Commuting New Yorkers never had a better reason to be late for work.
I know they’ve been going for a while now but I’ve only recently heard of them – Too Many ZooZ. I don’t travel on trains much but these talented musicians would certainly brighten up any journey.
The renowned former weapons inspector systematically debunks US and UK claims of Assad using chemical weapons during the war.
Scott Ritter has always been a voice of reason when it comes to claims of weapons of mass destruction. He was one of the few real experts that cast doubts on Saddam’s ability to build such weapons, never mind use them.
He has written an article here that not only points out there is no evidence to support accusations of Assad using CW’s but also that he would have to be insane to do so. Assad, with an abundance of help from the Russians, Iranians and Hezbollah have managed to turn around a hopeless situation.
For Liam and Pat.
Despite fraudulent claims by both Israel and the US, Hezbollah are not a terrorist group and there is no evidence of them causing terror for any other group of people. Primarily, they were set up to defend against Israeli crimes when they occupied Southern Lebanon. Hezbollah are a defensive organisation. No Israeli occupation of Lebanon – No Hezbollah. They only became involved in Syria because of their legitimate fear that ISIS would try to conquer Lebanon if they succeeded with Syria. Do some research and then try to claim Hezbollah are terrorists.
Further evidence, if it were needed that the Arab/Israeli ‘peace process’ is a farce.
Long time observers and experts of the Arab/Israeli conflict have continually dismissed (particularly) Israeli efforts to resolve it. The corrupt Palestinian Authority, through its weakness, has assisted the stream of belligerent Israeli governments in the pretence of a ‘peace process’. Over thirty or forty years, the Israelis have hoodwinked any interested parties into believing that they continually strive for a peace agreement. During all this time, they have been stealing Arab land, as well as intensifying the persecution of the Palestinians.
The predominant enabler to these crimes has been and still is, America. Purporting to be an honest peace broker, they have been nothing of the sort, continually undermining any remote chance of success. So the announcement from Trump, that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner would be given the job of mediating, was staggering.
First of all, Kushner is a Zionist who has contributed to the building of illegal settlements. He’s also an Orthodox Jew. It has now become apparent that Kushner’s family have been good friends of the Netanyahu’s for many years. How can the squeaky voiced Kushner be an impartial problem solver? He does make previous US attempts at arbitration look balanced.
Lets imagine the situation was reversed and the Arabs were in a powerful position, assisted by their generous friend, America. Would the Israelis allow a staunch anti Zionist be the main mediator? Lets not forget that any anti-Semitic feeling on the Arab side is more than equalled in anti Arab feeling from the Israelis. And yes, I know that many Arabs are Semites too, so the phrase is rather deceiving.
Kushner is just about the most biased person that Trump could have found to resolve the Arab/Israeli conflict but maybe that’s why he chose him.
Indiscriminate use of White Phosphorus suggests the US are deliberately trying to kill civilians in Raqqa.
The irony and hypocrisy of the US using White Phosphorus on the one hand, yet accusing Syria of using chemical weapons on the other is also bemusing. Only Israel and the US have been found to use the widely condemned chemical weapon in recent years, both claiming that using it under certain conditions it is not a CW (whilst not using them under those conditions anyhow). This is not true. Both have used it to slaughter innocent civilians in Gaza, Iraq and now in Syria.
When Saddam used WP in 2005 the US condemned him for using chemical weapons.
Indiscriminate use of WP in Raqqa can only result in many thousands being killed by these aerial assaults supposedly targeting ISIS. The hypocrisy knows no bounds. Whilst accusing the Syrian government forces of using CW’s with no evidence to support it, the US doesn’t deny using WP. It seems that the US has the last word on who can and who cannot use CW’s.
On the same day that six people are charged over Hillsborough, it’s announced that the number of Grenfell victims will not be known for at least six months.
This is the template for Government cover-ups. This is why ‘Inquiries’ are set up. Its the ‘time is a great healer’ theory. We don’t fall for it every time, it’s just human nature. Only the closest to the tragedy cannot or are unable to forget until they can get some sort of closure to the events. The rest of us will quickly forget because that’s how we are.
The Inquiries Act (2005).
This law was written to give the relevant British Minister the authorisation to control the direction of any inquiry. The Minister will decide what should be included and therefore (potentially) control the direction of any inquiry to suit their own agenda. (This is my own perception of why the law was changed and I’m not qualified or intelligent enough to trawl through legal documents to confirm my view).
The Hillsborough charges.
Unless some officers have been extremely stupid or there is overwhelming evidence against them, these trials are merely for show, to appease relatives of the victims. The Thatcher Government supported the Police and none of those politicians will ever be brought to justice. These Police officers may have been incompetent and corrupt but they were assisted in the cover-up.
The BBC news web page announced that the true number of Grenfell victims would not be known this year.
It seems that the cladding used on Grenfell is only now being rigorously tested for fire resistance. Where are the safety authorities that must have originally approved the cladding?
Corbyn and terrorism.
Before the election, the Conservatives were accusing Corbyn of being a terrorist sympathiser. He is and never has been anything of the sort. He’s been prepared to talk to suspect organisations as a means to a peaceful outcome. In one swift move, the Conservatives have created the conditions that might destroy any faith in democracy that the Nationalists in Northern Ireland had. Unless strict preconditions were agreed to about the distribution of their ‘bribe’ from the Conservatives, there could be far reaching repercussions. Theresa May won’t mind, as long as she is still the Prime Minister.
Johnson presided over the closure of 10 fire stations and the removal of 27 fire engines, despite previously promising not to remove them.
Did Johnson dangerously reduce the Fire Services ability to respond in the manner it was accustomed to? The number of Firemen attending the Grenfell fire must have been affected by the brutal cuts that Johnson initiated. How did he reduce the number of firemen? Early retirement for long serving, experienced and knowledgeable fire fighters? Could inexperience have been a factor in the eventual demise of Grenfell? Three Fire Stations close to Grenfell had been closed by Johnson, why has he not been summoned to explain himself and justify his decision?
In no way am I questioning the bravery and ability of the London firemen, I’m just concerned that the service has had the guts ripped out of it by Johnson. If he had, it would in no way reflect on the personnel currently serving.
Why have the Tories been given an easy ride by the media? Why has Johnson not been questioned over his role. It’s time the Labour Party asked the questions, these people need answers not a minutes silence that coincides with the government’s silence.
Incredible restraint being shown by Assad in the face of mounting provocation.
The Israeli Air Force have now attacked the Syrian Arab Army and its allies for three days running. The strikes have been in support of Al Qaida/Al Nusra/ISIS or whatever name they call themselves. The illegal assaults have been completely ignored by the UN
Clearly, the Israelis don’t fear the terrorists as they claim to do when they accuse them of attacking them in occupied Palestine. The catalogue of assistance given to the extremists is even discussed in mainstream media. Money, weapons and medical assistance as well as military air support is given to the terrorist vermin who are confirmed Israeli proxies, in their attempts to weaken the Assad government.
If it weren’t for Syria and its allies struggling to fight the criminal invaders, the cowardly Israelis wouldn’t dare attack Syrian assets. The IDF couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag and it will be proven once Syria have finished with the US, UK and Saudi financed terrorists. I’m sure Nasrallah and his military advisors have already cooked up some nice surprises for the next time the Israelis feel brave enough to try to take on Hezbollah.
As it stands currently, only the IAF think they are safe to attack Syria without fear of reprisals. It’s the brain dead extremists that are doing all the dying but they aren’t bright enough to comprehend it.