Viral Star Audrey White on Confronting Keir Starmer, a Life of Activism

Monday, 1 August 2022 — MintPress News

The MintPress podcast, “The Watchdog,” hosted by British-Iraqi hip hop artist Lowkey, closely examines organizations about which it is in the public interest to know – including intelligence, lobby and special interest groups influencing policies that infringe on free speech and target dissent. The Watchdog goes against the grain by casting a light on stories largely ignored by the mainstream, corporate media.

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UK: ‘An attack on solidarity’

Thursday, 28 July 2022 — Morning Star Online

Trade unions furious with Sir Keir for sacking shadow transport secretary as McDonnell backs growing calls for a general strike


Labour leader Keir Starmer

LABOUR went into meltdown today as union leaders and MPs blasted Sir Keir Starmer for sacking Sam Tarry from his front-bench team.

The fallout came as former shadow chancellor John McDonnell backed calls for a general strike.

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Labour ‘witch-hunt’ on pro-Palestine MP, Apsana Begum, takes ugly turn

21 June, 2022 — Middle East Monitor

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 28: Apsana Begum MP addresses supporters of Julian Assange protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the second day of the hearing on the United States government's appeal to the District Court’s decision to block the extradition of Julian Assange in London, United Kingdom on October 28, 2021. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was indicted on 17 charges under the US Espionage Act of 1917 for soliciting, gathering and publishing secret US military documents, and faces a sentence of 175 years in prison if extradited and found guilty. ( Wiktor Szymanowicz - Anadolu Agency )Apsana Begum MP addresses supporters of Julian Assange protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the second day of the hearing on the United States government’s appeal to the District Court’s decision to block the extradition of Julian Assange in London, United Kingdom on October 28, 2021 [Wiktor Szymanowicz – Anadolu Agency]

The UK Labour Party is under pressure to investigate allegation of a “vicious and misogynistic” campaign against Poplar and Limehouse MP, Apsana Begum. The 32-year-old faces the prospect of being de-selected in a “trigger ballot” procedure which will decide whether Begum can stand as a Labour candidate at the next general election.

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Keir Starmer has returned western imperialism to the core of Labour policy

Two years in, the Labour leader’s war on the left has shifted to ideological tests that even Pope Francis and Amnesty International would fail

Middle East Eye – 16 May 2022

The local authority election results earlier this month in the UK were as bleak as expected for Boris Johnson’s government, with the electorate ready to punish the ruling party both for its glaring corruption and rocketing high-street prices.

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Watch: Academic David Miller Speaks Out Following Firing & Israel Lobby Smear Campaign

8 October 2021 — MintPress News

David Miller Watchdog Feature photo

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Ironically, Miller’s book, “Bad News for Labour: Anti-Semitism, the Party and Public Belief,” detailed how bogus charges of anti-Semitism were weaponized against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in order to defame and destroy him.

Podcast: Asa Winstanley on the Purging of Socialists from the U.K. Labour Party

29 Septemberr 2021 — MintPress News

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Aside from Corbyn, among those purged have been filmmaker Ken Loach and activist Jackie Walker, in what appears to be an attempt to eradicate all traces of socialism and anti-imperialism from Labour.

by Mnar Adley

Shocking almost everybody in positions of power, life-long socialist and anti-war activist Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the British Labour Party in 2015. There was no honeymoon period for the Londoner, however, as right away the media, the government and even senior members of his own party began attempting to oust him. Continue reading

Blairism, first the tragedy now the farce

30 September 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

The Labour Party Conference is notable for two things. The failed rear-guard action by the left, followed by the takeover of the party by the Blairites. What a bunch of political clowns. Blair gained office at the height of neo-liberalism, but now neo-liberalism is at its end, reduced to rubble. And they want to resurrect the past. We are now in the white water of history, not the swamp of the 1990s.

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Spectacular defeat for Israel lobby at Labour Party conference

27 September 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Man in hat wears Palestinian headscarf and facemask in colors of Palestinian flagThe flag of Palestine is seen on T-shirts and face coverings of Labour Party delegates during the British opposition party’s annual conference in southern English resort city of Brighton, 27 September. Julie Edwards Avalon

In a spectacular defeat for the Israel lobby, delegates to Britain’s Labour Party conference overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Monday condemning the “ongoing Nakba in Palestine.”

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UK: Why is Owen Jones defending a Nazi collaborator?

22 September 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

A man with a microphone in front of a TV cameraOwen Jones talking to the press. Pete Maclaine ZUMA Press

Guardian columnist Owen Jones markets himself as a leading leftist voice.

His profile on Twitter, where he has more than one million followers, emphasizes his “anti-fascist” credentials.

Why, then, did he just publish a defense of a Nazi collaborator? An Israeli judge once ruled that Zionist leader Rezső Kasztner was Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann’s “catspaw,” but Jones seems to disagree.

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The Newspaper That Smeared Corbyn & the Left

2 September 2021 — Consortium News

Jonathan Cook analyzes why a British media watchdog doesn’t take meaningful action against The Jewish Chronicle for its anti-Semitism libels against the former Labour leader and his followers.

By Jonathan CookJonathan-Cook.net

The Jewish Chronicle, a weekly newspaper that was saved from liquidation last year by a consortium led by a former senior adviser to Theresa May, the former U.K. prime minister, has been exposed as having a quite astonishing record of journalistic failings.

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Ignore Starmer’s moral posturing. He’s the one we should blame for stoking antisemitism

17 May 2021 — Jonathan Cook

No one should be surprised that Britain’s rightwing prime minister, Boris Johnson, has had barely anything to say about Israel’s pummelling of Gaza, with nearly 200 Palestinians reported to have been killed by airstrikes and many hundreds more seriously wounded.

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Politics in Britain is entering a new phase

31 March 2021 — Socialist Resistance

By the Socialist Resistance editorial committee.

The successful vaccine roll out by the NHS and Starmer’s right wing gallop has given Johnson a shot in the arm. Polls put the Tories 7% ahead of Labour, and on the 6 March at 13% ahead. But the Brexit fall-out, the Covid “social murder”, the dis-United Kingdom, and the economic crisis all point towards a period of intensifying political turmoil. The reheated deep centre of Blairism, now led by Starmer, will fail to dislodge the English nationalist Tories, and thus maintain the creeping authoritarianism and the far right in politics. The Covid pandemic is not about to disappear as mutations arise. As billionaires increase their wealth in this period, neoliberal governments will make the working class pay for the economic crisis. Measures are not being taken to stop the rise of temperature at 1.5°C by 2030. The multi-faceted crisis will continue and deepen. In this context, there will be greater opportunities to present a radical ecosocialist and revolutionary alternative.

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Labour antisemitism allegations: How Corbyn and Starmer are judged by different standards

17 April 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Jewish groups that lambasted Corbyn’s code of conduct as antisemitic are now silent over revelations it is being used by Starmer

Middle East Eye – 17 April 2021

For years, allies of Jeremy Corbyn argued that allegations of antisemitism had been weaponised against the then-Labour leader and his supporters to undermine his socialist programme and stifle criticism of Israel.

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Labour disclosure ‘shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn’, activists say

16 April 2021 — Middle East EyeJonathan Cook

By Jonathan Cook

Former leader’s disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP)

A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover why they and others were investigated or expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for antisemitism say they have flushed out proof of bad faith from their accusers.

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Starmer isn’t ‘too cautious’ – he is ruthlessly tearing Labour apart

5 April 2021 — Jonathan Cook

A year in, the British Labour leader is giving the Tories an easy ride while investing his energy in an all-out war on the party’s left

Middle East Eye – 5 April 2021

The completion of Keir Starmer’s first year as Labour leader might have passed without note, had it not been the occasion for senior party figures to express mounting concern at Labour’s dismal performance in opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

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It is the equalities commission, not Labour, carrying out political interference

7 November 2020 — Jonathan Cook

I recently published in Middle East Eye a long analysis of last week’s report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the question of whether the UK Labour party had an especial antisemitism problem. (You can read a slightly fuller version of that article on my website.) In the piece, I reached two main conclusions.

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