Erdogan on a Plane

10 07 2017

Preisdent Erdoğan of Turkey, on a plane.

Erdogan on a Plane

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Bristol’s Watershed Moment

24 10 2015

Watershed

Bristol’s Watershed Arts Centre was recently censured by the Charity Commission for failing to observe political balance in its programming.

From recent activity it’s not clear it’s learned the lesson.

Watershed is run as a charity which means it has to follow rules on political neutrality. It also receives substantial public funding from Bristol City Council, the Arts Council and the National Heritage Lottery Fund amongst others. It’s a substantial operation turning over £5 million per year.

The complaint that led to the reprimand focused on their ‘annual’ Palestine Film Festival which is actually more frequent than that; with subsidiary Palestine Film festivals during the year. The tone is monotonous anti-Israel activism.

The Senior Charity Commission Case Officer Mazeda Alam told Watershed that:

the charity has either strayed into political activity, or has enabled this perception to be reached, through events such as the opening night of the 2012 Palestinian Film Festival . We consider that the discussion as recorded on the transcript you provided was not representative of the divergent views on the subject, and that it strayed away from content related to the charity’s objects (film as visual art) into expressions of political views.

Watershed got off lightly; for some reason the charity commission chose not to engage with the following serious allegations:

  • A curator who glamourises terrorists (Annemarie Jacir – see p.10 & p.16 of the dossier to the Charity Commission);
  • A host who vilifies Jews (Bidisha – see p.9);
  • Describing a film which features terrorists as ‘beautiful and intimate (Saken – see p.14);
  • A film funded by a terrorist organisation with the screenplay written by a senior member of that terrorist organisation without any context beyond hailing it as a ‘rarely seen gem (PFLP – see p.15);
  • Complicity in excluding Israeli funding where it suits them; where the film is not anti-Israel (Encounters v Villa Touma – see p.18);
  • Removal of all details of previous festivals to prevent scrutiny. (see p.6)

All contained in a thorough dossier which can be read by clicking here. Read the rest of this entry »





Russian Interests

26 09 2015
MiG-25 'Foxbat'

MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’

Soviet troops are entering the carnage in Syria on behalf of ‘President’ Assad (I put quotes around that because you can’t be president  of a country that fails to function). Click here for a report about their role.

If Russia is directly intervening, it is not the first time and shows Russian continuity of Soviet policy in the region. Read the rest of this entry »





Denry & The Daily Telegraph

14 09 2015

Here’s an article in the Daily Telegraph based on Denry’s Post about Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigning for convicted terrorists – see here for the post.

Click on the link below for a pdf of the Daily Telegraph article or click here to see it on The Telegraph’s website:

Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for release of Embassy bombers – Telegraph





Corbyn’s Colleagues

6 09 2015
Paul Lurudee & Peter Eyre

Paul Larudee and Peter Eyre on Press TV Iran

 

 

Judge a man by the company he keeps – in this case judge Jeremy Corbyn by his association with these two – as mentioned in this previous post.

Others have already written extensively about these characters, but they have not made the link to Corbyn, who has shared platforms with them. Read the rest of this entry »





Corbyn’s Unwholesome Connections

6 09 2015
Jeremy Corbyn at PRC Event

Jeremy Corbyn at PRC Event

There has been a focus on Jeremy Corbyn’s links to the group Interpal – see here – but I can reveal his close association with another group that could give nightmares to the UK security chiefs required to brief him; The PRC.

The Palestine Return Centre was exposed earlier this year in a Sunday Telegraph investigation into a cluster of extremist groups in a building in North London. Of the PRC, they said: Read the rest of this entry »





The Judgement of Jeremy

2 09 2015
Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

“Jawad’s case is, I believe, a miscarriage of justice”

A miscarriage of justice; that’s how Jeremy Corbyn described the conviction of Jawad Botmeh, sentenced to 20 years in prison for terrorist offences, in a letter to Botmeh’s employer.

There is a chasm of difference between ‘miscarriage of justice’ and failing to get off on a technicality. That difference seems lost on Corbyn.

Botmeh’s conviction is discussed in a lot more detail in an earlier post – click here – but here are a few salient details: Read the rest of this entry »





Jeremy Corbyn – The Bombers’ friend

31 08 2015
Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

Samar Alami

Samar Alami

Jawad Botmeh

Jawad Botmeh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much has been made of Jeremy Corbyn’s associates in recent weeks but no attention has been given so far to his  dedicated support and campaigning inside and outside parliament for, two terrorists convicted in relation to bombings which maimed 20 people in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »





Anatomy of a Complaint…

1 04 2014

Category; Middle East, Media

 

 

bbc-1728x800_cGiven the interest in the BBC Trust’s recent upholding of my complaint – see here – I am sharing the documentation for the previous stages of the complaints process.

Here’s a short outline of the different stages you go through; I’ve broken it up into rounds (the BBC term for each stage is in brackets).

If you click on the heading it will take you to the relevant post, with attached documents:

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BBC Trust Ruling on Kevin Connolly

26 03 2014

Category; Middle East, Media

 

imagesThe BBC Trust has released its ruling on my complaint about a Radio 4 Today Programme report. As already noted the ruling confirms the report was inaccurate and misleading. See page 4 and pages 9 -23.

 

It is not clear what the BBC will do to ‘remedy’ the breach, nor what Kevin Connolly thinks about it all. His colleague Jeremy Bowen has rejected the last BBC Trust decision against him. It is difficult to see how Connolly can square spending almost three years defending what he considers to have been sterling work to be told by his regulator that it is in fact rotten journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC in Denial

22 03 2014

Category; Middle East, Media

©AFP

©AFP

It’s not just what’s in the news; it’s also what’s not. The BBC has solidly ignored the speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader denying the Holocaust – reported here.

Instead they have a positive story on Iranian statements about the prospects for a nuclear deal, with a photograph of the smiling Foreign Minister – see here.

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BBC Complaint Upheld

17 03 2014

Category; Middle East, Media
BBC_Trust

The Times is today reporting that the BBC Trust is to censure Middle East Correspondent Kevin Connolly for a report on the Today programme on Radio 4 in 2011. They have ruled that Connolly’s report was inaccurate and misleading; the ruling is the culmination of my complaint to the BBC almost three years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Rogue Editor

14 03 2014

Category; Middle East, media

Jeremy-Bowen-001

© BBC

BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen has been lambasting the BBC Trust over its censure of his journalism 5 years ago. It’s interesting timing on Bowen’s part. Why bring it up now?

Does he know something? Is there a timely reason to be trying to undermine the Trust’s rulings? Read the rest of this entry »





Dire Prospects for Turkey at Christmas

22 12 2013

Category; Middle East, Politics

PM Erdogan

It’s not just the birds that should be wary this Christmas; all hell is about break loose in Turkey. That may sound overdramatic, but it’s really how things look.

For a while Turkey was the good news story of the Islamic world; prosperous, democratic and a showcase for the incorporation of Islam into political life. But no more. Read the rest of this entry »





International Nuisance

6 09 2013

Category; Law, Middle East, Politics

Chaos in Syria drags on, the international community struggles to work out what they should do and on what basis. There is an answer; from the English Common Law concept of Nuisance.

One of the main arguments against intervention is that there is no basis in international law to act in the internal affairs of another country without UN approval.

A doctrine of International Nuisance would create a just and legal framework for dealing with situations just like Syria. Read the rest of this entry »