The humiliating moment Tony Blair destroys his own argument for a people’s vote | The Canary


Tony Blair spoke to BBC Newsnight on 19 March. And with one sentence, he seemed to destroy his own argument for a people’s vote on Brexit.

Not exactly a friend of democracy

Since stepping down as prime minister in 2007, Blair has spent much of his time cosying up to dictators. That pursuit (and others) has made him and his family millions. He’s also taken over a million from British taxpayers, via an allowance for public engagements, even though he’s no longer in power.

But he still loves to lecture us all about democracy, of course.

 

Source: The humiliating moment Tony Blair destroys his own argument for a people’s vote | The Canary

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Tony Blair’s latest controversy is the final straw. Labour must expel him immediately. | The Canary


Tony Blair’s latest controversy should leave Labour with no choice but to expel him from the party.

The former prime minister has escaped exile one too many times. But his actions are indefensible. And his most recent fail should surely be the final straw.

Fresh controversy

Blair has just been photographed smiling alongside Brazil’s fascist president Jair Bolsonaro. The former Labour leader met Bolsonaro at the World Economic Forum and looked more than happy posing alongside the openly racist and homophobicpresident.

 

Source: Tony Blair’s latest controversy is the final straw. Labour must expel him immediately. | The Canary

From Spain to Iraq, states have to see that suppressing secession won’t work | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian


Madrid’s heavy-handed approach to Catalonian independence is a mistake. It’s better to compromise and allow a degree of ‘autonomy-lite’, writes Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Source: From Spain to Iraq, states have to see that suppressing secession won’t work | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

Jimmy Dore: Pentagon-Backed Rebels Fight CIA-Backed Rebels in Syria


America never learn, but do believe they are the sole masters of the universe and what they do must be right. Trump said he was different, but as we see he is just the same.

Oil is the paymaster and oil has to be obeyed.

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Here’s another brilliant little video from the Jimmy Dore Show, which casts further light on the US’ role in spreading the carnage and chaos in Syria. In this clip, the comedian, with his co-hosts Steffi Zamora and Ron Placone, talk about a story which appeared in March, 2016, in the Los Angeles Times. The Pentagon and the CIA are backing different rebel factions in Syria. The Pentagon is backing one bunch as part of their campaign against ISIS, while the CIA is arming another group in order, the paper claimed, to bring Assad to the negotiating table. As Dore points out, this isn’t what the CIA and its government paymasters want. They want to oust Assad altogether. He reminds his viewers how the United States was approached by Saudi Arabia and Qatar several years ago. The two Arab nations offered to pay if America invaded Syria and overthrew Assad…

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Jimmy Dore on the MIT Professor Showing Trump Wrong about Sarin Gas Attack in Syria


Just who is telling the truth, is it propaganda on both sides.

In any conflict it is not just the innocent that suffer, but also the truth.

The innocents should be the prime consideration on all sides of any conflict, not the last, as is shown and proven many times.

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As well as appearing on Counterpunch’s website, Theodore A. Postol also appeared on RT, and his analysis of the Sarin gas attack in Syria was also covered by Jimmy Dore. Postol is the emeritus professor of Science, Technology and National Security at MIT. He concluded that, contrary to what the American government and Syrian rebels were saying, the poison gas that killed the people of Khan Shaykhun was not dropped as a bomb from a plane, but was released from an improved ground-based weapon, about 12 cm long. Trump and the American media have claimed that the attack was the responsibility of Assad, and launched an attack by Tomohawk missiles on the air force base, from which the attack was supposedly launched, in reprisal.

In this video, Dore savagely critiques the statements of Trump, Sean Spicer and other members of the White House. He makes the point that the American…

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The west used colonies as laboratories for weapons. It’s not different today | Opinion | The Guardian


From Italian colonialists in Libya to imperial Britain’s bombings in Iraq, the west has often tried out new and terrible ways to kill ‘uncivilized’ people

Source: The west used colonies as laboratories for weapons. It’s not different today | Opinion | The Guardian

Learning the lesson of Iraq (or not)


In politics there are no good guys, for what may be good for one is not good for the other. In any situation the power base is prime and the victor wishes to have all the spoils, whether this be good for the population. In any of these conflicts the population of any of the areas are not the problem, but they are the ones that suffer. The victors take, take take, without a thought of the population and the desecration the conflicts have caused.

It is in this respect that the victor is never victorious for no matter what the result you create enemies within the population, when the victor would expect friends.

Just think of yourself in this situation who have lost a leadership which was all out for themselves to be replaced by a weaker but often similar leadership, if in fact there is any effective leadership as all fractions will take what they can.

Would it have been best to not become involved in the first place for at least most, if not all would know were they are.

There are no good guys.

Phil Ebersole's Blog

Back in 2003, I thought the U.S. invasion of Iraq might be a good idea.

I thought we Americans could atone for all the suffering we had caused the Iraqi people by the low-level war by the Clinton administration by overthrowing the evil tyrant Saddam—and, yes, he really was evil and a tyrant—and allowing the Iraqis to choose their own government.

The United States would then, so I thought, have a democratic ally in the Middle East whose people were genuinely pro-American, and would free ourselves from dependence on the Saudi monarchy.

The U.S. invasion made things worse, both from the standpoint of the Iraqi people and of us Americans.   Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed, hundreds of thousands became refugees.

Maybe there would have been a different result if the U.S. occupation authorities’ priorities had not been to get control of Iraqi oil and create money-making opportunities for…

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Iraq: ISIS Dumped Hundreds in Mass Grave | Human Rights Watch


The Islamic State executed and dumped the bodies of possibly hundreds of detainees at a site near Mosul. This mass grave is a grotesque symbol of ISIS’s cruel and depraved conduct – a crime of a monumental scale.

Source: Iraq: ISIS Dumped Hundreds in Mass Grave | Human Rights Watch

Sir Mo Farah tells family ‘Daddy might not be able to come home’ after Trump travel ban


Sir Mo Farah, the British Olympic hero, has attacked Donald Trump and said he fears he may now be separated from his family because of the American president’s immigration crackdown.

The four-times Olympic gold medal winner said the Queen had made him a knight, but Mr Trump had apparently now made him an “alien“.