A Great Day 1137


My body and mind are still in Ankara, fully engaged with the Syrian peace talks. But my heart is in Catalonia.

A great day. The achievement is colossal – a pro-independence majority achieved despite the leadership being in jail or in exile, and on an 84% turnout. The lies being spewed out day by day by the neo-liberal media about a “silent majority” are well and truly exposed, as is the EU’s contempt for democracy.

I guess now they have to charge over million people with sedition.


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  • Anon1

    Not looking good for Gerry Adams. He’ll be looking over his shoulder in the coming days, and for the rest of his life!

  • Anon1

    So it could be the case that Jeremy Corbyn attended a memorial service for an IRA man his friend Gerry Adams had killed.

    Awkward…

    • giyane

      It’s always awkward when one is forced to accept a premise with which one does not agree. The premise being the denial that IRA terror was, like Al Qaida and Islamic State terror, funded, administered and covered up by MI5 and the CIA.

      If one accepts the premise tendered by Western governments more or less anything that follows is garbagein-gargageout gobbledygook.

    • Old Mark

      Anon1- I take that to be a reference to the Loughgall incident of May 1987, and some interesting files relating to the same issued yesterday by the Irish government ?

      Do you have a reliable reference verifying Corbyn’s attendance at any of the IRA funerals of the ‘Loughgall 7’ led by the notorious Jim Lynagh ?

      Perhaps he attended the funeral of the innocent bystander, also killed- it seems by the SAS- in the crossfire ?

      Elucidation from you on these points would be warmly appreciated.

    • Sharp Ears

      Suggest reading this…..

      Perspectives / Opinion / Stop calling Jeremy Corbyn an IRA terrorist sympathiser, it’s simply not true
      Stop calling Jeremy Corbyn an IRA terrorist sympathiser, it’s simply not true
      From Where I Stand
      1st June 2017 /

      James Butler

      Corbyn’s nuanced approach to negotiating peace and understanding has been consistent for decades, and has ultimately been proved right, argues James Butler.
      When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader back in September 2015, conventional wisdom suggested that his past associations with Irish Republicans – including invitations he gave to Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams to visit Westminster in the 1990s – would be used to hammer him in a national campaign and eventually spell his downfall.

      /..
      http://www.huckmagazine.com/perspectives/opinion-perspectives/jeremy-corbyn-no-ira-sympathiser/

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    So now the US has gotten South Korea to blockade a ship from North Korea carrying oil to the isolated state, what it has already denounced as an art of war..

    So the South has already dropped the bomb, ending diplomatic negotiations regarding the crisis?

    Are the loonies ever going to stop before it too late?

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    America;s deep state is far fewer people than you envision, like CIA’s Mike Pompeo, Air Secretary Heather Wilson, a few Fleet Commanders and occasionally Little Adolf himself.

  • Macky

    How Israel turned Palestine into the biggest prison on earth

    “In Gaza the Israelis are the wardens that lock the Palestinians from the outside world but they don’t interfere with what they do on the inside.

    The West Bank is like an open-air prison where you send petty criminals who are allowed more time to go outside and work outside. And there’s no harsh regime inside but it’s still a prison. Even the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, if he moves from Area B to C, he needs the Israelis to open the gate for him. And that’s for me very symbolic, the fact that the president cannot move without the Israeli jailer opening the cage”

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/interview-ilan-pappe-44144233

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    You can add CNO Admiral John Richardson to the list. He has taken a meat clever to the fleets in the Asian-Pacific to make the US Navy is the best in the world every day. He also served on the USS Parche when it was covertly involved in getting rid of the Soviers at Olof Palme’s expense.

    You can expect a showdown between his navy and the Air Force about who also settled the pivot on the Pacific.

    • Trowbridge H. Ford

      And, of course, Little Adolf is above the law, and says he can do whatever he wants from the Oval Office.

      Stuff so called democracies, especially if their leaders engage openly in betrayals to gain office.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    This gets my nomination of best TV interview of 2017. “Dr. Scott Bennett, formerly of the U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion, attempted to blow the whistle by contacting the commercially-controlled media and writing to US politicians after being sacked from his job as terrorist finance investigator”

    As a result, he was jailed for 2 years, and tortured by The US Government. Durng this time, he actually wrote a book, whilst in prison on a typewriter, the contents of which were smuggled out. Unlike other whistelblowers, his existence has been almost comprehensively buried, by all forms of media. In this respect, he reminds me of ex CIA asset Susan Lindaurer, who received very similar treatment, for attempting to reveal the truth by contacting senior US Politicians.

    He reveals a lot more here, which in my opinion is extremely accurate of both historical and current events. The contents is stunning, and many people will find it difficult to believe, despite the overwhelming evidence that it is true.

    “Interview with a Military Whistleblower. Russian – American Relations”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyC4oKIhCzg

    Tony

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Tony_0pmoc December 29, 2017 at 15:55
      That is indeed a great interview. And both whistleblowers got jailed, while the perps carried on regardless.
      Here is one of the articles it shows on the video:
      ‘Whistleblower Scott Bennett Challenges U.S. Senators to Take Action on Terrorist Funding through Swiss Bank Accounts’:
      https://www.thepostemail.com/2015/06/15/whistleblower-scott-bennett-challenges-u-s-senators-to-take-action-on-terrorist-funding-through-swiss-bank-accounts/

      • Ian

        Good grief, he was sounding plausible until he went off on one about tattoos, piercings, homosexuals and transgender people. Same old US conservative twaddle.

        • Dave

          The point he was making is despite being bellicose America is being feminised with political correctness which makes the military unable to match the rhetoric, because the military becomes an effeminate social programme rather than a fighting force. This makes America more dangerous, as ‘shock and awe’ replaces any actual fighting, due to an inability of US soldiers to fight.

          But separately due to corruption the US builds super weapons that don’t work and no match to their rivals. This makes America more dangerous as without effective conventional forces, they’re left with a nuclear weapons response that can destroy the world.

    • K. Crosby

      Piercing the cloud of manufactured unknowing, that gives rulers the excuse of ignorance, is lèse majesté, an unforgivable crime.

  • Republicofscotland

    So files at the National Archive, ones that haven’t conveniently been lost or burned up, show that in 1992, the Queen virtually begged then PM John Major, to implement a way she could pay tax.

    The sudden need to pay tax wasn’t out of duty or fairness, no in that year HRH, suggested that the taxpayer pay in excess of £60 million pounds to repair Windsor castle.

    Charles and Di’s marriage was in meltdown, as was the Princess royal and her husbands Captain Mark Phillips.

    Old Lizzies “annus horriblis, and her need for cash, left the public, in a less than favourable mood towards the cosseted and privileged royals, so the tax plan was meant to warm the publics moods towards the royals.

  • Republicofscotland

    Meanwhile it has been suggested, by some at Westminster (and not a minute too soon either) that Mr Incompetent himself David Davis, has been brushed aside in talks with his EU counterparts over Brexit.

    The suggestion is that Davis is so bad at his job (utterly believable) that Olly Robbins, who works at EU Exiting department, is negotiating with EU officials and not Davis.

    Of course a spokesperson for Theresa May’s inept government denies such a thing has taken place.

  • Republicofscotland

    I reallly am speechless over this one, as a group of Tories, yes those people, who’ve mercilessly, punshied the poor, sick and disabled of Britain, and given the rich lucrative tax breaks whilst championing zero hours contracts. Wants you, yes, you, to put your hands in your pockets to donate money for a yacht so that Prince Andrew, and other royals can sail around the globe in comfort and style.

    The 50 or so Tories, who are pushing the idea, only want £120 million quid of your money, one Tory said that he thinks you’d be proud to pay for the royal yacht. Several DUP members have called for the yacht, saying it will project Britain’s unique power.

    I’m sure there’s a few royalist in here who’ll be eager to donate their saving to the cause.

    • giyane

      Prince Andrew to occupy the role of James Bond in the imaginations of the UK public, killing two birds with one stone, 1/ the need for a replacement Bond and 2/ the need for us to forget the 24 hour surveillance on the community.

  • nevermind

    Thanks for that dynamite interview, in bits, by insider Scott Bennett, Tony.
    He seemingly was involved in the same work Craig was involved in, tracing terror funding and watching the use of terror funds regards arms purchases.
    I wonder whether they knew each other.

    So Conspirators were right to question the facts as they were presented by the media and Governments world wide.

    I should have gotten a 2/1 for my dissertation on the war on terror, for questioning the lame/non responses responses on the day of the nine eleven event….:)
    Ah well I’m not bitter about it, it was rather polemic and I was recuperating from a major op in 2001/2

    That interview needs sharing, a lot, please

          • Anon1

            You have no understanding of these people. They put on one show for the West which is all about peace and democracy and human rights, and another message for the Arabs which is jihad and terrorism.

        • Anon1

          Her mother shares Facebook posts showing Palestinians the most effective parts of the body to stab Israelis in order to kill them.

          It’s a terrorist family.

          • Habbabkuk

            Fact :

            The French resistance hardly existed in 1941.

            Curiously enough, it only gained in size once it became clear that the Germans were going to lose.

          • Macky

            “The French resistance hardly existed in 1941. Curiously enough, it only gained in size once it became clear that the Germans were going to lose..”

            I wonder if you name the only other Country who fought the Axis Powers alongside Britain for the crucial period Oct 40 to Jun 41, and was the first to managed to inflict the first ever defeat against the until then unstoppable Axis Powers ?

            More clues; this victory was a massive much needed psychological & encouraging boost, which drew global praise, including stirring admiration from Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin. The same Country’s heroic resistance is considered by some historians to have delayed the German launch of the invasion of the Soviet Union by a critical month, which proved disastrous when the German Army failed to take Moscow, which marked the beginning of the end for Germany.

          • Habbabkuk

            Yes, yes, Macky, you’re talking about Greece.

            The reason I dodn’t mention Greece is because I was commenting on someone else’s question about the French resistance.

  • Macky

    Just listen to an exceptionally moving Galloway radio show; in light of the recently released papers (from Dublin as the UK has “lost” their papers), which reveal that MI5 were trying to use terrorists to murder the Charles Haughey, then PM of Ireland, he had live on air Stephen Travers, one of the survivors of the Miami Showband killings; his recounting of the killings was goosebumpingly harrowing.

    Don’t suppose the show on Youtube yet, so here’s this;

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSPpp5lXcAED8Xe.jpg:large

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSPhQEHX0AAlMpb.jpg:large

      • John Goss

        The Dirty Tricks Brigade, Spooks, whatever you want to call them, are disgusting. Unless governments can get rid of their secret services the planet is doomed. I do not want my government behaving in this manner anywhere in the world, least of all in a country which is part of these British Isles.

        Stephen Travers seems like a lovely man. The Group to which he belonged, Miami Showband, comprised Protestants and Catholics, young men united amid all the sectarian violence and segregation that was Northern Island at the time. And my government, through its secret agencies, unanswerable to nobody, tried to exacerbate the problem. I feel the shame because they clearly have none.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Macky December 29, 2017 at 22:26
      Here it is in in the Irish Times: ‘Loyalists told Charles Haughey MI5 ‘asked us to execute you’:
      https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/loyalists-told-charles-haughey-mi5-asked-us-to-execute-you-1.3339804
      Here it is in the Guardian: ‘UVF claimed MI5 urged it to kill former Irish PM, state papers reveal’:
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/29/mi5-urged-uvf-to-kill-irish-pm-claim-newly-released-state-papers

      • Old Mark

        Paul Barbara-

        Given what we know about the ‘dirty war’ in Ireland in the 70s, and the very bad reputation Haughey had within the establishment this side of Irish Sea in that same decade, none of this is really surprising.
        As most Irish people admit, Haughey was ‘a bit of a rogue’ and his role, as minister of Finance in the Lynch government, in financing the supply of weapons to ‘Defence Committees’ in the North (by late spring 1970, after the ending of the ‘honeymoon period’ with British troops, most of these were effectively under Provo control) was very fishy. Haughey of course had contact with his ministry of Defence colleagues, and Irish Army officers, about the importation of arms into the North which, according to the official Govt line before the whole thing was leaked, would only be used in a ‘doomsday’ scenario ie defensively. However, according to the testimonies of some FF colleagues, he was also entertaining senior IRA operatives at his opulent North Dublin estate (how he came by the money to buy such a pile is another story altogether!), and so thus had a pretty good idea that the guns he was procuring were as likely to be used in ‘offensive’ operations as they were for ‘defensive operations ie to protect Northern Catholics against a feared Prod onslaught.
        Given this dodgy background, it is hardly surprising that figures in the UK deep state thought that a plausibly deniable assassination of this rogue would be a good thing, and made contingencies along these lines.
        More on Haughey and the 1970 gun running business here-

        https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-news/ministers-thrown-to-the-wolves-by-lynch-in-the-arms-trial-fiasco-34185120.html

        When, by the end of the decade, Haughey became Irish PM, the FO here were probably expecting fireworks when he and Thatcher first met in December 1979- in fact Haughey’s rogueishnesss extended to his being a bit of a ladies’ man, and he ended up charming the knickers off of Thatcher, thus setting in train a more cordial period of Anglo Irish relations which culminated in the 1985 Agreement.

        • Paul Barbara

          @ Old Mark December 30, 2017 at 17:02
          And the British forces and ‘Security Services’ supplied the Protestants with arms, as well as info about IRA or others such as solicitors who they wanted bumped off.
          ‘…and he ended up charming the knickers off of Thatcher,…’
          Pity he didn’t strangle her with them…
          I’m sure the British miners would have helped him…

        • Macky

          @Old Mark. your post reads like an apologia & justification for the plan by MI5 to assassinate former Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey; immorally indefensible even if your evidence free “Given this dodgy background” is correct or not.

          As to ” made contingencies along these lines”, well it certainly went beyond “contingencies” plans; MI5 don’t only provided the plan, weapons, detailed surveillance notes of Haughey’s normal routines, but when the Ulster Volunteer Force declined to murder Haughey, MI5 then apparently asked them if they would claim credit for the assassination if “somebody else” did it.

          • Habbabkuk

            Speaking of “evidence free”, your second para seems to fall into that category, surely?.

          • John Goss

            Apologies for Habbabkuk’s comment above, obviously trying to defend the indefensible. If MI5, CIA, MOSSAD and all the other secret services and societies were made accountable the world would be a far better place.

            These monsters of our establishment portray the wrong picture all the time, trying to denigrate Jeremy Corbyn for being a peacemaker. Fortunately he is too honest for the likes of them, They spread so much disinformation the truth is a very powerful weapon agaisnt them.

            “He was repeatedly asked if he condemned IRA violence specifically in an interview with BBC Radio Ulster in 2015, but answered by saying “I condemn all bombing” and then: “I condemn what was done by the British Army as well as the other sides as well.””

            https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-corbyn-on-northern-ireland

          • Old Mark

            Macky

            I’m contextualising the assassination claims, not condoning them.
            The link I gave provides ample evidence of what the Irish at the time regarded as ‘roguishness’ on Haughey’s part, but which the British security services would have looked upon as murderous Anglophobia.
            Just to summarise what is know and uncontested today in Ireland about Haughey’s activities across the water in 1969-70 and after-
            1. He was Finance Minister in the then FF government, and along with Blaney, a rising star of the ‘Green’ faction in the party; fellow ministers Colley and Berry (the minister who arranged the phone taps) were much less gung ho about covert intervention by the Republic in the conflict in the North.
            2. Under Lynch’s instructions, Haughey released funds from the South’s coffers to finance the purchase of weaponry to the tune of £100,000; the transfer of this weaponry was meant to be controlled by the Irish MoD and Irish army, with caches being released to approved ‘Citizens Defence Committees’ in a ‘doomsday’ scenario ie Loyalist attacks on Northern Catholics on a scale equivalent to or exceeding those that occurred in August 1969.
            3 By late spring 1970 it was evident to the security services both north and south of the border that these ‘Citizen Defence Committees’ were mostly fronts for the IRA, Provo branch, and that providing these committees with further firepower would likely inflame the situation in the North, not calm it. (By then the Provo IRA had got its first consignments of guns and explosives from US sympathisers and was going ‘on the offensive’- a situation radically different from that of August 1969- before the Official/Provo split in the IRA, and when the IRA had very limited firepower at its disposal).
            4 In the light of these changed circumstances, Lynch and most of the rest of the cabinet had cooled on the idea of sending the already procured arms to the North, but Haughey and Blaney were still supportive of covert support for northern republicans ie the militant Provo wing and not the quasi Marxist ‘Official IRA’.
            5. The hitherto secret arms shipment issue became public knowledge (probably via Gardaí leaks) in May 1970, and Haughey (controller of the purse strings an Minister of Finance) was one of the ministers charged with the ‘illegal shipment of arms’ into the RoI- a bit like the Matrix Churchill bit of official hypocrisy re Iraqi sanctions busting this side of the Irish Sea 2 decades later.
            6. All the ministers and Irish army men charged were cleared later in 1970- but only Haughey had the chutzpah to deny all knowledge of the gun running scheme- the others sheepishly admitted it, but claimed it had official sanction- and the jury believed them (correctly as it turned out in the former cases, but incorrectly in Haughey’s case- he was clearly perjuring himself to save his political skin- and was successful in this, becoming Irish PM in late 1979)

          • Habbabkuk

            Macky

            I have been given to understand by some commenters on this blog that The Independent is part of the filthy, establishment and PTB-supporting MSM which do nothing but tell lies.

  • Republicofscotland

    So Lord Adonis, whose been a infrastructure tsar, under PM’s as far back as Blair, and now under Theresa May, has resigned over the farce that is Brexit.

    Adonis came clean, admitting that Brexit will be bad for British business, and people as a whole. Adonis added that a extreme hard core of Brexiteers, is driving a hard Brexit.

    • Dave Lawton

      Republicofscotland
      Lord Adonis What do you expect he is a Bilderberger and they swear on their life to support the
      EU because it was founded by an ex SS Nazi and they still use the same rules to join.

  • Sharp Ears

    Well done to Robert Stuart in exposing the lies on BBC.

    ‘EXCLUSIVE: One Man’s Quest to Expose ‘Absolutely Historic’ BBC Panorama ‘Fakery’
    29th December 2017

    For over four years, Robert Stuart has been forensically investigating the innumerable inconsistencies, contradictions, anomalies and apparent falsehoods in BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria’s Children. Speaking exclusively to Sputnik, the former journalist shares his most troubling discoveries.

    On the evening of August 29 2013, as the UK parliament was quite literally voting on possible military intervention in Syria, BBC News at Ten broadcast a report by journalist Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway from Syria, which claimed a Syrian fighter jet had dropped an incendiary bomb containing a “napalm-type” substance — possibly thermite — on the playground of an Aleppo school.

    After its broadcast, some viewers — including award-winning former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook, and former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray — took to the internet to express concerns about the veracity of the report’s footage. Such was the controversy, Robert Stuart, a former journalist working for a small community organization in Islington, London, decided to view it himself.

    Walking Dead?

    After several viewings, one scene began to strike him as “extremely odd.” In it, males young and old, their skin apparently in tatters, race into a “basic hospital funded by handouts” to be treated for chemical burns. At one particularly disturbing point, a number writhe, drool and groan, apparently in great distress.

    /..
    http://sputniknews.com/analysis/201712291060412907-syria-documentary-fakery-bbc/

    • Sharp Ears

      Ha! Well, did you ever!

      Leaked memo schooled Tillerson on human rights
      A tutorial from policy aide Brian Hook followed the secretary of state’s controversial remarks about balancing U.S. values and interests.
      12/19/2017
      ‘The May 17 memo reads like a crash course for a businessman-turned-diplomat, and its conclusion offers a starkly realist vision: that the U.S. should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

      “Allies should be treated differently—and better—than adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies,” argued the memo, written by Tillerson’s influential policy aide, Brian Hook.’
      https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/19/tillerson-state-human-rights-304118
      and
      https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/946844710924181511

      • giyane

        Mohsin Khan: Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance, (to Allah), will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire.
        Qur’an 85; 10

        Political Muslims have always prostrated to and prostituted themselves to the superior fire-power of the West, hoping for some crumbs of political power to drop down from Western inability to manage their compulsively accumulated empires.

        Today we have disgusting scenes in Libya, Iraq and Syria of grown men intimidating and persecuting innocent civilians using weapons provided by nuclear superpowers to destroy rival Muslim nations and civilisations to the narrow clique of criminal politicians who belong to the Zionist West.

        Their reward will be hell-fire, but if they have been radicalised against their religion through mind-controlling drugs, torture and intimidation, which they have had and are even now having done to them by the evil criminals of the Zionist West, then I suppose they must have some excuse.

        • giyane

          The words he translator, “(by torturing them and burning them) ” is typical of the mindset of jihadist nutters. that starving them, using them as human shields raping their daughters, displacing them from their homes and forcing them to slave labour, are all acceptable in the eyes of Allah.

          The jihadists take their disgusting creed from the Muslim Brotherhood, which was created by the West and by the Saudi Salafis who recently did this:

          The palace coup of 4 November

          At the end of October, Jared Kushner went to Saudi Arabia for three days. He shared long work sessions with the King’s son, Prince Mohammed ben Salmane (MBS), and drew up with him a list of the members of the royal family who were to be neutralised. Unsure of the possible reactions of the Royal Guard once Prince Mutaib had been dismissed, he offered MBS the assistance of the mercenaries of Academi (ex-Blackwater) in order to proceed with the arrests. Finally, remembering the media campaign against his father, he provided the spin doctors with a soothing tale of « the fight against corruption » with which to gloss over the palace coup.

          He had already left Riyadh when the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri – the legal son of Rafic Hariri, but the biological son of a Fadh prince [3] – was invited to an emergency meeting in Riyadh, « where he would be received by King Salman ». We know the end of this story [4] – the resignation speech of Hariri and the arrest or execution of all the princes capable of contesting or claiming the succession to the throne.

          Hundreds of cousins of MBS were arrested, and placed under house arrest or in detention. One after the other, they agreed – often under torture – to hand over their fortunes to their sovereign. In this way he collected more than 800 billion dollars, according to the Wall Street Journal [5].

          No voices anywhere in the world spoke up to come to the aid of these fallen billionaires, who until then had sat in the most prestigious board of directors.

          Witnesses declared that certain members of the royal family were hospitalised and treated before they were taken back into the interrogation room. MBS affirmed that he had liberated several personalities, including Prince Mutaib himself, Turki ben Abdallah, Doctor Ibrahim ben Abdelaziz ben Abdallah al-Assaf (ex-Saudi Minister of finances) and Mohammad ben Abdel Rahman al-Toubaichi (ex-head of protocol to the Court).

          We may regret the method chosen – hanging old men by their feet and torturing them until they hand over their bank accounts. The fact remains that all the other solutions, or even worse, the absence of solutions, could have led to a civil war. The fault lies not with Jared Kushner, but with those who have for so long accepted the barbaric and medieval régime of the Saouds.
          http://www.voltairenet.org/article199086.html

    • nevermind

      There also was a large crowd protesting against Yanukovich, dearest Alex, until the CIA paid goons shot at them.
      You sure its not in support of him, I doubt that this report via twitter is right.

    • SA

      Did you see this twitter feed comes from someone who harkens back to the great democratic days of the Shah of Iran, and Savak secret police.

  • Republicofscotland

    Among some of the toadies, to receive knighthoods are three members of the 1922 Committee and a fourth person its treasurer, will also get an honour.

    May is big on doling out political gongs to her favourites, and those who aided the establishment.

    Along with the dud Nick Clegg who’s in line for a knighthood, under investigation for alleged irregular election expenses Jo Swinson, is to receive her obedience gong a CBE.

    • giyane

      Do benighted Tories need nighthoods, one wonders? Why not give them small, LED, miners head-lights to see their ways forwards in the brexit murk?

      • Republicofscotland

        Giyane.

        Yes they do, it gives dud and ex-MPs, who are and always have been incompetent a voice, and a lucrative and privileged position.

        The House of lords is jammed packed full of unelected men and women, it’s an affront to democracy.

    • nevermind

      Surely you meant to say ‘ Proof that you can’t trust Russia in or above NEUTRAL WATERS’. Just thought to highlight this feature of just another Russian scare story we all have come to love so much from our media.

    • Republicofscotland

      I think you’ll find the exercise was carried out in neutral waters.

      Nato has carried out similar drills/wargames in neutral waters.

      I should add that the West, Russia and China have the the capabilities, and often do test the boundries of each others airspace, just to see if all parties are still on their toes, so to speak.

      So the Grauns reactionary piece, is nothing more than that.

  • Sharp Ears

    This is Ahed Tamimi in 2015.
    https://youtu.be/srmuxDYCig0.
    3+ minutes

    ‘My first dream is the liberation of Palestine.’

    A relative of mine who has visited her dwelling place writes:
    ‘Wadi Foquin – seen first on one of ………..’s tours.  At first a
    small ‘settlement’, later a suburban scene with transplanted trees,
    ‘defensive’ apertures and now this.  As often – sewage poured down into
    the vegetable gardens of the village.  When they were blasting the hill
    tops for building, some of the rocks cracked the school roof of Wadi
    Foquin.  One Sunday I saw young Israelis visiting the pool for
    ‘purification’.  They were treated courteously even though their
    countrymen had taken the rocky ground above which is rich in herbs, as
    well as the country.’

    https://youtu.be/XPwgCca_C2E
    1.55 mins. Longer version on link.

    Wadi – valley, ravine, or channel that is dry except in the rainy season.

  • Anon1

    I know that here I am in the company of fellow human-rights activists when I say I hope these protests signal the beginning of the end for the fascist Iranian regime.

      • nevermind

        It inherited fascism from the previous Shah/western puppet, anaon knows this, but chooses to deny what is historic fact and truth.

      • Habbabkuk

        SA

        “Just for my information , how is the Iranian regime fascist?”
        _____________

        Since you asked, here is an explanantion.

        A fascist regime is a form of government characterised by certain and well-known sets of behaviour and features. There is no reason, therefore, why a clerical regime such s Iran’s should not be a fascist regime.

        And yes, I have heard of the Iranian parliament. I have also heard that the Reichstag functioned throughout the Nazi period in Germany.

        • John Goss

          “And yes, I have heard of the Iranian parliament. I have also heard that the Reichstag functioned throughout the Nazi period in Germany.”

          And have you heard of the Knesset and its apartheid policies?

          • Habbabkuk

            Since you ask, Goss : yes, I have heard of the Knesset. It is the parliament of Israel, elected in free and democratic elections and composed of a number of political parties of all shades of opinion, including a couple of Arab Israeli political parties.

  • nevermind

    1000 people shot in one year by US police.
    Not a great thing to do, especially when the state pays sheriffs daily for the people they charge, any charge, as long as they have empty cells they should use the god damn profit motive, jail people and get paid for it from the taxpayer.

    Shooting people, especially black people, could therefore be an expression of racial hatred and of an out of control gun culture in the US police forces, one could not possibly comprehend a deliberate action and or resolve, also a possible motive.

    I mean, Duterte kills over 5000 people, gets a recommendation from Trump for it, numbers don’t matter a killer is a killer is a killer. Then the ueber ego, almost in the next turn around the oval office door, opens his mouth about Irans protests, and how he hopes that the regime would respect Citizens rights. And what happens then is that people get shot there.

    Cause and effect, a nasty way to challenge the Iranian Government, I’m sure that there will be more talk of sanctions and or possible action by the Saudi’s bravely wielding s/words and paying billions for arms.

    Your puffed up indignation will not stop anybody from making trouble, Anon1-7, would you care to tell/confirm to us whether the Saudi trouble makers to come, are directed by UK military advisers? Will they need more of them as most are busy in training and directing trouble for Yemen’s civilian population?

  • Paul Barbara

    ‘And if Ahed Tamimi Were Your Daughter?’:
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.832065?

    Israeli MSM often put our MSM to shame.
    And Mr. Cesspit’s implied suggestion of rape for young girls like Ahed should not be taken lightly, given the case below (and sexual assault is commonplace in the Regime’s prisons):

    ‘A Palestinian Woman Says an Israeli Police Officer Raped Her in an Interrogation Room. Where Are the Suspects?’:
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.831865

  • Sharp Ears

    Happy Hogmanay to Brian and all Scots on here.

    Hang on to your bonnets. Storm Dylan is about.
    If
    Q. Why are the PTB giving names to storm – and stupid ones at that?

  • Sharp Ears

    Mr B Liar has recruited one Yascha Mounk from Harvard to join his ‘institute’ and to produce some propaganda against the free expression of people’s opinion.

    Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University’s Government Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, and a Nonresident Fellow at New America’s Political Reform Program……..
    https://scholar.harvard.edu/mounk/home

    Democracy in Europe threatened by surge of ‘populism,’ according to Tony Blair’s think tank
    A surge of “populist” political parties threatens to destabilize democracy across Europe, according to Tony Blair’s think tank. However, its new report says nothing of the mainstream parties whose failures made this possible.
    29th December 2017
    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change said populism could become the “new normal” in Europe and “transform public policy in radical ways.” Shock. Horror.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/414544-blair-populist-democracy-threaten/

    The document if anyone is in the least interested.
    https://institute.global/insight/renewing-centre/european-populism-trends-threats-and-future-prospects

    Why doesn’t someone apply for one of these 5 jobs and then tell us all from the inside?
    https://institute.global/index.php/working-institute

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