Posts tagged ‘David Cameron’

May 29, 2011

British government secretly training Saudi and Bahrani forces to quell people power uprisings

  [Picture source Guardian: Saudi Special Forces trained in Mecca by the British military  for uprisings in Bahrain]
[Diks Vanderpooter, Human Rights Contributor]
Guardian: International human rights groups and British activists have been shocked by revelations by the British government that, whilst supporting people power uprisings in Libya and Egypt, its military has been secretly training Saudi Arabia‘s national guard  in public order enforcement techniques which had been used when they were assigned to quell the recent people power protests in Bahrain.

In the recent uprisings in Bahrain, the Bahraini royal family used more than 1,200 British-trained Saudi troops to assist in demolishing the demonstrations which they did brutally by all accounts killing more than 100 protestors and seriously injuring many more. The UK Ministry of Defence report, out yesterday, confirmed that Britain despatches around 20 training teams to Saudi Arabia each year which the Saudis pay for.

Nicholas Gilby of the Campaign Against Arms Trade said: Britain’s important role in training the Saudi Arabian national guard in internal security over many years has enabled them to develop tactics to help suppress the popular uprising in Bahrain.”

In acknowledgement of Britain’s training role in supporting the undemocratic Bahrain and Saudi regimes, Defence minister Nick Harvey said to the British parliament last week: “It is possible that some members of the Saudi Arabian national guard which were deployed in Bahrain may have undertaken some training provided by the British military mission.”..

May 27, 2011

President Obama’s sinister ‘special relationship’ with the United Kingdom

[Dominic Chatrell, Politics Contributor]

The UK Telegraph’s Peter Oborne writes a telling commentary on the circus surrounding President’s Obama’s recent visit to the United Kingdom. He describes the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries as nothing more than sinister and here’s why.

According to Mr. Osborne, this week’s visit by Barack Obama to the United Kingdom was nothing short of a national embarrassment especially as the mainstream media attention was more devoted to hype, rather than substance. In context, the President’s visit to the British Houses of Parliament in Westminster was certainly pop-starish with an adulating crowd of sycophantic politicians in ‘Mecca-like’ herds rushing to shake the hand of the man who since power has accomplished nothing significantly good and who has perpetrated the wars started by his precedessor, G.W Bush.
The President’s impeccable rhetoric when speaking to the British Parliament pronounced:  “ [we] stand squarely on the side of those who want to be free….longing for human dignity is universal”.  But, not much commenting from listeners there, no hard questions for a President of a country which has departed from the rule of law taking into account the relatively insignificant, in matters of world affairs, but significant in terms of the ‘special relationship’, £5.2 million of outstanding congestion charge fines accumulated by US diplomats in central London.

Amidst the hand shaking and ‘high fives’, no one thought to ask Obama, why, in breach of his election promise he said recently that the illegal prison of Guantánamo Bay and America’s policy of having secret prisons in European countries are to be continued.

No one thought to ask this President of contradictory acts, words and broken promises, why he supports the suppression of the Shia population in Bahrain, as actively assisted by Saudi Arabia. And, why, the most undemocratic country in the middle east – Saudi Arabia – where women are treated like sub-human chattels and are not even allowed to drive in the Kingdom just because they are women, is on his ‘best friend’ list.

Again, no one thought to ask the ‘high-fiving’ President about the USA‘s use of the USA’s depleted uranium ordinance in Iraq and Afganistan, now proved to cause countless deformities and cancers in children in those countries and why he supports the use of torture to extract confessions when the overwhelming evidence is that it does not work. Again, no questions about why he deliberately blocked enquiries from the British judiciary recently regarding the unlawful killing of British forces in the conflict zones in the middle east, by US ‘friendly fire’.

Furthermore, this is a President who has so little regard for human rights and the due process of law that he has publicly stated that the Wikileaks suspect, Bradley Manning, ‘has broken the law’ – even when Mr. Manning has yet to be tried for his alleged crime by a military tribunal in respect to which Mr. Obama is Commander in Chief of the USA armed forces.

Despite all that, UK leaders were falling over themselves in standing ovations and glittering parties to celebrate a ‘special relationship’ which in substance has nothing special about it and in fact committed the UK to a war in Iraq that was not only illegal and costly, but has killed many serving British soldiers.

A special relationship it seems built on the personal ambitions of politicians, not citizens, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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May 27, 2011

Duke of Edinburgh salutes Obama, hmmmmnnnn..?

[Tom Geraint, Celebrities News Contributor]

A photo depicting Prince Philip, the Queen of England‘s husband, saluting President Obama is going viral on the Internet. Is it real, or a mock up from one of the many photos of the president’s highly successful visit to the United Kingdom recently. Have a look and judge for yourself.

May 26, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama continues to wow England

[Tom Tatsky, Politics Contributor]

MailOnline reports that a radiant and elegant Michelle Obama in an exquisite adornment of jewels last night co-hosted a dinner in honour of the Queen of England and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The First Lady, pictured above, wore an eye-catching black off-the-shoulder dress designed by Ralph Lauren for the formal event. Her evening wear was complemented by a thoughtful array of jewelry which included a Tom Bins cuff and necklace valued at around £1,500.

The American president, Barack Obama and the First Lady, were the host of an event at Winfield House in Regent’s Park, which is the official home of the American Ambassador, in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as a reciprocal gesture for the previous evening’s Buckingham Palace state banquet.

May 24, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s state visit to UK a big hit

Picture source MailOnline – beautiful First Lady, Michelle Obama, in near miss wardrobe malfunction

[Selma Thomson, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline:  The Obamas‘ state visit to the UK seemed to be a big hit with all from the meetings with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron to that with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Discussions between the politicians were reported to be warm and constructive with every hint of the ‘elusive’ special relationship in the air.

It is reported that points discussed covered how to induce ‘a sense of optimism and national mission’, whilst attending to declining living standards and the re-establishment of economies severely damaged by the financial crisis. Climate change, foreign policy challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya also were featured in the discussions.

March 6, 2011

UK declares war

Yes, its official!  According to BBC News, the UK has declared war on the ‘enemies of enterprise’. With the country‘s coffers at an all-time record low and a deficit bursting outwards at the seams, David Cameron, Britain’s PM, at his political party’s spring conference, said that he has declared ‘war on the enemies of enterprise’ and was on the side of the ‘go-getters’ in Britain as the country’s only hope for growth was to back its entrepreneurs.  Accordingly, he has vowed that the country’s March 23rd Budget would be his government’s most aggressive yet.  His Chancellor, George Osborne, has already said that the forthcoming Budget would be ‘unashamedly pro-growth’, so an eager British business community waits with bated breath.

Mr. Cameron has promised: .. a fundamental rebalancing of our economy … with less debt, more saving; less borrowing, more investment; less dependence on financial services and more new industries, exports and trade’. But, it would seem that the contradictions in that statement give little comfort to the British business community that Mr. Cameron really knows what he is talking about and also that he has not included the British government itself in his list of ‘enemies of enterprise’.

I guess for someone who has never run a business in his life, Mr. Cameron may not be the best qualified to have a credible plan for business growth and in that sense, may be forgiven for his outburst.  He might be interested to learn that in the USA, the US government’s encouragement for the re-starting of lending and investment programs from banks and financial services companies to stimulate and enable business recovery has worked a treat to make the USA today the greatest emerging market in the world. So why is Mr. Cameron saying that for similar results to be obtained in Britain, his government will do the opposite?

However, the good news is that Mr. Cameron’s government seems keen to create enabling structures for the country’s business folk as according to him, the government intends to take on: ‘ ..the bureaucrats in government departments who concoct those ridiculous rules and regulations that make life impossible for small firms…”The town hall officials who take forever to make those planning decisions that can be make or break for a business – and the investment and jobs that go with it …”The public sector procurement managers who think that the answer to everything is a big contract with a big business and who shut out millions of Britain’s small and medium sized companies from a massive potential market.”

The Labour Party is dismissing Mr. Cameron’s promises as yet more air from a Prime Minister not famous for making any of his pledges come true. They are saying that Mr. Cameron lacks an effective plan for growth and seems more interested in spin, rather than substance.

[Finance and Economics Contributor]

February 22, 2011

USA and UK backed the wrong side in middle east and Africa, says UK PM David Cameron

At an address this week to the Kuwaiti Parliament, Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron said that the UK and the USA was wrong to have backed the autocratic regimes in the middle east and Africa as by doing so they had contributed to the disrupting ‘people power‘ revolts now widespread in the region.

So is this information from Mr. Cameron new? Not really. Arabs and Africans are not that stupid and have known for a very long time that the policy of the UK and USA to support dictatorial regimes in the middle east and Africa was alive and present and had abounded with raw self-interest for the preservation of corruption in the region so as to encourage the flow of oil and other deals to them.

And what of Mr. Cameron’s apology – is it well-timed? Perhaps not, as the UK and USA’s inaction over the plight of the Palestinians, the illegal war and invasion of Iraq and Afganistan (which Mr. Cameron had supported), the use of radioactive ordinance and unmanned drones in those countries which have negatively affected thousands of civilians, makes the apology now hollow, insincere and desperate.  There is no lost love between the UK and USA and the people on the ground in the ‘people power’ revolts. Ask anyone  of them and they will tell you why their dictators were allowed to oppress them for so long  – all down to the west they will say.

Anyway, view the video [news source: Telegraph UK] and make up your own mind. Perhaps Mr. Cameron wanted to tell the Kuwaitis: ‘You’d better loosen up, or your turn could be next!’. Let’s wait and see…