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Coffee shop boss faces death threats over ‘Je suis Charlie’ sign outside Brick Lane cafe

The London Evening Standard14.01.2015  reports;Death threat: French Muslim coffee shop owner Adel Defilaux Picture: Nigel Howard

A coffee shop owner today vowed he would not back down after receiving death threats for displaying a “Je suis Charlie” sign outside his cafe.

Adel Defilaux, a French-born Muslim, was terrified when a man stormed into The Antishop in Brick Lane, East London, at 9.30am yesterday.

The intruder demanded that Mr Defilaux take down the sandwich board featuring the slogan that has become a rallying cry in support of the 12 victims of Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

But when Mr Defilaux, 32, calmly protested the man became aggressive and warned that anyone who supported the French satirical magazine should die.

He said: “He came in very aggressively and he told me to remove the sign. I asked him why and he said his community was offended by it and said if I didn’t remove it something bad was going to happen.

“I told him I was Muslim myself and I wanted to talk gently with him and I said people can’t kill journalists for expressing themselves.

“I calmly explained to him that what he was saying was not the reality of Islam. I thought I could calm him down, but it had the opposite effect. He went crazy.

“He said ‘I believe these people deserve to be killed and anyone supporting them deserves also to be killed’.

“I was all alone and started getting scared. He was a dangerous person. He said if I didn’t take down the sign he would smash up the shop, and then he just left.”

Mr Defilaux, who is originally from Marseille but has lived in London for five years, said he had put up the sign to support everyone in France and had received no complaints from anyone else.

“I get on with all the community here. We are opposite a mosque and all my neighbours are Muslim and no one else has had a problem with the sign. These fanatics believe in the wrong stories and have no shame in attacking people,” he said.

 

 

 

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We are back

Sorry, that took longer than expected. We don’t have the same resources as Sony, but basically we suffered a catastrophic cyber attack that took out all our sites. We are not blaming North Korea but we got took down by someone. This has affected our Revolver Records, Digital, and Heavy Metal Records sites. So, if you are reading this directed from one of those sites, we are working our way back to getting back on line for all sites.

Meanwhile we are adding new articles now and slowly adding in old articles as a resource. Our thanks go out to Christopher Woods – without his help we wouldn’t be back, and also grateful to the web archive people at http//:web.archive.org – without their resource it would have been difficult to reconstruct the site so comprehensively.

Thanks for sticking with us.

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Welcome to the Havana – club

September 25th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

As reported PayPal wrote out to our British customers threatening to report them to US Treasury department OFAC, for buying and drinking CUBA coffee. One customer contacted us asking; “Are Americans mad, or just upset they can’t buy CUBAN coffee?” Truth is, its hard to know. But because our present web shop (changing soon) is presently tied in to PayPal, we are inviting customers to email their orders through for our single origin, Del Escambray, Crystal Mountain Coffee, from the Holgin region of Cuba. Customers can call with debit cards (01902 345 345 – Mon – Fri 9.30 – 6.00) or email; members@revolver.coop. The costs is £4.00 + postage. Members receive free delivery and membership costs just £10. For a membership form, search “membership” on the site, or email us please. pack_shots0011
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Revolver calls for a boycott of Israeli goods in Supermarkets

In light of the continued and escalating violence in Palestine, we are calling for a boycott of food and other products from Israel.

This is a story we are all familiar with, but may not have seen some of the photographs that tell a story much more complete than words alone can justify. It’s clear that limiting the boycott to just products produced in the occupied territories is making little progress.  With over 9700 injured and over 1800 dead many of us watching this violence on our television screens, listening to radio broadcasts and reading news and internet – many will have made up their mind already as to the balance between Israel’s legitimate and appropriate right to protect itself using the “iron dome” perfected by the US (& now being copied by China), and the onslaught of violence that Israel progenitors of the conflict, have exacted particularly on little children.  Ban-ki-Moon Secretary General of the UN,  described “the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law” following the bombing of a UN school used to shelter  families which was shelled on 30th Aug. (Photographs courtesy of Getty Images (C) 2014).  gaza_graphic_56Lord (Paddy) Ashdown  (BBCR4) described Israels response as wholly disproportionate. Lord Ashdown successfully negotiated peace in the Bosnia conflict, described the strike on 6 schools by Israel as either “Criminally careless, or carelessly criminal”. El Savador is the fifth Central American country to condemn Israel, joining Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela recalling their ambassadors. Prior to the illegal occupation Israel had lost just 2 citizens, that numbers has since the conflict begun, increased to 65. Lord Ashdown said that was a very poor dividend. The Co-operative Group placed a ban last year on some 25 products supplied by Israeli firms and restricted imports from occupied territories. Co-operative are alone amongst supermarkets in taking this positive position, as ALDI, Tesco and others continue to import food and other products, found in stores such as The Early Learning Centre and Homebase. We are now asking Co-operative Food to go further in banning all foods products from Israel. Similarly, Revolver itself has been supplied with its coffee films from Israel under assurances by it Cheshire based supplier Plastosac that production took place outside the illegal settlement areas. We are not the only co-operative coffee company in this position. In light of the violence Revolver has cancelled future orders and has circulated a petition inviting supermarkets to stop stocking products produced in Israel. Over 1000 have signed the petition so far  and the link to add your signature is here; https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uk-supermarkets-boycott-israeli-goods?recruiter=134538685&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Mark Regev spokesman for Israel

An additional uncertainty in this conflict is the role of the News Media. Its skewed very heavily in Israel’s favour, in part because each spokesman for Israel is media trained, on-message, in control, polite and presented with a familiar American or English accent conveying a reasoned and acceptable approach. By contrast Palestinian spokesmen are emotional, almost always speak in broken-English, or worse rely upon an interpreter. However, it’s the incomplete reporting of the news that is causing many concern. Not just the imbalance between the amount of time given to Israeli spokesmen compared to that of Palestinians; The Today programme (BBC R4) 31 Aug presented an argument with an Israeli adviser in London and another Israeli adviser in Tel Aviv and many BBC and SKY reports in particular only interview from the Israeli viewpoint with a news reporter summarising the Palestinian position. There are further demonstrations of bias, often by news that goes unreported, for instance over 100,000 people led by the TUC have marched on Westminster the last few weekends, in solidarity with Palestine with similar marches across the US and Europe.  Also, many town-halls around Britain; Preston, Bolton, Tower Hamlets have taken the unprecedented step of flying the Palestinian flag above their town Halls, but all this has gone unreported. Sky News 1.15 1st Aug. own correspondent broadcasting from Tel Aviv, in reference to Israeli soldiers broadcast the words;  “All Israeli soldiers are heroes”. So its evident that in light of the circumstances it’s very difficult for the media to remain unbiased.

Jon Snow - CH4

On the other-side of the story The Mails; Ephraim Hardcastle writes “Might the broadcasting regulator OFCOM be studying a recent performance by Channel 4’s openly left-wing presenter Jon Snow? His interview with Israeli spokesman Mark Regev, whom he has interrogated brusquely in the past, marked a new level of hostility. After abrasively quizzing always-polite Regev,  Snow, 66, shouted: ‘Why not speak to Hamas directly? You haven’t got the courage!’ OTT, surely, whatever you think about the Gaza/Israel debacle“. There is no reported investigation of Jon Snow by OFCOM (Broadcast regulator) at this time, but it’s a great help to The Mails reporter, to conjoin events and non-events into the public conciousness. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2700761/EPHRAIM-HARDCASTLE-Jon-Snow-aggressive-interrogation-Israeli-spokesman.html#ixzz399IxZwMG  Here are some picture that tell the story and may help us understand why Palestinian spokesman are emotional;

ICA_statement on the Israeli-Palestine Conflict: “Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) demanding an immediate end to the violence in the Israel / Palestine region. ‘Co-operation is rooted in peace and social justice. As one of the aims of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is to ‘contribute to international peace and security’ through the benefits of co-operation, it is fitting therefore that co-operators from Israel, Palestine and Iran, amongst others, have written to the ICA calling on the international co-operative movement to demand an immediate end to the violence in their region.

This we gladly do, acknowledging that the current offensive, as in the past, can only make the situation worse. We support the United Nations’ resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire and recognise that only through the auspices of the UN will a solution be found. That solution must ensure the right to peace, self-determination and statehood for all peoples in that region. Our co-operative values of solidarity, democracy, equality and self responsibility offer a firm basis for such a solution and the ICA is ready to assist in that process.

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We therefore call upon the governments of the G20, the European Union and the United Nations to promote and support comprehensive negotiations between Israel and Palestine in order to achieve a lasting peace based on social justice, security and economic development linked to the improvement of living standards. These are the values, principles and roles of co-operative enterprise whose development can make an important contribution to that process.’

Increasingly the UK Government are moving towards describing Israel’s action as disproportionate. If there is a prima facie case for diproportionality, then a complaint can be made to the UN for a referral to the War Crimes tribunal. A comprehensive analysis can be seen here; http://www.crimesofwar.org/a-z-guide/proportionality-principle-of/ Across the World Ascetic Jews (orthodox) have been marching in support of Palestine. Those on the

Israeli side of the argument would have us believe that to be pro-Palestine is to be anti-Jewish. Not true. Jewish people around the world are coming out in protest against Israel, but broadcast media will not show these photographs. These protests are not limited to the Ascetic, as reformed and liberal Jews are marching pro-Palestine.

Ascetic Jewish man protesting in support of Palestine

226 United Nations resolutions now condemn Israel’s actions against the Palestinian people. Each resolution raised at the UN has been vetoed by the United States.  On 29th July there was a vote at the United Nations condemning Israel of war crimes. The Following countries voted FOR a war crimes inquiry into Israelis action:

Members of_Neturei Karta Orthodox Jewish group protest against Israel's actions

Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia,Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia,Sierra Leone, South Africa, UAE, Venezuela, Viet-Nam.

NY Jews - Not in our name

Abstaining: Austria, Benin, Botswana, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Gabon, Germany,  Ireland, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Korea (s), Romania, Macedonia, United Kingdom. Countries voting against Israeli War crimes inquiry; The USA. The vote of 29:1 with 17 abstentions (all EU) results in the UN issuing the following statement;  the UN Human Rights Council said it voted to “urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations” of international law “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.”

in NY, Jews protesting in support of Gaza

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Fairtrade Birmingham (FAB) launches new site

Pleased to say Fairtrade Association Birmingham – FAB has launched its new web site; http://www.fairtradebirmingham.org.uk/ Fairtrade Birmingham is a regional group working with the Fairtrade Foundation (FLO) and those NGO’s interested in sustainability and climate change with a view to lifting people out of poverty, particularly where there is under employment (Defined by the WTO as working excessive hours for less than subsistence income).

Coffee farmers in Tanzania are earning less than $350 a year and have average families of six. Making changes in consumption in favour of those firms helping make a difference is fundamental to trade-justice and Fairtrade Association Birmingham (FAB) are committed to engaging in these issues that affect impoverished producers and consumers alike.

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Revolver announces 2014 AGM

Our AGM will this year be at The Co-operative Home & Living store, Coventry, commencing 10.00 am on Saturday 24th May 2014. All members, customers, suppliers and those interested in becoming members are welcome and there will be opportunities to discuss co-operative issues related to our developing business. We will be announcing our keynote speaker here, details will be updated shortly. If you would like to join us at the AGM or have questions, please call us on 01902 345345 or email membership@revolver.coop

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As Pfizer has its eye on Astra Zeneca, we ask who are Pfizer and what is their relationship with Monsanto, the AG company behind Genetic Modification of crops

AstraZeneca describes itself as a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

We searched Monsanto’s website to see what their corporate relationship is with Pfeiser.

Relationships Among Monsanto Company, Pharmacia Corporation, Pfizer Inc., and Solutia Inc.

Prior to Sept. 1, 1997, a corporation that was then known as Monsanto Company (Former Monsanto) operated an agricultural products business (the Ag Business), a pharmaceuticals and nutrition business (the Pharmaceuticals Business) and a chemical products business (the Chemicals Business). Former Monsanto is today known as Pharmacia. Pharmacia is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., which together with its subsidiaries operates the Pharmaceuticals Business. Today’s Monsanto includes the operations, assets and liabilities that were previously the Ag Business. Today’s Solutia comprises the operations, assets and liabilities that were previously the Chemicals Business. The following table sets forth a chronology of events that resulted in the formation of Monsanto, Pharmacia and Solutia as three separate and distinct corporations, and it provides a brief background on the relationships among these corporations.

Sept. 1, 1997 •Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) entered into a Distribution Agreement (Distribution Agreement) with Solutia related to the transfer of the operations, assets and liabilities of the Chemicals Business from Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) to Solutia.
•Pursuant to the Distribution Agreement, Solutia assumed and agreed to indemnify Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) for certain liabilities related to the Chemicals Business.

Dec. 19, 1999 •Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) entered into an agreement with Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. (PNU) relating to a merger (the Merger).

Feb. 9, 2000 •We were incorporated in Delaware as a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) under the name “Monsanto Ag Company.”

March 31, 2000 •Effective date of the Merger.
•In connection with the Merger, (1) PNU became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company); (2) Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) changed its name from “Monsanto Company” to “Pharmacia Corporation;” and (3) we changed our name from “Monsanto Ag Company” to “Monsanto Company.”

Sept. 1, 2000 •We entered into a Separation Agreement (Separation Agreement) with Pharmacia related to the transfer of the operations, assets and liabilities of the Ag Business from Pharmacia to us.
•Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, we were required to indemnify Pharmacia for any liabilities primarily related to the Ag Business or the Chemicals Business, and for liabilities assumed by Solutia pursuant to the Distribution Agreement, to the extent that Solutia fails to pay, perform or discharge those liabilities.

Oct. 23, 2000 •We completed an initial public offering in which we sold approximately 15 percent of the shares of our common stock to the public. Pharmacia continued to own approximately 85 percent of our common stock.

July 1, 2002 •Pharmacia, Solutia and we amended the Distribution Agreement to provide that Solutia will indemnify us for the same liabilities for which it had agreed to indemnify Pharmacia and to clarify the parties’ rights and obligations.
•Pharmacia and we amended the Separation Agreement to clarify our respective rights and obligations relating to our indemnification obligations.

Aug. 13, 2002 •Pharmacia distributed the shares of our common stock that it owned to its shareowners via a tax-free stock dividend (the Monsanto Spinoff).
•As a result of the Monsanto Spinoff, Pharmacia no longer owns any equity interest in Monsanto.

April 16, 2003 •Pursuant to a merger transaction, Pharmacia became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer.

Dec. 17, 2003 •Solutia and 14 of its U.S. subsidiaries filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Prior to and following this filing, Monsanto assumed the management of certain tort litigation and environmental obligations in order to protect Pharmacia and itself.

Feb. 28, 2008 •Solutia completed its reorganization. In connection with Solutia’s Plan of Reorganization, Solutia, Pharmacia and Monsanto entered into several agreements under which Monsanto continues to manage and assume financial responsibility for certain tort litigation and environmental remediation related to the Chemicals Business. Additionally, we received cash and stock from Solutia (which we subsequently sold) and various releases, and we exercised our right to designate one member of Solutia’s new board and a consent right with respect to four additional members of Solutia’s new board. These agreements are described in more detail in Monsanto’s Form 8-K, filed March 24, 2008, and Form 10-Q, filed June 27, 2008, File No. 001-16167.

Current •There is no control relationship among Monsanto, Pharmacia, or Solutia. However, the indemnification obligations among the companies and certain service and supply agreements are ongoing.

All Copyrights and Trademarks acknowledged. The following sources were referenced for this article;

http://www.astrazeneca.com

http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/monsanto-relationships-pfizer-solutia.aspx

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A Peace mission to Palestine

We have been reading Revd. John Howard’s poignant account of his experiences as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine. His story paints a revealing and moving picture of life in a state torn by conflict, and can be accessed in full on his blog at www.wsmethodist.org.uk/Chair_1_2_1.html.
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Midcounties sales pass £1Billion

‘Ben Reid, Chief Executive announces the Society’s year end results’

The Midcounties Co-operative, the UK’s largest independent co-operative society, achieved a record 24% increase in gross sales to £1.167 billion (2012/13: £943m) in the year ended 25 January 2014*.

Operating profit before significant items was up 21% at £22m (2012/13: £18.2m).

As a result, the Warwickshire-headquartered society has announced plans to make over £6m in share-of-profit payments to its members and colleagues.

Ben Reid, chief executive of The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “These excellent trading results demonstrate that the Co-operative business model really works. As part of our co-operative approach we will be returning a share of our profits to the members and colleagues who have directly contributed to the success of the Society.”

The Midcounties Co-operative is the first independent co-operative to achieve annual sales in excess of £1billion. The Society achieved sales growth across all of its businesses, which include food, energy, funeral, pharmacy, travel and childcare, during a year of restrained consumer spending and fierce high street and online competition.

Co-operative Energy signed up over 70,000 new customers during the year. It now serves over 200,000 households and delivered a 243% increase in sales to £159m during the year, making it the Society’s fastest-growing trading group.

Co-operative Travel grew sales by 61% to £276m following new branch acquisitions and increased recruitment of home-based personal travel agents.

The Society’s food business grew sales by 1.1% to £603 million. During the year it upgraded its in-store systems to improve the speed of service at the checkout and enable the management of product ranges centrally. The new system will free up management time allowing them to concentrate on delivering excellent customer service.

Increased demand for nursery places helped Co-operative Childcare to grow revenues by 14% to £23 million.

Midcounties recently improved its ranking in the Sunday Times ‘25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ initiative, climbing three places to tenth in the list. It also picked up the prestigious Sunday Times ‘Giving Something Back’ award for its commitment to colleagues, communities and members.

Ben Reid said: “The engagement of our 10,000 colleagues is a key element in creating the momentum which ensures we continue to evolve as an innovative and successful co-operative. We are now an independent society with a turnover of over £1 billion. Co-operation is clearly working for Midcounties and gives us confidence that we have a sustainable future.”

Encouraging colleagues to volunteer in their local communities continues to be a central part of The Midcounties’ aim to establish a co-operative difference. During the year the number of hours volunteered increased by 10% to 44,440, making the Society one of the biggest supporters of volunteering in the UK. It also smashed its annual fundraising target by raising £273,000 for charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust in just one year and the Society has revised its two-year target upwards to £500,000.

The Midcounties Co-operative is one of the first UK businesses to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark, which confirms that an organisation is open and transparent about its tax affairs and seeks to pay the correct level of corporation tax.

*Audit of the financial results is being finalised and the auditors will issue their audit report on the annual report and accounts in due course