Trump's inflammatory statements and behaviour towards DPRK
campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition and CND will be having a
protest delegation to protest against Trump's inflammatory statements
and behaviour towards North Korea (including his threat, made on
Nagasaki Day, that he will unleash "fire and fury") this
Friday at 1pm at the US Embassy on Grosvenor Square. The delegation
will be handing in a statement calling for a de-escalation of the
Stop the War has issued the following
The standoff between the US and North Korea is
frightening. The cycle of threat and counter-threat is creating an
appalling situation in which warfare between nuclear states is being
discussed as a serious option on both sides.In this context Donald
Trump's outburst against the North Korean regime is deeply troubling.
What impact can threats of 'fire and fury' ?have but to escalate
tension and increase the likelihood of a catastrophic confrontation?
The urgent priority must be the opposite, to de-escalate and
pursue a negotiated resolution to the crisis, which major players in
the region are trying to achieve and most commentators recognise as
This would, however, require a sharp
change of direction from both sides, including from the US, which has
dramatically increased its military capabilities in South Korea and
its military presence in the area. Already this week US B-1 bombers
have flown from Guam over the Korean peninsula, joining the South
Korean and Japanese airforces in joint exercises.
provocative actions on both sides must end. We must demand our
governments focus on a peaceful resolution to this confrontation.
General Election 2017
Trump and May amass troops and tanks in Jordan to continue their war in Syria
Reports coming out of
Syria suggest that a joint military force of US, British, and
Jordanian troops, equipped with tanks and helicopters, have
reportedly been deployed in the war-torn country's southern border
areas from Jordan's northern region.
The troops are now
reportedly positioned in a long strip region across the border zones
of Syria's southern provinces of Dara'a and Suwayda, from Tel Shahab
rural area, just a few hundred meters from the Jordanian border, to
al-Nasib Border Crossing and Khirbet Awad village.
have also been seen near Ramtha, a Jordanian city, located in the far
northwest of the Arab country close to the Syrian border.
media bureau of Syria's Joint Operation Command also released a
number of aerial photos , taken by drones, which purportedly showed
the presence of a large number of British Challenger tanks, UK's main
battle tank (MBT), and American Cobra and Black Hawk
The exact number of the ground troops is not
known, but according to local reports, some 2,000 soldiers have been
deployed along the border between Syria and Jordan.
reports said some 4,000 troops, trained in Jordan, are positioned in
al-Tanf border area.
Syrian and Jordanian officials have not
yet commented on the alleged deployment of the multinational military
Hussain Mortaza, the head of al-Alam bureau in Syria,
said on Monday that Damascus and its allies were closely monitoring
military activities of the US, UK and Jordan in the southern regions
of Syria. He described the move as a multinational military exercise
allegedly held to eliminate threats posed by the Daesh Takfiri
terrorist group. He said, however, that the move was meant to prepare
for attacks against the Syrian capital.
Mortaza said Daesh
terrorists were not present in the area and the real mission of the
multinational force, reportedly commanded from Jordan's Al Zarqa
military base, was actually hidden under the cover of the so-called
Back in March, an AP report revealed that
Washington had spent to date more than $11.5 billion on its
intervention in Syria, including the training and advising of local
militants and foreign mercenaries, aimed at overthrowing the
government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in alliance with Saudi
Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and the
It added that the White House was even
considering expansion of its military presence in the Arab
The military action, coupled with American officials'
change of tone over Assad's future, stirred speculation that the
United States and its Western allies were ready to put boots on the
ground in Syria.
The US has already sent several hundreds of
its special operation forces to Syria under what it claims to be a
training mission with Kurdish fighters. The US and its allies have
also been carrying out airstrikes against purported Daesh positions
in Syria since 2014, without permission from Damascus.
Theresa May 'planning snap Commons vote' to bomb Assad forces in Syria
The warmongering stance of
the Tory government was further confirmed last week, when Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson stated that Britain would follow Trump in any
new US attack in Syria. It is clear that the questions of foreign
policy, war and peace will feature in this election and for once there
are clear differences between the two parties. Labour's leader, Jeremy
Corbyn, is a former chair of Stop the War and a lifelong campaigner
against war and for peace. This could not be in stronger contrast to
the record of Theresa May, who refused on Sunday to say that the Iraq
war was wrong, and whose closeness to Donald Trump makes her support
for more wars almost certain. The war party refuses to draw any humane
and rational conclusions from more than a decade and a half of
ferocious military interventions, which have led to immense suffering,
over a million deaths in Iraq alone, the torture of tens of thousands
of people (including thousands of children), a mass refugee crisis, and
the spread of terrorism across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
The Tory establishment has also exhibited a callous disregard for
international law and basic decency in its pronouncements in favour of
nuclear weapons and, astonishingly, even of nuclear war itself.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon last week reiterated that Theresa May
would have no hesitation to use thermonuclear weapons. He also added
that the government would be prepared to fire these weapons of mass
destruction pre-emptively, even if Britain was not under threat of
Tyne & Wear May Day
On Saturday April 29, some 150
people took part in the Tyne & Wear May march through Newcastle
ending with a rally and music festival at Exhibition Park. The march was led by Backworth Colliery Band.
The whole event which was entilted Workers' Rights and Internationalism had
the theme of No to War, Poverty and Racism. The rally was
addressed by Chi Onwurah, Labour member of Parliament for Newcastle Upon
Tyne Central, and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and
Innovation. The rally was also addressed by Jorge Garcia Political Counsellor Embassy of the Republic
of Cuba, Craig Johnson RMT, Laura Pidcock Northern Regional TUC
and Ann Stokle Burma Campaign UK. There were also local speakers from
the Durham Teaching Assistants, Keep Our NHS Public, Palestine
Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War.
U.S. Drops Super Bomb on Afghanistan
U.S. and All Foreign Powers Get Out of Afghanistan!
Stop Using Afghanistan as a Proving Ground
for Larger Wars!
Newcastle Stop the war condemns
the depraved, criminal act of the U.S. in dropping its “super bomb”on Afghanistan.
A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air
Blast Bomb or MOAB was dropped for the first time at 7 pm local time
Thursday, April 13 “four U.S. military officials with direct knowledge
of the mission,” reported to CNN. Nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,”
a MOAB is “a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most
powerful non-nuclear bomb,” CNN said. Accordng to CNN’s military
sources, the super bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by
Air Force Special Operations Command.
The “military sources” said “the
target was an ISIS tunnel and cave complex as well as personnel in the
Achin district of the Nangarhar province.” CNN reports that “the
military is currently assessing the damage. Gen. John Nicholson,
commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the
bomb, according to the sources. Authority had to be sought from Gen.
Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command.”
“This is the first time a MOAB
has been used in the battlefield, according to the US officials. This
munition was developed during the Iraq War,” CNN states.
The U.S. is desperate to unite
its bureaucracy in the hopes of overcoming its internal crisis. Its
failure to achieve this with its missile strike on Syria is now leading
to wilder and wilder acts of revenge against all those who refuse to
toe the U.S. line. Its assaults on vulnerable targets so as to threaten
China, Russia, the DPRK and all countries and peoples everywhere fighting for their right
to be deserve the condemnation of all justice- and peace-loving peoples.
British government must not
be permitted to get away with giving its support to such depraved
criminal actions and escalating preparations for a dangerous war of
Condemn the Use of the “Super Bomb” Against Afghanistan!
No to Its Use Against the DPRK or Any Other Country!
Get Out of Afghanistan!
Oppose the Escalating War Preparations!
Newcastle Emergency Protest: No to Trump's
Attack on Syria! No to British support!