Category Archives: World events

Endgame in Syria =============================



Assad. Ba’athists. not commie but Russian Soviet ally for decades.


Shia. Alawi



Yazidi. peacock angel



Syrian Democratic Forces

Free Syria Army

Al Nusra Front


Iranians pile in. spooks Israelis. Israel bombs Iranian positions . de conflicitng areas with Russians.

complex interplay between the competing powers in the region.

US pull out

Turkish Army in North


Iraqi Kurdistan. Peshmergas.


gallantly battling ISIS

outcry against US withdrawal

oil pipelines from Iraq through Turkey

Turkey NATO

2015. Russian jet shot down

2016 July coup in Turkey

authoritarianism. unfair trials. no free speech. cult of the personality. chauvinism. fight with no holds barred. jingoism. militarism. expansionism. closing down dissent by calling it extremism.

where next?

US will pull out eventually. no stomch for the fight. who rules syria is unimportant for US

it is nver going to be pro US.

Assad will win. Russian bases there. Syria broken. in debt to Russia, China and Iran.

no chance of reform or democracy there.


social housing 7 sept


cheaper than private. 80% of market rate

housing associations councils

1.2 m on housing list

some are ex prison and ex army ex homeless

shelter has a petition for more houses

London needs 39 000 a year builds 17 000

social rent pegged to incme. central govt controls

those in greatest need given reasonable preference

social home is permanent

housing assoc is independent of council

social hosuing run at arms length from council

there is a regulator of social housing UK govt

Theresa may 2017 announced 2 bn for new houses

only 5 000 more houses built a year. now only 40 000 social houses a year built

2011 it was 50 000

1950s 200 000 houses a year built

house costs 8 times more than annual salary. in London 11 times

people under 50 vote labour

1990s councils were banned from borrowing money

2003 71% of people owned houses

now it is 64% lowest since 1987


sajid javid announced 600 m to buily 50 000 new homes in s e england


England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of appropriate homes for a rapidly ageing population, a new study reveals.
Bexhill in East Sussex, Corby in Northamptonshire and Denton in Greater Manchester are forecast to see the biggest increases in populations aged 55 and above during the next two decades, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Centre for Towns thinktank.
Failure to improve housing options for the elderly could add hugely to care and NHS costs, with the Building Research Establishment forecasting that inappropriate housing for the over-55s will cost nearly £20bn by 2041. Hip fractures caused by falls on stairs, excess cold and overcrowding are among the threats.


ales and profits at Persimmon have slipped as the UK’s second biggest housebuilder attempts to repair its battered reputation after criticism of its shoddy workmanship, huge executive rewards and an overreliance on the government’s help-to-buy scheme.
The company said it had increased spending on customer service by some 40% over the first six months of the year, adding an extra 200 staff to its 5,000-strong workforce to help deal with customer calls and site visits.
Persimmon said it expected to spend an extra £15m on the initiative on top of the additional £140m being spent on homes in progress after criticism over poor-quality builds that included leaks and cracking windows.

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The group’s half-year profits dropped from £516m to £509m. The number of homes sold totalled 7,584, meaning Persimmon generated more than £67,000 profit from every house completed. The average selling price rose to £216,942, up more than £1,000 on the same time a year ago.



If hospitals deliberately spread disease, it would be a scandal. But with an acute housing crisis, local councils, housing associations and other public bodies are routinely selling off homes intended for social rent at public auction. Those with a responsibility to reduce housing need are making the situation worse.
This month, at least 37 homes are due to go under the hammer at four separate auctions held in West End hotels. Among the sellers are Wandsworth and Westminster councils, which have a combined housing waiting list of 9,000 families, and Oxford Citizens Housing Association, part of GreenSquare Group, which operates in the city with the most unequal housing market outside London.

In east London, Newlon Housing Association is offering a five-bedroom family home in Cable Street, Tower Hamlets – a borough in which 18,000 families are languishing on the housing waiting list. Even London mayor Sadiq Khan is getting-in on the act, with City Hall flogging a three-bedroom semi in Finchley. Another repeat offender is Peabody, one of t


An additional three million social homes are needed to solve the housing crisis, according to a landmark report which calls on the government to extend the criteria for who is eligible for social housing.
A major review by housing charity Shelter, commissioned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, urges ministers to invest £214bn in a 20-year housebuilding programme that will “reverse the decay” of social mobility in Britain.

The proposals, produced by 16 independent commissioners from across the political spectrum, would offer social homes to millions who fail to qualify under the current system, including young families and elderly people who are “trapped” in rented housing.


More families are being housed in hotels and other nightly rooms in Brighton due to a lack of short-term accommodation, the BBC has learned.
One household made homeless by a fire were put up in a four-star seafront hotel.
Conservative politicians said Brighton and Hove City Council had failed to address the wider shortage of housing and build more homes.
The council is due to discuss plans to find more accommodation this month.
Between April and August, 198 households were placed in “spot-purchased” accommodation, in which the council buys a room on a last-minute, nightly basis in hotels, B&Bs and other rented rooms.
The council forecasts it will have to do this for 337 households by March 2020, compared to an average of 284 per year in the previous four financial years.
Three people made homeless by a fire in December were put up at the Jurys Inn on Brighton seafront, at a cost of £75 per person.





death of khasoggi================================


push back

did Saudis underestimate fall out?

maybe they knew there would be response but consider killing a priority

money or morality?

is trump an ingenue thinking he was not killed

only a naif would doubt he was murdered.

cleaners in. chemicals can clean up blood stains.

Turkish staff suddenly given day off.

Turkish police cannot go in. diplomatic immunity. no demi viergerie.

mid terms. USA distracted. USA has a one month attention span. think about florida school shooting in march.


Trump was right to cancel military aid to Pakistan ===================================


ISI backs taliban

Taliban kills thousands of Pakistanis

taleban not united.a  brand name. opportunistic criminals too

sometimes they slay shia, ahmadis or christians

ISI a mind of its own. pak is Prussia or sparta

problem of ISI backing Taleban is indisputable. Clinton and Obama and busg knew it

trump warned them. pak did not play ball

could make problem worse

some money and arms go to tlaben from pak. so why fund pak

make pak worry about India

India forges linskw ith afghanitsn

ethnic and linsutic and family ties – pak and Afghanistan

ISI wanst afgahnistan as an adjuncit

do not want encirclement

tlaben control half country. loss of will by NATO. wr weary. no commitment. drawn down

talebna have good relationship woth china and irna . bith enemies of this ideology but think tlaben is winning

defeat in agfgansiat for NATO/

Trump’s Islamophobic tweets are shameful =========


Trump stokes anti Muslim

emetic . rebarbative.

usig info from Britain first,#

American first. isolationist fascist slogan. trump is no itnernvetionist

far cry from country first of McCain. hyper interventionist.

usa needs muslim co operation to win

why hug king of Saudi. muslism key allies.

playing to bigoted gallery# US arms sales to muslim countries.

make America hate again

muslims belong in the USA. growing fast.

images not from UK. we do not know if they show Muslims

they do not typify Muslim

# Christian do wrog too

intervention in UK poltivis.

what f UK did the same?

bigger problems for USA to solve

mulims essentua part of UK and Europe.

Assessment of Mugabe


Mugabe is history. ZANU PF is Mugabe fan club. miliyary and CIO onlt things tyat work. they get paid n time.

hithens – Mugabe turned into everything his enemies said he was.

born 1924


Married ghanean. pan Africanist.

battled smith.


pm then president.


gurukhundi campaign.


despot from central casting.

preposterous cult of personality.

Hitler ten fold.

look East policy.

Little ground for optimism.

Emmerson mwanwaga.