Turkish land and air forces have spent the last 24 hours pounding ISIS positions close to the Turk/Syrian border. It seems that an ISIS drone murdering 32 Kurds in Turkey earlier in the week may have been the catalyst. With no love lost for the Kurdish nationalist cause, they’ve also been hammering the PKK. Maybe Ankara wants no-one in control of Syria near to Turkey, but it should have thought of the consequences of undermining Assad.
Many Kurds live elsewhere in Turkey, so it’s no surprise that Istanbul is burning for the second night in a row. The PKK killed two Turkish police officers a few days ago. I expect more PKK reprisals and the usual Turkish response to that.
There’s no dipping your toe into these things. Turkey – a NATO country – could be in or out fully and it’s being drawn right in. It can bomb the Kurds and ISIS nearby but if that’s all then the bombing will stop and Kurds and ISIS will still dominate wherever it is they are. Only ground troops can clear and hold space.
I know one thing: if Erdogan provokes a blowback significant enough for him to invoke Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, he can get stuffed.
We don’t hear much about the Icelandic economic crises now. Well there isn’t one. Like Greece, Iceland was at rock bottom not long ago. Unlike Greece, the heroic Icelandic people refused to bend beneath the yoke of creditor demands. Let’s remind ourselves how bad it was in 2009-
One year ago, Iceland was named the most desirable country in the world. Today, its economy has been devastated by the catastrophic collapse of its three largest banks. Unemployment rose 45% between November and December, and a recent survey indicated that 40% of households and 70% of businesses were technically bankrupt.
Quite bad then amid the “catastrophic collapse”. However the people fought the police, they fought parliament, and they won. The banks went down, creditors took it on the chin and the experts predicted years of depression. But the experts were wrong. Prices and markets were allowed to work and today Iceland is on the up. Some “catastophe” then. Maybe “fortuitous” is the adjective they were looking for. There must be a lesson in there somewhere.
It’s the last competitive day of Le Tour de France, the riders are on the road and they’re heading for a finish at the summit of Alpe’d’Huez. It’s a legendary climb. I’ve been up it on wheels myself: four of them to be honest, in a taxi on my way to a week’s skiing. I certainly wouldn’t be so stupid as to cycle it. There are twenty two hairpin bends, the crowds close in so tight they block out the road and un Anglais still clings to the yellow jersey. The locals have already gobbed on Chris Froome, thrown urine in his face and punched his teammates, but hey, cycling’s a sport of passions and they really hate seeing one of ours win. One of the great scenes in sport is on ITV4 right now.
As if it couldn’t get any better, the Springboks host the All Blacks at Ellis Park, Jo’burg at 4.30pm. Watch it on Sky Sports or live stream it for free. We’re talking two very big rugby beasts who hate losing to each other. The beers are already chilling for what might another classic.
It just gets better! The UK looks like it will now enjoy at least a decade of Conservative Government if this is what passes for “opposition”!!!
Labour needs to learn from left-wing movements such as Greece’s Syriza, Spain’s Podemos and Scotland’s SNP to spread a message of anti-austerity across Britain, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
The left-wing Labour leadership candidate said failing to do so would leave Labour continuing to lose support to the Tories.
Mr Corbyn said: “I have been in Greece, I have been in Spain. It’s very interesting that social democratic parties that accept the austerity agenda and end up implementing it end up losing a lot of members and a lot of support. “I think we have a chance to do something different here.”
Incredible stuff! Labour has no chance of winning any General Election if it goes Left and yet all the signs are that it will do exactly THAT! Labour went left in 2010. It lost. It went further Left in 2015. It lost. So the compelling logic is – go even further Left.
Secretary of State John Kerry says he told Iranian officials during the nuclear talks that “death to America” chants at public rallies in their country were “pretty stupid.”
Wow – now THAT was really sticking it to them…right?
“I told them that their chants of ‘death to America’ and so forth are not helpful, and they’re pretty stupid,” Kerry said, lowering his voice, during a question-and-answer session at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, where he sought to sell the controversial nuclear deal.”
I imagine the Iranians are quaking in their boots!
A Pride event in Glasgow has banned drag queens from performing, after committee members decided acts could offend trans people.
Oh my aching sides….
Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an anti-commercialist alternative to the Scottish city’s main Pride event, said trans and non-binary committee members were “uncomfortable with having drag performances“.
The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may “disappoint” some people “the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first.”
It went on to stress that attendees can wear “what they want” and “express their gender how they please”, but that “self-described drag acts” would not be allowed to perform.
Brilliant. So now the poor old drag queens, a mainstay of the whole Gay parade thing – are banned lest they offend “trans people”. Hahaha.
Even more amusing is to see how the acronym for this group keeps on growing – it is now the LGBTQIA. Will they run out of letters soon?
British parents should be jailed for smacking their children, a United Nations report has suggested. Officials from the UN Human Rights Committee recommended banning corporal punishment in a report that also called for the Government to scrap indefinite immigration detention.
Their report warned that Britain should “put an end to corporal punishment in all settings, including in the home”. The officials added: “It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.” Currently, parents are not explicitly banned from striking their children. The law allows for “reasonable chastisement” to control a child’s behaviour is lawful, but parents can be prosecuted if their actions result in injuries such as bruises, cuts or scratches.
Gotta love the way the UN tries to conflate discipline with ‘violence’. As far as I am concerned the UN has no business telling ANY parent how they should go about their parental business but IF they DO want to do something positive they might like to look at those parents who ensure that girls go through FGM, go into forced marriages, be turned into virtual slaves. Instead it goes after parents who seek to ensure their kids are brought up properly. No parent should ever be allowed to indulge in “violence” against their children but a timely slap does no harm whatsoever if the child is behaving atrociously. As readers may know, I have two kids and as I recall, they were very good well behaved children but on a few occasions they behaved badly and they were given the proverbial loving slap. It didn’t do them any harm whatsoever and in my view parents MUST have the RIGHT to chastise bad behaviour in children. It is how they learn.
The UK must stay in the European Union to continue to have influence on the world stage, US President Barack Obama has told the BBC. He said the UK’s EU membership “gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union”.
I was invited onto BBC London to discuss this earlier today.
My view is that Obama is way out of line on this one on at least five different levels!
1. He has NO electoral mandate in the UK so why does he think he has a right to tell us how WE should vote? As I pointed out he is less relevant here than even Labour!!!
2. Has he no respect for diplomatic protocol OR did he make this intervention with the approval of Cameron? If so, is our PM also colluding to keep us IN the EU?
3. Obama talks of his deep affection for the UK. Is this what prompted him to remove the bust of Churchill from the Oval Office when he first arrived there?
4. He talks of how the EU has secured peace in Europe post WW2 but this denies the fact that it was AMERICAN military power that kept the peace! He is actually erasing the role his OWN country has played!!!
5. He talks of the prosperity the EU has brought to the peoples of Europe. Has he heard of Greece? Of Portugal? Of Spain? Has he any idea of the economic meltdown that IS the EU?
The only thing that I can understand motivating Obama is that since he believes in an open border with Mexico I guess he wants to ensure the UK continues to have an open border with the EU.
Pleasing to see that hate filled lowbrow trash @LADFLEG has been suspended. Well done Twitter.
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