The government in the UK is hell-bent on alienating public opinion, with all their ludicrous proposals. I wonder why? Are they bereft of their senses? Anyone with any sense and in tune with political reality can see that most of their policies would benefit from a complete reversal of posture! Thought for the day......
Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
A forgotten people
A persecution 'as flagrant in its implications as the situation in Gaza' is happening in Europe and being ignored by the international community, according to a Welsh representative who addressed an International Conference on EU, Turkey and the Kurds today in Brussels .
Former MEP Eurig Wyn, who is also a Plaid Cymru candidate for this year's European elections, said from the European Parliament:
"There are 40 million Kurds in Europe, 20 million of who reside in Turkey and they are being persecuted by the Turkish government.
“Kurdish-medium schools are banned, their language persecuted - parents aren't allowed to give children Kurdish names - and in the Eastern Kurdish community there is a designed economic deprivation and poverty."
A spokesperson for Amnesty International ( Wales ), Mr Wyn added that the EU should not allow membership for the Turkish state until they respected Kurdish political and linguistic rights.
"All the international directives are in place - the UN Charter, the Geneva Convention, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights - but they don't seem to be applied in relation to the Kurds. The incursions by the Turkish military into the Kurdish enclave in n orthern Iraq continue."
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The two day conference is entitled:
FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EU, TURKEY AND THE KURDS:
Time for Change in Turkey
Posted by Alan Jones at 08:02
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
UK 'will suffer worst' amid turmoil
The UK is expected to suffer the worst slump of all advanced nations in the "deepest recession since the Second World War", world economists said.
* Global economic growth to slow to 0.5% in 2009: IMF
* Fed debates new efforts to fire up growth
* UK to suffer worst slump, warns IMF
* Related Hot Topic: Financial Crisis
All major economies are expected to experience steep falls in output in 2009, but the drop for Britain is forecast to be substantially greater than the average, according to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) World Economic Outlook.
In an update to its November report, the IMF said it had revised down its expectations for the contraction in the UK economy, from 1.3% to 2.8%. Advanced nations are expected to suffer an average 2% drop in output.
The IMF said global growth is expected to fall to 0.5% this year as the "scale and scope of the current financial crisis have taken the global economy into uncharted waters".
It called on governments to find new strategies to combat the economic turmoil and counter uncertainty.
"The main risk is that, unless stronger financial strains and uncertainties are forcefully addressed, the pernicious feedback loop between real activity and financial markets will intensify, leading to even more toxic effects on global growth," the report said.
Official figures last week confirmed that Britain fell into recession at the end of 2008. The UK economy contracted by 1.5% in the final three months of the year - worse than expected by analysts and sparking fears of a deep and prolonged recession.
Overall, UK gross domestic product (GDP) for 2008 as a whole fell to 0.7%, the poorest full-year output since 1992.
The UK recession has been all but inevitable in recent months as the financial crisis escalated in the wake of the credit crunch, which caused a crippling lending drought. This has hit the housing and construction markets hard, with all sectors across the economy now suffering.
The IMF said global recovery would not be possible until the financial sector began functioning again. The report said: "Despite wide-ranging policy actions, financial strains remain acute, pulling down the real economy."
Posted by Alan Jones at 07:55
Friday, 23 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Icelanders are not terrorists
Gordon Brown unjustifiably used the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act
of 2001 against the people of Iceland for his own short-term political gain.
This has turned a grave situation into a national disaster, affecting
families in both Iceland and the United Kingdom. Help them avert greater
damage by signing this petition now.
Please forward to as many as possible.
Posted by Alan Jones at 07:35
Friday, 2 January 2009
Independence Cymru foresees that the next General Election to be held in Britain by May 2010 will be the last (for the British parliament). I watched an interesting programme last night on BBC2 -Scotland which focused on the Thatcher years and their effect on the people of Scotland.
Inadvertently this Conservative government ushered in the ascent of the SNP and accelerated devolution and the setting up of a full parliament for Scotland.
It is strongly predicted that the next (and last?) General Election will result in a Conservative victory and a Tory government at Westminster. David Cameron is firmly against the break-up of the Union and the disintegration of the British state. In fact the Conservatives are merging with the Unionists of Northern Ireland in an attempt to bolster Unionism in Britain.
The people of Scotland and increasingly the people of Wales and northern Ireland think differently. The trend is away from empire-building and towards national independence for the countries of Britain. The people of these nations will not accept domination from Westminster as cultural values in Wales and Scotland are very different from those of England. There is a strong egalitarion and Libertarian element in the make-up of the Scots and the Welsh and a classlessness which does not accord with the nature and philosophy of the Conservatives and their establishment associates. Time will tell, but watch this space!
Posted by Alan Jones at 02:29