• 'Islamic State',  Stoppers

    “[The] international jihad takes the form of solidarity with oppressed Muslims”

    I don’t want to overly romanticize the International Brigades which fought against the forces of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. The Brigades were a creation of the Soviet-sponsored Comintern (Communist International) and were used to strengthen the Stalin regime’s position in Spain as opposed to the more democratic elements fighting the armies of Franco and his German and Italian allies. (George Orwell was among the foreigners who fought in other militias against the Francoists.) Nonetheless many of the International Brigades volunteers fought bravely. They suffered many casualties and most believed sincerely that they were fighting for freedom and against fascism. With this awareness, I can…

  • Galloway,  Stoppers,  Syria

    Syria Solidarity reject Stopper anti-airstrike demo

    As the Stoppers again take to the streets (this time to oppose British airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria), Syria Solidarity UK explain why they are not supporting the demonstration. We oppose the British government’s proposal to merely mimic the American ISIS-only counter-terrorism war; not only do we believe it is immoral to fly missions in Syria against ISIS while leaving the even greater killer, Assad, free to bomb civilians en masse, we also believe that any war against ISIS that doesn’t put the needs of the Syrian people first will be a failure that can only prolong their suffering. We do call for action to protect civilians in…

  • Christmas,  Stoppers

    Stopping the War on Christmas

    I’ll give the Stop the War Coalition this much credit: At least their hypocrisy about opposing only certain wars doesn’t extend to the War on Christmas that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly and others on the political Right rail about every year. So I think O’Reilly should give the Stoppers credit for hosting a “Christmas Fundraiser” instead of a nefarious secular “Holiday Fundraiser”– even though it is scheduled for the sixth night of Hanukkah.

  • 'Islamic State',  France,  Stoppers,  Toolbox,  Utter Scumbags

    Compare and contrast

    A message from Kafranbel, Syria, where people have been the victims of both the Assad regime and the Islamic State: A message from the Stop the War Coalition (since deleted): Alec adds: The article has been removed from the Stop the War – no! Not that one! – Coalition site. Shame that means it is gone forever.

  • Stoppers,  Syria

    Have Stop The War Coalition finally jumped the shark?

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning On Monday night the Stop The War Coalition (STWC) held a public meeting at the House of Commons – Syria: the case against military intervention. Diane Abbott MP was the Chair. There were the usual suspects as speakers plus Tory MP Crispin Blunt, whose Foreign Affairs Select Committee had just delivered a report against any British involvement in Syria. Plus Alex Salmond and Caroline Lucas. Conspicuous by their absence as speakers were Syrians, the STWC refused to give any a platform. Salmond’s SNP did give a Syrian a platform, Dr Amer Masri, on stage at their recent conference (many in the audience wept). Praising…

  • Stoppers,  Syria

    But not surprising

    [email protected] (Stop the War) meeting last night refused to allow Syrian victims of #Assad to speak on the platform or from floor. Appalling! — Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) November 3, 2015 Update: Huffington Post reports: [Tatchell said] shadow international development secretary Diane Abbott would not allow Syrians to speak. “I was shocked, surprised and saddened by Diane Abbott’s unwillingness to invite Assad’s victims to express their opinions.,” he said. “Not listening to victims of Assad’s war crimes is arrogant, insensitive and appalling. It has a whiff of ‘we know best’ and Syrian views ‘don’t count’.” Further update: James Bloodworth talked to Peter Tatchell and has more— including the fact that only…

  • Crime,  Football,  Stoppers

    “I am now the president of everybody”

    Yes, Sepp Blatter actually said that when he was reelected as president of FIFA on Friday. I dunno, Sepp. I don’t think you’re the president of me. At least not yet. It’s telling that his reformist, anti-corruption challenger for the presidency is a Jordanian prince. Meanwhile, I see that the Stoppers have heavily edited their piece alleging that an Israeli-influenced US government brought criminal charges against current and former FIFA officials in order to block FIFA from expelling Israel from world football competition– and now even acknowledge the fact of corruption. (Unfortunately I can’t find the original.) This is at least the fourth time we’ve forced them to change or…

  • Stoppers

    Stoppers to hold anti-NATO meeting at Baptist Church

    I see the Stoppers are holding a meeting on Thursday which will blame NATO for the crisis in Ukraine. Nothing surprising there. What did get my attention is that the meeting will be held not at the usual London location of the Friends Meeting House but at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. It’s hard to imagine a Baptist church in the US (especially a Southern Baptist church) hosting such a meeting. However Vladimir Putin does have his fans among the American Christian Right, so who knows?

  • Russia,  Stoppers,  Ukraine

    Seumas Milne’s “buts”

    In his latest Guardian column on the “demonisation” of Russia (republished, of course by the Stoppers), Seumas Milne blithely dismisses the possibility that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov as “[making] little sense.” Responsibility for an outrage that exposed the lack of security in the heart of Moscow and was certain to damage the president hardly seems likely to lie with Putin or his supporters. Unfortunately Milne does not offer alternative suspects. C’mon, Seumas. We’re dying to know who you think did it. Milne goes on to write two sentences which make reading the rest of the column (or even the entire…