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Peace and Justice Project update: fighting for the right to protest – and for security WITHOUT war

Positive change: Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project is working to improve the lives of people in the UK and across the world. Isn’t that better than Boris Johnson’s determination to crush anybody who disagrees with him, and to launch pointless wars abroad?

Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project has had a busy month after the Johnson Tory government put forward plans to curb your right to protest and to escalate involvement in pointless wars across the world.

The attack on your right to protest is now well-documented; Boris Johnson and cronies like Priti Patel want to arrest you if you “annoy” them with protests against their increasingly unfair, fascist new laws.

And the plan to spend billions on new nuclear arms and become involved in more foreign wars over lengthier periods of time has also been well-reported.

Here’s Jeremy Corbyn to outline what the Peace and Justice Project has been doing about it – and on all the other issues it is taking forward:

This is worthwhile politics – actually working to make the UK, and the wider world, a better place in which to live.

It is sad that the UK’s system of government has now become so corrupt that the only way of achieving positive goals is as part of a campaigning organisation – but that is the situation that the last 42 years of neoliberal politics has created.

We can either work within that situation or give up and accept slavery to the likes of Johnson, or Keir Starmer, or the next would-be dictator.

If you want to be part of the movement for change, details of how to join the Peace and Justice Project are in the video.

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His own colleagues said he was a menace. Now see how Jeremy Corbyn is working to make YOUR life better

Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project hasn’t been sitting around waiting for the world to change.

He – and they – have been working on four main projects, along with several offshoots, to make a difference in all our lives – as soon as possible.

In the video clip above, he explains what has been going on while the Tories – and his successor as Labour leader – dithered over the economy, got confused over Covid, and discussed laws to support violence against women.

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Jeremy Corbyn updates us on his Peace & Justice Project – and how you can get involved

It has been a couple of weeks since Jeremy Corbyn, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis and others launched the Peace & Justice Project, so Mr Corbyn has kindly made a video to let us all know about developments since then.

It’s self-explanatory so take a look:

The project relies on people power – on members of the public getting involved and contributing to the process.

You can do this by visiting the Peace & Justice Project website and joining one (or several) of the campaigns.

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#PeaceAndJustice Project launches four-point plan for a better future

Jeremy Corbyn: this is from when he announced the Project for Peace and Justice before Christmas. I could have waited for a newer pic but wanted to get the story out as soon as possible.

Legendary thinker Noam Chomsky headed the list of supporters launching the new Peace and Justice Project founded by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today (January 17).

The new organisation aims to bring people together – not just within the United Kingdom but internationally – to devise, and bring into being, radical plans to improve the lives of ordinary people who have been crushed by selfish rich people for far too long.

Speaking at the launch, Corbyn announced four plans, which This Writer put out on Twitter:

Further details of all of these are available here, and the web page provides an opportunity to join each individual project and make a difference.

Will you?

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Jeremy Corbyn has trumped his Labour Party haters – this is what happens when you try to knock a good man down

Peace and Justice: Jeremy Corbyn announces his new project in a video clip on Facebook.

Keir Starmer must be feeling sick.

After everything Starmer has done to sideline Jeremy Corbyn, to discredit his politics and to remove both him and socialists like him from the Labour Party, the former Labour leader has come back with an ambitious project to link like-minded people internationally.

He is not only lighting a new way forward; he is leading it.

And he was working on this, we see, from the moment he relinquished his role as Labour leader – possibly from even earlier.

But don’t take it from me – here’s the absolute boy himself:

Already, established (but probably not Establishment) figures have been lining up to support the new project:

This Writer has signed up to take part in the launch event because it touches on a large number of ideas that interest me deeply. I was only recently discussing on the social media the possibility of linking up with like-minded people internationally to share information on how to cope with universal challenges.

Of course, there are likely to be some detractors. I saw this, already:

The replies seem to be overwhelmingly spitting hate at Corbyn, indicating that they haven’t cottoned on to the fact that it is the association with Tony Blair that should be considered toxic.

(I wonder if Peston realised this when he wrote it?)

No doubt much more will be said to put this idea down.

But I intend to keep an open mind and I urge you to do the same.

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Was Derry car bomb a reaction to Tory arrogance?

Fireball: The explosion on Bishop Street, Londonderry was caught on camera.

Terrorism has reared its ugly head again in Northern Ireland, it seems – although interestingly the mass media are steering away from the word.

A car bomb – in a hijacked pizza van, we’re told – exploded outside a courthouse in Londonderry at around 8.10pm on Saturday (January 19).

Police were informed at around 8pm, leaving less than 10 minutes to evacuate people from neighbouring buildings which included a hotel, Freemasons’ hall, and a youth club. There were no casualties.

The lack of notice has led police to describe the attack as “unbelievably reckless”, and it is these words that the mainstream media have adopted, rather than referring to terrorism.

In fact, there seems a strong attempt to play down the incident:

But investigations have centred on the New IRA, one of a handful of republican groups that have rejected power-sharing and the Good Friday Agreement, and which makes a point of targeting police and courts.

Two men have been arrested. But the incident raises an important question:

Why now?

The timing seems significant as not only has the power sharing system brought about after the Good Friday Agreement stalled, but it seems Theresa May is determined to sideline the needs of Northern Ireland in her Brexit deal with the European Union.

There has been no government in Stormont since early 2017, after a row between Sinn Fein and the DUP over a botched renewable energy scheme.

And of course Brexit has revived concerns over the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and over NI’s constitutional status.

The Conservative government in Westminster seems conspicuously relaxed about both situations.

Doesn’t the attitude of Theresa May and her government seem deliberately provocative to people in Northern Ireland who were unhappy with the peace process in the first place? I’m not suggesting she is responsible for the actions of other people, but she certainly has a responsibility to prevent any return to the so-called “Troubles”.

Aren’t the delay over restoring the government in Stormont, and the failure to overcome the border controversy, an opportunity for such republicans to claim the peace process has failed and go back to violence?

Isn’t that what happened in Derry on Saturday night?

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Here’s the best video on Jews, Arabs, Israel and Palestine for a long time. See for yourself

This is uplifting because it’s not about hate, but about understanding.

See for yourself – and don’t be fooled by the title:

We must always remember that there is a solution to the situation between Jews and Arabs in Israel, Palestine, or whatever you want to call that much-disputed land in the Middle East.

And it can be found, if people just put away their preconceptions, hang up their hate for a while, and try – I don’t know – talking for a while.

Maybe they could start by talking about the weather, as suggested in the video! It’d be a start.

Let’s see more communication like this, please – and less of the hate that we’ve had for so long.

I’d be especially keen to run a video along the same lines from a Jewish point of view – or from that of people who don’t belong to either ethnicity but live in the same area. How about it?


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Jeremy Corbyn collects Séan MacBride Peace Prize 2017

Jeremy Corbyn [Image: Will Oliver/EPA].

Where are the celebrations from the mainstream TV and newspaper media in the UK? The leader of the Labour Party has won a major international peace prize and I can’t find any headlines about it at all, apart from in Skwawkbox!*

The International Peace Bureau awards the Séan MacBride Peace Prize every year to a person, or organisation, or movement in recognition of its outstanding work for peace, disarmament, human rights.

This year, Mr Corbyn was one of three recipients of the prize, alongside Noam Chomsky and the All Okinawa Council Against Henoko New Base.

According to the IPB’s website, Mr Corbyn wins the awared for “his sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace.

“As an active member, vice-chair and now vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK he has for many years worked to further the political message of nuclear disarmament.

“As the past chair of the Stop the War Campaign in the UK he has worked for peace and alternatives to war.

“As a member of parliament in the UK he has, for 34 years continually taken that work for justice, peace and disarmament to the political arena both in and outside of Parliament.

“He has ceaselessly stood by the principles, which he has held for so long, to ensure true security and well-being for all – for his constituents, for the citizens of the UK and for the people of the world.

“Now, as leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition he continues to carry his personal principles into his political life – stating openly that he could not press the nuclear button and arguing strongly for a re-orientation of priorities – to cut military spending and spend instead on health, welfare and education.”

The prize ceremony was held on November 24 in Barcelona, but Mr Corbyn had to wait until this weekend to collect it, when he travelled to the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva to deliver a landmark speech on social justice.

It seems Mr Corbyn is so modest, he hasn’t actually commented on this. I can’t find a reference to it on Twitter, at least. If anybody can find a word on this subject from the Labour leader, let us know.

*So much for the claims that Skwawkbox is all about ‘fake news’.


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Nailed: Jacob Rees-Mogg and his version of Christian values

Jacob Rees-Mogg and his nanny: The parents should take the blame.

Remember Tory darling Jacob Rees-Mogg’s appearance on Good Morning Britain, when he tried to justify his opposition to gay marriage and abortion – even in cases where pregnancy has occurred after rape – by referring to his Catholic Christian values?

Here’s the clip again:

Well, Iain Rowan of Sunderland had the perfect answer.

Writing in a newspaper (the name of which I don’t know because it isn’t mentioned in the following tweet, he stated:

For clarity, that’s: “Rees-Mogg justifies his opposition to gay marriage and abortion even in cases of rape on the basis of his Christian beliefs (Report, 7 September). So where is his opposition to welfare cuts on the grounds that Jesus went out of his way to demonstrate his compassion for the poor and the lame? When Jesus says ‘blessed are the peacemakers’, how does that fit with Rees-Mogg’s consistently voting for military intervention? Where are his statements on executive pay, reminding other MPs that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven? I thought being a committed Christian meant following the teachings of Jesus, rather than standing at the pick-and-mix counter in a sweetshop, only choosing the fizzy snakes.”

Strong words – and accurate.

And you know what?

If you take them from “Where is his opposition to welfare cuts”, they could be used to apply just as easily to that other well-known Tory “Christian” – Theresa May.


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It’s as if the UK is deliberately sabotaging Brexit negotiations, isn’t it?

A lorry passes an anti-Brexit placard at the Ireland-Northern Ireland border crossing in Killeen [Image: AFP/Getty].

Remember all those jokes in which Irish people were portrayed as harmless idiots? Well, the shoe’s on the other foot now!

This Writer cannot imagine what will be in the EU position paper on the Irish border question – but I doubt there will be any “magical” solutions in it.

Nor are there likely to be any premature trade negotiations.

I wonder what David Davis and his ill-prepared cronies think they are doing.

Are they deliberately trying to provoke their EU counterparts?

The European Union has accused the UK of “magical thinking” over plans to create an invisible border in Ireland after Brexit, amid fading hopes of an early divorce deal this autumn.

The response came as both sides prepared for the next round of negotiations in Brussels next week, with the EU issuing a stern rebuke against using the peace process as a bargaining chip.

Last week the UK outlined ideas for “as frictionless and seamless a border as possible”, with waivers for people and goods crossing the 310-mile long boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Both sides want to avoid a hard border that risks reigniting attacks on checkpoints, which were a feature of the Troubles.

But EU diplomats think the British are trying to push responsibility for solving the Irish issue back on to them.

The UK paper on Ireland outlined two options to virtually eliminate checks on goods crossing the border: the first would rely on technology to eliminate physical border checks; the second would see the UK take responsibility for monitoring the border and even collecting customs duties for the EU.

Talk of technical fixes is seen as premature in Brussels. But it is the second proposal that has most alarmed EU diplomats, who think the UK already has problems in preventing customs fraudsters.

One EU diplomat told the Guardian that allowing the UK to manage the EU’s external frontier would be very difficult to accept. The British paper on the Irish border calls for “flexible and imaginative solutions” eight times, a repeated phrase that has left EU diplomats rolling their eyes.

Source: UK accused of ‘magical thinking’ over Brexit plan for Irish border | UK news | The Guardian