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The Drive for War May 18, 2024: - The collective shrug with which the Western media and political class noted the attempted assassination of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has been telling. Can you imagine the outrage and emotion that would have been expressed by Western powers if not Fico but a pro-Ukraine, anti-Russian leader within the EU had been attacked? The new orders for weapons that would have been presented to the arms manufacturers, the troops that would have been deployed, the sabres that would have been rattled? Instead we have the media telling us that Fico opposed sending arms to Ukraine and opposed threatening Russia. We…
Shameless May 13, 2024: - Incredibly the Israeli genocide in Gaza is now reaching new heights of violence. Casualty figures are not coming in, as the attacks are so bad that bodies cannot be recovered, medics cannot travel and there are almost no medical facilities operational now anyway. We now see that the Western injunctions not to attack Rafah were a smokescreen of lies to mask complicity. The final pocket of Gaza is being ruthlessly ethnically cleansed and its infrastructure will be destroyed like all the rest. It is striking that this is accompanied by an absolutely shameless doubling down of support for Israel by…
The Ignorance of Islamophobia May 9, 2024: - The deluge of Islamophobia on social media unleashed by supporters of the Gaza genocide has been profoundly shocking. It is one reason I am very sorry that Humza Yousaf was forced out as First Minister of Scotland, as he was a particular target and his ousting will have encouraged the bigots. On Twitter and Facebook I frequently receive comments suggesting that I should go and live in an Islamic country (from people evidently unaware that I have previously), or that I should meet Hamas or the Taliban (from people again unaware that I have previously) who would behead me, or…
Starmer Smashed in Blackburn May 6, 2024: - The leadership of genocide enthusiast Keir Starmer - who is still supporting arms sales to Israel and the "Israeli right to self-defence", who still refuses to acknowledge one single Israeli war crime - cost the Labour Party dear in Blackburn in the local elections. The result means I am very likely to win the parliamentary seat. The Blackburn Independent Councillors, who resigned from Labour over Gaza and invited me to stand as their parliamentary candidate, were re-elected and took new seats. They did not gain control of the council only because this was an election for just one third of…
The Curious Case of the Freedom Flotilla April 28, 2024: - The departure of the spectacular "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza carrying 5,500 tonnes of aid has been postponed (again), because the flag state of the major vessels, Guinea Bissau, has withdrawn their registration. The key question is why the organisers were proceeding with such an unreliable flag state in the first place? In the 2010 Freedom Flotilla, the vessel Mavi Marmara was boarded by Israeli troops and ten aid workers were executed in cold blood. Just days before sailing, the Mavi Marmara had changed its flag from Turkey to the Comoros Islands. On a vessel at sea outside the twelve mile…
Worse Than You Can Imagine April 26, 2024: - Governments cannot take big decisions extremely quickly except in the most extreme of circumstances. There are mechanisms in all states that consider policy decisions, weigh them up, involve the various departments of the state whose activities are affected by that decision, and arrive at a conclusion, though not necessarily a good one. The decision to stop aid funding to UNRWA was not taken by numerous Western states in a single day. In the UK, several different government ministries had to coordinate. Even within only a single ministry, the FCDO, views would have to be coordinated through written submissions and interdepartmental…
The Farce of Diplomatic Assurances April 17, 2024: - The United States has now, on the face of it, produced the Diplomatic Note giving the two assurances required by the High Court to allow the extradition of Julian Assange to proceed. The assurance that Julian Assange will be allowed to rely on the First Amendment in his defence is a blatantly weak piece of sophistry. You can read my analysis on the High Court judgment of Assange's right to an appeal here. Let me dispense with the assurance against the death penalty. I am sure it will be accepted by the court. The USA does not need to execute…
I Stand in Blackburn April 16, 2024: - I shall be standing for election to Parliament as the member for Blackburn. This unexpected turn of events requires an honest declaration. 1) I am standing because of the Genocide in Gaza. 2) I am standing because of the appalling pro-Genocide stance of the Labour Party and Keir Starmer's continued support of arms exports to Israel. 3) I am standing because the Blackburn Independent Councillors and the Workers' Party invited me to. The political class, including both the Labour and Tory parties, has continued to offer wholehearted support for Israel. The Tories are a lost cause, irrelevant in Blackburn and…
Free at Last April 15, 2024: - I have today the permission of the surgeon to use my right hand for typing for the first time in over three weeks, provided I am careful not to extend the arm. On Saturday I put my arm in a sleeve and managed to remove my sling while making a speech in Blackburn, which I hope to bring you shortly (it was filmed by Consortium News but there is a job to do on sound synchronisation). The ligaments in my shoulder need another three weeks to heal and may require an operation, but my spirits are lifted enormously by being…
An Urgent Message About Gaza April 2, 2024: - I can't type much with my left hand but I wanted to get this out there. It then took me ten hours to upload with a maximum speed here of 0.5mbps. Still more breaking news now. May do a follow-up tomorrow. [ Transcript now available: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h0C2UQPGZa03_4xcS7kJD5mFyIzOFQaMHrgtQ0i9_v4/edit?usp=sharing ]   ------------------------------------------------ Forgive me for pointing out that my ability to provide this coverage is entirely dependent on your kind voluntary subscriptions which keep this blog going. This post is free for anybody to reproduce or republish, including in translation. You are still very welcome to read without subscribing. Unlike our adversaries including…
The Assange Hearing Permission Appeal Judgment: Mad and Bad. March 29, 2024: - The latest judgment by the High Court in the Assange case achieved completely the objectives of the UK and US states. Above all, Julian remains in the hell which is Belmarsh maximum security prison. He is now safely there alone and incommunicado, from the authorities' point of view, for at least several more months. Importantly, the United States has managed to keep him detained without securing his actual appearance in Washington. It is crucial to grasp that the CIA, who are very much controlling the process, do not actually want him to appear there until after their attempt to secure…
Injured March 28, 2024: - My run of bad luck with health continues. A week ago I fell, dislocated my shoulder and damaged my knee. I am very strapped up and won't have the use of my right arm and hand for a minimum of another week. Am working on a post by auto dictation but it's not easy.
Scotland’s Hate Speech Act and Abuse of Process March 21, 2024: - On 1 April Scotland's notorious Hate Crime Act comes into force. I have explained before why it is so noxious. It has been condemned by every civil liberties body you can think of. Police Scotland have made matters still worse by telling their officers that the measure of whether a Hate Crime has been committed should be whether the person reporting it feels offended or threatened, and that the officer should make no objective judgment as to whether that is reasonable from the facts of the case. But I want to concentrate on one very specific aspect of this legislation.…
Assange Truth and UN Shenanigans March 16, 2024: - I spent the last week at the UN, trying to ram home some truths about the Assange case as input to the UN's Periodic Review (every 7 years) of the UK's human rights record, in terms of its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. I had a very short opportunity to address the UN Committee on Human Rights, which is a body of elected experts. In such a short time frame you have to go with just a couple of points. I am open to criticism of my selection, but I maintain that this was much…
A Tour d’Horizon on Swiss Box March 15, 2024: - Assange, Gaza, the manipulation of "anti-semitism", threats to civil liberties, Galloway, the forms of armed resistance available to the colonised: I enjoy the long-form interview as a chance to explore issues in depth. This one was very enjoyable, and we didn't get through half of Antoine's list of topics. I do hope that you can find time at least to dip in to this discussion of what I am doing and thinking at the moment. You can check out the Swiss Box's excellent catalogue here.   ------------------------------------------------ Forgive me for pointing out that my ability to provide this coverage is…
The Panic Of the Ruling Class March 12, 2024: - I have known George Galloway my entire adult life, although we largely lost touch in the middle bit while I was off diplomating. I know George too well to mistake him for Jesus Christ, but he has been on the right side against appalling wars which the entire political class has cheer-led. His natural gifts of mellifluence and loquacity are unsurpassed, with an added talent for punchy phrase making. He can be fiercely pugnacious in debate and always refuses to let the media set the frame of discussion, which requires an appetite for confrontation that is harder than you might…
Healthcare March 11, 2024: - I have a post on the political class's frenetic attempts to criminalise dissent nearly finished, which I hope will be up tonight. But as a lifelong supporter of the NHS, I wanted to share with you this. I went to a village community health centre in Greece, feeling pretty rotten. I had to wait outside for the results of a covid test. Once cleared I was in and saw the doctor immediately, the Greek equivalent of a GP. He did the routine checks then took an ECG, and then took an X ray - none of this with an appointment…
Assange Final Appeal Day 2 – Your Man in the Public Gallery February 29, 2024: - I approached Day 2 with trepidation. It was not so much being accustomed to having hopes dashed, as having lived so long without hope that it was hard to know what to do with it. At 5:30am I stopped work for a while on writing up Day 1 and went out to walk down the Strand to the court. There was a slightly bigger crowd than had been there the day before at the same time, and happily it included the heroic volunteers saving my place. A freezing Easterly wind was bustling down the Strand having come express from Siberia,…
Assange Final Appeal – Your Man in the Public Gallery February 21, 2024: - Reporting on Julian Assange's extradition hearings has become a vocation that has now stretched over five years. From the very first hearing, when Justice Snow called Assange "a narcissist" before Julian had said anything whatsoever other than to confirm his name, to the last, when Judge Swift had simply in 2.5 pages of glib double-spaced A4 dismissed a tightly worded 152-page appeal from some of the best lawyers on earth, it has been a travesty and charade marked by undisguised institutional hostility. We were now on last orders in the last chance saloon, as we waited outside the Royal Courts…
Rethinking Ukraine: Putin and the Mystery of National Identity February 19, 2024: - The genocide in Gaza - or more precisely the major NATO powers' active and practical support for the genocide in Gaza - has forced me to re-evaluate my views on Ukraine in a manner more sympathetic to the Russian narrative. In particular, I was complacent in my dismissive attitude to the argument that the Western powers would back ethnic cleansing and massacre in the Donbass, by forces including some motivated by Nazi ideology. The same powers who are funding and arming Ukraine are funding and arming a genocide by racial supremacist Israeli forces in Gaza. It is beyond argument that…

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