UK Newswire Archive
30-11-2007 19:56How many activists does it take to shut down the UK head offices of a multinational corporation?
30-11-2007 19:54ALERT: Annapolis a Charade: Olmert Plotting Massive Aggression
In Germany, according to historian Richard Evans, in 1931-1932, if enough Germans of conscience had begun to say No -- history would have had an entirely diferent outcome.
If we go any further down this road the tears will be those of conservatives as well as progressives. They will be (Israeli) tears.
The time for weeping has to stop; the time for confronting must begin.
Adapted from "American Tears"
The timing is interesting, given the "Annapolis Conference", which serves to be about PR alone, as Olmert has already ruled out any Negotiations or Compromise in the name of peace.
If you follow the events surrounding Israel's "Disengagement" from Gaza, you will quickly understand that this was the plan all along. While Israel was making a public spectacle of "forcing Jews to leave their homes", it was quietly surrounding the Strip with artillery emplacements, in an operation ominously named "First Rain".
Under this operation, Gaza basically became a "Free-Fire Zone", and several artillery and gunship strikes killed a high number of civilians. Finally, when one of these batteries fired upon and murdered a Palestinian family - picnicking on a beach that had been Segregated "Jews Only" only weeks before, Hamas finally decided to call an end to its unilateral, two-year cease-fire.
(In essence, they took Israel's bait. After all, you can't excuse your Aggression and label it "defense" if you're not being intermittently attacked. Never mind the hypocrisy underlying the entire media's framing of that whole debate ...)
When the Palestinians responded by electing Hamas to power (yes, elected), Israeli Extremists and their Ideological, bought foreign co-conspirators imposed unilateral sanctions on Gaza, a bit of Collective Punishment which increased the hardship of those stuck in the world's largest Concentration Camp.
When they felt Gaza had been substantially weakened, the US and Israel undertook a Coup attempt, using corrupt elements within the Fatah Party, provoking a violent response by Hamas, which expelled the group. Most of the world's media ignored the events leading to this "crisis", and instead only repeated the Propaganda emanating from the US and Israel, which used this to further increase sanctions against Gaza.
Most recently, Israel stepped up its Collective Punishment, except that human rights groups and legal advisors to the Government halted some of its approved measures, because they run contrary to International Humanitarian Law.
This was sold as another "response to rocket attacks" (again highlighting the hypocrisy of the debate's Framing - are the Palestinians allowed to defend themselves from strikes which actually KILL people ... ?), even though high-ranking officials said that this was NOT, in fact, a response to these attacks, but a way to "distance Israel from Gaza's infrastructure".
The real reason for this whole episode, of course, has been to "soften up" the Gaza Strip for a long-planned military attack, a way to undermine the resolve, and hopefully rid this territory of Palestinians altogether.
Olmert signalled long ago that he would not entertain any serious discussions at this summit, essentially selling out the Israeli public's desire for peace.
Now, Israel appears to be preparing to issue the usual 'justifications' for an Act of Aggression they planned long ago, by calling it a response to violence their own behaviour has provoked. The media's silence on these issues in past months signals their readiness to help in this regard.
Seeing the pattern yet?
30-11-2007 17:46The membership of the Green Party of England and Wales has today voted overwhelming to rewrite its constitution and have a leader and deputy leader, so abandoning all its stated principles of opposition to hierarchical structures.
30-11-2007 16:49"Over 200 representatives from 13 European countries-including over 150 MPs, MEPs and regional politicians together with representatives of trade unions, national student bodies, women's organizations, peace movements, writers and academics-have backed a statement in support of the Venezuelan government's policies of social progress and democratic inclusion."
30-11-2007 16:43New report findings show anti-Iranian bias in the UK newspaper media
30-11-2007 16:03"The Citizenist Impasse: Contribution to a Critique of Citizenism" is an essay, originally penned in French, that works toward criticizing the ideology of citizenism. Previously available only in French, Pygmalion Books in association with NOT BORED! is releasing the first English translation on November 30th, eighth anneversary of the Seattle WTO protests, in order to mark the work's critical perspective of that event insofar as it relates to citizenism.
Protestors from climate action group, Plane Stupid, disrupted the proceedings of the Transport Select Committee who were hearing evidence from BAA boss, Steven Nelson and Aviation Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick.
30-11-2007 15:12Posted in light of the weakness of most of the media regarding the event, especially its silence regarding Gaza, and Israel's publicly-stated pre-Annapolis plot to attack Gaza once the meetings have ended.
30-11-2007 15:12Boy 15, found hanged at
Lancaster Farms Young Offenders Institute!
30-11-2007 14:32On July 6th this year, a particularly unpleasant Zionist activist who goes by the name of Mikey Mikey aka Michael Ezra posted a comment on David Aaronovitch’s Times-on-line blog asserting that Tony Greenstein spent his time ‘harassing Jews’ and for the past 30 years had been intimidating Jewish students at NUS Conference.
30-11-2007 13:54Paint and bricks thrown onto walls and security cameras at EDO MBM, Fishersgate.
30-11-2007 12:45Student demonstrations and occupations are finding themselves the targets of violence organised or incited by the authorities.
November 30th, 2007 by jef costello
30-11-2007 12:42Jef Costello
In a week that has seen Sarkozy's approval rating drop below 50% yet another group of workers prepares to fight back against worsening conditions.
30-11-2007 12:40November 30th, 2007 by jef costello
Some 3000 school and university students marched through the streets of Paris today to show their continuing opposition to the LRU
30-11-2007 12:36Despite the planning chief fro Camden, Mike Greene...er..."ruling out" plans for the world's largest ever, highest level, virus containment facility on a Camden council estate- the fight is back on!