The effective measures that would really defeat ISIS are very simple - the fact Cameron doesn't propose them shows he is lying about trying to destroy ISIS.
Cameron’s claim in asking for authorisation to bomb Syria is that it is intended to destroy ISIS and other ‘jihadists’. But the facts show this is a lie, that Cameron’s aim in Syria is totally different, and that its end result will be to strengthen ‘jihadists’. As unfortunately some on the left have also not understood the real situation on this it is therefore important to clarify the real facts in Syria which demonstrate what are Cameron’s actual goals.
David Cameron, in his House of Common’s statement attempting to justify bombing Syria, used a blatant lie that there are 70,000 ‘moderate’ members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Syria. This plays exactly the same role as Tony Blair’s notorious lie that Iraq possessed WMD and that these could be used in 45 minutes.
All out for Labour in Oldham – reject the cynical war-mongering of the right
The last week has seen a continuation of the right-wing assault on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, given added drive by the terrorist attacks in France which have, at least temporarily, driven public opinion in the direction of supporting British involvement in the war in Syria.
Even before the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, the purpose of the U.S. "war on terror" as stated in words was to fight "Islamic terrorism" and "jihadism." But facts show each time the U.S. and its allies have launched a war in the Middle East it has been followed by a great strengthening and not weakening of "jihadism." Taking events in order:
By Stephen Bell
All progressive people have rightly condemned last Friday's atrocities in Paris, the recent downing of the Russian passenger jet in Egypt and the Beirut bombings of 12 November. ISIS has claimed responsibility for all these attacks.
PlusNovember 28 - Scotland and Wales marchesDecember 12 – Paris demonstration
Jeremy Corbyn once again put Cameron on the back foot at PMQs last week, pressing him yet again on his plans on tax credits since the defeat in the Lords. Corbyn’s remark – ‘this is not a constitutional crisis, but a crisis for hardworking families’ – is a memorable put down for a Prime Minister who has attempted repeatedly to shift the debate away from the impact of the cut in tax credits to the alleged scandal of its rejection by the Lords.
But despite these successes, the right have not let up on their anti-Corbyn offensive.
Kick out the Tories! - Ed Miliband should be next PM!
With opinion polls continuing to suggest a neck-and-neck race and no party likely to get an overall majority, the Tory campaign to cling on to office is feverish. New 'constitutional' conventions are being invented daily, such as the spurious contention that the largest party – in seats or votes - must be allowed to form a government. And it has been declared that on the one hand Scots can vote for whoever they like, but if it is the SNP they should be excluded from government influence.
This year's NUS Conference (21 - 23 April) for the first time in decades saw the left win the majority of the NUS leadership positions, a majority of the NUS Executive and strengthened support for the policy of free education. The following article, by Aaron Kiely (NUS NEC) and Fiona Edwards (Student Broad Left Secretary), reporting on the Conference was originally published by Student Broad Left.
By Tom Castle
Forty years ago on April 30 the South Vietnamese capital city of Saigon was finally liberated from US occupation and from control by its South Vietnamese puppet administration. In the Western media it became known as the ‘fall of Saigon’. To the overwhelming majority of Vietnamese and their international supporters it is ‘Ngày giải phóng miền Nam’, the Moment of the Liberation of the South. Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City.
Coalition partners: SNP versus DUP and UKIP
The continued stalemate in the opinion polls means the focus in the British election has shifted to the potential alliances the two main parties could form after 7 May.
Public Meeting Thursday 30 April 6pm
Europe's bloody hands – anti-migrant policies amount to mass murder in the Mediterranean
The drowning of more than 800 people in the Mediterranean Sea on 19 April is the deadliest migrant disaster since the Italian sea rescue operation 'Mare Nostrum' ended in October 2014. The decision by the EU to scale back Italy's naval rescue operations was immoral and indefensible in a civilised society. It amounted to attempting to deal with a migration ‘problem’ by allowing hundreds of people to drown – in other words by killing them.
Stop the bloodshed in Yemen
Assemble Marble Arch London
Saturday 25 April 2pm
The pictures below were taken in Saana yesterday (20 April).
Around 500 people were killed that morning.
Deadlock in polls as most voters want austerity to end
The launch of the party manifestos has highlighted the deadlock between the major parties. The majority of the population wants to end austerity and both major parties are committed to maintaining it, in different degrees. As a result there is currently no sign of a breakthrough in the polls on either side.
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