State terror group and particularly in regard to the militants in Kobani. It was Shim who had reported on ISIL militants being smuggled across the Turkish border into Syria in trucks deceptively bearing the symbols of NGOs like the World Food Organisation.
Serena Shim died on the way back to her hotel. She had been returning to Suruc with her cousin Judy Irish in a rental car which then collided with a heavy vehicle (a cement mixer, according to Turkish media). Supposedly, Shim died in the crash while her cousin Judy Irish was injured and taken to Suruc State Hospital. According to the Turkish Dogan News Agency, the driver of the heavy vehicle was subsequently arrested. Shim’s employer at the time, Press TV, disputed this, alleging that both driver and vehicle had “disappeared”.
There was also the curious report that Shim and Irish were for some reason taken to different hospitals after the crash.
Serena Shim’s sister, Fatmeh, appears to have been in no doubt that the journalist was murdered for various reasons. She said, “She caught them bringing in ISIS high-ranked members into Syria from Turkey into camps, which are supposed to be Syrian refugee camps. I think it was planned and plotted. There’s no pictures of Serena in the car. There is not one scratch on my sister’s body. They took them to two different hospitals. Why? Why were there Army men on the ground, why weren’t there police?” No independent investigation has been conducted by the United States over her death, despite her US citizenship.
A Broken Election Pledge By Mrs May ..
Theresa May has been blasted for breaking an election pledge to her own voters over protecting cash for schools. Thirty of 40 schools in her constituency face cuts totalling £614,000 over the first two years of a new Tory funding plan.
Yet the PM fiercely backed David Cameron’s manifesto pledge that “the amount of money following your child into school will not be cut”.
( Nicola Bartlett, 16.04.2017 )
Corruption In High Places ? ..
In 2013, documents show that the UK conducted deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure they were elected to the UN Human Rights Council.
In 2015, shortly after they posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners, Saudi Arabia were ‘chosen’ to head the key UN Human Rights Panel.
And earlier this year, in a ‘secret’ ballot, Saudi Arabia was voted onto the UN Women’s Rights Commission.
Case Dropped Against Yvonne Fletcher’s Murder Suspect ..
Murdered WPC Yvonne Fletcher’s colleagues are furious after a police probe into a suspect was halted. Police say a prosecution has been blocked for ‘national security’ reasons. Saleh Ibrahim Mabroukwas held 18 months ago over the death of Yvonne, 25, who was shot policing a protest outside Libya’s London embassy in 1984. It has emerged Theresa May did nothing to stop the case being dropped. Yvonne’s colleague John Murray, who cradled her as she died, called the decision “a slap in the face”.
Colonel Gaddafi aide Mr Mabrouk was expelled from Britain after the death but returned in 2000, won asylum and gained a PhD in the oil industry.
( Stephen Hayward, Sunday Mirror, 21.05.2017 )
They Died In Vain ..
Homelessness, Food-banks, Loan Sharks, Poverty, Crime, Millions waiting for medical treatment, Benefits cut for the disabled and the vulnerable. The brave souls who gave their life in two world wars for a better life for those they left behind will be saddened and grieved how life is for so many today.
Coal Put The Great In Britain ..
It powered the industrial revolution. Our ships, trains, electricity generation, gas manufacture and chemicals. The Government’s reckless abandonment of an industry that once employed a million men devastated communities yet to recover.
Under President Trump, who promised to bring back miners’ jobs, the USA is going back to coal. The huge, fast-growing economies of China and India never left it.
But the UK now burns biomass at power stations like big-hitter Drax, wood pellets made in Mississippi, shipped to Liverpool and taken in special trains over the Pennines to Yorkshire. How environmentally unsound is that? Yet Kellingley, Britain’s last deep coal mine that closed 18 months ago was just a few miles away with a dedicated rail service. And now we’re embarking, at vast cost, on an uncertain nuclear future reliant on foreign construction and know-how.
Going Green and nuclear has proved massively expensive for consumers, suppliers and homeowners. Coal is cool again in America. It’s too late to revive the industry here, but at least we could be spared the self-congratulations of the privatised power bosses.
( Paul Routledge, 22.04.2017 )
Russia Could Have Been Our Friend ..
The EU, urged on by the US, re-started the Cold War by encouraging Russia’s neighbours to join the EU as if the USSR still existed, and aggressively sought to detach Ukraine from Russia and draw her into the EU orbit, knowing very well that this would infuriate the Russians.
Russia could have been our friend if we had wanted that. We rightly viewed the old Soviet Union as a global menace to freedom. But Russia is no such thing. Just a major regional power sick of being humiliated and pushed around by ignorant outsiders.
The Evil Empire ..
Saudi Arabia, the long-term sponsor of intolerant Islamicism, is the most deadly enemy. European governments have kowtowed to the kingdom for too long. If we don’t cut our ties with the evil empire, terrorism will destroy the civilised world.
( Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, 20.08.2017 )
A Memorial For Heroism In Every-Day Life ..
There’s a little known London garden called Postman’s Park. In it is a memorial. Not a grandiose public memorial to military or political leaders but to otherwise unknown, unsung heroes, ordinary people, who selflessly gave their lives for others. Sheltered within a cloister are 53 tiled tablets, each depicting the name of the victim or victims and how they died, expressed in the simplest of words. The idea was conceived by the famous Victorian artist and philanthropist George Frederic Watts and the first tiles were designed by William de Morgan. It took 13 years of persistence for Watt’s idea to become reality and the first four tablets of the memorial were finally unveiled on the site of three decommissioned graveyards (including that of St Botolph’s-without-Aldersgate) by the Lord Mayor of London on 30 July 1900. The park, part of which had been opened in 1880, was known as Postman’s Park as it was popular with employees of the nearby General Post Office headquarters, who used to go there to relax during breaks. After the first tablets more followed and by 1908 there were 48. The last tablets were unveiled in 1930, apart from one in 2009 dedicated to Leigh Pitt, who drowned in 2007 while saving a boy from the canal at Thamesmead. That brought about a renewed interest in the addition of new tablets. After much discussion, it was decided that as the memorial had been a personal initiative by Watts and underpinned by his Victorian values, it would be better to preserve its historical coherence by adding no more.
( An extract from an article by Patricia Stoughton, January 2016 )