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Death Race 2015

by craig on Oct 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

Just between 2003-5, US forces killed 15 journalists in Iraq, the majority either Westerners or working for Western news agencies. The figure is from the mainstream American Journalism Review. 94 aid workers died in the Iraq conflict, according to Reuters. I don’t have a figure for how many of those were killed by the US […]

Off to Caird Square

by craig on Oct 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am off to speak at the Independence rally in Caird Square, Dundee this afternoon. (Actually I am assuming it’s Caird Square, but doubtless I’ll find it when I get there). It is vital that, amid the demands and distractions of humdrum everyday politics, we keep the goal of Independence to the fore in the […]

Lesson From Kunduz

by craig on Oct 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

The destruction by US bombs of the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz – killing doctors, nurses and patients – comes as a stinging corrective to the media pretence that Russian bombs are somehow uniquely evil and destructive. The West has inflicted far more damage in recent years. But the Russians also showed just how […]

British State Viciously Abuses Child Fantasist

by craig on Oct 2nd 2015 in Uncategorized

The sentencing of a 15 year old Blackburn boy – 14 at the time he committed his thought crimes – to life imprisonment is grossly inhuman. It is not quite as evil as the decision of the appalling Saudi regime to crucify and behead a child dissident, but it is recognisably a product of the […]

T Without Clumpas

by craig on Oct 2nd 2015 in Uncategorized

UPDATE Someone has today amended the Wikipedia entry for T in the Park to reinstate Stuart Clumpas as co-founder with Ellis. That is still not quite true – Clumpas was the founder and Ellis worked for him – but it is certainly much better. I appreciate this post is of limited interest to most people, […]

Corbyn’s Scottish Dilemma

by craig on Oct 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

Jeremy Corbyn held his meeting with Scottish MSP’s, quite literally next door to where I live. I considered wandering down to see, but decided the rugby was more interesting. Corbyn faces an unwinnable dilemma in Scotland. Kezia Dugdale is a standard issue Blairite, though thankfully too absolutely stupid to be dangerous. The advice Corbyn has […]

Bombs Kill Shock

by craig on Oct 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

After UK and US bombs have been devastating the Middle East for over a decade, killing certainly tens and probably hundreds of thousands of people, including many thousands of children, the media have suddenly noticed this morning that bombs kill an awful lot of civilians. But only Russian bombs, of course. British bombs are cheerful, […]

Grand Designs

by craig on Sep 30th 2015 in Uncategorized

I just watched an episode of Grand Designs, about a man with MS converting a cave home, which was the most uplifting piece of television I have seen for a long time – and thus naturally not on the BBC. I was particularly pleased as recent episodes had concentrated on rather unpleasant stinking rich people […]

Syria and the Law

by craig on Sep 30th 2015 in Uncategorized

The legal position is perfectly clear. Syria has a recognised government, that of President Assad, represented at the United Nations. That government is legally entitled to call on Russian military assistance. Russian military action against ISIL is therefore legal. By contrast, US and French military action has neither the sanction of the Syrian government nor […]

UN General Assembly

by craig on Sep 29th 2015 in Uncategorized

It is a strange world where the passage I most agreed with came from the Iranian President: Iraq, Syria and Yemen are all examples of crises being stoked through terror, extremism, violence, bloodshed, invasion and the indifference of the international community. They are similar examples displaying cases of displacement, homelessness and fleeing from the horrors […]

A Woodworm Off the Old Block

by craig on Sep 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

I used to discuss foreign affairs with Tony Benn over tea in his kitchen in Holland Park when I lived a short walk away. I get a mention in his later published diaries in this regard. I was therefore saddened to hear his son, Hilary, at Labour Party Conference today align himself with the establishment […]

Dreams of Catalonia

by craig on Sep 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

Good luck to Catalonia today in breaking free from the suffocating grip of Spain. I hope that the Francoists in power in Madrid do nothing to provoke violence. There may be an important precedent here on how to proceed in the event of the central government refusing to grant a referendum. I was pleased that […]

More Truth About British Torture

by craig on Sep 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am delighted that Shaker Aamer is finally to be released from Guantanamo. This is something I have worked, campaigned and spoken for, along with groups including Cage, which I am proud to support and which the government is attempting to ban. We cannot give back to Shaker the thirteen years of imprisonment without charge, […]

Corbyn Kneeling Story A Media Invention

by craig on Sep 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

The media appears determined to narrow the Overton Window further to exclude republicanism, which would make the views of over 30% of the UK population unacceptable as a part of normal political discourse. The fascinating thing about the concept of the Overton Window as enforced by the UK media, is that some of the views […]

Centralising Police A Crass Error

by craig on Sep 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

The tragedy of the elderly dementia sufferer in Glasgow would in all probability not have been averted if a report to police had been handled properly. It was one of scores of reports of possible sightings the police received from members of the public. Besides, lives come to an end and we have to face […]

Living With Putin (and Assad)

by craig on Sep 24th 2015 in Uncategorized

The West cannot approach the problems of Syria, Ukraine or Iran without facing up to the question of its relationship with Putin’s Russia. That relationship is now severely dysfunctional and characterised by squabble and acrimony on a range of detail encompassing much of the globe. Anti-Russian sentiment is now forming part of the ceaseless wave […]

The Art of Pigsticking

by craig on Sep 21st 2015 in Uncategorized

I honestly do not care if David Cameron stuck it in a pig, though it is a stark reminder the ruling class are very different to us. But what is disgusting is the attack on the vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged which he is leading now. I lifted this picture from twitter – don’t know who […]

Independence Meeting Tonight

by craig on Sep 18th 2015 in Uncategorized

I shall also be speaking at the Hope Over Fear rally in George Square on Saturday.

Total Bollocks From MI5

by craig on Sep 17th 2015 in Uncategorized

In the last decade, now 7/7 has dropped out of this statistic, only one person has been killed in the UK by an Islamic terrorist attack. Let me repeat that. In the last decade, one person has been killed in the UK by an Islamic terrorist attack. That unfortunate death was Lee Rigby. Rigby’s tragic […]

Rifkind and Straw: Guilty as Hell but Broke No Rules

by craig on Sep 17th 2015 in Uncategorized

It is evidence of what a sewer Westminster is, that the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has ruled that Straw and Rifkind broke no rules. The BBC and Sky are full of smug reporters telling us the two are “vindicated”. They are not vindicated, they are disgusting. What is revealed is that it is absolutely the norm […]

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