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Symbolism, Remembrance, Peace, Poppies, and Patriotism

17 Nov

[Published 17 November, 2017]

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The remembrance poppy or red poppy as it is commonly known is being discussed once again, as to its relevance and/ or the importance of what it signifies and represents in minds of individuals and collectively, as a society.

Since its adoption into our consciousness, the poppy has become an internationally recognised sacred symbol to commemorate the ‘fallen’ on Armistice and Anzac Day, who have died in war and is sold in its artificial form to raise money to provide support for veterans.

For some, however, its symbolism and importance as such are considered a bone of contention, in that its use is perceived to glorify war and somehow wrongly promote a sense of national pride and patriotism.

Those who support this view consider that the white poppy is a more appropriate symbol for remembrance, because of its alternative links and association with the pacifist movement, which promotes peace and dialogue over war and nationalist sentiment.

Whatever our views of either poppy, it is important for us all to remember, that totems such as these two poppies have become, are in fact complimentary and as much inextricably linked to one another as are the events of the past and the actions of the present that impact on the future.

Both these totems of human suffering and humanity form part of a universal and shared ritual of memory and coexistence in society that, in my own view, should remain so, as sacrosanct reminders of all our collective experiences and expectations, for a better and more peaceful world in which we would all wish to live equally.

 

Author: Jason Schumann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bob Blackman: British MP Unapologetic About Links to antiMuslim Hindu and English Nationalists

28 Oct

[Published 28 October, 2017]

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Bob Blackman, a Tory MP and patron of the Campaign Against AntiSemitism, recently hosted a Diwali celebration event in the UK’s House of Commons with extremist, Tapan Ghosh.

The event was also attended by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, who issued an immediate apology.

Ghosh, a Hindu Nationalist, has previously called for the genocide of Muslims in Kashmir, as well as praising the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar.

Ghosh, also founder of the Hindu Defence League, has also been praised by former English Defence League founder, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who is more well-known by the name, Tommy Robinson.

Did Blackman apologise or distance himself from Ghosh?

Answer: No.

In response to questions and criticism of attending an event and meeting with Ghosh, and despite having organised it, Blackman shrugged it off, simply saying he was not aware of who was invited and did not see what all the fuss was about.

In a statement, he gave to the press, he also defended Ghosh, stating that his presence was relevant to the event taking place. Blackman did state that he would have challenged Ghosh had he made any similar comments but that free speech was paramount.

However, it now transpires, that Blackman is also associated with Robinson, having interacted with him and apparently shown agreement with his views on social media. In one such interaction, Blackman retweeted a tweet in which Robinson states that Hindus in Bangladesh are surrounded by Muslims.

What neither Blackman nor Robinson seem to have grasped is that it was the brutalism of British colonialism and policy of divide and rule, which has created and exacerbated religious tensions and the unequal religious makeup of Bangladeshi society; first after the partition of India and then, when Bangladesh became its own country after civil war with and separation from Pakistan.

Blackman and Robinson also seem to ignore nor the fact that it is Bangladesh which is bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee crisis of the Rahimyar Muslims – who are being driven out of Rakhine and over the border by the Myanmar government – which is arguably adding to the tensions and religious divide.

Blackman’s links with and apparently ardent support for Hindus does not go unmissed or without some questioning as to where his loyalties may lie.

A quick view of Blackman’s expenses, shows that he was paid several hundred pounds to attend an anti-Iran event organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the Welle Association, which supports and explicitly promotes regime change in Iran.

In addition, he also receives regular donations from two Hindu businessmen; a significant donation received from the former hedge fund manager, Lord Fink for undisclosed remunerations; and a donation from a property company to attend a conference in Israel.

There is an even larger donation received from the Indian High Commission.

India, incidentally, conspired with Bengali and Hindu Nationalists, for the civil war that brought about the creation and establishment of Bangladesh, which was also funded and supported by Israel and British governments.

Not directly, but by repeatedly ‘liking’ and ‘retweeting’ criticism and hatred toward Muslims, Blackman, indirectly, shows himself for who he really is and who he supports.

Rajnish Kashyap, Director of the Hindu Council of Britain, was asked to comment and condemn the invitation of Ghosh to the House of Commons event hosted by Blackman, but has failed to respond.

And, whilst the Campaign Against AntiSemitism maliciously and wrongly accuses the European Forum for Ethnic Minority Individuals, Communities, Individuals, and Organizations of creating tension between Sikhs and Muslims, it has so far refused to remove Blackman as its patron.

All the while, Campaign Against AntiSemitism, has recently called for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to remove as a patron and disassociate itself from the Jewish comedian, Alexi Sayle, following an interview with Sky News in which he claimed that all allegations of antisemitism “amongst supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are a complete fabrication.”

Presumably, Blackman remains as a patron of the fake charity, Campaign Against AntiSemitism because of his support and associations with and for Hindu Nationalists against Muslims, which, naturally, serves Israel’s interests best.

Watch this space for the Campaign Against AntiSemitism to come back with a smear, making false accusations of antiSemitism.

Sadly, it would appear that Muslims are now under attack from all sides of the fascistic spectrum.

Since publishing this blog, Blackman has sadly blocked on Twitter.

Author: Jason Schumann

A Person of Interest: Trolls, Zionists, and Others

23 Oct

[Published 23 October, 2017]

Over the years, my blog and social media posts have amassed a certain amount of interest.

My followership and those whom take an interest in what I blog or post about can be broken down into four different types.

First, we have those who often share an interest of what I post, whom I would term likeminded and woke individuals, who actually give a damn about the world in which we live. Even if just on one particular subject or topic that I comment on or blog about.

The second group, whom I refer to as ‘specimens’, are the obsessive and pathetic trolls that lurk under the dark rocks and in corners of what has become antisocial media, who appear to have nothing better to do than spy on me every day.

You could call this group my deranged fans, of sorts.

Someone I no longer associate with calls them the ‘fish wives.’ This group hiss, backbite and form little armies in effort to somehow bring about my demise.

Delusion, I know.

They’re never successful at it though; I am always ready for them and have others who look out for me and tip me off about their plans.

Yes, it’s actually that lame that there are those who have to keep a look out for me because these pernicious trogs and specimens simply won’t move one.

Someone in particular has been paying a few keyword searches on my blog, repeatedly.

The third group is a group of hardcore Zionists, who just love to scream and yell “ANTISEMITE”, at anyone who is critical of Israel or questions the perpetual victimhood of the Jewish diaspora.

Don’t get me wrong, historically, Jews have indeed suffered immensely and I do not nor would I ever seek to diminish that. Only seeking to point out the hypocrisy when it comes to Israel’s maltreatment of Palestinians and others.

The most pernicious of this group like to write blogs about me, to discredit and smear, which is what they do.

The last group who seem to avidly follow me are the private and state actors; you know, like the ones who recently placed a bomb under the car of the Maltese journalist, for example.

These are perhaps the worst of my stalkers. The one’s who do not like me poking into or exposing their business practices and corruption.

These are the one’s whose human rights abuses, business and other affairs I look into and expose. I dare say I have cost them a fair packet in fees after spooking them into moving their cash around to different offshore accounts.

You can see here who they are.

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Now ask yourself: Why would a company like Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu search a blog specifically on the subjects of the Israeli Lobby or money laundering? Add to that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs conducting the same search less than 12 hours prior? And how did either of them come across my blog?

In addition, how on earth would the US Department for Defense have come across or been alerted to my blog?

Interestingly in the case of the former, the Paradise Papers have just been released and it is public knowledge that I have exposed and lodged official complaints regarding tax avoidance, offshore accounts, and money laundering.

Anyhow, troll, stalker, whatever, we know where to look and who to blame if anything should happen to me.

Oh, and take a seat whilst waiting for me to give a fuck.

Author: Jason Schumann

The Art of Manipulation: Israel Manoeuvres to Put US on War Footing with Iran

21 Oct

[Published 20 October, 2017]

In the week that the puppet president, Trump announced he was tearing up the nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran, it appears that it is Israel that is the one pulling his strings from the outset. Rehmat’s World wrote that American writer and author Dan Sanchez in an article had predicted that the bloody war by Israel and its Zionist lobbyists in the Middle East was destined to fail, in which he calls Israel a warmonger. Even as early as 1990, former president Reagan accused Israel of misleading him over the Iran contra affair.

Trump’s announcement that it was a “bad deal” clearly illustrates his willingness to wag tail when told by his master but also his naivety on the world stage and grasping of the fundamentals of basic diplomacy. The obtuse and train wreck of a moron even had the brass neck to lay blame on Iran for successive US invasions in the Middle East and North Africa.

For the record, when the security of the entire region of the Middle East and, indeed, the rest of the world is at stake, the last thing any sane individual should do, is seek to antagonise a wrongly perceived obstacle and enemy to world peace. Even the most simple-minded individual should know this.

As David Frum put it in the Atlantic, Trump’s threats aren’t credible because he himself isn’t credible. In other words, Trump is a complete moron. In the same piece, Frum goes on to suggest that Trump’s announcement is not unwelcome to some. Well, yes, Israel wants it to happen.

Trump should have learned this lesson from the recent response he received from Kim Jong Un after his sabre-rattling and making baseless threats to destroy North Korea.

In short, Trump has absolutely no power at all to tear up the deal, whatever Israel demands and neither does the US Congress, or the US State department. The sheer notion of a war with Iran is ludicrous wishful thinking at best. Israel can whistle.

Rightly so, Trump was immediately slapped down by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a European Commission spokeswoman. Both of whom reminded Trump that the deal was a multi-lateral and not a bi-lateral agreement. Even France and Britain have spoken out against Trump on pulling out of the deal.

As was the case with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan before, Israel’s demands and expectations, are that the US ultimately dismantle Iran by creating another proxy war under false pretences of WMDs. This is not going to happen, because the rest of the world will not allow it. To tear it up would require the consent of all parties to the deal, which is never going to happen. China and Russia will never acquiesce.

Feck knows what Trump’s thinking was when coming out with this statement and obviously he wasn’t listening to any advice given to him before making it except that which was being fed to him via Israel.

Just like most other US president’s, Trump is another of Israel’s lapdog, acting like a deranged wind-up duracell bunny, with a perma case of foot-in-mouth and crass arrogance in a ‘who’s got the biggest dick contest.’

In addition to subsidising Israel’s economy to the tune of billions of US taxpayer dollars, the US and Israel have always had a special relationship regarding but-not-limited-to, who in the Middle East is permitted to possess such weapons and go unchecked.

The relationship has always favoured Israel, as you can see here:
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For those somehow unaware or ill-informed, the deal between Israel and the US, is that the latter acts as guard dog, whilst neglecting the American people, in favour of funding Israel’s tech developments and protecting its expansionism.

In Netanyahu’s recent speech to the UN General Assembly, he declared, “Israel’s policy toward the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple: Change it or cancel it.” And he made no secret of what that meant: If Trump doesn’t “cancel” the deal, he must get rid of its “sunset clause” and demand that Iran end its advanced centrifuges and long-range missile program, among other fundamentally unattainable objectives.

It is also well-known that Jared Kushner is a strong advocate of Israel and a longstanding friend of Netanyahu’s, wrote Gareth Porter in the above article. In his book, Porter contends that the nuclear threat by Iran is entirely manufactured by Israel.

To add further weight to Israel pulling the strings, it was the Israeli senior diplomat, Elad Ratson, attached to the British embassy of Israel, who kind of let the let the cat of the bag, so-to-speak.

Within a few days of Trump’s announcement, the US Treasury put out a statement designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a supporter of global terrorism but stopping short of accusing it of the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.

As with many others, Ratson was quick to jump on and praise the statement, suggesting that it was a great move. When asked what he meant and to clarify the role of Israel in the matter he clammed up and immediately blocked the person asking him on social media but not before agreeing that war was on the cards. Ratson also praised the decision by the US to pull funding and support for UNESCO and suggested the UNRWA was next in Israel’s sights for criticism of Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians.

In June 2017, Hanin Abou Salem, for Al-Jazeera, claimed that the Netanyahu wants to disband the UNRWA because of its humanitarian work with Palestinian refugees. Ratson’s posts on social media and comments made by Ambassador Nikki Haley to the UN would seem to confirm. Until there is a solution between Israel and Palestine then the mandate of UNRWA is not done, says Salem. Therefore, the only way for Israel to resolve its Palestinian problem is to remove UNRWA.

As stated earlier, all of this is manufactured to serve Israel’s interests, whilst it, Israel, wreaks havoc across the world unabated. To be clear, Israel is a warmonger and worse than all other countries combined, in my personal opinion.
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I never thought I would say this, but Israel is a pariah, largely responsible for all the wars in the Middle East and North Africa since the 70s, and humanity’s greatest threat. Yes, the US invaded and did the killing but Israel put them up to, causing complete carnage and creating the current refugee crisis in Europe in the process.

If Israel continues its meddling in this way, then it needs to be put down like the rabid dog that it is. Either Israel plays peacemaker and starts being civil or drag it and Netanyahu to the international criminal court. Should that fail and Israel continues in the way it has been, then dismantling it is the only solution in order to save the rest of humanity.

As the Kuwaiti official, Marzouq Al-Ghanim said this week to the Israeli delegation at conference in Russia: “occupiers… if you have no shame… get out of the room.”

Author: Jason Schumann

What is it with White people, Black face, and Nazi uniforms?

18 Oct

[Published 18 October, 2017]

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Let’s forget the deeply troubled Rachel Dolezal’s identity politics and cultural appropriation for the time being — yes, I do intend to write a blog about her and on this subject shortly.

In recent weeks, we have been informed by the media of a group of moronic British university students going on a ‘safari tour’ in South London, to experience the ‘culinary delights’ of ‘ethnic food’ in the form of fried chicken.

Less so in the UK but more so in the US, the association of fried chicken as a dietary staple and regular consumption of, is often an implied stereotype and derogatory comment on the social standing of African-Americans.

It goes like this: eating chicken, is poor man’s food, so all African-Americans are poor and thus it continues… all Muslims are terrorists, all Jews are baby killers… and so on!

Rather benignly, the Students’ Union involved claimed that the event was in fact a counter response to the gentrification of the local area.

What can one deduce from this?

Presumably, the perception is, that inner city urban areas currently occupied by greater numbers of people of colour – entirely enabled due to Government settlement and disbursement policies, in case you are somehow unaware – are now being displaced, due to the pushing up of house prices and the cost of living by wealthier White people and foreign investors seeking to make a profit. 

Therefore, why not allow and even celebrate the myth that people of colour; particularly Black or African-Americans, have for the love of fried chicken, wherever they are in the world.

Do you follow?

In other words, ‘We [privileged] White folk, are merely seeking to remember and give value to the contribution of Black people in society.’ Because this is what we perceive and have been taught to believe and has meaning to them — Black folk, of course.

[Cough].

Perhaps even more spectacular, than Dolezal’s self-delusion of her rights to how she should be entitled to self-identify her ethnicity, we now have another White female, who has gone completely beyond the pale.

In the header image of this blog, we can see Martina Big. Ms. Big (nee Adams), who was born a White woman, now claims to be Black, but only after taking a concoction of drugs, injections, supplements, and many hours on a sun-bed or in a solarium to change the colour and pigment of her natural skin tone.

According to media reports, Big, claims that it is not only her skin tone that has changed – implying that she has also lost her sense of White privilege – that her outlook, and understanding of the every day lived experience and predicament of being a person of colour is more pronounced.

[I dare say that it is, cough!]

Ms. Big claims that she underwent a transformation of herself, into a person of colour, after undergoing some kind of [chemically induced] evolutionary metamorphosis or realisation of the suffering of minorities.

Seriously, you could not make this shit up!

Next, in view of the fact that this month is also recognised internationally as Black History Month, we also have the case of a British Head Teacher of a primary school in London, giving the okay to pupils dressing up as African slaves.

In repeating comments made by a local newspaper*, the Guardian newspaper reports that the school advised parents:

“It might be an idea to not wash these clothes and stain them with tea or coffee to look more authentic.”

The Head Teacher has since apologised, claiming that the idea for such recognition and commemoration, was, sadly, in considerable poor taste.

Right, that makes it all okay then!

As one parent, speaking to the Newham Recorder*, said: “You wouldn’t ask Jewish children to come in and re-enact the Holocaust.”

Apparently, the same parent then appeared to defend the school, saying the letter sent to parents was “rogue” rather than representative of the school’s approach.

Then there is the matter of a halloween party in a small-minded community in North Carolina, depicting White children in Blackface, as ‘puppets on a string’, for the amusement of White locals.

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For the ignorant among you, Black-face has a long history in White, Western cultures, for mocking and belittling people of colour.

Again, apparently, this is also culturally irrelevant and only fun!

Nothing to do with the general perception of White people’s right to be offensive in such a manner.

But hey, freedom of expression, right?!

All hail the privilege of the White man!

As the Raw Story also reported, imitation, ridicule, or mimicry of people (of other cultures) in suffering, is a particular trait of White people.

Another willing participant, is the multinational company, Ebay, which was selling imitation Anne Frank costumes for Halloween. I mean, as if the tragic story of Anne Frank – not to mention the millions of Jews and others who died in WW2 – is some kind of further amusement for the privileged the White people?

As innocuous as some elements of cultural appropriation or mocking may first appear to be, such as wearing braids and tattoos, parading around in Nazi uniforms and Blackface clearly do not fit into that category.

Such arrogance, or perceived right or sense of privilege, is clearly an anathema to any normal individual and a disease of the society, culture, and thinking to which s/he belongs.

How can mocking someone’s history, circumstance, torture, suffering, or misfortune ever be considered an acceptable form of emulation or any thing else in any modern or progressive society?

Seriously, take a look at yourselves!

Author: Jason Schumann

Las Vegas Terror Attack: Israeli Propaganda and Fake News

7 Oct

[Published 05 October, 2017]

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In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack in Las Vegas, in which more than 406 people were injured and 58 dead, both the mainstream and right-wing media were quick to initially blame it on a Muslim extremist.

It began with the likes of Breitbart and the UK’s Mail Online claiming that the attack was carried out by ISIS.

The Mail Online’s Rod Ardehali published a piece suggesting ISIS had called for an attack as early as May. The headline and Ardehali’s piece have since been amended and Ardehali’s name as the author has been removed.

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Later that day, on the 02 October, the claim that the terrorist in this attack was a Muslim convert was published via Amaq, Islamic State’s semi-official news agency, which we now know to be a false claim.

As one social media commentator amusingly put it: “ISIS would claim responsibility for anything, except PPI [Payment Protection Insurance].”

Several hours before Amaq’s now debunked claim and Site Intel Group’s subsequent repetition of it, Arutz Sheva claimed in an ‘unofficial report’, that the Israeli radio station, Reshet Bet had reported that the terrorist’s name was one ‘Samir Al-Hijab’, who had converted to Islam in his 30’s, claiming Samir was Stephen Paddock’s Muslim name.
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The right-wing Breitbart propaganda website, created and funded by Israel, repeated the false claims first made by Site Intel Group, a site led by Rita Katz, whose site claims to be a ‘provider of Jihadist/Far Right & Far Left/Cyber Security News’, that the terrorist was a Muslim convert.

Like the Mail Online, Arutz has now amended its original piece and reporting on this false claim and Reshet has denied any such reporting of it. Arutz only did so after a barrage of demands were made on social media for it to stop spreading fake news.

Unfortunately, this has not stopped any of other right-wing media, extremists and supporters, like Paul Joseph Weston, Robert Spencer, and the Zionist Islamophobe, Ambrosine Chetrit repeating similar false claims. Even the so-called liberal Haaretz newspaper repeated the claim.

As we now know, the terrorist in the Las Vegas was one Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old, who is believed to have been shot when Las Vegas police entered the 32 second floor hotel room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel from where he was shooting.

Alongside the false claim of any ISIS involvement, the former partner of Paddock’s female companion, a man named Geary Danley, was also falsely implicated. Again, this was put out by the very same right-wing media sources, largely due to a search of some of Geary’s social media postings criticising Donald Trump.

This is yet another case of fake news and false reporting by the mainstream and right-wing media outlets in order to demonise Muslims to further Israel’s interests and agenda.

Interestingly, Rita Katz, who is largely responsible for this false narrative, also has links to Arutz Sheva and many of the other right-wing supporters of this fake narrative that ISIS was responsible and Paddock was a Muslim convert.

It is also worth noting, that Ms. Katz is an Iraqi Jew and has spent the last week making retractions and amendments to the original fake story she authorised, if not putting it out herself since it was discovered that the story was just that.

Her father was executed for spying for Israel, thus giving her good reason to dislike Muslims. She also supported the invasion of Iraq and has many connections with Israel and the Zionist lobby and propaganda machine in the US.

Not surprisingly, Facebook and Google have also played a role in reporting the false narrative that this terrorist attack was initiated by ISIS and Paddock was a Muslim Convert, from which they have also profited by placing ads alongside fake postings and stories published.

As the UK’s Guardian newspaper noted:

Facebook’s “Safety Check” page, which is supposed to help people connect with loved ones during the crisis, ended up briefly promoting a story that said the shooter had “Trump-hating” views, along with links to a number of other hoaxes and scams, according to screenshots. At the same time, Google users who searched Geary Danley’s name were at one point directed to the 4chan thread filled with false claims.

The Las Vegas police have stated, categorically, that this attack was not initiated by ISIS, Paddock was not a Muslim, nor was his partner involved (she was in the Philippines), or was Geary involved, who was on the opposite side of the US at the time it took place.

ISIS’ claims of responsibility for this terrorist attack seek to instil fear and ferment hatred of Muslims. But as we all know ISIS is funded by the US and other, occidental, governments.

Despite the fake narrative of the Las Vegas terrorist attack now being disproved, there will be many who will still believe that the fake story is still true.

If, at all possible, these individuals, need to acquire some common sense and need to ask themselves: Why and who would spread these false rumours, fake news, and misinformation?

The answer to these questions are simple: It benefits Israel and harms Muslims.

This is exactly what Israel and its advocates and supporters want.

As Malcolm X is once reputed to have said:

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He also said, that if you are not careful, the media [and your governments] will have you hating the oppressed, and loving those who oppress the weak and oppressed.

Forgive the use of the pun, but stay woke and do not believe ALL your governments tell you or that you read in the media!

Author: Jason Schumann

Lavinia Woodward: Class, Racial Injustice, and Judicial Reform Through Lenient Sentencing

27 Sep

[Published 27 September, 2017]

Earlier this week, Judge Ian Pringle, sitting at Oxford, UK, gave a Lavinia Woodward, an Oxford University student a suspended sentence.

The sentence was for the wounding of her then partner, in what is thought to have been a one off incident of aggression fuelled by alcohol and drugs.

In his sentencing and summation of the proceedings, Judge Pringle took into account Ms. Woodward’s age, her education, and having no previous convictions.

You may cry foul but Pringle is known to be consistent and often lenient in his sentencing of similar cases involving young people and violent crime.

You might say, that Pringle is a reformist to some extent, having backed and participated in a campaign in 2015 to help keep young people out of court and criminal justice system, through education including court visits and learning about the judicial process.

Unfortunately, unlike in previous cases, where the defendant has had a mean age of 18, Ms. Woodward is 24 years of age. So, many have argued, should have been sentenced as an adult; save her class, upbringing, and elite educational background.

Rightly so, many groups and individuals have suggested that these aspects of her life are the very things that saved her from a prison sentence. Thus adding weight to the view of White privilege and exceptionalism.

This response suggests that, a man – and particularly men from black and minority ethnic and/ or working class backgrounds – would have been treated less leniently. That this is often the case is an indisputable fact. 

The evidence available clearly suggests, that an 18 – 30 year old male in the UK, charged with any offence, violent or otherwise; particularly from a minority ethnic background, is far more likely to be charged, prosecuted, refused bail, sentenced, and given a longer sentence for the same or a similar crime than any other individual.

Erm, having read through some of the coverage and finer detail of his judgments, this is not the case and does not apply to Judge Pringle, but generally (with most other Judges) it would be a yes!

As the Lammy report recently stated, the fact remains, that in the UK court system, black and other minority ethnic males are often given more severe sentences; some times up to 52% more so.

The reasons for the discrepancy in sentencing are not clear, but we can hazard a good guess that racial prejudice, stereotyping, and cognitive bias all play a major part.

Perhaps more Judges should take Judge Pringle’s reformist approach.

Author: Jason Schumann

Donald Trump, Obamacare, and Slight of Hand

27 Sep

[Published 27, September, 2017]

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That odious and greedy, orange potato head, Donald Trump is at again with Obamacare!

Everyone who requires cover under the Affordable Care Act is required to register. However, one of the big myths about it, is that it’s free when it isn’t*.

The deadline for enrolment is usually on annual basis, with registration open between 01 November – 31 January each year, for cover for the following year, and everyone who is eligible has to pay a premium*. Why one is required to enrol annually and not just once, goodness knows!

Trump however, not content with having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and with no signs that it will fail, has quietly cut the advertising budget by a staggering 90& for the public information awareness campaign encouraging enrolment for 2018.

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What this means, is that anyone requiring cover, who fails to enrol by the deadline, will not necessarily be covered. The Obamacare website states:

“If you missed open enrollment, your only options are Short Term Health Insurance, employer-based coverage, Medicaid, and CHIP. Those who miss open enrollment may find themselves with no other options and may end up owing the fee.”

Obviously, most individuals who require cover under the ACA, are unable to afford their own cover and/ or do not have enough cover provided by their employer or private insurance, if indeed they are either employed or can even afford any insurance of their own.

According to CNN Money, enrolment for ACA is actually on the slide, as it puts it, which appears to be  largely due to a small number of recipients finding alternative cover through employment, but most of the slide is due to people no longer being able to afford to pay their premiums.

So, by cutting funding for advertising and public awareness campaigns encouraging people to enrol, Trump is deliberately seeking to sabotage Obamacare and underhandedly leaving millions of American citizens without any health cover of any kind, whatsoever.

Not only has Trump pulled the advertising budget, but he is also accused of reducing the subsidy available, changing the eligibility criteria, and types of cover available to applicants.

The Hill reports:

The Congressional Budget Office indicated in a report this week that 24 million people could become uninsured under the GOP plan by 2026.

The Obamacare website suggests that anyone wishing to apply should seek too do so no later than the 15 December. So, to get the word out, please share this blog and the enrolment link here: https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/

Let’s show Trump and his cronies, that health care is a basic human right for everyone!

Author: Jason Schumann

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Final Solution for Rohingya Muslims and the Nobel Peace Prize Winning Dictator

22 Sep

[Published 22 September, 2017]

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In the last week, Aung San Suu Kyi, the former political prisoner and so-called human rights activist, who was under house arrest for 15 years until she became leader of Myanmar, refused to attend the UN General Assembly to answer questions on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims.

Whilst more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been driven out of their homes in their droves by the Myanmar military and forced to flee across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, a spokesperson for Kyi, cited that she had more important ‘security’ and ‘domestic’ issues to attend.

This is a travesty and the world and our governments should demand to know from Kyi, what could be more pressing and of immediate concern, than the forced mass exodus, displacement, and man-made human catastrophe created and enabled by Kyi herself and with the full backing of her government?

Indeed, the UN and other aid agencies, now recognise Kyi’s wilful and deliberate inaction and enablement of this brutal atrocity, which clearly amounts to nothing less than ethnic cleansing and genocide on a scale not seen since Rwanda and Hitler’s extermination of European Jews in WWII.

Kyi won the hearts of the world and made her name for her civil disobedience and activism against the military dictatorship that placed her under house arrest and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.

By ignoring the plight of the Rohingya and allowing this to happen, Kyi has become the very thing that she once despised and opposed.

Kyi, herself, is now a dictator and ultimately responsible for this tragedy. She is not worthy of her title as a humanitarian head of a democratic state; and certainly not worthy of the honour of being awarded Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Prize Committee should strip Kyi of her honour.

If, or until the people of the world demand action from Kyi, the international community should impose sanctions on Myanmar; the country should be isolated both economically and diplomatically; and countries like the UK, US, and Israel should follow the example of others and cease the sale of all arms to Myanmar.

Should isolation and sanctions fail to persuade Kyi and her government to act in the correct manner, then the UN Security Council should send in a peace-keeping force to Myanmar and install a soft border between the Rakine region and the rest of Myanmar.

Under threat of being brought before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Kyi should be brought before the UN and forced into dialogue with an elected leader of the Rohingya.

If dialogue fails, then as a final solution the UN and the world should support a plan to partition Myanmar, establishing and giving the Rohingya their own country.

Much like the truth and reconciliation committee in South Africa, an investigation should be instigated in order to determine the extent of human rights abuses, who the perpetrators are, followed by prosecutions in the International Criminal Court.

The following links could go some way to help make the above happen, so please do your bit and do not ignore this.

Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/take-back-aung-san-suu-kyi-s-nobel-peace-prize

If you are in Europe, you can write to your MEP and ask them to bring this to the attention to the European Parliament by clicking HERE!

For citizens in the UK, please click and do the same HERE! If in the US, you should click HERE!

If Kyi, members of the military and her government need to be imprisoned again, so be it.

Be the change!

Author: Jason Schumann

Agent Provocateurs: Silencing Freedom of Speech, Zionist Infiltrators, and Faux Claims of Anti-Semitism

14 Sep

[Published 12 September, 2017]

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[Image available via the interwebz]

In the above image you will see Stephen Silverman, whom many refer to as “Slitherman” and “the Enforcer”. I will explain why and the relevance of including him in this blog in a moment.

First, let’s do an explainer as to why I wrote this blog about him and other likeminded, nefarious individuals.

This blog came about due to an orchestrated altercation to disrupt a pro-Palestinian event, held on Coventry, UK, less than a week ago.

The keynote speaker was MK Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian and member of Israel’s Knesset; or parliament, if you like.

The event was organised by the West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign with pro-Palestinian Human Rights Activist, Sarah Wilkinson.

The event was a public event but was unfortunately infiltrated by several Zionists agitators; including Alan Blumenthal, who is a member of the UK Independence Party and his sister, Mandy (Dingle) Blumenthal.

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(No offence intended to the actress who plays the character, Mandy Dingle in a longstanding British soap)!

Alan and Mandy were attending in a reporting capacity – intending to be disruptive and to feedback to their fellow Zionists – and began filming at the event.

No consent was obtained or requested by Alan and Mandy to film. They were initially allowed to film, but both were shouting at Haneen Zoabi saying: “everything you’re saying is absolute rubbish… you’re a liar.. you’re inciting.. you’re supporting terrorism.”

They left their seats several times to come closer to Zoabi and were repeatedly asked to return to their seats. Both refused to comply; and so, Sarah Wilkinson stood between them and Zoabi but in the moment hastily and, in my own opinion, wrongly snatched the device they were using to film.

You can see HERE that Alan Blumenthal became extremely violent, punching several individuals who were attempting to restrain him whilst waiting for the police to arrive. Blumenthal is also alleged to have kicked Sarah Wilkinson whilst she lay on the floor.

Mandy can be seen refusing to leave and is shouting most of the abuse, calling Zoabi a “racist bitch.” Interestingly, Mandy recently had her 5 minutes of fame in the media, claiming that the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn was antiSemitic and that she was considering leaving the UK for Israel – albeit within the next 5 years or so.

(If that bad, why not leave right away, Mandy? You can only serve one master, as they say).

As with other pro-Palestinian events, like the recent PalExpo event, it is quite usual for Zionists and Jews, like David Collier and Jonathan Hoffman to covertly gain entry in order to provoke, heckle, and make claims of antiSemitism.

In a recent tweet posted by Mandy, she confirmed that she had attended events held by the firebrand, persona non grata, British politician George Galloway, claiming that she had been there and done that (sic).

When challenged on the matter, Mandy responded, classically, with faux claims of hatred towards Jews, saying that what was filmed and her reasons for being present at the event under deception as a provocateur, was in fact ‘Pallywood’, implying that it was manufactured to even suggest it.

In the case of Stephen Silverman, who is the ‘director of enforcement and prosecutions’ for the nefarious Campaign Against Antisemitism, when the European Forum for Ethnic Minorities (EFEMICO) tweeted a message of support to Sarah Wilkinson, asking if she had come out unscathed and commenting on the deception and actions of Alan Blumenthal who assaulted her, Silverman’s response was to also make faux claims of antiSemitism.

EFEMICO responded to Silverman, stating that criticism of an apartheid regime, such as Israel is, like any other other country guilty of crimes against humanity, is in no way racist. Silverman was also reminded that no one is entitled to use and abuse their religion or ethnicity to counter valid criticism of a State’s human rights abuses. His response was typical and dismissive, as is the default response of any individual with a similar sense of persecution complex as have many members of the World Jewry.

Perhaps somewhat understandably, the following image explains perfectly why so many Jews are so defensive and pernicious in the defence of Israel:

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This view is not to diminish the persecution of the Jewish diaspora; the realities of which forever emblazoned in our memories and should never occur in our shared histories ever again. That said, the suffering and persecution of Jews in the last century is now used as a stick with which to beat non-Jews over the head or to smear and demonize anyone who is critical of Israel or Judaism.

As indicated in the above quote from the United States Peace Institute, the collective trauma of Jewish suffering has made the World Jewry overly hyper-vigilant, extremely defensive, and generally intolerant to any kind of criticism.

This, in part, is why many pro-Israeli and/ or Zionist Jews will go out their way, by any means necessary, to discredit and silence anyone who is critical of them, and why many non-Jews believe that members of the Jewish community are generally duplicitous and pernicious in many ways.

This sensitivity is why Alan and Mandy Blumenthal did what they did and reacted in the way they did when confronted. Again, it’s also why Stephen Silverman responded the way he did.

Ask yourself these two questions:

1. Why would anyone infiltrate and record an event on a subject to which they are fundamentally opposed and then decry false claims of antiSemitism when exposed? Or;

2. Make false claims of hatred toward Jews when it’s the State of Israel that is being criticised and not Jews themselves?

Incidentally, Silverman has since deleted his tweets to EFEMICO, but not before they were archived and uploaded to a third party website.

Purely and simply, what the Blumenthals did was devious, wrong, and the brother’s violent response was a base response to a non-existent threat in a situation that he and his sister created, when neither he nor his sister should have been present at the event in the first place, and should have removed themselves immediately and without any fuss when asked.

Silverman’s response to EFEMICO was a pernicious smear, compounded by the fact that he was expecting a cutting response – and further, by the fact that he removed his tweets soliciting the response – so as to imply that EFEMICO was the aggressor, when this was clearly not the case.

This is not the first time Silverman has behaved this way. In his capacity for the Campaign Against AntiSemitism, he frequently threatens people and venues by letter and email and is a known harasser of two women on social media, having set up several troll accounts to abuse them, which he was forced to admit in court under penalty of perjury.

As was once said in a radio interview by a former Israeli Minister, referring to unfounded and mendacious smears of antiSemitism: “It’s a trick we use… we always use it.”

If it’s not acceptable for People of Colour to play the ‘race card’, so-to-speak; or Muslims to claim Islamophobia regarding criticism of patriarchal interpretations and indoctrination of Islam, then neither is it acceptable for the Jewish community to incessantly make false claims of antiSemitism.

One can only hope that one day, Jews learn to accept valid criticism (of themselves and Israel) instead of trying silence critics and outlaw it.

This attack dog approach, exceptionalism, and victim mentality, is counterproductive and extremely tedious, to which the many are now waking up to and will no longer tolerate.

Author: Jason Schumann

Update – 22 September, 2017

After reading this blog, Mandy Blumenthal took umbrage and tweeted that the contents was lies and libel.

Her tweet was favourited by her partner, Mark Lewis, a libel lawyer for the firm Seddons, who is also legal counsel for the Israeli government, in combatting the BDS movement.

Presumably Mark – with whom I have some history and once suggested that I should be given a one way ticket to the Middle East, to be thrown off a building for being gay – thought somehow, that he was going to intimidate me.

No such luck, Mark!

As with the video footage available, corroborated evidence from various sources, and the above screenshot shows, Mandy and Alan were violent and did scream insults and abuse at MK Zoabi.

So, Mark, if you care to try and sue me, bring it!

[Legal disclaimer removed, as everything quoted in this blog is a matter of record].

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