Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
IT’S hard to make a joke about Barack Obama – if you don’t try…
COLONEL Gaddafi, the old gangster, might laugh. This is how his country is being carved up by the great and good. The leaders of countries various held a chat for the Support of the Libyan People at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.
All the big knobs were there – not least of all Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme (he’s the head of a country that in February became the title holder of the longest period any country has gone without a government – longer than Iraq).
THE nuclear crisis in Japan is being debated in France. But there is a more pressing matters: independent member of parliament Maxime Gremetz’s storm into the committee room to moan that his car has been blocked in.
Science committee chairman Claude Birraux thunders:
“That’s enough! This is unworthy!”
BARACK Obama wins at everything – even when he’s not entered the contest…
Old Mr Anorak’s US kinfolk Iowahawk prepares the bracket:
WAS that Susan Boyle’s daughter amid the students of Stow college dressed as zombies to besiege the Scottish parliament, in Edinburgh.
The students says education cuts will transfer over half of Stow courses to the new City of Glasgow College. The Scottish elections are on May 5. (Susan Boyle is away…)
(Lembit Opik, the former LibDem MP who dated a Cheeky Girl and a weather girl, might consider the Ferrera twins his fated match. Italy has Silvio. The UK has Lembit Opik. Discuss.)
Having already met Miss Italy Ambra Battilana, 18, and model Maylin Aguirre, 28, we now meet two more of the 33 women who, allegedly, attended Silvio’s candlelit dinners.
“The truth is the justice of these gentlemen [prosecutors] is senseless. They have named 33 women who will spend the rest of their lives with the mark of being prostitutes. Instead they are just ladies whose only crime was to take part in dinners hosted by the prime minister where there were also three musicians and six waiters present. They were elegant dinners. The girls would then have a dance in the disco – on their own because I don’t like dancing. Nothing else – then all this comes out. It’s unbelievable.”
The BBC says they are the “opposition”.
Canadian TV says the spokesman is one Mustafa Gheriani. Al Jazeera says he’s the spokesman for the “February 17th Coalition, an anti-government group”.
So. What of the Transitional National Council in Benghazi?
And then there is the National Libyan Council:
Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the council based in Benghazi, told a news conference that Gaddafi was using “African mercenaries in Libyan cities” which amounted to an invasion of the oil producing North African nation. We call for specific attacks on strongholds of these mercenaries,” he said, but added: “The presence of any foreign forces on Libyan soil is strongly opposed. There is a big difference between this and strategic air strikes.”
What are the aims of the council?
“The council declares it is the sole representative all over Libya,” former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference…
SO. Now we know. While Libyan revels fight Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Barack Obama sits on his hands. Obama is all smiles and no substance. In doing nothing the West tells the world that suppression wins.
Hosni Mubarak might lament that fact that he went without turning his Army on the people. Had he done so, Obama would have done nothing, just as he does with Gaddafi’s Libya. Obama set himself up as the antidote to George Bush. But would Bush have acted now? Would Bush have seen the rigged election that kept the bellicose Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power as a just cause? A war that prevents something wrong from happening is just cause.
In 1993, the US Catholic Conference said just cause for war was defined as:
Just Cause: force may be used only to correct a grave, public evil, i.e., aggression or massive violation of the basic rights of whole populations.
Yep. A few minutes later someone tossed in an old washing machine, an ethical foreign policy, an empty suit, a LibDem manifesto…
THE LibDems are under the cosh in Sheffield. Outside their fortified conference, students are demonstrating. Hey, it’s your right to protest. And the liberals are all about freedoms and protecting them. That’s why they’re hiding behind a big fence and supporting a ban on the display of tobacco products in shops.
At Waltham Forest Magistrates Court, Mr Goody, says:
“I put swimming trunks on, simply because it seemed the sensible thing to do. I was aware that they did have the tendency to slip. I decided that if they did slip down, I would hitch them up.”
MIKE Dixon was the LibDems’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Northfield. He stood for election three times. He lost three times. He is unlikely to get the job now tht he is in jail for using a walking stick to beat to death Tipsy the family cat.
The story goes that when Tipsy scratched one of Dixon’s grandchildren at his home in Kidderminster, Worcs., he reacted.
GADDAFI’S Libya still has some pals in the European Union. The EU press office tell us:
“‘EU governments need to stand ready for a decision in the UN Security Council on further measures, including the possibility of a no-fly zone’,” in compliance with a UN mandate and coordination with the Arab League and the African Union stressed MEPs in a widely-backed resolution (584 in favour, 18 against, 18 abstentions). During the debate, only the GUE/NGL group was against this idea.”
TO Northern Ireland, where Democratic Unionist candidate John Smyth Junior has been attacked with a pipe bomb. The device was thrown through his bedroom window shortly before 4am today. First Minister and DUP Leader, Peter Robinson came to check out the sheets and feathers.
Incidentally, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service will not be bringing a case against Robinson’s wife Iris over her role in helping her toyboy lover set up in business.
“We are in this for the long haul. We are going to keep our nerves. We are not going to flinch.”
Well, there’s no need to flinch with 1000 police on duty and barriers surrounding Sheffield City Hall to keep the masses at bay…
A £2 MILLION “ring of steel”, we are told, is being thrown around a “defiant” Nick Clegg, amid claims that he is at risk of kidnap by critics in his own constituency. Police are erecting a 6ft fence (note the “feet” for this Euroslime trash) around Sheffield City Hall to protect the Lib-Dim leader at his party’s spring conference.
This comes about after “aides” to Clegg yesterday went running to the plod to tell them that students are plotting to kidnap him in protest at his U-turn over university tuition fees. More than 10,000 student and union activists opposed to the Government’s “cuts” will take to the streets tomorrow and on Saturday to denounce the Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam.
THE Labour Party delivers the Headline of The Day, about Ed Balls. Is this a sign of in-fighting?
COLONEL Gaddafi, the squatter king of Libya, is watching his son Saif’s multi-million pound home in London being occupied by a squatting collective called “Topple The Tyrants”. The Spokesman is calling himself Montgomery Jones. Any actual Libyans in the house on Hampstead’s borders? Jones says “we have people from the Middle East and we’re hoping to disseminate the protests more widely”.
I DUNNO which invites more incredulity – the fact that the police are weeping in their cups about being “bullied“, or that the Cleggerons, having upset just about all their natural constituencies – to the point that they need armoured cars and constant police escorts – have now upset the police to such an extent that they now want the right to strike.
All this comes on the back of the review by Tom Winsor, commissioned by the current administration, which recommends cutting back on police allowances and overtime payments, to the extent that up to 40 percent might lose £4,000 a year … although, alarmingly, the rest would gain by up to £2,000 a year.
In London, free and talented women like Paloma Faith, VV Brown, Annie Lennox and a 105-year-old former suffragette named Hetty Bower went to the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Victoria Tower Gardens.
Says Anorak reader Robert Carter:
It’s a shame that we need to have a single day a year to remind us that women are the equals of men. But, for the other 364* days, people do seem to forget. * It has been pointed out that next year is a leap year – so it’s 365 international men’s days, in fact.
Women’s suffrage is no lacy artefact. Women’s rights are hard won. It was brutal.
Stones were thrown through the windows of Buckingham Palace. They were kept for posterity by Queen Mary. A small explosive device was placed in Westminster Abbey. The villain left behind part of her feather boa.
Arson attacks against property held by political figures, railway stations and even churches, increased in number as the struggle for women’s rights became more militant in nature. The Tea Pavillion in Kew Gardens was torched.
ROGER Hayes took his campaign of lawful rebellion that little bit further yesterday, after he and his supporters arrested the judge who was set to hear his bankruptcy hearing, set up by the local authority after his refusal to pay Council Tax for the third year running, writes Richard North.
In deliciously chaotic scenes (see link for short video), about six hundred supporters stormed Birkenhead County Court, briefly taking custody of Judge Michael Peake, before he was repossessed by Merseyside Police, who escorted him from the building.
The “arrest” took place after Hayes had asked the judge if he was serving under his oath of office. “I asked three times for him to confirm this and he refused,” says Hayes, “so I civilly arrested the judge and I called upon some people in the court to assist me in this” – as one does.
A READER writes on the treatment of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who allegedly gave secret to Wikileaks. He’s being kept in isolation, Every night he must strip. In the morning he must stand outside his cell and wait for his clothes to be delivered. Is he getting the Guantanamo treatment or just the routine punishment handed out to all at-risk prisoners in the US?
Anorak, you ask above: “Does anyone sane – and that might not include Manning if this goes on for much longer – believe that explanation?” as pertaining to the Marine spokesman’s explanation of why Manning is stripped of clothing at night.
I will not address your unfair playing with your words “does anyone sane”; however, I will make some comments on whether or not I believe the Marine Spokesman’s explanation as to why Manning is stripped of clothing at night.
The EDL Hit Rochdale With Stories Of Peadophile Muslims: Richard Peppiatt’s Daily Star Might Like It
THE English Defence League were demonstrating against Muslims outside Rochdale Town Hall by the town’s cenotaph today. Unite Against Fascism were, as ever, there to counter the EDL. There were 35 arrests.
But why was the EDL there? The local Rochdale paper tells us:
A speaker from the EDL spoke through a tannoy and said that the EDL were there because of recent reports about child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
THE images you are about to see were circulated in Bahrain at the time of the (so far) failed attempt to overthrow the ruling dynasty. The Government was aware of these images and blocked Google Earth. But the internet will have its way and the pictures were loaded onto a PDF guide and distributed by email.
The NYT’s Tom Friedman says the photos are one of the “not-so-obvious forces” that fed the mass revolt.
ANTI-Semitism has made a comeback of late. Charlie Sheen, Julian Assange, John Galliano (sacked by Dior for his alleged anti-Jewish comments or anti-Asian ones?), Mel Gibson – he’s in a new Hollywood film called The Beaver: so much for the Jewish control of the place – and Iran have been giving the old staple an airing. When Aaron Porter, the NUS president was heckled with cries of “Jew” by some students there was no mass protest.
The racism never went away in the UK, of course, it just slid into the cracks in liberal dinner tables, often masked as anti-Israel rhetoric – that’s a democratic country of all colours with equal rights for women and gays being held accountable to standards that seem higher than those applied to other nations.