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  • A Node

    Here’s a nice day out for anyone living in or near London:


    Project Update #13: Join us on the #SackBlair Bus tour around London – tomorrow 27 June 2014. Read all about it!


    Tomorrow, Friday 27 June, will mark the 7-year anniversary of Tony Blair’s appointment as the Middle East Peace Envoy.

    To mark this obscene occasion we’d like you to join us aboard the specially tailored #SackBlair Bus tomorrow for a tour of London landmarks relevant to Blair’s Envoy role.

    We’d love you to join us in the middle of our tour, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, when we’ll on Grosvenor Square rallying, opposite the US embassy, calling for Blair’s removal. (After all it is the USA that ultimately decides whether Blair stays or goes). Our open-top #SackBlair Bus will be circling the square covered in banners, and we will finish by delivering the open letter to the embassy. Conveniently (both for him and us!) Tony Blair’s office is also on Grosvenor Square, so we’ll also be stopping there for short periods, circling around his office. We’ll be filming everything for inclusion in the film so don’t miss out!

    As for the tour, the bus will be on the move around the following landmarks between 10-12.30pm and again between 2-4pm in this order: Parliament, The QEII Centre (where Chilcot was held), the European Commission (St John’s Smith Square), JP Morgan Knightsbridge, the Israeli embassy, the Russian consulate, the US embassy and the Office of Tony Blair. We will only make brief stops, but if you are near, please come and show your support.

    This will be a peaceful rally, no aggressive or offensive behaviour will be tolerated. For any questions, please email: [email protected]</blockquote>

  • Mary

    Even worse than the speculation but we had heard the reports of abuse in mortuaries before.

    Savile NHS Abuse: Victims Aged From 5 To 75

    {File photo dated 18/05/2009 of Sir Jimmy Savile reunited with his famous Jim’ll Fix It chair, as Sir Jimmy’s gold suits, Cuban cigars and beloved Rolls-Royce will also go on sale today as the late DJ’s belongings goes up for auction.}

    Savile assisted in bed baths and may have sexually abused dead bodies in a mortuary, but managers were unaware of his abuse.

  • Mary

    What has Mrs May got to say now about the persecution of this man?

    Abu Qatada Acquitted Of Terror Conspiracy

    The Palestinian-born preacher was deported from the UK last year to face conspiracy accusations and separate terror charges.

    Thursday 26 June 2014

    By Tom Rayner, Middle East Reporter

    Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been acquitted of terrorism charges by Jordan’s state security court.

    The verdict was in relation to a series of bomb plots in 1998, targeting the Jerusalem Hotel and American School in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

    The verdict on a second charge relating to a foiled bomb plot targeting tourist sites in Jordan during New Year celebrations in 2000 has been postponed.


  • guano

    Abu Qatada/CIA/MI6/Jordan. Just setting the mousetrap (Arab) spring now.
    Is this what Craig means by UK diplomatic achievements?

  • John Goss

    Mary, thanks for the Abu Qatada link. Theresa May will not be happy. She is used to sending innocent people to the United States where they are tortured in solitary confinement cells for however long it takes until they plea bargain to get out. Qatada was almost certainly a secret services’ asset at one time though in a FOI request they refused to say.

    I wrote in April last year before his deportation:

    “Let us assume for a moment that Abu Qatada has committed crimes in Jordan, though much evidence suggests otherwise. Mr. Qatada has committed no crime in the United Kingdom. So, even if he was a criminal abroad, he fits the Christian example of a reformed character and, providing he continues to live lawfully, should be forgiven. What appears to irritate Mrs. May as much as anything is that Mr. Qatada has called for the release of Muslims held in United States prisons and Guantanamo Bay, which gets him labeled a preacher of hatred.”

    I notice the latest BBC report still refers to him as a “radical cleric” and jihadist preacher. The BBC, and other media outlets, have done such a good job on the word Jihad that everybody in the west thinks it means ‘war’.

  • Mary

    They (the MSM) love saying the word ‘jihad’. I heard Jonathan Marcus upping the ante against our Muslin brothers and sisters on the World Service. Exactly what Tel Aviv wants us to hear of course.

    Ramzy Baroud on the reasons for the ‘angry Muslim’. A good history lesson.

    Reverting to the Ummah
    Who is the ‘Angry Muslim’ and Why

  • A Node


    “…Most people have far more pressing concerns than the press, I realise. But the relationships exposed, tabloid-style, at the top of all this make incest look positively vanilla. Cameron rides Brooks’s horse! Brooks comforted by Blair! Cameron’s best friend marries Brooks! Cameron’s brother is head of the chambers that defends Brooks! Brooks’s lover Coulson hired by Cameron! Ad nauseam. ”

     …. yet none of them was aware of anything the others were doing. What do they talk about over the cocktails and canapes?

    “Topping weather today, Rebecca.” “Spiffing, David. What do you think, Andy?” “Rather, old girl, it’s splendid. D’ya think it’ll rain tomorrow, Tony?” ….. ad nauseum

  • A Node

    John Goss 26 Jun, 2014 – 12:31 pm

    “I notice the latest BBC report still refers to him as a “radical cleric” and jihadist preacher. The BBC, and other media outlets, have done such a good job on the word Jihad that everybody in the west thinks it means ‘war’.”

    Straight from the horses mouth, here’s how the BBC describes ‘Jihad’. The words “holy war” and “struggle to defend Islam” stand out because they are links in red and bold font.


    The literal meaning of Jihad is struggle or effort, and it means much more than holy war.

    Muslims use the word Jihad to describe three different kinds of struggle:

    A believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible
    The struggle to build a good Muslim society
    Holy war: the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary

    Many modern writers claim that the main meaning of Jihad is the internal spiritual struggle, and this is accepted by many Muslims.

    However there are so many references to Jihad as a military struggle in Islamic writings that it is incorrect to claim that the interpretation of Jihad as holy war is wrong.”

  • doug scorgie

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    26 Jun, 2014 – 12:15 am

    “As I have explained to you repeatedly, Doug : you cannot say you accept the right of Israel to exist provided it does not call itself a Jewish state when you know that Israel HAS defined itself as a Jewish (and democratic) state in one of its Basic Laws. Your “acceptance” is, in these circumstances, in fact a non-acceptance.”
    Read this slowly Habbabkuk.

    I don’t accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state because that would entail racial discrimination against non-Jewish citizens of Israel.

    It would pander to the idea of Jewish supremacy espoused by the Zionist and extremist settler fanatics.

    But you seem to ignore the fact that the two-state solution is dead and was, in reality, stillborn.

    There was only one state envisaged by the Zionists – Greater Israel and that is the current Zionist position: a state ethnically cleansed of non-Jews.

    You say:
    “…you know that Israel HAS defined itself as a Jewish (and democratic) state in one of its Basic Laws.”

    Jewish Zionists have made that definition in a Basic Law, a law that has no standing outside Israel.

    The term “a Jewish and democratic state” is an oxymoron which would be apparent to anyone seriously thinking about it.

    The only way to have a Jewish and democratic state would be to expel all non-Jews from Israel and create a purely Jewish population. A democracy for Jews only.

    Is that something you support Habbabkuk?

    You say:
    “By the way, Doug, Iran styles itself as the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
    “Do you accept the right of Iran to exist as an Islamic state?”

    As you know I am a secularist but Iran does not define itself by race.

    You seem to get confused Habbabkuk between race and religion.

    Islam is a religion; Jewish is a race.

  • Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    Doug – “Jewish is a race.”

    Except when you are having an argument with s Jewish person who might find that inconvenient. Then it becomes a culture, or a religion The defining feature of Jewishness is that it is undefined. Wouldn’t work otherwise. Word to the wise.

  • Mary

    Israeli forces raid 70 houses in Yatta

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided and searched some 70 houses in Yatta on Wednesday, injuring Palestinians Ashraf Nassar al-Shawwahin and detaining Muhammad Yassir Abdulrahman Murr.

    Israeli military vehicles and soldiers searched the neighborhoods of Yatta, a town near Hebron, for more than four hours.

    The mayor of Yatta condemned the continuous campaign against the residents and all Palestinian cities, which he called a “barbarian act.”



    One of these men is aged 56. He has spent 33 of those years in an Israeli prison.
    Now re-arrested.

    Israeli court extends detention of 6 ex-prisoners

    26/06/2014 RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ofer military court on Thursday extended the detention of six former prisoners recently rearrested during Israel’s search campaign for three missing Israelis.


  • Mary

    PSC will hold a protest at Sainsbury’s AGM on 9 July. Please consider signing the related petition you will find at:

    Briefing: Farming Injustice

    ‘Sainsbury’s: where are your values?’ ‘End your Indifference to Palestinian Farming communities’ We will be holding a protest at the Sainsbury’s AGM, as part of our continuing campaign calling on Sainsbury’s to cease all trade with companies which are complicit in the colonisation of Palestinian land and destruction of Palestinian farming communities. Assemble from 10a.m. outside Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, just off Parliament Square, London SW1P 3EE. We will be leafleting shareholders as they arrive for the AGM, which starts at 10.45 a.m.

    Sainsbury’s has spent the last year promoting itself as the supermarket chain most concerned with values. The CEO designate, Mike Coupe cannot be clearer when he says:

  • Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    Some of Tony’s chums here –

    Genel Energy, led by ex-BP boss Tony Hayward, completed the KRI (Kurdish Region of Iraq)pipeline from the Kurdish area of northern Iraq to Turkey, where oil and gas can be sold to international markets via a deep sea port. For his part in the thirsty work of completing the pipeline, Hayward, who left BP after a string of gaffes during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, trousered £1.78m in pay and bonus, together with his shareholding of £16.3m……

    …Genel’s efforts to operate out of the separatist and better organised Kurdish north may be helped by crumbling central authority in Baghdad. If matters degenerate to the point where Iraq breaks up, it opens the way for a Kurdish state to allow oil to be pumped through the pipeline and sold on international markets with sizeable profits for Genel and without the inconvenience of dealing with Baghdad…

    …A second British company in the area, meanwhile, is Gulf Keystone, marshalled by Lord Guthrie, former SAS colonel and once Tony Blair’s favourite cutthroat. Guthrie served as chief of defence staff from 1997-2001; a year before leaving office he was already on the books of Gulf Keystone…

    …Gulf Keystone is traded on the London Stock Exchange but registered in Bermuda; Genel Energy is based in Jersey and paid less than 1 percent tax on company profits to the exchequer in the last financial year.

  • Mary

    I wondered which Princess when I saw the link. I could not imagine it was Princess Anne or even Princess Pushy!

    It was a racist, an alumni from St Andrews who had returned to Scotland in March for a reunion.

    ‘Her Serene Highness Princess Theodora Sayn-Wittgenstein admitted at Dundee Sheriff Court telling first aider Farah Jasmin Hussain: “I was doing my nails this morning – I wondered how many Muslims I could kill.”

    I can’t see that she made an apology.

  • Mary

    Hunt for missing Israeli boys stirs up familiar recriminations

    Two weeks since teenagers vanished, huge search has raised questions over how much operation is aimed at crushing Hamas

    Peter Beaumont

    Not far from Gush Etzion junction, where three Israeli teenagers – Naftali Frankel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrah – were kidnapped a fortnight ago is a large white plastic banner displaying the boys’ faces. It is an image that has become ubiquitous in Israel in the past two weeks.

    Further into the southern West Bank, in the village of Dura, outside Hebron, there hangs a different poster, with another boy’s face. He is not much younger than two of the missing Israelis – 15-year-old Mohammed Dudeen – who was shot through the heart after climbing out of his bedroom window to join a stone-throwing demonstration against a raid in his village by Israeli soldiers looking for the missing teenagers.

    Dudeen is one of five Palestinians killed during the Israeli army’s massive manhunt, a search that has seen hundreds arrested and the whole city of Hebron put under military closure, with most entrances to the city sealed off, stopping day workers and business people from entering and leaving.

    Israeli settlers kidnap 6-year-old childchild, who was reported missing on Saturday, has been found in a forest area on the hills of Hebron also known as al-Khalil. Reports say the child had been kidnapped by Israeli settlers in the area. Israel is accused of turning a blind eye to illegal acts by the settlers.

    On Saturday night, a 6-year-old child from the South Hebron al-Khalil hills was kidnapped by Israeli settlers living in the area.
    Mo’ab Kamel Reb’ey from the village of Tiwany in the East of Yatta was captured by the settlers who held him for hours outside the settlement. He managed to flee into a nearby forest and hid behind a large rock and slept overnight before a Palestinian search group found him. He was too terrified to speak after the ordeal and was transferred to hospital. According to the family, Mo’ab is still recovering from his ordeal; however, they claim there is no protection from constant settler attacks in the area. Raatib Ijbur further complained that the Palestinians’ calls for the international community to help them are falling on deaf ears. Villagers here say there is no protection for their children as the land lies in area C, which is under full control of the Israeli military. They say Israeli forces only protect settlers.

  • Jemand

    Doug Scorgie, you have discussed at length your objection to a “Jewish State”. Do you also object to theocracies, for example Islamic states such as Iran where the head of state is the Muslim variant of the once Jewish God?

  • doug scorgie

    27 Jun, 2014 – 12:17 pm

    “Doug Scorgie, you have discussed at length your objection to a “Jewish State”. Do you also object to theocracies, for example Islamic states such as Iran where the head of state is the Muslim variant of the once Jewish God?”

    I am a secularist Jemand and I stated that in the post you refer to.

    If you don’t know what a secularist is then I recommend the online Oxford Dictionary.

  • Jemand

    “I am a secularist Jemand and I stated that in the post you refer to.”

    That’s not really an answer, Doug. You might have also said you are a stamp collector with equal evasiveness.

    Do you have any objections to Iran being a theocracy? I’m sure you would prefer that it were a liberal secular state, but given that it is not, can we count on you to criticise the ongoing retention of Iran’s theological foundations for its government and the inevitable intolerance of minority religions that goes with state-sanctioned primacy of one religion over all others?

  • doug scorgie


    27 Jun, 2014 – 6:29 pm

    “I am a secularist Jemand and I stated that in the post you refer to.”

    That’s not really an answer, Doug. You might have also said you are a stamp collector with equal evasiveness.

    Do you have any objections to Iran being a theocracy?

    Yes I do because I’m a secularist not a stamp collector.

    Jemand, you’re as dumb as they come.

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