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Has the Spanish Government scored an own goal, for no matter about the rights and wrongs, the legitimacy or not and the support for the Catalonia Independence referendum by the Spanish actions this could solidify support for the referendum which may or may not have been there originally.

To make matters even worse they instructed or the Spanish courts did to use excessive force to stop the referendum.

Courts do not usually create actions by themselves, but others have to make applications to them, was this the Spanish Government or one or more of their supporters. In bringing these many actions this may be increasing support for the Catalonian independence movement and be bringing it even closer to an affirmative conclusion.

Josep Goded

The detention of 15 high-ranking officials and the suspension of the Catalan government, last week by the Spanish government, in order to halt the referendum on independence set for tomorrow appears to have united separatists, federalists, and a significant number of unionists in defense of the vote.

“I have always been opposed to this referendum, because I am a federalist. However, the latest Spanish aggressions against Catalonia in order to humiliate our people is intolerable. That’s the main reason why I have decided to vote, and I will vote “YES” because I do not want to belong to a dictatorship like Turkey any longer. I think that the creation of a new state would give us the chance to build a more fair country and society” said David, a Barcelona citizen.

My family and I have always voted for unionist parties. We like Spain and most of our…

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Oil is the reason for many conflicts, so is the case for the American involvement in the Middle East but not mentioned only are the atrocities.

But atrocities happen in other countries, but there is no American involvement as there is no oil.

Oil the root of all evil.

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This is yet another video about the expansion of the American war machine and war propaganda by the Jimmy Dore Show. In this video, he discusses the report that AFRICOM, the part of American High Command responsible for Africa, has decided to put troops back into Somalia after 24 years. The troops are apparently there at the request of the Somalian government, and will be there for training purposes. The article does reveal that American troops have also been deployed several times within that space of 24 years in minor missions, such as scouting for bombing sites.

The US troops are being deployed to help the Somali government against the Islamist group, al-Shabaab. The article states that al-Shabaab, although sharing a similar Islamist ideology with ISIS and al-Qaeda, aren’t actually part of those organisations. Most of the time, they’ve been confined to Somalia. They arose after a long period of…

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The gringa likes to steer clear of controversial politics. However, after researching Donald Trump’s candidacy for almost 12 months now, I feel compelled to share. Although all the candidates for the US presidency have their fair share of baggage and issues, I sincerely believe Donald is the only one who threatens to cause irreparable damage to my nation as well as to other countries around the world. So, while some candidates may be troublesome, Donald is downright dangerous.

This election season is historical and a struggle for the heart of our nation. Donald’s bigotry is dangerous. Those who deny this are: A. Right wing extremists who are trained in the art of subversion and misinformation; or B. Average folk who really don’t want to destroy their country but are caught up in the celebrity of Donald and doing nothing more than believing everything he says. This post is for those…

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Disability is now the second most common motivating factor behind all hate crimes, new figures show.

photo credit: Lisa Norwood via photopin cc

photo credit: Lisa Norwood via photopin cc

The number of disability related hate crimes reported to police has soared by a shocking 25% in only a year, according to new figures published today.

Figures published by the Home Office reveal that 2,508 disability motivated hate crimes were reported and recorded by the police in 2014/15, up 25% from 2,006 in 2013/14.

The report says ‘improved willingness of victims to come forward is likely to be a factor in the increase in hate crimes recorded by the police’. Critics blame welfare cuts and the negative portrayal of disabled people in the media.

 The Crime Survey for England and Wales also includes unreported cases, which reveals that disability is now the second most common motivating factor behind all hate crimes.

According to the survey, there were an average of 70,000 incidents of disability hate crime per year between 2012 to 2015, including unreported/unrecorded cases, compared to 106,000 for racially motivated hate crime.

Among all hate crimes reported and recorded by the police in 2014/15 (does no include unreported/unrecorded cases):

  • 42,930 (82%) were race hate crimes;
  • 5,597 (11%) were sexual orientation hate crimes;
  • 3,254 (6%) were religion hate crimes;
  • 2,508 (5%) were disability hate crimes; and
  • 605 (1%) were transgender hate crimes.

Incidents of hate crime can have more than one motivating factor, hence why the figures add up to more than 100%.

The Home Office says there were increases in all five of the centrally monitored strands between 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Notably, racially motivated hate crime increased by 15% between 2013/14 to 2014/15 and religious hate crime increased by 43% over the same period.

Racially or religiously aggravated hate crime offences peaked in July 2013, following the Lee Rigby Murder.

Of cases reported to the police and flagged as hate crime:

  • 59% were public order offences;
  • 30% were violence against the person;
  • 7% were criminal damage and arson; and
  • 3% were recorded as other offences.

Victims of hate crime are far less likely to be satisfied with police handling of incidents. Just 52% said they were ‘very’ or ‘fairly satisfied’, compared with 73% for crime overall.  …………….’


Original post from BBC News

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Jeremy Corbyn

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The appointment of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour’s new leader has generated plenty of headlines and column inches since he was elected to the job on Saturday.

Many journalists and commentators have been filling newspapers, magazines and web pages with their assessment of just what this means for the party.

So here is a round-up of some of the media’s reaction to the former backbencher’s propulsion into the limelight.

Two roads for Labour

Janet Daley, writing in the Telegraph, says Mr Corbyn’s election victory was “not a good result for the Left”.

“The best possible outcome for the Corbynistas would have been for their man to have been defeated by a small margin. Then he could have become the Great Lost Leader, the martyred saint who might have led his people to their true destination had he not been cheated by a cabal of…Well, you get the picture.

“As it is, one of two things will happen. Either the Parliamentary Labour Party will go momentarily quiescent while it regroups, refusing co-operation and advice to the leadership clique.

“Or else the Corbyn crew will be brought down within months by a Labour assassination squad. This will result in a decade of division within the party – but the hard Left will be particularly scarred by the viciousness of its fight to the death.”

‘Poorest and richest’

City of London skyline

Image copyrightPA Image captionThe Observer says Labour has a position on the wealthiest and least fortunate – but no-one else

The Observer says there is “much evidence to suggest voters will resoundingly reject Corbynism in its current form if he makes it to the next election”.

“History and common sense suggest that Labour only wins when voters feel they can trust the party to run the economy and to be a guardian of public spending.

“New polling published by Lord Ashcroft last week reinforces what poll after poll has suggested since the May election: voters deserted Labour for the Conservatives in 2015 because they had serious doubts about Ed Miliband and they feared a Labour government would spend and borrow too much.

“Labour has a message for the poorest, and the richest, but nothing to say to the rest of the country.”

Shaking up British politics

A Punch and Judy show

Image copyrightAFP Image captionWill Jeremy Corbyn bring an end to the ‘Punch and Judy’ aspects of the Commons?

The Independent says Jeremy Corbyn’s win “shows there is an appetite for change in British politics”.

“He has interesting ideas for changing the way Parliament does its business. He has suggested that other members of the shadow cabinet should take turns asking questions of the prime minister in the House of Commons.

“He is not the first to promise a “new politics” or to want to end the Punch and Judy of Prime Minister’s Questions, but perhaps he will be the first to succeed.

“It is not as if our political system is so perfect that it could not do with shaking up.”

Labour shaping Tory futures?

George Osborne

Image copyrightReuters Image captionGeorge Osborne’s odds on becoming the next Tory leader are shortening fast

James Forsyth, writing in the Spectator, says Mr Corbyn’s victory will change the dynamics of the next Tory leadership election – which he claims can be expected in about three years.

“Until recently, Boris Johnson’s supporters argued that the Tories needed something extra for the party to win outright. Boris, who had won twice in a Labour city and had the appeal of a celebrity as well as a politician, appeared to be that something.

“But with Corbyn as Labour leader it appears that anyone sensible can beat Labour. It is no coincidence that in the past few weeks, the odds on George Osborne’s leadership chances have been shortening almost as fast as Corbyn’s.

“The chancellor is now, for the first time, the bookmakers’ favourite.”

Global reaction

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The New York Times says Mr Corbyn’s success “underlines the extent to which European political structures have been destabilized by the aftershocks of the financial crisis in 2008, with voters increasingly attracted away from the political center ground, either to the socialist left or the nationalist right”.

There’s plenty of doom and gloom from the Sydney Morning Herald, which says: “British Labour has now selected the wrong leader twice. First, they chose Ed Miliband over his brother David in 2010. By choosing Ed the party lurched to the left and lost the 2015 election, which the more centrist David could well have won. Now they have responded to this awful result by electing Corbyn. Expect the result in the 2020 general election to be the same as last time, if not worse.”

The Hindu says that while Mr Corbyn did not detail any foreign policy during his campaign, “the newly elected leader of the Labour Party has, in his long career in politics, been associated with international movements for peace, against war and nuclear militarisation, and for human rights”.

And Andrew Hammond, writing in the Gulf News, says Mr Corbyn’s win “represents a political earthquake in the Westminster establishment. The aftershocks will continue for weeks to come as he seeks to move the centre of gravity of UK politics in a leftward direction”.

Meanwhile, Andrew McFadyen delves into sporting history in his piece for Al Jazeera. “Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership is like Aberdeen beating Real Madrid in a European final. It really happened, but you have to pinch yourself to believe it is true,” he says.

‘Sticking to his principles’

In the New Statesman, Laurie Penny says the argument that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable is being made by “three candidates who can’t even win an election against Jeremy Corbyn.

“Their arguments are backed by two former prime ministers: Gordon Brown, whose main claim to fame is losing an election to the Tories in 2010, and Tony Blair, the Ghost of Bad Decisions Past.

“Corbyn, however, has been re-elected by the people of Islington North consistently since 1983 and, like Bernie Sanders in the US, seems as surprised as anyone to suddenly be reaping the rewards of a lifetime of sticking to his principles – principles that once put Corbyn on the moderate left of Labour and now make him look, at least in the estimation of much of the press, like the nightmare offspring of Che Guevara and Emma Goldman dressed up in a Stalin costume.

“And all for proposing a modest increase in the top rate of income tax.”

Corbyn’s win ‘changes Britain’

Jeremy Corbyn in a hall in Middlesbrough

Image copyrightGetty Images Image captionMr Corbyn drew large crowds during his leadership campaign

Jeremy Corbyn’s “triumph”, says the Morning Star, is cause for celebration “for everyone who fights for a better world”.

“Corbyn’s mandate to lead the Labour Party is unshakeable.

“And the enthusiasm he inspires wherever he goes — packing out halls at rallies in every corner of Britain over the past few months — shows that he is far and away the most popular politician in Britain today.

“His win is a tremendous step forward for the party and the movement. In itself, it changes Britain for the better.

“It means the government will not be able to pursue its attacks on our public services, rights at work and living standards without encountering principled opposition on every front.”

Lessons from history

Clement Atlee

Image copyrightGetty Images Image captionClement Atlee – a role model for Jeremy Corbyn


Gordon Brown’s former aide Damian McBride writes in the Mail on Sunday that Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, may be the “best thing since Clement Attlee”.

“The last Labour leader to represent an inner London seat, indeed the last leader of any major party to do so, was in his 60s by the time he became Prime Minister. He was unfashionable, disdainful of the media and he stood on a platform that promoted peace and investment in public services and housing, even with the country facing massive debts.

“Clement Attlee went on to be Labour’s greatest Prime Minister. And while few may believe that Jeremy Corbyn can follow in his footsteps as he slips into the leader’s shoes today, one thing is for sure: He comes from the right place.”

Danger of Labour’s ‘slide into history’

A 'Vote Labour' sign

Image caption Peter Mandelson has concerns over the future of the Labour party

Labour grandee Peter Mandelson writes in the Sunday Times that there may not be an “immediate, dramatic collapse” of support following Mr Corbyn’s appointment.

“Many voters may even be attracted initially by Corbyn’s populism and anti-Establishment pitch. But that is not the same as deciding he should be Britain’s next prime minister.

“The danger is that Labour simply decides to muddle through, resigning ourselves to our fate rather than doing anything big enough to alter it. Miliband’s failed ‘35% strategy’ would seem ambitious in comparison and we would quietly slide into history.”

Elementary role for Watson?

Tom Watson

Image caption Tom Watson’s role as deputy Labour leader will prove to be vital in shaping the party’s future

Professor Charles Lees, who is professor of politics at the University of Bath,writes in the Huffington Post that the most intriguing aspect of the Labour leadership outcome is how the new deputy Tom Watson play his role.

“Watson is a party insider insider and – many would argue – a bit of a political thug. He has the power to either make Corbyn’s task harder than it needs to be or to bring the party machine behind him in the name of unity.

“And if, in a few years time, it is clear that Corbyn is leading Labour to disaster, I wonder what role Watson will play as Corbyn’s opponents try to remember where they buried the political hatchets?”

New leader’s ideas ‘cartoonish’

The Sun on Sunday’s leader comment says Mr Corbyn’s appointment is “hard to believe”.

“Yet his blunt Marxism appeals to Leftie voters sick of appealing to the ‘centre’. His cartoonish policies seem new to the young and naive only because they weren’t born the last time anyone was foolish enough to spout them.

“His policies would be catastrophic: leaving Nato, printing money and causing rampant inflation, downgrading our forces to a home guard, re-opening mines and so on.

“He began yesterday as he means to go on, with deranged attacks on the media, whom the Left always blame for their election defeats.”

‘Wow’ factor reviving Labour

Kevin Maguire has an enthusiastic piece in the Mirror, saying Mr Corbyn’s win was “sensational, stunning, seismic, stupendous – pick any superlative you like”.

“Jez he Did. Easily. With a thumping majority on the first round. The result wasn’t even close. Corbyn walked it. Wow!

“Corbyn’s message of hope and optimism energised and excited Labour, reviving the party by dragging it from its knees after a crushing election defeat.

“Now its most Left-wing leader in recent times deserves his chance to succeed.”   …………..’

Is the media and Government correct or are they labeling the majority from the deeds of a minority?

See this link We will all benefit  from Learning Disability Alliance England

An extract ‘My Life My Choice is an Oxford-based advocacy charity run by and for people with learning disabilities. Today, Monday 1st December, they have launched a film as their contribution to the national ‘Who Benefits?’ campaign.

Who Benefits?’ was originally formed by leading charities Crisis, Gingerbread, MIND, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Children’s Society to give a voice to the millions of people who have been supported by benefits at some point in their lives.

My Life My Choice believes that labelling benefit recipients as scroungers has started to erode some of the important gains made by the disability movement over the past 20 years.  ……………..’

What would you say and who do you believe?

Today’s 13-year-olds are not as bad as we’re led to believe from The Conversation.

An extract ‘In 1982 I was toying with the idea of a career in teaching. That year a controversial film, Made in Britain, starring Tim Roth was released and I almost didn’t become a teacher. The film’s central character, Trevor was a dysfunctional, violent, foul-mouthed youth – everything society hates and fears. My natural fear was how would I, as a young teacher, cope with a classroom full of such kids? Of course the film is fictional. It portrayed the 1980s accurately – but did it portray Britain’s youth accurately?

With the way some of the media represents young people, you may be forgiven for thinking that Roth’s character is alive and well and infesting our streets and schools. Different newspapers have their favourite terms for teenagers: the Daily Mail likes “yobs”, while the Daily Express goes with “feral kids”.  ……….’

Within the above is the following report

Longitudinal study of young people in England* from the Department of Education

An extract from ‘ ………The analysis presented in this report shows that 13 year olds and their parents are, on the whole, positive about their school, home and personal lives. They appear more likely to make responsible choices than ten years ago – the findings produced in this report are in line with other research suggesting this is a sober, responsible generation of young
people. ……’

So just what is the truth? Do the media just highlight a minority group and then by either design or not imply this is in fact the majority. Is this just for the media of today or could it also be for yesteryear? For, is it not true that there as and may always will be a minority group of individuals who wish to rebel against the Values of Society and will these persons be the ones who the media wish to highlight. For in most cases what makes ‘headlines’ is it tragedies and bad events or good events?

The same can be said of the media coverage of persons on benefits, do they not publish accounts after accounts of persons claiming benefits for which they are not deemed to be entitled or misuse the benefits they receive. This then provides, to the population at large, a distorted belief of persons who claim benefits. There may be many more instances of how the media may distort information. Should the media not provide a balance in their reporting? It may be that you need to view the political leanings of each publication and should this be made clear within each media.

But in any context you will be studying statistics and can these statistics always be believed. Do we really know how the information as been obtained, is it from actual happenings, or is it from what has been said by particular persons. If it is the former are all happenings being included and if the latter, do we know what is being said is the truth. Are the statistics representative and how many persons have been included in the research. In the former have all areas of the country been included and all demographic persons.

So just what can we believe? Or do we just form our own opinions from information gleaned from a variety of sources, whether they be correct or not.

So are the media right or wrong, but this is just your own opinion as to what it is. But as it is an opinion, others may not agree, but we all do have a right to our own opinions.

* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.


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