Archive | February 13, 2017

U.K Gov’t Announces its own ‘Muslim ban’*

U.K Gov’t Announces its own ‘Muslim ban’*

By Carlyn Harvey

 

On 8 February, the Conservative government caused uproar by quietly scrapping a promise to help thousands of vulnerable refugee children. It decided that rather than provide refuge for thousands of children, it would only accept 350.

Yet while most were still reeling from that revelation, the government disclosed another even more sickening decision. According to The Independent, the Home Office confirmed it has placed a temporary halt on accepting refugee children with disabilities. The move comes just weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump caused an uproar for banning people, including refugees, from seven Muslim-majority countries temporarily entering the country.

The U.S. and U.K. decisions differ in scale and focus. But both are supposedly temporary measures. Yet the “unthinkable” temporary suspension of disabled refugee children to the U.K. reportedly has no confirmed end date yet.

And it shows a remarkable level of indifference from the Tory government to the vulnerable and the threats they face.

Really need help? Sorry, not you

The U.K. set up its Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme in 2016. It committed, in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to take in “at risk” refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

Separately, an amendment to the Immigration Bill, known as the Dubs Amendment, bound the government to taking vulnerable children who had already made the journey to Europe. It is this scheme that will now be capped at 350 refugees.

But the UNHCR also had a limit placed on the applications it processes. The Home Office has requested it “temporarily limit” those with complex needs, including mobility issues and learning disabilities. Because, the government asserts, it doesn’t have “suitable reception capacity” for them.

A Home Office spokesperson confirmed that there was a temporary suspension of new referrals in the “most complex cases”. But the spokesperson denied it amounts to a total block on those with disabilities. Furthermore they claimed the pause would allow the government to ensure support for such refugees is in place on arrival.

The government also runs the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. It has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 through this scheme. The spokesperson said:

“We work closely with the UNHCR and local authorities on both schemes and always ensure the necessary care packages are in place as we plan the arrival of vulnerable children and their families.”

An unthinkable decision

Yet the government’s decision to put a brake on the entry of child refugees with disabilities has faced criticism. Director of Human Rights Watch’s disability rights division, Shantha Barriga, said:

“People with disabilities endure unimaginable hardship during conflict, and many faced huge hurdles in escaping the violence. That the U.K. now says it’s not prepared to accept refugees with disabilities is unthinkable.

It’s an indefensible decision and blatant discrimination. The U.K. is not simply lacking ‘suitable accommodation’ in this case, but seems to be lacking political will.”

Meanwhile, head of advocacy at the Refugee Council Dr Lisa Doyle insisted:

“The refugees who benefit from the U.K.’s resettlement programmes are by definition the most vulnerable, and refugees with disabilities will often have specific needs.

While the Refugee Council knows that communities up and down the country are keen to help welcome refugees it appears there is an urgent need for accessible accommodation.”

Tory ethos writ large

Although the government’s decision is disgraceful, it’s not surprising. In November 2016, the United Nations published a report that concluded the U.K. government had committed “grave” and “systematic” violations of the rights of its citizens with disabilities. And those violations were largely a result of the austerity policies and welfare reforms pushed through since 2010.

So the government’s already evident disregard for those with disabilities has now spread to its refugee programmes. Rather than using its seven years in office, the first five in coalition, to fund and strengthen support for people with disabilities, it has de-funded and diminished it. All in the name of austerity.

And the horrific impact of those choices are now becoming clear. Not only at home, but in our tragic dealings with refugees abroad too.

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U.K.’s Overhaul of Official Secrets Act Will Give Journalists 14 years in Jail for Publishing Sensitive Info.*

U.K.’s Overhaul of Official Secrets Act Will Give Journalists 14 years in Jail for Publishing Sensitive Info.*

By Sean –al Tabatabai

U.K. based journalists who receive or publish government secrets by whistle blowing organizations such as WikiLeaks could face up to 14 years in jail.

A controversial overhaul of the Official Secrets Act will give U.K. courts the power to imprison journalists who receive official material that is deemed “sensitive” to the economy.

Conservative MP Damian Collins, who is heading an inquiry into combatting the so-called ‘fake news’ problem, says the new proposals need careful consideration, acknowledging that whistle blowing can sometimes be in the national interest.

We need to ensure that we get the balance right between protecting sensitive official information and allowing debate about facts where there is a clear and overwhelming national interest.

Telegraph.co.uk reports:

In theory a journalist leaked Brexit documents deemed harmful to the U.K. economy could be jailed as a consequence.

One legal expert said the new changes would see the maximum jail sentence increase from two years to 14 years; make it an offence to “obtain or gather” rather than simply share official secrets; and to extend the scope of the law to cover information that damages “economic well-being”.

John Cooper QC, a leading criminal and human rights barrister who has served on two law commission working parties, added:

“These reforms would potentially undermine some of the most important principles of an open democracy.”

Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship, said:

“The proposed changes are frightening and have no place in a democracy, which relies on having mechanisms to hold the powerful to account.

“It is unthinkable that whistle blowers and those to whom they reveal their information should face jail for leaking and receiving information that is in the public interest.”

Her organisation has accused the Law Commission, the Government’s statutory legal advisers, of failing to consult fully with journalists before making its recommendations in a 326-page consultation published earlier this month.

“It is shocking that so few organisations were consulted on these proposed changes given the huge implications for public interest journalism in this country,” said Ms Ginsberg.

The Law Commission sought advice from media groups including Guardian Media as well as civil liberties groups including Liberty and Open Rights Group.

Other groups consulted included the intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 as well as several government departments and senior politicians and lawyers.

Jim Killock, chief executive of the Open Rights Group, said:

“It is clearly an attempt to criminalise ordinary journalism. The idea seems to be to criminalise the act of handling leaked documents which would prevent the public from knowing when the government is breaking the law.

“It is fundamentally un-British to try to control journalists in this way. It is completely unreasonable to equate any leak of secret information as an act of espionage.”

The Law Commission’s proposed changes would replace four official Secrets Acts dating back to 1911. The changes do not allow for a statutory public interest defence.

The Law Commission recommendations state that there should be “no restriction on who can commit the offence,” including hackers, politicians and journalists.

The new proposals will now go out to further consultation which will be open until April 3.

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U.S.-born NASA Employee Detained at Airport, Forced to Hand over Phone and Pin Code*

U.S.-born NASA Employee Detained at Airport, Forced to Hand over Phone and Pin Code*

A U.S. citizen who works for NASA received an unfriendly welcome upon re-entering his own country, detained by a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent who forced him to hand over his phone and access code, despite the device containing sensitive NASA information.

Sidd Bikkannavar – who has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) for the past 10 years – was expecting a speedy re-entry into the United States when he returned from South America on a personal trip, particularly because he is enrolled in the Global Entry program, which allows citizens to have expedited entry into the country after undergoing thorough background checks.

Sidd Bikkannavar at one of his solar car racing events. Photo credit: Shane Winter

Sidd Bikkannavar at one of his solar car racing events. Photo credit: Shane Winter

However, a smooth process wasn’t at all what Bikkannavar received when he arrived at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on January 30 – just over a week into the Trump administration and shortly after the president’s travel ban had been chaotically rolled out at airports across the country.

The scientist, whose expertise is on a type of optics technology which will be used on the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, told the Verge (LINK) that he was detained by CBP agents when he tried to enter the U.S. after a trip to South America, where he had pursued his hobby of racing solar-powered cars.

An officer escorted him to a back room, and told him to wait for instructions. Around five other travelers were in the same room, asleep on cots.

this is from an IRL friend of mine. this is NOT my america. EVER. #MuslimBan Siid is a US Citizen. @CustomsBorder u say “Welcome Home” #NASApic.twitter.com/W4UtF88rJy

— Nick Adkins (@nickisnpdx) February 6, 2017

About 40 minutes later, an officer called Bikkannavar’s name.

“He takes me into an interview room and sort of explains that I’m entering the country and they need to search my possessions to make sure I’m not bringing in anything dangerous,” Bikkannavar told the Verge.

The officer began asking questions about where the scientist was coming from, where he lives, and his title at work – despite the fact that such information should have been available to the agent, since Bikkannavar is enrolled in Global Entry.

“I asked a question, ‘Why was I chosen?’ And he wouldn’t tell me,” the NASA scientist said.

The officer then gave Bikkannavar a document titled ‘Inspection of Electronic Devices,’ and explained that CBP had the authority to search his phone. He also requested the PIN code needed to access the device.

Bikkannavar quickly showed the JPL barcode on the back of the phone, proving that it had been issued by NASA and therefore contained sensitive information.

“I was cautiously telling him I wasn’t allowed to give it out, because I didn’t want to seem like I was not cooperating,” Bikkannavar said. “I told him I’m not really allowed to give the passcode; I have to protect access. But he insisted they had the authority to search it.”

Left with no other choice, Bikkannavar surrendered his phone and the code, noting that the document given to him spoke of a number of consequences for failure to offer information.

“I didn’t really want to explore all those consequences,” he said.

“It mentioned detention and seizure.”

The officer walked away with the phone and returned 30 minutes later, ultimately handing the device back to Bikkannavar. However, the NASA scientist is not sure what happened while the phone was in the agent’s possession.

Once Bikkannavar arrived in Los Angeles, where he lives and works, he told his superiors about his experience. Although he cannot comment on what may or may not have been on the phone, he told the Verge that JPL’s cybersecurity team was not happy about the breach.

Bikkannavar has since been issued a new device and a new phone number.

While he was never told the reason why he was chosen for the search, Bikkannavar stressed that “it was not that they were concerned with me bringing something dangerous in, because they didn’t even touch the bags. They had no way of knowing I could have had something in there.”

“You can say, ‘Okay well maybe it’s about making sure I’m not a dangerous person,’ but they have all the information to verify that,” he continued.

Despite the incident occurring just after Trump’s travel ban had taken effect, Bikkannavar should not have raised any red flags. He has not visited any of the countries listed on the immigration ban, and has worked at JPL for 10 years.

Bikkannavar said he understands his name is foreign, with its roots being traced back to southern India, but has never before experienced such a situation.

“Sometimes I get stopped and searched, but never anything like this. Maybe you could say it was one huge coincidence that this thing happens right at the travel ban,” he said.

Trump’s so-called travel ban, which barred citizens from seven mainly-Muslim countries from entering the U.S., has sown chaos in airports as multiple people who had arrived to the country were held at airports while travelers overseas were barred from boarding flights or were pulled off planes.

The order resulted in worldwide protests from people who claim it unfairly discriminates against people based on their faith. Trump, however, has maintained the ban has to do with national security, rather than religion. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate the ban, which had been suspended by a lower judge. The case is likely to be appealed until it reaches the Supreme Court.

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The Plot against Britain…*

The Plot against Britain…*

By Gilad Atzmon

The following was written years ago and was published as a part of an extended article on http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/03/03/from-esther-to-aipac/

A few days ago in London, we witnessed a senior diplomat in the Israeli embassy caught on camera plotting to “take down” members of the British government including Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan. We then learned that a senior official from the U.K.’s National Union of Students, as part of a sting involving the Israeli embassy, was covertly filmed conspiring to oust the organisation’s president Malia Bouattia.  Malia Bouattia is the first Muslim president of the NUS and some British Jewish institutes have been concerned by her overwhelming popularity.  It has also been revealed that the Israeli embassy has been plotting to undermine Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and caught on video allocating funds towards that goal.

Are these events connected to each other, or is it mere coincidence that the Jewish state and Jewish organisations such as AIPAC, LFI,  JDL, and JVP are, time after time, caught red-handed, plotting and conspiring against other people’s regimes and political institutions

Embarrassingly enough, plotting against other people’s political institutes is deeply rooted in Judaic teaching. In fact, the Book of Esther is a biblical prototype, teaching Jews how to infiltrate and subvert the Goyim’s political affairs.  This Book of Esther* is a biblical story that is the basis of Purim, probably the most joyous Jewish festival.

The story is set in the third year of the rule of Ahasuerus in Persia and is usually identified with Xerxes I. It is a story of palace intrigue and of a brave and beautiful Jewish queen, Esther who, at the very last minute, manages to save the Jewish people of her time.

King Ahasuerus is married to Vashti, whom he repudiates after she rejects his request that she ‘visit’ him during a feast and it is Esther who is selected from all the candidates to be Ahasuerus’s new wife. As the story progresses, Ahasuerus’s prime minister Haman, without knowing that Esther is actually Jewish, plots to have the king kill all the Jews but Esther, together with her cousin Mordecai, saves the day for her people.

To read The Book of Esther click here

At the risk of endangering her own safety, Esther warns Ahasuerus of Haman’s murderous anti-Jewish plot and Haman and his sons are hanged on the fifty-cubit gallows he had originally built for cousin Mordecai and Mordecai takes Haman’s place as prime minister. Unfortunately, Ahasuerus’ edict decreeing the murder of the Jews cannot be rescinded, so he issues another edict, allowing the Jews to take up arms and kill their enemies. This they do and it is this genocide that, ever since, is celebrated at Purim.

The Judaic moral of the story is clear: If Jews want to survive, they’d better infiltrate into the corridors of power. With Esther, Mordechai and Purim in mind, Shai Masot, LFI, AIPAC and the notion of ‘Jewish power’ look like the very embodiment of a deep biblical and cultural ideology.

However, there’s a twist. Though the story is presented as an historic tale, the historicity of the Book of Esther is largely disputed by most modern bible scholars. It is largely the lack of clear corroboration of any of the details of the story of the Book of Esther with what is known from classical sources of Persian history that has led scholars to conclude that the story is mostly, or even totally fictional.

In other words, though the Judaic moral is clear, the attempted genocide is a fiction. It seems that by telling how Jews ‘save’ themselves by infiltrating their host nation’s politics, the Book of Esther propels its readers into a collective Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PRE-TSD) and makes a fantasy of destruction into an ideology of survival.

Interestingly, the Book of Esther is one of only two books of the Bible that do not directly mention God (the other is Song of Songs). In the Book of Esther, it is the Jews who believe in themselves, in their own power, in their uniqueness, in their sophistication, in their ability to conspire, in their ability to take over kingdoms, in their ability to save themselves and in their ability to ‘take down’ Sir Alan Duncan, Jeremy Corbyn andNUS leader Malia Bouattia.  The only remaining question is how long will it take before the Brits and the British government grasp what they are up against.

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Thousands Sign New White House Petition to Arrest George Soros*

68c72-george2bsoros2bcontrolled2boppositionBy Ryan Saavedra

A White House Petition has been created to Issue an International Arrest Warrant for George Soros. The Petition was created a couple of weeks ago and has already received over 5,500 signatures. While this is a lot of signatures it is still well short of the 100,000 needed to get a response from the White House.

The petition states:

“George Soros is a menace to the free world and stands in the way of making America great again. He is guilty of the following crimes:

1) Financially supports open sedition in major American cities resulting in millions of dollars of property damage as well as loss of life.

2) Attempts to manipulate democratic elections by donating millions of dollars to his preferred candidates.

3) Seeks to curtail American sovereignty. In his own words: “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States … Changing [the]attitude and policies of the United States remains my top priority.”

4) Is a currency manipulator. Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10 billion sterling, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining a billion-dollar profit.

You can sign the petition here.

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