Jon Stewart explains this much better than I ever could.
Jon Stewart explains this much better than I ever could.
Israeli settlers were the culprits, it seems. More news from the region:
Israeli electricity company cuts of Nablus and Jenin over unpaid debts.
Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian farmers and fishermen.
40% rise in new settlements recorded in 2014.
Autopsy shows young Palestinian man was shot at short range.
These are all headlines from Ma’an news agency. These are also just the tip of the iceberg. Israelis constantly and incessantly attempt to provoke responses so that they can go in and slaughter more. Their treatment of Palestinians is intentionally WORSE than the Nazis treated the Jews. The Nazi reign was over in 5 years, the Israeli occupation has been in place over 10 times longer. Yes, many Jews were imprisoned but what do they think Gaza and the West Bank is?
Israel has done previously and continues to strangle any hope for economic recovery for the Palestinians. Israel has learnt that they have to be subtle so that it’s not so noticeable to the outside world. How can they export fresh produce when it’s stopped from going anywhere for days by the Israeli check point officers? It’s not because it’s a security risk, it’s so that it becomes worthless. More to the point, how can they sell produce when the very farmland they used to grow it on has either been fenced off to stop them looking after it or been stolen to house Israeli settlers on.
Palestinians are constantly surveyed, monitored and controlled. Their lives are worse than those who lived in the Nazi camps and to make matters worse, there is no hope of being rescued or released by allied forces.
Lee Johnson…Has absolutely nothing to do with politics, human rights, or indeed Palestine but he was Oldham Athletic’s manager, until today. He’s now moved on to the lofty heights of Barnsley F.C. I’m no snob but Mr Johnson, Barnsley? The Yorkshire mining town (actually they don’t do much coal mining now) isn’t very inspiring. Their local accent make Oldham dialects seem positively classy. The Police in Barnsley are Muppet’s who acted like every supporter was a suicide bomber over ten years ago. Their culture….. Well, they have none. Their ground is a dump, their pubs are unfriendly. Oh and Oldham are higher up league one (English third tier) than they are (and long may it continue).
Oldhamer’s on the other hand are some of the friendliest people in the world (I’m not personally very friendly but then again I haven’t lived there for a long time). It’s the home of the rag pudding, has lots of terraced housing and vibrant Pakistani and Bangladesh communities. It’s the home of the Inspiral Carpets and my sister, nephews, nieces and uncle all still live there.
When our new stand is finished we’ll have a tidy ground. I’m hoping the compensation paid to Oldham Athletic for having their manager poached will speed up the project.
Here it is (photo borrowed off Diego Sideburns from the OWTB fans forum).
This is what happens when people bother to vote. We simply give these parasites credibility by turning out at the ballot box. The sting team which trapped this pair of frauds couldn’t have chosen better examples to highlight all that is wrong with the sham we call democracy.
Straw was a senior member of Tony Blair’s government that led us into the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Video footage of him with his American counterparts revealed a vain man who was clearly in his element, swanning around with Bush, Rice and Powell. Straw was proven to be a liar and being aware that the British security services were receiving information extracted from tortured prisoners by Craig Murray, the sacked British Ambassador. It’s become blindingly obvious since then that he lost his job because he wouldn’t stay quiet. So Straw wasn’t shy about ending a man’s career to stop the boat from rocking.
Rifkind is a cheer leader for Israel, only recently appealing for the British military to attack Syria, a conflict Israel would have welcomed our (and more importantly American) involvement. Fortunately, his appeals for more bloodshed using British armed forces was rejected by the majority of our elected representatives. This decision was instrumental in the Americans stepping back from striking Assad’s forces. Maybe he decided he needed another job at this point, with his influence in parliament ebbing away. Apparently, he was against the invasion of Iraq, I dare say that he will have had his own reasons for this. I don’t recall him being a dynamic member of the Conservative Party but notice his resume will mean he will have lots of options for employment after politics. I would imagine a weapons manufacturer will take him on, paying him vast amounts of money as pay back for contracts he dished out when he was the Defence Secretary. I will give him credit for supporting a Palestinian State, perhaps he could see the dead end that Israel were driving down.
I hope Straw pays a heavy price for his deeds. It will pale into insignificance compared to the horrors he’s inflicted on the people of Iraq.
From the Independent:
So….. Musical taste is now damning evidence, its it?
Since 9/11, the American justice system has convicted many innocent Muslims on trumped up charges. Charities for Palestinian related causes have felt the brunt of the US judiciaries, with a lot of ‘help’ from Israeli sources. If you feel the need to try to alleviate the misery of children in Gaza, buying them crayons constitutes materially supporting terrorism. That was bad enough but now it seems you better be careful what you listen to.
Most of us make the mistake of thinking the Justice system is pompous but fair. It isn’t. If certain people decide you are helping people they don’t want you to help, no matter how squeaky clean you are, they will get you. Ridiculous evidence such as that against Abid Naseer appears to break new ground. Now I’ve no idea if he is guilty of the charges, I never heard of him until today but if they have to use music found on his telephone as part of the prosecution, then the evidence can’t be so convincing.
A number of years ago I did some research on Riad Hamad, the founding member of Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund. At that particular time I was finding out the true nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the cruelty they inflict, even on the children. I was astounded when each day I was finding out about more and more children arrested, brutalised and even murdered by the Israel Defence Force. I sent numerous letters to my regional representative in the British Parliament, complaining about the lack of justice for Palestinians and asking him what our government would do to put pressure on Israel to at least bring the suspects to trial. I did receive replies but they weren’t very reassuring.
Eventually I tried to do something myself. I’m not wealthy but I decided I would try to find a charity that would directly help these tortured and abused (by the Israeli state) children. After much research I decided I would send some money to the PCWF, run by Mr Hamad. He sent me a very nice reply thanking me for my modest donation and probably due to a heavy work load at the time, I didn’t consider donating for a while.
It took a lot long time to find a charity I believed I could trust and in the PCWF I found an honest and decent organisation that were fully active in improving the lives of the innocent victims of Israeli aggression. However, the next time I visited PCWF, the web page just had a polite notice on it, something to the effect that the page was no longer maintained, I think.
Initially, I felt I’d been conned but the truth was much more sinister. It turned out that Riad Hamad was being hounded by US officials trying to prove he was supporting terrorism. Charges against him were thrown out of court but shortly afterwards he was found dead in a lake, tied up with duct tape. His death was recorded as suicide. It’s amazing how many people have died through two gunshot wounds to the head when committing suicide. Call me a cynic, but………
Several years after these events, I have no reason to doubt Riad’s intentions. I still believe he was an honest man who was doing his best for the children of Palestine. I also believe he was murdered for the same reasons.
The treasonous invitation by John Boehner to the odious Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu is not looking such a good idea now. The invite seems to have opened many American eyes to the perception (at least) that the US Senators aren’t focussed on domestic issues but on trying to further Netanyahu’s political career in the forthcoming Israeli elections.
Boehner obviously thought that because President Obama is unpopular with the electorate and that his political clout has been somewhat diminished, he was a sitting duck and couldn’t really do a lot in response to the Netanyahu invitation. Maybe he was right but what he didn’t consider was the US public’s reaction to such a flagrant insult to their democratically elected leader. Despite numerous appeals by extremist pro Israeli organisations to abort the speech, it looks like it will go ahead. This could be a serious mistake by the Israeli leader.
In recent polls, its suggested that the majority of Americans disagree with the the invite, I feel that once the speech goes ahead, there might be a backlash to Israeli influence in US politics. Quite rightly, people will ask questions about Netanyahu addressing their lawmakers yet again, even considering the very close US/Israeli relationship.
However, it’s the subject matter of the speech that might trigger a reality check for many Americans. Netanyahu will attempt to convince Americans that Iran is a serious threat to their security, he might even implore the US to attack Iran militarily. The truth is that Iran isn’t even a threat to Israel, never mind the US. Netanyahu will probably repeat the discredited ‘wipe Israel of the map’ accusation and despite his Israeli victim rhetoric with regards Iran, I predict a less than favourable response from the people, if not the media and fawning US Senators. The question is how many standing ovations will he get from your pitiful ‘Israeli first’ politicians. Americans are about to find out which of their elected politicians really are US patriots.
Don’t waste your time voting in the upcoming UK elections, it’s a pointless exercise. Many years ago, I believe there was serious political and ideological policy differences between the Conservative and Labour parties but it becomes increasingly obvious none exist now. In particular, since the election in 1997 of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair the choice of either Socialist, Capitalist or indeed any variation, disappeared. The recent HSBC row concerning tax avoidance by the wealthiest people in the country proves without doubt this claim.
Suspected HSBC related tax crimes were known for at least seven years prior to the recent revelations. This fact implicates both the current Conservative/Liberal coalition government and the previous Labour party regime of knowing about the tax evasion. Hardly any meaningful action has been taken by either and I’d wager that nothing will change much even now.
The first problem with bringing these people to justice is that they are political party donors and increasingly our system is becoming more like the American style of lobby pressure politics whereby donors can and do demand something in return for their copious amount of funding. As an example, a book called US Foreign Policy by John J Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt explain how it works far more eloquently than I ever could.
Because of the first hurdle to indictments for all these wealthy people, there is absolutely no political will to investigate, never mind prosecute. Even if investigations are forthcoming, the tax evasion amount is estimated and the criminal allowed to pay what he owes the Inland Revenue (tax collectors) and that’s the end of it. However, this isn’t the way the rest of us are treated by the tax authorities nor in the general justice system. Not declaring your income records honestly is theft. You are stealing from everyone else who pays their tax and as I’ll explain, the vast majority of us don’t have the opportunity to even attempt tax avoidance.
In the UK, the vast majority of us are subject to a system called PAYE. It stands for Pay As You Earn and this is how it works. We are allotted a tax code which indicates the level of tax we pay to government which our employers then collect from our earnings before it is given to us. For instance, if my wages were 400 pounds a week, I would only receive 300 in my bank account because the government tax collectors would have my employer give them my tax directly. The 25% deduction is accurate even though we are told our tax rate is around 15% by government, they don’t include what is called NI contributions which we pay just under 10% of our wages and the employer pays a similar amount for employing us. All these taxes except those that are collected by fraudulent companies and never given to the government are guaranteed every three months.
If I go and steal something from a shop and get caught by the shop owner, they call the police and I am almost certain to be prosecuted, no matter how little the item would have cost to buy. Likewise, if I were to claim government benefits that I am not entitled to, I would feel the full force of the law, possibly jailed and also be exposed as a benefits cheat in the media to complete the public shaming.
It appears that not all of us are treated equally. If you are a banker and you rig the market, your employee pays a large fine (to who?) and that is normally the end of it. If you are a wealthy person with innovative accountants, you would, more often than not be allowed to pay the amount you tried to steal and that would be the end of it.
It’s hardly an ‘equal in the eyes of the law’ situation.
So, back to the people who allow this huge difference in how laws do not apply evenly across society. Both political parties totally ignored this tax evasion scandal even though the whistleblower who exposed it seven years ago, Herve Falciani offered our tax authority, HMCR all the information related to it. It’s not clear how they responded but it’s fair to say that none of the thousands of British names on the list appear to be in prison.
It would appear that pressure is being put up on the government to prosecute HSBC for facilitation, which as I’ve already said would probably conclude with large fine for HSBC but no individual prosecutions. We are told that we are individually responsible for our tax, even though the government take that option away from the vast majority of us. The ones who are ‘trusted’ with their’s should all be brought to justice, including sports stars, multi-millionaires and dare I say it, politicians.
I wont be voting for anyone until this basic inequality is addressed. I can’t imagine I’ll be holding a ballot paper or my breath (for it to happen) anytime soon.