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DSEI arms exhibition protestors call for government spending on peace, adequate public services and addressing climate change

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators, who used a signature XR boat to block access to the DSEI arms fair  to be held in the Excel Centre in Royal Albert Way said that war creates devastating environmental damage and with a warming climate leading to more extreme weather and causing more failed harvests and droughts, as food and water runs out, we can expect more conflict and a much bigger refugee crisis. They added:

“The UK has to own up to its part in creating these global problems, take real leadership in reducing warming and conflict, and create deliberative democracies which can solve this emergency.”

West Ham MP Lyn Brown said: “The DSEI arms fair causes a massive inconvenience for local residents every two years, from the added traffic and security it always requires. Added to the inconvenience to local people, the arms fair also piles an unwanted and unneeded burden on our local public services, like our police, ambulances, hospitals and transport, all already massively overstretched due to nine long years of Tory austerity cuts. Despite asking questions in Parliament for months, the Government haven’t been able to reassure me that we won’t be seeking to sell weapons to regimes that abuse human rights or are killing innocents in places like Yemen. I’m proud to stand with the Newham residents who are raising their voices against the arms fair this year, and I hope that together we can stop the DSEI from returning to our borough in 2021.”

Demonstrators advocated that instead of helping to promote and subsidise the sales of armaments, government should be creating an emergency budget:

  • to bring down emissions and increase biodiversity,
  • to transfer jobs from the arms industry into the sustainable economy now
  • to stop fuelling conflict around the world
  • and instead support ‘peace diplomacy’.

Extinction Rebellion’s Liam Geary Baulch said: “We envision a world where people have a right to a future and a right to live in peace with a home, food, and water – all things that are put at risk by fuelling conflict and the climate and ecological emergency around the world.

 

 

 

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Jewish voices supporting MP Chris Williamson

Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) writes: “There is huge support for Chris within and outside the party and this has not been reflected by the media coverage of the story”.

A recent blog on the JVL site states that a “hostile, personal campaign is being waged against Chris, who is a hard-working and diligent MP with great standing in his constituency and a strong record of anti-racist campaigning”. It adds: “This country stands in desperate need of a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, aiming to unite people around protection and promotion of hard won rights and services, the party needs the dedication and principled commitment of Chris Williamson and others like him”.

JVL introduces a Morning Star editorial, which highlights the contradictory demands of those trying to get Chris Williamson (right) re-suspended.

The letter by Tom Watson et al both “attacks the disciplinary process for “the appearance of political interference” and then demands that leader Jeremy Corbyn politically interfere by overruling it.

JVL comments: “Corbyn’s enemies in the parliamentary party have made it clear repeatedly that they will not accept any process that does not give them victory.”

The editorial opens: “Williamson’s remarks in Sheffield last year were essentially correct: Labour has done more than other parliamentary parties to fight anti-semitism”.

PCU agrees: “Williamson is right: Labour has done more – and spent more – to address anti-Semitism than any other political party. Anna Boyle has listed forty reasons illustrating the truth of his statement which may be read here”.

The editorial deplores “taking at face value accusations emanating from MPs and organisations fundamentally hostile to Corbyn’s socialist project” and points out that, like Corbyn, Williamson has a decades-long association with the anti-racist and anti-fascist left and a demonstrable commitment to these causes which the MPs denouncing him have not shown, adding “His voice for peace and socialism in Parliament is needed”.

It ends by pointing out that the sort of ‘virtue-signalling’ that takes the form of denouncing other socialists, for perceived or imagined heresies, emboldens those who are actively hostile to the project of a truly socialist Britain and warns that it assists a strong and ruthless Establishment in its effort to isolate Labour’s leader and break the movement he leads.

 

 

 

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New Labour and Real Labour

A reader sent a link to news that the former Labour Party leader helped PetroSaudi to break into Chinese market, receiving £41,000 a month plus 2% commission whilst acting as Middle East peace envoy at the time.

blair saudi dealAccepting and even applauding the Blair regime were Conservative contemporaries and his party hierarchy.

Contrast that with the corporate media onslaught on Corbyn, whose lack of political ambition and constant support for peace and reconciliation has made him an enigmatic and threatening figure to those who live for power and wealth.

How they are now revelling in Ken Livingstone’s misleading reference to Hitler’s motive for assisting Jews to relocate to Israel, using it to cast a shadow – by association – over the Labour leader and his supporters.

For the record:

synagogue plaqueJeremy Corbyn says: “We are totally opposed to anti-Semitism in any form within the party. The very small number of cases that have been brought to our attention have been dealt with swiftly and immediately and they will be.”

He added that he suspected much of the criticism “actually comes from those who are nervous of the strength of the Labour Party at local level”.

Ken was correct in that the German government headed by Hitler set up the 1933 Haavara (Transfer) Agreement to help German Jews to emigrate to Palestine. Their possessions were transferred to Palestine as German export goods. This was not seen as a mark of admiration or approval for Zionism however; the agreement was designed to encourage Jewish emigration from a Germany which was politically hostile to non-Aryan minorities at the time.

See a medal in the collection of Canada’s North Shore Numismatic Society described as having been struck by Goebbels’ Berlin daily Der Angriff to commemorate  the co-operation and support given by the Zionist Jewish Agency in helping to make Germany “Judenfrei”.

Confirmation of this Wikipedia account is to be found in a partisan source, published by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, established in 1993 as a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization to strengthen the U.S./Israel relationship by emphasizing the fundamentals of the alliance — shared values.

Real Labour under Jeremy Corbyn opposes military aggression and corporate piracy and stands for peace, justice and equality of opportunity for all.