KEIR SIMMONS: The worst riots for a generation left buildings still burning today. This was an electronics warehouse in Enfield, North London. South of the city, this was a furniture store in Croydon. It withstood two world wars, but was razed to the ground in one night. Across London are broken shops and lives.
WOMAN: I don't know why people -- oh, my God. I don't know why people do this.
KEIR SIMMONS: Overnight, there were 20,000 999 calls, more than 100 officers injured.
After an emergency meeting in Downing Street, the prime minister promised tough action.
DAVID CAMERON, British prime minister: I have this very clear message to those people who are responsible for this wrongdoing and criminality: You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishments.And Great Britain's Socialist Worker offers:
Rage erupts against injustice
Young lives blighted by poverty and racism | Tories crackdown plans will mean more riots
Riots, resistance and revolutions—that has been 2011 so far.
This week thousands took to the streets of Britain in the biggest riots for decades, sparked by a police killing.
The politicians, police and media talk of “criminality”. But they are the same people who have been exposed as corrupt, greedy and in each other’s pockets.
The real criminals are those who have stolen people’s futures and driven them to such despair.
All the Tories offer is more of the same attacks that created the riots in the first place.
But why should the poorest and most vulnerable in society have to pay the price for the rich’s economic crisis?
The latest meltdown in the global economic system shows that austerity does not solve anything. It just creates more misery.
This is what lies behind the eruption of rage this week. We need to turn that anger into the sort of organised resistance that can overturn the system once and for all.I neither understand it all or pretend to but I do find it interesting especially when contrasted with the US where we just seem willing to take anything with little-to-no complaint these days.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Meanwhile Al Mada reports that the State of Law's Ihsan al-Awadi is stating that the US military is attempting to create a crisis to sell their continued presence on Iraqi soil. What crisis? By saying they can repel Iranians on the border. (Iran is shelling northern Iraq and possibly entering into northern Iraq as they target Kurdish rebels.) In addition, the Ministry of the Interior has stated that weapons are coming across the border Iraq shares with Iran -- echoing claims by the US military and possibly echoing claims for the US military. Alsumaria TV adds, "Iraq Interior Minister former deputy Adnan Al Assadi told Alsumarianews that smuggling arms from Iran thru Missan Province is ongoing in large quantities in an official and unofficial way and it includes rockets and mortars. He also stressed that arms smugglers are being overlooked."
Negotiations with the US government to extend the US military presence in Iraq takes a back seat in the Iraqi press to Nouri's latest scandal. On Saturday, he sacked the Minister of Electricity (which may or may not require the approval of Parliament -- no approval has been granted thus far). His office has stated that false contracts were signed. But, as the story has continued, it's emerged that Nouri's signature may be on some of the contracts as well. The Great Iraqi Revolution reports, "Wasit province police stops a young man from burning himself protesting against the bogus electricity contracts that the Iraqi government is involved in." Dar Addustour reports Sabah al-Saadi, who serves on Parliament's Integrity Commission, states that the dummy contracts had the signatures of Nouri al-Maliki and his deputy Hussein al-Shahristani. The report also notes grumbles in Parliament about Nouri dismissing the Minister with an MP stressing that is the job of Parliament. Aswat al-Iraq also notes, "A Legislature of al-Iraqiya Coalition, led by Iyad Allawi, has charged Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his Deputy for Energy Affairs Hussein al-Shahristany and the sacked Electricity Minister, Raad Shallal, with having their signatures on the so-called 'illusionary' contracts made public recently." And noting real world consequences of the contracts, Ammar Karim (AFP) observes, "Mismanagement and bureaucratic deadlock in Iraq's electricity ministry have short-circuited a quick-fix plan for some 50 power plants to alleviate the country's severe power shortage, officials say."
Meanwhile Al Rafidayn reports that, according to the Deputy Minister of Electricity, Hussain al-Shahristani, the Minister of Electricity is still carrying out his job duties despite his 'dismissal.' The article also notes that there are MPs saying Nouri can't fire on his own (needs approval of Parliament) and that there are increasing grumbles that whatever the state of electricity in Iraq, it was Nouri's responsibility and therefore his fault. Had the story broken in the fall, it might have had less impact. But in the days of 100-degree-plus weather, the electricity issue is a daily issue for Iraqis.
What was life like for prisoners in 2010? UNAMI would love to tell you but can't. Why? From the report:
WHO: U.S. Senator Patty Murray
WHAT: Veterans listening session with Senator Murray
WHEN: Thursday, August 11th
9:00 AM PT
WHERE: VFW Post 239
190 S. Dora Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98312
WHO: U.S. Senator Patty Murray
Amazon workers hired under their veteran hired program
WHAT: Senator Murray will speak at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle to highlight her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, a bill that will require job skills training for
service members, create new pathways to private sector and federal employment
WHEN: Wednesday, August 10th
10:30 AM PT
WHERE: Amazon Headquarters
440 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109