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SYRIA: Man is beheaded and then his corpse is crucified

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On the statement posted on his corpse it says that he was committing “ridda,” or defection from Islam, which is the very label Muslims give to Muslims who convert to Christianity. The statement also accuses him of “blaspheming Allah.”

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UK: Muslims from Birmingham threaten Savages Dutch politician Geert Wilders

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Muslim group Hizb-ut Tahrir in the Netherlands to wage a campaign to against world’s most savages Islamophobic Racist Geert Wilders.

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Undercover policing inquiry must not ignore spying on trade unions, activists warn

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A public inquiry into undercover policing is at risk of becoming an “establishment whitewash” if it does not include scrutiny of the surveillance of trade unionists, activists have warned.

In its current form the inquiry overlooks evidence of collaborative spying by big business and the police, Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith told the Morning Star on Tuesday.

Smith’s concerns echo those of Britain’s largest union Unite, which called for an inquiry into alleged links between police and the “blacklisting” scandal in the construction industry that was exposed in 2009.

The inquiry into undercover policing was launched by Chairman Lord Justice Pitchford on Tuesday, four months after Home Secretary Theresa May announced the investigation.

Opening proceedings in London, Pitchford said the inquiry will be “the first time that undercover policing has been exposed to the rigor of public examination.”

However critics argue the terms of the investigation overlook corporate espionage.

Speaking to the Morning Star, Smith said: “Neither Theresa May nor Lord Justice Pitchford has specifically referred to trade unions, despite the fact there is documentary evidence that they were spied on using covert surveillance tactics.”

“The terms of reference state that the inquiry will only cover spying by the police. But if this is to be a genuine, independent investigation, it needs to look at evidence of collaboration between big business and the police.

“Corporate spying is endemic and, if it is not properly investigated, this will just turn into another establishment whitewash,” he added.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail called for a probe into allegations police handed information about workers’ trade union activities to construction companies, who then added them to a blacklist database.

The existence of a blacklist was exposed by a raid on a firm called the Consulting Association by the Information Commissioner’s Office in 2009.

Cartmail said: “We need the inquiry to probe what the undercover police involvement was in relation to links with the ‘blacklisting’ scandal in the construction industry. So far, I think we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg – and Judge Pitchford will have to dig deep.

“The reports that they infiltrated campaign groups and trade unions are true, as police officers were deployed as covert human intelligence sources.

“We need to know who authorized the infiltration of trade unions – how high up does the buck stop when it comes to accountability? And who authorized the payments to these undercover officers to pay their union dues?”

May launched the inquiry into undercover cops after an investigation into claims of human rights abuses committed by police officers unearthed “serious historical failings.”

In some cases, undercover police used the names of deceased children and established long-term sexual relationships with their targets.

Lawyers investigating the allegations for the Home Office say they have discovered more than 80 possible legal breaches relating to undercover policing.

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Greece and the European Union: First as Tragedy, Second as Farce, Thirdly as Vassal State

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The Greek peoples efforts to end the economic depression, recover their sovereignty and reverse the regressive socio-economic policies, which have drastically reduced living standards, have been thrice denied.

First, the denial came as tragedy: When the Greek majority elected Syriza to government and their debts increased, the economy plunged further into depression and unemployment and poverty soared. The Greek people voted for Syriza believing its promises of a new course. Immediately following their victory, Syriza renegedon their promise to restore sovereignty and end the subjugation of the Greek people to the economic dictates of overseas bankers, bureaucrats and political oligarchs. Instead Syriza kept Greece in the oligarchical imperialist bloc, portraying the European Union as an association of independent sovereign countries. What began as a great victory of the Greek people turned into a tragic strategic retreat. From their first day in office, Syriza led the Greek people down the blind alley of total submission to the German empire.

Then the tragedy turned into farce when the Greek people refused to acknowledge the impending betrayal by their elected leaders. They were stunned, but mute, as Syriza emptied the Greek treasury and offered even greater concessions, including acceptance of the illegal and odious debts incurred by private bankers, speculators and political kleptocrats in previous regimes.

True to their own vocation as imperial overlords, the EU bosses saw the gross servility of Syriza as an invitation to demand more concessions total surrender to perpetual debt peonage and mass impoverishment. Syrizas demagogic leaders, Yanis Varoufakis and Alexis Tsipras, shifting from fits of hysteria to infantile egotism, denounced the Germans and their blackmail and then performed a coy belly-crawl at the feet of the Troika, peddling their capitulation to the bankers as negotiations and referring to their overlords as . . . partners.

Syriza, in office for only 5 months brought Greece to the edge of total bankruptcy and surrender, then launched the mother of all deceptions on the Greek people: Tsipras convoked a referendum on whether Greece should reject or accept further dictates and cuts to bare bones destitution. Over 60% of the Greek people voted a resounding NO to further plunder and poverty.

In Orwellian fashion, the megalomaniac Tsipras immediately re-interpreted the NOvote as a mandate to capitulation to the imperial powers, accepting the EU bankers direct supervision of the regimes implementation of Troikas policies including drastic reductions of Greek pensions, doubling the regressive VAT consumption tax on vital necessities and a speed-up of evictions of storeowners and householders behind in their mortgage payments. Thus Greece became a vassal state: Nineteenth century colonialism was re-imposed in the 21st century.

Colonialism by Invitation

Greek politicians, whether Conservative or Socialist, have openly sought to join the German-led imperial bloc known as the European Union, even when it was obvious that the Greek economy and financial system was vulnerable to domination by the powerful German ruling class.

From the beginning, the Greek Panhellenic Socialist Party (PASOK) and their Conservative counterparts refused to recognize the class basis of the European Union. Both political factions and the Greek economic elites, that is, the kleptocrats who governed and the oligarchs who ruled, viewed entry into the EU as an opportunity for taking and faking loans, borrowing, defaulting and passing their enormous debts on to the public treasury!

Widely circulating notions among the Left that Germany is responsible for the Greek crisis are only half true, while the accusations among rightwing financial scribes that the Greek people are spendthrifts who brought on their own crisis is equally one-sided. The reality is more complex:

The crash and collapse of the Greek economy was a product of an entrenched parasitic rentier ruling class both Socialist and Conservative which thrived on borrowing at high interest rates and speculating in non-productive economic activities while imposing an astronomical military budget. They engaged in fraudulent overseas financial transactions while grossly manipulating and fabricating financial data to cover-up Greeces unsustainable trade and budget deficits.

German and other EU exporters had penetrated and dominated the Greek markets. The bankers charged exorbitant interest rates while investors exploited cheap Greek labor. The creditors ignored the obvious risks because Greek rulers were their willing accomplices in the ongoing pillage.

Clearly entry into and continued membership in the EU has largely benefited two groups of elites: the German rulers and the Greek rentiers: The latter received short-term financial grants and transfers while the former gained powerful levers over the banks, markets and, most important, established cultural-ideological hegemony over the Greek political class. The Greek elite and middle class believed they were Europeans that the EU was a beneficent arrangement and a source of prosperity and upward mobility. In reality, Greek leaders were merely accomplices to the German conquest of Greece. And the major part of the middle class aped the views of the Greek elite.

The financial crash of 2008-2009 ended the illusions for some but not most Greeks. After 6 years of pain and suffering a new version of the old political class came to power: Syriza! Syriza brought in new faces and rhetoric but operated with the same blind commitment to the EU. The Syriza leadership believed they were partners.

The road to vassalage is rooted deep in the psyche of the political class. Instead of recognizing their subordinate membership in the EU as the root cause of their crisis, they blamed the Germans, the bankers, Angela Merkel, Wolfgang Schnauble , the IMF, the Troika... The Greek rulers and middle class were in fact both victims and accomplices.

The German imperial regime loaned money from the tax revenues of German workers to enable their complicit Greek vassals to pay back the German bankers… German workers complained. The German media deflected criticism by blaming the lazy Greek cheats. Meanwhile, the Greek oligarch-controlled media deflected criticism of the role of the parasitical political class back to the Germans. This all served to obscure the class dynamics of empire building — colonialism by invitation. The ideology of blaming peoples, instead of classes, is pitting German workers against Greek employees and pensioners. The German masses support their bankers, while the Greek masses have elected and followed Syriza their traitors.

From Andreas Papandreou to Alexis Tsipras: Misconceptions about the European Union

After Syriza was elected a small army of instant experts, mostly leftist academics from Canada, the US and Europe, sprang up to write and speak, usually with more heat than light, on current Greek political and economic developments. Most have little knowledge or experience of Greek politics, particularly its history and relations with the EU over the past thirty five years.

The most important policy decisions shaping the current Syriza governments betrayal of Greek sovereignty go back to the early 1980s when I was working as an adviser to PASOK Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. At that time, I was party to an internal debate of whether to continue within the EU or leave. Papandreou was elected on an anti EU, anti NATO platform, which, like Tsipras, he promptly reneged on arguing that there were no alternatives. Even then, there were international and Greek academic sycophants, as there are today, who argued that membership in the EU was the only realistic alternative- it was the only possibility. The possibilistas at that time, operating either from ignorance or deceit, were full of bluster and presumption. They denied the underlying power realities in the structure of the EU and dismissed the class capacity of the working and popular masses to forge an alternative. Then, as now, it was possible to develop independent alternative relations with Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East and North Africa. The advantages of maintaining a protected market, a robust tourist sector and an independent monetary system were evident and did not require EU membership (or vassalage).

Above all, what stood out in both leaders, Andreas Papandreou and Alexis Tsipras, was their profound misconception of the class nature of thedominant forces in the EU. In the 1980s Germany was just beginning to recover its imperial reach. By the time Syriza-Tsipras rose to power (January 2015), Germanys imperial power was undeniable. Tsipras misunderstanding of this reality can be attributed to his and his comrades rejection of class and imperial analyses. Even academic Marxists, who spouted Marxist theory, never applied their abstract critiques of capitalism and imperialism to the concrete realities of German empire building and Greeces quasi-colonial position within the EU. They viewed their role as that of colonial reformersimagining that they were clever enough to negotiate better terms in the German-centered EU. They inevitably failed because Berlin had a built-in majority among its fervently neo-liberal ex-communist satellites plus the IMF, French and English imperial partners. Syriza was no match for this power configuration. Then there was the bizarre delusion among the Syriza intellectuals that European capitalism was more benign than the US version.

EU membership has created scaffolding for German empire-building. The take off point was West Germanys annexation of East Germany. This was soon followed by the incorporation of the rightwing regimes in the Baltic and Balkans as subordinate members of the EU their public assets were snapped up by Germany corporations at bargain prices. The third step was the systematic break-up of Yugoslavia and the incorporation of Slovenia into the German orbit. The fourth step was the takeover of key sectors of the Polish and Czech economies and the exploitation of cheap skilled labor from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and other satellite states.

Without firing a shot, German empire-building has revolved around making loans and financial transfers to the new subordinate member states in the EU. These financial transactions were predicated upon the following conditions: 1) Privatization and sale of the new member states prized public assets to mainly German as well as other EU investors and 2) Forcing member states to dismantle their social programs, approve massive lay-offs and meet impossible fiscal targets. In other words, expansion of the contemporary German empire required austerity measures, which transformed the ex-communist countries into satellites, vassals and sources of mercenaries a pattern which is now playing out in Greece.

The reason these new German colonies (especially Poland and the Baltic States) insist on the EU imposing harsh austerity measures on Greece, is that they went through the same brutal process convincing their own beleaguered citizens that there was no alternative resistance was futile. Any successful demonstration by Greek workers, farmers and employees that resistance to empire was possible would expose the corrupt relationship between these client leaders and the German imperial order. In order to preserve the foundations of the new imperial order, Germany has had to take a hardline on Greece. Otherwise the recently incorporated colonial subjects in the Baltic, Balkan and Central Europe states might re-think the brutal terms of their own incorporation to the European Union. This explains the openly punitive approach to Greece turning it into the Haiti of Europe analogous to the US long standing brutalization of the rebellious Haitians as an object lesson to its own Caribbean and Latin American clients.

The root cause of German intransigence has nothing to do with the political personalities or quirks of Angela Merkle and Wolfgang Schnauble: Such imperial leaders do not operate out of neurotic vindictiveness. Their demand for total Greek submission is an imperative of German empire-building, a continuation of the step-by-step conquest of Europe.

German empire-building emphasizes economic conquests, which go hand-in-hand with US empire-building based on military conquests. The same economic satellites of Germany also serve as sites for US military bases and exercises encircling Russia; these vassal states provide mercenary soldiers for US imperial wars in South Asia, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

Syrizas economic surrender is matched by its spineless sell-out to NATO, its support of sanctions against Russia and its embrace of US policies toward Syria, Lebanon and Israel.

Germany and its imperial partners have launched a savage attack on the working people of Greece, usurping Greek sovereignty and planning to seize 50 billion Euros of vital Greek public enterprises, land and resources. This alone should dispels the myth, promoted especially by the French social democratic demagogue Jacques Delores, that European capitalism is a benign form of social welfarism and an alternative to the savage Anglo-American version capitalism.

What has been crucial to previous and current versions of empire-building is the role of a political collaborator class facilitating the transition to colonialism. Here is where social democrats, like Alexis Tsipras, who excel in the art of talking left while embracing the right, flatter and deceive the masses into deepening austerity and pillage.

Instead of identifying the class enemies within the EU and organizing an alternative working class program, Tsipras and his fellow collaborators pose as EU partners , fostering class collaboration better to serve imperial Europe: When the German capitalists demanded their interest payments, Tsipras bled the Greek economy. When German capitalists sought to dominate Greek markets, Tsipras and Syriza opened the door by keeping Greece in the EU. When German capital wanted to supervise the take-over of Greek properties, Tsipras and Syriza embraced the sell-off.

There is clear class collaboration within the Greek elite in the destruction of nations sovereignty: Greek banker oligarchs and sectors of the commercial and tourist elite have acted as intermediaries of the German empire builders and they personally benefit from the German and EU takeover despite the destitution of the Greek public. Such economic intermediaries, representing 25% of the electorate, have become the main political supporters of the Syriza-Tsipras betrayal. They join with the EU elite applauding Tsipras purge of left critics and his authoritarian seizure of legislative and executive power! This collaborator class will never suffer from pension cuts, layoffs and unemployment. They will never have to line up at crippled banks for a humiliating dole of 65 Euros of pension money. These collaborators have hundreds of thousands and millions stashed in overseas bank accounts and invested in overseas real estate. Unlike the Greek masses, they are European first and foremost willing accomplices of German empire builders!

Tragic Beginnings: The Greek People Elect a Trojan Horse

Syriza is deeply rooted in Greek political culture .A leadership of educated mascots serving overseas European empire-builders. Syriza is supported by academic leftists who are remote from the struggles, sacrifices and suffering of the Greek masses. Syrizas leadership emerged on the scene as ideological mentors and saviors with heady ideas and shaky hands. They joined forces with downwardly mobile middle class radicals who aspired to rise again via the traditional method: radical rhetoric, election to office, negotiations and transactions with the local and foreign elite and betrayal of their voters. Theirs is a familiar political road to power, privilege and prestige. In this regard, Tsipras personifies an entire generation of upwardly mobile opportunists, willing and able to sellout Greece and its people. He perpetuates the worst political traditions: In campaigns he promoted consumerism over class consciousness (discarding any mobilization of the masses upon election!). He is a useful fool, embedded in a culture of clientelism, kleptocracy, tax evasion, predatory lenders and spenders the very reason his German overlords tolerated him and Syriza, although on a short leash!

Tsipras Syriza has absolute contempt for democracy. He embraces the Caudillo Principle: one man, one leader, one policy! Any dissenters invite dismissal!

Syriza has utterly submitted to imperial institutions, the Troika and their dictates, NATO and above all the EU, the Eurozone. Tsipras/ Syriza reject outright independence and freedom from imperial dictates. In his capitulation to the Germans Tsipra engaged in histrionic theatrics, but by his ownpersonal dictate, the massive NO to EU vote was transformed into a YES.

The cruelest political crime of all has been Tsipras running down the Greek economy, bleeding the banks, emptying the pension funds and freezing everyday salaries while blaming the bankers, in order to force the mass of Greeks to accept the savage dictates of his imperial overlords or face utter destitution!

The Ultimate Surrender

Tsipras and his sycophants in Syriza, while constantly decrying Greeces subordination to the EU empire-builders and claiming victimhood, managed to undermine the Greek peoples national consciousness in less than 6 months. What had been a victorious referendum and expression of rejection by three-fifths of the Greek voters turned into a prelude to a farcical surrender by empire collaborators. The peoples victory in the referendum was twisted to represent popular support for a Caudillo. While pretending to consult the Greek electorate, Tsipras manipulated the popular will into a mandate for his regime to push Greece beyond debt peonage and into colonial vassalage.

Tsipras is a supreme representation of Adornos authoritarian personality: On his knees to those above him, while at the throat of those below.

Once he has completed his task of dividing, demoralizing and impoverishing the Greek majority, the local and overseas ruling elites will discard him like a used condom, and he will pass into history as a virtuoso in deceiving and betraying the Greek people.

Epilogue:

Syrizas embrace of hard-right foreign policies should not be seen as the result of outside pressure, as its phony left supporters have argued, but rather a deliberate choice. So far, the best example of the Syriza regimes reactionary policies is its signing of a military agreement with Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post (July 19, 2015), the Greek Defense Minister signed a mutual defense and training agreement with Israel, which included joint military exercises. Syriza has even backed Israels belligerent position against the Islamic Republic of Iran, endorsing Tel Avivs ridiculous claim that Teheran represents a terrorist threat in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Syriza and Israel have inked a mutual military support pact that exceeds any other EU member agreement with Israel and is only matched in belligerence by Washingtons special arrangements with the Zionist regime.

Israels ultra-militarist Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, (the Butcher of Gaza), hailed the agreement and thanked the Syriza regime for its support. It is more than likely that Syrizas support for the Jewish state explains its popularity with Anglo-American and Canadian left Zionists…

Syrizas strategic ties with Israel are not the result of EU pressure or the dictates of the Troika. The agreement is a radical reversal of over a half-century of Greek support for the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people against the Israeli terrorist state. This military pact, like the Syriza regimes economic capitulation to the German ruling class, is deeply rooted in the colonial ideology, which permeates Tsipras policies. He has taken Greece a significant step forward from economic vassal to a mercenary client of the most retrograde regime in the Mediterranean.

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Labour Dirty Propaganda 2: Marxed Man’ – The Corporate Press Go To Work

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A leading article in Murdoch’s Times dripped with elite condescension:

‘Only against a backdrop of stupefying blandness could Jeremy Corbyn have emerged as a serious contender for the leadership of what is still technically Her Majesty’s opposition.’ (Leading article, ‘Silence of the lambs,’ The Times, July 27, 2015)

Clearly Corbyn was unworthy of Elizabeth. His sins:

‘This is a man who five years ago shared with George Galloway the distinction of presenting his own show on Press TV, the English-language propaganda arm of Iran. He wants the Bank of England to discard 17 years of independence from political meddling and to begin building houses and laying down railway lines. He believes Britain has not learnt its lessons from Karl Marx.’

The Times’ sister paper, the Sun, doesn’t really do politics. But it does smears. Under the title, ‘Marxed man’, the editors wrote:

‘But to Jeremy Corbyn, the man who polls say will be the next Labour leader, Karl Marx is still a hero. He said yesterday: “We all owe something to him.” Corbyn doesn’t want to take Labour back to its Bennite years in the 1980s. He wants to turn the clock back to 1917 and the Russian revolution.’ (Leading article, ‘Marxed man,’ The Sun, July 27, 2015)

In an article, ‘Corbyn’s Morons have only helped the hard left’, Murdoch’s Sunday Times opined:

‘The hard left, apparently as extinct for its influence on British politics as the dinosaurs, senses its Jurassic Park moment.’

The idea is as fantastic and juvenile as the film:

‘When Labour activists, particularly the young, speak with admiration about the spectacularly incompetent Syriza government in Greece, or the Podemos party in Spain, you know reality has deserted them.’

The paper failed to explain why reality has deserted people who look to Podemos for inspiration, successful as it has been in the real world.

Hard-right Times warmonger David Aaronovitch asked on Twitter:

‘What positive debate… is served by having Corbyn on the ballot?’

Spanish versions of Aaronovitch doubtless asked the same of Pablo Iglesias and Podemos.

The Sunday Mirror guffawed at Corbyn:

‘He is also a throwback to the party’s darkest days when it was as likely to form the government as Elvis was of being found on Pluto.

‘Today the Sunday Mirror carries articles by three leading politicians whose words should be heeded by all Labour members.’ (Leading article, ‘We need a leader for a new world,’ Mirror, July 27, 2015)

The three wise heads were David Blunkett, David Owen and Yvette Cooper, all securely located between ’81 and 84′ on Craig Murray’s linear scale of political choices.

The Telegraph lamented the political passing of Tony Blair, who dismissed Corbyn out of hand. Blair ‘remains the party’s most eloquent advocate of a more sensible approach to business and wealth’, according to the editors. The Guardian’s Seumas Milne explained this ‘sensible approach’ when he noted that Blair’s ‘self-enrichment from corporations and dictatorships has degraded the office of prime minister’.

The Telegraph insisted that Britain ‘needs a grown-up opposition prepared to debate the issues of the day, not a populist rabble interested only in echoing the wealth-hating delusions of the disaffected Left’. The kind of editorial position Lord Castlereagh had in mind in the nineteenth century when he insisted that ‘persons exercising the power of the press’ should be ‘men of some respectability and property’. ‘Sensible’ people, in other words. (Quoted, James Curran and Jean Seaton, Power Without Responsibility – The Press And Broadcasting in Britain, Routledge, London, 1997, p.13)

The Telegraph’s editors dismissed ‘Mr Corbyn’s fantasy politics’, again ignoring the fact that they have scored very real victories in Europe.

The Guardian warned that ‘Politics moves in cycles and some are more vicious than others.’ Corbyn is leading a vicious ‘spiral into irrelevance after defeat’, his politics a defunct throwback:

‘His ideological positions [in the past] did nothing to accelerate escape from opposition… his solutions long pre-date the challenges of the 21st century.’

Instead:

‘All candidates must turn their attention to more forward-looking alternatives. The challenge for Mr Corbyn’s rivals is to match his crusading passion while leading the debate back to a discussion of the country Labour would aspire to lead in 2020.’

Also in the Guardian, executive editor Jonathan Freedland wrote:

‘Tony Blair and others tried to sit the kids down and say: “Look, you’ve had your fun. But take it from us, even if Corbyn is right – which he isn’t – he is never, ever going to get elected. This crusade is doomed. Come back home”.’

Freedland took issue with the effectiveness of the approach, not the analysis:

‘The unkind reading of this is to suggest that support for Corbynism, especially among the young, is a form of narcissism.’

An interesting response at a time when leading climate scientists are suffering ‘severe depression’, some reportedly ‘close to suicide’, with one ‘looking at property in Greenland. As a possible bug-out scenario’ – somewhere to escape the ravages of approaching catastrophe. Rejecting the profit-driven system that is so stubbornly refusing to respond to the crisis is ‘narcissism’ for Freedland.

Also in the Guardian, senior columnist Polly Toynbee wrote:

‘Suddenly the party that has been a reasonably friendly coalition through the Blair, Brown, Miliband years, begins to feel like the poisonous place it was in the early 80s. That’s when it split over toxic Militant entryism unchallenged by Michael Foot, its unelectable leader with a raft of impossibilist policies.’

The years spent selling Labour out to the neocons were ‘friendly’, while resistance is ‘poisonous’ ‘nastiness’ in which people have taken ‘leave of their senses’. Who on earth would want to disrupt the status quo and jeopardise the shifting of deck chairs on the Titanic a couple of inches to the left? ‘This is summer madness,’ Toynbee concludes, Corbyn is ‘a 1983 man’, ‘a relic’.

Also in the Guardian, Martin Kettle dismissed Corbyn’s ‘programme of prelapsarian socialist purity…’

The Guardian has allowed rare glimpses of dissent that make a nonsense of its own view that Corbyn’s politics are an ‘irrelevance’. Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was cited:

‘I am not surprised at all that there is a demand for a strong anti-austerity movement around increased concern about inequality… It’s just very hard to say these centre-left parties [sic] – with emphasis on “centre” – have been able to deliver for most people. Their economic models have not delivered and their message is not working.’

Rare exceptions aside, the trend in Guardian commentary has been clear, as Craig Murray noted:

‘The fundamental anti-democracy of the Blairites is plainly exposed, and the panic-driven hysterical hate-fest campaign against Corbyn by the Guardian would be unbelievable, if we hadn’t just seen exactly the same campaign by the same paper against the rejection of neo-liberalism in Scotland.

‘I think I am entitled to say I told you so. Many people appear shocked to have discovered the Guardian is so anti-left wing. I have been explaining this in detail for years.’

By striking contrast, the Guardian devoted a front-page article to the task of selling Yvette Cooper, a discredited right-winger who backed Blair and the Iraq war. The pictures and text belonged in a New Labour party political broadcast:

‘Hers is a life and political career punctuated by firsts – a first in PPE at Oxford, the first female minister to take maternity leave, the first female treasury chief secretary, and now the ambition is to be the first female Labour leader and first Labour female prime minister.’

New Labour and the Guardian were thus once again playing the gender card, exploiting a fake version of feminism to advance an elitist, corporate, warmongering agenda.

In the Observer, Andrew Rawnsley mocked the ‘fantasy’ of ‘Corbynmania’ directed by ‘the Pied Piper of Islington’ suffering from his ‘terrible delusion’. Rawnsley, yet another passionate Blairite, mocked opponents of the Great Man as deluded ‘neoliberal finance capital conspiracy’ theorists.

The editors of the Russian oligarch-owned Independent also lamented the loss of Blair. He ‘transformed the fortunes of the Labour Party’, although ‘his record in office, especially his wars, remains controversial’.

Much as the 9/11 attack on New York ‘remains controversial’.

The pain of the media class was projected onto the wider populace: ‘many voters in the centre ground will despair at the prospect of having to choose between an increasingly hard-faced Tory party dominated by George Osborne, and an impractical and economically dubious leftist agenda presented by Mr Corbyn’.

As comedian Frankie Boyle observed in the Guardian: ‘in the press, public opinion is often used interchangeably with media opinion, as if the public was somehow much the same as a group of radically rightwing billionaire sociopaths’.

For the Independent’s editors, Corbyn ‘is not the answer to the Labour Party or the nation’s problems’. The piece bowed low to Blair: he ‘won a hat-trick of victories’, after all. ‘For that alone he earned his right to be listened to’. We wonder if this group of radically rightwing, billionaire-led sociopaths would say the same, if they were citing Blair, serving life for war crimes, from his prison cell.

A ‘New Labour grandee’ was quoted in the Independent under the title: ‘The next Labour leader should be anyone except Jeremy Corbyn, Alan Johnson says’. Johnson likened Corbyn’s politics to electoral ‘suicide’.

Like the Guardian, the Independent allowed a rogue comedian, Mark Steel, to lampoon the relentless smearing of Corbyn. But the corporate Independent’s ‘sensible approach’ was summed up by an article titled: ‘City has been too quick to dismiss the threat of Jeremy Corbyn.’

The Evening Standard, owned by the same Russian oligarch, contemptuously waved Corbyn, and democracy, away:

‘But given the options available, the most important task is simply to exclude Corbyn… Labour must have a credible leader, not a fantasist.’

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Labour Dirty Propaganda 1: Fantasy Politics – ‘Corbyn’s Morons’ And The ‘Sensible Approach’

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In May, voters grasped Spanish political orthodoxy and shook it like a rag doll:

‘The anti-austerity party Podemos claimed its biggest victory in Barcelona, where activist Ada Colau seized control of the city hall. Podemos and Ciudadanos… made advances across the country that will give them a chance to shape policy for the first time.’

Podemos also backed the campaign of Manuela Carmena, a 71-year-old labour-rights lawyer, who ended 24 years of rule by Spain’s hard-right Popular party in the capital, Madrid. These were major triumphs in the face of fierce and united corporate media opposition. Jose Juan Toharia, president of polling firm Metroscopia, said:

‘Tomorrow’s Spain doesn’t feel identified with the establishment parties.’

A Guardian leader commented:

‘Together, the two traditional parties have seen their support shrink from two-thirds of the poll in 2011, to just over half. Podemos and Ciudadanos have filled the void. The two-party system that had dominated Spain since the end of dictatorship in 1978 is crumbling.’

MP Jeremy Corbyn, reportedly ‘far ahead of his rivals in the Labour leadership election’, has explicitly called for Labour to learn from Greece’s Syriza, Spain’s Podemos and the Scottish National Party by campaigning against ‘austerity’. Corbyn said:

‘I have been in Greece, I have been in Spain. It’s very interesting that social democratic parties that accept the austerity agenda and end up implementing it end up losing a lot of members and a lot of support. I think we have a chance to do something different here.’

This echoes a comment made by Podemos’ leader Pablo Iglesias in an interview with Tariq Ali. Iglesias suggested that Podemos and Syriza offered potent examples that had already been followed in Scotland:

‘We saw this in the UK. The Scottish National Party [SNP] really beat the Labour Party by criticising austerity and criticising cuts, which are related to the failure of the “third way” policies of Tony Blair and Anthony Giddens.’

One might think that, in discussing the popularity of Corbyn’s leadership bid, a rational media would give serious attention to the visions, strategies and success of Podemos, Syriza and the SNP. For example, we can imagine in-depth interviews with Iglesias and Colau on Corbyn’s prospects. We can imagine discussions of how a weakening of the two-party grip on Spanish politics might be repeated outside Scotland in the UK, where similarly moribund political conditions apply. As former ambassador, Craig Murray, has observed:

‘[I]f the range of possible political programmes were placed on a linear scale from 1 to 100, the Labour and Conservative parties offer you the choice between 81 and 84.’

And yet, we have not seen a single substantive discussion of these issues in any UK national newspaper. The Lexis media database records 1,974 articles mentioning Corbyn over the last month. Of these, just 29 mentioned Podemos. Our search of articles mentioning both ‘Corbyn’ and ‘Pablo Iglesias’ yielded zero results; as did our searches for ‘Corbyn’ and ‘Ada Colau’, and ‘Corbyn’ and ‘Manuela Carmena’. Lexis found 133 Guardian articles mentioning Corbyn over the last month, with three of these containing mentions in passing of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. The Independent had 47 hits for Corbyn, with one article mentioning Sturgeon.

These would appear to be natural sources and comparisons, particularly given Corbyn’s explicit references to them. Instead, we found complete indifference combined with a ruthless and relentless campaign to trash Corbyn across the so-called media ‘spectrum’.

 

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NAZI drone strike kills 2 people in southwestern Syria

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At least two members of the Syrian Armed Forces have been killed in an NAZI drone strike in a village in Syria’s strategic south western province of Quneitra, located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV says.

The official television station of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah said on Wednesday that “two members of Syria’s National Defense Forces (a branch of Syrian Armed Forces) were killed when an Israeli drone targeted their car at the entrance of Hader, in Quneitra Province.”

However, the MI5 puppet Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five people in total were killed in the airstrike.

The UK-based group said an ‘Israeli’ plane had hit a car, killing two men from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, and three men from pro-government popular committees in the Druze town.

NAZI military has not yet commented on the attack.

Hader borders the line separating Syria’s side of the Golan Heights from the NAZI section, occupied since the war of 1967.

The Druze town has been witnessing clashes between militants and members of pro-Syrian government groups in recent weeks.

The attack in Syria on Wednesday is not the first to be carried out by NAZI regime.

Back in January, an NAZI army attack claimed the lives of six Hezbollah fighters near Quneitra.

The Tel Aviv regime has carried out at least five air strikes against the region over the past year.

Along with Syrian forces, Hezbollah fighters are fighting Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ISIL and other foreign-backed militant groups, which have been operating in Syria against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since March 2011.

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death over civil war murder

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A court in Libya has sentenced a son of Leader Muammar Gaddafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of ”murder and inciting genocide” during the country’s 2011 NATO war.

It is unlikely, however, the sentence against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will be carried out soon as Zio-Wahhabi militia in western Libya has refused to hand him over to the government for the past four years.

That uncertainty reflects the chaos still gripping the north African nation split between rival Zio-Wahhabi militias and governments while facing an affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group.

The Tripoli court sentenced to death eight others, including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, who is in their custody. Also sentenced to death were foreign intelligence chief Abuzed Omar-Dorda and Gaddafi’s former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

The rulings can be appealed and a defence lawyer in the case, Ali Aldaa, said he would challenge it before the Libyan Supreme Court.

The Tripoli-based top court has in the past ruled the Tobruk government as illegitimate, raising questions over whether it is under pressure from Zio-Wahhabi militias that dominate the city.

Only 29 of the 38 Gaddafi-era figures were present in court. Six others were sentenced to life in prison and four were cleared of charges.

The US-based Human Rights Watch said the trial was “undermined by serious due process violations” and called on the Libyan Supreme Court to independently review the verdict.

“This trial has been plagued by persistent, credible allegations of fair trial breaches that warrant independent and impartial judicial review,” said Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director.

The Council of Europe said the case should have been turned over to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which wants Saif al-Islam on charges of crimes against humanity.

Libya has slid into chaos since the overthrow and killing of Leader Gaddafi, who ruled the country for four decades.

It is now bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government cornered in the country’s east, with little power on the ground and an Zio-Wahhabi Islamist militia-backed government in the west that has seized Tripoli.

Since the end of the NATO war, Saif al-Islam has been held by Zio-Wahhabi militia in Zintan, which is allied with the Tobruk-based internationally-recognised government against the Tripoli one. The court that convicted him is affiliated with the Tripoli-based government.

During the trial, Saif al-Islam was accused of recruiting mercenaries who were given Libyan nationality, planning and carrying out attacks on civilian targets from the air, forming armed groups and shooting into crowds of demonstrators. Among the charges he was convicted of were incitement of murder and rape.

The UN envoy for Libya has urged the Islamist-led government in Tripoli to sign a peace deal that would establish a unity government. Members of the Tobruk government and regional leaders signed the unity accord in Morocco on July 11.

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Another Iranian Non-Threat

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By Sheldon Richman 

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This image tweeted by Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a lot of people upset. Is it supposed to be Barack Obama holding a gun to his own head?

What if it is? The picture is hardly threatening or aggressive in any way. After all, it’s not a picture of Khamenei holding a gun to Obama’s head.

And look at the text:

We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.

That is not aggressive in the least. On the contrary, it rejects war. Who’s been threatening war against whom? The U.S. government (along with Israel) has been threatening war against Iran. Even after the nuclear agreement was signed, Secretary of War Ash Carter reiterated that war against Iran is still an option. So all Khamenei is saying is that if the U.S. government starts a war, it will lose. It will be as though Obama had pointed a gun at himself and pulled the trigger.

In the past, Iran’s pledges to retaliate if attacked have always been presented by the news media and politicians as though they were threats to initiate war. This is happening again.

When will the media and the hack politicians be straight with the public? Iran has threatened to attack no one, but the U.S. and Israeli governments, both with nuclear weapons, routinely threaten to attack Iran. Who is the criminal?

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Russia’s Insidious Epidemic

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By Cesar Chelala 

The prevalence of diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, is rapidly increasing in most countries in the world. The increase of cases in Russia is a cause for concern –one out of every two people do not know they have the disease–, as initially it does not show any symptoms. Four million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Russia, and almost six million people are unaware of their disease.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are 387 million people living with diabetes worldwide today, and it is estimated that by 2035, some 592 million people will be living with it. The burden on the economy is considerable. In Russia, the annual cost of caring for diabetic patients is $12.5 billion.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO,) there are 60 million people with diabetes in the European Region, or about 10.3% of men and 9.6% of women aged 25 years and over. In the U.S., 29 million people have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010.

Between 40 to 50 percent of newly diagnosed people have one or more complications. Kidney disease, one of diabetes most common complications, may lead to kidney failure. Other complications are diabetic retinopathy which affects blood vessels in the retina, damage of lower-extremity blood vessels, which may lead to gangrene and amputations, and arteriosclerotic changes of the major blood vessels, which increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

These complications are important not only from the point of view of people’s health but also for their economic impact. More than 90 percent of diabetes expenditures are for the treatment of diabetes-related complications. Russia’s Federal Targeted Programme on Diabetes states that earlier diagnosing diabetes and treating its complications earlier can result in significant savings.

If one takes into consideration the increase in the number of cases of diabetes and the increase in life expectancy, one can predict that there will also be a steady increase in the number of diabetes patients who have complications. This is particularly true in the case of people living in big cities, where the lifestyle is more sedentary, stress levels are higher and there is greater consumption of foods rich in fast-absorbing carbohydrates.

These changes in lifestyle are probably the reason why diabetes is now being seen at earlier ages. Until recently, mostly people who were 50 years of age or older were diagnosed with the disease. However, more patients in their 30s and 40s now have diabetes, probably as result of those unhealthy lifestyles. It is estimated that more than 66,000 people die from diabetes-related causes every year in Russia.

In recent years, several public health campaigns have been conducted to teach people some basic health lifestyle principles. However, more programs, particularly in smaller cities, are needed that specifically target diabetes awareness and prevention issues, since these are the most effective ways of addressing the disease.

Approximately 26 percent of the population over the age of 15 is obese in Russia. This figure will increase to 30 percent in 2030. Because being overweight or obese affects the body’s ability to properly adjust blood sugar levels –thus increasing the risk of diabetes by up to 20 times– dealing with the issue of obesity is another way of keeping diabetes under control.

What is needed is a wide spectrum public health government-sponsored program that will 1) raise awareness about diabetes, 2) improve data collection and analysis, 3) increase access to knowledge about diabetes both among patients and also among doctors, particularly on how to deal with its complications, 4) facilitate screening of patients and accessibility to treatment, 5) provide financial support for basic and applied research on diabetes. Diabetes in Russia today should be treated as the serious threat it really is.

Dr. Cesar Chelala is an international public health consultant.

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