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Two Tier Justice: White Terrorist Versus Muslim Terrorist and Institutional Racism

21 Feb

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In mid-2016, a 17-year-old male from the City of Bradford in the North of England was arrested on terrorism charges after being reported by a suspicious neighbour.

What ever we say about curtain-twitchers in our local communities, sometimes they can be lifesavers, hey?

The young male’s identity has been protected because he is considered a minor under British Law; and so, he is protected under various legal instruments including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Yes, you may laugh at this; but this is one of the tenets that are supposed to make the British judicial system unique and to be envied as a beacon, is it not?

Many would disagree with this, and suggest that such protections; particularly in this instance, are ‘nannyish’ in the extreme, arguing that the seriousness of the matter (had an act of terrorism been carried out) would warrant removal of anonymity. 

Hold that thought for a moment! 

The police are quoted in the mainstream media; and subsequently by his prosecution, that he became ‘radicalised’ by social media and events happening in the UK and events portrayed in World news.

The 17-year-old had posted images of homemade incendiary devices and made comments on social media, praising the murder of the Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was shot dead in the street of her constituency by a member of the public with Far Right connections.

When West Yorkshire police raided the young male’s family home, they found various extremist paraphernalia and incriminating content on his personal computer, including messages and communications posted on chat forums, that he had shared with others with similar views to his own.

He was apparently planning an attack on a local mosque.

Incidentally, the young male in question, also had links to the same extremist group, National Action, as did Jo Cox’s murderer. Rightly so, National Action has since been proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

In January 2017, the male was found guilty of making ‘viable’ explosive devices, but acquitted of intent to carry out an act of terror. His defence team successfully argued that he was only ‘experimenting’, and had no intention of carrying out any kind of attack.

He was sentenced by Mr Justice Goss, rather leniently, to just a supervision and rehabilitation order.

But what if he had been a 17-year-old Muslim, ‘messing’ around with explosives and posting extremist content on social media, not intending to act out his desires to commit a terrorist act?

Let’s look, shall we?

In March 2015, a 15-year-old male from Lancashire was convicted on terrorism charges, after pleading guilty to inciting a person to commit an act of terrorism.

In May 2015, a teenager from Newham, London, was convicted of grooming a “vulnerable” young man, to kill UK soldiers, and sentenced to 8-years in a young offenders institution and placed on a 15-year prevention and supervision order.

In October 2016, in Paris, France, a teenager was charged with criminal association with a terrorist group. Again, in Paris, in 2017, a 16-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of planning a future attack.

Only within the last couple of days, five teenagers, between the ages of 17 – 19, have been arrested in London, on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.

In 2014/ 5, two teenage males in the North East of England were arrested by Northumbria police, on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. Again, the defence team argued that the two males involved were not serious and had no intention of carrying out an act of terror. They were also given anonymity and let off the supervision orders.

In the case of the 17-year-old from Bradford and the two teenagers from the North East of England, all three were young White males.

In all other cases referred to, the teenagers involved are Muslim and have all been sentenced to detention, or are waiting to be given detention orders.

In the case of the 15-year-old, from Bolton, in Lancashire, convicted of terrorism charges, for inciting a person to commit an act of terrorism in Australia, his rights as a minor and to anonymity were removed by the British courts.

Anonymity if you are a White teenage terrorist suspect but not if you a Muslim teenage terrorist suspect, you query? 

Does this mean that the British media and judicial system only say ‘terrorism’, when the person involved is Muslim? Can we say that the ‘system’ looks on White teenage terror suspects and treats them more favourably and with more leniencies?

In short, the answer is yes!

In comparing each of these circumstances, all those involved were/ considered minors under the British legal system; only those who are Muslim have received a custodial sentence. Only those who are White have been afforded the right to anonymity. 

Perhaps the British Judicial System is not an enviable beacon after-all?

Indeed, it’s the same outcome when we look at arrests and sentencing rates, of other minority groups. Only in the last week, the Guardian and Voice Newspaper journalist, Leah Sinclair, revealed that Black and other minority groups in the UK are 40% more likely to be tasered by the Metropolitan police.

As we know, it’s even worse in countries like France; and particularly, in draconian countries like the United States.

Whilst the term ‘racism’ is used as a blanket or catchall description; for all forms of prejudice and discrimination, it seems that wherever we are, our criminal and public institutions remain inherently and systemically racist and biased.

Until we remove this double standard of cultural bias and privilege and difference of ‘Other’; true equality under the law (and in society as whole) is, but an aspiration and an everyday reality of inequality to us non-White folk.

Don’t be surprised if we refuse to sit for it much longer!

 

 

Author: Jason Schumann

 

 

 

 

UK Foreign Policy: Lessons From Libya, Illegal Wars, Profit, and the Refugee Crisis

6 Jan
[Image: Migrants from Eritrea jump into the sea from a crowded wooden boat during a rescue operation last week. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP]

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I made the following comments on another platform, after reading ‘Libya: Examination of intervention and Collapse and the UK’s Future Policy Options’; a report published by the House of Commons FCO Committee on the 06 September, 2016.

My comments are based on snippets of text, taken directly from the report, as observed by the Committee, or evidence and opinion given, by experts and Members of Parliament to the Committee.

The report states that the UK government spent in excess of £320m on bombing Libya, but only £25m on reconstruction programmes… most of which, went to foreign companies in the plundering of its natural wealth and subsequent reconstruction.

Dr. Liam Fox, MP, and former Defence Secretary, by his omission to answer (before committee) point 3, of the ‘Failure Strategy’, admitted destabilising Libya was an ‘engineered’ outcome, by various Western governments, including the UK.

(Note: this is the very same Liam Fox, who has consistently voted against Human Rights; strongly supported the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as being forced to repay approximately £40,000 in wrongfully claimed parliamentary expenses of taxpayers money. He has previously stated, “Israel’s enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand together or we will all fall divided”).

Before the UK and coalition invasion, Libya had some £30bn in unused weapons; which, after Western efforts to oust Gaddafi, ‘fell’ into hands of militias, including Boko Haram.

As a direct consequence of the invasion, the UK government and its international partners, created the possibility for increased migration of refugees from Libya and surrounding countries in Western-caused conflict, poverty and displacement.

This is documented as fact in both the report and many other reports by world governments and international NGOs.

Yes, it is entirely true; our governments created the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe.
Now we have Baroness Anelay, former Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – who, for the record, has a relatively untarnished record – told the committee, that the UK did not support sea rescue missions of migrants, because of ‘pull factor.’

Translation: They can drown, because if we let more of them come, they will keep coming!

(No mention or acknowledgement that we allowed our governments to create this situation).

 

Here’s what Baroness Anelay meant by not wishing to support sea rescues:

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers: Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown, as… http://bit.ly/2bMRww8

 

Here’s Dr. Liam Fox, MP, giving evidence (and telling outright LIES) to the Committee: http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/5c9e78c8-5c3f-4511-ab58-e9b068d6906a

 

And here’s Cameron congratulating the Libyan people (and himself) in the overthrow of the government: https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/777780997987393536/pu/vid/1280×720/QuLVu-9z6esf3EFY.mp4

 

Hold on!

Now we have Cameron suggesting the UK’s involvement would ‘stabilise’ Libya: https://archive.fo/bC3DR

 

For the record, and so that you are in no doubt, in 2014, the UK Parliament voted against Syria. Cameron ignored the vote and misused the royal prerogative, without any consultation of parliament to send UK troops to provide what he later described – but only after he was found out, that is – ‘logistical support’ for the Americans.

Cameron was found out in early 2015 and wriggled out of it by saying that there were no boots on the ground, so, technically, he hadn’t broken parliamentary rules.

Yeah, right!

In come his cronies, to grease the wheels of and start the propaganda machine to work in order to engineer ‘boots on the ground’ via a second vote.

Yes, it worked… Cameron spun it and got the second vote to invade Syria!

Only recently I read in the Guardian, that a Syrian activist has had her passport withdrawn (by UK authorities) at the request of Assad’s government; and yet, we (the UK) are supposed to be at war with Assad.

As with Syria, the UK and other Western governments, including France and the US, wanted regime change in Libya, just like Afghanistan and Iraq.

The result?

Engineered turmoil, people displacement, sectarianism, poverty, inequality, destruction of infrastructure, mass murder, and the EU’s current migrant crisis!

Why, you may ask?

The answer is always the same: power, profit, and control!

Syria and Libya are your legacy, David Cameron.

Like Blair in Iraq and Afghanistan; you should be sent to the international criminal courts, for war crimes and crimes against humanity!

And now, the same Western governments, are playing the blame game with Russia and Assad, whilst people are bombed out of their homes, to death, or to flood European borders.

The struggle for world peace and the security of the Middle East is far from over; it is part of a wider plan!

 Open your eyes!

 

 

By Jason Schumann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter Launches All-Out Assault On Freedom Of Speech

18 Nov

The focus of this blog article is set out in two parts:

a) The rightful shutting down and suspensions of social media user accounts that espouse, promote, and/ or incite hatred;

b) The wrongful shutting down and suspensions of social media user accounts that espouse valid criticism of human rights abuses by oppressive nation states.

Despite falling traffic and market value, in a drive to combat so-called online ‘hate speech’, Twitter has recently started banning controversial and/ or outspoken user accounts on its social media platform.

One of the first accounts to fall foul of Twitter’s perma-suspension/ lifetime ban, was that of Milo Yiannopoulos, known as ‘the infamous internet troll.’

This was back in July 2016, after he (Milo) attacked the actress, Leslie Jones, and encouraged his followers to do the same, which included her receiving death threats and racial abuse.

More recently, Twitter has begun dishing out bans to similar accounts of the alt-right.

Slate has since reported, that the most prominent of these, was Richard Spencer, director of a white nationalist think tank, the National Policy Institute. His associated accounts were also suspended.

USA Today also reports that other alt-right user accounts have been suspended.

Other accounts, such as Tarek Fatah, David Vance, Tommy Robinson, Pam Geller, Pat Condell, Paul Joseph Watson, and Robert Spencer, have so far escaped the culling.

Don’t get me wrong, Twitter is right to do this.

In this instance, this is not about silencing rights and freedoms to speak one’s mind, seek to offend, or be politically incorrect. The issue here, is one of stopping hate speech and incitement.

As evidence of the problem, we only need look at Trump’s rhetoric during the presidential campaign. There is clear evidence that his comments spawned several thousand racist hate attacks, abuse, and also murders, across the US. How do we know Trump is to blame? Well, in many of the incidents, his supporters, who have been the perpetrators in many instances, claimed to have his consent to carry out their racist acts.

Within the last few days, Tommy Robinson, the Pegida, UK leader and founder of the former English Defence League, incited his followers to claim that an anti-Islamophobia campaign, #IAM2016, launched by Mend Community, was in fact, a campaign supporting Daesh.

It is clear, that the alt-right are inciting hatred and abuse online, which, in turn, manifests in our every day real lives, causing genuine harm and suffering; mainly to the lives of minority communities.

(As an aside, the recent and now more prevalent use of the term ‘alt-right’ is a deliberately misapplied label, that is used to disguise, not only the views of those who consider themselves as libertarians espousing the right to offend and speak without censure, but also to make the views of extremists and racists on the far right more acceptable and tolerated.

Indeed, use of the term ‘alt-right’ is one of the single most cynical, perverse and iniquitous attempts by the likes of Milo, Robinson, Watson et al, to seek to diminish and white-wash the impact of hate speech and racism ladled on minorities and trivialise what they perceive is the right to abuse, cause offence and spread hatred).

Without doubt, Twitter should be applauded for its efforts to curb members of the Far Right from spreading hate, marginalising minorities, promoting homophobia, misogyny, racial abuse, and inequality.

After-all, there is no such thing as free speech without responsibility. Any sane and reasonable person accepts this. If not, you are more than likely to have one or more personality disorders.

More worryingly, however, is that Twitter is now actively silencing liberals and socialists, like myself, who speak out against members of the Far Right and crimes of oppressive regimes, such as Saudi, Turkiye and Israel.

Erdogan and Netanyahu have both actively sought to crush the right of any individual to criticise their national policies of brutality, human rights abuses, political interventions, and continued war crimes.

For its part, the UK-based Community Security Trust (CST), working on behalf of the Israeli government, announced a few days ago, that it is working with and to ‘influence’ and re-educate Twitter to ‘remove’ anti-Zionist accounts, critical of Israel’s apartheid, demonstrated by its forced displacement of people, and illegal annexation and occupation of Palestinian lands.

As the journalist Asa Winstanley recently reminded us with a post on his Twitter feed, CST – a so-called registered charity, under the guise of monitoring anti-Semitism – ‘leads’, and ‘has been secretly participating in counter measures to shut down campaigns by the BDS movement‘, for a number of years.

The relevance of the use of the word ‘secretly’ in the above statement, by Asa, is very pertinent here.

As is clearly evident by recent statements made by the UK Tory party Conservative Friends of Israel, CST proactively seeks to influence and subvert the UK Government in its effort to have anti-Zionism and the BDS movement labelled as anti-Semitic and thus proscribed. Thereby creating a new offence, punishable by criminal sanction, such as a fine or prison sentence.

‘Antony Lerman — a genuine expert on the problem of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish violence in Europe — has strongly criticized the CST for its conflation of anti-Semitism with any moves to question the behavior of the State of Israel.’

(Quote from Sarah Irving Lobby Watch, published on Electronic Intifada’s site on 20 January 2015)

CST’s efforts to criminalise BDS and anti-Zionism in the UK have thus far failed, despite mucho butthurt outrage and protestations from other, equally, subversive and vexatious UK-based Jewish organisations, including by the Israeli government itself and Mark Regev, its UK Ambassador.

Like its counter-parts, such as the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, one of the other nefarious tactics that CST employs – in seeking to silence constructive debate and criticism to challenge and bring Israel’s human rights abuses to the fore – is to recruit, train, and work with individual volunteers. These volunteers then harass and name and shame BDS supporters and anti-Zionists online and in their real lives.

Both CST and CAA also encourage their volunteers to make multiple false and malicious reports to Twitter – in order to have BDS and pro-Palestinian accounts suspended – as recently happened to my Twitter account.

(As shown in the above link, @BedlamJones (regarding my own account suspension) is a well-known Zionist troll on social media, working with CST and other Zionist propaganda organisations, to have mine and other anti-Zionist twitter accounts suspended. It was CST who personally had my own account suspended).

My own account was suspended because I tweeted a meme of a troll doll with the quote ‘I would pay to see a noose around my trolls’ neck’. Twitter claims that my tweet was a violent threat and targeted harassment.

Similarly to making multiple false reports to Twitter, CST and CAA actively encourage their volunteers to gather potential evidence and make reports to the police to bring criminal charges of anti-Semitism. Insofar as I am aware, these efforts have failed in all but one case.

There is also new evidence that CST and CAA ‘volunteers’ are actively attempting to hack BDS and anti-Zionist social media accounts, as shown here:

https://twitter.com/JOYOURPAPARAZZI/status/800278221405257729

Twitter, more bizarrely, is now is now being increasingly selective and biased in which accounts it will suspend. In an experiment conducted by one user, the user tweeted the same post, but from two different accounts, substituting the word ‘White’ for the word ‘Black’. Guess which account Twitter suspended.

I will leave you with this quote by Voltaire:

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

In conclusion, it appears that the battle for freedom of speech; to challenge racism, oppression, and the criminal activity of nations such as Israel, has now stalled, and that by collusion with Twitter, proponents of, have won the argument for the moment.

All this serves to do, is to drive people away and make them more determined.

From my perspective, efforts to counter criticism of Israel’s war crimes, by smears, discrediting, and malicious reports, also ferments and exacerbates animosity toward Israel and Jews in general.

Yes, extremism, racism and anti-Semitism are entirely wrong! That said, I believe Zionism is racism.

I, and others like me, will continue to fight it!

The same view applies to the likes of Saudi and Turkiye.

TAKE NOTE: One day, we will rise again, and there will be change, but let’s just hope the Far Right don’t!



By Jason Schumann

formerly @debatingculture

Donald Trump: A Walking Disaster

9 Nov

When I say disaster, I mean it!

Trump is a documented serial bankrupt, an alleged paedophile and rapist, an out and out racist and homophobe, and a proud misogynist who even lusted after his own daughter on live television.

I don’t need to back up any of these claims, as the evidence is already out there.

Trump won because those who voted him in — largely White, uneducated, gun-toting, religious rednecks and coffin-dodgers — did so, to stick one to the establishment and on a clearly racist anti-immigration ticket.

This was coupled with the outrage of the bible-bashers upset with LGBTI rights laws, Muslims, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the economic woes of every day batshit American lives. 

The right-wing media gleefully did its part to feed into and stoked much of this hatefilled and vitriolic clusterfuck.

Like the humorons who voted for Brexit in the UK with their ‘little island’ mentality who are supporters of racist UKIP et al, the Moricons — by which I mean wilfully moronic, fuck-nugget Americans, in case you don’t understand what the term implies — who voted for Trump see themselves as having more rights and privilege over anyone else they do not consider one of them.

Want examples?

The KKK, the American Nazi Party, and the White Nationalist American Freedom Party, all endorsed Trump, as did the many evangelical organizations.

Well, here is what Trump is going to do, or seek to do:

  • Repeal equality laws for Black and other minority people, including the LGBTI community.
  • Strengthen religious freedom to discriminate against each of the above groups.
  • Repeal Obama’s healthcare bill that currently protects 62 million people on low incomes.
  • Forcibly deport and intern Latinos and Muslims.
  • Introduce greater protections for law enforcement officers who shoot down unarmed members of the public to allow them to escape scrutiny and justice in many cases.
  • Remove the rights of Native Americans to protect their homelands and property, which will include sending in military to forcibly remove them, even in a body bag.
  • Increase pollution and global warming by removing current legislation and granting no strings licenses to big corporations to produce more coal and frack without any consideration to local residents or the environment.
  • Make abortion illegal, even for rape victims, in favour of demented fucktard Xtian zealots.

With Trump in the driving seat of one of the world’s leading and most powerful economies, these are just a few of the things that are likely to get the go ahead.

Don’t even get me started on the American economy. It’s already on its arse; by which I mean dirt broke. Yes, that’s right, America is bankrupt; both morally and financially! Not a pot to piss in! Tanking! Living on borrowed time!

Doubt me?

In case you were wondering, there are now more than 10 major American cities that have filed for bankruptcy since Wall Street and lacks financial control caused the 2000, 2007 & 2008 crashes that resonated across and still impact on the world to this day. Many other American cities are in prolonged deficit and the housing market is still on its arse.

America is the most indebted country in the world, to the tune of 19,643,000,000,000 dollars. That is more than all the other most indebted countries in the world combined. Its trade deficit is equally as bad, and there is nothing Trump can do.

What about checks and balances, you may ask? They won’t work. America’s political system of lobbying, bribes, and favours, is one of the most corrupt in the world. Besides, Trump’s supporters and the humorons who voted for him would lynch him if he doesn’t carry out his promises.

Only today, on the announcement of his election, the dollar dropped again. It will drop further. The example below is proof.

[Image via Twitter]

World markets have also slumped but are recovering, unlike America.

Yes, America, you can expect recession and a deep depression like no other! Ultimately, Americans will suffer more than they have ever before. The rest of the world will also feel it but will recover more quickly.

Trump’s only solution is quantitative easing, which will devalue the dollar further, thus increasing inflation, damaging the markets such as structured products, depressing interest rates which impacts on savings and pensions, and international trade.

(China has previously stopped exporting valuable minerals to the U.S. due to its quantitative easing program).

Already world leaders are sending warning shots to Trump.

As my neighbour’s 11 year old daughter said today: “Mummy, the world is doomed! What are we going to do? Can someone assassinate him?”

Despite my equally negative views of Hillary, I would have to agree with this girl’s conclusions.

America is well and truly fucked!

By Jason Schumann

Remembering Victims of Holocaust: A Memorial for One or All?

29 Sep

As part of an address to British Jewish communities, former PM, David Cameron, pledged that the UK Government would fund a memorial in remembrance of the mainly Jewish victims of World War 2.

The memorial is to be sited in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to Parliament.

Since the announcement, plans for the memorial are now expected to include a learning centre, for school groups and visitors to London.

A competition was recently announced for the design of the memorial, including plans for the learning centre.

If it does not run over budget, the whole project is expected to cost around £50 million, largely paid for by the British taxpayer.

As noted in the Mirror, ‘UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation chairman, Sir Peter Bazalgette, said: “The task of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation was to find a site that would allow a striking, prominent and iconic memorial to be built.”‘

In effect, the memorial and learning centre, will become Britain’s answer to Auschwitz and the Anne Frank Museum.

Understandably, a number of individuals, including myself have voiced concerns. Some, rightly or wrongly, now consider it an industry.

For me, as I will explain, I do not believe that there has ever been only one holocaust, but that there have been many holocausts, of equal significance, and equal worthiness of commemorating the victims of.

Indeed, when I asked Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Trust, ‘why can we not have a universal memorial and learning centre to remember all holocausts not just one?’

Her response was, because the ‘Holocaust’ was unique.’

(I’ve since emailed her to clarify this profound and exceptional differentiating statement, but I am yet to receive a response or acknowledgement).

 

Sorry, not sorry! No one event in our wretched histories that ‘qualifies’ as a holocaust/ genocide, is no less, or more unique or significant than any other similar event in history.

To imply that it (WWII) is deserving of  uniqueness, only serves to diminish the other (such catastrophic events, in our shared histories) and asserts privilege of one group of victims (of such events) and the suffering (and heinous acts committed against one group) over another.

As Jackie Walker, of the UK Labour party’s Momentum group recently noted — and was subsequently on the receiving end of a tremendous amount of unwarranted vitriol from Jewish media for stating — the term ‘Holocaust’ is not a term that is the preserve or monopoly of Jews alone (paraphrased).

Indeed. Jews were not the only victims of World War 2.

In case you do not know/ have forgotten, many members of Roma, Polish, Muslims, LGBT, and other communities were victims too.

Clearly, a £50 million memorial, solely for the remembrance of Jewish victims of World War 2, simply reinforces ideas of (Jewish) privilege and victimhood, thus reinforcing negative stereotypes and prejudicial resentment of Jews.

Here is a list of Holocausts in recent times:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history

 

The term ‘Holocaust’ does not, nor has it ever done, belonged solely to members of the Jewish community.

The term ‘holocaust’  was only adopted as such, in the 1950’s, after World War 2.

(The term ‘Holocaust’, in its original meaning, refers to sacred burning or sacrifice.)

 

It was first used in terms of genocide by John Milton in the 17th century.

If we are to remember ALL our dead, at the hands of bastards, murderers, and maniacal dictators, and learn from such past atrocities, committed by and against humankind, what we should have, is one memorial, and one learning centre, to remember all victims of all holocaust and genocidal acts.

It is my view, that we should (all) universally unite in our mourning, condemnation, and determination to say: Never Again!

A very recent study I have conducted confirms that such a memorial should not be attributed to Jews alone.

Why?

Because it devalues and assigns all other victims of holocaust to second status.

 

 

By Jason Schumann

 

 

Online Harassment, David Hirsh, Marko Attila Hoare, Jasna Badzak, Zionist Smears, 35 Hack Attempts on My Twitter Account

9 Sep

Updated on Sunday, 18 September, 2016 at 17:27

 

The following images are of two of my abusers.

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[Images publicly available via the interwebz: Jasna Badzak and Marko Attila Hoare]

 

Introduction:

This is an article about the online abuse I have suffered and smear campaigns to silence me, because of my view and campaigning on Human Rights.

It is a truly disgusting picture of the depravity of human nature and efforts, tactics, and extremes that state actors and their supporters will  deploy to smear, and damage critics and activists.

 

About Me:

I am a researcher, human rights campaigner, occasional blogger/ writer, very outspoken, and former senior arts manager.

I run my own (this) blog and use to write for News786, before the news site ran into trouble with Modi. I’ve also published one or two articles on the Medium site.

My current area of research is focussed on the UK Counter Extremism Strategy and its impact on British Muslim communities. I am also conducting research on the themes of migration, refugees, and LGBTI Human Rights abuses.

My Human Rights work includes: campaigning against the closure of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp, the Human Zoo protest, Rohingya, #BlackLivesMatter, the French governments attempt to ban the burka, and previously a two year campaign on Ebola.

I publish several small newsletters and e-bulletins on various Human Rights and civil society issues.

I also run several networks, including the largest Facebook group for artists and craft-makers, enabling collaborations between artists, sharing work and expertise, posting opportunities for exhibiting, making, fellowships, employment etc.

I am very active on Twitter and tweet about the current crisis in Yemen, #BlackLivesMatter, LGBTI Human Rights news, refugees, and generally about politics, culture, and current affairs.

 

Previous Online Abuse:

Some of my posts on Twitter have brought considerable abuse, both on and offline.

In the extreme, I’ve had death threats, late night telephone calls, pizza deliveries, call outs by the fire service. The more inane abuse includes insults about my sexual orientation, racism, and crude references about the fact I am HIV. They have also targeted my partner and his work, incurring business costs, due to a suspected cyber attack.

I’ve also had individuals publish my personal information and steal photos of my family and I from my Facebook account and reposted on Twitter with obscenities.

Quite understandably, I have sometimes been outraged and felt moments of disgust and almost violent anger.

If someone abuses, uses my copyright, insults me, I will generally retort. I usually tell them to fuck off, go suicide, tell them I will ruin them, call them a cunt, or whatever.

Here’s a take on my philosophy regarding online abuse:

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As you can see, and I am sure you will understand, because of the abuse I’ve received, I generally will not take any drama or shit from anyone. Anyone who abuses me will get short shrift and told exactly where to shove it.

Abuse I have received from women is no different. If a woman, on social media, messages me or replies to something I have posted, with which she disagrees, with any abuse, profanity, threats, or bile, I will retort. That is quid pro quo and is the essence of gender equality, imho. No special favours, except where inequality or misogyny is present or exists.

 

Recent Abuse:

Just recently, one such woman, by the name of Jasna Badzak, despite having a police warning against her, and having been served with a cease and desist notice, not to abuse or harass me, decided to have another go at me. Yes, she has done this before, hence the police warning and cease and desist notice.

I didn’t respond to her directly, as such. What I did, was to collate the URLs of her tweets about me and publish them on Storify.

Storify is simply a website that has the function of enabling a user to collect posts, articles, and comments on social media, to create a story.

You can see them here:

  1. https://storify.com/debatingculture/mancial-rantings-of-convicted-fraudster-jasna-badz
  2. https://storify.com/debatingculture/final-warning-andreaurbanfox-and-jasnabadzak

(Important: For context and clarity, please do ensure that you read through the above links — you can right click to open them in a new window).

 

In the first link (above), it is perfectly clear that Jasna is a convicted fraudster. Equally as important, the content shows that she is vindictive to the point of being mentally disturbed.

The second link, shows the abuse and vitriol directed at me, after I was informed that she was sullying my name and spreading malicious and false gossip about me.

I didn’t respond directly (well, only to her most ludicrous claims), but I did document and record her abuse and vitriol, hence the publication of the Storify.

 

Hacking My Social Media:

Within 24 hours of the publication of the Storify in the second link (above), Jasna, and/ or an associate, made 6 attempts to hack my twitter account. The evidence of which, is here:

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The first attempted password hack, occurred on Sunday, 04 September, 2016.

On the Monday morning, I immediately contacted the police and Twitter and posted information to my followers to inform them of what was happening to me.

By Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, a blog was published about myself and others, regarding our views on Israel and its oppression of Palestinians and occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

The blog was published by Marko Attila Hoare.

Marko is a Historian, lecturing at Kingston University, UK, so you would expect someone of his professional and academic standing to be less abusive, but, apparently not. Marko is a known internet troll. (Three separate links, detailing his bullying, character assassination, and intimidation of others).

Within 24 hours of the publication Marko’s blog, there were a further 29 attempts to hack my password to my Twitter account. I have no idea if Marko himself was involved, but his blog was a direct causal link to these further hack attempts.

It’s worth noting here, that Jasna and Marko are associates and know each other in public circles and they are ‘twiends’ on the Twattersphere.

How timely that Jasna abuses me online, then there are several attempts to hack my twitter when I retort, then Marko writes a defamatory blog about me, resulting in a further 29 hack attempts?

I have no idea why Marko wrote his blog about myself and others. I haven’t communicated with him since January, 2016, so it is more than a coincidence, that he pops up from nowhere, with a blog, in which I am mentioned, two days after Jasna’s abuse, and the resulting 35 hack attempts to gain access to my Twitter account.

Interestingly, Jasna has now resorted to sending herself repeated login requests to her own Twitter account, claiming that I am trying to hack her.

 

Israel Silencing Its Critics and JewHate:

As one of my followers said: There is no such thing as coincidence.

Indeed. All of this was an orchestrated attack on my good name, my protection from harassment, freedom of speech, security, privacy, and right to expression.

In his blog, Marko first accuses me of being antiSemitic.

First of all, I object to the use of the term of ‘antiSemitism/ ic’. Why? Because Palestinians are also Semites.

This is not tautology; this is irrefutable genetic fact.

The term ‘antiSemitic/ ism’ has been appropriated and misused by many Jews and Zionists, alike, to refer to Jews only, thus giving Jews special status and victimhood, for the heinous crimes of the monster that was Adolf Hitler.

I do not hate Jews nor am I guilty of JewHate either; I am part Jewish on my GrandFather’s side.

Here’s former Israeli Minister, Shulamit Aloni’s view on ‘antiSemitism’:
Human Rights View:

As stated earlier, I am a Human Rights campaigner.

Many of my efforts, articles, posts, and tweets, on social media, are about Israeli war crimes, Human Rights abuse, illegal settlements, and occupation of Palestinian rights and lands.

That said, I also criticise Saudi, Russia, the US, Myanmar, France, Turkiye, the UK, Zimbabwe, and many other Human Rights abusers.

My critiques, campaigns etc, against Human Rights abusers, and their leaders and supporters, does not make me discriminatory or prejudiced against them, so why should Marko, or anyone else, claim that I am prejudice against Israeli citizens, for the action of its state actors or institutions?

Marko’s blog was a blatant attempt to provoke me, silence me, and/ or damage me. That is absolutely clear!

Marko also accused me of abusing him, which is an outright lie. The only thing I have ever said or done to him, is ask him to retract his false and malicious claims about me.

I ask you, in what warped universe is that considered abuse, of any sort?

He also claims that I misrepresent Palestinian rights and organisations who support and promote Palestinian rights and freedoms.

Note: I have never claimed to represent Palestinians or any organisation that either supports and promotes Palestinian rights and freedoms.

 

I merely speak from my heart, that Israel (Israhell!!)- and yes, Hamas – are both guilty of war crimes and should be brought to the international criminal court.

Marko’s blog about me, was a deliberate, orchestrated hatchet job against me!

I am in no doubt that members of the pro-Israeli lobby, and supporters of, put him up to this smear campaign against me.

Indeed, what demented and vindictive individual would then try to hack my Twitter account on no less than 35 occasions, and why?

Here’s a link to my initial response to Marko’s blog and hack attempts I received:

https://storify.com/debatingculture/zionists-marko-hoare-and-attempted-hacking-of-my-t

 

Lawfare and Silencing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions:

Incidentally, Marko and Jasna’s lawyer, is the Zionist Jew, Mark Lewis. Mark and I have history. He has tried and failed several times to falsely report me to the police, encourage others to harass me, and made failed attempts to bring me to court for my stance against Israel’s war crimes.

Here is more on Mark Lewis:

https://storify.com/debatingculture/here-s-mlewislawyer-slandering-threatening-and-wis

https://storify.com/debatingculture/the-curious-case-of-richard-simmons-the-hasbara-tr

(Note: Zionism is not a pejorative term and do not conflate Zionism with Judaism, as not all Jews are Zionists and vice versa. To do so, only serves and validates Zionism itself). 

 

Since January, 2016, Mark Lewis, has been subject to a complaint (by me) with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is why he will not engage me directly, and uses Marko and Jasna to do so instead.

Jasna makes that clear, here:

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This is what is called organised lawfare, by Jews, Zionists, and pro-Israel supporters, to silence valid debate on the atrocities committed by both sides in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.

This is not conspiracy theory, false flag, flat earth, paranoid delusion. It is real, and it is happening to me, because I have taken a stance and choose to speak out against it, despite the outcomes.

Many Zionists and pro-Israeli groups and individuals have called for the murder and ruination of those who criticise Israel’s war crimes:

http://www.middleeastrising.com/israeli-ministers-call-civil-targeted-killing-bds-activists-barghouti-mentioned-name/

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208429

http://freebeacon.com/issues/anti-israel-groups-lobby-to-derail-anti-bds-measure/

https://www.rt.com/uk/358543-israel-palestine-boycott-erdan/#.V9CD_AaVlkE.twitter

My humanitarian views, should not mean I or other like-minded, concerned individuals, are deserving of such vitriol, abuse, and smears against us.

Vitriolic Abuse and Hatred:

Below are examples of how hatefilled, demented, and vindictive the likes of Zionists like Marko, Jasna, and Mark are:

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This is Jasna Badzak admitting to setting up troll account to abuse and harass me.

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Yes, I am HIV. Through no fault of my own, but that of someone I love, and remain with to this day.

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The above is an image that shows a partial email address belonging to Jasna Badzak. In a moment of extreme anger, she admitted this by posting a tweet I have shown above.

I also possess another image, which shows a partial image of her mobile/ cell phone number. Yes, I have Jasna’s number, as she once gave it to me, before she decided to vilify me.

 

Zionist Plot, Conspiracy, Paranoia, or Fallacy:

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So you think all this attempted hacking of my account and Marko’s malicious blog is either completely made up, or just free speech, at worst.. a case of trolling?

Well, I’ve already provided you with proof that there were attempts to hack my account, in a screenshot, above.

As explained above, I have been trolled and abused online many times; it’s why I am so profane about and to those who do so. However, no one has ever tried to hack my Twitter account, until Jasna’s abuse and Marko’s blog about me, within two days of each other.

It is also a fact, that Mark Lewis has previously provided legal representation for both Jasna and Marko, and they all know and follow each other offline. In addition, all of them regularly attack those who challenge or criticise Israel.

So what, other than this?

Cue in David Hirsh, who is a lecturer at Goldsmiths.

David has been described as an ‘ultra-Zionist’. He’s also been described as a fierce opponent of all boycotts of Israel, who actively conflate the BDS movement and anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, by which, he actually means hatred against Jews (1).

David is also founder (2) of the blog site, on which Marko published his blog. I know this because the site is registered in David’s own name and at his home address in Reading (3).

Marko and David are also friends and colleagues and review each other’s work, write articles and letters together, on issues of Zionism and BDS, and regularly conspiring to accuse Israel’s critics of ‘antischwemitism’ by means of defaming them (4 & 5). David is also linked to the Board of Deputies and the Community Service Trust (6). He also has links to Simon Cobbs of Sussex Friends, who is a member of the terrorist organisation, Jewish Defence League (7). David is also an associate of Jewish Chronicle editor, Stephen Pollard, in that they both sit on several Boards and Advisory Panels together (8).

Incidentally, after Jasna recommenced her abuse of me, she was contacted byJosh Jackman to write and article about myself and others for the Jewish Chronicle (9). I understand Josh decided not to go ahead with the article, after I sent him an email advising him of the repercussions if he did so.

These links below, prove that Marko, Jasna, David, and Mark Lewis, attempted at hatchet job in a pathetic smear blog, to defame myself and others:

(1) https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=david+hirsh+zionism&hl=en-GB&gbv=1&oq=david+hirsh+zionism&gs_l=heirloom-serp.3…4634.6719.0.7113.7.7.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1ac.1.34.heirloom-serp..7.0.0.3CUeZxf0FRg

(2) https://whois.domaintools.com/engageonline.org.uk

(3) http://www.cbetta.com/director/david-hirsh-2

(4) https://duckduckgo.com/?q=david+hirsh+marko+hoare&atb=v29-5__&ia=web

(5) https://www.dissentmagazine.org/wp-content/files_mf/1390433961d15Letters.pdf

(6) https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=david+hirsh+cst&hl=en-GB&gbv=1&oq=david+hirsh+cst&gs_l=heirloom-serp.3…2713.3294.0.4168.3.3.0.0.0.0.335.751.0j1j1j1.3.0….0…1ac.1.34.heirloom-serp..2.1.335.6jvpq4BIu1Y

(7) https://duckduckgo.com/?q=simon+cobbs+jewish+defence+league&t=opera&ia=web

(8) http://eiscablog.eu/board/

(9) https://twitter.com/josh_jackman/status/774243629821034497 

I think I have more than established here, the connections motive and intentions. If you still doubt me, you must have an acute case of cognitive dissonance.

To paraphrase Aristotle, you have defaulted to the (Zionist) lie, as this is all you know, and when shown the truth, refuse to deviate from the lie you’ve had drilled into you!

 

What Happens Next:

In conclusion, I would like to remind those who are watching me and seeking to silence and/ or discredit me, it will not work!

To those who support me, solidarity!

Now all matters are in the hands of the police and authorities.

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Update:

It seems Marko will not heed my request to cease and desist his abuse and smears of me.

In his own words, he has now said that he is going to go all out to “expose” me, as he put it. I must now take this as a serious threat to defame me, to damage my name, credibility and my work.

As this is clearly targeted abuse by Marko to malign me, I believe that it also constitutes a clear and cut case of harassment with menaces; as such, I must now take further action.

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Wrong move, Marko!

 

Special Note:

I will not be silenced by anyone! Indeed. Your efforts to silence or hurt me, will only make me stronger!

In the words of my late acquaintance, and a fellow Human Rights activist, Said El Said: Up the Rebels!

All comments, images, and other information posted in this blog, are in the public domain and believed to be a matter of public record. I, Jason Lee, of the family: Schumann, have posted in good faith, in the belief that the contents of this blog are true and not in any way specious or false.

 

By Jason Lee, of the family: Schumann

Zionist Lobby Uses #UK LGBT ‘Pink News’ to Skew Iran Deal

2 Sep

Originally Publish on News786, 2015

 

In a comment piece entitled ‘Why LGBT people should oppose the Iran nuclear deal’, Berlin-based Journalist, Bejamin Weinthal, was given a platform by the Editors of British-based, online news site, Pink News, to write an op-ed on the Iran Deal, about the country’s ill-treatment of the LGBT community, which it published in its Current Affairs section on the 08 August 2015. In addition to telling us that the deal is bad for LGBT people in Iran, Weinthal also wrote that the deal was [would also be] bad for the global LGBT community.

In his piece, Weinthal fails to offer a single reason, source, explanation, or evidence to confirm, substantiate or support his claim that the deal is bad for LGBT community in Iran or even globally. His only hint at a reason, was in reference to a remark he made on ‘the abolition of Iran’s death penalty for gays and lesbians, with the nuclear accord.’ However dreadful and abhorrent Iran’s Human Rights record and ill-treatment of its own people is, abolition of the death penalty was not part of the Vienna Accord, nor on the table for any part of the discussions.

What was on the table, and at the core of discussions, was non-proliferation and Iran’s acceptance of limits on its nuclear programme, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. There is not a single mention, or reference, in the 159-page Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action report to either the death penalty, or LGBT Rights. The only reference to Human Rights is the US-imposed ‘Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Right Act 2012’, which was enacted primarily to impose sanctions based on Iran’s energy and financial sectors; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and support for terrorism.

Weinthal quotes figures from WikiLeaks and Amnesty International on the estimated number of executions, since the founding of the republic in 1979. He also added, ‘Executions have increased since Iran’s allegedly moderate president Hassan Rouhani’.

Indeed, in 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “He (Rouhani) has not made any significant improvement in ending human rights abuses since taking office.” But again, although this is without question, a deplorable state of affairs, what does this have to do with the deal and the discussions that took place in Vienna?

Weinthal goes on to criticize the reciprocal economic benefits of the deal for international business and governments, in stating, ‘European companies are flocking to Iran to sell “dual-use” equipment that can be used for military or civilian purposes’, which is clearly a misleading claim, as most countries have stated, publicly, that they will not permit this, including Britain, France, and Germany.

Rather desperately, Weinthal attempts to implore our (yes, I am Ghey) sympathies by stating, ‘some prominent gays have profoundly misjudged the terror of Iran’s regime.’ In response to which, I would ask Weinthal how my fellow members of the international LGBT community have done so? After-all, we didn’t take part in the discussions or strike the deal, did we?

So why is Pink News giving him column inches, and why is Weinthal seeking to persuade LGBT-ers to speak out against the Iran deal? As it turns out, the whole piece was a complete plant, instigated by Israel’s propaganda machine and the Zionist lobby agenda. What proof do I offer, you may ask? Well, first, the Chief Executive of Pink News, is Benjamin Cohen, who is Jewish and well acquainted with Weinthal since as early as 2012. Weinthal is also Jewish and a known Zionist. Both Cohen and Weinthal believe passionately in Israel’s right to exist and have posted on social media and written so. It is perfectly clear, having conducted various online searches, that neither Cohen nor Weinthal are fans of the Iranian regime; especially, as Weinthal is so vehemently outspoken and critical of Iran.

Oh, did I mention that it was Cohen, who gave Weinthal the idea to include the persecuted Iranian poet, Payam Feili in his op-ed? Weinthal is also a fellow of the Right-wing think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is largely funded by pro-Israeli, Republican and international Jewish donors, and which is focused on national security and foreign policy issues.

Of course we should condemn and challenge Iran’s Human Rights record, and we have and will continue to do so. For his own campaigning efforts to highlight abuses, the prominent British LGBT Activist, Peter Tatchell, has been labelled by Iranian authorities, as a spy.

However, I am in full agreement with Weinthal, when he suggests that the deal should be renegotiated to include addressing Iran’s Human Rights record. That said, this should have been on the table from the start of discussions. It is therefore too late in the day to even consider this option. Now we have the deal, and once political ties have improved and stabilized, only we can begin the dialogue about other important issues, like pushing for Human Rights.

As readers were quick to realize; Weinthal’s op-ed article, was clearly a propaganda piece to support, and promote, Israeli identity politics and nation-building. As one reader noted:

“Daniel • 3 days ago

 Benjamin Weinthal’s latest article for the Jerusalem post: “

Analysis: Is Germany’s pro-Iran deal diplomatic offensive a threat to Israel’s security?”

For some reason I doubt his position has anything to do with LGBT rights.”

 

Another said:

“Daniel M Y • 3 days ago

But that has absolutely NOTHING to do with their nuclear program, so why don’t you ‘keep to the point’? This author’s beef is with the threat a nuclear Iran could pose to Israel, but instead of coming out and saying it he’s implying that all he cares about is LGBT rights. The fact that he doesn’t mention Israel even once in this article shows how disingenuous he is.”

 

Out of 100 comments on Weinthal’s piece; all suggested that it was Israeli propaganda, with no interest or genuine concern for LGBT Rights.

One last thing, readers: if we are to question Iran’s Human Rights record, should we not also question the United States, Russia, and China’s? All three countries have the death penalty, and woeful Human Rights records, in regard to LGBT rights. Israel’s Human Rights record also warrants as much questioning; particularly, in light of its treatment of African Jews and Palestinians.

 

Sources:

https://archive.is/TfB39

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/benjamin-weinthal-iran-cheat-article-1.2292276

https://archive.is/LCurQ

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/d-c-s-premier-hawkish-thinktank-is-funded-by-israel-supporters-marcus-adelson-and-singer

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/07/19/271431/fdd-donors/

 

 

Article by Jason Schumann, aka @debatingculture

 

White Privilege: When is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist?

1 Sep

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Photo: Zack Davies, Facebook Page

 

Original Article Published on News7826, 2015

Zack Davies (pictured above) took a machete to Dr Bhambra’s head, a Sikh man, in a UK supermarket, because he had brown skin. Davies wanted to wreak revenge for the death of Lee Rigby, who was publicly murdered in the streets of Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, in 2013.

Also in the UK, a few weeks ago (May, 2015), two 15-year-old teen boys were given a 12-month custody order by UK courts for purchasing explosive chemicals and other related materials, in a plot to blow up parliament and commit public acts or murder, including beheadings.

Similarly, in June 2015, Dylann Roof, massacred nine lives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, because he felt Blacks were taking over and he wanted to start a race war. 

In contrast, just last week (July/ August 2015), there were confirmed reports of a deliberate explosion at a gas works in St Quentin-Fallavier, France, followed by the discovery of a decapitated body. The perpetrators’ name is one Yassin Salhi. The body was that of Salhi’s boss, Herve Cornora.

What’s the difference between these events, we might ask? The difference, is that only in the case of Salhi, were officials, governments, and the media, quick to condemn his actions as an act of terrorism. Salhi has since said his actions were related to family and work troubles, though evidence also clearly disputes this. 

In all the other three cases (Davies, the Two Teen Boys, and Roof), members of Far Right, the media, politicians, and the judiciary, have been quick to label these extremists as ‘lone-wolves’ and ‘troubled’, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Davies and Roof both had known links Far Right extremist organisations. Extremist paraphernalia being found in each of their homes and in their possession, including the teen boys. It was the same with Anders Breivik.

When news of Zack Davies first came to light, the likes of Far Right extremists such as Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch); Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, founder of the English Defence League); and professional Islamophobe, Tarek Fatah (Columnist for Toronto Sun), were all quick to explain away his [Davies’] actions, as a Muslim plot to ‘Islamificate’ the West, with ‘Moozlamic rayguns’ and ‘Shakira Law.’

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Robert Doggart, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, is an ordained Christian minister in the Christian National Church, who plotted a violent attack against a Muslim-American community in New York state, was released without charge. The Daily Beast labelled him as a ‘lethal threat.’ Doggart only faces a fine (yes, a fine) for his actions.

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As Charles Kurzman, and Dan Schanzer have noted, the real terrorist threat, ‘is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists’ (NY Times, June 2015). The question is, when will the world wake up, and stop victim blaming Muslims, and Black people, for all that is wrong in this world? Kurzman and Schanzer’s own research found that only 3 percent of anti-government extremism recorded, was severe by law enforcement agencies came from Muslim extremists.

I restate the question: when will politicians, the media, and law enforcement stop scapegoating Muslims and members of the Black community as extremists and thugs? When will they start treating their ‘own’ as an equal threat to the function of mainstream society and the cause of its systemic problems? When will Western governments, and societies, learn, and accept, that they are as much responsible for radicalised, home-grown terrorism, and the rise of Daesh, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, in the Middle East, and Africa? Especially, as Western governments have created and proactively fund and support terrorism.

 

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/the-other-terror-threat.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/18/guess-why-this-christian-terrorist-plot-against-muslims-isn-t-getting-any-press.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881

http://njtoday.net/2015/05/17/report-claims-america-created-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-and-syria-isis/

 

 

 

Article by: Jason Schumann, 2016

When Freedom of Speech is Forfeit: A Road to Equality and Tolerance

29 Nov

The view of many Westerners is that it is a given right that they be permitted to say what they like about anything and anyone; and should be permitted to do so without hindrance or interference from the state. From religion, to culture, politics and humanity. Quite clearly, this is largely due to the increasing prevalence of devices such as secularist ideology, societal fragmentation, the rise of social media, and greater social and cultural freedoms.

These individuals, more often than not, internet trolls and libertarian types, who espouse such views to attack anyone and anything- with their growing sense of social disobedience and dissociative individuality- are quite happy to post cruel images and comments of Jews, Muslims, women and others online- without thought or consideration for the morality of what has been posted or offence or intrusion caused. They are more than content to incite, promote and instil indifference, hate and intolerance in the rest of us. They say it is their right to cause such offence- to stir up tensions; create discord; and ferment cultural, religious and ethnic divisions- because secular society and political freedom affords them this right. I say otherwise.

I, myself, occasionally swear; because I can and that is my right. But there is a difference and swearing to express outrage or emphasize a point is a world away from deliberately going out of one’s way to cause offence and believing it is right. We are all free to challenge or criticise… and even mock those with whom we disagree; or swear at those who insult or offend us. That is a right we all deserve; that should not be challenged or controlled by the state, or its institutions. Of this, there is no doubt.

The issue is, when the right to freedom of speech crosses an important line of social conduct. What is crossing a line? Crossing a line is the deliberate vilification, harassment, intimidation, incitement or humiliation of another, because they can and not because it is right or called for. But some of these individuals think it is perfectly acceptable to libel someone or speak in a derogatory fashion; that may be either racist, sexist or homophobic. These individuals think it is totally acceptable to denigrate and ridicule anything or anyone… because of their belief in freedom of speech. They believe it is perfectly acceptable to perpetuate social, cultural, religious and ethnic stereotypes that entrench our divisions and create and maintain difference and discord.

What they are blind to see or refuse to accept, is that their firm belief in freedom of speech, is often demonstrably detrimental to the society as a whole and demonstrates a complete abandonment of moral compass, mutual respect and coexistence and our increasing intolerance of one another. This is a retrograde step for any progressive, inclusive and tolerant society.

Note to these trolls and libertarians: Your freedom of speech is forfeit when you entrench or create division; attack anyone without justification; smear people; and prevent humanity reaching a peaceful and mutually acceptable point of progression where we, humans, can exist without hate or inequality. This benefits us all, so to hell with your freedom of speech. There is no such thing without respect and consideration to the rest of us. Your ‘right’ harms us all and holds us all back in seeking global, peaceful coexistence.

Author: Jason Schumann.

Youth unemployment – A social and economic time bomb waiting to happen.

15 Oct

Darren Batey

After attending another plenary session today looking at youth unemployment, I’ve found myself anxious about the focus on our future. It’s hard to tackle the issues of youth unemployment especially when the problem seems to be us.

There are many countries represented at the One Young World Summit (the largest representation after the Olympics) and after hearing many views on unemployment, I currently feel like I have been shocked in to a reality I wish I’d never been made aware of. However, I do believe that we need to know and realise what the ongoing issues are in this world so that we can ultimately lead for change.

Much of the debate was entrepreneurial focused and as much as I respect those speaker’s efforts, I believe there is a wider issue which Jeremy Lamri touched upon during his speech. “Entrepreneurial skills are important but if honest are only relevant to a…

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