Well past time to hold China to account

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Karl Marx

I am going to begin this by stating my objection to China being referred to as “communist”. When Marx and Engels first wrote ‘The Communist Manifesto‘ (1848) they viewed communism as a political and economic ideology that aimed to replace private property and a profit based economy. They would be replaced with public ownership and communal control of at least the major means of production, and of the natural resources available to a society (Richard Dagger Professor of Political Science). China is in fact a “totalitarian” state which runs on state capitalism. Totalitarianism is centralised control by an autocratic authority and the political concept is that the citizens should be completely subject to an absolute state authority (Merriam Webster). In my opinion this is a very accurate description of the sort of state that China actually is and should be referred to as such.

As usual this piece of writing is my opinion and should be treated as such. I will insert links where possible to give readers the opportunity to do more reading. I am going to begin by writing about what happened on June 4th and 5th 1989 in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The death on 15th April 1989 of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang was the spark for the protests that led to the Tiananmen Square massacre. Hu had worked to introduce democratic reform in China and pro-democracy protestors, who were mainly students, mourned him by marching and calling for a more open and democratic government. In the 1980s China was already going through changes as some private companies and foreign investment were allowed in. By doing this the then leader Deng Xiaoping hoped that the economy would be boosted and that living standards would be raised. Unfortunately this move also brought corruption as well as the hope for more political openness. The ruling CPC (Communist Party of China) was divided between those wanting more change and those wanting to preserve strict state control. Student led protests began in the mid 1980s and included those who had lived abroad and been exposed to higher standards of living and new ideas.

In the weeks following the death of Hu Yaobang protestors gathered at Tiananmen Square and it was estimated that up to a million people had gathered when numbers were at their largest. The protests were proving to be an embarrassment to the Chinese government, especially with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev due to visit China, which would plunge China into the global media spotlight. The military were called in after the ruling CPC declared martial law in Beijing on May 20th in an attempt to restore order and to clear the streets before the visit of Gorbachev. The Tiananmen Square massacre, referred to as “the 4th June incident” in China, is remembered as being one of the bloodiest events in modern history. At 1am on June 4 Chinese police and troops stormed Tiananmen Square firing live rounds into the crowd. Members of the 27th Group Army opened fire on the crowd just five minutes after they were told they had one hour to leave the Square. Snipers shot at protestors from rooftops and troops on the ground bayoneted any wounded. Armoured personnel carriers then rolled in running over protestors who had linked arms to form human chains. Reporters and Western diplomats who witnessed the events estimated that hundreds to thousands of protestors were killed in the Tiananmen Square Massacre and as many as 10,000 were arrested.

Historically, China has proved to be covetous about occupying foreign lands.” The People’s Republic of China maintains that Tibet is an intrinsic part of China whereas the Tibetan government-in-exile maintains that Tibet is an independent state under unlawful occupation. The Chinese regime began their invasion of Tibet in 1949 and reached complete occupation in 1959. From then until November 2017 1.2 million people (20 per cent of Tibet’s population) have died as a result of China’s invasion and occupation. over 99 per cent of Tibet’s six thousand religious monasteries, temples and shrines, have been destroyed or looted resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of Buddhist scriptures. Occupying Tibet gave China access to rich, natural resources and allowed it to militarise the strategically important border with India. Tibetans rebelled against the PRC in Lhasa on March 10 1959 and the Dalai Lama ( a teenage boy) left Lhasa on March 17 1959 and went into exile in India on March 31 along with about 80 followers. Rebels then launched an attack on Chinese officials and troops on March 19 1959 and the Chinese launched their response the following day. Chinese troops captured Lhasa on 25 March 1959 killing about 2,000 Tibetan rebels in the process. On March 28 the Dalai Lama led government was dissolved and the Panchen Lama assumed control of the Tibetan government on April 5 1959. Between March 10 and March 31 1959 it is estimated that about 87,000 Tibetans died and 100,000 fled to India, Nepal and Bhutan.

The PRC closed all monasteries and imposed Chinese law and customs in Tibet. The General Assembly of the United Nations condemned China’s disrespect for the human rights of Tibetans on October 21 1959. China imposed economic reforms in Tibet between 1960 – 62 which resulted in famines and the death of about 340,000 Tibetans. Tibet is still classed as an independent state but it is under illegal occupation. This means that Beijing’s transfer of Chinese citizens into Tibet is a violation of the fourth Geneva convention of 1949, which prohibits the transfer of civilian population into occupied territory. The issue of human rights along with the right to self-determination and the right of the Tibetan people to keep their own identity and autonomy are, of course, matters for legitimate international concern regardless of how Tibet’s legal status is regarded.

It is not only Tibet that China has had disputes with over territory, on land and at sea. It also has had disputes with Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos, Mongolia Myanmar and India. In June 2020 there were protests by ethnic Mongolians as China tried to replace the Mongolian language with Chinese Mandarin in some of the school subjects. Mongolians were afraid that their language would be relegated to a foreign language as part of government plans to assimilate ethnic minorities into Chinese Han culture. China’s reason for the change to the bilingual education system was to ensure that the curriculum and textbooks were of “high standard”.

“It doesn’t matter where I am, or what passport I hold. [Chinese authorities] will terrorize me anywhere, and I have no way to fight that.“(Uyghur Muslim with European citizenship, Washington, September 2019). The atrocities administered to Uyghurs have been described as “the most pressing human rights crisis of our time” by Irwin Cotler, a renowned legal expert and civil liberties champion. A parliamentary committee in Canada made a landmark decision when they labelled the atrocities being inflicted upon the Uyghurs as “genocide” and government ministers and experts from around the world have called for joint action against the CPC. In November 2020 the Halifax International Security Forum held its annual summit and warned the world that “Modern-day China has emerged as the most powerful authoritarian state in history and the major challenger to the liberal world.” During the summit top national security, foreign policy officials and activists called for there to be a joint initiative to regenerate international institutes and pursue new, more adaptable methods do governments can work together to confront China’s “economic and technological warfare and aggressive military build up”,

In the HRW (Human Rights Watch) World Report 2020 it is stated that “China’s government sees human rights as an existential threat. Its reaction could pose an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide“. The CPC is worried that allowing political freedom would threaten its hold on power. To counter this it has developed a high-tech surveillance state and a state-of-the-art internet censorship system so as to monitor and suppress any public criticism. Abroad it uses its ever growing economic power to silence critics, and continues to attack the global system for enforcing human rights in a manner that has not been seen since the system began to appear during the mid twentieth century. In October 2020 forty countries criticised China’s treatment of minority groups, especially the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and the citizens of Tibet. They also expressed grave concern over the impact that its new security laws in Hong Kong would have on human rights. The mainly Western statement said that its 39 signatories shared the concerns that had been expressed in a letter written by fifty independent United Nations human rights experts. The letter urged the international community to take appropriate measures to monitor China and to act together to ensure China’s government respected human rights. These experts expressed concern over allegations of excessive force against protesters, reports of retaliation against people who spoke out about the coronavirus outbreak, and Hong Kong’s then proposed new security law.

This leads to the most recent episode concerning China, human rights, attempts to silence critics and also lies and cover ups. On February 20 2020 Aylin Woodward wrote about 5 Chinese citizens who had disappeared, been arrested or been silenced after speaking out about the coronavirus (Covid-19). On 30 December 2019 Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang wrote a message to a group of medical school alumni warning them about an outbreak of a mysterious new illness and warned them to wear protective clothing to avoid infection. Three days later he was reprimanded and silenced by local police. He was forced to sign a letter in which he was accused of “making false comments” which had “severely disturbed the social order.” He returned to work at the hospital in Wuhan and caught the infection from a patient. Chinese law professor Xu Zhangrun posted a review criticising President Xi Jinping and the CPC for the way they had handled the coronavirus outbreak. He wrote “They all blithely stood by as the crucial window of opportunity to deal with the outbreak of the infection snapped shut in their faces,” which implied that the government’s censoring of information about the virus had impaired its ability to control the spread. This was posted online on February 10 2020 but was taken down immediately and Xu was placed under house arrest. He was also cut off from the internet and scrubbed from all social media sites. In addition to Li and Xu at least 3 citizen journalists have disappeared or were arrested after sharing information about the outbreak on social media.

During his time as a patient in Wuhan hospital Li Wenliang posted his story on social media site Weibo. It was a disturbing insight into the badly managed response by the local authorities in Wuhan during the first weeks of the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Li was working at Wuhan hospital when he became aware of 7 cases of a virus which looked like SARS. The cases were thought to have come from the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan and the patients were in quarantine at Wuhan hospital. When Dr Li was reprimanded by local police he was told that he was one of 8 people being investigated for “spreading rumours”. For the first few weeks of January 2020 local authorities in Wuhan were insisting that the virus could only be caught through contact with infected animals. Doctors were not issued with any guidance to protect themselves. Dr Li caught the virus from a woman he was treating for glaucoma just a week after being reprimanded after the police. On 10 January 2020 Dr Li developed a cough, the next day he developed a fever and 2 days later he was admitted to hospital. It was not until 10 days later, on 20 January 2020, that China declared the outbreak an emergency.

On February 13 2020 Professors Ruipeng Lei and Renzong Qiu of the Hastings Center stated that the reprimand and silencing of Dr Li by local police was an unlawful and unethical infringement on his right of expression and also impeded early control of the epidemic. During the weeks that Dr Li was ill in hospital, local authorities had apologised for the way he had been treated but by that time it was too late. Dr Li died on 7 February 2020. In May 2020 former lawyer turned citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was detained by by Chinese authorities. After spending 7 months in detention she was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment. She was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” which is a common charge used against activists in China. In June 2020, Sir Richard Dearlove ( a former head of MI6) cited a study by British and Norwegian researchers which he thought could “shift the debate” on the origins of the coronavirus. He stated that he believed that the coronavirus pandemic could have “started as an accident” after the virus escaped from a Chinese laboratory. The researchers had claimed that they had found clues that suggested key elements had been “inserted” into the genetic sequence of the virus but their study did not seem to indicate that the inserts were man-made. The study was rejected by several journals and revisions were made to remove claims that accused China. At that time the consensus was still that the virus had originated in bats and had crossed species in a “wet market” in Wuhan and then made the jump to humans.

On October 17 2020 the Financial Times published the first part of a series they called “Coronavirus: could the world have been spared?” They sent reporters to Wuhan to investigate what happened in the first weeks of the epidemic. They spoke to medical professionals, government officials and members of the public in Wuhan and found that several of the people they approached were then threatened by police who said that the FT had gone to Wuhan with “malicious intent”. They also discovered that the police were still intimidating and threatening virus victims, their families and anybody who wanted to talk to them about the virus. The reporters from the FT felt that this behaviour raised doubts about the willingness of Xi Jinping’s administration to help with the impartial investigation into the pandemic that China had promised the world. This could also be inferred from the way China delayed the investigation by making WHO go through months of negotiation in order to gain entry into China, and then access to Wuhan and the people they needed to speak to. Robin Brant (BBC correspondent in Wuhan) was of the opinion that China had resisted the investigation because it saw the potential for further blame from foreigners and it already had its own official version of what happened. The WHO team finally arrived in China on 14 January 2021 and had to spend 14 days in quarantine before continuing on to Wuhan. Earlier in January the team had been denied entry into China because one of the team was turned back and another was stuck in transit. China claimed that it was all a misunderstanding and that discussions about arranging the investigation were still underway. The two week quarantine period ended on 28 January 2021 and the investigation is now underway although the team says that it will not be investigating the possibility that the virus originated in a lab and escaped.

On 9 February 2021 the WHO team who had gone to China to investigate the origins of China held a media briefing and spoke about what they had found. They stated that SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) may have originated from zoonotic transmission but the reservoir hosts had not been identified. Basically this means that they think the virus jumped from animals to humans but they do not know what animal yet. They did rule out bats and pangolins though so hopefully this may lead to an end to the slaughter of both species. They said that the virus did not originate in a Chinese laboratory. On 10 February 20121 Massimo Introvigne wrote that the reasons that WHO says that the virus could not have originated in a Chines laboratory is because China told them so. Introvigne also claims that Dr Peter Ben Embarak who headed the WHO team is by trade a food safety expert. The investigation was carried out by a joint WHO-China team and it was decided before the investigation began that laboratories would not be visited.

I lost my father on 5 April 2020 and my partner on 15 May 2020 and both of their deaths were the result of the coronavirus epidemic. In my opinion not only does the British government have to be held to account for the number of loved ones lost due to their shamefully abysmal handling of the epidemic, China also has to be held to account for their attempts to hide the outbreak by silencing people like Dr Li during the first weeks when the epidemic could have been brought under control. China lied about and hid important information which could have changed everything, and people like me, and so many others, would not have had to say goodbye to their family members during a 17 minute rushed funeral which had to be streamed for those who could not attend due to the limit on numbers allowed to attend. China should also be held to account for its continuing human rights violations and the atrocities visited upon Tibetans and Uyghurs. China continues to act with impunity and with scant regard for how they are viewed by the rest of the world. As I said at the beginning, apart from the facts I have used the rest is my opinion and should be treated as such. Next time you go out to buy something try and find something that has not been made in China… I wish you good luck with that.

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Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

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The Damage done by False Antisemitism Claims and the Weaponisation of the Holocaust


Last year I wrote about the false anti-Semitism smear campaigns being carried out, mainly on social media but also in mainstream media. I wrote about the group of people, collectively known as ‘Gnasherjew’, whose main targets appeared to be left wing Labour party members and supporters; left wing Jews and those who dared to criticise Israel for its occupation of Palestine and the Human Rights violations being carried out. Many people were suspended and even expelled from both the Labour party and social media platforms. Many reputations were ruined and some victims of this campaign lost their jobs. It seemed to go quiet on social media for a long time which I suspect had a lot to do with Jeremy Corbyn stepping down as leader of the Labour party and being replaced by centrist Keir Starmer. The Labour party is no longer a threat to the Israel lobby or indeed Israel.

The anti-Semitism smear campaign seems to have begun again though not quite as rabidly intense as it was before. One of the targets is venerated poet and author Michael Rosen who is in fact Jewish. He lost family members during the Holocaust and wrote a book called ‘The Missing‘ about his family in World War II and the fact that nobody knew what had happened to some of them. Although this book is actually written for older children I would highly recommend reading it. The fact that some people on social media were calling Michael anti-Semitic, despite his being Jewish and never having written or said anything anti-Semitic, coupled with the fact that he had just started to recover from Covid19 after a long battle, absolutely infuriated me. I also noticed that somebody I had followed for quite a while on Twitter and who, like Michael, had never written anything that could even vaguely be construed as anti-Semitic was also being targeted and this just added to my anger. The person targeting him seemed to have become rather obsessed with harassing him and was mentioning him in tweets that were not even about him or what he tweeted. I had this strong feeling of deja-vu and decided I was going to write about this from a different angle.

Here is a brief explanation of the term ‘anti-Semitism’ and when it was first used:
“In 1879, German journalist Wilhelm Marr originated the term antisemitism, denoting the hatred of Jews, and also hatred of various liberal, cosmopolitan, and international political trends of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries often associated with Jews. The trends under attack included equal civil rights, constitutional democracy, free trade, socialism, finance capitalism, and pacifism”.
The targeting of and hatred towards the Jews has actually been going on for many centuries and during the Middle Ages and early modern era, antagonism existed against Europe’s Jews which resulted in anti-Jewish legislation, violence and in some cases expulsion. A lot of Europe had policies and laws which segregated Jews from others and forbade them from performing certain jobs and owning land. During the nineteenth century many of these restrictions were lifted throughout Europe but Tsarist Russia kept these laws until 1917. The Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (Nazi party) did not create antisemitism or use the term for the first time.

On the weaponisation of false anti-Semitism charges Noam Chomsky states ” Any critic, any proponent of Palestinian rights, can be tarred as an anti-Semite. This weapon has recently been wielded to great effect against Jeremy Corbyn in a campaign of vulgar deceit and slander that is shocking even beyond the disgraceful norm”. This brings me to why I am writing this article. During the time the media obsessively focussed on the almost non-existent anti-Semitism within the Labour party, they were paying minimal attention to the growing number of anti-Jewish attacks which have been part of an increase in racism in many parts of the world. This is why false anti-Semitism claims are so dangerous, not only do they ruin the lives of the people targeted in these claims but mainstream media and the public fail to notice the rise of neo-Nazi and other far right movements. Anti-Semitic attacks in the USA increased by nearly 60% between 2016 – 2017 which is the largest one year increase in 40 years. In 2018 there was a horrific attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Eleven people were killed and at least six others were wounded. This attack was described as ” amongst the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States”. Apparently the gunman had posted anti-Semitic content online and said he wanted to kill all Jews as he saw them as a threat to himself and other non-Jews. Six months later one person was killed and three injured at the Chabad of Poway synagogue outside San Diego. In 2019 the Anti-Defamation League in America released a report which stated that “American Jews faced a significant threat” and that white supremacists were the biggest danger facing America. This was demonstrated in Charlottesville on 11-12 August 2017 during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally. On the Friday night the University of Virgina was stormed by white supremacists chanting ” blood and soil” which was a slogan used by Nazis in Germany, and “Jews will not replace us”. On the Saturday a white supremacist drove his car into a group of counterprotestors and killed Heather Heyer aged 32. Some of those who attended the rally could be seen carrying flags with the Swastika on them.

In 2018 it was reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes had reached record levels in the UK with the Jewish community being targeted at least four times a day in 2017. There were 1,382 anti-Jewish incidents recorded by the Community Security Trust in 2017. This was the highest number recorded for a calendar year since the Trust had begun to gather data in 1984. Although there did not appear to be any specific reason for this increase in incidents, it appeared that the levels of all hate crime rose after the EU referendum in 2016, and following the publicity surrounding the false claims of anti-Semitism within the Labour party. I think it is worth noting that all the mainstream media’s attention has been on the claims of anti-Semitism within the Labour party, and none on equal claims of anti-Semitism within the Conservative party. In fact Boris Johnson depicted Jews as “controlling the media and being able to fiddle elections ” in his 2004 novel Seventy Two virgins. He was pronounced “unfit to be prime minister” over passages from this book which also included questionable and offensive portrayals of other ethnic minorities. It would seem that Johnson, and others including Donald Trump, are either unaware do not care or intentionally say things that will set an example to their followers, albeit a very negative example.

Holocaust denial is a form of antisemitism. The only reason to deny the Holocaust is to inculcate and foster antisemitism. The Holocaust has the dubious distinction of being the best documented genocide in the world so for anybody to disbelieve, they’ve got to come to it with some sort of preconceived notion.”

Holocaust denial is the attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jews. The Holocaust has been similarly weaponised and the same people who have false anti-Semitism claims made against them are also often called Holocaust deniers, which again is not true in their cases. There are Holocaust deniers out there, and even more disturbing there are people who think Hitler was a great leader and openly admire him. One of the most famous Holocaust deniers has to be David Irving who was written about by Deborah Lipstadt in her book Denying the Holocaust
 (1993). Irving famously sued Lipstadt over his inclusion in the book but he lost his case. Denial began as soon as the war ended, one of the main reasons being that nobody could quite believe that any humans were capable of committing such atrocities against other humans. Even Jews living in ghettos around Europe during the war could not believe the stories they were hearing about places like Treblinka, Chelmno, Sobibor and most famously Auschwitz-Birkenau. They talk about this lack of belief in documentaries featuring Holocaust survivors. Many Jews were lied to and conned into thinking they were being transported to places where they would have a better future. There were Jews who gave up all their possessions and money so they would be sent to Theresienstadt under the illusion that they would be having a good life free of persecution there. There were six death camps, all located in Poland, and many forced labour camps and concentration camps, the most famous of which is probably Dachau, which was in Germany and had been open since 22 March 1933. In all there were 23 main concentration camps and most had a system of satellite camps. There were more than 1000 concentration camps, including subcamps, established during Nazi Germany’s history.

Holocaust deniers often claim that Jews say that 6 million Jews were murdered in Auschwitz, this is not true they have never said that. It took a long time to calculate how many were murdered between the year 1941-45 by the Nazi’s and their collaborators, but the number murdered at Auschwitz was 1.1 million. The number 6 million refers to the total number of Jews who were murdered or died of illness in all the camps ( death, forced labour and concentration); those killed in villages and towns; those murdered along the roadside and those murdered in places like Babi Yar, a ravine northwest of Kiev, were (according to reports by Einsatzgruppe) 33,771 Jewish men, women and children were massacred over a two day period.

Holocaust denial and/or distortion are in themselves anti-Semitism and in general claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews in order to advance their own interests. I, personally, find this belief or claim to be absolutely ludicrous and believe that Holocaust denial should be treated as a hate crime. There are so many documentaries and films which document what happened during the Holocaust which makes it impossible for me to understand how people can possibly claim it was a hoax. A lot of the film was taken by American, British and Russian soldiers who had trained to be cameramen. Weaponising the Holocaust by accusing people of Holocaust denial just adds to the hoax theory that the true deniers believe. By targeting people who are not guilty of Holocaust denial the mainstream media once again draw attention away from the true anti-Semites.

There are some new social media platforms which have no censorship and apart from child pornography and bestiality anything would seem to be allowable. There is a large number of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Hitler fans and Holocaust deniers on these sites. There are also websites devoted to denying the Holocaust happened and/or that Jews control banks, the media and most aspects of life. These sites include sites called ‘Holohoax’ ‘Holocartoons’ and ‘Jew Watch’.

In conclusion I would just like to say that although I have included links for you to visit this is my opinion only. I would also like to add that I am against Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the siege of Gaza. This means I am against the Israeli government and its policies not Jewish people. I was married to a man whose father was an Ashkenazi Jew and so my son ( who is the most important person in my life) is part Ashkenazi Jew. I do hope that what I have written gives you food for thought and that I have passed on some of my horror at what the Nazi party did and racists continue to do. There are loads of really educational books and documentaries on World War II, the evolution of fascism and the Nazi party and the Holocaust and murder of over 6 million Jews, communists, Poles, Slavs, Russian prisoners of war, Jehovah Witnesses, disabled, homosexual, ethnic minorities, Roma gypsies and political dissidents.
 

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Gnasherjew and Fake Anti-Semitism Claims on Facebook

Gnasherjew, LAAS, Sussex Friends of Israel and their latest tool – “Labour Anti-Semitism Map

Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign Continues Part One

Anti-Semitism from one of Labour’s Loudest Anti-Semitism Accusers

A Legacy Squandered

How Did Labour Come To This?

Chief Rabbi, Mainstream Media and the smears against Jeremy Corbyn (Guest post by Peter Gregson) Chairperson of LAZIR)

History Repeating Itself Trump and Fascism

Are they really this incompetent?

Way Past Time to Hold China to Account

The Rise in Islamophobia

Anti-semitism campaign continues part two

Labour Is Now Officially The Puppet of the Israel Lobby

British Actor Spearheads Twitter Dogpiling on Twitter User

The Lies and Incompetence Continue

Smearmongers Attack Professor David Miller

Are they really this incompetent?

Is the Tory handling of the Covid 19 crisis really sheer incompetence, or is there something shady going on behind the scenes?

I have never been one for believing in conspiracy theories but after the past twelve months I am beginning to wonder if the Tories can really be as incompetent as they appear to be. I have hesitated and procrastinated before sitting down to write this because I fear I may well end up by being viewed as a total crank by some who read this … BUT I have nothing really to loose and writing this may stop me thinking about it instead of sleeping. As ever all of this is just my opinion and I will try and insert links for you to click on and read what others have to say.

I am sure that you are familiar with the term ‘eugenics’, if not then here is a quick definition for you:

Eugenics, the selection of desired heritable characteristics in order to improve future generations, typically in reference to humans. The term eugenics was coined in 1883 by British explorer and natural scientist Francis Galton, who, influenced by Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, advocated a system that would allow “the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing speedily over the less suitable” Philip K Wilson (Medical Historian).

Eugenics is a racist pseudoscience which groups people together according to their “position on an evolutionary hierarchy” which associates value with being white and able, and labels ethnic minorities and the disabled for “eugenic deselection”.

Michael Rosen, a well known and respected author and poet, shared this comment on Twitter ““Not to put too fine a point on it, from an entirely disinterested economic perspective, the Covid-19 might even prove mildly beneficial in the long term by disproportionately culling elderly dependents.” (Jeremy Warner Daily Telegraph March 3 2020). Having had a long battle with Covid 19 himself, Michael Rosen (aged 74) was understandably disgusted and horrified by this remark by conservative business and economics commentator Jeremy Warner who is assistant editor for the Telegraph. I lost my dear Dad on April 5th 2020 and my partner on may 15th 2020, both died because of Covid 19, my Dad was 79 and my partner 71. To say Warner’s comment made me angry and disgusted would be an understatement, but, it did make me wonder if maybe I was not as mad as I thought when thinking that maybe the Tories had some kind of nasty grand plan going on.

Michael Rosen, astute and wonderful man that he is, also posted this on Twitter on December 22nd 2020 “In early March 2020 a fascistic (not fascist) crept up on us: that 100s of thousands of people were dispensable; that Britain knew better than WHO how to deal with Covid; we didn’t all need to test, trace, isolate; we didn’t need to mask, distance, wash”. This described the general laissez-faire attitude of Boris Johnson and the Tory party when talking about Covid 19 at that time.

On 16th March 2020 Matt Hancock, the so called Health secretary, told the House of Commons that all social contact should cease but it was not until March 23rd 2020 that Boris Johnson told us that we should all stay at home and non-essential businesses should close. It took the Tories from 29 January 2020, when the first two cases of Covid 19 in the UK were reported, until 23 March 2020 to take any kind of action over Covid 19. (These first two patients were Chinese nationals from Wuhan which is, of course, where Covid 19 first appeared.) British Airways took action immediately, after these patients were confirmed as having contracted Covid 19, and suspended all flights to and from mainland China. If an airline company could take action that quickly why didn’t the Tory government?

The first eleven doctors to die from Covid 19 in the UK were all from ethnic minority backgrounds. There is indisputable evidence that BAME communities are disproportionately affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. This highlights the existing inequalities within our society and supports the strong links between ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and health outcomes. The council areas where there is ethnic diversity are suffering from Covid 19 infections up to four times more than white areas only a few miles away and health experts have said that the UK has paid the price for not tackling structural racism. In Blackburn the Covid 19 ‘hotspots’ were in the poorest and most ethnically diverse communities. The lack of real support from the government has meant that those who are in receipt of benefits or on zero hours contracts have suffered disproportionally throughout the crisis with few signs from the Tory government that they are doing anything to help or support them.

There have been reports of little or no help or support for the disabled in our communities. On 24th June 2020 Inclusion London published its interim report based on responses to their Social Care survey. The report painted a picture of a heartless government with little or no compassion, or understanding of the needs of disabled people. The report states that “disabled people have been discriminated against, forgotten, and in some cases abandoned as policy makers have ignored our needs”. Disabled people have seen the loss of rights, and resource rationing which has led to many disabled people struggling to get the bare necessities and losing any support they had as well as their independence. One group that has remained completely absent from any of the Tory government’s Covid strategies is people with learning disabilities. There have even been reports of people with learning disabilities living in care homes being told that they are “unlikely to be prioritised for hospital care if they develop Covid 19“. I have no words to convey my severe disgust at that attitude.

On 19 March 2020 it was government policy to send elderly patients back to care homes without being tested for Covid 19. In fact there was no requirement to test patients being discharged from hospital to return to care homes until 15 April 2020, although some trusts were testing patients before that date. In the week ending May 1 2020, there were 2,423 Covid related deaths in UK care homes. That week 38% of deaths in care homes were Covid related, the week before it was 35% and the week ending 17 April 2020 it was 28%. There was a feeling that older people living in care homes had been abandoned and left to die amongst government failings during the Covid 19 pandemic. As well as the lack of testing of patients before discharging them back to care homes there was also the introduction of blanket DNARs without the consultation of family members or in most cases the person themselves. Only a doctor can make a DNAR decision or issue a DNAR form BUT wherever possible this should be done in consultation with the patient and/or those close to them.

What I have written is a very brief synopsis of what I have discovered when researching this piece of writing but it has made me question the Tory motives even more. Can any Prime Minister or government really be this grossly incompetent? It all reminds me too much of eugenics programs in the USA and more obviously Nazi Germany. The USA had a brief fling with eugenics in the early 1900s. The movement was lead by Charles Davenport, a biologist (1866-1944) and Harry Laughlin, a former teacher. Eugenicists in the USA believed in the genetic superiority of Nordic, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon people. They supported strict immigration laws and the forced sterilisation of the poor and disabled.

We are all familiar with the atrocities performed by the Nazi party under the rule of Adolf Hitler. The belief of Adolf Hitler, and other high ranking members of the Nazi party such as Heinrich Himmler, that the Aryan race was a genetically superior race led to one of the darkest periods in human history. This belief coupled with Hitler’s pathological hatred of the Jews led to what was termed as the Final Solution. Hitler had also admired the eugenics program in the USA. Jews, those from Slavic regions, Jehovah Witnesses, Roma gypsies, ethnic minorities, homosexuals, communists, Poles, Russian prisoners of war, the sick and the disabled were all thought of as untermenschen (racially or socially inferior). The Nazi’s embarked on the most brutal eugenics program and it is virtually impossible to say how many people were actually murdered by them. Not only were there six death camps but thousands were murdered in villages and towns, on the roadside, in forests and in lorries ( which were adapted to be the first gas chambers). It is estimated that over 6 million people were murdered between 1941-45.

The way the Tories have not made provision for the elderly, ethnic minorities, those who are disadvantaged socioeconomically, the sick and disabled has seen me comparing their lack of provision and their total lack of any remorse to those who have used eugenics programs to get rid of those they consider unworthy or a burden on society. You are probably thinking I am a crank by now but as I said at the beginning I am not one of those ‘flat earther’ types and I do not hold with conspiracy theories but I cannot help but wonder just how incompetent a nations leader and government can actually be.

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Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

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History Repeating Itself – Trump and Fascism

Fascism is a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. (Merriam Webster)

I am a long time history enthusiast and student and have always been intrigued by how people like Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and, in recent times, Donald Trump became as powerful as they did and developed such a massive following. I have watched many documentaries and read many books on Mussolini and Hitler in an attempt to help me understand the appeal these men had. Whilst doing this the similarities between probably the two most famous fascists in history and Donald Trump have become more and more striking (and perhaps a bit scary).

After the Capitol siege on January 6th 2021, historian and author Ruth Ben-Ghiat took to social media and compared the siege to Mussolini’s march on Rome in late October 1922. This was the insurrection by which Mussolini came to power and which marked the start of fascist rule and the end of the preceding socialist and liberal parliaments. On October 27th 1922 the Fascist movement attempted to cut off all lines of communication to the capital so they could prepare to march on Rome and seize power in a coup. The Fascist movement was no match for the Italian military but despite this when the government became aware of the plans they tried to accommodate the Fascists. This was because Italy had already been torn apart by political factionalism and the government were afraid that there would be a civil war. Mussolini was not happy when he was offered a subordinate role in the new government and so he was promoted to premier. On October 29th 1922 the planned coup became a march of celebration by Mussolini’s blackshirt supporters.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat also drew comparisons between Republicans turning on Donald Trump to the Fascists who voted Mussolini out of power in 1943. This was not to reinstate democracy but to save fascism. In the same way it could be said that members of the GOP have turned against the insurrectionist-in-chief in order to redeem and save the Republican party. Up until the Capitol siege on January 6th Ruth Ben-Ghiat had been more comfortable calling Donald Trump “authoritarian” as opposed to “fascist”. Robert Paxton, a Columbia University historian of fascism, had also been reluctant to call Trump a “fascist” before the January 6th siege. The use of violence against democratic institutions changed Paxton’s views as this crossed the “red line”. On January 11th Paxton wrote an opinion piece for Newsweek entitled ‘I’ve Hesitated to call Donald Trump a Fascist. Until Now‘ in which he tells how in 2016 “a newsreel clip of Trump’s plane taxiing up to a hangar where cheering supporters awaited reminded me eerily of Adolf Hitler’s electoral campaign in July 1932, the first airborne campaign in history, where the arrival of the Fuhrer’s plane electrified the crowd”.

Trump supporters and their blind loyalty to their racist hero remind me of Hitler’s Einzatskommando or Mussolini’s squadristi. This is despite the fact that Trump supporters wearing of a MAGA baseball cap is not the wearing of a full uniform. In August 2017 different neo-nazi and white supremacist groups converged on Charlottesville Virginia supposedly to protest the planned removal of a statue of confederate leader Robert E Lee. This was the “Unite the right” rally. Many of the far right activists were holocaust deniers and blatant antisemites. Baseball caps with the acronym MAGA could be seen wherever the cameras pointed whilst the rally was being filmed. The night before the rally there was a march on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. Activists could be heard chanting various Nazi slogans including “Sieg heil” and “blood and soil” as well as antisemitic chants such as “Jews will not replace us”. What I found most disturbing was how a neo-Nazi leader called the rally “an absolutely stunning success” despite the fact that 32 year old Heather Heyer was killed when James Fields drove his car into a crowd of anti-Fascism protesters (he has since been imprisoned for her murder). At the time both Republican and Democrat leaders denounced the explicit racism of the activists saying it was a betrayal of American ideals. Trump was not amongst those leaders. Trump, who was playing golf at his golf resort in New Jersey, instead condemned the “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides”, he repeated “many sides” but at no time did he condemn the blatant racism of the white nationalist activists.

Trump has also shown similarities in the way that he has mastered the art of back-and-forth exchanges with his captivated audience just like Mussolini and Hitler had done. He has also shown that just like them he understands the antagonistic feelings that some parts of American society have towards established leaders and organisations. Trump has mastered electronic media, especially social media, in the same way that Hitler mastered radio to reach his loyal supporters and fan base. He has now lost the use of social media due to his being permanently suspended from many platforms because of the fear that he will incite more violence in the same way he had in the weeks and days leading up to the siege on January 6th.

Trumps’s incitement to violence in the days before and during the rally that preceded the invasion of the Capitol on June 6th, has shown that he deserves to be labelled as a “fascist” as well as a sore loser. He openly encouraged civil violence to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory. Robert Paxton compares the siege of the Capitol to an openly fascist demonstration in the streets of Paris on the night of February 6, 1934. This was a milestone on the road to fascism in Europe. Thousands of World War I veterans had become bitter when they heard of rumours of corruption in the French parliament. The veterans tried to invade the parliamentary chamber at the same time that a new questionable government was being voted into power. The veterans had been rallied by right-wing groups who wished to replace the weak parliamentary government with a fascist dictatorship on the same model of Hitler and Mussolini.

If, as feared, America sees more violence on 20th January when Joe Biden is inaugurated as 46th President of USA it will confirm the hold that fascist leader Trump has over his blindly loyal supporters. In my opinion it will signify that this is perhaps not the end of Trump’s desire for ultimate power nor the end of his support despite many Republicans turning against him. Hitler did not win his first attempt at supreme leadership when his attempted coup, the Beer Hall Putsch, on 8-9 November 1923 failed and he was convicted of treason and imprisoned for five years. I, like many others, hope that Trump is charged for his many crimes, especially for his treason and sedition, and serves a long jail sentence but sadly it is not cast in stone.

The following links will take you to other articles which helped me with writing this piece:

‘Jews will not replace us’: Vice film lays bare horror of neo-Nazis in America

How Charlottesville became the symbolic prize of the far right

Is Donald Trump a fascist?

I’ve Hesitated to Call Donald Trump a Fascist. Until Now | Opinion

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Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

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Anti-Semitism from one of Labour’s Loudest Anti-Semitism Accusers

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The Damage done by False AntiSemitism Claims and the Weaponisation of the Holocaust

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The Rise in Islamophobia

Anti-semitism campaign continues part two

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The Lies and Incompetence Continue

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Irving and his friends

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There was quite a lot of discussion recently about the veteran Holocaust denier, David Irving, after Norman Finkelstein, a prominent anti-Zionist writer/academic made surprisingly favourable comments about him at a public Zoom meeting.
I make no apology for reacting strongly about this at the time, and I was glad that some others did too. But this was far from universal.  One of my main points was that Irving is not just some individual who said bad things a long time ago, but someone who has had continuing relationships with Far-Right groups in different countries.
Screen Shot 2020-08-13 at 12.59.03I quoted the example of Narodowe Odrodzenie Polski (National Rebirth Poland – NOP), who have been very prominent with their distinctive flags in  large and menacing fascist contingents on Poland’s huge Independence Day marches in recent years.
NOP are a fringe far-right agitational group in a country where a very right-wing ultra- nationalist government has provided…

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Inner strength, integrity and principle – thanks Jeremy!

Thank you Jeremy Corbyn and we need you even more right now

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Summer 2015. The Labour leadership election had begun. I bumped into one of the candidates at a small demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Clue: it wasn’t Liz Kendall. It was actually the most reluctant of the four candidates, who had been told it was his turn to hold the torch of the Socialist Campaign Group, and that he couldn’t say “No”.  Jeremy Corbyn was suddenly airlifted out of his comfort zone. From backbench rebel, street activist and campaigner on local and global issues, and  dedicated local MP supporting  local projects and initiatives within his constituency, he was now a leadership candidate.

The bookmakers, usually far wiser than journalists or politicians at predicting the course of events, placed him on 200/1 odds. I looked at him and said jokingly “But what are you going to do if you win?” He laughed, but in his reaction I saw a glimmer of hope…

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ISRAEL KILLS 15-YEAR-OLD IN AN ATTACK ON THE DEFENDERS OF JABAL AL-‘ARMA

More war crimes from Israel as they target children. IOF uses exploding bullets.

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A child was killed and up to 115 others were injured, three of them critically, when Israel’s occupation forces attacked local people defending the Jabal al-‘Arma mountain from takeover by illegal Israeli settlers on Wednesday March 11th.Hamayel-678x455

Israel’s occupation forces arrived at dawn to the mountain to support the illegal settlers and attacked the defenders with both live and rubber-coated steel bullets, sonic grenades and tear-gas, launched both from armoured vehicles and a drone.

15-year-old Mohammad Abdul-Karim Hamayel was shot in head with a live bullet, according to some reports with a banned expanding bullet. The shooting was captured on video from a distance of a few dozen meters. He was taken to the Rafidia hospital in Nablus where he succumbed to his wounds.

ES09a5gXkAEEMxXThree other people, including a 17-year-old teenager, were shot in head with rubber-coated steel bullets, suffering critical injuries. The teenager, who was shot twice, and another…

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DOZENS INJURED IN ISRAELI OCCUPATION ATTACK TO MAKE WAY FOR ILLEGAL SETTLERS

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ER3iI1CXsAAmb2_On Friday February 28th Israel’s occupation forces injured up to 134 Palestinians in an effort to gain illegal Israeli settlers’ control of a strategic mountain and its springs.

After public calls by illegal Israeli settlers to establish an illegal colony outpost on the Jabal al-‘Arma mountain, near the village of Beita south of the city of Nablus, hundreds of villagers from Beita and the neighbouring areas gathered on the mountain late on Thursday and stayed there over the night.

ER3iJCxXYAIuVtqOn Friday Israeli occupation forces attacked the demonstrators to make way for the illegal settlers, injuring up to 134 people. The occupation troops removed a flagpole and a large flag of Palestine raised there,  and forced the demonstrators to leave the mountain.

A 16-year-old child was shot in the back with a live bullet, one person was wounded in the head by a tear-gas grenade and another in thigh, while two…

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ISRAEL’S REGIME RUSHING TOWARDS WAR IN BESIEGED GAZA

War crimes, desecration and disrespect. The IOF desecrate the body of a murdered Palestinian. Israel continues with its program of genocide

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ERigAlBW4AEq416Israel’s occupation forces are currently again bombing the besieged Gaza Strip and the situation is spiralling towards larger conflict as desperate Benyamin Netanyahu seeks to win the Israeli public on his side before the March elections.

‘Heavy damage’ in southern Khan Younis has been reported from the ongoing attacks, which have sent fireballs and clouds of smoke reaching high up to the sky and al-Jazeera reports that Israel’s occupation forces are moving more armoured vehicles to near Gaza.

1093397894The current events began at 05:40 am on Sunday, when Israeli occupation killed and then mutilated the body of a man in an act condemned as a ‘war crime’ by the human rights Adalah Center in Israel.

When he was attacked and killed, with the fate of his companion still unclear, Muhammad al-Na’im was, according to the clearest report, 100 meters on the Gaza side of the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine…

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ISRAELI OCCUPATION KILLS A YOUNG MAN NEAR THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE COMPOUND

Another innocent victim of Israel’s murderous occupation of Palestine

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ERXr3auX0AAZV0FIsrael’s occupation forces shot and killed a young man near one of the gates of the the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem late on the morning of Saturday February 22nd.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Maher Yusef Zaatara from the al-Salaa neighbourhood of Jabal al-Mukaber in the occupied East Jerusalem. He leaves behind three children aged 3, 4 and 6.

Palestinian eye-witnesses have denied the standard Israeli occupation forces’ claim that he would have ‘tried to stab’ Israel’s occupation forces’ members.

ERXs7SAWoAAYUQhIsraeli occupation claimed that Zaatara would have approached Israeli occupation forces’ members “rapidly” and “raised a knife to stab”. According to contradictory eye-witness claims, he was jogging beside a wall when shot.

Videos capture only the immediate aftermath of his shooting, with Israeli occupation police officer closest to him with a hand-gun in his hands, and Israeli occupation paramilitary border guards approaching from another direction.

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