Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
SYDNEY’S Marrickville Council has outlawed Israel and its people:
What does the desert theocracy of Saudi Arabia have in common with Marrickville Council in Sydney’s Inner West?
Ever since a Marrickville Council meeting late last year, both are sworn enemies of Israel. In a 10-2 vote, the council decided it would “boycott all goods made in Israel and any sporting, academic institutions, government or institutional cultural exchanges”.
“The reach of the convention against torture is wide. This case is prepared and will be waiting for him wherever he travels next. Torturers, even if they are former presidents of the United States, must be held to account and prosecuted.”
Great. One rule of law for all mankind, regardless of status. But why only go for bush? why not nick Ahamdinejad, Blair, Mubarak, Barack Obama… There is no room to be partisan. Nick them all. Let the world see the wrongdoers in jail and know their behaviour has consequences.
SIR Gus O’Donnell knows why Lockerbie mass murderer Abdelbaset al Megrahi is now free.
The downing of Flight 103 is the biggest single act of mass murder in British history
AWAL Gul has died. Glenn Greenwald looks at the death of a man charged who though charged with no crime who spent nine years in jail:
A 48-year-old Afghan citizen and Guantanamo detainee, Awal Gul, died on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. Gul, a father of 18 children, had been kept in a cage by the U.S. for more than 9 years — since late 2001 when he was abducted in Afghanistan — without ever having been charged with a crime. While the U.S. claims he was a Taliban commander, Gul has long insisted that he quit the Taliban a year before the 9/11 attack because, as his lawyer put it, “he was disgusted by the Taliban’s growing penchant for corruption and abuse.” His death means those conflicting claims will never be resolved; said his lawyer: ”it is shame that the government will finally fly him home not in handcuffs and a hood, but in a casket.” This episode illustrates that the U.S. Government’s detention policy — still — amounts to imposing life sentences on people without bothering to prove they did anything wrong.
It’s an allegation that becomes newsworthy when you realise her husband is Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming. Yep, he is the same John Hemming who had an affair with Cox (he says he’s had 25 others), who later gave birth to his child.
The Indy reminds readers that the Home Office “is one of the most sensitive government departments”.
To further hammer in the point home that Blunkett was privy to top secrets that he, er, may have mentioned on his mobile phone’s voicemail, the Indy goes on:
The suggestion that a serving cabinet minister – whose responsibilities included the oversight of MI5 and sensitive operations against Islamic terror groups – was having his voicemails intercepted is one of the most alarming yet in the scandal over the tactics of some sections of the British press.
“Fears Of Violence At Extreme Right Protest,” yelled the Sky News headline.
“The EDL marches in Luton today. Hold your breath,” ordered the Guardian
But there were no “significant incidents“. this may in part have something to do with the police moving “to seal the EDL in to St George’s Square” with metal barriers.
TO Luton, where members of the English Defence League are protesting against Islam in St George’s Square. In the media the talk is for violence. Or is it hope – violence sells newspapers? There are around between 2,500 and 7,000 members of the EDL on the streets. There are around 1,000 members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) there to oppose them:
“Fears Of Violence At Extreme Right Protest” – Sky
“The EDL marches in Luton today. Hold your breath” – Guardian
“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism. Let’s properly judge these organisations: Do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?”
“These are the sorts of questions we need to ask. Fail these tests and the presumption should be not to engage with organisations. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values”
The Reactions and News Coverage:
The Ramadhan Foundation said that, by singling out Muslims, Mr Cameron had fed “hysteria and paranoia”.
Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said: “British Muslims abhor terrorism and extremism and we have worked hard to eradicate this evil from our country. But to suggest that we do not sign up to the values of tolerance, respect and freedom is deeply offensive and incorrect.” - BBC
EGYPT In Chaos: ABC News reports that when President Mubarak leaves, the Egyptian economy will be far worse off: he’s worth anything from $40-$70 billion dollars. Of course, most of the booty is kept outside Egypt.
If it’s in British banks, what should Britain do?
THE Daily Record’s Kevan Christie says that the coalition’s cuts are proving to be a boon for the masturbation industries. He introduces us to a…
“…broke barmaid who lost her job has been forced to take up pole dancing because of Tory George Osborne’s swingeing cuts.”
You can be forced to pole dance? And maybe the barmaid can’t get work because the last Government banned smoking and pubs closed?
Marcia, 23, who works at Private Eyes club in Aberdeen, said: “I would struggle to get another job the way things are at the moment with George Osborne’s cuts. I expect we are going to see a lot more girls coming through the door once the cuts take effect.”
SALLY Bercow is John Bercow’s, wife. She is Mrs Speaker, who adds to her tales of passing out from booze on the Tube and indiscriminate sex by posing in a sheet for an article in the London Evening Standard. Stood in the family’s grace and favour flat, she tells one and all:
“I never realised how sexy I would find living under Big Ben with the bells chiming.”
On December 27, 2009, Bahrami a 46-year-old Iranian-born naturalised Dutch citizen was arrested in Iran. It was during the Ashura protests against an allegedly rigged Presidential vote.
The Dutch learnt of the arrest and wanted to speak with their citizen. The Iranians refused. It does not recognise dual nationality.
OVER in America, the locals are being tutored in ways of European and North African politics by Glenn Beck. He has chalk, people. He has magnets of camp fires and smiley faces (aciiiiiid). He has a way of saying Toon-ees-ya that makes him sound like a hick. But Beck knows. He knows that Tunisia has “leapfrogged” Libya. He knows that Britain is burning. He knows that – and do get this – “the entire Mediterranean is on fire“.
Beck wants to talk up the Muslim Brotherood and Islamists. Only he forgets one small thing: the majority of Egyptians do not want the Islamists and will not vote for them.
BRITISH ministers secretly briefed Libya’s Government on how to secure the early release of the Lockerbie bomber – Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi.
The man convicted of the UK’s worst mass murder was released after Tony Blair’s Government had advised Tripoli the man convicted of downing the Pan Am flight 103 the Maid of the Seas was held in Scotland and subject to Scottish law but Blair’s government had control of Foreign policy. Two hundred and seventy were killed when the plane was destroyed.
Wikileaks has released leaked US diplomatic cables which show the US Government was complicit since it knew of the talks and had been briefed.
The BBC says Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood may already be divided:
However, there have been some signs of disagreement within the opposition, with the largest group, the Muslim Brotherhood, appearing to go back on its endorsement of leading figure Mohamed ElBaradei as a negotiator with Mr Mubarak.
A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsy, told the BBC: “The Muslim Brotherhood is much stronger than Mohamed ElBaradei.”
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reprots on Preserving the Juche Character and National Character of the Revolution Hat:
A former senior North Korean official identified as Choi, who has defected to South Korea, said, “The hat was customized by a foreign master craftsman using top-quality otter fur. It’s an unwritten rule that nobody else can wear such a hat, so if Kim Jong-un is also wearing one, it means he has now reached almost the same status as his father.”
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has been to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He’s been with Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy and Shadow Foreign Affairs Douglas Alexander at the Shawqat forward operating base and Lashkar Gah police training centre. Later Miliband addressed British troops during his first visit to Afghanistan. He met with ISAAF Commander General Petraeus. And, in short, he was as far removed form the union and student action on the streets of Manchester and London as he was able to be…
*** EDITORS PLEASE NOTE STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 1430 SATURDAY JANUARY 29, 2011*** Ed Miliband (right),Shadow Defence secretary Jim Murphy meet ISAAF Commander General Petraeus in Kabul today during the Labour leader's second of a two day trip to Afghanistan.
NELSON Mandela is in Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s unwell. He has a collapsed lung. He’s 92. Obit writers make sure their pieces are up to date. The media are massed outside. Among them is Karen Allen, of the BBC. Says she:
“The country holds its breath.”
JOE Biden is said by the LA Times to be key to Barack Obama’s success – “The success of Obama’s presidency hinges more and more on the negotiating skills and political instincts.”
Best of luck, Barry. Here’s Jo Biden:
DAVID Kato is dead. He was murdered. Kato worked as Uganda’s advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda. His death come not long after the country’s Rolling Stone newspaper called for Kato and other prominent gays to be hanged.
TOMMY Sheridan goes down for three years after being convicted of perjury. He took on the NoTW with a claim of being libeled. He lied to back up his claim that he was not an adulterer who had visited a swinging club. Why did he do it?
Because he was recognised by his peer group and political allies. He had to tell them it was him. He was so arrogant he thought he would get away with it. His political comrades told him it would be better to own up and pass it off. It probably would have been the correct route.
However, Sheridan recognised that many of the ultra left are also conservative (with a small c) in their personal lives. (Often they are fundamentalist protestants or catholics and take a morally squeaky clean approach (whether they are or not, they like to present themselves that way).)
Sheridan told his Party he was going to take the Jeffery Archer route and deny everything. Many told him that was the route to disaster and that is what it has become.
LORD Taylor of Warwick has been found guilty of false accounting over his House of Lords expenses He claimed £11,277.80is expenses. He was accused of claiming for travel costs between a home in Oxford and the House of Lords, when he actually lived in the capital.
Prosecutor Helen Law suggested to the court – great name:
“Those were journeys that didn’t happen from a home that wasn’t his. Lord Taylor knew those facts and he said he didn’t attempt to mislead anyone. I’m going to suggest that as a lawyer and as a member of the House of Lords, the alarm bells would have been ringing loud and clear.”
TOMMY Sheridan will have another day in court. It’s one for the Diary, writes AGW:
Wednesday, January 26, 2011……Australia Day and the Australian Open Tennis Tourney will be shaping to its final…always good for sports copy. One to watch.
Wednesday, January 26. Wedding anniversary …good for copy on vicious assault – on me – if I forget to remember appropriate gift and card.
Wednesday, January 26. Scrum-down and probably big party when former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan is sentenced after being found guilty of lying about an affair and sex club trip during his defamation case against the News of the World.
The former Member of the Scottish Parliament was convicted of perjury after a 12-week trial at the Glasgow High Court. The verdict brought the closing stages of a six-year media-fest started by theNoW tale of Sex in the City of Manchester and an unnamed politician who visited Cupids Bar a swingers’ club.
The politician sued…to the absolute horror of some of his senior political colleagues.
In 2006 Sheridan won £200,000 damages (never handed over) after a successful defamation case against the Murdoch-owned Sunday, but was again in the dock in October 2010 after witnesses and others accused him of lying in the civil trial.