I am relieved,3 weeks beautiful silence,serenity, tranquil, bliss, it is like the millstone has been lifted ,I can straighten my back.Talking about back he still may return ,oh I hope not,we can but wait and see.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division accused the Israeli military of attacking their forces in the Golan Heights, yesterday.
According to the 42nd Brigade, the Israeli military launched an airstrike over their positions near the Beit Jinn pocket, killing four of th
The spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces typically announces attacks like this; however, there was no announcement from the IDF command.
Huge fire breaks out at Dunmurry tower block with massive flames seen on side of building
hundreds of residents were evacuated from the building by the Fire Service
A block of high rise flats has caught fire on the outskirts of Belfast.
The blaze broke out at Seymour Hill in Dunmurry near Belfast and there appears to be several floors alight with flames.
Multiple flats on the ninth and tenth floors of the Coolmoyne House tower block were affected, according to a local community worker.
One person has been taken to hospital by ambulance, according to reports, four residents needing to be rescued from the building.
The tower block has been evacuated, according to witnesses with the fire now “under control”.
The blaze had chilling echoes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which occurred in London back in June, killing 80 residents.
It is not yet clear what caused the fire at Coolmoyne House or whether the building used any cladding similar to that found at Grenfell.
Hundreds of residents have been forced to gather in the streets, with a nearby community hall opened for them to shelter in.
Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, community worker Julie Ann Jackson said: “They got everybody out.”
Another witness, who was driving past the tower block said he thought he saw steam coming from the top of the building.
He said: “It was sort of frightening. After what happened in England [Grenfell Tower], you think to yourself, is this another one?”
Residents were reported to have said they feel “lucky to be alive” and couldn’t get the Grenfell tragedy out of their minds.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 5.40pm from the Northern Ireland Fire Services to reports of a fire on the ninth floor of Coolmoyne House.
“Four Accident and Emergency crews, five rapid response paramedics, seven ambulance officers, one doctor and two heart paramedics attended the scene.
“Four people were led to safety by the Northern Ireland Fire Service and handed over to the Ambulance Service for assessment.
“One person has been taken to hospital with minor injuries and the three others are still being assessed at the scene.”
One Twitter user, who posted a picture of the flames on Twitter, wrote: “Praying all are safe, as fire engulfs Coolmoyne House, Seymour Hill.”
Ryan Smith added: “Incredible work from emergency services at Coolmoyne House tongiht. Residents safe after a fire in one of the flats.”
Ms Jackson said that safety drills had recently been carried out at the block, which is owned and operated by Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
The public body, which manages 87,000 homes, is now investigating the fire and tweeted to confirm that staff were on site in Seymour Hill, and working with residents and the fire service.
The safety drills that were sought after by a councillor came as a result of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June.
It is believed 80 people were killed in the London fire, which is being investigated by the Met Police.
New figures from the Home Office show that the disaster accounted for more than a quarter of all residential fire deaths in England in the past year.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has recently called for the retrofitting of sprinklers in all council tower blocks.
He says Chancellor Philip Hammond should use next month’s Budget to set aside £1billion to protect residents living in high rises from another Grenfell disaster.
Ministers have so far refused to provide funding for councils to retrofit sprinklers.
Despite the Grenfell tragedy, only 2% of the 4,000 tower blocks in Britain have sprinkler systems.
But independent research shows that sprinklers contain or extinguish fires in 99% of cases.
How did the first world war actually end?
Quiz question: why did the first world war end? We’re about to witness a commemoration in which the human preference for restraint and dignity will be under pressure from the televisual tendency for wittering on without knowledge or feeling.
So one crucial piece of knowledge should be, for schoolchildren and for TV presenters alike: how and why did it actually end?
Well, on 24 October 1918, with the German army retreating and its discipline disintegrating, the right-wing aristocrats who ran the German navy launched a suicidal mass foray from the base in Kiel, where they’d been holed up. It was quite clear, rebel sailor Ernst Schneider later wrote, that this was to be a “death ride”.
But the sailors had other ideas. The crews of German battleships were drawn from the families of skilled, socialist working class. Since Easter 1916 the entire underground culture of the German ports – Hamburg, Kiel, Wilhelmshaven – had been pervaded by far-left agitation. There was a “whispering campaign”: under the cover of seamen’s yarns in the lower decks, in the lockers, the munition rooms, crow’s nests of the fighting masts – even in the lavatories – an underground organisation was built up, Schneider remembered.
The sailors’ organisation met in in the dark, kneeling between the stones of a war cemetery. This was no Potemkin-style, spontaneous outburst. With extreme order they took over the bridges, ran up red flags and pointed the guns of rebel ships at the hulls of those that did not rebel.
On 4 November 1918 they armed themselves and set off, in their thousands, for the industrial centres of northern Germany. Jan Valtin, a participant, remembered: “That night I saw the mutinous sailors roll into Bremen on caravans of commandeered trucks – from all sides masses of humanity, a sea of swinging, pushing bodies and distorted faces were moving toward the centre of town. Many of the workers were armed with guns, with bayonets and with hammers.”
By 9 November, with workers swarming into the streets of Berlin, the Kaiser abdicated: only the declaration of a republic, with a Labour government and the promised “socialisation of industry”, prevented outright Soviet-style revolution.
These incredible events do not fit easily into the narrative the mass media has been feeding us about the 1914-18 war. We’ve had TV presenters telling us most soldiers “actually enjoyed the war”; we’ve had the former education secretary declaring Britain’s most famous anti-war play – Oh What A Lovely War – to be full of left-wing myths.
But the termination of war by working-class action fits uneasily at a deeper level: for most of history the existence of a workforce with its own consciousness and organisations is an afterthought, or an anomaly. I’ve tried this quiz question again and again on highly-educated people and, even once they know the answer, there are looks of “does not compute”.
‘Stab in the back’
For Hitler, the German workers’ role in ending the war became the “stab in the back”: it was his ultimate justification for eradicating the German labour movement after 1933. In the British imperialist version of events the Kiel sailors become useful ancillaries: Yanks and tanks turn the western front and, naturally, the Germans throw the towel in once their front starts to crumble.
But to social historians the German workers’ role in ending the war is no surprise. Because exactly 100 years ago this week, they had also turned out in their hundreds of thousands to try and prevent it starting. The German socialist party was a massive social institution – with libraries, schools, choirs, nurseries – and during the fatal slide to war they called their members onto the streets in every major city.
Then, under the pressure of war fever and fearing their institutions would be outlawed, the socialist leaders swung behind the war effort.
We know now, thanks to the publication of records and memoirs, that it was entirely possible to have stopped the first world war. Key members of the British cabinet were against it; large parts of the social elite in most countries, including Germany, were stunned and appalled by the unstoppable process of mobilisation.
But within 18 months of its outbreak, dissident German socialist MPs were leading mass strikes, demonstrations and riots against the war. Despite censorship, mobilisation and the natural moral solidarity people have with troops sent to the front, the German arms industry was repeatedly hit by strikes after 1916.
When they reached Berlin, the first thing the insurgent sailors did was try to seize its radio tower: their aim was to send a message of solidarity to Russian sailors at Kronstadt in the eastern Baltic Sea, who they had been fighting until a year before.
Stereotypes and ideology
Why don’t we know this story? In one sense, it is all too familiar: the Kiel mutiny is part of the staple diet of high school history. But by the time we get to popular representations of the 1914-18 war they are wrapped in stereotypes and ideology. In TV dramas about the period before and during the war, the most popular working-class characters are servants. That’s how the elite experienced the working class – as domestic skivvies. Representations of life in factories and working-class communities are rare. Even when it comes to comedy, there are way more officers in the cast of Blackadder Goes Forth than there are men from the ranks.
People who command armies, and politicians who order them to fight, have to believe “the nation” is united behind them: that’s as true for Hamas, the Israelis, the Ukrainian army and the Donetsk rebels today as it was for Hindenburg in 1914. And the war ideologies of the present demand the war ideologies of the past be perpetuated.
The best antidote to ideology is detail. But the autobiographies of those who took part in the Kiel mutiny are, themselves, clouded by their subsequent politics: a few emerged after 1945 as ruthless bureaucrats in East Germany. Others, like Ernst Schneider, who ended his days working on the London docks, remained inveterate anarchists.
But once you get to the detail, the big picture becomes clear.
Alongside the tragic and glorious place names of the 1914-18 war – Ypres, Gallipoli and the Somme – we should also remember Kiel and Wilhelmshaven, for it was here German workers finally did what they had been trying to do since August 1914: they stopped the war.
Politicians secretly colluding with foreign nations are committing Treason
THIS IS ALL THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!
When high ranking officials secretly collude with a foreign nation, aren’t they looked upon as spies? In my eyes this woman is guilty of Treason, plain & simple. She should at the very least be facing a lengthy jail term. Here we have not just an MP but a cabinet minister committing this very crime yet she’s got away with a slap on the wrist! The Zionist controlled media have dutifully played down this treachery as if it was nothing. As a result, you can be sure, this outrage will soon be completely forgotten.
Of course it goes without saying the Israelis will escape admonishment. Time & again they’re caught red-handed breaking every law in the book & nothing ever happens. So, if you keep letting bank-robbers off Scot free, you can hardly expect them to stop robbing banks! What a crazy precedent the world has set – allowing this one country to by-pass laws which normally are rigidly enforced everywhere else. It’s a recipe for disaster.
So no surprise the situation couldn’t be more grave. You see it’s not as if the problem is merely whether the Israelis will continue to bribe politicians from certain nations. The fact media control & their ungodly power & influence has rendered them above the law, it’s almost as if there’s a gravitational attraction for those who can live with selling their country down the Swanee -POLITICIANS ARE LITERALLY LINING UP TO GO CAP IN HAND TO THESE GARGANTUAN CROOKS!
I’ve gone blue in the face saying it. Herein lies the problem. Sure, there are many other major issues like starvation, global warning etc. However, if we don’t sort this one out, then we’re living on borrowed time. Why aren’t we enforcing our laws on bribery & corruption? Conservative & Labour Friends of Israel should be banned, as should all special interest groups. Small wonder these vermin are now trying to initiate the unthinkable behind closed doors – pressuring our politicians to outlaw criticism of Israel & Zionists. People need to realise, these people will only stop when they’ve got it all!
TOMIE JONES SAYS-MICHAEL ARYINIAN IS A ACTIVIST AGAINST THE ZIONIST PLAGUE THAT IS SWEEPING THE WHOLE WORLD THE ZIONIST ISRAELIS WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO CREATE GREATER ISRAEL AND MAKE THEIR WARPED PROFICY COME TRUE. SOUNDS RADICAL, EXTREME BUT TRUE THE MAJORITY OF JEWS ARE NOT ZIONISTS AND DO NOT SUPPORT THE ZIONIST FINAL SOLUTION.THEY WISH TO LIVE SIDE BY SIDE WITH OTHER RACES, CREEDS AND TO FREE THE PALESTINIANS AND RETURN THEIR LAND TO THEM THAT WAS STOLEN BY THE ZIONIST ISRAELI JEWS. TWO STATE SOLUTION IS WHAT THEY WANT .NOT THE FINAL SOLUTION THE ZIONIST JEWS WANT.
NOVEMBER 14, 2017
The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby.
Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules requiring careful documentation of official meetings. That is to prevent conflicts of interest and illicit lobbying by foreign powers.
Government protocol was flouted again when Patel headed to the Golan Heights, occupied Syrian territory, escorted by the Israeli army. There she was shown an Israeli military field hospital that patches up Syrians, including Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters, wounded in Syria’s civil war.
Afterwards, Patel pressed for the Israeli army, one of the most powerful in the world, to receive a chunk of Britain’s overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. A clue as to how she reached such absurd “humanitarian” priorities is provided in the figure of Stuart Polak, mentor on her Israel “holiday”.
The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative MPs, and almost every government minister, to a group whose explicit goal is to advance Israeli interests in Britain. The prime minister, Theresa May, is regarded as one of Israel’s most fervent supporters in Europe.
That should be a cause for public indignation – no other foreign state enjoys such unabashed, high-level political support.
Another window on Israel’s meddling opened briefly last week. The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, took to Twitter to relay a damning comment from an unnamed “senior” member of Patel’s party. In a clear reference to Israel, the source observed: “The entire apparatus has turned a blind eye to a corrupt relationship that allows a country to buy access”.
A short time later, presumably under pressure, Kuenssberg deleted the tweet. The BBC has not reported the comment elsewhere and the senior Conservative has not dared go public. Such, it seems, is the intimidating and corrupting influence of the lobby.
More than a decade ago, two leading American academics wrote a study of the Israel lobby’s role in the United States, Israel’s chief patron for half a century. It was a sign of the lobby’s influence that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt could not find a publisher at home. They had to turn to a British journal instead.
The Israel lobby’s strength in western capitals has depended precisely on its ability to remain out of view. Simply to talk about the lobby risks being accused of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish cabals.
But Mearsheimer and Walt described a type of pressure group familiar in the US – and increasingly in European capitals. Everyone from Cuba to health insurers and arms manufacturers operate aggressive lobbyists in Washington to secure their interests.
What is special about the Israel lobby in the US – an amalgam of hawkish Jewish leadership organisations and messianic Christian evangelicals – is the fear it exploits to silence critics. No one wants to be labelled an anti-Semite.
Rarely identified or held to account, the lobby has entrenched its power.
That is what Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was talking about three decades ago – even if he misidentified it as a “Jewish” rather Israel lobby – in a forgotten letter found in the public archives and publicised at the weekend.
“Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in the US? I must be naive, I suppose!” he wrote to a family friend in 1986.
Today, as recent events illustrate, the lobby is struggling to stay in the shadows. Social media and Palestinians with camera phones have exposed a global audience to systematic abuses by the Israeli army the western media largely ignored. For the first time, Israel supporters sound evasive and dissembling.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s strident efforts in the US Congress through 2014 and 2015 to prevent a nuclear accord with Iran dragged the lobby even farther into the light.
The Israel lobby’s dirty tricks in the UK were exposed earlier this year too. An Al Jazeera TV documentary showed Conservative party officials colluding with the Israeli embassy to “take down” Alan Duncan, a foreign office minister who supports the Palestinian cause.
It is noteworthy that Ms Patel’s downfall came about because of social media. Israeli officials like police minister Gilad Erdan were so unused to scrutiny or accountability themselves that they happily tweeted photos with Patel. Erdan is a key player in the lobby, running a “smear unit” to target overseas critics of Israel.
We may never know why Patel so grossly flouted ministerial rules or what she quietly promised in those meetings in Israel. Colleagues have hinted that, in a pattern familiar from US politics, she hoped to win over the lobby and its wealthy donors for a future leadership bid.
There is no way to know, given the lobby’s penchant for secrecy, whether Patel simply proved less adept at treading a path marked out by former Conservative and Labour party leadership hopefuls. But it is also possible that the lobby is discovering changes to the political and cultural environment are making its work much harder.
There is growing hysteria about foreign interference in US and European politics. Is it not time for western states to show as much concern about the malign influence of Israel’s lobbyists as they do about Russian hackers?
A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.
tomie jones -SAYS TAKE HEED OF WHAT IS SAID HERE THE ISRAELI ZIONIST JEWS ARE EMBEDDING THEMSELVES into THE BRITISH POLITICAL SYSTEM PRITI PATEL IS A TRAITOR TO THE U K AND HAS COMMITTED TREASON AND SHE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.TRIED CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR A LIFE SENTENCE. WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THE ZIONISTS JEWISH COLLABORATORS THAT EXIST IN ALL POLITICAL PARTIES.
Two fire engines along with police and ambulance crews were called to the centre of Dublin after reports came in that a man had vanished up his own arse.
A number of people were treated for shock after emergency services were called out. gary the gob shite said ” what a mess shite everyway ”
A fire services spokesman said: “Dublin Fire and Rescue Service was called to an unfortunate incident in the middle of Dublin today. It seems a man became so self-righteous that his own arse ate his head in the city centre. It wasn’t pretty.”
“Two fire engines attended the scene but despite their best efforts and specialist cutting equipment they weren’t able to free the man’s head from between his own buttocks.”
“The Garda were also in attendance. Several officers were treated for hysterical laughter at the scene.”
“Emergency services were unable to stop the man’s ego pulling him entirely inside out.”
A Garda spokesman said: “We were made aware that an Irishman was caught in the gravitational pull of his own parsimonious hypocrisy in the city centre.”
“The incident occurred whilst the man was mansplaining running a republic and handing back the keys to the city. His KBE got caught in the vortex whilst he was looking up his own arsehole and it just sort of dragged him in.”
“It seems he was shouting something about how controlling members of a despotic and murderous military junta was much easier than organising a gig just as the ribbon on his KBE got tangled.”
“Don’t wear lose clothes around rotating machinery kids. The good news is the Mayor was able to get the keys to the city back.”
“Officers are currently at the scene with mops trying to get what’s left of Bob Geldof off the steps of the town hall.”