Posts Tagged ‘war crimes’

McDonald’s pulls out of Russia after 30 years

May 16, 2022

When McDonald’s opened in Red Square it was a symbol of the collapse of the Soviet Union, uncontrolled captilism red in tooth and claw. For Vladimir Putin it was the worst catastrophe to befall Russia, not only the collapse of the Soviet Union, the collapse of the Russian Empire.

We have now gone full circle, McDonald’s stopped trading in March, are now pulling out of Russia permanently.

Although as a Russian friend said to me, when they stopped trading, we will now have a healthier diet.

But, the following are still trading in Russia, complicit in Putin’s war crimes:

  • M&S
  • Burger King
  • Subway
  • Nestle
  • Total
  • Leroy Merlin

Please boycott any company trading in Russia.

If you miss Russian vodka, two recommendations for excellent vodka:

  • Amos Owen craft vodka
  • Dima’s three-grain Ukrainian vodka

When McDonald’s pulls out of Russia, you know Vladimir Putin has lost the war in Ukraine.

Nestlé chocolate

March 27, 2022

With added bitterness of Putin’s war crimes.

No surprise Nestlé refusal to pull out of Russia, Nestlé ranks as one of the world’s most evil corporations.

Nestlé not the only Western corporation refusing to pull out of Russia.

  • M&S
  • Burger King
  • Subway
  • Total

Find Nespresso shops in your locality. Leave 1* review on Google maps that Nestlé trading in Russia, complicit Putin’s war crimes.

In Russia, find Nespresso outlets on Google maps, leave a 1* review of Putin’s war crimes.

Note: Please do not review Putin’s war crimes on indie business in Russia, it will endanger them. The Truth in Russia a criminal offence, fifteen years in prison.

For Total, a French oil company with major stake in a Russian oil company, write a 1* review on TrustPilot.

If have a friend using vile undrinkable Nespresso, treat them to coffee from Mad Heads, excellent coffee.

Chocolate, treat yourself to bean-to-bar craft chocolate.

Vladimir Putin’s Adolf Hitler tribute act

March 19, 2022

Let’s just assume the Russia’s theories on their war crimes are lies and until they or their pro-Putin pals in the West produce direct evidence to support their conspiracy theories we can ignore their hustle and focus on documenting their crimes for accountability. — Eliot Higgins, Bellingcat

This is not about Ukraine at all, but the world order. The current crisis is a fateful, epoch-making moment in modern history. It reflects the battle over what the world order will look like. — Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister

Before a packed stadium, cajoled, bullied, bussed in, Vladimir Putin wearing a €12,700 Loro Piana jacket, paid for with money stolen from Russian people, Vladimir Putin performed his Adolf Hitler tribute act.

Meanwhile whilst the fascists cheered and Putin raved, close on 15,000 Russians killed in Ukraine, residential areas razed to the ground leaving rubble and burning apartment blocks, hospitals, school, kindagatens, a theatre sheltering children, targeted.

What is moving, woman and children walking to cross the border to countries bordering Ukraine, the children towing their luggage, and carrying their pets.

And the kindness of strangers from all over Europe, who meet them when they cross the border, and open not only their arms, but also their homes.

Then contrast with Putin’s war crimes.

Eliot Higgins, Bellingcat:

Let’s just assume the Russia’s theories on their war crimes are lies and until they or their pro-Putin pals in the west produce direct evidence to support their conspiracy theories we can ignore their hustle and focus on documenting their crimes for accountability.

Especially when it’s just recycling the same lies they told about Syria. Let’s not waste our time debating the same war crime denying idiots who lied about war crimes in Syria, and focus on accountability for those crimes.

It’s more convenient for them to turn the discourse over war crimes to a conspiracy fuelled debate over one incident, and make the entire debate about one thing, not a systematic pattern of crimes. Its exactly what they did in Syria, so let’s not repeat the same pattern ourselves.

They are not equipped, morally or intellectually, to engage in a serious discussion about war crimes and accountability, so they turn it into a one issue story, but we’re in the best position we’ve ever been to build cases for accountability, so let’s focus on that.

It’s fine to highlight disinformation and demonstrate the tactics used by those spreading it, but let’s not frame accountability efforts around the conspiracy theories of bad faith actors.

Putin is carrying out the same tactics he used in Aleppo and Grozny, war crimes, raze citeis to the ground, leave behind rubble and burning apartment blocks.

Putin has the same satellite imagery as the West, he can see the destruction wrought on Ukraine.

Syrians warned, do not identify your schools, hospitals, kindergartens, they will be deliberately targeted.

A month ago, early February, Ukraine was a free democratic European country. People led ordinary lives, went for a walk in a park, met friends in a coffee shop for a coffee.

Thursday 24 February 2022, war criminal Mafios thug Putin launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

Ukraine a free democratic European country, an affront to Putin, a beacon on the border to Russians as what their country would become once Putin deposed. Hence had to be destroyed.

A fascist rally, Putin’s Adolf Hitler tribute act, is what Putin wants Russians to see, beamed into their homes on every state TV channel. What he will not tolerate, independent media, brave protesters on the streets. 

End game: Overthrow Putin either with bullet through the head or on trial at The Hague. Detain his thugs and oligarchs, strip oligarchs of assets, release all political prisoners, hold free & fair elections. Those responsible for war crimes, issued orders, carried out, put on trial. 10km demilitarised strip established within Russian border. Sanctions on Russia should be tightened and remain in place until all these conditions met.

Shameful comments by Mayor of Paralimni refugees from Ukraine not welcome

March 18, 2022

Shameful comments by Paralimni mayor Theodoros Pirillis, refugees from Ukraine are not welcome in Paralimni.

Countries bordering Ukraine are welcoming refugees and their pets with open arms, no ID no papers, free health care, free to work, stay of three years.

Who would the Mayor of Paralimni rather welcome, Russian oligarchs to launder their dirty money, drunk tourists?

War criminal Mafiosi thug Vladimir Putin has lost the war in Ukraine. He is now razing residential areas to the ground, leaving nothing but rubble and burning apartment blocks. Targeting schools, hospitals, kindergartens, a theatre clearly marked where children had sought shelter.

Are memories so short, were refugees fleeing occupied northern Cyprus in 1974 told they were not welcome because they may damage the tourist industry? Many of who now live in Paralimni and form the backbone of the local economy.

The Mayor demonstrates Cyprus village mentality, cannot see further than the end of his nose.

Refugees will one day return to Ukraine, rebuild their country, then maybe one day return for a holiday to thank the people of Cyprus who showed them kindness, gave them refuge and hospitality. On the other hand, treat them badly, treat as garbage to be dumped elsewhere, someone else problem, the word will quickly spread, never visit Cyprus, look how we were treated.

This evening on BBC Radio Four PM programme, a refugee from Ukraine saying she hoped one day she could welcome to Ukraine to thank people for their kindness.

Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pirillis should retract his vile comments, issue an unreserved apology, then resign. He is a disgrace to his office, an embarrassment for Cyprus.

Note: It has been drawn to my attention Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pirillis is not referring to refugees from Ukraine. But then we enter an odious discussion of good refugees v bad refugees, and it still does not bode well for refugees from Ukraine, at what point do they change from good to bad, especially if the criteria is the impact on tourism?

One of the islands in the Mediterranean impacted by refugees is Lampedusa 173 miles off the coast of Sicily. And yet refugees are made welcome, helped. Stanley Tucci makes the valid point, refugees make a positive contribution to the countries in which they land. [see Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy]

I, as have many others, been moved by the reception refugees have been given, as they cross the border from Ukraine, people opening up their homes, some have already found work, their children a school place.

In the near future we are going to see many more refugees due to global warming and crop failure. Already we are seeing food riots in Sri Lanka as the price of wheat shoots up due to the war in Ukraine.

Mass tourism is a factor contributing to global warming. Cyprus will be hit badly, rising sea levels and storms will wash away the beaches, Larnaca will be flooded, high temperatures will make it impossible to exist out doors in the summer during the day. The last few years September and October has seen temperatures in the upper thirties.

We demand that International Criminal Court charges Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel for War Crimes against Humanity

July 31, 2014

An open letter to Song Sang-Hyun, President of International Criminal Court.

Israel war crimes

Israel war crimes

We the citizens of the world demand that Benjamin Netanyahu as person and Israel as the apartheid state is put on trial along with all the evidences that prove it to be a country responsible for terrible war crimes against humanity and people of Palestine in general.

Why should Israel be put on trial?

1. At the time of writing this, Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for killing over 1000 civilians. Many of those are children, women and people with absolutely no affiliation with any group of any sort. They have been wiped off the map as if they were totally insignificant people with no right to live.

2. Israel has been bombing public places, schools, family homes, religious places and has sunk to the lowest level and recently attacked children hospitals.

3. They used White Phosphorus in 2009 and have used it again in 2014. They air-burst white phosphorus in 155mm artillery shells in and near populated areas. Each air-burst shell spreads 116 burning white phosphorus wedges in a radius extending up to 125 meters from the blast point. White phosphorus ignites and burns on contact with oxygen, and continues burning at up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (816 degrees Celsius) until nothing is left or the oxygen supply is cut. When white phosphorus comes into contact with skin it creates intense and persistent burns.

4. The establishment of settlements by an occupying power in occupied territory violates international humanitarian law which is the body of law governing situations of armed conflict and military occupation. Yet Israel is expanding it’s settlements and will obviously take over the Gaza area as no Palestinian will come back since they have no place to call home.

5. Israel’s apartheid setup where they have check-posts, blockades, and have taken every right from the Palestinians so they can’t even breath without having an Israeli soldier on their back. This has to stop and it’s nothing less than being a perfect definition of an apartheid settler state.

We demand that Israel is put on trial for war-crimes and Benjamin Netanyahu is held responsible for the deaths of all innocent people of Palestine along with being the reason for thousands of families being destroyed mentally and physically to the extent that they will never recover again.

Mr. President, if you are unable to do this based on other evidence that you can get from Human Rights Watch, UN, journalists, and doctors in Gaza, I feel you are letting down billions of people worldwide by letting a criminal get away with it.


Those who have seen the suffering of the people of Gaza, the atrocities committed by Israel under the guise of self-defence, have been shocked and appalled. If you count yourself as one of this number, then please sign this open letter to the President of International Criminal Court.

The US has condemned Israel for its atrocities, but at the same time, is re-supplying Israel with munitions to enable the slaughter and devastation to continue.

Amnesty International has called for a halt to arms supplies to Israel. Please sign their petition.

The US is pouring $3 billion dollars of military aid into Israel every year.

There is much individuals can do. Support the international boycott of all Israeli goods.

BBC coverage, has to say the least, been disgraceful. Please sign the petition to the BBC Trust calling for a debate on the BBC biassed coverage.

Apologists for Israel sink to new lows with the demand for an apology from UNRWA.

But probably none sinks as low as Melanie Phillips or Fox TV (part of the Evil Murdoch Empire) or Israelis chanting “There’s no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left”. The video concludes with the crowd chanting “Gaza is a cemetery”

Nightly entertainment for Israelis, is to sit on the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the slaughter.

Gangs of marauding Israelis have been setting upon Arabs and beating them.

In the West, there has been a small rise in anti-Semitism. The Jews have the solution in their own hands. Stop supporting Israel, speak out against the atrocities committed by the Israelis. Exactly the same advice given to Muslims, speak out against the Islamists.

When Jews have joined anti-Israel protests, they have been made welcome.

When on one protest a Zionist attacked a Jew for protesting against Israel, he informed her he had survived a concentration camp. Her response was to tell him he should have died there.

Back-bench Tory MPs have called for a change in policy in the way the UK deals with Israel.

The State of Israel was founded by terrorists, on land belonging to Palestinians. They would attack villages, massacre everyone, to spread fear and cause people to flee their homes. Their intention was to divide the British Mandate between themselves and Jordan, to eliminate the Palestinians. The slaughter, the terrorism, the ethnic cleansing, the genocide, continues.

It was, as always the case, Israel that started the current conflict. When three Israelis were killed, Israel targeted Hamas, Hamas responded with rocket fire.

Gaza

Gaza

Gaza is an open air prison, access controlled by Israel, the people kept at starvation level.

A 72-hour ceasefire, starting 8am local time, has been announced by the UN.

‘Cowardly’ BBC tells comedian Israel’s attack on Gaza is out of bounds for satire

July 24, 2014

Frankie Boyle, the comedian, has written an open letter criticising the BBC governing body’s ”cowardly rebuke” of his jokes about the Palestinian territories.

A woman in Zanna is overcome by the destruction in the village following heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes over almost a week.

A woman in Zanna is overcome by the destruction in the village following heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes over almost a week.

Obviously, it feels strange to be on the moral high ground but I feel a response is required to the BBC Trust’s cowardly rebuke of my jokes about Palestine.

As always, I heard nothing from the BBC but read in a newspaper that editorial procedures would be tightened further to stop jokes with anything at all to say getting past the censors.

In case you missed it, the jokes in question are:

“I’ve been studying Israeli Army Martial Arts. I now know 16 ways to kick a Palestinian woman in the back.”

“People think that the Middle East is very complex but I have an analogy that sums it up quite well. If you imagine that Palestine is a big cake, well… that cake is being punched to pieces by a very angry Jew.”

I think the problem here is that the show’s producers will have thought that Israel, an aggressive, terrorist state with a nuclear arsenal, was an appropriate target for satire.

The Trust’s ruling is essentially a note from their line managers. It says that if you imagine that a state busily going about the destruction of an entire people is fair game, you are mistaken. Israel is out of bounds.

The BBC refused to broadcast a humanitarian appeal in 2009 to help residents of Gaza rebuild their homes.

It’s tragic for such a great institution but it is now cravenly afraid of giving offence and vulnerable to any kind of well drilled lobbying.

I told the jokes on a Radio 4 show called “Political Animal”. That title seems to promise provocative comedy with a point of view.

In practice the BBC wish to deliver the flavour of political comedy with none of the content. The most recent offering I saw was BBC2’s “The Bubble”. It looked exactly like a show where funny people sat around and did jokes about the news. Except the thrust of the format was that nobody had read the papers.

I can only imagine how the head of the BBC Trust must have looked watching that, grinning like Gordon Brown having his prostate examined.

The situation in Palestine seems to be, in essence, apartheid. I grew up with the anti apartheid thing being a huge focus of debate. It really seemed to matter to everybody that other human beings were being treated in that way. We didn’t just talk about it, we did things, I remember boycotts and marches and demos all being held because we couldn’t bear that people were being treated like that.

A few years ago I watched a documentary about life in Palestine. There’s a section where a UN dignitary of some kind comes to do a photo opportunity outside a new hospital.

The staff know that it communicates nothing of the real desperation of their position, so they trick her into a side ward on her way out. She ends up in a room with a child who the doctors explain is in a critical condition because they don’t have the supplies to keep treating him.

She flounders, awkwardly caught in the bleak reality of the room, mouthing platitudes over a dying boy.

The filmmaker asks one of the doctors what they think the stunt will have achieved.

He is suddenly angry, perhaps having just felt at first hand something he knew in the abstract. The indifference of the world.

“She will do nothing,” he says to the filmmaker. Then he looks into the camera and says: “Neither will you”.

I cried at that and promised myself that I would do something. Other than write a few stupid jokes I have not done anything. Neither have you.

— Frankie Boyle

Reposted from Stop the War Coalition.

BBC is becoming a national disgrace. They keep repeating the myth Israel is under threat and is acting in self defence.

When airlines cancelled flights to Israel, the Prime Minister complained to the US, and asked that the airlines be forced to fly as there was no risk.

Comment posted on facebook:

It’s an irony that a group left here last week for vacation and tour in Israel. So far not one word of sirens or rockets on FB. Just nightclub life and sunbathing.

Today a school was hit. A UN school, a place of ‘alleged’ safety. The UN had given coordinates. Not the first school to be hit.

BBC duly reported the Israeli line, it was a Hamas rocket. Those on the ground dispute this, and say no evidence it was Hamas (not reported by BBC).

The World at Ten had an interesting interview with an analyst at the Washington based Brookings Institute. The analyst took the side of Hamas, pointing out Israel had failed to keep to terms of previous ceasefire, and that it was rationale of Hamas to demand lifting of blockade (which was agreed in previous ceasefire). No surprise, the interview was cut short.

The World at Ten then had a much longer piece on the rise of anti-Semitism in France.

This is what the BBC calls balance. Only it is not balance, it is a contrived balance.

Jon Snow, veteran Channel 4 journalist, and currently in Gaza, has produce far higher quality reports, and noted what Gilad Sharon (son of war criminal Ariel Sharon) had to say in a prominent front-page article in the Jerusalem Post:

“We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too”.

Which is exactly what we are seeing as the policy pursued by Israel in Gaza.

Passing through the Gaza checkpoint back into Israel, Jon Snow had a destructive electronic signature on his MacAir. It would not do, after all, to have journalists coming out of Gaza with evidence of Israeli war crimes.

Another myth repeated endlessly by BBC, is that Hamas is using civilians as human shields. This is disputed by those on the ground, and has ironically been disputed by Jeremy Bowens, veteran BBC reporter, but not on BBC instead writing in New Statesman.

Another myth endlessly repeated by the BBC is that civilians are not being targeted. This is disputed by those on the ground.

It is not only BBC with pro-Israeli media bias.

Gaza Parkour Team / Despite the Pain, There is Hope

November 19, 2012

No country would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. — Barack Obama

Why 200 flights and only 15 dead? We want 15 flights and 2000 dead. — Michael Ben Ari addressing a rally

In war parents bury their kids. In peace kids bury their parents. In Gaza, Israel buries whole families under the rubble. — Dr Norman Finkelstein

There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip. — Glad Sharon, son of Ariel Sharon

We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods …flatten all Gaza. — Glad Sharon, son of Ariel Sharon

This is chilling and very upsetting, more upsetting than seeing the dead bodies of children.

The first day of the attack by Israel on defenceless Gaza, the missiles rain down and the kids show their defiance.

Israel took out the military head of Hamas, knowing this would lead to a response from Hamas, which in turn gave them the excuse to bombard Gaza.

Why? Because peace talks were taking place. Israel does not like peace talks. Peace talks make the Palestinians look reasonable. Therefore whenever peace talks are taking place, Israel provokes the Palestinians into taking some form of military or terrorist action, to justify an iron fist response.

When peace talks are taking place, attention focusses on the theft of land not suicide bombers.

US and UK talk of the right to self-defence, of Israel not Gaza, then give the green light to Israel to go ahead.

Hypocrite Obama talks of missiles raining down. Drone strikes in Pakistan?

Sharon Udasin of the Jerusalem Post asks Israelis: “Does anyone have pets who are freaking out because of the rocket sirens? If so, please contact me today for a story. Thanks!” Jeez these Israelis are all heart.

At the weekend, Israel targeted journalists reporting from Gaza.

The true face of Israel can be found in the Israeli media.

Contrast the children in Gaza with a rally in Israel.

Julian Assange freed on bail

December 16, 2010

‘Well it’s is great to smell fresh air of London again.’ – Julian Assange

‘I hope to continue my work and continue to protest my innocence in this matter and to reveal as we get it, which we have not yet, the evidence from these allegations.’ – Julian Assange

‘I’m relieved. He should never have been denied bail in the first place.’ — Tariq Ali

‘Information is the currency of democracy.’ — Thomas Jefferson

‘The history of the way it [the case] has been dealt with by the Swedish prosecutors would give Mr Assange some basis that he might be acquitted following a trial.’ — Mr Justice Duncan Ouseley

At a two-hour hearing in the High Court today at the Royal Courts of Justice, Julian Assange has been freed on bail. The bail conditions are as set two days ago, but with the additional condition that five not two people have to stand surety.

The case is looking increasingly Orwellian. Sweden appealed the release on bail two days ago, hence the hearing today in the High Court. They claim because he has wealthy backers, he may abscond as he has the means and resources to do so. Why does he need wealthy backers, because Sweden objected to his release and a ludicrously high bail of £240,000 has been set. Why would he abscond? He did not abscond from Sweden. The case was dropped and he was allowed to leave the country. He made no secret of the fact that he was in England. He voluntarily gave himself up to the police. His release dependent on on all the paperwork being completed, on the bail money being delivered to the High Court in cash, and on the people being found for surety. This is not likely to happen until this evening, his curfew then kicks in.

It was touch and go whether he would be actually set free tonight, that maybe Julian Assange would have to spend an additional night in prison, but at 6pm this evening he stepped outside the Royal Courts of Justice and gave a brief press conference on the steps.

He said he was pleased to be able to breathe fresh air again. He thanked all those around the world who have had faith in him and who have stood by him. He sees the hand of the US behind his detention. He thanked the members of the press who were not taken in. He thanked his legal team. He thanked British Justice for setting him free. He also drew attention to all the political prisoners around the world who are being held without trial in far worse conditions than he. He made the point that he has still not been made aware of charges against him.

Whilst in prison, Julian Assange was accompanied by two prison guards when he wished to exercise, was kept under 23-hour lock down in solitary confinement, kept under 24-hour CCTV surveillance, his mail was withheld.

In August Julian Assange made himself available to Swedish police. He answered all their questions. The case was dropped, he was free to leave. Nevertheless he remained in Sweden until September just in case there was anything else needed clearing up.

When he was in ‘hiding’ at the Frontline Club in England, he made his whereabouts known to the the Extradition Unit of the Metropolitan Police. He was in communication with them. He said he would turn himself in when an arrest warrant was served, which he did.

What we are seeing is a vendetta being pursued by Sweden.

Who really blocked the release on bail? Sweden or UK? Or are they both jumping to the Puppet Master Uncle Sam?

No charges have been laid against Julian Assange. He is merely wanted for questioning in Sweden, nothing more. All this effort to question a man? He could be questioned in England, he could even be questioned at the Swedish Embassy, which technically is Swedish territory. This has been offered to Sweden and they have turned it down. Why are they so keen to get him to Sweden? Extra-ordinary rendition to the US? The US is rumoured to be scouring the statute book to find something, anything, with which to charge him.

If the US thought with this intimidation they could silence Julian Assange and Wikileaks then they have seriously miscalculated. They have propelled both to the top of the world’s media agenda.

Julian Assange will be held under house arrest under strict conditions of curfew in a house in Norfolk on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Not one iota of evidence has been presented in Court against him, nor is the Swedish Prosecutor required to under the European Arrest Warrant which once again highlights the scandal of the European Arrest Warrant. In Sweden, all court proceedings have been held in secret.

The Judge awarded costs against the Swedes!

Much as we may wish to celebrate we must not forget that this is only the first skirmish. He has still to fight the extradition to Sweden which could go all the way to the Court of Human Rights.

Nor must we forget Bradley Manning, accused of leaking information to Wikileaks. For several months he has been held in inhumane and degrading conditions in solidarity confinement, 23-hour lock down, 24-hour CCTV surveillance. He is not allowed a pillow or sheets. He is not allowed to exercise, not even in his cell. All without trial.

Also see

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail

WikiLeaks’ Assange Walks Free As Bail Upheld

Julian Assange granted bail at high court

Assange walks free after nine days in jail

Julian Assange bail decision made by UK authorities, not Sweden

Dear Government of Sweden …

Julian Assange bail hearing

Julian Assange’s bail host had ‘no hesitation’

The Julian Assange case: a mockery of extradition?

Is there any difference between China and USA?

Riz Khan – The WikiLeaks War

Wikileaks WikiRebels documentary SVT

John Pilger: Global Support for WikiLeaks is “Rebellion” Against U.S. Militarism, Secrecy

Ex-CIA Ray McGovern Supports Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks: Swedish government ‘hid’ anti-terror operations with America from Parliament

As WikiLeaks’ Assange Freed on Bail, Alleged Military Leaker Bradley Manning Imprisoned under Inhumane Conditions

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning ‘tortured’

The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention

Spot the difference between Israel and Wikileaks

Montage of the lies that led to the illegal war on Iraq

November 11, 2010

A clever montage of the lies that led to the illegal war on Iraq.

The war criminals prosper, meanwhile the Iraqi people pay a terrible price.

Also see

Overnight more Christians killed in Iraq

Dinner with Canon Andrew White

Open letter to Governor Sergio Cabral

February 4, 2010

“I was ashamed as a Brazilian when I saw such a symbolic shirt being handed to a war criminal. Blair’s appointment will lower Brazil’s reputation in the eyes of the world. He has no standing in his own country, he failed as a negotiator in the Middle East, he lost his job because of the Iraq War and he has the blood of English soldiers on his hands.” — Paulo Coelho

“My feelings are that I think you are rubbish at your job. You don’t care about the British public, armed forces or anyone. My big brother died at the age of 18, and what for? A war over oil and money. I think that you should withdraw all of our soldiers from Iraq. After all, it’s not our war, it’s America’s. We are all hurting badly, but I don’t just blame Gordon’s death on the Iraqis that made the roadside bomb. I blame YOU as well, because it is your fault that our soldiers are over there in the first place.” — Maxine Gentle, whose brother was killed in Iraq

To Governor Sergio Cabral:

You appointed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as consultant to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The question on the lips of most people is why?

Whilst in office Tony Blair showed not the slightest interest in sport. Therefore what has he to offer, what is he being paid for, how much is he being paid? Jobs for the boys, you grease my palm and I grease yours?

It cannot be claimed he won the 2012 Games for London as that was down to the hard work of then London Mayor Ken Livingstone and former Olympic athlete Sebastian Coe.

Tony Blair is seen by most people as a war criminal. A man with blood on his hands. The blood of innocent Iraqis, the blood of young British soldiers who have died in an illegal, pointless war. He took his country to war on a pack of lies, against the wishes of his own people. A war that has destabilized the Middle East and made the world a less safe place.

Has the irony escaped you that the day you met with and appointed Blair was the day after he appeared before the Iraq Inquiry and tried to justify his action?

Take a hard look at the pictures of the people on the street as they greeted Blair as he appeared before the Iraq Inquiry.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/02/445546.html

This is the man you have engaged as a consultant.

It was an insult to the team and to Brazilian football fans the world over to hand Blair a Brazil team shirt.

You have tarnished the reputation of Brazil and the Rio Games.

When Paulo Coelho speaks out against the appointment of Blair, he speaks for people across the world, he recognises the shame you have brought upon your own country.

Letter sent via e-mail to Governor Sergio Cabral, governor of Rio de Janeiro, the city in Brazil that will host the 2016 Olympics.

governador@governador.rj.gov.br

Writer Paul Coelho, together with footballer Pele, was part of the winning team that went to Brazil to win the 2016 Olympic Games for Rio. [see Rio 2016]

Also see

Tony Blair as consultant to Rio 2016 Games!

‘Not in my country’

Comments on “Not in my country”


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