Archive for the ‘human rights’ Category

The Great Correction

March 7, 2017

The Great Correction, wonderful song and imagery from Eliza Gilkyson.

From her album Beautiful World.

She needs to release on bandcamp, not all the wrong sites that are owned and controlled by Big Business

Special thanks to 

Blockadia are the flash points, where paramilitary forces are used against protesters defending the commons. 

 

French Police abuse Emergency Powers to target and attack climate activists

November 29, 2015
Paris COP21 riot police attack peaceful demo

Paris COP21 riot police attack peaceful demo

What I saw today was Parisians ready to take back their city from fear. In multiple ways, people defied attempts to sweep away dissent and insisted on their right to protest, assemble and disagree passionately with their governments. Even if one does not agree with every action that took place, this general atmosphere of defiance is something to celebrate. After all, government response to the climate crisis is wholly inadequate + puts us all in great danger. Obedience in the face of this failure would be tantamount to acquiescence. — Naomi Klein

This is a disgrace and should not be tolerated, French police using tear gas and pepper spray  against peaceful climate protesters.

In the turmoil, there is greater opportunity for a terrorist attack, not less.

Once again, we see Police and the State abusing Emergency Powers.

If the Emergency Powers are to be used for targeting activists and peaceful protesters, then they should be scrapped.

To introduce Emergency Powers during the weekend of the Paris atrocities, was the right thing to do, including closing borders. To extend beyond, for at least 3 months, was not necessary, and as we see, open to abuse.

Climate activists have had their homes raided, computers seized, been subject to house arrest.

Police should be spending their time looking for terrorists, preventing terror plots, protecting citizens, not attacking peaceful protesters.

All climate marches have been banned. Whilst on the surface this appears reasonable, scratch a little and it will be seen not to be. A football match will go ahead, a trade fair will got ahead, a Christmas market.

Large gatherings of people are permitted if there is money to be made.

Tahir Elci: Kurdish lawyer shot dead in Turkey

November 28, 2015

Today, Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist Tahir Elci was shot dead in the street in Turkish Kurdistan.

He was shot dead as he addressed a rally calling for an end to violence by the state against Kurds.

A peaceful protest in Istanbul at his death, was dispersed by the police using water canon and tear gas.

This is the brutal reality of Turkey under Fascist Islamist  dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey, Vladimir Putin has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, these include restrictions on imports, ban on charter flights and a ban on tour operators offering holidays in Turkey.

Gypsy street musicians

October 20, 2015
gypsy street musician crying

gypsy street musician crying

gypsy street musician

gypsy street musician

broken musical instrument

broken musical instrument

Every day, the pedestrianised street running past The Acropolis and The Acropolis Museum, kids playing musical instruments.

Whether they are gypsies I do not know. They look like gypsies and locals call them gypsies.

Why are they not at school?

Today one of the kids got beaten by an older kid, his money stolen, and his instrument smashed by being smashed on his head.

Rival gangs?

The police were flagged down by witnesses. The police said they were aware,  and did not wish to know. Said appropriate authorities informed.

I learnt this evening, a vehicle seen dropping off these kids around Athens.

People traffickers?

The Leap

September 18, 2015

The Leap Manifesto launch

The Leap Manifesto launch

Canada used to have a reputation as a progressive, forward looking nation, a country that valued the natural environment and indigenous rights. It was a country where draft dodgers felt at home

Those days have long gone. It is run by a Fascist regime under Stephen Harper, it rides roughshod over nature and indigenous rights, it is a dirty polluter, it obstructs any attempt to reduce greenhouse emissions. Harper has been described as Richard Nixon without the charm.

The so-called Opposition are little better, reduced to arguing best pipeline routes for dirty tar sand oil.

Enough is enough. A group of environmentalists, human rights activists, musicians and artists, including Naomi Klein, Leonard Cohen, William Gibson and Neil Young, have launched The Leap Manifesto, and are calling upon all to sign.

What The Leap Manifesto calls for is a big leap from where we are now to where we wish to be in the future.

We cannot rely on politicians, they are puppets of bankers and big business, citizens have to launch their own initiatives.

El Empleo

May 4, 2015

Slaves to the system. We live in a society where people have become dehumanised, they have become commodities, things to be used.

A chilling animation, where a man awakes in the morning. He shaves, grabs his sweater, and crosses the city.

When he arrives at his workplace to begin his job, he – and all other workers – seem far from enlightened and inspired to participate in their duties.

And as such, as soon as the man reaches his workspace, he lays down flat and begins to function as a doormat for people to trample upon.

Uber taxi drivers, provide the capital, but all they are are serfs, at the command of an an app, as are many people in what is jokingly described as the sharing society, only it is not.

Chinese workers toil away in sweatshops to produce Apple devices. Apple has an income stream of $1 billion a week, that flows into offshore tax heavens. Apple Inc, has to borrow money to pay its shareholders.

Is this all we aspire to, to be dehumanised individuals, isolated from each other, whilst others reap the rewards?

That is what it will be if David Cameron wins five more years to finish the job. The job being austerity, the excuse for Shock Doctrine, a neo-liberal agenda of burn more fossil fuels, slash and burn of public services, cut benefits, transfer wealth from the poor to the rich.

That is what it will be if ToryLite aka Labour does not form a loose alliance with Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Green Party.

But it does not have to be. People can say no. They can join forces with each other, form networks alliances, create social enterprises, open coops, collaborative commons.

Westminster paedophile cover-up

April 26, 2015
Greville Janner

Greville Janner

You could not make it up if you tried.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who decided not to prosecute Lord Janner for vile sex crimes on the grounds he had dementia, that it was not in the public interest, shared the same Chambers as Lord Janner.

There has never been an explanation of how it is in the public interest not to prosecute.

Was it in the public interest to mount a cover-up for the last 20 years?

A dossier on Lord janner, is among 114 files on child sex abuse that have gone missing from the Home Office.

Why did Keith Vaz kill investigation into Janner in the 1990s?

It is a basic tenet of justice, a fair trial, and that is a fair trial for the victims as well as the accused.

No matter how vile the crimes alleged, if the accused is not fit to stand trial, the trial does not go ahead.

We are told Lord Janner has dementia. This has never been tested in open court.

After he was diagnosed with dementia, he hosted banquets at the House of Lords, all at our expense.

Fit to host a a few banquets, but not fit to stand trial.

Victims could mount a civil case, sue for damages, force a third-party examination for dementia.

Reportedly he transferred ownership of his £2 million home to his children in March 2014 – the same month that police raided his Westminster office (no wonder the family proclaim his innocence). Unfit to stand trial, but fit and quick-witted enough to transfer assets out of the hands of potential creditors.

Since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, Lord Janner has claimed more than £100,000 in parliamentary expenses and allowances. On 9 April 2015, he was fit enough to sign a letter saying he wanted to remain in the House of Lords.

Cast minds back to Ernest Saunders and the Guinness Affair. The biggest fraud trial in England. There has been no more large fraud trials due to political interference, it casts the City of London in a bad light.

Ernest Saunders was found guilty. Ernest Saunders was released early on the grounds he had dementia. Once released, it was as Private Eye said at the time, the only known miraculous cure from dementia. Out of jail, Saunders was back in business.

Property developer Gerald Ronson, co-conspirator with Saunders, claimed it was his idea to play the dementia card.

Dementia is a favourite. Appear to have lost your mind, a drooling imbecile.

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet walked free from human rights charges due to dementia. Remarkable recovery when he stepped off the plane in Chile.

Rupert Murdoch, a drooling baboon when he appeared before House of Commons Select Committee, knew nothing about anything. Back in New York, fighting fit, fully in control

The judge tasked with reviewing the mistakes that prevented Janner from being brought to trial in the past was a close friend of the barrister hired to defend Janner against claims of abuse.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders should resign. If she refuses to resign, she should be fired. She is not fit to hold the post. It is not in the public interest that she remain. The police, the victims, the public, have lost all confidence in her.

Lord Janner should be put in trial. It should be the judge, sitting in open court, depending upon the evidence brought to court, who decides whether or not Janner is fit to stand trail, not Alison Saunders behind closed doors.

Until such time that Lord Janner is brought to trial, justice will not seen to have been done.

Public confidence in Westminster is at all all time low.

What is the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership?

April 19, 2015

An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations. — John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want

TTIP is a secret trade deal between US and EU that will give global corporations unprecedented powers over our lives, as if they did not control us already, they will be able to sue governments in secret trade courts.

TTIP is so secret that even Members of the European Parliament are kept in the dark. What we do know, has come via leeks.

Yesterday, demonstrations took place across Europe against TTIP.

TTIP will reduce environmental protections, reduce food safeguards, removal of employment protection, making draconian intellectual property rights even more so, loosening of banking regulations, sell-off of NHS …

In other words, it is a Charter or Bill of Rights for Corporations, at the very time when we are celebrating Magna Carta.

KFC is lobbying for a lowering of food safety. Can what is served by KFC actually get any worse?

Do we want KFC, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, dictating what we eat and drink, dictating what employment conditions shuuld be?

David Cameron is pushing TTIP. Labour is not opposing TTIP. The Green Party are opposed.

Rich v Poor

April 15, 2015

Two rooms, in one the rich, high earners, in the other room the poor, those on benefits, low wages, zero hours. Both groups discussing the same topics.

What came across strongly was the the appalling degree of ignorance, bigotry and selfish attitudes of the rich. Do their thought processes come pre-formed from the pages of The Sun and the Daily Mail?

The poor feckless, if they worked harder they would not be poor, why did they not save, Iain Duncan Smith did not go far enough in cutting benefits.

The poor were far better informed, they complained of being stigmatised, especially by programmes like Benefit Street. What came across was desperation and fear, the fear of further changes and what these may bring. People living hand to mouth, no food, not knowing where money would be coming from to pay for food and rent, living off Oxo cubes and food banks. Unemployed being forced to waste their time and money chasing after jobs where they probably stand a better chance of winning the Lottery.

The rich think the poor do not know how to manage money. When you are poor, you spend all your time managing money, knowing where to go to pick-up-end-of-day bargains.

The rich, having paid for one house, were looking to buy a second house, to cash in on asset price rises.

Ironically the rich were saving more, cutting back on spending.

The poor wished to see more house building, but council houses, not houses for sale.

The rich thought Right to Buy a good idea. If you are struggling to pay the rent, how do you find the money to buy?

The poor wanted to see a rise in pay, a move to a Living Wage, rent controls, job security, tenancy security.

Neither group mentioned a Basic Income.

The rich thought tax credits a good idea, get people off benefits and into work.

Tax credits are not a good idea, all tax credits do is subsidise bad employers. Pay a decent wage, and workers do not need tax credits.

The top 20% of earners pay 35% of their earning in tax.

The bottom 20% of earners pay 37% of their earning in tax.

Is this fair?

The rich think they work hard.

Do the poor not work hard?

Head of Barclays in 1979 on £80,000 a year now £10 million. If workers pay increased by as much, would all be on £1 million a year.

Do not think workers work hard, then check out Maid In London, hotel rooms in London are some of the most expensive in the world, and yet hotel maids work long hours for bad pay.

Both groups thought training a good idea.

Escaping Tanzania’s Cutting Season

April 6, 2015

In northern Tanzania there is a tradition of the ‘cutting season’ which lasts for six weeks. Girls are mutilated, female genital mutilation, beaten by their fathers, sold off into marriage.

The cutters use the same knife on multiple girls, if the first girl has AIDS/HIV, then the next in line gets AIDS/HIV.

The girls are left to bleed  to death.

In one district, at least fifteen girls are are known to have died.

The reason they are left to bleed to death is that it is illegal, and so they cannot call in a doctor or take the girls to hospital.

The girls who die, their bodies are thrown in the bush. They are not given a decent burial because they are seen as cursed.

Word is getting around of a safe house, a  network helps girls to get there.

At the safe house, as well being safe, they are given vocational training, sent to secondary school.

One boy, who helped his sisters escape to the safe house, was strung up from a tree with his hands and feet tied, then badly beaten by his father.