Welcome to Bennett's World: a collection of articles and references covering a wide variety of topics in which I am involved. I am a very political person but I have no allegiance to any political party. Follow me on twitter @colinhove

Monday, April 16, 2018

Excessive Pay of Public Servants in the UK

The tax payers alliance have published a very informative report desrcibing the pay of public servants in the UK. Here is the link to the report:

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/taxpayersalliance/pages/9346/attachments/original/1523350356/Town_Hall_Rich_List_2018.pdf?1523350356&mc_cid=e0b1305a8d&mc_eid=[UNIQID]
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/taxpayersalliance/pages/9346/attachments/original/1523349441/THRL_2018_FULL_DATA.xlsx?1523349441&mc_cid=e0b1305a8d&mc_eid=
 
Within that report is a link to a table of council by council information. 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

A reminder about campgaigning against the Israeli massacre in Gaza

 I think many will be interested in this email from Stop the War coalition there are many suggestions as to what we might to do to alert our country as to what is happening and to press the UK government to supine its attitude to Israel

Stop the War Coalition

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*Newsletter - 3 April 2018
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*Protest for Gaza: Stop the Killing
Saturday 7 April | 1-3pm
*Downing Street, London, SW1A 2

The issue of Palestine is once again in the headlines. On 30 March 2018, the 42nd anniversary of Land Day, unarmed Palestinian protestors were fired at with live bullets at the Gaza border by Israeli snipers. They killed 17 people and injured over 1500 people. The protest was the beginning of a series of events which will continue until Nakba day, 15 May. By selling arms and in other ways supporting the right-wing Netanyahu government, Britain has long been complicit in the Israeli state's war crimes against Palestinians.

Join us this Saturday to call for an end to the siege of Gaza and ask the UK government to condemn Israel's violent actions instead of facilitating them.

The protest is co-organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa and Stop the War.

Here are some of the ways in which you can help build this protest:

 * Invite your family members, friends and work colleagues to attend this.
 * Share the event link on Facebook and invite your friends -
   http://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/
 * Retweet this message to spread the word -
   http://twitter.com/STWuk/status/980121894153269248
 * Donate to Stop the War to help us cover the costs of organising this
   - http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/get-involved/make-a-donation

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*Organise a meeting in your area *

The remaining tour stops on our nation-wide tour of public meetings to demand an anti-war government include: Aberystwyth , Sheffield , York and Whitstable .

A new tour of events /"//No to Trump's visit: War and the special relationship//"/ is currently being prepared. If you'd like to organise a meeting in your area don't hesitate to email us at office@stopwar.org.uk.
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**Join Stop the War*

*As conflicts​ are escala​ting across the globe and the drums​ of war at home ​grow louder, there has never been a better time to join Stop the War Coalition.

Our members are the backbone of the organisation, promoting the campaign in communities, colleges and workplaces across the country and providing Stop the War with its main source of funding. If you stand against war join the largest anti-war movement in British history today.
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Become a member *here *.

Palestinian Lives Matter: National Demonstration 7th April

 
 
 The events in Gaza especially that of 30 March 2018 of great international importance but you wouldn't think so from listening to the BBC. Lets make this demonstration one that even mainstream media will find hard to ignore. 
 
 
Protest for Gaza: 7th April, 1pm - 3pm
Donate to PSC today (https://palestinecampaign.nationbuilder.com/regular_donation_new)
View this email in your browser (https://mailchi.mp/palestinecampaign/stoparmingisrael-hsbc-452789?e=ab86d850da)
https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/
National Demonstration for Gaza: Stop the Killing (https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/)

Dear ,

JOIN THE NATIONAL PROTEST FOR GAZA: STOP THE KILLING (https://www.facebook.com/events/2036039196719655/)
Saturday 7th April, 1 PM - 3 PM
Downing Street, London, SW1A 2, United Kingdom

In the worst single day of violence since the assault on Gaza in 2014, Israeli forces shoot 773 unarmed Palestinians taking part in a Land Day demonstration.

Thousands of Palestinians congregated in Gaza to start a series of protests called “The Great Return March”. Organised as a non-violent demonstration supported across Palestinian society, the protest is reaffirming the Palestinian right of return (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/refugee-factsheet-jan-2012.pdf)  (grounded in International Law), and calling for an end to Israel's illegal decade long blockade (https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/PSC-Gaza-Factsheet-2017.pdf) of the coastal strip.

Last week Israel deployed hundreds of snipers along the border of Gaza, who opened fire using live ammunition on unarmed Palestinian civilians. Over 1,400 Palestinians were injured, with 773 being shot, leaving 18 fatalities. There was not a single Israeli casualty.

“Israeli soldiers were not merely using excessive force, but were apparently acting on orders that all but ensured a bloody military response to the Palestinian demonstrations.” - Human Rights Watch.

Videos emerging (https://972mag.com/videos-show-israeli-soldiers-sniping-unarmed-protesters-in-gaza/134282/) of the shootings show Protestors being shot whilst running away from the border, and in the act of praying. But most devastating perhaps are the images of young men, and women, walking calmly towards the border, waving the national flag, before being felled by sniper fire.

The Great Return March will continue until May 15^th  (coinciding with the 70^th anniversary of the 1948 “Nakba”), with more largescale demonstrations planned. The Israeli government, protected from international censure (http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-blocks-un-security-council-statement-gaza-violence-604066920) by the shield of western governments, has announced that it will continue to meet demonstrations with live fire.

The only thing that can prevent more Palestinians being gunned down in the coming weeks is the force and weight of international public opinion. Have your voice heard by writing to the Foreign Office (https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day) , and by joining the Saturday demonstration in London.

The organisers of the Great Return March asked that the only flag to be raised during the march is the Palestinian flag with no partisan or factional symbols. We are asking all those attending the demonstration on Saturday to respect this and bring no flag other than the flag of Palestine.
Write to Boris Johnson (https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/land-day)

Monday, March 05, 2018

'Rich List' in the public sector compiled by the Tax Payers Alliance


 I receive weekly info from the Tax Payers Alliance an organisation that campaigns against waste and general foolishness in the public sector. This rich list will amaze many who have no idea how grossly overpaid many people in the public sector are. Link to the list is below:

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/taxpayersalliance/pages/9335/attachments/original/1518172615/Quangocrat_Rich_List.pdf?1518172615&mc_cid=7b8f140888&mc_eid=

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Robert Stuart's Latest Post on 'Saving Syria's Children'

Everyone will be pleased to see how well Robert is building up his dossier on the BBC fraud 'Saving Syria's Children' 

 
Latest post here.


Some of the main points:

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A number of senior White Helmets were present at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013, where they were filmed by BBC cameraman Darren Conway. Journalist Vanessa Beeley has amply demonstrated that the White Helmets (aka the "Syria Civil Defence" - a title purloined from an extant, legitimate Syrian organisation) are a western-funded construct, producing propaganda to manipulate public opinion in favour of a "no-fly zone", leading to "regime change" in Syria and beyond. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and journalist John Pilger has described the White Helmets as a �complete propaganda construct� and even right wing Fox News has conceded that the White Helmets are "not always the most reliable" and possess "their own agenda".

  *   Among those filmed by Conway at Atareb was White Helmets Deputy Head Mounir Mustafa. A senior ambassador for the "unarmed and neutral" White Helmets, Mustafa was f�ted by US Senator Bernie Sanders in April 2017. In 2013 Mustafa was photographed alongside an unknown gunman and a former Reuters freelance photographer, Amer Alfaj, who has himself been photographed attending the firing of a Hell Cannon mortar and who celebrated the munition in grotesque images such as these.
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Groups and organisations which appear to have been present at Atareb Hospital on 26 August 2013 include: ISIS; the al-Qaeda linked Ahrar al-Sham, which provided security for the BBC Panorama team despite being described by the BBC elsewhere as a "hardline Islamist" group; the Army of Mujahideen-affiliated Ansar Brigade; the Free Aleppo Governorate Council; the White Helmets and the BBC.


Five Reasons To Be Absolutely Certain That The Establishment Is Lying About Syria

In a recent article journalist Caitlin Johnstone writes:

In a presentation for Media on Trial, Stuart breaks down part of the BBC documentary Saving Syria�s Children showing clear and undeniable evidence that the footage which purports to show victims of an Assad napalm bombing has been staged and faked from top to bottom. The presentation is packed with information and the the 19-minute clip is definitely worth watching in its entirety, but for me the real clincher comes at around the four-minute mark after Stuart explains what burn victims tend to look and behave like, and he simply turns the sound off on the video footage and replays it with the question �just ask yourself, is this real?�


It isn�t. Plainly it isn�t. Watch it and see for yourself; it�s as fake as the Bana Alabed interview.

Johnstone's work was recently endorsed by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters.


Robert Stuart

Thursday, February 15, 2018

BDS Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!

This is really exciting news— the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!

Bjørnar Moxnes, the Norwegian Member of Parliament formally made the nomination.

I hope readers will take appropriate action.
Sign the petition and tell the Nobel Committee: the movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions deserves recognition— because Palestinians deserve to be free.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

More Evidence on the BBC Bogus Video/Saving Syria's Children

More and more evidence is accruing concerning the fabricated video and story called Saving Syria's Children. Please absorb and disseminate.

Scenes filmed by BBC cameraman Darren Conway for the 2013 Panorama special Saving Syria's Children purporting to show incendiary bomb victims arriving at an Aleppo hospital feature an ambulance displaying the ISIS flag.


The proximity of Conway and Panorama reporter Ian Pannell to the ISIS vehicle and its armed occupants at Atareb Hospital on 26 August 2013 contrasts markedly with an ostensibly tense scene shot the previous day in which the two-man BBC team pass through an ISIS checkpoint in apparent fear for their lives.


Full post here.


Robert Stuart

https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Norman Filkenstein on the behaviour of Israel in Gasa etc.

This interview on Democracy Now! with Norman Finkelstein is gripping and well worth keeping and circulating. 
Democracy Now! Audio

Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.

Norman Finkelstein on the Big Lie About Gaza: The Palestinians Have Not Been the Aggressors
https://www.democracynow.org/2018/01/19/norman_finkelstein_on_the_big_lie
Jan 19th 2018, 13:00

Media files:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/democracynow/wx2018-0117_Finkelstein-podcast.mp3


Extended interview with scholar Norman Finkelstein, author of the new book, “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.” The book has just been published as Israel is facing a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children.



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