Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Police ordered to cut back on stop and search as Theresa May condemns 'unacceptable affront to justice'

  • Home Secretary says PCs are abusing their power to frisk the public
  • Comes after inspectors found a quarter of stop and searches were illegal
  • New laws will be introduced to curb police powers if nothing changes

Stop and search is 'unfair to young black men' and has to be dramatically cut back, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.
The Tory minister said police forces had to stop using the frisking power so often - or face new laws to curb their powers.
She said the number of times it was being used was unacceptable.
Theresa May said it was 'absolutely disgraceful' that young black men are targeted by police using stop and search
Theresa May said it was 'absolutely disgraceful' that young black men are targeted by police using stop and search

In an announcement to the Commons, she added that police officers will be forced to go through training courses on how to use the controversial power.
If they fail the test they will be stripped of being able to stop and search the public
They will also face disciplinary action if they fail to abide by a new code laying out what 'reasonable grounds for suspicion' are needed to use stop and search.
'The revised code will emphasise that where officers are not using their powers properly they will be subject to formal performance or disciplinary proceedings,' Mrs May said.
She told the House of Commons that fresh laws on stop and search will be introduced if forces fail to comply with the new guidance.
The changes are being brought in after Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found 27% of stop and searches had no reasonable grounds for suspicion.
This means more than a quarter of the one million searches conducted last year could have been illegal.
 
Black and ethnic minorities are also up to six times more likely to be searched than white people.
The Home Secretary told the House she had 'long been concerned about the use of stop and search'.
'While it is undoubtedly an important police power, when it is misused stop and search can be counter-productive,' she said.
'First, it can be an enormous waste of police time. Second, when innocent people are stopped and searched for no good reason, it is hugely damaging to the relationship between the police and the public.
'In those circumstances it is an unacceptable affront to justice.'
She added: 'It is unfair, especially for young, black men.'
Mrs May commissioned HMIC, the police watchdog, to inspect every force in England and Wales to see how stop and search powers are used.
But her plans to overhaul the power were blocked earlier this year by David Cameron - amid fears the Conservatives would be seen as too soft on crime.
The Home Secretary is reported to have faced opposition from David Cameron in her bid to target police stop and search powers. The PM is said to be concerned that the Tories could be painted as soft on crime
The Home Secretary is reported to have faced opposition from David Cameron in her bid to target police stop and search powers. The PM is said to be concerned that the Tories could be painted as soft on crime

Mrs May said: 'But I want to make myself absolutely clear - if the numbers do not come down.. the Government will return with primary legislation to make these things happen.'
'Nobody wins when stop and search is misapplied,' she said.
'It is a waste of police time. It is unfair, especially to young black men. It is bad for public confidence in the police.'
Mrs May admitted that the only reason for a large number of stop and searches is that the person being searched is black.
Describing it as 'absolutely disgraceful', she said it had become a way of life for young people in black and ethnic minority communities and must be changed.
The Home Secretary said: 'It is very clear that in a large number of cases the reasonable grounds for suspicion were not there and one can only therefore assume, given that black people are six times more likely to be stopped and searched than a white person, that it is precisely the fact that they are a black person that has led to that stop and search taking place.
'It is absolutely disgraceful and sadly, as I indicated earlier in response to another MP, this is a feeling that has come through to young people in black and minority ethnic communities that this is what happens and that this is, if you like, a way of life.
'I want to change it and make sure it's not a way of life.'
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper accused Prime Minister David Cameron of watering down Mrs May's reforms.
Ms Cooper said Mrs May had not gone far enough.
She said: 'These proposals are too weak.'
NWN: Not this issue again surely ?
If blacks didn't have a propensity to commit  crimes way above their percentage of the population the Police wouldn't have to keep their eye's on them. More of this politically correct rubbish means more people will be victims of black crime, all in the purposes of 'race relations' you understand.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams held over Jean McConville murder

Breaking news
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.
Mrs McConville, a 37-year-old widow and mother of 10, was abducted from her flat in the Divis area of west Belfast and shot by the IRA.
Her body was recovered from a beach in County Louth in 2003.
Police said a 65-year-old man presented himself to Antrim police station on Wednesday evening and was arrested.
In a statement, Sinn Féin said: "Last month Gerry Adams said he was available to meet the PSNI about the Jean McConville case. That meeting is taking place this evening."
Mrs McConville, one of Northern Ireland's Disappeared, was kidnapped in front of her children after being wrongly accused of being an informer.
Last month, Ivor Bell, 77, a leader in the Provisional IRA in the 1970s, was charged with aiding and abetting the murder.
There have also been a number of other arrests over the murder recently.
The case against Bell is based on an interview he allegedly gave to researchers at Boston College in the US.
The Boston College tapes are a series of candid, confessional interviews with former loyalist and republican paramilitaries, designed to be an oral history of the Troubles.
The paramilitaries were told the tapes would only be made public after their deaths.
However, after a series of court cases in the United States, some of the content has been handed over to the authorities.
Informer claim dismissed The claim that Mrs McConville was an informer was dismissed after an official investigation by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.
She was held at one or more houses before being shot and buried in secret.
The Disappeared are those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.
The IRA admitted in 1999 that it murdered and buried at secret locations nine of the Disappeared.
The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains was established in 1999 by a treaty between the British and Irish governments.
It lists 16 people as "disappeared". Despite extensive searches, the remains of seven of them have not been found.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27232731

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Swedish Law Criminalizes Anti-immigration Internet Speech 2014 04 26
By Selwyn Duke | The New American 

You’re free in Sweden to be critical of immigration, those in power, or people identifying as “LBGT” — at least within the confines of your mind. But dare express those views, even on the Internet, and you can now be more easily prosecuted under a new law taking full effect after Christmas.

We recently learned about how anti-immigration Internet commenters in Sweden were tracked down and persecuted. As journalist Pamela Geller wrote:

One of Sweden’s biggest newspapers, Expressen, used criminal hackers to break into Disqus and get the email addresses and identities of commenters online, and to reveal the persons behind the nicknames or anonymous user IDs. The newspaper sent a reporter and a cameraman to one person’s home and asked them about things they had written on different websites. Expressen published the names and photos of some people, which led to at least one person losing his job.

But Sweden’s new law adds another layer of hate-speech prohibition to the social ostracism. As Fria Tider (Free Times) reported (translated electronically from Swedish and then edited for grammar and word usage) in a piece entitled “New Law Makes it Easier to Prosecute Those Who Offend Immigrants or Those in Power,” “The crime of ‘insult’ will be prosecuted — but only for giving offense to immigrants, LGBTQ persons or authorities ... [under a] common insult to the public prosecution.” The law has been pushed by Swedish parliamentarian Andreas Norlén, who said, during what Fria Tider described as “an unchallenged debate on the issue in parliament,” “I do not think it takes very many prosecutions before a signal is transmitted in the community that the Internet is not a lawless country — the sheriff is back in town.”

And unchallenged is precisely how Swedish authorities — and many other Western governments — want their leftist agenda to be, with immigration in particular enjoying sanctified status in Sweden. As CBN reported earlier this month in a piece entitled “Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World”:

Sweden’s leftist establishment and media believe a cornerstone of their perfect society is multiculturalism — large-scale immigration from some of the poorest, most backward nations on Earth — and Swedes who disagree with that plan risk being labeled racist, fascist, even Nazi. “Immigration is the starting point and the finishing point. It’s the most important point to prove you’re friendly toward foreigners, you’re friendly toward immigration," Danish journalist Mikael Jalving, author of the book Absolut Sweden, said.

And if it can be “proven” that you don’t support immigration, “you’re out of the game,” says Jalving.

What does this mean? Journalist Ingrid Carlqvist explains that you become a pariah, stating, “If they point at you and say you are a racist, then you will have no job, no career, you might lose your family. You will have no future.”

This is despite the fact, say critics, that wide-scale Third World immigration is threatening Sweden’s future. As CBN also reported:
Sweden’s immigration model is failing miserably ... test scores in Swedish schools are plummeting ... [and] crime in some areas has skyrocketed. Immigrants burned the Stockholm suburb of Husby for over a week last year.

Many Jews now live in fear of attacks by Muslim immigrants and are leaving.

Amun Abdullahi, a journalist for Swedish radio, left last year and returned to her native Somalia after she was attacked in the Swedish media over her news report about radical Muslim immigrants in Sweden.

She told Swedish television that Mogadishu was safer than immigrant areas in Stockholm.

Frontpage Mag’s Daniel Greenfield, quoting from JihadWatch.org, provides even more perspective:
“Sweden’s population grew from 9 million to 9.5 million in the years 2004-2012, mainly due to immigration from ‘countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.’ 16 percent of all newborns have mothers born in non-Western countries. Employment rate among immigrants: 54 percent.”

Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000 is six times higher than the United States.

Note that 77 percent of these rapes are perpetrated by “foreigners,” most of whom are Muslim, while their victims primarily are native Swedes. And these figures may very well be artificially low estimates, as the government would prefer to make the headlines go away.
http://redicecreations.com/article.php?id=29972 

Monday, April 28, 2014


The IRA's Rabbi  !

Brothers In Arms? Ireland And Israel


Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog - the Sinn Fein Rabbi
Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog – the Sinn Féin Rabbi
The excellent history site, The Irish Story, has recently posted two articles examining the ideological similarities between Irish and Israeli nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries and the fraternal links between the Republican and Zionist revolutionary movements in Ireland, Europe and North America. Its fascinating stuff and something I’ve developed an interest in over the last decade and more thanks to my frankly envious admiration for the revival of the Hebrew language (as noted here several times).
And before anyone starts leaving Comments attacking my expressions of admiration for Israel I shall note my critical stand on Israel’s deviation away from the left-of-centre principals of many of its founders and the appalling treatment of the Palestinian people that I highlighted here. Many forget that once upon a time Israel was the darling of the radical Left in Europe and beyond. Every good Trot wanted to sojourn on a kibbutz in the 1950s and ’60s.
As for the insidious canard spread by the fundamentalist Protestant Right in the United States that Ireland is anti-Semitic. Well much of it is patently racist in tone, that old strain of anti-Irish bigotry disguised as something new, with a typically swivel-eyed example here for you to read (if you have the stomach for it). I have had my own clashes with the crazies of the American Far Right, self-informed demagogues who rapidly crumble when challenged over their laughably false accusations of historic anti-Jewish sentiment in Ireland.
I wonder, now, does anyone remember Sarah Medali, a Russian-born Jewish mother of three children, murdered by the British Occupation Forces on Friday the 10th of December 1920 in a raid that heralded a pogrom in the City of Cork by the British Forces that left 17 dead and wounded (including a Catholic priest, Thomas Magnier) and culminated in the burning of the city? Certainly not the opportunistic militant Christian defenders of Israel pursuing their own death-craving vision of a new Jerusalem.
http://ansionnachfionn.com/tag/oglaigh-na-heireann-onae-the-irish-volunteers-iv/

NWN: Yes this is a pro IRA website. I remember when serving at HMP Maze and there was a negro yank who was a Viet Nam veteran in the cages. We couldn't believe it. Sort through the mess, and make a cogent reply.

‘Shortest march in recent history’: Antifascist groups disrupt neo-Nazi rally in Berlin (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

An activist of the far-right NPD party holds a sign reading " Example Switzerland- Stop mass immigration" (Vorbild Schweiz- Masseneinwanderung Stoppen) during a demonstration of the far-right NPD party in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)
An activist of the far-right NPD party holds a sign reading " Example Switzerland- Stop mass immigration" (Vorbild Schweiz- Masseneinwanderung Stoppen) during a demonstration of the far-right NPD party in Berlin on April 26, 2014. 

About a hundred fascists were only allowed to march 300 meters from their gathering point as left-wingers, trade unions and ordinary Berliners joined forces to stop a neo-Nazi march. Clashes between the groups led to some injuries and arrests.
A few thousand Berliners stopped a march by the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany in its tracks, a correspondent from Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported from the scene.
About 100 neo-Nazis were only able to move about 300 meters from their original meeting point, the Jannowitzbrucke Bridge in the center of Berlin.
All possible routes off the bridge were blocked by a consortium of left-wingers, trade unionists, anti-fascist groups and ordinary Berliners.

As a result, the ultra-right radicals held a short meeting where they were and after about three hours began to disperse.
The police set up two cordons to separate the two groups, although there was some violence. Bottles and stones rained down on the neo-Nazis, which were hurled from the left-wing camp and the police had to intervene with batons and tear gas. A few people were arrested and there were a few injuries, including among the police.
The local press has dubbed the neo-Nazis’ march, “the shortest march in history.”

Activists from the far right party NPD march across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)
Activists from the far right party NPD march across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014.


Activists from the far right party NPD are seen behind a police line at the start of their marches on the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014.

Policemen scuffle with anti fascist protesters while trying to detain a protester as activists from the far right party NPD march across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)
Policemen scuffle with anti fascist protesters while trying to detain a protester as activists from the far right party NPD march across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

An anti fascist demonstrator (L) is held back as he tries to come to the aid of a fellow protestor being detained as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)
An anti fascist demonstrator (L) is held back as he tries to come to the aid of a fellow protestor being detained as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Policemen detain an antifascist protester as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)
Policemen detain an antifascist protester as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)
http://www.rt.com/news/155088-neo-nazi-march-disrupted/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Energy giants pocket £75m of green tax cuts which would have helped millions of households save £50 on their energy bills

  • Four months after the government cut green levies, millions of households have not received a penny in discount
  • Customers on fixed tariffs are most likely to have missed out

Millions of households have missed out on a £50 saving on their energy bill because a green tax cut has been swiped by suppliers.
All of the big six firms — British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power — will save money this year after the Government slashed network charges and the cost of implementing green schemes.
And they will no longer have to pick up the tab for a Warm Home Discount — which gives vulnerable customers a £135 reduction on their electricity bill.
British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power ¿ will save money this year after the Government slashed network charges
British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power ¿ will save money this year after the Government slashed network charges

The Government says these changes would save households around £50 on their annual gas and electricity bill.
However, four months on and millions of customers have not received a penny in discount.
An estimated five million households have missed out on the reduction because they are on a fixed-rate deal.
 
The energy companies claim most people have benefited by up to £35. But this still means they have pocketed the remainder  — at £15 from each fixed-rate customer, that makes £75 million.
 
Npower has told customers they would receive a bill cut from February only if they were on a standard or variable tariff and had been affected by a price rise last December.
Its fixed-rate customers get no price cut. They are effectively still paying the green tax because it is priced into their bills.
Customers on fixed tariffs with ScottishPower also missed out. The firm said it would cut their bills only if customers ended up worse off than those who are on variable deals.
EDF Energy and Eon have similarly neglected customers locked into fixes. Their customers have had potential price hikes lowered instead of receiving reductions to their current bills — but this affects only those on variable deals.
British Gas, Scottish and Southern Energy have reduced bills for all their customers — both on fixes and variable deals.
The suppliers are also hiding behind a baffling array of price hikes and cuts.
British Gas shaved 3.2  per cent, or £38, off its average gas and electricity bill in January.
But it raised prices by 9.2 per cent in November — meaning the average gas and electricity bill is now 6  per cent higher than last year at £1,193.
Npower cut its average bill by 2.6  per cent or £31 in February. But it had hiked bills by 10.4  per cent in December, which means that customers are still paying 7.8  per cent more at £1,205 a year. A further problem is that Ofgem changed the way average bills had to be stated in January.
Where's our money? Four months after the government cut green levies millions of households have still not received a penny in discount
Where's our money? Four months after the government cut green levies millions of households have still not received a penny in discount

In effect, it cut the average estimated amount of energy that homes use to reflect how much more energy-efficient they are.
So, when the Government said in December that the green tax cut would save customers £50, it based this estimation on the average household using 16,500 kWh of gas and 3,300 kWh of electricity.
But when firms reduced their bills this year, the new average usage levels of 13,500 kWh of gas and 3,200 kWh of electricity had already come into play.
It’s a complicated equation, but what it really means, according to calculations from comparison service the Energysaving helpline, is that most homes have saved only £28 since the green tax cuts were introduced.
 
Energy firms have also dragged their heels over passing on the savings to customers. British Gas was the first to cut bills for customers on January 1, but Scottish and Southern Energy did not reduce their bills until March 28.
ScottishPower passed on cuts on January 31, while Npower did so on February 28.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at price comparison website uSwitch, says: ‘The fact is that suppliers could have made this whole process simpler by cutting prices across the board for both variable and fixed-price customers. It would have been fairer and easier for consumers to get their heads around.
‘Instead, it looks as though some suppliers are cherry-picking who should benefit. Those who won’t be getting a price cut, even if it’s for a valid reason, will be left feeling hard done by and that’s a real shame given that this whole thing should have been an easy way for suppliers to regain lost ground with customers.’
All electricity customers are expected to receive a further £12 credit in the autumn as a result of firms no longer having to pay for the Warm Home Discount, regardless of what deal they are on or how they pay.
A spokesperson for industry body Energy UK says: ‘Energy suppliers are committed to delivering the cuts in green taxes as cost-effectively as possible — while complying with Ofgem’s rules and keeping customer service at the forefront of activities.
‘The major companies have all already announced that they will pass on savings of between £30 and £35 to customers.
‘The cost of delivering the cuts  will vary from company to company, but the industry welcomes further transparency  to make it more open and easy  to understand.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2610842/Energy-giants-pocketed-75m-green-tax-cuts.html#ixzz2zkn73VFM

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lenny Henry calls for public campaign to get more minorities on TV... and describes BBC licence fee boycott as a possible ‘move’

  • Culture minister hosting a roundtable with TV figures to discuss diversity
  • Henry wants black and ethnic minority people to have money ring-fenced to make specialist programmes
  • Henry threatens 'conflict' unless industry listens to those who want change
Lenny Henry wants the public to join his campaign to put more ethnic minorities on the screen.
The former comedian has been engaged in private discussions with Ed Vaizey, the Culture minister, and senior broadcasting figures, Lord Hall, the BBC Director General and Peter Fincham, the chief executive of ITV, to discuss what he sees as a problem.
Henry has been campaigning on the issue for six years and is hopeful change is imminent. He said: ‘There will be a call to arms. Nothing happens without conflict and this is our time to stop moaning to ourselves and to take the argument public.’
Campaigner: Lenny Henry wants to see more diversity on television
Campaigner: Lenny Henry wants to see more diversity on television

A meeting called by Mr Vaizey for 50 TV industry figures, including Henry, has been brought forward.
Henry wants the public to force politicians to make the change. He said: ‘All of those people in the audience who watch those shows and complain that there aren’t enough black and Asian [people], and gay and women and people with disabilities and transgender… they need to start lobbying, to start writing letters, they need to start emailing.
 
‘At some point soon there’s going to be a campaign and we want everybody to get behind it, write letters to parliament, write letters to government, write letters to your MP and say we think it’s time there was a change.’
Henry, 55, is now probably best known to television audiences for advertising a chain of budget hotels. He first came to the public's attention in 1975 when he was a teenage impressionist on the ITV talent show New Faces, hosted by Derek Hobson.
He delighted audiences with his impersonations of, among others, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em's Frank Spencer and Liberal MP, author and TV dog food salesman Clement Freud.
Henry then worked on the LWT sitcom The Fosters and joined Chris Tarrant on Tiswas. In the 1980s, Henry was given his own show by the BBC. He later starred in the BBC sitcom Chef but his television career has waned in recent years and his most regular appearance is on hotel adverts.
The authoritative website imdb.com has no television credits for him this year and only two for 2013, both on chat shows.
Lenny Henry
Henry
Once a TV regular, Lenry Henry first came to public prominence on the Derek Hobson-hosted talent show New Faces (right, seen impersonating Frank Spencer) in 1975. He is now best known to television viewers for advertising a chain of budget hotels

He claims that black and ethnic minority people should have money ring-fenced to make specialist programmes.
Simone Pennant, the founder of the TV Collective, an organisation developed to ‘support visible diverse talent in the UK creative media industry’, said that if Henry’s plan is not acted upon then minority groups should consider boycotting the BBC’s licence fee, if plans to decriminalise it come to fruition.
She said: ‘You cannot continue to invest in something you don’t get anything back from. If there’s not something on the table after those talks and Lenny Henry’s paper has not been acted on, the stance we would be taking is to launch a campaign to start boycotting the licence fee. The question is “Are we getting value for money?” – maybe it’s time we stopped paying the licence fee.’
‘The issue of ethnic diversity is a really hot one in broadcasting at the moment,’ said Tim Dams, the editor of Televisual magazine. ‘If the licence fee is decriminalised then the BBC is going to have to work harder to ensure that it does represent every single kind of person, faith and group in the UK to make sure they and their lifestyles are reflected.’
Henry, who made a speech on diversity in television at Bafta last month, said that while he is not advocating non-payment of the licence fee, added: ‘It’s a move isn’t it?’
He said: ‘There’s a degree of black and Asian eyeballs that are moving away from terrestrial television. Broadcasters should be worried about that.’
Tory MPs Nadine Dorries and Ed Vaizey, the Culture secretary: He told The Independent: 'More must be done to improve the numbers of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds working in film, TV and the arts'
Tory MPs Nadine Dorries and Ed Vaizey, the Culture secretary: He told The Independent: 'More must be done to improve the numbers of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds working in film, TV and the arts'

He also said he had been encouraged by his talks with Mr Vaizey and broadcasting bosses. ‘When I met Tony Hall at the BBC he said “Let’s talk at the end of April”,’ he said. ‘Tony Hall wants to be seen as leading from the front and the BBC needs to lead from the front because they’re the main game in town. If the BBC decides they are going to do something everybody’s going to follow.’
Last night, Mr Vaizey told The Independent: ‘More must be done to improve the numbers of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds working in film, TV and the arts. Industry leaders need to be more accountable for driving up the numbers employed in their sectors.
'I met leading figures from the industry in January to facilitate a discussion on what can be done to break down the barriers that still exist. I look forward to hosting a follow-up roundtable before the summer to see what progress has been made.’
When approached by MailOnline, the BBC said that since the matter concerns the whole industry and not just the corporation, it would not be commenting on Henry's remarks.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608492/Lenny-Henry-calls-boycott-BBC-licence-fee-unless-corporation-diversifies-gets-black-ethnic-people-television.html#ixzz2zNJwMYDq

Protest walk planned against Rooley Moor wind farm

Protesters will walk, cycle and ride on horseback the length of a cobbled route from Rochdale and Rossendale in a bid to stop developers who plan to
build a wind farm in the area.

The walk, which will take place on Sunday 25 May, has been organised by the Friends of Rooley Moor Road hoping to show Coronation Power the strength of their opposition to the planned wind farm.

Graham Wright, from the friends group said: “We just want to say enough is enough really. We have enough wind farms in the area as it is.”

Walkers will set off from two different points on the day of the protest. People planning to set off from the Rochdale side should meet at Catley Lane Head at 10:30am. Those setting off from Rossendale will meet at the bottom of Cowpe Road at 9:30am with both groups meeting in the middle by the ruins of the Moorcock Pub at approximately noon.

“We have had a lot of support from people regarding the walk. For example, a number of pony groups have said that they will get involved. Ponies don’t like turbines so by installing this wind farm, riders wont be able to use the road” added Graham.

Bosses at Coronation Power could be planning to tear up the historic route and replace it with an access road to be used by vehicles working on the wind farm site.

The road is part of the Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Towneley Loop and is regularly used horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers from both Rochdale and Rossendale.

Graham added: “We have had information from Coronation Power stating that they are looking to protect the road but we are still worried about what will happen to it when heavy vehicles are driving over it.”

A spokesperson for Coronation Power said: “Coronation are aware of the walk against the plans, and has had dialogue with some of the people who are involved in the walk.

"Coronation has said that it is looking at various options to protect the Road and it is also looking at options to help the horseriding community, for example improvements to the existing bridleways, and perhaps the creation of new ones.

"These and many other issues will be addressed in the environmental statement that will accompany the planning applications to Rochdale and Rossendale Councils.

“One issue that concerns some people is traffic movements: please be assured that the main traffic movements will be when the wind farm is being built (traffic will be carefully and safely managed to minimise disturbance and local inconvenience). Once built and operational, vehicle traffic to and from the farm will though be minimal – a handful of movements per month. More detail on traffic will be in the environmental statement.”

The wind farm proposal at Rooley Moor was recently downsized from 17 turbines to 12 turbines after a public consultation.
http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/86668/protest-walk-planned-against-rooley-moor-wind-farm


The aristocrats cashing in on Britain's wind farm subsidies

Growing numbers of the nobility are being tempted to build giant wind farms on their estates by the promise of tens of millions of pounds being offered green energy developers.

They are among the nation's wealthiest aristocrats, whose families have protected the British landscape for centuries. Until now that is.
For increasing numbers of the nobility – among them dukes and even a cousin of the Queen – are being tempted by tens of millions of pounds offered by developers to build giant wind farms on their estates.
An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph reveals how generous subsidies – that are added to consumer energy bills – are encouraging hereditary landowners to build turbines up to 410ft tall on their land.
With controversy over onshore wind farms growing, the role of the landed establishment in fuelling the 'scramble for wind' will alarm opponents.
They claim wind farms are blighting the countryside while failing to deliver a reliable supply of electricity despite the cost.
Latest figures show the amount of electricity generated by UK wind farms actually fell last year because of the lowest average wind speeds this century.
However, supporters say a network of wind farms will guarantee Britain cheap, sustainable energy in the future.
The turbines being hosted by the landed gentry are almost always many miles from the aristocrats' own homes. The Duke of Gloucester, who lives in an apartment in Kensington Palace in London, is hoping to build a wind farm 85 miles away on his ancestral estate in Northamptonshire, which he moved out of in 1994. Each turbine could earn the Duke, who is the Queen's cousin, up to £20,000 a year and possibly much more.
It comes as Sir Reginald Sheffield, David Cameron's father-in-law, whose baronetcy was created in the mid 18th century, admitted last week he earns as much as £350,000 a year from eight turbines on his estate at Bagmoor in Lincolnshire.
In a letter last week to the Spectator magazine, Sir Reginald protested that he did not own the turbines on Bagmoor farm and that his estate received only a "modest income" amounting to "less than one tenth" of £3.5 million.
Calculations by an energy think tank suggested Sir Reginald could be receiving about £120,000.
The Duke of Roxburghe has angered locals – including the neighbouring Duke of Northumberland – after winning a lengthy planning and legal battle to build 48 turbines, each about 400ft high, on unspoilt moorland in the Scottish borders.
Construction work began about two months ago with the building of a road 10 miles long through previously pristine countryside to reach the wind farm site.
The Duke, who is worth about £100 million, will reportedly earn as much as £2.5 million a year from the deal although a spokesman, who declined to discuss the actual amount, said that figure was not accurate.
One industry expert said a more realistic figure was in the order of £720,000 a year.
In the course of the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm at Fallago Rig that could net the Duke anywhere between £18 million and £62.5 million.
The details of the deal struck with an energy company remain confidential although The Sunday Telegraph understands the Duke's earnings are performance related – in other words the more the wind blows the more money he will make.
One industry expert estimated Fallago Rig could generate about £875 million income over the next quarter of a century for the Duke and his commercial partner North British Windpower.
Half that sum is in the form of a consumer subsidy, introduced by the last Labour government to encourage renewable energy projects, and which is added on to household electricity bills.
The turbines will not be visible from Floors Castle, the Duke's ancestral home about 25 miles away.
The Duke of Beaufort, who is worth £120 million, is trying to build 19 turbines on land near Swansea – about 100 miles from his family seat at Badminton House in Gloucestershire.
The turbines could generate around £285,000 for the Somerset Trust, which runs his estate. A spokesman last week insisted the Duke of Beaufort would not gain personally from the wind farm.
Meanwhile Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, is planning 13 turbines on his Althorp estate, each of which will be more than 410ft high.
The Earl of Seafield, who owns over 100,000 acres making him Britain's seventh largest landowner, has eight turbines on his land in Banffshire generating rental income in the region of £120,000 while the Earl of Moray receives, according to one industry expert, in excess of half a million pounds a year from 36 turbines near Stirling in Scotland.
Jeremy Dearden, the Lord of the Manor of Rochdale, a title that once belonged to Lord Byron, was given permission earlier this year for five turbines to be built on Todmorden Moor in Lancashire. Mr Dearden, who lives in New Zealand where he has a farm, stands to earn in the region of £75,000.
A spokesman for Coronation Power, the energy company which rents Mr Dearden's land, said: "When the wind farm enters operation, we will pay the landowner an annual land rental fee based on a percentage of total revenue generated by the wind farm. This figure is based on industry standard fees."
Dr John Constable, director of the Renewable Energy Foundation, a think tank critical of the subsidies for onshore wind farms, and who calculated wind farm income for The Sunday Telegraph, said: "Many of these landowners must know, deep down, that the subsidies are a national scandal, but easy money on this scale would tempt a saint."
Sir Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trust but speaking in a personal capacity, said: "The level of subsidy available to landowners to put up these turbines is out of all proportion to the public benefit derived from them and the temptation to ruin what is usually outstanding landscapes is overwhelming. It is a crime against the landscape."
According to local opposition groups, the Duke of Gloucester made farmland close to Barnwell Manor, his former home in Northamptonshire, available to the highest bidder, entering into an agreement with West Coast Energy, a company based in north Wales.
West Coast Energy failed to return calls last week while Buckingham Palace, which handles media inquiries for the Duke, said it was a matter for West Coast Energy.
Peter Stephens, 74, a retired engineer fighting the development, said: "The Duke lives in Kensington Palace and doesn't care if it's spoiling our view. These turbines will be in the wrong place. This has been a completely unchanged vista since the 16th century and he wants to ruin it."
John Elliot, Barnwell's estate manager, rejected claims that the Duke is absent from the site. Mr Elliot said: "He turns up regularly to the estate. He is a very proactive landowner."
The landowners point out that wind turbines not only help to reduce carbon emissions but also benefit the local community while helping to maintain expensive, centuries-old estates.
Sir Alastair Gordon-Cumming, a seventh baronet, who runs the Altyre estate near Inverness, who has been given planning consent for 29 turbines on his land, said the wind farm was the "most exciting thing to happen to the estate" for more than 70 years.
According to industry experts, the wind farm will generate income of about £18.5 million a year, half of it as subsidy. A spokeswoman for the Altyre estate refused to say how much money the estate would receive from the deal but industry experts estimate earnings of more than £400,000 a year, based on a going rate of £15,000 rental income per turbine.
The spokeswoman added: "This wind farm will be built on a huge swathe of hill land which is otherwise redundant, has no value, no income potential, and suddenly by being able to put a wind farm on it ... that will enable him to sustain and maintain the estate for the benefit of the wider community."

NWN: The Lord of the Manor of Rochdale is called Dearden and who not only lives in New Zealand but he says he has no plans to ever come back to the UK. But the said Mr Dearden says he likes the idea of cash from these parasitical big businesses. NWN says .................Fuck em ! 

Let's look after the ordinary white working classes of the UK.

It is these upper class bastards that have helped to bring in the Worlds dross and rubbish for cheap labour.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Missouri gunman was government witness against nationalists

Frazier Glenn Miller (with megaphone) leading a nationalist march 30 years ago. Miller was shunned by American nationalists after testifying as a prosecution witness against his old comrades in return for a reduced sentence.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies face questions today after one of their star assets – a witness who testified for the govenment in a high profile trial against thirteen nationalist leaders – went on a murderous rampage.
The alleged gunman in yesterday afternoon’s shootings in Missouri is Frazier Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross), a man who has for the last quarter-century been shunned by almost every well informed nationalist after he agreed with federal authorities to testify against his former comrades in a 1988 “sedition” trial.  This trial in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was an attempt by the U.S. authorities to round up numerous leading figures in the white nationalist movement in America – but it ended in an ignominious defeat for prosecutors after a jury acquitted all thirteen defendants on April 7th 1988.
(In addition to Miller, another former nationalist “leader” who testified for the prosecution was James Ellison, founder of an Arkansas-based group named “The Covenant, the Arm and the Sword of the Lord”.  His credibility with the jury might have been dented by revelations during the trial that the polygamist Ellison had crowned himself King James of the Ozarks, and claimed to receive messages from God.)
Miller was leader of the White Patriot Party based in North Carolina, which grew out of one of the many organisations using the name Ku Klux Klan.  In April 1987 he went “underground” with two WPP members and issued a “declaration of war” against what he termed the “Zionist Occupation Government”.  Needless to say, ZOG survived: Miller and his two comrades were arrested.  Also unsurprisingly, Miller’s comrades were punished far more severely than their leader.
The ensuing cases are summarised by Dr Brent L. Smith of the University of Arkansas in his book, Terrorism in America: Pipe Bombs and Pipe Dreams (State University of New York Press, 1994)
p. 87
“In Missouri, Frazier Glenn Miller and his two sidekicks were charged in a nine-count indictment with conspiracy and other weapons violations.  Refusing to accept a plea agreement, Miller’s two colleagues were convicted and sentenced to twenty years in federal prison.    Glenn Miller, who was also named in the Missouri indictment, was also charged in a separate indictment in North Carolina with having mailed ‘threatening communications’ to WPP members regarding his desire to assassinate attorney Morris Dees.   After extensive negotiations, Miller agreed to plead guilty to charges in both indictments in exchange for a lesser sentence.  He pled guilty January 4, 1988 to one count of possessing illegal hand grenades and to having mailed the declaration of war and death threats against Morris Dees.  He was sentenced to five years in prison with an additional five years probation.  As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to testify in the ongoing federal trial in Fort Smith, Arkansas against national leaders of the white supremacy movement.  The White Patriot Party disbanded soon thereafter, and its remaining members merged with the National Democratic Front, a white supremacy group active in Maryland.”
In recent years Miller has stood several times for election, each time with extensive publicity from “ZOG”’s media, but risible results.
We can assume that yesterday’s shootings in Missouri will result in yet further appalling publicity for the movement.  We can also assume that sections of the movement will respond with conspiracy theories.
For what it’s worth, my own guess is more prosaic.
Miller was a heavy drinker with perennial financial problems.  He supposedly received some of the proceeds from armed robberies committed by The Order during the early 1980s.  No doubt this money was intended for movement purposes; but there can be equally little doubt that most was squandered by Miller on drinking, gambling and the other usual vices.
Miller’s grand declarations of war against “ZOG” were probably sincere in part, but also helped generate publicity, donations and assistance from well-meaning dupes.
After talking himself into legal trouble, and misappropriating movement funds, Miller was a natural target for the Feds, who offered him a way out: plead guilty to lesser charges, testify against your erstwhile comrades, and instead of 20 years to life, you can get five years and be out in three.
Problem was that once out of prison, Miller returned to what he knew best, leeching off the movement for money by staging election campaigns that were publicity/fundraising stunts rather than serious bids for office.  Nothing wrong with that if the publicity/fundraising is directed towards building a political movement, but in this case (and many others) it was merely to finance a dysfunctional lifestyle.  Like many of his ilk, Miller’s recent political activity was mainly online.  He posted under the name “Rounder” on the nationalist forum VNN.
With years of alcoholism eating away his liver, and a legacy of betrayal eating away his soul, Frazier Glenn Miller might have been seeking a deathbed redemption by murdering a handful of Jews.
He has indeed set an example of sorts: how not to be a radical nationalist!
Do not betray your comrades.  Do not collaborate with the authorities.  Do not waste your own (and your followers’) efforts, talents, funds and liberty in futile gesture politics.  Do not trust incitements to violence, as their authors are likely to be cranks or enemy stooges.
 
NWN: Also, very importantly, Miller was said to be 'hunting out jews' and who supposedly asked his victims "Are you a jew ?", before he shot them. He shot three dead. None of whom where jews. Surely someone who was so 'jew savvy' could spot a jew ? Seems not !

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cameron’s pride over £11.4 billion foreign aid spend is ‘misplaced’, says MEP

The Prime Minister’s pride in achieving its aim of spending 0.7% of UK national income on foreign aid is misplaced, said local MEP Paul Nuttall.

Announcing that this spending brings its overall spend up to £11.4 billion in 2013, a dramatic increase of 30% on the previous year (£8.8 billion) Mr Cameron said: "I am proud of the fact that we have taken 0.7% of this year’s GDP and given it to the poorest countries in the world."

“The Prime Minister’s pride is misplaced. The question is why, during a time of austerity, has the UK spent £11.4 billion, 0.7% of national income on foreign aid? Despite its much greater wealth, the United States spent only 0.19%,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader.

“UKIP recognises that some countries do have problems, but the needs of the British people should come first. These billions could be spent on training or apprenticeships for our young people and on helping the vulnerable in our society.

“There is no need to send this huge amount of taxpayers' money to allegedly poor countries, some of whom maintain aircraft carriers and space programmes.

“Regrettably, foreign aid often ends up being the transfer of wealth from poor people in the UK to rich dictators in other countries. UKIP has a better solution, which is trade, not aid," said Mr Nuttall.
http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/86560/camerons-pride-over-114-billion-foreign-aid-spend-is-misplaced-says-mep

Sunday, April 13, 2014



Feds get beat by 'people power' at Bundy ranch yesterday(Saturday) Nevada, USA.

 In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like "something out of a movie," supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

Friday, April 11, 2014





Another (Randy) Weavers Ruby Ridge or Waco scenario in the USA ?

US meddling with Ukraine’s internal affairs by dispatching mercenaries to southeastern regions - expert

US meddling with Ukraine’s internal affairs by dispatching mercenaries to southeastern regions - expert

The deployment of mercenaries by the US-based private company Greystone to southern regions in Ukraine is a continuation of Washington’s interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs, Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the Russian National Defense magazine believes. The dispatch of Greystone soldiers to Ukraine may be financed by Ukrainian oligarchs and organized in coordination with the US State Department, Korotchenko explains.

Thus, we are talking about the continuation of the US policy of military intervention in Ukraine and a preparatory stage for a massacre in southeastern Ukraine’s, the expert said.
Considering that Ukraine’s security services have shown their obvious incompetence, foreign mercenaries are supposed to suppress the protests in the southeastern part of the country.
According to the RIA Novosti, Greystone is one of the biggest private security companies in the West and is closely associated with US intelligence agencies. The agency is used in situations when the deployment of US security forces is inappropriate. Mercenaries working for Greystone are notable for their cruelty in combat missions, so they won’t have any problems mopping-up southeastern Ukraine, Korotchenko said.
Greystone is a private security company registered in Barbados, according to open sources. It boasts "protective security and training solutions to customers in challenging environments.
The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces in the southeastern part of the country involving some 150 American mercenaries from Greystone, dressed in uniforms of the Ukrainian special task police unit Sokol. Moscow called this move a violation of Ukrainian law.
Media reports claiming that the Ukrainian leadership wants to recruit personnel from private foreign military companies "in order to maintain law and order" may suggest that the Kiev regime wants to suppress civil protest and discontent, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Anyway, one can state that in the absence of support from the Ukrainian population, the Maidan government has only one option if it wants to remain in power - to mobilize any support possible from foreign sponsors, including foreign mercenaries," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.
"Among the candidates for the role of gendarme is the company Greystone Limited, registered in Barbados, which is integrated with the Academi corporation," it said.
"It is an analogue, or, probably, an affiliate body of the Blackwater private army, whose soldiers have been accused of committing rigorous and regular human rights abuses in troubled regions," the ministry said.
"It looks as though this practice, if it really is implemented, goes against the Ukrainian laws that ban foreign citizens from working with private security companies," it said.
"Such initiatives demonstrate that those who have conquered their place in power in Kiev cannot guarantee minimal order or even their own security," the Foreign Ministry said.
"The question arises, what the price of this plan is and where the money will come from. To what extent will the burden of spending on highly-paid foreign specialists be shifted to ordinary Ukrainians who, in connection with the painful tax increase, including taxes on gas as the precondition for securing loans from the International Monetary Fund, will have to tighten their belts even stronger?" it said.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_08/US-meddling-with-Ukraine-s-internal-affairs-by-dispatching-mercenaries-to-southeastern-regions-expert-4267/

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Rochdale born Sajid Javid named culture secretary

Sajid Javid has succeeded Maria Miller as culture secretary, becoming the first Asian male Conservative cabinet minister.
Mr Javid's father, Abdul, a bus driver, came to the UK from Pakistan in 1961, reportedly with just £1 in his pocket. He settled in Rochdale, where Mr Javid, born in 1969, and his four brothers were born.

Mr Javid, who became an MP in 2010, is regarded as one of the Conservatives' fastest-rising stars.

A self-made millionaire and devotee of Margaret Thatcher, Mr Javid has been tipped as a potential future leader.

The former City banker was appointed a Treasury minister last year. His job has been taken by Nicky Morgan.


In his new post, Mr Javid will be responsible for policy on broadcasting, sport, media, tourism, telecoms and the arts.

Mr Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove, is the first of the 2010 parliamentary intake of MPs to achieve promotion to the Cabinet.

His appointment has been praised by Conservative MPs - George Freeman describing him as "a new model Conservative for our times who has done great work at Treasury".

But Labour said it had reduced the number of women in the cabinet to three.

He attended state schools and won a place at Exeter University, studying economics and politics.

Mr Javid, who has four children of his own, tells of how his father was a Labour supporter until the "winter of discontent" of 1978-9, later becoming a supporter of Mrs Thatcher.

Similarly inspired by what he saw as a turnaround in the country's fortunes under the Conservatives, Mr Javid joined the party in 1988.

After entering the City, he became, at 24, the youngest vice-president of the Chase Manhattan Bank,

He says he was later "headhunted" by Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in developing countries and that he left in 2009 to "give something back through politics".

His chance came when Bromsgrove MP Julie Kirkbride - rather like Mrs Miller - stood down amid controversy over her own expenses and he was selected as Tory candidate. He won with an 11,308 majority.

Within six months he was a parliamentary assistant to skills minister John Hayes, moving in October 2012 to doing the same job for Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Osborne was impressed with what he saw and Mr Javid became economic secretary to the Treasury in September 2012. In October last year he was promoted to financial secretary to the Treasury.

As part of the mini-reshuffle caused by Maria Miller' resignation, Mr Javid's job has been taken by Conservative MP Nicky Morgan - who is already a junior Treasury minister.

Mrs Morgan has also taken on the role of womens' and equalities minister previously held by Mrs Miller. She will not be a full cabinet member but will attend meetings when necessary.

Labour's Gloria de Piero said that meant there would no longer be "a full member of the cabinet speaking for women".

"There are now just three women running government departments out of a possible 22, demonstrating that when it comes to women, it's out of sight, out of mind for this out-of-touch government," she said.

Tory chairman Grant Shapps said there were plenty of talented female Tory ministers but defended Mr Javid's promotion ahead of them.

"He (David Cameron) looked for the best person available for that role and he has found him," he told the BBC.
http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/86491/rochdale-born-sajid-javid-named-culture-secretary

Saturday, April 05, 2014

What are readers views on Richard Edmonds ?

While Richard was John Tyndalls 'right hand man', and possibly the one man who could galvanise the 'radical right' in the UK, he hasn't done that.

This writer has complained to Richard about the abuse and physical threats he has suffered over recent years from such as Kevin 'fatty' Bryan and some others in the National Front. This writer has known Richard Edmonds personally since the 1970's.

Mr.Edmonds also did not come to the aid of another nationalist veteran and friend of his, Peter Rushton, who has also come under attack by some in the National Front.

Richard was never a major mover in the nationalist movement. He was never an organiser. He was/is a follower.

Like 'fatty' Bryan, Mr Edmonds is only  a very recent  refugee from Nick Griffins BNP. They both said nothing when Griffin trashed the BNP over the years.

Those 'in the know' knew from around 2000, that Griffin was a wrong 'un. Both Bryan and Edmonds were still supporting Griffin till probably at least 2009.

This writer was contacted by Richard some years back when Griffin was trying to weaken John Tyndalls position in the BNP, by trying to expel Richard Edmonds . Griffin used poor fake pictures of Richard with Florrie Rost Van Tonningen and photocopied /edited pics of Richard Edmonds together with lads with swastikas on their arms.

Richard was not expelled at that time, but he asked this writer for help in that instance.

Mr.Edmonds has not reciprocated that call for help.

Mr.Edmonds was the last to pull out of the Griffin BNP. Both Fatty Bryan and Chris Jackson left slightly earlier. Both Bryan, and Jackson in particular, slagged off Edmonds openly at that time. But being as Jackson in particular slags absolutely everyone off behind their backs, so there's nothing new here. But now all are in cahoots in the National Front.

Is Richard Edmonds the man to lead the nationalist radical right ?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Crimea: Putin’s Triumph 
by Israel Shamir*

Nobody expected events to move forward with such a breath-taking speed. The Russians took their time; they sat on the fence and watched while the Brown storm-troopers conquered Kiev, and they watched while Mrs Victoria Nuland of the State Department and her pal Yatsenyuk (“Yats”) slapped each other’s backs and congratulated themselves on their quick victory. They watched when President Yanukovych escaped to Russia to save his skin. They watched when the Brown bands moved eastwards to threaten the Russian-speaking South East. They patiently listened while Mme Timoshenko, fresh out of gaol, swore to void treaties with Russia and to expel the Russian Black Sea Fleet from its main harbour in Sevastopol. They paid no heed when the new government appointed oligarchs to rule Eastern provinces. Nor did they react when children in Ukrainian schools were ordered to sing “Hang a Russian on a thick branch” and the oligarch-governor’s deputy promised to hang
<https://www.facebook.com/borys.filatov/posts/603173516431216>  dissatisfied Russians of the East as soon as Crimea is pacified. While these fateful events unravelled, Putin kept silence.

He is a cool cucumber, Mr Putin. Everybody, including this writer, thought he was too nonchalant about Ukraine’s collapse. He waited patiently. The Russians made a few slow and hesitant, almost stealthy moves. The marines Russia had based in Crimea by virtue of an international agreement (just as the US has marines in Bahrain) secured Crimea’s airports and roadblocks, provided necessary support to the volunteers of the Crimean militia (called Self-Defence Forces), but remained under cover. The Crimean parliament asserted its autonomy and promised a plebiscite in a month time. And all of a sudden things started to move real fast!

The poll was moved up to Sunday, March 16. Even before it could take place, the Crimean Parliament declared Crimea’s independence. The poll’s results were spectacular: 96% of the votes were for joining Russia; the level of participation was unusually high - over 84%. Not only ethnic Russians, but ethnic Ukrainians and Tatars voted for reunification with Russia as well. A symmetrical poll in Russia showed over 90% popular support for reunification with Crimea, despite liberals’ fear-mongering (“this will be too costly, the sanctions will destroy Russian economy, the US will bomb Moscow”, they said).

Even then, the majority of experts and talking heads expected the situation to remain suspended for a long while. Some thought Putin would eventually recognise Crimean independence, while stalling on final status, as he did with Ossetia and Abkhazia after the August 2008 war with Tbilisi. Others, especially Russian liberals, were convinced Putin would surrender Crimea in order to save Russian assets in the Ukraine.

But Putin justified the Russian proverb: the Russians take time to saddle their horses, but they ride awfully fast. He recognised Crimea’s independence on Monday, before the ink dried on the poll’s results.  The next day, on Tuesday, he gathered all of Russia’s senior statesmen and parliamentarians in the biggest, most glorious state hall in the Kremlin, the elegant St George, lavishly restored to its Imperial glory, and declared Russia’s acceptance of Crimea’s reunification bid. Immediately after his speech, the treaty between Crimea and Russia was signed, and the peninsula reverted to Russia as it was before 1954, when Communist Party leader Khrushchev passed it to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic.

This was an event of supreme elation for the gathered politicians and for people at home watching it live on their tellies. The vast St George Hall applauded Putin as never before, almost as loudly and intensely as the US Congress had applauded
<http://www.jinsa.org/jinsa-reports/prime-minister-netanyahu-us-congress>  Netanyahu. The Russians felt immense pride: they still remember the stinging defeat of 1991, when their country was taken apart. Regaining Crimea was a wonderful reverse for them. There were public festivities in honour of this reunification all over Russia and especially in joyous Crimea.

Historians have compared this event with the restoration of Russian sovereignty over Crimea in 1870, almost twenty years after the Crimean War had ended with Russia’s defeat, when severe limitations on Russian rights in Crimea were imposed by victorious France and Britain. Now the Black Sea Fleet will be able to develop and sail freely again, enabling it to defend Syria in the next round. Though Ukrainians have let the naval facilities run down and turned the most advanced submarine harbour of Balaclava into a shambles, the potential is there.

Besides the pleasure of getting this lost bit of land back, there was the additional joy of outwitting the adversary. The American neocons arranged the coup in Ukraine and sent the unhappy country crashing down, but the first tangible fruit of this break up went to Russia.

A new Jewish joke was coined at that time:


Israeli President Peres asks the Russian President:

-          Vladimir, are you of Jewish ancestry?

-          Putin: What makes you think so, Shimon?

-          Peres: You made the US pay five billion dollars to deliver Crimea to Russia. Even for a Jew, that is audacious!

Five billion dollars is a reference to Victoria Nuland’s admission of having spent that much for democratisation (read: destabilisation) of the Ukraine. President Putin snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, and US hegemony suffered a set-back.

The Russians enjoyed the sight
<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581882/US-v-Russia-clash-diplomats-Americas-ambassador-UN-berates-Russian-counterpart-saying-country-stood-actions-wrong.html>  of their UN representative Vitaly Churkin coping with a near-assault by Samantha Power. The Irish-born US rep came close to bodily attacking the elderly grey-headed Russian diplomat telling him that “Russia was defeated (presumably in 1991 - ISH) and should bear the consequences… Russia is blackmailing the US with its nuclear weapons,” while Churkin asked her to keep her hands off him and stop foaming at the mouth. This was not the first hostile encounter between these twain: a month ago, Samantha entertained a Pussy Riot duo, and Churkin quipped that she should join their next concert tour.

The US Neocons’ role in the Kiev coup was clarified by two independent exposures. Wonderful Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek showed
<http://www.truthdig.com/report/page4/how_cold_war-hungry_neocons_stage_managed_liz_wahls_resignation_20140319>  that the anti-Russian campaign of recent months (gay protests, Wahl affair, etc.) was organised by the Zionist Neocon PNAC (now renamed FPI) led by Mr Robert Kagan, husband of Victoria “Fuck EC” Nuland. It seems that the Neocons are hell-bent to undermine Russia by all means, while the Europeans are much more flexible. (True, the US troops are still stationed in Europe, and the old continent is not as free to act as it might like).

The second exposé was an interview with Alexander Yakimenko
<http://www.kp.ru/daily/26208/3093561/> , the head of Ukrainian Secret Services (SBU) who had escaped to Russia like his president. Yakimenko accused Andriy Parubiy, the present security czar, of making a deal with the Americans. On American instructions, he delivered weapons and brought snipers who killed some 70 persons within few hours. They killed the riot police and the protesters as well.

The US Neocon-led conspiracy in Kiev was aimed against the European attempt to reach a compromise with President Yanukovych, said the SBU chief. They almost agreed on all points, but Ms Nuland wanted to derail the agreement, and so she did – with the help of a few snipers.

These snipers were used again in Crimea: a sniper shot and killed a Ukrainian soldier. When the Crimean self-defence forces began their pursuit, the sniper shot at them, killed one and wounded one. It is the same pattern: snipers are used to provoke response and hopefully to jump-start a shootout.

Novorossia

While Crimea was a walkover, the Russians are far from being home and dry. Now, the confrontation moved to the Eastern and South-Eastern provinces of mainland Ukraine, called Novorossia (New Russia) before the Communist Revolution of 1917. Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his later years predicted that Ukraine’s undoing would come from being overburdened by industrial provinces that never belonged to the Ukraine before Lenin, - in other words, by Russian-speaking Novorossia. This prediction is likely to be fulfilled.

Who is fighting whom over there? It is a great error to consider the conflict a tribal one, between Russians and Ukrainians. Good old Pat Buchanan made this error saying that “Vladimir Putin is a blood-and-soil, altar-and-throne ethno-nationalist who sees himself as Protector of Russia and looks on Russians abroad the way Israelis look upon Jews abroad, as people whose security is his legitimate concern.” Nothing could be further from the truth: though perhaps the outlandish claim that Putin is keen on restoring the Russian Empire is a close competitor.

Putin is not an empire-builder at all (to the great regret of Russia’s communists and nationalists). Even his quick takeover of Crimea was an action forced on him by the strong-willed people of Crimea and by the brazen aggression of the Kiev regime. I have it on a good authority that Putin hoped he would not have to make this decision. But once he decided, he acted.

The “ethno-nationalist” assertion by Buchanan is even more misleading. The ethno-nationalists of Russia are Putin’s enemies; they support the Ukrainian ethno-nationalists and march together with Jewish liberals on Moscow street demos. Ethno-nationalism is as foreign to Russians as it is foreign to the English. You can expect to meet a Welsh or Scots nationalist, but an English nationalist is an unnatural rarity. Even the English Defence League was set up by a Zionist Jew. Likewise, you can easily find a Ukrainian or a Belarusian or a Cossack nationalist, but practically never a Russian one.

Putin is a proponent and advocate of non-nationalist Russian world. What is the Russian world?

Russian World

Russians populate their own vast universe embracing many ethnic units of various background, from Mongols and Karels to Jews and Tatars. Until 1991, they populated an even greater land mass (called the Soviet Union, and before that, the Russian Empire) where Russian was the lingua franca and the language of daily usage for majority of citizens. Russians could amass their huge empire because they did not discriminate and did not hog the blanket. Russians are amazingly non-tribal, to an extent unknown in smaller East European countries, but similar to other great Eastern Imperial nations, the Han Chinese and the Turks before the advent of Young Turks and Ataturk. The Russians did not assimilate but partly acculturated their neighbours for whom Russian language and culture became the gateway to the world. The Russians protected and supported local cultures, as well, at their expense, for they enjoy this diversity.

Before 1991, the Russians promoted a universalist humanist world-view; nationalism was practically banned, and first of all, Russian ethno-nationalism. No one was persecuted or discriminated against because of his ethnic origin (yes, Jews complained, but they always complain). There was some positive discrimination in the Soviet republics, for instance a Tajik would have priority to study medicine in the Tajik republic, over a Russian or a Jew; and he would be able to move faster up the ladder in the Party and politics. Still the gap was small.

After 1991, this universalist world-view was challenged by a parochial and ethno-nationalist one in all ex-Soviet republics save Russia and Belarus. Though Russia ceased to be Soviet, it retained its universalism. In the republics, people of Russian culture were severely discriminated against, often fired from their working places, in worst cases they were expelled or killed. Millions of Russians, natives of the republics, became refugees; together with them, millions of non-Russians who preferred Russian universalist culture to “their own” nationalist and parochial one fled to Russia. That is why modern Russia has millions of Azeris, Armenians, Georgians, Tajiks, Latvians and of smaller ethnic groups from the republics. Still, despite discrimination, millions of Russians and people of Russian culture remained in the republics, where their ancestors lived for generations, and the Russian language became a common ground for all non-nationalist forces.

If one wants to compare with Israel, as Pat Buchanan did, it is the republics, such as Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Estonia do follow Israeli model of discriminating and persecuting their “ethnic minorities”, while Russia follows the West European model of equality.

France vs Occitania

In order to understand the Russia-Ukraine problem, compare it with France. Imagine that country divided into North and South France, the North retaining the name of France, while the South of France calling itself “Occitania”, and its people “Occitans”, their language “Occitan”. The government of Occitania would force the people to speak Provençal, learn Frederic Mistral’s poems by rote and teach children to hate the French, who had devastated their beautiful land in the Albigensian Crusade of 1220. France would just gnash its teeth. Now imagine that after twenty years, the power in Occitania had been violently seized by some romantic southern fascists who were keen to eradicate “800 years of Frank domination” and intend to discriminate against people who prefer to speak the language of Victor Hugo and Albert Camus. Eventually France would be forced to intervene and defend francophones, at least in order to stem the refugee influx. Probably the Southern francophones of Marseilles and Toulon would support the North against “their own” government, though they are not migrants from Normandy.

Putin defends all Russian-speakers, all ethnic minorities, such as Gagauz or Abkhaz, not only ethnic Russians. He defends the Russian World, all those russophones who want and need his protection. This Russian World definitely includes many, perhaps majority of people in the Ukraine, ethnic Russians, Jews, small ethnic groups and ethnic Ukrainians, in Novorossia and in Kiev as well.

Indeed the Russian world was and is attractive. The Jews were happy to forget their schtetl and Yiddish; their best poets Pasternak and Brodsky wrote in Russian and considered themselves Russian. Still, some minor poets used Yiddish for their self-expression. The Ukrainians, as well, used Russian for literature, though they spoke their dialect at home for long time. Nikolai Gogol, the great Russian writer of Ukrainian origin, wrote Russian, and he was dead set against literary usage of the Ukrainian dialect. There were a few minor Romantic figures who used the dialect for creative art, like Taras Shevchenko and Lesya Ukrainka.

Solzhenitsyn wrote: “Even ethnic-Ukrainians do not use and do not know Ukrainian. In order to promote its use, the Ukrainian government bans Russian schools, forbids Russian TV, even librarians are not allowed to speak Russian with their readers. This anti-Russian position of Ukraine is exactly what the US wants in order to weaken Russia.“

Putin in his speech on Crimea stressed that he wants to secure the Russian world – everywhere in the Ukraine. In Novorossia the need is acute, for there are daily confrontations between the people and the gangs sent by the Kiev regime. While Putin does not yet want (as opposed to Solzhenitsyn and against general Russian feeling) to take over Novorossia, he may be forced into it, as he was in Crimea. There is a way to avoid this major shift: the Ukraine must rejoin the Russian world. While keeping its independence, Ukraine must grant full equality to its Russian language speakers. They should be able to have Russian-language schools, newspapers, TV, be entitled to use Russian everywhere. Anti-Russian propaganda must cease. And fantasies of joining NATO, too.

This is not an extraordinary demand: Latinos in the US are allowed to use Spanish. In Europe, equality of languages and cultures is a sine qua non. Only in the ex-Soviet republics are these rights trampled - not only in Ukraine, but in the Baltic republics as well. For twenty years, Russia made do with weak objections, when Russian-speakers (the majority of them are not ethnic Russians) in the Baltic states were discriminated against. This is likely to change. Lithuania and Latvia have already paid for their anti-Russian position by losing their profitable transit trade with Russia. Ukraine is much more important for Russia. Unless the present regime is able to change (not very likely), this illegitimate regime will be changed by people of Ukraine, and Russia will use R2P against the criminal elements in power if they desist.

The majority of the people of Ukraine would probably agree with Putin, irrespective of their ethnicity. Indeed, in the Crimean referendum, Ukrainians and Tatars voted en masse together with Russians. This is a positive sign: there will be no ethnic strife in the Ukraine’s East, despite US efforts to the contrary. Decision time is coming up fast: some experts presume that by end of May the Ukrainian crisis will be behind us.

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