UK Terror War Newswire Archive
Cartoon Korea - Filtered to Fit
How much do you know about the increased political tensions on the Korean peninsula? The answer, even for diligent readers of the mainstream press, is likely to be 'not much'. In place of serious, penetrating analysis the public has been sold a cartoon version of events based on a well-worn propaganda template. It is a tale spun by journalists who appear to know little of the real issues and who have internalised the key rules of 'balanced' reporting: do not point the finger of blame at your own government (or its allies), and do not question your government's demonisation of official enemies (learn nothing from the past).
In a leak that seems designed to gauge public opinion - and that of lawyers and other relevant parties around the world - anonymous officials in the Obama administration have told the New York Times about a proposal, in draft legislation to be submitted to Congress, which, as the Times put it, "would clear the way for detainees facing the death penalty [in Guantánamo] to plead guilty without a full trial."
08-06-2009 14:12Global military spending rose 4% in 2008 to a record $1,464bn (£914bn) - up 45% since 1999, according to the Stockholm-based peace institute Sipri. It's great that British companies are profitting
Small Arms and ammunition are supplied across the Globe, including the US and Germany.
07-06-2009 00:16ACT NOW DIRECTOR, A FORMER AID WORKER, ON HUNGER STRIKE IN LONDON
Tim Martin, a former aid worker and the Campaign Director of Act Now, is on an indefinite hunger strike outside Parliament, London since Monday 18th May. Tim is calling upon US President Obama to intervene in the crisis in Sri Lanka and has presented a clear list of demands to protect the civilian population from further devastation. Tim’s full letter to the American president was delivered to the American Embassy on the first day of his hunger strike.
President Obama has given his first major speech on relations between the United States and the Muslim world.
04-06-2009 22:28police detained maria gallestegui (from peacestrike.org) for 24 hours after her arrest yesterday evening for waving the tamil eelam homeland flag at parliament square
03-06-2009 15:05I was on the pedal power bike rush on Monday.
As we circled parliament square like most I thought the hunger strike was by a Tamil.
It seems not to be.
Amazing, an Englishman on strike for my people.
03-06-2009 00:04Britain sold £13.6m worth of arms to Sri Lanka in the past three years despite Colombo’s widespread abuse of human rights, The Times newspaper reported.
01-06-2009 14:53This is a call out to people involved in squats and autonomous spaces for
2 days of direct action on the 18th & 19th of September 2009 around
housing and the creation of more autonomous spaces at this time of crisis.
31-05-2009 00:20A report this week for the UN on US domestic and overseas executions calls for a national “commission of inquiry” to investigate cases. It estimates the total number of uninvestigated Private Contractor murders in Iraq "to be in the hundreds, perhaps thousands", while obliquely criticising Obamas deceptive aim of “moving forward”. It also points out no one senior in rank to Major has been prosecuted.
The Pakistani military is repeating the same genocidal mayhem as it did in East Pakistan to secede it into Bangladesh. Now it is once again at its best for further balkanizing Pakistan at the behest of its paymasters. There is apparently always some very good justification for practicing the 'war on terror' upon civilian populations.
30-05-2009 04:50Bush also struck a congenial note when he took the stage, giving Clinton top billing as he told the audience: "Welcome to the Bill and George Show." He joked that his mother, Barbara Bush, told him Clinton has been spending so much time with his own father, former US president George HW Bush, that he is "like a son to her. So brother, it's good to see you."
30-05-2009 00:42Despite massive international pressure, on Wed 27th May, the United Nations Human Rights Council refused calls to investigate allegations of war crimes by both sides. Instead it supported Sri Lanka in handling the humanitarian crisis under it's own initiative. The session had been called because of alarm over the high number of civilian casualties as well as the island's treatment of displaced Tamil civilians. The call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for aid agencies to be given free access to the camps so they can provide the Tamils with critical relief was also not agreed upon.