Mick Hume: It should not be an offence to belong to the BNP

[Ever in favour of presenting an alternative take on events, here is a very different view on the exposure of the BNP’s membership list by the Wiki posse. As Mick Hume of Spiked says, there was a time when it was us lefties who were the subject of witch-hunts. Oh, and reprinted without permission, so sue me. Ed.]

19 November 2008

The furore over the leak of the British National Party’s membership lists ‘reveals’ some home truths about democracy as well as the far right.

The leaked publication of the details of 12,000 members of the British National Party (BNP) appears to have created almost as much fuss and front-page news as the British state’s recent losses of data on millions of people. This confirms the misplaced political obsession with the BNP, and the peculiar place that this small far-right party occupies in public life today. Many of those who were outraged by the authorities’ loss of disks containing personal data seem almost gleeful about the way that this leak has ‘exposed’ the BNP’s membership.

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Patricia Grogg: Foreign Aid Helps Fund Cultural Activities in Cuba

In Cuba, international aid is promoting the advancement of cultural projects, adopting an approach that enriches the traditional perspective on development with a dimension closer to the needs of the human spirit.

Patricia Grogg (IPS)

HAVANA – With that aim in mind, two European organisations, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (COSUDE) and the Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), have kept up their aid efforts in this Caribbean island nation, along with other initiatives by multilateral bodies, in spite of political and diplomatic changes.

‘Foreign development aid goes directly to enhance the spirit of the population,’ Yoanny Sarmiento, director of the Casa de Cultura cultural centre of Jamaica, a town located more than 800 kilometres east of Havana, told IPS.

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WIKILEAKS: NOTABLE DOCUMENT RELEASE ON THE BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY

WIKILEAKS PRESS RELEASE (English)
For Immediate Release.

Fri Nov 21 09:11:21 2008 GMT

“BNP leak rocks Britain”

The leak of details on the 12,801 secret members and contacts of the far-right British National Party continues to rock British politics, with over 1,315 English press articles appearing since Tuesday:

news.google.ca/news?ie=UTF-8&tab=bn&ncl=1271913659&hl=en

In the 24 hour period between covering Tuesday and Wednesday between upto six million people attempted to download the list from Wikileaks.

The story has spread to Australia:

www.smh.com.au/news/technology/web/leaked-list-outs-aussie-fascist-supporters/2008/11/21/1226770697713.html

What the UK political landscape looks like in a week is anyone’s guess; but surely satire has so far said it best:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUNUuqlG1a0

Wikileaks has now released several additional BNP related files which can be currently seen on the front page:

wikileaks.org/

These include two BNP internal emails and a number of visualizations of the membership data, one of which has its own site as:

bnpnearme.co.uk/

See below:

For Immediate Release.

Tue Nov 18 08:38:31 2008 GMT

wikileaks.org/wiki/British_National_Party_membership_and_contacts_list%2C_2007-2008

British National Party (BNP, a far-right nationalist party) membership and contacts list. 12,801 individuals are represented. Contains contact details and notes on selected party members and (possibly) other individuals. The list has been independently verified by Wikileaks staff as predominantly containing current or ex-BNP members, however other individuals who have donated to the BNP or who have had other contact
(not necessarily supportive) with the BNP or one of its fronts may also be represented.

According to AFP, BNP spokesman Simon Darby stated (18 Nov 2008):
“Someone out of malevolence or treachery has published it,” — “It’s a very sinister thing for someone to have done. It’s because we are regarded as a particularly strong threat in the forthcoming European elections in June.”

Sameh Habeeb – Gaza: a Dire Life Zone Still Clings to Hope

gaza.jpgGaza Strip, 20, Nov, 2008- Following Israeli raids that killed around 15 Palestinians within one week, many rockets were fired into Israel in a reprisal of Israeli’s provocation. As usual Israel started to blame Palestinians despite it was the one who initiated with violence again. The Israeli assault was an obvious breach of an agreed calm held with Palestinian fighting groups 5 months ago. It has provoked some Palestinians to fire some light rockets into Israel. Afterwards, Israel started a new phase of collective punishment and began more violent prevocational measures against 1.5 million people.

With the last Israeli maneuvers’ of tightening the siege imposed on Gaza, more life necessities vanished. The key power plant shut down 8 days ago and resulted in tremendous direful outcomes. More than 75% of the Gaza strip faces severe power cuts and some other areas completely plunged into darkness.

Power cuts and daily blackouts resulted in hindering of all facilities depending on power. The remaining power shares provided by Israel and Egypt are not enough to cover the whole costal strip. Pumped fresh water is not reaching all living places, farms and central water wells. Sewage and treatment water machines are halted. Additionally around 40 million tons of sewage water leaked into the Mediterranean contaminating it and damaging fish resources.

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Nuclear weapons use more likely in future: US intelligence

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Nov 20, 2008
The use of nuclear weapons will grow increasingly likely by 2025, US intelligence predicted Thursday in a report on global trends that forecasts a tense, unstable world shadowed by war.

‘The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over scarce resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons,’ said the report.

‘Widening gaps in birth rates and wealth-to-poverty ratios, and the uneven impact of climate change, could further exacerbate tensions,’ it concludes.

Called ‘Global Trends 2025 – a Transformed World,’ the 121-page report was produced by the National Intelligence Council, a body of analysts from across the US intelligence community.

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