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The Labour Party`s leader Jeremy Corbyn is a self-confessed Marxist

Theresa May will have a meeting with her new cabinet today which is a bit angry. The Tory members of Parliament are blaming May for the catastrophic election campaign that cost her party (the Conservatives) their parliamentary majority.

The party that took seats from May and her party was the Labour party, and the man behind that party is Jeremy Corbyn. This is a man who said the Labour Party is ready to serve Britain. Labour`s 9,6% vote swing was its largest since 1945. Who is Jeremy Corbyn?

 

 

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is born 26 May 1949. He is a British politician who has served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 12 September 2015. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983.

His parents were peace campaigners who met in the 1930`s at a committee meeting in support of the Spanish Republic at Conway Hall during the Spanish Civil war. While still at school, Corbyn became active in the Wrekin constituency young Socialists, his local Labour Party, and the League Against Cruel Sports.

As a backbench MP Corbyn was known for activism and rebelliousness, frequently voting against the Labour whip, including when the party was in government under New Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

As Labour leader, Corbyn advocates reversing austerity cuts to public services and welfare funding made since 2010, and proposes renationalisation of public utilities and the railways.

A longstanding anti-war and anti-nuclear activist. Corbyn supports a foreign policy of military non-interventionism and unilateral nuclear disarmament. He was the national chair of the Stop the War Coalition and a member of the Socialist Campaign Group until his election as leader of the Labour Party.

In the snap election 2017, Corbyn and his Labour party went to be the second biggest party in parliament, and they increased their shares of the popular vote to 40%, resulting in a gain of 32 seats, and a hung parliament.

In the early 80`s he spoke in a debate, describing a motion calling for greater support for law and order as «more appropriate to the National Front than to the Labour Party».

He worked on Tony Benns unsuccessful deputy leadership campaign in 1981. He was keen to allow former International Marxist Group member Tariq Ali to join the party, despite Labours National Executive having declared him unacceptable, and declared that «so far as we are concerned…. hes a member of the party and hell be issued with a card.

In May 2015 he wrote for the Morning Star, saying that «the Star is the most precious and only voice we have in the daily media»

Corbyn was a campaigner against apartheid in South Africa, serving on the National Executive of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and was arrested in 1984 while demonstrating outside South Africa House.

In the Main Stream Media (MSM) we can still see articles about people’s own Facade, telling you that you shouldn`t care much about how you look like. Your hair, back, stomach, your wight and so on.

During the BBC`s Newsnight in 1984, Conservative MP Terry Dicks asserted that so-called Labour scruffs (such as Corbyn, who at this time was known for wearing open-necked shirts to the Commons) should be banned from addressing the House of Commons unless they maintained higher standards.

Corbyn responded, saying that: «its not a fashion parade, its not a gentlemans club, its not a bankersinstitute, its a place where the people are represented.

 

 

In 1984 Corbyn and Ken Livingstone were criticised for inviting two convicted Provisional IRA members as well as Gerry Adams and other members of the Irish Republican party Sinn Fèin to Westminster three weeks after the Birmingham hotel bombing, an attack carried out by the IRA that killed five people.

He became known during the 1980s for his work on behalf of the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six, who were eventually found to have been wrongly convicted of responsibility for a series of bombings carried out in England in the mid-1970s by the IRA that killed 28 people.

Corbyn was arrested in 1986 for protesting the trial of a group of IRA members including the Brighton Bomber Patrick Magee. Magee was convicted of murdering five people and the group were convicted of planning a «massive bombing campaign in London and seaside resorts».

In the early 1990s, MI5 opened a file on Corbyn over fears his IRA links meant he could have been a threat to national security. The metropolitan Polices Special Branch was also monitoring Corbyn at the time, and continued to monitor him for two decades over fears he was attempting to «undermine democracy».

According to Andrew Gilligan in The Sunday Times, following research in Irish and Republican archives, Corbyn was involved in over 72 events connected with Sinn Fein, or other pro-republican groups, during the period of the IRA`s paramilitary campaign.

Corbyn supported the campaign to overturn the convictions of Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami for the 1994 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London; Botmeh and Alami had admitted possessing explosives and guns but denied they were for use in Britain.

The convictions were upheld by the High Court of Justice in 2001 and by the European Court of Human Rights in 2007.

The left-wing Jacobin magazine described Corbyn as «a figure for decades challenged them (Labour Party elites) from the backbench as one of the most rebellious left-wing members of parliament.»

After members of Islamic State carried out terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Corbyn suggested that the only way to deal with the threat posed by the jihadist group would be to reach a political settlement aimed at resolving the Syrian Civil War.

Speaking at a regional party conference in Bristol on 21 November, Corbyn warned against «external intervention» in Syria but told delegates that Labour would «consider the proposals the Government brings forward.

Corbyn said in a letter that he could not support military action against Islamic State: «The issue (IS) wether what the Prime ministers proposing strengthens, or undermines, our national security… I do belive the current proposal for air strikes in Syria will protect our security and therefore cannot support it.»

Corbyn agreed that Labour MP`s would be given a free vote on air strikes when the issue was voting on two days later. A total of 66 Labour Mps voted for the Syrian air strikes, while Corbyn and the majority of labour Mps voted against.

Following the June 2016 vote to leave the EU, Corby was accused of «lukewarm» campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union and showing a «lack of leadership» on the issue by several party figures.

Alan Johnson, who headed up the Labour in for Britain campaign said «at times» it felt as if Corbyns office was «working against the rest of the party and had conflicting objectives». Corbyns decision to go on holiday during the campaign was criticised.

In September 2016, Corbyn`s spokesman said Corbyn wanted access to the European Single Market, but there were «aspects» of EU membership related to privatisation «which Jeremy campaigned against in the referendum campaign.

Corbyn has campaigned against Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes, supported a higher rate of income tax for the wealthiest in society, and his shadow chancellor proposed the introduction of a £10 per hour living wage.

Corbyn opposes austerity, and has advocated an economic strategy based on investing-to-grow as opposed to making spending cuts. During his first Labour leadership election campaign, Corbyn propsed that the Bank of England should be able to print money for capital spending, especially housebuilding, instead of quantitative easing, which attempts to stimulate the economy by buying assets from commercial banks. He described it as «People`s Quantitative Easing».

Corbyn has been a consistent supporter of renationalising public utilities, such as the now-privatised British Rail and energy companies, back into public ownership. Initially Corbyn suggested completely renationalising the entire railway network, but would now bring them under public control «line by line» as franchises expire.

Corbyn has been vocal on Middle East foreign policy. He is a member of the Palestine Solidary Campaign, campaigning against conflicts in Gaza and what the organisation considers to be apartheid in Israel.

He belive Hamas is «an organisation dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people,» and said that the British government`s labelling of Hamas as a terrorist organisation is «a big, big historical mistake.»

Corbyn would like to pull the United Kingdom out of NATO, and he is a longstanding supporter of unilateral nuclear disarmament. In April 2014, Corbyn wrote an article for the Morning Star attributing the crisis in Ukraine to NATO.

He said the «root of the crisis» lay in «the drive to expand eastwards» and described Russia`s actions as «not unprovoked». He has said it «probably was» a mistake to allow former Warsaw Pact countries to join NATO.

Corbyn was a proponent of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and is a longtime supporter of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, which campaigns against the US embargo against Cuba and supports Cuban Revolution.

After the death of socialist President of Venezuela Hugo Chàvez Corbyn thanked him on Twitter, saying «He made massive contributions to Venezuela & a very wide world».

 

 

In November 2016, following the death of Fidel Castro, Corbyn said that Castro, despite his «flaws», was a «huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th Century socialism. Castros achievements were many.» Internal Labour party critics of Corbyn accused him of glossing over Castros human rights abuses.

Corbyn has previously been a left-wing Eurosceptic, and backed a proposed referendum on British withdrawal from the European Union in 2011. Additionally, he accused the EU of acting «brutally» in the 2015 Greek crisis by allowing financiers to destroy its economy.

Despite earlier comments during the leadership campaign that there might be circumstances in which he would favour withdrawal, in September 2015, Corbyn said that Labour would campaign for Britain to stay in the EU regardless of the result of Cameron`s negotiations, and instead «pledge toreverse any changes» if Cameron reduced the rights of workers or citizens.

He also belived that Britain should play a crucial role in Europe by making demands about working arrangements across the continent, the levels of corporation taxation and in forming an agreement on environmental regulation.

In June 2016, in the run-up to the EU referendum, Corbyn said that there was an «overwhelming case» for staying in the EU. In a speech in London, Corbyn said: «We, the Labour Party, are overwhelmingly for staying in, because we belive the European Union has brought investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment.»

Corbyn also criticised media coverage and warnings for both sides, saying that the debate had been dominated too much by «myth-making and prophecies of doom».

Jeremy Corbyn admitted his passion for staying in the EU was «seven, or seven and a half» out of ten. He said he voted «Remain» but now says he would respect the results of the referendum if he gains power.

Mays Conservatives got the most votes and the most seats, but no one is calling her a winner, and her survival is in doubt. Meanwhile Corbyns band of supporters is riding a most unexpected wave.

Jeremy Corbin can be the next President. A man who backs higher taxes, nuclear disarmament, and state control of industries. In addition; he has a history of closeness to extremist groups including IRA (Irish Republican Army).

Brexit negotiations will begin on 19 June 2017.

 

 

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Saudi Arabia spend 10,4% of its GDP on military

The U.S deficit has declined nearly 20% since the same period last year. Over the last 12 months, a surplus brought the budget down to $431 billion. The surplus in June was reported to come in at $52 billion, which is the lowest in seven years.

This is a big surprise for many but many things have changed. The economic outlook is better. Revenues is higher and the dollar is still climbing higher. The budget could have been much more different if the US spent less on military spending. But, no way. Always money for war but not for peace and people.

Security is important, but not at the expense of all else. It seems like a $391 Billion F-35 jet boondoggle (2,457 planes) is more important than education and healthcare (it is the most expensive weapons system in world history). Pentagon will spend more than $1 trillion on its JSF program, according to Government Accountability Office. Is it worth it?

China will pretty soon spend more on R&D than USA and Europe combined!

President Barrack Obama has earlier said that the military spending should rise for defense. The military spending has never been higher than it is today. We know from history that the more USA is spending, the more will other countries follow them and spend even more on bombs and weapons.

Let`s take a look at the history. President Bush Sr and President Clinton made huge cuts in military spending between 1992 and 1994. Reagan spent $565,0 billion in 1982 – 1989. It dropped down to $513,4 billion per year under Bush Sr in 1990 – 1993.

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It dropped even more under Clinton from 1994 – 2001. The military spending under Clinton declined to $418,0 billion per year. That`s lower than Carter`s spending in 1978 – 1981, at $428,1 billion per year.

Then something happened.

The military spending skyrocketed. Up more than 50%! Bush Jr spent $634,9 billion per year from 2002 – 2009. Obama`s budget is $610,0 billion per year (2010 – 2015), and he wants to rise the numbers. All numbers are inflation-adjusted, and do not include spending on CIA, VA, Homeland Security, Energy, Justice, interest payments on past military spending or State Departments.

It seems like the more countries around the world spend on the military, the more chaos, violence and instability we get, and no one spend more money on defence than USA. The United States military receives more funding that the rest of the ten largest militaries in the world combined.

The highest military spending in 2014 is accounted for USA at the top with $610,0 billion, which is 182% more than China at $216 billion. Russia; only $84,5 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia at $80,8 and France; $62,3 billion.

 

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For example; China spend four times more on military spending now than 15 years ago. Their economy is also growing rapidly. The bigger the economy is, the bigger the military budget measured in money is. USA is at the top because it is the worlds largest economy, despite the fact that China have four times as much people.

USA spend 3,5% of its GDP on military spending. That doesn`t mean they are the country in this world to spend most of their money on military, because (belive it or not) no one spend more money on military than Saudi Arabia (measured by a % of GDP).

Saudi Arabi spend 10,4% of its GDP on military.

 

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They are now on top of that list, replacing India which is now number four. Saudi Arabia is the world`s largest importer of defense equipment, and between 2013 and 2014, Saudi Arabia`s arms import increased over 50%.

United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia imported more on defense imports than Western Europe combined.

United Kingdom are spending more on military than ever before. India is number two on the list, followed by China. India imported $5,57 billion on military hardware. China; $2,6 billion. New report reveals that Russia has now doubled its spending from last years 4,5% of GDP. Keep in mind that most of the European countries spend about 2% of their GDP to NATO. You can imagine how powerful the USA/NATO alliance is? The vision is to protect alliance-countries, not attack other countries.

The flow of weapons shows few signs of slowing down.

Military forces are destructive. Guns and bombs are designed to hurt people and destroy things. Countries spend money on bombs and guns because they want to defend themselves against other aggressive nations. The more use of forces and deaths and destruction, the more resistance and widespread instability in the world we will see. So, what is the point?

«We kill people who kill people because killing people is wrong». What strategy is that?

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I heard Yo Dwarg once said: «I heard you throw bombs on people who throw bombs at you because you are throwing bombs at them so they will stop throwing bombs at you. Just wanted to ask how it`s working so far». Let`s face it: War is stupid. A lose-lose strategy. No winners. Or…….

War can be very profitable for someone. General Dynamics are the largest U.S producers of bombs and ammunition, so war in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria is very profitable for them. It`s also very profitable for banks.

Ordinary people have never in history asked for a war, and they are among the biggest losers. Millions of soldiers and innocent civilians lose their lives and countries will be set back decades by destroyed infrastructures.

I have never in my life heard about a referendum for war? Why not give it a try?

Some people in this world have fostered dangerous illusions about the very nature of military forces by justifying a destructive war machine that is designed to threaten or attack about anybody anywhere in combination of neocon and humanitarian interventionist ideology.

The humanitarian interventionists appealed to Americans desire to be a force for good in the world. Some powerful people have sold the idea that the world must be dominated by US military power if they want to preserve their way of life.

Diplomacy and peacemaking between U.S and USSR led to a 33% fall in global military spending in the 1990`s.

A commitment to peace and disarmament today will set this planet on a more peaceful course.

 

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200 years since the battle of Waterloo

People in Europe has hated each other in thousands of years. Today, it is 200 years since the battle of Waterloo. The date was Sunday, 18 June, 1815. Some people say this was the early start of NATO, because allied forces at this time was British, Scottish, Flemish, Irish, Welsh, Walloon, German, Belgium and Dutch soldiers.

After 1815, the norm for the British arms has been coalitions. From Crimea in the 1850`s to the World War I and II, and wars on Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.

«It`s a historical distortion: Britain could not defeat Napoleon without the aid of continental partners,» Charles Esdaile, a military historian at the University of Liverpool said.

 

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(Picture: Clèment-Auguste Andrieux’s 1852 The Battle of Waterloo)

 

They all thwarted the attempts of European domination by the French general and emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. The battle in Waterloo was the start of the end of the Napoleonic Wars, which started in 1803 and ended in 1815. 5 million people were killed.

Napoleon`s army consisted of around 69,000 men; 48,000 infantry, 14,000 cavalry, and 7,000 artillery with 250 guns. Welligton`s troops consisted of 67,000 men; 50,000 infantry, 11,000 cavalry, and 6,000 artillery with 150 guns.

The author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, said the battle in Waterloo wasn`t a battle. He said: «Waterloo is not a battle; it is the changing face of the universe.»

Historians say Waterloo laid the groundwork for NATO and the United Nations, and only 36% of Welligton`s army were British. Winston Churchill mentioned «united nations» as the famous global organisation and it paved the way for the U.K to become a global power.

Prussia had 50,000 soldiers, and became a part of Germany later on.

French had long been the world`s superpower. Who knows that France have been one out of three to be the world`s superpower in 500 years? The Vienna Treaty started right after the battle of Waterloo, and the U.K got territorial possessions (South Africa, Trinidad and Sri Lanka).

The U.K used this base to control its vast colonial empire.

Britain didn`t have much competition until the U.S emerged as a superpower during the World War II. The demand for American products increased during the Napoleonic Wars, as the European industry was hit hard during the war and their demand for products declined.

The Anglo-American War in 1812 combined with the British and French blockades disrupted the trade, and the battle heralded an age of German nationalism, and later on to World War II. The Prussian state created nationalism which formed the new German Empire after 1870.

The nationalism escalated and led to the hyper-nationalism which again led to the Nazi Party and the Third Reich.

This formed the future of the European Union.

Napoleon wanted a single state in Europe and the battle in Waterloo was a battle between different ideologies. Napoleon wanted to control Europe. He wanted to establish a European empire under his dictatorship since 1804.

But the allies wanted something different. The Allies won over France and Napoleon`s concepts such as Napoleon`s French Revolutionary Empire and Holy Roman Empire before it.

But Napoleon is not the only one to try to take control over Europe, and we can see the same idea of a pan-European state today, which is exactly 200 years since the battle in Waterloo. Many people in Europe doesn`t like the idea and do not buy the new ideology.

The Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw on 13 March, 1815. Four days later, the U.K, Russia, Austria and Prussia mobilised armies to defeat Napoleon.

Napoleon attacked the allies in the hope of destroying them before they could join in a coordinated invasion of France with other members of the coalition. Napoleon was defeated after a few hours, and the coalition forces entered France and restored King Louis XVIII to the French throne.

Napoleon abdicated, eventually surrendering to Captain Maitland of HMS Bellerophon, part of the British blockade, and was exiled to Saint Helena where he died in 1821.

About 100 years later (1920), Adolf Hitler came to the power in the German Nazi Party.

 


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What is the most dangerous war?

The new film San Andreas cracked well over $60M mark internationally this weekend to help boost its worldwide come to $118,5M, just in front of its China bow tomorrow. This is business for Warner Bros./Village Roadshow.

The film which stars Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson, knocked last week`s top film Tomorrowland, which debuted with $40,7M. Earthquake disaster movie San Andreas has topped the US box office over the weekend, allaying fears that audiences in quake-prone regions would avoid seeing it.

It is registered a little earthquake in Northern California about three hours ago, but it was just a little one (2,4). The biggest today is seen in North of Svalbard (5,1). A magnitude -7,8 earthquake struck off the southern coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo and interrupting subway service, but causing no major damage or injuries.

If you haven`t seen the film yet, take a look at the official trailer below.

 

 

What`s worse than the nature being angry like an earthquake or a volcano? What about an asteroid? We are in big trouble if one of these giant rocks ends up on a collision course with Earth. What about a war? A World War III? Made by human beings.

We can solve a problem by diplomatic solution, but we can`t deal with an asteroid. We can`t deal with a volcano. Neither an earthquake.

We can stop a World War III, but not a big rock from space.

Former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler said last week that a senior NATO official told him that the world would «probably be at war» sometime this summer. He is not alone to say so. The investor legend George Soros warned that we «are on the threshold of a Third World War.»

John Schindler`s tweet was retweeted more than 1,000 times, but no one in the media covered it. Soros said in remarks at a Bretton Woods conference at the World Bank that a trigger for a global military conflict can start as China`s economy slows down.

«If there is a military conflict between China and an alley of the U.S, like Japan, it is not an exaggeration to say we could be on the threshold of a Third World War. It could spread to the Middle East, then Europe and Africa.»

Soros called on the U.S to make a «major concession» and allow China`s currency to join the International Monetary Fund`s basket of currencies. Yuan will then be a rival to the dollar as a global reserve currency.

If so, China would have to make similar major concessions to reform its economy, such as accepting the rule of law, and an agreement along these lines will be difficult to achieve, but the alternative is a brutal war, Soros said.

«Without it, there is a real danger that China will align itself with Russia politically and military, and then the threat of third world war becomes real, so it is worth trying.»

This comes in a time when Europe engages in some of its biggest ever war games near Russia. If the War starts, it will be multi faceted and poses risks to markets. Modern warfare would involve many facets including cyber warfare and currency war.

Around a million asteroids are located between Mars and Jupiter in the «asteroid belt.» The craters on the Moon were formed by asteroids and some think it was an asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. The human beings survived. What can wipe out the humans on this planet?

«If we`re lucky it won`t be nuclear,» Schindler said in his tweet last week.

 


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