BREXIT – What Next?

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We are in a shock, even at end of the weekend.

I will say a good, pleasant shock.

Shock from realizing the fact that it is possible to be strong to stand for what we believe in.

Strong enough to say no to establishment, no to the disconnected politicians, no to banks and economic institutions, no to the world politicians who want to impose their selfish decisions on us.

Against all these massive, imposing establishments we strongly replied with a “No, thank you”.

We, as a country, have spoken to stay away from EU.  The verdict is in.  Let us respect the verdict and move ahead.

The question is how?  How should we move ahead?  What are the immediate steps?

I could think of the following:

1. Heal the wounds

First of all, heal the self-inflicted wounds.  The referendum was not less than a fierce war.  Cabinet members against each other, party members against each other, friends against each other; people in all wakes of lives trading verbal – and even physical – blows against each other.  In hindsight, the referendum war could’ve been fought with much less animosity and hatred from both sides.

It is now time to remove the hate and anger against each other.  It is time to realise that democracy has spoken and we are in this together to move forward.

2. Give time for reactions to calm down

Currently, the fear, doubt, anger and frustration of all who stood against the Leave vote are in full play.  These emotions results in the reactive, negative responses.

Whether it is

  • rest of the world (market / pound crashes, negative ratings),
  • the Remain supporters (fear, resignations, unbelief, sarcasm)
  • European Leads (demands for quick action),
  • Countries participating in the UK (Scottish/Irish referendum asks to get out of UK) or even

Let us give them time to express their emotions and fears.  After the initial reactions, the emotions will calm down.  Once done, the brains and minds will regain control.  Once in control, logic will eventually kick-in.  The logic will shed light to facts on what UK is, and how much is in stake for all involved.

3. Give ample time to think what we want and how best we could achieve it. 

Ignore the warnings, threats and demands from the EU leaders on quick actions.  Heck, it is this arrogance and aggressive behavior we voted to come out of!  Are they trying to scare us with the same trick again?!

The Remain / Leave referendum was an internal affair to find out what we think as a country.  We have not yet given any formal information or notice to the “EU-elites”! Per books, UK is still where we were before 23rd June.

So take this period to think – all possibilities, circumstances and ways forward.

4.  Change the Government, cabinet and thus it’s through process.

The current lot stood too strongly for Remain and they are defeated.  It is not logical, fair or viable to expect that the group who were dead against an action will work towards fulfilling the same – against their wills.

At the very least, there should be a leadership change.  David Cameron, his Exchequer and the EU-supporting cabinet members SHOULD step aside.  Even better will be a general election, through which the public can elect a new lot to kick-start the next actions.

5.  Once all of above are in place, it is time to take each debated item, one by one.  

Once we are ready, it is time to take each debated item, one by one:

(a) Immigration: Debate, discuss and put in place a comprehensive immigration policy that is global based, controlled based on requirements and skills, at the same time compassionate on asylum seeks from war-torn countries and others with humanitarian requirements.

(b) Re-allocation of EU contributions to

  • NHS
  • Farmers / Fisheries
  • Education / science / research
  • Businesses  and industries that need support

I am not an expert.  It is the job for economists to explain how this can be achieved.

But I am sure of one thing.  If EU were able take money from us and give a fraction of it as giveback and satisfy above group of our fellow country-men, then we could surely be able to use the whole contribution to make their lives even better.

(c)  Co-operation with rest of the world – including EU

(d)  TU working rules, facilities and benefits

(e)  Industries, businesses and economic institutions.

I have a lot to write on each of these items!  On that in coming days/weeks.

6.  Invoke Article 50

Once we are ready, then – AND THEN ONLY – invoke article 50.

Per me, these are the immediate next steps to convert the SHOCK to STRENGTH.

There is nothing to lose, but a lot to gain, if we are TOGETHER.

We can successfully accomplish what we voted for, if we stand TOGETHER.

We can see the UK getting stronger, powerful in not very distant future – if we work for it, TOGETHER.

 

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Anders Breivik and Human Rights….

I refer you to the BBC news on Anders Breivik’s human rights case.

Anders Breivik, the mass killer, accuses the Norwegian government of breaching two clauses of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). One of the clauses guarantees the right to respect for “private and family life” and “correspondence”, while the other prohibits “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

He also complains of poorly decorated cell with no view, cold coffee and not enough butter for bread. Have a look at his prison cell, which looks like more like a metropolitan studio apartment with TV and computer.

BREXIT QUERY: What facilities are expected to be provided by an EU prison to a mass killer?

Saturday Thoughts on JNU arrest and Spain’s General

 

What is the connection between the arrest of JNU’s Student Union President and Spain? Other than both news were on media on the same Friday? I will explain.

First, on the news from JNU.

It is very clear from JNU news that Modi government is using Indira Gandhi’s emergency-era tactics to systematically silence the left and liberal voices who do not agree to his party’s and RSS Hindutva agenda.

What else is the reason for arresting Kanhaiya Kumar, who is an ASIF worker and elected President of JNU Students Union?

Kanhaiya Kumar has clearly stated that he does not support or agree to the extreme ideologies and dissident voices of those mere 10+ students, but went to resolve the dispute between them and ABVP activists – whom he defeated in Student’s Union elections. As the elected president of the university, he has all the rights to pacify a volatile, potentially violent argument in the campus.

Using words like terrorist and anti-national for those with different ideologies other than Hindutva and arresting them under UAPA, and other anti-terrorist laws to silence them shows the coward-ness and inability of BJP and Sangh Parivar to participate in open discussions and justify their viewpoints.

It is ironic that it is Modi’s party and Government that accuses others as terrorists!

It is the same BJP which supports those who admire Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin by building temples in his name and commemorate the day Godse was hanged as “Balidan Diwas”! It is the same party that has alliance in J&K with PDP who advocate for self-rule in Jammu and Kashmir – For argument sake, is this not the same topic the 10+ JNU students had a discussion on?  If their voice cannot be tolerated by BJP, how can they share power in J&K with PDP?!

The arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, charged with sedition, is just another example to the intolerance under Modi Government that is being discussed by intellectuals, Bollywood actors and other independent thinkers in the country. Whether it is the arrest of an elected President of a prestigious college union, or killing of an innocent father for having meat in his fridge are the examples of same intolerance which is being nurtured and cultivated by the Hindutva hooligans who years ago burned Graham Staines and his two sons at tender ages of 10 and 6.

India prides itself in its Unity in Diversity and being the biggest democracy in the world. The beauty of India’s unity and democracy lies in its diversity and the free, independent democratic voice of each and every one of its citizens.

While desperately using Mrs. Gandhi’s emergency-era tactics to suppress and saffronize this unity and democracy, BJP and Modi Government should take some time to read what happened to Indira’s election results just after the end of the emergency. The same people who admiringly made her Prime Minister ruthlessly defeated Mrs.Gandhi in the very next election after emergency; not only she lost power, but also many of her senior leaders and hundreds of thousands of common people deserted Congress.

This brings me nicely to Spain and the very Friday’s BBC magazine article on “Erasing Franco’s memory one street at a time”.

As you can read, no government could suppress the free minds and voice of any country for all the time. Nazis, Mussolini and Gen Francisco Franco learned it in harsh ways. If BJP and Modi continues this intolerant attitude towards the free and independent voice of India, future will see a repeat of history.

 

Should the UK Parliament vote to airstrike Syria?

Absolutely not.

Why?

I understand the sentiments of what happened in Paris.  Though not proven, I also understand that the barbaric, utmost condemnable act of murdering innocent French citizens could even have been committed by Syrian terrorists.

That still does not give Cameron and the UK government the permission to airstrike Syria.

If Cameron thinks that he could use this opportunity to boast bombing yet another foreign country during his tenure, even by ignoring his own conservative-dominated Foreign Affair’s Committee’s warning against attacking Syria, the Prime Minister is completely wrong.

If the parliament votes in favour, and RAF goes ahead with airstrike in Syria, that is considered terrorism by a country against another’s sovereignty.  The airstrikes will be a violation of Syria’s airspace, and hence illegal in UN terms.

The case is same, whether US or France bomb Syria.

The obvious next question is:  how Russian and Iran bombings are justified?

It is not.  If you ask me, bombing is not a solution for a political crisis.  A political crisis could be resolved only by a political solution.  That is the only amicable way.

That said, Russia and Iran could argue that their airstrikes are legal and comply with UN rules.

How?

Per UN books, Assad Government is still the recognized Syrian government.  Agree Assad is not the best, but he is still trying to keep terrorism out of Syria.  It is his recognized government who formally invited Russia and Iran to assist Syria from internal and external threats.

Any other strikes, by any other un-invited nation, is purely illegal; period.

UK should be careful not to get carried away and walk in to yet another war.  We should have learned our lessons from Iraq and Libya.  Just barging in and bombing will not bring peace to any country.  That is just school-bully mentality; which is what most of the actions of Cameron and his Chancellor could be attributed to.

Let us keep legalities aside for time being.  As mentioned earlier, bombing is not a solution for a political crisis.  A political crisis could be resolved only by a political solution.  That is the only amicable way. 

I agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s stand on this topic.   There should not be a vote for airstrike in Syria.  If one is orchestrated by Cameron, then the Parliament should defeat the motion.  We as a country should try to learn from past.   Iraq might have been a mistake, but Libya should not have happened.  Syria should be no-no.

Instead of bombing, UK should help UN to speak out loudly and confidently.  UK should divert all its efforts to re-instate the lost power of UN – which is currently completely ignored and side-lined by war-loving US and its allies.

That is what UK should be aiming for; and if succeeded, that is something Cameron could really be proud of.

What is your opinion?

World this Week….

I am catching up with news after few days.  While it is easy to blame busy work week, unavailability of free Internet (coupled with bad mobile network) at Cambridge Holiday Inn did not help either.

So much happened in just one week!

Abduction (possible murder now) of April Jones is indeed disturbing.  To kidnap and kill a 5 year old show how low individuals can sink to; harshest sentences should be in store for criminals of these nature.  Only positive outcome of this sad story is the unity and willingness shown by the society.  It is reported that people came down to Machynlleth even from Manchester to do whatever they could do to help find April.  I still somehow hope they will find April alive, safe and healthy.

Abu Hamza and his mates have lost their last case and are now on their way to US while writing this post.  In few hours they will be rolled in to the US prison and judicial system.  It is curious to read that the extradition case(s) dragged on for almost 14 years.  To me, it is wasted 14 years – for both sides.  The extradition should’ve happened years ago.  Even for Abu Hamza, he might have finished his sentence by this time, had he been convicted 14 years ago?!  [To be clear, I don’t imply Hamza will be found guilty; let law take its course!]

High Court ruling on Mau Mau torture is very welcome news.  The three Kenyans who pursue a case, acknowledgement of their suffering and possible compensation can now proceed with their next steps.  The story is significant not only for Mau Mau Kenyan victims of imperial England.  Colony rule of previous centuries have many victims across the globe; mainly in Asia and Africa but not limited to Americas either.  It is for sure that this High Court judgment will prompt many others to seek justice on similar cases.

In this week the world lost one of its best Marxist historian, writer and philosopher – Eric Hobsbawm.  A strong supporter of Marxist ideologies, Prof. Hobsbawm was born in the year of Russian revolution and died at the age of 95.  Let me end this post with a quote from his book, “How to Change the World – Tales of Marx and Marxism

We cannot foresee the solutions of the problems facing the world in the twenty-first century, but if they are to have a chance of success they must ask Marx’s questions, even if they do not wish to accept his various disciples’ answers” –  Prof. Hobsbawm

Kenya School Attack… and a query on BBC English

“Deadly Kenya Grenade Attack Hits Children in Church” and “Deadly Kenya Sunday School Attack” were the main news on BBC World Internet site for 30th September.  This is a suspected revenge attack by Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist militant group over Kenya’s role in the UN-backed intervention force.

It is sad and regrettable that kids are targeted for political revenge.  Whatever be the reasons, only sadistic individuals could attack kids in order to gain political and/or religious advantage.

Now, give a second reading to the news heading – “deadly Kenya”?  Surely, it should be “deadly attack”?!

Don’t call me pedantic, I am disappointed by the real news, but I expect better English from Beeb aunty.  During school days I was advised to read and listen to BBC to improve my English; even these days, it is the same advice given to millions of students across the world to have a better command on the language.  Hence is it too much to expect correct usage of English from BBC?  Surely Aunty should know the best?!

Congratulations to Lonmin miners on their strike victory!

Congratulations to Lonmin miners on their strike victory!

Reuters have reported of a proposed 22% pay rise in the agreement; this news is yet to be confirmed by all parties concerned.  If declared, it could be the culmination of weeks of strikes in Lonmin and some of the other SA mines.

Per South African Government officials, the disruption cost the industry in $548m in lost output.  $548m in few weeks!  It is very clear from this figure, how much profit is made by the mining companies; yet they allowed the strike to carry on for weeks – denying decent wage for workers who spent long hours – days and nights – deep underground to support their families.

Not only for the delay in agreeing the pay rise, Lonmin and SA Government are also indirectly responsible for the murder of 34 miners in Marikana Massacre, which could have been avoided, had this pay rise proposal were considered much earlier.

While miners could rejoice in their victory, the strike is a stark reminder for workers all over the world that they have to through fights, strikes, hardship and martyrdoms in order to receive their just rights.

The case is presented by archbishop Tutu – Is the world strong enough to act?

“Take Blair and Bush to ICC in The Hague” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said in an interview that Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over the Iraq war.

Very well said, Archbishop Tutu. That is the sentiments of international community as well. Liars who lied to their countries and orchestrated war against a sovereign country should face their trial at ICC.

By saying this, the international community is not saying Saddam Hussein is perfect; nor is it diminishing the atrocities of Saddam Hussein. But lying, Bush and Blair took two powerful countries of the world to war. The war which resulted in thousands of lives on both sides – including children, women and elderly; it is a very serious punishable criminal act. And Bush and Blair have committed this crime.

If arrangement are being done to take Saif-al-Islam – son of Gaddafi – to ICC, then his case should be started only after completion of trial of above said warmongers. Saif’s crimes are not more serious than that of Bush and Blair.

In reply, Blair has timidly replied what he uttered in past years – that Saddam was a true and murderous leader. No one is arguing on that, B-liar. That discussion is past. Currently we discuss about the LIES YOU TOLD TO THIS COUNTRY. WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT?

Let me say again, very well said, Archbishop Tutu! You have now presented the case formally. It is for the international community, UN and ICC to take next step from here onwards. Let us hope the world is strong and mature enough to continue with the case brought up by the Archbishop.

One query – can this not be brought in as a motion at ICC or The UN by Iraq or any other country for that matter?

A trial of Bush and Blair will not only re-install the faith on international judiciary, but it will also give re-assurance to the east and middle-east countries that if any western country and its leader target them without any morals, the culprits will be brought to justice.

Trial of Bush and Blair could well enough be the first step towards establishing a permanent cease-fire and start of peace negotiations in middle east – which the world desperately needs at this juncture of human history.

If an impartial trial can be assured by ICC, then two prison rooms will get their occupants very soon indeed.

Thanks again for opening this opportunity, Archbishop! Bush, Blair, see you at The Hague!!

What a rotten logic!

South African Police have charged 270 survivors of Marikana miners with murder of their massacred colleagues.

What a rotten logic!

Police first shot dead 34 miners who were striking for better living conditions.   Those who survived are now charged of the carnage unleashed by police.  If one extends this logic, Lonmin directors and Jacob Zuma too should be charged for this massacre.

Workers are being oppressed all over the world – economically, politically and now, physically as well.  Those who are protesting are being murdered shamelessly and are charged for their own murders!  Police could extend this logic to those who are wounded by firing and still in hospital.  When the case reach court, police and Lonmin lawyers would argue that the person accused is guilty for trying to murder himself!

Rotten logic, indeed!

Apple, Samsung, $1bn patent case and ordinary man

A US court has awarded $1bn. in damages to Apple against its IP and patent case against Samsung.  A big win for Apple, a setback for Samsung.

But what does this mean for ordinary man?  Ordinary people have nothing to gain from IP and patent wards; it is played by MNCs to improve profits of one or more multinational companies.  The companies are not fighting for the benefit of their customers; if they were, they would have shared the knowledge and given the ultimate benefit to iOS and Android fans alike.