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Are greece riots the beginning of a global demonstration?

After firing 4,600 tear-gas canisters in the past week, the Greek police have nearly exhausted their stock. As they seek emergency supplies from Israel and Germany, still the petrol bombs and stones of the protesters rain down, with clashes again outside parliament yesterday.

 

Bringing together youths in their early twenties struggling to survive amid mass youth unemployment and schoolchildren swotting for highly competitive university exams that may not ultimately help them in a treacherous jobs market, the events of the past week could be called the first credit-crunch riots. There have been smaller-scale sympathy attacks from Moscow to Copenhagen, and economists say countries with similarly high youth unemployment problems such as Spain and Italy should prepare for unrest.

Ostensibly, the trigger for the Greek violence was the police shooting of a 15-year-old boy, Alexis Grigoropoulos. A forensic report leaked to Greek newspapers indicated he was killed by a direct shot, not a ricochet as the policeman’s lawyer had claimed. The first protesters were on the streets of Athens within 90 minutes of Alexis’s death, the start of the most traumatic week Greece has endured for decades. The destructiveness of the daily protests, which left many stores in Athens’s smartest shopping area in ruins and caused an estimated €2bn (£1.79bn) in damage, has stunned Greece and baffled the world. And there was no let-up yesterday, as angry youths shrugged off torrential rain to pelt police with firebombs and stones, block major roads and occupy a private radio station.

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“British jobs for british worker”.

Legions of cops were called in to guard chanting, placard-waving strikers as fury spread nationwide over the employment of foreign contractors to build a giant UK oil plant.

Protests began as the first of 400 Italian workers arrived to begin work on a £200million extension at the Lindsey Oil Refinery near Immingham, Lincs. Around 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of a police cordon at the plant to demand jobs for British workers on the site.

Within hours they were backed by protesters staging sympathy walkouts at refineries, power stations and oil and gas plants from Scotland to the South coast.

PM Gordon Brown was facing the brunt of the backlash after pledging “British jobs for British workers” in a keynote speech 18 months ago. And Environment Secretary Hilary Benn appeared to support the protests, saying workers were “entitled to an answer”.

The crisis comes with Britain in the grip of the credit crunch. Ministers fear the BNP is using the row to capitalise on its racist message.

 BNP chairman Nick Griffin’s business partner is a convicted Italian terrorist called Roberto Fiore, who came to London to escape arrest for his involvement in an Italian Nazi group that blew up Bologna railway station in 1980, injuring over 200 and murdering a further 85 people. Here we see this terrorist scumbag (in the blue sweater) back in Italy being regaled with Nazi salutes by braindead football hooligans.

After he emigrated to London Roberto Fiore became close friends and shared a flat with Nick Griffin, who was then leader of the National Front and is now chairman of the BNP. Nick Griffin and Roberto Fiore set-up another weirdo political sect called the International Third Position, and, despite NF and BNP “opposition” to immigrants coming to the UK and taking British jobs and housing, with typical hypocrisy, Nick Griffin and Roberto Fiore made millions running an agency called “Easy London” (Londra Facile) that finds jobs and housing for immigrants arriving in Britain!

BNP supporters who’ve been suckered into falling for Nick Griffin’s constant appeals for extra donations may like to know that Roberto Fiore also runs a language school in London called CL English Language, with Nick Griffin’s accountant father Edgar Griffin (who is also a BNP activist) and the BNP chairman’s mother Jean Griffin running the company finances. The BNP claims it isn’t Fascist, racist, Nazi or violent – BNP leaders just happen to make money organising immigration into Britain, and BNP leaders just happen to be close friends with Nazi terrorists. Other convicted terrorists include BNP officials Tony Lecomber, Lambertus Nieuwhof and Robert Cottage.

The BNP attitude to “democracy” is equally hypocritical – as the BNP only started supporting democracy after the introduction Proportional Representation – a system which sets out to give minority parties a small slice of political power, but which can by accident give small parties the ability to swing “hung” parliaments, so exercising an influence on mainstream politics out of all proportion to their actual level of public support. Proportional Representation is used in ISRAEL and ITALY – countries which have both (surprise surprise) also suffered from decades of violent extremism.

The alleged BNP love affair with democracy and free speech etc is all SPIN, as Section 3 of the BNP Constitution (“Party Leadership”) states that the “National Chairman shall have ultimate and final authority upon any decision” – in other words when push comes to shove, the BNP Führer rules!

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Turkish PM cutted off by Davos censorship in Gaza row

Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed with Shimon Peres, whose voice had risen as he made an impassioned defence of Israel’s actions, jabbing his finger.

Mr Erdogan said Mr Peres had spoken so loudly to conceal his “guilt”.

He accused the moderator of not allowing him to speak and said he did not think he would return to Davos.

The Turkish PM stressed later that he had left the debate not because of his disagreements with Mr Peres but because he had been given much less time to speak than the Israeli leader.

Turkey is one of the few Muslim countries to have dealings with Israel, but relations have been under strain since the Islamist-rooted AK Party was elected to power in 2002.

Late on Thursday, a WEF official said that Mr Peres and Mr Erdogan had spoken by mobile telephone, and both men now considered the matter closed.

Dinner time

In the debate, Mr Erdogan was cut off as he attempted to reply to Mr Peres.

Palestinian children reportedly injured in an Israeli missile attack lie in hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, 29 January
Many of the casualties in Gaza have been children, doctors say

Earlier the Turkish Prime Minister had made an address himself, describing Gaza as an “open-air prison”.

When the audience applauded Mr Peres, he said: “I find it very sad that people applaud what you said. You killed people. And I think that it is very wrong.”

The moderator, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, had given him a minute to reply, then asked him to finish, saying that people needed to go to dinner.

“I do not think I will be coming back to Davos after this because you do not let me speak,” Mr Erdogan shouted before marching off the stage in front of Mr Peres, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and an elite audience of ministers and international officials.

Mr Peres had told the audience Israel was forced on to the offensive against Hamas by thousands of rockets and mortars fired into Israel.

“The tragedy of Gaza is not Israel, it is Hamas,” the Israeli leader said.

“Why did they fire rockets? There was no siege against Gaza. Why did they fight us, what did they want? There was never a day of starvation in Gaza.”

He argued that Mr Erdogan would have reacted in the same way if rockets had hit Istanbul.

More than 1,300 Palestinians and 14 Israelis were killed during the three-week conflict which began on 27 December.

Mr Erdogan later complained that he had been allowed to speak for just 12 minutes compared with 25 for Mr Peres.

“I did not target at all in any way the Israeli people, President Peres or the Jewish people,” he said.

“I am a prime minister,a leader who has expressly stated that anti-Semitism is a crime against humanity.”

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Over million strike in France demanding job protection

* Strikers call for wage boost
* Flights cancelled, national and regional train services disrupted
PARIS: More than a million French workers walked off the job Thursday on a national day of strikes and protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s handling of the economic crisis.

 

Billed as a “Black Thursday”, the day of action stopped short of paralysing the Paris transport network, but strike turnout was high with 23 percent of France’s five million public sector workers downing tools. Many in France fear they will lose their jobs in a crisis they blame on bankers and the failures of the market, and are demanding protection from layoffs, a boost to low wages and an end to public sector cutbacks.

Teacher strikes shut down hundreds of schools, forcing parents to stay home to mind their children, while thousands more public and private sector workers took a day off to avoid the disruption. Public support for the protests remains high, and trade unions were predicting huge crowds to join around 200 street marches planned for later Thursday across the country. Officials said just over a third of teachers, a quarter of postal, telecoms and state electricity workers and 15 percent of air traffic controllers were on strike.

Unions said 40 percent of the national SNCF network’s staff walked out. A third of flights out of Paris’ second airport Orly were cancelled, but remaining services from there and the larger Charles de Gaulle were delayed only by around half-and-hour, as much by thick fog as by the strike. Inside the city, around three-quarters of Metro trains were running on the underground network, along with 85 percent of buses and all trams and airport shuttle services, management told AFP.

Suited workers biked or skated to work to avoid the disruption, with officials reporting a 150 percent surge in use of the city’s hugely popular cycle rental network, Velib. There was more trouble on the RER commuter rail network bringing workers into the city, with one branch line fully closed and as few as one in five trains running on others. But arriving in Paris, many commuters were unperturbed by the disruption and many expressed support for the strikers, even as they headed to work.

“I’m tired and frozen after waiting half-an-hour on the platform, but I’m prepared to accept that, when it’s a movement to defend our spending power and jobs,” said 34-year-old secretary Sandrine Dermont. “I’ll join the street protests during my lunch break,” she added, as she pulled in to Saint Lazare station in Paris. “I can’t march because it would be held against me at work,” said Patrick Laine, a 42-year-old administrator at an insurance firm.
In France’s second city of Marseille the Metro was closed, but in Lille eight buses in 10 were working and in Bordeaux and Lyon trams and subways were operating at around half capacity. National and regional train services were disrupted, though not as badly as had been expected. Rail firm SNCF predicted that 60 percent of high-speed TGV services would run, and 40 percent of regional trains. Eurostar services to London and the Thalys to Belgium and the Netherlands and the Alleo to Germany were not expected to suffer delays, but the Lyria line to Switzerland was to run at between a third and a half capacity.

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Tony Benn tells BBC of their pro-israeli ways!!

Tony Benn accuses the BBC ON AIR of capitualating to the Israeli Government by refusing to air an appeal for the Gazan people by the Disaster Emergency Commitee (DEC) he then broadcasts the Address himself much to the consternation of the interviewer!

and here is the aid call video the BBC and Sky won’t air:

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Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza humanitarian appeal launched by UK charities on 22 January to raise money for Gaza aid relief and reconstruction.

Participants: Action Aid, British Red Cross, Cafod, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.

Information on 0370 60 60 900 or at DEC website

In November 2005, BBC Head Mark Thompson traveled with his Jewish wife to Israel, where he held direct talks with Ariel Sharon, which were intended to let the BBC ‘build bridges with Israel’. Thompsons Wife Jane Blumberg is a Zionist, makes you wonder how easy the decision came to the BBC now right! (More)

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British soldier reveal how he was sexually tortured

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In one horrifying attack Anthony Curtis was STRIPPED and LASHED to a bed as laughing army thugs rammed a TOOTHBRUSH up his backside, WHIPPED him and poured URINE over his head.

 

Branded a ‘dirty Paki’ because he is a quarter Asian, the screaming teenager was also wrestled to the ground and held down while a laughing soldier WIPED his bare bottom all over his face.

 

Now Anthony—who has taken part in the famous changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace—has come forward to tell his terrifying story after the News of the World revealed how Prince Harry called an army pal “our little Paki friend”.

 

“I was called a Paki from my very first day in the Army and it never stopped,” says Anthony.

“All I ever wanted was to fight for my country alongside my comrades. It had always been my dream. But some of them even told me, ‘If you go to Afghanistan we’ll shoot you and leave you there because you are a dirty Paki’.

 

“They picked on me because of my dark skin which I get from my Asian grandfather. I hate the Army now. My time there made me feel suicidal. I wish I’d never joined.”

 

Shattered Anthony, now 20, is now on sick leave—and his shameful three-year ordeal is the subject of a top-level Army investigation.

 

Anthony had no idea of the nightmare in store when he joined up in 2005 aged 16. “I presumed I’d make friends. I thought it would be like Band of Brothers,” he says. “I wanted to become a sergeant major one day and make my family proud.”

 

But he hadn’t been in infantry training at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire long before comrades started calling him a “Paki”.

Anthony says: “I was racially abused a lot in the Army. Sometimes I’d show my passport and say, ‘I AM British—look!’ I got stuck into work to try and earn their respect. I was the best in rifle shooting and did well in physical trials.”

The young soldier was relieved when he passed out and was moved to Catterick Garrison in North Yorks. “I thought it would stop when I was no longer the new boy—but it just continued.”

 

And when he moved to the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, to join his comrades in Prince Charles’ Mercian Regiment in 2006 the violence began in earnest.

Almost as soon as he arrived a soldier yelled at him: “You Paki b*****d! Go back to your own country!” But worse was to come. “If I lined up at meals I got punched in the ribs and pushed to the back of the queue,” says Anthony.

 

“On parades I was always punched in the back of the head. I kept praying it would stop.”

 

Desperate Anthony even rang his MUM and asked her to intervene. Shop assistant Maria, 38, told us: “He said he wanted to come home. I told him to stick it out. He had to stand up for himself.”

 

Anthony’s ordeal was to escalate during a training exercise in Cyprus—the island where Prince Harry made his shameful remarks on video during his training.

 

A few days into the trip, Anthony was assaulted by a fellow squaddie in a bar.

“He came up and said, ‘You are a dirty Paki, then he bit my nose, clamped his teeth on and wouldn’t let go,” says Anthony.

Gnawing

“I was screaming and crying. I was wriggling around so much I ended up on the floor but he still kept gnawing at my nose until someone pulled him off. I ran away.”

 

Weeks later he was lying on his bunk when two ‘comrades’ pounced on him. “They grabbed my arms and pushed them behind my bed and tied them with bungee ropes,” says Anthony.

 

“I thought they were messing around and told them to stop but then my legs were tied up.

 

“Then a lot of other soldiers ran in and surrounded my bed. One of them shouted, ‘Drink this,’ and chucked a jug of urine over my face. It went into my mouth and all over my T-shirt.

 

“I was begging them to let me go but they just laughed at me. They put shaving foam, toothpaste and talc all over my body, it was burning my eyes. I felt them pull down my blue shorts. army3_280x450_24465a

“They put clothes pegs on my private parts then twisted them around. They were egging each other on. People were filming it on phones and cameras.

 

“Two men started laughing between themselves before they put a toothbrush up my bottom. It really hurt.

 

“They were shouting, ‘We have the toothbrush up’, then they got a broom handle and were going to do the same with that. I was pleading for them to stop. I struggled like hell so they couldn’t do it with the brush, instead they just hit me with it.”

 

After half an hour of painful ritual humiliation, he was released. “I wanted to kill myself, I felt so ashamed.”

 

Later he caught some of his fellow soldiers showing each other phone photos of his torture.

“I saw one soldier show off his picture then fling the camera onto his bed and walk away. I grabbed it when nobody was looking and transferred the picture to my phone. I knew it was evidence.”

 

Days later he was attacked again. Three soldiers were involved. Two wrestled him to the floor and pinned him down while the third dropped his own trousers and then sat on Anthony’s face.

 

“He was smearing his bottom over my face. I managed to get my keys out of my pocket and stabbed him in his buttock,” says Anthony. “I got beaten and punched around for that.”

 

Anthony, who earned £14,000 a year, returned to Hounslow to be put on Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor. He says: “I did changing of the guard in my blue kit. I felt proud, the main part of my job was to guard the Queen.

Weakling

“Once she was at Windsor Castle and walked right past me with her corgis. I saluted her. Despite everything that had happened I didn’t want my dream of being in the army to be ruined.”

But Anthony, of Derby, was later injured in a fall and couldn’t go to Afghanistan with his company. When they returned, the bullying continued and he was branded a “weakling”.

 

Finally he cracked under the pressure, went to see an Army psychiatrist and made a formal complaint about the horrific events in Cyprus.

 

He has handed the picture of his torture to the Special Investigations Bureau of the Royal Military Police.

 

“I hope that the army will arrest those responsible and bring them to face trial,” says Anthony. “I think what Prince Harry said was outrageous. If racism by him is condoned what example does that set for other soldiers?

 

“Nobody should have to go through what I did just because they want to serve their country and their skin is slightly darker. It is horrific.”

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The italian premier and the sardinian president mediatic war.

180px-renato_soru2 The italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is conducting a mediatic war against the already sardinian president Renato Soru just before the regional election next  15/16 february 2009.

In a note Renato Soru,that stands for the second time for the sardinian presidency with the Pd, says that he will bring a libel action  against  Berlusconi because of the allegations left the italian prime minister on a local news paper(La nuova Sardegna) about the Saatchi&Saatchi case.

The other candidate Ugo Cappellacci for thePdl says that for Renato Soru will have some problem with the justice.

The mediatic campaign went on with Soru that attack Silvio Berlusconi accusing him of talking for one hour about a joke of the brasilian soccer player Kaka` while he`s negleting the  Sardinian unemployment problems

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