War Criminals on TV

by craig on January 13, 2014 11:15 am in Uncategorized

Seeing Tony Blair speaking at Ariel Sharon’s Funeral – one war criminal eulogising another – was so horrifying it has jolted this blog back out of retirement.  There may be no justice, but there can be truth.

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  1. Blair wearing a Kipa……. ”He was the peoples war criminal”

  2. Welcome back Craig. Hope you are feeling better.

  3. Welcome back! I have just been reading the Catholic Orangemen of Togo, fantastic!!

  4. Beeston Regis

    13 Jan, 2014 - 11:54 am

    Sickening spectacle of that man kissing arse.

  5. Glad you are back three months is a long time.

  6. I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist – welcome back…!

  7. Anthony Gratrex

    13 Jan, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Great to have you back Craig.

  8. Welcome back Craig.

    Does anyone know why Blair look more and more shifty every time he makes an appearance? I would assume his conscience is playing up, but then I remembered he doesn’t have one.

  9. Every criminal, Blair pontificating cloud has a welcome, responsive lining. Great to see you back blogging for truth and justice, Craig.

    John

  10. Good to hear from you, Craig!

  11. Rhisiart Gwilym

    13 Jan, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Stay, Craig. You’re greatly missed when not active. And you’re right: shocking, beyond-satire hideousness around the Sharon funeral. B’liar in a kippah, for god’s sake! He could teach the Israelis chutzpah.

  12. So pleased to hear you again Craig and hope you, Nadira and family are all well. You have been very much missed.

    A belated Happy New Year to one and all.

    Some of us have been ‘meeting’ over at AlcAnon’s blog, which he kindly set up.
    http://squonk.tk/blog/

  13. I like John Hilley’s comment to Rusbridger

    It is tantalising to speculate that the pretensions of a paper which has spent so much of its editorial life equivocating over the criminally powerful may have robbed its readership of its greatest chance for truth.

    in reply to

    Ariel Sharon: legacy of division
    It is tantalising to speculate that the illness of a man who had spent so much of his life at war may have robbed the region of its greatest chance for peace
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/12/ariel-sharon-legacy-of-division

  14. Craig. It’s nice to hear that you’re alive and haven’t been savaged by a pack of black dog days. Even though public life resembles a cesspool one has to force oneself to live as if it isn’t. It’s nobel to resist the temptation to allow oneself to be beaten down. Justice is probably something devine. We, mere mortals, only aim for truth, and to do that we created laws, which are the next best thing, at least as good as we can do, not being devine.

    Blair is of course an almost completely corrupt creature who is also rather pathetic at the same time. His slimy, salesman, talkshow host, character shines through the makeup. His tawdry need to be accepted and loved by great and powerful men, is creepy. His low desire to serve them and their narrow interests makes one’s skin shiver with revulsion. The sickly, smiling, servility; his little eyes shining as he licks his lying lips and thinks about the next huge fee he’s going to pocket, yuk!

    Craig. You, despite your all too human frailties, are worth an army of Blairs.

  15. Seeing Blair in any capacity remains horrifying.
    .
    This is not meant as an apology for Sharon’s past crimes, but I felt he turned out to be a more pragmatic Israeli prime minister than anyone anticipated, and I think he genuinely hoped to reach a new peace deal. He disengaged from Gaza, confronted settlers in a way few Israeli PMs before or since have done, and oversaw a general de-escalation of tensions with the likes of Lebanon and Syria.
    .
    Things have been appreciably worse since he left office, especially under Netanyahu. I think there’s a good question for scholars, what might have been for the Middle East peace process had Sharon’s time coincided with a different American administration. The Bush administration was at its worst just as Sharon was sticking it to the Israeli far right, and winning politically.

  16. Keith Crosby

    13 Jan, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Smoke Bliar a kippah, he’ll be back for expenses.

    Still here then? It cheers me up no end. ;O)

  17. Craig, good to see you’ve posted again. I’ve missed you.

    pete, 12:50 pm:

    “Does anyone know why Blair look more and more shifty every time he makes an appearance?”

    It could be because of this:

    Exclusive: Devastating dossier on ‘abuse’ by UK forces in Iraq goes to International Criminal Court

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-devastating-dossier-on-abuse-by-uk-forces-in-iraq-goes-to-international-criminal-court-9053735.html

    No, no conscience, but a good sense of when the weasels are closing in…

  18. Welcome back, Craig.

  19. tony dhillon

    13 Jan, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    welcome back Craig. You were missed.

  20. Jon (the mod one)

    13 Jan, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Let me add my voice to the “welcome backs” – you are missed, Craig. I like to think that you have some spare writing capacity for the blog after working on your book!

  21. Three months – and finally a new post! Hope you’re well, and that the next post doesn’t take quite so long.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  22. Hooray!

  23. Good to see you back Craig.

    And glad to see you’re still modding Jon. Unless you mean you have acquired a retro scooter with excessive wing mirrors.

  24. Welcome back!

    Some developments on the Julian Assange situation posted by Arbed over at Squonk last night. Plus some reminders of Palestinian refugee camp massacres from Dr Ang Swee Chai earlier in the thread.

  25. Guess Tony has shed the sheep’s clothing and only the devoted Zionist remains.
    Every bit as evil and pro Isreal as the man he eulogises.
    He knows no shame. Hasn’t for many millions of pounds.
    The truth is catching up,hopefully justice too.
    Great hearing from you craig. Too much going on not to read your comments.
    Mod: to keep this blog from getting all shill & trolled up, limit the number of posts.

  26. http://media.skynews.com/media/images/generated/2014/1/13/282000/default/v2/tony-blair-1-329×437.jpg
    Former prime minister Tony Blair was painted in 2008 by Phil Hale for £6,000.

    Photoshopped by Julian Gibson
    https://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/355/9/f/blair_killer_by_juliangibson-d6yr9wk.jpg

    Painter Alastair Adams. Cost to the taxpayer unknown. The portrait is hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.
    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/dec/20/tony-blair-portrait-national-portrait-gallery-alastair-adams

  27. Mary 13 Jan, 2014 – 5:20 pm
    “Cost to the taxpayer unknown.”

    Well the Blair painting is 48″ * 36″ which according to the artist’s price list would cost about £11,500. Maybe he doubles the price for war criminals.

    It really is a grim painting made all the better by Gibson’s addition.

  28. The link to the ‘moody picture’ of Tony Blair by Phil Dale was copied from the set shown alongside this article.

    The troughers have no shame.

    MPs Spend £250k On Portraits Of Themselves
    Politicians are criticised for spending thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on a huge “vanity project”.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1194397/mps-spend-250k-on-portraits-of-themselves

    ‘MPs have spent almost £250,000 of taxpayers’ money on portraits of themselves, it has been revealed.

    The pictures include a painting of Labour MP Diane Abbott for £11,750, a £10,000 image of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and an £8,000 portrait of Minister Without Portfolio Ken Clarke.

    Other portraits include a £4,000 oil painting of Foreign Secretary William Hague, a £10,346 picture of Sir Menzies Campbell and a £6,000 triptych of Tony Blair, Charles Kennedy and William Hague.

    A bronze of Margaret Thatcher was unveiled in 2007 at a cost of £80,000.

    The former Tory leader Michael Howard sat for a £9,400 painting, while former prime minister Sir John Major was depicted in a £6,000 bronze bust.

    The artworks have all been commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, a cross-party committee, since 1995.’

  29. Aaaah, Dianne Abbott is starkers!

  30. BrianFujisan

    13 Jan, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Ahh…Great to see you Back Craig…Hope 2014 is kind to you all… I see from over at Alcanon’s Blog that Emily is a talented Poet.

    Amazing how many old regulars have Sprung up in an instant, but great to see…Unlike the sight of Blair, and Cameron, and Bush, And H. Clinton….Ect ect ect…

  31. BrianFujisan

    13 Jan, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    Phil Lol…

    Should that Link about Abbott have a warning attached….Yikes

  32. Someone Thanks. Yes I knew. He should walk and take the rest of the BBC rotten eggs with him.

    Phil. All I can say is that ‘she’s no oil painting’! LOL

  33. Clark at 3.19pm

    More on the ICC dossier. Some of those named must be feeling hot under their collars. I don’t understand why Blair is not being included in the list for possible arraignment. He was after all the prime mover for the war and throughout all those terrible years. Look at Iraq now.

    Iraq: “Devastating” Dossier Lodged with the International Criminal Court
    British War Crimes Alleged

    by Felicity Arbuthnot / January 13th, 2014

    A “devastating” two hundred and fifty page document, “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008″, has been “presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain’s leading defence figures facing prosecution for “systematic war crimes” the (London) Independent on Sunday has revealed.

    /..
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/01/iraq-devastating-dossier-lodged-with-the-international-criminal-court/

  34. Welcome back Craig. And Happy New (Referendum) Year.

  35. Good to see you back, Craig, happy returns to all and our best wishes to the family.

    I bet you could not resist the lure of war criminals, alive or dead.
    One had to withdraw from today’s news coverage, the BBC made London look like the neigbourhood of Khan Younis.

    Our war envoy to the middle east looks more and more troubled as Iraq descends into civil war, shame on him and all he stands for.

  36. Mary at 8:20 pm: maybe the political instigators have to be dealt with later, when it can be shown that the military people were doing as they were told or with approval. I don’t know, but I hope so. I suppose some clues may be found in past cases at the International Criminal Court.

  37. Good to see your return Craig.
    Hope is all good.

  38. A Guid New Year to you and yours Craig. We really have missed you, so welcome back. It is my contention that your views have never been more relevant, especially now that world events have moved so much in the short time you have been away.
    For instance, I would love to hear your views on the sea of crocodile tears shed over Nelson Mandela’s death.
    BTW. Scotland needs you like never before in 2014. We will welcome you back with open arms, to help spearhead a new political renaissance.

  39. Welcome back, Craig, and Happy New Year.

    Just cross-posting from the Assange thread with a very intriguing development, if it’s true:

    This post on a Flashback forum dedicated to Anna Ardin (not the main one on JA’s case) says that she has withdrawn her complaint. It’s dated 5th January.

    https://www.flashback.org/sp46889563

    I’ll try to investigate whether this is true. If she has, then this may also factor in to yesterday’s stage-managed “debate” in SvD about closing down the investigation, a good summary write-up of which appears here:

    http://assangeinswedenbook.com/2014/01/14/swedish-prosector-asks-for-assange-case-to-be-closed-2/

  40. You can listen to this live. Don’t you just love the name of the committee room. Will we ever be shot of her name, her memory and her legacy?

    Tuesday 14 January 2014, 2.30pm, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

    2.30pm House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee
    Subject: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: prospects for 2014

    Witnesses
    At 2.30pm
    Professor Manuel Hassassian, Head of the Palestinian Mission in London

    At 3.10pm
    H.E. Daniel Taub, Israeli Ambassador to the UK

    At 3.50pm
    Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, City University, London
    Dr Ahron Bregman, Department of War Studies, Kings College London
    Professor Yezid Sayigh, Carnegie Endowment Middle East Center, Beirut

    The membership of the Foreign Affairs Committee

    Richard Ottaway MP (Chair) Conservative
    Mr John Baron MP Conservative
    Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell QC MP Liberal Democrats
    Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP Labour
    Mike Gapes MP Labour
    Mark Hendrick MP Labour
    Sandra Osborne Labour
    Andrew Rosindell MP Conservative
    Mr Frank Roy MP Labour
    Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP Conservative
    Rory Stewart MP Conservative

    If you wish to listen to this live, go to http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Live.aspx about a few minutes before 2.30pm. Scroll down in the bottom right hand panel until you see this: 2.30pm HoC Foreign Affairs Committee – Thatcher Room

  41. Ottoway’s register of interests. Says it all. Note the Fox Werritty connection.

    Overseas visits

    9-11 July 2007, visit to the USA to attend seminars and meetings with elected US officials and policy forums. My return flight and accommodation were financed by Atlantic Bridge. Entry to which the rectification procedure has been applied. See paragraph 108 of the Guide to the Rules.
    (Registered 20 October 2011)
    Entry to which the rectification procedure has been applied. See paragraph 108 of the Guide to the Rules.
    Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel
    Address of donor: 45B Westbourne Terrace, London W2 3UR
    Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £1,600
    Destination of visit: Israel
    Date of visit: 24-28 November 2011
    Purpose of visit: my wife and I went on a fact-finding political delegation to Israel and the West Bank.
    (Registered 16 December 2011)

  42. Roger Bourgein

    14 Jan, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Your incise analysis has always blown the fog of disinformation away for me, revealing the perspective of clear thinking. So useful. Thank you.

  43. Good to see another post from you Craig, and to know that now Facebook says you are officially married.

    Yes, Blair eulogising Sharon is just about as sickening as Cameron eulogising Nelson Mandela.

    Arbed and Squonk, thanks for the update in developments in the Assange case. Thank God a Swedish newspaper has at last started talking sense on this subject.

    Happy New Year everyone.

  44. I appreciate your return to blog-writing, Mr. C. And hope you’re feeling better. Do keep us up to date on your views of the corporate disinformation system (which continues to loose sympathisers, of course, because of its innate false nature).

  45. This sort of thing just confirms the analysis that power makes the rules – Blair and Sharon aren’t considered war criminals officially because they are on the same side as those with most power.

    If the tables were reversed then they’d be treated as war criminals, but those on the other side who are now (rightly) called war criminals would be eulogised.

    Politics operates on the principle of ‘Might Makes Right’, it always has. Just sometimes it disguises itself in a cloak of democracy (or divine right, or some sort of justification of being the vanguard of the proletariat or whatever Stalinists use as justification).

  46. Oh and welcom back.

  47. So glad you’re back.

  48. Uzbek in the UK

    14 Jan, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    Welcome back Mr Murray. It was indeed sad thing to watch. Truth without justice is preety much useless and in many cases even dangerous.

    On the matter of Uzbekistan; you have been missing (at least on this blog) some very interesting developments with regards to Gulnara Karimova, her sister Lola and cheif of bloody SNB Rustam Inoyatov. It seems that old bloody dog (karimov) is out of steam. Something is goiing to happen there in a few years time. It is not justice, not even truth but nature that will bring Karimovs down.

  49. B.Liar’s tribute. Have your sick buckets at the ready.

    http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-01-13/blairs-tribute-to-sharon-a-giant-of-this-land/

  50. Glad to have you back Craig – I hope your absence was all due to work on the book and temporary Ashes-induced mental trauma and that all is well with you and your family.

    I was going to wait for you to comment again before telling how much I was moved by ‘Murder In Samakand’, which I borrowed from the RNIB Talking Book Service. Looking forward to the new one tremendously.

    Cheers and a happy new year.

  51. One of ZBC’s finest stenographers-to-power on his career highlights, Jon Sopel. You can see how it’s done, the embedding, the shared journeying and the conveying of the messages.

    He’s just been in Dubai crawling round Al Maktoum.

    ‘A senior journalist at the BBC, Jon Sopel is used to rubbing shoulders with world leaders and influential personalities. The day I interviewed him at the BBC New Broadcasting House in London, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was on his show talking about issues such as spying on the Indonesian president and the impact of the rise of China. By the time you read this, he will be in the UAE to interview His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, for his daily BBC World News programme Global.’

    http://gulfnews.com/life-style/people/for-jon-sopel-holidays-mean-breaking-news-1.1275689

    References within to B.Liar

    ‘He covered a lot of UK politics. “I would travel when the prime minister would travel and that was great. John Major, and then Tony Blair. So I travelled with John Major on his aircraft, and travelled with Tony Blair.”’

    ‘Who was the most difficult to interview? “Each of them presented their own challenges,” he says. “David Cameron, John Major, Tony Blair could be extremely charming. [..] I find that interesting, I tell Sopel, because Blair and Cameron have a lot of negativity attached to them.’

  52. War Criminals Gather to Honor War Criminal
    Paying Tribute To A Genocidaire

    By Prof. Francis A. Boyle

    January 13, 2014 “Information Clearing House – The United Nations General Assembly condemned the 1982 Massacre at Sabra and Shatilla as “genocide.” So what the world is witnessing now are innumerable government leaders, politicians, pundits, professors, intellectuals, media figures and the State of Israel paying formal tribute to a genocidaire–one who has committed genocide.

    Obviously, in their opinion the slogan “Never again!” does not apply to protect the Palestinians.

    Professor Francis A. Boyle is an international law expert and served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization and Yasser Arafat on the 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37367.htm

  53. Chris Taylor

    14 Jan, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Welcome back Craig. Your return has helped put my own black dog back on the leash. Keep up the good work. You have been widely missed and should never underestimate your influence. Thank you.

  54. Arbed, did you discover anything further about that tweet. Does it actually say that Anna Ardin has dropped the charge, or is it speculating that she should drop the charges because 12 months in the Ecuadorian embassy is long enough punishment for rape. Google, while better than nothing, is not a perfect translator. I would value a word for word English translation.

  55. Arbed it’s all right, I’ve just checked the Anna Ardin thread.

  56. MerkinOnParis

    14 Jan, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Good to see you back.

  57. Really chuffed to see You post again….PLEASE continue.
    B-liar is beyond the pale.
    Kevin

  58. The war criminals are a small club whose members doubtless feel (as they should) that if they don’t hang together they’ll likely hang separately. So they hang together and disgust the discerning. And after all, having put themselves beyond the pale of decent folk, they can only socialize comfortably with other WCs.

  59. Welcome back Craig and a Happy New Yeat to you and yours. I’ve missed you

  60. Merkin on Paris

    And delighted to see you back too. Someone told me you had shuffled off this mortal coil. Delighted it’s not true!

    Thanks to everyone for their good wishes.

  61. Welcome back I do hope you will keep posting. Please could your moderators be given the authority to exclude the boring trolls, they add nothing but just get in the way, only the really boring ones, the less boring ones may help to stimulate debate.

  62. A question to HMG, as a member of and contributor to the EU.

    What does HM Government say to explain why our tax money is going to fund such a vile and sickening research programme?

    PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) # 674, January 10th, 2014

    The European Union and Israel Plan to Manufacture Drones for the Purpose of Repression

    The EU and a large Israeli military contractor are co-funding research to build drones that can stop moving boats and cars. The three-year-long Aeroceptor project, according to its own literature, aims to help law enforcement authorities to stop “non-cooperative vehicles in both land and sea scenarios by means of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.”

    Israel’s ministry of public security, global weapons manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries and Israeli-based Rotem Technological Solutions are among the list of 12 participants, most of which are based in the EU.

    German Green MEP Ska Keller told this website that the Aeroceptor projector is a first in the EU because previously EU drones were developed only for surveillance and not for interception.

    “Are we going to play Battleships now with drones? With the help of the Israeli defence industry?” said Keller, referring to a popular children’s game; Keller is also the Green group’s migration and civil liberties spokesperson.

    The Aeroceptor project received just over €4.8 million in total funding, with the European Commission pitching in €3.5 million. The remainder comes from the consortium’s participants.

    Available project information also does not specify if such drones would eventually fly over EU member states, in Israeli airspace, or in both.

    For its part, the commission said Israel is legally entitled to take part in EU funded projects.

    But it did not respond to queries on why Israel is participating or why the project is receiving EU funding in the first place.

    Adapted from ‘ L’Union européenne et Israël veulent fabriquer des drones de repression,’ written by Nicolaj Nielsen, from an article translated by Info-Palestine and published at:

    http://cjpp5.over-blog.com/article-euobserver-com-l-union-europeenne-et-israel-veulent-fabriquer-des-drones-de-repression-par-nicolaj-n-115361369.html

    Distributed by PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity
    http://WWW.PAJUMONTREAL.ORG

  63. Paul Barbara

    15 Jan, 2014 - 3:33 am

    Ed, Sharon was a monster; I believe he only removed the settlers from Gaza to make it easier to lay siege and bombard the area, and to mute International protests re settlement expansion elsewhere; as for overseeing a general de-escalation of tensions with the likes of Lebanon, remember Sabra & Shatilla.
    Here is a very good blog post by an Israeli, linked to in ‘The Other Israel’ (TOI): ‘Sharon and me’ http://adam-keller2.blogspot.co.il/2014/01/sharon-and-me.html

    It does show that there has been disgust and brave campaigns against Israeli atrocities by Israelis, including young school children.
    Pity about the ending; as a professed Christian, I certainly would not be so forgiving!

  64. WELCOME BACK CRAIG

    I’ve been looking for excuses to visit East Kent, with bids on a couple of electrical items on ebay 180 + miles away.
    As for Sharon:- It’s an ill wind, as they say.

  65. While you’ve been away, your prediction that Western nations would try to back-track and maintain Assad in power have proved accurate. By the same token the distrust of the Syrian Opposition by Political Islam has also been justified. Without pressure from Political Islam, the Syrian Opposition might have gone to Geneva and Assad might have gained a toe-hold to power in Geneva with another of his pathetic promises of change.
    Not going to happen. No way.

    And meantime, the inventors of the quenelle, (sounds a bit like Chanel but more fragrant) have been ramming the anti-Zionist-“side” message home. (If home is the backside of Western politicians) The lewd, anti-Zio-fascist salute graphically illustrates the way the Zio-banksters have shafted Western Democracy into pouring resources into the War against Islam.

    Vive La France- La France moi. they have succeeded in sending up our political elites, which here in the UK always manage to take our V signs as a sign of approval. Thanks to Craig for returning to explain it to them in the context of Share and Blaron.

    Am I ashamed as a Muslim of the vulgarity and political incorrectness of the gesture? Yes, a little, but I am absolutely thrilled to the core that a popular and patriotic message has been given to the Zio-elite austerity- mongers by our lovely French neighbours.

    It makes Tory anti-Europe politicians look CO2 mad. It’s too dangerous to use foam on these kinds of fires.

  66. Ariel Sharon Was a ‘Brutal Killer’ : Noam Chomsky
    14 January 2014

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37370.htm

    “He was a brutal killer; he had one fixed idea in mind which drove him all his life: a greater Israel, as powerful as possible, as few Palestinians as possible. …” Noam Chomsky

    We discuss Sharon’s legacy with three guests: Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University; and Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Israeli-Arab conflict.

    ~~~

    Instead of ‘few Palestinians as possible’ I would say that Sharon’s real aim was to eliminate and/or evict them.

  67. British war criminals:

    “The head of the army, General Sir Peter Wall, ex-defence secretary Geoff Hoon and former defence minister Adam Ingram are among those named in the 250-page dossier”

    http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/jan/12/iraq-war-crimes

  68. O/T This is an old one going back a bit. No surprise though.

    No action against Lib Dem Rennard over sex harassment claims
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25747951

    See Rennard Conumdrum http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2013/02/rennard-conundrum/

  69. O/T I believe that Craig and Daniel Ellsberg are friends and thought this of interest.

    Edward Snowden will join Freedom of the Press Foundation board
    •NSA whistleblower will join the group’s board in February 2014

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/14/edward-snowden-freedom-press-foundation-board

    ‘Snowden has been indicted by the federal government and lives in Russia where he was granted temporary asylum. The Freedom of the Press Foundation told the New York Times it consulted lawyers to make sure Snowden’s role would not create legal problems for the group, which has non profit status.

    Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers, co-founded the organization in 2012. Ellsberg said in a release that Snowden “is the quintessential American whistleblower, and a personal hero of mine.”

    “Accountability journalism can’t be done without the courageous acts exemplified by Snowden, and we need more like him,” Ellsberg said.

    The San Francisco-based group’s founding board also includes John Cusack, journalist Xeni Jardin and two recipients of the NSA documents, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.’

  70. “Please could your moderators be given the authority to exclude the boring trolls, they add nothing but just get in the way, only the really boring ones, the less boring ones may help to stimulate debate.”

    I think if we avoid creating an “us and them” atmosphere with the hostility it brings, be tolerant, even of those we find boring and respect their right to an opinion, start with a new slate not where we left off, things will be fine.

    Otherwise the place will go to hell in a hand basket again and there aint a blind thing any moderator can do about it.

  71. … or maybe we could have a thread specially dedicated for boring trolls, and they would be allowed to hang out there, with the blessing of the mods. In the meantime, the rest of us could have a rip-roaring conversation on the other threads.

  72. “… or maybe we could have a thread specially dedicated for boring trolls, and they would be allowed to hang out there, with the blessing of the mods. In the meantime, the rest of us could have a rip-roaring conversation on the other threads.”

    When will you ever learn.

  73. Not ‘computer say no’ but ‘EU Parliament say no’.

    Far-right politician calls for moment of silence for Sharon at European Parliament. Parliament says ‘no’

    Adam Horowitz on January 14, 2014
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/politician-european-parliament.html

  74. Would it be debating to ask whether Guano’s support for the “quenelle” crossed the acceptable boundary between anti-zionism and anti Semitism? Or would such a view just run counter to the prevailing ethos of many here, who do not recognise such a distinction and feel that pointing it out when it occurs just amounts to trolling?

  75. O/T, but wanted to say thanks to John Goss for this excellent op-ed article:

    Will Sweden Drop the Charges Against Assange?
    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2014/01/15/will-sweden-drop-the-charges-against-assange/

    Cool balloons 😉

  76. The humour bypass operation was successful then, Fred?

  77. Thanks for posting my article link Arbed. Without your previous links I could not have written it. So double thanks. You’re really on the button. Keep up the good work.

  78. Re: UK war criminals

    It seems to me unimaginable that the likes of Hoon will ever be in the dock. His prosecution would endanger the bloody compact between warmongering politicians and those who make money from war. I suspect the ICC will collapse before this happens. My best guess is the ICC survives (even more discredited) and Hoon moves to the US.

    But very interesting and I hope it keeps the war criminals awake at night. Anyone found the actual report which I thought was public but can’t find.

  79. Jan 13 2014

    How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon
    By Peter Hart

    Reading the pieces in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post (3/12/14) about the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one gets the sense that reporters were aware of some of Sharon’s bloodiest history – but mostly kept that out of their accounts of his life.

    /..
    http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/13/how-the-big-papers-remember-ariel-sharon/

    Well they would wouldn’t they!

  80. thanks for pointing out ESLO, that Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ has not brought him into disrepute with the British FA and or his club West Brom, nor have the many friends of Israel, MP’s who supping on our taxes to divert British foreing policy, made much fuss about it. It is an indication of how much is possible in this countr.The FA is unreconstructed homophobic and uncontrolled financially, a sop to betting syndicates it should be scrapped and reformed.

    If he would had made such a guesture playing in Germany, he would have acted unlawful. I despise public expressions such as this, regardless of whether they come from Anelka or from anybody else, as they are giving voice to fascists who argue with each other, but are essentially out to commit the same attrocities and justify them to the world with some inane crap, are essentially supressing views that are contrare to their regime.

    ow=1&client=firefox-a&hs=zUC&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&tbm=isch&tbnid=UM4SgveoUrHmVM%3A&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com%2Fnews%2Fremembering-ariel-sharon-gallery-1.1576341&docid=FNYvTMARA8L5SM&imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fassets.nydailynews.com%2Fpolopoly_fs%2F1.1576346.1389466054!%2Fimg%2FhttpImage%2Fimage.jpg_gen%2Fderivatives%2Fgallery_1200%2Fariel-sharon.jpg&w=1200&h=953&ei=QtjWUvq-OeOU7QbkqYGACw&zoom=1&ved=0COcCEIQcMF84ZA&iact=rc&dur=3849&page=15&ndsp=14&biw=1152&bih=579

    That said, without engaging the children, brought up under these blinkered, religiously embedded and futile philosophies, in debate, we will never bring peace to either of them or the world.

  81. Great to see you back again Craig. I am one of many who would love to see you blogging regularly again. Don’t let some of the idiotic comments on here or elsewhere put you off!

  82. ESLO
    So it’s politically correct for Cameron and his Zio-fascist-bankster cronies to start a war in Syria by UK army snipers and politically incorrect to criticise these madmen?

  83. No Nevermind they are not giving voice to fascists, they are objecting to governments who spy on every single utterance of their citizens, and who co-embezzle the entire wealth of the Western financial system and replace it with printed money, and who deviate the defense resources into a Zionist war against the true faith of Islam.

    You know, the Fascists are the ones who force others into colonial wars caused by bankruptcy. They don’t all have black moustaches and high leather boots on. Oh dear. It’s so confusing for these pre-senile adults to understand.

  84. The word ‘antisemitism’ [in its current form] is an Apartheid word, because it embraces only a select few and excludes all others. Those who use it [in its current form] indirectly or willingly support Apartheid.

  85. Welcome back, Craig, and a happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours.

  86. “If you live in England and do not wish the medical records, of you, your partner and your children being sold to the highest bidder, you must act now.”

    http://dwpexamination.org/forum/general-discussion/take-care-your-care-data-is-about-to-be-sold-using-services-provided-by-atos/#p120178

  87. @Daniel Rich

    “The word ‘antisemitism’ [in its current form] is an Apartheid word, because it embraces only a select few and excludes all others. Those who use it [in its current form] indirectly or willingly support Apartheid.”

    A very common viewpoint often expressed by holocaust deniers – impossible to argue with such idiots/trolls since all they do is redefine terms to suit their arguments rather than engage in proper debate.

  88. Anon - the troll buster

    15 Jan, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    @Guano

    ESLO
    So it’s politically correct for Cameron and his Zio-fascist-bankster cronies to start a war in Syria by UK army snipers and politically incorrect to criticise these madmen?

    This represents another well know troll technique – ignore the questions posed and then create a straw man that you assign to the questioner.

  89. A few days prior to the fat assassin’s death, Jonathan Freedland wrote a semi-glowing portrait. It almost made me puke.

    I’ve just finished re-reading my favourite book of all-time, Murder In Samarkand, so it’s a timely return. Welcome back.

  90. Remember that game you used to play in the amusement arcade at the seaside when you were a kid, where you tried to lift up the toy with the little crane, but it always dropped before you got it to the the chute?

    Well, the future of humanity depends on these Japanese kids winning around 1500 of these toys, one after another, an unbroken series of 1500 wins with no slipsies. Not one!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLvu57X474M#t=36

  91. Welcome back Craig.No doubt you have seen this.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/gulnara-karimova-uzbekistan-first-family

    There was more on the just now..on live 5

  92. Anon Troll Buster

    ESLO’s question was a false-dichotomy flag: anti- Zionism = anti Semitism. True Troll Trash as frequently found on this site.
    Waste of breath to answer true troll trash here or anywhere else.
    So your job must be to Heinekenise the troll trash. Even if it was fresh troll trash, it’s still Zionist Troll trash which the tribe of Zionist trolls come to dump on this blog.

  93. Dave Lawton Lovely jubbly. You beat me to it!

    The Karimov Klan are splitting asunder. Hurray.

    Gulnara Karimova speaks out over infighting in Uzbekistan’s first family
    In rare interview, daughter of President Islam Karimov claims her mother and sister are part of a plot against her, amid jockeying for position in runup to 2015 election
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/gulnara-karimova-uzbekistan-first-family

    and

    Gulnara Karimova: Uzbekistan’s singing ‘robber baroness’
    BBC News-42 minutes ago
    A year ago, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov was riding high – the head of a business empire, a pop star, she was seen by …
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25742130

    and Papa is not too happy with things either. Feeling a tad insecure maybe?

    Uzbek president warns of growing threats in Central Asia
    14 Jan 2014
    Islam Karimov said rising radicalism and conflict in Afghanistan were among the most alarming dangers linked to a rise in drug-trafficking and …
    http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/161490/uzbek-president-warns-of-growing-threats-in-central-asia.html

  94. @ Anon,

    Q: A very common viewpoint often expressed by holocaust deniers.

    R: Strike 1.

  95. Chelsea Manning Awarded Sam Adams Integrity Prize for 2014

    http://warisacrime.org/content/chelsea-manning-awarded-sam-adams-integrity-prize-2014

    Announcement by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII)

    Craig is a previous winner in 2005.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Adams_Award

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