The Latest - Citizen Journalism for All https://www.the-latest.com en Labour chiefs urged to reinstate expelled anti-racist Marc Wadsworth https://www.the-latest.com/labour-chiefs-urged-reinstate-expelled-anti-racist-marc-wadsworth <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Williamson%20and%20Wadsworth.jpg" title="Marc Wadsworth and supporters Chris Williamson MP and Anyanna Ndukwe"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Williamson%20and%20Wadsworth.jpg?itok=LSUlHFe6" style="float:left; height:182px; width:220px" title="Marc Wadsworth and supporters Chris Williamson MP and Anyanna Ndukwe" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">More than 30 Labour organisations around Britain have demanded party bosses reinstate a campaigner who was expelled following a clash with an anti-Jeremy Corbyn MP at the launch of a report into anti-semitism and other forms of racism. And on Wednesday the rail union RMT, which helped found the Labour Party, passed a motion in support.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Marc Wadsworth was initially suspended from the party in June 2016 after accusing Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who is Jewish, of working &quot;hand in hand&quot; with a right-wing journalist Kate McCann, of the <em>Daily Telegraph</em>, to undermine Corbyn</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Marc-and-Corbyn.png" title="Comrades: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Marc Wadsworth"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Marc-and-Corbyn.png?itok=FUQmyW4N" style="float:right; height:114px; width:220px" title="Comrades: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Marc Wadsworth" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">But most of what Wadsworth said at the launch of the Chakrabarti report was about the need for greater Black representation in the Labour, a point Corbyn said he agreed with but the media ignored.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Wadsworth, a veteran anti-racist campaigner who helped the parents of murdered Black teenager Stephen Lawrence set up their <a href="http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/long-hard-fight-justice">campaign for justice</a>, was ousted from the party in April after a disciplinary hearing found he had breached a rule, which says members must not act in a way that brings the party into disrepute. He was not found guilty of anti-semitism.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/dawn-butler-mp.jpg" title="Party support: Dawn Butler's activists have backed campaign"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/dawn-butler-mp.jpg?itok=a2IsBUwl" style="float:left; height:156px; width:220px" title="Party support: Dawn Butler's activists have backed campaign" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Now Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) throughout the country have backed motions calling on party bosses to reinstate Wadsworth, with the campaigner&rsquo;s Croydon North branch, in south London, among those joining the calls for an overhaul of Labour&rsquo;s much-criticised disciplinary rules under which he was punished.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20launch.jpg" title="Support from MPs: Grassroots Black Left's parlimentary launch"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20launch.jpg?itok=pQZ4zQtj" style="float:right; height:109px; width:220px" title="Support from MPs: Grassroots Black Left's parlimentary launch" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Grassroots Black Left motions in support of the ex-member have also been passed at CLPs with Black MPs including Brent Central (Dawn Butler), and Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith), as well as Bath, Hastings and Rye, Hackney South and Shoreditch, Hove, Croydon Central, all three in Ealing, Newark, two in Norfolk and Sheffield in recent weeks.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Soon reinstatement motions will be up for debate in Corbyn&rsquo;s Islington North, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, where Diane Abbott is MP, Edmonton (Kate Osamor), Streatham (Chuka Umunna) and Tottenham (David Lammy) among others.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">A </span><a href="https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-corbyn-mp-john-mcdonnell-mp-andy-kerr-and-labour-s-nec-justice-for-marc-wadsworth" style="font-size: 13.008px;">change.org petition</a><span style="font-size:13.008px"> supporting him has gained more than 2,600 signatures, including those of stars like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soweto_Kinch">Soweto Kinch</a>, who said: &quot;&ldquo;The expulsion of Marc &nbsp;Wadsworth is disgraceful, and served only to discourage Labour membership from anti racist organising, and speaking truth to power. We must reinstate him, to preserve the integrity of the Labour project, to kick back at weaponised antisemitism and transform Britain for the Many and not the Few!&rdquo;</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/MW%20marchers-good.jpeg" title="MPs marching against Marc Wadsworth (Ruth Smeeth, left)"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/MW%20marchers-good.jpeg?itok=H7zd918p" style="float:left; height:146px; width:220px" title="MPs marching against Marc Wadsworth (Ruth Smeeth, left)" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Wadsworth - who did not know Ms Smeeth is Jewish when he made the remarks that led to his expulsion - said the support had been &quot;overwhelming&quot; and predicted that more parties would join calls for a rethink.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">He said: &quot;I&rsquo;ve been told of motions in the pipeline in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Chester, Enfield Southgate, Brentford and Isleworth, Wales and Scotland.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">&quot;There&rsquo;s a tsunami of outrage coming from the party grassroots over the miscarriage of justice. Members feel it glaringly exposes the fact the current discredited party disciplinary process is unfit for purpose, as Shami Chakrabarti said in <a href="https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Chakrabarti-Inquiry-Report-30June16.pdf">her report</a>, and needs to be rapidly overhauled.&quot;</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/MW%20demo.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/MW%20demo.jpg?itok=Hqd2NqTZ" style="float:left; height:125px; width:220px" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Wadsworth added that supporters from &quot;across the Labour political spectrum&quot; had backed his reinstatement in Croydon - and he urged MPs to take note of the motions.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">&quot;Of course, elected representatives, including MPs, must take heed of the opinions of the party members who selected them, especially when those views are clearly overwhelming,&rdquo; he said.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Wadsworth stated he would continue to press for a &quot;negotiated settlement with Labour that avoids a damaging High Court hearing&quot;, and will look to drum up further support among CLPs and trade unions with a summer <a href="http://justice4marc.org.uk">#Justice4Marc speaking tour</a> of local parties, for which he has launched a <a href="https://uk.gofundme.com/justice4marc">crowd funding appeal to pay for it</a>. He has already visited eight cities and will go to more, including Cambridge, Luton, Nottingham and Leicester, next month.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Clive%20lewis.jpg" title="Backer: Clive Lewis MP gave evidence in support"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Clive%20lewis.jpg?itok=-zbI8oPd" style="float:left; height:220px; width:210px" title="Backer: Clive Lewis MP gave evidence in support" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Labour currently has no process by which ex-members can directly appeal a decision handed down by Labour&#39;s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) disciplinary body.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Wadsworth&#39;s case prompted deep splits in the Parliamentary Labour Party when it was heard in&nbsp;April, with around a dozen MPs led by Wes Streeting, including Jess Phillips, Louise Ellman, Luciana Berger, Rachel Reeves and Margaret Hodge marched with Smeeth as she arrived to give evidence at the activist&#39;s disciplinary hearing. No Black MP joined them.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/glen-hart1.jpg" title="Supporter Glen Hart: Gang up by white MPs was 'sickening'"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/glen-hart1.jpg?itok=MxG140Pp" style="float:right; height:220px; width:177px" title="Supporter Glen Hart: Gang up by white MPs was 'sickening'" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Trade union activist Glen Hart, a Wadsworth supporter, said: &ldquo;The sight of a gang of white MPs marching against one Black activist was sickening. Why weren&rsquo;t they protesting to support the Windrush generation or Grenfell victims?&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Labour MPs Chris Williamson, Clive Lewis and <a href="http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/keith-vaz-mp-supports-marc-wadsworth">Keith Vaz</a> rallied around Wadsworth, giving evidence on his behalf.</span></p><p>Williamson, a close Corbyn ally, said of the decision to expel Wadsworth: &quot;It flies in the face of the evidence that was presented and offends against the principles of natural justice.&rdquo;</p><p>&quot;The NCC&#39;s decision has all the hallmarks of predetermination and tramples on the Labour Party&#39;s record of standing up for fairness.&rdquo;</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/politics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Politics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/marc-wadsworth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">marc wadsworth</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/labour-party" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Labour Party</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/witch-hunt" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">witch hunt</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/stephen-lawrence" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Stephen Lawrence</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/black-activists" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Black activists</a></div></div></div> Wed, 27 Jun 2018 23:29:03 +0000 Newsdesk 15192 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/labour-chiefs-urged-reinstate-expelled-anti-racist-marc-wadsworth#comments Donald Trump's nazi-style family separation policy slammed https://www.the-latest.com/donald-trumps-nazi-style-family-separation-policy-slammed <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Migrants-nazis.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Migrants-nazis.jpg?itok=d1vO7MTo" style="float:left; height:220px; width:189px" /></a> Worldwide condemnation of Donald Trump’s <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/24/opinions/zero-tolerance-opinion-merkley-van-hollen/index.html">zero-tolerance immigration policy</a> that had been tearing apart migrant families led to the US President having to do a u turn. Here <em>The-Latest’s</em> US correspondent <strong>Karen Hatter</strong> puts the issue in context from a progressive American perspective.  </p><p>This commentary offers what is an opposite view of many people that have articulated their disbelief and horror at the Trump administration’s kidnapping of migrant children from their parents and dispersing them all across the United States of America. The majority of the parents have not been told to where their children have been taken. The youngsters have been plunged into a state of panic and fear as they watch their mothers and fathers handcuffed and led away to face an unknown fate.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Mexicans_0.jpeg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Mexicans_0.jpeg?itok=dpoB04f_" style="float:left; height:102px; width:220px" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">President Donald J Trump and his administration, which has always had only the slightest relationship with the truth, ignored data that revealed there is not a crisis of brown people coming to “infest” the United States, a quoted verb used by Trump as he described those people heading northward into the United States. The current humanitarian crisis into which Donald Trump has plunged America is entirely self-created.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Infest_0.jpeg" title="Trump's notorious &quot;infest&quot; tweet"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Infest_0.jpeg?itok=rzt17TFS" style="float:left; height:114px; width:220px" title="Trump's notorious &quot;infest&quot; tweet" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">During the current pseudo premise of solving the immigration crisis, as portrayed by Trump, he has attempted, and in some circles in American society he has succeeded, to conflate those seeking asylum with criminals, the president even using the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/05/trump-mexico-caravan-voter-claims-speech-west-virginia">incendiary term "rapists"</a> for them. He adds the strategy of dehumanising any and all non-white people, in this instance brown people entering the US from the southern border with Mexico, with selective, ugly language aimed at to cultivating and reaping from the fertile ground of the America's white psyche in an effort to reinforce the malignant elements that are festering in the country.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/White%20supremacy_0.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/White%20supremacy_0.jpg?itok=yf3aplpV" style="float:right; height:147px; width:220px" /></a> <a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Migrants%20protest_0.jpeg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Migrants%20protest_0.jpeg?itok=henVSnTM" style="float:left; height:146px; width:220px" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">But do not be fooled. White nationalist talking points have never only concerned themselves with illegal immigration. For generations in America, so called conservative politicians and the previously mentioned segments of society have advocated for restrictions on the legal pathway to immigration, with an emphasis on decreasing the flow of non-Europeans into the US. Right-wing television, radio and the internet commentators have wailed at the decline of  "real Americans" within the borders of the United States. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">As this crisis unfolds, it has been revealed many of the people that have been caught up in Trump’s disastrous policy have sought to come into the country at ports of entry and have been turned away. It was glaringly obvious who Trump considered desirable immigrants to the US when he exploded and complained about "shit hole" African countries, querying why couldn’t there be more folks coming from Sweden.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Slaves_0.jpg" title="African slaves in America"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Slaves_0.jpg?itok=td_vtyGy" style="float:left; height:165px; width:220px" title="African slaves in America" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">It invokes painful memories of the children of African parents wrenched away from their parents and dispersed around the world. Newly arrived on America's shores, the innocents were sold as commodities by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States">slave traders</a>, enabling the United States government to build its wealth on the foundation of enslaved people’s labour for 400 hundreds years.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Native%20American%20boarding%20school%20children.jpg" title="Dehumanised: Native American boarding school children"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Native%20American%20boarding%20school%20children.jpg?itok=QpJFBPCO" style="float:right; height:145px; width:220px" title="Dehumanised: Native American boarding school children" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Similarly, the children of the Native Peoples of the United States were subjected to the horror and suffering of their children being taken away from them to attend what were referred to as "boarding schools", the first of which was opened in 1860, the United States government opined, to teach the Native children not to be savages. The motto of the boarding school system coined by the founder of the schools was: “Kill the Indian, save the man.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">These children were removed from their parents’ care, prevented from speaking their native languages and denied any embrace of their culture and were punished if found to be doing so. It wasn’t until 1978 that Native American parents were given the right to stop the placement of their children in these schools with the passage of the </span><strong><a href="http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/icwa.htm">Indian Child Welfare Act.</a></strong></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="https://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Jews_0.jpg" title="Many Americans have protested"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Jews_0.jpg?itok=M4zHdmW5" style="float:left; height:124px; width:220px" title="Many Americans have protested" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Donald J Trump and his administration miscalculated the response of the American people and the world when they implemented a plan that has resulted in the kidnapping and spiriting away of thousands of brown children, relocating them in the dead of night, in the belief that the majority of Americans and the world would look on with a lack of interest and outrage. Trump's mindset, and that of those in his administration, is clouded by their white nationalist outlook.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Already work has begun on the next phase of the Trump Zero Tolerance Policy. In a purely theatrical move and with much flourish, Trump signed a presidential executive order, stating he was going to keep the families together. This will consist of holding adults and children together in detention camps behind barbed wire, with plans to house thousands of people on US Army territory in tent cities. This is a move that will guarantee even less transparency during the process of detaining </span><span style="font-size:13.008px">migrant men, women and children.     </span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Since the Trump Zero Tolerance Policy has been implemented in the United States, many commentators and legislators here in the United States have been stating that what is now happening, detaining and splitting apart families of the people entering from countries in so called Latin America, who have made the perilous trek to these shores, is un-American. I would suggest it be stated by fold around the internationally that America should not allow this type of barbarity to continue.</span></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/world-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">World News</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/zero-tolerance" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Zero Tolerance</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/trump" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Trump</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/immigration" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Immigration</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/white-nationalists" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">white nationalists</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/children" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Children</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/families" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">families</a></div></div></div> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:40:37 +0000 Karen Hatter 15191 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/donald-trumps-nazi-style-family-separation-policy-slammed#comments How Hollywood’s Black Panther breakthrough was 'overhyped' https://www.the-latest.com/how-hollywood%E2%80%99s-black-panther-breakthrough-was-overhyped <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Black%20Panther-first.jpeg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Black%20Panther-first.jpeg?itok=OuKkY7Is" style="float:left; height:220px; width:149px" /></a></p><p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:13.008px">Publicity leading up to Black Panther was epic. Social media went into a frenzy. Every other post that I saw was about the film. People, predominantly Black ones, were more than excited for this majority Black casted movie to be released. But was this that serious? I mean it’s a fictional film. People were acting as though something extraordinary was emerging that would overnight propel Black people into a better position in society.  </span></p><p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:13.008px">To me, the effect of the <em>Black Panther</em> wasn’t that transformative. But to others the film seemed revolutionary. I feel like this shows just how important <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/02/21/black-panther-representation/#JIYwe_kogaqU">representation</a> is. People admire media figures so much that when you don’t see yourself in newspapers, broadcast output or film it can cause racial insecurities. </span></p><p>So, after being told that it was a “sick” film by a friend, I decided to go and see if <em>Black Panther</em> was worth it.  (“Sick” is youth parlance for something really good.)</p><p style="text-align:justify"><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Black%20Panther-third.jpeg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Black%20Panther-third.jpeg?itok=PMtO5_6v" style="float:left; height:166px; width:220px" /></a> Set in a futuristic, technology advanced country in Africa named <a href="http://marvel.com/universe/Wakanda#axzz59ewra0G7">Wakanda</a>, the special effects, stunts and tricks were phenomenal. Wakanda shows how progressive African countries would be had they not been damaged by colonialism and the slave trade. Obviously without the flying saucers and other unrealistic stuff. That was just for the movie.</p><p style="text-align:justify">The people of Wakanda were culturally rich and there wasn’t a weave in sight. Apart from one clip where it was labelled as a “disgrace”.  Sorry guys, only natural African beauty allowed in this place.</p><p style="text-align:justify">Moreover, some of the characters' fashion styles were based on the culture of different tribes that exist in Africa. This was meaningful as it showed the diversity of customs throughout the continent.</p><p style="text-align:justify">Furthermore, many scenes were used metaphorically. For example, the part where Michael B. Jordan’s character <a href="http://marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com/wiki/Erik_Killmonger">Killmonger</a> stated that ornaments in the museum had been stolen from his ancestors: this signified how Africa has been exploited and put on display for European entertainment and benefit.</p><p style="text-align:justify"><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/km%20vs%20bp.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/km%20vs%20bp.jpg?itok=bzzuUQBx" style="float:left; height:110px; width:220px" /></a> Additionally, the use of vibranium, a fictional metal with super properties only available in Wakanda, showcased that Africa, materially, is the richest place on earth, and the world hugely depends on the continent for its natural resources. One only has to think of coltan, the metal that makes mobile phones work, which is mined in central Africa.</p><p style="text-align:justify">Unexpected jokes in the film, such as referring to a white character as a “coloniser”, may have felt uncomfortable for some. The writers Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole were aware of this and added these statements regardless of who they offended. It was a truth boldly expressed.</p><p style="text-align:justify"><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/women%20of%20wakanda.jpg" title="women of wakanda"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/women%20of%20wakanda.jpg?itok=HTVtM9oA" style="float:left; height:124px; width:220px" title="women of wakanda" /></a></p><p style="text-align:justify">What did it for me though were the women. Fierce and powerful they symbolised strength. This went against stereotypes of not just women but Black women. They were not aggressive, loud or angry but instead loyal, mighty warriors that <em><a href="http://marvel.com/universe/Black_Panther_(T'Challa)#axzz59ewra0G7">Black Panther</a></em> and Wakanda would be nothing without.</p><p style="text-align:justify">Furthermore, this film portrayed two types of Black people that are present in society. Killmonger represented the ones who are angry at the injustices of the past and present, seek to get justice and help other Black people.</p><p style="text-align:justify"><em>Black Panther</em> demonstrated the ones who do well and look out for themselves. The latter is often condemned by the former for being a "sell out" and not supporting their own. This was heavily shown in the film by the conflict between these two characters. Some relate to Killmonger’s pain but want equality rather than revenge.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/black-panther-second.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/black-panther-second.jpg?itok=LvzMiJ0U" style="float:left; height:147px; width:220px" /></a> I am concerned his character was purposely made to be the villain to exaggerate a point that those people who are for Black empowerment are somehow threateningly radical.</p><p>What’s more, the ending was a little bizarre. It was <em>Black Panther</em> offering to share vibranium with other countries despite being told that he should help the diaspora first because Black people had been disadvantaged throughout the world and therefore needed it most.</p><p>Why would a country give up its most valued resource to just anyone? Would other nations have done that for Wakanda? But, realistically, Hollywood would not make a film where the Killmonger character was successful. They are not that commercially stupid. They know the power of the white-dominated news media and pander to it – even with <em>Black Panther</em>.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/reviews" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Reviews</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/review" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Review</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">movie</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">movies</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/film" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">film</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/black-panther" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">black panther</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/hollywood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Hollywood</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/block-buster" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">block buster</a></div></div></div> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:01:42 +0000 aishajade 15179 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/how-hollywood%E2%80%99s-black-panther-breakthrough-was-overhyped#comments Twitter fury over UK MPs’ calls to ban Russian broadcaster https://www.the-latest.com/twitter-fury-over-uk-mps%E2%80%99-calls-ban-russian-broadcaster <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RT%20-%20logo.jpeg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RT%20-%20logo.jpeg?itok=Iq3gH17o" style="float:left; height:110px; width:220px" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Many people have taken to Twitter to hit out at suggestions that British&nbsp;broadcast watchdog Ofcom should take away&nbsp;the licence of RT (Russia Today). Tweets from prominent commentators and politicians say doing so would amount to censorship and undermine freedom of speech in Britain.</span></p><p>Ofcom said it would be ready to act once Prime Minister Theresa May has updated MPs, on Wednesday, as to whether the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal was a state-sponsored act. A number of MPs have called for RT&rsquo;s closure, including Labour MP Chris Bryant, who has appeared on RT in the past to plug his book.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RT%20-%20Bryant.jpg" title="Hypocrite: MP Chris Bryant who went on RT to plug his book"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RT%20-%20Bryant.jpg?itok=S_6yaeq0" style="float:left; height:124px; width:220px" title="Hypocrite: MP Chris Bryant who went on RT to plug his book" /></a> Another Labour MP, Stephen Doughty, has been vocal in calling for RT&rsquo;s broadcasting license to be blocked. This angered one of his voters who tweeted to him: &ldquo;I am your constituent and I am repelled by your McCarthyite behaviour in attempting to clamp down on freedom of expression, and silence dissenting voices. I have voted for you in the past. I shall not do so again.&rdquo;</p><p>Labour MP Chris Bryant calls for RT UK to be shut down&hellip; despite appearing on it himself (VIDEO)</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RT%20-%20Maguire.jpg" title="'Censorship disaster': Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RT%20-%20Maguire.jpg?itok=i3V__a5Z" style="float:left; height:165px; width:220px" title="'Censorship disaster': Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire" /></a> Some stressed the need for RT as an &ldquo;antidote&rdquo; to the BBC, while <em>Daily Mirror</em> assistant editor Kevin Maguire, a well-known TV pundit,&nbsp;said banning the channel would be a &ldquo;censorship disaster&rdquo;.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RT%20-%20Chris%20Williamson.jpg" title="'It's about freedom of speech': MP Chris Williamson"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RT%20-%20Chris%20Williamson.jpg?itok=O93nd-Zk" style="float:right; height:124px; width:220px" title="'It's about freedom of speech': MP Chris Williamson" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Leading MP Chris Williamson, the Labour MP for Derby North who has often appeared on the channel, came to the defence of freedom of speech, saying revoking RT&rsquo;s license would be &ldquo;the wrong thing to do&rdquo;. He told <em>The Times</em>: &ldquo;I believe in freedom of speech, and the viewing public have got a perfect choice as to whether or not they want to tune in to a particular TV channel. Sometimes they&rsquo;ve covered issues that have not really been given a hearing on some of the mainstream, bigger channels here.&rdquo;</span></p><p>Another user wrote: &ldquo;[Banning RT] would be a flagrant violation of the fundamental right to freedom of speech.&rdquo; Another person on Twitter added that banning RT from Britain would be no different from the Russian government banning the BBC in Russia.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RT%20-%20Theresa%20GOOD.jpg" title="Ultimatum: Prime Minister Theresa May to President Vladimir Putin"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RT%20-%20Theresa%20GOOD.jpg?itok=ObDjx-fS" style="float:left; height:165px; width:220px" title="Ultimatum: Prime Minister Theresa May to President Vladimir Putin" /></a> Speaking in the Commons on Monday, May said: &ldquo;We should all be very careful in looking at media outlets that any individual MP chooses to appear on. The issue of <em>Russia Today</em> is obviously one which is of concern to members from across this House.&rdquo;</p><p>May set Russian leader Vladimir Putin a deadline of midnight on Tuesday to give his account of why a nerve agent from Russia was used to poison Skripal and his daughter. May said it is &ldquo;highly likely&rdquo; the attack was either a direct act by the Russian state on Britain, or the Russian government allowed its nerve agent Novichok&nbsp;to get into the wrong hands.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RT%20-%20Putin.jpg" title="'Get to the bottom of it, then we talk&quot;: Putin to May"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RT%20-%20Putin.jpg?itok=YStqFja1" style="float:left; height:124px; width:220px" title="'Get to the bottom of it, then we talk&quot;: Putin to May" /></a> Russia has denied any involvement. Responding to May&rsquo;s claim that it was &ldquo;highly likely&rdquo; that Moscow is responsible, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the PM&rsquo;s statement was &quot;a circus show in the British parliament&rdquo;.</p><p>&ldquo;The conclusion is obvious &ndash; it&#39;s another information and political campaign based on provocation,&rdquo; Zakharova said. Earlier, when asked whether Russia was to blame, Putin told the BBC: &ldquo;Get to the bottom of things there, then we&#39;ll discuss this.&rdquo;</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/politics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Politics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/russia" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Russia</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/vladimir-putin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Vladimir Putin</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/sergei-skripal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Sergei Skripal</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/spy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">spy</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/espionage" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">espionage</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/double-agent" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">double agent</a></div></div></div> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:31:42 +0000 Newsdesk 15178 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/twitter-fury-over-uk-mps%E2%80%99-calls-ban-russian-broadcaster#comments Winston Churchill's 'dirty wars' that plundered oil for Britain https://www.the-latest.com/winston-churchills-dirty-wars-plundered-oil-britain <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Iran-Winston%20Churchill.jpg" title="Covert warrior: Prime minister Winston Churchill"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Iran-Winston%20Churchill.jpg?itok=T2lXQ8On" style="float:left; height:124px; width:220px" title="Covert warrior: Prime minister Winston Churchill" /></a> While Winston Churchill’s role as an extraordinary war leader is being celebrated in a series of recent films, his support for dubious covert warfare has been largely ignored. Take for instance, his backing for the toppling of Mohammed Mossadeq, Prime Minister of Iran, in a joint British and American operation 65 years ago.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Mohammed%20Mossadeq.jpg" title="Deposed: Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadeq"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Mohammed%20Mossadeq.jpg?itok=J5Lh87__" style="float:right; height:124px; width:220px" title="Deposed: Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadeq" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">In 1951, Mossadeq <a href="https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007555475/the-black-door">nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company</a>, introduced parliamentary elections and sought to reduce British influence in the country. Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac suggest that Mossadeq’s rise was, in part, sponsored by the CIA "because American oil interests, which already dominated Saudi Arabia, were circling like vultures hoping to take British assets". Indeed, Iranian oil accounted for 31 per cent of Europe’s oil imports and 85 per cent of the fuel used by the Royal Navy, according to John Bew, in his recently published <a href="https://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/Books/detail.page?isbn=9781780879895">biography of Clement Attlee</a>. </span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Iran-oil%20company.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Iran-oil%20company.jpg?itok=9iol5R-W" style="float:left; height:139px; width:220px" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">So when Mossadeq nationalised the enormous British refinery owned by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, "London decided that he was not a man with whom it could do business", report Aldrich and Cormac. In their <a href="http://www.merip.org/mer/mer153/dorman-farhang-us-press-iran">seminal analysis of US press coverage of Iran</a>, Dorman and Farhang showed how the dominant representation of Mossadeq shifted from that of a quaint nationalist to that of a lunatic and communist dupe.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Shah%20of%20Iran.jpg" title="Collaborator: The Western-backed Shah of Iran"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Shah%20of%20Iran.jpg?itok=jhSuDLhb" style="float:left; height:165px; width:220px" title="Collaborator: The Western-backed Shah of Iran" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">In 1953, the US <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Intelligence_Agency">Central Intelligence Agency</a> (CIA), through Operation Ajax, and British intelligence, through Operation Boot, helped plan a coup. This culminated on August 19</span><span style="font-size:13.008px"> </span><span style="font-size:13.008px">when Mossadeq was ousted and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Reza_Pahlavi">Shah of Iran</a>, who had been the chief partisan of Nazi interests in Persia during the Second World War, was restored. On the British side, the coup plan had originally been proposed by Labour foreign secretary Herbert Morrison – who advocated <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunboat_diplomacy">gunboat diplomacy</a> to resolve the crisis. But President Truman ruled this out. So Prime Minister Attlee pursued the covert route "developing a <a href="https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007555475/the-black-door">secret plot to overthrow Mossadeq</a> alongside a small circle of his most senior ministerial colleagues".</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Iran-%20General%20Fazlollah%20Zahedi.jpg" title="Western puppet: General Fazlollah Zahedi"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Iran-%20General%20Fazlollah%20Zahedi.jpg?itok=rz2FXIHT" style="float:left; height:220px; width:164px" title="Western puppet: General Fazlollah Zahedi" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Significantly, Aldrich and Cormac record in their book how Prime Minister Winston Churchill managed to persuade the BBC World Service to alter its Persian-language broadcast's </span><span style="font-size:13.008px">usual signal. "Instead of 'It is now midnight', the announcer stated: “It is now [pause] exactly midnight.” The subtle change served as secret information that Britain was on board and the Shah finally agreed to sack Mossadeq and replace him with [General Fazlollah Zahedi, an anti-Mossadeq army commander]."</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Iran-Roosevelt.jpg" title="CIA spook: President's grandson Kim Roosevelt"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Iran-Roosevelt.jpg?itok=v20BuBsj" style="float:right; height:165px; width:220px" title="CIA spook: President's grandson Kim Roosevelt" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">The top CIA operative in Iran was Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt, a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, who revealed the agency’s role in his book <a href="http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/library/countercoup/"><em>Countercoup: The struggle for the control of Iran</em></a>. He was assisted by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, father of the 1991 Gulf conflict general. Key Iranians were bribed, a massive propaganda campaign frightened people about a Soviet takeover, anti-Mossadeq factions in the army were supplied with American equipment. According to Mark Frankland, <a href="http://(https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Child_of_My_Time.html?id=valZAAAAMAAJ&amp;redir_esc=y">the 1953 Iran coup</a> was "the greatest triumph" of the newly-created Special Political Action group of British intelligence, led by Alexis Foster.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Iran-coup.jpg" title="Coup coverage in the Iranian press"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Iran-coup.jpg?itok=95fKehaL" style="float:left; height:159px; width:220px" title="Coup coverage in the Iranian press" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px"><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Intelligence-Covert-Action-Jonathan/dp/0863220355">Bloch and Fitzgerald reported</a>: "The Shah expressed his gratitude to the CIA, and in Britain the papers carried the headlines: “Situation restored, as you were in Iran.” The total cost of the exercise was around $10m." But Dan De Luce, the <em>Guardian’s</em> correspondent in Tehran in 2003, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/aug/20/foreignpolicy.iran">commented on the Iran coup</a>: "While it may be reaching too far to link Mossadeq’s overthrow with al-Qaida’s terrorism, it certainly helped unleash a wave of Islamic extremism and assisted to power the anti-American clerical leadership that still rules Iran. It is difficult to imagine a worse outcome to an expedient action."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">The CIA officially only admitted its role in the removal of Mossadeq in 2013 – in a declassified document, titled <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/sixty-years-on-cia-finally-admits-role-in-iran-coup-8775160.html"><em>The Battle for Iran</em></a>, obtained and published by the National Security Archive research institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC. </span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Iran-Nixon%20and%20Kissinger.jpg" title="President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger focused on Iran"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Iran-Nixon%20and%20Kissinger.jpg?itok=89an1DOC" style="float:left; height:165px; width:220px" title="President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger focused on Iran" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Following the coup, the Shah developed <a href="https://www.questia.com/library/102271370/the-culture-of-terrorism">one of the most savage and oppressive regimes of the 20th century</a>. With Britain withdrawing from the Gulf and the American elite still smarting from the Vietnam disaster, President Richard Nixon and his security adviser Henry Kissinger made Iran the focal point of their Middle East strategy, agreeing to sell virtually any conventional arms the Shah wanted. By the time of the 1979 revolution, the $20bn American sales to the Shah had made him the biggest arms customer in history. Britain also established close ties with SAVAK, the ruthless Iranian intelligence service. In exchange for information on Arab countries, Bloch and Fitzgerald reported </span><span style="font-size:13.008px">SAVAK was given a free hand in intelligence-gathering inside the UK.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">While most of the targets were politically active students, they also included Labour MPs who campaigned against the brutality of the Shah’s regime. SAS personnel "on loan" to the Iranian military trained their special forces for operations against Kurdish guerrillas in the north of the country. Another SAS unit was entrusted with the protection of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_Communications_Headquarters">GCHQ</a> monitoring station near Mashad, close to the Soviet border; four of them were captured and executed by Fedayeen guerrillas in 1972.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Last summer, the <em>New York Times</em> journalist, Thomas E. Ricks, published a book <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316601/churchill-and-orwell-by-thomas-e-ricks/9781594206139/"><em>Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom</em></a> celebrating them both as "fighters to freedom". Significantly, Ricks makes no mention of Churchill’s role in the Iran coup.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">*Richard Lance Keeble is Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University. His <a href="http://www.abramis.co.uk/books/bookdetails.php?id=184549710"><em>Covering Conflict: The Making and Unmaking of New Militarism</em></a> is published by Abramis.</span></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/politics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Politics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/churchill" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Churchill</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/1953-iran-coup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">1953 Iran coup</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/mi6" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MI6</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/cia" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">CIA</a></div></div></div> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:14:35 +0000 Richard Keeble 15172 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/winston-churchills-dirty-wars-plundered-oil-britain#comments ‘Labour Party Black Sections reborn with new movement’ https://www.the-latest.com/%E2%80%98labour-party-black-sections-reborn-new-movement%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20launch%20banner-final.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20launch%20banner-final.jpg?itok=HDmejAvE" style="float:left; height:124px; width:220px" /></a></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">More than a hundred people from around the country crammed into a House of Commons committee room named after former Labour prime minister Harold Wilson for the parliamentary launch of Grassroots Black Left (GBL).</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">They&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">were Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews, people of no faith, Africans, Caribbeans, Asians, other people of colour, and their white allies.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Labour treasury team frontbencher Clive Lewis, the ex-shadow defence secretary, was among four MPs who spoke, including Chris Williamson, the politician voted 2017 overall best Labour </span><span style="font-size:13.008px">MP by a popular left-wing website.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20Hassan.jpg" title="Co-chair Hassan Ahmed: 'There's no better time for us to organise'"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20Hassan.jpg?itok=wqNA102l" style="float:left; height:220px; width:175px" title="Co-chair Hassan Ahmed: 'There's no better time for us to organise'" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">GBL co-chair Hassan Ahmed, who used to be a Nottingham City council cabinet member, said on Wednesday night: &ldquo;Black party members, [including <a href="http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org">GBL&rsquo;s Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker</a>] have </span><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20launch%20Clive.jpg" title="Clive Lewis MP: 'We're on the cusp of a Labour Party Black Sections victory'"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20launch%20Clive.jpg?itok=jqTV-9zD" style="float:right; height:220px; width:124px" title="Clive Lewis MP: 'We're on the cusp of a Labour Party Black Sections victory'" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">faced suspensions in a witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn supporters. But we remain firm in our support of the Labour leader and his progressive politics.&rdquo;</span></p><p>We believe Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are genuine allies of African, Caribbean and&nbsp;<span style="font-size:13.008px">Asian people and they must act to defend our activists who have been under attack.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Hassan added: &ldquo;The Labour leader is a genuine ally of African, Caribbean and Asian people, so there is no better time for us to organise in the party to advance the cause of our people inside and outside of it for fair representation and anti-racist policies.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Ahmed&rsquo;s co-chair Deborah Hobson, a trade union activist, said: &ldquo;We applaud the struggle of the suffragettes who, through their bravery, won the right for women to vote in Britain 100 years ago. Grassroots Black Left is proud to be in that fine tradition of campaigning for justice for our people, who are under-represented in positions of power in our society.&rdquo;</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20Bernie%20Grant.jpg" title="Tribute to trailblazer: the late Bernie Grant MP"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20Bernie%20Grant.jpg?itok=H6iIGqt6" style="float:left; height:144px; width:220px" title="Tribute to trailblazer: the late Bernie Grant MP" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Lewis paid tribute to the late MP Bernie Grant who, he said was a Labour Party Black Sections trailblazer, for a Black voice in the party.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">He added: &ldquo;Black Sections weren&rsquo;t achieved at the time [in the 1980s], but, with Jeremy as leader, I think we are on the cusp of achieving them to advance the interests of black party members. I&rsquo;ve certainly put in a submission to Labour&rsquo;s Democracy Review urging the establishment of an annual, policy-making national conference for black Labour party members.&rdquo;</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20Black%20Sections.jpg" title="Campaigners: Linda Bellos, left, with Black Sections comrades"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20Black%20Sections.jpg?itok=-Xx2OGCP" style="float:left; height:175px; width:220px" title="Campaigners: Linda Bellos, left, with Black Sections comrades" /></a><span style="font-size:13.008px">He added: &ldquo;We want set places on the Labour&rsquo;s ruling NEC for black members and dedicated staff at Southside [Labour headquarters] working for the same Black section, for Black members of the party. It&rsquo;s absolutely shambolic that BAME Labour [the current party group for Black members] only has just over 600 members.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">It is estimated Labour has about 100,00 Black members.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Lewis went on: &ldquo;We need an organised Black voice in the Labour party, which is critical if we are to combat the growing tide of racism that&rsquo;s been growing in Europe and across the world, including with {President Donald] Trump in America.</span></p><p>We need that voice now to fight the government&rsquo;s austerity and cuts that disproportionately affect Black people and campaign for economic and social justice.&rdquo;</p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">He urged B</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">lack Labour members to lobby their MPs, get active in their parties and a trade union and stand for office to achieve change.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20launch-Naz%20Shah%20%281%29.jpg" title="Naz Shah MP: 'I'm Muslim and Black. We must fight for equality&quot;"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20launch-Naz%20Shah%20%281%29.jpg?itok=NTpSZySg" style="float:left; height:220px; width:219px" title="Naz Shah MP: 'I'm Muslim and Black. We must fight for equality&quot;" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Naz Shah said: &ldquo;I have the largest Muslim constituency, Bradford West, 51 per&nbsp;cent. &nbsp;Muslim is the new Black and sometimes I feel very isolated and alone in some of the conversations I have to have around anti-Muslim hatred. So my call out to you comrades is, I need your support.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">She added: &nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to have a conversation about Black politics but also about Islamophobia.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s no different to the racism based on colour. &nbsp;A woman in a hijab has got an 85 per cent less chance of getting a job than one without. &nbsp;A man is charged a thousand pounds more for car insurance because his name is Mohammed. Muslims have been told to get off the bus like Rosa Parks [the famed American civil rights activist]. That&rsquo;s Islamophobia.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20launch-Willimson.jpg" title="Chris Williamson MP: 'People must stand up to be counted'"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20launch-Willimson.jpg?itok=tYL1k96A" style="float:left; height:220px; width:124px" title="Chris Williamson MP: 'People must stand up to be counted'" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Naz went on: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve come full circle in terms of the discrimination we face. I&rsquo;m a Muslim and I&rsquo;m Black. The political Black movement must come together to fight for equality and fairness.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Chris Williamson, who resigned from Labour&#39;s front bench to spend time connecting with party members and to fight for his fairer community charge system,</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really important to have people who are prepared to stand up to be counted like Linda Bellos [Black former leader of Lambeth council in the 1980s], one of the giants of the labour movement, who is here tonight.&nbsp; Martin Luther King once said, it&rsquo;s always the right time to do the right thing&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s absolutely the right time to be launching Grassroots Black Left.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">He added: &ldquo;One of the ways we could get greater Black and Asian representation would be by giving Labour Party members more opportunities at a grassroots level to determine within each constituency, who they want to stand at the next election. So, I think that one of the ways to get a more representative parliament is to have mandatory reselection [by which party members can replace MPs].&rdquo;</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20parliamentary%20launch-Moyra%20%281%29.jpg" title="Justice4Grenfell campaigner: Moyra Samuels determined to fight on"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20parliamentary%20launch-Moyra%20%281%29.jpg?itok=-LZ_uuNN" style="float:right; height:202px; width:220px" title="Justice4Grenfell campaigner: Moyra Samuels determined to fight on" /></a><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/GBL%20Parliamentray%20launch-Sital.jpg" title="Leicestershire Indian Workers Association leader: Sital Singh Gill"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GBL%20Parliamentray%20launch-Sital.jpg?itok=SqKHgd2J" style="float:left; height:220px; width:124px" title="Leicestershire Indian Workers Association leader: Sital Singh Gill" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Justice4Grenfell campaigner Moyra Samuels said: &ldquo;Eight months on [from the tower block fire] our community is facing broken promises, a distrust of authority, 98 households that still haven&rsquo;t been found a new home. People are exhausted and intensely angry.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">She added: &ldquo;B</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">ut p</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">eople are determined that, given the atrocity of Grenfell, they will fight for justice.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">So delighted were they by the successful launch, Africans for Jeremy Corbyn&rsquo;s Values and the Leicester branch of the Indian Workers Association affiliated to Grassroots Black Left.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">The&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">message from GBL is that we speak on our own behalf, reject tokenism and will pick fighting Black socialists to represent us.</span></p><p>Photography: <strong>Shamsher Chohan</strong>, GBL East Midlands Organiser, and <strong>Syd Jeffers</strong>.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/politics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Politics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/labour-party" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Labour Party</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/grassroots-black-left" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Grassroots Black Left</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/jeremy-corbyn" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jeremy Corbyn</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/clive-lewis-mp" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Clive Lewis MP</a></div></div></div> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:44:15 +0000 Newsdesk 15174 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/%E2%80%98labour-party-black-sections-reborn-new-movement%E2%80%99#comments Churchill: The covert warrior https://www.the-latest.com/churchill-covert-warrior-0 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>While Winston Churchill&rsquo;s role as an extraordinary war leader is being celebrated in a series of recent films, his support for somewhat dubious covert warfare operations has been largely ignored. Take for instance, his backing for the toppling of Dr Mohammed Mossadeq, Prime Minister of Iran, in a joint British and American operation some 65 years ago.</p><p>In 1951, Dr Mossadeq nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, introduced parliamentary elections and sought to reduce British influence in the country. Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac (<a href="https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007555475/the-black-door">https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007555475/the-black-door</a>) (p. 156) suggest that Mossadeq&rsquo;s rise was, in part, sponsored by the CIA &lsquo;because American oil interests, which already dominated Saudi Arabia, were circling like vultures hoping to take British assets&rsquo;. Indeed, Iranian oil accounted for 31 per cent of Europe&rsquo;s oil imports and 85 per cent of the fuel used by the Royal Navy, according to John Bew, in his recently published biography of Clement Attlee. (<a href="https://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/Books/detail.page?isbn=9781780879895">https://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/Books/detail.page?isbn=9781780879895</a>) (p. 503).&nbsp;</p><p>So when Mossadeq nationalised the enormous British refinery owned by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, &lsquo;London decided that he was not a man with whom it could do business&rsquo;, report Aldrich and Cormac. In their seminal analysis of US press coverage of Iran, Dorman and Farhang (<a href="http://www.merip.org/mer/mer153/dorman-farhang-us-press-iran">http://www.merip.org/mer/mer153/dorman-farhang-us-press-iran</a>) showed how the dominant representation of Mossadeq shifted from that of a quaint nationalist to that of a lunatic and communist dupe.</p><p>In 1953, the CIA (through Operation Ajax) and British intelligence (through Operation Boot) helped plan a coup. This culminated on 19 August when Mossadeq was ousted and the Shah, who had been the chief partisan of Nazi interests in Persia during the Second World War,&nbsp;was restored. On the British side, the coup plan had originally been proposed by Labour foreign secretary Herbert Morrison &ndash; who advocated gunboat diplomacy to resolve the crisis. But President Truman ruled this out. So Prime Minister Attlee pursued the covert route &lsquo;developing a secret plot to overthrow Mossadeq alongside a small circle of his most senior ministerial colleagues&rsquo; (<a href="https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007555475/the-black-door">https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007555475/the-black-door</a>)&nbsp;(p. 156).</p><p>Significantly, Aldrich and Cormac (p. 176) record how Prime Minister Winston Churchill managed to persuade the BBC World Service to alter its usual signal in its Persian-language broadcast. &lsquo;Instead of &ldquo;It is now midnight&rdquo;, the announcer stated: &ldquo;It is now [pause] exactly midnight.&rdquo; The subtle change served as secret information that Britain was on board and the Shah finally agreed to sack Mossadeq and replace him with [General Fazlollah] Zahedi [an anti-Mossadeq army commander].&rsquo;</p><p>The top CIA operative in Iran was Kermit Roosevelt, a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, who revealed the agency&rsquo;s role in his book Countercoup: The struggle for the control of Iran (<a href="http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/library/countercoup/">http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/library/countercoup/</a>). He was assisted by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, father of the 1991 Gulf conflict general. Key Iranians were bribed, a massive propaganda campaign frightened people about a Soviet takeover, anti-Mossadeq factions in the army were supplied with American equipment. According to Mark Frankland (<a href="https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Child_of_My_Time.html?id=valZAAAAMAAJ&amp;redir_esc=y">https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Child_of_My_Time.html?id=valZAAAAMAAJ&amp;redir_esc=y</a>) (p. 88), the 1953 Iran coup was &lsquo;the greatest triumph&rsquo; of the newly-created Special Political Action group of British intelligence, led by Alexis Foster.</p><p>Bloch and Fitzgerald report (<a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Intelligence-Covert-Action-Jonathan/dp/0863220355) (p. 112">https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Intelligence-Covert-Action-Jonathan/dp/0863220355) (p. 112</a>): &lsquo;The Shah expressed his gratitude to the CIA, and in Britain the papers carried the headlines: &ldquo;Situation restored, as you were in Iran.&rdquo; The total cost of the exercise was around $10m.&rsquo; But Dan De Luce, the Guardian&rsquo;s correspondent in Tehran in 2003, commented on the Iran coup (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/aug/20/foreignpolicy.iran">https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/aug/20/foreignpolicy.iran</a>): &lsquo;While it may be reaching too far to link Mossadeq&rsquo;s overthrow with al-Qaida&rsquo;s terrorism, it certainly helped unleash a wave of Islamic extremism and assisted to power the anti-American clerical leadership that still rules Iran. It is difficult to imagine a worse outcome to an expedient action.&rsquo;</p><p>The CIA officially only admitted its role in the removal of Mossadeq in 2013 &ndash; in a declassified document, titled The Battle for Iran, obtained and published by the National Security Archive research institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC. (<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/sixty-years-on-cia-finally-admits-role-in-iran-coup-8775160.html">http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/sixty-years-on-cia-finally-admits-role-in-iran-coup-8775160.html</a>)</p><p>Following the coup, the Shah proceeded to develop one of the most savage and oppressive regimes of the 20th century (<a href="https://www.questia.com/library/102271370/the-culture-of-terrorism">https://www.questia.com/library/102271370/the-culture-of-terrorism</a>) (p. 176). With Britain withdrawing from the Gulf and the American elite still smarting from the Vietnam disaster, President Richard Nixon and his security adviser Henry Kissinger made Iran the focal point of their Middle East strategy, agreeing to sell virtually any conventional arms the Shah wanted. By the time of the 1979 revolution, the $20bn American sales to the Shah had made him the biggest arms customer in history. Britain also established close ties with SAVAK, the ruthless Iranian intelligence service. In exchange for information on Arab countries, SAVAK was given a free hand in intelligence-gathering inside the UK. Bloch and Fitzgerald report (p.&nbsp;113):</p><p>While most of the targets were politically active students, they also included Labour MPs who campaigned against the brutality of the Shah&rsquo;s regime. SAS personnel &lsquo;on loan&rsquo; to the Iranian military trained their special forces for operations against Kurdish guerrillas in the north of the country. Another SAS unit was entrusted with the protection of the GCHQ monitoring station near Mashad, close to the Soviet border; four of them were captured and executed by Fedayeen guerrillas in 1972.</p><p>Recently, the New York Times journalist, Thomas E. Ricks, published a book Churchill and Orwell (<a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316601/churchill-and-orwell-by-thomas-e-ricks/9781594206139/">https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316601/churchill-and-orwell-by-thomas-e-ricks/9781594206139/</a>) celebrating them both as &lsquo;fighters to freedom&rsquo;. Significantly, Ricks makes no mention of Churchill&rsquo;s role in the Iran coup.</p><p>Richard Lance Keeble is Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University. His Covering Conflict: The Making and Unmaking of New Militarism has recently been published by Abramis, of Bury St Edmunds. (<a href="http://www.abramis.co.uk/books/bookdetails.php?id=184549710">http://www.abramis.co.uk/books/bookdetails.php?id=184549710</a>)</p></div></div></div> Sat, 03 Feb 2018 21:47:29 +0000 Richard Keeble 15173 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/churchill-covert-warrior-0#comments Embattled locals fight against plans to bulldoze their communities https://www.the-latest.com/embattled-locals-fight-against-plans-bulldoze-their-communities <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/tumblr_ns933nha1V1uytcnao1_1280.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/tumblr_ns933nha1V1uytcnao1_1280.jpg?itok=ujqLSKTD" style="float:left; height:220px; width:156px" /></a> <span style="font-size:13.008px">Angry Londoners are fighting back against community regeneration plans that always lead to people removal. Never has popular action seemed more relevant writes, </span><strong>Thom Blair</strong><span style="font-size:13.008px">.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Their housing habitats and treasured community assets are at risk. Local libraries, parks, youth centres, clubs, pubs, independent shops are endangered. The smiting blows of councils and developers bulldozers are relentless.</span></p><p>Three of the most intense fight back battles will light up the cityscape in 2018. Here are three trends to watch for.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/SouthwarkLatinx.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/SouthwarkLatinx.jpg?itok=ZTm-sgKk" style="float:right; height:165px; width:220px" /></a> <a href="https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Latin_American_migration_to_the_United_Kingdom">Latin London communities</a>, a newly recognised ethnic/cultural group, have won some victories. In Tottenham, North London, they have rallied to save their Sisters indoor market “a popular, buzzing little hub of Latin shops”.</p><p>Moreover, in Elephant and Castle, they defeated the “regeneration” of the existing shopping centre and surrounding <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/.../latin-american-londoners-becoming-visible">areas</a>. “Safe homes, not gentrification” is the campaigner’s battle cry. They want to keep their communities alive and well.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/image_1.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/image_1.jpg?itok=7Q64XEkZ" style="float:left; height:156px; width:220px" /></a> "We don't oppose development, we oppose THIS development because it does not offer a fair deal for our communities", said scholar, community activist and Latin Urban Studies<a href="https://freedomnews.org.uk/victory-for-anti-gentrification-campaigners-in-elephant-and-castle/"> expert</a>, Dr Patria Roman-Velazquez.</p><p>Indeed, United Nations human rights experts support their plea. Victory could boost the cause of beleaguered communities across the UK and world.</p><p>Residents in multi-racial and minority ethnic Aylesbury Estate, South East London, have added sit-ins to their fight back armoury. They occupied empty flats in protest against gentrification of the area.</p><p>This is significant because Aylesbury houses almost 8000 residents in one of the biggest housing estates in Britain and Europe. Significant, too, because renting tenants and owning leaseholders joined pro</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/IMG_1095-2-900x504.jpg" style="text-decoration: underline; font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 20.0063px;"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/IMG_1095-2-900x504.jpg?itok=REmT2g_T" style="float:right; height:123px; width:220px" /></a></p><p>tests. Both have lobbied against a 1.5-billion-pound, two-decade scheme to flatten and rebuild the valuable<a href="http://https://southwarknotes.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/aylesbury-estate-is-everyones-fight/"> property</a>.</p><p>Their fight back websites recount the tales of woe and spirited defence.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/14march1123.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/14march1123.jpg?itok=owF0M8Yu" style="float:left; height:148px; width:220px" /></a> “We heard from leaseholders still living behind the prison-like fences of the phase one demolition area. We heard from tenants in the phase two demolition area who are confused about if and how they are supposed to find other places to go”.</p><p>Nevertheless, with all its problems, loyal residents seek improvements and fear the terrors of “renewal”. One tenant is on record saying what many believe:</p><p>“I am sick of people talking badly about the Aylesbury. I love living here. The flats are nice and big, and people are friendly".</p><p>Brent is another incubator for <a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/south-londons-aylesbury-estate-residents-1530849">popular action</a>. This time organising public displays of anger against what they would call “institutional indifference”. </p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/cantillon_heygate.jpg" style="text-decoration: underline; font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 20.0063px;"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/cantillon_heygate.jpg?itok=qfcNrdXM" style="float:right; height:133px; width:220px" /></a></p><p>Impassioned crowds gathered outside the Civic Centre in Wembley protesting against “barely adequate public housing services”. Protestors link the tenants' plight to faulty Brent Council policies. Petitions blame “absurd and unjust” housing p<span style="font-size:13.008px">ractices.</span></p><p>Organisers for Gaashaan, a non-profit body, say Brent’s housing authority is "responsible for the continued suffering of our communities and our families." A <a href="https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/crowd-gathers-outside-brent-council-14127595">spokesperson</a>, Sahel Ali, claimed the council was forcing families and the homeless into accommodation "unfit for human habitation".</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/IMG_4362.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/IMG_4362.jpg?itok=7X0XsnUg" style="float:left; height:147px; width:220px" /></a> The main themes in these three campaigns are clear. End community destruction. Supply affordable public housing. The lessons learned are relevant everywhere people are under threat.</p><p>Communities want to save neighbourhood shopping centres that are community hubs – not the soulless malls of retail giants. Migrant communities are proving they can breathe life into struggling parts of London. Significantly, local campaigns have saved hundreds of small businesses – many of them owned by women, much higher than the national average.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/31.01.15_march_for_homes_at_city_hall-mr_rxgffv9.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/31.01.15_march_for_homes_at_city_hall-mr_rxgffv9.jpg?itok=UEw-wGSq" style="float:right; height:125px; width:220px" /></a> Furthermore, community activists and residents reflect a desire for decent social housing – an issue thrown into hideously stark relief by last summer's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire">Grenfell Tower fire</a>. People desperately want to end renewal practices that deplete affordable low income and public <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/25/london-developers-viability-planning-affordable-social-housing-regeneration-oliver-wainwright">housing</a>.</p><p>Notably, the favoured tactics are protests and direct action. When legal intervention fails, they sit-in to halt the spectre of demolition and forced displacement.</p><p>Increasingly articulate, fight back communities counter life-disrupting policies in three ways.</p><ul><li>People-participation promotes grassroots political education.</li><li>Organisers bring together local resources and community resilience to reduce inequalities.</li><li>People develop the skills they need to win discussions with officials, developers and urban elites. This strengthens their role in public affairs.</li></ul><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Banner%20at%20%27Reclaim%20Brixton%27%20protest.%20Guy%20Corbishley%20Demotix.%20All%20rights%20reserved..jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Banner%20at%20%27Reclaim%20Brixton%27%20protest.%20Guy%20Corbishley%20Demotix.%20All%20rights%20reserved..jpg?itok=zDLgGtcv" style="float:left; height:146px; width:220px" /></a> Therefore, “We won’t go!” is not mere rhetorical hyperbole, as the naysayers claim. Latin Londoners in Seven Sisters and Elephant and Castle say the cry has a positive value. Organisers began where the people are, recognising that local actions impact on larger issues.</p><p>The campaigns demonstrate that people can negotiate for the essentials of urban life. Among them community survival, civic participation and advancement. Black and ethnic minority housing campaigners in Aylesbury and Brent would undoubtedly agree.</p><p>Will 2018 be the year their plight, pleas and justice demands succeed?</p><p>*Professor Thomas L Blair publishes the<a href="http://chronicleworld.co.uk/"> Chronicleworld</a> and is an award-winning contributor to <em>The-Latest</em>. He has proposed some of these ideas in his <a href="http://amzn.to/2An2iAJ" style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">eBook</a><span style="font-size:13.008px">, <em>The Poverty of Planning</em>.</span></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/community-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Community News</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/local" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Local</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/communities" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Communities</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/plans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Plans</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/schemes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Schemes</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/regeneration" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Regeneration</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/gentrification" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Gentrification</a></div></div></div> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:27:16 +0000 Newsdesk 15171 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/embattled-locals-fight-against-plans-bulldoze-their-communities#comments Exposed: The Danger of Donald Trump's presidency https://www.the-latest.com/exposed-danger-donald-trumps-presidency <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>When Donald J. Trump obtained his electoral college win to become the President of the United States in November 2016, it must be stated that, in addition to losing the popular vote to the Democratic Party candidate former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by 3 million votes, nearly an additional 5 million voters voted for the Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. That’s a grand total almost 8 million voters that did not vote for Donald Trump for president. That being said, in our system, the Electoral College can, pardon the expression, trump the popular vote.</p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">The US has been building toward what has culminated in the train wreck of a presidency of Donald Trump for decades and it has been an overly stressed and aggravated fear of the browning of America that has provided a significant push in that direction. This reality, that people of Caucasian descent would be eclipsed as a majority population by non-white individuals in the United States, has been trumpeted by self identified conservatives, elements of the Right Wing and white nationalists and supremacists for approximately five decades.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">The outcome of this concern in these quarters has included zeroing in, with laser focused precision, on stemming and ending the perceived tidal wave of non white immigrants, period, not only illegal immigrants. This has been the concern and focus of many within the Republican Party. In addition, this concern has been linked to US voting rights and the hair on fire, never corroborated urgency, raised by these elements that unidentified illegal immigrants have been voting in US elections.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/09/07/bill_clinton_if_youre_a_white_southerner_you_know_what_make_america_great_again_really_means.html" style="font-size: 13.008px;">Former President William Jefferson Clinton</a><span style="font-size:13.008px">, on the stump for his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton,  addressing the Trump campaign slogan Make America Great Again correctly identified the meaning of the slogan in the circles were the slogan was best received, stating “"If you’re a white southerner, you know exactly what it means, don't you? It means I’ll give you the economy you had 50 years ago and I’ll move you back up the social totem pole and other people down."</span></p><p><a href="https://www.splcenter.org/20161118/kris-kobach-lawyer-americas-nativist-movement" style="font-size: 13.008px;">Kris Kobach, Kansas Republican Secretary of State</a><span style="font-size:13.008px">, was named as the vice chairman of the now disbanded </span><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/everything-you-need-know-about-trumps-voter-fraud-commission" style="font-size: 13.008px;">Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity</a><span style="font-size:13.008px"> that was convened after Donald Trump mused that he would have won the popular vote if 3 million illegal voters hadn’t voted for Hillary Clinton. Kris Kobach is a hard line right winger that has for years promoted extremist ideologies and has ties to white nationalists.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Since the release of the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House on January 5, 2018, authored by Michael Wolff, Donald Trump has been, to most observers, attempting to persuade all who might listen that he is not the flawed and incompetent person chronicled within the book’s pages.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">During his attempt to dispel the claims contained within Mr. Wolff’s book, the White House allowed a photo op of the President with members of both the Democratic and Republican Parties set to address immigration reform on January 10, 2018. That did not go well. Donald Trump listened, agreed with, vacillated and changed opinion, with minutes, as soon as the newest speaker addressed him with a statement regarding the over arching topic of immigration.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">The day after the photo op, Thursday, January 11, 2018, there was a meeting with the President, anticipated to have been attended only by Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat) and Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican), two members of a bipartisan committee attempting to provide a way forward for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, most commonly known as the Dreamers. These are individuals that were brought to the US illegally by adults while they themselves, the Dreamers, were children.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Also in attendance, all Republicans, were House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia and GOP Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. They had been added to the meeting by </span><a href="http://www.newsweek.com/stephen-miller-trump-white-house-aide-essays-op-eds-duke-774534" style="font-size: 13.008px;">Stephen Miller, former aide to US Attorney General Jefferson Sessions and top adviser and speech writer for the President.</a><span style="font-size:13.008px"> It has been stated Miller was concerned the President needed to include the other more hard line Republicans in the meeting. </span></p><p><a href="http://time.com/charlottesville-white-nationalist-rally-clashes/" style="font-size: 13.008px;">Steven Miller has been identified as having been mentored by Richard Spencer, one of the white nationalists/supremacists that organized the white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia</a><span style="font-size:13.008px"> in August 2017, which resulted in the death of a woman protesting the white nationalist rally, the same rally where the President stated there were good people among the white nationalists.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">During this meeting, Republican Senator Graham of the bipartisan committee presented aspects of immigration reform the committee wanted addressed, including re-instituting temporary protected status, for individuals that are here in the US legally, for people from Haiti, El Salvador and also African countries. That’s when President Trump lobed a toxic grenade into the center of the room.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">It has been widely reported Donald Trump became agitated, appearing angry and annoyed and stated, confirmed on the record by Democratic Senator Durbin, “ 'Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway." Senator Durbin condemned these statements. He stated that the president repeated the statement several times. The President is also reported to have said, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Throughout his life, his campaign and now his presidency, it can be said, all of his despicable character traits have been on view, including his racism. For many people, this culminates with much deserved critique and rebuff of his words or actions and a call for an apology but, it’s deeper than that.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px">Castigation, name calling and repugnant behavior aside, the real danger of Donald Trump and his presidency is his ability to transform all of his prejudices and his grudges at imagined and perceived wrongs and slights into policy and action through the power of his office by ensconcing like minded people around him to carry out his every edict. That is the true embodiment of systemic racism.      </span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/politics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Politics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/donald-trump" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Donald Trump</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/racism" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Racism</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/white-nationalism" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">white nationalism</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/white-supremacists" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">white supremacists</a></div></div></div> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:14:31 +0000 Karen Hatter 15169 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/exposed-danger-donald-trumps-presidency#comments We’re ushering in the New Year with £100 prize money https://www.the-latest.com/we%E2%80%99re-ushering-new-year-%C2%A3100-prize-money <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/citizenvideojournalist_1.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/citizenvideojournalist_1.jpg?itok=1qT2uyE3" style="float:left; height:171px; width:220px" /></a> Much was good for our website over the last year. It became stronger as a brand, and helped build its Facebook citizen journalism group to almost 7,000 active members.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Simone%20good.jpg" title="On a German assignment: new writer Simone Mendez"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Simone%20good.jpg?itok=KCltS962" style="float:right; height:209px; width:220px" title="On a German assignment: new writer Simone Mendez" /></a> The-latest is proud to have welcomed on board some new featured contributors from around the world.</p><p>These are&nbsp;<span style="font-size:13.008px">America correspondent&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">Karen Hatter, a blogger and veteran community activist,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">Donnacha DeLong, the ex-National Union of Journalists president from Ireland,</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">Brussels-based Tola Ositelu, Simone Mendez, who lives in Birmingham and travelled to Leipzig in Germany</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;<a href="http://the-latest.com/magical-afternoon-enchanting-east-german-city">on assignment for us</a>, and re</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">nowned war and peace author Richard Lance Keeble, who is a top journalism professor. Richard has written an excellent piece on the 25th anniversary of the <a href="http://the-latest.com/doomed-us-military-meddling-somalia-remembered">doomed US intervention in Somalia</a>.</span></p><p>There are few news portals where you can read the type of alternative international news, from refreshing angles and with great analysis, available here.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/dying%20image2.jpg" title="New movie project: Dying for a pauper's funeral"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/dying%20image2.jpg?itok=EO8EusjD" style="float:left; height:116px; width:220px" title="New movie project: Dying for a pauper's funeral" /></a> We&#39;re developing another documentary, <em>Dying for a pauper&#39;s funeral</em>, about the scourge of loneliness that can lead to anonymous funerals, to add to&nbsp;our film&nbsp;and photography school project,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.dividedbyrace.the-latest.com/" style="text-decoration-line: underline;">Divided by Race, United in War and Peace</a></em><span style="font-size:13.008px">, and the BBC&#39;s <em><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05v08b7">Fighting for King and Empire, Britain&#39;s Caribbean Heroes</a>, </em>on which it is based and that we helped produce.</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13.008px"><em>Divided by race</em></span><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;came out of a&nbsp;Heritage Lottery-funded&nbsp;project and was screened in London&rsquo;s West End. It has won critical acclaim, including a five-page spread in the&nbsp;</span><em>New African</em><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;news magazine.</span></p><p><em>Divided by Race</em><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;highlights included the film being broadcast in primetime by SABC, South Africa&rsquo;s equivalent of the BBC. It&rsquo;s a pity we were shunned by British broadcasters and had to go 6,000 miles away. We&rsquo;re still fighting to get a UK Tv broadcast of the film.</span></p><p>Multi-award-winning film director Ken Loach has praised the <em>Dying for a pauper&#39;s funeral</em> proposal and said the film must be made. With your help it will be.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/RiotsAndTheMedia-Cover_3.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/RiotsAndTheMedia-Cover_3.jpg?itok=XHZJ7wK8" style="float:left; height:220px; width:155px" /></a></p><p><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Fight%20for.jpg?itok=jzXfLAx7" style="float:right; height:124px; width:220px" title="Veterans reunion: two Caribbean ex-sailors in BBC film" /></p><p>The report of our much-praised con<span style="font-size:13.008px">ference, </span><a href="http://www.the-latest.com/riots-and-media-report" style="font-size: 13.008px;"><em>Media and the riots - A Call for Action</em></a><span style="font-size:13.008px">, continues to sell really well, with orders coming from all over the world.</span></p><p>Loads of&nbsp;time and effort has been ploughed into giving the website a facelift, to put it on par with the best user-generated content news portals around. The redesign took a dedicated team three months to achieve. Now we must match this exciting new look with really good content.</p><p>For the New Year&#39;s competition, we&rsquo;re offering a &pound;60 first prize and &pound;40 second prize, as a spur to our loyal members, for the best 500-600 words story, picture captioned image or video clip on a topical news subject that fits the alternative remit of the-latest. Content for the competition should be submitted using the &ldquo;Your report&rdquo; part of the site on the home page. The deadline for entries is noon on&nbsp;<span style="font-size:13.008px">Wednesday,</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:13.008px">January 31.</span></p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Margaret%20Busby.jpg" title="CJET charity co-chair Margaret Busby"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Margaret%20Busby.jpg?itok=9VK04fAI" style="float:left; height:156px; width:220px" title="CJET charity co-chair Margaret Busby" /></a> Entries that don&rsquo;t win but deserve commendation will be published and receive recognition on the site. The decision of the editors, who&rsquo;ll judge the competition, will be final.</p><p>If you want help or ideas have a look at the &ldquo;Journalism tips&rdquo; section at the foot of the home page. There you&rsquo;ll see things like our style guideline&nbsp;and tips on copy layout, how to get stories and how to blog, among other subjects.</p><p><a class="colorbox colorbox-insert-image" href="http://www.the-latest.com/sites/default/files/Obama-Carruth-13-1600_3.jpg"><img alt="" class="image-medium" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/Obama-Carruth-13-1600_3.jpg?itok=50CBhuBk" style="float:right; height:122px; width:220px" /></a> Search the <a href="http://the-latest.com/big-picture-street-photographers-are-celebrated-exhibition-launch">Street photographer of the Year</a>&nbsp;images and The Latest video box&nbsp;on the site&nbsp;for other ideas.</p><p>If you have suggestions, for example, about how you would make the site better, including improving its news gathering, please email them to contribsed@the-latest.com</p><p>Our sister <a href="http://www.cjet.org.uk/">Citizen Journalism Educational Trust</a> has welcomed two dynamic new trustees, Dr Leila Bassel, a rising star Leicester university assistant professor and author of the <em>Media and the Riots</em> report, and digital media whizz Stephanie Hulbert-Thomas. We will be publicising CJET&#39;s activities.&nbsp;</p><p>Have a prosperous and successful 2018.</p><p>Marc Wadsworth - Editor</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/topics/community-news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Community News</a></div></div></div> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:38:04 +0000 Newsdesk 14681 at https://www.the-latest.com https://www.the-latest.com/we%E2%80%99re-ushering-new-year-%C2%A3100-prize-money#comments