“Apostrophes are a muslimist plot” #Satire

Apostrophe error means UKIP hoodie has opposite message than the one intended

What patriotic UKIP supporter WOULDN’T want hoodie with the phrase “we’re number 1” over a British flag?

Er… that doesn’t say we’re… it says *were*


We’re not making this shit up – it’s on Amazon.

Update: When we linked this, this had no reviews on Amazon, now it has loads. Well done gang!

Via UsvsThem and https://www.facebook.com/renee.slater.9?fref=ts


When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty

Three voices that need to be heeded:

  1. Information Clearing House [link here]
  2. Legal Frontiers [link here]
  3. Mondowiess.net [link here]

The right to resistance under international humanitarian law

via Information Clearing House

International humanitarian law (IHL) does not expressly mention the right of an occupied people to resist an occupation. In 1977 article 1(4) of the First Additional Protocol (IAP) to the Geneva Conventions clearly expanded the application of the IHL to

“…armed conflicts in which peoples are fighting against colonial domination and alien occupation and against racist régimes in the exercise of their right of self-determination…”.

However, Israel is not state-party to the Protocol and is therefore not obliged to follow its clause.
To ICRC and Article 1(4)
Read more about the First Additional Protocol (IAP)

The use of force as part of resisting occupation in the Palestinian case is therefore derived from the international legitimacy to recourse to armed struggle in order to obtain the right to self-determination. In some cases resistance can also stem from the right to self-defence.

Self-determination and the “right” to resist occupation

Via Legal frontiers

The fundamental, collective human right to self-determination is arguably the cornerstone of the entire international legal order.

Self-determination is understood as the right of all national groups (in practice, groups recognized as such by themselves and by others) to be governed and represented (popularly or otherwise) by a sovereign state (or federation) functioning as the highest source of domestic legal authority. Affirmation of the right to self-determination is prominently featured in art. 1(1) of both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It is deemed to be an inherent right; that is, it does not derive from the international legal order but rather is presupposed by the latter: art. 1(2) of the United Nations Charter recognizes the principle of self-determination as a basis for the existence of the UN.

Lawyer at ‘Counterpunch’ validates Palestinian right of armed resistance to occupation


Picture courtesy of Politicalfake.org


Anjem Choudary “The Pantomime Villian”

Excellent article by Imran Awan

Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Anjem Choudary

Anjem Choudary (Photo credit: darkroom productions)

As a British Muslim and Criminologist, one of my areas of research, is around British Muslim communities and counter-terrorism related issues. After yesterday’s guilty verdicts, following Woolwich, BBC Radio 4 Today, this morning began their analysis with the pantomime villain, Anjem Choudary. As I gasped with shock and horror at the news, reality began to set in. Choudary is after all a man, who knows how to cause controversy and stir up emotions and feelings of anger and hate. Indeed, Choudary has in the past been invited to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight programme in May when he refused to condemn Lee Rigby’s murder and today continued to espouse that same volatility, hate and animosity. At the time, the faith and communities minister, Baroness Warsi, said she was ‘angry’ that the BBC had given him a forum and had provided a platform for an ‘appalling man who represents nobody’. And I agree with her sentiment.

As a criminologist, we are interested in understanding the causes of crime, whether that be terrorism and the reasons for it. However understanding the causes, does not mean the BBC need to continuously invite Anjem Choudary for his ‘expert’ opinion. Surely, a more productive interview would have been with people who are on the ground and those who understand the nature of extremism and therefore can provide credible solutions in helping prevent another Woolwich happening again. And by that, I do not mean organisations such as Quilliam, who have little confidence from within Muslim communities.

Choudary added this morning that his radical and extreme views did not mean he acted outside of the law. He said: “I’m not inciting people to do anything, otherwise I’m sure I would be sitting behind bars”. But by giving him such a platform it does allow the ‘oxygen’ so many extremists crave. Clearly, there is a fine line between reporting a news story and simply acting as a sound piece for extremists.

The other person on the panel included Lord Carlile the former counter-terrorism legislation reviewer who made the case that Choudary risks exacerbating the conflict of extremism and creating more divisions. I agree that Choudary does risk acting as that individual that some young people may be inclined to follow. However, I was also uncomfortable with the continuous references made that the ‘Muslim community’ should do this and the ‘Muslim community’ should do that narrative. Extremism is a problem for us all and we all need to work together eradicating it and not simply single out one community.

Interestingly, Choudary also at numerous points used the term “we” to continue to make his argument and stated that: “We cannot control the actions of one individual… this is a problem we will continue to face.” I do hope, by this “we” he does not include the vast majority of Muslims who are opposed to everything he stands for. I think the phrase should have been: “You” and not “We” as the vast majority of Muslims do not like those associations made with Choudary.

In a paradoxical way, the media can act as a gatekeeper for helping extremists spread their message to a wider platform. We saw this happen with the BBC fascination with the former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson. The risk is if we continue to provide a platform for people like Choudary and extremists from the EDL all we are doing is providing the mood music by which people can dance too the tunes they set. Terrorism is a disease and we need to find a cure for it, but we need to start this process by engaging with serious people who can make a difference to the counter extremist narrative and not invite the likes of Choudary or organisations such as Quilliam who do not speak for British Muslims.

WMD, Lying Politicians, Imbedded Journo’s, Skewed reporting. Truth is left to the seeker

Faith is belief without evidence  R. Dawkins

We are fed information drip by drop that pre-conditions us to accept the conviction displayed by, say for example, Tony Blair and we too imbibe and absorb, till gradually, slowly our  irascible ire transforms into willing acceptance.  Images of 9/11 cloud our brain and we are in unison (figuratively speaking) against the cave dwelling, bearded men that are flashed on our screen and told this is the work of Al Qai’da, even disregarding the grating american-ism of George Bush.

Evangelist of terror

Tony Blair sold a solution; Invade.

The fear he preached with such zeal was no different from any hell fire preacher  of yester-year  who offered you  Jn 3:16 and salvation.

No different to the seller of indulgences that led Martin Luther to pin his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, of the Holy Roman Empire, that famously held one of Europe‘s largest collections of holy relics.

As with any cult, you have to admire his personal conviction, but politely disagree.  We are never going to change his mind.  Tony Blair is still just as deluded as he was then, believing that his legacy will respect him. Somehow I doubt it.

Hope and fear and the flip sides of the same coin.

Bush and Blair offered us the Precautionary Principle [The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment,…en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle]

Truth and reconciliation of South Africa has taught us that people do begin to glimpse that they were wrong.

A video:  

C.I.A. no al-qaeda ever existed – BBC documentary the power of nightmares

We used to believe that the victor in any major famous conflict of past humanity had the freedom to write his-story.  While this maybe true, nowadays however the narrative of events is rehearsed, choreographed and steered towards the sanitized bite-size version that we regurgitate.

Voice cried WMD once too often. Has lost credibility.

How credible are reports of Syrian WMDs? Watch the video on AJE

Syrian foreign ministry: We’re  worried that the countries that support the terrorism give chemicals to the terrorists

UK’s vague confirms ‘evidence‘ of Syria chemical arms plans. British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons.

Mr Hague told the BBC there was “enough evidence to know that they need a warning”.

The foreign secretary did not give details, as he said the evidence had come from “intelligence sources”.

Source: [BBC]

matthew cassel ‏@justimage

Replace Assad with Saddam and this NBC article could be from 10 years ago. Only then at least some sources were named:http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/05/15706380-syria-loads-chemical-weapons-into-bombs-military-awaits-assads-order#.UL_t6zklZvw.twitter …

#BBC Please watch Israel violating ceasefire

Source Twitter:

Dear BBC,
May I request that you consider the lives of Palestinians trapped within the open prison, called Gaza Strip.

It is very unlikely that you are going to show this video or any footage on Gaza for that matter, unless it has an Israeli symbol in the background. Plus the image is grainy and not to your excellent quality of broadcasting. Furthermore, one has to consider the gentle disposition of the viewing public. Why upset their tea?

It appears that the world audience has a need to view and interpret these issues and it would be prudent, if you too could emerge into the arena of balanced reporting.

A little empathy would be much appreciated.

Trust you find this to your satisfaction.

Yours Sincerely
Winslie Gomez

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