In the video below Russian spokesman Vitaly I Churkin is reporting on the findings of a Russian investigation into the chemical attack in Khan al-Asal on the outskirts of Aleppo on March 19th, 2013 at a UN Security Council press conference on July 9, 2013. Why was this not shown on BBC or Sky news channels? The Russians investigated the attack at the request of the Syrian government after the UN declined to do so. Was that because the majority of those who lost their lives in the attack were soldiers from Assad’s army?
In the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, shocking footage of the victims of that attack were widely circulated in an effort to raise the ire of the public and spur support for military intervention.
Now, a new report on that footage finds troubling inconsistencies and manipulation with the video that calls the official narrative of the attack and its victims into question.
You can download the complete ISTEAMS report here.
This Saturday’s People’s Assembly will be the largest gathering of the left that this country has seen for decades. Thousands of anti-cuts activists, trades unionists and campaigners struggling to defend the welfare state will meet at Westminster Central Hall in London. They will be planning a united campaign to turn back the tide of austerity that is sweeping over us. Workshops predominate throughout the day, where we can get down to detail on strategy and tactics in a range of crucial areas from housing to immigration, to climate change and beyond. Speakers include local campaigners as well as those well-known nationally such as Owen Jones, Ken Loach, Diane Abbott and a number of trades union leaders: all coming together to oppose this government’s attacks.
The agenda for the day can be found at thepeoplesassembly.org.uk. So many people are now attending this event that the road outside Westminster Central Hall will be closed and marquees set up to provide space for more meetings. There will be at least fifteen separate sessions on all aspects of the struggles we face.
Left Unity Broadsheet
Left Unity will be there in force to deliver the message that we need both a national united anti-cuts campaign and a new party of the left. It is becoming clearer every day: Labour can’t be trusted to defend the welfare state. We are producing 3,000 copies of a special broadsheet for the day announcing our plans for the new party, explaining why it is necessary and encouraging people to join.
We will be meeting outside the venue from 8am and the distribution of our broadsheet is being organised by Terry Conway – please contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help us on the day. Even an hour of your time would be helpful! And we want people to participate in the important debate taking place and have a Left Unity input where appropriate.
Producing the broadsheet is expensive – it will be handed out for free. If you can make a small donation to the costs of its production then please do so via the website or send a cheque made out to Left Unity to us at 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX.
Last Saturday saw the first meeting of our new National Coordinating Group. It met in Doncaster and there will be a full report with minutes in next week’s newsletter.