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In this short video from RT America, they interview Max Blumenthal on the withdrawal this week from the United Nations’ cultural organisation, UNESCO, by America and Israel. The two countries have claimed that the organisation is profoundly anti-Semitic. He says that the Israelis would far rather have been in the organisation, haranguing it from inside. Blumenthal states that Israel was more or less forced to leave the organisation against its own wishes by Trump’s decision to quit. He makes the point that Washington would never have left it, if they thought it was biased against France or Spain. He also says that America owes UNESCO $500 million, which it now no longer has to pay back. The bigger question, he also suggests, is why Israel was ever allowed into the UN in the first place, considering its Talibanesque destruction of Palestinian archaeology and historic monuments. He also states that the…

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Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” test. DWP announced last month, on the eve of the Conservative party conference in Manchester, that some claimants in the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) – and the equivalent universal credit group – would no longer need to attend “routine reassessments”. Only those with “the most severe and lifelong health conditions or disabilities” will be exempt from reassessments, and they will be told of their exemption when they receive the results of their next work capability assessment (WCA), the test which assesses ESA eligibility. Although DWP declined to release the eligibility criteria for exemptions, the guidelines have now been published by Disability Rights UK, one of the disability organisations that took part in discussions with the government as it

Source: Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions | DisabledGo News and Blog


Talks on the UK’s departure from the EU are deadlocked over Britain’s financial settlement.

Source: The UK’s EU divorce bill: Brexit money row explained | Euronews


BERLIN is secretly preparing for an “ambitious and far-reaching” EU free trade deal with Britain after Brexit, a dynamite leaked paper reveals today.

Source: Brexit news – Leaked paper shows Germany is preparing for EU trade deal with Britain | Politics | News | Express.co.uk


Only the slight buzz of translation through diplomats’ headphones could be heard as Joy Bishara, now 21, described the night in April 2014 when armed men from Boko Haram burned her school in Chibok, Nigeria, forcing Joy and her classmates into trucks so tall they had to climb on a car to scramble inside.

Source: Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Share Their Stories at UN | Human Rights Watch


The Secret Gardeners aims to inform professionals about the plight of children who are forced by organised crime gangs to grow drugs in houses across the UK but who often face criminalisation and prison.

Source: ECPAT UK | The Secret Gardeners: New film on child trafficking from Vietnam


This about time as no helpline should be subject to premium charges, lets hope any others will follow accordingly.

Now iron out all the problems re payments, assessments and any other aspects as these benefits are supposed to help claimants lead independent lives and not cause, upsets, stress, suicidal tendencies, more ill health, etc.

However, this may be the intended outcomes, especially when read inconjunction the the UN report from UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which examined the government’s progress in fulfilling its commitments to the UN convention on disabled people’s rights. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-human-rights-work/monitoring-and-promoting-un-treaties/un-convention-rights-persons-disabilities

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges.

People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them.

But she again rejected calls by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to “pause” the roll-out of the controversial benefit amid fears it is causing hardship.

MPs are currently debating Labour’s call for a rethink.

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The SNP’s annual conference has unanimously called on the UK government to implement the findings of a UN committee of disability rights experts, after a disabled activist demanded “justice for the dead” and “rights for the living”. The motion proposed by disabled party activist Fiona Robertson called on the UK government to stop using “meaningless platitudes” to hide from its responsibility for the “immense human suffering” it has caused disabled people across the UK through its policies. The conference in Glasgow unanimously passed the motion, which criticised the Conservative government for ignoring the findings of the report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. And it demanded that the government implement all the 80-plus recommendations made by the committee in August, when its report detailed the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Later in the conference, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon used the

Source: SNP hears ‘justice for the dead’ demand as it backs call to implement UN report | DisabledGo News and Blog


The minister for disabled people has again misled MPs, after she claimed that the UK had “volunteered” to take part in a public UN examination which concluded that her government’s disability policies had caused a “human catastrophe”. Penny Mordaunt was responding to Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, who told the Commons this week that the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “condemned” the government’s progress on disability employment. De Cordova had asked Mordaunt if the government would respond to those concerns. The committee’s “concluding observations” report, in August, examined how the UK had implemented the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Among more than 80 recommendations for improvements – a record number for any country being examined by the committee – it was heavily critical of the UK government’s failure to take action to close the disability pay gap and the disability employment

Source: Mordaunt misleads MPs… again | DisabledGo News and Blog


Having sneered at the project for decades, many members of the anti-Brexit brigade are now draped in EU flags, says doctoral researcher Ragnar Weilandt

Source: From the continent, remainers’ sudden love for the EU looks like plain hypocrisy | Ragnar Weilandt | Opinion | The Guardian

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