Show’s not quite here yet, but one thing’s for sure, it will feature the music of… Lene Lovich. Tune in on Thursday.
First broadcast June 8th, Inside Track #20 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured the song, Rip It Up, by Orange Juice.
Sadly, the show opened with our focusing on yet another terror attack, this time on London Bridge and Borough Market. As we noted, one of the attackers, Khuarm Shazad Butt, was featured in a 2016 Channel Four documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, in which he unfurled an ISIS flag in a park. Butt had been reported to the authorities on at least two occasions. One of the attackers was unknown to the authorities, while another, Youssef Zaghba, was an Italian national of Moroccan descent, who had previously been prevented from flying to Syria. When asked by Italian officials why he wanted to travel to Syria, Zaghba is reported to have replied, “I’m going to be a terrorist”. Italian police say that a dossier on Zaghba was sent to the UKG in April 2016. UK authorities, however, claim Zaghba was ‘not a person of interest’.
We looked at Saudi Arabia once again this week; we noted that the government appears to have gone back on a promise to Tim Farron to publish a report on UK terror funding that is said to implicate the Saudis. We also made reference to the bribery scandal surrounding the Al-Yamamah arms deal between BAE and Saudi Arabia. A Serious Fraud Office investigation into the deal was killed by Tony Blair in 2006, amid threats from the Saudis of ‘another 7/7‘. After the collapse of this investigation, US authorities opened their own investigation, and in 2010 BAE agreed to pay a USD$400 million fine.
First broadcast June 1st, Inside Track #19 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show had some technical problems that we apologize for. It also featured a reference to the David Cronenberg movie, Scanners.
On this show we discussed Salman Abedi and his links with a Libyan terrorist group, the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group). Firstly, we discounted the oft-cited cry after such attacks, that the Muslim community didn’t do enough to alert the authorities of an attacker’s intentions. In fact, the authorities were warned on SIX occasions, five warnings were from members of the public, while the sixth was from the FBI, in January of this year. Tom Clark, of Another Angry Voice has come up with a list of 13 questions that would be worth hearing answers to regarding this attack… many of the questions centre on why Abedi and others like him were able to pass so easily through UK airports on their way to Libya (Abedi also spent time in Syria). Middle East Eye reports that MI5 gave their blessing to UK Libyans going out to fight in the coup against Gaddafi. The Guardian reports that Abedi acted, ‘largely alone‘, which is misleading, given the decades-long context of the Libyan extremist community he had grown up in the UK, and the fact that MI5 knew all about these individuals for many years. The Burning Blogger of Bedlam has a long post about this history, and has even written a free book about the Libyan coup of 2011. Lastly, any lessons to be learned are unlikely to include punitive measures against any of the spooks involved, as, in true British fashion, inquiries into any potential wrongdoing by MI5 will be carried out by… MI5.
First broadcast May 25th, Inside Track #18 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show was chiefly reaction to the Manchester terror attack and included a clip from the movie, V for Vendetta.
Something of a blame game has raged since the terror attack on Manchester. Katie Hopkins tweeted that a ‘final solution’ was now required, and, despite her attempts to wriggle free, this has now ended her career at LBC. The Sun went for something from left-field, with a Corbyn smear that may see Manchester become the second city to show them the door. The Intercept chose a different path, choosing to jab an accusatory finger at Tony Blair, who was warned by the intelligence services that the 2003 invasion of Iraq would increase, not decrease, the risk of terror attacks on the UK. For those seeking a set of ideas to blame, rather than an individual or a billion muslims, the World Socialist Web Site saw the Manchester attack as being, ‘a by-product of the endless series of imperialist wars waged since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and escalated since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.’ Over at Counterpunch, John Wight highlighted the indisputable hypocrisy of continued Western support for Saudi Arabia, the primary worldwide sponsor of Islamic terrorism. And if all that reading is too much for you, Metro helpfully provided a guide to ‘updating your Facebook profile with the Manchester heart‘.
In the parallel universe that is The Guardian, their latest astonishing scoop continued the paper’s downward trajectory since the Snowden leaks, as they splashed repeatedly on a leaked copy of… Facebook’s… moderation policies. Stay tuned, as next week they reveal the shocking truth about the password recovery system of Friends Reunited.
First broadcast May 18th, 2017, Inside Track #17 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. The show featured a reference to pop duo, The Communards.
Spycops: In the spycops segment, we mentioned the COPS and PSOOL campaigns, the Undercover Research Group, and the Pitchford Inquiry that are all connected to the issue of undercover political policing in the UK. Rob Evans and Paul Lewis’ book, Undercover, provides a history of the undercovers, and we discussed the latest cop to have their cover blown, Andy Coles, brother of Richard Coles, now of the C of E, formerly of The Communards.
First broadcast May 11th, 2017, Inside Track #16 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. The show featured a reference to Mrs Slocombe of the sit-com Are You Being Served?
The crimes of Hillary Clinton: Before her murder, Honduran activist, Berta Caceres pointed an accusatory finger at Hillary, holding her responsible for the coup that destabilized (and continues to destabilize) her country. The 2009 coup featured democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, being taken in his pyjamas and stuck on a plane to Cost Rica; a right-wing cabal then took control of the Central American country. In the years since, murders of members of the LGBT community have soared, with 215 killed in just the last 6 years. Only a month ago, Sherlyn Montoya, a trans activist, was found dead, her body showing signs of strangulation. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton continues to speak as if she is a leader on LGBT rights.
Labour manifesto leak: Whether by accident or by design, the leak of the Labour manifesto was a PR master stroke. As ever, though, the Fourth International are, shall we say, less than effusive, dismissing the document as ‘a pro-business, pro-militarist election manifesto‘, a triumph for the Blairites.
Transracialism and transgenderism: A philosophy professor has been subjected to a witch-hunt after writing a paper evaluating the merits of the arguments for transracialism and transgenderism. The example of transracialism used was that of the notorious Rachel Dolezal, who remains unapologetic.
First broadcast May 4th, 2017, Inside Track #15 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show included a reference to the Mugwumps of Naked Lunch.
HSBC/Conservative Party: We spent considerable time on this story concerning apparent laundering of HSBC donations to the Conservative Party. This is a good explainer.
Simon Danczuk: Here’s how Danczuk’s ‘business‘ left the taxman and its creditors dangling.
Theresa May: The New Statesman rounds up five occasions that the Prime Minister has dodged contact with the public on the campaign trail.
Inside Track #14 hasn’t been lost to posterity. It will be uploaded at some point. Please, try to contain your excitement until that moment arrives.
First broadcast April 20th, 2017, Inside Track #13 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show will forever be known as ‘The Black Lace special’…
Topics discussed include:
The Cottonwool Election: Craig Murray congratulating himself (again) on one of his many predictions proving correct – Theresa May having announced she won’t take part in any live TV debates with the other party leaders.
Tory election fraud: Daily Mirror’s excellent explainer on the potential path this scandal may take.
Minority report: Fresh evidence has emerged that throws further doubt on the so-called ‘chemical attack’ in Syria. The Russians gave the US 24 hours notice of the strike, while an MIT professor determines a land-based munition was used.
An ‘act of war’: While the US and Western governments prefer different terminology, Damon Linker reminds us that the decision to bomb a country can never be anything but an act of war.
First broadcast on April 13, 2017, Inside Track #12 is available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. The show included a reference to Leonard Cohen’s song, ‘First we take Manhattan’…