Loach On Starmer’s Treachery

The people who fell for the lies of the Blairites about Corbyn were just being good little Guardian readers, you can’t blame them for not knowing about politics.

Of course a lifelong anti-racist campaigner is actually a secret racist, IT WAS ALL A CUNNING PLOY. It’s so obvious!

Starmer, on the other hand, wants to get rid of one member one vote. He LITERALLY wants to make the Labour Party more un-democratic.

And from those same Corbyn-haters: silence.

As one of my fave folk tunes says:

Raise the scarlet standard high
Beneath its folds we’ll live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We’ll keep the red flag flying here

American Heritage

White North Americans have an identity vacuum that manifests as claiming to be Scottish, Irish, Welsh or whatever without any actual connection to those places, cultures or even recent lineage. It always turns out to be an ancestor fifteen rows back that they home in on and ignore the rest of the DNA mixed in there.

I’ve not observed white Aussies or Kiwis doing it to the extent Americans do; they seem to be more secure in their national identities even though, like Americans, it’s based on colonisation and occupation of other people’s land.

Kind of weirds me out…

IDF Murder 17 Year Old Obaida Jawabra

Ramallah, May 17, 2021—Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy today in the southern West Bank. 

Obaida Akram Abdurahman Jawabra, 17, was shot dead by Israeli forces with live ammunition today around 8 p.m. local time in Al-Arroub refugee camp located near the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Obaida sustained a gunshot wound to his chest during a demonstration at the entrance of the camp located near Route 60, the main route in the West Bank connecting Hebron and Jerusalem. An Israeli soldier deployed about 70 meters (230 feet) away fired the fatal shot, according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Defense for Children International – Palestine.

Israeli forces blocked the entrance to Al-Arroub camp, preventing an ambulance from reaching him, so Obaida was transported in a private car to a medical center in the town of Beit Fajjar where he was pronounced dead, according to information collected by DCIP. Later, Obaida’s body was transferred to Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. 

“It is becoming shockingly clear to the international community that Israeli forces kill children with impunity,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish the accountability program director at DCIP. “Systemic impunity ensures there are no safe spaces for Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation. They can be killed at any moment with no accountability.” 

In 2018, as part of a relationship developed through DCIP’s legal aid to Obaida and his family, Obaida agreed to be the subject of a short film produced by DCIP. The film OBAIDA by Matthew Cassel focused on Obaida’s experience as a Palestinian child arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in Israeli military courts.

(Source: Defence For Children International)

The Israeli Defence Force murdered 17yo Obaida two days ago. He was in a refugee camp.

He was first arrested at 14. His crime – throwing stones.

Now he’s yet another child murdered by the IDF. One of the 63 killed so far in this recent attack on Gaza.

Framing The Discourse / Lying By Omission

There was a huge march in London today. Against Israel’s brutal attacks on civilians in Gaza and in defence of the Palestinians. But if you just glanced at the front page of the BBC, this is what you’d see:

Thousands protest in London over Gaza violence
Organisers urge the UK government to help end the fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants

When you click through, THEN and only then, do you get this:

Thousands of people have marched through central London in support of the Palestinians amid ongoing fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza.

The organisers of the protest called on the UK government to stop allowing what they described as “Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people”.

Demonstrators marched to the Israeli embassy chanting “free Palestine”.

It comes after the worst week of violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014.

At least 139 people have been killed in Gaza and nine in Israel since the fighting began on Monday.

Israel says dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, while Palestinian health officials say nearly half are women and children.

(Source: BBC News)

Notice the difference between the front page summary and the actual news article?

It’s with little tricks like this that the BBC distorts the reality of protest marches against Israel. The casual reader would skip over it and think, ‘Ahh, they want everyone on both sides to stop the violence.’

No.

The protest was specifically to protest against Israel’s horrendous attacks on civilians and their shelling of buildings containing women and children. It was not ‘Protest against Gaza violence’ it was ‘Protest against Israeli violence.’

The sly treachery of the BBC is unbelievable.

Israel Destroys Associated Press Building

The strike came about an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate, according to reporting from The Associated Press. The building also housed other offices and residential apartments. The senior advisor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told NPR that Hamas military intelligence used the building, but provided “no evidence to back the claim.”

NPR reporter Daniel Estrin.

Apparently, everyone works for Hamas. The Associated Press, Al Jazeera, the BBC, me, you, the fucking Queen. Israel slaughters anyone it likes under the hugely convenient premise that they’re Hamas, without ever providing any proof of this.

And what do we call this?

We call this a war crime.

Here’s what the Red Cross has to say about bombing journalists and non-combatants in general:

Do attacks against journalists in armed-conflict situations amount to war crimes?
Inasmuch as they are civilians, journalists are protected under international humanitarian law against direct attacks unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities. Violations of this rule constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I.
What is more, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian – whether in an international or in a non-international armed conflict – also amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

(Source: Red Cross)

Fight The Power

I just sent this to a mate:

I just watched a not-great action film starring Michael B. Jordan. It's called Without Remorse and it's a miitary US action film, very loosely (ie nothing to do with it) based on a Tom Clancy thriller.
Well, I went to IMDB and the scores looked a bit low. I was gonna give it a 6/10 - it was alirght, bit braindead but it's an action film sooo ¯\_(?)_/¯
But then I read the reviews and guess what - they were all complaining about 'blackwashing' of action films and how dare they have a FEMALE SEAL member (who's also black, btw and amazing).
Yup, it was all racists and sexists giving the film 1/10, that's why the score was so low.
SOOO I gave it 10/10 to drive the average up and wrote a review setting out how it actually is as a film, not eh mewlings of some enraged gammon flipping his wig cos BLACK PEOPLE ARE IN A FILM! ARGHHH!!!
seriously, look at these fuckers:

Here’s an example of the idiotic Tory raving on IMDB:

The picture has reviews criticising the film for having female and black actors in it

Pure racism, pure sexism, pure flagshaggin, Brexiteer, Trumpet bullshit. These are the idiots who complain about black people in fantasy films or books – dragons, no problem. BLACK PEOPLE – HOW DARE THEYYY?

Similarly, military action-type films like this are always full of gaffes and goofs. They are not documentaries, they are pure popcorn. Everything is fake from the sounds of the guns to the never-emptying magazines. And yet… Without Remorse comes in for a kicking for “accuracy.” Yeah, sure, like “ethics in games journalism.” Where were all those fuckheads when CDPR blatantly bribed their way into huge hype for Cyberpunk 2077 before delivering a less-than-half-baked lumpy potato of a game? About as visible as Pro-Lifers on antiwar marches.

So, this is the review I left:

Not brilliant but a good romp, a decent teatime film
3 May 2021
Ignore all the Tories/Trumpets who are sooo triggered at the idea of a female SEAL or the surprise that MBJ is black, this is an *okay* action adventure film. Is it brilliant? No. Is it dumb in places - very. But then, have you seen First Blood? Inaccuracies and goofs galore, that's what the genre is like so why single out this film, hmmm? Ulterior motives...

It's no Predator or Hard Boiled but it's definitely worth more than the politically-motivated voting on here would suggest. There are plenty of tense fight scenes and Jamie Bell in particular puts in a great performance, making you actually loathe his character.

I was gonna give the film a 6/10 but I thought I should at least try to even out all the bile from Tory scum so I gave it a 10 instead. 🙂

Fuck racists, fuck sexists, fuck Tories.

Kill The Bill

study by the Human Rights Watch variously accused 83 governments of having “physically assaulted journalists, bloggers, and protesters… arbitrarily banned or broken up protests… enacted vague laws and measures that criminalize spreading alleged misinformation or other coverage of COVID-19… [and used] counterterrorism and other measures pre-dating the pandemic, to arbitrarily arrest, detain, and prosecute critics.”

In short, the virus provides a convenient excuse to silence, disperse and disempower the masses in struggle.

(Source: Socialist Appeal)

What irks me about conspiracy theorists is that they’ll invent stuff about vaccinations and Bill Gates blah blah at the same time as our right to protest IS being attacked under the pretext of pandemic safety. It’s not hidden, there’s no secrecy – it’s completely visible.

‘Unlawful assembly’ – a repressive and terrible edict in HK, totally fine here.

Get Out There!

doing leftism exclusively on the internet gives you brainworms. like yeah read theory, talk to people on social media, but at some point you have to go outside. please. the things you say and believe about politics have repercussions in the real world and you have to live in that world to understand what those repercussions could be. find out who’s doing mutual aid in your community. join the iww or food not bombs or a community garden or a street medic collective or a prison letter writing campaign or something helpful that forces you to talk with real human beings directly about and in the context of their actual lives – source: crowleyraejepsen

A million, billion times THIS.

I’ve been actively involved in politics, in demonstrating and protesting for the last 30+ years. Yes, reading is important, theory is important. But don’t get lost in the petty internecine feuding of armchair socialists.

Get out there! Meet people, organise buses to demos, support local BLM groups.

And if you can’t do that because of social anxiety issues, do online stuff that you feel comfortable with, organise that way.

But arguing on the internet… it’s just pissing in the wind.