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First they laughed, then he was dangerous… now Jeremy Corbyn is ‘favorite for PM’
| September 27, 2017 | 8:23 pm | Jeremy Corbyn, political struggle, UK | No comments

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First they laughed, then he was dangerous… now Jeremy Corbyn is ‘favorite for PM’

First they laughed, then he was dangerous... now Jeremy Corbyn is ‘favorite for PM’
Jeremy Corbyn has a spring in his step at this year’s Labour Party Conference. He’s gone from fighting for his political survival to preparing to walk into Downing Street. At least that’s what his former critics are saying.

In six months the Labour leader has gone from being outrageous outsider to prime minister-in-waiting.

Corbyn will address party delegates in Brighton this week to launch his battle for Downing Street, as tottering Tory Theresa May fends off leadership challenges from within her own cabinet.

And while Brexit goes badly, Labour has every opportunity to seize power.

“Six months ago the opposition was in a battle for survival. Now it is preparing for government,” the latest edition of the Economist crows.

Just six months ago, the exact same publication deemed Corbyn unfit to even oppose the PM in an election.

The Economist, an influential weekly magazine, said Corbyn was a “danger” who would take Britain, and Labour, “to the loony left.”

Headlines slated Corbyn, calling him an outsider who “will badly disappoint his young supporters.”

Then, a week before June’s snap election, the same publication accused Corbyn of oppression.

“No economic liberal, Mr. Corbyn does not much value personal freedom either,” the Economist said.

“An avowed human-rights campaigner, he has embraced left-wing tyrants such as Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro (a ‘champion of social justice’), who locked up opponents and muzzled the press.

“Mr. Corbyn has spent a career claiming to stand for the oppressed while backing oppressors.”

But the tune has changed significantly.

Days ago, the Economist reported the bookies are now backing Corbyn.

“NOT even Jeremy Corbyn could quite picture himself as leader … Bookmakers have him as favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister,” it reported.

In June, Corbyn’s odds of becoming Britain’s next Prime Minister were at 9-4. Now they have been cut to 4-1 with UK bookmakers like Paddy Power.

Meanwhile, May’s address in Florence appears to have had little effect in Brussels.

It came a week after the PM saw off a challenge from her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, who had his own vision for Brexit printed in a British newspaper.

That move alone propelled Corbyn’s crusade for Number 10, a senior source told the Telegraph.

“A lot of the party is fine with what [Boris] has done with Brexit but not if we end up with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister,” the source said.

“It [The Tory government] could fall in six months.”

‘Coalition of Conservative chaos’: Corbyn savages May government at conference (VIDEO)
| September 27, 2017 | 8:14 pm | Jeremy Corbyn, political struggle, UK | No comments

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‘Coalition of Conservative chaos’: Corbyn savages May government at conference (VIDEO)

‘Coalition of Conservative chaos’: Corbyn savages May government at conference (VIDEO)
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted it is time for Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down as her “chaotic” cabinet fails to get Brexit on track and Labour support swells.

The Labour leader who was met with raucous applause and cheering told delegates in Brighton the days of the Tory Government are numbered.

“We meet here as a united party – advancing in every part of Britain,” he said.

Thousands have gathered in Brighton for the annual Labour Party Conference, just as cracks begin to spread in the Conservative cabinet.

Desperate to get Brexit back on track, Tory Prime Minister Theresa May appeared in Florence last week, asking the European Union for a two-year transition deal.

As Corbyn critics turn towards the left-wing leader, labeling him the ‘next prime minister,’ a powerful speech could push more support his way.

Six months into negotiations, Corbyn will stand before Labour supporters and call for May to buck up or back away from the negotiating table.

“The Tories are more interested in posturing for personal advantage than in getting the best deal for Britain,” he said.

“Never has the national interest been so ill-served on such a vital issue. If there were no other reason for the Tories to go, their self-interested Brexit bungling would be reason enough.

“So I have a simple message to the cabinet: for Britain’s sake pull yourself together or make way.”

During the conference Labour has unveiled its plans to nationalize mail, rail and other public services, as well as calling for an end to Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) in Britain.

Corbyn vowed to put an end to inequalities in Britain.

“Let the next Labour government transform Britain by genuinely placing power in the hands of the people – the creative, compassionate and committed people of our country,” he said.

“The disregard for rampant inequality, the hollowing out of our public services, the disdain for the powerless and the poor have made our society more brutal and less caring.

“Now that graded regime has a tragic monument – the chilling wreckage of Grenfell Tower, a horrifying fire in which dozens perished. An entirely avoidable human disaster.

“Grenfell is not just the result of bad political decisions. It stands for a failed and broken system, which Labour must and will replace.”

Corbyn vowed to regenerate parts of Britain for communities, not wealthy developers with Labour policies.

“We will control rents when the younger generations housing costs are three times more than those of their grandparents,” he said.

“Rent controls exist in many cities across the world and I want out cities to have those powers too.

“We also need to a tax for undeveloped land held by developers.”

“Councils will have to win a ballot of existing tenants and lease holders before redevelopment can take place. Real regeneration, for the many, not the few.”

The Labour leader said he believes there is a real chance of a Labour Government.

“We meet here as a united party – advancing in every part of Britain,” he said.

“In June, we won the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945

“Labour’s best vote for a generation.

“It has put the Tories on notice and Labour on the threshold of power.

“We have become a Government in waiting.”

Corbyn said Britain is locked in a situation where “big decisions (are) left to the elite”.

“People are consumers first and citizens second,” he said.

“The kind of democracy that we should be aiming for is one where people have a continuing say in how society is run, how their workplace is run, how their local schools or hospitals are run.

“That means increasing the public accountability and democratization of local services that Andrew Gwynne was talking about on Monday.

“It means democratically accountable public ownership for the natural monopolies, with new participatory forms of management, as Rebecca Long-Bailey has been setting out.”

Corbyn also addressed the multibillion-pound technology industry, insisting he will ensure machines do not replace humans in the workplace.

He will also pledged to bring about “an education and training system from the cradle

Corbyn denies to condemn imperialist interference in Venezuela

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Corbyn denies to condemn imperialist interference in Venezuela

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Once an opportunist, always an opportunist. The leader of Britain’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn declined to take a firm and clear position about the developments in Venezuela. Instead, he condemned “violence done by all sides”, thus calling for dialogue to end civil unrest.
 
Speaking after an event in Crawley, West Sussex, Corbyn sounded more like the Pope who wishes “the end of violence”. “I’m very sad at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela” he said. “The people who have died – either those on the streets or security forces that have been attacked by people on the street – all of those lives are terrible for the loss of them” he said.
“There has to be a dialogue and a process that respects the independence of the judiciary and respects the human rights of all” said Corbyn. Asked by the reporters whether he condemned Maduro’s actions, Corbyn said: “What I condemn is the violence that’s been done by any side, by all sides, in all this. Violence is not going to solve the issue”.
Apparently, Mr.Corbyn didn’t find a single word to say about the- led by the U.S.- imperialist interference in Venezuela. A supposed supporter of Venezuela’s Bolivarian process, Corbyn decided to remain silent about the threats of the U.S. government against Venezuela and the imperialist plans for regime overthrow.
Being a political ‘Pontius Pilate’, Jeremy Corbyn said he supported France’s call for peace talks, and said it “should be regionally based to improve the situation there”. “There has to be respect for the constitution and respect for the independence of the judiciary,” he added.
This controversial and opportunistic stance of Corbyn doesn’t surprise us at all. It is in the political nature of social democrats, pure servants of the capitalist system who appear with a supposedly left-wing “radical” mask, to avoid taking a firm and clear position against imperialism. Despite their rhetoric, social democrats like Corbyn will be always, sooner or later, exposed as pure servants of the bourgeois interests.
Corbyn told Venezuelan President Maduro that EU is ‘bad for the poor’
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Scandalous! Corbyn Eats Pizza With ‘Russian Agent’: New McCarthyism, 2017-Style
| July 14, 2017 | 8:08 pm | Analysis, Jeremy Corbyn, Russia, Syria | No comments
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn talks to the media after meeting European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (not pictured) at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 13, 2017.

Scandalous! Corbyn Eats Pizza With ‘Russian Agent’: New McCarthyism, 2017-Style

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You are a man-of-the-people left-wing politician riding the crest of a wave of popularity. Members of the public regularly ask you to pose for photographs with them.

Do you: (a) Tell them to “Bugger Off!” (b) Say, “Of course, no problems, comrade,” and pose for the snap, (c) Hand the person a long questionnaire to fill in detailing their political views on foreign policy issues — including their positions on the Balkan wars, Syria, Russia, the NATO alliance, Israel, and the old Soviet Union, before consenting to be photographed with them.

Well, I’m sure you’ll agree that (b) is the answer most normal members of the human race would give. It’s certainly what Jeremy Corbyn does. But for Britain’s utterly ludicrous NeoCon Thought Police (b) is the wrong answer. The Labour leader should check first, in great detail, the political views on foreign policy before he agrees to be photographed with anyone.

Corbyn has come under ferocious attack from Establishment gatekeepers in both the “old” and “new” media for having his picture taken with one Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos in a London eaterie earlier this week.

“Jeremy Corbyn pictured enjoying pizza with controversial pro-Assad campaigner who denied the Srebrenica genocide” was one headline. “Corbyn spent yesterday evening with Assad-loving genocide-denier” was another. The news even hit the United States — with an added but predictable twist. “Jeremy Corbyn just met with a Russian agent,” the Washington Examiner dramatically declared. “Papadopoulos is much more than a sycophant for slaughter. He’s a Russian ‘active measures agent.’ ” Whoever said Senator Joe McCarthy was dead and buried?

Let’s get one thing cleared up first. Dr. Papadopoulos was wrong to state that a genocide did not take place at Srebrenica. It did. He has said it was a “war crime,” but not genocide. This is at variance with the 2007 ruling of the International Court of Justice which held that a genocide did indeed occur (and that the government in Belgrade was not directly responsible for it). But how on earth was Corbyn expected to know Dr. Papadopoulos’ stance on this issue when he was asked for a photograph? Is he expected to quiz all those wanting a quick snapshot with him on their acceptance of historical genocides? Just how absurd would that be?

Even if Papadopoulos had acknowledged that a genocide did take place at Srebrenica, the truth is that it wouldn’t have made any difference. For a start, you don’t even have to be a “Srebrenica genocide denier” to be accused of being one by the NeoCon Thought Police, as I know only too well. I’m in the process of suing an obsessed and very creepy stalker who has repeatedly defamed me as a Srebrenica genocide denier.

In the case of Dr. Papadopoulos and Mr. Corbyn, the New McCarthyites would have found other reasons to make a huge fuss about the men being photographed together — as indeed they did. Kate McCann, in the Telegraph, declared: “Mr. Papadopoulos is famously outspoken on the subject of intervention abroad, particularly on the UK and America’s record. Among incriminating “recent messages: from Dr Papadopoulos that were produced as “evidence” against him were:

“We stand with Syria against US aggression. And No to Western-backed Islamist terrorism. #Syria.”

“#Israel is not — and never has been — in the fight against al-Qaeda. After all, Israeli hospitals treat wounded al-Qaeda fighters from Syria.”

And, wait for it: “President Assad, the guardian of Christians in #Syria, celebrating Easter. I stand with him 100%…”

The implication seems to be that Dr Papadopoulos should be saying “Yes” to Western-backed Islamist terrorism in Syria and standing 100% with those massacring Christians — which is a strange position to find in a “Middle England” conservative paper like the Daily Telegraph.

In a straight fight between Daesh/al-Qaeda and Syrian government forces, which Telegraph readers wouldn’t prefer the latter to prevail? After all, its not “Assad” who’s been organizing and inspiring terror attacks on UK citizens in Manchester and London, is it?

Furthermore, is the Telegraph’s senior political correspondent really saying that it’s “controversial” to be “outspoken” on the “record” of Britain’s and the US’ “intervention” abroad — interventions which have seen Iraq and Libya destroyed and large parts of North Africa and the Middle East turned into jihadist training camps? If we can’t be “outspoken” about the illegal Iraq war — fought on a brazen lie about WMDs — and which led to the deaths of one million innocent people and the rise of Daesh, what can we be outspoken about?

The attacks on Corbyn for being photographed with a person with the “wrong” views on foreign policy are another example of the McCarthyite device of “guilt by association.” It’s not just the things you say (or tweet) which can get you into trouble, it’s who you’re seen in public with too — and who you engage with on social media.

Interestingly, as Evolve Politics reveal, Dr. Papadopoulos has interviewed — and had his picture taken — with other prominent politicians, in his capacity as publisher and editor of Politics First magazine, but it’s the only the snap with Jezza which has caused outrage. What we’re witnessing is a campaign waged by the stenographers for the powerful to enforce the “correct” i.e. pro-war views on foreign policy and intimidate people from speaking out — even if their opposition to “liberal interventionism” and disastrous regime-change wars is shared by the vast majority of ordinary Britons.

The Dr. Papadopoulos/Mr. Corbyn story is not the only example of McCarthyism we’ve seen in recent days.

Aaron Bastani, of Novara Media, issued an “apology” for the heinous crime of speaking to the antiwar former MP George Galloway. Galloway is “black-balled” for comments he made years ago in relation to the Julian Assange case — and which was drawn to Bastani’s attention. Yet the Novara head is quite happy to speak to pro-war Labour MPs like Chuka Umunna. In McCarthyite Britain, saying a crass politically incorrect thing is a worse crime than supporting brutal wars of aggression which destroy entire countries and leave millions dead. That’s just how the warmongering elite like it to be.

The New McCarthyism may be ludicrous and easy to lampoon, but the sad thing is that it does have an effect. I know of at least one prominent British journalist who won’t come on RT because people would say he was in the pay of the Kremlin. Note too how Jeremy Corbyn and his Director of Communications, Seumas Milne — who seems to be under 24/7 surveillance these days — were regular guests on RT in the past, but haven’t appeared on the channel since they started in their new jobs. They know that if they did, the neocon punditocracy would screech “Russian agents!” so loud, you could hear it from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
​The attacks on, and obsessive Twitter hounding of those who do appear in Russian media like Sputnik and RT is an unedifying spectacle, and needless to say is not reported by the mainstream media. The only victims of “online abuse” we read about are pro-war MPs and Establishment-friendly pro-war journalists. Again, only the powerful can be victims.

To paraphrase the late Malcolm X, if you read certain newspapers and media outlets, you‘ll end up hating the oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. The aim of the New McCarthyism is the same as the old 1950s variety: it’s to bully and intimidate those who do dare to think differently on foreign policy issues to conform. Those who don’t, like George Galloway, who is arguably the bravest man in Britain for refusing to buckle, are accorded pariah status. Despite having been totally vindicated in his opposition to the illegal western wars of the last twenty years, Galloway’s politically-motivated expulsion from the Labour Party for comments made about the Iraq war in 2003, still stands.

The New McCarthyism seeks to narrow the parameters of “acceptable” debate — and in doing so, make sure the UK’s foreign policy stays the same. The treatment of dissidents like Galloway, who always speak their mind on world affairs, is a warning to others not to step out of line. Stick to “uncontroversial” domestic issues and posting pictures of your dog on Facebook, if you know what’s good for you.

Make no mistake the New McCarthyism represents the biggest threat to free-speech and free-thinking that Britain has ever known. So what can we do about it? Strength in numbers is the key. We — those who oppose illegal wars and want to see a world of genuine internationalism and peace between nations based on mutual respect, are the many; they — those who want the regime-change wars against independent countries to continue — are the few.

But it’s about time we made our superior numbers count. So take a stand against the New McCarthyites by sharing this article widely on social media and asking high profile media figures — who claim to be in favor of “free speech” and “free expression” — to do the same. And make sure you have a big bucket of icy cold water ready for Senator Joe’s “Why are you re-tweeting that?” Thought Police, when they come knocking on your front door.

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Sanders won’t take 2020 presidential bid ‘off the table’

Sanders won’t take 2020 presidential bid ‘off the table’

Sanders won't take 2020 presidential bid 'off the table'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersUK’s Corbyn: I told Bernie Sanders he gave me ‘campaign ideas’Poll: Sanders is most popular senator in any home stateSanders: No amendment could fix Senate’s ‘absolute disaster’ healthcare billMORE (I-Vt.) refused to swear off a 2020 presidential bid in an interview, arguing that it’s “much too early” to make a decision.

“I am not taking it off the table, I just have not made any decisions. And I think it’s much too early,” he said in an interview set to air Thursday morning with SiriusXM Progress’ “Make it Plain with Mark Thompson.”

“Our job right now is to not only fight against this disastrous healthcare proposal, it is to take on all of [President] Trump’s reactionary proposals … There’s a whole lotta fights that we have to fight. It is just too early to be talking about an election 3 1/2 years from now.”

Sanders has repeatedly kept the door open for a 2020 run amid constant speculation that he will seek to run again after falling short in the 2016 Democratic primary. That speculation came to ahead once again this week when Sanders announced he would return to Iowa, where he fell just a few delegates short of winning the 2016 caucus, as part of his book tour later this summer.

Outside of his work in office, Sanders remains extremely active politically, rallying his supporters against Trump and pushing the Democratic Party to embrace his progressive agenda. He’s continued to travel the country to support political candidates and an affiliated nonprofit, Our Revolution, works to advocate for his agenda and to back candidates up and down the ballot.

During the interview with SiriusXM, Sanders also shared his concerns about Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump’s lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: reportKushner pushed WH for tougher defense of Trump Jr. emails: reportWhite House releases emails sent to voter fraud commissionMORE Jr. and his decision to release an email transcript that appears to show him setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered damaging information about Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump’s lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: reportKushner pushed WH for tougher defense of Trump Jr. emails: reportTrump Jr. pitch was part of broad Russian effortMORE.

“From my point of view, it is a very damaging piece of evidence. But what is important is that there be a methodical, objective, bipartisan process that looks at this whole business of the possibility of Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians,” he said.

“This is pretty clearly a damaging revelation, but the process has got to continue, and it will.”

New Hope For Working People

New Hope For Working People

New Hope For Working People

After a series of depressing elections over the last year (the rise of Donald Trump was not the only case), some positive news for working people has arrived at the ballot box. Here are two very different scenarios, with some interesting similarities.

In British Columbia, one of the most right-wing governments in recent Canadian history got the hook on May 9. The Liberals won a few more votes than the NDP, but lost their majority in the Legislature, and the Greens ended up with the balance of power. Barring unexpected events, the NDP will take office by the end of June, ready to implement an accord with the Greens based largely on demands raised by people’s movements across the province. The accord isn’t a program to attack the basic political power of the big corporations, but it can help to reverse the worst impacts of austerity and cutbacks imposed by the Liberals since 2001 (and in fact by the previous NDP government of the 1990s). By any measure, this is a victory. But the only way to build on this accord is through mass mobilization and pressure by the labour and people’s movements.

On a global scale, the setback for Theresa May’s Tories in the UK a month later was a much bigger development. Not just because Britain is a key ally of US imperialism, but also because Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigned as a socialist, on a platform calling for radical reforms.

There is much to discuss and debate about these complex events, along with the continued popularity of Bernie Sanders in the United States. One thing is certain: the myth that working people reject the concept of socialism has been decisively disproven. A better world remains both possible and necessary!