Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ISIS begins persecution of religious and ethnic minorites

"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," 

ISIS statement

Whilst the world is distracted by the tragedy of flight MHi7 in the Ukraine and the continuing fighting with terrorists in Gaza, the Islamist fanatics of ISIS have begun the "ethnic cleansing" of Christians in its so-called Islamic caliphate that now straddles Iraq and Syria.

The BBC reports:

Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near Mosul and expelled the monks.

Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.

The monastery, which dates from the 4th Century, is a major Christian landmark and a place of pilgrimage.

Christians have fled Mosul after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
So much for "no compulsion in religion" as the Koran says in one entry.
This is just latest attack on Christians organised by these clerical fascists. 
In Syria the Irish Times reports:
Syrian threat In Isis-controlled eastern Syria, Christians have fared little better. Last March, the jihadist group announced Christians there must convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Churches have been damaged and crosses, paintings and statues burned in Raqqa, a city in Syria’s east. Several Syrian and foreign priests have been kidnapped and killed by jihadists in Syria over the past three years.

Meanwhile the Shia Muslims have fared even worse. They have already begun destroying Shia shrines as reported the Lebanese Daily Star back in February:
..hard-line jihadists destroyed a Sufi Muslim shrine as they advanced on Tal Maaruf village, residents said.

ISIS militants “blew up the shrine, and burned a mosque and a police station,” said Massoud Akko, a Kurdish journalist and native of Hassakeh province, citing residents.

Reports of the execution of Shia prisoners of war shocked the world when first released. Now according to The Times Shias are beginning to be executed inside the ISIS controlled areas.
In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany, Human Rights Watch reports that:
On July 14, three days before it issued its decree on Christians, ISIS began placing marks on minorities’ properties to designate them as Christian, Shia Shabak, or Shia Turkmen..

The world cannot stand by and let this happen. The persecution of Christians and other minorities must be stopped.
Where are the protests?
Remember ISIS is active in Gaza as allies of Hamas. These evil organisations do not care about human life.
These death cults must be stopped.

Monday, 21 July 2014

BNP Furher Nick Griffin "stands down"

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Former BNP Furher

The leader of the neo-Nazi British National Party, Nick Griffin was reported as "standing down" by the BNP's own website tonight stating:

Fifteen years after first being elected to lead the British National Party, I stepped aside from the position on Saturday during a meeting of the Executive Council.

Before doing so I appointed Adam Walker as Deputy Leader, with the result that, on my resignation, he immediately became Acting Leader of the BNP, pending the routine leadership election due under our Constitution next year.

The anti-fascist website Hope Not Hate reports:

The British National Party has announced that Nick Griffin has stepped down as party chairman and has handed the position to disgraced teacher and deputy chairman Adam Walker.

Announced on the BNP website earlier today, Griffin will now take up the new role as President of the far right party. What isn't clear at the moment is if Griffin will still hold the reins of power or if he has truly handed over the party to Walker.

With the party on the brink of self destruction, the futures of a number of BNP officials such as Clive Jefferson, Simon Darby, Patrick Harrington and Griffin's daughter Jennifer Matthys also appear to be in some doubt.

Our sources tell us that the BNP will stage manage the handover to Adam Walker, complete with an accompanying video, so expect lots of fake smiles and handshakes.

This is not thought to be a split within the ranks of the BNP and is thought to be a face saving exercise for Nick Griffin. No consultation has taken place with the BNP membership.

The BNP has been in crisis for some time. It has lost all but one of its council seats and Griffin was kicked out of his European Parliamentary seat earlier this year. In every election they have lost ground in due to the rise of UKIP. 

Anti-fascists should not be complacent however as this nasty little organisation remains active.

Keep informed via Hope not Hate and Searchlight

Sunday, 20 July 2014

New blog: Howie's World of Comics launches today!

Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 1 18

Regular readers of Howie's Corner will notice that I have occasionally published not just politically related stories about the world of comic books (see two entries below this week), but have also published reviews of titles that I have read recently.

I have decided that since the latter do not easily fit in what is sometimes a quite controversial blog, that the time has come to take the plunge and launch a separate blog devoted to the hobby of both collecting (and reading) both new and old comics.

So I have been working all week to set up:

Howie's World of Comics

Currently articles include:

Guardians of the Galaxy then and now

New releases: Life after death

Wham! Smash! Pow! The Odhams line of comics (Part One)

Monstrous futures

Archie superheroes to go dark?

Plus of course a general welcome to the new blog

You will also find links to various American and British comic companies. 

Unlike Howie's Corner this will not be a daily blog but will be updated two to three times a week and cover both old and new British and American comics that I hope you will find of interest.

This is purely a hobby site for comics fans both old and new!

Go to: http://hcomicsworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Demonstration in London ignores Hamas aggression

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.

There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavours.

Hamas Covenant article thirteen

photo: Sussex Friends of Israel

The so-called Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised a demonstration in London today which attracted around twenty-thousand participants. Dominated by Islamists and various communist currents any pacifist must have felt out of place on this unsavoury march.

Despite rejecting any cease fire the PSC and the laugably named "Stop" the War Campaign sought to attribute blame for the current crisis on Israel. This despite the evidence that Hamas has fired thousands of rockets into Israel from civilian occupied areas and are themselves responsible for the conflict.

Hamas militants have been using UNWRA (United Nations schools) as store rooms for their weaponry.

In a statement issued on July 17th UNWRA state:

Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law....

UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures.

Such blatant disregard if not contempt for International Law is of course conveniently ignored by the pro-Hamas demonstrators.

What cannot be ignored are the aims of some of the Hamas supporters in the UK. The Times of Israel reported this afternoon: 

At one point, a woman on the podium shouted “from the river to the sea” — a call for the elimination of Israel — and protesters responded by yelling “Palestine will be free.”

Hardly an aspiration for a peaceful solution to the long standing Israel/Palestine conflict.

Until the terrorists of Hamas stop being given cover by what Lenin would have described as "useful fools", the peace process will continue to be undermined.

Hamas are a danger not just to Israel, but the Palestinian people too.

The comrades of the so-called left should wake up and recognise that fact now!

For balance against anti-Israel reporting please go to: Honest Reporting

Friday, 18 July 2014

Singapore bans Archie comic with gay marraige story

Archie comics have long been the cornerstone of a "wholesome" way of life in the United States with their stories of Archie Andrews and the rest of the gang in Riverdale. Like all comics they have changed with the times and one of their more recent innovations was to introduce a major gay character, Kevin Keller.

In this day and age not much to worry about you'd think.

Back in 2012 Entertainment Weekly reported:

The conservative organization One Million Moms wants Toys R Us to stop stocking an Archie comic book that features a gay wedding. In the story, the character Kevin Keller gets hitched to Clay, whom he met in a military hospital after being wounded in the armed services. The marriage occurs in Life With Archie #16, featuring a cover depicting the nuptials, and featuring a banner saying, “Just Married.”

The One Million Moms letter, as quoted in the publishing blog GalleyCat, asserts, “Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in your toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand.” It concludes, “Please remove all the same-sex ‘Just Married – Archie’ comic books immediately from your shelves. My decision to shop in your stores depends on it.”

That protest has long been both ignored and forgotten.

Except the authorities in Singapore have now banned the graphic novel collection of the story. the Hollywood Reporter tells us:

Kevin Keller is having a very bad day.

Not only does his best friend, Archie Andrews, die while saving his life in the much-publicized Life With Archie No. 36 released today, but the character’s marriage in the third collection of the series has apparently led to the book quietly being pulled in Singapore.

Singapore-based cartoonist Sonny Liew made the discovery that the third collection in the Archie: The Married Life series was unavailable from local distributor Kinokuniya, despite the availability of the first, second, fourth and fifth volumes in the run. When he contacted the company, he was told that the collection was “deemed to breach the Content Guidelines for Imported Publications, and removed from sale by notice of MDA.” The response added, clearly, “we are not able to sell this title.”

Archie Comics joint CEO Jon Goldwater remains defiant stating:

Riverdale will always be about acceptance, equality and safety,” Goldwater continued. “I’m sad readers in Singapore will miss out on the chance to read such a pivotal moment in comics.

Good for them! Stand up to homophobia!

Archie Comics website: http://www.archiecomics.com/
Meanwhile watch out for an exiting announcement at Howie's Corner this Sunday boys and girls!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Musical Interlude - Mad dogs and Englishmen!

We seem to be in the middle of an English heat wave at the moment, so since I'm a bit short on time this fine evening here's a quick musical interlude with the classic Mad Dogs and Englishmen by the quintessential Englishman himself, the great Noel Coward.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Marxism in crisis and decline

Marxism 2014

The rabid Socialist Workers Party have been boasting about the turnout at their Marxism 2014 bash in their down market tabloid Socialist Worker:

Over 2,600 people attended the event, organised by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). 

Some 166 meetings took place as well as film screenings and other cultural events.

Marxism 2014 began on the day of a 1.4 million-strong public sector strike. Striking workers were welcomed with cheers from the audience at the opening rally on Thursday of last week.

Given the propensity of the SWP to exaggerate their attendance figures this needs to be revised downwards. It certainly sounds down from last year and their previous attendance figures have claimed as many as 8,000 turning up. 

A serious (and welcome) decline.

Whilst most activists on the left, particularly feminists treat the SWP (rightly) as a pariah within the labour and trade union movement, the Socialist Party of England & Wales (SPEW) complain:

Despite the size and influence of the Socialist Party we have never been invited to debate at Marxism. Socialism, by contrast, has hosted debates with the SWP.

Nonetheless, this year, as in previous years, Socialist Party members attended Marxism and attempted to raise our views. It was not easy to do so. In a session on the trade unions the Socialist Party's tactics were explicitly criticised and yet, when our member appealed to be able to answer the points, he was still not called.

Particularly galling for them:

In a session on how to fight Ukip, introduced by SWP national secretary Charlie Kimber, Hannah Sell, deputy general secretary of the Socialist Party, who sits alongside Kimber on the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee, was called in to speak but only for two minutes at the end of the discussion after she'd appealed directly to Kimber.

Not exactly comradely is it. Tsk.

Why they act as surprised beats me. In their opening paragraph they actually say:

Marxism does not have a good record for open and democratic discussion.

No comrades and its not just the SWP. History shows that disagreements between Marxists have usually ended in purges, Gulags and worse!

Still never mind you can always hold meetings of your own:

Trade unionists crammed into a pub room for the National Shop Stewards Network's post-demo meeting on 10th July, spilling out on to the pavement.

It's becoming a bit of a tradition for activists after a strike demo in London to come for a drink with the NSSN, talk over the day and discuss 'what next', and have the opportunity to get up on a chair to speak.

Better not 'ave one too many comrades you might fall off yer soap box!

Both cults will be heading off to the pro-Hamas demo organised by their rivals Counterfire via the totally misnamed Stop the War Coalition on Saturday.

If you bump into Tony Collins of Socialist Unity you might want to ask him the meaning of his rather odd statement on their website recently. He shares his wisdom on the current attempt to get Hamas to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza thus:

What would this proposed ceasefire mean in practice? It would mean the existing air attacks by Israel would stop.

Duh, like yeah Sherlock. That would be the consequence.

Your problem is?

In fact that's a question most people should be asking the mix of Communists and Islamists that turn out on Saturday.

No rockets, no retaliation.


Then both Palestinians and Israelis can get on with their lives and move forward to peace and prosperity.

It's not rocket science.

Well not the Hamas version.....