NEW EVIDENCE REVEALS SIX YEAR SECRET HISTORY OF UK SUPPLIES TO TURKISH KILLER DRONES

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PRESS RELEASE from Brighton Against Arms Trade 12pm Friday 15th January 2021. (pdf)

In light of the information contained herein, campaigners are asking people to ring EDO on 01273 810500, ask for Public Relations and ask about use of EDO-produced weapons component in Nagorno Karabakh. Or just ask receptionist to forward the message.

ANDAIR Ltd announced this week it has ceased supplies of fuel components to the Turkish company Baykar Makina after discovering these had been used on armed drones sent to Azerbaijan.

https://twitter.com/CivilNetTV/status/1349243020592508930

https://en.armradio.am/2021/01/13/british-firm-andair-halts-supply-of-parts-for-bayraktar-drones

https://ahval.me/turkey-drones/uk-company-stops-export-parts-baykar-drones-used-nagorno-karabakh

Andair’s components were found in the wreckage of armed UAVs shot down in the war in Nagorno Karabakh by Armenian forces and documented in a report distributed on Twitter by the Armenian National Council of America(ANCA)

https://twitter.com/search?q=ANCA_DC%20bayraktar

Brighton Against The Arms Trade (BAAT) welcomes Andair’s public statement and calls on the other UK company named in the ANCA report EDO MBM Technology Ltd…

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Expansion and long-term production planned at East Yorkshire well site

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Rathlin Energy has revealed proposals to add six new wells at its West Newton A wellsite in Holderness and seek consent for 25-years of production.

The West Newton-A well site in East Yorkshire, 2020. Photo: Used with the owner’s consent

In a short statement on its website, the company said it planned to drill, test and produce from up to six new wells. It also wanted to test, appraise and produce from the existing two wells.

Rathlin said East Riding of Yorkshire Council had ruled that the proposed expansion would not need an environmental impact assessment.

News from Rathlin Energy’s website

The company said it would carry out a public consultation on the plans “over the coming months”, before submitting a formal planning application.

Neither Rathlin nor East Yorkshire Council have published the resulting size of the expanded site if the plans were approved. But maps on the council’s planning…

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“We did what we had to do”-Subcomandante Moisés reflects on the EZLN uprising

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On the 27th anniversary of the EZLN’s rebellion, Subcomandante Moisés stated: “We did what we had to do”. This is a conversation with the current Zapatista spokesperson who held the rank of major back on January 1st, 1994. We talk about the orgins of the uprising by the indigenous rebels.

Written & photo by Diego Enrique Osorno in Milenio. Translated by Shantal Montserrat Lopez Victoria

-To understand 94, we have to go back, could you tell us about the years prior to the uprising?

-Yes, 1983 was the year when some of our members arrived to the mountains of the Mexican southeast and began to recruit comrades which is why the membership of the organization grew. Then from ‘83 to ‘93 was the period of recruitment in the villages, the ‘underground period’.

The comrades began to look for people one by one but then we changed our recruitment methods because the people, the indigenous communities, have a certain way of meeting people in groups, collectively. And this is how we recruited those with moral authority. And yes, from that point on we continued to organize ourselves with towns and other areas. A region can be made up of lots small towns and communities. Some regions are made up of 20 communities or 30 communities, which is what we call a region.

As our political influence grew in these towns and regions, we made military preparations. We organized the compañeros and compañeras, until the day came when it was decided: It is time for us to head out.

-How did the arrival of members from the city affect the organization in the towns during that time?

-Small communities began to see things differently because they (members from the city) organized in a different way. What I want to say is that with the arrival of the EZLN, women began to have an important role, where before they weren’t even considered. Although there were some organizations (with women), they weren’t really taken seriously. That’s what changed during that time, there was more organization and respect for women.

-On January 1st, 1994, you were a major, not yet a Subcomandante. What was it like to experience the preparations for that day?

– ​We all arrived, insurgents and troops, we all got ready. Before I became a major I was Insurgent Moisés. We had trained in the mountains and helped our fellow comrades prepare; It was there that the troops had to take exams to become a commander. Starting from second lieutenant, lieutenant, then second captain, first captain, then major and so on. So, yes, the rank I had when we left on January 1st, 1994 was major, as is publicly known. We received training and on top of that, other special trainings courses, because we also had to go out into the city. The mountains are very different than the city. I had to be with my commander, Subcomandante Insurgente Pedro, who was teaching, preparing and training me.

And yes, there were a lot of the things he taught and explained to us before 1994 that I had to learn. He prepared me for times just like today with you, where we have to explain who we are, and talk to the people of Mexico; the teachers, the students, the workers and others.

-What other advice did Subcomandante Pedro give you during that training period?

-He would also say that we have to be prepared, because we do not know who will die, and he was right. We used to be underground but today we have organized ourselves with our comrades, for example with the National Indigenous Congress. We’re now openly working with the people. What happened in the past, is the past, as he would say. When we left at dawn in 1994, I had to do my part. He told me no matter happened I had to continue and take responsibility for my actions. Of course, I understood what he told me from the beginning: that whatever happens we have to continue fighting and here we are, still fighting.

-What was January 1st, 1994 like for you?

-Well, it was my duty to take over the Town Hall of Ocosingo along with Subcomandante Insurgente Pedro. He was in front of the town hall and I was off to the side, where the police were set up. Then we got separated, but we had said that we would be in communication when we were ready to head into the town hall.

I was waiting for his order, but it never came so I sent him a message to find out what was going on. I waited for a long time, but then I received a message that Sub Pedro had fallen in combat. So from then on, I had to take command and decide what we were going to do. The first thing we did was to check on our comrade Subcomandante Insurgente Pedro, so I took him outside, lifted his head, talked to him to see if he was still alive, but nothing. We got him out of there and took his body to a Zapatista community.

So then, we had to continue, we had to move forward. And that’s what I was organizing, because we had to go to another city, which was Comitán, and that’s what I was getting ready for. But then we received the order from Subcomandante Marcos that we had to retreat, and we had to retreat because that was the order. And that was that.

Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians

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By Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel’s poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous.

Amnesty International, among many organizations, condemned the Israeli government’s decision to bar Palestinians from receiving the vaccine. The rights group described the Israeli action as evidence of the “institutionalized discrimination that defines the Israeli government’s policy towards Palestinians.”

Covid-19 awareness in Palestine is allowed, but Israel is withholding vaccines. Source: Arab News

The Palestinian Authority was not expecting Israel to supply Palestinian hospitals with millions of vaccines as it hopes to receive two million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in February. Instead, the request made by PA official, Hussein al-Sheikh, Coordinator of Palestinian affairs with Israel, was a meager 10,000 doses to help protect Palestinian frontline workers. Still, the Israeli Health Ministry rejected the request.

According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, 1,629 Palestinians died and a total of 160,043 were infected with the deadly COVID-19 disease as of January 4. While such dismal numbers can also be found in many parts of the world, the Palestinian coronavirus crisis is compounded by the fact that Palestinians live under an Israeli military occupation, a state of apartheid and, as in the case of Gaza, an unrelenting siege.

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Derry Radical Bookfair Goes Online for 2021

DERRY RADICAL BOOKFAIR

In 2021 Derry will once again play host to our 5th annual Derry Radical Bookfair, however this year due to ongoing restrictions and social distancing brought on by the current Covid 19 pandemic organisers will hold an online event instead.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said that “Due to health and safety concerns it was decided to hold our 5th Radical Bookfair online.

“It simply won’t be the same as previous years however we are determined to create a number of online events such as book launches or discussions on the day itself. At the minute we are looking at hosting these events online on the day in which we have scheduled the book fair itself. Over the next few weeks we intend to make public the different events planned and help publicise them as best we can through social media, on our webpage and through the radical…

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A CONTROVERSY OVER A 1916 RISING COMMEMORATION IN SOUTH LONDON

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Diarmuid Breatnach

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As we in the SE London, Lewisham branch of the Irish in Britain Representation Group began to plan our Easter Rising commemoration locally in 2000, we could not have imagined the drama it would bring. It resulted in calls for the event’s cancellation, for the Lewisham Irish Community Centre to revoke our hire of the hall and even for the withdrawal of the Centre’s meagre funding from the local authority. And shortly afterwards an attempt was made to burn down the Centre.

Even in the general atmosphere of anti-Irish racism in Britain and context of the 30 Years’ War in Ireland, we could not have expected these developments. The Lewisham Branch of the IBRG, founded towards the end of 19861, had been hosting this annual event locally long before the Irish Centre had opened in 1992 and in fact the…

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Limping into the new year: class struggle round-up for mid-January

WAR CRIMES

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

This article first appeared in The Anvil, Vol 9 No 6, published 31 Dec 2020.

Australian forces in Afghanistan. Credit: LS Paul Berry via The Guardian

The Brereton report about allegations of war crimes against Afghan civilians by Australian troops, mainly the Special Air Service Regiment, was met in November with gasps of shock by the capitalist media and the appointment of a special prosecutor to bring criminal charges. The prosecutor’s appointment, however, was also the signal for the issue to drop out of the media and normal service to resume in the area of propaganda glorifying the military. When trials eventually occur, it will be years after the report, when the military have fabricated a story to exonerate the institution, whatever the fate of the individuals mentioned.

Australia’s imperialist military and the governments that sent it to Afghanistan shouldn’t get away with it so easily. The 39 murders named…

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Formal approval of UKOG’s Turkish acquisition

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UK Oil & Gas plc announced this morning its 50% acquisition in the Basur-Resan oil licence in south east Turkey has been officially approved. The company said it was now a named party on the licence.


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