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A coalition of liars is trying to smash Jeremy Corbyn – fight back!

June 26, 2016 – 11:49 am |

A coalition of liars is trying to subvert the democratic mandate of the Labour Party membership by conspiring to unseat Jeremy Corbyn from his role as leader of the Labour Party.
Recent events have illuminated in stark clarity …

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It’s Still the Iraq War, Stupid.

June 26, 2016 – 3:14 pm |

No rational person could blame Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit. So why are the Blairites moving against Corbyn now, with such precipitate haste?

The answer is the Chilcot Report. It is only a fortnight away, and though its form will be concealed by thick layers of establishment whitewash, the basic contours of Blair’s lies will still be visible beneath. Corbyn had deferred to Blairite pressure not to apologise on behalf of the Labour Party for the Iraq War until Chilcot is published.

For the Labour Right, the moment when Corbyn as Labour leader stands up in parliament and condemns Blair over Iraq, is going to be as traumatic as it was for the hardliners of the Soviet Communist Party when Khruschev denounced the crimes of Stalin. It would also destroy Blair’s carefully planned post-Chilcot PR strategy. It is essential to the Blairites that when Chilcot is debated in parliament in two weeks time, Jeremy Corbyn is not in place as Labour leader to speak in the debate. The Blairite plan is therefore for the parliamentary party to depose him as parliamentary leader and get speaker John Bercow to acknowledge someone else in that fictional position in time for the Chilcot debate, with Corbyn remaining leader in the country but with no parliamentary status.

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Yes, they are that nuts.

If the fault line for the Tories is Europe, for Labour it is the Middle East. Those opposing Corbyn are defined by their enthusiasm for bombing campaigns that kill Muslim children. And not only by the UK. Both of the first two to go, Hilary Benn and Heidi Alexander, are hardline supporters of Israel.

This was Benn the week before his celebrated advocacy of bombing Syria:

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn told a Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) lunch yesterday that relations with Israel must be based on cooperation and rejected attempts to isolate the country.

Addressing senior party figures in Westminster, Benn praised Israel for its “progressive spirit, vibrant democracy, strong welfare state, thriving free press and independent judiciary.” He also called Israel “an economic giant, a high-tech centre, second only to the United States. A land of innovation and entrepreneurship, venture capital and graduates, private and public enterprise.”

Consequently, said Benn, “Our future relations must be built on cooperation and engagement, not isolation of Israel. We must take on those who seek to delegitimise the state of Israel or question its right to exist.”

Heidi Alexander actually signed, as a 2015 parliamentary candidate, the “We Believe in Israel” charter, the provisions of which state there must be no boycotts of Israel, and Israel must not be described as an apartheid state.

This fault line is very well defined. The manufactured row about “anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party shows exactly the same split. In my researches, 100% of those who have promoted accusations of anti-Semitism were supporters of the Iraq War and/or had demonstrable links to professional pro-Israel lobby groups. 100% of those accused of anti-Semitism were active opponents of the Iraq War. Never underestimate the Blairite fury at being shown not just to be liars but to be wrong. Iraq is their Achilles heel and they are extremely touchy about it.

No rational person would believe Brexit was Jeremy Corbyn’s fault. No rational person would believe that now is a good moment for the Labour Party to tear itself apart. Extraordinarily, the timing is determined by Chilcot.

Craig Murray

A coalition of liars is trying to smash Jeremy Corbyn – fight back!

June 26, 2016 – 11:49 am |

A coalition of liars is trying to subvert the democratic mandate of the Labour Party membership by conspiring to unseat Jeremy Corbyn from his role as leader of the Labour Party.
Recent events have illuminated in stark clarity …

Brexit could trigger massive UK credit crunch

June 24, 2016 – 9:31 am |

So the UK is to divorce itself from the EU and join in joyous matrimony with the loony right of the tory party – kitsch Dad’s Army imaginings are about to collide with cold hard reality.
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As …

Labour M.P. Jo Cox murdered by right wing terrorist

June 16, 2016 – 4:39 pm |

Sodium Haze is deeply saddened and shocked by the murder of Labour M.P. Jo Cox.
Early reports suggest she was shot several times by a right wing terrorist invoking the name of far right extremist group “Britain …

DWP contractors harass advocates of vulnerable benefit claimants in the courts

June 11, 2016 – 8:34 am |

To start with a bit of background. Last year SUWN (Scottish Unemployed Workers Network) activist Tony Cox was dragged through the courts after accompanying a vulnerable woman to the Jobcentre and correcting their interpretation of the …

If the left can win the referendum, they can lose it too!

June 7, 2016 – 11:27 am | 2 Comments

And lose the referendum is what the left is about to do because of its refusal to discuss the effects of immigration on local communities. The standard line is to acknowledge the pressures on local …

Confessions of a Panama Papers hit man

May 24, 2016 – 10:39 am | Comments Off on Confessions of a Panama Papers hit man

As an Economic Hit Man (EHM) in the 1970s I spent a great deal of time in Panama. I hate to admit it, but I helped forge the system that has now been exposed in …

NHS managers are being forced to lie to the public

May 20, 2016 – 8:42 am | Comments Off on NHS managers are being forced to lie to the public

Local managers are being forced to slash NHS budgets and replace existing hospital and community services with unproven ‘new models of care’ (inspired by, and attractive to, the corporates.).
And local managers are effectively being forced …

How The Guardian bullies morality so they can bully YOU

May 16, 2016 – 3:48 pm | 3 Comments

Do you have sympathy towards or even support Jeremy Corbyn? Perhaps you recognise and feel angry about the relentless campaign in the corporate media to discredit his leadership of the Labour Party?
Do you recognise and feel angry about terrorism …

The demoralized mind – how can we treat our sick culture and make ourselves well?

May 11, 2016 – 12:40 pm | Comments Off on The demoralized mind – how can we treat our sick culture and make ourselves well?

Western consumer culture is creating a psycho-spiritual crisis that leaves us disoriented and bereft of purpose. How can we treat our sick culture and make ourselves well?
Our descent into the Age of Depression seems unstoppable. …

Trapped in ‘Vicious Circle,’ Greece Passes Crushing New Austerity Package

May 11, 2016 – 11:19 am | Comments Off on Trapped in ‘Vicious Circle,’ Greece Passes Crushing New Austerity Package

‘Every day they destroy our country a little more,’ says protester in Athens
Amid protests and strikes, Greek lawmakers passed a crushing new austerity package early on Monday.
The reform package, which passed by a razor-thin margin, …

BBC Spread the Hatred

May 7, 2016 – 10:02 am | One Comment

No matter how terrible the BBC is, it constantly manages to get worse. The BBC News this evening appears like an especially rabid Tory Party broadcast. Sarah Smith was just breathtaking, while I thought Laura …

Another goodbye to democracy if TTIP is passed

May 5, 2016 – 9:04 am | Comments Off on Another goodbye to democracy if TTIP is passed

Corporate control on both sides of the Atlantic will be solidified should the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership be passed. Any doubt about that was removed when Greenpeace Netherlands released 13 chapters of the TTIP …

Disaster Capitalism: Ecuador Forced to Pay US Oil Giant $180M

May 2, 2016 – 1:16 pm | Comments Off on Disaster Capitalism: Ecuador Forced to Pay US Oil Giant $180M

The Ecuadorean government is being forced to use money that could go toward relief efforts to instead pay off a multinational oil company.

The Ecuadorean government is being ordered to pay US$180 million payment on Friday to …

Leaked TTIP Documents Confirm Corporate Power Grab at Heart of EU/US Trade Deal

May 2, 2016 – 11:05 am | One Comment

Greenpeace have leaked 248 pages of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts, confirming worst fears of environmentalists and social justice activists.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a massive trade deal …

New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship | Glenn Greenwald

April 29, 2016 – 4:14 pm | One Comment

A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting …

What Zionism has meant for Palestinians | Ben White

April 29, 2016 – 3:53 pm | One Comment

“If there are other inhabitants there, they must be transferred to some other place. We must take over the land. We have a greater and nobler ideal than preserving several hundred thousands of Arab fellahin.”
Menahem …

Has the future already been drowned in the babbling of Facebook?

April 24, 2016 – 1:40 pm | Comments Off on Has the future already been drowned in the babbling of Facebook?

Years ago, I worked in a cramped office as a civil servant. My male and married boss was having an affair with a woman in my office, his wife worked at an office just up the …

Media Pretend Not To Know About British Boots on the Ground in Libya | Craig Murray

April 19, 2016 – 9:50 am | Comments Off on Media Pretend Not To Know About British Boots on the Ground in Libya | Craig Murray

Yesterday Philip Hammond, UK foreign secretary, visited a naval base in Tripoli to be shown docking facilities for British military vessels. The authoritative Jane’s Defence Weekly published that the 150 strong amphibious Special Purpose Task …

Britain’s part in the ‘drone war’ in Yemen urgently needs explaining | Anna H. Jackman

April 16, 2016 – 10:39 am | One Comment

Recent allegations of the UK’s “systemic collaboration” in CIA-led drone operations in Yemen have raised questions about the UK’s unfolding drone programme
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more commonly known as drones, have become the most talked-about weapon of …

A World War has begun. Break the silence | John Pilger

March 24, 2016 – 12:43 am | 2 Comments

The world is in the grip of a massive wave of militarism of which most of us are blissfully ignorant, writes John Pilger. When did mainstream media last tell you about the US’s $1 trillion …

The Brussels Attacks: Our pain and rage are immense, but we need reason and understanding more than ever | Frank Barat

March 23, 2016 – 9:38 am | Comments Off on The Brussels Attacks: Our pain and rage are immense, but we need reason and understanding more than ever | Frank Barat

The second day of Spring in my hometown, Brussels, started like any other day. I took the kids to school and nursery this morning, then went to work. Or, rather, came back home, where most …

Iain Duncan Smith: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

March 19, 2016 – 11:02 am | Comments Off on Iain Duncan Smith: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

So with a wearying predictability Iain Duncan Smith has had another epiphany and resigned.
We are now invited to believe that he has developed a conscience about what the Tories are doing to the unemployed, the sick and the disabled. …

‘Chilling Effect’ of Mass Surveillance Is Silencing Dissent | Nafeez Ahmed

March 17, 2016 – 7:25 pm | Comments Off on ‘Chilling Effect’ of Mass Surveillance Is Silencing Dissent | Nafeez Ahmed

Thanks largely to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, most Americans now realize that the intelligence community monitors and archives all sorts of online behaviors of both foreign nationals and US citizens.
But did you know …

Beware the march of the authoritarians! | Jonathon Porritt

March 17, 2016 – 10:27 am | Comments Off on Beware the march of the authoritarians! | Jonathon Porritt

Is the UK sinking into authoritarian rule? That’s how it looks, writes Jonathon Porritt, as the government joins with right wing media and fossil fuel companies to attack local democracy and environmental campaigners. Is this …

Labour Must Once More Become The Party of Empty Buzzwords, Says Dan Jarvis

March 11, 2016 – 10:17 am | Comments Off on Labour Must Once More Become The Party of Empty Buzzwords, Says Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis – a man who is touted as being a future Labour leader by the sort of people who tipped Liz Kendall to be the same thing – has said that Labour must once …

The Evil Empire Has the World in a Death Grip | Paul Craig Roberts

March 7, 2016 – 11:33 am | One Comment

In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a …

The Corbyn Effect: How Apathy Became Hope | Steve Turner

March 7, 2016 – 9:51 am | Comments Off on The Corbyn Effect: How Apathy Became Hope | Steve Turner

LAST WEEK Tony Blair professed bafflement at the rise — on both sides of the Atlantic — of popular movements by people who in Blair’s view choose to “rattle the cage”.
I think this is a …

Beware Israeli propaganda dressed up as news

March 6, 2016 – 12:07 pm | Comments Off on Beware Israeli propaganda dressed up as news

The Haze’s attention was drawn to this lengthy article in the staunchly pro-Israel Telegraph.
It is typical example of pro-Israeli propaganda that has been all over the corporate media recently. The piece is so flimsy that one almost feels sorry …

Capitalism dying of thirst | James Plested

March 5, 2016 – 10:37 am | Comments Off on Capitalism dying of thirst | James Plested

The world faces a growing water crisis, with billions of people experiencing severe water scarcity, according to a new report published in the journal Science Advances.
The report, authored by Arjen Hoekstra and Mesfin Mekonnen from …

To my fellow Israelis: We can stop this | Jonathon Ofir

February 9, 2016 – 12:43 am | One Comment

An open letter to my fellow Israelis:
This is probably a culmination of nearly a decade’s reviewed study of our history. At some point, beyond the singular stories, cases and arguments, I feel something unequivocal and …

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