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Mosul: How Do Terrorists Get Their Hands On Chemical Weapons and Why is No-one Concerned?

5 Mar
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A representation of the effects of Chlorine gas.

In February 2017, the Daily Star reported the suspected assassination of Abu Yaha al-Iraq, socalled “engineer” behind ISIS’s stash of horrifying Chlorine bombs.

It is since January however, that the UN and other sources have been reporting on the potential for ISIS/ Daesh to obtain and make use of chemical weapons – which, if it were to proven – would represent a clear breach of international law and thus a war crime.

Again, in February, it was reported that the Pentagon also alleges the manufacture of ‘improvised’ chemical weapons. Contradicting this, in 2015, it was reported – again, by the Pentagon – that ISIS was not and could not manufacture such weapons.

In the last few days however, we have had new reports from the International Red Cross of multiple hospital admissions of civilians, including several children, suffering from what appear to be symptoms indicating exposure to these kinds of chemical weapons.

If reports are true, then who is supplying ISIS with the necessary material and equipment to manufacture them and why?

How is ISIS obtaining the expertise to manufacture them?

If neither of these, and ISIS has simply ‘come by’ a stockpile of already manufactured chemical weapons, from who or where did they obtain them and what were they doing in Mosul anyway?

It’s pretty hard to believe that ISIS is capable of or has the expertise to manufacture these chemical weapons on its own; so, one must logically assume that someone or a foreign state is supplying them.

As Michael Springmann recently told Press TV, the manufacture of the elements needed to create a chemical weapon, like Chlorine gas, “is something that is not [what] you can make [it] in your bathtub at home.”

Could it by that the US or another Western government is supplying ISIS with the materials and equipment to create Chlorine gas, or the weapons themselves?

We already know from the Washington Post reported in September 2016, that the Saudi-led coalition have been using White Phosphorus in Yemen, which has been confirmed was supplied to it by the United States.

We also know that Western governments, including the United States, are, and have been, funding Islamist militants, including ISIS, since the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in the 80’s.

Why is no one asking these very pertinent questions; and why does no one seem at all concerned to want to to find out the answer and bring those responsible before the international criminal court?

 

 

Author: Jason Schumann

 

 

Doh! UK Zionist Lobby Exposes The Zionist Lobby

24 Jan

 

Earlier today, on the 24 January 2017, the Times of Israel published an article penned by Justin Cohen, one of its News Editors.

The article concerns the recent 4-part undercover documentary conducted by Al-Jazeera; to expose – what can only be described, as the seriously seditious activities of Shai Masot at the behest of the Israeli government – to undermine British politics and democracy – including attempts at removing political opponents, like Sir Alan Duncan and Jeremy Corbyn – who are deemed to be obstacles and therefore incompatible with Israel’s aspirations and long-term goals.

Despite a public outcry and requests made by members of opposition parties – thus far, the PM, Theresa May, and the rest of her government – have categorically refused all calls for a public inquiry into the extent and scale of the role of Israeli government, its officials, actors, and diplomats, attempting to subvert and influence British democracy, favourably to Israel’s goals.

It is self-evident in Cohen’s article, that neither members of the UK Jewry, nor the Israeli government itself, are particularly happy about Al-Jazeera’s far-reaching expose of the tactics that the Israeli government is willing to employ and the lengths it is willing to go in order to push its expansionist agenda.

When Al-Jazeera’s expose was first aired – many (if not all) members of the Jewish diaspora, were unequivocally dismissive, and frankly insouciant – about the gravity of such nefarious interference of a foreign state (Israel) in another state’s (UK) sovereign powers – to independently and democratically, determine what its approach to and its foreign policy should entail. I dare say some were even apoplectic.

After Shai Masot was caught out in his candid admission of state-sanctioned and funded covert operations, to undermine British foreign and domestic policy, a prominent member of the UK Jewry, Jonathan Hoffman – who is a former Bank of England official – recently saw fit to use his own influence, to complain to members of the UK Parliament and House of Commons – seeking that Al-Jazeera be reprimanded for exposing something that is in all our interests to know and be aware of.

And guess what happened, folks?

Yes, you guessed it right!

The British government, like a compliant and pathetic lap dog rolling over on its back for its master, has happily kow-towed and will consider acting on Hoffman’s demands for it to reprimand Al-Jazeera.

(Now just for clarity, Theresa May, please remind us who your ‘Mamma’ is?)

 

Recently, Mr Hoffman, has let it be known, that anyone who speaks out against what many consider to be a rogue and terrorist state, its plans for expansion, or its human rights abuses, should automatically be considered an enemy of the Jewish diaspora and Israel itself.

Hoffman has made clear (in a recent Facebook post) that all dissenters should be discredited by “shining a light on the dissenter”, as opposed to “whispers to discredit them”.

(It appears that Mr Hoffman has since deleted or altered his Facebook account, attempting to disprove that he made these comments, but screenshots were obtained, prior to deletion).

You can also see Jonathan Hoffman in action here:

 

If, for some bizarre reason, you do not consider Mr Hoffman’s efforts to be a clear example and therefore somewhat of a confirmation of the existence of the Israeli/ Zionist lobby in action and its efforts to influence foreign democracies in its favour, one might wish to have a rethink about that.

Clearly, Mr Hoffman’s personal interventions, as a respected member of the Jewish establishment in the UK, to seek punitive measures against Al-Jazeera – for merely exposing the truth regarding Israel’s sedition – should be considered nothing short of an attempt at coercion or undue influence. In the very least, ‘crying foul’ or claiming ‘but that’s not fair’, when you have been caught out doing the deed.

In the last few days the Campaign Against AntiSemitism (CAA), a so-called UK-based charity, that is known to use legal means to silence Israel’s critics, has also decided to flex its muscles, by lodging a formal complaint against Al-Jazeera with the Broadcasting Regulator, OFCOM.

Amongst many other accusations, CAA’s complaint claims that Al-Jazeera’s expose is “mendacious”, “inaccurate”, amounting to “unfair treatment” (of Masot?), and even “promot(ing) incitement”. CAA is also seeking to force or impose upon OFCOM for it to use and adopt a definition of antiSemitism that is widely disputed, because it infringes on universal rights of free speech, expression, assembly and protest.

In making these complaints, the wider agenda of Hoffman and CAA here, is, once and for all, to finally criminalise any and all criticism of Israel’s persistent human rights abuses and illegal occupation of Palestinians and further expansion into settlements. All of which, not doubt, could not happen without the direction, influence, and input of Israel itself.

Talk about shooting yourself and your cause in the foot, by trying to silence critics and, in actuality only serving to prove the ‘conspiracy’ of the ‘Lobby’ to be true by your own actions and interventions, Mr Hoffman and CAA?

Now, if you are reading this and you are in any way concerned – as any vaguely intelligent person should be – regarding any foreign state unduly influencing your own government’s sovereignty, you should sign this petition.

It seems clear and simple: Zionism is racism and a truly subversive element in world politics, that may well be to the detriment of all humankind!

 

Regards,

Jason Schumann

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

Golden Dawn: Greek Fascists and Murder

4 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

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There is absolutely no doubt that Golden Dawn is a fascist organization and just one of many Far Right groups across Europe that appear to be on the increase. Its history dates back to the 80’s when it was established by a group of Far Right supporters with military junta connections and who launched Chrysi Avgi magazine. The current Golden Dawn ‘party’ is evidently nationalistic and racist in its membership, following the ideals and admiration of Hitler and has 18 seats across the Greek parliament. Golden Dawn’s infamy has come to prominence in the world press after the assassination (by one or more of its members) of the rapper, Killah P.

Killah, whose real name was Pavlos Fyssas, was murdered because of his views and activities in protesting against the growing fascist sentiment in Greek society. As a consequence, the Government has been forced to act and has made a number of high-profile arrests of Golden Dawn’s membership, including several members of parliament and the party’s Head, Nikos Mihaloliakos. The BBC reports that Nikos Mihaloliakos has been remanded and that several other members have been charged or released on bail (with conditions).

In a recent blog I came across its author, Simon Darby, contests that the Greek government are ’rounding up at gunpoint’ Golden Dawn members and that this is a form of fascism? Oh, please, Simon Darby! Really? Are you serious? Rounding up those who are believed responsible for murder and corruption- at gunpoint- is fascism now? How do you suggest the police go about arresting individuals they believe to be violent extremists… with a pair of pink furry handcuffs and a ‘please come with us’?

Darby also tells us that Golden Dawn are hardly the BNP. Does he have first hand knowledge of this? Is this an admission that the BNP is far worse, Simon? I suggest they are the same in their fascist views and as abhorrent as each other. Fact is, Simon Darby is acting like an apologist for the Far Right. Self-evident, really (See my note below). Darby rambles on about how he believes the Greek government itself is illegitimate and ‘a totally corrupt and discredited regime.’ No, Simon, that was the previous government and Greek society in general. This Greek government- despite its faults, including any current corruption there may be and the diversity of political opinions of its parliament- is in fact a reforming government. Albeit, a government that is being squeezed by the EU and Germany into slashing public spending and instigating massive reforms to taxation and internal markets.

The ‘swindle’ and ‘greedy corporate/banking tyrants and a criminal ruling class’ Darby refers to are not this Greek Government. This Greek government has been elected to undo the damage of years of corruption, tax avoidance and criminality by all Greeks. Simon Darby already knows that Golden Dawn is a well documented, violent, facsist organization. No such organization or any individual proselytizing any such views has a rightful place in any inclusive, tolerant society or government. If Simon Darby is implying otherwise, I suggest he take a look in the mirror and think back to World War II. Never, ever, again, Simon Darby! Never!

A note to readers of this blog: Simon Darby is himself a member of the fascist British National Party.

Author: Jason Schumann

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Darby

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24359282

http://www.simondarby.net/2013/09/fluid-mechanics-and-greek-cradle-to.html?m=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Dawn_%28political_party%29#Allegations_of_Nazism

Media Representations of Crime and Cultural Stereotypes

29 Sep

This blog is in reference to an article published in the Sunday Times on the 15 September 2013, by Camilla Cavendish.

In the article, Ms. Cavendish wrote about the horrific failings to protect Daniel Pelka, the little boy, who was beaten and starved to death by his parents. And who would have probably survived his horrendous ordeal, if Coventry Council’s Social Care Child Protection team had properly carried out their duty to protect him from the harm inflicted upon him by these wicked and pitiful excuses for parents.

In the article, Cavendish makes particular reference to the fact that Daniel’s parents are Polish.

What relevance does the fact that his parents are Polish, you may ask? The answer, is none! That Cavendish was quick to point this fact out, only serves to smear and damage relations between the English and Eastern European immigrants.

Although, I believe unintentional on Cavendish’s part; making reference to the ethnicity or cultural identity of an individual or individuals charged with a particular crime, only serves to perpetuate cultural and ethnic stereotypes. The only exception to making such a reference, is when identity is indeed relevant to the crime; which in this case, it is not.

Cavendish is not the only journalist guilty of this cultural stereotyping. In fact, most journalists do so. Whether intentional or not; I do not know. But, the fact of the matter is, perpetuating cultural and ethnic stereotypes is the outcome, when making reference to an ethnic or cultural identity when identity is not relevant to a particular crime, is damaging to intercultural relations and therefore society as a whole.

It is like saying that all members of the clergy or paedophiles; or that all Muslims are terrorists; or that all football goers are racist hooligans; or that all Black people are muggers; or that all unemployed people are work-shy. Do you get where I am going with this?

All media and journalists have a duty to report the news, but they should do so morally and with consideration to the negative impact their reporting has, or may have, on a particular ethnic, religious or cultural community.

If the media and journalists continue to perpetuate such stereotypes, the misinformed sheep and incapable of society- who continue to believe everything that they read in the newspaper or hear on the tv or radio- without scepticism or independent thought to challenge- will never change their views of those who are culturally or ethnically different. This does not sit well for society and certainly not for inclusion, participation and acceptence of those who are somehow different.

If, as a society, we wish to effect change and aspire to greater equality in challenging prejudices and discrimination, we must remember this. However, as readers and viewers, we also must take responsibility for the media that we digest daily. Sadly, for many of us; this will not happen, because we are more inclined to follow and be led than challenge and lead the case for change. Unfortunately, such unthinking and reckless reporting only serves to breed mistrust. There is much evidence to support the view that a large proportion of people do believe what they read and hear in the media. It is not just a case of the great unwashed, but the great brainwashed, falling into the abyss like lemmings of the cliff. Sad times.

Author: Jason Schumann

Cultural Analysis, Debating Culture, Freedom of Expression, Ethics of Journalism, Moral Panic, identity, Human Progress, Media, Crime and Ethnicity, Politics, Stereotypes, Daniel Pelka, Camilla Cavendish, Sunday Times News Review, racism,

What is rape: Assange and Galloway Affair

12 Sep

For several months now, we have had a tirade of public and media speculation and opinion regarding claims of rape made against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Most recently, the Respect MP, for Bradford West, George Galloway has waded in, making remarks that Salma Yacoob, the Party Leader, found “deeply disappointing and wrong”. Briefly putting aside claims of rape or sexual assault against Assange, Galloway’s remarks were, precisely, that consent was not always required. You might think this, as many have, quite an outrageous statement to make; but the fact is, it is true.

In many sexual encounters and relationships, acquaintances and partners participate in a sexual act and do not always ask; they simply initiate the act, and the other obliges or refuses. Once the threshold has been crossed in “refusing” consent, then we can talk about rape and/ or sexual assault. The fact is, in returning to the claims against Assange, consent was not refused by either of the women, so there is no case for either rape or sexual assault. Therefore, the only claim against Assange is in regard to the failure to use a condom and initiating a sexual act whilst the other was asleep. In regard to the former, this author’s understanding is that the use of a condom was discussed between Assange and the woman with whom he was in bed, and that Assange gave assurances it would be safe.

Indeed, if Assange knew his STD/ HIV status to be negative to give such assurances, it would, in my view, throw out of the bed, completely, any possible claims or entitlement for prosecution based on having unprotected sex. You may argue there is a case for coercion; but this is not a sexual assault, and certainly not rape. Further, if not convinced of his status, the women in question could have chosen to refuse her consent. In regards to the claims of sex whilst the woman was asleep, surely the women would have awoken upon being penetrated. Again, at this point, the women could have also refused; but court records and the transcripts of the Swedish police show that she did not refuse. Therefore, the can be no claim in this regard either.

If you have been with your partner for a number of years, there will have been numerous occasions when you have both had sex several times throughout the day or night. Neither of you will have always sought the others permission to do so. Even in a one-off sexual encounter of meeting someone the night before, you may have sex that evening and then again in the morning. In this instance, one of you may well have been asleep and the other will most certainly have initiated a sexual act that wakes you, unless you are in state of drug or alcohol-induced coma. As such, the fact is, that unless you refuse consent, there is no case to answer, for either rape or sexual assault.

In conclusion, George Galloway’s remarks and comments are/ were entirely valid, and you should neither be offended nor outraged. If you are, then you clearly do not understand the definitions of rape or sexual assault, and you are clearly too overly sensitive to comments made by a public figure with whom you do not necessarily have any favour or liking. This is the “deeply disappointing and wrong” point of view such people hold, as well as your/ their failure to understand the nature of sexual encounters and relationships.

Author: Jason Schumann

Tags: Cultural Analysis, Debating Culture,Julian Assange, Freedom of Expression, George Galloway, Rape, What is rape, Twitter, Consenting sex, Politics, WikiLeaks, Sweden,Respect Party,Salma Yaqoob, bad sexual etiquette, Swedish Police

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