You have probably seen those “Disappearing Palestine” maps on the side of a bus or in an ad or Facebook post somewhere. It may be an effective propaganda tool but it is not in the least bit based on truth. The facts are that there has never ever in the history of the universe existed a Palestinian state in the Middle East or anywhere else. There were many opportunities for such a state if anybody, especially the Palestinian Arabs had wanted it.
The truth is that Palestinian statehood has never been the goal, the goal is the destruction of Israel.
Michael Brown is has finally received a long-overdue (and permanent) memorial, installed on the spot where the unarmed African-American teen was gunned down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Multiple temporary memorials for the teen have been destroyed. In September of last year, one of the first incarnations of the memorial to Brown was burned overnight. It was speculated that the fire…
‘We will protect our electoral system, to
safeguard our democracy.’
They want you to believe that their preferential system ‘safeguards’ democracy.Potentially the biggest political lie ever told.
Democracy literally means ‘rule of the people’ but that is not what is exemplified in our electoral system. The Conservatives won only 36.9% of the popular vote and yet took 51% of the seats, thus giving them a parliamentary majority.
That is 63.1% of the British nation that did not vote for the Conservatives and yet have to endure five more years of them.
Surprisingly, that’s not even the biggest sham of a ‘democratic’ election that Britain has had to endure. The anti-democratic sentiment that is engrained into the First Past The Post system is not anything new.
Indeed, historian Geoffrey K. Fry recognises Clement Attlee’s post-war Governments (1945-1951) as ‘the Golden Age of the Labour Party’ which saw the implementation of William Beveridge’s ‘British Revolution’ and the establishment of the Welfare State. Yet at 1951 election this ‘Golden Age’ was eviscerated by the undemocratic nature of the British electoral system. Let’s turn to good old Wikipedia:
See in the popular vote row where Attlee and Labour had nearly 1.3 million more votes than Churchill’s Conservatives? Where Attlee had a 4.5% lead on Churchill in the percentage of the electorate? And yet the Tories still formed a majority government!
THAT GREAT TORY SWINDLE WAS 64 YEARS AGO AND YET THE COUNTRY HAS STILL SEEN NO ELECTORAL REFORM.
GOVERNMENTS FORMED BY FIRST PAST THE POST ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS AND YET THE POLITICAL ELITE WONDER WHY SO MANY ARE DISILLUSIONED.
PREFERENTIAL VOTING SYSTEMS ARE NOT REPRESENTATIVE.
First of all, thank you to throughymy4eyes for alerting me to this. I stay off social media for a few hours and I miss all of this, typical! And you would have to be on social media to see this, seeing as a media blackout appears to be censoring coverage of the protests. #ToriesOutNow is the number 1 trend in the UK but has been removed at least twice from trending pages by Twitter. There are few news articles being published and so the following information has been difficult to get completely right because of lack of sources, other than people’s tweets.
I’d like to request that you reblog to signal boost. The media is deliberately censoring this protest, let’s spread the word ourselves in retaliation.
As far as I can tell, protests in London began around 6pm/7pm and have grown since then. Large crowds gathered outside the Tory HQ in Westminster with signs reading “Get The Tories Out!” and “Austerity Kills”, chanting “Tory scum” and “no more fucking Tory cuts”.
The protests are aimed at two things in particular (main reasons as I can tell):
The fact that 63% of us voted against the Tories, yet they still formed a majority goverment through our voting system
Austerity, and the prospect of 5 more years of cuts to public services.
People are angry. And rightly so. I’m angry. I know all of you are angry. Our voting system really outdid itself this time, proving that our democracy is not quite as democratic as we once thought.
63% of us said we didn’t want a Tory goverment, so why do we have one? Proportional Representation is a tricky one for me I’ll admit. For I believe that we should have equal representation for who we all choose to vote for, rather than being handed a Tory government when 63% said no to one. I’m conflicted merely because had we had Proportional Representation in this election, UKIP would have had many more seats than it got. But that’s just me.
At least 5 police officers have been injured. Apparently they have had bottles, a bike, smoke bombs thrown at them. I saw one person report tear gas but I can’t be sure that is true at all. Sounds like the start of a small riot to me, yet where is the media coverage? No coverage from Murdoch papers so far, surprise, surprise! What little coverage there has been has been biased.
Our country cannot take five more years of austerity. We cannot take privatisation of our health service. We cannot take benefit cuts. We cannot take our services being squeezed for their last spare penny. End the cuts. End the Tories. End the misery. End the deaths, the suicides and the starvation they are inflicting upon the most vulnerable!
I don’t know if the protests will continue. I don’t know if they will change anything. Best case scenario is they get bigger, spread to the rest of the country and we fight for a re-election. Pie in the sky, perhaps. But we can try!
Stay classy, but fight for your right to democracy and fight for your right to a fair government. Your vote is not your voice, just because they won doesn’t mean we have to sit down and shut up.
A Common Core-approved workshop on the Middle East conflict titled “Whose Jerusalem?” has sparked controversy among critics who charge that the program portrays Israel and America in a negative light while cultivating sympathy for terrorist group Hamas.
The “Whose Jerusalem?” curriculum was created by Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who describes the goal of his program as “educational civil disobedience, where students are learning about the Middle East and they’re putting pressure on our government to create a Palestinian state.”
It has already been used in numerous high schools and has now been approved as part of the Common Core national curriculum. Students participating in the program are assigned to portray various parties to the Middle East conflict including Arab, Israeli and American leaders, and to negotiate an agreement on how to divide Jerusalem.
Describing how he uses the program to influence students’ thinking, Hobart explains, “When a student goes, ‘I am devoutly Jewish and I’ve got family members in Israel. I would like to be a member of Likud Party.’ Guess what we make that student? A member of Hamas.”
A key figure in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing harsh criticismfrom Palestinians over planned lectures at Israeli universities this month in violation of the growing international boycott.
The noted Egyptian-American jurist Cherif Bassiouni is scheduled to speak on Thursday at Tel Aviv University on “The role of the ICC as justice mechanism: Does it enhance the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace?”
He is also scheduled to speak on 25 May at Hebrew University, which has also faced persistent criticism for its complicity in the Israeli occupation.
Bassiouni chaired the drafting committee that wrote the ICC’s founding statute in 1998.
In response to inquiries from The Electronic Intifada, PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said it had been “shocked to learn” that Bassiouni would speak at Tel Aviv University“in defiance of the guidelines set by the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement for the academic boycott of Israel.”…
“There is simply no excuse for academics who count themselves among those who care about human rights to defy this institutional boycott,” PACBI states.
“Respecting our boycott guidelines is the minimal form of solidarity that we are asking for. Is it too much to ask?”
In other words, we decided to make a bunch of rules for everyone in the world - and the rest of the world isn’t playing by our rules! Waaaah!
A self-appointed group of haters really think that the stuff they dream up and insist everyone else does has the force of international law, and if anyone violates their "rules” then they must be punished.
It is like they think that they live in a real life version of “Simon Says” and people must do what they say.When real people - even those who are not particularly pro-Israel - act like adults who can make their own decisions, the BDSers scream and whine and pout.
I don’t know if anyone’s aware but there are currently protests happening in England over the Tories being elected due to the ridiculous first past the post system that doesn’t represent what the people want. The Conservatives are using their power to exploit the poor, the disabled (physically and mentally) and they’re selling off the NHS (National Health Service) so it becomes privatised.
BUT OF COURSE THE MEDIA BLACKOUT MEANS NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE AWARE. SO HERE; NOW YOU KNOW. PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE PROTESTING FOR CHANGE.
one of the torie’s policies was to lift the ban on fox hunting. this could have EXTREMELY negative consequences as well as being a form of animal abuse. if there is a decrease of foxes due to death the food chain will become uneven - making more snakes reproduce thus needing to feed on more toads (making them decrease in population) and the amount of spiders increase to a very high amount. if you live in the UK please PLEASE sign this petition or reblog this post to try get the attention of the petition for government members to make sure they do not unban this.
animals like foxes never asked to get killed for no reason except in a natural or predatory way. please sign & reblog.