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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The corrupt fraudsters within the banks must be prosecuted.

Lloyds fined £217 million over Libor rigging

Lloyds Bank

The bankers should be subject to criminal law the same as everyone else. It was not "the bank" which corrupted the Libor rates and made huge profit from the speculation. It was specific individuals within the banks who conspired together and committed a crime.
They went on to re introduce the obscenity of awarding themselves large bonuses and at the same time, carried on receiving payouts from the British tax payers. A benefit claimant would be hounded and persecuted for wrongly claiming a few pounds in benefits and yet "the bank" can receive £ millions and nobody says a word.

These corrupt fraudsters, must be prosecuted and jailed if trust in our banks is to be restored.

Monday, 28 July 2014

A very one sided "truce".

President Obama presses Netanyahu to call ‘immediate and unconditional’ Gaza ceasefire 


Netanyahu and Obama

The United Nations Security Council unanimously passes a statement calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire on humanitarian grounds, in Gaza. In the meantime President Obama has a long telephone conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel, pressing Netanyahu to call an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.

With this flurry of diplomatic activity at the United Nations, the two sides in Gaza, observe a fragile ceasefire. Paradoxically even during the supposed truce, Israel continues with its programme of destruction of Palestinian tunnels and other infrastructure. It is indeed a strange phenomenon that's the invading forces, the aggressor in fact, continues with his programme of destruction while at the same time the Palestinians are expected to show maximum restraint in defence of their territory. I cannot recall any other instance where a truce or ceasefire has been in place and one side is allowed to continue its activities whilst the other side is expected to remain passive. However in the strange world of the Middle East, particularly where Israel is concerned, the normal rules seem not to apply.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN 

Ron Prosor

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour

It is now reported that within the last hour 11 AM 28 July 2014, Israeli planes have attacked targets in Gaza and tanks are shelling residential districts. The Eid Festival, marking the end of Ramadan has started with a continuation of hostilities which have been going on since early July. Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians, are prepared to accept the statement from the United Nations Security Council, calling for an immediate ceasefire. The Israelis consider that the statement goes too far and would prevent them from completing the objectives in Gaza was on the other hand the Palestinians consider that statement does not go far enough. It fails to address the fundamental problems of listing the blockade and ending the occupation together with the release of Palestinian prisoners. In the light of this is difficult to see a solution certainly in the short term, where both sides, remain fixed in their respective positions. The intervention from President Obama has not been well received in Tel Aviv, with the Israeli press from all sides of the political spectrum critical of both the Obama and Secretary Kerry, who it is felt have gone too far towards the Palestinian position seeking to bring about a commitment from Israel to address Palestinian aspirations in respect of lifting the blockade. There is a growing lobby in Tel Aviv intent on expanding the current military operation to completely destroy Palestinian infrastructure and demilitarise Gaza by disarming Hamas.

This seems to be little prospect of any reconciliation of these opposing views in the foreseeable future and until such times as Israel recognises that the illegal blockade of Gaza must be lifted and the land borders between Gaza and Egypt must be opened it is inevitable that the current round of hostilities will continue.

Moreover, Israel must be made to realise that their continued imposition of the blockade and occupation of Gaza is rapidly losing support in many countries around the world. In this respect Israel is becoming more and more isolated on a daily basis. The hysterical outbursts from both Netanyahu and from the usual Israeli spokespersons on television and in the press are indicative of a government turning in on itself and becoming more and more isolationist in his attitudes. This is both unhelpful in solving the underlying problems and can be dangerous in respect of relationships within the area.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A "truce" exposes gruesome similarities.

A pause in the bombing by Israeli forces – and the ruins of Gaza are laid bare


Gaza 2014
Gaza 2014

Gaza 2014

Thousands of houses are totally demolished, killing an unthinkable amount of civilians.
The lucky survivors are left homeless in the rubble, and have to fend for themselves.


 The ruins of Germany are laid bare

Nuremberg 1945

Berlin 1945

Thousands of houses are totally demolished, killing an unthinkable amount of civilians.
The lucky survivors are left homeless in the rubble, and have to fend for themselves.

The ruins of London are laid bare

London 1941

 Thousands of houses are totally demolished, killing an unthinkable amount of civilians.
The lucky survivors are left homeless in the rubble, and have to fend for themselves.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Selective reporting cannot disguise the fact.

 Just because the story is not reported, it does not mean that the events did not happen.


A  child, wounded in a strike on a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun

The government propaganda officers (P O's) who sit permanently on the editorial boards of our newspapers, were very busy yesterday pushing the official line, or perhaps the lack of it,
to ensure that today’s editions contain predominately “safe” stories. A glance across the front pages of our national daily's reveal the extent to which the sanitisation of news has reached new levels of “subtlety” which the P O's hope and believe will satisfy the readers and divert their attention, at least for a short period.
For example, the Daily Mirror leads with a “story” about Vladimir Putin's girlfriend, The Sun has more about Peaches Geldorf, the Star continues its obsession with “Big Brother”, in the Express the front page is again dominated by the British weather, while the Times and the Telegraph lead with more hyperbole regarding the “recovery” of the British economy. The Daily Mail (where else), offers a big story about the Red Arrows and the FT comes in with its own view on the “Junk Bond Bull run”. Even the Independent and the Guardian, who usually at least, make some attempt to report on matters which concern us all, or perhaps should concern us, can only find a story about the “poultry scare” or how the Council tax causes hardship to the poor.

BBC News 24

Sky News

We should not forget that the P O's are also very active in the offices of the news editors at both Sky News and BBC News albeit with slightly lesser success than with newspapers, but where “delicate material” does find its way onto our screens, we can always rely on the fact that the shameless partiality of the presenter will guide the viewer in the “right” direction. Martine Croxall, Clive Myrie and Tim Willcox at the BBC with Anna Botting, Colin Brazier, Stephen Dixon and Kay Burley at Sky News, to name only a few, manage to throw into question any opinion, suggestion or even fact which does not agree with the “official version” of the truth.
Only on Aljazeera, can the viewer expect to be given an accurate and balanced report and analysis of events both in the news programmes and on their regular news analysis feature programmes. This is probably due to the fact the Aljazeera is based in Doha well out of reach of the P O's in the United Kingdom.

A Palestinian man carries a child, wounded strike on a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun,

 It should have been impossible for the national daily papers here in the United Kingdom, to completely ignore, apart from one photograph on the Guardian and one on the Independent, the fact that yesterday, Israeli tanks and aircraft attacked a UN run school in Beit Hanoun, which was designated as a “safe haven” for Palestinian civilians who had fled the fighting in other parts of Gaza. Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, the UN's humanitarian organisation in Gaza, said "We gave the Israelis the precise GPS coordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter. We were trying to coordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted," This is the fourth time in the last few days of the current fighting, that Israeli forces have attacked UN schools and comes only three days after their shelling of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital, where many civilians were killed and injured. In yesterdays attack, which may be another Israeli war crime, 15 people were killed and more than 150 injured, some seriously.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to understand how western leaders, Kerry, Hammond, Cameron, Obama, Hague and the rest, can continue with their constant repetition of the phrase “Israel has the right to defend itself”, and the more and more implausible lies, distortion and inflammatory comments of Benjamin Netanyahu, Mark Regev and now of Naftali Bennet, just beggar belief. No right thinking person could justify that the “Israel’s right to self defence” rationale can extend to killing civilian men women and tragically many children, sheltering in UN installations, hospitals, schools, disabled facilities or old peoples homes, because they have nowhere else to go.
Since the commencement of “Operation Protective Edge” on the 8th July 2013, less than 20 days ago, more than 800 people have been killed by the Israeli forces. Of those 800, more than 70% (560) are civilians and of those more than 250 were children.
The list of war crimes charges against the invading Israeli forces is growing by the hour to add to those war crimes which Israel has committed during its long blockade of Gaza and the occupation of Palestinian lands. The protests against Israeli aggression has spread within the last few hours, to the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Ramalah and other towns throughout Palestine. Already, two Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli “security” forces and the protests continue.
Our media is full of stories about the Commonwealth games, Vladimir Putin's girlfriend, The Red Arrows or Britain “Baking” for a month rather than the events in Gaza. The P O's in the editorial offices may be working overtime, but they are destined to loose as  public become aware of their motives and the reality of what is taking place in Gaza

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dorchester Hospital saving money and hacking off everyone.‏

Dorchester County Hospital

I have sent the following message to the DCH Facebook page and to my GP's surgery.  

I have just had yet another unsuccessful telephone call to the Hematology Dept secretaries to obtain the results of a blood test I had on the 17th July at my local GP Surgery. I have regular blood  tests to determine the dosage of Hydrea I should take until the next test. (I used to attend the hospital for this  which was done and the new dosage advised at the same time. The new visit the GP then ring the hospital was introduced to "save money".)
The "form" is that I have the test, ring DCH a few days later for Dr. Moosa to advise the level of medication.
For the last two, at least, calls to the hospital, I have been subjected to a seemingly endless list of "options", none of which meets the requirements of the call. The recorded message ends with "For any other needs, please ring back during office hours".
Mind boggling .
This is  the last occasion that I shall waste my time (and money) calling the hospital on a futile exercise. In future you can send the results to me and to my GP surgery.

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Operation "Protective Edge". July 2014.

"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men"



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A ceasfire but not at any price.


Israeli bombardment continues with destruction of five mosques as international pressure for ceasefire grows.


Smoke rises from  Shejaiya during an Israeli military operation in  of Gaza





As the Israeli bombardment of Gaza moves into its third week, the leaders of the Western world scurry off to Cairo, Qatar, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, in an attempt to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinians in Gaza and the invading Israeli forces. This is against a background of the most vicious, indiscriminate and constant bombardment and killing of civilians in the area, currently in excess of 500 killed and more than 100 of those children. I have never witnessed, in all the history of Israeli incursions into Gaza, such ferocity and indiscriminate bombardment from Israeli tanks, warships, aircraft and infantry, used against the civilian population and schools, homes, civilian infrastructure and hospitals. 




 President Obama has sent John Kerry to the Middle East to join United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an attempt to broker some sort of arrangement between the parties for a ceasefire. In the meanwhile the aggression of the Israelis against the Palestinians continues unabated and in fact has been seen over the past 24 hours to be intensifying in its ferocity.It is difficult to see how those Western leaders who have consistently supported Israel in its aggression in Gaza, using the well worn phrases, “Israel has the right to defend itself, and “We support Israel,” can have any credibility in creating the conditions which could bring an end to the fighting. In previous conflicts in the area, any resulting ceasefire has always been to revert to the situation as it was prior to the fighting. At no time have the Palestinians been given any option but complete and abject surrender to the invading forces. The leaders in the West have always taken the view that Israel can do no wrong and that any fighting is always the fault of the Palestinians. The blockade of Gaza, by land sea and air has remained in place, the occupation of Palestinian land by Israeli forces has continued and become even more oppressive. The indications are, that this time, there will be no return to the status quo.

Historically, the obsession with appeasement to Tel Aviv in response to Israeli aggression in Gaza and other theatres in the Middle East, has been met with only half-hearted condemnation, calls for restraint, mock sympathy for the civilians caught in the hostilities and American use of their veto at the United Nations, of any resolution critical of Israel. At the present time it is perhaps only with the growing feeling of indignation and the growing anger of the public, that governments in the West have been moved to take any action at all. In the current round of diplomatic activity, we have already seen a less than honest attempt by Al Sisi in Egypt, to offer essentially what was no more than a reiteration of the 2012 ceasefire following the “Cast lead” operation, which had been brokered by President Mohammed Morrsi before he was overthrown in a coup, organised in conjunction with Tel Aviv and Washington. It does not go unnoticed that the borders between Egypt and Gaza have been closed since Al-Sisi seized power and only recently humanitarian, medical and other essential supplies were prevented from entering Gaza, by Egyptian security forces. How can the leader of any state, when being so clearly in the pay of the United States and Israel, be taken as an honest broker when trying to secure a ceasefire in Gaza?


"President" Al Sisi



The credentials of the other leaders of the Western world, are also questionable when they have consistently supported the excesses of Israel in the occupied territories, in the aggression against Palestinians and now in Gaza. Western leaders have for years either by accident or more probably design, betrayed the Palestinians and allowed a situation to persist which has resulted in the blockade of Gaza, preventing the free movement of people between countries, restricting fishermen from operating outside a 3 km fishing limit, the prevention of essential supplies including medicines, building materials, food and many other materials deemed by the Israelis to be useful in the manufacture of weapons.

The people in Gaza have endured three weeks of intense bombardment resulting in the destruction of schools hospitals and homes, the complete disruption of electricity and water supplies, and incessant threat and terrorism from Israel, but the West has been reluctant to criticise Israel other than to issue half-hearted platitudes calling for restraint, which is, even then qualified, to include “restraint” from Palestinian civilians being bombed shelled and killed by Israeli forces.

Any ceasefire being brought about within the next few days or weeks, must include provisions for the immediate and unconditional ending of the blockade and an Israeli commitment to lift the occupation of Palestinian lands within a short specified time. This will undoubtedly be difficult if not impossible for Israel to understand. The Western Nations have the obligation to humanity to impress upon Tel Aviv, that Israeli hatred of the Palestinian people and their repeated policy of resorting to force to impress their will and determination to annex more land is no longer acceptable. No doubt the pro-Israeli lobby in the capitals of nations around the world, will see this as an anti-Semitic move which will weaken Israel at the expense of those nations who are currently hostile to Tel Aviv and its actions. However it is difficult to see how the leadership in the West can do what is right, rather than persist with the present unqualified support for Israel. It is perhaps only the populations of the world which can impress upon their governments, that continued Israeli aggression against Gaza and the occupied Palestinian Territories is no longer acceptable.

No matter how much Tel Aviv, Washington, London or other capitals of Europe, supported by the vast sections of Western media, may wish it were otherwise, ordinary people throughout the world are recognising that Israel has become, over the past 68 years, a nation which through the acquiescence and support of the West, is now a threat to its neighbours and probably the rest of the world.

Failing a settlement which includes the provision for the lifting of the blockade and the ending of the occupation, then the lives of those hundreds of people women and children lost in the current conflict and the lives of all those others in previous conflicts in the area would have been in vain and we may expect that within a couple of years or even a few months, the same cycle of aggression and resistance will be repeated. No reasonable person should expect or demand Gaza or anywhere else, to submit to unconditional surrender and complete capitulation.