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Sandra Bland, other African American women, and police

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This video from the USA says about itself:

Reader Request: #SayHerName

1 June 2015

The following is an excerpt from the article, ‘Say Her Name’ Turns Spotlight on Black Women and Girls Killed by Police.’

‘“Black lives matter.” For the past nine months, this rallying cry has permeated street corners, protests, tweets, news conferences, and even the cover of Time magazine.

Last August, the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer kick-started the efforts of activists protesting against police brutality and violence. By now, the names Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray have become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement. But solely focusing on their stories has come at the expense of another group affected by police violence: black women.

[It was co-founded by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.]

Rachel Gilmer, associate director…

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The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System

Battlefield America - A Government of Wolves

How can the life of such a man

Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?

To see him obviously framed

Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land

Where justice is a game.—Bob Dylan, “Hurricane

Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. Despite the fact that Deskovic’s DNA did not match what was found at the murder scene, he was singled out by police as a suspect because he wept at the victim’s funeral (he was 16 years old at the time), then badgered over the course of two months into confessing his guilt. He was eventually paid $6.5 million in reparation.

James Bain spent 35 years in prison for the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old boy, but he…

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Neoliberalism is a Conspiracy of the Rich

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Look into the subject with an open mind, and if you are like me, you will find that it is hard to come to any other conclusion – Neoliberalism is conspiracy instigated by the very rich, to favour the economic interests of the very rich against the interests of everyone else.

Since the late 1970’s the paid and unpaid agents of the super rich have spread idea that economies have to be broken down into a free market scenario that favours big corporations (the shares of which just so happen to be mainly owned by the rich). All elements of society that are not compatible with free markets come under threat – even when these things are actually very positive and productive.

  • Taxes are lowered* (in favour of the very rich)…(* lowering taxes is no bad thing as such, but it can only be done without…

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The Tories have most to hide when it comes to investigating Westminster paedophile murder ring

If ever there was any more evidence needed that the Tories have something to hide over the Westminster paedophile murder scandal, then the way they voted regarding immunity from the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for whistle blowers of child sex abuse (CSA), is most definitely it.

Earlier this year, Labour MP John Mann proposed an amendment to the Serious Crime bill that was going through parliament. This amendment would have protected those people giving evidence to an official investigation or inquiry into child sex abuse from prosecution under the OSA.

The vote to pass the amendment was held in parliament on the night of the 23rd February 2015. The amendment was defeated by 295 to 233 votes. All but 8 Tory MPs and 3 Liberal Democrats voted against the amendment. The vote went unreported in the mainstream media.

Before the vote the Home Secretary, Theresa May, is quoted as saying “I hope they would not be prosecuted under the OSA…”. However she was one of the vast majority of Tory MPs that voted against the amendment, hence ensuring that those people providing evidence for the CSA inquiry could be prosecuted under the OSA.

What we should remember is how the scandal originated and how it has developed. In 1983, under a Tory government, Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens handed a report to the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, naming names and providing evidence of so called VIPs involvement in a Westminster paedophile ring. This report was held by the Home Office but then conveniently lost.

In 1989, the section of the OSA that provided defence from disclosure of information that was in the public interest was repealed by the Tory government. Quite a coincidence that the public interest defence was repealed as news of the Westminster paedophile murder scandal was becoming public knowledge.

In 1994, at the same time the cash for questions scandal was rumbling on (there are always a lot of scandals when the Tories are in government) and Tory MPs were getting banged up for corruption, investigative journalist Roger Cook was in the process of making a documentary about the Westminster paedophile ring for his popular series, The Cook Report.

The rights to this series were owned by Central TV. When word got out that this documentary was being made, Central TV was bought out by Carlton TV and the tapes for that episode of the Cook Report were never seen again. The man at the helm of Carlton TV when this happened was none other than dirty Dave Cameron. The filthy bastard was Director of Corporate Affairs for Carlton TV from 1994 to 2001 and he made sure that that instalment of The Cook Report never saw the light of day.

In 1996, Tory Minister William Hague was the Secretary of State for Wales and was responsible for ordering the Tribunal of Inquiry into hundreds of allegations of child sex abuse in the North Wales care homes of Clwyd and Gwynedd. This inquiry resulted in the publication of the Waterhouse Report. The report provided evidence of widespread CSA in these care homes which led to several prosecutions of people in positions of responsibility over children, such as care home workers and teachers. No evidence that prominent establishment figures were involved was ever revealed.

However if we fast forward to 2012, after the death of premier pervert Jimmy Saville, further allegations of CSA were made by a victim appearing on BBC news program Newsnight. These fresh allegations were aimed at prominent politicians, businessmen and the police and linked to childrens care homes around the UK. In light of these new allegations, it was found that the remit of the Waterhouse report had been too narrow which effectively means that after spending several years & £12 million pounds, the investigation was not carried out properly,

This now brings us to the current CSA investigation which has been dogged by delay due to the deliberate actions of this sick Tory led coalition government.

High profile suspects such as Lord Brittan and McAlpine have died suddenly when under investigation from the Police. The prosecution of another suspect Lord Janner, has been deemed by the Crown Prosecution Service to be not in the public interest due to his suffering from dementia.

So we can see that the history of investigation of the Westminster paedophile murder ring is a litany of cover-up & subterfuge and begs the question, will those who have suffered at the hands of these vile people ever see justice?

The way it’s going with these slippery shite bags running the show, they will most definitely not.

Home Office scams UK citizens and trashes their family lives

 

The Home Office rips off and trashes the family lives of UK citizens on a daily basis.  They think they have a right to do this if a UK citizen is on low pay and has a partner or family member who originates from outside the EU. 

 

We’ll explain how they do this by using the following scenario as an example.  This is based on the real life experience of a UK citizen with a non EU partner:

 

A UK citizen, (let’s call them citizen X for the sake of it) having lived their whole life in the UK goes backpacking around Asia and Australia in 2003 while still relatively young and healthy enough to do so.  On their travels, citizen X meets someone from an Asian country and falls in love.  The two lovebirds marry and settle somewhere in Asia for a while, both scraping a living in a developing country.  Their future prospects together are limited in Asia but they stick it out for a while as the weather is nice and the living is easy compared to some places.  But as time goes by they both decide it would be best for their future together to go live and work in the UK. As you read on, you’ll find that this goes to show how wrong some people can be. 

 

Citizen X returned to the land of milk and honey alone in 2008, with a view to their partner joining them in the UK at a later date.  At this point the married couple weren’t sure when they’d ever see each other again as funds were low and the future uncertain.  However, Citizen X quickly found a full time job and someplace to live.  Six months after finding a job, Citizen X’s partner (let’s call them immigrant Y for the sake of it) applied for a visa to join their beloved in the UK. 

 

The visa was granted as they both satisfied the immigration rules at the time.  The rules stipulated, amongst other things, that they must be capable of supporting themselves with no recourse to public funds and had somewhere to live.  No recourse to public funds basically means they couldn’t claim any benefits.

 

Immigrant Y arrived in the UK in 2009 to join their beloved and they both went about living their lives, working, paying their taxes and not claiming any benefits.  To assimilate into UK society, immigrant Y attended an accredited year long citizenship course at the local college and passed with flying colours

 

In January 2014 immigrant Y had to apply for further leave to remain before their current visa expired.  Immigrant Y applied for the visa but was refused further leave to remain as the ESOL certificate gained with the citizenship course was not on an approved list.  It was refused on these grounds even though the ESOL certificate was approved for a previous visa application.  Immigrant Y was given no right of appeal which in fact breached article eight of the Human Rights Act.

 

On the advice of an immigration lawyer and out of sheer desperation they applied for discretionary leave to remain.  The lawyer advises that the application has a limited chance of success and they know that the couple are desperate to stay together but they take their cash anyway and the visa is applied for. 

 

Of course the visa was refused.  The couple are now £3k in debt after paying the extortionate visa and solicitors fees and have no one to turn to for help.  The couple were then faced with two stark choices, immigrant Y could leave the UK themselves or, wait to be deported by the goons from the privatised immigration force.  They decided that immigrant Y wouldn’t be going anywhere against their will.   

 

The once happy couple received the deportation notice from Capita in October 2014.  It made no reference to the title of Immigrant Y, as if the fact that they are married to a UK citizen is of no consequence.  Citizen X immediately wrote back to Capita, telling them quite literally to fuck off and that their partner was going nowhere against their will. 

 

They now wait for the rumble of boots on the stairwell and the splintering of wood as the front door is kicked in by the privatised racist Gestapo hired to forcibly remove innocent family members of UK citizens from these shores against their will.  

 

This is what the government means when they say they are going to deport all illegal immigrants.  They don’t mean people who have entered the UK illegally or immigrants that have committed serious crimes here, they mean they are going to deport the innocent partners and family members of UK citizens who have committed no crime and done nothing wrong other than being of the wrong race and economic status. 

 

The immigration rules changed in 2012 imposing an income threshold of £18600 for a couple and quite a bit more for a couple with kids.  According to the governments own statistics, almost fifty percent of the UK population earn less than £18600 and Citizen X earns falls into this category also. So when immigrant Y is forced to leave the UK they would be refused re-entry into the UK due to the economic status of citizen X.     

 

Over the course all of this happening, citizen X had written to their Labour MP for help on numerous occasions but the MP has refused to speak out on their behalf. 

 

So there we have it.  The UK government is using the immigration system to implement a scam to extort money from innocent people put in a vulnerable position because of the race of their partner or other family member and economic position and no one in any position of influence is speaking out about it.

 

 

 

 

 

The Yarl’s Wood abuse scandal & how capitalism profits

The scandals are coming thick and fast for the piece of shit coalition that’s running the UK at the moment. On the back of the long running Westminster child rape, torture, murder allegations to the latest HSBC tax scandal, we now have the Yarl’s Wood revelations hitting the news.

Yarl’s Wood is one of several privately run immigration detention centres in the UK and is all too often caught up in controversy as well as tragedy. It is run by Serco which receives hundreds of millions of pounds of tax payers money to mete out brutal and abusive treatment to vulnerable women and children on behalf of the UK government.

Many of the female detainees in Yarl’s Wood are victims of sexual abuse but the guards are predominantly men. In June 2014 Yarl’s Wood was the subject of 31 allegations of sexual misconduct and after being investigated a number of staff were dismissed.

However, a recent Channel 4 undercover investigation revealed guards subjecting female detainees to appalling verbal abuse calling them “animals”, “beasties” and “black bitches”.

Guards were also filmed intimidating detainees with threats of violence but most sickening of all, it was shown that a detainee had to beg guards to see a doctor after she had suffered a miscarriage even though it could be seen that she was bleeding profusely. An ambulance wasn’t called for more than three hours as the poor women was told she had to wait her turn by the shit-headed guards.

The medical centre in Yarl’s Wood is sub-contracted to another multinational corporation, G4S, which is also adept at scrounging billions of pounds from the UK tax payer.

Instances of self harm are rife with 74 separate cases requiring medical attention recorded in 2013 alone. But of course a Tory minister, Lord Bates, denied that there had been any such cases in the past two years. But of course he would say that wouldn’t he?

And the litany of abuse doesn’t stop there. The following is an extract from a corporate watch article. This same article also reports on the tragic death of Christine Case, 40-year-old Jamaican woman, who died at Yarl’s Wood in March 2014 after allegedly being denied medical treatment:

“In September 2013, Serco faced allegations that its guards at Yarl’s Wood had raped and sexually harassed detainees.

In March 2013, a Ugandan woman died after injuries allegedly sustained during her deportation from Yarl’s Wood.

In September 2012, a group of women detained at Yarl’s Wood issued a series of demands in protest at their treatment.

In February 2010, Serco violently forced dozens of detainees to end a hunger-strike.”

So is it any wonder that the Home Office barred access to Yarl’s Wood in April 2014, to a UN special rapporteur investigating violence against women.

And after all of that has happened, Serco was awarded an eight year extension of its contract to run Yarl’s Wood in November 2014.

The UK is now the only country in Europe that detains immigrants indefinitely. The immigrants held in these detention centres have committed no crime and yet are treated worse than criminals, all because of the colour of their skin.

And the reason for all of this occurring is that there is much money to be made from detaining immigrants indefinitely. Detention centres need detainees so that the private companies running them can make their vast profits.

The following image shows the how the Home Office is related to the private corporations running the UK’s immigration detention centres:

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This image is also from corporation watch website

We should note that the Home Office minister, Theresa May, is married to the Director of G4S and he is also a major shareholder in the company.

The Home Office changed the immigration rules in 2012 which has led to many non EU immigrants who were previously living in the UK legally, suddenly finding themselves criminalised if their visa renewals are refused and subject to detention in these same facilities if they refuse to leave the UK voluntarily.

More meat for the grinder and more profits for the companies that these ministers and their families undoubtedly have shares in.

For Lotte Ryan, a friend and fellow campaigner

This post is re-blogged from kittysjones.  A heart breaking story and yet more evidence (as if it was needed) of the inhumane treatment meted out by the UK government to innocent and vulnerable people.

Politics and Insights

Lotte Ryan

The following is from my friend,Charlotte Ryan, who was expected to attend work interviews or lose her benefits just weeks before she died. This was written on December 12, 2014:

I have terminal cancer, my prognosis is 0-3 years and I was diagnosed in March 2014 with my brain stem glioma. In April 2014 I was placed in the support group* for 3 years and I have gone from being able-bodied to hopelessly disabled. I have many neurological deficits including diploplia, dyspraxia, dysarthria and dysphagia. To save you googling, this means that I have double vision and am going blind, I’m very clumsy and most days I drop everything I pick up, my speech is failing and one day I won’t be able to communicate verbally at all and I have such difficulty swallowing that I now have a feeding tube.

I cannot leave…

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Capitalism kills & HSBC finances the killers

Maybe we wouldn’t be so surprised at the latest HSBC scandal revelations if we knew how the bank was founded and whose great grand pappy used to work for them back in the day.  

 

HSBC was founded in 1865, in the aftermath of the second opium war, as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company Limited.  The second opium war was fought from 1856 to 1860 between China and the British and French Empires.  China was defeated.  It had to pay a massive indemnity to the victors and from then on was forced to buy opium from the British Empire.  From then on China was flooded with opium imported from British occupied India.  It is reckoned that up to 20% of the British Empires wealth was made from this evil trade.  All of that dirty money had to be laundered somewhere and so it came to be that HSBC was created on the back of the suffering of tens of millions of Chinese opium addicts and their families.  

 

In 1886 a certain Mr Ewan Cameron, none other than  “dirty” Dave Cameron’s grandfather, was appointed as an accountant to Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company Limited.  By 1890 he was head of the London office and in 1901 he was given a knighthood for services rendered to the drug trafficking division of Queen Victoria’s sordid empire.   

 

If we fast-forward to the 21st century, we can then see that it wasn’t only great wealth that dirty Dave Cameron inherited from his family.  It was also a lack of morality and sheer cruelty .  This certainly explains a lot, given the policies he’s implemented over the past five years but at least we now know where he gets it from. 

 

HSBC loves to handle dirty money.  In 2012, an investigation by US authorities found that HSBC laundered $881 million for Mexican drug cartels.  It is these same drug cartels that have made Mexico the murder capital of the world.  A high level US government source confirmed that during the period 2006 to 2012, up to 47,000 people had lost their lives at the hands of Mexican drug traffickers.  It was also discovered during the investigation that HSBC had also been laundering cash for the Russian mafia and were even moving money around for banks in Saudi Arabia that were financing terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida. 

 

HSBC reached a $1.9 billion settlement deal with the US authorities.  No criminal charges were ever brought against the bank as it was deemed too big to prosecute.

 

The latest HSBC tax scandal revelations in the press show that the bank was managing the finances of suspected arms dealers and blood diamond smugglers as well as Hollywood movie stars and Royalty.  It assisted its clients with concealing assets of approximately £78 billion in Swiss bank accounts and this is said to be just the tip of a very, very large iceberg as the leaked files that disclosed the latest scandal only cover the period from 2005 to 2007.  

 

Overseeing all of this was Lord Green, who was HSBC’s group chairman from 2006 to 2010. He then went on to become the coalition governments trade minister in the House of Lords in 2010,  appointed by none other than dirty Dave Cameron himself.  His Lordship refuses to comment on any questions raised about his tenure at HSBC. No doubt neither him nor anyone else will be brought to book about any of this, given their connections. 

 

What’s an even bigger kick in the teeth for the UK public is that HMRC had been well aware of what was going on since 2010 and did nothing about it.  

 

We shouldn’t forget that the tax evasion on the scale of the Swiss bank account scandal is not victimless crime.  In the UK, tax evasion and avoidance has cost its most vulnerable citizens dear as the missing income has led to this vile governments harsh cuts and austerity regime which have caused much suffering and even loss of life for those affected. 

 

The ramifications that this type of grand scale larceny has on the innocent people in UK society and others around the world will still be felt for some time to come. 

 

 

 

 

 

No need for austerity if the rich paid their tax

The austerity measures implemented by the coalition since its rise to power in 2010 have led to many innocent UK citizens to suffer and die needlessly. Homelessness and suicides have risen dramatically, as have the number of people reliant on food banks to feed themselves and their families.

The need for austerity is a myth.  A myth that has been perpetuated by the coalition so that their super rich cronies could steal fortunes from the British public by using elaborate tax avoidance and evasion schemes while also siphoning off massive amounts of tax payers money via the privatisation of profitable public services.

When the bankers crashed the world economy due to their casino style trading methods back in 2008, they also exposed a colossal hole in the UK’s finances. This financial black hole has been impossible to fill due to the coalitions failure to clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance.

However, the government was successful in causing the last recession and in shifting the blame for it from themselves, the bankers and the tax evaders onto the most vulnerable in society. The disabled, the unemployed and immigrants, they have all been vilified by slander sheets such as the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Telegraph and made to carry the can for an economic disaster that was none of their making.

In 2010 an independent study showed that the money lost annually to tax avoidance, evasion and late payment, known as the tax gap, stood at around £120 billion. This was also approximately the same size as the deficit at that time. Since the coalition came to power, rather than make efforts to plug the tax gap, it went about making savage cuts to public sector spending, resulting in massive job losses and having a massive detrimental effect on all public services. This includes the NHS and the cuts have led to many unnecessary deaths of those in need of its services. The cuts have also led to the creation of an insidious sanctioning regime for benefits claimants which in turn, has also led to fatalities in many cases.

In its bid to cover up the financial crimes committed by the bankers and tax evaders, the coalition government created a smokescreen by claiming that benefit fraud is the bane of our nation and one of the reasons that the UK economy crashed and has failed to recover. Money lost to benefit fraud in the UK is a little over £1 billion per year (and the coalition makes no mention of the £12 billion per year the it saves in unclaimed benefits when quoting this figure). No doubt that £1billion is a substantial amount of money but this figure pales in significance when compared to the £120 billion lost in tax evasion, avoidance and deliberate late payment.

And yet the coalition government continues to cut HMRC staff. This has resulted in little over three hundred HMRC staff to chase the super rich tax evaders and avoiders. Compare this to the number of DWP staff going after those alleged to be committing benefit fraud. For this there is staffing resource of over three thousand people.

So we find ourselves in a position where we have three hundred civil servants chasing around £120 billion in tax evasion/avoidance and another three thousand civil servants chasing just over £1 billion in benefit fraud.

But at least we now know where the government’s priorities really lie. They have paid lip service to tackling the grand theft from the British public by the super rich via tax evasion and avoidance, while punishing and pouring scorn on the poor and vulnerable in our society with its unnecessary austerity regime.

It all seems rather perverse doesn’t it?

But then again it is the same Tory led government we are talking about that is implicated in the Westminster child rape, torture and murder scandal. The same Tory led government that is failing to investigate itself. Perverse indeed.

 

 

The Coalition Shit List – Part I

If you want to see what a gang of corrupt, inhuman bastards look like then you don’t have to look any further than the coalition front bench. They’re an immoral, rotten bunch that’s for sure and we want to take a look at them one by one.

The saying goes that cream always rises to the top, well we will prove that this is also true for scum. So we may as well take a look at the scummiest of the lot and work our way down through the sordid ranks as time goes on. 

Dirty Dave Cameron

 If the people that we associate with is any indicator of the type of person we are, then in Cameron’s case he must be the king of corruption.

One of his many advisors, Doug Richard, has just been arrested on child sex charges. Of course he denied any wrong doing but then again they always do. If he gets off and is still well enough connected he’ll inevitably end up with a knighthood or peerage down the line for himself at some point.

At the recent Tory party annual fundraising ball, Cameron and the rest of his corrupt cronies paid £1500 per table and were found to be mixing with the likes of David Sullivan, the so called “Prince of Porn”, a convicted criminal who has served time in Wormwood Scrubs prison for pimping.

Even his own armed police guard, the SO6, are in up to their necks in sleaze, with more than four hundred officers having been under investigation for offences such as perjury, assault and sexual assault, since the coalition came to power.

One of Cameron’s previous jobs was as an executive for the now defunct Carlton TV. During his tenure there it is alleged to have been Cameron who bought the production company ATV, who just happened to have made a documentary revealing the Westminster paedophile ring. When ATV was bought out the documentary was conveniently buried, allegedly and it is Cameron’s government that is deliberately dragging its heels investigating the same scandal.

Let us not forget that Cameron is also a self proclaimed Zionist and supports the actions of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) which include the kidnapping, torture and killing of innocent Palestinian women and children.

So this is the type of person that ended up running our country and making decisions that affect our lives. He became Prime minister without ever actually winning an election but he still ended up calling the shots. This speaks volumes for what passes for democracy in the so called United Kingdom.

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