In truth, it is a Palestinian Holocaust, not a conflict.

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Tomorrow my nephew, like many other children across the globe, will celebrate his 7th birthday. He will blow out candles, eat cake and open Lego presents. That is the harsh reality for many children and parents as the sunsets this evening.

Elsewhere children are given handguns and stuck in the back of jeeps to fight for their lives, are blown up on the beach playing football whilst dreaming of being the next Ronaldo, or are held at gunpoint in front of their parents and yet the wider public say and do nothing. Why? We should not beat around the bush, it is because successive governments and mainstream media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic have told us that the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islam’ are synonymous with terrorism. We have been bred to view Muslim’s and Islam as aggressors ‘getting theirs’. The middle east peace envoy and war criminal Tony Blair said as much on the BBC recently when he said Israel has the right to defend itself in this conflict.

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Where as the world rose up against apartheid in South Africa, it sits idly on its hands whilst a modern-day holocaust plays out in front of our eyes and our media is complicit in this.


They use terms such as conflict and war to give the viewer a sense of parity to what is happening in Palestine, the reality is that the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is shooting fish in a barrel, only it is women and children who are at their mercy. The power of our language is always at its greatest during atrocities, we find all manner of ways to justify or legitimise what we see by way of our language. This is not a conflict or a war, it is a holocaust, an attack on indigenous people on their way of life by an occupying force, we and our media should start calling it just that. Even the term Israeli Defence Force, versus the more common Hamas Militants, is a one-sided way to describe the two opposing forces; one is a defender of the people, the other the aggressor, but which in reality is which?



Our governments have remained silent, David Cameron has given Netanyahu his staunch support, but it is because of our historic complicity in the events unfolding today – our governments pursuit of imperialist aims which drives their silence. If we want justice for Palestine and the innocent Jewish people who are swept up in these atrocities, then we must take collective action. If our media refuses to cover these events unbiased, then we boycott, them. The papers, the T.V license, whatever it takes and by any means necessary. We boycott the goods that pay for the weapons of mass destruction that the IDF is using against innocent children, such as the oranges and other fruits sold here in the UK and lest we forget to hold the American government to account for the role they play in appeasing the violence perpetrated by the IDF and the political elite on the people of Palestine.


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Freedom to speech, preach and disagree

The thing about free speech is that it comes with opinions and it is a fact that everybody has one and expresses it through that basic human right.

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People like to point to poppy burning, hate speech and ‘no white areas’ and, more recently, the sudden rise of ISIS as fundamental breaches and dangers of our way of life and slur on the sacrifice made by so many over two wars and the countless others fought in the past 100 years. The same people do not however, extend that reasoning to the overt and blatant erosion of our rights to privacy and free speech through legislation. Legislation that has been passed in the past decade as a result of the supposed war on terror (exacerbated by the religious doctrines and foreign policy of successive governments, both sides of the Atlantic) such as Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIM), Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP), Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT ACT), Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), and the Crime and Anti Social Behaviour Bills have done far greater damage to the pillars and belief we entrust into our freedom, right to assembly, right to speak and express our views etc, but has gone largely unnoticed with the majority remaining silent. They cite things such as ‘I have nothing to hide, so why not’ as the reason that they allow our governments to continue to unravel the fabric of our existence under our very noses and these liberties float away to the sounds of rapturous applause in the Houses of Scoundrels. Charlie Brooker wrote an excellent article in the Guardian yesterday in his usual satirical nature.

In an unsurprising, but no less despicable move, the latest piece of legislation to be rushed through in the UK pulling the carpet from under us (DRIP) was pushed through whilst committed and caring people were involved in the recent public sector strike. Not unlike Obama rushing though RIPA on New Years Eve whilst the rest of the US partied the night away. A piece of legislation agreed and ratified by all three party leaders, whilst the public sector was on strike and many rallies and marches around the UK were being addressed by Labour MP’s, councillors or perspective or otherwise, beg-friending us to vote for them in 2015 as if they will offer us any real alternative to what we already have. According to the record, only 51 MP’s voted against the bill, with 438 voting in favour. A breakdown can be found here.

Many people like to call for the banning of marches, rallies, and certain types of speech, and others recently have asked me whether or not some individuals should refrain from posting on social media certain views for the fear of offending someone or other, but for me this is setting dangerous precedents. If we ban one type of speech over another, who is left to make the call what is acceptable over the other, when we have already seen a heinous list of legislation passed that has already clamped down on our rights, whether we realise yet or not? what causes offence is subjective from one individual to another and if we believe in the right to freedom of speech and expression, we have to take it warts and all. If however we do not like certain speech that is being expressed we have choices (supposedly) and options at our disposal, one answer is to have a better argument, not to report or arbitrarily ban what you don’t like to hear. If it offends you that much your choices are; un-friend, mute, ignore, exclude those individuals talking shit you don’t like and otherwise remove them from your social circle, OR you can face up and engage in a debate, exchanging opinions and views until you either have a sea change from one side or the other in opinions, or you agree to disagree.

If neither of those options work for you, you could always try North Korea.


Anti human spikes: Humans, the great pest.

A row has erupted this week after images of floor spikes outside Southwark housing development spread across social media sites. Housing developers and corporations started the deployment of anti-human spikes in an effort to deter homeless people from sleeping in their doorways.

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Not only do homeless people (who are victims of a wide-ranging list of social ills) have to deal with inner demons and the general ill feelings towards them by the wider society, they now have to face the obvious fact that sections of our society now view them as pests, as vermin, no different to a pigeon or any other unwanted animal. The news has spread quickly through the social media, with local residents going to check for themselves whether or not these reports are accurate. Russia Today has done a good piece collating some of the many comments on this latest phenomena.

The real question is who, how and why did this come to be seen as a good idea for developing and implementing and why did builders complete the work? Time and again I have referenced the fact that ‘following orders’ has been ruled as being unjustifiable. Men and women of good concise cannot and must not blindly follow orders. Every law and policy instigated by our governments and employers are set only to deal with symptoms and do nothing to address root causes of issues. I cannot really begin to articulate the scope of my disdain for these anti-human devices, but would like to think that it is something that is shared by the majority and not the minority. The way our system is currently set up, defaults and bankruptcy are built into it as a matter of course and, with the continuous bombardment and controlled demolition of the welfare state, eviction and homeless are now a large feature too.

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Anti human devices are not a new craze by any means, anyone who has missed their spot on a park bench and ended up with a handle jammed in their rectum will attest to that, but the spikes being used by billion pound corporations represent a shift in the way in which we are viewed as people. This situation is rife across corporations and political parties on both sides of the political spectrum. We should be asking ourselves why, in the 21st century as the 6th richest nation in the world, do we have people sleeping rough, when we have over 600,000 empty houses according to Homes from Empty Homes statistics from 2013? We should be asking why 3.5 million children in the UK face being in ‘absolute poverty’ by the year 2020? This is a figure that changes repeatedly in the mainstream media according to the government spin of the day, it is almost reminiscent of George Orwell’s classic 1984, whereby news is edited and re-edited to fit the argument that day.

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There are no official figures of course for the number of homeless people in the UK because they are not able to be officially recorded, but it would not be too much a stretch to presume that the number is below that of the number of empty premises we have, including industrial units, throughout the country. Perhaps a solution to the ‘blight’ of homeless people on the door fronts of Tesco etc could be for them to use some of those billion pounds of profit that they earn every year from the public being put to use on building shelters for these people to go and providing them with treatment and rehabilitation, rather than invest in anti-human devices? The Customer Care department for Tesco contacted me on a social media platform to say that the anti homeless spikes were being used to deter people from sitting, smoking and drinking outside their premises and to prevent them from intimidating their customers as they entered. Surely that is what the security they employ and the local police service is for? Similarly, what is to deter theses ‘vagrants’ from doing the same whilst standing?

I’m calling bullshit on the official stories for why these anti human devices are springing up, the simple matter is that we are being labelled as vermin and treated as such. A great British Value.