Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Saturday, May 30, 2015

HISTORIC FGM LAW IN NIGERIA

So slowly but nevertheless surely progress is made.

TWO FAITHS ONE PRAYER

One world, one heart, one longing

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/29/two-faiths-one-prayer_n_7470660.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

GATHERING FOR GOOD

People working together in positive endeavour

http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/this-is-the-moment-a-crowd-of-people-lifted-a-london-bus-off

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JEFFREY SPECTOR

Arranging his goodbyes with dignity.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4451470.ece

NEEV SARAF - FROM THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN

Innocent eyes that teach us to see the world anew and believe we can make a difference.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/18/nepal-aid-relief_n_7306778.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

DAVID COGDILL - PAINTING FOR LIFE

Transforming devastation through rainbow coloured hope.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/21/baltimore-artist-liberia-school-ebola_n_7338056.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news

Monday, May 25, 2015

ROMERO - FINALLY REMEMBERED

Francis clears away the Vatican conservatism and honours the people's archbishop.

"In the name of this suffering people, whose cries to heaven become more deafening each day, I beg you, I beseech you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression," Romero said in a speech to government soldiers the day before his death.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32859627

GREET PRIMARY SCHOOL - ENGLAND AT ITS BEST

A vision of a world with room for everyone to live in peace together.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3096097/The-class-pupil-speaks-English-second-language-Birmingham-primary-form-29-Year-6-students-speak-nine-different-foreign-dialects.html

PETER AND JOAN PETRASEK AND THE ULTIMATE SHOW OF GRATITUDE

It is so important to remain grateful.

Too often we leave behind those who have given us or blessed our lives.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/22/immigrant-couple-will-america_n_7423532.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

HARMAN SINGH

True love unwrapped.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3095600/The-emotional-moment-Sikh-Samaritan-removed-turban-comfort-injured-boy-hit-car-receives-free-furniture-modest-apartment.html

THE MUSEUM AT SHATILA

History is too often the story of the powerful. Here, other stories can be told.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/memories-preserved-dark-heart-shatila-150525093502829.html

IRELAND - LOVE TRIUMPHS OVER RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE

The power of the church kicked finally into touch that God's love can be made manifest.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/irelands-happiest-gayest-greatest-night#.shvmpbyOK

GLORIA STEINEM AND THE VERY LONG MARCH FOR PEACE

Each step taken by each individual brave nudges the world towards that better oh so illusive way

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/gloria-steinem-and-nobel-winners-cross-korean-border-for-pea#.vn9V78LAq

Friday, May 22, 2015

I CONDUCTED A BAPTISM AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

Happy light and love filled Baptism at the Stadium of Light.

NADIRAH MUHAMMAD - WHEN YOUR TEACHER SAVES YOUR LIFE

The grace of walking in another's shoes...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/20/gym-teacher-donates-kidney-detroit-nadirah-muhammad_n_7339964.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news

REFUGEE CAMP DRAMATICS

The voices of resilience, creativity and hope.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/shyamanthaasokan/the-palestinian-refugee-camp-theatre-group-touring-the-world#.gr701ezXY

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SOVANNA SOEUNG - AN AMAZING WOMAN, MOTHER AND HUMAN BEING

Be moved and inspired....and think of the Med and other migrants.....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/19/her-education-nearly-cost-my-mother-her-life-but-she-risked-it-again-so-i-could-have-one-too/?hpid=z11

GAZA'S RED CARPET THROUGH RUBBLE

There was a film festival in Gaza City last week, amid the ruins of last year’s brutal conflict between Israel and Gaza.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/shyamanthaasokan/this-video-shows-a-red-carpet-being-rolled-out-for-a-film-fe#.jcz6AbRMy

AFGHANISTAN'S RISING WOMEN

The country's first female rangers are patrolling the Band-e-Amir National Park and challenging stereotypes.


PEOPLE POWER IN INDONESIA

Local fishermen do what governments wouldn't.

The compassion of people wins through.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/scores-refugees-rescued-indonesian-coast-150520021111009.html

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

THE PHILIPPINES TO THE RESCUE

The Philippines show compassion

http://www.buzzfeed.com/felipearaujo/philippines-to-take-in-migrants-stranded-in-southeast-asian#.ef8erVzgk

THE COSTLY HANDSHAKE OF HOPE

How the brave move forward.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3087763/Historic-handshake-peace-Prince-Charles-comes-face-face-Gerry-Adams-time-visit-Ireland-Sinn-Fein-leader-requested-meet.html

Monday, May 18, 2015

POPE FRANCIS WORKS FOR PEACE

Giant steps on the road to peace...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/felipearaujo/pope-francis-canonizes-palestinian-nuns#.pnB7wREVn

HARMAN SINGH AND THE TURBAN OF HOPE

Love, the true expression of faith.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/sikh-man-removes-turban-to-save-kid#.pcwXRPnwb

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PRESIDENT JAMMEH

Ignorance and unenlightened thinking, an incalculable threat to humanity.

http://rt.com/news/258165-gambia-president-threatens-gays/

THE SIX 'R's FOR MED MIGRANTS

Rescue. Review. Relocate or Resource and Return. Reform.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/defence/article4439165.ece

Mi HOMECARE THAT APPEARS NOTHING OF THE SORT

Collapsed elderly people left on the floor, care times clipped to save money, profits before compassion and the individual targeting of whistle blowers - is this meant to be an honourable company?

Their statement that their customer service is their highest priority and that they will follow up each individual complaint with the complainant themselves is chilling.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tllvh

at about 1 hour 35 mins into the programme

WHAT KOJI AND LADY GAGA HAVE IN COMMON

She happens to have sold 140 million singles worldwide and is a global pop superstar, but the revealing truth, often missed, is that its a toss up who is more attractive, Koji or her owner, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga).

Strange however that many wouldn't realise this, just as Britney Spears is no beauty either.

What both artists manage to do is to create the impression of beauty by their personalities, artistry, drive and marketing.

They both have also been philanthropic and socially conscious with the proceeds of their success, though Germanotta more than Spears.

The 'plainest' person can appear strikingly beautiful if their personality and their productivity determines.

It's all to play for.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3079278/Lady-Gaga-dresses-dog-Koji-nautical-outfit-reveals-fianc-Taylor-Kinney-s-name.html

TAWNY WILLOUGHBY - THE BEAUTY WE CRAVE IS WITHIN

Fashion, image and style drives the rich world's culture and economy, as well as messing up the heads of its young.

The worship of appearance over inner qualities is slowly stripping society of its moral strength and noble ideals.

Parents opining to the kids, that character matters more than clothes and personality more than looks are met with scorn.

Advertisers and retailers cultivate our obsession with the superficial. It is their ploy to guard their revenue. The ultimate price paid though is too high.

Lives, marriages, relationships and societies based on appearance become malignant and flounder.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3079081/Brave-mom-suffering-skin-cancer-shares-graphic-selfie-warning-against-dangers-sun-beds.html




HUMAN BEINGS ARE SO SILLY SOMETIMES

Doctors dole out antibiotics, refer patients on to consultants and for further tests because the public want them to apparently.

We are so ridiculous, that when we attend the surgery we want to come away with a bag of pills, to have something to show for our visit and some report of diagnosis and required treatment to brag about to our friends.

It seems rare to find a human being who attends the surgery with a concern and skips down the road afterwards when nothing has been prescribed and no referral has been made.

Rarer still, that human being, who when offered the bag of pills or tests, declines because in their estimation it is not necessary or the aggro involved will be counter productive.

As a cleric, I am often incensed at hearing that a patient presenting with life's normal stresses has been given anti-depressants or a patient with cancer, has had their last taste of life destroyed by pointless chemotherapy treatments or a patient with a trivial ageing complaint has been whisked into surgery.

Doctors should not pander to our infantile dependency syndromes and we should not leave our brains at the door when visiting the doctor.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/article4438703.ece

HYONG YON CHOL

What happens when men are spoilt, indulged, given unaccountable power, deified and allowed to play with war toys.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4438951.ece

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

THERESA MAY BE RIGHT

The rich world poor world divide creates an inevitable allure to destabilise borders. Unfortunately, migration in great numbers appears destined to failure.

However pluralist and accommodating a host nation is, integrating too large an influx of immigrants appears fraught with difficulties.

Resentment breeds fast and an abiding nostalgia and loyalty to the country of birth erodes the process of rooting firmly into a new home nation.

Conflicts of interest produce confusion and at times aggression.

There is also an inherent injustice in welcoming a tiny proportion of migrants who have managed, through relative 'wealth' paid to people traffickers and/or through perilous journeys, to make it across rich world borders, when the majority of their birth nation remain in destitution.

There is a pressing need to re balance the world's distribution of wealth and resources and to pursue more enlightened foreign policies that facilitate the establishment of peace.

However, if the rich world continues to take ever more migrants on board, that small part of the world that is still just afloat, may be in danger of capsizing too.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4438743.ece




PIETERSEN OUT BY AN ELITIST SPINNER

Pietersen felled by an unaccountable, secretive, old boy, elitist network of whispers and backstabbing. Time for Cricket to come of age and bowl a fair ball.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/cricket/article4438510.ece

ED MILLIBAND

The British would never have voted in a man as Prime Minister, who stabbed his own brother in the back.

In addition to that he wanted to swan in on a dream ticket of returning Labour to its old roots, despite being a millionaire, from a privileged background. That sort of Tony Bennism doesn't wash anymore either with the British.

Aspiration and encouragement for everyone to play their part and give their utmost is the order of the day, with care provided for those who are really in need and not the skivers and couch lovers who want to ever suckle off a Nanny state.

Tony Blair had made Labour electable. Ed, in his delusional self confidence crashed it  into the backwaters.

In Ibiza, he needs to wake up to a few personal home truths, and an apology to his brother wouldn't go amiss.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3076955/David-Miliband-s-revenge-Former-foreign-secretary-slams-younger-brother-Ed-backwards-Labour-campaign-failed-woo-middle-classes.html#newcomment

SEYMOUR HERSH

 It sounds as though Hersh may have passed his 'sell-by' date.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article4437374.ece

LOVE SUPPLANTS CATHOLIC PREJUDICE

A younger generation are forging forward to a brave new world.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/ireland-marriage-equality-referendum#.tjNwMoWz9

EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN FLORIDA REJECTS A BABY OF GAY PARENTS

Our Open Episcopal Church treats all people equally, www.openepiscopalchurch.org and as such,  consecrates gay bishops, priests and deacons, marries gay couples, baptises their children and celebrates love where ever it is found, as the living presence of God.​ The scripture says it succinctly, "God is Love, and those who love live in God and God lives in them."

https://www.yabberz.com/post/new/84967667/?highlight=84967667

REAL BEAUTY IN THE FACES OF THE POOR

Faces of such beauty they make a parody of the rich world's cosmetic surgery market and its obsession with superficial fashion, labels and make up.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3077951/The-face-poverty-Intimate-portraits-Indian-paupers-reveal-toll-life-villages-people-survive-33-pence-day.html

MIRACLE CHILD

The truth that just cannot be buried

However, the sinister backdrop to this heartwarming story is that China's one child policy no doubt contributed to the parent's action and now found, what will happen to this child that has defied the rules and survived.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3078156/Newborn-baby-buried-alive-cemetery-parents-survives-EIGHT-DAYS-rescued-passerby-heard-cries.html

THE BARKERS AND A SENSIBLE JUDGE

For once a judge has common sense and throws out the crass choices of Tesco, the police and the CPS.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3078150/Bin-diving-parents-caught-CCTV-stealing-date-food-Tesco-thrown-feed-two-young-children.html

INDIA ROSE JAMES - SEX DRUGS AND LOVE

Sex then drugs but redeemed from the madness it seems, by the love found between a granddaughter and a grandfather.

Thankfully, too, James appears to realise, that the scourge of wealth is ennui and the path to survival and fulfillment is good endeavour and productivity.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/article4437420.ece




BALTIMORE'S MEN IN BLACK AND BLUE

Give men power and a truncheon and you excite their testosterone.

The taste of violence and its links to sexual arousal are well documented.

Civil society is always endangered if their institutions empower and equip police to use violence, without officers being constantly monitored with the use of body cam CCTV.

www.whennooneswatching.org

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/baltimore-black-and-blue/2015/05/11/2b6de636-f820-11e4-a13c-193b1241d51a_story.html?hpid=z3

THE BEST NEW MILITARY HARDWARE

Gyrating genitals!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/susiearmitage/welcome-to-sweden-gay-since-1944#.qnLmel8X9


BEN CARSON'S BIBLICAL BUNG

That Ben Carson thinks someone pocketing $9 billion while another pockets $9 is 'pretty damn fair', based on a flawed biblical system, is a good reason for squashing any presidential hopes he entertains.

https://www.yabberz.com/article/151351


ANANTA BIJOY DAS

One of the remarkable and essential benefits of our internet age has been the liberation of opinion. The chance for anyone to voice their thoughts, without having to have a multi million pound backer or an advertising budget.

True the money Moghuls still control the limelight and most of popular culture, but nevertheless, there is a subversive underbelly to this coerced majority.

The potent contribution, that such as Das, make to the tides of freedom, is underlined by the terror they instill in those that inhabit the shadows and who want to hack their way to silence.

In such silence, we remain dumb recipients and captives of the monster voices booming from religion, business, politics and the past.

Yet the truth endures, that while ever there is thought, there are words. Blogging and the rest allows them to be shared and their creativity to take root and the new, often better unknown, to emerge.


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150512043430832.html




Monday, May 11, 2015

ROXANA BALDETTI

That a person should rise to high office and then indulge corruption of any kind is despicable, particularly when they feast on the backs of the poor and ascend while others are abandoned to eke out a desperate existence.

The world over, corruption contaminates the choices of the powerful. Not content to have gained so much, it seems their greed has been awoken and it knows of no satisfaction.

All power must always be held to account.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

https://www.yabberz.com/article/150996

BRUSSELS CALLS UK TO ORDER ON MIGRANTS

 And so we should! Smug were we, thinking we could sail in and carry out super hero rescues while dropping those rescued off on Italy's shores.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4436745.ece

BILLIONAIRE LI JINYUAN AND A SMALL STAFF BONUS

I can't imagine this ever happening in the UK!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/this-chinese-businessman-took-6400-workers-on-holiday-to-fra

SAUDI ARABIA BEHEADS

We must campaign for such barbarous acts to be outlawed internationally.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4436223.ece

JEB BUSH COURTS THE EVANGELICALS

​One wonders whether a 'deeply held Catholic faith' 'evangelicals' and the Bush family intelligence deficit have something in common, even though he is meant to be 'the smart brother'?

https://www.yabberz.com/article/151020


SALLY BERCOW

The Times stoops to new lows covering Sally Bercow's rampant personality and publicity courting indiscretions yet again, and with another pin up totty photo. One would never have thought 'Page 3' would arrive under the 'Politics' section of The Times.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4436483.ece

MICHELLE OBAMA'S INSPIRING ORATION

"But eventually, I realized that if I wanted to keep my sanity and not let others define me, there was only one thing I could do, and that was to have faith in God's plan for me. I had to ignore all of the noise and be true to myself – and the rest would work itself out." 

http://www.people.com/article/michelle-obama-tuskegee-university-commencement

STEPHANE HAFFNER - THE FIRST ITALIAN GAY MARRIAGE PROPOSAL ON TV

The emancipation of love creeps ever nearer the doors of the Vatican

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/do-what-the-romans-dont-do#.mbRKae3dL


SOUTH KOREAN COVER UP

All the cosmetics in the world do not contain the power to conceal what lies within the heart and mind of a person. Therein alone lies the beauty upon which one can rely and gain the true estimation of a person.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-south-korea-beauty-is-skin-deep-just-make-sure-to-pierce-the-stubble/2015/05/10/4779f642-f354-11e4-bca5-21b51bbdf93e_story.html?hpid=z1

Sunday, May 10, 2015

SECRETS AND LIES - TWO DAD TWINS

The world of the shadows is finally being suffused with light.....

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article4434993.ece

ROHINGYA TAKE TO THE OCEAN

It seems the oceans, that connect all our land masses, have become the substance to both create and consume the dreams of the beleaguered.

 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150510091241120.html

A WOMAN DR WHO

That balanced world is slowly, oh so slowly coming...

Here's to a woman God, a woman Pope and a woman Dr Who....

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/there-are-now-more-women-in-the-house-of-commons-t

PUTIN IS OUT OF STEP

Putin is a yesterday leader. How the world longs for tomorrow's dispensation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/world/putin-presides-over-victory-day-parade/2015/05/09/d1e27868-f647-11e4-bca5-21b51bbdf93e_video.html

CUBA'S CONTINUING LIBERATION

The tide of positive change is unstoppable

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150510062929910.html

Friday, May 08, 2015

CHILE'S CATHOLIC ABORTION CRUELTY

Over 12% of maternal deaths in Chile have been down to unsafe abortions caused by the draconian legislation, influenced by the Catholic Church, outlawing abortions.

Hopefully Pope Francis will realise the inhumanity of Catholic teaching about abortion, and the blood on the hands of those who promulgate it.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/women-are-fighting-against-abortion-laws-by-coming-up-with-t#.bfDqN2ZLO

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/27/abortion-rights-latin-america

GAY CURE CAN LEAD TO SUICIDE

The pernicious campaign from Northern Ireland threatens the safety of those whose lives are difficult enough as it is, as they have to cope with navigating what still remains an unpredictable environment, even within the 'equal marriage' environment of the UK.

The 'core' issue is that religion, if it has any role in such matters, should promote love between mutually consenting adults, not seek to prevent it.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/police-investigating-gay-cure-group-for-handing-out-leaflets#.howmel7zN

HIJABI FASHION

What politics and campaigns have failed to achieve. Fashion is transforming the prison garments enforced upon women by their religious oppressors and male dictators.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/2015/05/cover-story-150505121122072.html

THE END OF EBOLA NOT IN SIGHT

One in the eye for the rich world's complacency about Ebola.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150508085351181.html

Thursday, May 07, 2015

NETANYAHU - NOT BUILDING PEACE

Netanyahu's insistent hold on power, lurching ever rightwards, symbolised in the decision of a Jerusalem Planning Committee.

Gaze on, Gaza rabble, from the all that's left of your dreams, that we have reduced to rubble, we are building 900 more spacious and oh so comfortable dwellings on that disputed strip of land ,to salt your eyes and inflame your hearts.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150507144015988.html


THE JEB AND GEORGE BUSH COSY

So this is just a glimpse into why Israel can get away with murder is it?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/one-of-jeb-bushs-top-advisers-on-israel-george-w-bush/2015/05/07/920fec8e-f4da-11e4-bcc4-e8141e5eb0c9_story.html?hpid=z3

OMAR KHADRA - IN PRISON FROM 15 TO 28 - RICH WORLD JUSTICE?

Incarcerated as a young boy, interrogated, and imprisoned without trial for 13 years....is this the justice of which we are proud?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/canadian-judge-orders-former-gitmo-detainee-released-on-bail#.qlzlqvd7V

POPE FRANCIS FORGIVES ABORTION

Love and mercy have always been the Divine mandate. Men have sought to commodify them, limit access to them, distribute them meanly and increase their power base by possessing them. Religion has become ugly thereby. A new dispensation is required, when love and mercy once again become foremost in all things.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/05/07/pope-francis-will-send-missionaries-of-mercy-to-absolve-women-of-abortion-sin/?tid=hp_mm&hpid=z3

AND GOD LOOKED AND SAW THAT HE WAS WRONG?

When love shows the way....

http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/love-always-wins#.ib8XyMBGJ

CAR ACTS AGAINST UN WHILE UN ACTS AGAINST THE WHISTLEBLOWER

The desire to maintain image and appear squeaky clean, even at the expense of children's safety and sanctity, has mired the UN in shame.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150507071302268.html

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

NO ONE COUNTS THE AFGHAN DEAD

There are so many statistics about coalition causalities. Much harder to obtain any accurate stats for Afghan civilian, police or military deaths.

The message is clear.

Rich blood is more precious.....

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4432616.ece

NORWAY SHAMES THE UK

All the British can get excited about ,it seems, is UKIP

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/05/norway-activists-stand-migrants-drowning-sea-150505095318230.html

38 MILLION VICTIMS

The misery that conflict occasions is a tolerable byproduct it seems, of the arms industry's gross profiteering. Our world is broken. It limps on with a distorted banking, trade and political infrastructure, and the human cost borne by the most vulnerable is horrendous.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/shyamanthaasokan/a-record-38-million-people-internally-displaced-by-wars#.xtvp02zKn

COLLECTING SHELLS ON NIGERIA'S DELTA

Not quite what the children had in mind....

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/04/drenched-oil-nigerians-demand-shell-spill-clean-150427101051609.html

BOLLYWOOD STAR HOME FOR TEA

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150506130548047.html

WAR GAMES IN JORDAN

The deadly abuse of language where we are all deceived, as war becomes just a game and its operation a theatre.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/thousands-join-led-war-games-jordan-150506123455315.html

SALMAN KHAN'S INCONVENIENT BUMP IN THE ROAD

Squash a homeless man into the road
Wipe his flesh across tarmac
Drive over the legs and limbs of the poor
And then run
Coerce your lowly driver to take the rap
Then live free for 12 years under Bollywood fame's protection
And money's sweet power to bribe
Last of all appeal
And if the worst be faced
10 years
Such a hefty  price tag for swatting a poor fly off India's roads.


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4432075.ece




ASSAD - THE SLICK DESIGNER BRUTE

Assad, Mr Clean, without a spot of dust on his suits and apparently not a stain upon his conscience. How lies can brush up smart and deceits can dress so fine.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/shyamanthaasokan/barrel-bombs-reportedly-killed-over-3000-people-in-one-syria#.qr85bxXvV

RELEASE NARGES MOHAMMADI

Protect this brave woman caught in a totalitarian grip

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150505162026043.html

POOR NIGERIA

Oh dear, it seems that there is only so far the rich and elite can thieve, embezzle and siphon off vast reserves of wealth from a land of plenty before it starts to teeter.

No real prob though ( for the wealthy leaders ) there are Swiss bank accounts a bulging....

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/150506055148505.html

CHLAMYDIA

Truth's weapon against religious humbug.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article4431413.ece

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

ANDERS KOMPASS EXPOSES THE RAPE AND SODOMY OF 9 YEAR OLD HOMELESS BOYS

It is alleged that French United Nations peace keepers have sexually abused hungry and homeless children.

Anders Kompass, a senior United Nations aid worker, with over 30 years experience, frustrated at the lack of action being taken about the abuse, blew the whistle.

He has been suspended.

Yes, you did read that correctly. Anders Kompass has been suspended for 'leaking confidential information', though he has sought to protect the most vulnerable.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/un-aid-worker-suspended-leaking-report-child-abuse-french-troops-car

SHERPA SLAVERY

The tragic earthquake in Nepal reveals the continued mockery the wealthy make of those they ravage. With their expensive climbing equipment and their international rescue resources on hand they frolic amidst the peaks, savour Nepalese culture and return to their lands of plenty while those who hosted them, bore for them, guided and enabled them, return too but to their very different worlds.

The rich being plucked to safety were red carpeted to embassies, Ghurka army camps, airports and awaiting salvation while the Nepalese shivered, hungry, drinking contaminated water and facing icy unsheltered nights.

The rich world's Disasters Emergency Committee that sprang into operation assuages the conscience of the spectators, but is doing nothing to address the real issues of continued and systemic inequality that maintain the region's oppression.

Climbers are even now planning to scale Everest again, trampling over the poor on their ascent.

It would be better if a more pressing mountain height was scaled, that of achieving a fairer world.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/felipearaujo/climbing-season-in-nepal-at-risk-of-being-cancelled#.tjNwMoWz9

6,800 SYMBOLS OF OUR FAILED FOREIGN POLICIES

The blue inviting waters of the Mediterranean that have allured holiday makers for decades now carry mocking tragic waves ridiculing the disastrous foreign policy of the U.K.

Naive interference, superficial journalism, catastrophic military campaigns and oppressive financial and trade structures now carry bloated corpses and blood tinged waves onto sun drenched sands.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/felipearaujo/at-least-6800-migrants-rescued-in-mediterranean-waters-this#.jcz6AbRMy

THE ROYAL BIRTH - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The birth we should be far more concerned about

The royal baby needs no attention, resource or media coverage. She is one of the most materially advantaged on the planet. The public's fawning is intrusive and panders to humanity's weakness for vicarious living. People fail to take responsibility for their own lives and moral mandate, instead distracting themselves with celebrity, royalty and the wealthy. Whereas the baby girl born on the migrant rescue boat, represents all that should be occupying our attention, challenges us to share our resources more liberally and exposes the media's appetite for the trivial, rather than reporting on the pressing need for international economic, social and political reform.

http://www.thenational.scot/world/italy-baby-girl-born-on-migrant-med-rescue-boat.2618

RUSSELL BRAND

Anyone who takes Brand seriously is a laughing stock

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sirajdatoo/russell-brand-tells-voters-to-support-labour

ISRAELI TROOPS OWN UP

The truth will out.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/05/israeli-soldiers-admit-gaza-war-atrocities-150504191146520.html

BRITAIN FINALLY DOES THE DECENT THING

 The headline should be 'Britain finally rescues migrants in the Med'!

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4430703.ece

THE 'MUG' PREMISE

  The advertising industry is built on this simple 'mug' premise.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/columnists/gilessmith/article4430389.ece

Friday, May 01, 2015

NATALIE BENNETT - GREENER THAN GREEN

Natalie Bennett - a disaster for the Greens!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/the-green-party-is-open-to-legalising-three-way-marriages

WHILE THE RICH ARE RESCUED THE POOR LANGUISH

Oh how stark a contrast as the rich are plucked to safety like royalty and the poor rot in gutters

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/disease-outbreak-threatens-nepal-quake-survivors-150501142454868.html

KIM JONG UN'S BLOODY HANDS

Having murdered 15, among them musicians, a dalliance with Putin was too much.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-cancels-his-first-trip-abroad#.sr4PxJEkl

THE BRAND LOGO

I am afraid Russell is only interested in his Brand....

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/russell-brand-drops-his-anti-voting-stance-to-urge-people-to

THREE CHEERS FOR MARILYN MOSBY

Well done Marilyn Mosby!

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article4428206.ece