Corbyn’s stance on defence? Read James Hirst on ForcesTV website

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Like people on the Civilisation 3000 mailing list, Jeremy Corbyn believes in defence – not attack.

His proposed Defence Diversification Agency will redeploy defence workers and diversify their skills in accordance with the Vision For Britain 2020 – rebalancing the economy and promoting growth, not austerity and cuts.

jeremy corbyn (2)The closest external agency found which reflected his thinking comes – pleasingly – from the Forces TV website in an article headed by a larger version of this picture of the Labour leader.

Forces TV is an independent news organisation, owned and operated by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation. It was launched in the U.K. on June 10th 2014 and may be viewed here:

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James Hirst opens:

“Going to war creates a legacy of bitterness and problems. Let us be a force for change in the world, a force for humanity in the world, a force for peace in the world”. It was classic Jeremy Corbyn.

“These words came in the victory speech of the most important figure in Parliament’s second largest party.

“The Party which sent British troops into long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has just chosen its most outspoken opponent of those wars as its new leader.

“Mr Corbyn’s election gives the Government an immediate headache. It leaves their hopes of getting cross-party agreement to extend airstrikes against IS into Syria looking forlorn.

“Among his friends he counts the Conservative chairman of the Commons Defence Committee. Dr Julian Lewis, who supports replacing Trident, told Forces TV this week how he has worked with Mr Corbyn to secure debates on the nuclear deterrent because they are both driven by strong beliefs, even though their beliefs are polar opposites.

“On his website the new Labour leader says he argues for “a different type of foreign policy based on political not military solutions; on genuine internationalism that recognises that all human life is precious, no matter what nationality.”

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Hirst (above, left) ends: “For the first time in years there is a significant gulf between the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition on how Britain should relate to the rest of the world. David Cameron will now have to face Jeremy Corbyn’s alternative ideology head on at the despatch box, not from a far corner of the Commons”.

Four years of propaganda, aimed at justifying the needless slaughter of millions: Poppy Kohner

Poppy Kohner, PhD student at the University of Glasgow finishing her thesis on the anthropology of militarism, asks: “Why Does The Lord Provost Only Respect Dead Anti-War Campaigners?” Many sites have republished her article, including Bella Caledonia. She opens:

“The UK Government have spent £50million on ‘celebrations’ in commemoration of the centenary of ‘the war to end all wars’; re-framing an event, which has always been remembered in the context of the carnage and futility of war, into a celebration of national pride and glory.

“The centennial year of the outbreak of WW1 saw the beginning of four years of propaganda, aimed at justifying the needless slaughter of millions, under the guise of protecting freedom and democracy.

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“Last month, to coincide with the centenary of the International Women’s Peace Congress in the Hague, a memorial plaque dedicated to those who opposed WWI, and who fought locally for social justice during the war years, was unveiled near the People’s Palace in Glasgow Green.

“In a complete contrast to the highly publicised Remembrance, Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty, revealed the small steel disc set into a rock to a small group that consisted of invited peace activists and a few cameras.  We stood aside, in silent protest.

“Rather than commemorate those the plaque was intended for, our Lord Provost elected to use her speech to continually remind us that in no way should the unveiling of such a plaque be used deny the honour and glory of those heroes who fought and died in the war . . . Her words were chosen to glorify the carnage of WW1 and gloss over the ugly realities of war, and those who oppose it.  In effect, it was an insult to the memory of the people we were gathered there to remember.  After the ceremony, a solitary white poppy was placed at the foot of the memorial and the crowd dispersed into the grey Monday afternoon. There was no cheering or celebrations, just a muted applause, and it was all over . . .” Poppy Kohner ends:

“We remember all those who risked so much by standing up against imperial wars during WW1, and we honour all those who continue to do so today.

“No glory in war: yesterday, today and tomorrow”.

The full article:



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Tag Meir, anti-racist Israeli group, raises money for orphaned Palestinian


In the Media Line, an American non-profit news agency described as giving voice to all narratives, Linda Gradstein reports that Tag Meir, has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for five-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha, whose parents and younger brother were killed in an arson attack in late July. He has not yet been told that his parents and brother were killed.

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Israeli security officials have labelled the attack as “Jewish terrorism” based on racist slogans in Hebrew spray painted at the site.

Ahmed, is recovering in an Israeli hospital watched over by his grandfather Hussein. who has barely left his grandson’s bedside.

Gadi Gvaryahu, the chairman of Tag Meir, told The Media Line said. “This was a public sin and we all have to take responsibility.” He was among a group of Israelis who visited the Dawabsha family in the village of Duma after the firebomb attack, and has stayed in touch in ensuing week.

He says the Israeli government will pay damages to the Dawabsha family after the perpetrators are caught. But that could take months, and meanwhile Ahmed and Hussein need money to live on: “Hussein has not been working in almost seven weeks, and he is using a lot of money just to travel back and forth to the hospital . . . They really need the money and we have to provide for Ahmed’s future”.

The initiative comes at a time when Jews prepare to celebrate the holidays of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and repentance.

Donors to the Tag Meir campaign said they believed it was the least they could do. “Faced with hateful extremism it is important to do acts that show another side of Jewish culture,” Rabbi Yehiel Greniman, a board member of Tag Meir who works for Rabbis for Human Rights told The Media Line.

“Compassion is a basic Jewish value and it is desperately needed in this country today.”


We welcome American visitors to the site and to that of Drone Warfare

1 c3Four times as many Americans visited last week compared with random visitors from other regions – see top five of the twenty-three countries shown on site statistics. A sceptical friend attributes this to the relative size of its population, but this does not hold true as we only had two visitors from India.

Top post by far, as usual, is  Countries without armed forces or no standing army.

Corbyn: “Every war ends with a political agreement. Why not start with a political agreement and cut out the middle part?”

jeremy corbynRori Donaghy writes that when asked if there was ever a situation in which he would support military action, the 66-year-old (Jeremy Corbyn) argued that there are situations where an international peace-keeping force could be useful.


“There is a role for peacekeeping forces under UN command,” he said. “They have to be properly managed and led. They have to have very clear terms of reference for what they are going to do.

“It’s got to be on the basis that there’s a wish to have a ceasefire in the first place. You cannot go in and bomb your way to peace – you go in on the basis of political negotiations.

“Every war ends with a political agreement. Why not start with a political agreement and cut out the middle part?”

See ‘UK would be safer if it stopped following US foreign policy . . . ‘:


the Friend, 7 August 2015


Hiroshima bomb

8:16 am

6 August 1945

American pilots dropped the world’s first atom bomb on Hiroshima.

Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the explosion.

At least 60,000 more were dead by the end of the year.

Many of those who survived suffered long-term illness and disability

from the radiation, including cancers, tumours and birth defects.

Three days later a second nuclear bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

The bomb killed 74,000 people.

President Harry S Truman said Hiroshima had been chosen so that ‘soldiers and sailors are the target and not women and children.’

But over ninety-five per cent of the combined casualties of the two cities were civilian.

‘Japan was at the moment seeking some way to surrender

with minimum loss of “face”.

It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.’

General Dwight D Eisenhower