Archive | August 28, 2015

French Woman Wins Disability for ‘Wi-fi Allergy’*

French Woman Wins Disability for ‘Wi-fi Allergy’*

By Joshua Krause

In recent years there have been growing fears towards the possible side effects of some electromagnetic waves, such as cell phone radiation and wifi. Even the World Health Organization has classified cell phones and wifi signals as “possible carcinogens.” To date however, the scientific community hasn’t found what they would consider to be, irrefutable proof that these energy fields are hurting people.

What we do know for sure is that there are plenty of people who claim to feel debilitating symptoms around some electronics. While doctors are often very skeptical of these patient’s claims, one of them recently received some validation in the form of a disability check.

The applicant, Marine Richard, 39, hailed the ruling as a “breakthrough” for people afflicted by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).

The condition is not recognised as a medical disorder in most countries, including France, but sufferers insist that exposure to mobile phones, wi-fi routers, televisions and other gadgets cause them anything from mild discomfort to life-ruining disability.

Scientific studies have found no evidence linking electromagnetic exposure to the symptoms — tingling, headaches, fatigue, nausea, or palpitations.

Richard, a former radio documentary producer, has opted for a reclusive life in the mountains of southwest France, in a renovated barn without electricity, and drinking water from the well.

In a ruling last month, a court in the southern city of Toulouse decided she can claim a disability allowance — about 800 euros ($912) per month for an adult — for a period of three years.

The ruling accepted that her symptoms prevented Richard from working, but stopped short of recognising EHS as an illness.

Her lawyer Alice Terrasse said the ruling could set a legal precedent for “thousands of people” concerned.

What I find really interesting about this case, is their reasoning for giving her disability. The court recognizes this woman’s symptoms, but won’t go so far as to say that it’s being caused by electronics. If you asked most doctors and scientists about why people may feel sick around electronics, they would probably claim that it’s nothing more than a “nocebo” effect, as in the opposite of a placebo. The patient believes something is harmful, which causes real debilitating symptoms to develop.

So why didn’t the French court give her disability based on that? Since they won’t admit that electromagnetic waves are making her sick, then as far as they’re concerned, she’s just crazy. They could have ruled in her favour by claiming that she had a mental illness that made it difficult for her to support herself.

Instead they gave her disability…just because? They don’t really say. She has symptoms that mainstream science (which I’m assuming is what the court would adhere to) would call a mental condition, or even just imaginary, but they still chose to cut her a check without citing mental illness. Plus, many of her symptoms would be subjective. Headaches, fatigue, nausea, as far as anyone can tell it’s just in her head. In that case, why would they give her anything at all?

Now I’m not saying that this is the case here. I’m just trying to view this from the perspective of a court that probably trusts mainstream science. It looks like they just gave someone money without any proof that this person suffers from a real condition.

If you ask me, it sounds like the court believes her, but doesn’t want to look silly in front of their colleagues. They’ve decided to help her out, but they don’t want the media and the scientific community to mock them. They probably just want her to take the money and go quietly. Make of that what you will.


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Warning from UK medical Doctors on Health and Safety of Wi-Fi and Mobile Phones

Conscientious Scientists Make an Int’l Appeal on the Wide-scale Problem of Wi-fi*

Walking into a Wi-Fi Field 2*

Principal of Australian Girls School Resigns Over Wi-Fi*

Son Died from Wi-Fi Induced Brain Cancer Parents Say*

‘Digital Dementia’ Puts Half the Brain to Sleep … permanently!*

WiFi — an Invisible Threat to all Life*

For Trying to Protect his Children from Wi-Fi, Father is Given Psychotic Drugs*

Wi-fi Affects the Memory*

The Counter-Productive Health Risks of Wi-Fi in Schools*

Why Two Canadian Schools Have Stopped Using Wi-Fi*

Lloyds Nullifies Health Insurance against Mobiles Phones, Wi-Fi and EMF/EMR*

Wi-Fi from Space – Don’t get Excited Google and Co Just Dumbing You Down*

TTIP Controversy: European Commission and Big Tobacco Cover-up*

TTIP Controversy: European Commission and Big Tobacco Cover-up*

By Paul Gallagher

The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and the tobacco industry during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty.

Corporate lobbying campaigners published documents that revealed the EU’s executive body had met and corresponded with lobbyists from British American Tobacco and Philip Morris.

But the documents, as released, revealed little else.

Almost all the content, including the names of officials and tobacco lobbyists involved, the issues discussed and even the dates some meetings took place, had been redacted.

The documents relate to ongoing talks between the EU and the United States over the proposed TTIP free trade deal, as well as separate talks between the EU and Japan.

Critics of the trade talks, which centre on reducing the regulatory barriers to international trade for big business, said the documents back up fears that TTIP will allow tobacco giants to take legal action against the U.K. and other European governments who attempt to tighten smoking legislation.

So-called “Big Tobacco” firms have already used similar legislation to sue countries around the world: Philip Morris used a comparable trade treaty to take legal action against Australia over mandatory plain cigarette packaging and is also suing Uruguay in a $25m lawsuit over its attempts to enlarge health warnings on cigarette packets.

The heavily redacted documents were released by Catherine Day, Secretary-General of the European Commission, in reply to a freedom of information transparency request by the research and campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO).

They include a 14-page letter from British American Tobacco, written on 15 May last year from the company’s London office, which sets out its “serious concerns with the consistency of [redacted]”.

The remaining 13 pages are blacked-out entirely with the exception of some perfunctory closing remarks. A previous letter from Commission officials to the tobacco company is also almost entirely redacted with the exception of a reference to “allegations” made by BAT, presumably over the trade talks.

In another document – a one-page summary of a meeting between Commission officials and the US cigarette firm Philip Morris – even the date of the meeting is removed.

CEO had argued for full disclosure of the documents citing the EU’s freedom of information law and the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The latter’s guidelines oblige governments to limit interactions with the tobacco industry to a minimum and to ensure full transparency of those interactions that occur.

Ms Day refused the request allowing only “partial access” stating that the documents “contain elements that relate to the Commission’s negotiating position with regards to tobacco in the ongoing bilateral negotiations for a free trade agreement with the USA and Japan.”

She said: “Whilst I fully recognise the importance of transparency in enabling citizens to follow trade negotiations, I take the view that this public interest does neither outweigh the public interest in protecting the Commission’s international relations and decision-making process, nor the commercial interests of the companies in question in this case.”

The Secretary General said disclosure of the discussions with BAT would reveal the Commission’s negotiating positions and tactical considerations which, in turn, would weaken the EU’s position in the ongoing trade talks.

The CEO campaign group has said it was “deeply concerned about the Commission’s secrecy around its relations with tobacco industry lobbyists” and is preparing a complaint to the European Ombudsman.

Campaigners fear that a system of international-state dispute settlements (ISDS) created by TTIP will allow multinational firms including tobacco companies to sue European governments in tribunals ruled upon by lawyers.

Reacting to the publication of the redacted documents, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Trade agreements must be negotiated in the public interest not for private profit. The agreements currently being negotiated allow foreign investors, such as tobacco companies, privileged access to huge compensation payments for democratically-made decisions that might threaten their future profits.

“The TUC believes there is no place for such ISDS provisions in any trade agreement. A level playing field means the same arrangements for foreign investors as for workers, consumers and other stakeholders. EU trade negotiators must operate on the principle that their negotiations should be public unless there is a good reason for confidentiality. Sadly, they seem more wedded to keeping this secret unless they are forced into the open.”

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham told The Independent he would give “no guarantee of support” for the TTIP deal if he was elected.

He said: “The alarming lack of transparency in the TTIP negotiations has damaged public confidence in the entire process. In particular, the involvement of big tobacco in those discussions raises serious concerns and appears to go against commitments under the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control not to include tobacco companies in policy discussions. There must be a full and open public debate about its merits and challenges before any decision is made.”

The European Union claims a number of “myths and false claims” have been made about TTIP including one that “big business is calling the shots on TTIP”.

In a briefing document on “the top 10 myths of TTIP: separating fact from fiction” the European Commission says: “The TTIP talks are the most open ever for a trade deal and our negotiators are consulting widely.”

That claim was dismissed as “laughable” by campaigners last night. Blanche Jones, Campaigns Director at political activist group 38 Degrees, said: “These redacted documents prove that the officials behind TTIP, a deal that will affect millions of people, are laughing in the face of democracy. What use is a document with almost all of the words blacked out? It must be suspicious to keep it so secret.

“Leaks to the TTIP text so far have revealed huge dangers for our rights, our public services and our environmental protections. 38 Degrees members are calling on the European Commission to end this nonsense now – the public has a right to know what powers big businesses are lined up to get.”

Labour MEP and European health spokesperson Glenis Willmott said:

“I’m deeply concerned that the Commission is not prepared to give further details on its dealings with the tobacco industry.  The Commission’s reply states that the public interest in transparency does not outweigh the commercial interests of the companies in question.  Yet there is a fundamental conflict between the public interest and commercial interests of the tobacco industry, which rely on the promotion of a product that is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Europe.

“Given the importance of strong tobacco control policies in protecting public health, I think it’s entirely reasonable for the public to have an interest in tobacco industry lobbying on TTIP.”

Although MEPs cannot start or stop trade talks the European Parliament can approve or reject TTIP once negotiations, set to continue beyond 2016, are concluded.

A spokesperson for British American Tobacco said:

“The letters that were shared do not relate to any tobacco control measures nor do they attempt to influence tobacco control regulations; but rather contain commercially-sensitive information relevant to the Commission’s various negotiations regarding free trade agreements.

“Commission officials have the right to hear all views that impact the whole of the EU business community when formulating new trade agreements. We advocate transparency in all of our communications where it does not conflict with commercial confidentiality and sensitivities, and believe that  all sides should adopt this approach.”


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U.K. Doctors Want NHS Out of TTIP Now*

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Latest TPP Negotiations Failed*

Ottawa Sets up Testing Booths amid Gay Syphilis Epidemic*

Ottawa Sets up Testing Booths amid Gay Syphilis Epidemic*

By Pete Baklinski

Ottawa Public Health is warning that syphilis is dramatically on the rise in active homosexual males, stating last month that it has seen a 76% increase from the number of cases reported last year and that over 90% of new cases are among active homosexual men.

The city’s public health department is so concerned about the outbreak that it has set up testing booths at local bathhouses where homosexual men gather.

“Syphilis is highly infectious,” said Patrick O’Byrne, a registered nurse and Sexual Health Centre spokesperson for the public health department, to homosexual news service Daily Xtra.

“The other risk is that people often don’t even know they have it. There are classical symptoms that can be easily missed or misclassified,” he said.

The highly contagious bacterial disease is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact by an infected person and is often passed through genital contact with the mouth and anus. Symptoms are often mild and can include a red skin rash that does not itch on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. If left untreated, syphilis can damage the heart, liver, eyes, and brain, leaving dreadful long-lasting effects. It can eventually kill the infected.

“If left untreated, syphilis is fatal,” said O’Byrne, adding that the city’s public health department is urging active homosexual men to get tested.

Ottawa is not the only major Canadian city experiencing disease outbreaks in the homosexual population. Earlier this year health care authorities in Newfoundland warned the public of a significant increase in the numbers of syphilis cases among homosexual men in the most populous region of the province.

The outbreak is not just confined to North America. A new study in the UK this summer found that cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea among homosexual males was considerably higher than that of the general population, prompting health experts to say the problem must be a public health priority and that this is likely just “the tip of the iceberg.”

Pro-life-and-family leaders have long warned that sex taken out of the context of one man and one woman committed to one another in the life-long and exclusive relationship of marriage will inevitably lead to perverted and distorted sexual practices, increased rates of promiscuity and disease, social breakdown, and numerous wounded and broken individuals.


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U.S. Judge Orders Release of ILLEGALLY Imprisoned Immigrant Children From Detention Centres*

U.S. Judge Orders Release of ILLEGALLY Imprisoned Immigrant Children From Detention Centres*

By M. David and Jackson

A federal judge, who recently said that the United States is illegally locking children up, has now dealt yet another blow to the Obama administration’s immigration policies.

On Friday, the judge ordered federal officials to release all children being held at family detention facilities in the United States.

The ruling was released Friday evening, and it said very clearly that no child can ever – under any circumstances – be held for more than 72 hours, unless they pose a significant risk to themselves or others.

The judge had previously ruled that locking up children after they have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border completely violates an 18-year-old court settlement.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee came last Friday in California. The decision is being called a victory for immigrant rights.

Judge Gee ruled in favour of tentative decision she made back in April, which maintained the 18-year-old agreement.

That U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee prohibited immigrant children from being held in any unlicensed detention facilities. But in spite of that ruling, that is exactly what has ended up happening for many years now to children who cross the border without the paperwork the government demands.

Gee ruled that this settlement protected all children being held in the custody of federal immigration officials, even if they are being held with a parent.

Executive director of the Centre for Human Rights, Peter Schey, was one of the attorneys who brought the suit. He says that federal officials “know they’re in violation of the law.”

“They are holding children in unsafe facilities. It’s that simple,” Schey explained in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s intolerable, it’s in humane, and it needs to end, and end sooner rather than later.”

Gee says that the Department of Justice has only one week to show just cause why an injunction should not be entered that will require the government to comply with the ruling and release all of the children within no more than 90 days.


Related Topics:

The Inhuman Practice of Deporting the Parents and Keeping the Children*

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Woman Tracks Down Man Who Molested Her, Fights Backs Until He Begs for Forgiveness*

Woman Tracks Down Man Who Molested Her, Fights Backs Until He Begs for Forgiveness*

A young woman in her teens allegedly harassed by a man tracked him down and gave him a thorough beating in public before the case was handed over to the police.

The Indian city of Lucknow saw an unusual demonstration of justice being served right in the street on Tuesday when a young woman beat her molester until he fell on his knees and begged for forgiveness.

The girl says the man, identified as Dhirendra, was molesting her while she was trying to get some sleep on her house’s roof. She turned to Red Brigade, a women’s organization which deals with cases like this in India.

They tracked the man down and took a video to teach others a lesson.

his is not the first example of a girl taking control of the situation.

Last month a schoolgirl from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh was filmed at a police station while beating a man who had harassed her and sworn at her in the street. She twisted his arm and hit him with a shoe. A policeman encouraging the girl could be seen in the background.

A gang rape case in 2012 in Delhi brought sexual assault cases to the spotlight in India. Thousands of people came to the streets to protest and took part in candlelight vigils. This is when a group of girls came together to set up the Red Brigade, a group that aims to raise awareness regarding women’s rights in India, protects girls from sexual abuse and helps them cope with the physical and psychological effects of attacks.

Usha Vishwakarma, teacher from Lucknow and a founder of the Red Brigade, has said that the police in cities and the countryside in general don’t do much and girls have no other choice but to defend themselves. The whole idea is to humiliate molesters so that they can understand how it feels to be harassed.


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U.S. Rape and Sodomy of Iraqi Women and Children*

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An Unorthodox Rabbi Who Allied Himself With Prophet Muhammad*

An Unorthodox Rabbi Who Allied Himself With Prophet Muhammad*

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Jabl-e-Uhud Cave

Many Jews supported Muhammad when he arrived in Medina. I learned about one of them from Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a professor of Political Science, at the University of Delaware, who says Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina is a story that contemporary Imams rarely tell their congregations.

“I have heard stories about the battle of Uhud, one of prophet Muhammad’s major battles with his Meccan enemies, from Imams and Muslim preachers hundreds of times, but not once,” writes Dr. Khan, “ have I heard the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq who died fighting in that battle against the enemies of Islam… Rabbi Mukhayriq was the first Jewish martyr of Islam.”

“Mukhayriq, a learned leader of the tribe of Tha’labah, fought and died alongside Prophet Muhammed in the battle of Uhud on March 19, 625 CE. That day was a Saturday; the Jewish Sabbath. Rabbi Mukhayriq spoke to his congregation asking them to go with him to help Muhammed. His tribe’s men declined because it was the Sabbath. Mukhayriq announced to his people that he was going to fight alongside Muhammad and if he died in the battle his wealth should go to Muhammed to be distributed as charity.”

Most Orthodox Jews in those days would not wage war on the Sabbath, unless it was a defensive war. As early as the first century, Jews serving in the Roman army were actually exempted from fighting on the Sabbath. Since the pagan Arabs of Mecca were not coming to attack them, or the three Jewish tribes living in Medina, or the pagan Arab tribes the Jewish tribes had long been allied with, the Orthodox Jewish view was: do not fight on the Sabbath.

The Torah (Deuteronomy 20:8-10) says:

Jewish men who are afraid or disheartened (by thoughts of fighting on the Sabbath) should be told to go home.

The Mishnah, the first legal code (Fiq) of the oral rabbinic Torah states that there are two types of war. A war of defense which is obligatory for all Jewish adult men, and all other wars, which are voluntary.

Rabbi Mukhayriq’s view was unorthodox. He must have seen Muhammad as a Prophet of the One God. He also knew Prophet Muhammad had told his Muslim followers to pray facing north toward the site of Solomon’s Temple, although this was later changed to facing south towards Mecca. Thus, this unorthodox rabbi viewed fighting alongside Muhammad as his personal voluntary fight in support of monotheism.

Perhaps Rabbi Mukhayriq had already heard directly from Prophet Muhammad the Ayah:

“There are certainly, among Jews and Christians, those who believe in God, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to God. They will not sell the signs of God for a miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord.” (Al Imran:199) and believed that it applied to Jews like him.

Mukhayriq did die in battle against the Meccans that Sabbath. When Prophet Muhammed, who was seriously injured in that same battle, was informed about the death of Rabbi Mukhayriq, he said,

“He was the best of Jews.”

Prophet Muhammed inherited seven date gardens from Rabbi Mukhayriq and used this wealth to establish the first waqf – a charitable endowment – of Islam. From this endowment many poor people were helped in Medina.

Some people deny that Rabbi Mukhayriq died fighting alongside Prophet Muhammad because they misunderstand a comment of the Prophet about another group of Jewish fighters who came from a tribe who were allies of the Al-Khazraj.

The Prophet did not want Jews to transgress their Sabbath just because of a political alliance. He thought the people of the book should be faithful to their religion just as the Muslims should be faithful to Islam.

According to a chapter on the Battle of Uhad in a book written in the 1970’s (The Sealed Nector by Saifur Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, Page 157-158), “The Prophet divided his army into three battalions.

The third was a combined force of Al-Ansari and Khazraj fighters. Upon passing along the Al-Wada‘ mountain trail Muhammad saw a well-armed battalion alongside the main body of the army.

The Prophet inquired who they were and was told they were Jewish allies of the Al-Khazraj. They told him that they wanted to contribute to the fight against the idolaters.

“Have they embraced Islam?” The Prophet asked. “No,” they said.

So he refused admitting them into the army saying that he would not seek the assistance of disbeliever Jews (for transgressing the Sabbath for political reasons) against the idolaters.”

Dr. Khan teaches us that “Mukhayriq’s story is a story of an individual’s ability to transcend communal divides and to fight for a more inclusive idea of community… He was a Jew and he was an Islamic hero and his story must never be forgotten and must be told and retold. When Muslims forget to remember his, and other stories that epitomize interfaith relations they diminish the legacy of Islam and betray the cause of peace.”

If Muslim Imams told his story in their congregations in America and elsewhere, I am confident that it will contribute to manifestations of increased tolerance by Muslims towards others. There are many such wonderful examples of brotherhood, tolerance, sacrifice and good citizenship in Islamic traditions that undergird the backbone of Islamic ethics. I wish we told them more often.”

I agree with Dr. Khan. I first studied Islam when I was a student at UCLA over 55 years ago, Then again while I was in Rabbinical school. Over the years I continued to read the Qur’an and other Islamic books.

I read these books as the Prophet taught his followers in a Hadith “not as a believer, and not as a disbeliever”. What does that mean?

The Qur’an, of course, is sacred scripture for Muslims. A disciple of Muhammad named Abu Huraira related, “The people of the Book used to read the Torah in Hebrew and then explain it in Arabic to the Muslims. Allah’s Apostle said (to the Muslims). “Do not believe the people of the Book, nor disbelieve them, but say, ‘We believe in Allah, and whatever is revealed to us, and whatever is revealed to you.’”

Following Muhammad’s teaching I too neither believe nor disbelieve in the Qur’an. If I believed in the Qur’an I would be a member of the Muslim ummah (community).

But I cannot disbelieve in the Qur’an because I believe that Muhammad is a prophet and I respect the Qur’an as a kindred revelation, first revealed to a kindred people, in a kindred language.

In fact, the people, the language and the theology are closer to my own people, language and theology than that of any other on earth.

Thus, I feel that I am a Muslim Jew i.e. a faithful Jew submitting to the will of God, because I am a Reform Rabbi. (Reform Jews are now the largest of the Jewish denominations in the U.S. In the U.K.. Reform Judaism is called Liberal Judaism.) As a Rabbi I am faithful to the covenant that God made with Abraham, the first muslim Jew, and I submit to be bound by the covenant and commandments that God made with the people of Israel at Mount Sinai.

As a Reform Rabbi I believe that Rabbis should modify Jewish traditions to prevent them from making religion too hard to practice. This important teaching in the Qur’an (7:157) was taught by Prophet Muhammad 12 centuries before the rise of Reform Judaism in the early 19th century Germany.

As Abu Huraira related: The Prophet said,

“Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded.” (Bukhari book 2 #38)

May the faithful believers of all religions commit themselves to this excellent teaching.


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Jewish Odyssies to Islam

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The Irreligiosity of IS, ISIS/ISIL*

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Humanity at the Crossroads: The Crisis in Spiritual Consciousness

Purge of Jeremy Corbyn Voters Unmasks Britain’s Blair’s Labour Party*

Purge of Jeremy Corbyn Voters Unmasks Britain’s Blair’s Labour Party*

By Jonathan Cook

The British political and media elite have been agreed on one thing this summer: the need to character-assassinate Jeremy Corbyn, the only half-decent politician (make that, human being) running for the Labour leadership.

If Corbyn wins, it would be the first time in living memory that the U.K. has had a Labour leader who is actually of the left. It is a prospect terrifying our supposedly liberal media, including the BBC and most of the Guardian’s senior staff, from Polly Toynbee to Jonathan Freedland.

Because all indications are that Corbyn will win in a fair fight, the caretaker Labour leadership is trying to stitch up the election to ensure he loses. Corbyn’s entry into the race has led to a tripling of Labour’s membership, as those who had grown disillusioned with Labour politics or joined the Greens consider returning to the Labour fold. You would think the Labour party would be cock-a-hoop. Think again.

The problem is that, if Labour admits Corbyn is actually harnessing massive support from the real left, it would also have to concede that long ago it departed from its roots, becoming just another wing of the neoliberal elite. And more significantly, it would also have to be prepared to contemplate changing course, opening itself up to the possibility that someone with social democratic convictions might again lead the party.

Neither is about to happen, so Labour is finding the flimsiest of excuses to purge itself of any voters it can identify as likely to back Corbyn in the leadership vote. Farcically, among those is Mark Serwotka, the leader of one of the UK’s biggest trade unions, after he said he would consider affiliating his PCS civil servants union with Labour if Corbyn wins.

Below is a great article from Kerry-anne Mendoza, another of those purged. She’s not a Tory mischief-maker or a Militant entryist. She’s an old-fashioned Labour supporter. Her mistake was to tweet her local Labour MP before the last election to say she would be voting Green after becoming fed up with the neoliberal takeover of Labour. That was the pretext to bar her from the coming leadership vote.

As she points out, she’s exactly the kind of voter the Labour party needs if it ever wants to form a government again. Instead she’s been cast out.

Notice also how the self-righteous New Labour elites characterise her – a long-standing Labour supporter who became disillusioned with the party – as an “infiltrator”. They were so sure of themselves they even included her in a list of people they had barred from the vote that they then issued to the media. The list ended up being published uncritically by the Guardian.

If despite all this, Corbyn does win, there can be no doubt it will be far from the end of the story. The Labour party establishment will make the job of leading the party impossible, and Corbyn will face an even more intense campaign to discredit him from all parts of the media.

If there is any consolation to be drawn from these events, it is this: the pervasive myth that Britain still enjoys pluralism in its politics and media may finally be unmasked.


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Britain’s Guardian Newspaper now Owned by a Jewish Supremacist*

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