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US airman dies after setting himself alight, to ‘no longer be complicit in [Gaza] genocide’

This story should have been top of the news agenda all day.

A serviceman in the US Air Force walked up to the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, doused himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight, saying that he would “no longer be complicit in genocide”. He has since died of the injuries he sustained.

That man was Aaron Bushnell. He was saying US support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza makes every member of the American armed forces complicit in the murder of more than 30,000 people – half of them children, and in the horrific injuries inflicted on around 70,000 others.

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That’s not even mentioning the wholesale destruction of Gazan buildings and societal infrastructure.

Some have called Mr Bushnell’s mental health into question. It is possible that his mental equilibrium was disturbed by events in Gaza. Who could blame him, as a member of the military-industrial complex that is Israel’s biggest supporter and therefore the largest supporter of the genocide?

For a more general appraisal of this man, let’s have the words of one of his colleagues:

Here’s footage of what actually happened. Be warned: you may find this extremely disturbing:

Notice that even in a situation where the only harm this man was committing was to himself, a member of Israeli embassy staff still drew and aimed a gun on him:

In the video clip above, you can hear someone shouting, “I need fire extinguishers, not guns!” But the man wielding the gun still doesn’t leave or put it away.

This is the last Facebook post he published:

The event attracted almost no coverage from TV news crews – at first. Here’s a summary of what happened in the States, with a fair opinion of why:

There was a report on it in Good Morning Britain…

But as I type this, the article on the BBC News website appears to have been up for only an hour or so. It’s 8.50pm (GMT). Was it withheld until the amount of material on the social media made it impractical to stay quiet any longer?

Oh, but Israel seems to have had something to say about it, even if the western news media did not. Try to hold your bile down:

Self-immolation has been a known form of protest since at least 1963, when Thích Quảng Đức set himself alight in Saigon, in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

It is also a form of protest that has been subjected to news blackouts in the recent past.

This Site has reported on the failures of UK news media to report on such protests – by benefit claimants whose mistreatment by the government had pitched them into depression.

I wrote, then, what I’ll repeat now:

We are left with evidence that those with the ability to bring this horror to the attention of the public have been deliberately covering it up.

… To prevent the kind of social change we saw in South Vietnam, Tunisia and other Arab states, prompted by the same trigger?

If so, it would be grotesquely irresponsible of all those involved – they would be colluding to allow persecution of the extremely vulnerable to continue.


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Will Teesworks corruption inquiry release its report before the general election?

A report into allegations of corruption in a flagship Conservative government project – the ‘free port’ at Teesside – seems unlikely to report until after the next general election, according to those in the know.

For details of the scandal, please see this Vox Political article. The situation was summed up quite well by Commons’ business and trade committee chairman Liam Byrne, when he asked Tory cabinet minister Michael Gove to explain the current situation:

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People of the UK have responded to the corruption allegations with their now-habitual mixture of rolling-eyed resentment and dark humour – as evidenced by the response below to Good Law Project head Jolyon Maugham’s assertion that the inquiry into the corruption allegations is unlikely to publish its findings until after the general election:

It is true that Mr Bates vs The Post Office, about the Post Office scandal in which hundreds of sub-postmasters were wrongly prosecuted for theft because a faulty and insecure computer system wrongly accused them, has jolted the Tory government into action.

Is reminding the public of these scandals during election years now the only way to get a UK government to combat corruption at all?


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Covid inquiry’s first report will be out before the election. Bad news for Sunak?

Eat Out To Help Out: after he served up this little howler – and pushed up Covid-19 infections massively, Rishi Sunak will fear the findings of any report from the inquiry into how the Conservatives handled the pandemic.

This will be a slow burn for the Tories – and because we don’t know when the report will drop, for us as well.

But This Writer recommends getting some popcorn in at regular intervals so you have some when it does.

Here’s what you need to know right now:

An explosive report spelling out how the Conservative government failed to prepare the country for the Covid-19 pandemic as it obsessed about Brexit is to be released before the likely date of the next general election.

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In a move that will cause alarm in Downing Street, Heather Hallett’s independent Covid-19 inquiry will issue a detailed interim report “before the summer” on the first batch of public hearings held last June and July, which revealed a catalogue of errors, including the lack of PPE and failures to act on recommendations of previous pandemic planning exercises.

The first part of the inquiry also showed how pandemic planning fell victim to years of Tory austerity, and how later the Covid-19 threat was downplayed because ministers were preoccupied with trying to avoid the worst effects of a possible no-deal Brexit.

There’s a great argument for the report to be released as soon as possible – because its recommendations may then be put into action to protect us from a future pandemic.

It’s a nice story. Personally, This Writer thinks the chances of that happening are zero – under the Tories or a Starmer-led Labour administration.

But if it gets the report out in time to mess up any Conservative hope of winning a general election, then the public interest will be served.

Of course, the big question is whether anybody will be prosecuted and jailed for their roles in the deaths of many thousands of people who might otherwise be continuing to live useful, productive and happy lives today.

Source: Key Covid inquiry report creates election date headache for Sunak | Covid inquiry | The Guardian


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Now organisations we should be able to trust seem to be twisting the Israel/Gaza facts

The Al Ahli Hospital after the airstrike against it: it seems evidence of what happened here was ignored by Human Rights Watch for no good reason, meaning its subsequent report has no value.

I hate to do this to you after telling you that you can’t trust the stories about Israel and Hamas, being published in the UK’s national newspapers – but you need to know.

Therefore, please read the following thread explaining why the organisation Human Rights Watch cannot be trusted, on the basis of its failure to support a full investigation of the airstrike on Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza.

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So, after failing to conduct an investigation that Hamas would have welcomed “100 per cent”, Human Rights Watch published a report that under-emphasised Israel’s alleged involvement and over-emphasised claims about Hamas, while ignoring evidence.

Still… look what happens when Human Rights Watch confirms a story that implicates Israel in the murder of babies:

It seems the media – like the authorities – have a problem called bias.


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Destitution has more than doubled in the UK – in just the last five years

Need a miracle: but people in poverty won’t get it from the Tories.

That’s right – according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, destitution has more than doubled in the UK, in the last five years alone.

Channel 4 has reported on this, as follows:

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Here are the headline findings of the report:

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BBC apologises for misleading on pro-Palestine demonstrations

Misleading report: these people were not voicing their support for Hamas, BBC.

I was going to do a piece about this but the BBC has – for once – got its correction out first!

In a report on October 16, a BBC newsreader read out the following words:

I would have pointed out that the demonstrations were not about backing Hamas in any way; thousands upon thousands of people across the UK had taken to the streets to show support for the two million innocent Palestinian people whose lives are threatened by Israeli war crimes – collective punishment (cutting off their food, water and power, and bombing innocent civilians in retribution for the attack by Hamas), and forcible transfer (ordering a million of them to move from northern Gaza to the south of the region).

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But I didn’t get the chance before the BBC broadcast a correction:

Methinks Auntie must have received quite a lot of complaints about that one!


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Tory government is reported to UN over anti-strikes law. So what?

Strike: under the Conservative government’s new law, some of these strikers would probably have to work while their colleagues took industrial action – or lose their jobs legally. It might go against international laws, but does anybody really think the Tories care?

Does anybody really think anything useful will come of the Trades Union Congress reporting the UK’s Tory government to the United Nations’ watchdog on workers’ rights over a new law?

The Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act will require some people to work during industrial action – including people in the rail industry and emergency services – or face being sacked.

The TUC reckons this “anti-strikes law” is unworkable and may be illegal.

The government has responded with a claim that the law protects the lives and livelihoods of the general public, ensuring that people can still access vital public service during strikes.

there would be no automatic protection from unfair dismissal for an employee who is told to work through a notice but chooses to strike.

If a strike is not conducted in accordance with the new rules, employers would be also be able to sue unions for losses.

This Writer would like to know how having this reported to the United Nations would make anything better.

The UN is a paper tiger – it can’t force national governments to do anything at all, as we discovered when it found against the Tories over their treatment of disabled people (and, if I remember this correctly, the bedroom tax).

There seems no point in appealing to that organisation.

Even if the UN finds against the Tories, it seems the TUC will do a lot of work for nothing more than a public relations victory. Am I wrong?


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Press regulator urged to act after continued failings in Jewish Chronicle reports

The press regulator has been – again – asked to launch a standards investigation over continued “serious and systemic” editorial problems causing “egregious” malpractice at the Jewish Chronicle.

IPSO has been contacted by 15 victims of inaccurate reporting by the newspaper – including This Writer – after eight further breaches of the editors’ code of conduct were made by the Jewish Chronicle following the regulator’s decision not to launch a standards investigation over an initial 33 such breaches and four admissions of libel.

In our letter, which is also signed by such famously-wronged individuals as Jo Bird, Audrey White and Marc Wadsworth, we say: “This was in our view a shocking level of non-compliance, equivalent to one breach in every four issues published over the period, yet the IPSO Board considered two training sessions to be sufficient remedy. For context, this would be the equivalent of a daily newspaper breaching the Code 91 times in one year.

“We found the decision of the IPSO board not to order such an investigation in December 2021 disappointing and based on spurious reasoning.

“Your letter of 23 December 2021 explained that your refusal was in part because of a ‘change of ownership’ in 2020, and ‘new editorial leadership’ in 2021. As you are no doubt aware, that change of ownership appears to have been driven by financial losses largely occasioned by libel payouts resulting from poor journalism. The change of editor in fact took place when its editor of 13 years resigned only 72 hours before IPSO’s meeting to discuss this issue on 14 December 2021.

“We read in the recent review of IPSO by Sir Bill Jeffrey that, in February of this year, IPSO declared that ‘sufficient improvements had occurred in both complaints handling and editorial standards to allow the cessation of active monitoring of standards’ at the Jewish Chronicle. This conclusion is surprising to us given that, between December 2021 and the publication of that report, IPSO had upheld three further complaints against the Jewish Chronicle and
the paper had also (to our knowledge) been obliged to take down one further article.

“Only two months after the IPSO board decided to take no further action against the Jewish Chronicle, and three weeks before the publication of Sir Bill Jeffrey’s report, yet another complaint against that publication was upheld, involving three separate breaches of the code of conduct and a finding that it had behaved unacceptably.

“To quote paragraph 19 of that adjudication: ‘The committee expressed significant concerns about the newspaper’s conduct prior to the publication and the absence of a published apology as part of the remedial action which had been taken. The committee considered that the publication’s conduct was unacceptable, and their concerns were drawn to the attention of IPSO’s standards department.’”

We wrote: “We hope that IPSO will now recognise that the mere provision of training failed to resolve the serious and systemic journalistic and editorial problems at the Jewish Chronicle. Sir Bill Jeffrey wrote that an IPSO standards investigation is only likely to happen if malpractice is egregious and comes out of the blue or if ‘IPSO conclude that their engagement is getting nowhere and a stronger response is needed’. It is surely obvious now that IPSO is getting nowhere with the Jewish Chronicle and that a stronger response is needed.

“The Jewish Chronicle shows no signs whatsoever of improvement. Every one of the post-2021 adjudications includes reference to one or more of ‘significant inaccuracy’, ‘significantly misleading’ reporting, and ‘unacceptable’ conduct. If this continuing record of journalistic failure and malpractice does not amount to a ‘serious and systemic’ breach of IPSO’s code of conduct, we would welcome your comments and clear explanation of what exactly would be required to amount to such a breach.

“We urge you to recommend a standards investigation to your board, and to do so urgently – in weeks rather than months – before more bad journalism is published, more falsehoods are disseminated among readers and more harm is done to innocent people.”

My upheld complaint that the Jewish Chronicle had falsely stated that I had made “antisemitic” comments is the first item on the list of that organisation’s breaches.

A series of articles against Audrey White had falsely alleged that she had lied in order to be readmitted to the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn became leader, after having been expelled in the 1980s (all untrue); that she had received multiple warnings about bullying other party members (she had not); that she had falsely claimed to have complained to the police about a Labour councillor and a disabled pensioner (it was not a false claim); and that she had been a member of the Socialist Party (she had not).

The newspaper had to publish an apology to Marc Wadsworth after, in its own words, “We reported that Marc Wadsworth had spoken at the launch event for the ‘Labour in Exile Network’ (LIEN), a group that aimed to discover the addresses of Jewish Labour activists to “take care” of them, and that he was thereby complicit in a conspiracy to intimidate, threaten or harass Jewish activists into silence. We also suggested that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that such activities were criminal.” None of this was true.

It also had to publish a correction after stating that Jo Bird’s Labour membership had been suspended for a third time.

The letter has been sent to Lord Faulks, IPSO’s current chairman, and we await his response.


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What did we learn from the big vote on Boris?

Theresa May: she used the Partygate Inquiry debate to lay into not just Boris Johnson, but current prime minister Rishi Sunak as well.

The big takeout from yesterday’s (Monday, June 18, 2023) vote on the Partygate report is that Rishi Sunak is a weaker leader than anyone thought he was.

As prime minister, it was his duty to support the report because it represents a duty of Parliament, duly done.

But he didn’t even bother to turn up, let alone vote in support of the Privileges Committee’s damning indictment of Boris Johnson’s Partygate lies – most probably because he didn’t want to anger Johnson’s remaining supporters.

Former prime minister Theresa May is widely believed to have criticised Sunak’s spinelessness in her speech:

The implication is that Sunak’s own claim to be restoring the integrity of the government were just a lot of hot air if he could not even bring himself to support a report giving just one example of how that integrity had been lost.

And how many supporters did Johnson have?

Some might say only seven – the Tory MPs who actually voted against the report’s findings. They were Desmond Swayne, Joy Morrisey, Karl McCartney, Adam Holloway, Heather Wheeler, Nick Fletcher and Bill Cash.

Already some net-based wags have been having fun at their – and Johnson’s – expense:

Some might say Johnson’s support base actually totalled 232 – as 225 Tories either abstained or stayed away altogether, like Sunak. But it is just as easy to say they were all cowards like Sunak.

We do know that 118 Tories voted to support the report and its one remaining recommendation – that Johnson be denied a “former member’s pass” to parts of the Parliamentary estate, essentially banishing him from the Palace of Westminster.

In all, 354 MPs voted to support the report – 54 per cent of the total number of MPs.

Wild claims that the Partygate Inquiry was somehow rigged, or carried out improperly, must now be laid to rest because Parliament has spoken and its voice is sovereign.

Johnson did lie, repeatedly and knowingly, and that’s all there is to it.

Now it seems likely the focus will alter, most likely moving on to examine Johnson’s resignation honours list and whether it has any validity, considering the prime minister who wrote it now stands disgraced and several of the people named in it are also facing allegations about their own behaviour.

Johnson himself may also linger in public life for some time to come – not least because his testimony to the Covid-19 Inquiry has yet to become public – and is already controversial.


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Something for the weekend: Jonathan Pie on Boris Johnson’s resignation [STRONG LANGUAGE]

Those of you who are familiar with Jonathan Pie will not have expected him to let this one pass without comment.

Here he is in full flow – mixing excellent points that seem to have passed beyond the understanding of senior Tory MPs with the kind of vitriol that might burn your ears off. So be careful:

One point: while Harriet Harman certainly could not have removed Boris Johnson from Parliament by herself, and there was no recommendation for him to be removed at all, it is not true that his constituents were the only people who could force him out; MPs could have done it is a motion to change his punishment to expulsion were supported by the House of Commons.

Any argument about that is entirely academic though, because – as the estimable Mr Pie has observed – Boris Johnson quit of his own accord.


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