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NATO, Ukraine, Israel, & Scottish Government boycott policy

TODAY - Sunday 31st August, 3pm
Glasgow Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, G2 4PS
The Western powers through NATO and Russia are fighting for their strategic interests in Ukraine. The Western press is remarkably silent on the influence of Neo-Nazi Svoboda in the Kiev Government and fighting alongside the Ukranian army against pro-Russian separatists. While thousands have died in the fighting, NATO support for that regime is complete. Svoboda openly praises its predecessor party that slaughtered Poles and Jews in enforcing the Nazi occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

The disaster in Ukraine could become a catastrophe if NATO and Russia escalate their conflict.

What has been NATO's role in the Ukraine and what does this mean for a unified UK after September 18th or an independent Scotland remaining in NATO? Since Israel is a virtual member of NATO both bilaterally from Tel Aviv and via its privileged position with the US, NATO's leading power, what will this mean for Scottish Government policy towards the occupied and violated people of Palestine?

Ray McGovern was a high level career CIA analyst who briefed US presidents. He will speak on NATO's role in the Ukraine.
Brian Larkin from the Peace & Justice Centre will speak on NATO, Scotland and Israel.

Brian Larkin from the Peace & Justice Centre will speak on NATO, Scotland and Israel.

Scottish PSC welcomes recent advice from the Scottish Government on trade and investment with companies active in illegal settlements. Suprisingly however, the Scottish Government is boycotting all Russian cultural events and opposes the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel.

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Rupert Murdoch - head of a criminal corporation - lying for Israel

Why I had to leave the Times
Robert Fisk 11 July 2011

Then, in the spring of 1983, an­other change. I had, with Dou­glas-Home's full agree­ment, spent months in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of seven Pales­tin­ian and Lebanese pris­on­ers of the Is­raelis in Sidon. It was ob­vi­ous, I con­cluded, that the men had been mur­dered – the grave-dig­ger even told me that their corpses had been brought to him, hands tied be­hind their backs, show­ing marks of bruis­ing. But now Dou­glas-Home couldn't see how we would be "jus­ti­fied" in run­ning a re­port "so long after the event".

Murdoch and Israeli Finance Minister at Invest Israel Conference 10 Sep 2012Murdoch and Israeli Finance Minister at Invest Israel Conference 10 Sep 2012"Mur­doch was owner of The Times when I cov­ered the blood-soaked Is­raeli in­va­sion and oc­cu­pa­tion of Lebanon in 1982. Not a line was re­moved from my re­ports, how­ever crit­i­cal they were of Is­rael. After the in­va­sion, Dou­glas-Home and Mur­doch were in­vited by the Is­raelis to take a mil­i­tary he­li­copter trip into Lebanon. The Is­raelis tried to rub­bish my re­port­ing; Dou­glas-Home said he stood up for me. On the flight back to Lon­don, Dou­glas-Home and Mur­doch sat to­gether. "I knew Ru­pert was in­ter­ested in what I was writ­ing," he told me later. "He sort of waited for me to tell him what it was, al­though he didn't de­mand it. I didn't show it to him."

But things changed. Be­fore he was ed­i­tor, Dou­glas-Home would write for the Ara­bic-lan­guage Al-Ma­jella mag­a­zine, often deeply crit­i­cal of Is­rael. Now his Times ed­i­to­ri­als took an op­ti­mistic view of the Is­raeli in­va­sion. He stated that "there is now no wor­thy Pales­tin­ian to whom the world can talk" and – for heaven's sake – that "per­haps at last the Pales­tini­ans on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip will stop hop­ing that stage-strut­ters like Mr Arafat can res­cue them mirac­u­lously from doing busi­ness with the Is­raelis."

All of which, of course, was of­fi­cial Is­raeli gov­ern­ment pol­icy at the time.

Then, in the spring of 1983, an­other change. I had, with Dou­glas-Home's full agree­ment, spent months in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of seven Pales­tin­ian and Lebanese pris­on­ers of the Is­raelis in Sidon. It was ob­vi­ous, I con­cluded, that the men had been mur­dered – the grave-dig­ger even told me that their corpses had been brought to him, hands tied be­hind their backs, show­ing marks of bruis­ing. But now Dou­glas-Home couldn't see how we would be "jus­ti­fied" in run­ning a re­port "so long after the event".

In other words, the very sys­tem of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism – of fact-check­ing and months of in­ter­views – be­came self-de­feat­ing. When we got the facts, too much time had passed to print them. I asked the Is­raelis if they would carry out a mil­i­tary in­quiry and, anx­ious to show how hu­man­i­tar­ian they were, they duly told us there would be an of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The Is­raeli "in­quiry" was, I sus­pected, a fic­tion. But it was enough to "jus­tify" pub­lish­ing my long and de­tailed re­port. Once the Is­raelis could look like good guys, Dou­glas-Home's con­cerns evap­o­rated.

...These past two weeks, I have been think­ing of what it was like to work for Mur­doch, what was wrong about it, about the use of power by proxy. For Mur­doch could never be blamed. Mur­doch was more caliph than ever, no more re­spon­si­ble for an ed­i­to­r­ial or a "news" story than a pres­i­dent of Syria is for a mas­sacre – the lat­ter would be car­ried out on the or­ders of gov­er­nors who could al­ways be tried or sacked or sent off as ad­viser to a prime min­is­ter – and the leader would in­vari­ably anoint his son as his suc­ces­sor. Think of Hafez and Bashar Assad or Hosni and Gamal Mubarak or Ru­pert and James. In the Mid­dle East, Arab jour­nal­ists knew what their mas­ters wanted, and helped to cre­ate a jour­nal­is­tic desert with­out the water of free­dom, an ut­terly skewed ver­sion of re­al­ity. So, too, within the Mur­doch em­pire."

Full report in the Independent 11 Nov 2011