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Why I want Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader

July 27th, 2015
Why I want Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader By Dark Politricks I've just watched the BBC debate on the Politics Show between the 4 Labour Leader hopefuls and I seriously hope Jeremy Corbyn wins the election for Labours new leader. The other 3 are just Blairite bland stand for nothing polititicans for life. They think the Tories are on the right track,... [read more]

Putin’s aim to wipe out Europe as it learns of UK first strike policy

July 27th, 2015
Putin’s aim to wipe out Europe as it learns of UK first strike policy By Dark Politricks This is based on an old article but it's still very relevant. The reason I am posting is that we used to used Kaspersky Anti Virus Tools at our work, Our old CTO didn't agree with that decision and called it a big back door for Russian Intelligence - he may have... [read more]

Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper would not serve in Jeremy Corbyn shadow cabinet

July 23rd, 2015
Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper would not serve in Jeremy Corbyn shadow cabinet Fellow candidates and Chuka Umunna threaten to refuse Labour frontbench roles, while Andy Burnham says it is more important to avoid ‘factional politics’ Patrick Wintour - Political editor The Guardian I say: So Fucking What! These people are obviously "Tory Lite"... [read more]

Iran v USA on Nukes and Israeli Hasbra that needs to be ignored

July 16th, 2015
Iran v USA on Nukes and Israeli Hasbra that needs to be ignored By Dark Politricks Let's see who is really a threat to Middle Eastern and world peace after the lengthy Austrian conference to settle the West's desire to inspect Iranian, military sites whenever it want for the next 15 years, reduce their ability to enrich Uranium to no more than 3.67%... [read more]

Greece, Iran and what did we learn this week?

July 16th, 2015
Greece, Iran and what did we learn this week? By Dark Politricks What did I learn this week? Well to be honest nothing that really surprised me but to the sheeple out there who believe everything they read in the global financial and Israeli Hasbra owned media, they might have learned something if they actually put their thinking caps on and thought... [read more]

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#M4BL Convening 2015: Just What We Needed

#M4BL Convening 2015: Just What We Needed
By Lamont Lilly

From July 24-26 over 1500 registered Black activists and organizers from all over the U.S., Canada and even the Caribbean converged in Cleveland, Ohio for the 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening. In addition to police terror and state violence, pertinent issues such as mass incarceration, economic empowerment, education, culture, housing and Black health were all working parts to an overwhelmingly incredible weekend.

This convening was more than just an assembly of passionate activists and talented organizers. It was way more than just workshops and Black radical thought. This mass convening was a weekend of love, a sacred and safe space for Blackness that unfortunately isnt typically created, particularly on a national scale. For three days we could actually breathe. We could touch each other, learn from and connect with one another. We could actually talk in private amongst ourselves. We could love our lips, noses and hair without stares from others who simply cannot relate. We could collectively celebrate our ability to survive, in peace, in whatever form we chose to do so. We could speak to each other without some white person interjecting their personal privilege and lack of understanding.

We laughed together. We cried together; cheered for one another. We challenged each other and shared life experiences. We shared resources, studied together and created new networks. We debated. We danced. We chanted. We partied together. We healed. Everything America refuses to allow us to do on a regular basis, we did for three whole days. We embraced the full essence of ourselves as living beings our own culture, our own heritage, our own ancestors our history, our roots, and the many forms in which Blackness is uniquely packaged. For three whole days, ALL BLACK LIVES stood together, regardless of ones religion or sexual preference, regardless of ones age, gender or political affiliation. This convening was truly for everyone: Black women, Black men, Black youth, Black elders, Black artists, Black straight, Black Queer, Black Trans, Black labor, Black Muslim, Black Christian. It was all Black everything. And I promise, Im not making this up. You would just had to have been there to fully understand. If it werent for the physical walls of Cleveland State University, you would probably have thought you were back in old Congo Square.

Workshops, Learning and Dialogue

Our daily course of meetings, actions and workshops were all well planned, with allotted time and periodic breaks for rest and flexibility. Access to several ballrooms, the student center, media center and main classrooms provided plenty of space for attendees. Workshops of one-and-a-half hour blocks were loose but intense, free-flowing but focused. I was thoroughly impressed with the wide range of topics and dialogue that helped to create a holistic and inclusive approach to the overall convening.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) hosted sessions on Jackson Rising and Chokwe Lumumba, Assata Shakur and Black Nationalism. Southerners on New Ground (SONG) hosted workshops on Black love, Black leadership and Black power. The Black Youth Project (BYP) hosted a session entitled Building Black Womens Leadership. There were discussions on Black culture, Black art & the Black aesthetic workshops specifically addressing The Miseducation of Hip Hop, Theatrical Jazz and revolutionary poetry. Dr. Treva Lindsey led a workshop on Black Scholar Activism. Black Lives Matter co-founder, Alicia Garza led a session on Conflict Resolution within the movement. There were discussions on revolutionary parenting and reproductive justice, social media and technology, urban farming and land reform, classism and labor, feminism and internationalism gender, sexuality and Black health. There were two workshops on AIDS and HIV which is a tough talk, yes, but a very pertinent matter in reference to the survival of Black lives. There were live yoga workshops and meditation spaces all three days.

Among all the many spaces of beautiful Black thought, my favorite workshop of the entire weekend was entitled, COINTELPRO 101 & U.S. Political Prisoners. I made sure to get there early so I could get a good seat. I didnt know who was going to be there, but I was aware that this particular workshop was going to be facilitated by Ashanti Alston, co-chair of the National Jericho Movement, Black Anarchist and former member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. I was definitely not going to miss this workshop.

Two steps into the room I see Ramona Africa, MOVE member and one of my all-time favorite freedom fighters. I shook her hand, thanked her and paid homage. I looked over slightly and sitting beside Ramona was Eddie Conway, a 44-year-long U.S. political prisoner and former member of the Black Panther Party. Once I paid respect to Brother Conway and found a seat, I looked up to the panels far left, and there was Henry Hank Jones and Pam Hannah former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Black Panther Party and San Francisco 8. As a student of Black Liberation, I was completely blown away. It was truly humbling just to be in the room just to breathe the same air was an honor to me. Here I was here WE were, sitting at the feet of giants, a new generation taking notes from the old field generals.

As they discussed the specific details of their individual cases of state surveillance and repression, over one hundred young activists packed the room. We squeezed in until there was no place to sit or stand. Panelists raised the banner of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Herman Bell and Russell Maroon Shoatz. They discussed the courage and many sacrifices of the Black Liberation Army and Revolutionary Action Movement. It was an absolutely beautiful sight to see new soldiers connecting with the old, firsthand.

For those who were not up for such heavy discussion, there was also a constant stream of documentary and film screenings. Journalist and Black cultural curator, Dream Hampton hosted her new film, Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice. Black filmmaker, Renata Hill screened their widely acclaimed, Out In The Night which has screened in over 90 venues since last year. Rounding the weekend was a full screening of the much anticipated new documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Needless to say, the weekends schedule of events was something quite special.

Speaking of special, in a special tribute Friday evening, we were addressed as a mass assembly by several of the recent families who have lost loved ones to police brutality and state violence. As each family approached the podium, we cheered and loved them up through crowd support. It was eerie how we had seen them all on the news over the previous few years, proud, but slightly broken. Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner was there. Martinez Sutton, brother of Rekia Boyd also spoke. Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin brought words. And how fitting to have Mike Brown Sr. remind us all that This is why we fight. Amberly Carter, cousin of the late Emmett Till was also there.

At one point, nearly all of us were crying. It was very important that hashtags became human again. Family members were able to share their fallen loved ones favorite color, hobby and favorite foods. There were so many faces and names, some of them we had almost forgotten. Ironically, Cleveland was initially chosen as the host city to honor the lives of Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson, both local victims of police murder. It was so good to be reminded of just how strong these families really have been. We were clearly all moved by their collective strength and sheer resilience.

Personal Growth

This convening was also a moment of personal growth. I really appreciated the emphasis and inclusion of Black Trans Lives. I needed that and so did many others. For me, before Cleveland, the question of Black Trans Lives was a mere political matter. I supported Trans lives, but merely as a point of theoretical principle. Before Cleveland, I honestly did not see their struggle as my own. Thankfully, it was here at the Black Lives Convening that the Black Queer and Trans question became one of a personal matter, with implications that are much more than just political. I realized that these beautiful lives are more than just comrades, theyre my kin folk, my cousins, my aunts, my BLOOD! We are more than just politically intertwined; we are one people, one resistance, one struggle to simply survive. Over the course of the weekends events, I not only stood with Trans comrades, I took the time to really listen, with my spirit. And in listening, I began to identify with their quite simple, but burning quest for complete liberation Black liberation, the same kind that I want. Lol I even learned a new prefix last weekend, cis which I couldnt wait to use in a public write-up.

Deeper Meaning, Deeper Needs

This convening was truly one of the most impactful experiences Ive ever had with my own people. I honestly did not want to leave. Surprisingly, I was not the only organizer who expressed such sentiments. As a people, we had managed to create a new home right there on the campus of Cleveland State amongst ourselves. It was a feeling that really cannot be explained with human words.

According to the official website, the Movement for Black Lives Mass Convening was framed as a space and time that would be used to reflect on our histories of struggle, build a sense of fellowship that transcends geographical boundaries, and begin to heal from the many traumas we face. To those who were there, it was just as advertised. This convening was not only historic; it was right on time. We needed this as a people. We needed this as freedom fighters. We needed this as a movement.

For those of us who have completely invested ourselves in this current movement for Black lives, we very often fight, but forget to feel. We feel, but very often fail to heal. Some of us are so busy moving around, mobilizing and organizing, we dont even eat properly. We dont sleep enough and take care ourselves. While I was in Baltimore for a month during the Peoples Rebellion, I met organizers there from Ferguson and New York who had slept in their cars for over a week. All they had was food and gas money. All they had was their courage and dedication. I gave them what little cash I could spare and we traded contact.

For those on the outside looking in, please understand that some of us are giving all we have some of us are giving our lives. Thats what last weekend was all about: Black struggle, one sacrifice, a renewed sense of dedication, clearly emanating from a bold and brilliant new generation.

As Ramona Africa so poignantly stated in one of the workshops, Dont be afraid to be a revolutionary. We have nothing to lose. After last weekends Black Lives Convening, thousands of us really believe that now. We do believe that we can win. And we will. And we will.

Lamont Lilly is a contributing editor with the Triangle Free Press, Human Rights Delegate with Witness for Peace and organizer with Workers World Socialist Party. He recently served as a visiting field organizer with the Boston Branch of Workers World Party. Read other articles by Lamont.

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Tagged with Alicia Garza, Assata Shakur, Brother Conway, Conflict Resolution, documentary, Dream Hampton, Henry Hank Jones, Herman Bell, Lamont Lilly, Pam Hannah, Theatrical Jazz, Treva Lindsey.

The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway

The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway

By Eric Zuesse.

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Here is a description of the Korsun Pogrom or Korsun Massacre : the 20 February 2014 event that sparked Crimeas breakaway from Ukraine:


Here is a 25-minute documentary about it, dated 14 August 2014:

Its also here:


Here is a chaotic 19 minutes of video footage showing the massacre from a distance (silent for its opening 2:20):

Some of its scenes ended up being included in the documentary, #2.

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Obama then imposed economic sanctions against Russia, for Russias aggression.

Obamas only statement of what Russias aggression consisted of, that has been even as lengthy as moderately brief since he has never presented it at any more length was his interview with Fareed Zacaria of CNN on 1 February 2015, which happened to be a statement given just three days short of the first anniversary of his agents, Victoria Nulands, having selected, on 4 February 2014, whom the next leader of Ukraine would be; it would be Arseniy Yatsenyuk (she called him Yats ), as soon as the democratically elected and sitting Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, would become overthrown, which happened 18 days later, on 22 February 2014. (It was nothing like Czechoslovakias Velvet Revolution . This wasnt democratic; it was a coup.) Obama seized Ukraine, and blamed Putin for aggression against Crimea a conquest of land.

Obama said there, in this CNN interview, that the reason for the sanctions against Russia was that,

“since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine since that time, this improvisation that he’s been doing has getting has gotten him deeper and deeper into a situation that is a violation of international law, that violates the integrity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, has isolated Russia diplomatically, has made Europe wary of doing business with Russia, has allowed the imposition of sanctions that are crippling Russia’s economy at a time when their oil revenues are dropping. There’s no formula in which this ends up being good for Russia. The annexation of Crimea is a cost, not a benefit, to Russia. The days in which conquest of land somehow was a formula for great nation status is over.

So, thats how Americans learned about what caused Russias conquest of land, to seek great nation status, and Russias consequent punishment for Russias aggression.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of Theyre Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRISTS VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Posted in Analysis & Review, Mainstream Media, Politics, Revolutions & Coups, Russia.

Tagged with CNN, documentary, Eric Zuesse, Fareed Zacaria, Korsun Pogrom, power, Putin, Russia, Sparked Crimea, Ukraine, Ukrainian President, Victoria Nulands.

Cecil the Lion’s ‘brother’ Jericho ‘feared killed by hunters’

Preview Only a month after a US dentist killed Cecil, the famous black-maned Zimbabwean lion, conflicting reports that his ‘brother’ Jericho was also gunned down caused a media stir. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is tightening hunting rules outside Hwange National Park.
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Petraeus: Obama playing 'roulette' in Afghanistan

Petraeus: Obama playing 'roulette' in Afghanistan

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UN Human Rights Committee Criticizes Harper Government

UN Human Rights Committee Criticizes Harper Government
By Edward C. Corrigan

On July 20, 2015 the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its 7 page Concluding Observations Report adopted a number of critical observations of Canadas human right practices, treatment of indigenous people and criticized Harpers policies on Immigration and treatment of refugees. The Report was termed A wake up call on Canadas human rights performance.

The Committee composed of 17 International Experts conducted the first review of Canadas human rights record in nearly a decade. The committee heard representations from the Canadian Government and also from Canadian Non-Governmental Organizations like Amnesty International and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. They had to review thousands of pages of documentation. Overall, the Harper Conservative government was subjected to severe criticism over its short comings.

The UN Committee acknowledged the following positive aspects of Canadas human rights record.

(a) Adoption of the Human Rights Act of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, in 2010;

(b) Adoption of the Domestic Relations Act in the Prince Edward Island that legalizes same-sex marriage, in 2008;

(c) Changes in Ontarios human rights system that allows direct complaints to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

The Committee welcomes the ratification by the State party of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 11 March 2010.

The UN Committee also criticized Canadas mining companies and Corporations in their human rights practices while operating abroad.

The UN Committee also expressed concern over persisting inequalities between women and men. They noted:

In particular, the Committee is concerned about: a) the high level of the pay gap, which is more pronounced in some provinces such as Alberta and Nova Scotia and disproportionately affects low-income women, in particular minority and indigenous women; b) the fact that the legislation relating to equal pay differs at federal, provincial and territorial levels and for the public and private sectors, and does not exist in some provinces; d) the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sectors and; e) the failure to enforce or ensure employment equality in the private sector across the country. It further regrets that the State party has not yet adopted regulations to implement the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act (art. 3).

The UN Committee also indicated that they were concerned about the continued high prevalence of domestic violence in [Canada], in particular violence against women and girls, that mostly affects indigenous and minority women. Specifically they voiced their concerns over the following:

a) the low number of cases reported to the police by victims; b) the insufficiency of shelters, support services and other protective measures for victims that reportedly prevent them from leaving their violent partner and; c) a failure to effectively investigate, prosecute, convict, and punish perpetrators with appropriate penalties. The Committee is further concerned about the lack of statistical data on domestic violence including on investigations, prosecutions, convictions, sanctions and reparation (arts. 3, 6, 7).

The issue of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls in Canada was also highlighted. The Committee made the following observation:

That indigenous women and girls are disproportionately affected by life-threatening forms of violence, homicides and disappearances. Notably, the Committee is concerned about the State partys reported failure to provide adequate and effective responses to this issue across the territory of the State party. While noting that the Government of British Columbia has published a report on the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry and adopted legislation related to missing persons, and the Government of the State party is implementing the Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls, the Committee is concerned about the lack of information on measures taken to investigate, prosecute, and punish those responsible (arts. 3, 6).

The issue of Counter-terrorism in Canada was also the subject of examination. The Committee focused on Bill C-51 amendments to the Canadian Security Intelligence Act. The Committee acknowledged the need to address terrorism. Their concerns were stated as follows:

a) Bill C-51 amendments to the Canadian Security Intelligence Act confers a broad mandate and powers on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to act domestically and abroad, thus potentially resulting in mass surveillance and targeting activities that are protected under the Covenant without sufficient and clear legal safeguards; b) Bill C-51 creates under the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, an increased sharing of information among federal government agencies on the basis of a very broad definition of activities that undermine the security of Canada which does not fully ensure that inaccurate or irrelevant information is shared ; c) Bill C-51 codifies a no-fly list programme without a clear procedure to inform the person concerned on its status, allowing a judicial review that may be conducted in secret, and to which the system of special advocates does apply. The Committee is also concerned about the lack of adequate and effective oversight mechanisms to review activities of security and intelligence agencies and the lack of resources and power of existing mechanisms to monitor such activities (arts. 2, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22).

The UN Committee on Human Rights also directed their attention to the issue of Excessive use of force during protests and police accountability. They specifically criticized the following:

The Committee is concerned about reports of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers during mass arrests in the context of protests at federal and provincial levels, with particular reference to indigenous land-related protests, G20 protests in 2010 as well as student protests in Quebec in 2012. The Committee is also concerned about reports that complaints are not always promptly investigated and the lenient nature of sanctions imposed. While noting efforts by the State party to establish oversight and accountability mechanisms to investigate serious incidents involving the police at the federal, provincial and territorial levels, the Committee is concerned about reports of the lack of effectiveness of such mechanisms. The Committee regrets the lack of statistical data on all complaints, investigations, prosecutions, convictions and sanctions imposed on police officers at all levels (art. 7).

The Report also addressed concerns over the treatment of migrants and refugees. Of special concern was the mandatory detention of refugee claimants and illegal migrants who were considered irregular arrivals on administrative grounds. The Committee also expressed concern over the fact that refugees might be returned to a country where they faced a risk of being tortured. The panel of experts made the following criticisms.

The Committee is concerned that individuals who enter onto the territory of the State party irregularly may be detained for an unlimited period of time and that under Section 20.1 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA ), any migrant and asylum-seeker designated as an irregular arrival would be subject to mandatory detention , or until the asylum-seekers status is established, and would not enjoy the same rights as those who arrive regularly. The Committee is also concerned that individuals who are nationals of Designated Country of Origin are denied an appeal hearing against a rejected refugee claim before the Refugee Appeal Division and are only allowed judicial review before the Federal Court, thus increasing a risk that those individuals may be subjected to refoulement [returned to a place where they faced a risk of being tortured]. The Committee is further concerned about the 2012 cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program which has resulted in many irregular migrants losing access to essential health care services (arts. 2, 7, 9, 13).

The Federal Court of Canada, in a decision released on July 23, 2015 (Y.Z and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers IMM-3700-13 and IMM-5940-14), also expressed its concerns about the different treatment of refugees based on their country of origin. The Court ruled that the Designated Country of Origin [DCO] provisions to be a violation of the equality provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Federal Court also held that the Harpers government anti-refugee rhetoric turned what might be considered a policy choice into cruel and unusual punishment. Last July 2014 the Federal Court of Canada also ruled that the Harper governments policy of denying refugee claimants basic health care (Interim Federal Health as being contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.1

The UN Committee also expressed its concerns over prison conditions in Canada.

The Panel of Experts also addressed the Harper governments policies restricting freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. The targeting of charitable groups who had policy disagreements with the Conservative government with the threat of their losing their charitable status was specially addressed. To quote the Report:

While noting explanations provided by the State party, the Committee is concerned about reports of increased repression of mass protests in the State party, such as those which occurred in the G.20 Summit in 2010, in Quebec in 2012, and the disproportionate number of arrests of participants. The Committee is also concerned by the level of apprehension within a broad sector of civil society about the State partys current policies in the areas of political, social and human rights advocacy. The Committee is further concerned at the ambit of section 149.1 of the Income Tax Act relating to donations to non-governmental organisations registered as charities whose activities are considered as political activities when they relate to the promotion of human rights (arts.19, 21, 22.)

The UN Committee Report also extensively address the treatment of indigenous land and titles, the discrimination against indigenous women and the over representation of indigenous people in the criminal justice system and the lack of access to justice for indigenous peoples. The Report made the following statement on the overall situation of indigenous people in Canada.

While noting measures taken by the State party, the Committee remains concerned about: a) the risk of disappearance of indigenous languages; b) some indigenous people lacking access to basic needs; c) child welfare services which are not sufficiently funded; e) the fact that appropriate redress not yet being provided to all students who attended the Indian Residential Schools (arts. 2, 27).

The UN Human Rights Committee Report is what can best be called, A wake up, call on Canadas less than exemplary record on human rights and in particular its treatment of refugees and indigenous people. It is clear that the Harper government has serious deficiencies in how it handles human rights in Canada and their heavy handed treatment of those that do not share their political viewpoints. Canada can, and should, do much better in addressing these human rights concerns.

It remains to be seen how the Harper Conservatives will respond to the UN Committees concerns and also how the Canadian electorate will respond in the coming Federal Election in the Fall of 2015.

  1. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care’v. Canada (Attorney General_ 2014 FC 651. []

Edward C. Corrigan is a lawyer certified as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Immigration and Refugee Protection by the Law Society of Upper Canada in London, Ontario, Canada. He can be reached at: [email protected]. Read other articles by Edward, or visit Edward’s website.

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Tagged with Bill C-51, Canadian Government, Canadian Security Intelligence Act, Designated Country, Federal Court, Harper Conservatives, Human Rights Act, justice, law enforcement, Missing Women Commission, State, Upper Canada.