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Ciivil Liberties Rebellion Grows In British Parliament

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s problems continued to foster growing resentment against his leadership. his proposal to extend from 28 to 48 the number of days a suspected “terrorist’ might be detained without any charges being filed has run into a stone wall of opposition from members of his own party. Labor has a 67 seat majority in Parliament, but at least 38 of its members have already indicated a desire to vote against the prime minister on this issue. His idea suffered a blow when Sir Ken Macdonald, Director of Public Prosecutions, blasted the idea of extending the length of time suspects could be held without the filing of charges. “I think the basic point,” he stated, “is whether you want to legislate on the basis of hypotheticals or whether you want to legislate on he basis of evidence that we have acquired from practice.” Macdonald pointed out there was no evidence the current 28 day limit had failed to do the job of bringing charges against suspects.

More and more Labor MPs are becoming disgusted with the erosion of civil liberties that the war on terrorism has produced. They regard themselves as protectors of the historic rights of Englishmen and see no reason to alter a system that has and is working because of some hypothetical “maybe” claimed by the government. Unless Gordon Brown becomes more sensitive to the aspirations of his own party members his days as prime minister are numbered.

Gordon Brown And Sarkozy Clash Over Europe’s Future

Prime Minister Gordon Brown of England clashed with French President Sarkozy over future directions of Europe. Brown was able to persuade European Union leaders to agree there would not be any changes in direction or structure “for the forseeable future.” Sarkozy wants to create a group of “wise men” who would examine the European Union in order to develop new strategies which would compel its members to more closely integrate their economies and political structures within the framework of a redeveloped European Union. He believes the time has been reached in the history of European development for a “new European dream” which entails integrated armed forces, integrated foreign policy, and more completely integrated political systems. The French president also differs with Brown over the issue of allowing Turkey to become a member of the EU, an action he opposes while Brown is more willing to consider the possibility.

As the European Union matures, it becomes more cognizant of how further economic, political, and military integration can enhance its power and prestige in the world. Sarkozoy is leaning in that direction while Brown, like many other European leaders, is not yet prepared to consider such changes. Perhaps, in the short term, Brown’s view will be accepted, but in the long term there is a strong likelihood the Sarkozy “European dream” might eventually become a reality.

Mugabe: It’s Not Me, It’s Colonialism!

President Robert Mugabe, who has presided over the destruction of his nation’s economy during the past two decades, waved the flag of colonialism to excuse away his own brutality and incompetence. He was pleased that the European Union-African Union meeting next week will allow him to attend event though Great Britain has indicated it will not be present if the pseudo-dictator is allowed to attend. Twenty years ago Zimbabwe was considered among the most prosperous nations in Africa, but under his tutelage it now has an 80% unemployment rate and inflation that has reached 8000%. Mugabe claimed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s denunciation of his actions as president was merely a reflection of “our former colonisers” to make decisions concerning Zimbabwe. He ignored the brutal campaign being conducted in his own country to deny food for those who oppose his regime or the beatings and torture of political opponents. The president warned political foes they must campaign “in an atmosphere of peace” because he would crush any violence.

There are too many examples of thuggish African leaders who brutalize their own people and justify behavior on grounds all problems are the cause of having once been a colony. Waving the bloody flag of colonization will not bring food to people nor will it provide jobs. Gordon Brown wants the African Union to take action and protect the people of Zimbabwe, but they prefer hiding from reality.

EU Promises Tough Talk To Mugabe

The African-European Union Summit meeting next month is still wracked with arguments from many EU members who are opposed to the presence of Robert Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe. He is accused of gross violations of human rights, of destroying his nation’s economy, and hostility toward those who oppose him. According to a spokesperson for Prime Minister Gordon Brown of England, “the message from the prime minister is clear, neither he nor any senior official will attend if Mugabe does.” EU leaders have promised to make clear to Mugabe their concern over violations of human rights. Zimbabwe has an inflation rate of about 15,000% and its economy is in ruin after Mugabe drove out productive white farmers and gave their land to his cronies who had no interest or experience in farming. About 75% of people are unemployed and at least a million have left the country seeking work elsewhere. Mugabe insists he has done nothing wrong and all problems stem from western hostility. Perhaps, he could explain why opponents are beaten or denied access to food supplies brought in by outside relief agencies?

Gordon Brown-England, Strongest Ally Of US

Prime Minister Gordon Brown emphasized that Britain was the strongest ally the United States has in the world, but there were indications in his talk that, as a strong ally, England must cease going along with Bush policies that lead only to disaster. He expressed his desire that England and the European Union could work with America on issues such as global warming, an issue that apparently President Bush doesn’t hold in high regard. The prime minister looked toward the future by suggesting the world was entering a new phase and policies had to be developed concerning the needs of 21st century life.

The failure of Tony Blair is that he never acted as a good friend to George Bush. A good friend does not encourage plunging into disastrous policies. A good friend speaks the truth when someone has lost contact with reality. Tony Blair was the worse friend that George Bush had in the world because he went along rather than urging his friend to be reflective. The problem is Bush only seeks friends who nod their heads in agreement because, in his view, loyalty to George Bush is a must for friendship.

Gordon Brown Announces New Powers For Parliament To Decide War

Gordon Brown announced proposed changes in the British government that would result in Parliament having greater decision making power in any future use of troops to fight wars. In effect, Brown is surrendering executive power of the British Prime Minister to send troops into battle without first obtaining permission of Parliament. This undoubtedly is related to growing dissatisfaction within Parliament about England’s continued presence in Iraq and their desire for bringing troops back home. Brown’s reform proposals also ease restrictions on people demonstrating near Parliament which has long been a goal of civil libertarians. He also is suggesting new power for Parliament in deciding who becomes a senior judge.

Brown’s proposals reflect a growing desire among British people to end the concentration of power in the prime minister given Tony Blair’s refusal to acknowledge parliamentary concerns regarding his failed policies in Iraq. Brown also wants to shed his image as a “control freak” by surrendering power to the legislature. These reforms stand markedly different from the Bush/Cheney belief in an expanded executive and a refusal to accept a powerful legislature. Perhaps, Brown’s reform proposals reflect a change in western attitudes regarding dismay at the emergence of an “imperial executive” under George Bush and a desire to return to a more balanced sharing of power between executive, legislature, and judiciary. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton indicated, if elected president, she was prepared to surrender certain executive powers to Congress as a sign of ending the imperial presidency of George Bush.

War Chants Heard In Turkey As Diplomats Try For Peace

Thousands of Turks marched through the streets of their nation shouting for war with Kurdish rebels even it if means invading Iraq. In the meantime, Turkish leaders were holding meetings in London, Washington, and Baghdad in a last minute effort to avert a new Iraq war. Prime Minister Erdogan told his counterpart, Gordon Brown, in London that an attack might come at “any time” unless the Iraq government was able to control Kurdish rebels of the PKK. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan in Baghdad informed Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari that war was the last resort of his nation because, “we do not want to sacrifice our cultural and economic relations with Iraq for the sake of a terrorist organization.”

Four years ago President Bush in his usual tough talking way persuaded the American Congress to allow an invasion of Iraq in search of WMD because diplomacy had failed. Today, more mature leaders like Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey are trying the diplomatic route despite having over two dozen of their soldiers killed by Kudish insurgents. It is unfortunate for America that it lacked leaders with diplomatic skills in 2003 who could have worked hard to achieve our foreign policy goals without resorting to war.

Gordon Brown On Zimbabwe: I Will Not Attend The African Summit

Prime Minister Gordon Brown made it clear he will not attend the upcoming European-African Summit meeting if Robert Mugabe is representing Zimbabwe. “We are not prepared to give any suggestion to anybody.. that we condone an abuse of human rights in his country, the poverty and deprivation of his people and his unacceptable behaviour as president.” An official from the African Union’s Peace and Security Committee said Zimbabwe is an African nation and the Union would not tolerate interference in its internal affairs. “We resort to interference only in extreme cases of violence of genocide.”

In South Africa’s fight to end apartheid, its leaders frequently urged boycotts of the South African government or banning South Africa from participating in many international sporting events and meetings. Fast forward fifteen years and now South Africa and other African nations who wanted boycotts to fight oppression are strangely quiet and inactive when Robert Mugabe is oppressing his people. Perhaps, the African Union does not consider an inflation rate of 25,000% and unemployment figures of up to 80% as constituting a “severe case,” but the people of Zimbabwe would beg to differ. Opposition leaders are brutalized, food is distributed to those who support the government while opponents are blocked from even basic necessities and at least 2,000,000 people have fled. Gordon Brown is doing what Nelson Mandela did fifteen years ago when Africans stood up for African human rights.

British Troops: Home By Christmas?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown indicated there would be a significant withdrawal of British troops from the Basra area. He proposed “over the next few months to move from a situation where we have a combatant role for an overwatch role.” He pledged to bring British troops home by Christmas.

The prime minister’s comments are interesting because as he pledged to get British troops home by Christmas reports are circulating that Brown has indicated his support for Bush plans to launch an air attack on Iran. If such attacks are made, there is no doubt the world will witness an incredible increase in suicide bombing and insurgent activities against American and British troops in Iraq. If Gordon Brown is serious about his desire for switching from combat to an “overwatch role” in Iraq, he must oppose Bush plans for war with Iran. Only a naive person would actually believe there will be peace and quiet in Iraq after an attack on Iran.