Archive | November 2nd, 2018

Labour Party: ”anti-Semitism”

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The anti-Semitism storm facing Jeremy Corbyn deepened today as Scotland Yard launched a criminal probe into alleged hate crimes by Labour Party members.

Labour’s leader came under renewed fire for failing to crack down on party activists responsible for vile abuse. One allegedly described Jews as “cancer”.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said it “appears there may have been crime committed”. She said  detectives had spent two months assessing a leaked Labour Party dossier and were now working with the Crown Prosecution Service on the investigation.

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, who has called for tougher action on the issue by the party leadership, said it was “thoroughly depressing” news but not surprising.

Accusing influential figures of “hampering” attempts to clean up the party ranks, he told the BBC: “If this does one thing, it will be able to silence a very small number of people who still believe that anti-Semitism doesn’t exist in my party or in other parties.”

Jeremy Corbyn is under renewed fire for failing to crack down on anti-Semitism (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The dossier passed to Scotland Yard by LBC radio contains reports of 45 incidents, such as a Labour member allegedly saying a “Zionist” member of Parliament was going to “get a good kicking”. The threat is understood to have been aimed at Luciana Berger, a Jewish Labour MP who has also received death threats.

Another activist allegedly claimed a prison sentence for a former Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz was “a disgusting travesty of justice”. And a serving councillor was accused of calling a child “Jew boy”. The details were understood to have been leaked from a meeting of the party’s disputes panel.

Asked what offences were involved, Ms Dick said she could not “go in to the specifics”, but the allegations centred on “online crime”. She told Radio 4’s Today programme they were not trivial and that the Met “applies a very high bar”. Ms Dick said it was not an investigation into the Labour Party as a whole, adding: “However, if somebody passes us material which they say amounts to a crime, we have a duty to look at that and not just dismiss it.

“We have been assessing some material which was passed to me … and we are now investigating some of that material because it appears there may have been crime committed and we are liaising immediately with the Crown Prosecution Service. I hope we will be able to clear that up very quickly.” Amanda Bowman, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “This comes as no surprise to us. There is a deeply embedded culture of anti-Semitism in parts of the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn has done close to nothing to address it, to the extent that some cases may now even meet a criminal threshold. We have repeatedly set out what Labour needs to do, including taking firm disciplinary action against anti-Semites and making its opaque processes transparent. Jeremy Corbyn must also apologise for his personal failings to confront racism.”

A spokesman for the anti-Semitism charity Community Security Trust said: “Racism is clearly growing in society, so we welcome this investigation and hope that it sends a strong signal to both the victims and the perpetrators of anti-Semitic abuse.”

Mr Watson backed the police decision, saying: “If people have committed hate crimes they need to be dealt with by the full force of the law. There is no place for them in the Labour Party.”

In a statement the Met said: “The complainant alleged that the documentation included evidence of anti-Semitic hate crimes. The contents have been examined by specialist officers.

“A criminal investigation has commenced into some of the allegations within the documentation. Early investigative advice is being sought from the Crown Prosecution Service.”

A Labour spokesman said: “The Labour Party has a robust system for investigating complaints of alleged breaches of Labour party rules by its members. Where someone feels they have been a victim of crime, they should report it to the police in the usual way.”

Labour sources said the party had not been contacted by the police yet but will co-operate with inquiries.

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LET ME VOTE, COUNT MY VOTE ‘Video’

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Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

SYSTEMATIC ELECTION FRAUD IN THE US
We’re not talking about individual fraud, we’re talking about election officials engaged in election fraud.

It’s as common as apple pie. When we first pointed this out people said we were crazy.

We said – in 1997 – if we didn’t get a handle on this it was going to ruin the country.

Well, we got eight years of the idiot son of George Bush – based on two different election frauds – which led to the illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan which led to a massive Wall Street fraud to finance it which led to the Crash which has brought us Donald Trump in the White House.

People are finally catching on that official election fraud is real…

Better late than never…but I can’t help but think if people listened back then, we’d have an entirely different country today.

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Colombian army killed thousands more civilians than reported, study claims

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‘These were cold-blooded murders’: research finds over 10,000 were killed to boost numbers for military aid in ‘false positives’ scandal

Relatives carry coffins with the remains of children during a mass funeral in Barranquilla in September 2010. Authorities turned over the corpses of six victims of the army’s ‘false positives’ scandal.
 Relatives carry coffins with the remains of children during a mass funeral in Barranquilla in September 2010. Authorities turned over the corpses of six victims of the army’s ‘false positives’ scandal. Photograph: Reuters

Gloria Astrid Martínez last saw her son on the morning of 8 February 2008. After breakfast, Daniel, 21, left their home in Soacha, a downtrodden suburb of Colombia’s capital, to start a new job working on wealthy countryside estates.

“He told me he found a job that would pay so much I wouldn’t have to work any more,” recalled Martínez. “It sounded too good to be true, but he insisted, so he left.”

Eight months later, Daniel’s body was found clothed in jungle fatigues in a mass grave near the Venezuelan border. Soldiers from the Colombian army had lured Daniel with the promise of work to the city of Ocaña, 414 miles from Bogotá, where they murdered him and declared him a rebel fighter in order to boost their statistics in the war against leftist insurgents.

The inflated figures, dubbed “false positives”, were used to justify US aid military packages while the officers who carried out the executions were rewarded with promotions and time off.

When news of the killings first broke 2008, the scandal engulfed the Colombian military: dozens of senior officers were fired, and many rank-and-file soldiers went to prison.

But a new study co-authored by a former police colonel alleges that the practice was far more widespread than previously reported: according to authors Omar Rojas Bolaños and Fabian Leonardo Benavides, approximately 10,000 civilians were executed by the army between 2002 and 2010 – more than three times the number tallied by human rights groups.

In their book Extrajudicial Executions in Colombia, 2002-2010 – Blind Obedience in Fictitious Battlefields, the authors describe how Colombia’s army systematically killed civilians to boost their body counts.

“We can call them ‘false positives’ or ‘extrajudicial executions’, but really these were cold-blooded murders,” said Rojas, who previously served 31 years as a police officer. “They were meticulously planned and carried by all ranks.” Rojas said disabled boys were specifically targeted because of their vulnerability as well as a handful of military men who were suspected of whistleblowing.

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in September 2016. Farc signed a peace deal with the government in November 2016, formally ending 52 years of civil war.
 
 Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in September 2016. Farc signed a peace deal with the government in November 2016, formally ending 52 years of civil war. Photograph: Mauricio Duenas Castaneda/EPA

“This isn’t just something that happened in the past: we are still finding ‘false positive’ cases today,” Rojas said. “It’s not with the same intensity as before, and now they call them ‘military errors’.”

Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), signed a peace deal with the government in November 2016, formally ending 52 years of civil war that left 220,000 dead and over seven million displaced, mostly civilians. State-aligned paramilitaries and other leftwing groups contributed to the bloodshed, with atrocities committed by all sides.

President Juan Manuel Santos – who was awarded the Nobel peace prize for shepherding through the deal – served as defense minister from 2006 until 2009, at the the height of the “false positive” killings.

Activists say neither Santos nor his predecessor Álvaro Uribe have been called to account over the scandal, though Uribe faces several separate investigations over alleged war crimes. A key witness in one case was murdered in Medellín last month.

Colombia’s government has often brushed off the scandal as the actions of a few rogue individuals.

“‘False positives’ were not just a problem of a few bad apples,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “These apparently widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings were committed by troops attached to virtually all brigades in every single army division across Colombia.”

The soldier who recruited Daniel is currently serving a 39-year sentence, along with many other middle and low ranking officers. But not a single general has been convicted.

For Martínez, who has received death threats over her fight for justice, the impunity is galling.

“They say the pain of loss gets easier everyday but that’s a lie, it gets worse,” she said, her voice cracking. “The state should protect its people, not kill them.”

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Boris Johnson took £14,000 jaunt as a guest of Saudi regime

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BORIS JOHNSON is under fire after it emerged he took a £14,000 all-expenses paid trip to Saudi Arabia days before the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The ex-foreign secretary enjoyed flights, hotels and dinners paid for by the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs between September 19 to 21, which was declared in the Commons register of interests.

It was less than a fortnight before Mr Khashoggi’s murder in Saudia Arabia’s Istanbul consulate.

A friend of Mr Johnson said he accepted the invitation ‘to discuss his long-standing campaign of improving education for women and girls. He has denounced the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and continues to believe the UK must hold Saudi Arabia to account for this barbaric act’.

Saudi Arabia, which is being investigated by the UN over alleged war crimes in Yemen, has increased its public relations interests since the war began in 2015, hosting at least 34 MPs. In 2016, £35,000 of gifts and trips were registered by MPs, rising to £100,000 this year.

Andrew Smith, from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, said Mr Johnson’s trip was a lobbying exercise by the regime, which spends billions of pounds on British arms. ‘Politicians should not be taking money from regimes like the one in Saudi Arabia, which has one of the poorest human rights records in the world,’ he said.

The register fuelled speculation about Mr Johnson’s ambitions for No.10, with the revelation that he was given £50,000 towards ‘office and staffing costs’, from hedge fund boss Jon Wood.

Current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday condemned Mr Khashoggi’s murder, but said Britain had to be ‘considered’ in its response, telling MPs: ‘There are jobs in the UK at stake.’

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Schools ‘are under attack from religious groups’, head of Ofsted warns

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Schools are 'under threat from religious groups wanting to change how they operate'
Schools are ‘under threat from religious groups wanting to change how they operate’ ( PA )

One of the biggest threats to education in Britain is schools coming under attack from religious groups wanting to change how they operate, the head of Ofsted has warned.

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman said ministers and local authorities must do more to support schools that come under “undue influence” from religious and community groups.

Throwing her weight behind those that stand up to pressure groups, Ms Spielman said it is often young girls who end up having their rights curtailed. In a letter to MPs, she included “community pressure” on a list of what she believes are the “major risks” to quality of education and school effectiveness.

Earlier this year the headteacher of St Stephen’s primary in Newham faced a campaign of bullying and harassment after she tried to ban girls under the age of eight from wearing the hijab, and attempted to curb young children fasting at school. She had to reverse her decision after suffering abuse, including being compared to Hitler.

In her letter to the Commons public accounts committee, she wrote: “I am also concerned that too little support is given by the Department for Education and local authorities to schools that face pressure from groups in the local community or national pressure groups.

“You will be aware of a number of high-profile examples in recent years.

“When these groups press for changes in school policy on the basis of religion or culture, it can lead to the curtailing of rights of other protected groups, most often girls. This can affect what is taught, what is not taught, what activities children take part in and what they are withdrawn from, and what children wear or do not wear.”

Ms Spielman said Ofsted would always support schools that make the “right decisions in the interests of all children who attend their school, particularly when this is in the face of undue influence.” She added: “We very much hope the DfE [Department for Education] moves to put in place stronger guidance to support schools that find themselves in these circumstances.”

The DfE said: “Schools should not face undue influence from pressure groups. We are working with Ofsted and unions on how we can offer further help to schools should issues like this arise. If any school feels they are being subjected to intimidating outside pressure we urge them to contact the department.”

Newham council said: “We worked with St Stephen’s and the community to resolve some of the issues. DfE guidance states schools must take into account the views of parents and pupils on significant changes to school uniform policy, and schools should act reasonably through consultation and dialogue.”

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Saudi Crown Prince told White House murdered journalist was a ‘dangerous Islamist’

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince spoke to the White House a week after the journalist disappeared
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince spoke to the White House a week after the journalist disappeared ( REUTERS )

Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was considered a dangerous Islamist by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, according to US reports.

Prince Mohammad allegedly made the comment in a call to the White House before his nation admitted Mr Khashoggi had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

US-based Mr Khashoggi, 59, a fierce critic of the Saudi regime who wrote columns for the Washington Post, disappeared after visiting the consulate on October 2.

Turkish prosecutors claim he was strangled and his body dismembered. During a phone call with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton, Prince Mohammad claimed Mr Khashoggi had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Washington Post reported.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 (PA)

The Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as a terrorist group by several countries, including Saudi Arabia. The call reportedly took place a week after Mr Khashoggi vanished.

Prince Mohammad is also said to have urged the White House to preserve the US-Saudi alliance. Saudi Arabia denied the reports of the phone call in both the Washington Post and New York Times.

In a statement, the journalist’s family said he had repeatedly denied being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, adding: “Jamal Khashoggi was not a dangerous person in any way possible. To claim otherwise would be ridiculous.”

Saudi Crown Prince calls Khashoggi killing ‘a heinous crime’

Mr Khashoggi had visited the consulate to collect documents for his marriage to Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz. Saudi Arabia denies its royal family was involved in the murder and says it is “determined to find out all the facts”.

It initially denied Mr Khashoggi had been killed but then said he died in an unplanned “rogue operation”. Last week, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said the attack was premeditated.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting Mr Khashoggi’s son Salah bin Jamal(EPA)

Under pressure from Turkish authorities, the Saudis eventually identified 18 suspects but insisted they will face justice in the kingdom. Ankara has repeatedly called for them to be extradited to Turkey for trial and pressed the Saudis to disclose the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi’s remains.

In a further development, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US could be ready to slap sanctions on Saudis involved in the murder within a “handful more weeks”.

He said: “We’re going to find the fact pattern. The president said we will demand accountability for those who were involved in the commission of this heinous crime.”

Theresa May: UK to revoke visas of any Saudis suspected of involvement in Khashoggi killing

But Mr Pompeo added they had “deep and long-term strategic relationships” with Saudi Arabia and intended “those relationships remain intact.”

Ms Cengiz broke down on TV this week as she spoke of her “last duty” to give Mr Khashoggi a funeral. In the Guardian and the Washington Post today, she called on world leaders to “bring the perpetrators to justice”.

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Clapham South stabbing: Boy, 17, knifed to death outside busy London Tube station

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A 17-year-old boy has been stabbed to death outside a busy Tube station in south-west London.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene outside Clapham Southstation shortly after 4.30pm on Friday.

The teenager was found suffering from a stab wound, Scotland Yard said.

He was taken to a south London hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

Fatal stabbing: The scene at Clapham South station on Friday evening (@A_lovelikewar_/Twitter)

Charity director Robin Pritchard said he moved through a crowd and saw the victim lying in a pool of blood while someone provided CPR.

The 47-year-old said: “I saw the guy on the floor, a pool of blood like he’d been stabbed in the stomach, his clothes were soaked.

“It was strangely calm and quiet. I think everyone was in shock. Lots of kids there from the local college.”

The youngster is the second teenage boy to be stabbed to death in the capital in 24 hours.

Jai Sewell, 15, died after being knifed outside a fast food takeaway 100 yards from his home in Bellingham, south-east London, on Thursday night.

Twenty-one teenagers have now been murdered so far in London this year.

Jai Sewell, 15, was stabbed to death 100 yards from his home (Facebook)

Another witness, who did not want to be named, said he saw “a bunch of guys” shouting and appearing agitated, with one carrying a large knife.

He added that the area is usually noisy after students leave nearby Saint Francis Xavier College.

Photographs posted on social media showed a police cordon in place outside Clapham South station after scores of emergency services vehicles descended on the scene.

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A Met Police spokeswoman said no arrests have been made.

She added: “His next of kin have been informed. Formal identification has not yet taken place and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

“Police remain on scene.”

Road closures were put in place and the station was closed while a police investigation was carried out.

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